New Islamic Studies Centre

May 3, 2021

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first_imgThe Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies’ new building is set to open in 2013 after a nine-year delay. The opening will see the Centre move from its current location on George Street to a 3.25 acre site next to Magdalen College.The building on the new Marston Road site was expected to open in 2004 after work began in 2002 but had to stop due to issues of funding.Registrar Richard Makepeace said, “As is often the case, deadlines have been stretched. We were expecting to be ready to open by the end of this year but we are hoping to have the opening in 2013. There will be work going on throughout the year, which is basically the fitting out of the interior.”The centre was initially thought to cost £60 million. A figure for the final spend is not yet available, but it is thought that it will certainly exceed the initial budgetary estimate.The Centre is a Recognised Independent Centre of the University of Oxford, set up in 1985. It is not a part of the University, but works with the University in research and teaching. Other Recognised Independent Centres of the University include the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, and the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.The OCIS website describes the new building as blending “the architectural features of the traditional Oxford colleges with the forms and styles of the classical period of Islam. The result is a unique symbol of the harmony between two ancient traditions of scholarship brought together for the pursuit of knowledge.” Islamic and Western culture and architecture are brought together within the design, and registrar Richard Makepeace said that “If there is a message in the building it is that we are not as different as we sometimes tend to believe.”The new building will have accommodation for up to 40 graduate students, as well as a mosque, minaret, dining hall and parking.  Another benefit of the move will be the increase in library space. OCIS said that “the move to purpose-built new premises will increase the Library’s size fourfold and enable wider access to a much more extensive collection.”The Centre aims to provide a meeting point for the Western and Islamic worlds of learning, contributing to multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary study of the Islamic world. The OCIS enjoys the support of its patron Prince Charles as well as visits from other international figures including Nelson Mandela and Kofi Annan, then Secretary-General of the UN.Mohammad Ali, member of Oxford University Islamic Society, commented, ‘Our general thoughts about the new centre are positive, since we appreciate the existing centre on George Street is somewhat small.’last_img read more


Saint Mary’s Lambda Pi Eta chapter invites students to develop communication skills and pursue leadership

January 26, 2021

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first_imgIn their senior year at Saint Mary’s, Kerry Rose McDonald (’19) and Jordan Cockrum (’19) decided they wanted a space for communication studies majors to meet and a way to celebrate their accomplishments. To achieve this, they revitalized the Saint Mary’s chapter of Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) the official communication honors society of the National Association of Communication.(Editor’s Note: Cockrum formerly served as Saint Mary’s Editor at The Observer.)McDonald and Cockrum, president and vice president of LPH, respectively, then passed the torch to seniors Bernadette McGeever and Katy Stalter, who are serving as president and vice president this year.McGeever explained that, as members of LPH, they are proud to be one of 400 active chapters around the world.“We celebrate our passion in communication [and] try to … promote professional development, and then provide some opportunities to network and prepare the members for a career in the field,” McGeever said.Senior Elyse Paul is a current member of the Saint Mary’s LPH chapter. Paul said the purpose of the club is to stimulate interest in the field of communication.“LPH is a great way for communication studies majors to become more involved in their field of study at Saint Mary’s and form a closer bond with your classmates,” she said.Students can gain experience utilizing social media, writing, advertising and marketing, public relations and other skills that bolster a career in communication, McGeever said.“When students join Lambda Pi Eta, there’s so many great opportunities for leadership,” she said.This semester, McGeever, Stalter and the rest of the chapter are working to increase membership and promote awareness on campus. To help realize this goal, they have created a new leadership position: a social media officer.Seniors Gina Twardosz and Sheridan Sims have both been appointed to fill this position. They, along with the rest of the group, are currently preparing for to host Angie Fitzpatrick, a guest speaker from Career Crossings. (Editor’s Note: Twardosz is a news writer at The Observer.)“[Fitzpatrick] will be talking about how to brand yourself using social media, and then some job and internship strategies in the communication and marketing industry specifically,” McGeever said. “It will be a great way to prepare students for a career in the field.”Paul said she encourages other Saint Mary’s students to join the chapter.“It is a great opportunity for personal development, and it looks great on a resume too,” she said.To join Lambda Pi Eta, students must be a junior and have completed 60 semester credit hours, 12 of which need to be communication studies courses. A minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 is required for all courses taken, as well as a minimum GPA of 3.25 in all communication courses.Not only do all LPH members meet these requirements, but all those accepted must rank within the highest 35% of their class.“If you are considering joining, definitely apply,” McGeever said. “Being a member of LPH is a great testament to your own achievements. It’s a really great way to be more involved in the communication major at Saint Mary’s and it’s a great way to build relationships with your fellow classmates and overall I think it’s a really fun group and there’s a lot that you can learn.”Tags: Communications honor society, communications studies, honor society, Lambda Pi Etalast_img read more


Meulensteen has staff to avoid drop

September 21, 2020

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first_img Press Association Now Meulensteen hopes his experienced backroom duo can help persuade owner Shahid Khan to invest in new signings during the January transfer window. He said: “I think I’ve done really well already, so no, I’m very happy with the situation we have at the moment. “I felt he (Curbishley) strengthens my team, It’s so important to have the right people around you, and that’s what we’ve been doing. “We’ve got a nice, dynamic staff around me, with some young guys that I know from a long time ago that understand my principles and values, and I’ve got Alan Curbishley and Ray Wilkins in as two people with vast experience in management. “All that can only contribute to making sure we’ve got a better chance of staying in the Premier League. “Any successful manager in any walk of life gets the right people around them. “And I’ve felt I needed some more people with good expertise, with good experience around me, and I think both of them fit the bill perfectly.” Confident Khan will free up funds for new recruits in the transfer window, Meulensteen said he will draw on Curbishley and Wilkins to convince Fulham’s new owner to dig deep. Rene Meulensteen has confirmed he will not make any further additions to his Fulham backroom staff. He said: “I’ve been assured I’m going to get the support I need. “Whatever funds I don’t know, we haven’t really spoken about that. “The most important thing is that we’ve had good, open and honest discussions with the owner. “He knows how important it is for us to stay in the Premier League, and with the additions of Alan and Ray it will make our case even stronger, that if we do think we need to improve and we need support, that we can put an even stronger case forward. “And I’m sure he will support that. “We just have to look at what’s possible and what’s available. “We might have a wish-list to some extent, but it may very well not be possible. “We’ll look at every opportunity, and everything that will improve us, we’ll put a case forward for it. “We have to be realistic about how this disappointing start to the season has occurred, after the changeover of owners, and to some extent Martin Jol has been caught in the middle of that.” Dimitar Berbatov and Adel Taarabt will face late fitness tests ahead of the New Year’s Day Barclays Premier League home clash with West Ham. Meulensteen has backed stand-in goalkeeper David Stockdale to shrug off last weekend’s 6-0 humbling at Hull, with Maarten Stekelenburg still sidelined. He said: “That’s why you make sure you reassure the boy. “I thought he was excellent against Norwich, and I had a chat with him before that. “I said: This is what number two goalkeepers do, they train day in day out, not knowing whether they’ll play or not, and this is what you train for’. “Now it’s making sure you stand up, command your area, deal with things in a proper way and I thought against Norwich he was excellent. “I think David just fell victim to what was unfolding in front of him, yes we could have defended some of them better, but some of the strikes were excellent. “There’s not too much that David could have done about it, in my opinion.” Meulensteen replaced Martin Jol as full-time Fulham boss on December 1. The former Manchester United coach has since recruited Ray Wilkins as assistant head coach and Alan Curbishley as first team technical director, to complete his management line-up. last_img read more


Volleyball comes home after tough trip on road

September 17, 2020

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first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald file photoThis weekend, the Wisconsin volleyball team will host Michigan and Ohio State for a pair of Big Ten matches at the Field House.After losing to Iowa and Minnesota to start the conference 0-2, the No. 20 Badgers (10-4, 0-2 Big Ten) will try to take advantage of the home crowd to help get them back on their feet.“I am really excited to play in the Field House,” senior Audra Jeffers said. “The crowd really helps surge our energy, so we are excited to be back and play in front of our fans.”Neither Michigan nor Ohio State, however, will be easy victories for the slumping Badgers.Michigan — who UW plays on Friday — boasts one of the best setters in the Big Ten, Lexi Zimmerman.“Michigan keeps improving,” head coach Pete Waite said. “Their setter Lexi Zimmerman is very quick and very active as a setter and an offensive threat. She helps their ball control, which looks very good on tape.”The Wolverines (13-1, 1-1 Big Ten) average 1.66 service aces per set — good for first in the Big Ten — and could give UW’s struggling service receive some problems.“As a team you want to improve every week,” Waite said. “We have had problems with our service receive, but we have struggled in other areas as well. We need to improve a lot of things.”Ohio State — who the Badgers play on Sunday — has improved in many areas under its new head coach Geoff Carlston, most notably with its block. The Buckeyes (9-5, 0-2 Big Ten) average 2.78 stuff blocks per set, third in the Big Ten.“Ohio State has a new staff in,” Waite said. “Coach Carlston has been doing a great job developing that team with the people who were there. They seem to be playing very well, and it just shows how tough the Big Ten can be. We have to be ready to go.”UW entered the season with high expectations, and the Badgers still believe they can meet those expectations. After starting 0-2 in the Big Ten, however, UW knows these next two games are very important.“As soon as I got here 10 years ago, I found out every weekend in Madison was a big match,” Waite said. “In the Big Ten we are always glad to be at home, which is a great advantage for us. The team is feeling good, so hopefully we can take these two matches.”To better prepare for the matches, the Badgers have amped up the intensity in practice.“I think everyone has focused on getting better,” Jeffers said. “Every day we are coming in trying to improve as a team, and we have been trying some different lineup changes, just trying to figure out what is going to work for us.”Her coach agreed.“Every practice we have been trying to create a match situation,” Waite added. “We have been working hard on ball control and serving, and we think we are prepared for the weekend.”Although the Badgers haven’t started the season the way they wanted to, UW is still upbeat and confident it can get the job done.“We have put it behind us,” Jeffers said. “We just need to work harder. It is a long season, we have a long ways to go, and we are just trying to get better with every practice and every game.”last_img read more


Tipbet upgrades marketing dynamics with NetRefer

August 30, 2020

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first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Updating the market, European bookmaker Tipbet has informed that it will integrate a further two new products offered by industry player acquisition and affiliate software provider NetRefer, as the company looks to optimise its digital channels.Tipbet marketing furthers its relationship with NetRefer, who currently supply the bookmaker with its affiliate marketing platform and provisions.Moving forward Tipbet will integrate NetRefer’s new ‘Performance Marketing Intelligence Platform’, allowing for better data gathering, user insights and client decision making.NetRefer will further supply Tipbet with its Customer Engagement Platform in partnership with Optinize, to track, monitor and adjust affiliate and customer journeys by running fully-fledged integrated email and SMS campaigns. Soner Gurelli, COO at Tipbet detailed that a greater partnership with NetRefer was needed in order for the bookmaker to actively engage with its users and traffic.“We are excited about the potential of our cooperation with NetRefer for both the Customer Engagement Platform and PMI. In different ways, these will both make a positive difference to Tipbet and will help to facilitate further growth going forward.”Timothy Buttigieg, COO at NetRefer, said: “We are delighted to sign PMI and our Customer Engagement Platform (Optinize) to Tipbet. We look forward to empowering Tipbet with all the necessary tools to enhance their marketing mix.” Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Submit Share Ray Wilson, AMLGS: Industry deserves praise for its reaction to a new normal July 23, 2020last_img read more