Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article The latest HR Big Thing fromAmerica has hit the UK shores. Known as internal recruiters, these permanentemployees dispense with costly external agencies and allow the organisationmore control when hiring staff. By Nic PatonMark Baker, recruitmentmanager at network and telecoms consultancy Net2S, is one of a growing band of”internal recruiters” being appointed by UK firms, importing aconcept from the US that has been gaining popularity in recent years.”Companies feel we can perform a better, more professional service thansome of the agencies. We are less expensive and, at least for small andmedium-sized companies, I think we will become more prevalent,” he says. Internal recruiters,or “staff specialists” as they are known in the US, first appearedabout 13 years ago. Now some 60 per cent of technology firms there use aninternal recruitment function in some shape or form, including well known namessuch as IBM, Lucent Technologies, Cisco Systems and Nortel Networks. It is alsoused by the top five accountancy firms in the US as well as managementconsultancies, financial institutions and a raft of other corporations.While not unknown inthe UK – with firms such as Compaq having long-established equivalents in place– the concept is still relatively immature over here. But according to SteveDavies, a former IT recruitment specialist who has set up Recruiters Onsite, itis set to grow.”If you look atthe history of recruiting in the UK, most companies have traditionally gone forthird-party recruiting through a consultancy to find their staff. Internalrecruiting allows a company to take control of its own hiring,” he says.Companies looking toestablish IR are taking their recruitment function back in-house. Unlike usingan external agency, internal recruiters are permanent employees of the company,specialists that have set up a bespoke agency within its own walls.”Internalrecruiters are committed not only to hiring staff, they look at their careerdevelopment plans, staff retention and how recruitment is managed andorganised,” says Davies.They will have theability to work with agencies, if necessary, and put together acompetency-based interview framework, design assessment centres and establishpsychometric testing for interviewees, he adds. On average, a recruiter spendshalf the time simply trying to find the right people to fill vacancies and therest interviewing, drawing up processes and making recommendations, Daviesestimates.But he argues thatbusinesses will also find that, as soon as the initial investment of hiringrecruiters and setting up the function is cleared, they can make considerablesavings on their recruitment bill by lowering the total cost per hire. “Ihad a client who was spending £19,000 per hire on agencies, advertising onwebsites, interviewing and so forth. Using IR he was able to cut this to£7,000,” he claims.Other key benefitsinclude a higher percentage of job offers being taken up, freeing managers tomanage the business and, crucially, a much closer relationship betweenrecruiter and employer.The concept appliesequally to large, medium or small companies, offering benefits regardless ofwhether a firm is looking to hire 15 people or thousands, says Davies.”You have the accountability. If you are a big company it is difficult touse a lot of agencies. And if you are a small firm, do you really want to spendyour day recruiting when you should be growing the business?”Small andmedium-sized firms could find IR useful because they often do not have the sortof recruitment processes in place that an IR specialist can establish.” Net2S’s Baker hasalready cut the company’s recruitment costs since he was appointed last June toset up an IR function. His team has expanded to a second person, with a thirddue to be appointed. The team recruits and trains in-house, and is aiming toappoint about 75 people this year, bringing the workforce up to 120 by the endof this year.”I do not run ona set budget, as such, for recruitment. But I have a budget for each month inwhich I keep a record of my spending,” he says. In January, he spent about£6,000 on Internet and press advertising, with a further £2,500 in February and£4,000 in March.By comparison, tooutsource recruiting even a junior member of staff – say on a 20 per cent feeof a £20,000 salary – would cost about £4,000 per hire. “We are recruitingabout five or six people a month, so it does make sense,” he says. Thecompany has offices in Paris, New York and Chicago, where there is a muchgreater reliance on internal recruiters than in the UK. The Paris office, forinstance, has nine internal recruiters.”My personalexperience is that in the US you tend to have an internal recruitment team butoften they are just a buffer between the business and the agencies. They makesure the interviews are arranged and the line managers are protected,”says Baker.He sees his role asbeing more proactive, using his in-house knowledge to help the business get theright people it needs. “It is refreshing to hear direct from a companyrather than going through an agency,” he adds.But there are pitfallsto IR. Davies concedes that having an in-house recruitment function means that,for managers, it can end up as simply another part of the business to worryabout. Or when businesses both using IR merge, there is then the question ofwhich team to keep.More pertinently, ifthere is an economic downturn the firm is either stuck with another fixed costor has to go through the costly redundancy process. “If there is a downturn,you do not want to have a recruiter sitting around being paid£40,000-50,000,” says Davies.Until last December,Katherine Day was an internal recruiter for US technology giant NortelNetworks, working as resource manager for network operations delivery forEurope, the Middle East and Africa, out of the company’s Maidenhead office. Thegroup has about 50 internal recruiters in Europe – half of them at Maidenhead –hiring about 8,000 people a year. In the US, its internal recruitment functionis three times as large.The recruiters focuson a particular division of the business, she says. “Instead of managershaving to spend their time on the phone to agencies, sifting CVs andinterviewing candidates in the first round, they can get on with their jobs.Recruiters are also able to negotiate better because they know the agenciesinside out.”The total cost perhire was about £1,000, she adds. Recruitment through and external agency wouldhave cost Nortel 15-20 per cent of the base salary of each applicant. But theeconomic downturn in the US and collapsing confidence in the high-tech”new economy” on both sides of the Atlantic took their toll and Daylost her job at the end of the year.She says, “InOctober, everyone was hiring recruiters. They hired all these people and theyhave now fired most of them. The problem is that they have gone from oneextreme to another.”Come Q3, Q4 oreven Q1 next year, when everything will go back to the way it was, they willhave lost all these recruiters and will have to start hiring again. In Januaryor February next year, everyone will start panicking.” It is this lack offlexibility over IR that could put some managers off the concept, especially ifthe indications are for a cooling in the economic outlook, says AlastairWright, global head of strategic resourcing at HR consultancy Empower.Wright, as HR directorat Digital, now Compaq, set up the company’s resource service centre – an IRfunction by another name – 10 years ago. He says, “If you are starting up,you need a business which keeps fixed costs low and variable costs high.If the market downturns and you arefaced with problems, you do not want to be laying off employees.”The concept also goesagainst the trend of managers looking for increased flexibility andcasualisation in the workplace. Wright says, “One characteristic of themarket at the moment is that it is uncertain. Instability is in the future ofthe market for the next few years. If you cannot predict the business, you aregoing to keep your variables as high as possible.” A £20,000 salary, forinstance, still costs an employer about £50,000, and the cost of laying offrecruiters, along with the management time that goes with it, is high.Nevertheless, theelement of control that IR gives can be attractive, says Sue Taunton, afreelance HR consultant and former project manager for NatWest, who specialisesin setting up and designing recruitment functions for clients.”Businesses quitelike that comfort, that there is someone there they can trust. By goingin-house they can maintain and retain control. The pull of the business is tohave it done internally. But it is not giving them flexibility,” she says.Larger organisationsoften prefer the one-stop-shop approach that IR can bring. But with theeconomic cycle appearing to be turning, it is likely that many companies willbe looking for flexibility in the short term at least, she adds. “I thinkoutsourcing is likely to become more prevalent, then it will loop around andpeople will be taking it back in-house again.”Internal recruiters donot have to be in conflict with external recruitment agencies, says MarkBrewer, a partner at recruitment agency Frazer Jones. “They areknowledgeable and enormously helpful to external recruitment companies. Thereare organisations where the internal resource function does not get on withexternal recruiting firms. But they are very much in the minority,” hesays.”Dedicatedresource functions have been around for years. Organisations that need toproduce a significant number of new hires and need that process managedeffectively have had internal recruitment.”One possible pitfallwith IR is that it can put another layer between the incoming employee and theemployer, adding another extended line of communication, he says. “But youhave to accept that a good organisation is going to use whatever means it canto deliver the right people on the right timescale.”Another potentialdownside is that, in an intensely competitive environment, headhuntingtop-flight staff can prove problematic if you are a fully signed-up employee ofone of the companies involved, says Mark Knapper, a director at recruitmentagency Aquinas. “No organisation can search directly with another. At thesearch level, I think it is very difficult. It would be likely to lead to somesort of conflict but in volume recruitment it could be very good. But they doneed to ensure they have the processes set up internally.”Businesses also have torecognise that moving to an IR function may not be the be-all and end-all. Mostcorporations, if they move in this direction, inevitably end up using amix-and-match approach. Where necessary, they often end up tapping into theexpertise and knowledge that an external recruit agency can still provide,Knapper argues.”If you say youare going to slash your recruitment costs by just taking it all in-house, it isnot going to work. An in-house recruiter’s database will never be as extensiveas a specialist’s,” he says. But Davies atRecruiters Onsite is confident that IR will catch on in the UK. With the chilleconomic winds beginning to blow in from the US, however, he declines to puthis money on how prevalent it will be in five years. He says, “Three yearsago you would have said that, within a couple of years, most companies wouldhave been using it. But because of recent fluctuations in recruitment it is nowdifficult to say. “It is a time andcost thing. If you are prepared to develop the infrastructure, you will seebenefits in the medium term and definitely in the long term.”Should IR become thenorm, recruitment agencies will increasingly find themselves becomingheadhunting specialists searching for the top-flight candidate, perhaps thechief executive, finance director or chairman, he says.”There willalways be a role for recruitment agencies. Most companies will still have tospend some on agencies. I would not have set up this business if I did notthink it would become more prevalent. At the moment, what we are seeing is justthe tip of the iceberg.” Do it yourselfOn 24 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today
 Electrical conductivity measurements made using the dielectric profiling technique (DEP) are compared to chemical data from the top 350 m of the Dome C ice core in Antarctica. The chemical data are used to calculate the concentration of the major acidic impurities in the core: sulphuric acid and hydrochloric acid. The conductivity coefficients in solid ice for sulphuric acid (beta(H2SO4)) and hydrochloric acid (beta(HCl)) are found to be 4.9 and 4.5 S m(-1) M-1. These are consistent with previously found values for the acid conductivity coefficient at different sites and suggest that the same conductivity mechanisms are important in all polar ice. A method of rolling regression analysis is used to find the variation of the pure ice conductivity (sigma(infinity) pure) and the conductivity coefficient of sulphuric acid, beta(H2SO4), with depth. Then sigma(infinity) pure and beta(H2SO4) are assessed against changes in core density and hence volume fraction of ice, nu, due to the inclusion of air bubbles in the firn. Looyenga’s model for dielectric mixtures applied to conduction in firn broadly predicts the variation observed in sigma(infinity) pure but does not fit well for ice above 110 m. A previous application of the theory of percolation in random lattices is used to model the conductivity coefficient in firn. The coefficient beta(H2SO4) is linked to nu by the power law: beta(H2SO4)(nu) proportional to beta(H2SO4) (1) (nu – nu(c))(t); where nu(c) is a threshold volume fraction below which no conduction can take place and is related to the geometry of the conducting lattice being modeled. The value of the exponent t is also dependent on the structure of the lattice and is here found to be t = 2.5, which is slightly lower than the previously obtained value of t = 2.7 for a structure where each grain has between 14 and 16 nearest neighbors. This model is consistent with the concept of conduction, via liquid H2SO4, taking place at two grain boundaries for firn. The model does not, however, preclude conduction taking place via acid situated at three grain boundaries or in an interconnected vein network at densities above 640 kg m(-3).
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(HOUSTON) — Houston Texans star and activist JJ Watt revealed Monday that his foundation raised more than $41 million for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.Harvey decimated Houston and the surrounding areas in 2017 with nonstop flooding and destruction. Watt initially set out to raise a few hundred thousand dollars to help.On Monday, Watt explained that the funds raised over the last year helped pay for the repair and rebuilding of 600 homes and the distribution of more than 26 million meals. The money also helped 10,000 patients receive the medication they needed.But Watt added that “the work continues.”He has partnered with organizations like Americares, Feeding America and the Boys & Girls Club to continue to help those who are displaced from their homes.“As I reflect on the events of Hurricane Harvey one year ago, the memories of destruction and devastation remain, but they are accompanied by memories of hope, selflessness and the beauty of the human spirit,” Watt said in a statement.He continued, “I was fortunate enough to witness that generosity first hand, as the fundraiser that I started with a simple goal of $200,000 turned into an unbelievable outpouring of support from people all around the globe. When it was all said and done … the total amount that was donated and is now hard at work in the community was $41.6 million.”Watt also expressed his gratitude to those who stepped up to help their fellow Americans.“Every time that I am fortunate enough to witness someone step back into their home for the first time or a child run around on the playground again, I am reminded of the generosity of strangers that helped make it all possible,” he said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. August 27, 2018 /Sports News – National JJ Watt on how the $41 million he raised has helped to rebuild Houston after Hurricane Harvey Beau Lund Written by
December 2, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Arleigh Burke Departs Naval Station Norfolk Guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) departed Naval Station Norfolk to participate in a scheduled Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), Nov. 22.“We are getting ready to deploy,” said Cmdr. Camille Flaherty, Arleigh Burke’s commanding officer. “We are forging a command team that is ready to go into harm’s way.”COMPTUEX allows Arleigh Burke the opportunity to work with other ships comprising the George H. W. Bush Carrier Strike Group.“This exercise is an outstanding opportunity for Arleigh Burke to integrate into a strike group and work with different warfare areas,” said Cmdr. Chris Majors, assigned to Commander, Strike Force Training Atlantic (CSFTL) and the senior assessor aboard Arleigh Burke during COMPTUEX.Arleigh Burke, whose motto is “Built to Fight,” will get to do just that — participate in and be evaluated on a series of scenario-driven exercises aimed at integrating the ship with the rest of the strike group.“The Arleigh Burke Sailors can expect to see a wide range of warfare areas such as air defense, surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, electronic warfare and maritime interdiction operations (MIO), among others,” said Majors.These warfare areas are uniquely tailored to the possible challenges that the strike group may face while operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Sailors will be required to conduct missions with visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) teams and small craft action teams (SCAT) in order to achieve the Navy’s maritime objectives.“COMPTUEX allows Sailors to develop a battle rhythm,” said Chief Gunner’s Mate Chuck Thomas. “This is comparable to operating in the 5th Fleet because the VBSS team and SCAT are ready at a moment’s notice to support MIO.”For the Sailors, the unknown is the most realistic part of COMPTUEX.“We just don’t know what to expect next,” said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Mahtob Johnson. “This is when training comes in and we can effectively execute what we have learned to do.”Following the successful completion of COMPTUEX, Arleigh Burke will be fully certified for its scheduled deployment in early 2014.“As a ship, we are manned up at a heightened state of readiness,” said Thomas. “When we arrive in theater, it will be like we have seen it before.”Although Arleigh Burke is the oldest destroyer in the fleet, having been commissioned on July 4, 1991, the ship remains ready to fight.“This is not the same ship that was commissioned 22 years ago,” said Flaherty. “She has upgraded engines control systems and a completely new ballistic missile defense capability, just to name some improvements.”The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group consists of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2 staff, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22 staff, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), guided-missile cruisers USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) and USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), and guided-missile destroyers USS Truxtun (DDG 103), USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) and USS Arleigh Burke.[mappress]Press Release, December 02, 2013 Training & Education USS Arleigh Burke Departs Naval Station Norfolk Share this article
Featured speakers will be Sonal Pathak, M.D. and Jeffrey Fein, D.O., of Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical CenterAdmission, parking, and refreshments are free.Registration Contact:Nikki Mederos (201-854-5702 or [email protected]) Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. These conditions include increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels.All are welcome to attend this free seminar, “Metabolic Syndrome – Minimizing Your Risk” on self-care and minimizing your health risk, on Tuesday, January 14, at 6:30 p.m., at Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical CenterAuditorium, 7600 River Road, North Bergen. ×
On Wednesday, Maine-native trio The Ghost of Paul Revere announced the lineup for their annual festival, Ghostland, set to take place in Portland, ME on August 30th and 31st.Ghostland’s main event will take place on Saturday, August 31st at Thompson’s Point, where the host band will be joined by Rayland Baxter, Sister Sparrow, The Suitcase Junket, and Dominic Lavoie for a full day of music.The night before, on Friday, August 30th, The Ghost of Paul Revere will kick off the Ghostland festivities with a special set at Port City Music Hall. Tickets to this intimate occasion will only be available as part of two-day Ghostland ticket packages or VIP passes, which include 2-day access, exclusive viewing on Saturday at Thompson’s Point, and a limited edition poster and pin.Tickets for Ghostland 2019 are available here.You can check out a list of The Ghost of Paul Revere’s upcoming tour dates below. For more information, head to the band’s website.The Ghost of Paul Revere Upcoming Tour Dates4.18 — Hoboken, NJ — White Eagle Hall4.19 — Fairfield, CT — StageOne4.20 — Providence, RI — Columbus Theatre5.24 — Evans, GA — Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que5.30 — Derry, NH — Tupelo Music Hall5.31 — Bethlehem, NH — The Colonial Theatre6.01 — Plymouth, MA — The Spire Center For Performing Arts7.13 — Snowshoe, WV — 4848 Festival8.30–8.31 — Portland, ME — Ghostland FestivalView Upcoming Tour Dates
Kristen Calandrelli ’10, explored her longstanding interest in foreign policy and international relations while working with the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the American Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark. James McFadden ’10, created a body of first-hand primary source accounts of human rights progress and violations as a field communications reporter with EG Justice in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. Katherine Huang ’11 learned about investment research processes and asset management from a global perspective with Bank of Communications Schroders Fund Management in Shanghai, China while Oscar Basantes ’10 evaluated investment portfolios and analyzed financial markets and risk management at the Banco Cofiec in Quito, Ecuador. These are just a few of the internships in a variety of fields that 48 Harvard College Weissman interns explored in a variety of fields this summer, supported by the Weissman International Internship Program. Administered by the Office of Career Services, the program was established in 1994 by Paul ’52 and Harriet Weissman to help foster the development of Harvard College students’ understanding of the global community in which they live and work. Since its inception, the Weissman Program has enabled more than 350 students to work in fields ranging from public service to business, from science to arts administration.In their final reports, the 2009 Weissman interns related the joys and challenges of living and working in another culture, negotiating new environments, working with a supervisor, and using foreign language skills in daily life. Aditya Balasubramanian ’12, who analyzed financial statements, drafted funding proposals, and helped redesign a grassroots microcredit institution’s Web site in Resistencia, Argentina, detailed a process of self-discovery and unpredictability that has given him a new approach to life. After spending the summer at a nonprofit educational development agency in Dublin, Katherine Gunn ’11 related a fresh career direction and a sense of personal growth, thanks to the welcoming atmosphere in Ireland. Eric Dong ’11 expressed a greater interest in macroeconomics and an appreciation for the survival skills he learned in contrasting cities after spending the summer working with UBS-SDIC and Blackrock-Bank of China Funds in Shenzhen and Shanghai, China. Tannis Thorlakson ’11, who worked with Grassroot Soccer in Cape Town, South Africa, planned events that combined youth soccer tournaments or camps with HIV testing, counseling, and education. She is now considering a future in the environment, health, and international development areas.The Weissman Program was designed for returning undergraduates to ensure that students enrich the Harvard community and, in turn, have their remaining undergraduate time enhanced by their global experiences. Each fall, the recent Weissman interns are welcomed back at an annual luncheon held at the Harvard Faculty Club. On Oct. 22, interns spoke with Paul and Harriet Weissman, Associate Dean Jay Ellison, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Bill Fitzsimmons, and others of insights gained, perspectives shifted, and worldviews broadened.For more information about the Weissman International Internship Program, please visit the Office of Career Services Web site.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson says it has asked US regulators to OK its one-shot COVID-19 vaccine.
Did you see The Nance screening in movie theaters this summer? I did, we had a great premiere. It was wonderful to see everybody again. We hadn’t seen each other in about a year, so that was really special. There’s so much that we don’t get to see when we’re onstage. We don’t get to see the lighting design or the way all the costumes work together. Wicked fans are so loyal—what’s the best fan gift you’ve gotten? I’ve gotten some incredible art. This show inspires people to just put their heart out there. They make duct tape art, they do watercolors, they do sculpture art, it’s incredible. I got this thing from Iceland, this incredible paper art of Glinda, it was really special. But nothing crazy. No one’s sent me their tooth or anything, thank god. [Laughs.] Who in particular have you bonded with? Christine Dwyer, who plays Elphaba. I love her so much. We’ve become really close and she’s such an ally on stage. I’m also obsessed with Mary Testa! She’s amazing, she’s a comedic genius, honestly. I’ve gotta take as many notes as possible working with her: she’s a real legend, and she’s also a blast. I love everybody, we’re all really tight. Jenni Barber You actually ask yourself, “How would Nathan Lane play Glinda?” Absolutely, or say, “No, Nathan Lane would not approve of this, nuh-uh.” It’s bizarre, but it works! from $95.00 What about your money from the dentist? Yeah, I was like, “I’m out of my dentist cash, I’ve got to take this job!” [Laughs.] Aside from Mary Testa, do you have any comedy influences you look up to that inspire your performance? I had the pleasure of working with Nathan Lane last year in The Nance, and watching him work an audience is the greatest lesson in comedy anybody could ever have. His rhythm and the way that he can time things, the way that he’ll change it up. Every performance is different and really crafted to whatever he’s getting from the audience. There’s moments where I’m doing “Popular” and I’m like, “What would Nathan Lane do?” See Barber in Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre. Related Shows You now have a few months of Wicked under your belt. How do you like being “Popular?” It’s going really well, it’s super fun, we’re having a great time. I’m really lucky I have just the coolest cast to be a part of. We’re really having fun over there! You got to perform on the Tony Awards this year—did your phone immediately start blowing up? Yes, both Christine’s and my phones went bananas. We told our families, but we didn’t tell a lot of people, and I’m not on Facebook, so literally my phone was freaking out. Christine’s actually broke. [Laughs.] It was really thrilling. And so many people from years ago were like, “Wait a second, what are you doing? You live in New York, you’re on Broadway, what?” I’m still mourning the loss of the hilarious porn play The Performers, which closed after only 30 performances on Broadway. Yay, you saw it! View Comments What’s it like to see yourself so big on a movie screen? My head was super big and it was hilarious. There’s…a lot happening! [Laughs.] It’s also gonna be on TV in October, and I’m so thrilled that so many people are gonna be able to see this story. What has been your most memorable stage door interaction? My dentist from when I was a child in Mansfield, Ohio was at the stage door a couple weeks ago. I haven’t seen her in years, but when I was first moving to New York, I had my last checkup and she literally handed me a wad of cash and was like, “Just take care of yourself, OK?” She was so worried about me moving to the big city! I haven’t seen her since that day, and then she shows up at the stage door crying. When did you see Wicked for the first time? When I first moved to the city I auditioned, and they told me I was going to leave in a week to be in the Chicago production. I had never seen the show before, so I sat in the sound booth and saw Megan Hilty and Shoshanna Bean and they were fantastic. A few days later they were like, “Oh, you’re not going to Chicago, but they may want you to stay here.” So it was this epic month of callbacks and during that time I was also auditioning for Spelling Bee and ended up getting that before they made a decision for Wicked. I needed it so bad, I was so broke. I had spent three months in New York and I had no money. Star Files You’ve played such an eclectic mix of roles, from Olive in Spelling Bee to an adult film star, to a burlesque performer. If a project is exciting for me, then I’ll just go out for it, but these roles really did choose me. [Spelling Bee and Annie director] James Lapine was a little concerned. He said, “You were Olive and now I’m seeing you without your clothes on. Why don’t you play a nice, respectful lady like Grace Farrell in [Annie]?” He was trying to clean up my act! Wicked Why don’t you think it got the run it deserved? At the theater, we talked about this relentlessly, because we were so surprised we got the closing notice so quickly. I can’t even tell you how much fun it was. Henry Winkler, Alicia [Silverstone], Cheyenne [Jackson], Daniel Breaker, Ari [Graynor], they’re most wonderful castmates a person could have. I learned a lot about commercial theater in New York City, that’s for sure. Try as you might, you simply can’t typecast Jenni Barber. The star made her Broadway debut as shy middle schooler Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and nabbed a regular gig on the kids’ TV series The Electric Company before moving on to more uh, adult fare, like a porn star in the short-lived comedy The Performers and a burlesque performer in The Nance on Broadway. Now she’s throwing us another curveball: She arrived on the Great White Way via bubble in Wicked last winter, playing oh-so-popular witch Glinda. Broadway.com chatted with Barber about her first few months in the role, what it’s like to perform on the Tony Awards and why she’s constantly asking herself “What would Nathan Lane do?”
July 1, 2003 News and Notes Charles Reynolds, of Butler Pappas, Tampa, was named chair of DRI’s Mold/IAQ subcommittee. Daniel P. Mitchell, of GrayHarris, spoke about defending causation cases with orthopedic damages, at a statewide specialty claims conference for Progressive Insurance Company. Daniel S. Pearson, a partner at Holland & Knight LLP, was presented the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Founders Award in Miami. Linda Spaulding White, a partner with Conrad & Scherer, Ft. Lauderdale, has been elected to serve on the board of directors and appointed vice chair of the appellate practice section of the Broward County Bar Association. Francis X. Rapprich III, of Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Dickson, Talley & Dunlap, P.A., has received the Legal Aid Orange County Bar Association’s New Lawyer Award. Alice Reiter Feld presented on Elder Law at the Tamarac Community Center and the Broward County Bar Association. William Andrew Haggard, partner with Haggard, Parks, Haggard & Bologna, Coral Gables, was presented the Circle of Gold Award from the Florida State University Alumni Association. He also served as a guest speaker at the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers’ Jury Selection Seminar in Ft. Lauderdale, addressing the proper ways to select a jury in a premises liability case. In addition, he spoke at a symposium hosted by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers in Orlando. The symposium was an analysis and study of the delivery of an effective opening statement in tort cases. Ervin A. Gonzalez, of Colson Hicks Eidson et al, Coral Gables, has been elected to the board of trustees for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Cathy R. LeBeau, of Fowler White Boggs Banker, has been elected to the board of directors of Life Path Hospice. Garrett J. Biondo, of Goldfarb, Gold, Gonzalez & Wald, P.A., was awarded the 2003 Hon. Marvin H. Gillman Small Claims Clinic Award by Put Something Back, a joint pro bono project of the 11th Judicial Circuit and the Dade County Bar Association. Kristen M. Lynch, of Elk, Bankier, Christu and Bakst, LLP, spoke at the annual probate seminar for the Broward County Bar Association, titled Practical Problems for the Probate Lawyer. She presented a lecture titled Avoiding Common Mistakes in Estate Planning with IRAs. She also participated in the annual estate planning seminar for the estate planning council of Broward County, presenting a lecture titled IRAs: Beyond the IRS: New Regulations, State Law, and Other Issues. Theresa M.B. Van Vliet, a partner with Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, has been appointed the representative on the Task Force on Professional Services by the ABA Section of Taxation, Committee on Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties for the year 2003-04. Chris M. Ballentine, of Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Dickson, Talley & Dunlap, P.A., has received the Judge J.C. Stone Distinguished Service Award presented by the Legal Aid Orange County Bar Association for demonstrating a career to pro bono service. Carol M. Lynch, assistant counsel for the Naval Education and Training Command, has been selected for promotion to the rank of captain in the Judge Advocate General Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve. Jorge L. Freeland, of White & Case, LLP, Miami, spoke on Due Diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions to a local education forum for Financial Executives International, held in Ft. Lauderdale. John Arthur Jones, of Holland & Knight, LLP, was presented the first William S. Belcher Lifetime Professionalism Award at the annual luncheon of the Real Property, Probate, & Trust Law section of The Florida Bar. Thomas A. Snow, president and CEO of Carlton Fields, has been elected to the board of regents and as secretary of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers at the college’s spring meeting. Pat Muldowney, of Akerman Senterfitt, Orlando, spoke on recent developments under the Fair Labor Standards Act at the Orange County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Committee’s seminar on Trends in Employment Law and a View from the Bench. Brian P. Trauman, of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, Washington, D.C., has been appointed chair of the ABA Young Lawyer’s Division Tax Law Committee for 2003-04. He has also been appointed to serve on the ABA Tax Section as secretary of the Transfer Pricing Committee, and chair of the Pro Bono Committee’s VITA subcommittee. Bradley P. Blystone, a shareholder with Mateer Harbert, was named a member of the board of directors at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida. Jeffrey M. Adams, a partner of Abbey, Adams, Byelick, Kiernan, Mueller & Lancaster, LLP, lectured on Direct Examination, Comprehensive Cross-Examination and Putting Together a Powerful Closing Argument, during the National Business Institute’s Advanced Trial Advocacy in Florida seminar. Patrick A. Moran, of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., was elected to the board of directors of the Ft. Lauderdale Children’s Theatre. Diane J. Geller, of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., addressed staffing professionals at the 2003 Florida Staffing Services Association Annual Conference in Tampa. Her topic was titled Legally Fit or Injury Prone? In addition, she spoke on Involuntary Terminations at a human resources seminar hosted by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. Kenneth B. Jacobs, of Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., Jacksonville, has been installed as president of the Jewish Community Alliance of Jacksonville. Cynthia C. Spall, of Gunster Yoakley, has been appointed to the board of directors for the Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition. Richard Milstein, of Akerman Senterfitt, was awarded The Professional Advisor of the Year Award by Leave a Legacy, a program of the Planned Giving Council of Miami-Dade County. Merrick L. Gross, a shareholder with Akerman Senterfitt, Miami, has been appointed to the Impact Council of The United Way of Miami-Dade County. Alan C. Sheppard, Jr., of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & McRae, L.L.P., Jacksonville, has become president-elect of the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties. He also presented a paper at a symposium sponsored by Jacksonville’s Chinese Businesss Education Center, explaining new Chinese insurance regulations that permit foreign-owned insurance companies to do business in China. Vivian Arenas, associate at de la Parte and Gilbert, P.A., Tampa, has been elected to the board of directors for Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc., which leads Tampa’s Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration. Howard D. Rosen, of Donlevy-Rosen & Rosen, P.A., Coral Gables, made presentations to the tax section of the Utah State Bar, the Essex County (NJ) Bar Tax Section, and the Santa Clara County (CA) Bar Association on asset protection and offshore trust planning topics. William E. Curphey, of William E. Curphey & Associates, Clearwater, spoke in Cambridge, England, before an international group on collaborative negotiations, and how to be a principal negotiator to an international group of business managers. Jerry M. Markowitz and Thomas Ringel, founding shareholders of Markowitz, Davis, Ringel & Trusty, P.A., Miami, have been elected to the board of directors of the University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association. Thomas M. Farrell IV, of Farrell & Gasparo, P.A., Jacksonville, spoke on Benefits Available Under the Workers’ Compensation System, as part of a seminar on workers’ compensation in Florida. Randee S. Schatz, of Randee S. Schatz, P.A., Palm Beach, was re-elected chair of the health care district of Palm Beach County. Ira H. Leesfield, of Leesfield Leighton Rubio Mahfood & Boyers, P.A., spoke at the Trial Master’s Seminar in Orlano, sponsored by the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association. He talked on the topic of How to Select the Right Jurors. In addition, he was the keynote speaker at the Justices Teaching Institute held in Tallahassee, in which he presented the topic of Justice in the Law. Kimberly Bonder Rezanka, of Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capuano & Bozarth, P.A., Brevard County, was elected secretary of the Brevard County Bar Association. Paul Steven Sing-erman, of Berger Singerman, gave a speech titled Can an Asset Protection Plan Survive in Bankruptcy? at the Annual Wealth Protection Conference of The Florida Bar’s Tax Section, held in Miami. Walter J. Harvey, a partner with Steel Hector & Davis LLP, Miami, has been appointed to the City of Miami Homeland Defense/Neighborhood Improvement Bond Oversight Board. Jamie Finizio-Bascombe, of The Finizio Law Offices, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, was a keynote speaker at St. Thomas University’s Women’s Fair, sponsored by Women United for Human Rights Organization. She spoke on the many ways that women can become involved in the community to advance women’s rights and to assist other women in all fields. She has also been elected president of the Nova Law Alumni Association for the years 2003-05. Harvey J. Sepler was elected to be a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers of the 11th Circuit Public Defender’s Office Brendon M. Lee, of MacFarlane Ferguson & McMullen, Tampa, spoke at a seminar titled How to Champion Your Labor Law Issues on the topic of Using Independent Contractors to Field Your Team. Kimberly Kolback, Miami, lectured on Managing the Relationship & Structuring the Deal–Common Ground in the Sports and Entertainment Industries, held by the University of Miami, School of Law Entertainment & Sports Law Society in Miami Beach. She also served as CLE chair for The Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section’s Fifth Annual Legal Symposium on the world of music, film, and television. Robert W. Boos, of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., addressed civil litigators and other attorneys at a seminar on Motion Practice in Florida. Sponsored by Lorman Education Services, Inc., he spoke about Injunctions and Temporary Restraining Orders. Michael Okaty, an associate with Foley & Lardner, Orlando, was elected president of the Metro-Orlando University of Central Florida Alumni Chapter. Ken Wright, partner with Baker & Hostetler, LLP, Orlando, has been elected to the board of directors of the American Red Cross of Central Florida. Patricia H. Thompson, of Carlton Fields, Miami, spoke at the American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section’s 2003 workshop in Chicago, IL, titled Preventing and Recovering Losses: Litigation and Financing Strategies for the Contract Surety. She spoke at the Women’s Division Luncheon, addressing women’s participation in the construction and surety industry. Sangita Patel, of Baker & Hostetler, LLP, Orlando, has been elected to the board of directors of the Golden Rule Foundation. Henry M. Cooper, of Fogel & Cohen, L.L.P., Boca Raton, has published an article on the use of data retention policies to minimize an employer’s liability exposure, which was featured in Document Magazine. Jason M. Murray, of Carlton Fields, has been selected as the 2003 recipient of the Young Lawyers Division Diversity Award. Deborah B. Talenfeld, Kluger, Peretz, Kaplan & Berlin, P.L., has been appointed to the Panel of Chapter 7 Trustees for the Southern District of Florida. July 1, 2003 Regular News