first_img Students reflect on the shift to online classes and unplanned move home Related University offers coronavirus resources and help guides Mark Elliott and Martha Gladue reflect on efforts to support global community Ten weeks of House traditions, crammed into one night.That was the scene at Lowell House on Thursday, as Faculty Deans, House staff, and students took a break from frantic packing and travel planning and made the most of one of the last few days on campus. Residents came together for a greatest-hits version of traditional spring events, including tea outside, the Bacchanalia spring formal, and an impromptu performance of three songs from the (now canceled) Lowell House opera “Sweeney Todd.”“The spirit of the evening was incredibly cathartic and important,” said Lowell House administrator Beth Terry. “The community interaction is so vital, and that’s what people focused on. There were a lot of tears, but also happiness, and gratitude. Of course it’s a negative [experience], but out of that comes incredible positivity between tutors, administrators, and students here. We in the Houses do what we can to make the students feel supported.”,In addition to navigating last-minute festivities, staff at the Houses were hard at work helping students sort, store, and ship belongings. Volunteers from across the University also pitched in to help with travel assistance, room-key drop-off, and library book returns. It was a scene repeated across the College and in the University’s dozen Schools, as staff and volunteers helped students pack, move out, and plan for an immediate future of distance learning.Lowell was a microcosm. Brenda Messervy, a senior analyst at the Harvard Allston Land Company, and Elizadel Deauna, administrative coordinator for the Dean’s Office at Harvard College, were on hand in the Lowell dining hall to help students book travel home.“As a mom, I couldn’t bear the idea” of not helping students get where they needed to go, said Messervy. “It’s an emotional time, and I knew I had to help.”,Down the street at Leverett House, building manager Paul Hegarty expressed gratitude for staff volunteers who handed out packing supplies and directed students to shipping and storage stations in the Houses. Hegarty said the help he received was integral to making sure the move-out process went smoothly and gave him time to send critical updates to residents.“We had to make everything as efficient as humanly possible, and everyone helped out,” said Hegarty, who has worked at Harvard for 18 years. “As we go, there are more problems that come up that need solutions. The most impressive thing to me was the alumni and volunteers from around the campus who showed up to help.”Depositing a large box of books at a storage drop-off, Leverett resident Andrew Rao ’21 said that the staffers’ work made a difficult situation much more bearable.“They’ve been helpful with updates, and helping us get all our supplies,” said Rao. What new U.S. travel rules mean for foreign students, scholars The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. ‘Unsteady,’ ‘lucky,’ and ‘overwhelmed’ Information aims to give students, professors, and staff a hand with moving, remote learning, meetings, travel, financial aid, and other issues last_img read more

first_imgCredit unions have long prided themselves on their mission to provide the highest quality offerings to their members. Nowhere has this philosophy been more clear-cut than in credit unions’ commitment to maintain lower fees as compared to the much higher penalties typically imposed by larger, national financial institutions.Lower overdraft fees have been a source of member-centric differentiation in recent years. Credit unions have led the financial services industry in providing their members with a variety of choices regarding their overdraft solutions, from Courtesy Pay (opt-in), overdraft lines of credit, transfers from savings, and transfers from credit cards. Members can typically select one or all of these services while also having the option to “opt-out” from all of them. This past fall, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) signaled its intention to once again pursue Overdraft Prerule 3170-AA42 on the list of regulations it intends to target in 2017. These proposed changes take a one-size-fits-all approach by including credit unions in the mix of banks. The entire industry, however, should be vigilant in protecting credit unions’ abilities to provide overdraft services to members. Credit union trade associations like CUNA and NAFCU are working diligently to minimize any future regulatory burdens imposed by the CFPB so that credit unions can continue to offer value-added overdraft programs to their members. Vital to that effort will be helping the CFPB understand how — and to what degree — credit unions differ from other financial institutions in the philosophy behind their current overdraft procedures, policies and fee structures. Four forward-looking actionable steps credit unions can initiate to serve their members even more effectively through flexible, member-friendly overdraft programs include:Position your overdraft program as a value-added solution: In all external communications — as well as in-house strategic thinking — communicate the mindset that your overdraft program is another valuable component of your credit union’s overall checking continuum. To that end, review current overdraft policies, disclosures and opt-in agreements for clarity, completeness and user-friendliness. Make sure your website has easy-to-locate, dedicated pages that explain your credit union’s overdraft program, including how it works, how to opt-in or out, and the fees associated with your policies, all reinforced by readily accessible FAQs. In addition:Make the same information available at your branches, contact center and website, on both desktop and mobile.Provide your members with contact information and phone numbers to use when they have questions.Train your member-facing staff to have a thorough understanding of your overdraft programs and how they work.Clearly disclose the features of your overdraft program: The CFPB recommends that financial institutions “provide account holders with clear, comprehensive terms and pricing information for all available overdraft options.”This translates to spelling out the features of your overdraft program in comprehensive but simple ways. Taking the lead in helping members understand your credit union’s overdraft policies may also result in the additional benefit of helping protect your credit union from potential legal action that could stem from the CFPB’s aggressive prosecution of institutions whose policies it thinks contain unclear or misleading overdraft information.Utilize the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Model Disclosure Box for Checking Accounts: One of the simplest ways to guarantee clarity for your members is to consider utilizing the Pew disclosure box format.   Pew’s sample creates a one-page summary of the fees associated with checking accounts that includes overdraft options for consumers with debit cards, card processing policies in place and a dispute resolution agreement. It is already approved by Pew and the CFPB, making it a no-brainer for most of the banks and a handful of credit unions that have already adopted it.Contact members if they are overdrawn: Another way credit unions can help members minimize overdraft fees is by personally contacting them if they are overdrawn, especially if it has been longer than a few days. Your member may be chagrinned at first, but will likely be grateful that you have taken the time to call a one-time error to their attention. However, it is equally important to reach out to continuously “heavy overdrafters” to understand what is causing their situation. This group is also likely to be pleased by the individual attention, and the discussion may create an opportunity to educate these members on other options to help them better manage their checking accounts.Personally working with members who may need alternative solutions and ensuring the credit union industry remains committed to monitoring and managing its programs with members’ best financial interests at heart will ultimately provide relief and support. Credit unions can serve as educators and role models for the industry by making proactive changes to provide transparency and clarity of their overdraft programs. 87SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kari Anne Arnosk Kari Anne Arnosk is Director of Debit Consulting at Advisors Plus where she works with credit union clients to create the most effective strategies for maximizing their checking and debit … Web: Detailslast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 14, 2014 at 12:50 am Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — DaJuan Coleman was unable to play in No. 2 Syracuse’s (17-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) 69-59 win against Boston College (5-12, 1-3) on Monday due to swelling in his left knee.Coleman, who has not started the Orange’s last five games due to a left leg contusion, did not practice Sunday and is continuing daily treatment for the injury he suffered two and a half weeks ago.“Basically just waiting for the swelling to go down,” Coleman said. “It’s getting a lot stronger, though.”Coleman has played just three minutes in those five games — garbage time at the end of Syracuse’s win over Virginia Tech last Tuesday — and appears to favor his right leg when warming up with a left knee brace before games. He was averaging nearly 15 minutes per game before the injury limited him to only six minutes against Villanova on Dec. 28.Coleman’s status is still day-to-day with the Orange’s next game against No. 23 Pittsburgh on Saturday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’m hoping that he, this week, gets better and that we can use him,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “That’s what I’m hoping for, but we’ll see what happens.”Coleman said he suffered the injury setting a screen in practice when a teammate banged into the side of his left knee. Since beginning treatment shortly thereafter, Coleman said the leg has gotten gradually stronger.His treatment consists of light weight lifting to warm up, then running on a treadmill in an in-ground pool to reduce strain on his leg.“That’s basically what I’m doing and just resting,” Coleman said.It’s just a matter of icing the contusion and waiting for the swelling to go down.“When he’s ready, he’ll play,” Boeheim said. Commentslast_img read more

first_imgFemi SolajaDominant force in Nigerian cricket scene, Ibeju/Lekki team last Sunday confirmed their supremacy in the sport by winning the coveted Club Cricket Committee (CCC) League title which was rounded up at the Tafawa Balewa Cricket Oval in Lagos.It was Abiodun Abioye who spear headed the team to a convincing win as Ibeju Lekki won by six wickets against the Lagos Asians, a team made up of Indian immigrants in Lagos.Ibeju Lekki’s Yusuf Mustapha took four wickets in 4.5 overs. Adedeji Sesan took three wickets in four overs, while Abiodun Abioye also of Ibeju took three wickets in four overs in the second innings. Ibeju Lekki scored 74 runs for the loss of four wickets in 10.3 overs. Jide Bejide scored 35 runs off 27 balls in 40 minutes, while Akachukwu Chima also of Ibeju scored below 15 runs off six balls in 13 minutes.Lagos Asians’ Endurance Ofem and Desai Dappa all took one wicket each, but this was unable to stop the rampaging Ibeju Lekki.A total of 12 teams participated in the league made up of six teams each in the Division One and Two.At the end of the league, Rocks Cricket Club gained promotion to the Division One from Division Two, while former Division One top club, Foundation Cricket Club got relegated to the lower division.The runners up in Division Two are the Cricket Lovers Club and Rocks Cricket Club of Abeokuta.Desai Dapan of Lagos Asian emerged Bowler of the series while Man of the Series award was won by Chester Ashmith. The Young Cricketer of the series award went to Sulaimon Rinsewe with 154 runs, 6 wickets and 9 catches in 9 games. CCC Chairman, Charles Omuerah, presented awards to winners.In his closing remarks, the representative of the sponsor and Head Corporate Communications, Notore Chemical Industries Plc, Ngozi Mba, said “at Notore, when we considered sponsoring the Club Cricket Committee League, (CCCL), we felt strongly that there is the need to help revive cricket at the grassroots level in Nigeria and it resonated greatly with our mission to enhance the quality of life for all Nigerians through our businesses.“We believe that our sponsorship of CCC will improve the welfare of some of Nigeria’s best rising young cricket players while also inspiring other young athletes to pursue their athletic aspirations“On behalf of our Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Onajite Okoloko, and everyone at Notore, we would like to congratulate the Ibeju Lekki Cricket Club and the Lagos Asian Cricket, Club on their performance during the championship finals, and we look forward to the upcoming cricket season,” she remarked.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgBluestem at Belle Plaine Wrestling4A REGIONAL IN ROSE HILL, 11 A.M. WELLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL  Caldwell at Flinthills BasketballWichita Collegiate, away.Freshman B&G – 4:15 p.m. Varsity girls, JV boys – 6 p.m. Varsity boys, JV girls will not be played. Follow us on Twitter. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington wrestling team will embark on the Class 4A Regional wrestling tournament to begin at 3 p.m. in Rose Hill. Sumner Newscow will be having a live blog for the event.There will also be plenty of basketball. The varsity Crusader basketball teams will be traveling to Wichita Collegiate. The varsity girls start at 6 p.m.Sumner County teams are also playing critical games down the stretch. The full schedule for this weekend is as follows.  Argonia at Central SUMNER COUNTY TEAMScenter_img Wrestling4A REGIONAL IN ROSE HILL, 3 P.M. WELLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL Friday, Feb. 19, 2016   Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016   Medicine Lodge at Conway Springs Sedan at Oxford 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 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 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 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 commentslast_img read more