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International student orientation welcomes students to Notre Dame

first_imgTo help ease international students’ transitions to life at Notre Dame, the University held its annual International Student Orientation Thursday and Friday, welcoming 200 undergraduates and another 150 family members to campus.Leah Zimmer, director of International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA), said ISSA has been welcoming international students formally since its founding in 1969, and over time, international student orientation developed as a result of this tradition.While all incoming freshmen face the challenge of adjusting to a new life at Notre Dame, Zimmer said international student orientation addresses the difficulties of moving to a new country as well.“International student orientation focuses on the unique elements of the student experience for students who have spent most of their life outside of the U.S. or who are here to study with a specific student visa status,” Zimmer said. “For both groups, the adjustment to U.S. culture and Notre Dame culture can be challenging in a different way, so we want to give them an opportunity to connect with others who have this shared experience.”Zimmer said the orientation not only focuses on creating a strong sense of welcome and connection but also provides students with technical information, including the responsibilities students have as an F or J visa holder and the process of setting up a United States phone and bank account. ISSA also appoints a group of upperclassmen international students each year to lead activities for the freshmen and serve as a point of contact for any questions they may have.“The highlight of our orientation is the role our International Ambassadors (IAs), a student leadership team, play in welcoming and engaging new students,” Zimmer said. “The IAs have been communicating with incoming students all summer, and we dedicate a few hours at orientation for them to lead engaging conversations and activities with small groups of new students.”He Duan, a junior who is originally from China but grew up in Zimbabwe, reflected on his international student orientation as a worthwhile experience that helped his transition to life at Notre Dame as a freshman.“International orientation was a great experience where I was able to very quickly become assured of the presence of various resources I could utilize to better fit in at Notre Dame through the breakout sessions,” Duan said. “The friendly international ambassadors at the time also gave me a lot of useful advice and help during the orientation, and I remain friends with some of them to this day, showing the value of the IAs reaching out and making connections.”While international student orientation only spans two days this year, Duan said his role as an International Ambassador extends beyond the orientation.“During the academic year, we are present to assist and promote Notre Dame International’s various events and foster an increased sense of community and engagement within international students and act as a resource for them for concerns they may have,” Duan said.The undergraduates attending orientation include degree-seeking F1 visa holding freshmen, non-degree exchange and American semester abroad program students and United States citizens who have spent much of their lives outside the country. When she was a freshman, junior Mackenzie Winton fell into the last category, having lived all over the world for 13 years —  including western Australia, Lagos, Nigeria, Jakarta, Indonesia and Surrey, United Kingdom. “I attended international orientation because although my passport says I am American, I hadn’t lived in the United States since I was a small child,” Winton said. “International orientation allowed me to connect with other international students and reacquaint myself with life in what should be my home country.”While Winton already felt fairly accustomed to American culture, she said she still enjoyed the opportunity to attend international orientation and found the experience invaluable.“I grew up attending international schools where more than 60 nationalities are represented. Initially, I was worried about attending college in the U.S. because I thought I would miss the international community I had been a part of for so long,” Winton said. “Attending international orientation was like coming home.”While international student orientation primarily focuses on helping international students adjust to life at Notre Dame before the rest of the student body arrives on campus, Zimmer said she particularly enjoys the orientation for its role in welcoming new international students who will bring different perspectives and experiences to campus.“If you are going to move across the world to live for a year or four years, you often have to have curiosity about the world and people, paired with a sense of adventure,” Zimmer said. “I always appreciate the insights our international students have on community and engagement, and I look forward to seeing the ways their perspectives and curiosity continue to shape our community in powerful ways.”Tags: International Student and Scholar Affairs, international student orientation, International students, Welcome Weekendlast_img read more

McCain Promises Help in Colombia

first_img Speaking at the end of a meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in Cartagena on 8 January, U.S. Senator John McCain promised help in obtaining approval of a free-trade agreement (FTA) with Bogotá and providing aid to those affected by the rains in Colombia. McCain, a former Republican presidential candidate who flew over the region affected by the bad weather, visited Colombia together with another U.S. legislator, John Barrasso. Both senators promised Santos that they would support U.S. Congressional approval of the FTA with Colombia, a new expansion of Andean tariff preferences, and efforts to collect aid for the more than two million people affected by the rains in the South American country. Santos expressed gratitude for the offer, highlighted the “strategic alliance” between Bogotá and Washington, and recalled that McCain was in Cartagena the day before the Colombian Army rescued fifteen hostages from the FARC guerrilla group on 2 July 2008, including French-Colombian Ingrid Betancourt and three American contractors for the State Department. “The night before the rescue of Operation Check-Mate, with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, we decided to tell Senator McCain what we had planned for the next day, and we asked him not to say a word and to pray for the success” of the military action, the president revealed. Santos, who was Uribe’s defense minister between 2006 and 2009, was in charge of the liberation of the hostages. “Senator McCain has visited us for the fourth time (…) he’s someone very friendly to Colombia; he’s defended our causes because he’s understood that we have common objectives,” the president said. Santos indicated that he also spoke with McCain and Barrasso about Plan Colombia, a Washington-financed plan to combat drugs and violent groups, and about the situation of those affected by the rains, among other matters. “We’re in very good hands, and we thank the two legislators for the help they’ve given us,” the Colombian president emphasized, after McCain and Barrasso declared that they are “committed” to Congressional approval of the FTA with Bogotá, now that the Republicans dominate the House of Representatives. By Dialogo January 12, 2011last_img read more

Credit Union CFO Focus: ‘impaired’ vs. ‘impairment’

first_img 37SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A credit union’s allowance for loan and lease losses reflects estimated credit losses in its loan portfolio. ALLL calculations and reserve levels have been under increased scrutiny in recent years, and compliance with Financial Accounting Standards Board guidance is of concern to many institutions’ risk management teams and senior executives, particularly as new guidance for a current expected credit loss model is expected to be released later this year.According to the 2015 Sageworks Bank & Credit Union Examination survey, roughly one out of every six institutions polled was criticized by examiners for its ALLL calculation process. (It is important to note that this statistic includes all institutions surveyed – both credit unions and banks).A common mistake credit unions make with their ALLL calculations is the distinction between the words “impaired” and “impairment.” These words, although seemingly similar, have very different meanings when it comes to ALLL.According to the National Credit Union Administration’s Examiners Guide, “A loan is impaired when it is probable that a creditor (credit union) will be unable to collect all amounts due, including principal and interest, according to the contractual terms and schedules of the loan agreement.” continue reading »last_img read more

Mistakes you’ll make when creating a budget

first_imgMaking a budget is a breeze. Sticking to it, now that’s a different story. If you’ve never felt the need to budget until now, you’re definitely going to discover some weak spots as you get started. Here are a few ways you might screw up when you’re trying to stick to a budget…You’re not ready for anything: You may think that an emergency fund is independent from your budget. If you’ve built up a solid one, you may be kinda right. But if you’re not prepared for the unexpected bill, you’ll have to dip to into other accounts and that’ll probably have a a huge effect on your budget. Be ready when the time comes.Stop guessing: The easiest bills to budget for are the ones that stay pretty much the same every month. My water bill isn’t exactly the same each month, but it’s usually within a couple of bucks. A power bill on the other hand? If there’s a science to keeping those consistent, I haven’t learned it. If you’re going to estimate prices when you start laying out a budget, make sure you err on the high side.It’s not complete: It’s simple to remember the big bills, but it’s the small ones that can hurt you. Something like a Saturday breakfast with your friends can be easy to forget and can really add up when you’re doing it on a regular basis. Spend some time really thinking about all the money you spend and if you’re still worried that you’re forgetting something, add in a cushion so you won’t put yourself in a hole.Annual fees: One bill I always forget about is Amazon Prime. I get charged in January every year and it’s always an “oh yeah” moment. If you think about it for a few minutes, I bet you’ll think of something similar. 43SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Arsenal’s £27m signing William Saliba billed as mix of Virgil van Dijk and Raphael Varane by former coach

first_imgArsenal’s £27m signing William Saliba billed as mix of Virgil van Dijk and Raphael Varane by former coach Comment Gunners fans are yet to see their £27m signing in action (Picture: Getty Images)‘On the pitch, he is a competitor. A technical and physical leader.‘As a person he is more reserved but all the other players respected him because he was the very best defender at that age.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He looked like a man. The difference between him and the other players was massive. When he took the ball and ran into midfield, no one could stop him. He was like a monster compared to other players of the same age.‘He is something different to what I have worked with before. When he played with Saint-Etienne it looked normal for him, even though he was so young. You never saw any difference between him and the older men around him.’MORE: Arsenal make contact with Bayern Munich over Liverpool transfer target Thiago AlcantaraMORE: Bukayo Saka pays tribute to Freddie Ljungberg after Arsenal hero leaves clubFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Metro Sport ReporterMonday 24 Aug 2020 12:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7kShares Saliba is training with the first team ahead of the new season (Picture: Getty Images)William Saliba’s former France coach Jean-Luc Vannuchi has billed the Arsenal defender as a mix between Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane.The 19-year-old was snapped up from Saint-Etienne last year for £27 million and immediately sent back to the Ligue 1 side on a season-long loan.Saliba has now linked up with the Gunners squad ahead of next season, at a time when Mikel Arteta’s side are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements.The highly-rated centre-back was instantly made captain when called up to France’s Under-18s, and the coach that selected him admitted he was a ‘monster’ from a young age and shares similar traits with two of the world’s best defenders in Van Dijk and Varane.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘A mix of the two styles,’ Vannuchi told the Telegraph. ‘With Varane because of his speed and power, and with Van Dijk it is the interceptions, the positioning on the pitch.‘My first impression was that this was the biggest man of his generation. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Making concessions

first_imgDECREE 605 signed by President Menem and published on July 3 opened a 120-day window for the government and Argentina’s five private freight railways to renegotiate the 30-year operating concessions signed between 1991 and 1993. Some months ago the operators suspended payments for use of Argentine Railways’ infrastructure and rolling stock; government officials would be unhappy to loose the 15m pesos that these generate for the nation’s coffers each year, but as yet the regulators have taken no action. Likely to be high on the agenda are concession lengths, tariffs and investment plans which, according to auditors and other officials, have not been fulfilled to the letter. Track renewal is a particular concern, shared by passenger operator Uepfp which is seeking a cut in its fee from 5 to 0·5 pesos per train-km to reflect the poor quality of routes managed by the freight operators. olast_img read more

Judith “Judy” Eiklor

first_imgJudith Ann “Judy” Eiklor, 76, of Milan passed away Sunday, June 28, 2020 at Margaret Mary Health in Batesville.  Judy was born Sunday, April 30, 1944 in Mount Healthy, Ohio, the daughter of the late Charles and Ruth (Schultz) Harvey.  She married Paul Eiklor on August 1, 1982 and he survives.  Judy was employed by Aurora Casket for 30 years.Judy is survived by her husband Paul of Milan; daughter Barbara Bullock of Seymour; son Danny (Cherie) Stoneking of Moores Hill; Dog “Cooper”; sisters Arlene Ray of Cross Plains, Joyce (JD) Jones of Aurora, and Diana Abbott of Dillsboro; five grandchildren: Emma Garcia, Christian (Whitney) Stoneking, Chase Stoneking, Rebecca Stoneking, and Matthew (Jordan) Hubbard; and three great-great grandchildren: Manuel Aguilar, Jaydien Holman, and Alycia Garcia.A service celebrating her life will be held 11 AM Thursday, July 2, 2020 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home in Milan with Pastor Tom Holt officiating.  Burial will follow in Craven Cemetery.  Family and friends may gather to share and remember her 9 – 11 AM Thursday also at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given in honor of Judy to the Milan Food Pantry.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 S Main Street, Box 243, Milan, IN 47031, (812) 654-2141.  Please reach out through our website at to leave an online condolence message or a memory of Judy for the family.last_img read more

Chiellini, Buffon sign new Juve deals

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Juventus have confirmed that veterans Giorgio Chiellini and Gianluigi Buffon have both signed contract extensions with the club.The Serie A leaders have awarded the pair deals that will stretch until June 2021, by which time Buffon will be 43 and Chiellini will be close to celebrating his 37th birthday. Juventus have indicated that the contracts are a reward for the long-term loyalty and quality of the pair.“There are players who need no introduction,” Juventus said on a statement published on their website. “Champions whose story speaks for itself, and whose connection with the shirt they wear is indissoluble.“Examples on the pitch and in the locker room, leaders, driving forces, bearers of the Bianconeri DNA, who wear it as a second skin.“Gianluigi Buffon. Giorgio Chiellini. Captains, legends. Bianconeri since the beginning. Bianconeri forever. And to confirm it, in case there is a need, today their contract renewals have become official, for another: 2021!”Although both have been legendary figures in the history of the Turin side, neither has played a significant role in the 2019-20 campaign. Buffon has featured seven times in Serie A but has largely played understudy to Wojciech Szczesny.Nevertheless, the influence off the field was highlighted by former Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Kylian Mbappe, who spoke of the World Cup winner’s influence on his young career and the regret he felt when the Italian was allowed to depart Parc des Princes.“I always liked listening to the senior players. Buffon was also very important to me,” the young Frenchman told L’Equipe.His last competitive league action came on December 18 in a 2-1 victory over Sampdoria at Juventus Stadium, while he has played 696 games for the club over the course of two spells, the first of which ran from 2001 until 2018.Captain Chiellini, meanwhile, has had his game time seriously restricted by a cruciate ligament rupture, which sidelined him from the opening match of the Serie A season through until February. He has yet to feature for the first team since the return to action following the coronavirus suspension.The defender has been at the club since 2005, when he made the switch from Roma.Since then, he has amassed over 500 appearances and has scored 36 goals, picking up eight Serie A titles along the way.Tags: Gianluigi BuffonGiorgio ChielliniJuventusSerie Alast_img read more

Cahill: Moyes is the man

first_imgFormer Everton midfielder Tim Cahill has paid a glowing tribute to his old boss David Moyes after the Scot was announced as the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. Cahill was one of Moyes’ key signings in 2004, with the Australian going on to play over 200 games for the Toffees in eight years after joining from Millwall for a reported £1.5million fee before moving to Major League Soccer outfit New York Red Bulls last year. “You look at any other manager in the world I think, other than Pep Guardiola, there’s only one man on the list and that’s David Moyes that would suit a club like Manchester United,” Cahill told Sky Sports News. “He’s done so much for the game and…to have the opportunity to go to one of the biggest clubs in the world and try and do something special and win something and continue their level of success is a remarkable stature of the man he is and how much they respect him as a football manager. “Do you want that manager that’s been at the top level and bounced around all the European clubs, bringing in all his own staff in, changing the footprint of what Manchester United’s all about, breaking wage structures even more, signing the big superstars or maintaining somebody that respects the club, respects the production of what they’re doing (and) understands the budget?” Cahill insists that if the United supporters can give Moyes time to succeed, he will reward them. “For me they’ve just got to be patient; it’s the biggest job in the world and they’re going to demand things straight away but their class of the players is already there,” Cahill added. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Lovren still learning at Liverpool

first_img The Croatia international was signed at considerable cost – £20million – from Southampton as the Reds boss viewed him as a long-term replacement to fill the void left by Jamie Carragher’s retirement in 2013. Lovren has played every minute of Liverpool’s four Premier League matches this season but so far they have managed just one clean sheet, in the 3-0 win at Tottenham. Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren admits he has not found it easy to make an instant impact as manager Brendan Rodgers’ defensive linchpin. Press Association “Of course we were disappointed at the weekend. It was a game where when you dominate with the ball (they had 75 per cent possession) and don’t score you at least want to get a point. “We had five players making their Anfield debut at the weekend and that cohesion does take that little bit of time. “Our emphasis will always be positive but we need to tighten up in some areas.” He has had a mixed start to his Anfield career and Saturday’s defeat by Aston Villa came partly as a result of his poor marking at a corner. But it is still early days and Lovren is confident he can grow into the player Rodgers wants him to be. “It is a tough job because I am a new player also,” he said. “It is not so easy to lead all the time. I was used to other players leading before but I have the confidence in myself and I am ready for it. “I am just 25 and the thing is I need to improve in every game as a person and as a player. “I am giving my best, which is the most important thing. With the time and the games it will come.” Liverpool have kept just two clean sheets in their last 13 Premier League outings and Rodgers admits it is an area they need to improve. “We need to be better in those areas,” he admitted. last_img read more