Barry granted provisional accreditation

first_imgBarry granted provisional accreditation Associate EditorIn a tense countdown that left graduates dangling in career limbo, Barry University School of Law’s fourth and final chance to win provisional accreditation from the ABA has finally succeeded.In Philadelphia on February 4, the American Bar Association House of Delegates’ vote put the official seal of approval on a positive recommendation that came two days earlier from the ABA’s Council of the Section on Legal Education and Admission. The long-awaited good news sparked cheers, tears and hugs from dozens of graduates, students, and friends who had waited in a nearby hotel lobby for the word on Barry law school’s fate.“We celebrate this decision as a just and timely one,” said Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, president of Barry University. “Our greatest joy is for our students and our alumni who have worked so hard to fulfill their dreams. Now they will get the chance.”“I’m thrilled! I can hardily put it into words!” exclaimed Susie McCabe, 44, from her home in Daytona Beach the day it all became official. After taking five years to get her law degree as a part-time student in Barry’s charter class, she graduated in June 2000, took the bar exam in February 2001, and wondered if she’d ever get to put her law degree to full use. She has had a standing job offer as a prosecutor in the state attorney’s office in Daytona Beach, where she interned, once she is licensed to practice.Like 76 of 125 alumni who have already sat for the bar exam, some waiting as long as 18 months to learn their scores, McCabe awaits the process of lawyers petitioning the Florida Supreme Court to unseal those exam scores to see if she has passed. For McCabe and many others, the clock has been ticking on the one-year deadline from the point of taking the exam and the school being accredited.Even without knowing her score, McCabe and her family were already celebrating victory after the ABA council’s positive recommendation on February 2.When her friend, a Barry student, called with the good news, “there was such shrieking going on the other end of the phone. For 25 minutes, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. After all the worry, this was such a huge hurdle to get over. I cannot describe the utter joy. My husband rented a limo and we went out with friends and family Saturday night and drank champagne. My son and daughter were in the limo, too, and were so excited. It had become a family issue,” McCabe said.“My doorbell rang just a while ago, and it was flowers from my aunt. I went to church on Sunday, and my priest said he wanted me to draw up his will. I am just walking around with a smile on my face.”The contingent of students and alumni who traveled to the ABA meeting in Philadelphia — even passing out “Accredit Barry” buttons that landed on the lapels of bus drivers and waiters — helped put a human face on the struggling Orlando law school.“There was a strong showing by the students and alumni who went to Philadelphia. I applaud their effort, because I know for a fact that students and alumni met with representatives of the ABA. They were able to put a face to the name of Barry University School of Law,” said Rodd Michael Santomauro, a 30-year-old graduate of Barry’s first class. He’d hocked his possessions, took out a $70,000 loan to finance law school, and still lives with his parents, while working as a paralegal at Alzipar, Ville & Camfield, where he has been promised a job as an associate attorney once he is licensed.“Today, the dream for us has been realized. It is a moment that none of us will forget,” said an elated Santomauro.The whole ordeal, he said, “has helped me reevaluate where I’m at in my life and realize that the most important things in life don’t come from materialistic wants. It’s helped me look at people in their true nature when the chips are down, and see the tenacity and character and constitution of a group that banded together to fight for a cause we so passionately believed in for a number of years. You can’t put a price on that.”It was the law school’s finances that prompted concern in the previous round of accreditation hurdles in November. An ABA subcommittee had recommended against provisional approval, expressing fears the school’s financial needs would force it to lower standards in deciding which students to enroll. In a vicious cycle of waning confidence during accreditation struggles, the law school’s enrollment plummeted from 380 students to 200.What helped change the ABA’s mind this time around?“The major issue was $15.6 million in donations we raised, combined with the admissions recruiting firm we hired. I think that put us over the top,” said Eric Dubois, director of institutional advancement for Barry’s law school.In January, a major boost came in the form of $11.3 million, primarily from two South Floridians who wish to remain anonymous, as well as glowing support letters from Gov. Jeb Bush and Attorney General Bob Butterworth.At the ABA meeting in Philadelphia, O’Laughlin, Law Dean Stanley Talcott and other Barry leaders spent nearly two hours behind closed doors with the ABA council on Saturday.Council Chairman Gerald W. Vandewalle, chief justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court, told the Orlando Sentinel that Barry’s presentation Saturday allayed most but not all concerns. The voice vote was not unanimous, he said.“It is a concern that, is this a law school that will always remain in [financial and enrollment] trouble?” Vanderwalle said. “Sister Jeanne says that’s not going to happen. So we’ll see.”Now, Barry must win full accreditation within five years.But at least for now, the pressure is off.“Now, our main focus is to continue educating tomorrow’s lawyers,” said Sister Peggy Albert, executive vice president and chief Barry administrator in Orlando.“We have always believed in our students,” said Dean Talcott. “This end result will be one that’s beneficial to all, including the ABA and citizens of Central Florida.”The dean invited students and alumni to gather with him at the law school for a party on February 7.At long last at Barry University School of Law, it was time to celebrate. Barry granted provisional accreditation February 15, 2002 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Your credit union: More than a financial institution

first_imgSometimes we get so caught up in our work, in doing what we do, we forget about the impact that work has on so many people’s lives. This is so true in the credit union movement. The positive effect credit unions have on their members is truly remarkable. We feel knowing and really understanding this is greatly beneficial to the movement. With this in mind, CU24 interviewed credit union members from all across the country. The following is the result of those interviews. Please enjoy and perhaps keep its message in mind on days when you need a little motivation.-MGWhen asked, most people don’t really understand the difference between credit unions and banks, and they certainly don’t understand how these differences can positively impact their lives.But Jaycob A. of Chico, California does.For Jaycob, being a credit union member meant having the means to pay off a high utility bill during the busy 2014 holiday season.A few years ago, Jaycob’s Sacramento-based credit union, announced that it had made more money than expected for the year — which meant the institution would distribute $18 million among all of its members. The timing was serendipitous; although Jaycob’s share amounted to less than $100, the feeling of security that washed over him when he saw that the money had been deposited into his checking account, was something he couldn’t put a price on.“Since I was a college student at the time, every dollar was important,” said Jaycob. “I used the money to help with the utility bills that I was splitting with my 6 housemates. I couldn’t have imagined a bank ever returning the earnings to their customers like that.”Stories like his are common, though largely unreported. This is due in large part to the idea that while the financial advantages of a credit union are well understood, what often gets lost in their messaging is just how those advantages — like low interest rates for auto loans and personal assistance in making purchasing decisions — translate to real-life situations that are clearly impacted by these actions. However, while millennials like Jaycob are driving credit union growth — and now account for 25% of credit union membership, according to a recent TransUnion report released in August — members of all ages have stories of how their credit union either helped them get out of a stressful or sticky financial situation, or helped them obtain money for something they needed, when a bank refused to budge.For 38-year-old credit union member Amanda B., of Las Vegas, Nevada, having a credit union was like having a partner to support her at critical points in her adult life.In addition to helping Amanda finance her first, brand new car at an “incredible” rate of 2% for 5 years, her credit union offered a personal loan with a low 6% rate when no other financial institutions would consider her because she was only 19 at the time. As a result, Amanda was able to save some money to pursue her dream of studying abroad.“In recent years, they have helped me to recover from bad credit due to the recession,” said Amanda, who’s been a member of her credit union for more than 20 years. “They understand hard times fall on people and offer a reasonable lending hand. The personal customer service I’ve experienced makes me feel like credit unions really do care and are there to support all my banking needs.Forty-two-year-old Ana M.’s credit union, also had her back at several critical, life junctures; most recently, when she needed to move back home after years of living abroad.“Upon my return to the U.S. last year, they were quick to get me a new car loan and even had someone come with me to the car dealership,” said Ana, adding that she and her spouse plan to use their credit union when they buy their first house. “They always assist me over the phone whenever I need, and I always speak directly with a live person, with minimal waiting time.”Don T., a 73-year-old retired federal government employee, also leaned on his credit union when he bought his first home in the 1970s and second home in the 1980s. But his 40-year-loyalty to his credit union dates back to a more desperate time, when, in his early 20s, he was a “dirt poor,” newlywed, college graduate — driving a car on its last legs.“My wife and I had limited savings,” recalled Don. “We were considering borrowing money and purchasing a used car until I came across some information at work about their credit union.”After stopping by that credit union’s office, he learned that the credit union offered not just a great loan rate for a new car, but also assistance in navigating the purchasing process with the dealer, in order to get the best price.“The credit union had special relationships with local dealers that brought the price of a new car within reason for us,” said Don. “The terms of the loan obtained through the credit union made it possible for us to become proud new car owners while staying within our budget.”Adhering to a budget was also a challenge for 37-year-old Cathleen M., of Fairfield, Connecticut. To this day, she refers to her credit union as a “lifesaver” during her college years.“I was able to take advantage of a really low auto loan rate through them, which helped me save money while my car was being financed,” said Cathleen. “Not long after that, I also opened up a credit card with them after I realized they offered the lowest interest rate.”Without her credit union, Cathleen said she would have potentially owed thousands of dollars in interest, and remained clueless as to how to use a credit card to establish good credit. Unlike many of her bank-member friends, today, Cathleen is debt-free, setting aside her mortgage.“I’m so grateful now for the help that my credit union has provided me with. In college, there were so many high interest rate, credit card offers being thrown around. I had a lot of friends who wound up taking advantage of these offers and were left with a load of debt,” said Cathleen.“But not me.” 63SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mansel Guerry Mansel Guerry is President and CEO of CU24, operator of the country’s largest credit union-owned POS and surcharge-free ATM networks, and also provides a range of other services to … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Wellington students show support for those grieving the death of a Derby teen

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sometimes all you can do is show your support.Several Wellington students as well as students across Sumner County showed their support by wearing purple for Braxton Kooser, 14, a freshman at Derby High School, who was killed in a traffic accident last Saturday, which injured three of his friends.Six Wellington students show their support for the grieving students of Derby by wearing purple at school.Kooser was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from a 2005 Dodge Durango which rolled multiple times near 87th and Webb Road, according to a spokesperson for the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department the Derby Weekly Informer reported. Deputies responded to the accident following a 12:14 a.m. cell phone report.The SUV was driven by Caleb Sheldon, 14, of Derby. As it traveled at a high rate of speed westbound on 87th, just west of Webb, Sheldon lost control of the vehicle and it went off the north side of the roadway and rolled. Kooser was found in tall grass near the area of the accident. He died at the scene.The three others in the vehicle were transported by Sedgwick County EMS to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Sheldon was released from the hospital on Sunday and Alex Helt, 15, of Derby, was treated and released on Saturday morning.Kaleb Kelley, 15, of Derby, was critically injured and sustained a skull fracture and shoulder injuries. Kelley was released from the hospital Monday, after making rapid recovery Sunday and Monday, according to his mother, Amy Kelley. The shoulder injury is believed to be soft tissue damage from his seat belt, she said, and his head injury is now stable.A sheriff’s spokesperson said the teens had taken another friend home and were headed back to Derby. No evidence of alcohol was found at the scene, he said.“Speed appears to be the full factor,” he said.No citations or charges have been issued in connection with the accident. It remains under investigation and will be turned over to the district attorney for review, if the investigation  findings warrant it, the spokesperson said.Kooser’s funeral has been set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the First Christian Church Powerhouse in Derby. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Cheap Funerals · 301 weeks ago Hire a reputable company that offers fixed price funerals which helps the common people to get over with the sorrowful situation. Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more