Norm J. Jones, who has had a long and distinguished career in academic diversity, compliance, and inclusion, has been appointed the associate chief diversity officer and deputy director in the Office of the Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity and Equity. Jones will begin his appointment on Tuesday.In this newly created position at Harvard, Jones will work closely with human resources and diversity officers across the Schools to administer and foster diversity and inclusion, equal opportunity, and access programs, as well as training and workshops across the University. He will also deliver presentations and workshops, and partner with other colleagues and community members.Jones has been involved in nearly every aspect of diversity, affirmative action, inclusion, and compliance. In his current role as associate vice president of student development and dean of institutional diversity at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, in addition to serving as the college’s chief diversity officer, he supervises the Women’s Center, offices of LGBTQ Services, Jewish Life, Community Services, and Student Conduct. He has also designed and implemented Title IX compliance training and education programs.“I am delighted that Norm will join our diversity and equity team,” said Lisa Coleman, chief diversity officer and special assistant to the president. “His expertise on all areas pertinent to diversity and inclusion, as well as his skills in leadership development, strategic planning, program management, and community outreach will enable him to partner and collaborate with colleagues from across the university. At Dickinson, he has provided strong strategic leadership and direction in advancing the college’s diversity and inclusion efforts. He will be a valuable asset to the entire Harvard community,” she concluded.Jones, who joined Dickinson College in 2001, has also served as assistant to the president and as associate dean of students. In these positions, he implemented a variety of student, faculty, and staff initiatives, including responsibility for the on-campus dimension of the college’s community college partnership program. He also founded an academic enrichment/leadership development program for men of color on Dickinson’s campus.Jones has served on several boards and community organizations including the Carlisle Area Health and Wellness Foundation, the United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County, the Holistic Hands Community Development Corp., the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and the Art Association of Harrisburg. He currently serves on the board of trustees of the Organization Development Network and co-chairs its Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee.Jones holds a Ph.D. in workforce education and development, a master’s of public administration from Pennsylvania State University, and a B.A. degree in English and linguistics from Morehouse College in Atlanta. His hobbies include running, swimming, reading African-American autobiographies, and woodwork.
Do blogs even matter now?Richard Macmanus, the founder of ReadWriteWeb, recently asked that question in his annual post to commemorate his first blog post 14 years ago.It’s been more than 10 years since our first Dell blog post. I was part of the team that launched the blog and remember well how we promised that “Real People are Here and We’re Listening.”I’ve seen the Dell direct model expand to include multiple roads to market, and the Dell Technologies family grow to include Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, Virtustream, and VMware. Through it all our desire for one-to-one contact with our customers has remained embedded in our culture.A new look and a new blogTo keep up with this expansion, however, it was time for Direct2Dell to undergo a bit of its own digital transformation. As you can see, we’ve now got a new look; but the blog’s DNA remains the same – we’re still real people and we still want to listen and converse with our customers.And, to help us tailor those conversations to the right audience, we have now transferred some of that Direct2Dell DNA into a brand new blog named Direct2DellEMC. It may be new, but it has a strong foundation created by merging the previous Dell4Enterprise, EMC Pulse and EMC Reflections blogs.On Direct2DellEMC, we will focus on how we enable organizations to modernize, automate and transform their data center using industry-leading converged infrastructure, servers, storage and data protection technologies.Here on Direct2Dell, we will continue to share stories about the company and our award-winning desktops, laptops, 2-in-1s and thin clients, workstations, rugged devices made for specialized environments, monitors, endpoint security solutions and services.Yes. Yes, they do.But back to the question of whether blogs even matter. Mcmanus said “Now, nobody reads or listens – we just write or talk into the ether, each of us stroking our own ego.” What excited him most about blogging in those early years was the comments, trackbacks, links inside the post, blogrolls and subscribing via RSS.Well, the new Direct2Dell doesn’t include a blogroll, and trackbacks seem to have faded from most blogging platforms, but we do still want to hear your comments, will provide links inside the posts and encourage RSS subscriptions – as well as email subscriptions! (coming soon)So I remain convinced that, yes, blogs do matter. And I commit to do my best as Dell’s chief blogger to bring you interesting, unique news, stories and discussions on both Direct2Dell and Direct2DellEMC. If you’d like to learn more about our approach to blogging at Dell, check out our new manifesto below.Now, it’s up to you to keep me from talking into the ether!https://www.slideshare.net/Dell/dell-blogmanifesto
Sophomore Jennifer Song and senior Belen Mozo tied a USC record as the No. 9 women’s golf team took the lead after the first day of the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.Going it alone · Freshman Cyna Rodriguez is playing as an individual entrant at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif. Rodriguez shot a 3-over-par 74 in Monday’s first round action. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information Song shot a 4-under-par 67 to take the day-one lead, and Mozo followed with a 2-under 69 for her lowest round of the year. Both teammates tied a program record with their 12th career round in the 60s, tying the mark set by former USC golfer Irene Cho. The two All-Americans set the tone for a team looking for its second win of the season without much preparation.Recent weather has altered the practice schedule of the team, as it prevented them from getting out on the course.“The course is in fine shape considering all the rain, but we haven’t had a lot of time to play for the same reason,” USC coach Andrea Gaston said.Song, in only her sixth competitive round for the team this season, posted her fifth score of 67 or below. With only one bogey on the eighth hole, Song tied for the individual lead with Duke’s Lindy Duncan.“Eight was an easy up and down, but I was a little off there,” Song said.Mozo started poorly, going 3-over through her first five holes. She bounced back with five birdies in the next 13 holes to post her first score in the 60s of the season. Mozo is tied for third and looks healthy despite the shoulder injury she battled throughout the fall.“It’s one of those things I think she’s still getting used to, and there’s still some scar tissue, but she seems to be handling it real well,” Gaston said.Junior Lizette Salas, the third All-American in the lineup this week, overcame a double bogey on the 13th to finish tied for seventh at 1-over 72. Salas, with eight career rounds in the 60s, may soon challenge for the scoring record herself.Senior Caroline Kim finished tied for 34th at 5-over 76. She stood at even par through 11 holes, but a bogey on 12, double bogey on 13 and a bogey on 14 knocked her down the leaderboard.Sophomore Inah Park tied for 49th with a 7-over 78. Consecutive birdies on 11 and 12 weren’t enough for Park to overcome the double bogeys on three and seven.Taking full advantage of the location of the Challenge, the Women of Troy also entered freshman Cyna Rodriguez and senior Stefanie Endstrasser as individuals. Rodriguez finished in a tie for 21st with her 3-over 74. Endstrasser shot a 6-over 77 to finish tied for 39th.The Women of Troy enter the second day of the challenge with an eight-stroke lead over No. 6 Duke. Play today begins at 8:30 a.m., in a shotgun format, as rain is expected.“It could be arriving at about 1 [p.m.] tomorrow, so they’re trying to get us all out and get in 18 holes without too much rain,” Gaston said.Though hoping to avoid the rain, the team is preparing for the worst.“We’re going to take umbrellas and two pairs of shoes and gloves, so we can exchange them when they get wet,” Gaston said.Barring any delays from the rain, the tournament finishes Wednesday.