Thursday, September 25, 2014

More TED talks.....



 Being an Artist and a Scientist:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvBCyoN_2s4

Maria-Rosario Jackson, Senior Research Associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center and Director of the Urban Institute's Culture, Creativity, and Communities Program.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Tate



Hey, folks.  Some of you may have attended the technology session at LEAD 2014 in Chicago.  If you did you might remember seeing The Beam, a remote controlled robot that allowed a gentleman who is paraplegic to virtually visit museums from his bed in California.

I came across a news story in the Guardian that this week the Tate Museum in London is "letting art lovers remotely drive robots around the museum once everyone has gone home."  They're doing this today through Sunday.

I've been to the Tate.  It's an extraordinary museum, and I absolutely plan to "visit" it again after hours. 


Enjoy.

Randy




If you listen to pop radio you are familiar with this song by Meghan Trainor.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PCkvCPvDXk

So now go listen to THIS cover by Kate Davis....

The incredibly talented young performer you are watching is Kate Davis, and she’s the real deal. Not only does she possess the kind of voice that will take you back to the days of Billie Holiday, but she can also shred on the upright bass.

http://hellogiggles.com/kate-davis-all-about-that-bass-postmodern-jukebox

Friday, September 5, 2014

Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre



You can watch some of RMBT’s performances in Salzburg on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2bpiV2nrwWMx_Cge7c7ZxA



Notes from a Salzburg Diary: Salzburg, Austria July 31st 2014

It's a rainy morning in the alpine city and although the fortress and mountains are obscured there is no way of hiding the eagerness, enthusiasm and pride emanating from the members of Missoula's Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre. The dancers under the leadership of Charlene Campbell Carey have been in residency in Europe since June when a series of workshops on the island of Ischia culminated in a grand gala performance in the main square of the city of Forio that also featured the brilliant french violinist Henry Gronnier performing with RMBT dancer Ashely Hagler in the Meditation from " Thais" . Katy Clay performed the RMBT greatest hit " The Wild Montana Turkey " and the evening also featured choreography from Vittorio Luciano from Lewistown , Montana that his brother Patric Palkens performed.  Charlene had already taught a lengthy series of master classes and set her choreography in Paris, Saint Quentin, Oslo , Krakow, Vienna and Rome before her Montana company joined her in Rome. 

In July the group moved into the facilities of the Salzburg International Ballet Academy and since then has been engaged in a program of intense rehearsals and performing on July 19 Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre officially opened the famed Salzburg Festspiele with an all " Montana " program . This festival was founded by the legendary director Max Reinhardt in the early part of the 20th century and has since emerged as one of the world's most treasured artistic endeavors. It is thrilling to watch the reactions of MIssoula's young dancers when they are watching a dress rehearsal of the Vienna philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim and featuring tenor Placido Domingo, or attending performances by bass Thomas Hampson, soprano Anna Prohaska, Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, pianist Rudolf Buchbinder or conductors Carlo Muti, Maria Jansons and Simon Rattle. Thrilling to watch their young lives change.

Two of our dancers traveled last week to Vienna to enter the international competition for ballet and contemporary dance with the Impulstanz Festival and the Vienna Staadsopera Ballet . Ashley Hagler and Patric Palkens competed against professional and pre-professional dancers from around the world and they won. Ms. Hagler won the contemporary dance category with her solo titled " Cliff Notes" and she joined Mr. Palkens to win third place in classical ballet professional Pas de deux performing the Black Swan from Act 3 Swan Lake.  More importantly, Russia's Vladimir Malakhov who was president of the jury, awarded them in the highest ranking in all the categories in which they were judged. 12 out of 12 points . A majority of the honors were won by Russia, China , Slovenia, Hungary , Japan and Montana. Incidentally, both Ashley and Patric have signed professional contracts for next year with the Salzburg ballet company.

Coming up for the rest of the company will be a series of Gala concerts in Salzburg and Munich under the leadership of Peter Breuer in his 10th anniversary and production of " Swan Lake" . Peter is a director with an international reputation (Missoula's Callie Street has landed a leading solo in his production of Ravel's Bolero). Then home to Missoula. All in all and unbelievable summer of dancing, learning and living. Ask us about it when we get home.

Donald Carey
 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A few more accessibility resources



All,

I’ve compiled a list of recent articles, tools, resources, and upcoming events that you may find helpful or interesting:

Ø Diversity Publications

ü  Diversity Executive, Spotlight Webinars:  http://diversity-executive.com/spotlight-webinars
ü  Diversity Executive Magazine, May/June 2014: http://diversity-executive.com/
ü  Profiles in Diversity Journal:  http://www.diversityjournal.com/
§  All previous issues are available in digital format at http://www.diversityjournal.com/previous-issues/.
ü  Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Diversity Update (most articles require a national SHRM membership):  http://www.shrm.org/hrdisciplines/Diversity/Pages/default.aspx

Ø Disability
ü  Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Webcast Training Archives: http://askjan.org/webcast/archive/index.htm  
ü  Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) News Briefs:  June 27, 2014, http://www.dol.gov/odep/newsletter/
ü  ODEP News Brief, June 20, 2014:  http://www.dol.gov/odep/newsletter/
ü  Disability.org – Living with No Boundaries, Meet Brandan: http://usodep.blogs.govdelivery.com/2014/06/13/living-with-no-boundaries-meet-brendan/#more-8489
ü  Rocky Mountain ADA Center, eNewsletter, June–July 2014: http://www.adainformation.org/newsletter
ü  Think Beyond the Label Hire Wire Newsletter, June 30, 2014: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/1147831/edac89e12e/520823527/17c9c88a2b/

Ø Service Members and Veterans

ü  Mobilizing our Community Symposium (see attached flyer): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mobilizing-our-community-symposium-helena-tickets-11389976727
ü  Employers for Montana’s Military:  http://www.montanachamber.com/about-us/Montana-Military
ü  Montana Department of Health and Human Services, Montana Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF), http://montana.networkofcare.org/Veterans/
ü  Veterans Crisis Line, http://veteranscrisisline.net/

Ø Women:
ü  Mamalode.com – This Week’s Stories: http://mamalode.com/ & Mamalode on Face Book: https://www.facebook.com/Mamalode
ü  The White House Summit on Working Families (held on June 23, 2014): http://workingfamiliessummit.org/

Ø U.S. Department of Labor
ü  U.S. Department of Labor News Brief, July 2, 2014: http://www.dol.gov/_sec/newsletter/#.U7sc5mznbL8

Ø Employment Law

ü  The National Law Review, June 24, 2014 (there’s an issue with the “For Full Text” hyperlinks in the right column, so you have to copy the title of the article in your search engine and the article will show up at the top): http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=c1260cc9-1ba6-418a-a1bb-06c04e1a5fac&c=aa9fcb70-ef09-11e3-9057-d4ae529a863c&ch=ab71e880-ef09-11e3-9098-d4ae529a863c
ü  SHRM Workplace Law (most articles require a national SHRM membership):  http://msg.shrm.org/site/MessageViewer?dlv_id=113841&em_id=108242.0

As always, feel free to pass along.

John Pavao
State Diversity Program Coordinator

Department of Administration
State Human Resources Division
125 N. Roberts
P.O. Box 200127
Helena, MT 59620

Phone: (406) 444-3984
FAX: (406) 444-0703

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