Corpse Flower Blooms at Orange Coast College

Rare but stinky flower bloomed this month at Orange Coast College. The Amorphophallus titanum plant, also known as the ‘corpse flower’, was on display in the school’s administration building starting Wednesday, June 28th. The 30 pound plant, coming in at almost five feet tall, has been at the Costa Mesa college since 2006 and was nicknamed ‘Little Dougie.’ Originally from the Indonesian island of Sumatra, this endangered plant is known for its repugnant odor caused by pollinating beetles. The flower, which usually blooms in the evening, takes around a decade to make its first bloom, which lasts between 24 and 48 hours. After the initial bloom, the corpse flower blooms every three to five years.

 

Orange Coast College, a community college located in Orange County, California, was first founded in 1947. It provides two-year associates degrees and boasts over 20,000 undergraduate students. It is one of three in the Coast Community College District, is the third largest college in Orange County, and provides inexpensive education in the trades, licensed trades, and skilled professions. It boasts active on-campus clubs, competitive sports and recreational teams, and an involved student association.

 

In 2008, a new library was opened, the Lewis Science Building remodeled, and a Starbucks built in the new Art Center. It also boasts a 120-seat planetarium, and a Math, Business, and Computing Center. It has over 100 programs, ranging from Business & Computing to Visual and Performing Arts. It also offers certificate programs in aviation science, culinary arts, computer programming, childhood education, and interior design, among many others. The OCC is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. It also has special accredidation by the American Dental Association, the Dietetic Association, and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

 

Visit http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/ to learn more.

Dick DeVos: The Amway Heir With A Passion For Philanthropy

Richard DeVos Jr or Dick DeVos as he is more commonly referred to is the son of Richard DeVos, the founder of the multinational company, Amway. He is one of the biggest philanthropies in the country and is known for the incredible contribution that he has made to improve the country. He began his career in the international department at Amway and worked for several years there before he took over as the CEO of the company. Seeing his father work, he knew a thing or two about how to run a business. Using this knowledge, he proved to be an excellent leader for the company and was vital to the growth and development. Since he had such a strong backing in international markets, he decided to use that to his strengths and help the company expand. Under his leadership, Amway expanded to almost fifty different countries all over the world and is now a Fortune 500 company. After spending a good amount of time at the leading position in the company, he decided to step down to focus on his other ventures that he had in mind.

 

His philanthropic endeavors were one of the main reasons why he decided to step down. He has always been a person who wanted to help others and decided to set up the DeVos Family Foundation to fulfill this. He started this organization along with his wife Betsy DeVos, who is the current education minister of the country. Through the organization, the couple has changed the lives of numerous people, by providing them with the necessities that they need to lead a good and sustainable life. Education was one of the main aspects that the organization was formed to support. DeVos and his wife have both always believed in uplifting the education system in the country, and through the organization, can do so on a larger scale. The DeVos Family Foundation offers scholarships to students coming from underprivileged backgrounds so that they can go and seek a higher level of education in schools that are run by private owners. This allows these students to get a higher quality of education so that they can work towards a better future. DeVos also offers scholarships to students passing out of the university that he went to, especially those who have completed their MBAs. Being a businessman himself, DeVos offers scholarships to these students so that they can have the resources to start up their ventures.

 

DeVos is extremely patriotic and believes in working towards maintaining the natural beauty of Michigan. He has done a lot to ensure that the state’s natural resources are unharmed. He has also donated to organizations that help the environment and which are making efforts to preserve it.

 

Todd Lubar Predicts the Rise of Smart Homes

Todd Lubar was recently discoursing on innovation and how it can impact society and propel economies forward. Economic innovation has had demonstrably powerful effects and has initiated tremendous improvements for the lives of people across the globe. However, Lubar makes an important distinction regarding the role of government. The innovations are usually accomplished by private citizens with an entrepreneurial vision.

He gives an example from long ago, which had a major impact on improving travel. The steam engine drove decades of economic growth and vastly improved the speed and comfort of travel. These massive changes are disruptive and they also provide great new opportunities.

Technological innovation helps improve society with new goods and services. The lives of people are enriched with new products and things which can make life easier and more interesting. A good example of this is the ubiquitous cell phone. They have swept across the world and have inspired countless other tangential industries to serve customers. Innovation is reaching all corners of the globe as governments seek to be competitive in the modern world.

Innovation occurs in all major industries and some new endeavors include the constantly evolving internet, electric cars, and the explosive growth of computing technology. The Real Estate market, however, has been slower to adopt technological innovation than many other industries. Todd Lubar is an early adopter of smart technology for new homes and is helping to change this fact.

The Internet of Things is here and it makes controlling home appliances a reality with high-tech sensors being built into many home furnishings. One day everything will be wired and controlled by a smartphone or computer. Quadrant Homes builds residential homes and they are based in Seattle. They are including smart technology in all their new homes. Digital locks, keypad interfaces, automated window shades, and security features are making life easier in a Quadrant home.

Smart homes have been touted by Todd and his prediction is coming to fruition. He is the President of TDL Global Ventures and a senior Vice-President of Legendary Investments. His experience is in real estate and as an entrepreneur. He is passionate about helping people obtain their dream house and uses creative financing to make it possible.

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Mark Hutchinson and WildArk Help With Conservation

Mark Hutchinson is very comfortable showing off his wild side to everyone. The driving force of his life is his passion for wild terrains and the creatures that inhabit them. He’s the head of WildArk and leads their efforts to conserve areas that display great biodiversity. They also have as their ambition a goal to inspire people to reconnect with nature and its wild denizens.

The adventuring life placed a powerful hold on Hutchinson from an early age as he mustered sheep and rode horses every chance that he could. His native Austraila offered many opportunities to experience the wild as he grew up and he later spent a year as a Jackaroo in the far North. He spent time fishing and camping in the wilderness after graduating high school. Learn more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/good-weekend/save-the-elephants-how-we-turned-a-corner-on-the-ivory-trade-20170516-gw5so2.html

A car trip along the length of Africa was his next adventurous season and he even started an adventure company called UNTAMED. So, by the age of 22, he had spent several years experiencing the best and sometimes the worst of what nature had to offer. He strongly felt there was a need to conserve wild lands and their native species and hence WildArk was born.

Hutchinson also took the time to obtain educational credentials to help him with his business endeavors. He received a Bachelor of Economics degree at the University in Sydney. He has a deep base of knowledge regarding eco-tourism and lots of practical experience in the bush. However, he felt he was lacking when speaking on the subject of conservation and needed formal academic training. He is now pursuing a Masters in Conservation to help him speak more eloquently on a subject he is most passionate about.

The term rewilding is one that Mark Hutchinson uses and it involves people reconnecting with nature and the wild kingdom. The modern lifestyle that many people enjoy sometimes makes nature recede into the background rarely to be thought of or experienced. With WildArk Hutchinson hopes to change that. He urges people to reconnect with nature in practical ways, such as planting a tree and inviting birds into the backyard via a feeder.

WildArk adventures are specially designed for the greater good of conservation and they are low impact outings to see nature in all its glory. The profits that WildArk generates goes to support lands and species protection. Learn more: http://wildark.com/blog/mark-hutchinson-for-the-wild/

Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Creates Unique Data App

Whitney Wolfe has designed a dating app for women that let’s them be in control. She is founder and Chief Executive of Bumble the company that makes this app in Austin, Texas. In her company she only has women.

Whitney Wolfe discusses at meetings with her staff terms like ghosting or stopping contact with a romantic partner with no explanation. She reminds staff to let users know what it feels like when that happens to them. Bumble the app she created let’s women make the first move and kindness is the mantra of her company.

When your a sensitive caring women or new age guy you will like using Bumble. Whitney Wolfe designed a rival app called Tinder that she says promoted a hookup culture. This caused her to want to design an app that gave women safer and more positive dating experiences. Whitney Wolfe Founder and Chief Executive of Bumble knows the app won’t change the rules of dating immediately but hopes it makes the experience better for women.

Whitney Wolfe app features photo identification so women know they are entering a relationship with a valid person. It has security features that make it easy to report inappropriate behavior. Its abuse report rate is lower than many of its competitors. The company bars anyone that makes offensive remarks.

The main features of Bumble is is let’s the woman make the first move instead of the man. They don’t have to sit around waiting for the man to call they can be the one to call or contact them first. Whitney Wolfe says she was always a go better so even in dating she wanted to be able to make the first move.

She thinks that when women wait the Cinderella coach will turn into a pumpkin. Not all women want to make the first move or are comfortable doing it. Whitney Wolfe thinks that technology has turned the dating game into a rumble. Often when people are rejected they behave aggressively.

Bumble has 35 employees and is preparing to introduce a new networking app called Bumble Bizz and acquired Chappy an app for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

Learn more about Whitney Wolfe: https://www.fastcompany.com/person/whitney-wolfe.