Town halls bring campus updates to University employees

first_imgIn a series of town halls over the past two weeks, representatives from the University administration discussed updates to the construction schedule and results from the NDVoice survey — the survey that Notre Dame employees take to show their satisfaction with working at the University. Most notably, the administration discussed the survey result revealing women feel less comfortable working at the University than men. “Anytime we get a disparity like this, it makes me uncomfortable, because we shouldn’t have one division where people feel their work experience is less than people in another division,” John Affleck-Graves, executive vice president of the University, said. The NDVoice survey, a confidential survey that measures employee satisfaction and allows employees to answer questions on a variety of topics, showed generally good results for Notre Dame, Affleck-Graves said. Notre Dame scored a score of 3.95, out of five points, across all categories in all departments, he said. “So 3.95 is a really good score, and so I don’t want to play down that we’re [doing] really well,” Affleck-Graves said. “I still think we can do better. We’re Notre Dame, and we can push up that 3.95. But I do want you to know that’s doing pretty well.”The survey results revealed that, on average, women are less positive about their Notre Dame experience than men, Affleck Graves said. “OK, so there was some level of dissatisfaction, but do you know what, we were equally dissatisfied, and that’s a goal we should have,” he said. “And as we’ve gone over time, we’ve drifted up, but we can see that men have become more positive about the work experience and women have not increased at the same rate. And that’s a concern. Now there is a gap. There’s a gap of .14, which I think is a big gap. It’s growing, getting bigger over time and I am not comfortable with the fact that a woman feels less positive about her experience at work than a man feels about his experience.”Affleck-Graves said that this disparity in work experience was an issue that the University would be looking into both understanding and combating in coming months.  “This is the single issue that’s going to be the major focus for me,” Affleck-Graves said. “And I’ve spoken to Fr. John [Jenkins, University President], we’ve put together a group, we’re gonna meet with you, we’re gonna hear from you, we’re gonna try to understand what’s driving this difference. … I’m very concerned about the difference, so that’s something we’ll be working on.”Affleck-Graves also said that while scores within departments are good, survey questions on the topic of inter-department collaboration got lower marks. “We get this in almost every division: people feel very comfortable about their immediate work environment,” he said. “We’ve got great results on immediate manager, we’ve got great results on coworkers, we’ve got great results on ‘we know how our work helps … the University.’ What we get a bad score on is working across departments and working across divisions.”At the one of the town halls, Affleck-Graves also discussed the timelines for various construction projects on campus, including the newly named Baumer Hall. The hall is set to open in August 2019 and will house the men from Dillon Hall while their hall is renovated. A new women’s residence hall is also being constructed on the east side of campus and is scheduled to open in August of 2020. “We have to do this residence hall because we are now requiring all undergraduate students … to stay on campus for six semesters, so we’ll have more students on campus,” Affleck-Graves said. Affleck-Graves also said the University plans to renovate Brownson Hall to create more space for the Alliance for Catholic Education, and to renovate McKenna Hall. The administration also discussed plans to add to the second phase of the Eddy Street project and to renovate married student housing off of Douglas Road, though these projects will be completed through an outside contractor. The renovation of Corby is scheduled to be completed next spring, Affleck-Graves said, and the renovation of Rolf’s as the new men’s and women’s basketball facility is currently underway. “[Rolfs has] wonderful spaces for where the team can meet, students can sit and do some work, and talk about their practice or their game,” Affleck-Graves said.These town halls were the last for Affleck-Graves, who will be retiring in June, ending his 15-year tenure as executive vice president. He said he felt he had seen the University change for the better and he addressed the staff of Notre Dame and thanked them for their role in the University’s success. “I think back this year on when I came in [1986], and where Notre Dame is today and what’s changed the most in my view is just the tremendous opportunities we now offer the young men and women … and the tremendous step up we’ve made in research,” he said. “I hope as you look across it, you get an enormous sense of pride in the role you’ve played in making all of that happen.”Tags: baumer hall, Campus Construction, EVP, John Affleck-Graves, ND Town Hallslast_img read more

Roosevelt Drive-by Shooting Wounds Teen

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A teenager was wounded by gunfire during a drive-by shooting in Roosevelt late Wednesday night, Nassau County police said.The 19-year-old victim was seated in an Infiniti behind the driver who was pulling into a driveway of a Pleasant Avenue home when the shooter opened fire shortly before midnight Thursday, police said.The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening injury. The assailant fled in an unknown vehicle westbound on Pleasant Avenue.The 23-year-old woman behind the wheel and a 20-year-old man in the front passenger seat were not hit by the gunfire.First Squad detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

Indonesian stocks plunge after Wall Street free fall

first_imgIndonesian stocks plunged deep in the red on Friday morning following a market rout seen by Wall Street in Thursday’s session as investors grew wary of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States.The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), the main gauge of the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), plummeted 2.54 percent to 4,731.54 as trading started. It had pared some of its losses to 1.2 percent as of 10:26 a.m. Jakarta time.“We note that the Dow [Jones Industrial Average] plunged more than 1,800 points yesterday as investors grew concerned about the spike in COVID-19 cases in some [US] states as lockdown eases,” Mirae Asset Sekuritas Indonesia analyst Andy Wibowo Gunawan wrote in a research note on Friday. “We are less optimistic the JCI will trade higher for today due to the negative sentiment from Wall Street,” he added.Read also: Indonesian stocks, rupiah surge in recent weeks despite weak economic outlookThe Dow Jones crashed 6.9 percent on Thursday while the S&P 500 lost 5.89 percent and the Nasdaq Composite fell 5.27 percent as spiking coronavirus cases in several US states helped spur the worst sell-off since March amid worries over excess valuations and another massive number of US jobless claims, AFP reported.After weeks of focusing on the positive side of the reopening of economies, investors shifted attention to rising coronavirus cases in some states that have reopened, including the US states of Texas and Arizona. On Friday morning, Tokyo dropped 1.52 percent, Hong Kong declined 1.38 percent while Shanghai and Singapore fell 0.31 percent and 1.66 percent, respectively.As many as 2994 stocks traded on the IDX fell in the red, 90 managed to hover in positive territory while 110 stock prices were unchanged. Energy company PT Medco Energi International, pharmaceutical company PT Kalbe Farma and state-owned construction company PT Wijaya Karya were among the stocks that suffered as they fell more than 2 percent.Read also: Tokyo, Hong Kong stocks falls more than 2% after Wall Street routForeign investors sold around Rp 311 billion (US$21.8 million) worth of stocks more than they bought on Friday morning.“We project the JCI to hover around 4,650 to 4,800 today,” Kresna Sekuritas wrote in its note. (prm)Topics :last_img read more

Ateneo boots out UE from Final Four race, gains twice-to-beat

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Final Four race in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament is down to six teams after Ateneo eliminated University of the East with a 97-73 drubbing Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Blue Eagles, who are three games away from a elimination round sweep, clinched a twice-to-beat advantage in Final Four while the Red Warriors, who won three of their last five games, are out of the picture with a 3-9 card.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Thirdy Ravena scored five straight points to cap off the Blue Eagles’ 24-11 run late in the second quarter that gave Ateneo a 45-29 lead.Kris Porter then gave Ateneo a 91-60 lead late in the fourth quarter and that capped off the Blue Eagles’ 20-8 run that began at the start of the period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Every game is a step forward for our team,” said Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin. “We wanted to focus and play well in this game. What worked for us is the quality of our performance.”Ateneo tallied 26 assists in the game, nine more than what UE had, but Baldwin wanted his team to take better care of the ball after the Blue Eagles turned the rock 16 times. “Our 26 assists is good but our defense is patchy, so there is still room to improve on.”Ravena led Ateneo with 17 points, eight rebounds, and four assists, while Jolo Mendoza added 13 points.Raffy Verano had 12 points and eight boards off the Blue Eagle bench while Vince Tolentino, who was tasked in guarding Alvin Pasaol, also had 12 points.Mark Maloles had a game-high 20 points for UE while Mark Olayon added 15 points, four rebounds, and five assists.Pasaol, who had averaged 28.2 points the past six games, struggled against Ateneo’s defense and put up a season-low eight points, on 2-of-11 shooting, to go along seven rebounds, and six assists.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ LATEST STORIES Scary sight for fans, players as chaos ensues after Ginebra awarded the title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more