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Blinn College

Blinn College is a public community college in Brenham, with additional campuses in Brenham, Bryan and Sealy. While Brenham is Blinn's main campus, with dorms and apartments, more than 65 percent of its students attend the Bryan campus. Blinn was established as Mission Institute in 1884 by the Southern German Conference of the Methodist denomination, it became coeducational in 1888. In 1889, the institute's name was changed to Blinn Memorial College in honor of th Reverend Christian Blinn of New York, who had donated a considerable sum of money to make the school possible. In 1927, the Board of Trustees, under leadership of President Philip Deschner, organized a junior college. In 1930, Blinn merged with Southwestern University of Texas. In 1934, a new charter was procured by the citizens of Brenham, a private nonsectarian junior college was organized as Blinn College with nine regents as the board of control. In February 1937, all connections with Southwestern University and the Methodist denominations were severed.

On June 8, 1937, voters in Washington County levied a property tax for the creation of a public junior college district. Blinn thus became the first county-owned junior college district in Texas; the college continues to operate as one of the largest of some fifty public community college districts in Texas. After some early struggles, the college began to grow and do well under the leadership of Dr. Thomas Morris Spencer, one of the early public junior college pioneers in Texas; when he left the college in 1957 it was on a firm fiscal footing. The Bryan campus was established in 1970, by the early 1980s, a third campus opened in College Station. In 1997, the Villa Maria Road campus opened consolidating the programs that were located in the Townshire Shopping Center in Bryan and the Woodstone Center in College Station; the third Brazos County site, located in the former Bryan post office, continues to house the dental hygiene, radiologic technology, workforce education programs. The original three buildings on the Bryan campuses were expanded to six, in 2002, the former Schulman Theater was purchased and converted to classroom space, known as the College Park Campus.

The Schulenburg campus opened in 1997 and Sealy in 2005. Texas A&M University is constructing a Riverside Campus adjacent to Texas State Highways 47 and 21, it is known as the RELLIS Campus, meaning "Respect", "Excellence", "Leadership", "Loyalty", "Integrity", "Selfless service". Blinn College will maintain a presence at RELLIS to partner with other institutions and organizations. Blinn had planned to establish a new campus off Sandy Point Road and Farm to Market 2818. By joining the RELLIS campus instead, Blinn expects to save from $10 to $12 million. In addition to construction, Blinn officials project a $5.7 million cost for furnishings for the campus. The total projected cost to Blinn will exceed $34 million. Vaughn Construction will spearhead the project. On March 31, 2017, groundbreaking was held for the Blinn College educational building being established at RELLIS. Blinn chief executive officer Mary Hensley at the dedication ceremony said: "Today we celebrate a historic, unprecedented partnership that paves a new path for the future of higher education.

The RELLIS campus denotes that collaboration and a commitment to student achievement." David Sommer, the president of the Blinn trustees, added that the partnership with TAMU could "set the standard for university and community college collaboration."Blinn College offers academic transfer courses and these technical programs: Associate Degree and Vocational Nursing, Surgical Technology, EMS, Physical Therapy Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Radiologic Technology, Fire Science, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Development, Legal Assisting, Real Estate, Computer Information Technology, Information Management, Business. The college offers noncredit, non-transferable workforce education programs. Blinn boasts the highest transfer rate in the state of Texas, sending students to institutions such as Texas A&M University, Sam Houston State University, Texas State University, the University of Texas and the University of Houston, its transfer rate to four-year universities is 49% compared to the state average of 27%.

Blinn transfers more students to Texas A&M University than any other two-year college. Blinn technical students score among the best in the state on licensure exams. Blinn and Texas A&M University established the first co-enrollment program of its kind with the TEAM Program. In 2013, the program was awarded the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Recognition of Excellence, in 2014 it received the THECB Star Award. A 2014 study found that Blinn made a $345.3 million impact in its service area, including $239.5 million in added income by former students employed in the regional workforce, $61.3 million in College operations spending and $44.5 million in student spending. The report found that Blinn has made an impact of $247.4 million in Bryan-College Station, $83 million in Brenham, $11.1 million in Schulenburg and $3.9 million in Sealy. Blinn has been recognized for its community service. In 2011, Blinn received the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Community Engagement Classification, in 2012 it was the only community college in the state of Texas to be named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Each year, Blinn devotes a day to community service, called the Blinn Blitz, hundreds of students participate in local community service projects. The home campus

Katholische Landjugendbewegung

The Catholic rural youth Movement of Germany is a Catholic youth organization, active in rural areas in Germany. The movement was founded in 1947 inside its nowadays umbrella organization Union of the German Catholic Youth. In the first years, the name of KLJB was "Action of the rural youth". Main actions in the founding years were "rural seminars" to discuss rural formation and the social situation in the villages in rural areas; the members of KLJB developed five educational objectives in the 1950s and chose the association's patron Nicholas of Flüe. During the time, MIJARC was founded as international "Catholic Agricultural and Rural Youth Movement". KLJB was one of its founding members. In 1961, KLJB's umbrella organization BDKJ decided to built KLJB as independent federal association in Germany and to have it as one of the member organizations in BDKJ; the name of the former "Action of the rural youth" was switched to its today's name. In the 1970s, topics like democracy, social justice and peace were main issues, but the merging of the men's youth and the women's youth of KLJB into one common association with a common federal board.

Since that time, the boards on local, regional and federal levels are elected due to gender parity. In the 1980s, KLJB focused on ecology and energy politics, but on the formation of the rural areas. A big mile stone in the 1990s was the introduction of the campaign "eco fair wear" and the founding of the clothing brand LamuLamu, labeled as "highly recommended" by "Label online" concerning standards, independence and transparency. With its 70,000 members KLJB is one of the biggest youth movements in Germany; the organization makes an effort in its 1,900 local groups for the rural youth' interests in church and society. KLJB's members are youth people and young adults with 14 years or olders. In some of the diocesan associations of KLJB there is the possibility for younger ones to be member. Starting at local level up to diocesan and federal level, over 5,000 young people are involved voluntarily in KLJB as leaders of the local groups, in activities organized by the movement and in the organs of KLJB.

The federal office of KLJB is located in Bad Honnef-Rhöndorf in North Rhine-Westphalia. The association is connecting with political and religious institutions and with other associations and organizations, it is known as an expert organization for young people in rural areas. The different local and regional groups in 20 different diocesan association are helping each other to reach the aims of the organization. KLJB is member in its umbrella organization Bund der Deutschen Katholischen Jugend, member of the Climate-Alliance Germany and advisory member in the German Agrarbündnis, its European and global interest are represented in the international Catholic Agricultural and Rural Youth Movement At state level, there is a specificity in Bavaria, where KLJB with its 26,000 members is a recognized youth association in the Bavarian farmer's association – beside the protestant rural youth organization and the Bavarian young farmer's association. Patron is the national saint of Switzerland, Nicholas vof Flüe, whose saint's day is on 25 September.

KLJB is working close together with the German Catholic Rural People's Movement, founded by adult members of KLJB after their time in the youth movement. The association is: a movement of young Christians a place, where young people live together a movement in rural areas an ecological movement a movement, committed to International solidarity Alois Glück Josef Miller Gerd Müller Marianne Schieder (German politician, Social Democratic Party of Germany, Member of the German Bundestag, former Federal chairwoman of KLJB Theo Waigel (German politician, Christian Social Union in Bavaria, former member of the German Bundestag, German Federal Minister of Finance Bund der Deutschen Katholischen Jugend MIJARC KLJB's federal association Overview about all diocesan associations

Henri O'Kelly

Joseph Pierre Henri O'Kelly was a Franco-Irish composer, pianist and choir director, based in Paris. A minor composer in the Impressionist school, as a conductor he made outstanding contributions to French church music. Henri O'Kelly was the second child of Joseph O'Kelly's first marriage, he grew up in Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière in the 9th arrondissement. After initial piano studies with his father, he enrolled at the Conservatoire de Paris studying solfège with Albert Lavignac and piano with Georges Mathias. O'Kelly was an exceptional student, winning awards every year, always sharing them with his fellow students Claude Debussy and Gabriel Pierné. While Debussy never won a "premier prix" in piano, O'Kelly did in his final year, 1879; the somewhat unexpected birth of a son in 1881 forced him to abandon a promising pianistic career and seek financial safety as a church organist and choir master, holding such positions at Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois in central Paris and Saint-Vincent-de-Paul in the 10th arrondissement.

O'Kelly taught music at the École Rocroy from at least 1906 into the 1930s, having obtained the titles of "Officier d'Académie" in 1899 and "Officier de l'Instruction Publique" in 1901. From at least 1888 through the mid-1920s, O'Kelly was involved with the well-known piano manufacturer Pleyel where from c.1907, he was one of the pianists recording pianola rolls. O'Kelly married the pianist Clotilde Vacher-Gras in 1881. For his services to French church music, Henri sr. became a Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur in 1931, having been proposed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as he had always remained Irish. He became a Knight of the Papal Order of St. Gregory the Great. Henri O'Kelly died, aged 78, in unclear circumstances, on 15 March 1938 at the Villa Montmorency in Cannes, he was buried on the Cimetière de Passy in Paris. Henri O'Kelly did not study composition, therefore he never made a name for himself in this respect, his few extant publications date from the 1890s and early 1900s and include music for piano and harp.

Technically, they are much easier. Their harmonic language reveal an attractive Impressionist approach. "Played with sensitivity, they would still be a worthwhile repertory for a pianist interested in typical turn-of-the-century French music." This is true for Mélancolie for cello and piano and some of the piano music published after 1900. He wrote a number of motets and other church music, but of these only a setting of Tu es Petrus has survived in manuscript. In his 38 years as organist and choir master at prominent Paris churches, O'Kelly made a name for himself as a promoter of large-scale church music by contemporary French composers, he championed music by Adolphe Deslandres, Théodore Dubois, César Franck, Camille Saint-Saëns, besides several younger composers. It is for this work that he was honoured by the Légion d'Honneur in 1931. From about 1907 until the mid-1920s, O'Kelly recorded numerous pianola rolls for the "Pleyela" brand of player pianos by Pleyel, Lyon & Cie; some 50 such rolls were documented in Sitsky and Klein, but this list has in the meantime grown to over 120.

He has recorded European classical composers such as Beethoven and Mendelssohn as well as French composers such as Charles Gounod and Gabriel Fauré including some of his contemporaries such as Ernest Gillet and Gabriel Pierné. He recorded three works by his father Joseph O'Kelly and one by himself, the Impressions de voyages. Piano Douchinka. Valse lente, Paris: Richault. Rêverie pastorale, Paris: A. Noël. Valse berçante, Paris: A. Noël. Valse rêveuse, Paris: A. Noël. Impressions de voyages, Brussels: Schott frères. Contains: Causerie, Sous bois, Eau courante. Harp Rêverie pastorale, Paris: A. Noël. Prélude pour Paris: A. Leduc. Chamber Mélancolie for violin or cello and piano. Published in Le Monde moderne, 5 June 1897. Méditation for oboe, harp, organ Songs Deux Chants patriotiques, Paris: Mackar & Noël. Contains: Rendez-nous, l'Alsace et la Lorraine and À Jeanne la Lorraine. Vocal church music Tu es Petrus for boy soprano, 2 tenors, 2 basses, male choir, organ Ave Maria Pie Jesu and more motets etc.

Axel Klein: O'Kelly. An Irish Musical Family in Nineteenth-Century France, ISBN 978-3-7357-2310-9

Timothy syndrome

Timothy syndrome is a rare autosomal-dominant disorder characterized by physical malformations, as well as neurological and developmental defects, including heart QT-prolongation, heart arrhythmias, structural heart defects and autism spectrum disorders. Timothy syndrome ends in early childhood death; the most striking sign of Timothy syndrome is the co-occurrence of both syndactyly and long QT syndrome in a single patient. Other common symptoms include cardiac arrhythmia, heart malformations, autism or an autism spectrum disorder. Facial dysmorphologies such as flattened noses occur in about half of patients. Children with this disorder have small teeth, which due to poor enamel coating, are prone to dental cavities and require removal; the average age of death due to complications of these symptoms is 2.5 years. Atypical Timothy syndrome has the same symptoms as the classical form. Differences in the atypical form are the lack of syndactyly, the presence of musculoskeletal problems, atrial fibrillation.

Patients with atypical Timothy syndrome have more facial deformities, including protruding foreheads and tongues. One patient with atypical Timothy syndrome had a body development discrepancy wherein her upper body was developed while her lower half resembled a 2- or 3-year-old. Children with Timothy syndrome tend to be born via caesarean section due to fetal distress. There are two recognized types of Timothy syndrome and atypical, they are both caused by mutations in CACNA1C, the gene encoding the calcium channel Cav1.2 α subunit. Timothy syndrome mutations in CACNA1C cause delayed channel closing, thus increased cellular excitability. Both classical and atypical Timothy syndromes are caused by mutations in CACNA1C; these mutations are in exon 8a, an alternatively spliced exon. Exon 8a is expressed in the heart, gastrointestinal system, immune system, smooth muscle. Exon 8 is expressed in these regions and its level is five-fold higher than exon 8a expression. One mutation is found in patients with classical Timothy syndrome, G406R, located just past the sixth membrane-spanning segment of domain 1.

The conserved glycine at this position seems to be vital for proper voltage-dependent inactivation, as the mutant is lacking in this respect. Atypical Timothy syndrome mutations are similar, one being the identical G406R mutation in the other splice form and the second mutation being G402S, located a few amino acids upstream; the effect of these mutations on channel function is identical to the G406R mutation in classical Timothy syndrome. The lack of proper voltage-dependent inactivation in these mutants causes prolonged inward current and depolarization during cardiac action potentials; this leads to long QT resultant arrhythmia. Because exon 8 has greater expression in the heart versus exon 8a, patients with atypical Timothy syndrome have worsened cardiac defects compared to those with the classical form. Syndactyly and other deformities are observed and diagnosed at birth. Long QT syndrome sometimes presents itself as a complication due to surgery to correct syndactyly. Other times, children collapse spontaneously while playing.

In all cases, it is confirmed with ECG measurements. Sequencing of the CACNA1C gene further confirms the diagnosis. Surgery is used to correct structural heart defects and syndactyly. Propanolol or beta-adrenergic blockers are prescribed, as well as insertion of a pacemaker to maintain proper heart rhythm. With the characterization of Timothy syndrome mutations indicating that they cause defects in calcium currents, calcium channel blockers may be effective as a therapeutic agent; the prognosis for patients diagnosed with Timothy syndrome is poor. Of 17 children analyzed in one study, 10 died at an average age of 2.5 years. Of those that did survive, three were diagnosed with autism, one with an autism spectrum disorder, the last had severe delays in language development. One patient with atypical Timothy syndrome was normal with the exception of heart arrhythmia; the mother of two Timothy syndrome patients carried the mutation, but lacked any obvious phenotype. In both of these cases, the lack of severity of the disorder was due to mosaicism.

Some of the abnormalities observed in Timothy syndrome were described in the 1990s. However, it was linked with calcium channel abnormalities in 2004, the disorder was thence named "Timothy syndrome" in honor of Katherine W. Timothy, among the first to identify a case and performed much of the phenotypic analysis that revealed other abnormalities. GeneReview/NCBI/NIH/UW entry on Timothy Syndrome

Tra La La La La

"Tra La La La La" is a song written and produced by Ike Turner. It was released as a single by R&B duo Ike & Tina Turner on Sue Records in 1962. "Tra La La La La" was released as the third single from Ike and Tina's 1962 album Dynamite!. The song became their fifth top 10 R&B hit in less than two years since their inception as a duo, peaking at number 9 on the Billboard R&B singles chart and at number 50 on the Hot 100; the B-side, "Puppy Love," is a non-album track. It's an edited version of the song "Chances Are" from Ike and Tina's debut album The Soul of Ike & Tina. Billboard: "Ike and Tina sell this wild side with enthusiasm over uninhibited backing by group and ork. Could get exposure on r&b stations." Cash Box: Ike & Tina Turner, riding a string of r&b-pop clicks that include "A Fool In Love," should continue their winning ways with this one. It's a bright rock-a-cha-cha, labled "Tra La La La La," that Tina & chorus invitingly chant against terrific Ike Turner instrumental backdrop. Backing's a ripplying rhythmic blueser tabbed "Puppy Love."

All tracks are written by Ike Turner

Francesco Arcangeli (criminal)

Francesco Arcangeli was an Italian cook and criminal, the murderer of the famous art historian Johann Joachim Winckelmann. A native of Campiglio di Cireglio, hamlet of the municipality of Pistoia, Francesco Arcangeli was a cook by profession and had been the subject of criminal convictions. Johann Joachim Winckelmann, the 50-years-old Prefect of Antiquities of Pope Clement XIII, arrived incognito, as Signor Giovanni, in Trieste on 1 June 1768, he had been traveling to the north, together with a friend, the sculptor Bartolomeo Cavaceppi, to visit his native Germany after 13 years of absence. Oddly enough, in view of the Tyrolese Alps Winckelmann had panicked and pondered whether to interrupt the journey. Cavaceppi had convinced him to go as far as Vienna, where the scholar had been received and honoured by Empress Maria Theresa. Winckelmann, unable to withstand a German atmosphere and desperate to return to Italy, had abruptly abandoned his friend, despite his pleas, to return to the Papal States alone.

The two friends had separated in the Habsburg capital, Winckelmann headed for Trieste. There, he was living at the Osteria Grande, waiting for a ship bound for Ancona, the chief Adriatic port of the Papal States, in order to reach Rome. In the inn, Winckelmann met Francesco Arcangeli, an unemployed cook and waiter, short-time thief, lodged in the room next to his. Arcangeli visited Winckelmann every evening in his room where the scholar showed him his gold and silver medals, including the one Empress Maria Theresa had just offered him; the two spent a lot of time together, eating and talking, throughout the week following their meeting. On 7 June, Arcangeli accompanied Winckelmann to buy a penknife, he returned the same day buy alone in the same shop a knife in another shop, a rope. The next day, 8 June 1768, he visited Winckelmann in the room after dinner, it was there that he threw himself on the intellectual to strangle him: Winckelmann pushed him away and Arcangeli pulled out his knife, they fought.

In his testimony, Arcangeli said that he stabbed Winckelmann not only on the chest, but "lower down", not without sexual connotations. Arcangeli fled, leaving Winckelmann screaming down the stairs: "Look what he did to me! ". Winckelmann spent his last hours doing forgave Arcangeli, he was buried the next day at the cemetery of the Trieste Cathedral. Arcangeli was arrested and sentenced to death on 18 July to be beaten alive on a wheel on the square in front of the inn; the sentence was executed two days on 20 July. The news of the bizarre crime made a huge impression. Winckelmann's assassination became object of many speculations and narratives in private correspondences and discourses as well as in forensic reports and public speeches. Prof. Lionel Gossman, for example, believes that there are reminiscences of Winckelmann's murder, whether conscius or not, in Thomas Mann's Death in Venice. Arcangeli held six interrogations, during which he provided contradictory versions of events: he said he had killed him for believing him a spy only to rob him for believing him a Jew or a Lutheran.

Arcangeli did not think Signor Giovanni was rich, in the flight after the attack he did not subtract the two medals. The strangeness of Winckelmann's behavior was noticed, i.e. his registration under assumed name, the absence of any contact with authorities or notable people during his stay in Trieste as well as his association with a disreputable individual like Arcangeli and his reticence to identify himself in the hours before his death. It is thought that Winckelmann was killed during an attempted robbery, but the hypothesis of a sexual crime was successful: contemporaries had no doubts about Winckelmann's homosexuality, seeing it as part of Winckelmann's true love for the Classical antiquity, there was the suspicion that the scholar was killed for having made avances on an unwilling Arcangeli. Aldrich, Robert; the Seduction of the Mediterranean: Writing and Homosexual Fantasy. London – New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-09312-0. Gossman, Lionel. "Death in Trieste". Journal of European Studies.

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