The Notre Dame student senate gathered to discuss changes to the Executive Programming Board, adjustments concerning the spring 2021 schedule, a formal disapproval of University President Fr. John Jenkins’ actions during his visit to the White House and the adjustment of hall visitation policies in order for the betterment of student mental health during its weekly meeting Thursday evening.The meeting began with an executive announcement surrounding potential changes for the spring semester. The administration is currently working on a creating potential break during the spring semester, acknowledging that the condensed first semester is leading both faculty and students to experience feelings of burnout.Prior to the general orders of the meeting, members of the student senate discussed the University’s improved responses towards the pandemic, specifically on aspects of adaptability, transparency, testing and mental health.The first order was a resolution to amend the constitution of the Undergraduate Student Body to transition the Executive Programming Board from a Student Union Branch to an Article II Board, presented by junior parliamentarian Thomas Davis. Senior and chief of staff Aaron Benavides said that while is not a trivial task to amend the article of the constitution, the new resolution did not align with the vision of the original proposal.“I don’t think that the executive committee was what I had envisioned and originally proposed,” Benavides said. “I think that’s something that the sponsors and I would be very happy to go back to, you know, accept some of them are recommendations of the Committee on the constitution and their wisdom that they offered to us. But again, I think it’s a middle path.”Ultimately, however, the senate rejected this order.The second agenda item was an order to pass a resolution adjusting the spring semester schedule. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent modification of the academic calendar for the spring semester of 2021, this order was passed unanimously by the student senate. This allows for the suspension of class officer elections, election for senators and senate members serving a one-year term beginning on April 1.The calls for the action of the Judicial Council Election committee, which would make petitions available for the student body president and vice president elections on the first day of classes of the spring semester to be due at noon on the Friday of the following week, while completing the elections of class council officers and residence hall senators by March 25 and 30, respectively.The third order followed the previous week’s senate meeting regarding Jenkins’ noncompliance with University health and safety guidelines while attending the nomination of Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court in the White House Rose Garden Sept. 26. The University announced that Jenkins had tested positive for COVID-19 Oct. 2. The order called for a resolution formally denouncing Jenkins’ violations of University health policy and encouraging further action.The issue of whether to pass a formal denouncement of Jenkins drew debate among the senators. Some agreed that while Jenkins should face consequences for failing to abide by health and safety guidelines, the call for him to resign was extreme.“I think everybody knows that actions should have consequences,” sophomore and Stanford Hall senator Patrick Lee said. “And while we did regard the resolution last week as slightly extreme, I thought there was a pretty valid point made — lots of students are going through disciplinary processes right now because they didn’t follow the rules. I think it’s important that we stand by the fact that actions have consequences.”However, during the debate, others disagreed. Some argued that Jenkins threw Notre Dame into an unnecessary controversy. In the end, the order passed, with an estimated 75% of the senate voting “yes” on the resolution.Following up to the vote, Lee suggested some further areas for potential improvement regarding the University’s COVID-19 policies.“It is a really well written resolution — the student government is larger than the senate, and works with a lot of other departments as well and with other public spaces to open up a little bit more as the weather is cold,” Lee said. “Let’s strike while the iron is hot and pool all of the resources together and say, ‘How do we make the last few months of the semester as safe as possible?’”The senate further agreed that the idea of a town hall — where students voice their concerns directly to Jenkins — would be an effective way to foster conversation and offer constructive change.To wrap up the meeting, the senate called a resolution encouraging the further adjustment of current on-campus residence hall visitation policies to promote student well-being while continuing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As the weather gets colder, preventing students from socializing safely outside, the senate agreed unanimously that the Division of Student Affairs should further adjust residence hall visitor policies to allow non-resident visitors to be permitted in common spaces, all while observing health and safety guidelines.Tags: COVID-19, Fr. John Jenkins, ND student senate, residence hall policies, spring 2021 academic calendar
December 18, 2020
43SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Thomas Amanda is founder and president of TwoScore, a firm that channels her passion for the credit union mission and people to help credit unions under $100 million in assets reach … Web: www.twoscore.com Details Throughout the course of speaking at conferences, attending league events, and working with credit union clients all across the country, I get to meet a lot of credit union CEOs and marketers. When I ask them what is keeping them up at night, their answers typically include one or more of the following:Marketing isn’t translating into revenue for the credit unionOur marketing materials aren’t getting any responseI don’t know where to startDon’t know how to track our marketing effortsCompetition in the marketWhile there is no quick fix or “silver bullet,” these are all deeper issues that can be addressed and solved by taking a hard look at the marketing plan. Now that we are almost halfway through 2015, this is a great time to go back and evaluate your plan and identify the opportunities for improvement. If your plan doesn’t include all of these elements, add them in and watch your numbers begin to improve.RunoffThis is absolutely one of the most important numbers you should know as a marketer. You can’t build a plan to bring in loans if you don’t know how many you have to get to have positive growth. Here’s how to do it (to calculate runoff for 2015 planning):Total Loans as of 12/31/2013 + Total New Loans in 2014 = SUMSUM – Total Loans as of 2014 = RUNOFFExample: $50,000,000 + $10,000,000 = $60,000,000$60,000,000 – $55,000,000 = $5,000,000In this example, our loan runoff is $5,000,000, meaning we have to bring in $5 million in new loans before our loan portfolio is positive for the year.Product ProfitabilityHow much revenue are you getting from each loan type on your books? This will not only help you calculate ROI at the end of each campaign, but it will also help you know exactly how many loans you will need to reach your goals, making your job a whole lot easier. Let’s take used auto loans for example:Average loan balance: $17,935.96Average rate: 3.40%Average term: 60 monthsYield over first year: $595.93Yield over life of loan: $1,584.10If our goal is to get $2,000,000 in used auto loans this year and your runoff is $1 million, then you know you need to bring in $3 million of used auto loan balances to net $2 million in used auto loans.Brand PromiseWhat are you promising members as a result of them doing business with your credit union? This is not a calculation, but it is vitally important to your marketing plan because it motivates your members and even your employees and gives them a compelling reason to bank with, or work with, your institution. A solid brand promise is what your credit union can stand on and build on as a differentiator among your competitors. Here’s a great example to get you thinking about your brand promise:FedEx: “Your package will get there overnight. Guaranteed.” This gives FedEx a foundation for what to strive to deliver on every single day with every single customer. What can your credit union promise and deliver every single day?SegmentationIn a perfect world, our members would take action every time we put a message in front of them through email or newsletters or direct mail, etc. Unfortunately, they see about 10,000 “marketing” messages per day, making the likelihood of them responding to their credit union unlikely. However, segmentation helps you figure out the right message for the right people around common lifestyles or needs.Segmenting your membership base needs to be done regularly and can be done in a variety of ways:Demographics (age, income, etc.)Psychographics (attitudes, lifestyle choices, etc.)Behaviors (what affects buying and consumer decisions)Geographic area(s)Once you have completed this step, choose different segments for each campaign depending on what product or service you are offering. This will ensure you get the right members with the right message, increasing the opportunity for action.ROIYou know your revenue per loan and how much you spent on your auto loan campaign, but you need to know what your return on investment was and communicate it to your CEO and/or board.Revenue generated – Cost of campaign / Cost of campaign = ROIROI x 100 = ROI %In addition to educating you on exactly how effective your marketing efforts are, knowing this number helps you evaluate the success of each campaign and initiative in your plan. If your ROI % is less than 100%, this means you spent more on the campaign than the revenue it generated. However, having all of these steps in place will ensure that your marketing gets an even greater return.
September 23, 2020
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