Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to join Notre Dame faculty

first_imgPaul Ryan, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, will join the Notre Dame faculty as a guest lecturer in economics and political science, the University announced in a press release Monday.Ryan, who recently finished two consecutive terms as Speaker of the House, has served as a Republican representative of Wisconsin’s first congressional district for the last 20 years. He will be joining former Indiana senator Joe Donnelly and former White House chief-of-staff Denis McDonough as “professors of the practice” at the University, the release said.“The study of political science is strengthened when students hear from people with real-world policy and political experience,” David Campbell, chair of the political science department at Notre Dame, said. “Having former officials in the classroom provides important insights for students — an opportunity to put the theories we study to the test.”Ryan will be lecturing on topics such as the basics of the United States government, current polarization in American politics and the intersection between Catholicism and economics, among other topics, the release said.Ryan has had family ties with Notre Dame for over 20 years, the release said.“[He] has his own connection to Notre Dame, where his brothers Stan and Tobin earned their bachelor’s degrees in economics,” the release said. “Ryan has visited Notre Dame many times over the years and now looks forward to getting directly involved with its students and faculty.”Ryan said he is looking forward to working and collaborating with Notre Dame students.“As an Irish Catholic from the Midwest, the University of Notre Dame has always held a special place in my heart,” Ryan said in the release. “It is an honor to be part of a University where Catholic principles, robust debates, academic freedoms and diverse viewpoints are allowed to flourish. As much as I hope to impart as a lecturer, I know that I will learn a tremendous amount from Notre Dame’s remarkable students as we discuss the big challenges before our nation and collaborate on how best to address them.”Ryan will assume his position as guest lecturer during the 2019-2020 academic year.Tags: denis mcdonough, Joe Donnelly, Paul Ryan, professor-of-the-practice, speaker of the houselast_img read more

Mountain Mama: Where’s The Line?

first_img“I want to go back to the Islands,” my four-year old looked up with me with his blue eyes rimmed with golden flecks. He asked it with a hint of expectation, as if going to the Caribbean was as easy to pull off as a jaunt to the park.I brushed his golden locks off his forehead with my fingers, as I stumbled through an explanation of how special our sailing trip had been.When we spent a month on a sailboat, he’d tell me, “I want to go home.” He missed hanging out with guys and would complain, “These girls are giving me a big, hard time.”Once when the boat got so heeled over that we stared at the sea passing within a few inches reach, he screamed, “I don’t want to drown.”Hearing his high-pitch scream undid me that afternoon. I worried I’d pushed his comfort zone too far. Instead of exposing him to an incredible learning opportunity, I’d terrified him.I wondered:  Where does one draw the line when challenging their kid to get outside, pushing them to try new sports and new experiences? I asked myself whether a month was too long for my son to be out of his routine, how many hours was too long to sail each day. One day I’d think I’d made a bad decision, and the next something on the boat sparked his interest. He’d ask how the engine worked or poke his head in while we were doing the morning engine check, asking us about each part. My son asked how the boat turned and how the anchor held us in place.Getting comfortable on the boat wasn’t immediate. One hour he’d be full of questions and ideas, I could see the excitement in his eyes. The next he’d be complaining that didn’t want to go sailing. Later on he’d pee off the side of the boat and I’d see him shine with pride that he felt comfortable doing things on his own in a new environment.By the end of the month, he’d be the first to point out a surfacing turtle or a swooping pelican. He knew how to turn the engine on and off, and could even steer the dinghy on his own. At four, he could explain how the windlass worked to lower the anchor and what we needed to do in order to sail upwind. I glimpsed the person he’d become. He would want to help out and get right in the mix, learning. He would have an easy relationship with his own skin and be most comfortable outside.If I’d balked when my son was the uncomfortable, he wouldn’t have struggled, faced with opportunities to grow. The big leaps in his development sometimes happened suddenly, after days of struggling with his attitude. I realized that sometimes to know where the line is between what our kids can and can’t take on requires that parents cross them. Boundaries aren’t linear nor do they stay constant.last_img read more

Upping the game for credit union directors

first_imgExpectations and demands on credit union boards have never been greater. Challenges of ever-changing business trends and industry disruption, especially related to technology and cybersecurity, require advanced skill levels and continuous learning. When you add the constant demands of contributing to and overseeing strategy, it means that credit union directors must up their game. Directors need the background, skills, and a commitment to continuous improvement through learning to execute their responsibilities as board members, to handle strategic challenges and to make sure management is up to the test. The days of thinking of strategy as an annual, “review-and-concur” event are over. Waiting for an annual strategic planning retreat means missing threats and opportunities. Credit union boards appreciate that they must be more involved with and pay more attention to strategy. A recent survey by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) illustrates how public company directors know they must do more. The NACD found that 71% of directors surveyed felt they should better understand the risks and opportunities that affect performance and drive strategic choices. Nearly as many directors (67%) said their boards needed to improve contribution to strategy development and boost oversight of strategy execution.Boards must make discussing strategy a priority at every meeting, and robust board engagement with strategy takes time. The NACD reported, however, that over half of the directors they surveyed felt that there was not adequate time for in-depth strategy discussion at board meetings. Effective and well-designed, regularly refreshed CEO dashboards are a focus for our clients. They can help directors stay briefed between meetings and allow directors to track strategy implementation between meetings. Directors arrive at meetings prepared for thoughtful engagement. For credit unions, like public companies, technology is very often critical to strategy. Yet, the NACD found that only about 50% of the directors surveyed discussed the technology investment needed to support strategy at their meetings. Additionally, only 38% felt they had sufficient metrics to assess the progress of technology-related strategies. Cyber security is critical to credit unions and public companies alike. Yet practically all of the NACD respondents felt challenged in gaining adequate knowledge to oversee cybersecurity issues. Even the directors who are most knowledgeable in this area are finding the quickly and continuously changing nature of cyber threats difficult to monitor. Imagine the difficulty of a director without such a background. Rigorous strategic decision-making depends on the quality of director knowledge and experience. Many credit unions, however, find that the skill level does not meet current demands and that adjustments are needed. Every credit union’s situation is different, and many know what needs to be done but are unsure how to execute these changes effectively and with a process that is fair, criteria-based and strategic. Enhanced director skill levels combined with a focus on continuous learning, strengthens the board’s culture and its ability to oversee the credit union’s business and contribute to enhancing member products and services on an ongoing basis. 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: www.Stuartlevine.com Detailslast_img read more

HIFL 2018: Unilorin, OAU Secure Home Win in 1st Leg Semis

first_imgThe game tensed up in the first half with the two teams giving a brilliant account of themselves.OAU Giants Toba James converted a kick from the penalty spot in the 40th minute before leading HiFL goalscorer Ebuka David equalized for the visitors with a penalty kick also to close out the first half in the 45th minute.UAM Tillers continued to mount pressure on the home team and it did not take too long for Ebuka to record a brace in the 61st minute of the second half. However, the joy of the visiting team was short lived as OAU Giants were awarded another penalty, which Toba James converted in the 66th minute.OAU Giants and HiFL 2018 awesome revelation, Kehinde Oripelaye put the home team ahead in the 84th minute with an amazing strike to make the scores 4:3. However, the visiting team were awarded a red card after Shaibu Benjamin fouled OAU forward Toba James, before the Home team took advantage of the visiting team’s deficiency to seal their victory with a late strike from Toba James to give the home team a comfortable 5:3 win.The second leg of the semi-finals is scheduled for the 17th of October 2018.The HIFL is organised by Pace Sports and Entertainment Marketing in partnership with the Nigerian Universities Games Association (NUGA).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Unilorin Warriors secured a comfortable first leg win at home against UNICAL Malabites in the first round of semi-final matches of the 2018 Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL®).Unilorin Warriors striker, Kabir Akanbi scored the only goal in the 55th minute to put the home team in good standing for the second leg in Calabar.The Unilorin Warriors showed early glimpses of flash touches on the ball and dictated the play for some minutes. However, as soon as the UNICAL Malabites settled in to play the game, the contest became more intense as both teams did all they could to outplay each other. KabirAkanbi’s brilliant effort defined the game as the boys from Calabar could not get the needed equalizer and would wait till the second leg in two weeks’ time to give a better account of themselves.At another venue in Ife, OAU Giants, showed class at home against the Tillers from Makurdi, as they defeated the team by five goals to three in what could be described as one of the most exciting fixtures of the tournament. Seyi James gave the giants an early 8th minute lead with a superb strike before Ogbole Emmanuel, equalized for the UAM Tillers in the 15th minute.last_img read more