Saint Mary’s committee builds on Monthly Mingle initiative

first_imgThe topics of Saint Mary’s Monthly Mingles — which take place on the first Monday of every month — vary from political issues to self-care. Sophomore Terra Nelson and junior Francesca Cervone, members of the Community Justice Committee, are Monthly Mingle co-chairs and responsible for planning each event. The goal of the Monthly Mingle, Nelson said, is to gather everyone together in a comfortable environment to talk about the topic at hand. “We try to get as many girls together as possible, of all different class years, and just talk about something on campus that we feel is a hot conversation or something that people need to discuss in a safe space,” she said. “Sometimes, it’s just about spreading awareness about the topic.”Cervone said Monthly Mingles are centered around reaching out to everyone in the community and making sure they feel welcome and free to share their opinions. “The Monthly Mingles focus on inclusion, and everyone is welcome to attend,” she said. “They’re important because, given the climate of today’s world, I feel all students at Saint Mary’s should know that they are welcomed and have a space where they can talk and share their opinions without being judged.” Nelson said Monthly Mingle discussions focus on giving everyone a voice and making sure everyone is engaged. “We like to engage everyone in the discussion so that when you come to a Monthly Mingle you’re not just sitting there listening to two people, but you’re actively listening to everyone’s opinions,” she said. “Most students come and share their stories. The first half of the Monthly Mingle is always giving everyone a basis of information on the topic. It’s definitely a space where Belles can come in, share their stories and experiences or ask questions.”The topics are decided based on “need in the community,” Nelson said. “When we sit and brainstorm about the topics, it’s from our perspective, which is the point of view of students,” she said. “We decide the topics based on what we hear people talking about.”The most successful Monthly Mingle so far, Cervone said, has been the November discussion on healthy relationships and dating violence. “November’s Monthly Mingle was very successful because we got to work with [director] Connie Adams and [the Belles Against Violence Office] and talk about healthy relationships,” she said.Nelson said she felt November’s Monthly Mingle was successful because not a lot of students are able to recognize the signs of dating violence alone. “Connie Adams from the Belles Against Violence Office came, and she did a lot of role playing and provided handouts,” she said. “We just kind of talked through what dating violence looks like, and through this we were able to open up a space for girls to be vulnerable and honest and ask questions.”December’s Monthly Mingle topic, Nelson said, came about as the result of a participant’s suggestion. “We’re doing December’s Monthly Mingle on self-care because one of the girls from the last Monthly Mingle asked us if we could,” she said. “If anyone has an idea, we’re more than happy to listen to them. We really want students to stay in tune with what happens on campus.”The best part of the Monthly Mingles is seeing people go beyond their own biases and listen to the group’s differing opinions, Nelson said. “Our own biases can drop by the wayside after the Monthly Mingles, and any pre-connotations can hopefully be proven wrong,” she said. “Then, we can all realize that some issues might be more complex than initially thought. Hearing other girls’ stories, becoming more aware, makes us better and more empathetic community members.”Nelson said she wants future Monthly Mingles to be more inclusive and reflect what the community needs. “The goal is to make the Monthly Mingles, not larger or more flashy, but make them more about what our community members need and craft them into a space where all Belles can come and feel heard and listen to other Belles,” she said. Tags: 2017 Student Government Insider, Community, Diversity, inclusion, Saint Mary’s SGA, Student Government Associationlast_img read more

A few leadership lessons from Santa

first_img 257SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jayni Sech Jayni founded Marketing Solutions Unlimited, a credit union marketing company, in 2001 to offer creative solutions to marketing challenges in the credit union industry. Her vision was to build a … Web: Details As the holidays approach and we’re all processing those Holiday Skip-a-Pays, closing last minute Holiday Loans and wrapping up year-end, we can take a lesson or two from the big guy in the red suit about leadership. With a diversified team of workers from elves to reindeer, he always seems to get everything done correctly and on time. How does he do it? What can we learn? How do we translate his leadership skills to a credit union? Here are a few quick lessons that might be helpful to any credit union professional. Make sure your team knows the goal and the deadline.Throughout the year, the elves, the reindeer and Mrs. Claus all know that the toys need to be produced, quality-checked, wrapped and loaded on the sleigh for delivery by December 24th. They clearly understand this. Does everyone at your credit union know the goal and the deadline? And I mean everyone. I’ve worked with many credit unions over the years. Some leadership teams do an outstanding job of keeping everyone informed, from policy and procedural updates to compliance changes. The entire staff knows everything from loan growth goals to milestone statistics to what day the pot luck lunch will be in July. And at other credit unions, the front line staff doesn’t see the newsletter until a member brings it in with a question. Communication to everyone is the key to success. Have a good delivery channel. Santa gets the toys delivered because he has a great delivery system – a team of reindeer. We’re not even sure if they’re entirely highly skilled reindeer, except for Rudolph and his blinking red schnozz. You don’t need to have all superstars on your team. But you do need to have a team that is trained properly, understands the job expectations and can get the job done. If you don’t have a staff to deliver, cross-sell, and educate your members, it doesn’t matter how great your products and services are – your membership will never know about them. Understand your audience.Santa stays on top of the toy trends. He knows what the kids like from year to year. I’m sure the toys he’s handing out this year are very different than the toys of 2004.  He’s not giving out annual subscriptions to the Wall Street Journal, because for most kids, that’s probably not an appealing gift. He knows what they like and what’s popular. Does your credit union offer the same products and services that it offered in 2004? Do you know what your members like and what’s popular? Have you adjusted to your audience so they love you year after year because you’re always delivering cool stuff? Know your purpose.Santa knows his job inside and out. All the little boys and girls get a toy for Christmas. Simple. That’s his job. In credit union land, it’s always important to remember why we do what we do. Our primary purpose is not the almighty dollar, but to help people. People helping people. We are here to make our members’ financial lives better. Every single person at the credit union should understand this foundational philosophy, and it should start at the top. When the CEO and the management team clearly demonstrate exceptional member service, it permeates throughout the organization. When the management team or a key leader perceives members as a bother or an interruption, that permeates the organization, too.Any leader knows it’s challenging to be a leader. Decisions, responsibilities, coaching, mentoring, supervising, overseeing, balancing, and the list goes on. Sometimes as leaders we get caught up in the day to day operations of our business, and we forget how important it is for a leader to practice leadership skills at every opportunity. Hopefully, at this time of year, we can all take a lesson from that jolly guy as he wraps up another successful holiday season, and we wrap another year of providing financial solutions to our members.For more information about Jayni or how her company might help your credit union, visit their website at or email her directly at [email protected]last_img read more

PCL Regional four-day season to bowl off on October 26

first_img… Opportunity knocks for players, says Jimmy Adams`ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Director of cricket Jimmy Adams has urged players to use the upcoming first class season to stake their claim for a place at the higher level.The four-day season is set to bowl off on October 26 and Adams said the three-month season provided the ideal chance for youth cricketers and fringe players to grab the attention of senior selectors.“It’s an opportunity for the talented players in our game to stake a claim for a place in international matches,” said Adams, who took over from Englishman Richard Pybus earlier this year.“It’s also an opportunity for us to see young players that have just come out of youth cricket and it’s another opportunity for us to showcase the depth of West Indies talent, so I am quite looking forward to the start of this four-day season.”The first class tournament will kick off the West Indies’ domestic season, which also includes the Regional Super50 one-day tournament next January and the Caribbean Premier League at the back end of next summer.For the fourth straight year, the season will be played under a home-and-away format which will again see 10 rounds of matches, a feature Adams said was key to player development.“This tournament is critical to our game in view of its length, since there are return matches. It provides so many opportunities for young players and for some who have been around for a long time to get a lot of matches under their belt,” said the former West Indies captain.“I think it is also good for the selectors to have an opportunity to see more of the players in different conditions, so it will throw up a lot of very, very useful information and give us a better indication about the quality of our players.“It’s a very important cog in the wheel of the development cycle, so I am looking forward to seeing how players have progressed from the end of last season.”He added: “Just the fact that they are playing consistently more games, it has been critical for a lot of our players along that development curve to be able to play as much as they can within the season.”Cricket West Indies (CWI) has transformed the first class tournament into a professional franchise set-up from the old territorial format, with players on full contracts and the season extended to include home-and-away fixtures.Under the new stipulations, players can also move between franchises, and are selected out of a draft ahead of each season.This year, the season has been squeezed into three months – wrapping up January 21 – and Adams underscored the importance of player fitness to cope with the demands.“It will be a demanding season for the players and to be able to cope with the level of sustained physical and mental pressure, we will need them to be in top condition, so that they can repeat good performances and so it has to be a massive part of their preparation going into the season.”Three-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars will open the defence of their title against Jamaica Scorpions at the Guyana National Stadium while Barbados Pride host Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Kensington Oval and Windward Islands Volcanoes and Leeward Islands Hurricanes clash at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada,last_img

Nigeria Shines as India, Sri Lanka Dominate Lagos Badminton Classics Â

first_imgTeam Nigeria put up impressive show at the third edition of the Lagos International Badminton Classics which ended on Saturday at the Molade Okoya Thomas Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere. Although the traditional stronghold of badminton, Sri Lanka and India stole the show emerging as champions in most of the five categories, the emerging Nigerian players proved their mettle. The pair of Zainab Momoh and Ramatu Yakubu fought gallantly to the final of the Women’s Doubles but lost to the Sri Lankan duo of Thilini Pramodika Hendahewa and Ishadika Kavidi in the final match.  It was two straight win of 21-8, 21-5 for the Sri Lankans. But the score lines speak little about the efforts of Zainab Momoh and Ramatu Yakubu who had faced very stiff oppositions on their way to the final. They beat the Ugandan duo of Bridget Shamim Bangi and Aisha Nakiyemba. The Nigerian pair had to come from behind to eventually win 14-21, 21-18 and 21-15. Before then, they had beaten another Nigerian team of Asisat Ogunkambi and Felicia Omotola in the quarter-finals. Nigeria’s Badminton Federation President, Francis Orbih, is undeterred that the Nigerians did not emerge winners.He remarked that the Nigerian team is still work in progress as his administration will embark on talent hunting, talent development and popularising badminton to lift it from the realm of lesser-known sport. He said that with assistance of the corporate organizations in Nigeria as well as those of governments and individuals, Nigeria will soon become a force to reckon with in international badminton circuits.He particularly praised the efforts of Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode who has lifted the Lagos International Classics since its inception. He hopes to establish other competitions across the country even though the Lagos tournament will still remain the only international classics and the highest in Africa. The dynamic way the tournament has become has seen that no individual has absolute dominance.Top seed and winner of the first edition, Misha Zilberman  of Israel could not make it to the final match of the men’s singles as he was eliminated in the semi-finals by the eventual winner and fourth seed,  Rahul Yadav Chittaboina of India who went ahead to beat compatriot, Karan Rajan Rajarajan  21-15, 21-13 in an entertaining final match.  The elimination of top seed and inaugural winner, Misha Zilberman was not the only upset of the Lagos International classics. Thilini Pramodika Hendahewa of Sri Lanka who was unseeded in the tournament emerged champion in the women’s category after a close victory over India’s Mugdha Agrey who was seeded fourth heading into the international challenge. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Nigeria’s ‘almost men’ crumble under Messi-Rojo midas touch

first_imgThe hastag in Nigeria had something to do with die-for-Nigeria. But the Super Eagles did not die for Nigeria and so they live for the next plane ticket back home in Lagos.The 11 players were almost men against Messi’s Argentina. Not even a gift from Javier Mascherano in a form of a converted penalty could fire the Super Eagles into a sustained fight to finish with a draw needed to qualify.Many moments, mainly Musa-engineered magic, fell to the Super Eagles to finish the game but a faulty last pass, flawed technique or a stronger last man denied Nigeria a goal in open play. But when the tape is replayed it will freeze at the 11 minute moment when Iheanacho frooze on the ball at 19 yards with two defenders to beat.He did nothing but fall to the ground under minimum pressure passing on the responsibility of doing something to the referee with his weak appeals for foul. But while Iheanacho’s mind went blank, Messi’s mind sparked. Minutes later, Rojo deep in his half split the Super Eagles with the kind of pass Ahmed Musa was dying to have all throughout the game.The piercing Marcus Rojo pass found Messi’s mercuric movement, leaving him with a defender and a petrified goalkeeper to beat.Not a hard chore to score for a player who has wiped the floor with four players before. Good first touch, blistering shot across the face of goal and into the far post.It was a deserved lead against another dull Nigeria first-half display. And Argentina repeated this attacking routine of splitting long range passes. Same pass different players with Di Maria this time on hand to recieve the pass and dart towards the goal until Balogun clipped him to concede a freekick which was good as a penalty for Messi. His carefully weighted shot into the top corner of the right post fractionally turned away not by the keeper but the side post.In what could have been his last game in Russia, Lionel Messi moved better, appeared in the mood for magic and even jumped better, beating a Nigerian to a header.And his 27minute pass caused injury to the goalkeeper as it set Higuain on a collision course with the man between the sticks.While Messi’s mood and movement mimicked his mesmerizing Barcelona displays, Moses and Musa had a muffled first-half performance as the Nigerians appeared to leave their best for last. But Victor Moses was less pardonable in the first 45 minutes. Sluggish and unsure and happy to scream for weak appeals for fouls.True to predictions, the Super Eagles were revived in the second half after Mascherano bundled Balogun in the box during a corner kick to leave the referee pointing to the spot.Punished by a penalty in their game against Croatia, Nigeria had the chance to punish the South American superpower.And Victor Moses tapped the ball in like a birdie. His cool, collected composure behind the ball perhaps showed why he loves to shout for penalties. But the goal brought back his confidence and Nigeria’s and Ahmed Musa finally got his chance to sprint free and wild as he repeated those dangerous darting runs that sunk Iceland.He finished his 59 minute run into the box, beat error-prone Mascherano close on the byeline. But his cut into the box from the near post which was meant to find a striker, found a defender. Arrggghhh.Mikel would find Ahmed Musa again in the 70minute. Musa this time would not run down the left lane. He chose to cut inside early after one dribble and teed up Ndidi for a long rang shot. Adrenaline rushed through his blood and the powerful shot shaved over the post.By now Iheanacho had been yanked off for Igahlo and when Musa again on the left chose to cross than to cause panic with his darts, his swing was headed out by Marcus Rojo hit his arm and fell for the Chinese-based striker whose task under no pressure was to find the target. Igahlo bottled it when he should have buried it and run wild screaming penalty after the ball off Rojo’s head hit his arm.The referee would not have it after consulting VAR and Nigeria was once again so close yet so far, almost about to make the most but never making it.At this point Argentina had no care for defending. Inviting Nigeria to attack-me-if-you-can. Throwing bodies infront of Nigeria but the Super Eagles would break on the counter only to break down.A delightfully cut pass into the box met onrushing Gonzalo Higuain in the 81minute but his connecting shot was worlds apart from the goal from the world-class striker as Nigeria survived another scary moment. And when Higuain could not score, it was a defender who showed the striker how to bury it after a cross into the box feel to Marcus Rojo inside the box.He made no mistake, splitting the defence with a net-rattling shot to end Nigeria’s game management of a draw that would have been enough to qualify them to the one-eight stage.Nigeria put up virtually no fight afterwards apart from a few fights with Argentine players. In contrast, a revived Messi slide down hard towards the corner flag, charging into a defender to block a shot in the Nigerian area. He showed a very rare defending spirit unseen in the Barcelona star who leaves tackles for defenders.Rojo’s goal had just bailed him from twitter trolls and he marked this by jumping onto Rojo’s back as the defender celebrated.Messi was stuck behind Marcus’s back and he was carried around the pitch when the world expected it to be the other way round.A frustrated Messi became a grateful Messi as the striker put in a defensive shift for the team after the defender had put in an attacking shift for the country.Anything to keep the score 2-1.last_img read more