ROTC students receive their commissions

first_img Bacow to seniors: Live to the fullest The cool climes didn’t dampen the spirits of the newly minted officers during their official joint Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) commissioning ceremony in Tercentenary Theatre on Wednesday. Seven Harvard undergraduates received their first military assignments during a celebratory service that included comments from Harvard President Larry Bacow, an address by Gen. Mark A. Milley, the 39th chief of staff of the U.S. Army, and rounds of hearty applause, handshakes, and hugs from family and friends.Bacow told the soon-to-be-commissioned officers they would carry the enduring values of “libertas and veritas — liberty and truth” upheld by the military and by Harvard, and head into the future “prepared for the life that awaits you both by the training you have received here and by the education and knowledge you have gained here.”Harvard’s 29th president called military service “the greatest demonstration of public service.” He said he hopes to strengthen the way in which Harvard acknowledges students and alumni who choose paths in the military, and to see more students receiving their commissions in coming years, “inspired and emboldened by the example set for them” by this year’s graduating seniors.“You are — and you always will be — part of Harvard College Class of 2019,” said Bacow. “But you stand apart from your classmates. Your courage and your selflessness are worthy of praise, and your devotion to the ideals that created the United States of America is an inspiration to us all. Today, we honor your choice and we honor your service.”,As part of the annual commissioning ceremony, the new officers pledge to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” and to “bear true faith and allegiance to the same.”Before they took that solemn oath, Milley told the seniors their military service and leadership will require competence, humility, and an unwavering respect for the nation’s founding principles.“The idea that’s embedded in this oath that you are willing to die for, it says that everyone under those colors of red, white, and blue, under that flag, every one of us is born free and equal and you will rise based on your knowledge, your skill, your merit, and you are to be judged by the content of your character, not the color of your skin,” he said. “That is the essence of this country called the United States of America.”In addition to the oath, the new leaders received their first salute and had their insignias pinned to their uniforms by family members and friends.Harvard President Larry Bacow (left) and Gen. Mark A. Milley at the ceremony. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerArmy 2nd Lt. Grace Chao was swarmed by well-wishers after the service. An economics concentrator and a member of the Harvard women’s rugby team, Chao was selected to be an active-duty field artillery officer and will attend training in Fort Sill, Okla. “This is truly a dream come true for me,” she said. “I’ve watched three years of my best friends’ commissions and now it’s finally our day and I am just overjoyed that our families can be here too. The mission of Harvard College and the military is the same — to produce citizen leaders who serve selflessly — and I’ve learned how to do that at Harvard.”In addition to Chao, the new officers are Army 2nd Lt. Alannah O’Brien, Marine Corps 2nd Lts. Brandon Lee and Peter Hartnett, and Navy Ensigns Alana Davitt, Adrian Magana, and David Schachman.The day also included a commemoration for the Rev. Alan R. McLean, a member of the U.S. Marine Corps and a graduate of Harvard’s Class of 1966 who was severely wounded in the Vietnam War in 1967. McLean died in 2005. At Baccalaureate Service, president recalls dropping legal studies, turning to academia, and thriving Angela Merkel, the scientist who became a world leader Phi Beta Kappa ceremony honors 168 studentscenter_img Related ‘Duties of imagination’ are as important as acquiring and sharing knowledge, says orator Eric S. Lander In word portraits, those who know the German chancellor, Harvard’s Commencement speaker, explain her rise to longtime prominencelast_img read more

The often ignored credit union member

first_img 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr What group of Americans holds over 70% of our collective disposable income?  Is it lawyers, doctors, bankers?  Actually the answer is not so much career based as it is age based.  The Answer:  People over the age of 50.Don’t believe me?  Just ask AARP.  They have created a new marketing company called Influent50, which is part of AARP’s for-profit subsidiary.  Why?  This is a great opportunity to reach a wealthy and largely IGNORED demographic, just 10% of marketing money targets people over the age of 50.Historically this age group has been difficult to target, which is most likely the reason they have often gone ignored.  As we age, our buying psychology changes.  These people no longer need BMW to tell them what the ‘Ultimate Driving Machine’ is, instead they want Apple to suggest that they ‘Think Differently’.  Over-50 consumers want the liberty to think for themselves, instead of being told what the product is all about.  Accompanying the historical attitudes marketers have had toward the over-50 crowd are myths – such as, they don’t spend any money and that they are overly brand loyal. Probably the biggest myth surrounding over-50 consumers is that they want to be treated… ‘old’.  Let’s not forget we are talking about 50-somethings in this demographic!Influent50 hopes to reach over-50 consumers initially in the areas of travel and insurance.  Credit unions would be smart to take a page out of AARP’s book and not forget their over-50 members.  Much attention is being directed by credit unions at millennial and younger consumers with the intent to continue to grow their brand and to ensure their future.  No doubt this is wise (we’ve put together an eBook on how to help your credit union market to millennials).  But ignoring a group of your members that owns the majority of our collective disposable income seems counterproductive.  The Federal Reserve, in their 2015 Consumers and Mobile Financial Services Report, noted 32% of people aged 40 – 59 are using mobile banking, clearly a number that shows ‘older’ credit union members and potential members are comfortable with technology.  They are willing to meet you where you market to your ‘younger’ members. continue reading »last_img read more

10Bet UK boosts live stream portfolio adding Betradar ‘Live Channel’ solutions

first_img Share David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Submit European online bookmaker 10Bet has confirmed that it has boosted its live sports streams portfolio for its UK domain by partnering with Betradar Live Channel Online services.The partnership will see 10Bet UK gain access to over 30,000 live stream events per year via the Live Channel Online portfolio. Live content will include football, tennis, basketball streams from multiple international jurisdictions.All live streams will be overlaid with comprehensive live data and odds, driving interest in in-play bets across the portfolio and 10Bet in-play markets.Speaking about the partnership, David Bazak, Managing Director of 10Bet said: “We’re very happy to have partnered with Betradar, which is now supplying us with a superb range of major sports around the clock. We are very confident that this will prove to be a successful relationship which will benefit both companies to the fullest. I’m pleased that we’ve been able to enhance our live offering, providing a full spectrum service to the broadest possible target group”.Lorenzo Caci, Sportradar Director Sales backed Bazak’s comments stating “We are very pleased to have sealed this partnership with 10Bet. We are confident that our Live Channel Online will strengthen their portfolio significantly, providing their customers online with great live coverage. I have no doubt that the website’s profile in the market will go from strength to strength”.last_img read more