Students to travel to war-torn nations

first_imgWhile most MBA students will be crunching numbers or analyzing financial models, 18 MBA students will travel to Lebanon, Uganda and Kenya through the Mendoza College of Business’s “Business on the Frontlines” class — and they will work to improve the economies of these war-torn nations. Professor Viva Bartkus teaches the class, which is open to students in the Mendoza College of Business Master’s of Business Administration program and to the Kroc Institute’s Master’s of Peace Studies students. “Only at Notre Dame would you have a class like this,” Bartkus said. Students in “Business on the Frontlines” spend one quarter or “mod” researching a country before traveling there for 10 days to work with Catholic charities in the country. After the trip, the students spend a second “mod” constructing a project to help build a healthy economy in that country. The unique class has already gained admirers outside of the University. Forbes recently ranked Bartkus’ class in the Top 10 Most Innovative business school classes, which Bartkus considers proof that Notre Dame is doing something right. “This shows the strengths of Notre Dame’s focus on values, on ethics, on Catholic social teaching,” Bartkus said. “This kind of class is at the heart of what Notre Dame should be doing.” “Business on the Frontlines” is part of an entire initiative in the Mendoza College of Business to focus on ethical business leadership, Bartkus said. “This is the direction that the Mendoza College of Business is heading in,” Bartkus said. “We have to ask more of business and more of ourselves.” The students in Bartkus’ class have to beat out stiff competition to get there, contending with eighty other applicants for the eighteen prized seats. Omar Shaban, who took the class during the 2009-10 school year, said he credits Professor Bartkus with transforming his perspective on the business world. “Professor Bartkus is one of those professors that changes the way you look at things,” Shaban said. “She has the power to inspire her students to go out and change the world for the better — and that really showed in this class.” Shaban and five other students went to Lebanon through the class. Six other students went to Kenya and another six went to Uganda. Students in the previous year’s class went to Bosnia as well as Lebanon. Shaban chose to study Lebanon because of his Egyptian cultural heritage. “This was an incredible opportunity to make an impact in a region of the world where I have cultural roots,” Shaban said. “I improved my Arabic while learning to solve business problems.” After returning from the Christmas break Lebanon trip, Shaban and the other students in his group built an economic simulator, designed to build peaceful communities through economic interests. “It’s essentially a game that brings together members of different religious sects that don’t want to cooperate and shows them how they can cooperate with each other economically,” Shaban said. “The different groups learn how they can benefit from each other.” Shaban’s economic simulator is one example of the students helping the country they have researched — but their visits to the countries help the students too. “I have a changed outlook on the role of business in the world,” Shaban said. “The role of business should be to bring people together, to unify them. Business is a powerful tool that people underestimate.”last_img read more

Notre Dame opens online courses

first_imgThe newest form of a Notre Dame education is now accessible through the University’s first set of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), currently available for registration through the online learning platform edX’s website.The courses, created in a joint venture between Notre Dame faculty and the Office of Digital Learning, will be offered through a partnership with edX.Course operations coordinator Sonia Howell, who works in the Office of Digital Learning, explained that the courses came to fruition after talking to faculty.“We went through the process of sending out feelers to faculty who may be interested,” she said. “Interested faculty submitted proposals that were reviewed by faculty boards, who decided on which courses would be offered.”Howell said the decision-making process required sifting through applications of some “superstar” professors.According to the College of Science press release, vice president and associate provost Dan Myers will teach “I ‘Heart’ Stats,” theology professors Gary Anderson and John Cavadini will teach “Jesus in Scripture and Tradition,” engineering professors J. Nicholas Laneman and Aaron D. Striegel, finance professor Barry Keating and law professor Patricia L. Bellia will teach “Understanding Wireless” and physics professor Mike Hildreth and math professor Annette Pilkington will offer “Math in Sports.”“All four inaugural courses are aimed at a global and nonspecialist audience,” according to the press release.Employees of Harvard and MIT founded the edX platform, Howell said.“Schools that use the courses include California-Berkeley, Georgetown and Dartmouth,” she said.The company was founded as a way to extend the vision edX CEO Anant Agarwal’s vision of a world in which education is a basic human right.“Notre Dame’s courses on the edX platform deliver on the promise we make as a University — to advance learning in the service of human flourishing both here on campus and in the wider world,” said Elliott Visconsi, the University’s chief academic digital officer.According to the company’s website, edX has awarded more than 100,000 certificates to individuals who have completed their series of necessary coursework. This does not include the vast number of students who fulfill course requirements for their own enjoyment instead of earning the certificate.Melissa Dinsman, a projects and operations manager in the Office of Digital Learning said she doesn’t imagine a time when online education will replace a campus-based learning environment.“We don’t envision a time when [education is obtained solely through] an online institution,” Dinsman said. “We’re not going to take away that traditional environment, but the online elements can be used to enhance those traditional learning environments.”Howell said she hopes to see the day when online aspects of education are utilized to their full potential.“We aim to improve the visual aspects of education that can be used to enhance student learning here on campus,” she said.Tags: edX, moocs, Office of Digital Learning, online courseslast_img read more

Parents come to South Bend for SMC Parents Weekend

first_imgParents of Saint Mary’s sophomores visited the College on Friday and Saturday as part of the annual Sophomore Parents Weekend.Sophomore class vice president Courtney Weston said the class board teamed up with Student Affairs to coordinate the weekend’s activities.“Seeing that everyone enjoyed that time with their parents was a nice feeling,” she said. “This weekend gave parents a chance to be with their children at their second home.”Weston said events such as information sessions about different majors helped parents better understand their daughters’ lives at the College.“We came up with events to try to help the parent and child bond,” Weston said. “Sophomore Parents Weekend is a time for them to hang out with their children. The parents actually got to come here, see their kids’ rooms, be with their friends and see where they go to class everyday.”Sophomore class board member Morgan Matthews also said parents were able to get a better idea of what their daughters do in their daily lives.“All the parents got to know each other and to know their daughters’ friends,” Matthews said. “Parents weekend incorporates our normal lives. It’s showing them what happens on campus on a day that’s not move-in day.”According to Matthews, the weekend was scheduled at an opportune time of the semester.“With fall break coming up, we need a little bit of home here to feel calmer about finishing up the rest of this quarter,” she said.Sophomore Fiona Van Antwerp, whose mother and father visited her from Dearborn, Michigan, said this weekend strengthened her relationship with her parents.“Seeing my parents before fall break took my mind off the amount of schoolwork I have,” Van Antwerp said. “It was uplifting because it gave me an outlet to just relax and enjoy my parents’ company.”Van Antwerp said she appreciated the opportunity to thank her parents for their support over the years.“It’s not until you get to college that you can fully appreciate everything your parents have done for you,” Van Antwerp said. “It reminded me how much my parents are constantly there for me and how much they will always back me up in life.”According to Weston, Sophomore Parents Weekend served as the perfect reminder of all that parents do to help their children succeed.“It’s always nice to recognize that parents make such sacrifices for us to attend this school,” Weston said. “Parents help you not sink through all the stressful times.”Tags: Sophomore Parents Weekendlast_img read more

Shooting on Notre Dame Avenue injures two IUSB students

first_imgSouth Bend police are currently investigating an early morning shooting on Notre Dame Avenue that left two Indiana University South Bend (IUSB) students injured, according to a report from ABC57 News.Police said that a group of men came to the house and threatened party attendees, then fired shots into the house, according to a report from the South Bend Tribune.According to police, a group of men showed up and made threats against others at the party, then fired shots into the back of the house.“The shooting happened around 2:34 a.m. Sunday morning in the 100 block of Notre Dame Avenue, just south of St. Joseph High School,“ the report said.Witnesses and investigators say the victims are players on IUSB‘s men‘s baseball team, according to the report. One victim has “minor“ injuries, while the other victim‘s wounds are “serious.“According to the Tribune’s report, a 19-year-old man suffered a neck wound and was taken to the hospital. He is now in stable condition. A 20-year-old man was grazed and treated by first responders at the scene, where he refused additional medical attention.“Police say there was a house party and someone from the outside started shooting into home. Police are searching for the suspects,“ the report said.The case is currently under investigation by the South Bend Police Investigative Bureau and no arrests had been made as of Sunday morning, according to the Tribune’s report.Editor’s note: Story updated at 4:12 p.m.Tags: IUSB, Notre Dame Ave., Shootinglast_img read more

ND, SMC student government administrations discuss Midnight Express cancellation

first_imgTransportation has been a much-discussed issue during Saint Mary’s senior Terra Nelson’s term as president of Student Government Association (SGA).When the respective student governments and administrations of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s decided to cancel the Transpo Midnight Express due to a 50% increase in cost, Nelson said there was an initial rush of complaints.“When the change first happened, we got a lot of really negative feedback,” she said. A statement released by the student governments of the tri-campus community requested that students interested in helping find a suitable replacement for the Midnight Express contact their institution’s student government. Nelson did not find the responses SGA received to be particularly useful.“I wouldn’t say that we got positive feedback,” Nelson said. “I wouldn’t say that we got solutions.”Junior Patrick McGuire, Notre Dame student body vice president, said in an email that, as stated in the initial statement regarding the Midnight Express, the ridership of the Midnight Express had declined approximately 25% over the past three years and ridership was “continuing in a negative trajectory.”McGuire said in the email that the problems surrounding the Midnight Express stemmed from a lack of budgeting. “An important note not included in that statement is the fact that the past two Student Government administrations had not budgeted for the Midnight Express,” McGuire said in the email. “This resulted in a $30,000 debt at the end of the last term. Over the same past two years, student government’s budget has decreased $10,000.”Additionally, McGuire added about 17 Notre Dame students used the route each weekend.Even after an entire semester without the service, Nelson said she is still interested in hearing from other students about what could be done to provide effective transportation for the campus community.“Saint Mary’s student government has looked at our peer institutions in terms of transportation, but there’s no other institution quite like ours where we need transportation across the street,” she said. “That’s not normal, but that’s special, and I’d like it to improve and grow.”Part of Nelson and SGA vice president Olivia Allen’s original campaign platform addressed improved transportation, including continuing the last student government’s plan for having the escort van service, Blinkie, run on Sundays.“The reports that I’m getting are it’s going well, and [it’s] been used,” Nelson said. “We get numbers and they’re strong. Blinkie is being used consistently and even with the additional times.”An additional part of the Saint Mary’s seniors’ platform was providing Blinkie service to the Grotto on Saturdays with home football games. Nelson said this initiative proved impossible due to funding and the volume of students who would likely use the service.“It’s a van; it’s not a bus,” Nelson said. “A  lot of people are going across the street on game days. So in terms of numbers versus availability, we’re talking a really long line or going back and forth. … It’s just something that we weren’t able to get done. That to me is disheartening. But when we think of in terms of larger-scale transportation solutions, I would love for that to be a part of it.”Additionally, McGuire said Notre Dame student government is in the process of creating a deal with a ride-sharing program for next semester. “We are making progress with the Notre Dame transportation and operations administrative teams on instituting a ridesharing partnership to provide safe late-night rides for students, particularly focusing on low-income students,” McGuire said. “We hope to see a program roll out next semester.”Tags: blinkie, Student Government Insider 2019, Transpo Midnight Expresslast_img read more

Ashville Resident Tests Positive For COVID-19

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),How irresponsible this article is…,Ignorance is NOT bliss in this portion of life. STAY ALERT,STAY ALIVE. Use common sense,and for God’s sake, abide by the mandates……they’re ESSENTIAL for life or death reasons MAYVILLE – Another person in Chautauqua County has tested positive for COVID-19, the novel Coronavirus.Public Health Director Christine Schuyler says the person resides in the Ashville area and had recent travel to New York City.“At this point, it’s not about the actual travel by car or where people are coming from. What really matters is what people do when they arrive and how we interact,” said Schuyler.  “The guidance for social distancing and hygiene are the same for Chautauqua County residents whether they live here year-round or seasonally. When everyone adheres to these commonsense pandemic rules, we slow and limit community spread of illness.”Officials say it is very likely that the county we will have more confirmed cases in the coming days. It is their goal is to identify new cases quickly and prevent or limit secondary exposures to ensure public health and safety. There are 14 people in a mandatory quarantine, who have a confirmed case or are in a household with a confirmed case, there are 9 people in a precautionary quarantine, who have travel history to a CDC watch country or a proximal contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19; and 40 people are under mandatory isolation, because they exhibit symptoms of the virus and are awaiting lab testing.Public health nurses are continuing their epidemiological investigations to identify the close contacts of those with confirmed cases of COVID-19.  Once identified, they notify the close household and proximal contacts of their potential exposure to COVID-19 and they are placed under the appropriate level of quarantine to monitor for symptoms.“We are aware that many full-time Chautauqua County residents are concerned about seasonal residents, most of who own homes/property and pay property and school taxes in Chautauqua County, returning from areas outside of the County during this pandemic,” officials said. “As of today, there is no travel ban on in-state or interstate travel.  Although Governor Cuomo requested New Yorkers limit non-essential travel, at this time there is no shelter-in-place or lock-down order.  This means that residents who winter in warmer areas and residents who summer here are free to travel to their homes in our community.  The County’s COVID-19 Response Team is working collaboratively with seasonal communities such as the Chautauqua Institution, Lily Dale, and campgrounds to ensure precautionary messages are shared with residents. “All New York counties, states, and the nation as a whole are dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 virus.In Chautauqua County, health experts expect everyone, full-time or part-time residents, to be aware of and practice the basic precautions:Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.Avoid close contact with people who are sick.Stay home when you are sick.Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash can. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.Put distance between yourself and others: abide by social distancing measures and maintain 6 feet of separation from those you must be in close contact with.Get a flu shot for yourself and your family members at a local pharmacy. This will not prevent COVID-19 but it will prevent you from getting flu, keeping you healthy and out of the hospital.Individuals with questions or concerns regarding Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) or travel related questions are encouraged to call the New York State Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline 24/7 at 1-888-364-3065. For locally-specific information, County residents may also contact the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services at 1-866-604-6789 during normal business hours. MGN Imagelast_img read more

COVID-19 Update: Eight New Cases Reported, 155 Active In County

first_imgMGN ImageMAYVILLE – Eight new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Wednesday afternoon in Chautauqua County, bringing the total number of active cases to 155.The Health Department says five of the new cases are in Dunkirk, with one each in Jamestown, Silver Creek and Irving.There are currently 12 active cases among employees of and 78 active cases among residents associated with Tanglewood Manor; 14 people associated with this outbreak have recovered.As of Monday there are 18 people hospitalized with the virus locally. To date 744 people have recovered from COVID-19, with 13 deaths and 912 total confirmed cases. 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

80-Year-Old Dies From COVID-19, Third Death Reported In County This Week

first_imgFatality Rate by Age Group 13.21% 33 Active Cases 4 80-8990 22 14048- Dunkirk8 27 30-39332 No334 237.2 11 70-79187 14081- Irving1 14787- Westfield1 60-693 14063- Fredonia2 278.0 14062- Forestville2 411 Percent of Total Cases 20-29503 5 0.7% 26 1.0% 167.5 373.5 Symptoms 120 0.57% Total Deaths 59 24 4.7% 0.7% 1 60-69321 241.6 150.9 14781- Sherman0 14710- Ashville0 1 16 2.6% 70-797 97 18 14738- Frewsburg1 1.4% 3.4% 21 6 4.5% 7 0.4% 49 3 69 13.21% 80-899 448 5 Active Case Rate (per 100,000 residents) 21 All Ages25 37 0 15.5% 25.3% Number 465.9 2 1.3% 50-59372 3 2 301.6 Total 186.4 2.3% Age 14740- Gerry0 0.0 4 14723- Cherry Creek0 14138- South Dayton0 369.5 193.6 3.74% 0.54% 670 0.9% 12 45 0.6% 14736- Findley Lake1 2 7 0.8% 0.4% 0.0% 14733- Falconer1 62 490.7 Percent New Cases 2.2% 0 0.8% 0.3% 14747- Kennedy0 14701- Jamestown17 14724- Clymer2 159.7 11 79.23% 246.4 33 14712- Bemus Point3 4 90+2 0.93% 61 254.9 20 184.0 1.7% 19 Zip Code 14769- Portland0 14750- Lakewood1 740.7 14716- Brocton2 14718- Cassadaga1 6 45.4 40-492 Yes1274 0.8% COVID-19 Cases by Known Age 0.0 0 10.00% 0.2% Fatality Rate Number 90+37 37 0-19350 261.0 288.5 3 14784- Stockton0 14728- Dewittville0 12.12% 14726- Conewango Valley0 11 1698.0 182.1 5 2.3% 566.4 0-390 91 214.2 100.0% 124 18 14782- Sinclairville2 14767- Panama0 MGN ImageMAYVILLE – An 80-year-old has died from COVID-19 complications in Chautauqua County, the third death reported this week and the 25th since the outbreak began.The Chautauqua County Health Department’s COVID-19 dashboard says 71 new cases were also noted on Wednesday, with 17 new cases in Jamestown.There are now 391 active with 96 of them in the Jamestown area.Of the cases, 34 people are hospitalized, that down from 36 on Tuesday. The county’s seven-day average percent positivity rate has increased to 8.8 percent, up from 8.2.A full breakdown of data is posted below:COVID-19 Cases by ZIP Code of Residence 3.40% 14775- Ripley0 Symptoms Known1608 0.00% 287.2 40-49350 18.99% 1.2% 105.5 96 Total Cases 554.4 7.06% 2649 Percent 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) 1.40% 1.8% 17 1.2% 19 16.9% 50-592 14720- Celoron0 20.77% 9 0.2% 71 14757- Mayville23 109.3 35 0.94% 197.4 COVID-19 Cases by Presence of Symptoms at Time of Interview 3.7% 391 2 Age Group 14136- Silver Creek3 56 12.53% 5.41% 6 452.9 12.12% 14722- Chautauqua0 NYS Fatality Rate: 4.86%US Fatality Rate: 1.9%Source: John Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker 12/9/2020 7last_img read more

Hear Idina Menzel’s Phony Tony Acceptance Speech for If/Then

first_img View Comments Star Files If/Then Related Shows OK, so Idina Menzel didn’t win a Tony on June 8 for her work in the new musical If/Then. Lucky for her, she was already set to return to Radio City Music Hall for a sold-out concert on June 16. So what’d she do? A Tony do-over, of course! To the cheers of her fans, Menzel sat on the lap of the guy that was in her Tony night seat, had him read her name as the winner, accepted a beer bottle from her band and gave her entire touching would-be acceptance speech. Missed it? Here’s video of the entire amazing moment! Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 Idina Menzellast_img

West End Jersey Boys Star Ryan Molloy Crosses the Pond for His Broadway Debut

first_img Jersey Boys tells the story of how Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons went from being unknown New Jersey kids to international pop superstars. The show features over 30 hit songs, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” In addition to Molloy, the musical currently stars Richard H. Blake as Tommy DeVito, Matt Bogart as Nick Massi and Drew Gehling as Bob Gaudio.  from $59.00 Related Shows Molloy recently appeared in Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be at Theatre Royal Stratford East. In addition to Jersey Boys in the West End, his stage credits include The Pickled Cerebrum, Macbeth, Betrayal, The Merchant of Venice, Taboo, On the Town and Jerry Springer The Opera. View Comments Jersey Boys A London Frankie is working his way back to Jersey Boys. Ryan Molloy, who earned an Olivier nod for originating the role of Frankie Valli in the West End production, makes his Broadway debut on July 29 in the Tony-winning tuner. Molloy takes center stage at the August Wilson Theatre through October 19. He takes over for Joseph Leo Bwarie, who will step in as the Frankie alternate during Molloy’s limited engagement.last_img read more

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