University leaders welcome freshmen

first_imgHarvard College’s newest students got a taste of University ritual on Tuesday during the annual Freshman Convocation in Harvard Yard. The event — which features remarks from University leaders as well as performances by the University Band, the Kuumba Singers, and the Holden Choirs —marks the students’ entry into the Harvard community.Freshmen marched in procession to the ceremony in Tercentenary Theatre, cheered on by upper-class members of the College’s Crimson Key Society. Along the way, alumni handed the freshmen class lapel pins, a Harvard tradition revived when the convocation ceremony was instituted in 2009.University President Drew Faust welcomed the freshmen under a cloudless sky, noting that convocation was meant to serve as one bookend of their College experience, the other being the Baccalaureate Service two days before Commencement in 2015.“Two days before your graduation, we will gather once again,” said Faust, who is also Lincoln Professor of History. “And once again I will speak to you, reflecting on what these four years will have meant to you. We will experience a lot together between now and then. And you will be different people, changed by what you have learned and done. I can’t wait to watch those changes unfold, and make sure that we help you make the most of Harvard’s opportunities.”Incoming freshmen are introduced to Harvard as University leaders address them at the Freshman Convocation in Tercentenary Theatre. Rose  Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerFaust was introduced by Dean Michael D. Smith of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, who offered students advice on how to approach their time at Harvard. Smith asked students to restrain their natural tendency to compare themselves to their classmates and simply try to learn something new every day. Above all, Smith urged freshmen to plug into the vast network of knowledge and people at Harvard.“Harvard connects the past to the future,” said Smith, who is also John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “It connects formerly discrete disciplines to each other. It connects classrooms to the world outside them. But most importantly, it connects people, and in doing so shapes what we know, who we are, and how we make our impact on the world. So when you find that little voice in your head comparing you to that fellow classmate two or three rows over, I hope you remember these three words: Don’t compare, connect.”Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds kicked off the afternoon remarks by urging students to bring their “best selves” to their time at the College. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerHarvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds, the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies, kicked off the afternoon remarks by urging students to bring their “best selves” to their time at the College. She asked them to integrate their personal questions into their academic lives to find meaning in the answers, and to recognize that education also happens outside the classroom.“Your education will also come in the dining hall, in your dorm rooms, and through the mistakes you will make as you try out new ideas and new ways of being,” she said. “Take risks. Start over. Find new answers with better reasons behind them. Laugh at yourself. Laugh with your friends. Get more sleep than you think you might need, and be more generous than you suspect is strictly necessary. Why do we ask these things of you? Because the quality of our community is at the heart of our educational enterprise — it’s what makes all of our achievements possible.”Students also heard rousing speeches from Dean of Freshmen Thomas A. Dingman and Harvard College senior Ekene Obi-Okoye during the afternoon program. Harvard Alumni Association President Ellen Gordon Reeves ’83 led the freshmen in singing “Fair Harvard” to conclude the festivities.As he waited to walk over to Widener Library for the class photo, freshman Fadhal Moore from Atlanta, Ga., said he found the ceremony inspiring.“I’ll always remember the fellowship of convocation,” he said. “Sitting here in the Yard, with the band playing and the speeches, being reminded that I’m about to start school at Harvard University… I’ll never forget this, ever.”“Two days before your graduation, we will gather once again,” said President Drew Faust, “and once again I will speak to you, reflecting on what these four years will have meant to you.” Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

CFO Focus: CUSOs and net income

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Collaboration can help turn problems into opportunitiesby: Lisa HochgrafThe function of collaboration is to help credit unions solve problems of survival,  according to Guy Messick, general counsel for  the National Association of Credit Union Service Organizations and an attorney with Messick and Lauer, Media, Pa.During the recent CUES Webinar, “Using CUSOs to Generate Net Income,” (which was free to CUES members) Messick said forming a CUSO—a for-profit company owned by one or several credit unions and sometimes outside groups—can help CUs boost income, cut costs and gain needed expertise. They can help CUs be more competitive by leveraging economies of scale.However, sometimes CU executives are slow to act on the opportunities presented by CUSOs.“Many people see the need to collaborate but fail to see the urgency,” Messick said. “It’s always next year’s project. There’s also the fear of the unknown, not only what it will do for your credit union but also for your individual career path. Starting a CUSO can be a hard thing to do as a CU CEO or head of department or board member. You’re effectively in the rowboat with someone else and you have to partially depend on them. And some CUs lack the expertise to really explore this and determine whether the CU would be better off for doing it.”But a CUSO can be really important for getting new initiatives off the ground, especially projects that need capital, entail doing things CUs are not allowed to do on their own, and distributing risk. continue reading »last_img read more

H&B and Arup win contract for Cricklewood planning

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Rick Honeycutt will not return as Dodgers’ pitching coach in 2020

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “Fortunately we’ve been able to have Mark Prior around and have him build up relationships,” Friedman said. “So my assumption is he will slide into that. But those specific things haven’t been worked out yet.”During Honeycutt’s tenure as pitching coach, the Dodgers had the lowest staff ERA in the National League four times. Since Honeycutt moved from minor-league pitching coordinator to become pitching coach on Manager Grady Little’s staff in 2006, the Dodgers lead the majors in ERA, WHIP, strikeouts, strikeout-to-walk ratio and have the lowest opponent’s batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.Bench coach Bob Geren has also been mentioned as a possible candidate for one of the eight current managerial vacancies.“Bob has been a big part of our success, is as good a bench coach as I’ve been around,” Friedman said. “I think with all the openings out there it’s definitely a possibility (that he leaves the Dodgers). If so – tough loss for the Dodgers, good for him personally.”Related Articles LOS ANGELES — After 14 seasons under four managers, Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt will not return in that role for the 2020 season.Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Monday that Honeycutt will “transition into a special assistant role.” The specifics of that role have not been fully determined yet, Friedman said.The 65-year-old Honeycutt struggled with the physical demands of the job the past two seasons due to back problems that led to major surgery in February. Honeycutt was late to join the Dodgers in spring training because of his recovery from the surgery.His decision to step down as pitching coach was not unexpected given that recent history. Bullpen coach Mark Prior is the obvious candidate to replace Honeycutt. Prior has been the Dodgers’ bullpen coach the past two seasons after three years as a minor-league coach in the San Diego Padres’ organization. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more