SMC gift campaign begins

first_imgThe Class Gift Campaign (CGC), a student effort led in conjunction with the Office of Annual Giving, organized the Week. Shelby Herms, Class of 2013 CGC representative, said students’ donations to the Annual Fund go to their class’s CCG account and immediately impact the lives of Saint Mary’s women. “Your gifts accumulate over four years so that you can make a lasting and memorable gift to Saint Mary’s at graduation,” Herms said. “The Class of 2012 donated to the renovation of Angela Athletic facilities, which is one of the options for this year’s gift, as well as a scholarship in our class’s name.” CGC will host a table in the Spes Unica Atrium to collect gifts every morning this week from 9 a.m. to noon, Herms said. The group will sell mugs that say ‘Once a Belle, Always a Belle’ at the CGC table in the Student Center Atrium today through Friday. Tag Week BINGO will be in the West Wing of the Noble Family Dining Hall on Thursday at dinner. While gifts of all amounts are welcomed, Herms said the CGC is pushing for Tribute Gifts of $20.13 in honor of the graduating class. A Tribute Gift is a donation from a student that honors someone who helped with her Saint Mary’s education. Each tribute will be published in the Commencement edition of The Observer and the honoree will be notified by email, Herms said. “I think that [the] Class Gift Campaign is great because it allows us to recognize the gifts of past Belles by giving back to the College like they did,” Herms said. “I never realized just how much it takes to make the Saint Mary’s experience possible.” Junior Maddy Martin, Class of 2014 CGC representative, said she knows how important Tag Week is this year because of the College’s recent Capital Campaign launch to raise funds. “We are really pushing each class to give to their class gift in order to reach our goal dollar amount,” Martin said. “In regards to actual class gifts, the senior class votes at the end of their senior year where they want the gift to go to,” Martin said past classes have donated to the Spes Unica building and the restoration of the Sister Madeleva painting. The Class of 2012’s gift of more than  $20,000 was the largest class gift to date, she said. “I don’t think students realize how much it costs to keep this school running,” Martin said.  “We take for granted electricity and water bills because they are always taken care of for us. It is important for students to have this realization of just how much the College spends to keep us on campus because they are more likely to give back to the school.” Junior Lauren Bruner, Class of 2014 CGC co-chair, said although asking students for money is difficult, it is important to give back to the College. “Many students, including myself, would not be here without scholarships, which shows how vital donations are,” Bruner said. “It’s rewarding to be able to give back to the College and see your gift on campus.” Junior Jillian Fata said it is important for students to recognize the changes the College can make through the campaign.  Past gifts have gone to big project, but they have also gone directly to scholarships, meaning that a future Belle can have the same opportunities that we are fortunate enough to have every day,” Fata said. Class giving is a  important part of being a student as well as an alumna, Herms said. Last year, 7,450 alumnae and friends of the College made a gift to help with the College’s expenses. Twenty percent of the College’s budget is a result of this support, Herms said. “They contributed $10.5 million in gifts to support all aspects of our education – touching every corner of campus, from building new building), to installing wireless internet, to providing toilet paper and hand soap in our bathrooms,” Herms said. We need the help to continue providing the Saint Mary’s experience, and making a gift is a way to say thank you to all of the alumnae who have made your education possible!”,Monday marked the beginning of Saint Mary’s annual Tag Week, which aims to inform students about the costs of running the College and the importance of donations to the school. The Class Gift Campaign (CGC), a student effort led in conjunction with the Office of Annual Giving, organized the Week. Shelby Herms, Class of 2013 CGC representative, said students’ donations to the Annual Fund go to their class’s CCG account and immediately impact the lives of Saint Mary’s women. “Your gifts accumulate over four years so that you can make a lasting and memorable gift to Saint Mary’s at graduation,” Herms said. “The Class of 2012 donated to the renovation of Angela Athletic facilities, which is one of the options for this year’s gift, as well as a scholarship in our class’s name.” CGC will host a table in the Spes Unica Atrium to collect gifts every morning this week from 9 a.m. to noon, Herms said. The group will sell mugs that say ‘Once a Belle, Always a Belle’ at the CGC table in the Student Center Atrium today through Friday. Tag Week BINGO will be in the West Wing of the Noble Family Dining Hall on Thursday at dinner. While gifts of all amounts are welcomed, Herms said the CGC is pushing for Tribute Gifts of $20.13 in honor of the graduating class. A Tribute Gift is a donation from a student that honors someone who helped with her Saint Mary’s education. Each tribute will be published in the Commencement edition of The Observer and the honoree will be notified by email, Herms said. “I think that [the] Class Gift Campaign is great because it allows us to recognize the gifts of past Belles by giving back to the College like they did,” Herms said. “I never realized just how much it takes to make the Saint Mary’s experience possible.” Junior Maddy Martin, Class of 2014 CGC representative, said she knows how important Tag Week is this year because of the College’s recent Capital Campaign launch to raise funds. “We are really pushing each class to give to their class gift in order to reach our goal dollar amount,” Martin said. “In regards to actual class gifts, the senior class votes at the end of their senior year where they want the gift to go to,” Martin said past classes have donated to the Spes Unica building and the restoration of the Sister Madeleva painting. The Class of 2012’s gift of more than  $20,000 was the largest class gift to date, she said. “I don’t think students realize how much it costs to keep this school running,” Martin said.  “We take for granted electricity and water bills because they are always taken care of for us. It is important for students to have this realization of just how much the College spends to keep us on campus because they are more likely to give back to the school.” Junior Lauren Bruner, Class of 2014 CGC co-chair, said although asking students for money is difficult, it is important to give back to the College. “Many students, including myself, would not be here without scholarships, which shows how vital donations are,” Bruner said. “It’s rewarding to be able to give back to the College and see your gift on campus.” Junior Jillian Fata said it is important for students to recognize the changes the College can make through the campaign.  Past gifts have gone to big project, but they have also gone directly to scholarships, meaning that a future Belle can have the same opportunities that we are fortunate enough to have every day,” Fata said. Class giving is a  important part of being a student as well as an alumna, Herms said. Last year, 7,450 alumnae and friends of the College made a gift to help with the College’s expenses. Twenty percent of the College’s budget is a result of this support, Herms said. “They contributed $10.5 million in gifts to support all aspects of our education – touching every corner of campus, from building new building), to installing wireless internet, to providing toilet paper and hand soap in our bathrooms,” Herms said. We need the help to continue providing the Saint Mary’s experience, and making a gift is a way to say thank you to all of the alumnae who have made your education possible!”last_img read more

Rental demand spike: Tenants are fleeing Sydney for Brisbane

first_imgBrisbane’s rental vacancy rate has tightened for the fifth straight month, new data shows.BRISBANE rentals are filling up fast as fed-up southerners flee Sydney for the sunshine state, new data shows.While the nation’s biggest property market becomes littered with empty homes and desperate landlords slash rents to try to hold on to tenants, the Queensland capital’s rental vacancy rate is shrinking as rising demand eats up surplus stock. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The latest figures from property valuation firm SQM Research reveal rental vacancies in Brisbane fell to 2.9 per cent in July — down from 3 per cent in June — marking the fifth straight monthly decline this year. Sydney’s vacancy rate is now the highest in 13 years.Sydney’s vacancy rate is now the highest in 13 years, with 2.8 per cent of the city’s units and houses unoccupied, yet the asking rent for a three-bedroom house in the city is still the highest in the country at $707 a week.SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher said the data showed many residents were leaving Sydney and heading north in search of more affordable housing and a better standard of living. A SLICE OF THE CARIBBEAN IN QLD Mr Christopher said the gap between Brisbane and Sydney house prices was the largest it had been in at least 15 years.“For southerners, there’s definitely a standard of living benefit through doing the move — provided they can find a job in Brisbane or thereabouts,” Mr Christopher said.“Up until two years ago that was the problem, but the Brisbane economy has been rebounding thanks to the end of the mining downturn and so job creation has increased and it’s become a little bit easier to do that move and find a job that goes with it.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoSQM Research managing director Louis Christopher.Mr Christopher said he expected surplus rental supply in Brisbane to continue to be absorbed in the next 12 to 18 months.“Two years from now, the market will signficantly favour landlords,” he said.Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee said the online portal had recorded a 12 per cent rise in demand for rental properties in Brisbane in the past 12 months.Demand for houses was up 7.2 per cent and views per apartment listings were 16 per cent higher than a year ago. NO TOILET, NO KITCHEN, ALREADY LANDING OFFERS In Sydney, demand for units and houses had fallen 25 per cent over the same period.“We track rental demand on views per listing and Brisbane is well up, so it’s not surprising we’re seeing this drop in the vacancy rate,” Ms Conisbee said.“There just seems to be this recovery occurring in the Queensland economy and renters are often a better indicator of what’s happening than buyers, because they can be driven by speculation.” A house for rent in Stafford, Brisbane. Image: AAP/Glenn Hunt.An estimated 9886 residential rentals are sitting vacant in Brisbane, compared with nearly 20,000 in Sydney.Despite vacancy rates tightening, rents in Brisbane are holding firm, with surplus stock being absorbed by rising demand, easing concerns about the inner city’s apartment oversupply.The asking rent for a house in Queensland rose 0.1 per cent in July to $452 a week, while unit rents held steady at $370 a week. BRISBANE DEFIES PROPERTY DOWNTURN center_img REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee.Ms Conisbee said the inner suburbs of Newmarket and Windsor in Brisbane’s north and Camp Hill and Holland Park in Brisbane’s south were the most popular among prospective tenants, along with Greenbank in Logan.TOP 5 BRISBANE SUBURBS FOR RENTAL DEMAND1. Holland Park 2. Newmarket 3. Greenbank 4. Camp Hill 5. Windsor (Source: Realestate.com.au, based on views per listing)last_img read more

Cerro Gordo County records first COVID-19 death

first_imgMASON CITY — Cerro Gordo County has seen its first fatality connected to COVID-19. The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health confirmed the death this afternoon, an individual who was aged 41-60. CG Public Health director Brian Hanft in a written statement says the department extends their deepest sympathy to the individual’s loved ones, adding that the department and all of their key partners throughout the county and state continue to work to limit the spread and impact of coronavirus in our communities.last_img read more

NASCAR preps for final July 4th weekend race at Daytona International Speedway

first_imgSaturday’s NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway will be one to remember as it marks the end of an era.The race was first held July 4th weekend in 1959 and has since become a tradition.In late March, DIS President Chip Wile announced that beginning in 2020, the Coke Zero Sugar 400 NASCAR Cup Series race shift from its July 4th weekend date to Saturday night, Aug. 29 and would serve as the final race of the NASCAR regular season.According to reports, the decision came in efforts to increase attendance and combat blazing Florida temperatures.Defending champion Erik Jones says he’s sad to see the tradition end.last_img read more

Golf stars congratulate England Golf Award winners

first_img Tags: England Golf Awards, grassroots golf, Volunteers The people, clubs and counties that make golf great were celebrated last night at the England Golf Awards 2019 – with congratulations from golf stars Tommy Fleetwood, Dame Laura Davies, Tyrrell Hatton and Jordan Smith.They sent messages to Performance of the Year winner Conor Gough, Lifetime Service Award winner Ian Bonser, Championship Venue of the Year, Stanton-on the Wolds, and County of the Year, WiltshireThey were among the nine winners who were applauded by over 400 guests at the adidas Golf-sponsored awards, at the Royal Lancaster London.Winners also included the pioneers of a scheme which offers golf ‘on prescription’ from GPs, outstanding volunteers who share their love of the game, an inspirational coach who counts himself lucky to work with young players and a club with an amazing welcome for members and visitors.England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink commented: “All our award winners are very special and prove that golf is a go-ahead game with a great welcome for everyone and, even better, that it’s good for your health.“Their achievements are helping to change the image of golf within the wider community and that’s good news for everyone who cares about the game.”The Award winners were:Teenage talent Conor Gough of Stoke Park Golf Club, Buckinghamshire, won the Performance of the Year Award after his stunning 2018 season when he won top British and English titles. Tommy Fleetwood, who won this title last year, told him: “What an amazing year! I’ve been keeping track of your progress and we will be doing that for a long time to come, I am sure.” Read moreIan Bonser of 3 Hammers, Staffordshire won the Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by The Telegraph. He has helped countless people to follow their golfing dreams and was congratulated by golfing legend Dame Laura Davies, who told him: “What you have done for golf and all the time you have put in means this award is thoroughly deserved.” Read moreStanton-on-the-Wolds Golf Club, Nottinghamshire, won the Championship Venue of the Year Award – and the congratulations of Tyrrell Hatton. The three-time European Tour winner was a regular at England Golf championships as an amateur and he said: “I know the golf clubs all go above and beyond to make it a fantastic experience for the players. So massive congratulations to Stanton for winning this award, you guys must have been fantastic!” Read moreWiltshire Golf won the County of the Year Award and first congratulations came from another European Tour winner, Jordan Smith. He came up through the Wiltshire ranks and commented: “I’m so proud of my county, Wiltshire. For such a small county we have definitely been punching above our weight!” Read more.Mytime Active and its centres at Bromley and Orpington won the new Innovation Award, sponsored by Players 1st, for pioneering golf ‘on prescription’, with impressive results. The project is set to spread to three more centres next month and it’s hoped other golf operators will take it up. Read moreThe Exeter Golf and Country Club in Devon won the Most Welcoming Club of the Year Award, sponsored by HowDidiDo. The club has blended the best of tradition with contemporary style to open its doors and appeal to golfers of all ages. General Manager Chris Jones commented: “On a scale of 1-10, this is 11! Read moreMark Feeney from West Derby Golf Club in Liverpool won the Volunteer of the Year Award for the way he revitalised the junior section, growing it from two or three players to over 40 members in just a couple of years. “This is wonderful for the club, it’s amazing. It’s not just about what I do,” said Feeney. Read moreLou McLoughlin of Bromborough Golf Club, Cheshire, became Young Ambassador of the Year, presented in association with the Golf Foundation. The bubbly 18-year-old simply loves helping people enjoy golf. “This is so exciting,” said Lou. “You don’t realise people think so much of you and when you find out, it’s special.” Read moreAaron Lansberry from Hatchford Brook Golf Centre, Birmingham won the Coach of the Year Award, sponsored by The PGA. The inspirational coach puts the fun into golf for hundreds of youngsters, counts himself lucky in his work and commented: “It’s lovely to win, it’s the cherry on the cake and it backs up all the hard work we do.” Read moreCaption: Winners of the England Golf Awards. 22 Mar 2019 Golf stars congratulate England Golf Award winners last_img read more

Virat Kohli usurps Steve Smith to claim number 1 spot in ICC Test ranking

first_imgAdvertisement cdkqtNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs946l2kiWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E31eh( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) zcfWould you ever consider trying this?😱6x1i47Can your students do this? 🌚1g38Roller skating! Powered by Firework The skipper of Indian Cricket Team, Virat Kohli claimed the top spot in ICC Test ranking again. Steve Smith was at the top position in the previous ranking. However, Steve Smith failed to build a long innings against Pakistan in the recent series. On the other hand, Virat Kohli scored a brilliant century against Bangladesh in the pink ball test match at Eden Gardens.Advertisement Virat Kohli is currently at the top spot in ICC Test ranking with 928 points. On the other hand, Steve Smith is standing at the second position with 923 points. So, Kohli has already got a lead of 5 points against his counterpart at this moment. Two other Indian batsmen are also in the top ten. They are Cheteswar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. Pujara is at the 4th position with 791 points in his bag. On the other hand, Ajinkya Rahane is standing at the 6th position with 759 points.Advertisement David Warner has come back into the top ten with a brilliant triple hundred against Pakistan at Adelaide. He is standing at the fifth position with 731 points in his bag. Another Aussie cricketer Marnus Labuschagne is at the 8th position with 731 points. Dimuth Karunaratne is holding the tenth postion with 723 points.Mohammad Shami floats into top 10 test bowling rankings after fine show against BangladeshAdvertisement   Advertisementlast_img read more