Marketing professor dies from cancer at 52

first_imgTimothy J. Gilbride, the Steve and Anne Odland associate professor of marketing, died at 52 from cancer on Jan. 12, the University announced in a news release Monday.“Tim is a role model and an inspiration for all Notre Dame faculty,” marketing department chair Shankar Ganesan said in the release. “He was an excellent researcher, an award-winning teacher, mentor to students and faculty, a friend to many and, above all, a truly outstanding departmental citizen and colleague. To wit, after recent brain surgery, he was in his office working and preparing for the next week’s class. This was typical Tim. I was in total admiration and respect for his passion and dedication to students and teaching. I will miss Tim dearly.”Prior to arriving at Notre Dame in 2004, Gilbride studied economics at University of Dayton and received his MBA at Ohio State University. He earned his Ph.D. in business administration at Ohio State after working as a marketing researcher and consultant at Goodyear, Booz Allen Hamilton and Aetna, the release said.Gilbride’s research applied Bayesian statistics to “assist researchers and managers to better understand consumer preferences and to make decisions under uncertainty,” the release said. He also taught classes in undergraduate and graduate marketing research.“Tim was a patriot, a triple-threat inspiration whose dedication to teaching, research and service helped us build a scholarly community as humane as it is intellectual,” marketing professor John Sherry Jr. said in the release. “He embodied all the virtues we hope to instill in the sons and daughters of Notre Dame. A thoughtful, interesting and down-to-earth guy, Tim’s reassuring presence will be missed by us all.”Gilbride received the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching as well as the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award for the Traditional MBA Program. He was also recognized in Poets & Quants’ 2018 “Top 50 Undergraduate Business Professors,” the release said.In 2014, he wrote an essay addressing his cancer diagnosis titled “The Mathematics of Hope” for Mendoza Business magazine.“I admired Tim as a conscientious colleague, brilliant scholar, superb teacher and a fine, fine human being,” said marketing strategy professor William Wilkie in the release. “His presence at Notre Dame elevated us in the field, yet he was always ready to pitch in with sage insights. And when I passed by his open office door, I’d regularly see him tutoring a student over the quantitative mysteries at hand. He will be missed.”Gilbride is survived by his wife and three children.A burial Mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Jan. 16 at St. Pius X Catholic Church.Memorial donations may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society at St. Pius X. Condolences may be left online at McGannHay.Tags: Marketing, Ohio State, Timothy J. Gilbridelast_img read more

Safety classes

first_img“Even though child safety seats are used more than 90 percent of the time by Georgia parents, four out of five seats are installed incorrectly,” Bower said. “The National CPST Certification Course offered by GTIPI qualifies safety professionals and community volunteers to teach parents how to eliminate those installation- and use-mistakes.” Law enforcement, emergency medical services, health departments, Extension educators, fire departments and others across the state participate in GTIPI’s training and distribute educational materials. Onsite training is conducted across the state at regional locations, as well as at GTIPI’s headquarters in Conyers. The University of Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute was awarded a $650,000 grant from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to continue its statewide education programs in the areas of child passenger safety, parent-teen driving safety and senior driver education. “CarFit is a non-threatening way to educate seniors about how to stay safe and comfortable in their cars as their physical abilities change with age,” Bower said. For more information about GTIPI, traffic safety training programs or other traffic-related resources, see www.ridesafegeorgia.org or contact GTIPI at (678) 413-4281 or (800) 342-9819. The Online Safety Store is a partnership between the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and GTIPI. Now in its sixth year of collaboration, the store is the primary source statewide for print and electronic traffic safety resources for safety professionals and consumers. GTIPI manages distribution of GOHS materials from www.georgiahighwaysafety.org. GTIPI’s course, “Georgia Teens Ride with PRIDE,” is for parents and their new teen drivers. center_img GTIPI has partnered with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for the past 26 years in designing and delivering education that improves driver and passenger safety across age groups. GTIPI, an outreach initiative of UGA Cooperative Extension through the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, continues to be a leading resource in traffic safety training and education in Georgia, said Don Bower, UGA professor emeritus and GTIPI project director.Grant will continue four training efforts “Car crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens, and more than two-thirds of teens who die in crashes in Georgia weren’t buckled up,” Bower said. “PRIDE trains instructors how to deliver safe driving tools to the community. PRIDE instructors help parents make it through the process of their teen getting a license without ‘losing their cool’ and help teens learn how to avoid crashes. PRIDE instructors equip both the parent and teen with accurate information about how to get and keep a Georgia driver’s license.”Helping seniors stay safe Parents and young children benefit from safety professionals and volunteers who achieve national certification in the Child Passenger Safety Technician course.Most car seats are installed incorrectly The national CarFit program helps seniors stay behind the wheel longer and more safely. Through this year’s grant, GTIPI will offer its four main training and community education initiatives: the National Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification Program, Georgia Teens Ride with PRIDE (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error), CarFit for senior drivers and the Online Safety Store. Each program area delivers adult education—for consumers, safety professionals and community volunteers—designed to address the most common causes of traffic injuries and fatalities for target age groups.last_img read more

Earth Talk: Save the Whales (Again?)

first_imgDear EarthTalk: I understand the Navy is doing sonar testing and training in the oceans and that their activities will likely kill hundreds if not thousands of whales and other marine mammals. What can be done to stop this? – Jackie Bomgardner, Wilton, CTActive sonar is a technology used on ships to aid in navigation, and the U.S. Navy tests and trains with it extensively in American territorial waters. The Navy also conducts missile and bomb testing in the same areas. But environmentalists and animal advocates contend that this is harming whales and other marine wildlife, and are calling on the Navy to curtail such training and testing exercises accordingly.“Naval sonar systems work like acoustic floodlights, sending sound waves through ocean waters for tens or even hundreds of miles to disclose large objects in their path,” reports the non-profit Center for Biological Diversity (CBD). “But this activity entails deafening sound: even one low-frequency active sonar loudspeaker can be as loud as a twin-engine fighter jet at takeoff.” According to CBD, sonar and other military testing can have an especially devastating effect on whales, given how dependent they are on their sense of hearing for feeding, breeding, nursing, communication and navigation. The group adds that sonar can also directly injure whales by causing hearing loss, hemorrhages and other kinds of trauma, as well as drive them rapidly to the surface or toward shore.In 2007, a U.S. appeals court sided with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which had contended that Navy testing violated the National Environmental Policy Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act. But within three months of this ruling, then-President George W. Bush exempted the Navy, citing national security reasons. The exemption was subsequently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court upon challenge, and the Navy released estimates that its training exercises scheduled through 2015 could kill upwards of 1,000 marine mammals and seriously injure another 5,000.Luckily, in September 2013 a federal court in California sided with green groups in a lawsuit charging that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) failed to protect thousands of marine mammals from Navy warfare training exercises in the Northwest Training Range Complex along the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington. In the opinion, Magistrate Judge Nandor Vadas ruled that NMFS’s prior approval of the Navy’s activities there failed to use the best available science to assess the extent and duration of impacts to the marine mammals.As a result of the ruling, NMFS must reassess its permits to ensure that the Navy’s activities comply with protective measures per the Endangered Species Act. “This is a victory for dozens of protected species of marine mammals, including critically endangered Southern Resident orcas, blue whales, humpback whales, dolphins and porpoises,” says Steve Mashuda, an attorney with the environmental law firm, Earthjustice, which represented the coalition in the lawsuit. The recent ruling will no doubt be challenged. Also, the Navy still has the green light to use sonar and do weapons testing off the East Coast despite the risks.Concerned readers can send a message through the NRDC website calling on U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to direct the Navy to adopt safeguards to protect marine mammals during training without sacrificing national security.last_img read more

Happy Birthday B.R.O.!

first_imgThis year, the magazine celebrates its 20th anniversary. That’s right, TWENTY YEARS of being a free, print publication providing authentic stories, reliable beta, and every once in awhile, a good laugh (or cry) to over 300,000 readers in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states.We decided to throw ourselves a birthday party this weekend at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia. To help us out, we asked our friends, The Infamous Stringdusters, to join in on the shenanigans. If we could boil the weekend bash into one sentence, it would go something along the lines of this: two nights of awesome bluegrass music, one full day of rippin’ turns, and priceless memories (mostly of our web developer Craig dancing front and center) that will last a lifetime.Big thank you to our Duster friends, Erin Stolle and the Snowshoe crew, and to our amazing fans, without whom the magazine would not be possible.Help us celebrate the magazine’s 20th birthday by using the hashtag #myblueridge and sharing with us your treasured mountaintop photos and outdoor adventures. In the caption (or in your Tweet), finish the sentence “My Blue Ridge is…” and your response could be featured in the mag!last_img read more

A better future for Guatemala

first_img “We try to speak more than anything of harassment that they may be experiencing, that they report sexual harassment and domestic violence so that we create an open culture where people can report crimes,” Col. Mejía said. “I think that children are increasingly reporting the problems they have at home.” “We also take this opportunity to mention that we have schools and institutes in the Army that welcome them, so they can continue their studies.” The idea, he said, is that students know that the Army offers options to serve the country. This educational program takes place during what they call Civic Monday. By Dialogo January 01, 2013 On Tuesdays, the military invites public officials to give talks in schools, among them firefighters and metropolitan police officers who speak about their duties for 10 minutes. Special celebrations, such as one for Children’s Day, are held for more than 400 students with clowns, cake, magicians and piñatas in September. The 3rd Squadron of Citizen Security has also developed a plan with the municipality of Mixco to strengthen the prevention of crime through education; support for culture, sports and recreation; infrastructure; and municipal cleaning and beautification campaigns. The goal is for students to participate in sports after the end of the school year and also enjoy a clean community. Outside the command post, the walls are decorated with paintings of students who won a contest. The topics were: I love my country, I love Mixco, My friend the Soldier, and I love peace. It’s an image that contrasts with other areas of the municipality where gangs are common. At the schoolyard, boys and girls stand in front of the white and sky-blue Guatemalan flag, listening attentively to a military officer’s speech about the commemoration of the nation’s independence. The message is about love and respect for the homeland, heroes and traditions, such as the Mayan warrior Tecun Uman and the musical instrument marimba. As part of an educational program of the 3rd Squadron of Citizen Security of the Guatemalan Army, with a command post in Mixco, Guatemala City, the Soldiers visit schools in order to establish a relationship with the community, to prevent crime, and reach children and youth to convince them that the best path is keeping to their values and moral principles. The educational program launched in February 2012, Infantry Colonel Carlos Mejía Girón, commander of the 3rd Squadron of Citizen Security, told Diálogo during a September 2012 visit to the command post. “So as adults, they do not commit crimes but become productive people for society,” he said. Seven months later, the initiative had reached 45 public and 27 private schools in Mixco. At the Aldea El Aguacate Middle School in Mixco, the students are divided into boys and girls. Each group has plenty of questions for the Soldiers. What has the Army done for the development of the country? What is your education? What are the requirements to join the Army? Private Lesly Esteban, a member of Citizen Security, answers their questions and includes a message of respect toward parents and the value of education. center_img “They [parents] are happy when we show them love and respect,” she said. “I am a business administrator, but I joined the Army because that was my dream,” she added. “I studied and worked at the same time while earning my certification.” Captain Ostin Molina Díaz of the 1st Infantry Division also talks to the boys about education. More than 40 students gather around him and listen to his questions. Capt. Molina asks if anyone wants to be a doctor. Only a few students respond. “Wouldn’t anyone like to be a Soldier?” he asked. This time several boys raise their hands. “The career of a Soldier is very self-sacrificing. One leaves everything so the population can feel safe,” Capt. Molina explained. “It is a humble but very nice career because it gives lots of satisfaction.” Professor Herber Ernesto Aguilar, director of Aldea El Aguacate, said the school has more than 200 students ranging in age from 13 to 16. “We have received a lot of help from the Army and the municipality of Mixco, not only on security, but also civic programs,” he said. “They [students] are in their teenage years, an age that is beautiful because they can learn values.” Col. Mejía said crime has been reduced by 42 percent since the command post was opened. “This was a great success for Mixco because it is as a result of a presidential program called Municipio Seguro [Safe Municipality].” The pilot program began in Mixco to reduce crime in one of the most violent municipalities of Guatemala City. Members of the National Civil Police, the Army and the Municipal Transit Police carry out joint patrols in 11 areas of Mixco, according to the Guatemalan newspaper El Periódico. It is not uncommon to see a Soldier and a police officer riding together on a motorcycle in the streets of Mixco. A Different Week last_img read more

Treasury Lifts Sanctions on Soccer Team Tied to Cali Cartel

first_img On April 5, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the removal of the Colombian professional soccer team América de Cali (also known as Corporación Deportiva América) from the list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN List). The Treasury designated the América de Cali team on June 8, 1999, pursuant to Executive Order 12978 of 1995, “Blocking Assets and Prohibiting Transactions with Significant Narcotics Traffickers,” because it was under the ownership or control of Cali Cartel leaders Miguel and Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, and other designated individuals. Because that is no longer the case, the Treasury Department delisted América de Cali, and U.S. persons will now be allowed to enter into financial transactions with the ownership of the team, and any assets that they may have had in the U.S. are now unblocked. “Today’s lifting of the designation of América de Cali is a testament to the enormous efforts made in recent years by both the team and the Colombian government to completely end the criminal influences that have overshadowed the team in the past,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, David S. Cohen. “As we continue our work with the Colombian government to combat the threat of narcotics trafficking, we will use our authorities to target those responsible for illicit behavior just as we will lift sanctions in cases where there has been a concrete change in behavior.” The soccer team’s corporate entity recently completed a transparent process of restructuring and bankruptcy procedures under the oversight of the Colombian government that included a vigorous due diligence process on all prospective shareholders and corporate officers. The results of this process demonstrated that América de Cali has cut its ties with designated parties, allowing the Treasury to proceed with removing the team from the SDN List. The removal of América de Cali from the SDN List demonstrates that entities may be, and regularly are, removed from the SDN List when circumstances warrant it. A designated party may petition the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) for the removal of its name from the SDN List. In general, proof of changes in circumstances and behavior are key to OFAC removing a person or entity from the SDN List. By Dialogo April 09, 2013last_img read more

Mobile/branch service intertwined

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Chad Davis Chad Davis is Industry Sr Solutions Marketing Manger, F5 Networks, which is the leader in app security and multi-cloud management. He can be reached at c.davis@f5.com. Web: https://www.f5.com Details For all its bells and whistles, what draws people to e-commerce is primarily practical: It saves them time. It makes their lives easier. It connects them with vital information. It gives them more choices. Chief among those choices is when to shop online and when to conduct their business in person. Even when they decide on the latter, consumers rely on technology to improve their buying experience. Although credit union customers conduct many routine transactions online, they still prefer personal interactions for guidance in some decisions—like opening new accounts, figuring out which mortgage is best for them, and planning for their retirement or children’s education savings. But they don’t want to queue up in a branch lobby or lounge in a waiting area for their turn for service, especially when wait times can be as high as 13 minutes. The same dynamic applies in other retail and service sectors. For example, look to Starbucks, which offers a mobile app so members can order and pay in advance to avoid waiting in line for their coffee, and Apple, which give people the option to schedule store appointments for product consultations and technical support. How appointment app supports personalized serviceToday, a high-quality service experience is defined by how quickly accountholders can sit down with a financial professional and how prepared that professional is to supply the requested information, complete the account-opening or loan application process, and suggest other products and services to help people achieve their financial goals.   It’s no surprise, then, that consumers are embracing appointment apps offered as part of their financial institutions’ mobile and online services. According to the Kronos 2019 Appointment Study, on three of the busiest days for branches—Thursday, Friday, and Saturday—people with scheduled appointments outnumbered walk-ins. Those and other findings in the appointment study show how offering account holders the opportunity to schedule appointments with financial professionals improves the branch experience, optimizes staff scheduling, and enhances profitability through increased sales and more efficient operations. The study is based on data from nearly 3,800 appointments scheduled at 160 financial branches across North America that use Kronos FMSI Appointment Concierge software. Among key findings in the study that can help branch managers hone their service, sales, and staffing strategies: Walk-in traffic was typically light in the morning and picked up later in the day. In contrast, people tended to book appointments earlier in the day, peaking before noon. At branches with similar patterns, managers may want to schedule associates with sales experience and in-depth product knowledge during the most popular appointment times. Consumers used appointment apps to book conversations about complex, revenue-producing products like mortgages, consumer and auto loans, and new membership. By capturing the reason for the visit, branch staff can be better prepared to serve accountholders quickly and efficiently and to suggest other financial products and services that might benefit them.People who make appointments keep them. A strong majority of scheduled appointments, 84 percent, were assigned and completed, and 12 percent of those who had scheduled an appointment used the app features to change the day and/or time or cancel in advance. By following up with reminders about when and where appointments are and what documents consumers should bring with them, financial institutions can reduce the number of no-shows and help ensure positive, productive interactions. Data-based staffing and scheduling strategiesThe Kronos study provides benchmarking data for managers to evaluate service volume at their institutions’ branches and to deploy frontline resources to optimize service, sales, and productivity at each location. Among the management tips offered in the report:Make the omnichannel experience as seamless as possible, so that accountholders can transition seamlessly from call center, website, or mobile app to make an appointment with a financial professional when they would prefer to continue the conversation in person.Optimize scheduling of top performing frontline staff to drive service and revenue so that qualified employees are available when and where accountholders are scheduling appointments and equipped with the most useful information. Use this new source of data to improve service and sales. In addition to accumulating data on account holders’ preferred service schedules—which is useful information on its own—the appointment app records what services or inquiries they are seeking at each branch, which can help managers assign staff based on their areas of expertise. For example, an account holder looking for a notary will definitely be meeting with a representative who can handle this.According to industry research cited in the Kronos study, your competitors are committed to increase spending on customer experience initiatives, including omnichannel technologies, with the aim of attracting new account holders and building relationships with existing ones.  Knowing what they want before they walk through your doors can be a powerful staffing management tool to keep pace with their ever-increasing service expectations. Offering account holders the option to book appointments in the branch is no longer a luxury that can possibly position your organization as an innovator. Instead, offering appointment setting solutions that recognize and responds to member preferences to save time and have easy access to valuable information and personal assistance, is becoming an account holder expectation.For more information, download the Kronos 2019 Appointment Study white paper here.last_img read more

Amec on board at BT City offices

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Equinor extends ‘Safe Boreas’ contract at Mariner

first_imgEquinor’s business unit in the UK, Equinor UK Limited, has exercised the second of six one-month options to extend the charter of the Safe Boreas accommodation rig owned by Prosafe.Prosafe said on Tuesday that the total value of this option is $6 million.The Safe Boreas started a 13-month firm operational period at Mariner in the UK sector of the North Sea in early August 2017.Equinor exercised its first one-month option for the Safe Boreas unit last July extending the rig’s firm operational period to early October 2018. With the second option now also exercised, Safe Boreas will continue through to early November 2018.Equinor is using the unit to support the hook-up and commissioning work at the Mariner field, dubbed one of the largest upstream investments in the UK in the last 10 years.Discovered in 1981 on the East Shetland Platform, approximately 150 kilometers east of the Shetland Islands, the Mariner is a heavy oil field characterised by dense, viscous oil.Development concept includes a production, drilling and quarters (PDQ) platform based on a steel jacket, Mariner A, with a floating storage unit (FSU), Mariner B. Drilling will be carried out from the Mariner A drilling rig, with a jack-up rig assisting for the first 4 years.Production is expected to start in late 2018.last_img read more