Multigenerational workforce seminar

There are currently four generations sharing space in the workforce, with a fifth soon to come, according to Sonia Aranza, an Alexandria-based consultant who specializes in diversity, cross-cultural communications and leadership.

Sometimes, that can make for tricky office relationships.

Problems can arise, Aranza said, when co-workers from different generations clash because they have different values and preferences.

Aranza recently led a workshop in Manassas on working in a multigenerational world.

Washington Post, August 31, 2014

Virtual high school

At the beginning of the summer, Christine Ocalan, a senior at Forest Park High School in Woodbridge, needed just two classes to graduate. Not wanting to spend her summer sitting in school, she enrolled in Prince William County schools’ Virtual High School and took her English and government classes online. She graduated last week.

Ocalan was one of a record 955 students who enrolled in Virtual High School this summer. Through the program, students can follow a flexible daily schedule to complete their coursework online.

Washington Post, August 10, 2014

“War and Peace” tintype exhibit

The tintype photo shows a young soldier in uniform, his pale eyes barely visible under the brim of his hat. They are eyes that have seen hell on earth. To the right is another tintype, showing a young man with closely cropped hair wearing an unzipped jacket, collar up, over a white crewneck shirt.

The eyes and the steely expression are the same. It is the same man.

The images are part of a collection of tintypes displayed in “War and Peace,” a temporary exhibit at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle.

Washington Post, July 28, 2014