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United States Military Academy class ring

The cadets of the United States Military Academy first began the practice of wearing class rings in 1835. The United States Military Academy class ring has traditionally been worn on the left hand, but most recent graduates choose to wear it on their right hand, in response to the dilemma posed by wearing both a West Point ring and a wedding ring on the same finger; some graduates choose to wear both on their left hand. While at West Point, the ring is worn so that the class crest is worn to the inside and closest to one's heart. Upon graduation, the ring is worn. Ring Weekend is a tradition at the United States Military Academy where senior cadets are awarded their West Point class ring. West Point was the first American school to have class rings, it is awarded to senior cadets shortly after the start of their senior year, after which there is a formal dinner and dance following the ceremony for the cadets and their guests. After the ring ceremony, Firsties are mobbed by plebes reciting the "Ring Poop": Oh my Gosh, sir/ma'am!

What a beautiful ring! What a crass mass of brass and glass! What a bold mold of rolled gold! What a cool jewel you got from your school! See how it sparkles and shines? It must have cost you a fortune! May I touch it, may I touch it please, sir/ma'am? The term "ringknocker" refers to the alleged custom of some graduates to rap their ring against a hard surface in social situations. However, a negative social-networking connotation associates with the term, in that the term "implies that if there is a discussion in progress, the senior Pointer need only knock his large ring on the table and all Pointers present are obliged to rally to his point of view." Cadets choose their ring several months in advance, selecting everything from size and stone. Some cadets opt to "inherit" pieces of rings from other family members or mentors who have graduated from West Point; the rings are customized for each cadet, there are few standard-seen practices, save the use of symbol black onyx and gold to represent the school colors, but this is seen in a minority of rings.

West Point alumni may donate their rings to be added to the smelting pot when a new batch of rings are cast. The stone from an older ring can be removed and placed into a new graduate's ring. There are ring-related souvenirs. Students can pick out items for family members made to resemble their class ring such as cufflinks and pins. All these items of jewelry bear the same markings as the top of the ring: the words "West Point", the year the Cadet graduated, stones matching the cadet's class ring. By longstanding custom, many graduates choose to present a miniature of the West Point ring as an engagement ring. President Eisenhower a young lieutenant, gave a miniature to Mamie Eisenhower as the couple's engagement ring. In early years, Class rings contained a reverse motif seal crest, used for wax sealing of both official military and personal correspondence; this to aid the senders authenticity. Tradition has it that the seal was broken upon the owners death to prevent its use by other persons

Lee Schruben

Lee W. Schruben is an American educator and serves as the Professor and Past Chair, Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research College of Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, he is the former Andrew Schultz, Jr. Professor, Sibley College of Engineering, Cornell University, Department of Operations Research. Professor Schruben took his Bachelor of Science at Cornell’s engineering college in 1968, his Master of Science at the University of North Carolina in 1973 and his doctorate at Yale University in 1974. Schruben specializes in teaching and research on simulation experiments, optimization of simulation system response, simulation modeling foundations, he is a lead researcher in discrete event simulation. Professor Schruben studies data from experiments and develops coverage functions to study confidence interval performance of parameters arising from simulations, he introduced the method of standardized time series, a major breakthrough in the simulation field.

In February 2005, Schruben invented a simulation technique consisting of cost and productivity management software for use in fast simulators. Professor Schruben’s technique has been proven to be up to seventy times more rapid than Job Driven simulation approaches. In recognition of his work in the area of output analysis, Schruben received an Outstanding Publication Award from the Institute of Management Science's College on Simulation and Gaming for his output analysis work. In 2017 he received the INFORMS Simulation Society's Lifetime Professional Achievement Award, the highest honor in his field, given but at most once a year. Professor Schruben joined the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at Cornell, through that organization, the Irving Literary Society. Chan, W. K. Victor, Lee W. Schruben, Optimization Models of Discrete- Event System Dynamics, Operations Research David C. Juran, Lee W. Schruben, Using Worker Personality and Demographic Information to Improve System Performance Prediction, Journal of Operations Management Nuno Gil, Iris D. Tommelein, Iris D. and Lee W. Schruben, External Change in Large Engineering Design Projects: The Role of the Client, IEEE Trans. on Engineering Management Swisher, J. R. P. D. Hyden, S. H. Jacobson, L. W. Schruben, "A Survey Of Recent Advances In Discrete Input Parameter Discrete-Event Simulation Optimization", IIE Transactions Savage, E. L. Schruben, L. W. and Yűcesan, E..

On the Generality of Event- Graph Models. INFORMS J. on Computing 17 Juran, D. C. and L. W. Schruben "Using Worker Personality and Demographic Information to Improve System Performance Prediction", Journal of Operations Management Schruben, L. W. and T. M. Roeder, "Fast Simulations of Large-Scale Highly-Congested Systems." Transactions of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International Kimes, Sheryl E. and Lee W. Schruben, "Golf course revenue management: A study of tee time intervals" Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management Morrice, D. and L. W. Schruben, "A Frequency Domain Metamodeling Approach to Transient Sensitivity Analysis," IIE Transactions Allore, H. G. and L. W. Schruben, "Disease Management Research Using Event Graphs," Computers and Biomedical Research

Arthur Richardson (Australian cricketer)

Arthur John Richardson was an Australian Test cricketer who played nine Tests for Australia. Born in Clare in rural South Australia, Richardson began playing cricket for the Sevenhills cricket club and when the club was disbanded prior to the 1911/12 season, he transferred to the Kybunga Cricket Club and topped both the Stanley Cricketing Association batting and bowling averages, scoring 738 runs at 92.20 and taking 40 wickets at 8.00. He played four Tests in 1924–25 against the touring English team, toured England in 1926, playing all five Tests and scoring a century in the Third Test at Leeds. Richardson was one of the few Australians to play with spectacles, he played first-class cricket for South Australia as an opening batsman and off-spin bowler, from 1918–19 to 1926–27. In his final season he helped South Australia win the Sheffield Shield by scoring 607 runs at 67.44, including an innings of 232 against Queensland. In October 1927 he was appointed by the Western Australian Cricket Association as state coach for a two-year contract, he played a few first-class matches for Western Australia from 1927–28 to 1929–30.

His highest first-class score was 280 for South Australia against the MCC in 1922–23, when he became the first person to hit a century before lunch in Australia. His best bowling came in the match against Oxford University in 1926 when he took 6 for 28 and 5 for 36. Richardson played for Burnley Cricket Clubs in the Lancashire League in the 1930s. At his first match at Todmorden Cricket Club's ground Richardson was so overwhelmed by the scenery he stopped Todmorden player Fred Root in his bowling run up so he could admire the view, he set the record for the highest number of runs in a Lancashire League season in 1929 with 1193 runs, a record surpassed by Everton Weekes. He returned to South Australia in 1930 coaching for the South Australian Cricket Association, coached in South Africa and the West Indies. In 1935, during his coaching stint at Queen's Royal College, Port of Spain, Richardson served as an umpire in two Tests between West Indies and the touring English team, he umpired in several matches in the Sheffield Shield in 1936–37.

Arthur Richardson is unrelated to Victor Richardson, his contemporary in the Australian and South Australian teams. They made their first-class debuts in the same match, their Test debuts together as well, six years later. List of Western Australia first-class cricketers Arthur Richardson Cricinfo profile Arthur Richardson at Cricket Archive

Transport in Viluppuram

The town of Viluppuram in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu is well connected by both rail and road to other major cities in the state including Chennai, Madurai, Thanjavur, Coimbatore and Vellore. And other state major cities such as Bengaluru, Tirupati and Mangalore. Viluppuram serves as one of the important railway junction of Southern Railway Zone; the nearest domestic airport is Pondicherry. The nearest international airports are Tiruchirappalli. Viluppuram is well connected by roads to the rest of the state. Viluppuram has the longest National roads of any district in Tamil Nadu; the major national highways of the town are: NH 45, which connects Chennai to Theni, via Viluppuram - Tiruchirapalli - Dindigul - Periyakulam. NH 45A, which connects Viluppuram to Nagapattinam via Pondicherry and Cuddalore. NH 234, which Connects Villupuram to Mangalore via Thiruvannamalai - Vellore - Gudiyatham. NH 45C, which connects Vikravandi to Thanjavur via Panruti - Neyveli - Kumbakonam and intersects with NH 45A in Koliyanur, about 5 km from Viluppuram.

Besides the above-mentioned national highways, several state highways run through the district and town. The town has a lot of buses to major cities such as Chennai, Bangalore, Salem, Vellore etc; the town serves the frequent bus services to nearby towns like Cuddalore, Tindivanam, Kallakurichi etc. Viluppuram is the headquarters of the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation - Viluppuram Division, it is one of the six Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation divisions serving the state. Viluppuram has two bus stands for public transport are Viluppuram Bus Station and Viluppuram Old Bus Stand. Viluppuram Bus Station services the mofussil buses and SETC premium buses to major towns, it is one of the largest bus terminus by area in Tamil Nadu. Viluppuram old bus stand is used for local town buses, operated by the TNSTC, Viluppuram division. Viluppuram has a well-known railway station, it was first built under the British. The Viluppuram Railway Junction at Viluppuram serves as the distribution point of rail traffic from Chennai, the state capital of Tamil Nadu, towards the southern part of the state.

The station has daily trains to major cities like Chennai, Tiruchirappalli, Pondicherry, Coimbatore, Tirupati, Thiruvananthapuram, Vijayawada, Erode, Thanjavur, Guntur etc, have weekly trains to Mumbai, Delhi, Kharagpur, Bhopal, Varanasi, Nagpur etc. It is one of the important junctions in Southern Railway. Five railway lines branch out of Viluppuram: Double Electrified BG line towards Chennai Beach via Chengulpattu Junction. Electrified BG line towards Tiruchirapalli Junction via Vridhachalam Ariyalur. Called "Chord Line" to Tiruchirapalli. Non electrified BG line towards Tiruchirapalli Junction via Cuddalore Port Junction, Mayiladuthurai Junction and Thanjavur Junction. Electrified BG line towards Katpadi Junction via Vellore Cantonment. Electrified BG line to Pondicherry. Viluppuram railway station has been undergone a massive infrastructure upgrade to handle this traffic. Train timetable as on 28-02-2018 The nearest airport is Pondicherry Airport at Pondicherry, in Puducherry 40 kilometres from Viluppuram.

Pondicherry is now connected by Air India Regional with an ATR aircraft service six times a week except Wednesday. This is an afternoon service returning in the evening to Bengaluru; the nearest major airport is Chennai International Airport 147 kilometres from the town.

National Catholic Educational Association

The National Catholic Educational Association is a private, professional educational membership association of over 150,000 educators in Catholic schools and religious education programs. It is the largest such organization in the world. NCEA traces its official beginning to a meeting held in St. Louis, July 12–14, 1904. At that meeting the separate Catholic education organizations, the Education Conference of Catholic Seminary Faculties, the Association of Catholic Colleges and the Parish School Conference agreed to unite as the Catholic Educational Association. From until 1919, the CEA was the only unifying agent for Catholic education at the national level. In 1919, the establishment of the National Catholic War Council changed to National Catholic Welfare Council, to serve as an agency of the American bishops to coordinate all Catholic activity, including education, marked a new era for CEA. A working relationship of independent cooperation between the Association and the Department of Education of NCWC was established that endures with the NCW successor, the United States Catholic Conference.

In 1927, the word ‘national’ was added to the official CEA title and, in 1929, the association headquarters moved to Washington, DC to be in proximity to other national secular agencies of education. The Association began a policy of friendly cooperation with other private and public educational associations and federal government agencies in the service of all aspects of American education. In 2016, the NCEA discontinued its departments for seminaries and parish religious education departments, instead focusing on K-12 Catholic organizations in the United States. At present, NCEA focuses on: leadership development for superintendents, principals and governing bodies; the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, founded independently in 1899, has a long relationship with the various components that became the National Catholic Educational Association, of which it has for some time been a constitutive member. As of July 1, 2000, ACCU is an independently incorporated 501 organization and an Affiliate of the NCEA.

NCEA is a voluntary association of institutions. The Association's organizational structure changed from a departmental arrangement to a functional arrangement. Member institutions held association membership through one of the constitutive departments. In 2016 the organization was restructured eliminating the seminary and religious education departments, focusing instead on the three pillars of Lead. Learn, Proclaim. Lead is the development of leadership skills of members. Learn is the conference approach to enhancing learning of members. Proclaim is the Organization's position to being a national voice for Catholic Education in the US. While the USCCB remains the authority for the Catholic Church in the US, NCEA develops and articulates a national point of view, consistent with the USCCB. NCEA is the largest private professional education organization in the world, representing 150,000 Catholic educators serving 1.9 million students in Catholic education. NCEA and its membership: working together to promote our Catholic faith and lighting the way for the future of Catholic education.

Together, NCEA and its members share light and life with each other and bring the light of faith and knowledge to students. Green represents renewal, it symbolizes the promise of new life as well as learning and harmony. Blue is embraced as the color of heaven and authority, strength and dependability. NCEA has a Board of Directors; the Chair of the Board shall be US Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church. The current and past Chairs are as follows: Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas Bishop George V. Murray, S. J. Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop Wilton Daniel Gregory Cardinal Donald Wuerl An annual convention features prominent educators in sessions and showcases the latest in technology and services along with a major exposition. Various other conferences, seminars and symposiums are held throughout the year with each one with its own specific focus. In-service programs Religious education assessments: ACRE for children and IFG for adults Development field services National conference Award programs recognizing outstanding educators and students 2020 - Baltimore 2019 - Chicago 2018 - Cincinnati 2017 - St. Louis 2016 - San Diego 2015 - Orlando 2014 - Pittsburg 2013 - Houston 2012 - Boston 2011 - New Orleans 2010 - Minneapolis 2009 - Los Angeles Momentum- Each issue is built around a special section highlighting an area of particular interest to Catholic educators.

Momentum includes editorials, pertinent book reviews, ads of interest to educators, short essays based on personal experiences, columns. Press releases may be found here, include upcoming events. C. Albert Koob, O. Praem Award The C. Albert Koob Merit Award is given to an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to Catholic education at any level – early childhood, secondary, higher education – or in any educational setting, in one or more of these areas: teaching, parish religious education, publication or educational leadership; such service or contribution has current significance at the national level. The award is given at the annual NCEA con