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Dr. Rachel Fischer named dean of students

Dr. Rachel FischerSilver Lake College of the Holy Family is pleased to announce that Dr. Rachel Fischer has been named dean of students.

“I’m looking forward to expanding opportunities for students to grow and be involved,” said Dr. Fischer. “Silver Lake College continues to be an environment that encourages students to learn and develop, in and out of the classroom.”

She joined the College in July 2009 as the director of residence life and student activities. She was promoted to registrar in 2012 and assistant dean of student development in 2016.

Dr. Fischer earned her Doctor of Education in educational leadership from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin; her Master of Arts in communication from the University of Dubuque in Iowa; and her Bachelor of Arts in history from Ripon College in Wisconsin.

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Dogs & Their Humans

It’s no surprise to dog owners — but now it’s scientifically legit: dogs will go out of their way to help their owners when their humans are upset.

In a new study with the Lassie-inspired title “Timmy’s in the well: Empathy and Prosocial Helping in Dogs,” Johns Hopkins University researchers positioned 34 dogs, one at a time, behind a door closed by magnets. On the other side, each time, was a given dog’s respective owner.

Their owners were asked to either sing “You Are My Sunshine” or to feign crying. When the owners “cried,” the pooches pawed the doors open faster, just to try to show their love to their fretting friends.

Scientists had thought dogs would only try to open the door only when the owners were crying, but that turned out not to be the case; they did open the doors three times faster than the dogs with the singing owners, however. In some cases, the sound of their hoomins crying made some dogs freeze — they freaked out because they thought they couldn’t help by getting through the door.

“We found dogs not only sense what their owners are feeling, if a dog knows a way to help them, they’ll go through barriers to provide to help them,” which was a discovery for the scientists, says lead author Emily Sanford, a graduate student in psychological and brain sciences at Johns Hopkins University.

“Dogs have been by the side of humans for tens of thousands of years and they’ve learned to read our social cues. Dog owners can tell that their dogs sense their feelings. Our findings reinforce that idea, and show that, like Lassie, dogs who know their people are in trouble might spring into action.”

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Joshua Hernday named director of instrumental ensembles

Silver Lake College of the Holy Family is pleased to announce that Joshua Hernday of Appleton has been named director of instrumental ensembles.

“I am extremely honored and thrilled to have been selected. The Lakeshore Area is a hub for musical innovation and I look forward to embracing those traditions of excellence while collaborating with the local communities to push the boundaries of artistic distinction that this institution has to offer,” he said.

“Josh has experience in conducting ensembles and symphonies, and in recruiting music students,” said Jamie Grant, dean of enrollment management. “We are looking forward to the contributions that Josh will make to the College.”

Hernday serves as concert manager and board member of the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, as well as founding music director of the Neenah Community Orchestra.

He has appeared with many ensembles throughout the Midwest and Russia. Hernday was founding director of the Bloomington-Normal Summer Orchestra and founding hornist of the Phrygian Winds, a wind quintet based in the Wisconsin Fox Valley.

Hernday earned his master’s degrees in horn performance and orchestral conducting from Illinois State University. He was graduate assistant to Dr. Martin Seggelke and the ISU Wind Symphony when they were awarded the American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance in 2015.

In addition to Dr. Seggelke, his primary instructors included Dr. Joe Neisler and Dr. Glenn Block.

Originally from Oshkosh, Hernday received his bachelor’s degree in horn performance from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, while studying with Dr. Bruce Atwell. While there, he began his conducting studies with Dr. Lucia Matos of Northern Illinois University.

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Pizzeria Adds Chairs to Tiny Table

Have you ever opened your pizza box, discovered the tiny protective table in the middle and thought, wouldn’t it be nice if those tiny pizza people had somewhere to sit? Canada-based Boston Pizza is on it with the Pizza Patio Set. While the table has been there all along, the added plastic chairs complete the set.

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Big Mac Turns 50…Kind of…

The Big Mac rolled out to McDonald’s customers nationwide 50 years ago this summer, although the sandwich made up of two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, onions, pickles on a sesame seed bun was actually introduced by a Pennsylvania McDonald’s franchisee in 1967 — 51 years ago

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Game of Thrones Castle for Sale

Want to live in a Game of Thrones castle? Part of the House Tully stronghold, Riverrun, is up for sale in Northern Ireland. Gosford Castle, whose exteriors were used in Season 3 of the HBO series, was built in the mid-1800s and boasts over 15 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. The starting price for the venue is $656,452.