Alum details ND relations in D.C.

first_imgTuesday evening, Notre Dame alum and lobbyist John Sturm hosted an informal dialogue with students in the Coleman-Morse lounge, which highlighted the relations between the University and Washington.Sturm, Notre Dame’s Associate Vice President for Federal and Washington Relations, said he acts as a lobbyist for the University in Washington, where he has chosen to reside after attending Indiana University for law school. Throughout his career, he has worked as a lawyer for NBC, a lobbyist for CBS and for the Newspaper Association of America, the latter of which he was also CEO.The goal of the dialogue was to discuss his goals in advancing interest in Notre Dame in Washington, Sturm said. He works with associations focused on higher education, such as the National Association of Independent Colleges.“One of the most important aspects of my job is to be informed,” Sturm said. “In order to maximize benefit of what Notre Dame does, it is good to have advanced knowledge of what is going on.”Specifically, Sturm described his work with Notre Dame professors Bill Evans and Joe Sullivan and the Lab for Economic Opportunities at Notre Dame.  The lab has a contract with Catholic Charities that allows it to access valuable antipoverty data, Sturm said.“The human resources subcommittee took special interest in this research [and] I helped to connect them with [professor] Evans and [professor] Sullivan,” Sturm said.Sturm said he is also part of a science coalition and a sports coalition in Washington.“As a representative of a major research university, I work to help the [public relations] aspect of research at Notre Dame and to remind the federal government of the importance of funding science,” he said.As a member of the sports coalition, Sturm said he works with the University of Michigan and the NCAA to keep an eye on legislation that affects sports.Sturm described another project that he is working on, which involves a task force in the U.S. Senate that focuses on making universities more efficient in accreditation processes.In response to one student’s question, Sturm offered advice for Notre Dame students who are interested in a career in Washington.“If you are interested in Washington, look at the government, look at the hill, and get an area of expertise that you can call your own, a sort of home base. This will help you in the long run.”Tags: Federal relationship, John Stern, ND alum, notre dame and d.c., Washington D.C.last_img read more

Strategy or agility: What comes first?

first_imgConfusing levels of strategic leadership were the focus of a post last fall, during a key season for strategic planning. Last week, strategic agility was the focus of speeches at a conference for credit union board chairs and CEOs. These interesting and robust conversations amongst conference attendees included reflections and speculative questions on how to acquire or enhance strategy and agility.So, which comes first, strategic leadership or agility? This morning, I started to create a mind map called Strategic Leadership and Organization Agility, and I struggled until I realized what was missing! The leadership type is crucial. What kinds of leaders are needed to have a sustainable organization with a viable, living strategic plan and organizational agility?The types of leaders in your organization influence its success in strategy and agility. An abundance of strategic and visionary leaders with minimal transactors, processors, and builders roadblocks innovative and strategic thinking,. A team comprised of all process-oriented leaders, on the other hand, draws attention away from the organization’s vision and purpose.I dusted off a piece of research from a couple years ago on the eight basic leadership archetypes. Most boards have a significant percentage of process-oriented members, and many of those boards, however, want a strategically focused CEO as part of succession planning. This dynamic is both challenging and exciting, as the board wants to act more strategically yet also has process-oriented members.An embedded organization culture, simplistically, either has an appropriate blend of leadership archetypes or is weighted toward one or two of the eight basic archetypes. Check out these high-level archetype descriptors. Which best represent your own, your overall executive team’s, and your organization’s leadership archetype?The StrategistIs excellent at abstract, imaginative thinkingHas a long-term orientationHas the ability to see the big picture and to plan accordinglyIs a great conceptualizer and can present all the optionsHas the capacity to think globallyCan think laterally; is a groundbreakerIs excellent at aligning vision with strategyThe Change CatalystRecognizes opportunities for organizational transformationHas a great capacity to identify and sell the need for changeIs talented at entrepreneurship and prepared to take on risky, independent assignmentsIs always looking for new, challenging assignmentsPossesses a great sense of urgencyCan make difficult decisions and is tough mindedHas aptitude at selecting talent to get the job doneThe TransactorPrefers novelty, adventure, and explorationThrives on new challengesIs not very interested in day-to-day managementMakes a great deal maker or negotiatorEmbraces change and has strong risk tolerancehas a great talent for spotting new opportunitiesIs proactive, adaptive, and focused on the short termThe BuilderGreatly needs to be independent and in controlHas an enormous amount of energy, drive, dynamism, and enterprisePossesses enormous perseverance and a great capacity to deal with setbacksCan live with a great deal of insecurity and ambiguous situationsHas the capacity to thrive under pressure due to a long-term focusHas a high but calculated risk-taking propensityPossesses moderate social skills and has difficulty dealing with authorityThe InnovatorHas a great drive to pursue creative and imaginative ideasIs always on the lookout for new projects and activitiesIs never satisfied with developing ideas and has difficulty with closureTolerates and even enjoys complex problem solvingSets stretch goals for whatever needs to be accomplishedIs not political or is quite naïve about organizational politicsIs not interested in organization politics.The ProcessorHas a systemic outlook and a positive attitude toward authorityIs effective at turning abstract concepts into practical actionIs effective at providing structure, processes, and boundariesDislikes unstructured situationsAdheres to rules and proceduresIs self-disciplined, reliable, efficient, cooperative, and conscientiousIs excellent at time managementThe CoachPrefers novelty, adventure, and explorationIs empathic (has a high EQ), is good at listening, and inspires trustHas an affinity for people and is cooperativeIs excellent at handling difficult interpersonal and group situationsHas talent for creating high-performance cultures and teamsIs a great developer of people and is great at giving constructive feedbackPrefers participatory management 39SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Deedee Myers Deedee Myers is founder and CEO of DDJ Myers, Ltd. and co-founder of the Advancing Leadership Institute. For the past 20 years, she has been passionate about establishing and developing … Web: Details The Communicator Is excellent at communicating broad themes and the big pictureHas impressive theatrical skills and talent at creating make-believeCan reframe difficult situations positivelyHas a talent for influencing othersIs good at networking, building alliances, and attracting others’ attentionIs excellent at managing various stakeholdersIs not too proud to ask for outside help and use advisors or a consulting firm Too much of a good thing The above descriptors highlight the advantages of each leadership archetype. How do we know there is too much of a good thing? Too much focus on strategy or vision can leave people behind in the execution; the innovator can have less-than-desired communication skills; the coach could have issues with holding people accountable; and the communicator may talk too much or neglect effective action. You get the gist. . .Now, we come back to the question: Which comes first, strategic leadership or agility? I appreciate having an understanding of the key participants: Which people are occupying the seats on a bus, and which seats are occupied with ineffective participants? When the organization’s leadership has a blend of archetypes, the subsequent strategic conversation is facilitated differently than if the team, including the board, mostly consists of just two of the eight archetypes. The strategic outcome still needs to be relevant and timely and to perpetuate value to the stakeholders.last_img read more

WHO confirms H5N1 deaths in Vietnam, Indonesia

first_imgJan 24, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed that two more people have died of H5N1 avian influenza, a 34-year-old man from Vietnam and a 30-year-old man from Indonesia. Both cases were reported previously.The Vietnamese man, from Tuyen Quang province, about 50 miles northwest of Hanoi, got sick on Jan 10, was hospitalized 6 days later, and died on Jan 18, according to a WHO statement. He is now confirmed as the country’s 102nd H5N1 case-patient and 48th death. He was previously reported to be 32 years old.Investigators determined the man had had contact with sick and dead poultry before he became ill, the WHO said. He had slaughtered and cooked chickens and geese on his backyard farm, the Associated Press reported yesterday. The WHO said animal health officials tested poultry from his village and found they were infected with the H5N1 virus.The WHO also announced that a 30-year-old Indonesian man who was confirmed yesterday as the country’s 120th-case patient died today. His age was previously reported as 32. His death raises the WHO’s fatality total for Indonesia to 98.The man was from Tangerang, a suburb of Jakarta. He fell ill on Jan 13 and was hospitalized 6 days later, according to yesterday’s WHO statement. Investigators are trying to determine the source of his infection. The man was a sales executive at an automobile company, Indonesia’s National Committee for Avian Influenza Control and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness reported on Jan 22.The two deaths push the WHO’s global H5N1 fatality total to 221, and the Vietnamese man’s illness raises the global case count to 353.See also:Jan 24 WHO statement on Vietnamese deathJan 24 WHO statement on Indonesian deathlast_img read more

Pearson begins search for single West End site

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Uniting the Lands

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Legislative Panel Looks At Teen Sex Abuse Rate

first_imgIndiana lawmakers are going to review the high rate of teenage sexual assaults in the state. The goal is to seek better protection for children.A legislative panel heard from several experts about the problem on Thursday. The Centers for Disease Control said just over 17 percent of girls in grades 9 to 12 have reported being raped. The national average is 10.5 percent.Officials believe the number may be even higher because many victims never speak up.Some said talking openly about the issue is a good way to make a change. Therapist Malia Crosby, who was sexually assaulted when she was 16, said the lack of public discussion about the issue makes it difficult for a teen to even understand if they were a victim of a sex crime.“Sometimes sitting in that discomfort, you can make great strides. I think that’s kind of what we’re doing here. This is uncomfortable, but we can do great things from that,” Crosby said.last_img read more

Dr. Virgil R. Grunkemeyer

first_imgDr. Virgil R. Grunkemeyer, 86, of Rockford, IL passed Friday, January 19, 2018. Born December 25, 1931 in Brookville, Indiana, he is the son of Frank and Rose (Gallagher) Grunkemeyer.He attended 2 years of high school at St. Meinrad Seminary, then entered the military and achieved a rank of Master Sergeant E-7. Virgil attained a dual degree in Business Management and Business Education from Indiana University. His masters and Ed.D were earned from Ball State University for Elementary Education and Educational Administration. He was a teacher, principal and professor of Education at Bradley University for 23 years, and superintendent later in life. He was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America and Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed boating, swimming and gardening and was blessed to be married for 46 years.Virgil is survived by his wife Wanita (Dossett) Rockford, Illinois; sons, Brian and Roger Grunkemeyer both of Seattle, Washington; daughters Angela Grunkemeyer, Englewood, Colorado; Dr. Monica (John) Martens, Naperville, Illinois; sister Rosella Billman of Sunman, Indiana; brother Clete Grunkemeyer of Morris, Indiana and grandchildren Samantha, Claire, and Daisy Martens. He is preceded by his parents; sister, Florence Grunkemeyer and grandson, John Will Martens.A visitation is being held Tuesday, January 23rd at Fitzgerald Funeral Home in Rockford, Illinois and a service 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 24th at Holy Family Church in Rockford.  Visitation locally will be Thursday, January 25th, from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Friday, January 26th, at St. Mary’s of the Rock Church.  The family requests memorials to the Boy Scouts of America.last_img read more

18 Titles at Stake in NTTF National Championships

first_img“This is another opportunity for our players to showcase their skills as well as play themselves into the national teams. After the sterling performance of Aruna Quadri at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, it is clear to us that with more efforts we can produce more Quadris that will stun the world.“This national championship is another platform that our players have to prove their mettle and we are set to ensure that it is of high standard. Also, we are adding that para events in order to give more of the special athletes to exhibit their talents so that we can have more of them making it to the Paralympic Games,” Peters said.Peters, who was one of the umpires that handled proceedings at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games said that that deadline of registration of teams and players for the championship is scheduled for October 31while the championship holds on November 15 to 19.President of NTTF, Wahid Oshodi stressed that the tournament is meant to complement efforts being made by the federation to unearth talents as well as engage the players in order to keep them active for major competitions.“The tournament is meant to complement our efforts at ensuring the players are in top shape at all times. The federation is also seeking the next generation of national team players at both senior and junior levels.“We must have players ready to challenge and take over from the likes of Segun Toriola. Our junior team has done exceedingly well over the last couple of years but we have discovered new very young players at our U-16 League and during the Premier Lotto Nigeria Open and this will be another opportunity for our coaches to assess them.“We need to keep the players busy. We still have a busy schedule after the Olympics till the end of the year with the African Senior Championships, World Junior Championships, Clubs League, second phase of the U-16 League and the President’s Cup. So we must continue our development and ensure we have programmes to develop our players, coaches, administrators and umpires,” the NTTF boss said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Hundreds of players across the country are expected to battle for the 18 titles at stake in the maiden Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) National Championships scheduled for November.Also, table tennis action will return to the Indoor Hall of the National Stadium in Lagos as the venue will host the six-day championship expected to throw up talents for the country.Senior, junior, cadet, para and veteran athletes are expected to compete for the diadems at stake at the championships.According to the Tournament Director, John Peters, singles and doubles events would be part of the tournament while singles events will be the major focus in all the categories.last_img read more

Beach volleyball sweeps in double-header

first_imgUSC faced Long Beach State and Grand Canyon in a double-header on Tuesday,  winning each matchup 3-2.Freshman Tina Graudina returns a shot at the net. Ling Luo | Daily TrojanBefore they took on 6th-ranked Long Beach State at Merle Norman Stadium, the team celebrated Jenna Belton and Jo Kremer’s Senior Day. Playing extensively at the fifth court for the past few years, Kremer and Belton’s contributions were crucial to USC’s national championship runs.“Jo and Jenna carried us to three national championships,”  head coach Anna Collier said. “They were our rock, and every time we won a big major event, they won. It’s really sad to see them go. They were really the foundation of what we had for the last four years.”The matches opened up with Belton and freshman Maja Kaiser taking on Long Beach State’s Zoi Konstantopoulou and Nicci Reinking on the fourth court.Konstantopoulou and Reinking went up early over Belton and Kaiser, going up by as much as 7-16 before taking the first set 11-21. Konstantopoulou and Reinking would go on a 13-7 run the rest of the way to earn Long Beach State’s first point of the evening.Looking to tie the dual, USC turned to graduate transfer Alexandra Poletto and freshman Haley Hallgren, who took on Hannah Matt and Marisa Ramsey. In the first set, Poletto’s height proved to be a difference maker as she blocked many of Matt and Ramsey’s efforts to score and led to a 21-16 win in the opener.In the second set, Poletto and Hallgren had the game on the brink with a 20-19 lead before Matt and Ramsey went on a 3-0 run to steal the set. In the decisive third set, Matt and Ramsey came out aggressively, taking a 7-10 lead. However, after a timeout, Poletto and Hallgren would go on an 8-3 run of their own to take the point.Looking to bounce back from a 1-3 record in last weekend Pac-12 North Invitational, sophomores Joy Dennis and Cammie Dorn battling Megan Kruidof and Rachel Nieto were locked in early on and kept the match tight at 13-15 as a timeout was called. After the break, Dennis and Dorn were shutout, dropping the set 13-21. The two then went on to lose the second set 8-21, and Long Beach State claimed their second point.On the third court, USC’s pair of junior Terese Cannon and freshman Sammy Slater took an early lead over Kristyna Adamcikova and Hailey Harward in the 1st set. They then crushed the Long Beach State duo winning the set 21-9. The second set was more competitive, but Adamcikova and Harward were unable to solve Cannon and Slater’s defense, losing 21-15 and tying the dual for USC.Despite powerful shots from freshman Tina Graudina and junior Abril Bustamante on the first Court, Long Beach State’s Nele Barber and Sasha Karelov responded well on the first court, leading up to a 17-17 tie late in the first set. Eventually Graudina and Bustamante’s onslaught proved too much too handle as a few costly errors from Karelov and Barber gave USC the first set 21-18. It was the same story in set two, as Karelov and Barber were unable to match Graudina and Bustamante’s power and the match ended in a win for the Trojans. After the 3-2 win against Long Beach State, USC took on No. 16 Grand Canyon.Poletto and Hallgren played Grand Canyon’s Jessica Clark and Jamie Walsh. The match started unevenly for USC’s fifth pair, falling behind early 2-8 and eventually losing in the first set. Despite responding well in the second set, Clark’s and Walsh’s crafty shots would prove to be too much too handle and USC conceded the second set 20-22, giving Grand Canyon the first points of the dual.On court four, Belton and Kaiser looked to bring USC back against Katie Pyles and Madi Relaz. Kaiser and Belton went up 13-8 early in the first set and never looked back. In the second set, Belton and Kaiser fought back from a deficit to take an 18-15 lead, and Kaiser would score the next 4 points to tie up the dual for USC.On the first and second court, Graudina and Bustamante, and Cannon and Slater both took care of business as usual to seal the win for USC. With the dual already decided, Grand Canyon’s Natalie Honzovicova and Katie Sarber defeated the struggling Dennis and Dorn 21-17, 21-16.Along with the matches’ importance for the standings, the two wins were also crucial for the Trojans’ mindset moving forward.“These were must-wins for us,” Belton said. “Today was big because both matches that we won were huge team wins. Different people won at different spots and that’s what it’s about at the end of the day.”The Women of Troy will have about a week and half to prepare for the Pac-12 Tournament beginning next Thursday at Stanford.last_img read more