Labors of love for scholar at heart

first_imgReclining in a black leather chair with his feet on an ottoman, Leo Damrosch has the relaxed air of a man six years into retirement.But don’t be fooled. There’s no time for golf or crossword puzzles for Damrosch, who is still doing serious scholarship, and enjoying every minute of it.“Retirement’s going really well,” he said, speaking in his faculty study room at Widener Library. “I was just dying to have enough time to do research and writing. Now I get to do the things I’ve always liked doing without the administrative duties that took up my time.”Since adding emeritus to his title as Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature, Damrosch has won a National Book Critics Circle award and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2013 for “Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World.” More recently, “Eternity’s Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake,” his study of the English poet and engraver, made this year’s shortlist for the National Book Critics Circle award in criticism.Along with research and writing, the 75-year-old is still working with students. For the Harvard Summer School he’ll teach “The Rise of the Novel” and “The Enlightenment Invention of the Modern Self,” which he also teaches at Harvard Extension School. He draws particular satisfaction from connecting with high school students who manage to keep pace in college-level courses.“The Summer School produces these jewels,” he said. “They work extra hard and are very grateful.”In his Widener study, Damrosch works alongside his collection of miniature airplanes and photographs of a long-ago trip to his native Philippines. Interred in Los Baños prison camp in Luzon during World War II, Damrosch and his family were liberated in 1945. Five years later, they moved to the United States, making their home in small-town Maine.“I don’t have enough of a personal story,” he said, asked when he would write his own biography. “I don’t have a hook. I last went to the Philippines with my father when I was in my 30s, and that was a wonderful experience. But my own memories from childhood aren’t enough for a book.”He joined the English faculty at Harvard in 1989, but Damrosch, who held the department chair from 1993-98 and served as acting chair in 2007, felt as if he “never had enough time.” Now that he has no official department duties, Damrosch gets to do what he’s “always liked doing,” which included his research on “Eternity’s Sunrise.”“Blake is an original genius,” he said. “This book is intended to introduce him to general readers, and couldn’t have been written 30 years ago. Back then, art critics and literary scholars didn’t interact much. But more recently, gifted scholar-printmakers have done wonderful work, helping us to understand how his images were created and printed.”Damrosch knew his book had to include first-rate illustrations, a belief shared by his editor at Yale University Press, who ensured that “Eternity’s Sunrise” included 40 color reproductions. A Washington Post review praised the book for its “intricate analysis of the relation between Blake’s verse and his vivid paintings and etchings.”Next up for Damrosch, besides teaching fall and spring courses at the Extension School, will be more work on a book to be titled “Jamie and Sam: Boswell, Johnson, and the Club.” Damrosch describes it as “a group portrait during an extraordinary historical moment,” featuring writers and thinkers such as Edmund Burke, Edward Gibbon, Oliver Goldsmith, and Adam Smith.“Many people are reluctant to retire,” he said. “Their sense of self is invested in their academic position — not in a selfish way. I’ve been fortunate in being able to go on doing what I most enjoyed in academic life — teaching and writing — with more time to devote to them than I used to have.”last_img read more

New location in Duncan Student Center allows career services to expand

first_imgIn addition to the numerous dining options, improved workout facilities and expanded study space in the new Duncan Student Center, the building also houses the Center for Career Development on the fifth floor. Previously located on the first two floors of Flanner Hall, the Department for Career Services is now centrally located on campus and easily accessible for students. Vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding cited the Career Center’s new location along with many other aspects of student life as one of the biggest advantages of the new student center.“To have the Career Center and the Center for Career Development right upstairs rather than across campus … bringing together all of these different elements, for us, is part of the exciting piece to things that had previously really been scattered across campus,” she said in an interview Jan. 15.Julie Gray, associate director of career operations, said the move has allowed the department to operate more effectively due to the increased amount of space available to it.“In the past, especially during the fall semester, we would often have to kick staff out of the second floor offices because there simply wasn’t enough room,” Gray said. With 36 interview rooms, 11 conference rooms that can hold up to 16 people and one training room that holds about 60 people, there is ample room for the next wave of recruitment in the new location, Gray said.The Career Center also houses eight virtual interview rooms along the east wall that feature Zoom technology. Gray said employers would often come to campus with a full slate of interviews but still miss out on a qualified candidate. These new interview spaces, she said, will enable them to also network with students abroad in the same trip to Notre Dame’s campus. Hoffmann Harding said the improved technology came as a result of student feedback during the planning process of the Duncan Student Center.“The types of interviews that students are now getting from employers — so the increased need for technology and the ability to Skype or talk remotely to employers [came from students],” she said. “And actually, during peak study times, the addition of the need for study space. So we’ve designed the fifth floor in a way that the offices can be separable from the interview center, which can be open during peak times for student study space. And that’s new, that’s different and it’s accessible because now it’s in a building that students frequent — we hope — during the day and even into the evening.”This newly-available space, Gray said, highlights the purpose of the Center for Career Development as well as the Duncan Student Center.“This is a student center, and we want this to be student-focused,” she said. “These next few months, we’ll be working [to] optimize this space and hopefully create a better environment for students and employers.”Gray said the new centralized space has also allowed the department to integrate the various stages of education and career building, as the undergraduate, graduate and Mendoza graduate students are “all under student affairs.” This integrated method, she said, is largely due to an initiative the department took on several years ago to shift the emphasis on students’ approaches to career searches from major onto industry. “We have career counselors that are liaisons to each of the different colleges,” Gray said. “It doesn’t matter what your major is, it doesn’t dictate what you do. We try to focus on a student’s passions and strengths and how we can translate those into the workforce.”News Editor Courtney Becker contributed to this story.Tags: Career Center, Center for Career and Development, duncan student center, Notre Dame Career Centerlast_img read more

Vermont Governor Douglas will not seek re-election

first_imgFour-term Vermont Governor James Douglas said today at a morning press conference that he will not seek re-election in 2010. He added that he does not intend to run for another political office. The unexpected news caught the state by surprise. The governor did not take questions, but said he would not be an “absentee landlord” for the duration of his term. The man known for his gentlemanly ways was famous for his political success as a Republican in what became a Democratic state and for his fabulous gift for remembering people’s names. After a tight race against then Lieutenant Governor Doug Racine in 2002, he has breezed to victory in every subsequent election, as he had for most of his political career. A Massachusetts native, he was first elected to the state Legislature in 1972 right out of Middlebury College. He has had long tenures as both Secretary of State and Treasurer, meeting scant opposition. The only major stumble in his political career was a loss to Patrick Leahy for US Senate in 1992.”But as any farmer knows, after many years working sun up to sun down, seven days a week there comes a time to turn over the reins to fresh arms. For me, that time is approaching. After 36 years as a public servant, 28 of those years in statewide office, with what will be eight years as Governor and through 15 statewide elections I will have held center stage long enough for any leader. I will not seek another term as Governor of Vermont.”In response to the news, Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie said: I honor Governor Douglas today, and thank him for three decades of outstanding service to the people of Vermont. I would also like to thank his wife, Dorothy, and his entire family for living with the high demands that come with public service.As far as the remaining 16 months of the governor’s term, Dubie said, The unprecedented economic challenges that we now face as a state require that we all focus on working together, administration and legislature, in good faith, for the future of our state and its people. It s what the people of Vermont deserve and expect from us.On the subject of his own political plans, Dubie clearly left the door open for a run for governor himself, saying, The governor s announcement today changes the political landscape in Vermont. As Vermonters reflect on this new landscape, I will contemplate my options. Right now, I will focus on doing my job. I will discuss my plans when the time is right.Several Democrats have lined up as potential successors, including Racine, now in the state Senate and Secretary of State Deb Markowitz. Other than Dubie, there would not be a clear Republican candidate at this point.Markowitz said, “I want to congratulate and applaud Jim Douglas for his years of service to the state.  Douglas is a Vermonter who has devoted his life to public service.  Vermonters, regardless of political party, should honor him for his commitment to serving the state for all of these years.  I wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”Vermont Chamber of Commerce President Betsy Bishop, who served in the Douglas Administration since the beginning, most recently as commissioner of Economic Development Department, said, “This certainly changes the political landscape in Vermont. The Vermont Chamber will continue to work with Governor Douglas on key business issues, like lower energy cost, unemployment insurance trust fund and health care.”Governor Douglas has been a wonderful partner and friend of Québec, said Québec Premier Jean Charest. Under his leadership, Charest said, relations between Québec and Vermont have thrived as never before. Meetings have been held every year at the highest levels.”Over his four terms, the Governor has not only contributed enormously to his state, but has also infused Québec Vermont relations with a unique focus and energy. We have worked together as a team for many years on many important international issues. He has been not only a great friend of Québec, but also a personal friend, and I am sorry to hear today of his pending departure,” said the Premier.Cooperation between Québec and Vermont has taken many forms, including joint efforts to preserve water quality in Lake Champlain, Missisquoi Bay, and Lake Memphrémagog, initiatives in green and renewable energy, and implementation of the Driver s License Plus. Recently the Premier and governor both spoke out in favor of heighted economic trade free from protectionism. Governor Douglas’ Statement. August 27, 2009. 11 am.”I want to thank all of you for coming this morning.I especially want to thank the members of my Administration for being here, as well as my staff.Since January 1973, after I was first elected to the Vermont House, I ve been making the trip over the Appalachian Gap from my home in Middlebury to serve the people in Montpelier.I ve traversed that pass at all hours, in all seasons, through rain, snow and sun. On a clear day, I can look west over the Champlain basin and east toward the Connecticut River valley, out across the breadth of this place that is like no other. And each time I reach the top, I am reminded of the sturdy shoulders of our people as strong and as solid as the hills and my hope for Vermont is renewed.Through my years in public service, I have had the great opportunity to share with my fellow Vermonters their proud achievements and the joys of daily life in Vermont: the opening of a new business in St. Johnsbury, pancakes with little leaguers in Starksboro, celebrating our traditions with farmers and sugarmakers at Dairy Days and the Maple Festival, waving the green flag at Thunder Road, and helping to welcome home a local hero, Captain Richard Phillips.The rewards of this job are many, like joining hands in service to help improve the lives of our friends and neighbors: delivering meals to homebound seniors in Orange County, celebrating National Night Out in South Burlington, marching to Prevent Child Abuse in Montpelier, splitting wood to heat needy homes in Springfield, or helping to load nearly 70 18-wheelers with donated goods bound for the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.And it s an honor to be with Vermonters during their times of trial and hardship: touring the devastations from floods, storms and fires, meeting with employees after a plant closure, or holding the hand of a Gold Star Mother or Wife.These occasions have given me the opportunity to speak with Vermonters, to hear their fears and troubles, their hopes and ideas. I ve brought them back with me to Montpelier where government has responded.We ve charted a course for our state that will bring good job opportunities, more affordable homes, safer communities and clean air and water.I ve made health care reform a priority reaching across party lines to get the job done because it continues to be a burden on the pocketbooks of hard-working Vermonters. We implemented the Blueprint for Health to help people lead healthier lives and reduce health care costs. Because of our first-of-its-kind Global Commitment waiver, we are a leader in forward-thinking, innovative health system reform. And Catamount Health is bringing health care within reach of more Vermonters.As Chairman of the National Governors Association I m taking our successes to Washington to demonstrate how real reform can be achieved.I ve pushed to make higher education more affordable through Promise Scholarships and the Next Generation Initiative so young people can go to school here, lead the next wave of innovation in our state and create new economic opportunities.A steady and reliable infrastructure is essential if we are going to compete in a changing economy. The e-State initiative will ensure that all Vermonters have access to broadband and cell service. And our efforts to increase and target investments in our roads, rails, bridges and culverts have been critical.The actions we ve taken to prevent and treat drug abuse; combat sexual violence; and support law enforcement, fire fighters, first responders and other public safety professionals, are making our communities safer.I am proud to carry on Vermont s long-held commitment to our environment. We ve taken bold steps to clean up Lake Champlain and other impaired waterways. We ve fought to keep our air clean, even if it meant fighting Washington and the automobile industry on emissions standards. We were a leader in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, because passing along a healthy environment to the next generation requires reaching outside our borders and working with our neighbors in the region and, indeed, around the world.And I ve fought to hold the line on taxes and spending, so that we can sustain the necessary functions of government for future generations and encourage new economic opportunities. Fiscal responsibility is at the core of the Vermont ethic as we face budget challenges resulting from the global recession, Vermonters deserve to see their money spent wisely and their government managed efficiently.There is no doubt that over the past seven years we have accomplished much. We ve seen this state through some tough times in our nation s history and I will continue to work day and night so that we emerge stronger than before.I am so proud of what we have accomplished. And yet there will always be more to do.The work of democracy is an abiding, beautiful struggle just as it should be. This land, our freedom, our liberty was not easily won and so it is worth the sacrifice we must give to maintain it. It rightly demands our hard work, perpetual motion, and an endless flow of human energy and high ideals the very lifeblood of the Vermont soul. All across our state from armories to local food pantries, from town halls to under this golden dome Vermonters give deeply and selflessly, each singular act of service renewing the promise of Vermont.It has been the great privilege of my life to serve the people of this state that I love so well. I have been profoundly humbled by their faith and support in me.But as any farmer knows, after many years working sun up to sun down, seven days a week there comes a time to turn over the reins to fresh arms. For me, that time is approaching. After 36 years as a public servant, 28 of those years in statewide office, with what will be eight years as Governor and through 15 statewide elections I will have held center stage long enough for any leader. I will not seek another term as Governor of Vermont.My service to this state will not end with the governorship. Whether I m in the corner office or my home office, I will always strive to do what I can to make better this great state.But I am also ready to write a new chapter in my life. When I first took my seat as the Representative from Middlebury in 1973, I was a young man right out of college. With some very good fortune, I met and married Dorothy, soon we were raising two extraordinary boys, and now one of my sons has a son of his own our first grandchild: Timothy James Douglas. A new generation has a way of putting things into perspective.I know there will be some speculation as to what is next, so I want to lay a few questions to rest immediately. I am not running for President. Dorothy has a divorce lawyer on speed dial if I ever utter that crazy idea.I m not running for the US Senate, the US House or any other statewide office in 2010.However, for the next 16 months, I am running state government.Those who presume there will be an absentee landlord in the corner office will be mistaken. I will focus as intensely as I always do on the needs of Vermonters. And I will continue to fight everyday to put this state on firm footing. Now is not the time to rest on our laurels.I will continue the good work that my Administration has done to advance an Agenda of Affordability an agenda centered on growing good-paying jobs while protecting our cherished natural resources.This is a historic time for our state. Vermont has been hit hard by the global recession. Businesses, families and even state government have felt the impact of a shrinking economy.That is why we must act responsibly to rein in state spending to ensure that Vermonters can continue to fund the programs and services we are all so proud to support especially those for the frail and neediest. In order to do that, we must build and pass budgets that are sustainable for the long term.I will continue to fight for working Vermonters and small business owners who struggle to make ends meet by resisting efforts to raise taxes to grow government and increase spending.As I always have but now let there be no doubt I will fight to do what is best for Vermont and devote my full energy to guiding this great state toward a more prosperous future.At another hour, in another place, there will be plenty of time for remembrances and time to look back. Now it is time to look ahead to the next legislative session and budget cycle, because, as I ve said before, the choices we make today as our state struggles under the weight of this recession will have a lasting and real impact on how quickly we recover.There will also be a time and a place for the long list of thank yous, but for today, there are just a few. My thanks to Dorothy for her love, devotion, and unconditional support over the years.I want to thank my Administration for your dedication to serving the public and for making government more responsive.I want to thank Lieutenant Governor Dubie for his friendship, support and leadership.And to the people of Vermont, thank you for your continued confidence. I especially want to thank of you have who have offered ideas, concerns, frustrations and encouragement to me in my travels over the years. You have given state government a truly people-driven direction and focus. Thank you for the tremendous privilege of allowing me to serve.And with that, I d like to ask my team to get back to work! We ve got a lot to do.”last_img read more

Bronze Radio Return: Throwback, Look Forward

first_imgChances are, even if you’re not familiar with Bronze Radio Return, you’ve heard one of the band’s songs. The ubiquitous “Shake, Shake, Shake” from the 2011 album of the same name has reached ears around the world, thanks to placement in TV shows and commercials, including a global campaign for the Nissan Leaf.“There was a day and age when that was viewed as selling out, but in the current climate of the music industry, it’s a vehicle that works well,” says band front man Chris Henderson.Despite using mainstream outlets, the sextet’s celebratory roots-based sound comes from a pure place.  The group’s name was derived from a bronze-colored radio that Henderson listened to in his father’s art studio in Maine. It’s where he heard many forms of traditional American music, including blues, jazz, and country. When the band formed, they realized similar influences informed the sound they were crafting.“Essentially it’s the return of all of our bronze radios,” Henderson explains. “It’s those early influences and how they shape the way we still look at music.”Henderson formed the group back in 2007 after attending the Hartt School of Music, a well-respected conservatory in Connecticut. The band includes Rob Griffith on drums, Craig Struble on banjo and harmonica, bassist Bob Tanen, keyboardist Matt Warner, and Patrick Fetkowitz on lead guitar. They deliver colorful folk rock with an alternative edge, highlighted by joyful harmonies and anthemic hooks similar to Mumford and Sons. Banjo rolls keep pop melodies grounded, while the best energy often comes from the band members stomping and clapping in unison.“The chemistry comes from spending long hours together—both in the van and on stage,” Henderson adds. “In addition to playing music together, we listen to music together and all have open minds. We work together as democracy and stay open to each other’s ideas.”The group has earned plenty of fans on the road through relentless touring. In addition to high-energy club shows, the group has opened for the likes of John Mayer, Grace Potter, and Michael Franti and Spearhead. But unlike many young acts of the day, the members of Bronze Radio Return also enjoy crafting new work in the studio. The band’s third full-length album, the recently released Up, On & Over, was made during a five-week retreat to the foothills of the Blue Ridge. The group likes solitude when recording, and they found it at White Star Sound, a studio located on a historic farm in Louisa, Va., just outside of Charlottesville. Tucked down several miles of dirt road, the studio offered little to do but work on the record, play ping pong, and drink whiskey. In the remote setting the band stayed focused and knocked out 15 new songs, including the uplifting front porch-flavored lead single “Further On.”The new song has already found a home on TV, used during the PGA Tour’s national ad campaign that featured Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. But the plan is to get this new material out to people night after night on the road. The band will embark on a national tour this fall that starts with two dates at Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion on September 21 and 22.“We just want more ears on the music,” Henderson says.You can stream a track from Bronze Radio Return as part of our July Trail Mix Free Music Playlist.Syndicate’s New GrooveThis month North Carolina roots rock favorites Acoustic Syndicate will release their first new album in nearly a decade. Rooftop Garden marks a steady comeback for the band that dominated the regional club and theater circuit in the early 2000s but called it quits in 2005 so brothers Bryon and Fitz McMurry and their cousin Steve McMurry could focus on different work, including managing the family’s farm in Cleveland County, N.C. Gradually, in the past few years, the band has started playing an increasing number of shows, and with the recent addition of dobro ace Billy Cardine, the group has found new momentum. The album’s lead single, “Heroes,” has a familiar Syndicate sound—driving rock rhythm, intricate banjo rolls and soaring harmonies that highlight the chemistry of familial bonds. With the new release, the band has plans to tour extensively this fall, including a top billing at the Lake Eden Arts Festival in Black Mountain, N.C., on October 18.last_img read more

One Baby Step at a Time

first_imgLast week, I made a pit stop at my parents’ place in northern Virginia.Maybe it was the nostalgia I felt from being in my old room, but not an hour had passed after my arrival before I found myself digging through the boxes I’d piled into my minivan months ago. Bad idea.Shoes. Blankets. Plate sets. Linens. It’s a slightly claustrophobic feeling, to see all the stuff that you own sitting unused in a mess of platic bins and trash bags. Looking at my van parked in the back of my parents’ yard, sagging with the weight of my possessions, I felt much like a ship’s anchor had been chained to my ankle, keeping me rooted to that minivan full of crap. I wonder if other people feel the same way every time they enter their storage shed, their dusty garage filled with rusting bikes and unassembled furniture, still in the box it was bought in. Surely I can’t be alone.We really don’t need a lot to be happy and function comfortably. I think I always knew that, but like many, I was stuck in a rut. I hung on to things I didn’t need or rarely used or had some faintly good memory from. Being a woman of words, I keep nearly every letter, birthday card, scrap of paper, and sticky note. I have boxes upon boxes devoted to my favorite books, most of which I’ve read only once. And the National Geographic issues. Don’t even get me started. Two boxes alone are dedicated to those glossy magazines. Embarrassingly, I think I’ve only read cover-to-cover less than half of those I’ve saved.Even now in the Jeep I find myself hanging on to weird things like business cards from people I have no recollection of meeting and miscellaneous parts to things I might need, but likely won’t ever use. One of the three trunks I’ve been towing around with me is actually a dedicated “junk trunk” (and yes, there is a lot of junk in my trunk). Spare cables, scissors, cordelette, camo duct tape, you name it, it’s probably in there. It’s like the transient version of a junk drawer.Am I a hoarder-in-the-making?As I sat in my crammed minivan last week staring at those stacks of unread NatGeos, I was certainly beginning to think so. But the fact of the matter is, the more time I spend away from that stuff, the more I want to auction off everything I own, down to the very last measuring cup (those are superfluous anyway – I’m more of an eyeballer). I’ve spent the past 100-some days of my life operating perfectly well on a few Eddie Bauer outfits, a pair of flip flops and my purple Montrail Mountain Masochists, one bowl, one spork, one mug, one pot, and one pan. Who’s to say I can’t continue to do so once this year-on-the-road is over?Aside from holding on to material items, I’ve also recognized a few other things I used to do that I’m not entirely proud of, like …using too much water.Really, three showers per week should be a universal standard (it’s also about the max my Roadshower can handle). And enough already with running the faucet while you swish around toothpaste-water in your mouth. Simply put, using that much water to rinse something as small as your mouth is downright ridiculous.wasting electricity.Does every light in every room really need to be on?throwing away leftovers.I have lower standards these days. As long as there’s not another life form growing on it, it’s good in my book.overeating sweets.If you don’t buy cookies at the grocery store to begin with, you can’t have cookies at 11 o’clock at night.buying things with packaging.I hate packaging. Period. When you don’t have a trash can to hide the waste you produce, you realize just how much garbage you make in a given day. Side note – California-based photographer Greg Segal’s “7 Days of Garbage” project is pretty mind-blowing if you haven’t seen it yet.grabbing too many handfuls of t.p.T.P. Toilet paper. Wiping your bum doesn’t require a wad the size of a child’s pillow. Spare a square.not reusing plastic bags.Plastic bags of any kind. Trash bags, Ziploc bags, grocery bags. You can and should reuse all of these. It’s not a one-and-done kinda deal.All in all, I’d say that the best thing I’ve taken away from these past few months on the road has been eliminating these non-essentials and simplifying my life, even if it’s just one baby step at a time.So let’s hear it!How do you try to minimize your lifestyle?last_img read more

Coca Crops and Cocaine Production Reduced in Colombia

first_img Leonardo Correa, technical coordinator for the study, said, “not only was the sowed coca area reduced, but the crop productivity is also declining. The fields are producing less coca leaves.” By Dialogo August 12, 2013 The departments where coca crops were increased are Norte de Santander (northeast), Caquetá and Chocó (southeast). Colombia has been reducing its coca farming areas for over ten years, from 140,000 hectares in 2001, to 100,000 in 2007; 62,000 in 2010; and 48,000 in 2012. Sown coca fields in Colombia were reduced from 64,000 hectares to 48,000 hectares in 2011 and 2012 respectively, a 25 percent reduction, and cocaine production also dropped from 345 to 309 tons, according to the U.N. Office against Drugs. center_img Although coca crops were maintained in 23 out of 32 departments of the Andean country last year, they were reduced in 17 of them, increased in three and remained stable in another three, according to the U.N. report presented in Bogota, on August 8. However, the expert added, “replanting is still a concern.” According to the joint report between the U.N. and Colombia’s government, there was a yield of between 240 and 377 tons of one hundred percent pure cocaine, but since the actual number is uncertain, “the figure for 2012 should be estimated at 309 tons.”last_img read more

PODCAST: Creating value through loan subservicing

first_imgEfficiency is a hallmark of a well-run organization. For credit unions, compliance is one of the biggest obstacles to efficient operations.As a loan subservicer, Midwest Loan Services offers credit unions a path to improved efficiency, not just with compliance but through the entire loan servicing process, says Peter Sorce, president/CEO of Midwest Loan Services.In this episode of the CUNA News Podcast, sponsored by Midwest Loan Services, Sorce explains what mortgage subservicing is and how it can benefit credit unions. He also details what to look for in a subservicer, the regulatory challenges related to mortgages, and this year’s mortgage outlook. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Oceanteam Wins Long-Term Turntable Contract

first_imgOceanteam Solutions has been awarded a long-term contract to supply a company that performs the installation of marine power cables with a 2000T demountable turntable including engineering and personnel services.The mobilisation and demobilisation of the equipment onto client’s vessel will take place at Oceanteam’s own facility in Velsen Noord, The Netherlands. Furthermore, Oceanteam will accommodate professional operators for the complete project. The project is planned to be executed in summer 2017.“Oceanteam Solutions has just renewed collaboration with this particular client, through which we have proved that the multi-year partnerships in our line of work are possible. We are very pleased to have won this contract and are convinced that one of the key factors of our successful collaboration is the trust that we’ve built,” said Lex van Doorn, managing director of Oceanteam Solutions.Oceanteam also supplied a cable laying spread to another client, which is still operational and under long-term contract. In this project, the company was responsible for the engineering, supply and mobilisation of a 4000T demountable turntable and loading tower with built-in tensioner for a cable laying project in Germany.last_img read more

OMV reappoints CEO and deputy chairman

first_imgAustrian oil company OMV has reappointed its chief executive officer (CEO) and deputy chairman to new terms in office.Reiner Seele at a meeting with the President of Russia; Image source: Government of RussiaOMV said on Wednesday that the supervisory board of the company reappointed Rainer Seele as the chairman of the executive board and CEO of OMV.His term of office has been extended by another two years until June 30, 2022, with an extension option for one additional year, subject to mutual consent. He has been the chairman and CEO of OMV since July 1, 2015.Also, chief upstream operations officer Johann Pleininger was also reappointed as an executive board member and deputy chairman of the board.His term of office has been extended by another three years until August 31, 2023, with an extension option for two additional years, also subject to mutual consent.He has been a member of the executive board of OMV, responsible for Upstream – exploration, and production, since September 1, 2015.Chairman of the OMV supervisory board Wolfgang C. Berndt said: “OMV has delivered an exceptional performance in recent years. This is the result of the new strategic direction adopted by the executive board, coupled with a sustained cost reduction that has led to record earnings.“Since 2015, the adjusted operating result has more than doubled, and the production volume increased by 40 percent. The supervisory board looks forward to further cooperation with the executive board team, aiming to continue the profitable international growth path.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Dirt Road League Basketball Updates

first_imgCongratulations to the 5th, 4th and 3rd grade boys Bulldog Basketball teams for making it to Championship Sunday this coming weekend.The 5th Grade Bulldogs (13-1) are the #2 seed and will play Richmond at 3:00 pm at the Spartan Bowl in Connersville.  In the other contests, Greensburg plays the winner of New Castle and Centerville with the championship slated for 4:00 pm.The 4th Grade Bulldogs (10-4) are the 6 seed and take on New Castle at 1:00 pm at the Spartan Arena in Connersville.  If the Bulldogs advance, they will take on Connersville Red at 3:00 pm with the championship scheduled for 5:00 pm.  Other teams in the bracket are Greensburg, Connersville White and Brownstown Black.The 3rd Grade Bulldogs (14-0) are the 1 seed and received a bye in the first round.  They will play the winner of Centerville vs. Connersville White at 3:00 pm at Batesville High School.  The Championship is at 5:00 pm.  Other teams include Connersville Red, Greensburg, Milan and Eastern Hancock.Good luck to all Bulldog teams!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Paul Drake.last_img read more