EPCC Tejana Playoffs Changed Because of Weather
Because of bad weather in Lubbock, Thursday, May 2nd, the playoff schedule has been pushed back one day to begin, Friday, May 3rd. The times for the first day have also been adjusted. Please see schedule below for days and times.
The El Paso Community College (EPCC) Tejanas softball team is off to the playoffs. The Tejanas finished the Region V West Conference in 3rd place with a record of 18-10 (21-23 overall). The double-elimination playoff will take place at Lubbock Christian College beginning Thursday, May 2nd. All games can be heard live online at HYPERLINK “http://www.psblive.com” www.psblive.com.
Region V West Playoff Schedule (All Times MDT)
Friday, May 3
Game 1 11:00 a.m. Midland – Western Texas
Game 2 1:00 p.m. El Paso – Luna
Game 3 3:00 p.m. Howard – game 1 winner
Game 4 5:00 p.m. Odessa – game 2 winner
Saturday, May 4
Game 5 8:30 a.m. Game 2 loser – game 3 loser
Game 6 11:00 a.m. Game 1 loser – game 4 loser
Game 7 1:30 p.m. Game 3 winner – game 4 winner
Game 8 4:00 p.m. Game 5 winner – game 6 winner
Sun day, May 5
Game 9 9:00 a.m. Game 7 loser – game 8 winner
Game 10 11:30 a.m. Game 7 winner – game 9 winner
Game 11 2:00 p.m. If necessary
The Lodge in Cloudcroft Wins Top State Hospitality Honors
Historic property, The Lodge Resort & Spa, located in the picturesque mountain setting of Cloudcroft, N.M., has won top state hospitality industry awards from the New Mexico Lodging Association (NMLA).
The Lodge is proud to announce that Mary Ann Hines, Golf and Retail at The Lodge Resort & Spa, has received First Place as the “Specialized Service Employee of the Year”. She is truly The Lodge’s “Hole In One”. Mary Ann has lived and worked in Cloudcroft over 25 years. We have known Mary Ann for years because of her community service in Cloudcroft. She has always been available to give someone a helping hand. In July of 2010 we had the great honor of having her work with us at The Lodge Resort. It was under unfortunate circumstances with the fire on Burro Street and the loss of several businesses. But it was the Lodge’s good fortune to reach out into the community and employ some of these folks. It was one of the best decisions we have ever made.
We found our very own “Hole In One”. Mary Ann started working in the retail stores. It did not take her long to want to cross train and work at the golf shop. She has a feisty personality. She went on to be the “Best Beer Babe” driving the beverage cart on the golf course. Our golfers love her and her sales are outstanding. She has also taken responsibility for landscaping both at the golf course and The Lodge Resort. This past summer our flowers were beautiful at the Lodge and the Pavilion. Many of the landscaping projects on the golf course were newly developed. Her ability to work with others is outstanding. The golf course crew did a lot of rock work while she planted & designed the flowers. The projects on the golf course were appreciated by our golf members.
Mary Ann is also cross trained to host in Rebecca’s to cover shifts while others take vacation and during the holidays. She runs the package sales store at The Lodge Golf Shop during the winter. This is a lady that takes all of her projects seriously and does an outstanding job at all of them. The Lodge has not been able to find anything Mary Ann cannot and will not do. We love you, Mary Ann!!!
The NMLA is a 75-year-old trade association, representing approximately 400 lodging members throughout New Mexico. For more information visit www.nmhotels.com.
Seasoned by a rich and cultured past, The Lodge, located in the Sacramento Mountains of Southern New Mexico, is a magnificent monument to a vanished age that possesses a quality unlike any other resort. Since its original construction in 1899, The Lodge remains committed to first-class service and attention to detail. With 59 distinctive Victorian rooms and suites on-site, The Lodge offers fine dining, mountain golf, meeting facilities and a spa in a beautiful and memorable mountain resort setting. For information, visit www.TheLodgeResort.com or call (800) 395-6343 for reservations.
Veterans Recreation Center National Physical Fitness and Sports Month Event
The El Paso Parks & Recreation Department will host a National Physical Fitness and Sports Month Celebration from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Veterans Recreation Center, 5301 Salem St.
Chaplain (LTC) Karen Meeker, 1st Armored Division Fort Bliss will be the guest speaker discussing the importance of physical fitness for one’s physical, mental and spiritual well being.
Fitness demonstration classes, fitness equipment displays, free health screening, and events to promote health and fitness will be available. Vendor tables are available for $45 and food vendors $65. The event is free and open to the public.
Who: City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department
What: National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
When: Saturday, May 4, 2013, 09:30 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Veterans Recreation Center, 5301 Salem Drive
Fee: Admission Free to Public
(Vendor fee for fitness and health $45 & food vendors $65)
Sierra Providence Health Network Announcement
Sierra Providence Health Network is proud to announce two promotions within our leadership team.
Robin Montoya has been promoted to Service Line Administrator for Bariatrics, Hospice, and Wound Care.
Robin has been part of Sierra Providence Health Network (SPHN) since 2008. Her successes at Sierra Providence East Medical Center, Providence Memorial Hospital and Providence Children’s Hospital have positioned her to take on the challenge as Service Line Administrator for SPHN’s Bariatrics, Hospice, and Wound Care. Robin’s recent projects have included the community brand efforts for Sierra Providence East, the redevelopment of the Sierra Providence “New Me” Surgical Weight Loss Program, and multiple community connection programs with SISD, EPISD, Creative Kids and Ronald McDonald House. Her efforts led to personal recognition as a 2011 Tenet Hero and inclusion as a team member of the Tenet Healthcare 2012 Circle of Excellence Hospital award. Robin received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. Her professional career spans 19 years, and we look forward to her continued growth and promotion within the Sierra Providence Health Network.
Audrey Garcia has been promoted to Director of Marketing for Providence Memorial Hospital, Sierra Medical Center and Providence Children’s Hospital.
Audrey started with Sierra Medical Center as Director of Marketing in May of 2012. She has eight years of advertising and marketing experience and is a proud graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso with a degree in Organizational Communications. Audrey serves as President for the Advertising Federation of El Paso and mentors and helps UTEP marketing students. Throughout her career, Audrey has executed numerous high profile advertising and marketing strategies that continue to contribute to Sierra Providence Health Network. In her new role, Audrey will support the Providence Memorial Hospital and Sierra Medical Center senior leadership team with strategy development, implementation of key initiatives, community outreach, public relations, and physician and employee engagement. We are happy to have Audrey in our team where we are confident that she will bring development and growth.
EPCC Speech and Debate Team is Golden
The El Paso Community College Intercollegiate Speech and Debate Team is having a historic year of competition. The team swept the national tournament season by placing first at all three events: the Superior Community College Sweepstakes at PI KAPPA DELTA Nationals, First Place Community College Sweepstakes at the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament and the Top Team in our division at the PHI RHO PI National Tournament!
At the PHI RHO PI National Tournament, just completed in Los Angeles, EPCC won the First Place Gold Individual Events Sweepstakes Award and the First Place Gold Overall Team Sweepstakes Award in our division. Team members, Jamie Salazar and Mary Hetz, won the Bossard-Twohy Award for Parliamentary Debate. This award is voted on by the student debaters competing at the tournament and is presented to the team who exhibits the finest qualities in Parliamentary Debate at the national tournament. This is one of the highest honors bestowed at the national tournament. Also, Speech and Debate Team Coach, Keith Townsend, was awarded the PHI RHO PI Coaching Service Award.
SUCCESS ON THE GED TEST NOW JUST CLICKS AWAY IN EL PASO
?Adults expected to benefit from new computerized testing
In striving to offer more adults without a high school diploma an opportunity to obtain a high school credential as well as basic technology skills, El Paso Community College is partnering with www.GEDtestingservice.com GED Testing Service to offer the GED test on computer. Online registration and scheduling is now available to test-takers and testing began on April 15, 2013.
“The GED test on computer provides a more flexible and efficient testing experience for adult learners who often need to move very quickly into jobs or training programs,” said Randy Trask, president of GED Testing Service. “Over the past year we’ve found that adults who test on computer score higher and finish the exam faster, and we’re excited that the largest paper-based GED testing center in the country is now offering the test on computer.”
Texas joins 39 states that have begun offering the GED test on computer since early 2012. Adult learners across the country have taken advantage of the new benefits, such as online scheduling and registration, instant unofficial score reports, and increased testing flexibility. GED Testing Service studied results from more than 40,000 computerized GED tests given in 2012 and found significantly www.gedtestingservice.com/uploads/files/8c34da640e5ed8529060e569e79ab43e.pdf positive results for test-takers. GED Testing Service’s findings included:
Adults who tested on computer had an 88 percent pass rate compared to 71 percent for those who tested on paper.
Adults who tested on computer completed their exams in approximately 5.5 hours compared to 8 on paper.
Adults who tested on computer were also 59 percent more likely to retake a failed test instead of giving up and dropping out of the testing program.
Cindy Compean, EPCC GED Manager said, “The El Paso Community College Testing Center is excited and looking forward in providing the community with the opportunity by now offering the GED Test via computer. Our first test-taker did extremely well receiving the 800 maximum score a person can obtain on their GED on one of the subject test.”
The launch also allows adults in El Paso to take advantage of a new GED Testing Service offer. Through May 31, 2013, adults in El Paso who begin their GED test on computer will receive one free retake if they fail. To view full details of the new offer visit, www.GEDtestingservice.com/Secondshot
The English- and Spanish-language GED test on computer is the same test currently offered in the paper and pencil format. Whether a candidate takes the test on paper or computer, it must be taken in person at an official www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/locate-a-testing-center GED testing center. The GED test is www.GEDtestingservice.com/fraud never offered online. States currently offering the GED test on computer are preparing for the new www.GEDtestingservice.com/assessment 2014 GED test, which will only be available on computer.
For adults interested in taking or learning more about the GED test on computer please visit, www.GEDcomputer.com.
Gov. Perry Provides Update on State Response to Tragedy in West
Gov. Rick Perry today met with state officials to discuss Texas’
response to last night’s explosion and fires at a fertilizer plant in West,
Texas. State officials worked through the night and this morning to assist
local emergency management and law enforcement with health and medical
resources, incident management, search and rescue and environmental quality
monitoring, which are ongoing.
“We are blessed in Texas to have the best emergency response teams in the
nation, and they were certainly at their best last night, quickly and
efficiently taking control of the situation, tending to the wounded and
helping keep a bad situation from getting worse,” Gov. Perry said. “Anyone
who grew up in a small town understands that this tragedy will touch every
family in West and the surrounding communities in some way. I urge all
Texans and Americans to join me in keeping the people of West and our first
responders in your prayers as this situation continues to unfold.”
“Once again, our state’s first responders have run toward disaster, putting
their lives on the line for those they protect and serve,” Lt. Governor
David Dewhurst said. “We will continue to pray for them and the countless
Texans whose lives have been forever changed by this tragedy.”
Activated state resources include:
Texas Department of Public Safety: Helping secure the area for law
enforcement personnel to conduct business and maintain public safety.
Texas Task Force 1 & 2 (TTF1 and TTF2): TTF1 urban search and rescue team,
including damage assessment personnel for collapse structure assessment, and
a search and rescue K-9 Team. TTF2 search and rescue task force has also
Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS): Ambulance buses, two
medical incident support team members and mental health and other resources
have been deployed. The DSHS State Medical Operations Center has also been
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ): Providing air monitoring
and technical assistance.
Texas Military Forces (TXMF): The 6th Civil Support Team, with approximately
21 personnel, has been deployed to support of first responders. Additional
resources and personnel from the Texas National Guard Homeland Response
Force (HRF) remain on alert and ready to assist if needed.
Communications Coordination Group (CCG): Activated to provide additional
emergency communication resources and/or support as needed.
Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT): Two 300-gallon fuel trailers
from the TxDOT Bryan District have been sent to West, along with four
personnel and four trucks to assist with mobile fueling; 18 personnel and
nine trucks are closing city streets to block off the affected area. Other
available sites for refueling are the TxDOT Waco District Office and TxDOT
Hill County Area Office in Hillsboro.
Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC): Providing support personnel.
Texas Railroad Commission: Monitoring pipelines in the affected area.
Texas Education Agency: Working with the local school district to coordinate
any immediate needs. Schools in West are closed for the remainder of the
Texas Forest Service: Incident Management Team assisting the Texas Division
of Emergency Management with planning and logistics.
Texas Department of Insurance: State Fire Marshal’s Office is assisting
on-site. Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is also actively assisting
individuals affected by this tragedy. Two members of TDI’s Consumer
Protection Division will be on site to assist individuals as soon as it is
safe to do so.
Individuals looking for information or assistance may dial the Texas
Information Referral Network at 2-1-1. To donate to the Texas Disaster
Relief Fund, please visit www.texasdisasterrelieffund.org or call
The State Operations Center has been activated to support emergency response
operations, and will continue to monitor the situation.
For information about how you can help, medical and shelter information and
helpful numbers please visit http://governor.state.tx.us/disaster/.
Providence Memorial Hospital Wins 2013 Tenet Clinical Innovation Award
Providence Memorial Hospital is proud to announce that it has been awarded the 2013 Tenet Clinical Innovation Award, an honor only given to four Tenet hospitals nationwide. This award recognizes Providence Memorial Hospital’s Patient Care Technician Program, which improved employee satisfaction and reduced turnover by increasing the nursing skill set.
The Patient Care Technician Program was done in conjunction with the El Paso Community College and is easy to replicate, making this a successful and applicable innovative contribution to healthcare in our community.
Tenet Healthcare Corporation’s review found tangible evidence of Providence Memorial Hospital’s commitment to clinical innovation which helps set the standard for other hospitals to follow. Tenet Healthcare Corporation is one of the largest investor-owned health care delivery systems in the nation.
“This recognition is a testament to the hard work, dedication and tireless devotion of our clinicians and staff to our patients,” said Providence Memorial Hospital CEO, Eric Evans. “As healthcare reform moves forward, our industry will be challenged to innovate, and I am very proud of the fact that our staff is constantly seeking new and better ways to do things for our patients.”
Senators Cornyn, Cruz Issue Statement on Fertilizer Plant Explosion
U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) issued the following statement after learning of the explosion in West, TX.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the horrific explosion in West, Texas. We grieve for those who are injured and have lost loved ones, and are grateful to the firefighters and first responders who risked their own lives to keep others safe. Today we ask all Texans to keep West in their thoughts and prayers. We remain in communication with Gov. Perry’s office and emergency management officials, and stand to offer whatever support we can.”
EPCC Career Services to Hold Annual Job Fair
The Career Services Department at El Paso Community College (EPCC) presents its annual Job Fair 2013. The job fair will bring numerous employers who will offer job and internship opportunities. The fair will be held from 9am – noon, Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at the Valle Verde campus, Building C Cafeteria Annex, 919 Hunter.
This event is free and open to the job-seeking public. Only serious job seekers should attend and must dress professionally, bring copies of their resume and be ready to interview on the spot. EPCC students and graduates can visit the Career Services Department at their nearest EPCC campus prior the Job Fair for job readiness assistance.
The Career Services Department at EPCC promotes awareness of career options, world of work and promotes lifelong career management. Career Services provides comprehensive services for all students and alumni that empowers them to take control of their own professional development.
For more information on the Job Fair 2013, please contact Silvia Dominguez at (915) 831-2636, via email at email@example.com or visit us at www.epcc.edu/careerservices.
Statement by Gov. Perry on the Boston Marathon Tragedy
Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding
the Boston Marathon tragedy:
“The scene at the Boston Marathon today is a sobering vision for us all,
especially those who have friends or loved ones competing in today’s race.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those injured in the explosions, along
with the first responders who braved danger to help get the wounded to
ARMED FORCES DAY Celebration at Biggs Park
Armed Forces Day 2013 comes to Fort Bliss 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 18, at BIGGS PARK. It’s FREE and open to the public.
Activities include: equipment static displays, demonstrations by the area high school JROTC Armed and Unarmed Drill Teams, entertainment by the 1st Armored Division Band; Chili Cook-Off, Car Show, East Fort Bliss Build-up Tour and food and drink concessions.
Armed Forces Day at BIGGS PARK is an open house event that provides you the opportunity to meet with service men and women and learn about the equipment they use in support of this nation.
Armed Forces Day 2013, Saturday, May 18, FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC For more information, call the Fort Bliss Public Affairs Office at 568-4505.
CURRENT U.S. BLOOD SUPPLY IS ADEQUATE TO HANDLE DEMANDS
The American Association of Blood Banks Task Force on Domestic Disasters and Acts of Terrorism has determined that the current blood supply in the United States is adequate to meet the needs of hospital patients in Boston, Mass. To help ensure that the U.S. blood supply remains sufficient, the task force recommends that eligible donors call their local blood donation center to schedule an appointment for the coming weeks and months.
“U.S. blood banks have enough blood to meet the immediate medical needs of explosion victims in Boston,” said Lawrence Smith, chair of the task force. “The blood community is committed to ensuring a coordinated response to the affected area and will continue to provide updates should additional blood supplies be required.”
“When there’s a tragedy, disaster or emergency, it’s the blood on the shelves right that minute that saves lives”, states Sergio Carrasco, Executive Director of United Blood Services in El Paso and the entire West Texas and Southern New Mexico region. “We never know when something like yesterday’s terrible explosions will happen anywhere in the country. That’s why every community must have a strong local blood supply every single day. O-negative blood is especially important in emergencies—it can be transfused to anyone if there’s no time to do a cross-match”, said Carrasco.
At United Blood Services, we encourage everyone to donate regularly throughout the year, especially as we head into the summer. High school and college donors provide about 30 percent of this area’s blood supply, and we don’t have our school facilities open during the summer months. So we definitely encourage people to make an appointment to donate between now and Memorial Day and again between the Fourth of July and Labor Day.
You can call and make and appointment to donate toll free 1-877-UBS HERO ( 827-4376) or go to our website and make an appointment at unitedbloodservices.org.
If you would like to donate without an appointment feel free to visit our centers.
424 S. Mesa Hills Dr. El Paso 79912
1338 N. Zaragosa Dr. El Paso 79912
1200 Commerce Dr. Las Cruces, NM 88011
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Wednesday 10AM – 5PM Thursday Noon – 7PM Friday 8AM – 2PM Saturday 8AM – 3PM
Monday and Tuesday Open for Platelet donations only 9AM – 2PM
Please feel free to donate at these mobile drives this week and weekend:
Wednesday, April 17 Franklin High School 8:00 – 5:00
Thursday, April 18 Bowie High 9:00 – 3:00
El Paso Zoo 10:00 – 2:00
Friday, April 19 Cielo Vista Mall Noon – 5PM
Del Sol Medical Center 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
EP Police Dept. Pebble Hills 10:00 – 1:30 PM
Saturday, April 20 Cielo Vista Mall Noon – 5:00 PM
West Valley Fire Dept 11:00 – 3:00
Comm. Of Deming @ Wal – Mart 9:00 – 1:00
Sunday, April 21 Cielo Vista Mall Noon – 5:00
Cielo Vista Church 10:00 – 2:00
Christ the Savior Church 9:00 – 1:00
West Valley Fire Dept Noon – 4:00
Wal Mart Silver City 10:30 – 2:30