January 11, 2016

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January 11, 2016

More than 6,000 young women have attended the Orbital ATK-sponsored conference over the past 15 years. Many of those students have chosen to pursue college degrees in STEM fields. 

Katie Qian, this year’s chairperson, says, “It’s so inspiring to see the girls’ enthusiasm for this event. They are fearlessly willing to try something new and different. It’s been really rewarding for the volunteers to watch.” Qian is a systems engineer and rocket motor assembly project lead for GEM-63 and GEM-63XL motors at ORBITAL ATK in Promontory.

The Expanding Your Horizons Network is a national organization whose charge is to spark the interest of young women to pursue careers in math and science fields. The goals of the Expanding Your Horizons program are to promote how math and science can be fun, provide opportunities for young women to meet and learn about careers from women working in STEM fields and encourage young women to take full advantage of opportunities to gain the maximum amount of education in math and science before graduating from high school.

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Park City – Condé Nast Traveler announced the results of its 2015 Readers' Choice Awards and Park City is No. 3 in the “Best Small Cities in the U.S.” category. This news follows an announcement in August that Park City was named the “Friendliest City in America” by Condé Nast Traveler readers.

Park City Yoga Adventures Offers Downward Dog on a Paddle Board

Looking to add a little adventure to your exercise routine? Look no further than PARK CITY YOGA ADVENTURES (PCYA), a company that takes various twists on the usual yoga outing. PCYA offers guided hikes with outdoor yoga in Park City; snowshoe, yoga and hot chocolate sessions; yoga on the rocks in the Uinta mountains; aerial yoga and paddleboard yoga in the warm waters of the Homestead Crater.

 Julia Geisler, owner of PCYA, came upon the idea to craft yoga adventures largely by following her own passions. “I started PCYA in 2011 after a lifetime of recreating in the outdoors,” she says. “I grew up with a father who manages a ski resort and a family that went camping, skiing, biking, hiking—you name it. Having studied Environmental Science in college and then traveling to many eco-tourism destinations abroad, the business just fit my lifestyle and passion for recreation and the outdoors.”

Geisler—along with her Tibetan terrier, Sluff—is happy to guide people along the various adventures, regardless of their skill level at yoga. With over 500 hours of teacher trainings, Geisler has been a yoga teacher since 2002 and rejoices in being outside.

“Personally, I like any opportunity to be in the outdoors—whether its meditating and doing a yoga practice in the woods or hiking, snowshoeing, rock climbing, etc.,” says Geisler. “There is nothing better than sharing a hike through fall colors or a snowshoe on a fresh powder day with people who are stoked to be in the outdoors.”

One of her most popular adventures is the paddle board yoga session at the Homestead Crater, which Geisler reserves completely for small groups to do their practice in private. Homestead Crater, located at the HOMESTEAD RESORT in Midway, is a unique place in and of itself. The crater is over 10,000 years old, formed after melting snow from the Wasatch Mountains flowed underground and was heated by the earth’s interior. Over time, mineral-saturated water rose to the surface and flows continuously at a 90-96 degree temperature.

“The mineral water and warmth is great for sore muscles,” says Geisler, who encourages yogis to jump into the water (even if they don’t slip off the board during the practice). The quietness and serenity of the crater, as well as the warm, wet atmosphere, make for a relaxing place to do yoga. The paddleboard, says Geisler, makes sure that yogis are in correct alignment—shifting weight or getting out of a pose on the paddleboard is a precarious situation, even if the water is inviting.

“Paddleboard yoga in the Homestead Crater is a unique experience that you can't find anywhere else in the world,” says Geisler. “Four years ago I met with the owners of the crater and came to them with a business plan and a partnership that would not only let me run paddleboard yoga trips there, but that would also diversify the offerings at the crater beyond swimming and scuba diving. The owners took a gamble on me and it’s proven to be an awesome and fun partnership.”

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St. George – TCN, INC., a provider of cloud-based call center technology for enterprises, contact centers, BPOs and collection agencies worldwide, announced that TMC, a global, integrated media company, named its flagship product, Platform 3.0, as a recipient of the 2015 Unified Communications Excellence Award presented by Internet Telephony magazine.

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