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 Marcos Ommati/Diálogo June 12, 2017 Dr. Richard Downie was director of the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, from March 2004-March 2013. As such, he was a fixed presence at the security conferences co-sponsored by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) every year. The Perry Center is located at the National Defense University, in Washington, D.C., and provides security and defense education to personnel from U.S. Northern Command, SOUTHCOM, and partner nations in the Americas.Now a senior partner at Deplhi Strategic Consulting, which specializes in security and defense issues in North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean, Dr. Downie attended the 2017 Central American Security Conference, in Cozumel, Mexico, to moderate a roundtable on regional cooperation to combat transnational threats in Central America. Diálogo spoke with Dr. Downie during the conference, in April, to discuss security and defense issues affecting the region, among other topics.Diálogo: How important is the fact that Mexico co-hosted CENTSEC for the first time?Dr. Richard Downie: Mexico being a co-host with SOUTHCOM and NORTHCOM is really important, not only because they are present, but the country is showing a leadership role. And they are taking it on. What I saw this morning during my session, which was about building a network of regional cooperation to address transnational threats, was that you need a strong network of good actors to work against the networks of bad actors, and what you saw here today was an agreement, in principle, on all those issues. Where it breaks down is what you need to get that cooperation to happen, and what type of cooperation you actually need. In my opinion, the most important issue discussed today was information sharing. Also, I saw that rather than just being a conference where people get to know one another, the senior military and other leaders present really want to take the next step towards building that network and taking the steps that are needed to build the cooperation that they will have, or need to have to address these transnational threats in the region.Diálogo: What do you think is the next step in order to accomplish something concrete?Dr. Richard Downie: I think the real value of having Mexico here is that they can take the leadership role. United States has done plenty in the region, and Mexico now willing to take a leadership role is extremely important. We saw them step up today, because they are leaders in the region, and they are taking other leadership roles in the region, such as with the Inter-American Defense Board, and the meeting of ministers of defense [Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas]. I think their ability and willingness to take on some of the leadership roles with Central America will make a huge difference.Diálogo: That lines up exactly with what Admiral Kurt Tidd, SOUTHCOM commander, wants for the region, correct?Dr. Richard Downie: Correct. Admiral Tidd puts great emphasis on trying to build these relationships [with partner nations], but he understands the limitations. What are those limitations? We need to delve into those a bit more. That is what I was trying to do today in my session, to really get to the heart of what are the issues that are keeping us from taking the next step, and that is what he wants to achieve. At this level they can decide anything they want. But you have to have the political coverage. There has to be some sort of framework, agreement, or some sort of a legislative agreement, international legislative agreement, to do something, to move this level of cooperation ahead. Otherwise, it just ends up being another conference, another discussion, and “hopefully we’ll do something next year.” I hope that we’ve gotten to the point where we really need to move this along.Diálogo: Do you think the reason for inviting ministers of defense to this conference was to actually achieve something? Because the generals and admirals can meet and decide things but there is a political side of it, right?Dr. Richard Downie: That is exactly right. The problem is something is missing. Because you have all these high-level conferences, such as CENTSEC, but what is needed to actually make a difference against these transnational threats is not happening. Therefore, what we were trying to find out, at least that is what I was trying to do in my session, was the step we need to take to get us there. And that is a very hard thing. I mean, it’s not easy to get that kind of information sharing. We raised the issue [during the roundtable] about the fact that last week there was a Russian plane that was approaching the U.S. airspace near Alaska, and jets went up to intercept those aircraft, and the jets were American and Canadian planes. That is an amazing feat, that you had U.S. and Canadian planes working together to intercept Russian planes. That is the level of confidence that is truly an example for the world. But they didn’t get there overnight; that was [the result of] decades of effort, to make that level of cooperation, and trust work. That was Admiral Tidd’s point this morning, we’ve got to build that trust, and you’ve got to start somewhere. It’s that first step. We’ve been talking about this, but it’s not there yet.Diálogo: More and more we see some countries’ armed forces participating in supporting their police. Do you see this as a trend or do you think that somehow the armed forces will go back to their original role, which is protecting their countries’ sovereignty?Dr. Richard Downie: I think what you saw, particularly in the comments from El Salvador and Honduras, is that they do not want their military to take on the policing role. El Salvador, Belize, Honduras, and Guatemala all talked about the requirement for the military to be involved in supporting the police, not to do the police’s job for them, because the police just don’t have the capability. It takes time to build up not only the size of the police, the capability of the police, to be able to function as they are doing. But the Minister of Defense of El Salvador, General Munguía Payés said, “you’ve got to walk in one of our neighborhoods, to understand.” This is not a public security problem. It’s much bigger than that. So what they are seeing is not what we view as a typical police problem. You’ve got military focused on what is essentially a big police problem. What he is saying, and what you are seeing in other countries as well –I am sure in the Northern Triangle they are all facing this– is that this is a lot more than a policing problem. You need to come down here to see it. But this is a huge effort that the police alone just can’t handle.
The agri-business sector remains amajor economic contributor supplying rice, aquaculture products, high-valuecrops and livestock to the Philippines and other countries. The IT-BPO is growing exponentiallyand contributing continuously to the rapid growth of the region. ILOILO City – Barely 100 days intooffice from a fresh mandate as comebacking city chief executive, Mayor JerryTreñas has been chosen as keynote presenter in the Asia CEO Iloilo Forum atCourtyard by Marriott in Mandurriao district on Oct. 4. Presenters are leaders in theirindustries and engaged in momentous pursuits of significance in the entireregion. It is operated as a non-profitactivity of the Chalre Associates, one of Southeast Asia’s most prominentsenior management executive research firms. He also made various city locations ashistorical landmarks with special privileges and restrictions attached. The forum is one of the mostanticipated networking events in the international business community andserves as a hub for the spreading of ideas that help executive managersoverseeing enterprises. As congressman, Treñas authoredvarious important laws. One of them is the Magna Carta for PWDs grantingPhilHealth coverage to persons with disability and monthly benefits similar tothose of senior citizens. In an excellent mix of rich historyand culture, Iloilo gives visitors a peek of the past through its vastcollection of heritage structures and variety of colorful festivals. With the abundance of power supply andaccelerated development of roads and infrastructures, the manufacturing sectordemonstrates a highly favorable growth area in Iloilo. Treñas returned to the mayor’s officein July 2019 after serving as congressman for nine straight years. He waspreviously mayor for three consecutive terms from 2001 to 2010. Iloilo City is one of the nation’smost rapidly developing new economies. With its rich natural resources,continuous infrastructure development, competent human capital, cultural andheritage attractions and geographic centrality, Iloilo provides the bestprospects for business and quality living, making it the new investment hotspotin the Philippines. Iloilo City is rich in natural andhuman resources and heritage attractions. Investment opportunities are strongin areas including information technology – business process outsourcing(IT-BPO), real estate, education, tourism, infrastructure, food, hotels andresorts. With its strong economic growth andstellar business-investment environment, the city is now considered the idealinvestment destination in southern Philippines. Attendees are both expatriates andAsian management personnel of multinational and regional organizations. Also hailed as one of the most livableplaces in the Philippines, Iloilo is widely recognized for good governance andsustainability. United political leadership in partnership with the privatesector agencies generates investor confidence in Iloilo. Iloilo City is strategically locatedat center of the Philippine archipelago. It is a highly urbanized metropolitanarea and is the center of economic activity, educational achievement andgovernment in the region. Iloilo is becoming a major player inthe Meetings, Incentive travels, Conventions, Exhibitions (MICE) industry withthe growth of hotels, restaurants and retail services, garnering the title“Best MICE City”./PN
He said, beneficiaries would combine their studies with training sessions, while in camps as well as have three hours lectures daily adding that, participants would also be awarded certificates after the four months programme.Yabo, who is the African coordinator of the programme said the sports management fundamental programme is being delivered in Africa for the first time by the University of Amsterdam to blend academic with sports.Hear him: â€œWhy we are introducing the course to young people is to give opportunity to blend academic with sports because, when you are exceptionally talented, most times there is the tendency to disconnect from school.â€œThis course is providing opportunity for those players who wish to pursue formal education while being actively involved with soccer to combine academic and their football career. It is a programme for all those who want to have a career in sportsâ€.He lauded the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta/Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme, Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd) for providing the opportunity for youths in the Niger Delta to excel in sports and make it an alternative source of livelihood.The CEO of Sia-One Sports Academy and former Super Eagles Head Coach, Samson Siasia, had earlier expressed confidence in the programme, acknowledging the role of Gen. Boroh in providing the platform for the youths to showcase their talents through the Sports for Peace Initiative in the Niger Delta.On his part, Ezekiel Nya-Etok, commended the Akwa Ibom State government for providing the venue for the training of youths from the region while also expressing optimism for the state government support for the programme.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Okon Bassey in UyoNo fewer than 66 former Niger Delta militants have been offered scholarships to study sports management fundamentals at the Johan Cruyff Institute in Barcelona.The Chief Executive Officer, To-be Connected Nigeria, Alhaji Faruk Yabo, dropped the hint in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State during a media chat held by Sia-One Sports Academy.
B&H football representation will conduct today a training in Guaruja, and at 14:00 (local time) will travel to Sao Paulo, where players and delegation will fly to Cuiaba.B&H representation will play the second match of the world championship on 21 June, at the Arena Pantal in Cuiaba against Nigeria. Thanks to the response of the B&H football association leadership and with the permission of FIFA, B&H delegation after the match in Cuiaba, at 22:30 (Local time) will travel to Salvador instead of returning to Guaruja, as was planned earlier.The last match of the F group between B&H and Iran is on 25 June, in Salvador, at the Arena Fonte Nova.(Source: Fena)