Library opens modern technology research center

first_imgThe Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS) welcomed visitors at its opening reception Nov. 1 at Hesburgh Library to introduce the latest technology for scholarship of all disciplines. At the reception, students, faculty and the community gathered in different stations of the CDS, where support technicians presented a variety of the services, workshops and expertise available. Located in the northeast corner of the Hesburgh Library first floor, the CDS was conceived as part of Hesburgh Library’s strategic planning process to improve library resources, Edward H. Arnold University librarian Diane Parr Walker said. “One of our strategic goals is to expand digital programs and services in support of both research and teaching,” Walker said. “We realized that there currently didn’t seem to be one easy-to-find place on campus where both students and faculty could go to get started with leveraging digital tools and technologies. We thought that the Library could be a natural ‘research hub’ for campus, offering digital library expertise and referral services.” As part of the 50-year commemoration of Hesburgh Library. the CDS both maintains and furthers University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh’s original vision of creating an accessible space for the university community to advance scholarship, Walker said. “Fr. Hesburgh’s original vision for the Hesburgh Library building (then called Memorial Library) was that it would be the academic heart of the University and be clearly seen as a symbol of academic excellence,” Walker said. “In this digital age, advanced intellectual work will increasingly require the ability to use digital tools to thrive and contribute to the creation of new knowledge. The CDS will ensure that the Hesburgh Libraries will continue to be the academic heart of the University for the next 50 years and beyond as a place where students and faculty can find expertise and digital tools that will help them achieve academic excellence.” While the new digital resources will transform traditional methods of research, Walker said the CDS would succeed in meeting the technological needs of the 21st century. “The work of the Center is changing how we use our library spaces and what expertise and services we offer our faculty,” Walker said. “Already, it is revolutionizing how we work together to advance teaching, research and scholarship. Knowledge creation in the 21st century demands access to state-of-the-art technology, advanced research expertise and digital library services.” Innovative research technologies will also improve upon scholarship techniques of the past, Walker said. “Traditional methods of scholarship would require physically looking through many books and publications,” Walker said. “Depending on how thorough you wanted to be, you could spend weeks or months exploring an answer to just one of many questions. With digital tools for text mining and analysis, and the millions of books that have been digitized from libraries around the world by projects like Google Books and the Internet Archive Project, you can search hundreds or thousands of publications very quickly to get that same answer.” Elliot Visconsi, Chief Academic Digital Officer and Associate Professor of English, said that the CDS will ultimately offer new opportunities to better aid the university’s academic success. “The Center is a great gift to the faculty and students,” Visconsi said. “A question I hear a lot is one that goes like this: ‘I know there are amazing tools for research and teaching, but where do I begin?’ The Center is an answer to that question. The talented expert staff and the technical resources gathered here get students and faculty further into their work, unlocking our creativity, and giving our research new force and speed.”last_img read more

Class of 2018 arrives at Notre Dame

first_imgNotre Dame’s incoming class of 2018 comes to campus from the University’s highest-qualified applicant pool and reflects the Office of Undergraduate Admissions’ efforts to extend and personalize its recruitment process, according to Don Bishop, associate vice president for undergraduate enrollment.“The quality of the applicant pool has jumped in the past four years, and we are using numbers less to select the class,” Bishop said. “While we are more selective than ever, we are also more on mission in that selection process.”Bishop said although Notre Dame received 17 percent more applications this year from students ranked in the top 1 percent of the nation academically, the admissions committee also prioritized personal qualities and factors beyond the numbers.Keri O’Mara | The Observer “Notre Dame did not admit over 3,500 of its applicants that had a test score or class performance in the top 1 percent of the nation because we felt other students showed greater academic and intellectual curiosity and creativity, stronger leadership, a deeper commitment to service and/or a more sincere belief in the value system of Notre Dame,” Bishop said.“Notre Dame employs a holistic admissions process that is aligned with the University’s mission as the world’s leading Catholic research university,” he said. “This process increasingly is evaluating student motivation for being high performers in an effort to identify the more intellectually-driven students who also have the potential to become innovative and entrepreneurial leaders with a strong desire to serve others.”Of 17,901 applications, 3,786 students gained admission to the University and 2,010 chose to enroll, Bishop said. He said 61 enrollees came from the wait list. Those numbers constitute a 21 percent admit rate and a 53 percent yield rate, or rate of admitted students who accept their offers of admission.“Notre Dame’s 53 percent yield rate is among the top 10 private national research universities for yield success,” Bishop said.Bishop said the heightened yield rate resulted from an effort to enhance recruitment materials, personalize connections with students, reach underrepresented groups and promote Notre Dame’s unique character as a Catholic research institution.“We do not view ourselves as a generic top-10 university,” he said. “We seek to find and admit students who believe in Notre Dame’s mission. We are acting on that assessment of students and this has improved our yield rate — along with improved merit and financial aid awards.”Bob Mundy, director of admissions, said the incoming class is “very well-fitted for Notre Dame.”“Our new students will continue our tradition of great intellectual prowess and promise, while being grounded with the personal traits that make us a different place in the higher education world,” he said. “We expect them to excel in our classrooms and share their many gifts with others. It’s a class of various exceptional accomplishments and wonderful personal stories as well.”Bishop said the class of 2018 is more diverse both geographically and ethnically than its predecessors. He said it continues the upward trend of ethnic diversity, into which both U.S. students of color and international students factor.The incoming class includes 110 international students, a number Bishop said is “an all-time record.”“The average student will travel over 900 miles to start their first year at Notre Dame, 1.8 million miles collectively,” he said. “Notre Dame is arguably the most nationally representative university in the United States. It is also becoming increasingly more global.”Bishop said the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has capitalized on new recruitment strategies to publicize Notre Dame’s mission and resources to find students who fit well into the University’s values. He said his staff’s increased use of social media and personal contact, as well as the willingness of current students, parents and alumni to connect with prospective and admitted students, made the process “more selective and even more on mission.”Bishop said the collective efforts helped forge new contacts with low-income and first-generation students and secure relationships with “the highest caliber schools in the United States and across the globe.”“Notre Dame is improving its content of recruitment materials — website and printed — to increase the awareness of the academic quality of our faculty, research opportunities for undergraduates, the power of the alumni network and the esteem that top employers have for [Notre Dame],” he said. “We have also improved our financial aid services and family advising in counseling on affording the costs of Notre Dame and making a value centered investment.”Bishop said the class of 2018 compares well with those of other elite institutions.“Notre Dame’s first-year class is likely among the top 10 to 15 in the nation for their academic accomplishments and even higher if you add in the consideration of leadership, sense of faith and service towards others,” he said. “We would not trade our first-year class for any other … in the U.S.”Tags: class of 2018last_img read more

Saint Mary’s, IUSB to host Michiana Monologues

first_imgTags: IUSB, Michiana Monologues, Nia Parillo, saint mary’s, South Bend In late February and early March, Saint Mary’s College and Indiana University South Bend (IUSB) will team up to host the Michiana Monologues, a series of performances which document local women’s experiences with violence and sexual assault.According to the production’s website, the monologues, inspired by Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues” and written by local women, tell stories of surviving sexual assault, as well as “domestic violence, body image, women’s sexuality, and gender identity.” Proceeds from the show will benefit nonprofit organizations that combat domestic violence, the website said.According to the website, Saint Mary’s performed the Vagina Monologues for several years before crafting a performance specific to the College. When IUSB students began to look into creating their own production in 2007, the two college communities decided to collaborate and include the entire South Bend community, forming the Michiana Monologues, the website said.Saint Mary’s senior Nia Parillo, co-director of the production, said the Michiana Monologues empowers all people, no matter their gender.“There’s a sense of camaraderie in the audience with the stories that are being told,” Parillo said. “Some are very inspirational because they have positive messages.”Parillo said she became involved in the production after attending the 2014 performance and personally related to the stories related in the monologues.“I went to the monologues last year as an audience member, and after I saw it I felt a great connection with it,” Parillo said. “The stories were moving, and I was able to personally relate with some of the stories that were read. It was great to know that other women, especially locally, have gone through the same things as me. I felt like that with all of the readings, whether or not I personally went through the experience that was being read. I just felt [we were] connected as women, and that’s why I would encourage other people to go.”Working on the production helped Parillo form new friendships and a sense of community within South Bend, she said.“When I was presented with the opportunity to be a co-director, I was so excited,” she said. “Because I did have that personal connection with the monologues and because I love the idea that women are using their voices to tell their stories, I really wanted to be a part of that.  I’ve really enjoyed meeting new people and being a part of something with a group of women where our ideals and passions align.”Parillo said the Michiana Monologues is a “liberating, educational and connecting experience.”“When these women read these stories, I felt connected with them, the other audience members and the women who wrote the piece,” she said.Parillo said attending the show will encourage students to leave their comfort zones.“I think the Monologues would be such a benefit to students just because it is such a different experience, and it could really open their eyes to new things and topics,” she said.The Michiana Monologues will take place Feb. 26 at the Civil Rights Heritage Center, Feb. 27 at the State Theater in South Bend, and March 7 in the Main Auditorium on the IUSB campus.last_img read more

National Book Foundation honors assistant professor

first_imgAzareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi, an assistant professor in Notre Dame’s department of English and M.F.A program in creative writing, was recently named one of the 2015 National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.”The honor is given to notable young fiction writers, who are chosen by past “5 Under 35” honorees and National Book Award winners and finalists. Dinaw Mengestu, author of “The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears” and a previous “5 Under 35” honoree, chose Van Der Vliet Oloomi for the award for her novel “Fra Keeler.”According to the National Book Foundation’s website, “Fra Keeler” tells the story of a man who “purchases a house, the house of Fra Keeler, moves in and begins investigating the circumstances of the latter’s death. Yet the investigation quickly turns inward, and the reality it seeks to unravel seems only to grow more strange, as the narrator pursues not leads but lines of thought, most often to hideous conclusions.”The Los Angeles Times called “Fra Keeler” a “stunning psychological thriller, a total identification with madness that creates drama without either belittling or romanticizing the insane.”Van Der Vliet Oloomi said she received a phone call notifying her of the honor while en route to the airport to depart for Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she was teaching a master’s class.“I had attended the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University when I was much younger,” Van Der Vliet Oloomi said in an email.“I had gone there to study with some of my favorite writers, so it was incredible to receive the news right before returning to Naropa so many years later. I was delighted – it’s a privilege to have been selected as one of this year’s ‘5 Under 35’ honorees.”According to a press release by the College of Arts and Letters, Van Der Vliet Oloomi was first honored, along with this year’s four other honorees, at the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” celebration Nov. 16 at the Power House Arena in Brooklyn, New York.“The event was hosted by LeVar Burton and emceed by Ben Greenman of the New Yorker,” Van Der Vliet Oloomi said. “Each of the five honorees was introduced by the writer who selected them.”The event kicked off the National Book Award celebrations. On Nov. 19, the honorees appeared at the Library of Congress, where they participated in a reading of their works and a panel discussion. In April 2016, the Miami Book Fair will also host the honorees.According to her website, Van Der Vliet Oloomi is also a recipient of the 2015 Whiting Writer’s Award, a MacDowell Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship in Fiction to Spain. She is currently working on a novel titled “Taüt,” which she described as “a bizarre love story and the journey of a lifetime through the Western Mediterranean. It is a darkly comic novel that explores the relationship between literature, space and mortality from the point of view of a narrator who suffers from intense bouts of literature sickness.” Van Der Vliet Oloomi is currently on a year-long leave from Notre Dame but will return to campus to teach full time for the Fall 2016 semester.“I would say that writing is always a process,” Van Der Vliet Oloomi said. “You think the process is going to end when you get this or that book published — you think that you will have arrived. But I’ve learned that writing is a life-long apprenticeship; there is no end point. That’s the beauty of it, but it is also what makes it utterly terrifying.“That being said, winning an award is an incredible experience; it charges you with confidence and a sense of responsibility. It gives you the fuel to keep doing the hard work and putting yourself out there.”Tags: 5 under 35, English Department, national book foundationlast_img read more

Love Your Body Week at SMC encourages positive body image

first_imgSaint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) kicked off Love Your Body Week on Sunday with a do-it-yourself makeup bag craft, where students could make their own makeup kit as part of a week centered on positive body image and self-love.SGA Social Concerns Committee co-chair Emma Lewis said this week is important to the Saint Mary’s community because of how often women compare themselves to others. “I think it’s one those things we have because girls of all ages struggle with really accepting how beautiful they are,” Lewis said. “We’re given so many different pictures of what beautiful is, and I think girls need to understand that no matter what they look like, they are beautiful.”On Monday, students can sign the self-love pledge in the Noble Family Dining Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be a student panel at 7 p.m. in Vander Vennet Theatre, where students will discuss self-esteem and body image issues they have dealt with. Lewis said this panel is necessary because women should know they are not alone in their struggles with body positivity. “I think that is something girls will really be able to relate to,” Lewis said. “Just because it helps to know that people understand what you’re going through.”On Wednesday, the week will continue with “Kind Grams.” Students can send out KIND bars with messages on them to their friends. The table will be in the dining hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the bars will be delivered on Friday. Lewis said the Kind Grams are her favorite part of the week. “I think that girls will really feel a difference knowing that their friends see them as beautiful,” she said. “It’s something that will make their day better.”At 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Stapleton Lounge, Saint Mary’s alumna Lisa Clarkson will discuss battling her eating disorder while at Saint Mary’s, and the role the Saint Mary’s community played in her struggles. Then, at 9 p.m. in Regina South, the Saint Mary’s yoga club will help put on a beginner-level, body-positive yoga session.The week wraps up on Thursday with an airing of the documentary “Pornland” in the Vander Vennett Theatre. The 30-minute film will begin at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a staff and student panel to discuss the effects of porn and the media on body image and self-esteem. Lewis said the message of Love Your Body Week is especially important at Saint Mary’s because it is a women’s college. “There are so many girls here, so it’s so easy to compare yourself to other people,” she said.Lewis said since college is so stressful, people are more likely to be hard on themselves.“[College] is such a vulnerable time in our lives. We’re just stressed constantly and with that stress comes this vulnerability and this ability to tear yourself down even more,” she said. “I think this reinforcement, that we are beautiful, will be a really great sign, and especially as midterms are coming up, this week could not have been more positively placed.”Tags: Body Image, eating disorders, Love Your Body Weeklast_img read more

Notre Dame leaders discuss campus reopening in virtual town hall

first_imgNotre Dame leaders met virtually for a town-hall broadcast Wednesday to discuss the steps the University is taking to operate in-person this fall and to address questions submitted by faculty and staff. The topics discussed included the percentage of students who have tested positive for the coronavirus, what the University will do in the case of an outbreak and information about the coronavirus response team.Those present for discussion were Ann Firth, vice president and chief of staff; University President Fr. John Jenkins; Marie Lynn Miranda, provost; Shannon Cullinan, executive vice president; Mike Seamon, vice president for campus safety and university operations; and Erin Hoffmann-Harding, vice president of student affairs. Miranda said the University has been using data from Johns Hopkins University to monitor the national COVID-19 situation. In discerning the return to campus, the University mapped the case rate of COVID-19 across each United States county on top of data showing where each student will be ten days before returning to campus, made available from the pre-matriculation testing data. “Eighty-two percent of our students are coming from areas where the case rates are relatively low,” Miranda said. “For the remaining 18%, we are going county by county, looking at what the case rates are like and then mapping that out with our pre-matriculation testing.” Miranda explained this information will help Notre Dame decide if they want to do additional testing for students coming from high case rate areas. It will also determine what surveillance testing will be conducted early in the academic year will look like. As of Wednesday, 1,200 of pre-matriculation tests came back with a 0.6% positivity rate. Cullinan said faculty and staff were not involved in the pre-matriculation testing pool because most faculty and staff have remained in the South Bend area since the pandemic began. Miranda said increased knowledge about the virus plus the protocols in place should allow for the campus to remain open even in the face of an outbreak. For example, if 25 cases appeared in an area, the University would consider shutting down buildings, residence halls and/or departments. Contact tracing will assist in this process. The University has hundreds of rooms ready should quarantining be necessary, Cullinan said. Notre Dame will also give each faculty and staff 10 COVID-19 days on top of regular sick days should they be exposed to the virus, with more information to come. Seamon elaborated on the COVID response team, a 30-person team in charge of the medical and public health of campus. Seamon said the Lou Holtz gate at Notre Dame stadium has been converted into a drive-up and walk-up testing site that is open seven days a week by appointment. Hoffmann-Harding said about 300 students are currently moved in on campus, and a total of 6,700 undergraduate students chose to live on campus this year. Hoffman-Harding said she was encouraged by the 90 percent of students who responded positively to complying with health protocols in a survey, even before the return to campus online orientation was in place. Hoffman-Harding said certain student leaders and student employees — such as student government members and residence hall staff — will receive more intensive training in order to build a “cultural norm” in regards to health protocols.Hoffman said in the rare case of serious safety violation, a referral to the Office of Community Standards may be necessary as well as the possible removal of the student from the campus community. Cullinan said disciplinary actions against faculty and staff are also in place should safety protocols be seriously violated.Miranda said the daily health check is necessary to fill out every day — even if people are not coming to campus — in order to monitor the entire campus community’s health. She stressed that medical data is only shared with medical professionals. Data on who is filling out daily health checks can be shared with supervisors on campus. Miranda said the leadership members of Notre Dame are looking at the possibilities of the spring semester, although no decisions are yet in place. She said the impact of the seasonal flu, plus the coronavirus will determine the course of the spring semester. Tags: COVID-19, fall semester 2020, Here, in-person classes, Virtual town halllast_img read more

Shelter In Place Ordered Lifted After Police Respond To Possible Suicidal Man

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) WNY News Now Image.Related reporting: Police Update Tuesday Evening StandoffKENNEDY – Residents in Kennedy were asked to shelter in place Tuesday night as police responded to a possible suicidal man.Image by Brian James Plaatje / Facebook.Route 394 is closed from Route 62 to Wheelock Road as police work to diffuse the situation.Residents tell WNYNewsNow the man was spotted walking along 394 pointing a gun at vehicles passing by.New York State Police along with the county SWAT team are on scene. The Kennedy Fire Department and Chautauqua County EMS were called to standby at the Kennedy Fire Hall just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.New York State Police are on scene and are expected to release more information when it is available.This is a developing story and will be updated.last_img read more

Dunkirk Man Charged In Federal Drug Case

first_imgStock Image.DUNKIRK — A joint investigation between Federal and local law enforcement resulted in the arrest of a Dunkirk man at his 109 S. Beaver St. residence, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies say the U.S. Postal Service alerted the DEA, Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and Dunkirk Police that Hector D. Santos-Morales, 30, was allegedly preparing to receive a package containing over two pounds of cocaine via mail.A search warrant was executed at Santos-Morales’ house on Monday. Santos-Morales was arrested without incident on a federal charge of attempt to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing cocaine.After his arraignment he was released under the supervision of Federal probation. Share: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)last_img read more

National Grid Offers Ways To Reduce Electrical Use During Heat Streak

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) Cropped Flickr / Mr.TinDC / CC BY-ND 2.0 JAMESTOWN — With temperatures pushing into the 90s, peak use of electrical power soars occurs, driving up bills and straining delivery systems.With that in mind, Ken Kujawa, regional director with National Grid, discussed usage and energy saving tips with WNYNewsNow.“As customers load onto the system, especially cooling load, which is running air conditioning  and running pool pumps, those two factors start to drive up demand on our delivery system,” he said.Increased use pushes load levels closer to peak capacity levels, straining the delivery system, he explained. Kujawa asked customers to curtail usage when ever possible. Two easy steps to take to reduce use, are really fairly simple, he said.“The easiest thing that you can do, and it’s not going to cost you anything or cause you  discomfort is draw your curtains and close your blinds during the middle part of the day,” he said. This keeps the sun’s mid-day heat from entering rooms and hallways.In addition, he said people can run their air conditioning in the early evening when outside temperatures begin to cool.While COVID-19 issues have lessened commercial and manufacturing demands, residential use remains high and, in part, is because people who work from home tend to use more electricity by running the air conditioner, loading the dishwasher or doing laundry, he said.What we’ve seen happening, we’re seeing more load on our distribution system, which serves our residential customers because people are working from home,” Kujawa said.He said people can raise their thermostat levels from 68 to 71 and “It still should be comfortable enough that you should be okay in your home.”Cooperation and common sense seem to be the hallmarks of beating the heat without crushing the delivery system or driving up current bills, he explained.“We appreciate any help they (customers) can provide us. Our customers are usually great when we put out these appeals,” Kujawa said, adding he can see usage rates decline in real time as customers respond.We just need to get through these next couple of days and if everyone is smart about their energy use we should get through this,” he said.last_img read more

Norm Lewis & Sierra Boggess Step Into The Phantom of the Opera

first_img Audience Choice Award winner Boggess has previously played Christine in Las Vegas and in both the London and Broadway 25th anniversary productions of the show. She also originated the role in Phantom’s London sequel Love Never Dies, for which she received an Oliver Award nomination. She made her Broadway debut as Ariel in The Little Mermaid. Her credits also include Master Class on Broadway and Les Miserables in the West End. The Phantom of the Opera, Broadway’s longest-running show, continues its record-breaking run at the Majestic Theatre. In addition to Lewis and Boggess, the musical currently stars Jeremy Hays as Raoul, Laird Mackintosh as Monsieur Andre, Tim Jerome as Monsieur Firmin, Michele McConnell as Carlotta, Ellen Harvey as Madame Giry, Christian Sebek as Piangi and Deanna Doyle as Meg Giry. At certain performances, Sara Jean Ford will play the role of Christine. View Comments from $29.00 Lewis, who received a Tony nomination for Porgy and Bess, has also appeared on Broadway in Miss Saigon, The Who’s Tommy, Chicago, Side Show, The Wild Party, Amour, Les Miserables, Sondheim on Sondheim and The Little Mermaid (playing Boggess’ father). His film and TV credits include Scandal, All My Children and Les Miserables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary. Sierra Boggess Related Shows Let your spirit start to soar! Tony nominee Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess step into The Phantom of the Opera on May 12, with Lewis making Broadway history as the first African-American actor to play the title role on the Great White Way. He replaces Laird Mackintosh, who donned the mask in the interim following Hugh Panaro’s final performance on May 3. Boggess will take over from Mary Michael Patterson as Christine Daae. Star Files The Phantom of the Opera Norm Lewislast_img read more