Fr. Jenkins reasserts devotion to excellence

first_imgUniversity President Fr. John Jenkins led the spring 2014 town hall meeting Monday in Washington Hall, which focused on campus expansion projects as well as ways to improve Notre Dame for future students.Jenkins discussed the importance of constantly adapting and revising Notre Dame, making it better for the future.“Notre Dame’s commitment to education, scholarly engagement, internationality and faith sets it apart as an outstanding research university.” Jenkins said. “Everybody should be asking questions. Everyone should be engaged in discovering new truths — that is what sets Notre Dame apart from other top schools.”Jenkins described the “Strategic Plan”, which involves many important additions to the campus.“The current residence halls are filled to 106 percent, which is a major problem,” Jenkins said.In response, the University will build two new residence halls behind Grace Hall. Other projects include a new architecture building, Nanovic Hall, Jenkins Hall, a new research complex and the expansion of the Hesburgh Library.Katie McCarty | The Observer Jenkins also addressed the Campus Crossroads Project, which aims to maximize use of space around Notre Dame stadium.“One of the goals is to keep the campus compact — Notre Dame is a walking campus, and it should always be a walking campus,” Jenkins said. “This project will work because it will recapture space that isn’t being used but is still in the walking zone.”According to Jenkins, new buildings will be built around the stadium including new professor offices, a music building and a new student center.Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves also discussed the “ImproveND Project”, which is essentially a survey to identify the school’s weaknesses and strengths.The survey showed that Notre Dame is strongest in campus safety, library services and fitness and recreation services, he said. Lower scores were in timeliness and openness to suggestions, campus eateries and catering and performance management.The president and faculty are constantly working to identify areas of improvement, set achievable goals  and monitor progress in order to create accountability and show commitment to justice and fairness in light of Notre Dame’s Catholic mission, Jenkins said.  These changes are working to modernize and evolve Notre Dame to keep in competitive among top international universities.The question is whether Fr. Sorin would look at Notre Dame today and see the fulfillment of his dream for the University, Jenkins said.“If we’ve done our job, Sorin would look around and say ‘this is what I dreamed of,” Jenkins said.Tags: Campus Crossroads, Fr. John Jenkins, town hall meetinglast_img read more

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Top 3 budget essentials for 2017

first_img 50SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Melany Maurer Melany Maurer is a marketing professional and content creator based in Austin, Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and has spent the last 4 years working … Web: Details There may still be a few months left in the year, but if you’re not already looking ahead, you’re falling behind. 2017 will be here before you know it, and your team is probably already deciding what new programs and offerings your community financial institution will implement to stand out without breaking your budget.To differentiate your institution from the competition in a way that impacts your bottom line, keep in mind these three things as you plan for 2017:Rewards for Loyal Members/CustomersFewer than half of all financial institutions offer debit rewards1, while 88% of consumers deem them to be a top priority when choosing where to bank.2Programs like Buzz Points allow you to offer what your competitors aren’t by rewarding desired consumer behavior. Your institution will draw in more consumers while keeping current cardholders happy and benefit from the increase in interchange revenue. It’s a win-win!Community Involvement TacticsAs a community financial institution, you’re already a step above the megabanks in terms of customer service. Take that to the next level by providing a service back to the local community.In addition to helping strengthen the relationship with your cardholders, providing the right kind of rewards program will create more opportunities to connect with local businesses and organizations. Offer localized rewards back to restaurants, coffee shops, charities and more. This will build goodwill in the community and goodwill towards your brand, creating lines of communication for new commercial business in the process.Investments in Data AnalysisChoosing where to spend your institution’s time, energy, and most importantly, your budget, isn’t an easy task. By working with a third party vendor, you could make those decisions easier by better analyzing valuable cardholder data you already have.Hidden in your core banking data lies insight into hard questions your institution faces every day. Exploring that “big data” can help determine which of your products and services are the most profitable and cost effective. Digging into consumer demographics and credit / debit card activity can provide clear direction and messaging for future marketing strategies.Analyzing your core data will improve your financial institution’s budgeting strategies overall, opening the door for more profitable services like rewards programs.Want to start seeing the value in your data? With Issuer Analysis, Buzz Points can help you turn complex cardholder data into simple metrics that are easy to understand and easy to use. Learn more about Issuer Analysis here.Link to: read more

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USC routs Oregon for third consecutive Pac-12 victory

first_imgThe women’s soccer team defeated Oregon 4-0 on the road on Saturday.The team improved to 5-1 in conference play after dismantling the Ducks. The Women of Troy posted their sixth shutout of the season while scoring a season-high four goals.Jamie Fink opened the scoring in the 12th minute, giving the Women of Troy an early lead and setting the tone for the match. The veteran forward found the back of the net for the fourth time this season.Nicole Molen doubled the lead with just minutes remaining in the first half. Scoring on the stroke of halftime can give a team a tremendous boost, which was certainly the case for USC on Saturday.Molen finished off a corner kick for her second goal of the campaign. Her first goal of the season, which she scored against Oregon State, also came from a corner.Molen once again proved what an asset she is on set pieces, as she has a knack for finding pockets of space inside the box.The most dangerous lead in soccer is said to be 2-0, but USC was not about to let this game slip through their hands. The Women of Troy matched their solid first half with an equally impressive performance after the break.The scoreboard stayed at 2-0 for quite some time in the second half, but with 14 minutes remaining Kayla Mills put the game to bed.After scoring off of a set piece in the first half, USC took advantage of another dead ball situation late in the second half. Mills curled a free kick around the wall and past Ducks goalkeeper Lauren Holden.Amanda Rooney added a fourth and final goal with just two minutes remaining, capping off a tremendous road win for USC.Morgan Andrews was a major asset in the middle for the Women of Troy, logging six shots and two assists on the day. Her chemistry with Nicole Molen and Mandy Freeman continues to grow in what has become a dynamic midfield trio.The Women of Troy have just four losses on the season but cannot crack the NSCAA top-25 rankings at the moment. USC’s strength of schedule, however, is off the charts.In fact, the team’s only losses have come in contests against elite opponents Florida State, Duke, North Carolina and Washington.These four losses must be put into context. The Seminoles are the reigning national champs. UNC is the No. 7 team in the country right now and is the most successful women’s soccer program in history. Duke has fallen out of the top-25 but plays in the grueling ACC along with FSU and UNC.Washington is currently ranked the No. 18 team in the land and figures to make a major postseason push.The Women of Troy lost all of those games by just one goal, and the team was on the road for those four matches. This USC team has challenged the best of the best and has looked like a legitimate national title contender in the process.The team now prepares for upcoming home games against Pac-12 South opponents Utah and Colorado.USC is riding a wave of momentum as it enters the business end of the season, with Stanford, Cal and UCLA also on the horizon.last_img read more

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