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first_imgMusic majors at Saint Mary’s learned about the path one Belle followed from the College to a community music school after obtaining her degree in music in a lecture Monday titled, “Life After a Music Degree: Community Music Schools.” Kellirae Boann, executive director of the Music Village in South Bend, said the Music Village offers a unique opportunity for music majors to participate in the South Bend community after graduation.             Boann said her discernment path in the music industry included a 10-year run with local country rock band “Everyday People.” To improve her ability to make a living, she said went back to school, obtaining a degree at Indiana University-South Bend (IUSB). While taking classes at IUSB, she said she was invited to a presentation that discussed the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. During this presentation, she said she realized she wanted to build something in the South Bend community modeled after this school. “I knew right away this was what I wanted to pursue after college,” she said. “Electricity was in the air during this presentation. I could feel through out my hair, it was crazy.” Boann said the Music Village began as a concept in October 2011, after surveys were sent out to the local community to see how many people would be interested in a teaching and performing institute. A 97 percent return rate among 300 people let Boann know this would work, she said. In 2012, a Board of Directors was established for the school, though Boann said it struggled with funding. “We started out with nothing, but we were undaunted and fearless,” Boann said. The Music Village opened in June 2012 with only 14 students, two instructors and one available guitar class. Although the length of the process required patience, Boann said they received funding. The school is now a non-profit organization registered with the State of Indiana, she said.   “I did not have to perform in order to have a career in music,” Boann said. Currently, The Music Village is located at a central point in downtown South Bend, and offers classes in the genres of Ballroom, Latin, Spanish, Swing and International Folk and instruments such as banjo, piano, violin, vocal coaching, guitar and bass. “We are about making music. I was not afraid to take a chance, [and] a year into this, … things are happening. Most importantly, people have music in their lives,” Boann said. Contact Rachel Rahal at rrahal01@saintmarys.edulast_img read more

first_imgRecently we began working with several credit union clients to find good solutions for fully assessing their website’s ADA compliance. One point we know for sure is that the WCAG 2.0 AA will be the standard for Financial institutions to measure themselves against. But from there things get a bit murky!Through our research we came across a number of options for credit unions. There are paid and free scanning tools that claim to assess website ADA compliance, but we also found that often these types of tools miss important factors in determining if your site will meet compliance standards.The U.S. Government’s own website own this topic clearly states that “No automated evaluation tool can tell you if your site is accessible, or even compliant. Manual testing is always necessary.” Here’s what the U.S. Government says in detail about testing a website for ADA compliance:Another page on the this U.S. Government Website lists a lengthy number of possible testing tools that could be used to assess a website for ADA compliance, and explains that “you may find that you will use 8-10 tools just to verify one issue.” YIKES! Don’t know about you, but we don’t want to have to use 8-10 tools to do anything! But the key take-a-way is:Clearly, this is an issue that needs to be handled by an expert in website accessibility. Now, to be clear, we do NOT recommend that credit union IT staff undertake assessing their own website’s ADA compliance alone. The WCAG 2.0 is very lengthy and a bit confusing. But bringing your credit union website up to ADA compliance is good for a number of reasons. Principally, there’s concern that legally CUs will be required to meet these standards in 2018. Also, fully accessibly websites are also better preforming via search engines like Google, as many of the accessibility fixes also help with search engine optimization (SEO). We recommend that instead of tackling this issue on your own you work with an outside team of experts for guidance. We’ve found a great independent auditing company, Accessible 360. They specialize in live-user testing for ADA compliance, which is exactly what the regulations recommend, and this is the company we are recommending to all of our clients.Accessible360, co-founded by Aaron Cannon, a blind programmer/software engineer who has specialized as an accessibility engineer since 2007, conducts initial website assessments and full website audits for ADA compliance. They will then provide you with an audit summary report and a technical report for developers so that there is no question what needs to be done to bring your site up to standard. Auditing companies like A360 often provide on-going support of your CU’s website and may even give you a digital badge to place on your website, indicating that you are monitored by an independent ADA compliance company. Which is great for marketing and for demonstrating your institution’s commitment to accessibility.Accessible360 also provides expert rebuttals for their clients, should the institution be served with any kind of demand letter regarding ADA website compliance issues, which is a huge time-saver and would prevent your CU from needing to work with a lawyer for this very purpose. Sounds like a win-win to us! 67SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Meredith Olmstead Meredith Olmstead is the CEO and Founder of FI GROW Solutions, which provides Digital Marketing & Sales services to Community Financial Institutions. With experience working with FIs in markets of … Web: www.figrow.com Detailslast_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Ibrahimovic to stay at Milan for another season – Reports Pioli pens new AC Milan two-year deal AC Milan coach brushes off Ibrahimovic’s angry reaction to substitution AC Milan have confirmed the appointment of Stefano Pioli as their new manager.The 53-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the Serie A side to replace sacked Marco Giampaolo.Giampaolo paid the price for Milan’s dreadful start to the season and was dismissed earlier this week after just seven games in charge.It is the shortest reign in the club’s history.SAs Sportsmail revealed on Tuesday Giampaolo was axed after former president Silvio Berlusconi told Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban they’d made a mistake in hiring the coach.Pioli, who has been out of work since resigning as Fiorentina boss back in April, faces a tough battle to get Milan back on track.The Italian giants sit 13th in the Serie A table, having lost four of their opening seven fixtures, including a 2-0 defeat by rivals Inter.Pioli is a former Inter Milan and Lazio boss and has vast experience as a coach, beginning his career in 1999, and was Milan’s No 1 target to take over the role.However, it appears the club’s supporters are unimpressed by his appointment.‘Piolo Out’ was trending on Twitter in Italy on Tuesday – a day before he was even confirmed as their new boss.Many fans took to social media to voice their frustration at yet another uninspiring appointment on Wednesday, too.The Italian will take charge of his first AC Milan game next Sunday when they host fellow strugglers Leece.Tags: AC MilanStefano Piolilast_img read more

first_img Press Association Bournemouth won the Championship last season and Chelsea the Premier League, with the victory showing not just how far the Cherries had come, but how far the Blues have fallen. Diego Costa started as a substitute for a second straight game, but, unlike at Tottenham, the striker was not left to brood for the entire 90 minutes and came on at half-time. Costa’s presence was limited until he fouled Adam Smith, was denied a penalty when his cutback hit Simon Francis on the arm and then was shown a yellow card for a foul on Matt Ritchie in quick succession. Pedro, or Costa, should have scored 15 minutes from time, but neither could get on the end of Branislav Ivanovic’s dangerous cross as Chelsea became increasingly frustrated by referee Mike Jones’ decisions. And Mourinho will be furious when he sees the replays of Murray’s winner, which came when Thibaut Courtois flapped at a corner and the former Crystal Palace striker headed in. Chelsea face further examinations against Porto and Leicester in the next 10 days, while the Cherries next play Manchester United. Eden Hazard received a written report after his Tottenham display as Mourinho wanted to leave no doubt over his delight at the performance. His first-half appraisal, continuing as Chelsea’s “false nine”, is unlikely to have been glowing. Jose Mourinho thought the reigning champions had turned a corner, but Eddie Howe’s visitors inflicted an eighth defeat of the season, the fourth at home. Glenn Murray headed in moments after coming off the substitutes’ bench and, while there may have been a hint of offside, the Cherries deserved their win in front of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who could yet wield the managerial axe. Chelsea were plunged into crisis once more as Bournemouth claimed the biggest scalp of their Barclays Premier League campaign with a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge. The Belgian had a chance to end his search for a first goal of the season in his 20th game in the opening moments, but his shot was less than convincing and straight at Artur Boruc, the goalkeeper back from a six-week injury absence. Hazard would have been marked down by Mourinho soon after, too, when he lost the ball to Smith, in for the ill Sylvain Distin, and Junior Stanislas shot. Fortunately for Hazard, Gary Cahill blocked. Courtois was back for the first time in three months after his knee injury and soon showed why he was immediately restored, saving well from Stanislas. Joshua King could not get the rebound away and then fired at Courtois at the near post. The visitors attacked with pace and the Blues were vulnerable, particularly out wide. Costa, who flung his substitutes’ bib at Mourinho at the end of last Sunday’s draw at White Hart Lane, needed help from John Obi Mikel to put on his green bib after 29 minutes before warming up on the touchline. Chelsea were ponderous in possession and appeared to lack a presence up front, with Boruc saving from Hazard, Pedro and Oscar. Mourinho had seen enough, sending on Costa for Oscar. The muted half-time boos turned to applause just at the sight of the Spain striker going on. Nemanja Matic, wearing a protective mask, should have done better than head over Willian’s cross before Jones ignored Costa’s penalty appeal before booking the striker. Costa stretched to toe-poke Cesc Fabregas’ ball over the top, but Boruc saved. Murray scored eight minutes from time and Bournemouth might have had two more when Ritchie and Harry Arter fired wide on the counter-attack in a memorable win. TWEET OF THE MATCH “I think it was very considerate of Chelsea to swap sides with Leicester this season.” – Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) sums up change of fortunes for both Chelsea and Leicester as the champions suffer another Premier League defeat. PLAYER RATINGS Chelsea Thibaut Courtois: 6 (out of 10) Branislav Ivanovic: 6 Baba Rahman: 5 Kurt Zouma: 6 Gary Cahill: 7 Cesc Fabregas: 4 Nemanja Matic: 6 Willian: 6 Eden Hazard: 5 Oscar: 4 Pedro: 6 Substitutes: Diego Costa (Oscar, HT): 5 Bertrand Traore (Rahman, 83): 5 Loic Remy (Fabregas, 83): 5 Bournemouth Artur Boruc: 8 Charlie Daniels: 7 Simon Francis: 7 Steve Cook: 6 Adam Smith: 7 Harry Arter: 7 Dan Gosling: 6 Andrew Surman: 7 Matt Ritchie: 8 Junior Stanislas: 7 Joshua King: 7 Substitutes Glenn Murray (King, 80): 7 STAR PLAYER Boruc returned from a six-week absence to frustrate Chelsea, saving from Hazard, Oscar, Pedro and Costa. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Murray came off the substitutes’ bench to score Bournemouth’s winner. There was a hint of offside as he nodded in at the post after Chelsea failed to deal with a corner, with Courtois flapping. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Mourinho made one change following the Tottenham draw he regarded as Chelsea’s best performance of the season. But Costa was out of the starting XI for a second straight game. Chelsea were again ponderous in possession and lacked a presence, which barely changed when Costa came on at half-time. Bournemouth were without Sylvain Distin due to illness, so Smith came in and goalkeeper Boruc was back. The Cherries huddled round Howe and assistant Jason Tindall at any lengthy break in play and enacted the game plan perfectly. MOAN OF THE MATCH Fabregas floundering. One ball to Costa aside, the Spain playmaker again struggled to make a meaningful contribution. WHO’S UP NEXT Chelsea v Porto (Champions League, Wednesday, December 9) Bournemouth v Manchester United (Barclays Premier League, Saturday, December 12) Mourinho claimed his side were denied a “clear” penalty, but vowed his team would emerge from their difficult spell. The Portuguese told Sky Sports: “We dominated the game but one refereeing mistake cost us. It was a clear handball, with the result at 0-0, but that’s part of the game. In the first half we were not aggressive enough. We had a couple of shots and chances, but in the second half we were much more aggressive. “We tried in the period where we were stronger but this is the moment when they scored the goal and with five minutes to go with a team that was defending, some people call it intelligent, some people call it lack of play. “You know, time-outs, stop of the play, asking for a medical department to go in to drink for a minute like in basketball. But they did very well.” Asked if Costa’s introduction had made a positive difference, he said: “We were stronger in the second half but it was not because of Diego – it was the attitude, the intensity, the aggressiveness. We started pressing much higher and sooner. “I’m concerned and I was concerned before this game. You can imagine now after this defeat at home.” He added: “Chelsea will never be fighting for relegation – no chance. Chelsea will win matches and come out of that area. That’s not the problem. The problem is that our objective is to finish in the top four.” Howe, in contrast, was understandably delighted. “We’ve believed we’re on the right path. You look at our recent games and we’ve done really well, performed well in several of them but haven’t got the wins we feel we’ve deserved,” he said. “Today was a different kind of performance from us. We’ve had to show a different side to our game but I’m so pleased for the players for all their hard work this season. “First half, it was quite even. We were well in it. Second half we’ve played under pressure and we’ve had to dig in, we’ve had to defend, put our bodies on the line. I thought we were magnificent defensively. Our keeper played a big part in that. There’s been a lot of question marks about our defending this season but we’ve answered a few questions today. “I don’t think we’ve defended too badly this season, just individual mistakes, a few setbacks and disappointments have come our way. The players have always come in every day, working hard and try to improve themselves. Every setback they’ve had, they’ve bounced back.” last_img read more