Administrator shares lessons

first_imgAs part of the Last Lecture series, Lou Nanni, vice president for University Relations, outlined five life lessons in the Hammes Lounge of the Coleman-Morse Center on Thursday. Nanni said he has learned to seek to be faithful and not successful, to surround himself with great people, to keep the sense of being a beginner, to give abundantly and to develop a long-term vision. “Leadership is best when it is given, not sought after,” he said. “Be a person of integrity and let faithfulness guide you. Success will follow.” Part of seeking to be faithful is pursuing one’s passions regardless of what others think or the money to be made, Nanni said. “The toughest thing in life is having the courage to follow your passions,” he said. “If it is playing the flute that you love, play the flute day and night.” The second lesson is to find the best, most inspiring people and get to know them, Nanni said. “Find people whose lives you want to model your lives after, then emulate, imitate and find out what makes them tick,” he said. Nanni said the third lesson is expressed by a statement of St. Benedict to the effect of “If you think you’ve gotten ahead, it’s a sign you’ve fallen behind.” Nanni said he was at his best in his work with the South Bend Center for the Homeless when he first began and worked especially hard because he was aware of the knowledge he lacked. He also said it is important to remember where you came from. “Never forget where you came from, never forget your hometown and never forget childhood friends,” he said. Nanni said he has met people who regret not giving more, but has never met anyone who felt he gave to excess. “No one has ever said to me: ‘I’ve given too much’,” he said. Nanni’s fifth and final lesson was the need to have a long-term vision for one’s life. “You should be able to say in one sentence your vision for your life,” he said. “When I was 27, I came up with my vision to be the best Christian I could be, and have my identifying roles be husband and father.” Nanni said people need to overcome the tendency to think in small time increments and to think about the distant future and the end goals of their lives. A 1984 alumnus of Notre Dame, Nanni said he spent two years after graduating in Santiago, Chile, with the Holy Cross Associates, teaching school and meeting with female political prisoners. He said he fell in love with the poetry of Uruguayan writer Mario Benedetti while learning Spanish. Nanni quoted a poem by Benedetti in which a dying woman writes: “To live means this: to be close.” Nanni said his father’s death after battling bone cancer taught him this lesson. “Death means separation,” Nanni said. “Death is loneliness, to be apart. I realized this wasn’t just a metaphor when my father died.”  Nanni said he completed Notre Dame’s one-year Peace Studies master’s program after returning from Chile. He then worked on Catholic and economic issues in the Dominican Republic for three years.  He spent the next eight years as executive director of the South Bend Center for the Homeless. Nanni said he was the fifth executive director in two years and that when he started, the Center was $100,000 in debt. “After working harder than I ever had before, we were no longer $100,000 in debt, we were $140,000 in debt,” he said. The Center eventually became a very successful national model, Nanni said. Nanne has been an administrator at the University for 13 years. “What brought me back to Notre Dame was that I wanted the energy to be present for my kids,” he said. To conclude, Nanni read from the end of Canadian writer Edmund Vance Cooke’s poem “How did you die.”  “It isn’t the fact that you’re dead that counts,” he quoted, But only how did you die?”last_img read more

AP1 invests $330m in global high yield via Nomura

first_imgAP1 – one of five buffer funds for Sweden’s state pension – has appointed Nomura Asset Management to manage a $330m (€279m) global high-yield credit mandate.Majdi Chammas, AP1’s head of external management, and Tina Rönnholm, the fund’s portfolio manager responsible for external high-yield investments, said in a statement: “[Nomura] has a very powerful investment philosophy and process that is well proven both over time and in various market conditions.”Nomura’s Ireland-domiciled Global High-Yield Bond fund was chosen by AP1 following a “comprehensive” global tender process last year, they added.  David Crall, CIO at New York-based Nomura Corporate Research and Asset Management (NCRAM), said the firm was pleased to have established the relationship with AP1. “Like AP1, we have a strong commitment to responsible and sustainable practices, both in running our own business and when investing client assets entrusted to us,” he said.“We believe that incorporation of environmental, social and governance factors is congruent with our ‘Strong Horse’ investment philosophy.”NCRAM said it had a total return-oriented investment approach driven by bottom-up credit research.It dubs the investment method as the “Strong Horse” approach, because it tries to find corporate issuers deemed capable of carrying their debt through economic cycles.The Nomura investment will sit alongside a $400m allocation to Hermes Investment Management’s global high-yield bond strategy, which AP1 made last year.The SEK333bn (€32.4bn) buffer fund’s 2017 investment return of 9.6% after costs was the strongest of the four main AP funds.last_img read more

Rebecca Stirm wins Mission Catwalk challenge with Belize-inspired design

first_imgEntertainmentNewsRegional Rebecca Stirm wins Mission Catwalk challenge with Belize-inspired design by: – April 10, 2012 Tweet 12 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Rebecca (left) poses in the Singer Sewing Room with model Abenah Gonzalez. Photo compliments: Alty Benjamin JrAGSelectPR, Kingston, Tueday, April 10th 2012: Drawing on the Hispanic and Mayan influences in her country, 18 year-old Belizean fashion designer Rebecca Stirm emerged the winner in a culture-inspired challenge in the second episode of Caribbean fashion designer reality series Mission Catwalk, filmed in Kingston Jamaica.Stirm and 14 other designers were instructed by host and executive-producer Keneea Linton-George to “create an outfit that reflects the style and culture” of their individual countries joined by “the common thread of independence.” The designers, who were given pointers from Season One winner Shenna Carby, had to apply their creativity within a short time frame and on a US$20 budget. “I wanted a lot of material, so I looked in the curtain section,” said Rebecca. “I was able to get a lot of this very, very light; airy fabric for a little bit of money since we were on a tight budget. I added embroidery to give it some detail and intricacy.”Rebecca’s design on the runway. Photo compliments: Alty Benjamin Jr.“Beautiful, dramatic, tasteful, stylish-I can feel the culture,” said Linton-George about Rebecca’s dress which also impressed judges -Jamaica Observer Lifestyle Editor, Novia McDonald Whyte; menswear designer Carlton Brown and guest judge, Trinidadian actress Nadia Khan.Rebecca (who calls her label Fancy Purple Paint) was the first of the show’s designers to win a challenge as no winner was declared in the previous episode where five contestants went home.The next best design came from Barbadian Kerin Scott’s skirt and top combo which reflected the laid back beach culture of her island and the blue and yellow of the national flag. Jamaican Janel Jolly created an African-inspired chic casual dress while Trinidadian Ryan Chan delivered his version of a modern sari. Jamaicans Crystal Powell, Keshon Hawthorne, Maria King-Beadle, Natalie Rochester as well as Barbadian/Trinidadian Janelle Forde and Ryan Berkeley of Guyana were given the opportunity to continue to next week’s show for what Hawthorne aptly described as a “second chance”. In the bottom four were Trinidadian Shannon Kwong and Gregory Williams, Shellane McFarlane and Kimbally Smith of Jamaica. The final two came down to Shellane and Kimbally and the latter was cut for his poor interpretation which according to McDonald-Whyte, failed to impress.Rebecca and the remaining 13 contestants are vying for JA$3 million in prizes including the chance to show at London Fashion Week. Tune in to Television Jamaica tonight Tuesday April 10 at 8:30 PM for the third episode of Mission Catwalk Season 2, presented by NCB, Supreme Ventures and Digicel. For those in Trinidad the series airs Tuesdays at 9:30 PM on TV6. Mission Catwalk streams online at www.televisionjamaica.com/livetvPress Releaselast_img read more

Former MSD Administrator Under Investigation Retires Early

first_imgA former administrator at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland has retired early, in the midst of a Broward school district investigation about his role in last year’s shooting.Jeff Morford was an assistant principal at the school when the massacre that took 17 lives and injured another 17 people occurred on February 14, 2018. He has been accused by a state commission of failing to help prevent such a situation.Morford had signed up for a deferred retirement program last year and was planning to leave in 2023, according to district records. However, his last day was September 4.Lisa Maxwell, executive director of the Broward Principals and Assistants Association, says he decided to retire early as a result of “overall trauma” from the massacre. She adds, “He’s been re-traumatized over and over again. He’s just done.”According to Maxwell, prosecutors in the criminal case for killer Nikolas Cruz have required the former assistant principal to repeatedly watch video of the shooting, which killed coach and security monitor Chris Hixon, with whom Maxwell was good friends.The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission, which is still investigating the tragedy, concluded that Morford had mishandled a September 2016 threat assessment of Cruz, who was a student at the school at that time.A 2018 report from the commission states that Morford was not competent in such tasks, and had never handled such evaluations during his 31-year career.Assistant Principal Denise Reed told the commission, “Jeff is old school. He only did operations. He never did any discipline at where he was at his previous location and so Jeff said: ‘I don’t even know where to find a threat assessment.’”A student told the commission that he and a classmate warned Morford that they were concerned about Cruz being a school shooter, since Cruz had reportedly looked up guns on a school computer, pretended to shoot birds on campus, and alleged that he liked seeing people in pain.The student said that Morford and a deputy did not seem concerned, and that Morford told the student to Google “autism,” implying that Cruz had the condition.The report adds, “Morford told the students that Cruz was being sent to alternative school and they did not need to worry.”The commission asked the district to investigate how Morford handled the threat review. Upon finding that Morford’s inability to answer detailed questions did not seem credible, they hired a law firm to review his actions, as well as those of two other assistant principals and a security specialist. Former Principal Ty Thompson was added to the list last March.Runcie informed the commission that the investigation should be finished later this month or next month.The administrators were transferred to new jobs this summer. Morford had been serving as an assistant principal at Coconut Creek High School, but was reportedly not able to avoid the daily stress caused by the shooting.In addition to his administrative duties, Morford opened a bar in Pompano Beach last summer called the Axe Throwing Society. It features 14 ax-throwing “lanes” that look like fenced-in batting cages, where customers can fling lightweight axes at wooden targets.last_img read more