Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764) held a change of command ceremony, aboard Naval Station Norfolk, Feb. 22.Cmdr. Scott S. Luers relieved Cmdr. Brian L. Sittlow as commanding officer.“Thank you again, Brian, for the true honor of being asked to speak at this very special day,” said Capt. Mark J. Olson, deputy director of Plans and Programs at Commander, Naval Installations Command. “You have made a difference, as the myriad of successes and the long list of accomplishment for Boise and her crew will attest, but even more importantly, in my mind, you have succeeded and still are a very nice person, and there is not a soul here who knows you who would not agree. Thank you, Leslie [wife], for you continued support to Brian and to all the Boise family members and all military family members who are so instrumental in their service member’s continued success.“I also would like to congratulate Scott Luers on the beginning of what I am sure will be a great command tour. If you read Scott’s biography, you can see he epitomizes the myriad diversity in operational and staff tours that make our service so unique and so successful. Scott, I’d like to welcome you and your family back to the Norfolk area. Having command so near to family will be a great experience for all.“Brian and Scott, may God bless both of you and all of your families and those of USS Boise. And may God continue to bless our great Nation, our Navy and all the wonderful men and women who serve her so proudly.”Capt. Blake L. Converse, commander, Submarine Squadron Six, then presented Sittlow with a Legion of Merit. Under Sittlow’s command, Boise completed two highly successful deployments to the European Command theater of operations supporting national strategic goals. The ship was also the most decorated submarine in the fleet, earning the 2010 U.S. Fleet Forces Battenberg Cup as the best ship in the Atlantic Fleet; the 2010 Commander, Submarine Squadron Eight and 2012 Commander, Submarine Squadron Six Battle Efficiency Awards, and other numerous awards for operational excellence.In addition, Sittlow was recognized for his impressive leadership and accomplishments by being awarded the 2012 Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Inspirational Leadership Award.A native of Roberts, Wis., Sittlow became Boise’s ninth commanding officer when assumed command, Jan.22, 2010. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1993, earning a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering. He earned a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies in 2009 from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.“I have often been asked about the secret to Boise’s successes over the past several years,” said Sittlow. “The officers fight the ship, the chiefs run the ship, and the crew makes the ship run. Day in, day out, whether standing watch topside on a cold, gusty night, picking out adversary contacts from a complicated sonar display, or having a confident hand at the controls of our reactor plant, the crew always made the ship run. The sons of our American families, heroes all, were the heart-beat of the ship. Six hours on, 12 hours off – day after day, mission after mission, deployment after deployment. The Boise men fought through the monotony of their work, but were always expertly poised to react, track and attack.“But it goes further than that. It was all supported by our strong, loving families at home, giving us encouragement, and allowing us to carry on with our assignments. Boise, however, is just a small piece to submarine force and the Navy. We are very dependent on the leadership, guidance and support of our operational commanders at home and deployed, and the shore support that keeps our machine moving.“Cmdr. Luers, it is now your turn. You come to Boise with an impeccable record and a clear cut slam dunk to take Boise into the next chapter of her history. Stealing the words from a former executive officer, you are younger, better looking, more skilled, in better shape, more enthusiastic and all around better submariner than I will ever be. Congratulations! Cherish every moment in Command. You undoubtedly will be a terrific Captain!“Finally, to the crew of Boise, I am honored and humbled to have been your commanding officer. You are shipmates, in the truest meaning of the word, each and every one of you. Congratulations for everything you accomplished. Keep up the great work that I witnessed every day defending our nation, while serving on board Boise.”Sittlow’s previous sea assignments have been on board the Sturgeon-class attack submarine USS Archerfish (SSN 678), home ported in Groton, Conn., where he served in various division officer positions in completing two Mediterranean Sea deployments and an Arctic Ocean deployment. He served as the Operations Officer for several military and civilian sponsored missions assigned from 1997 to 1999 on board the Deep Submergence Vessel NR-1, which was a unique U. S. Navy nuclear-powered ocean engineering and research submarine, homeported in Groton, Conn. While assigned on NR-1 he completed a North Atlantic deployment.After leaving NR-1, Sittlow reported to the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) (Blue Crew), homeported in Bangor, Wash., where he completed five strategic deterrent patrols as the submarine’s navigation officer. In 2007, Sittlow became the executive officer on board the Virginia-class attack submarine USS Virginia (SSN 774), homeported in Groton, Conn., completing first-of-class operational and technical evaluations during his tour.Before being assigned as the operations officer at Commander, Submarine Development Squadron Twelve, homebased in Groton, Conn, Sittlow was the first American to complete the Norwegian Submarine Command “Perisher” Course in 2004.Sittlow’s next assignment will be at Commander, Submarine Squadron Four in Groton, Conn.Luers is a native of Westminster, Md. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ocean Engineering from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1995, and a Masters in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University in 2007. His last duty station was at Commander, Submarine Squadron Eleven in San Diego.“All have heard today what the crew already knows – Boise is a ship that isn’t afraid to take on challenging missions and then excels at executing them,” said Luers. “I cannot thank Cmdr. Sittlow enough for his leadership over the past three years, and for being extremely generous and open during our turnover. You will be an inspiration to your Sailors and myself for time immemorial.“Just as the success Boise has enjoyed was laid by the efforts of Cmdr. Sittlow and his team, so has my presence on this stage been laid by the work – often extremely hard work – of some incredible people around me. Most are here today, and these important people are the foundation of my strength, but a new, unbreakable pillar has been added to shore me up – as I am to shore up them.“Boise is a national asset, a complex machine of war. You, the Sailors who man Boise and bring her alive, and the families who support you, are national treasures. I respect and thank you for your service. I am extremely proud to be your 10th commanding officer, and I look forward to our continued success far from home shores. Go Broncos!”In attendance were Dirk Kempthorne, the 49th U.S. Secretary of the Interior (June 2006 – January 2009), former Governor of Idaho (January 1999 – May 2006), and former U.S. Idaho Senator (January 1993 – January 1999); Boise, Idaho Mayor David Bieter; and Tom Killingsworth, chairman of the Boise commissioning committee.Nicknamed “A One Ship Fleet,” Boise is the second U.S. Navy ship to bear the name of Idaho’s capital city. Built by Newport News Shipbuilding and General Dynamics Electric Boat Division, Boise was commissioned, November 7, 1992. The 360-foot ship has a crew compliment of 13 officers and 121 enlisted Sailors.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 25, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Angeles-Class View post tag: News by topic February 25, 2013 View post tag: Defence View post tag: holds View post tag: submarine View post tag: change View post tag: Command View post tag: Defense View post tag: attack View post tag: USS View post tag: Los Authorities View post tag: Navy View post tag: Ceremony Los Angeles-Class Attack Submarine USS Boise Holds Change of Command Ceremony Back to overview,Home naval-today Los Angeles-Class Attack Submarine USS Boise Holds Change of Command Ceremony View post tag: Naval View post tag: Boise Share this article
Posting DetailsPosting NumberA00220PClassification TitlePosition TypeAdjunct FacultyDisclaimerLiberty University’s hiring practices and EEO Statement are fullyin compliance with both federal and state law. Federal law createsan exception to the “religion” component of the employmentdiscrimination laws for religious organizations (includingeducational institutions), and permits them to give employmentpreference to members of their own religion. Liberty University isin that category.Position TitleAdjunct Professor, Interior DesignDoes this position require driving?NoContactDr. Debbie BenoitContact Phone Ext434-582-2125Contact [email protected] Summary/Basic FunctionTeach a course in one or more of the following areas: FashionIllustration, Digital Drafting, Interior Design, ArchitecturalDesign, History of Interiors, or Lighting Design.Minimum QualificationsMaster’s Degree with 18 graduate hours in discipline taught orprofessional experience.Preferred QualificationsDoctorate or MFA – with 18 graduate hours in discipline taught orprofessional experience.Work Hours20 per weekPosting Date06/18/2020Special Instructions for ApplicantsQuicklinkhttps://jobs.liberty.edu/postings/27690Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsCurriculum VitaeTeaching PhilosophyPastoral Reference LetterAcademic/Professional Reference Letter 1Unofficial Transcript 1Unofficial Transcript 2Optional DocumentsCareer Advancement Form (For Current LU Employees ONLY)Academic/Professional Reference Letter 2Unofficial Transcript 3Professional License(s)Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
Nearly $51 Million In upgrades To Retire 80 Miles In 2019Crews working for Vectren Energy Delivery (Vectren), a CenterPoint Energy Company,have begun the process of replacing gas mains and service lines throughout the state as part of the company’s pipeline replacement program, which is a multi-year program to replace about 1,200 miles of bare steel and cast iron pipeline infrastructure in nearly 75 cities or towns in Indiana. This year, 26 cities will be impacted, and crews will retire 80 miles through a nearly $51 million investment.“To ensure the continued reliability of our natural gas pipeline systems and service, Vectren continues our program to replace essentially all of our bare steel and cast-iron pipeline infrastructure in Indiana,” said Richard Leger, vice president of Natural Gas Distribution, Indiana and Ohio. “These infrastructure enhancements are vital to meeting federal requirements and ensuring safe delivery of natural gas service to our customers for decades to come.”The following cities will be impacted in 2019: Anderson, Bedford, Bloomington, Chesterfield, Columbus, Crawfordsville, Dublin, Elwood, Evansville, Frankfort, Greenfield, Hagerstown, Huntington, Knightstown, Lafayette, Marion, Martinsville, Muncie, Parker City, Petersburg, Richmond, Rushville, Terre Haute, Tipton, Vincennes and Washington.Visit the Active Projects tab on www.vectren.com/pipelinereplacement to view an interactive map displaying all existing or upcoming work in each city. This map is updated regularly as new projects come online. Replacement work is prioritized based on pipeline assessment and leak repair data as well as the opportunity to minimize the construction impact to the affected city.These additional cities, which have not previously had replacement work, will be impacted in the coming years: Albany, Arcadia, Cowan, Daleville, Dunkirk, Farmland, Frankton, Gas City, Gaston, Milton, Markle, Markleville, Mt. Summit, New Columbus, Noblesville, Oakland City and Shideler.In most cases, a polyethylene (plastic) system is being installed to replace the current bare steel and cast-iron gas pipeline system. First, the gas main, which is a gas pipeline that ranges in size from 2” to 8” and is often underneath the street or sidewalk, will be replaced within the right-of-way, and then the service lines running directly to homes and businesses will be replaced. Upon completion of the project, affected yards, sidewalks and streets will be restored.“Construction for these pipeline projects may take several weeks to complete, and times may vary based on the size of the project, weather, ground surface/soil and other situations that may arise,” said Leger. “Please be assured that Vectren and its contractors will make every effort to complete each project as quickly as possible and minimize impact to customers and the community.”Prior to service replacement, a Vectren representative will contact customers to provide an overview of the required work. Vectren reminds residents to please keep the following in mind: We urge residents and their children to keep a safe distance away from any work zones.Since 2008, more than 700 of the 1,200 total miles have been replaced in Indiana, which has led to a reduction in leak calls and natural gas emissions from the distribution system. The reduction in natural gas emissions aligns with Vectren’s pledge to replace cast iron and unprotected steel natural gas mains at a rate of 5 percent, or roughly 42 miles, per year as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program.For more information about Vectren’s gas infrastructure modernization program, visitwww.vectren.com/pipelinereplacement. Please exercise caution when driving through the construction zones. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
GEORGE LUMLEY NAMED NEW PUBLISHER OF THE SOON TO BE PRINTED CCO On January 15, 2015 the City County Observer shall be taking a big step forward by investing in a new venture. We are going to print a complimentary monthly version of the City-County Observer. Our printed Edition will be delivered to some neighborhoods but it will also be available at many convenience stores, groceries, and retail outlets.Our printed Edition will be a 16 page color tabloid. We shall be using a high quality news print called Highbrite. Our font size will be larger so our older readers will be able to read this printed Edition.We will be reaching out to those who are not tech-savvy and hope to attract some readers who will begin to participate in the online version of CCO. The print version will not include “Is It True” or the “Readers Forum, The soon to be printed City County Observer will offer a new free media alternative to the public.Its with pride we announce that the new Publisher of our soon to be launched printed edition of the City County Observer shall be George Lumley CPA and a past employee of the Indiana State Board of Accounts. Mr. Lumley is becoming well known and respected for his outstanding work on “Blighted Property” issues. Mr. Lumley as taken to task officials in the DMD and elected officials because of the decisions that they are making to fund “Blight” programs that are missing their intended mark significantly.When Mr. Lumley worked for the State Board of Account when they were doing more than just following industry accounting standards. He claims in the past they followed a stricter policy on what was a proper expenditure of public funds. If a Township Assessor paid his children that were under 18 to mow a township cemetery SBA made the trustee pay the money back even if the kids had actually mowed it because the law stated a trustee could not employ his unemancipated child. So a trustee getting a $1000 stipend to oversee a small part of government function was often forced to pay it back. How times have changed.Over the last year Mr Lumley have brought to light the questionable expenditures that other State examiners had turned a blind eye towards. We predict that the newly appointed Publisher of our printed edition George Lumley, CPA will continue to expose questionable expenditures of the ERC, Evansville Brownfield and DMD in the printed form. You also can expect to read a positive community newspaper dedicated to the progress of this area! FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
If I could go back in time, I’d be sure to catch:The original My Fair Lady just because that sounds like a ball. That sounds really fun. A close second is Ethel Merman in Gypsy.Broadway legend I’d see in anything:I’d see Bernadette Peters in anything. Go-to audition song:When I was really auditioning for musical theater a lot, there was a lack of good hard comedy songs for women. There was this song I found called “Darryl is a Boy (And He Lives in My Closet)” by this composer Michael Mitnick. That was my go-to for a while. Probably now it would be one of my own songs—if that’s not the worst thing to say.If I wrote a Broadway musical, it’d be about:I actually have written a full-length musical. It’s basically a f**ked up 42 Street.Karaoke show tune of choice:I really like doing “Ya Got Trouble” from The Music Man as a karaoke tune because it makes everyone really uncomfortable and it’s weird. Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Bunch in ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ (Photo: Jordon Nuttall/The CW) Musical theater dream role:Dot in Sunday in the Park with George. My gender-swapped dream role is Harold Hill in The Music Man.I’d like to make my Broadway debut in:Ideally something I’ve written. And if not, Funny Girl. Actually, that’s my dream role. Dot in Sunday in the Park or Fanny in Funny Girl. In the opening shot of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, it’s clear Rebecca Bunch is one of us, in fact she’s singing her heart out in the ensemble of a summer camp performance of South Pacific. Nine episodes, a giant pretzel and countless original musical numbers (some with Santino Fontana) later, the CW series has become an award-winning, critically acclaimed musical comedy. How often does that happen? Co-creator Rachel Bloom won a Golden Globe in January for her leading performance as Rebecca, and her enthusiasm for all things Broadway is palpable. While she comes from a sketch comedy background, the performer also studied musical theater at New York University. We recently asked Bloom about her show tunes of choice, Broadway crushes and more. Check out her answers below, and catch the CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Mondays at 8PM!First Broadway show:The first Broadway-ish show I ever saw was the tour of Beauty and the Beast when it came to LA. But the first actual Broadway show I ever saw was The Lion King, and in the same trip, I saw Annie Get Your Gun with Bernadette Peters.First time on stage:I think I was three years old and I did a children’s community theater play of The Three Little Pigs. Yeah, it was great.Musical theater crush:As a straight woman, my musical theater crush is Marc Kudisch. As an overall sexual being, my musical theater crush is Sutton Foster. View Comments
ESSEX JUNCTION – The 83rd annual Champlain Valley Fair had one its best seasons ever with 299,168 people – about 1,500 more than 2003 – coming through the gates during the annual 10-day fair, held Aug. 28 to Sept. 6. The slight increase in attendance was due, in part, to enjoying one of the Vermont summers longest stretches of sunny weather during the final week of the fair. From an informal survey of license plates on the grounds, visitors from 41 states and several Canadian provinces attended the fair. From the standpoint of operations and quality, this was an outstanding fair, said David F. Grimm, general manager of the Exposition. We had excellent diversity in our grandstand which accounted for a 15% improvement over 2003. We received many positive comments about the cleanliness of our grounds, the variety of entertainment and the improvements we added this year. The Fair hosted two sell-out concerts for country music superstars Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith. The Fair opened with the good vibes of The Beach Boys. Other concerts included local jam bands Strangefolk and The Samples; a rocking Friday night concert with ZZ Top and nostalgic 35th anniversary tour concert by classic rock band, Yes on the second Saturday night. The remainder of the midweek grandstand shows included a freestyle motorcycle thrill show, Figure 8 Racing, a Demolition Derby and NTPA Grand National Tractor and Truck Pull on Labor Day.The Reithoffers Midway featured 35 rides and many special ride and admission discounts over the 10 days.Free daily entertainment included a live bear show, butter sculpture, an aerial thrill show, a juggling family, hypnotist, caricature artist, racing pigs, petting zoo, musicians and an authentic cowboy chuck wagon. Some $75,000 in competition premiums and prize money was awarded during the fair. Significant increases in entries to the art and photography department were realized, including a Best of Show landscape oil painting which carried a record-setting price tag of $12,000. A heavyweight pumpkin record was set at 1,042-pound pumpkin (previous record: 1,036 pounds in 2003) and it was one of the big surprises in the agricultural area considering the wet summer in the region. More than 150 people, including Vt. Gov. James Douglas, were on hand to honor the 2004 inductees into the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame at the Champlain Valley Exposition in a ceremony held during the Fair.International Association of Fairs and Expositions popular summer Read and Win program was offered locally to area youngsters, grades K 5 in five counties. Approximately 1,000 completed the assignment of reading three books over the summer and received free admission to the fair on Aug. 30. Significant improvements were made to the fairgrounds and facilities over the summer for this years fair including the addition of $350,000 three-lane paved road connecting Route 15 and Route 2 to Exposition parking areas; a complete renovation of the Ware Building, including heating and air conditioning for the exhibit hall; and general fix-up and repainting of buildings and landscaping. The 2005 Champlain Valley Fair is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27 to Monday, Sept. 5. Photos from the 2004 Champlain Valley Fair are posted in day-by-day photo albums at www.cvfair.com(link is external), which also include information about the Expositions year-round calendar of events.
By Geraldine Cook/Diálogo October 09, 2018 For Admiral Eduardo Bacellar Leal Ferreira, commander of the Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese), consolidating joint work strategies and collaborating with Latin American and Caribbean naval forces to fight regional threats are among his priorities. To meet his goal, Adm. Leal Ferreira conducts information exchange, interoperability work, and combined operations, among others. Adm. Leal Ferreira participated in the XXVIII Inter-American Naval Conference (IANC) in Cartagena, Colombia, July 23rd-26th. The commander spoke with Diálogo about the relevance of IANC, institutional advances, and interoperability operations, among other topics. Diálogo: How important is Brazil’s participation in IANC? Admiral Eduardo Bacellar Leal Ferreira, commander of the Brazilian Navy: IANC is the highest level naval forum among American navies. This event began in 1959 with the participation of 19 member nations, in addition to the Inter-American Defense Board and the Inter-American Naval Telecommunications Network Secretariat. The conference represents a unique opportunity to exchange ideas, knowledge, and mutual understanding of maritime issues affecting the continent. It also encourages permanent professional contact among navies of participating countries to promote hemispheric solidarity. Having commanders of these navies together to discuss complex issues allows us to develop well-founded solutions for common problems affecting the countries of the Americas. Diálogo: IANC centers on the regional navies’ responsibility to combat drug trafficking and other related crimes. Why is it important for naval forces to unite to face these common threats? Adm. Leal Ferreira: First, we must understand that the consequences of these crimes are not limited to a state, but extend to all. Within our continent some countries are producers, great consumers, and others serve as transit areas for drugs to reach overseas markets. In some way, the problem affects us all and we have a responsibility to fight it. Foreign trade is extremely dependent on maritime transportation and illegal trafficking is no different. Sailboats, fishing boats, container ships, and other vessels distribute drugs around the world. The work of navies and other law enforcement entities in oceans and inland waters prove essential. It is also important to consider that drug trafficking generates numerous financial transactions and is associated with other types of transnational crimes, such as arms trafficking, money laundering, etc. Drug traffickers who have large investment capacities can reinvent themselves, with innovative strategies and tactics to escape government forces. Therefore, only through long-term and dynamic exchange of intelligence, constant equipment and process updates, and international cooperation, can we face the problem. Diálogo: What interoperability operations does MB conduct with other institutions in the country to fight these scourges? Adm. Leal Ferreira: In Brazil, the fight against these issues is primarily the Federal and state police’s responsibility. The Navy must support these institutions, above all with regard to logistics and intelligence. MB is present along rivers near the border, especially in the Amazon and its tributaries, as well as the Paraguay River. This is a joint activity with the Army, Air Force, and Federal Police. We can provide intelligence, service members, robust equipment, and logistics support. We also act as a joint force with several organizations along the coast. In the big cities, where narcotrafficking causes a higher level of violence, we guarantee law and order at the government’s request with Marine Corps personnel and armored vehicles in operations limited by space, time, and mission. Diálogo: What is MB’s contribution to other naval forces in the region in the fight against transnational criminal organizations? Adm. Leal Ferreira: We exchange intelligence and conduct multinational operations, where we try to share lessons learned and best practices. We participate in large exercises, such as PANAMAX, where we standardize doctrinal processes, apply safe communication networks, and learn to work together, optimizing resources and taking maximum advantage of each navy’s acquired expertise. Diálogo: Specifically referring to drug trafficking, illicit activities, and terrorism, what is currently the most important activity MB performs? Adm. Leal Ferreira: We have an extensive maritime coast and river network near neighboring countries. Our land border in the northern region is large and difficult to access, with a dense forest. Therefore, it is very difficult to fight crime without intelligence that enables resource optimization and adequate positioning. Taking that into consideration, MB will activate the Integrated Maritime Security Center in November. Its purpose is to increase maritime situational awareness, establish agreements with national and international government organizations, agencies, and with the maritime community, to share information on maritime trafficking. This will enable a more precise use of our resources, as well as a better understanding of the entire logistics chain that involves illegal trafficking. Diálogo: This was the fifth time that MB participated in exercise Obangame Express 2018, in the Gulf of Guinea. Which interoperability operations did MB conduct during the exercise? Adm. Leal Ferreira: In this edition, Brazil was responsible for Area of Operations A, which extended through the waters of Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Republic of the Congo. The 2018 edition featured the participation of African, European, and American navies and agencies, with a total of 31 countries. African navies highlighted the opportunity to observe materials and techniques boarding teams use. The exercise sought to assess and improve the capacity to implement international maritime law, expanding the participation of countries signatory to the Yaoundé Code of Conduct through the implementation of a maritime security regional strategy in Central and Western Africa, and creating partnerships among the 20 countries that signed the code. Diálogo: What kind of joint and combined operations does MB conduct with the United States? Adm. Leal Ferreira: We take part in UNITAS and UNITAS Amphibious to train squadron units in combined operations with resources from the U.S. Navy and other navies invited; and PANAMAX, with a focus on doctrinal exchange and general staff intervention. We also work alongside the U.S. Navy in Obangame Express. Diálogo: MB created an opportunity for women to reach the rank of admiral, paving the way for their participation in combat activities. Has MB achieved success with gender inclusion? Adm. Leal Ferreira: MB is an institution that pays special attention to social changes and the admission of women into the Naval School’s officer training courses is one such example. This was possible because the Navy was prepared—in 1980, MB was a pioneer within the Brazilian Armed Forces for the inclusion of women. Today we have more than 8,000 women, occupying positions such as doctors, dentists, and health support, representing more than 50 percent of the work force. For years, female service members embarked on oceanographic vessels, polar ships, the Brazilian Navy Training Ship, hospital ships, and even on squadron and district ships, in an operational capacity. Service members, regardless of gender, are also ready to fulfill any mission because they have values required of professionals, such as dedication, accountability, selflessness, constant sacrifice, and a search for technical professional improvement, among others.
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jennifer Laud Jennifer is a credit union marketing consultant and the owner of Jennifer Laud Consulting. She has a background in strategy and a passion for positioning credit unions to find their … Web: www.jlaud.com Details Crisis is never an easy thing to manage, and knowing how to address concerns as a business is a real skill. This cold and flu season has brought with it a virus that is proving to have a widespread impact. While the biggest concerns are for health, the effects also cover many other facets of our lives as employees are asked to work from home, schools are temporarily shut down, travel plans and events are cancelled, the stock market responds, and more.During a time of fear and uncertainty, members are searching for information and solutions to help them weather the current storm. This gives credit unions the chance to show they are putting members first, something we regularly tout as a pillar of our business. It’s time to plan your communication strategy and adjust your marketing plan.Maintain a Consistent MessageHaving a consistent external message starts by having a strong internal message. Your staff members are going to be the people fielding questions, so keep them up-to-date on the credit union’s actions and position. Are you planning on limiting hours or otherwise adjusting operations? What are you doing to keep staff healthy and safe and how does that have an impact on members’ safety? Staff and members alike will be happy to know about efforts like increased cleaning of shared space and surfaces or additional supplies for washing hands.Because we are dealing with people’s finances and their access to their money, having information readily available will set minds at ease and show that you are thinking about everyone’s well-being. Keep your content fact-based to avoid fueling fears while using a straight-forward and respectful tone. Use your branches, call centers, website and social media channels to make information readily available for anyone looking for updates. Have events coming up, like your annual member meeting? Make sure the latest information is posted with regular updates on the status of the event and what precautions are being taken. If you’ve been considering shifting more of your events and info sessions to the digital world, this could be the time to take the leap with a webinar or a live social media stream. Members and staff are sure to appreciate being able to continue receiving services, but in a safer way.Educate Members on Other Ways to Do Business While members are changing their regular routines, this can be a good time to make sure they know all of their options. Particularly for members who are in a higher-risk group for the virus, provide education on your online, mobile, text and audio banking functions. Staff can help members get set up with these services and even automate activities like bill pay or money transfers. Make sure your staff are ready and able to seamlessly help members set up, and make the most of, your remote services. Then, the member can choose when and if they want to continue using face-to-face options down the road.Adjust Your CalendarSpring might be the time you usually talk about home loans or getting a new credit card in time for spring break travel. Take another look at your calendar and see where you need to make some edits. What may have seemed relevant and timely may now appear tone-deaf and insensitive. Your originally-planned travel campaign will also be less effective as members ditch their plans and stay home. Instead, shuffle a bit so you’re not staying stagnant. Look at the goals you have for the year to choose activities that will support your objectives and are aligned with our instincts to hunker down for the immediate future. If you’re trying to build deposits, this could be a great time to talk more about strategies for saving and building wealth. Just as with any other major event, what additional support or concessions can you offer your specific membership group? Right now, coronavirus is top of mind, but there are plenty of other instances where major events deeply affect a significant group of members: large business closures or layoffs, natural disasters, government shutdown. We can leverage our ability to nimbly respond as a local financial institution in order to be a source of support for any crisis. If you already have a skip-a-pay program, this is a great time to remind members who are experiencing a reduction in income. Are there other concessions you can offer members who are affected more strongly by either the economic changes or illness? On the positive side, where can you proactively provide resources or support? You can help members and staff by stocking up on hand sanitizers and soap for your branches. But also look at your community and business partners to see where there are needs that you could help meet.We have yet to see the full scope of the coronavirus’ impact. Be a source of support and strength for your staff and members by identifying how you will communicate and what needs to change in your marketing calendar so you have an updated plan.
I read with interest and not a little bit of dismay Mr. John Gaetani’s Oct. 15 letter stating that a flat earth was “settled science” in 1492. In fact, a scholar named Eratosthenes of Cyrene (present day Libya), born 276 BC died 194 BC, knew that the Earth was a sphere and was able to calculate the circumference of the planet to a remarkably accurate degree.Columbus had studied this, but had chosen to believe that the circumference was smaller than calculated and, therefore, didn’t realize that he hadn’t made landfall in Asia. Mr. Gaetani has also confused “settled science” with religious dogma when making the argument that Galileo had “upended the scientific establishment” by proffering a new view of the solar system.In fact, Copernicus, who died in 1543 (Galileo was born in 1564), had already established the hypothesis that the sun was the center of the solar system. Mr. Gaetani’s argument that global climate change isn’t real because he doesn’t agree with the idea is not “settled science.”Debra KenfieldSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departments Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
The return of Western Force and a slew of rule changes to speed up play had raised hopes that Super Rugby AU might deliver entertainment for fans but Australia’s domestic tournament has already been panned by critics after two rounds.Following an error-strewn win over the New South Wales Waratahs in week one, the Queensland Reds drew 18-18 with the Melbourne Rebels at Sydney’s Brookvale Oval on Friday, a match roundly condemned by media pundits for a low standard of play.Even Fox Sports’ Greg Clark, who as a commentator for the rights-holding broadcaster has some interest in talking up the game, dismissed much of the clash as a “borefest”. It was another match that fell short of the standards produced in New Zealand’s Super Rugby Aotearoa, which has seen fans flock to stadiums.Super Rugby AU’s opening round ratings on pay TV platform Foxtel underlined the challenge RA faces to negotiate a new rights deal after 2020, with the Queensland-NSW clash drawing barely a quarter of the viewers generated by Australian Rules and rugby league games on the same weekend.”We want television executives to be entertained … so there is a chance Super Rugby has a future,” The Australian’s Wally Mason wrote in an editorial.”Sadly, the snooze-fests being served up in Super Rugby AU at the moment are doing none of that.”Topics : It produced the first use of the new “Super time” rule, in which the first team to score in extra time wins, yet neither side grabbed the opportunity.”It was a case of no one wanting to lose,” Rebels playmaker Matt Toomua conceded.”If a draw is like kissing your sister, then a draw after extra time is like giving her a French kiss. It’s much worse.”The return of the Force on Saturday, three years after being axed from Super Rugby, was emotional for the fans but ultimately disappointing as they went down 23-14 to the Waratahs.