“We’re excited about having Mariana be a part of the language department because of the opportunities it affords her as a scholar and us as educators,” said William Burns, dean of the college’s Arts and Communications Division.Grassi earned a bachelor’s in education and literature, with a focus on English and Portuguese. She has taught languages in Brazil to children, teens and adults. She also has experience teaching disadvantaged students.In addition to offering academic support, she is teaching weekly lessons about Brazilian culture and is planning to start a Portuguese Club on the Lincroft campus. In order to learn about American culture, she is enrolled in two Brookdale classes, a French class and a conversional English class for non-native speakers.“She is living and experiencing our culture and blending it with her own,” Burns said.The FLTA Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).Host institutions are selected through a competitive application process, said Janice Thomas, director of the Brookdale Community College International Center. “They must demonstrate a commitment to international educational exchange and willingness to mentor and support a young FLTA throughout the scholar’s stay in the United States,” she said.Hosting a Brazilian FLTA is in keeping with Brookdale’s plan to nurture educational partnerships and is an outgrowth of Brookdale’s Brazil initiative begun in the fall 2011, Thomas said.In July, Brookdale signed a protocol of cooperation with Cameos Instituto da Cooperacao e da Lingua that opened the door for exchanges and partnerships with higher educational institutions in Portugal. Under the agreement, Camoes committed to helping Brookdale develop its Portuguese curriculum and Brookdale committed to promoting Portuguese language and culture though classes and programs related to Lusophone cultures.Additional information about Brookdale Community College international education programs and Brookdale initiatives in Brazil is available by contacting the International Education Center, 732-224-2799 or email@example.com. LINCROFT – Brookdale Community College is hosting its first Fulbright scholar, Mariana Grassi of Pelotas, Brazil, during the 2013-2014 academic year as part of the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA).Grassi, a recent graduate of the Federal University of Pelotas, is providing tutoring and in-class support for students enrolled in Brookdale’s new elementary Portuguese class.Brookdale Community College President Dr. Maureen Murphy, left, welcomes the college’s first Fulbright scholar, Mariana Grassi, right, of Brazil, as Raquel Rosa, adjunct instructor of Portuguese, looks on.
The Nelson Leafs continue to be one of the elite teams in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.The problem for the Leafs is another elite team plays in the same division.The Beaver Valley Nitehawks took over the lead in the Murdoch Division by completing the weekend sweep Sunday in Grand Forks with a 7-5 decision over the Border Bruins.The win keeps the Hawks in first place in the Murdoch Division, one point ahead of Nelson.Dallas Calvin was unstoppable for the Hawks, accumulating 13 points in three games to lead Beaver Valley. Sunday Calvin led the Hawks with three goals and an assist.Riley Brandt added a pair for Beaver Valley while Jeremy Lucchini and Braden Fuller added singles. Tucker Brown, with a pair, Lincoln Lane, Graham Watkins and Michael Rand replied for Grand Forks.Nelson kept pace with the Hawks, bouncing back from a loss Friday in Grand Forks to edge the Spokane Braves 4-3 Sunday at the NDCC Arena.Nelson held period leads of 3-1 and 4-2 before securing the win with a solid third period.Brandon Sookro, Darnel St. Pierre, Linden Horswill and Travis Wellman, playing his second game after missing a few weeks with the lower body injury, scored for Nelson.Wellman and Jamie Vlanich finished the game each with two points for Nelson.Sean Collins, Kurtis Redding and Justin Bonanno in the final seconds of the game replied for Spokane.Brad Rebagliati faced 33 shots for Nelson to register the win in goal.Nelson out shot Spokane 43-33 in the game.ICE CHIPS: Beaver Valley and Nelson both clinched playoff spots with Sunday’s wins. . . . Nelson will lose the services of defenceman Patrick Croome, who was involved in fight with time expired in the game. . . . Nelson hosts Castlegar, Friday, and Grand Forks, Saturday at the NDCC Arena. . . . Leafs Jamie Vlanich climbed to within a point of Nick Joseph of the Kelowna Chiefs in KIJHL scoring. Vlanich has 27 goals and 47 assists for 74 points. Teammate Travis Wellman is tied for fifth spot with 68 points. . . . Nelson captain Darnel St. Pierre was back in the lineup Sunday after serving a two-game suspension. . . . Alex Wilkerson was also back in the lineup for Nelson after recovering from an upper body injury.
Snow conditions left a lot to be desired in the Outaouais region, but the skiers dealt with it. Before the races, there had been rain and warm temperatures; on race day, the weather was fine — sunny, and a bit below freezing.Julien Locke of Rossland’s BlackJack Ski Club won the sprint in the previous Buff race, and also in the US Nationals in January.This time, Locke earned a narrow win over Knute Johnsgaard in the first semi-final. In the final, Locke revved up on the last hill and gained a lead that he held past the finish line for another win. Earlier this season Locke won a bronze medal in the 1.5 kilometer Sprint Distance at the U.S. Cross Country Championships at Michigan Tech University in Houghton Michigan.In March of 2015, Locke, born and raised in Nelson, won a silver medal at the Senior National Championships in Thunder Bay, Ont.The 22-year-old Locke, who started racing for the Nelson Nordic Ski Team at the age of six, joined the Black Jack squad at 14 years of age and has been competing with the Rossland-based club since his teens.Lock, who trains and races full time at the Black Jack Ski Club in Rossland, also runs a web design, photography and filmmaking business.Congratulations to Julien Locke. BlackJack and the Kootenays are proud of you.
The Nelson Neptunes continue to get better with age.The Heritage City club stole the show at the Kootenay Summer Swim Association Regionals this past weekend in Colville, Wash., finishing ahead of the rest of the field to claim the overall title.Neptunes coach Cynthia Pfeiffer said every single Neptune swimmer finished in the top three of their respective individual event, or top two in relay events.This means the entire team qualified for the upcoming BC Summer Swim Association Championships, August 19-21 in Coquitlam.“I don’t think it’s our talent in our pool that we can solely attribute our win to,” Pfeiffer said. “I believe the strong bond our team has, and the care and excitement we have for all of our teammates is what has gotten us through the difficulties of our last few seasons, and has allowed us to still come out on top.”Pfeiffer said the formula for selecting the winning team at the Regionals was calculated by taking overall points and dividing it by number of swimmers who attended the meet.Nelson took a clear lead in front of second place Kimberley and West Kootenay rival Castlegar.Highlights of this meet include Lachlan Bibby-Fox, Kallie Badry, and Jaylen Rushton sweeping gold in their events; Enna Cowan’s four best times; Madeline Holitzki’s first time 200-meter IM and Olivia Cowan’s first place 100 meter Freestyle.Then there was Morgan Robertson-Weir, Chloe Malenfant, and Jaylen Rushton’s Neptune sweep in 50-meter Butterfly as well as both Division 3 and Division 4 girls winning all four of their relays. “This little team has a lot of team spirit and I don’t think anything can slow them down,” Pfeiffer said.Pfeiffer said 13 of the 20 Neptune qualifiters have committed to make the trip down to Coquitlam to compete for the Kootenay region. She said races to watch for include Jaylen Rushton and Lachlan Bibby-Foxes 50-meter Breaststroke.The Neptunes, who spent the past few seasons on the road, will be back in the friendly confines of the NDCC Pool next now that renovations to the facility are close to completion.
IGGY PUGLISI, SPIRIT RULES, WINNER: “The break helped us out a ton . . . He was in (the gate) a really short period of time and he really caught a flyer from there. I couldn’t give that up. There were too many fast horses in there, so when I could scoot my way over to San Onofre, I figured I’d at least have a shot at it.Through the stretch: “I could feel that inside horse (San Onofre) really starting to battle back . . . but my horse ran really good. He’s been lights out, a really hard-knocking horse.”MIKE SMITH, SAN ONOFRE, SECOND: “Just got out-run today. I stumbled a little leaving (the gate), which cost me a clear lead, but if I’d have been running, I don’t think it would have bothered him. The horse hasn’t run in a year. The horse that beat me is a good old horse that’s been running all year and is fit. It’s a whole lot different in the morning, especially when they take it to you early. I was really happy with the way he ran, and I think he’ll really move forward off it.” TRAINER QUOTES NOTES: The winning owners are Barbara Accardy, Jeanmarc Murphy and Craig Siedler of San Diego. JOCKEY QUOTES PAUL AGUIRRE, SPIRIT RULES, WINNER: “He’s a big horse and whenever he draws outside and he gets near the lead, he’s going to be tough. They may run him down but it’s not going to be because he quits. He’ll give every ounce he has right to the wire.“This Cal-bred program is fantastic. We don’t have a lot of things to hang our hats on these days in horse racing, but the Cal-bred program is really something to be proud of. It’s made this horse have a nice career.”KAREN HEADLEY, SAN ONOFRE, SECOND: “I knew I was going in there a little short. He’s a nice horse, and I knew that he had one more condition.” -30-