Greek and Roman Ornaments in the Palace of Fine Arts

The Palace of Arts in San Francisco is a unique construction that originally was built for a short-term purpose, for an exhibition that lasted less than one year, however the energy which was put in the creation of the structure stretched its existence for half a century. The Roman architectural style and structure is displayed in the columns lining the building. These columns were initially projected to be Corinthian, that is architectural design of ancient Rome. The same conscious understanding of space and surroundings can be found in Roman plan, using the organically supporting materials. The central part of the Palace is recognized as the rotunda it was situated near the pond that added extra attraction of the Palace, and gave its guests an astonishing experience.

There were more 100 fireproof display rooms; numerous types of artworks of artists that worked in a variety of parts of the globe were held in there. This area had been raised at the back of the domed area in order to provide a bigger space for the main spot of the Palace, which is the central rotunda. The eight Roman columns and the circular dome make up the pergola connected by a bridge to the middle rotunda. Such form of construction can be found in Roman holy places of the early times. This symbol shows the dignity of the Roman architecture even though it is debased by the obvious reconstruction of the ruins. This contact of elements causes a mood of “melancholy” to spectators.

The Greek culture has its elements in the added designs and decorations of the Palace of Fine Arts. The ornate decorations, the murals, and the sculptures indicate the architectural motif of the Greeks revealed in the Palace. Some of the valued artworks consist of frescos of Robert Reid. The murals consist of four pieces describing mostly the improvement of art in the various parts of the world, as planned by the original purpose of the exhibition. Other art pieces of the Palace represent the excessive architectural design classically seen in architecture of Greece. The statues show the strong emotion in the absence of talent, as the ornaments mostly portray the culture. Besides to the decorations, the last panel situated beneath the dome stands for the Greek specifically, culture, the significance of arts in the culture.

Pepsi Scholarships

Pepsi scholarships will provide you with money to cover your tuition fees. PepsiCo Foundation administers everything related to this scholarship program. The best thing about this scholarship program is that the applicant does not need to have a very high GPA. It can be between 2.5 to 3.5. This is also one of the reasons why more and more students apply for this scholarship every year. If you wish to apply for this scholarship program you will have to prove that you are facing a financial need. For this you might have to produce the tax return papers of your parents.

To apply for this scholarship you should visit the legitimate website of the foundation and find complete details there. See that you qualify and meet all the requirements set for the scholarships and then read and understand the application procedure. This will help you to apply for the scholarship program successfully. There are certain requirements that you have to fulfill and only then you will be eligible to apply for the scholarship program. You need to be a junior student, sophomore or a freshman to be eligible to apply for this scholarship program.

There are many Pepsi scholarships that you can apply for. Just find out which one is suitable for you and will help you cover all expenses with the fund provided. Make sure you have studied the prerequisites and expectations properly so that your application is done successfully. There are some specific scholarships also funded by Pepsi and if you qualify for them, you should apply for the scholarship. These scholarships are, in fact, best available and accessible to many students.

Just keep in mind one thing; the sponsors look for a good candidate who has the dedication and commitment for working for the betterment of the community. So, make certain that your essays and application letter demonstrate such interests and volunteerism in you. You have to prove that you are the most deserving student for the Pepsi scholarships that you have applied and compete with others to win the award money. Do not restrict yourself by applying one or two scholarships.

Book Marketing via Social Networking Sites

*The succeeding article is about Marketing Self Published Books, Online Marketing campaigns, Book Marketing Strategies, and many other useful tips about book marketing.

Joining social networking sites are a cost-efficient yet effective marketing resource for authors to promote their books. An interested author can register for free on most of these sites, and a well-defined marketing plan is required to successfully wage the campaign.

A social networking site account is like having a customized website and a blog page in one setting because the registered author concerned has his own individual homepage with multimedia features, and members can also participate in group discussion forums on the site. Authors who join these sites may also opt to join niche groups of their book genre or join groups similar to his hobbies and interests.

Social networking sites are convenient marketing platforms and resource opportunities that authors can benefit to their advantage. While there are more tedious ways of promoting one’s book, social networking sites offer the promising potential for viral marketing. The goal then, for marketing authors at these networking sites is to successfully connect to their intended target readers. Correspondingly, the aim should be to focus on those specific sites that are genre-relevant.

From a book marketing perspective, social networking sites are just one way by which authors can publicize their works. And considering its structured nature, the marketing author should study carefully the online behavior of his target demographic, including the niche group profile, the quality of their blog, and the substance of their comments.

The book marketing opportunities for these social networking sites include posting book excerpts of an author-member’s homepage, generating Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds, creating links to author sites and blog sites, writing articles, and participating in forum discussions. Apprehensive authors may be selective when finding social networking sites that are relevant to their genre. They may post comments in network forums, providing back links to their main web or blog sites.

Authors can adopt a strategy of posting book excerpts or making controversial essays that will surely make online readers react to stir up some “buzz” on the merits of the book.

Authors should realize, however, that marketing with social networking sites requires a long term, interactive commitment. A dilemma exists in having many social networking accounts because these will be exacting and time consuming to respond in the long run. For this purpose, it is better to have one social networking account with many actively commenting fans and bloggers, than to join many networking sites that are difficult to maintain.

Parental Participation – A Step towards Progressive Education

A child’s life revolves only around two aspects, his school and his home, thus his life rotates around his teachers and his parents. Like school is the second home for the child, home is also a second school for the child; he learns the most basic things of his life at home while parents are the best teachers in his life as they understand him like no teacher on the earth could understand. However the busy lifestyle and running with the time schedules of the parents hinder the involvement with their children.

It has actually proven through research that those parents actually involving in the child’s education play a major role in the success ventures of the students than those of the students whose parents are not much involved in their child’s education. These are some steps that can aid your effective participation in your child’s life.

Getting Involved: The best and the most initial step is getting involved. Always make a note of what your child does in the school. How much is he interested in studies; which are his favorite subjects and which are the subjects he hates the most, also try to find the reason behind it. Have a deep involvement with your child’s school; this will help you understand how your child behaves socially and academically. Have a positive approach towards your child’s teachers and councilors, feel free to share his problem with them and understand his problem from them too. It is important to feed into child’s mind how beneficial the education is, this will make your child more responsible towards education and thus understands the importance of education, punctuality and discipline. Attending parent-teachers conference and open houses is also of prime importance as this is the period when you can gauge the strengths and weakness of your child. If you have a healthy relation with the child’s teacher it becomes even more beneficial for child’s growth.

Encouraging the kids: Children expects encouragement and praises in whatever they do, this is the best form of motivation for them. For instance: – when your child recites a poem or writes an essay for the first time, he comes up to you to show it so that you can read/listen it and praise him, this encourages him to write more essays or recite more poems. This also builds in him the confidence to recite his poem in front of the class or write more essays for college magazine. Children have a habit to imitate the elders, this habit of your children helps them to enhance their knowledge and sharpen their intellect. If you have books, magazines or newspapers at home and read them regularly, your children may imitate you and try to read it too, this will inculcate the habit of reading in them. Once the reading habit is established in them you can take them to the libraries or reading halls to develop it, to develop it even more discuss the stuff your child is reading. This will help him understand deeply what is he is reading exactly, you can also try reading with your child, either on holidays or weekends. You can also ask your child to make notes of whatever he is reading, this will inculcate the habit of writing in him. You can also ask your kids to write the letters to their grandparents, this will help you understand their command over the language, and you can also ask them to write diaries (the daily account of what they did the day long).

Atmosphere at home: In order to ensure your child’s success it is important for your child to be healthy physically as well as mentally. You need to take care of his complete rest. If he acquires completes rest at home he will be active in the school. Send your child full stomached to the school, this really helps in concentration. Teach some concentrations exercises and meditation to your kids in order to raise their concentration power. While the child is doing homework make sure there are no distractions around. Praising and encouraging the child is the best option to keep him attracted towards studies. Praise him at the completion of his assignments and celebrate his every smaller achievement, this will encourage him to set goals for bigger assignments. You may also keep a track of his daily activities and studies in school, this will aid him in solving his academic problems and building a good rapport with you just like one of his good friend. Some parents minimize child’s entertainment time (television, computer, video game or playing time) however I don’t think it as a convenient option, children must have their entertainment time; instead you can try edutainment for your kids. Educational games and programs enable your child to inculcate appropriate education in him while he thinks he has been playing.

Quality time with kids: It is important to spend quality time with our kids. You can have a healthy chat with your kid while you are in the car or while having dinner, you can ask him about his experience in the school or share you experience of the day with him; this will enable a strong bond with amongst you. Try to involve in activities which can be done by family as a whole. Cooking together or going for a picnic every weekend. This process enables a great bond amongst the family members and the child. Such moments are best to teach certain things like manners and good habits to the child.

Collaborating with the school: Parents must always manage to collaborate with the child’s school as this enables to keep a track of child’s behavior and progress in the school. You should attend all the PTA (Parents Teachers Association) meetings, open houses, school programs, develop a contact with your child’s class teacher, take part in the school activities and events, encourage the child to be part of the extracurricular activities and read all the newsletters and magazine from your child’s school. This will help you understand academic as well as social behavior of your child.

Teen Problem: Teen years are the most delicate years of a person’s life, this is the era when child feels independent and eligible to take his decisions, however he is still under the shelter of his parents. This is the era when child does not like anybody else taking decisions for him or ruling him.  Thus it is important for parents to have an open communication with the child with the dominating element absent. Rules must be set in this age in order to avoid disaster however if the communication amongst the parents and children is friendly, children follow the rules or else they tend to break the rules. This is the period when parents should inculcate ambition and career goals in your child’s life, this will automatically make him responsible towards education.

Benefits of Parents’ participation: Parents attention is the best attention for the kids. A child with better attention always differs from those with lesser parental attention. A child with better attention is well behaved an well mannered, has better school attendance, acquires good grades and test scores, never lacks in homework, ambitious, competitive, etc. Thus showing interest in your child’s education sets high expectations for achievement and lets your child know you believe in his or her abilities sets a positive context for growth and achievement.