Dual Degree students enjoy both campuses

first_imgA small group of Saint Mary’s students are getting the best of both worlds as they take Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s courses through participating in the Dual Degree Program. The Dual Degree Program is a five-year program in which the students attain a bachelor’s degree in math or science at Saint Mary’s and receive another bachelor’s degree in engineering at Notre Dame.“The program allows us to be an integral part of the Saint Mary’s community while exploring the benefits of a degree at Notre Dame,” Angela Willson, a sophomore in the Dual Degree Program, said. “There is nothing better than coming back to the Saint Mary’s campus and feeling like you are home where you belong.”The first year of the program immerses students exclusively in Saint Mary’s courses to help them acclimate to college life. Then students start taking classes at Notre Dame during their sophomore year.“The transition from all Saint Mary’s classes to having classes over at Notre Dame was jarring because it was a big change from attending smaller classes to being in this huge lecture hall with 100 other people,” said Taylor Chamberlain, a sophomore chemistry and chemical engineering double major.The Dual Degree Program has students taking classes on both campuses throughout their sophomore, junior and senior years. The fifth year of the program has students solely dedicated to taking Notre Dame courses.“I look forward to continuing more classes at Notre Dame,” Willson said. “When you’re a sophomore in the program, you really haven’t begun to explore your actual intended engineering major.”All Dual Degree participants must submit an application to Notre Dame in order to finish their fifth year in the program.“The possibility that I may not be accepted into the fifth year of the program is a constant concern,” Chamberlain said. “But I don’t dwell on it too much because I don’t want to do anything else.”last_img read more

Vera Bradley co-founder visits SMC

first_img “I just didn’t think outside the box,” she said, thinking back to her first aspiration to be a business teacher.  As a successful businesswoman today, the sky is the limit for Miller and her industry. Primarily, Miller said to “listen to your instincts” the way she and Baekgaard had that cold February day at the airport, and to “be engaging, interested and passionate” in business, and with any dream or ambition in life for that matter.  According to Miller, the VBFBC hopes to bring the results of groundbreaking scientific research directly to the bedside, helping develop new treatments for cancer patients, and to discover quicker, more effective ways of spotting breast cancer on a molecular level.  “Change is constant, and you should embrace it,” Miller said. “If you don’t keep pace with change, you will be left in the dust.”  According to Miller, new this season there will be trendy laptop backpacks available  The Vera Bradley line has also expanded to include lunch boxes, totes, cosmetics bags, jewelry boxes and stationary.  The foundation currently funds a research facility at the Indiana University Bren Simon Cancer Center — nationally recognized as a leader in research to find a cure, and has notably risen over $10 million for the cause, Miller said.  Miller also further discussed key entrepreneurial words to live by that she said drove the Vera Bradley business to its success. Miller said the story of the Vera Bradley Company began in February 1982 when she and her business partner, Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, while sitting in an Atlanta airport, noticed that women’s luggage was tragically lacking in style.center_img Vera Bradley started with a focus on luggage, sports bags and the smaller handbag, Miller said. However, women today also find frequent use from Vera Bradley laptop bags, cases and slips.  Taking a step back, as a college student, Miller said she lived in a world where women went to school to be either teachers or nurses.  “I don’t put a ceiling on anything,” she said. Patricia Miller, co-founder of the international company Vera Bradley, shared the secrets behind how her Indiana business dream evolved into the successful international company it is today, as she spoke to a group of students at the Vander Vennet Theater at Saint Mary’s Tuesday. In 1998, Vera Bradley joined the fight for a cure for breast cancer by establishing the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer (VBFBC).  “I have all the faith in the world,” Miller said.last_img read more

Group addresses GLBTQ inclusion

first_imgIn its first meeting of the spring semester, Campus Life Council (CLC) discussed the continuation of last semester’s efforts to expand inclusion, improve school spirit and create a safer campus.  Student body president Pat McCormick first invited members to voice their opinions on the possibility of a peer support group for a gay-straight alliance on Notre Dame’s campus. “Is there a foreseeable future for a gay-straight group if it took place within the bounds of Catholic moral teaching?” he asked. “The work of Campus Life Council has focused on expanding inclusion, and this is one set of recommendations that has evolved, notably with the 4-5 Movement.” Sr. Sue Dunn, assistant vice president of Student Affairs, said the Core Council for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Questioning Students is currently the main venue through which the University’s Spirit of Inclusion is upheld.  “It is a blend of students and administrative types. We have someone representing Student Affairs, the Gender Relations Center, the Counseling Center and Campus Ministry,” she said. “We also have eight students, most of whom identify as GLBT and some heterosexual allies, who build a network and programs.” She said the issue is that many students perceive the Core Council to be directly aligned with Notre Dame’s administration.  “Certainly, there has been at times a tension, but more and more student-run activities happen, especially now that we have a space,” Dunn said. “We feel that certainly there is a greater growth in understanding on campus.” Dunn said if a gay-straight alliance were recognized and kept with the mission of the University, it could join the coalition created by the Core Council. “The coalition consists of like-minded groups we can work with, so people can be more involved,” she said. “I certainly think there is the opportunity for a formal group, but were it not there, it would still exist informally through reaching out.” Fr. Tom Gaughan, rector of Stanford Hall, said if a group were approved, it should work within the existing structure the University has created to meet the needs of the LGBTQ community. “There’s always been the logical code of sexual conduct guided by natural law, but the Church has always lived with the pastoral response,” he said. “Coming from the standpoint of pastorally, what are the needs? If what exists now doesn’t meet the needs, we should work within the system to make what we do meet the needs.” Diversity Council representative Alexa Arastoo said she would not want to see a gay-straight alliance become a part of Core Council. She said a completely student-run organization would allow more opportunities for leadership, and would allow the group to branch out more. “Having a club on the student level changes the culture. It’s where we get involved and know what’s going on,” Arastoo said. “This isn’t just a tutoring or interest club, it’s part of their person.” McCormick said the Faculty Senate expressed strong support for the proposed group and that CLC would request a meeting with representatives from the 4-5 Movement to discuss the possibilities further. “We need to work out how we could contribute constructively to inclusion and recognize the sensitivities on all sides of this,” he said. CLC also discussed the incorporation of a student advisory council into the Athletic Department. Jay Mathes, co-chair of Hall Presidents’ Council, said the council would offer opportunities to students who might be interested in pursuing a career in sports. The council would also work as a sounding board, he said. “We could see how people on campus feel about things like playing music in the stadium turf fields and a megatron,” he said. McCormick said the group would incorporate residential life through work with Hall Presidents’ Council and other groups such as the Leprechaun Legion. “It’s an exciting opportunity for students interested in athletics,” he said. “It would be an ideal venue to relay our concerns and work on pep rallies and school spirit. CLC wrapped up its meeting with a quick discussion on safety. Chief of staff Claire Sokas said Notre Dame Security Police is working on providing a mobile app that would be available to students. McCormick said working with local law enforcement on projects such as this one helped build relationships and create a sense of accountability on all sides. “We all have an interest in keeping the community safe and take pride living in it,” he said. “We’ve been in conversation to mitigate anything getting out of hand.”last_img read more

Panel offers artistic critique of “12 Years a Slave”

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Art Department screened Steve McQueen’s Oscar-winning film “12 Years a Slave” in Carroll Auditorium on Wednesday, followed by a panel discussion.Tiffany Johnson Bidler, assistant professor of art, started the panel with her opinions on the comparison of McQueen’s gallery and video work.“McQueen always communicates directly with viewers through what he calls the medium of aesthetic effect,” Bidler said. “What this means in a nutshell is that McQueen is interested in engaging viewers’ emotions. Much of McQueen’s gallery work addresses historical moments.”Bidler said it was interesting to see connections between McQueen’s older work and “12 Years a Slave.” An example she gave concerned McQueen’s 1997 short film “Deadpan.”“We see a couple of things that are evident in ‘Deadpan’ and also ‘12 Years a Slave,’” Bidler said. “First is the relationship between the projection and the viewer. The projection is large for deadpan and when you walk up to it, it is overwhelming.“It only focuses on his face, which I also think he does in interesting ways in ‘12 Years a Slave.’ He focuses on the faces of the characters.”Jamie Wagman, assistant professor of history and gender and women’s studies, gave a historical context to the 19th century and slavery. Child slavery began in the 1600s, and historians estimate that approximately 12 million African slaves endured the middle passage, Wagman said.“Some people however never reflected on the morality of owning slaves,” Wagman said. “For example, historians have reason that George Washington, like many white slave owners, never gave much thought to slavery. We don’t have any evidence of any of his writings including slavery.”Wagman said she wanted the audience to think about how McQueen exposes the ways in which men and women experience slavery in different ways. She said “The New Yorker” brought up an interesting perspective to viewers.“The New Yorker recently brought up that this film leaves audiences grieving for thousands that were never able to tell their stories,” Wagman said. “I think that’s an important comment and I hope that’s something you’ll remember. So many people were born into and died into slavery; you will never know their stories.”Junior Clarissa Frederick compared the movie to the novel and said the two were very similar.“The movie did a great job of portraying the characters in the novel, but there were some things that I wish they would have expanded upon,” Frederick said. “I found Eliza and Patsey’s characters to be the most tragic of the entire novel, because … of the way that she begged to have her children stay with her.”The biggest difference for Frederick was the character named Bass and his role with the main character Solomon.“Bass, the one that helped him be freed, worked a lot harder to getting him free than what is shown,” Frederick said. “He worked for almost a year, sent out several letters, and when they weren’t hearing anything back he began saving up for the trip to Saratoga himself in order to petition to a long list of people that he knew to save him.“He was an older man who took this as his mission in life to see this man free. Solomon is very grateful for him and prays for him every night, as said in the novel. He calls Bass his savior, and Bass saw Solomon as basically the reason he had lived that long.”Rika Asai, visiting assistant professor of music, spoke on the importance of the soundtrack to the film. She said there are three categories of music on the soundtrack that include the sound effect, the music and the dialogue.“Of these three categories, the dialogue is usually considered to be the most important element, but I think also we were all really aware as to how much silence there was in the film,” Asai said. “It wasn’t dead silence.“There was a lot of ambient noise in there. I think the first time I watched this film, I had the sensation of feeling the heat of this film with the crickets and insects, and the wind of all of this. I think this is really part of this authenticity the sound world is trying to help us create.”Asai said non-diegetic music helped the audience understand the emotion and importance of the movie.“This idea of non-diegetic music, which means it is music that doesn’t take place within the world and the narrative, it is what the composer has scored to aid our understanding of the narrative and perhaps even characters,” Asai said.Tags: “12 Years a Slave”, Steve McQueenlast_img read more

Notre Dame clubs honor Fr. Hesburgh

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Lauren McCollick The Notre Dame Club of Chicago held a Mass on March 11 at Old Saint Patrick’s Church in Chicago in celebration of Fr. Theodore Hesburgh’s life. Other alumni clubs have hosted events remembering Hesburgh.Over the past several weeks, Notre Dame clubs throughout the United States hosted memorial services honoring the late University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh.“We are blessed to have the largest base of alumni in the country, and since not all of them could make it back to campus for the funeral and tribute, we thought it important to do something in the city,” Lauren McCallick, club manager of the Notre Dame Club of Chicago and 2011 graduate, said.The Chicago club held a memorial service March 11 at Old Saint Patrick’s Church, where 2002 Master of Arts graduate Fr. Thomas Hurley is a pastor.“Mass really was a celebration of Fr. Ted’s life,” McCallick said. “There were a few tears during the ceremony, particularly when the musicians played ‘An Irish Blessing’ and then the Alma Mater after Communion, but it really was more of a celebration of Fr. Ted.”Over 80 alumni were in attendance, many volunteering to read or present gifts.Fr. Gene Smith gave a homily sharing a letter he received from Hesburgh about being a priest, McCallick said.“I wasn’t close to Fr. Ted, but I did have the honor of getting to meet him my senior year,” she said. “A few of us in the Center for Social Concerns’ Discernment Seminar got to meet him during our Spring Semester. He blessed all of us in his office and took pictures with us in front of his magnificent view of campus.”From 200 t0 250 alumni attended a memorial service at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Notre Dame Club of Washington, D.C. vice president and 2004 graduate Brian Adams said.“(The) mood was sad yet celebratory,” he said.The Notre Dame Club of Long Island did not host an event but cancelled its usual meeting the night of the funeral and wake, allowing members to pay their respects and watch the live stream, club treasurer and 2001 graduate John Pennacchio said.“Here on Long Island, we were saddened by the news, but we feel the e-mail communications by the university were timely, respectful, and poignant,” Pennacchio said.The club still hopes to recognize Hesburgh on a smaller scale at its upcoming Universal Notre Dame Celebration, where it will observe a moment of silence to honor him.Tags: D.C., Hesburgh, Notre Dame Club of Chicago, Notre Dame Club of Long Island, Notre Dame Club of Washingtonlast_img read more

University appoints new associate dean for Keough School of Global Affairs

first_imgThe University of Notre Dame announced Wednesday the appointment of Sara Sievers as associate dean for policy and practice in the new Keough School of Global Affairs, according to a University press release.Sievers, an expert in international policy and governance issues related to development, will also serve as an associate professor of the practice in the School, the release said.Sievers has previously served as the founding executive director of the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia University and Harvard University’s Center for International Development, the release stated. In the past, Sievers had worked for the United States Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine as the vice consul for political and economic affairs and as a special assistant to the assistant secretary for legislative affairs in Washington, D.C., the release said. She earned a BA in government from Harvard and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has taught international development at both Harvard and Columbia, according to the press release.The Keough School of Global Affairs will welcome its first class of students in fall 2017, according to the School’s website.Tags: associate dean, Global Affairs, International Development, Keough School of Global Affairslast_img read more

Former chief legal officer to serve as college counsel for Saint Mary’s

first_imgCristal Brisco, former chief legal officer of South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg’s administration, will assume her new role as college counsel for Saint Mary’s on September 1, according to a College press release.“I’m delighted Cristal Brisco has agreed to join my leadership team,” Saint Mary’s President Jan Cervelli said in the release. “Her wealth of knowledge, her experience with the city and Barnes & Thornburg and her deep appreciation of Saint Mary’s mission make her superbly qualified.”According to the release, Buttigieg has confidence that Brisco will serve as a major asset to the College.“Cristal Brisco served the city of South Bend with great distinction,” he said in the release. “She will be difficult to replace, but as a colleague and friend I am pleased to see her take on a new leadership opportunity. I wish her and her new Saint Mary’s College family the best of luck as I know Cristal will continue her excellent record of service in this new position.”Brisco has been recognized as a Rising Star by Indiana Super Lawyers, an organization that commends the success of no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state. She said in the release that she eagerly awaits the chance to take on this new position.“I look forward to working as a part of President Cervelli’s leadership team to help advance the mission of Saint Mary’s College,” Brisco said. “It’s been a privilege to serve Mayor Buttigieg and the residents of South Bend. Today, South Bend is stronger than it’s ever been. I am truly honored to have played a part in that.”Tags: Cristal Brisco, Indiana Super Lawyers, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, President Cervellilast_img read more

Badin Hall reopens to residents after year of renovations

first_imgApproximately 121 years have passed since Badin Hall was first constructed. And over the course of more than a century, it has served many functions — including an industrial school, a bookstore and post office.Now a women’s residence hall, the building has undergone a year of renovations that aim to upgrade the building while maintaining its unique, traditional characteristics.“I think everyone’s just really excited about it because [the architects] really did do what they promised with keeping the character of the building,” senior and resident assistant Meridith Balbach said. “So really, I think we still have our pride in that we’re a tiny dorm that still has a lot of old rich tradition.” Kendall Bulleit After a year-long stay in Pangborn Hall, Badin Hall residents returned to air-conditioned lounges, kitchens, and an updated chapel. The renovations aimed to strike a balance between modern and traditional touches. Sister Sue Sisko, Badin’s rector, said the most noticeable change is the addition of a new chapel, donated through Peter and Nancy Baranay and their children.“I think the crowning jewel of the entire renovation is a magnificent new chapel, through the graciousness of our donors,” Sisko said. “And so, that I think, is the biggest change, in Badin. It’s not the only change — there were certainly many other things that happened — but I think for me and for many other residents, the chapel is just magnificent.”The chapel includes early 20th-century stained glass windows, donated by alumni Charles Hayes and Jon Ritten. The windows were originally designed by Zettler Studios in Munich, Germany, and preserved from a former Chicago convent, Hayes said.”I think [Badin] was an industrial building, but it was not a residence hall and it definitely did not have a chapel,” he said. “But if it had a chapel, they probably would’ve ordered the windows from this company or something like it at that point in time because the windows were very consistent, design-wise, to Badin Hall.”Residents are also excited about the addition of new, air-conditioned lounges and kitchens on every floor, senior and resident assistant Arwa Mohammad said.“People are actively making efforts to come sit in the lounge spaces as opposed to just passing by,” she said. “They hang out there, which is nice. People in Badin tend to be very social anyway but I really feel like the air conditioning has helped facilitate that.”Beyond these new additions, the dorm has combined more single rooms into doubles and undergone a host of smaller renovations.“It’s really like Badin got a facelift,” Balbach said. “They painted the walls, they got new carpet and it’s all a little more color-coordinated to be a bit of a light green to fit [our mascot’s] bullfrog theme, which is really cool.”Ultimately, Sisko said, the renovations have given Badin residents a number of new opportunities to gather in the hall and build community.“We’re a close knit community because we’re the smallest women’s hall on campus so everyone knows everyone,” she said. “We’ve always been that way and had a strong community. I think this is only going to strengthen it more because of all the spaces where they can gather.”Tags: badin hall, dorm community, dorm renovations, renovationslast_img read more

Night market to celebrate culture and cuisine

first_imgWhile spreads of authentic bubble tea, butter mochi, dumplings, turon, samosas and taiyak are normally anomalous to find at Notre Dame, a number of cultural clubs on campus will be cooking these delicacies up for a night of delicious food, vibrant performances and traditional games.The Notre Dame Taiwanese Student Association along with Multicultural Student Programs and Services and the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies will cosponsor the event, transforming the Dahnke Ballroom in Duncan Student Center to imitate the bright and bustling street markets of Taiwan for the Notre Dame Night Market.While the event initially began four years ago as a collaboration between the Taiwanese Student Association (TSA) and the Japan Club, the Night Market has grown to include more than 10 clubs and organizations beyond the Asian-American community. “We actually have four new clubs joining us this year: Hawaii Club, Hong Kong Student Association, South Asian Student Association (SASA) and Chinese Culture Society (CCS),” senior Isabel Chan, co-president of TSA, said. “It’s just gotten bigger and better every year.”Each club will have its own booth to serve authentic food, and some of the clubs will set up traditional games for the regions they represent. The Night Market will also feature performances by Ballet Folklorico, Azul y Oro, Chinese Culture Society and Project Fresh. Senior Jonny Xu, co-president of TSA, said the Night Market brings the University’s cultural clubs together to celebrate their differences.“This is one of the only events where you can go and see all of the diversity and the different cultures represented at Notre Dame,” he said.Students will receive two free tickets at the door that can be used to redeem food and play games at the 11 booths. Additional tickets will cost $5 for five tickets and $8 for 10 tickets. The games also give students chances to earn raffle tickets to win various prizes including an Amazon Echo, Asian food baskets and more.The Night Market drew around 300 people last year, said Chris Moy, junior and vice president of TSA, and they are hoping for an even bigger turnout this year because of the addition of a few organizations not present in past years.Chan said TSA allocates funds to the different clubs that participate in the event to spend on the food and games they will present at the Night Market.“Inviting clubs to the Night Market and giving them funding allows them to showcase their culture, and it gives them a platform to share their club with the rest of the community, which may otherwise be difficult for smaller clubs that don’t usually have the opportunity or money to do so,” she said.Moy also discussed how the Night Market benefits the clubs involved.“The Night Market empowers other cultural clubs to go out and do events and connect with the people that they meet through our event,” Moy said.Open to all members of the Notre Dame community, Chan and Moy said they encourage anyone who is interested to attend.“At the end of the day, our culture is not something we should hide or make exclusive,” Chan said. “It’s something that we should share with the entire Notre Dame student body and try to be as inclusive [with] it as possible.”Tags: Asian American Culture, Chinese Culture Society, Hawaii club, Hong Kong Student Association, Japan Club, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies., Notre Dame Night Market, Notre Dame Taiwanese Student Association, South Asian Student Associationlast_img read more

PA Announces First Probable West Nile Virus Infection Of Year

first_imgPixabay Stock ImageCOUDERSPORT —  Pennsylvania state health officials reported the first probable human case of West Nile Virus infection this year in a Potter County resident.Officials say samples are being sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmatory testing. The departments of Health and Environmental Protection strongly recommend that all residents minimize their exposure to mosquitoes.“While we encourage Pennsylvanians to enjoy the outdoors, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, we also want them to take proper precautions from mosquitoes while outside,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “With the first human case of West Nile Virus detected, we want people to protect themselves. Several simple steps can help protect yourself and loved ones from mosquito-related diseases.”Although mosquitoes can bite at any time of the day or night, the mosquitoes that transmit WNV are most active at dawn and dusk. When outdoors, people can avoid mosquito bites by properly and consistently using DEET-containing insect repellants and covering exposed skin with lightweight clothing. To keep mosquitoes from entering a home, make sure window and door screens are in place and are in good condition. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) conducts regular surveillance and control to manage mosquito populations around the state. DEP has detected WNV-infected mosquitoes in five counties.“The first human positive case of the year should be a reminder to all Pennsylvanians to use a personal insect repellent or stay indoors during dawn and dusk to help prevent exposure to the mosquitoes that can carry West Nile Virus,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “DEP monitors mosquito populations across Pennsylvania for the presence of disease.”The mosquitoes that transmit WNV breed in areas with standing and stagnant water. These areas can include urban catch basins, clogged gutters, discarded tires, poorly maintained swimming pools, flower pots and other types of plastic containers.Simple steps to eliminate standing water around the home include:Remove tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, discarded tires or any object that could collect standing water. Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors.Have roof gutters cleaned every year, particularly if the leaves from nearby trees have a tendency to clog the drains.Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.Do not let water stagnate in birdbaths.Aerate ornamental pools, or stock them with fish.Clean and chlorinate swimming pools and remove standing water from pool covers.Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.Treat standing water that cannot be eliminated with Bti products, which are sold at outdoor supply, home improvement and other stores.Bti is a natural product that kills mosquito larvae, but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.DEP will continue to survey affected communities to monitor mosquito activity and WNV. DEP biologists have initiated a survey of the mosquito population to determine the risk for further human illness. If necessary, adult mosquito populations will be reduced. These efforts will continue through October. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more