Steve Bellin-Oka is the next ‘Poets in Parks’ Gettysburg Resident Poet for the National Parks Arts Foundation

CHICAGO, June 21, 2019—The National Park Arts Foundation (NPAF), the Poetry Foundation, the National Parks Service, and the Gettysburg Foundation announce Steve Bellin-Oka as the 2019 Poets in Parks artist-in-residence. Poets in Parks is a unique partnership expressly designed and curated to raise the profile of poetry as a vibrant and modern public art. Bellin-Oka is the second Poets in Parks resident, and will spend one month in residency at Gettysburg National Military Park with a $1,000 stipend.

“The beauty and variety of United States national parks provide fertile ground for growing dialogue around poetry, shared history, and art as a public service,” said Stephen Young, program director at the Poetry Foundation. “We’re excited to have Mr. Bellin-Oka continue these conversations as the new Poets in Parks resident. The relationship between the past in present in his work is well-suited to Gettysburg, where history is both commemorated and alive.”

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The National Park Service’s cultural mandate to recognize and foster a democratic and participatory dialogue through the arts has never been more important. The current national debate about the representation and memorial of Civil War history provides an opportunity for education and discussion.

Bellin-Oka’s poems written during the residency will expand those conversations. He will begin his month-long residency at Gettysburg National Military Park in September, writing, leading workshops, and sharing his poetry in a public reading on October 11, 2019. After his residency, he will travel to Washington, D.C. and to the Poetry Foundation in Chicago in May, 2020 on a poetry tour with the first Poets in Parks resident, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo.

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A Poet Connected to the Past



A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Bellin-Oka grew up surrounded by Civil War battlefields; he takes the not-so-ghostly presences of history seriously, and intends to explore them during his time at Gettysburg.

“My own work deals with cultural memory and how traumatic national events such as the Civil War are remembered, misremembered, reimagined, and reinterpreted by Americans living in later historical periods,” said Bellin-Oka. “As William Faulkner puts it in his novel Absalom, Absalom, ‘maybe nothing ever happens once and is finished.’ In other words, the past is never just the past—it co-exists with the present and shapes it, like double exposure on a piece of film.”

He plans to write poems that imagine Abraham Lincoln preparing to give The Gettysburg Address, the experiences of soldiers on both sides, and new works in response to Civil War poems of the battlefield.

Bellin-Oka earned his MFA from the University of Virginia and his PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers. He currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he is a 2019 Tulsa Artists Fellow, awarded by the George Kaiser Family Foundation. His debut collection, Instructions for Seeing a Ghost, won the 2019 Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, and will be published by the University of North Texas Press in 2020.

About the Poetry Foundation 


The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative literary prizes and programs. For more information, please visit poetryfoundation.org.

Follow the Poetry Foundation and Poetry on Facebook at facebook.com/poetryfoundation or on Twitter @PoetryFound.

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About the National Park Arts Foundation


The National Park Arts Foundation is a nonprofit organization offering artist-in-residence programs, museum in-loan programs, and workshops nationwide at a number of national parks. For more information, please visit nationalparksartsfoundation.org. To apply to open programs, please visit nationalparksartsfoundation.submittable.com/submit.

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About the Gettysburg Foundation


The Gettysburg Foundation is a non-profit philanthropic, educational organization operating in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) to preserve Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower National Historic Site, and to educate the public about their significance.

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Med Advantage Earns URAC Accreditation in Credential Verification Organizations (CVO)

Louisville, KY, May 28th, 2019 – Med Advantage, an Advantum Health company, is proud to announce that it has earned URAC accreditation in Credentials Verification Organization. URAC is the independent leader in promoting healthcare quality through leadership, accreditation, measurement and innovation. By achieving this status, Med Advantage, has demonstrated a comprehensive commitment to quality care, improved processes and better patient outcomes.

“We have always strived to provide our customers with the highest level of service with a strong emphasis on efficiency and accuracy,” John Barrett, VP of Business Development, said. “This re-certification solidifies our commitment to our customers.”

“Increased scrutiny of healthcare quality makes credentials verification a vital component in delivering safe and successful care,” said URAC President and CEO Shawn Griffin, M.D. “Med Advantage is showcasing a commitment to quality by achieving Credentials Verification Organization Accreditation from URAC that’s designated to increase patient confidence, maintain provider excellence, and reduce legal exposure.”

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Landmark Celebrates Groundbreaking of New High School at Location of Formerly Segregated Elementary School

Landmark Celebrates Groundbreaking of New High School

Fairburn, Georgia, May 23nd, 2019 — Building upon excellence in education, Landmark Christian School and the Fairburn community broke ground on May 6 to renovate the formerly segregated Fairburn Public Elementary School. The ceremony marked a new beginning for Landmark, South Fulton County, and the City of Fairburn by formally embarking upon a $10,000,000 renovation and construction of a new high school. Landmark is renovating the historic building that once was used to divide the community and constructing one of the most innovative and unifying schools in the state and nation.
“The city of Fairburn is excited to witness this groundbreaking ceremony. It is symbolic in so many ways.” Mayor Pro Tem Linda Davis said to those in attendance at the ceremony. “We are breaking the ground from old traditions to new possibilities. We are breaking the ground from the segregation partly based on fear to the integration of bold visions and ideas … to the freedom of neighborly love. We are moving forward together.”

Prior to being named Fairburn Elementary School, the building was known as The Fairburn Negro school dating back to February 13, 1947, on the original topography blueprints. Then, the school housed just four teachers and 125 students representing all grade levels. It wasn’t until the early 1970s when white students joined the now named Fairburn Elementary School. The school closed its doors in 1991. Landmark Christian School purchased the vacant buildings in 2007 from the city of Fairburn and the buildings have remained mostly untouched until May 6, 2019.

The new 21st-century high school will unite the community by attracting students of all backgrounds and interests and continuing to prepare leaders for generations to come. The new building will house the Landmark Aviation Academy, including a flight simulator that currently only a handful of high schools in the nation offer. Other unique offerings include the Film Academy, Leadership Academy, Engineering Academy, and later to follow, a Culinary Academy and Dance Academy. These Academies along with the recently launched Landmark Music Academy provide many opportunities for students to determine their interests and develop their passions.

In addition to Mayor Pro Tem Linda Davis’ passionate address at the ceremony, Judge Carla Wong McMillian read a proclamation from Representative Derrick Jackson, member of the Georgia House of Representatives, acknowledging and applauding the efforts of Landmark and their commitment to making South Fulton County, Georgia a better place to reside. The proclamation states that May 6, 2019, will now be recognized as “Be the Change Day.”

The success of a recently launched capital campaign by Landmark, titled “IT’S TIME” reflects how this project resonates with the community and has already reached $5,000,000 in donations. A gofundme account has been set to help accomplish the remaining funding goals. https://www.gofundme.com/be-the-change-initiative. Please contact Dr. Jason McMaster, Head of School, to discuss how corporations and individuals may be involved. jmcmaster@landmark-cs.org | cell:805-338-8901. To learn more about Landmark Christian School and to follow the journey of the Be the Change project, visit landmarkchristianschool.org/bethechange.

Landmark Christian School, just south of Atlanta, has two convenient campuses, Peachtree City (K4-4th grade) and Fairburn, Georgia (K4-12th grade) and is now enrolling. For more information about Landmark Christian School, to tour, or to inquire about admission, visit landmarkchristianschool.org or call 770.306.0647.

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The Aussie Health App That’s Taking On Apple Health

Exclusivity is not the path forward for health information, so Australian health app Wanngi is taking on Apple Health by being the only app that gives Australians access to their own personal health record on any device or operating system.

Apple Health is currently the biggest place for consumers to store health information, but it is not yet available to Australians, and will leave behind the 55% of Australians who don’t have an iPhone when it is.

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Wanngi’s innovative new app allows people to upload records from hospital and doctor visits, record symptoms, track allergies, immunisations and more – the first of its kind in Australia.

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Two Trees PPC LLC Announces CEO. English Expat Accepts Nomination

Sacramento, CA, May 22nd, 2019 – Two Trees PPC LLC has announced today that its board of directors has officially appointed Michael Wisby as Chief Executive Officer.

“We’re fortunate to have someone of Mike’s caliber and experience to step up to lead Two Trees PPC,” said Mirah Lucas, the company’s Chief Communications Officer. “We’re at a critical moment and need renewed leadership to successfully implement our strategy to take advantage of the market opportunities ahead. Mike is a strategic visionary with a proven track record of execution. He’s customer focused with extensive leadership capabilities.”

Wisby said, “I’m excited to lead Two Trees PPC. I’ve enjoyed helping found the company back in 2017. Returning now full time as CEO will be a rewarding challenge. I can’t wait to meet local business owners and learn about their goals and company culture.”

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2019 Ant Prevention and IPM Exterior Control

Astoria, NY, May 20th, 2019 – As spring is upon us, we would like to remind you of several ant prevention measures that should be taken by your staff at this time to reduce the odds for ant incursion. By acting now, you can prevent the establishment of internal ant colonies and reduce the number of future complaints and subsequent service charges.

A. Reduce exterior ground clutter such as dead leaves and debris. Keep area free of food sources for both insects and rodents. Remove fallen fruit, berries, candy wrappers, dog feces and any other pest food sources.

B. Close and seal exterior gaps around low windows, pipes and any other access points below six feet with a quality weather proof sealant. You might consider stainless steel or copper mesh in securing some of the larger gaps to provide for rodent exclusion as well.

C.Trim trees back so they do not form a bridge either now or when foliage appears, which will allow foraging ants and other insects to gain access.

D.In trash storage and recycle areas all material should be stored off the ground to allow for proper inspection and control measures. In addition, areas must be properly cleaned on a regular basis, especially in warmer weather to reduce ants, flies, American roaches and rodents.

E. In buildings with setbacks, decks, pool or roof landscaping, inspect all incoming foliage, bark chips and ground cover for possible hitchhiking pests as has happened previously (plant beetles, wood roaches and moths). In ground ant stations may also be placed and maintained in these areas.

F. Eliminate moisture issues, water accumulation and leaks which support pests including ants, American roaches, beetles, gnats, mosquitoes and rodents.

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