Numerous Utah College Football Student-Athletes Honored By NFF Hampshire Honor Society

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailIRVING, Texas-Wednesday, numerous Utah college football student-athletes were honored by the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame as members of the 2020 NFF Hampshire Honor SocietyThis honor is reserved for those student-athletes who have each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their collegiate careers.Those Utah college football student-athletes on this squad include:BYU: deep snapper Mitch Harris, running back Beau Hoge, wide receiver Talon ShumwayUtah: defensive back Terrell Burgess, defensive back Jaylon Johnson, placekicker Andrew StrauchUtah State: tailback Riley Burt, tight end Caleb Repp, defensive end Jacoby Wildman, placekicker Dominik Eberle, linebacker David WoodwardWeber State: punter Doug Lloyd, defensive end Adam Rodriguez, offensive lineman Xavier Stilson and defensive end Jonah Williams. Tags: NFF Brad James April 15, 2020 /Sports News – Local Numerous Utah College Football Student-Athletes Honored By NFF Hampshire Honor Societylast_img read more

BAE Systems lands USS Anchorage modification contract

first_img Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today BAE Systems lands USS Anchorage modification contract View post tag: BAe Systems January 28, 2016 View post tag: US Navy View post tag: USS Anchorage BAE Systems lands USS Anchorage modification contract Share this article U.S. Navy’s Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, San Diego, California awarded BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair a $25,589,923 modification to a previously awarded contract for the 2016 selected restricted availability (SRA) of USS Anchorage (LPD-23).An SRA includes the planning and execution of depot-level maintenance, alterations, and modifications that will update and improve the ship’s military and technical capabilities.BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, a subsidiary of BAE Systems, Inc will perform the work at its San Diego, California shipyard adjacent to the U.S. Naval Station. The work is expected to be completed by October 2016.Anchorage is the seventh ship in the LPD 17 San Antonio class. The LPD 17 San Antonio class is the functional replacement of over 41 ships from four existing classes, the LPD 4 Austin-class, LSD 36 Anchorage-class, LKA 113 Charleston-class, and LST 1179 Newport-class amphibious ships.The U.S Navy commissioned the USS Anchorage during a ceremony held May 4, 2013 in her namesake city of Anchorage, Alaska.[mappress mapid=”17647″]last_img read more

Associate Vice President for Development / Executive Director of the Campaign

first_imgAdministration : Provide Campus Development Support : Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Management of professional and support staff, includingrecruitment, development, evaluation and retention.Allocation of personnel and financial resources to achieve theunit’s goals.Budget preparation and forecasting.Analysis and interpretation of department performance.Read, review and approve all Memoranda of Understanding forgift agreements with donors. Preferred Qualifications ResumeLetter of InterestOther CompensationClassification: Admin IVHiring Range: Commensurate with experienceSan José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefitspackage typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For moreinformation on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary .Application ProcedureClick Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Applicationand attach the following documents: Plan and ensure implementation of all University Developmentprocesses.Supervise creation of written prospect strategies for all majorgift prospects and ensure regular review of process on eachstrategy.In conjunction with university leadership, finalize campaignplan and strategic issues.Ensure compliance with University fundraising policies, goalsand procedures.Oversee the preparation of written proposals, informationalmaterials, gift illustrations and other materials to secure majorgifts.Staff the Tower Foundation campaign committee and providesupport to volunteers, as needed.Provide leadership for the comprehensive campaign bydetermining viable fundraising plans, identifying appropriatedonors, and determining and implementing solicitation strategiesfor each major donor.Oversee the identification and cultivation of major donorprospects.Train volunteers, faculty, and staff in fundraising strategyand policies.Represent San Jose State University locally, regionally andnationally.Collaborate with VP and UA leadership on prospect and donorstrategies and goals. Job SummaryThe Associate Vice President (AVP) for Development and theExecutive Director of the Campaign is a key member of theAdvancement leadership team and an active participant in makingstrategic decisions affecting fundraising. The incumbent ensuresadministrative oversight of the University’s major gifts, plannedgiving, corporate and foundation fundraising, and Annual Giving,including direct supervision of the Executive Director forDevelopment. Working closely in collaboration with and reporting tothe Vice President for University Advancement, the incumbentfosters a collaborative team culture and establishes metrics forsuccess. Leading by example, the AVP/Executive Director willeffectively cultivate and successfully solicit a select portfolioof prospects and donors capable of making significant contributionsto the institution. The AVP/Executive Director, in conjunction withuniversity leadership, will finalize and manage the campaignstrategic plan, develop comprehensive programs and develop campaignstrategies; train volunteers and staff in campaign strategy andpolicies; and, provide supervisory functions for all major giftofficers.This is a position in the CSU – Management Personnel Plan (MPP),and serves at the pleasure of the President. This position willrequire adherence to University compliance training such as:Conflict of Interest and Ethics, AB 1825 Sexual HarassmentPrevention, Information Security, and Injury and Illness PreventionProgram. The person hired for this position may be required tocomplete an outside employment disclosure statement in accordancewith Title V of the California Code of Regulations.Key Responsibilities Knowledge of fundraising programs, including individual, grantdevelopment annual fund programs; and a thorough understanding ofgift management and stewardship.Demonstrated strong public relations and communicationskills.Skill in planning and executing large campaigns.Ability to work with boards comprised of prominent individualsof stature.Ability to manage and motivate staff and volunteers and to workclosely with faculty and senior-level administrators.Demonstrated ability to lead a team with multiple sets ofexpectations.Ability to interpret technical procedures or regulations.Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, anddraw valid conclusions and to interpret an extensive variety oftechnical instructions.Demonstrated organizational skills in budget management, andsupervision of staff and staff development.Strong interpersonal skills.Knowledge of and commitment to the use of informationtechnology to support advancement programs.Strong oral and writing skills, including the ability todetermine relevant information, from compelling cases for support,and digest and synthesize vast quantities of information.Ability to adapt to changing priorities, situations and demandsand integrate change. Responsibility in a comprehensive and sophisticated fundraisingprogram, including supervisory experience in a college oruniversity.Preference for an advanced degree from an accredited four-yearcollege or university.Experience with metrics-driven major-gift fundraising programsand campaigns.Substantial experience as a front-line fundraiser includingpersonal success in closing six and seven-figure gifts.Experience with capital campaign design, implementation,reporting cycles, communications and completion, with preferencefor multiyear comprehensive campaign experience in a college oruniversity.Experience in recruiting, training, leading, and evaluatingstaff engaged in major-gift fundraising.Experience with all elements required for fundraising programsuccess, including goal setting, target donor development, prospectcultivation, donor research, gift solicitation, acknowledgement,and stewardship.Experience working with foundation management, reportingrequirements, and governing board processes and supportrequirements. Oversee University Fundraising and comprehensive capital campaigns: Required Qualifications Review for approval or modification the fundraising plans ofany campus component.Meet with college deans and other faculty to ensure appropriatelevels of fundraising support are in place.Represent the Vice President for University.Represent the Vice President for University Advancement and/orthe division by participating on Campus Committee CampusDevelopment Support. Coordinate communications (recognition, stewardship,information) of fundraising programs via various media, such ascampus publications and electronic media working closely withUniversity Advancement Marketing and Communications team.Spearhead the use of advanced marketing and outreach methods inthe areas of mobile giving and social media. Equal Employment StatementSan José State University (SJSU) is an EqualOpportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed tonondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenshipstatus, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, geneticinformation, marital status, medical condition, national origin,race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation,transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicablefederal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students,faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of theEducation Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and statelaws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all educationprograms and activities operated by the university (both on and offcampus). Manages Vision and Purpose: Oversight for universityfundraising and comprehensive capital campaigns. Thoroughunderstanding of gift management and stewardship.Builds Effective Teams: Thought leader who will move andinspire people with innovative ideas through direct supervision ofa 22FTE team.Drive for Results: Focus on developing and managingmetrics-driven major-gift fundraising programs and campaigns.Success in closing six and seven-figure gifts.Understands the Business: Expertise with goal setting, targetdonor development, prospect cultivation, donor research, giftsolicitation, and acknowledgement. Development Communications : Minimum of ten years of experience with at least seven to tenyears serving at the director level or above in a comprehensive andsophisticated fundraising program; a background of progressivelyincreased responsibility in a comprehensive and sophisticatedfundraising program, including supervisory experience.Baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college oruniversity. This position is open until filled.Work ScheduleSelected candidates will be placed in one of the following shiftsbased on operational needs.Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Contact InformationRefer all inquiries to: Mary Lou Youngblood Pronouns she/her/hers Senior Executive Recruiter, Talent Acquisition Human Resources Cal Poly, San LuisObispo, California Cell 805-459-4278 [email protected] Royal Executive Recruiter TalentAcquisition Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Cell 805-459-4104 [email protected] InformationSatisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminalrecords check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue acontingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which maybe rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifyinginformation, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowinglywithheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorilycomplete the background check may affect the continued employmentof a current CSU employee who was offered the position on acontingent basis.The standard background check includes: criminal check, employmentand education verification. Depending on the position, a motorvehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checksare conducted through the university’s third party vendor, AccurateBackground. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSUwill pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence ofrequired degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time ofhire.SJSU IS NOT A SPONSORING AGENCY FOR STAFF OR MANAGEMENT POSITIONS.(e.g. H1-B VISAS)All San José State University employees are considered mandatedreporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect ReportingAct and are required to comply with the requirements set forth inCSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 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Driveway parking permits

first_imgTo the Editor:On March 14, the Bayonne City Council proposed an amendment to Chapter 7 of the municipal code. The purpose is to allow residents to park in their driveway on the street. Two state regulations are in play here, 39:4-138(d) which makes it improper to park in front of a driveway and 39:4-138.3 which allows municipalities to “permit the parking of motor vehicles in front of private driveways whenever both the motor vehicle and driveway involved are owned by the same person, whenever the motor vehicle is owned by a member of the same household as the owner of the private driveway, …” On the surface this sounds fantastic. The city is going to allow homeowners to park in front of their driveways but there is a caveat; you will be required to purchase special parking permits from the city at a cost of $50, thus creating a new revenue source for the city at the taxpayers’ expense. The ordinance will also allow you to give your permit to anyone of your choosing, which is permissible by state statute. A property owner could decide not to use his or her driveway and sell the permit to someone for a fee. I do not see anything that stops a property owner from parking on the street and selling his or her permit for a monthly or yearly fee. I find two potential flaws with this ordinance, 1) You have to pay a fee to park in front of your driveway and 2) you can profit from this by selling your parking right. Based on how people behave it is logical to conclude that people will try to capitalize on this. Although the ordinance on the surface is to help alleviate parking it could actually create more parking problems. I think the city and residents should oppose the ordinance as written and it should be adjusted to remove the permit fee and, if permissible by law, disallow the transfer of the permit to nonresidents of the property. If these conditions cannot be met it should not be adopted to the Chapter 7 local ordinance. SHAWN JARYNOlast_img read more

Thousands Turn Out for American Cancer Society Walk in Ocean City

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiMargie S. Burgess and dozens of other women wore sashes across their shoulders that were adorned with one very powerful word emblematic of their fight against breast cancer: “Survivor.”Burgess and the other survivors were showered with applause and cheers as they waded through a crowd in the thousands Sunday at the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Ocean City.“It all makes you want to cry in a good way,” Burgess said of the crowd’s emotional salute. “It gives you a good feeling that you have survived.”Burgess, 75, of Atlantic City, was diagnosed with cancer in October 2014 after a lump was discovered on her right breast. She went through a series of chemotherapy and radiation sessions for her treatment. She credited her family and her faith in God for giving her the strength to pull through.Breast cancer survivor Margie S. Burgess, 75, of Atlantic City, (middle, in pink cap) was joined by family members in her support group.“My family was a terrific support system,” she said, noting that two of her daughters took family leave from their jobs to help care for her. “If it wasn’t for Jesus Christ, I never would have made it.”In addition to her “survivor” sash, Burgess was wearing a pink baseball cap for the walk. Minutes before the event began at Ninth Street, she said she felt “terrific.”Burgess and other breast cancer survivors have beaten an illness that is diagnosed in nearly 250,000 women in the United States each year and will kill more than 40,000 of them in 2016 alone. In New Jersey, about 7,500 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and nearly 1,300 will die, according to the American Cancer Society.Those alarming numbers were not lost on the estimated 6,000 to 7,000 people who walked in the breast cancer awareness fundraiser Sunday.Friends and co-workers of Shore Physicians Group employee Beth Beaver showed their support for her. Beaver, who is dealing with cancer, did not participate in the walk.There was a sea of pink caps, T-shirts and banners, all symbolizing breast cancer awareness and the quest for a cure. Some walkers wore clothing or carried signs that had inspirational messages, including “No one fights alone” and “Keep calm and fight on.”“There are a lot of people who have breast cancer. It affects nearly every family,” said one walker, Ann MacMurray, 60, of Seaview.MacMurray was among a group of employees at Shore Physicians Group in Somers Point who participated in the walk to support their co-worker, Beth Beaver, who has cancer.Michelle Smith, 45, of Egg Harbor Township, another one of Beaver’s co-workers, described Beaver as being incredibly upbeat, even as she deals with the disease.“She has the most positive outlook of anyone I’ve ever known,” Smith said.Jason O’Neil, 37, of Ventnor, another employee at Shore Physicians Group, was comically dressed in a pink wig and tutu to show his support for breast cancer awareness.Waves of walkers started out at Ninth Street before strolling on the Boardwalk.“People still need to be aware that it affects everyone,” O’Neill said of cancer. “We are coming out to support those people and to bring people together for this cause.”Last year, the American Cancer Society’s walk in Ocean City attracted 6,000 people and raised $300,000. Spokesman Jason Plaia estimated Sunday’s crowd at between 6,000 and 7,000. Now in its 10th year, the walk is the American Cancer Society’s biggest event in South Jersey.“This is a growing event. Our hope is to make it even bigger every year,” Plaia said.last_img read more

Exploration, transformation

first_img 8Students learn basic ceramic-throwing techniques in “Handmade Mugs.” Karine Hsu ’17 (left) works on the wheel under the instruction of Kathy King. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 6Instructor Joe Huggard looks at 3-D printed samples during “jFab: 3-D Printing — Fused deposition modeling” with Rebecca Chen ’16 (left) and Andrew Wong (right), an applied physics G1 student at SEAS. This hands-on instruction covered the use of Makerbot 3-D printers and 3-D scanners. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer Print-making on clay tablets. African drumming. Jewelry-making. Yoga. Weightlifting. Scuba diving.They aren’t topics that appear in the Harvard course catalog, but all — and more — were among the subjects that Harvard College students had the chance to explore during this year’s Wintersession.Now in its fifth year, the College-led initiative is aimed at using the time between terms to bring together undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and alumni to experience unusual opportunities they may not otherwise be able to pursue.Along with recreational and creative events, the 10-day Wintersession included a host of professional-development opportunities, from advice on writing resumes to interviewing, as well as classes aimed at helping students develop practical skills. A handful of sessions connected students with alumni, including prominent television producers and industry professionals.This year’s programming included a new focus on encouraging students to use the break to grow both personally and academically as they move through their College careers and become citizens of the world.“I think it’s awesome to have an entire week to focus on one topic,” said Dre Cardinal ’15, who took part in a weeklong visit to the Harvard Forest in Petersham, Mass. “Yesterday we did a class on tree identification and learned how to identify different trees based on bark, leaf composition, and color, as well as their smell, and we also learned how to diagnose trees that may be ailing or in the process of dying. Being able to have that personal experience with the world we’re exploring is absolutely a privilege.” 12Acting as co-instructor, postdoctoral student Nick Lyons teaches GSAS student Denise Sirias during the MSI Graduate Consortium, a weeklong intensive. The theme of the workshop was microscopy, providing students an opportunity to learn techniques and capture images of microbes in various edible microbial products (e.g., cheese, yogurt, beer, kombucha, and sauerkraut). Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 4Jessica Brandl (left) and Yvenna Chen ’17 speak about various printmaking methods during class. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 10Learning basic ceramic-wheel skills, students wedge, center, and form basic shapes. Perry Choi ’15 (pictured) works on the wheel. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 9Sonia Espinosa ’16 carefully lifts her freshly thrown pot off the wheel. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 3Jessica Brandl demonstrates a monotype technique. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 2Brittany Liebenow (left) and Jamie Lee Solimano ’17 explore a variety of print-making techniques on clay. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 20Students lay their work on the cooking tray. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 5Tiles from the morning exercise are laid out to dry. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 1Jessica Brandl teaches printmaking on clay as a Wintersession class at the Harvard Ceramics Program. From the graphic to the painterly, techniques include traditional printmaking techniques such as mono-printing, silk-screening, and stenciling onto clay. Brandl (from left) speaks with Amy Zhao ’18 during class. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 14Viktoria Betin of GSAS practices using a microscope during the MSI Graduate Consortium. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 13Postdoctoral student Einat Segev (from left) teaches GSAS students Allen Lin and Yolanda Huang during the MSI Graduate Consortium. Participants were given hands-on training in light, fluorescence, confocal, electron (TEM and SEM), and atomic-force microscopy. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 19Ella Park-Chan ’16 (left) and Tianyu Liu ’16 lay their jewelry on a tray to bake. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 18Eliza Chang ’16 (left) and Cristina Parajon ’18 work with stamps to make jewelry. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 16Ph.D. student Chris Baker practices preparing a slide during the MSI Graduate Consortium. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 17Wayne Fuerst teaches “Adornment: Basic Jewelry Smithing with Silver Clay” at the Harvard Ceramics Program. Eliza Chang ’16 (from left), Fuerst, Cristina Parajon ’18, and Rebecca Chen ’16 look at jewelry examples. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 15GSAS student Denise Sirias (from left) practices biological and biomedical science with Ph.D. hopeful Chris Baker and GSAS students Allen Lin and Max Schubert during the MSI Graduate Consortium, a weeklong intensive workshop offered during Harvard’s January session. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 7Joe Huggard and Thomas Schuhmann, an applied physics G1 student at SEAS, examine the 3-D printed sample up close. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 11Melissa Rodman ’18 (pictured) completes a pot on the wheel. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

Gates pushes for universal flu vaccine, and to avoid future pandemics

first_imgInnovative new treatments, improved health care delivery systems, and a coordinated global response are among the strategies needed to help the world prepare for future pandemics, Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, told Michelle A. Williams, Dean of the Faculty at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, on April 27, 2018 during a Q&A before a packed audience at the World Trade Center in Boston.The conversation followed his announcement of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s plan to award a $12 million Grand Challenge, in partnership with the Page family, to accelerate the development of a universal flu vaccine.The Microsoft co-founder was in Boston to deliver the 128th annual Shattuck Lecture, “Epidemics Going Viral: Innovation vs. Nature.” The event was sponsored by the Massachusetts Medical Society and the New England Journal of Medicine.The Gates Foundation aims to prevent more than 11 million deaths, 3.9 million disabilities, and 264 million illnesses by 2020 through vaccine coverage and support for polio eradication.In response to a question from Williams about what he looks for when assessing big ideas, Gates said he began to focus on global health in the late 1990s after the World Bank reported that a relatively small number of diseases were responsible for a large proportion of deaths in developing countries, and not in countries in the developed world. He learned that medications and other tools already existed to treat many of the diseases, but that poorly functioning health delivery systems in many developing nations kept treatments from reaching the populations. “We took a two-pronged approach, funding both the ‘upstream’ areas of research — promising research that wasn’t getting much funding — and ‘downstream’ areas,” such as improving primary care delivery systems in nations like Nigeria, he said.Gates noted that progress is being made in reducing child mortality. Increased understanding of the important role of nutrition, maternal and infant care, as well as a better understanding of the immune system are among the factors helping to reduce mortality in some areas. He cited a recent clinical trial in which a few doses of an inexpensive antibiotic given over two years reduced childhood deaths from diarrhea and other diseases. “It’s a very promising example of working upstream and downstream and really solving the problem here and now while thinking about how to work out the mechanisms,” Williams said.When asked how to “close the deal” on malaria, Gates said antibiotic resistance in recent years has contributed to a resurgence of the disease after progress had been made. Nevertheless, he said he is very hopeful about malaria because of digital tracking of mosquitoes and other promising research efforts underway. “Centers like Harvard and Oxford using low-cost digital technology are making us a lot smarter about what’s going on with this disease,” he said. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Provost appoints academic planner for proposed School of International Affairs

first_imgNotre Dame advanced its intent to open a School of International Affairs by appointing Dr. Scott Appleby, a history professor and director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, as its director of academic planning, according to a University press release. A working group of administrators recently concluded that a School of International Affairs would complement Notre Dame’s currently available academic options, according to the press release. The University has not founded a new college since establishing the Mendoza College of Business in 1921. Notre Dame Provost Thomas Burish named Appleby director of academic planning for the School of International Affairs, effective Aug. 1. Appleby will lead discussions with faculty, assess fundraising possibilities and explore potential curricula. “[Appleby’s] vast global experience, administrative acumen and high standards of excellence make him an ideal candidate to lead our collective examination of if and how to establish a new school devoted to internationalism,” Burish said in the press release. Appleby, a member of the Class of 1978, said as he develops plans for the School, he will consult with the directors and faculty of Notre Dame’s international institutes and the University’s other experts in international affairs. “My question to these potential constituencies of the School will be, ‘How could a new School enhance your capacity and advance your unit’s mission?’” Appleby said. “Our hope is to build consensus for a School that will strengthen Notre Dame’s global and international engagement.” Appleby said the School might offer a master’s program and the College of Arts and Letters might offer a new undergraduate major in collaboration with the School. “The possibility of offering joint graduate degrees is also attractive, and this requires careful thought and planning,” he said. “All of this raises the central question of faculty teaching assignments and the need to hire new faculty in areas where the University is not currently deep.” The planning committee for the School believes that governmental and nongovernmental employers would want to hire graduates trained to analyze global challenges comprehensively, Appleby said. These graduates of the School would consider economic development, peaceful resolution of deadly conflicts, human rights violations and environmental deterioration. “Our graduates must know a good deal about more than one subject,” Appleby said. “How is deadly conflict related to climate change? How can respect for human rights and international law trigger economic growth?” Appleby said the School would be a resource for businesses, educational institutions, civil society organizations and governments that recognize that advancing the human interest as a whole directly benefits them. “The world is waking up – finally – to the importance of religion, ethics and even spirituality to the just and peaceful transformation of societies,” he said. “Many corporations, philanthropists, schools and governments already know this. Others are gradually joining the parade.” The Board of Trustees and some faculty members must endorse the School before it can be established, Appleby said. “A powerful argument for moving ahead is … that the many impressive Notre Dame institutes, initiatives, scholars and students currently engaged in international study and service would receive an enormous boost from a coordinated, well-resourced program of study and research,” Appleby said. “[The program’s] purpose is to elevate Notre Dame’s capacity to place scholarship in service to the larger world.” Appleby currently leads Contending Modernities, a multi-year, interdisciplinary research and public education initiative at Notre Dame that examines the interactions of Catholic, Muslim and secular forces in the modern world, according to the press release. He will remain director of the Kroc Institute until the current search for a successor is complete.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s celebrates Constitution Day

first_imgTags: Constitution Day Caitlyn Jordan | The Observer Saint Mary’s commemorated Constitution Day on Wednesday with a panel to examine different perspectives and experiences in regards to the United States Constitution. The panelists, who each addressed varying opinions of the Constitution, included chair and associate professor of political science Marc Belanger, senior and communication studies major Julia Dunford and the deputy chief of staff to South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg, Brian Pawlowski.Constitution Day was created in 2004 by an act of Congress to commemorate the completion of the Constitution 227 years ago in 1787, said associate professor of communication studies and event coordinator Michael Kramer.This year’s theme, “Unique Ideas, Unique Experiences,” was inspired in part by a comment from Belanger, said Kramer. Belanger pointed out the uniqueness of the United States Constitution in comparison to the systems of other nations, which makes the document worth our exploration and analysis.Kramer said that Belanger’s idea relates to the idea that people in the United States have their own unique experiences engaging with the constitution.“The Constitution is unique and the ways in which we encounter it are unique,” Kramer said.Kramer said this year’s panel was chosen to provide three unique experiences and perspectives on the Constitution in line with this idea of considering the document.“Not all democracies are the same,” Belanger said. “In fact, the United States is pretty unique in the way its democracy operates. If you look at the Constitution through a comparative politics lens, you’ll see that the United States has the oldest written constitution. However, not all constitutions are written documents.“The Constitution is unique because it is relatively short and focuses on government mechanisms, not specifics.”Dunford, who spent the summer interning at the South Bend mayor’s office, said that even though she spent a large amount of time in close proximity to politics, she has not dealt with or thought about the Constitution since my high school exams.The subject brought her back to eighth grade, when her teacher gave a speech on the magic behind the Constitution, Dunford said. Her teacher explained the importance of the Constitution as the framework that allowed us to make changes and gave us a government that was sustainable.“Saint Mary’s teaches us how to discuss, research, and most importantly, how to find our voice, use it and use it often,” Dunford said.Ultimately, Dunford said she realized how the Constitution has affected her every day life.“It’s the reason I have a right and an obligation to speak,” she said.Pawlowski agreed with Dunford’s view of the Constitution’s constructive power in the United States.“Whether you’re on a local level here, whether you’re on a student governing council, whether you’re on a state legislature board — it’s really important that you think through how you view the document,” Pawlowski said.“There will always be debates. We should think about what we believe or support and why.”last_img read more