Partner News | October 9

Spirit Communications Launches Wireless Network Failover Solution to Safeguard Businesses across the Carolinas

SpiritCommunicationsCustomers can deploy a fully-configured ‘in the box’ failover solution for primary networks or use to extend their existing MPLS network at an affordable price with no monthly commitments.

 Spirit Communications, a premier provider of voice, data and Internet services in the Carolinas, today announced the launch of Spirit LTE Secure Access, a powerful service for customers that need an affordable secondary network connection to safeguard critical voice, data, and Internet traffic. Its multi-function design makes it ideal as a failover solution for primary networks or as a mechanism to extend an existing MPLS network to remote locations. Both implementations deliver a seamless, highly available wireless solution over Spirit’s secure, private IP network or Spirit’s dedicated Internet service. And it’s powered by the largest 4G/LTE network in the nation.

“I can tell you first-hand, business continuity is a top priority for our customers,” said Bob Keane, president and CEO of Spirit Communications. “Our customers want double-protection in the case of a failover – a way to safeguard their primary networks and an affordable backup solution that keeps their sensitive information off the Web. I’m proud to say we are the first carrier in the Southeast to deliver both.”

Spirit LTE Secure Access is targeted for critical machine-to-machine (M2M) business transactions and includes around-the-clock monitoring from their local Network Operations Center. While business continuity is its primary purpose, it’s also an ideal mechanism to extend existing MPLS networks to remote or temporary locations well beyond the traditional telecommunications demarcation — such as ATMs, utility meters, digital signs/billboards, construction sites, telemetry devices and more.

Unlike other providers with backup services that require multiple vendors and rely on unsecured wirelines that are costly and cumbersome to implement, Spirit LTE Secure Access is simple to configure, 100% private, supports all traffic (voice, data and Internet), and aggregates both wire and wireless connections into a single, fully-managed network by one vendor.

About Spirit Communications
Headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, Spirit Communications provides voice, data, Internet and fiber optic solutions, along with a full suite of Cloud services to commercial businesses and government agencies across the Southeast. The company’s mission is to enable customers to transform their operations through fast, stable and secure offerings that flex with business demand. Ranked among the top 25 privately held firms in South Carolina, Spirit serves thousands of customers in over 150 service locations throughout South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.

For more information, visit www.spiritcom.com or Spirit’s product support site at http://spiritproductsupport.com/

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GWB Attourneys Recognized as Legal Elite by Columbia Business Monthly

Brogdon-Cox-CulbreathThe law firm of Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A. is pleased to announce that three of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized as being among the 2014 Legal Elite of the Midlands by Columbia Business Monthly. Gallivan, White and Boyd’s Legal Elite in the Midlands include:

Columbia Business Monthly (CBM) focuses on the news and developments that affect, or were initiated in, the Midlands of South Carolina. CBM asked attorneys in the Columbia area to nominate other attorneys who in their opinion were leading lawyers in 20 particular practice areas.

Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A. has offices in Anderson, Columbia, Greenville, SC and Charlotte, NC. Practice areas include business and complex litigation, strategic risk assessment and counseling, and corporate representation. For more information about the firm, see www.GWBlawfirm.com.

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Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina Awards $131,000 to Collaboration for Ministry Initiative Grantees

sisters-of-charity-foundation-south-carolina-logoThe Sisters of Charity Foundation awards $131,000 to support 10 Women Religious grantees.

Since its inception, the Foundation, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, has exhibited an interest in supporting women religious (Catholic nuns) in their efforts with the poor and underserved members of society. The Foundation has designated specific grant funds to support women religious and their ministries. CMI Strengthening Ministry grants are designed to specifically strengthen the ministries of women religious whose ministries have a range of needs.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation is pleased to announce the following CMI grants in South Carolina.

Felician Center– ($20,000.00) Funding to move from a woman religious to a “trial part-time” lay office assistant completing a movement for the “personnel” aspect of the new sustainability plan. (Williamsburg)

Franciscan Center– ($15,000.00) The Franciscan Center’s “Center of Hope – Emergency Home Repair Program” serves economically disadvantaged families in northern Beaufort County who need emergency home repairs and/or modifications for handicapped access. (Beaufort)

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services, Inc.- ($20,000.00) helping to formalize outcome measurements throughout the many programs and services offered at Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach. (Charleston)

Our Lady of Mercy Neighborhood House– ($10,000.00) A weekday lunch program and food pantry for the poorest of the poor in urban Charleston. (Charleston)

Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Center– ($10,000.00) Offering emergency assistance for those in need. (Aiken)

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School– ($15,000.00) Funding to expand a student support program that provides assessment, individual education planning, behavioral counseling and mentoring to students. (Greenville)

St. Cyprian Outreach Center– ($10,000.00) providing low income families with emergency utility and rent assistance in an extremely economically deprived area. (Georgetown)

St. Martin de Porres Catholic School– ($15,000.00) A program to actively engage students in the skills and strategies for becoming life-long readers. The curriculum will include reading, art, science, technology and social studies. (Richland)

St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church– ($6,000.00) providing a food pantry offering basic food items and a clothing closet for individuals/families in need. (Florence)

Thumbs Up– ($10,000) helping low-performing children who are living in economically disadvantaged families to achieve grade level proficiency in reading and math. (Beaufort)

About the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, established in 1996, is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. The Foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved in all 46 South Carolina counties, and strategically uses resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.

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Colonial Life Endorsed by International Public Sector Association

CLInternational Public Management Association for Human Resources names Colonial Life its preferred voluntary benefits provider

 The International Public Management Association for Human Resources has chosen Colonial Life as its preferred voluntary benefits and solutions provider. Colonial Life is the only voluntary provider endorsed by the world’s leading public sector human resource organization.

“This partnership enables us to create a closer connection with human resources professionals in the government and educator markets,” said Carey Adamson, Colonial Life’s vice president, Public Sector Market Services. “We’ve worked successfully with IPMA-HR for several years, and now we’ll be able to develop stronger relationships with key decision-makers.”

Public sector expertise has been a strength of Colonial Life’s business throughout its 75-year history. Colonial Life serves 9,000 public sector accounts, including 34 state governments, 5,000 local governments and 2,700 educational systems.1

“We want to help our members meet the challenges of providing a competitive employee benefits package while remaining fiscally responsible,” said Neil Reichenberg, IPMA-HR executive director. “Colonial Life’s proven strategies and unmatched service will allow our members to help their employees prepare for life’s challenges and still maintain their budget.”

 About IPMA-HR
IPMA-HR represents the interests of human resource professionals at all levels and promotes excellence in HR management. Since 1906, IPMA-HR has been a resource for comprehensive and timely HR industry news, jobs, policies, resources, education, and professional development opportunities. The organization includes more than 42 chapters representing more than 9,000 individuals and 1,100 agencies in local, state and federal levels of government worldwide.

Colonial Life hosts dozens of area high school students for Tech Night

DSC_0272The event showcased the diverse career opportunities available in technology.

Nearly 60 Midlands high school students visited Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company this week to learn about the diversity of careers available in technology, as well as the diversity of the people who do those jobs.

The Tuesday event – open to all ninth- through 12th-graders in Lexington and Richland counties – began with a Tech Fair, when Colonial Life and Unum employees in security, deskside support, app development, data administration and other departments talked with the students about their careers – and how technology was involved in them.

“We wanted to bring in high school students to introduce them to technology. We know that, in the future, there is going to be a shortage of technology professionals,” said Kamran Azad, a test architect in Global Business Technology.

 “Looking down the road, we need to educate them to the possibility of tech careers.”

After the technology fair students participated in a series of games and exercises to give them a feel for the various IT activities. They built a tower out of spaghetti to understand build concepts; designed a mobile app using pen and paper to understand user experience; and built data centers out of Bristle Blocks to understand infrastructure. They also had a pizza dinner and had a “graduation” photo taken!

“We want it to be a fun environment,” Azad said. “We want them to see the different flavors of IT.”

But the effort to educate about diversity didn’t stop at the career opportunities. The event was also meant to encourage more women and minorities to consider futures in the tech field. Earlier this year, Google shared that women make up just 17 percent of its employees and only 5 percent are black or Hispanic. The disclosure brought about similar announcements from Silicon Valley heavyweights LinkedIn, Yahoo, Twitter and Apple.

Tech Nights are offered on all main Unum campuses by the Global Business Technology area to showcase IT as an exciting and viable career.

About Colonial Life
Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company is a market leader in providing financial protection benefits through the workplace, including disability, life, accident, cancer, critical illness and hospital confinement insurance. The company’s benefit services and education, innovative enrollment technology and personal service support more than 80,000 businesses and organizations, representing more than 3 million of America’s workers and their families. For more information visit www.coloniallife.com

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