Faculty Council meeting held April 13

first_imgOn April 13 the members of the Faculty Council discussed the rescission of degrees. They also heard a review of the Standing Committee on Undergraduate Educational Policy and discussed attendance at meetings of the Faculty.The Council next meets on April 27. The preliminary deadline for the May 3 meeting of the Faculty is April 19 at noon.last_img

Inside Marketing: 5 parts to your credit union’s story

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A genuine, authentic message is powerful.by: Mike LawsonIf you’ve read any marketing-type newsletters or blogs over the last couple years, chances are you digested quite a bit of “content marketing” fodder. It’s the new marketing, many have said. Maybe, maybe not – but it can be quite effective, indeed.Telling your credit union’s story is genuine, authentic and can be very powerful. Your members enjoy helpful, peer-type stories that directly relate to them and their circumstances. This is where knowing your audience comes in handy. But when it comes to finances, money issues are virtually universal, as many of us need all the help we can get – me included! And I love my credit union for being there as a financial resource.OK, now that we know how important storytelling for your CU is, you want to tell your CU’s tale to the masses for them to engage, relate, and act. But what most of those marketing newsletters and blogs aren’t telling you are the five essential parts to your organization’s story that help you connect with your audience. continue reading »last_img read more

Strategic Planning: Tidbits for success

first_imgHigh-performing organizations use a few basic practices to help them move goals and objectives from their planning event into reality.by: Deedee Myers, Ph.D.Creating and delivering on a viable strategic plan is hard work. It requires blending abstract objectives with effective action, plus an engaged and committed workforce. High-performing organizations use a few basic practices that support their ongoing success in moving goals and objectives from their planning event into reality. Here are a few to consider:Involve the DoersRather than using solely a top-down approach in deciding what objectives should be presented at the strategic planning event, include all employees in the organization. Create a process whereby each level and function in the organization helps identify the opportunities and challenges.Many credit unions include senior-level management throughout the entire strategic planning process and mid-management in the pre-event work. I see superb strategic planning outcomes when there is also a viable process for tapping the levels that report to mid-management—including the employees who meet and support the members EVERY day. Front-line staff hear what is important, and this is valuable information.Commit to Ongoing Strategic PlanningThis weekend I had an opportunity to be part of the process as a board interviewed CEO candidates. One of the questions the board asked was, “How often should we do strategic planning?” These high-performing professionals concluded that a strategic-planning mindset is a daily practice. Here are some ideas: continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

2017-18 CUNA Technology Council Executive Committee named

first_img continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA Technology Council formally presented the 2017-2018 Executive Committee at this year’s CUNA Technology Council Conference and CUNA Operations & Member Experience Council Conference on September 30 co-located in Phoenix.The full roster of the 2017-2018 CUNA Technology Council Executive Committee includes:Mike Atkins, chair, CUNA Technology Council Executive Committee and chief information officer, Bellco CU and, CEO, Open Technology Solutions, Centennial, Colo.;Chris Saneda, vice chair, CUNA Technology Council Executive Committee and executive vice president, technology and digital innovation, Virginia CU, Richmond, Va.;last_img

Casting a new line: fishing tournament goes virtual

first_imgTreasurer of the Owego Hose Team John Loftus said all safety information was made available people, and that participants were asked to maintain a safe distance between each other. Saturday marked the Inaugural Virtual Trout Derby, an event encouraging people to get outside, but also to maintain safe practices to stop the spread of the coronavirus. “To continue to create community events, get people out, good cause, have some fun, and create something year after year and look forward to,” Loftus said. While in-person fishing may be more traditional, Loftus sees the event as one that could catch on in the future. The winner of the Brown Trout competition was Bob Haskell, who caught a 17,7/8″ trout. “Honestly I believe the right thing to do for the fishery is to do it where the fish are documented on a smart phone or something and then released back in,” Smith said. “That way we aren’t taking a bunch of trout out of the system.” “Well this far into it, I think everyone is grasping for something to do to keep their minds at ease,” said co-chair of the event Brandon Smith. Participants signed up on the Owego Hose Team’s Facebook page and were given a check-in IDFisherman went down to the Owego Creek’s east and west ends to fish for Brooke and Brown troutIf a trout was caught, the fisherman took a picture of the fish next to a measuring unit and submitted it to either the Owego Hose Team’s FB page or their email account with their check-in IDFrom there, the fisherman then released the fish back into the water as part of the tournament’s catch and release emphasiscenter_img Here’s how the tournament works: Smith explained most fishing derbies are done through a weigh-in process or by checking in fish, but believes this is an environment-friendly event. “All the documentation we put out is pay attention to the PAUSE effect in New York, pay attention to social distancing, take all the proper precautions,” Loftus said. The tournament ran from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m with the winner receiving a $100 grand prize for the largest trout caught. OWEGO (WBNG) — When the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the Owego Hose Team from hosting a chicken BBQ and a fishing tournament, they didn’t let it stop them, instead choosing to cast a new line into a new pond: virtual fishing. The winner of the Brooke Trout was Jimmy Wagner, who caught a 10, 3/4″ trout.last_img read more

Town of Maine farmstead once part of the Underground Railroad

first_imgTOWN OF MAINE (WBNG) — Friday was Juneteenth across the United States, but the Southern Tier’s history with equality dates back to long ago. Built in 1851, the Cyrus Gates Farmstead in the Town of Maine has long been rumored as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Beukema said when he moved in, he found a hidden compartment in a closet that led to a secret room twenty feet long. Because the house was built before Prohibition, and there was no running water or electricity at the time, he hasn’t been able to find a viable reason for the room other than to potentially hide runaways. Historian Stephen Beukema owned and lived on the farmstead from 1994 to 2017. He said with all of the research he has done, along with oral histories of the land, there’s little doubt these stories are true.center_img Beukema said the Southern Tier was perfectly situated along the route from the South to Canada, and Harriet Tubman herself traveled through the area on several occasions. “You look at little things and you piece them together,” said Beukema, a former Whitney Point history teacher and current Village of Owego historian. “Is there an ‘oh, yeah’ moment where you can say absolutely? No, but there’s a lot of pieces that make it credible.”last_img read more

Street light pole damaged, police respond to crash at Johnson City library

first_imgOur crew on the scene said a light pole was knocked down on the library’s front lawn. When our 12 News crew arrived a car with damage was being taken away from the scene. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Police were on the scene of a crash by the Your Home Public Library in Johnson City Monday afternoon.center_img No word on any injuries.last_img

PLSA backs indefinite pension fund exemption from clearing

first_imgThe European Commission should offer pension funds an indefinite exemption from clearing derivatives, the UK’s industry body has argued.According to the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), pension funds should be offered more than time-limited exemption from central clearing, until such a point as the industry develops “satisfactory” ways to enable clearing.Pension funds are currently exempt from clearing until 2017, the second exemption offered under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). However, the wording of the law only allows for two exemptions, leading the PLSA to urge that the exemption be maintained indefinitely. The European Commission is currently working on a number of ways to facilitate central clearing for pension funds but has yet to set out a definite solution.The idea of an indefinite exemption is not shared by all pension funds, and the Dutch pension provider PGGM suggested recently that it was in favour of a “robust” central clearing framework that functioned well when markets were under stress.The PLSA’s call for an indefinite exemption comes after the UK Investment Association urged further action around clearing for pension funds.In its own response to the European Commission’s consultation on the current regulatory framework for financial services, which closed at the end of last month, the industry body for UK asset managers warned that if pension providers stopped using derivatives, they would end up increasing their risk exposure.The association’s submission noted that pension funds needed to liquidate holdings to meet the margin calls, as they were not traditionally invested in cash.“This would increase liquidity risk within the market, especially at times of stress, and could force pension funds to sell out of assets when asset prices are likely to be falling,” it said.The submission also questioned the risk associated with the requirement that only half of collateral for non-cleared trades be from a single sovereign.It argued that it left UK pension funds, and other non-euro member state investors, at a disadvantage, as they would be forced to employ collateral from a second currency.The association said the arrangement would leave investors exposed to increased currency risk.last_img read more

DP World Plans to Build New River Port in Serbia

first_imgDeputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Zorana Mihajlovic, and DP World Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation on the river ports development projects.During a press conference, held at the Press Council of the Government of Serbia, Mihajlovic said that after 40 years, the state will begin to invest in the construction of river ports, and that these investments are worth more than €200 million.She also pointed out that this company from the United Arab Emirates could start building a new port in Serbia next year, and that a feasibility study will show whether their investment will include location in Novi Sad, Smederevo or Belgrade.In April 2018, the Serbian Government also signed a contract with local company JVP Beogradvode for the construction of a passenger port on the Danube river in Zemun, a suburb of Belgrade.A total of €1.3 million will be invested in the project, which will allow Belgrade to double its capacity for handling river cruise passengers.[mappress mapid=”25167″]last_img read more

Tottenham hammer Celtic

first_imgRoberto Soldado and Erik Lamela were among the goalscorers as Tottenham thrashed Celtic 6-1 in Saturday’s friendly in Helsinki. A flurry of goals early in the second half saw Jonathan Douglas and Andre Gray put the home team 2-0 up and Palace then draw level through Glenn Murray and Marouane Chamakh. Moses Odubajo subsequently notched the winner. A Stoke XI drew 0-0 at Burton and West Brom went down 1-0 at Nottingham Forest courtesy of a Matty Fryatt goal. Charlie Austin and Junior Hoilett scored a brace apiece in QPR’s 4-0 win at Shamrock Rovers, while summer recruit Marvin Sordell’s effort steered Burnley to a 1-0 triumph at Blackpool. Leicester drew 1-1 at Preston, with Liam Moore’s goal cancelled out by a Tom Clarke header. Aston Villa slumped to a 4-1 defeat away against Dutch side Groningen after conceding two goals in the opening eight minutes. Both of those were scored by Tjaronn Chery, and Jarchinio Antonia then made it 3-0 on the half-hour. Charles N’Zogbia responded with a free-kick with around 15 minutes to go, but Groningen were not done and Dino Islamovic added their fourth in the last few seconds. Competing in the same Schalke Cup tournament as Newcastle, West Ham drew 0-0 with the host club at the Veltins Arena before triumphing 7-6 on penalties. The Hammers had survived a few scares during the 90 minutes, with their German opponents hitting the woodwork twice. Midfielder Lamela – who, like Soldado, is looking to bounce back after a disappointing first season with the London club – made it 4-1 just before the hour mark. And a Christian Eriksen free-kick and Emmanuel Adebayor penalty wrapped up the rout in the last 10 minutes, while Celtic’s misery was compounded by a red card for Efe Ambrose – his second this week, having been dismissed in Wednesday’s Champions League qualifier against Legia Warsaw. Newcastle, playing at Schalke’s Veltins Arena, conceded three goals in 18 first-half minutes en route to a 3-1 loss to Spanish side Malaga. Sergi Darder opened the scoring in the 25th minute with a long-range strike that went in off the woodwork. Samu Castillejo volleyed in at the far post in the 32nd minute and the same man then netted a deflected effort towards the end of the half before Gabriel Obertan fired in a consolation on the hour. Summer signing Bafetimbi Gomis was on the scoresheet for Swansea as they beat Reading 3-1 at the Madejski Stadium. The France striker provided a cool finish to seal the victory in the second half. Wayne Routledge had earlier – after Wilfried Bony crashed a penalty against the crossbar – scored twice in three minutes to put the Swans in charge, with the hosts replying through a Nick Blackman wonderstrike. Crystal Palace suffered a 3-2 defeat at Championship newcomers Brentford. Spurs raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to efforts from frontmen Harry Kane and Soldado in the fourth and 11th minutes respectively. Jamie Lindsay pulled a goal back for Celtic in the 43rd, but a minute later Lewis Holtby restored the two-goal cushion and Tottenham kept the momentum going after the break. Press Associationlast_img read more