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first_img CUNA wrote in support of NCUA’s proposal to raise the residential appraisal threshold earlier this month, as CUNA originally requested the rule to give credit unions parity with banks. Several credit union leagues around the country also wrote to NCUA in support of the proposal.Specifically, NCUA proposed to raise the amount for which residential appraisal threshold would be increased to $400,000 (from the current $250,000).CUNA, in its comment letter, noted the change would “reduce regulatory burden for credit unions, resulting in both transaction cost and time savings for credit unions and their members.”League comments on the proposal include: continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img CUNAlast_img read more

first_imgPhoto from IFC websiteThe Interfraternity Council sent out a letter Thursday to the USC community expressing its disagreement with the Academic Senate’s resolution from 2015 to defer Greek recruitment to spring.The letter said that the IFC leadership met with USC administrators on Sept. 13 who again asked to push Greek recruitment to the spring semester, citing mental health concerns among first-year students.“While we take these concerns to heart, the Interfraternity Council does not believe that the administration’s recruitment eligibility proposal will combat issues of academic stress,” the letter read.The letter explained that research suggested that anxiety and stress from first-year students typically stemmed from a sense of loneliness, and that deferring fraternity and sorority recruitment to the spring would remove a support system already in place by the organizations.“I don’t think it’s USC who should make a decision whether [first-year students] should join Greek life or not,” said Alexander Lorenzo Cuoci, president of the IFC.Cuoci said that while he rushed during his spring semester freshman year, he understands that students come to USC ready to join Greek organizations. He said that the IFC is willing to have proactive conversations to offer viable solutions for the issues listed by administrators.In the letter, the IFC leadership said they take responsibility for issues in the community and will work to create a safe environment for first-year students.Cuoci added that Greek organization members will be emailing President C. L. Max Nikias, Vice President for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry and Provost Michael Quick urging them to reconsider their decision.“This [letter] is the last push to make sure that our voices are heard and that the administration is not just making decisions without hearing our voice,” Cuoci said.Vice President for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry responded to the letter with a statement emailed to the Daily Trojan following the time of publication.Carry requested the statement be published in its entirety:“To be clear, the proposal is not deferred recruitment. The University is accepting input on policy to require a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and completion of 12 units of course work at USC before going through the rigorous recruitment and new-members education process of joining a Greek-letter organization. In other words, allow first-year students one semester (90 days) to get adjusted to college academics and social life before going through the rigors of a 15-week new member education process. Under this policy, Greek-letter organizations would still be permitted to welcome new members in the fall semester that have at least a 2.5 GPA and completed 12 units at USC – sophomores, juniors, seniors, and spring admits who are in their second semester. In the following spring Greek-letter organizations would be able to recruit first-year students that have completed a semester at USC. We are examining implications of this policy for transfer students. I ask: “What is so unreasonable about giving first-year students 90 days to adjust to college life?” USC is not the first school in the country to prioritize the health, wellness and safety of new students by allowing them time to adjust to college life, many of our peers and aspirant institutions have similar policies.  For the past two weeks I have been sincerely listening to leaders of Greek councils and organizations on this matter and I will do so until a decision is finalized. The first year of college is the toughest. We owe our new students every opportunity to be successful in and outside the classroom. When there are opportunities to consider changes that may improve the quality of the student experience, reduce stress and anxiety, and give students the time they need to adjust to college life, I will examine it. USC remains committed to prioritizing student health and wellbeing.”last_img read more

first_img15 Feb 2017 It’s ‘customers first’ as England Golf and Mytime Active renew partnership England Golf and Mytime Active – one of the UK’s largest pay and play golf course operators – have renewed their partnership to grow the game.The project puts the customer first and underlines the importance of giving golfers the experience they want from their club and encouraging new players.The results will help England Golf to support clubs across the country to attract more golfers and to retain members.Mytime Active is using England Golf resources to tailor its service to customers at its 16 pay and play golf courses in London, Kent, Hampshire, Sussex and the Midlands.“It’s very important to have satisfied customers who want to keep coming back for more,” said Jason Stanton, Mytime Active’s Operations Director. “That means we need to understand our customers and the surrounding community at each of our sites, to know where we can find new customers and what they want from us.”The company is using a range of resources to recruit and retain golfers. Insight on the types of people most likely to play golf, combined with mapping tools, shows them where to find customers and supports successful marketing campaigns.A new customer service tracker is being tested which provides feedback from members and visitors and allows the company to rank its sites. Over 1500 people have already provided information about their on-course and off-course experiences. “Because we are gathering feedback on a daily basis we’ve found this system has really helped to maintain our focus on customer service principles,” said Jason Stanton.The partnership between England Golf and Mytime Active is also promoting initiatives to attract more players from diverse backgrounds and to promote shorter formats of golf which fit into busy lifestyles.It also aims to highlight the health benefits of the game, with players at all 16 golf courses involved in a long-term health study, in partnership with ukactive.In addition, all 16 Mytime Active sites will work towards GolfMark accreditation which includes Sport England’s Club Mark standard. This demonstrates their commitment to high standards of welfare, equity, coaching and their close connection to their communities.Jason Stanton commented: “We’re really proud to be working with England Golf on a number of exciting projects as part of our renewed partnership.”Abbie Lench, England Golf’s Head of Club Support, added: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Mytime Active. This is a valuable and practical project which will have real benefits for clubs.”last_img read more

first_img$40 for covered booth, approximately 10×10 feetThe Secondhand Safari will be on Saturday, May 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Set up for sellers will be on Friday, May 1 from noon to 10 p.m. The doors will be locked after set up Friday evening and security will be on site until the event opens Saturday.Representatives from Goodwill Industries will be on hand throughout the day on May 2 to accept donations (at their discretion), giving sellers the chance to donate any of their unsold items at the end of the day.For more information on the May 2 Secondhand Safari, or to reserve your booth, contact the Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 or visit www.ThurstonCountyFair.org. Facebook213Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Thurston County FairPut a spring in your step and money in your wallet this season by reserving a booth for the annual Secondhand Safari at the Thurston County Fairgrounds.Saturday, May 2 will be a springtime extravaganza of buyers, sellers, swappers and traders, with over 1,500 visitors and 100 vendors in years past. Along with garage sale booths, the Secondhand Safari will also have educational booths, a free book and magazine exchange, entertainment, food, and more. This year, admission to Secondhand Safari is just $1 all day long, so get ready for bargain hunters galore!Not sure if you have enough gently used treasures for a booth? Secondhand Safari is a great opportunity to clean out the clutter and make a tidy sum for your family group, school club, church, charity or scouting club.Outdoor spaces and covered spaces for the May 2 event are available to anyone with gently used treasures to swap or sell. Call the Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 to reserve your booth:$25 for outdoor booth, approximately 10×10 feetlast_img read more