Tonk hired as director of energy department

first_imgFormer director of Strategic Planning for the University Heather Tonk will assume the role of director of Sustainability in order to continue Notre Dame’s goal for a more energy conscious campus.“I’m really excited about the opportunity and that the University feels so strongly about this initiative,” Tonk said. “Not all universities are willing to invest this kind of money and resources to focus on this, and we are in a unique position to be a leader in this field and in the Midwest.”After graduating from Notre Dame in 1998 with a degree in chemical engineering, Tonk worked in engineering and management before her desire to participate in non-profit work brought her back to the University.Tonk will transition from her current position as the director of Strategic Planning into the Office of Sustainability to replace interim director Robert Zerr beginning April 1. “Heather is really passionate about sustainability,” Office of Sustainability Education and Outreach coordinator Rachel Novick said. “She has proven through her other positions at the University that she is very effective at consensus building and getting things done on the ground.”The Office of Sustainability is a relatively new office for the University, and part of her position as its director will involve determining exactly what the department will mean for Notre Dame, Tonk said. “There is tremendous interest in sustainable initiatives across the campus from faculty and staff as well as from students and alumni,” Novick said. “Our biggest challenge is harnessing that enthusiasm from such a large and diverse constituency.”Student involvement is a major contributor to the work of the Office of Sustainability.“We are continuing to refine how we communicate with students, how we involve them and how we really do our best to make sustainability as relevant and as much a part of the fabric of Notre Dame life as possible,” Novick said.The office employs student interns and integrates student environmental clubs in many of its projects, Tonk said.“One of the things I am personally more excited about is that the Office works strongly with the students,” Tonk said. “I am really looking forward to hearing new ideas and what they want for the University that they love.”Novick also cited the particular need to work closely with the Department of Utilities to improve the buildings on campus and construct the University’s energy plan. Director of Utilities Paul Kempf called the relationship between his department and the Office of Sustainability a “good partnership,” and he said Tonk is “a great hire for that position.” “I see them as taking a leadership role for all things sustainable for the University,” Kempf said. “And energy is a major part of that. We appreciate that they can take that leadership role and let our group take a technical role.”Novick said some other goals for the Office are enhancing its relationship with the sustainability commissioners in residence halls and continuing building a relationship with student government.last_img read more

Lin-Manuel Miranda to Host PBS Arts Festival

first_imgLin-Manuel Miranda(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) The story of tonight (in the fall): we have an update on the forthcoming PBS Hamilton documentary. Turns out, that the tuner’s creator and former star Lin-Manuel Miranda will host the entire PBS Arts Fall Festival, which is set to return Friday nights from October 21. The first new program to be featured in the series, as we previously reported, will be the much-anticipated Hamilton’s America.“I’m such a huge fan of PBS. For my entire life it’s been our window into a world of the arts that isn’t available anywhere else on TV,” said Miranda in a statement. “This year’s PBS Arts Fall Festival lineup is incredible, and I am excited to not only host the festival, but have Hamilton’s America kick it off.”In a recent panel, Tony winner Daveed Diggs revealed that he and the cast got teary in the documentary when Broadway’s George Washington, Christopher Jackson, played the role in front of a portrait of the man himself, in the presence of President Obama. And of about his departure from the Tony-winning musical? “It was time to go. At some point you have to make a decision about what you are going to do…I felt like I did what I could do with it.” Deadline reports that Diggs believes that it’s time “for someone else to make it brand new.”Other new programs set for the arts festival include the award-winning West End revival of Gypsy, led by Imelda Staunton and Shakespeare Live! From the Royal Shakespeare Company, which will feature appearances by Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, Benedict Cumberbatch and many more. from $149.00 View Comments Lin-Manuel Miranda Hamilton Star Files Daveed Diggs Related Showslast_img read more

How to “happen to offer” mobile payments

first_img 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,David Dean David Dean is the Director of Business Affairs for CU Wallet, a collaborative, mobile wallet venture serving credit unions.Mr. Dean joined CU Wallet in 2014 and is responsible for … Web: Details The movement of money is a commodity where, for the most part, the consumer can’t tell the difference between one payment product and another. As barriers to entry weaken and technology improves efficiency, this lack of product differentiation diminishes margins and threatens non-essential players in the space.The good news is, credit unions are in a position to offer tremendous and unique value to both members and merchants; value that will not only sustain, but actually strengthen the credit union brand in the rapidly emerging mobile payments ecosystem.Your credit union already possesses the holy grail, the superpower coveted by Google, Apple, Yelp, Walmart, Target, PayPal and every other player in the mobile payments race. This superpower manifests itself in the form of consumer accounts and an ability to skillfully connect them with merchants using behavioral data, consumption history, purchase propensity, purchase relevancy and more.In 2015 we’ve seen a tidal wave of mergers, acquisition, strategic partnerships and high profile mobile wallet launches in the ecosystem – PayPal with Paydiant, Google with Softcard, LoopPay with Samsung, Chase Pay with MCX, and just the other day, Walmart Pay was announced – but the consumer shopping experience is still fragmented. Amidst this flurry of industry alliances and activity, one thing stands out above the rest: it’s not about replacing the swipe, it’s about adding value at the point of sale through the mobile device.But how do you – from an issuer standpoint – deliver what an intelligent, connected consumer is looking for?There are payment apps built by tech companies for particular industries that focus on very specific solutions. There are store branded apps offering a number of features that are specific to a single merchant. There are tech company wallets that aim specifically at replacing the plastic credit card and there are merchant meta apps that offer general features for a number of retailers along side a credit card payment alternative. And then there are financial institution branded wallets, that are shaping up to do it all… because with their coveted superpowers, only they can.User narrative: an intelligent, connected member of your credit union will engage technology before, during and after the experience of “where do I have lunch?” and there are dozens of applications in market to help them with every step.Well before they arrive at the venue, mobile apps help your members decide where to eat offering customer ratings, delivery services, hours of operation, digital menus, location finders and much more. Once the hungry member arrives at the restaurant, there are a dozens of other apps focused on redeeming offers, building loyalty incentives, splitting and closing the tab and much more. When your member finishes their meal, there’s yet another handful of mobile apps on their smartphone focused on engagement, referrals and rewards.Why can’t your member just pick one of these apps, whichever is their favorite, and then delete the rest? Because each app focuses on a single or small subset of needs and none offers a solution for everything the member needs throughout the entire “where do I have lunch?” experience.But perhaps the most important need in your member’s “where do I have lunch?” experience, is the need that doesn’t exist at all. Your member never once is looking for a solution to the painful experience of swiping a plastic card through a merchant terminal. Instead, your member looks for value that’s added to one or more of the three phases of their lunch experience.Only the financial institution, with access to accounts and consumer data, is poised to provide a wallet behind a brand already trusted for financial security, that offers real value before, during and after the point of sale. Oh yeah… and if they happen to offer mobile payment also, even better.last_img read more

Victoria falls

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Beach soccer clubs prepare for league kick- off

first_imgThe Ghana Beach Soccer Association (GBSA) has confirmed Saturday 13th October as kick-off to the 2012/13 Beach Soccer league season with full FIFA rules.n July 2012, the Prampram Ghanaman Soccer Centre and La Beach Soccer Arena hosted the first ever FIFA Beach Soccer technical course navigated by FIFA instructor Talib Hilal.The success of the one week residential course prompted the FIFA official to urge Ghana to form a national beach soccer team by the end of 2012.With this challenge, the stakes have been raised for clubs, officials and players alike in a bid to be part of the historic national beach soccer team.The President of the GBSA Yaw Ampofo Ankrah is confident that with the new partnership and support from the Ghana Football Association (GFA), beach soccer can meet the high expectations and match FIFA’s challenge.But he has cautioned that there will not be a rush to form a national team if the right structures and conditions are not in place.”We are all excited by the confidence and encouragement from FIFA and indeed, the date and venue for the CAF qualifiers for the 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup are yet to be determined but in order to form a team to play qualifiers, we need to follow the right path and do things the right way with the GFA’s full input and support”The GBSA is also in talks with a few Ghanaian and international sports marketing experts in the USA, Spain, France and the UK who can advise on how best to take beach soccer in Ghana to the next level.According to Ampofo-Ankrah, beach soccer has progressed steadily over the past five years in Ghana and it would make no sense to rush into such a venture unprepared. Even though beach soccer has been played for fun in Ghana for many years, it was only in 2008 that the first official competition was organised at the La Pleasure Beach resort.Following that success, there have been coastal competitions in Senya Bereku in the Central region, Ada/Prampram in Greater Accra and Keta in the Volta region.The GBSA’s progress from a struggling association to one of the most well organised in the country did not go unnoticed by one of Ghana’s leading financial institutions CAL Bank.CAL Bank’s initial sponsorship of Gh40,000 for the 2011/12 season, meant that the association was able to organise two leagues simultaneously before another sponsor Clementia Contacto from South Africa got onboard with Gh25,000 package for the Division 1 league.Keta Sunset from the Volta region emerged winners to claim the Championship title whilst Teshie United were crowned Division 1 Champions and with it automatic promotion to the top tier.last_img read more