A generous vision for Harvard Art Museums

first_imgIn July, Martha Tedeschi became the new Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums. Prior to arriving at Harvard, Tedeschi was the deputy director for art and research at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she began her career as an Art National Endowment for the Arts intern in 1982 and became a full curator in 1999. A specialist in British and American art, Tedeschi recently spoke with the Gazette about her work in the museum world and her new role at Harvard.GAZETTE: How did you get interested in art, and why did you decide to make it your life’s work?TEDESCHI: My father is a historian. He completed both his bachelor’s degree and his Ph.D. at Harvard, and whenever he would have a sabbatical we would live in Europe — Italy mostly. So at a pretty young age I was exposed to beautiful churches, great museums, and the excitement of experiencing other cultures and languages. My mother is a watercolor painter and a book conservator, so we always had the arts and paper in our lives — books and paper. My father was also the head of the special collections department at the Newberry Library in Chicago, which is a great private research library. So research, rare books, and works of art on paper were part of my upbringing. I thought I wanted to be an artist so I did a lot of studio work in high school, especially printmaking. I became very enamored of printmaking so in the end I became a curator of prints and drawings. The apple didn’t really fall that far from the tree. I was attracted to research and writing and scholarship and collections very early, largely through my parents.GAZETTE: Do you have a favorite artist?TEDESCHI: The artist I have worked on most is James McNeill Whistler. I’ve also spent a lot of time on Winslow Homer. I am a great fan of both artists. I could say they are my favorite artists because after years and years of studying their lives, reading their letters, and scrutinizing their works of art, I feel that I understand what they were trying to do and that brings a new kind of appreciation.GAZETTE: Do you still practice any art yourself?TEDESCHI: Only with my 2-year-old grandson. We were doing vegetable prints recently. We are taking up printmaking.GAZETTE: You had many different roles at the Art Institute of Chicago. What important lessons did you learn from your time there?TEDESCHI: I started as an intern and worked my way up — assistant curator, full curator, deputy director. One of the values of having done this is that I have experienced the museum from multiple different vantage points, including most recently from the perspective of senior leadership. And I’ve learned that working in a museum means you need both passion and resilience. We do wonderful, inspiring work in museums. People who work in museums tend to be highly motivated and highly committed. But it’s hard work. Often you are dealing with under-resourced programs, and having to make a case for your projects to the public, to establish relevance. I learned the importance of tenacity and the fact that not everything is going to happen overnight, that we need a certain amount of patience and we need always, I think, to come from a place of generosity. Maybe that is my biggest takeaway. Museums exist in large part to be generous to their communities, to their many audiences. We need always to be thinking about: Are we doing that? And that speaks to the diversity question as well, we want to make sure that we are as welcoming and as inclusive as we possibly can be. That’s one of the ways that we assess what we do. Are we welcoming? Are we inclusive? Are we being generous?GAZETTE: What about the Harvard job appealed to you?TEDESCHI: I grew up in an institution that was committed to excellence. The Art Institute of Chicago is a research institution with many similarities to the Harvard Art Museums. These include a real strength in conservation and conservation science and world-class collections. I could not have left the Art Institute without feeling certain that I could continue to be a strong advocate for excellence at my new institution. The Harvard job offers precisely this opportunity. I knew I could transfer my dedication to excellence in museum programming, energized by a fresh new place with enormous potential.It’s obviously an auspicious moment for this institution because of the new building and the focus on the arts on campus. The Art Museums are a big part of that conversation, and the broad teaching mission is tremendously exciting to me. This aspect is much expanded over my brief at Chicago. I was certainly stewarding some very promising academic initiatives there, but to embrace Harvard’s student-first mandate was very exciting to me. It had become the favorite part of my job in Chicago, and so the possibility of devoting much more of my thinking and my energy to what it means to train and prepare the next generation was really the clincher.GAZETTE: How do you define your mandate here?TEDESCHI: A lot of good work is already happening here. I was impressed with what I found when I got here. It’s been almost two years since the building opened, and I think the completion of the first full academic year allows us to see how the programs have developed and seeded across the University. I am happy to see how great that outreach is already, how broadly the museums are partnering with faculty and students across the curriculum. Part of my mandate as director is to make sure that we continue to extend that reach. We want to connect even more with the sciences and the STEM fields, for example. The obvious first-comers to us were probably more in the humanities, which is great. We certainly have the broad, deep collections and excellent facilities to help faculty in the humanities teach in innovative ways. Now I’d like to think in new ways about how to connect more broadly across the University, including to the professional schools. How do we get the business community interested? How do we get emerging professionals benefitting from the fact that there is a great art museum, three great art museums for that matter, in one inspiring building, on their campus? I am giving a lot of thought to that. A major part of my role is as an ambassador for the Art Museums. With my colleagues, I will be reaching out to form new alliances and partnerships at Harvard and in our community, alliances that can extend the impact of the collections, the building, and our programming.There’s a philanthropy side of this work as well. We need to bring back our supporters and friends who have not been as immersed in what’s happening in the last year, partly because we didn’t have a director, and we need to expand our philanthropic circles to make sure that we are engaging the next generation of supporters, enthusiasts, and collectors. So that’s another big part of any museum director’s work, to keep the institution sustainable.Martha Tedeschi with Joan Miró’s “Mural, March 20, 1961” (1961), © Successió Miró/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; and Alexander Calder’s “Little Blue Under Red” (1947), © Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe institution was founded as a laboratory for innovation and so we are taking a hard look at what that means now. We have this wonderful facility on the top floor of the building, the Lightbox Gallery, which has already been the site for some really brilliant partnerships with colleagues on campus. We are interested in pushing innovation that involves technology and digital access to the collections. Our online and digital presence is incredibly important. It’s how we reach our global community, and because we do have global collections that’s very important.I am also very interested in exploring what we can do with digital publishing, how can we use a nimble form of publishing to make sure that the innovative small exhibitions that are happening in our teaching galleries can have a lasting presence and reach much larger audiences, including other university museums. To go along with that, an aspiration I have is to begin to send a series of exhibitions on tour to other academic art museums that may not have the same collection strengths we do, so that we can encourage the practice of generosity, reciprocity, and collaboration in the field.GAZETTE: You mentioned reaching out to those in the STEM fields and to business professionals. Why do you feel it is so important to bring people studying or working in those areas into the museums?TEDESCHI: At the very basic level, art can enrich any life, giving people the occasion to slow down, stop, and look. Experiencing the expression of an intense human emotion or event that might have happened hundreds of years ago connects you to your past. It also connects us to other cultures, which is more important than ever. Certainly that’s important in the STEM and business fields, where so much of what’s happening is happening on a global scale.We’ve also got these great spaces where art and people can come together in different ways. That includes the most beautiful conservation labs I’ve ever seen. The Straus Center was also the very first conservation science center to be founded in this country, so that’s a great place to involve students in the sciences — material sciences, engineering, chemistry, organic, and inorganic sciences.And finally, there’s a lot of creativity in most of those disciplines, but I am not sure that students always recognize that they are creative. I like to use the analogy of a scientist who sets up an experiment. Many experiments are iterative; you do them again and again and you improve and tweak the experiment as you learn and assess results. There’s a kind of tenacity that’s required; there’s creativity in figuring out how to tweak, or bring in different materials, or change the experiment to make it accomplish what it is supposed to. There’s a parallel to what many artists do when they create a work of art. Very often the process is iterative — if it doesn’t work the first time, you try it again, you make studies, you do drawings, you edit, you throw it out and start again. The Harvard Art Museums can help the campus see the commonalities that we have here. We are a community of scholars who are carrying out research and research happens for artists, and it happens for scientists as well as broadly across the curriculum. So I think there are ways that we can help students celebrate the creativity in their own fields by drawing analogies to the artistic process.GAZETTE: What are the greatest strengths of the Harvard Art Museums?TEDESCHI: One of the greatest strengths is the collection, which now happily is the combination of three unique museums, each with great individual strengths. And although we can’t quite claim to be encyclopedic, we are global and cover a wide diversity of media and subject matter and periods. So from that standpoint it’s an incredible teaching place. Having an excellent staff that can mobilize that collection is incredibly important. I have wonderful colleagues and have been incredibly impressed in the short weeks I have been here with the conversations that we have been having. A third real strength is that we are at Harvard, where we have the most extraordinary opportunities for collaboration across campus. There are conversations and collaborations that you couldn’t have anywhere else, when you bring our collections and our staff and our colleagues on campus together. And that includes of course the students — incredibly smart, motivated, highly engaged students. Bringing students into these collaborations takes it to another level. Those three strengths, I feel, we always will have, and this ensures great things for the institution.GAZETTE: What are the greatest challenges?TEDESCHI: We need to get our story out there more. It’s a problem for all museums. How do you put yourself in a central position? How do you establish relevance to your community? How do you get the word out about all the great things that are happening on a daily basis to make sure students and faculty, staff, and community around Harvard are really taking advantage of what we are offering? We have world-class collections and we want our community to know that we are here and that they are welcome. We want members of the Cambridge community to know we are literally at their door. We have a lot of support in the community but I think we could do a lot more. It’s an interesting moment with new directors at many of Boston’s museums. There are opportunities to work together in interesting ways so that Boston as a cultural city becomes stronger as a whole. And we can work together to differentiate ourselves and help the public understand what is unique about each of us.GAZETTE: Can you tell me about your commitment to diversity and how you hope to further that mission at the Harvard Art Museums?TEDESCHI: There has been a lot of work, a lot of conversation, around the lack of ethnic and racial diversity in art museums. Art museums are not alone in this, of course, but there are some obvious obstacles that have been working against us in the arts and nonprofit sectors, and the goal of having really diverse representation on our staffs, on our boards in museums, is still just that, a goal. This is a national, even an international, conversation. I am very motivated to see how the Harvard Art Museums and our campus partners can contribute to that and how we can make strides in our own practice here.There are some ways that are relatively easy. For example, making sure that our menu of special exhibitions is truly wide-ranging and offers a diversity of voices and perspectives, that we are really making the most of our global collections to showcase a multiplicity of cultures, backgrounds, and traditions. More challenging in the museum field is diversity in hiring, but many museums are talking about that now. Here, we are making a concerted effort to make sure that whenever we have an opening we have a truly diverse pool before we begin to select finalists and decide who comes to campus for an interview. We won’t start that process until we have a diverse pool of candidates. That’s a slow process, but it’s really important that we are all thinking and working that way. And I am really interested in getting students from traditionally under-represented backgrounds involved in our training programs here so that we begin to contribute to a more inclusive pipeline into the curatorial field, into museum leadership. I was working on a curatorial training program with these goals in Chicago and I am excited to consider how such an initiative could be launched in a university setting — that’s definitely on my wish list for the future.SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSavelast_img read more

Green Mountain Coffee to be sold at McDonald’s

first_imgMcDONALDS® RESTAURANTS IN NEW ENGLAND& ALBANY, NEW YORK TOINTRODUCE NEWMANS OWN® ORGANICSCOFFEEFROM GREEN MOUNTAIN COFFEE ROASTERSOctober 27, 2005 Boston, MA McDonalds restaurants arepartnering with Green MountainCoffee Roasters, Inc. to source, roast and package NewmansOwn Organics Blend coffee exclusivelyfor more than 650 McDonalds restaurants in Massachusetts,Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, NewHampshire, Maine and Albany, NY. This new coffee will beavailable beginning November 1 st .McDonalds is committed to providing our valued customerswith the highest quality and besttasting products, as we have for the past 50 years, says JohnLambrechts, general manager and vicepresident, McDonalds Boston Region. We are partnering withGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters tointroduce Newmans Own Organics Blend, a unique andexceptional coffee to meet the changing tastesand needs of our customers.Created exclusively for McDonalds, Newmans Own OrganicsBlend, made from Fair TradeCertifiedand organic specialty coffees, will be available as both regularand decaffeinated. The newBlend is a combination of light and medium roasts with a smoothbody and clean finish.We are very excited about the tremendous opportunity thatMcDonalds has given us tointroduce our organic coffee to their customers, says NellNewman, co-founder and president ofNewmans Own Organics.Robert Stiller, president and CEO of Green Mountain CoffeeRoasters says, This coffee is amember of the Newmans Own Organics family of coffees thathas been our best-selling line of newproducts in supermarkets.McDonalds restaurants throughout New England and theAlbany, New York area open at 5 a.m.or earlier, and Newmans Own Organics Blend coffee will beavailable all day.About Newmans Own OrganicsGreat Tasting products that happen to be organic is theslogan of Newmans Own Organics.Founded by Nell Newman and Peter Meehan, they developtheir products from certified organicingredients. We focus on the kinds of products we loved askids, but take them one step further byusing the highest quality of available organic ingredients, saysNell. Paul Newman donates all of hisroyalties after taxes from Newmans Own Organics to charitableand educational organizations. Formore information visit: www.newmansownorganics.com(link is external).About Green Mountain Coffee RoastersGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) is aleader in the specialty coffeeindustry and offers over 100 coffee selections including estate,certified organic, Fair Trade Certified,signature blends, and flavored coffees that it sells under theGreen Mountain Coffee RoastersandNewmans OwnOrganics brands. Each year the Company contributes at leastfive percent of its pre-taxprofits to support socially responsible initiatives. For moreinformation visit:www.GreenMountainCoffee.com(link is external).About McDonaldsMcDonald’s USA, LLC, is the leading foodservice provider inthe United States serving avariety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients tomillions of customers every day. Morethan 80 percent of McDonald’s 13,700 U.S. restaurants areindependently owned and operated by localfranchisees. For more information on McDonald’s visitwww.mcdonalds.com(link is external).###last_img read more

Korab Syla’s injury stalls Syracuse offense in 1-1 tie with Louisville

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 12, 2015 at 12:17 am Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus Korab Syla sat on the field with his knees to his chest, eight minutes left in the first half. He shifted onto his back and trainers examined his leg. After a few minutes, Syla limped from the far side of the field to the sideline, grimacing slightly with a hamstring injury.“It’s a very big loss,” Syracuse defender Liam Callahan said. “… For him to go out was a little bit of a shot to us.”Syla was playing the most aggressive he had all season, pushing the ball down the sideline and stretching the field for an Orange team that was running a 4-3-3 formation instead of its normal 3-5-2. After Syla’s injury, however, the offense stalled and could never find the back of the net as the Orange tied No. 23 Louisville, 1-1, at SU Soccer Stadium on Friday.“You can’t explain to a new guy what an ACC game is,” head coach Ian McIntyre said. “It’s an absolute war. It’s a battle. … We’ll be a better team because of tonight.“That’s a point won tonight, not two points lost.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPlaying with four defenders matches up better with Louisville’s three forwards than Syracuse’s usual backline of three players, McIntyre said. With Louisville expecting a 3-5-2, Syracuse was hoping to catch it off guard, defender Louis Cross said.Just eight minutes into the game, Oyvind Alseth poked the ball forward past a defender to Julian Buescher, who one touched it back to Alseth as he ran into the box. Alseth fired a low shot to the right of that net that tipped off Louisville goalie Nick Jeffs’ gloves and found the back of the net.Alseth held his right fist in the air as he ran up to the fans sitting to the right of the net on the hill.“When you get that goal early in the game you get a little momentum,” Callahan said.Syla was carrying the ball through the midfield and pushing it forward down the sideline, using his speed to run past defenders. He sent crosses into the box and was able to set up offensive chances.But then he went down near the end of the first half and minutes later Louisville tied the game.Cardinals midfielder Tim Kubel sent a corner kick into the box from the left side. A crowd of players, including SU goalie Austin Aviza, knocked the ball into the air and right to Louisville midfielder Daniel Johnson. He kicked a bouncing shot to the right side of the net that beat a sliding Callahan with just 1:03 left in the half.“We played a very average game,” Alseth said. “We started off well, but weren’t able to keep it up after the goal so that’s disappointing.”Before the start of the second half, Syla jogged along the sideline, testing his leg. But he didn’t come back out to start the half or come in for the rest of the game.Without Syla to move the ball down the sideline, the Orange chipped through balls down the field and constantly sent passes for Ben Polk, Chris Nanco or Noah Rhynhart. Andreas Jenssen even came in, moving Alseth over to right wing.Without Syla to dribble the ball down the field, the Orange launched through balls for the forwards to run to, occasionally leading to corner kicks.“Both teams were not really playing good soccer,” Alseth said. “A lot of long balls. Pretty much just a big fight out there.”The crowd stomped on the bleachers with every Syracuse corner kick. And when Juuso Pasanen’s shot scraped the netting the 2,237-person crowd erupted into cheers. They thought he had scored, but Pasanen’s shot hit the outside of the net.He and Alseth put their heads in their hands.For the last 65 minutes of the game, no one scored. Syracuse managed the lone shot of the two overtime periods. The Orange lacked the spark that Syla was providing early in the game and could never find the game-winning goal. Commentslast_img read more

AJ Dillon has his way, other fast reactions to Syracuse’s 42-14 loss to Boston College

first_imgWithout its starting quarterback and running back for the second straight game, Syracuse got blown out at home, 42-14, in its final game of the 2017 season. Boston College (7-5, 4-4 Atlantic Coast), a bowl-eligible team that had already beaten Preseason Top 25 teams in Louisville and Florida State, beat the Orange (4-8, 2-6) convincingly on Saturday afternoon in front of an announced attendance of 30,302.Here are three quick reactions to the game.No-win NovemberWith the loss, Syracuse fell to 0-8 over the past two Novembers. The Orange has not won a game in the month since beating Boston College two years ago this weekend in former head coach Scott Shafer’s sendoff victory. The Syracuse senior class is the first since 2009 to graduate without appearing in a bowl game, as the Orange lost its final five games of the year. Its last win came in the Carrier Dome on Oct. 13 against then-No. 2 Clemson. Over the final 10 quarters of the 2017 season, SU was outscored 114-29.The AJ Dillon showAdvertisementThis is placeholder textDillon, a 6-foot, 240-pound true freshman running back, proved to be one of Syracuse’s toughest tailbacks faced all year. He entered Saturday averaging 5.1 yards per carry to go along with 10 rushing touchdowns, including four in a 272-yard showing at Louisville. In his last three games, he ran for 149, 196 and 200 yards, respectively. Saturday against the depleted Syracuse defense, he erupted for 193 yards and three touchdowns.In his footstepsSyracuse senior wide receiver Steve Ishmael broke a pair of program records Saturday. First, he snapped Amba Etta-Tawo’s single-season receptions record of 94, which Etta-Tawo set a year ago in a rout at Clemson. Then Ishmael, on the final touchdown catch of his college career, broke Marvin Harrison’s career receiving yards record (2,728). Ishmael idolized Harrison as a kid, and he broke his idol’s record in his final game at Syracuse. Ishmael finished the day with 11 catches for 187 yards. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 25, 2017 at 3:16 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

2020/21 UEFA Club competitions: Automatic forfeit for teams in countries affected by travel restrictions

first_img Source: Getfootballnewesfrance.com UEFA have published a list of rules around COVID-19 to ensure that Europa League and Champions’ League matches occur as normal over the course of the 2020/21 campaign.The UEFA Executive Committee met on Tuesday to approve these new regulations, which will uniquely come into effect for next season’s matches and not the games coming this month to complete the 2019/20 campaign.Amongst the rules, UEFA has placed the burden on the home side to find an alternative stadium, in a neutral country, if their opponent faces national government restrictions on the part of the home club’s government that bans them from travelling to the home side’s country. If the home club fails to find an alternative venue, then they forfeit the match by default and will lose the game.If restrictions are imposed by governments at the last minute impacting a match from being played, then whichever club’s country is responsible for the match not occurring will lose the match by forfeit.If a team has 10 or more cases of COVID-19 inside their squad, then they will be obliged to play if they have 13 or more players (including one goalkeeper) available from their submitted A list. If they have less than 13 available, they will be able to field players who were not initially included in a club’s submitted squad for either the Europa League or Champions’ League. If they cannot get together a 13 man squad, then they will forfeit the match and lose 3-0.If a referee suffers from COVID-19 and is designated to officiate a Champions’ League or Europa League match but is unable to do so, then in these extraordinary circumstances a referee of the same nationality as the home club will be able to referee the game.last_img read more

Animal Olympians Inspire Engineers

first_imgHere are more stories about animals, plants and cells attracting scientists with their astonishing capabilities, proving that biomimetics is one of the hottest trends in science.Nutcracker sweet:  The mantis shrimp won another gold medal after triumphing in the circularly-polarized eye competition.  PhysOrg, New Scientist and Live Science all gave it thumbs up for its club-like hammer claw, found to be the “strongest club in the world” able to deliver a force 1,000 times its own weight without breaking.  Not only that, the clubs accelerate to 10,000 g’s, have the fastest moving parts in the animal kingdom (23 m/sec), and are so durable they deliver a thousand blows before the next molt replaces them.Unsurprisingly, manufacturers of body armor are raising eyebrows with visions of joining the club.  Mantis shrimp use their weapons to break open molluscs and crabs.  They have been known to break aquarium glass with their little karate choppers.  The clubs survive breakage through construction with hard, then medium, then soft layers that distribute the force and inhibit cracks from forming.  The original paper in Science (8 June 2012: Vol. 336 no. 6086 pp. 1275-1280, DOI: 10.1126/science.1218764 ) calls the claw “A Formidable Damage-Tolerant Biological Hammer.”Al G. Lightner, NRG:  Algae and bacteria accomplish a feat green engineers drool over: the ability to harvest light efficiently for energy.  Artificial fuel cells need their secrets to make green energy competitive with fossil fuels (which, by the way, are by-products of plants that used photosynthesis to make the complex hydrocarbons).  PhysOrg reported on new attempts at Lawrence Livermore Labs to use X-ray diffraction to probe the secrets of Photosystem II, the plant antenna where the magic happens and water is decomposed into hydrogen, oxygen and electrons.  The article paid customary lip service to Mother Nature and long ages without explaining how the complex process arose:For more than two billion years, nature has employed photosynthesis to oxidize water into molecular oxygen. Photosystem II, the only known biological system that can harness visible light for the photooxidation of water, produces most of the oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere through a five-step catalytic cycle (S0-to-S4 oxidation states). Light-harvesting proteins in the complex capture solar photons that energize the manganese-calcium cluster and drive a series of oxidations and proton transfers that in the final S4 state forms the bond between oxygen atoms that yields molecular oxygen.Overall, though, the article was about how human designers, using cutting-edge tools to probe the “photosystem II complex” for secrets, have been unable to duplicate what single cells accomplish.  “Doing this study was a monumental achievement that required a large team to make it happen,” one noted.  Why so much effort? “We hope to learn from nature’s design principles and apply that knowledge to the design and development of artificial photosynthetic systems.”DNA Disk:  Hey, DNA is already “the molecule that already stores the genetic blueprints of all living things,” PhysOrg says.  Why not use it for a hard drive?  Drew Endy, a pioneer in synthetic biology at Stanford, was interviewed in the article to explain how he intends to “turn the basic building blocks of nature into tools for designing living machines.”  He’s thinking ahead to applications for waste treatment, medicine, manufacturing and others he can’t even imagine.  As for his DNA hard drive, he didn’t say how the USB interface might work, but he did share his feelings a bit: “What we’re likely to end up with will not look like classical electronics. Biology is beginning to teach us how to be a little bit more sophisticated in our engineering designs, which is a lot of fun.”“Biomimetic” is a trendy word more frequently encountered in scientific papers every year, as in this paper’s title, “Biomimetic emulsions reveal the effect of mechanical forces on cell–cell adhesion” (PNAS, June 1, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1201499109 PNAS June 1, 2012).  The team in that paper not only studied cells for ideas about adhesion, but used a “biomimetic approach” to doing their science.  The emphasis in these sciences is on (1) understanding and (2) application for the benefit of mankind.Was Darwinism ever “a lot of fun”?  If it was, it was the fun of entertainment: telling tall tales around the cave campfire, not getting at the truth to produce understanding, for the purpose of designing tangible benefits for the world.  All for biomimetics over Darwinism please signify by imitating the mantis-shrimp karate chop on useless speculation. (Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Evans Powhaton Century Farm history laced with triumph and tragedy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The year was 1950 and there was excitement in the air on Powhaton Farm in Champaign County. The farm was one of the host farms for the National Plowing Match, sponsored by the National and Ohio Plowing Matches and the National Association of Soil Conservation Districts. It was the first “National” held outside of Iowa.Nearly 75,000 people visited the farms for the three-day, standing-room-only event that garnered headlines in newspapers around the state and nation for weeks prior to and after the event was held. The show even featured a test plot with the astounding goal of 300-bushel corn in 1950. The National Plowing Match was so noteworthy for the farm and community in Champaign County just south of Urbana that a historic marker stands to commemorate the event.That was a big day for Richard Evans in the same year he took over the family farm founded by his great-great-grandfather, Isaac Evans Jr., who had come from Virginia in 1812. Isaac’s father, at the same time, purchased land that is now home to the city of Urbana.President James Madison signed an original land grant deed to Isaac Jr. for one-quarter section for the 160-acre farm in Urbana Township of Champaign County. In 1830, Isaac received another patent deed for 161 acres adjoining the original portion of the farm.“Isaac purchased the land for $2 an acre. He had three years to pay it at 6% interest,” said Sue Evans, Isaac’s great-great-great-granddaughter and the daughter of Richard. “It was unsettled land and they probably had a single-bottom plow pulled by a horse. They had to clear trees and build a house. I am amazed at how they could do what they did. They raised corn and wheat and had cattle. A colonial farm was very self-sustaining. They raised their own food and had their own orchard. That was what they did for survival.”Land next to the original farmstead was home to a wool carpet mill and cider mill, general store, blacksmith, shoe shop, and doctor’s office in a small village named Powhaton, founded in 1847.“The next generation was William Strode Evans and he had one son, John Will who was my great-grandfather. John Will Evans married Melissa Jane Roberts who grew up just down the road in Clark County. John served in the Civil War. He farmed with his father and taught in a nearby one-room school. They had two sons, my grandfather, William Edgar, and Charles. Charles went east and opened a restaurant in New Jersey. William Edgar stayed on the farm. He was known as Ed,” Evans said. “My grandfather was known for being hard working and kind. He had one child, my father, Richard.”Richard’s life that followed was the familiar tapestry of farm life with threads of joy, tragedy and hard work woven together with a few unique things as well. The Plowing Match on his farm was undoubtedly a highlight in his farming career, but certainly not the only one.Richard’s mother (Ed’s wife) died when Richard was seven.“His mother kept him at home from school an extra year. She went to Grandview Hospital in Columbus to have surgery. My father sat on the front porch steps and watched his mother leave, looking happy and smiling. She had not been ill, but she did not survive the surgery,” Evans said. “So from then on, he grew up with just his father who never re-married. As you can imagine, they were very close.”At that time the farm was a Jersey dairy and they grew corn, wheat, oats and hay. They added a corn picker and a three-bottom plow — great advancements during this time. Richard grew up involved with every aspect of farming during that era. Richard graduated from Urbana Local High School and went on to the Ohio State University College of Agriculture to fulfill his boyhood dreams.“From the time he was a small boy, he told everyone he wanted to be a scientific farmer when he grew up, but he couldn’t pronounce ‘scientific’ and it always came out ‘scienticky,’” Evans said. “In 1930 he started college and came home every weekend to help his father on the farm. He was at OSU with Jessie Owens. Grandpa was injured, though, during dad’s senior year and he dropped out of college to come back to the farm and help. He really believed in education and always finishing what you start, but he put his goal aside and came back home and farmed.”Side-by-side the father and son farmed, growing closer all the while. Richard married and started a family. Then tragedy struck again.“My dad was plowing and my grandfather was behind him working ground with a disk and a spike-toothed harrow when a storm came out of nowhere and they started to bring the equipment in. My grandfather was driving the tractor over freshly-plowed ground standing up and he was hit by lightning and fell off the tractor,” Evans said. “My father looked back and saw the equipment circling. It had run over my grandfather three times before my father could stop it. He was 75 when he was killed. My dad was 38. I was 6.”After that, Richard continued the tradition of his forefathers farming the land. The dairy transitioned into a registered Hereford beef operation.“My father spent his life dedicated to soil conservation. He was an original board member of the watershed conservancy district and he was involved in all of the ag organizations,” Evans said. “My brothers left home after high school. One went into the Navy and was reported missing in 1961 during the Cuban Bay of Pigs Invasion, which was an unimaginable tragedy for our family. And my other brother has owned and operated a hunting and fishing resort in Ontario, Canada during his career. He now owns the farm adjacent to the bicentennial farmland. My mother passed away when my father was 80 and he continued to do all of the farming of nearly 500 acres by himself until he was 89, at which time he went into a crop-share program with a neighbor.”It was then he decided to attend to some unfinished business — his college degree.“In 2001 he visited the dean’s office at Ohio State where he was presented with a file folder containing his transcripts from 1930 to 1934. They discussed where his credits from nearly 70 years earlier would fit into today’s curriculum and he enrolled in classes at OSU to finish his degree work. Everyone else was using a laptop, and he had a yellow legal tablet,” Evans said. “He took classes one at a time, earning straight As, but then he was injured in a car accident and was unable to finish the remaining courses to complete his degree.”The accident finished his college career, but it was not the end to his interest in agriculture.“After the accident when he was in the hospital trauma center I visited him and the first thing he said when the ventilator was removed was, ‘How are the grain markets doing?’ I told him corn was at $7.42,” she said. “He immediately wanted to sell a Dec contract and asked for my help to accomplish the sale.”Evans had married a broadcaster and, for many years living out of the area, had come back regularly to help on the farm as she could from her home in Virginia.“When I retired it was my intention to come back here and be with my dad. He died three weeks before that happened at the age of almost 97. Dad and I were really close,” Evans said. “He always kept me updated on everything that was happening on the farm.”Upon returning to the farm in 2009, Evans beautifully remodeled the farmhouse — the third structure on the same foundation since the farm was founded in 1812. She is also in the process of refurbishing an old train boxcar brought to the farm in 1901 to store grain.At 72, Evans meticulously cares for the property on her own and farms the 300 acres of land on shares, marketing the grain herself and jointly making input decisions with the neighbor who farms it. She hosts a monthly “Grain Girls” meeting with a group of women farm owners and managers who meet to learn and improve their grain marketing skills. She sits on the foundation board for Clark State College that has been dramatically expanding its precision ag program in recent years. She also manages a scholarship her father started for agricultural students from Champaign County attending the Ohio State University College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.She feels very privileged to live and work on her family’s bicentennial Powhaton Farm.“I have a son and daughter, and they will take this over when I pass on through a generation skipping trust. Neither farms. My daughter is an architect and my son is in law enforcement, but I feel very confident that they will keep the farm and continue the legacy. I have six grandchildren. I keep encouraging them to not ever let it go,” Evans said. “Every day when I wake up and look out this window, as far as I can see is land that has only ever been farmed by my family. I am grateful for my ancestors. They were upstanding, hard-working people who loved the land and cared for it. This is a rare situation, and I realize how fortunate I am. It is humbling. There is no better life, but it is not an easy life. My father instilled his work ethic in me and the desire to keep this going. I stand on very broad shoulders.” John Will and Melissa Jane Evans were Sue’s great-grandparents. They were the fourth generation on the farm. His name is written in the train boxcar (J.W. Evans Aug. 8, 1901) being refurbished on the farm. The original deed for the farm is signed by President James Madison. This is one of the original barns. This is inside the train car being restored on the farm. Evans meticulously cares for the present-day property Richard Evans, Sue’s father, was know for his efforts in conservation on the farm.This painting depicts the first home on the farm. This is a painting of the first home on the farm. Sue Evans now owns the farm. She is the great-great-great-granddaughter of the founder Isaac Evans, Jr.last_img read more

CWG: ED questions Kalmadi and two others in Tihar

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate on Friday questioned jailed former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi and two others in connection with the money laundering case registered by it in conduct of the sporting event last year.A preliminary statement of Kalmadi was recorded by the officials of the ED at Tihar prisons in Delhi under the provisions of the Prevention of the Money Laundering Act (PMLA).Statements of two other officials, OC Joint Director General (Sport) A S V Prasad and Deputy Director General (Procurement) Surjit Lal have also been recorded in Tihar, ED sources said.Friday’s questioning, however, was a brief one and further recording of statement will take place later. The ED has registered about five different cases of money laundering in the conduct of the Games that were organised here last year.According to sources, Kalmadi was asked for some basic information on Friday and a detailed statement of investments and transactions in both his personal and OC Chairman capacities will take place soon.The CBI, in its charge sheet against Kalmadi had described him as the “main accused” in a corruption case relating to irregularities in awarding the Time Scoring Results (TSR) contract to a Swiss firm.”Kalmadi is the main accused as he was the person with all supreme powers. He had the supreme over riding powers in the Organising Committee of the CWG, 2010,” the CBI charge sheet had said.Kalmadi and the two other officials were arrested by the CBI on April 25.- With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

The Role of PR Firms in Social Media and Inbound Marketing

first_imgThere has been a lot of discussion this week in the A-List blogs about the role of a PR firm within the world of inbound marketing and social media.  I have been thinking about this for a while, both as a blogger (who is now getting pitched by PR firms), an active social media person, and a client of a PR firm – and part of a company that has a strong presence on LinkedIn (group with 7,000+ members), Facebook (over 600 fans) and Twitter (still growing, but employees like me have 100’s of followers).  In fact, I have been asked to speak on this very topic at the upcoming Worldcom conference in Montreal (a conference of hundreds of PR firms).Changes Challenging the Value of a PR FirmDirect Relationships – Does the media expect direct relationships with the company (through social media) rather than having the PR folks as a “go-between”?  If so, can the PR Firm play a role at all?Speed of Publishing – The old world had quarterly or annual editorial calendars.  Now A-list bloggers decide what to write that morning while having a latte in their robe in front of their laptop.  HubSpot has gotten coverage within 50 minutes from ZDNet because I responded to a question on Twitter from a blogger.  When the time between idea and article can be 30 minutes, can a PR firm really help a client get coverage?Approachability of Media – The media today are really pretty approachable, unlike the old days where it was hard to get a meeting with a writer for the Wall Street Journal, today you can follow the key media players on Twitter, be friends on Facebook, comment on their blog, etc.  So, if the relationships are easier to formulate today, what’s the value of a PR firm?To review some of the discussion going on right now, Steve Rubel at Micro Persuasion thinks that PR firms need to adapt, because bloggers and “new media” people want to “discover news for themselves” and not be pitched by PR folks.  Michael Arrington at TechCrunch says that “PR as a profession is broken”.  Ouch.  Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins from Mashable says those who “position themselves in the mindset that they aren’t gatekeepers for information but connectors for entrepreneurs and resources for journalists” will be a productive resource for their clients.  Robert Scoble from Scobleizer thinks that “there’s no reason to go crazy with a PR firm if you build something that people want.”  And Todd Defren of PR-Squared posted a response (including a video of me).  But probably the best summary and comment on the debate (besides this article of course! 🙂 comes from Marshall Kirkpatrick at ReadWrite Web who summarizes his article with “Is it worth the expense and loss of direct experience for many startups to hire PR people? It probably is.”  How a PR Firm Can Provide Value TodayResearch – You could spend the time finding the best 100 bloggers who write about your specific niche, but having someone else do this for you can save time, especially if they do it for a living and have access to tools to make it easier and faster.  Same things goes for researching conferences, events, speaking opportunities, awards, etc.  HubSpot has won a ton of marketing awards, and for most of them our PR firm found them and did everything for us.Training – Few people are social media and blogging experts, and if you hire the right PR firm, they can help bring their expertise into your company.  Don’t let them do everything for you, make them train and educate your marketing team (not just marcom, product people too!) and executives about social media, blogging, how to comment on blogs, how to use Twitter and Facebook, etc.  Inbound Marketing relies on using your entire company for marketing, and teaching people how to do it can be a great way for your PR firm to provide value.  Even though we think we know a lot at HubSpot, our PR firm has taught us a thing or two and we’ve tried some new stuff based on their suggestions.Create & Publish Content – PR folks are experts at writing, and increasingly audio and video too.  Your PR firm can help you figure out how to take your boring company announcement and craft it into an interesting story, even if it is not for a news release, it can be just for your company blog.  Your PR firm can also interview employees, customers and others and post videos on your blog or website, etc.  They do this stuff all the time (if they’re good) and might be able to do it better and faster than you can.  Our PR firm has written more than press releases for us – they don’t write for this blog – but other stuff has been helpful.Pitching / Relationships – There are some times when a PR firm does have relationships you don’t have, and times when that makes sense.  A lot of these relationships might be “old media”, but old media is still important to a lot of companies.  For instance, Business Week, Inc Magazine, and others will probably only cover you twice in the next 5 years (if you’re lucky), so does the writer really want a “relationship” with you.  Probably not.  But a PR firm brings lots of different clients to the table, and having a relationship with the PR pro might make sense for the writer.  Our PR Firm is really completely responsible for our relationships with print media.  We just don’t interact with those folks much ourselves.Monitoring – Good PR folks will do a great job of monitoring all the right blogs, social networks and other conversations for relevant information.  They then should email you and tell you to respond, comment, or react on your blog as necessary.  Even if you have a ton of RSS feeds, alerts and more set up, you might miss some things.  Our PR Firm doesn’t send us too much in terms of monitoring because we use lots of tools (including HubSpot software) to monitor things ourselves, but about once a month they send something I missed, and it’s usually good.  But, we have about 10 people actively monitoring 100’s of blogs and 100’s of search feeds daily (not kidding, the joke is that we consume 40% of the Internet on a daily basis).  I bet that your company has way fewer people in your company doing this stuff, so your PR firm will provide tons more value here.Beyond these points, I also think there is something to be said for the ability for a PR firm to relatively quickly ramp up your capabilities, whereas if you were doing things internally it might take a lot longer to find and train a productive internal person.  Don’t take this as a glowing recommendation that everyone should go out and hire a PR firm today.  But, I also don’t think they should be swept under the rug as useless – there is a lot of value a PR firm can provide in the right circumstances for the right client.  As always, understand what all your possible tools can do, then choose the right tools for the job.  A PR firm might be one of those tools.Here is some more of my thoughts on video: Note: HubSpot is a client of Shift Communications, and we’re happy with what we have accomplished working with them over the past year.  But we also talk frequently with them about how to make the relationship work best for both of us.  I recommend all companies do that with your PR firm.  Maybe this article can be a starting point for the conversation with your PR firm.What do you think?  What is the role of a PR firm today?  Leave a comment below and let’s discuss. Public Relations Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlackcenter_img Topics: Originally published Aug 13, 2008 6:44:00 PM, updated March 21 2013last_img read more

HubSpot TV – Combining Real Life and Social Media with Guest Tim Hayden

first_imgEpisode #61 – October 9, 2009  (Episode Length: 28 minutes, 58 seconds) http://itunes.hubspot.tv/ Headlines Marketing Takeaway , @ mvolpe Marketing Takeaway Doing It Right with www.HubSpot.tv FTC Confirms Bloggers Need Not Fear the $11,000 Fines Registration Link: – Your offline events can stimulate online conversation. gameplanhayden If PR Dead? The Debate Continues… — Details: and @ Download HubSpot’s Inbound Marketing University online training program Thepremise is simple: visitors “light” a candle and leave a message. 8599as of Thursday at 4PM – less than 48 hours after it went live Yahoo finally joins Google and stops using meta keywords for search Time 3:00-5:30pm Forum Fodder Location: Brogan Room at HubSpot HQ http://hubspotbook.eventbrite.com/ HuSpot TV Guest: Tim Hayden! Brian Halligan’s article: Is PR dead? Think about using in person events to enhance the online communications you are using for inbound marketing. in Austin, TX Announcement! First 50 people get a free book! FTC Regulates Endorsements and Reviews We Are Better Than This Closing Make great content, get more links, don’t sweat meta keywords. Date: October 16 Justin Goodman @electricmice: How to interact on Twitter: @ Originally published Oct 11, 2009 7:49:00 PM, updated July 04 2013 : Set your employees free! Encourage them to be content creators. Death to Meta Keywords! Doors open at 3:00pm. The show goes live at 4:00pm. Come meet Brian andDharmesh at the end of the show during the book signing.  – Make sure your PR firm is doing more than SPAMing reporters with press releases. Yahoo Search No Longer Uses Meta Keywords Tag Technology, in which 54% of thesample of 1,400 CIOs of companies with 100 or more employees blockemployees from accessing any social media at work” Intro Inbound Marketing Book Launch Party at HubSpot TV : Be upfront and honest, and encourage your fans to do the same. “astudy released yesterday by Robert Half Perks: CEO of Marketing Takeaway: Subscribe in iTunes: Why the 54% of companies blocking access to social media should knock it off http://www.ftc.gov/os/2009/10/091005endorsementguidesfnnotice.pdf IMU includes The Role of PR Firms in Social Media and Inbound Marketing in your tweet. Free Inbound Marketing University Online Training Program 54% of companies BLOCK social media If I have hundreds of landing pages, how should you incorporate them into your navigation? 11 free webinar classes and notesheets GamePlan Marketing Takeaway 2 Marketing Takewaway karenrubin “So,is pr dead? Well, the bad news is that as the game has beentraditionally played, it is probably dead or near dead. The good newsis that there is a major opportunity for new entrants and forwardthinking existing agencies to re-invent the industry and provide awhole new set of valuable businesses for their customers.” . The program drills into each component of inbound marketing and prepares you for the Inbound Marketing certification exam. Marketing Tip of the Week: FTC Cracks Down on Blogger Payola, Celebrity Tweets Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more