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Quint Studer, author of ‘Building a Vibrant Community’ and founder of The Studer Group, visited Elkins this week to present a workshop on making Elkins more ‘vibrant’ and retaining young talent in the area. Studer was also the keynote speaker at the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards dinner the same evening.

ELKINS — Quint Studer, author of “Building a Vibrant Community” and founder of The Studer Group, hosted a workshop this week for citizens of Elkins and Randolph County to discuss how to improve the community and retain young talent in the area.

Studer’s time in Elkins was a gift, from James W. “Jay” Wallace of Allegheny Insurance Services and Marsha and Mark Doak of The Common Door, to the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce. After Studer’s workshop, he also served as the keynote speaker at the ERCCC annual awards dinner.

Earlier in the year, ERCCC released a survey for citizens of Randolph County to participate in and more than 200 people responded. Studer took the results of that survey and used the information in his speech.

“The positive is, they have good self-awareness that they’ve got to get better. They’re not fooling themselves. Most of the results, on a 10-point scale, they ranked themselves between a three and a four,” he said.

Studer also elaborated on the process for changing Randolph County into a vibrant community. “If you don’t understand the change process, when you get into the rough and shaky, you stop… That’ll be a wake-up call,” he said.

He suggested maximizing college and community interaction with Davis & Elkins College, as well as trying to expand on ventures such as quilting done by the Elkins Sewing Center and various guilds.

“Right now, when I look at Elkins, it’s got a lot of positive things going for it. You can see these ‘starts’ but these starts are sort of spread out,” said Studer. “People don’t want to go to a store, then walk by six vacant stores to go to another. It’s too spread out.”

Studer suggested an “asset map” for the community which would plot the various assets in town and why they work, such as the Polar Express holiday train and the natural beauty of the region.

“If you look at a downtown, for example, it’s like a set of teeth. You’ve got some really white teeth downtown, you’ve got some teeth that aren’t really white and then you’ve got some teeth that are missing,” he said.

Other suggestions that Studer gave for improvement included utilizing the upper levels of downtown businesses, promoting the bike trail and adding more trees and benches downtown to compel individuals to spend time there.

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Alaska university chancellor accepts new job in California




ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage has announced that she plans to take a new position as the president of a California university.

Chancellor Cathy Sandeen said Thursday she accepted an offer to become president of California State University, East Bay.

Sandeen was appointed to the top position at the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2018. The university said her last day will be Jan. 3.

She took over before a magnitude 7.1 earthquake damaged the Anchorage campus and as the University of Alaska system began to deal with a steeply declining budget leading to numerous program cuts.

The university recently announced plans to eliminate the hockey team and other sports unless it can raise enough money to cover operating expenses.

Sandeen will replace Leroy Morishita, the retiring president of California State University’s East Bay campus in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Hayward.

Sandeen said in an email Thursday to students and employees that she was leaving to be closer to family in California at “another public, open-access, urban-metropolitan university very similar to UAA.”

“We have accomplished much together and I am proud of how we withstood so many challenges — from earthquakes and financial exigency to program reviews and now a global pandemic,” Sandeen wrote. “UAA is a stronger and more stable university based on the ingenuity and collaboration of all members of our community.”

An interim chancellor will be appointed in the next few weeks by Pat Pitney, interim president of the University of Alaska system.

Sandeen’s decision to leave marks the third high-level departure from Alaska’s university system this year.

Jim Johnsen resigned as system president in June following criticism resulting from interviews for a post in Wisconsin.

Rick Caulfield, the head of the University of Alaska Southeast, retired this summer.

The Associated Press

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SSC JE application process ends today; check syllabus, paper pattern




By: Careers Desk | New Delhi |

October 30, 2020 12:47:29 pm

SSC JE 2020SSC JE application process closes today at Representational image/ file

SSC JE recruitment 2020: The application process for the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) junior engineer (JE) recruitment exam will be closed today. Interested, eligible candidates can apply at Candidates can make payment online till November 1 and send offline challan till November 3.

The candidates will be selected on the basis of a computer-based test that will be held from March 22 to 25. Those who clear the CBT will be called for paper II dates of which are not released yet.

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SSC JE 2020: Eligibility

Education: Applicant must be a person of Indian nationality and have a degree in a relevant stream of engineering. Candidates having a three-year diploma with two years of work experience can also apply.

Age: The upper age is capped at 30 years for most jobs barring positions at Central Public Works Department (CPWD) and Central Water Commission, for which the upper age limit is 32 years. Applicants belonging to a reserved category will get relaxation in the upper age limit as per the rules of the government.

SSC JE 2020: Exam pattern

The paper-I will consist of objective type, multiple-choice questions only. The questions will be set both in English and Hindi. There will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in paper-I. The paper-II will have to be written either in Hindi or in English. The candidate will have to opt for one language, if the part paper is written in Hindi and part in English, it will be awarded zero marks, as per rules.

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Based on the performance in paper-I and paper-II, candidates will be shortlisted for document verification. The final selection and allocation of ministries or departments or organisations will be made on the basis of the performance of candidates in both the tests combined.

The finally selected candidates will get a salary in the range of Rs 35,400 to Rs 1,12,400.

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Time to end job destroying border closures




Business Council of Australia

The Queensland government’s decision to ease some domestic travel restrictions doesn’t go far enough to give hope to Australians who want to get on with their lives and make plans for the future, Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said.

“Just as NSW has demonstrated, there is no reason states cannot open back up if they have the right systems in place for tracking and tracing, local containment and quarantine.

“When states open back up again they start creating new jobs and give Australians the chance to get back to work.

“The cost of this border closure has been monumental. Reduced flights between Brisbane and Sydney airport alone have cost Australia’s economy $1.2 billion.

“The impact has been particularly acute in Queensland’s tourism and hospitality industries.

“Arbitrary border closures were a blunt weapon we needed to keep people safe in the early stages of the pandemic but they are unsustainable job killers.

“Queensland is desperately going to need the jobs that open borders and sensible risk management will create.

“It is an illusion that these restrictions will only have temporary effects. Every day that a business is shutdown, that customers are not coming through the door or that people can’t work is doing permanent damage and making it harder to recover.

“We must base these decisions on the strongest medical and scientific advice because they will have a massive impact on people’s lives and livelihoods for the long term.

“It is time for every state and territory to learn to live alongside this virus because every day of delay deepens the devastating social and economic harm this pandemic has caused.

“This will be devastating news to families hoping to reunite, for workers who need to cross borders to get to their jobs and for businesses looking towards the critical Christmas period.

“We need a highly-targeted, careful and gradual reopening of the national economy based on health advice with robust nationally consistent systems in place.

“Getting all of Australia’s domestic borders open again by Christmas would be a $3 billion gift to the nation.”

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