SAIEE appoints Eskom GM as 2017 President

first_imgTransmission lines. Source: 123rf Jacob Machinjike, general manager grids in Eskom transmissionand President of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE). Credit: EskomEskom’s General Manager Grids in Eskom Transmission, Jacob Machinjike, was appointed President of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) for 2017 at the Institute’s Annual General meeting held in Johannesburg last week.The South African parastatal noted that his term commences at the end of March 2017 until the SAIEE’s next Annual General Meeting in March 2018.Thava Govender, Eskom group executive for transmission, said: “Jacob has 30 years’ experience in the engineering industry and has a sound understanding of the operation and maintenance of the entire value chain of the electricity supply industry.“He is no stranger to receiving accolades for his leadership role including being named Transmission Executive of the year 2011 and 2015. In the latter year he was also named the runner-up for the Eskom Executive of the Year award.”SAIEE appoints fellow memberMachinjike started serving in SAIEE leadership as an office bearer in 2014 as the institute’s Junior Vice President. In 2015, he served as Senior Vice President and in 2016 until the end of March 2017 he served as Deputy President and President Elect.According to Eskom, when his term as President ends in March 2018, he would have completed his five-year period in the institute’s EXCO leadership, serving as an Immediate Past President.He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Honours) and a Master of Business Leadership (MBL). He is a Fellow of the SAIEE and is registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) as a Professional Engineer.Besides being General Manager at Eskom responsible for Transmission Grid assets, he also represents Eskom on the Governing Board of the GO15 (an international organisation of very large power grid operators). He is a former director of a number of Eskom subsidiary companies, which include Trans Africa Projects (TAP), PN Energy Services, Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR), Umeme of Uganda, Motraco and Elgas of Mozambique.SAIEE objectives“The objective of the 2017 SAIEE presidential term of office is to continue building on the focus areas of the past few years, namely developing and nurturing skills to ensure the professionalisation of engineers, technologists and technicians,” explains Machinjike.He added: “I see the role of the Engineering Professional in today’s complex decision-making as requiring enthusiasm in growing membership among students and practicing engineers, increasing their ability to serve customers and to help in resolving South Africa’s and society’s challenges.”Machinjike said that there are also opportunities that require making use of new and emerging technologies, industry models, smart technologies, innovative solutions to attract investments, members’ access to international institutions and global business. Read more…Govender added: “Jacob is passionate about leadership, developing people and about coaching and mentoring for the sustainability of the industry. Congratulations to him on this voluntary but noble appointment and for continuing to serve the advancement of his profession and its development.” Finance and Policy Featured image: 123rf UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA BRICScenter_img Generation Previous articleEskom and EDF sign MoU to enhance SA power gridNext articleZESCO continues drive for energy efficient bulbs Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

NRG rejects latest offer from Exelon

first_img Facebook NRG rejects latest offer from Exelon Linkedin In a letter to Exelon CEO John Rowe, NRG’s Board of Directors said the recent offer of $8 billion “fails to adequately compensate NRG stockholders even for the value created by NRG.” 7.8.2009 Optimizing Plant Performance: The April POWERGEN+ series activates today Previous articlePickens scraps wind farm plan, wants to help other projectsNext articleEnergy outlook expects drop in usage, rise in prices of products chloecox Exelon upped the ante from $7 billion after they said they found another $1 billion in savings. NRG rejected the first bid also saying it undermined the company’s value. NRG rejects $6 billion bid from Exelon as ‘risky’ NuclearReactors By chloecox – Exelon targets NRG shareholders, files lawsuit TAGSExelon Suitors for halted Bellefonte nuclear project ask TVA to consider climate in reviving sale Twitter Twitter New Jersey utility regulators extend zero-carbon breaks for PSEG nuclear power plants Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Related stories Exelon raises bid for NRG to $8 billion 08 July 2009– NRG Energy turned down a takeover bid from Exelon saying it undermined their value and was not in the best interest of the company’s stockholders. NRG is in line to get a government loan guarantee to build two nuclear reactors in Texas. Exelon recently scrapped plans to build a nuclear power plant in Texas since they were not even in the running for the funding. No posts to displaylast_img read more

Endurance Conference Focuses on Strategic Plan

first_imgDelegates from 23 countries reached a broad consensus on the strategic plan for Endurance sport at the one-day Endurance conference in Lausanne (SUI) on February 9th.The conference was attended by more 70 delegates, with a total of 20 National Federations represented. Other bodies attending the conference were the European Equestrian Federation, World Horse Welfare, American Endurance Ride Conference and the Equine Community Integrity Unit (ECIU), as well as members of the media. FEI President HRH Princess Haya attended as an observer, along with members of the FEI Executive Board.The morning session focused on feedback from the National Federations on the proposals outlined at the 2013 General Assembly in November 2013 by the Endurance Strategic Planning Group (ESPG).Of the 47 National Federations involved in the sport, of which 33 run elite Endurance events, 20 Federations returned responses via the electronic survey, a further six sent additional comments. A team of veterinary surgeons also held its own scientifically based review and shared its views with the ESPG.ESPG Chair Andrew Finding summarised the results from the survey, in which 32 of the Group’s 37 recommendations received an approval rating of over 80%.“The consultation was never intended to be a referendum, it was designed to add value to the work we have been doing and vitally to give every National Federation an opportunity to comment,” he said. “Some decided to comment, many did not but every National Federation had an opportunity to do so.”Andrew Finding pledged that every comment received would be addressed by the Group and, where appropriate, covered at the operational planning level. He also stated that the Group had recommended that members of the Endurance Committee should be tasked with a specific area of responsibility to cover each of the critical success factors outlined by the ESPG – culture and behaviour; structure and governance; foundation for growth, and communications and marketing.His presentation then focused on the five recommendations that had a lower approval rating, but still in excess of 50%. These were the designation of Persons Responsible, and whether trainers should be included alongside riders, ride qualification standards, a trainers ranking list, awards for completions, and awards for officials. He also covered five other areas that National Federations had raised in their responses to the survey and which the ESPG felt had not been covered fully in its recommendations.Debate during the day focused on the key areas of horse welfare; clean sport and the rules, which were widely accepted as fit for purpose; support for officials on enforcement of those rules; transparent and consistent reporting; the use of technology; rider competence and horsemanship; cost implications; sponsorship; the technicality of courses to help resolve speed-related issues; technical criteria during competitions; individual and team performance; and ensuring the long-term development of the sport.There was also considerable discussion on the traditional Endurance rides, which are now being referred to as Classic Endurance riding, and Endurance Racing. There were mixed views on whether a different set of rules should be used, but it was generally agreed that the rules cover both elements.Part of the afternoon’s session was devoted to establishing the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), which will be used to evaluate the success of the strategic plan.During his summing up of the day’s proceedings, moderator John McEwen thanked Andrew Finding and the ESPG members for all their work. “This conference was to complete the work of the ESPG,” he said. “I want to thank them all individually and personally and Andrew for leading them.”“Endurance sport has expanded thanks to the expansion in Group VII; we mustn’t lose sight of that expansion,” he continued. “How we handle the expansion of the sport is down to you and it’s important we handle that right for the future of the sport.“You’ve all said that actually the structure and governance is in place. Yes we need to implement it in slightly different ways in certain aspects. We have the guidelines from the ESPG, which are extremely helpful in helping us to do that. I think the feeling in general is that we want this to remain one sport. I am passionate about this and I believe that we need to stay as one sport and that is only possible if people are open-minded and have wide vision.”The ESPG will now use the input from the conference to finalise its report, which will be presented to the FEI Bureau for further consideration. The FEI Bureau and the Endurance Committee will report at a special session on Endurance at the FEI Sports Forum (April 28-29, 2014) about the follow-up on the conclusions of the ESPG. Tags: endurance, Endurance Strategic Planning Group, ESPG, More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. 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Stage is Set for Rolex

first_imgThe stage is set for a thrilling competition at one of the perennial jewels in the Eventing calendar, the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, third leg of the FEI Classics™ 2013/2014 this weekend (April 24-27).Among the 60-plus entries are two of the world’s best riders who will once again lock horns at North America’s premier event, the result of which could ultimately determine the winner of the valuable FEI Classics™, now in its seventh year.William Fox-Pitt, who has won 12 CCI4*s – more than any other rider – plus the FEI Classics™ three times, will make his annual visit. The current joint leader of the FEI Classics™ has entered with the German-bred Seacookie TSF, runner-up last year and winner of Les Etoiles de Pau at the start of the FEI Classics™ 2013/2014 season last October, plus the exciting prospect Bay My Hero.Last year’s Kentucky winner Andrew Nicholson (NZL), the world number one and winner of last year’s FEI Classics™, has opted to take his 2013 winning ride Quimbo to Badminton (GBR) this time and has instead entered Avebury, one of the most talented and popular horses on the circuit.This is the first time the lovely home-bred grey gelding, by the part Irish Draught stallion Jumbo, has competed at a CCI4* out of Britain, but he has a formidable record which includes first and second places at Burghley (GBR) in 2012 and 2013 and it will be interesting to see what he makes of Derek de Grazia’s rolling track at Kentucky.Eight nations are represented – Australia, Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, The Netherlands and the USA – and the host side will be hoping they can pull Kentucky back into American hands again for the first time since 2008, when Phillip Dutton won on Connaught.Dutton must have another great chance this year – he is three-handed with Mighty Nice, Trading Aces and his new ride Mr Medicott, the Olympic team gold medallist with Frank Ostholt (GER) in 2008, the highest-placed US horse at the London 2012 Olympic Games with Karen O’Connor, and who was fourth at the opening leg of this series in Pau last year with Dutton.Buck Davidson (USA), whose father Bruce is the most successful rider of all time at Kentucky, is the first rider into the Dressage arena on Friday morning at 10.00 (US time). He also has a trio of rides: Petite Flower, the experienced Ballynoe Castle RM and Park Trader.Marilyn Little (RF Demeter and RF Snow on the Water) and Alison Springer (Copycat Chloe and the veteran Arthur) are two-handed, as is Canadian rider Selina O’Hanlon with Foxwood High and Bellaney Rock.The most senior rider in the field, however, is Sir Mark Todd (NZL), 58, who has been riding at Kentucky longer than anyone else – since 1978. He has an interesting prospect in Oloa, seventh in his first CCI4*, Burghley, last year.See the full entry list for the third leg of the FEI Classics™ in Kentucky here, follow what is sure to be a fascinating competition with live coverage of the entire event on the FEI’s official video platform FEI TV and see results on Classics™ 2013/2014 Leaderboard (after 2 of 6 events)1 William Fox-Pitt (GBR) 15 points2 Christopher Burton (AUS) 153 Maxime Livio (FRA) 124 Sonja Johnson (AUS) 125 Craig Barrett (AUS) 106 Phillip Dutton (USA) 87 Shane Rose (AUS) 88 Andrew Nicholson (NZL) 69 Stuart Tinney (AUS) 610 Donatien Schauly (FRA) 5See full standings here. Tags: Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, FEI Classics™, More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding.last_img read more

Man dead for years identified as suspect in 1984 murder of 15-year-old girl

first_imgSalisbury Police(SALISBURY, N.C.) — Decades after a teenage girl was stabbed to death at her grandparents’ home, DNA and genetic genealogy have been used to identify her suspected killer — a man dead for years.On June 15, 1984, the body of 15-year-old Reesa Trexler was found nude in a bedroom at her grandparents’ house in North Carolina, Salisbury Police Sgt. Travis Shulenberger said at a news conference on Tuesday.Trexler had been stabbed multiple times, and her spinal cord was severed, Shulenberger said.Semen from her unknown killer was recovered from her body, Shulenberger said, but the case went unsolved for decades.In 2018, Trexler’s sister went on the “Dr. Phil” show, which “sparked new interest in the case,” Shulenberger said.Salisbury police detectives and state investigators conducted interviews, reviewed evidence, collected DNA samples and worked with crime labs to try to solve the case, Shulenberger said.This year, it was the use of genetic genealogy that cracked the case.Genetic genealogy compares unknown DNA evidence from a crime scene to public databases, which are populated by the DNA of family members who voluntarily upload their own.Genetic genealogy has been called a “game-changer” in cracking cold cases. Since the arrest of the suspected “Golden State Killer” in April 2018, about 100 suspects have been identified through the technology, according to Parabon NanoLabs Chief Genetic Genealogist CeCe Moore, who worked on the Trexler case.But as law enforcement agencies across the country ramp up the use of genetic genealogy, some are concerned the tool is an invasion of privacy to those who voluntarily submit their DNA to databases for family ancestry purposes.When the DNA from the semen left on Trexler’s body was uploaded to a public genetic database, Parabon genealogists reverse-engineered the suspect’s family tree to determine possible suspects, police said.Authorities narrowed down the family members to determine their suspect, who was in his 40s at the time of the crime.The suspect, who was not named, died in 2007, said police.With a court order, investigators exhumed the suspect’s body and determined that his DNA matched the suspect’s semen from the crime scene.“Fortunately, DNA science has come a long way since 1984,” North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein said at Tuesday’s news conference, calling it “a powerful tool.”Police previously had speculated Trexler’s killer was a family member, but the suspect, who had a criminal history including assault with a deadly weapon, was not related and had no connection to the Trexler family, Shulenberger said. Police did not immediately explain why they declined to name the deceased suspect.Police now consider the case closed. No charges are expected.“Nothing is going to bring Reesa back,” Shulenberger said, “but we have some closure to the case now.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

On the Market: Living Rooms With A View

first_img111 West 57th Street, PH72 – Midtown, NY | $66,000,000With views like these, your living room may just become your kitchen, your bedroom and your study. And who could blame you?ManhattanTriplex Penthouse 72 is a spectacular, one-of-a-kind penthouse residence that offers the grandeur of expansive indoor-outdoor living across three full floors, all with breathtaking, unobstructed 360-degree vistas that are perfectly centered over the entirety of Central Park to the north, and river-to-river over Manhattan’s iconic city skyline to the south. The triplex boasts 7,130 of beautifully finished interior sq ft with four bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms. The extraordinary private loggia is 1,367 sq ft and provides for an elevated, sheltered open-air entertaining experience unrivalled on Central Park South.To continue reading, click here.last_img read more

EHF Cup Round 3: The end for SC Magdeburg in Porto – Three German and Spanish teams at Group stage

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmail EHF Cup Final4 2019: Fuchse Berlin, TT Holstebro and FC Porto join THW Kiel Related Items:EHF Cup Recommended for you Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsThree German and Spanish teams will play at Men’s EHF Cup Group stage. The biggest surprise of Round 3 made Portuguese FC Porto by beating German SC Magdeburg 34:27 in second match after 23:26 defeat.Also TT Holstebro caught the “big fish” French PAUC 28:25 (first match 25:25).Here are the results of Round 3. THW Kiel and Fuchse Berlin for EHF Cup 2019 trophy Click to comment EHF CUP 19/20: RNL in Minsk, Benfica in Nasice, Melsungen VS Olympiakoslast_img read more

The mirage of youth unemployment

first_imgBut the millions of young people who attend university or vocational training programmes are not considered part of the labour force, because they are neither working nor looking for a job. In calculating youth unemployment, therefore, the same number of unemployed individuals is divided by a much smaller number, to reflect the smaller labour force, which makes the unemployment rate look a lot higher.In the example above, let us say that 150 of the 200 workers become full-time university students. Only 50 individuals remain in the labour force. Although the number of unemployed people remains at 20, the unemployment rate quadruples, to 40%. So the perverse result of this way of counting the unemployed is that the more young people who pursue additional education or training, the higher the youth unemployment rate rises.While standard measures exaggerate youth unemployment, they likely understate adult unemployment, because those who have given up their job search are not counted among the unemployed. As the Great Recession drives up the number of such ‘discouraged workers’, adult unemployment rates appear to fall – presenting a distorted picture of reality.Fortunately, there is a better methodology: The youth unemployment ratio – the number of unemployed youth relative to the total population aged 16-24 – is a far more meaningful indicator than the youth unemployment rate. Eurostat, the European Union’s statistical agency, calculates youth unemployment using both methodologies, but only the flawed indicator is widely reported, despite major discrepancies. For example, Spain’s 48.9% youth unemployment rate implies significantly worse conditions for young people than its 19% youth unemployment ratio. Likewise, Greece’s rate is 49.3%, but its ratio is only 13%. And the eurozone-wide rate of 20.8% far exceeds the 8.7% ratio.To be sure, a youth unemployment ratio of 13% or 19% is not grounds for complacency. But, while the eurozone’s youth unemployment rate has increased since 2009, its ratio has remained the same (though both significantly exceed pre-2008 levels).During the 2006 French student protests, France’s 22% youth unemployment rate appeared to compare unfavourably to rates of 11%, 12%, and 13% in the United Kingdom, the US, and Germany, respectively. But the Financial Times showed that only 7.8% of French under-25s were unemployed – about the same ratio as in the other three countries. France simply had a higher percentage of young people who were full-time students. Economists worldwide need better ways to measure economic activity. Relying on GDP growth rates to assess economic health, almost all of them missed the warning signs of the 2008 financial crisis, including an $8 trillion real-estate bubble in the United States, as well as property bubbles in Spain, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Together with households, financial institutions, investors, and governments, economists were swept up in the financial euphoria that led to excessive risk-taking and severe over-leveraging of banks and households. Even the eurozone’s macroeconomic imbalances largely went unnoticed.Unemployment estimates also are surprisingly misleading – a serious problem, considering that, together with GDP indicators, unemployment drives so much economic-policy debate. Outrageously high youth unemployment – supposedly near 50% in Spain and Greece, and more than 20% in the eurozone as a whole – makes headlines daily. But these numbers result from flawed methodology, making the situation appear far worse than it is.The problem stems from how unemployment is measured: the adult unemployment rate is calculated by dividing the number of unemployed individuals by all individuals in the labour force. So if the labour force comprises 200 workers, and 20 are unemployed, the unemployment rate is 10%. Failing to account for the millions of young people either attending university or in vocational training programmes undermines the unemployment rate’s credibility. And, while some young people use higher education to escape a rocky job market, their choice to build new skills should not negatively impact perceptions of their country’s economic health.Policymakers do, of course, need to address the problem of youth unemployment; but they must also acknowledge that the problem is not as serious as the headlines indicate. Unfortunately, these distorted results have become conventional wisdom – even for respected economists like the Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, who recently invoked the flawed “50% youth unemployment” figure.Thus, four years after the crisis erupted, methods for measuring and assessing economic health remain alarmingly inadequate. As any pilot knows, flying without radar or accurate weather forecasts is likely to end in a crash.Steven Hill is the author of “Europe’s promise: why the European way is the best hope in an insecure age” and “10 steps to repair American democracy”. © Project Syndicate, 2012.last_img read more

Paul McCartney Handwritten “Hey Jude” Lyrics Fetch $900K At Auction

first_imgThe lyrics to “Hey Jude” which Paul McCartney wrote out and used for the recording of the iconic 1968 single sold for a cool $910,000 at auction on Friday which coincided with the 50th anniversary of The Beatles‘ breakup in 1970.According to Julien’s Auctions, the handwritten lyrics were referenced by McCartney during the track’s recording at Trident Studios in London, U.K. and were subsequently gifted to a studio engineer working on the session. The lyrics were valued at just $160,000 ahead of the auction.[Photo via Julien’s Auctions]The Beatles memorabilia auctioned off Friday included Ringo Starr‘s Abbey Road ashtray (which sold for $32,000), John Lennon and Yoko Ono‘s Bagism drawing, the script used for the filming of the band’s “Hello Goodbye” video featuring notations by Lennon and George Harrison ($200,000), and more. You can check out all the items included in Friday’s auction here.“This stage of the Fab Four’s first performance is not only one of the most extraordinary artifacts ever to come to market from Beatles history, but all of music history,” Julien’s Auctions’ Martin Nolan noted when the auction was originally announced. “We’re thrilled to offer this remarkable and unique piece that set the stage for the auspicious start of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band of all time as well as these other incredible and significant items that celebrate the magic of Beatlemania.”Would we pay close to a million bucks for those lyrics? Nah, nah, nah, nah nah nah nah. But, you know, whatever floats your boat.The Beatles – “Hey Jude”[Video: The Beatles][H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

SMC student wins spiritual service award

first_imgSaint Mary’s senior Emily Kieffer will spend next year teaching English as a second language in Spain, a country she fell in love with after studying there in her sophomore year. Kieffer said she decided to pursue a year of service abroad after realizing her passion for helping others, for which she recently received the Sr. Kathleen Anne Nelligan, C.S.C. Award for Spiritual Service. “I did not even know I had been nominated for the award,” Kieffer said. “Regina Wilson, the assistant director of Campus Ministry, had apparently nominated me for it. It was a complete surprise.” A native of Dublin, Ohio, Kieffer said she entered Saint Mary’s with an interest in developing her faith for the good of others. She said she received the spiritual service award for her involvement in Campus Ministry and was one of five recipients. “We were invited to a dinner a couple of week ago in honor of all of the recipients,” Kieffer said. “All the recipients, including myself, were chosen based on the service we had committed to the Saint Mary’s community.” Kieffer said she serves as a Eucharistic minister, leads weekly Bible studies and participates in a Women’s Spirituality Group. She said she has also been a peer minister for the last two years. “Being a member of the Women’s Spirituality Group has allowed me to get to know other students who have a strong sense of faith and are eager to learn more about being Catholic,” Kieffer said. “We talk through the struggles of being young, Catholic women and discuss how to stand firm in our faith and live it out daily.” Kieffer said she will teach through the Council on the International Education Exchange. “I came into Saint Mary’s thinking I’d be a bio major because I was good at science,” Kieffer said. “After studying abroad in Spain, I realized how much I loved Spanish as a language and I knew that would be my major when I returned to Saint Mary’s. I am also a secondary education minor, so teaching English to Spanish speaking students will be a perfect fit for me.” Kieffer will be in the Andalucía region but does not know what city she will be in or what grade she will teach. “When I was abroad, I really enjoyed teaching English to adults in Spain,” she said. “It was more of a conversation-based class rather than just learning the basics and grammar. I would love to be able to have that experience again.” Kieffer said she looks forward to re-immersing herself in Spanish culture and speaking Spanish fluently with people around her. “The program is for one year, but it can be renewed for a second year, so who knows if I will be in Spain longer,” Kieffer said. Satisfied with how she will leave Saint Mary’s in May, Kieffer encourages others to study abroad, recognize their passions and follow them, she said. “Being involved in Campus Ministry and with Women’s Spirituality really got me thinking about what I want to do with my life and how it can be useful to others in the world,” Kieffer said. “I definitely think my journey to Spain will make good use of my time, my knowledge and my faith.”last_img read more