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Information session details upcoming housing renovations

first_imgAn information session on new housing was held Tuesday night to elaborate on the email students received Jan. 13 detailing changes and renovations being made to housing on campus. The email said residents of Pangborn Hall will be moved to the new female dorm that’s currently under construction while Pangborn Hall will serve as a “swing dorm” for residents of halls under renovation during the school year. The new corresponding male dorm will be filled by application. Megan Valley | The Observer The Office of Student Affairs showcases pictures of what two newresidential halls opening in the fall of 2016 will look like.Heather Rakoczy Russell, associate vice president for residential life, said the addition of new dorms and renovation of existing ones is a continuation of the residential master plan that began in 2006.“That residential master plan was largely aimed at what we call ‘decanting,’ or un-crowding the undergraduate residence halls,” Rakoczy Russell said. “A room, for instance, that’s a triple might become a double, doubles become singles and so reducing the configurations. Some of you probably live where study room have been converted into student rooms, so we, to the extent that we could, reversed that.”Walsh and Badin Halls were the last halls on the list to be addressed by the 2006 plan, so they, along with Morrissey Hall, will be the first ones addressed with the new residential master plan. “For the next chapter, we think of what will be the next residential spirit of Notre Dame,” Rakoczy Russell said. “What that master residential plan is focused on is some of the same, which is finishing decanting and equalizing heating and plumbing, but also something beyond that, something that’s special. That something is something we’ve come to call the ‘model program.’”According to Rakoczy Russell, the model program consists of three categories: student rooms, common space and apartments for hall staff as well as priests and faculty in residence. These categories form the foundation for residents to “gather to share life” and offer a chance to “build Christian community.”The new dorms, currently under construction, are located east of Pasquerilla East Hall and Knott Hall.“These halls are complementary, but asymmetrical — we didn’t want the dorms to be carbon copies of each other,” Russell said. “We know our men and women’s dorms are different for many reasons, and we didn’t want them to be identical.”Some of the differences Rakoczy Russell cited included full kitchens on every floor of the women’s dorm, with kitchenettes on floors two, three and four in the men’s dorm, space for food sales in the men’s basement and six-person rooms in the men’s dorm, as well as another apartment on the fourth floor for a priest or faculty member. Both dorms will have singles, doubles and quads. Other features in the dorms, largely determined by student focus groups, include reading rooms on the first floor, a two-story open main lounge and unique rooms on the fourth floors, which Rakoczy Russell said was to encourage seniors to stay on campus. The chapels will also be highly visible from the outside.“Our chapels are a central part of building Christian community in the residence halls,” Rakoczy Russell said. “By situating the chapel this way, this is externally expressed. When you walk past these halls, the chapel will be seen as its own entity.” Rakoczy Russell said applicants for the men’s dorm and the remaining beds in the women’s dorm would not be based on merit, but rather on balancing demographics, including “major, hometown, home country, interests, race, ethnicity and nationality.” Applicants will also have the option to apply as a group as large as six — the application will allow for students to indicate whether they’re only interested in moving if the whole group is selected, under the assumption they must accept if the entire group is chosen. Current Pangborn residents may also have the opportunity to “pull in” students from other dorms. “We have a deep and abiding love for the residential system here at Notre Dame, and we’re so grateful to be part of this campus,” Vice President of Student Affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said. “The motivation behind these changes is a reinvestment in the tradition we all hold so dear.” Tags: Construction, Housing, residence halls, Student Lifelast_img read more

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Watch Exclusive Finding Neverland Love Duet

first_img Star Files We’re bringing you an exclusive first look of your Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning Favorite Onstage Pair that will just make your adoration of them grow “stronger!” Check out the below video of Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly singing “What You Mean to Me,” the gorgeous love duet from the second act in Finding Neverland. Directed by Diane Paulus, the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Favorite New Musical winner features a score by British pop icon Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy, and is currently playing at the Great White Way’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The cast recording is available on Republic Records. Related Shows Finding Neverland Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 View Comments Laura Michelle Kellylast_img read more

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Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs Rules the Small Screen

first_img from $149.00 3. Diggs is ‘Three Emoji Kiss-Worthy’ View Comments Daveed Diggs Star Files Daveed Diggscenter_img 2. Backstage Dance Parties Go Down Every Night With a 2016 Tony nomination and a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award under his belt, Hamilton rhyme-spitter Daveed Diggs has been making the media rounds. The curly-haired beat dropper recently appeared on The Today Show, Yahoo News with Katie Couric and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to talk about his pre-Hamilton roots, backstage dance parties and the now infamous celebratory break-in that his brother and best friend administered on Tony nom morning. Take a look at the vids below to see Daveed Diggs dish on his co-stars and what goes on behind the scenes at Hamilton!1. Leslie Odom Jr. is ‘Silky’ Related Shows Hamiltonlast_img read more

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AIV offering insight into Vermont’s new health care laws

first_imgAssociated Industries of Vermont, with the support of several state and regional business organizations, will host a series of special briefings to help Vermont employers learn about how the state’s new health care laws will impact your insurance choices in the coming years, and what you can do to weigh in on these changes and the choices being made for the state.  The briefings will focus on the state’s implementation of federal reforms and look to the intended implementation of single payer healthcare.  Presentations will be made by insurance reform experts Susan Gretkowski and Heidi Tringe of MacLean Meehan and Rice, LLC. Events currently scheduled: ·         November 29, St. Albans, Chow! Bella Restaurant, 8:00 am to 10:30 am·         November 30, Montpelier, Capitol Plaza Hotel, 9:00 am to 11:30 am (8:30 registration)·         December 7, Rutland, College of St. Joseph, 9:00 am to 11:30 am (8:30 registration)·         December 13, Bennington, Mt. Anthony Country Club, 9:00 am to 11:30 am (8:30 registration)·         December 15, St. Johnsbury, The Black Bear Tavern and Grille, 9:00 am to 11:30 am (8:30 registration) Registration: Contact William Driscoll of AIV at (802) 223-3441 or info@aivt.org(link sends e-mail) at least one business day in advance of the briefing you would like to attend to register and ensure seating, and for any additional information or directions (early registration is encouraged).  Registration is $15 and includes refreshments and materials (the St. Albans meeting is free thanks to support from our partner organizations). AIV 11.22.11last_img read more

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Nassau, Suffolk Cops Cracking Down on Memorial Day DWIs

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau and Suffolk county police are warning that they’ll be beefing up patrols and cracking down on drunken drivers and boozed-up boaters over the Memorial Day weekend.Officers in both departments will be performing checkpoints and targeting problem areas on the roads and waterways while ramping up enforcement of driving while intoxicated laws.“I urge everyone to be responsible and to plan accordingly not just this holiday weekend but always so that you and others return home safely to their loved ones,” said Nassau County Police Commissioner Tom Dale.Despite such annual reminders, nearly 200 people were arrested for DWI last Memorial Day weekend. Nassau police said Thursday they arrested 85 DWI suspects this time last year—although they said they arrested 67 at the time—and Suffolk arrested 52. The rest were arrested by New York State and town police.Nassau police added that they will be coordinating with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services – Office of Counter Terrorism in a multi-agency initiative to round up drunken boaters.Suffolk police will also be increasing patrols in and around shopping and downtown areas, the department said.last_img read more

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Cybercriminals target community financial institutions in phishing scams

first_img 67SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Increasingly, credit unions and community banks are more likely to be targeted by cyber-attacks than larger financial institutions (FIs). This is due in part to hackers perceiving smaller organizations as easier targets. Another reason is the recent resurgence of traditional telephone voice phishing attacks. Criminals from all over the world are masking their location by using the same area code when voice calling credit union members and bank customers to gain access to their accounts. The crooks are taking advantage of geographically assigned mobile and landline phone numbers to enhance the ROI of their phishing attempts.According to a recent Credit Union Journal article, new data from security firm AdaptiveMobile indicates there were 112,220 attack messages sent to U.S. FIs during a four-month period from mid-September 2014 through mid-January 2015.In these phishing schemes, hackers sent SMS and email messages or made voice phone calls to consumers to attack credit and debit accounts. Cardholders received a message or a phone call that appeared to originate from their FIs, alerting them their card had been deactivated (detained, locked, frozen, etc.). Cardholders were then told to call a 24-hour cardholder service number.Many of these and similar phishing attempts are carried out in the evenings and on weekends to avoid potential defenses that might be in place during daytime or weekday hours. This highlights the importance of offering 24×7 cardholder support like many TMG issuer clients do through TMG’s call center services. Our fraud experts continue to monitor trends, research new authentication technologies and collaborate with clients to educate consumers on risky behaviors. continue reading »last_img read more

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3 reasons to put away those credit cards for good

first_imgCredit cards can be a valuable tool, but if not used properly, they can become a huge problem. Sometimes, you’re better off pretending that card doesn’t exist. Here are 3 reasons to leave that credit card at home.They make budgeting more of a hassleCold, hard cash. It’s something we all enjoy having a handful of. When you’ve got cash in hand, it makes it really easy to see how much you have and how much you can spend. All of my monthly bills are set up to auto-draft, and for everything else, I use cash. When you’re using a credit card, it’s so easy to lose track of your budget and overspend. You can’t do that with cash.They can cause debtIf you can be disciplined enough to pay off every cent you charge, each month, then a credit card can be a valuable tool. Most people aren’t that disciplined. For most, that credit card will only lead to debt. Once debt gets on top of you, it’s difficult to find your way out. If you’re using cash, you’ll stay out of debt and be able to slowly crawl out from underneath any debt you’ve already acquired.Less chance for fraudI’ve had fraudulent charges on my account a couple of times. Nobody has ever stolen cash from me. You of course can be robbed, but at least with cash a criminal has less opportunities. By using your credit card, cyber thieves have many more chances to capture your personal information and rob you blind. 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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The CUInsight Experience podcast: Tom Kane – CIA to CEO (#51)

first_imgWelcome to episode 51 of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Hosted by Randy Smith, co-founder of CUInsight.com. Today Randy welcomes Tom Kane to the show. Tom is the President and CEO of the Illinois Credit Union League, as well as LSC and other organizations. Tom received a Masters Degree in International Relations with a focus on the Soviet Union, and that led him to a job with the CIA. But lucky for us, sixteen years ago, he got into the credit union movement, and hasn’t looked back.Tom speaks about the three things that credit unions need to do to stay relevant. He talks about consolidation being the trend and how small and medium-sized credit unions need to collaborate more.We discuss the CU Kind campaign and how they got more than 61 credit unions to come together across the state giving more than 5000 volunteer hours in one day. And discuss Tom’s desire to see how doing this on a national level would benefit so many.Tom talks about his inspiration to take the CEO position and how the motivation has changed in the four years that he’s been on the job. The enemy is the perfect good is what he tells his team all the time. Tom believes that you can’t wait to be perfect before you act, or nothing will get done.Have you heard the saying ‘people don’t leave companies they leave people’? Listen in as Tom speaks about being a good employee, but most of all, being a good boss. He gives us many nuggets we can learn from. Enjoy!Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, StitcherHow to find Tom:Tom Kane, President and CEO of the Illinois Credit Union League and LSCwww.ICUL.comwww.LSC.nettom.kane@icul.comLinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Show notes from this episode:Check out all the good work Tom and his team are doing at the Illinois Credit Union League.LSC has been a long time partner of ours. See all the good work they do for credit unions here.Follow the CU Kind campaign on Instagram here. Great job!Shout-out: Jill NowackiShout-out: Jim NussleShout-out: Mark Cummins and the CU Forward campaign in Minnesota.Shout-out: Staci Hering for her work on the CU Kind campaign.Shout-out: Feed My Starving ChildrenShout-out: NCUF Annual DE Day of ServiceShout-out in memoriam: Dan PlaudaShout-out: Chuck FaganShout-out: CUESShout-out: CUNA – Tom is on the board.Illinois Credit Union League Women’s Leadership Conference that Tom mention Jill spoke at.Shout-out: Diana DykstraAlbum mentioned: True Confessions by BananaramaAlbum mentioned: Vampire Weekend by Vampire WeekendBook mentioned: In Search of Excellence by Thomas J Peter & Robert H WatermanBook mentioned: Good to Great by Jim CollinsGo follow Tom on Twitter. Get his followers up from 57.Previous guests mentioned in this episode: Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18 & 37), Jim Nussle, Chuck Fagen, Diana DykstraYou can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here. In This Episode:[01:23] – Tom, Welcome to the show![02:01] – Tom talks about his life and what led him to the credit union industry.[05:15] – Are there any other CEOs with a tech background in the league system?[06:40] – Tom speaks about being an optimist about credit unions and that he sees consolidation as being the most significant thing happening right now.[09:57] – Tom says three things can be done to keep credit unions relevant. A basic set of products and services, plan to grow membership and succession.[13:06] – Unless you are part of a substantial credit union, collaboration is the way to grow.[15:20] – Do you have five different boards you have to deal with?[16:28] – Tom discusses the CUKind Campaign that he was instrumental in putting together.[20:29] – What was the inspiration to go for the position as the President and CEO of the League?[21:51] – He tells us that he was passed over for the job a year earlier, but he kept his head in the game and was asked to take the position.[23:51] – The inspiration since he took the position has shifted from making changes to strategy.[25:41] – How would you describe your leadership style? How would your team describe it?[28:05] – Great experience and diverse is how he describes the team he has put together.[29:30] – Tom speaks about the Women’s Leadership Conference and the difference in styles between women and men.[31:18] -The enemy is the perfect of the good, is what his team hears him say over and over.[33:34] – People don’t leave companies; they leave people is something Tom uses all the time.[34:55] – What mistakes do you see young leaders make today? That you made when you were younger?[37:43] – When he has a day off, he visits with his adult children, and he works around his house doing renovations.[39:27] – Do you remember the first time you got into memorable trouble.[40:49] – Tom says he has absolutely no routines at all, every day is different.[42:07] – His favorite album of all time is Vampire Weekend.[43:41] – What book do you think everyone should read?[45:14] – Health has become more important as he’s gotten older, and his free time has become less important.[46:59] – Tom’s dad is the person who comes to mind when he hears the word success.[48:02] – His final thoughts? 139SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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Shannan Gilbert May Have Been Murdered, 2nd Autopsy Shows

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A New Jersey woman who authorities were searching for when they discovered the Long Island Serial Killer’s dumping ground may have been murdered, contrary to Suffolk County investigators’ findings, her family’s attorney said.Shannan Gilbert, a sex worker who was reported missing in May 2010 and found dead near her last client’s Oak Beach home 20 months later, appears to have been choked to death, according to a second autopsy performed by Dr. Michael Baden, a retired New York City coroner and current Fox News Channel contributor.“There is insufficient information to determine a definite cause of death, but the autopsy findings are consistent with homicidal strangulation,” Baden wrote in the report of his autopsy performed before Gilbert was buried in Amityville last year. His findings are based on two missing “horns” on Gilbert’s u-shaped hyoid bone in her throat.The Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office had said that her cause and manner of death was “undetermined.” Police have theorized that she was disoriented, wandered into the marsh her last client’s home, and drowned. Authorities have said the client, Joseph Brewer, is not a suspect in her death, but her family suspects that she is a victim of foul play by one of his then-neighbors, Dr. Peter Hackett, who has denied the accusations and since moved.“The police actually refused to pursue the investigation of the death of Shannan Gilbert,” her family’s attorney, John Ray, of Ray, Mitev & Associates, told reporters while flanked by Shannan’s mother and three sisters during a news conference Friday at his Miller Place office. “We think that that position needs to change.”Newly appointed Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini announced recently that he is asking the FBI to take a fresh look at the case that Gilbert’s disappearance sparked—the discovery of 10 sets of remains along Ocean Parkway dumped by up to three killers. In response to Ray, Sini said his investigators will review Baden’s findings.Related Story: Red Herrings Among Tips in Serial Killer Case“Suffolk County detectives investigating the Gilgo Beach homicides requested to review the report supporting any contrary conclusion reached by Dr. Michael  Baden, and the department is awaiting documentation,” Sini said in a statement.Later the same day, after receiving a copy of the report, Sini release a second statement.“It provides no additional information, and concludes, as did the Suffolk County Office of the Medical Examiner, that there is insufficient information to determine a definite cause of death,” Sini said.Ray said that he is hopeful that Sini’s tenure will be more helpful than the past two police commissioners that have led the department since the case broke. But Ray said that Homicide Squad detectives still refuse to meet with him and his private investigator to discuss the evidence they’ve collected. Ray noted that the FBI has met with him to discuss the case.Police did not to respond to questions about Ray’s allegations that detectives have told witnesses not to talk to him. Ray noted that, barring a legal challenge from the county, he hopes to acquire the recording of Shannan’s 911 call next week.Shannan’s mother, Mari, said that her daughter did not know how to swim and would not have waded into a marsh on her own. She and her surviving daughters said that their frustration with how the case was handled prompted them to file a lawsuit against police and Hackett.“She was not perfect…but she does not deserve to be forgotten,” Mari said. “There’s too many coincidences to say that they’re not all related.”Suffolk County police ask anyone with information relating to this investigation to call 1-800-220-TIPS or visit www.tipsubmit.com. A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the Gilgo Beach murders.last_img read more

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Tomatoes suspected in Salmonella outbreak

first_img Salmonella was found in an unopened bag of Roma tomatoes from a Sheetz Gas Station store in Greencastle, Pa., the Pennsylvania Department of Health said in a news release today. Jul 16 FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2004/ucm108325.htm Jul 19, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Salmonella was found in Roma tomatoes from a convenience store chain suspected as the source of an outbreak of salmonellosis in three states, Pennsylvania health officials announced today. See also: The FDA said the Sheetz chain has stores in Virginia and eastern Ohio as well as the states mentioned, often along interstate highways.center_img The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported Jul 16 that 57 cases of salmonellosis may be linked with food bought at deli counters in Sheetz Gas Station stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia between Jul 2 and Jul 9. “The tomatoes were distributed by Coronet Foods of West Virginia,” said Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff. “We will continue testing other samples collected to help ensure that the outbreak is not linked to other sources.” Wolff said Sheetz voluntarily pulled “all products in question” from its stores after notification of the potential problem. The Department of Health said it would conduct tests to identify the Salmonella strain.last_img read more