Imagine your community is desperately lacking a resource that your own body produces every day. The solution, senior Shannon Kraemer said, is obvious: give blood.Notre Dame Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society (ACS) student club are sponsoring a blood drive Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hurley Hall. For each unit of blood donated to the South Bend Medical Foundation, a $5 donation will be given to Relay for Life.Kraemer, co-chair for Relay for Life and co-president of the American Cancer Society club, said that even one donation can make a significant difference.“One donation of blood can save more than three lives or seven babies’ lives,” Kraemer said.The number of blood donors is decreasing every year, she said, and many young adults do not donate blood.“I think it is something with our generation that primarily we are pretty busy or we travel and we just forget to give,” she said.She said one of her professors suggested the decrease in blood donations could be because of a generational difference.“My professor said that when he was younger everyone gave and it was kind of a moral requirement that you give blood,” Kraemer said. “There is a bizarre mentality that ‘Hey it’s my blood, I can choose what to do with it,’ and I want to be sympathetic to that perspective, but I think we are all kind of in this together, and if it’s your grandma, or your mom, you wouldn’t think twice.”Kraemer said there is a red banner on the South Bend Medical Foundation’s website, givebloodnow.com, which states that there is less than a two-day supply of A-negative and O-positive blood.“I got really kind of anxious about it,” Kraemer said. “This I feel like is organic, you make your own blood and you’ll always have more of it, so why can’t we be a little generous to our surrounding community when that’s what means most?”Participating in the blood drive is especially convenient for students since it takes place at central location on campus, Kraemer said. Last year only about half the appointment slots were filled, and she said she hopes a bigger turnout will occur this year.“I think as a University that has social justice standards and human rights conversations … I really think we should be able to fill up more than two people an hour for this event,” Kraemer said.Kraemer said many students travel internationally and as a result cannot give blood. She said for the past couple of years she was one of those students and that she looks forward to giving blood again tomorrow. She said students who are able to give blood should be donating to compensate for those who cannot, especially since there is such a dire need for donations in the South Bend community.“I just wanted to communicate that this is urgent and students need to wake up to this,” Kraemer said.Tags: American Cancer Society, blood drive, Relay for Life
Ninety-two nonprofit organizations from around the country received $8 million in grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration, including one to the Central Vermont Community Action Council for $67,000, to help low-income and very low-income entrepreneurs with training and technical assistance to start, operate and grow their businesses. The grants, delivered under the Program for Investment in Microentrepreneurs (PRIME), also will provide capacity-building services to microenterprise development entities to strengthen the quality of their programs.Competition for PRIME grants was open to applicants in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. Last year, SBA funded 58 grants in 32 states on a highly competitive basis. This year, SBA received 215 applications. A total of 92 grants were awarded this year to 57 second-year recipients and 35 new participants from 43 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.‘PRIME grants remain a major source of funding for providing small businesses with essential training and technical assistance,’ said SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills. ‘We are very pleased that this year we have been able to provide this funding, which will translate into new jobs and stronger local economies.’PRIME grants are intended to help small businesses with five or fewer employees that are economically disadvantaged, and to businesses owned by low-income individuals, including those residing on Indian reservations and tribal lands. Such help is offered through a network of qualified nonprofit organizations that provide business training and technical assistance.Grants ranged up to $250,000 this year, with a 50 percent match required of each recipient organization. The PRIME grant is open to microentrepreneur training and technical assistance providers in all 50 states and the territories, and has a one-year performance period, with four 12-month options.For a complete list of recipients, Click on ‘SBA PRIME Grantees (by State), Fiscal Year 2010’ at: http://www.sba.gov/financialassistance/prospectivelenders/prime/index.ht(link is external)….Source: SBA. # # #
7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “Increasing globalization, widespread technological innovation and pressure on business to customize products and services have created an international business environment that would be unrecognizable to the manager of fifteen years ago.”While the above comment could very easily apply to the current corporate world reality, this is in fact a 1995 description of the challenges facing leadership outlined in a government-funded special report titled Enterprising Nation: Renewing Australia’s Managers to Meet the Challenges of the Asia–Pacific Century. This report was a landmark management and leadership development blueprint that became widely known as The Karpin Report.While my international readers might be quick to dismiss this as simply an Australian issue, let’s fast forward 21 years from that 1995 report to the current challenges of global leadership and the question has to be asked… what’s changed?Certainly there is still increasing globalization, there’s still widespread technological innovation and disruption, and there’s still the pressure on business to customize products and services in a competitive local and global economy. continue reading »
Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 24, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: [email protected] | @mark_cooperjr NEW YORK — Virginia Tech placed Syracuse in an unfamiliar position on Wednesday.Trailing at halftime, the circumstances for the Orange were much different than they were in its four blowout victories to start the season. SU held double-digit halftime leads in all of those and was able to empty the bench in each game, even giving the walk-ons some time.Not against the Hokies.‘This is a good game for us,’ SU forward C.J. Fair said after SU’s 69-58 win. ‘It tested us, see where our heart was at and see how good a team we are.’Syracuse was able to figure things out in the second half to pull away from Virginia Tech. But SU will face another test from a power-conference opponent on Friday, as the No. 5 Orange (5-0) take on Stanford (5-0) in the NIT Season Tip-Off championship at 5 p.m. in Madison Square Garden. The Cardinal dominated Oklahoma State in an 82-67 win in the semifinals, and is off to a strong start to the season after being picked to finish sixth in the Pac-12 preseason poll.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU head coach Jim Boeheim said after Wednesday’s game that the Orange couldn’t learn a lot from its four wins — all by at least 24 points — to start the season. Performance against good teams is a more useful barometer of improvement.For the second straight game, SU faces a tricky opponent as it tries to bring home an NIT Season Tip-Off title for the first time since 2001.‘They’re a good team,’ Boeheim said of Stanford. ‘They’ve got guys that can shoot it, handle it. They’re a really good basketball team. That’s what we need. We need another — it will be another tough game for us.’In the four blowout victories in the Carrier Dome, Boeheim was able to give solid chunks of playing time to the top 10 guys in the Orange rotation. After Syracuse’s 78-53 win over Fordham in its season opener, Boeheim said all of those main players would continue get time because they’re all capable of performing.But when it came down to a tough spot, he said the hot hands would remain on the court.Against Virginia Tech, that was the case. On the Madison Square Garden stage, it was the youngsters who took a seat. Freshman forward Rakeem Christmas played three minutes. Freshman guard Michael Carter-Williams played two.For the majority of the second half, three starters — Kris Joseph, Brandon Triche and Fab Melo — combined with Fair and Dion Waiters to create the most formidable attack against the Hokies.‘We’ve had four easy games, and when you get that first tough game, it’s always going to be difficult,’ Boeheim said. ‘And I thought that again we went with the veterans in the second half, guys that have been there, and I thought they did a tremendous job.’Unlike previous opponents, Virginia Tech could compete with Syracuse athletically in long spurts. After Melo came up with an emphatic block on a Dorenzo Hudson shot inside, the Orange pushed the ball in transition, the way it usually does off a defensive rebound.But as Triche went up for a dunk, Jarell Eddie met him at the rim and muscled Triche back, stuffing the dunk.Fortunately for SU, the rebound fell to Fair for an easy putback. But it was a moment this Syracuse team didn’t have to experience in its comfortable wins before Wednesday.‘I think we need these tough games,’ Triche said. ‘I think we responded pretty well. First half was pretty tough. But I think we’re a team of runs. In the second half we got it going a little bit.’Stanford isn’t ranked, nor did the Cardinal receive any votes in the latest Top 25 poll, but it will be an opponent similar to the Hokies in stature. Forward Josh Owens scored 21 points on 10-of-12 shooting in Stanford’s win over Oklahoma State in the semifinals on Wednesday, and the Cardinal’s starting five combined to make 7-of-12 3-pointers.The Orange is a week away from its first true test to date — No. 10 Florida on Dec. 2. The matchup with Stanford provides one more chance to get better before then.‘You don’t get a lot better by beating people by 30 points,’ Boeheim said. ‘I’m glad we played well. We really played pretty well. But you don’t get better in those games.’[email protected]
The Lakers became one of those teams last season under former coach Mike D’Antoni, finishing third in 3-point shooting (38.1 percent) on 24.7 attempts per game. But the Lakers still finished with their worst record in L.A. franchise history.Scott’s philosophies have differed. The majority of the Lakers’ training camp has featured conditioning and defensive drills. Scott’s Princeton-based offense puts a high premium on post play at a deliberate pace. “I know that it has worked, and I think our job is to figure out how to do it,” Lin said. “I don’t think it makes sense for us to scrap everything.”Tough loveScott has become relentlessly critical of Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle. After most practices and games, Scott has called out the 19-year-old Randle to improve his conditioning and work ethic. “I’ve been a little hard on him at times,” Scott said. “Every now and then I forget that he has a lot to learn. It’s not that he’s unwilling to learn. He has to put forth the effort.”Randle said he appreciates the tough love.“He should,” Randle said. “I shouldn’t be treated the same as those (veterans). I haven’t done anything. I have to hold myself responsible. I can’t worry about what other guys do. The only thing I can do is hold myself accountable and improve every day.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It would be nice to have those guys back,” said Lakers coach Byron Scott, who only believes Kelly will return on Sunday. “But that’s a fantasy now.”Yet, Scott also sounds skeptical the Lakers should adopt the league-wide trend that prioritizes 3-point shooting. After teams last season averaged 21.5 attempts per game, Scott said he hopes the Lakers take between 12-15 3-point shots per contest once they have a healthy roster.“I don’t believe it wins championships,” Scott said. “It gets you to the playoffs.”Actually, seven of the last eight NBA championship teams led the league in both three-point shooting and attempts, including the 2014 San Antonio Spurs. So why does Scott oppose the 3-point shot when he finished his second season with the Lakers in the 1984-85 campaign leading the NBA in that category?“A lot of teams live and die by it,” Scott said. “Teams, general managers and coaches draft that way to space the floor as much as possible. But when you have shooters like that, you need guys who can penetrate and get to the basket.” A staggering development has emerged for the Lakers. It does not just involve the Lakers losing three consecutive exhibition games by double-digit margins. It goes beyond the Lakers’ endless injuries that include guard Jeremy Lin going from having one sprained ankle to two after an individual workout on Thursday.The Lakers also cannot hit 3-pointers, averaging a league-worst 20.7 percent on attempts from beyond the arc. They have shot 1 of 19 from 3-point range in the past three games and have gone through an 111/2-quarter drought since making one.The reason partly stems from ongoing injuries to Lin, Steve Nash (back spasms), Nick Young (right thumb), Ryan Kelly (strained left hamstring), Jordan Clarkson (left calf muscle) and Xavier Henry (back spasms), players that can both attack the basket to open up the floor and can outside shots with dependable accuracy.