For students, making service work a high priority can be difficult if cultivating a promising career takes precendence, but professor of finance Carl Ackermann thinks it doesn’t have to be.Ackermann delivered the first talk of this year’s student government-sponsored Last Lecture series Tuesday night in the Coleman-Morse Center lounge. He spoke on his personal growth and service, reflected on his career and encouraged students to put themselves in uncomfortable situations.“The single experience where I learned the most in my life was refereeing soccer games in an ethnically-focused league in Boston,” he said. “In that league, I had to … communicate with the players who often didn’t speak English, often in very heated situations.“So I’ve actually been sworn at in dozens of languages. If you place yourself in unfamiliar situations, … you will mature much faster as a person.“ Amy Ackermann | The Observer Professor of finance Carl Ackermann talks with students following his speech on Tuesday evening in the Last Lecture series.Ackermann said doing service work and appreciating the little things in life go hand-in-hand. He challenged students to maintain their commitments to serving others.“One of the things that I admire most about Notre Dame students is the extraordinary amount of service that all of [them] do … two hours, here and there, fitting it in when possible,” he said. “No matter how tired you are, do the make the extra effort to make at least one person smile every day. You will bring so much joy to others and happiness that will return to you.”Ackermann also encouraged students to learn about nutrition and personal finance, as serving others begins with being able to care for oneself.“By gaining command of your personal finances, you’ll actually be able to use your financial resources to service projects as well,” he said.Ackermann walked into the lecture wearing a horse-head hat. He later explained the decision as a way to engage the audience.“I always try to do something to lighten the mood at the beginning of a talk, so that people will feel like it’s going to be more fun and be more enthusiastic about it,” he said.Ackermann told The Observer he put a lot of thought into crafting his lecture and making it appeal specifically to Notre Dame students.“I think you’ve got three pieces — you talk about how wonderful Notre Dame students are and what you can learn from people individually,” he said. “Then I think they want to hear some suggestions about the future, mostly [about] career[s]. … And then, for me, I think that the defining part of my life, and for so many of the students here, is service, and you have to address that.”Ackermann emphasized the role of service among students as valuable to both their short-term and long-term life goals.“Trying to figure out how you can make the most of that element, I think right now, it takes the form of direct service, but as you acquire professional skills and acumen, you can do a lot more by embracing a leadership or policy role,” he said. “I think [students’] personal desire to do service, as strong as it is now, will only grow as they get older and have more resources and freedom.”The Last Lecture series invites professors to deliver the talk they would give if it were the last in their career, not their actual last lecture. Still, Ackermann, a 2001, 2002 and 2009 Last Lecture veteran, said he plays it cautiously.“When I used to schedule a Last Lecture, I would make sure I had class the next day to make sure it wasn’t the last one.”Tags: Ackermann, finance, Last Lecture, service, Student government
By David StooksburyUniversity of GeorgiaAthens, Ga. — Severe drought conditions have developed across northwest and southeast Georgia. The remainder of the state is still in moderate to mild drought, except the lower Flint River Valley, which is abnormally dry for the middle of April.In northwest Georgia, Polk, Floyd, Chattooga, Walker, Dade and Catoosa counties are in severe drought.In southeast Georgia, severe drought conditions are east and south of a line through Thomas, Brooks, Cook, Berrien, Coffee, Jeff Davis, Toombs, Tattnall, Evans, Bryan and Chatham counties.Moderate drought conditions are found north and west of a line through Haralson, Paulding, Bartow, Gordon, Pickens, Gilmer, Union and Towns counties.Grady, Colquitt, Tift, Irwin, Ben Hill, Telfair, Wheeler, Montgomery, Treutlen, Emanuel, Candler, Bulloch and Effingham counties are also in a moderate drought. The rest of the state is in mild drought, except the lower Flint River Valley, which is abnormally dry.In the regions with severe drought, the soil moisture and stream flow levels are at or below the 5th percentile. That means that soil moisture and stream flow levels are greater than the current values in 95 out of 100 years.In the regions with moderate drought, soil moisture and stream flow levels are between the 5th and 10th percentiles, so these levels are greater than the current values in 90 of 100 years.Deep deficitsRainfall deficits for Jan. 1 through April 16 include Athens at 4.02 inches, Augusta 4.27, Columbus 5.04, Savannah 5.67, Macon 6.03, Plains 6.44, Brunswick 6.87, Tiger 7.54, Atlanta 7.98, Alma 8.42, Tifton 9.02, Blairsville 9.64 and LaFayette 11.27.During the past week, portions of Georgia received beneficial rain. Among the places getting more than 1 inch of rain over the past seven days are Pine Mountain at 1.02 inches, Alpharetta 1.10, Atlanta 1.14, Arlington 1.21, Athens 1.37, LaFayette 1.47, Macon 1.67, Newton 1.84, Albany 2.03, Jeffersonville 2.33, Augusta 2.44, Columbus 2.58, Elberton 2.80, Dublin 3.04 and Cordele 3.37.The U.S. Geological Survey reports daily record-low flows for April 16 in northwest Georgia on the Coosawattee River near Pine Chapel at Carters and near Ellijay and on Cedar Creek near Cedartown.In southeast and south-central Georgia, daily record-low flows were reported on the Ocmulgee River at Lumber City, the Altamaha at Doctortown and near Baxley, the Ogeechee near Eden, the Ochlockonee near Thomasville, the Alapaha near Alapaha and at Statenville, the Suwannee at Fargo, the Little Satilla near Offerman and the Satilla near Waycross and at Atkinson.Over the past two weeks, Lake Lanier’s water level has remained nearly constant and is 2.5 feet below full summer pool. Hartwell and Clarks Hill are 1.8 and 1.1 feet below full summer pool, respectively.Levels are near the desired level for middle April at Allatoona and Carters. West Point and Walter F. George have levels above the guidance for middle April.Groundwater levels have shown some improvement with recent rains across southwest Georgia. Levels across south-central and southeast Georgia continue to drop.Little reliefLittle if any relief from the drought is anticipated in the foreseeable future.The entire state remains under the level-1 outdoor water-use schedule. Outdoor watering is allowed only from midnight to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to midnight on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at odd-number street addresses and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at even-number addresses. It’s banned all day on Fridays.Local water authorities may further restrict outdoor watering.The state drought response committee will assess the dry weather and discuss outdoor water use schedules April 18 at 1 p.m. The group will meet in Suite 1252 East Tower in the Floyd State Office Towers at 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Atlanta.The committee includes representatives of several state agencies, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Geologic Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a regional development center, the agricultural industry and the business community.Updated weather information is at www.georgiaweather.net. This University of Georgia network has 71 automated weather stations statewide.Updated drought information is at www.georgiadrought.org. The site includes updated climatic conditions and information on how to deal with the drought.(David Stooksbury is the state climatologist and a professor engineering and atmospheric sciences in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
Asian Pacific American Bar opens South Florida chapter July 1, 2004 Regular News Asian Pacific American Bar opens South Florida chapter South Florida’s multi-cultural legal community has a new diversity bar association, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida.APABA is an affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.Founded in March, APABA will speak for the legal needs and interests of the burgeoning South Florida Asian Pacific American community. It will also provide resources and networking opportunities for attorneys, paralegals, law students, and legal educators.“South Florida’s legal community has been very supportive,” said Jay Kim, APABA’s president. “APABA could not have formed without the backing of Steel Hector & Davis, Kluger Peretz Kaplan & Berlin, and Kirkpatrick & Lockhart. Those firms really encouraged the participation of their attorneys, and gave APABA the financial and legal assistance needed to get the ball rolling.”Kim said APABA seeks to build coalitions within the legal profession and the community to address issues vital to people of all colors and creeds, such as equal opportunity, civil rights, ethnic and religious tolerance, and increasing diversity in the federal and state judiciaries. APABA will also monitor state and local legislative developments that affect South Florida’s minority populations.“Our goal is to build an organization that will serve as a voice for the hundreds of Asian Pacific American legal professionals in South Florida, and as an advocate for the tens of thousands of Asian Pacific Americans who call South Florida their home,” said Mimi McAndrews, the first Asian Pacific American woman elected to the Florida House of Representatives, and member of the APABA Board of Directors.APABA will also serve as a vehicle for Asian Pacific American legal professionals to interact socially.“Asian Pacific Americans are still just a small portion of The Florida Bar, and it is easy to feel culturally isolated,” said William Simonitsch, APABA’s secretary. “While there is significant cultural diversity among Asian Pacific Americans, we have many shared experiences that bind us. Through APABA, we can explore common ground.”For membership information contact Alice Sum or Eugenia Chu, at (305) 379-9000.
Share Related Articles StumbleUpon EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Paddy Power has been threatened with legal action for failing to consult Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for using his likeness to support a dig at the current Brexit situation.The 46-year-old Norwegian, who has enjoyed such success at Old Trafford since replacing Jose Mourinho in December, reportedly reacted by saying that Paddy Power will have “big problems” and will be hearing from his lawyer.The advert in question featured an image of Solskjaer clapping alongside the following Brexit-themed message: “Theresa, time to try the Norwegian model?” The sub text then read “Ole to be given the job full time – 1/16”.It follows quickly after the firm launched the controversial ‘Loyalty is Dead’ campaign featuring Rhodri Giggs – the brother of Manchester United legend Ryan. The advert, which pokes fun at the highly publicised fall out between the two siblings, was released to promote Paddy Power’s Rewards Club – billed as an ‘anti-loyalty scheme’.This issue of loyalty will be debated at next week’s Betting on Football conference in a session titled ‘Loyal subjects – how can a brand keep its players onside?’Josh Linforth (Business Development Director at Betgenius), Dan Towse, (Head of Brand at Marathonbet), John Gordon (CEO & Co-Founder at Incentive Games) and Sam Depoortere (Head of Marketing at Nederlandse Loterij) will be discussing how bookmakers can generate brand loyalty when customers are so price sensitive. For more information about this year’s Betting on Football, click HERE.
Premiership clubs agreed on Friday that finishing the season was no longer a realistic option.Scottish clubs will not be allowed to return to training until June 10 at the earliest.The cost of testing and the fact a high percentage of players will be out of contract in May and June were also highlighted by clubs as reasons why making a return to finishing the campaign was impractical.“The SPFL has today announced that, following consultation with all 12 top-flight clubs, the Board of the SPFL has determined that the 2019/20 Premiership has been concluded with immediate effect,” the league said in a statement.By calling the season to an end, the SPFL can now release a final instalment of prize money to clubs based on their league position.“On Friday, Premiership clubs expressed their clear and unanimous view that there was no realistic prospect of completing the outstanding fixtures from season 2019/20,” said SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster.“The SPFL board met this morning and in line with the express agreement of member clubs in April, the board determined that League season 2019/20 and the Premiership be brought to an end.“This decision now enables us to pay out around £7 million ($8.5 million) in fees to help clubs stay afloat during this incredibly difficult time.”Leagues in France, Belgium and the Netherlands have also called their seasons to a premature end.However, many more across Europe are hoping to follow the example of Germany’s Bundesliga, which has already returned behind closed doors and with a series of strict safety measures in place to protect players and staff.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Celtic were crowned champions for a record-equalling ninth consecutive season as the Scottish Premiership campaign was declared over on Monday.Neil Lennon’s men were 13 points clear at the top of the table when the season was stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic in March with eight games remaining for the majority of clubs.Second-placed Rangers had a game in hand to try and cut that gap and were due to face Celtic twice more before the end of the season.A points-per-game formula for determining final league placings also sees bottom club Hearts relegated unless there is any progress in talks over league reconstruction.“It is, of course, a real shame that we were not able to see out the league in front of our fans. However, no one can deny how deserved this title is,” said Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell.“While we rightly celebrate this fantastic, deserved achievement we must take time to consider the wider circumstances we have all been experiencing and remember those who have helped us through these unique and challenging times with such bravery and selflessness.“We dedicate this title to everyone who has cared for us and all those who have been affected by these times of challenge and difficulty.”The three leagues below the Premiership were ended over a month ago when clubs passed a controversial resolution that allowed the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) board to also bring the top flight to a halt if it deemed the games could no longer be played.Last week Rangers failed to gain support of the 42 member clubs for an independent inquiry into how the vote on the resolution was passed.– Prize money to be released –