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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_img The coalition endorsed all of the above items and urged the congressional conferees to consider several other needs it said are not addressed in the current House or Senate bill. Meanwhile, public health advocates said even more may be needed if a nationwide H1N1 vaccination campaign is launched in the fall. At least $1.5 billion in flexible funding to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, for use to continue building domestic vaccine capacity, replenish and build antiviral stockpiles, and expand domestic and international disease surveillance House and Senate conferees are working to reconcile supplemental appropriations bills that provide $2.05 billion in the House version and $1.5 billion in the Senate version for the H1N1 flu fight. The administration, in a Jun 2 letter, asked Congress to pass the House version and add another $2 billion to it. Republican critics derided the proposal to funnel stimulus money into the flu response as an effort to turn the stimulus package into an all-purpose “slush fund,” according to the WSJ report. “We need to make sure we have the people and resources to give the vaccine to people, which is on the order of $15 per dose,” he said. At the top of the list was extra money for vaccinations. The group voiced concern that the $1.5 billion in flexible funds in the House bill would not be nearly enough to buy, distribute, and administer a vaccine and set up electronic systems to track the program and monitors adverse reactions. But the letter did not specify an amount. $200 million to support global efforts to track, contain, and slow the spread of a pandemic Meanwhile, the Democratic leader in the House said Obama might not get the extra $2 billion he asked for, and Republicans criticized the proposal to take money from the stimulus fund, according to news reports. In an interview this week, Jarris said that 600 million doses of an H1N1 vaccine—two doses per American—could cost about $6 billion ($10 per dose). Administering the vaccine might cost another $15 per dose, or roughly $9 billion, he said. A contingency fund for the ongoing H1N1 response by state and local governments, to be used in the case of a public health emergency In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Obama said he was asking for the money “out of an abundance of caution” and appealed for “maximum flexibility” in how the funds are used. Levi’s criticism was seconded by Thomas V. Inglesby, MD, deputy director of the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, who also spoke at the briefing. “This is an extraordinary event, and the funding provided years ago for the acquisition of contracts and development work for anthrax, for example, should not be diverted for this particular problem,” he said. In addition, Obama proposed to use up to 1% of unspent stimulus funds to battle the flu if needed. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that that would amount to about $3.1 billion out of the $311 billion in discretionary stimulus funds. Public health advocates welcomed the administration’s new request, but Dr. Paul Jarris, executive director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), estimated that a nationwide H1N1 vaccination campaign could cost as much as $15 billion. The Bioshield program, enacted in 2004, provides funds to support private-sector-development of medical defenses against biological, chemical, and other unconventional weapons.center_img House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., was skeptical that Congress would add any more funds to the amounts approved by the two houses already, according to a Jun 3 Reuters report. He said more funds could be appropriated later if needed. The coalition’s letter to Congress said the House’s proposed $2.05 billion appropriation for the H1N1 epidemic includes: Groups support House versionEarlier this week, a coalition of groups led by TFAH urged the House and Senate conferees to adopt the House version of the pandemic funding proposal and add more funds to it. (The list of health and medical organizations and biomedical companies that signed the letter included the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News.) The coalition also called for: At least $563 million to help states and localities buy personal protective equipment and antivirals for workers in public health, healthcare, and critical infrastructure operations At a press briefing yesterday on the H1N1 situation, TFAH Executive Director Jeff Levi, PhD, criticized the proposal to use Bioshield money. The pandemic funding is part of a supplemental appropriations bill mainly dedicated to funding the military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jun 5, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – President Barack Obama this week asked Congress for another $2 billion in supplemental funds to fight the novel H1N1 influenza epidemic, on top of $2 billion requested a month ago, and also proposed to tap federal economic stimulus funds for up to another $3.1 billion for the same purpose. Diverting Bioshield funds?Besides seeking to use some of the stimulus money, the administration is proposing to take money from the Bioshield program and harness it for the H1N1 battle, a plan that drew fire from public health advocates at a press conference yesterday. “The administration proposes to use $2.9 billion from the program to support H1N1 vaccine development,” he said. “This means programs for things like anthrax and smallpox will need to be put on hold. This would be robbing Peter to pay Paul. If we need this money for an H1N1 vaccine, we should appropriate it.” The administration proposes to “amend the purpose of Project Bioshield’s authority to include pandemic influenza,” according to a copy of the proposal, which was provided by the nonprofit group Trust for America’s Health (TFAH). $350 million for state and local pandemic preparedness efforts In a separate letter this week, ASTHO and the National Association of City and County Health Officials also urged the congressional leaders to adopt the House version of the pandemic funding. The letter said state public health agencies spent more than $80 million on the response to the H1N1 epidemic between Apr 21 and May 15. $122 million to complete state antiviral stockpiles and extend the shelf life of antivirals that will soon expire; the group said more than 8 million treatment courses are still needed to meet the original stockpile goal of 75 million courseslast_img read more