Karen Johnson, vice president for student affairs at the College, received national recognition by being elected to a one-year term to the board of directors for the Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASACCU). The New York-based ASACCU holds annual conferences where leaders from schools across the country can share ideas, resources and advice with one another, Johnson said. “ASACCU is the resource for student affairs issues as they related to Catholic colleges and universities,” Johnson said. She said she started her work with the organization 10 years ago when she attended a weeklong workshop, “The Institute for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities.” “When the funding for the workshops ended, the Association was formed,” Johnson said. “During the second year of the Association, I hosted the annual conference at my previous institution, Saint Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.” She said she has remained an active member and has continued to volunteer for jobs since the conference was held in Texas. According to Johnson, she was nominated by a slate of officers. She said she and her fellow members on the board have goals “to improve [ASACCU’s] web presence, improve communication between members and serve as a great resource.” Johnson said her position should not affect her role at Saint Mary’s, but “it is always an honor to represent [the] institution on a national board.” Johnson said the knowledge she brings back from the board will help improve her work at the College. “Keeping current with what is happening in Catholic higher education always improves the way I do my job,” Johnson said. “Being able to share information and resources reminds me that we do have great services and supports here, but I can always learn and bring new programs to Saint Mary’s.” Johnson started at the College in 2006. As vice president for student affairs, she said she oversees the directors of athletics, multicultural services and student programs, student involvement, security, residence life and community standards and women’s health. She also said student affairs is there to listen to student concerns and “ensure that the Saint Mary’s woman has a well-rounded life experience at the College and is prepared to meet the world she enters into after commencement.” Between her work with schools and ASACCU, she has several years of experience. In her student affairs career that has spanned more than 30 years, Johnson said, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” She said she enjoys her work at the College. “I really love working at Saint Mary’s and have learned so much from the confident women who are students here,” Johnson said.
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Karpower International, a unit of the Turkish Karadeniz Holding, have agreed to jointly carry out the first LNG-to-Powership project under the co-brand Karmol in Mozambique.For this purpose, the two companies will jointly own and operate an FSRU and a Powership, MOL said in its statement, noting that the pair have already introduced the concept of LNG-to-Powership solution outlining the Mozambique project.This LNG-to-Powership project consists of the collaborative operations of the FSRU to deliver regasified LNG and the Powership to receive regasified LNG in order to produce electricity, which is subsequently provided to Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), the Mozambican National Power Utility, through the electricity connection and transmission facility.The FSRU is now being converted from an existing LNG carrier, while the Powership is currently operating with heavy fuel oil in Nacala, but in accordance with the prior arrangement with EDM, it will be switched to operation with LNG after the FSRU delivery.In the past years, Mozambique has seen rapid economic growth, which in order to sustain requires the increased supply of stable and affordable supply of electricity.Karmol’s LNG-to-Powership solution with power generation capacity of 120 MW will create the supply of electricity for the people of Mozambique and, provide critical infrastructure for the use of LNG within Mozambican territory.When completed, the project will be the first LNG -to Power solution and FSRU project in Eastern and Southern Africa.MOL and Karpowership intend to continue to jointly develop LNG-to-Powership projects all over the world.