Descanso Gardens Executive Director David R. Brown Announces Retirement

first_img More Cool Stuff Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Gift Ideas Your New BF Will Definitely LikeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Lipsticks Are Designed To Make Your Teeth Appear Whiter!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWomen Love These Great Tips To Making Your Teeth Look WhiterHerbeautyHerbeauty Long-time Descanso Gardens Executive Director David R. Brown today announced his plans to retire in the coming year. He has served since 2005 as executive director of the member-supported botanic garden in La Cañada Flintridge, which is owned by the County of Los Angeles and managed by the Descanso Gardens Guild, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 1957.With the official retirement date set at August 31, 2017, Brown will continue to oversee several high-profile projects that will launch this year. “As the board of trustees conducts the search for my successor, I plan to be as busy as ever as we debut our new seasonal production, ‘Enchanted: Forest of Light,’ celebrate the 50th anniversary of our Japanese Garden, continue with the many and fascinating aspects of our conservation and sustainability mission, and help forward the Gardens’ strategic agenda,” he said. “I’m very proud of our senior team and know they will take good care of Descanso’s day-to-day urgencies as well as the long-term course we’ve set upon.”When Brown took on Descanso Gardens’ top job in July 2005, he brought with him 35 years of experience as a writer/creative director, corporate executive, college president, and consultant to education institutions and non-profits. Prior to joining Descanso Gardens, he was the founding president of The Oxbow School in Napa, CA, following a two-year engagement by the school’s founding board as its consultant in strategic planning.He served as president and chief executive officer of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena from 1985 to 1999. During his administration, Art Center’s endowment increased nine-fold; the curriculum and program offerings grew significantly, as did financial aid availability and scholarship support. The college became the nation’s leader in the integration of digital media into both 2-D and 3-D design programs.Before being selected as the third president in Art Center’s history, he was a corporate executive in the paper and forest products industry on the East Coast and, prior to that, a freelance writer and creative director in New York. A native of Maine, Brown and his wife, Judith, are longtime residents of Pasadena, where they raised their three children and remain active in the community.Reflecting on his tenure at Descanso Gardens, he said, “It’s been a sheer pleasure. It is truly a lovely and much-loved place: I’ve probably been told a thousand times what a beautiful ‘office’ I have to work in! Equally lovely has been the generous community and philanthropic support we’ve received as we guided Descanso into some new and important directions over the past decade.”Highlights of Brown’s tenure have included the restoration of the historic Boddy House and surrounding gardens (2007-08); addition of the Sturt Haaga Gallery (2011) and development of its curatorial direction; addition of new gardens and displays such as the Oak Woodland (2014) and Ancient Forest (2015); creation of a Long Range Concept Plan (2010); addition of extended summer hours and the popular midweek evening concert series; emphasis on sustainable practices and water conservation; increases in admissions and visitation; successful conclusion of a new 15-year operating agreement with Los Angeles County; and the more than doubling of the membership base to its current 14,500 members.“Descanso Gardens gives hundreds of thousands of people every year the opportunity to enjoy a unique setting in nature and, we hope, become more attuned to the urgent environmental and global issues of our time,” says Brown. “Always an oasis of respite and beauty, I hope Descanso can also be seen as a positive role model for the good stewardship of our land and our naturally occurring resources, including the best we can mine from our history.”The Descanso Gardens Guild Inc. board of trustees has formed a transition committee to coordinate the national search for his successor.Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge, (818) 949-4290 or visit www.descansogardens.org. 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Calls for urgent review of Letterkenny Town Bus Service

first_img FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Facebook By News Highland – March 18, 2019 AudioHomepage BannerNews There are calls on the National Transport Authority to urgently review the Letterkenny Town Bus Service.It follows claims locally that while there is a timetable provided for various pick up points in the town; often the bus doesn’t show up despite being scheduled to.Cllr. Gerry McMonagle if there was a more regular service, more people would use it.He also says it’s something he’d like to see Donegal County Council take control of:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/gerrybusweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Calls for urgent review of Letterkenny Town Bus Service DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Previous articleThree teens die in Tyrone disco incidentNext articleSecond vote on Brexit deal blocked in House of Commons News Highland Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+last_img read more

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HAPPENINGS AT THE VANDERBURGH COUNTY PARTY

first_img Thurs, July 114:30pmEvansville Vanderburgh Public Library Board of Trustees MeetingCentral Library, 200 S.E. Martin Luther king, Jr. Blvd., Evansville, IN Vanderburgh County Democratic Party–  Newsletter  –July 2019 139th AnnualIndiana Democratic Editorial Association (IDEA)ConventionAugust 22-24French Lick Resort, 8670 West Road 56The convention is nearly two months away but hotel rooms are going QUICKLY, so if you plan to attend you are encouraged to make your hotel reservations NOW. More information on that can be found here: http://www.indems.org/annual-idea-convention-in-french-lick/ Vanderburgh County Democratic Party Central CommitteeChairperson: Scott DanksVice Chair: Edie HardcastleTreasurer: Alex BurtonSecretary: Cheryl Schultz The Vanderburgh County Fair is coming up soon: July 21 – 27Vanderburgh County Democrats need volunteers at the fair each day to work our booth. Have some fun while you help promote our party and candidates. Please call 812-550-3812 if you can help. JULY 2019 EVENTS OF INTEREST 2019 Young Democrats of America ConventionJuly 7 – 20, 2019Crowne Plaza Hotel123 W. Louisiana StreetIndianapolis, IndianaVisit https://www.yda.org//convention for all details and convention matters. Democrats of all ages from across the US will come to Indy to learn about how to be a leader in local communities through training tracks, workshops, panelists, & more. Elected officials from across the nation will lead learning sessions throughout the day. Opportunities to network, learn, get inspired, & more. Reply to Jeff Lehman, 11 Eighth Street NW, Linton, Indianae-mail: [email protected] the participation form at the following link.http://indems8.com/pdfs/2018GolfOuting.pdfPaid for and authorized by: Indiana 8th District Democratic Committee, Jeff Lehman, Treasurer. Contributions are not tax deductible. ***Attention Candidates***The Indiana Democratic Party will resume its Municipal Monday series of Webinars in July. In the meantime, catch up on their past webinars on a variety of topics here: https://www.indems.org/webinar-trainings-recordings/This series is dedicated to training candidates to get them ready to run in the 2019 municipal elections.Programs covered include:How to File For Office (Matthew Kochevar)Campaign Finance (Anna Foster)Social Media 101 (Trina Thomas)Pre-Filing Questions / Campaign Goals (Katie Doyle)Creating A Field Plan (Adi Ben-Yehoshua)Fundraising 101 (Katie Doyle)Creating A Campaign Message (Phil Johnson)Communicating with Press and Media (Phil Johnson)Municipal Finance (Oscar Gutierrez and Trish Whitcomb)Building an Absentee Chase Program (Adi Ben-Yehoshua)Filing Your Pre-Primary Finance Report (Anna Foster)How To Use Early Vote/Election Day Data In VAN (Adi Ben-Yehoshua)City Government Offices (Portia Bailey-Bernard) DATETIMEEVENTLOCATION Want one of these?You, yes,YOU can become a Card-Carrying Member of the Vanderburgh County Democratic Party by contributing $20 through ActBlue. Help support local Democratic candidates and build the Party.https://secure.actblue.com/donate/vandemsmembership Zachary Heronemus, Democratic 3rd Ward City Council candidate, and Democratic At-Large City Council candidate, Kaitlin Moore Morley, attended Downtown Evansville’s annual Shrinerfest in June.center_img Mon, July 225:30pmEvansville City Council MeetingRoom 301 of the City/County Administration Building, 1 N.W. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Evansville, IN Mon, July 85:30pmEvansville City Council MeetingRoom 301 of the City/County Administration Building, 1 N.W. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Evansville, IN Vanderburgh County Democrat PartyP.O. Box 3208Evansville, IN [email protected] Wed, July 33:30pmVanderburgh County Council MeetingRoom 301 of the City/County Administration Building, 1 N.W. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Evansville, IN The Indiana Legislative Black CaucusTown HallSaturday, July 1312:00 – 2:00pmC.K. Newsome Center100 Walnut Street, Evansville, IN 47713Indiana’s minority communities share a long and proud history, a history that has provided hope and inspiration to generation after generation. Unfortunately, it is a history also marked by pain, struggle, and even bloodshed. The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus (IBLC) is working to overcome the wrongs of the past as we pursue the social and economic initiatives that make up our work at the Indiana Statehouse. The ILBC welcomes your comments, both in support or opposition to current legislative issues, and encourages comments that can lead to an open dialogue on issues important to our state.  Tues, July 306:00pmIndivisible Evansville Democratic Presidential debate watch partyIBEW Local 16 Hall, 9001 N. Kentucky Ave., Evansville, IN Join Indivisible Evansvillefor aDemocratic Presidential Debate Watch Party6:00pm Tuesday, July 30IBEW Local 16 Hall9001 N. Kentucky Ave.Evansville, INCover $10 per personSnacks and Soft Drinks includedPizza and Alcohol available to purchase Sun, July 72:00 – 3:30pmViewing of the film, Left Turn and Dr. Robin Diangelo’s deconstructing of white privilegeBrowning event Rooms A & B, Central Library, 200 S.E. Martin Luther king, Jr. Blvd., Evansville, IN July 17 – 20Young Democrats of America National ConventionCrowne Plaza Hotel, 123 W. Louisiana St., Indianapolis, IN Alexander Burton (left), Democratic candidate for 4th Ward City Council, Jennifer Yaser (2nd from left), Democratic candidate for 5th Ward City Council, and Democratic At-Large City Council candidate, Gina Robinson Ungar (right), all marched in the First Annual Pride Parade in Downtown Evansville on Saturday, June 22. Tues, July 9Young Democrats MeetingCentral Library, 200 S.E. Martin Luther king, Jr. Blvd., Evansville, IN Understanding Privilege and BiasEvansville Vanderburgh Public Library, in partnership with BRIDGE, is sponsoring viewing of the film, Left Turn, and former professor of multicultural education at Westfield State University, Dr. Robin Diangelo‘s deconstructing of white privilege at Central Library, 200 S.E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. on Sunday, July 7, 2:00 – 3:30pm.The series continues with panel discussions during August at various dates, times and library locations and concludes in October at Central. See above or visit https://events.evpl.org/event/2163625. Sat, July 1312:00pmIndiana Black Legislative Caucus Town HallC.K. Newsome Center, 100 E. Walnut St., Evansville, IN 47713 Mon, July 21 – Sat, July 27Vanderburgh County FairVanderburgh 4-H Center, 201 E. Boonville New Harmony Rd., Darmstadt, IN FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Which headlamp battery is right for you – disposable vs rechargeable

first_imgUtilized for countless activities and jobs, headlamps allow you to clearly and safely perform your task in the dark while keeping your hands available for the real work. To ensure optimal performance from your headlamp, it’s important to use a power source that best suits your objective–disposable or rechargeable. The superiority of one over the other is only relative to the situation at hand. Here are several points to ponder when considering either power source.BrightnessRechargeable batteries, coupled with specialized electronics, can provide CONSTANT LIGHTING and REACTIVE LIGHTING performance. CONSTANT LIGHTING allows the brightness to stay fairly consistent over the entire rated burn time. REACTIVE LIGHTING automatically adjusts the brightness when the headlamp detects the need for more or less light.Disposable batteries, with the lack of specialized electronics, provide STANDARD LIGHTING performance–the brightness gradually decreases as the batteries deplete. Burn TimeDisposable batteries are known to last longer while its energy output gradually decreases over time, making it so that your light will slowly get dimmer over time.Rechargeable batteries tend to have shorter burn times with a more consistent energy output until depletion, providing a stable amount of light until it abruptly goes out.AvailabilityDisposable batteries are quick and easy to replace; available for purchase almost anywhere. Rechargeable batteries aren’t always replaceable, but when they are, they can be hard to find or are only available on the manufacturer’s website. Petzl recommendation:Buy spare rechargeable batteries for each rechargeable headlamp you ownEase of UseDisposable batteries can be swapped out for fresh ones anywhere. Rechargeable batteries need a power source and a few hours to recharge.Maximum PerformanceDisposable batteries have to be replaced often, before they are depleted, in order to frequently operate a headlamp at max power. Rechargeable batteries are easily recharged before each use to frequently operate a headlamp at max power. WasteDisposable batteries are not reusable after a complete discharge and are thrown away, creating waste. Rechargeable batteries are reusable and limit waste.Self-dischargeDisposable batteries work even after a long period of non-use, making them very reliable. Rechargeable batteries slowly lose their charge while not in use and may become fully discharged over time. Petzl recommendation:Do not store rechargeable batteries fully dischargedRecharge stored batteries every 3 monthsCold WeatherDisposable batteries lose a lot of their charge in cold weather. Rechargeable batteries, specifically lithium-ion, are better at holding their charge in cold weather. Petzl recommendation:Store batteries in warm environments before using them in very cold environmentsDuring cold weather activities, keep batteries close to you body for warmthSizeDisposable batteries are normally used in sets of 2-4 to provide more power, resulting in more weight and bulk. Rechargeable batteries can be powerful and compact at the same time, providing a better compromise between power and weight.The VerdictIn conclusion, the deciding factor of choosing one power source over the other is purely based on your needs for performance and use. For frequent and intensive uses, go with a rechargeable battery. For occasional uses, use disposable batteries. For the freedom to switch between both types of batteries, consider a HYBRID CONCEPT headlamp.last_img read more

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Sellers scores at Sprint Series of Oklahoma’s Pat Suchy Memorial

first_imgBy David Smith Jr.MEEKER, Okla. (Sept. 8) – Robert Sellers took advantage of race-long leader Loyd Clevenger’s misfortune to capture the $1,250 Sprint Series of Oklahoma IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car victory at Red Dirt Raceway’s Pat Suchy Memorial.Clevenger had motored into the lead following an early restart and pulled away again following a mid-race yellow before encountering traffic on lap 16. With 10 laps to go, Clevenger’s lead had shrunk to three car lengths.The complexion of the race changed when Clevenger and the lapped car of Cody Jarvis got to­gether entering turn three with Clevenger taking a tumble. Tristan Oakes was also involved but unlike Clevenger was able to return.Sellers found himself in the lead for the ensuing restart. He held off a fast closing Andy Shouse to take earn the victory. Steven Shebester was third while Gary Owens and Joe Wood Jr. rounded out the top five.Next up for the SSO, presented by Smiley’s Racing Products, will be the 2017 season finale at Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore on Friday, Sept. 15.Feature results – 1. Robert Sellers; 2. Andy Shouse; 3. Steven Shebester; 4. Gary Owens; 5. Joe Wood Jr.; 6. Zach Blurton; 7. Josh Toho; 8. Dillon Laden; 9. Tristan Oakes; 10. Tanner Conn; 11. Cody Whitworth; 12. Eric Matthews; 13. Warren Fields; 14. Cody Jarvis; 15. Jerry Jumper; 16. Blake Dacus; 17. Jake Martens; 18. Loyd Clevenger; 19. Mike Scott; 20. Justin Mowry.last_img read more

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Outside smoke, Molzahn leads UW by example

first_imgMEGHAN CONLIN/Herald photoJust take one step onto the chilly pool deck at the SERF and you’ll immediately notice Tom Molzahn — you might not see him, but you’ll definitely hear him.”He is loud,” expressed UW assistant coach Kari Woodall. “But you also notice he is the team jokester, and he likes to keep things light for the team. Every team needs one of those.”All jokes aside, Molzahn is also one of the hardest-working members of the UW swim team. The Barrington, Ill., native leads practice every morning and afternoon.”If you want to compare yourself to see how you’re doing in practice, then you compare yourself to Molzahn,” explained sophomore teammate Tommy Gregory.But Molzahn has not always been a consistent leader during practice. Two years ago, when the middle distance swimmer first dove in the pool as a Badger, he had trouble keeping up with the pack. Ambition and dedication were there, but his endurance was lacking. As Molzahn finally began to adjust to college training, an accident happened in Fall 2003 that would cause a major bump in his road to perfection.It was a cool night on State Street and Molzahn was out walking with some teammates. Being the jokester that he is, Molzahn decided it would be a great idea to jump on top of a former teammate’s back. The jump was unexpected, and Molzahn plummeted over six feet to the pavement headfirst.”He was totally out of it for what seemed like a couple weeks,” former teammate Matt Bonzer said. “He could barely stand up and walk downstairs to get dinner. All he wanted to do was train, hang out and party with everyone else.”His injuries resulted in a skull fracture, hemorrhaging to the brain, bruising in the brain and severe damage to his left ear. After weeks of recuperation and rehab, Molzahn was able to return to the water with a new outlook on swimming, and himself.”I think the biggest thing it taught me was how to get through a tough time,” Molzahn explained. “Obviously the injury was tough, but getting back in the water was more difficult. I had to learn how to walk again and how to do simple things like learning how to do a flip turn all over again.”It will definitely be the toughest time in my four years here, and getting it out of the way has given me a new perspective on the rest of my career,” he added.Now, as one of two upperclassmen, Molzahn has become more mature and can’t be tamed.”He is a relentless worker,” said senior teammate Mike Hamm. “He works his butt off.””Every since my freshman year in high school, I’ve been able to improve,” Molzahn said. “I put a lot of faith in the coaches that I have, and I try to learn as much as I can from them. Each year you learn something new about your stroke, something new about yourself, and I think that’s what has helped a lot.”Being the lone junior on the team has also helped Molzahn flourish into the team leader that he is today. His skills in and out of the water have also led him to become co-captain this year with Hamm — a role that hasn’t been easy for Molzahn.”It has been tough,” he explained. “I’m the only junior and there is only one other senior, so it was hard to try and bring a bunch of young guns together. It was also hard to bring focus to a bunch of guys who have little experience on the team. It’s been a tough year, but also a fun year.”Being the only junior on the team has also had an effect on Molzahn. However, he believes this unique situation also contains some benefits.”I liked a lot of guys in my class, but being the only junior, the underclassmen know who to look up too,” Molzahn said. “There are only two upperclassmen, so they know who to go to for experience. And that made it easier. It was easier having a couple of focused individuals rather than a bunch of guys.””I don’t think it has mattered,” Hamm commented about Molzahn’s lone junior status. “Tommy has been a very good team member. He has been very friendly to all the guys in all the classes. I think being the only guy in his class is maybe a source of pride since he has been the only one to stick with it.”He has been an excellent captain this year and he will be an excellent captain next year,” Hamm continued.Though Molzahn may be an excellent leader, his greatest quality may be his ability to focus on himself. Over the years, Molzahn has lost many training partners due to graduation. This can be difficult for most swimmers, considering the sport requires you to spend over 90 percent of the practice with your head underwater.But Molzahn hasn’t let a lack of a training partner discourage him.”His greatest quality is that he focuses on himself a lot,” Woodall said. “He just puts his head down and gets to work. He will do whatever you will ask of him. He is always trying to figure out how to get better, and he is always trying to please you.”Even without a training mate, Molzahn continues to improve each day. After a long season of hard work and dedication, his training abilities will be put to the test this weekend as the Badgers set themselves to participate in the Big Ten Championships in Bloomington, Ind.At the Championships, Molzahn will be competing in three individual events (200-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle) as well as a plethora of relays.Though he would like to see himself improve at another Big Ten meet, his main focus will be the relays, which he is hoping will help him qualify for the NCAA Championships in March.”I think that the main goal and focus is getting the relays to NC’s and getting as many guys as we can to go,” he said. “I have always been able to swim on another level when I am swimming for someone else. I think everyone else does too. You can go as fast as you can individually, but somehow you can always go a second faster on a relay, and you don’t feel as if you did anything different except that you are swimming for a different purpose.”Relays will be a huge factor for Molzahn, but individual events are important as well. In the Big Ten, his highest seeding going into the meet is 15th in the 200-yard butterfly. This outside seeding could play a large role for Molzahn in that he is an outside threat to faster competition.”He is in a good position right now, because people don’t know who he is,” Woodall explained. “He could be that guy in the outside lane that sneaks up on everyone.””He has come a long ways, and he keeps improving,” volunteer student assistant coach Adam Mania added. “There is no limit to his talent.”A successful meet could add to Molzahn’s confidence, which is something that Woodall would like to see.”He needs confidence, and with maturity comes that confidence,” Woodall explained. “He has not been on the national scene quite yet. He went to Nationals this past summer, and that was a huge breakthrough for him.”Physically, he is talented and he works hard and he gets everything out of this sport, but it is a big mental breakthrough to not just go there, but [be] someone who is noticed,” she added.Whether Molzahn has a successful championships or not, one thing is for sure; he will be heard.”I think he is going to do a really good job,” Mania said. “Being very vocal, it is going to be vital for him to step it up. That is how he will lead by example. I think that when he is yelling at someone, we all want him to go overboard; so then everyone wants to get in on it. He is going to make cheering a lot more fun. Molzahn always has a way of multiplying his energy, and everyone thinks that it’s hilarious.”Added Molzahn: “I just think that being heard and bringing a lot of energy to the team will help bring everyone together. Sometimes you need someone to say what needs to be heard, and I think that when everyone hears one voice, it can bring everyone together.”last_img read more

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Urbik selected by Pittsburgh

first_imgThe Pittsburgh Steelers chose former UW offensive lineman Kraig Urbik (63) in the NFL Draft Sunday.[/media-credit]For years, University of Wisconsin football has been based on a power running attack. And while backs like Brent Moss, Ron Dayne and P.J. Hill get most of the credit, UW offensive linemen have earned the reputation of being among the most NFL-ready in the draft.Four-year starter Kraig Urbik is no different. When the Pittsburgh Steelers picked the 6-foot-5 Wisconsin guard in the third round Sunday, they believed they were getting the player most likely to aid their team right away.“This kid understands football,” Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians told reporters in Pittsburgh. “He’s a big physical guy that we think can play guard or tackle. We’ll stick the ball between his legs and see if he can do that too, so he has the ability to dress on Sunday and be a guy that could possibly be a three-position player for us.”After starting at tackle as a freshman, the Hudson, Wis., native shifted to right guard, where he earned 2008 first team All-American honors from ESPN.com.It was his senior season — despite the knee injury suffered versus Penn State — as a Badger that Urbik saw as being one of the crucial elements for his NFL Draft preparation.“The draft is really something I’ve been working towards all season … just through honing my game and my skills,” he said. “Scouts want to see that you continue to improve as a senior and have a strong senior year.”The next step for Urbik was the Senior Bowl in January, where he was a member of the North team coached by Cincinnati Bengals assistant coach Paul Alexander.Three months prior to the draft, Alexander’s assessment of Urbik was similar to that of Arians and the Steelers.“He’s not the type of guy where it’s going to take him a long time to learn the game,” Alexander told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “He’s going to get as good as he’s going to be pretty quickly early in his career because he really has a natural aptitude for it. And his fundamentals are sound.”Following the Senior Bowl, Urbik continued to work out, including participating in workouts at the University of Wisconsin’s Pro Day in March, where he performed well in front of NFL scouts.But with so much building up to draft day, Urbik was eager this week to put the draft behind him and get started with his NFL career.“I really just want [the draft] to get here and be done with,” Urbik said last Friday. “It’s something I’ve been looking forward to since I began my career and waiting for a long time for, so I’m pretty excited.”As a projected third-round pick in the draft, Urbik was not one of the few collegiate prospects invited to the draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York.In fact, his original plans didn’t even include watching the draft on television.“I was planning on going out and golfing a bit and just relaxing, but it’s supposed to rain in Hudson on Saturday so I’m not sure that will happen,” Urbik said. “Instead, I think I’ll just spend some time with family and friends and just keep everything real laid-back.”After not having his name called in the first two rounds of the draft Saturday, Urbik did watch the draft Sunday with family and friends at his parents’ home in Hudson.When Urbik finally received the call from the Steelers as the 15th pick in the 3rd round, his goal of reaching the NFL had finally been accomplished. Not only was he selected in the NFL draft, but Urbik also received the opportunity to play for the defending champs, who have won more Super Bowl titles (six) than any other team.“To be picked by the Steelers, I just feel really grateful and honored to be a part of such a great franchise,” he said. “And I’m going to a great city in Pittsburgh, so I’m just really looking forward to all of it.”Urbik was not, however, the first former Wisconsin player chosen in this weekend’s draft. His former teammates Matt Shaughnessy and DeAndre Levy were each selected in the third round as the 7th and 12th picks, respectively.After hearing Shaughnessy’s name called, Urbik sent a message to the Norwich, Conn., native. Now, after spending the past four years as teammates, the former Badgers will be heading their separate ways when they report to their respective teams this week.“I was texting Matt Shaughnessy because he was the first Badger taken. He sounded pretty excited too,” Urbik said. “But, I don’t think any of us will be getting together anytime soon. We’re all doing our own things and I know I won’t be back in Madison any time soon.”The next step for the former Badger guard is the Steelers’ rookie minicamp. It’s there that he will get his first opportunity to practice with his fellow rookies as a member of the Steelers organization.Still, as he moves on to the next level, Urbik is careful not to forget those who have cheered for him as he helped anchor the Badgers’ potent rushing attack.“I’m just really excited and now I’m really looking forward to this weekend,” he said. “And I’d like to thank all the Badger fans and all of those that supported us over the last five years.”last_img read more

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