Reports student outcomes and uses this information for teachingand learning improvements Keeps course content current and as necessary, aligned withcourse consistency policy Committed to Mission and Values: Has a clear understanding ofinstitution’s mission and values. Has a passion for facilitatinglearning and for enabling students to navigate their own learningjourney. Assesses student performance onpapers/examinations/projectsCommunicates with program director (and course coordinator ifteaching a multi-section course) regarding student difficulties orissues that ariseEnsures consistent content and testing, if a multi-sectioncourseCompletes annual self-evaluation of teaching performance; setsgoals for improvement Recommends course improvements for upcoming semester Teaching Delivery/Learning Facilitation Skills: Manages small,large, blended, hybrid, and/or online classrooms, monitoring andensuring participation, managing one’s own and students’ time andattention effectively.Academic Discipline Expertise: Has sufficient credentials,industry expertise, and/or experience in the discipline to eachaccording to the standards and qualifications required. The mission of The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciencesis the development of professional health care practitionersthrough innovation, individualized, and quality classroom,clinical, and distance education. GENERAL SUMMARYA contributing faculty member at the University of St. Augustinefor HealthSciences (USAHS) provides engaging clinically-focusedlearning opportunitiesfor students in the health scienceprofessions, through face-to-face, blended,and/or online deliverymethods.The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences seekscontributing faculty members to teach in our Occupational Therapyprograms program. Courses are taught via the University’s onlineplatform (Blackboard).Faculty members educate USAHS students by effectively andproficiently using online technology and resources so thatknowledge, information, feedback, and critique are imparted tostudents in thoughtful, carefully formulated, well written, andtimely communications.Using instructional strategies appropriate for the course contentand the students’ academic level, faculty help learners develop adeep understanding of course content by blending technology andpedagogy; fostering reflection and inquiry in a manner that bindslearners in a collaborative learning community.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESMaintains expertise in content areaPromotes student success through optimal studentengagement OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESMay perform other duties andresponsibilities that management maydeem necessary from time to time.TRAVEL REQUIREMENTSSome travel may be required.POSITION IN ORGANIZATIONREPORTS TO: Academic Program DirectorPOSITIONS SUPERVISED: NoneTECHNICAL, MANAGERIAL, and PEOPLE SKILLS REQUIREDTo perform this job successfully an individual must be able toperformeach essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listedbelow arerepresentative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilityrequired. Incumbentswill be evaluated, in part, based onperformance of each essential function.Appropriate reasonableaccommodations may be made to enable individuals withdisabilitiesto perform essential functions.EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCEExperience with distance learning preferred.Terminal degree preferred. Post- professional master’sdegree or clinical doctorate with demonstrated clinical expertisewith plans to obtain a terminal degree will be consideredPrior teaching experience preferred [could includeonline]Experience in scholarly activity preferredA minimum of 3 years of clinical experience in the area ofcourse content requiredWorking knowledge of educational theory and methodology Communicates Effectively: Adapts oral and written communicationapproach and style to the audience and based on the message.Drives Engagement: Makes students feel welcomed, understood,and valued. Creates a learning environment that is compelling,challenging, and productive. LICENSURE and/or CERTIFICATIONFaculty Members must beappropriately credentialed, possess anearned degree from an accreditedinstitution or recognized by acountry’s ministry of education in thediscipline being taught, andbe licensed or license-eligible in order to teachin specificprograms.BUSINESS COMPETENCIESCommitted to Mission and Values – Has aclear understandingof institution’s mission and values. Has a passion forfacilitatinglearning and for enabling students to navigate their ownlearningjourney.Contribute Knowledge to the Discipline – Compelledby theopportunity to contribute through research, scholarshipprofessionalpractice or creativity.Accountable -Takes personalresponsibility for own goals andoutcomes to ensure student success.Establishes clear expectations,follows through on commitments to students andholds themaccountable for assignments and performanceCollaborative – Works cooperatively withothers across theinstitution and beyond, including the community andthroughpartnerships. Represents own interests while being inclusiveand fair toothers.Communicates Effectively – Adapts oraland writtencommunication approach and style to the audience and based onthemessage. Also listens attentively to others.Drives Engagement – Makes students feelwelcome, understoodand valued. Creates a learning environment that iscompelling,challenging and productive.Academic Discipline Expertise – Hassufficient credentials,industry expertise and/or experience in the disciplineto teachaccording to the standards and qualifications required.Education Design – Designs learningexperiences closelylinked to learning outcomes including lesson planning,design ofproject, work integrated, group learning experiences, orinteractivelearning objects. Has depth of expertise in pedagogy,andragogy and overalllearning effectiveness.Teaching Delivery/Learning FacilitationSkills – Managessmall, large, blended, hybrid and/or online classrooms,monitoringand ensuring participation, managing one’s own and students’timeand attention effectively.ADDITIONALCOMPETENCIESTo perform the job successfully, an individual shoulddemonstratethe following competencies to perform the essential functions oftheposition:Core Ethics and Values Technical Promotes professionalism by modeling such behaviors inside andoutside the classroom setting; promotes interprofessionaldialogCollaborates with necessary departments to support a positiveteam environmentUpholds University core values, policies and procedures Operational Completes all course management requirements to meet programdeadlinesPrepares and delivers course contentMonitors student progress; gives feedback as appropriateFacilitates student participation in learning activitiesServes as student-to-university liaison The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is an equalopportunity at will employer and does not discriminate against anyemployee or applicant for employment because of age, race,religion, color, disability, sex, sexual orientation or nationalorigin.
Though the Boat Race attracts London’s antipodean community and the Varsity Rugby fills Twickenham, surely the finest day of sport in the Oxford calendar took place Saturday 3rd May. Set in the glorious Parks, Mixed Lacrosse Cuppers provided a day of unmatched sporting and social entertainment. With a World Cup-style format there were two initial group stages from whence two teams would progress. The first pool instantly won the alias of the ‘Group of Death’ given the presence of Hertford, Teddy Hall and wildcard danger St Catz. To the uninitiated that means reigning champions (Hertford), eventual winners (Teddy Hall) and most improved this year (Catz) – essentially France, Brazil and Senegal all in the same group. In the first game of the tournament Catz led only to be pegged back by a brave Hall surge securing both sides a valuable point apiece. Hertford would go on to convincing wins over Worcester and St Anne’s stamping their authority on the group. This meant Catz and Hall would have to scrap over the remaining placein order to go through. Meanwhile in the other group Magdalen did well to whip their confident if not experienced troops into shape. They would go on to progress alongside the strong but college-heavy collective Wadham-Exeter-Hilda’s. The ‘Group of Death’ would prove to be complicated toresolve. A last gasp Hertford equaliser against Teddy Hall secured their qualification spot meaning Catz and Hall needed a playoff to separate the two teams. Inspired by the eye-catching Jen Myatt, Hall proved too good for Catz. The semi–finals saw a shock as Hertford were knocked out by Wadham-Exeter-Hilda’s. In the other semi Hall sent a warning out by thrashing Magdalen fivenil. With flair going forward and a solid back line held together by Rich Stubley they went into the final with confidence. The final saw Hall defeat Wadham-Exeter-Hilda’s to confirm the widely held suspicion that they were the best team this year. However the victory wasn’t achieved easily as this match up turned out to be the most dramatic of the day. After the regulation ten minutes of normal time the scores were deadlocked and extra time was called upon. It was in those five minutes that Hall pulled out all the stops to produce a two-nil victory. Player of the tournament was surely Ruth Evans who exemplified the skill and determination of Teddy Hall. “The team showed a great deal of flair,” top goal scorer Jessica Hatcher told Cherwell. “We had not practised much together beforehand but worked well as a team on the day.” Next year this event will surely get bigger and better. What finer way to represent your college and build friendships than in this superb tournament? Well done to organiser Debashish Biswas and congratulations to everyone that took part.ARCHIVE: 2nd Week TT 2003
We are pleased and excited to announce that Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding has been selected as the third CCO 2016 “Outstanding Community Service” Award Winner” for 2016. Sheriff Wedding is extremely well thought of in our community and he gives a great deal of his time and financial resources to help those in need.His career in public safety began in 1981 working as a civilian jailer. He worked his way up Corporate ladder and in 1983 he became a deputy sheriff .Sheriff Wedding worked in various assignments as a young deputy including canine unit for several years. He held ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Major, Chief Deputy before being elected Vanderburgh County Sheriff in 2014.Sheriff Wedding graduated from the FBI National Academy in 1997. He also attended many leadership courses including one at Northwestern University.Sheriff Wedding is active many community and support groups and organizations. He is a strong supporter of the Santa Clothes Club, St Vincent Child Daycare, Youth Resources, Albion Fellows, 911 Gives Hope, Honor Flight and has a strong passion in helping local youth programs.So far the 2016 the “Outstanding Community Services Awards” are Vicki Hubiak President Of HR Solutions and Anne Audain six time Olympician and world record holder in the 500 meter race. This years awards luncheon will be held at Tropicana-Evansville Walnut rooms A and B. The registration begin at 11:30 am, the event officially starts at 12 noon on October 26, 2016. Last years event was a sellout.Last years winners of the “Outstanding Community Services Awards” were: Vanderburgh County Commissioner Joe Kifer, well respected local attorney Joe Harrison, Jr, Indiana State Auditor Suzanne Crouch and former Vanderburgh County Sheriff and 8th District Congressmen Brad Ellsworth, Dr. Dan Adams, Dr Steven Becker MD, Tracy Zeller-President of Tracy Zeller Jewelry Holly Dunn-National Movation Speaker on Domestic Violence, Cheryl Musgrave who sits on the Vanderburgh County Board of Zoning Appeals and retired political icon Betty Hermann.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The purpose of the World Economic Forum is to bring together world leaders and big business to solve the world’s most difficult problems.One of these problems is antimicrobial resistance, where the world has come together over the last 5 years, but so much progress needs to be made, to stop an otherwise terrible future.As health secretary responsible for one of the most advanced healthcare systems in the world, I could not look my children in the eyes unless I knew I was doing all in my power to solve this great threat. When we have time to act. But the urgency is now.Each and every one of us benefits from antibiotics, but we all too easily take them for granted, and I shudder at the thought of a world in which their power is diminished.Antimicrobial resistance is as big a danger to humanity as climate change or warfare. That’s why we need an urgent global response.The UK has taken a global lead by setting out a 20-year AMR vision explaining the steps we must take nationally and internationally to rise to this challenge. It fits into a pattern of work across the world to keep this driving forward.The plan incorporates 3 things we all need to do: prevention, innovation, and collaboration.First: preventing infections is vital. We have today set a target in the UK of cutting resistant infections by 10% within the next 5 years.We’re going to cut antibiotic use by a further 15% within 5 years by only using antibiotics when absolutely necessary. Everybody can play a part in only using antibiotics when they’re really ill.And we’re going to work with the livestock industry to build on the amazing 40% reduction in antibiotic usage in just 5 years – 71% in chicken farming, while increasing productivity by 11%.We’re going to do it through immunisation, better infection control and working with doctors, vets, farmers and patients to prevent unnecessary prescription of antibiotics.Second: innovation. There hasn’t been a single, new class of antibiotic since the 1980s.No new innovation in the most basic bedrock of every health service in the world – shocking. And deeply troubling.Any health secretary or minister, who doesn’t lie awake at night worrying about that last pack of antibiotics, must have a prescription to some seriously strong sleeping pills.We know the reasons why. Compared to expensive new cancer or heart drugs, putting time and money into developing new antibiotics is commercially unattractive for pharmaceutical companies.And under the traditional model of revenue linked to volume, there is an added disincentive for pharmaceutical companies with a product that must be conserved.So we need a new model, one that works with, and incentivises the pharmaceutical industry.And this is where the NHS, because of its unique position, can take a global lead in pioneering a new payment system, one that reflects the true value of antibiotics to society.At the heart of it is changing the way we think of antibiotics from a medical product to a medical service.It’s a service that we all rely on: patients, doctors, and pharmaceutical companies.So within 6 months, the NHS is going to start work on paying for the service, and security, of having access to critical antibiotics when we need them, rather than hoping there’s a product we can buy in the future.We’re going to be more of a Spotify subscriber than a vinyl record shopper.We will pay upfront so pharmaceutical companies know that it’s worthwhile for them to invest the estimated £1 billion it costs to develop a new drug.We will work with the industry to develop the next generation of antibiotics, ones that are available and accessible to all.But the only way this system can incentivise innovation globally, is if it is expanded globally.Which brings me to my third and final point: collaboration.I am proud of the work the UK has done to secure antimicrobial resistance on the global agenda. We’re playing our part both at home and on the world stage.Because we recognise that none of us can stand alone against AMR. It won’t be solved by one nation, no single action or intervention.It is a fight that requires continued collaboration, across borders, now and in the future.I’ve been meeting health ministers from across the world here to agree further action, and next week the UN inter-agency co-ordination group are publishing their draft recommendations on the next steps needed to tackle AMR.Hopefully that will take us one step closer.It is a challenge, I believe, we can rise to if every step forward, we push ourselves further. Together, I’m convinced that with a proper plan we can achieve that goal.
The Saint Mary’s Office for Social and Civic Engagement (OSCE) has joined with Holy Cross College and Notre Dame to host the Holy Cross Harvest this week. This is the third year the institutions have hosted the festival, Jessica Bulosan, assistant director of OSCE, said. The festival aims to help people in the South Bend Community who lack basic resources, Bulosan said. OSCE will host discussions, place food barrels around the College and encourage students to donate a meal swipe in solidarity with the hungry. “The food drive is the main event in the Holy Cross Harvest,” Bulosan said. “We at Saint Mary’s are donating all of the food and monetary donations we get to the Food Bank [of] Northern Indiana.” Throughout the week, OSCE will sell T-shirts in exchange for food donations. Bulosan said she hopes Harvest will increase awareness of homelessness in the South Bend area. On Friday, students can “donate a meal” to the Holy Cross Harvest. The same day, Milt Lee, executive director of the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, will present in the Student Center about hunger in Michiana. “We often think of hunger as a problem elsewhere in the world,” Bulosan said. “There’s so much in our own community that we can help with, and it’s really concrete, really immediate.” Bulosan said donations given at the Faculty Thanksgiving Potluck will also support the Holy Cross Harvest. “We can do something today to help kids who are hungry have food, to help families who are hungry have food,” she said. “That’s something that we want to kind of open students’ eyes to. There’s so much hunger right here that we can help with.” The College’s mission statement declares the institution helps students promote a life of social responsibility, Bulosan said. “The Holy Cross Harvest allows Saint Mary’s women to … start making a difference in the world right now,” she said. The Holy Cross Harvest promotes the vision of the Holy Cross community, Bulosan said. “The Holy Cross brothers and sisters founded our schools with the same vision: to provide eccellent educations so students can make a positive difference in the world,” she said. “The Holy Cross Harvest allows students to reach across school lines to work together for something positive.” Contact Samatha Castaneda at [email protected]
logisticstechnology support for online serviceschild care programs and servicesgovernment owned or leased buildingsessential government servicesIf the function of businesses are not listed above, but owners believe that it is essential or it is an entity providing essential services or functions, they may request designation as an essential business. Houses of worship are not ordered closed however it is strongly recommended no congregate services be held and social distance maintained. Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet. Requests by businesses to be designated an essential function as described above, should only be made if they are NOT covered by the guidance.Any business that only has a single occupant/employee (i.e. gas station) has been deemed exempt and need not submit a request to be designated as an essential business.Businesses ordered to close on Monday, March 15, 2020 under the restrictions on any gathering with 50 or more participants, including but not limited to, bars, restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, casinos, auditoriums, concerts, conferences, worship services, sporting events, and physical fitness centers, are presumed to be compliant with NYS issued restrictions and must remain closed and are not eligible for designation as an essential business for purposes of this guidance. Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations, Including: MGN ImageALBANY – New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office has now released an extended list of service that will not be impacted by his “PAUSE New York” staffing requirements.In a press release Friday afternoon, the Governor’s office says essential businesses or entities, including any for profit or non-profit, regardless of the nature of the service, the function they perform, or its corporate or entity structure, are not subject to the in-person restriction announced earlier Friday.The Governor says “Essential Business” means the following:Essential Health Care Operations, Including: trash and recycling collection, processing and disposalmail and shipping serviceslaundromatsbuilding cleaning and maintenancechild care servicesauto repairwarehouse/distribution and fulfillmentfuneral homes, crematoriums and cemeteriesstorage for essential businessesanimal shelters law enforcementfire prevention and responsebuilding code enforcementsecurityemergency management and responsebuilding cleaners or janitorsgeneral maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendorautomotive repairdisinfection Essential Manufacturing, Including: Essential Retail, Including: Essential Infrastructure, Including: research and laboratory serviceshospitalswalk-in-care health facilitiesemergency veterinary and livestock serviceselder caremedical wholesale and distributionhome health care workers or aides for the elderlydoctor and emergency dentalnursing homes, or residential health care facilities or congregate care facilitiesmedical supplies and equipment manufacturers and providers Vendors that Provide Essential Services or Products, Including Logistics and Technology Support, Child Care and Services: defense and national security-related operations supporting the U.S. Government or a contractor to the US government grocery stores including all food and beverage storespharmaciesconvenience storesfarmer’s marketsgas stationsrestaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery)hardware and building material stores Defense Essential Services, Including: Construction, Including: skilled trades such as electricians, plumbersother related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes homeless shelters and congregate care facilitiesfood bankshuman services providers whose function includes the direct care of patients in state-licensed or funded voluntary programs; the care, protection, custody and oversight of individuals both in the community and in state-licensed residential facilities; those operating community shelters and other critical human services agencies providing direct care or support banksinsurancepayrollaccountingservices related to financial markets News MediaFinancial Institutions, Including: food processing, manufacturing agents, including all foods and beverageschemicalsmedical equipment/instrumentspharmaceuticalssanitary productstelecommunicationsmicroelectronics/semi-conductoragriculture/farmshousehold paper products utilities including power generation, fuel supply and transmissionpublic water and wastewatertelecommunications and data centersairports/airlinestransportation infrastructure such as bus, rail, or for-hire vehicles, garageshotels, and places of accommodation Essential Services Necessary to Maintain the Safety, Sanitation and Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential Businesses, Including: Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Governor Cuomo is the best!!! 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Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite! The girl-meets-bug sci-fi-rock-musical-comedy Bedbugs!!! officially opens off-Broadway on September 14 at the ArcLight Theatre. Robert Bartley directs and choreographs the production, which will run through October 26. Related Shows Featuring music by Paul Leschen and a book and lyrics by Fred Sauter, Bedbugs!!! follows Carly, an exterminator, who is hell-bent on avenging her mother’s bedbug-related death. In an effort to permanently rid the city of its infestation, she accidentally mutates the pests into an army of human-size, intelligent, carnal creatures out for blood and world domination. The tuner premiered at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2008. Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 2, 2014 Bedbugs!!! View Comments The cast includes Chris Hall, Grace McLean, Nicholas Park, Brian Charles Rooney, Danny Bolero, Tracey Conyer Lee, Barry Shafrin, Gretchen Wylder, Courtney Bassett and Colin Scott Cahill.
Game Of Thrones star Ciaran Hinds, Tony winner Jim Norton (The Seafarer) and more have been tapped to appear opposite the previously reported Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet. Directed by Lyndsey Turner, the limited engagement at London’s Barbican’s Theatre will run August 5 through October 31. Opening night is set for August 25.Joining Cumberbatch as the sweet prince, Hinds as Claudius and Norton as Polonius will be Anastasia Hille (The Effect) as Gertrude, Sian Brooke (Tartuffe) as Ophelia, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Edward II) as Laertes and Leo Bill (the upcoming Light Shining in Buckinghamshire) as Horatio.The production will feature set design by Es Devlin, costume designs by Katrina Lindsay, video by Luke Halls, lighting by Jane Cox, music by Jon Hopkins, sound by Chris Shutt and movement by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.Unable to get to London to see the show? The October 15 performance will be broadcast live around the world by NT Live . View Comments
Personal care homes can be a blessing for elderly people and others who can’t quite take care of themselves.But they can be a challenge for the people who prepare the meals. Most personal care homes in Georgia are small, with 15 or fewer people. It’s like cooking for a big family of people with widely varied dietary needs. “Nutritious meals and snacks are an important part of maintaining good health and managing chronic diseases,” said Elizabeth Andress. “Food is a source of personal pleasure, too. And meals and snacks offer times for socialization.” Andress is an Extension Service food, nutrition and health scientist with the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences. She led a team of extension authors in writing the “Food Service Manual for Use in Personal Care Homes,” a nutrition and meal-planning guide just being released. “We wrote the manual to be a quick, useful handbook for those who plan, prepare and serve food in small personal care homes,” Andress said. It focuses both on good nutrition and on food safety. The manual came out of a project of UGA Extension agents in Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties. The agents had all trained metro Atlanta personal care home providers for many years. In 1996, the agents received the Kraft Media Grant from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences to fund the project. Andress and the agent team wrote the manual. UGA foods and nutrition faculty reviewed it. So did professionals in the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program of Georgia, the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Georgia Department of Human Resources. Finally, a number of personal care homes in the three Atlanta counties used a draft of the manual for four to five weeks. A focus group from those providers gave feedback for last-minute improvements. At $10, the manual comes as a three-hole-punched loose-leaf notebook without a binder. It has chapters on nutrition and meal planning. It gives tips for feeding people with a range of special problems. It tells how to save money buying foods, and how to buy, prepare and store foods safely. The guide tells how to prepare for long power failures. It even includes a section of weights, measures, substitutions and other helps for using or changing recipes. To order the manual, contact your county Extension Service office. Or call (706) 542-8999.
By Brad HaireUniversity of Georgia You may have heard that the U.S. dollar is either weak or strong. But what does this mean, really?”It’s all relative,” said Don Shurley, an agricultural economist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The ExchangeBeing weaker or stronger is about how much of a country’s currency you can buy using another country’s currency at any time, relative to what you could buy at a previous time.Take the U.S. dollar, for example. How many Japanese yens or Pakistani rupees can you get for a single U.S. dollar? On Oct. 28, you could’ve gotten about 59 Pakistani rupees or 123 yens for 1 U.S. dollar.This is called the exchange rate. And it changes all the time, 24 hours a day.How are exchange rates decided? The short answer, Shurley said, is good old supply and demand.Piece of the ActionSay the U.S. economy is strong and the return on investment looks good in the United States. In this scenario, foreign investors want a piece of the action. But they have to have U.S. dollars to invest or to do business here.These investors might pay more, using their currency, for the U.S. dollars they need to make the investments. They then take their country’s currency and convert it into U.S. dollars.”When they put their money into U.S. dollars, it drives the dollar value up relative to their country’s currency,” Shurley said. It works both ways. U.S. investors investing in other countries affect the value of those countries’ currencies compared to the U.S. dollar.Strong DollarThe U.S. dollar has been said to be strong over the past few years. So, what’s better? A strong or weak U.S. dollar?A strong U.S. dollar can buy more of another country’s currency and products in the United States. A U.S. citizen can buy more in another country on vacation.But, remember. It’s relative.The strong U.S. dollar also makes it harder for other countries’ citizens to vacation in the United States and to buy U.S. products in their markets. This can hurt parts of the U.S. economy.Weak PricesFor example, the strong U.S. dollar is one reason cotton prices have been so low for U.S. farmers in recent years. It has also hurt the nation’s textile industry, which turns cotton into shirts, jeans and other clothes.The strong U.S. dollar, according to the National Cotton Council, has made it hard for U.S.-made textile items to compete in foreign markets. And it has allowed cheaper foreign-made textiles to dominate the U.S. market.So, the American textile industry has shrunk over the past few years. It can no longer handle the amount of cotton it used to, Shurley said.In 1997, U.S. textile firms could economically make enough clothes and cotton items to use about 11 million bales of cotton. In 1999, that dropped to 10 million. This year, they will need only about 7.5 million.As a result, U.S. cotton farmers have to sell their cotton abroad. This year, U.S. farmers will grow about 18 million bales of cotton. (A bale is about 480 pounds of lint.) Of this, about 11 million will have to be exported, he said.But to compete on the world market, U.S. exporters have to drop their prices to compete, sometimes below what it cost to grow the crop in the United States.It’s been reported that the dollar weakened over the summer. This could affect the U.S. economy, the world economy, cotton farmers and you. But we’ll have to wait and see. It’s all relative.