Oxtoby, Chang to lead Overseers

first_imgDavid W. Oxtoby ’72, president of Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., has been elected president of Harvard’s Board of Overseers for 2013-14.Lynn Chang ’75, a concert violinist and violin professor, will become vice chair of the board’s executive committee.Both Oxtoby and Chang will be serving the final year of their six-year Overseer terms.  They will assume their new roles following Commencement this spring, succeeding Richard A. Meserve, J.D. ’75, president of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., and Lucy Fisher ’71, a film producer and co-head of Red Wagon Entertainment.“David Oxtoby and Lynn Chang are two distinguished educators who bring invaluable and complementary perspectives to the work of the Overseers,” said President Drew Faust. “We will be fortunate to have them leading the board next year and to continue benefiting from their insight and guidance.”New Overseers president David W. OxtobyOxtoby has served as president at Pomona since 2003.  He is also a professor of chemistry at Pomona, where he continues to teach environmental chemistry.  Under his leadership, the college has adopted a new general education curriculum, created departments of computer science and media studies, and pursued interdisciplinary initiatives in such areas as neuroscience and environmental analysis, while also enhancing its resources devoted to the arts.  It has launched a range of sustainability efforts, maintained its commitment to need-based financial aid, and intensified its outreach to high school students from historically underrepresented groups.A distinguished physical chemist, Oxtoby received his bachelor’s in chemistry and physics summa cum laude from Harvard in 1972 and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1975. He joined the faculty of the University of Chicago in 1977, was appointed full professor in 1986, and was later named the William Rainey Harper Distinguished Service Professor. He also served as dean of the Division of Physical Sciences at Chicago from 1995 to 2003. The author or co-author of numerous scientific articles on such subjects as light scattering, chemical reaction dynamics, and phase transitions, he is the co-author of two popular textbooks, “Principles of Modern Chemistry” and “Chemistry: Science of Change.”A past visiting professor at the University of Paris, the University of Bristol, and the University of Sydney, Oxtoby is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is former chair of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and holds honorary degrees from Occidental College and Lingnan University in Hong Kong.Having been a Harvard Overseer since 2008, Oxtoby chairs the board’s institutional policy committee and serves on the executive committee and the committee on natural and applied sciences. He is a member of the Joint Committee on Inspection, Harvard’s audit committee, and chairs the Committee to Visit Harvard College.New executive committee vice chair Lynn ChangSince his graduation from Harvard College in 1975, violinist Lynn Chang has devoted his career to performance as a soloist and chamber musician and to serving as an educator on the faculty of such institutions as Boston University, the Boston Conservatory, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the New England Conservatory of Music.A founding member of the Boston Chamber Music Society and a top prize winner in the international Paganini Competition, Chang has appeared as a soloist with orchestras across the United States, as well as in Beijing, Taipei, and Hong Kong.  He has performed with members of the Juilliard, Tokyo, Cleveland, Vermeer, Muir, and Orion string quartets.A native of Boston, he began studying the violin at age 7 and attended the Juilliard School before coming to Harvard.  As an undergraduate, he was part of a memorable performance trio that included cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Richard Kogan.  He has continued his collaboration with Ma over the decades, including their world premiere performance of Ivan Tcherepnin’s “Double Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Orchestra” with the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, which received the Grawemeyer Award for music composition in 1996.  In addition, he collaborated with Dawn Upshaw on the Grammy-winning CD “The Girl With Orange Lips.”In 2001, UMass Boston’s Institute for Asian American Studies honored Chang with its first distinguished leadership award for his achievements as an educator and musician. In December 2010, Chang performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in honor of the absent laureate, the writer and human rights activist Liu Xiaobo.As a Harvard Overseer, Chang is vice chair of the committee on humanities and arts, as well as a member of both the executive committee and the committee on institutional policy. He serves on the visiting committees to the departments of East Asian languages and civilizations, Germanic languages and literatures, and music, and is one of the Overseers’ liaisons to the annual Arts First festival.last_img read more

Boston teams with supermarkets to promote healthy beverages

first_imgA new partnership between the city of Boston and most of the city’s large supermarkets aims to help consumers choose healthier and less sugary beverages with a color-coded “Rethink Your Drink” campaign in stores and weekly circulars. Harvard School of Public Health’s Prevention Research Center (HPRC), directed by Steven Gortmaker, professor of the practice of health sociology at HSPH, and the Boston Public Health Commission will evaluate the effectiveness of the campaign in influencing consumer beverage choices over the next six months.The city’s partnership with Shaw’s, Star Market, Stop & Shop, and Dudley Square’s Tropical Foods will bring signage, displays, advertising, and other educational tools to 15 supermarkets across Boston, reaching tens of thousands of shoppers. The campaign will include a traffic light symbol that categorizes drinks as red, yellow, or green. “Green” beverages—water, seltzer, and low-fat milks—are considered the healthiest options. “Yellow” beverages—diet sodas, iced teas, 100% juices, and low-calorie sports drinks—should be consumed only occasionally. And “red” beverages—non-diet sodas, energy drinks, and juices with added sugar—should be consumed rarely, if at all.“In Boston, we’re always striving to make the healthy choice the easy choice,” Mayor Menino said in a November 8, 2013 press release. Read Full Storylast_img read more

ERP Migration to SAP S/4HANA – a Tactical Roadmap for Success

first_imgThe digital economy offers exciting new opportunities for businesses, but it also brings unprecedented IT challenges. Many IT departments struggle to derive fresh insights from the data they store in disparate ERP systems. SAP S/4HANA addresses those concerns by replacing and transforming complex systems to help organizations reimagine business processes and deliver real-time insights from data that’s always fresh.SAP S/4HANA is a real-time enterprise resource management suite for the digital business. It is built on SAP’s advanced in-memory platform, SAP HANA, and offers a personalized, consumer-grade user experience with SAP Fiori, deployable in the cloud or on premises.While every company’s path to transforming IT for SAP S/4HANA is unique, most share some common objectives in sustaining SAP ERP deployments while migrating to SAP S/4HANA. These objectives include the need to:Consolidate, automate and simplify IT to lower infrastructure costs and increase the productivity of SAP administrators, database administrators (DBAs) and IT operations staff.Deploy SAP S/4HANA as part of the organization’s standard data-infrastructure design and architecture.Run SAP with the “personality” of web 2.0 applications, bringing greater agility with higher-value features, including self-service, orchestration and application-lifecycle management.Enable new business processes and analytics-driven insights for success in the digital economy. If your organization is considering or already on the path to the benefits of SAP S/4HANA, Dell EMC and Auritas are ideal technology and integration partners. Auritas offers the reach and expertise of a global SAP services company, specializing in providing innovative solutions to enterprise clients across North America, Europe and Asia. Dell EMC offers the experience gained in nearly 20 years of work with SAP, a track record for innovation with SAP and the choice of diverse infrastructure and deployment options — the full continuum of solutions: from build ( ready nodes, bundles, and systems) to buy (converged and hyper-converged systems, hybrid cloud platforms).To accelerate customers journey to a modern and simplified IT infrastructure Dell EMC established the Blueprints program with a dedicated Business Application Blueprint for SAP workloads. At the very core, this Dell EMC Blueprints program is all about accelerating IT for our customers to tackle their infrastructure and datacenter challenges.Working closely with your organization, Dell EMC and Auritas can help chart a clear migration path to SAP S/4HANA. Read this white paper and learn more about:Step by step details for moving your ERP system from any database to SAP S/4 HANA – from infrastructure to SAP applications.Conversion implications – infrastructure choices, from on-premise to hybrid to cloud, and software migration choicesPotential pitfallsPre-requisite to data migration.Tools to address data quality before migration.Migration of sample data from a SAP release to S/4.Dell EMC is a diamond sponsor at SAPPHIRE NOW 2017. Visit Dell EMC at booth #758 or join the Dell EMC theatre presentation on Thursday, May 18th, 2:30 p.m. -2:50 p.m. in area PC202last_img read more

Skylar Astin Jumps on the Bus with Violet’s Sutton Foster

first_imgGround Floor star Skylar Astin took a road trip to the Great White Way on April 17—his first stop? Violet, starring two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry and Colin Donnell! The Spring Awakening, Pitch Perfect and Glee favorite took in the musical by Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley, then stopped backstage to greet Foster and Henry. Based on the short story “The Ugliest Pilgrim,” the Roundabout Theatre Company production tells the story of a young woman who travels by bus to meet a televangelist who she hopes can heal the scars she sustained from a childhood injury. Check out these photos of Astin’s visit, then see Foster and Henry in Violet, opening April 20 at the American Airlines Theatre! View Comments Related Shows Joshua Henry Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 10, 2014center_img Star Files Sutton Foster Violetlast_img read more

The Rockettes’ Spring Spectacular Will Return to Radio City

first_imgThe Rockettes’ New York Spring Spectacular is returning to Radio City Music Hall! The production will play a 75 show engagement from June 15, 2016 through August 7. Where this leaves the location of the 2016 Tony Awards is yet to be established.The show, which celebrates the magic of New York City, debuted in 2015, where it was headlined by Tony winner Laura Benanti and Derek Hough. Casting and creative team will be announced later.New York Spring Spectacular stars the Rockettes and is a love letter to New York City, celebrating the energy, places, passion and promise that make New York spectacular.The previous production was penned by Joshua Harmon and contained 3D special effects, large-scale puppetry and a soundtrack of original songs, classics and pop hits. Whoopi Goldberg and Bella Thorne voiced the Statue of Liberty and the Alice in Wonderland statue, respectively. View Commentslast_img read more

Drift Roses

first_imgAs you drive down the entryway to the Andrews Visitor and Education Center, both sides of the drive are lined with large sweeps – or drifts, if you will – of hot-coral-colored roses. It seems every time I look at them, they are blooming, which can’t possibly be true.The roses I am referring to are ‘Coral Drift’ roses. If you love Knock Out roses, I promise you will relish growing Drift roses. In fact, they come from Conard-Pyle/Star Roses and Plants, the same folks who brought us the Knock Out roses.The Drift roses come in a variety of colors, ‘Red Drift,’ ‘Pink Drift’ (double pink), ‘Apricot Drift,’ ‘Coral Drift,’ ‘Peach Drift,’ ‘White Drift’ and ‘Popcorn Drift,’ which is a white-and-yellow blend. In addition to the entryway, we use Drift roses in the more formal Rose Garden, where they are combined with Knock Outs and a couple of floribundas, the yellow ‘Julia Child’ and the white-flowered ‘Iceberg.’So here I am, touting Drift roses in the hot, humid South. Please know that they were also chosen as Louisiana Super Plants. In Louisiana State University trials, the Drift series was generating about five bloom cycles, according to LSU horticulturist Allen Owings. These bloom cycles started in April and concluded in October. Here in Savannah, Georgia, our entryway was in full bloom the first week of March, and now faces a little challenge of spending a couple of hours below freezing. Regardless, the Drift roses will rebound with warm weather.You will love the low-growing, spreading habit of the Drift roses. They typically reach 2 to 3 feet tall with a spread of 3 to 4 feet. They produce flowers in dazzling clusters, and each blossom is about the diameter of a tennis ball, with some slightly smaller. You will treasure the fact that these are among the most disease-resistant roses for the landscape or mixed containers.Roses need six to eight hours of direct sun each day. Morning sun is essential, but a little afternoon shade is tolerated. Good air movement helps the dew and rain dry quickly, further enhancing inherent disease resistance, so space them 4 to 5 feet apart. Before you plant your roses, get the beds prepared by incorporating 3 to 4 inches of organic matter and tilling to a depth of 8 to 10 inches. The ideal soil pH for roses is between 6.0 and 6.5. Planting on raised beds further maximizes good drainage. By all means, finish your bed or planting with a good layer of mulch.Feed roses a slow-release or controlled-release fertilizer per formula recommendations. Apply it at the start of spring growth and again in midsummer. Prune Drift roses in late winter to early spring, just before new growth resumes. Typically the roses will triple in size after pruning, so plan on cutting back by two-thirds.In the landscape, your options seem to be endless. We are clustering them around palms, in front of evergreen shrubs like viburnums and in combination with grasses like bamboo muhly. Be bold – plant enough to make a landscape impact by using them with your favorite perennials and a few splashes of annuals. The Drift roses put a whole lot of fun into your spring gardening.Follow me on Twitter @CGBGgardenguru. Learn more about the University of Georgia’s Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm at www.coastalgeorgiabg.org/.last_img read more

Gifford named among nation’s Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals

first_imgGifford Healthcare,Gifford Medical Center in Randolph was recently named among the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation in a first-ever comprehensive rating of critical access hospitals.The Top 100 list was complied by The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) using the ‘Hospital Strength Index,’ an objective way of measuring 56 different performance metrics in three categories: market strength, value-based strength and financial strength. Only three Vermont hospitals, including Copley Hospital in Morrisville and North Country Hospital in Newport, made the list. There are 1,327 critical access hospitals in the United States, according to the Rural Assistance Center.‘We are truly honored to be recognized as one of the top performing critical access hospitals in the country,’ says Linda Minsinger, vice present of Patient Care Services at Gifford. ‘The combination of expertise from our clinicians, the training and dedication of our employees, and guidance from our volunteer Board of Directors has allowed Gifford to enhance our operations and keep our focus on our top priority: the patients.’NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and well-being of rural Americans and providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research.‘Now is the time for us to advocate the analytics and transparency of the rural health sector,’ says Alan Morgan, chief executive officer of NRHA. ‘We play such a critical role in providing needed care to Americans, yet our challenges are completely different in access while equally complex in delivery as urban hospitals.’The Hospital Strength Index helps identify those hospitals that are best prepared for success under the new health care reforms. The index includes a unique set of measures rating market strength, value-based strength (quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, and cost and charge indicators) and long term financial strength as key pillars for benchmarking and setting new goals under health reform.A critical access hospital (CAH) is a hospital certified to receive cost-based reimbursement from Medicare. This program is intended to reduce hospital closures in rural areas, promotes a process for improving rural health care and focuses on community needs. CAHs must have a maximum of 25 acute care inpatient beds and provide 24-hour emergency services, with medical staff onsite. CAHs must be located in a rural area and be more than 35 miles from another hospital, or 15 miles from another hospital in mountainous terrain or areas with only secondary roads.last_img read more

On My Own

first_imgLast Thursday evening, I drove into Fayetteville, W.Va., to set up camp for the weekend. Still on the road to recovery after the head-cold-from-hell, I had finally regained enough energy to get out for a quick bike ride the day before. Even so, I wasn’t feeling 100%, which was terribly irritating given what the weekend lay in store.Gauley Fest, Craggin’ Classic, the New River Gorge SUP Race. Paddlers and climbers from near and far were, like me, flocking to Fayetteville at that very moment in anticipation of an epic weekend.IMG_9676And the weather looked epic too. Mid-60s and dry.“This is the first time I’ve ever seen a 0% chance of precipitation in the New,” I kept hearing in town.Climbers were stoked. Paddlers could really care less. They’d be getting wet anyway and really, what fun is a kayaking festival without a downpour?I could feel the adrenaline in the air as soon as I passed the green sign off the side of Rt. 19 denoting Fayetteville as “the coolest small town.” Adventure-mobiles of every type lined the streets, loaded down with boats and bikes and coolers and lawn chairs (my rig certainly felt in good company). Quality restaurants, locally made beer, good music, world-class rivers and rock. I’ve lived and guided in the New for a couple seasons before, so I may be a bit biased, but I’d say that “coolest small town” decree (made in 2006) hits the nail on the head. The people here, whether they’re first-time visitors or year-round residents, come for the mountains. It’s a fact – cool small towns attract really cool people.So why had it been such a struggle to get any of my friends to join me for the weekend?School. Marital obligations. Vacations. That head-cold-from-hell. It seemed everyone I asked had one excuse or another for why they couldn’t make it to West By God for the last weekend of summer.Herein lies the issue with traveling solo: people are flaky. The week had started out with the usual array of vague commitments – the “I’ll see you at the put-in” and “Let’s climb!” But by the time Friday morning rolled around, my last hope for a climbing partner fell through and I was left, alone, to begin picking up the scraps of what I thought was sure to be an awesome weekend.Gene and Maura Kistler, two of the brains behind Water Stone Outdoors and the nucleus of the local climbing community, very kindly let me set the Go up in their yard for the weekend (thank you!). If I could describe these two in three words, it’d have to be generous, selfless, and freakin’ awesome (okay that’s four). ** Warning: tangent. Bear with me.There are a few “scenes” in Fayetteville, the largest two probably being the climbing and paddling communities. They’re friends with each other, there are a few folks who cross over into both realms, but mostly, these two mico-villes have their own potlucks, and, per this weekend, their own events. I never got to know the Kistlers during the two summers I worked in the New River Gorge, but they’re the type of good people that make you feel like family the first time you meet. They were some of the original shaker-movers in town who moved to West Virginia in the early ’90s and saw the potential in Fayetteville. They are super-involved in everything, from planning committees, to green initiatives, jam circles, and community events.Consequently, they were up and at it early that Friday morning, busy with preparations for the Craggin’ Classic festivities. My friends in town were already at work in the restaurants or on the water. I was beginning to feel very much like everyone had something better going on…except me.I dutifully sat down at the Kistler’s kitchen table and began plugging away at writing, returning emails, making phone calls. Given the cloud of disappointment looming over my shoulder, I remained relatively productive until lunchtime when I could no longer ignore the turquoise-blue skies and warm sunshine. But what to do? I’d never had this problem before, finding a crew, especially in the New River Gorge where most everyone would rather play hooky than work.And then, as if the Universe had had enough of my moodiness, in walked Karen.IMG_9255“Hey! Want to go climbing?”What. I stared at her wide-eyed for a second, wondering if I had somehow hallucinated this apparition of a woman who just solved all the complaints I’d been whining about in my head. I’d never met her before, but she stood there smiling at me like we’d been friends for years. She told me she was in town from New York to visit her boyfriend Paul, the local AAC campground host and a stout-climbin, mandolin-playin fool. Unbeknownst to me, she had also been cranking out some paperwork and was ready to get outside and climb.“I’m meeting some friends at Bridge Buttress – you’re welcome to come,” she said, smiling brightly.I about leaped out of my chair. Things were starting to look up.IMG_9265IMG_9266IMG_9272Though I only ended up on a few top rope climbs, my earlier feelings of self-pity waned with every minute we spent at the crag. Perfect weather, new friends, and fun routes kept our little group occupied until the sun sank below the tree line. In the evening, we crowded underneath a tent and drank beer and looked at gear and listened to podcaster Chris Kalous interview local New River Gorge climbing legends Kenny Parker and Mikey Williams.I found myself enjoying, for once, the novelty of showing up to a niche-event solo. I sat there among the salty crew of climbers as they talked about the weather and their summer projects, drinking my Bridge Brew IPA and feeling no particular need to contribute my pathetic history of climbing (or, more appropriately, following and belaying). Instead, I was just happy to melt into the crowd and ride the vibe.And then I got the text. Two words.Upper. Gauley.While I certainly enjoy climbing, I’d rather be on the water. After stepping it up on a few runs this spring and summer, I’d decided that I wanted to check off a run down the Upper Gauley in a hard boat, something I had yet to do. I never thought it’d be feasible though, given that 1) this was the one weekend I’d likely be around for the release and 2) none of the people I paddled with regularly were in town. Like the climbing partner I’d quit searching for that morning, I’d also abandoned any notion that (heaven forbid) I might actually paddle the Upper Gauley during this year’s Gauley season.But there it was, falling straight in my lap, the chance to paddle the Upper Gauley. How could I say no?Immediately, my relaxing evening was over. A gnawing pang in my stomach that would grow to a raging nausea over the next 12 hours distracted me from the beer in my glass and I tossed the remaining half of it. It’s a familiar feeling to me, that nervous energy. Its side effects can often include (but are not limited to) loss of appetite, feigning physical illness, inventing prior commitments, and occasionally bailing. I’ve resorted to this once or twice before, particularly in the wintertime.But I’d been talking to everyone about running the Upper Gauley this year. I wanted to do this. I was ready for this. Right? Sure, I didn’t know the people I’d be paddling with, except for my WFA instructor Jason (!!), but they supposedly knew the lines. Plus, I thought to myself, I can read water and roll…what can go wrong?By 8 o’clock the next morning, that conviction was becoming harder to stand by. I packed up the camper and force-fed myself half of a peanut butter and honey sandwich. It was all I could do to swallow, but by the time we were at the put-in for the Upper, I was glad I’d managed to down something.In total, there were four of us in kayaks and a couple in a shredder. The parking lot was packed with kayakers, open boaters, rafters, shredders, river boarders. Paddling enthusiasts of every type were there. Crews of men were even wrestling creature crafts into truck beds. From the newbs (like me) to the Demshitz crowd, everyone was there for that little slice of whitewater heaven. As I slid into the water and took a few strokes, my uneasiness started to edge away.“Which rapid is this?” I asked Sarah, one of the kayakers in our group, shortly after we put on.“Dunno,” she said, smiling wide.Incredulously, I paddled silently beside her until I could no longer fake my fear. It returned, full force, and I floated to the rear of the pack to berate myself for making such a careless decision.What am I dong out here? I thought. What if these people are terrible kayakers? Would they help me if I got in trouble? Was I going to have to save them? But I don’t even know the lines!Panic set in. I scanned my brain in vain for the rapid descriptions I’d stared uselessly at the night before. Before fear could sink its teeth in too deep though, we were suddenly sitting above Insignificant. Jason gave me a little beta, something about a hole in the middle and some holes at the bottom to stay right or left of… I struggled to retain anything he said, but when he peeled out into the current, I followed suit and purposefully took one stroke after the next, downstream into the unknown.I hit that hole at the top, rolled, got off line (if I was ever on it) and proceeded to punch most every hole after that (I think they call that the hero line). Still, I made it, and I let out a “hell yeah” at the bottom eddy.In general, that was the theme of the day – nervously sitting above a rapid or scouting from the bank, vaguely hearing Jason describe his plan, crashing through the biggest waves and holes I’ve ever seen, then laughing hysterically at the bottom. In all, I had good lines with the exception of Pillow, in which I shot straight into the eddy above the Room of Doom, flipped against the wall, had my skirt implode, then swam with shame into the pool below. As if that embarrassment wasn’t enough, of course Eric Jackson himself would be the one to rescue my Mamba.“What happened man?” he said.“Skirt implosion,” I managed to stutter in between gasps for air.“Bummer,” he said before cartwheeling back out into the current.Screen Shot 2014-09-21 at 5.35.36 PMDCIM101GOPROBy the time I’d made it to Sweets Falls though, I couldn’t have cared less that my skirt imploded or if EJ thought I was a beater or how many friends bailed on me that weekend. Maybe it was because I was too exhausted to even lift a can of Devils Backbone to my lips, but I think that mainly, I was just high on life.Sure, sometimes it’s hard to roll into town without so much as a plan on where to sleep, but that’s when the adventure really starts. As I sat there among a group of people I’d just met that morning at the bottom of one of the most iconic rapids in the world, I couldn’t help but be proud of me. I could finally see that I was the one who made this moment happen. I felt very much in charge of my life, like I’d successfully grappled that fear of being alone by the horns and kicked it to the dirt. When I ditched my comfort zone and charged full steam ahead, I realized that I’m bolder, braver, and a little crazier than I give myself credit for. I saw, for the first time, that being on my own isn’t a hurdle and it’s certainly not a weakness. It’s an open door.IMG_9598###Check out these photos from the SUP race, which I did not participate in. Sunday was very much my recovery day. Great event, Mel!IMG_9307 IMG_9358 IMG_9350 IMG_9315IMG_9376IMG_9381IMG_9402 IMG_9398 IMG_9390last_img read more

Core is more: Innovation key to enhanced consumer experiences

first_imgDigital experiences are now woven into the fabric of our lives, including how we communicate, shop, travel and manage money. As consumers, we expect every interaction to be convenient, intuitive and easy. Because of these high expectations, businesses that create highly personalized, flexible customer experiences will stand out. In financial services, this requires an IT strategy and capabilities that are as agile and mobile as your customers.Keeping up with your customers and staying ahead of the competition means riding this digital wave. The pace isn’t slowing down. Financial institutions are tasked with responding to market trends faster, offering new products and delivering excellent service – continuously – to meet the accelerating pace of consumer expectations.Core banking technology is a key enabler of any financial institution’s strategy in this environment. For some time, we’ve been looking at the market differently because today’s reality makes core banking even more relevant and important. It’s more than just core – it’s the central connection point for introducing innovations both internally and to customers. Our commitment and investments in each of our core platforms are designed to strengthen value for clients, turning them into platforms for faster, less disruptive innovation through integration as part of larger enabling framework. continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Praise for Gov. Wolf’s Lead and Asbestos Proposals

first_img February 03, 2020 Press Release,  Public Health Advocacy Groups and legislators praised Governor Tom Wolf for his series of proposed 2020-21 budget items that would target lead and asbestos in schools, day cares, homes and public water systems. Combined, the five budget items will make available more than $1.1 billion in funding to remediate and remove lead and asbestos.“We have known for decades the danger posed by lead and asbestos,” said Gov. Wolf. “It’s past time to eliminate these toxins. My budget proposal will prevent Pennsylvanians from continuing to be exposed, making Pennsylvania a safer and healthier place to live, learn and work.”Thomas Parker, Superintendent, Allentown School District“Allentown School District applauds Gov. Wolf’s efforts to create a safer school environment for all students. Allentown, like many school districts in the Commonwealth, have buildings that are over 100 years old, and also have significant fiscal constraints. Without this support, we will continue to have limited ability to address critically needed facility concerns.”Missy McTiernan, Superintendent, Scranton School District“The Scranton School District was pleased to be represented at Governor Wolf’s press conference today regarding his plan to help support remediation of lead and asbestos in Pennsylvania schools. This proposal for financial support comes at a crucial time for the Scranton School District. The Scranton community thanks Governor Wolf for his continued support of public education.”Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia“We applaud @GovernorTomWolf on his plan to protect PA’s children and families from the environmental hazards of lead and asbestos that continue to exist in our schools and other community sites.”Dr. Jeffrey Martin, Chairman, Partnership for Public Health“Lead poisoning hurts hundreds of children in Lancaster County each year. Gov. Wolf’s budget proposal will actually save the state money in the long run by helping to eliminate this toxin and reducing the services that lead-impaired children need for the rest of their lives.”Perry Meadows, Medical Director of Government Programs, Geisinger Health Plan“I greatly appreciate and support Governor Wolf’s efforts to combat lead and asbestos in the Commonwealth. As a family physician, I have seen firsthand the effects of lead and asbestos on children, adults, and their families. The efforts to eradicate these toxic products from the schools is a start, but I am also happy to see the efforts include the home and water system. A comprehensive program, as outlined by Governor Wolf, will improve the health and quality of life of everyone in the Commonwealth.”Joyce A. Ravinskas, Program Manager, UPMC Pinnacle Lead Poisoning & Education Program“As a Registered Nurse, Healthy Home Specialist, PA Licensed Lead Risk Assessor, Lead Poisoning Prevention and Education Program (LPPEP) Director, and Lead and Healthy Homes Manager for UPMC Pinnacle for almost 20 years, I see the emotional and financial toll so many low- income, and even mid-income residents have suffered from unknowingly living among toxic lead and asbestos. As is well documented, elevated lead levels negatively affect a child’s mental developmental, emotional, physical and intellectual development.“I fully support the efforts of Governor Tom Wolf, Senator Vincent Hughes, Rep. Jason Dawkins, as well as numerous other legislators and advocates in support of these budget proposals as they seek external funding to support a program designed to significantly improve the quality of our schools, daycares, and homes.”Sen. Sharif Street“One step closer!! Proud to stand with Governor Tom Wolf and @SenatorHughes to announce a $1.2 billion commitment to clean up toxic schools and remediate lead and asbestos in Philly and across the Commonwealth! Secure the bag. #fundourfacilities #toxicschools”Rep. Marty Flynn“Thank you, Governor Wolf – for your foresight and insight regarding the needs of our constituents, the needs of our children, their families and our teachers and staff. The remediation program that you are outlining for our schools could not be more timely for the Scranton Area.”Rep. Angel Cruz“I am grateful that Governor Wolf is making lead abatement in our schools a priority. But the fact remains that lead poses a risk to people outside of school buildings. Lead endangers many people in their own homes, as infrastructure in places like Philadelphia County, where more than 70% of the housing stock was built before 1960, likely contains lead paint, and lead levels in some municipal drinking water poses a risk to the public.”Jim Kenney, Mayor, City of Philadelphia“These investments can no longer wait, and I sincerely appreciate Gov. Wolf’s leadership on this critical issue. He’s clearly heard and responded to our urgent call for more state support.“These investments are necessary to ensure kids across the Commonwealth have the safe, quality learning environments they deserve. Look forward to working with @GovernorTomWolf, the state legislature, and stakeholders to address this critical issue. #PHLed”Larry Krasner, District Attorney, Philadelphia“This is a hugely important & necessary investment in our kids – and the safe and strong communities every Philadelphian deserves.”Rich Askey, President, Pennsylvania State Education Association“PSEA believes that every student and every educator should be able to learn and work in a safe and healthy environment. We applaud Gov. Wolf for taking the lead on this issue and for his plan to remove lead and asbestos from Pennsylvania’s public schools.”Arthur Steinberg, President, AFT of Pennsylvania“Schools across the Commonwealth, urban, suburban, and rural, all face significant challenges as they relate to facilities’ needs. Lead and active, damaged asbestos are discovered near daily in school buildings from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia to Scranton.“We are grateful to Governor Wolf for heeding our call for financial resources to address the facilities crisis, and we look forward to working with members of the Pennsylvania House and Senate to ensure that schools in need are top priority when Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) money is granted.”Jerry Jordan, President, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers“Today’s announcement by Governor Wolf is a long-awaited and important step forward in our fight for facilities investments. The PFT has led the charge in advocating for substantive action to comprehensively address the humanitarian crisis that our educators and the students they teach are enduring each day… The Governor’s proposal to open RCAP applications to lead and asbestos remediation to the tune of $1 billion has enormous potential. I am extremely encouraged that the Governor is taking our voices seriously and has developed a plan to bring relief.”Edward Albert, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association for Rural and Small Schools“I want to thank Governor Wolf for his strong leadership on this issue, and for his bold proposal to address toxic contaminants in schools and child-care centers across Pennsylvania. As the Executive Director of PARSS, I know all too well that it is not only schools in urban centers that face these issues. Lead and asbestos contamination knows no zip code, and doesn’t discriminate based on location, class size, or demographic of children affected. Older facilities and infrastructure are now facing serious contamination issues, and our children and teachers are bearing the brunt. We have been waiting for government to act to help schools in rural communities, and the Governor’s proposal to address this issue is exactly the kind of deliberate action we need. I encourage the legislature to act to implement this plan so that we can quickly get relief to schools across the Commonwealth.”Deborah Gordon Klehr, Executive Director, Education Law Center“We applaud Gov. Wolf’s proposal to provide up to $1 billion in grants for lead and asbestos remediation in schools. Many school districts across the state have aging facilities that are still plagued with these toxins and simply do not have adequate resources to address these critical health concerns that pose significant harm to students, parents, teachers, and staff.”Donna Cooper, Executive Director, PCCY“A billion dollars to stop childhood lead poisoning sounds like a lot of money. But given the devastating scale and scope of the problem, it’s not. We applaud the Governor for stepping forward in a big way and ending a discussion of the sorts of proposals that seek to incrementally chip away at a problem that permanently harms and thwarts the life chances of thousands of children in the Commonwealth. Finally, thanks to Governor Wolf, we are discussing a proposal aimed at ending childhood lead poisoning that is getting close to the scale needed to solve this problem.”Dan Urevick-Ackelsberg, Staff Attorney, Public Interest Law Center“We know why school buildings pose clear and present dangers to children and educators: decades of underfunding across Pennsylvania. And, as with any generations-long problem, it cannot be patched over. It can only be solved with sustained, statewide investment. We applaud Governor Wolf’s effort and urge the state legislature to support it.”Patrick Dowd, Executive Director, Allies for Children“By seeking $1.1 billion to comprehensively address childhood lead exposure in schools, homes, public water systems and child care facilities, Governor Wolf is working towards primary prevention of lead poisoning for all Pennsylvania children. We believe a convening of Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Program grantees will set the stage for statewide collaboration and coordination, allowing jurisdictions to work collectively to tackle workforce challenges and other barriers to removing lead from homes. We applaud the Governor’s bold plan acknowledging both the critical urgency and large scale of this issue, as no child in the commonwealth is immune to the threat of lead exposure.”Conservation Voters of PA“We banned lead paint in 1978 because we knew it was poisoning kids. Even with that knowledge, this state did little to protect our children for 42 years. Governor Wolf’s investment will start to put those decades of injustice behind us and safeguard the next generation from the danger of lead poisoning.”David Masur, Director, PennEnvironment“Schools are places where our kids go to learn, become productive members of society, and build life-long friendships. Not places where the health of our kids may be put at risk from contaminants that cause cancer and learning disorders,” stated PennEnvironment Director David Masur. “We applaud Gov. Wolf for putting a bright spotlight on the issue of environmental health risks in our schools and putting forth this set of packages to start addressing this problem.” SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Praise for Gov. Wolf’s Lead and Asbestos Proposalslast_img read more