Graduate students find challenges rewarding

first_img “Classes tend to be primarily discussion based rather than test based,” Smith said. “They involve reading a lot of primary literature that is being published in science journals.” “A stipend is essentially a paid salary for your work as a graduate student,” Smith said. “With a research assistantship, your advisor is responsible for paying your salary through his research funding.” Though students traditionally go straight from undergraduate education to graduate school, Tang took a detour. She had a part-time job where she assisted a professor investigating potential environmental and genetic factors involved in autism. After graduation, she was offered a full-time position in the professor’s lab, which guided her toward her current position.  “As an undergraduate, you should go beyond the simple class requirements and seek out opportunities to get experience. Not only does this increase your chances of getting either a good job position or admittance to a professional degree program,” he said, “but it allows you to experience a field of work so that you can decide now, rather than later, if it is something you would like to do.” “I was lucky to have been introduced to a field that I am so intrigued by,” Tang said. “When inquiring into undergraduate research opportunities, I was not able to join the original lab group that interested me. I ended up in one that shaped my career as a research scientist,” he said.  Graduate students with paid stipends, Smith said, are not permitted to have any other jobs. Tang found that with her demanding course and research workload, there would be no time for an outside job, even if allowed one. “Graduate school is a full-time position,” Tang said. For Tang, life off campus allows for separation between her work and personal life. Frederick said that preparation is key, especially as an undergraduate. “The biggest piece of advice I have for undergraduates is to not be afraid to speak to your professors, TAs or professionals in the field that you are interested in. Ask questions about what they thought of their program of study, if there are any faculty members accepting students for the upcoming year and even what they believe would be the best fit for you,” Tang said. “People love to share their experiences with future graduate students.” Frederick’s course load requires him to take three core classes and three other electives, one of which must be in his field of specialty.  Frederick said this ultimately sparked his interest in protein dynamics using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.  “So much of my time is spent working in the lab, which is off campus, or in classes,” she said. “I appreciate [having] the time at home to unwind.” Teaching assistant by day, researcher by night — add on another 30 to 50 hours of reading and studying, take into consideration some driving time, and you begin to have a clearer image of the life of a graduate student at Notre Dame.  Graduate students also take advanced classes on their topic of interest, Smith said. Students in the Ph.D. program have to take two classes a semester for the first two years of the program, and then one credit worth of classes afterwards.  Victoria Smith, a graduate student in her second year of a Ph.D. program in the biology department, assists in a freshman biology class.  Through a teaching assistant (TA) position, graduate students can receive a stipend for their services, she said. Graduate students also obtain stipends through fellowships they have been awarded, or through a research assistantship. Though there is the drawback of commuting to work every morning, an especially difficult task on football weekends, Smith is able to have pets and plant a garden. These graduate students said living off campus has its benefits.  Smith estimates approximately 45 to 55 hours of her week are devoted to research in the lab, in addition to her work as a TA and reading at home.  After graduate school, Smith said she will likely stay in academia as an assistant professor at a university. Tang hopes to continue working with children with autism and their families.  Thomas Frederick, a first-year chemistry and biochemistry graduate student, entered his field of study by accident. For undergraduates looking to go to graduate school, Tang suggested thinking about it early.  “The stipend that I receive from the University of Notre Dame allows me to devote my time to research and academics, without having to worry about taking an outside job to pay for daily living expenses,” Tang said. “It is an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to just learn and think.” Karen Tang, a first-year clinical psychology doctoral student, works in a less visible position, focusing her energy into research. Tang spends the majority of her non-class time in the lab, reading articles in her area of interest, attending meetings and working with undergraduate research assistants.last_img read more

iPad receives rave reviews

first_imgAfter completing Notre Dame’s first iPad-based e-reader pilot class in October, Corey Angst and his Project Management students found that the device lived up to its widespread media hype. “My students felt that the iPad would be useful before they even began using it, and there was hardly any change in that belief over the course of the class,” said Angst, assistant professor of management at the Mendoza College of Business. Angst administered four surveys to his students throughout the course: one before the students received their loaned iPads, one three weeks into the course, one at the end of the course and one a few weeks after returning the devices to the University. He said these surveys provided him with valuable feedback as to whether or not iPads play a significant role in an individual student’s learning experience in relation to a specific course. “One of the goals of this pilot was to monitor the usefulness of the iPad in a classroom setting, and the survey results showed that the students’ opinions on this remained relatively constant,” Angst said. “This seven-week class showed that there is tremendous value in the device, but not necessarily in the way we anticipated.” Both Angst and Jon Crutchfield, academic technologies consultant, emphasized the fact that high expectations usually go hand in hand with brand-new technologies, but these expectations usually give way to marked decreases in user satisfaction. However, that trend was not observed in this initial test run at Notre Dame. “As people begin to use new technologies, their satisfaction usually goes way down once they start to find the limitations of a device,” Crutchfield said. “In this case, the satisfaction level of students on the final survey was almost identical to the expectations expressed in the first survey.” In response to the survey question, “Which statement best sums up your general feelings about using the iPad in the Project Management course?” only two of Angst’s 36 students chose the answer “I didn’t like it,” as opposed to 12 students who answered that they loved using the device during the class. According to Angst and Crutchfield, the most widely observed drawback to the iPad was its e-reader capabilities, which contrasted with their initial prediction of the device’s viability as an alternative to traditional textbooks. Crutchfield noted that most students had difficulty annotating and highlighting text in the electronic version of their textbook and that making the transition from a traditional textbook proved challenging. “We thought the e-book aspect would be the strongest determinant of value for students,” Angst said. “Instead, students felt there were limitations to reading books on the device, but they were willing to give up optimal book reading for the iPad’s other advantages.” Angst and his students cited the device’s portability, consolidation of information in one place, easy access to content, functional versatility and connectedness as the iPad’s advantages. Angst also said many of the applications available on the iPad have significantly improved since the beginning of the class, and he predicts the iPad and other e-readers will function better as textbook alternatives in the future. Two focus groups met to discuss the role of the iPad in the Notre Dame classroom after the Project Management class ended. Student members of these groups were able to provide feedback about how they adapted to using the devices daily. “Some older students told us that they had learned how to study successfully over the course of their time at Notre Dame, so asking them to switch to a different style of learning was a challenge,” Crutchfield said. “Some of the students were more successful than others at taking what they know and using it differently.” The focus groups also compiled a list of the pros and cons of using iPads in the classroom. However, the surveys Angst administered to his students provided more specific student responses to their individual use of the iPads. “One thing that struck me was my students’ responses to whether they thought they could learn more in any class, not just Project Management, using the iPad,” Angst said. “Fifteen of them felt that they would learn more just by having the device available.” Although students were encouraged to use the iPads as they wished without being extensively trained, Angst said that professors who teach iPad-based classes in the future should have an understanding of apps that are available, as well as provide students with some guidelines as to the device’s capabilities in relation to their specific class. “Professors can set themselves up for failure if they allow student use of the device to be entirely organic,” Angst said. “Some students will embrace the freedom, but others won’t bother to figure out how to use it if they are focused on more important things in terms of academics.” In terms of the ways students used the iPad to fit their needs, Crutchfield said he was surprised that a few students typed all their class notes on the iPad’s keyboard. “It’s not the greatest keyboard in the world, so we expected that to be a challenge,” Crutchfield said. Despite the device’s drawbacks, Crutchfield said only two students had technical problems with their iPads, both of which he said were easily resolved. Additionally, the device’s monitored security settings prevented one student from losing all his data when his iPad was stolen from his car. Both Angst and Crutchfield said that the pilot was valuable in highlighting the fact that introducing the devices at an earlier point in students’ college careers would help facilitate further integration of the device into regular learning. “When students were asked how the devices would have affected their learning if they had been given to them as freshmen, most agreed that they would have learned to study using the tools provided,” Crutchfield said. Angst said the ultimate goals of these pilot classes are centered around the student and his or her individual needs. “It all comes back to the student choosing a device that allows them to do the things they personally need to do, whether it’s the iPad or another device,” Angst said. Overall, Angst and Crutchfield said the pilot achieved the goal of providing more information about the use of e-readers in the classroom, and it will continue as the more data is gathered from the current round of classes using the iPad, including First Year of Studies Dean Hugh Page’s Contemplation and the First Year Experience class, librarian Cheri Smith’s Library Research course and Professor Erin Ponisciak’s Law School 101 class. The devices will be used in a Law School course and at least one foreign language course next semester, Crutchfield said. “We weren’t looking to see if the iPad was the perfect e-reader or classroom support technology,” Crutchfield said. “But it gives us a baseline to compare similar devices in the future, which we still intend to do.”last_img read more

Fire at SMC contained

first_imgSaint Mary’s students, faculty and staff were alerted early Saturday morning of a fire in the basement of the Moreau Center for the Arts in a theatre set storage area. Saint Mary’s security, as well as Notre Dame’s Fire Department, received the campus fire alarms simultaneously. Gwen O’Brien, director of media relations for the College, was quick to alert the media that the fire had been contained. “The Notre Dame Fire Department arrived to Moreau within just a couple of minutes, with the South Bend Fire Department and Clay Fire Territory responding to the alert as well,” O’Brien said. “Firefighters are investigating the cause of the fire.” As part of the campus wide alert system, students, faculty and staff all received a community outreach notice via text, phone and email. The alert notified everyone that the building was closed until further notice due to the fire. Senior Danielle Piscal, a resident of Opus Apartments on the campus, said she felt comforted security was so quick to alert the students. “It’s always concerning when you see that you have a call, a text and an email from security,” Piscal said. “But it’s always good to know that they are looking out for us and letting us know that no one was injured during the fire.” Senior Bri Tepe, a resident of LeMans Hall, just a short distance from Moreau, said she appreciates the extent of Saint Mary’s emergency alert system. “I think it was good that we received all three different forms of communication from security,” Tepe said. “The chances of being notified are more likely with all three rather than just a phone call. So many people have email on their phones these days so it makes it almost impossible not to know what is going on. I definitely felt well informed.” In the email alert, the College specified the time the fire began and reassured receivers it had been contained quickly and no one was injured. The text sent to students, faculty and staff showed the same message. “Smoke in the building was the biggest issue,” O’Brien said. “First Response, restoration specialists, spent Saturday and Sunday at Moreau Hall using highly specialized air purification equipment to clear the entire building of the smell of smoke.” The smell dissipated from the classrooms and the building is open for classes today, O’Brien said. The office space is also fine for use. As of last night, the air purification equipment was still operating in the building but was set to be removed around 7 a.m. this morning before classes began. The basement storage area where the fire occurred remains closed, O’Brien said. “It will be business as usual in Moreau tomorrow,” she said. “The musical ‘The Secret Garden’ will go on as scheduled this coming Friday and Saturday.”last_img read more

BAVO starts year with picnic

first_imgOn Thursday, Saint Mary’s students took a stand against domestic violence and sexual assault by participating in a NO MORE Campaign picnic hosted by the Belles Against Violence Office, director Connie Adams said.  “We wanted to do it at the beginning of the academic year to really kick off the year, reconnect and share what we’re about, encourage students to get involved and provide an opportunity for students to reconnect with the office,” Adams said.  The Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO), established nearly four years ago, educates students about sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking, Adams said. Part of the education process includes mandatory Green Dot training for all first-year students, Adams said. Green Dot training is part of a national campaign that encourages students not to ignore acts of violence.  “I get really, really excited to see the excitement that is coming from [first-year students],” Adams said. “They are recognizing they have the power to really reduce violence and really have an impact in our community.” Senior Elizabeth Burzynzki, a member of the BAVO Student Advisory Committee, said she recognized the importance of the cause when Adams spoke at her first-year orientation. “[When I was a first-year,] I thought the mandatory meetings about sexual assault were interesting,” Burzynzki said. “It’s like, ‘Yeah, this is a real issue, this is a human issue, this is something I need to get behind.’”  Adams said the Clothesline Project, a national initiative that bears witness to violence against women by decorating T-shirts, organized an important station at Thursday’s picnic.  “Girls can go and decorate a T-shirt, and then we’ll keep the T-shirt,” Adams said. “Later on in the year, we display [them] in the Student Center and then we also display [them] in the library,” Adams said.  Adams said she hopes the project’s light atmosphere will promote a positive, hopeful image of fighting sexual assault and violence. Hopefully, students will recognize this hope and get involved with BAVO this year, she said.  “Generally speaking, in our society when we talk about these issues, the initial reaction is kind of a loss of a sense of hope,” Adams said. “But when we start talking about ways that we can do something and [take] feasible steps to prevent violence, there’s power in that. That’s really exciting and it builds that hope up. I really feel that’s the core of what we’re about.”  Applications to join a BAVO programming committee are available at http://reslifesmc.wufoo.com/forms/bavo-programming-committee-application-z7z8q3/. They are due Sept. 9.  Contact Emilie Kefalas at [email protected]last_img read more

Annual ‘Revue’ to incorporate political themes in comedic sketches

first_imgMove over, Alec Baldwin — the Knights of Keenan Hall are entering the political satire arena with this year’s Keenan Revue, “State of the Revuenion.”The Revue will be performed at 7 p.m. in Stepan Center on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.Senior Jean Carlo Yunen, this year’s Keenan Revue director, said the idea for the theme developed from a desire to bring the Notre Dame community together through laughter in spite of any political disagreements.“Seeing the country divided and the current political situation, we thought we could do something about it,” he said. “Not make fun just because we want to make fun, but [knowing] we could bring people together in laughter despite what their differences were and make a commentary on what the state [of the country] is. [It] doesn’t necessarily drive most of our skits in many ways, but it’s something that is still there.”While the idea for the State of the Revuenion theme had been discussed in previous years, senior Revue producer T.J. Groden said the current political climate offered the perfect opportunity to explore the theme.“State of the Revuenion was one of those puns that was on the list but didn’t get chosen,” he said. “Then this year, with all that was happening, it was just the sort of defining dialogue of the year. We thought it was an appropriate time to use that theme to engage in that dialogue a little bit.”The Keenan Revue publicity directors capitalized on this year’s theme by putting up posters modeled after presidential candidate poster and staging mock protests against the Keenan Revue — during which Keenan Hall residents chanted “Not my Revue” — to generate increased buzz about the event, sophomore publicity director Henry Mulholland said.“We usually do a flash mob dance, and we totally butchered it last year,” he said. “So we were trying to think of something else we could do and we thought it would be funny to have a protest against ourselves. … I think it was a really important year last year in terms of the election, and everything, so we all thought that would be a fun way to make fun of ourselves and also continue with the theme.”Mulholland said he hopes those who might have had a negative reaction to the publicity campaign come to the Revue to engage in a dialogue about the various events the Revue will parody.“Even if it does spark a little fire for people, I think it’s good,” he said. “I think what the Revue does is just kind of get people talking in a good way about topics that might be sensitive for people, so it’s a good thing overall that people will be coming out for the Revue based on however they feel.”While some of the skits address national events and discussions, Groden said they all relate to the University in one way or another.“Some of our more politically-bent skits involve Trump juxtaposed with a Notre Dame figure or put in a Notre Dame setting, so we’re sort of exploring those topics,” he said. “With those national topics we sort of bring it in to more of the Notre Dame [and] local level.”Junior Wilson Barrett, returning head writer for the Revue, said adding aspects of Notre Dame to political skits allowed the writers to present a fresh take on frequently parodied figures and events.“I think there’s so much conversation and comedy around President Trump right now that it’s hard to add a new voice to that conversation sometimes,” he said. “I think the place that we can lend our voice most strongly is maybe on a Notre Dame level. … I think that’s the fun of the Revue is that you throw in outside stuff and you let that affect what goes on, but I think it’s a Notre Dame show about Notre Dame.”While some of the material in the Keenan Revue may be considered controversial, the head staff was careful to not cross any lines in deciding what to include in the show, something Groden said was not made any more difficult by this year’s theme.“There were definitely a lot of skits that were way too inappropriate or they’re just a little or a lot over that line, and we wouldn’t put [that] onstage and put Keenan’s name behind it,” he said. “But I wouldn’t say that this year there were any of those that were because of the theme or the political dynamic.”Junior John McDonough, one of two new head writers along with junior Michael Di Re, said while the head staff was conscious of not crossing any lines, they also gave Keenan Hall residents the freedom to take risks during tryouts.“The tryouts the first time are just the Keenan guys, and we try to give the fairest feedback,” he said. “We’ve done this for a little bit, so we know what works and what’s okay and everything, but you’ve kind of got to give room for people to give it a shot, and then if you see them cross the line you pull them back.”The process of creating the show and determining content is left primarily to the hall residents, Keenan rector Noel Terranova said.“I just on the front end try to set the right vision for what we want the show to be,” he said. “For the most part, they kind of know how to produce the content that actually meets our goals of doing something that’s both funny and insightful and actually reflects the values of Keenan Hall and the Notre Dame community.”Aside from political skits, Barrett said the show includes parodies of University President Fr. John Jenkins and head football coach Brian Kelly.“I think on campus we have powerful or well-known people like coach Kelly and Fr. Jenkins that I think we’ve done a better job than ever [parodying],” he said. “And, obviously, Brian Kelly has done a better job than ever. We just want to say thank you to him, he’s done a great job in giving us material. … [Those are] the other areas that we delve into most, I’d say.”Groden said this event would not be possible without the support of former Keenan Hall residents who offered donations to pay for the show.“Our tickets are free — and they always have been — but we rely on the generous support of our alumni,” Groden said. “… It is tens of thousands of dollars to put on the show, so we really rely on [their generosity].Aside from alumni contributions, however, the head staff relied on the support of current Keenan Hall residents to make the Revue a success. This year, Groden said, over half the Keenan Hall residents are involved with the Revue in one way or another.“That was one of our big goals this year, was to try to get as many people involved — especially freshmen — as involved in the show as possible,” he said. “So there are only so many people that will be onstage and that you’ll see in the spotlight, but for every one person onstage there are five or six guys behind the scenes … [to] make the show possible.”Tags: Keenan Hall, Keenan Revue, president trumplast_img read more

Panel discusses issues associated with body image

first_imgSaint Mary’s Student Government Association held a panel Tuesday in which body image issues, self-love and health were discussed as part of Love Your Body Week. Junior Anna Mullek, social concerns committee chair, said it is important for students to see the prevalence of peers struggling with body image. “Hopefully a few brave women sharing their diverse journeys will encourage other students to go and either seek help or consider sharing their own story in the future to inspire and serve others,” she said.Mullek and junior Haley Coghlan organized the panel, which featured speakers who touched on topics such as anorexia, embarrassing body issues and overall body health. The first speaker, junior Emma Lewis, spoke about her experience with anorexia in high school. She said her journey of recovery has taught her she is not alone, and it‘s fine she doesn‘t always like everything about herself.“Even if you don’t have an eating disorder, even if you don’t have a diagnosis, and even if you do, you’re not alone. Everyone has body positivity issues; it just makes you human,” Lewis said. “What really matters is learning how to look at yourself and just say ‘you know, I may not like this today, but I do like this.’”Sophomore Sophia Wittenberg also spoke about her experience with anorexia. She said today it can be easy to get wrapped up in yourself, and looking to others can help you see the wonderful qualities about yourself.“I would stress the importance of leaning on friends and family and faith because that is something I wish I would have done,” she said. Sophomore Anne Nowalk shared her story of learning how to cope with irritable bowel syndrome. She said that although issues like these are uncomfortable to discuss, it is important to pay attention to the needs of your body and not be embarrassed by them. “I needed to change my diet; I needed to change what I did for my body,” she said. “It took patience to do what helped me, but the more you don’t reach out, the worse it’s going to get. It can feel lonely, but you don’t have to feel alone. You should love your body no matter what.”Elizabeth McGonagle, who is a 25-year veteran of the health and wellness industry and owns a fitness center in Alabama, spoke at the panel via recording. McGonagle said the five pillars of health are the food we eat, sleep, exercise, quiet and healing. She said quiet is rare, but it is very important for our mental health and body image “Your body needs time be silent. You’ll be able to hear your body better in silence. Walk away from the phone, sit in silence for five minutes, and you will begin to crave that moment of science,” she said.McGonagle said healing is the most important pillar of health and body image because it means letting go of anger and hostility as well as seeing the good in others and most importantly in yourself. “Acknowledge what you need,” McGonagle said. “I cannot believe how mean people are to themselves. Take a more honest look at who you are, acknowledge the good, the bad, the ugly and magnificent because we have it all.”Tags: Body Image, Love Your Body Week, Self-confidence, sgalast_img read more

Holy Cross students react to college cheating scandal

first_imgUnlike the students involved in the recent nationwide college admissions scandal, the first-generation, low-income and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students of Holy Cross said they received little to no assistance when it was time for them to begin applying to colleges and universities.The official Holy Cross website states 32% of the College’s student body consists of first-generation college students.Anna Mason | The Observer First year and first-generation student Cody Rieckhoff said he remembers not being able to go to his parents for help during his college search.”I had the guidance counselors and teachers who would help with my process, but when it came to my parents, I had no insight on how to apply,” he said. “I had no insight on where to look. So, I just started exploring. I just started to look, I applied to, I think, nine different colleges and all of them were off of free applications.”Rieckhoff said he remembered the exact moment when he realized his parents could no longer give him advice about his future. “I had this opposition from my parents about where they wanted me to go, and for me, I was like, ‘Well, what do you know about college?’” Rieckhoff said. ”Because they didn’t go, I felt it hard to look to them for advice about what to expect.”First-year students Patricia Vasquez and Erick Maciel Diaz also faced challenges during the college application process — both are first-generation, low-income students as well as DACA recipients. Diaz said his college search became complicated in September of 2017 when his DACA status was in danger of being taken away. “I did most of the research on my own, and I did my applications thinking that I was going to receive financial aid,” he said. ”Once the whole DACA program got rescinded in September, that stopped me from wanting to search for federal aid, because I knew that then I couldn’t get it, and I didn’t really know at the time what was going to happen to DACA or me.”Vasquez said she looked for additional assistance during her college search from the Nicholas Academic Centers, a tutoring and mentor program for high school students, as her options for college felt limited at the time. The Nicholas Academic Centers negotiated on Vasquez’s behalf so she could receive the resources necessary for her to attend Holy Cross. “Most of my peers were born here, and I wasn’t,” she said. “I was beginning to apply for my DACA [status], and once I started applying to my DACA [program], I realized that me not being born here was going to affect my financial aid package for college. … [The Nicholas Academic Center] constantly told me, ‘Yeah, you have this [state] of being different, of being low-income and being a DACA recipient, but you also have opportunities if you have the right system advocating for you.‘”Diaz said he was not surprised to hear of the admissions scandal.“I think everyone somehow knew in the back of their minds that this has always happened,“ he said. “I don’t think it’s institutionalized, but I do think money has something to play in getting students accepted into colleges anywhere. So, really, I think this is only part of a bigger picture that shows how skewed the system is and how we’re not playing fairly.” Rieckhoff, on the other hand, said he was shocked to hear how far people were willing to go to get into elite schools.“I feel like it takes away from the prestige of making it anywhere for people to be basically bribing their way into college or bribing their kids into college or extorting money from somebody,” he said. “It just seems very, very unfair for a lot of the people who work really hard to get where they are. … It blows my mind that people put so much prestige behind a college that they’re willing to pay four-college-tuitions-worth of money just to get their kid to go.”Vasquez said she would like to see more Holy Cross faculty become empathetic toward low-income and first-generation students.“I would like to see more of workshops for [College] staff and faculty, just to give them a perspective of what it means to have a student that is first-generation or low-income,“ Vasquez said. “Because I’m pretty sure they’re aware that they have some students that are low-income and first-generation or DACA recipients, but they’re not well aware of what they go through.” Tags: Admissions, admissions scandal series, DACA, DACA Students, first generation, Holy Cross Collegelast_img read more

Notre Dame London Program receives advisories regarding coronavirus

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Sarah Naatz The Millennium Eye and Thames River in London. Notre Dame officials met with students in London on Monday about the coronavirus outbreak and its implications for the abroad program.“As of today, we have no intention of closing the London program. We’ve made that very clear to everyone,” Alice Tyrell, director of academic programs for Notre Dame in London, said. “That means, at this moment, if you chose to voluntarily withdraw from London today, that would constitute a voluntary withdrawal from the University.”The situation is active and changing, Tyrell said, and is informed by advice from the University, as well as both the U.S. and U.K. governments.“If this guidance changes, it will be communicated to you,” Tyrell said.However, students were encouraged to take some travel precautions in the wake of the virus’ spread. Students were strongly advised not to go to Italy, after Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s cut both of their study abroad programs short.University-sponsored travel has been halted entirely, as it is unclear where and to what degree coronavirus will appear next.“The situation remains fluid,” Josh Copeland, director of student affairs for Notre Dame in London, said. “We follow the information as it’s given, in daily updates from local government resources both in the U.S. and in the U.K., but there’s only so much that we can predict about it. As you’re choosing where you go on your travels, please do keep that in mind.”These warnings should be given greater attention as students head into spring break, Copeland said.“Think about the the possible potential consequences for you returning from a place like Italy coming back to the U.K. if it becomes a greater concern,” Copeland said. “Travel restrictions could be put in place. You could be facing more complicated screening. Depending on if you were to come back and be symptomatic of something, you might have to be facing quarantine or self-isolation as governed by those guidelines. … You could have significant issues at reentry, you could find yourself stuck and unable to be back for classes because you’re dealing with an isolation situation. Personal advice — it’s just not worth it.”All students — those planning to leave London over spring break and those choosing to remain the city — are required to alert the University to their whereabouts for the upcoming week by filling out standard travel forms.Furthermore, University officials confirmed if the Centers for Disease Control and State Department issue a level three travel alert for a country, the University will pull students from that country.“We are looking at working for all locations,” Jaime Signoracci, associate director of international travel and safety for Notre Dame International, said at the meeting over the phone. “Again, we’re monitoring the situation hour-by-hour [in] all the countries that we currently have international travelers due to faculty and staff.”Tags: coronavirus, London Global Gateway, Notre Dame International Notre Dame officials called a mandatory meeting for London Global Gateway students at Marian Kennedy Fischer Hall at noon Monday to update them on the ongoing spread of coronavirus throughout Europe. Notre Dame’s Dublin program — its second-largest abroad program — has yet to call for such a meeting.In the meeting, administrators stressed that, as of right now, the London program will continue as normal.last_img read more

14 New COVID-19 Cases Reported Wednesday

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN Stock Image.MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Health Department has reported 14 new cases of COVID-19.In an update Wednesday, health leaders say there are now 141 active cases.Of the new cases, three are in Westfield and Fredonia, two are in Jamestown, Silver Creek and Dunkirk while one is in Cassadaga and Mayville.There are currently 4 active cases among employees of and 14 active cases among residents associated with Tanglewood Manor; 23 employees and 75 residents associated with this outbreak have recovered and one resident has died. The Chautauqua County Health Department is also monitoring a cluster of cases in the North County, which they say was the result of a private event. At least 23 cases have been linked to the event, with 4 cases active and 19 have recovered.There remain 25 people hospitalized in Chautauqua County as of Monday.To date there have been a total 1,130 total confirmed cases of the virus, with 974 recovered and 15 deaths reported.last_img read more

Audubon Community Nature Center Holding “Play Care” This Week

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Audubon Community Nature Center Image.CARROLL – The Audubon Community Nature Center is kicking off a new program this week to give parents a break from the kiddos and youngers time outdoors.Officials say the Nature Play Care is a nature-based supplement to indoor day care or virtual schooling that promotes the playing and exploring that provide the foundations for successful learning.At Audubon’s Nature Play Care, four to six-year-olds can spend Wednesday, Thursday, and/or Friday mornings, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., playing outdoors, engaging with nature, and learning about the natural world.Dates still open this month are Wednesday through Friday, December 16, 17, and 18, and Wednesday and Thursday, December 30 and 31. In all but the most inclement weather, the children play outdoors, explore the trails, and engage with nature. Experienced nature educators provide a host of supplies and activities that are the building blocks for engineering, science, art, physics, and math skills.Children participate in a mix of self-chosen and guided activities, both group and solitary. Their pursuits develop a number of early childhood skills such as full-body movement, fine motor skills, balance, core muscle development, risk assessment, and socialization. Guided mini-lessons help students get ready for classroom settings, learn routines, and develop school-readiness skills.The group says normal health benefits of playing outdoors are undisputed and even more important now as everyone struggles to adapt to the restrictions and consequences of COVID-19.Audubon requests that children have face coverings with them. Additionally, children must be completely potty trained and parents are asked to send a snack and water bottles with their child.The fee is $28, and Nature Center members receive a 10 percent discount.To register, call the Nature Center at (716) 569-2345 or go to AudubonCNC.org and click on “Register for a Program.”last_img read more