Alumni describe involvement with service group

first_imgAttending an information session can change a life.Entering her senior year at Notre Dame, Victoria Ryan (‘15) knew she wanted to participate in a year of post-graduate service, but was unsure of her long-term plans. She attended the career fair and the service fair, but it was not until she chanced upon an information session about the Passionist Volunteers International (PVI) that she decided what to do immediately following graduation. Photo Courtesy of Katherine Merritt Katherine Merritt (’14), center, with two of the students she worked with through the service organization PVI for a year after her graduation. PVI offers recent graduates the opportunity to volunteer in Jamaica.“I just so happened to hear about an information session for a program that was year-long, living in community in Jamaica, and I only even went to the information session because it was at the perfect time in my schedule — it was right when I knew I’d be leaving dinner and I’d be leaving for the library,” she said.At the information session, she met Fr. Lucian Clark, the director of PVI.“I really loved talking to him and hearing everything he had to say about Jamaica and his passion for the program and the work that they were doing in Jamaica,” Ryan said. “I didn’t really stop thinking about it.”A month later, she learned she had been accepted into the program. While in Jamaica, Ryan worked at various sites, including a health clinic, a preschool and a home for orphaned boys.For Ryan, serving as a nurse’s aide at the health clinic helped her discern her career path.“Career-wise, the clinic was phenomenal,” she said. “I’m planning on attending an accelerated bachelor’s of nursing program, starting in May, so that really helped me decide what I wanted to do and really sparked my interest in global health, which I think is what I want to do long term.”According to Passionist Volunteer International’s website, the program was founded in 2003 and is currently based in Mandeville, Jamaica. Ross Boyle, assistant vocations director at PVI, visited campus Monday and Tuesday to discuss the program with Notre Dame students. Boyle said the program usually consists of a group of six to eight volunteers each year.Boyle explained PVI is run by the Passionists, a Catholic religious order with a special focus on serving the marginalized, whom they term “the crucified of today.”“Every year, we send a group of volunteers to go work for just a few weeks over 12 months,” he said. “The whole goal of the program is we work with the crucified of today. … Truthfully, the crucified of today can really be anyone. The idea of the cross, Christ crucified, is one that can kind of be anyone who bears a cross.”Before arriving in Jamaica, volunteers do not know which mission sites they will serve. However, Boyle said, this practice allows PVI to match individual volunteers with the tasks best suited to their interests and skills.“Our program really gets to know who you are and we spend three weeks with you in the country to figure out what your strengths are, to figure out what you like doing, what you hate doing [and] what areas of your life you want to grow in,” he said.Katherine Merritt (‘14), who studied science business at Notre Dame, was assigned to work in a health clinic and teach classes at an elementary school. In particular, she said she enjoyed getting to know the Jamaican people at each of her sites.“I worked in a small community clinic, so eventually we kind of started to get to know everyone,” she said. “The nurses I worked with started to become really good friends with all the patients that we were with as well. It’s just kind of different in that it’s a lot more relational and everyone is very community-based.”Ross McCauley (‘13) began support groups for HIV/AIDS patients and mothers of children with disabilities while serving with PVI. Now in medical school, McCauley said his experiences with the organization have helped him to better empathize with patients and led him to contemplate how to best serve the poor.“I think coming from a point of privilege in life, it’s hard to know how to approach some of the problems I saw, just in terms of abject poverty and things like starvation and lack of basic needs — how to approach that with sensitivity and the right motives,” he said. “It is very difficult and it is something I struggle with, even in the South Bend community I now work in.“It’s something I think we should all be aware of and think about, especially as people lucky enough to attend Notre Dame — how best to kind of inject our skills and interests in this world without being offensive or making the problems worse.”Tags: Alumni, Health care, Jamaica, Passionist Volunteers International, Post-graduate servicelast_img read more

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Blum: The story behind Kaleb Joseph’s season remains relatively untold

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 8, 2016 at 10:34 pm The last time Kaleb Joseph played for Syracuse, the game wasn’t even close. There was one minute and seven seconds left and SU led Notre Dame by 18. It was the first time in 119 minutes that he had played. There have been 80 minutes of game time since. Joseph has spent all of them waiting for a legitimate shot that is likely never coming.The last time Joseph played, there wasn’t a score to change. Only a moment of apparent pity to be had. He entered the game flanked by walk-ons Mike Sutton and Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye. The crowd of 22,861 that watched Syracuse blow out its then-No. 25-ranked opponent had whittled down to a fraction of the size. Joseph touched the ball only once, and didn’t record a stat.He’s played one minute in the Orange’s past 200, and it meant nothing more than all the rest.Joseph entered the season having made, per SU head coach Jim Boeheim, the “biggest offseason improvements physically of anybody that I can remember.” He raved about his shooting improvement. Last year, he wasn’t ready, Boeheim said. This year, he was.“I have no problem having him in the game a lot,” Boeheim said on Oct. 16. “He’ll be in the game a lot.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut Joseph hasn’t been in any game a lot. He hasn’t played more than 17 minutes in any contest all season. He’s entered just five of the 11 conference games and has played a total of 18 conference minutes. He’s taken 28 shots this season and made only five. Just a year ago he averaged more than 27 minutes per game. So far, Syracuse’s “biggest offseason improvement” hasn’t shown any, or been given a chance to do so as of late.The reason behind his trajectory this season remains virtually untold. He declined to talk for this story. His friend and high school coach didn’t respond to an interview request. His AAU coach said, “I have no comment.” His mother said, “I have to decline.” When Boeheim was asked about what had changed from then to now, he avoided any sort of explanation.“He has not performed well in game situations,” Boeheim said. “He has not been able to get it done on the court. Frank Howard has moved ahead of him and that’s where it stands right now.”It leaves one to wonder what the emotional toll is on Joseph, a player who started in 30 of SU’s 31 games last year. A player that was the No. 9 point guard recruit in the country according to ESPN the year before that. After games, when every other scholarship player gets hounded with television cameras and tape recorders, Joseph sits by his locker and waits to leave.His statistics aren’t representative of the expectations that were placed on him. When he has played, Joseph has made head-scratching mistakes. He dribbled into no-man’s land and made errant passes or attempted impossible shots. It’s hard to say whether he deserves another chance. It’s hard to say if he got one to begin with.But it’s impossible to know if it’s over. It’s impossible to know if he’ll play next season, or if he’ll even want to come back. Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney are both graduating, but Howard will likely be coming back. The last time Joseph played more minutes than Howard was more than a month ago, when the latter sat out the game because of sickness. Joseph only played five minutes.“My confidence stays the same whether I get in the game for 30 minutes or five minutes,” Joseph said after he played 14 minutes on Dec. 2, the last time he played that much. “I feel just the same in my ability.”But he hasn’t played 30 minutes. He hasn’t played five. Since Jan. 16, he’s played just one minute. And there’s no way to know when his next minute will come.Sam Blum is a Senior Staff Writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at sblum@syr.edu or @SamBlum3. Commentslast_img read more

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Sumner County Sheriff Weekly bookings: Sept. 23- Sept. 30, 2013

first_imgDevore, Marcus31Wichita, KS400 W US 160 Wellington, KsWPD2 Cowley County Warrants (FTA, Criminal deprivation of property)9/27/13 Everhart, Curtis M.31Wellington, Ks610 E Hillside Wellington, KSSUSODisrtibution of Methaphetamine, Use of a communicatoin device for drug transaction, Conspiracy to distribute Drugs9/26/13 Gresham, Kyle22Wichita, KS501 N Washington, Wellington KSSUSOServing Sentence9/27/13 Williams. Casey22Wellington, Ks500 N WashingtonSUSOFailure to appear9/23/13 Wilson, Jimmy20Caldwell, KS318 N Main Caldwell KsSUSOBattery, Consumption by minor, Contributing to a childs misconduct, Furnishing alcohol to a minor9/27/13 Sumner Co13 Arrendondo, Donald60Wellington, Ks15th and B, Wellinbgton, KsSUSODriving under the influence9/26/13 Chrisman, Jonathan Lee44Winfield, KS911 Fuller St Winfield, KSMPDFTA9/23/13 Preston, William36Wichita, KS777 Kansas Star driveMPDPossession of narcotics, Possession of Paraphernalia, Obstruction of legal process9/29/13 WEEKLY   BOOKINGS9/23/2013 thru 9/30/2013 Clark, Travis22Sacramento, CA1410 Michigan St Apt A, Wellington KSWPDWPD Warrant Theft, Harper Co Warrant Burglary9/27/13 Hamilton, Jeremy39Amarillo, TxI35 MP 10 SBKHPDriving while Suspended, Liability insurance9/24/13 Pete, Valley  D.45Wichita, KS1357 N. Broadway, Peck KsSUSODriving while suspended9/26/13 THRU 9-30-13 Monday 0800  to  Monday 0800 Owen, Adam23Holland, MI501 N Washington, Wellington KSSUSOServing Sentence9/27/13 Wellington PD9 Sedgwick Co38 Kolb, Savannah18Wellington, Ks217 E Lincoln, Wellington, KsWPDPossession of Marijuana, Contributing to the misconduct of a child9/26/13 Townsend, William45Caldwell, KS100 N Chisholm, Caldwell KSCAPDPossession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia9/25/13 Voshell, Zechariah24Wichita, KSSebastian County Jail Ft Smith, ARSUSOPV (X2), Theft9/27/13 Lackey, Airien31Lake Oswego, OR500 N 5th Ave Conway SpringsSUSOPossession of marijuana, Interference with Law Enforcement Officer9/29/13 Williams, Dawn29Fort Worth, TX501 N Washington, Wellington KSSUSOServing Sentence9/27/13center_img Kolb, Darren46Wellington, Ks217 E Lincoln, Wellington, KsWPDProbation Violation (DUI 3rd Conviction)9/26/13 Callaway, Curtis28Wellington, Ks1716 N A St Wellington, KsWPDWarrant (FTA)9/27/13 Stewart, Melissa L.39Wellington, Ks500 N. WashingtonSUSOProbation Violation9/26/13 Johnson, Jeremiah Dale33Cushing, OKCowley 3 and US 160SUSOTheft9/23/13 The following is the Sumner County Weekly jail bookings for Sept. 23 to Sept. 30, 2013: Townsend, Jenny29Wichita, KS610 E Hillside Wellington, KSWPDServing Sentence9/25/13 Bail Bondsman0 NameAgeHome TownLocation of ArrestAgencyChargesDate of Arrest Clarke, John Kevin56Wellington, Ks610 E Hillside Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence9/24/13 Harbison, Michael Ryan31Wellington, Ks1111 W. 8th St Wellington, KSWPDTheft9/29/13 Hoss, Sabrina29San Diego, CA1110 S C Wellington, KSWPDF.T.A. (X2)9/26/13 Guerra, Weigand20Caldwell, Ks100 S Osage, Caldwell KsCAPDDriving while suspended9/29/13 Sax, John H Jr.41Wichita, KSJefferson and 15th Wellington, KSWPDDWS9/29/13 Bishop, Jason39Wichita, KSI-35 MP 17KHPDriving while revoked9/27/13 Wilson,Lakisha Tawanna38Wichita, KSI-35 MP 14.9KHPDWS9/23/13 Lile, Jason43Caldwell, KS100 N Chisholm, Caldwell KSCAPDPossession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Trafficing Contraband into a correctional facility9/25/13 KHP3 Caldwell PD3 Bookings Mulvane2 Belle Plaine0last_img read more

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Donegal Mountain Rescue dispatched to Errigal following callout

first_imgThe Donegal Mountain Rescue Team (DMRT) have been dispatched to a callout on Friday evening. At 5.15pm this evening, the DMRT responded to the call on Errigal.The team was dispatched when a callout was made from an injured female walker. The Sligo-based Coastguard helicopter, Rescue 118 has also been called for assistance at the scene.We will bring you more as we get it…Donegal Mountain Rescue dispatched to Errigal following callout was last modified: June 21st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Cave Dates and Climate Estimates May Be Off

first_imgThe steady drip, drip, drip of water from stalactites should provide a way to calculate the age of cave formations, right?  Don’t be too sure.  A scientist at Florida State found that calcite deposition is a function of how the cave “breathes,” reported New Scientist.  This finding “pours doubt on ancient climate records derived from these structures.”    Climate researchers have no way of directly recording temperature for dates before about 1850.  They use “proxy measurements” from tree rings, ice cores, cave formations and written descriptions.  Tree ring measurements have come under fire lately with the Climategate scandal.  It appears the use of cave formations for estimating prehistoric climate records is now subject to question.  “Some records of ancient rainfall may be skewed, as estimates based on stalactite formation assume year-round mineral deposition,” the article said.The point to remember here, without getting into details about the extent of possible misinterpretation, is that all dating methods make assumptions.  A geologist sees the steady dripping from a stalactite, measures the calcite deposition on the stalagmite below, calculates the deposition as a function of drip rate, and then extrapolates the measurements hundreds of thousands of years back in time.  Can any geologist possibly know all the factors that could affect the deposition rate?  This article pointed out one, but there could be many others.    The estimation of ancient climate is just as fraught with assumptions.  If the geologist establishes a plausibly reliable deposition rate under current conditions, he or she might infer from slight differences in composition in a cross-section of a stalactite how the climate cooled or warmed over time.  But some factors might not correlate together.  They could counteract one another in all kinds of ways.  To show this story is not an isolated case in Florida, recall the 01/19/2006 finding in Texas about kinetic factors including the angle of the glass plate a scientist might use to collect data, or the presence of a warm human body in the cave.  South African scientists, frustrated with anomalous measurements, concluded that “the constant speleothem growth rate we assume is simplistic” (10/12/2004, bullet 4).    The unknown factors are the most worrisome.  This story points out that theory-destroying factors no one ever thought about, like cave bears, could be lurking in dark passages.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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a month agoSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: Pochettino fantastic for Tottenham

first_imgSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: Pochettino fantastic for Tottenhamby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is full of praise for Tottenham counterpart Mauricio Pochettino.Pochettino left the St Mary’s side to join Spurs back in 2014 and guided them to the Champions League final last season.Hasenhuttl said: “Last year he wasn’t allowed to sit on the bench which is maybe the reason why we could take the three points.“It was an unbelievable game from us. I didn’t know how we could end up winning this game because in the first half they should have been four goals up.“If you want to take points against such a team then you need to have a nearly perfect performance and even then, you are not sure.“I think he has done a fantastic job in Tottenham and took them from being a struggling team to Champions League finalists. It’s unbelievable the job he does there.“We don’t look too much on them because I think it’s important for us to concentrate on the qualities that we have.“We know that it’s a big challenge, but we like these challenges.“ About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Donor Organizations Urged to Work Together

first_img Donor organizations within the Jamaican diaspora have been urged to work  together to better stream line their contributions to Jamaica.The call has come from Jamaica’s Consul General to New York, Mr. Herman Lamont, who delivered the keynote address at the 3rd annual banquet and awards ceremony of the Help Jamaica Medical Mission (Help JAMM), in Verona, New Jersey on November 9.“I want to appeal for an enhanced level of collaboration among all donor groups in the Diaspora, so that we may have a better synergy in our activities,” Mr. Lamont told the Help JAMM members and supporters gathered at the Richfield Regency hotel.He said that if the various donations were properly streamlined, Jamaica would benefit tremendously.  “From time to time, organizations have complained that they continue to experience difficulty making donations, but this can be mitigated if there is a co-ordinated effort,” the Consul General said.Mr. Lamont commended Help JAMM for providing free quality health care to needy persons in both New Jersey and Jamaica.  “Jamaicans at home proudly appreciate these donations and I unhesitatingly express our gratitude,” he added.Jamaicans in the Diaspora, he said, are replete with unsung heroes who over the years have willingly contributed financial resources, equipment, as well as professional skills and services to individuals and institutions alike. “Volunteerism within the Jamaican diaspora is truly inspiring.  This quality found among  Jamaicans overseas is almost commonplace and is worthy of emulation at home,”  Mr.  Lamont said.He pointed out that medical facilities in Jamaica continue to face challenges as they strive to meet the needs of the growing population.Just over 400 persons attended the event and  money raised from the banquet will go towards defraying the costs of the Medical Mission to Jamaica. Donor organizations within the Jamaican diaspora have been urged to work together to better stream line their contributions to Jamaica. Story Highlights Mr. Lamont commended Help JAMM for providing free quality health care to needy persons in both New Jersey and Jamaica. Volunteerism within the Jamaican diaspora is truly inspiring.last_img read more

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Suspect in Edmonton attack officer stabbing looking for a lawyer before October

first_imgEDMONTON — A man accused of trying to kill an Edmonton police officer and of running down pedestrians is still without a lawyer six months before his trial.Abdulahi Hasan Sharif faces 12 charges and appeared in Court of Queen’s Bench today to get a new lawyer through legal aid.Doug Ingersoll, assistant general counsel for Legal Aid Alberta, told court an experienced lawyer is ready to take on the case.Sharif agreed to meet with the lawyer and is to return to court on April 24.A jury trial is to start Oct. 15 , although the judge acknowledged scheduling will need to be sorted out once a new lawyer is found.Sharif has already parted ways with at least two other lawyers.In October 2017, an officer was struck by a speeding car, then stabbed outside an Edmonton Eskimos football game. Hours later, the driver of a cube van sped through the downtown and injured four pedestrians.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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