Learning through doing, is the goal of one of Saint Mary’s public communication courses. Saint Mary’s communication professor, Dr. Terri Russ and many public communication students were honored Tuesday with the Volunteer of the Year award from the Center for the Homeless in South Bend. The award honored students who devoted their time to teaching the Center’s guests the importance of public speech. The course, which has been offered for three semesters at the College, is not a typical lecture class. Instead, the students become the teacher and apply their learning to real world situations. Russ was the brain behind the idea of sending students into the South Bend community. She said she is a strong advocate of hands-on learning and wanted to develop something beyond the lecture-style used in the classroom. “I thought I would privilege the ‘public’ part of public communication and actually take the class into the public,” Russ said. She also wanted to prove to her students that youth does not restrict them from making a difference in the community. “We have an obligation as citizens to give to the community in any way we can,” she said, “As little as an hour a week can have a tremendous impact on the world.” The class is devoted to helping guests tell their own personal story by enhancing the guests’ communication skills. At the end of the semester, Russ said the class assembles a narrative of the guests’ stories, and the guests will present their own speech about their lives. Senior Katrina Mesina said she went into the class with her own personal aspirations. “Identity is such a big part of who a person is, and sometimes, that can be lost,” Mesina said. “We wanted to restore people’s self-images and we did so by working one on one with our guests to help them form [these] speeches about their lives.” The class worked with a number of different age groups including small children and mothers. Senior Emily Treat worked with Club PS, a club devoted to educating the children of the Center. Treat said it is important for children, not just adults, to learn public speaking skills. “Since they’re in their formative years and highly susceptible to growth and development, it is crucial that we not only teach them to express themselves, but serve as role models for success and help steer them in the right direction as well,” Treat said. Treat and others who worked with Club PS used games to help the kids warm up to the idea of public speech. Last session, they played “telephone,” demonstrating the difference between good and bad communication. Treat said the class has been a powerful experience for her and many other students because it has taught them they have the power to have a positive change on the community. “I’m learning that I can make a real difference in the quality of life for these children just by being there and showing them I care,” Treat said. “It’s amazing to me to see a child who’s in the lowest of spirits and refuses to participate slowly open up to us in a matter of a half hour.” Senior Anne Sofranko said the class helped her learn more about her relationship with common stereotypes. “This course really helps you see that you shouldn’t stereotype and judge other people because you never know where they have come from and what they have been through,” Sofranko said. Sofranko’s experience taught her about poverty, one of Russ’ goals for the class. “Poverty is a cycle and isn’t necessarily a reflection of the person. Societal pressures can also be to blame,” Russ said. Mesina said she will never doubt the role the class played in her life. “I learned a lot about the power of the human spirit. It can be broken down, but with patience, care, and support you can build it up again,” Mesina said, “The residents at the Center for the Homeless remind me ever day that there are prejudices in our world and if we do not take the time to look past them, we can miss out on relationships and experiences with wonderful people.” Russ said out of her entire career, her work with the public communications class made her the most proud.
Each day, masses take place in chapels all over campus, but in the Hammes Student Lounge Monday night students gathered to learn about Jewish prayer and history. On Monday night, Campus Ministry’s Prayer Around the World series hosted a rabbi from a South Bend temple to help students connect aspects of Jewish prayer to their own spiritual lives. Rabbi Eric J. Siroka of South Bend’s Temple Beth-El spoke about the role of the media in historical and contemporary Jewish prayer. “I wanted to look at the concept of media, which is anything having to do with communication,” Siroka said. “How do we go from an oral tradition to a written tradition to a printed tradition to a digital communication tradition and yet weave through the sacredness of a given religious tradition?” A frequent guest-lecturer at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s in the political science and theology departments, he has participated in the Prayer from Around the World series for six years. Coordinated through Campus Ministry, Prayer from Around the World provides a forum for members of the Notre Dame community to learn about and take part in different religious traditions. Siroka said that the Jewish tradition has always faced the challenge of how to incorporate new media in appropriate ways, and technology is just another point on the continuum. “No matter how we look at media, the communal worship experience is all about relationships,” he said. “It’s not about the material we use, it’s how we use it that becomes important.” Saint Mary’s College freshmen Hillary Burton and Lorena Mirmontes said they attended the talk as part of their Introduction to Religious Studies course, but were also personally intrigued by the opportunity to learn more about Judaism. Before taking the course, Burton said, she had never studied other religions besides her own, and feels that doing so helps to broaden her perspective. “It’s good to get an understanding of where other people are coming from in their faith,” Burton said. Mirmontes said she was eager to learn more about the faith of her Jewish friends and to gain deeper knowledge of other religions. “We’ve had so much exposure to our own faith,” Mirmontes said. “I think college is a good time to explore other beliefs and see how they are different and how they are similar to our own.” Priscilla Wong, associate director for Campus Ministry’s Cross-Cultural Ministry, organized the Prayer Around the World series. She said a graduate student first came to her with the idea for the series eight years ago. The student wanted a series of faith-related talks for the graduate student population, which contains a range of faith backgrounds, Wong said. Wong said Campus Ministry decided to focus the series on prayers from different religious traditions, making it more accessible to people of different faiths. “We thought it would be good to help people actually get a feel for what other people do in their faith, and the common thing that we share is prayer,” she said. She said another goal for the series is to help those who attend to develop spiritually within their own respective religions. “”I think that as we are exposed to something different, it helps us to appreciate what we do in our own tradition,” Wong said. “It’s up to each individual to grow from that experience.”
Fr. Paul V. Kollman, associate professor of theology, has been appointed executive director of Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns (CSC), effective July 1, the University announced Monday in a press release. Kollman succeeds Fr. Bill Lies, who was recently named vice president for mission engagement and church affairs. The CSC was designated a University institute under Lies’ leadership. “I’m humbled and honored to be asked to lead the Center for Social Concerns,” Kollman said in the press release. “I look forward to building on the vision of my predecessors, Center founder Fr. Don McNeill and Fr. Bill Lies, and working with the host of talented and committed colleagues who have made the Center a vibrant place of engaged scholarship and service learning. I’m confident that together we can deepen the Center’s role in bringing together education of mind and heart, a goal long central to the mission of the Congregation of Holy Cross and of Notre Dame.” Kollman, who spent this semester teaching theology at Tangaza College in Nairobi, Kenya, was selected for his commitment to service in his experience as a teacher and administrator, Don Pope-Davis, vice president and associate provost for undergraduate studies, said in the press release. “Fr. Kollman’s scholarship and teaching, his commitment to Catholic social teaching and his administrative experience all uniquely equip him for leadership of the Center for Social Concerns,” Pope-Davis said. Kollman has worked with the Center since 2004, including his recent tenure as its acting director. In 2009, he and CSC assistant director Rachel Tomas Morgan co-authored an article in the New Theology Review on the challenges and opportunities of service-learning programs at Catholic universities. Kollman’s theological scholarship and teaching involve African Christianity, mission history and world Christianity. He has pursued research in eastern Africa, Nigeria, South Africa, Europe and the United States. He has published articles and reviews in several journals of theology, African studies and religious studies, and authored the book “The Evangelization of Slaves and Catholic Origins in Eastern Africa.” He is currently working on a book about the Catholic missionary evangelization of eastern Africa and a study of the Catholic Charismatic Movement in Africa. In addition to his commitment to the CSC, Kollman serves as a fellow of three Notre Dame institutes: the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. A Cincinnati native and 1984 Notre Dame alumnus, Kollman earned a master’s degree in theology from the University in 1990 and a doctoral degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 2001.
Students and faculty will be able to celebrate Christmas with members of the South Bend community through crafts, food and movies at Saint Mary’s Winter Wonderland on Dec. 1. Senior Megan Woodring, co-chair of the Traditional Board within the Student Activities Board (SAB), said Winter Wonderland is an opportunity to combine service and celebration “Winter Wonderland is a really good reminder of what the holiday season is all about, which is giving back and giving to others,” Woodring said. The Traditional Board and Co-Campus, a group with representatives from other area universities, have worked together to plan holiday activities for the event, SAB president senior Liz Kraig said. “There will be crafts, like making Christmas trees out of cones and making snow out of cotton balls,” Kraig said. “People can also take pictures with Santa or decorate their own cookies. I think we’ll also be showing Christmas movies in Vander Vennet, but most of the events will be held in the Student Center so the people can participate in as much as they want.” Woodring said she believes Santa Claus will be a big draw this year. “Talking with Santa will probably be the most popular activity. The kids get really excited,” Woodring said. “We have our event really early in December and for most of them, it’s the first time they get to see Santa during the holiday season, so it gets them excited for the rest of the season.” Senior Elizabeth Robbins, co-chair of the Traditional Board, said the biggest difference between this year’s event and last year’s Winter Wonderland is the involvement of Co-Campus. Kraig said the partnership with Co-Campus enables more students to get involved with Winter Wonderland. “Last year, there were a bunch of activities around South Bend for the families in the community that we didn’t really get involved with,” Kraig said. “This year, students can directly be involved with the community and get into the spirit.” Robbins said she expects about 150 families to participate in this year’s Winter Wonderland, which is double the amount of families that attended last year. So far, 15 organizations on campus have signed up to help with the event, including Education Club, Rotaract and Bellacapella. Woodring said the organizers of Winter Wonderland hope to publicize the event by sending flyers to local community groups. “We’re going to have flyers distributed to the Robinson Community [Learning] Center, the Center for the Homeless and the South Bend schools,” Woodring said. “Also, we’ll be sending emails out to the faculty and staff here because this is also an event for them and their families.” To volunteer for Winter Wonderland contact participating organizations. The event will take place Dec. 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Student Center.
University President Fr. John Jenkins called for reform in United States immigration policies Friday and announced an academic conference on immigrants, which will be held in March 2014. Jenkins also presided over a service to pray for just and effective immigration reform in the Dillon Hall chapel Friday, a “Campus Day of Action,” as designated by the National Immigration Forum. “Notre Dame is proud of a long history of educating immigrant communities and our Catholic tradition urges us to provide welcome to the stranger among us,” Jenkins said in a University press release. “While recognizing the complex legal, economic, social and political questions surrounding immigration in our nation, we join others in calling for just and effective immigration reform. “We urge particular attention to reform that will allow deserving, academically-qualified young men and women who were brought to the United States as children to have access to higher education in the United States and opportunities following from educational achievement. By educating these young people, we will improve their lives, enrich our nation and live up to our values.” Last fall, Jenkins convened an 11-member presidential task force, comprised of representatives from different University institutes, to study how Notre Dame could contribute to the national debate about immigration. Tim Matovina, co-chair of the task force and executive director of the Institute for Latino Studies, said the task force met over the past two semesters and recently submitted a report to Jenkins. Matovina said the group recommended the academic conference, which will focus on the intersection of Catholic social teaching and immigration reform. “It’ll be scholars, Church leaders, other people who are involved in one way or another with issues of immigration, but I think it’s going to be … the kind of conference where academics, Notre Dame and otherwise, and Church leaders are brought together for conversation and mutual learning,” Matovina said. The conference will emphasize the experiences and contributions of people in the United States who are or once were immigrants, according to the University press release. The task force made other recommendations, but has not heard which of those the Office of the President will enact, Matovina said. “We made some suggestions to Fr. Jenkins about those specific initiatives that could be added to this collection of ongoing projects at the University,” he said. “I haven’t received word from Fr. Jenkins about what he’s going to go forward with and endorse.” Fr. Dan Groody, director of the Center for Latino Spirituality and Culture within the Institute for Latino Studies, said the presidential task force was part of a larger dialogue among American Catholic colleges and universities. Beginning in October 2011, University presidents participated in a series of meetings sponsored by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities to discuss how the schools could contribute to immigration reform. The colleges and universities decided to address the issue in three ways, Groody said. “One is going to be on the level of advocacy, so certainly with helping in Washington,” he said. “We’re working very closely with the [United States Conference of Catholic Bishops]. … Education is certainly another area. … And thirdly, there’s direct service: … going down to the border, working at migrant houses of hospitality, putting food and water in the desert.” Groody said universities across the country are asking how they can improve their outreach to undocumented students. “[Immigration reform is] one of these things that’s such a big issue, you kind of have to decide … how you want to focus it,” he said. “I think [the task force is] the beginning. It’s not necessarily the last word by any means.” Student body president Alex Coccia said student government will help determine how students can engage in next spring’s academic conference. “Once we get a better sense of what the conference is shaping to be, we’ll be able to create a committee here in student government that will work solely in … the immigration reform issues,” Coccia said. Student government has also begun to talk with administrators about finding a way to admit undocumented students to Notre Dame, student government chief of staff Juan Rangel said. “I think for us, it’s Catholic social teaching,” Rangel said. “The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has placed a strong emphasis on education … and as a Catholic university, we want to align our views with theirs.” Coccia said the potential recommendation to admit undocumented students to Notre Dame will have to come from the presidential task force. The task force is only one piece of the broader conversation about immigration reform at Notre Dame, Groody said. “There is a larger conversation about migration and the role of Catholic universities going on right now,” he said. “It’s the beginning of ways in which we can really be more engaged in responding to the needs of the world. … The task force is meant to focus the question, but I think there’s a lot of stuff going on beyond the task force.” Paolo Carozza, co-chair of the task force and director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Center for Civil and Human Rights, said the Center for Social Concerns, the Institute for Latino Studies, the Kroc Center for International Peace Studies, the Kellogg Institute and other campus institutes already work on issues of migration and immigration. “I wouldn’t say that they’re very united with one another,” Carozza said. “It’d be nice to bring them more into collaboration and communication with one another.” Carozza said although the task force decided that creating an administrative apparatus to unite the groups would not be cost-effective, the task force members benefited from discussing their projects with each other. “Personally, for example, to the extent that we really are going to want to pursue that issue [of immigration reform] at the Kellogg Institute, I’ll be much more likely to be able to work effectively with whatever [other groups] to see if there are ways that our activities and interests can overlap or benefit each other,” Carozza said. The task force’s members agreed on the importance of Notre Dame’s continued involvement in discussions about immigration reform, Carozza said. “There was definitely complete agreement on the task force from the first moment that it’s an issue that Notre Dame … really needs to continue to be engaged in, and that engagement just needs to grow,” he said.
As a Saint Mary’s first year, Marialicia Garza has to balance classes and extracurricular activities — and a YouTube channel. Garza’s beauty and lifestyle videos on her channel, Mari G1007, encourage viewers to press play on their dreams and aspirations.The channel gives her audience a candid glimpse into her life through tutorials and product reviews, but Garza said she hopes people learn far more than new makeup techniques from her videos.“I want them to know not everyone is going to be perfect, and not everything is going to be easy in life, but if you keep striving for what you want, you’re definitely going to be able to do it, regardless of the circumstances,” Garza said. “I hope they know or at least understand that even if it seems like everything is going completely wrong, they can totally turn it around themselves as long as they keep pushing to do as much as they can.”Garza said this desire to instill hope and perseverance in her viewers prompted her to upload a video titled “¡¡¡ SI SE PUEDEN !!!” in which she motivates people to seek higher education. She filmed the clip entirely in Spanish so that the message of empowerment could reach as wide of an audience as possible, Garza said.“Our younger generations have kind of lost what the point of getting an education is,” Garza said. “It’s also important that not everything always has to be in English. Because this is in Spanish, it can reach people all across the country and even down into Latin America.”Garza said she hopes the video resonates with students in her home city of Detroit, Michigan, where she attended one of the area’s few private schools and took classes with supportive teachers who motivated her to aim high.“They always pushed us to apply to schools, even if it was just to the local community colleges,” Garza said. “Yes, I came from not so great of a city and background, but, at the same time, it’s kind of like, ‘If I can do it, I’m sure you can do it as well.’”According to Garza, people who doubt their capabilities should surround themselves with ambitious individuals who encourage them on the road to academic achievement.“Making the video showed a little bit more awareness and that there are other people outside of the community who can make it possible for students to actually want to go and continue with their education,” Garza said. “All I can hope is that maybe people put a little bit more thought into reaching out to services that either their high school or colleges themselves can provide. There are all these resources out there, and I think they just need to utilize them better.”“¡¡¡ SI SE PUEDEN !!!” has been shared more than 30 times on Facebook, but Garza said she anticipated no such success, which made the decision to upload the video a difficult one.“I was hesitant at first when I did make it,” Garza said. “I debated for about two and a half weeks whether to post it or not. I put it out there, and the response I got was unbelievable. It turned more into something that I didn’t think it would be. It had more of an effect than I thought it would have.”Though she received praise for this particular video, the challenge of being a bilingual woman on YouTube persists, Garza said.“People are going to want to categorize you a little bit more and say, ‘You only do videos in this language. Why can’t you do something different?’” Garza said. “There will always be criticism, but at the same time, it kind of helps you grow in a way because you’re able to understand what other people are trying to tell you. You don’t take it to heart, but you learn to cope with it and readjust yourself through it.”Garza said she hopes to continue producing quality content while studying abroad in South Korea this upcoming fall, as her knowledge of the beauty industry may grant her distinct opportunities.“I’m really aware and up to date on the beauty aspects of business and the processes that go on behind the scenes,” Garza said. “It will help me later. I’ll possibly be able to work with companies that make a wider range of global products that all people can use. It kind of gets tricky with makeup, especially with skin tone.”For now, Garza plans to film in both Spanish and English and show viewers from all over that beauty lies in imperfections, she said.“I want to reach out to an audience and let people know I may have had similar experiences to them or even just brighten their day a little bit,” Garza said. “I hope they see that even though they may come from harder backgrounds — and not everything is going to be handed to them in life — they can always still do what they want.”Tags: beauty blog, lifestyle blog, Marialicia Garza, saint mary’s, YouTube
Former University undergraduate student Edward Lim died Friday at his home in Cincinnati, according to an email sent to all students Monday night. Although he was not enrolled at the University during the 2016-2017 academic year, Lim was a program of liberal studies major living in Morrissey Hall during his freshman and sophomore years at the University, and he sang in the Notre Dame Chorale, according to the email.“As always, the University Counseling Center and Campus Ministry are available to offer their support to students,” Vice President for Student Affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said in the email. “Thank you for keeping Edward, his family and all who loved him in your prayers as we mourn his loss within the Notre Dame community.”A memorial mass for Lim is scheduled for Wednesday evening at 9 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the email said. Fr. Pete McCormick and Fr. Sean McGraw will lead the mass, and music will be provided by the Chorale and the Celebration Choir.
Last weekend, LGBT alumni from Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame walked around campus for the GALA-ND/SMC reunion and were greeted with a show of support that many of them had not experienced when they were students at Notre Dame: Rainbow pride flags hung out of windows across campus, ranging from dorms to Geddes Hall, Nieuwland Hall of Science and Hesburgh Library. This show of support for the LGBT community of Notre Dame was partly out of protest of the choice of Vice President Mike Pence as the 2017 Commencement speaker.“Students and alumni came together and said ‘we’re frustrated with the invitation of Mike Pence as the Commencement speaker on many fronts certainly,” Bryan Ricketts, a fifth-year student who was involved in the flag distribution, said. “Dealing with LGBT issues dealing with funding for conversion therapy, his passage of a restrictive [law] that didn’t include a civil rights exemption when it was first written [and] at one point his professed intent to enshrine marriage between one man and one woman as a constitutional amendment.” Michael Yu | The Observer Pride flags hang from the windows of Nieuwland Hall. The flags, distributed by student groups, are being displayed as a sign of protest against this year’s Commencement speaker, Vice President Mike Pence.Last week, the student group We Stand For distributed almost 500 flags to students and faculty. Funded in part by student and alumni donations, the group bought a second round of pride flags after more alumni heard about the event on social media or read about it in an article published April 21 and wanted to help, Ricketts said. “[The LGBT alumni wished] there could have been this overt expression of support of LGBT students when they were here,” Ricketts said. “Now that they have the opportunity to do that and show that … there is a community in the Notre Dame family who cares very deeply about the LGBT student body population.”Ricketts, who distributed some of the flags, said allies, as well as LGBT students and faculty, took flags to fly in support of a friend, roommate or family member back home.Given the number of flags currently displayed on campus, as well as the existence of student organizations such as We Stand For and PRISM, it is tempting to assume that Notre Dame is and has always been extremely accepting, when in fact, PRISM was only formed four years ago, Ricketts said.“This perception of ND as LGBT friendly has arisen in some cases so we forget that there are still large pockets of people on campus who don’t see things that way,” Ricketts said. “We’ve come a long way, certainly, but we’re still not by any means a campus that’s uniformly welcoming and inclusive towards LGBT students.”This was made clear by some negative responses both students and faculty received for flying pride flags.Junior Nicholas Furnari helped distribute flags out of the College Democrats office last week. Since then, five students who were told by either their rectors or hall staff to remove the flags from their windows have contacted Furnari to seek advice.“I talked to five different students that represent three different dorms all [on] North Quad, that just happens to be where they live,” Furnari said. “Two were told by their hall staff, by their RAs, to take them down … and the rest were told by their rectors to take them out of the window. “I don’t think it was anyone in student affairs who told them to do that. I think it was just their own personal political ideology which is upsetting because when you’re working a job with residential life, as a person with some authority, you have a responsibility to try to separate your personal beliefs from the work that you’re doing with students. Student affairs and the administrative office have always been supportive to the extent that they can be.”Furnari told the students to do nothing, and to his knowledge, none of the flags have been removed.“Very few places and buildings and dorms have actually taken them down, but it’s a little disappointing [that] in the face of what has been mostly viewed as good student organization that there’s been some animosity,” he said. “I feel like that’s not the appropriate response. When you see students rallying around a cause, you should let them do that because that’s their right as individual students.”Additionally, two graduate physics students, Devin Whitten and Kaitlin Rasmussen, were recently contacted by the secretary of Nieuland Hall of Science and told to remove the pride flag that was hanging from the window of their third floor office. “We put this flag up for Ally week and left it up during the weekend,” Rasmussen said. “I think we both got an email from someone in the main office that said ‘we got a complaint about this flag, you need to take it down.’” The email told them that it was urgent they take the flag down, as it violated University policy. This seemed strange to the graduate students who had seen flags all over campus, Rasmussen and Whitten said.“The department secretary had been told that someone who was not associated with our department, but apparently works on campus, was walking outside, saw the flag and was apparently offended enough that they felt like they needed to go inside and inform the office that it was against University policy to have a flag up in general,” Whitten said. “Supposedly it wasn’t a reaction to the fact that it was an LGBT flag, just flags in general, although I’m not sold on that.” About a week after they had taken their flag down, Whitten and Rasmussen said that they noticed flags appearing in the windows of tenured faculty of Nieuland for the flag drop.Jessica Baron, the outreach and communications coordinator for the Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values, whose office is located in Geddes Hall, decided to participate in the flag drop as an ally to show support for a student. A few days after hanging the flag, Baron was contacted with a complaint.“I was informed that a faculty member from theology who works on the fourth floor was personally offended by it because he thought it presumed to speak on behalf of the whole building. That didn’t seem like a compelling reason to take it down, considering our spirit of inclusion statement,” Baron said.Baron contacted human resources to ask if she should take it down, and they told her she did not have to. Despite this, the faculty member is still calling for the flag’s removal, Baron said.“I appreciate that I work for a private, Catholic institution and that I won’t be in agreement on social issues 100 percent of the time, but it seems to me that we’ve made great strides to make our LGBTQ community feel safe and accepted,” Barons said.“The flag hanging from my office window has nothing to do with anyone else on our floor or with Geddes in general. It’s merely a signal that that person whose window this is supports our LGBTQ students along with the rest of the student body. “That this is a problem is disturbing to me — a symbol of love and acceptance is offensive and misleading?”Despite these negative responses, Ricketts, Furnari and the rest of the organizers of the flag drop have said due to the large number of pride flags around campus, it was a positive experience that they hope will become an annual tradition.“I was happy in particular with the support we received from faculty and grad students,” Furnari said. “Beyond that, I think we have every dorm on campus with at least one flag … to be able to do that has been awesome. I think the vibe on campus is changing a little bit, but there’s still some tension. Small improvements add up to big improvements. I have definitely seen a change since I’ve been a student here. Every year seems to get better.”Tags: Ally Week, Flags, LGBTQ
The 2019 Sustainability Expo will be held in the Jordan Hall of Science Galleria at 6:30 p.m. Monday for students interested in learning about research, education programs and professional opportunities focused on sustainability, energy and the environment.“Sustainability studies at Notre Dame is really multifaceted and we have students from every college and from all different majors who are interested in issues related to the environment, but they come at it from a lot of different angles,” Rachel Novick, the director of the minor in sustainability, said. “The Sustainability Expo is a signature event each year that really brings all the different multidisciplinary aspects of sustainability together under one roof, so students can explore the options that they have for educational programs and research opportunities, as well as internship and career opportunities.”Barbara Villarosa, the director of business and communications for ND Energy, said the Expo has grown over the years to reach both undergraduate and graduate students. Over 40 departments, groups and organizations from Notre Dame — in addition to a number of local organizations and companies — will attend the event as resources to students. “There’s been a growing interest by everyone to learn more about energy and the environment and what we can do to get more involved,” Villarosa said. “The field has grown, there’s just so many more job opportunities for students, and we want [the Expo] to match that.”In addition to the expansion of the Expo, Novick said in the past five years sustainability studies at Notre Dame has grown to support students by bridging their academic interests with their careers.“We have an alumni mentoring program, so students can find out what it’s really like to have a job in particular sustainability fields,” she said. “We added the environmental science major, and right now the environmental science major and the sustainability minor are working together with the Center for Career Development and to do the first-ever environmental’s career track.”Villarosa said the ND Energy has also worked to increase local and global opportunities to help students better understand the challenges in maintaining sustainable energy worldwide.“We have a cohort of students going to Cuba and Singapore, and we’re looking at Puerto Rico. We had a group of students this past summer who went to New Zealand,” Villarosa said. “We’re trying to make the energy studies minor more than just classroom-oriented.”Both Novick and Villarosa said they would encourage anyone who is interested in sustainability, energy and environmental studies to attend the Expo and to consider the various programs Notre Dame offers in these subjects.“The world is changing physically faster right now than it ever has since humans have been around,” Novick said. “I think what these kinds of studies are all about is understanding what’s changing, how fast its changing, what the impacts are, who’s affected, what can we do better, how can we plan better, how can we be smarter about the way we use resources and how can we support people who are vulnerable.”Tags: ND Energy, sustainability, Sustainability Expo
Stock Image.NAPOLI – A Napoli woman is accused of locking a relative in a room during a domestic incident Sunday evening at a Windmill Road residence, according to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office. Cheyenne J. Lore, 25, allegedly refused to let the relative out of the room. In addition, Lore allegedly spit and yelled in the face of the relative.Lore was taken to Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office for processing and a virtual arraignment on charges of second-degree unlawful imprisonment and second-degree harassment.She was released on her own recognizance and is due back in court at a later date and time. 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)