September 24, 2021

Alumna serves through Alliance for Catholic Ed.

first_imgWhen 2011 Notre Dame graduate Vickey McBride interned with the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program during her senior year at Notre Dame, her job was to educate prospective teachers about the program and recruit applicants. Now, McBride lives the life she only talked about as an intern, teaching ninth-grade students in Brownsville, TX, at St. Joseph Academy, a preparatory school close to the Mexican border. The transition between studying history at Notre Dame and teaching social studies in a predominantly Latino high school was a significant one, McBride said. “The individual students are the most inspirational part of it,” McBride said. “When I’m having a really bad day and don’t want to go to school and I’m dreading the first bell ringing, all it takes is for that one student to walk in the door.” When McBride began her internship in the ACE office during her senior year, she automatically received a place in the competitive teaching program for her first two years after graduation. Now that she has begun her program, these students motivate McBride to give as much of her energy as possible to her work in the ACE program, she said. “Seeing their faces and in there seats, looking up at me and expecting something from me, it puts me in the zone,” she said. “I feel very much called to do the best that I can. It’s hard to slack off when you know that you 140 people [are] staring up at you asking for knowledge.” McBride said she was not sure what to expect from her high school students. “I figured, I’m in high school,” McBride said. “They’re going to be so mature. Not so much the case. They’re just so goofy and so awkward sometimes. They’re just a lot goofier than I expected, which in a way is great because they’re not jaded, as you might think high school kids will be.” Some of the students at McBride’s school take a bus across the U.S.-Mexico border to get to school each morning, McBride said. In her predominantly Latino high school, McBride said the majority of her students are completely bilingual. She added that she embraced the chance to improve her Spanish skills, while also eating a lot of Mexican food. “Oh my gosh, [Mexican food is] the best,” she said. “You have no idea until you come here and try it.” Food is also an important part of the house where McBride lives with seven other ACE participants, she said. Five of her housemates are also Notre Dame alumni. “We have a ton of fun,” McBride said. “It’s the best part of being in ACE for me. Everybody is so committed to being there for each other and spending time with each other.” The group gathers for a “family” meal three nights a week, she said. “Last Tuesday we made chili and cornbread,” she said. “I’m not that great of a cook, but the girl I cook with is great.” The close relationships developed in the ACE house reflect the organization’s commitment to community, McBride said. “We really are a family,” McBride said. “That’s not just an exaggeration or a cute little Notre Dame story. We’re all different people who ran in different circles at Notre Dame, but everyone in the house is really committed to making the experience not just bearable, but memorable.”last_img read more

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Police encourage students to have fun, responsibly

first_imgLocal police and University officials addressed off-campus safety and proper ways to enjoy college nightlife at Tuesday’s Student Safety Summit in the Carey Auditorium of the Hesburgh Library. Sgt. Tracy Skibins of the Notre Dame Security Police headed up the panel of law enforcement officers who offered safety tips to students and answered questions about what is acceptable in South Bend and how best to avoid trouble.  Included in the discussion were representatives from the Office of Campus Safety, the Notre Dame student body, the Indiana State Excise Police, various departments within the South Bend Police Department (SBPD) and Notre Dame Security Police Department (NDSP), the Mishawaka Police Department, the St. Joseph County Police Department and an attorney from the South Bend Special Victims Unit. NDSP’s assistant deputy chief of safety services Keri Kei Shibata said NDSP works to help students stay safe but students also should contact NDSP when problems arise. “NDSP tries to be a very service-oriented agency, but we rely on [students] to let us know when something does not seem right or when someone may be in trouble,” Shibata said. Ron Teachman, chief of the South Bend Police Department, said his officers don’t want to make arrests but rather, seek to ensure safety. “We take no pleasure in arresting students,” Teachman said. Bill Thompson from the St. Joseph County Police Department echoed this sentiment. “We want you to have the best four years in college,” Thompson said. In reference to the recent off-campus armed robbery, Teachman cautioned students to travel in groups as a preventative measure. Lt. Patrick Hechlinski, a crime prevention specialist at the South Bend Police Department, said students should not carry more money than they need when off campus. Additionally, carrying credit cards when going out is never a good idea. “Don’t carry a wallet or purse,” Hechlinski said.  “Carry the important things in your pocket.” Captain Scott Ruszkowski of the SBPD, who often deals with Notre Dame off-campus parties, said it is important to remember that most of the time a criminal’s intent is to take your belongings without physically harming you. “Usually, people are not looking to harm you; they only want what you have,” Ruszkowski said. Ruszkowski said he regularly encounters students who attempt to outrun law enforcement officers. He warned students that in those situations they will be caught and will face harsher consequences. “You can’t outrun the police radio,” he said. Sgt. Alvin Taylor of the Indiana State Excise Police reiterated the need for taking responsibility for mistakes. He said lying can only make things worse. “If the police show up, and if you’re in charge of the residence, step forward and say you’re in charge of the residence,” Taylor said.last_img read more

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‘My childhood dreams were fulfilled’

first_imgMaddy Daly Out of the countless crêperies in Angers, the Crêperie du Chatateau is the most popular due to its cozy, quaint atmosphere and location directly across the street from the Chateau d’Angers.Since the sixth grade, I have been learning French with the hopes of one day traveling to Europe, arriving in Paris and speaking perfect French alongside the locals. Two-and-a-half weeks ago, my childhood dreams were fulfilled when I began my study-abroad adventure in France. For the next four months, I will be living in Angers, France, with a host family and studying at an international school, taking classes taught solely in French. Although my French is better than average for an American, it is still obvious that I am not French because of my accent. Hopefully, after taking phonetics and multiple other language classes, my French will sound more like that of the locals.My study abroad experience is different than others in that it is designed to be an immersion program centered specifically on France. We have several excursions on the weekends, and our only time to really travel outside of France is during our two-week spring break. Since I have never been to Europe before, I am planning to take full advantage of every free day to travel to the places I have only seen in pictures, but I also appreciate the nature of the program for focusing so much on the country in which I am currently residing. Upon leaving, I am going to have a deep understanding of French culture and language, rather than getting a quick preview of every European city I am interested in. Also, since the program is not located in Paris, I am not just spending my time here as a tourist. I am mixing in with the people of Angers and trying to live like the French do.Although I have only been here for three weeks, I already feel like this is my home. I am comfortable in my host family’s house, I know my way around town and I can speak French well enough to interact with the locals. Before coming abroad, I was warned that the transition would be difficult, I would miss home frequently and I would question my decision of coming. However, I have not had a problem adjusting. Living with a host family, rather than in an apartment, helps because I have a second family to lean on for support. Also, since the program is so small, all eight of us have been friends from day one, providing yet another support group. I haven’t regretted my decision once, and I am taking full advantage of every day here.Even though I have yet to travel outside of France, I have gone on two weekend excursions with the Notre Dame group and the entire international population of the University. The first excursion was just in Angers, but it was a good opportunity to discover the main attractions of the city and to bond as a group. First, we took a bus to a cooking class, where we learned to make macarons. Even with the instructor speaking French extremely fast, we were all able to produce delicious chocolate, caramel and pistachio macarons. Next, we had a reservation for lunch at the most famous crêperie in Angers, La Crêperie du château. We dined on delicious gourmet crepes, starting with savory “galettes” loaded with various vegetables, cheese and meats, followed by sweet crêpes covered in caramel, fruit and sugar. Meanwhile, we sipped “le cidre brut,” sparkling cider, because for the French, crêpes without cider is like a night without stars. My favorite crêperie, however, was a tiny little restaurant in Saint Malo where the only employees were the owners, an older French couple, and they were blown away by our ability to speak French, since we were Americans in a touristy town. We spent the rest of the Angers excursion at the museum of David d’Angers, a famous sculptor, and at the famous Château d’Angers, the city’s ancient castle that has become a popular tourist attraction. By the end of the day we were out of energy from all the sightseeing, but everyone enjoyed discovering our “home town” of Angers.The second excursion was to Saint Malo and Mont St. Michel. The weather was surprisingly beautiful, even though it has rained practically every day since we have been here, and we were able to enjoy the two sights and take pictures with a blue sky as our backdrop. The town of Saint Malo was quaint and breathtaking with its view of the sea and its port full of sailboats. Mont St. Michel was more touristy, full of souvenir shops and English-speakers, but the trip was also pleasant due to the beautiful weather. After the excursion, all the Americans went out to our favorite Irish pub, Inishmore, for a pint of beer to end the day. Next weekend, five of us are headed to Paris for a weekend getaway. There is never a boring moment for us in France.Tags: observer passport, study abroadlast_img read more

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ESPN sues Notre Dame for records

first_imgSusan Zhu ESPN filed a lawsuit against Notre Dame earlier this month claiming the University’s refusal to release campus police records violates Indiana’s public records law, according to a report Wednesday in the South Bend Tribune.The case, filed Jan. 15 in St. Joseph Superior Court, alleges that Notre Dame officials violated Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act when they refused to release Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) records requested by ESPN reporter Paula Lavigne, the Tribune reported.In September and November 2014, Lavigne formally requested police incident reports and logs related to Notre Dame student athletes but was turned down both times, according to the Tribune. She filed  complaints with Indiana Public Access Counselor Luke Britt in October and December, according to documents available on the Public Access Counselor website. Britt is an attorney appointed by the governor to advise on public access matters.“As we have previously said, our practices are in full accord with the Access to Public Records Act and consistent with multiple advisory opinions that have addressed this matter over the past 12 years,” University spokesman Dennis Brown said in an email Wednesday afternoon. “We are confident that our position will be affirmed in court.”ESPN submitted two written opinions by Britt as evidence in the lawsuit, the Tribune reported. Britt’s recent written opinions departed from that of previous public access counselors, who had written that professional police departments at Indiana private universities did not meet the definition of public agencies and so were exempt from the state’s public records law. Britt’s opinion is not compulsory and does not carry the force of law, but the superior court decision will.Britt’s Oct. 31 opinion put Notre Dame on notice that his office considers NDSP a public law enforcement agency after ESPN and the South Bend Tribune filed complaints against the department.“The Notre Dame law enforcement agency is clearly operating under the color of the law, enforcing Indiana criminal code and not mere campus policy or disciplinary procedures,” he wrote. “They also have the authority to police the surrounding community. They even have a 911 dispatch.“If a law enforcement agency has police powers, then they should be subject to the typical scrutiny given to traditional police forces.”Britt’s opinion was based on the premise that police powers come from the state and “do not spring forth organically.”“This may be inconsistent with previous Public Access Counselors’ opinions but I do not believe it is inconsistent with the spirit of the Access to Public Records Act,” he wrote. “… The ultimate test is from where their power is derived. The police forced is established by the governing body of a private institution, but their powers are not inherent nor are they derived from Notre Dame University.“I am not comfortable saying an organization can hide behind the cloak of secrecy when they have the power to arrest and create criminal records and exercise the State’s police powers.”In his October opinion, Britt said NDSP had been operating under prior public access counselors’ opinions and therefore couldn’t be held instantly accountable for its response to Lavigne’s original request. However, in his Jan. 5 opinion responding to Lavigne’s later complaint, he wrote that now that the University was on notice that they were considered a public law agency, his “expectation is that they release records accordingly and comply fully with the Access to Public Records Act.”“The reversal of course was not taken lightly or without regard to the impact on private university police forces,” Britt wrote. “It is the Opinion of the Public Access Counselor that if the Notre Dame Security Police Department has documentation regarding any suspected crimes, accidents or complaints involving the individuals named in your request and has not released that particular documetation, then they hae violated the Access to Public Records Act.”According to the Tribune, ESPN is asking the court to order Notre Dame to release the requested records for inspection and copying and to order NDSP to pay a civil penalty and court fees. No hearing date has been set yet.Tags: ESPN, lawsuit, NDSP, police reports, public access, St. Joseph County Superior Courtlast_img read more

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Graduate students request dental coverage

first_imgKeri O’Mara The Office of Student Affairs will hold a public meeting Tuesday to discuss the possibility of reinstating a dental insurance plan for graduate students, in response to a student petition on the issue.The petition, submitted in January, asked the University to reinstate dental coverage after Aetna, the company that provides student health insurance through Notre Dame, removed the option of a dental plan for graduate students after the 2012-2013 academic year and replaced it with a discount card.All Notre Dame graduate students are required to have health insurance, and students are automatically enrolled in a school-sponsored insurance program unless they opt out, according to the University Health Services website. But to receive dental coverage specifically, students had to sign up and pay a separate fee, according to Sean Phillips, the health chair of the Graduate Student Union (GSU).Phillips said Aetna dropped the option for dental coverage in 2013 due to low enrollment.“A lot of students just didn’t pay into it, and just as any insurance mathematically works, if you don’t have people paying into the program, it doesn’t become viable,” he said. “On top of that, the benefits of the program weren’t necessarily what students were looking for.”Bry Martin, president of the Union of Graduate Historians (UGH), said he created the petition after seeing a discussion on the organization’s Facebook group about the lack of dental coverage. He said the purpose of the petition was to show that students are interested in a dental plan.“It just seemed like I was hearing back from a number of students that said they wanted [a dental plan], and at that point it just didn’t ring true to me that there wasn’t demand,” Martin said.The online petition, which was signed by 133 students, argues that low enrollment “reflected not apathy, but lack of awareness.” The petition asks the University to reinstate an optional dental plan through Aetna or another company and suggests University Health Services (UHS), UGH and graduate programs work together to inform students about such a plan.After the petition was submitted to the University in January, the Office of Student Affairs, which oversees UHS, convened a working group to review options for the reinstatement of a dental plan. The group will submit a recommendation to the University Provost Tom Burish and Vice President of Student Affairs Erin Hoffmann-Harding.University officials are unavailable for comment until after Tuesday’s meeting.Instead of a full dental insurance plan, Aetna currently offers a discount card for teeth cleanings and other services. According to a brochure for the program, the card costs $25 and generally covers 15 to 50 percent of the cost of dental services, depending on the type of service and the provider. Martin said the card is not enough for students who need dental care beyond cleanings.“Students end up having actual health issues with their teeth, and the current dental plan will shave off a little bit of the cost, but it isn’t a true insurance policy,” he said.Adam Duker, a history Ph.D. candidate, said he found out the dental plan had been dropped when he tried to renew his insurance ahead of a scheduled wisdom teeth removal.“At the end of the day I had to pay $2,500 out of pocket to have my wisdom teeth removed,” Duker said. “At the time, the graduate stipends were $18,500. Now they’re a little more. But that means that you’re paying 12 percent of your yearly salary for a simple dental procedure that up until then had been completely covered or largely covered by the dental plan, which neither the University nor Aetna provided us any notice whatsoever that it was being dropped.”Duker said he tried to advocate for a reinstated plan through the GSU over the next two years, and he participated in the discussion on the UGH Facebook page that led to the petition.“We’re asking for a plan that we will pay for, that won’t cost the University anything, to organize as a group, to share risk,” Duker said. ” … openly, what we’re really asking is that our teeth don’t fall out of our heads over a period of [5 to 9] years of graduate school,” he said.The petition suggests Columbia University as an example of a workable dental insurance plan. Columbia’s optional student dental plan, which is also offered through Aetna, has an annual premium of $296 for a single student and a copay of $5 for most basic services, according to Aetna’s website.“Columbia to me was the case study of somebody who has a similar — in fact, the exact same insurance provider and yet has these benefits,” Martin said. “It goes to show, this could be done and is done.”Martin said the goal of the petition is to get the University to explore options for providing dental insurance.“This is something that is ultimately going to be on the graduate students’ shoulders,” Martin said. “If they want this sort of optional dental insurance plan, they’re going to have to sign up for it, and if that doesn’t happen, then the plan will fail and it’ll go back to the current position. … Part of it is getting word out to them so they can make that decision, and if they decide that that’s not working for them, that’s fine.”The public meeting will take place Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the 3rd floor conference room of St. Liam Hall.Tags: Aetna, Dental insurance, Graduate Student Union, petition, Student Affairs, Union of Graduate Historians, University Health Serviceslast_img read more

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University welcomes transfer students

first_imgTransferring to Notre Dame was something of a no-brainer for incoming sophomore Marissa Koscielski, who had grown up Granger, Indiana, only 20 minutes away from campus.“For as long as I can remember, I have gotten butterflies in my stomach when I stepped onto campus,” Koscielski said.When Koscielski wasn’t offered admission to Notre Dame her senior year of high school, she knew her attempts to become part of the University family were far from finished. She, like many other students, decided to apply to transfer in the fall semester of her sophomore year.According to Erin Camilleri, associate director of Undergraduate Admissions, 25 percent of the 640 students who applied to transfer to Notre Dame this past year were admitted. One hundred and twenty-nine have enrolled, resulting in a 79 percent yield rate, with students from across the country and around the world.Fifty-six percent of incoming transfers are male and 44 percent are female, and most transfer students ranked within the top 10 percent of their high school class, Camilleri said.“I’m always impressed with the students who choose to transfer to Notre Dame,” Camilleri said. “So many bring a passion and enthusiasm for all that Notre Dame offers, and they take full advantage of their time here, including study abroad, research, internships, as well as countless clubs and organizations.  Their paths may vary, but they all lead to the same place, home to ND.”Koscielski transferred into the University through the Gateway Program, a program in which students enroll at Holy Cross College for their freshman year and are guaranteed admission into Notre Dame for their sophomore year as long as they maintain a 3.5 grade point average. While at Holy Cross, Gateway students take some classes at Notre Dame as well as participate in clubs, research and various activities, easing their transition to full-time Notre Dame students.“The Gateway program is a really exciting program because all of the students have all the benefits of a four-year Notre Dame experience,” Koscielski said.Nicholas Pittman took part in the Gateway Program alongside Koscielski.“I transferred because that was the plan from the beginning,” Pittman said. “I had wanted to attend Notre Dame for quite some time, and after not being pulled off of the wait list my senior year, I knew this program would be the best way to do so. Spending a great deal of time on campus and across the street freshman year only solidified that desire.”Gateway students were chosen from his or her undergraduate applications to the University, eliminating any need for additional applications their freshman year at Holy Cross.“I cannot find words to accurately articulate my excitement for this coming year,” Koscielski said. “I am very grateful for all of the connections, experiences and opportunities I have gained over this past year, and I am excited for all of the ones that are to come.”Patrick Tinsley, who transferred into Notre Dame as a rising sophomore and graduate of the Gateway Program, now serves as a co-commissioner of Transfer Welcome Weekend.“I thought the process of transferring to ND was rather seamless,” Tinsley said. “The transfer leaders were exemplary when it came to representing the ND spirit.“We were sorted into families — groups of six to eight transfers with two ‘transfer parents,’ whom had both transferred previously. This grouping made for instant friends.”Tinsley plans to use his past experiences assimilating into Notre Dame to help incoming transfers have an easier transition.“Transfers are sometimes put in a delicate situation,” Tinsley said. “For some, it took time to take pride in being a transfer. However, after the first weeks, we realized we are just like any other student. We are beyond determined to make up for lost time and frequently best our friends in terms of school spirit, energy, and excitement.”Koscielski echoed Tinsley’s sentiment.“Essentially, I know that I am called to Notre Dame,” she said. “When I was given the opportunity to study here, I understood that it was a grand opportunity to study four years at a wonderful university.”Tags: Transfer welcome weekend, Transfer-Olast_img read more

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Professors and students discuss importance of protests

first_imgThe last ten years have seen a surge of protest both on the left of the political spectrum, mostly in reaction to President Donald Trump’s policies, and on the right, with the Tea Party Movement. This spirit of protest has bled over into Notre Dame’s campus with student groups engaging in demonstrations this semester on campus and in Washington, D.C. Tuesday evening in the Geddes Hall Coffee House, associate professors of sociology Kraig Beyerlein and Ann Mische and two student activists, Sarah Drumm, the secretary of the Right to Life club, and Jessica Pedroza from We Stand For, discussed the power of demonstration as a part of ND Votes’ Pizza, Pop and Politics Series.Beyerlein argued that protest is central to all democracies.“Protest and democracy go together like America and apple pie,” he said. “Protest flourished in American democracy — the women’s suffrage movement, textile workers protest … the civil rights movement of the 1960s.”Beyerlin also commented upon the recent surge in protests in the United States.“This recent wave of protests has the largest number of participants that at least we have records of, in American history,” he said. “The idea is that protest size signals to elected officials that a majority of citizens are behind a protest and the cause of the protest.”Mische added that this wave of protests was also a global phenomenon.“In the years since [the global financial crisis] protests have erupted across the world, austerity protests in Greece, protest relates to Israel’s occupation [of Palestine],” she said.According to Mische, protest is not just necessary to creating democracies, as seen with the Boston Tea Party and the Storming of the Bastille in Revolutionary France, but is also crucial in solidifying these democracies.“The expansion of democracy has depended on protests of various sorts — they contribute to democratic accountability,” she said. “Once you have a democracy it’s not set, regimes can become more or less democratic over time.”After the professors spoke, the student activists detailed their movements and reasons for protesting.Drumm began by discussing the ideals that drive Right to Life.“We exist as a club because we believe all life has innate worth. However society has the tendency to label some lives as not worth living — we see it as our duty to change this mindset,” she said. “As a club we stand for the most vulnerable in society. This includes refugees, the young mother, the unborn child, the mentally disabled, the elderly and those who, in many circumstances, might not be able to demonstrate for themselves.”Drumm stressed the importance of the March for Life, which the club participates in every year in Washington, D.C., in getting the club’s message across.“It has been one of the most effective ways for us to get our message across,” she said. “This year alone we were interviewed for four newspapers, one of them being the New York Times, and ever since coming back to campus there’s been a viewpoint in The Observer talking about our club or if you’re pro-life and pro-choice.”Pedroza then discussed the structure of We Stand For.“We Stand For is a coalition of a large group of people who have many different ideas and stand for social justice,” she said.This coalition, which was founded after President Trump’s election, gave students a way to speak out against what they saw as unjust. “One of the reasons why I demonstrated … it was a way to place my anger and frustration in a constructive way,” Pedroza said. “I think demonstrating gives people a chance to come together. As people who care about issues we can communicate with each other and organize.” Tags: Pizza, Pop and Politics, protest, Right to Life, We Stand Forlast_img read more

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Student Recruitment Coordinators create memorable experiences for prospective students on Reilly Spring Visit

first_imgMeenu Selvan The Student Recruitment Coordinators posed for a photo on the football field. These students all attended the Reilly Spring Visit in the past, and they planned the events for this year’s visit.Sophomore Yanik Ariste was a student host, and she emphasized the importance of the weekend to the students invited for the program.“It’s a paid opportunity so students that may not be able to visit otherwise from far places or low-income students can come and explore campus and see what Notre Dame is all about.”Many of the current students involved in Reilly attended the visit themselves and spoke to the positive impact it had on them ultimately choosing Notre Dame.“[The Reilly Spring Visit] was one of the main reasons I decided to come to the school,” Selvan said. Patidar echoed Selvan, and said he would not have chosen the University without the program.“I came here for the [Reilly] program and it wasn’t even the events specifically, it was the people,” Patidar said. “It was the atmosphere, it was seeing this place in person that brought me here.” The events that the Student Recruitment Coordinators planned were aimed at bringing the students closer to one another, giving them the chance to get to know their potential future classmates. The four-day visit commenced with campus tours and a welcome dinner on Thursday, followed by a breakfast and presentations by various colleges on Friday.The itinerary on Friday also included a student panel featuring representatives from different student organizations.“Hopefully the student panel will be able to answer questions that they have honestly without the admissions counselors in the room,” Selvan said. “This is their one-on-one time with us.”  Meenu Selvan Students from various campus organizations held a panel to answer questions on Friday of the Reilly Spring Visit.In addition to the academic and extracurricular aspects of college life, the students were also immersed in the social scene on campus through the hosting system and social activities.“I know the Reilly staff made sure they met a lot of people over the weekend by having different student groups for different activities,” Ariste said in an email. “It worked! Within a couple of hours of being here, the Reilly students were already getting close, making breakfast plans and more.”On Saturday, one of the closing activities was a talent show where the prospective students had the opportunity to perform, which is a long-standing tradition.“This year they’re going to get the band, Africana dance and Humor Artists to perform to kickstart the event. That will hopefully motivate some of the students to go up there,” Selvan said. In addition to these fun events, spiritual experiences are also incorporated to emphasize Notre Dame’s religious identity.“I’ve always been a spiritual person, so when I came here during Reilly I went to mass in Morrissey and it was the best experience of my life. I didn’t realize how invested students were in mass,” Selvan said. To conclude the visit, the coordinators and the prospective students all visit the Grotto together and each of the coordinators tells a candid story about why this place is special to them. Prospective Notre Dame students traveled from far and wide to visit campus this weekend for the Reilly Spring Visit Program. A select group of students were given the opportunity to explore various aspects of campus life free of charge in an immersion program, and current students played a significant role in the planning of the weekend’s events. Junior Noble Patidar and sophomore Meenu Selvan were two of the Student Recruitment Coordinators that helped organize the event this year.“The Reilly Spring Visit is a program run by Notre Dame undergraduate admissions that brings high school seniors of low socioeconomic status and minority backgrounds to campus. These are exceptional kids,” Patidar said. “These are my favorite weekends of the year.” Selvan said the weekend exists to allow prospective students to fully experience Notre Dame.“Our job [as Student Recruitment Coordinators] is to create programs or events to entertain the prospective students and show them what it’s actually like to be involved in this campus,” Selvan said. “We show them the resources, the opportunities and the spaces where they can do what they love to do.”center_img Meenu Selvan Prospective students took a trip to the Grotto on their final night on campus. The Student Recruitment Coordinators shared why Notre Dame is important to them to close out the visit.The Reilly Spring Visit holds a special place in the hearts of the Student Recruitment Coordinators, and this passion manifested itself throughout the weekend, Patidar said.“These kids only have three days here,” Patidar said. “The way you get them to ask the most delicate questions is developing that trust as quickly as possible. When they start asking those questions, you get the best results in that they see Notre Dame the way we do.”Tags: Prospective Students, Reilly Spring Visit, Student Recruitment Coordinatorslast_img read more

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Young Adult Male Contracts COVID-19, Brings Chautauqua County Total To 54

first_imgJAMESTOWN – One new case of COVID-19 was reported on Tuesday in Chautauqua County.Officials during their 4 p.m. daily update reported the case involves a young adult male.There is now a total of 54 confirmed cases, with 13 active.As of yesterday, two people recovered from COVID-19, bringing the recovery total to 37. A total of 225 people are under quarantine and/or isolation orders by the Public Health Director and being monitored. Not all of those being monitored are confirmed to have COVID-19, but officials say, have either shown symptoms, are awaiting results, or have risk factors.Related | Executive Urges People To Follow Social Distancing During Reopening 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

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What’s Open Under Phase Four

first_imgShare: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) A small business owner places an open sign in his window. Photo: USAFJAMESTOWN – Western New York officially entered phase four of reopening today, giving the green light for several area businesses and organizations to get back to work.Included in the final phase of reopening is indoor religious gatherings of up to 33 percent occupancy and social gatherings of up to 50 people.Higher Education such as community and junior colleges, universities, graduate schools, medical schools and technical schools are also able to reopen.“Low-risk” outdoor arts and entertainment such zoos, gardens and historic sites, as well as indoor arts and entertainment, such as indoor museums, historical sites, and aquariums are also able to resume operations. However, some services like gyms, shopping malls, and movie theatres will not open under immediately under the phase.“This is great news for our region and Chautauqua County,” said PJ Wendel, Chautauqua County Executive. “This shows we have continued to do our part to limit the spread of the disease. I am hopeful that other industries that were not able to open would get the guidance to open safely and responsibly.”Before phase four businesses reopen, they are required to fill out a safety plan which is posted at forward.ny.gov. Documentation includes summary guidelines for employers and employees; detailed guidelines, which contain a business affirmation component; and a business safety plan template, which must be completed and posted at the premises.Businesses with questions about the guidance and reopening are asked to contact the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency at (716) 661-8900.last_img read more

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