New Provost Michael Quick discusses future plans

first_imgNewly appointed Provost Michael Quick has taken on his appointment by preparing his vision for the upcoming term. In an interview with the Daily Trojan, Quick explained how his vision for the university is directly affected by the voice of students and faculty on campus. He stressed the importance of voice and vision — how the two interrelate and how he plans to utilize student and faculty interaction to model various plans and initiatives for the future.Daily Trojan: How have your other roles at USC prepared you for your role as provost?Michael Quick: Lots of different roles, right? I was the head of neuroscience graduate program for a while so I started to learn how to work with faculty, work with students, stuff like that. Even before that I was a scientist head of lab, I learned how to manage a budget.  Everything you do in your life is going to train you for the next thing that you do.Most recently, I was the executive vice provost, which is sort of the number two person in the provost office, and the really great thing — working with former provost Beth Garrett and working with our president — they allowed me to be a part of everything going on. So you sort of learn everything  from hiring faculty or working with other deans on other projects or creating new programs, or student affairs — all of those things just to be a part of it and seeing how other people do it, how other people manage things. Everything you do in life is going to impact you for things you do going forward.”DT: What kind of specific policies or initiatives do you hope to work on within the next year?MQ: Certainly in [my time as interim provost], you want to make sure you’re carrying out the vision of the president, etc. and that of course will continue going forward. To be honest, I like the timing of when I was appointed to this position because I think we’re going to really jump in and start working on stuff.I think there are a number of the things we’ve been doing going forward — we’ve got the big rollout of the new general education program starting in fall, that’s going to be a big deal. We are starting to work on residential education, thinking about what it’s going to be like once we have USC Village in place and how we can enhance the real opportunities and interesting programs, especially at the undergraduate level. We’ve been working all along on these types of things and we are going to continue to do that.I’m going to work over the next few months talking to students and talking to faculty to get their input on what they feel are critical issues that they think we should go forward with as a university, so that when we hit the fall; we come out really running with sort of a big vision. I have my own ideas of where this university should go, but the great thing about being at a university is the fact that you are surrounded by really smart people all the time … and I want to learn from them, whether that’s students or faculty. Then we’ll put together a real plan for the kinds of things we want to accomplish going forward. So that’s sort of how I’m thinking about the next few months.DT: How do you plan to engage with students and faculty?MQ: For engaging with students and faculty, I guess my style is a little bit informal. My guess would be that what I want to do is to get out, as I have been doing, and work with … for example, I want to work with the new Undergraduate Student Government, Rini [Sampath, USG president] and colleagues, and I want to talk to them. But, let’s just get out and talk informally with students [to see] what’s on their mind. Same thing with faculty.Are there specific things? I don’t want to come out of the gate saying, “I know what’s right for the university.” I want to hear what we can do together. But, I think there’s some really big themes.I think because there is always a lot of talk about affordability, I want to change that conversation to be about value. What kind of value do we want to deliver as a university? Both out in the world, to make the world a better place, but also, internally. How do we make sure that we are providing value to the career that you want to eventually have? What kind of experiences can we give you on campus that prepare you for that?Another big issue for us as a university is this issue of access. I am so proud of what this university does in terms of access for underrepresented minorities, first-generation college goers, which I was one, the way we allow so many transfer students to come to this university. We do great stuff and we need to do more of that. So, that is going to be a big theme.The last thing I would say is, we are a great big university, it’s true. We have everything from the arts, to the social sciences, to the natural sciences, to the clinics, so we should be taking on the big problems of the 21st century. And if we are not doing it, then we are not holding up our end of the bargain as a great private research university.DT: How can we work to better improve undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and how can we allow the university to lead students to different career paths they may have not had interest in before studying here?MQ: We are starting to do some new stuff, like with the new general education program, saying that particular classes can count towards the major because right now, in the GE program, they don’t. That allows students to think of their general education program, differently than they used to. We’ve created some really interesting programs like the Iovine Young program, the World Bachelor [in Business] program, so these sort of unique experiences for students. We still need to get better about allowing a lot of interdisciplinary kinds of programs to be put in place and knocking down the kind of bureaucracy around that, so students can try a lot of things.One of the things that we have been getting ready to roll out, I know under the leadership of Dr. [Gene] Bickers in the undergraduate office, is a career pathway program, so that we can tie student’s academic interests to their long term plans. Of course, as you know, one’s plans, at least mine, changed every 10 minutes. To understand that change and guide students in ways that say, “If you’re really thinking about this kind of career, these are the kinds of academic programs you may want to be thinking about.”DT: What is your biggest goal for next year?MQ: We are going to have GE rolling out, we are going to be working on the residential education programs — that is going to be huge. We will do work with the new beds coming in at USC Village, with how we are converting things into what we are calling residential colleges.I just charged a committee that is going to working on that. That has the opportunity to really transform this university. We are doing a lot of stuff outside of the classrooms, along with inside the classrooms. So that students coming in, will have the opportunity to be a part of a group that is interested in these kinds of things, so those ideas may change and they may do different things, but they will be part of intellectual communities — partly in the resident halls, partly in other things that they do, I think it moves us more towards the idea that we want personalized education.I think there should be an educational revolution in that we go from what we currently do to personalized education. Every student is going to have the opportunity to have a particular experience sort of tailored for them ,and as we get more data about students and what their interest are, we will be able to craft that.last_img read more

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Manchester City eye record against Swansea

first_imgTheir victory against Jose Mourinho’s United on Sunday was their 14th straight win in the Premier League — a single season record that also equalled the best-ever run Arsenal established over two seasons in 2002.Yet despite their frightening form, City defender Kyle Walker is urging caution.“We have to keep our feet on the floor and keep working hard, preparing physically and mentally,” he said.“We have another important one on Wednesday against Swansea. We have to keep getting three points.”Swansea City’s Wilfried Bony (R) passes the ball during their English Premier League match against Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge in London, on November 29, 2017 © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISGuardiola has declared repeatedly that his team will lose a league match at some point this season but few people would expect that to happen at second-from-bottom Swansea.David Silva is in dazzling form, with goals in each of his past two appearances and a man-of-the-match display on Sunday but the Premier League’s leading scorers have an array of talent supporting him.However there could be consequences on and off the field following derby victory. Captain Vincent Kompany was substituted after an hour with what appeared to be the latest in a sequence of muscle injuries.With John Stones out until early January with a hamstring injury, it means Guardiola has just two fit senior centre-backs — Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala.And the Football Association has demanded answers from both United and City following reports of an ugly fracas in the Old Trafford tunnel after the match that reportedly left City assistant coach Mikel Arteta bloodied.Guardiola must decide whether to recall striker Sergio Aguero, who was an unused substitute on Sunday, after Gabriel Jesus played in a front three against United alongside Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane.Swansea striker Wilfried Bony may feel he has a point to prove against his former club.Bony had a disappointing year-and-a-half in a City shirt, scoring just 10 goals in 46 appearances after joining them from Swansea in January 2015.An uninspiring season on loan at Stoke failed to rebuild his reputation and the Ivory Coast forward is now back at the Liberty Stadium for a second spell.After failing to score in his first eight games back at Swansea, Bony has now found the net in each of his past two. He struck on Saturday as they beat West Brom 1-0, climbing off the bottom of the Premier League and easing some of the pressure on manager Paul Clement.“We have to go into our next game with no fear,” said winger Nathan Dyer.“Manchester City are doing very well so we will have to ensure we are concentrating for the full game and then take the chances we create.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s defensive wall (from L) Fabian Delph, Eliaquim Mangala, Kyle Walker and Kevin De Bruyne jump to block a free-kick during their English Premier League match against Man United, at Old Trafford in Manchester, on December 10, 2017 © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 12 – Manchester City look unstoppable in their relentless surge towards the Premier League title, and only have lowly Swansea standing in the way of Pep Guardiola’s men setting a new record of consecutive wins on Wednesday.City are 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League and the managers of Manchester United and Chelsea both effectively conceded defeat in the title race at the weekend.last_img read more

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DDTV: ST. PATRICK’S DAY VIDEO CELEBRATES MOMENT PACKIE WAS THE GREATEST KEEPER IN THE WORLD!

first_imgDDTV: This superb video which was produced by Failte Ireland has been doing the rounds on social media in the build-up to St.Patrick’s Day. The wonderful footage celebrates everything that’s great about being Irish.Under the hashtag #IrelandInspires – it showcases all our greatest Irish exports who have achieved incredible things in their respective fields.Poets, Scholars, Actors, Politicians and Olympians are all honoured in the video – and those who departed these shores.One man close to home that was celebrated in the video is our very own Packie Bonner. His penalty save at Italia 90 against Romania has been voted as the most iconic moment in Irish sport.And as this video reminds us, for a second he was the greatest goalkeeper in the world.To view the clip simply click play on the video above and enjoy. DDTV: ST. PATRICK’S DAY VIDEO CELEBRATES MOMENT PACKIE WAS THE GREATEST KEEPER IN THE WORLD! was last modified: March 10th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTVnewsPackie BonnerSportSt Patrick’s Daylast_img read more

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Honours continue for London Games medal winners

first_imgThere was no sign of fatigue on their faces as they went through another hectic day, shuttling between various felicitation ceremonies.Indian Olympic Association and contingent sponsors Samsung acknowledged the feat of London Games medal winners on Friday with athletes sharing their joy and ambitions for the future.Sushil Kumar, Vijay Kumar, Gagan Narang, MC Mary Kom, Yogeshwar Dutt and Saina Nehwal, along with other athletes, were showered with praise by the sponsors, IOA secretary general Randhir Singh and IOA acting president VK Malhotra.Sushil Kumar, Vijay Kumar and Gagan Narang share a laugh at a felicitation function in New Delhi.Immediately after the event, the athletes went to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi.Vijay looked dapper in an Army uniform, while Saina and Mary flashed their thousand watt smiles. The woman boxer stole the show as she left the gathering in splits in her inimitable style. When asked how difficult it was to manage family and a career simultaneously, she said: “Saina was asking me the same question. I said: ‘Don’t worry. When you get married and have kids and if you have the support of your husband you can also do that’,” she replied.Saina, who was sitting beside her, blushed.”A woman can do anything if there is will power and determination. My friends used to tell me that boxing is meant for boys. I promised to myself that I will prove them wrong. I will show them what women can do. It was a challenge for me to show that women can also do what men can,” the 29-year-old mother of two said amidst huge cheers.advertisementSaina spoke of her achievements and her future goals. “The year has been great for me. I won three titles and then the Olympic bronze. It is a big motivation for me to keep performing the same way,” said Saina.”I spend so many sleepless nights after the Beijing Olympics when I lost after leading 11-3 in the quarter-finals. I told myself that I will have to win it the next time. I am glad to have done it. Next time I will like to do even better.”Narang, who won bronze in the 10 metre air rifle event, said what he went through in the moments before he secured the medal.”There was immense pressure. I had my own demons to fight after the last Olympics. In sports, after a physical barrier ends, the challenge becomes a mental one. It is all about how you focus when others begin to give up. I am glad I hung in there till the last shot and delivered,” he said.”The medal is not the one I had wanted and I will do my best to change the colour in the next Olympics. My next target is the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games and the Olympics in Rio.”Yogeshwar said the desire to win an Olympic medal helped him overcome the eye injury he sustained during the competition in London.”It hardly matters if I hurt my eye or legs or any other part of my body. It is nothing like the pain you feel after missing an Olympic medal. I was miserable after not winning a medal in two Olympics,” he said.Samsung said they will continue with their support to the athletes.”The players have returned with an unprecedented medal haul. They have made the entire country proud and we are very honoured to be associated with them,” president and CEO (South-West Asia) BD Park said.The company gave silver medallists Rs 15 lakh and bronze winners Rs 10 lakh each.last_img read more

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