SMC SGA plans 2018 first year orientation

first_imgSaint Mary’s student body president and vice president — seniors Madeleine Corcoran and Kathy Ogden — have been tasked with planning an informational yet entertaining first year orientation. Corcoran and Ogden said they hope this orientation is even better than those in previous years.This year’s first year orientation has “some new components and changes,” Corcoran said in an email.“One of the biggest additions is adding early orientations for multiple groups of students such as band, sports and ROTC.”Corcoran said many of the events were inspired by her first year experience at Saint Mary’s. “My first year orientation experience was great,” she said. “They did a nice job making us [see new faces] and meet a lot of my classmates, and some of my friends in my peer mentor group became my future best friends and roommates. There were a lot of meetings, though, and we have been working to change that.”Ogden said her first year orientation was too “chaotic.” Ogden kept this experience in mind when planning orientation, allowing more time for first years to decorate their rooms and spend time with their parents. “I remember my first year orientation experience being so surreal, so much was moving so fast and there was so much going on,” she said in an email. “It seemed like I met over 100 girls in one day and that there would be no way to remember anyone’s name. I remember being so busy I wished I was given more time to just slow down and set up my dorm room with my parents before they had left. “This year’s freshman orientation will be a little less chaotic. We have lots of events scheduled for the freshman, but we tried to recognize that many girls will want to set up their rooms with their parents before they leave. The students who are there without their parents will be able to attend optional events hosted by SGA (Student Government Association), RHA (Residence Hall Association), SDB (Student Diversity Board) and many other student run events.”These events will be supplemented by other optional events like technology workshops, Ogden said. “We tried to rearrange the schedule where students will be busy but not too busy,” she said. “There are lots of informational events being hosted around campus and one that we are very excited about is ‘Tech Tips.’ As students, we found it would be beneficial to have a technology informational session for students where they are informed about the many websites (Blackboard, The Portal, Prism, TouchNet, ResLife) that SMC uses before their first day of classes.”SGA is planning several other first year events, some occurring as soon as the end of August, Corcoran said. The group will host the First Year Student Leader Reception on Thursday and the Involvement Fair on Aug. 29.Ogden said a panel discussion will be held early in the year. This panel will invite all students to ask SGA leaders questions and propose solutions as to how student government can help better service the campus community. “During this panel, we hope to have open conversations with students about what they see the student leaders are doing well and [what the student leaders] need to work on,” she said. “We also welcome any suggestions they might have midway through the first semester. We hope that by holding this panel, students will be able to come to us before concerns escalate. In addition to this, we also hope to have many events collaborating with Notre Dame, Holy Cross and the uniting the clubs around SMC.”First years should attend orientation because it is a quintessential part of the first year experience and a time, Corcoran said, many students will look back on fondly as they grow older. “I think the greatest benefit of attending orientation events is meeting new people,” she said. “These are your classmates, roommates and friends for the next four years. More importantly, these are the people who will become your family at your new home. Enjoy these moments, even if they are awkward, sad or take you outside your comfort zone. Some day you are going to be laughing about orientation and wishing you could do it all over again.”Tags: First Year, First Year Orientation, Saint Mary’s SGAlast_img read more

Compromise on procedural rules bill in the works

first_img Compromise on procedural rules bill in the works April 1, 2004 Regular News Compromise on procedural rules bill in the workscenter_img A bill proposing a constitutional amendment to give the Florida Legislature the authority to write all court procedural rules may be dead following a meeting of the bill’s sponsor with Florida Bar President Miles McGrane.McGrane, Tallahassee attorney Barry Richard, who represented the Bar on the issue, and Rep. Gus Barreiro, R-Miami, met last month after the House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee, which Barreiro chairs, passed the proposed amendment on a party-line vote.“We’re looking at a compromise,” Barreiro said on March 17.“It was a very friendly conversation and I understood what caused [Rep. Barreiro] to be concerned about court rule-making authority,” McGrane said. “I explained to him how it was done and we left with a mutual understanding. We are going to work together and get beyond this.”The preliminary agreement calls for the Senate President and House Speaker to be able to appoint a legislator or two to the Bar’s procedural rules committees, Barreiro said, and for lawmakers to get copies of proposed rule changes when they are submitted to the Supreme Court. That would give them an opportunity to comment before the court acts.Both of those actions were suggested by Richard in his presentations at two committee meetings as ways to assuage legislators’ concerns about the rule-making process and whether the Supreme Court was infringing on substantive matters with procedural rules.“The legislature will feel they are a part of the process” with those changes, Barreiro said. “If we can get to that point, the amendment will go away and we’ll have a compromise.”In a March 18 letter to Barreiro, McGrane wrote, “In addition to my February 19, 2004, letter to you wherein I proposed the Bar would give specific notice to appropriate legislative chairs and staff of court rule amendments, I will seek further changes in our processes so that the Bar can specifically include members of the legislature to each of our court rules committee.“You and I should further discuss the details of this concept — e.g. , how many lawmakers, how they should be selected, etc. — but I wanted this letter to reflect my understanding and approval of these concepts. Once we agree on the specifics, I will take this matter to the Bar’s governing board for immediate approval.”There is also another sign that the court system has taken notice of legislators’ concerns about both procedural rules and jury instructions. In a March 18 opinion on criminal jury instructions, the Supreme Court rejected two proposed instructions and returned them to the Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases.In the first instruction, the court asked the committee to revise the rule to reflect concerns of the House Judiciary Committee that the rule did not reflect state law and the second to update it with changes made by the legislature last year. Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases (2003-1), case no. SC03-629.last_img read more

New CUNA tool helps credit unions build brand awareness

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr For credit unions wanting to build a consistent image and message for their members and consumers, CUNA is now offering a web-to-print campaign branding tool.CUNA Brand on Demand helps credit unions develop a characteristic or distinctive voice in a consumer environment that is flooded with messages and images. Each brand is built with campaigns that promote credit union services such as auto loans, home loans and mobile banking, as well as the credit union difference. Collateral materials support the campaigns and the overarching ideal.“With CUNA Brand on Demand, credit unions have the power to create high-quality branded campaigns that will present themselves as their members’ best financial partner,”said Kristina Grebener, CUNA vice president of market research and consumer education.Credit unions will access the customizable materials through a portal where they can adopt one of the available brand families.“Your credit union’s brand represents a promise to your members,” Grebener said. continue reading »last_img read more

Laliga: Atletico, Real duel in Madrid derby

first_imgRelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Atletico vs. Real MadridOne of the most eagerly-anticipated fixtures of the La Liga calendar will take place at the Wanda Metropolitano tonight as Atletico Madrid welcome Real Madrid for the latest instalment of the Madrid derby.Real Madrid have faced criticism this season but top the table with 14 points following their 2-0 win over Osasuna on Wednesday night, while Atletico are second with 13 points heading into Week Seven.Four wins, one draw and one defeat – that is how Atletico have performed in Spain’s top flight this season. A total of 13 points has left them in second spot, trailing leaders Real Madrid by just a single point ahead of what is shaping up to be a very interesting capital derby at the Wanda Metropolitano.Diego Simeone’s side opened their league season with a 1-0 home win over Getafe on August 18, before beating Leganes by the same scoreline one week later. Atletico then made it three from three with a 3-2 home success over Eibar in their last match before the international break.The capital giants were stopped in their tracks on September 14 as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at Real Sociedad, though, before being held to a goalless draw at home by Celta Vigo which allowed a number of clubs to catch up.Wednesday night’s trip to Mallorca was hugely important for a number of reasons, and the capital giants returned to winning ways courtesy of goals from Diego Costa and Joao Felix. A bunched-up league sees Atletico sit just one point off Real Madrid despite only managing seven goals this term.Summer arrival Felix has managed two league goals in six outings, while Alvaro Morata and Costa have one each thus far. The likes of Diego Godin, Juanfran and Filipe Luis are no longer at the club, but Simeone’s side have conceded just four times in their six league outings this season, which is the third-best record in the league.Atletico have also been in Champions League action this season – opening their campaign with a 2-2 draw at home to Juventus on September 18. Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow are also in the same section, and therefore it would be a surprise if Los Rojiblancos did not make it to the round of 16.In terms of the league, Atletico will travel to Real Valladolid and host Valencia in their two matches either side of the October international break, before finishing the month with games at home to Athletic Bilbao and away to Alaves. Simeone will see the fixture list as winnable, but there are some potential banana skins.It will be the first meeting between Atletico and Real Madrid since the former recorded a stunning 7-3 win during their preparations for the 2019-20 campaign. There was little meaning to the game aside from the embarrassment, but Atletico were far superior during that pre-season clash.For all the criticism that has come Real Madrid’s way in the early stages of the 2019-20 campaign, the capital giants are one of only two teams – the other being Athletic Bilbao – to boast an unbeaten record in La Liga this season. Four wins and two draws have left them top – one point clear of second-placed Atletico and four clear of Barcelona, who are down in fifth following an indifferent start.Los Blancos started their La Liga campaign with an impressive 3-1 win at Celta Vigo, before drawing back-to-back games against Real Valladolid and Villarreal. At that point, questions were being asked, especially as their next win was far from convincing – a 3-2 home success over Levante.Zinedine Zidane’s side then suffered a 3-0 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League group opener. The French champions were without the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Neymar but still managed to run out convincing winners due to a strong performance from Angel Di Maria.Real Madrid travelled to Sevilla last weekend under pressure to pick up a big result and one certainly arrived as they recorded a 1-0 win courtesy of a second-half header from Karim Benzema. It was a huge result in the context of the season, and there is no question that it would have boosted the confidence of the players.Zidane made wholesale changes for Wednesday’s clash with Osasuna, which was a risk considering that the capital outfit have not exactly blown teams away this season. Los Blancos put in a strong performance, though, and goals from Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes secured three important points.The victory over Osasuna moved Real Madrid to the top of the table, and the European giants will now be looking to make it four straight La Liga victories when they travel to the Wanda Metropolitano for unquestionably one of their toughest matches of the season.In terms of what is ahead, the capital giants will host Club Brugge in their next Champions League game on October 1, before welcoming Granada and travelling to Mallorca either side of the international break.Eden Hazard is yet to really ignite at the Bernabeu but injuries have certainly played a part. The Belgium international was left out against Osasuna with the view to making his mark against Atletico, though, and the visitors will need their big-money arrival to impress if they are to pick up a big result this weekend. Atletico Madrid possible XI: Oblak, Trippier, Savic, Gimenez, Lodi, Saul, Thomas, Koke, Vitolo, Costa, Felix.Real Madrid possible XI: Courtois, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Hazard, Benzema, Bale.Tags: La LigaMadridReal Madridlast_img read more

Tipp ladies footballers live to fight another day

first_imgPhoto © Ladies Football Facebook Tipp came up against old rivals Wexford in the Divison 3 final of the ladies football league.Shane Roynane’s team were hoping to continue their unbeaten run this season.Wexford took an early lead in that one with two goals early in the first half. However, Tipp rallied the troops and brought it back to a draw at full time.That game is now going to a replay – official details are yet to be announced, but it will be played on either May 13th or 14th.last_img read more

Counterfeit US$50 note surfaces at Kitty business

first_imgBusinesses bewareBusiness people are advised to be on guard as counterfeit foreign currency has surfaced. Guyana Times was shown surveillance footage of an alleged fraudster who exchanged a counterfeit US note for Guyana currency at a shop in Kitty on Sunday.According to the proprietor, the perpetrator entered the grocery shop a little before 14:00h, appearing as a regular customer. He then bought about $4000 worth in groceries, however, just before he was about to leave, he asked the shop owner to assist him in changing a US$50 note, which the businessman agreed to do.The proprietor explained that he made the shocking discovery shortly after the man left, when his wife noticed that the highlighterThe counterfeit note the shop owner exchanged on Sunday afternoonimprinted its mark deep into the US$50 note; this is usually the case with counterfeit notes. When used on genuine notes, the ink would fade after sometime. This publication was given a demonstration using a US$1 note.The Kitty businessman explained that he doesn’t normally change money but gave into the man’s request.“I changed his $50 note but there were other customers waiting so I did not go to check; I changed it hurriedly thinking I could assist the rest of customers which I realised was the wrong thing to do there, not to check the note before,” he noted.He pointed out that after four years of operating his business, this is the first time that such an event occurred and indicated that in future he would be reluctant to assist customers who may ask for help.“It definitely made an impact on me because when the mistress came over and she realised the note is not good, I kind of break down because I work very hard,” he stressed.He added that he intends to report the matter to the police, who will retrieve the note and obtain the shop’s surveillance footage as evidence.last_img read more