Alford Homes offers new residence in University Park

The Dallas Builders Association’s Home of the Week is Alford Homes’ newest modern residence with Southern influences at 3700 Bryn Mawr Drive in University Park.

Currently under construction on a 70-by-160-foot lot, this luxury custom home has approximately 6,279 square feet of living space, two stories, five bedrooms, five bathrooms and two half-bathrooms. It will be held open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 11.

Steel front doors, wood flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows, modern finishes and a self-contained wine room. The first-floor primary bedroom suite includes dual closets with built-ins.

A steel front door opens to a two-story entry with a wrought-iron staircase. Amenities include wood flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows, modern finishes and a self-contained wine room. The spacious family room has a reclaimed wood timber ceiling and a sliding door that opens to the backyard.

The first floor also offers a study with an office nook, a “white and bright” kitchen with an island and commercial-grade appliances and a utility room with access to the primary bedroom closet.

The second floor provides four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a utility room, a loft, a large exercise room, a game room and an attic with storage space. The backyard features a large covered outdoor living area with built-in heaters and motorized retractable screens. There is also a two-car garage.

This residence is priced at $3,925,000 and should be available this fall, said a company spokesperson.

Alford Homes also builds luxury custom designs in Highland Park, Preston Hollow and Old Preston Hollow. A time-honored custom builder with over 39 years of experience, Alford Homes is a Dallas Builders Association ARC award winner and has been named a D Magazine “Best Builder” for 15 years in a row and Living Magazine’s “Best Builder” for the Park Cities. Builder Greg Alford is a member of

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University of South Carolina announces tuition freeze

During the State of the University address, President Bob Caslen announced the university’s next steps in response to COVID-19, including a tuition freeze.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The University of South Carolina announced a tuition freeze for the next academic year to lessen the financial burden on students caused by the coronavirus. 

University President Bob Caslen outlined the plan during his State of the University address Wednesday, Sept. 30.  

During the address, Caslen spoke about the university response to COVID-19, as well as additional steps for USC as the state’s flagship university. This includes “expanding access to underserved residents and boosting its research enterprise,” according to the university. 

This was Caslen’s first State of the University address as president of USC. He began the address by thanking UofSC researchers and staff. 

“The very fact that our campus is open and has remained open; the fact that we are delivering education to more than 35,000 students using flexible modalities; and the fact that we are navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and taking care of each other; it’s clear to me that the University of South Carolina is demonstrating what it means to be the state’s flagship institution of higher education,” Caslen said.

RELATED: USC positive COVID-19 test rate drops below 2%

Caslen also expanded on the university’s strategic plan, For South Carolina: A Path to Excellence.

“Within the very name of our university rests its most solemn obligation: to serve the people of South Carolina. How we fulfill this obligation is what will make us preeminent, and our new strategic plan lays out the pathway to get there,” Caslen said.

Highlights of the strategic plan include:

  • Enhancing diversity among students, faculty and staff while continuing to make campus a welcoming environment for all;
  • working to make college more affordable and offering new innovative
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Austerity measure: Panjab university stops hiring contractors | Chandigarh News

CHANDIGARH: For the first time, Panjab University will not hire contractors for construction and repair works on the campus but engage labour depending upon the job.
This has been decided by the university’s finance department, considering the budget crunch that the institute faces during the financial year 2020-21. It also took a few austerity measures for the teaching department but this is the first cut imposed on the public works department of the campus.
Until last year, the university used to adopt the practice of hiring labour on contract for a year or so, without reviewing the jobs that those workers were required to do. Due to this, the institute ended up paying a hefty amount each time to the contractor concerned. But now, the institute will hire labour after a mandatory review of each project. For every project, the university will also first find out how many days the branch concerned required the engage the labour, and what work those workers will do. This will reduce both the days of engagement and the project cost.
University’s finance department officer Vikram Nayyar said his office had shared the information with all the campus branches. “The basic idea is to cut down the expenditure of various branches,” he said. The construction department has used this formula in some of the projects but now the idea will be applied to all works on the campus, Nayyar has said.
Already the finance department has shared a sevenpoint formula for budget cut with all the university department heads, directors of the regional centres, and principals of the constituent colleges. The finance department imposed a 30% cut on its expenses, which includes a 20% cut in administrative cost and 10% reduction in the repair work. The leave travel concession and home town concession to the
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$6.8 million in improvements to 24th Street delight university | Articles


Creighton University celebrated improvements Thursday to 24th Street, which runs through the heart of the university.

The City of Omaha contributed $3.9 million and Creighton $2.9 million, the university said.

The project is designed to slow traffic, making it safer for students and other pedestrians. The street has become two lanes instead of four, and a median separates traffic. Creighton said it also wanted to beautify the corridor with plants and trees and improve access to and from North Omaha.

Improvements also will give 24th Street more of a gateway feeling to Creighton.

Among those attending the ceremony were Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert; the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, president of Creighton; and LaVonya Goodwin, president of the board of the North 24th Street Business Improvement District. The improvement zone covers about five blocks, from Cass to Cuming Streets.

The project also features bicycle lanes, bus shelters and a traffic roundabout to further slow traffic near 24th and Cass Streets. The roundabout will be named Haddix Circle, to honor George and Susan Haddix, who have contributed to this and other Creighton projects.

Hendrickson has said the section with a traffic

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