Saint Mary’s offers new abroad programs

first_imgSaint Mary’s joined forces with four other Holy Cross colleges this summer to create the Holy Cross Global Education Consortium (HCGEC), which will enable the College to broaden its study abroad programs. Elaine Meyer-Lee, director of the College’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership, said the consortium will increase study-abroad opportunities for students.   “It’s really the wave of the future how smaller schools, like us, can provide more quality options for our school and the resources that our faculty have,” Meyer-Lee said. The colleges in HCGEC include Holy Cross, Kings College in Pennsylvania, Stone Hill College in Massachusetts and Saint Edwards in Texas, Meyer-Lee said. In addition to the eight summer-study programs Saint Mary’s currently offers, Belles can now spend the summer studying in Peru, East Africa, or Spain and Morocco through Kings College. Meyer-Lee said the consortium enables Belles to study abroad in programs the College would not have been able to fill by itself. “And the Holy Cross family is just a very natural one that our students and [faculty] value,” Meyer-Lee said. “It’s kind of a formalizing of that relationship.” Saint Mary’s evaluated each program put forward by Kings College to make sure the options would fit students’ expectations and to prevent overlap among programs, Meyer-Lee said. “[They] didn’t overlap too much with what we already have and [provided] something sort of unique that would be attractive, so that’s in general why we opted into all three,” she said. The summer programs provide another option to students who have difficulty fitting semester-long programs into their major requirements, Meyer-Lee said. Some students who think they aren’t ready to go abroad for a whole semester also opt for the shorter summer programs, she said. “For some people, they do one of these at the beginning after their first year of study when they are kind of not sure yet, and often then they do find a way to spend a whole semester abroad because they get a taste of it and find it very compelling,” Meyer-Lee said. Saint Mary’s faculty members will be part of the teaching staff in the Peru and East Africa programs through Kings College, Meyer-Lee said. She said these faculty members can then bring this new knowledge back to their classrooms. “A wonderful value of the summer programs is that the faculties get to go, which then keeps them engaged internationally and able to bring those global perspectives to all the classes they teach,” Meyer-Lee said. Meyer-Lee said the consortium aligns with Saint Mary’s mission by encouraging assessment and understanding of the challenges of the contemporary world that Saint Mary’s women face. “Our mission within Saint Mary’s is to foster international competence, which is critical to empowering women, and to make a difference in the world,” Meyer-Lee said. “All of [the summer study-abroad programs] do that in one way or another. Contact Alex Winegar at awineg01@saintmarys.edulast_img read more

Digital Week offers lectures, workshops

first_imgEric Richelsen Showcasing the newest innovations in educational technology and their applications in the classroom, the second annual Digital Week begins Tuesday. The week includes a wide variety of lectures and workshops and is sponsored by the the Office of Digital Learning, the Hesburgh Libraries Center for Digital Scholarship, the Center for Research Computing and the Office of Information Technology’s Teaching and Learning Technologies unit.Elliott Visconsi, associate professor of English and chief academic digital officer, said Digital Week is an important program for both the Notre Dame community and the general public.“The concept of Digital Week is to involve not only faculty and students, but also the public in welcoming interactive workshops, programs and talks,” Visconsi said.Although Digital Week focuses on newly developed technologies, Visconsi said that the subject matter is accessible for everyone.“The whole idea is to lower the barriers to entry so that everybody feels welcomed, so that there’s something for everybody, so that there’s opportunities whether you’re frightened by technology or are an early adopter and can’t wait to be teaching with holograms, and everywhere in between,” Visconsi said.Peggy Rowland, senior director of Teaching and Learning Technologies, said Digital Week offers an excellent opportunity to learn about the intersection of technology and the University’s educational mission.“The Teaching and Learning team will present ideas for designing and redesigning courses, screen capture to support student learning, showcase mobile apps, some [of] which have been developed by our students and we will also show how to enhance classes with digital media,” Rowland said.According to Rowland, the events of Digital Week have important implications for possible future programs and initiatives on campus.“Faculty presentations and keynote addresses will stimulate future strategic directions we take in providing the environment and tools in the classroom and in any space that learning takes place,” Rowland said.Tracy Bergstrom, co-director of the Hesburgh Libraries’ Digital Initiatives and Scholarship Program, said many of the events on Wednesday and Thursday will be housed in the Center for Digital Scholarship and will emphasize geographic information systems and the digital humanities.Digital Week will include four major keynotes: “Robot Ethics” by philosophy professor Don Howard on Monday, “Newsroom Ethics” by Tim Wallace of The New York Times on Tuesday,“Back to the Future: Philology in a Digital Age” by Martin Mueller, professor emeritus of English and classics at Northwestern University, and “Evidence-Based Approaches to Curriculum Reform and Assessment” by Melanie Cooper, professor of science education at Michigan State University.While much of the programming addresses developments happening on campus, Visconsi said the scope of Digital Week extends beyond the University.“The goal is to share what’s going on at Notre Dame but also to learn what’s happening beyond Notre Dame,” Visconsi said.Tags: Digital Week, Hesburgh Libraries, OITlast_img read more

Glee Club joins up with the Symphony Orchestra for Christmas concert

first_imgThe Notre Dame Glee Club and Symphony Orchestra will join forces for a festive performance of beloved Christmas songs, both old and new this Saturday at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. All proceeds will benefit the South Bend Center for the Homeless and the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, according to the Debartolo Performing Arts Center’s website.Glee Club and Symphony Orchestra director Daniel Stowe said the show will feature a wide variety of Christmas music.“It’s kind of a potpourri concert that will be some music for orchestra alone, principally collections from the Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky, and then a good many pieces from the Glee Club alone ranging from renaissance songs to popular Christmas carols and other popular selections and then there will be some pieces together,” he said. “We’ll also have a couple arrangements of traditional carols that were arrangements for the Glee Club and orchestra together.”This joint concert is a break from the the traditional types of performances for both groups, Stowe said.“Traditionally, our Glee Club Christmas Concert [is] just the Glee Club alone,” he said. “But this year as part of our Glee Club centennial, I invited the orchestra to perform.”Freshman Glee Club member Austin Klein said staging such a concert provides unique challenges for the both the Glee Club and the Orchestra.  “The challenges will come from moving pieces of the performance,” Klein said. “There’s the acoustic challenge of being so far separated, being so distant from the director and each other. We’re going to have to focus really hard to make sure that we watch the director to make sure we don’t get off tempo.”For members of the orchestra, the largest challenges are associated with the getting the dynamics of their performance correct, freshman orchestra member Brian Quigley said.“We have to be aware of when their part is more important than ours, and when ours is more important than their’s,” he said.Another freshman orchestra member, Jessica Hardey, agreed.  “Getting balance within the orchestra and the choir is most important,” she said. “Oftentimes the orchestra is too loud and you can’t hear the choir, or the band instruments, horns and such, will be too loud and overpower the orchestra.”Despite the challenges, members of both groups said they are confident the concert will be a success.“Director Stowe knows really well how to coordinate us and how to make our pieces fit together,” Quigley said. “My favorite part of the orchestra is his energy in directing and sharing this with the Glee Club and having it be coordinated so well because he directs both of us is exciting.”Members of both groups are also excited to perform newly arranged pieces of music.“We’re playing a really fun version of ‘Sleigh Ride,’ Hardey said. “It’s pretty jazzy, and it has some great instrumental parts. And as a cellist it has some really fun jazzy cello parts and It’s pretty much everyone’s favorite and everyone gets really excited about it.”Stowe encouraged all who could to come the performance, which will highlight the talents of both groups.“It’s a great showcase for some of the most talented students on campus,”  Stowe said. “It will be a festive event and it’ll get people in the Christmas spirit and it’ll be a nice study break as final exams approach.”Tags: Glee Club, Glee Club Christmas Concert, Notre Dame Symphony Orchestralast_img read more

Author Junot Díaz highlights the importance of writing

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz spoke Monday at the 2016 Notre Dame Literary Festival as the featured author speaker.Díaz said he tries to accomplish three goals when speaking to an audience. “One: defense of the arts. Two: create the space for conversations about the kind of themes the books themselves engage in. Three: modeling the kind of writer that one is,” he said. “You never know if anything actually works. … You just have to have a lot of faith.”As an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, Díaz said wanting to become a writer was a “strange thing” to his family. “I wouldn’t say they were encouraging,” he said. “I also wouldn’t say they were discouraging. It was so off-the-map … to present to your parents that you wanted to be an artist. It wasn’t something even to be had.“It was far harder in those days, in my mind, that in the imminently practical immigrant world that you would pursue something as impractical as being a writer. I thought it was going to be difficult for me, but these days, I’ve discovered the young people I work with are under even more pressure to earn out.”  Díaz’s books, including Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” and National Book Award finalist “This Is How You Lose Her” draw on his experience as a Dominican immigrant.  “For me, it became a matter of life or death if I could find a way to present the complexity of my community, as an artist, as a writer,” he said. “If only because, by highlighting that complexity, I could start to make some sort of sense.” According to Díaz, people of color tend to have an “internalized oppression” because of the white-dominated society they live in — a problem he frequently explores in his writing. He said these negative feelings toward the self must be confronted.“More important than anything is to begin an internal discussion, to begin to make space in your life for you to raise questions about what are the harmful assumptions that this society imposes on people that you yourself have absorbed,” Díaz said. “I always tell people a great way to maintain that conversation is to read, to write, to go see art that raises these kind of questions — make it a part of your life and a part of your practice and you’re much more likely to overcome it.”Díaz said he has mixed feelings about his work in spite of his success.“I’m pretty much a reluctant writer,” he said. “I’ve become very successful at something I’m ambivalent about. I think the jury is still out if this is going to be my life calling or not. It’s so strange to say. … I think that’s just my nature. I’ve always been kind of a questioner, been uncertain of things.” Tags: junot diaz, notre dame literary festival, SUB, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao read more

Exhibit explores early American Catholicism

first_imgThe new Catholic American exhibit in the Rare Books and Special Collections section of Hesburgh Library tells the story of early American Catholics trying to find a place in both the American and global communities. The exhibit, titled “Preserving the Steadfastness of Your Faith: Catholics in the Early American Republic,” was curated by Rachel Bohlmann, American history librarian, and Jean McManus, associate librarian, who began the project in the fall of 2015.“We started this project with a question about what kinds of materials we had in the collection about Catholics in the early period of the United States’ history,” Bohlmann said.The final result is an exploration of the connections between Catholics and other Americans, and American-Catholics and Europeans. “It’s a really interesting sense of how ideas are circulating around the transatlantic community,” Bohlmann said.While some parts of the exhibit — such as the maps of Catholic and Protestant paper distributions — show the spread of Catholicism in the U.S., other parts — such as the “Flying Pamphlets” section — highlight the transatlantic communication between Catholics in America and Europe, which brought new ideas to both sides. “The Catholic world is bigger than the boundaries of the United States because of this influx of ideas,” McManus said.Pieces in the exhibit include some of the first Catholic Bibles printed in the U.S. by Mathew Carey; Elizabeth Ann Seton’s copy of “The Imitation of Christ;” and materials from John Carroll, the first bishop of the U.S., and Simon Brute, the first bishop of Indiana.The exhibit takes the viewer from the 1780s to the early 1840s. The end of the exhibit coincides with the founding of Notre Dame, 175 years ago, in 1842. The exhibit will remain open until August, when members of the Notre Dame community will recreate Fr. Sorin’s walk from Vincennes to South Bend. Providing background to Father Sorin’s story, the pieces shown highlight Catholic relations and ideas in America during a period of history that Bohlmann called “complicated” and “interesting.”“On the one hand, people like John Carroll are trying to say there’s something particularly American about Catholicism here,” Bohlmann said. “At the same time, there’s all these transatlantic ties with books, with literature.”  Tags: Catholicism, Hesburgh Library, Rare Books and Special Collectionslast_img read more

Alumni bring Philly Pretzel Factory to South Bend

first_imgThe first time 1996 Notre Dame graduate Mark Naman tasted a real Philadelphia pretzel, he was living in New Jersey with his wife, Maryse, a member of the Saint Mary’s class of 1996. It was, in a word, “phantastic.” That’s the experience they’re aiming to bring to the South Bend community with the Philly Pretzel Factory, Mark Naman said.“You get the pretzel hot out of the oven, and it’s a different experience,” he said. “It’s the first time people have access to a pretzel right out of the oven. … It’s really phenomenal.”This June, the Namans opened the first Indiana location of the Philly Pretzel Factory on South Bend Avenue, across from The Linebacker. They view this exciting opportunity as a chance to share a product that they are passionate about with the South Bend community.To celebrate the recent opening, the Namans are holding a grand opening celebration, which includes a ribbon cutting ceremony and a raffle for two Notre Dame football tickets Friday, as well as free pretzel giveaways for all customers Friday and Saturday, Mark Naman said.“It’s a great opportunity to come try the product,” he said. “We mix the dough fresh every morning, put it in this machine that strings it out for us and then we twist them ourselves.”Students who hail from the east coast might recognize the Philly Pretzel Factory, Tom Monaghan, chief development officer of Philly Pretzel Factory, said. He said he hopes the pretzels can bring a little taste of home to students while remaining well within their budgets.“It’s bringing a little bit of comfort food from home that many are familiar with — not only pretzels, but also Philly cheesesteaks,” Monaghan said.Maryse Naman agreed and said she wishes a store of this kind was open when she was attending Saint Mary’s.The low prices of the hand-made and hand-twisted pretzels — which can be paid for using Domer Dollars — make them a perfect snack for a college student on the go, Mark Naman said. An employee on a lunch break or a student on his or her way to class, he said, can be in and out of the store with a freshly-made lunch in five minutes.Beside the classic pretzels — which are made fresh daily with high-protein malted-barley flour — the franchise offers specialty items such as cinnamon pretzel twists, mini pretzels, pretzel dogs, cheesesteak pretzels and a variety of mustards, most of which are available in party trays. They recently launched a new party tray of “mini dogs” — pigs in a blanket — which the Namans hope will be a big hit during tailgate season.During football season, the store plans to open early on home game days and close well after the games end.“We also felt that we might get some of the student body involved — whether it’s working here or in terms of fundraising,” Maryse Naman said.The fundraising program will give clubs, teams or dorms the chance to buy a large quantity of pretzels at an extremely low cost for resale, Mark Naman said. Additionally, the store will provide the first 100 pretzels free of charge.“We are going to look to start engaging with clubs and student activities,” Mark Naman said.  “I remember from my time at Notre Dame, I was in a few different clubs and we were all trying to find ways to raise money.”To the Namans, Philly Pretzel Factory serves as more than just a food service. They plan to be engaged in the community through charitable organizations, local businesses, schools and universities, Mark Naman said.“What we liked about the business — and why we decided to stay here after leaving Notre Dame — was that we like the community,” he said. “The student community and the local community makes it a fantastic place just to live, and we want to stay engaged with that. … We won’t just be staying in [the store], we’ll get to go out and be a part of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s and the local Michiana community — the churches, the businesses and the schools.”Monaghan and the Namans are all looking forward to giving South Bend the real Philly pretzel experience, Monaghan said.“We couldn’t be more proud to have a franchise with an ND alum,” he said.Tags: Alumni, Philly Pretzel Factory, South Bend communitylast_img read more

Interhall athletes reflect on football culture, dorm sports

first_imgWith the Notre Dame’s football season well under way, the campus’ 30 dorms are preparing for seasons of their own as the first of intramural games took place this past Sunday.Junior S.J. Arnone played football in high school and has played on Dillon’s interhall team for the past two years, now serving as the team’s captain. He said the sport is an important way for him to show not only his love for Notre Dame, but also for his hall.“Football is unique in the sense that it’s a sport you have to play with pride and with passion. You need something to be passionate about, to juice you up for the game,” Arnone said. “I think Notre Dame is a school that has not only school pride — we’re very passionate about Notre Dame and that’s why we love the football team so much — but we also have a lot of dorm pride. I think that’s what makes interhall football so great, that dorm pride.”In addition to creating a sense of dorm pride, interhall football has strengthened his feeling of community within the dorm, Arnone said.“It’s been pretty influential in making friends,” he said. “It’s allowed me to connect with some older guys. When I was a freshman, it was kind of hard for me to get to know seniors because they were all off campus, but through interhall, I’d be seeing those guys two to three times a week. And even now that I’m older, I get to connect with the younger guys more. It definitely shaped the friends that I made in the grades above and below me.”Building friendships aside, one of Arnone’s main goals as captain is retaining last year’s championship title.“We’re looking to repeat, for sure,” he said. “We won the championship last year, so obviously our minds are thinking about getting back there, but I think we’ve just got to take it game by game.”To keep their title, they’ll have to beat Duncan, whose team has been runner up for the past two years. Duncan’s captain, junior Kyle Tomshack, is hopeful about his team this year.“We’ve had pretty good experiences so far,” he said. “The past two years we’ve lost by a combined three points, so maybe this year will be the year.”Tomshack said he thinks the sport is a great way to not only build community within the dorm, but with other dorms as well.“It’s such a cool thing that Notre Dame does, being, I think, the only college now that has tackle football for intramurals. It’s a really big deal that Notre Dame still allows us to do this. For a lot of guys who grew up playing football, it’s a way to keep on playing the game they love,” he said. “It’s also a really cool way for the dorms to be competitive with each other. There are guys in other dorms that I would not know because we play against them every single week.”Sophomore Maria Ritten, captain of Pasquerilla West’s interhall B-team, said she thinks the interhall teams are a great combination of the student body’s love of school and love of dorm.“I think it says something about the people here,” she said. “Everyone’s super competitive, but everyone also loves the football culture and loves their dorms, and I really think interhall football fosters that dorm community. Some of my closest friends I became friends with through flag football.”Playing interhall has given Ritten a deeper appreciation for the sport that is so important at Notre Dame, she said.“I think because Notre Dame is such a football school, a lot of us go in having these preconceptions about what football is. To all of us, we love going to games on Saturday, obviously, but I had never really played prior to playing interhall. Now that I play, I kind of get it,” she said. “I can’t even imagine playing actual football. I have a newfound respect for every football player.”Senior Belin Mirabile said playing football has also helped her relate to the sport in a deeper way. She is captain of last year’s champion McGlinn Hall, and is hoping to bring home another championship for her fourth and final year of interhall.“I actually think it kind of like humanizes the football players,” she said. “A lot of them are coaches for the interhall teams. We have three varsity football players who help coach our team, Chris Schilling, Arion Shinaver and Chase Claypool. It’s really cool — them coming to practice and trying to help teach fundamentals. I think getting a chance to play that sport that everyone loves so much on this campus is a cool opportunity, especially last year when we got to be in the stadium, that’s an awesome [opportunity], and just knowing what that’s like definitely added to my Notre Dame experience.”Tags: Dillon Hall, Duncan Hall, flag football, Interhall Football, McGlinn Hall, Pasquerilla Westlast_img read more

Health Minute: Tips To Practice Good Hygiene To Prevent Illness

first_imgPhoto: USAF / Corey Hook 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) JAMESTOWN – With the number of Coronavirus cases escalating nationwide, many people are worried about protecting themselves and their families from the disease.Short of total isolation, good hygiene remains the most effective way to mitigate the spread of illness. This means regularly washing hands and disinfecting common areas in the home.Experts recommend people wash hands with soap and water, scrubbing for a minimum of 20 seconds before rinsing them off. If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60-percent alcohol.Hands should be washed often, but especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Using the restroom, eating or preparing food and any contact with animals. People should also avoid touching their face. Properly disinfecting your home and car is another way to combat the spread of illness.High-traffic areas should be regularly cleaned, think kitchen counters, tables, light switches, bathrooms, doorknobs, handles and steering wheels. Use disposable gloves while disinfecting and discard them after use. Any surfaces that are visibly dirty should be washed with soap and water before disinfecting.EPA registered products containing at least 70-percent alcohol should be effective for solid surfaces.But what about laundry? Dirty clothes and linens should be cleaned using the hottest water possible, based on manufacturers’ recommendations and dried completely.Clothes hampers should be disinfected, and again hands should be washed after handling dirty laundry.And don’t forget about gadgets! Use alcohol wipes to clean phones, tablets and remote controls.Make sure to clean the entire device, front, back, sides, buttons and protective cases.last_img read more

Senator Borrello Co-Sponsors Legislation To Strengthen COVID-19 Privacy

first_imgNew York State Senator George Borrello. Image elements via NYS Senate.ALBANY – New York Senator George Borrello is co-sponsoring legislation that would help safeguard the privacy rights of affected individuals as regions around New York State ramp up their contact tracing capabilities to help contain and prevent new cases of COVID-19. Key provisions of the measure would establish criminal penalties for misuse of contact tracing data and protect individuals who are the subject of contact tracing efforts by requiring their explicit consent to utilize any digital tracing program.A fundamental disease control measure employed by local and state health departments for decades, contact tracing entails working with an infected patient to help them recall individuals they may have exposed to the illness. Public health staff then warn these exposed contacts and urge them to quarantine/isolate for 14 days to prevent wider exposure. Contact tracers employ a range of methods in their tracing efforts, from simple phone calls and in-person visits, to the use of sophisticated technologies that track the “digital footprint” of the patient.“As our state moves forward with reopening our economy and taking steps to prevent new COVID-19 infection spikes, contact tracing will be a core strategy for containing spread of the virus. This time-tested public health practice has been used to help contain infectious diseases for decades,” said Borrello. “Today there are an array of high-tech tools that contact tracers can use to track the movements and interactions of infected individuals, from smartphone apps to surveillance footage and GPS data. As helpful as these technologies can be, they also raise a host of privacy concerns. This legislation is intended to address those issues while recognizing the important role of contact tracing as a vital public health strategy in our continuing fight against this virus,” he added.A central provision of the measure would require that usage of any technology for the purpose of contact tracing would be voluntary and require an “opt-in” from the infected person. Users would also be able to revoke their consent at any time. The measure would also make the misuse or unauthorized dissemination of contact tracing data a class E felony as well as the unlawful use of a surveillance drone.“The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic and actions taken to control its spread have forced us to endure some unprecedented limits on our freedoms in the name of public health. However, affected individuals can and should be protected from the personal privacy violations that can result from intrusive tracing technologies as well as the misuse of tracing data. The controls and criminal sanctions in this bill offer those needed protections,” said Borrello. 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

Pennsylvania Woman Charged After Allegedly Driving Drunk

first_imgWNY News Now Stock Image.FRENCH CREEK – A Pennsylvania woman is facing DWI Leandra’s Law charges after allegedly driving drunk with a 10-year-old passenger.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says Latasha Myers, 38, of Erie, PA, was pulled over on Route 474 just after 1 a.m. on Monday for a traffic infraction.Through investigation, deputies allege Myers was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol with a 10-year-old in her car.Myers was taken into custody and charged with DWI, DWI per se, DWI Leandra’s Law, unlicensed operator and moved from lane unsafely. The 10-year-old, deputies say, was returned to family members in PA.Myers was transported to Chautauqua County Jail to be arraigned through the centralized arraignment process. 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