Adjunct – Organic Chemistry

first_imgRequisition ID: req2207Job Title: Adjunct – Organic ChemistryDepartment: Biological & Physical SciencesLocation: Columbus CampusEmployment Type: Adjunct/Non-Credit InstructorEmployment Status: Adjunct/Non-Credit InstructorBargaining Unit: Non-Bargaining UnitFLSA Status: Non-ExemptCompensation Type: HourlyCompensation: $51.88Schedule: Hours vary depending on course assignment; day,evening or weekend hours.Job Description:The College Community colleges are uniquely positioned to respond to workforceneeds and make higher education an affordable reality. There hasnever been a better time to join a two-year college, and there’s nobetter place to do it than at Columbus State. A laser focus onstudent success and a partnership mindset have established ColumbusState as a key talent provider in a thriving regional economy, anda premier community college that is changing the nation’s educationand workforce landscapes.With more than 46,000 students across two campuses, severalregional learning centers and online, Columbus State is thenation’s only institution recognized as an Achieving the Dream(ATD) college, an AACC Guided Pathways institution, and aparticipant in The Right Signals Initiative through the LuminaFoundation. The College is also a proud partner to over 40 highschools in the Central Ohio area to create pathways from highschool to college that encourage qualified young people to earndual credit – high school and college credit – while they are stillin high school.Columbus State employees benefit from an engaging, collaborative,and supportive culture that rewards innovation and vision and ouradjunct faculty enjoy competitive compensation and professionaldevelopment opportunities. We are dedicated to ensuring that thediversity of Columbus State faculty and staff reflects that of ourstudents and region. We are proud to be a central part of acommunity that embraces differences and celebrates the manycultures, beliefs, and lifestyles that define Central Ohio.The City Columbus, Ohio is also home to The Ohio State University and morethan 30 other colleges and universities as well as the headquartersof multiple Fortune 500 companies. Columbus is one of America’sfastest-growing cities, offering a wealth of cultural experiences,dining, entertainment, shopping opportunities, and more. That’s whyCentral Ohio residents find living here so fulfilling, bothprofessionally and personally.The Ideal CandidateColumbus State seeks to attract faculty who believe in thecommunity college mission; who are academically and culturallydiverse; who believe the student comes first, always; and who sharein our commitment to student success. The ideal candidate iscommitted to academic excellence, continuous improvement throughprofessional development, assessment, contributing to program andcourse development, and creating a collegial environment ofcivility, collaboration and open communication.There is a particular need for qualified adjuncts to teach duringthe day at central Ohio area high schools as a part of the ColumbusState College Credit Plus program and also at our Delaware campusand regional centers located in Dublin, Reynoldsburg andWesterville.Position SummaryThe Adjunct – Organic Chemistry position provides qualityinstruction and maintains a positive learning environment in theclassroom, with major emphasis placed on teaching, supporting andevaluating students. The Adjunct role provides instruction andmonitors teaching/learning effectiveness in courses assigned by theDepartment Chair, or other leadership members. The incumbent mustexhibit strong organizational skills and the ability to multitaskwhile engaging large groups of people with complicatedmaterial.Core Competencies RequiredProfessionalism, Managing Work, Continuous Improvement,Customer/Student/Employee Focus, Collaboration, Quality Focus,Communication, Guiding Interactions, Positive Approach, Planning& OrganizingEssential Job FunctionsIn conjunction with the Biological and Physical Sciencesdepartment’s policies, teaches assigned courses as scheduled andassumes primary responsibility for the delivery of the curriculum,ensuring both the rigor of the program and quality of instructionin order to achieve course outcomes. Employs appropriate teachingand learning strategies and uses available instructionaltechnology.Distributes and submits syllabi for all assigned sections inaccordance with department and College policies. Maintains studentattendance records and submits reports by specified deadlines.Conducts classes punctually and in accordance with the prescribedmeeting schedule.Creates a positive classroom atmosphere that encourages active andcollaborative learning, student effort, academic challenge, studentand faculty interaction and support for learners. Regularlycommunicates with students and is available either in person orelectronically. Encourages a sense of community among students forlearning both inside and outside the classroom.Employs appropriate assessment techniques to measure studentperformance in achieving course outcomes and objectives.Communicates course progress to students in a timely manner.Determines and submits student grades (electronic format) inaccordance with established College policies and procedures.Assists in the identification of students with academic or otherneeds and responds by utilizing an appropriate resource. Maintainsconfidentiality of student information in accordance with theFamily Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).Periodic meetings with the department, Lead Instructor, andChairperson relative to teaching duties, and professionaldevelopment.Other Duties and ResponsibilitiesAttend department meetings and trainings as required. Regular,predictable, and punctual attendance is required.Usual Physical RequirementsWhile performing duties of this job the employee: regularly standsand walks for extended periods of time, and occasionally sits;converses verbally with others in person and by telephone;regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data intocomputer; occasionally reaches with hands or arms, climbs orbalances and stoops, kneels, crouches or crawls; and frequentlyuses hand or fingers to touch. Vision demands include close,relatively detailed vision and distance vision. Employeeoccasionally lifts or exerts force of up to 10 pounds.Working ConditionsNormal classroom and office working conditions. Travel may berequired based upon assignment.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:Knowledge of: online instruction techniques and methods; MicrosoftOffice; BlackBoard; internet research; online communication andrecord-keeping.Skill in: providing quality instruction; learning technologies andthe use of multi-media technology to enhance to enhance studentlearning; instructional planning and presentation; incorporatingcritical thinking, effective communication and other generaleducation outcomes in course content; effective time management;proficiency with online communication record-keeping.Ability to: effectively communicate and use interpersonal skills;create engaging learning environments that respect a wide varietyof viewpoints; be sensitive to the needs and concerns of a diversestudent population, socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgroundsand students with disabilities; work independently without ongoingsupervision; meet deadlines; perform student learning outcomes;maintain confidential and sensitive information, includingFERPA.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of: onlineinstruction techniques and methods; Microsoft Office; BlackBoard;internet research; online communication and record-keeping. Skillin: providing quality instruction; learning technologies and theuse of multi-media technology to enhance to enhance studentlearning; instructional planning and presentation; incorporatingcritical thinking, effective communication and other generaleducation outcomes in course content; effective time management;proficiency with online communication record-keeping. Ability to:effectively communicate and use interpersonal skills; createengaging learning environments that respect a wide variety ofviewpoints; be sensitive to the needs and concerns of a diversestudent population, socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgroundsand students with disabilities; work independently without ongoingsupervision; meet deadlines; perform student learning outcomes;maintain confidential and sensitive information, includingFERPA.Minimum Qualifications:Minimum Qualifications: The successful candidate has a M.S. orPh.D. in Organic Chemistry with knowledge of basic techniques in achemistry laboratory setting is essential. The successful candidateworks well in interdisciplinary teams and is comfortable workingindependently. State Motor Vehicle Operator’s License ordemonstrable ability to gain access to work site(s).Preferred Qualifications: Prior teaching experience, Organic Chemistry, experience using an online course managementsystem (Blackboard, Edmodo, Moodle) and online course instructiontechniques and methods.last_img read more

MPs post Motion to keep UK rules on bread weights

first_imgMPs have started a campaign in Westminister to exclude the UK from EU moves to abolish standard-size British bread loaves.So far, 16 MPs have signed an Early Day Motion, tabled by MP for Banbury Tony Baldry, in response to concerns raised by a constituent who works at Fine Lady Bakeries in Banbury. The Motion says the MPs believe that rules on the weight of pre-packaged bread are a valuable protection for consumers, as there is no guide price on bread. And it calls on government to support the Federation of Bakers (FoB) by seeking an exemption for bread under the Directive.FoB director Gordon Polson told British Baker that the FoB was grateful for the support of the MPs, saying: “This will help raise awareness, but the decision will be taken in Europe, with a vote expected around the end of April or May.”In 2004, the European Commission proposed the abolition of national and Community rules determining sizes in which consumer staple products can be sold.last_img read more

Snarky Puppy Announces 2018 U.S. Tour Ahead Of Next Album Recording

first_imgSnarky Puppy have announced that they will be hitting the road for a U.S. tour in 2018 ahead of recording a new album! Before the three-time Grammy Award-winning group heads out on the official tour, they will play Carnegie Hall on January 25th in New York City, a show billed as “Snarky Puppy with David Crosby and friends.” After that, the band will host the 2nd annual GroundUP Music Festival in Miami Beach, FL February 9-11, 2018. The festival will feature a special set from Snarky each day along with performances from an eclectic list of international superstars including: The Wood Brothers; The Flecktones Trio feat. Béla Fleck, Victor Wooten and Futureman; Robert Glasper; Lionel Loueke; Joshua Redman; Buena Vista Social Club great Eliades Ochoa and many others. From there, the official U.S. tour kicks off with a two-night run at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA, and ends with a four-night run at SFJAZZ in San Francisco, CA. For a select number of dates, Snarky Puppy will be joined by Alina Engibaryan, Sirintip, and Banda Magda for support slots. This tour will all take place “leading up to [Snarky Puppy’s] next album recording,” according to the band’s Facebook post. Tickets for Snarky Puppy’s U.S. tour go on-sale this Friday here.GroundUP Music Festival Announces Snarky Puppy, Béla Fleck, Victor Wooten, Robert Glasper & MoreSnarky Puppy is nearing the end of their most successful year yet, capping off 2017 with a South American tour that will land them in five continents this year. With plenty to celebrate, the band’s highlights this year include their headlining set at Newport Jazz Festival, playing with the L.A. Philharmonic at Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, playing with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and a sold-out show at the 5,000 capacity Brixton O2 Academy in London. Needless to say, we’re excited to have Snarky Puppy back on U.S. soil for an extended period of time as their creative juices will inevitably flow through the veins of American live music.Recently, Snarky Puppy won their third straight Downbeat Readers Poll Jazz Band Award, following their third Grammy Award for their album Culcha Vulcha. Following their 2018 tour dates, which you can see the initial phase of below, the band will begin recording their next album.Snarky Puppy 2017 Winter South AmericanDec 7 – Auditorio Del Pentagonito – Lima, PEDec 9 – Teatro Mayor – Bogotá, CODec 9 – Teatro Metropólitan – Mexico City, MXDec 13 – Teatro Diana – Guadalajara, MXDec 15 – Circo Voador – Rio de Janeiro, BRDec 16 – Cine Joia – São Paulo, BRDec 18 – Teatro Colón – Buenos Aires, ARDec 19 – Teatro La Cúpula – Santiago, CLDec 20 – La Trastienda – Montevideo, UYSnarky Puppy 2018 U.S. DatesJan 25 – Carnegie Hall – New York, NYFeb 9-11 – GroundUP Music Festival – Miami Beach, FLFeb 14 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA *Feb 15 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA #Feb 16 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN *Feb 17 – The Ritz – Raleigh, NC #Feb 18 – Fillmore – Silver Springs, MD #Feb 20 – Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO @Feb 21 – Ogden -Denver, CO @Feb 23 – Lied Center – Performing Arts – Lincoln, NEFeb 24 – Roseland – Portland, OR %Feb 25 – The Moore – Seattle, WA %Feb 26 – Belly Up – San Diego, CA %Feb 27 – Orpheum – Los Angeles, CA %Mar 1 – SFJAZZ – San Francisco, CA %Mar 2 – SFJAZZ – San Francisco, CAMar 3 – SFJAZZ – San Francisco, CAMar 4 – SFJAZZ – San Francisco, CA %* w/ FORQ# w/ Alina [email protected] w/ Sirintip% w/ Banda Magdalast_img read more

CBL courses encourage community service

first_imgEach semester, Notre Dame’s Spanish department, in conjunction with the Center for Social Concerns (CSC), offers community-based learning (CBL) courses that allow students to integrate their Spanish language learning with community service at various partner organizations in South Bend. “Any community-based learning program is going to be coming from a perspective of mutuality,” said Rachel Parroquin, director of Spanish service learning. “We’re looking for ways that are going to be helpful for the community partners but also meet the learning goals of our students.” Parroquin said student involvement in CBL programs allows for interaction with native speakers, language skill improvement and intercultural competence. “It’s almost like a mini-immersion,” she said. “Getting off campus, getting to the community, having to negotiate meaning, having to figure out ways to say things, it definitely helps them to work on strategies.” Parroquin said students in CBL programs have the opportunity to participate in activities including mentoring middle school students, reading aloud with preschoolers in Spanish and participating in a Latino outreach program through Memorial Hospital. “We try to have a variety of programs in terms of student interests,” she said. The CBL program works consistently with more than a dozen community partners, including La Casa de Amistad, El Campito, South Bend Community Schools and the Sister Maura Brannick Health Center. The impact of the CBL program on its partners has been enormous, totaling over 3,400 hours of community time in the 2011-12 academic year, Parroquin said. Parroquin said programs have experienced growth and expansion, especially youth-centered programs, such as La Casa de Amistad’s ¡Adelante! Youth Development Program. “Last spring [La Casa de Amistad] had their first group of the ¡Adelante! students that Professor [Marisel] Moreno’s classes had worked with all graduate from high school and all go on to some kind of either university, culinary school, or some kind of program with scholarships,” Parroquin said. Spanish CBL currently comprises three components, Parroquin said. At the intermediate level, about 10 to 15 percent of students choose to participate in a CBL program to satisfy the experiential learning component of their Spanish requirements. This semester, Parroquin teaches a new class titled “Language, Culture and Community” that requires students to commit to a minimum of 10 hours of service. “The focus of this class has to do with immigration issues, looking closely at the South Bend community and how it’s impacted by immigration,” she said. “What are the issues that the Latino community, recent immigrants especially, have to face?” At the senior level, Moreno teaches “Migrant Voices: Latino Literature through Service-Learning” and “Race and Ethnicity in U.S. Latino Literature,” both of which require two hours of community service per week. Parroquin said the Spanish department’s Community-Based Learning program continues to grow with the help of the CSC and will be adding new courses in the future.last_img read more

05 Freezer veggies

first_imgBy April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaFreezing is one of the easiest, most convenient and leasttime-consuming ways to preserve foods at home. The extreme coldstops growth of microorganisms and slows down changes that causespoilage and affect quality in food.A recent National Center for Home Food Preservation survey foundthat 94 percent of the people surveyed freeze some type of food.The NCHFP is hosted by the College of Family and ConsumerSciences at the University of Georgia.The NCHFP found that most people freeze foods in plastic bags.Other containers are suitable for freezing fruits and vegetables,too. These include plastic freezer containers or glass canning orfreezing jars.”Don’t use paper cartons, like milk boxes,” said NCHFP directorElizabeth Andress. “Many plastic containers that foods arepackaged in for purchase, like yogurt, dips and sour cream, don’tprovide characteristics for preserving quality in the freezer.Freezer foil and coated paper are good for odd shaped foods.”Freeze the bestUse vegetables at peak flavor and texture. Whenever you can,harvest in the morning and freeze the veggies within a few hours.Wash them thoroughly in cold water and sort them according tosize for blanching and packing.For the best frozen-food quality and shelf life, always blanchvegetables (scald them in boiling water or steam for a shorttime).”Blanching stops the action of enzymes that can cause loss offlavor, color and texture,” Andress said. “Blanching time iscrucial. And it varies with the vegetable and its size.”Underblanching stimulates the enzymes’ activity, she said. “It’sworse than not blanching at all. And overblanching can cause theloss of flavor, color, vitamins and minerals.”Then how long?You can get specific blanching times at the NCHFP Web site at are blanching times, in minutes, for some common veggies:green beans, 3; butterbeans, 2 (small) to 4 (large);corn-on-the-cob, 7 (small) to 11 (large); whole-kernel or creamedcorn, 4; collards, 3; other greens, 2; okra, 3 (small) to 4(large); field peas, 2; and summer squash, 3.Boiling is the most widely recommended way to blanch vegetables.Use 1 gallon of water per pound of vegetables.Put the vegetables in a blanching basket and lower them intovigorously boiling water. Place a lid on the pot and startcounting blanching time as soon as the water returns to a boil.ChillAs soon as blanching is complete, cool the vegetables quickly tostop the cooking process by plunging the basket of vegetablesimmediately into a large quantity of cold water.Cool them as long as you blanched them. Drain the vegetablescompletely after cooling.Most foods require headspace between the packed food and closureto allow for expansion as they freeze. Headspace recommendationscan be found at the Website, too.All packaged food should be at room temperature or cooler beforeyou put them in the freezer. Don’t overload your freezer with toomuch warm food at one time.Freeze fastQuick freezing is best for frozen food quality. Spread the newpackages around until they’re frozen. Then you can stack them.”Be sure to label all foods with the name of the food, date andtype of pack,” Andress said. “Most fruits and vegetables willremain high in quality for eight to 12 months. Longer storagewon’t make the food unfit but may impair its quality.”It’s a good idea to post a list of the frozen foods with freezingdates near the freezer. Check the packages off the list asthey’re removed.For more information on home-preserving fruits and vegetables orfor recipes, visit the NCHFP Web site.(April Sorrow was a writer for the National Center for HomeFood Preservation with the University of Georgia College ofFamily and Consumer Sciences.) Volume XXIXNumber 1Page 5last_img read more

Guatemala Moves to Protect Journalists Following Violent Attacks in 2012

first_img Guatemala is to launch a new security program aimed at protecting journalists against organized crime. The program, which has received support from Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina, will address issues of impunity, the security of reporters and the environments they work in. “The situation for journalists in Guatemala, and particularly for those outside the capital, is complex,” said Oscar Ismatul, deputy secretary of communications for the presidency. “This is the first step towards creating an effective system of protection for journalists where the state is part and guarantor of their integrity.” The move reflects growing concerns over the safety of reporters and media professionals in Guatemala. Last year, the Center for Informative Reports on Guatemala [Centro de Reportes Informativos sobre Guatemala, or CERIGUA] recorded 36 attacks against journalists. So far in 2013, it said, two reporters have been killed, and 15 have been attacked or threatened. “President Otto Pérez Molina and Vice-President Roxana Baldetti have a deep commitment to free press,” Ismatul said. “Guaranteeing freedom of expression and the integrity of media workers is a commitment of this government and must be a commitment of all politicians in the country.” UN program aims to protect journalists worldwide The Journalist Protection Program is a United Nations initiative that aims to strengthen peace, democracy and development worldwide. Guatemala is set to become the country in Latin America to approve the plan after similar versions were established in Mexico and Colombia last year. Guatemala’s decision to adopt the UN initiative comes just weeks after the U.S. government announced it would open a safety training center in El Salvador for Central American journalists, in an attempt to protect them against similar threats. The Committee to Protect Journalists reports that a journalist is killed in the line of duty somewhere around the world once every eight days, and that nearly three out of far are targeted for murder. The rest are killed in the crossfire of combat, or on dangerous assignments such as street protests, according to the New York-based CPJ. Local journalists constitute the majority of victims in all groups, said the organization, while the murderers go unpunished in about nine out of 10 cases. Fallen journalists honored at Newseum ceremony On May 13, the names of 84 journalists who died worldwide covering the news in 2012 were added to a memorial at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., along with those of six journalists killed in previous years whose deaths were recently brought to the Newseum’s attention. The Newseum is an international nonprofit museum founded in 1997 to educate the public about the value of a free press in a free society. Since then, it has welcomed more than three million visitors. Its soaring, two-story glass memorial gallery is inscribed with the names of 2,244 reporters, photographers, broadcasters and news executives from around the world who have died since 1837 supporting freedom of the press. The Newseum ceremony’s keynote speaker was Richard Engel, chief correspondent for NBC News. Engel, 39, was on assignment in Syria last year when he and several members of his TV news production crew were kidnapped and held hostage for five days — enduring psychological torture and mock executions while NBC and the U.S. government worked to secure their release. “We are being killed off,” said Engel, noting that his fellow journalists take risks “to understand the world and how it changes. We go to where the cracks are.” The honored reporters died “doing what they loved. They died in the line of duty with their boots on and their pen in hand.” Brazil among riskiest countries for reporters In fact, Syria was the deadliest country for journalists in 2012. A total of 29 reporters were killed in that war-torn country last year, followed by Somalia (12 deaths) and Brazil and Pakistan (which each recorded seven deaths). Among the dead Brazilian journalists honored at the Newseum ceremony were Eduardo Carvalho, owner and editor of the website Ultima Hora News, who was shot to death by a gunman on a motorcycle as he arrived home with his wife. A retired police officer, Carvalho frequently published news about crime and had received numerous death threats. Another victim was Valério Luiz de Oliveira, a sports commentator for Rádio Jornal who had received death threats for his opinions about a local soccer team. Likewise, Mário Randolfo Marques Lopes, a journalist known for criticizing government officials on his website Vassouras Na Net, was killed with his girlfriend after they were kidnapped from their home. Marques Lopes had survived a previous attempt on his life in 2011. Also on the 2012 list: Colombia’s Guillermo Quiroz Delgado, a freelance newspaper and TV reporter killed during a demonstration against a local gas company; Ecuador’s Byron Baldeón, a freelance photographer shot in front of his home in El Triunfo, about 50 kilometers north of Guayaquil, and Mexico’s Adrian Silva Moreno, a freelance crime reporter shot to death in Puebla by unidentified gunmen after covering an oil theft investigation and a gunfight involving organized crime. By Dialogo May 24, 2013last_img read more

Ecuador and U.S. Military Work Together Again

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo April 11, 2019 The 11th Transport Wing of the Ecuadorean Air Force (FAE, in Spanish) welcomed a delegation of the U.S. Air Force and the Kentucky National Guard at Cotopaxi Air Base in Latacunga, January 21-24, 2019. The meeting focused on Hercules C-130 and L-100-30 aircraft operations. “The meeting facilitated the renewal of historical relations of cooperation and friendship between the military institutions of both countries,” FAE Colonel Mauricio Salazar, commander of the 11th Transport Wing, told Diálogo. “The meeting focused on exchanging technical information on defense assistance programs, publication management, training, and access to information systems of the technical coordination group.” One of FAE’s main commitments is collaboration to counter transnational narcotrafficking. “Working again with the U.S. Air Force will strengthen [our] equipment and tools to guarantee airspace sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as reduce criminal organizations’ operations,” said Col. Salazar. Ace up the sleeve During the meeting, officers of both countries documented defense services and articles in new Letters of Offer and Acceptance (LOA), used to consolidate agreements and contracts. The first document outlined technical order publications for FAE’s U.S.-made Hercules C-130 and L-100-30 aircraft. The officers signed two more letters, one for tactical system repairs and another for technical maintenance. “We now have an ace up our sleeve, because when we need spare parts, we just need to activate that LOA,” FAE Major Roberto Ortega, commander of the 1121st Maintenance Squadron, told Diálogo. Although not part of the program, U.S. service members also shared advice on engine repair and maintenance. “Maintaining aircraft, engines, and other complex systems requires technical and engineering experience, which the U.S. Air Force and the Kentucky National Guard have,” said Col. Salazar. “It’s essential to keep letters of acceptance up-to-date and strengthen bonds of camaraderie and teamwork to keep up with technical and maintenance parts areas.” Beneficial point Ecuador received its first C-130 in 1977. According to information on FAE’s website, in recent years, the heavy transport aircraft has been the main resource for assistance between continental Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands during frequent cases of ship grounding caused by the region’s volcanic seabed. Ecuadorean military cargo aircraft are used for transport and logistics support. “A topic worthy of consideration was the transfer of two C-130 aircraft that Ecuador requested from the United States in 2017,” Maj. Ortega said. “FAE is interested in these two aircraft to strengthen capabilities to combat transnational organized crime and provide humanitarian assistance for communities affected by natural disasters.” The Ecuadorean Air Force’s Aeronautics Industry Directorate (DIAF, in Spanish) showed attendees its ability to carry out main aircraft maintenance with qualified personnel in the country. “This is a beneficial point for us, because if we acquire the defense material, we have the capacity to do the main maintenance,” said Maj. Ortega. FAE started doing maintenance procedures on more than a dozen combat and transport aircraft in May 2018. As part of the plan to boost the air fleet, DIAF carries out repairs on a C-130 Hercules aircraft. Col. Salazar said FAE, the U.S. Air Force, and the Kentucky National Guard agreed to resume operational and technical personnel exchanges to contribute to the daily work of every force. “We settled the training aspect. In a globalized world without borders, we all depend on each other in one way or another. FAE and the U.S. Air Force are always learning.”last_img read more

Is your data incomplete, outdated or just plain wrong?

first_imgSeveral years ago, there were reports about how Target uses predictive analytics to identify customers who are pregnant and then markets to them accordingly. A New York Times article included the story of a father who was upset that his teenage daughter received coupons for baby clothes and cribs … until his daughter confirmed that she was expecting.Therefore, I was not taken by surprise when, soon after reading about it, I received an email from Target congratulating me on my new baby. Except I wasn’t pregnant. I still sometimes wonder which combination of purchases it was that put me in the wrong bucket. I laughed it off and told the story a few times. But I can easily imagine how upsetting that message could have been be for a different woman in a different situation.That is an extreme example of just how bad inaccurate data can be. But bad data isn’t always wrong data. As our cover story explains, bad data is also incomplete or outdated information about your members.“Bad data happens more often than we think,” says Karan Bhalla, CEO of CUES Supplier member CU Rise Analytics, Vienna, Virginia. “Everybody is having a lot more information thrown at them every day. Managing all that data requires a big culture shift and new expertise.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Lessons from retirement industry litigation

first_imgIf your organization offers a retirement plan to your employees, you assume fiduciary responsibility and that opens you up to a number of risks, including legal action. When you’ve worked in the retirement plan business as long as I have, you can’t escape the occasional breaking news story of a well-meaning company facing litigation involving their company retirement plan. The catalyst for action is usually a disgruntled former employee going to an attorney. The attorney most often looks for mutual funds with higher-than-average expenses based on the holdings information that is publically disclosed (IRS Form 5500). The attorney then multiplies that amount by six years (statute of limitation under ERISA). At that point, the attorney determines if it is financially worthwhile to file for legal action. To further complicate the matter, under the rules for a class action suit in the 401(k) world, just one person satisfies the rules for a class action suit because the class is easy to define (all current and former employees).Documentation and NeglectIn discovery, the attorney looks for neglect (not replacing funds that are overpriced, underperforming, or have manager turnover) and lack of documentation (written recommendations from the advisor and/or committee minutes), to prove shortcomings in the basis for how decisions are made.Fortunately, the standard of fiduciary law under ERISA isn’t that your recommendations be 100% correct, but rather that you follow prudent standards (structure, discipline, and documentation) to prove that you have a process in place. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Lindsey Graham Wins a Fourth Term in South Carolina, Beating Jaime Harrison

first_imgBut the close results suggested Mr. Graham’s standing had also taken a significant hit in the state since he last ran in 2014. Before his re-election this time, the senator had undertaken a considerable political makeover, casting aside a reputation as a dealmaking moderate who once called Mr. Trump a “race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot” to present himself as a conservative warrior standing at the president’s right hand. The transformation appeared to have alienated some moderate Republicans turned off by the president, even as it failed to persuade some of his staunchest conservative supporters.Mr. Harrison tried to exploit those fissures, portraying Mr. Graham as a morally compromised politician willing to do whatever it took to win. Flush with more than $86 million in contributions — a record haul for a Senate race fueled by out-of-state liberals who loathed Mr. Graham — Mr. Harrison blanketed the state with advertising that not only reinforced his own candidacy, but also bolstered Bill Bledsoe, a Constitution Party candidate who he hoped might siphon conservative votes away from Mr. Graham. “To those who have been following this race from afar, I hope you got the message,” a triumphant Mr. Graham declared Tuesday night in Columbia. “Here’s the message I got: People like what I’m doing, and I’m going to keep doing it.”- Advertisement – Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, fended off the most difficult challenge of his career on Tuesday, turning back a Democrat backed by a record-setting onslaught of campaign cash to win a fourth term, according to The Associated Press.The victory reassured jittery Republicans, who were forced this fall to divert tens of millions of dollars from key battlegrounds to a deeply conservative state to save Mr. Graham. It also dashed the hopes of Democrats who believed a victory by their candidate, Jaime Harrison, would improve their chances of seizing the Senate majority.- Advertisement – He added, “When it comes to Lindsey Graham, and team Graham, the best is yet to come.”Mr. Graham, 65, has been a fixture in Washington since the 1990s, when he was first elected to the House, and is known as a wily and effective political messenger.He avoided making his fight against Mr. Harrison personal. Instead, he attacked his Democratic opponent as a generic liberal whose policy preferences on health care, spending and judges were simply out of line with a solidly conservative state.- Advertisement – Mr. Harrison, a Black Democrat whose upstart campaign electrified progressives across the country, would have been only the second African-American from the South elected to the Senate since Reconstruction.In the end, though, Mr. Graham, the chairman of the influential Judiciary Committee, leaned heavily on his stature in Washington to pull through. Just days before the election, he helped deliver a singular conservative victory, the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, using the highly partisan fight in the Senate to bolster his campaign. He also benefited from a close relationship with President Trump, who easily carried the state on Tuesday. That did not prove to be enough. Mr. Harrison simply could not find enough South Carolinians willing to vote for a Democrat.“Tonight only slowed us down, but a New South with leaders who reflect the community and serve the interests of everyone will be here soon enough,” Mr. Harrison said Tuesday night in a concession speech. He urged Mr. Graham to cultivate his independent streak.If he had a chance of doing so, it almost certainly ended in the weeks after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in mid-September. In 2018, Mr. Graham’s fiery defense of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh in the face of accusations of sexual assault briefly made him a conservative rock star.This time around, as chairman of the judiciary panel, he had a microphone and a spotlight in nationally televised hearings to present himself as an ally of conservative women and remind the party’s voters what was at stake. He could credibly claim to be a crucial force in cementing a conservative majority on the court that Republicans have long made a priority.Now, Mr. Graham will have six more years in Washington. In the weeks before Election Day, Mr. Graham had hinted that he might try to reclaim his independent streak if re-elected. And with the potential of Mr. Trump’s defeat, he would be positioned to have a major role in determining his party’s path forward. – Advertisement –last_img read more