University throws 100 Days Dance to celebrate class of 2018’s remaining time as students

first_imgSenior Class Council hosted its second annual “100 Days Dance” in the Dahnke Ballroom in Duncan Student Center on Thursday night. The dance marks the final 100 days of school at Notre Dame for the class of 2018, and seniors were invited to join in reminiscing on their 3 1/2 years together. Chris Collins | The Observer The class of 2018 gathered in the Duncan Student Center on Thursday to celebrate the last 100 days of their time as Notre Dame students.Senior Class Council secretary Matthew Peters said he was excited for the class of 2018 to have access to the newly-completed Duncan Student Center for the second installment of this dance.“The space is unbelievably classy and the facilities are top-notch, so moving to Duncan seemed like the right move — it was a no brainer,” Peters said. “Furthermore, we believe that an on-campus venue would continue to bridge the gap between the senior off-campus community and those still on campus.”The dance, which overlooked Notre Dame Stadium, featured a DJ, professional photographer, photo booth and hors d’oeuvres such as chocolate-covered strawberries, mini tacos, pot stickers and cupcakes.In addition to the prime location, Peters said he hoped the free shuttle service offered for the dance would attract off-campus seniors to the event.“We decided to provide a free shuttle service to safely and effectively draw off-campus seniors to Duncan the night of,” Peters said. “Our bus service makes a loop between Duncan, Irish Row to the east of campus, Eddy Street Commons to the south of campus and Dublin Village to the west of campus.”The main purpose of this event, Peters said, was for classmates to reflect on the memories made throughout their time at Notre Dame as their senior year begins to wind down.“More than anything, our goal with this event was to celebrate our last 3 1/2 years together at the greatest university in the world, all while remembering that our days here are numbered,” Peters said. “It is our hope that through this event, our classmates truly recognize and cherish every last day, every last experience and every last encounter at Our Lady’s University.”Senior Olivia Mikkelsen said the dance was a welcome burst of camaraderie in a nerve-wracking time for many members of the class of 2018.“I think it’s a scary, but exciting, time,” she said. “I feel like that’s a common theme around most seniors, but having a 100 Days Dance is a great way to bring everyone together and really have a collective experience of being seniors and being together and having this.”Senior Shane Ryan said the dance was the perfect opportunity to bring together students from many different groups in the senior class.“It’s great to celebrate getting through Notre Dame for four years with all these people,” he said. “People have different groups along the ways and it’s beautiful to see everything converge when you’re seniors and people all kind of finally get to know each other and all of a sudden you just have all these friends coming out of the woodworks and having a really great time.”Peters said the event took a considerable deal of planning, a duty made easier by the help of his Class Council task force — made up of seniors Sarah Ritten, Kelly Smith, Thomas Walsh, Alexandra Snyder, Andrea Bae and John Ahn — whose dedication he said helped make this dance possible.More important than the details of the dance, however, were the members of the class of 2018 and their memories of Notre Dame, Peters said.“Our measure of success does not come through ticket sales or the number of chocolate covered strawberries eaten,” he said. “Our measure of success will be the memories made among classmates — memories that we hope will last a lifetime.”Tags: 100 Days Dance, class of 2018, senior class councillast_img read more

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VCET to collaborate with incubator network

first_imgVCET to Collaborate With Business Incubator Network to Promote EconomicDevelopment StatewideSenator Patrick Leahy, Governor James Douglas, and University of Vermontpresident Daniel Mark Fogel announced March 29, 2004, the launch of the Vermont Center forEmerging Technologies, a multi-faceted initiative that will play acrucial role in diversifying Vermont’s economy and boosting economicdevelopment in the state.Senator Leahy secured an appropriation of $1 million to help launch thecenter, which will be located in Farrell Hall on the Trinity Collegecampus of the University of Vermont.VCET is a targeted small business development program designed to fosterthe success of new high-growth, high technology firms in Vermont. Theinitiative is designed to leverage UVM’s scientific and technologicalexpertise and specialty laboratory facilities and equipment, linkingclient companies to key faculty at the university and other academicinstitutions in the state; to an extensive network of private sectormentors and advisors; to private investment capital resources; and tostaff and student interns from the state’s academic institutions.While the initial VCET site will offer office space for select clientcompanies, plans call for a second phase of development that will provideaccess to a larger real estate component with flexible multi-tenantoffice, laboratory, and light production space. VCET also intends tocollaborate with a wide-ranging network of existing and planned businessincubators in Vermont to promote business formation and economicdevelopment statewide.“Our state faces many challenges, but perhaps none more important thanmaintaining our leadership in innovation and high technology,” said Leahy.“The Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies and the other Vermontincubators will tap the technology potential that we have in Vermont andtransform that into jobs.”“This center is a critical catalyst for Vermont’s economic developmentefforts,” said Governor Douglas. “It takes the innovative concepts ofVermonters and turns them into quality jobs.”“UVM has a key role to play as a driver of economic development inVermont,” said Fogel. “VCET will enable us, for the first time, to trulyharness the power of our research enterprise, the talent of our facultyand students, and the array of high tech labs and equipment we offer tohelp build a robust economy throughout Vermont and create jobs forVermonters.”“Vermont’s statewide higher education community is one of its strongestassets,” said L. Fred Hackett, vice chairman of Hackett Valine & MacDonaldand Yankee Insurance Group and chair of the VCET board. “VCET will enableus to tap the power of that resource for the benefit of Vermonters acrossthe state. With UVM’s research funding growing each year and the combinedsupport of the business and higher ed communities and state and federalgovernment, the time is right to move forward with this vitally importantenterprise.”Steep Rise in Research Dollars at UVMUVM has seen a steep rise in the amount of research funding it hasreceived from federal grants and contracts in recent years, with dollarsrising from just over $60 million in 1998 to nearly $120 million in 2003.With the VCET support infrastructure in place, this research shouldpresent significant technology transfer opportunities, resulting in newproducts and new companies to bring them to market, said Frances Carr,vice president for research and graduate studies at UVM.“In the past three years, UVM has issued nearly 80 invention disclosuresand licensed 26 patents,” she said. “VCET should help us build on thatstrong base and see a significant amount of new activity.”According to the Association of University Technology Managers, over 450companies were created nationally via technology transfer from universityresearch efforts in fiscal year 2000, with eight of ten in geographicproximity to the institution where the founding technologies werecreated.VCET and other business incubator projects are part of the Douglasadministration’s comprehensive strategy to foster business innovation andgrowth in Vermont. To date $500,000 in state funding has beenappropriated to support incubator initiatives, and Governor Douglas isrequesting an additional $125,000 in his FY05 budget specifically forVCET.In addition to VCET, other technology incubators in the state include theBennington Microtechnology Center; Middlebury College’s Digital Bridges;Diamond Edge Technology Incubator in Windsor; the Marlboro CollegeTechnology Center in Brattleboro; the National Center for the Study ofCounter-Terrorism and CyberCrime in Northfield; the SpringfieldSustainable Technology Business Incubator in Springfield; and the VermontBusiness Resource Center and Technology Business Incubator in Randolph.VCET will be a key component of a UVM-based umbrella organization calledthe Vermont Innovation Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship. Thealliance, a partnership that includes the state’s economic developmententities, its academic institutions, and groups like the VermontTechnology Council, is designed to serve as a portal to UVM, acceleratingtechnology commercialization, promoting entrepreneurship, and enhancingresearch effectiveness by breaking down institutional barriers andimproving communications and collaboration between businesses, government,and academic institutions statewide.The new Vermont Business Center, a joint effort of UVM’s School ofBusiness Administration and its Continuing Education division, will serveas educational partner for VCET. VBC is developing a specialentrepreneurship curriculum to support VCET.The Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies will be developed as aseparately incorporated not-for-profit entity (501©3) closely affiliatedwith UVM and other strategic partners around the state.For more information about VCET and the services it offers, call (800)639-3188.last_img read more

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Police Combat Operations in the Waters of Rio de Janeiro

first_imgBy Dialogo January 07, 2011 Good Info Cutting across the waves, the speedboats of the Air and Maritime Group of the Military Police of Rio de Janeiro State continue at high speed through the waters of Guanabara Bay in search of suspicious vessels. Heavily armed, the officers traverse the main locations during lengthy maritime combat patrols. Their actions are carried out unannounced, and the importance of their missions increases every day with the effective fight against crime put into place by the Rio Military Police. Throughout the year, thousands of vessels pass through Guanabara Bay. The majority of them remain anchored while waiting to dock at the port in the city of Rio de Janeiro. However, some carry illegal cargo, such as drugs, weapons, and ammunition, tossed from the ships to drug dealers and smugglers. It is believed that a significant portion of all illicit goods that reach the slums of Rio de Janeiro comes by sea. In order to suppress these activities, the Military Police of Rio de Janeiro State have an Air and Maritime Group (GAM) in the city of Niterói. Its maritime policing core has the mission of fighting environmental crimes, drug trafficking, and weapons smuggling and protecting Petrobras’s docked oil platforms and the ships of the Brazilian Navy’s base, preventing sabotage and terrorist attacks, like the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, from happening in Rio de Janeiro. The GAM operates four cabin speedboats, 43, 36, 32, and 26 feet in length, and six semi-rigid inflatable speedboats. Their crews are armed with FAL 7.62 and M4 5.56 rifles. These missions are very complex and dangerous. “Besides all the risks associated with police work, we also run nautical risks: shipwreck, drowning, ailments caused by exposure to the sun and the sea, accidents with semi-submerged rocks and while diving,” stated Capt. Joelmir dos Santos, head of the Maritime Policing Core. The ostentatious patrols carried out by the GAM have already engaged in combat innumerable times, as well as conducting maritime pursuit with the assistance of AS350 Squirrel helicopters from the same unit. In their area of activity, the speedboats board suspicious vessels. In Rio de Janeiro there are several roads near the sea, and some slums, such as those on Governador Island. Therefore, patrolling Guanabara Bay is as important as surveillance of the roads that lead to the city. “The task of policing includes supporting the various agencies and battalions in the coastal areas of Rio de Janeiro State, assisting in the environmental operations of the Forest Police Battalion of the Military Police of Rio de Janeiro State (Polícia Militar do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, PMERJ), the State Environment Secretariat, the Brazilian Environment and Natural Resources Institute (Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais, IBAMA), the State Environment Institute (Instituto Estadual do Ambiente, INEA), and the Brazilian Navy,” Joelmir said. Important liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals and various infrastructure under construction are located in Guanabara Bay, all under the responsibility of Petrobrás/Transpetro. This area also houses the anchorage of the Transpetro ships, where the police must keep alert for fishermen who tie up at the ships’ sterns, near the rudder and propeller, posing a risk to the offenders themselves as well as to maritime security. The GAM’s Maritime Policing Core participates annually in simulations of accidents and sabotage, since it is included in the National Plan for Port Security through the National Commission for Port Public Safety (Comissão Nacional de Segurança Pública dos Portos, COMPORTOS), in which it represents Rio de Janeiro State. With the increase in maritime policing activities, a new base has been set up at Angra dos Reis and will be responsible for all patrolling, inspection, and suppression activities in that area.last_img read more

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Nor’easter Could Dump 2-4 Inches of Snow on Long Island

first_imgA potential Nor’easter could briefly interrupt the first full week of spring and dump several inches of snow on Long Island Tuesday into Wednesday, forecasters said.The National Weather Service in Upton is monitoring the path of the storm, but at this point forecasters believe the coastal storm will remain far enough south that it won’t directly hit the Island. That means snowfall amounts could come in between 2-3 inches across most of Nassau and Suffolk counties, and up to 4 inches in the East End. “We’re not looking at what we call a significant snowfall” which is considered six inches or more, said NWS meteorologist Brian Ciemnecki. But the forecast could change significantly depending on the track of the storm. Tuesday’s forecast calls for a 50-percent chance of light snow after 1 p.m. with temperatures hovering above freezing. The likelihood of precipitation is greater from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday, with snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible, forecasters said. Wednesday is expected to be breezy with mostly sunny skies later in the day and temps in the high 30s. The mercury is expected to dip into the low 20s in the evening. Temperatures should kick back into the 40s on Thursday and remain in the 50s the rest of the week. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

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Senate panel to consider NAFCU-backed reg relief bill today

first_imgThe Senate Banking Committee today will mark up a NAFCU-backed regulatory reform bill that includes provisions offering relief under the member business lending cap and certain Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) disclosure requirements.NAFCU Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt sent a letter to the committee ahead of the hearing in support of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155).Hunt commended the legislation’s bipartisan support and inclusion of consumer protections while also reducing the regulatory burden credit unions face.The mark-up, which will also include a vote to advance the Fed chair nomination of Jerome Powell to the full Senate, begins at 10 a.m. Eastern. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Facility Solutions: CX + SX = PX

first_img continue reading » Customer service (or customer experience) engineering has become a core principle in the evolving design and operation of branches and remote delivery for most credit unions. Today, senior staff often includes CX managers with significant influence over all aspects of credit union planning, products and services, branch and virtual delivery, policies and procedures, staffing and staff training, and branch design.One of the most effective tools used to create high performance CX strategies and modes of operation is customer experience mapping. Mark Weber, CEO and chairman of CUES Supplier member Strum, Seattle, a marketing agency that works within the financial services industry, explains the process:“Our customer experience mapping work with huge credit unions like Vancity in Canada ($18 billion, Vancouver, British Columbia), and BECU in Washington ($19 billion, Tukwila), has found substantive changes to your model require a highly collaborative team … engaged in redefining banking. The collaborative processes we employ engineer every detail of your member experience, HR, operations, IT systems, investments, lending, mobile and technology … together with member onboarding to drive enhanced member experiences, higher profitability and to simplify banking at every step.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Istra Inspirit presented Croatian cultural heritage at the Storytelling Festival in Edinburgh

first_imgIstra Inspirit, as the only project of cultural and innovative tourism from Croatia, presented itself to the audience of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, which is being held for the 28th year in a row in Edinburgh – the City of the Festival.It is a renowned festival that brings together those eager for creative presentations of stories from around the world, thus connecting cultures, languages, generations and places. As part of this creative concept of storytelling and presentation of different cultures from around the world, Istra Inspirit was presented, presenting many stories, myths and legends from all over Croatia, performed by Petra B. Blašković and Frane Novljan, academic actors with many years of experience in performing Istra Inspirit experiences.The journey through Croatia began with Slavonia, and the revival of the legend of Perun and Veles, and continued with the legend of the Black Queen who created Plitvice Lakes to tell in an interesting way the story of the Dalmatian islands and the island of Lokrum and the story of Striborova forest and tintilinići . The presentation of Istra Inspirit ended with a presentation of Istrian customs – ‘užanci’ and the most attractive Istra Inspirit experiences and characters, among which we can single out Crispa, Morgan’s treasure, Veli Jože from Motovun, macmalići from Labin mines, villas built by the Pula Amphitheater and others. fulfilled a one-hour unique experience of Croatia and Istria.”This experience opened the Istra Inspirit project to an international audience in Edinburgh, a city where many guided storytelling tours can be visited and which can serve as inspiration and an example of good practice when it comes to presenting cultural and historical heritage. The whole trip provided a connection with experts who also apply storytelling as a concept in their business, and the audience could get to know Croatia through stories, legends and myths.”, Points out Morena Milevoj from Istra Inspirita.By the way, Istra Inspirit, one of the best tourist stories in the history of Croatian tourism, last year received great recognition from the profession and was included among the world’s best tourist stories in the prestigious and recognized book Tourism Stories published by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). That’s right Istri Inspirit the only Croatian story in the 28 best world tourist stories in the UNWTO book, which is certainly another confirmation of the excellent concept and performance.last_img read more

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Thanks for laugh on crack article headline

first_imgThank you for the wonderful laugh this morning [Nov. 11] when we read our Daily Gazette. The headline, “Man allegedly hid crack in underwear,” brought tears to our eyes as my husband quipped, “Where else would he keep it?”Cherly MacNeilRandy MacNeilScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff… Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Chelsea sign defender Chilwell on five-year contract

first_img“I am delighted to be joining Chelsea at this very exciting time for the club,” Chilwell told the London club’s website.”I’m looking forward to being a part of this young, dynamic squad led by Frank Lampard as we challenge for honors next season.”Chilwell is Chelsea’s third major signing foe the new season following the arrivals of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech from RB Leipzig and Ajax Amsterdam respectively.They have also been linked with Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder Kai Havertz as Frank Lampard bids to improve his squad to challenge for the Premier League title.Chelsea finished fourth last season to qualify for the Champions League in Lampard’s first campaign as manager. They begin the new season against Brighton Hove & Albion on Sept. 14. Chelsea have signed England left back Ben Chilwell from Leicester City on a five-year contract, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.Financial details of the deal were not disclosed but British media reported Chelsea paid 50 million pounds ($66 million) for the 23-year-old.Chilwell made 99 league appearances for Leicester in five years at the club. Topics :last_img read more

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Luke Shaw wants embattled Premier League season cancelled

first_img Paul Pogba could not agree less with the importance of fans to the game insisting that they form part of the fun and part of the competition “I think the sport is for fans really, do you know what I mean? “I think if you don’t have fans, and you don’t play in front of fans, it just doesn’t feel right. “Especially on matchday the fans are always amazing and always help the team. “Whether it’s home or even away, our fans are always brilliant and I feel like they’re always there with us,”he enthused Although Shaw is sure to get a lot of pebbles thrown his way following his call, he is however not the only one calling for the cancellation.  Former Liverpool ace Joe Cole is equally saying it is either we are ready to play and conclude the league or axe it period. Read AlsoPremier League season suspended indefinitely after crisis talks “Obviously we need to finish the season as soon as we can, if we’re allowed to. That would be ideal,” former Liverpool man Joe Cole told the Daily Star. “If we can’t finish the season, and it’s getting close to the following season, the only situation which I think is fair is to just restart it. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe New Lara Croft Will Really Surprise You6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueUse Your Zodiac Signs To Find A Perfect JobPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes27 Animals That Don’t Need Color To Be Cool2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time? Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw wants the Premier League season to be scrapped and started from scratch if future games cannot be played due to the coronavirus pandemic. Table toppers Liverpool though standing 25 points clear of closest contenders Manchester city, they have 9 matches pending to properly seal victory. Football remains suspended indefinitely due to the Covid-19 virus, which continues to wreak havoc across the globe. We either finish the season or start from the scratch says Luke shaw While many have been cautious calling for outright cancellation and hoping that the coast will be clear to round up the season, Shaw thinks the waiting game is stretching rather too long and pointing to the possibility of not finishing the matches. “Scrap it and start again. Start it again, yeah,” he said during a Combat Corona Twitch FIFA competition. The Daily Mirror understand Premier League chiefs are in talks with the government over potentially playing games behind closed doors in June. But that is not a good one as well according to Shaw who insists it has to be in front of supporters if it is to be counted as real competition. “Fans are so important. You realise it even more [now],” he added.center_img Loading… last_img read more

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