Read Full Story For the first time, Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC) topped 300,000 visitors in a single year since its formation in 2012.Dayu Huang of Boston, a Research Fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, was greeted by HMSC Executive Director Jane Pickering on June 25. Surrounded by family, museum staff, and balloons, Huang was given a household membership and a special gift from the Harvard Museum of Natural History shop as reward for being the 300,000th visitor since July 1, 2017. Vanilla and raspberry-lemon cakes were served to mark the milestone.The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture is a partnership of four Harvard museums — representing six institutions — designed to coordinate captivating programming for all ages, permanent galleries, and dynamic rotating exhibits. Together, these institutions (Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Mineralogical & Geological Museum, Harvard Semitic Museum, Harvard University Herbaria, Museum of Comparative Zoology, and Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology) look after more than 28,500,000 objects that represent Earth’s history, life, and cultures.“HMSC invites visitors to connect with Harvard University’s distinctive collections and vital research on human civilizations, biodiversity, and the history of Earth and science,” said Pickering. “We look forward to welcoming the next 300,000 visitors to the galleries.”Since HMSC’s inception in 2012, there have been more than 1.5 million visitors to the four public museums, resulting in a 38.5 percent increase in attendance. More than 2,000 attended the free annual Summer Solstice event, with live music, activities, and free admission to all four museums. And HMSC has served over 250,000 K–12 students in the past six years.
Remembering (and embracing) the PastMany credit unions today began 50, 60 or even 70 plus years ago. They all started with ONE single sponsor, or select employee group (SEG), that shared a common bond we’ve heard our board of directors and long-term employees describe in tales from years ago. In most cases, the credit union’s first office was onsite, within the sponsoring company’s facilities. Your credit union’s board of directors and even your credit union’s first employees were probably employees of the sponsoring company as well. This helped to instill trust and create strong member relationships which turned into a true financial partnership over time.Building Personal (financial) RelationshipsDay-in and day-out, whether they were on a short break or during their lunchtime, employees would walk over to the credit union, say hi to Bill and Joyce, grab some coffee and maybe even conduct a transaction. When you combine strong personal relationships (even friendships) with a VERY local presence, you’ve got a captive targeted audience to engage with at a personal level.Years ago we enjoyed – even took for granted – that status of trusted financial partner with SEGs. Members, in turn, showed their loyalty by thinking of the credit union first for every financial need – a very loyal membership base. Credit unions also made loan decisions based on more than a credit score or credit report back then, because we really KNEW our members and they told others about us – and it wasn’t awkward to talk about the “credit union” with others back then.Moving ForwardBut with time and desired growth comes changes. To stay competitive, credit unions ventured outside of just one sponsoring company partner into more and more, some eventually changing their charter to be community-based. Branches and more staff were added. Then, to reduce cost in the name of convenience, we added technology and other cheaper, less personal delivery channels. And, before we knew it, partner relationships began to fade away in lieu of hopes of faster credit union growth elsewhere.But with a larger infrastructure comes higher operating expenses. And, because of that, rates and fees started to become less attractive to members. Credit union growth has no doubt risen as fast as it has in part because of branch expansion and changes in charter and field of membership. But have credit unions forgotten their original differentiator? Are they still different from their competitors today? Without those close partnerships with community businesses and with the development and push toward digital banking channels today, is it too late to win back the hearts of our members and those who would refer us to others?Using Technology to Reconnect and Regain a Competitive AdvantageThink about these questions: When’s the last time you visited your members at their place of business? Have you discontinued your on-site visits and membership drives? Onsite financial education workshops? Personal visits to serve members by appointment when it’s convenient for them?What if you could keep your differentiator of the past while combining the technology of today?This Mysterious CloudNo doubt you’ve heard a ton about the cloud. You may not fully understand it and probably have questions about how it’s used and whether or not it’s secure. Let’s first define what kind of cloud we’re discussing. There are many different types of clouds – public clouds, hosted or co-location services. We’re not discussing those here. Instead, this cloud and channel delivery solution is an enterprise computing platform, specifically designed for financial institutions, a fault-tolerant, physically secure datacenter which is highly scalable and fully manageable with all of the features you need built right in. Redundant, high-speed circuits connect to a geographically separate disaster recovery facility, including real-time replication of all data and applications.Simply put, it’s basically taking your credit union – and all of its software tools – TO your members – WHERE they work – just like it was 50, 60, 70 years ago with a little help from technology. It’s as easy as taking your laptop or mobile device with you when you visit members – ANYWHERE.Find out more by listening to a free recorded webcast here. 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stan Cowan Stan Cowan works at D+H, a global technology solutions provider for the financial industry as a Senior Solutions Marketing Manager. He’s also spent over 17 years as a … Web: www.dh.com Details
The report also claimed that Glasgow Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo and his good friend, CSKA Sofia’s Viv Solomon-Otabor were sported at the Super Eagles Fairmont Hotel in Singapore Wednesday morning, having flown in from the United Kingdom.Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi, Emmanuel Dennis, Victor Osimhen and William Troost-Ekong have also reported for international duty.Meanwhile, administrative officials of the Super Eagles finally secured their entry visas into Singapore on Wednesday.The officials duly departed Nigeria via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja aboard Emirates Airline on Wednesday.Twenty-three years and a couple of months after Nigeria spectacularly ejected Brazil from the Centennial Olympic Games men’s football tournament in Atlanta, Georgia at the semi final stage, both countries clash in a much-anticipated encounter at the Singapore National Stadium in Kallang on Sunday.The game is the last and icing on the cake of a two-match schedule for the five-time world champions in Singapore, which begins with a clash with the Teranga Lions of Senegal – African vice champions – this evening.Among those who received visas and will join the rest of the group (players and technical staff already on ground in Singapore) on Thursday are Dayo Enebi Achor (Team Administrator); Toyin Ibitoye (Media Officer); Dr. Ibrahim Gyaran (Team Doctor); Christopher Nnadozie (Physiotherapist) and; Chidi Ngoka (Equipment Manager).Singaporean Jansen Foo has been appointed as referee for the prestige international friendly match. Foo will be assisted by compatriots Abdul Hannan (assistant referee 1), Ong Chai Lee (assistant referee 2) and G. Letchman (fourth official) at the game billed starting from 8pm Singapore time.22 EAGLES TO BATTLE BRAZILGoalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Omonia FC, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Emil Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany)Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (CD Leganes, Spain); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Tyronne Ebuehi (SL Benfica, Portugal); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England)Midfielders: Alexander Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Anderson Esiti (PAOK Salonica, Greece); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City FC, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Ramon Azeez (Granada FC, Spain)Forwards: Victor Osimhen (Lille OSC, France); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Efosa Solomon-Otabor (PFC CSKA Sofia, Bulgaria); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Emmanuel Dennis (Club Brugge, Belgium); Peter Olayinka (SK Slavia Prague, Czech Republic)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Coach Gernot Rohr, Ramon Azeez, Samuel Chukwueze and Chidozie Awaziem on board the flight to Singapore on Tuesday INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLYNdidi, Iwobi, Chukwueze, Osimhen, Others in campAt least, ten invited Super Eagles players will be available for Coach Gernot Rohr to start training today when the national team kicks off preparations for the prestige friendly against Brazil on Sunday in Singapore.Spanish-based trio Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal), Chidozie Awaziem (CD Leganes) and Ramon Azeeez (Granada) flew to Singapore on Tuesday and they were on the same flight as Rohr, Allnigeriasoccer.com reported yesterday.
LOS ANGELES — In the end, it came down to a body of work. Small forward Sam Dekker had one and power forward Brice Johnson didn’t. The Clippers picked up the fourth-year option on Dekker’s contract before Tuesday’s deadline, but they didn’t pick up the third-year option on Johnson’s deal.Dekker is due to make about $2.7 million in 2018-19, a $1 million raise over this season.Johnson would have made about $1.5 million next season, a bump of about $200,000 from this one. Johnson remains with the Clippers, but will become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. He’ll be able to sign with any team in the NBA, including the Clippers, after the negotiating period begins July 1.“Difficult decision,” Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank said Wednesday. “We still think Brice is a talented player. There wasn’t a great body of work due to some difficult circumstances, obviously, with the back injury. This year, we have great depth at his position. “Last year, he was a rotation player,” Frank said of Dekker. “We saw that. He has a little bit more of a body of work and there’s a little bit more evidence there. Sam plays a position of great need. Sam plays the three (small forward) where Brice plays the four (power forward).“Basically, having seen a little bit more of (Dekker), we felt it was the right move to do.”TEODOSIC UPDATEInjured guard Milos Teodosic began wearing a walking boot, ditching his self-propelled scooter. Teodosic remains sidelined indefinitely because of a plantar fascia injury in his left foot. Frank said Teodosic was “making progress” but the timetable for his return to the court remained “indefinite.”“That’s one of those injuries where you’ve got to let your body tell you when you’re ready,” Frank said of Teodosic’s injury, which happened when he stepped on the foot of Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker in an Oct. 21 game. “But everything is trending in a positive direction.”STATUS QUOFrank said the Clippers weren’t seeking to sign another guard or add a 15th player to their roster. Rookie guard Jawun Evans has replaced Teodosic on the active roster and made his NBA debut during the Clippers’ 28-point loss Monday to the Golden State Warriors.“You have to look at it as, are you adding a body just to add a body or are you adding someone who can make a difference?” Frank said of sticking with a 14-man roster. “And are you adding someone who is better, whether it’s here or in the G League?” “We still believe in Brice and we’re still going to devote a lot of time and resources to him, but we wanted to optimize our flexibility next year and we still maintain the ability to re-sign him using different tools. … We just chose flexibility.”Frank said Johnson expressed disappointment, but wasn’t surprised.“We put all our cards on the table,” Frank said. “It’s a natural reaction.”Johnson played only three games as a rookie with the Clippers last season, after they made him a first-round draft pick (25th overall) from North Carolina in 2016. He suffered a herniated disk in his back during an exhibition game and missed 56 games last season.Dekker was in a similar position in his rookie season, after the Houston Rockets picked him in the first round of the 2015 draft (18th overall) out of Wisconsin. Dekker injured his back, underwent surgery and played only three games in 2015-16. The Clippers acquired him in the Chris Paul trade. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error