ONDINE PECK-VOLL is a ninth grade student at Crossroads High SchoolTags :actingperformancetheaterTheater by the Blindshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCouncil roundupOne big party for four park projectsYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall11 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press22 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press22 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson22 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter22 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor22 hours ago HomeNewsActing in the dark Feb. 25, 2017 at 8:31 amNewsActing in the darkeditor4 years agoactingperformancetheaterTheater by the Blind The tap, tap, tap of canes are heard twice a week on the sidewalk of a tree-lined residential neighborhood in Santa Monica as a group of visually impaired actors make their way from transportation vans and up a driveway to the garage of a large house. These sounds turn your average night into a special one as the taps are replaced by the rhythm of music and singing, and the sounds of voices calling out to each other. These sounds are the rehearsal of the only blind theatre company in America. Founded by Crossroads School alumnus Greg Shane, 37, the group is called Theatre by the Blind. Shane started the theatre 12 years ago while volunteering for the company “Changing Perceptions,” a program for visually impaired individuals at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles. When a woman running the program passed away suddenly, Shane stepped in. “I just thought the program was way too important to let slide, and at the same time, I saw this as an amazing opportunity to use theatre as an empowerment tool to help the visually impaired community,” he said. “I’m blind in my right eye, so I had a sensitivity to the group.” The theater company started with four people and now, under Shane’s leadership, it has expanded to 60 actors and musicians who put on roughly five productions every year. Each play is in rehearsal for 3-4 months, with weekly meetings. Most of the plays are staged at Magicopolis just off the Santa Monica Promenade. Theater by the Blind is part of CRE Outreach (Create, Reflect, Empower) a larger Los Angeles nonprofit that serves about 3,000 people – including at-risk youth, the visually impaired, and military veterans. The theater company’s members range in age from 15-year-old saxophone player and singer Dave Sandoval, to 75-year-old Ernest Pipoly. “The only time Pipoly leaves the house is to come to rehearsals, because he looks forward to it all week,” said Shane. “For them, this is so much more than a theatre company, it’s a place for them to feel at home. And they’ve really grown as individuals and in their talent as well.” Pipoly has done 17 plays with the theater over the past two decades. “I really enjoy acting,” he said. “It’s an outlet for me to express myself where I normally would not. I had a stammering problem for a while and this group helped me with that.” In the company’s most recent production, “A Reason to Love,” Pipoly took on a new challenge as a blind performer. “The woman I was costarring with, we did a ballroom dance, and I had never done anything like that before,” he said.Learning lines presents another challenge, which actors in the company cope with differently. Pipoly memorizes his lines by having Shane or someone else read the script while Pipoly records it on a cassette tape. He then brings it home and listens to it until his lines are memorized. Willie Ruth “Cookie” Cooke, 68, also has her lines recorded, and eventually, through repetition, they stick. Everyone’s sight ability is different, so the cast members have different ways of memorizing lines. Some use braille and some record. Cookie became blind as a result of domestic violence. When she enrolled at the Braille Institute to learn how to adapt to her blindness, she volunteered to join the theater company. Nine plays later, Cookie loves the group not only because she enjoys performing, but because, “We’re a family.” Cookie says that Shane is at the top of her list to call when anything important happens in her life. The members all lean on each other. “We close the doors and we get busy with it, no matter who it is or what it is,” said Cookie. She said her blindness resulted from a challenging time in her life, during which she made mistakes. But now, the company brings her so much joy. “It’s just so amazing,” she said. “Instead of being down, I’m way up here!” Cookie has a voice that could make anyone smile. She has long since overcome the moment after her operation when the bandages came off and she was told she was going to be sightless. “I can’t remember what I used to get depressed about,” she said. “Theatre by the Blind rescued me.” Like Pipoly, Cookie used to get stage fright and forget her lines. “I had my bloopers, I’m still having em’,” she said. Pipoly says he now feels relaxed and comfortable on stage, but faces other challenges. “I wear hearing aids, so I got to make sure that those are on while I’m performing, and I do have a slight speech impediment but I try not to let it bug me while I’m performing,” he said. For Shane, one of the theatre’s biggest challenges is getting the word out to the public. “Our last show, we reached about 750-800 people which I was really happy with. But it’s taken awhile to get there and I feel like the work is so important for people to see,” he said. “I just wish there were more avenues to get the word out there to the public and really make a big difference.” The group’s next show, “Dr Phil Good,” premieres on March 2, at 7 p.m., at Townhouse Venice (52 Windward Ave. Venice, CA 90291). Tickets are available at CreOutreach.org. Even more important than these disabled actors having a place to work, Shane explains, are the less tangible benefits. Partially sighted actress Melanie Hernandez used to be hyper and temperamental but Shane said the performances have helped her. “But now she’s really gained patience and is trusting herself and the cast,” he said. When the company’s piano player, Laywood Blocker, passed away just a few weeks ago, the company gathered the next day to support each other and tell stories about Blocker, “like one big family,” said Shane. The work brings purpose and meaning to the members of the company. Cookie’s mother sends Shane a message every other month to tell him to keep on being the angel who rescued her daughter. After one performance, a neighbor’s little girl pulled on Cookie asking how she could be an actress. Cookie even got to visit the Playboy Mansion. “We went and did a promotional there and we sang our signature song, ‘Flying High’ and got interviewed. All these things probably wouldn’t be happening to me if I weren’t blind,” she said. When asked what the program means to her, Cookie’s answer is simple: “Just about everything.”
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SALT LAKE CITY — The opening weekend of the NCAA tournament once again revealed flaws in the tournament field and the way it’s selected.Of course like with anything in life, it’s always easy to look back and see how things should have been done. But it seems like every year the same issues come up in regards to the NCAA tournament selection process.What do you remember most about the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament?Probably the same thing you remember about every NCAA tournament — the thrilling upsets by teams you’ve hardly heard of: Middle Tennessee State beating Michigan State . . . Stephen F. Austin knocking off West Virginia … Arkansas-Little Rock coming from behind to beat Purdue … Northern Iowa defeating Texas with that amazing half-court shot.It’s the Davids beating the Goliaths, the little guys beating the big boys that make the first week of the NCAAs so exciting, even if it does spoil your office bracket.On the whole, the NCAA Men’s Committee does a good job and gets it about 90 percent right every year. However, every year, the committee seems to favor the power conference teams over the “mid-majors” and so-called one-bid leagues.This year, for instance, did we really need to see Michigan and Vanderbilt from the Big Ten and SEC, respectively, playing as 11 seeds in the play-in games? Those two teams combined for 25 losses during the regular season. Did we need to see seven Pac-12 teams, five of which lost in the first round as the better seeds, in the tournament?Instead, it would have made more sense, and been more interesting, to have a team such as Monmouth, which won 15 games away from home or Saint Mary’s, which had a 27-5 record and tied for first in the West Coast Conference, playing in the tournament.It seems like every year a few double-digit seeds from small conferences make a run in the tourney such as Georgia State last year and Florida Gulf Coast two years before that or VCU going all the way to the Final Four in 2011. That’s way more fun than the sixth-place team from the Big Ten or ACC winning a couple of games.So what can be done besides changing the mindset of NCAA committee members?One idea would be to limit the number of teams allowed from each conference. That may not seem fair, although we old-timers recall the days when you had to win your conference to get into the NCAA tournament. That’s unrealistic, but we probably don’t need seven or eight teams from the same conference in the Big Dance.At the very least, NCAA tourney teams should have a winning record in conference play. That would have eliminated Cal and Oregon State from this year’s tournament. Whatever, we should have more schools from the one-bid leagues getting an extra NCAA bid.POELTL’S PLANS: Utah center Jakob Poeltl is almost certainly going to turn professional within the next couple of months and forgo his final two years of college while he pursues a career in the NBA.He could shock us all and say he’s coming back to Utah, but with his stock as high as it is after leading his team to a runner-up finish in the Pac-12, while earning some first-team All-America honors, he’s likely to move on.However, Utah’s embarrassing loss to Gonzaga Saturday night might have cost Poeltl a few spots in the NBA draft as well as some big bucks, while giving pause to some NBA general managers.In Saturday’s game, Poeltl appeared listless at times, particularly in the second half, when he looked like he was having a hard time getting up and down the floor. Perhaps it was the challenge of going up against another talented player his size, something he hadn’t had to face much this season.However, the NBA is all about stamina, playing three or four games a week for six months and playing against talented big men.Poeltl has improved significantly since last year with his offensive moves, using both hands around the basket and dramatically improved his free-throw shooting, going from 44 percent to 69 percent.I think Poeltl will make it in the NBA, but at age 20, he still could be a few years away from making his mark.KUDOS TO THE BRUINS: This past weekend had to be among the busiest ever on the sports scene in Utah with several prominent events for local teams.Besides the Utah Jazz playing a couple of games in the Midwest and RSL playing in Portland, we had the Utes in the NCAA tournament, BYU men playing in the NIT and women in the NCAAs, Weber State men in the NCAAs and the Utah women’s gymnastics team competing for the Pac-12 championship.Lost in all the shuffle was Salt Lake Community College winning the NJCAA basketball tournament in Hutchinson Kansas. For the Bruins, it was their second NJCAA title in the past seven years as Todd Phillips’ team won five games in six days after being ranked No. 13 in the nation.Leading the way was Conner Toolson, the son of former BYU star and Utah Jazz player Andy Toolson, who was also a part of three high school championship teams at Lone Peak as well the high school national championship in 2013. Toolson earned MVP honors after scoring 28 points in the finals.
LOS ANGELES | The minions have overtaken “The Lone Ranger.”“Despicable Me 2” is trampling the Johnny Depp Western at the holiday box office, according to studio estimates released Friday. The animated Universal sequel has collected three times more than the Disney cowboy caper since both films debuted Wednesday (plus limited Tuesday-night showings).“Despicable Me 2” has earned $59.5 million in ticket sales to $19.5 million for “The Lone Ranger.” On Independence Day, the margin tightened somewhat, but the animated film still dominated with $24.5 million, compared to the “Ranger’s” $9.86 million.“This was a family weekend,” said Gene Del Vecchio, author of “Creating Blockbusters” and a marketing professor at the University of Southern California. “Kids vote with their requests, parents vote with their dollars, and when those things were combined, they voted for ‘Despicable Me 2.’”The budget for the Universal film was a fraction of that of the Disney Western, which saw production stall because of soaring costs that ended up in the $250 million-range.“This just shows it’s not about the amount of money you spend. It’s about the quality of the script and the production itself,” Del Vecchio said.Poor reviews for “The Lone Ranger” may have contributed to sluggish ticket sales. Chicago Sun-Times critic Richard Roeper called it “slick trash,” while the AP’s Jake Coyle said the two-and-a-half hour spectacle “finally, exhaustingly collapses in a scrap heap of train wreckage.”“”The Lone Ranger’ is, alas, a runaway train,” Coyle writes.It’s a serious misstep for blockbuster producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Gore Verbinski and megastar Depp, who partnered profitably on the first three “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. Depp’s take on Tonto has been compared unfavorably to Captain Jack Sparrow in face paint.“(The studio thought) if we have Johnny Depp and we transfer him over to another funny hat and call him Tonto, we’re going to be OK,” Del Vecchio said, “but it’s not OK.”Part of the problem, he said, is that children aren’t nearly as familiar with the Lone Ranger as they are with the animated characters in “Despicable Me 2” and last week’s first-place film, “Monsters University.”“Kids really need to be reintroduced to the Lone Ranger,” he said. “Instead, they were introduced to Tonto in the marketing.”Paul Dergarabedian of box-office tracker Hollywood.com said “The Lone Ranger” could still benefit from what he described as a “solid” Fourth of July weekend at theaters.“There still may be some life in this movie,” he said, noting that it benefited from a small uptick from Wednesday to Thursday. “It could actually help ‘The Lone Ranger’ that the overall marketplace is strong.”
Carlo Ancelotti believes the striker will return to play against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night, in the Champions League. Rik Sharma Karim Benzema will not feature for Real Madrid against Malaga thanks to an injury. CEST Ancelotti said: “He’s not available, but we’ll have him back for the next game. He’ll be able to play against Atletico. Benzema spoke to Ancelotti and then left with one of the club physios. The French forward appeared in training with a big bandage on his right knee, but soon stopped after finding a passing drill too uncomfortable. 17/04/2015 Upd. at 20:27 “We’re going to put out the strongest line-up possible to try to win. Malaga are a very dangerous team and we’re not going to change our system.”
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Texas State 79, Lamar 72SAN MARCOS, Texas – The Lamar Lady Cardinals showed grit and determination as they battled back from a 22-point deficit before falling just short in a 79-72 loss to host Texas State in a non-conference women’s basketball game Tuesday. Houston Baptist 85, Southwestern Assemblies of God 57HOUSTON, Texas – Junior guard Rachel Arthur scored a career-high 23 points, as HBU used a strong second half to subdue Southwestern Assemblies of God, 85-57, Tuesday evening from Sharp Gym. – Return to top – Tuesday’s game was the 50th meeting between the two teams, with the Sugar Bears holding a 37-13 advantage in the series, winning six in a row and 17 of the last 20. Lyon last defeated the Sugar bears 58-53 in Conway in 1999. Southeastern squashed the Rams’ upset hopes emphatically early in the second half. SLU outscored Mobile, 29-5, to start the second half, as Miller capped the run with a layup to put the Lady Lions ahead, 59-28, with 11:26 remaining. Mobile would get no closer than 27 the rest of the way. In the first meeting between the in-state foes in nine years, the Sugar Bears (2-2) made seven of their first 10 field goals as they built what would prove to be an insurmountable lead early against the Scots. The Sugar Bears would increase their advantage to as many as 17 in the half as they shot 46.2 percent from 3-point range (6 of 13) and 83.3 percent at the free throw line (5 of 6) in the period. The Lady Cardinals got back into the game with a defense that forced 13 Texas State turnovers in the second half that resulted in 19 points after intermission. – Return to top – Ashala Watson, Lyon’s 5-foot-2 senior guard, led the Scots with 9 points, and game highs of 11 rebounds and 4 steals. Arthur was near perfect from the floor for HBU (2-2), as she went 10-of-12 from the floor and a perfect 3-for-3 from the line. She also pulled down three rebounds and dished out an assist in just 22 minutes. Senior forward Shanice Steenholdt recorded her third double-double of the season, as she scored 20 points and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds in 21 minutes. Anna Strickland scored four points, but was a huge defensive presence, as she had three steals. The Huskies shot 57 percent from the floor for the night. Sophomore guard Kali Koenig led Mobile with 21 points. Sophomore guard Jammieca Hudson led the Rams with eight rebounds and four assists. HBU led by seven, 10-3, in the early goings before SAGU used a 9-2 run to tie the game at 12-all with 12:51 remaining in the first half, culminated by a Bethany Krock three-pointer. The Lady Lions took their first lead of the game 39 seconds later, as Charity Page made one of two free throws to give SAGU a 13-12 advantage. The Lady Demons will enjoy a six-day break from competition before returning to action Monday when they host Central Baptist College at 6:30 p.m. The Lady Lions opened the game by building a 16-point first-half lead. Junior guard Erica Hernandez’s steal and layup put Southeastern up, 30-14, with 3:56 remaining in the opening period. Mobile answered, however, closing the half on a 9-0 run and going into the break down, 30-23. At no time was the NSU defense more active than in the final five minutes of the first half. After a Pearl Paulo jumper cut NSU’s lead to 29-25, Northwestern State forced five turnovers in the final five minutes of the half, sparking a 19-2 run to end the half. – Return to top – Southeastern Louisiana 74, University of Mobile (Ala.) 47HAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana senior forward Jameika Hoskins and junior forward Nanna Pool each posted double-doubles, as the Lady Lions rolled past Mobile, 74-47, in non-conference women’s basketball action Tuesday night in the University Center. NSU overcame Harvey’s shooting by dominating in the paint (50 points), off turnovers (33) and in fast-break points (18). Defensively, Northwestern State, which posted a 20-to-12 assist-to-turnover ratio, did not allow a fast-break point. Lamar trailed 39-27 at halftime, and saw Texas State boost its lead to 64-42 with 10:08 remaining before the Lady Cardinals staged a comeback. Lamar outscored the Bobcats (2-2) 18-8 to cut the lead to 77-72 in the final minute when Riley drained a 3-pointer, but Lamar could get no closer. Senior guard Symone Miller added 16 points for SLU and was joined in double figures by junior guard Peaches Anderson (10 points). Senior guard Elizabeth Styles was the catalyst of the Lady Lion offense, dishing out a season-high 10 assists. Freshman guard Taylin Underwood pitched in with seven points – the first of her Southeastern career. Erin Peoples led Texas State with 21 points. Meghan Braeuer and Kaitlin Walla had 13 points apiece for the Bobcats (2-2). Lee and Perez spearheaded an NSU defensive effort that forced 27 turnovers by the visiting Generals, an NAIA team playing this game as an exhibition. Lee set a career high with eight steals in the victory. The Lady Cardinals return home for a pair of non-conference home games after Thanksgiving. St. Thomas (Texas) comes to the Montagne Center at 4 p.m. Saturday before Huston-Tillotson comes to town at 7 p.m. Dec. 2. For ticket information, visit www.LamarCardinals.com. That defensive effort helped the Lady Demons survive a hot-shooting second half from LSUA’s Bianca Harvey, who connected on hit all six of her second-half 3-point attempts en route to a team-high 23 points. The previous high in the three years of the Stoehr era came Jan. 2, 2014, in a 78-59 victory against Sam Houston State at Prather Coliseum. Overall, the 86 points marked the most scored by a Lady Demons team since an 86-70 victory against Texas-Arlington on Feb. 25, 2012. Those shots helped NSU (3-1) shoot 49.3 percent for the game, including 52.8 percent in the first half when it built a 21-point halftime lead. SAGU (3-3) was led by Meghan Becker with 14 points, while Kassy Cox pulled down a team-high six rebounds. The Lady Lions shot 42 percent from the floor. After taking a 33-20 lead into the break, the Sugar Bears began the second half with a 9-2 run and eventually built a lead as large as 21 before going cold from the field, scoring just nine points over the final 9:30. It wouldn’t matter, however, as Lyon had offensive difficulties of its own – shooting 25 percent – and never drew closer than 15. After making all 15 of their free throw attempts in Saturday’s win over Jackson State, the Sugar Bears followed by hitting 10 of 11 (90.9 percent) against Lyon on Tuesday, led by Brittany Agee’s 4-for-4. Keisha Lee led four Lady Demons in double figures with 24 points on an efficient 8-for-12 shooting night. Her starting backcourt mate, Janelle Perez, struck for a season-high 14 points while Amy Staha had her third double-figure scoring night of the season with 13, and TaSheena Moore was one off her career high, scoring 12 points. In the welcoming atmosphere of Prather Coliseum, the Lady Demons turned in the highest-scoring performance of the Brooke and Scott Stoehr era, cruising to an 86-58 victory against LSU-Alexandria on Tuesday night. Hoskins, a native of Somerville, Tennessee, posted her first career double-double finishing with 13 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Pool posted her second straight double-double, notching a team-high 18 points to go with 10 rebounds, as Southeastern finished with a dominant 48-32 rebounding margin. SAGU led by as many as four in the first half, 20-16, before HBU rattled off four-straight points to tie the game at 20-all with 8:18 remaining. Ashleigh Nwanguma hit a layup, Tayler Jefferson forced a turnover, which resulted in an Arthur layup. The Huskies forced four steals in a span of 36 seconds. Houston Baptist 85, Southwestern Assemblies of God 57Central Arkansas 58, Lyons College 43Southeastern Louisiana 74, University of Mobile (Ala.) 47Northwestern State 86, LSU-Alexandria 58Stephen F. Austin 65, St. Edwards 56Texas State 79, Lamar 72 – Return to top – Stephen F. Austin 65, St. Edwards 56Recap to follow. Both teams shot well from long distance, as Lamar was 7-of-17 (41.2 percent) from 3-point range, while Texas State was 23-of-22 (54.5 percent). Central Arkansas 58, Lyons College 43CONWAY, Ark. — Central Arkansas ran out to a 19-3 lead in the first 6:30 and encountered little difficulty in defeating Lyon College 59-43 on Tuesday in the Sugar Bears’ 2014-15 home opener. The Sugar Bears are home again at Noon on Saturday when they host Jacksonville State out of the Ohio Valley Conference. The Sugar Bears defeated JSU 58-54 in Jacksonville, Ala. last season. – Return to top – Baileigh O’Dell led Lamar with 18 points. Teleshia Riley had a career-high 15 points, while Caroline Adesulu and Kiandra Bowers added 12 points apiece for Lamar (0-5). Southeastern will return home on Saturday, hosting Louisiana-Lafayette at 2 p.m. in the University Center. LionVision subscribes will be able to access a live video stream of the game at LionSports.net, where live stats will also be available. Junior Erica Hernandez will be the Spotlight Player of the Game and the first 100 fans will receive a trading card featuring the Floresville, Texas native courtesy of PRIDE. Northwestern State 86, LSU-Alexandria 58NATCHITOCHES, La. – A return home was just what the Northwestern State women’s basketball team needed. For the game, the Sugar Bears shot 36.7 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from the 3-point line. Kendara Watts led UCA with 21 points, nearly doubling her season total of 22 coming in. She also added six rebounds and a pair of assists in 31 minutes. Maggie Proffitt added 13 points, and Brianna Mullins had six points, four assists and a career-high 10 rebounds. Bowers added nine rebounds and four steals for Lamar. Southeastern (2-2) broke the game open with a dominant effort in the second half, as the Lady Lions outscored Mobile, 44-24, in the final 20 minutes. The Rams dropped to 2-3 overall with the loss, as SLU held Mobile to 30.5 percent (18-for-59) from the field for the game. – Return to top –
In December 2015, Netflix debuted Making a Murderer, a 10-part documentary series about Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man convicted of sexual assault in 1985, only to be exonerated by DNA evidence and released in 2003.In 2005, while he had a $36 million civil lawsuit pending against county and law enforcement leaders, he was arrested for the murder of a 25-year-old woman last seen on his property. During the course of the investigation, Avery’s then-16-year-old nephew, Brendan Dassey, was also charged with being a party to first-degree intentional homicide, mutilation of a corpse and first-degree sexual assault. Avery and Dassey were found guilty, in separate trials, in 2007.The Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth took up Dassey’s case in 2008. Professors Steven Drizin, Laura Nirider, and Thomas Geraghty have represented Brendan through his appeals process and are prominently featured in Episode 10 of this globally riveting documentary that has received international attention and outrage.- Sponsor – Laura Nirider is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth (CWCY) at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. Nirider represents Brendan Dassey, and other individuals who were wrongfully convicted of crimes when they were children or teenagers. Her clients have also included Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three, whose case was profiled in the documentary West of Memphis.Nirider’s Expertise Includes: – False Confessions – Wrongful Convictions – Police Interrogations – Juvenile JusticeSteven Drizin is the Assistant Dean of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Legal Clinic and the former Legal Director of the Clinic’s renowned Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth (CWCY). Drizin was a leader in the successful effort to outlaw the juvenile death penalty and co-wrote an amicus brief in Roper v. Simmons, the United States Supreme Court’s decision holding that capital punishment could no longer be imposed on offenders who were under the age of 18 at the time they committed their crimes.He has also appeared in several documentaries, including: – David and Me, – West of Memphis, and most recently, – Netflix’s Making A Murderer. Relevant Topics for Relevant Professionals“Transforming our Industry, Together,” by Blaine Hurst, Executive VP, Chief Transformation & Growth Officer, Panera Bread“Are Restaurants the New Soft Target?” by Charles F. “Buck” Hamilton, Protective Security Advisor (PSA) Department of Homeland Security. FREE Homeland Security Consultations will be provided.“So, Cybersecurity is Important. Now What?” by Mark McKinney, Vice President, Orion Technology Services.“Evolving Your Mindset: Workers’ Compensation Fraud Resolution,” by Kurt Leisure, Vice President, Risk Services, The Cheesecake Factory, Inc.“5 Actionable Tips to Avoiding Employee Lawsuits,” by Joel J. Greenwald, Esq., Managing Partner, Greenwald Doherty LLP.“Perfecting the Art of Telephone Interviewing,” by Wayne Hoover, CFI, Senior Partner & Vice President-CFI Programming, Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. Join us for our 37th Annual Conference July 24 – 27, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas as we transform our industry together. To register for the conference, click here. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now