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Saint Mary’s student becomes Google Ambassador

first_imgSaint Mary’s junior Anna Ulliman will bring new technological gadgets to campus by serving as a Google Student Ambassador (GSA) this academic year. Ulliman said the GSA program enables Google to partner with academic institutions to promote the use of technology at the grassroots level. “I applied for the position as Google Student Ambassador in June of this past summer,” she said. “Soon after, my application was reviewed, and I found out I was going to have the amazing opportunity to serve as a Google Student Ambassador at Saint Mary’s.” Ulliman said her role as a SGSA is to help students and faculty discover how Google tools can improve collaboration and increase performance.  “As a Google Student Ambassador, it is my responsibility to make Saint Mary’s a more connected campus through the use of Google,” she said. “I’m working with the college’s administrators, clubs and organizations, professors and students to do just that.” Last month, Ulliman ventured to the West Coast to attend a summit hosted by Google. She worked with members of the Google teamwand learned how to take on her new role as aAGSAyas effectively as possible. “In August, I attended the GSA Summit in Mountain View, Califa, during which I collaborated with other GSAs and Googlers to start generating ideas about how to fulfill my position as GSA this year,” Ulliman said Ulliman said Saint Mary’s is an excellent place to implement technological changes and adjustments because it constantly trieg to improve for the students and faculty. “My biggest goal is to make Saint Mary’s an even better community with the help of Google,” Ulliman said.  Some specifics that will help me achieve that goal include fun campus events, technical info sessions, working with clubs to increase the efficiency of their organizations and collaborating with administrators. Contact Kelly Rice at  krice02@saintmarys.edu Saint Mary’s junior Anna Ulliman will bring new technological gadgets to campus by serving as a Google Student Ambassador (GSA) this academic year. Ulliman said the GSA program enables Google to partner with academic institutions to promote the use of technology at the grassroots level. “I applied for the position as Google Student Ambassador in June of this past summer,” she said. “Soon after, my application was reviewed, and I found out I was going to have the amazing opportunity to serve as a Google Student Ambassador at Saint Mary’s.” Ulliman said her role as a SGSA is to help students and faculty discover how Google tools can improve collaboration and increase performance.  “As a Google Student Ambassador, it is my responsibility to make Saint Mary’s a more connected campus through the use of Google,” she said. “I’m working with the college’s administrators, clubs and organizations, professors and students to do just that.” Last month, Ulliman ventured to the West Coast to attend a summit hosted by Google. She worked with members of the Google teamwand learned how to take on her new role as aAGSAyas effectively as possible. “In August, I attended the GSA Summit in Mountain View, Califa, during which I collaborated with other GSAs and Googlers to start generating ideas about how to fulfill my position as GSA this year,” Ulliman said Ulliman said Saint Mary’s is an excellent place to implement technological changes and adjustments because it constantly trieg to improve for the students and faculty. “My biggest goal is to make Saint Mary’s an even better community with the help of Google,” Ulliman said.  Some specifics that will help me achieve that goal include fun campus events, technical info sessions, working with clubs to increase the efficiency of their organizations and collaborating with administrators. Contact Kelly Rice at  krice02@saintmarys.edulast_img read more

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Campaign draws volunteers

first_imgAt Wednesday night’s Student Senate meeting, student body president Alex Coccia updated members on the student government’s new campaign combating sexual assault, One is Too Many.“We now have 135 volunteers trained for [the campaign],” Coccia said. “We’re already getting positive feedback.”Several volunteers started door-to-door visits in their dorms to discuss the launch of the campaign and speak about resources available on campus pertaining to sexual assault, he said.The Gender Relations Center is also helping with the campaign by providing student government with pamphlets detailing ways friends can help victims of sexual assault, Coccia said.National engagement and outreach director Rosie Shepherd attended the meeting and presented her resolution outlining the Senate’s support of the organizational bylaws of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Student Body President Conference.Coccia attended the inaugural ACC Student Body President Conference shortly after the University joined the ACC in September 2013.According to the resolution, which passed during Wednesday’s meeting, the goal of the president’s council is to “foster cross-campus communication between active institutions in the ACC; continue the pursuit of being pioneers of higher education, athletics and extracurricular activities; enable collective actions that affect all participating institutions; and promote a strong relationship among all institutions.”Senators also discussed upcoming signature dorm events and general on-campus events. Toni Schreier, McGlinn Hall senator said Majors Night will take place in South Dining Hall this Thursday from 6-8 p.m. “Everyone is welcome, and we’re expecting both teachers and professors from every department to be there,” Schreier said. Schreier also reminded senators that McGlinn casino night will take place this Saturday from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.O’Neill Hall senator Kyle McCaffery said only one dorm has currently entered a contestant for next Thursday’s Miss Notre Dame pageant, an O’Neill signature event. There is, however, still time to sign up. Other events in the next month will include the Keenan Revue and Lewis Hall of Pancakes (LHOP), which will occur on Feb. 7.Tags: Senatelast_img read more

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Josh Gad & Billy Crystal TV Series Picked Up by FX

first_img As previously reported, Crystal will play a veteran comedian (we wonder where he’ll draw inspiration from) who is reluctantly paired with an edgy up-and-coming star (Gad). The series is on target to premiere in 2015. Star Files Josh Gad View Comments Gad, whose film career has taken off with credits including Frozen, Jobs and Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here, received a Tony nod for his breakout performance as Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon. Crystal most recently appeared on Broadway last year in the return of his Tony Award-winning one-man show 700 Sundays. Billy Crystal It looks like Broadway wise guys Josh Gad and Billy Crystal will be making us laugh yet again! The pilot for the Crystal and Gad driven series The Comedians has been picked up by FX for a 13-episode series order, according to Variety.last_img read more

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Curly yellow tomatoes

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaA disease carried by whiteflies has caused major troubles for Georgia tomato growers this fall. The tiny, prolific insects wiped out entire fields in some areas, says a University of Georgia vegetable specialist.Whiteflies thrive in warm, dry weather. They had plenty to enjoy in Georgia this summer, said David Langston, a UGA Cooperative Extension plant pathologist. Whiteflies damage tomatoes and other crops by sucking the juice from leaves and stems.But the tomato yellow-leaf-curl virus they carry caused more damage this fall, he said. TYLCV shuts down young plants and forces mature ones to drop fruit.“The higher the whitefly pressure, the higher the incidence of tomato yellow-leaf-curl disease,” he said. “It’s pretty much that simple. And this year we had the highest population we’ve had in a decade, if not ever.”Farmers in south-central Georgia had several hundred acres of tomatoes wiped by the disease, Langston said — virtually all of the crop there.Fortunately, half of Georgia’s estimated 3,500 acres of tomatoes grow in Decatur County in southwest Georgia. Whitefly infestation was high there, too. But the disease appeared later in the growing season, affecting 10 percent of the crop, said Mitchell May, the UGA Extension coordinator in Decatur County. Whitefly numbers can spin out of control in south Georgia, Langston said, where vegetables and cotton are grown near each other. Whiteflies like cotton, too. A female whitefly can easily produce 300 or more offspring. In seven to 10 days, the females from that hatch can produce another 300 or more. In some small towns this summer, swarms looked like snow flurries. Georgia farmers deal with sporadic outbreaks of the virus every year. In years with lower whitefly numbers, farmers can use insecticides to protect tomatoes and vegetables. “But this year, it wouldn’t have helped because of the massive number,” Langston said.Farmers may have some TYLCV-resistant varieties to plant in the near future, Langton said. But until then, they can do little to fight the disease during a year such as this.Georgia has a subtropical climate that allows farmers to grow two warm-season vegetable crops, such as tomatoes, peppers, squash and green beans, every year. They plant in the spring to harvest in the summer. Then they plant again in the summer to harvest in the fall. The tomato crop planted last spring did OK. On a good year, farmers will harvest around 36,000 pounds of tomatoes per acre. The Georgia crop was worth $77 million last year.last_img read more

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CUES honors Digital Federal Credit Union director

first_img continue reading » Frank Branca was recognized as 2015 CUES Distinguished Director at CUES’ Directors Conference, today at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, Walt Disney World® Resort, Fla.“This is quite an honor. It was a very big surprise to me,” said Branca, who accepts his award in the photo at right from the 2014 CUES Distinguished Director Howard Williams, CCD (left), and CUES President/CEO John Pembroke (right). “When I retired from Digital Equipment Corporation after seeing it grow from 1,000 to 135,000 employees, I felt I had had many opportunities and experiences along the way and wanted to do something to give back. I wanted to make sure I was a good fit for the board I would join and that the organization was a good fit for me. The DCU board was a good fit for me because we all bring different perspectives to the table, but we speak with one voice once we make a decision.“What kept me involved all these years is the quality and caliber of the DCU board and management. We’re very fortunate in having a management team that was able to execute our plans expertly.“For all of that I’ve been very grateful that I became part of the credit union. This award is very important to me. I thank CUES. I thank the board and the management team for being very supportive of all of us.” 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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PR Insight: Attracting new members through strategic public relations

first_imgCompeting against large, national banks’ seemingly endless marketing budgets and strong brand recognition for consumer market share continues to be a primary focus for credit unions. With all the marketing noise out there, getting the attention of prospective members can be a daunting task. In fact, many organizations either put marketing and PR on the backburner or completely eliminate it from their business plan altogether. Doing so is dangerous.Successfully winning over new members requires strategic planning and a solid public relations program with an emphasis on thought leadership articles and blogs, media relations and member testimonials.Thought LeadershipIt is critical that credit unions position themselves as thought leaders within their communities and the financial industry. When looking for a financial institution, consumers tend to prioritize the ones that share their values and provide trustworthy financial education and guidance. Positioning your credit union as a thought leader in these areas will help attract new members to your credit union.It is also critical to be viewed as an expert. If your credit union seeks to be a leading provider of mortgages for military families or competitive loans for famers needing agricultural machinery, be seen commenting on issues that affect these groups. Publish articles and blogs that discuss the issues important to existing and prospective members. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Northport Woman Dies in House Fire

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 64-year-old woman died after running into her burning Northport home, possibly in an attempt to rescue her two pet cats on Friday morning, according to investigators.Suffolk County police and firefighters responded to the blaze on Theron Place, where 30-year-old John Carberry and his mother, Ellen, had escaped at 7:40 a.m., authorities said.Ellen, who was overcome by the fire, was pronounced dead at the scene.Firefighters from the Northport, East Northport, Centerport and Greenlawn fire departments extinguished the flames.Homicide Squad and Arson Squad detectives are continuing the investigation into the cause of the fire, which preliminarily appears to be accidental.last_img read more

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Marijana Prtenjača, Sales Director of Ilirija dd: It is crucial for success in sales to justify the trust of the guest

first_imgConsidering how the award went to the tourism sector, this is an occasion to ask the awarded director of sales of Ilirija Marijan Prtenjač about the state of sales in our tourism. The annual B2B Super Seller of the Year awards were presented in three categories. The award was received by Marijana Prtenjača from the company Ilirija dd From Biograd na Moru in the category of large companies, Alen Dobranić from the company Bernarda doo in the category of medium companies and Goran Šimić from the company El Koncept doo in the category of small companies. “Selling is demanding and difficult, but also challenging. This business, like any other, has its pros and cons, but nothing can replace the feeling when you manage to meet the needs of the customer or when you see that you have justified his trust. That is priceless. That feeling pushes you forward and gives you the strength to move on to be even better. You have to live with it. That is the secret of the success of each of us”Said the sales director of Ilirija from Biograd. Also every customer is looking forward to an extra discount, free product or gift, as well as deferred payment. Customers want the seller to be a consultant at the same time, to educate them during and after the purchase, to be fair and to listen to them with a smile on their face. Practice has shown that people are willing to say “yes” to those people they like, who are attracted to them in some way or are similar to them, so there is a definition of an ideal seller. The ideal salesperson knows his products / services very well, he is advisory and professional, he listens a lot, talks a little and is proactive with a smile on his face! Research has shown that customers value the most when they get a good price-quality ratio, when they are not pressured to buy, and get an answer to their inquiry quickly. “Sales depend on a lot of factors and a lot needs to be imported to create a unique experience. This year there will be a fight for every guest as last year, but it is clear how we hope and expect the best, all in order for our clients to get top service. The challenge of Croatian tourism is seasonality, and sales are especially challenging due to traffic specifics. For example, if your guests land in Zagreb, you make them a whole arrangement to get to the destination in order to get a complete experience. Then it is not uncommon for guests to stop to visit nature parks and national parks, which are located on the way to the destination. We have to be very resourceful, because you have to import everything and pack the overall product well so that our customers get the full experience and service they deserve. We want to provide our clients with a complete service and arrangement from the moment they decide to go to our destination for us the job of caring for them starts from the moment they go to us”Points out Marijana Prtenjača. How hoteliers reach guests and what is the secret of selling hotel accommodation, although in Ilirija Marijana’s team sells not only hotel accommodation but also the sale of integrated, complex and complementary tourist product to the market presented through the destination management system of Ilirija Travel with the aim of developing year-round tourism.center_img Organized by the portal Poslovni savjetnik, the conference Superprodavač was held for the tenth time. Photo: Business Advisor Marijana has been in this business for almost two decades and believes that the key to success in sales is the trust of both the guest and the client, but also the sales team that is with her. “We always have a plan A and a plan B. Namely, we have a wide range of products and services and we fight for each client and always find a solution to meet the needs of our customers. You must not drop the customer ” Prtenjača points out. When asked if the sale is a skill or a talent, Marijana answers that the correct answer is a combination of both. ”You may be born with it, but constant education is important. You have to create and hone that talent or develop the skill through constant learning and of course how important the experience is. But education is key. The customer is king and must feel that way, ”Concludes Marijana, who really doesn’t take a smile off her face and fits the definition of a perfect salesman. We know that sales are everything and a company can only survive if revenues are greater than expenditures as it applies to the entire business world. Everyone knows that those real sellers never give up.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Calls on House to Approve ‘Overdue’ University Funding

first_imgGovernor Wolf Calls on House to Approve ‘Overdue’ University Funding SHARE Email Facebook Twitter October 16, 2017center_img Budget News,  Education,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today called on state House of Representatives leaders to pass funding for state-related universities. These bills, so-called non-preferred appropriations, were approved by the Senate in July. They have yet to be called up for a vote by the House. These appropriations include funding for the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania State University, Temple University, and Lincoln University.“It is long-overdue for the House to approve this essential funding and no longer hold our students and universities hostage,” Governor Wolf said. “There is no more time for excuses, and if the House fails to act as they have for months, these institutions of higher learning will be forced to increase tuition. After years of drastic cuts by the previous administration, we have increased funding for higher education in the commonwealth. We cannot go backwards.“I applaud the Senate for passing these bills nearly three months ago. I urge the House to allow our flagship state universities to be fully funded and no longer put unnecessary stress on our schools, students and their families.”Last week, Governor Wolf spoke personally with the leaders of Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln to reassure them of his commitment to maintaining their funding and ensuring students do not face higher costs as a result of these bills languishing in the House of Representatives.last_img read more

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Ørsted Signs Triton Knoll Power Offtake Agreement

first_imgØrsted and innogy have entered a power purchase agreement (PPA) under which Ørsted will offtake 100% of the power generated by the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm, for which innogy has now reached financial close. The agreement with innogy covers the first 15 years of generation from the 860MW offshore wind farm, expected to be commissioned in 2021.Once Triton Knoll is operational, Ørsted will handle the intra-day fluctuations in volume and prices balancing the power into the grid. Ørsted’s market exposure is limited to fluctuations in power prices on a day-to-day basis, the company said.Hans Bünting, COO Renewables of innogy SE, said: “With the signing of this PPA with Ørsted and the financial closure, which we’ve reached today, we’re confident that our flagship Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm has robust, financial security at its heart. The successful delivery of this arrangement with Ørsted also demonstrates the continued success of innogy’s ability to forge valued, strategic partnerships as we continue to grow our offshore portfolio across the globe. While we may compete in some areas of renewables, I’m delighted that we’ve secured this cooperation with Ørsted and look forward to working closely with them in the future.”The agreement is similar to those that Ørsted has with partners in its own portfolio of offshore wind assets, the offshore wind giant explained.Morten Buchgreitz, Executive Vice President, Ørsted Customer Solutions, said: “Ørsted acknowledges innogy as one of the most successful European energy companies. As we do ourselves, innogy relies on the expansion of renewable energy to grow its business activities and fight climate changes. Therefore, I’m proud that innogy and its partner companies have entrusted us to handle a 15-year power purchase agreement. I’m very much looking forward to our cooperation.”The 90-turbine Triton Knoll will be capable of supplying power equivalent to more than 800,000 UK households annually.last_img read more