On Feb. 8, more than 1,000 students and alumni will experience the fourth annual Harvard Masquerade Ball. They’ll come wearing suits and ties, formal dresses and heels; their faces hidden behind colorfully decorated masks.Since its inauguration, the ball has quickly become one of the most popular graduate School events of the year — growing from 500 attendees in 2010 to 1,000 in 2013. Despite its larger venues, tickets continue to sell out rapidly and the waiting list grows. This year, the event will be held at the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse in Boston, a waterfront venue with 88-foot glass walls and views of the Boston downtown. As in the past, the night will be filled with champagne, chocolate fountains, dancing, student entertainers, live opera, jazz, and rock music performances.Sponsored by the Harvard Graduate Council (HGC), the official government of the 13 graduate and professional Schools, the Masquerade Ball was born as an effort to bring students together from across the University. Philip Harding, president of HGC and a Harvard Kennedy School student, came up with the idea after hearing President Drew Faust speak about the need to have One Harvard, rather than disparate Schools.“The idea is to bring together students from all the graduate Schools for one amazing night,” Harding explains. “We want it to be beautiful, to be glamorous, but more than that, the whole reason behind it is to bring Harvard together. It’s the idea of One Harvard.”The Masquerade Ball is run as a tight operation with a core team of about 60 students who plan and execute the event. Last year, the ball was held at the Harvard Club with tickets selling out in 20 minutes. (Tickets are divided proportionally among Schools to ensure that all are represented.) This year the same is expected, although details of ticket sales have yet to be disclosed.— Elizabeth Anderson
By Dialogo September 25, 2012 At least 70 FARC anti-personnel mines were seized by Colombian Army troops in a rural area of Arauca department (east), on the border with Venezuela, informed authorities on September 23. The findings took place in La Unión, a district in the municipality of Arauquita. These explosive devices belong to the tenth squad of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), according to the reports. ‘‘Our initial reports state that the lethal weapons were carried in a briefcase by two men who got away on a motorcycle after seeing the troops, leaving the explosives behind,’‘ specified a statement by the Armed Forces. Since 1990, these explosive devices have caused over 2,095 deaths and 7,888 injuries and amputees in the whole country, according to the Presidential Program of Comprehensive Action against Anti-Personnel Mines. In October, representatives of Juan Manuel Santos’s government and the FARC will start peace talks in Oslo, Norway, and will finalize them in Havana, Cuba.
Dear Santa:I’ve been a very good little credit union marketer this year.I kept my desk clean, tracked ROI faithfully, surfed the mobile wave, and leveraged channel preferences to optimize KPIs across key brand value concepts.There are just a few more teensy-weensy little things I’d like to see under the tree this year to help me achieve even greater MBC (Marketing Buzzword Compliance).More Money, Power and TimeI have a lot to get done in 2019, so if you could drop off a big bag of budget, a hypnosis amulet, and a time machine, I’d really appreciate it. I promise I won’t do anything naughty with them.Make Google and Facebook sit still for a little whileLook, I get that these mega-companies have thousands of busy little elves (programmers, I mean) just itching to change everything all at once.But for those of us down here in the SEO, analytics, social media, and digital marketing trenches, it’s a constant barrage of shifting terminology, interfaces that hide key functions in a different place every time we log on, and new obscure algorithms that change everything every week.Can you make these guys leave things alone for a little while so we mortals can catch up for once?A shiny new silo-busting shovelAs a credit union marketer, I know I need to get out and get involved in pretty much everything, including operations, products, and policy. If you can bring me a shiny new shovel, I’ll be able to dig out of my silo more often.And maybe it’ll also come in handy for cleaning up after long, boring meetings.A few gallons of concentrated Focus PotionSure, some folks think we’re the credit union that does everything for everyone, but… if we could focus on a few consistent brand and marketing messages targeted to a reasonable number of audiences, I just know we’d be covered with membership growth and shiny credit union marketing awards.A fresh batch of MillennialsSpeaking of target markets, if you see where all the people 18 – 35 went, please send them our way. I know they’ll totally love credit unions once they understand the credit union difference and our mission. I promise we’ll take very good care of them.Thanks for reading, Santa!And just to show I’ve done my market research, I’ll leave out craft beer and burritos for you and your elves, plus some vegan couscous for the reindeer.P.S. If you can’t drop off the other stuff for some reason, I can probably get by with just the first thing, that big bag of budget.P.P.S. Or at least the time machine. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brian Wringer Former watermelon farmer Brian Wringer wears several hats for iDiz Incorporated, including Web Projects Manager, Wordsmith, and Big Idea Guy. He builds better credit unions by day and weird old … Web: www.cuidiz.com Details
Some of the larger exhibit components have been removed to allow for social distancing. After months of being closed, the center says its excited to see families return. Each exhibit now has a sign hanging up stating how many families are allowed in at a time, and in the more interactive exhibits a majority of the touchables have been removed. (WBNG) — The Discovery Center opened its doors Friday and there is a few changes you should expect. Additionally, the museum was opened up for private parties. To set up a time slot to visit the center and schedule a private party, click here. The Discovery Center has also ramped up its cleaning methods and brought in more disinfectant to ensure a safe experience. “We are so happy, we have goodie bags for the kids today. We are also opening up the museum for private parties. We used to host birthday parties on the weekend but now you can have the whole museum to yourself.” said Assistant Executive Director Cheryl Dutko. There is a 25 percent capacity for the visiting the museum.
Trent Williams is racking up fines, and he isn’t bothered one bit.The Redskins’ starting left tackle and team captain hasn’t been in camp yet and his being fined $40,000 for each day he misses as camp enters its second week. Multiple reports suggest Washington is trying to use fines as a means to get Williams to return, but an unidentified source told told ProFootballTalk that Williams “doesn’t care” and hopes to be fine-free once the team trades him. The seven-time Pro Bowl player has asked for a new contract and is dissatisfied with how the Redskins medical staff handled a tumor he had surgically removed from his head over the offseason. When his demands weren’t met, he asked for a trade, an option Washington has explored.Williams has two years remaining on his $68 million contract, but Washington signed offensive tackle Donald Penn to a one-year deal amid Williams’ holdout. Related News There’s likely no replacing a player of Williams’ caliber at this point, but the Redskins may be forced to make a trade if his poor relationship with the staff is unsalvageable. There is belief that the Patriots, who lost Trent Brown to the Raiders in March, could have interest in acquiring Williams. NFL trade rumors: Redskins have discussed moving Trent Williams Cardinals’ Kyler Murray just focused on playing well: ‘I don’t feel pressure’ Doctors ‘happy’ with Falcons rookie Kaleb McGary’s heart procedure, Dan Quinn says Redskins to sign Donald Penn amid Trent Williams’ holdout, report says Washington coach Jay Gruden has remained hopeful that the team can retain its leader up front.”I concentrate on the guys who are here right now,” Gruden told ESPN last week. “We know how we feel about Trent, how important he is to this team. We expect him here shortly. Right now, there are some things he has to work out individually, personally, with his agent … whatever that may be. Love Trent, love what he’s done for this franchise and this team.”The Redskins were 7-9 in 2018 and missed the playoffs. They are still looking to name a starting quarterback for 2019.