SGA promotes College mission statement

first_imgLove one another. Celebrate diversity. Extend hospitality. Strive for unity. These are the four guiding principles of the Saint Mary’s College Mission Statement, values that students and faculty will have the opportunity to thoroughly reflect on this week. Junior Silvia Cuevas, mission commissioner for Saint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA), said the Mission Council has set up displays in the Student Center atrium and the Cushwa-Leighton library to remind the Saint Mary’s community of the College’s mission in education, faith and service.  Students can sign their names on a sheet next to the displays, affirming their support of the mission statement. “The Mission Council and myself thought it was important to promote the mission statement, especially toward students, to know what we stand for and what we believe,” Cuevas said. “We are given the mission statement freshman year, but we tend to forget about it.”  Students may be unaware that the core values of the mission statement are all around them as they hurry to class each day, Cuevas said. “All of the banners [on the light poles] promote this year’s core values,” Cuevas said. “Each banner has one of the four different values of either ‘love one another,’ ‘celebrate diversity,’ ‘extend hospitality’ or ‘strive for unity.’” Cuevas said she hopes this week’s new displays around campus will help get students and faculty interested in continuing the College’s mission. “The two displays each have a poster of the French cross with the mission statement and our core values, along with sheets for students to sign their names,” Cuevas said. “There are also booklets and bookmarks for students to take.” The displays are not the only way students can reflect on the College’s mission statement, Cuevas said.  “When I look around, our girls are always doing something, they are always on their feet,” Cuevas said. “Whether it’s with their clubs or in the community, they are always promoting the core values even if they don’t know it.” Cuevas said she hopes the initiative will extend to other aspects of Saint Mary’s life. “I hope this project will be expanded in the future and in a way where we can promote the mission at our events around campus,” she said. “I also hope that for those who work in the community and are a part of clubs will keep the mission in mind as they do these activities.”last_img read more

First-half returns at Dutch scheme SPMS lifted by interest rates

first_imgThe scheme for medical consultants also reported a return of 1.8% over 2013.As a consequence of rising interest rates last year, the scheme’s liabilities decreased, boosting funding by 4.2 percentage points to 116.8% at year-end.SPMS said its coverage ratio included its annual unconditional indexation of 3%.Last year, the pension fund’s 36% equity portfolio returned 17%, with investments in Japan, the US and Europe returned 50%, 28.5% and 27.2%, respectively.The four hedge funds in its alpha mandate returned 8.5%, outperforming its benchmark by 4.8%.However, rising interest rates caused a 5.4% loss on its 43% fixed income holdings, as well as a 4.1% loss on its interest hedge.Emerging market debt lost 12.5% over the same period.The scheme’s credit holdings varied, with European corporate bonds returning 4.7% and US investments losing 4.4%.The scheme also lost 7.8% on inflation-linked bonds.Non-listed property returned -1.2%, against a benchmark of 6.5%, whereas listed real estate returned 4.4%.SPMS reported costs for pensions administration of €444 per participant last year and said it spent 1.12% of its assets on asset management, including 20 basis points for transactions.The scheme provides pensions for 8,000 self-employed medical consultants and more than 6,500 pensioners. SPMS, the occupational pension fund for Dutch medical consultants, has produced an 11.2% return over the first six months of 2014 on the back of positive investment performance and falling interest rates.The scheme attributed the result, in equal measure, to investment returns and a 70% hedge – using swaps – on the interest risk of its liabilities.Over the first two quarters of the year, the pension fund’s assets rose to €7.8bn, while its coverage ratio improved by 3 percentage points to 120%. However, the pension fund took pains to point out that, were its funding discounted against market rates rather than against the three-month average and application of the ultimate forward rate, its coverage would drop from 115% to 112%.last_img read more

Badgers drive on past Huskies to Motor City

first_imgST. PAUL, Minn. — Depth. Experience. Goaltending questions. Performing in the big games.Those are all themes that have been beaten into the ground when talking about the Wisconsin men’s hockey team this season. And the Badgers will get at least a couple more weeks to get sick of talking about them, as they beat St. Cloud State 5-3 in the West Regional championship, and advance to the Frozen Four in Detroit.All four factors were on display in a game that wasn’t quite sealed until an Aaron Bendickson empty-net goal with 1:08 to play. SCSU had pulled to within 4-3 after UW goaltender Scott Gudmandson allowed a soft goal to squeak by at 17:10 of the third period.But as they have all season, when the game was on the line, the Badgers stood their ground and ensured they wouldn’t blow what had been a 3-1 lead.The depth and experience were on display as senior forward John Mitchell got two goals, including the game winner. Mitchell hadn’t scored since Jan. 29 at Minnesota-Duluth, and had just five goals coming into the game.Both goals came at pivotal points in the game, as the Neenah, Wisc. native poked one five-hole to put UW up 4-2 less than three minutes after SCSU’s Jared Festler scored shorthanded to make it a one-goal game.“The second one was just a great individual effort with Andy Bohmbach, he was able to get the puck out front,” Mitchell said. “Again, I drove to the net and was able to slip it five-hole.”Mitchell also poked one five-hole on Husky starter Mike Lee to start the scoring just 2:31 into the game.Mitchell’s first goal was just one of three UW tallies in the first period, as senior tri-captain Blake Geoffrion scored and — there’s the depth again — sophomore defenseman Jake Gardiner netted just his sixth goal of the season.This was just one night after UW’s big guns — Geoffrion, Michael Davies and Brendan Smith came up big, totaling five points between the three of them.“When you get down to this time of year, you are looking for offense from anybody and everybody,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said.The quick start resulted in Lee being pulled 15:21 into the game in favor of Dan Dunn. Last Friday, Lee was unstoppable, shutting out the Badgers in the WCHA Final Five semifinal. UW didn’t get anything going until the third period in that game, and the Badgers seemed well aware of how important it would be to start like they did.“I think the key to the game tonight was the start of the game,” Eaves said. “Getting the early lead — we’ve talked about for a long time with our team… about having a great start is ultimately a pivotal time of the game and we were able to get that tonight.”Also in Wisconsin’s favor was the fact St. Cloud State went to double-overtime against Northern Michigan the night before. The Huskies deflected questions about the effect of playing an extra 20:23 of hockey in the previous game though.“This time of year, teams have got to overcome that kind of stuff,” SCSU captain Garrett Raboin said. “You’ve got to play through that – it happens to a lot of teams, a lot of games go to overtime.”While Wisconsin’s depth and experience showed up in a big-time game yet again, Gudmandson was also not at his best all game. Tony Mosey’s goal to make it 4-3 just made it between the post and Gudmandson’s left leg, a soft goal in a crucial point in the game. Gudmandson also gave up a rebound to allow the Huskies’ shorthanded goal.But again, in a big game, the Badgers were up to the task. They showed it in coming back to win the Camp Randall Hockey Classic against Michigan back in February, and before that in taking three points from then-No. 1 Denver at the Kohl Center.The Badgers were quick to respond when scored on and despite their own special teams woes — they went 0-for-6 on the power play. The UW penalty kill returned the favor though, holding SCSU scoreless on seven power plays.In the end, the fast start and stand-your-ground finish were enough to send UW to its first Frozen Four since winning the national title in 2006. The Badgers will face upset-minded RIT, which took down top-seeded Denver and third-seeded New Hampshire to be the first team to clinch a spot in Detroit.“Wisconsin earned the victory,” SCSU head coach Bob Motzko said. “Almost start to finish, and they played one resilient hockey game.”“It feels incredible,” Geoffrion said. “I know a lot of seniors have worked since our freshman year, coming after a championship team and seeing how those guys work and how hard they work.“So for us to get the opportunity to possibly go to the national championship game is an incredible feeling right now, but the job’s not done yet.”last_img read more