Hail fellows, well met

first_imgSome of the most coveted spots on campus this spring aren’t in Harvard College. They’re as Harvard College Fellows.Since 2009, these teaching-focused postdoctoral positions have proven a boon to Harvard students, to academic departments across the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), and to the College Fellows themselves, many of whom have gone on to land tenure-track faculty positions in a tough job market.This fall, departments from Statistics to Sociology to Slavic Languages and Literatures will welcome a total of 30 College Fellows. More than 500 individuals who’ve received their Ph.D.s since 2007 have applied.“These exceptional new Ph.D.s have become highly valued members of virtually every academic department,” said Allan Brandt, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, which has administered the program with the FAS Office for Faculty Affairs. “Departments have reciprocated with strong mentoring and support, doing all they can to make sure their College Fellows succeed.”The Harvard College Fellows program arose from the financial crisis, when FAS had to reduce the number of visiting faculty brought to Harvard each year. To help compensate for this loss of teaching staff, Brandt engaged, with Nina Zipser, the dean for faculty affairs and planning, in “creative administrative thinking” to match the skills and interests of energetic young Ph.D.s with the needs of FAS departments.“It lets the fellows do what they’ve been working so hard to do,” he said. “They benefit from working with our exceptional students, honing their teaching skills, and greatly enhancing their prospects in a difficult job market.”While College Fellowships last just a year (with the possibility of renewal for a second year), the program does all it can to ensure that fellows become full-fledged members of their departments and of the broader Harvard community. Fellows devote 75 percent of their time to teaching, with the remainder set aside for their research and scholarship. They receive a salary and benefits, but as important, they receive intensive mentoring and training from faculty in their departments and from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.The first two classes of College Fellows have discovered an experience that gives would-be professors a leg up in the job hunt. Of 21 College Fellows in 2009-10, two-thirds either landed a tenure-track faculty position or so impressed their Harvard host departments that they were kept on for a second year.After receiving his Harvard Ph.D. in Romance languages and literatures in 2008, Dana Lindaman found permanent jobs scarce and the competition fierce.“The Harvard Fellows program allowed me to build my teaching corpus while polishing some of my own work,” said Lindaman, now an assistant professor of French at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. “I think that the extra year spent honing my craft helped me to feel more comfortable in the job interviews when it came to talking about my own teaching philosophy, career trajectory, and research interests.”As a 2009-10 College Fellow in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Lindaman was treated like a colleague and included in the rotation of department faculty teaching theory to graduate students.“Former professors of mine now solicited my professional opinion,” he said, adding that they also served as mentors in his move to the other side of the desk. “You spend so much time as a graduate student learning the content that you hardly have time to deal with … the teaching and the administrative side of things.”Several current College Fellows already have landed permanent academic jobs. Aarthi Vadde, who spent this year in the Department of English, has obtained a tenure-track job at Duke University. Thomas Herold, a member for the past year of Harvard’s Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, will start this fall as assistant professor of German at Montclair State University in New Jersey.“This position enabled me to ride out the storm of recession-induced reduced job prospects and gave me the cushion I needed to change my approach to the job market,” said College Fellow William Bares, who will take a tenure-track position in the fall as director of jazz and popular music studies at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. “Were it not for this program I simply do not know what else I would have done.”Music Department Chair Anne Shreffler said Bares’ courses were a hit with students.“William has taught courses in areas we are normally not able to cover: jazz harmony and jazz improvisation,” said Shreffler, the James Edward Ditson Professor of Music. “The jazz course enrollments far exceeded our initial expectations and clearly filled a need for teaching in that area.”Herold was similarly essential to his department’s ability to maintain course offerings this year.“We had three ladder-rank faculty on leave for the entire year, so we really needed help to cover our curriculum,” said Judith Ryan, the Robert K. and Dale J. Weary Professor of German and Comparative Literature and chair of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures.Herold filled the gap by teaching a new course titled “Love and Betrayal in German Literature,” as well as “German Literature from Goethe to Nietzsche” and “Advanced Conversation and Composition: The Two Germanies.”“He has been doing a fabulous job in all of these courses, and we’re very pleased to have him as a colleague,” Ryan said. “The students really appreciated the care he took with their writing, as well as the way in which he conducted classroom discussions. I know this not only from anecdotal evidence, but also from the CUE evaluations he received.”Though initiated in response to budget cuts, Brandt said he expects the College Fellows program to be sustainable and beneficial in the long run.“Two years on, we feel we’ve created a program that creates tremendous opportunities,” he said. “We’re urging peer institutions to consider establishing similar programs.”last_img read more

Spain’s virus surge hits mental health of front-line workers

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The unrelenting increases in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations in Spain following the holiday season are once again straining hospitals and increasingly threatening the mental health of workers. For nearly a year now, doctors and nurses have been fighting the pandemic with little time to rest. A study released last week found that nearly half of health care workers in Spain were at high risk of suffering from mental health disorders after the peak in April. Experts say the intensity and duration of the pandemic will only worsen health problems like depression and anxiety in already exhausted medical staff. One doctor says society must take care of its medical staff so they can care for those who most need help.last_img read more

Retirement Plans

first_imgBecause of the negative impact of the COVID-19 crisis on America, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law to provide emergency relief to individuals and businesses.As a result of the act, changes have been made to several retirement plan provisions.10% Early Withdrawal PenaltyTypically, when money is withdrawn from a qualified retirement plan before age 59 1/2, a 10% early distribution penalty is assessed. If allowed by the plan, the 10% penalty that would normally be assessed on early withdrawals from a retirement plan may be waived for distributions up to $100,000 for certain situations encountered due to the COVID-19 crisis.Penalty-free withdrawals may be made by individuals during the 2020 calendar year if he or she, his or her spouse and/or dependent have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and/or has suffered financial losses due to reduced work hours, loss of employment, etc.Loan LimitsA qualified retirement plan may, but is not required to, provide loans to plan owners. If loans are made, there are limits to loan amounts.Since the COVID-19 crisis began, limits on amounts that can be borrowed from employer-sponsored plans and deadlines for repayment have been expanded.The maximum loan amount has increased to $100,000 or 100% of the plan participant’s vested account balance, whichever is less. This applies to loans made on or before Sept. 23, 2020, and may be made by an individual if he or she and/or his or her spouse or other dependents have been diagnosed with COVD-19 and/or has suffered financial losses due to reduced work hours, loss of employment, etc.Loan repayments may be delayed for up to one year, but interest continues to accrue during this time. The retirement plan may also extend loan terms for up to one year. If loans are not repaid, the distribution will be taxable.Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)Normally, when a person reaches a certain age, he or she is required to begin taking RMDs from their employer-sponsored retirement accounts and their individual retirement accounts (IRAs) the year following reaching that age.The CARES Act has suspended RMDs from employer-sponsored retirement plans and IRAs for calendar year 2020. If RMDs already have been made, plan participants can roll the money back into the plan or roll it over to another plan without any tax consequences.There are overall rules that govern various types of retirement plans. However, retirement plans can differ from one employer and/or sponsor to the next.Be sure to check with your retirement plan sponsor and/or financial advisor before making a decision about withdrawals or loans from your retirement plans.last_img read more

People’s United Bank and RunVermont announce partnership to host USAT national championships

first_imgPeople’s United Bank,The Vermont Convention Bureau has announced the selection of Burlington as the host location for the 2011 and 2012 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships. This signature event, first being held in August 2011, will welcome 2,000 athletes along with 4,500 spectators from across the United States for a multisport festival.People’s United Bank and RunVermont have formed a unique partnership, with People’s United signing on as the title sponsor. Details of this national sports festival and sponsorship will be unveiled at a press conference being held at 9:30 am, Tuesday April 12, at the Montpelier Room at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Burlington. Governor Peter Shumlin will be the key speaker at this announcement, which will immediately follow his kickoff speech for the Vermont Travel Industry Conference. A partial list of speakers at the press conference include Tourism Commissioner Megan Smith, People’s United Bank president Michael Seaver, and Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss.‘The honor of being chosen for a national event of this caliber places Burlington on the list with prior host cities such as Chicago and Kansas City,’ says Tom Torti, president of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. ‘The Burlington area has long been considered the ‘best of the best’ for outdoor sports and lake-based activities and this triathlon is our chance to showcase that on a national and international stage. The Chamber and the Vermont Convention Bureau have pursued the USAT for years and we’re pleased that our blend of cosmopolitan flair and stunning physical beauty make Burlington the ideal spot for a national sports event.’The Triathlon will consist of the USAT Aquathlon National Championship, The USAT Age Group National Championship, the USAT Sprint National Championship and the USAT Elite National Championship and Multi-Sport Expo. These competitions will be taking place in the greater Burlington area as athletes will be challenged among the distinctive urban cityscape as well as the waters of Lake Champlain. The event will welcome participants from all fifty states and several countries to participate in this epic festival.According to Peter Delaney, Executive Director of RunVermont, this event will be hard to miss.  ‘To host this competition is a tremendous honor for our community and the impact of the event won’t be contained to Burlington alone.  The course venues will extend into South Burlington and Shelburne and spectators will certainly be seeking services throughout Vermont for lodging, meals and recreational amenities before and after the competition.  We expect the economic impact to exceed $2 million, and that is a conservative estimate.’The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce is the largest business advocacy organization in the state. The mission of Chamber of Commerce is to promote commerce and economic growth guided by the principles of community engagement, environmental responsibility, and issue-centric advocacy. To accomplish this goal, the Lake Champlain Chamber provides its nearly 2,500 members with quality services that are responsive to their needs and that will enhance their ability to succeed. To learn more about the Chamber, visit www.vermont.org(link is external).last_img read more

Colombia, South Carolina Establish Bilateral Relationship

first_imgBy Dialogo August 06, 2012 South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Colombian Vice Minister of Defense Jorge Enrique Bedoya signed a partnership proclamation on July 23, formally establishing a bilateral relationship between South Carolina and the Republic of Colombia in the National Guard’s State Partnership Program (SPP). A ceremony at the South Carolina statehouse made the announcement official with the attendance of Colombian and U.S. visitors, including the Colombian Embassy in Washington D.C., the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, U.S. Southern Command, the National Guard Bureau and the South Carolina National Guard. The National Guard’s SPP links U.S. states with partner countries for the purposes of supporting the objectives and goals of the geographic combatant commander and the U.S. Ambassador. It promotes national security objectives, country and regional stability, partner nation capacity, and improved understanding and trust throughout the world. “This is a historic day in South Carolina. We have a new friend and partner. We look forward to strengthening our relationship with Colombia and we look forward to all we are able to share,” Haley said. The bilateral relationship between South Carolina and Colombia is the 64th state partnership in the program’s history. With the addition of Colombia, there are a now a total of 22 SPP relationships with 28 countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean. “We have a new friend today that the Republic of Colombia has found with the state of South Carolina. We are very excited about this new relationship. We are now partners for life,” Bedoya said. The vice minister said that his country and South Carolina have much in common including “the values that we share, the respect for our men and women in uniform, and of course, the fight against terrorism and narco-trafficking.” For his part, Major General Robert E. Livingston, adjutant general of South Carolina, said, “Both of us – the Colombian Military and the South Carolina National Guard – have a lot of hard lessons learned in counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, consequence management and response to local emergencies in support of local authorities. This truly is a sharing. We don’t have all the answers and the Colombians don’t have all the answers. But as we share we become stronger militaries.” The program’s goals reflect an evolving international affairs mission for the National Guard to interact with both the active and reserve forces of foreign nations, interagency partners, and international non-governmental organizations, emphasizing the National Guard’s unique state and federal characteristics.last_img read more

More markets. More members. More growth.

first_imgFour years ago, Arbor Financial Credit Union($652.M, Kalamazoo, MI) was a different financial institution —  both by brand and by plan.Known then as Educational Community Credit Union, the cooperative had a community charter for 21 counties that allowed it to serve more than educators; however, its name created a marketing barrier that limited its growth potential. Between 2010 and 2015, the credit union increased assets 24%, compared with a statewide growth rate of 41% over the same period.“We thought it would be good enough to say everyone could belong,” says Earle Shelner, the credit union’s chief financial officer. “But having the word ‘Educational’ prevented members from even looking at us.”After a nationwide search to replace its retiring CEO, the credit union hired Julie Blitchok in March 2015. Blitchok previously worked for the state’s largest cooperative, Lake Michigan Credit Union($6.5B, Grand Rapids, MI), as its senior vice president of retail operations. There, she saw firsthand how a large branch footprint — again the state’s largest — could affect growth. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

‘Love Drives Us’ parade brings community together during pandemic

first_img(WBNG) — Dozens participated in a drive-by parade in Binghamton on Saturday, intended to demonstrate solidarity within the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re doing it to show the spirit of the community because we’re surviving and thriving in the pandemic,” Arnold said. “It’s been a summer of cancelled events so this is something that’s open for everybody.” The event was supported by both the town of Dickinson and the city of Binghamton. It included families, local leaders, and first responders. Organizer Joanne Arnold said she organized the event in hopes it would bring the community together during a difficult time. ‘Love Drives Us,’ a Community Caravan kicked off at SUNY Broome, and traveled three miles down Front Street to Riverside Drive. last_img read more

Family home built for entertaining on the market in Cashmere

first_imgThe study at 94 Corvus Dr, Cashmere“The layout is great, everyone has their own area they can retreat to,” Mrs Searle said. Outside there are two patios that overlook the in-ground swimming pool. “It’s a fantastic home for entertaining,” Mrs Searle said. “We often have friends and family over for barbecues and because of the elevated position we get fantastic breezes and a beautiful outlook.” The swimming pool at 94 Corvus Dr, CashmereMrs Searle said the home was in a quiet and secure area in Greenwoods Estate. “It’s a really family friendly neighbourhood with lots of kids,” she said. “We will miss it but it’s time for a change.”Mrs Searle said the home would suit another family who like to entertain and spend time outdoors. 94 Corvus Dr, CashmereInside, the home has four living areas, including a games room and a children’s retreat, and a kitchen with granite benchtops, walk-in pantry, electric oven and gas cooktop. The main bedroom has a walk-in robe, skylight and ensuite with granite benchtops. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The remaining bedrooms have built-in robes and there is also a study that could be used as a fifth bedroom. center_img The kitchen at 94 Corvus Dr, CashmereENJOY bushland and mountain views from this family home on the market in Cashmere. The property at 94 Corvus Dr was built in 2010 by Nerida and David Searle to suit their growing family. Mrs Searle said with three children, they made sure to include plenty of space and storage. “We also made sure we had those extras that make life eCaasier such as side access and a swimming pool,” she said. “The pool is fabulous — the kids are always in it.” last_img read more

Gold Coast home of famous cartoonist Paul Zanetti hits the market

first_imgAs long-time collectors of mid-century furniture from the 1950s and ‘60s, they also wanted an appropriately styled house to keep their period furnishings and classic American cars.Tallai’s The Panorama fit the bill, with sweeping skyline views and extravagant homes similar to those of the Hollywood Hills.“We couldn’t believe it, when we found this site we knew our search was over,” Mr Zanetti said. “Incredibly, the site was a bonus 10 acres.” The Zanetti’s spent two years designing and building the house. A Playboy-inspired wet bar is a standout feature.They searched for an architect that was familiar with mid-century modernism, finally finding one who had been waiting for clients like them all his life.“We imagined a place that could’ve been Frank Sinatra’s, Dean Martin’s or James Bond’s special hideaway in the Hollywood Hills,” Mr Zanetti said.“Or even Hugh Hefner’s secret Playboy pad where he could host private parties away from the mansion. “We even had a Playboy wet bar built to add that party vibe — and we’ve had some great parties up here.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoThey spent two years designing and building the four-bedroom house before moving into the property in 2004.“We wake up every morning to stunning views, sometimes with cockatoos on the glass pool fence taking turns to splash themselves with the water,” he said. It’s surrounded by bushland making it a private retreat. The views are breathtaking.“We sit in bed or on the balconies or pool deck watching lightning shows, fireworks, the moon rising, but most beautiful are the evenings when the sun sets behind our mountain. “It casts a shadow over the foreground of the Coast and a golden glow to the skyline. It really is like a looking at a living postcard.”Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty agents Isaac Genc and Kelly Hutchinson are marketing the property under an expressions-of-interest campaign.Ms Hutchinson said it was a unique property with a modern design that would remain relevant for years. The Tallai property at 603 The Panorama has been listed without a price tag.A FAMOUS Australian cartoonist is hoping to draw a buyer to his picture-perfect Gold Coast home.Walkley Award-winning cartoonist Paul Zanetti and his wife Michelle have listed their Tallai home, affectionately known as Eldorado.Mr Zanetti became the youngest regularly published cartoonist in Australia when he started contributing caricatures to Sydney’s The Sun at 16 years old.Over the years his work has been featured in The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph and syndicated internationally. Paul Zanetti has lived on the Gold Coast with his wife Michelle and children since 2004. Picture: Jerad Williams The house has a retro vibe.He moved from Sydney with his wife and children in the early 2000s to build the home of their dreams on the Coast.They wanted a Hollywood Hills-style home inspired by the mid-century modernist architecture of Richard Neutra, Frank Lloyd Wright and Pierre Koenig. MORE NEWS: Penthouse revamped by The Block twins up for grabs MORE NEWS: Region now a millionaire magnetcenter_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:20Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:20 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 Rate1xFullscreen6 Australian wow homes that have just sold01:20last_img read more

Diver Training Agency RAID Lands New Investor

first_imgInverness Graham Investments, a private investment firm based in Philadelphia, has trough its recreational safety education portfolio company, Kalkomey Enterprises, invested in the RAID Scuba Diver Training agency.“We’ve been carefully researching the options to enter the scuba market for some time. We chose RAID because it has the values we look for in a company; world class programs driven by an enthusiastic and passionate team that is making Scuba fun for everyone involved,” said Inverness Graham managing principal, Michael Morrissey. “Their vast array of training programs and impressive technology platform make them a perfect match to partner with Kalkomey. This marriage positions RAID to challenge the current industry paradigm, which is exactly what we were looking for.”Kalkomey specializes in online recreational safety education for state required certifications and is an official provider of recreational safety education materialsin the USA, as well as Canada, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand. Using a web‐based delivery model, Kalkomey has helped millions of students get educated to safely boat, hunt, and operate off-road vehicles and snowmobiles.Jason Alexander, Kalkomey CEO, said: “Our research indicates that people interested in outdoor recreation participate in many different activities over their lifetime. We believe there is enormous demand among the millions of Boat-Ed and Fresh Air enthusiasts we’ve already trained, as well as the hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts that we newly teach each year, that will want to try scuba diving! We’re excited about the opportunity to apply our expertise in parallel industries to drive these potential customers through the doors of dive centers that join the RAID movement. Together with RAID we know we can truly Partner with dive shops to help their businesses grow and thrive.”RAID, which operates in more than 60 countries,  is advertised as an emerging dive training brand globally with a mission to innovate the dive industry through digitizing education, systems and processes.The virtually paper-free RAID online training platform has recently been recognized for ISO compliance, and its programs were also found to meet the RSTC’s minimum standards paving the way for RAID’s membership with the RSTC.“The RAID system focuses on training divers on critical skills such as proper trim and neutral buoyancy in the diver position, we believe it’s essential to also train dive professionals on those same skills to ensure they are best serving the needs of their students to be divers, not just certified,” said Jim Holliday who will continue on leading business operations as president of RAID.last_img read more