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Say the words \u201cWashington University in St. Louis,\u201d and Barbara Bindler\u2019s face lights up, her baby-blue eyes twinkle and she exudes excitement. Washington University has played a major role in her life. One of its most exuberant boosters, at a diminutive 5 feet tall, she could be its head cheerleader. Bindler exudes Washington University spirit.

Bindler\u2019s connection to the university began when she entered it in 1962 as a sophomore, after a year at the University of Illinois, where she was tapped for the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society. Three years later, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the School of Arts and Sciences. Her dedication continues today as she spends countless volunteer hours devoted to her alma mater.

Washington University is where she met her husband, Dan, as well as where she presided over an art museum interest group and co-chaired the 50th-anniversary celebration of her graduating class. Bindler lives up to Wash U\u2019s tagline that \u201ceach student can be an individual and achieve exceptional things.\u201d

Bindler (who was then Barbara Golder) first noticed her husband-to-be in the halls at University City High School even though he was one year ahead of her. \u201cBut we were only acquaintances,\u201d she says. \u201cWe really didn\u2019t know each other.\u201d That changed in 1962, when a mutual friend introduced them in the Olin Library at Wash U. \u201cI was excited that he asked me out right away, and we started dating,\u201d Bindler says. They were both about to begin their senior year at Wash U two years later when they married on the Starlight Roof of the Chase Hotel in St. Louis\u2019 Central West End neighborhood. \u201cWhen we got married, we were both students,\u201d Bindler says. \u201cWithout an income, we lived with my parents for a year while we finished our education. After that, he was on the road to becoming a licensed CPA [he retired in 2007 as a partner at RubinBrown LLP], and I taught Spanish and English at Pattonville High School.\u201d

Now married 53 years and a grandmother of four, Bindler says she stopped working professionally as a teacher and began volunteering after daughters Susan and Debbie were born. \u201cI wanted to concentrate on caring for our girls when they were really young,\u201d she says.

She began to explore the concept of community service in the early 1970s. \u201cI volunteered as a candy striper at The Jewish Hospital [now Barnes-Jewish Hospital] years before and thought helping others would be an appropriate way for me to use my free time,\u201d Bindler says. \u201cI felt that community service would give me a wonderful sense of doing something meaningful for others.\u201d Thus began her mantra of giving back to the region, a journey of 40 years of volunteer service to her community that continues today.

Her passion for caring for the elderly dates back many years. \u201cCare and concern for the senior population in our community is vital,\u201d she says. She chaired the Senior Services Committee at the Jewish Community Center (JCC), was a member of the JCC board and served on the foundation board of the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging, whose mission is to serve adults through the journey of aging.

For her dedication and fortitude on behalf of seniors at the JCC and her exemplary leadership as president of the J Associates, a support auxiliary of the center, Bindler was honored with the Richard Weiss President\u2019s Award at the JCC. \u201cBarb has an amazingly rich history of service to the community as a whole and to the JCC community in particular,\u201d says Lynn Wittels, president and CEO of the JCC. \u201cHer leadership both through our J Associates and Senior Adult Services areas distinguished her as a woman with passion and a real ability to get things done.\u201d

Interested in both collecting and learning about art, Bindler served from 2013 to 2015 as president of Women and the Kemper, a special-interest group for members. The organization offers social and educational opportunities and participation in study groups on art-related topics. \u201cWe enjoy opportunities to learn about and encourage women\u2019s participation in the visual arts through engagement with programs and resources at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University,\u201d she says.

Lynn Friedman Hamilton, president of Women and the Kemper, has high praise. \u201cBarb is an outstanding communicator of joy and enthusiasm,\u201d Friedman Hamilton says. \u201cWith her marvelous and upbeat people-loving personality, she continually exhibited inclusiveness during her presidency.\u201d

Art fills the Bindlers\u2019 two-story Creve Coeur home. \u201cI love our art collection,\u201d Bindler says. \u201cMany of the pieces we have bought over the years have a connection to Washington University. Our most recent acquisition is an abstract print by Carmon Colangelo, dean of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University.\u201d

Two years ago, the Bindlers were selected with a few other classmates to co-chair the 50th-anniversary celebration of Washington University\u2019s Class of 1965. \u201cIt was an incredible experience and a tribute to Washington University that they make this milestone 50-year celebration so memorable,\u201d she says. She speaks of the gold medallion ceremony as if it were the Academy Awards. \u201cIt began in Graham Chapel, when Chancellor Mark Wrighton placed a gold medallion around the neck of each participant. Then, along with the chancellor, other dignitaries and 200 members of our Class of 1965, we were honored to lead the processional for the entire university. Danny proudly carried the large red-and-green flag of our alma mater, one of our nation\u2019s highest ranked universities, Washington University in St. Louis.\u201d

These magical words seemingly never will lose their charm for Bindler.

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Yemi Akande-Bartsch, President and CEO

Mahatma Gandhi once said, \u201cHonest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.\u201d If that\u2019s true, then perhaps St. Louis has a lot more going for it than one might imagine.

Granted, the region\u2019s recent troubles, well documented here and across the country, don\u2019t always show it in a positive light. Honest issues-based disagreements range from race relations to education, crime, government structure and much more. Such difficult, complex issues require honest, open discussion and debate. More important, all parties involved need to listen to one another and recognize that each of us \u2013 friends, neighbors and others \u2013 have a valid perspective and share a commitment to make ours a better place to live, work and play. As Gandhi indicated, honest disagreement can be healthy.

Often overlooked is all that\u2019s right with the region. Our universities enjoy national acclaim, for instance. Our entrepreneurial, biotech and financial sectors provide a strong foundation for the local economy. Our system of parks, trails, greenways and cultural institutions goes unmatched by other metros our size. Also, St. Louis\u2019 amazing philanthropic community supports a large, committed group of nonprofits. Time and again, St. Louis has shown itself to be a community of people ready to help one another, making this a great place to raise a family.

Still, although St. Louis should take pride in all of this, the region can become even better. We shouldn\u2019t settle for the status quo, not only because other cities will leave us behind but also because improving conditions for anyone makes our region stronger for everyone. Although we may not like protestors taking to the streets, have we really listened to why they\u2019re there? Change requires openness to change and to opportunities that change may represent.

When people outside our region hear \u201cSt. Louis,\u201d too often they apparently picture riots, crime and civil discord. They don\u2019t focus on all the great things that make St. Louis a special place. We have to change that narrative, perhaps by following a few strategies:

\u2022 Study the current issues that matter to the region. Given their complexity, take time to research and understand the good, the bad and the ugly truths.

\u2022 Broaden your perspective. Listen to those with different points of view.

\u2022 Be attentive and willing to engage in thoughtful, open discussion.

\u2022 Stand up for what you know to be right.

\u2022 Focus on keeping the debate on the message, not the messenger.

\u2022 Collaborate willingly in difficult times.

\u2022 Remain open to compromise.

\u2022 Back up passion for a cause with data, facts and logic.

\u2022 Express your views as a volunteer, an advocate, a political candidate or, perhaps most important of all, a voter.

When all\u2019s said and done, taking action remains the best way to make things happen.

Yemi S. Akande-Bartsch is the president and CEO of FOCUS St. Louis, the region\u2019s premier civic leadership organization.

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Cellphones have become an integral part of our world. Not only do they allow us instant connection to the ones we love, but also they allow a plethora of capabilities right at our fingertips \u2013 whether it be internet access, email or more.

In a world so connected, it\u2019s hard to think of a time before cellphones. However, generationally, one may be able to tell minor behavioral differences in those who lived in the time before cellphones and vice versa.

My client base ranges from those aged 13 to 70 or older. While the youngest are usually innocently inquisitive and talkative, things begin to change once they hit 16 to 18 years of age. From my experience and observation, in the last 10 years, writing quality has seen a decline as the prominence of the cellphone has risen.

I personally think the difference in writing ability relates directly to cellphones. Originally meant as mobile calling devices, cellphones have evolved into a teenager\u2019s lifeline to texting, email, Googling and the whole world of social media. This occurs right when they most need to communicate well in writing and speaking to the rest of the world. One cannot explain to a college who one is and who one wants to become through a phone.

One example involves a highly accomplished, athletic sophomore who was upgraded to the varsity team late in the season for the state finals. I asked him how it felt to put on that varsity uniform for the first time. In the shorthand of today, he simply said, \u201cGreat!\u201d After gentle prodding, he elaborated.

\u201cWell, it was better than a T-shirt with tape on it.\u201d

I inquired how the new uniform was better, and he responded with the brand \u2013 Nike.

I pressed further, asking, \u201cHow did it make you feel? Was it inspiring?\u201d

As he said yes, he grabbed his phone, offering to show me a picture \u2013 a picture that showed everything he didn\u2019t describe in words. It was dry-fit with the team color\u2019s stitching. He was proud it showed his name and new varsity number. Seeing the picture, he started to talk, big-time. He expressed the energy colleges want to hear. However, he hadn\u2019t written anything he expressed in the essay he\u2019d submitted. Enabled, he finally described many feelings, which created an uplifting essay. He was accepted to a competitive college.

It\u2019s commonly said that a picture is worth a thousand words. However, colleges won\u2019t know better if you fail to write about the experience that hypothetical picture represents. Use your cellphone as a communication tool, as a source of information and as inspiration.\u00a0

Janis Murray is president of Murray Prep LLC, providing communication training for individuals seeking college admission and career advancement. She works with students and professionals, creating successful strategies, résumés, cover letters, essays, and image and interview/presentation performances. Contact her at jmurray@murrayprep.com.

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In poking around the internet and reading about what\u2019s hot and exciting in the automotive world, I noticed the 2017 Acura NSX was the car everyone seems to love to hate. That was a head-scratcher for me, because at least on paper, the new NSX offers a lot of the things car nuts love. Granted, online discussions about cars that cost more than $150,000 can often be undercut by envy, but still, the critical feedback seemed more pervasive than usual \u2013 and that made me all the more eager for a test drive. So it seemed like fate when I bumped into Travis from Leta Acura at a local cars-and-coffee event, and he was driving the Casino White NSX (pictured here) and said he\u2019d love to have me drive it sometime.

First, though, let\u2019s discuss exactly what the new NSX is, as well as what a supercar is in general. The traditionalist would say a supercar is an Italian (or at least European) car with jaw-dropping, almost violent performance capabilities, wrapped in a dead-sexy shape. Supercars typically forgo the niceties of everyday driving \u2013 a comfortable ride, lots of cup holders and reliability. Instead, if a supercar leaves you stranded on the side of the road, you excuse it as part of the deal. But more than anything, what many would say defines a supercar is its singular focus on bending reality and convincing the driver that he or she is some sort of Hollywood hero.

The NSX does these things well, but those aren\u2019t the only things it does, and maybe it\u2019s this \u201cmission creep\u201d away from one-track-mind design that gives fuel to some of the online fire. Counter to popular opinion, Acura says supercars don\u2019t have to be finicky beasts; the application of modern tech should allow a well-conceived machine to release endorphins on demand and coddle on the stop-and-go commute to work. If done well, I see no reason for consternation among the automotive adrenaline seekers. In keeping with the original NSX, leading up to the new model\u2019s release, Acura said that the goal of the car was to give the owner more livability than those eminently capable but also moody supercars. In early 2016, the final details became clear: The NSX would employ a mid-engine twin-turbo 3.5L V6, a hybrid electric system to boost instant throttle response, and a 9-speed dual clutch gearbox. A lot of tech with the devil ultimately in the details.

Let\u2019s talk about the petrol engine first. Unlike the original NSX, it\u2019s not a pumped-up 3.5L V6 pulled from an Odyssey minivan. Instead, it\u2019s born of Honda\u2019s racing heritage with a 75-degree V-angle and a dry sump oiling system. On its own, the twin-turbo V6 is rated at 500 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque at a low 2,000 rpm. And in driving, its motorsports roots are obvious \u2013 this engine is silky smooth and rev happy. It wants to see redline, practically begs for it, and in doing so rewards the driver with intoxicating thrust. Its soundtrack also creates a lovely chorus, with a deep rumble intermixed into higher frequency harmonics that become more prominent as revs increase.

Electric motors are known for their instantaneous whack of full-power output, and it\u2019s that startling abruptness that makes the Tesla so giggle-inducing. What Acura has done is employ a 36hp electric motor on each of the front wheels, and another 50hp motor shared by the two rear wheels to give immediate throttle response while the petrol engine is getting into its happy range. But while the push tails off as speed increases with a purely electric drivetrain, the NSX gains urgency as you move faster, combining the best of both worlds. Also, the electric assist helps smooth out acceleration rough edges. This NSX is capable of sub-3-second 0-to-60 sprints, and how easily it does so makes one believe it could be done over and over consistently, without worry of a time-killing fudged launch.

While the hybrid powertrain tech is the obvious talking point, all the tech smarts employed in the chassis and drivetrain are equally relevant, if not equally obvious at first glance. The NSX\u2019s 9-speed dual clutch is smart \u2013 wicked smart. While test driving every car, at some point during my evaluation, I switch gears manually instead of letting the ECU decide. And in most cases, this injects a bit more driver involvement, because I\u2019m just a bit smarter at making those decisions. With the NSX, I found the computer always did a better job of deciding when to switch cogs than I could, and adding myself to the processing cycle only dulled the experience.

Every true driver\u2019s car has switchable driving modes these days \u2013 some are obvious changes, others not so much. The NSX has four switchable modes, and they transform the car from kitten to killer. In Quiet mode, for instance, the NSX can slink past unnoticed, except for its traffic-stopping looks. Quiet mode keeps the car on battery power up to 20mph, quiets the exhaust above and softens all its senses. Then there\u2019s Track mode: Turn the knob to that position, and the NSX becomes a high-wire experience, walking the razor\u2019s edge between control and chaos. To truly discover the boundaries of what the NSX is capable of in Track mode would actually require a safe and controlled track setting. On the street, after a handful of 20mph switchback corners, I found myself white-knuckled and backing down to the more computer-stabilized Sport+ setting \u2013 but wow, was it exhilarating! I\u2019ve never experienced a more dual character car, and it was all made possible with tech and smart programming.

No longer does your supercar need to sit under a car cover all week \u2013 the new NSX proves it. This car could absolutely be driven anytime or all the time. Its cost of admission means it will be compared to a lofty few on the market, and one might want for more luxury inside, or a bit more storage space, possibly a more refined stereo system. What the NSX does more perfectly than any other car available today is making supercar excitement accessible on a daily basis. And really, what fun is a supercar if it spends its life in your garage?\u00a0\u00a0

PRICE AS TESTED: $189,230

LOANER FROM: Frank Leta Acura, frankletaacura.com

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John Kelly\u2019s story isn\u2019t quite legendary yet, but the longtime St. Louis Blues television broadcaster comes from legendary stock. His fable may just take another generation before it\u2019s fully told.

Kelly moved to St. Louis from Canada in 1968, when his dad, Hockey Hall of Fame announcer Dan Kelly, became the voice of the Blues. The elder Kelly was already a prominent play-by-play man in Canada, but spent the next two decades in St. Louis while continuing to do NHL telecasts. It seemed inevitable that the younger Kelly would follow in his dad\u2019s footsteps, and he did, right down to the sound of his voice. The similarity is uncanny, but Kelly says it came naturally.

\u201cI think its genetics,\u201d Kelly says. \u201cYou have to remember as a kid, if I wasn\u2019t at the game, I would listen every single night in my bed with my transistor radio. So when you listen to somebody night after night broadcasting hockey, you\u2019re going to pick up a lot of their characteristics and traits.\u201d

In November 1988, Kelly father and son called their one-and-only Blues game together. A few months later, Kelly\u2019s father lost his fight with lung cancer at the age of 52. Kelly still feels the loss of his father and the pain of cancer\u2019s sting.

\u201cIt seems so tragic to me because he was such a great father and husband, and he worked so hard his entire life,\u201d Kelly reflects. \u201cHe came from a lower- middle-class upbringing and rose to prominence as one of the greatest hockey broadcasters ever but never got to enjoy his retirement or grandkids. It\u2019s so sad.\u201d

Kelly and I are sitting in the stands of Scottrade Center while watching the Blues practice. The sound of pucks hitting the boards echoes through the empty seats. The players aren\u2019t wearing numbers on their practice jerseys, but Kelly knows the team so well he doesn\u2019t need numbers. He can identify the players just by the way they skate and shoot the puck.

Kelly started working for the Blues the same year his father passed away, but after three seasons, he left St. Louis. He called games in both Tampa Bay and Colorado for 12 years, picking up two Stanley Cup rings with the Avalanche before coming home in 2005. Kelly\u2019s now in his 16th season with the Blues, and at 57, he hopes he\u2019s home for good.

As the team goes through its power-play drills, Kelly reflects on another difficult milestone in his life \u2013 the day he found out his wife Jennifer had breast cancer.

\u201cWhen your wife is diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer, it\u2019s a shock,\u201d he says. \u201cShe was shocked because she has lived a very healthy life.\u201d Kelly praises the doctors at the Siteman Cancer Center for his wife\u2019s treatment.

\u201cThere was never a concern that they couldn\u2019t cure it,\u201d Kelly says. \u201cThey were aggressive in their treatments. It was very difficult for her physically and mentally, but we got through it. It was a tough year and a half, and she still struggles with some of the side effects of the medications, but overall she feels great.\u201d

Kelly smiles when he says his wife is on the road to a complete recovery, noting that despite the setbacks, he\u2019s lived a charmed life. Kelly grew up with an NHL team, played high school hockey at Parkway North, learned the basics of his trade at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, announced Stanley Cup Championship games and raised two daughters and a son with his wife, all while having a dream job in his adopted hometown.

\u201cI\u2019m just very blessed with great family and a job that I love, and hopefully can do for the rest of my career,\u201d Kelly says. \u201cNot many people when they get up in the morning can say that they love their job and can\u2019t wait to get to work, but I\u2019m one of the lucky few.\u201d

Kelly admits, though, that attaining the same legendary status as his dad is going to be tough to do. \u201cI think there are different ways to define legendary,\u201d he says. \u201cI\u2019m no way close to my dad; he was a national announcer his entire career and won some very prominent awards in hockey. He\u2019s in the Hockey Hall of Fame!\u201d

Kelly shares that it wouldn\u2019t bother him a bit if he\u2019s remembered only as the son of Patrick \u201cDan\u201d Kelly. However, as mentioned previously, the tale may have yet another chapter. Kelly\u2019s own 22-year-old son, also named Patrick, is studying broadcasting at Lindenwood University. His goal is to be the third generation of Kellys as the voice of the Blues.

Now that\u2019s the stuff that legends are made of.\u00a0

Paul Brown is a longtime journalist on radio, on television and in print as a reporter, an anchor, a talk show host and a columnist. He\u2019s also a media and public relations consultant with Paul Brown Media.

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Difficult numerical problems, multifaceted scientific projects, classroom presentations and outside reading form part of every elementary student\u2019s daily studies. Meanwhile, advanced placement classes, international baccalaureate curriculums and college preparatory opportunities are becoming the norm for many high school scholars. While some students feel hyper-motivated to make good grades, though, others just try to survive the day-to-day pressures of academic life.

In years past, private tutoring often aided only struggling students. Children as young as 4 or 5 years would seek academic support to learn basic concepts, while older students often employed tutors to assist with a specific subject area. Although this remains the case, the educational industry is now registering a new trend \u2013 of outside professionals being hired to help students boost their GPA, assist with complex subject matter and prepare for admission tests like the SAT and ACT.

Although most students still work with a tutor for traditional help, more and more teenagers are getting assistance to advance their studies. Even before a semester begins, many adolescents realize they\u2019ll face an extremely challenging teacher or a particularly difficult class. In such situations, many students proactively and preemptively engage professional help to ensure they understand material, minimize stress and earn good grades.

Tutoring can also help busy students achieve school/life balance. Many who pursue sports, enjoy artistic endeavors or have a unique, time-consuming extracurricular life struggle to fit everything in. An organizational tutor can help prioritize work and structure study schedules that allow talented youths to maximize homework time so they can pursue their passions while still maintaining their grades.

Another rapidly growing area of assistance involves test prep specialists. Although most schools offer classes to help students with standardized test-taking strategies, these exams overwhelm many families. Parents are hiring specific specialists who assist their children to prepare. By adapting their curriculum and teaching pace to match a student\u2019s strengths and weaknesses, these instructors create a customized learning experience focused on test performance. In addition to providing academic assistance, such experts build student confidence by teaching about test format, penalties for guessing and exam-specific strategies.

Tutors, it bears nothing, aren\u2019t babysitters or homework-doers. A competent professional will understand the unique needs of each client and succeed in building a trusting relationship. Do your research, though, before hiring a tutor \u2013 especially if seeking specialized assistance. Hourly fees can range from $15 for a college student to more than $85 for a specially trained teacher. A good tutor, however, constitutes a valuable commodity that can relieve student stress and deliver valuable results.\u00a0

Prior to going into private practice as a psychotherapist and learning-disabilities specialist, Russell Hyken, Ph.D., Ed.S., M.A., LPC, NCC, worked for more than 15 years as an English teacher, school counselor and school administrator. Visit him online at ed-psy.com.

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The fullness of life isn\u2019t just found in one\u2019s memories. At Parc Provence, the in-between moments have just as much meaning. The memory care community is recognized nationally for its ability to navigate dementia and Alzheimer\u2019s disease in residents through person-centered care.

\u201cWe empower senior adults to function at their highest potential by promoting individual physical and cognitive abilities,\u201d administrator Kathy Aragon, RN, says. \u201cOur environmental design and active life enrichment program, as well as our history, set us apart. We\u2019ve stayed true to our model of care since we opened and have a core staff that\u2019s stayed the same. We remain locally owned by the original owners.\u201d

Aragon applies 30-plus years of experience in nursing to her role as administrator, with 25 years in long-term care. \u201cI have a clear understanding of Parc Provence\u2019s philosophy of care,\u201d she explains. \u201cOur programming enriches the lives of residents with meaningful, purpose-filled activities. Our staffing remains stable and consistent. I want to ensure Parc stays true to that model of care.\u201d

As the administrator, she ensures a continuity in the type of care each resident receives. \u201cThe most important part of my role is to be a link between our various departments, and to meet the needs of our residents\u2019 social well-being,\u201d she adds. \u201cI make sure our residents\u2019 lives are full and as independent as they possibly can be.\u201d

Creating an atmosphere of comfort and familiarity is key to best serving residents. \u201cParc does not look like a typical community,\u201d Aragon describes. \u201cIt has a homelike environment, with different households that feel like small communities. We try to place our residents with their peers who are at the same functional and cognitive level while maintaining consistent staffing, so residents and staff can build a special bond. That connection allows residents to feel secure.\u201d

Building on that level of trust, Parc Provence offers a diverse schedule that includes cognitive, spiritual and sensory stimuli, from our golf and basketball to aromatherapy and massage therapy. \u201cOur daily activities are interspersed and engaging, with the goal to keep residents happy,\u201d Aragon shares. \u201cParc Provence offers a variety of activities based on interests and cognitive levels that are lead throughout the community simultaneously. It\u2019s important for adults with memory issues to stay active and keep their minds busy, so they can retain their abilities and minds for as long as possible, which gives them purpose and improves quality of life.\u201d

Residents have a particular interest in the music-based activities, no matter the stage of dementia, as well as social gatherings such as happy hours that often include ice cream. The sensory-based activities can activate and trigger memories.

\u201cThe reactions you can get from different smells and touches may be something you haven\u2019t seen in a long time \u2013 and that makes it all worthwhile,\u201d Aragon describes. \u201cBeing at different levels of dementia, everything a resident participates in is important. Brushing your teeth, styling your hair, folding laundry \u2026 It all gives purpose, and residents take pride in it. It\u2019s comforting to know they are enjoying life and that we\u2019re providing that quality of life.\u201d

Many components of life make it feel more complete, and memory is only one part of that. Parc Provence goes beyond to help residents capture happiness through every aspect of life. \u201cWe look at residents as a whole \u2013 cognitively, functionally, socially and physically,\u201d Aragon says. \u201cNo two residents seem to have the same dementia or cognitive level, and for us, it\u2019s about meeting the needs of where each is at. That can vary from hour to hour and day to day. However, seeing the joy they have when they rediscover a memory makes all the difference.\u201d

Parc Provence, 605 Coeur de Ville Drive, Creve Coeur, 314-542-2500, parcprovence.com

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St. Luke\u2019s Hospital honors four local women with the St. Luke\u2019s Hospital 2017 Healthy Woman Award at its Spirit of Women \u201cAll Decked Out\u201d event on Thursday, Nov. 16, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel \u2013 Chesterfield. The award, now in its 12th year, recognizes and celebrates women who not only take steps to improve their own health, but also inspire better health and improve the quality of life within their community. Meet this year\u2019s remarkable recipients:

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Jessica Dederer

Having always worked in nonprofits, Jessica Dederer says her whole career has been in a place she loves. Currently, that place is as chief development officer of FamilyForward, an organization committed to helping vulnerable children and their families build safer, healthier relationships by offering comprehensive therapeutic and educational services. Outside of work, Dederer volunteers at her children\u2019s schools, serves on the parish council and development committee of her church, volunteers with local charities, and serves as a mentor through the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network \u2013 St. Louis.

Dederer describes herself as a \u201creal\u201d person who always looks for ways to balance work, health and family. One thing she insists on is family dinners together, even if it means not eating until 8 p.m. when all the family\u2019s activities have ended. She also strives to model healthy living at home and at work.

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Dr. Kelley Humphries

Kelley Humphries\u2019 passion for health, human performance and service is evident in all that she does. As a former college athlete, health and wellness always has been a priority in her own life. Professionally, she segued that passion into her career as a chiropractor, serving as assistant director of the Human Performance Center at Logan University. She also leads the university\u2019s integrative clinic at Paraquad, promoting health and wellness for individuals with disabilities.

In the community, Humphries has served as a strength and conditioning coach for Harris-Stowe State University\u2019s women\u2019s basketball team; on the board of Young Variety of St. Louis; as executive council member for Young Ambassadors \u2013 Wings of Hope; on the medical staff for The World Games 2017, Wroclaw in Poland and the 2017 American Open Finals in weightlifting; as a high performance administrator for Para Powerlifting \u2013 Team USA; and she helped found the Women\u2019s Leadership Council at Logan University, which aims to educate, inspire, empower and guide women personally and professionally .

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Kelsey Koenig

Making a commitment to prioritize her health, Kelsey Koenig lost weight by challenging herself to consistent exercise and healthy meal planning.

Motivated by her own lifestyle changes and guided by a passion to ensure that all people have the resources to be successful in creating a healthier lifestyle, Koenig has volunteered for the past two years with The Fit and Food Connection (FAFC), a nonprofit organization that strives to provide healthy living resources through nutrition and physical fitness to families in need in North St. Louis City and County. She currently leads the organization\u2019s marketing, social media and website committees, helping the FAFC\u2019s services reach as many families as possible. She also recently started teaching free yoga classes at FAFC. Koenig inspires others to make the best of their current circumstances with the motto \u201cdo what you can, with what you have, where you are.\u201d

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Nancy Lieberman

Nancy Lieberman first took up running to help manage stress and migraines. She went on to run her first marathon at age 47. \u201cI realized through exercise how much better I felt and the camaraderie it builds,\u201d Lieberman says. Since then, she has completed 12 marathons and dozens of triathlons, as well as five IRONMAN 140.6 and 28 IRONMAN 70.3 races, including five IRONMAN World Championship events.

Helping other people get active became a mission for Lieberman and led her 18 years ago to found GO! St. Louis, a non-profit organization that encourages individuals and families in the St. Louis region to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle year-round through fun fitness events, school-based programming and community collaborations. Since retiring as founder and president of GO! St. Louis, Lieberman has remained active in the community and beyond, chairing the St. Louis Senior Olympics, serving on the St. Louis Civic Pride foundation, volunteering with the Wyman Center, and serving as a camp counselor in South Africa for children of families impacted by HIV and AIDS.

For more information on the award and to see past honorees, visit stlukes-stl.com/healthy-woman. For information and tickets to All Decked Out, visit stlukes-stl.com/spirit.

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The task of choosing a college is no easy feat. Across the St. Louis area and throughout the country, high-school students comb website after website in search of their next step in life. They\u2019re seeking an institution that matches their interests and that offers scholarships to help make college more feasible. Oftentimes, finding the right resources can be a struggle.

Enter Peerlift, a student-led national organization that offers hundreds of curated opportunities for high school students \u2013 all with financial aid. The 501(c)(3) focuses on helping low- and middle-income students find the resources they need to succeed in their college search. It was started by a group of Coca-Cola Scholar students who saw a need for an online program that connected students to great opportunities \u2013 regardless of their financial background. Each year, 150 students across the United States are chosen by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation to receive $20,000 scholarships to the college of their choice.

\"Tejas

Tejas Sekhar

Among them was Tejas Sekhar, one of the three Missouri students selected to be a Coca-Cola Scholar. He graduated from Saint Louis Priory School in May 2017 and has gone on to attend Northwestern University, based in Evanston, Illinois. During his college search, Sekhar noticed that though many resources he was receiving were tailored to his interests, the price tag was outrageous. He joined the Peerlift team to help spread resources evenly across all future college prospects and reduce inequality across the American school system.

The Peerlift website, which launched just a few months ago, provides a simple format for its resources. Under the \u201cOpportunities\u201d tab, students will find awards, college fly-ins, internships, scholarships, study-abroad options and summer programs \u2013 all with a simple, clear format for pricing, deadlines and grade level. They\u2019re also able to filter their results based on deadlines, along with additional tags like diversity, service, low income and more.

\u201cThere\u2019s so much work to be done,\u201d Sekhar says. \u201cPrivilege creates inequality among students. [Peerlift] is an equalizer that can promote experiences to students who might not have had this information in the first place.\u201d

In Sekhar\u2019s role with Peerlift as a student ambassador, he works with St. Louis schools to ensure that the program\u2019s resources are being distributed to local high schoolers who need those resources the most.

\"Will

Will Polster

Joining him in this local student ambassador role is Will Polster, a Pattonville High School junior. Polster heard about Peerlift through a fellow Pattonville student who now attends Harvard University. She nominated him to be a student representative, and Polster was given the opportunity to help sculpt the nonprofit before it launched.

\u201cThe main initiative for us as high school ambassadors is outreach,\u201d Polster says. \u201cI work with local school administrators and counselors to integrate Peerlift into their programs and make sure it\u2019s something all students have access to.\u201d

Polster says he\u2019s quickly discovered how great a resource pool Peerlift can be and has personally applied to three programs on the site already.

\u201cI discovered how essential it is to me in my search, and that\u2019s what motivated me to reach out and help extend it,\u201d he says.

Since Peerlift is still fairly new, the student ambassadors are also working with counselors and high school administrators to get feedback on how the material is being presented and make sure it\u2019s being delivered effectively. Polster is hopeful for Peerlift\u2019s future in the St. Louis area and wants to see it being expanded to include many more schools in the area.

\u201cIn the coming months, I hope to be working more one-on-one and in-person, spreading beyond just schools near Pattonville,\u201d Polster says. \u201cI know we can personalize Peerlift to fit each school.\u201d

Sekhar has similar hopes for Peerlift both in St. Louis and across the nation.

\u201cPeerlift is a great way to give everyone a fair shot at a great education,\u201d he says. \u201cThere\u2019s a fundamental need in society for students to be able to do whatever they want to do, but without a good education, you don\u2019t get the chance. I see how fortunate I am, and I see how much work there is to be done.\u201d

Peerlift, peerlift.org

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\"Frank

Frank Cusumano

Here are half a dozen things on my mind this month:

1. St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Tommy Pham should be paid. He doesn\u2019t have to be, and he likely won\u2019t be, but in my opinion, if you\u2019re the best player on the team, the cash-rich organization should reward him. Imagine Dexter Fowler made $16.5 million this year, and Pham, a better player, made $500,000. This year, he\u2019ll make slightly more, but his arbitration doesn\u2019t come up till the following season. It\u2019s not my money, I know, but the man should be paid. I love his skills. I love his attitude.

2. This may not be the most popular opinion, but I think the criticism of Mike Matheny is much too excessive. Is he Tony La Russa in his prime? Is he Whitey Herzog? No and no! However, Matheny lost both closers, he didn\u2019t have a cleanup hitter, and he was given a roster with minimal defensive players. Hall of Famer Rick Hummel brought up a great point, that La Russa got to manage both Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday in the primes of their careers, hitting third and fourth all year long. For the most part, Matheny has a pretty good rapport with his players, and they do play hard for him.

3. What the Cardinals need and what Matheny needs is a cleanup hitter. His name is Giancarlo Stanton. He\u2019s big, strong and charismatic. The fans deserve to have some star power. They support the franchise with 3.4 million tickets bought. Only the Dodgers sold more. Stanton\u2019s contract is crazy: $295 million left. So is the money coming into the organization? What\u2019s not to like about this marriage? The Marlins need to cut payroll. The Cardinals are flush with cash and desperate for stardom and power. Make it happen!

4. I love the future of the Blues. I\u2019m hoping they can withstand these injuries to core players. Doug Armstrong is a bit like John Mozeliak. They\u2019re big-picture guys who constantly are thinking about the future and stocking the franchise with talented young players. I think the Blues may be closer to winning it all than the Cardinals. I\u2019m not sure the last time I thought that. The only item of concern is just how good the Central Division is.

5. I don\u2019t know if there\u2019s anything better in life than watching playoff baseball in the fall, especially when it\u2019s cold outside and you don\u2019t have to worry about going to work \u2013 although I do think sitting in a hot tub with a chill in the air watching those games with a beer in your hand is pretty good. The worst is the thing I normally have to do: watch the game on a small screen while I\u2019m editing and writing scripts for the show.

6. That leads me to my final point \u2013 what I\u2019d be doing if I weren\u2019t a sportscaster. I think I could get my busboy job back at Kemoll\u2019s \u2013 so I have that going for me, which is nice. I\u2019d also love to be a high school basketball coach. However, the job I\u2019d really love to have one day is to work at Kennelwood Pet Resorts. Spending eight hours a day with a bunch of lovely dogs would be heaven for me.\u00a0

Frank Cusumano is a 17-time Emmy Award-winner on KSDK-TV; he also hosts The Pressbox on The All New 590 the Fan from 10 a.m. to noon each weekday and contributes to The Dave Glover Show on FM NewsTalk 97.1. Follow him on Twitter @frank_cusumano.

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The dreaded wakeup call of a child who has wet the bed is not a good way to start the day. Bedwetting, also known as enuresis, is urinating while asleep after the age when most children are expected to be dry through the night. Most children are dry well before the age of 5. However, by age 7, a few kids still wet routinely.

Boys are more at risk for bedwetting, as are children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or a parent who wet the bed as a child. If your child still wets the bed often despite being older than 7; begins to wet the bed after having been dry through the night for a few months; has painful urination, pink or dark urine, excessive thirst or hunger, or chronic constipation; or snores loudly at night, it\u2019s time to talk with your child\u2019s doctor. The physician may perform a urine test to rule out infection, diabetes and other abnormalities. It\u2019s rare, but on occasion imaging tests may be ordered if an uncommon structural abnormality in the kidneys or bladder is suspected.

How can you help your child? Consider these possibilities:

\u2022 Limit the amount of fluid your child drinks after supper, unless your child plays sports in the evening.

\u2022 Avoid drinks with caffeine, which is a bladder stimulant and irritant.

\u2022 Be sure your child urinates before bedtime, and consider waking him or her later in the evening when you yourself are ready for bed.

\u2022 If your child is constipated, discuss with your doctor a recommended treatment regimen.

\u2022 Watch for irritant rashes that can occur when your child is wet at night.

Your physician may recommend a nighttime moisture alarm. In my experience, these work well although they require patience. It may take two to three weeks to see initial effects and three to four months to see resolution.

Medications are sometimes prescribed and effective, including DDAVP (the trade name for desmopressin), a hormone that reduces nighttime production of urine. There’s little or no evidence that alternative therapies such as hypnosis, acupuncture, chiropractic therapy and homeopathic herbal remedies are effective. For more information or specialist advice, please visit mercy.net/lnbedwetting.

The most important therapy is support and understanding. Your child is not wetting the bed voluntarily, and this is often very embarrassing for him. Be supportive. This too shall pass. [LN dingbat]

Dr. Joseph Kahn is president of Mercy Kids (mercykids.org), an expansive network of pediatric care dedicated to meeting the needs of every child, every day.

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Officials from the Salvation Army and the Urban League, cut the ribbon on the Ferguson Community Empowerment Center on July 26, 2017. Standing to the left of Michael McMillan (scissors) President and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitian St. Louis is National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial.

In August 2014, the city of Ferguson was thrown into the global spotlight after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. In the days that followed the Aug. 9 shooting, a QuikTrip on West Florissant Avenue was looted and burned to the ground during a riot followed by an evening of otherwise peaceful protesting.

Three years later, the site of the burned-out QuikTrip is unrecognizable from what it was following then. In its place stands a state-of-the-art, multimillion-dollar facility that houses offices for the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, The Salvation Army\u2019s Midland Chapter, University of Missouri Extension and Lutheran Hope Center.

At the end of July, coinciding with the National Urban League\u2019s annual conference taking place in St. Louis, the Ferguson Community Empowerment Center opened its doors at 9420 W. Florissant Ave. Michael McMillan, the president of the local Urban League chapter, says the center has been met with a \u201cfantastic response\u201d from the community in the months since its opening. Much of the interest has come from walk-in traffic, he notes, with residents of the surrounding communities curious about the resources offered at the center.

One such resource is the Save Our Sons program, which was started as a direct result of the unrest in Ferguson in 2014. McMillan, who was named president of the Urban League\u2019s local chapter in 2013, recalls the huge outcry from young people wanting their voices to be heard.

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\u201cUsually, decision-making tables consist of people who have risen in their careers to a certain level,\u201d he says. \u201cAs a result, a lot of times you don\u2019t have young people in the room when decisions are being made. We made a conscious choice to get out into the community and literally walk these streets to listen to what young people needed to say.\u201d

Though the young people of the North County community expressed a variety of opinions, one thing that was overwhelmingly stressed was the need for jobs. Urban League members looked at their statistics and found that 70 percent of their clients were female heads of households. Men, they discovered, largely weren\u2019t taking advantage of programs.

\u201cWe wanted to tailor a program just centered around them, because African-American males in North County and north St. Louis City have three times the unemployment rate of the average citizen,\u201d McMillan says. \u201cWe wanted to make sure we did something to rectify that and deal with it as a crisis. We created Save Our Sons, working on our federal workforce model we\u2019ve had for the past 16 years.\u201d

Save Our Sons is a four-week program that focuses on how to get a job, how to keep a job, how to get promoted and how to become more marketable in the workplace. It\u2019s the Urban League\u2019s goal to place graduates of the program in new jobs.

\u201cWe don\u2019t consider it a success until we place you somewhere,\u201d McMillan says. \u201cWe have hiring managers and human-resource officers come in from around the region with more than 100 partner companies we work with.\u201d

The Urban League also takes into account the candidates\u2019 interests, working to place them in jobs that they enjoy \u2013 something beneficial for both the employer and the employee. To date, Save Our Sons has graduated 400 men and placed them in jobs in warehousing, logistics, shipping, retail, food service, construction, information technology, and parks and conservation. As the program continues to develop and expand, McMillan hopes it can be used as a model across the region and even across the country.

\u201cThere\u2019s significant need to expand it into the city, to East St. Louis and St. Clair County,\u201d McMillan says. \u201cThis is an epidemic all over the country, and we\u2019d love to have [the program model] utilized everywhere. In the Urban League movement with almost 100 [chapters] across the country, we\u2019re constantly trying to show best practices and learn from each other.\u201d

The Ferguson Community Empowerment Center is truly a collaborative effort. Construction for the $5.8 million building was paid in full, with funding from donors, St. Louis County tax credits, co-owner The Salvation Army and TIAA Direct. University of Missouri-St. Louis\u2019 extension program operates a satellite office out of the building, and Lutheran Hope Center also has offices there. Other organizations, like Better Family Life and Provident, will be able to use the building for events.

\u201cWe\u2019re most proud of the fact that there\u2019s been so much overwhelming support from everyone we asked to be a part of this in any way whatsoever,\u201d McMillan says. \u201cEvery part of society here has been so supportive, and we couldn\u2019t be happier.\u201d

As for the center\u2019s future, McMillan hopes tens of thousands of people will be able to come through its doors to get services and build better lives for themselves and the community around them.

\u201cWe want to constantly promote the spirit of giving back,\u201d he says. \u201cNo matter a person\u2019s circumstance, we hope they would use the gifts they\u2019ve been given to give of their time to help others and that this building would be a beacon of that \u2013 of helping others and making a difference in the community.\u201d

Ferguson Community Empowerment Center, 9420 W. Florissant Ave., St. Louis, 314-615-3600, ulstl.com

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"}, {"id":"7c522925-dce9-58be-964c-247afe96147f","type":"article","starttime":"1509037200","starttime_iso8601":"2017-10-26T12:00:00-05:00","priority":35,"sections":[{"columns":"business/columns"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Communication Conversation: Ace Your Entrance Interview","url":"http://www.laduenews.com/business/columns/article_7c522925-dce9-58be-964c-247afe96147f.html","permalink":"http://www.laduenews.com/business/columns/communication-conversation-ace-your-entrance-interview/article_7c522925-dce9-58be-964c-247afe96147f.html","canonical":"http://www.laduenews.com/business/columns/communication-conversation-ace-your-entrance-interview/article_7c522925-dce9-58be-964c-247afe96147f.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Janis Murray","prologue":"\u201cWhat other schools are you looking at?\u201d is a tough question a lot of high school seniors face during college admission interviews.\u00a0","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["janis murray","communication conversation"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"images":[{"id":"67a3fe96-1f44-519f-a8ba-8b34cc76a2cc","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":1763,"hiresheight":1175,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/7a/67a3fe96-1f44-519f-a8ba-8b34cc76a2cc/59ea6bcf4636a.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"760","height":"507","url":"https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/7a/67a3fe96-1f44-519f-a8ba-8b34cc76a2cc/59ea6bcf45693.image.jpg?resize=760%2C507"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"67","url":"https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/7a/67a3fe96-1f44-519f-a8ba-8b34cc76a2cc/59ea6bcf45693.image.jpg?resize=100%2C67"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"200","url":"https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/7a/67a3fe96-1f44-519f-a8ba-8b34cc76a2cc/59ea6bcf45693.image.jpg?resize=300%2C200"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"682","url":"https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/7a/67a3fe96-1f44-519f-a8ba-8b34cc76a2cc/59ea6bcf45693.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C682"}}}],"revision":7,"commentID":"7c522925-dce9-58be-964c-247afe96147f","body":"
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\u201cWhat other schools are you looking at?\u201d is a tough question a lot of high school seniors face during college admission interviews. When preparing students for such all-important interviews, I ask them the same question preemptively. A majority dutifully recite their entire list, but there\u2019s a better way to go.

Although it\u2019s technically none of the interviewer\u2019s business, you certainly can\u2019t say that without being rude; nor can you say, \u201cNone,\u201d as it wouldn\u2019t be honest. However, you do have a right to privacy. Prepare a truthful answer that is concise but doesn\u2019t spill all the beans.

Here\u2019s a successful strategy devised years ago that answers the question honestly and briefly, and guides the conversation back to its purpose: how you and that particular college are a good fit.

Mention one other college you\u2019re applying to that has similar admission requirements (such as ACT scores or GPA) and that is, preferably, in the same region. As an example, use Harvard for an MIT interview, then circle back to the school at hand, giving a specific reason for your interest. For example: \u201cI\u2019m also applying to Harvard, but I\u2019m particularly interested in MIT because their biology major involves a chance for undergraduates to participate in research.\u201d This is where your own pre-interview preparation is crucial, as your reason must be real with specific details. End your answer with a simple question like \u201cCan you tell me more about that?\u201d Ending with a question throws the ball back into the interviewer\u2019s court, so the interviewer has to think and answer. In the process, the interviewer will likely forget the initial \u201cwhat other colleges\u201d issue altogether.

If the interviewer doesn\u2019t know the details of the specific program or major you inquire about and seem stymied, you can gently change your question to something like \u201cWhat made your experience at MIT particularly fulfilling for you?\u201d This works especially well at those one-on-one interviews in coffeehouses with an alumnus or alumna who has volunteered for interview duty simply out of love for his or her alma mater.

Clients from the last 15 years have provided feedback that this strategy works very well, quickly defusing a question you don\u2019t really want to answer while helping you learn more about the college and keeping the conversation on track. A triple win \u2013 try it!

Janis Murray is president of Murray Prep LLC, providing communication training for individuals seeking college admission and career advancement. She works with students and professionals, creating successful strategies, résumés, cover letters, essays, and image and interview/presentation performances. Contact her at jmurray@murrayprep.com.

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As the region\u2019s leaders scramble to put the finishing touches on our proposal to lure Amazon\u2019s second headquarters with its promised 50,000 jobs to St. Louis, one wonders if what we plan to offer mirrors what every other metro area will propose: corporate tax rebates, ready infrastructure and plenty of other concessions. Yet we could truly set our region apart by embracing one of the strongest competitive advantages available today \u2013 diversity and inclusiveness.

Researchers have found that uniting people with different ideas and perspectives can boost creativity and enable institutions to transform themselves, while accelerating change and progress. Ronald Burt, a sociologist at the University of Chicago, suggests that organizations with more diverse sources of information consistently generate better ideas. Sara Ellison of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has shown that mixed-gender and mixed-race teams produce more creative solutions than less diverse teams. Even internal surveys at Google have found that diverse teams often innovate the most.

Diversity brings different experiences, questions prevailing assumptions and leads to new approaches to resolving long-standing challenges. Such a proven strategy would appeal to a global company like Amazon, whose own website calls it \u201ca company of builders who bring varying backgrounds, ideas and points of view to decisions and inventing on behalf of our customers.\u201d More important, diversity could catalyze our local businesses and corporations to realize greater future growth and success.

What will it take for businesses to pursue diversity and inclusiveness with the same vigor and commitment they chase market share and profit? Simply put, we need to acknowledge diversity as a business imperative and a financially responsible move. We need to recognize a return on diversity, or ROD, equivalent to the infamous bottom-line ROI \u2013 return on investment.

In practice, because of the difficulty of attributing increased performance directly to diversity, we focus on qualitative measures like employee engagement, feedback from customers, well-rounded decision-making, improved communication and greater transparency \u2013 all, admittedly, vital to achieving a high-performing culture and profitability.

ROD involves not just achieving equal ratios of minorities to nonminorities or women to men. Rather, it seeks to achieve balance through the richness of blended elements \u2013 culture, experience, age, perspective, gender and race \u2013 to ensure an organization can move from success to significance.

At the same time, diversity without inclusiveness has no meaning. Inclusiveness means being part of the delivery and execution of an organization\u2019s mission. Organizations may recruit the best, most accomplished minds, but those hires cannot merely serve as showcases for the organization. We must encourage the fresh voices and broader thinking they bring \u2013 quite simply, a move that makes dollars and sense.

To achieve the long-term success we seek in this region, we need the kind of creativity, persistence and commitment that only a truly diverse community can provide. That achievement needs to start with the companies already in St. Louis. Making diversity and inclusiveness a corporate imperative will make our region attractive and competitive.

Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande is the president of BOA Consulting and former president of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. He has a Ph.D. in economics and previously served as dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University.

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Just because the ambient temperature\u2019s cooling doesn\u2019t mean the St. Louis golf scene is doing the same. Case in point: Shawn Jasper of Marthasville just captured a title that escaped him in 2003.

Jasper, a Francis Howell and University of Missouri graduate, won the 27th annual Metropolitan Amateur held at Norwood Hills Country Club. Jasper finished the championship with rounds of 70-71-74, for a 1-over-par 215 total.

\u201cThis is one that eluded me in 2003,\u201d Jasper says. \u201cI kind of fell into it back then as a high schooler. Obviously, this is one you want to put on your r\u00e9sum\u00e9.\u201d

Jasper has now completed the Missouri Amateur Golf Association\u2019s grand slam of championships. Going into the final round of the three-day event, he carried a two-shot lead.

Thomas in USGA Senior Amateur

With high hopes, Scott Thomas returned to his home state, Minnesota, to play in his first United States Golf Association event.

\u201cIt was everything and more of what I hoped,\u201d says Thomas, who now lives in Chesterfield. \u201cIt\u2019s been so long since I had been to a USGA event.\u201d

Thomas succeeded in his goal, reaching match play and finishing 57th with a 151 in the two-day stroke play competition. His rounds were 75 and 76.

Holtgrieve to Slow Down

Jim Holtgrieve announced recently that his active tournament career will be winding down after his win at the Metropolitan Senior Amateur.

\u201cI\u2019ve got to be honest,\u201d Holtgrieve says. \u201cI\u2019m going to be 70 in December. I\u2019ve talked to a lot of my old competitor friends as regards to what golf is all about now. I\u2019ve been a competitor since I was 8 or 9 years old.

\u201cI\u2019ve tried to go out and have fun. The game is taking on a different light for me now. I really enjoy it. I want to compete, but I\u2019m not comfortable competing.\u201d

One of St. Louis\u2019 top amateurs, Holtgrieve captured the 25th Senior Amateur on his home track of Westborough Country Club. Holtgrieve had rounds of 69 and 70 for a 3-over-139 total to earn the win. He also won it 10 years ago when he returned to the amateur ranks.

In the 1970s and \u201980s, Holtgrieve numbered among the best amateur players in the country. He qualified for the 1978 U.S. Open; won Walker Cup squads in 1979, 1981 and 1983; served on two victorious World Amateur Team Championship editions in 1980 and 1982; and became a semifinalist at the 1980 U.S. Amateur, a runner-up in the 1983 British Amateur and the winner of the 1981 U.S. Mid-Amateur \u2013 the first one ever played.

Migdal at U.S. Amateur

Ballwin\u2019s Sam Migdal missed the cut in the 117th U.S. Amateur Championship in California.

The cut was 144, and Migdal shot a 155 over two days of stroke play. He opened with a 78 at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles, following it with a 77 at The Riviera Country Club in Palisades, California. This marked Migdal\u2019s first time to compete in the U.S. Amateur.

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