Saint Mary’s launches new website for the College

first_imgSaint Mary’s launched its new website last Wednesday, with the purpose of telling the Saint Mary’s story with a new look and feel, according to vice president for College relations Shari Rodriguez.Last spring, the College conducted research on prospective students and parents, current students and faculty and staff, Rodriguez said. The research was focused on opinions about Saint Mary’s, the strengths of the College and how the College compares with other higher education institutions.“Through that research we gained a cleared understanding of the types of things prospective parents and prospective students want, and that is a little different than what current students and faculty and staff care about,” Rodriguez said.The research helped solidify the decision to update the website with new images, branding and messaging, she said, as well as admissions materials and banners around campus.“Our old website was trying to serve everybody, and because these audiences have such different needs, it was best to restructure the website to hone in on what each audience cares about,” Rodriguez said.“The website was developed based on what prospective students and parents told us about how their make decisions [about college] and what they want to know quickly.”For this reason, the variety of majors and departments are prominently displayed on the updated website, and it is mobile-friendly as well, Rodriguez said.“International students, transfer students or first-year student have tabs on the lower half of the home page, you want to be able to [click] on the information you care about quickly,” she said.It is also important for prospective parents and students to understand what someone does with particular majors and see what the outcomes are for Saint Mary’s students, she said.“People want to hear stories,” Rodriguez said.The new website will be infused with students and alumnae stories because, Rodriguez said, stories help prospective students see themselves at Saint Mary’s through others’ experiences and where education at the College can take them.Chief information officer Michael Boehm said the new portal my.saintmarys.edu is also part of the website upgrade released last Wednesday. Having the Saint Mary’s portal for current students, faculty and staff helps to target information to the specific audiences, he said, and students, faculty and staff are given targeted access for all applications they use on a daily basis.The portal also helps the College to be transparent and present information that’s available but not often easily found, such as College policies on campus safety and emergency information, Boehm said. The portal will continue to be a work in progress, he said.“The creation of the portal is very much a user-driven process,” he said. “We didn’t want to make assumptions that these are the features our users will want so the multiple phases will allow users to provide input and make recommendations.”On the portal, there is a “Buy, Sell, Trade” forum in which students, faculty and staff can sell event tickets, sell books or share rides, Boehm said.“It’s an opportunity for the College to have a marketplace,” he said.Before this forum, Rodriguez said there wasn’t an efficient way of communicating items for sale or ride-sharing.The forum was one of the things that came out of the focus groups, Boehm said, and the community as a whole thought it would be of value. In January, Boehm said, there will be a variety of different forums for users to provide feedback on the portal.Rodriguez said she and others on the website project will be tracking how people use the site to make sure the update is as effective as it can be.“We will be using Google Analytics to watch how people navigate through the site and making changes accordingly,” she said. “We want the website to be user-friendly and help people find information they want in most efficient manner.”Tags: Michael Boehm, new website, saint mary’s, Saint Mary’s portal, Shari Rodriguez, website upgradelast_img read more

Saint Mary’s to show documentary exploring link between slavery, mass incarceration in U.S.

first_imgSaint Mary’s will show the documentary “13th,” about how the United States’ history of slavery has led to institutionalized racism and mass incarceration. The Saint Mary’s justice studies program planned the screening as part of a series of diversity events celebrating Black History Month. An interactive discussion held by assistant professor of philosophy Andrew Pierce and assistant professor of sociology Kelly Faust will follow the film.“The film makes a compelling case that the explosion of incarceration rates in the United States that began in the 1970s marked a continuation of forms of racial domination and control that originated in slavery and remain in force today,” Pierce said. “The SMC justice studies program strives to promote the College’s mission to address the complex needs and challenges of the contemporary world and to identify, understand and combat social injustice.”Pierce said justice studies chose to show the film for its commentary on the U.S. prison system. “We decided to screen this film because mass incarceration and racial injustice are closely linked issues that demand attention and action,” he said. The program hopes this film will make more students aware of the social injustices occurring within our country’s prisons and encourage discussions of these topics in classrooms and across campus, Pierce said.“My hope is that the film helps to expand conversations about racial injustice beyond the boundaries of the classroom, and moves the Saint Mary’s community to action on this pressing and persistent form of injustice,” he said. “[‘13th’ is] an important film that allows the broader campus community to engage with issues and debates that frequently arise in justice studies courses,” Pierce added.Sophomore Hannah Fisher said she will be watching “13th” as an extra-credit opportunity for her “Faith in Action” theology class.She said she believes her professor offered extra credit “to show that Saint Mary’s does want to point out diversity and make sure that all diverse groups of campus feel included.”  “It is important to know what happened in the past in order to not make the same mistake again in the future,” Fisher said. The documentary will be shown in Saint Mary’s Carroll Auditorium on Wednesday at 5 p.m.Tags: Black History Month, Justice Education Program, mass incarcerationlast_img read more

Darren Criss on Hedwig: She’s a ‘Wreck of a Mess of a Tragedy’

first_img Hedwig and the Angry Inch Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Darren Criss is back on the Great White Way in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and the Glee favorite recently chatted with NBC New York to discuss his Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning turn in the heels, fishnets and—of course—glitter. “This is definitely on the top of the small list of dream roles,” he said of the East German transgender rock star. “This character is just a wreck of a mess of a tragedy in a horrible sandwich of everything else that’s bad.” We think he might be referring to his makeup skills, but we’re not sure. You can catch Criss at the Belasco Theatre, opposite Rebecca Naomi Jones, through July 19. Star Files View Comments Related Shows Darren Crisslast_img read more

Leaf spot disease

first_imgThis is going to be a bad year for leaf spot diseases on landscape trees and shrubs. The leaf spotting that affects pear trees, including both edible pears and ornamental ‘Bradford’ types, is caused by a fungal disease known as Entomosporium leaf spot. This disease also affects related shrubs such as Indian Hawthorn and Red Tip Photinia. Looks like tiny sporesThe name of this disease comes from the fact that the spores look like tiny insects under a microscope. Entomo-sporium literally means insect-like spores. Leaf spot symptoms may vary with host plants. Initially leaf spots are small purplish, circular spots. The spots are sunken and have a white to grayish center and a raised dark purple to black border as the spot ages. Within the center of each spot the fungus produces a raised black, pimple-like fruiting structure. Some leaf spots, such as those on Bradford pear, may be small, circular and have a black, oily appearance. Each leaf spot is capable of producing hundreds of spores. Extensive defoliation will occur if the leaf spots are numerous.Pear trees that are otherwise healthy can tolerate a significant amount of leaf spotting and premature leaf drop. But, shrubs such as Indian Hawthorn and Red Tip Photinia can become severely infected, drop most of their leaves, and potentially die. Loves poor air circulation and wetnessInfection is favored by poor air circulation and prolonged periods of leaf wetness — like we saw this spring. Depending on the weather, some years are worse than others for leaf spot disease. By mid-May, Northwest Georgia had already received from 5 to 10 inches of surplus rain this year-to-date compared to the average. Plants that have very dense branches and a tight leaf canopy take longer to dry out when wet. Selective pruning can open up the canopy to more sunlight, increase air circulation throughout the plant and reduce disease incidence. Increased plant spacing, especially with hawthorns and red tips, can also help with air circulation and leaf drying. Avoid wetting leaves unnecessarily with overhead or sprinkler irrigation systems. If supplemental watering is needed, direct water towards the roots rather than the leaves and water early in the morning so that the foliage can dry out more quickly. Spray in spring and fallSeverely infected leaves that have fallen on the ground should be removed from the area and destroyed. Infection occurs primarily in the milder weather of the spring and the fall. Fungicides are most effective during this time. However, once the leaves are showing disease spots, the damage is already done and fungicides provide little benefit to plants. The key to managing Entomosporium is to spray as soon as you begin to see leaf spots on new leaf growth in early spring and prevent spread of the disease before it becomes more severe. Protective fungicide applications can be applied when leaves emerge in early spring and continue at 10 to 14 day intervals throughout the growing season. Fungicides that contain chlorothalonil or propiconazole are effective on Entomosporium leaf spot and many other leaf spot diseases. Be sure to read and follow the application rates and safety precautions listed on the label. Certain varieties of trees and shrubs are more susceptible than others. Do your homework before planting pears and hawthorns in the landscape to select the most disease-resistant variety. Resistant varieties aren’t totally immune to these leaf spot diseases, but they won’t require as much work to keep them looking decent. Unfortunately, if you like Red Tip Photinias, there really aren’t any good varieties on the market. For the most part, nurseries and landscapers have discontinued using Fraser Photinia (Red Tip) because of this leaf spot disease.last_img read more

How establishing a “why” can help credit union marketing efforts

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. This is the driving idea behind Simon Sinek’s TED Talk,“How Great Leaders Inspire Action.” In this talk, Sinek says that understanding the values behind an organization is fundamental to knowing what they do and how they do it. The essential beliefs behind an organization are, as Sinek calls it, their “why.” By establishing and incorporating a “why” into everything they do, companies can differentiate themselves from their competition and connect with their audience on a deeper level.In general, credit unions can capitalize on their cooperative model and not-for-profit nature. Presumably, all credit unions value their members and want to provide them with outstanding products and services. But organizations that are successful identify their unique “why” and live it from the inside out. CUs that desire a strong brand image must find the specific reasons for why they do what they do and focus on consistently portraying those values every day. It’s not enough to simply believe in the values that drive an organization; those values must be outstandingly apparent to the public through every touchpoint.The challenge for CUs is digging deep enough to find what makes their “why” different from their competition. “Almost every credit union believes it has great products and services, which does little to differentiate you from competitors,”  wrote Kat Anstine, COO of BYM Agency. “Instead, find the thing that makes your organization truly unique from all others. The thing it stands for above all else.” Whether it’s versatility, affordability, reliability, etc., CUs have to prioritize and own certain values if they want to stand out. continue reading »last_img read more

Purposeful talent development: A guided approach

first_imgYear after year, organizations identify key priorities for the coming year. For a while now, talent development has been a standard item on the list. Leaders understand that, for their organizations to meet strategic goals and grow, the right people must be in the right roles. However, as great as it is to have talent development as an identified priority, what is really key is what organizations are doing as a result.As with most things, an organization’s talent development actions speak louder than its words. Some organizations that identify talent development as a priority still treat it like a line item. They know they should have talent development on the list, so they do, but they fail to put a plan in place so talent development really makes an impact. With a guided approach, talent development can support both the staff and organizational needs today and tomorrow. A guided approach means having and following a clear strategy to focus development efforts and best leverage available resources.With budget season upon us, ask yourself: Is talent development going to be a true priority or just a line item at my credit union? Here are a few tips for how you can use a guided approach to really take action on talent development in the coming year. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Competitiveness of the tourism industry: HRK 25 million allocated for tourism projects in 2017

first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism today announced the results of the 2017 grant program called “Competitiveness of the tourism industry” through which will with total HRK 24 million 896 thousand to co-finance a total of 606 projects aimed at raising the competitiveness of the tourism industry in all counties of the Republic of Croatia.The funds are intended to increase the quality and additional offer of catering facilities, development of new products in the destination, sustainable development, internationalization of business, use of new technologies, etc. Beneficiaries are small businesses (companies outside the public sector, crafts and cooperatives), family farms which provide catering and / or tourist services and natural persons – private renters. “OThis year’s program is a continuation of all previous activities of the Ministry of Tourism aimed at encouraging the tourism sector with the aim of strengthening the competitiveness of Croatian tourism. In addition to projects on the continent, this year special attention is paid to the development of tourism on the islands, sustainable development and the use of new digital technologies to connect agriculture and tourism, or destinations with a local offer of domestic products. By financing tourism projects throughout Croatia, we want to strengthen the offer, achieve a more balanced tourism development of our country and contribute to the extension of the tourist season, “said Minister Cappelli, adding that over 1000 swimming pools have been built in Croatia in the last five years. “Also, due to the great interest of citizens and a large number of quality and well-prepared projects, we decided to raise the amount of grants by almost HRK 3 million, so from the original HRK 21,9 million the final allocated amount is HRK 24 million and 896 thousand” said Minister Cappelli.  The program consists of four measures, each with a different purpose of co-financing. Through measure A hotels, camps and other accommodation facilities, rural households and household facilities are supported by raising the quality provided they reach a higher category, development and improvement of additional facilities, thematic definition of hotels, investment in green entrepreneurship, construction of a new camp or rest area, or renovation expansion and arranging existing, developing and improving additional camp facilities, increasing and improving living conditions for people with disabilities, raising the quality of existing farms with the condition of reaching a higher category for one sun, arranging picnic areas, tasting rooms, wineries, and building swimming pools in household facilities. Through this measure, 485 projects were approved, with a total amount of HRK 21,4 million, with HRK 9,3 million related to the construction of 237 swimming pools in households.Through measure B special forms of tourism are being developed, such as rural and mountain tourism, cycling tourism, sports-recreational, adventure, adventure, diving, etc. special forms of tourism through investments in the necessary infrastructure, equipment and contents of terrain and space, playgrounds, caves, lookouts, training grounds , rest areas, etc. This measure also supports amusement and theme parks, small and floating hotels, renovation and arrangement of excursion wooden boats of traditional construction, and the creation of a package of new tourist products for markets of special interest. Through this measure, HRK 2,8 million was approved for 102 projects.Measure C refers to the availability and safety of tourists through co-financing of publicly available defibrillators (medical rescue and resuscitation devices) in catering facilities, with mandatory education, with priority given to catering facilities on islands and other parts of Croatia that do not have health facilities nearby. In addition, from this year, measure C will subsidize the transport of water to companies and crafts engaged in the hotel industry on islands without water supply. Measure D refers to recognizability, so it will finance the placement of island products through tourism, connecting agriculture and tourism using new digital technologies, as well as international gatherings important for entrepreneurship in tourism. Through measure C, HRK 300 thousand was allocated for 10 projects, and through measure D HRK 320 thousand for 9 projects.The results of the program “Competitiveness of the tourism industry” were published on the official website of the Ministry of Tourism http://www.mint.hr/default.aspx?id=370last_img read more

Magnitude-6 earthquake rocks Maluku

first_imgA magnitude-6 earthquake hit Maluku on Wednesday afternoon, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has reported.The earthquake struck at 2:33 p.m. Jakarta time with an epicenter 56 kilometers northwest of Saumlaki village in Maluku at a depth of 63 kilometers.#Gempa Mag:6.7, 26-Feb-20 14:33:12 WIB, Lok:7.50 LS,131.11 BT (56 km BaratLaut MALUKUTENGGARABRT), Kedlmn:28 Km, tdk berpotensi tsunami #BMKG pic.twitter.com/3QlKudh2f7— BMKG (@infoBMKG) February 26, 2020The BMKG said there was no threat of a tsunami following the quake. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake was recorded at a magnitude of 5.9.There were no reports of damage or casualties at the time of publishing. (kuk) Topics :last_img read more

Exhaustive search lands family their dream home

first_imgMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoPanoramic view of Montego HillsMr Tobin said they had thought they would have to go to Jimboomba to find acreage within their price range, describing Montego Hills as a “rare offering”. The Tobin family have bought their dream block of land at Montego HillsWhen Lance and Belinda Tobin signed the 100th contract at Montego Hills, it marked the end of an exhaustive two year search for the perfect new home.The couple has bought a 4000sq m block backing on to bushland, and are looking forward to watching their two children build a treehouse.“We love where we live, but we are excited about the change of lifestyle,” Mr Tobin said.“We are moving from a 400sq m block … we’re looking forward to the level of privacy, with like-minded neighbours. We also love the idea of our kids growing up in a traditional neighbourhood, where they are able to build a treehouse in the backyard and do all the things we used to do as kids.”The signing of the 100th contract at Montego Hills by Villawood Properties means the acreage community is now 65 per cent sold. There is room for a horse or two at Montego Hills.“Trying to find developments where you get an acre close to the highway and amenity is near impossible,” he said.“At Montego Hills, we’re at the centre of a growth corridor, just 25 minutes from the beach and 40 minutes from Brisbane.”Villawood Properties executive director Tony Johnson said stage six, which is now selling, had attracted strong demand from local and interstate buyers looking to combine country living with city convenience.“Montego Hills is one of the only acreage communities currently available between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and there is limited opportunity remaining to secure land in the estate,” he said.“Stage six is selling quickly, and the next stage will be the final stage of the community.”Mr Johnson said the final two stages offered some of the best views in the estate, with land ranging from 4058sq m and 7553sq m.last_img read more

European Court of Justice dismisses UK opposition to short-selling ban

first_imgThe government also argued ESMA’s aim to harmonise financial stability measures across member states was not the correct legal basis to grant it powers of intervention.However, the court dismissed this argument and said ESMA’s ability to intervene did not exceed its original authority.It also argued that enough safeguards were in place to limit its power.With regards to the regulator’s discretion, the ECJ pointed out the authority was already controlled by various limiting conditions and criteria.It pointed out that ESMA could only intervene in markets if there were a threat to cross-border stability, and if “no competent national authority had taken measures to address the threat”.Furthermore, the court said ESMA was already required to ensure its measures addressed the threat directly, and did not create the risk of regulatory arbitrage or have a detrimental effect on financial market efficiency.The court added: “The powers available to ESMA are precisely delineated and amenable to judicial review in the light of the objectives established by the authority that delegated those powers to it.”It also said the provision in EU law that allows its decision-making powers could not be argued against in isolation, as the UK had done.It said the provision must be considered with all the rules designed to ensure financial stability and market confidence.Both ESMA and the European Commission welcomed the ruling.A spokesperson for HM Treasury, which took the case to the ECJ, said it was disappointed in the judgment, which saw the ECJ go against its Advocate General.In his opinion in September, the Advocate General – the court’s highest adviser – backed the UK government and said ESMA’s powers went beyond what could be adopted to achieve stability.The spokesperson added: “We’ve consistently said we want tough financial regulation that works. But any powers conferred on EU agencies must be consistent with the EU treaties and ensure legal certainty. We will now consider the judgment in detail and respond, in full, at a later date.” The UK government has lost its case against the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) over its right to ban short selling in individual member states.ESMA’s current batch of regulation over short selling gave it the right to ban the practice if it felt financial stability in the European Union was at stake.However, the UK felt the regulator had been given too much leeway with regards to intervention, and that this was at odds with the EU’s principles on the delegation of powers.Taking the case to the European Court of Justice (ECJ), it said ESMA’s discretion was too political in nature.last_img read more