College celebrates heritage with Week

first_imgThis week, student groups are sponsoring Heritage Week, and students are encouraged to rediscover the campus’s history. The theme of the week is “The Avenue Always Leads You Home.” According to Student Activities Board (SAB) chief of staff Kelly Zenere, the Avenue is a universal symbol of Saint Mary’s. It sends students on new journeys, and welcomes them home, she said. The groups sponsoring the weeklong celebration include Campus Ministry, Resident Hall Association, SAB, Student Diversity Board and Student Government Association. Cassandra Palmer, SAB’s mission commissioner, said this week is all about remembering the history of Saint Mary’s. Palmer said the college stemmed from the Sisters of the Holy Cross, and it is important to keep them in mind when students think of Saint Mary’s heritage. “[The Saint Mary’s students] are the ones who keep our heritage alive,” Palmer said. Zenere said Heritage Week is held so the students don’t forget where they come from. For these reasons, each day’s events are centered on educating the students about Saint Mary’s rich history. On Monday the college archives will be on display in the Student Center. According to Palmer, there will be 24 large poster frames of photos from past to present, including a photo of the class of 1907. There will be a long sleeve T-shirt give-away on Monday in the Student Center, and archivist John Kovach will give a talk in the lounge from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. According to Zenere, Kovach will be hosting a questions and answers session. “[Bring] your ghost story questions,” she said. The Reidenger House will be open for tours and tea from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Space is limited, so students must sign up for times in the Student Center. On Wednesday, Sister Mary Louise “ML” Gude will be hosting three tours of the convent, and providing information on the history of the Sisters and the College, according to the schedule. Thursday, students are invited to share a meal with the nuns at the Heritage Dinner at 6:30 in Stapleton Lounge. At the dinner students are encouraged to ask questions, and listen to the stories of the Sisters themselves, Zenere said. Heritage Week will wind down with a S’more Meet and Greet with the Nuns in the Lillie O’Grady Room at 2 p.m. Friday. Zenere said this event is special because they are taking the event to the nuns. Since so many nuns are unable to leave the convent due to health issues, SAB thought it was important to move an event to a location the nuns could attend. “After all, they are the reason for the week,” Zenere said. Zenere and Palmer could not stress enough the importance of the week. “We are trying to, in a sense, abridge the ignorance of our heritage,” Zenere said. “We have such a rich history that we should be aware of.” “Saint Mary’s prides itself in forming strong, independent women … without these past strong, independent women, we wouldn’t be where we are now,” Palmer said.last_img read more

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Survival tips: How to achieve optimal results, pandemic or not – Part 1

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ron Jennings Ron is responsible for managing JMFA’s business strategies, including alliances and partner relationship development in support of national sales efforts. His extensive industry knowledge and experience in performance enhancement … Web: Details As the industry settles into a new normal—complete with unique operational challenges and service expectations—it’s more important than ever to implement tools and resources that can boost your performance results. Here are some tips to help you both offer more value to your members and achieve your revenue goals.Have a clear understanding of your optionsYou have choices when it comes to how you help members maintain their finances if an emergency or unexpected expense hits when they don’t have sufficient funds in their checking account. Some institutions may decide to implement an in-house overdraft solution that they maintain on their own; others may choose a product offered by their core provider; and others may opt for hands-off overdraft management products that utilize complex data matrices to assign user limits.At the surface, these options initially may seem easy to manage, convenient or attractive. But if they don’t provide continuous program management recommendations, on-going advice to support successful results for the long-term and offer a guaranteed-compliant program, the outcomes can be disappointing for everyone. Does your overdraft strategy communicate your program effectively to members? Are your employees empowered with confidence about its value? Are you seeing measurable improvement in your program’s performance? Develop a reliable revenue source to support growth and service improvementsEven before the onset of COVID-19, demand for more convenient banking services was on the rise. According to a survey by TransUnion, 61% of all consumer online banking transactions in 2019 were conducted on mobile phones—up from 28% in 2014. Changes in behavior brought on by the virus have expanded reliance on mobility even more as 35% of respondents to a Deloitte study indicated they have increased their usage of digital channels since the pandemic began.From a competitive standpoint, investments in digital banking and mobile capabilities can boost an institution’s viability in the marketplace. Other service improvements—like incorporating smart ATMs that live stream video teller support, installing virtual assistants that offer 24/7 service or updating software to improve credit and debit card functionality—increase convenience and efficiencies that can go a long way toward improving member satisfaction and retention. Revenue from a high-performing overdraft program can enable credit unions to update existing systems or acquire new products that improve overall operations and the member experience. For example, with a revenue increase of $500,000 a year, one New England-area credit union was able to complete a core conversion, offer a mobile application to give members more convenient access to their accounts and add a rewards component to its debit card program. Another credit union in the Northeast expanded its business lines while keeping member fees low, thanks to a significant increase in non-interest income. And another was able to implement new services including remote deposit capture, online loan applications and mobile bill pay with the increased non-interest income its overdraft program provided. Are there product, service or infrastructure improvements that could enhance the way you do business and serve your members? Does your overdraft program offer sustainable revenue to help fund the service improvements necessary to stay competitive?Utilize comprehensive training to strengthen mission-driven outcomesFully trained, confident employees are key to successful overdraft program results. If your internal trainers don’t understand the value your program brings to members who face occasional financial difficulties, lack access to the latest regulatory updates, or are unable to instill confidence in staff to ensure consistent explanations about program details, your performance and service levels could suffer. The leadership of one Midwestern credit union realized that not all employees accepted the value of the institution’s overdraft program. In fact, some individuals even had a tendency not to offer the privilege to members, based on their own biases. Changing that negative mindset became a goal for the institution because of its philosophy that product decisions should be made based on what was in the members’ best interest, not employee opinions.With the help of a structured, in-person employee training program that focused on key aspects of how a consumer-focused overdraft program should work, the negative feelings diminished. Access to live remote trainer support and customized training manuals that spelled out how a properly managed program can benefit both the institution and its members increased employees’ confidence. Additionally, incorporating role-play exercises into the training curriculum reinforced their ability to effectively explain proper program usage. Are you relying on internal employees to develop your training program? Do you have a plan in place for keeping the information and training methods they utilize up to date? Do you have a strategy for what you would do if your designated trainer leaves your organization?Avoid leaving your overdraft program potential to chanceThe potential for improvement in revenue, member service experiences and employee knowledge and confidence can be amplified substantially when you partner with a proven expert that has completed thousands of successful program implementations. Stay tuned for Survival Tips, Part 2, which will focus on how maintaining compliance standards and utilizing technology and program management techniques effectively will help you achieve even greater performance results during the pandemic and lead to sustained success in the future. In the meantime, here are some additional examples of successful overdraft program results.last_img read more

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Ghana appoint new Black Stars coach

first_imgRelatedPosts Ghana FA fires all national teams’ coaching staff Ghana’s Gyan available for Nations Cup after president intervenes Bottom League 1 side dump West Ham out of FA Cup The Ghana Football Association has appointed Charles ‘CK’ Akonnor as its new national team coach to replace Kwesi Appiah. Akonnor is a former captain of Ghana and spent much of his playing career in Germany with stints at Fortuna Koln and Wolfsburg among others. Most recently he was part of Appiah’s coaching staff with the Black Stars. He has also taken charge of clubs in Ghana, including the country’s two best-supported teams, Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko, the latter being the most recent. His first competitive games will be 2022 World Cup qualifiers in March. The draw for the group stages will be on January 21, 2020. David Duncan, who has also coached both Kotoko and Hearts as well as Ghana’s under-23 and under-17 sides, has been appointed as Akonnor’s assistant. The GFA has also appointed coaches for the other national teams under its control with Mercy Tagoe returning to her job in charge of the senior national women’s team, the Black Queens. Earlier in January the GFA removed all of its national team coaches, at all levels of the game, including Appiah and all his assistants, which included Appiah’s contract not being renewed. The association said the drastic move was “in line with the vision” of its new administration to allow it to evaluate the situation.Tags: Charles ‘CK’ AkonnorGhana Football AssociationKwesi Appiahlast_img read more

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Syracuse football recruiting: 2016 OL Liam O’Sullivan flips from Cincinnati to SU

first_img#Syracuse #?— Liam O’Sullivan (@biggie_sulls) December 14, 2015 Published on December 14, 2015 at 6:10 pm Contact Paul: | @pschweds O’Sullivan is the third player to commit to Syracuse since the hiring of head coach Dino Babers. Earlier on Monday, offensive linemen Cam DeGeorge and Noel Brouse decommitted from Syracuse. O’Sullivan joins Airon Servais and Sam Heckel as SU’s 2016 offensive line commits.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Maine South (Illinois) High School product, who is listed at 6 feet 7 inches and 237 pounds, is ranked with three stars and as the 129th best offensive tackle in the 2016 class, according to’s composite rankings. O’Sullivan also had an offer from Bowling Green, Babers’ former school. He originally committed to Cincinnati on June 17. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Class of 2016 offensive lineman Liam O’Sullivan has flipped his commitment from Cincinnati to Syracuse. O’Sullivan is now the third offensive lineman in SU’s 2016 class and 13th overall.last_img read more

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