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Variety of Summer Camps Offered

Options include sports as well as theatre, the sciences, and writing

The Gannon University women’s basketball program, led by coach Cleve Wright, will host five girls’ camps this summer. Dates are as follows:
• June 15-18 and July 27-30: Fundamentals Camps (grades 3-8).
• June 19-21 and July 17-19: Team Camps (high school junior varsity and varsity teams).
• July 13-16: Shooting Camp (grades 6-12).
The Fundamentals Camps are $100 per person; the Team Camps are $300 per team; and the Shooting Camp is $75 per person. For more information, or to register, contact Cleve Wright, women’s basketball coach, Gannon University, at 814-871-7419.

The Gannon University men’s basketball program, led by coach John Reilly, will host two boys’ camps this summer. Dates are as follows:
• June 13-14: Team Camp (high school junior varsity and varsity teams).
• August 3-7: Fundamentals Camp (grades 3-8).
Cost is $125 per person for the Fundamentals Camp, and $350 per team for the team camp. For more information, or to register, contact the Gannon University men’s basketball offices at 814-871-7212.

The Gannon University volleyball program, led by coach Matt Darling, will host two girls’ camps this summer. Dates are as follows:
• July 6-9: All-Skills Camp.
• July 10-11: Beginner’s Camp (ages 5-12).
The camps will focus on teaching the skills of the game to players at all levels of ability. The cost for the All-Skills Camp is $125 for day camp and $300 for overnight camp (includes all meals and three nights in the residence halls.) The cost for the Beginner’s Camp is $50. For more information, or to register, contact Matt Darling, women’s volleyball coach, Gannon University, at 814-871-7245.

Gannon University will host three sessions of its Young Writers’ Camp: June 23-27, July 7-11, and July 21-25. During these hands-on and collaborative workshops, students will learn to more fully develop their writing process and develop writing projects to produce “working manuscripts” of publishable writing. For more information, or to register, contact Sally LeVan, professor, Gannon University English Department, at 814-871-7506.

Gannon University from July 13-17 will host a High School Journalism Workshop for students in grades 10-12. The workshop will emphasize news and feature writing. The coordinator, Frank Garland, has more than 25 years of experience as a daily news and feature reporter. Workshop topics will include journalistic writing and Associated Press style, writing leads, interviewing techniques, objectivity vs. editorializing, news judgment, beat reporting, features, and ethics and the press. For more information, or to register, contact Frank Garland, instructor, Gannon University English Department, at 814-871-5808.

Gannon University from July 12-17 will host an Engineering Camp for high school students. Participants will learn about career paths in engineering, acquire hands-on building experience, see technology in action, use state-of-the-art engineering and computer tools, and create innovative technical projects. The camp will take place primarily on the Gannon campus, but also will include educational and recreational excursions to off-campus sites. Cost is $495. For more information, or to register, contact Ann Banko, Gannon University Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, at 814-871-7620.

Gannon University’s Regional Summer School of Excellence will be held July 6-10 and July 13-17. The program is designed for high school sophomores and juniors who excel in the sciences and are interested in a unique and hands-on summer learning opportunity. It is free and open to students in Erie, Warren, and Crawford counties. The program offers two weeks of intensive study in the life sciences as students are able to work both in Gannon’s laboratory facilities and aboard the University’s research vessel, the Environaut, on Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For more information, or to request an application, contact Stan Zagorski, program director and faculty consultant, Gannon University biology department, at 814-871-7641, or the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit at 814-734-5610.

Gannon University will host its “ShakeXperience” Camp July 13-18. The camp will allow participants to experience Shakespeare first-hand through “college-style” classes and workshops in acting, text, design/tech, and movement/stage combat. Participants also will be performing a showcase of scenes and monologues. Students will be housed in Gannon dormitories and will have access to University food service and facilities. The camp is led by Gannon faculty members and qualified instructors. Both seasoned performers and beginners are welcome. Cost is $99. For more information, contact Fr. Shawn Clerkin, assistant professor, Gannon University Theatre, Communications, and Fine Arts Department, at 814-871-7493.


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How to Suicide Prevention Training


The below comment was received on my Facebook page, it was worth bumping to here.

Peter DiMarzio said: I am a veteran of the US Air Force now working as the EAP Coordinator for District 1 for the last two years. Prior to this position I worked for the last twelve years with the Massachusetts Dept. of Mental Health. I am concerned about GMT topics being placed online in particular Suicide Prevention. I can say after almost every presentation I have has shipmates come up to me with concerns about their shipmates, parents or friends who have express suicidal tendencies, or have concerns these people are heading down that road. These people are looking for guidance on how to help. Its my greatest concern that without this face to face these individuals will sit in front of a computer and never come forward with these concerns. The online training becomes another circle to fill in. I have been to many commands, units and the Academy and all feel this particular topic should remain face to face. Please keep this a face to face training to ensure concerns can be addressed. Thank you.

Mr. DiMarzio,

Thank you for your thoughtful comments regarding the Suicide Prevention GMT. The fact that participants in your Suicide Prevention training feel comfortable approaching you about such sensitive issues tells me you are providing excellent services for our members and employees. Also encouraging is the fact that members at your training sessions are outwardly showing concern about the well-being of shipmates, parents and friends, and are looking for ways to help. This is exactly the Guardian climate we are trying to reinforce within the Coast Guard.

You present a good case for keeping the Suicide Prevention GMT as a face-to-face requirement. My Work-Life staff agrees with you, and so do I. We continue to work towards that end; however, we are currently reaching only about 60% of Coast Guard personnel with face-to-face Suicide Prevention training annually. We realize that face to face is the best delivery method, but training in an alternate format, rather than no training due to limited resource capacity is the current reality. To ensure that we are able to provide everyone with valuable Suicide Prevention training, we must also rely on an online option to serve remote units and those personnel who were otherwise unable to attend the face-to-face training. For all its short-comings, on-line training does have several positive attributes 1. we can be assured that all the important learning objectives are consistently presented 2. we have verification that students actually understood what was taught, 3. the message conveyed is consistent and delivered in an approved / scripted manner.

The revised Suicide Prevention policy that is currently being developed will “strongly encourage” face-to-face training but will allow Commanding Officers/Officers-in-Charge to seek a waiver to use online training in lieu of face to face sessions. With this provision the unit’s chain of command will be able to monitor and ensure the best mix of services.

The use of on-line suicide prevention training is consistent with the policy currently proposed by DoD, and reflects the reality that we are currently unable to reach everyone with “on-site” training. We continue to strive to reach our goal to provide face-to-face Suicide Prevention Training to all Coast Guard personnel in the future.

Thank you again for taking the time to comment on this issue. And, most sincerely, thank you for your passion and enthusiasm in addressing the needs of all of the members of our extended Coast Guard Family. You embody the true meaning of Guardian. Semper Paratus.

Note: Emergency suicide crisis services may be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week via the Employee Assistance Program toll free number (800) 222-0364.

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Poisoning Pesky Pests

April showers bring flowers – and mosquitoes!!! The one good thing about our prolonged dry spell is that we have had almost no mosquitoes for months…but that is about to change. Truly, mosquitoes are some of the most pestilential insects on this earth – not only is their bite unpleasant, but some species have the capacity to transmit diseases. People will do almost anything to get rid of them. And pest control companies prey on this urge, and will sell you just about anything.

The device the pest companies are pushing these days – the “mosquito misting system” – costs several thousand dollars to install, but it does actually kill mosquitoes. These systems use a series of nozzles, usually placed around the periphery of the homeowner’s yard, which emit a fine mist at intervals (many have programmable timers). The mist, which contains water mixed with a pyrethroid insecticide, kills mosquitoes on contact. Pyrethroids are widely used, generalist insecticides touted as “safe” for humans and pets such as dogs and cats, because they are derived from plants (learn more about these “safe” chemicals by clicking here.)

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Perchlorate Chemicals Found in 100% of Tested Infant Formula Products

The CDC has conducted a study of infant formula products sold in the United States and shockingly found they were all contaminated with rocket fuel chemicals!

Published in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, these findings reveal that every single infant formula product tested was found to contain perchlorate. The highest levels were reportedly found in the cow’s milk formula products.

How does perchlorate get into infant formula? It’s simple: It’s a contaminant in the water supply that’s given to dairy cows. Those cows, in turn, pass the perchlorate chemicals through their milk, and that milk is used to make infant formula that many (ignorant) parents still feed their babies.

(Can you believe human mothers still feed their human babies milk made from bovine animals?)

What’s a better alternative? First off, human breast milk is the obvious choice. But if that’s not available, goat’s milk infant formula is the next-best thing. (Check your local health food store for goat’s milk brands.)

You can also read some recipes on home-made infant formula at the Dr. Weston Price Foundation (

Stop poisoning our babies!
That rocket fuel chemicals are found in the water supply and, subsequently, infant formula is no surprise: Modern civilization is awash with toxic chemicals. Even breastfeeding doesn’t avoid the issue, since virtually all human breast milk is also contaminated with perchlorate!

And it’s not just rocket fuel that’s in the water: The water supply is also contaminated with trace amounts of numerous pharmaceuticals and fragrance chemicals. Remember the recent story about the fish being caught near major U.S. cities and testing positive for psychiatric medications? (

You might also want to check out a transcript of a radio show I did on the subject of pharmaceutical contamination of the water supply last year:

The bottom line? The water supply is toxic, and even if you don’t count the trace amounts of chemicals that have already been found, cities are intentionally adding fluoride and chlorine chemicals to the water supply, too! That makes it quite a toxic brew.

It’s clear that we’ve all got to protect ourselves from the dangerous water supply if we wish to stop poisoning ourselves and our babies.

Water supply solutions
There are essentially TWO places you need to protect your water in your home (this is especially true if you are pregnant or breastfeeding):

1) Your shower.

2) Your kitchen tap.

Fortunately, there are very affordable products that filter the water in each of these places.

On the low end, in the kitchen category, you can buy PUR or Brita water filters at Wal-Mart (if you can stand shopping there) and they really do work! Get ’em at Costco or Sam’s Club for a better deal. Notably, these devices are cheap up front, but the long-term cost to change out the filters is quite high. It’s sort of like buying an inkjet printer: The printer unit is cheap, but the ink costs you a fortune.

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UC Merced Professor Receives Awards from Optics Organizations

MERCED – UC Merced founding professor Roland Winston, considered a pioneer in the field of nonimaging optics, has received distinguished awards from two of the industry’s premier organizations.

The Optical Society of America awarded Winston its 2009 Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize and the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers’ (SPIE) selected him for its 2009 A.E. Conrady Award.

“I feel very honored to be recognized by two of the major societies in optics,” said Winston, one UC Merced’s founding faculty members. “I am pleased for the university and for my students.”

The Optical Society of America’s Joseph Fraunhofer/Robert M. Burley prize recognizes significant accomplishments in the field of optical engineering. SPIE’s A.E. Conrady Award is given annually to recognize and honor exceptional contributions in design, construction and testing of optical systems and instrumentation.

Nonimaging optics is a science concerned with collecting, concentrating, transporting and distributing light energy in applications such as solar energy, signal detection, illumination optics and measurement and testing.

Winston joined UC Merced’s faculty in 2003. He is jointly appointed to the schools of Engineering and Natural Sciences and holds the UC Presidential Endowed Chair. He has applied the field of nonimaging optics to a variety of problems in radiation detection, illumination and solar energy concentration.

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Swine Flu Update

At least two California State University campuses have identified possible swine flu cases, and several San Jose area schools have been closed as a precautionary measure. Please be assured that San Jose State University is open

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