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Hamline University

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Hewitt, MN, United States

Hamline University is an American private liberal arts college in Saint Paul, Minnesota, founded in 1854 and named after Bishop Leonidas Lent Hamline of the United Methodist Church. Hamline is the oldest institution of higher learning in Minnesota and one of five Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities.The university comprises five faculties, including Hamline University School of Law, and has an enrollment of 2,100 undergraduate and 2,800 postgraduate students. In 2011, Hamline was first in Minnesota and ninth in the U.S. in the Regional Universities—Midwest category of U.S. News and World Report's college rankings. Linda N. Hanson is the university's 19th president, inaugurated in 2005. Wikipedia.

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AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Spanning Cloud Apps LLC, a leading provider of SaaS data protection, today announced Spanning Backup for G Suite now includes enterprise-grade data protection for Team Drives. Available now, Spanning Backup for G Suite is the first and only SaaS backup solution offering daily, automated and on-demand backup and easy restore of Team Drive content. G Suite Team Drives is the most significant new expansion of G Suite for enterprises since Google rebranded its productivity suite. Team Drives allow files and folders to belong to a team instead of an individual, to “deliver the security, structure and ease-of-use enterprises need.” This shift to team-owned content provides organizations a great way to replace any legacy “network shares” they still have in place and leverage Team Drives for storing, sharing and collaborating on business critical files. Team Drives content, just like other G Suite content, is still at risk of data loss caused by sync errors, ransomware, malicious activity, accidental deletions or other data loss events. With the launch of Team Drives support in Spanning Backup for G Suite, organizations can easily protect their shared data and have confidence that it’s always available for rapid restore when a data loss event occurs. Spanning Backup for G Suite offers unlimited storage, versions and backups of all Team Drives content. Customers are able to view point-in-time backup snapshots, search for lost content and quickly perform restores of Team Drives content. “Enterprises are employing more cloud file sharing and collaboration solutions, such as G Suite Team Drives, in order to drive operational speed and innovation. These solutions help to improve outcomes and efficiency, but also put businesses at risk of lost content should an incident occur within G Suite,” said Jeff Erramouspe, CEO, Spanning. “So, it’s no surprise that Team Drive backup was requested by more users than any other feature in Spanning’s history. Team Drives backup gives our customers the confidence that they will not only retain all content in the event of an incident, but have full visibility into all previous backup and restore activity.” “At Hamline, we are concentrating our efforts to move content from local Windows shares to Team Drive in order to save cost, enhance security and ease management. Finding the right backup solution to support this initiative and prevent downtime in case of an outage or data loss in the event of a cyberattack was a critical priority,” said Anthony Schroeder, Director of Infrastructure Systems and Services at Hamline University. “With our G Suite data already backed up by Spanning, their expansion into Team Drives makes it effortless to solve a particular pain point for us.” Team Drives backup is now available to new and existing customers who meet the licensing criteria and is included in the per-user per-year pricing. For more information, please visit Spanning.com. About Spanning Spanning Cloud Apps is the leading provider of backup and recovery for SaaS applications, helping organizations protect their information in the cloud. The company provides powerful, enterprise-class data protection for G Suite, Salesforce, and Microsoft Office 365. Spanning Backup is the most trusted cloud-to-cloud backup solution for thousands of companies and millions of users around the world. Learn more at www.spanning.com. Follow us on Twitter @SpanningBackUp.


News Article | July 31, 2017
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LAKEVILLE, Minn., July 31, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lake Marion Chiropractic Center has been voted one of the Best Chiropractors in the Twin Cities in a contest held by Minnesota Monthly. This is the fourth year in a row that the center has won the Best Chiropractors designation for the Twin Cities area. Votes are collected through the use of surveys conducted by Professional Research Services, which operates throughout the state of Minnesota. According to Minnesota Monthly's Best Chiropractors list, one of the reasons Lake Marion Chiropractic Center stands above the rest is the high demand for its services. It not only sees plenty of regular patients, but is also the official chiropractor for the St. Paul Saints. The doctor, St. Paul sports chiropractor Dr. Craig Couillard, has also been the chiropractor and massage therapist for Hamline University for five years and has been affiliated with USA Gymnastics and USA Swimming, which are these sports' governing bodies. "While an impressive resume brings in new patients, what keeps them coming is a mix of professional skill and personality. I do my best to make sure my patients understand their conditions and the treatments I recommend. I also strive to make patients feel at ease while in my office so they look forward to coming back," Dr. Couillard explained when asked what makes his clinic stand out. Even though the Lake Marion Chiropractic Center has had a strong association with sports, it certainly does not limit itself to this area of chiropractic work. It also offers general chiropractic services, concussion management, advanced soft tissue therapies, axial decompression therapy, and many more related options. One or more types of therapy may be prescribed to treat specific conditions or to prepare a person for strenuous physical activity. Minnesota Monthly is a magazine focused on providing guides to the Twin Cities area as well as highlighting the latest from the area's leading people and organizations. It is published by Greenspring Media. The center is home to owner Dr. Craig Couillard, a Lakeville chiropractor who has led his clinic to the top of the ratings in Minnesota Monthly as well as into the Top 10 list published by the American Institute of Chiropractors. Dr. Couillard and his clinic provide treatments and other services for sports injuries and auto accidents, general chiropractic services, and preventive medicine. Visit http://lakemarionchiropractic.com/ for additional information on its services, hours, and location.


News Article | August 3, 2017
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The National Science Foundation Undergraduate Research Program in Structural Biology at the University of Oklahoma provides a research experience for students who do not have a program available to them at their institutions. After completing a nine-week summer program on structural biology research, 10 students from universities across the nation presented research results during the Second Annual Curiosity to Creativity Summer Symposium on July 27, 2017, at the Stephenson Research and Technology Center on the OU Research Campus. "The REU students have really worked hard on their projects, and they have made good progress. We have 'working lunches' once a week and during these lunches, the students gain practice at presenting their work orally. Through these meetings, it has become abundantly clear that the students are fully engaged in their research projects and are enjoying this experience," said OU Program Director Paul Sims. Students participating in the 2017 summer program are: Naaila Ali, Clarion University; Kyle Boulanger, Grand View University; Katelyn Comeau, Mt. Saint Mary's University; Dale Conrad, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; Matthew Finneran, Central Michigan University; Hunter Glover, University of Oklahoma; Daniel Griffith, University of Wisconsin; Ashley Kang, Grinnell College; Riya Koshy, Austin College; and Uriel Vasquez, Hamline University. The summer program is designed to teach students skills in laboratory research, how to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, the process of science, and communicating research results to the public. Each student is paired with a mentor and assigned a research project, which varies according to the research of each mentor. The common underlying theme of all research projects though is structural biology. At the end of the program, students present their research results during a poster presentation. For more information about the NSF Undergraduate Research Experience in Structural Biology, contact OU Professor Paul Sims at psims@ou.edu.


Faculty Row Survey: Two Thirds of Professors Think Donald Trump Will be Impeached New York, NY, June 02, 2017 --( Faculty Row surveyed its members from (May 17th-25th, 2017) and it received a total of 618 responses. Of those who responded, 63% believe Donald Trump will be impeached. More specifically, of those who responded and thought he would be impeached 33% thought he would be impeached within the next six months, whereas another 34% said it would be within 6-12 months. David Schultz, Professor of Political Science at Hamline University in St Paul, Minnesota, who helped develop the survey for Faculty Row, said: “Across a wide range of disciplines, there is a belief among many university faculty that President Trump’s performance in office, especially as it relates to alleged connections with the Russian government, is increasingly making it more and more likely that he will be impeached. What is remarkable is that the survey was done even before the more recent and damaging allegations came to light about Trump, Jared Kushner, and other members of his administration, suggesting that the predication of impeachment might be even greater now among faculty.” David Schultz is the author/editor of more than 30 books and 150 articles on American politics, including his most recent Presidential Swing States: Why Only Ten Matter. He has a regular blog on American politics located at http://schultzstake.blogspot.com/, and recently did a blog describing the conditions under which and why Donald Trump could be impeached. Faculty Row is a private network originally developed for educators and researchers to connect, collaborate, and share ideas nationally. Faculty Row is the leading functional network for more than 100,000 academic experts globally. Visit their website at New York, NY, June 02, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Nearly two-thirds of university professors think Donald Trump will be impeached, based on a Faculty Row survey from more than 600 university professors, according to Jeffrey Finder, founder of Faculty Row’s academic network.Faculty Row surveyed its members from (May 17th-25th, 2017) and it received a total of 618 responses. Of those who responded, 63% believe Donald Trump will be impeached. More specifically, of those who responded and thought he would be impeached 33% thought he would be impeached within the next six months, whereas another 34% said it would be within 6-12 months.David Schultz, Professor of Political Science at Hamline University in St Paul, Minnesota, who helped develop the survey for Faculty Row, said: “Across a wide range of disciplines, there is a belief among many university faculty that President Trump’s performance in office, especially as it relates to alleged connections with the Russian government, is increasingly making it more and more likely that he will be impeached. What is remarkable is that the survey was done even before the more recent and damaging allegations came to light about Trump, Jared Kushner, and other members of his administration, suggesting that the predication of impeachment might be even greater now among faculty.”David Schultz is the author/editor of more than 30 books and 150 articles on American politics, including his most recent Presidential Swing States: Why Only Ten Matter. He has a regular blog on American politics located at http://schultzstake.blogspot.com/, and recently did a blog describing the conditions under which and why Donald Trump could be impeached.Faculty Row is a private network originally developed for educators and researchers to connect, collaborate, and share ideas nationally. Faculty Row is the leading functional network for more than 100,000 academic experts globally. Visit their website at facultyrow.com Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Faculty Row


LAKEVILLE, Minn., Aug. 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lake Marion Chiropractic Center announced that its doctor, Dr. Craig Couillard, was invited to be part of the World Games Sports Medicine Team. The World Games took place in Wroclaw, Poland, from July 20-30. Dr. Couillard joined two other doctors from his area to provide chiropractic services. Sporting authorities for big events typically set up medical teams just for those events. Before games, the teams check athletes over to ensure that they're healthy enough to play safely. They also provide services to help avoid injury. During and after games, they then help with any injuries athletes happen to get. These comprehensive services make sports much safer than they once were. The World Games invited doctors and other professionals from all over the world to be part of the sports medicine team associated with its big event in Wroclaw, Poland. Dr. Craig Couillard was one of the three Minnesota chiropractors who received such an honor. He went to Wroclaw along with Drs. Scott Mooring and Timothy Stark. All are prominent members of the Minnesota Chiropractic Association (MCA). "This is a tremendous honor, to travel across the ocean for this outstanding event, and to work with some of the finest athletes in the world representing the chiropractic profession in Minnesota," said Dr. Couillard of Lake Marion Chiropractic Center. This isn't the first time Dr. Couillard has been connected to sports medicine teams. He is also the official chiropractor for the St. Paul Saints and the Hamline University Athletic Department. "I greatly enjoy helping athletes reach their peaks by ensuring that there are no physical problems holding them back. I also love helping those who are injured not only get back on their feet, but back into their favorite games as soon as possible. Chiropractic care is excellent for this because it deals with the spinal and joint alignment problems that can come from the impacts sustained while playing sports," Dr. Couillard said. Lake Marion Chiropractic Center operates two offices, one in St. Paul and the other in Lakeville, MN. Along with providing care for athletes, it serves the general public with chiropractic services, soft tissue treatments, axial decompression therapy, and more. Thanks to its sports medicine focus, it also provides concussion therapy, functional movement screening, and sports physicals.


News Article | June 17, 2017
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FILE - In this May 30, 2017, file photo, St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez stands outside the Ramsey County Courthouse while waiting for a ride in St. Paul, Minn. The Minnesota police officer was acquitted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a black motorist on Friday, June 16. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP, File) ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Philando Castile was fatally shot by a police officer during a July 6 traffic stop in a St. Paul suburb after he told the officer he was armed. St. Anthony officer Jeronimo Yanez, who is Latino, was acquitted of manslaughter on Friday. A timeline of some key events that unfolded after the shooting: July 6: Castile is fatally shot after Yanez stops his car in Falcon Heights. Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, is a passenger in the car, along with her then-4-year-old daughter. Reynolds livestreams the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook. The widely shared video draws protesters to the scene. July 7: Protesters converge overnight at Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's official residence in the state capital of St. Paul. Dayton says he doesn't think the shooting would have happened if Castile had been white. More than 1,000 people gather that evening at the school where Castile worked, then hundreds walk back to the governor's residence. July 8: Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says he'll decide later whether he or a grand jury will decide on any charges against Yanez. July 9: Attorney Thomas Kelly says Yanez was reacting to the presence of the gun when he opened fire on Castile. He says the shooting had nothing to do with race. Police use chemical irritants to clear rock-and-bottle-throwing demonstrators from Interstate 94 in St. Paul. Officers arrest more than 100 people. Police say 21 officers were hurt, none seriously. July 10: The governor condemns the shutdown of I-94 as "unlawful and extremely dangerous." July 11: Forty-six people are charged with rioting for the I-94 protest. Kelly says Yanez thought Castile looked like "a possible match" for a suspect in a recent armed robbery. July 12: Castile's relatives say they will file a lawsuit in his death. July 13: Police arrest 42 protesters who block traffic on Interstate 35W near downtown Minneapolis during the morning rush. July 14: A funeral for Castile at the St. Paul Cathedral draws thousands of mourners. July 26-27: Police arrest 69 protesters outside the governor's residence as officers clear out the blocked street in front of the mansion. July 29: Choi adds former U.S. Department of Justice attorney and former Hamline University Law School dean Don Lewis, who is black, to his team as a special prosecutor in a bid to enhance trust in the results of the investigation. Aug. 24: The St. Anthony Police Department says it put Yanez back on administrative leave after he had briefly returned to limited duty, citing "concerns and other feedback from the community." Sept. 28: The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says it has completed its investigation and turned over its findings to Choi. Nov. 16: Prosecutors announce that Yanez has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in Castile's shooting. The announcement comes one day after the anniversary of the high-profile killing by police of another black man in Minnesota, Jamar Clark in Minneapolis. No charges were filed in that case. Dec. 15: The Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services announces that it will review the St. Anthony Police Department, at the department's request. The review, still ongoing, includes an assessment of traffic stops and arrest demographics. Dec. 23: Defense attorneys remove the first judge assigned to oversee Yanez's case, Judge Edward Wilson. In Minnesota, defense attorneys and prosecutors can each strike one assigned judge from a case without giving a reason. The requests are automatically granted. Wilson is black. The defense did not say whether race was a reason. Jan. 4: Ramsey County District Court Judge William Leary III, who is white, is assigned to preside over Yanez's manslaughter trial. Jan. 9: Leary denies a request from the American Civil Liberties Union to release squad car video of Castile's shooting. Jan. 11: A judge throws out riot charges against dozens of people who blocked I-94 to protest the shooting. Jan. 23: A bill is introduced in the Republican-controlled Minnesota House that would charge protesters for law enforcement costs associated with disruptive demonstrations. It played a prominent role in last-minute budget negotiations but did not pass. Feb. 8: Attorneys for Yanez say in court documents that Castile's gun was accessible and that he was reaching for it when he was killed.


News Article | August 15, 2017
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MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SiebenCarey today announced that 10 of the firm’s attorneys were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 – an annual list universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The annual Best Lawyers list has been published since 1983. Rankings are based on a peer-review survey in which more than 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. “It is an honor to receive this important peer recognition from The Best Lawyers in America again this year,” said Jim Carey, president of SiebenCarey. “Since the firm was founded in 1952, it’s been the goal of every attorney on our staff to protect the rights of those we serve as clients. We will continue ensuring clients understand their legal rights and receive the justice they deserve.” SiebenCarey attorneys named to the 2018 Best Lawyers in America list include: About the Lawyers James P. Carey is President and Managing Partner of the law firm and one of the top wrongful death and personal injury attorneys in the state. Carey sits on the American Board of Trial Advocates and is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by both the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Minnesota State Bar Association. He received his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in 1986 and has practiced at the firm his entire career. John W. Carey is a nationally recognized personal injury attorney with extensive experience in the field of medical malpractice. He is consistently recognized by his peers for his successes and leadership not only in this area, but also in the area of alternative dispute resolution where he is noted as an experienced mediator and arbitrator. Carey received his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law and has practiced personal injury law in Minnesota for 45 years. Paul K. Downes joined the firm as a partner in 2002 and combines a client-centered philosophy with recognized legal skill to successfully represent a wide range of personal injury clients. He is a Certified Civil Trial Law Specialist and has been named to the Super Lawyers annual list for more than 10 years. Originally from Rochester, Minnesota, Downes received his Juris Doctor from the William Mitchell College of Law in 1992. Susan Holden has spent her career representing clients in a variety of complex personal injury and wrongful death claims. She focuses her practice in cases involving trucking and automobile accidents, product defects, construction accidents, medical malpractice, and class action matters involving privacy and data breaches. Holden is certified as a Civil Trial Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association. She is active in bar leadership within the state and nationally. Holden received her law degree from the William Mitchell College of Law. Arthur C. Kosieradzki is a Senior Certified Civil Trial Law Specialist and partner at the firm where he provides expertise in serious personal injury cases including automobile and motorcycle accidents. Kosieradzki is originally from Marshalltown, Iowa, and received his degree from the William Mitchell College of Law in 1988. He manages the firm’s Lakeville office. Jeffrey M. Montpetit is a firm shareholder who practices in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, professional malpractice, civil rights law and police misconduct, auto and truck accidents, product liability, premises liability, and insurance litigation. Montpetit received his Juris Doctor from the William Mitchell College of Law in 1998. Mark G. Olive is renowned throughout the state as a top workers’ compensation attorney. He is committed to protecting the rights of injured workers in the courtroom and at the Minnesota Legislature. Olive has actively lobbied against repeated attempts by the business community to cut back workers’ compensation coverage. He received his undergraduate and law degree from the University of Notre Dame and has been with the firm since he graduated in 1979. Harry A. Sieben is a Civil Trial Law Specialist certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association. He built the firm into one of the largest personal injury law firms in Minnesota. Sieben served 14 years in the Minnesota House of Representatives including four years as Speaker of the House. He also served in the military for 35 years, retiring at the rank of Major General. Michael F. Scully is a partner at the firm and has achieved success in the areas of workers' compensation, personal injury, and auto accident insurance litigation. He received “Attorney of the Year” recognition by Minnesota Lawyer in 2016, an award reserved for a select group of attorneys based on leadership in the profession. Scully received his law degree from Hamline University of Law in 1996 and his undergraduate degree from St. John’s University. Cory P. Whalen practices in all areas of personal injury litigation and is a partner at the firm. He is certified as a life member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum; less than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. Whalen is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, an elite organization of accomplished trial attorneys whose qualifications require demonstrated significant courtroom skill and experience, high personal character, and an honorable ethical reputation. He received his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law and his B.A. from Winona State University. About SiebenCarey Founded in 1952, SiebenCarey has grown to become one of Minnesota’s largest and most widely respected personal injury law firms, successfully representing more than 65,000 injury victims. For over 65 years the firm has employed experienced lawyers and professional support personnel handling personal injury, workers’ compensation, wrongful death and medical malpractice claims. Offices are located around the state of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Lakeville and Duluth. For more information, visit www.knowyourrights.com.


News Article | June 16, 2017
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FILE - In this May 30, 2017, file photo, St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez stands outside the Ramsey County Courthouse while waiting for a ride in St. Paul, Minn. The Minnesota police officer was acquitted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a black motorist on Friday, June 16. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP, File) ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Philando Castile was fatally shot by a police officer during a July 6 traffic stop in a St. Paul suburb after he told the officer he was armed. St. Anthony officer Jeronimo Yanez, who is Latino, was acquitted of manslaughter on Friday. A timeline of some key events that unfolded after the shooting: July 6: Castile is fatally shot after Yanez stops his car in Falcon Heights. Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, is a passenger in the car, along with her then-4-year-old daughter. Reynolds livestreams the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook. The widely shared video draws protesters to the scene. July 7: Protesters converge overnight at Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's official residence in the state capital of St. Paul. Dayton says he doesn't think the shooting would have happened if Castile had been white. More than 1,000 people gather that evening at the school where Castile worked, then hundreds walk back to the governor's residence. July 8: Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says he'll decide later whether he or a grand jury will decide on any charges against Yanez. July 9: Attorney Thomas Kelly says Yanez was reacting to the presence of the gun when he opened fire on Castile. He says the shooting had nothing to do with race. Police use chemical irritants to clear rock-and-bottle-throwing demonstrators from Interstate 94 in St. Paul. Officers arrest more than 100 people. Police say 21 officers were hurt, none seriously. July 10: The governor condemns the shutdown of I-94 as "unlawful and extremely dangerous." July 11: Forty-six people are charged with rioting for the I-94 protest. Kelly says Yanez thought Castile looked like "a possible match" for a suspect in a recent armed robbery. July 12: Castile's relatives say they will file a lawsuit in his death. July 13: Police arrest 42 protesters who block traffic on Interstate 35W near downtown Minneapolis during the morning rush. July 14: A funeral for Castile at the St. Paul Cathedral draws thousands of mourners. July 26-27: Police arrest 69 protesters outside the governor's residence as officers clear out the blocked street in front of the mansion. July 29: Choi adds former U.S. Department of Justice attorney and former Hamline University Law School dean Don Lewis, who is black, to his team as a special prosecutor in a bid to enhance trust in the results of the investigation. Aug. 24: The St. Anthony Police Department says it put Yanez back on administrative leave after he had briefly returned to limited duty, citing "concerns and other feedback from the community." Sept. 28: The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says it has completed its investigation and turned over its findings to Choi. Nov. 16: Prosecutors announce that Yanez has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in Castile's shooting. The announcement comes one day after the anniversary of the high-profile killing by police of another black man in Minnesota, Jamar Clark in Minneapolis. No charges were filed in that case. Dec. 15: The Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services announces that it will review the St. Anthony Police Department, at the department's request. The review, still ongoing, includes an assessment of traffic stops and arrest demographics. Dec. 23: Defense attorneys remove the first judge assigned to oversee Yanez's case, Judge Edward Wilson. In Minnesota, defense attorneys and prosecutors can each strike one assigned judge from a case without giving a reason. The requests are automatically granted. Wilson is black. The defense did not say whether race was a reason. Jan. 4: Ramsey County District Court Judge William Leary III, who is white, is assigned to preside over Yanez's manslaughter trial. Jan. 9: Leary denies a request from the American Civil Liberties Union to release squad car video of Castile's shooting. Jan. 11: A judge throws out riot charges against dozens of people who blocked I-94 to protest the shooting. Jan. 23: A bill is introduced in the Republican-controlled Minnesota House that would charge protesters for law enforcement costs associated with disruptive demonstrations. It played a prominent role in last-minute budget negotiations but did not pass. Feb. 8: Attorneys for Yanez say in court documents that Castile's gun was accessible and that he was reaching for it when he was killed.


News Article | May 12, 2017
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ERISA Consulting Team Focuses on Regulatory Landscape and New Opportunities for Savings Plan Industry -- Ascensus, the nation's largest independent retirement and college savings services provider, has appointed Barbara Van Zomeren senior vice president of the firm's Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) support team.Ascensus' ERISA team is among the largest in the nation and monitors all legislation and regulatory pronouncements affecting retirement, health savings, and college savings plans, ensuring that any applicable updates or changes are reflected in the firm's products and services. The department also serves as Ascensus' liaison to the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor, and key congressional offices and committees.Ms. Van Zomeren will oversee all ERISA support services for financial organizations, plan sponsor clients, and financial advisors, including legal consulting, development of software products, plan document compliance, and training sessions. She joined Ascensus as an attorney in 1999 and is a member of the Minnesota Bar Association and the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries. Ms. Van Zomeren received her Juris Doctorate from Hamline University School of Law, a Master of Business Administration from St. Thomas University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Agricultural Business Management from the University of Minnesota.Developments surrounding the DOL's proposed fiduciary rule and how it stands to impact Ascensus' retirement plan offerings continue to be a focus for Ms. Van Zomeren and her team. They are also assisting several states in their efforts to implement auto-IRA programs for private sector employers and their workers. As Ascensus looks to build public awareness for the benefits of health savings accounts in a rapidly changing healthcare environment, the ERISA team has partnered with a leading industry association and is leveraging the firm's training specialists to design a new health savings account professional designation—Certified Health Savings Professional (CHSP)."In today's regulatory landscape, our clients and partners rely on Ascensus' expertise to help them offer compliant, best-in-class savings solutions," states Shannon Kelly, Ascensus' president of retirement. "With Barb's leadership, our ERISA team will continue to deliver consultation that our clients can count on to adapt to industry changes and pursue new opportunities."Ascensus is the largest independent retirement and college savings services provider in the United States, helping over 7 million Americans save for the future. With more than 35 years of experience, the firm partners with financial institutions to offer tailored solutions that meet the needs of financial professionals, employers, and individuals. Ascensus specializes in recordkeeping, administrative, and program management services, supporting over 47,000 retirement plans, over 4 million 529 college savings accounts, and a growing number of ABLE savings accounts. It also administers more than 1.5 million IRAs and health savings accounts and is home to one of the largest ERISA consulting teams in the country. For more information about Ascensus, visit https://www2.ascensus.com/ View career opportunitiesat careers.ascensus.com or on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/ascensus. For the latest company news, follow @AscensusInc on Twitter.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 54.95K | Year: 2014

With this award from the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program and the Chemistry Research Instrumentation Program, Hamline University will acquire a portable X-Ray fluorescence spectrometer. An X-ray fluorescence spectrometer is an analytical tool used to determine the chemical elements in a sample. Because it is portable and hand held, it can be used to analyze samples away from a laboratory, for example in a classroom, at an archeological site, or to examine art objects or cultural heritage materials in museums. The instrument will be shared with researchers at Minnesota State University-Mankato and two non-profit organizations, the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) and the Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC). It will be used in undergraduate chemistry courses, a teacher education course and a forensics/anthropology course. It will also be used in high school courses and in elementary school demonstrations. This community outreach includes a large minority student population. The societal benefit includes understanding and preserving cultural artifacts.

The proposal is aimed at enhancing research and education at all levels, especially in areas such as (a) identifying the chemical composition of forensic samples, art and cultural heritage objects; (b) characterizing artifacts for provenience; (c) understanding the influence of the Golgi membrane on the formation of paired-helical fibers (PHFs) from the protein tau; (d) synthesizing aluminum oxide (alumina) nanoparticles; and (e) developing a searchable database for rapid and reliable field use of materials commonly found at crime scenes.

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