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Faisal Khan Promoted To Associate Head Coach

Faisal Khan has been promoted to Associate Head Coach, it was announced today by Hofstra Head Women’s Basketball Coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey.

Khan had been an assistant coach the previous two seasons with the Pride and has served a total of four seasons as an assistant on Kilburn-Steveskey’s staff. In his first tenure, from 2008-10, he helped Hofstra win a combine 36 games and was a part of the 2009-10 team that qualified for the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

“It is with great pleasure to announce the promotion of Faisal Khan to the position of Associate Head Coach,” Kilburn-Steveskey said. “His work ethic, knowledge of the game and philosophy on building a program makes this a natural progression. He has been a tremendous asset in helping to develop our student-athletes in the classroom and on the court, and I look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role.”

A 1999 graduate of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County with a degree in social work and a minor psychology, Khan has also worked as a programs manager with Peace Players International in South Africa and as a social work intern with the Springfield Psychiatric State Hospital in Carroll County, Maryland.

Rizwan Syed receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

Niles West High School student Rizwan Syed has been honored for his exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. At Niles West, Rizwan has been involved in S.A.D.D. Club, Indo-Pak Club, Go Green Recycle Club and Quran Study. He is also a member of National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society.

Rizwan volunteered 100 hours at Cambridge Nursing and Rehab Center in Skokie. He was inspired to volunteer after reading an article on the lives of senior citizens that detailed how lonely they were. He said, “I started volunteering in May. I would help the seniors get from place to place. I would also talk to them, play games with them and help them with their therapy. In addition, I would read to them and put up posters for their enjoyment. I met everyone there and am on a first name basis with most of them.”

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recognize middle level and high school students across American for outstanding volunteer service.

New York councilman calls for halal in schools

New York City Councilman Rafael Espinal (D-Brooklyn) has urged the city  to expand school lunch menus to include halal food options for Muslim students.

About 20% of city schoolchildren – 170,000 students – are Muslim and often go a full day without eating school lunch because of religious dietary restrictions, Espinal said. He said the proposal for universal free lunch, which was introduced by Public Advocate Letitia James earlier this month, should be inclusive of all students according to faith-based needs.

“While there is an ongoing conversation of providing free lunch to every student, we must also be progressive in instituting lunches that respect the faiths of New York City’s diverse population,” Espinal said.

Ahmed Rubaie appointed CFO of Sitecore

Sitecore, a customer experience management software company,announced the appointment of Ahmed Rubaie, a technology veteran, as its Chief Financial Officer. Based in the Bay area, Rubaie will lead the company’s global finances and operations.

With extensive corporate financial and operational experience, Rubaie has played a substantial role in building high-growth and highly profitable global, multi-billion dollar market capitalisation companies.

He comes to Sitecore most recently from Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT), a leading network security provider, where he was COO and CFO. Prior to that and since 2008, Rubaie was CFO of Ariba (formerly NASDAQ: ARBA), a leading cloud spend management and business e-commerce company with over US$400 million revenue that was sold to SAP for $4.3 billion in 2012.


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