First Year of Studies adjusts Moreau program at end of first semester

first_imgThe end of the semester marks the conclusion of the first semester of the Moreau First-Year Experience, a year-long, two-credit course for freshmen that replaces the previous physical education requirement.The Moreau First-Year Experience is intended to ease new students’ transitions to the University and convey Notre Dame’s educational philosophy, Maureen Dawson, an assistant dean in the First Year of Studies program, said.Throughout the fall semester, administrators have emphasized program elements that are working well and reworked aspects that are not, Dawson said. After fall break, the length of the course’s readings were changed, and efforts to educate students about lesser-known campus resources were re-emphasized.“From the semester’s midpoint to now, we actually trimmed back some of the assignments. We cut back assignments’ minimum word count, to make things more focused and flexible for students,” Dawson said.These changes were driven by student responses to a midterm survey and observation of student work submitted in Sakai, Dawson said. The survey had a more than 60 percent response rate, Dawson said, and it prompted classroom conversations between instructors and students about how to improve discussions and streamline assignments.“The student midterm survey gave us a lot of really clear, concise responses from students about what they thought was working, what was uninteresting and what was laborious,” she said.Survey responses also showed students liked the small group setting and the sections built around residential neighborhoods, Dawson said. The instructors also completed a survey, and responses to that survey were influential in determining future changes to the curriculum.“They said that they really enjoyed working with students on a weekly basis, though they critiqued the reading materials,” she said. “So we took that into consideration for next fall and for the spring.”The present classroom size is successfully creating community and facilitating discussion, Dawson said, though even smaller class sizes are a future possibility.“Going into spring, students self-register, and right now the registration is going pretty smoothly. Many students are asking to stay in the same section with the people they had already studied with, and we’re pretty happy with that,” she said. “For discussion you really need a small environment. Long-term, if you could make class sizes smaller that would be great, but in 50 minutes many more than 19 students is not conceived well.”Dawson said she expects the Moreau First-Year Experience will help students understand Notre Dame’s complexity and access its resources, and it will facilitate students’ holistic development and enable students to identify things that excite them. This excitement will help students engage with the University itself and with the diverse communities within and around Notre Dame, Dawson said.“I think over time we’ll evolve that ability to showcase resources more pointedly,” Dawson said. “Now we’re at the stage where we’re sharing information with students, and we’re building a base for reflection and discussion. … With each successive semester, we’ll be able to move students more directly in contact with these resources and opportunities around campus.”Tags: FYS, Moreau First Year Experiencelast_img read more

National Grid Working To Help Customers Impacted By COVID-19

first_imgJAMESTOWN – National Grid is directing $500,000 to support customers affected by the health impacts, financial hardships and disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.The funding will provide immediate relief to families and individuals in need and bolster efforts by local organizations to assist communities across Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island.“We are committed to helping our customers through the difficult times and unchartered challenges associated with this pandemic,” said Badar Khan, National Grid’s Interim U.S. President. “We recognize this is an unprecedented and rapidly changing situation. We want to do our part to look out for our customers and protect the communities where we live and serve.”A portion of the funds will be dedicated directly to National Grid’s customers experiencing financial hardship. The Company says they will also work with community-based organizations and funds to help support many of the basic needs being interrupted. The following represents a sampling of some of the programs and funds that will be targeted: The United Way Rhode Island Crisis FundThe Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy FundBoston Resiliency FundThe United Way of Central MA ‘We Care Fund’Island Harvest on Long IslandThe United Way and other organizations across our New York footprintIn addition, National Grid has taken the following steps to further protect the safety and well-being of our customers and employees:Suspending collections-related activities, including service disconnections, to lessen any financial hardship the COVID-19 pandemic may have on customersEncouraging customers who are struggling to pay their National Grid bill to contact the company as soon as possible for assistance.Offering the expertise of our Consumer Advocates, who provide crisis intervention support for customers in need, working closely with state and county Social Services and community assistance organizations.Requiring our employees to take precautionary measures before entering a customer’s home to limit exposure to our customers and our workforce.“Ensuring the health and safety of our employees and customers is our number one priority,” Khan said. “We have a comprehensive emergency response plan in place to keep the lights on and the gas flowing for our customers. Our pandemic team is meeting daily and we’re closely monitoring all developments associated with this evolving and complex situation.”Khan noted that the Company also is sharing its preparedness plans with regulators, federal, state and local officials, emergency response organizations, customers and other key stakeholders. Additional information on National Grid’s pandemic preparedness and a customer Q&A can be found at ngrid.com/covid-19.“We will continue to closely monitor our customers’ needs during the pandemic and find new ways to assist where we can,” Khan said. 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

Broadway Vets Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts & More Receive 2014 Oscar Nominations

first_img As expected, Disney’s blockbuster animated film Frozen received a Best Animated Feature nod, and Avenue Q and Book of Mormon composer Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, nabbed a nomination for Best Original Song for “Let It Go.” Three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep received her 18th Academy Award nomination for playing ball-busting matriarch Violet Weston in the film adaption of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play August: Osage County. Co-star Julia Roberts received the film’s only additional nomination, as Best Supporting Actress, for playing Streep’s oldest daughter, Barbara. The Academy Awards will be presented in a ceremony to be broadcast live on March 2, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. View Comments Nine films made the cut for Best Picture: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street. Snubbed films included Inside Llewyn Davis, Saving Mr. Banks and, of course, August: Osage County. The other acting categories included two Broadway vets, Bradley Cooper (Best Supporting Actor for American Hustle) and Sally Hawkins (Best Supporting Actress for Blue Jasmine).center_img Stage and screen vet Ethan Hawke nabbed a best adapted screenplay nomination (with Richard Linklater and Julie Delpy) for Before Midnight. Woody Allen was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for Blue Jasmine. The Lopezes have high-profile competition for Best Original Song, including members of U2 for “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (nominated under their real names, Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen) and Pharrell Williams for “Happy” from Despicable Me. Rounding out the category are Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel for “Alone Yet Not Alone” from the movie of the same name and Karen O and Spike Jonze for “The Moon Song” from Jones’ Her. In a strong Best Actress field, Streep will compete with theater vets Amy Adams (American Hustle), Cate Blanchett (the favorite for her performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine) and Judi Dench (Philomena), plus Sandra Bullock (Gravity). All but Adams (Streep’s co-star in Doubt and Julie & Julia) are previous Oscar winners.last_img read more

‘Inquiring’ boards are the best

first_imgMore and more boards are proactively discussing how they can become high performing boards. An important step for boards on this path is creating a “culture of inquiry.”A culture of inquiry encourages curiosity and engagement, and includes gathering relevant information and increasing knowledge across the board room. In such a culture, equal access to this information and knowledge is provided in real time to all participants in support of a rich and deliberate dialog.A culture of inquiry is built on trust–both among directors and between the board and the credit union. Trust is the result of everyone involved striving to align spoken words with relevant and effective action. A culture of inquiry requires proactive dialog, rather than a happenstance loose, unsystematic method of communication. With this kind of culture as foundation, all board members move in mutual commitment. continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Saints can go marching on – Davis

first_imgSteven Davis believes Southampton’s growing self-belief is behind their superb start to the season. The numbers are compelling, with Saturday’s 1-0 win at Hull leaving them on seven wins from 10 games, with six clean sheets and the meanest defence in the league by five goals. And Northern Ireland captain Davis thinks the positivity in the Saints dressing room is a big factor in their early success. “There’s a lot of belief here and winning games breeds that confidence,” he said. “We have a lot of belief in ourselves because we know we have quality and that we’re capable of beating any team on any given day. “It’s all about consistency now and we’ve had that since the start of the season. Whether we can keep that going until the end of the campaign is the question we need to answer. “To be honest we’re following the old cliche, just taking every game as it comes. We approach every match on its own merit but we’re desperate to keep the momentum we’ve built up and keep that winning mentality.” At 29 former Rangers skipper Davis is enjoying his best run of form in English football, putting spells at Aston Villa and Fulham in the shade with his high energy displays. He has also had a wonderful start to Euro 2016 qualifying with Northern Ireland, who top Group F after three successive wins. Saints were widely tipped for a season of struggle after losing leading lights Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren in the summer, as well as manager Mauricio Pochettino. But things have veered wildly from the predicted script, with Ronald Koeman taking a revamped squad to the dizzy heights of second in the Barclays Premier League. Press Association “It’s been an unbelievable start to the season for myself and you can’t often say that in football,” he said. “I’m enjoying every moment and long may it continue.” European football with Southampton now appears a very real possibility as does the once improbable notion of experiencing a first European Championships with his country. And if he does reach France, he may not be the only one to be making the journey from St Mary’s. Fraser Forster seems a good bet to travel as one of three England goalkeepers, while Roy Hodgson cannot fail to have been impressed by Nathaniel Clyne and Ryan Bertrand on a rare visit to the KC Stadium at the weekend. “I think all the English lads that are playing for us are doing well,” said Davis. “I’m sure Roy has to be looking at them because we’re playing well as a team and individually they’re doing well too. Nathaniel and Ryan are in with a shout hopefully and I’d be delighted if they got a call.” Hull have had a mixed campaign to date and have won just once in eight matches since the start of September. Three points against strugglers Burnley on Saturday would send them into the international break in good spirits, but boss Steve Bruce admits it has been a tough run. “We knew it was a difficult October for us and it’s a difficult November too,” he said. “We’ve got Burnley, then it’s Tottenham then Manchester United. It’s a difficult period for us. “We’ve picked up a couple of points but we’ve gifted one or two points away as well. “They’re all big but the huge wins are the teams around you. We did particularly well against those teams last year so let’s hope we can do the same again.” last_img read more

Scorchers win third BBL title in four years

first_imgPERTH Scorchers won the Big Bash League(BBL) for the third time in four years as they thrashed Sydney Sixers by nine wickets in the final at the WACA.Australian Jhye Richardson and Yorkshire all-rounder Tim Bresnan took three wickets apiece as the Sixers were restricted to 141-9 in Perth.Michael Klinger hit 71 not out and England batsman Ian Bell added an unbeaten 31 as the Scorchers reached the target in 15.5 overs.Perth won the title in 2014 and 2015.The Sixers had earlier beaten the Scorchers by seven runs in the Women’s Big Bash League final.last_img read more

Indian police arrest three over alleged involvement in IPL betting

first_img(REUTERS) – Indian police arrested three people in Kanpur suspected of illegal betting on cricket matches, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said yesterday, a day after the city hosted its first Indian Premier League (IPL) game of the season.“The Anti-Corruption Unit of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been tracking activities of certain individuals, as a result of which, three suspects were arrested,” BCCI said in a statement.“Following this operation, the Uttar Pradesh Police Crime Branch could successfully foil the alleged betting attempts of the accused.Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium on Wednesday hosted the Delhi Daredevils who defeated Gujarat Lions by two wickets.The same venue is also scheduled to host the final game of the season between defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Lions on May 13.Betting controversies have blighted the lucrative Twenty20 league in recent years with former Indian paceman Shanthakumaran Sreesanth handed a life ban by the BCCI for involvement in a spot-fixing scandal in the 2013 season.The Chennai and Rajasthan franchises were also subsequently suspended from the IPL for two years after key officials from both teams were found guilty of illegal betting.last_img read more

Guyana cop Milex/Crown Mining Long Range Trophy

first_img– Calvert takes Guyana NRA 150th ShootGUYANA copped the 2017 Milex/Crown Mining Long range title by outclassing the competition at the Timheri Rifle Ranges yesterday.The team amassed 712 points and 31 V Bulls to take the top accolade with Captain Mahendra Persaud marking 95 with 5 V’s as the top shooter in the class.Leo Romalho (92, 5V’s) was also a top contributor to the side, with newcomer Roberto Tiwari shooting 4 V Bulls in his score of 92.Other members of the Guyana team were Sherwin Felicien, Peter Persaud, Vice Captain Dylan Fields, Ransford Goodluck and Lennox Brathwaithe.Second place was picked up by Barbados who lost by 5 V’s after also scoring 712, but with only 27 V’s.Jason Wood, Lancelot Trotman and Marlon King each shot in the 93’s but the Bajan team could not score as many V’s.Third place went to Ireland with fourth place going to England.Meanwhile, the Guyana NRA 150th anniversary Shoot was won by David Calvert who closed off the shoot at 198 and 18 V’s.Local ace Ransford Goodluck was good enough for second with two points and 6Vs short but will still share the spotlight. Today will feature the WIFBSC short range championship which begins at 09:00hrslast_img read more

MFA class of 2016 withdraws from program

first_imgThe seven master of fine arts students that make up the Roski School of Art and Design’s class of 2016 announced on Friday that they are leaving the university as a result of grievances they have with the program’s funding and curriculum.“Because the University refused to honor its promises to us, we are returning to the workforce degree-less and debt-full,” the students wrote in a statement published online.The MFA program at Roski is a full-time, two-year interdisciplinary program. The seven master’s candidates — Julie Beaufils, Sid Duenas, George Egerton-Warburton, Edie Fake, Lauren Davis Fisher, Lee Relvas and Ellen Schafer — announced that they are dissolving their candidacies as a result of what they feel were false promises made by the university.According to the students, upon admittance, the Roski administration promised them a partial scholarship for first-year tuition, and upon completing their first year, the students would receive full-tuition for their second year, benefits, a stipend and a teaching assistantship. The former students said they were the first class since 2011 to acquire debt to attend Roski and the first group of students since 2006 that did not have teaching experience after their first year in the program.The students blamed Roski Dean Erica Muhl, appointed to the position in May 2013, for the cuts to program funding.“At every single turn, the dean and every other administrator we interacted with tried to delegitimize and belittle our real concerns, repeatedly framing us as ‘demanding’ simply for advocating for those things the School had already promised us,” the students wrote.In response to the allegations that Muhl and other administrators were stripping the master’s program of funding to finance more well-known programs with greater name value, Muhl said that the program has and continues to financially support its students as promised upon admission.“The USC Roski MFA program remains one of the most generously funded programs in the country,” Muhl wrote in a statement. “These students would have received a financial package worth at least 90 percent of tuition costs in scholarships and teaching assistantships.”Muhl was criticized by the students in the written statement for her lack of experience with visual arts.“She, along with Roski’s various vice and assistant deans, made it clear to our class that they did not value the program’s faculty structure, pedagogy or standing in the arts community, the very same elements that had attracted us as potential students,” the students wrote.Aside from the students that have decided to leave, several Roski faculty members have also opted to leave the university in recent months including the former program director A.L. Steiner, who stepped down in November as director and whose contract was not renewed by USC as of May 15.  Additionally, in February, the graduate coordinator Dwayne Moser left the university, and in December, tenured Roski professor of painting and drawing Frances Stark left the university for unknown reasons.Though she would not discuss the reasons for her parting ways with the university, Stark wrote in a statement to the Los Angeles Times that she supported the students in their decision to withdraw from the program.“The students are correct in terms of funding, curriculum, and faculty structure,” she wrote in the statement. “All changed in relation to the program they agreed to enter.”Though the students are no longer enrolled in the program, they wrote in their statement that they plan to continue to collaborate artistically.“The MFA Program we entered in August 2014 did one great thing: it threw us all together, when we might not have crossed paths on our own,” they wrote.Correction: A previous version of this story stated that former program director A.L. Steiner is currently still employed at USC. She is actually not employed at USC. The university did not renew his contract as of May 15. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more

Sean Riley’s patience pays off at slot receiver

first_imgSean Riley transitioned from running back to wide receiver during his freshman year at Syracuse. He returned kicks and punts but didn’t have as many catches as games played. His reception total dropped by three in his sophomore season.While the SU offense churned out two 1000-yard receivers, Riley watched and learned.“I kind of had to wait my turn,” Riley said.But the two years weren’t wasted. Riley learned head coach Dino Babers’ intricate playbook back to front, studied defenses and refined the necessary skills for a 5-foot-8 receiver. Syracuse (2-0) is starting to lean on the inexperienced, yet veteran, Riley — who caught his first career touchdown pass against Wagner last weekend — as Florida State (1-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) visits the Carrier Dome on Saturday.“Really just have to run good routes,” Riley said. “My position, they go to that a lot. Just good route running and getting open.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRiley’s potential emergence can provide more balance to the offense by complementing No. 1 Jamal Custis and the run game.The harmony isn’t just in production but in play style and size, too. Custis stands nine inches taller and weighs 43 pounds more than Riley. Without the size so coveted at the wide receiver position, Riley has learned to maximize other parts of his game, namely his speed, route running and vision.“Sometimes when you’re in a big man’s game, to be the small guy can be an advantage,” Babers said on Wednesday’s Atlantic Coast Conference coaches teleconference.Straight-line speed has been a constant in Riley’s game since high school, where he reportedly ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash. That speed, coupled with injuries to Antwan Cordy, landed Riley as SU’s primary kick and punt returner the past two seasons.Now, Riley said, he applies speed in different ways, whether it’s winning a foot race with a defensive back on a deep ball or taking a sweep around the edge.With time, he’s learned speed isn’t enough. Riley credits his field vision to his high school days of playing running back. He’d read the whole field coming out of the backfield, to prevent against getting blindsided coming through the hole or missing a blitzer in pass protection. When split out wide or back deep trying to evade a kickoff unit, he reads the field like a runner, gunning for a seam and calculating where the 11 defenders might go.Riley’s route running has developed steadily. He played some wide receiver in high school and ran routes out of the backfield, but never encountered a route tree as complex as Syracuse’s.He figured it out by combining his vision and speed, Riley said. He ran fine routes, but he excelled once he started studying and understanding defenses.“He brings a lot of speed, he brings a lot of savviness with him,” starting quarterback Eric Dungey said of Riley. “He’s very witty with his routes. What he lacks in height, he makes up for with the quickness and the speed that he gets open.”Defensive film study wasn’t new to Riley at SU, but the level of detail and wealth of film available changed. As years went by, he grew more confident in recognizing defenses on tape — fronts, coverages, even the occasional blitz.“When you know your defenses and who you’re going up against,” Riley said, “It’s not that hard to find those spots to get open, and Eric is good at finding me.”With his insights into opposing defenses, Riley dissects the opposing team defense, then runs countless reps against that defense in practice. By game time, the looks, and what to do against them, are muscle memory.The trio of vision, speed and defensive knowledge leads Riley into good routes and open spots on the field.Against a zone, he has studied that defense well enough to run his route directly into a soft spot. Against man defense, he knows his defenders’ tendencies and has a reserve of speed to fall back on.“I gotta be perfect,” Riley said, “Because guys that are bigger than me, (they) can probably make more mistakes than me.”On a team searching for its most consistent options at wide receiver and trying to defeat the Seminoles for the first time since joining the ACC, Riley has a chance to make his patience pay off. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on September 12, 2018 at 10:53 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more