A leap across the pond

first_imgMichael George ’15 says his passion is a personal one. Growing up in the Philippines, George lived a divided life — his parents’ employers would pay for him to go to a private American school, while his best friend took a Jeepney to the local school. George left the Philippines for Harvard, while his friend stayed behind — and that’s stayed with him.“As an American who grew up overseas in the developing world, it was eye-opening for me to move home and realize that, in one of the richest countries in world, 1 in 4 children live in poverty and that 1 out of 4 will remain there as adults,” he said.When George departs Harvard, he’ll head to England on a prestigious Marshall Scholarship to study comparative social policy at the University of Oxford and economic history at the London School of Economics.Anna Hagen ’15 will be nearby. Hagen, an English concentrator by way of Brooklyn, “fell in love with language as a kid.” Along with her study of literature, Hagen has immersed herself in theater at Harvard. After the Boston Marathon bombings, she produced Euripides’ “The Bacchae,” she said, “not only because I wanted to make sense of its frenzied chorus and long, poetic messenger speeches, but because I felt in need of the play’s strength and exuberance.”Under the direction of Professor Amy Hempel, Hagen is working on a book of short stories for her senior thesis; with her Marshall Scholarship she plans to pursue a master’s degree in contemporary English literature at the University of Cambridge and a secondary master’s degree in theater marking at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.“I’m passionate about storytelling, and the Marshall means the chance to think about what stories I want to tell, and how best to tell them,” said Hagen. “I look forward to immersing myself in another culture and learning from a vibrant community of friends and scholars. I expect the next two years to be life-changing.”Up to 40 students are selected annually for Marshall Scholarships, which support young Americans in graduate studies in the United Kingdom.“I’m drawn to the U.K. not only because of the incredible academic opportunities, but also because the U.K. is at the forefront of innovative public policy,” said George. “Being there will allow me to see how I can apply these ideas elsewhere.”Both George and Hagen are still getting their heads around the honor.“I was racing out of Lowell dining hall to get to the Loeb Theater and to the last performance of ‘Three Sisters,’ the show I spent the semester directing, when I got the phone call,” recalled Hagen. “My heart was pounding. My legs felt like Jell-O. I couldn’t believe it. I gave the phone to a friend so I would know it was real. I still don’t quite believe it.”“When it finally hit me what the person on the other end of the line was saying, I was overwhelmed,” said George. “I could kind of feel the course of my life shifting beneath my feet.”last_img read more

Notre Dame to confer seven honorary degrees

first_imgEditor’s note: A version of the story appeared online March 3.Notre Dame will confer seven honorary degrees at this year’s commencement ceremony, the University announced in a press release Wednesday.Diane Nash, Rita Colwell, Richard Notebaert, Arturo Sandoval, Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Pauline Yu will join U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the 2015 commencement speaker, as honorary degree recipients.Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2011 to 2015, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.Nash, a civil rights movement leader, will also receive a doctor of laws. Nash helped shaped the Selma right-to-vote movement that eventually led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, according to the press release. She also participated in peaceful protests of the Vietnam War and worked in support of women’s rights.Colwell, a molecular microbiologist, will receive a doctor of science. Colwell’s work focuses on global infectious diseases, water and health and is a highly-sought after counselor on science policy and education matters, according to the press release. She is the Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, has authored or co-authored 17 books and more than 800 scientific publications and has been awarded 61 honorary degrees.Notebaert, chair of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees, will receive a doctor of laws. Notebaert is the retired chair and CEO of Qwest Communications International. During his time as chair, the University has provided more financial aid, welcomed more diverse groups of incoming students and launched the Campus Crossroads construction project, the press release stated.The University will honor Arturo Sandoval, an internationally acclaimed jazz and classical musician and composer, with a doctor of fine arts. Sandoval, who began playing the trumpet at age 12 at his home in Cuba, has since received 10 Grammy Awards, six  Billboard Awards, an Emmy Award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013, according to the release.Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington D.C., will receive an honorary doctor of laws. Wuerl was appointed a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI in March 2010 and is a chair of the Board of Trustees of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, according to the release.The University will award an honorary doctor of humanities to Pauline Yu, president of the American Council of Learned Societies, a private, nonprofit federation of 73 national scholarly organizations that represent American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences, according to the release. Yu previously served as dean of humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles and has taught at the University of California, Irvine, Columbia University and the University of Minnesota.The commencement ceremony will be held on May 15.Tags: Commencement 2016, commencement honorary degrees, Honorary degreeslast_img read more

Long Island Blizzard May Dump Up to 36 Inches of Snow

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A blizzard is forecast to dump more than three feet of snow on Long Island with wind gusts up to 65 mph starting Monday, with the blowing snow potentially causing whiteout conditions.The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning from 1 p.m. Monday to 12 a.m. Wednesday for Nassau and Suffolk counties, where 24 to 36 inches is possible, forecasters said. There is also a coastal flood watch in effect from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday.“Heaviest snow and strongest winds will occer overnight Monday into Tuesday,” meteorologists from the agency’s Upton office said in a statement, which added that the storm could be crippling, historic and life threatening. “Secondary and tertiary roads may become impassable. Strong winds may down power lines and tree limbs.”The same storm is expected to impact the Mid-West before blanketing parts of New England. It may be the biggest storm to hit the region since a blizzard dumped a record-breaking nearly three feet of snow on parts of LI two years ago.The blizzard warning means the heavy snowfall is likely to combine with sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph may reduce visibility to a quarter of a mile or less at times. The storm is likely to cancel flights, make driving dangerous and could impact Long Island Rail Road service.When the storm is expected to hit Monday afternoon, temperatures are forecast to be in the 20s with wind chill values in the teens. Those temps are predicted to hold through Tuesday, when it may drop down into the teens after sundown.Once the storm passes, Wednesday is forecast  to be sunny before a 30-percent chance of snow returns Thursday night. The weekend forecast includes sunny skies in the 30s for Friday and Saturday.last_img read more

3 words describing the modern business development professional

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Today will examine words that describe the modern business development professional. In the same vein, this is not a scientific or comprehensive list. Rather, it is simply intended as an introductory and 30,000 foot view of terms relevant to business development professionals in the year 2015. As you may recall from an earlier post, the smarmy sales guy is dead.Not-Smarmy. Yes, I realize that is really two words, but there’s a hyphen in between, which helps. Far from the business development person of decades past, the modern business development professional cannot rely solely on a sales emphasis. Today, business development professionals will identify more closely with relationship building and partnership nurturing, over sales. Rather than purely pushing revenue numbers up, today’s business development professional looks to match products and services with potential consumers. Enhanced revenue is a natural byproduct of this re-imagined job function. You must be real, authentic and genuinely able to empathize with the consumer.Civic. In the past, business development professionals worked in silos like boardrooms, back-offices and the occasional golf course. Today, they must strive to be a much more visible element of the communities in which they live and work. continue reading »last_img read more

How to manage outsourced marketing projects like a boss

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Hilary Reed Hilary Reed, founder of EmpowerFi, is an innovative thought-leader who has been involved in various aspects of strategic sales and marketing for 15 years. Her career began in 2000 when … Web: www.empowerfi.org Details Outsourcing for marketing isn’t new news, but it is really smart news. At EmpowerFi, we’re an outsourced marketing firm ourselves and we’ve worked with dozens upon dozens of organizations. We’ve seen the successes and the potential pitfalls that are possible between two united yet technically individual teams. So trust us when we say that these are tried and tested ways of managing your energy and ensuring that you work together cohesively to crush your goals.Essentially you want to nail communication, align your expectations, and trust in the people you’ve invested in to work their magic. Let’s dig a little deeper into how you do just that. COMMUNICATION, COMMUNICATION, COMMUNICATIONSet aside dedicated time to communicate regarding projects. Don’t just communicate on an as-needed basis. Set regular meeting times, and outside of that, set specific times to review proofs and send edits/approvals each week so that work doesn’t fall behind and so that your external teams don’t feel like they must constantly follow up to obtain changes. Setting a schedule for this helps to reduce or eliminate the time-consuming back and forth and ramp up productivity for everyone involved. Which leads us to… FOLLOW A SYSTEMCreate a form or a project outline so that all parties are clear on the needs, desires, and specifications of the project. Set dates and “by-whens” for the projected/expected completion of a task or deadline. This is another communication stream and clarity is key. Remember that quality often takes time and projects may include a number of partners with independent timelines. When possible, structure lead time into your system from the start. *PRO TIP – we use platforms like Asana, Wrike, AirTable, and iMind Map. STAND FOR YOUR BRANDIt is your responsibility to align the people you’ve hired with the identity of your brand, and their responsibility to maintain that identity through whatever content, material, etc. they create on your behalf. Be as thorough and in-depth as possible when bringing them into the character of your brand. AIM FOR THE GOALSet goals and/or KPI’s so you all know whether or not you’re tracking towards success, and how to shift gears when necessary to stay on track. What’s the main objective of your continent creation, reason for creating the campaign? Make sure your content creation is as strategic as possible and that your article/campaign messaging, project verbiage has an objective that delivers value. Ask yourself: if you don’t have specific goals in mind for a campaign (i.e. new member growth, loan growth, e-statement adoption, etc.), then why are you creating the campaign in the first place? LET THE EXPERTS WORKYou can’t save your way to growth. Hire the right team and let them do what they do best. If you had the resources to do it yourself, you would have. So, once you’ve brought in the pros and have done everything you can to set them up for success, entrust them to do what you hired them to. Micromanaging places a limit on the value you hired them to bring to the table. MAKE IT PERSONALThese are real people you’re working with, not robots or machines you throw money at to accomplish a task. They are on your team and their job is to support your vision and impact in the world. Get to know who they are, invest in the actual person behind the job title. Communicate and engage with respect, patience, and care like you’d treat any other human being who was doing something to help and support you.The bottom line is to keep the awareness that you’re actually on the same team front and center. You might work in separate offices; you might even work in separate time zones, but when your goals, expectations, and intentions are aligned, your outsourced marketing experts can be the greatest asset you acquire.last_img read more

Travelers in Java ignore ‘mudik’ ban, bringing coronavirus home

first_imgGanjar asserted that going on mudik secretly would be dangerous to travelers’ health as well as risking others’ lives. He called on people under his jurisdiction to be open in communicating with officials if they had to go home under urgent circumstances.“If you really have to go home, you should request a letter of permission. I think the government will wisely consider it,” he said, asking that residents should stay where they were while the government distributed necessary social aid.Ganjar said he had asked regents, mayors and village heads across Central Java to prepare health protocols and quarantine places for travelers who returned to their hometowns.According to the Jakarta Police, the number of vehicles leaving Jakarta increased two days prior to the enforcement of the mudik ban on Friday. Once the policy was imposed, the traffic police had asked around 1,200 motorists attempting to leave Greater Jakarta to turn around, as reported by kompas.com.The number of vehicles told to turn around amounted to 3,300 on Sunday, as revealed by Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus.Authorities have set up checkpoints in several locations across Java to monitor the flow of vehicles between cities and provinces following the mudik ban.People found violating the ban were subject to the maximum punishment of fines amounting to Rp 100 million (US$6,490) and a year’s imprisonment, as stipulated in the 2018 Health Quarantine Law. (syk) The governor added that he had received a report from the Cilacap regent, who said that some people recently arrived the regency despite the mudik ban had tested positive for COVID-19.Cilacap Health Agency head Pramesti Griana Dewi confirmed that eight residents of Cimanggu district tested positive for the disease. They had traveled to Cilacap in the same car from Jakarta.The travelers had tested positive following a rapid test and were now declared patients under surveillance (PDPs). They would undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to make sure of their medical status.“We will announce if the swab test results come back positive,” Pramesti told tribunnews.com on Sunday, adding that the eight patients showed no medical symptoms of having contracted the coronavirus. Many residents of regions across Java have been ignoring the government’s mudik (exodus) ban and are insisting on traveling home undetected, even though some are testing positive for COVID-19 upon arriving in their respective hometowns.Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said he had received reports and photographs showing travelers returning to their hometowns across the province, with some coming by dangerous means.“Some have put their cars inside trucks and covered them with other stuff. There were also some who traveled in a container [on the back of a truck], although that’s not confirmed yet,” Ganjar said on Tuesday in Semarang.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Italy registers highest number of coronavirus cases since May

first_img“I don’t want to look like the one blaming young people, there are certain episodes that have struck me,” like nine young people who tested positive after returning from Croatia.”Every day we receive reports of this type,” Galli said.The highest number of cases were reported in the northern Veneto and Lombardy regions, with 159 and 154 and in Rome’s Lazio region with 115. “We are not in as bad a position as France and Spain, but the current situation is not satisfactory,” said Professor Massimo Galli, who heads the infectious diseases department at Milan’s prestigious Sacco hospital.”The end of confinement has resulted in an excessive feeling of false security,” he told the La Repubblica newspaper.Italy in May emerged from a severe lockdown after becoming one the first European countries to report cases of COVID-19.We have to be careful, otherwise we will find ourselves facing an extremely difficult situation,” Galli warned, pointing particularly to returning travellers over the summer vacation. Topics :center_img Italy has recorded its highest number of coronavirus infections since May 23, with 845 new cases reported over the last day, health ministry officials said Thursday.The new high comes after the health ministry on Wednesday counted 642 new cases, confirming an upward curve.Six people also died over the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 35,418 in a total of 256,118 cases, health officials added.last_img read more

Homicide try suspect falls

first_imgThe suspect was detained in the lockupfacility of the Cauayan police station. The 61-year-old Claro Diamante ofBayawan City, Negros Oriental was caught on the strength of an arrest warranton Dec. 9, a police report showed. Bacolod City – Charged with attempted homicide, a man was arrestedin Barangay Poblacion, Cauayan, Negros Occidental. A P36,000 bail bond was recommendedfor Diamante’s temporary liberty./PN Officers of the municipal policestation served the warrant issued by Judge Conrado Estreller Jr. of theMunicipal Trial Court dated April 22.last_img read more

Chinese tourist, flight crew ‘isolated’ in Aklan hospital

first_imgThe 23-year-old flight attendant whohad a travel history to Wuhan City, China on Jan. 21 was isolated fordeveloping cough after three days. The crew was quarantined in a private roomsince Jan. 30, authorities said. BORACAY – Authorities are closelymonitoring two persons at the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital inKalibo, Aklan for exhibiting “flu-like symptoms” amid growing fears from the 2019novel coronavirus (2019 nCoV). “They had no flu-like symptoms andthey will be closely monitored also in China,” he added. Four of them had close contacts with a“coronavirus patient” in Hong Kong.(Witha report from Akean Forum/PN) Dr. Cornelio Cuachon Jr. of theProvincial Health Office in Aklan (PHO-Aklan) said seaports and airports in theprovince were on heightened alert against the nCoV. Meanwhile, a flight attendant fromPalawan with travel history in Taiwan and Shanghai, China, denied she wasquarantined in the Aklan provincial hospital, saying she was in the hospital toget her medical clearance on Jan. 31.   “Magiging drastic ang pagbaba ngnumero ng flights at arrivals ng visitors natin in Kalibo airport. Lahatng flights to China are suspended until further notice,” he added. Cuachon said PHO-Aklan is closelycoordinating with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines and theBureau of Quarantine to monitor travelers from other countries. Meanwhile, a 17-year-old Chinese maletourist was also brought to the Aklan provincial hospital after experiencing“flu-like symptoms,” they added. Authorities are closely monitoring two persons at the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital in Kalibo, Aklan for exhibiting “flu-like symptoms” amid growing fears from the 2019 novel coronavirus. AKEAN FORUM They boarded China Eastern Airlinesaround 2:40 p.m. at the Kalibo International Airport on a four-hour flight toChengdu, China. Monserate said the cancellation ofaround 20 commercial flights was a precautionary measure to help prevent thespread of the coronavirus, which has killed hundreds of people in mainlandChina.  Last Jan. 28, three foreigners weredischarged from the Aklan provincial hospital after the results of their testsfor 2019 nCoV came out negative. Cuachon said the tourists were fit totravel after they secured medical clearances from the attending doctors. Kalibo airport manager Engr. EusebioMonserate Jr. said passengers flying to and from Shanghai, Tianjin, Fuzhou,Chengdu, Peking, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Changsha, and Wuhan in China on Feb. 1 wereaffected by the indefinite cancellation of flights. The foreigners, who were spendingtheir vacation in Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan were tracked down by healthauthorities. On the otherhand, 11 Chinese touristsunder medical observation in Kalibo, Aklan have returned to China on Jan. 31.last_img read more

Unique awards for Late Model, Deery drivers highlight Integra’s 10th season as IMCA sponsor

first_imgBoth the first and second place drivers in combined Late Model national and tour point standings receive $350 product certificates from the Coopersville, Mich., manufacturer. COOPERSVILLE, Mich. – Integra Racing Shocks continues a unique program of awards for Late Model and Deery Brothers Sumer Series drivers in 2019, its 10th season as an IMCA sponsor. IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod drivers also earn Integra awards based on regional or national point standings.  Information about the complete line of Integra shocks, springs and accessories is available at the www.integrashocksandsprings.com website, by calling 800 472-2464 and on Facebook. “Integra Racing Shocks has a long history of involvement with IMCA,” said Marketing Coordinator Anna Daugherty. “We are happy to continue that tradition in 2019 with awards for the competitors who support our products.”  Integra awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.center_img “It is always great to see the wide variety of drivers that Integra recognizes and this year it may be even more diverse with the expanded Late Model geography,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder noted. “We are excited to get the season underway.” Certificates good for $350, $250 and $150 go to top three eligible drivers in each of the five re­gions for Modifieds, both Stock Car regions and both Hobby Stock regions, and to top three driv­ers in national Northern SportMod and Southern SportMod standings.  Drivers in all six divisions must compete with four Integra shocks and springs, display two Integra decals on their race car and return a sign-up form to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1 to be eligi­ble. Third and fourth place drivers in combined points each get $250 product certificates and fifth and sixth place drivers both earn $150 product certificates.last_img read more