Barkley making a difference

first_imgJunior quarterback Matt Barkley’s on-the-field achievements are well recognized: The third-year starter and Heisman Trophy candidate’s play through three games this season have football analysts projecting him to be a top five pick in next year’s NFL draft. Now, the team captain is being recognized for his contributions off the field.Role model · Though widely recognized for his on-field play, junior quarterback Matt Barkley sets an example for the community off the field. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanBarkley was named a member of the 2011 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team, which honors players who make outstanding contributions to their communities.“Allstate is proud to partner with the AFCA to present and grow awareness around this award and continues to be inspired by the commitment and dedication of its recipients,” said Allstate Executive Vice President Mark LaNeve. “For two decades this award has represented one of the great aspects of college football by shining a spotlight on the community involvement of its student-athletes.”One of Barkley’s notable contributions came during an 11-day trip to Nigeria in December 2010 to visit widows, orphans, villagers and prisoners.He performed construction work, distributed supplies and shared stories stories with the local people.Barkley also traveled to an orphanage in South Africa in 2008 and has helped build homes for the poor in Mexico.He has been an active member of his church and has played guitar in the church choir.In high school, he helped found the Monarchs for Marines program to raise money for soldiers’ families.Fans will determine the winner of the award by voting on and searching “Good Works.” They will choose from one of the 11 candidates from schools across the country.last_img read more

Badgers pummel Nittany Lions in 3-game sweep

first_imgMegan McCormick / The Badger HeraldEntering the fifth inning of Sunday’s game between Penn State and Wisconsin, the speakers at Goodman Diamond cranked up “Jump Around,” as fans and Badger players alike were caught enjoying a few jumps of their own.When you’re winning like this Wisconsin team, you can enjoy moments like these.The Badgers (27-13, 10-4 Big Ten) dismantled the Nittany Lions (13-26, 5-10 Big Ten) in a three-game series this past weekend, sweeping their opponent with 4-1, 8-0 and 9-0 victories. Wisconsin now currently owns an eight-game winning streak on their home field, as the sweep over Penn State was the program’s first since 1997.“It’s fun to see them keep getting better,” Wisconsin head coach Yvette Healy said. “That’s a big thing that we’ve focused on all year. Today’s win for Cassandra [Darrah], to go from giving up eight hits yesterday to two today, she really had a nice improvement.”In the Badgers final game of the series Sunday, the team once again unleashed an offensive onslaught that led to the Lions being mercy-ruled in the fifth. Benefiting from strong performances from the middle of their batting order, including two-hit performances from both Kendall Grimm and Whitney Massey, Wisconsin cruised to a 9-0 victory.The series finale started off with a bang, as the Badgers chased the Lions’ starting pitcher, Marissa Diescher (5-7), out of the game in the bottom of the first inning without recording a single out. The Badgers scored four runs on two hits in the first frame, as Shannel Blackshear, Stephanie Peace and Karla Powell all recorded RBIs.The rest of the game proved to be a breeze for Healy’s squad, as the Badgers offense scored one run in the second inning and four in the third to compliment starting pitcher Darrah’s (18-7) dominant work on the mound. The former Big Ten Pitcher of the Week made it look easy from the rubber, giving up just two hits while striking out three and walking none in five innings of work.“I go in just thinking I have to do my best, regardless of who it is,” Darrah said. “I just want to keep doing what I’m doing. My team’s right behind me hitting, so that really helps. It’s always nice to have that support.”In the second game of the series – the second game of a Saturday doubleheader – it was more or less the same story, as Wisconsin mercy-ruled Penn State in five innings in an 8-0 win. The Badgers used a six-run inning in the fourth to help seal a solid five-inning, two-hit effort from sophomore Amanda Najdek (5-1) on the mound.Wisconsin put the finishing touches on the game during the bottom of the fifth inning, as Mary Massei’s two-out, bases-loaded hit scored Stephanie Peace to run-rule Penn State.In game two, the top of the order boosted the Badgers offensively, as Massei went 2-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs while Grimm contributed a 2-for-3 performance of her own. Penn State was never able to find an answer against the No. 1 and No. 2 hitters in the Badger lineup throughout the three-game series, as Massei and Grimm combined to go 8-for-15 at the plate, scoring seven runs and driving in six.“I think we all have a common goal of just getting it done,” Massei said. “Every play of the game we’re zoned in and trying to get it done. It just shows how much hard work pulls through. We’re working hard everyday with that goal to get to the NCAA (tournament).”In the first game of the series Saturday, the Badgers set the tone early with three runs in the first inning. Wisconsin scored on RBIs from Blackshear, Marissa Mersch and Michelle Mueller, as the Badgers held on to win 4-1.Darrah was dominant as usual on the mound, as the Badgers’ ace allowed eight hits scattered over seven innings of work. The only run that the sophomore pitcher would allow would be a long-ball to Penn State’s Cassidy Bell, who went 3-for-4 in the game against the Badgers’ righty.The win in game one of the doubleheader Saturday also marked a historic feat. With the 4-1 victory, the Badgers became the fastest team in program history to amass 25 wins.“They’re getting it together,” Healy said. “I really think it’s all the hard work they’ve put in and [assistant coach Randy] Schneider’s work with them offensively. Those are huge games, and I think it takes the pressure off of everybody when you put runs together.”Wisconsin has now won 13 of its last 14 games, while Penn State had won six of its last seven coming into the weekend series with the Badgers.last_img read more

Virginia Bank Chooses Fiserv Platform for Lending Needs

first_img “”Fiserv, Inc.””:, a provider of financial services technology, announced its Common Origination Platform has been selected as the platform of choice for Virginia’s “”Old Point National Bank””: (OPNB).[IMAGE]A Fiserv client since 1996, OPNB possesses $845.3 million assets and offers banking services to both retail and commercial customers. In selecting Common Origination Platform, the bank cited the solution’s “”robust and [COLUMN_BREAK]customizable document generation”” and its ability to be integrated into other Fiserv solutions–such as Signature, one of the other platforms used by OPNB.””Fiserv has been a partner of ours for a number of years and we trust their expertise in the financial services industry,”” said Tyler White, SVP of information technology for OPNB. “”Lending is important to our customers and, as such, it is important to our institution. With Common Origination Platform and its integration with other Fiserv solutions, we will be able to deliver efficiencies and provide even better service to our customers.””””As an enterprise lending solution, Common Origination Platform is designed to enable lenders to establish their own process rules to automate virtually every origination transaction based on their institution’s specific needs,”” said Kevin Collins, president of lending solutions for Fiserv. “”Defining these operating procedures, conditions and limits, will help OPNB build customer loyalty and provide products and services that keep pace with the rapidly evolving industry.”” Virginia Bank Chooses Fiserv Platform for Lending Needs October 14, 2013 479 Views Sharecenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Fiserv Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2013-10-14 Tory Barringer in Origination, Technologylast_img read more

Who Make the Best CEOs Tech Founders Do

first_imgWhen it comes to running a company there is one quality that tech founders have that primes them for CEO success.Not all founders are CEO material, but according to Peter Levine, General Partner at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, tech founders often make the best CEOs thanks to one thing they have that makes all the difference: vision. “Technical co-founders are great at envisioning where the company’s going from a strategic standpoint,” Levine told GigaOm in a video interview. “They have what I call the gut-feel of building out their business.”In this post for Inc., Jillian D’Onfro quotes Levine in acknowledging that while founders do often require coaching in terms of business issues, “it’s easier to coach a technical founder how to be CEO and manage a business than it is to teach a professional CEO the nuances of that particular business.” And nothing beats a tech founder’s passion for “the business that they’re going to dominate.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more