Notre Dame prepares for day of service in South Bend community

first_imgTags: back the bend, Community Service, Robinson Center Over 300 Domers are preparing to spend a day breaking out of the Notre Dame bubble.On Saturday, students from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross College will serve in 17 volunteer sites across South Bend. Back the Bend, an effort between student government and South Bend community partners, will allow students to get away from their college campuses and engage with the surrounding South Bend community. Courtesy of Fritz Schemel Students participate in Back the Bend last year, painting murals at the Robinson Community Learning Center.The tri-campus community, along with volunteers from other local colleges, will devote four hours on Saturday to planting trees, spreading mulch, painting murals and completing several other projects across South Bend. Aaron Benavides, sophomore and the director of faith and service for student government, said the service day allows students to bridge Notre Dame to the surrounding South Bend neighborhoods.Editor’s Note: Benavides is a former News Writer for The Observer.“One of the really unique missions that Back the Bend has had since the beginning has been the whole idea of connecting students with the South Bend community,” Benavides said. “Oftentimes, we feel like we live within these walls at Notre Dame. We never really get out of our bubble.”Benavides said over 315 volunteers have already signed up for Back the Bend, and he expects over 350 students to participate in the service projects.Fritz Schemel, the director of community outreach and engagement for Notre Dame Student Government, said he is excited for his second outing with Back the Bend. Last April, Schemel participated in the “Keep the Lead Away” project, an effort to spread mulch and prevent lead exposure at homes in the Near Northwest Neighborhood of South Bend. This year, Schemel is leading a group of students from Dunne Hall in the same project.“Something that I find really cool about it is, yes, it’s really great that students are going into the community to engage with these community partners, but I’ve also noticed that dorms or different clubs will come together for service projects,” Schemel said. “They’ll group together, and it’s definitely a bonding event for those people too.”Other projects include planting trees at Fremont Park and painting murals at the Robinson Community Learning Center. Andy Kostielney, the assistant manager at the Robinson Center, said he has worked to foster the relationship between the Robinson Center and student volunteers.“One of the things we do in the community is we’re a bridge between the University and the Northeast Neighborhood,” Kostielney said. “It’s great to see students go out and get to see parts of South Bend that they might not have seen before.”To plan 17 volunteer projects, Benavides and Schemel worked with several community partners across South Bend. The student government representatives met with their partners on Friday mornings at the Robinson Center.“I hadn’t heard a lot about these other community partners before, and so getting to interact with them and getting exposed to them and learning about their missions has been really informative for me, and I hope students will be able to get that out of Back the Bend as well,” Benavides said.The day of service begins with registration at 9 a.m. at Irish Green, across from Eddy Street. Student volunteers work at their volunteer sites from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Following the day of service, volunteers will gather at the Robinson Center for a picnic.“People might do service at the Robinson Center or the Center for the Homeless or go work at one of the hospitals, but this is a cool opportunity for people that don’t really have the time to volunteer multiple times a week off campus,” Schemel said. “It provides a platform for people to get involved who haven’t gotten involved in the past.”last_img read more

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Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference 2017 – Celebrating 10 years of Offshore Energy

first_imgOffshore Energy 2018Next year Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference takes place on (22), 23 and 24 October 2018. Information on next year’s edition will be published online on www.offshore-energy.biz shortly. ExhibitionThis year over 550 exhibitors covered halls 1, 2, 5 and Amtrium of the Amsterdam RAI. During the exhibition days it was also possible to attend matchmaking sessions headed by Europe Enterprise Network, from bagpipes to robots, there were some great sights on the exhibition floor.The latest addition to the exhibition floor was the Startup Zone where upcoming talent was able to present themselves and showcase their innovations and products. Back again was the Offshore WIND Expertise Hub where companies were interviewed on film. These videos will be published on OffshoreWIND.biz in the coming weeks.In the different pavilions, such as Iran, Scotland, Italy, Amsterdam IJmuiden Offshore Ports, North Sea Energy Gateway, Marine Energy, and the Holland pavilion, people came together in an energetic environment to meet up and/or network. ConferenceThe high quality conference program at OEEC contained seven Technical Sessions on topics ranging from Asset Integrity, Global Business Opportunities, and Decommissioning. The Launch of the National Platform for Re-use and Decommissioning also took place during the conference.This year’s Industry Panel addressed the transition to a low carbon energy mix. Featured speakers distinguished facts and fiction on both fossil and renewable energy sources, their deployment and what it takes for societies to switch to a new energy system. Within renewables Offshore WIND Conference (OWC) took place with speakers from Dong, Siemens, European Committee of the Regions and Ziton.Marine Energy Event took place on Wednesday, October 11, and focused on the Conditions for Commercial Success of the industry with speakers from EMEC, Twin Valleys, Tidal Lagoon BV and Bureau Veritas.Last but not least, several side events took place and young professionals could attend special Master Classes with masters from OOS International and Schlumberger.center_img Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference brought together over 550 exhibitors and 12,145 visitors in halls 1, 2 & 5 of Amsterdam RAI. While the number of exhibitors slightly decreased compared to 2016, the visitor number increased. The conference attracted over 1,300 delegates who attended 20 sessions. Next year Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference takes place on (22), 23 and 24 October 2018.“This year marked our tenth anniversary and we look back on a great event,” says Annemieke den Otter, who bears overall responsibility for Offshore Energy. “Never before has the gathering of all players in offshore, from oil and gas to offshore wind and marine energy, been more apparent than this year and never before have we attracted so many international visitors.”This year’s theme was ‘Transformation through collaboration.’ Topics that dominated the conversation ranged from decommissioning and future gas and wind energy production at the North Sea, to upstream investments in the Middle East, West-Africa, Latin-America and Asia.The event brought together industry leaders and (young) professionals during a high quality conference program, at the many networking opportunities and in the exhibition halls. For three days – starting on Monday with the first day of Offshore WIND Conference – Amsterdam was a meeting place for a host of international clients, OEMs, EPC companies and suppliers active in oil and gas exploration and production as well as renewable energy development.OEEC 2017 again had a spectacular kick-off with Offshore Energy Opening Gala Dinner and Awards Show on Monday 9 October. Guests were treated to dinner and drinks and musical interludes by the Junior Jazz Unlimited at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. A special congratulation to the award winners: Dries Lammens (winner of the Offshore Energy Young Engineer Award), Our Oceans Challenge (winner of the Offshore Energy Public Outreach Award), and Next Ocean with the Next Ocean Wave Predictor (winner of the Best Innovation in Offshore Energy Award).last_img read more

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Canada 2014: Ghana faces Korea DPR

first_imgGhana will return to action on Friday in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup eager to continue with their winning start.The Black Princesses after defeating hosts Canada on the opening day come up against 2006 tournament winners, Korea DPR at the National Soccer Stadium in Toronto in a Group A match with kick off at 21:00GMT.The opening day victory remains a big boost for Ghana, who have twice before appeared at the U-20 Women’s World Cup but are still looking to advance beyond the group phase for the first time. Bashir Hayford’s side have shown enough potential with their positive start putting them in a good position of reaching the quarter-finals.A win over the Asian side will put them through to the next round as the Black Princesses would move on to six points.However, in Korea DPR, the Black Princesses will be up against a tough opponent. Valuable lessons have been picked up by both sides after their opening fixtures, but either team will be up for the three points when they clash.”We already learnt our first lesson: in a World Cup, nothing will be easy. We suffered, but we won. I had said before the tournament that we had the potential to win the World Cup,” said Hayford. “I don’t know if we’ll do it, but we do see some signs. And we sent a signal that we’re not here for fun – we’re here for business.”Hwang Yong-Bong, coach of Korea DPR though not happy with his side’s performance in their victory over Finland in their first match was equally thrilled to have picked all the spoils.”I’m very happy to have won the first game; everybody know how important it is to have a good start in a tournament,” Yong-Bong said as his side prepare to face Ghana. The Black Princesses after defeating hosts Canada on the opening day come up against 2006 tournament winners, Korea DPR at the National Soccer Stadium in Toronto in a Group A match with kick off at 21:00GMT.The opening day victory remains a big boost for Ghana, who have twice before appeared at the U-20 Women’s World Cup but are still looking to advance beyond the group phase for the first time. Bashir Hayford’s side have shown enough potential with their positive start putting them in a good position of reaching the quarter-finals.A win over the Asian side will put them through to the next round as the Black Princesses would move on to six points.However, in Korea DPR, the Black Princesses will be up against a tough opponent. Valuable lessons have been picked up by both sides after their opening fixtures, but either team will be up for the three points when they clash.”We already learnt our first lesson: in a World Cup, nothing will be easy. We suffered, but we won. I had said before the tournament that we had the potential to win the World Cup,” said Hayford. “I don’t know if we’ll do it, but we do see some signs. And we sent a signal that we’re not here for fun – we’re here for business.”Hwang Yong-Bong, coach of Korea DPR though not happy with his side’s performance in their victory over Finland in their first match was equally thrilled to have picked all the spoils.”I’m very happy to have won the first game; everybody know how important it is to have a good start in a tournament,” Yong-Bong said as his side prepare to face Ghana.last_img read more

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