Dean to leave Mendoza for Catholic Relief Services

first_imgDean Carolyn Woo will continue to live Notre Dame’s mission after she leaves the Mendoza College of Business to become president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) at the end of the month. “I think that is the Notre Dame message: to go out and be of service to those who need you,” Woo said. “I see it as a privilege to be able to do that work with a group of people who are extremely dedicated and extremely good at what they do.” Woo has been dean of Mendoza for 14 years. She had served as audit committee chair at CRS for six years before being offered the position of President and CEO. “When the invitation came to be a candidate, at first I did not think I was an appropriate candidate because I do not have an international relief background,” she said. “But I prayed and went through the process of screening and then was offered the job.” Having spent her entire career in academics except for a two-year period, Woo said she went through a period of intense reflection prior to making her decision to leave. “It’s not easy to leave your own comfort zone,” Woo said. “I will be leaving my comfort zone in a big way, from something I know very well and have done for most of my life to a very new sector of work in international relief.” Woo said she was concerned about whether she will become skilled at her new position quickly enough. The atmosphere surrounding CRS differs greatly from the relatively isolated atmosphere of Notre Dame, she said. “[Notre Dame] is not an open environment in the sense of having a lot of disturbances or being subjected to a lot of environmental uncertainty,” she said. “I will be going from an environment that is somewhat stable to an environment which is a lot more open-ended.” Because CRS is part of the Catholic Church, Woo said she found comfort in the fact she will still be able to follow in the mission of Christ. “I want to work to bring Christ to people who really need help, assistance and a better shot at life,” Woo said. “To be able to serve people who are really poor and vulnerable, who could really use a lot [of help] and a more stable way of life so they can really have dignity and some level of security that allows people joy.” Despite her excitement about the future, Woo said she will miss working with students. “I will miss the rhythm of lots of students with lots of ideas, and then they progress and grow in significant and dramatic ways and then they graduate and another generation comes in,” she said. “To see those different waves of growth and the dynamism and the professional growth you get to see in your students, that’s a wonderful gift.” Woo said she has enjoyed working with the faculty and staff of Mendoza during its climb to the number one undergraduate business school in the country. To her, the most important aspect of the achievement is that Notre Dame never abandoned its Catholic principles. “We never traded off or diminished or deemphasized our Catholic identity,” Woo said. “That was the most important goal, commitment to our mission, and the fact that we achieved number one while embracing our mission means the world to me.” Woo remains confident Mendoza will continue to grow in her absence. “I feel like Mendoza is in a really good spot and I’m not leaving it in difficulty,” she said. “I’m leaving it in the strongest position ever, so it is time then to work on other services.” Associate Dean Roger Huang will act as interim dean of Mendoza while Notre Dame searches for a permanent successor. “My advice to the next dean would be to stay faithful to the mission,” she said. “That will drive everything else.”last_img read more


Man Arrested Following Sunday Night Vehicle Pursuit

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Was he let out without bail under the new Catch and Release law? Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – A City of Jamestown man is facing several charges following a vehicle pursuit that started in the area of South Main and Harrison Streets Sunday night.Jamestown Police say they attempted to stop Samuel Gagliano, 27, who was allegedly driving recklessly just after 7 p.m.Gagliano allegedly refused to stop and fled. Officers gave pursuit as Gagliano continued to drive recklessly and at one point struck a vehicle traveling in the area of Fairmount and Whitley Avenues.Police say the chase continued to Catlin Avenue where Gagliano allegedly rammed a Jamestown Police Car, causing heavy damage. Officers say Gagliano then fled from his vehicle into a house on Catlin Avenue.Police say Gagliano was eventually taken into custody without further incident.Gagliano is charged with second-degree criminal mischief, first-degree reckless endangerment, unlawfully fleeing a police officer and numerous other vehicle and traffic violations.last_img read more


Grant Awarded To Improve Cassadaga Lakes Nature Park Next Spring

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) File image by the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy.CASSADAGA – The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy was recently awarded a state grant for improvements to its Cassadaga Lakes Nature Park.The group says a $40,000 grant will allow them to make trail improvements, enhancing and connecting trails at the park located on the old Route 60 just outside of Cassadaga.The group also plans to create a entryway welcome kiosk and pavilion that will offer visitors shelter and information about the park.On the shoreline of Mud Lake, a wildlife observation blind will be constructed featuring an elevated platform and ramp for access. Gaps will be included in the blind’s walls facing the lake which will allow visitors to use binoculars to observe birds and other wildlife in and on Mud Lake. The park encompasses 77 acres of woods and wetlands at the head of the Cassadaga Lakes, including 26 acres of shoreland wetlands and 1,100 feet of natural shoreline.The grant is funded from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program and New York’s Environmental Protection Fund.“We thank State Senator George Borrello, Assemblyman Andy Goodell and Governor Cuomo for their support of this project and the New York State Conservation Partnership Program during this challenging time,” said John Jablonski, Executive Director of the CWC. “The CWC has registered over 1,300 persons using its preserves over the last nine months. We anticipate that this site will become one of area’s most popular walking destinations.”The completion of these improvements and the park opening are scheduled for summer 2021.last_img read more


Pecan Outlook

first_imgSeeing Georgia pecan trees covered in blooms this spring has University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells encouraged about this year’s crop.Although harvest time is still five months away, Wells and Georgia farmers are assessing what pecan season will look like by the appearance and number of female flower blooms.“To produce fruit, the main thing that you’ve got to have is those female flowers. If you look at those trees early on and you’re not seeing those female flowers on there, then you’re definitely not going to have any nuts,” Wells said. “If you see the female flowers early in the season, you at least have the potential for them to develop into a good crop.”Looking at pecan trees a few weeks ago, Wells saw plenty of blooms opening among the 140,000-plus acres devoted to pecans in Georgia, but not all of these flowers will develop into nuts.“At that time, a lot of those flowers looked kind of weak, and a lot of times those weak flowers will end up dropping off. We have seen some of that, but overall I still think we’re looking at a decent crop,” he said. “I don’t think it’s going to be a record crop or anything, but I do think we have the potential for a pretty good crop.”Wells added that ‘Desirable’ pecans have a heavy bloom of female flowers already, but will likely drop between 40 to 60 percent of blooms in June. This is what growers of the ‘Desirable’ variety expect every year, but it’s also why it’s an in-demand variety. ‘Desirables’ are consistent because they do not bear an extremely heavy crop from one year to the next, said Wells. The number of flower blooms this season’s ‘Desirables’ are able to maintain remains to be seen, and is the deciding factor as to whether Georgia’s most popular variety will produce a bumper crop.Considering all of the challenges that Georgia pecan growers can face during the summer months, it’s still too early to estimate this year’s crop in yields, according to Wells. The pecan trees need good pollination, and have to overcome pecan scab disease, which is very prevalent among Georgia’s most productive varieties. The trees must also fend off any late season insect problems, especially ‘Desirables.’ “Certainly, disease is going to be an issue. Scab is already a problem in southwest Georgia, where pecan acreage is widespread. Farmers are already seeing some scab on ‘Desirable’ varieties. That’s going to be a battle, but it’s a battle every year,” Wells said. “The more rain we receive this summer, though, the more intense that battle becomes.”According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, pecans generated $313.3 million in farm gate value in 2014. Georgians can be tentatively optimistic about a similar performance this year.“The foundation for a good crop is there,” Wells said. “When you’re looking at a tree and see more than about 60 or 70 percent of your terminal branches with flowers on them, that’s a sign you’ve got a good crop.”last_img read more


Public Health Award

first_imgUniversity of Georgia Distinguished Research Professor Casimir Akoh recently accepted the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) research award recognizing food science’s ability to improve public health.The IFT awards committee presented Akoh, who researches lipid chemistry in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Department of Food Science and Technology, with the Babcock-Hart Award on July 15 at the IFT’s annual conference in Chicago.The IFT’s Babcock-Hart Award honors scientists who have developed technologies that have substantially improved public nutrition and public health.“It is humbling to receive this award in recognition of the hard work of my graduate students, visiting scientists, collaborators and postdoctoral research associates who did most of the work,” Akoh said. “Our overall goal is to contribute significant and high-quality research that will benefit humans and improve their well-being.”Akoh has spent his career manipulating fats and creating fat analogs to replace trans fats in processed foods, to develop therapeutic fats for nutraceutical products and to improve the nutrition of processed foods and baby formula.His research led to the addition of more DHA and ARA—long-chain fatty acids vital to brain and neural development in babies—to infant formula. These fatty acids are naturally found in breast milk and are vital for healthy development. Today, most baby formulas are fortified with them.Akoh has received seven research achievement awards and recognitions from IFT, including the top research award: the Nicolas Appert Award.He’s known worldwide as an expert on low-calorie fat substitutes and structured lipids, and he literally wrote the book on lipid chemistry and nutrition. His textbook, “Food Lipids: Chemistry, Nutrition, and Biotechnology,” now in its fourth edition, is used all over the world in graduate courses on lipid chemistry.Overall, Akoh’s research has resulted in more than 810 publications and presentations that include up to 275 refereed publications, eight edited books, 47 book chapters, four patents, 301 presentations and more than 179 invited presentations at national and international conferences.Akoh was elected an IFT Fellow in 2005, Fellow of the American Oil Chemists’ Society in 2006, Fellow of the American Chemical Society (Agricultural and Food Chemistry Division) in 2006, and a Fellow/World Academy of Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology (WABAB) Academician of the International Society of Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology (ISBAB) in 2015.Akoh joined the CAES faculty in 1992. He holds a doctoral degree in food science and a master’s degree in biochemistry from Washington State University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.In addition to his position at UGA, Akoh has served as a visiting professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China; Otto Mønsted Visiting Professor (sabbatical) at the Technical University of Denmark; an honorary distinguished professor at King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia; visiting professor at King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, Thailand; chair professor of food chemistry at National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan; and has a Joint International Laboratory for Lipid Nutrition and Safety with Jiangnan University, China.For more information about Akoh’s research into lipid chemistry, visit www.caes.uga.edu/departments/fst/LBCAP.last_img read more


Weekend Pick: Lakeside Trail Race in Greensboro, North Carolina, Jan. 10

first_imgNew year, new races! Make it a 2015 resolution to take a break from pavement and give some trails a try, starting this Saturday with the Lakeside Trail Race in Greensboro. Lakeside Trail RaceThe race offers both 8- and 15-mile options, each beginning at North Carolina’s Bryan Park Soccer Complex and winding through the Greensboro Trails. 8-mile runners will move out and back on the Townsend Trail, while their 15-mile counterparts will start on the Townsend Trail and detour along the Blue Heron, Peninsula, and Osprey Trails. All of these trails are included in the greater 40-mile Greensboro Watershed Trail System.For its fifth year running, the Lakeside Trail Race expects at least 200 runners to tackle these trails. It’ll certainly be a popular event, but there’s still time to join! The race will offer registration on Friday evening, January 9, as well as race morning. The race will begin at 10 AM, with registration and packet pick-up on Friday from 4 to 7 PM and Saturday from 8 to 9:30 AM. $55 will take you through the 15-miler, and only $45 for the 8-mile race.Proceeds from the Lakeside Trail Race will benefit the Greensboro Fat Tire Society, the local mountain biking community, and will also contribute to the upkeep of the Greensboro Trails.Don’t miss this chance to start off the year in the best way – on your feet in the great outdoors at the Lakeside Trail Race!last_img read more


Onsite: NAFCU’s 48th Annual Conference and Solutions Expo in Montréal

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details NAFCU held their 48th Annual Conference and Solutions Expo in Montréal, Canada this week. Over 1600 people from around the credit union movement brushed up on their French and headed north for the event. During the week, attendees heard from NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz and, in a special “inside the agency” panel Friday, former agency Chairman Michael Fryzel and former Board Member Geoff Bacino. The keynote conference speakers were MasterCard General Counsel and Chief Franchise Officer Tim Murphy, former U.S. Navy commander Mike Abrashoff, and TrendHunter.com founder and CEO Jeremy Gutsche.The biggest news came on Wednesday when NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger announced effective immediately it has opened its membership to federally insured, state-chartered credit unions. Ed Templeton, chair and director-at-large of the NAFCU Board of Directors said “This announcement is a natural evolution of NAFCU’s mission and supports our goal to help all federally insured credit unions with federal issues by becoming a stronger, more impactful organization.”NAFCU also announced their newly elected 2016 Board of Directors during the association’s annual business meeting. Reelected were Ed Templeton, president and CEO of SRP Federal Credit Union in North Augusta, S.C., as chair; Richard Harris, president and CEO of Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union in La Canada, Calif., as vice chair; Jeanne Kucey, president and CEO of JetStream Federal Credit Union in Miami Lakes, Fla., as treasurer; and Debra Schwartz, president and CEO of Mission Federal Credit Union in San Diego, Calif., as secretary.NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz told attendees that “This is the Year of Regulatory Relief.” And said the NCUA has determined that current law permits the agency to count certain forms of supplemental capital for the RBC ratio. She also said as part of modernizing risk-based capital, “I am committed to counting supplemental capital in full.”Chairman Matz, also addressed the NCUA‘s plans to:eliminate the 5 percent fixed-assets cap;propose more changes to field-of-membership rules to broaden community charters, improve occupational charters and streamline processes for adding new members;finalize an asset securitization rule;move forward on its proposal on member business lending; anddefine a “small” credit union as one with less than $100 million in assets.Attendees chose from many breakout sessions throughout the event. The session on branch innovation through technology was highly attended. The session featured case studies of Coastal Federal Credit Union and Pentagon Federal Credit Union.Coastal Pres/CEO Chuck Purvis discussed how his credit union transitioned from a traditional branch model to having 17 branches featuring video teller machines. The system allows extended hours, and Purvis said 25 percent of sessions now occur before or after traditional business hours, with 5 percent of sessions occurring on Sundays.Pentagon FCU Pres/CEO James Schenck discussed how his credit union has moved away from the branch model entirely; instead, it focuses on building its online presence in order to serve members stationed all over the world. He noted that service-members abroad “needed real-time solutions, not brick and mortar,” and said the savings in operational costs allowed the credit union to offer better deals to members and give back more to communities.MasterCard general counsel and chief franchise officer Tim Murphy discussed the importance of crafting a consumer payments strategy appropriate for current payments innovation on Friday morning. Stating that payments is seeing the most innovation and disruption since the creation of the plastic payment card in the 1960s. Tim also stated a second focus should be “What are you doing to make sure you’re staying engaged with how consumers’ payment needs are changing?” Talking about the shift that is happening in consumer behaviors.NAFCU announced that their 49th Annual Conference and Solutions Expo will be heading back to Nashville, TN. Mark you calendars.last_img read more


Cobden looking forward to Sonnet challenge | Racing News

first_imgOne of his main market rivals is Harry Whittington’s Simply The Betts, winner of the Brown Advisory & Merribelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase at the Festival. Happy Diva, runner-up that day and winner of this race 12 months ago, is also in the mix.Brelan D’As was beaten a neck by Happy Diva in the 2019 renewal and gives Nicholls a decent second string.The weights are headed by the Venetia Williams-trained Aso, while other hopefuls include Mister Fisher, Al Dancer, Slate House and Spiritofthegames. Ante-post favourite Saint Sonnet is among 17 five-day confirmations in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday.The five-year-old joined the Paul Nicholls stable from France last season and has had runs to date for the Ditcheat trainer.- Advertisement – “I wouldn’t ride another one over him,” he told Sky Sports Racing.“That (Cheltenham) was a great run. Obviously, he’s had a much better preparation this year.“Fingers crossed he’ll run a tidy race.”- Advertisement – After getting off the mark first time when long odds-on at Catterick, Saint Sonnet was thrown in at the deep end in the Marsh Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.He shaped promisingly when seventh to Samcro after stumbling at the final fence.Saint Sonnet was ridden by Harry Cobden on both occasions, and the title-chasing jockey is looking forward to continuing the partnership.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more


The reduction of VAT for caterers is the main topic of this year’s National Congress of Caterers

first_imgNamely, as part of the draft law on value added tax, which is currently under public discussion, it was proposed to reduce the VAT rate for the preparation and serving of food in restaurants to 13 percent. Not all the details are known yet, nor what exactly the proposed VAT reduction will refer to, but certainly lower VAT in catering will open up a new perspective. Apart from the panels within the National Congress of Caterers, all attendees will be able to participate in workshops on improving the quality of service in catering, employee culture of behavior and behavior at the table and at the table, mixology, craft beer and untapped franchising potential in the food and beverage sector. Source; photo: National Congress of Caterers; “Consultation on the Preliminary Assessment Form for the Law on Amendments to the Law on Value Added Tax” On Monday, October 21, the National Congress of Caterers will be held at the Cultural Center in Čakovec. This is the first congress organized by the Coordination of Croatian Caterers, which hopes to gather hundreds of caterers and invites all caterers to attend in as many numbers as possible. The congress will discuss, among other things – the new Law on VAT Reduction for Caterers, high tax burdens and a number of administrative obstacles in the daily business of caterers, and what efforts are being made in this regard in the future. In order for caterers to survive in the market they need to improve conditions for their employees. By lowering the VAT rate on food preparation and serving, caterers will have higher incomes and will thus be in a better position to improve conditions for their employees. Croatia has one of the highest VAT rates for food preparation and serving services in the hospitality industry compared to countries in the European Union. But as many as 95 percent of workers in the hospitality industry believe that tax cuts can increase their salaries, and more than half of respondents believe that the profit of catering facilities goes mostly to the state. It is particularly interesting that 80 percent of respondents, due to high taxes in the hospitality industry in the Republic of Croatia, believe that moving abroad is a better option for them than the option of staying in Croatia. However, it is encouraging that as many as 90 percent of respondents would change their minds about moving abroad if their income increased by 20 percent. These are the results of the survey conducted by the Coordination of Croatian Caterers from June to July this year. “Why would it be good to replace the term catering facility with the term catering activity? This would cover a much wider range of facilities, all of which are equally important for the development of hospitality in Croatia. In particular, this means that the VAT rate should be reduced to 13 percent for the preparation and serving of food in the catering industry as a whole, which is regulated by the Ordinance on the classification and minimum conditions of catering facilities”, Explain the organization of the National Congress of Caterers.last_img read more


The final frontier

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