Podcast: WFH Handbook with Jill Nowacki

first_imgAs most of us recently found out, working from home is not always the nirvana we hold it up to be. Zoom meetings with dogs barking , the newly dual-purpose homeschool sofa, and your kitchen table doubling as home-office.The truth is, it’s tricky. And among the many challenges surrounding our “new normal” comes the question of how financial institutions can give employees a renewed sense of purpose and improve morale in this WFH environment.But you’re in luck! This week on Banking On Experience, CRMNEXT’s James Gilbert is joined by Jill Nowacki, President/CEO of Humanidei + O’Rourke, author at CUInsight, and an expert on this very subject.What’s covered? ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

The sinking of Syracuse’s season as seen from the student section

first_img Published on April 3, 2016 at 6:21 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ HOUSTON — Body paint makes it harder to forget.Sitting in the lobby of the Courtyard Marriott on Sunday morning, a Syracuse student’s skin still had the orange tinge. He said he hadn’t tried too hard to scrub it off. He liked the reminder. Many students wandered the lobby of the hotel still wearing their green student-access wristbands. More than one person joked he hoped to wake up from this vividly detailed dream.The bus ride home from NRG Stadium wasn’t silent. Beyoncé’s “Formation” played softly and people re-hashed the game in detail. Though there were certainly exceptions, the prevailing thought wasn’t anger. It wasn’t regret at driving 32 hours to spend 29 hours in Houston. It wasn’t even blaming the game on one player, coach or referee.Just acceptance that North Carolina was simply the better team.The witnesses of No. 10 seed Syracuse’s 83-66, magical-season-ending loss to the top-seeded Tar Heels filed from the stadium, lined up in the dark at the buses and talked about how cool it had all been.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt was hard to tell if some students were disappointed or just drained from a three-week-long run from a team that wasn’t supposed to make the NCAA Tournament.Either way, it wasn’t the same group of students that stood behind Syracuse’s basket for the whole game, cheering the Orange and verbally abusing anyone who tried to stop the march to victory.Standing in one of the six rows of black chairs, on top of the black carpet still littered with shreds of Oklahoma basketball programs that the OU students had tossed before their game began, the SU faithful whipped themselves in a yelling, throbbing, orange mass.The 75,505-person stadium seemed cavernous from the floor, the farthest reaches of the stands shrouded in darkness, but the Syracuse fans were intent on filling it with the only chant they had: “Lets go Orange!”Kenny “The Jet” Smith, a TBS college basketball analyst, laughed as fans swarmed their set and jumped in the background, trying to make it on TV. Security guards repeatedly screamed at students for jumping on the chairs, that they were being too rowdy. Vice President Joe Biden appeared in the student section for selfies about 10 minutes before tip.Then, the students who had arrived in Texas a dozen hours prior and mostly ran on fewer than four hours of sleep, reached the apex of their delirious frenzy. They were there to cheer their team in the program’s biggest game since 2013, and perhaps its unlikeliest ever.Down 17 points with 12 minutes to go, a bearded fan turned to his friend and said, “We’ve got ‘em right where we want ‘em!” His conviction was undeniable. He yelled louder and surrounding students nodded in a seriousness that, for any other team, may have bordered on delusion.But this was Syracuse. A miracle team which has predicated its success on seemingly impossible second-half runs against teams that seemed to overwhelm it with pure talent.And, the wildest part, he seemed vindicated. But only for a moment.As Syracuse’s season shipwrecked in the NRG Center, the fans under the basket clung to any pieces of driftwood that floated past. A Trevor Cooney 3. His ensuing steal-and-slam. A Malachi Richardson layup that cut the lead to 10.Otto’s Army vice president Johnny Oliver, who wears an orange spray-painted Batman mask to every game, started the “I believe that we will win!” chant after a Richardson 3-pointer cut the deficit to seven.But UNC responded. Time dribbled away. Every Orange basket earned a louder, more desperate roar; each foul call, a shriller denial. Oliver lifted up his mask and put a hand to his forehead.All the while, North Carolina dunks smashed Syracuse’s floating hopes to splinters.And over the course of the next eight minutes, each student slowly realized that, this time, there’d be no more driftwood to stop the sinking. Commentslast_img read more

Daisuke Matsuzaka sidelined again after pitching arm reportedly damaged by fan

first_imgInjuries kept Daisuke Matsuzaka from being a star in the major leagues. Now a journeyman in his native Japan, the right-hander is out of action again after a bizarre incident.The Associated Press reported this week that Matsuzaka, 38, was shut down by his current team, the Chunichi Dragons, after an “overzealous admirer” yanked his pitching arm while pursuing an autograph at a team event in Okinawa. The Dragons say Matsuzaka is dealing with shoulder pain and inflammation in the arm. Elbow injuries led to Tommy John surgery in mid-2011. Matsuzaka pitched in parts of three seasons in the majors (2012-14) after the procedure but could not get regular work until he became a swingman for the Mets in 2014.”Dice-K” did not pitch in 2015 or 2017 and threw just 21 innings total in 2016, counting a winter ball stint in Puerto Rico. He finally came back to make 11 starts (55 1/3 innings) for Chunichi last season, earning Comeback Player of the Year honors in the process.Now the comeback is on hold, and maybe over, depending on the severity of the injury. The fact Matsuzaka is still pitching may surprise observers who thought he was destined for a shortened career after being used heavily during his prep career in Japan.He was mostly healthy his first two MLB seasons after signing a six-year, $52 million free-agent contract with the Red Sox in the 2006 offseason. He made 32 starts in 2007 and 29 in 2008 for Boston. He would not make more than 25 starts in a season after that.MORE: Yankees’ Tanaka doesn’t want universal DH even after injurylast_img read more