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Students reflect on activities as “Welcome Weekend” concludes

first_imgWelcome Weekend drew to a close Monday, concluding orientation activities for incoming first-year and transfer students.Junior Prathm Juneja, student government chief of staff, said he thought this year’s Welcome Weekend staff and student government volunteers did a great job of creating an “all-inclusive” environment for new students.“I think what we did best was trying to establish a welcoming, incoming connection individually to really show that student government really cares about our students,” he said. “Everyone here can be really connected and it should be an opportunity for everyone to get to know each other.”Freshman Carmen Bolivar, also a resident of Lewis Hall, said moving into her dorm helped her feel welcomed during her first few days at Notre Dame. Her older brother knew a sophomore Welcome Weekend ambassador in Lewis, who she met during the weekend.“I think just seeing her and starting to meet everyone in Lewis was super fun,” Bolivar said. “I think just having that as my first experience coming into Notre Dame really made me feel more in the family and really connected to everyone.”Freshman Carina Walton-Roberts, a resident of Lewis Hall, said her favorite event was the class photo.“I liked Domerfest but I think the most fun would probably be the class picture that we took,” she said. “They took it from the football field and we stood like the band does in the ND shape.”Sophomore Dea Meissner, said she and other transfer students were divided into small groups which allowed them to get to know other students. Meissner said it was especially helpful for those who were not Gateway students — students who enroll at Holy Cross College during their first year of studies and transfer to Notre Dame during their sophomore year.“I think they did a good job of breaking people into small groups because I think the hardest part is no one knows each other or you’re in a situation where half of the people are Gateway and you’re not Gateway,” she said.Sophomore Kyla Kosidowski, a Gateway transfer student, said each small group was led by upperclassmen who had transferred to Notre Dame in previous years.“They were really willing to help us with anything we needed, and … they were just more than happy to help us with anything that we had questions on,” she said. “So that’s been nice, [having] a support system from people who’ve already been through the same thing we have.”Junior Margaret Meserve, Cavanaugh Hall’s Welcome Weekend co-captain, said it was rewarding to see the event come together this weekend.“  … You go into things like this with a little bit of anxiety because it’s kind of your baby,” she said. “We’ve been working on it since the spring so I think we started in April. It’s a long time of planning … but it really just ended up being a success so I think it went really well.”Tags: Class of 2021, Welcome Weekend 2017last_img read more

Reinvent your credit union one day at a time

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A century ago, innovators like Henry Ford came to Detroit to build great companies. The city was the Silicon Valley of the era, says innovation expert Josh Linkner, a Detroiter with “deep roots and a lot of passion” for his hometown.“When we were in that creative groove, our city prospered. We built beautiful roads, buildings, and universities,” says Linkner. “Then, that all stopped. We did this 180.”The city retreated into bureaucracy, protectionism, and entitlement, he says. Institutions and infrastructure crumbled along with the local economy. The city became a “punchline.”“It is a fascinating tale of what happens when you’re embracing innovation and what happens when you’re not,” says the 45-year-old entrepreneur, author, and speaker, who will deliver at keynote address at America’s Credit Union Conference (ACUC), which runs June 26-29 in Seattle. continue reading »last_img read more

Photos: Tanker, Tug Dodge Grounding after Towing Operation Goes Awry

first_imgAn old tanker and a tug pulling the vessel toward Maputo went adrift in St. Francis Bay, South Africa, some 15 miles from the shore on Friday evening, May 4, after the towing line between the two vessels snapped.The crew of AHT Carrier tried to detach from MT Order, which was apparently heading for scrapping, and re-attach the towline, but the efforts were futile, South Africa’s National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.Sarah Smith, NSRI’s St.Francis Bay station commander said that no lives were in any immediate danger while the two vessels remained tethered to each other. As informed, 14 crew members were on board the tug, while the tanker had no crew members on board.The emergency response vessels were dispatched to the scene on the following day when it was determined that the stricken duo had drifted around five nautical miles off the shore.NSRI St Francis Bay deployed sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II and the NSRI Jeffreys Bay sea rescue craft Eddie Beaumont II to the spot.“On arrival on the scene we found both vessels approximately 5 nautical miles off-shore and in the current drift they were approximately 2 hours from running aground,” Smith said.“All crew onboard the tug were safe but they were helpless without a tender boat to recover their towline from the water and with rope fouled around one motor leaving the MT Order at risk of running aground.”The NSRI sea rescue craft managed to haul back the broken tow line and rig another towing rope to the tug.The tug boat, with one of its engines operational and tow-line rigged stern to stern, managed to gently head further out to sea.Shortly afterward, SA Amandla salvage vessel arrived at the scene and took over the tow of the MT Order.“At this stage, SA Amandla are towing the casualty ship further out to sea and no further NSRI assistance has been requested,” NSRI said on Saturday, May 5.“NSRI St Francis Bay, NSRI Jeffreys Bay and all involved in this operation are commended for averting a disaster at sea today.”Image Courtesy: NSRIlast_img read more

Athlete’s Visit

first_imgIt is always nice when a coach’s former athlete stops by for an unexpected visit.  This has happened twice in the last week for me.  While I was at track practice Pete Schmidt (now living in Mishawaka, Indiana) stopped by.  Pete was a track and cross country runner at Batesville High School in the 70’s.  Pete held the 800 meter and 200 meter record at Batesville until a couple of years ago.A few days later, Dan Weisenbach (now living in Carmel, Indiana) stopped by the house.  Dan was also a track and cross country runner from the same era as Pete.  Dan, at one time, held the 400 meter record at Batesville.  This record has been broken several times since.  Dan is now a financial advisor and has a part-time office in Oldenburg.It was a lot of fun talking with both of them.  It is nice for any coach to see the young men/women they have coached become successful adults with families of their own.  Thank you Dan and Pete for stopping by!last_img read more

Ceremony marks official opening of Dauterive Hall

first_imgThe university held a grand opening ceremony for the new Dr. Verna and Peter Dauterive Hall for Social Sciences on Wednesday. The $30 million, 98,000-square foot building first broke ground two years ago and opened for classes at the beginning of the semester.It’s official · Members of the Trojan Marching Band play at the grand opening of Dauterive Hall on Wednesday. The building has hosted classes for multiple disciplines and departments since the first day of the fall semester. – Min Haeng Cho | Daily TrojanThe building houses several programs that aim to utilize multidisciplinary approaches for problem solving. Among the programs are the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, the Center for Economic and Social Research, the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation and the USC Dornsife Mind and Society Center.More than 500 people attended the ceremony, which was hosted in the open-air courtyard of the new building.Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Elizabeth Garrett began the ceremony by acknowledging some prominent attendees, including former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, USC Trustee Dr. Verna Dauterive and USC President C.L. Max Nikias and his wife Niki. Also in attendance were the deans of several USC schools and leaders from the construction and administrative teams.President Nikias introduced Dauterive, who received her master’s and doctoral degrees in education from USC’s Rossier School of Education in 1949 and 1966, respectively, and commended her unprecedented contributions to the university.“Today, we are celebrating one of education’s unique builders,” Nikias said. “Our USC Trustee Verna Dauterive breathes life into education. Her historic gift to this building was the largest by an African American in the history of American higher education.”President Nikias also acknowledged Dauterive’s husband, the late Peter Dauterive. Dauterive’s $30 million donation in 2008 was in his memory. Peter Dauterive graduated near the top of his class from the Marshall School of Business and went on to become the founding president and CEO of Founders Savings & Loan Association.“Peter never forgot his alma mater, supporting the Rossier School, Marshall School and the Norris Cancer Center,” Nikias said. “Peter and Verna shared a great commitment to each other but also to USC. Verna committed this building in memory of Peter. In many ways, Verna intended Dauterive Hall to be a love letter to her late husband.”In her speech, Dauterive credited President Nikias and Provost Garrett for deciding the building’s Romanesque style and design, which was structured in a way to optimize collaborative spaces.One of the building’s features is a sculpture titled “Ascending Thoughts” that changes color as the sun shines on it at different times of the day.“I think it’s good to have a building that incorporates multiple levels of subjects,” said Ioan Trayanov, an undeclared junior. “Whether or not you have classes with these other people, you’re still going to see them and run into them. And they’re not just people in your major — it’s people who have different thoughts and leads to a new type of diversity.”President Nikias hopes that the new building will help increase USC’s engagement with the world.“Interdisciplinary research has been one of the strengths of USC,” Nikias said. “With this new beautiful building and what goes inside, it makes a big statement and brings all the research to the next level. It will really make it possible for different social science researchers and students to come together to do the work that hopefully benefits the city and the world.”last_img read more