Why it is important to have a formal strategy for retaining talented people

first_img10. ImplicationsOrganisations that understand employee retention and itscauses will ultimately have a competitive edge. However, HR professionals mightnot be using the best approach to introducing changes that will improveretention. In fact, the consensus is that turnover in organisations willincrease. To avoid the damage and costs of increased staff turnover,organisations need to act now to improve their retention efforts. 2. Cost of replacementThe cost of replacing an employee ranges from 29 to 46 percent of the person’s salary. In the US, staff turnover costs the average firmmore than $27m (£17m) each year. This figure includes the cost of advertising,travel, interviewing time (spent by managers), lost productivity and otherassociated expenses. On average, the cost of replacing a manager is three timesthat of replacing a non-manager. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. www.ddiworld.com 6. Failing to understand the causes of retentionAlthough HR professionals recognise some of the mostimportant retention drives, they miss these factors more often than theyunderstand. They are especially likely to ignore the importance of aco-operative and trusting work environment. They also fail to see how muchemployees value the meaning of the work they do. HR professionals need to makesure they understand the retention drivers in their company before they takeaction. 5. Primary drivers of retentionWhile pay and benefits do matter, employees are moreconcerned with the level of fulfilment they get from their jobs. They also feelthat working with an understanding supervisor or manager in a co-operativeenvironment is important.  Organisationsshould focus on making sure that the people they hire are a good match for thejob and the work culture. 1. Staff turnover is a major issue and set to increaseOn average, organisations expect staff turnover to increase.Turnover is much more common for frontline and non-managerial workers. It ispredicted that an increasingly competitive labour market will make findingqualified candidates more difficult in the future. Organisations thatunderstand retention and its causes will experience a competitive edge. Everytime a position becomes vacant, an organisation becomes less capable of meetingits goals. Previous Article Next Article Top tips by international consultancy DDIcenter_img 9. The bottom lineVoluntary turnover rates are almost twice as high fornon-management positions (19.3 per cent) as for management positions (10.3 percent). This is crucial, since, when retention is above average, customersatisfaction, productivity and profitability also tend to be above average. 8. Successful interventionsMost HR professionals (98 per cent) are dissatisfied withtheir current retention efforts. It is important to improve organisationalsystems, such as training and development and the selection system, and todevelop openness of communication between managers and employees. 3. Young employees are more likely to move onYoung people are less likely to spend their entire careerswith one organisation than their predecessors. With the implementation of newtechnologies, certain positions have become difficult to fill. Some candidatescan choose from the best offers from a number of organisations. Those who feel neutral or dissatisfied about their jobs aremore than twice as likely to leave an organisation as their colleagues. 7. The importance of gathering informationHR professionals greatly value the information gathered frominternal studies of retention and exit interviews. Before action can be taken,however, they must look beyond the surface of the often scarce and tactfullypresented data gleaned from an exit interview to develop an understanding ofwhy employees leave. 4. A business priorityThe study showed that retention is a top business priorityfor more than one-third of the respondent organisations. Nevertheless, almosthalf, 49 per cent, have no formal strategy for addressing retention. Many donot consider it a top priority. This approach might backfire later when thelabour market tightens and filling positions becomes difficult. Why it is important to have a formal strategy for retaining talented peopleOn 4 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today It’s axiomatic that high-fliers move on. A benchmarkingstudy by DDI shows that almost one-third of employees surveyed expects to leavefor another job within the next year. Dissatisfied employees will ‘vote withtheir feet’. last_img read more

Investment bank questions Rightmove’s rose-tinted agent figures

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Investment bank questions Rightmove’s rose-tinted agent figures previous nextHousing MarketInvestment bank questions Rightmove’s rose-tinted agent figuresBerenberg says the 3.5% slide in agent branches listing with Rightmove may accelerate soon as the reality of Covid changes kick-in for the industry.Nigel Lewis19th August 202001,399 Views Rightmove’s share price slid yesterday after a leading investment bank issued a warning about the portal’s future performance and questioned whether its 3.5% reduction in agent customers published within its most recent trading update will soon accelerate.The portal’s share price dropped 3% during early trading after German analyst Berenberg pointed to choppy waters ahead for the portal, despite its share price rebounding significantly since the housing market re-opened in June and almost immediately began booming.Berenberg’s note says there are “material risks to the financial health of estate agents” when the UK furlough schemes end in October and the stamp duty holiday ends at the end of March next year.“These risks add to an industry already struggling pre-COVID-19 – with numerous branch closures – and will add further pressure on either Rightmove’s pricing potential and/or agency customer numbers.”Underlying situationThe German bank’s analysts claim Rightmove’s branch figures, which earlier this month revealed a reduction from 16,347 to 15,767, are not a fair reflection of the underlying situation.This is because many agent staff have yet to return to work from the furlough scheme; some branches remain closed; government business support schemes remain in place and many agents have yet to begin paying full fees for Rightmove’s service, as well as problems caused by tighter mortgage lending criteria.“Near-term discounts are papering over the cracks, in our view, and both cyclical and structural headwinds will resurface sooner rather than later,” the note says.Based on all this, Berenberg has advised those holding Rightmove shares to sell.covid Rightmove Berenberg August 19, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

New Zealand Navy frigate returns from six-month mission

first_img Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS Te Kaha returned to her homeport at Devonport Naval Base after almost six months of operations across the Asia-Pacific region.As the frigate approach the base, Te Kaha fired a 17-gun salute to the Chief of Navy who replied with a 7-gun salute from the shore.Te Kaha and her crew returned home after visiting 10 countries and spending 171 days at sea, covering a distance of 32,551 nautical miles.Te Kaha deployed in February this year together with replenishment tanker HMNZS Endeavour. The tanker returned to New Zealand earlier, completing her last operational deployment on June 13.During their deployment, the two ships took part in the Republic of Singapore Navy’s first ever International Maritime Review (IMR) in May, while Te Kaha joined the Japanese, Canadian and U.S. Navy ships and aircraft for Exercise Pacific Guardian in June.Te Kaha also supported U.S. Navy operations after the collision of U.S. Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald. Te Kaha’s role was to contribute to the security and protection of the Nimitz carrier strike group.Te Kaha has also visited ports and exercised with the navies of a number of Asian countries, including China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and South Korea. July 28, 2017 Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today New Zealand Navy frigate returns from six-month mission View post tag: HMNZS TE KAHAcenter_img View post tag: RNZN Share this article New Zealand Navy frigate returns from six-month missionlast_img read more

CURRENT ISSUES IN THE AREAS OF ESTATE, TAX AND PERSONAL AND BUSINESS PLANNING

first_imgCURRENT ISSUES IN THE AREAS OF ESTATE, TAX AND PERSONAL AND BUSINESS PLANNINGby Randall K. Craig, J.D., CELA, CAPAttorney at LawThe information that follows summarizes some of the current issues in the areas of estate, tax and personal and business planning which may be of interest to you. Although this information is accurate and authoritative, it is general in nature and not intended to constitute specific professional advice. For professional advice or more specific information, please contact my office.Visit Our New Website. Our website was recently updated and modernized. Many of our prior newsletters are available for review, as well as numerous articles and presentation outlines that I prepared and presented over the last several years. Please take time to visit our website and provide us with your comments!IRA Charitable Distributions Made Permanent. One of the provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 reinstates and makes permanent the rule that an IRA distribution which would otherwise be taxable can be excluded from gross income if it was made directly to a qualified charity. The exclusion is limited to $100,000 per year for each individual taxpayer. A qualified charity is a public charity and not a supporting organization or a donor-advised fund. To be eligible for the exclusion, it must be made on or after the IRA participant attains 701⁄2 years of age. The principal advantage of the direct charitable distribution is that it avoids the augmentation of the IRA participant’s income as would occur if the IRA participant first received a distribution and then made the charitable contribution after receiving it. This can give rise to negative tax effects even though the participant would still be allowed an itemized tax deduction for the charitable contribution.9th Annual Mid-America Institute On Aging. This event is scheduled to take place on August 11 and 12, 2016, with a pre-conference on August 10, 2016. It is sponsored by the University of Southern Indiana and the Southwestern Indiana Regional Council on Aging, Inc. (SWIRCA & More) and will be held at the University of Southern Indiana. It is designed not only for health professionals, but also for caregivers and the general community. I am presently scheduled to speak on the proposed changes in the Veterans Administration’s pension rules pertaining to Aid and Attendance care which are contemplated to become effective this year. I also intend to address certain distinctions between the VA pension rules pertaining to trusts and the Medicaid trust rules.Asset Preservation – Transferring The Home. There are many different approaches to protecting the home in the context of asset protection planning. It is very common for people to be concerned about protecting their home if long term care might be required in the future. Planning with the residence can be very effective, and the rights and interests of all parties beneficially protected, but it must be undertaken with caution.Some people will simply transfer their home to their children, which creates a number of risks. A parent could be forced out of the home, and of course the death of a child would involve other family members as owners. Also, the child could be the subject of a lawsuit or a tax lien, and the divorce of a child could have a negative impact on the parents’ occupancy of the residence. The mere continued occupancy by the parent when ownership does not exist can create a Medicaid qualification problem later, as can the simple transfer of property because of the applicable five year “look-back” period, the result of which is that an application for Medicaid can be denied and a Medicaid penalty incurred because of a transfer within five years of the date of the application. As a means of addressing some of these risks, some people will transfer the property but reserve a life estate. There will still be an adverse tax impact to the child when the property is sold, if sold during the parent’s lifetime, and further, if the parent is admitted to a long term care facility, the parent still has an interest in the property, which can create Medicaid complications. If the property is sold while the parent who holds a life estate is still living, the parent will receive the value of the life estate, which is frequently as much as one-third or more of the total value of the property. Consequently, life estate planning is not a desirable strategy in most circumstances.The best plan will generally be to transfer the residence to a particular kind of an asset protection trust. Doing so will avoid the implications of changes at the children’s level due to death, divorce, bankruptcy, lawsuits, tax liens, etc., and neither the death of the child nor the death of a parent will create any negative ownership or tax implications. The property can be sold either before or after the parent’s death without capital gain consequences. The transfer will be subject to the five year “look-back” period, but with proper planning, those issues can easily be dealt with and numerous other complications avoided. I have engaged in asset protection planning transactions involving the residence and other real property utilizing asset protection trusts in hundreds, if not thousands, of cases, and favorable results have always been achieved with no or minimal negative consequences.Drafting Beneficiary Designation Forms. It is generally best and usually advisable for the client’s attorney to prepare the beneficiary designation form for any significant retirement plan, or even in the case of life insurance when the beneficiary arrangement is complex. For example, if the arrangement involves a trust, legal counsel should almost always be involved in the beneficiary designation form preparation process. Even common developments, such as the death of the beneficiary, must be anticipated. It should also be contemplated that a younger beneficiary might exist, in which event it might be appropriate for the beneficiary designation to specifically refer to a trust, or perhaps to a custodial arrangement under a Uniform Transfers or Gifts to Minors Act, which will prevent the beneficiary from receiving the retirement plan or insurance distribution before the age of 21 or the age specified in the trust document.Clients frequently fail to complete the process, even when they are given specific instructions, and often other financial professionals involved in the process are not aware of the contemplated planning arrangements or they may not be as informed and up-to-date as the client might expect in the particular planning or taxation area. I have also found that it is desirable for legal counsel to retain a copy of the confirmed beneficiary designation arrangements. I have had several situations over the course of my more than 40 years of legal practice when the financial institution or insurance company was unable to locate the client’s last beneficiary designation, and the result would have been that the funds would be paid to different beneficiaries, or paid in a different manner, than contemplated by the latest beneficiary designation. In the case of a pay-on-death (POD) or transfer-on-death (TOD) designation, the result might be that probate may be required when the POD/TOD designation would have avoided probate entirely, and in addition, the funds controlled by the POD/TOD designation might pass to unintended beneficiaries. I cannot overstate the importance of giving proper attention to the issue of beneficiary designations.Additional Information. Future issues of this Newsletter will address other issues of current interest. Please contact my office with any questions that you might have.Randall K. Craig, J.D., CELA, CAPAttorney at LawTelephone: 812/477-3337Facsimile: 812/477-3658FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

News story: Funding boost for councils looking after asylum seeking children

first_img This Government is fully committed to helping the most vulnerable children affected by the migration crisis and that is why we have provided protection to over 34,600 children since 2010. I recognise the vital role local authorities play in this effort and that is why I have increased the funding available for looking after unaccompanied asylum seeking children by over £30 million. This funding will help make sure the Government and local authorities across the UK can continue to work together to support vulnerable children. A significant increase in funding for local authorities looking after unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC), has been announced today (8 May 2019) by the Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes.The change means that local authorities will be paid the same amount for every UASC that they look after, regardless of the child’s age or when they entered the UK. Local authorities will receive £114 for each child every day that they are in their care which equates to over £41,600 per year per child.Based on the number of UASC looked after by local authorities, the increase in funding will total over £30 million per year.This is the second time in less than 3 years the Home Office has significantly increased the funding available for the care of UASC.Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said: The announcement comes after the completion of a review into the funding for UASC, which involved consultation with a large number of local authorities, NGOs, the Association of Directors of Children’s Services and the Local Government Association.Local authorities will now be paid £114 per night for every UASC they support which is a 61% increase on the lowest rate that is currently paid.The substantial increase demonstrates the government’s commitment to helping local authorities supporting vulnerable asylum seeking children across the UK.Children’s social care is funded through the local government finance settlement and the Home Office contribution is in addition to this funding.Alongside the increase in funding and simplification of the process, the Home Office is working to reduce the time it takes to conclude UASC asylum cases. The Home Office is working with stakeholders to develop a new service standard to ensure a better prioritisation of cases.There is also ongoing work to progress the commitments the government made in the Safeguarding Strategy. For example, more information is being produced for children and their social workers about the asylum process.The government has continually shown its commitment to supporting vulnerable children affected by the migration crisis, as shown by the fact that the UK provided protection to over 6,600 children in 2018 and over 34,600 since the start of 2010.Further information on the funding arrangementsUnder current arrangements local authorities are awarded a different amount of money depending on the age of the child and when they arrived in the UK. This change will make the system simpler for councils and comes following consultation with local authorities.There are currently a range of rates, with UASC aged 16 or over attracting a rate of £71 or £91. According to latest published statistics, over 80% of UASC are aged 16 or over, which means that the vast majority of local authorities will benefit significantly from this uplift.last_img read more

Snarky Puppy, Revivalists & More Announced For AMH’s Live From The Lot Festival

first_imgAfter the success of last year’s inaugural Live From The Lot, Ardmore, PA venue Ardmore Music Hall is bringing back their annual outdoor music festival on a larger scale for a major two-day event from May 21-22, 2016, presented by AMH and WXPN. Featuring headliners Snarky Puppy (playing both days), The Revivalists, The Greyboy Allstars ft. Karl Denson, Foundation of Funk (members of The Meters & Lettuce), and many more artists, the weekend before Memorial Day promises to start the music festival season off with a bang just 3 miles outside Philadelphia.Ardmore Music Hall ups the ante for 2016 with two stages of music spanning a 3 day period, including a kickoff party on Friday May 20th as well as after-parties inside the venue on the 21st and 22nd. On Saturday and Sunday, Live from the Lot will begin at 1 PM in the parking lot directly behind the Music Hall, and feature two outdoor covered stages highlighting both national and regional talent. Tickets are available for a weekend pass, or can be purchased for each of the two days individually.Grammy Award winning jazz-fusion band Snarky Puppy will perform both days. Snarky Puppy seamlessly fuses a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation, creating precise and explosive live jazz with incredible rhythms and melodies. Other performers on the main stage include: NOLA rock/soul band The Revivalists, a newly formed supergroup of legends called Foundation of Funk (George Porter Jr. & Zigaboo Modeliste of The Meters + Eric Krasno & Neal Evans of Lettuce/Soulive play The Meters), funk fusion pioneers The Greyboy Allstars (featuring Karl Denson), piano virtuoso Marco Benevento, Brooklyn electro-funksters Pimps Of Joytime and many more. There will also be an additional headline act announced in the coming weeks.On Friday, May 20th, Electron will headline the kickoff party for Live from the Lot, a livetronica rock group comprised of local favorites Marc Brownstein & Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits), Tom Hamilton (American Babies / JRAD) and Mike Greenfield (Lotus). Saturday night, May 21st, Everyone Orchestra conducted by Matt Butler will headline the after-party inside Ardmore Music Hall and will feature an incredible lineup of musicians performing an all improvisational, crowd-engaging jam- the full musician reveal will come soon. There will be another party inside on Sunday night, May 22nd, with details TBA.Check out the lineup announcement video:As with last year, LFTL will be an all ages, family friendly event with local food vendors, a beer tent, and other entertainment. The inside of Ardmore Music Hall will be open throughout the day, as well. Live from the Lot takes place in the Ardmore SEPTA parking lot, and is just feet from the Paoli/Thorndale regional rail train line. Ardmore Music Hall is a 600 capacity rock club in Ardmore, PA, established in 2013, with a long history of hosting critically acclaimed national tours dating back to 23 East Cabaret in the 80’s and early 90’s.Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 2nd at noon, with both GA and VIP options available. You can check out the lineup card below, and find tickets and more information via the official LFTL website.last_img read more

Elton John Adds 25 New Dates To “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” Final Tour

first_imgElton John – Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour – Newly Added Dates9/4/19 – Salt Lake City @ Vivint Smart Home Arena9/6/19 – Las Vegas @ T-Mobile Arena9/7/19 – Las Vegas @ T-Mobile Arena9/17/19 – Tacoma @ Tacoma Dome9/18/19 – Tacoma @ Tacoma Dome9/21/19 – Vancouver @ Rogers Arena9/22/19 – Vancouver @ Rogers Arena9/27/19 – Edmonton @ Rogers Place9/28/19 – [email protected] Rogers Place10/1/19 – Saskatoon @ Sasktel Centre10/2/19 – Saskatoon @ Sasktel Centre10/4/19 – Winnipeg @ Bell MTS Place10/5/19 – Winnipeg @ Bell MTS Place10/22/19 – Toronto* @ Scotiabank Arena10/23/19 -Toronto* @ Scotiabank Arena10/25/19 – Indianapolis @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse10/26/19 – Nashville*** @ Bridgestone Arena10/30/19 – Memphis @ FedExForum11/6/19 – Charlotte* @ Spectrum Center11/8/19 – Philadelphia @ Wells Fargo Center11/9/19 – Philadelphia @ Wells Fargo Center11/12/19 – Cleveland**** @ Quicken Loans Arena11/13/19 – Pittsburgh**@ PPG Paints Arena11/15/19 – Boston**@ TD Garden11/16/19 – Long Island** @ NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum*Toronto’s public sale is Oct 12**Pittsburgh, Boston and Long Island’s public sale is Oct 19***Nashville’s public sale is Nov 9****Cleveland’s public sale is Nov 16View Newly Added Tour Dates Elton John is preparing to hang up his proverbial sequin suit, but not until after a (very) lengthy worldwide farewell tour, dubbed Farewell Yellow Brick Road. Announced at the beginning of this year, the 300-date Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour will see John perform virtually everywhere and span through the year 2021. The swing began on September 8th in Allentown, PA, and just a few weeks in, it’s already getting longer: This week, Elton John added 25 new 2019 dates to the already-extensive tour.As Elton John noted when initially announcing the tour, “My priorities have changed in my life. … My priorities now are my children, my husband, my family. I thought the time is right to say thank you to my fans and say goodbye.”Tickets for the newly added venues will go on sale beginning on October 5th at 10 a.m. local time. An American Express Card Member pre-sale period will take place from Thursday, October 4th at 10 a.m. through Monday at 10 p.m.To purchase your tickets for the newly added dates when they go on sale, head to Elton John’s website. You can see the complete list of newly added North American shows below:last_img read more

A goal of ‘telling your own story’

first_imgHarvard President Drew Faust encouraged graduating seniors this afternoon to tell their own stories as they venture into the world, new ones informed by their campus years, their passions, and their embrace of the uncomfortable and the unfamiliar.“Telling your own story, a fresh story, full of possibility and a new order of things, is the task of every generation, and the task before you,” Faust said during the Baccalaureate Service, an annual ritual and a final opportunity for Harvard’s president and clergy to meet informally with the seniors and offer them parting thoughts before Commencement.“Telling a new story isn’t easy,” Faust said. “It can take courage and resolve. It often means leaving the safe path for the unknown.”Dressed in their caps and gowns, seniors crowded into the Memorial Church with cellphones in hand, ready to tell immediate stories with Snapchat photos and videos. One of Harvard’s oldest traditions, dating back to 1642, the Baccalaureate ceremony included songs from the Commencement Choir and readings from Hindu Scriptures, the Hebrew Bible, Confucianism, Taoism, the New Testament, and the Quran.Professor Jonathan Walton and President Drew Faust watch as students enter the Memorial Church. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerIn her address, Faust walked students back through their own Harvard history: four years of adventure, adversity, and academic achievement. They faced fierce weather during their tenure, including a hurricane and historic snowfalls that shut down Harvard more than once. The Boston Marathon bombing drew them together and bonded them to the city “beyond Harvard Square,” she said. There was even an outbreak of the mumps.“For four years,” Faust said, “you have distinguished yourselves with dazzling variety.” Among its many accomplishments, the Class of 2016 produced six Rhodes Scholars, prize-winning senior theses on sea-level change and a water crisis in Michigan, and the play “Black Magic,” written by five African-American Harvard students and mounted at the Loeb Drama Center. The class also produced standout athletes, including six headed to the National Football League, and students eager to help combat malaria, battle global warming, fight for social justice, and change the world.Faust returned to her message from Harvard’s rainy 2012 convocation when she and others urged the then-incoming freshmen to connect, and make Harvard part of their narrative. “Take risks, we told you. Don’t always listen to us.”Danoff Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana (center) speaks to seniors heading into the Memorial Church. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerOn another cloudy afternoon just two days before their graduation, she urged them to continue to push past their comfort zones, to look beyond Harvard’s long and successful narrative in order to “locate the discomfort, to act on the restless spirit of that legacy.”Frame your own narrative, Faust told them, something for which their Harvard education has uniquely prepared them. Be “mindful of others,” but never allow others to dictate your story, she said, calling to mind the words of the late Rev. Peter J. Gomes, who was Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church: “Don’t let anyone finish your sentences for you.”“Telling our own stories is not just about us,” Faust said. “It is a conversation with others, exploring larger purposes and other worlds and different ways of thinking. Only by knowing that other stories are possible,” she said, “can we imagine a different future.”In her address, President Drew Faust walked students back through their own Harvard history: four years of adventure, adversity, and academic achievement. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerAs with any great story, the historian and author said revision is key to the process. “Keep revising,” Faust urged her listeners, encouraging them to rely on their liberal arts education to rework their story lines beyond Harvard’s gates. “The best education prepares you because it is unsettling, an obstacle course that forces us to question and push and reinvent ourselves, and the world, in a new way.“So congratulations, Class of 2016,” Faust concluded. “Don’t forget from whence you came. Change the narrative. Rewrite the story. There is no one I would rather trust with that task.”Afterward, Allejah Franco, a history and literature concentrator, said Faust’s call for seniors to write their own stories helped him to feel more confident about his future. The Winthrop House resident said he eventually wants to attend law school, but his immediate plans point toward something else entirely.“I want to take a detour,” said Franco. “I am going to go to Japan for at least a year, work as a translator, and just explore that route of life, and write my own story that way.”Baccalaureate Service — May 24, 2016 | Memorial Church Professor Jonathan L. Walton and Harvard President Drew Faust speak during the Baccalaureate Service for the Class of 2016 inside Memorial Church.last_img read more

Graduate student passes away

first_imgA first-year master’s degree student passed away unexpectedly at his off-campus residence, where he was found early Tuesday morning, according to a University press release. Graduate student Michael Thigpen, 23, will be remembered during today’s daily Mass at 5:15 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Thigpen was a native of Monument, Colo. Dr. Joseph Bock, director of the Global Health Program, first spoke with Thigpen when he was an undergraduate at the University of Colorado last year and interested in entering the one-year master’s program at Notre Dame. Bock remembered Thigpen as “a wonderful young man who was interested in helping people.” “He was somebody who really had a bright future. … He was interested in health in kind of a global sense, certainly he was interested in clinical practice in going to medical school,” Bock said. “That was his intent. He was also interested in the humanitarian side of global health.” Bock met Thigpen for the first time shortly before he began to study at Notre Dame this year. The Colorado native was working on a CD of Christian rock music with Bock’s son. “He was a very talented musician,” Bock said. “He played in different cities. He stopped by to visit [Notre Dame] on his way to somewhere out east where he was going to be doing a concert even before the program started.” Bock spent time with Thigpen and other members of the program at his family’s home along the St. Joseph River in South Bend, where he once offered the students a chance to go out on the water in kayaks. He remembered Thigpen as happy to be on the water outdoors. “He went out on the river in a double kayak and he loved it,” Bock said. Thigpen had been deeply moved by the summer shootings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., and was planning to turn his master’s research project into an assessment of youth violence in the South Bend area with Bock. “He was full of life,” Bock said. “His eyes sparkled. It’s just tragic.” Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Erin Hoffman Harding informed the Notre Dame community of Thigpen’s loss Tuesday afternoon in an email. University President Fr. John Jenkins also released a statement expressing his sympathy and asking students, faculty and staff to remember Thigpen in their thoughts. “Our deepest condolences are with Michael’s family, friends and colleagues,” Jenkins said. “My prayers are with them during this difficult time.” The University Counseling Center and Campus Ministry are available to offer their support to the Notre Dame community during this time.last_img read more

COVID-19 Cases Stay Steady, Hospitalization’s Decrease In County

first_imgJAMESTOWN – The number of COVID-19 hospitalization’s in Chautauqua County decreased on Wednesday.The Chautauqua County Health Department says hospitalizations have decreased from two to one.There was no change in COVID-19 metrics from the day before, with 21 active cases that continue to recover, 77 cases total and 52 recovered cases.Since the outbreak began, 52 people have recovered from COVID-19 and four deaths have been reported in Chautauqua County. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img