UTC: It’s All Part of the Adventure

first_imgIn the popular Pixar movie, Up, there is a memorable quote: “adventure is out there.” This spirit is shared by the community here at UT Chattanooga. When asked what word comes to mind when she thinks of UTC, one student said, “Family.” One aspect that makes us a family is our craving for experiencing new adventures that the world has to offer us. Here, at UT Chattanooga, we create an environment where students can become part of a family, and with the UTC Outdoors Program, this family can go on as many adventures as they want. Whether it’s falling from the atmosphere on our skydiving trip, or crawling through the labyrinth of cave systems that weave through the region, students at UTC can explore nature from the highest to the lowest possible places.However, nature is not the only thing they explore. I asked Joe Lindsay, a student and long-time participant of UTC Outdoors’ programs, what experiences he took away from our program. “Self-discovery,” he answered. Pushing yourself to do things you never thought you would be doing forces us as people to unearth who we really are and what we are capable of doing. I asked Joe why he kept coming back to the outdoor trips.He responded:I kept coming back to go on the trips because, not only did I get to venture into the great outdoors, but I also got to meet some great people along the way. We all shared stories and exchanged numbers for future trips.As a trip leader, I am able to experience watching students bond with each other while kayaking down a river and camping that night under the stars. The students involved with these trips are always ready and enthusiastic, no matter what the circumstances are. On one of our ski trips, a trip that requires students to be ready to leave by 5am, I could feel the surmounting excitement in the room despite the groggy eyes and mumbled speech. Even though we were half asleep, we were not going to turn down an adventure.06 mtn rogers girl w ponies 107 sea kayak grou p in waterDaniel Latto, a coworker and trip leader at UTC Outdoors, has voiced his passion for what he does and the experiences that come with it. As an experienced rock climber, Daniel gets to meet a plethora of students while they visit our popular rock wall. His first time as a leader was on one of the ski trips to Beech Mountain, N.C. Since then he has taken the challenge of creating his own trips to take students on. When asked what he thinks makes UTC’s outdoor program superior to others, Daniel said:I feel as though the UTC Outdoors program is superior to other programs due to the fact that we start out by hiring individuals who are enthusiastic and passionate about many outdoor activities, the program offers a wide variety of trips for the students, and we have all sorts of equipment for the students to rent to use in their own exploration.UTC Outdoors offers a multitude of equipment for our students to pick from. With a $50 deposit check, any student or ARC member can come in and choose whatever equipment they please. Our equipment includes tents, sleeping bags/pads, mountain bikes, whitewater kayaks (plus necessary gear), flatwater kayaks, SUP boards, and much more. As long as the student or member brings back all of the equipment the way it was rented out to them, they get their check back.This system makes our equipment rentals practically free, as we only keep the check should they damage or lose the equipment while it’s in their care. The amount of rentals each semester is certainly incredible, as is the number of trips and quality customer service has to offer.mountain-biking-2014-53However, none of this would be possible without Anna Muller, Coordinator of Outdoor Programming. Anna has been COP since August of 2009 and has been a huge benefit to the program. I inquired about Anna’s time with UTC Outdoors.RR: Why do you like working for the outdoor program?AM: I love teaching others how to be successful when participating to outdoor adventures and chose to take this position so I could lead others to be successful in their outdoor pursuits and share those experiences.RR: What has been your experience as director?AM: UTC has provided me with so many adventures. Working with UTC Outdoors, I have had opportunities to share my love of nature and outdoor sports with thousands of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. We have travelled all over the Southeast and across the country. Some of my favorite moments have been the ones in which I was able to share the outdoors with someone for their first time.Anna and her legendary staff have become the figureheads of the family that is UTC Outdoors. This family welcomes all and shuns none. We offer 20+ trips a semester and weekly clinics and events for the UTC community. Our program has certainly come a long way since its origin in the 1970s. We plan to continue growing and reach out to more who have a desire to explore the world around them as well as themselves. My closing question for Anna was what one word she would choose to describe the future of UTC Outdoors. She exuberantly responded with, “Adventure!” Our program motto for the last 6 years has been, ‘It’s all part of the adventure.’ And as we know, adventure is out there!– Randall Ramaswamylast_img read more

Westbury Woman Charged With Injuring Nursing Home Patient

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Westbury woman has been arrested for allegedly injuring a 92-year-old, wheelchair-bound Melville nursing home resident and then trying to cover up the wound two years ago.Claudia Desulme pleaded not guilty Wednesday at Suffolk County court to charges of falsifying business records, endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person and wilful violation of health laws.“Our healthcare workers have a basic duty to care for their patients, to keep them safe and not to injure them further,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.Prosecutors said the 32-year-old woman moved the resident—who suffered from dementia and who is dependent on others for care—from her wheelchair to her bed without the assistance of another staffer, as required by the resident’s care plan, at Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation on Dec. 18, 2012.The victim suffered a seven-centimeter-long laceration to her right leg. Desulme and another aide, who was not charged, allegedly bandaged the wound and failed to report the injury, authorities said. When questioned by nursing home staff, Desulme allegedly lied multiple times in an attempt to conceal her crimes, claiming that another aide helped with the transfer and that the patient was not injured, according to investigators.Judge Paul Hensley released her without bail. Desulme, who no longer works at the facility, faces up to four years in prison, if convicted.last_img read more

3 team-building ideas that make a better leader

first_imgOne sure way to become a better leader is to surround yourself with people who are smarter than you, think differently than you and challenge you. Before this can happen, we need to be the kind of leaders that understand that title alone doesn’t mean we have the right answer all the time.To set up this kind of environment, a leader must understand the value of a team and create the safe environment needed for opinions and ideas to be challenged. James Kerr, global chair of N2Growth, lists three ideas that leaders can adopt to shape these kinds of teams. His three ideas include:Be deliberate in building a team that provides a variety of perspectives and is rich in diversity of thought. Look to hire and promote people who think differently than you do. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Credit unions jump on the FI-FinTech collaboration train

first_img continue reading » One of the biggest ways FinTech firms have been able to gain a competitive edge on traditional banks, for small business (SMB) customers, is through relationship-building.Banks are shuttering their physical branch locations at the fastest pace in years, according to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). Small business financial services (FinServ) experts have warned that a lack of access to human bank representatives is harming SMB owners’ ability to not only obtain the bank products they need, but the advisory services they crave from their financial service providers. The implications of this can be significant.“For business owners, the absence of branches and the face-to-face relationships that go with them can complicate everything, from getting financing to depositing earnings to making payroll, and local economies can suffer as a result,” said Fortune in August, covering news that Chaseannounced plans to open 400 more bank branches to support SMBs affected by industry-wide branch closures.While exact data is sparse, credit unions (CUs) are often lumped into commentary about branch closures and their impact on small businesses. However, Trevor Dryer, co-founder and recently former CEO of small business lending technology firm Mirador, said that unlike large banks, credit unions often offer a more localized and personalized approach to servicing their small businesses. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Empowering the next generation to care about their financial futures

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr One of the things that credit unions do best is proving financial education to their members and community through initiatives and programs. It’s in the DNA of credit unions – literally, in the Operating Principles – and what help to differentiate them from other financial institutions.While we in the industry know how important it is for kids to receive lessons in personal finance, many aren’t receiving the knowledge and tools they need to become successful adults. The teaching of money basics in schools isn’t currently a nationwide effort, something a growing number of recent graduates wishes would have been the case.Only 16.4 percent of U.S. high school students are required to take a personal finance course, leaving a huge gap in the number of high schoolers in America who are not receiving the valuable, real-life financial education that they need after graduation.Enter Biz Kid$. Biz Kid$ is a national financial education initiative that engages young people to help them develop life skills in the areas of financial education and entrepreneurship. The initiative includes an Emmy award-winning television series, free classroom curriculum, outreach activities, and a website targeting kids 9 – 16 years old. It is the first national public television series promoting financial education for elementary through high school students and was created by the same team that produced “Bill Nye the Science Guy”. continue reading »last_img read more

City of Oneonta to livestream public meeting next week

first_imgONEONTA, N.Y. (WBNG) — The City of Oneonta has released a schedule for public meetings during the week of April 20. The city says that the meetings listed above have been canceled or altered due to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order.  Several meetings for the week of April 20 have been canceled, but the City of Oneonta will be holding a meeting online that people can attend. Tuesday, April 21 – Common Council – 7:00 p.m. Available for livestream at www.youtube.com/cityofoneonta or by using these call-in details:Phone Number: 1(646) 558-8658Meeting ID: 821 5270 3563Meeting Audio PIN: N/A, simply enter # againMeeting password: 487206#Wednesday, April 22 – Civil Service Commission – CANCELLEDThursday, April 23 – Board of Examining Plumbers – CANCELEDThursday, April 23 – Commission on Community Relations and Human Rightscenter_img The schedule and cancellations are as follows: For more information go to the Oneonta City Clerk’s website.last_img read more

From his backyard to Dodger Stadium, Justin Topa reflects on 2020 season

first_imgFor now, Topa is looking toward the 2021 season and solidifying his role as a MLB pitcher for years to come. Fast forward seven months and the season ended with Topa on the mound at Dodger Stadium, pitching in the team’s biggest game of the season. “Besides the COVID stuff and the testing everyday and all that, just being around the team and having that opportunity to get on a playoff roster and make an impact hopefully just propels into next year,” he said. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – When the 2020 Major League Baseball season began in July, Justin Topa had not been invited to the Milwaukee Brewers alternate site. “It was something that was huge for my career for sure to get that opportunity to prove what I can do and that I can pitch in the big leagues and get guys out,” he said. Since the season ended last week, Topa said he hasn’t completely soaked in what he was able to accomplish this season. “Right now it’s recharge the batteries, get into offseason mode and keep working hard,” he said. “With that lineup, I was a little starstruck to see those guys, especially (Clayton) Kershaw throwing game two and guys like (Cody) Bellinger and Justin Turner,” said Topa. center_img “It’s been crazy to go on Twitter and see a bunch of people posting and just all the love and support to this point has been unbelievable,” he said. In game one of the Wild Card Series with the Brewers trailing by one run, the Chenango Valley graduate pitched two shutout innings to keep his team in the game. Through it all, Topa’s especially thankful for the supporters who have been in his corner since day one. “To go to the playoffs and play a team like the Dodgers, you couldn’t write it any better,” said Topa. In a season he wasn’t projected to be on the team, Topa became one of the Brewers most reliable relievers. The right handed pitcher finished the season with a 2.35 era. Topa’s performance caught the eye of baseball fans who may not have known his name beforehand. last_img read more

Pharma giant Sanofi charged with manslaughter in birth defects case

first_imgBut research found that when pregnant women took the drug, their children had an elevated risk — between 10 to 40 percent — of congenital malformations, autism and learning difficulties.Sanofi is facing separate charges of aggravated fraud and unintentionally causing injury in 42 cases filed by families, but insists it had warned health authorities of the drug’s risks already in the 1980s.On Monday, the company confirmed a report in Le Monde newspaper that prosecutors have now also charged it with manslaughter.But in a statement sent to AFP it insisted it had “fulfilled its obligation” of providing information on the drug and its side-effects, and said it “contests the validity of these proceedings.” French prosecutors have indicted pharma giant Sanofi for manslaughter over birth defects linked to an epilepsy drug, the company said Monday, in a long-running case that has also seen it charged with fraud.The charges relate to the drug valproate, marketed as Depakine among other trade names, which studies say has caused disabilities in about 15,000-30,000 children whose mothers took the medicine while pregnant.On the market since 1967, the drug is used to treat epilepsy, migraines and bipolar disorder. Sanofi said it has filed a legal challenge to the indictment.Under the French legal system, charges do not automatically result in a trial as prosecutors can decide not to proceed based on a lack of evidence.Last month, a French court ordered the state to pay thousands of euros in damages over the scandal, saying officials should have ensured the drug was not taken by pregnant women.The court found that health officials knew about the risk of birth defects from Depakine already in 1983, and of learning disabilities and autism from 2004.Another 500 complaints have been lodged with France’s national compensation agency for medical accidents, which has already proposed a 6.5-million-euro ($7.6-million) package for Depakine victims.Sanofi, a France-based multinational, is working on a candidate vaccine against the novel coronavirus with Britain’s GSK, for which it will receive up to $2.1 billion from the US government.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Gary Neville compares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal legend Thierry Henry after Everton strike

first_img Comment Advertisement Richarlison equalised for Everton on the stroke of half-time (Picture: Getty)Former France international Henry became Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer with 228 goals in 376 appearances.Gunners captain Aubameyang, 30, has now scored 18 goals in 30 games this season.Arsenal’s win over Everton sees them move above Burnley into ninth in the Premier League.MORE: Arsene Wenger rates Liverpool’s chances of eclipsing Arsenal’s unbeaten recordMORE: Arsene Wenger rates Arsenal’s top-four chances under Mikel Arteta Metro Sport ReporterSunday 23 Feb 2020 5:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7kShares Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was on target for Arsenal against Everton (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville compared Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal legend Thierry Henry after he scored against Everton on Sunday.Mikel Arteta’s side came into the Premier League fixture in good form but found themselves behind after just 49 seconds when Dominic Calvert-Lewin produced a superb overhead kick.Eddie Nketiah levelled for Arsenal midway through the first half and Aubameyang put the hosts in front just six minutes later.The Gabon international latched on to a through ball from David Luiz before slotting a shot past Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford at the Emirates.ADVERTISEMENT#️⃣1⃣4⃣ – “This is Thierry Henry, everything about it!” David Luiz unleashes Aubameyang who does the rest! 🔥📺 Watch on Sky Sports Premier League📱 Follow #ARSEVE here: https://t.co/0jjlZtWf76📲 Download the @SkySports app! pic.twitter.com/YugBxbEq3p— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 23, 2020Reacting to the goal, Manchester United hero Gary Neville told Sky Sports: ‘This is Thierry Henry, everything about it.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘As he went through on goal you just imagined the great French striker sprinting down on goal, setting it out to that far post and scoring.‘It’s Aubameyang now, wonderful. He’s got so much pace and he times the run well.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe goal also drew comparisons with Henry from former England defender Matthew Upson, who told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘Great composure from Aubameyang but David Luiz – there are not many better centre-backs who can step out like that.‘This is exactly what he is good at. But I have to say Sidibe has been done a couple of times and he has absolutely had him on toast. Aubameyang is very calm, very Henry-esque.’Arsenal were pegged back on the stroke of half-time, with Richarlison putting Everton level with a scruffy goal.But Aubameyang scored his second and Arsenal’s third of the afternoon immediately after the break and the home side held on to secure the three points. Gary Neville compares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal legend Thierry Henry after Everton strikelast_img read more

Staggering profit in nine months

first_img Big spenders look to Queensland The home when it was last listed for sale. Pictures: realestate.com.au (First National Real Estate Cleveland)Mr Juresic said the new owner intended to do some work on the property before moving in.The lowset home is on the beachfront at Raby Bay. It is on 748sq m of land. It has five metre high ceilings in the main living room, a lagoon-style swimming pool and Balinese style gazebo.The main bedroom has water views.In the kitchen are Caesar stone bench tops and an American oak island bar. An aerial of the big selling property at 6 Sentinel Court Raby Bay. Supplied NGU Real EstateA BRISBANE man has made a staggering profit on a home he bought just nine months ago — and he didn’t have to do a thing to it.A very keen buyer paid $850,000 more than the owner had paid in January for a waterfront home in Raby Bay that wasn’t on the market.The previous owner, which CoreLogic revealed was businessman Damien Scully, had bought the four-bedroom home at 6 Sentinel Court, Raby Bay, on January 19 for $2.7 million. The now former owner only settled on the property in January this year. Pictures: realestate.com.au (First National Real Estate Cleveland)There is French Oak timber flooring throughout and an atrium with a fishpond.The popular street has racked up a significant number of multimillion-dollar deals in recent years. Just a couple of weeks ago developers Chris and Virginia Anderson sold their property at 8 Sentinel Court for $5.25 million. It has just sold for $3.55 million. Emil Juresic of NGU Real Estate, who negotiated the latest sale said he knew the owner had been keen on something on a larger block of land.Mr Scully was prepared to sell quickly if the right offer came up and if he was able to find a property on a bigger block — which he had, according to Mr Juresic.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoThe agent’s colleague Yan Wang introduced the buyer to the home and negotiations started on the deal about five weeks ago. The $3.55 million deal settled Monday afternoon.center_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 Pictures of the home taken when it was listed through First National Real Estate in 2017. Picture: realestate.com.au Coal veteran’s luxury homes on the marketlast_img read more