Letters

first_img Comments are closed. LettersOn 20 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article This week’s lettersFamily-friendlyis a company issue Ifeel that a voluntary code will be effective in promoting family-friendlyworking, but only where those companies already embrace the work-life balanceconcept (News, 27 February) Thereare many companies,  both large andsmall, which ignore current legislation anyway or find ways around the system.Unless the company has a strong HR presence and/or a seat on the board – whichin these particular cases would be rare – HR professionals do not have theempowerment to change that particular work culture. Ofcourse we can lobby and recommend but if the culture is one of “take it orleave it”, unless the employee has the courage to take this further through thecourts, this culture will not change.Incircumstances such as these whether you legislate or not will make nodifference. Iam fortunate that my company has always looked to help the individual and hashad paid paternity leave for some years. Admittedly, this is not for the fulltwo weeks which is being proposed but at least the company proactivelyrecognises the needs surrounding a new birth from the father’s perspective.JanetTeecePersonnel manager, Amadeus (UK)Staffleft to carry burden for othersOnthe subject of family-friendly policies, people have a contract to work. Makingstatutory legislation harms relationships where people “demand their rights”. Allthese extra benefits are becoming discriminatory – what about those withoutchildren, they are left to do the work while the others are at home. It isreally causing industrial relations issues within the workplace. Thatis fact not rhetoric – where is the Government’s proof that family-friendlypolicies work?  DeniseReece People Strategies and Solutions, St Klare Reece AssociatesHumouressential in public sectorIwas amused and amazed that consultant Simon Derry (Letters, 27 February) tookseriously my earlier suggestion (News, 23 January) that the principles of“horse whispering” might be the next big idea in HR management. Theboardrooms of the major companies that Mr Derry advises may be dull places, buthere in the beleaguered public sector the ability to laugh at the ironic andthe absurd is an essential survival tool. DareI ask whether Mr Derry, before proffering advice to his clients, reads theirdocuments and accounts with as much care and thought as he devoted to myletter?RobertClarkeDirector of human resources, Keighley CollegeEmpathyis key to people and horseIwould like to respond to Simon Derry’s e-mail concerning “horse whispering” andits credibility (Letters, 27 February). Obviouslyhe has no first-hand knowledge or understanding of “horse whispering”. It is anunderstanding and empathy of horses, their language and how to achieve bestresults by humane methods.Thisnegates the need for bullying into submission. Much of this is achieved by bodylanguage and reading and responding appropriately to the signals which thehorse conveys.Themethods have been proven and are demonstrated throughout the UK by thosetrained in the methods. Monty Roberts, the American founder, spent many yearsstudying horses in their natural environment in order to understand theirlanguage and responses. He has also successfully transferred the methods to themany disaffected teenagers he has fostered.Ihave witnessed the process and have applied the methods to my own horse,children and work colleagues. I would argue that “horse whispering” has manytransferable benefits.LynHeath Personnel officer and horse owner, WeymouthBestpractice is not strategic HRBestpractice and strategic HR are too often mistaken as the same approach so it isgood to see RyanAir making the distinction clearer (News, 6 February).Strategic HR is about integration, making clear tradeoffs and tailoringactivities to the needs of the organisations. Tothis extent RyanAir has taken a strategic approach to motivation and decidedbest practice is not for them.However,this is not to say that, for instance, corporate intranets will not work inother organisations. Itis time HR professionals started to reconsider best practice and to think aboutthe real needs of the organisation. Bestpractice can only ensure short-term operational effectiveness, if we want tostart making a long-term impact to the bottom line then I suggest, as HRprofessionals, we take a strategic perspective and start to integrate notimitate RikTaylor Via e-mailWeneed to build a better industry Iwas a little surprised to read the negative response to my letter from MikeMurray, lecturer in construction management from Glasgow, re constructionstereotypes (Letters, 27 February).Howcan somebody miss the point so completely? Yes, Mr Murray I do get upset atconstant attacks on the construction industry, even more so when it is frompeople making a comfortable living out of it.Ofcourse there are people within the industry who are sexist and racist –construction, like other industries, reflects the prejudices that face societyin general. My point is that the original article was full of generalisationsand hyperbole.Iwas hoping the article and my response might stimulate debate on how bothmanagement practices and site culture need to evolve, while highlighting themyriad of initiatives aimed at promoting construction to attract a morecross-representative sample from society.I’mcertain that a similar article describing lecturers as pipe-smoking, boorishliberals with elbow patches and halitosis would, quite rightly, receive aclamour of criticism. IfMr Murray would like to witness first hand an initiative aimed solely atraising the profile of construction, he might like to attend the GreaterMerseyside Construction Event, at Aintree Racecourse on 3 July. Onlyby working together can we attract the under represented groups necessary toachieve the sociological diversity we so desperately need.SteveRotheramChairman Greater Merseyside Construction Event 2001Workexperience  no barrier for job–I sympathise with the plight of David Bryden and all other well-qualifiedprofessionals looking for their first-level HR job (Letters, 27 January). Wehave advertised for a compensation and benefits specialist. After discussingthe issue with my European recruiting colleagues, we will seriously considerCIPD-qualified graduates without work experience.RosemaryGreenHR service leader (UK and Ireland), Dow Chemical Company –I note with interest the letter from David Bryden regarding first level HRposts. Havingrecently helped my son on a graduate hunt for a job I was surprised to see howmany companies were advertising for HR graduates with Lloyds, Abbey National,Guinness and Matalan to name a few. Thesewere all job opportunities courtesy of the careers service at his universityand advertised on its website, and included jobs for new graduates and thosewho had already graduated.  May Isuggest this route as a possible start in HR and wish him luck.JoVauxPersonnel officer, Via e-mailAquandary over managers’ roleIwould like to comment on remarks made in your 27 February issue, “The principalreason why people leave a company is because of their immediate manager,” –Head of HR, Merrill Lynch. And: “Employee turnover cannot be reduced… throughbetter management,” – Head of HR marketing and research, Deutsche Bank (News).Iwould ask my (much respected) manager to clarify this conundrum but she leftsome time ago.ChrisSquireHR adviser, CardiffExpectcasualties from the minimum wage increaseWhileI applaud the recent introduction of the National Minimum wage, I am concernedabout where it is all going to end. Thenews that the minimum wage will rise to £4.10, a 50 pence rise from when it wasfirst introduced is frankly worrying for small businesses like ours. Ido agree that there should be a minimum wage to stop the exploitation oflabour, however does it really have to rise so steeply and so frequently? Doesthe Government realise it is jeopardising the future of small business who donot have the profit margins to sustain such increases? Whilean organisation based, say, in London, would not necessarily feel the effectsof £4.10 per hour, an organisation in the rural areas of Lincolnshire, forexample, would have to seriously rethink its business strategy to remain withinthe law. Idon’t have the answer – I wish I did. However, there must be a way to protectthe UK’s many small businesses that will no doubt become casualties to theminimum wage if they are given the chance.- after all large oaks from littleacorns grow.SharenPhillips HR director, ESC(UK) Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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USS Columbia Holds Change of Command Ceremony

first_img View post tag: USS View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Columbia Holds Change of Command Ceremony View post tag: change May 3, 2012 Authorities View post tag: Ceremony View post tag: Columbia View post tag: Command View post tag: Naval The commanding officer and chief of the boat of USS Columbia (SSN 771) were relieved of duties May 1 by the commander of Submarine Squadron 7, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.Cmdr. Dennis J. Klein, was relieved of command, and chief of the boat, Master Chief Electronics Technician (Submarines) Don W. Williams, was relieved of duties as COB by Capt. James Pitts due to a loss of confidence in their abilities to serve effectively as commanding officer and chief of the boat.The U.S. Navy holds those in positions of command to very high standards and accountable when those standards are not met. When those in leadership positions fail to meet these high standards and superiors lose confidence in their ability to lead, they are removed from positions of command authority.The reliefs of Klein and Williams were related to shortfalls in professional performance leading to leadership’s loss of confidence in their ability to serve in positions of command authority.Klein, who took command of USS Columbia in August 2010, has been administratively reassigned to the staff of Commander Submarine Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet.Capt. Dennis Boyer, deputy commander of SUBRON 7, has assumed command of USS Columbia until a permanent replacement is named. Boyer previously commanded the Los Angeles-class submarine USS Miami (SSN 755).Williams, who reported as COB of USS Columbia in September 2009 has been administratively reassigned to the staff of Naval Submarine Support Command, Pearl Harbor.Command Master Chief (Submarines) Manuel Meneses, Submarine Squadron 7 Command Master Chief, has assumed responsibilities as COB until a permanent replacement is named. Meneses previously served as COB aboard the Los Angeles-class submarine USS Philadelphia (SSN 690).[mappress]Naval Today Staff, May 03, 2012; View post tag: Navy USS Columbia Holds Change of Command Ceremony View post tag: holds Share this articlelast_img read more

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France: DCNS Unveils New Concept-Ship

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today France: DCNS Unveils New Concept-Ship View post tag: Concept-Ship Industry news View post tag: News by topic View post tag: New View post tag: unveils Share this article France: DCNS Unveils New Concept-Ship View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy October 29, 2012 At this year’s Euronaval show, DCNS is unveiling its new concept-ship, SMX 26, a small submarine designed for operation in very shallow waters, in littoral zones not usually accessible for conventional submarine operations.SMX 26 can remain on the sea bed for long periods, continuously monitoring its environment, before attacking its target with the appropriate assets.Its shape ensures precise, safe progress in very shallow waters, enabling operation in water less than 15 m deep. Its two shaft-lines and its four steerable and retractable azimuth thrusters give the SMX 26 extreme manoeuvrability and the ability to remain in a stabilized position near the bottom or just under the surface in swell.The SMX 26’s capacity for long discreet surveillance is also noteworthy. It is capable of ‘landing’ very quickly on all types of sea bed thanks to a extendable wheeled ‘undercarriage’ system, and lurking on the bottom, deploying hoses to the surface for air and power. Its embedded and deployed sensors maintain a complete watch above and below the surface.The SMX 26 can take rapid and effective action, including the deployment of six special forces divers at depth or at the surface for catching targets ‘in the act’. It also has two mast-mounted weapon systems: a 20 mm cannon for policing capability and missile launch container for anti-aircraft self- defence. Its main offensive armament comprises two heavyweight torpedoes and eight lightweight torpedoes with heavy warheads.[mappress]Naval Today Staff,October 29, 2012; Image:  DCNS View post tag: DCNSlast_img read more

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Thomas P. Holland Distinguished Professorship in Nonprofit Management and Learning

first_imgAbout the University of Georgia The University of Georgia ( UGA ), a land-grant and sea-grantuniversity with statewide commitments and responsibilities is thestate’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversifiedinstitution of higher education ( http://www.uga.edu/ ). UGA is currentlyranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News &World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens,approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campusesin Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-charteredUniversity in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-timestaff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 studentsincluding over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate andprofessional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools andcolleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta Universityhoused on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens. Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies Open until filledYes Position Details Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/orCertification Underutilization The School of Social Work invites applications and nominations forthe inaugural Thomas P. Holland Distinguished Professorship inNonprofit Management and Leadership. The professorship is named forDr. Thomas P. Holland, Professor Emeritus, who provideddistinguished leadership and service as a member of the Universityof Georgia faculty for 26 years. Dr. Holland’s research focused onnonprofit board effectiveness and he was instrumental in thedevelopment of the Institute for Nonprofit Organizations ( INPO )at the School of Social Work. The INPO educates leaders who willstrengthen the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations throughoutGeorgia, the Southeast, the U.S., and globally. The Masters ofNonprofit Management and Leadership program is administered throughthe INPO .The Thomas P. Holland Distinguished Professorship will be filled byan individual with a stellar scholarly record in research,teaching, and service in the area of nonprofit management andleadership. The appointment can be made at the rank of associate orfull professor with tenure. A successful applicant will be expectedto engage with community nonprofit agencies in the Athens area, andespecially those serving youth. The Holland Professor will beexpected to begin work in the position in fall 2020, with a ninemonth appointment, teaching primarily in the Master of Arts inNonprofit Management and Leadership program. An ideal candidate will have a background in philanthropy and/ornonprofit management or relevant specialized areas, and have ademonstrated commitment to social and economic justice. Duties/Responsibilities Position Summary Terminal degree appropriate for the discipline. Physical Demands Anticipated Start Date08/01/2020 Advertised Salary Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions withfinancial responsibilities. For additional information about thecredit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website. Tenure StatusTenured Contract TypeAcademic (9 mo.) Minimum Qualifications Posting NumberF0171P Engage in service to the School, University, community andprofession Percentage Of Time30 Percentage Of Time15 EEO Statement Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position?No Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings) Employment TypeEmployee Working TitleThomas P. Holland Distinguished Professorship in NonprofitManagement and Learning Is driving a responsibility of this position? The School of Social Work provides professional education to over500 students through its CSWE– accredited B.S.W. and M.S.W.programs, Ph.D. program, as well as the Master of Arts in NonprofitLeadership and Management program. The School of Social Work alsooffers joint M.S.W. degree programs with the School of Law, theCollege of Public Health, and the Emory University Candler Schoolof Theology. The School of Social Work is nationally andinternationally known for excellence in research, teaching, publicservice, international programs, and a commitment to social andeconomic justice. Special Instructions to Applicants Benefits EligibilityBenefits Eligible Duties/Responsibilities Does this position have operation, access, or control offinancial resources?No Classification Title Additional Requirements Applicant screening will begin immediately. Candidates areencouraged to submit their materials by March 29, 2020; however,screening will continue until the position is filled. Applicantsare required to upload an application letter, including commentaryon teaching and research focused on nonprofit management, CV, andthree letters of recommendation available upon request.All applicants must apply online at https://www.ugajobsearch.com.Please see the job posting at:https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/32707To request a descriptive Opportunity Profile for this position,provide a nomination, or seek additional information, pleasecontact Sean Ryder, Primary Consultant with the UGA Search Group,706-542-6240 or [email protected] College/Unit/Department websitehttp://ssw.uga.edu/ Is this a Position of Trust? Teach 3 classes per academic year and mentor student research asappropriate Credit and P-Card policy Location of VacancyAthens Area FLSA About the College/Unit/Department The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction employer. All qualified applicants will receiveconsideration for employment without regard to race, color,religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, geneticinformation, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation orprotected veteran status. Duties/Responsibilities Posting Details Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety,IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access tochemicals and medications) Does this position have direct interaction or care of childrenunder the age of 18 or direct patient care? DepartmentSocial Work Dean’s Office Posting TypeExternal Percentage Of Time55 Duties/Responsibilities Job Closing Date Job Posting Date10/11/2018 Does this position require a P-Card?No Engage in externally funded research Faculty RankOpen Rank Retirement PlanTRS or ORP Applicants must have a doctorate in social work or a terminaldegree (MD, JD, or PhD) in a cognate discipline (e.g. sociology,economics) or profession (e.g. law, medicine) and a demonstratedrecord in externally funded research and scholarlypublications.To be considered for the Associate Professor level, candidates mustdemonstrate clear and convincing evidence of emerging stature as aregional or national authority in their field.To be considered at the Professor level, candidates must show clearand convincing evidence of high levels of attainment appropriate totheir work assignments. Candidates for the Professor level mustalso demonstrate national or international recognition in theirfield as well as the likelihood of maintaining that stature.Please refer to pages 9 – 20 of the Promotion and Tenure policy forthe School of Social Work at https://provost.uga.edu/resources/documents/School_of_Social_Work2015.pdffor the specific qualifications for appointment at the rank ofAssociate or Full Professor.To be eligible for tenure on appointment, candidates must have beentenured at a prior institution and bring a demonstrably nationalreputation to the institution. They also must be approved fortenure upon appointment before hire. Posting Specific QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResume/CVCover LetterOptional DocumentsUnofficial Letters of Recommendationlast_img read more

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Moran seeks to legalise rough sleeping amid Covid-19 fears

first_imgPrior to the presentation of her bill, Moran said: “Roughsleepers urgently need accommodation, health checks and support in the face of Coronavirus.I am concerned that homeless people will be disproportionately affected by the detentionmeasures in the new emergency legislation.” Moran has also called for safe spaces to be provided forhomeless and vulnerable people to self-isolate. “The government shouldseek to care for homeless people and set up special services for them indisused buildings or vacated offices in cities,” she said. The Vagrancy Act has already been repealed in Scotland andNorthern Ireland, and Moran’s bill will extend its repeal to England and Wales.There were 1,320 prosecutions under the Act in 2018. “A new compassionate approach must include scrapping theVagrancy Act. It is a cruel, Dickensian law that criminalises people just forsleeping rough. Being homeless should not be a crime. We should be caring forpeople who end up on the streets, not locking them up.” Moran’s bill has cross-party support and is co-sponsored by six MPs, amongst them former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron and former Green Party leader Caroline Lucas. Layla Moran will present parliament with a Bill to repeal the Vagrancy Act, a law passed in 1824 which criminalises homeless people for rough sleeping and begging. Moran, the Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has said that the outbreak of Coronavirus means that “now more than ever, we need a compassionate approach to homelessness”. “These facilities should provide a sanitised place toeat, drink water and use the toilet. And, they should provide safe spaces forvulnerable people to self-isolate with dignity, as opposed to within adetention facility following arrest.”last_img read more

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Former Kellogg’s and CSM execs join Campden BRI

first_imgFood and drink consultancy Campden BRI has appointed a chief operating officer and director for its science consultancy services.Peter Headridge has joined the business as chief operating officer and will oversee the organisation’s science and technology divisions.He has more than 27 years’ experience in the food industry, said Campden BRI, and was previously vice president of R&D, quality, nutrition & regulatory for EMEA at the Kellogg Company. Before joining Kellogg in 1998 he was a manager at a Cargill sugar refinery.Also joining Campden BRI is Barbara Lunnon, who was director of product marketing at CSM Bakery Solutions and was responsible for strategy development and implementation for various baked goods and cake portfolios. She has also held positions at Unilever and AB Mauri.In her new role of associate director, consulting (science) at Campden BRI, she will be responsible for Campden BRI’s science-led consultancy activities.last_img read more

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Phish Shares Pro-Shot Footage Of 18-Minute ‘Moma Dance’ Masterpiece At SPAC

first_imgPhish just finished their three night run at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and the weekend featured a few standout jams. With a wild 22-minute “Chalkdust Torture” on Friday night, Phish followed Sunday night with one of the best-ever versions of “Moma Dance,” clocking in at 18 minutes and already a clear choice for one of the most impressive jams of the summer.Recap/Full Show Video: Phish Plays 18-Minute ‘Moma Dance,’ Busts Out ‘Show Of Life’ In SPAC FinalePhish just released a pro-shot video of Sunday night’s incredible “Moma Dance”, which you can watch below! Enjoy.last_img

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Meet Drummer Tikyra Jackson, The Heartbeat Of Southern Avenue [Interview]

first_imgThe latest band on the rise out of Memphis, Tennessee is Southern Avenue. Named after a street that runs through parts of the city and ends in an area known as Soulsville, the home for Stax Records (the label that signed them), their sound truly captures the heart and soul of Memphis. The band is simply on fire and is wasting no time getting the music out to the masses.They released their self-titled debut album in February, and the group has been nonstop ever since. We chatted it up with the band’s drummer, Tikyra Jackson, also known as TK, to get a more intimate scoop on how this band formed, as well as getting a personal look at one of the members.Credit: David McClisterL4LM: Who were your biggest role models growing up and helped shape who you are today, musically?TK: My role models growing up definitely had to be my parents, first and foremost. They are both ministers and they had me in church almost every day of my life. They are also musicians. My mom’s an organist and my dad plays guitar, so growing up I was watching them. My older siblings are musicians and singers as well. I’m the sixth child out of seven. Those are my biggest influences – my family.L4LM: Your sister, Tierinii, is also in the band. Growing up, were the two of you creating music together? Was that a natural thing that morphed into a band? What is it like working with your sister?TK: Our parents had all of us singing in the church choir every Sunday. Southern Avenue is our first project together. Working with her, it’s fun. I get to wear her clothes all the time.We’re already close because we’re sisters. Being able to share this experience together makes everything so much more fun.The band itself feels like family. We all feel like family, not just me and my sister. Only occasionally we get into arguments.L4LM: Who are your most inspirational drummers and what drew you to playing the drums?TK: Steve Gadd is one of my favorite drummers. My big brother is one of my favorite drummers as well. Funny story though. There’s a Beyonce concert from 2008, The Beyonce Experience, and she had an all-female band. That was the first time I saw a live band and a live show.  That was the first time I thought, ‘I want to do this. I want to play drums and perform for the rest of my life.’ That was probably the biggest influence.L4LM: Where do your ideas come from and what is the creative process when forming a new song?TK: It’s different each time for each song. We all have different angles. A lot of the songs in the beginning were from Tierinii and Ori [Naftaly]. When we would be in rehearsal, I would just hear them play, then I would play whatever I felt and envisioned for it. That’s pretty much how the songs come about for the drum part. It also involves a large box of pizza, as we always get that during rehearsal.L4LM: Your debut album has been really well received, and you’re gaining new fans daily. What has been the most surprising part of this journey so far?TK: We created our music, so we understand what it means to us, but when the fans come and tell us how it got them through their day, how it means a lot to them, or how it resonates with them, that’s probably the most rewarding thing to hear. We’ve been creating music our whole lives and to finally be able to share and have it be received so well is a blessing. We also like to travel, so getting to meet everybody in different places is a lot of fun.L4LM: Southern Avenue has a unique blend of musicians from different backgrounds which only adds to the unique flavor of your sound. Was there a defining moment when the band was forming that you said, ‘This is it. This is the group of people that is going to make this band’?TK: That’s hard to say. We’ve been together for almost two years. I know when Tierinii and Ori met, they instantly felt the connection as music partners and being able to write music. From the beginning, Ori had a dream to make it as a musician. When he met me and my sister, he told us his dream and we believed in him. It became a group effort and not just a one person thing. Southern Avenue is all of our making.L4LM: Now that your tour is well underway, do you have any great van stories, or stories from the road? TK: O.M.G. What’s the rating of this interview? We definitely have had some amazing experiences. One of which is my favorite. We went to Colorado and we played at this festival called Blues From the Top. Eric Gales headlined but Samantha Fish and a lot of other great artists were there. The festival took place over the whole weekend, like four or five days, and each night was something different, like a jam session. The guy that put the festival on, his name is John Catt and he has cancer, so it was a very spiritual event for everybody. To be able to share with so many people, that was probably one of the most memorable band stories. We have so much family in Colorado now because of that.Credit: Taylor RowellL4LM: Southern Avenue is lined up for a bunch of festivals coming up. What are you looking forward to most this summer? TK: I’m definitely looking forward to meeting more musicians. That’s the most fun for me. It’s cool to meet other people who are on the same road as you, doing what they love. It’s exciting. You play music, you do your show and then you get to relax and hear other bands. That’s the most exciting, and creating more music. It never gets old.L4LM: Has there been a band that you connected with really well?TK: That’s hard to say. We played with Marcus King and that was amazing. He’s amazing. My sister and I sang on stage with him and they are great people.We played with this band called Gedeon Luke & the People, who are actually from Memphis, but we met them in New York. There’s been so many great bands and opportunities for us.L4LM: Do you have any words of advice that you would like to say to any young drummers out there, and more specifically, female drummers out there?TK: First, to the female drummers, I would like to say, always know who you are. Always keep your head up and stand your ground. Men cannot exist without women in this world. As a woman, you can do anything, whether it’s playing the drums or doing whatever it is that you want to do. To all the female drummers that are coming up, keep the beat going and never give up.For the young musicians out there, anything is possible. Anything that inspires you to write music and create music, always go for it. Always believe in yourself and know anything is possible. All of these fantasies and movies had to come from somewhere. They all came from somebody’s story, so it’s achievable for anybody.L4LM: Any last thoughts to the fans of Southern Avenue?TK: Southern Avenue loves our fans and we always keep you guys in mind. We love you guys and thank you for the support. We definitely feel it and appreciate it.Check out their music below and be sure to visit their website for more information, including tour dates.Southern Avenue – “Don’t Give Up”[Video: Concord Records]last_img read more

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Harvard Business School honors eight for service to society

first_imgEight members of the Harvard Business School (HBS) M.B.A. Class of 2010 have been named winners of the School’s prestigious Dean’s Award. The recipients, who will be recognized by HBS Dean Jay Light at Commencement ceremonies on the HBS campus, are Maya A. Babu, Sean A. Cameron, John W. Coleman, Robert M. Daly Jr., Andrew D. Klaber, Whitney F. Petersmeyer, and the team of Richard Chung and Philip Wong.Established in 1997, this annual award celebrates the extraordinary achievements of graduating students who have made a positive impact on Harvard, HBS, and broader communities. True to the M.B.A. program’s mission, they have also contributed to the well-being of society through their leadership. Nominations come from the HBS community, and the recipients are chosen by a committee of faculty, administrators, and students.“This award reflects the remarkable activities and achievements of our students outside the classroom,” said Light. “Recipients have set their sights on making our campus and the world a better place. We are happy to honor their accomplishments and confident that this kind of leadership and stewardship will continue throughout their lives.”Maya A. Babu: Bridging business and health careA joint-degree candidate at Harvard Medical School and the Business School, Maya A. Babu has demonstrated extraordinary ability, leadership, energy, and charisma while making significant contributions to the Harvard community, the state, and the nation.Babu plans to practice neurosurgery as well as shape government health policy. At HBS, Babu was on the board of directors of the weekly student newspaper, The Harbus, focusing on strategic issues facing the publication. She also served as one of the paper’s section representatives and wrote several articles, including one on the H1N1 virus.She also entered the HBS Business Plan Contest with a social venture entry called the Hope Project, which aims to pair mentors with at-risk high school students to help them gain entrance to college.While at Harvard, Babu co-founded a chapter of AcademyHealth, a leading professional society for academicians, professors, researchers, and statisticians interested in health policy. The Harvard chapter features a monthly speaker series, networking opportunities, and training sessions on topics such as statistics and data interpretation.Babu served as national chair of the American College of Physicians Council of Student Members, representing more than 22,000 medical students. Additionally, as chair of the Global Health and Policy Committee of the American Medical Association (AMA), she worked with AMA leaders to develop service projects and provide funding for World AIDS Day.She is currently a delegate to the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Finance Committee, where she helps oversee investments, investment policy, and the organization’s multimillion-dollar budget. She is the longest-serving student on the Committee of Legislation, which takes positions on laws affecting public health and medicine.For the past two years, Babu has participated in research at the Massachusetts General Hospital, working with a team of neurosurgeons exploring whether socioeconomic status has an impact on the nature of trauma patient care. In keeping with her research interests, she has been the lead author of three articles, including one in the April issue of the Journal of Health and Life Sciences Law titled “Undocumented Immigrants, Healthcare Access, and Medical Repatriation Following Serious Medical Illness,” an examination of diminished access to care for underserved populations.Sean A. Cameron: Raising the barNo more than an hour after being elected “ed rep” (as in education representative) for his first-year section in the fall of 2008, Sean A. Cameron appeared at the door of an HBS administrator to discuss possibilities for making the classroom experience better. His zeal and focus on learning have never wavered during his two years in the M.B.A. program.The ed rep’s role is to maximize the educational experience of the rep’s section, a diverse group of 90 students who take all first-year required courses together.Cameron led and organized successful section review sessions for midterms and finals, worked one-on-one with students, and offered resources to enhance learning. He provided an important avenue for students to share feedback with HBS faculty members on course content and process. One faculty member said he was particularly impressed by Cameron’s initiative to engage his section on various educational issues.And this year, as chair of the Education Committee, Cameron advised, mentored, and motivated a group of first-year ed reps. He also made significant innovations and improvements in their training.Cameron served as co-president of the HBS Investment Club and as a finance and economics tutor to first-year M.B.A. students. He also designed and taught a new tutorial course to Harvard undergraduate students on financial investments.During the January term, Cameron and two other M.B.A. students traveled to the Philippines, working on a research project to find ways to use the country’s hydropower efficiently to enhance rural electrification.Richard Chung and Philip Wong: Enriching experiential learningHundreds of students have participated in the School’s faculty-led international Immersion Experience Programs (IXP) since they began four years ago, but Richard Chung and Phil Wong decided to take the School’s offerings in a new direction.They worked together to create the Global Impact Experience (GIX), a student-led program that focuses on the identification of market-based solutions to global poverty. Chung’s vision was the driving force behind the program. During his first year at the School, he was intrigued by the idea of leveraging business skills to create sustainable solutions to the challenges of international development. In 2009, he started a pilot version of the eventual program in which three teams of students consulted for the U.S. Agency for International Development in the Philippines, Morocco, and Jordan on business development-related projects. A faculty member who supported Chung’s nomination characterized him as “the perfect person” to help catalyze student action to address global development issues.Wong joined Chung in leading the planning and management of the GIX program during its second year, when the program was officially integrated into the Business School’s 2010 January term offerings. With his passion and energy, Wong worked to improve and institutionalize GIX processes. The two student leaders connected participants with faculty mentors, gained the support of the School’s librarians to provide pre-trip research preparation, and created mechanisms to ensure the program’s sustainability under a new leadership team that would succeed them. Throughout their efforts, their objective remained making sure that student learning and community impact remained a central feature of the program.Indeed, the program has now enabled first- and second-year students with a passion for international development to use their business acumen on a real-world project abroad. Students have worked on projects to design government incentives for private-sector investment in wind power and improve the supply chain of an oil cooperative in Morocco, to analyze the impact of privatizing hydroelectric plants in the Philippines, to create a framework for evaluating public-private partnerships in Bangladesh and Uganda, and to assess the value of green building standards and develop a new incentive program for newly privatized public utilities in Jordan.John W. Coleman: Leading the wayJohn W. Coleman has taken on numerous leadership roles and had an enormous impact on the lives of many members of the Harvard community during his three years as a joint-degree candidate at the Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School.He has been active in HBS student government as a member of the HBS Senate. In that role, he led the Community Impact Fund, a Student Association initiative that provides financial support for student-led initiatives that have direct and tangible impact outside the School.Coleman also served as the Business School’s representative to the Harvard Graduate Council, a student government body for all Harvard graduate and professional Schools that aims to foster a sense of community and enhance the quality of life of graduate students University-wide. In addition, he was president of the HBS Business, Industry and Government Club and an active member of the HBS Christian Fellowship, where he is helping to create an official Christian Fellowship Alumni Organization to better connect HBS students and graduates.For the past three years, as a founder and member of the Board of Advisers of the Leadership Institute at Harvard College, an organization dedicated to fostering leadership skills among undergraduates, Coleman spent countless hours mentoring students, leading instructional programs, and moderating panel discussions.An HBS Social Enterprise Summer Fellow, Coleman worked last summer at the Housing Partnership Network in Boston to help stabilize families and communities affected by the financial crisis.Reflecting his longstanding interest in communications and speech, Coleman was the M.B.A. Class of 2010’s Class Day student speaker, and he is now collaborating with two other HBS students to collect and edit material for a book titled “Regaining Leadership: How a New Breed of MBAs Is Rebuilding Capitalism from Within.”Robert M. Daly Jr.: Making A BETTER worldAs a student in Harvard’s M.D./M.B.A. Program, Robert M. Daly Jr. has already left his mark on far more than the Business and Medical School campuses. He has put his education and talents to good use to help disenfranchised communities receive quality medical care, including sexual minorities — gay and transgender individuals — in India.After completing the first-year of the HBS curriculum in 2006, Daly began his medical studies and learned of a nonprofit organization in Mumbai called the Humsafar Trust that focused on the needs of sexual minorities and needed help developing a five-year strategic plan to improve its impact in the face of numerous challenges, including an ever-growing number of HIV-positive and AIDS cases.He traveled to India to learn of the trust’s efforts firsthand and began work on what came to be a 55-page document that was implemented in 2007 and that helped the organization reach higher levels of efficiency and effectiveness. The number of HIV tests it now performs each month, for example, has doubled from 250 to 500. It distributes more than 700,000 condoms a year and reaches out to 60,000 gay individuals with a variety of educational programs. Daly also advised the trust on budgeting and devised tools to help it measure results — something that philanthropies cared about when they were considering grants.While working with the trust, Daly also addressed the difficulties faced by the hijra community, a group that traces its origins to cultural roles in India in the fifth century B.C. and whose closest Western analogy is the male-to-female transgender community. Stigmatized by society and turned away by most hospitals, members of this community commonly resort to prostitution to survive. Almost 70 percent of those in Mumbai’s hijra community have contracted HIV/AIDS.According to a fellow student who nominated Daly for the Dean’s Award, “Bobby responded by working with the Humsafar Trust and two other Harvard Medical School students to create an innovative solution — a business plan for mobile testing vans equipped to provide hijras with HIV education and on-site testing, treatment, and counseling for sexually transmitted infections.”In the midst of all this, plus intensive course work and preparation for his medical boards, Daly has also been a leader of the Harvard Medical School Entrepreneurial Society, advised fellow medical students on the advantages of the dual-degree program, and helped answer questions about the residency process. This summer he will begin his residency in internal medicine at the New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan.Andrew D. Klaber: A multitude of interestsAndrew D. Klaber is a J.D./M.B.A. candidate with a deep commitment to public service and leadership. Indeed, one HBS faculty member who nominated Klaber for the Dean’s Award described him as “the most exceptional social entrepreneur I have met during my time at the School.” Klaber is a person of many extraordinary accomplishments who has had a remarkable impact on many people.At HBS, Klaber was active as a leader in student clubs and other activities. He was co-president of the Harvard J.D./M.B.A. Association and the HBS Jewish Student Association. In the former role, he played a key part in organizing a 40th anniversary celebration for the dual-degree program.Klaber continues to serve as president of Orphans Against AIDS (OAA), an all-volunteer organization he founded while an undergraduate at Yale. Today, this international nonprofit provides academic scholarships and health care to more than 600 children who have been orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS in Africa and Asia. His HBS section donated part of the proceeds of a charity auction to OAA. And Klaber did some strenuous fundraising of his own. Last year, he ran the Boston and New York City marathons to raise money.Klaber started the organization after he spent a summer in northern Thailand, where he was shocked to see many teenage girls forced into prostitution after their parents had died of AIDS. As a young leader working to bring positive change to the developing world, he was invited to speak at the 2008 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland — a gathering that brings together top business, political, and intellectual leaders to discuss the world’s most pressing issues.Klaber was a founding member of Harvard Business School’s M.B.A. Oath, a voluntary HBS student-crafted pledge that asks graduating M.B.A.s at Harvard and elsewhere to re-examine and reaffirm the obligations they hold in the business world. No stranger to rowing (he was a member of Yale’s national championship lightweight crew), he captained the combined Law School and Business School eight that won the International Graduate School Regatta and was the top graduate school finisher at the Head of the Charles Regatta from 2006 to 2009.After Commencement, Klaber will work in investment management.Whitney F. Petersmeyer: important issuesWhitney F. Petersmeyer has spent much of her extracurricular time at Harvard Business School “promoting integrity, trust, and the ambition to make a difference” — the watchwords of the 20-member Leadership and Values (L&V) Committee to which she was elected as a first-year student and that she headed during her second year.As head of the committee, Petersmeyer effectively ran weekly meetings and provided advice and guidance for her colleagues. But she went far beyond that. She revitalized a speaker series on L&V issues, provided formal opportunities for end-of-year reflection, and updated a handbook for her successors detailing the chair’s tasks and responsibilities. In addition, last fall she worked with the School’s Joint Committee on Diversity to organize and facilitate a training session for all newly elected section officers.Petersmeyer complemented her efforts on behalf of leadership and values with her advocacy of the M.B.A. Oath, a pledge “to create value responsibly and ethically” that was developed by a group of HBS students in 2009 and has been signed by business school students around the world since then. Petersmeyer argued eloquently for its adoption in a Bloomberg BusinessWeek op-ed she co-authored last December. “We see the M.B.A. Oath as an important ‘first step’ of a long journey toward improved business leadership,” the editorial said.Petersmeyer also was a two-time participant in the New Orleans Immersion Experience, a yearly on-site effort by Business School students, faculty, and staff members to help the city continue its recovery from the ravages of Hurricane Katrina.The U.S. education system got her full attention last summer, when she worked as a research analyst for Teach for America, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of urban and rural public schools. Recently named an HBS Leadership Fellow (a Business School program that encourages M.B.A. students to take jobs in nonprofit and public-sector organizations by partially subsidizing their salaries for a year), she will return to Teach for America after graduation.last_img read more

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Top 5 Reasons to Adopt PowerOne for SAP S/4HANA

first_imgAs the head of our Business Applications Solutions engineering team for Dell EMC, I make it a point to talk with our customers about moving to SAP S/4HANA.Many of our customers have migrated at least one of their SAP systems to SAP S/4HANA, but it’s usually limited to the set of system roles like sandbox, test, or dev. So, what’s keeping them from tackling mission-critical workloads that help run the business, like Finance, HR and Manufacturing?Two things: complexity and risk. Every one of our customers has plans for modernizing their IT infrastructure, but they don’t always know how to get there. When it comes to mission-critical apps, most of our customers are also evaluating hybrid cloud options.We recently announced Dell EMC PowerOne, a new autonomous infrastructure system designed to simplify and automate IT operations across Dell EMC compute, storage, and networking. This all-in-one system has a built-in automation engine designed to be the automation control plane that delivers VMware infrastructure and removes the burden of building, maintaining, and supporting the infrastructure. This will allow our customers to focus on their business.In simple terms, PowerOne gets customers up and running faster, automating thousands of tasks (like deploying, expanding and repurposing resources) and doing it all through an integrated GUI or a single API. As I considered this level of infrastructure automation and its ability to truly manage the entire system as Infrastructure as Code, I realized that PowerOne provides an SAP-certified best-of-breed performance platform for SAP landscape consolidation. This platform helps you prepare and chart a clear migration path for SAP applications to HANA and to S4/HANA.Here’s five examples of what you can achieve and why with PowerOne:Modernize the core. Move from SAP ERP to SAP S/4HANA while upgrading to the PowerOne all-in-one system with automation to easily configure and deploy your infrastructure.PowerOne delivers compute, networking, and storage in a converged infrastructure solution to reduce the time it takes to adopt a modern SAP infrastructure for both physical and virtual environments.Businesses running SAP on industry-standard VMware vSphere can spin up VMware clusters in just a few clicks. Consider cloning a system and migrating it into a new cluster without taxing a specialist or going through your ticketing system.With this in place, SAP Admins can more easily manage and expand the SAP infrastructure by using standardized API integration at the PowerOne system level. Lower TCO for SAP landscapes. PowerOne provides massive SAP landscape consolidation opportunities for all your SAP instances, both production and non-production, as well as other workloads. It delivers consistent performance at scale for highly virtualized SAP landscapes and effortlessly handles high random reads and writes. You can take advantage of the new flexible consumption options available with Dell Technologies On Demand.Get a jump start with hybrid-cloud. PowerOne is available as a validated design for the Dell Technologies Cloud, so you can begin to simplify your cloud experience. In the future, it will be integrated with VMware Cloud Foundation.Simplify and protect SAP landscapes. Make SAP maintenance easier by automating the management of SAP systems and their copies and refreshes using Dell EMC’s integration software, Enterprise Storage Integrator, with SAP’s Management GUI, SAP Landscape Management, ESI for SAP LaMa. You can automate the copy and refresh process and create backups faster with smaller data footprints for large SAP landscapes.When managing the move to SAP S/4HANA, IT organizations want the best time to value available on the market. Adopting PowerOne modernizes the core and sets you up for a future transition to the cloud.For a more detailed look at PowerOne visit Dell EMC PowerOne Autonomous Infrastructure and ESG First Look.Also check out all of our SAP Solution documentation, blogs, and demos here. We will be posting more content related to SAP on PowerOne as we build out our solutions in the lab. Fast track your implementation with SAP HANA Tailored Datacenter Integration (TDI). All PowerOne components are SAP HANA certified, including Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, PowerSwitch networking, and PowerMax storage.Dell EMC PowerEdge servers use the latest Intel processors to maximize application performance and SAP Application Performance Standard (SAPS) values, which are proven by the many “best-of” published SAP sales and distribution (SD) two-tier benchmark results.The highly intelligent PowerMax array is designed to meet the storage capacity and performance requirements of an all-flash enterprise data center. It delivers advanced storage technologies, featuring many data services and provides mission critical availability with SRDF for your SAP productions systems. PowerMax offers great scalability and can support up to 162 HANA productions nodes. PowerMax service levels can protect production performance from other workloads, allowing SAP customers to separate applications and databases based on performance requirements and business criticality.last_img read more

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