Parents rank ND as No. 4

first_imgParents listed Notre Dame as the No. 4 “dream school” for their children in the Princeton Review’s annual “College Hopes and Worries” survey, marking the second consecutive year the University has held that place. The Princeton Review website states “dream colleges” are schools parents wish their child could attend if cost and admission were not contributing factors, and the 2013 list ranks Notre Dame behind Stanford University, Harvard University and Princeton University. Students ranked their own top-10 dream colleges in a different list, and Notre Dame was not included in that set. University spokesman Dennis Brown said the admissions department takes such rankings “with a grain of salt” due to differences in methodology, but this one reflects Notre Dame’s unique appeal to parents. “I think that [the ranking] reflects the basic tenets of the University: a commitment to undergraduate education, a sense of community and an ongoing commitment to faith and religious identity,” Brown said. “The combination of things that Notre Dame offers … is unusual in a lot of different ways, and some parents take comfort in that.” Notre Dame is the only religiously-affiliated school on either list, and Brown said the University’s dual emphasis on faith and academics is ideal for many interested families. “For people whose faith is important to them, the fact that you can come to a place like Notre Dame and practice your faith, … yet still at the same time get a world-class education, is crucial,” Brown said. “You can be a part of a broader University community that will pay dividends throughout your life in terms of the alumni network and the bonds created in the residence halls.” Robert Mundy, director of admissions, said it is “hard to predict” whether the ranking will affect Notre Dame’s future applicant pools, but trends in the past decade have shown parents are becoming more involved in their children’s college selection processes. “Students are ultimately making the decisions, but the influence of the parents has increased,” Mundy said. “Whether it’s generational or financial or due to another factor, parents are getting more actively involved in where [their children] apply and actually attend.” Mundy said comparing the parents’ impressions of a university to those of their children can be an interesting and informative way to interpret such a ranking. “Your parents’ impressions or expectations about your college experience are a little different than your own impressions, and I saw that clearly as I looked through the rest of the Princeton Review survey results,” he said. “It’s all about looking for different things, which depends on which role you’re speaking from. … There’s no disputing that parents have a different view [than students].” Notre Dame’s policies on aspects such as dorm life and parietals are seen differently by parents and students, Mundy said, and this may have contributed to the discrepancies on the two Princeton Review lists. “I really do believe that the nature of the Notre Dame family strikes a chord with the parents, and that’s clearly tied to our mission,” Mundy said. “Things like that appeal to parents in a different way than they appeal to students.” While he said there is no way to determine what the ranking will mean for Notre Dame’s popular perception and future applicant pools, the parents’ increased influence on their students’ college decisions make this “good news all around.” “Obviously, the students are the ones who sit down for dinner every night with their parents, and if they have a positive impression [of Notre Dame] in their minds, that can affect them either apparently or subliminally,” Mundy said. Brown said such rankings serve as “good starting points” for prospective parents and their students but are not weighted heavily in the admissions office. “College surveys are of some use, but people who are serious about their college choice are going to dig in deeper,” he said. “While we’d rather be ranked than not, at the same time we recognize that they’re … just a starting point.”last_img read more

Kelsey Grammer Extends Finding Neverland Run

first_img View Comments Kelsey Grammer will live by the hook a bit longer than planned. The Emmy winner, who stepped back into the role of Charles Frohman in Finding Neverland on January 19, has extended his return engagement in the Audience Choice Award-winning musical. He will now remain at the Lunt-Funtanne Theatre through March 26 instead of the previously announced February 21.Before Neverland, Grammer most recently appeared on Broadway in La Cage Aux Folles, earning a Tony nomination for his performance as Georges. His additional Great White Way credits include Macbeth and Othello. He won four Emmy Awards for his performance as the titular radio psychiatrist in the long-running hit series Frasier.Directed by Diane Paulus and featuring a score by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham, Finding Neverland follows the story of J.M. Barrie and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies. Llewelyn Davies’ children eventually became Barrie’s inspiration to write Peter Pan.The cast is currently led by Matthew Morrison as Barrie and Laura Michelle Kelly as Llewelyn Davies. Tony Yazbeck begins performances as Barrie on January 26. Finding Neverland Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 Related Showslast_img read more

ECHO Center welcomes its millionth visitor

first_imgECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, greeted its millionth visitor at 2:05 p.m., on May 18, 2009. Longtime ECHO Member Linda Sanderson was welcomed with a special celebration by ECHO staff members, where she received a free, lifetime ECHO Membership, a gift package from ECHO’s Eclectic Gift Shop, and a Behind-the-Scenes Tour with Executive Director Phelan Fretz. Said Sanderson: “The exhibits at ECHO are always so great and I’m always interested in them, so a lifetime Membership is perfect!”Sanderson was accompanied by ECHO regulars Ben and John Stamatis, as well as Rebecca Bartlett and Zach Usadi-Henrickson.Executive Director Phelan Fretz: “We’re ecstatic to have reached this high level of community and tourist visitation, thrilled to have done so six months ahead of our original forecast, and look forward to continuing our mission of inspiring stewardship in the Lake Champlain Basin and beyond.”Since its opening On May 31, 2003, ECHO has enjoyed a steady increase in visitors each year, and currently boasts 150,000 guests annually. The institution has recently been designated as “Best Aquarium” in Yankee Magazine’s Editor’s Choice 2010 “Best of New England” issue.  Source: ECHO. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is located at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on Vermont’s Burlington Waterfront. ECHO features 70 live species, more than 100 interactive experiences, changing and permanent exhibits, and seasonal events — all exploring the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. The 2.2 acre Leahy Center environmental campus is also highlighted by the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room, UVM’s Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, Lake Champlain Navy Memorial, ECHO’s Eclectic Gift Shop, and ecology-themed Think! Café. Open year-round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information visit, call 877.324.6386, or write to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, One College Street, Burlington, VT 05401.last_img read more

Colombia Peace Talk Preparations Start in Cuba

first_imgBy Dialogo November 08, 2012 Negotiators for the Colombian government and leftist FARC guerrillas opened two days of talks on November 6, prior to the peace negotiations set to start in Cuba on November 15, diplomats told AFP. A source described the gathering as “an internal meeting” between representatives of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia guerrilla and the government of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. The private meeting meant that peace guarantors from Norway, Cuba, Venezuela and Chile were absent. Cuban state news agency Prensa Latina reported that the meeting was intended for both sides to “define technical aspects behind closed doors” of the formal negotiations. Colombia and Latin America’s longest-fighting rebels formally launched peace talks in Norway on October 18, aimed at ending nearly five decades of a conflict that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. These are the first direct talks between the two sides in 10 years. The two sides will be discussing a five-point agenda that includes rural development, illegal drugs, reparations, and how to demobilize the guerrilla fighters and incorporate them into Colombia’s political process. The Anncol news agency, sympathetic to the FARC rebels, reported that 34-year-old Dutch born guerrilla Tanja Nijmeijer is set to arrive in Cuba to be a spokesperson for the guerrillas. U.S. officials want Nijmeijer – a former schoolteacher who joined the FARC in 2002 – for her alleged role in the abduction of three U.S. contractors in 2003. Colombian commandos released the American contractors along with Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt in a daring 2008 operation. Latin America’s largest rebel group, founded in 1964 and with some 9,200 armed fighters, may be ready for a truce after a long string of setbacks. In recent years several top rebel leaders have been killed or captured. Guerrilla ranks have also shrunk to half of what they were at their peak in the 1990s.last_img read more

Bar pushes for more civics education

first_imgour democracy will simply cease to exist’ Bar pushes for more civics education Bar pushes for more civics education February 1, 2006 Regular Newscenter_img ‘Without a strong and vibrant rule of law, Ninety percent or more of Florida adult residents say the constitutional concepts of separation of powers and checks and balances are important principles in the federal government, according to a new Bar poll.But when asked “What are the three branches of government?” only 59 percent of the Florida adults surveyed chose the correct answer: legislative, executive, and judicial. The second most frequent answer was “local, state, and federal” (18 percent), followed by “Republican, Democrat and Independent” (16 percent). Questions about the meaning of the terms “separation of powers” and “checks and balances” also yielded low percentages of correct answers — 46 percent and 61 percent respectively.The results of the Florida poll, conducted by market research firm Harris Interactive, Inc., are similar to those of a 2005 national ABA poll that asked the same questions.“After seeing the national results, The Florida Bar became very concerned about our own citizens’ knowledge of these vital principles of democracy,” said Bar President Alan B. Bookman. “We discovered that Floridians score an A on recognizing the importance of the constitutional concepts, but get an F on defining separation of powers and checks and balances, and a D on identifying the three government branches.”The ABA came to the same conclusion after conducting its poll — that the majority of Americans could use a civics refresher course.With this report card in hand, The Florida Bar is setting out to advocate for more public awareness and education on civics, Bookman said. For example, the Bar will use its statewide Speakers Bureau and its Citizens Forum, its nonlawyer advisory group, to go out to civic and community groups with presentations on civics.Throughout the state, local bars also will support many community-based educational activities, particularly during national Law Week in May which is themed “Liberty Under Law: Separate Branches, Balanced Powers.” The Bar also is asking the state’s media to become involved in civic education, especially in coverage leading up to the 2006 elections.At the same time, The Florida Bar is targeting a revitalization of civic education for the state’s youth.“As we questioned the civic knowledge of adults, we also looked at the state of civic education in Florida,” Bookman said. “Although civic education has historically been a primary mission of American public education, it appears that this commitment is fading.”According to the Florida Law Related Education Association, less than 10 percent of Florida’s 67 counties require the teaching of civics in middle school. High school students are required only to take a one semester government course, usually in the senior year, but law-related education experts say that requirement is too little, too late.Bookman said that the Bar is concerned about giving young people the knowledge they need to value and participate in democracy.“We’d like to see 100 percent of Florida middle schools providing a mandatory year-long course in applied civics,” Bookman said. “As we speak to adults and the media about civics and civic education, we are asking that they assess their own school districts’ civics offerings and talk to local superintendents and school boards about providing required year-long civics courses.”The Florida Law Related Education Association created the Florida Civic Alliance to promote civic education in Florida’s K-12 public school system through a broad-based plan addressing curriculum reform, state and local policy, public awareness, and coalition building. A complete middle school course has been developed for local districts, based on Miami-Dade’s required civics course, and Palm Beach County adopted and implemented that curriculum in the 2005-2006 school year, according to FLREA.Bookman said the bottom line for The Florida Bar is that if citizens don’t understand what makes democracy work, they are just as likely not to understand the essential components of an independent judiciary.“America’s enduring strength flows from our Constitution and its mandate that there be three separate but equal branches of government,” Bookman said. “We must educate the public and remind them that without a strong and vibrant rule of law, our democracy will simply cease to exist,” Bookman said.The Harris Interactive telephone survey contacted 400 Florida adults in December and with a probability sample of this size, the company says with 95 percent certainty that the results have a sampling error of plus or minus five percentage points of what they would be if the entire Florida adult population had been polled.last_img read more

Women in leadership positions in credit unions: Words matter!

first_img 58SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Judy Hoberman Men and women sell, manage, recruit and supervise differently.  Judy Hoberman, creator of “Selling in a Skirt”, shares essential insights about gender differences and how to embrace and use those … Web: Details When I was little, we had a game at school each week that would add one new word to our vocabulary. It didn’t have to have 12 letters in it. It just had to be something new. We didn’t have Cousin Google so we had to look through a dictionary and on Friday we presented this new word, the meaning and had to use it in a sentence. Sort of like a pre-test for a spelling bee. We never knew if anyone else had the same word or if would be seen as smart or if we chose a word that was just too simple.  When I was the Senior Director of Training for an insurance company, we had a different version of this game. We gave a trainer a word that they had to use during a training but couldn’t tell any of the attendees what it meant…they simply had to use it. You can just imagine the confusion on some of the faces when a random word was used…correctly or not. Whether you are in elementary school, in business or in your real-life setting, you need to be aware of the words you use because words can be powerful, and words matter. Words do matter in every situation.  If you are what you eat, then are you what you say as well? Let’s think about our children and if you don’t have children, think about yourself as a child.  If you are told how incredibly amazing and intelligent you are, you would feel great and after a while you would start to believe it.  Now let’s flip the switch. Imagine being told you are stupid and will never amount to anything because you are a loser. Flash forward a short while later and where might this scenario take this child? Even think about something so harmless as you’re too little to do that or you aren’t tall old enough or even you are not ready to learn that.  Every single word that we hear can tear us down or build us up.  So which camp will you choose to be a part of?Have you ever heard the story about Thomas Edison and his school days? There are many versions of the story but this one will show you a great example of how words are powerful and really do matter:One day, as a small child, Thomas Edison came home from school and gave a paper to his mother. He said to her “Mom, my teacher gave this paper to me and told me only you are to read it. What does it say?”Her eyes welled with tears as she read the letter out loud to her child… “Your son is a genius. This school is too small for him and doesn’t have good enough teachers to train him. Please teach him yourself.”Many years after Edison’s mother had died, he became one of the greatest inventors of the century. One day he was going through a closet and he found the folded letter that his old teacher wrote his Mother that day. He opened it…The message written on the letter was “Your son is mentally deficient. We cannot let him attend our school anymore. He is expelled.” Edison became emotional reading it and then wrote in his diary:“Thomas A. Edison was a mentally deficient child whose mother turned him into the genius of the Century.”Do you see what happened versus what could have happened?  It’s the combination of the words, how we use them and how our minds wrap themselves around them. Whether you say things out loud or have them running through your head, we can make the choice whether to take the positive or negative path.  Our words do matter.Let’s see some ways to use words in a powerful and positive way. Practice Compliments-This is something I do every single day.  I give someone that I don’t know a compliment. You will never know what you have done for that person that day, in that moment. Don’t give the compliment and wait for one in return. You might get one or you might not. The point is giving one will make you both feel great.  Practice positive affirmations-I know this sounds weird to do but remember, you are the one that is listening to that self-chatter.  Instead of thinking this dress makes me look fat, how about thinking how great this color is on you or how confident this makes you feel. Instead of thinking you are not smart enough to do the presentation, change it to that you are going to share some incredible information with your colleagues that can help them with their jobs.  It’s a change in your mindset and a rewind of the tapes in your head. If you can’t come up with anything positive immediately, make a list of positive quotes and put them all around you and practice saying them out loud. You’ll get the hang of it…and your mind will be waiting to hear them. Think before you speak-We all come into situations that can change our attitudes in a blink.  Before you say something and react to that, think, breathe and decide how you can respond without being so reactive. Don’t think for one minute I am saying to ignore what is said.  I’m saying to think carefully about what the message is you want to convey and do it professionally and intelligently. This is where learning new words can come in handy. If you have done something that is wrong, learn to apologize.  Own your mistake and understand how your words may have made a negative impact on someone or something.  Don’t say you are sorry for the weather or something you have no control over. That is a different conversation for later.  Apologizing when you mean it is very powerful and again…words matter. Remember what you are grateful for.  We all have so many things to be thankful for…and not only in November, our Thanksgiving month.  I’ve noticed that people have forgotten how to say thank you. Two tiny little words that when said, can mean the world to someone else. Change your mindset, change your world.  How about doing that for someone else?As Dave Hedges said, “The words you speak are powerful. They can mend a broken heart and help repair a shattered mind. They can also destroy a person’s confidence and make people feel worthless.  Choose your words carefully.”last_img read more

Fed announces new stabilization efforts

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Yesterday, the Federal Reserve announced a new stabilization package and committed to using the full range of its authorities aimed toward supporting the economy during the coronavirus pandemic.Included in these actions is a plan for the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) to purchase the Treasury Department’s securities and agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS) in the amounts needed to support smooth market functioning.The Fed will buy Treasury securities and agency MBS “in the amounts needed to support smooth market functioning.” This effort will begin this week at $625 billion and will scale up if needed. Previously, the Fed announced that the FOMC would buy at least $500 billion Treasury securities and $200 billion agency MBS in an effort to stabilize and support the economy. Long-term Treasury yields rose last week, however, and mortgage rates remain elevated relative to those yields.last_img read more

What’s in your DEI business case?

first_img This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text If your credit union has made a statement of commitment to DEI, but now find yourself wondering what comes next, it’s time to make the business case for specific actions. As credit unions wrap up their 2021 strategic business plans and the budget process to support those, this is the perfect time to put the finishing touches on your DEI business case and begin the real talk: What do you expect to get out of your DEI strategy and what resources are you prepared to commit to achieve those objectives? Your initial draw to DEI might have been more emotional or philosophical, but now– as with any other strategic business initiative—you must build the business case. Credit unions may be non-profit businesses, but they are still businesses. If you look at your DEI strategies as charitable efforts, something that is “just the right thing to do,” or an extension of your community involvement philosophy, you will miss the very real business value that may come. These efforts may fall short of what they are capable of, leaving historically marginalized populations let down by your organization and leaving your organization behind others who benefit from the value that diverse and inclusive organizations realize.   When you craft your business case for strategic DEI integration, include the following elements: Scope and Boundaries. Embracing a DEI strategy means making large-scale, enterprise-wide change. This isn’t a short-term initiative assigned to an ad hoc committee. It is a commitment to looking at everything from talent evaluation to governance; from product development and delivery channels to vendor selection. As tempting as it is to just jump in and get it done, you would be as likely to succeed with a core conversion that you “just get started with” as you would be with DEI. It takes pre-planning and significant coordination to successfully integrate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Before you launch your efforts, take time to assess where you are today, evaluate your organizational readiness for this change, and then identify where you might start, clearly defining the scope and boundaries of your initial efforts. Your first business case might emphasize one actionable area for change (rather than trying to take on the whole organization at once). For this specific strategy, identify what it is and clarify the actions that will come from your work. Who will it impact and draw resources from? How much time will be invested? What will this specific strategy not touch in the organization at this time? Creating this clarity on the front-end of a business plan may make it easier to gain organizational support, which is a key element of successful change management.   Costs and Benefits: I will reiterate this point: Credit unions are businesses, not charities. DEI is a business strategy, not a philanthropic effort. As such, your business case must look at the costs of the action you recommend and the expected return on this investment. Your budget might include new costs like training, outside consultants, stipends and/or certification programs for employees taking on new leadership roles as DEI Champions. A compelling case should also include the cost of not making a change. Some elements that might be reflected as cost savings could include reduced turnover expenses, saving money by intentionally seeking out diversity suppliers (minority-owned vendors) for contracts, minimizing wrongful termination or discrimination lawsuits. Benefits presented in your business case might include expanded market share, income or operational efficiencies, expanded products and services, enhanced public perception or employee well-being. A business case for equitable employee career path planning, for example, might include benefits like employee satisfaction and likely some image enhancement as you perhaps become a great place to work. You could also likely see some operational benefits through efficiencies that come with increased staff longevity.Results and Impact: Making the business case continues after the initial decision. It must include ongoing assessment, evaluation, and articulation of the benefit. Do not allow the results to speak for themselves. Instead, make the connection between actions taken to support DEI strategy and how it contributed to the bottom line of the organization. If you skip this step, others won’t make it for you. Consider these two case examples of how to present the impact of strategic DEI integration.Case 1: An employee career pathing program was introduced eighteen months ago. Since implementation, two executive positions were filled internally and fees paid to external executive recruiters year-over-year are down 50%. This cost-saving can be claimed by your strategic DEI efforts. Case 2: Your Employee Resource Group for Black employees brought in a guest speaker who consults with entrepreneurs. After getting to know your credit union better, this consultant has made you their endorsed lender of choice to minority-owned businesses in your community. Income from those business relationships should be attributed to your DEI strategy. Further, the lessons learned from this success might inform a business shift to use higher-impact business development strategies, changing your approach from going door-to-door for individual businesses to finding values-aligned partners who see working with your credit union as a way to achieve their own objectives, which could realize efficiencies or cost-savings in other areas.If you’ve made it this far in the article and find yourself thinking, “Okay. I get what goes into a business case, but who is supposed to coordinate that in our organization?” it may be time to bring in external support to get started. A strategic consultant on the front-end of your work can help you assess your current organizational readiness and identify key areas to get you on track for long-term success, building momentum, and creating a more valuable organization for all your key stakeholders. Our team at Humanidei has developed an approach to this work that considers the NCUA’s diversity standards and how you might complete the voluntary self-assessment (as set forth from the 2015 Interagency Policy Statement Establishing Joint Standards for Assessing the Diversity Policies and Practices). We would love to talk through how this framework will carry your credit union forward to long-term success. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jill Nowacki Jill Nowacki started her career with credit unions in 2001. She has taken on leadership roles at credit unions and state and national trade associations. Now, she uses her experience … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Bonetta “Bonnie” Cain, 83

first_imgBonetta “Bonnie” Cain, 83, St. Paul, Indiana, passed away on Monday, June 27, 2016 at the Waldron Health and Rehab Center in Waldron.Born March 6, 1933 in Jefferson County, Indiana, she was the daughter of Fred and Juanita (Phillips) Jines.Bonnie had been a member of the First Christian Church in Greensburg.She was married to Robert L. “Bob” Cain on March 2, 1953 and he preceded her in death on August 15, 2012.She is survived by two grandchildren, Bradey Stewart, St. Paul, Robbie Stewart, Greensburg; three great grandchildren, Cassidy Coomer, Macie Leake, Harper Stewart; one brother, George Jines, Dupont.She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; one son, Tim Cain; one daughter, Debbie Hamilton; one grandchild, Tracey LuCille Stewart.Visitation will be held on Thursday from 11 to 1:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at the funeral home with Rev. Danny Wolford officiating.Interment will be held in the South Park Cemetery.Memorials may be made to the family.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Allardyce hails Hammers new boys

first_imgSam Allardyce has hailed the impact of West Ham’s summer signings and admits he is shocked at how fast his new recruits have taken to life in the Barclays Premier League. The Hammers rose to seventh in the table, level on points with Arsenal and Liverpool, after a 2-0 victory over struggling QPR on Sunday. West Ham’s starting line-up featured six players brought in over the summer and a convincing performance was rounded off when Diafra Sakho sealed the win with his fifth goal in as many games. Press Association “The thing is how much of a goal-threat do you have and what can you do to build a goal-threat?” Allardyce said. “If you struggle in that regard then the rest of the team comes under that extra pressure and eventually cracks. “I think QPR had one good attempt from Charlie Austin but when you haven’t got a real goalscorer in your team it makes so much of a difference. “In Sakho and Valencia we might have two, hopefully and that’s without Andy Carroll back as well.” Sakho has been the most eye-catching of the Hammers’ new arrivals but Enner Valencia, Alex Song, Morgan Amalfitano and Aaron Cresswell have all impressed in the early part of the season. “I have to say they have surprised me,” Allardyce said. “If you have one or two doing it from the start, particularly from abroad, then you are satisfied – but all of them have had an impact. “Valencia and especially Sakho with the goals, Mauro Zarate has done well, and Aaron Cresswell looks as though he belongs in the Premier League. “We all know about Songy and he is not even fit now – when he gets fit we will see even more from him.” Allardyce continued: “We have a very welcoming dressing room for new players here. (Captain) Kevin Nolan builds a strong bond between the players and because of that togetherness and because we try to do as much as we can for the players, they grow willing.” The Hammers struggled for goals last season, particularly while club-record signing Andy Carroll was out injured. The powerful England forward is back on the sidelines again but Allardyce believes his side now have the cutting edge to cope. last_img read more