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Bethpage Federal Credit Union: Giving Back and Getting Involved

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York One after another, donors lined up outside Bethpage Federal Credit Union headquarters the Friday before Thanksgiving to give a total of nearly 10,000 pounds worth of food in a massive outpouring of benevolence.While the heartwarming show of support for the hungry at the 9th annual turkey drive was impressive, it’s just one of many charitable causes that the not-for-profit BFCU backs. The credit union’s employees donate a reported 8,000 volunteer hours with local charities annually. And it’s famously generous with its nearly $8 billion in assets that it uses to sponsor a host of local charities and events.“Our vision is to enrich the lives of our members and our communities,” BFCU CEO Wayne Grossé tells the Press. “We like sponsoring programs that recognize the best of everything Long Island has to offer.”BFCU — the largest credit union in the state and the Northeast and the 16th largest in the nation — started 77 years ago, originally serving Grumman employees at the defense manufacturer’s plants in Bethpage. Fifteen years ago, the credit union expanded its charter to serve anyone in Nassau and Suffolk and in 2016, when it acquired Montauk Credit Union, it went a step further, allowing anyone to bank with them.Grossé became CEO in 2015 after joining the credit union as its chief operating officer in 1999. The Bayport resident has deep local roots, earning his Masters’ degree in Business Administration from Dowling College in Oakdale. Prior to BFCU, he was executive vice president at Island Federal Credit Union.Besides its philanthropy, Bethpage also routinely scores high marks under Grossé. Money magazine named Bethpage Federal Credit Union the best bank in New York State. BFCU also ranks among the top employers statewide. And Bankrate rated it one of the Top 5 Best Credit Unions in the United States.In addition to food drives and community programs, BFCU hosts include the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach and four simultaneous health walks in collaboration with Northwell Health on May 21. In addition, BFCU executives serve on the boards of several local nonprofits, including the YMCA, Family Service League, Island Harvest and United Way of Long Island. It’s the credit union that genuinely wants to give back.And the benevolence pays dividends for BFCU. Thanks in part to all that good publicity and Grossé’s leadership, deposits in its federally insured accounts continue to grow, as do branches — there are now 33 — and new accounts. It has more than 250,000 members, with another 17,000 added from a merger with Northwell Health Federal Credit Union that allowed BFCU to expand into Westchester, Staten Island and New Jersey. All that’s in addition to its sponsoring the Bethpage Best of Long Island program since 2012.“We found that a lot of the communities we serve were also promoting the small businesses through the Best of Long Island program,” Grossé says. “We see a lot of small businesses whose customers are very passionate about what they do and they like to be involved in this program…The nominees are engaged in their communities and they come out and vote and it’s a great sign that Long Island businesses are doing well.”last_img read more

Untangling service provider breaches

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, so today I’m writing about service provider data breaches and member notification rules. I’ll also share some insights from a cybersecurity-related event I attended last week at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.To start with the basics, Part 748 of NCUA’s regulations implements the Gramm-Leach Bliley Act of 1999 (GLBA) and describes a credit union’s obligation to adopt various technical and administrative safeguards to protect member information. Appendix B to Part 748 advises credit unions that they should develop a “risk-based response program” to address “incidents of unauthorized access to member information in member information systems.” Appendix B also describes the standard for providing notice to members when there is an incident of unauthorized access to “sensitive member information.” (Emphasis added.)Let’s unpack some of this language. As an initial matter, Part 748 describes not only what a credit union should do, but also what it must do to safeguard member information. In general, NCUA’s IT examination process is risk-based, so it’s incumbent upon the credit union to design security controls that are appropriately tailored. However, NCUA advises that a credit union should, at a minimum, consider the specific security measures enumerated in Appendix A to Part 748, which include a response program. In addition, 12 CFR 748.0(b)(3) requires that the credit union’s security program be designed to “respond to incidents of unauthorized access to or use of member information that could result in substantial harm or serious inconvenience to a member.” continue reading »last_img read more

A coach’s guide to setting goals for and with your sales team

first_img continue reading » Goal-setting for and with your employees can have a major impact on your sales team and broader organization, especially when sales leaders offer the right amount of coaching and support.As a manager, it’s important to understand what you should (and shouldn’t) do to help employees establish goals they feel good about, while also ensuring these goals feed into the overall successes of your team and organization.1. Offer the right amount of support in setting and sustaining goalsSales leaders should provide guidance and leadership when working with employees to set and accomplish their goals. However, there is a delicate balance between supporting your employees and micromanaging them. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Statoil Kicks Off at Byrding

first_imgStatoil and its partners have started production on the Byrding field. Byrding is an oil and gas field north of the Troll field in the North Sea, with recoverable volumes estimated at a good 11 million barrels of oil equivalent.The partners have invested around NOK 1 billion in Byrding, which is a reduction from the original estimate of around NOK 3.5 billion.“Good utilisation of existing infrastructure has resulted in a cost-effective development that will add profitable resources to the Troll field,” says Gunnar Nakken, senior vice president for the operations west cluster in Statoil.Statoil increased its share in Byrding from 45% to 70% when the company acquired Wintershall Norge’s share of 25% in October 2016.Licensees in Byrding are Statoil Petroleum AS (70%, operator), Engie E&P Norge AS (15%) and Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS (15%).The Byrding development includes a two-branch multilateral well drilled from the existing Fram H-Nord subsea template, through which oil and gas are flowing to Troll C.The multilateral well is around seven kilometres long and is split in two branches after a few kilometres.After processing on Troll C, the oil is routed in existing pipelines to Mongstad and the gas via Troll A to Kollsnes.last_img read more

UP prof dies of COVID-19

first_img “Our Medical Director has just received word from DOH (Department of Health) that the Congressional staff who passed away less than an hour ago tested positive for COVID-19,” he added. MANILA – A professor of the University of Philippines (UP) and a staff of a House of Representatives member were among the latest casualties of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Joey Bautista, lead singer of classic pop-rock band Mulatto, also died due to COVID-19 on Thursday, his wife Belinda Bagatsing confirmed in a post on her Facebook page on Friday. He was cremated on the same day. “We are deeply saddened to announce that a member of the Congressional staff of one of our Members passed away less than an hour ago,” Montales said on the 65 years old staff who has medical conditions. “Our prayers and sympathies are with the family of Dean Baviera,” it added. Meanwhile, a staff member of a lawmaker who tested positive for COVID-19 also died on Saturday morning, House of Representatives Secretary General Atty. Jose Luis G. Montales said in a statement. UP Diliman announced Saturday the passing of Dr. Aileen Baviera, a leading Chinese studies expert and former dean of the UP Asian Center has passed away due to severe pneumonia caused by COVID-19. She was 60. “It is with deep sadness that we inform you that Dr. Aileen SP Baviera, Professor and former Dean of the UP Asian Center and one of the country’s foremost sinologists, passed away today, March 21, 2020, 3:55 a.m., at the San Lazaro Hospital from severe pneumonia caused by COVID-19,” the bulletin read. Bagatsing also requested everyone who had been around her and Bautista in the last 30 days to monitor themselves and have a checkup if they don’t feel well. The DOH on Saturday confirmed there were 77 new positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 307. The death toll due to COVID-19 in the country is 19 and 13 patients have recovered from the disease./PNlast_img read more

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski out for season

first_imgELLSWORTH — New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will miss the remainder of the 2016 season after undergoing back surgery Friday.Gronkowski, who initially suffered a pulmonary contusion to his lung during the team’s 31-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 13, missed the team’s Nov. 20 game against the San Francisco 49ers. He returned against the New York Jets on Nov. 27 but left that game early after experiencing what the team referred to as “significant back and leg pain.” He was officially placed on injured reserve Friday.Gronkowski, who is in his seventh season with the Patriots, previously missed time during the 2012, 2013 and 2015 seasons after a combination of back, arm and knee injuries. Prior to being drafted by the Patriots, he had also undergone back surgery during his junior season at the University of Arizona in 2009.“Obviously, we’re all disappointed,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said during his Friday press conference. “Nobody has worked harder than Rob. … Hopefully, things will work out as positively as possible with him.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Patriots selected Gronkowski in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He made the Pro Bowl in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015 and was also named an All-Pro in those same seasons. He was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year during the Patriots’ most recent Super Bowl-winning season in 2014.last_img read more

Volleyball travels to Northwestern with confidence

first_imgKRIS UGARRIZA/Herald photoThe Wisconsin volleyball team travels down to Northwestern today to compete in their fifth Big Ten match of the season.The No. 21 Badgers (12-4, 2-2 Big Ten) are hoping to carry over their success from last weekend when they went 2-0 against Ohio State and Michigan.“Absolutely that momentum is important,” head coach Pete Waite said. “Momentum is important because it brings confidence. Just the fact that we were down two sets and came back over the next three says a lot about the character of the team and the confidence that they have in each other. Going into this match we hope to build off those last two.”“It is just all about competing and going out there and working hard,” sophomore setter Nikki Klingsporn added. “To gain momentum it all starts from point one, and we have to seize the momentum from the first serve.”Though the Wildcats (6-9, 0-4 Big Ten) have lost their last five matches — including all four of their Big Ten contests — the Badgers believe they will need to bring their “A” game to NU to come out with a victory.“Oh, definitely, I think they are a good team,” Klingsporn said. “We can’t take any team in the Big Ten lightly, because any team is capable of beating you, especially them being at home; it will be a great match up.”The Wildcats are led on offense by middle blockers senior Chelsy Hyser and sophomore Sabel Moffett. The dangerous middles rank one and two, respectively, in kills, and NU channels their offense through them.“They are a dangerous team,” Waite said. “It is not like they have been laying down for people; they have been battling the whole way, and they have some great, quick athletes we have to prepare for. Chelsy Hyser is one of the fastest middles in the conference, and they just run a very fast offense. They are a team that is definitely dangerous there at home.”UW will enter the match against the Wildcats more at ease than it has been in the past few weeks. The Badgers admitted to feeling a little pressure to win last weekend, after starting out Big Ten play 0-2.“It was kind of a relief,” Klingsporn said of sweeping last weekend. “We know that we can do it, but losing those first two kind of set us back a little bit. We have been working really hard, and it feels great to know our work is paying off in the Big Ten.”Despite the two big wins last weekend, the Badgers believe improvement is needed in all areas of their game.“We still need to cut down on the little errors that we make every once in a while,” Klingsporn said. “Our passing was a lot better, but it can still improve. We need everyone to improve on their game, and that will help the team aspect. In this league you need to improve every week if you want to continue winning.”“In every position we need to be a little more clean with what we are doing,” Waite echoed. “If we can keep improving, then we will be fine.”last_img read more

What can Brown do for UW?

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoWith the emergence of redshirt freshman running back John Clay as a complement to junior P.J. Hill, the Wisconsin football team has one of the most potent ground attacks in the country. This season, Badger backs have rushed for 1,803 yards, second in the Big Ten only to Penn State.This hasn’t benefited everyone, however. One player who is seeing much less playing time this year than expected has been sophomore running back Zach Brown.Last season as a freshman, Brown saw a significant amount of playing time — especially on the road — when Hill was dealing with nagging injuries and former back Lance Smith was unable to travel with the team to road games.Brown rushed for 568 yards on the year, including 250 in his start at Minnesota, and five touchdowns. The yards he put up a season ago were the fifth-most in Badger history for a freshman running back.This year, however, Brown has carried the ball just 46 times, though he has been productive with the chances he’s received, rushing for 251 yards and three touchdowns.While his playing time has been reduced from a year ago, Brown has remained positive.“I just keep working hard, knowing that at any time, I could be back to where I was last year,” Brown said. “I just practice hard and keep on moving forward. I had a great year last year, and although I’m not getting the ball as much as I was last year, I want to show that I can still get better.”Wisconsin running backs coach John Settle sees the situation in the same light as Brown does.“He’s been the ultimate professional,” Settle said. “Coming into camp this spring, he knew there were a lot of talented guys competing for his position, including John Clay. He understands that not everyone can start, and he’s fortunate enough to have a role and he’s doing the best he can in that role.”Though Hill continues to get the bulk of Wisconsin’s carries, he has seen what his teammate has been capable of doing as a backup.“He goes out and works hard,” Hill said. “His work ethic hasn’t changed. I don’t think he’s troubled by not getting as many carries because he knows he’s going to play on Saturdays. As long as he goes out there and handles whatever role he has, he’s satisfied.”Brown, who attended Royal Palm Beach High School in Florida, was ranked as one of the top 50 running backs in the nation. Unlike Clay and Hill, Brown does not have the size to mimic their running styles. Instead, the Badgers use Brown’s 5-foot-11-inch, 207-pound frame in a way that utilizes his speed and quickness to the fullest: third-and-long situations. With the defense spread out to defend the pass, Brown is free to dash and dart more than he would be in short yardage situations.“His role is to come in on third downs and help us move the chains, whether it be on draw plays or pass protection,” Settle said. “He’s in the game in tough situations. Usually when he’s in, it’s ‘move the chain’ time. If he’s in on third down and we hand him the ball, we expect a conversion.“If he’s in there to protect the quarterback, we expect him to block his guy. The more he helps us on third downs, the more opportunities he’s going to get.”Hill sees Brown’s role the same way.“When they put the ball in Zach’s hands, he becomes a very quick guy,” Hill said. “He gets the ball down the field very well. He gets less carries, but with the carries he gets, he does a lot with them and puts us in a good position to score points.”Although this new role for Brown may equate to less playing time, the sophomore has accepted his role and is happy with it.“John [Clay] is more into the running game this year than I am, but I like my role being in on passing situations,” Brown said. “The role is good for me because I feel like I help the team and am very effective at that position.”last_img read more

Rossier remembered for her commitment to USC

first_imgFollow Yasmeen Serhan on Twitter @YasmeenSerhan Those who knew of Trustee and Rossier School of Education namesake Barbara J. Rossier, who died Aug. 11 at age 78 after a battle with lung cancer, remember her most for her unwavering commitment to education.For those who knew Rossier personally, however, her commitment to education was matched only by her commitment to the Trojan community.To USC graduate Blessing Waung, class of 2010, Rossier was not only an incredible university figure, but also a personal mentor.“I met her at Town and Gown when I was a sophomore,” Waung said. “You’d think that she would be so intimidating because she was a trustee and a namesake, but she was the warmest, most genuine woman.”In September 1998, Rossier and her husband, Roger, made a $20 million donation to the university’s School of Education — the largest gift ever made to an education school in the nation at the time.“They wanted to leave a legacy of education,” Waung said. “That was the defining word of her lifetime — education.”The school, which was renamed the USC Barbara J. and Roger W. Rossier School of Education in honor of the groundbreaking donation, has risen to 17th in the nation in graduate schools of education, according to U.S. News & World Report.“The entire Trojan Family mourns the passing of Barbara Rossier,” President C. L. Max Nikias said in a statement. “With her extraordinary energy, unshakable integrity and abiding commitment to providing excellent educational opportunities for everyone, she was an inspiration to us all.”A proud Trojan, Rossier received her master’s degree in educational guidance in 1962, her Master of Education in 1970 and her Doctor of Education in 1971. Her involvement with the university, however, didn’t end at graduation. A university trustee since 1999, Rossier served for 20 years on USC Rossier’s Board of Councilors. She was also a member of the Alumni Association Board of Governors and the USC Associates Board of Directors.Waung met Rossier through her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, of which Rossier was honored as an alumna initiate. Rossier’s involvement, however, spanned the university.In 1992, Rossier received the USC Alumni Association’s Alumni Service Award. Four years later, she was honored with the USC Rossier School of Education’s Recognition of Outstanding Service in Education (ROSE) Award.From her cardinal and gold Smart Car to attendance at every football game, Rossier’s commitment to the university was unwavering.“[The Rossiers] were just so genuinely proud to have served the school together,” Waung said. “Above all else, they were so proud to be Trojans. They would go to all the football games. They went to conferences everywhere from South Korea to Antarctica to support the university’s endeavors.”To Waung, Rossier’s legacy represented what it truly meant to be a member of the Trojan Family.“We talk about the Trojan Family, sure, and when you see someone from USC you can relate to them,” Waung said. “But when you treat them as one of your own, I feel like that’s what she taught me.”Rossier is survived by her husband and their two sons, Dan and Steve.last_img read more