Harrington College of Design Honors Robert C Marks

Harrington College of Design honored Robert C. Marks with the Frances Harrington Award for outstanding achievement in Education and Interior Design. The event took place in the Grand Hall at Union Station, 210 S. Canal St., Chicago, Illinois. Nelson Sears, Communications Manager at Harrington, orchestrated the event. Never has the Grand Hall looked as good as it has for this special event. The room was resplendent, colored lights were mounted at the base of the Greco / Roman fluted columns that surround the room. The hall was finely appointed with wall decorations, balloons, and an assortment of flowers. A very fine dancing band that played in a manner that was festive yet not overly engaging.

Starting out as a student at the Frances Harrington Institution of Interior Decoration, Robert C. Marks took control of the school in 1959. A man of vision, Mr. Marks expanded the programs and course offerings. Seeing a need for school research, Mr. Marks started what came to be the largest and most replete Interior Design library in the country. Further, he saw to having the school accredited by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and changed the name to The Harrington Institute of Interior Design.

As time passed Marks developed educational seminars in conjuction with on-site tours to architectural destinations for research. They went to cities all over the world visiting famous places that have changed Interior Design. These seminar events along with their enhanced curriculum helped established Harrington Institute as the premier school for Interior Design in Chicago and as one of the leading Interior Design schools in the Country.

Mr. Marks saw a need for educational credentials for interior designers so he expanded the school to a college offering a Bachelor Degree. The Institute was renamed the Harrington College of Design as it remains today.

For years Harrington was located in the Fine Arts Building at 410 S. Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago. This excellent location enabled Harrington students to take advantage of all the educational and cultural venues that Chicago has to offer.

Along with Mr. Marks, six other individuals were given awards.

For the Excellence in Design Award the following individuals were honored: Lucien Lagrange, Eva Maddox, Stanley Tigerman, and Victor Skrebneski.

For the Design Vision Award the following individuals were honored: Mayor Richard M. Daley and Commissioner Cherilyn Heremb.

Mr. Marks is a patron of the Arts. He is a supporter of Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Opera of New York. Mr. Marks sits on the Boards of leading Chicago cultural institutions and is a moving force in them.

Today Harrington College of Design stands at the forefront of education in Interior Design. Under the helm of President Erik Parks, Harrington College of Design is the world's largest Interior Design school. Harrington College of Design is located at 20 W. Madison, Chicago, IL 60606-3433, (866) 590-4423.

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The Fighter’s Career Path

People always have the liberty to choose whatever they want in life. However, some simple choices that seem to have uncertain consequences confuse us. If these options all bear good benefits, then it is even harder for one to choose. This analogy applies to the idea of choosing one’s martial arts discipline. With so many disciplines to choose from, how could one find a satisfying pick? This article will help you in what you are looking for.

The main reason as to why people have the difficulty in deciding on a certain discipline is because, just like everything else, they don’t have in depth knowledge about martial arts. In this article, we will give you categories that will help you decide.

Speed and Agility:

This is an important aspect of combat, or rather this is one categories for choosing a certain discipline. Speed pertains to the ability of a person to deliver strikes and movements that are not easy to intercept, while agility pertains to the ability to dodge strikes from an opponent. In this area, it is ideal for a person to be a lightweight and to be very active. Known martial arts disciplines that emphasize speed and agility are the following:

• Wing Chun Kung Fu

• Karatedo

• Shaolin Kung Fu

• Taekwondo

Power and Endurance:

This is another important aspect of fighting and among the categories a person should base his or her choice. Power pertains to the ability to deliver strikes that could induce tremendous punishment or overpower an enemy’s strength in grappling, while endurance pertains to the ability to absorb damage thrown by the opponent. In this area, it is ideal for a person to be heavyweight, having a physical built that is bigger than any normal person. Known martial arts disciplines that emphasize power and endurance are the following:

• Muay Thai

• Boxing

• Jiu jitsu

• Graeco-Roman Wrestling

Rhythm and Reflex:

These aspects in martial arts are important as well as considered to be special. A person can determine his or her choice of discipline in this category. Rhythm pertains to the gracefulness and effectiveness of a person’s steps, in terms of delivering attacks and defensive moves. In this area, it is ideal for the person to be flexible. Known martial arts disciplines emphasizing rhythm are the following:

• Tai Chi Chuan

• Capoeira

• Penkak Silat

Reflex, however, pertains to the special ability of a person to intercept attacks and find or create an opening to deliver a counter-attack. In this area, a person does not require specific physical attribute, therefore, applicable to any person regardless of the size or weight. Known martial arts disciplines emphasizing reflex skill are the following:

• Aikido

• Escrima/Arnis

• Marines CQC

The specific martial disciplines mentioned here are only among the examples worth looking, based on their popularity. But there are many other forms similar to these and it is good to identify them in the particular category given above.…

Post 9/11 GI Bill Changes – Military Students Can Attend Online Universities

Millions of military veterans have used the GI Bill throughout the decades in order to obtain an education and better their future. The GI Bill has seen numerous revisions and updates throughout the years. Let’s take a look at the changes in the latest post 9/11 GI Bill.

One of the biggest changes is that veterans have more options available. Now they can choose from apprentice programs, vocational schools, technical institutions and even online colleges with distance learning programs. This new change is expected to help veterans deal with unemployment. Experts predict that approximately thirteen thousand veterans would be able to secure employment within a year thanks to vocational training. These vocational programs are suitable for veterans who want to secure employment as soon as possible and who aren’t looking for a job that requires a four year degree.

These new changes will allow veterans to obtain very specific training which should help them to obtain jobs. The government is broadening the options for schooling with the intention of reducing unemployment for veterans; women in particular. Statistics provided by the U.S Department of Labor show that 16.6 of female veterans are currently unemployed. In order to combat the problem of unemployment, the current administration has introduced Obama’s American Job Act which provides a tax credit for any company who hires an unemployed veteran.

Changes have also been made in regards to “break pay”. This means that students will not receive benefits between enrollments. Students benefiting from the Montgomery GI Bill have the ability to switch over to the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

Housing stipends used to be only available to students attending traditional 4-year universities and colleges. However, now students enrolled in an online education program will also be able to qualify for benefits. This new stipulation will go into effect as of October of 2011. The Post 9/11 GI Bill allows for a stipend of one thousand dollars per year towards school books. Changes have also been made to cap out tuition for those attending a private university at $17,500. As a result, some students who are currently enrolled at a private university may have to pay some of their own way or obtain student loans.

The GI Bill was signed into law in 1944 in order to assist World War II veterans with university and vocational training. It also helped to provide veterans with access to various loan programs. One of the most significant part of the program was the home loan program which enabled a large number of Americans to purchase a home for the first time.…

Three of Osaka’s Best Hospitals

Osaka is the second largest city of Japan. This financial centre is home to 7% of the Japanese population and also draws in outsiders with its reputation as a major tourist destination. Osaka has many renowned recreational parks, castles, shrines, aquariums and beaches. In general, the health care sector of Osaka is well developed and has many world class hospitals with English speaking employees to care for the needs of visitors to the country. This article outlines some of the better hospitals of Osaka.

Kitano Hospital, located at 2-4-20 Ohgimachi,Kita-ku,Osaka was founded in 1928 and is operated by the reputable Tazuke Kofukai Foundation. Kitano Hospital has 707 beds and more than 1000 staff. It has full fledged sectors for all medical specialties including dialysis and mind-body medicine. The hospital has well designed OPD, a research center and a relaxation room. The surgery sector features a central operation theater and conducts a variety of general and specific surgeries. The modern hematology department offers effective treatment for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. The hospital has 24-hour emergency and ambulatory care and a well equipped emergency room(ER) where service of many physicians and surgeons are available. The departments of anesthesiology and critical care medicine are comprised of 7 staff doctors and 5 residents who work in association to provide the best possible care. The ICU has modern facilities to provide respiratory, sedative, circulatory and analgesic care to patients. This is also a premier institution for medical education and research. Tel: 6-6361-0588

Sumitomo Hospital situated at 2-2 Nakanoshima 5-chome, Kita-ku, Osaka is another reliable hospital in Osaka that provides high quality health care service. This modern hospital founded in 1921 employs eminent doctors and offers especially good personal care to its patients. This huge health care facility has full fledged departments in all medical specialties including some rare specialties. These special centers include a cancer chemotherapy center, a diabetes center and a digestive disease center. The surgery department has the necessary facilities to perform various operations such as thoracic surgery, plastic surgery, and cardiovascular surgery. In addition, the hospital has well equipped ICUs, an emergency department and various laboratories. Warm accommodations in spacious rooms are provided in the hospital. Tel: (06) 6443-1261

Nissay Hospital is situated at Itatibori 6-chome, Nishi-ku, 550-0012 in Osaka. It is a well equipped general hospital that offers quality medical service. This modern hospital has achieved the certificate of approval from the Council for Quality Health Care and is recognized by numerous medical societies of Japan. The hospital provides comprehensive health care in every medical department. It has a minimally invasive medical center, a cancer treatment center, and a center for lifestyle-related diseases. The surgery section of the hospital is prepared to conduct endoscopic surgeries such as thoracic, spinal, abdominal, gynecologic and urological surgeries. The hospital also offers effective service in hemodialysis, bone marrow transplants, blood stem cell transplants, antibody therapy, glaucoma surgery, laser photocoagulation and much more. Luxurious accommodations are also available. The hospital is also a well known …