FIND Executive Director Roosevelt Woods – Advertisement – FIND Executive Director Tells Candidates As the National Elections Commission (NEC) today begins to release provisional results of the October 10 presidential and legislative elections, the Executive Director of the Foundation for International Dignity (FIND) has encouraged parties with grievances following the announcement of the final vote tallies, to take them to the Supreme Court.Roosevelt Woods, during a press conference in Monrovia recently, urged the candidates and their parties to take advantage and work within the law to resolve any election dispute.Woods, whose organization served as election observer, said the election commission has an effective dispute resolution system and parties should ensure that they follow those processes, adding, “I have full confidence in the court to arbitrate in election disputes should this be needed.”“We affirm the conviction that the judicial process, the judicial system of the country and the election laws themselves make full and adequate provision for accountability in this election,” Woods said. “Inciting people into violence because of the outcome of the results will not help to sustain the peace we are enjoying.”The FIND boss urged candidates to exercise patience while awaiting the election commission’s announcement of official results because violence has not been able to take the country anywhere and it will never help in the country’s development agenda.”Woods also reminded candidates to abide by the several declarations to which they affixed their signatures and to ensure that the country remains peaceful.He said his organization will play a major role in making sure that those who will incite people to carry out violence to destroy lives and property are held accountable for their action.“Anybody who incites people to get in the streets to cause any damage will be held responsible and prosecuted under our law,” the FIND boss noted.According to Woods, NEC took several steps to ensure that the process was free, fair and transparent by increasing the number of civil society organizations to observer the process.“Accrediting more civil society organizations was necessary because we were there to offer our opinions regarding the process and to work closely with the electoral body to ensure the exercise was free, fair and credible,” Woods said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Gaudi, who is wrapping up one major class project and a few minor ones before graduating this month, has already landed a job with Northrop Grumman. She will be working on the F-35 fighter fuselage program in Palmdale. “That’s the whole idea of the program – grow your own engineers,” Gaudi said. “The idea is getting engineers who are used to the environment here and who don’t get freaked out when they come here and don’t see any trees.” The degrees will be awarded to Gaudi and Hecker by Fresno State University. Although the two did not have access to the same resources as their counterparts at the main campus, the curriculum was was the same. “It is a full-fledged engineering curriculum,” Hecker said. “It’s not some watered-down version.” The Lancaster University Center is the product of more than seven years of effort to address the region’s need for engineers. In addition to Fresno State, the partners in the effort are Lancaster city government, the Air Force Research Laboratory Propulsion Directorate, Antelope Valley College, California State University, Bakersfield, and NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center. LANCASTER There were lonely classes and long trips for laboratory work, but Rebecca Gaudi and Richard Hecker are about to become the Antelope Valley’s first “homegrown” engineers. Gaudi and Hecker will be the first to earn their bachelor’s degrees from the Lancaster University Center, a collaborative effort among academia, municipal government, the Air Force and NASA to allow students to complete their engineering course work in the Antelope Valley. Gaudi will earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, while Hecker will receive a degree in electrical engineering. The program is structured so students can take their freshman and sophomore courses at Antelope Valley College and then complete their upper-division work at the center, located at the former Antelope Valley Fairgrounds on Division Street north of AvenueI. The courses are offered in a mix of classes with a teacher in the classroom and computer-based classes from a distance. “We’ve worked hard to make sure the program is academically the same as at the main campus,” said Jeigh Shelley, a rocket lab researcher who is teaching at the center. “Having the program here is very important. There’s an incredible demand for engineers in the valley.” The center celebrated a major milestone last month when it opened its own mechanical-engineering lab. “We now have all the equipment to run all the laboratories,” Shelley said. “Commuting out of the area is no longer necessary.” For Gaudi, a single mom with two young children, having the center meant she was able to stay with her own mom while getting her education. “I could take care of her, and she could support me,” Gaudi said. “I took all my classes here. I did go to Fresno a handful of times – once to tour a facility for a design project.” For Hecker, there was one semester that required about a dozen trips to Fresno for lab work. Another class required a daylong lab session at Fresno to finish an assignment that couldn’t be done locally at the time. Hecker will take one last trip to Fresno to make a project presentation before graduating this spring. In addition to her Fresno trips, Gaudi also had to do some work one semester at the rocket lab because the center didn’t have the mechanical lab at the time. There are some drawbacks to distance learning. On campus, students have ready access to resources, such as counseling and support groups. “At a remote location, you are on your own,” Hecker said. There were also some lonely classes for both Gaudi and Hecker. “When I started the program, 90percent of the time I was the only student taking the class,” Hecker said. “I was taking classes with no one around.” Gaudi said in the majority of her classes she was either alone or with one other student. The biggest class had five students. The center currently has 13 students. “I’m happy the opportunity was here for me, and I hope it’s here for generations of engineers to come,” Hecker said. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!