Former Ivy Tech President Receives $1M Retirement Payout

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Former Ivy Tech President Receives $1M Retirement PayoutPublished In Associated Press and the Indianapolis Business Journal October 2, 2017  The former president of Indiana’s community college system received a retirement payout worth more than $1 million despite the university’s struggle with budget cuts. Tom Snyder retired as president of Ivy Tech Community College in June 2016 after almost 10 years at the helm, the South Bend Tribune reported .He reached a separation and general release agreement with the college’s board of trustees about two weeks later. The college agreed to pay Snyder the lump sum severance amount, minus what the college contributes toward his retirement plan.College officials said the payout includes salary for 2016-2018, deferred compensation, vacation and sick pay payout, and taxable vehicle and personal use funds.The college’s payments to Snyder ended in 2016 and he isn’t receiving compensation from the college in 2017, college officials added. Snyder’s retirement came at a time when the community college system’s enrollment had dropped by 25 percent over three years, to about 91,000 students. The university laid off employees and left positions unfilled in response to the loss of revenue.Legislators put Ivy Tech construction plans on hold in 2015. They ordered the Indiana Commission for Higher Education to review and restructure the college’s programs that had low graduation rates.The payout wasn’t revealed at the time of Snyder’s retirement. The newspaper requested the details of the payment through a public records request.The college has made similar settlement agreements with other employees. In the past year, the college’s north central region settled for $30,000 and nearly $40,000 with at least two former administrators. The settlement agreement requires the employees not to sue the college.The board considered more than 30 candidates and unanimously elected former Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann to be the college’s next president. She signed an initial three-year contract and earns about $300,000 a year.last_img read more

West Cornwall Pasty Co sets out 2009 expansion

first_imgThe West Cornwall Pasty Co is to open a further 15 outlets in the next 12 months, as well as refurbishing 25 of its existing shops.The firm now has 57 company-owned shops across the UK, from Brighton to Glasgow, and is hoping to grow the brand to make it “more nationally recognised”.David Howarth, commercial director, said the refurbishment won’t just mean a lick of paint. The company is to change the layout of the shop to create more space and seating for customers. “It will enable us to cater for our customers and, hopefully, enjoy a higher turnover in those shops,” said Howarth.In terms of the new shop locations, he said the company “probably won’t go further north than the M62 corridor”, due to the feasibility of distribution. Howarth explained that next year’s budget was in place, and the company had the funding available for the new shops and refurbishment project.In October last year, the firm moved to a new HQ, based down the road from its existing one in Long Crendon, near Oxford. “It has given us two-and-a-half times more storage, office and freezer space and a base for growth,” said Howarth.The company recently introduced new products to the menu, including a salmon pasty, and has changed its traditional steak and ale pasty to a steak and St Austell Ale pasty, using St Austell Tribute Ale. “We’ve also tried to enhance our breakfast offe-ring and we’re now doing a Cumberland sausage roll, as well as chunky baked potato wedges,” explained Howarth.l In British Baker’s recently published Top 50 Bakery Retailers table (16 January issue), West Cornwall Pasty Co were incorrectly listed as being in 28th place with 35 shops. However, the company currently has 57 shops.last_img read more

Ten Reasons Why Buying Concert Tickets Is Money Well Spent

first_imgThere are two types of concert-goers. There are the occasional ticket-buyers, who see music every once in a while, but otherwise have an excuse not to because they “can’t afford it” or “don’t have time,” and there’s the full-on music addict, who takes every chance they get to go see live music. Whether it’s an up-and-coming band or one that’s already established and well-favored, the avid music lover always chooses to go see live music over anything – and everything – else. There are several reasons as to why people are making this into a more conscious decision, but here are ten of them:10. If you go see live music, you have a completely organic experience that nothing else can compare to.By definition, live music presents an opportunity for both musicians and fans to engage in an intimate experience that is intrinsically different each time. The music itself is a direct result of the mutual environment between the artists and their crowd, the energy they share, and the various influences within the atmosphere. Every venue, every promoter, every band, every fanbase is completely different, and with every possible combination of these elements comes an inherently different outcome. The difference, though, with music, is that it holds an entertainment value that consumes you in a way that no other art can.9. Unlike drugs, music gives you a natural high.Music has a direct effect on our hormones; it can even be considered a natural antidepressant. This is because your reaction to certain songs can cause the release of serotonin and dopamine (neurotransmitters) in the brain that lead to increased feelings of happiness and well-being. It also releases norepinephrine, which is a hormone that invokes feelings of euphoria. Feelings of happiness and pleasure are intrinsically related to listening to music, as well as they are stimulated by physical exercise, mind-altering drugs, sex, among other activities. The only difference being that unlike the consumption of these other activities, music consumes you and has the ability to drastically change your current state in a shared experience.8. Music biologically changes the way you feel.This is why we choose to listen to certain types of music based on the emotion we want to manifest. Our emotions become direct results of rhythm and tone in the music of the present moment. With the heart synced to the rhythms pulsating through our eardrums, it is no wonder we become sad when listening to slower, more depressing songs; or the opposite, as we become overjoyed by feelings of excitement and energy when listening to more upbeat, positively stimulating songs. This is because our hearts and our brains are connected (though at times they may seem inappropriately disconnected!).How Music Can Be Used To Influence Different Mood Goals7. Music brings strangers from all corners of the map together.Music is the only universal language. On a cultural level, it captivates people unlike any other vocal or body languages. On a social level, it promotes bonding in an environment otherwise unattainable. It is less likely to walk into a random bar and meet a like-minded individual than it is to meet someone at a concert you both chose to attend. However, it is possible to meet a like-minded person in a musical environment anywhere across the world, so long as you both march to the beat of the same drum.6. Music brings friends and families together to create memories that are invaluable.Every night of music is another night of building history, so it’s best to have your crew there along with you. You can’t make every show, but you can make the best of the ones you do make. The chances of remembering the concert experience is much greater than spending these times together while staying at home, going about automatic existences, or engaging in monotonous activity. The memories created at a concert are there to last forever, as they are completely unique to the surrounding once-in-a-lifetime influences of which you chose to engage in.Dad, Please Never Stop Going To Music Festivals: An Open Letter5. Nothing else matters when you’re at a concert.Everyone has responsibilities at home. One of the best things about live music is that none of those responsibilities matter while you’re there. No one is thinking about paying bills or scheduling doctors appointments, or what to get their boss for the holidays when they are surrounded by hundreds or thousands of like-minded individuals gallivanting in the midst of a musical dream. Unlike most other activities on a day-to-day basis, attending a concert is something you choose to do, so it’s worth making the best of it and letting the distractions of your surroundings consume you for just those few hours.Why We Make More Friends And Feel Less Pain At Concerts4. By attending live music, you’re supporting local businesses.Venues don’t run unless people buy tickets to shows; talent-buyers don’t buy talent unless people buy tickets to shows; bands don’t play unless people buy tickets to shows. It’s a cycle, trickling all the way down to the bartender, where one can’t exist without the other. No matter what the case, you should always be willing to buy a ticket. The money trickles through the hands of many people who stick their heads out of their own zone to make sure things run smoothly for all involved. Every booking is a risk, so be sure to support all risk-takers in the game. Not only that, become a risk taker and go see more live music.3. By buying a ticket, you’re supporting future music.Things aren’t how they used to be. Record sales don’t mean anything anymore, not that people buy physical music anyway. Even download services are about to go extinct. Since streaming services don’t provide any real monetary value, live music is the only way for bands to survive. By performing concerts, bands are able to 1) earn money to support future tours and music-making, 2) get more fans who will pay to support future tours and music-making, and 3) satisfy talent-buyers who will choose to support future tours and music-making. It’s a symbiotic relationship; when one element goes down, everything goes down with it.2. Your money is better spent supporting live music than it is engaging in most other activities.Because of the above-mentioned reasons, it is only natural to believe that making the decision to go see live music is of the best decisions one can make. Despite the invariable assumptions some might have about the different types of behavior that goes on in these live music settings, it’s about how you choose to spend your time. Your choice, your experience. Make it right!1. You can always afford a new life experience.By attending a concert, you are accepting the reigns of opportunity that will ultimately lead to a new experience. Whether it is a song that strikes a chord, a lesson that you learn along the way, or a person that walks through the door, the atmospheric conditions of this concert experience will inevitably enhance the evolution of this matter to a place where no other experience is able to take you. You have a plot, a narrative, and a setting that’s completely unique to your passion; take advantage of all of that.Take Away Message: You will never regret any of it.Even when things go wrong, they go right. Every negative turns to a positive. Every moment becomes the best possible moment. The values of these clichés are indescribably important. Honestly, it is the acceptance of life and it’s disguising ways that will make it all clear. That $10-$100 you spent on a ticket will come right back to your pocket, and you won’t have even noticed it gone. It is never the music you will regret, but it is the music that you missed (and the reason you missed it) that’ll keep you tugging at the strings of your own past’s decision-making. Stay motivated, be uplifted, let the music take you to places you never knew before. Most importantly, though, please thee and have no regrets!last_img read more

Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews, & More Perform “Hand in Hand” Hurricane Benefit Telethon

first_imgLast night, the Hand in Hand telethon aired to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, raising $44 million according to ABC News. The one-and-only Stevie Wonder opened the show with a touching version of “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers. “Anyone who believes that there is no such thing as global warming must be blind or unintelligent,” Stevie Wonder said before he took to the piano, backed by a full gospel choir. Uplifting the energy of the song to a new dimension, “Lean On Me” served as the perfect tone-setter for the evening. Additionally, Dave Matthews performed “Mercy” on the telethon. The event also featured performances from Usher and Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, George Strait, and more. Beyoncé, George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Drake, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Travis Scott, and Leonardo DiCaprio also appeared in support.Proceeds of the Hand In Hand benefit will go to: Rebuild Texas Fund, ASPCA, Best Friends, Direct Relief, Feeding Texas, Feeding Florida, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children and United Way. You can see performances from Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews, and more below:last_img read more

Three CfA researchers share in $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

first_imgHarvard researchers Robert Kirshner, Christopher Stubbs, and Peter Challis have been named co-recipients of the $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for their role in the 1998 discovery of dark energy and the accelerated expansion of the universe. This discovery fundamentally changed our understanding of the universe and resulted in a Nobel Prize in Physics for this work.“We were astonished to find the universe was speeding up. Many wise people thought we’d find it was slowing down. This prize recognizes what a breakthrough that observation was. Nature gets the last word,” said Kirshner.The honor is being shared between the 51 scientists who are members of the two teams that simultaneously discovered dark energy. Kirshner, Stubbs, and Challis were members of the High-z Supernova Search Team, which was led by Adam G. Riess and Brian P. Schmidt.Eleven of the 19 members of the High-z Supernova Search Term are or previously were affiliated with Harvard University. Both Riess and Schmidt were graduate students under Robert Kirshner, and the Nobel Prize-winning discovery of dark energy grew out of the work they did as graduate students. The members of the High-z Team also shared in the Gruber Prize for Cosmology in 2007.The second team, the Supernova Cosmology Project, was headed up by Saul Perlmutter, who studied at Harvard as an undergraduate before joining the University of California at Berkeley.Robert Kirshner is Clowes Professor of Science at Harvard University and author of The Extravagant Universe: Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Cosmos. Christopher Stubbs is Samuel C. Moncher Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Harvard University. Peter Challis is a technical specialist and project manager at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). Read Full Storylast_img read more

1 in 5 deaths caused by fossil fuel emissions

first_imgMore than 8 million people died in 2018 from fossil fuel pollution, significantly higher than previous research suggested, according to new research from Harvard University, in collaboration with the University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, and University College London. Researchers estimated that exposure to particulate matter from fossil fuel emissions accounted for 18 percent of total global deaths in 2018  — a little less than 1 out of 5.Regions with the highest concentrations of fossil fuel-related air pollution — including Eastern North America, Europe, and South-East Asia — have the highest rates of mortality, according to the study published in the journal Environmental Research.The study greatly increases estimates of the numbers killed by air pollution. The most recent Global Burden of Disease Study, the largest and most comprehensive study on the causes of global mortality, put the total number of global deaths from all outdoor airborne particulate matter — including dust and smoke from wildfires and agricultural burns — at 4.2 million.The findings underscore the detrimental impact of fossil fuels on global health.How did the researchers arrive at such a high number of fossil-fuel-caused deaths?Previous research relied on satellite and surface observations to estimate the average global annual concentrations of airborne particulate matter, known as PM2.5. The problem is, satellite and surface observations can’t tell the difference between particles from fossil fuel emissions and those from dust, wildfire smoke or other sources.“With satellite data, you’re seeing only pieces of the puzzle,” said Loretta J. Mickley, senior research fellow in chemistry-climate interactions at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and co-author of the study. “It is challenging for satellites to distinguish between types of particles, and there can be gaps in the data.”To overcome this challenge, the Harvard researchers turned to GEOS-Chem, a global 3D model of atmospheric chemistry led at SEAS by Daniel Jacob, the Vasco McCoy Family Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Engineering. Previous studies have used GEOS-Chem to model the health impacts of particulate matter, and its results have been validated against surface, aircraft, and space-based observations around the world. “We can’t in good conscience continue to rely on fossil fuels, when we know that there are such severe effects on health and viable, cleaner alternatives.” — Eloise Marais, University College London For a global model, GEOS-Chem has high spatial resolution, meaning the researchers could divide the globe into a grid with boxes as small as 50 km x 60 km and look at pollution levels in each box individually.“Rather than rely on averages spread across large regions, we wanted to map where the pollution is and where people live, so we could know more exactly what people are breathing,” said Karn Vohra, a graduate student at University of Birmingham and first author of the study. Vohra is advised by co-author Eloise Marais, a former postdoctoral fellow at Harvard, now associate professor in the Department of Geography at UCL.To model PM2.5 generated by fossil fuel combustion, the researchers plugged into GEOS-Chem estimates of emissions from multiple sectors, including power, industry, ships, aircraft and ground transportation and simulated detailed oxidant-aerosol chemistry driven by meteorology from the NASA Global Modeling and Assimilation Office. The researchers used emission and meteorology data primarily from 2012 because it was a year not influenced by El Niño, which can worsen or ameliorate air pollution, depending on the region. The researchers updated the data to reflect the significant change in fossil fuel emissions from China, which fell by about half between 2012 and 2018.“While emission rates are dynamic, increasing with industrial development or decreasing with successful air quality policies, China’s air quality changes from 2012 to 2018 are the most dramatic because population and air pollution there are both large,” said Marais. “Similar cuts in other countries during that time period would not have had as large an impact on the global mortality number.”The combination of 2012 and 2018 data from China gave the researchers a clearer picture of global fossil fuel emission rates in 2018.Once they had the concentration of outdoor fossil-fuel PM2.5, the researchers needed to figure out how those levels impacted human health.  While it’s been known for decades that airborne particles are a danger to public health, there have been few epidemiological studies to quantify the health impacts at very high levels of exposure such as those found in China or India. Previous research converted health risks of indoor second-hand smoke exposures to estimate the risks of outdoor PM2.5 at these high levels. However, recent studies from Asia found that this approach substantially underestimates the risk at high concentrations of outdoor air pollution.Co-authors Alina Vodonos and Joel Schwartz, Professor of Environmental Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH), developed a new risk assessment model that linked the concentration levels of particulates from fossil fuel emissions to health outcomes.This new model found a higher mortality rate for long-term exposure to fossil fuel emissions, including at lower concentrations.“Often, when we discuss the dangers of fossil fuel combustion, it’s in the context of CO2 and climate change and overlook the potential health impact of the pollutants co-emitted with greenhouse gases,” said Schwartz. “We hope that by quantifying the health consequences of fossil fuel combustion, we can send a clear message to policymakers and stakeholders of the benefits of a transition to alternative energy sources.”The research underscores the importance of policy decisions, said Vohra.The researchers estimated that China’s decision to cut its fossil fuels emissions nearly in half saved 2.4 million lives worldwide, including 1.5 million lives in China, in 2018.“Our study adds to the mounting evidence that air pollution from ongoing dependence on fossil fuels is detrimental to global health,” said Marais. “We can’t in good conscience continue to rely on fossil fuels, when we know that there are such severe effects on health and viable, cleaner alternatives.”This research was supported by the Wallace Global Fund, the Environment and Health Fund (EHF) Israel, The Environmental Protection Agency, and University of Birmingham Global Challenges PhD studentship.last_img read more

Creator of RI’s beloved Big Blue Bug landmark dies at 88

first_imgPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The creator of the Rhode Island landmark, the Big Blue Bug, which advertises a local pest control business on Interstate 95 in Providence, has died. The Providence Journal reports that George Cardono died Tuesday at the age of 88. The idea for the beloved termite came from Big Blue Bug founder Leonard Goldman, his son Stephan and “their outside advertising man” Cardono. That is according to a 2012 Providence Journal column by Mark Patinkin. Cardono, an artist with a Rhode Island School of Design background, studied termites under a microscope to create the advertisement. He went on to found advertising agencies in Providence and New York and had a long career in different fields.last_img read more

As Virus Surges, Northeast Governors To Mull Next Steps

first_imgNew York State Governor Andrew Cuomo wearing a mask. File image by Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Photo date: 06/24/20.ALBANY (AP) — Six northeast U.S. governors are having an “emergency summit” on COVID-19 this weekend as the virus continues to spread throughout the region, New York Gov Andrew Cuomo said Friday.Cuomo said the group will discuss potential coordination of restrictions on restaurants and bars, as well as interstate travel and quarantine rules. Several states have passed new restrictions this week, including New York’s 10 p.m. curfew for bars and restaurants and a ban on gatherings over 10 people in private residences.“We believe we’re going to have to be taking additional steps,” Cuomo said, though he said he doesn’t expect any major changes to existing rules over the weekend.Cuomo said he expects infection rates will keep increasing in New York and nationwide as the holiday season begins. New York has reported more than 45,700 new coronavirus cases in the past 14 days. The state is reporting an average of 4,163 new cases per day over the past seven days. That’s nearly double the rate 11 days ago and quadruple where things stood at the end of September.“You cannot take this rate of increase and survive pending the arrival of a vaccine,” Cuomo said. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Obviously the masks, social distancing, & plexiglass are working….But this virus is SO smart.. It knows not to come out before 10 pm, it mainly affects small businesses, and family gatherings.It DOESN’T affect corporations … like Wegmans, Walmart, Home Depot, McDonald’s…..(even tho their parking lots are packed)We must do as we’re told and live in our bubbles inside our homes…FOREVERMaybe when Cuomo meets with the 5 governors again (as he did in the beginning of January, don’t forget) they will come up with a NEW Nursing Home plan to save us all. Hail King Cuomo….last_img read more

Your Southern Garden

Annual beds, okra seed germination and smilax control headline “Your Southern Garden” with Walter Reeves May 15 at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Georgia Public Broadcasting.Learn to properly install an annual flower bed, start to finish, from University of Florida horticulturist Tom Wichman. Then, show host Walter Reeves will reveal results of his experiment to germinate okra seeds in bleach. Nursery owner Nancy McDonald will introduce viewers to improved versions of traditional houseplants. No one smiles when smilax, a terribly thorny vine, shows up in the garden. Reeves will take an up close look at the huge root system that makes this garden invader hard to control. “Your Southern Garden,” produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and University of Florida IFAS Extension, is a one-of-a-kind program specifically for the Southeast. The program is made possible by underwriter support from Scotts Miracle-Gro and sponsorship from McCorkle Nurseries. read more

Exploring The Foundation’s biggest events over 35 years with Gigi Hyland (Part 2)

first_imgAs promised, here is part 2 of our lively chat with The Foundation’s Executive Director Gigi Hyland on the organization’s 35th anniversary. In this discussion we cover some of its most significant events/efforts/campaigns that have benefited the credit union industry. Relief efforts such as the Oklahoma City Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing in 1995, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the launching of CUAid.coop in 2006, etc. We also looked at The Foundation’s support of BizKid$, CU4Reality, Financial Fitness Day, and more. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more