University leaders discuss Commencement, Crossroads in town hall meeting

first_imgUniversity President Fr. John Jenkins announced Tuesday that the Class of 2015’s commencement ceremony will take place in Notre Dame Stadium instead of the Joyce Center, as the University originally planned. Emily McConville | The Observer University President Fr. John Jenkins revealed during the town hall meeting that Commencement 2015 will take place in Notre Dame Stadium. Controversy erupted when the University previously announced plans to relocate the ceremony to the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center.Jenkins made the announcement at an undergraduate town hall meeting in DeBartolo Hall, during which Jenkins, University Provost Tom Burish and Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves also updated the student body on staff diversity and inclusion, the Keough School of International Affairs, the core curriculum review and Campus Crossroads progress.Commencement 2015Jenkins said the Commencement ceremony’s location change comes due to a relatively mild winter, which led to better-than-expected progress on the Campus Crossroads project.“Campus Crossroads won’t be finished; there will be a little inconvenience, but I’m sure it will be minimal, and it will be a great Commencement,” Jenkins said.Jenkins said he “can’t speak definitively” on the location of the 2016 Commencement, but did not rule out the possibility of having the event in Notre Dame Stadium.“I think it looks good,” he said.Keough School for Global AffairsWhile the focus of the new Keough School for Global Affairs will be its Masters program, Burish said the School will offer an undergraduate program in international affairs.“It’ll be initially be a supplementary or a secondary major, and there may be a five-year Bachelor’s/Master’s program,” he said.Burish said the School, Notre Dame’s first new college since 1921, will be housed in Jenkins Hall, a building which will replace the parking lot on Notre Dame Avenue in between the Hesburgh Center for International Studies and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.Burish said the Keough School is part of a larger effort to become a “global University,” which includes sending more Notre Dame students abroad and setting aside space in the two new dorms for international students.“No university can be a great university unless it’s a global university,” Burish said. “If you focus on a specific region, even if that region is the United States of America, your education will be outdated, and it will be delimited. It won’t acknowledge the interaction and interconnectedness of all the countries in this world.” Emily McConville | The Observer University Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves spoke on the Campus Crossroads project during the town hall meeting Monday. He addressed student concerns over the budget of the endeavor and outlined what facilities will move to the new buildings.Core curriculum reviewBurish also addressed the upcoming review of University course requirements. He said over this semester, the Core Curriculum Review Committee will consider five questions, including the curriculum’s relation to Notre Dame’s Catholic character and the role of Advanced Placement credits.The committee will make a recommendation for a new core curriculum and lead a campus-wide discussion for a year before a final decision is made. Burish invited the student body to attend forums and focus groups and to send feedback to the committee by email.“Examining the core curriculum and how it could help you in your future and expanding the way we become a global University are two of the most important [academic concerns], and I hope all of you will participate in both of those,” he said.When asked if the two theology course requirements were in danger, Burish said while all University course requirements stand to be reworked, there is no push to reduce or eliminate the theology requirement.“We’ve asked everyone to address any one of the questions,” Burish said. “We haven’t said, we won’t listen to you if you ask about theology classes. Someone might say, there should be three. Someone might say, there should be one. Someone might say there’s a different way to substantiate Catholic character which includes theology, but we should add other kinds of courses. We’re not going to say, we won’t listen to you; we’ve already made up our minds.”Campus CrossroadsGraves primarily addressed Campus Crossroads, the $400 million stadium addition which began construction in November. He said the project will add academic and student space to an area close to where students live and go to class.“At many many other schools that have built up around their stadium, the decision was to move the stadium. We weren’t going to do that. At least, I wasn’t going to do that and live,” Graves said. “So the question was, can we use the stadium in some way? And that was really the genesis of the idea. So the idea was to include some academic spaces in the complex in the heart of campus, and then put a student center there which would serve all the students.”The additions, built on three sides of the stadium, will house the music, sacred music, anthropology and psychology departments, as well as a digital media center, a student union with restaurants and a common space, a gym to replace the Rolfs Sports Recreation Center, space for clubs and student media, the Career Center, a ballroom and premium seating for the stadium.“Instead of having a beautiful football stadium, very traditional, in the middle of campus, used eight or nine times a year — six football games, the Blue-Gold game, commencement, which is what it gets used for — we’ll take it and make it a space that is used 300 days a year,” Graves said.When asked how the University will keep the project on budget, Graves said $200 million of the project’s budget comes from donations and money already set aside for specific purposes, such as moving the psychology and anthropology departments. The other $200 million will come from the sale of season tickets for the premium seating.Graves said Rolfs will become a practice facility for the basketball teams and the Rockne Memorial Gymnasium will remain a gym. The future use of other buildings such as Haggar Hall, which currently houses much of the psychology department, is unclear.By August, the steel structures on two sides of the stadium will be constructed, and the project will be complete in July 2017, Graves said.Diversity and InclusionJenkins recapped three of the motivations in the University’s efforts to increase diversity and inclusion, which he said has been of special importance to the administration for the past year.“First, it’s a richer educational environment if it’s a more diverse environment,” he said. “Second is, we can attract a wide variety of students, faculty, staff. The third is that the people who are here, if we’re more diverse and inclusive, are happier with their experience.”Jenkins said the University’s student diversity initiatives included spreading awareness of Notre Dame’s spirit of inclusion; the creation of Speak Up, a website with information about and a reporting mechanism for sexual assault and harassment; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrations; increasing hall staff diversity and awareness of socioeconomic diversity and the first-year course that will replace the physical education requirement.Jenkins said faculty diversity initiatives have included surveys, ongoing inclusion training and special efforts to recruit and retain faculty of color. New staff now have multicultural competency training; the University recently hired Eric Love as director of staff diversity and inclusion and Christina Brooks as diversity recruiting program manager, and it created a strategic plan to address staff diversity issues.When asked to elaborate on staff diversity initiatives, Graves said he directed his office to create a two- to three-year action plan for increasing staff diversity and inclusion, which would address specific areas such gender and ethnic diversity across different categories of staff, though he did not give any concrete plans.“I purposefully try to avoid putting in a quota,” he said. “What I’m trying to do across my division, which is mostly the business side of the University, is to say, what are the areas where we need to improve, and to challenge my nine direct reports to tackle the situation. I’m not going to go to one person and say, you have to hire someone. What I’m saying is that across the nine of us, two years from now, we should look differently from how we do now. We jointly have to take that responsibility.”DivestmentIn response to a student’s question asking whether the University would divest from fossil fuel companies, Jenkins said the plan is to move towards a more gradual reduction of fossil fuel usage.“We’re sitting in a room that’s heated and lighted, and when we drive to where we go, we use fossil fuels,” he said. “It seems to me that it would seem to be hypocritical to say, ‘we’re going to divest from the companies we rely on for the energy, what we need to do business.’ So I think what we need is a gradual but more determined effort to make our use of energy sustainable.”Tags: Campus Crossroads, Commencement, Diversity, divestment, inclusion, John Affleck-Graves, John Jenkins, Notre Dame, Tom Burish, town halllast_img read more

Student government screens sensory-friendly film

first_imgIn an effort to raise awareness about different disabilities and their effects on every aspect of individuals’ lives, student government partnered with the LOGAN Center of South Bend to organize a sensory-friendly movie showing of “The Red Turtle” in DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Browning Cinema on Sunday afternoon.Sabrina Battiston, a sophomore who was one of the event’s organizers, said the screening catered to attendees’ viewing preferences.“The idea is that we want to minimize sensory overstimulation in a movie,” Battiston said. “People might be sensitive to loud noises or might not be able to sit still for a long time, and this can be related to mental disabilities or just general sensitivities.” Sensory-friendly showings provide disabled individuals and their families with the opportunity to see a movie without worrying about the reactions of other moviegoers, Battiston said.“We had the lights halfway on, so people could see if they wanted to get up and walk around, and it was very casual,” she said. “If kids needed to talk to their parents, they could do that. There’s no judgment there. Also, the sound was lower than in normal movies.”The movie, “The Red Turtle,” is a critically acclaimed animated film from Studio Ghibli, the Japanese studio that produced such classics as “Spirited Away” and “Howl’s Moving Castle,” Battiston said. She said she met with Ricky Herbst, cinema program director at Debartolo Performing Arts Center, to get his opinion on the best movie for the showing.“It’s animated, it’s colorful, all ages like it. It was nominated for an academy award this year,” Battiston said. “[Herbst] thought it would appeal to all audiences.”The showing drew a variety of viewers, including families with young children, elderly couples and Notre Dame students, Battiston said. She said the event was co-sponsored by the LOGAN Center of South Bend, which supports individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.“It went really well, and we had a great turnout,” she said. “We’re hoping that this will become a regular thing, maybe once a month,” Battiston said.The showing was part of the student government policy department’s push to raise awareness and sensitivity toward the difficulties of living with all different disabilities, including developmental, physical and mental disabilities, Battiston said.“We don’t always realize the everyday things that people find difficult,” Battiston said. “They might have to accommodate themselves to the experience rather than the experience being accommodated to them.”Tags: debartolo performing arts center, movie, sensory-friendly, The Red Turtlelast_img read more

EB14: Saris Powertap Adds Disc Hub, Plus New Complete Alloy Wheels and a Look…

first_imgLast year, introduced a titanium XD Driver Body for the Powertap Mountain Bike hub, which was something they helped develop. The issue was decoupling the braking forces from the drive forces to get an accurate power reading and not mess up the strain gauges.What’s new is that the G3-based disc brake Powertap hubs are now available in either 24 or 28 spoke drillings, down from the original 32-hole MTB versions. They recommend 24 count for road and cross, and 28 count for mountain bike builds.UPDATED: More tech and weight info added for new disc brake hub below, plus specs for DT Swiss rim wheels.The disc brake rotor is proprietary, necessary to mount a disc where their electronics typically sit. They say heat from the rotor won’t affect the power reading since the strain gauges are totally isolated from the outside hub shell.It’s works with either QR or 12×142 thru axle end caps and comes with both in the box. It’ll work with their standard Freehub body, or their Campy or XD Driver freehub bodies. The hub weights in at just 350g, which is only 25g heavier than their standard G3 road hub. It’ll be under $1000, actual retail is TBD. Available late Q4.UPDATE #1: Rotor weight is 163g, only about 30-40 grams more than a standard 160mm rotor. It uses straight pull spokes and has a smaller profile than the original MTB disc brake hub. The lower spoke count options better accommodate modern carbon fiber rim options, which allows for a much lighter total wheelset weight. It’s ANT+ out of the box, but will work with their optional Bluetooth LE end cap.Their CycleOps Amp and ENVE Smart carbon wheel series built on the Powertap hub are joined by new alloy offerings. You can now get the PM laced to either the HED Belgium or DT Swiss R460 rims. The HED rims on the GS hub are $1,899.99 and weigh in at 1,668g. Take it down a notch to the G3 hub and that set will run you $1,499.99 and come in at 1,671g. Those prices and weights are for the complete wheelset, front included.UPDATE #2: The DT R640 rimmed wheelset will come in at 1,800g (770g front, 1,030g rear). It’s 23mm wide outside and 23mm deep and tubeless ready. Retail is just $999 for the set, which includes the Powertap G3 rear hub!Think Powertap is only interested in hubs? Take a look at some of the product concepts they’ve tested. They range from the expected crank based models……to the currently popular pedal based systems. Then things get weird. Like a spoke-based power meter?Or one inside your cassette?Or how ’bout inside your shoe?As for things that have made it past the prototype stage, the CycleOps Virtual Trainer gets a new smartphone specific app that joins their PC and tablet versions. The iOS or Android phone app is just about as full featured as the non-mobile, and connects to their Bluetooth equipped trainer or ANT+ if your device is so equipped.Powertap.comCycleops.comlast_img read more

Lenexa looks to ‘complete streets’ approach to improve pedestrian, bike access

first_imgOverland Park is among the cities to expand bike routes in recent years.By Roxie HammillLenexa has begun a process to ensure its streets are more accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists, bus riders and the handicapped. The city will begin looking for a consultant this month to begin a “complete streets” study that city staff hopes to have finished by the end of 2018.The aim of the study is to promote street design and signage to make things safer for all travelers. The study will look at such things as street light timing, transit stops, roundabouts and bike lanes.The city has made some improvements on streets the past few years, concentrating on roundabouts and other traffic-slowing design as well as traffic signal timing and more wheelchair-accessible curb cuts. But city council members have been under pressure from a group of bicyclists in recent months to improve bike infrastructure.The group iBike Lenexa has pressed for bike lanes and share-the-road signage that the city now lacks. Some have questioned why they city has not already adopted a complete streets plan.Council members got an introduction to “complete streets” last June and decided to take steps to do a study this year.“Complete Streets” is a national initiative. Eleven governments in the Kansas City area have adopted it, with the most recent being Kansas City, Mo. last year. In Kansas, the cities of Overland Park, Roeland Park, Leawood, Kansas City, Kan., and Johnson County (for unincorporated areas) have complete streets plans, according to the website of BikeWalkKC, and advocacy group.“I think there’s a misconception that just because we have to date not formally adopted a complete streets policy we are somehow opposed to complete streets,” Lenexa Community Development Director Beccy Yocham told a city council committee meeting Tuesday. “That couldn’t be further from the truth.The study will ultimately show specific locations where things could be improved, such as links between sidewalks and trails and better bus stops.Having the study “clarifies the city’s position” on inclusiveness, Yocham said. “It makes it clear to the community we are embracing these concepts.”A complete streets policy also could open more doors for related grants, she said. The city is pursuing a $64,500 grant through the Mid-America Regional Council for a bike-sharing program for fiscal year 2019. If successful, Lenexa would have 25 BCycle Smart bikes at five locations. A MARC committee recommended approval of that grant this week, but final approval is still pending.Council members hearing Yocham’s presentation were generally supportive. “I very much like it,” said City Council member Joe Karlin. He suggested an advisory committee to include street users and developers for input.last_img read more

HNBA sets tennis tournament

first_imgHNBA sets tennis tournament H NBA sets tennis tournament The Hispanic National Bar Association will host a tennis tournament for attorneys, judges, and law students February 5 at the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, home of the Sony Ericsson Open.The HNBA’s inaugural tournament is an opportunity to socialize, in a casual environment, with outside counsel, in-house counsel, judges, students, and other legal professionals from Florida and the country.The tournament will be a team tennis format with six players of mixed gender and skill levels on a team. The teams will be randomly formed by the director.Non-tennis players are also welcome. Guests can compete in various other competitions, including dominos, croquet, bocce, or Wii tennis tournaments.The cost for player registration is $30 for HNBA law student members, $100 for HNBA members, and $150 for nonmembers. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Registration deadline is December 30. To register online, view the complete list of activities, or find out more about sponsorship opportunities, visit or call Zuraya Tapia, HNBA Executive Director at (202) 223-4777. December 15, 2010 Regular Newslast_img read more

Cork pops up again

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GE to Showcase Latest Advancements at Kormarine 2013

first_img[mappress]Press Release, October 23, 2013 Global Offshore and Marine business powers and propels ships, keeping them in position at the touch of button. The Korean naval, offshore and merchant, shipbuilding industry, the largest and most important in the world, has long since recognized the benefit that GE’s experience and technology can deliver—partnering together for 30 years.That is why Kormarine 2013 is one of the key events where GE will showcase its latest advancements in diesel engines, gas turbines and dynamic positioning solutions, all designed to deliver reliability, fuel efficiency, lower maintenance and life cycle costs.SB Ahn, GE’s Global Offshore and Marine leader said, “GE provides solutions that affect vessels and marine installations from stem to stern and from ocean to sea bed. With the launch of our Global Offshore Marine organization, based here in Korea, we are continuing to strengthen our relationships with Korean shipbuilders. Together we have delivered naval and merchant vessels and offshore installations that can operate efficiently, reducing emissions and meeting critical environmental regulations. At Kormarine 2013, we will share our cutting-edge solutions that will continue to meet the challenges that the naval and marine industry faces—powering, propelling and positioning them now and in the future.”last_img read more

Sifer 2015 draws infrastructure firms

first_imgFRANCE: No less than 22% of the exhibitors participating in the ninth Sifer trade fair taking place in Lille on March 24-26 will be first-time entrants, according to organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions. Around 400 companies are participating in the event, which is expected to attract up to 5000 visitors.This is a pivotal time for the French rail industry, as the new structure for the state-owned operating and infrastructure management businesses starts to take shape following the implementation of the railway reforms on January 1. Citing uncertainty over the past two or three years, industry association FIF says the home market is ‘sluggish’, reporting a 16% fall in activity last year. This has led many companies to focus on growing their export business, with major contractors, equipment suppliers and sub-contractors looking for opportunities in the international market. Despite the overall decline, infra­struc­ture spending in France has risen significantly in recent years. This is due in part to the various high speed line projects underway (p38), but also reflects growing pressure to accelerate renewals on the core network and overcome a backlog of maintenance. According to FIF, infrastructure spending was up by 14·7% in the year to September 2014. Not surprisingly, infrastructure exhibitors are set to occupy almost one-third of the total floor space at Sifer 2015, including three lengths of demonstration track to showcase rail-mounted vehicles and equipment. Newly-unified infrastructure manager SNCF Réseau will be participating, while Eurovia subsidiary ETF has become the show’s first official infrastructure partner. Other prominent exhibitors include East Japan Railway, which is looking to expand its European presence, as well as the European Railway Agency, which is headquartered in nearby Valenciennes. Reflecting a growing trend for cross-industry co-operation, Sifer 2015 will host eight pavilions for regional business clusters and investment agencies. Seven French regions will be represented, including the Northern France Rail association covering Nord-Pas de Calais and Picardie, the Mecateam Cluster from Bourgogne’s Creusot-Montceau economic region, MipyRail Innovation of Midi-Pyrénées and Neopolia Rail from Pays-de-la-Loire, which together formed the Railway Business Cluster in 2013. These will be joined by an Île-de-France pavilion organised by the Seine-et-Marne Chamber of Industry & Commerce and a similar pavilion from the Alsace Region CCI. Neighbouring Belgium will be represented by the national technology industry federation Agoria, which has more than 60 members associated with the rail sector, plus the Walloon Export & Foreign Investment Agency Awex.Visit Railway Gazette at Sifer 2015 on stand 1/129last_img read more

Serbia to invest €3·5bn in rail infrastructure

first_imgSERBIA: The government has announced planned railway infrastructure spending of €3·5bn as part of the €14bn Serbia 2025 national investment programme.The rail elements include modernisation of the 208 km Valjevo – Vrbnica section of the Beograd – Bar line, and construction of an integrated traffic control centre. This work will be financed with €57·5m from the national budget and a €172·5m Russian loan supported by Russian Railways under a co-operation agreement signed in October.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# The section of Pan-European Corridor X between Beograd and Niš will be renewed, along with the branches of Corridor X from Niš to Dimitrovgrad and Preševo.The Novi Sad – Subotica – Kelebia line is to be upgraded and double-tracked by China Railway International Group and China Communications Construction Co under a €943m programme with financing from Exim Bank of China. The scheme includes modernisation of the Novi Sad, Vrbas and Subotica junctions, building 49 overpasses and underpasses, refurbishing nine stations and constructing a 1·6 km viaduct in Vrbas. The route will be closed for 33 months from March 2020, with trains diverted to run via Bogojevo or Zrenjanin.An intermodal freight facility is also to be built at Batajnica west of BeogradSpending of €1·37bn on the long-discussed Beograd metro is also envisaged, with a view to the first section opening in 2025.last_img read more

DOMLEC Outlines Steps in Coronavirus Preparedness Plan

first_imgAnnouncementsBusinessCoronavirusLocalNews DOMLEC Outlines Steps in Coronavirus Preparedness Plan by: – March 18, 2020 191 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!                                 Bertilia MckenzieMarch 18, 2020DOMLEC COVID-19 updateHealth and safety are number one priority; Critical electric service continuesAt DOMLEC, the health and safety of customers, employees and the communities we serve is our top priority. We are prepared for the coronavirus pandemic and are taking steps to help customers – and to prevent the virus’ spread as we continue to provide vital energy to our customers.General Manager Bertilia McKenzie says the essential work of generating, distributing and supplying electricity continues despite the current situation.We have activated the following measures as part of our pandemic preparedness plan until further notice:Limiting our employees’ in-person contact with customers.Service connections and disconnection will continue for the time being.Facilitating work-from-home scenarios for our employees who are not required to report to a worksite.For employees who must continue to report to our premises:Requesting all employees with flu-like symptoms to remain at home and monitoring those employees through our health and safety team.Increasing our cleaning and disinfecting regimens throughout our facilities, andImplementing social distancing practices throughout the business. Share Share Tweet All business travel has been suspended and we are monitoring any personal travel plans, imposing a 14-day self-isolation following travel from infected regions.All face-to-face meetings have been suspendedWe are sensitive to these challenging times and understand if a customer is unable to pay their bill on time because they are unable work, whether it’s due to self-isolation or illness — or some other pandemic-related circumstances. We urge these customers to call us at 255-6011/255-6005 or 255-6025 and make a payment arrangement plan.As we continue to monitor the ever-changing situation, it is important for our customers to know that we’re here for them. We are able to respond quickly as the situation changes and we will keep our customers informed with important updates.Customers can also visit the company’s Facebook page for up to date information or should they have questions or concerns. Kindly send messages through the message box. Sharelast_img read more