Notre Dame named to Forbes 2012 top college list

first_imgMembers of the Notre Dame community have long been aware of the University’s continual growth and rise to prominence as a national research university, but now the financial world is taking note as well. Earlier this month, business magazine Forbes ranked Notre Dame No. 12 on its 2012 list of America’s top colleges and universities. According to, this holistic ranking is based on information gathered from five general categories: postgraduate success, student satisfaction, debt, four-year graduation rate and competitive awards. Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Enrollment Don Bishop said the Forbes ranking methodology uses “reality-based outcomes” to measure the quality of American colleges and universities. “Forbes is a financial expert, so not surprisingly, they tend to look at outcomes in what your costs were for going to a school, the productivity of that school in graduation and student satisfaction and the actual success – not perception or prestige – five, 10, 20 years out after graduation,” Bishop said. “It is gratifying that Notre Dame rises even higher in that more realistic, outcomes-based approach.” Bishop said he believes Notre Dame fared well in Forbes’s ranking due to a correspondence between the values outlined in the ranking methodology and those of the University. “We tend to have the same values that Forbes seems to identify, such as the quality of undergraduate education, student access to faculty and the feeling that students are getting attention and inspiration from that faculty,” Bishop said. “We don’t intend to overuse rankings, but this particular ranking is more thoughtful and robust, and when we discuss where Notre Dame’s strengths lie, a lot of attributes [Forbes] articulates, we articulate.” Because the list includes both national research universities and liberal arts colleges, Notre Dame ranked eighth among its research university peers and No. 12 overall. This ranking places the University ahead of half the institutions in the Ivy League as well. “We think that’s a fair assessment,” Bishop said. “This ranking is a very useful tool for Notre Dame because it places us in a more advantaged situation in conversations with students to talk about the benefits of the University. Now you have an external source recognizing that and placing a high value on it, too.” One of those “Notre Dame benefits” acknowledged by the Forbes ranking is the University’s emphasis on financial support for students and its impact on the pool of students applying to Notre Dame, Bishop said. “We think financial support is important in lowering debt, and improvements in our financial aid over the last decade have moved Notre Dame up,” he said. “We’re now getting students to enroll that may not have enrolled 10 years ago because of our more supportive financial aid. That’s a strength that’s only going to get stronger.” The increased financial support for students in recent years has been facilitated by the simultaneous growth of the University’s endowment, which Bishop said now ranks in the top 10 among private universities, compared with its top-15 ranking 15 years ago. “We’re moving up in the success of the University due to the support provided by alumni and the general public,” Bishop said. “We also just completed a $2 billion alumni donation campaign last year, which was a historic accomplishment.” The growth of Notre Dame’s endowment has also allowed the University to invest more heavily in its faculty and campus facilities, Bishop said. “We have one of the top faculty cohorts in the country, and Notre Dame continues to invest in a stronger faculty each year,” he said. “The quality of the faculty and the access students have to that faculty has been a major investment in the last 10 to 15 years that’s only getting stronger each year.” Bishop said the combination of those three factors – faculty, financial aid and facilities – contribute to both the University’s growing reputation and its commitment to providing students with the best education possible. “Not only are we very good at raising money, but we’re very good at investing that money and getting a higher return, which means we can provide better facilities, faculty and aid,” Bishop said. “When you have those three things going your way, you’re going to keep making up ground on others as long as you know where you’re headed.” Although national college rankings like those of Forbes are generally held in esteem by much of the American public, Bishop said the University strives to “be a better Notre Dame” that holds true to its mission, rather than evolving into a “generic” top 10 university. “Notre Dame has a vision of where it’s headed in terms of mission … It is not driven by outside rankings. It’s driven by the belief that it’s our responsibility to get better every year in many different ways,” he said. “More importantly, we value a sense of obligation and service to others. We’re not here just to be No. 1 for our own benefit, but the more successful we are, the more we can serve others successfully, and people believe that here.” Despite the high financial costs of attending Notre Dame and Forbes’s focus on the economic value of a college education, Bishop said he believes enrolling in the University proves to be a “good return on a very expensive investment” in the long run. “Notre Dame has a very strong sense of mission and focus along with expanding resources that make us a better value today than when we charged much less some time ago,” he said. “Yes, it’s more expensive, but it’s worth a lot more.” Overall, Bishop said the Forbes ranking will further the University’s national reputation and attract high-quality applicant pools in the future, but it should not take away from Notre Dame’s unique character. “[The Forbes ranking] improves the conversation, but it should not dominate the conversation. It still needs to be about the unique benefits of Notre Dame,” Bishop said. “We’re No. 1 at who we are, so we need to get students who care about that.”last_img read more

Discover Trails, Music, and Top Speed Thrills in Bristol, Va./Tenn.

first_img Stay Awhile Anglers should make their way to South Holston Lake, an excellent spot for catching smallmouth bass. With much of the shoreline bordered by Cherokee National Forest, the lake provides a scenic spot for boaters and hikers alike. You could spend days fly fishing the South Holston River, a world class trout fishery, for native brook, brown, and rainbow trout.  A number of local parks offer a variety of ways to get outside in the winter. Sugar Hollow Park features an 18-hole disc golf course, miles of trail, and 75 camping sites. Mountain bikers of all skill levels will enjoy riding the network of singletrack trails through the park. Just across the state border, visit Steele Creek Park for 24 miles of trail through 2,000 acres of forested knobs and along the shore of a 54-acre lake. Make sure to stop in the nature center to learn about the natural history of the Southern Appalachians through exhibits and an interpretive arboretum. Follow the Lakeside Trail to Rooster Front for scenic picnic areas along Beaver Creek.  For that classic diner feel, complete with mouthwatering burgers, chili cheese fries, and milkshakes, Burger Bar has been a local staple since 1942. Bristol Gardens & Grill combines the flavors of their smoked meats with fresh produce and herbs, including smoked chicken salad and barbecue. Swing by Eatz on Moore Street for those comfort foods you’ve been craving like cornbread, fried chicken, and collard greens. When it comes to kicking back and refueling, Bristol offers a range of dining options to keep you happy and energized. Blackbird Bakery has something for every meal, from doughnuts and scones for breakfast to tarts and cupcakes for dessert. Get your day started with hot coffee, a smoothie, and homemade granola from Bloom Cafe & Listening Room. A few doors over, Bristol Bagel & Bakery serves up delicious breakfast sandwiches, baked goodies, and daily soups.  Settle in for the night at one of the area’s award-winning hotels. The Bristol Hotel, named a Top Ten City Hotel by Travel + Leisure and Top Pet Friendly Hotel by USA Today, features cozy rooms and a rooftop bar with views of the mountains. Since opening in the summer of 2020, The Sessions Hotel has quickly become a top destination for the country music lover with onsite music venues and a day spa. Both hotels are located in the heart of downtown with easy access to dining options and cultural amenities.  Straddling Virginia and Tennessee, Bristol provides the perfect winter getaway for adventurers of all kinds. Whether you’re looking for miles of scenic trails and trout waters, thrilling racing, toe-tapping music, or mouthwatering cuisine, the Twin Cities have it all for a safe and socially distant trip.  A visit to the area wouldn’t be complete without a stop at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, celebrating the iconic 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings and their lasting impact on country music today. The museum achieved Healthy Business Certification from the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry for its disease prevention plan to keep visitors safe while visiting. Plan a return visit in September for the 20th annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, featuring more than 100 of Appalachia’s best artists over the course of three days. Discover all of this, and more, when you visit Bristol on the Tennessee and Virginia border.  Finish off your day at one of the craft breweries or Lost State Distilling, the hottest new distillery in the area. Elderbrew has found their niche, producing small batches of hand-crafted ales and lagers. For the casual beer drinker interested in a little bit of everything, State Street Brewing Co. is a great post-adventure hangout for everyone. Grab a seat in Bristol’s historical bus station for one of Bristol Station Brews & Taproom’s refreshing drinks or try The Cascade Draft House for a rotating list of over 40 brews, ciders, sours, and seltzers that are sure to hit the spot. Voted the 2020 Best New Craft Distillery by USA Today, the spirits drinker will find a bourbon, gin, rum, vodka, or Tennessee whiskey to enjoy from Lost State Distilling.  The whole family will love visiting Bristol Motor Speedway. This winter is the perfect time to take in the Pinnacle Speedway in Lights show running from November 13 to January 2, a fun socially distanced activity. Explore more than 250 displays illuminated with over 2 million lights around the Speedway. The route will take you for a spin around the iconic half-mile banks of the speedway and down the legendary Thunder Valley dragstrip. Make sure to stop by the Christmas Village for local vendors and a light show set to music or reserve tickets for some time on the Tri-Cities Airport Ice Rink.  Head over to Mountain Sports Ltd. for all of your outdoor needs while you are in town. From an in-shop bike mechanic and camping gear to fly tying classes and a wealth of local knowledge, these outdoor enthusiasts carry a wide range of brands and products to keep you safe and warm on any outing this winter.  Start your visit with a walk, run, or bike ride on the Mendota Trail. With 6.2 miles currently open for recreation, this gravel and natural surface trail is fun for the whole family. You can even break out your cross country skis if the area gets enough snow. When completed, the rail trail will run 12.5 miles from Bristol to Mendota, Va., connecting the two towns and taking visitors past rolling hills and scenic waterways. Get out of the cold and explore the rest of what Bristol has to offer. Head underground into the Bristol Caverns, where the ancient Underground River carved out vaulted chambers over millions of years. Each room highlights stunning displays of natural stone formations like arches, columns, cascades, and draperies. Temperatures inside remain constant throughout the year, making it the perfect adventure no matter the weather. Located in a restored 1850 Victorian home, J Frank specializes in top notch seafood, steaks, and craft cocktails with a unique ambiance. Or sit down for a family style meal at Taste, Wood-Fired Kitchen, an open-air establishment that shows off the beauty of Nicewonder Farm & Vineyard and the surrounding area. Stop by The Southern Churn for a post dinner sweet treat, including homemade ice cream and kettle cooked fudge. last_img read more

E-skimming: The new never-ending war on online fraud

first_img continue reading » Names like Ticketmaster, Best Buy, Delta Airlines and the Atlanta Hawks might conjure images of fun and entertainment, but they all have something more unfortunate in common – all have been victims of digital fraud.Like physical skimmers that criminals hide in compromised POS machines, gas pumps, and ATMs, digital card skimmers have been successful at stealing plastic card data from unwitting customers via the websites of the above-mentioned businesses. But they are not alone. “E-skimmers,” as they are commonly known, have continuously ramped up in frequency, sophistication, and impact over the past several years, resulting in millions of dollars in losses from many well-known businesses and organizations.How Does E-skimming Occur?E-skimming occurs when hackers install a malware code in the checkout section of a merchant’s website. At a more granular level, they inject “scripts” into e-commerce websites that record the card data entered in payment forms. While the cardholder is completing their order and submitting their payment information, the malware siphons the data such as credit/debit card number, expiration date, CVV2/CVC2, name and address to a separate server. Hackers are also focusing on third-party vendors, as well as chat boxes used by online merchants to further commit e-skimming crimes. But it doesn’t stop there. To add to the ever-growing channels to commit fraud schemes, mobile devices are being used for fraud more than ever, while consumers are becoming more susceptible to social engineering attacks they receive. The reason? Everyday tasks can serve as a distraction; they essentially hinder consumers’ abilities to pay careful attention to any personal information that is being requested. 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2018 Highlights, KKR vs MI: Mumbai win by 102 runs, keep play-off dreams alive

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. KKR (Playing XI): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Tom Curran, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav # Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and opted to bowl first Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma(c), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Jean-Paul Duminy, Ishan Kishan(w), Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah New Delhi: Kolkata Knight Riders host Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in the Indian Premier League 2018. Both the teams are fighting for the 4th spot to qualify for the playoffs and a win on Thursday will set the ball rolling for the winning team.Interesting Fact: MI have enjoyed an incredible run against KKR, winning 17, while the hosts have managed just five wins. IPL LIVE CRICKET SCORE: KKR vs MIHere are the Highlights KKR vs MI IPL Match:# Mumbai Indians win by 102 runs! Big big victory!# 18.1 Overs: OUT! All out! Kuldeep Yadav lbw b Krunal Pandya 5(15) KKR 108-all out# 13.5 Overs: OUT! One more goes..Chawla c Suryakumar Yadav b Cutting 11(13) KKR 93/8# 10.2 Overs: OUT! Shambles! Absolute Shambles..Rinku Singh c Ishan Kishan b Bumrah 5(3) KKR 76/7# 9.2 Overs: OUT! Oh boy..KKR dug out looks devastated. Nitish Rana c Cutting b Hardik Pandya 21(19)  KKR 67/6# 9.1 Overs: OUT! Now its just matter of time. Karthik run out (Duminy/Hardik Pandya) 5(3)  KKR 67/5# 8.6 Overs: FOUR! DK smacked it! KKR 67/4# 7.6 Overs: OUT! This is disastrous..A Russell c Markande b Hardik Pandya 2(4) KKR 54/4# 6.4 Overs: OUT! Straight to the fielder. Uthappa c Suryakumar Yadav b Markande 14(13) KKR 49/3# 5.3 Overs: FOUR! Second of the over by Rana. KKR 47/2# 3.6 Overs: OUT! Big big wicket! A total mess in the middle and Lynn departs. Chris Lynn run out (Suryakumar Yadav/Krunal Pandya) 21(15)  KKR 32/2# 0.5 Overs: FOUR! Lynn times it this time! Pulls it away. KKR 12/1# 0.4 Overs: FOUR! Huge slog and gets the outside edge for a boundary. KKR 8/1# 0.2 Over: OUT! Oh thats a huge blow for KKR. Narine c Krunal Pandya b McClenaghan 4(2) KKR 4/2# 0.1 Over: FOUR! Narine start off in style. KKR 4/0# Kolkata Knight Riders need to chase a massive target of 211.# 19.6 Overs: SIX! A big one by Krunal to end the innings. MI 210/5# 19.3 Overs: FOUR! A boundary after back to back sixes. MI 204/5# 18.3 Overs: SIX! Big man with a big hit. MI 184/5# 18.2 Overs: OUT! Maiden wicket for Prasidh Krishna. Rohit c Uthappa b Prasidh 36(31) MI 178/5# 17.6 Overs: OUT! Pandya went for the big one again but skied it. Hardik Pandya c Rinku Singh b Tom Curran 19(13) MI 177/4# 17.5 Overs: SIX! One hand effort by Pandya 177/3# 17.1 Overs: SIX! Smoked away by Hardik Pandya. MI 168/3# 14.4 Overs: OUT! Narine gets the danger man! What an innings this was..Ishan Kishan c Uthappa b Narine 62(21) MI 144/3# 14.3 Overs: SIX! Kishan is on fire!! MI 144/2# 13.6 Overs: SIX! FOUR CONSECUTIVE SIXES by Ishan Kishan. Phew! MI 137/2# 12.6 Overs: FOUR! Not great bowling by the young Krishna. MI 112/2# 12.4 Overs: FOUR! Back to back boundaries for Rohit. MI 107/2# After 11 Overs, Mumbai Indians are 86/2# 8.6 Overs: OUT! Big big wicket for KKR. Suryakumar Yadav c Rinku Singh b Chawla 36(32) MI 62/2# 7.4 Overs: FOUR! All about sweeps and flicks when Yadav is playing. MI 59/1# 5.4 Overs: OUT! Thats a bizzare way to get out! Lewis c Chris Lynn b Chawla 18(13) MI 47/1# 5.2 Overs: FOUR! Smoked away by Yadav through the mid off region. MI 45/0# 5.1 Overs: FOUR! Swept away by Yadav. MI 41/0# 4.4 Overs: FOUR! Hammered away by Lewis, give him in his arch and he will do that all day. MI 35/0# 3.6 Overs: FOUR! Slapped away Lewis and the quick outfield does the rest. MI 30/0# 2.4 Overs: FOUR! Suryakumar is enjoying brilliant form. MI 22/0# 2.2 Overs: FOUR! Cracking shot! # 0.4 Overs: FOUR! Suryakumar start it! Fantastic shot. MI 4/0# Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis are there to open. Russell with the new ball! TEAMS: last_img read more