Saint Mary’s awards students in honor of sisters

first_imgSeven Saint Mary’s students received service awards for outstanding community service at an awards banquet April 9. Five students were recognized with volunteer service awards for exemplary leadership and dedication to the community within different concentrations. Two students also received awards for their work in the College Academy of Tutoring (CAT) program. Senior Olivia Pahl received the Sr. Christine Healy, CSC Award for Service to Women. Connie Adams, director of the Belles Against Violence Office, said she nominated Pahl for her commitment to empowering women and particularly for her longtime involvement with local nonprofit S-O-S.  According to the S-O-S website, the group is an offshoot of the Family Justice Center in South Bend, which offers services to victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse and provides educational presentations to local schools. “Olivia [Pahl] has overseen the development, marketing, implementation and evaluation of [S-O-S],” Adams said. “Olivia has a passion for empowering women and has truly impacted not only Saint Mary’s, but the larger Michiana community.” The Sr. Olivette Whalen, CSC Award for General Service was presented to senior Haley Van Der Linden. Dr. Kurt Buhring, associate professor of religious studies, spoke about Van Der Linden’s extensive work with St. Margaret’s House, a center for women in South Bend, and her leadership role within Saint Mary’s Environmental Action Coalition. The Sr. Kathleen Anne Nelligan, CSC Award for Spiritual Service went to senior Cassandralee Fill.  Regina Wilson, associate director of Saint Mary’s campus ministry, said Fill displayed leadership as a peer minister and through involvement in faith-based programs at Saint Mary’s.  “Fill … has served the spiritual needs and faith life of the Saint Mary’s community graciously and generously since she arrived as a first year student,” Wilson said. “She is always willing to serve the prayer life of the community and to share her faith in ways that will encourage others to live their faith sincerely.” The recipient of the Sr. Maria Concepta McDermott, CSC Award for Service in Education was Elizabeth Litke, who was recognized for her extensive service in the education community at Saint Mary’s and overseas. Mary Ann Traxler, professor and chair of the education department and Karen Van Meter, professional specialist in the education department, nominated Litke. Traxler said Litke served as a student teacher, weekly volunteer at the South Bend Center for the Homeless, three-year volunteer in the CAT program and swimming lesson instructor. Additionally, Litke designed and implemented her own service project. Senior Karah Susnak recieved the Sr. Olivia Marie Hutcheson, CSC Award for Service in the Health Field.  Ella Sue Harmeyer, associate professor of nursing, said Susnak has a professional manner and compassion for people who lack access to proper healthcare. “Karah’s style of nursing practice is easy, comfortable, competent, mature, responsible and professional. … I have no doubt Karah will continue to be a positive advocate for populations that do not have easy access to health care, doing so with a respect for human dignity and sincere compassion for each individual for which she cares,” she said. Senior Kathryn Klinker received the Outstanding Graduating CAT Scholar Award.  “Katie [Klinker] has worked tirelessly in the CAT program since 2010 as a teacher’s assistant and afterschool tutor at Coquillard Traditional School,” director of the CAT program Jessica Bulosan said. Senior Shelby Cornett was presented with the Patricia Arch Green Award.  Bulosan said Cornett completed more than 600 hours in the CAT program as a teacher’s assistant and afterschool tutor, in addition to participating in other service projects. “Shelby’s creativity, energy and generosity have been incredible assets to the CAT program over her four years of involvement,” Bulosan said. Sr. Veronique Wiedower, the Saint Mary’s vice-president for mission, said the namesakes of the awards were leaders within the Holy Cross Congregation. “The sisters for whom the awards are named were leaders in the Congregation at many levels,” Wiedower said. “[W]e remember their giftedness that expressed itself through service.” Wiedower said she was proud of the award winners’ efforts to make a difference in their communities. “The Saint Mary’s students we honor tonight stand on strong shoulders,” Wiedower said. “I venture to say that they are developing strong shoulders themselves by the service they have undertaken to make a difference in their own time and place. I am pleased and humbled to call them my sister Belles of Saint Mary’s.”last_img read more

Men’s volleyball faces two big road tests this week

first_imgVeteran leadership has been a strong force for USC. Outside hitters redshirt junior Jack Wyett and senior Ryan Moss lead with 121 and 118 kills, respectively on the season. Anchoring the defense, Douglas — this week’s Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Defensive Player of the Week — and Moss have put up 49 and 42 digs, and Moss has hit 26 blocks this season. Senior outside hitter Gianluca Grasso is a force on the baseline with 12 service aces this season. The Trojans have been living up to their team motto of “resurgence” in their 50th season, making a strong comeback from last year’s disappointing 8-20 campaign. USC holds a 65-33 record against Stanford all-time and has dominated its last three meetings. Sophomore opposite Jaylen Jasper and senior outside hitter Jordan Ewert lead the Cardinal offense with 161 and 147 kills, respectively. Junior setter Paul Bischoff sets them up with 418 assists overall this season. Jasper is also a player to watch on the baseline with 11 aces this season. On the defensive end, Ewert and redshirt senior libero Kyle Dagostino lead with 82 and 81 digs, respectively, and sophomore middle blocker Kyler Presho has accumulated 39 blocks this season. “We’ve been watching a lot of tape and working out the kinks that have plagued us in the past matches … so that we’re good to go for this coming week,” he said. “We know exactly what they’re going to bring. I think the sense that we’re ready to prove ourselves, that we could beat some of these ranked teams is just that extra incentive to work that much harder.” Thursday’s game against Stanford tips off at 7 p.m. at the Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto. Saturday’s match against BYU begins at 6 p.m. at the Smith Fieldhouse in Provo, Utah. The Trojans lag behind in their series against BYU, trailing the all-time series 43-22 and falling in the last six matches against the Cougars. USC has not won at BYU since 1996. Sophomore opposite hitter Gabi Garcia Fernandez leads the Cougar offense with 111 kills this season. Junior setter Wil Stanley aids with 231 assists. Garcia Fernandez, freshman outside hitter Davide Gardini and Stanley lead with 38, 35 and 30 digs, respectively. Although facing two ranked opponents heightens the stakes, senior libero Matt Douglas said the Trojans are preparing for these games as they would for any other match, focusing on scouting to ensure that they are ready to go. center_img “In terms of underperforming in years past, especially last year, I think [resurgence] means making sure we’re focused this year and that we are winning games, not just competing, not just going through the motions and having something to prove a little bit, a little bit of a vengeance,” Douglas said. Douglas said that being on the road all weekend takes a toll both mentally and physically. The No. 14 men’s volleyball team hits the road this week for two conference matches against No. 9 Stanford Thursday and No. 8 Brigham Young University Saturday. Senior outside hitter Ryan Moss has been crucial to the Trojan’s success early this season, leading the team with 140 points. (Tucker Judkins/Daily Trojan) “Some of us older guys try to instill the younger guys with what it means to travel and keep it like a business trip in that sense and also to just enjoy the moment,” he said. last_img read more

TWO CHAPELS TO BE OPENED AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL

first_imgTWO chapels – one Catholic and one non-Catholic – are to be opened at Letterkenny hospital.Following ongoing speculation regarding the plans for a Catholic Chapel at Letterkenny General Hospital, members of the Chaplaincy Team (Fr Martin Chambers, RC Chaplain; Ms. Kathleen Doherty, HSE Lay Chaplain; Rev Stewart Wright, COI Chaplain) met today and have issued the following statement:The Chaplaincy Team at Letterkenny General Hospital are delighted to confirm that in the spirit of Christian Unity all denominations will be fully accommodated in the new arrangements for public and private worship in the chapels which are to be created at the hospital. They have outlined that they feel positive about the new facilities and are hopeful that they will now be able to meet the spiritual needs of staff, patients and their families more effectively than they ever did before. The Chaplaincy Team have explained that these new arrangements will include a Catholic Chapel in which the Blessed Sacrament will be present and which will feature the symbols of Catholic faith such as a Tabernacle, Stations of the cross and statues which will be permanently displayed. There will also be an Ecumenical Chapel to cater for other Christian denominations including Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Methodist Churches. A chaplain’s office and a quiet room for counselling will also be included. Currently members of the Muslim faith have access to a corridor in St Conal’s Hospital for Friday prayers and this arrangement will continue.The Team hope that this clarification will put an end to the unhelpful speculation and misinformation which has been in circulation and has been deeply upsetting for both them and those they minister to. They wish to acknowledge the trauma and distress which was caused to the entire community by the flood at the hospital which resulted in there being no designated area to worship and the Team being displaced so they had to struggle in difficult circumstances to minister to the needs of those under their care.The Chaplaincy Team have, however, been actively engaged in negotiations with hospital management and the design team to ensure that the difficulties which they have been encountered resulted in a positive outcome for all those who wish to worship and have their spiritual needs met within the hospital. They are confident that this partnership approach, has successfully achieved improved and enhanced facilities which will cater for all denominations. They have worked together to represent the views of the entire spiritual community who use the hospital which has been both challenging and rewarding. In doing so they have created accommodation which is superior in design and layout to what existed previously and which respect and honours the spiritual needs of all.The Chaplaincy Team are presently engaged in finalising the proposed layout of the new chapels. They look forward to welcoming all those they minister to in the coming months and they will continue to work to represent and meet their needs now and in the future.  TWO CHAPELS TO BE OPENED AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL was last modified: February 17th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:catholic chapelletterkenny hospitallast_img read more

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Ti teased 75GB GDDR6

first_imgAMD will be fighting the good fight in a few months with Navi, and while NVIDIA has a bunch of graphics cards between its GeForce RTX and GeForce GTX series graphics cards, it’ll have to have something to battle Navi.   Well, that new card could be the purported GeForce RTX 2070 Ti which WCCFTech picked up just now from the userbench database and in their words “has RTX 2070 Ti written all over it”. The most interesting part of this purported new card is that it has 7.5GB of VRAM, falling in between the RTX 2060 with 6GB and RTX 2070 with 8GB of VRAM. I don’t think we’ll see NVIDIA release a new graphics card with 7.5GB of RAM, especially after the 3.5GB VRAM issue it faced a few years ago and the backlash that ensued.  What I do think we could be looking at is a new card that could be either a GeForce RTX 2070 Ti that will fill the gap between the RTX 2070 and RTX 2080. NVIDIA will need to combat AMD’s new Navi GPU when it launches in a few months and while it has plenty of cards on the market that are fine contenders, they will be months, and nearly a year old in the case of the RTX 2080/2080 Ti by the time Navi is here. There is a wide $200 price gap between the RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 so NVIDIA could fill this perfectly, but will it be an RTX or GTX series card?last_img read more