Professors share impact of work


Ten of Notre Dame’s most exciting and engaging professors shared the impact of their work in the first “ND Thinks Big” event Thursday evening in the Mendoza College of Business. The event was co-sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) and The Hub, a student-run website which promotes academic engagement online about issues in the Notre Dame community. Paul Barany, co-chair of “ND Thinks Big,” said students chose the nine professors and one administrator who spoke at the discussion. Mike Collins, the distinct voice of Notre Dame Stadium, served as host and moderator for the event as well. “The editors of The Hub got together and picked the different speakers to invite,” Baranay said. “We knew we wanted someone from each of the five colleges and one from the administration; we knew we wanted older and younger people who are experienced and people who are up-and-coming.” Lou Nanni, Vice President of University Relations, opened the presentation with a speech titled “To Dream Big, Remember Where You Came From.” The talk reflected on the history of the founding of Notre Dame. Jessica Hellmann, professor of the biological sciences, said the need to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere was imperative in combating climate change. She also said students should each reevaluate their view of nature and their interactions with it. Economics professor Michael Mogavero addressed the 10 major mistakes universities make in implementing strategic plans. The most important mistake to fix was the failure to build a campus community with fundamental trust between faculty, students and staff, he said. Corey Angst, assistant professor in the Department of Management in the Mendoza College of Business, said the pilot program for Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab use in classes was highly successful. The program was introduced to certain Notre Dame courses in the fall of 2011. Angst said his entire class was completely paperless and promoted environmental-friendly education. All books, tests and homework were completed electronically, he said. Aaron Striegel, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, discussed the benefits of video games in rehabilitation. The ability to measure rehabilitative progress in patients is often limited by the high cost of effective medical instruments, he said. As a solution, medical trainers can monitor the recovery of their patients by having them play gaming systems such as the Wii and the “Cloud” virtual computing system. Peter Garnavich, professor of physics, delivered his speech, “The Revolution Continues,” which traced the history of human understanding of Earth’s location in the universe through the discoveries of Copernicus and Edwin Hubble. “Earth is located in the suburbs,” Garnavich said. “We are the South Bend to the Chicago in the galactic universe.” The event was recorded and will be made available online at The Hub website. read more

How credit unions can shine in dark times


first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Weber Mark Weber is the CEO and Chairman of Strum, a 30-year nationwide leader in financial services, branding, business intelligence analytics and data-driven strategy. With offices in Seattle and Boston, Strum … Web: www.strumagency.com Details Credit unions with close relationships to their members and communities were made for a time like this.Advertising plans and marketing strategies built for 2020 could not have predicted the current state we’re in. The temptation is to jerk the wheel and cut advertising spend and marketing projects because they are viewed as a large budget expense. While rapid changes to media and marketing strategy are appropriate, stopping marketing is a knee-jerk response that could hurt your opportunities to emerge from the crisis and recession more rapidly in the future.Going silent with your brand risks losing vital awareness and positive perceptions of trust and accountability when consumers, businesses, and communities need it most. There is also the risk of losing market share to other financial brands who will step up to fill the vacuum—including the non-traditional players who have been eroding relationships one specific product offering at a time. Credit unions cannot lose sight of protecting their brands and readying for the challenge ahead of marketing strategically for growth and health.As studies from the last two recessions have shown, massive cuts in advertising might be the worst thing to do, and can hurt your future speed to recovery after the recession. As the last recession began to ebb, 2009 media spending declined overall. The organizations that sustained their spending increased their sales and market share during the recession, and especially after the market returned.In conversations with financial institutions across the country, we are helping them reevaluate and recalibrate their strategies and marketing spending in focused ways right now around media mix, greater audience targeting, product prioritization for immediate relief, and messaging content and tone. How financial institutions dial in their marketing and advertising across these dynamics will determine how fast they come out of this crisis: at full speed or battling to catch up.Shifting Media MixUnsurprisingly, TV and streaming are booming as Americans stay home. Broadcast news (especially local program viewing and listening) has increased. In addition, many of our clients who have sustained broadcast buys are receiving unprecedented value-added placements from stations who appreciate their business at a time when other advertisers are pulling back. The value of every media dollar spent here is essentially being multiplied.While TV has deep reach in building brand awareness, digital media provides faster, more dynamic ways to target audiences quickly and measure results. Streaming is on a rapid rise and social platform usage is also up dramatically. Migrating or increasing spend in these areas will help you reach a steady concentration of consumers to build your brand.But not all media is gaining in value. Many financial institutions’ media plans included event sponsorships and out-of-home advertising during spring and summer when people are normally outside and on the road. They are the largest impacted media right now for obvious reasons. Out-of-home contracts can be challenging, if not impossible, to get out of without major fee penalties. However, several outdoor companies are offering make-goods and extended flights to build back promised impressions.Messaging Content and Tone In the first wave of shock, many financial institutions offered soothing but ultimately vague messages. The phrase “we’re in this together“ was a near universal theme. But actually being there for members requires clear follow-through, relevant solutions, and practical help.As the recession mounts, value, simplicity, and online options will be increasingly prized. Price and rates, fees and payments, along with fast online and mobile solutions will all matter more than ever. You’ll want to be direct, simple, and clear, not just empathetic. Credit unions can and should be proactively leading individuals, households, and businesses through this crisis with real empathy—which means lowering hurdles in any way possible to get customers into a better financial position.How you respond—and the communications and brand voice you use—will set the tone for your reputation and image through this crisis. Brands like Hotels.com are advertising with Captain Obvious right now. Why? Brand building and visibility ahead of the curve. One day ahead, people will be starved to travel again.A 2019 national study found that 77% of consumers prefer to buy from brands that share their personal values. We’re seeing that in brands like Zoom and Ford stepping up to help America battle the crisis. We believe this values focus will only rise through this crisis. This is a time for you to lead with your own values and purpose.Preparing for the RecoveryAs the first wave of this global pandemic begins to reach its apex and we begin to think about returning to some level of normalcy, it’s time to prepare not just for this next phase, but longer-term growth—which will be undoubtedly dominated by data analytics and well-targeted member journeys and focused marketing strategies.Disruption fosters innovation, for those who capture the moment. But most credit unions, frankly, have not had to innovate significantly in the booming growth market of the last decade. Unfortunately, this crisis will expose any weakness that success has hidden. And a lack of data-led marketing strategy and analytics will cause many organizations to fall further behind in the recovery ahead.Smarter digital tools and intelligent analytics will no longer be an optional investment. This is a pivotal moment to rethink your priorities, spending, and marketing investment in these areas. Speed to implementation and results will become more critical than ever. Ultimately, this is the best investment because it will enable you to create personalized services for your members that will help them each individually find financial wellness and get ahead.Members absolutely need their credit unions in different ways now than ever before. Pivoting to be a lifeline, providing helpful solutions, flexibility to stay afloat, and online and analytics strategies to help people manage their finances is an opportunity to build your brand in powerful and needed ways.Your brand can be built up and honed in a crisis, or it can be damaged with missteps. Don’t step back from sound strategic marketing with a wait-and-see approach. Step up to lead visibly and in tangible ways—with your staff, with your members, with your communities who all need you in different ways right now. Remember, credit unions were made for a time like this.last_img read more

Sakho relishing run of derbies


first_img The game at White Hart Lane was the first in a run of four Premier League derbies for West Ham and, although Sakho is looking ahead to a clash with league-leaders Chelsea next week – with a trip to Arsenal also on the horizon, he has his eyes firmly set on reaching double figures against Palace beforehand. “I am really looking forward to our game on Saturday against Crystal Palace, I look forward to every game but particularly at home, playing in front of our fans,” he said. “The game against Crystal Palace away at the start of the season was my first game for the club so it was special for me, we won as well which makes it better. “Every derby is special for the fans, and for the players also. I’m quickly learning how important London derbies are, and after Palace we’ve got two more against Chelsea and Arsenal. “They are all big matches, but honestly, I never get fazed by any match. The Chelsea game next week is huge for everyone. A Wednesday evening game under the lights at the Boleyn Ground is something to look forward to. But, we will only focus on the Chelsea after Crystal Palace.” Allardyce admits he was glad to see Sakho back amongst the scorers last time out and has been pleased with the continued effort of the 25-year-old. “I was happy with everyone’s performance (at Tottenham),” he said. “But of course it was nice to see Sakho score, I think he’s been working hard it just hasn’t fallen for him. He deserved his goal because of his work rate and to get in that position from where he scored in the first place.” Diafra Sakho is looking forward to three more London derbies in the coming weeks, starting with the visit of Crystal Palace. Press Association There will be added pressure for Sakho, as well as Enner Valencia, to score the goals to get the Hammers back in the hunt for European football after both Andy Carroll and Carlton Cole were sidelined with injuries. Former Paris St Germain forward Nene has arrived on a free transfer and, given his shortage of options in attack, Allardyce is likely to give the 33-year-old some game-time against the Eagles. The Hammers’ only other absentee for Saturday is Morgan Amalfitano, who is still serving a three-match ban after his sending off at West Brom in the FA Cup defeat. Palace boss Alan Pardew believes the Eagles can draw inspiration from West Ham’s success this season. The Hammers have finished 10th and 13th since securing promotion from the Championship in 2012 and Sam Allardyce’s side have pushed on again this term, maintaining a challenge for the league’s European places. Palace are on course to survive their second consecutive season in the top flight, with five points separating the Eagles from the relegation zone ahead of their trip to Upton Park. “Are West Ham a model club for a team like us? Of course, the problem at Palace is the history, it’s a yo-yo club,” Pardew said. “The second year in the Premier League, this is the toughest year. “In the first year after promotion, you can get by with this sheer excitement and adrenaline that being in the Premier League can provide. “In the second year that kind of runs out and you then are leaning on what you have in the building in terms of quality. “We’re hoping we’ve got enough in the building to overcome that second year. “It’s a very, very difficult thing to do but once you’ve done that, you can stabilise if you buy and trade well. “Stoke, West Ham, Southampton, Newcastle – they’ve all done that in recent years.” Pardew led West Ham to the Premier League in 2005 via a play-off final victory over Preston and he guided the Hammers to ninth place and an FA Cup final the following year. “It’s still special going back and I have still got some staff and ex-players who are still there,” Pardew said. “And obviously there is the connection from Newcastle now with Kevin (Nolan) and Andy (Carroll). “I just think Upton Park is a great stadium for football – the atmosphere and the way the crowd get involved in the game, it is a bit like what we have here. It is an emotional ground. “I hope they will be able to transfer that to the Olympic Stadium – I think that is going to be important to West Ham. “They are going to get more revenue from moving but what they can’t lose is that special kind of atmosphere that you can create there. There were some magic nights.” Fraizer Campbell, Yaya Sanogo and Marouane Chamakh will all miss the clash with hamstring injuries while Jonny Williams (groin) and Jerome Thomas (knock) are also out. Palace captain Mile Jedinak could make his first start under Pardew, having returned from a sore ankle, while James McArthur has recovered from a thigh problem. The Senegal striker tops West Ham’s goalscoring charts and has already found the back of the net nine times in the Premier League since his summer arrival from Metz. Having gone three games without a goal, Sakho scored to put the Hammers 2-0 up at Tottenham last weekend, only for Sam Allardyce to see his side concede two late goals and have to settle for a point. last_img read more

Week 13 Fantasy RB Rankings: Derrick Henry bullies his way into top five


first_imgThe best fantasy football owners can do sometimes is react. Heading into Week 13, we’re able to assess guys like Rashaad Penny, Bo Scarbrough and Benny Snell Jr. with some accuracy. Sure, it would’ve been nice to know last week that Penny and Snell should be in all our lineups, but it’s never that simple. There was a case to be made for Scarbrough — he already placed near RB2 territory a week ago. But you’ve surely opened the Week 13 fantasy RB rankings to see if what happened last week can happen again.With Snell, the answer is contingent on the health of James Conner (shoulder). There’s no reason Snell can’t put up solid numbers on heavy volume against the Browns in Week 13 if he gets to be the lead back. If Conner returns, Snell will be relegated to the sideline and not have a chance at big numbers — so, essentially, we can’t really know much about Snell until late in the week. Penny seems more likely to continue his production, although he’s still got to compete with Chris Carson. Penny’s usage Sunday wasn’t injury-related, though, and Chris Carson has pushed himself toward the doghouse because of fumbles multiple times. Penny’s a former first-rounder and probably someone you can trust as a FLEX. Reminder: These rankings will be adjusted throughout week, so check back often for the latest updates and analysis!MORE WEEK 13 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderWeek 13 Fantasy RB RankingsThese rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.RankPlayer1Christian McCaffrey, CAR vs. WAS2Saquon Barkley, NYG vs. GB3Dalvin Cook, MIN @ SEA4Josh Jacobs, OAK @ KC. Kansas City allows the most fantasy points to running backs, so Jacobs might be looking at a huge Week 13. 5Derrick Henry, TEN @ IND. Assuming Henry didn’t reverse script and use up all his good weeks already, we’re entering the time of year when he became a leaguer winner a year ago.6Le’Veon Bell, NYJ @ CIN7Alvin Kamara, NO @ ATL. Kamara hasn’t been as effective on the ground as we’ve come to expect, but nine catches saved his fantasy day Sunday and a similar output could be coming his way Thursday night against a Falcons team that can be seriously thrown on.8Nick Chubb, CLE @ PIT9Ezekiel Elliott, DAL vs. BUF. Commentators really like saying that Zeke likes to eat, so what better day for him to totally get back on the right track than Thanksgiving?10Aaron Jones, GB @ NYG11Melvin Gordon, LAC @ DEN12Todd Gurley, LAR @ ARZ13Phillip Lindsay, DEN vs. LAC14David Montgomery, CHI @ DET. Detroit’s biggest weakness is defending against solid running backs, so Montgomery should have one more great game before he approaches the rookie wall. 15Miles Sanders, PHI @ MIA.16Joe Mixon, CIN vs. NYJ17Devin Singletary, BUF @ DAL18Leonard Fournette, JAX vs. TB. Tampa has allowed the second-fewest rushing yards, but Fournette is too good to really consider sitting, especially when you add in his increased role in the passing game this season.19Chris Carson, SEA vs. MIN20Jonathan Williams, IND vs. TEN. Williams saw nearly 30 touches a week ago, and with Marlon Mack (hand) out, you pretty much have to ride the hot hand here.21Benny Snell Jr., PIT vs. CLE. We’ve removed James Conner from the rankings and moved Snell to this spot to adjust accordingly for what should be a heavy early-down workload.22Derrius Guice, WAS @ CAR. Guice saw an increase from seven to 10 carries in his second game back from injury, while Adrian Peterson also rushed 10 times and matched Guice’s one catch. Guice is probably the more talented back at this point, but it’s not a super encouraging situation for fantasy upside. This matchup is, however, so Guice should have a solid day.23Tevin Coleman, SF @ BAL24Devonta Freeman, ATL vs. NO. Check to be sure Freeman is active Thursday night.25Bo Scarbrough, DET vs. CHI. The Bears’ run defense is deceiving at this point. It’s right about league average in fantasy points allowed to running backs. Scarbrough should see 15-plus carries again on Thanksgiving, so you can feel decent about starting him.26Ronald Jones, TB @ JAX27Kenyan Drake, ARZ vs. LAR28Austin Ekeler, LAC @ DEN29Darrel Williams, KC vs. OAK30Kareem Hunt, CLE @ PIT. Hunt’s overall offensive involvement has made him useful in standard leagues, although not to the extent that he’s extra reliable in PPR formats.31Carlos Hyde, HOU vs. NE. The Pats have allowed the fewest fantasy points to RBs this season. The Texans’ offense might move the ball decent with Deshaun Watson at the controls, but that doesn’t mean you can count on a ton of production from Hyde.32James White, NE @ HOU33Sony Michel, NE @ HOU34Mark Ingram, BAL vs. SF. San Francisco has allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to running backs in 2019. Baltimore’s best option in this game will be to rely heavily on Lamar Jackson, which means Ingram’s upside is severely limited. 35Jamaal Williams, GB @ NYG36Rashaad Penny, SEA vs. MIN. Penny’s huge game in Week 12 will have us keeping our eyes on comments out of Seattle all week. This is a former first-rounder who could be extra valuable in fantasy if he were to leapfrog Chris Carson on the depth chart.37LeSean McCoy, KC vs. OAK38David Johnson, ARZ vs. LAR39Adrian Peterson, WAS @ CAR40Tarik Cohen, CHI @ DET41Latavius Murray, NO @ ATL42Raheem Mostert, SF @ BAL43Kalen Ballage, MIA vs. PHI. When eight touches for 26 yards is an improvement, that’s when it whacks you over the head again that it might be time to find a different running back. 44Jaylen Samuels, PIT vs. CLE45Peyton Barber, TB @ JAX46Royce Freeman, DEN vs. LAC47Duke Johnson Jr., HOU vs. NE48Jay Ajayi, PHI @ MIA. Ajayi received six carries in Week 12 and could be a speculative play this week if Jordan Howard remains out, but you’d be betting on Ajayi finding the end zone to make his fantasy start worthwhile.49Brian Hill, ATL vs. NO. Hill would rise back up to around 40 if Devonta Freeman is out Thursday night.50Nyheim Hines, IND vs. TEN. Hines saw a season-high nine carries with Marlon Mack (hand) out in Week 12, so you can probably pencil Hines in for low double-digit touches.51Frank Gore, BUF @ DAL52Dare Ogunbowale, TB @ JAX53Bilal Powell, NYJ @ CIN54Alexander Mattison, MIN @ SEA55Gus Edwards, BAL vs. SF56J.D. McKissic, DET vs. CHI57Malcolm Brown, LAR @ ARZ58Giovani Bernard, CIN vs. NYJ59Rex Burkhead, NE @ HOU60Tony Pollard, DAL vs. BUF61Dion Lewis, TEN @ IND62Ty Johnson, DET vs. CHI63Wayne Gallman, NYG vs. GB WEEK 13 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerScarbrough might be the easiest to trust in terms of continuing his workload going forward, but his Week 13 Thanksgiving matchup against the Bears is the trickiest to want to play him in. Two weeks of dominating the Lions’ carries suggest that the former Alabama back has made the starter’s job his, so he should definitely be rostered, but starting him this week might be just as risky as the others.WEEK 13 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPOther than those waiver wire targets, it’s another week of anticipating good and bad matchups. David Montgomery (@ Lions) and Jordan Howard (@ Dolphins) have two of the best. Carlos Hyde (vs. Patriots) and Mark Ingram (vs. 49ers) have two of the worst. In the middle, you have a guy like Jonathan Williams, who saw nearly 30 touches on Week 12 Thursday Night Football but had really never been heard from much in his career. We’d take the relatively unproven Williams with seemingly lots of volume over two veterans in tough situations like Hyde and Ingram.WEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endAnd at last, with no bye weeks, you may actually be able to sit guys like Hyde and Ingram in matchups that you had no choice but to play them in before. Don’t forget, too, to check your lineup before 12:30 p.m. ET on Thanksgiving to make your early decisions.MORE WEEK 13:Waiver pickups | FAAB budget | Snap counts | Stock watch | Fantasy playoff SOSlast_img read more

‘Where’s Henry’ rifle is at The Gold Corner and Smoker’s Choice; tickets going fast


first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The Henry rifle is at The Gold Corner and at Smoker’s Choice.  Both locations still have a few tickets available.  This will be the last week for the displays, but we might come up with a place or two to display the rifles during the week of the Wheat Festival.  As of today, Carroll Glass/Pig Shack BBQ and Bank of Commerce are out of tickets for the ‘Where’s Henry’ raffle.  Those that still have tickets are as follows:  Impact Bank, Gold Corner, Smoker’s Choice, Trigger Guard Shooting Range, Wheatland Services, Rohrer Custom and Fabrication, Jane Cole, with Farmer’s Insurance, and Vince Erwin Glass has just a few left.  If your in Caldwell, Impact Bank might have a few left.  During the week of the Wheat Festival Where’s Henry officials intend to have tickets for sale at different venues, depending on availability.  We have saved back 200 tickets just for the week of the festival.  The drawing and auction will be held on Saturday, July 9 at approx. 7 p.m. on the stage in front of the Memorial Auditorium, and the winner will not need to be present.  Lifetime resident, auctioneer and farmer Larry Theurer will auction the Henry serial number one directly after the drawing for Henry serial number two.For more information on Where’s Henry click here.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more