Two faculty receive Science of Generosity grants

first_imgRohini Pande, Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, and Assistant Professor of Psychology Felix Warneken have received grants of $149,000 and $150,000, respectively, from the Science of Generosity, an initiative at the University of Notre Dame.Launched in 2009, the initiative supports and conducts research on the sources, origins, and causes of generosity; the manifestations and expressions of generosity; and the consequences of generosity for both donors and recipients.For more about the Science of Generosity, visit its website.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Tony Winners Set for Broadway for Orlando & More

first_img Daniel Radcliffe View Comments Producer Fred Caruso Dead at 41Fred Caruso is dead at the age of 41 in an apparent suicide. According to a post found on The Big Gay Musical’s Facebook page, he had been struggling with suicidal thoughts before he died on Monday, June 13. The theater producer was behind off-Broadway’s Newsical and encouraged fans, friends and loved ones to donate to The Trevor Project in his final post.Wesleyan University Establishes the Hamilton PrizeAttention all young, scrappy and hungry aspiring college students! Wesleyan University will establish a four-year full tuition scholarship honoring Hamilton creators (and Wesleyan alums) Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail. Beginning in the class of 2021, incoming college students may submit a creative written work to be considered for the Wesleyan University Hamilton Prize. Hopeful participants should strive to passionately smash every expectation—Miranda and Kail will serve as honorary chairs on the judging committee.Could Hugh Jackman Be A Face in the Crowd?Tony winner Hugh Jackman is always in demand for the hottest stage and screen roles, both razzley-dazzley and Wolverine-ish. According to the New York Post, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Elvis Costello has his sights set on him starring in the stage adaptation of Academy Award winner Elia Kazan’s 1957 film A Face in the Crowd. The musical project is in its early stages, so in the meantime—hey, Hugh! Can you please play the role of all of our summer wedding plus ones?Daniel Radcliffe Could Get Naked in PrivacyFive-time Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner and Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe will lead off-Broadway’s Privacy beginning on July 5. The stage alum recently stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to discuss his latest theatrical venture. The play explores our complicated relationship with technology, and Radcliffe revealed that anything can happen during this immersive production. So the question is now on Colbert (and everyone else’s) mind: will he hail back to those Equus roots and strip down? “One of the great things about the show is that it’s gonna be changing on a nightly basis—so who knows?” he said. That’s not a “no”! Star Filescenter_img Broadway for Orlando Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Tony Winners Set for Broadway for Orlando70 Broadway favorites including Tony winners Idina Menzel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bernadette Peters, Sutton Foster, Audra McDonald, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jane Krakowski, Nathan Lane, Kelli O’Hara, Jessie Mueller, Matthew Broderick, Michael Cerveris, James Monroe Iglehart, Billy Porter and Chita Rivera, will join forces to record a new benefit single of the iconic 1965 song, “What the World Needs Now is Love.” The Broadway for Orlando initiative has been created to honor the victims and those wounded in the Orlando shooting massacre at Pulse nightclub and aid the surrounding community. 100% of the proceeds from the number’s sale will benefit the LGBT Center of Central Florida and is set to be available for digital download purchase on Broadway Records from June 20. Catch In the Heights fave and current On Your Feet! star Andréa Burns’ powerful rendition of the song at today’s #Ham4Ham below; she will also feature on the record.last_img read more

Key strategies for relentless growth, Part 2: Credit union best practices

first_imgLast month we provided you with 10 tips to help ensure your credit union experiences dramatic growth in 2015. Now we realize that 2014 was a pretty good year for many credit unions, but this is no time to rest on your laurels if history has anything to do with it. We live in a very cyclic world of ups and downs and today, as business is motoring right along at a nice clip, it’s time to make hay while the sun shines for that continued growth we all desire.That said, here are a few credit unions that have implemented the key strategies from last month’s article and have experienced tremendous and relentless growth as a result.Carolina Postal Credit Union in North Carolina experienced an increase in loan volume of 33% in 2013 compared to 2012 and has sustained its loan growth in 2014 (mostly consumer lending driven with no indirect). In addition, CPCU’s delinquency ratio for consumer lending went from 1.98% in 2012 to .36% in 2013 and continued to remain low in 2014. As a result, the credit union garnered:The 2014 CU Journal Best Practices Award as a result of the CSA ProgramThe 2014 Louise Herring Award as a result of the CSA ProgramBridgeway Credit Union in New York experienced double loan growth through direct loans (no indirect) in August 2014 (following CSA training mid-June) and has sustained its loan growth year-to-date. According to Bridgeway’s CEO Michelle McCourt, prior to its CSA training, it was at 1.64% loan growth as of May 2014. Bridgeway’s loan growth as of June 2014 was 5.29%. The credit union’s loan growth YTD as of October 2014 was 16% closing with 17% loan growth at year-end 2014. Its delinquency ratio at the end of October was a mere 0.48%; June 2014’s delinquency rate was 0.52%; and May 2014 was 0.75%.“Seems that it should be going the other way, as we take on a little riskier loan,” McCourt says. “Maybe our members just love us so much they always pay us first.”Summit Credit Union in North Carolina created instant loan opportunities immediately following cuStrategies’ training program in October 2014.According to Summit’s EVP of Marketing and Business Development Glenn Kirk, a shock wave ran through the credit union’s lending department as they tried to keep up with all the mini-apps. Its business development team has been hugely successful bringing back mini-apps from business partner events, receiving 109 in just one day at one recent Benefits Fair.Baker Federal Credit Union in New Jersey experienced 32% loan growth in 2013 and 30% in 2014 with most of the loan growth occurring in consumer lending – not mortgages and they do not offer business loans – with no indirect lending. Baker’s delinquency ratio and charge-off ratio for consumer lending did not increase at all. Although, the credit union did experience a loss on real estate loans that impacted its overall delinquency ratio.According to Baker FCU’s CEO, Sue Rodriguez, the credit union’s average loan yield has increased to 7.42% in 2014 from 7.07% year-end 2013. As a result, the credit union has recently been able to offer mobile banking, upgrade its bill pay service, update its website, and finally launch mobile deposits.“I could not have done any of that without the increase in income,” Rodriguez says.Appalachian Community Credit Union in Tennessee experienced a dramatic increase in its average loan yield from 6.26 to 8.26 from first quarter 2013 compared to fourth quarter 2013 – with no increase in its delinquency ratio. The credit union continues to post positive results in 2014 as a result of the CSA Program.As you can see, by following the 10 tips in last month’s column, there is definitely opportunity to grow – sometimes quite dramatically. Successful credit unions’ must develop a strategic plan of action from the top down to create a focus on increased loan growth and profitability so they can generate the income to hire the necessary staff, invest in tomorrow’s technology, build more efficient branches, upgrade antiquated systems and procedures, etc. All of this ultimately enhances your credit union’s value toward established and prospective members for long-term growth.What tips do you have for relentless growth at your credit union? 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Celeste Cook Celeste Cook is founder and President/CEO of cuStrategies, LLC, which provides strategic planning services, consulting services, and training programs to the credit union industry. She is also a keynote … Web: www.cu-strategies.com Detailslast_img read more

Cricket News Sunil Gavaskar backs Shane Warne’s decision to play Rishabh Pant as opener

first_imghighlights BCCI will announce the squad for the upcoming series against Australia today. The senior players are likely to be rested for the series. The toss up is between KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant for reserve opener spot.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The upcoming limited overs series against Australia will be India’s last opportunity to get their combinations right before the forthcoming World Cup in England. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selection committee will announce the squad for T20 and ODI series today and it is widely reported that a number of senior players will be rested for this series. It’s known that the swashbuckling opener Rohit Sharma is all set to be rested. This means the likes of KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane may get a final cut in the squad. However, India legend Sunil Gavaskar backed the young sensation Rishabh Pant and feels India can try a gamble by giving Rishabh Pant an opportunity to open. Recently, Australian sensation Shane Warne had said that Pant can be a good choice as an opener and Gavaskar has backed him by giving a nod to the idea.”Yes, why not. If you open with Rishab Pant, it opens up a third option for you as well. If he does well at the top, he is someone who can also be played in the middle order,” Gavaskar told India Today.”I can’t see why Rishabh Pant can’t play as a batsman. He is outstanding. Maybe even open the batting with Rohit Sharma. I know Shikhar Dhawan does a great job but Rishabh Pant opening the batting with Rohit Sharma could be pretty cool too for India. Go with some of these X-factor type things and tactical battles where you surprise the opposition,” he added. Pant had a great outing against Australia in the Test series scoring 350 runs at an average of 58.33. His dream run also includes a blistering century in the final Test. Following this, he also had a decent run against England Lions in the ODI series back home. He was also included in the T20 squad against New Zealand. With less than four months for the World Cup to start, this can be the last opportunity to see what he is capable of. The team management had tried Rishabh Pant against Windies in a home series but didn’t perform to his standards and eventually was dropped in the coming series. This remains to be seen if BCCI goes on his recent form and give him that much-needed extended run. last_img read more