Dr. Elsie L. Scott
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In an effort to meet a critical need for better trained and educated nurses, RNs with two-year degrees from a Wisconsin technical college can now fully apply those credits toward the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion program in the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing at Cardinal Stritch University.
The agreement originated between Stritch and Milwaukee Area Technical College, but the same approach has also been made available to nursing graduates of all 16 colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS).
According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report in 2012, nursing is identified as the occupation with the largest projected employment growth from 2010-2020, with an anticipated 26 percent increase in demand. In 2010, a report by the Institute of Medicine cited the need for nurses to achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved and seamless education system.
“A strong partnership with each of the 16 technical colleges provides an educational pathway to Stritch which will ensure a seamless transition to an advanced degree,” said Kelly J. Dries, dean of the College of Nursing. “Nursing education is charged with meeting workforce needs for nurses who provide safe, seamless, quality patient care. A partnership with the technical collages is an essential step in meeting this need.”
Stritch’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion program is designed for registered nurses who are looking for enhanced career opportunities, promotions, and management positions. The program uses adult learning theory as the basis for the design of the courses so that projects are designed for working registered nurses and have meaning for them in their work. The program is accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
“This new relationship between Stritch and WTCS opens the door of opportunity to scores of high-quality nurses who are looking to advance their training and education,” said Stritch President Dr. James Loftus. “Stritch’s commitment to exemplary nursing training dates back to 1980, and we are proud partners with the 16 Wisconsin technical colleges to meet a critical community need.”
“This is the type of innovative approach that I believe you’ll see more and more often,” said Morna Foy, president of WTCS. “It makes career progression very attainable for our highly skilled nursing graduates.”
The Ruth S. Colman College of Nursing is a leader in combining education innovation with clinical practice. The college is engaged in multi-faceted, collaborative partnerships with health care organizations and academic facilities through southeastern Wisconsin. For more information, visit the Stritch website.
Cardinal Stritch University, a fully accredited Catholic institution based in Milwaukee, provides transformative, value-centered education to more than 6,000 men and women of all faiths and ages in four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Education and Leadership, Business and Management, and the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing. The University offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as certificate and other training programs. Founded in 1937 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, Stritch is the largest Franciscan institution of higher education in North America, with classroom sites across Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois.
by Katherine Mioni–Milton Family Law
Tax season is here, and for divorcing couples, there are a few tax considerations they should keep in mind. Below are five frequently asked questions about divorce and taxes for divorcing couples.
What Is My Filing Status?
Your tax filing status is based on the marital status as of December 31st of the year in question. Single filing status is available for unmarried individuals as of the end of the year. If you were still married on December 31st, then you and your spouse must file a return as “married, filing jointly” or “married, filing separately.” While you may not want to file married because you have been living separately and have not relied upon each other’s income, this is the preferred status. Filing married has many tax advantages associated with it, such as the exclusion limits for capital gain on the sale of a principal residence.
Can I Qualify as Head of Household?
A taxpayer may qualify for head of household filing if the following 3 requirements are met:
- The taxpayer is unmarried on the last day of the year (December 31st);
- The taxpayer has paid more than half of the cost of keeping up a home for the year; and
- A “qualifying child” has lived with the taxpayer in the home for more than half of the year.
The reason you may want to file as head of household is that the applicable tax rate usually will be lower than the rates for single or married filing separately. Furthermore, you may also receive a higher standard deduction.
Can I Claim the Dependency Exemption?
A “qualifying child” is a dependency exemption for the parents’ joint return. A qualifying child must have the same principal home as the taxpayer for more than one-half of the year, and the qualifying child cannot provide more than one-half of his or her own support during the year. The right to claim your child as a dependent belongs to the custodial parent. However, if the child meets the definition of a qualifying child for more than one parent, then the parent with longer custody gets the exemption. If both parents have equal placement, the one with the higher adjusted gross income gets the exemption.
Is Child Support Income?
Child support is not income. Therefore, you do not have to claim child support as income if you are receiving it nor can you deduct it if you are paying it.
However, you might be paying expenses for your children that are deductible.
Is Alimony Income?
Alimony is income. Therefore, you do have to report alimony as income if you are receiving it or you can deduct it if you are paying it under the following conditions:
- If payments are made in cash;
- The payments are received by or on behalf of the former spouse under a divorce agreement;
- The instrument does not designate the payment as one that is not includible as income to the recipient for deductible by the payor;
- The payor does not have to continue the payment after the death the recipient spouse;
- There must be a decree of divorce requiring the payor spouse to make payments to the recipient spouse.
When you make payments under all of these circumstances, you can probably deduct the payments from your income.
The 4-county Metropolitan Milwaukee housing market started 2013 in the same fashion it ended 2012, increasing sales over the previous year. Sales in January were 15% above January of 2012.
January marked the 19th month in a row that home sales increased over the previous year. The 874 January sales were the most for that month since 2007 (971), before the Great Recession began.
While there is a substantial amount of relief in the continued success of the housing recovery, there is also concern over the paltry level of inventory the market is carrying as we approach the spring selling season.
The market has 11.0-months of inventory (calculated by the number of active listings divided by the previous month’s sales), which is well below the 15.4-months from January 2012. To put that in perspective, over the last 6-years the number of months of inventory was usually in the upper teens or low 20s in January.
Only 1,889 homes were listed in January 2013, down 13.7% from a year earlier. January’s listings were the fewest the market has had in that month since 2000, when 1,784 homes were listed.
A major reason for the lackluster level of listings is sellers’ fear of not getting a good price for their home. Certainly, sellers will probably not fetch prices from the peak of the market, however, prices are starting to stabilize in many areas – though buyers are demanding concessions to complete a sale.
We cannot say with confidence that the Milwaukee market will see prices rise universally in 2013, but with consumer confidence and employment stable, and with interest rates historically low, many areas of our market could see some appreciation as we move through the year.
Sellers need to consult with their REALTOR® to determine the appropriate listing price for their home given current market conditions in their neighborhood and community.
Days on Market
While listings are lagging, buyers are very active. Of the closings in the 4-county area in January, 40.8% sold in less than 60-days. An additional 15.7% sold in under 90-days, for a total of 56.5% of sales from properties listed since October or November.
Distressed sales (foreclosures, short sales, etc.) still account for approximately 20% of area sales and take the longest to sell. Distressed properties comprised a significant portion of the almost 1/3rd of the homes that were on the market for more than 120-days.
Days on Market
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37.6% of sales in the 4-County Metropolitan area were among units priced under $100,000.
Milwaukee County had 58.3% of all regional sales. Over half, 55.7%, of the county’s sales were among properties under $100,000.
Waukesha County had 27.5% of the region’s sales. 9.4% of sales were in the $100,000-range, but sales in the $200,000-range ($200,000 – $299,999) made up 40.9% of the county’s total.
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% of Region
* The total unit sales may not equal other reported totals, because this report does not include 2- and 4-family units, which are reported in the regular MLS statistics.
47.9% of all residential buyers and 47.3% of condominium buyers utilized conventional 30-year mortgages to finance their purchases. That is no surprise given the historically low rates currently available.
The next most common source of financing was cash, accounting for 29.6% of residential purchases and 37.3% of condos. Cash purchases among condo buyers has been a common theme through the recession due to lenders having difficulty securing condominium loans.
Financing in the 4-County Area
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Los Angeles, CA—Romance. In the beginning, it’s about candlelight dinners, walks on the beach, holding hands, flowers, and talking until dawn—you know, the stereotypical ingredients of what happens when two people fall in love. Now, fast forward five or ten years. Mystery and romance are hard to find among the daily chores. Life becomes about organization, not spontaneity. You divvy up who does what and when: dishes, cooking, shopping, kids, etc.
For many women, it’s shocking (and a little scary) to realize that these days, your romantic fantasy is less about knights in shining armor and more about your husband wearing an apron as he finishes washing the dishes, after having cooked a full meal and tucked the children in bed. Where did the magic go? you think. And is there any way to get it back? The answer is yes—but that magic might look different from what you’re expecting.
“In the beginning of a relationship, romance often does take the form of getaways, special dinners, and stolen kisses,” acknowledges Princess Ivana Pignatelli Aragona Cortes, who is a featured blogger at Modern Mom, founder of Princess Ivana—The Modern Princess, and coauthor of the upcoming book A Simple Guide to Pregnancy & Baby’s First Year. “But over time, my marriage has matured and my family has grown—I’m sure you can relate! These days, rather than receiving a box of chocolates, romance for me is an action that says I’ve been thinking of you—desiring you.”
Ivana maintains that romance is important to women throughout their lives. It lets them know that their partners desire them, value them, and cherish them. But over time, she acknowledges, the “look” of romance can and does change. NOTE TO EDITOR: See attached tipsheet for four reasons why romance is important to women—and their partners.
“The challenge of domestic life is keeping the magic alive,” Ivana points out. “Especially after kids enter the picture, illusions wear down and you focus more on the nitty-gritty details of everyday life. In the midst of this, how do you, as a friend of mine put it, ‘never stop wooing’? To me, that means never taking your partner for granted.”
Don’t fool yourself into thinking that romance has to be, look, and feel a certain way. It doesn’t have to take hours or cost a lot of money. Instead, it’s about paying attention to the details that matter to your partner, and keying into what the other person finds special and surprising.
Here, from a woman’s perspective, are some of Ivana’s examples of what “romancing the mom” might look like:
• Instead of planning a big, fancy dinner at a trendy restaurant, wait until the kids are in bed, then light a candle and pour both of us a glass of wine.
• Instead of sprinkling rose petals on the bed and, well…you know…a foot rub or a slow dance in the living room will do.
• Instead of bringing me flowers, ask our kids to draw me a picture of a beautiful bouquet.
• Instead of planning a weekend away, call me at lunchtime and say, “Pick up Subway and meet me at the park—we’re having a picnic.”
• Instead of buying me expensive lingerie, call me in the middle of the day and ask me what I’m wearing—even if you know it’s yoga pants and a T-shirt.
“These are just a few examples of what a busy mom might be craving from her partner, and of course, romance in action will look different from couple to couple,” Ivana concludes. “The important thing to remember is that creativity, thoughtfulness, and love outweigh time, money, and over-the-top effort every time when it comes to keeping the magic alive in the midst of everyday life.”
Why Wooing Women Works:
Four Reasons That Men—and Their Partners—Will Love
Addressed to men everywhere, here are insights from Princess Ivana Pignatelli Aragona Cortes, featured blogger at Modern Mom, founder of Princess Ivana—The Modern Princess, and coauthor of the upcoming book A Simple Guide to Pregnancy & Baby’s First Year.
I feel for you guys—the pressure is on! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and as you’re no doubt aware, men (much more than women, generally) are expected to up the ante and become Valentine Heroes with gifts and romantic gestures that will send their women over the moon. Most guys don’t know where to begin. My advice? Relax. It’s not as hard or as expensive as you think to please your woman.
Romance is not about love songs, chocolates, or roses. It’s simply taking the time to say (and show), I’ve been thinking about you. You matter to me. I am happy you’re in my life.
I know, I know—guys tend to get anxious when they hear talk like this, but hear me out: Forget being a superhero. Be yourself. She married you, not the other guy. Keep that in mind, and read on for four reasons why wooing your woman really works:
It reminds women of who they are outside of motherhood. As a mother, much of a woman’s identity is defined by the daily chores of raising a family—especially if her children are very young. Priorities are geared toward meeting the needs of others, so much so that moms can lose touch with themselves…and that includes feeling feminine and sexy. Mothers get used to forgoing their own needs in the name of getting things done: five-minute showers, slapping on mascara at a stoplight during carpool, putting up with clothes that are stained with peanut butter and jelly smears. A pedicure? What’s that? Many moms can’t even remember anymore, it’s been so long. And that’s where romance comes in: It brings a woman back to herself and reminds her that she is a woman first. When you make her feel loved, it will energize both of you, and that leads to…
It brings sexy back. Once you’ve been with someone for a long time, particularly after you’ve lived together and had children together, there is very little left that the two of you don’t know about each other. Your conversation starters all have to do with pre-school enrollment, the leaky bathroom faucet, or getting your taxes done. Any mystique that once existed is gone. (After all, what excitement and mystery is left after your partner has seen you give birth, and intimacy includes washing dirty underwear?) Do you want to bring excitement and mystery back? Then get playful. Be surprising. Call your wife in the middle of the day from work or text her a sexy love note. And if you’re too uncomfortable with a sexy note but still want to rev up her inner sex kitten, try something simple like, “I can’t wait to see you tonight.”
It gives the gift of guilt-free indulgence. Women have a tendency to give up the more frivolous or luxurious things they once enjoyed because they are busy putting the needs of their family, job, and household first. And really, who has time to light a fire when you’re spending all of your time putting them out? However, being romanced will give your woman the opportunity to enjoy things like pedicures, nice dinners out, massages, and more without feeling guilty. There’s nothing more romantic than a gift that shows this kind of thoughtfulness. It’s a way of saying, “I know you take care of all of us, so let me take care of YOU.”
It’s fun! Parents need playtime too. With all the responsibilities that have to be taken care of on a day-to-day basis, there’s usually little to no time left to schedule in some good old-fashioned fun that isn’t centered around your kids. Whether it’s a night out on the town or fifteen minutes in a bubble bath, romance allows both partners the chance to relax and escape for a time—and enjoythemselves. It brings back that giddy, excited feeling (for those of us who have forgotten what having fun feels like) that boosts your mood and makes you feel like a kid again.
About Princess Ivana:
Ivana is the author of the upcoming book A Simple Guide to Pregnancy & Baby’s First Year, which was cowritten with her mother, Magdalene Smith, and her sister, Marisa Smith. Their blog,Princess Ivana—The Modern Princess, is a blend of humor, practical advice, and lifestyle tips on the essentials. Ivana is also a featured blogger on Modern Mom.
While she’s a modern-day princess, she comes from modest means and met her Italian Prince Charming (if you’re curious, he’s Adriano Pignatelli Aragona Cortes, Prince of the Holy Roman Empire) while on scholarship at Pepperdine. She didn’t wait for his kiss to save her, though—using her master’s degree in education, she forged a career of her own as a digital strategy consultant.
Ivana and her husband have two fabulous kids (ages three years and twenty months) who are the latest additions to a 1,000-year lineage that includes kings of Sicily and Spain, Catherine of Aragon, a pope, and a saint. Ivana is wild about kids and motherhood. For the past twenty years, she has worked with children, from designing learning toys to tutoring homeless kids.
Ivana’s Super Mom juggling act between life, love, kids, and career inspired her new book. She believes that life is more about attitude than money, and her goal is to help mothers live well on any budget. Consider her “Dear Abby” with a tiara and a baby sling!
For more information, please visit www.princessivana.com.
The two-day health fair event is open to the public and will occur during the fraternity’s North Central Province
Milwaukee—(February 12, 2013)—The men of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. are holding a two-day health fair, March 15-16, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Milwaukee. The free health fair is open to the public and will focus on five health-related issues, including, cardiovascular illnesses, cancer, diabetes, mental health and oral health. The event is a collaboration between Kappa Alpha Psi and the Milwaukee Health Department, American Heart Association, American Red Cross, Columbia St. Mary’s, the Milwaukee Men’s Health Referral Network, and other health professionals throughout the city.
“One of the fraternity’s priorities is to promote the national Healthy Kappa Healthy Communities’ Initiative that was implemented to address health and wellness among our membership, their families and surrounding communities,” said Mike Jones, president of the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation in Southeast Wisconsin and coordinator of the health fair. “We are committed to helping people be armed with the knowledge and resources they need to be healthy and to live a better quality of life.”
The fair will be held in the executive ballroom at the hotel during the fraternity’s North Central Province, in which Kappa Alpha Psi members from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin gather together to discuss important business over the course of two days. During the fair, the membership and the public will have the opportunity to donate blood, learn CPR, and take blood pressure, blood glucose and Alzheimer tests. Free oral health and mental health assessments will also be given, HIV screenings, and much more.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity – Milwaukee Alumni
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. – Milwaukee Alumni is a nonprofit, charitable organization that focuses on educational and mentoring opportunities in the community. Their Foundation (Kappa
Alpha Psi Foundation of Southeastern Wisconsin) provides yearly scholarships to deserving youth in the greater Milwaukee area during an awards dinner that occurs every spring.
Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria. He could be the next pontiff
by Angela Dodson and Frederick H. Lowe
Pope Benedict XVI, leader of the Roman Catholic Church, announced Monday that he will retire February 28 because of his age and ill health. His resignation could open the door for the naming of a pope from Africa, the fourth black pontiff in the church’s history.
Pope Benedict said in Latin in a speech broadcast over Vatican Radio that he wanted “to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church.”
“After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry,” he said.
|Pope Benedict XVI|
“In today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by Cardinals on 19 April 2005 in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, a 20:00 hours [8p.m.], the See of Room, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant.”
Pope Benedict, who is 85, will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. The last pope to resign was Pope Gregory XIII, who left office in 1415. The College of Cardinals hopes to choose a new pontiff during the start of Holy Week on March 14.
Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria is expected to be one of the leading contenders for pontiff. Cardinal Arinze, 80, was ordained in 1958, and in 1965 at the age of 32, he became the world’s youngest bishop. He was named a cardinal in 1985. He was considered a leading candidate for the papacy in 2005.
|Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson of Ghana|
However, Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson of Ghana has emerged as an even more likely candidate this time around, according to numerous reports. He is 64 and with the retiring pope citing his frailties, his relative youth might sway the College of Cardinals.
In the early history of the church, there were three black pontiffs, Pope St Victor I (ca 186-198), Pope St Miltiades (311-14), and Pope St Gelasius (492-496), all Africans, according to the Liber Pontificalis, a series of biographical entries about the popes
Africa is the fastest-growing region for the Catholic Church. In 2009, when Pope Benedict XVI visited Africa, the Roman and Eastern catholic churches had an estimated at 158 million members on the continent, according to the New York Times. By 2025, one-sixth (230 million) of the world’s Catholics are expected to be African.
Article courtesy of the Chicago Tribune
Love is such an intense emotion that losing someone you love can cause profound grief. All of us grieve differently, and in some people, the emotional and psychological impact of grief can manifest itself physically by triggering a heart attack or causing a serious–albeit temporary–disease of the heart muscle.
Heart Attack Risk Rises
Researchers at Harvard Medical School have shown that the chance of having a heart attack is 21 times higher than normal during the first 24 hours following the death of a loved one. And while grief does not disappear overnight, neither does the risk of heart attack; it starts dropping on the second day, but remains nearly six times above normal for a week, and may still be higher than normal 30 days after the loved one has passed away.
The risk of having a grief-related heart attack varies, with the greatest risk found in those who are already at risk because of existing heart disease or its risk factors.
According to the researchers, heart attacks are likely triggered by an increase in heart rate and blood pressure that are a natural response to psychological stress.
And yes, the study, published last year in Circulation, also seems to show that it is possible to die of a broken heart. The researchers determined that the risk of dying from heart disease in the months following the death of a loved one increases 20 percent to 53 percent.
Menomonee Falls, Wis. – Russ Darrow Group will host a career fair at its new Russ Darrow Nissan dealership, 11212 W. Metro Blvd. in Milwaukee Tues., Feb. 19 through Thurs., Feb. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Russ Darrow Group seeks multiple vehicle salespeople who are motivated, enthusiastic, and have excellent communication skills. Prior sales experience is preferred but not required. Applicants must have a high school diploma (or equivalent) and a valid in-state driver’s license with a good driving record. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. Employee benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance; a 401(k); performance-based bonuses; paid vacation; and continuous professional development.
On-site interviews will be offered; walk-in candidates are welcome. For immediate consideration, email resumes to[email protected]. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TheRussDarrowGroup/events.
Russ Darrow Group, headquartered in Menomonee Falls, is Wisconsin’s all-time volume auto retailer since 1965. It owns and operates dealerships in Milwaukee, Appleton, Madison, Fond du Lac, Waukesha, Wauwatosa, West Bend, and Greenfield, representing Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Toyota, Scion, Honda, Nissan, KIA, Mazda, and Mitsubishi. With over 600 employees, the company also operates a nationwide fleet and leasing business and has its own in-house financing company.
Milwaukee Public Schools’ Whittier School is among just 65 schools across the state honored by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as a Wisconsin Reward School.
Reward Schools are schools that have both strong academic results and a student body that includes low-income students.
Whittier, which “exceeds expectations” in the tough new state report cards and exceeds state standardized test score averages, is being honored for its academic growth.
“I am very proud of Whittier School,” school leader Peggy Mystrow said. “Our vision statement is, ‘your path to college starts here,’ and the teachers, parents and staff work very hard to ensure that all students succeed.”
The K4-5 school, located on the city’s south side just northwest of General Mitchell International Airport, is an MPS-operated charter school with a neighborhood attendance area.
MPS’ annual Three-Choice Enrollment period is currently open through Feb. 22! Visit any school — or visit mpsmke.com/EnrollMPS to search for the right school and enroll online!