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Ackermann delivers ‘Last Lecture’

first_imgFor 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 governmentlast_img read more

Ebola case confirmed in Glasgow

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint Ebola case confirmed in Glasgow by: BBC News – December 29, 2014 Share The woman is being treated in isolation at Gartnavel Hospital in GlasgowA healthcare worker who has just returned from West Africa has been diagnosed with Ebola and is being treated in hospital in Glasgow.The woman, who arrived from Sierra Leone on Sunday night, is in isolation at Glasgow’s Gartnavel Hospital.All possible contacts with the case are being investigated, including on flights to Scotland via Heathrow.The woman will be transferred to specialist high level isolation in London as soon as possible.At a news conference in Glasgow, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stressed that the risk to the general public was very low.She added that the patient was thought to have had contact with only one other person since arriving in the city, but that all passengers on the flights the woman took will be traced.Ms Sturgeon said: “Apart from other passengers on the flights and obviously the hospital staff since this patient’s admittance to hospital, she, the patient is thought to have had contact with only one other person in Scotland since returning to Scotland last night and that person will also be contacted and given appropriate reassurance.”Alisdair MacConachie, of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “She’s being managed in an isolation facility by staff who are comfortable managing patients in such a situation. She herself is quite stable and is not showing any great clinical concern at the minute.”NHS Scotland said infectious diseases procedures had been put into effect at the Brownlee Unit for Infectious Diseases at Gartnavel.Ebola is transmitted by direct contact with the bodily fluids – such as blood, vomit or faeces – of an infected person.The patient returned to Scotland from Sierra Leone late on Sunday via Casablanca and London Heathrow, arriving into Glasgow Airport on a British Airways flight at about 23:30.While public health experts have emphasised that the risks are negligible, a telephone helpline has been set up for anyone who was on the BA 1478 Heathrow to Glasgow flight. The number is: 08000 858531The woman had been admitted to hospital early on Monday morning after feeling unwell and was placed into isolation at 07.50.A British Airways spokesman said: “We are working closely with the health authorities in England and Scotland and will offer assistance with any information they require.“The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority and the risk to people on board that individual flight is extremely low.”Ms Sturgeon has chaired a meeting of the Scottish Government Resilience Committee (SGoRR) and has also spoken to Prime Minister David Cameron.Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is to chair a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee on Monday evening.According to UK and Scottish protocol for anyone diagnosed with Ebola, the patient will be transferred to the high level isolation unit in the Royal Free hospital, London.Ms Sturgeon said: “Our first thoughts at this time must be with the patient diagnosed with Ebola and their friends and family. I wish them a speedy recovery.“Scotland has been preparing for this possibility from the beginning of the outbreak in West Africa and I am confident that we are well prepared.”Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, said: “It is important to be reassured that although a case has been identified, the overall the risk to the public continues to be low.“We have robust, well-developed and well-tested NHS systems for managing unusual infectious diseases when they arise, supported by a wide range of experts. The UK system was prepared, and reacted as planned, when this case of Ebola was identified.” Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! 187 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Police: Former Decatur Co. Resident Killed In Indianapolis

first_imgA woman who grew up in Decatur County was found dead in an Indianapolis apartment and investigators have named her boyfriend as a suspect in the case.According to the Greensburg Daily News, Abigail Baker, 29, was found deceased in an apartment complex in the city’s northwest side Sunday night.Police were called to the 4600 block of Lynnfield Road after dispatchers received 911 reports of a man screaming outside the apartment that his girlfriend was dead.The newspaper reports that Baker’s boyfriend, Chad Gilman, 38, of Indianapolis, also phoned 911.Police say the investigation led them to discovering Baker had been hit with a hammer during an argument, according to a WISH-TV article, and she had signs of body trauma.Gilman was later arrested on a preliminary charge of murder as prosecutors review the case to make a final determination.Baker graduated from South Decatur High School in 2003.last_img read more

Ikoyi Club Tennis Championship Kicks off in Style

first_imgThe Wichtech Individual and Team Tennis Championship began at Ikoyi Club 1938 Section on Monday evening with 64 participants.They are divided into blue and red groups, with each group comprising of four teams.There is also the individual events which include men’s singles A and B, ladies singles, men’s double and super veterans, for 70 years and above.Speaking at a press briefing to herald the competition, sponsor and Managing Director of Wichtech Group Ltd, Chido Nwankwo, said: “Sponsoring the competition was a wise move and the fact that the number of participants had increased in the last three years of my company’s sponsorship shows that value had been added to the competition.”Games Captain, Tennis Section, Akeem Mustafa, said despite the competitiveness expected at the tourney, fitness and bonding of members remains the ultimate aim of the championship. “There are a number of other tournaments coming up to keep members fit, healthy and build a bond through tournaments and tennis tours to different parts of the world with other clubs of similar status and this year will not be different. The idea is to ensure that members play competitive tourneys, raise the standard of the game and competitiveness. But even within the competition, the fact that we are a recreation club is not lost.“There are various prizes for grabs. Aside giant trophies, winners would go home with vouchers to pick up things at mega plaza and Park & Shop.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more