Engineering pointers

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity ofGeorgiaA college degree doesn’t guarantee a job. It may take months for graduating students to find employment, unless they’re willing to take a harder course load, invest time in internships and talk themselves up at career fairs.This is true even of fields such as engineering. Companies look for graduates who can slide easily into the work force.The University of Georgia Faculty of Engineering recently hosted companies represented mostly by UGA engineering alumni. Several had tips on how students can stand out from other job applicants.”Obviously, they’re technically capable,” Jim Tiller said of UGA engineering students. “We’re looking for people who can fit in well in a professional environment, who dress nice for work, who have professional etiquette, who are creative people.”Several of the companies at the Nov. 8 career fair offer internships. Tiller was an intern for CertainTeed Insulation before they hired him as an electrical-mechanical project engineer after graduation from UGA in 2004. He pointed out why internships are so important.”You get a good idea if engineering is right for you. You find out what aspects of engineering you want to pursue,” he said.”Obviously, you earn money while you’re in school,” he said. “The pay is much better than delivering pizza. And you gain experience. If you don’t get any experience, you haven’t learned a lot of the little things you need to develop into a professional.”Internships enable companies to screen future employees. “It gives us the opportunity to check people out,” said Bobbi Carter, who works under the ecology branch of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Athens. She graduated from UGA several years ago with a degree in forestry.The EPA has a specific federal career intern program specifically for students within nine months of graduation. “It gives students loads of experience,” Carter said. “We have a lot of hiring successes because of the program.””Our company, when they hire, looks for engineers,” said Brandon Marlow, a manufacturing engineer for Rockwell Automation. “It doesn’t matter what career — everybody knows how to do everybody else’s job.”Companies are hiring more engineers because the U.S. industry has seen an economic upturn, said Marlow, who graduated from UGA in 2000.”There’s an increased demand for engineers, period,” said Cary Nagler of B.P. Barber & Associates Inc.But getting hired isn’t a cake-walk. “The business environment is so different” than it was a few years ago, said Casey Adams, an engineer with Eaton who graduated from UGA in 2002. “You have to have stuff outside of that degree, a higher level of degree, maybe an MBA, to take yourself to the next level. It’s so competitive out there.”Companies are looking increasingly at the UGA engineering program, said Tim Foutz, a professor and undergraduate engineering program coordinator in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”Our degrees (in biological and agricultural engineering) are designed to provide a basic engineering education, to instill engineering as a way of thinking,” Foutz said. “That’s why we have so many students employed, because they have such a broad perspective.”A few years ago, he said, a Macon company discovered UGA’s engineering program. “Now they hire nothing but our students, because they’ve got enough of a background, a fundamental education,” he said. “Our guys can maneuver from project to project.”At UGA, engineering students get balanced experience across several engineering fields. That gives them a versatility that’s increasingly rare in engineering.”According to national data, engineering and technical jobs are increasing at five times the rate of any other work force,” Foutz said. “A lot of current engineers are reaching retirement age. Plus, the United States imports 12-15 percent of its engineers, and Georgia is at the lead of that trend. The demand for engineers is there.”(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Damascus, Va.

first_imgPopulation: 814Public lands: Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area, Grayson Highlands State Park, Backbone Rock Recreation Area, Cherokee National ForestOutdoor Highlights: Virginia Creeper Trail, Appalachian Trail, Iron Mountain Trail, Whitetop Mountain, Holston River, Whitetop Laurel, Beaverdam Creek, Mt. Rogerslast_img

Colombian Armed Forces Ignorant of Fate of FARC Supreme Leader

first_img The Colombian armed forces admitted Thursday that they are ignorant of the fate of Alfonso Cano, the highest-ranking leader of the FARC guerrilla group, following rumors of his death in a bombardment. “It is the case that the Colombian armed forces have been carrying out intensive and permanent military operations throughout the national territory against the leaders and structures of the various terrorist and criminal organizations,” the general commander of the armed forces, Freddy Padilla, indicated in an official statement. Nevertheless, he clarified that “in the particular case of the terrorist alias Alfonso Cano, at present no information is available regarding his fate.” Cano became the highest-ranking leader of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in 2008, after the group’s founder, Manuel Marulanda, ‘Tirofijo,’ died of natural causes. The Colombian authorities presume that for the last several months Cano has been in the jungle region of southern Colombia, where intensive military operations are underway. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) — against which Colombian president Alvaro Uribe has focused his security policy — are the oldest guerrilla group in the country, with more than forty years of armed struggle, and are estimated to have around 7,500 fighters, according to Defense Ministry figures. Early Thursday morning, Radio Caracol reported “rumors” about the death of the FARC supreme leader, a report the broadcaster subsequently retracted, citing a source on the Colombian president’s staff. By Dialogo July 12, 2010last_img read more

Risk Management: How hungry are you?

first_imgI like being “on time.” I like other people who like to be on time. It shocks me that tardiness is not one of the seven deadly sins.I think that could be an oversight.But how do I manage the risk of being late? Before I can even begin to manage this, I need to measure my appetite for being on time.Business meetings: I am very risk adverse, bordering on zero-tolerance. Social meetings:  I am less risk adverse for parties. More risk adverse when meeting people for dinner at a restaurant.I’ll set two alarms the night before a big morning meeting at work. But I won’t crack the whip getting Kate and Briggs out the door for a birthday party. (The benefit of being on time doesn’t outweigh having a calm day without arguments.)And in any event, I’d never put anyone’s safety at risk (driving dangerously fast) to be on time, even for a work event. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

How to use prepaid cards to expand your credit union’s market share

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Naomi Anderson Naomi Anderson is Vice President of Prepaid for LSC. In her current role, her team manages the day to day program support, customer service functions and implementations as well as … Web: Details Successful business growth starts with offering the right product or service for your audience’s needs. In the financial services market, the versatility and convenience of prepaid cards make them a great way for credit unions to break the ice and start new member relationships or grow current ones. Below are four strategies to help your credit union take full advantage of a prepaid program and grow market share.Market DevelopmentThis strategy is for credit unions already offering a prepaid card program and involves using current prepaid offerings to reach new audiences. Where are some good markets to start? One of the fastest growing markets is the Hispanic market. An ICUL sponsored study by Coopera shows Hispanics make up 20% of the U.S. population, growing 83% since 2000. Hispanic Market Facts from Coopera:Hispanic households have the second-highest expected lifetime spending of all U.S. ethnicities.Family-based spending on items like food and clothing is greatest among Hispanics. As a popular budgeting tool, prepaid cards are a relevant offering to this promising market and can help credit unions build loyal members among them.Prepaid cards are also a great venue for reaching new, younger demographics. Parents often use these cards to teach children financial responsibility. Prepaid programs with mobile services are particularly attractive to tech-savvy young people looking to have total access to card information on the go.Product DevelopmentIf you’re not already offering a prepaid product, now would be a good time to start. With the game-changer of COVID-19, cashless payment methods are becoming more popular. Prepaid cards can help credit unions better serve their current members. Members can use prepaid cards to budget long-term or special occasion spending, receive tax refunds, and go cashless without incurring interest rates or risking account information. Credit unions offering gift cards also become an easy one-stop shop for members during the holidays or for any special occasion.Market PenetrationPrepaid cards sporting a credit union’s logo create a strong branding opportunity. Branded gift cards are particularly effective marketing tools since members may share them with non-members, growing awareness. By offering this popular product, credit unions can also be more competitive in the financial services market. Promoting prepaid cards through your website, emails, social media, or events can draw in more sign-ups from people looking for special occasion gifts or the convenience of reloadable prepaid cards.DiversificationIf you don’t have a prepaid program, but would like to grow in new markets, you can diversify your product offerings and add on a prepaid program to offer in that new market. You may want to seek operational and marketing support from a service partner to make this launch successful.SummaryTo achieve growth, credit unions can choose from many strong strategies. These strategies are most impactful when combined with an offering that meets an audience’s needs. For credit unions, prepaid cards are a powerful way to achieve this balance and grow market share.Are you ready to take full advantage of a quality prepaid program to grow your credit union’s business? LSC has been a trusted credit union partner for over 50 years. To learn what LSC can do for your credit union, contact the LSC sales department at 1-800-942-7124.last_img read more

3 questions with CUInsight’s Jackson Bolstad

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lauren Culp Lauren Culp is the Publisher & CEO at leads the growing team at CUInsight, works with organizations serving credit unions to maximize their brand and exposure, connects … Web: Details CUInsight Publisher & CEO Lauren Culp is joined by Jackson Bolstad, Community Manager of CUInsight for a quick interview with just 3 questions about the COVID-19 crisis…(0:48) What is your company doing to support credit unions and their members during the COVID-19 crisis?(3:00) How do you think that COVID-19 might affect credit unions and the way that we do business in the long-term?(4:56) What tips do you have for staying sane during trying times?You can learn more about CUInsight’s response to the COVID-19 crisis here.last_img read more

The world’s sailing elite – 44Cup – is coming to Rovinj again

first_img44Cup the world tour consists of five regattas held at various locations around the world. All teams sail on identical RC44 class sailboats designed by Russell Coutts, a five-time America’s Cup winner and one of the greatest sailors of all time. The boats are made using the same technology used for the production of formula car chassis and have high accelerations, and can sail in all conditions, which guarantees exciting and even competition in which the skill of the crew and helmsman is crucial. Adris 44Cup will be the biggest sailing spectacle in Croatia this year, and another confirmation of the positioning and development of top sports competitions as part of the business strategy of the Adris Group. “With this top event, Rovinj and Croatia will once again be recognized as desirable sports and tourist destinations. We have shown that the development of high-quality tourism requires the development of high-quality accommodation units and recognizable events. This year’s 44Cup is not only a regatta but also a celebration of the new Grand Park Hotel Rovinj and the new ACI marina that will be the center of the whole event”, Said the President of the Management Board of Maistra Tomislav Popović, adding that in addition to the current four billion kuna, Adris Group will invest two billion kuna in the tourism part of the business by 2021. Otherwise, the regatta will be held immediately after the opening of the new Grand Park Hotel Rovinj and ACI’s marina. From May 28 to June 2 this year, organized by Sail La Vie and JK Maestral, and under the auspices of the Adris Group, Rovinj will once again host one of the world’s most attractive sailing competitions – Adris 44Cup. last_img read more

Can a garden sell a property? This renovator thinks so

first_imgIt incorporates luxurious and modern finishes.At this residence, Mr Bartrum, who runs his own transport business, refurbished the property to be a “fully functioning family home”. The house features a media room, expansive entertaining areas and modern kitchen with statement island bench. The external walls are the only original feature remaining. 49 St Andrews Avenue, Isle of Capri.The rest has been transformed into an interior melting pot of luxury finishes and high-end materials, and a palette spanning warm neutrals to charcoal shades. It’s the latest in a handful of renovations by vendor David Bartrum.“I enjoy doing it, my parents renovated houses, they have probably done 40 homes in my lifetime,” said Mr Bartrum.“It’s just second nature, I look at a house and go, ‘what can we do with it?’”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago The modern kitchen features a huge island bench. The manicured garden and yard borders a large swimming pool and deck setting.Outside, a swimming pool is bordered by a manicured yard and Japanese-influenced gardens that are Mr Bartrum’s favourite feature.“I’ve got a landscape guy who does the gardens,” he said.“I think I do a reasonable job of renovating the houses … but the garden is what sets this property apart.”After a 16-month renovation. Mr Bartrum is keen to sell the property after buying another house to “do up” in Broadbeach Waters. 49 St Andrews Avenue, Isle of Capri is set to go to auction on Sunday 28 January.A GOLD Coast vendor has kept up a family tradition of renovating, with the stunning transformation of this Isle of Capri residence.The only original part of the old Isle of Capri house remaining is the outside walls. Charcoal shades take centre stage.last_img read more

Federer avenges Tsonga reversal

first_img Third-seeded Federer now faces a scintillating showdown in the last four against top seed Novak Djokovic\[Ian Winterton\] for his eighth straight U.S. Open semi-finals appearance. Rafa Nadal had earlier advanced, then led a player revolt that pressured organisers into rearranging the schedule. She and will next play unseeded German Angelique Kerber in their quarter-final. Andy Murray and Andy Roddick won their matches to set up ties with John Isner and Nadal respectively. Roddick showed glimpses of the form that saw him win at Flushing Meadows in 2003 as he ousted Spanish fifth seed David Ferrer 6-3 6-4 3-6 6-3 to set up a quarter-final clash with Nadal, while Isner beat Gilles Simon 7-6 3-6 7-6 7-6 to set up a showdown with Murray. The defending champion was quick to express his displeasure, in a little over two hours, after weather delays left him facing the daunting prospect of having to win four matches in as many days to retain his title. Andy Murray and Andy Roddick won their matches to set up ties with John Isner and Nadal respectively. Roddick later joined forces with Nadal and Murray to berate the tournament referee Wednesday when they were asked to play in light rain and let his feelings known again when the Louis Armstrong Stadium court started leaking water and staff tried in vain to dry the playing surface. “Find us a court,” Roddick snapped. “At a certain point that has to take precedence over what people can watch.” Meanwhile, Serena Williams progressed and faces Caroline Wozniacki after the Dane beat Germany’s Andrea Petkovic 6-1 7-6 in her semi. Australia’s Sam Stosur demolished world number two Vera Zvonareva 6-3 6-3, stretching her winning streak over the Russian to eight matches, and looms as the dark horse after some impressive displays. center_img ROGER Federer avenged his surprise loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at this year’s Wimbledon by beating the Frenchman 6-4 6-3 6-3 to reach the semi-finals of the US Open.last_img read more

Test batsman De Silva to lead Sri Lanka A on Caribbean tour

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC) – Test batsman Dhananjaya De Silva will lead a 16-man Sri Lanka A squad on the tour of West Indies starting next week.The 26-year-old played the last of his 10 Tests against India last August, and averages 38 with two centuries already under his belt.Twenty-year-old Charith Asalanka, an off-spinning all-rounder who led Sri Lanka Under-19s last year, will serve as De Silva’s deputy.Sadeera Samarawickrama and Roshen Silva, both of whom are part of the Test squad in the ongoing series against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates, will join the A-side once that series wraps up.Neither player has played an international match for Sri Lanka.The squad has been bolstered by the inclusion of three other players with Test experience, with fast bowlers Dasun Shanaka and Lahiru Kumara, along with left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara, having played 11 Tests among them.Sri Lanka A are expected to leave tomorrow for Jamaica where they play three four-day ‘Tests’ and as many one-dayers against West Indies A, from October 11 to November 5.SQUAD – Dhananjaya De Silva (captain), Charith Asalanka (vice-captain), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Roshen Silva, Sandun Weerakkody, Ron Chandragupta, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Amila Aponso, Malinda Pushpakumara, Chamika Karunaratne, Lahiru Kumara, Vimukthi Perera, Asitha Fernando, Kasun Rajitha.Schedule of matches:OCTOBERWednesday 11th to Saturday 14th – 1st ‘Test’ – Trelawny Multiplex, JamaicaThursday 19th to Sunday 22nd – 2nd ‘Test’ – Trelawny MultiplexThursday 26th to Sunday 29th – 3rd ‘Test’ – Sabina Park, JamaicaNOVEMBERWednesday 1st – 1st One-day Match – Sabina ParkFriday 3rd – 2nd One-day Match – Sabina ParkSunday 5th – 3rd One-day Match – Trelawnylast_img read more