System-wide Improvements Planned for UL

first_imgDr. Ophelia I. Weeks, President, University of LiberiaThe president of the University of Liberia (UL) has outlined strategic plans aimed at improving operations and academic activities throughout the university system in a bid to bring it on par with top learning institutions across Africa and the world.In a speech she delivered at the 2nd Annual Convention of the University of Liberia Alumni Association in the Americas (ULIBAAA) recently, Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks said the University of Liberia is in the process of establishing the Personnel Evaluation and Enhancement Program (PEEP) to help determine effectiveness and efficiency on the job.According to her, this will help determine mechanisms that need to be put in place to increase productivity, as well as to offer opportunities for staff to attain advanced degrees and participate in job-related refresher workshops, seminars, symposia and short courses.“This will allow us to retain productive personnel, to re-tool and re-train dedicated and committed staff who need enhancement, and allow us to minimize deadwood,” she said.Dr. Weeks, whose late father, Rocheforte L. Weeks, Sr., served as the third UL president from 1959-1972, and the first Liberian appointed to that post, pointed out that under the PEEP program, the school will implement its newly developed Teaching & Learning Center (TLC).Commenting on curricular issues, Dr. Weeks said it is the hope of the University to complete reviewing and revising all academic programs that have not been reviewed for the past five years. She disclosed that a new policy has been put in place that mandates a five-year review cycle.“We will also begin the process of introducing hybrid and online courses at UL before the end of 2018,” said Weeks.On program development, Dr. Weeks noted that the five undergraduate and three graduate programs will be established in the next four years.  They are the Mechanical Engineering, Architecture, Information Communications Technology, Fisheries, and Honors College undergraduate programs .For graduate programs, she disclosed that the University will offer Masters in Public Health, Environmental Sciences, and a Public Financial Management & Public Procurement Program within the existing graduate Business/Public Administration program.“Some of these programs will require less than three years because the developmental process is already underway. Others will take more than three years due to the complexity of the program, and availability of funding,” Dr. Weeks said.On students’ success, she stated that the school is on the road to realizing a fully functioning Testing & Evaluation Center; one that is not limited to entrance exams.“We hope to put in place a Students Success & Service Center that will contribute to correcting the existing chaotic and defective student union financial aid program, restore discipline, and infuse good leadership training for our students,” she indicated.“The University of Liberia Student Union Financial Aid Program needs improved oversight, with the introduction of a more structured merit-based and needs-based selection system and process that is fair and transparent. And there needs to be more structured psycho-social and mind education programs for our students,” Dr. Weeks explained.On the issue of infrastructural improvement, she said the UL hopes to complete wi-fi and internet access for all of its four campuses by the end of the year.“This was already in the making, and we look forward to its realization. Our challenge continues to be lack of access to a fully-integrated network platform/system for enrollment, human resource, and financial management, which require a level of sustained finances that we do not presently have, but we are hopeful,” Dr. Weeks told the UL ALUMNI in the Americas.“We have potential local and international partners to assist our College of Agriculture and Forestry to develop a poultry program with focal involvement of youths (using the 4H model), and women in communities that surround our Fendall and Sinje campuses. Also, in partnership with the University of Liberia Alumni Chorus (ULAC), we are currently working together to construct a Performing Arts Center,” she said.“This project was initiated a little over a year ago. Additional medium-sized and big-ticket projects may require more time to raise funds, and will include putting in place a capital campaign,” Dr. Weeks concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Oscars fuel DVD demand

first_imgIn fact, some industry observers say the box office boost from Oscar night could disappear as studios focus on timed DVD releases to maximize profits. This year’s crop of Best Picture nominees have not been as popular with the public as recent releases like “Ghost Rider” or “Norbit.” “Departed” was the only bonafide box office hit, with a domestic gross of $131.8 million. “Babel,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Letters from Iwo Jima” and “The Queen” have grossed around $160 million combined. “The films, box office-wise, were relatively weak, with only `The Departed’ making over $100 million, so the Oscars are going to do more to boost the visibility of some of the DVD releases,” observed Ralph Tribbey, editor of The DVD Report, a weekly industry newsletter. Tribbey said “The Queen,” for which Helen Mirren won Best Actress, should benefit greatly once it hits DVD shelves on April 24, as should three-time winner “Pan’s Labyrinth,” the Spanish-language film set for DVD release May 15. When Amazon.com DVD editor Doug Thomas checked his company’s “Movers and Shakers” sales chart shortly after the Academy Awards telecast Sunday night, he saw an almost immediate upward trajectory for some of the big winners. Best picture “The Departed” had perfect timing. It had been released on DVD just two weeks ago and was already topping the Amazon.com and other sales charts. Last week, three different DVD packages of the mob thriller were residing in the top 25, with a special two-disc edition at No. 2, the widescreen single-disc version at No. 6, and the Blue-ray version No. 21. “It wasn’t a happy accident,” Thomas said Monday. “Hollywood for the last several years has been looking at the schedule of the Oscars and the nominations to check their release date.” Amazon.com’s Thomas said he saw an immediate bump in demand for “The Last King of Scotland,” which won Forest Whitaker the Best Actor Oscar. The DVD does not go on sale until April 17. “Little Miss Sunshine” was already benefiting Monday from Alan Arkin’s surprise Best Supporting Actor win as it returned to Amazon.com’s top 10 overnight. It was the first of the Best Picture nominees to be released on DVD following its theatrical run last summer. “The box office boost from the Academy Awards is going to kind of be a thing of the past if these things keep being released on DVD right around the time of Oscar time,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracker Media By Numbers. “The conventional wisdom used to be to milk every last dollar out of the box office before you release on DVD. But I think the studios are realizing there is a way to maximize both modes of delivery for these films.” [email protected] (818) 713-3758 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

It does take a while to learn there is a learnin

first_img“It does take a while to learn, there is a learning curve to it but hopefully once we do get a chance to meet with our players, we can cut that curve down a little bit by tweaking some things, by using different terminologies they are familiar with and eliminate some of the steps along the process.” Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals have a new defensive coordinatorwho spent the 2010 season as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers’coaching staff. It just isn’t either of the names that were heavily toutedfor the job over the last month.Steelers’ defensive backs coach Ray Horton, not Keith Butler or Dick LeBeau,was named as the Cardinals’ replacement for Bill Davis Wednesday, agreeing to a three-year deal with the team. Prior to joining Ken Whisenhunt’s staff he spent the lastthree seasons working with Pittsburgh’s secondary, a position he waspromoted to in 2007 after Mike Tomlin was hired as head coach. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Horton may lack experience as a defensive coordinator but he certainly doesn’t lack in confidence. During his introductory press conference Wednesday he made it very clear that he is ready for the challenge of turning around the Cardinals defense.“This team was in the Super Bowl two years ago. We were in the playoffs a year ago. We just fell a little short last year. We aim to be right back there in the playoffs pushing for a Super Bowl bid. There’s no question about it. We’re going to improve on defense.“What we’re aiming to be is one of the top defenses in the league, bar none,” the new coordinator said.He also wasn’t afraid to share with the media what his defensive style will be.“We’ll be an aggressive, disciplined, downhill attacking defense.“Our motto is going to be: ‘Go get ’em’. We’re going to make the quarterback very uncomfortable,” Horton said.Horton added on 620 KTAR’s Gambo and Ash show that he plans to build on the Cardinals number one ranked red zone defense and will bring the personality of Pittsburgh’s defensive style with him. “It’s a 3-4 attacking style defense, schematically very sound,” Horton said. 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more