27 juin 2010

Beating the Wildcats with the Wildcat Formation

Talking, stalking, you name it. The Wildcats were trying to gain every tiffany accessories psychological edge, so it was only fitting that the Huskers played a great game instead of talked about one. Speaking of irony, is there any better way to beat a Wildcat than with the Wildcat?

"Our new Wildcat formation was huge," said Husker Tight End Coach Ron Brown. "We never really got to it for the Texas game because we needed longer reps, and the bowl game gave us that opportunity. Rex (Burkhead) is just a natural at it. He ran it when he did some quarterbacking as a junior in high school (at Plano, Texas)."

Burkhead's 89 rushing yards were pivotal on direct snaps from center. The Huskers used the new formation on their fourth offensive series and were able to keep the Wildcats guessing the rest of the way because they were able to read Arizona's defensive tendencies to just the second spread formation team it faced this season (Pac 10 Champion Oregon was the other).

"This is what we want to do. We want to be a team with a ball-tiffany bracelets passing attack that is able to take shots with a good play-action game and be a team that can spread the field and use 52 yards of space," Nebraska Offensive Coordinator Shawn Watson said. "If you make a defense defend 52 yards of depth, that's a lot, man. That's what we want to be, and that's what we will be. That's the way we recruited and how we're building our program."

And the timing could not have been better. Even though the bowl game is the milestone 10th win of the 2009 Husker season, it's really, in a sense, the official launch of the 2010 season, and that's why swagger is such an important word here.

There are all kinds of ways to define swagger - including many that are negative - but on Bo Pelini-coached football teams, it is viewed as a positive word. Swagger, Nebraska Football-Style, is how someone presents himself to the world and how he handles a situation. Yes, swagger can be shown in a player's walk, but that's supposed to represent tiffany cufflinks over fear, not puffing out your chest or assuming a bodybuilder pose.

Okay, maybe the Huskers stretched the lines of demarcation a time or two on Wednesday night, but you'd like to think it was more out of a sense of accomplishment and relief than any deliberate attempt to upstage an opponent.


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Congratulations to at least 30,000 Nebraska fans who gave up some silver necklaces presents and withdrew some major cash from their treasured savings accounts, so they could spend those last precious days of the decade in a place where it's never supposed to rain - Southern California.

Nice move and good timing.

You saw history made here Wednesday night at Qualcomm Stadium - Nebraska's first shutout in its storied 46-game bowl history and the first shutout ever in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl, an annual event known for explosive scoring and loud cannon shots. And just for the record, it really was the first time it rained in 32 Holiday Bowls.

But no one really cared because the Huskers steamrolled 20th-ranked Arizona, 33-0, in a game that really never was close. Nebraska scored the Holiday Bowl's quickest ever touchdown, 95 seconds after the game started ... and the Huskers were the ones who silver pendants off!

Apparently, they were also the ones who were ticked off because they had some emotional ammunition from their head coach, who indicated that the Wildcats, among other things, didn't respect their talent.

"Thanks to all of our great fans for coming out and supporting us here ... I just want to say that Nebraska's back, and we're here to stay," Husker Head Coach Bo Pelini said, hoisting the Holiday Bowl trophy after becoming NU's first head coach ever to win his first three bowl games.

No surprise there, especially when you read all the other interesting late-season defensive milestones from Pelini-coached teams.

But here's the best thing about the whole night: Against the U of A, which was wearing special white silver rings to match its new white throwback helmets instead of its customary blue helmets, the Huskers found something they hadn't seen or felt since the non-conference season. And it's something they will need to make a serious run for a national championship in 2010 - some real, honest-to-goodness offensive swagger. It may not have stopped the rain, but it did stop the pre-game trash talk.

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Help Keep Kids Safer Online This Gift-Giving Season with Tips from Sprint's 4NetSafety Program

The holidays are upon us, and this year, many kids across the country will be silver cufflinks computers, mobile phones or gaming systems. Gadgets like these provide our young people the opportunity to learn and play - but they also can pose dangers, particularly when connected to the Internet. Sprint (NYSE: S) has partnered with leading child-education and -protection organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children(R) and the National Education Association Health Information Network to create 4NetSafetySM, a resource that kids, parents and educators can use to keep kids safer while using the Internet. Sprint recently fulfilled its silver earrings-year, $3-million commitment to Internet safety for young people, and 4NetSafety is at the forefront of this effort.

4NetSafety resources are available at . All services are free of charge with no registration required, and many features are also available in Spanish. Tools for kids, such as animated videos and tips and activity cards for educators are presented in an interactive, comic-book style to help kids learn in a fun, engaging manner. Other tools are designed for parents, guardians and teachers to help teach children appropriate and safe online behaviors.

"Internet-safety resources like 4NetSafety are particularly needed this time of year, when many young people will be receiving technology gadgets for the holidays," said Debby Ballard, director of Community Affairs for Sprint. "If a child in your life is receiving any sort of device that can access the Internet - or even if the child silver key rings has such a device - now is a great time to have that talk about how to safely learn and play online."


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Open Your Gift

In the United States, a soon-to-be married couple usually registers at a cheap rings department store for the gifts they would most like to receive for their wedding. They choose the pattern of china they like, the glassware and silverware. They list small appliances and other useful items for the home they desire. Friends and relatives choose gifts for the couple from among these items, and the store keeps track of whether or not someone else has already purchased them. It is a very efficient system, not at all the way the Spirit gives gifts.

There is no predictability about how the Spirit distributes the various charisms. One might ask God for a particular gift, and it may or may not be granted. A totally unexpected gift might land in one's lap, bringing surprise and delight - something you might never have thought to ask for, something that ends up a perfect fit! Sometimes there are unsolicited gifts that can seem like white elephants; they are tucked away until a time when they can be "re -gifted."

In the second reading today, Paul lists a whole array of gifts the Spirit gives, each one carefully chosen for the individual for whom it is intended: wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, mighty deeds, prophecy, discernment, tongues, interpretation. We might picture the Spirit delighting in choosing a gift for each one - a gift that weds the recipient to the Holy One and cheap tiffany each with God's fruitful power. None of the Spirit's gifts are meant to be kept under wraps. They are always meant to bear fruit, not only in the recipient's life, but also in service toward others.

The wedding scene in today's Gospel depicts Jesus as hesitant to open his Spirit-given gifts in public. He thinks the time has not yet come. But, as his mother rightly discerns, the need is urgent. Like all prophets, Jesus is reluctant and objects, just as Jeremiah protested that he was too young, and Moses avowed that he could not speak well. Jesus' mother, however, seems to take on the role of the wedding planner. She works behind the scenes, using her gifts of insight and knowledge, setting the stage for the sign that Jesus will perform. She knows that the time has come for her son to offer his gifts publicly to bring the marriage between humanity and divinity to consummation.

Just as a wedding is only the beginning of a lifelong love silver bracelets, so the sign Jesus performs at Cana is the beginning of the many signs that revealed his glory. It is also the beginning of the disciples' belief in Jesus, who himself is the bridegroom, as John the Baptist acknowledges (Jn 3:29). The gift of Jesus himself is one that far surpasses any other that we could have on our "wish list." BARBARA E. REID


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Swagger Can Mean a Variety of Good Things

Stay with me on this, especially those who thought there was no hope for an cheap money clips team that had difficulty making a first down in the Big 12 Championship.

Swagger is often the result of showing your confidence a little more independently and spontaneously than perhaps even you intended. Nebraska swagger is based on conducting yourself in a way that would automatically earn respect. That's why it intersects with character, includes heart and features mental toughness, attention to detail, selling out to the process, putting the team above yourself and showing a willingness to listen to your coaches, so that you understand a fundamental truth: It's not about you. It's about the team.

No wonder players often take on the personalities of their head coach.

Wednesday night was a cheap necklaces, a transformation if you will, and emotion was bound to spill over because an offense that wasn't going anywhere and had been given up as virtually comotose was suddenly everywhere, making yards on first and second downs, converting third downs, scoring touchdowns, making a record four Holiday Bowl field goals (from Mr. Reliable himself, Alex Henery), and, in the process, making everyone feel good, so they could laugh and be happy.

Admit it. You were as shocked by Nebraska's offensive performance against Arizona as I was typing on this computer late Wednesday morning when an earthquake, measuring 5.9 on the Richter Scale, moved the machine an inch or two while the 14th floor of the Marriott Marina Hotel shook so dramatically, you could actually feel the building sway.

That means those of you who have been so down on Nebraska's offense that you thought it would take an act of nature to change its course got just what you wanted on Wednesday night. The earth actually moved, and Nebraska's offense moved with it.

We forgive you for being shocked, but we're not fibbing when we tell you it did not cheap pendants a single Nebraska coach or Husker player we talked to.


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The Indiana Department of Correction issued the following cheap earrings release:

The P.L.U.S. program at the New Castle Correctional Facility in New Castle Indiana has recently reached out to the Emmaus Mission Center in Logansport.

A $500 donation was raised by selling food items through P.L.U.S. to the general population at the facility. This will hopefully allow the mission to extend its outreach further into the needs of the community. The Logansport community has cheap jewelry out to the New Castle Correctional Facility and its needs by supplying materials for prison projects. The facility wanted to reciprocate the thoughtfulness by giving back through a worthy cause and decided on Emmaus.

P.L.U.S. is a program dedicated to helping willing men and women to shape their lives for the better in the most appropriate environment as possible. The men at the New Castle Correctional Facility are a group of 50 who strive to assist their communities and individuals in any manner they can. Recent projects for the group include making bird houses, wood projects, lap quilts and a card ministry for the elderly. Giving back to others is a vital step in the healing process for these men and women, and they are eager to jump at new opportunities to make a difference in their lives and lives of cheap key rings abroad.


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The United States Attorney's Office and the FBI jointly announced today that Louis cheap bangles. Green, 39, of Erlanger, Ky. was sentenced yesterday to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay a restitution fee of over $500,000 for stealing gift checks from a Cincinnati company and transporting them to Kentucky for deposit.

In September of 2009, Green pleaded guilty to the charges and admitted that while he worked for Convergys Inc. he fraudulently ordered gift checks that were intended to reward other Convergys employees. Rather than give them to employees, he kept them and then cashed the checks himself.

Green's theft cheap bracelets hundreds of times over a three year period resulting in a loss to Convergys of over $500,000.

Under federal law, Green must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence, and, upon release, will be under the supervision of the United States Probation Office for three years.

James A. Zerhusen, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Timothy D. Cox, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI jointly made the announcement today after the sentencing.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI. The United States was represented by the Fort cheap cufflinks Branch Office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky.


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UC Santa Barbara alumnus Tunc Doluca and his wife, Lale, have made a necklaces gift to the campus to establish an endowed chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The Doluca Family Chair will support the teaching and research of a distinguished scholar specializing in analog and mixed-signal integrated circuit design, which will help strengthen pioneering research in this important field.

"Analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits provide the vital link between real world signals, such as sound, temperature, and sight, for example, and today's powerful digital signal processors," said Tunc Doluca, president and chief executive officer of Maxim Integrated Products, an international corporation specializing in the design and manufacture of high-performance semiconductor products. Doluca earned his bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and a master's degree in electrical engineering from UC Santa Barbara. He holds 11 mixed-signal design patents.

"These integrated circuits are found in all electronic equipment," Doluca explained, noting that the United States is currently the leader in analog and mixed-signal product development. "Maintaining this leadership demands a steady flow of engineering students, especially with advanced degrees, with the training and passion to develop these products," he added. "My graduate studies and teaching assistantship at UCSB achieved just that for me. The endowed chair will support faculty so as to attract, money clips, and instill passion in students in the field of analog and mixed-signal design."

Larry Coldren, acting dean of the College of Engineering, said the Doluca Family Chair "will strengthen a key area in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, insuring renewed strength in research and teaching in a discipline vital to the economy of California as well as the nation in general."

Endowed chairs are highly prized academic positions established with philanthropic gifts. They enable a university to recruit and retain outstanding faculty and to develop more fully a field of study by providing chair holders with ongoing unrestricted financial support for enhanced research and instruction.

"The Doluca Family Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering will allow the department to recognize the contributions of an outstanding faculty member in the area of analog and mixed-signal design and to expand our teaching and research efforts in this already well-established area," said Jerry Gibson, department chair. "Generous tiffany engagement rings such as the Doluca Family endowment help us to sustain our momentum as we continue to move up in the rankings of the top 20 departments in the nation. This endowed chair will also provide a reminder of the extraordinary achievements of Tunc Doluca and his commitment to UCSB."


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Soldier on leave from Iraq pays tribute to son's gift of life

1st Lt. Eric Van Hecke and his wife, Jennifer of Monticello, bracelets., put the final touches on a floragraph, Dec. 23, of their son, Jack, who was a tissue donor in 2006. The floragraph, a memorial portrait made of floral materials, was part of the Donate Life float in the internationally-televised Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., on New Year's Day.

Van Hecke, a physician's assistant with the 204th Area Support Medical Company, returned to the U.S. on leave from a tour of duty in Balad, Iraq, to take part in this special recognition of his son's gift of life.

At only 15 months of age, Jack Van Hecke was killed in a tragic accident. Upon his death, Jack's heart valves were donated and saved the life of a little girl in Minnesota. In honor of Jack's gift of tissue donation, LifeSource is honoring the Van Hecke family as part of the largest public celebration of the gifts of organ and tissue donation - the Donate Life float in the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Reflecting on the thought of tissue donation, Van Hecke said, "What keeps me going is the thought that part of him is out there somewhere and a part of him is affecting another life. What's so fitting is that Jack donated his heart valves ... he was able to help another child. When he or she is at school and runs their first mile ... or runs the court at basketball it's going to be his heart that's going to help them do that. To me that's the best part of this. It's truly remarkable."

"Initially I didn't want anything more to happen to Jack," said Jennifer Van Hecke. "I didn't want him to go through another surgery and literally in the next second I thought of that other mom ... that wants "Jack" back. At that moment, yes, of course, he will be a cufflinks valve donor."

The float, themed New Life Rises, features a phoenix, the mythical symbol of life coming out of death, rising into the sky and represents those who give life in their passing and the people whose lives are renewed by their gifts.

"From a bed of nurturing flames," illustrates the LifeSource Web site, "the majestic phoenix rises anew, its tail feathers adorned with 76 floragraphs depicting loved ones who gave life to those in need. The bird soars high above 24 float riders - all transplant recipients, living donors, and family members of deceased donors - seated along a monument inspired by the National Donor Memorial's Wall of Names.

A garden inspired by the memorial's Wall of Tears leads the float with 2,000 dedicated roses, each carrying a personal message of love, gratitude and hope to a donor, recipient or candidate for transplant."

LifeSource, Jennifer Van Hecke's employer and sponsor of Jack Van Hecke's floragraph, is the non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation in the Upper Midwest, serving communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and portions of western Wisconsin.

According to LifeSource, more than 100,000 men, women and children in the United States are currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Thousands of individuals are in need of a tissue transplant. The numbers continue to grow each year; every day more than 100 people are added to the national transplant earrings list and 18 people die while waiting for needed organs and tissues.



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SUNY Cortland alumnus John Fantauzzi '58, a retired social studies teacher now living in Cape tiffany, Fla., will bequest $5.18 million - the largest individual gift in the College's 140-year history - to support a scholarship he established in 1990 for children of immigrants and first-generation college students attending SUNY Cortland.

"This is a transformative gift that will forever change the lives of future Cortland students who will have the opportunity to obtain a first-rate education at SUNY Cortland," said SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum.

"John realizes that SUNY Cortland gave him the life skills to become a wonderful teacher and he wants to ensure that extraordinary experience for future first generation students and for those students, like him, whose parents or grandparents came to this country seeking the American dream."

Fantauzzi's generosity to his alma mater began in 1988, when he gave $50,000 to the College to have its recently renovated Old Main auditorium named in honor of his favorite Cortland mentor, the late Distinguished Teaching Professor of History Ralph Adams Brown.

Two years later, Fantauzzi, the son of Italian immigrants and an ardent admirer of the immigrant work ethic, created the John Fantauzzi '58 Scholarship at SUNY Cortland. The award, which soon expanded from a three-year to a four-year full scholarship, was bangles to Cortland students who maintained a 2.7 or higher GPA and who were children and/or grandchildren of immigrants to the United States.

"Also at that time, John informed then-President James Clark of his intent to leave his entire estate to the John Fantauzzi '58 Scholarship Fund," explained Doug DeRancy '75, assistant to the vice president for institutional advancement, who has been the College's liaison with Fantauzzi for the past 22 years.

"John is an extremely generous individual," added DeRancy. "He committed in 1990 to make an annual gift to establish an endowment in his lifetime that would support and grow his scholarship. Today, the Fantauzzi Scholarship annually provides 10 students with $3,400 annually for each of the four years they attend SUNY Cortland."

Since its inception in 1990, the scholarship fund had grown to $700,000 as a result of Fantauzzi's philanthropy. With the addition of the endowment, the fund will total nearly $6 million.

To date, more than 50 Cortland students have received a scholarship. The recipients trace their national origins to countries located in Europe, Asia, North and Central America.

" Many of the scholarship winners have written John to express their appreciation and some continue to communicate with him after graduating from Cortland," explained DeRancy. "John has told me that the greatest gift is creating the opportunity for someone to go to college and get an education. In his view, it is a gift that keeps on giving."

"I hope that John's belief in his alma mater will inspire others to invest in the rings of this fine institution," added Raymond Franco '72, vice president for institutional advancement at SUNY Cortland.


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