Saint Mary’s hosts yearly Involvement and Resource Fair

first_imgSaint Mary’s hosted its annual Involvement and Resource Fair on Wednesday, which showcased over 120 organizations students can participate this academic year. Representatives from school and social clubs, on- and off campus-departments and organizations and local volunteer groups from the South Bend community could be found interacting with students. Students passed the time learning about resources and opportunities available to them. One such volunteer group was called Lot2545. Gina Twardosz | The Observer Saint Mary’s Involvement and Resource Fair took place Wednesday in the College’s Angela Athletic Center. Belles could use the event to survey a variety of extracurricular options, including academic clubs, club sports and volunteer groups.“We work in Uganda with guys that are either currently or formerly called the streets home,” Amanda Jones, the organization’s founder, said. “Whether that’s going back to school, doing vocational training, starting a small business or even reuniting with family.”Other volunteer groups such as conflict resolution program TAKE10 were found utilizing the event to get students interested in their program. “We have volunteers from Holy Cross, Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s [which] go out into the community and teach our conflict resolution curriculum to kids,” Notre Dame junior Madison Kuehl said. TAKE10 operates outside of the Robinson Center on Eddy Street. They have been using the tri-campus activity fairs to recruit for some time, Kuehl said. “We come to these and get a lot of volunteers,” she said.The fair is not limited to volunteer groups, but includes sport clubs, such as women’s water polo, as well. “A lot of people don’t know what water polo is, but I’m teaching them today,” said sophomore and women’s water polo captain Lindsey Shank said. “This is our first year at Saint Mary’s [career fair] because I’m the captain and I just came to Saint Mary’s, so I decided to have a table here. We usually just do the activity fair at ND, but we’re expanding.” Other academic clubs such as Physics Club, Math Club and French Club also sent representatives to the event.“Physics is a small major, and we want to make sure anyone who’s interested in it knows we’re here,” senior Gabi Beach said. “In general, I feel like we’re more of a social club for physics and other STEM majors, to just meet everyone else in it and feel comfortable to ask for help.” She said Physics Club is a good option for students interested in exploring engineering. “Any sort of people who are thinking about engineering, it’s probably a good club to join to just open your options up,” she said.Junior Mary Blake said Math Club is dedicated to helping students identify opportunities related to mathematics.“Math Club is a student-run club that promotes math through the SMC community and helps students know what opportunities are out there for people interested in math,” Blake said. “[The Involvement and Resource Fair] helps students know that we have a math club, and know more about what we’re about and what opportunities we have for them.”The fair also saw some previously moribund clubs, such as French Club, make their return to the activities scene. “French Club is something that was started at Saint Mary’s several years ago, but we haven’t been pursuing French Club for a couple years because it was hard to keep our numbers up,” senior Hailey Cramer-Stevens said. “So we’re just starting the club back up this year and we right now are just organizing things, seeing what people really want on campus.”Some students who attended the event, such as freshman Skye Sharp, said they were seeking to expand their horizons.“I just wanted to enroll in a bunch of different stuff I wasn’t involved in in high school, and I want to branch out,” she said.Sophomore Reina Galvan said she felt similarly and regretted not doing more last year.“I wish I would have done more last year to get involved this year,” she said. “So I guess I can start now.”Veronica Terrell, another sophomore, also said she was trying to expand her involvement from last school year.“I wasn’t as involved as I wanted to be last year, so I just wanted to see what options I could look into this year,” she said.Freshman Abigail Hauser said she left the event having signed up to participate in a variety of organizations represented at the fair. “I was told I should come and sign up for some things from my upperclassmen friends and here I am,” she said. “I joined the Eco Club, [Society of Women Engineers] and I’m thinking about auditioning for the dance team.”Tags: Activities, Involvement and Resource Fair, saint mary’slast_img read more

The Threepenny Opera, Starring Michael Park, Opens Off-B’way

first_imgMack the Knife is sneakin’ ‘round the corner! Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera celebrates its opening night on April 7 at the Linda Gross Theater off-Broadway. The production, directed and choreographed by Martha Clarke, stars Emmy winner Michael Park, Tony nominee Laura Osnes and Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham. The Atlantic Theater Company recently announced that the production will extend its run and play through May 11. Michael Park The Threepenny Opera is based on John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera. Adapted by Marc Blitzstein, the show centers on the scoundrel Macheath and his criminal exploits in 19th century London. In the tuner, Macheath, or Mack the Knife as he is known, marries the impressionable and innocent Polly Peachum, much to the displeasure of her father and mother. Throughout his marriage and a series of arrests, he maintains a strong relationship with his mistress, Pirate Jenny. Laura Osnes View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on May 11, 2014center_img Related Shows The Threepenny Opera Star Files Additional cast members include Sally Murphy, Lilli Cooper, Rick Holmes, Mary Beth Peil, John Kelly, Sophie Bortolussi, Jon David Casey, Timothy Dale, Lindsey Dietz Marchant, Christina Spina and John Watkins.last_img read more

Game Changing MSR WindBoiler Stove Now Available At Retail

first_imgMSR (Mountain Safety Research), the Seattle-based manufacturer of high-performance outdoor equipment, announced its all-new WindBoiler Personal Stove System is for sale at local specialty retailers and select online retailers.Going head-to-head with its primary competition in the personal stove market, JetBoil, the WindBoiler offers backpackers and campers the wind protection of MSR’s award-winning Reactor Stove System series, with the user friendliness of a more minimalist cook system .Screen shot 2014-10-21 at 12.17.03 PMPrimary air combustion, an enclosed windproof burner, and a built-in heat exchanger are what allow the WindBoiler to boil in windy and cold weather conditions that, according to MSR, cause other stoves to slow or fail. The WindBoiler system’s radiant burner combines convective and radiant heating to offer new efficiencies.An integrated full-size bowl allows minimalists to cook and serve enough food for one to two companions. The clear BPA-free lid plays triple duty: strainer, drinking lid, and coffee press compatible. Available accessories include the WindBoiler 1.0L Accessory Pot, WindBoiler Coffee Press Kit, and the WindBoiler Hanging Kit.Complete information, technical specifications, instructions and a really cool video can be found at windboiler.com.MSR-wind-boilerlast_img read more

Knoxville kayaker drowns in accident on Laurel River in Pisgah National Forest

first_imgRoberts said Madison County EMS was the first on the scene, at 1:55 p.m., followed by the Walnut Fire Department and then Emergency Management, where friends of the patient and medical personnel who happened to also be kayaking in the vicinity were in the process of performing CPR on Morton about 2 miles from the trailhead. The Stairstep Rapid is where a fatal kayaking incident occurred. “What I do know is that she was with a very competent group of paddlers that were well versed in swiftwater rescue practices as well as advanced first aid and resuscitation (CPR) techniques. It was a group of paddlers that I would entrust my life with,” Chota Canoe Club President David McConnell stated in a Facebook post on Dec. 17. Paddler on the Laurel River Photo Courtesy of Kevin Colburn Stewardship Director for American Whitewater The accident report by American Whitewater states that the section of rapids the group was paddling is class III+, well within Morton’s ability, and was reported to be at a medium water level. Fellow boaters said that the water had pushed her too far left towards a dangerous sieve, causing her to flip into a tree that was hidden underwater. Once she was out of her boat she immediately was pushed into the sieve in a head-down entrapment. Morton was an experienced kayaker, by American Whitewater, a national river conservation nonprofit that works to protect and restore America’s whitewater rivers and to encourage their safe use. She was known to love adventure and her community and to always wear a smile.center_img Knoxville kayaker drowns in accident on Laurel River A Knoxville woman has died after a kayaking accident on the Laurel River in Pisgah National Forest. April Morton, 31, was a member of the Chota Canoe Club in Knoxville and considered an expert paddler. “She was going through some rapids and got hung underneath a tree, which she didn’t see as she was going through the rapids,” said Louis Roberts, Madison County Emergency Management coordinator told the Citizen-Times. “We had quite a bit of rain a couple of days before,” Roberts added. “The water level was elevated.” Morton’s death was the first kayaking fatality of 2019 in WNC, the Citizen-Times reports. In 2018 there were six reported kayaking fatalities in Western North Carolina.last_img read more

NextGen Know-How: Leadership is a behavior

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » A few weeks ago, I attended an event for professional speakers where a well-known presenter shared ways to create connection with your audience. During his speech, he mentioned the town in upstate New York where he grew up. He grew up only 15 minutes from my hometown, so I was excited to talk with him afterwards. He certainly created a connection with me in that moment. We had something in common.After the session concluded, I walked up to him to say how great his speech was and started to tell him where I was from, when…he totally blew me off. He was so busy getting his marketing materials together that he didn’t even make eye contact with me. I was disappointed. Not because I had a need to connect with him on a personal level, but because he wasn’t practicing what he had just taught in his speech. The content of his speech was excellent, but the feeling I got from him afterward totally turned me off.In the speaking industry, there’s an unwritten rule that your speech is not really over when you leave the stage. You may have finished the content, but it’s important to stay connected to your audience until you leave the building. Until then, you are still “on” and your audience is still judging you based on your interactions.The same is true for leadership. As a leader, people observe your actions, even in the small moments that may not seem to matter. Leadership is a behavior, not a role. Everything you do has impact. Even when you are working late and only one person is in the office with you, or when you’re at the company barbecue, or when you’re at a conference out of town, you have an impact.last_img read more

Direct marketing still works in an electronic world

first_imgCo-authored by; Candice Reed a award-winning journalist, author, and PR consultant. She has written for the Credit Union Times, Credit Union Journal and many more publications. There’s no denying that the world has dramatically shifted toward electronic communication, so many people wonder if direct marketing still works.The answer is a resounding yes, mainly because direct mail has an 80 percent-plus open rate!Google, the world’s most popular search engine, regularly uses snail mail marketing to promote coupons for its AdWords programs and other services. Credit unions are also finding that direct snail mail marketing is helping them grow their loan portfolios, including mortgages and home equity loans, as the real estate market continues to gain positive traction.While the huge demand for email marketing services continues, credit unions have seen success from direct marketing mailers, postcards and letters. Credit unions have felt a resurgence of sorts in their return on investment (ROI) when it comes to direct mail marketing.Direct mail response rates took a tremendous leap in 2016 with a 5.3 percent response rate to house lists and 2.9 percent to prospect lists. These are the highest levels the DMA has tracked since 2003. For comparison, in 2015 the rates were 3.7 percent and 1.0 percent respectively. In 2010 it was 3.4 percent and 1.4 percent.“Some people say that direct mail is dead or it doesn’t work, but we’ve seen just the opposite,” said Jackson Hunt, Vice President of Marketing at Ser Technology. “When you customize the direct marketing pieces, members feel they are part of the credit union. We have seen personalization outpace standard direct marketing pieces without any personalization. There’s plenty of research out there on the effectiveness of this.”One advantage of direct mail campaigns is that they can be far more cost-effective than mass marketing initiatives for small and midsize credit unions, allowing them to cross-sell, deepen relationships with members, loan growth and member retention. Almost any type of marketing campaign has two interrelated objectives — produce accounts and balances, and have a positive impact of underlying customer relationship. The credit unions that do manage to track campaigns focus almost exclusively on counting accounts and balances in promoted products. However, without the broader relationship component, they may be missing a material portion of the profit generated by a campaignAccording to the Direct Marketing Association, Industries with the highest use of direct mail are Financial Services — Banks or credit unions at 71 percent, Consumer Packaged Goods at 63 percent, Retail at 55 percent, Travel or Hospitality at 55 percent, and Publishing or Media at 54 percent. Furthermore, 48 percent of people prefer direct mail for receiving marketing from credit unions, and it’s not just the mid-life members who want the information sent to their actual mailbox. A study fielded by Experian shows that nearly every Millennial (ages18-35) owns a smartphone, and 43 percent say that they now access the internet more through their phone than a computer, compared with just 20 percent of adults ages 35 and older. However, despite their hyper-wired digital connectedness, Millennials as a group report that the last time they responded to direct mail campaign was within 2.4 months. That’s less than the average response time for all respondents. Similarly, Millennials open the direct mail they receive at the same high rate of 66 percent as recipients overall. To be successful, your direct marketing campaign should enable a high degree of variability to service end consumer recipients with information that is highly relevant and personalized to their needs, ultimately leading to an improved customer experience. “Direct marketing is an incredible tool that can add tremendously to the advertising plans of most Credit Unions,” Hunt explained. “Today’s world may be more digital than ever, but consumers still very much appreciate having tangible products in their hands.” 415SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Shana Richardson Shana Richardson began her career in financial technology with the Texas Credit Union League. Here, she managed the turnkey, pre-screen Auto Loan Recapture™ program, and later assumed broader responsibilities as … Web: www.sertech.com Detailslast_img read more

Shirley Armed Home Invasion Suspects Charged

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two men were arrested for allegedly committing an armed home invasion in Shirley last week, Suffolk County police said.Jvon Creighton, 19, of Shirley, and 23-year-old Arnell Nash of Riverhead broke into a house on William Floyd Parkway, flashed at least one handgun and stole cell phones from two victims inside shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday, April 12, police said.Investigators apprehended the suspects 20 minutes later, police said. The victims were not injured.Both men were charged with first-degree burglary. A grand jury indicted them Monday on additional burglary and robbery charges.Judge Mark Cohen set bail for Creighton at $150,000 bond or $75,000 cash. Cohen set bail for Nash at $200,000 bond or $100,000 cash. They are due back in court on Thursday.last_img read more

MagSafe Duo Wireless Charger Price in India Revealed, Listed as ‘Coming Soon’ on Apple Store

first_imgAre iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max pre-orders are live, and with it, Apple has also listed prices of the MagSafe Duo wireless charger, leather sleeves, and leather cases for the new iPhone 12 range on Apple Store. The MagSafe Duo wireless charger was announced during the iPhone 12 launch event, but its pricing and availability was not known back then. Now, the pricing of the MagSafe Duo wireless charger has been listed on Apple Store, but its availability is still not known.The MagSafe Duo wireless charger is priced at Rs. 13,900 in India and $129 in the US. The charger is still listed as ‘coming soon’ on Apple Store with no exact date announced for availability. Unlike the MagSafe charger, the MagSafe Duo enables users to charge the iPhone and the Apple Watch simultaneously. The regular MagSafe charger is priced at Rs. 4,500 in India and $39 in the US. The charger box has a USB Type-C cable inside, but the adapter will have to be purchased separately.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Alongside the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max pre-orders, leather sleeve case options for the new iPhone range have also gone live on Apple Store. These leather sleeve options are priced at Rs. 12,900 in India and $129 in the US. The sleeves are offered in Product Red, Saddle Brown, Pink Citrus, and Baltic Blue colour options.Similarly, leather cases of iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max have also been listed on Apple Store for $59 in the US and Rs. 5,900 in India. These cases are listed in Baltic Blue, California Poppy, Saddle Brown, Black, and Product Red. Both the leather sleeve and leather case support MagSafe.Apple began taking pre-orders of iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max on November 6, while iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are already on sale. iPhone 12 mini is the cheapest in the range, starting at just Rs. 69,900, while iPhone 12 Pro Max is the most expensive, starting at Rs. 1,29,900.- Advertisement –last_img read more

How President-Elect Biden Has Managed Trump’s Refusal to Concede

first_imgStill, she acknowledged: “I know he wants to get started on the transition. He would like some support from the administration to do that. But he’s going forward based on his own resources.”- Advertisement – “Biden’s path to victory in his administration is going to be by putting forward bold plans to address Covid, the economy, climate change and racial injustice,” said Garrett Blad, a spokesman for the Sunrise Movement, a youth-driven progressive organization that is focused on climate and has sought to shape Mr. Biden’s appointments. “Working with the G.O.P. elite who right now are trying to undermine our democracy we do not believe is a strong way forward.”Mr. Biden’s advisers and allies have also acknowledged that they are in fact troubled by the possible ramifications from the Trump administration’s refusal to give Mr. Biden and his transition team access to federal agencies as well as intelligence briefings.The head of the General Services Administration has not formally recognized Mr. Biden as the winner of the election, a step that allows the transfer of power between administrations to proceed.As more time passes, that refusal becomes more problematic, Biden aides say. But even so, they are showing little eagerness to raise the temperature or to wage a legal battle.“We’re not interested in having a food fight with the G.S.A. administrator or anyone, really,” Jen Psaki, a Biden transition adviser, said on Friday. “We just want to get access to intelligence information, to threat assessments, to the ongoing work on Covid, so that we can prepare to govern.”In the meantime, Mr. Biden was taking a break — or something resembling a break. He traveled on Thursday to his vacation house in Rehoboth Beach, Del. “He’s earned, certainly, a couple days off,” Ms. Psaki said.Thomas Kaplan reported from Washington, and Katie Glueck from New York. Those steps, to prepare to govern and to combat the pandemic that has upended American society, followed convention and unfolded without drama. Mr. Biden has decades of experience in Washington to draw on, and his initial moves after winning the presidency demonstrated a familiarity with how one administration typically passes the torch to the next. “It’s a reflection of the president-elect’s desire to project stability at a time of great instability,” said former Gov. Tom Vilsack of Iowa, an early Biden supporter.What was not typical — far from it — was the reaction of Mr. Trump, who continued to refuse to concede, and to make false claims about election fraud. But Mr. Biden pressed on and passed up the chance for aggressive confrontation, treating the president of the United States as if he were a heckler shouting from the bleachers who would eventually tire and go home.This week, Bob Bauer, a Biden campaign adviser and former White House counsel, described Mr. Trump’s election-related legal challenges as “noise,” while Mr. Biden’s sister and close political adviser, Valerie Biden Owens, downplayed the significance of any postelection commentary offered by the president.“It doesn’t matter what Donald Trump says,” she said on “Axios on HBO.” “It doesn’t matter. Joe is president-elect. He will be sworn in on Jan. 20.” Mr. Biden himself suggested Mr. Trump’s refusal to concede was more of a stain on the president’s name for the history books than an imminent obstacle for the Biden transition, telling reporters on Tuesday: “How can I say this tactfully? I think it will not help the president’s legacy.”Asked how he expected to work with Republicans if they would not even acknowledge him as president-elect, Mr. Biden responded with a smile: “They will. They will.”Not everyone is so confident that Republicans will engage — or that Mr. Biden should even prioritize trying to work with them. The Presidential TransitionUpdated Nov. 13, 2020, 4:04 p.m. ETcenter_img WASHINGTON — Joseph R. Biden Jr. ran for president insisting that President Trump was an “aberration” who did not reflect the character or views of the American people.And in his first week as president-elect, Mr. Biden’s remarks and activities suggest an effort to dismiss Mr. Trump further: this time, as a nuisance.- Advertisement – Mr. Biden, who spent much of the week working from the Wilmington, Del., area, held calls with Pope Francis and the leaders of many of the nation’s closest allies, taking initial steps toward his goal of repairing the country’s standing on the world stage following a campaign in which he emphasized his relationships with world leaders.After spending months stressing the need to follow science, he named a group of experts to advise him on the coronavirus pandemic, and on Friday he issued a statement calling for “urgent action” as virus cases continue to surge.And he named Ron Klain, a veteran Washington figure who served as the Ebola czar in the Obama White House, as his chief of staff, a pick that was well received across the ideological spectrum within the Democratic Party.- Advertisement – As he refuses to concede, Mr. Trump has stoked fear and anxiety among many Americans, and he has plainly slowed critical transition processes, to the concern of the Biden team. Yet publicly, Mr. Biden and his aides are seeking to project steadiness. They have ignored Mr. Trump’s tweets, they are building out a White House staff and they are working to model how a shift away from four years of presidential tumult can be done — and how Mr. Biden is likely to behave once he is in the White House.“He is not going to get his knickers in a twist around Donald Trump’s bad manners,” said former Senator Carol Moseley Braun, Democrat of Illinois, who served in the Senate with Mr. Biden. “He knows that he’s going to be president on the 20th of January.” – Advertisement –last_img read more