Alumnae promote benefits of study abroad

first_imgThree Saint Mary’s alumnae took part in a panel discussion Wednesday to highlight the impact of study abroad experiences on careers. Class of 2006 alumna Molly Monceaux, manager of ideation at Just Marketing International, began the presentation by discussing her yearlong experience in Ireland and the effect it had on her career in marketing. “When I came to Saint Mary’s, I definitely wasn’t prepared to be at school on my own yet,” Monceaux said.  “So my first semester abroad was a lot of getting acclimated and meeting people, and then second semester was a blast because I was comfortable and could really enjoy the experiences much more.” When she returned, she was a completely different person from when she left for Ireland, Monceaux said “I fell into an internship with a marketing agency in Indianapolis, and [after graduation] I worked on a Chevrolet racing team. This skyrocketed my career because I made a ton of connections,” Monceaux said.  “It was an opportunity for me to use the traits I learned studying abroad.” Studying abroad teaches students to live and work independently, adapt quickly to new situations, be financially responsible, be exposed to new philosophies and to develop global-mindedness, Monceaux said. “It’s key to approach study abroad as an educational experience,” Monceaux said. “Don’t go out as a tourist, but really get into the culture because that way, you will learn a lot about yourself.” Kara Kelly, a member of the class of 1996 and director of communications for the City of South Bend, said she also studied abroad in Ireland during her time at Saint Mary’s. Kelly said she experienced a different community atmosphere while abroad. “Through study abroad, I experienced a sense of community that I never felt, even in my hometown,” Kelly said.  “I now feel a deeper connection to the larger world.” Kelly said her study abroad experience helped her realize the power of communication across cultural boundaries and the importance of sprouting from our personal, familiar worlds. Class of 1992 alumna Catherine Singleton, an attorney for Gresk and Singleton, said she came to Saint Mary’s simply to study other languages, especially Spanish. “Not all programs are the same, and you don’t need to know why you’re going abroad,” Singleton said. “For me, I think it’s important to know what I was trying to accomplish, [which was] proficiency in foreign languages. I wanted to see how I would feel speaking that language and trying to blend into that country. I believe that cultural acclimation is a skill that you can learn.” Singleton said now as an attorney she is able to speak Spanish on a regular basis with her clients.  She also currently works in a building that she helped design both interiorly and exteriorly based on inspiration from the beauty of France and the architecture of Italy. The panel concluded after students were able to ask questions about the particulars of each alumna’s experiences and careers. Freshman Emily Sullivan said she enjoyed the panel and learned many helpful tips. “I’m planning to go abroad in the spring of 2015, so this panel reassured me that going abroad is not only good for the experience but also for my future after college,” Sullivan said. Junior Emily Scanlon, who studied abroad in Rome in the fall of 2012, said the alumnae made her consider how she would use her experience in Italy to further her career goals. “I’m always thinking about my time in Rome, but I never know how to put the consequences of my experience into a context that will help me in the workforce,” Scanlon said.  “The panel made me reflect on the long term impacts that studying overseas will have and already has on me, which is great, since I know it will always be one of my favorite memories in my life.” Contact Kelly Konya at kkonya01@saintmarys.edulast_img read more

Notre Dame seniors refurbish houses to provide off-campus student housing

first_imgWith the help of an investor, seniors Tom Taylor and John Kennedy purchased three unoccupied houses adjacent to their off-campus residence, refurbished them and are planning on renting them to other Notre Dame students through three limited liability corporations (LLC).“We’re both business guys, and we’ve always talked about projects and different endeavors aside from our primary jobs,” said Taylor. “We were sitting in our house one day, looking at houses around us — which are unoccupied — and we started digging. We lived in a house and know how fun it can be, and [we] wanted to maximize that for other people.”Eventually, Taylor and Kennedy found out St. Joseph County owned the three houses, and after several months of negotiating with the county, the houses were sold at auction on February 21 of this year. Taylor and Kennedy won the auction with the help of an investor, who wished to remain anonymous.“Since then, we’ve been putting in a lot of work to get them renovated [from] top to bottom,” Kennedy said.The process of renovating the houses is “going great,” Taylor said. Although the houses did not need a full renovation, the pair decided that they would “start over” with each house.“We wanted to make them perfect,” Kennedy said.Kennedy and Taylor said they wanted to make the houses into “something that college students want to live in.” Though they are not tailoring the houses toward parents, another mental test they are using is to consider what a parent walking through the house would think. The houses will be ready in August, before the start of the school year.Taylor and Kennedy said their own experiences living off campus had inspired them to take on this project.“We’ve done both apartment and house,” Taylor said. “What we wanted to do was to give people the good part of what we had and get rid of the bad parts, such as problems with heating, drains, and things falling apart.”Kennedy said the pair wanted to “remove the headache.”The two also hoped to alleviate the shortage of off-campus housing, noting that their current house is already rented out to current freshmen for their senior year. They believe the houses’ 20 collective bedrooms will provide “a huge injection.”For Taylor and Kennedy, the main attraction of the houses is the large backyard the three houses and the pair’s current residence share. They joked that they might entitle their enterprise “Madison Garden Estates,” given that the houses are located one mile south of campus at the corners of North Francis and East Madison streets.Kennedy said the neighbors have reacted well to the development.“We never had a problem with neighbors,” he said. “They have been very positive. The houses were not occupied, so the neighbors are excited to see neighborhood looking good again.”Each house will have its own LLC, and the pair plan on hiring a property manager for each one. In the project’s first few years, however, Taylor and Kennedy anticipate playing a big role in the renting process.Kennedy said they also wouldn’t rule out an expansion of their business.“It’s a possibility,” he said. “This is a good market to be in. We could use proceeds to do more investments in South Bend and elsewhere.”Taylor said he and Kennedy are excited to contribute to improving the South Bend community.“We’re big fans of South Bend, we think it’s on the rise and want to be a part of it,” he said. “We want to look back on rise of South Bend and see that we were a part of it.”Tags: off-campus housing, renovating, South Bend, student houseslast_img read more

Student government brings farmer’s market to quad

first_imgNorth Quad will look like a farmer’s market Friday afternoon as part of a new student government initiative, Quad Markets, which brings locally grown produce, fresh pastries, handcrafted accessories and more to campus.“This is a great opportunity for Notre Dame as a whole to better connect with the South Bend community,” junior Lindsay Huth, Student Government communications director, said. “We’re hoping that through this, people will find interesting South Bend shops and restaurants that they’ll visit in the future and that they’ll discover all of the things the city has to offer.The markets will take place from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. Quad Markets, sponsored by Student Government, is the realization of an idea student body president Lauren Vidal and vice president Matt Devine, both seniors, introduced in their election platform last spring. Sophomore and director of community relations Jamie Grzybowski has been responsible for planning and executing the event and has worked closely with student government.“Quad Markets will feature 18 different vendors from the local South Bend area, including a number of vendors from the South Bend farmers’ market,” Grzybowski said. “We also engaged in a partnership with Whole Foods Market, who recruited additional local vendors and who will have its own booth at the market.”Grzybowski said the variety of products on sale will include locally made jams, salsas, flavored honeys, gourmet popcorn, coffee, juices, produce and handmade goods such as scarves and jewelry that respect a student budget.“Students, undergrads specifically, are our primary target,” Huth said. “But it’s also a football weekend, and we’re hoping to promote it to all of the visitors on campus as well.”Grzybowski said shopping bags filled with information cards about the vendors will be available to the first 500 shoppers. Shoppers can take their purchases to-go or sit and enjoy them at an inside seating area within the market. She also said shoppers should bring cash, as a limited number of vendors accept debit or credit cards.“Students can stock up on dorm groceries, buy an afternoon snack or treat themselves to a handcrafted good all from one convenient location,” Grzybowski said.Huth said the event is about more than just food and is part of student government’s hope to integrate Notre Dame and the greater South Bend community.“South Bend isn’t just a place for students to perform service projects,” she said. “It’s a great community with awesome resources and culture. Our thought was that if we bring some of the city’s great shops to the students, they’ll realize how great they are and want to visit in the future or even explore other South Bend options.”Tags: farmers market, North Quad, quad markets, Student government, whole foods marketlast_img read more

Bracy scores career high in Lamar’s blowout of Schreiner

first_img The 116 points equaled the school mark set against McNeese State on Dec. 8, 1990, while the 79-point margin of victory is the second largest in school history, behind only an 86-point win at Florida International on Jan. 2, 1980, when the Cards rolled to a 114-28 triumph.The Cards had six players score in double figures on Monday. In addition to Bracy’s 24 and Barrs’ 11, Jadyn Pimentel had 15 points, Moe Kinard had 10, while DeA’ngela Mathis added 12 points off the bench and Briana Laidler came off the bench to score 10 points. Mathis and Laidler were both 5-of-5 from the field. The Cardinals had a season-high 65 points off the bench in the win. Pimentel had a career-high eight assists.The Cardinals shot a season-best 61 percent (47 of 77) from the field while also draining a season-high 46.7 percent of their three-point attempts (14 of 30).LU held Schreiner to 22.8 percent shooting (13-of-57) from the field, including a 22.2 percent (6-of-27) effort from three-point range. LU forced Schreiner into 29 turnovers, while the Cardinals committed just eight for the game. LU had a 45-3 advantage in points off turnovers. Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – Lola Bracy came off the bench to score a career-high 24 points, while Chastadie Barrs her national-best third triple-double of the season as the Lamar Cardinals equaled a school record for points scored in a 116-37 win over the visiting Schreiner Mountaineers in a non-conference women’s basketball game at the Montagne Center on Monday night.Barrs, who finished with 11 points, handed out a career-best 11 assists and equaled her career high with 11 steals as the Cardinals (5-4) won their 19th straight home game dating back to last season. Barrs has at least one steal in all 70 games in her career, while she moved into third place on LU’s all-time assist chart with 378. Jenna Plumley is second at 399. Ramona Jones holds the LU career mark with 653 assists.The Cardinals never trailed in this game, scoring the first seven points of the contest. LU led 29-10 after one quarter and 53-15 at halftime. The Cardinals pushed their advantage to 85-22 after three quarters before outscoring the Mountaineers 31-15 in the final period. Bracy was 9 of 14 from the field on her career night. She also set career highs with four rebounds and two assists.Jordyn Villa led Schreiner with 10 points. The Mountaineers, a Division III school, considered Monday’s game as an exhibition. LU is the second exhibition loss to a Southland Conference school for the Mountaineers this season. Abilene Christian was a 97-48 winner over Schreiner on Nov. 13.The Cardinals take a break from competition for a little more than two weeks for final exams. LU opens a three-game road trip on Dec. 20 when it travels to New Mexico for the final non-conference game of the season. LU opens Southland Conference play at Houston Baptist on Dec. 28 before traveling to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 30.last_img read more

Adrienne Warren-Led Tina Turner Bio-Musical Announces More Casting

first_img Star Files Simply the best! More stars have been announced for the world premiere of Tina: The Musical. The Tina Turner bio-show that will star the previously announced Tony nominee Adrienne Warren as music icon Turner will begin performances on March 21, 2018 with an opening set for April 21 at the Aldwych Theatre in London’s West End.Joining Warren will be Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as Ike Turner, Madeline Appiah as Tina’s mother Zelma Bullock, Lorna Gayle as Tina’s Grandmother GG, Tom Godwin as record producer Phil Spector and lyricist Terry Britten, Francesca Jackson as manager Rhonda Graam, Aisha Jawando as Tina’s sister Alline Bullock, Natey Jones as Raymond Hill and Tina’s father Richard Bullock, Gerard McCarthy as record company marketing manager Erwin Bach, Ryan O’Donnell as Tina’s manager Roger Davies and Jenny Fitzpatrick as the alternate for the role of Tina Turner. They will be joined by ensemble members Tsemaye Bob-Egbe, Keisher Downie, Kit Esuruoso, Jammy Kasongo, Sia Kiwa, Jason Langley, Kayleigh McKnight, Baker Mukasa and Tanisha Spring along with swings Derek Aidoo, Gavin Alex, Edward Bourne, Candace Furbert, Hannah Jay-Allan and Rodney Vubya.Featuring a book by Katori Hall, Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, direction by Phyllida Lloyd and choreography by Anthony Van Laast, Tina: The Musical will follow Turner from her humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global queen of rock ‘n’ roll. The show is expected to feature Turner’s hit songs including “What’s Love Got to Do with It?,” “The Best” and “Proud Mary.” View Comments Adrienne Warren(Photo: Ted Ely) Adrienne Warrenlast_img read more

Jason Manford to Return as Host for 2020 Olivier Awards

first_img Jason Manford has been announced as host of the 2020 Olivier Awards. Having previously hosted in 2017 and 2019, the much-loved comedian, actor and singer will return to the Royal Albert Hall for the glittering ceremony on April 5.”It’s great to be back hosting the Olivier Awards,” said Manford in a statement. “Having trod the boards myself many times, I’ve experienced firsthand the huge wealth of creativity and talent across the U.K. theater industry. I look forward to celebrating all the incredible work produced over the last year. It will definitely be a night to remember—see you at the Royal Albert Hall!”Manford is an award-winning comedian, broadcaster and actor known for frequent television appearances on programs like 8 Out of 10 Cats and Live at the Apollo. He boasts numerous stage credits, including the Olivier-winning production of Sweeney Todd, an acclaimed U.K. tour of The Producers and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.Competitive nominations will be revealed on March 3. Jason Manford(Photo: John Phillips/Getty Images) View Commentslast_img read more

Your spouse is trying your patience. Instead of freaking out, do this

first_imgThe Globe and Mail: Maybe you are outraged by the dirty socks strewn across your bedroom floor. Or you are frustrated that your anniversary has gone unacknowledged – again. Whatever the reason, your spouse is trying your patience. How do you bring back that loving feeling?…“Not only did this effect emerge for marital satisfaction, it also emerged for other relationship processes – like passion and sexual desire – that are especially vulnerable to the ravages of time,” lead author Eli Finkel of Northwestern University said in a press release.Read the whole story: The Globe and Mail See Eli J. Finkel at the 25th APS Annual Convention. More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Prayer leads people who believe in a benevolent God to read less hostility in others’ eyes, study finds

first_imgPinterest Share on Facebook Share PsyPost interviewed the study’s corresponding author, Marieke Meijer-van Abbema of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Read her responses below:PsyPost: Why were you interested in this topic?We observed among Christians that people behave social for very different reasons. The main two reasons seem to be, first, because of group pressure, fear to be rejected by others and God, and second, because of the intention to be like Jesus, trust in God’s love and wanting to share. From the outside, the outcome of these different motivations is the same, namely prosocial behaviour. We wondered if, at a more unconscious level, there also would be a difference in attitude towards others before the actual behaviour takes place.What should the average person take away from your study?The way you look at God colours the way you look at others, even if you don’t believe in God. The results showed that people believing in a loving and caring God failed to recognize negative emotions in eyes of others, after activation of God belief, in this case through prayer. If you believe God loves you and you trust him to take care of you, you will trust others more, maybe because you don’t have to be alert — after all God will protect you. Also your perspective might change. When God loves us, we will love others too. There is a study among Palestinians (Ginges, Sheikh, Atran & Argo, 2015) where participants were asked to look at others through God’s eyes. This mitigated bias towards Jewish Israelis, promoting more prosocial behaviour and in the end maybe even peace.If you believe more strongly in a judging God, you will feel more fear and guilt and therefore be more fearful or judging to others. It therefore helps to reflect on what you actually believe about God and to reflect on the way this influences the way you observe others. This goes also for those who don’t believe in God, but often have negative thoughts on God when asked for. These negative thoughts also seem to overflow to others, at least when these thoughts on God are activated.Are there any major caveats? What questions still need to be addressed?We only used the mind in the eyes test to measure how people evaluate emotions in the eyes of others. Although this measure has been used many times before, some items might be interpretable in different ways. Therefore repetition of this study with an alternative measure of social evaluation, how people perceive others, would be informative. Also, God image might be measured more in depth, with something like a personality measurement. Besides, I believe that the way one sees God influences the way one sees oneself, so human image and god image might interact with each other. But how?Finally, addressing fear and trust as different drives need to be examined more in depth in the context of God-human relation.Is there anything else you would like to add?We conducted these studies in the Netherlands, a quite secularized country where Christians do not have much political power. Christians in the Netherlands are mostly very active and involved, but hesitate to tell about their faith outside the church, out of fear to be ironized. The Dutch Christians reported a mainly strong caring and loving God believe and far less a punishing God belief.However, we did (partly) the same study in the USA and there the God belief seems to be more complex. People report to have strong beliefs in a caring God and a punishing God at the same time. Considering the perspective change theory, this might be due to the fact that Christians in the States actually have power, so when you believe that God judges, you might have the actual means to judge others too, without strong repercussions or social rejection. But obviously, far more research is needed on this topic.The study, “After God’s image: prayer leads people with positive God beliefs to read less hostility in others’ eyes“, was also co-authored by Sander L. Koole. It was published January 20, 2017. LinkedIncenter_img Share on Twitter Email New research suggests that Christians are less likely to perceive negative mental states in others after praying.The researchers had 110 Dutch Christians either pray for a person in need or just think about a person in need before completing the Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test to assess their social perception. The test requires participants to judge whether 36 photographs of different people’s eye gazes display a negative or positive emotion.The study, published in the journal Religion, Brain & Behavior, found that the participants who prayed tended to recognize less hostility in other people’s eyes. This was particularly true of participants who reported more trust in God and believed God was benevolent.last_img read more

News Scan for Jul 08, 2019

first_imgCDC notes 9 new Salmonella cases, links outbreak to Cavi brand papayasLate last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed nine new salmonellosis cases in a multistate outbreak and pinned the infections to just one brand: Cavi.The outbreak now involves 71 confirmed cases, including 27 hospitalizations in eight states, the CDC on Jul 5. The agency first reported the outbreak a week earlier but hadn’t at that point identified a particular brand.”With the exception of Cavi brand whole, fresh papayas, consumers no longer need to avoid papayas imported from Mexico,” the CDC said. “Epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicates that Cavi brand whole, fresh papayas distributed by Agroson’s LLC are a likely source of this outbreak.” The agency did not mention a product recall.Illness-onset dates range from Jan 14 to Jun 16, but most have occurred since April. No deaths have been recorded. Patients range in age from less than 1 year to 90 years, and, of 40 people with available information, 28 (70%) reported being of Hispanic ethnicity.New York state has the most cases, with 27, followed by New Jersey (18), Connecticut (14), Massachusetts (5), and Pennsylvania (4). Florida, Rhode Island, and Texas each have reported 1 case.Jul 5 CDC update Studies highlight impact of Zika infection during pregnancyA study of Mexican data shows underreporting of fatal congenital Zika syndrome (CZS), and one conducted in Colombia highlights a high incidence of gestational and neonatal complications in fetuses and infants of women infected during pregnancy.The first study, by US, Mexican, and Colombian investigators, involved Mexican nationwide data from 2007 through 2017 and was published in Emerging Infectious Diseases. Mexico’s Zika outbreak began in November 2015, and the researchers wanted to estimate how maternal Zika infection affected infant deaths from microcephaly (small-than-normal heads and brains).They note that the rate of infant deaths due to microcephaly rose from 0.80 per 100,000 live births from 2007 through 2015 to 1.17 per 100,000 live births in 2016-17, for an attributable risk of 31.7%. The team also noted that 51 CZS cases were reported in the country from Jan 1, 2016, through Nov 26, 2018, including 11 deaths in 2016-17. Based on the attributable risk, however, one would expect about 17 infant deaths from microcephaly, “indicating that 50% more infants died of microcephaly caused by CZS than were reported.”Jul 6 Emerg Infect Dis studyIn the second study, published in the July issue of The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, Colombian scientists followed up on 171 pregnancies in women with symptomatic Zika infection.Seventeen pregnancies ended in miscarriage, while 154 patients gave birth. Of the 171 pregnancies, 90 (52.6%) involved an adverse outcome, with 36% possibly related to Zika infection and the rest of uncertain relation. The rate of adverse outcome by trimester was 39%, 12.5%, and 12%, with the first trimester associated with the highest rate.The rate of pregnancy loss was 9.4% and of microcephaly in fetuses or newborns was 4.5%, similar to previous studies. The rate of auditory abnormalities in infants was 3%, compared with a 6% rate of eye abnormalities. July Pediatr Infect Dis J study Study highlights high burden of melioidosis worldwideA systematic review of the literature combined with mathematical modeling underscores the high burden of melioidosis—a severe disease of sudden onset caused by Burkholderia pseudomallei—worldwide, which the authors say warrants greater attention.European and Asian experts reviewed data from 475 studies on melioidosis cases involving 10,175 patients, according to their study in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Of those, 35.7% had pneumonia, 18.3% intra-abdominal abscesses, and 18.0% sepsis. They estimate that, in 2015, the global burden of the disease was 4.6 million disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs), a measure of the impact on human health. About 99% of the DALYs were due to years of life lost.The authors conclude, “Melioidosis causes a larger disease burden than many other tropical diseases that are recognised as neglected, and so it should be reconsidered as a major neglected tropical disease.”In a commentary on the study in the same journal, infectious disease experts Katherine B. Gibney, MB BS, PhD, MPH, and Allen C. Cheng, MB BS, PhD, MPH, MS, both of the University of Melbourne, write, “This is an important and well executed study. With these findings, we can compare the burden of melioidosis across regions of the world, and to some extent, compare the global burden of melioidosis with that of other infectious diseases.”In addition to the high contribution of death rates to the DALY burden, Gibney and Cheng also note that the study estimated a high DALY burden in countries with few or no reported cases—a finding predicted by the models used because of the wide underreporting in 45 countries. In fact, the study authors say melioidosis is “probably endemic in a further 34 countries that have never reported the disease.”The death rate from melioidosis can range from 10% to 50%, according to the study and commentary.Jul 5 Lancet Infect Dis report Jul 5 Lancet Infect Dis commentarylast_img read more