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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Angela Holland reference

To Whom It May Concern:

This letter of recommendation is for Mr. Art Lynch.  I have worked with Mr. Lynch over the past three years in the capacity of supervisor; he is a part-time faculty member for me in the Department of Communication, at The College of Southern Nevada.

Mr. Lynch has been with CSN for many years.  In that time, he has taught a great number of course sections for us, primarily the Communication 101 (Oral Communication) course, but he has also taught the Communication 102 (Interpersonal Communication course, and also has experience teaching in the journalism/broadcasting field as well. 

In his many years of teaching for us at CSN, Mr. Lynch has shown to be flexible in his ability to work within our schedule, and has nearly always taught a full-time schedule.  He shows a desire to teach and a love of communication in all forms, as can be illustrated in his many experiences across his career; from teaching, to acting, to broadcasting, to publishing.

Beyond his employment, Mr. Lynch has shown a high level of professional development.  He attends workshops through the Center for Academic & Professional Excellence (CAPE), which has included learning to use the WebCT course management system, and others.  He additionally has taken it upon himself to work on a PhD in his free time (of which I’m sure he has very little; he is always busy). 
In sum, Mr. Lynch has shown his interest and determination in communication studies, in acting, in broadcasting, and in his educational pursuits.  Please feel free to contact me for further insights into his work with us at CSN.

Angela M. Holland
Professor & Lead Faculty
Department of Communication
College of Southern Nevada
6375 West Charleston Blvd. C269N (W2C)
Las Vegas, NV 89146
702.651.5983 office
702.651.5738 fax

Sunday Morning News and Views

Happy Easter!

April 4, 1933, America lost the inventor of Scrabble (first called “Lexicon” and then “Criss Cross Words”). It was not until the mid 1950’s when the president of Macy’s discovered the game while on vacation,  it took off. Macy’s let an international marketing effort to improve America’s literacy and find ways for American’s to have fun in the process. In the 1960’s Scrabble was a regular past time in most American homes. In the modern world of iPhones and computers, the game has earned a new place as one of the most popular “aps” and “video games” despite its lack of non-literary violence.

This fall, for the first time, Milton Bradly has changed the rules for Scrabble to include proper nouns. Official clubs, including the most prestigious in Brittian, are saying that the change cheapens the game and make it too plebeian.

How we think and communicate

We are changing as a society, in ways that are less or more productive, depending on your perception. Speed and multi-tasking have taken the place of reason and contemplation. In depth knowledge is being replaced with the knowledge of how to find specifics quickly.

Google has done a study of how we think, and in doing so has discovered in many ways they are contributing to a change that even Google executives find disturbing. We no longer read in-depth, but scan and follow linear based links, skipping over the details favoring mostly the fast journalistic pyramid leads, or whatever catches our eye. We scan quickly, tracked in lab experiments, following a rapid pattern rather than reading slowly left to right in regular movements. Our retention is down on facts, but up on slogans, catch phrases and images, often with little context or details.

At the same time the net is capturing us into an age where we will access to more information than ever before, able to research, seek out our own identities and leave our personal marks as never before in human history. The Internet reflects a shift to the “me” generation over the “us,” the “my” over “our” and the small tight knit group over the broader “us”.

This has impacted politics, perhaps explaining the current deadlock in Congress and the world of hateful signage and “booing” over civility in discourse and the compromise needed to govern.

Google studies found that current readers want information quickly, in a short digest form and as current and relevant to them as possible. There is a loss of geographic identity in favor or interests group, profession, church, political belief or other “on-line” identities.

As for the future of books, newspapers and magazines, that will depend on how they can adapt to what consumers want.

Google’s study warns that there needs to be a real effort to avoid the pure commercial model or those who are higher educated or elite will become the only fully informed class with the ability to read “long form” and consider issues “in depth”.  There needs to be an effort in homes and schools to reinforce longer form information and in general reading over scanning and graphic interface.

Google is part of a major corporate support structure for education and to encourage students of all ages to read more than the headlines or key points they may find on their cell phone internet scanners.

News of the Day

Butler University, a small school of only 4,200 students, is set to play for the national championship in their hometown of Indianapolis, taking on the Duke Blue Devils, going to their fourth National Championship. Butler did enter the competition ranked in the top ten, so the “underdog” status is dubious at best. Despite their position nationally entering the tournament, this would be Butlers first National Championship.

Only three more space shuttle flights remain.  NPR asked astronauts who have been in space, what next? There will be flights on Russian craft and eventually a new American vehicle, possibly private sector. NASA is under financial attack, so beyond that no one is sure. The men who have been in space say we need to remain in space, with human beings, yet it sees that unmanned exploration, if any, may be the future. NASA has 80 active astronauts on its roster, with 9 new Astronaut candidates in training. The astranauts fear that the knowledge and expertise that put America in space and changed the world may be lost if NASA is cut to the levels expected due to the current recession, the cost of our ongoing wars, and national priorities. The concept of commercial space flights could mean private astronauts instead of astronaut scientist and military pilots.

The captain of the Russian Soyuz Space Craft, after successfully docking with the International Space Station, sent Easter Greetings to NASA and Earth this morning.

 A top member of a South African white supremacist group says the slaying of its leader is a “declaration of war” by blacks against whites. He is vowing revenge and warning soccer teams to avoid this year’s World Cup in South Africa.

A British couple must spend a month in prison for kissing in a public restaurant in Dubai.

31 dead in bombings in Iraq, over 180 wounded. Three bombs went off within minutes, near the Iraqi, Egyptian and German Embassies.

Senator Joe Lieberman, chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, told NBC this morning that there is growing threat from terrorism. Incidents worldwide are in the rise. Federal authorities also report an increase in activities among domestic US extremist groups. The climate of mistrust, hatred and attack that seems to be feeding such movements as the Tea Party may be contributing to an overall sense of insecurity and danger at home here in the United States. Lieberman also pointed to the attacks on the very secure Moscow subway system to show that terrorist are growing braver and looking toward a major attack when and where there is an opening for such violence.

A fund created by Governor Jim Gibbons to supplement teacher’s pay with voluntary donations has so far received only $261 in donations. Divided among the state’s more than 30,000 teachers, the Education Gift Certificate Program would amount to only a fraction of a cent each.

An Alhambra, California police officer did a “u” turn to assist a fellow officer on a traffic stop. The vehicle had cup stick on red and blue lights, used by unmarked squad cars, and the officer had on police boots, handcuffs, and a uniform and looked the role..but the patch was wrong and the 37-year-old “officer” was arrested for impersonating a police officer.

Lance Burton will be leaving the Monte Carlo after Labor Day. He had been asked to trim his show for expense reasons, but would not cut to the point of any loss of integrity or quality, leading to their irreconcilable differences.

A festival featuring gun fighters, pony express riders, and Civil War reenactors takes place today at Ft. Churchill, near Reno. The event marks the 150th anniversary of the Pony Express, capped by the unveiling of a Pony Express US Postage Stamp.

Face the Nation

CBS’s Face the Nation took a look at the state of the nation this Easter morning with: CBS news Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cordes, CBS Chief Legal Correspondent Jan Crawford, Georgetown University’s Professor Michael Eric Dyson, CBS Justice Correspondent Bob Orr, and New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent David Sanger.

Justice Stevens it talking about stepping down. He is almost 90. Jan Crawford’s take is that it is expected, but that the contentious senate will cause major problems for the White House. This is the time for a fight, Crawford feels, but no one seems to want to fight. She predicts a palatable group of compromise candidates that can get some Republican conservative support. She feels that Democrats will lose four to six Senate seats in November.

Nancy Cordes says that while Republicans are on a high due to poll numbers, they face financial regulations that the public favors and they may have to oppose due to their core constituents.

Dyson says that Obama is not a socialist, but actually more of a conservative, far more than when he ran for office. He is in a  “pickle” because of his administration over his campaign rhetoric. He has to recognize he is governing all of America, and in doing so he is not in a position to please America’s highly polarized special interests groups.

Bob Orr says that terrorism is a real threat, both from abroad and militias’, right wing angry groups or “patriots” and even street gangs. The threats are being called credible and all the talk of rifle sights and targets could erupt. The Muslim extremist threat is one from segmented franchised out groups, not from one central core, which could be very dangerous as they reach out against the “far enemy”. They may or may not appear to be a threat, so screening is difficult and profiling by nationality does not seem to be the way to fight this new threat. Domestic threats based in the Middle East seem inevitability.

American home grown terror will play into our enemy’s hands, while those behind it say they are patriots and quote Thomas Jefferson.

Dyson says that the job market may be improving, but not in the way needed. The service industry is not bloated with people who have jobs but not the benefits to income needed to have the American lifestyle. This hits minorities hardest, but it effecting all groups and all economic levels.

Orr says that the recovery will be a long road. In joblessness the rate will go down over the next year or two, but governments are not very good at building jobs. On top of that the emphasis on deficits and debt will keep the government from doing what it can do, because the pressure is on to stop the deficit, which was really started as a snowball under president Bush.

Republicans are hammering on the administration “where are the jobs” knowing the bills will cause the deficit to rise, something they can run on in the fall, Crawford ways. In addition the top four 9-11 suspects are yet to be prosecuted and that will hit the political scope before the election.

Iraq could be a problem, as we are set to have combat troops out by August but the government there has yet to reform and one faction is very anti-US, with several religious factions that threaten to explode into violence.

Cordes is not sure who will end up leading the Republicans into the election. The Republicans are trying to build an image of the party of financial responsibility despite the track record under Bush and problems dealing with their own finances.

Mitt Romey may be too middle of the road to win the nomination in the next presidential cycle. Sarah Palin, they feel, does not have the staying power or experience to champion the party to victory. Scott Brown is a possibility, but the conservatives may not support him once he has a track record, an assumption based on his voting record back home in Massachusetts. The feeling is that the party will go too far to the right, too far to pull in and use the Tea Party momentum, to win a national election.


The head of the world’s largest advertising agency, WPP, Sir Martin Sorrell and Former GE CEO Jack Welch sat down and shared their views on success with the Wall Street Journal Report.

Welch says he greatest tool for success is self-awareness, including authenticity. Attract a great team and drive them for authentic reasons. He tells students that this is a perfect time to find your “ah-ha”, your unique competitive advantage. There will be new industry after new industry after new industry and there has never been a better chance to succeed. Lose the black cape and the negative attitude. Courage is a huge deal. Be able to say “I am taking a swing” and if it doesn’t work I am valuable someplace else. Do not seek a security blanket and get locked in. Give it all you have got and realize that if it doesn’t work out, you are still OK!

Sorrell says have fun in what you do. If you stop having fun you have something else, which people call stress, but he says is simply the lack of enjoyment. You need a support system, somebody you can talk to and trust who does not have an agenda or a bias.  A good founder is not the same as a good manager. Starting something is key, but that may not mean you are a manager. Find one.

Former US Comptroller David Walker, now CEO of the Peterson Foundation, told Wall Street Journal Report Social Security is not facing a crisis; it is stable but may need adjustments, such as lowering benefits to high income and middle income and raising the standard of living for those who are poor or under-privileged.

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says that we want to make sure that that the country never faces another crisis with potential bank and other key corporate failures. We are close to legislation that will allow the government to sell off any large bank or corporation that brings itself to the point of failure to sell off portions of that company without costing taxpayers dollars again. We need to have a firebreak to keep any crisis from spreading. We had it in place for smaller banks, since post-depression legislation, but the concept of cross-economic platform large super-banks was not anticipated. Generally as the economy is getting stronger the financial system is in a stronger place as well.

A Faith under attack

Today is one of those rare times when all major Christian churches celebrate Easter on the same day. That makes for a crowded agenda in the churches of the Holy land, as Orthodox, Catholic and Protestants celebrate their belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Pope Benedict delivered his Eastern Greeting this morning from St. Peter’s Square. Of course critics are focusing on his not apologizing for the handling of pedophiles and alleged pedophiles in the church and not sharing church documents on the issue with the media.

Meanwhile, my own church, the Roman Catholic Church, is under attack by those who I grew up having stones tossed at me (verbally), with differing understandings of forgiveness, the Papacy (which is a ministry, not a political leadership as it is being painted to be), and the private ways the church deals with transgressions and sin. I have to agree with some in the Vatican that a commercial media is manufacturing a “generation of shame” over what is really a very sad disgrace not only on my church, but really on all of man (and woman) kind. I have to hand it to the president of the Mormon Church when last year he mentioned that on a percent of ministry the word wide Catholic Church is no different or maybe even less shamed than his own ministers and those of other faiths. It is a human failing, he preached, one that is private in nature and that God alone can deal with.

Our modern sensibility is quite different than the tradition based church, as pedophiles are criminals in most countries and need to come to trial. The practice of correcting and dealing from within, one deeply entrenched in my church, may be antiquated and may not be excusable. But then neither is crucifying the church for its spiritual beliefs in forgiveness and not becoming directly involved in the laws and politics of the outside world, at least not in public.

Today the Catholic Bishop of Muenster, Germany was attacked during Easter Sunday Mass by a 44-year-old man who stormed trough the church, wielding a broom handle. The 60-year-old Bishop defended himself with an incense bowl.

This Easter Sunday there were threats on the lives of priests and bishops around the world, ranging from Ireland to Australia.

It may be time, in our 24/7 instant media instant gratification age, for the church to change. But to attack a church and the man who walks “in the shoes of the Fisherman”, the Pontiff of Christ’s church on earth, with acid and constant slanting of inference and news does make for religious freedom or the form of justice a church is liable to accept as just.

I am not sure what those of other churches want from Catholicism. Six decades ago the Church worked behind the scenes to save lives as well as souls from Nazi Germany but was persecuted for not going public against Hitler and not going enough. In reality the largest Underground Railroad in world history existed within the Catholic Church, and as many Catholics were murdered by Nazis as Jews. Remember the Vatican sits in Rome, where Fascist Mussolini reigned as Hitler’s closest ally. An underground church spy network also provided the Allies with intelligence, and encouraged even the Mafia to work closely with Americans. Yet at the time and still to this day, the church is attacked for its lack of public action and voice.

Now we have a Pope who was forced to serve in the Nazi version of the Boy Scouts, Hitler’s Youth, and who is being criticized for failure to speak out against Nazism and Germany, and now to be more public in an apology for the transgressions of his priests. True the sexual abuse by priest of young boys is shocking, perhaps evil and a sins of the human flesh, but is the role of a Pope to be a public spokesman and apologize, or to minister and forgive and leave final judgment to God, particularly of those priest who have passed away but from whom victims still demand apology and perhaps financial compensation for their very deep pain. It is two differing philosophies clashing and being judged with a modern, protestant and very western sense of right and wrong. There is no easy solution, nor is the church evil for standing on privacy and the protection of the cloth. Where it is to be shamed is for the priest who were put in positions to continue their crimes once the church was made aware of them. Remember most of these charges are coming out now in a media frenzy, long after they were committed, and perhaps in some cases allegedly committed.

Turning jews over to the Nazi's was the law of man at the time, yet the church ignored it whenever possible at great peril for the clergy and lay ministers. That does not make these crimes right, but it should help explain why the church operates and is reacting in the slow, calculated and some may accuse unfeeling or calas way it is.

Sometimes you can do more with quiet than voice, and quite action than public spectacle.

On this Easter Sunday, I pray for a resurrection, not from the deal but from fear, anger, attack and hatred. All have made high profile appearances in the last year, in politics, finance and competition in other areas of my life and the lives of those I care about, as well as the overall society.