Femi SolajaThe National Institute for Sports (NIS), a leading sports training institution in the country is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary and the maiden convocation ceremony scheduled to hold on January 17th, 2019.The Director General of the Institution, Dr. Kingdom Chukwudi Eke, disclosed at a media session yesterday. He said the elaborate Programme will accommodate all the12 sets that had graduated from the institution since its establishment in 1992 when it was fully upgraded to a full-fledged parastatal.He said over 1,500 students that have graduated from the institution will be part of the ceremony although most of them have been using their certificates over the years.“The anniversary is a unique one and we have sent invitations out to all the former students who had completed their respective programme from this institution to celebrate together with the present crop of graduates.“To be a first class institute transforming Nigeria and sustaining it as a world leader in sports was the vision of the institution must be protected at all time and this explains why the 25 anniversary must be well celebrated,” he affirmed.Some of the plans of the Institute include; anniversary lecture/gala and dinner, NIS awards of sporting excellence, convocation/lecture and investiture of honorary fellows of the institute as well as recognition awards for sports journalism.The Director General further explained that the institute had over the years remained committed to delivering on its statutory mandate as it has produced over 15,000 manpower in sports who have continued to place Nigeria on the global sports map, winning laurels.“NIS graduates are prominently engaged in services at national, states and local government levels as well as at club levels and in patriotic effort to take stock and celebrate the past 25 years, we have put together a number of very exciting programmes and events to mark this epoch and document for posterity,” he explained.He said the reason behind the elaborate programme is also aimed at repositioning and rebranding NIS.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
A number of rising juniors and seniors hoping to secure university housing were disappointed last week when USC Housing informed them that all spots have been filled. But for students hoping to earn spots as resident advisors, the announcement was particularly alarming.Despite the 4 percent increase in university-owned housing prices, the number of housing applicants rose, according to Keenan Cheung, director of USC Housing. This means more sophomores and juniors looking for housing were turned away.Most students turned down by USC Housing still have some time left to secure non-university housing; though the process is intimidating, it is by no means impossible. The students looking for R.A. positions, however, are stuck. They cannot sign a non-university housing lease because of the chance that they will be given the R.A. position and will be living in the dorms, but less than half of them will actually get the position.According to Elizabeth Peterson, assistant director for staff development and diversity, final R.A. decisions are announced in April. Applicants are instructed to apply for university housing as part of the general lottery in February to secure a spot. If chosen, they will be reimbursed for housing and moved into an R.A. room.This process, however, does not work for students like Caitlin Finnigan, a sophomore majoring in history and an R.A. hopeful who did not secure housing through the lottery.Finnigan said she is frustrated with the housing process.“If UCLA can guarantee university housing for all four years for all undergraduates and they have more students than we do, USC should be able to guarantee housing for all four years,” she said.USC only recently began guaranteeing housing for sophomores, a move seen as a huge victory. The university has constantly been working to improve the housing issue, but Cheung acknowledged that it can create problems for R.A. applicants and others.“It’s always, unfortunately, the juniors and seniors that have a rough time getting university housing,” Cheung said.Kara Lemma, residential coordinator for Birnkrant Residential College, said it would be nearly impossible to coordinate the R.A. selection process with the housing process.“It would be really difficult for us to speed up the process,” she said. “I suppose the only thing they could really consider doing is teach EDCO in the fall, but that doesn’t give as many people the opportunity to become R.A.s and we don’t have the same kind of pool. It’s tough, it really is tough.”Lemma said she thinks USC Housing and the Office for Residential Education need to find a solution.“We probably need to put our heads together to figure out a plan to at least guarantee housing for R.A. applicants,” Lemma said. “We could probably step that up a lot so that they are not stuck trying to scramble for housing in April. By then, all the spots around campus in privately-owned housing are gone.”Lemma said applicants who don’t get USC Housing are stuck in a bad situation, adding that if students are unhappy with their housing it can affect their college experience.“It’s incredibly difficult to be put on the waitlist and cross your fingers that you get something,” she said. “My concern with this whole thing is that these are students we’re talking about. If you don’t have stable living conditions, it’s extremely difficult to do really well in school.”Housing has been a factor for applicants in previous years, according to second-year R.A. Michael Neagoe, a junior majoring in business administration.“Anytime you apply to be an R.A. you have to take that into consideration,” Neagoe said. “There’s a time you’ll be unsure about housing. What you can do is apply for housing too or work it out with friends.”For students not involved in the residential advisor program, university housing is an easier and more affordable alternative to searching for private housing — if it is available when their lottery time rolls around.“It’s stressful to look for privately-owned housing around campus,” said Lindsay Thomson, a sophomore majoring in business administration.Thomson, who secured a spot for the fall of her junior year, said she thinks it is fair that USC can’t guarantee housing.“It’s pretty reasonable,” she said. “The campus isn’t big enough to accommodate everyone. Two years is pretty good.”The university housing capacity is 6,800 beds, both on-campus and off-campus, which is not enough for the approximately 8,000 applicants, according to Cheung.The university has fixed housing for a certain number of graduate students and families, while juniors and seniors are able to select from the remaining 500 to 800 spaces before USC housing runs out, he said.
New York, NY — CitationAir by Cessna is launching a new initiative to deliver better flexibility and value to its customers, a senior official told Elite Traveler in an exclusive interview.The new initiative is a Jet Card product that will offer significant discounts to customers who fly on Non-Peak days 355 days out of the year, while still providing access 365 days a year.Targeting market leader Marquis Jet, the company claims its new rates amount to as much as a 24% per hour savings over its competitor’s every day rates.“Based on conversations with our customers, we looked at how we could deliver the best ongoing value all year round. We don’t believe our customers should be paying higher hourly rates every day of the year to cover the cost of those flying on Peak days. CitationAir’s new Jet Card product delivers on our promise to give our customers the most cost-efficient options available while still offering them flexibility and 365 day access,” said Woody Harford, Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer of CitationAir. “CitationAir continues to be a leader in the industry – no other Jet Card offers customers this much value.With the new structure, customers may choose to purchase the Single Aircraft option and substantially reduce their hourly rate 355 days out of the year, or select the Fleet option, which guarantees them access to the fleet all year long at only a 10% premium above the Single Aircraft non-peak rates. Peak day flying—which has been reduced to only 10 days annually—is available on both options and is priced at market rates.Harford, a former senior executive with British Airways said the company is looking to launch more innovations.Jet Card rates are locked in for 12 months, reloadable at any time and fully refundable after 12 months. To add even more flexibility to their product and encourage trial of the new Jet Card, refunds are available before 12 months for a 10% transaction fee on the remaining balance. For more information and details on CitationAir’s new Jet Card product, go to www.citationair.com/Programs/JetCard.