LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS IT’S COLD and wet outside, and the days are short. But we’re only half way through the season, so strength and conditioning for rugby is still a must! In the March 2014 edition of Rugby World, John Dams designed a workout to help you work on your strength, using some specific exercises. One of them, the banded acceleration, is demonstrated by the pros in the video below. Give it a go!
On May 17th–19th, Oregon State University will host an academic conference dedicated to the music, culture, and philosophy of Phish.The conference is being organized by Stephanie Jenkins, an assistant professor of philosophy at the university. She has been a Phish fan since 1995, saw her first show in 2003, and has attended roughly 150 shows in the years since. Jenkins has taught a variety of classes about the philosophy of Phish since joining the Oregon State faculty in 2012. She’s also taken students to Phish shows at The Gorge as part of her classes and held public philosophy events at concerts.“I was always interested in the connection between Phish and philosophy,” Jenkins explains in a press release. “I just didn’t think it was something I was allowed to do. But I have really supportive colleagues here at Oregon State. They encouraged me to develop the class and that has now led to the conference.”Related: The Case For An Academic Examination Of Phish FandomThe conference will include more than 50 presentations from researchers hailing from more than 20 states in addition to Canada. Presentation titles include: “Phish’s Improvisation in Light of Talmudic Scholastic Practice,” “‘This Your First Show?’: White Racism and Subcultural Capital in the Phish Community” and “The Neuroscience of the Jam: A research paradigm to study brain inactivity underlying improvisation in Phish.”Jenkins herself will also give a presentation at the Phish Studies Conference, as will co-organizer Natalie Dollar, an associate professor of speech communication at Oregon State University, Cascades. Dollar is also a longtime Phish fan and has conducted academic research on the Grateful Dead.In addition to the research presentations, the conference will feature a number of discussion panels. Two students who took Jenkins’ Phish class last summer—Lynnea Fredrickson, an OSU-Cascades student, and Michael Moran-Kay, a philosophy major at OSU-Corvallis—will speak as part of a “Student Scholar Panel.”Two different “Community Panels” will also include various prominent members of the extended Phish community. A question-and-answer panel will feature board members of the Mockingbird Foundation, a nonprofit organization run by Phish fan volunteers that raises funds for music education programs. Speakers on the panel include Scott Marks, David “ZZYZX” Steinberg, Charlie Dirksen, Ellis Godard, and Brian Feller.Benjy Eisen, a music writer and co-author of Bill Kreutzmann biography Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead, will host both a panel and a book signing session at the conference.In addition to the various presentations and panels, the Phish Studies Conference will include an exhibition fair featuring opportunities for businesses and artists from the Phish community to display, promote, and sell their work (Shakedown, anyone?). The conference will also include an art show, “Below The Moss Forgotten: Phish in the Pacific Northwest,” featuring promotional materials and fan-made artwork tracing the band’s growth in the region over the past three decades.The conference will also feature a soft premiere screening of the forthcoming documentary, We’ve Got It Simple, “a film by, for, and about Phish fans.” The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the film’s director, Michael Ryan Lawrence.To round things out, Eugene-based band Left on Wilson will perform a live show on Friday, May 17th at the nearby Demaggio New York Pizza in Corvallis. The concert is free for registered conference attendees.Registration is now open for the conference. The early registration rate is $125 for the weekend and includes admissions to all conference events. Day passes will be available for $75.Find out more about the Phish Studies Conference on the event website here. You can also check out the Ryan Kerrigan-designed artwork for the conference below.
The Visit It takes a singular sensation to step in for a singular sensation! Tony winner Donna McKechnie will be the standby for Chita Rivera’s lead role of Claire Zachannassian in Broadway’s The Visit. Directed by John Doyle and choreographed by Graciela Daniele, the tuner will begin performances at the Lyceum Theatre on March 26, with opening night set for April 23. View Comments The company also includes Roger Rees, Jason Danieley, Matthew Deming, Diana Dimarzio, David Garrison, Rick Holmes, Tom Nelis, Chris Newcomer, Aaron Ramey, Timothy Shew and Michelle Veintimilla. Related Shows John Kander and Fred Ebb’s The Visit is based on the classic Friedrich Dürrenmatt play (adapted by Maurice Valency) and features a book by Terrence McNally, with music by Kander and lyrics by Ebb. Claire Zachanassian is an often-widowed millionairess who pays a visit to her hardship-stricken birthplace. The locals hope she’ll bring them a new lease on life, but little do they know her offer to revitalize the town comes at a dreadful price. McKechnie won a Tony for her performance as Cassie in the original production of A Chorus Line. Other Broadway credits include State Fair, Company, On the Town and Promises, Promises. Screen credits include Dark Shadows and Cheers. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2015
Contact Centers: Expect call volumes to increase during this time. With many branches still closed to foot traffic and rising financial uncertainty, call centers are a critical lifeline for your members. If your agents have been displaced to remote facilities, ensure they’re being retrained to maintain the same level of service. New Ways of EngagementAs businesses respond to the ongoing health and economic crisis, they are finding new ways to engage with their customers. By developing their own version of “curbside delivery”, credit unions can deliver peace of mind to their members while also driving engagement and loyalty – all of which goes a long way towards becoming your members’ Primary Financial Relationship.If and when you need it, CO-OP has you covered with an ecosystem of products and services designed to help you own more member moments. Learn more. Increase janitorial services and do regular, deep cleaning every night.Maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing among employees and members. Some places of business are using painters tape to place markings six feet apart on the ground in areas where lines build up.Require all employees to wear gloves and masks. This goes for employees working in the drive-through, as well.Ensure you are regularly informing your members of the latest branch closings, re-openings and changes to service hours, as well as alternative ways to access credit union services. Post signage at all ATMs, branches and drive-through locations. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kathy Snider Dr. Kathy Snider is Senior Vice President Engage Products for CO-OP Financial Services (www.co-opfs.org), a provider of payments and financial technology to credit unions. Web: https://www.co-opfs.org Details  “Curbside pickup at retail stores surges 208% during coronavirus pandemic,” by Lauren Thomas, CNBC, April 27, 2020. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/27/coronavirus-curbside-pickup-at-retail-stores-surges-208percent.html “Financial literacy program moves to teaching online,” The News-Enterprise, May 5, 2020. https://www.thenewsenterprise.com/news/business/financial-literacy-program-moves-to-teaching-online/article_a3395d7f-a1c7-598d-9028-c2075449c887.html Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union. https://www.affinityplus.org/covid-19 https://www.coastal24.com/CoastalCreditUnion/media/PDFs/Annual-Reports/2020-Member-and-Community-Impact-Report.pdf “Filene Research Institute – preliminary notes on the COVID-19 crisis and implications for credit unions,” p. 17.“Despite the rise of online banks, millennials are still visiting branches.” By Kate Rooney, CNBC, December 5, 2019. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/12/05/despite-the-rise-of-online-banks-millennials-still-go-to-branches.html “COVID 19 Best Practices” https://view.ceros.com/co-op/covid19-best-practices/p/2 “CO-OP Moved Quickly as Calls Surged,” CUToday, May 3, 2020. http://www.cutoday.info/THE-boost/CO-OP-Moved-Quickly-As-Calls-Surged For those credit unions participating in CO-OP’s extensive Shared Branch network, remind your members they can easily locate a nearby branch using the CO-OP Shared Branch/ATM locator tool. (Note: Some Shared Branch locations may be temporarily unavailable. The Locator is frequently updated, but you may wish to contact the branch to confirm their status.)ATMs: Be sure your ATMs are cleaned regularly. The National ATM Council released a comprehensive set of guidelines for COVID-19 safety and spread prevention. Don’t forget to post signage at your branches and drive-thru ATMs to guest members notifying them of changes in your branch/ATM operations. And, if your credit union participates in the CO-OP ATM Network, remind your members to use the CO-OP Shared Branch/ATM locator tool to find an ATM near them. They can use the “Advanced Search” tab to find one of the 7,200+ ATMs that accept deposits or offer drive-through capabilities. Since much of the country shut down to minimize the spread of COVID-19, businesses of all kinds have transitioned to “curbside delivery” as a way to keep their doors open and continue meeting consumer demand during the crisis.Examples include restaurants offering takeout, breweries packaging their product in cans to-go, and brick-and-mortar retailers offering online ordering with contact-free pickup service. In fact, curbside pickup surged 208% between April 1st and 20th, as compared with the same time period a year prior.But what does a “curbside delivery” service model for credit union members look like? In one example, as a response to the shutdown of school districts across Kentucky, Abound Credit Union shifted its VAULT financial education program to a fully online distance learning model, supporting teachers as they transitioned to non-traditional instruction. Meanwhile, Affinity Plus FCU (St. Paul, MN) has begun offering car-side assistance, and representatives will even hand-deliver a new debit card to a member in need.As conditions evolve, here are some key areas to consider on as you transition to a “curbside delivery” model:Digital banking and self-service tools: As long as branches are closed to foot traffic, credit unions need to promote easy access to remote self-service delivery. Services like online and mobile banking, mobile check deposit, and online membership and loan applications are particularly important right now.For some credit unions, a high tech/high touch approach is nothing new. Coastal FCU (Raleigh, NC) was an early adopter of video teller technology, and in fact, was one of the first financial institutions in the world to implement the service across its entire branch network! Today, the $3.4 billion cooperative serves 270,000 members across 23 branches in central North Carolina, and its widespread deployment of Personal Teller Machines beginning in the early 2000s was a key to that growth.Of course, simply offering remote access technology is one thing. During a time of crisis, equitable access becomes even more critical.To help ensure you’re reaching those most in need, it’s important to educate your members on how to use digital technology. Over three-quarters of financial institutions say they are providing additional education on the use of remote channels during the pandemic.Payments: As concerns increase around face-to-face commerce and hygiene during the pandemic, consumers are seeking out alternatives to paying with cash and physical cards. Fortunately, many options are available, including person-to-person (P2P) platforms, mobile wallets, registered prepaid cards and contactless payments.To meet your members’ changing needs and expectations, now is the time to invest in and activate your digital payment strategy by offering a range of solutions, including contactless, P2P, prepaid, card controls and alerts and digital wallets.Branches: Pre-crisis, most consumers relied on multiple banking channels. According to a consumer study by Jefferies, nearly 75 percent of respondents visited physical branches at least once per month.In the early weeks of the pandemic, some CUs across the country closed their branches to foot traffic, some leaving the drive-through as the only person-to-person point of access. Yet, many members still count on their branch even during these uncertain times. In fact, CO-OP Shared Branch transaction volume increased 20% on the day stimulus checks were announced.As you consider reopening your branches, do it safely by following these protocols: