Stephanie Mola graduated from Notre Dame in 2009 and moved to Florida to work for Johnson & Johnson, but a “Notre Dame itch” brought her back to South Bend a year later. “Along the way there just seemed to be a big part of me missing and a lot of it pointed me back here,” she said. “And this just kind of fell in my lap and seemed like the perfect fit.” Now, as the Notre Dame Alumni Association’s young alumni programs manager, Mola is one of many young graduates to work for her alma mater. While Mola said she is happy to be back at Notre Dame, there are differences between being a student on campus and being an employee. For example, she said students are not necessarily aware of the number of people who work on campus as full-time University employees. “Now I walk around and see all these people I work with that I didn’t really know existed before,” she said. One difficult part of returning to Notre Dame as an employee, Mola said, is separating herself from student life because she has friends who are still undergraduates. As a former Notre Dame softball player, it is especially difficult for her to be on campus but no longer playing with the rest of the team. “It’s hard to seem them. It’s hard to go by the field and hear about them going to practice, and I’m not going with them,” she said. Because Mola graduated recently, however, she said she is better able to do her job at the Alumni Association, where she organizes programs for both for current students and alumni who graduated within the past 10 years. Mola said she has also learned since she began working at the Alumni Association that people who work for the University, even if they are not alumni, are just as enthusiastic about Notre Dame as the student body. “I guess an easy parallel from both perspectives is Notre Dame’s pretty well-known for having great people,” she said. “Everybody here is so welcoming and wants you to do well, just like when you were a student.” Mola said she does not know what she will do in the future, especially since her current position is best filled by a young alum. She said she would be open, however, to other positions at the University. “I’ll tell you, I left this place once and it’s going to be hard to do it again,” she said. “So I can definitely see myself staying here for a long time.” John Whitty, a 2010 Notre Dame graduate who now works for the athletic department’s Joyce Grants-in-Aid Program, said he also experienced a transition from being a student to being a University employee. Unlike Mola, Whitty began working for Notre Dame immediately following graduation. “I think it’s definitely a different experience working for a university than attending a university, but it’s been a good opportunity to see the different sides of the University as a whole,” Whitty said. “And I’m bummed that my card doesn’t work at the dining hall anymore.” He currently works with donors who give enough to the Athletic Department each year to fund one student athlete’s scholarship. Whitty did not plan to stay at Notre Dame following graduation, but he began working in the athletic department during the second semester of his senior year. “As the semester progressed, I talked to my superiors and they expressed interest in keeping me,” he said. “It was pretty much too good of an opportunity to pass up. So I decided to stay here and it’s actually worked out pretty well.” Because he works for the athletic department, Whitty said the contrast between his life and that of undergraduate students is perhaps best exemplified on home football weekends. “I get to see a lot of insider stuff from places we take the donors, but it’s definitely not … the student weekend football experience,” he said. “I’m pretty busy on football weekends, but I definitely don’t get to tailgate.” Although he would like to go to graduate school for business or sports administration in the future, Whitty said he is happy in his current role at the University. “I like where I’m at right now, but I’m always open to options other places as well,” he said. “There’s no question that if there were positions available … I would stay at Notre Dame.” Sarah Rodts, also a 2009 Notre Dame graduate, began working for the University’s athletics media relations office following graduation. Rodts had planned to go to law school following graduation, but said she realized last spring she was not passionate about it. During the final semester of her senior year, she cancelled her plans to work at a law firm in Chicago and decided to work toward her dream of being a sports broadcast reporter. Now, she splits her time between two jobs: one at Notre Dame, and one at WNDU, a local television station. “In terms of whether or not I thought I would end up doing it last year at this time, absolutely not, … but as it’s all falling into place, it could not be more perfect,” Rodts said. “I’m learning a lot about athletics and how it is to work in the media, but then I’m on the other side of it, too.” Rodts said one of the highlights of working for athletics media relations thus far was serving as the University liaison to an Adidas production crew that came to campus on a football weekend to shoot a commercial. While it is difficult to transition from student life to working 13-hour days, seven days a week, Rodts was prepared for the change. “I was going to have to separate my undergrad life from the post-grad life,” she said. In addition, she said her busy work schedule does not allow her much time to miss being a student. Even though she was prepared to face this transition, Rodts said it is hard when she does not have time to see her friends who are still undergraduates. But her current positions are perfect for her planned career path, and she is happy to remain at Notre Dame. “I’m still so much a part of the University, and I don’t feel like graduation has made me any less a part of it,” she said.
As outlined above, choosing the right phone and contact center capability is a critical decision. By selecting a Cloud based solution that understands your needs, your Credit Union can be on its way to top rated member service. This opportunity is a way to affordably add key functionality to better serve your efficiency and your efficiency ratio. When looking for a hosted phone service, or Cloud based service, ensure that the company providing the system has the experience, security, design and integration. At AltiGen Communications we provide our members with the most secure and innovatively designed systems that help them obtain an excellent efficiency ratio. Register HERE for our 30-minute webinar: A Unified Communications Solution with your Credit Union and Members in Mind 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mike Plumer Mike Plumer is the Vice President of Sales for AltiGen Communications. Mike has been with AltiGen since 1996, and has worked with thousands of companies migrating to Voice over IP. … Web: www.altigen.com Details One of the leading reasons for poor efficiency in credit unions is the lack of use of paid technology. Less than 50% of credit unions are utilizing the technology they pay for, which is damaging to overhead costs and efficiency ratios. Last month, the article “How Would Members Rate your Phone System” discussed why credit unions should consider a hosted phone service to improve efficiency ratios. By choosing a “Cloud” based or “Hosted” service, you can significantly reduce the upfront investment and ongoing cost of maintenance for your phone system. It’s also an opportunity to affordably add key functionality to better serve your members. However, Cloud-based phone systems are not one size fits all. Here are 7 key considerations when selecting a hosted service for your Credit Union’s communication needs: Experience- Does the company providing the hosted phone system understand Credit Unions? Members depend on you for key services and the protection of their assets. Does the company understand what it takes to gain and keep a member?Security- This should go without saying, but with some hosted services, the majority of the employees aren’t even based in the U.S. Choose a service that develops products here and supports you with U.S. based employees. In addition, verify that all communications between employees and with members are encrypted to ensure top security.Design- Ideally your CU receives its own dedicated hosted system in the Cloud, not a shared system with the potential for shared problems. You shouldn’t be on the hook for mistakes made by other customers. Robust Functionality- Does the Cloud service provide robust contact center capabilities? Would you like to chat or text with newer members in addition to a phone conversation? Would you like to record all of the calls so that agent/member interaction can be evaluated later? A complete service should provide those capabilities as well as real-time metrics and historical reporting. With a hosted service, it should be possible to add contact center affordably, one agent at a time.Affordability- In many cases, a CU should see a reduction in telecom expenses by migrating to the Cloud. If you are maintaining a phone system or phone lines at every branch, hosting will greatly simplify management while consolidating and optimizing your carrier connection with SIP services. Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity– Is your phone system included in your Business Continuity plan? With a hosted service, that can be an easy “yes”. The hosted service should be completely redundant so that if a problem occurs it can automatically fail over to a backup. The service should also include capabilities such as mobile applications and softphones to allow employees to securely connect to the hosted system even when they are unable to be at the office. Integration – Microsoft Office 365 is being rapidly adopted by credit unions across the country. Does the service allow you to leverage Microsoft’s Instant Messaging and presence? It can be a great way to improve communications throughout the CU and allow employees to know whether other employees are in and available. Advanced features such as video and desktop sharing can significantly enhance personalized service for your members. Make sure these capabilities are offered and integrated with the service.
15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Paul Robert Paul Robert has been helping financial institutions drive their retail growth strategies for over 20 years. Paul is the Chief Executive Officer for FI Strategies, LLC, a private consulting company … Web: fi-strategies.com Details There’s an old proverb that says: If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together. As your credit union enters strategic planning season, think about the powerful impact that “togetherness” (or teamwork) can, and will, have on your ability to fully and effectively execute those critical plans next year.Along with the needed investment of money and resources into new technology or delivery channels or product lines, consider an investment in solidifying the teamwork in your organization. The long-term success of those other investments could be significantly amplified by the ability of your teams to collaborate and synergize.Recently in this column, we’ve written about the need to invest in your people, especially your top performers and future leaders. Today, we’re talking about investing in a culture that will allow those, and all, employees to thrive. Two key drivers of employee engagement are being connected to others and contributing to something meaningful. Fostering an environment of teamwork and connection will position individuals to be optimally successful but also position your credit union to grow and fulfill your meaningful common goals and mission.I know … culture investment has rarely been considered a strategic investment. Investing in employee development has often been a tactical plan usually developed and deployed by the Human Resources department. This time, however, we’re talking about investments in the critical trust-building relationships in your organization that result in strategies being executed, problems being resolved, and, most importantly, members being satisfied.“In order to thrive in this climate of rapid growth and continual disruption you need teams that communicate well, learn quickly, experiment and adapt.” says Jillian Reilly, Creative Partner at BraveShift . “Team building has therefore transformed from a feel-good human resource investment to a strategic necessity.” (BraveShift is a partner of ours and Jillian and her team are great at nurturing teams, leaders and workplaces by placing human connection at the center of everyday operating strategy. Check them out at www.braveshift.com.) Today’s changing workplace dynamic has accelerated the need for an optimal teamwork environment. As individuals bring varying skills and personal qualities to the table, organizations need to find ways to maximize the contributions of those individuals to the betterment of the team. It’s no longer good enough to just focus on the development of individuals; credit unions that invest in the development of teams will standout with their overall positive production and performance.Ultimately, it will also allow them to recruit and retain better talent. The focus of workplace culture is shifting from individual roles and tasks toward social and team relations, especially when that collaboration results in innovative new ways for individuals to make more significant contributions to the collective success of the organization. Individual performance is still important, of course, but the manner in which someone performs in a team environment has become a critical aspect of how many individuals define success.Creating this team-based culture won’t happen overnight but here are three steps you can take during your upcoming planning process to initiate your organization’s efforts:Conduct an assessment of how well your teams work together in today’s environment. To do this thoroughly you may need an outside, unbiased perspective but, at least, start by surveying your staff to get their perspective on current strengths and weaknesses. Focus particularly on instances where lack of teamwork impairs the member experience.When assessing the performance of individuals, place significant emphasis on their contribution to their team’s performance and the quality of their interactions with other teams across the organization. “Teamwork” is often a category on performance appraisals but enhance its weighting and look at it with a much more discerning eye.Find ways to get teams working together as much as possible. In the past, individuals were expected to be talented enough to solve problems on their own; today, problems can be solved just as fast and often more thoroughly by leveraging the collective talents of a team. Don’t assign projects just to individuals, get cross-functional teams working on that assignment. Even as an executive, don’t tackle an issue singularly, assemble a team and get them engaged in resolving that issue. In his book, Together is Better, Simon Sinek said: The ability of a group of people to do remarkable things hinges on how well those people can pull together as a team. Therefore, simply talking about teamwork isn’t enough. You can’t just sing kumbaya around the company campfire and expect teams to form and perform successfully. Leaders must make concentrated efforts to create teams, give them clear goals, and hold them accountable to desired performance.“Twenty-first century teamwork requires leaders whose focus isn’t simply on executing a plan or hitting a target, but on creating a sense of belonging,” says Reilly at BraveShift. “Team members need to feel valued, respected and invested. Foster a sense of belonging and you unleash your team’s full capability and ambition into your workplace.” When a new recruit shows up at the US Marine Academy one of the first things he or she learns is that they will never be successful as an individual – they must always depend on the overall success of their team to succeed. The words “I”, “me”, and “my” are stricken from their vocabulary and quickly replaced with the team-focused pronouns. Your employees aren’t soldiers and banking certainly isn’t combat but the metaphor presents a valuable lesson: your credit union can go much farther with a highly-functioning team-focused approach than just an individual one.
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“We have never been able to afford the basic pension,” the spokesperson said, adding that funds for the measure are based on EU financial transaction tax that will never exist.A national debate has erupted yet again after, on May 15, the German parliament reviewed in the first reading a draft law for the introduction of the Grundrente for long-term insurance in the statutory pension, based on a gorvernment proposal.The coalition partners, consisting of the SPD, CDU and CSU parties, included the basic pension in a contract to support Angela Merkel’s government in 2018, reviewed last November, but still a source of doubts on essential points.The SPD originally required that the income would not play a role to assess whether a person had the right to a basic pension, while the Union (CDU/CSU) asked to take into account not only their income but also their entire financial situation.The pension expert for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, Peter Weiß, now believes that a basic pension will start in 2021, but one condition, he said, is a solid financing concept.The government intends to present various financing models, including a European financial transaction tax, but “we lack a binding, clear statement of where and when this money is available. This is a basic requirement for the Union. The financial concept must also be in place if we give the final consultation (on the law) in the parliament,” he explained.Under the new scheme, additional pension will be paid to anyone who has at least 33 years of contributions to the statutory pension insurance based on periods of employment, child-rearing or care work.The basic pension is calculated in steps, from 33 to 35 years of contribution to ensure that also below 35 years additional payment is provided, according to the legislator.The Grundrente is guaranteed after assessing that single earners own a maximum monthly income of €1,250, or €15,000 per year, and €1,950 per month (€ 23,400 per year), for married couples or partners.The parliamentary commission labour and social affairs” will hold a hearing on the draft law on May 25. The Deutsche Rentenversicherung (DRV), the administrator of the state pension scheme, has submitted a series of proposals to streamline the financial and bureaucratic processes to grant a basic pension.In a statement, the DRV had considered an “enormous challenge” assessing the requirements for granting a pension. For the first time, pensions must be retrospectively examined and, if necessary, insurance biographies upgraded.The authority foresees July 2021 as the earliest date possible for the payment of the additional pensions because the IT architecture has to be adjusted in a highly complex pension system, and the 26 million already existing pensions can only be processed by the end of 2022.The DRV thinks it is possible that the basic pension is financed with taxes, but “parameters” for financing the measure in the new rules have not been determined exactly.An increase of the federal subsidy may not be sufficient in the long run to cover the additional expenses for pension insurances.The DRV, therefore, supports a reimbursement scheme that would also take into account additional administrative and procedural costs. Reimbursements are made, for example, by the federal government in the context of the Claim and Benefit Transfer Act (AAÜG) or by the Federal Employment Agency for reduction of earning capacity.The spokesperson for Gesamtmetall said: “The basic pension creates new injustices. Everyone involved would be well advised to forego the basic pension.”To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. The introduction of a basic pension in Germany – or Grundrente – has been raising pressing questions over its long-term financial sustainability.“Pension policy decisions will cost money for decades to come and the basic pension will not help against old-age poverty,” a spokesperson for Gesamtmetall, the organisation representing companies in the metal and electrical engineering sector, told IPE.According to Gesamtmetall, the costs to provide a basic pension are “enormous”, with €400m in administrative expenses to calculate in 2021 alone for a pension insurance pot of €1.3bn.A total of around 1.3 million people will benefit from the basic pension from 2021, including 70% of women.
Channel 9 reporter Alex Heinke has bought a fixer-upper in Ashgrove. Picture: Supplied.CHANNEL 9 reporter Alex Heinke has snapped up an Ashgrove renovator with a big yard and plans to create a character stunner worthy of its leafy location. The two-bedroom, one bathroom workers cottage is on a 607sq m block and features separate living areas, a sun room, timber floorboards and high ceilings. Mr Heinke said the home fell into the category of a fixer-upper but he was prepared for the challenge. “I like that Ashgrove look with the big deck and pool out the back (so) … I’ll raise the house and get rid of some of the asbestos, but I’ll keep that cute cottage feel,” he said.Mr Heinke said he planned to move into the home and “chip away” at the renovation. “There’s no real timeline,” he said. “I’ll move in within a few months and hopefully it will start looking a bit different by Christmas.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe two-bedroom workers cottage is in need of some TLC.The Brisbane local admitted he was more at home behind a microphone than a nail gun, so he would be relying on the expertise of his carpenter brother and his more handy mates.He said he was prepared to compensate them appropriately, though.“I think I’ll be buying quite a few cases of beer,” he said. Mr Heinke spent his teenage years in Ashgrove and currently rents in the popular suburb.He said he saw Ashgrove as a fantastic area with “so much potential”. “My parents live about a kilometre from the new place. They know how good Ashgrove is,” he said. Mr Heinke bought the home through Murray Pegg of Place Newmarket.
Homeowners who already have a pool can visit www.spasa.com.au Easy living in chic styling Brisbane Prestige Plunge Pools has Climate Care Certified plunge pools.A Brisbane pool company is the first in the country to introduce a program aimed at helping pool owners reduce energy consumption and save hundreds of dollars annually. Brisbane Prestige Plunge Pools is the first Australian pool installation company to achieve Climate Care Certified status with the introduction of the Climate Care Certified Plunge Pool.The Climate Care Certification Program is an initiative of the Swimming Pool and Spa Association (SPASA) of Australia and is the industry’s efficiency and sustainability certification program. An installation by Brisbane Prestige Plunge Pools.Through the Climate Care Certified program, homeowners are supported to reduce water and energy consumption by making a positive decision to own an environmentally-sustainable swimming pool while saving money at the same time. MORE QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS: Luxury whole-floor apartments hit the market Brisbane Prestige Plunge Pools has a Climate Care Certified status.Brisbane Prestige Plunge Pool owners Geoffrey and Amy Smith said their team had responded to consumer demands to provide an environmentally-friendly swimming pool.“We are empowering consumers to make informed choices when purchasing their next swimming pool,” Mr Smith said. “Our Climate Care Certified Plunge Pools allows consumers to love their swimming pool and the environment at the same time.“Water and energy are precious resources and commodities in Australia, particularly during periods of prolonged drought and peak energy demands.”Mr Smith said for pool and spa owners concerned about water and energy usage, the Climate Care Certified Plunge Pool assists to minimise the environmental impact, while maximising all the obvious benefits of a backyard pool. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:05Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to pick an up and coming suburb02:06 Mr Smith said having a swimming pool with Climate Care certification provided homeowners with the knowledge that their investment would provide their family with years of enjoyment and at the same time deliver independently verified water and energy savings.SPASA Australia CEO Spiros Dassakis said the Climate Care Certified Plunge Pool by Brisbane Prestige Plunge Pools was a significant step for the pool and spa industry as well as consumers.“Many retailers and technicians know that sustainability sells,” Mr Dassakis said.“Builders, retailers and technicians are now gaining a better understanding of who their customers are insofar as the environment and costs associated with their pool and/or spa.“Consumers, now more than ever, are seeking assurance that the products they buy are sustainable and responsibly made.” Hinterland motel for sale
South Dearborn had no answer for Jacob Wilson who kept runners off the basepaths in his appearance. Wilson gave up just two hits, allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out three during his five innings of work.Alex Roell went 1-2 as the Batesville Bulldogs took home a 2-0 victory over South Dearborn in seven innings at Liberty on Thursday.He doubled in the fifth inning for the eventual game-winning RBI, which followed Alex McPherson’s sacrifice bunt with two strikes.South Dearborn’s Smith ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted six innings, walked none, struck out seven, and allowed two runs.The Batesville Bulldogs never surrendered the lead after the fifth inning, scoring two runs on an RBI double by Alex Roell and an RBI single by Quinn Werner.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Justin Tucker.
St. Leon, IN—On February 29, members from the East Central FFA Chapter traveled to South Decatur High School to compete in the District 12 FFA Leadership Contests. Contests varied from several categories of demonstrations, multiple public speaking events, quiz bowl, and reciting the FFA creed. Members were evaluated and scored by several judges while they competed in their event. The EC FFA proudly brought home six 1st place winners, two 2nd place winners, and five 3rd place winners.Members who placed first will advance onto the state competition in June at Purdue University during the Indiana FFA State Convention.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Rio Paralympic gold medallist Thangvellu Mariyappan is set to bear the flag of the Indian contingent for the 3rd Paralympic Asian Games to be held in Jakarta from October 6-13. Mariyappan has an interesting life story that can inspire anyone in this world. The 2017 Padma Shri awardee is an avid follower of his favourite sport volleyball. An unfortunate accident crushed Mariyappan’s right leg, but it was not enough to crush his desire to be on top and represent India at the highest level.ALSO READ: IND vs WI, 1st Test LIVE at RajkotLet us take a look at some facts of India’s flag-bearer, Thangvellu Mariyappan in 2018 Paralympic Asian Games:1. Mariyappan lost his right leg at an age of five after he met with an accident which resulted in his right leg getting crushed below the knee.2. Mariyappan’s favourite sport is Volleyball and he played with the normal students in during his school days. However, he won a silver medal in a high jump event after being advised by his Physical Education teacher. 3. Coach Satyanaryana spotted Mariyappan at the National Para-Athletics Championship at the age of 18. Mariyappan achieved the No.1 spot in 2015 after years of hardwork.4. Mariyappan’s mother is the sole earner of his family. She is a cycle vegetable seller and earns Rs 200 per day approximately. With a family that have 3 other siblings while his father had abandoned them over a decade ago. His mother took a loan of 3 lakh for his treatment.5. The Tamil Nadu athlete, Mariyappan clinched a gold medal at the IPC Tunisia Grand Prix and booked a place at the Paralympics.6. Mariyappan was awarded a Padma Shri in 2017.India, who are fielding its biggest ever team of 302 members which include coaches, athletes, support staffs, officials, and escorts, were denied entry at the Games Village as the Sports Ministry were yet to clear the funds of around $2.5 lakh. The issue was cleared off.The 3rd Paralympic Asian Games are set to start from Jakarta from October 6-13