Challenged as to how to respond to the horrific crisis in Haiti, the Saint Michael’s College community came together with a large outpouring of generosity from all quarters in rapid time. Prevented from travelling to Haiti, as many wished to do, instead students, faculty and staff put programs in place to raise funds and collected $33,574 for medical and humanitarian relief in about 10 days.Saint Michael s Haitian connectionsMany Saint Michael s connections with Haiti intensified these drives. Three SMC faculty members are Haitian and have extended family and many friends on the Caribbean island. Sixteen Haitians studied English at Saint Michael s from August 23 to October16, 2009. And a Haitian author who had once been an SMC Distinguished Visiting Scholar and his wife both lost their lives in the earthquake.Saint Michael s has held a week-long Haitian Cultural Festival during many spring semesters since 1994 when then-Haitian President Jean-Bertrande Aristide was the featured key-note speaker at the festival.Source of the giftsSaint Michael s financial response included an immediate challenge gift of $10,000 announced three days after the January 12th earthquake, by the priests of the Society of St. Edmund. Inspired by that generosity, students, faculty and staff, and worshippers attending Mass at Saint Michael s, responded with gifts totaling $13,364. Additionally, a Brahms Requiem benefit concert, at Saint Michael s on January 23rd raised another $10,210, bringing the total Saint Michael s gift, as of January 27, to $33,574.The gift was delivered on January 27 to Catholic Relief Services, $28,499, and to Partners in Health, $5,075.Spearheaded in large part by the Rev. Brian Cummings, SSE, the fund drive started with the priests challenge gift, followed by an interfaith prayer service and a movement amongst student groups. Students set up awareness tables and donation jars around campus. Then the local music community, inspired by soprano Shyla Nelson, came together with over 200 area musicians for a fundraising concert.Once-in-a-lifetime, musical/spiritual event in VermontFull chorus, full orchestra, soloists, The Green Mountain Mahler Festival, Live from the Core, and Bread & Puppet Theater, enacting the theme of death, resurrection and hope, all came together to perform Brahms Requiem in the awe-inspiring and acoustically superb Saint Michael’s College Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel. It was an astonishing event that is never likely to be repeated in Vermont. The two-hour performance by professional musicians, playing and singing for a cause, was breath-taking. Many in the 700-person audience were in tears at the end.Peter Schumann, founder and director of the Bread & Puppet Theater, performed and led his troupe, who created their full-puppet spiritual interpretation of Haiti s catastrophe and Brahms Requiem within a week s time.The college community is very anxious to continue to find ways to support our brothers and sisters in Haiti, and is in continuing conversation about the possibility of carrying out educational programs, as guided by Haitian educators, in the years to come.Learn What Matters at Saint Michael s College, The Edmundite Catholic liberal arts college, www.smcvt.edu(link is external). Saint Michael s provides education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools to lead a successful, purposeful life that will contribute to peace and justice in our world. Founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, Saint Michael s is identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nation s Best 371 Colleges. It is one of 270 colleges and universities nationwide, and one of only 20 Catholic colleges, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Saint Michael s has 1,900 undergraduate students, some 500 graduate students and 100 international students. Saint Michael s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Pickering, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other grants. The college is one of the nation s Best Liberal Arts Colleges as listed in the 2009 U.S. News & World Report rankings. Saint Michael s is located just outside Burlington, Vermont, one of America s top college towns.Source: St Michael’s. 1.29.2010-30-
Digital has magnified the marketer’s playground, providing both new tools and new channels for reaching audiences. Despite the innovation, there remains a constant: Marketing abhors a vacuum. “The truth is, if you’re not occupying at least some of the space in your market, it’s guaranteed someone else will,” says Terrill Herbig, president of The BA Group, a credit union marketing firm based in Northfield, Minnesota. “Big banks, community banks and fintechs all are occupying the space of current and potential members, and the competition is only going to get stiffer.”Currently, the financial services sector accounts for 12% of digital ad spending, or around $15.65 billion, according to a 2019 report by eMarketer. “This investment makes it critical for credit unions to find their digital focus, one that not only embraces their brand but helps to define and support overarching goals and communicate relevant messages with target audiences,” says Herbig. “Without a share of the digital pie, it’s difficult for credit unions to elevate their brand, let alone give back to members.”Achieving digital focus will also help a credit union to sharpen its goals and service objectives. These can vary by credit union and segment—for example, brand affinity, product adoption or enhanced relationships. But it requires understanding the tools available and differentiating between the strategic and tactical processes, stresses Herbig. “Strategic activities will define your goals over time as well as the key, measurable objectives to achieve them. Tactical actions, however, are task-related and will provide guidelines on how to best use specific channels and resources, based on their respective strengths. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr read more
BEN CLASSON/Herald photoAfter two weeks and nine games at home, the Wisconsinsoftball team is back on the road Wednesday as it travels to South Bend, Ind.,for a nonconference battle with Notre Dame.The Badgers head into the game following a disappointingweekend in Big Ten play. The team was swept by Michigan in a doubleheaderFriday and split two games Sunday with Penn State.Wisconsin got strong performances from many players, butsome crucial errors and sloppy field conditions led to the 1-3 record over theweekend.“Actually, I thought we played pretty well,” headcoach Chandelle Schulte said. “We certainly had our opportunities, but Idon’t think they’re disheartened. Hopefully, we’ll just keep gettingbetter.”Wisconsin (12-32) will need to play its best once againWednesday as it faces off against one of the top teams in the Big Eastconference. Notre Dame (26-13) is currently tied for third in the Big East witha 7-3 record in conference play.Leading the way for the Fighting Irish has been the stellarperformance of pitcher Brittany Bargar. The junior from California boasts a20-8 record with an earned run average of 0.98.“Bargar is one of the best pitchers in thecountry,” Schulte said. “But usually we do fairly well against theNo. 1s; it’s the twos and threes that we struggle with.”Backing Bargar up has been strong defense for Notre Dame,which has a .958 fielding percentage. As a result, the Fighting Irish haveallowed only 84 runs on the season through 39 games.Schulte’s main concern is not her team’s offensive output;she is more concerned with her pitchers’ ability to shut down the Notre Damehitters.“We hit better pitching, so I’m not too worried aboutour offense,” Schulte said. “I’m worried about their offense, whichis hitting .273 — so we’ll have to keep them at bay, and then we’ll have afairly good shot at it.”Wisconsin pitcher Leah Vanevenhoven’s recent performance hastypified the kind of season it has been for the Badgers.A week ago, against Northern Iowa, Vanevenhoven was withinone out of a no-hitter before giving up a three-run home run in the seventhinning to lose the game.Following that game, she struggled for much of the weekend,until Sunday’s finale, when the junior held Penn State to only four hits, but atwo-run triple in the sixth ultimately cost the Badgers a victory.Following a day off and some much-needed rest, Vanevenhoven feelsshe and her teammates are ready to face an excellent Notre Dame squad.“In practice we were all up and we were all positive aswe worked on our hitting and pitching, getting ready for the game,”Vanevenhoven said. “Having the laid-back atmosphere, with structurethough, will help us into the weekend.”In preparing for a strong hitting team like Notre Dame,Vanevenhoven hopes to use some of the same techniques she focused on againstteams like Northwestern and Michigan.“In those games I tried to keep the ball off the plate,rather than worrying about anything else,” Vanevenhoven said. “I justreally need to hit my outside corners, and I will be successful. If I leaveanything over the plate, I know that they’ll just jack it out of the park.”Much like last week against Northern Iowa, the Badgers hopeto sharpen their focus with another midweek nonconference game.“I think it just gives us another chance to fine-tunesome things,” Schulte said. “We’ll be able to work on things likebunt-and-runs, base-running issues we’ve had and other things like that.”As the Badgers prepared for the Notre Dame offense, pitcherLetty Olivarez focused on a few specifics, such as locating her changeup andkeeping her pitches down in the strike zone.Olivarez believes her team will be ready to play a stronggame against the Fighting Irish.“If we all just go out and shake off whatever hashappened, we should be fine,” Olivarez said. “As long as we come outwith heart, and everyone wants to play, we should do well.” read more
Moyle Rovers and Clonmel Óg meet in the quarter final.Tonight’s game throws-in at 7:45 in Ballyporeen and we’ll have live updates here on Tipp FM.