Written by MSU News Service
An online course from Montana State University helps MSU students and off-campus professionals build and organize a Web-based portfolio of their work.
By the end of the fall semester, each participant will have a customized website live on the Internet plus skills in software programs like WordPress and Photoshop. The course, "Portfolio Design and Preparation" (HORT 491-801), is open to students of all majors and professionals of all backgrounds. It offers three undergraduate credits.
"Students and professionals of all levels are expected to provide portfolios of their work throughout their careers," says instructor Page Huyette. "Whether searching for a first job, moving up the career ladder or providing samples of work for a coveted project, compiling a professional, updatable portfolio is crucial for career success."
Students will learn the components of a professional portfolio, and practice scanning and editing images; editing and organizing work samples; and customizing Web templates for online publishing. The class will also cover marketing yourself, building a great resume and interviewing techniques.
The course is offered fully online, and students from throughout Montana and beyond are encouraged to enroll. The course runs from Aug. 26 through Dec. 13.
Huyette is a landscape designer with more than 20 years of experience in multiple design fields, including as a set decorator for films and commercials, a designer of websites and promotional marketing materials, and as a consultant to expanding design firms in the West.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 09:10
Written by The Herald-News
Volunteer families — with or without children — as well as single parents are needed to provide food, a bed and a loving home for high school students from France, Norway, China and Germany.
Educational Merit Foundation high school students are between the ages of 15 and 18, have medical insurance, spending money for their personal expenses and expect to share their host family’s daily life including household responsibilities.
They speak English, are well-screened and eager to experience life in America.
Their stay here is sponsored and supervised by EMF, a non-profit, educational exchange organization.
Interested host families are encouraged to contact EMF immediately. It is not too late to apply.
For more information on EMF students, call Marie-Claude Dijoud at 800-467-8363 or visit their website at www.emfusa.org.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 09:09
Written by The Herald-News
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services has recently received several reports of diarrheal illness caused by the bacterium Shigella.
The majority of cases have been reported in the southeastern region of Montana including: Yellowstone, Rosebud and Big Horn County; however, individual cases were reported in Lewis & Clark, Lincoln and Roosevelt County as well.
To date, 13 confirmed cases of shigellosis have been reported in Montana, eight of those were reported in the month of July.
During a non-outbreak year, about 11 cases of shigellosis are reported in Montana.
Of the 12 cases associated with this cluster, ages range from four to 63 years with a median of 16 years. About 50 percent of the cases are less than 18 years old and 50 percent are between 20 and 63 years old.
Shigellosis is more common in younger children due to compromised hand washing hygiene and close person-to-person contact.
Shigella sonnei is generally found in humans and most likely transmitted via fecal-oral route with an incubation period of one to three days.
Contaminated food and water can also be a source of infection.
Asymptomatic carriers are common with this disease.
Signs and symptoms include diarrhea (watery or bloody), fever and stomach cramps. Shigellosis can lasts about four to seven days and is usually self-limiting. However, this disease can cause dehydration, seizures (especially in children) and renal failure.
Epidemiologic investigations are in progress, but have not lead to any conclusions. The relatively large number of cases tied to the geographic proximity of many of the cases is of concern. According to CDC, if enough people become ill, it becomes extremely difficult to control the spread of the disease. Shigellosis outbreaks can get out of hand very quickly. Be alert and help us prevent the problem before it arises.
What can be done to prevent the spread of shigellosis?
Shigella bacteria are passed in feces. The single most important prevention activity is thorough hand washing after using the toilet.
Additional control measures include:
•wash hands with soap carefully and frequently, especially after going to the bathroom, after changing diapers, and before preparing foods or beverages.
•dispose of soiled diapers properly.
•disinfect diaper changing areas after using them.
•keep children with diarrhea out of child care settings.
•supervise hand washing of toddlers and small children after they use the toilet.
•persons with diarrheal illness should not prepare food for others.
•persons in sensitive occupations (e.g. food handlers, patient care) should be excluded from work until two negative stool samples are obtained 24 hours apart.
Be aware of shigellosis in your area, know how to prevent it and educate others of the importance of good hand washing skills! Help us prevent the spread of this disease and keep your community healthy.
For additional questions, contact your local public health department or visit CDC.gov and search for “shigellosis”.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 08:50
Written by The Herald-News
The Area I Agency on Aging and the State Unit on Aging Legal Service Developer will be holding a free elderly legal document clinic at the Wolf Point Senior Center, located at 124 Custer St., on Wednesday, Sept. 4.
The Roosevelt County Council on Aging is sponsoring this legal clinic.
This clinic is available for people 60 and older and is able to serve 20 people.
Examples of legal documents that can be written are power of attorney, durable medical power of attorney, declaration of living will, revocation of declaration of living will, declaration of homestead, affidavit of death and simple wills.
The clinic is 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.
Lunch will not be provided; however, snacks will be served courtesy of the Roosevelt County Council on Aging.
Appointments must be scheduled in advance by calling Dee Hanson at 653-6221.
John McCrea is the elderly legal services developer and he will call people to let them know what paperwork they need to bring.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 08:48
Written by Al Stover
Fort Peck Adult Detention Center officials are asking the public to be on the lookout for two inmates who escaped on the morning of Friday, Aug. 9.
The first inmate is Eric Fowler, a 6-foot-3, 33-year-old Native American male weighing 235 pounds, with light brown hair and brown eyes. He also has tattoos on both arms, his back and his neck.
Fowler was being held on charges of driving under the influence, driving vehicle in an unsafe condition, no drivers license, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of dangerous drugs, no seat belt, possession of dangerous drugs with intent to sell, mandatory financial responsibility and protection of members of the tribal executive board, tribal judges and federal officers and employees.
The second inmate, Leslie Shields, is a 5-foot-9 20-year-old Native American male weighing 215 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, who was charged with negligent endangerment.
Anyone who has information concerning the whereabouts of the escapees is advised to notify their local law enforcement agency.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 08:43