5 reasons to choose Magento vs Shopify

5 reasons to choose Magento vs Shopify


I get it, you guys aren’t e-commerce
platform experts and you shouldn’t be it’s your job to be an expert in
whatever your business does. Choosing an e-commerce platform is a big decision.
You’re gonna invest your hard-earned money and build your business on this
thing and it’s going to define your business online for the next several
years. That’s a lot of pressure! I’m going to try and simplify it for you and in this
video I’m gonna give you five reasons to choose Magento over Shopify. Pull
yourself up a chair and let’s talk about. Choosing an e-commerce platform can be a subtle, nuanced process. It often comes down to the smallest difference or
feature that makes one direction better than another. There’s no way we can go
through everything in a single video. This video is not a feature comparison.
It’s more of five big things that you can look for that, if they apply to your
business, can make your decision a lot easier. With that in mind, it really
applies to Shopify, Shopify Plus, Magento Open Source, or Magento Commerce. This particular video outlines five reasons that Magento might be better for you than
Shopify but it’s one in a series of platform comparisons. I’m gonna give you five reasons to choose Shopify as well and I’ll link you to that video at the end
of this one. No one is unbiased. Anybody who tells you they’re unbiased is just
lying to you. I have my favorite platforms. We’re Magento partners don’t
do so much with Shopify. However I’m not going to steer you wrong either. I want
you to end up on the platform that is 100% best for you and your business. Now these are in no particular order so let’s just get into it. The first
reason to choose Magento over Shopify is if you’re in a controversial or
high-risk industry. If you’re an industry where laws or public sentiment is
constantly evolving the open source nature and flexibility of Magento is
going to give you stability that you can never have on Shopify. Shopify has a
history of allowing businesses to invest and build on their platform only to
change their mind and give them weeks to find and migrate to another option, You
don’t want that kind of worry and risk. You need to be thinking long term and
that risk is a constant distraction and is not healthy for your business. If
you’re in a controversial or high-risk industry like firearm or vape products,
the flexibility that Magento provides, like being able to move to a different
host or select a new payment provider, means that someone can’t just tell you
no. Basically you have options and there’s not just one provider that can
completely shut you down. The next reason to choose Magento over Shopify is control.
Sometimes you really need control and other times you really just want control.
If you’re in heavily regulated industries like pharmaceuticals, it may
be absolutely necessary for you to have full control over your technology stack.
Perhaps there are certain technologies you want to use like AWS or Azure or you
have your own system administrators and want full control over your hosting
stack. That makes Magento a no brainer versus Shopify. I also often talk to
merchants that just don’t like or trust SaaS platforms. I don’t really know where
this deep-seated hate comes from. They just don’t care for the business model
at all. Regardless of any benefit, just not a fan. If you’re one of these people
then I’m not really sure why you’re watching this video, you’ve already made
your decision. But, I appreciate your support and thanks for watching, I guess.
The next reason to choose Magento over Shopify is b2b. B2b e-commerce is a whole different animal than b2c. Negotiated pricing, quotes, corporate accounts are
all things that are bare minimum to meet customer demands. The flexibility of
Magento also allows you to craft custom user experiences specific to your
industry and products if you really want to do b2b right. Magento also has the
flexibility needed to handle the most complex data needs. You can tie it into
whatever poorly thought-out and archaic back office systems you may have cobbled together over the last 20 years . And the next reason to choose Magento over Shopify is flexibility and scalability. Most e-commerce platforms are designed to
provide middle-of-the-road functionality that appeals to a large collection of
merchants. In some cases that may not provide everything you need to execute
on your e-commerce vision. If you’re gonna step outside of the norm and build
something extremely custom then you have more options with the flexibility that
comes with the open source nature of the Magento platform. As far as scalability goes you can build an empire on Magento. Now, before we get into this, I know someone
is going to bring up some merchants like Kylie Cosmetics which is shopping
shining example of scale on the platform. What I’m talking about in this section
is not about pure sales. Kylie Cosmetics is a unicorn and is not representative
of your business. It has scale without complexity. They’re
doing hundreds of millions of dollars online with like four employees. Now that
may be what you wish your business was like but it ain’t you. You figure out
how to replicate that without involving one of my family members in a sex tape
or ass implants and you make the videos and I’ll watch and learn.
And for that kind of money, I’d probably compromise on the ass implants. What I’m talking about is the complexity of
scale and providing a unified eCommerce experience across that business. Do you
have a chain of physical stores and need to integrate your website’s order
management and inventory across these locations? As in, your customers can see
the inventory in their local store, order it, pick it up this afternoon. Magento
can do that. Do you have five or ten international brands that all need
ecommerce experiences that are optimized for multiple languages and fully
integrated with your back office systems? Magento can do that, on one installation.
If your goals are world domination or your business has a lot of complexity
then Magento is an obvious choice. The next reason to choose Magento over
Shopify is innovation. If you want to be ahead of the curve of technology or user
experiences then you’re gonna need the flexibility that an open-source platform
provides. A big example right now is progressive web apps and headless
ecommerce. There are ways to build a PWA on Shopify. However, unless your needs are basic you’ll eventually run into some feature that needs to be customized or
custom-built depending on what it is. If you’re on a SaaS platform like Shopify
then you may not have the ability to do that customization. So, if your desire is
to be an innovator then open-source is going to be better for you than SaaS so
Magento is going to win over Shopify. There are a ton of features that you
need to consider to ultimately decide which platform is best for you. Hopefully,
however, these five things, if they apply to you, make that call just a little bit
easier. I’m going to also give you five reasons why Shopify might be better for
you. Once that’s ready I’ll pop it up on the screen here along with another video
that might be of interest to you. If these big Magento selling points don’t
speak to you, then check Shopify video out and see if that is a
better fit for your business. If you’ve watched both and still aren’t sure which
is a right fit for you or are having trouble narrowing it down and just want to talk
about it, then head over to Jamersan.com. J A M E R S A N .com, shoot me a message and we
can schedule some time to discuss. Otherwise, let me know your thoughts in
the comments of this video. It’s also extremely helpful if you’d hit that
thumbs up button. I appreciate you watching. If you’re interested in staying
up to date on the latest in enterprise e-commerce or taking your e-commerce
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tapping that notification bell and I look forward to seeing you in the next
video.

How To INCREASE Your Shopify Facebook Ads ROAS – (Shopify Dropshipping)

How To INCREASE Your Shopify Facebook Ads ROAS – (Shopify Dropshipping)


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miss out on any of my upcoming content okay so does this sound like you you’ve
got a product you’ve got a winner running and it’s been doing fantastic
when you launched it may be doing great for a week may be doing great for two
weeks then all of a sudden things start to die off your cost per conversion
starts to rise up you cost per click starts to rise you then starts breakeven
and then eventually starts to lose money on the product sound familiar
well we’ve all been in that situation where our OS just seems to drop
overnight but it doesn’t mean the campaign is necessarily dead and there’s
been ways how you can increase your OS which I’m going to share with you guys
today if you’ve got a product and an audience that is working and converting
just because you cost start to rise doesn’t mean that you have to turn
things off and completely abandon it everyone of course hates turning off
winning campaigns and of course turning off that last ad set of a previous
winning campaign is so hurtful is unreal we’ve all experienced it so I’m gonna
share with you a way that’s been working fantastically for myself remember
everything is all about testing and implementing this method here and doing
what I’ve been doing is I’ve been able to get 13 X ro us on a previous product
that was working for myself that I literally thought was going to die so
remember stay to the end watch all of the video consumer information and most
importantly take action so let’s jump into the computer and let’s get straight
on with it okay so let’s jump straight into this and start dropping some value
for you guys now again like I’ve mentioned everyone goes through it where
you’ve got a product which may be working an audience which may be working
then of course after a few weeks or so things just start to take a dive it’s
annoying but it can be resolved okay so what I’ve done of course I can’t show
everything in here because this stuff is still live you can see that I they’ve
implemented a new creative okay and it’s currently generating these are some
recent numbers last week or so it’s getting purchases of $3 okay $3 is
absolutely fantastic with a row mass of 13 X okay so spent 37 dollars to
generate close to 500 dollars okay now obviously of course you can see
the old one which he’s doing absolutely which was doing you know absolutely
pants you can see they’re absolutely basically losing money that one was so
as you can see I’m just gonna refresh this but as you can see of course you
know the new creative is what works okay and you need to be testing new creatives
if you’ve got something that is already working that may be dying if you want to
revive stuff you can see here that the click-through rate is obviously
fantastic on this one again cost per clicks at 11 cents so you know its
overall performance astok Lee and like I mentioned you know get in sales for $3
is fantastic so again it’s all about testing but how can you guys actually do
this okay how can you be doing this and I’m going to show you guys now so how to
increase your o us on sort of dyeing products or any new products and this is
fantastic way to use if you’ve got you know before you actually go into your
purchase campaigns first of all you know views courses create PPE campaign to
test the creatives okay and we want to do is set up different ad sets but these
don’t have to be high budget ad sets okay these are really loved on a really
low spend one so $5.00 fantastic if you can go lower than that in your budget
don’t stretch then feel free to go lower than that but I’d suggest around about
five dollars okay and what you want to be measuring is your click-through rate
the unique click-through rate not to all not that all click-through rate the
click-through rate which is for your outbound links for people clicking
through to the product because at the end of the day you know the old point of
the advert is to get people to click through
this job that is it okay as long as it does that it’s doing its job so we
wanted to be doing is measuring the click-through rate and of course down
the funnel how far people get in view contents and add to cars
now don’t worry about getting sales okay don’t worry about getting sales with PPC
campaigns again these people that Facebook are sending you are not people
who are there to buy okay it’s as simple as that
Facebook sends the advert out to people who are a lot more broad in your in the
ad set and the audience that you targeting okay these are not the buyers
remember Facebook puts everyone in two different categories
there’ll be buyers on Facebook which when you run your purchase campaigns
that’s who Facebook send it to but if you run in ppes
again they’re just sending it to board people but a high click-through is an
indicator okay that your people when they send it to you purchase campaign is
gonna you know get a better click-through rate and more likely
people to buy so don’t worry about sales okay so what I need you wanna do what
you want to do if you found things or if you’ve got a product that is working and
you know it’s starting to die off is starting to dip or you want to revive an
old campaign so to speak and increase that row us one thing you can do is
change the ad copy okay the actual copy and the actual words so you can use
different buzzwords different statements different questions now I’ve got a
another video if you scroll through my videos I might link here after this one
I’ll try and link it after as I suggested at the end of this one on how
to do you know how to create ad copy that works now you can take bits and
inspirations from that video and use it but basically you want to be posing
different questions different statements and different buzzwords to what you’re
currently using try long-form copy okay a lot of people use short form copy
again long form copy doesn’t work for all products if you’ve got a product
that is solving a problem and stuff like that then long-form copy can work and
what I mean long form copy I mean something that is got a few paragraphs
in there okay so try that out again use different emojis you can always use
different mode look at the ones that you currently use him completely change them
or transform one’s a little more relevant on ones that will stand
out a little bit better okay that’s one way you can change the actual ad copy so
you can do this this is just one way where by keeping the current video the
same or you current picture the same and then just test in the creative the the
ad copy sorry to see if you can increase that click-through rate third thing you
can do of course is change the video or the picture so doing it that way so
leaving your ad copy the same but then changing the actual video or picture
that you’ve got with the creative so if you’ve got a video that’s that that is
um that you’ve created try doing a reviews video okay so if you’re signing
it again it depends on what products you’re selling you can always create a
reviews video yourself okay it’s not hard you know get the product order in
create a reviews video you can do that with your iPhone okay and a simple stand
off eBay or Amazon create a view a reviews video or switch around okay if
you’ve got a current advert that is using a video use a picture find a
picture which is fantastic or vice versa okay if you’ve got a picture create a
video do a video slideshow of pictures you know whatever it may be
switch those around another thing you can do is change the aspect of the video
so you don’t have to change any of the content of the actual video but if the
video is the square video try changing it to a 16:9 one which is like 1080p
like that or a 4.5 which is more long form like that again in my other video
of how to create ad copy that converts I’ll I’ll go over those things and give
examples in that video as well so yeah I will actually link this one I will link
that video at the end of this video okay use captions on the video so if you’ve
got a video and it’s you know it hasn’t got any captions on it you know you can
actually create those yourself jump into you know a video editing software
Premiere Pro Camtasia whatever it may be just put on some captions okay spell it
out for people what are the benefits etc it promote banner bars which you know
you may see videos but that have the top they may have a black bar with
some writing on it you know at the bottom is why it has a black bar with
some writing on it as well you can implement those onto your video which
only really work if you’ve got a square video but again you want to watch out
for that 20% rule because you know Facebook will limit your reach if you’ve
got too much writing on there okay there’s one thing you want to do now
again you can leave the video exactly the same change your ad copy but just
use a different thumbnail remember the thumbnail is super important because
that’s the first thing that everyone sees okay so if you’re changing your
thumbnail make it different from those testing your thumbnails to see which
one’s getting the best click-through rate how many people are actually
viewing it looking at your data and analytics to see which thumbnail is
doing the best can remember the thumbnail is super important you think
about YouTube videos whatever it may be whatever you’re watching the thing
that’s got the you know the craziest thumbnail okay generally gets the
highest click-through rate so you want to make sure that your thumbnail is on
point and the forth point of course is combined both together now that would
mean obviously changing both things now what did I do for this specific campaign
to increase that row us from literally next to nothing to 13x well I did a
combination of both so what I did was actually changed the
video create a whole new video and changed the ad copy as well okay so I
didn’t completely both things and changed it completely why because I knew
that the audience was buying a product okay and I know that the they liked the
product so that they liked the product and the audience was converting
previously it’s just that maybe add the ad copies got fatigued you know people
have seen the same ad as well too many times so this is a fantastic way to
increase your rowers remember if you got some value please please do like comment
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so you stay up-to-date with all of my latest videos and become a part of the
notification gang I hope you can see how important testing actually is okay and
on the front end remember the goal is always to get that person to click now
maybe it’s just add fatigue okay if that is the case
then switch up your creatives is super important yeah it’s so easy to do test
your creatives in a PPE campaign see which ones are getting the best
click-through rate and then just move those ones into your original purchase
campaign see how they go and you’ll be surprised at which creatives actually
take off on a product which is you know you might have thought was dying or
going to die that is it for this video I have got a link down below for my free
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Connecting Our Nation and Our Military: The Community Blueprint Network

Connecting Our Nation and Our Military: The Community Blueprint Network


Colby is our Senior Advisor for veterans and military families and wounded warriors, and many of you know Colby. or have met him over the course of this past couple of months that he’s been with us. Thank you for joining us today. This is a special occasion because it’s the first in a new series of webinars that tap into your wisdom and experience as veterans or military families or programs that serve veterans and military families. We want to learn from you; and we also want to learn with you so that we can build a body of knowledge that focuses in particular on education, employment, and health for veterans and military families. We are very delighted to have with us Tricia Thompson today. Tricia’s with the Points of Light Institute; and she’ll be sharing with you, as you know, the Community Blueprint, which is their approach for identifying and addressing the needs of veterans and military families. So thank you very much for coming today. And, Tricia, may I turn it over to you? Great, thank you, Margie. Can you hear me okay? Absolutely. Great, and so good afternoon, everyone. Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedules to learn more about the Community Blueprint. The Community Blueprint is an initiative that is led and administered by the Points of Light, but it’s really rooted and exists as a result of collaboration at a national level; and the model is really rooted in replicating that collaborative spirit inside local communities across the country. So my goal today is going to be to provide you with the basic background information about the Blueprint. So we’ll talk about what it is, where it came from, where we are now, and where we’re headed, and of course, give you some information about how you can get involved and leverage these tools and resources in your local community. If you have questions, as Nicki and Margie mentioned, feel free to type those into the Chat Box. We’ll definitely make sure that we address those, and we’ll definitely have a Q&A time at the very end of our session together today. So as with all community solutions, they all begin with a problem. So we’re going to talk a little bit about the problem that existed and resulted in this solution, because the Community Blueprint was really developed to solve a few nationwide issues, the first of which is — as many of you guys I’m sure see in your circle of friends and maybe with your family and inside your own networks — is that people really are looking for a meaningful way to serve the military community. And they’re really not sure where to begin. So oftentimes, individuals or groups end up doing very high PR and really high feel-good activities, but really lower impact projects. So those things are, you know, Cards for the Troops and Backpacks for Kids, which we at Points of Light — those projects are very near and dear to our hearts, and we do those quite regularly. But we also know that there is a great need out there to engage in activities that really will help move the needle on some of these issues and things like housing and homelessness and employment, behavioral health. And so we really recognize that there are opportunities for Americans to engage in a higher level of service to create some systemic changes inside our communities. The other issue or problem that exists in the world I think today is — and I think the case can be made that this issue exists outside of the military and exists in our civilian community as well — but is really around the fact that we have lots of organizations doing really great work. But inside communities there’s still many gaps that exist in services, and there’s still often duplication in services. And I think most importantly is that folks aren’t aware of the services that actually exist inside their community. And so we really have a very broken system that’s not necessarily easy to navigate by service members, veterans, and their families. And so for those two big reasons, the Community Blueprint initiative was started as a way to really provide guidance to communities for meaningful, high impact things to do to create change, as well as really increase collaboration inside communities to create a network of services. So let me give you a little bit of history here. So the Blueprint idea started a couple years back at a retreat that happened in White Oaks, Florida. Blue Star Families brought together the folks from both the public and private sector to engage in a national conversation around how we can better work together and collaborate and really leverage resources to better serve our military community. So a couple of things came out of that conversation, and one of which was this idea around the need for a Community Blueprint, if you will, and a tool or a resource that you could hand over to community leaders who wanted to do something more. And this idea resonated with a bunch of people in the Rim. So the majority of those vets are now serving on our Advisory Council, and we’ll show you a slide here in a second that will show you who those folks were. But many folks in the room raised their hands and said, I want to work on this project; let’s work together and make this happen. And so there wasn’t a budget. It was basically volunteers at a very grass top level that continues to get on the phone monthly and talk through what this tool or resource or initiative would look like. And very quickly, the group recognized that we weren’t the smartest people in the room, and that we really needed to engage anyone and everyone that we knew to be a part of the conversation to really help shape the vision and the structure and the strategy around that. And so we convened a few times — some gatherings actually held at the Red Cross building locally here in D.C. — and brought together between 70 and 100 organizations that included organizations like the VA and DOD. The Corporation for National and Community Service, of course, has been a part of this conversation from the beginning; and organizations like National Military Family Association and Blue Star Families and Military Child Education Coalition, Red Cross. So we had who we thought were really smart in this space there to really inform the strategy. And then over time, folks who were a part of the conversation said, Let’s start making some stuff happen. So one of the folks on our Advisory Council, Barbara Van Dahlen, who heads up Give an Hour, Founder and CEO, sought some money to actually launch a couple of these pilot sites. So a pilot site started out in Hampton Roads, Virginia; another one in Fayetteville, North Carolina. And some of our other Blueprint partners decided that they would launch some sites. Military Officers Association of America has started a couple of sites — Red Cross. So over time, organizations have stepped up and said, Yeah we want to do this, and let’s launch it in a small way and learn from those communities so that we can take it to scale. We also, through the American Legion Auxiliary, approached the Corporation for National Community Service with this idea; and we said, We’d really love some support through VISTA to help build the capacity at the national level to develop new tools and resources. And thankfully, they provided us with that. So over time we had the tools, we had the resources, we had some boots on the ground; but we recognized that we really needed a home for this initiative. And so at that point, a task force was kind of convened out of that larger group to help find a home. And Points of Light was approached to become the administering agent, if you will, because we weren’t experts in the military space which actually provided us some benefit because we were a very neutral party. And I think we weren’t experts in the military space, but what we are experts in is really kind of understanding how to mobilize communities and the average American to get behind this and make this stuff happen in local communities. We also have assets that we can bring to the table as far as our large network of AmeriCorps alums and our affiliate structure across the country — so things of that nature. So for various reasons, they felt like we would be a good partner. And so as of June of last year, Points of Light has been leading this initiative and really trying to think about how we can take it to scale. So on your screen you’ll see the list of folks who are currently on our Advisory Council. And I think it speaks to the fact that this is not a Points of Light initiative. It is not a Give an Hour initiative. It is not a Red Cross initiative. This is a “we” initiative, and I think that’s what made it so successful — is that this has been a shared initiative from the very beginning. And while we are leading it and moving it forward now, we still maintain that collaborative nature and really work to encourage communities to in fact kind of replicate that and do the same locally. So what is the Community Blueprint Network? Where did we in fact land? Well, the Network is really about bringing together our community leaders, individuals, government, non-profit, all together to really create an integrated solution locally to help address some of the challenges facing the military community. So it’s really all about collaboration, innovation. It’s about driving kind of towards sharing effective practices with each other, learning from each other, lifting those up, replicating those, scaling those. And really at its root is a framework — a way to think about this work and really meaningful how to guides. So really it’s a roadmap; it’s a roadmap for communities to help address some of these issues. And we’ve bucketed this work into eight issue areas; and so you’ll see those on your screen — behavioral health, education, employment, family strength, financial legal services, housing, reintegration, and volunteering. And so within each of those eight buckets, we have promising practices which basically provide you with meaningful things to do. So, Nicki, if you can go to the next slide, we’ll get some examples of those promising practices. So for instance, under behavioral health, one of our promising practices is provider training. So we know that there’s lots of mental health providers out there, but oftentimes they’re not necessarily aware of the specific challenges facing our veterans. And so oftentimes it’s really about finding an expert in that space and engaging them to train others, or leveraging training that’s already out there to go around and help kind of educate providers in the area — same thing for career counselor training. We know that there is a huge asset and resource within higher education; but oftentimes they’re not necessarily well versed in the challenges that our vets are facing and the military spouses are facing. And so really it’s just a matter of providing them with the tools and the guidance so that they are more aware and can be of better benefit to the military community. Next slide. Here’s just a few more examples. So within family strength, you know, child care, employment, job fairs. And so really the promising practices provide ideas for meaningful things to do, but also provide a how to guide or a roadmap for actually how to do that locally, along with some ideas for success measures. So for instance, if you’re going to put on a job fair for veterans in your local community, you might want to make sure that you’re focusing on getting veterans and military spouses jobs. And so that should be your metrics for success. And so we provide guidance and tools for that as well. Next slide. So overall, we started with a problem; and I’ll stop here and say that we really do think that the Community Blueprint is a solution to many of those problems. We have been very transparent from the beginning. This model is not perfect; the tools are not perfect; none of this is perfect. But we have said from the very beginning as a collective group that we want whatever knowledge and resources and tools that we have to be put out there and given to the public and also provide a feedback loop so that we can learn how to make it better. But we do feel that what we have created together, collectively, does create community connections. It helps raise awareness locally and ensures shared leadership, which I think once again has contributed to the success of this model and of the initiative. It really helps move communities to action, so we encourage communities to pick a practice and move it forward. Get an easy win. And it really drives communities towards actions, helps avoid dislocation, and builds on existing community assets. And I think this one is my most favorite — is that it really works to engage the military community as the asset that they are and reserves a space for them at the table. And I think that oftentimes the message that we are getting in the public is really around veterans and military families as charity cases, and they’re not. They are huge civic assets inside communities and need to be a part of this conversation. And so I think that one of the values that we embrace as a collective — and hope that you do the same — is that these folks need to be at the table and helping to shape what meaningful response looks like inside their community. So we do believe that making sure that there’s opportunities for civilians and military to serve alongside each other, that that is of great importance to us. So this is a slide that I think just shows kind of managed chaos. And I think often — the first time I shared this slide with somebody, they were like, Holy cow, what is this? But I think generally the notion here is that we are complex individuals, and that complexity transcends inside our community. So this whole kind of model is really about bringing all of these pieces together so that they work as part of a larger network. So we know that inside communities we have volunteers. And we have the faith based community, and we have donors and people who want to fund initiatives, and we have organizations who are doing great work. So it’s really about kind of providing a framework and a platform for all of these things to come together to really better serve the military community, and we see that happening in these eight areas. The reason why you see volunteers in bolded here is because we feel like that is the way we are going to achieve all of the other work, because our communities are not getting infused with resources. We are very resource strapped, and so we know that we need to leverage volunteers as a platform in order to help move the needle on some of these larger issues. So there’s a few ways that communities can get involved. We understand that communities are kind of coming to this work from various perspectives. So we have a couple of our communities who are doing kind of our deep community engagement models, which is what is happening in Hampton Roads and Fayetteville. And that’s really been where you start from a place of not necessarily knowing the issues that exist, right? So you’re saying, Let’s really bring all the stakeholders together, have the conversation about what is happening in the space of employment, and how is that helping to meet the needs of veterans and military spouses? What is happening in the space of education? And so really just having that kind of broader conversation about who’s already working in this space, where are their gaps, where are their assets that can be leveraged, and creating a plan of action to in fact meet the needs, leveraging the assets, and working collectively as a group to help address those issues. So that’s the kind of deep engagement approach. The second is really, Pick a practice and do it. So if you want to hold a job fair, then here’s the help you’ve got; and by all means work with folks in your community who are engaged in the employment space and make it happen. So that’s a very easy — we know that not every community can do the deep-rooted engagement model; but at least they could pull this training off the web and go talk to their local schools about the need to be aware of the military children that exist in their school system. So there’s kind of a “grab and go” version, if you will, of this; or there can be a community that says, Well, we just want to tackle employment this year. And so they’re simply on employment, and so it’s somewhat modular in this instance. They can kind of pull tools and implement those. Then we have the hybrid approach, right? So communities who are doing that deep-rooted engagement, but also we want to get an easy lens, which is what Give an Hour did. And their community says, Yeah, they’re engaging the stakeholders. They’re having the conversation about what their community is already doing and where there are gaps, and that kind of stuff; but they also recognize that it’s really good to work together on a project and really build relationships and really gain momentum. And so they are implementing one, if not more, of the promising practices that first year. And then of course we feel that there are — once you start actually implementing the promising practices and/or convening your community, there will be volunteer opportunities and volunteer projects that come from that. So theoretically, this kind of structure will help seed the volunteer opportunity pipeline, if you will. So ideally, individuals will be able to go online and find a project that would connect with this local effort moving forward. Next slide. So where are we now? We are at a place where we have promising practices online. We have many more that will become available moving forward. We’ve launched this effort in 14 communities, and that looks very different in every community. Like I said, some communities are doing the very deep-rooted engagement approach, some communities are simply focused on one of the issue areas, and some are simply taking — I’m just going to do a job fair this year. And so it ranges as far as what people are doing, but we are working right now. We’ve maintained strong partnership with the White House Joining Forces initiative; the Corporation for National and Community Service, obviously; and we’re working on kind of our adoption strategy and thinking about how we get these tools and resources out there in front of people and get people mobilized around them. We’re thinking about people like the U.S. Chamber; they’re going to be in 400 communities for their Hiring Our Heroes program. And one of the things that they say is that employers are looking at them and saying, Hey, what else can we do? And community leaders are looking at them and saying, Hey, what else can we do? And so we’re going to be working with them on handing out the Blueprint in those communities so that they will have ideas for things that they can do when the Chamber leaves. So those are the types of things that we’re kind of thinking about doing. We’re working on having those conversations at a national level. And then obviously, we are working on securing funding because obviously we know that funding helps things move faster. So of course our goal is to help fund some of these efforts in local communities and provide a support structure around this. So not only do we have tools and resources, we have communities and experts that are doing this, but we are kind of creating a space for community leaders to get on the phone call once a month and chat about their challenges and their successes and points of why they’re taking ownership of documenting all of those and then feeding it back out to the sectors. So we’ll be doing that through obviously our website and our channels; but most importantly, leveraging things like the Knowledge Network that Margie will speak about — and hopefully you guys are all already aware of through the Corporation for National Community Services — so leveraging tools like that to really kind of push that out, the information and the things that we’re learning inside communities. Next slide. So where are we? These are the communities where there is some sort of Blueprint activity already existing. And once again I’ll say that some communities have moved full force ahead and have had tons of great success; others are just getting started. But the stars means that that is where we have a National Service Member represented, and we are hoping to leverage the Corporation for National Community Service moving forward so that we can have more stars on this chart and more communities on this chart. But the idea here is that we have some communities where we are providing some sort of resource to them so that they in fact can do this work. But some of these communities have approached Point of Light and said, Hey, your model sounds exactly like what we’re trying to do here in San Diego, for instance — or here in Dallas, for instance. And so they’ve connected with us and are just becoming part of this larger conversation and larger initiative. Just because I think that the problem that we’re seeing in the country is that lots of organizations are doing great work; but once again, it’s all over the place. And so I think that there’s a yearning for all of us to pick something and work together on it. And so I think that’s why we’re getting calls from folks to say, Hey, we want to be a part of it — only because it is an opportunity for them to connect in some way, shape, or form and have us tell our story together as part of the narrative of how communities and how organizations are responding and what we’re doing in service with veteran service members and their families. So, where are we going? Our long-term goals — by the end of 2014, we want to benefit 200 communities; and you’ll see that we want to engage over 20,000 veterans as mentors and volunteer leaders inside their communities and engaging over 500,000 volunteers. So those are our long-term goals. Our shorter-term goal is that we are going to be officially launching the Community Blueprint Network. We have the National Conference on Volunteering and Service coming up in June in Chicago; and we have a Community Blueprint Summit, which is a preconference event. And we’ve got some great speakers lined up for that, and it’s really going to be kind of a deep dive for leaders who are in fact wanting to think about how they do this inside their community — how they get started. That will be a place for them to do that. You can learn more about that summit at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service website; so if you just Google that, there’s more information there. We are going to continue to work with the Corporation as our national partner and think about how we can increase our capacity for doing this work. And then, of course, we’re hiring a veteran to lead this work moving forward. I’ve been a poser. I’ve been doing this since June, and I’m a military brat so this work really resonates with me; but I haven’t been there and done that. And so we really feel like we need to have a veteran to lead this work moving forward. So hopefully we will have someone onboard in the next couple of weeks. Next slide. So I’m going to stop there and see if we have some questions; I saw a few pop up in the Chat Box. So I’m going to try to get these myself; and, Nicki, if I miss one, just please chime in. So one question is, Can other national veteran agencies be added to the list? The answer to that is, Yes, definitely. This has always been a very big tent, larger initiative that we want everyone to join. I will in all transparency say that I’m starting to think about what that looks like. So we’ve been small enough where we’ve had an Advisory Council, which their role was really to provide guidance into the strategy and moving forward and really help Points of Light think about this work. And so I’m also seeing this opportunity to have a larger coalition — so not only have the Advisory Council who has a role of meeting with us monthly and providing guidance, but also creating this structure for this larger coalition of organizations to come together. So it’s something definitely that we’re thinking about; but, yes, if you’re interested, Anita, I’d love for you to type in the Chat Box; or I’ll give you my contact information in a minute and we can chat offline about that. And information about this slide — so if you didn’t receive the slides prior to this webinar, Nicki will definitely send out a follow up to everyone with this attachment; and it will also be posted on the website www.communityblueprintnetwork.org. And then Anita has a question about, How does this model connect with the CADCA Strategic Prevention Framework? So I’m going to need to — is there any way that we can unmute Anita’s line so that she can tell me a little bit more about the CADCA Strategic Prevention? Absolutely — actually, Anita’s name is not associated with her call in. I think you might have just hit #, Anita; would you be willing to type that into the Chat? Sorry about that. And maybe while we give Anita a couple minutes to do that, Tricia, there was another question that came privately to me from Renee that I’ll go on and read to you. Have you thought about working in collaboration with the National Guard, who is in communities throughout the country and is often involved with local community resources? National Guard Family Assistance Centers are located throughout the country — over 350 locations at this time. Also, many states run Inner City Family Assistance Committees that bring these organizations together. And I know you already talked about being more inclusive, but I don’t know if you want to talk about the National Guard in particular. Yes, I’m so grateful that that question came up because I actually saw Quentin Collins’ name in the Participant List. And so we are happy to say that we are in very close communication with the National Guard Bureau. They have some really exciting stuff coming out and transitioning what was formerly known as the ISFAC into what is going to be rebranded as Joining Community Forces Group. And so they have some really great goals moving ahead and thinking about how they can in fact do Blueprint work. I mean the ISFAC model is the Community Blueprint; I mean, it’s a similar structure. So I’ve been in close contact with Quentin in helping them and getting them to help us to think about how we can fuse these two initiatives together. So where there is an ISFAC for instance, then we will provide them with the Blueprint tools so that they can leverage those if they want. And if they are an ISFAC and they want to belong to the Community Blueprint Network — the bigger network — then we would love that as well. So I think there’s more to be discussed; but I want you to hear that, yes, those conversations are happening. And they have wonderful leadership over there at the National Guard Bureau, and so we’re excited to see what that partnership looks like moving forward. And there’s a place for the Corporation for National Community Service in there as well. So we’re all three having the conversation about what that partnership looks like. Thanks, Tricia. So Anita did send some more information. The CADCA is hosting VetCorps, and is a primary training arm for the drug free communities and is encouraging VetCorps sites to use their strategic prevention framework that includes assessment, planning, evaluation, and implementation protocols. And also I’ll add that another participant offered to speak to this issue too; so if you need more information, I’ll go on and unmute him or you can address what Anita added. Great. Now, I just wanted to confirm that that was the initiative that came from the Corporation for National Community Service in conjunction with — so I get where you are now. So I am still learning about what the goals are for VetCorps; but I do believe that there is strong potential there for collaboration and really better understanding what their goals are and what they’re footprint is going to be — and how many communities will there be VetCorps members and what specifically are their goals. And so I need to get smarter about that; so if you have more information about that, Anita, I would love to get that from you so that I can become smarter and connect with them to make sure that they’re aware of the Blueprint and see what we can do together. Thanks, Tricia. So a couple other questions just to help you track them here. We had a question from Cynthia about your mention of education. And she is wondering if there are specific communities are involved in the Network that are focused on school-aged children and drilling down even more on Special Education. Yes, so our partners right now when it comes to education — K through 12 — are Mary Keller over at the Military Child Education Coalition; and then of course, we have National Military Family Association and Blue Star Families, as well as America’s Promise Alliance. So those are our core partners right now when it comes to K through 12, but we definitely recognize that there is more to be done. And so I’m not sure if that helps or if you have suggestions for other folks that we need to have conversations with, but I would love to hear that. Thank you. Another question that popped up is Christina wondering whether you will be placing AmeriCorps members, I guess, at U.S. Chamber’s Hiring our Heroes program. I am not aware of that. One of the things that we’ve been talking with the Chamber about is that whenever they travel to communities, they’ve recognized in the beginning that not everybody was necessarily showing up well-equipped for the hiring fair. And so they needed things like child care; they needed things like a resume writing workshop before the hiring fair; mock interviews before the hiring fair — things of that nature. So those are like prime volunteer opportunities, that I think all of us can think about how we can provide those opportunities locally. So we’ve been thinking about leveraging AmeriCorps members inside organizations across the country to do the kind of job readiness type of stuff prior to the hiring fair coming; but I don’t think that we’ve thought about putting them inside the Chamber necessarily — but in definite partnership with the Chamber. Great, thank you. I don’t see any other questions coming through right now. We’ll give folks a little bit more time to type, and I might — we had a couple people offer to say a little bit more about that CADCA Prevention framework. So since we’ve got some time, I might go ahead and unmute Jeremy Foreman, who offered, and see if we can hear a little bit more about that while we give folks time to ask some more questions. So, Jeremy, I hope I’m not putting you on the spot. No, that’s fine; I’m actually sitting in front of it. CADCA is the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, so it’s an alliance of prevention-based organizations. The Strategic Prevention Framework is an initiative that came through the Department of Health and Human Services; and so the CDC actually uses it a lot towards prevention efforts to help prevent, delay, or reduce disability from chronic disease and illness specifically related to substance abuse and mental health. But it’s something that can be applied to any area of community problem solving. So you’ll see it used in health, in education, in workplace productivity, community engagement — that kind of stuff. As the other caller mentioned, there are five primary areas that the Strategic Prevention Framework focuses on — and so there’s assessment, capacity building, strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation. And then there are overlapping functions of building program sustainability and cultural confidence. And so it’s a great framework for how your community can engage in addressing the issues that it sees — and particularly with veterans’ issues, the mental health side of things and substance abuse, there’s some direct resources that are available through CADCA. Their website is www.cadca.org, and I’ll go ahead and put it in the Chat — the specific link directly to the Strategic Prevention Framework information. They’ve got lots of primers, and they’ve got some research and evaluation briefs and some toolkits that are available. They’re tested and tried, and your state might actually have a Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant. I think there are about 35 states that have had those. So there’s local resources in pretty much every community across the country that you can tap into if you’d like to use this particular model as your structure for accomplishing the work that your coalition or your local Community Blueprint might take on. Thanks so much, Jeremy, for jumping in; that was really helpful. And thank you also for posting the website. I’m going to go on and put you back on mute. We do have another question, Tricia, that popped in through the Q&A feature. From the list of the 55 organizations involved with Community Blueprint, this particular participant did not see the Military Order of the Purple Heart and is wondering if anyone has reached out to that organization for assistance and input. That’s a great question, and I do not have the list of organizations who have been involved since it’s inception in front of me; but that’s definitely something that I can research. But I think — maybe I’m assuming — but I think the intention for that question was really kind of encouraging us to reach out to them and making sure that they have a seat at the table. So I hear you, and I will definitely take that back and make that happen. Thanks, Tricia. Another question that came in while we were hearing from Jeremy — Regarding K through 12 organizations, what are some of the initiatives they’re engaged in? I know you talked about that a little bit. How can other organizations who are school focused assist? So this might have crossed timeframes with your earlier answer, but if there’s anything else you want to add about K through 12 involvement. Yes, one of the things that we’re thinking about inside Points of Light is the use of service and how that can be a tool with kids — military kids primarily. And I’m a military brat; I can attest to this. Transitioning from school to school was super difficult for me I know growing up. It’s hard to establish your roots, hard to engage in leadership skills because oftentimes, you know, you’re new to a community so you really don’t get the opportunity to run for Student Council. So we’ve been thinking about how to leverage service as a tool to really provide military kids with the opportunity to create groups through service inside their communities, create connections with other kids — that type of thing. And so if you have a pen and can jot this down — and maybe, Nicki, if you can put this into the Chat Box — if you go to our Generation On website, so it’s www.generationon.org, we have a boatload of tools and resources available for educators, for parents, and for community leaders who in fact want to leverage service as a strategy to help military kids — and civilian kids for that matter. So one of our models is through the Kids Care Club, so it’s establishing a club where kids identify service opportunities and projects that they engage in and they kind of serve alongside civilian kids. So it’s not the answer to your question; it’s one approach that I can say that we have some tools and resources for that I would encourage you to explore. But I think that there’s a lot more work to be done. And once again, this initiative is super new. We have some ideas for strategies around how to bridge some of the gaps and meet some of the needs for these kids, so we have in no way exhausted the list. And so we’re definitely going to be working with our national partners to help develop and create additional tools to guide communities. Great, thank you for that. I did post the www.generationon.org website, and I also shared a message from Quentin Collins about the Joint Community Forces initiative and what the National Guard is doing that went to all panelists. And, Quentin, I’m going to go ahead and unmute you and give you an opportunity if you want to jump in and add anything to that. So again, I hope I’m not putting you on the spot; but you are unmuted now. Well, thank you very much, Nicki; and I’m happy that I was able to join in on this. I notice you’ve got several people on here that I’ve crossed paths with in various areas. National Guard Bureau was part of the initiative program through the former Chairman’s Office on Strategic Communications to Families. And one of the things that was highlighted was what we used to refer to as the Inter-Service Family Assistance Committees or ISFACs. Realizing that ISFAC sounded very militaristic and was more like a top down, we talked with our State Family Program Directors Executive Council; and working with them, they agreed and they actually came up with the name Joining Community Forces, which is more apropos, grassroots community level activity from each community — be it a geographic location or a community of likeminded people — working together to create less confusion and more cohesion when it comes to collaborative messages and communication and remove a lot of duplicity. And working with our Office of Secretary of Defense Military Communities Family Policies — I think there’s two of them on this call as well — and we’ve been able to — this is not a program, this is just nothing more than a communications protocol working with Community Blueprint and looking forward to where we’re going ahead, because we are in the communities already. Thank you so much for jumping in. I also wanted to take an opportunity to acknowledge another comment that came in a couple times from Stefanie about our poll in the beginning. We did ask about veterans and military spouses, but not about military parents. So that’s a great point, Stefanie; and we’re going to add that next time we do a poll of this nature. So I just wanted to acknowledge your suggestion and welcome any military parents who are joining us. So I don’t see any more questions for you, Tricia, right now; and I know Margie wanted to spend a few minutes closing out the call with some announcements about some other resources that are available. So, Margie, I’m going to go on and invite you to do that. Great, thank you so much, Nicki; and thank you, Tricia, for your wonderful description of the Network. It’s really an interesting, happy problem we have — all of these resources out there at local, state, and county and national levels. And the coordination and collaboration that the Blueprint evidences is quite a wonderful example of a problem that’s being solved locally. And thank you too for those people who posted their questions and shared some of their resources on the Chat. And I’m particularly happy about that because we’re looking for other examples of roadmaps or models or tools or programs that have been successful at engaging veterans and military families particularly around increasing employment, housing, wellness, and opportunities and access for education. So if you are interested in either participating in a webinar with others or doing your own webinar, please e-mail me at [email protected] — and I put my e-mail address into the Chat Box. And I’d also like to ask you to consider joining the Veterans and Military Families Knowledge Network if you haven’t already done so. And if you’ve joined it and are kind of a lurker and haven’t kind of gotten yourself in there to put some comments in, we’re setting up a new forum that’s general. It doesn’t have a specific topic, so you can just throw in your thoughts and ideas there and start some conversations going about the things that are of interest to you and the needs that you have. And the person to contact for that is Laura Norvig, who is at the National Service Resource Center at ETR Associates; and Laura has put her contact information in the Chat Box as well. Again, if you have any challenges, you’ve got addresses in here; and we’ll make sure they come to you with the answers to some of these questions in a follow-up e-mail. But we really want you to know that we’re delighted to have you in this Network. This is what it’s all about — the sharing among practitioners; and we look forward to seeing you and hearing you on May 30th, when we’ll be featuring the American Legion Auxiliary Bob Reeg and also Theresa Long, who is a Corporation for National and Community Service State Office Director. They’re going to be talking about veteran service organizations and the ins and outs of what they are, how to access them, and the services and opportunities afforded in those kinds of connections. So I’d like to just say thank you again for participating, and we look forward to seeing you next month. Take care, everyone. Thanks, Margie; and thank you, Tricia; and thanks, everyone, for joining us.
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Introduction to the MTSS Blueprint

Introduction to the MTSS Blueprint


[MUSIC PLAYING] Hi, I am Dr. Katie Novak,
and I am here to be your virtual tour guide in unpacking the new MTSS blueprint. This blueprint will also come with a toolkit
with numbers of tools that you can use to help to build your own MTSS a system, and
this is really helping you unpack the document to understand how it is organized and how
it will help you and your school or district to create an MTSS system that works for all
of your students. So if you dive into the MTSS blueprint, hopefully,
right now you have it either virtually or printed out in front of you with your highlighters
ready, you will notice that there are multiple sections. Before we dive into those sections, first
we want to talk about why MTSS. Now, the first video in this series talks
about the importance of building multi-tiered systems, but on page two of the MTSS blueprint,
you’ll also see why it’s so critical here in Massachusetts. Because although many of our students do very
well, and we are actually nation’s best, we have many students who are not making the
same outcomes as their peers. This is not because they can’t or don’t want
to learn. We have to recognize that many of our schools
and districts may not be organized yet to meet the needs of all of our learners, and
this is where MTSS or Multi-Tiered Systems of Support come in. So section 1 unpacks what is a multi-tiered
system and how it is different from RTI. Many of you may be familiar with Response
to Intervention and how we had to provide screening for all students in order to ensure
that they got what they needed to make progress, but MTSS builds on best practices and RTI
and takes this a step further by talking about what is actually needed in a system in order
to keep a robust intervention system for students. So we have to believe in a multi-tiered system
that all students are truly capable of grade level learning when they have support. We also are really focused on this concept
of being proactive and preventing failure as opposed to responding to it. We focus on evidence-based practices, and
also, we’re very focused on data-based decision-making. And then lastly, there is an acknowledgment
that the degree of support given to students is truly, truly based on their needs, and
is really focused on all stakeholder collaboration. When you’re diving into section 2, you’ll
notice that the two foundational frameworks of this blueprint are universal design for
learning and a focus on equitable access. We truly believe in Massachusetts that all
students should receive tier 1 instruction and have equitable access to universally designed
academic, behavioral, and social-emotional curriculum and instruction with their peers. It is our duty to try to create environments
that are the least restrictive environments for all students. And so understanding those frameworks will
be important for the development of a system that works for you. Section 3 breaks down the different tiers
of support and talks about how the tiers all build on each other. The tiers are not specific places, nor do
students belong to only a single tier. It is very, very flexible, and we hope that
all students can access tier 1 through a general education program, while also receiving tier
2 and tier 3 support as necessary. A number of case studies throughout the blueprints
will help to build an understanding of what this may look like academically, behaviorally,
and social-emotionally. In section 4, we discuss the system’s drivers. Which are the implementation areas that need
to be present in order to create a really robust system? You’ll learn about the leadership drivers
and go through all the different planning stages associated with those, the competency
drivers, which is all about really building capacity, and then the implementation drivers. And as you start going through those, you’ll
start thinking about what are the areas in our system where we may be facing barriers,
and we may need to have a long-term strategic plan to address those barriers so we can build
a strong MTSS system. Last, we unpack the focus areas of how a multi-tiered
system integrates academic, behavioral, and social-emotional development so all students
receive a holistic education that meets their needs. So looking at the visual, you’ll now have
a much better understanding of how all the different pieces of a system build together
to support all students in tier 1, tier 2, and tier 3 as necessary academically, behaviorally,
and social-emotionally. These are not three separate areas, but rather
areas that are integrated and work together, and we as a system need to have shared responsibility
for determining the barriers that may prevent that from happening. We have to determine the barriers that keep
some learning environments as being too restrictive for some students, and then over time, create
a long-term theory of action and strategy to eliminate those barriers.

How To Remove ANYTHING From a Photo In Photoshop

How To Remove ANYTHING From a Photo In Photoshop


In this video, I’m going to show you how to
remove anything from a photo in Photoshop. Hi. I’m Jesus Ramirez from The Photoshop Training
Channel. In this video I’m going to show you how to
remove distracting elements from a photo, using three different techniques. The first two techniques will help you with
basic object removals. But with the third technique, we’re really
going to get our hands dirty and tackle a complicated task, but I’m going to divide
it up into small digestible chunks so that you can follow along. Okay, let’s get started. We’re going to work with this image, we have
a couple walking on the beach, and we have a photo bomber. And, if we wanted to remove this photobomber
from the photo, we could do so very, very easily. First, duplicate the layer to work nondestructively. You can press Ctrl J, Command J on the back,
and we can call that layer, “Edit.” Then you can select the lasso tool, and with
the lasso tool, we can just simply freehand a selection. So, we’re going to freehand a selection around
the photo bomber, and it doesn’t have to be very precise, as long as you go around her. But, having said that, try to keep as much
of the original background as you can. So, you can hold Alt, Option on the Mac, and
click and drag to subtract from the selection. And by the way, if you hold Shift, you add
to the selection. And once again, Alt, Option on the Mac, and
click and drag. You subtract from a selection. With a selection active, you can go into edit,
fill, and we’re going to select Content-Aware from the dropdown, and make sure that you
have Color Adaptation checked, and press okay. Then I’m going to press Ctrl D, Command D
to deselect. And notice that almost like magic, Photoshop
removes that photo bomber. And the way that the Content-Aware technology
works is by analyzing the pixels that are surrounding the selection, and it uses that
information to generate the pixels that are going to go inside of that selection. So, Photoshop does a great job in guessing
what would be behind this person. And this technique works best with a simple
background, like the one we have in this example. So that’s before, and after. And by the way, if you’re interested to find
out more about the Content-Aware technology, I made a series of videos dealing with all
the different tools that use Content-Aware, including the Content-Aware Fill. If you’re interested in watching that series,
I’ll post a link down below in the description. So, for the next example, we’re going to use
this image here of Venice, and I’m going to zoom in. And what we want to do is remove this group
of people that are sitting here. So, what I could do is I could try to do what
I just did, use a Content-Aware Fill. But as you will see, it won’t give us the
results that we’re looking for. So, let me just make a really quick selection,
and go into edit, fill, Content-Aware, and notice that Photoshop didn’t do that good
of a job this time. It included elements that I do not want to
have in the photo. So I’m going to press Ctrl Alt Z, Command
Alt Z on the Mac to undo. And, actually, to work non destructively,
I’m going to duplicate this layer. So, I’m going to press Ctrl J, Command J on
the Mac, and we’re going to use a different tool. And the tool that we’re going to use is this
tool here called the Patch Tool, which is nested under the Spot Healing Brush Tool. Also, make sure that normal and source are
selected. Then I’m going to click-and-drag and make
a selection around the pixels that I want to replace. With the selection active, I’m going to zoom
out and look for an area to sample from. So, it looks like this area is very similar
to the area where they’re sitting on, so I’m going to click and drag over to that side. And you can see the preview inside of the
selection, and I can try to match it as best as I can. When I’m happy with the area, I can just release,
and then press Ctrl D, Command D to deselect. And notice that Photoshop did a much better
job. The reason that I didn’t select this side
here, is that there’s a shadow from this lamp post, so I didn’t want to duplicate that. The edit wasn’t perfect, and it was mainly
because I didn’t drop the selection in the right area. So, I can try that again, let me click and
drag, and just try to get a better closer match. So maybe something like that. Ctrl D, Command D to deselect, so that looks
much better. The bricks align better. There’s issues like this area here, but we
could easily fix these issues by just using the patch tool on those specific areas. Then I can double click on the hand tool to
zoom out, and you can see the before, and the after. Another tool that I want to show you before
we move on into the more complicated example is the Clone Stamp Tool, which simply allows
you to paint in duplicate pixels from another area. So, with that tool selected I’m going to zoom
in and create a new layer to work non destructively. And, with this layer, I can make sure that
current and below are selected, or all layers. It really doesn’t matter in this example,
so I’ll leave it on current and below. Then, I can just select areas to copy pixels
from. So if I wanted to remove this lamp post, I
can start maybe in this corner here, and then use the bracket keys on the keyboard to increase
the size of my brush, and I can try to align what I just copied, what I just sampled, this
area here, and align it to the other window, and then I can paint in those pixels like
so. And I know I’m getting a little of the shadow,
but that’s okay. Then I can sample from a different area, maybe
this area here, and line it as best as I can, and paint away the rest of the lamp like so. And I’m not going to spend too much time on
this example because the example that I really want to show you is the one after this. But you can see how you can start painting
things away nondestructively using the Clone Stamp Tool. And, this is basically what we did in just
a couple minutes. Really quickly, we were able to remove that
lamp post. And, there’s a couple details there that,
again, we’re not going to spend the time on now because I want to spend more time in the
next example. So, we’re going to work with this image here,
and what we’re trying to do is remove the truck from the background. So, first of all, we want to work nondestructively,
so I’m going to press Ctrl J, Command J on the Mac twice to duplicate the layer two times. The layer on top will be the model, and the
layer below that will be the background. And just like with a lot of things in Photoshop,
I like to separate my elements so that they’re easier to control. So, even though we’re going to work with a
single image, we’re still going to use different layers to control different elements, and
I think that makes it easier to work with. So, now that we have these two layers set
up, I’m going to select my model layer, and then click on the quick selection tool. You can click and drag and make a selection
around the model. If you’re working with Photoshop CC and newer,
you can click on Select Subject while the quick selection tool is selected, and Photoshop
will make a selection based on whatever it thinks the main subject is. In this case, the model. And Photoshop does a fairly good job. It’s not going to be perfect, you can click
and drag to add to the selection, and you can also subtract from the selection by holding
Alt Option on the Mac, and clicking on areas that shouldn’t be selected, like these areas
there. And by the way, the selection doesn’t need
to be perfect. As long as you mask out the areas near the
distractive object, you should be fine. I’m going to zoom in and just make sure that
it selected the bracelet, I didn’t miss one piece. But overall, it did a really good job. I’m going to create a Layer Mask, and now
we have a layer that just contains the model. And now, we’re going to create a layer that
only contains the background. To do so, I’m going to use the model Layer
Mask. So, I’m going to hold Ctrl, that’s Command
on the Mac, and click on the Layer Mask thumbnail to load the Layer Mask as a selection. Notice that my model layer is disabled, and
I’m going to select the background layer. With the background layer selected. I’m going to go into select, modify, expand. And this is going to make my mask larger. And I’m going to expand it by five pixels,
but this may be different for you depending on the size of your photo. This is a fairly large image, so I’m using
five pixels. In some cases, you may need two, or maybe
even three. So, we’ll go for five in this case. But the point is, that now I have that space
in between my subject and the background. With the background selected, I’m going to
hold Shift and backspace to bring up the fill window. Then under contents, I’m going to select Content-Aware,
make sure the Color Adaptation is checked, and press okay. And Photoshop is going to remove the model
from this photo. It’s not going to do a perfect job, but that’s
okay. We’re going to continue building upon this
background, to just create a clean background for our model. So, we have a background and a model layer. What I’m going to do now is look at my photo,
look at the pixels that I need to replace, then look at the pixels in the photo that
I can use to clone, copy, or somehow use to cover the car. So, right off the bat I’m noticing that I
have these columns here. One column, two, three, four, and five. And this column, we can pretty much use the
whole thing. Then we have these windows, so I’m probably
going to use this window here to replicate it at least three times, to use in these three
areas. Then we have this sign, I’m not really sure
what that is, but it looks like some sort of advert. But, we can copy it, and place it on the other
side. Then we also have to duplicate parts of the
street. And I’ll start there, ’cause I think that’s
the easiest place to start. And that’s what you have to do in your photo,
look at the contents, and see what you can take, and duplicate. I’m just going to create a selection using
the Rectangular Marquee Tool. Then I’m going to press Ctrl J, Command J
on the Mac, to duplicate that. So now, I have this duplicate. One thing that I should have mentioned, and
I’ll undo that so you can see it, is that when I selected the Rectangular Marquee Tool,
I had a feather of three pixels. That means that the edges will not be sharp,
they’re going to be blurry, three pixels. And I left that value on purpose because I
don’t want sharp edges. I want smooth edges, so when I copy something,
and I paste it somewhere else, I won’t see that sharp edge. So, once again, Ctrl J, Command J to duplicate. And I have that piece right there, and I’m
going to move it over to this side. Now obviously, the colors don’t match, but
we can fix that. I can create a Levels Adjustment Layer, clip
it to the layer below it so that the only thing the levels adjustment layer effects
is the strip right below it. So, notice how, if I make an adjustment, it
only affects that strip. So, I can click on the black point and drag
it to the right until that matches illuminance of that area. Then, with the Layer Mask selected, I can
press Ctrl I, Command I on the Mac, to invert to make the Layer Mask black, which will hide
the adjustment. Then, with the brush tool selected, you can
paint with white to reveal the effect only in certain areas. Then I can select both layers. If I hold Shift and click on both layers,
it selects them. Ctrl E, Command E on the Mac to merge into
one layer. So now, I can simply use the move tool, click
and drag to the right, to duplicate as I hold Alt. So when you hold Alt, and you have the move
tool selected, and you drag something, you will drag a duplicate. I’m going to hold Shift, click on the top
and bottom layer to select them all. Then I’m going to press Ctrl E, Command E
on the Mac, to merge the three layers into one. Then I’m going to create a Layer Mask, and
paint with black in these areas to reveal the original background. And if something needs to be a little bit
darker, like this area here, you can do what we did earlier, create a Levels Adjustment
Layer, make sure that it’s clipped. And, just make it darker, then select the
Layer Mask. Ctrl I, Command I to invert and paint with
white on the Layer Mask to reveal that effect in that area. Remember, Layer Mask, hide and reveal pixels. Black hides and white reveals. With an adjustment layer, you’re hiding the
adjustment, or revealing it. So, we’re painting with white to reveal that
adjustment. In this tutorial, I don’t need multiple layers,
so I’m going to merge down by pressing Ctrl E.
So now it’s one layer, and that’s good. Now we’re going to work on the windows, and
there’s something I want to show you. First, we’re going to create a new layer,
then select the Clone Stamp Tool, and we can copy this window. But watch what happens. If I hold Alt Option on the Mac and click,
it will set a clone source. That means that that’s the area that we’re
going to copy pixels from. And when you paint, it creates an exact copy,
as you would expect. We can actually change how the Clone Stamp
Tool copies pixels, we can invert those pixels horizontally, vertically, scale them, and
do all sorts of things. Let me show you what I mean by that. If you go into Window, Clone Source, you can
click on this button here to flip the clone horizontally. So that means that if I come in here and hold
Alt Option on the Mac, and click to sample from that point, notice how now it inverts
it horizontally, and I can paint horizontally. And you can see the target, that’s where I’m
sampling from. That little plus X icon that’s moving along
the paint brush. Not that if I go right, it moves left. If I move left, it goes right. That is because Photoshop inverts the sample
source horizontally, so it allows me to just paint in horizontally, like so. I’m going to double click on the hand tool. So that’s before, and after. What I’m going to do now is zoom in here and
continue working on this area. I’m, going to disable the flip, make the Clone
Stamp Tool smaller by tapping on the left bracket key on the keyboard, and I’m just
going to make sure that everything here looks right. And obviously, when you’re working on your
image, spend a little more time working on the details. So, there we go, that’s before and after. What I can do now is, make a copy of this
area here, edit, copy merge, edit, paste. And just move it to the right, right about
here. And I can just merge these onto a layer. So, we have one layer there. And let me zoom in, and I’m going to select
the Clone Stamp Tool, and I’m going to use it to fix this middle column. So, I’m going to sample from the column next
to it by holding Alt, clicking, and then start painting on the other side. And remember that it doesn’t need to be perfect
because some of these areas are going to be covered by the model. See? And I’m going to drag the windows layer below
the road layer, that way the road helps cover some of those pixels. So, actually, you know what? What I’ll do is I’m just going to select both
these layers, and just press Ctrl E, Command E on the Mac, just to put them in one single
layer. Now I’ll work on the sidewalk, so I’ll hold
Alt, and click to sample from this area. And then paint away these imperfections. I’m going fairly fast, just to try to get
through all of it in a reasonable amount of time. So, you can see how it’s starting to look
much, much better already. And, for this part, I’m just going to duplicate
this area. So, I’m going to select it with the Rectangular
Marquee Tool, and I’m holding Shift to add to the selection. And then go into edit, copy merge, edit, and
paste. And move this over to the other side. Bring down the opacity, and then move it left
and right accordingly, using the arrow keys on the keyboard. Increase the opacity to 100%, and hold Alt,
Option on the Mac, and it goes away. So, when you hold Alt, Option on the Mac,
and create a new Layer Mask, the Layer Mask becomes black, so it hides all the contents. Then you can select the brush tool and paint
with white when you want to reveal those areas, like so. Don’t want to reveal the entire layer, just
certain areas; I think it looks better. I’m going to merge all the layers together,
so I’ll hold Shift, click on them to select them. When they’re selected I’ll press Control E
to merge them into one layer. Now let’s focus on the remaining pillars. That is a very simple job; we can simply select
pixels to clone from and continue cloning. It’s just a repetitive task. I’m not going to spend too much time and be
perfect. You can be perfect on your images. But you can see that even going fairly quickly
here; I’m getting really good results. And I’m sampling from that area, and then
just cloning in pixels like so. I’m going to zoom out, and it looks like I
missed one piece right here. When I do this type of work, usually I have
my left hand on the Alt key, and I’m sampling fro many different places and painting. So that’s before and after. This is what it looks like without the model. And what I’m going to do now is merge this
layer onto the layer below, so now we have just a single background layer. And notice how the reflections keep repeating
themselves. One thing that you can do to fix a problem
like this is to select the clone stamp tool, and just copy areas, and paint over the areas
that are obvious that are repeating, like in this panel here. And again, in your image, spend a little more
time duplicating things, and seeing what pixels repeat, and just get rid of those. But in this tutorial, I’m not going to spend
too much time on that. So, I’m going to zoom out, and now we’re going
to work on the Layer Mask or the model layer. But before we do that, we need to remember
where the car was; it was in this area here. So, I’m going to select everything, then press
Ctrl G, Command G on the Mac, to put those layers into a group, and I’ll call it, “Edit. ” Then I’ll create a Layer Mask, and I’ll
paint with black to reveal the original pixels found in the background. I’m doing so because I don’t want to keep
using the pixels that I duplicated over and over again because it’ll be obvious that it’s
a duplicate. So, I’m trying to use as many of the original
pixels as possible. The areas where we have the car, obviously
that’s the areas that we really want to fine-tune the selection. So, the only areas that I really want to focus on are the areas that are really close to the model there. And, I’m going to do that in the model layer. So in the model layer, I’m going to hide these
pixels away. And obviously, this is where you want to spend
a lot of your time fine-tuning the selection so that it’s more believable. And this is why I like this method because
I can paint with black on that Layer Mask, hide the edges, and the background comes through. So those are the basic steps for removing
a distracting object from a photo. Please let me know in the comments below what
you learned by watching this video, and don’t forget to click on that subscribe,
and notification buttons. Thank you so much for watching,
and I’ll see you in the next tutorial.

Leverage Browser Caching WordPress Add Expires Headers

Leverage Browser Caching WordPress Add Expires Headers


Add expires headers the WordPress to
leverage browser caching. Hey it’s Hoz here continuing with the WordPress speed
optimization series. Make sure you check out all the videos in the playlist
because each one is a tip to help you optimize your WordPress website. Now this
video is all about adding expires headers. This is a small thing that can
give your WordPress website a nice little boost. Generally when you use any
of the popular website speed testing tools you’ll see the advice to leverage
browser caching in order to improve the performance of the website. Well you do
that by adding expires headers. Now you can add expires headers to WordPress
without using a plugin, by pasting a bit of code to your htaccess file. Before you
do that please backup that htaccess file because that could well blitz your
website. Now, I’ll put the code in the description below this video so you can
copy and paste that to you ht access file if you want to add expires
headers without using a plugin. If you want to see me do that first then I will
put a link in the description below this video to another video where I show you
how I login to cPanel, how I locate my htaccess file and where exactly I paste
that code. But that’s not the only way to do this: the other way is to use a
plugin. Now the downside of using a plugin is that you’re increasing the
footprint, you’re adding more data to the website. Now in the past I’ve always
taken care of my add expires headers with a bit of code but this time around
I chose to use a plugin. The plugin is called add expires headers and it’s
light enough to keep that footprint small so I’m happy with that.
The reason I chose to use a plugin this time around is because I tend to forget
about the code in the htaccess file once the expiry date has been reached
and passed. Okay so let’s take a look at the plugin. You’ll see the top section: add
expires headers main options; you can see that I have the enable expires headers
checkbox ticked as well as the disabled etags
and enable gzip compression. You’ll notice the next section is your media
settings and here is where you set the expiry time. As you can see I only
check the media that I actually use and I ignore the rest. And finally there
is a section for CSS and JavaScript where you can set the expiry time for
those. So that’s how you add expires headers to WordPress; it’s something
that I always do when I’m optimizing my websites; it can definitely help boost
your WordPress performance. Okay so let’s hop onto the next video
which you can now see on your screen. Click it and I’ll see you there.

How to Transfer an Exact Copy of your WordPress Website to Google Cloud Platform 2017

How to Transfer an Exact Copy of your WordPress Website to Google Cloud Platform 2017


Hello everyone – it’s Joe from onepagezen.com and in this tutorial I’m going to show you how to move over your existing WordPress website onto your new google cloud platform instance so the first step in doing this is to head over to our existing wordpress website so for me my existing wordpress website it onepagezen.com the next step is to go over to plugins “add new” and the plugin is called “all-in-one wp migration” so search that and install that plugin okay – then activate it alright – now you can see in the left bar here there’s an icon for it – so we’re going to go to “export” now remember – this is using our old wordpress website this is the website that we want to transfer to our new google cloud instance so we’re going to click on “export” and we’re going to export it to a file now this usually takes a couple of minutes alright – once that has finished downloading we’re going to head on over to our google cloud platform and we’re going to login to the admin panel now this is where our new website is going to be and we’re going to install the same plugin in our new wordpress website so… I’ve already installed it and it’s right here, “all-in-one wp migration” the activate that… and now you see it looks just like it did on our old wordpress website it appears in the left column here… so now I am going to do the “import” instead of “export” and I’m going to click “import from” … “file” and in this case I saved it on my desktop so here’s the file that we just exported from our old wordpress website so I’m going to click that …”open” and right now it is going to import that website onto google cloud platform so that usually takes a few minute here ok perfect – now that it’s done importing *if you do get an error message while it is importing your website, just click “ok” it potentially going to ask you about overwriting your existing database and you want to confirm that so after it’s all imported you are going to go to “settings” and then “permalinks” – because you need to change your “permalink” structure now the way I do this is real easy: I just go to “plain – “save changes” and then I go back to “post name” – “save changes”, and that kind of resets the system a bit perfect – save that – and then go up here to “visit site” and there you go – you have your existing wordpress website just like it appeared on your old hosting provider, but now it’s running on google cloud platform if you have any questions leave a comment in the box below also to get rid of this little “corner banner” here – I will provide a link to a video on how to get rid of that otherwise, thanks for watching and take care

Provost Town Hall, 2020

Provost Town Hall, 2020


[ MUSIC ]>>CAN WE HAVE A ROUND OF APPLAUSE? [ APPLAUSE ] WELCOME, THANK YOU FOR COMING. THOSE OF YOU
STANDING SHOULD KNOW THAT THERE ARE SEATS SCATTERED AROUND SO PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COME
IN AND SIT DOWN AND TAKE A LOAD OFF. IT IS THE END OF THE DAY. SO THANK YOU FOR COMING.
BEFORE WE BEGIN, I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE ARE ON THE LAND OF THE COAST SALISH PEOPLES,
WHICH TOUCH THE SHARED WATERS OF THE TRIBES AND BANDS WITHIN THE SUQUAMISH, TULALIP AND
MUCKILSHOOT NATIONS AND WE DO THIS AS A WAY TO HONOR AND RECOGNIZE THE ORIGINAL PEOPLE
ON THE LAND AND TO REMIND US THAT WE ARE GUESTS HERE. I AM JOY WILLIAMSON-LOTT. I AM THE DEAN
OF THE GRADUATE SCHOOL SINCE JULY AND ALSO A FACULTY MEMBER IN THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
AND I AM VERY GLAD TO BE ABLE TO BE HERE WITH YOU TODAY. TODAY WE HAVE A DIFFERENT TYPE
OF PROVOST TOWN HALL, IF YOU HAVE ATTENDED TOWN HALL’S IN THE PAST. IF YOU HAVEN’T
ALREADY NOTICED, A DIFFERENT FLAVOR TO IT, A WELCOME ONE. IN A BIT PROVOST MARK RICHARDS
WILL TALK TO US ABOUT HIS PRIORITIES – ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, GRADUATE EDUCATION, THE ARTS AND
THE IMPACT OF THE UNIVERSITY’S WORK. BUT FIRST, WE WILL HEAR MORE FROM THE GAMELAN ENSEMBLE,
LED BY PROFESSOR CHRISTINA SUNARDI, WHO IS AN ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND CHAIR OF ETHNOMUSICOLOGY.
PLEASE. YOU’RE WELCOME. [ MUSIC ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU. GAMELAN ENSEMBLE STUDENTS, THANK
YOU SO MUCH, AND THANK YOU ALSO FOR THIS WONDERFUL WAY TO KICK OFF THIS EVENT. THEY HAVE THINGS
THEY NEED TO DO, SO THEY WILL BE LEAVING. THEY ARE BUSY PEOPLE. AND NOW, WE WILL HEAR
FROM GRADUATE STUDENT AND ACHIEVEMENT REWARDS FOR COLLEGE SCIENTISTS FELLOW, ARCS – A
R C S IS THE ACRONYM, GABRIELLA TOSADO. SHE JOINS A LARGE COMMUNITY OF ARCS FELLOWS HERE
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON WHO HAVE BEEN GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY THE SEATTLE ARCS FOUNDATIONS
SINCE 1978. MARK AND I HAD THE PLEASURE OF SEEING HER PRESENT AT AN ARCS LUNCHEON BACK
IN THE FALL. IT WAS OUTSTANDING. NO PRESSURE TODAY. MARK FELT STRONGLY AND I AGREE THIS
AUDIENCE SHOULD LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TYPE OF RESEARCH THAT HAPPENS HERE AT THE UNIVERSITY
OF WASHINGTON AND WHAT OUR GRADUATE STUDENTS ARE DOING AND ALL OF THE POSSIBILITIES. PLEASE
HELP ME WELCOME SOON TO BE PROFESSOR TOSADO IN JUNE. SHE WILL TELL US ALL ABOUT IT. WELCOME
HER, SHE’S GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT HER RESEARCH IN CLEAN ENERGY AND THE IMPACT HER
WORK WILL HAVE ON OUR FUTURE. GABRIELLA. [ APPLAUSE ]>>HELLO MY NAME IS GABRIELLA AND I GRADUATED
FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI WITH DEGREES IN CHEMISTRY, ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, AND RELIGIOUS
STUDIES, AND NOW I’M GETTING MY DEGREE IN NONE OF THOSE THINGS. I KNEW I WANTED MY CAREER
AND MY LIFE TO FOCUS ON SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE. FOR MY PHD, I DECIDED TO TRANSITION
TO ENGINEERING TO CREATE CLEAN ENERGY SOLUTIONS TO SUSTAIN OUR ENERGY NEEDS. I DECIDED TO
ATTEND THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON BECAUSE THE CLEAN ENERGY INSTITUTE WAS JUST STARTING
UP, AND I WANTED TO BE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THAT INSTITUTE. THE ARCS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
ALLOWED ME TO AFFORD MOVING HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE IN THE WORLD’S BEST MOTHER-DAUGHTER
ROAD TRIP ALL THE WAY FROM MIAMI OF 2015. I STARTED HERE AT UW IN THE CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT AND, AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, AS A NONENGINEER BEING THROWN INTO THE GRADUATE LEVEL COURSES,
IT WAS A BIT OF A CHALLENGE AND REQUIRED A BIT OF A LEARNING CURVE. I REALLY DID DOUBT
AT THAT TIME WHETHER I WAS CAPABLE AND HAD THE ABILITY TO GET THROUGH THOSE CLASSES,
BUT THE SUPPORT FROM ARCS AND THE UNIVERSITY, REALLY HELPED ME WITH ENCOURAGEMENT. I WAS
TOLD “WE CHOSE YOU AND WE KNOW THAT YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO THIS” AND THAT ENCOURAGEMENT
REALLY HELPED ME THROUGH THAT TIME. FINGERS CROSSED IN JUNE I WILL GRADUATING WITH A DUAL
TITLE PHD IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING, NANOENGINEERING AND MOLECULAR ENGINEERING. [ APPLAUSE ] MY RESEARCH IN PROFESSOR QIUMING YU’S LAB
FOCUSES ON SOLAR ENERGY WITH PEROVSKITE SOLAR CELLS WHICH IS A NEW TYPE OF PRINTABLE MATERIAL.
SO YOU COULD USE NEWSPAPER STYLE PRINTING PRESSES TO PRINT OUT SOLAR PANELS WHICH DECREASES
THE COST SUBSTANTIALLY. MY RESEARCH FOCUSES ON MAKING THIS MATERIAL MORE STABLE AND LESS
TOXIC. I’VE ALSO BEEN INVOLVED IN THE PUERTO RICO PROJECT IN CLEAN ENERGY INSTITUTE WITH
PROFESSOR LILO POZZO. WHEN HURRICANE MARIA STRUCK PUERTO RICO, THE ENTIRE GRID WAS KNOCKED
OFFLINE WITH SOME PLACES NOT RECEIVING ELECTRICITY FOR ALMOST A YEAR. WE DEVELOPED SOLAR BATTERY
SYSTEMS AND GAVE THEM TO CERTAIN COMMUNITIES AND HOMES TO POWER MEDICAL DEVICES SUCH AS
OXYGEN CONCENTRATORS FOR THOSE WITH ASTHMA OR MINI FRIDGES TO STORE VACCINES AND MEDICINES.
WE SHOWED NOT ONLY DID THESE SOLAR BATTERY SYSTEMS HELPED THE PEOPLE WHO RECEIVED THEM,
BECAUSE OVER THE COURSE OF A YEAR, GAS GENERATORS BECOME VERY COSTLY AND BREAK DOWN, BUT ALSO
THAT RENEWABLE ENERGY CAN MAKE OUR GRIDS MORE RESILIENT TO STRONGER STORMS WHICH WILL BECOME
MORE FREQUENT AS WE MOVE FORWARD. FOR THE NEXT PART OF MY CAREER, I’M CHANGING MY FIELD
AGAIN. THIS TIME TO THE REALM OF POLICY. THROUGHOUT MY PHD, I’VE LEARNED THAT ALTHOUGH TECHNOLOGICAL
INNOVATION IS VERY IMPORTANT, A ROADBLOCK IS ON THE POLICY FRONT AND ENACTING THE POLICY
TO SUPPORT RENEWABLE ENERGY. I HOPE TO APPLY FOR THE AAAS FELLOWSHIP THAT PLACES SCIENCE
PHD GRADUATES IN GOVERNMENT AND POLICY POSITIONS. SO I WOULD LOVE TO WORK FOR EITHER THE RENEWABLE
ENERGY OFFICES OR AS A NANO-CONSULTANT FOR THE STATE DEPARTMENT. SO I’M SUPER HYPED AND
I HOPE TO USE THE EXPERTISE THAT I’VE GAINED HERE OVER THE PAST 5 YEARS TO ENACT FACT-BASED
POLICY. I’D LIKE TO THANK ALL OF YOU, MY DEPARTMENT, THE CEI, AND ARCS FOR THE SUPPORT AND SUPPORTING
THE SCIENTISTS AND RESEARCHERS OF THE FUTURE. AND ESPECIALLY MY DONOR ELIZABETH RUDOLF AND
MY ADVISOR PROFESSOR QIUMING YU, MY FAMILY AND MY FRIENDS. IT REALLY DOES TAKE A VILLAGE
TO RAISE A PHD STUDENT. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]>>NOT ONLY IS HER RESEARCH IMPRESSIVE BUT
THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE EVER DONE PUBLIC SPEAKING, I HAVE MY NOTES, SHE STOOD UP HERE BY HERSELF
AND MADE HER WAY THROUGH. I WILL NOW READ IT TO YOU FROM MY NOTES. HOLA, SENORA TOSADA.
SHE’S WATCHING RIGHT? YEP. THAT’S HER MOM. WHAT YOU’VE JUST HEARD IS WHAT PROVOST
MARK RICHARDS IS PASSIONATE ABOUT: RESEARCH, INTERDISCIPLINARITY, INNOVATION, AND GRADUATE
EDUCATION. TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN, MARK HAS CHOSEN TO FOCUS ON CORE INVESTMENTS, WHICH HE WILL
DESCRIBE IN MORE DETAIL. A BIT ABOUT MARK FIRST, THOUGH. PROVOST RICHARDS JOINED THE
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON A YEAR AND A HALF AGO AFTER A LONG CAREER AS A TEACHER, RESEARCHER
AND LEADER AT SOME OTHER INSTITUTION IN CALIFORNIA, CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY. WE’RE GLAD TO HAVE
HIM HERE. IN ADDITION TO SERVING AS THIS UNIVERSITY’S CHIEF ACADEMIC AND BUDGET OFFICER, MARK IS
ALSO A PROFESSOR IN EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCES IN THE COLLEGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT. HE KNOWS
FIRSTHAND OF THE WORK OF ALL FACULTY AND THE SUCCESS OF THE UNIVERSITY WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE
WITHOUT GRADUATE STUDENTS AND FELLOWSHIPS TO SUPPORT THEM. MARK IS GOING TO BE TALKING
ABOUT HIS GRADUATE FUNDING TASK FORCE IN A MINUTE. I WANT TO SAY IN THE SHORT TIME I
HAVE KNOWN HIM AND WORKED WITH HIM, I HAVE COME TO APPRECIATE HIS RECOGNITION AND SUPPORT
FOR OUR COLLECTIVE EFFORTS TO ATTRACT AND RECRUIT THE TOP GRADUATE STUDENTS. IN ORDER
TO DO THAT, TO RECRUIT THE TOP GRADUATE STUDENTS, IT IS IMPORTANT TO THINK ABOUT HOW WELCOMING
AND INCLUSIVE THE UNIVERSITY CONTEXT IS. THIS IS SOMETHING ELSE I HAVE LEARNED ABOUT MARK
IS HOW COMMITTED HE IS TO EQUITY, PARTICULARLY IN THE REALM OF GRADUATE EDUCATION. I AM HONORED
THAT HE AND HIS FAMILY HAVE CHOSEN TO DEMONSTRATE THAT COMMITMENT THROUGH A PERSONAL DONATION
TO GO-MAP IN THE GRADUATE SCHOOL. THAT STANDS FOR GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES AND MINORITY ACHIEVEMENT
PROGRAM. IT IS CELEBRATING ITS 50th YEAR OF SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY AND ITS STUDENTS,
ENSURING THAT GRADUATE STUDENTS OF COLOR ARE SUPPORTED THROUGH FELLOWSHIPS, PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT, MENTORING AND A WHOLE HOST OF OTHER POSSIBILITIES OUT OF THAT OFFICE. THEY
ARE GENEROUS. GIFT COMES AT A MEANINGFUL TIME FOR GO-MAP AND THE GRADUATE SCHOOL AND WE
ARE APPRECIATIVE IF IT. TODAY, MARK WILL ADDRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF MAKING CORE INVESTMENTS
IN ORDER TO ADVANCE ACCESS AND EXCELLENCE THROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSITY. HE WILL HIGHLIGHT
JUST A FEW WAYS OF WHICH WE ARE MAKING AN IMPACT ON OUR CITY, OUR STATE AND OUR WORLD.
THANK YOU FOR COMING AND WATCHING THIS AFTERNOON. PLEASE HELP ME WELCOME PROVOST MARK RICHARDS. [ APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU SO MUCH, JOY. I AM HONORED TO
BE HERE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ABOUT WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO TO
MAKE THIS A BETTER UNIVERSITY AND FULFILL OUR MISSION. FIRST OF ALL TO GABRIELLA, I
MADE A NOTE TO MYSELF A LONG TIME AGO TO NEVER SPEAK AFTER A STUDENT, BRILLIANT, THANK YOU
VERY MUCH. WE PROFESSORS ALWAYS PALE IN COMPARISON. REALLY EXCITING TO HEAR WHAT YOU ARE DOING.
ALSO TO THE ARCS FOUNDATION, SARAH WATT IS HERE REPRESENTING THEM. WE ARE DEEPLY APPRECIATED
TO THEIR LONG-STANDING COMMITMENT TO FULFILLING OUR GOALS FOR GRADUATE EDUCATION AS JOY MENTIONED.
AND FOR THE GAMELAN ENSEMBLE. I USED TO BE A MUSICIAN OF SORTS. SOME FAMOUS MUSICIAN
ONCE SAID THAT THE MUSIC OF SEBASTIAN BACH WAS LIKE HEARING THE SOUND OF THE MIND AT
WORK. LISTENING TO THE GAMELAN, WHICH JUST FILLS THIS ROOM IN A WAY I’VE NEVER HEARD,
IS LIKE LISTENING TO THE SOUND OF THE SOUL AT WORK. THANK YOU SO MUCH TO CHRISTINA AND
THE GAMELAN ENSEMBLE. IT WAS JUST A REAL TREAT FOR ALL OF US. I AM SURE WHATEVER I SAY WILL
PALE BY COMPARISON TO THAT EXPERIENCE. I WANT TO WELCOME PARTICULARLY TWO OF OUR
REGENTS, JOEL BENOLIEL AND ROGELIO RIOJAS, WHO ARE ATTENDING WITH US TODAY. WE ARE ALWAYS
HAPPY TO HAVE OUR REGENTS HERE. I CAN SAY FROM EXPERIENCE FROM OTHER INSTITUTIONS, THERE
IS NO GROUP OF REGENTS IN THIS COUNTRY WHO LOVE THE UNIVERSITY AND SUPPORT THE UNIVERSITY
THE WAY OUR REGENTS DO. IT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED AND MAKES OUR JOBS GO BETTER. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] I WANT TO GO OFF SCRIPT HERE FOR JUST A SECOND,
ON BEHALF OF BOTH MYSELF AND PRESIDENT CAUCE BEFORE I GET ON SCRIPT AGAIN, OUR UNIVERSITY
AND NATION, INDEED THE WHOLE WORLD ARE GOING THROUGH A PERIOD OF GREAT ANXIETY AND UNCERTAINTY,
NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK THAT HAS AFFECTED OUR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
AND SCHOLARS, BUT ALSO BECAUSE OF POLITICAL TENSION THAT HAS BEEN UNPRECEDENTED IN RECENT
TIMES. SO, PERHAPS, THIS IS AN ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT TIME FOR US TO MEDITATE ON A GREAT
UNIVERSITY, GUIDED BY VALUES OF EQUITY AND INCLUSION IN PROVIDING AN EDUCATION THAT IS
EXCELLENT AND ACCESSIBLE, AND IS AN ENGINE OF DISCOVERY OF HOPE. WE, THIS ROOM AND THIS
UNIVERSITY, OCCUPY A VERY SPECIAL PLACE. AND, A VERY SPECIAL OBLIGATION TO OUR SOCIETY.
THIS CAN FEEL LIKE A BURDEN AT TIMES. THERE IS ALSO A GREAT PRIVILEGE. IN MANY CASES,
WE REPRESENT THE BEST PATH TO A BETTER FUTURE FOR OUR STUDENTS AND FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND
FOR THE WORLD. AS WE DOUBLED DOWN ON THIS OBLIGATION IN TROUBLED TIMES, LET US ALSO
RECALL THE KINDNESS AND TOLERANCE AND UNDERSTANDING, STILL GO A LONG WAY IN THIS WORLD. WE WILL
MAKE MISTAKES. WE WILL ALWAYS FALL SHORT OF OUR ASPIRATIONS. BUT, WE WILL ALSO BENEFIT
FROM EACH OTHER’S CARE AND SUPPORT AND GOODWILL. NOW, LET’S GET DOWN TO BUSINESS. WHEN PRESIDENT
ANA MARI CAUCE SPEAKS AT HER STATE IN THE UNIVERSITY , IT’S A MORE OUTWARD LOOKING
SPEECH, THE PROVOST IS MORE OF THE PLUMBER AND A LITTLE BIT MORE INWARD LOOKING. WE ARE
GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE PLUMBING TODAY. FIRST, I AM GOING TO TALK ABOUT CORE INVESTMENTS
IN THE UNIVERSITY, ON SEVERAL FRONTS, PERHAPS NOT COMPREHENSIVE, BUT AT LEAST REPRESENTATIVE.
THESE INVESTMENTS ARE MEANS TO AN END. WE ARE TRYING TO BE A GREAT UNIVERSITY BY OUR
PRESIDENT’S COMMAND, THE GREATEST UNIVERSITY AS MEASURED BY IMPACT AND WE HAVE A LOT OF
WORK TO DO. WE HAVE A LOT OF CHALLENGES. FIRST OF ALL, WE INVEST IN TALENT AND IN PEOPLE.
WE HAVE, ESPECIALLY IN LEADERSHIP, IN THE PAST YEAR WE HAVE HIRED SOME FABULOUS LEADERS
FOR THIS CAMPUS. JOY WILLIAMSON-LOTT IS OUR NEW DEAN FOR THE GRADUATE SCHOOL. NANCY ALBRITTON
IS OUR NEW DEAN FOR THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, FRANK HODGE IS OUR NEW DEAN FOR THE FOSTER
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, AND GARY CHIODO IS OUR NEW DEAN FOR THE SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY. IF I
CAN STEP ASIDE AS A FORMER DEAN OF MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES SOMEWHERE ELSE, I WANT TO NOTE THAT
OUR DEAN FOR NATURAL SCIENCES, OUR DIRECTOR FOR CSE AND OUR DEAN FOR ENGINEERING ARE ALL
WOMEN. I DON’T KNOW OF ANY OTHER RESEARCH UNIVERSITY IN THE COUNTRY AT THE STATURE CAN
SAY THAT, AND WE ARE REALLY HAPPY ABOUT IT. [ APPLAUSE ] WE ALSO HAVE A SEARCH UNDERWAY FOR AN INSPIRING
DEAN FOR THE EVANS SCHOOL. WE ALSO JUST RECENTLY APPOINTED FRANCOIS BANEYX FROM CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
AS OUR NEW VICE PROVOST FOR INNOVATION AND DIRECTOR FOR COMOTION. WE HAVE ESTABLISHED
UNDER FRANCOIS BANEYX LEADERSHIP AND OTHERS A NEW LEADERSHIP ROUNDTABLE AND BRINGING TOGETHER
BUSINESS LEADERS, VENTURE CAPITALISTS ETC. TO OPTIMIZE OUR TECH TRANSFER AND GENERAL
INNOVATION SYSTEM. AND WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS CAMPUS, THERE WILL BE LOTS OF OPPORTUNITY
THERE AS WELL. WE ALL RECOGNIZE THAT THE COST OF LIVING IN
SEATTLE HAS INCREASED MORE RAPIDLY THAN THE COST OF LIVING IN THE COUNTRY AS A WHOLE.
AND YET, OUR RESOURCES HAVE NOT. TO THE EXTENT THAT WE ARE ABLE TO PAY FACULTY AND STAFF,
THEY TRACK WHAT WE ARE ALLOWED TO DO WITH TUITION, WHAT THE STATE PROVIDES. IT DOES
NOT MATCH. THAT PROVIDES A TERRIFIC CHALLENGE TO US. ONE AREA WHERE WE HAVE MADE SOME PROGRESS
IS THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR WE HAVE HAD A HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR ATTRACTING YOUNG FACULTY
TO CAMPUS. WE CAN’T DO THIS FOR EVERYBODY, BUT CERTAINLY IF YOU ARE A JUNIOR FACULTY
MEMBER TRYING TO MOVE INTO THIS ENVIRONMENT AND PROVIDE A HOME FOR YOUR FAMILY, THIS IS
SOMETHING WE REALLY FEEL LIKE WE HAVE TO DO, NOT JUST BECAUSE IT IS THE RIGHT THING, BUT
TO KEEP US COMPETITIVE. WE HAVE MADE SEVERAL OF THESE AWARDS THE PAST YEAR. I THINK THE
DEAN’S HAVE FOUND THEM TO BE QUITE VALUABLE IN HELPING US ATTRACT THE BEST FACULTY TO
CONTINUE COMING HERE, DESPITE THESE CHALLENGES. THE WEST CAMPUS DEVELOPMENT PLAN, BASICALLY
APPROVED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE, WITH SOME HOOKS I WILL TALK ABOUT LATER, ALSO PROVIDES
THE OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO BEGIN CONTEMPLATING AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR OUR FACULTY, STUDENTS,
STAFF ETC. THAT IS SOMETHING I THINK WE HAVE TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN THE FUTURE. I ALSO WANT TO MENTION THAT OUR ACADEMIC SENATE
HAS BEEN BUSY. WE HAVE NOW OFFICIALLY, OR ARE ABOUT TO KNOW OFFICIALLY, ELEVATE THE
STATUS OF OUR LECTURERS TO THE TITLE OF TEACHING PROFESSORS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON.
GO AHEAD AND CLAP. [ APPLAUSE ] THIS ADDRESSES ISSUES OF EQUITY AND PROFESSIONALISM
AND OUR COMMITMENT TO TEACHING AND OBVIOUSLY THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THESE WONDERFUL PEOPLE
TO OUR INSTITUTION. JOY SET ME UP TO TALK ABOUT GRADUATES COURSE, I WON’T SPEND TOO
MUCH OF MY TIME ON THAT. BUT, WE HAVE MADE NEW EFFORTS TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR GRADUATE
STUDENTS, ESPECIALLY PHD STUDENTS, WHO IN MANY CASES ARE IN THE MOST OF NEED. THIS IS
OBVIOUSLY TO INCREASE THE ATTRACTIVENESS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON. THESE TYPES
OF FUNDS ALSO, AS ANY OF US IN THE RECRUITING BUSINESS, THEY INCREASE THE DIVERSITY, OUR
ABILITY TO RECRUIT A DIVERSE POOL OF GRADUATE STUDENTS. WE HAVE FRANKLY BEEN QUITE BEHIND
OUR PEER INSTITUTIONS. I WILL JUST PUT IT IN DIRECT PERSPECTIVE, UP UNTIL THIS PAST
YEAR, WE HAVE HAD, IN ADDITION TO ARCS, WE ONLY HAD 3 1/2 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR GOING
INTO DISCRETIONARY SUPPORT FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS. OUR COMPETITORS TYPICALLY PUT $20-$30 MILLION
A YEAR INTO THIS. WE HAVE INCREASED THIS BY ABOUT 7 MILLION A YEAR WITH A COMBINATION
OF INSTITUTIONAL FUNDS AND MATCHING. JOY IS IN CHARGE OF THIS. WE ARE SEEKING FEEDBACK
ON HOW THIS IS WORKING AND HOW TO MAKE IT BETTER. I THINK THE RESULTS WILL COME THROUGH. SO, THE DIFFICULT CHALLENGE AMONG MANY, WE
HAVE OVER $2 BILLION OF DEFERRED MAINTENANCE LYING AROUND ON THIS CAMPUS. WE HAVE A LOT
OF NICE BUILDINGS THAT HAVE BEEN RENOVATED. WE HAVE MORE BUILDINGS THAT ARE WAY OVERDUE.
AND, WE HAVE A CHALLENGE THAT IS REALLY A RESPONSIBILITY IN TERMS OF WHAT IS THIS UNIVERSITY
GOING TO LOOK LIKE 10-20-30 YEARS FROM NOW, WHAT DO WE LEAVE TO THE STATE OF WASHINGTON
FUTURE GENERATIONS? YOU WILL SEE THAT THERE IS LOTS OF VISIBLE PROGRESS. WE WILL OPEN
THE NEW POPULATION OF HEALTH BUILDING THIS FALL. WE JUST OPENED A NEW COMPUTER SCIENCE
BUILDING, WE WILL ONE A MAJOR ARCHITECTURAL AWARD. IT IS THE SECOND TIME IN A ROW WE HAVE
WON THAT AWARD. THE OTHER AWARD IS FOR THE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES BUILDING WHICH WE OPENED
RECENTLY AS WELL. WE ARE ABOUT TO OPEN OAK HALL, A NEW RESIDENCE HALL WHICH COMPLETES
THE 10 YEAR STUDENT RESIDENCE RENEWAL PROJECT OR MASTER PLAN. THESE INVOLVE CHOICES. THE
CAPITAL INVESTMENT, OR THE DEBT CAPACITY THAT WENT INTO FINANCING OUR RESIDENCE HALLS IS
DEBT CAPACITY WE COULD USE ELSEWHERE. WE ARE VERY LIMITED IN THAT REGARD.>>…INVESTMENTS OF $650 MILLION DOLLARS
IN THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY ALONE. THAT’S A UW ENDOWMENT, $650 MILLION>>CAN WE SAVE THIS FOR QUESTIONS AT THE END,
PLEASE? YOU WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THAT. IN ADDITION TO OAK HALL –>>THE VERY IMPORTANT WORK OF GABRIELLA –>>YOU ARE INTERRUPTING MY CHANCE TO SPEAK.
THERE IS A QUESTION AND ANSWER PERIOD AT THE END AND I INVITE YOU TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF
THAT. OAK HALL WILL BE OPEN TO STUDENTS IN THE FALL, HAGGETT HALL WILL BE CLOSED AND
CONDEMNED. IT IS A MAJOR SEISMIC HAZARD THAT WE ARE HAPPY TO BE RID OF. THERE MAY BE A
REPLACEMENT SOMEDAY, BUT THAT IS NOT CLEAR. WE ARE RENOVATING EAGLESON HALL FOR OUR SPEECH
AND HEARING. WE HAVE PROJECTS IN THE WORKS THAT ARE ON THE DRAWING BOARDS TO EVENTUALLY
ADDRESS MILLER HALL, ANDERSON HALL AND BAGLEY HALL IN THE FUTURE. BOTHELL HAS JUST RECEIVED
FUNDING FOR A NEW STEM BUILDING, JOINT WITH THE CASCADIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, WHICH IS ABOUT
TO START CONSTRUCTION SOON. AND TACOMA IS IN PLANNING PHASES FOR MILLGUARD HALL WHICH
WILL HOUSE BOTH BUSINESS AND ENGINEERING AND IT IS IN THE DESIGN PHASE. SO WE HAVE, THERE
IS GOING TO BE A LOT OF ACTIVITY HERE IN TERMS OF CONSTRUCTION. I WILL TELL YOU THIS, ALSO,
WE CAN DO A LOT BETTER JOB OF PLANNING THIS CONSTRUCTION, AND WITH OUR VICE PRESIDENT
OF FACILITIES, WE ARE WORKING HARD TO GET A LONGER-RANGE OUTLOOK OF HOW WE GO ABOUT
THESE PROJECTS AND HOW WE FUND THEM. I THINK IT IS NO DOUBT WE WILL BE TRAINING MORE OF
OUR ATTENTION ON RESTORATION THAN NEW CONSTRUCTION. WE ARE NOT SLATED TO GROW A LOT IN THE NEXT
DECADE OR SO IN TERMS OF STUDENT CAPACITY. IN MY OPINION, WE HAVE A LOT OF SPACE ON CAMPUS.
NOT ALL OF IT IS WELL UTILIZED. WE HAVE A LOT OF BEAUTIFUL BUILDINGS, SOME OF THEM OLD,
THAT NEED A LOT OF ATTENTION IN ADDITION TO SEISMIC UPGRADES AND BASIC SAFETY. I DO THINK
THAT YOU ARE GOING TO SEE A CHANGE IN EMPHASIS AS WE GO FORWARD FROM A LOT OF THE NEW CONSTRUCTION
GOING ON NOW AND CONSTRUCTION THAT WILL BE ACTIVELY TAKING PLACE. I ALSO SHOULD HAVE
MENTIONED THE TWO OTHER NEW BUILDINGS, JUST TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF HOW MUCH TRANSITION
WE ARE SEEING. WE HAVE NEW LARGELY STATE-FUNDED BUILDINGS FOR OUR INTERDISCIPLINARY ENGINEERING
SCIENCE, AND ALSO FOR OUR HEALTH SCIENCES EDUCATION, WHICH THEY WILL ADD A LOT OF CAPACITY
AND EXCELLENT TEACHING AND RESEARCH BASES AND SO FORTH. WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO
ON THE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THIS CAMPUS. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, I WANT TO MENTION THAT
WE ARE UNDERTAKING A PROJECT TO RESTORE THE MUSIC AND ART BUILDINGS TO HIGHER FUNCTION
AND BETTER CAPACITY FOR THEIR GOOD WORK. I AM REALLY HAPPY TO HAVE THE GAMELAN REMIND
YOU OF THE FACT THAT IN MY OPINION, AND I’M SURE MANY PEOPLE FEEL THE SAME WAY, WHAT IS
A GREAT UNIVERSITY WITHOUT GREAT ARTS, WITHOUT STUDENTS THAT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE
IN ARTS AND IN BE ENRICHED BY THEM WHETHER THEY ARE ENGINEERS, SOCIOLOGISTS OR MATHEMATICIANS.
WE ARE ANTICIPATING A $12 OR MAYBE $14 MILLION PROJECT THAT WILL RESTORE MANY FACILITIES
IN ART AND MUSIC. THIS INVOLVES 2-1 MATCHING, MAYBE NOT IN THE RATIO YOU ARE THINKING. THIS
IS TWO PARTS, UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE AND ONE PART DONOR. IF THERE IS ANYONE IN HERE THAT
FINDS THAT ATTRACTIVE PROPOSITION, CATHERINE COLE, OUR DEAN FOR THE DIVISION OF HUMANITIES
IS RIGHT HERE, DIVISION OF ARTS, EXCUSE ME, IS RIGHT HERE AND SHE WILL SIGN YOU UP. WE
ARE EXCITED ABOUT THIS. I DON’T THINK CATHERINE WOULD MIND MY SAYING $12 MILLION GOES A LONG
WAY IN THE ARTS. WE ARE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT BEING ABLE TO UNDERTAKE THIS PROJECT AS WELL. ANOTHER MAJOR PROJECT IS FINANCE TRANSFORMATION.
THIS IS THE MOST UNGLAMOROUS THING YOU CAN IMAGINE US PUTTING OUR RESOURCES INTO. LET
ME ASK YOU A QUESTION, I WANT A SHOW OF HANDS. HOW MANY OF YOU KNOW HOW TO PROGRAM IN COBOL?
YOU ARE HIRED. OUR SYSTEM WAS WRITTEN IN 1974 IN COBOL. I KNOW HOW TO PROGRAM COBOL, TOO,
I HATE TO ADMIT. PEOPLE WHO KNOW HOW TO DO THAT ARE EITHER PASSED AWAY OR RETIRED. WE
WILL HAVE TO SKIP SEVERAL GENERATIONS OF FINANCIAL TOOLS TO RUN THIS UNIVERSITY PROPERLY AND
PUT IT ON A BETTER FINANCIAL BASIS, JUST SO WE CAN UNDERSTAND OUR OWN BUDGETS, OUR OWN
SPENDING AND OPTIMIZE WHAT WE ARE DOING. THIS IS A $270 MILLION PROJECT. IT IS THE COST
OF A VERY LARGE BUILDING IF YOU WANT TO THINK OF IT THAT WAY. WE ARE NOT THE ONLY UNIVERSITY
IN THE COUNTRY UNDERTAKING THIS. WE HAVE PARTNERS WITH OHIO STATE AND A NUMBER OF OTHER UNIVERSITIES
WHO ARE GOING THROUGH THIS. WE WENT THROUGH THIS WHEN I WAS AT BERKELEY, IT WAS NOT FUN.
THERE IS NOTHING ABOUT THIS THAT WILL BE FUN. I AM GOING TO TELL YOU RIGHT NOW, THIS IS
GOING TO BE PAINFULLY HARD. IT IS NOT JUST OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEMS GOING TO WORK IN A CLOUD
SYSTEM THAT WE ARE GOING TO CHANGE, WE HAVE TO CHANGE THE WAY WE WORK. THIS INVOLVES A
LOT OF RESTRUCTURING OF OUR PROCESSES, OUR BUSINESS PROCESSES ON THE CAMPUS. THAT IS
THE HARDEST PART IS REDOING THE CHART OF ACCOUNTS AND FIGURING OUT HOW PEOPLE CAN WORK BETTER,
SMARTER AND HOW WE CAN IMPROVE THEIR SKILLS IN THIS PROCESS. BRIAN McCARTNEY, OUR VICE
PRESIDENT FOR FINANCE IS IN CHARGE OF THIS OPERATION. WE WISH HIM LUCK AND GIVE HIM ALL
THE HELP AND SUPPORT. I DO NOT WANT TO PAINT ANY ROSY PICTURE HERE, THIS IS GOING TO BE
A HUGE CHALLENGE FOR THE UNIVERSITY FOR THE NEXT TWO OR THREE YEARS. IF WE DO NOT DO IT,
WE ARE SUNK. WE HAVE TO DO THIS, THERE IS NO CHOICE ABOUT DOING SOMETHING LIKE THIS.
ONE MIGHT SAY WE ARE TWO DECADES BEHIND THE CURVE ON DOING IT. IN THE PAST YEAR, KIND OF ON THE SIDE OF STUDENT
ACCESS AND ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, OVER 70% OF OUR INCOMING STUDENTS ARE WASHINGTON STATE
RESIDENTS ACROSS THE CAMPUSES. WE HAVE ENROLLMENT JUST SHY OF 60,000. WE HAVE THE LARGEST NUMBER
OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS FROM THE STATE OF WASHINGTON HERE IN SEATTLE. ABOUT 15% OF OUR
STUDENTS ARE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS. THE ABSOLUTE NUMBERS OF OUR UNDER REPRESENTATIVE MINORITY
STUDENTS ARE AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH AS WELL. WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO THERE. I CAN TELL
YOU A LOT OF WORK IS GOING ON. I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT THE WASHINGTON COLLEGE GRANT PROGRAM
THAT WAS RENAMED RELABELED AND REENERGIZED BY THE LEGISLATOR THIS YEAR IS VERY GOOD FOR
OUR STUDENTS. IT MEANS WE CAN REACH FARTHER UP INTO THE MIDDLE CLASS AND HELP STUDENTS
AFFORD THE TOTAL COST OF GOING TO COLLEGE. I ALSO WANT TO POINT OUT, IN CASE THERE IS
ANY ILLUSION ABOUT THIS, THAT LEGISLATION DOES NOT HELP US PAY OUR BILLS HERE ON THE
CAMPUS AT ALL. IT IS GOOD FOR DEFERRING THE COST OF EDUCATION FOR OUR STUDENTS. IT HAS
HAILED AS A NATIONAL MODEL, THAT IS A GREAT THING. IT DOES NOT ADD TO OUR COFFERS IN TERMS
OF TUITION INCOME, STATE SUPPORT OR WHATEVER. I KNOW THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF CONFUSION ABOUT
WHAT THAT MEANS. I AM SOUNDING LIKE THE GRIM REAPER HERE A LITTLE BIT AT THIS POINT IN
MY TALK BUT, YOU HAVE GOT TO HEAR IT. I HAVE BEEN IMPRESSED SINCE I HAVE CAME TO
THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON AT THE DEGREE OF WHICH THE VALUE OF DIVERSITY HAS BECOME
NOT SOMETHING THAT WE ADD ON AS FIXED TO WHAT WE DO, BUT SOMETHING THAT WE DO INTEGRALLY
WITH EVERYTHING WE DO, FACULTY HIRING, RECRUITING STUDENTS, PROMOTIONS AND ACADEMIC INTERESTS.
I REALLY AM QUITE IMPRESSED. WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO. BUT, THE SPIRIT OF DIVERSITY
PERMEATES THIS UNIVERSITY. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE ALL THE LEADERSHIP AND EVERYONE AT THE UNIVERSITY
FOR MAKING PROGRESS. AS JOY MENTIONED, THE GO-MAP PROJECT OF 50
YEARS IS CENTRAL TO OUR ABILITY TO RECRUIT AND SUSTAIN STUDENTS OF COLOR THROUGH SUCCESSFUL
GRADUATE PROGRAMS. I THINK I AM ALLOWED TO SAY THERE WILL BE A NEW NAME IN APRIL, BUT
WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT IT IS. STAY TUNED! I AM EXCITED TO KNOW WHAT THE NEW NAME WILL
BE. OBVIOUSLY, WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THIS PROGRAM AND THIS REMAINS CENTRAL TO WHAT WE ARE TRYING
TO ACCOMPLISH, ESPECIALLY AT THE GRADUATE LEVEL. MANY OF YOU, I WILL NOT ASK FOR A SHOW
OF HANDS, BUT I AM HOPING ALL OF YOU FILLED OUT YOUR CLIMATE SURVEY THAT WE ASKED YOU
TO DO. THAT SURVEY IS NOW COMPLETE. IT WILL TAKE A WHILE TO ANALYZE THE RESULTS. THEY
WILL BE COMING IN MAY OR SO. ALONG WITH OUR DIVERSITY BLUEPRINT, RACE AND EQUITY INITIATIVE
OF PRESIDENT CAUCE’S, THIS IS GOING TO HELP INFORM WHAT WE DO TO BE A MORE INCLUSIVE CAMPUS
CLIMATE FOR EVERYONE. I WANT TO POINT OUT, IN MY EXPERIENCE WITH SURVEYS OF THIS NATURE,
WHEN YOU HAVE ROBUST RESULTS THAT YOU CAN TAKE TO THE BANK, YOU OFTEN FIND SURPRISES.
YOU FIND THINGS OUT THAT YOU DID NOT KNOW OR THAT YOU DID NOT EXPECT. OFTEN, YOU GET
RESULTS THAT ARE AMBIGUOUS AND FRUSTRATING. I THINK THAT THE WAY THAT WE ABSORB THIS INFORMATION,
THE WAY WE ACT UPON IT REQUIRES A LOT OF THOUGHT. IT IS NOT OVER, JUST GETTING THE RESULT IS
NOT THE END, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE THIS A BETTER UNIVERSITY IN THE LIGHT OF THOSE
RESULTS IS CHALLENGING. WE ALSO, THERE IS NO SECRET WHATSOEVER, WE
SPOKE A LOT ABOUT ANXIETY. WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO, IN TERMS OF ATTENDING TO STUDENT
MENTAL HEALTH AND STUDENT HEALTH IN GENERAL ON THE CAMPUS. WE HAVE TWO TASK FORCES HEAVILY
AT WORK. THEY WILL BE REPORTING OUT VERY SOON ON MENTAL HEALTH AND ON THE HALL HEALTH STUDENT
HEALTH CENTER. THEY ARE IN TIGHT COORDINATION. THEY ARE NOT OFF ON THEIR OWN INDEPENDENTLY.
I WILL TELL YOU THAT PRESIDENT CAUCE AND I, AND THE LEADERSHIP THE OF THE CAMPUS, WE ARE
DETERMINED TO GET A LOT BETTER AND TO UNDERSTAND THE UNDERLYING ANXIETIES AND DIFFICULTIES
THAT OUR STUDENTS ARE HAVING WITH HEALTHCARE IN GENERAL AND PARTICULARLY WITH ISSUES ON
MENTAL HEALTH. WE KNOW THAT WE ARE NOT ISOLATED, EVERY MAJOR UNIVERSITY I KNOW OF IS WRESTLING
WITH THIS AND BEING CONFRONTED WITH AN INCREASE IN SUICIDE, INCREASE IN A WHOLE RANGE OF PROBLEMS.
I DON’T KNOW OF ANYBODY WHO THINKS THEY UNDERSTAND ALL OF THE FORCES GENERATING THIS, BUT IT
IS REAL. WE ARE DETERMINED THAT WE WILL MAKE THIS A BETTER PLACE FOR STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH
AND FOR STUDENT HEALTH IN GENERAL. WE HAVE A LOT OF CHALLENGES IN TERMS OF SOMETIMES
THE GAP BETWEEN WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY THEY WOULD LIKE TO MAJOR IN COMING INTO THE DOOR
HERE, AND WHERE WE HAVE CAPACITY. THERE IS NO SECRET ABOUT WHERE THOSE LIMITATIONS ARE.
IT IS LARGELY IN COMPUTER SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND NATURAL SCIENCES. WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS
THIS YEAR. WE HAVE SOME NEW ADMISSIONS, WE ARE POLICING THOSE POLICIES WITH GREAT VIGOR
TO PRESERVE DIVERSITY IN A PROCESS I THINK THAT MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT ENGINEERING
AND COMPUTER SCIENCE HAVE MANAGED TO DO INCREASE THEIR DIVERSITY WHILE UNDERGOING DIRECT ADMISSIONS
AND THAT’S ACTUALLY HARD. THEY HAVE WORKED VERY HARD ON THAT AND WE APPRECIATE IT VERY
MUCH. WE ARE NOT THERE YET, WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO. I WILL TELL YOU ABOUT SOMETHING
I THINK MAY HELP IN A DIFFERENT KIND OF WAY. THROUGH THE GOOD EFFORTS OF THE TASK FORCE
HEADED BY THE FORMER DIRECTOR OF SCIENCE AND TYLER McCORMICK, WE ARE LIKELY TO SOON HAVE
A DATA SCIENCE MINOR ON THIS CAMPUS THAT IS SPECIFICALLY TAILORED FOR NON-STEM STUDENTS.
WE HAVE DATA SCIENCE MINORS FOR SOME, FOR UNDERGRADUATES AND GRADUATES. THE IDEA THAT
IS ANY STUDENT THAT COMES HERE WITH BASIC HIGH SCHOOL MATH BACKGROUND SHOULD BE ABLE
TO ACQUIRE, USE AND ENJOY THE MODERN AGE OF DIGITAL SCIENCE. WE ARE PROVIDING THE OPPORTUNITY
FOR NON-STEM DEPARTMENTS, MATTERS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES IN PARTICULAR TO HIRE FACULTY WHO
WILL BRING DIGITAL SKILLS, DATA SCIENCE SKILLS TO THEIR TRADITIONAL FIELDS AND WILL BE TEACHING
COURSES THAT WILL ALLOW FOR COURSES FULFILLING THIS MINOR TO BE TAUGHT IN THE MAJOR AREAS
THE STUDENTS ARE PURSUING. I WILL GUARANTEE YOU, HAVING SPOKEN QUITE A BIT TO THE PEOPLE
IN THE INDUSTRY, THAT A PERSON WITH A PHILOSOPHY DEGREE AND A DATA SCIENCE MINOR, OR A SOCIOLOGY
DEGREE AT A DATA SCIENCE MINOR, THEY ARE VERY HIRABLE. FRANKLY, I THINK WE HAVE A LOT OF
STUDENTS COMING HERE BECAUSE THEIR PARENTS OR THE COLLEGE COUNSELORS MAY BE SAYING GET
AN ENGINEERING DEGREE. NOTHING AGAINST ENGINEERING, I HAVE AN ENGINEERING DEGREE MYSELF, NANCY,
SORRY ABOUT THAT. WE DO WANT STUDENTS TO BE ABLE TO PURSUE THEIR PASSIONS AND GET A JOB
AT THE SAME TIME. I AM VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS. I THINK WE ARE CHARTING NEW TERRITORY
HERE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON. THIS WILL BE VALUABLE AND HELP US WITH THIS QUESTION
OF OVERCROWDING IN CERTAIN MAJORS AND SO FORTH, WE’LL SEE HOW IT PLAYS OUT. ONE THING I
KNOW FOR SURE IS THAT HAVING THE OPTION TO GET A DATA SCIENCE MINOR FOR NON-STEM MAJORS
WILL BE A GOOD THING FOR MANY STUDENTS. THE UNIVERSITY CONTINUES TO HAVE MAJOR IMPACT
OF BOTH REGIONALLY IN THE WORLD, OUR TOTAL ECONOMIC IMPACT HERE REGIONALLY IS 15.57,
15.7 BILLION AS OF 2018, ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ABOUT 100,000 JOBS AND OUR ECONOMIC IMPACT
HAS INCREASED BY 55%, JUST IN THE LAST DECADE IN CONSTANT DOLLARS. THE IMPACT OF THIS UNIVERSITY
ON THIS REGION IS MUSHROOMING. WE REALLY SHOULD NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE IMPORTANCE, THE CENTRAL
IMPORTANCE OF THIS UNIVERSITY FOR THE PEOPLE OF WASHINGTON, THE PUGET SOUND REGION AND
REALLY FOR THE COUNTRY. OUR FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN QUITE SUCCESSFUL. WE SET A GOAL OF
5 BILLION. I HAVE BEEN ALLOWED BY OUR DEVELOPMENT PEOPLE TO SAY THAT THAT GOAL IS NOW 6 BILLION
AND WE EXPECT TO REACH IT, THAT’S REALLY QUITE REMARKABLE. HOWEVER, I CAUTION THAT
IN THE BULK OF THAT, THOSE FUNDS OF COURSE ARE DEEPLY APPRECIATED AND IMPORTANT TO WHAT
WE DO IN OUR EXCELLENCE OVERALL, BUT THEY DO NOT ADDRESS THE CORE NEEDS OF THE UNIVERSITY
FOR THE MOST PART, OUR ABILITY TO PAY FACULTY, OUR ABILITY TO PAY STAFF, OUR ABILITY TO MAINTAIN
OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID FOR STUDENTS, A LOT OF THAT
MONEY IS SCHOLARSHIP, BUT IT IS NOT THE STATE, THE WASHINGTON COLLEGE GRANT IS A BIGGER FACTOR.
WE CANNOT REST TOO LIGHTLY ON ACHIEVING THIS MAGNIFICENT GOAL. WITHOUT THOSE FUNDS, WE
WOULD BE IN DEEP TROUBLE AS WELL. I WANT TO MENTION THAT THE CARNEGIE FOUNDATION
THIS PAST YEAR AWARDED ALL THREE CAMPUSES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, CLASSIFICATION
FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGED CAMPUSES, THAT IS NO MEAN ACHIEVEMENT. THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THIS
ROOM, THERE IS ONE PERSON IN PARTICULAR WHO ASKED ME NOT TO MENTION HIS NAME. BUT, THERE
ARE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THIS THAT WE THANK YOU VERY MUCH. IT REALLY REFLECTS
THE UNIVERSITY’S COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE REGION AND REALLY
ANYWHERE FROM SEATTLE CENTRAL DISTRICT TO THE YAKIMA VALLEY, WE ARE COMMITTED TO THIS
IMPACT AND IT IS GROWING. HOW AM I DOING. OKAY. I’VE GOT A FEW MORE THINGS TO MENTION. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IMPRESSES ME THAT IS
MOST IMPRESSIVE ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, COMPARED TO OTHER LARGE STATE RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES,
IS THE LEVEL OF ENGAGEMENT OF OUR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS IN RESEARCH. IT IS REALLY QUITE PHENOMENAL.
THE MARY GATES ENDOWMENT IS A LARGE PART OF THIS, WHAT GOES ON IN UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC
AFFAIRS, BUT WE HAVE THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS EVERY YEAR WHO ARE ENGAGED IN RESEARCH. EVERYTHING
FROM A BOTHELL STUDENTS GOING TO MT ST HELENS, AND EXAMINING THE RESTORATION OF PLANT LIFE,
AFTER THE VOLCANO. I HAVE TO SAY THAT BECAUSE I AM A GEOPHYSICIST. I LIKE DEATH AND DESTRUCTION
BUT I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT DINOSAURS TODAY. AND, THEN WE HAVE THE TACOMA WHOLE CHILD INITIATIVE,
WHICH IS AN INCREDIBLY SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITY OUTREACH RESEARCH-BASED PROJECT, WHERE IN
WHEN PARTNERING WITH THE TACOMA SCHOOL DISTRICT, K-12 STUDENTS OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS, THE
GRADUATION RATES HAVE RISEN FROM 55% TO 90% AND THAT IS NO SMALL PART DUE TO THE ENGAGEMENT
OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON TACOMA CAMPUS WITH THE COMMUNITY OF TACOMA. OUR HEALTH SCIENCES ENTERPRISE HERE IS REMARKABLE.
WE HAVE SIX HEALTH SCIENCES SCHOOLS AND AS I MENTIONED, THOSE DEAN’S, THE SIX DEAN’S,
I REALLY WANT TO TAKE MY HAT OFF TO THEM. THEY CAME TOGETHER IN A WAY THAT WAS NOT OBVIOUS
AT THE BEGINNING, TO DEVELOP A PLAN FOR NEW HEALTH SCIENCES EDUCATION BUILDING ON THE
SOUTH SIDE OF PACIFIC AVENUE, THAT WILL INTEGRATE HEALTH SCIENCES INSTRUCTION, MODERNIZE IT,
OR THE ANATOMY LAB WHICH IS DESPERATELY NEEDED AS WELL. ALONG WITH THIS, OF COURSE, IS THE
POPULATION HEALTH INITIATIVE IN THE POPULATION HEALTH BUILDINGS. OBVIOUSLY, THE GATES FOUNDATION
PLAYED A HUGE ROLE IN THIS. AS THE WORLD’S LEADING FOUNDATION FOCUSED IN ON THIS AREA,
THEY HAD GIVEN US A HUGE VOTE OF CONFIDENCE. WE HAVE TO DELIVER. I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE
DEANS AND THE FACULTY AND THE STUDENTS ARE ANTICIPATING THE OPENING OF THE BUILDING IN
OCTOBER. WE PLAN TO BE THE WORLD’S LEADING INSTITUTION IN THIS BROAD AREA OF POPULATION
HEALTH. I THINK WE ARE ON OUR WAY TO DOING THAT. YOU WILL SEE FANTASTIC THINGS COME.
FIRST OF ALL, I SHOULD MENTION THAT THE INITIATIVE IS BEING LARGELY BUILT AROUND SOMETHING MANY
OF YOU MAY KNOW ABOUT, THE UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS, ALSO KNOWN
AS THE SDG’S. AND, A PROJECT THAT IS ABOUT TO BE LAUNCHED IS A PROJECT ON THE TOPIC,
PERHAPS EUPHEMISTICALLY KNOWN AS VACCINE HESITATION, AND THE NEED FOR VALID PUBLIC INFORMATION
TO MAKE POPULATION HEALTH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON THE GO-TO SITE IN THE WORLD
FOR INFORMATION FOR PRACTITIONERS OF PUBLIC POLICY, PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY FOR TEACHERS,
FOR GOVERNMENT POLICYMAKERS, ETC. THIS IS THE KIND OF IMPACT WE ARE LOOKING FOR. WE
ARE ALSO ENORMOUSLY EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW CENTER FOR AN INFORMED PUBLIC, WHICH IS ROOTED
IN THE E-SCIENCE INSTITUTE AND THE DATA SCIENCE, EXCUSE ME, THE SCHOOL OF INFORMATION. BUT
REALLY TOUCHES EVERYTHING FROM THE LAW SCHOOL TO COMPUTER SCIENCE TO STATISTICS, I AM LEAVING
OUT A LOT OF DEPARTMENTS OBVIOUSLY, PHILOSOPHY, ANTHROPOLOGY, I DO NOT HAVE TO TELL YOU WE
ARE IN A CRISIS OF TRUTH IN THE WORLD BROUGHT ON BY PRESSURES OF THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION.
THIS INITIATIVE FUNDED BY THE KNIGHT FOUNDATION, WHICH IS A JOURNALISM SUPPORT FOUNDATION,
LARGELY, IS GETTING ENORMOUS TRACTION. I HEAR ABOUT THIS FROM MANY DIFFERENT PLACES OUTSIDE
THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON AS I TRAVEL AROUND. MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT MICROSOFT IS KEENLY
INTERESTED IN THIS IN WANTING TO BE A GOOD COMPANY AND TO HAVE THE INFORMATION-AGE MORE
ROOTED IN MORALITY AND ETHICS THAN PERHAPS IT IS RIGHT NOW. WE ARE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT
THAT INITIATIVE. LASTLY, I WANT TO MENTION WE ARE GETTING UNDERWAY
WITH EARTH LAB IN MY OWN COLLEGE, THE COLLEGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT. THIS IS IN PART OF THE
RESEARCH ENGINE COMMUNITY CATALYST AND ITS WILL ENERGIZE THE PRIVATE SECTOR, THE NONPROFIT
COMMUNITY LEADERS, AND TOWARD SCIENCE-BASED SOLUTIONS TO HELP US SAVE THIS PLANET. AND,
MORE TO THE POINT, TO PRESERVE THE ENVIRONMENT WE ARE ACCUSTOMED TO LIVING IN. THE UNIVERSITY
OF WASHINGTON HAS ALWAYS BEEN A LEADER IN THIS AREA. THE WEST CAMPUS DEVELOPMENT MAY
PROVIDE NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN THIS REGARD. THIS IS CLOSE TO HOME AND WE ARE PROUD OF
THIS AS WELL. THERE IS A LOT GOING ON HERE. I HAVE NOT TALKED
ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS MANY OF YOU ARE PROBABLY CONCERNED ABOUT. I KNOW YOU WANT TO GO HOME
AT SOME POINT. I DID WANT TO GIVE YOU THE SENSE THAT IN A UNIVERSITY LIKE THIS, WE HAVE
A LOT OF EXPECTATIONS ON OUR SHOULDERS. WE ARE VERY LIMITED IN THE RESOURCES THAT WE
HAVE, EXCEPT FOR THE MOST IMPORTANT RESOURCE WE HAVE, WHICH IS PEOPLE. IN THE FACULTY,
STAFF, STUDENTS AND ALUMNI IN THIS UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY ARE AMAZING. PRESIDENT CAUCE AND
I WAKE UP EVERY MORNING AND ASK OURSELVES HOW DO WE KEEP DOING THIS. WE KIND OF KNOW
ALL TOO WELL JUST HOW ON THE EDGE WE ARE WHEN IT COMES TO KEEPING THE LIGHTS ON AND KEEPING
THE VARIOUS CONSTITUENCIES. ALL OF THEM HAVE IMPORTANT ARGUMENTS FOR WHY THEY NEED MORE
RESOURCES AND SO FORTH. I AM PROUD TO BE PART OF THIS UNIVERSITY, AN AWFUL LOT OF WHAT I
TALKED ABOUT HERE HAD TO DO WITH INTERDISCIPLINARY WORK ACROSS ALL FIELDS. EVERYTHING FROM MUSIC
TO COMPUTER SCIENCE, ETC. I JUST WANT TO END ON A QUICK NOTE, POINTING OUT, WE JUST AWARDED
THE THREE UNDERGRADUATE MEDALISTS FOR THE UNIVERSITY LAST WEEK AND I JUST WANT TO POINT
OUT, PIPER COYNER IS A FRESHMAN STUDYING NEAR EASTERN LANGUAGES AND CINEMA. AND LOUIS PATSAWEE
MALIYAM IS FROM THAILAND. HE IS A SOPHOMORE WHO IS GOING TO GET DEGREES IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
AND DANCE. AND RENEE ZHANG IS A JUNIOR FROM OREGON. SHE IS PURSUING DUAL DEGREES IN MEDICINE
AND MUSIC. I DON’T THINK I CAN EXPRESS TO YOU MORE CLEARLY THE MAGIC OF THIS UNIVERSITY,
THE RANGE OF OPPORTUNITY, DISCOVERY, INTELLECTUAL ADVENTURE, LITERALLY A UNIVERSITY THAT BRINGS
THE WHOLE WORLD TO OUR STUDENTS, AND EVENTUALLY SENDS OUR STUDENTS OUT INTO THE WORLD. THAT
IS WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO. WE ARE IMPERFECT BUT WE ARE TRYING TO GET BETTER. THANK YOU
VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ] I THINK PHIL REID WILL SHEPHERD THE QUESTION
PERIOD HERE AND I WILL DO MY BEST NOT TO STUMBLE IN ANSWERING THEM.>>GREAT. THANK YOU MARK. THANK YOU FOR COMING.
WE HAVE ABOUT 8 MINUTES FOR QUESTIONS. IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION, RAISE YOUR HAND AND A
MICROPHONE WILL BE BROUGHT TO YOU. IF YOU COULD GIVE US YOUR NAME AND YOUR AFFILIATION,
YOUR ACADEMIC UNIT, THAT WOULD BE GREAT. IF WE DON’T GIVE YOUR QUESTION, YOU CAN SEND
IT TO [email protected] AND YOU WILL RECEIVE AN ANSWER IN AN EMAIL. WE HAVE A RECEPTION
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE Q&A SESSION OUTSIDE THE DOORS OF THIS ROOM. WE ENCOURAGE EVERYBODY
TO COME ATTEND. LET’S START WITH IF WE CAN GET A MICROPHONE, WHILE WE DO THAT, I WANT
TO START WITH ONLINE QUESTION SOMEONE SUBMITTED IN ADVANCE. THIS HAS TO DO WITH SAFETY MARK.
BASICALLY, THERE SEEMS TO BE AN INCREASE IN VIOLENT CRIME AROUND THE CAMPUS AND THE U
DISTRICT. WE USED TO GET ALERTS ABOUT CELL PHONES AND BACKPACKS BEING GRABBED AT 3AM,
NOW WE GET FREQUENT ALERTS ABOUT SUSPECTS COMMITTING CRIMES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY,
CAN YOU SHARE WITH US WHAT THE LEADERSHIP AT THE UW IS DOING TO ADDRESS THE VIOLENT
CRIME IN OUR AREA?>>I UNDERSTAND THE QUESTION, I APPRECIATE
IT AND WORRY ABOUT IT A LOT. OBVIOUSLY, THE SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS AND PERSONNEL IS THE
FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS AROUND HERE. WE DO NOT CONTROL POLICING IN THE U DISTRICT. UWPD
COOPERATES EXTENSIVELY WITH SEATTLE PD, BUT IT IS THE TERRITORY THAT IS OWNED IF YOU WILL
BY SEATTLE PD. STRANGELY, I’M NOT GOING TO DEFEND THE STATEMENT, SEATTLE PD SAYS IN THE
LAST YEAR VIOLENT CRIME HAS DECREASED IN THE U DISTRICT. PERSONAL PROPERTY CRIME HAS PROBABLY
INCREASED, AND THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE SENSE OF PERSONAL SAFETY IN THE U DISTRICT
HAS BEEN DIMINISHED. OUR VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT LIFE, DENZIL SUITE, TO WHOM UW PD
REPORTS IS IN CONSTANT CONTACT WITH SEATTLE PD. SEATTLE PD IS HAVING A HARD TIME RECRUITING
OFFICERS AT ALL IS MY UNDERSTANDING. THERE IS A LOT OF ATTENTION TO THIS. I DON’T THINK
THAT WILL BE QUICK COMFORT TO ANYBODY IN THIS ROOM. I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT PRESIDENT CAUCE
AND I, AND DENZIL IN PARTICULAR ARE REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT THIS. WE ARE DOING OUR BEST
TO HOLD SEATTLE PD’S TOES TO THE FIRE AND THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES. THERE IS THE PROBLEM
THAT IF YOU HAVE A FEW BLOCKS HERE WERE YOU HAVE FIXED THE PROBLEM FOR A WHILE, IT TENDS
TO MOVE ELSEWHERE. I AM NOT BLAMING SEATTLE PD, BUT THIS IS A REALLY CHALLENGING PROBLEM.
WE ARE ABSOLUTELY COMMITTED TO MAKING IT BETTER.>>NEXT QUESTION WE HAVE RIGHT HERE PLEASE.>>HI. I’M KEISHA CLUNE, I AM A RESIDENT
PHYSICIAN HERE, PART OF THE GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. ME AND MY COLLEAGUES
ARE CONCERNED ABOUT RECRUITING THE NEXT CLASS OF RESIDENT PHYSICIANS, SOMETHING THAT WE
DO EVERY YEAR. WE WANT TO RECRUIT TALENTED AND DIVERSE RESIDENTS. GIVEN THAT OUR CONTRACTS
ARE SIGNIFICANTLY LAGGING BEHIND OUR PEER INSTITUTIONS IN ISSUES LIKE COMPENSATION,
LEAVE TIME AND OTHER WELLNESS INITIATIVES, WE ARE SEEING OUR RECRUITMENT METRICS GO DOWN
ANNUALLY. WE ALSO FIND THAT THERE ARE DECADES OF RESEARCH ON THIS, THAT A MORE DIVERSE GROUP
OF DOCTORS DELIVERS BETTER CARE TO THEIR COMMUNITY. THE RESIDENT FOR PHYSICIANS AT UW MAKE UP
20% OF THE DOCTORS IN KING COUNTY. WE ARE FINDING THAT THIS ISSUE IS NOT ONLY ONE OF
RECRUITING DIVERSE CANDIDATES TO OUR INSTITUTION, BUT ONE OF THE HEALTH OF OUR COMMUNITY. WHAT
IS UW DOING TO ADDRESS THIS DISPARITY?>>THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTION. WE ARE KEENLY
AWARE OF THOSE CONCERNS AND THEY ARE PRIMARILY IN THE BALLPARK OF UW MEDICINE MEDICAL SCHOOL.
BECAUSE THERE ARE ACTIVE NEGOTIATIONS ABOUT THE SUBJECTS YOU BRING UP, I CANNOT COMMENT
ANY FURTHER, EXCEPT TO SAY WE ARE VERY AWARE AND CONCERNED AND WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT.
I AM MARRIED TO SOMEONE WHO USED TO BE A MEDICAL RESIDENT. I UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT IS LIKE.
THE ROLE OF RESIDENTS IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL IN A TEACHING HOSPITAL SCENARIO. I HOPE THAT
WE CAN REACH A RESOLUTION I THINK, THAT THERE IS A HOPE FOR RESOLUTION IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.
I REALLY CANNOT COMMENT ON THINGS THAT ARE ACTIVELY IN NEGOTIATION.>>MY NAME IS WENDY ASPLUND, I WORK IN INTERNATIONAL
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAMS AND CONTINUING COLLEGE, I AM A FACULTY MEMBER THERE ON A SMALL FACULTY
THAT TEACH ENGLISH-LANGUAGE PROGRAMS TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS HERE ON THIS CAMPUS, INCLUDING INTERNATIONAL
TEACHING ASSISTANTS. WE ARE AT A CROSSROADS, WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT OUR FUTURE IS GOING TO
LOOK LIKE. I WILL JUST LEAVE IT AT THAT. WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW FROM YOU IS WHAT IS YOUR
VIEW, YOUR OPINION, YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT ENGLISH-LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION HERE ON THIS CAMPUS?>>I WILL ANSWER YOU VERY HONESTLY THAT THIS
IS THE REALM OF OUR VICE PROVOST FOR CONTINUING COLLEGE ROBY BRENNAN, HE IS SITTING HERE AND
I AM SURE HE IS HAPPY TO TALK TO ABOUT THIS. I DO NOT HAVE A PARTICULAR FORMED OPINION
ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THAT PROGRAM. I KNOW IT IS A SOURCE OF GREAT CONCERN NOT ONLY TO INSTRUCTORS
BUT TO CONTINUING COLLEGE AS WELL.>>WE HAVE TIME FOR JUST ONE MORE QUESTION.
I POINTED TO YOU FIRST, SIR.>>MY NAME IS LOGAN WESTERMAN, I AM AT THE
LAW SCHOOL WHO IS ALSO THE TREASURER FOR THE STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION. AS THE OTHER QUESTIONS
HAVE NOTED THAT WE ARE, THERE ARE SEVERAL SCHOOLS AROUND HERE WHO ARE HURTING FINANCIALLY,
BUT THE LAW SCHOOL SEEMS TO BE ESPECIALLY ONE OF THOSE, WE HAVE LAID OFF 10 FACULTY
IN THE PAST THREE YEARS, OVER 12 STAFF MEMBERS WERE LET GO LAST YEAR. AND STUDENTS ARE VISIBLY
SEEING THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE DECLINE. FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS, IT IS SAID THAT WE LOOK
LIKE A SINKING SHIP, WHAT IS THE UNIVERSITY DOING TO ADDRESS THIS?>>THANKS FOR THAT QUESTION. I WILL TELL YOU
THOSE QUESTIONS ARE THINGS THAT KEEP A LOT OF US UP AT NIGHT AROUND HERE. THE LAW SCHOOL
IS IN GREAT FINANCIAL DIFFICULTY. WE ARE COMMITTED TO HAVING A GOOD LAW SCHOOL AT THE UNIVERSITY
OF WASHINGTON. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THAT PRIOR TO THE HIRING OF OUR NEW DEAN,
MARIO BARNES, THE LAW SCHOOL WAS SPENDING FAR BEYOND ITS MEANS AND IS IN SERIOUS DEBT
AND THE SITUATION WITH THEIR FINANCES IS SUCH THAT WE HAVE A LOT OF UNCERTAINTY ABOUT EXACTLY
WHERE THEY ARE FINANCIALLY RIGHT NOW. FOR THAT REASON, IT HAS BEEN DIFFICULT TO AUTHORIZE
NEW FACULTY HIRING. AND TO MAINTAIN STAFF. THERE HAS BEEN A STAFF RESTRUCTURING. MY UNDERSTANDING
IS THAT WAS ACCOMPLISHED BY THE PEOPLE, AND MARIO IS OUR LEADER HERE, AND THAT THERE WAS
EVERY EFFORT MADE TO PRESERVE THE FUNCTIONING OF THE STAFF. BUT, THE HARD PART OF THIS IS
THAT IN OUR BUDGETARY SYSTEM ON THIS CAMPUS, UNITS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR BALANCING THEIR
BUDGETS. IN THE FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEM WITH THE LAW SCHOOL IS THAT THEY ARE STILL OUT OF BALANCE
SIGNIFICANTLY. THIS IS A RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CENTRAL CAMPUS BUT ALSO THE RESPONSIBILITY,
NOT ONLY FOR THE DEAN OF THE LAW SCHOOL BUT THE FACULTY OF THE LAW SCHOOL AS WELL. WE
ARE HOPING TO BRING THE BUDGET INTO BALANCE THIS YEAR. THAT IS BY NO MEANS CERTAIN. AND
ALSO GET A BETTER HANDLE ON THE FINANCES. I WANT TO ASSURE YOU THAT MANY HOURS OF WORK
IN THE GOVERNING HALL AS WELL AS IN THE LOSS YOU ARE GOING INTO TRYING TO DETERMINE WHAT
THE FEASIBLE FINANCIAL FUTURE IS FOR THE LAW SCHOOL AND HOW TO SUPPORT IT WELL. WE ARE COMMITTED
TO HAVING AN EXCELLENT LAW SCHOOL.>>THANK YOU MARK. THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING.
RECEPTION IS IN THE BACK. [ APPLAUSE ]

Investing In Real Estate | What You Need To Know

Investing In Real Estate | What You Need To Know


How much do you need to start real
estate investing? That’s kind of a good question. How much do you need? Well, I got
the answer for you. Let’s go. In this video, I’m going to share with you the
best strategies for real estate investing and how to start with almost
any budget, okay? And I mean any budget. Almost like nothing. Number 2, I’m going to
tell you some surprising ways to start investing today and have a check within
about 90 days. That’s always fun. I’ll share with you how to get credit
and money if you find that you need it or if their situation comes up where you
do need that. I’m going to tell you how to get that yourself without using your own.
And then I’m going to tell you how to mark it for free and get paid. So again, how
does take no money and turn it into money. Okay. So, let’s get into it. So, we’re
talking about real estate investing. There are so many strategies that you
can do. So, I’m going to narrow down just a few of them because I want you to know
what it is that you could do with almost any budget. So, we have wholesaling. I know
some of you have heard of it some of you haven’t. The whole selling is when you
find a property at a below market price. You get the person, the seller to sign a
contract with you. And then you assign that contract to someone else for a fee.
Or you mark the price up from and you take the difference. So, I’ll give you a
quick example. You find someone with a property problem. They are behind on
their mortgage and they need to sell. They say, “Okay, I need $80,000.” You know
that the property if you fixed it up is worth $200,000. So, you get the contract
and they sign it they say, “Okay, I’ll buy this house from you for $80,000.” And I’ll
tell you how to do that of course there’s lots of content where I tell you
how to do that legally, this is legal. And make money. So, you sign the contract and
they say, “Okay, I’m ready to go.” Then you market that property to other people at
a higher price or you market it to investors and they pay you a fee. I’ve
done this so much and that is one of the entry-level strategy that many people do
when they start investing in real estate. We also have fix and flip where you buy
properties. You fix them up for a profit and then you sell them or you put a
tenant in the property. We have lease purchase options where you lease
properties and then you lease them to people to pay more than what you’re
paying. Or give you a large down payment and then they’re going to buy the
property. We have options where you partner with the seller. We call this
equity partnering. So, it’s kind of like a twist to fix and flip where we will
partner with the person that owns the property. And we put the money in to
renovate the property and then we split the profits with the seller. So again, we
didn’t have we didn’t need very much money because they already have the
property. So, there’s all of these different strategies in real estate
investing where you can start making money with almost no budget. So now that
you kind of know that there’s all of these different strategies, you don’t
have to own a property to make money. Let’s talk about the next thing. So, now
that you know you don’t need much money and things like that and there’s all
these strategies, the next thing you want to do is start looking on Zillow and
Craigslist, okay? At the time of this video, those are like the best sites for
you that I’m going to be giving you. You want to start looking on Zillow and
Craigslist. And you want to start actually putting your own ads out in
responding to ads because this is a great way to start talking to people and
it doesn’t cost you anything. So, you can put ads on Craigslist. Again, finding
people that have property problems that are in a distressful situation where
they’re behind on their payments or they are getting divorced or they’re going
through a bankruptcy. Or whatever the situation may be. Again, I
have a link to you you know below for a video if you need more. But you market to
these people and try to see if they are wanting to sell, okay? This is pretty easy.
And they’ll raise their hand, they’ll haul on your ads. That’s one way. And,
again completely free. The second thing is you yourself can respond to ads. So, if
people are trying to sell their own home and
don’t have a real estate agent and they’re telling you this is a
handyman special or this is a fixer-upper. Then you know that these are
people that probably you could help. You want to call those people. You want to
respond to those ads. That’s what you want to do. And again, completely free.
Doesn’t cost you a dime. The next thing that you want to do is establish a
business credit and start leveraging some of that, okay? You don’t need any
money necessarily to have business credit. But you do need to have a
business established. So, again, I have a whole video on how to do that. That I’ll
put a link below for you. But it’s pretty easy. It’s not very hard it’s a couple of
simple steps. And I have students though that are getting money in their
businesses name in like 3 to 4 months. They’re getting 10, 20
thousand dollars in their businesses name. And then they’re able to acquire
income producing properties, alright? So, not spending very much money. Yes, in this
case, it’s borrow of money in their businesses name but not in their names
and their business’s name. And then leveraging that business money, that
business funding to acquire income producing properties. This is the key to
this. And this is how you really can do this with almost no budget. So, we’re
talking about starting with almost no money in no budget. I just had a student,
like I said, leverage what we call a PayPal business builder loan. So, right
now, PayPal has lots of money available for startups and smaller companies. And
that you really want to see if you can get in on that. And again, I have a whole
video about that that I’ll share with you. But the key is I had a student,
alright? So, he started with me and my program. And he really didn’t want to
spend his own money. He had money in a 401K. But I always, always, always tell
people I’d rather you not use your own money. Even if you have money, I’d rather
you use other people’s money or just use the money that you have so that other
people will lend you money. Okay? So, that you know like the casino we’re playing
with house money. We’re not using our own money. And so, I had this student I told
him what to do and he went to PayPal. He set up his PayPal business account. He
had a few transactions and in 3 months, they offered him a line
of credit for $10,000, okay? And this was just like a couple of months ago. We’re
just in 2020. So, this has been around. This is growing, this platform
what PayPal is growing where they’re offering entrepreneurs money. And this is
a great way in this year, in this time, in this space. You know, not
stuff people did 20 years ago and all this other stuff to help you now and get
the money that you need now. And without you having to put out a lot of money to
get it. So, the key to this is go ahead, set it up add up. If you need more
information, you can always reach to us below. Again, I always have a free
training for you where I’m giving you more information. I want to make this
video too long. But this is something that you can do pretty easily and I have
students doing every single day using that money and then buying
income-producing properties that’s bringing the money in month after month
after month. You pay the PayPal loan back. Poof! You have a business. Alright, guys.
So, that wraps up this video here. Hopefully you got a lot of great
information you understand how you can invest and now that you don’t need very
much money. And that pretty much with any budget.
There is something available for you in real estate investing. So, I’m going to give
you a quick tip right now. I’m going to send you to this link below. Please, please, PLEASE.
I’m personally inviting you to come to newres.com. Business is offering people
to start with just a few hundred dollars and own a piece of hundreds of think on
producing real estate, okay? We have properties making 2 to 3 hundred
times when an average rental property makes. And people are getting checked
every 3 months with this real estate investment. So, you really want to check
this out. You don’t want to miss this. This is really for anyone with any type of
budget to invest in real estate and start getting paid. Alright. I’ll see
you next time.

Business Blueprint Success Story   Russell Johansen

Business Blueprint Success Story Russell Johansen


Russell Johansson is my name and I run a company called My Paper Cups what we do is we help large corporates marketing whoever would like to be able to brand their product onto a coffee cup then we help them after that when My Paper Cups started I was doing everything I was handling the sales I was handling the operations I was liaison without production manager I was client management and then organising deliveries I recognised very quickly it was never going to grow while I was the person who’s doing everything we really recognise that our skillset wasn’t where it needed to be in order for these businesses to go where we wanted to put
them and needed them to go to so we were looking for a mentor I’m looking for someone who could really build coaches and guide us as to what are the steps that we need to take we needed them able to say this is what you need to be able to do Here’s the resources here’s the tools for you to be able to put that in place you’d be able to enact that and that’s what really appealed to us with Business Blueprint the systems that they had we want it then we could see anyone who had the experience in building those sort of systems you can and could share that with it and communicate that effectively with us or somebody that you want to be involved with so we’ve now got someone who looks after our entire operation side once we got it all down as well all systems outlined in two weeks she was running our show and it’s fantastic! it was just because what that meant is that it freed up my time to be able to actually focus on building the business as opposed to working in the business month on month we’ve had great growth in both revenue and profit which has been
fantastic but more importantly for me what they’ve been able to do is be able
to transform a business that was just taking over my life and the amount of
hours and work that I had to do and be able to implement the systems that
they’ve been able to guide us and coach us on into something that we now have a
business that we operate and we manage as opposed to it managing our lives
now a lot of it runs without me being involved I love that and that that’s
been a really important part for us just to be able to have someone who has done
that already and being able to show you what you need to put in place in order
to be able to do that that’s that’s invaluable where we are now 12 months
from where we were is it’s phenomenal that the change that is happening in the
business is the change that it has been able to impart on our personal
lives and what we were able to do now that’s been fantastic just been having
access to someone who is that smart and that generous with their time to be able
to bounce ideas off them to be able to get their feedback on things that’s
thing that excellent for us as well