Students share Ugandan stories

first_imgWhile many Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame students spend a semester abroad in Europe and Australia, six Belles chose a less traditional location for their international studies: Uganda. These rising senior nursing and education students shared stories, photos and videos of their six-week summer experience in a capstone presentation Monday. The students stayed with the sisters of the Holy Cross in Kyarusozi, Uganda, and worked with the sisters in rural community’s school and health clinic. Using the phrasing of a popular Ugandan Coca-Cola advertisement that proclaims there are “a billion reasons to believe in Africa,” the students shared their personal reasons for believing in Uganda. After working in the Kymbogo Health Center in Kyarusozi, senior nursing student Joy Johnston said she believes in the country’s unique way of life. “Working with the staff [at the clinic], there was no stress,” Johnston said. “They don’t rush, but they do what they need to do.” She also described the differences in technology. “There is no technology. So if someone has an IV, they rely on gravity,” she said. Senior Cassie Fill, a nursing student, said she believes her time in Uganda changed her initial perception of African lifestyles. “Contrary to stereotypes … [Ugandans] are healthier than people think,” she said. “As I finished my first day, I realized I had stereotyped them.” Senior nursing student Genevieve Spittler said “the sheer beauty of the country” and its people was reason enough to believe in Africa, especially when she and the other students had the opportunity to assist in deliveries while working at the clinic. “To hear a child’s first breath is the most beautiful thing,” Spittler said. The three education students shared their experiences of working in Moreau Nursery and Primary School, which teaches children from the equivalent of preschool to fourth grade. Senior Jen Prather, an elementary education major, said the connection she made with people in Uganda and the other Saint Mary’s students defined her abroad experience. “My reason for believing in Africa is because of our faithful and spiritual bond [with one another],” she said. “We all had formed a new family together and it wasn’t just the six of us.” Senior Sarah Copi said she shared a similar feeling of community with the children she met. “They taught me more than I could ever teach them,” she said. Copi said the hospitality of the Ugandan people meant a great deal to her. “They taught us generosity. They were always willing to give and share even if they didn’t have a lot,” she said. Senior elementary education major Nora Quirk said her students displayed a willingness to learn and valued education highly. “Every day there would be at least ten students who did not want to leave,” she said. “Every child takes an active role in their education.” Quirk said she wants to bring that same enthusiasm into her future classroom. “I really want to make sure I instill that value in my students here in the United States,” she said. In addition to speaking about their experiences, the students sold jewelry and other crafts purchased at Maria’s Shop in Fort Portal, Uganda. The proceeds from these items will support the Kymbogo Health Center and Moreau Nursery and Primary school in Kyarusozi. The Uganda Summer Program is available to rising seniors majoring in nursing and education. Three students from each major are selected and receive seven academic credits for the program. Interested students can apply online through the Center of Women’s Intercultural Leadership on the Saint Mary’s website.last_img read more

Vendors to credit unions: Focus on members, we’ll take care of the rest

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randy Salser Randy Salser was appointed President of NAFCU Services Corporation in October of 2013. He comes to the credit union industry with over 15 years of executive-level experience in the areas … Web: www.nafcu.org/nafcuservices Details Credit unions have done an amazing job of serving their members through the COVID-19 pandemic. From skip-a-pays to loan payment deferrals to emergency loans, you’ve been there for your members, demonstrating our people-helping-people mantra.Very often, credit unions are able to remain laser-focused on serving their members, because someone has your back. Your board members. Your community. Your business partners. Collaboration with business partners helped credit unions through the fallout of the pandemic and as we move forward.While no one saw COVID-19 coming– nor its vast psychological, social, or economic impact –until it was too late, many of the companies that support credit unions have been working diligently to help keep credit unions up and running through these challenging times. For example…Central Willamette CU was able to stand up cloud services from AWS in a day when the full effect of coronavirus was becoming known–from Virtual Desktop, which allowed staff to work from home, to Amazon Chime, that allowed for digital communication and collaboration. Joey Rudisill, CIO for the credit union, said he loved the data, quick charting and analysis capabilities of Amazon Quick Site, which helped in the short-term, but also set the credit union up for the future.One of the most critical pieces of member service during a crisis is clear, consistent communications. Total Expert Founder & CEO Joe Welu explained that credit unions must consider what they can do to help members regain control of their financial picture. When 83% are scared that COVID-19 will negative affect them and information is changing all the time, their credit union can be the calm in the storm through its communications. Welu conveyed that his company moved swiftly to build a rapid deployment of its data and technology solution to help credit unions educate and inform their members through the crisis, even while branch access was limited or closed.In times of crisis, there are inevitably bad actors who are going to take advantage. Mastercard Senior Managing Consultant Katie Steel shared that her No. 1 recommendation for handling claims and charge backs, is a streamlined, clean intake of the claim with a centralized team working through what’s true fraud versus something like buyers’ remorse. But that’s not always feasible, so equip the people who will be doing any intake (call center or branch rep) with the appropriate training, a strong recognition script, and decision matrix, including identifying relevant transaction elements. Bonus: Since mid-April, CUs can choose to go to arbitration under Mastercard’s rules rather than the merchant controlling the final steps of the process.The SBA Payroll Protection Program was a massive undertaking that moved forward very swiftly; and despite the problems, FIS EVP Rob Lee said that in that context, it actually functioned pretty well. FIS was on the frontline of helping credit unions and other financial institutions handle the massive transaction flow into SBA’s E-Tran System to push through PPP loan applications for small business applicants. Because the company was already working with SBA lenders, it was able to pivot quickly to get money back in small businessowners’ and their employees’ pockets. FIS culled down the intensive process to just 10 minutes for clients that automated it.Patch. Patch. Patch. That was the clear message to credit unions from DefenseStorm’s CISO Bob Thibodeaux. Credit unions should have an ongoing process in place to scan all infrastructure to determine the greatest vulnerabilities and then analyze that data.  Don’t wait too long to patch critical vulnerabilities – no longer than 90 days, but if you have to: prioritize. From there, follow standards and frameworks. Thibodeaux highly recommends taking advantage of free membership from the Center for Internet Security.With so many working remotely, Brian Bodell, AdvantEdge Analytics’ vice president of product management, advised credit unions on a number of must-haves to ensure security of member data. For example, using only company-issued devices for work activities and ensuring the security of home WiFi networks. Simple things like sharing a screen on a video conference can cause problems, so he cautioned to always count to five first to ensure all screens with sensitive data are closed. Additionally, employees should be mindful of their privacy to keep personal information or images to themselves. Finally, always be on guard against cyberthreats. And Allied Solutions continues to deliver new research and insights on risk mitigation and fraud protection—including up-to-the-minute alerts on the latest scams. CEO Pete Hilger and his team have been coming to market with a constant flow of new products and services to help credit unions and their members protect themselves.   Based on the efforts of the companies featured, a few things become clear. The future is melding the human and the digital worlds for comprehensive member service, whether in economic prosperity or crisis. The only way to get there is with precision expertise and knowledge that few credit unions, if any, can achieve on their own. Collaboration with the many CUSOs and vendors will help your credit union fill the gaps with domain knowledge and innovation.NAFCU’s Preferred Partners are constantly investing in next-gen technology, cutting-edge products, and innovative campaigns to help credit unions thrive. To learn more, register for our upcoming 2020 Partner Innovation Spotlight, July 8, 2020 from 2:00-4:00 PM EST. This virtual event will include keynote addresses from NAFCU President Dan Berger, Co-Founder of CUInsight Randy Smith, and CEO of Neural Payments Mick Oppy. See quick and informative demonstrations from our trusted partners on their innovative solutions, enjoy networking opportunities via social media, and much more. Complementary registration is required to attend.last_img read more

Authorities find mummified remains while investigating sexual abuse case

first_imgOfficials in Newark, New Jersey are reporting that they found mummified remains inside of an apartment while investigating a suspect who was accused of sexually abusing a child.Authorities say they went to the home of Robert Williams after receiving allegations that he sexually abused a 12- to 13-year-old boy over several months, but during their investigation, they found an altar with mummified human remains that seemed to have been used in some sort of religious ceremony.Investigators say they found a head, part of an arm, and a torso dressed in a necktie and suit jacket in a plastic bin in Williams closet.Prosecutor Michael Morris told a judge Monday that Williams a danger to society and requested that he be held pending the trial.Williams public defender argued, however, that Williams should be released on home confinement and electronic monitoring and added that Williams has lived in the neighborhood for over 18 years and only has disorderly person offense on his record nearly 10 years ago.The judge noted that Williams’ alleged crimes carry a presumption of detention.Williams next court date is scheduled for Sept. 16.last_img read more

Shake Shack to return $10 million stimulus loan

first_imgShake Shack has announced that it will be returning the $10 million loan it received from the US government as a part of the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses.The move comes after officials announced that the $349 billion stimulus package ran out of funding last week and the media revealed that much of the money set aside for small businesses, actually went to chain restaurants, hoteliers, and publicly traded corporations.The restaurant chain announced in an open letter Monday, that they were returning their share because they are “fortunate to now have access to capital that others do not.”According to reports, the company expects to be able to raise up to $75 million from investors by selling shares.last_img

Bombers heading on back to Provincial Girl’s Soccer Championships

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers are heading back to take another crack at a provincial title.The Bombers dumped David Thompson Lakers of Invermere 3-0 in the final of the Kootenay Zone AA Girl’s Soccer Championships Thursday afternoon in Creston. LVR now travels to Vancouver to represent the Kootenay zone at the BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships May 27-30. The tournament is hosted by Crofton House.LVR put the game away minutes into the contest, surprising the East Kootenay squad with three goals.Sniper Naomi Perkins scored twice while Abbie Bourchier-Willans added a single to give the Bombers the commanding lead.Keeper Hanna Quinn was solid between the pipes to register the shutout. The clean sheet was the second time in as many games Quinn kept the opposition off the scoresheet.Wednesday, in semi final action against J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail, Quinn posted a 2-0 shutout behind a pair of goals by Perkins.LVR returns to the provincials after finishing ninth during the 2014 campaign.last_img read more

Mike Gundy reportedly closed Chris Carson with Barry Sanders’ Heisman

first_imgBarry Sanders and his trophy. (via EA Sports)Barry Sanders and his trophy. (via EA Sports)Whenever Kevin Sumlin got to Texas A&M a few years ago he started deploying something called the Swagcopter that he would fly to close down high profile recruits. For a few years it was undefeated. Wherever he took it he got his guy.I’m not sure if it’s still without loss but it was a thing for a while.Apparently Mike Gundy has invented his own Swagcopter and it looks a lot like Barry Sanders’ Heisman Trophy. That was how Gundy closed Chris Carson, according to Robert Allen.https://twitter.com/coachhuddleston/status/563142192869302273This is all the more awesome because I can picture Gundy flying in his private plane and literally buckling in the Heisman next to him.Also, I’m guessing nobody told him about that time Herschel Walker won the Heisman for Georgia? Or maybe Mark Richt couldn’t find it?Either way Barry’s Heisman is now 1-0 — put it on the shelf until it gets dire again, Mike. Also, make sure Barry is OK with you criss-crossing the country with his hardware.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more