In a few days, Harvard College will send out invitations to its newest prospective freshmen. Those emails, calls, and letters cap an arduous three-month, 40-person review of applicants — a record 35,023 this year. As with every new class, the search for the Class of 2017 was based not just on test scores, but on the activities, adversities, and other measures that reveal an applicant’s character, achievements, and talents.Harvard has always been eager to share this “holistic admissions” model, even on academe’s world stage.One case in point: On Jan. 14, William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of undergraduate admissions and financial aid, delivered a speech on admissions reform at the Royal Irish Academy — Ireland’s premier learning society — on behalf of Trinity College Dublin, the island nation’s flagship university. Fitzsimmons was there at the invitation of Patrick Geoghegan, Trinity’s dean of undergraduate studies. Their collaboration could lead to changes at Trinity and at institutions throughout Ireland.The partnership between Trinity (founded in 1592) and Harvard (1636) is hardly new. In the early 18th century, Trinity philosopher George Berkeley provided endowments for the library at Harvard, and during the 19th and 20th centuries the institutions enjoyed close educational and research collaborations. Currently, Trinity faculty members have co-authored more papers with Harvard than with any other U.S. university.Last summer, Geoghegan visited Fitzsimmons at Harvard to discuss admissions reform priorities expressed by Ruairi Quinn, Ireland’s minister for education and skills, and by Trinity Provost (the Irish title for President) Patrick Prendergast. Traditionally, university admission in Ireland has depended on the Leaving Certificate Examination, a national test that is taken as the sole predictor of success in higher education. A centralized admissions system, started in the 1970s, underscored the importance of that single test Ireland-wide.Trinity’s ongoing deliberations indicated that Harvard’s admissions process might provide a model for a feasibility study. While testing and grades are considered in admissions at Harvard, the University takes a wide variety of factors into account.“Holistic admissions” involves reviewing academic excellence as demonstrated by original writing and research, extracurricular activities, and community involvement. Personal qualities and character are also fundamental to every decision. The admissions committee seeks students whose backgrounds and life experiences will be educational for fellow classmates. Teacher recommendations, interviews, essays, and other qualitative information provided by applicants also help inform admissions decisions.The speech that Fitzsimmons gave was widely hailed in the Irish press. The next day, The Irish Times published an abbreviated version. It was an important moment in a national debate that that, off and on, had been churning in Ireland for 40 years, and it gave further impetus to admissions reform.“His keynote address proved decisive,” said Geoghegan. “Without it, there would have been a perception in Ireland that these proposed changes were unprecedented, dangerous, and reckless.”Geoghegan pointed to one sign of Harvard’s admissions success: a 30 percent increase over the last decade in the number of applicants from “poor and modest backgrounds,” who now represent a quarter of Harvard undergraduates. “We aspire to match these figures.”“The battle for America’s moral and economic future will be won or lost in our classrooms, especially those serving less-affluent students in our inner cities and rural areas,” Fitzsimmons said in his speech. “Perhaps one could say the same for Ireland.”The January meeting launched a holistic admissions pilot program at Trinity that will admit its first freshmen in September 2014. It’s a test of what may one day be a new, Ireland-wide norm for admissions. The college will invite some applicants to supply “supplementary information” in addition to exam scores.Fitzsimmons told his Irish audience it was “a pioneering program that could be transformative for Ireland,” one that would bring to Trinity and other universities “excellence in all its forms.”For now, the pilot will focus on applicants for three Trinity undergraduate courses of study: history, law, and ancient and medieval history in culture. Twenty-five places in the 2014 freshman class will be set aside for applicants admitted under the new process.This summer, Geoghegan and a colleague will attend the Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions. The weeklong program, directed by Fitzsimmons and now in its 53rd year, commonly draws 175 higher education and secondary school officials from around the United States and the world.Anna Zimdars, a leading British academic authority on admissions, attended Harvard’s admissions institute and was present at the Royal Irish Academy for the launch of the feasibility study. She noted to reporters the contribution of Harvard’s admissions procedures in shaping British policy. During the past few years, there have been similar debates about admissions policies in the United Kingdom.In 2011 Zimdars organized a major conference at the University of Manchester, at which Fitzsimmons was a keynote speaker. His speech had far-reaching consequences, and its influence was noted last October in a major independent report produced for the British government called “University Challenge: How Higher Education Can Advance Social Mobility.”“Universities everywhere continue to share ideas about best practices in recruiting, admissions processes, and financial aid,” said Fitzsimmons. “Maximizing human potential across economic, ethnic, and gender lines is a top priority for every nation.”Harvard President Drew Faust spoke in Ireland in June 2010 at an event co-organized by Trinity College Dublin. The venue also was the Royal Irish Academy.“I still remember her quoting a line from the great Irish poet Seamus Heaney, written in honor of Harvard’s 350th anniversary: ‘The books stand open and the gates unbarred,’” said Geoghegan. “Trinity is Ireland’s oldest university, and Harvard is America’s. We are proud that we have joined forces to ensure that for future generations of Irish students, the books will be open and the gates unbarred.”
Many Notre Dame students will arrive on campus this weekend and spend their time catching up with friends, organizing rooms and preparing for another semester of college. But for the incoming freshman Class of 2014, the weekend will be a long process of moving into an unfamiliar dorm, meeting new classmates and beginning to participate in the exciting, and somewhat awkward, experience that is Freshman Orientation, or Frosh-O.With many of the incoming freshmen forming their impressions of their new dorm and the University itself, members of the Frosh-O staffs say they are making every effort to personalize the move-in experience and make the transition as easy as possible for new residents.“We want to make sure that we welcome every single individual guy and make him feel at home,” junior Mitch Speer, Frosh-O commissioner for Carroll Hall, said. “Since we’re a small dorm, one individual student is 1 percent of my hall so we try and create a community atmosphere.”Other dorms see the move-in process as the ideal time to begin fostering relationships between the freshmen and their new home.“Throughout the move-in process, we want them to feel as comfortable as possible,” sophomore Mairin Talerico, Lewis Hall Frosh-O staff member, said. “We want to help them break out of their shells and become a part of this new family.”Several Frosh-O staff members said they understand that their efforts during the first weekend can potentially influence the freshmen’s attitudes about their next four years at Notre Dame. “We want to give the best impression of Notre Dame so that they start their first days of college with a positive attitude,” junior Kathleen McKiernan, Howard Hall Frosh-O commissioner, said. “It’s important that we give them a feeling of a place they want to be — their ‘home away from home.’”New Howard Duck Lily Rodgers said when she walked up to register at her new hall that “everyone knew my name and who I was, which was really cool.”Throughout the weekend, many of Notre Dame’s newest students have similarly felt welcomed to campus despite the chaos that surrounds the initial move to college.“So far everyone’s been really helpful and welcoming,” Morrissey Manor freshman Matt Hickey said. “The hall staff’s been outgoing and introducing themselves, but it’s still been pretty crazy trying to move everything in.”Freshman Andrea Rosado, a new resident of Pangborn Hall, said she “definitely” sees herself at home in Pangborn Hall and said her Frosh-O staff was very friendly. “The transition has been really easy,” she said. “I’m not nervous at all.”Easing the transition to Notre Dame requires a lot of time and effort on behalf of the Frosh-O staffs on campus, but most coordinators agree that the easiest way to make the new students welcome is to reach out and be a friend to the new freshmen.“We just try and be ourselves,” Speer said. “Our staff was picked for a reason. We put on a happy face and get these guys in the dorm and just make sure they enjoy themselves.”
The inaugural Dirty Dozen Wilderness Hiking Challenge wrapped up this fall. Co-sponsored by Blue Ridge Outdoors and The Wilderness Society, the challenge attracted over 565 hikers from 11 states who explored 66 different wilderness areas across the Southeast.Wilderness areas are the wildest, most pristine pockets of pure nature. No roads, vehicles, machines, or permanent structures are permitted in wilderness. They are places where the human imprint is minimized and ecosystems function naturally. The Southeast has an astonishing number and variety of wilderness areas, from Shining Rock to the Okefenokee Swamp.38 hikers became the first Dirty Dozen hikers: they hiked 10+ miles in 12 different wilderness areas across the Southeast. Timo Holmquist was the very first Dirty Dozen hiker, completing the challenge on April 13. A selection from Middle Prong Wilderness hike report appears below. Jeff Monroe hiked the most wilderness areas (17) and also logged the most miles (341.6).Hikers were honored at an awards ceremony in Asheville last month, where prizes were awarded in various categories.DIRTY DOZEN AWARDSFinished First1. Timo Holmquist (4/13/2015)2. Diana Otero (4/23/2015)3. Jeff Monroe (4/24/2015)Hiked the Most Miles1.Jeff Monroe (341.6)2.Heidi Triantafillou (231.33)3.Steve Boone (182.8)Hiked the Most Wilderness Areas1. Jeff Monroe (17)2. Heidi Triantafillou (16)3. Bill Witherspoon (14)Hiked in the Most States1. Steve Boone (7)2. Bill Witherspoon, Maryan Noack, and Heidi Triantafillou tied for 2nd place (6)Best Hike Photos1. Summer McCreless (Sipsey)2. Bill Witherspoon (Lewis Fork)3. Heidi Triantafillou (Raven Cliff)Most Creative Hike Experience Descriptions1. Olga Pader (Middle Prong)2. Timo Holmquist (Middle Prong)3. Felicia Mitchell (Congaree)[divider]Special Thanks[/divider]A big thanks to the sponsors of the inaugural Dirty Dozen Wilderness Hike Challenge: Blackrock Outdoor Company (Sylva, NC), City Lights Bookstore (Sylva, NC), ENO (Asheville, NC), GoWorx (Asheville, NC), Harmony House Foods (Franklin, NC), Lawson Hammock (Raleigh, NC), Mast General Store (Asheville, NC), Nantahala Outdoor Center (Bryson City, NC), Patagonia, RuffWear (Bend, OR), Second Gear (Asheville, NC), Southeastern Expeditions (Clayton, GA)
continue reading » 73SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Inbound marketing aims to turn strangers into customers and build deeper relationships with customers coming into the bank’s mobile, web, phone and in-person channels. It involves attracting people via blogs, podcasts, videos, eBooks, newsletters, white papers, and other forms of content marketing – drawing people into the company. The goal is to attract visitors to convert leads, close the sale, and delight customers enough so they become loyal customers who promote your company by sharing on social media. Inbound marketing has proven to be an extremely effective marketing method that aligns content with customers’ interests.The value of inbound marketing certainly has not been lost on financial marketing professionals. As banks and financial institutions evolve to meet the demands of connected customers looking for digital solutions, financial services marketers are making good use of inbound marketing to further their business goals. Yet, inbound marketing can be difficult for those in the finance industry because of strict regulations and complex sales. To help financial marketers navigate inbound marketing more successfully, we have rounded up 50 tips from marketing experts and financial services thought leaders. Please note, we have listed our 50 inbound marketing tips for financial marketers here in no particular order…
The men’s season opener against Marist tips off from the Events Center Saturday at 2 p.m. Head coach Tommy Dempsey said the team is excited to play at a competitive level for the first time since March. In addition to the new faces, Dempsey said he’s excited to see the development of last year’s freshman. Tinsley will be bolstered by the return of Thomas Bruce, who re-joins the Bearcats after a two-year injury absence. Bruce said his expectations for himself are even higher this season. With a mix of old and new players, Dempsey said one of the team’s strengths will be its depth. “George makes Thomas better and Thomas makes George better,” said Dempsey. “That’s a match up on that front line, we feel like we can have an advantage many nights.” The sophomore heavy team brings back America East rookie of the year George Tinsley, who led the conference in freshman scoring last season. “I think with all of the new guys we have, I think we could really surprise some people this year,” said Betram. Dempsey said Bruce and Tinsley complement each other on the court. “This year’s going to be much different, obviously because now you’re playing games back to back on weekends and now teams are going to be ready for what kind of style of play I am,” said Tinsley. “So I’m going to change it up and improve any way I can, and also take on a leadership role this year.” “Patience is good, too much patience is bad. So you have to find that line where you’re going to have to be a little bit patience early in the year,” said Dempsey. The team returns just two starters from the 2019-2020 season, and is looking to fill the scoring void left by point guard Sam Sessoms, following his transfer from Binghamton. “Of course I don’t feel like we’re completely ready but we’ll learn through our mistakes. The kids need to play,” said Dempsey. VESTAL (WBNG) — The Binghamton men’s basketball season will begin Saturday as the Bearcats host Marist to open the non-conference schedule. “Tinsley and (Brenton) Mills, Hakon (Hjalmarsson) and (Dan) Petcash and those guys, I mean they played a lot of minutes as freshman,” said Dempsey. “The old saying ‘the best thing about freshman is they become sophomores,’ well now they’re sophomores and you hope they can take the next step.” With limited practice this preseason, Dempsey said he expects physical mistakes early on, but he wants his players to focus on their attitude and effort. He said they’ve added pieces with the ability to score a lot of points, including transfer and Cooperstown native Tyler Bertram. “Last time I played I made the all-defensive team. I want to be defensive player of the year and also be on the all-conference team, and a championship of course,” he said.
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The Jakarta Police’s traffic division law enforcement chief, Comr. Fahri Siregar, said the driver of the SUV was a man.“The driver injured his left temple,” Fahridi said in Jakarta on Wednesday morning as quoted by Antara news agency. Fahridi said the driver was heading south on Jl. MH Thamrin. Near the pond at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle, he lost control of his vehicle. The car then drove over the sidewalk surrounding the pond before crashing into the pond itself.The front side of the Land Rover was heavily damaged and the driver was taken to a hospital for treatment. (gis)Topics : A Land Rover crashed into the pond of the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle on Jl. MH Thamrin, Central Jakarta, in the early hours of Wednesday.
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — Authorities in Franklin County are investigating a shooting on New Year’s Eve.According to the Laurel Police Department, a landing zone was set up at the Laurel School on New Year’s Eve for a gunshot wound to an extremity.Investigators are saying that as of now, it appears to be accidental.According to officials, an off duty police officer was involved in the incident and has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.As investigators finalize their reports, they will be sent to the Indiana State Police for review.WRBI will bring you more details on this story as we receive updates.
RelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Atletico Madrid forward, Diego Costa, is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a slipped disc.“The club’s medical staff have done some scans on Diego Costa to assess the neck problems he has been suffering from in the last few days. Those tests have revealed that the striker is suffering from a slipped disc,” said a statement from Atletico.“In the next few days he will be assessed by neurosurgery specialists in order to establish a definitive treatment plan.”Atletico did not state for how long Costa would be out but Spanish media reports said he would miss Atletico’s next La Liga game away to Granada on November 23.Costa, 31, has had a largely unsuccessful second stint at Atletico since rejoining the club from Chelsea in January 2018.He has started eight of his side’s 11 La Liga games this season, scoring two goals. Tags: Atletico AMdridAtletico MadridLa Liga