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Undocumented Saint Mary’s student speaks out

first_imgFor at least the last five years, Saint Mary’s College President Carol Ann Mooney adopted a policy of admitting and enrolling undocumented students, Vice President for Enrollment Management Mona Bowe said. “Saint Mary’s College does not discriminate on the basis of country of origin, so if a student meets the academic requirements for admission, she would be admitted to the College,” Bowe said. “We believe it is in keeping with Catholic social justice teaching and legacy of the Sisters of Holy Cross that Saint Mary’s admits undocumented students.” A student’s status as undocumented would be confidential information and is protected under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Bowe said.  “A student’s status as undocumented is confidential,” Bowe said. “However, some students might self-identify as undocumented. This may be to share her story with the College population and/or the media as a way to show the human side of the immigration issue. This would be her decision.” For junior Dara Marquez, a chemical engineering major, the decision to reveal her status as an undocumented immigrant on campus has allowed her to grow both academically and spiritually. Marquez, originally from Mexico but now hailing from Elkhart, Ind., is now protected under “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA), a program unveiled by President Obama in 2012 giving young undocumented immigrants the right to remain here legally and work for at least two years, provided they are qualified applicants. “Right now I have DACA status,” Marquez said. “Meaning, I have temporary legal status in the United States and have received a temporary social security number to work. Immigration knows I am here, so now I can talk about my status without fear.” She said she attained DACA status while attending Saint Mary’s but was admitted and enrolled as an undocumented student.  “Saint Mary’s was really a blessing in disguise for me,” Marquez said. “I didn’t think I would be able to come here because of the cost. I was originally planning on going to a state school because they tend to be cheaper, but with law changes my senior year of high school, public universities were getting more expensive for undocumented students and an administrator at my high school put Saint Mary’s on my radar.”  When she first came to Saint Mary’s, Marquez said she was scared to admit her status as an undocumented immigrant to her admissions counselor. She said she is thankful she can discuss her status with College administrators, and for the financial assistance offered to her by the College. “When my admissions counselor called about whether I was planning on enrolling or not, I had to tell her about my situation, including the financial situation of my undocumented family,” Marquez said. “I will always remember her saying on the phone, ‘Nothing is impossible. We will make it work.’ And they did. They were very helpful in finding me scholarships and other types of aid not related to the government.” Bowe said undocumented students are not eligible for federal or state government aid, though no government regulations forbid private funding. As a private institution, Saint Mary’s is free to determine independently how to distribute its financial aid.  “Saint Mary’s awards financial aid for all students based on the student’s individual financial need and/or academic merit, under one single policy,” Bowe said. “Awarding less aid to one student does not mean additional aid for a different student, therefore, awarding aid to undocumented students does not take Saint Mary’s dollars away from other students.” Being a part of an undocumented family means the family does not enjoy a stable income, Marquez said. It can be difficult to know your parents have a job today but may not have one tomorrow, she said. “Right now, I tell myself my parents are physically working every day for my education and I am working mentally,” Marquez said. “Mentally, so one day I can say both my parents and I have worked hard enough for me to get my diploma and find a job that will not only support my family, but also one I am passionate about.”  Marquez said she is grateful that her Saint Mary’s education gave her the resources and opportunities to choose her own future.  “My dad came to the United States first, and my mom and I immigrated one year later,” Marquez said. “My mom and I were separated for three months and when she got to Indiana I could not wait to show her our fridge full of the different soda pop flavors. Unlike in Mexico, she could choose from a variety of flavors. All I want is for my family to be able to choose again — to have the resources to choose a sustainable life.”  Marquez said the campus community has overwhelmingly embraced her, even though she is an undocumented immigrant.  “I have never felt afraid to reveal my status on this campus,” Marquez said. “It is a very welcoming community, and different departments like Campus Ministry and the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership have made it a point to have panels and other types of dialogue about immigration as an issue. This has allowed students to put a human face to the issue and I believe is one of the main reasons I have felt so welcomed into this community.”  Marquez maintains a high profile on campus because she is a staunch advocate of immigration reform. Several Saint Mary’s alumnae also have fought actively for the increased rights of undocumented immigrants. Melody Alzarado, a 2012 graduate of the College who is originally from Nicaragua, worked on immigration issues during her time at Saint Mary’s with La Fuerza, a club that promotes Latin-American culture on campus. She said her passion for immigration issues grew during her time at Saint Mary’s, inspiring her to work with community development projects around the issue. “I worked a lot with undocumented students and can honestly say these students are some of the strongest women I have ever encountered,” Alzarado said. “They are driven individuals and I am grateful Saint Mary’s does not discriminate against them based on their status. I think any school can benefit from these students and if they do not admit students based on their status they are missing out on a huge pool of strong, dedicated students.”  Novice Sr. Jessica Brock, currently residing at the International Novitiate at Saint Mary’s and the recipient of a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Law and Master of Law degrees, has worked to promote awareness of immigration issues at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and Holy Cross College. With her work, Brock has worked directly with undocumented students at Saint Mary’s.  “My first impression is to be in awe of how strong the undocumented women at Saint Mary’s are,” Brock said. “Just like any other talented students, these women want the same thing out of a Saint Mary’s education, and I am absolutely inspired by their strength. They all have shown an incredible amount of maturity. Many of them are facing extreme financial challenges with financing their education and I have never heard them complain.  “I can without a doubt say they are some of the greatest leaders on campus.” Brock, Alzarado and Marquez said in order to increase discussion about the challenges facing undocumented students, the focus should be on creating dialogue and “getting more people at the table.” The women said increasing dialogue is necessary in order to break down misconceptions and to create an open-minded, welcoming community. “It is about putting a face to the issue,” Marquez. “Once people realize [the issue] is more than politics and is actually about human dignity, the conversation changes” Marquez said the nation will become stronger if conversation about immigration issues, specifically those issues concerning undocumented students, continues to grow. “In President Obama’s first State of the Union address, he talked about the need for our country to be more competitive and innovative,” Marquez said. “Saint Mary’s has allowed me to stimulate my mind, but everyone needs this right [to education]. Everyone should be able to contribute to this dream.”last_img read more

Hurricane Matthew Damage

first_imgPecan and cotton crops took the brunt of the agricultural hit by Hurricane Matthew, and southeast Georgia pecan and cotton farmers are still assessing the damage from the Friday, Oct. 7, to Monday, Oct. 10, weekend.“The one crop that experienced extensive damage was pecans,” said Wade Parker, Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) program development coordinator for University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s Southeast District, who estimated that the bulk of the damage was done to the bigger trees, exceeding 50 years old. “There were two ways that they were impacted: Multiple, multiple trees have been blown over and a lot of the green pecans that were in the trees were blown onto the ground as well. This came at the worst time; we can’t pick up the pecans and begin to harvest because we have so many trees on the ground.” Lenny Wells, UGA Extension pecan specialist at the UGA Tifton Campus, said that the worst damage occurred along a line from Appling County, Georgia, through Tattnall County, Georgia, and up into Screven County, Georgia.“Agents over in the Tattnall County area told me that around 10 to 30 percent of trees in pretty much any orchard were blown down,” Wells said. “There are a lot of trees on the ground over there.”With more than $12 million worth of pecans spread over 7,000 acres, Tattnall County was the sixth highest-grossing county for pecans in Georgia in 2014, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. Production will slip this year and the damage could have a lasting impact, according to Tattnall County ANR agent Chris Tyson.“The trees that blew over represent a long-term loss for a lot of growers. It can take anywhere from 10 to 12 years to bring planted trees back into production,” Tyson said.Parker said that farmers who have experienced pecan damage can apply for federal cleanup funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA). They are encouraged to go to their local FSA office and apply.“The storm will affect the overall yield for Georgia, but it’s hard to say exactly how much. There’s a significant amount of production in the eastern part of the state, but it’s definitely not the hub of pecan production in Georgia. The losses will definitely cut down on overall yields some,” Wells said. Pecans have been a big industry in Georgia as of late. They are the 10th highest-grossing commodity in the state, bringing in more than $300 million dollars in 2014. “Outside of areas where the storm hit, production looks good this year,” Wells said. “From the visual size of the crop, it looks like one of the best years we’ve had in quite a few years.”While pecans received the bulk of Hurricane Matthew’s damage, cotton farmers were also impacted by the hurricane. Much of the cotton in Georgia is defoliated in October. Defoliation is the process in which chemical treatments strip the leaves of the plant and speed up the maturity cycle. When the storm moved up Georgia’s coast, it devastated many cotton fields by knocking cotton bolls onto the ground. With fewer bolls on the remaining plants, many farmers in southeast Georgia suffered substantial damage.“I’ve seen some fields that probably have 125 pounds of lint blown on the ground,” Parker said.In Tattnall County, Tyson said that the wind damage from Hurricane Matthew also blew many of the younger stalks — those that hadn’t been defoliated — over. While some of those will stand back up, harvesting them won’t be easy.“I had a grower do a variety trial in which he picked cotton samples from about a 30-square-foot area in four different varieties in order to see how much cotton blew onto the ground. We sent the samples to the microgin in Tifton to be ginned and run through the lint cleaner,” Tyson said. “It was pretty shocking how much cotton we lost in the storm. We estimate this grower lost anywhere from 200 to 400 pounds of lint per acre, depending on the variety. That amount could be close to half the grower’s expected yield.”Cotton production is significant in Tattnall County. 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THINK Inward: Industry Insights to Kick Off THINK 15

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr On Tuesday, May 5, the THINK 15 conference in Colorado Springs, CO, will kick off with the THINK Inward sessions.Four distinct tracks will explore the needs of today’s consumer and what credit unions should be thinking about to meet those needs.CO-OP THINK caught up with the host of each track to give attendees a taste of what to expect, and – for those who will not join us at THINK—a taste of topics you’ll be seeing on Insight Vault in the coming months.Check out our hosts’ insights and share their excitement for THINK 15 below: continue reading »last_img read more

Distractions decay. Attention pays.

first_img 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neen James Think force of nature. Boundless energy. Timely topics. Laugh out loud fun. Eye opening ideas. Take-aways that ACTUALLY create positive change.  Sound like what YOU’RE looking for? Then Motivational … Web: Details Everywhere I look there are people staring at their phones – walking down the street and through airports, at restaurants and coffee shops, networking events and family gatherings. We are so distracted that we are losing the ability to connect with each other and our surroundings. We go through the motions of day-to-day life while failing to invest any real concentrated effort into any of it. We drive from place to place, often not remembering how we got there because we are tuned out, lost in our heads, distracted with technology and suffering from mental fatigue. We finish the workday exhausted while feeling we’ve accomplish nothing of any real value. We participate in conversations and fail to remember more than a quarter of it. Our society is overlooking what important and failing to honor what matters most. We sacrifice time with our families and friends to answer emails and messages. We give up necessary sleep to check alerts and texts. We lose lives because drivers focus their attention on a screen and not on the road. When do we say enough? We do we recognize technology as a tool, not as a life source? At what point do we commit to changing our habits and realize our distractions decay and attention pays?When we commit to focusing our attention on what matters most, everything in our lives flourish. Relationships are fed, tasks are completed, member satisfaction increases, productivity improves and accountability is restored.  When leaders commit to avoiding interruptions in order to engage in a conversation and truly connect with their employees, morale increases and member satisfaction soars. When coworkers remove daily distractions, they have time to focus on important tasks and achieve deadlines. When families commit to each other, their relationships grow and their need for superficial technological fulfillment decreases. When we as individuals realize we cannot operate in a 24×7 world and that we require rest and recovery to be our best selves, our productivity improves. Are you ready to make a change? Are you ready to admit you’re distracted? Are you ready to recognize it’s time to pay attention to what matters most? Join me as I embark on an #AttentionRevolution where we change our habits and behaviors so our distractions no longer decay and our attention pays. last_img read more

Fed holds rates to start year

first_imgThe Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), at the close of its first policy-setting meeting of 2020, maintained rates at the current range of 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent. NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long said the association doesn’t expect any rate changes “for at least the first half of the year.”“As expected, the FOMC left rates unchanged for their second consecutive meeting, following three consecutive rate cuts prior to that,” Long said. “The Committee’s statement was largely unchanged from the prior version, and no Committee members dissented.“In his press conference, Chairman [Jerome] Powell indicated that the Committee is watching developments related to the spread of the coronavirus for its potential impact on the U.S. economy, but that it is too early to guess what that might be,” he added.While the committee noted solid jobs gains and low unemployment, one concerning factor was inflation running below 2 percent. However, they determined that “the current stance of monetary policy is appropriate to support sustained expansion of economic activity, strong labor market conditions, and inflation returning to the Committee’s symmetric 2 percent objective.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The League System: Supporting credit unions during crisis

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Diana Dykstra Diana Dykstra is President and CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, one of the largest credit union organization in the country. She has more than 40 years … Web: Details For the past few years, large wildfires have ravaged and devasted California. Just since August of this year, there have been 8,200 fires throughout the state, burning through a record 4 million acres. More than 96,000 people have been evacuated and thousands of structures and communities have been lost.Credit union leagues exist to serve and support their member credit unions and in turn, their credit unions’ members. Therefore, each time a wildfire or a natural disaster strikes, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues sets out to work, immediately reaching out to find out how it is impacting our credit unions and their members. We share information on resources available, such as the National Credit Union Foundation’s CUAid program. We also serve as a conduit of information for non-impacted credit unions to offer assistance, including donating to worthwhile causes.The CA/NV Credit Union Leagues’ Disaster Relief & Preparedness webpage features information on CUAid grants and an encouragement for credit unions to donate to the program. The page also features a business continuity plan template for sample content credit unions may wish to add to their emergency preparedness plan as it pertains to wildfires and other natural disasters. We provided similar sample content to help in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues are not unique in our support of our member credit unions. Leagues nationwide continually step up to help their credit unions when a crisis occurs. For example, after a series of wildfires ravaged the region several weeks ago, the Northwest Credit Union Association’s foundation activated its disaster relief program. Within a matter of hours, they raised more than $100,000 to support credit unions that jumped into action to help their members and employees impacted by the devastation, even as they grappled with their own evacuations, branch closures, and property damage. The Louisiana Credit Union League has stepped up several times in the past few months after hurricane devastation affected several of their credit unions and tens of thousands of members. Among other assistance, LCUL’s Foundation offers disaster grants to credit union employees and support for small credit unions.These are just a small fraction of the many examples of the ways the League System supports credit unions in the face of adversity. Whether the impact is from a wildfire, pandemic, or economic crisis, the leagues are here to support our credit unions, so our credit unions can focus on their staff, serve their members, and support their communities’ rebuilding efforts.The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues are proud members of the American Association of Credit Union Leagues (AACUL) and are committed to collaborating with leagues nationwide to foster the prosperity of the entire credit union movement.last_img read more

PREMIUMBusiness concerns shift to Europe as China begins to recover from COVID-19

first_imgGoogle Log in with your social account Suparman, a worker at a coffee machine factory, parked his motorcycle at the parking lot of Panbill Mall located in the Panbil Industrial Zone on Batam Island in the province of Riau Islands on Thursday morning.He was eager to get back to work at the factory after having been sent home for five days. The factory had closed four of its 12 assembly lines because of a lack of raw materials, most of which are imported from China.“We were sent home for five days because there was nothing to do. But we got called today to start working again as the factory reopened the assembly line,” Suparman told The Jakarta Post.“I heard that there was a disruption of raw material supplies from China. That’s why we did not have any work to do, with the consequence that we were sent home for five days.”Read also: COVID-19 pandemic looms over Indonesia’s rec… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Forgot Password ? Topics : Facebook Indonesia Batam Industrial-Special-Economic-Zone electronic-products factories China raw-materials disruption COVID-19last_img read more

COVID-19: Indonesians stranded abroad return home amid ‘mudik’ ban

first_imgThe Indonesian Embassy in Cairo said in a statement on Sunday that the special flight would also be used to repatriate around 80 Egyptian citizens who were now stranded in Bali and Jakarta back to their country.The voluntary repatriation was due to the closure of international flights in Egypt since March 19. The Indonesian Embassy and the Egyptian government agreed to provide the special flight — bound for Bali and Jakarta — and charged US$700 for each ticket.“Initially, there were 100 [Indonesian] citizens who were interested to participate in the voluntary repatriation,” said Indonesian Ambassador to Egypt Helmy Fauzy.He said the number dropped to 75 after the embassy announced that the repatriation was only for those who had urgent matters at home.   Topics : On the same day, 37 Indonesians departed Vietnam’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City using Vietjet Airlines flight VJ888.They had been stranded in the country for the past month due to travel restrictions imposed by the Vietnamese government to curb the spread of COVID-19.The special flight cost $278 per seat — a discount from the normal fare of $385 — and carried Indonesian citizens who had visited Vietnam for internships, traveling as well as workers who had been laid off.The Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok, with the help of national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, repatriated 66 Indonesians on Friday. Most of the Indonesians were embassy interns or exchange students. The embassy previously facilitated the repatriation of 356 Indonesians in Thailand following the Thai government’s decision to ban flights from April 4 to April 30.A day earlier, the Indonesian Embassy in Colombo also facilitated the repatriation of 335 Indonesian migrant workers in Sri Lanka.The embassies said the repatriations were conducted accordingly with standardized health protocols.The government has yet to issue a statement regarding the handling of the returnees upon their arrival in Jakarta or Bali, and whether they will be allowed to return to their hometown after domestic flights and other inter-provincial means of transportation were halted due to a mudik (exodus) ban that will be in place until June 1.center_img With the help of diplomatic missions abroad, dozens of Indonesian citizens have been repatriated in the past week following flight restrictions imposed in some countries because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Although the government has stated there was no policy for structured repatriation, the stranded citizens — most of whom were short-term visitors — were eager to come home at their own expense.On Sunday, at least 75 Indonesians who had been stranded in Egypt arrived in Jakarta via a special Air Cairo flight. The returnees included migrant workers, students as well as those who visited the country for training and traveling.last_img read more

Italian pension fund Fondo Arco tenders four mandates worth €400m

first_imgThe scheme sets a benchmark for the sub-fund structured as follows:25% JPM Gov. Bond Emu IG 1-325% JPM Gov. Bond Emu IG All maturities10% IBbox Eur Liquid Corporates 10010% BofA ML Direct Government Inflation Linked15% MSCI TR NET EMU LOCAL
15% MSCI Kokusai (World ex Japan)Fondo Arco also specifies that the equity portion will vary from a minimum of 20% to a maximum of 40% of the portfolio.The maximum investment in equity collective investment schemes will be 15%, while the maximum corporate bond exposure will be 15%.Foreign exchange risk will be actively managed and set at a maximum of 25%.Tracking error volatility will be limited to 4% per year.The scheme adds that prospective managers will have to comply with its guidelines for ESG investment approved last year. The deadline for applications is 26 May. Fondo Arco, the Italian pension funds for workers employed in the wood, furniture, forestry, brick and concrete sectors, is searching for four managers for its €403m Bilanciato Prudente sub-fund.The €484m scheme launched the tender shortly after releasing its newly approved 2013 balance sheet, which saw a 12% increase in assets under management, from around €424m at the end of 2012 to €474m at the end of last year.Fondo Arco offers five-year mandates for a mixed equity, government bond and corporate bond portfolio of assets, which it forecasts will increase by €20m during 2014, thanks to contributions from current members.The tender was launched as the previous mandates for the sub-fund, held by Credit Suisse, Unipol Assicurazioni, JP Morgan Asset Management, Eurizon Capital and Natixis Asset Management, came to the end of their term.last_img read more