Wounded Warriors visit campus over weekend

first_imgChad Watson walked into the Oak Room above South Dining Hall last Friday evening as anyone else would. One foot after the other, each step as steady as the last. No one would guess that Watson lost his leg in Fallujah, Iraq, a few years ago when an explosive detonated under a Humvee he was driving. “I got involved with Wounded Warriors by originally being a wounded warrior myself,” said Watson, now the area outreach coordinator for the Midwest for the Wounded Warrior Project. “I was a marine, and in 2006, I came back to a hospital and recovered there for 17 months. While I was there, I met the Wounded Warrior Project and they helped me out a lot.” Now, Watson works with the Wounded Warrior Project to help other soldiers transition to civilian life when they return home. “Not all service members have a lot of support. A lot of people help them in the hospital, but they seem to forget what happens after,” he said. “The Wounded Warrior Project is here to honor and empower the veterans once they get back home.” The Wounded Warriors hold events where the veterans can simply enjoy themselves, as they have done by visiting Notre Dame. Patrick Concannon, president of the New York Fire Department Fire Family Transport Foundation and member of the Notre Dame class of 1977, said Wounded Warriors began visiting Notre Dame shortly after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Since then, they have made this trip annually for six years. These trips allow the veterans a break from the everyday, which often involves a difficult transition back into society. Many times the most difficult injuries aren’t physically noticeable. “A lot of these guys deal with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic head injury. What’s happened is that they’re so close to these explosions that the brain hits the skull and bounces back,” Concannon said. “It’s a long fight up to where they were before they went overseas.” Four months of work on this specific event culminated this weekend. Concannon said this event is particularly special because it is a giant venture between the Los Angeles Fire Department, the New York City Fire Department, the Chicago Fire Department, the South Bend Fire Department, the Elkhart Fire Department and the Notre Dame Fire Department. Working together, they brought, fed and housed every Wounded Warrior visiting campus over the weekend. On Friday, the Warriors cheered at the pep rally amidst a sea of green and enjoyed a banquet in the Oak Room above South Dining Hall. On Saturday they were escorted with lights and sirens to their tailgate party and then to the stadium for the game. The weekend closed with a party at Concannon’s home in South Bend. Touring campus, the Wounded Warriors Project facilitators and veterans said they have come to appreciate the students of Notre Dame. One specific case showed itself when freshman Lauren Katen and the a cappella group Halftime offered to perform for the warriors at their banquet. “I mean, it’s just unbelievable how the younger generations are gathering to show their respect,” Cocannon said. “We didn’t even have to ask. [Katen] and the choir offered to do it, which was really great.” Concannon said he views actions like these gratefully, especially since he predicts that next year, there will be more Wounded Warriors from Afghanistan and Iraq coming home. He said with the way things are going, people will need to show respect to these soldiers more than ever. “Even when you display the American flag, they see that,” he said. “It’s little things like this that add up to a big impact.” To be even more proactive, he suggested checking out the Wounded Warrior website. Nick Hintz of the Elkhart Fire Department agreed with him, and encouraged everyone to come to events. “See if there’s something in the area. Just come out and thank them, support them and find out who they are,” Hintz said. “Ask if there’s anything you can do, which could be as simple as handing out water bottles or serving food.” The Wounded Warrior Project tries to not only help rehabilitate the men and women who return, but to also give them opportunities to enjoy a bit more of life, since they protect our freedom to do so. “The freedoms and things that we enjoy in this country have to be protected by somebody, and they really selflessly put themselves on the line for those freedoms,” said Steve Grabowski, lieutenant of the Chicago Fire Department. Watson said the time to show respect may occur at any time, even on campus. “They passed the post-9/11 GI Bill, so a lot of service members are coming back and going to universities. Make them fell welcome,” Watson said. “And every time you see a veteran, thank them, no matter what war. They’re the ones that allow us to do what we do — like go to college.” With the gift of freedom, which allows United States citizens to attend universities and enter careers of their choosing, Concannon suggested Notre Dame students follow their hearts. Doing so, they can change the world for the better. “As a Notre Dame grad, I think that the Notre Dame students that go out into the world can all make the differences, whether it’s me being in the fire department or working with the Haiti Relief Fund or anything,” he said. “Your degree, and eventually your life, can work toward that.” He said that every trip to Notre Dame includes a journey to the Grotto, where the veterans and firemen light candles and pray, having a chance to reflect. “One of the things about soldiers is that they ask for nothing but that they appreciate everything,” Grabowski said.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s continues admission tours despite new campus regulations

first_imgSaint Mary’s admissions will continue giving tours after new visiting policies were announced for the tri-campus community. Mona Bowe, Vice President for Enrollment Management, announced new restrictions for campus tours to help maintain the safety of students.“The visitors coming to campus are in a very controlled environment,” Bowe said. “They’re only coming for the time of the tour. In previous times before the COVID pandemic started, we also offered for prospective students to spend the night to meet with admission counselors, faculty members or coaches, and they could go to classes. All of that has been restricted at this point in time, so the families are only coming for the tour, which takes about an hour and 15 minutes.” The College has taken additional safety precautions to promote the well-being of the campus community, she said. “We are keeping the tour outside except for Angela and the library because they’re much bigger spaces. Visitors are not going into residence halls, the students center or any other indoor space. All the families that are coming to the tours are required to wear a mask entire time that they’re here, whether it’s indoors or outdoors,” Bowe said.Visitors are also being asked to self-report their health before coming to campus and staff is checking their symptoms upon arrival. “They’re being asked the same types of questions that students answer in the morning,” she said. “We haven’t done this before, but starting this week, we’re also taking their temperatures when they get here before starting the floor.”The College has told student tour guides they have the choice to continue giving tours for as long as they are comfortable. “We told students who have signed up to give tours that at any point in time, they can say, ‘I’m not comfortable doing this,’ and they don’t have to continue giving tours. So, these are the students who are comfortable maintaining their distance and wearing masks through the entire time that the families are here,” she said.Student tour guides have had some concerns about continuing campus tours after recent restrictions were announced. Senior Ellen Duda decided to temporarily opt out of giving tours.“I decided that once the restrictions are put in place, I was no longer comfortable giving tours,” Duda said. “I love my job, and I love being able to talk to students, but also if I were a student who doesn’t work for admissions and I saw outside visitors on campus, I personally would be upset. That’s one of my reason for stepping back a little bit currently.” Duda also expressed concerns about the risks of allowing visitors from all across the country to tour campus. “We have people from all over the U.S. coming to campus. That’s the beauty of Saint Mary’s, we have representation from all fifty states, but that also brings up concerns about where people have been how they travel to get here,” she said. Duda said admissions has been very flexible and supportive of student tour guides during this time. “They were pretty flexible with students concerns about being shut down and still giving tours. They said if we weren’t comfortable, we wouldn’t have to give tours anymore and we wouldn’t be fired,” she said.Senior tour guide Maddie Hopek has decided to continue giving tours, expressing that admissions has been flexible at addressing student concerns.“With the recent changes, a lot of girls had questions they wanted to ask about for their tours, what they can do, what it would change and they were really prompt on getting back to us with answers making sure that we felt safe,” she said. “If anyone were to feel uncomfortable, there was no pressure for students to continue giving tours.”Hopek said that she thinks the College has done the best they can to maintain safety during tours.“I think they’ve done the best they can given the situation,” she said. “The fact that we’re able to still see certain buildings, or just in general, still be allowed to give tours is important, especially as we depend on having a good size incoming class next year to keep funding this school and the place we love.” Despite the pandemic, Hopek said the tour numbers she has been giving have remained consistent for her this semester, although she only has two families per tour. Bowe said continuing admissions tours is the best way to make the admissions process as normal as possible while keeping the community safe. “We want to try to make the admission process as normal and as positive for them as possible,” she said. “We’re glad that we’re finding ways to make it safe for our community and the families. We are continuing to give tours and we hope that we can continue doing that as we move along.” Tags: campus tours, COVID-19, Saint Mary’s Admissionslast_img read more

NHL playoffs 2019: Predictions, odds for Flames vs. Avalanche first-round series

first_imgDefenseThe Avalanche allowed 21 more goals than the Flames over the course of the season, for a difference of 0.25 goals per game. That doesn’t seem like a lot at a superficial level, but when combined with Calgary’s 0.38 goals-per-game edge in scoring, it puts Colorado at an immediate disadvantage.Every team needs an offensively gifted blueliner, and in Giordano, the Flames have an elite offensive defenseman having a career year. The Norris Trophy candidate’s 74 regular-season points would be good enough for fourth in Avalanche scoring, while his plus-39 differential is nearly double the best Colorado skater this season.The Flames added Oscar Fantenberg at the deadline to help shore things up on the blueline, and the Swede has slotted in nicely in 15 games. Averaging nearly 16 minutes of ice time since joining the Flames, Fantenberg is a piece of an unheralded defense corps that was fourth-best in the West this season.Edge: Flames, by a decent margin.GoaltendingNeither team had an obvious No. 1 goalie this season, which makes this match-up a rarity. The playoffs are the time when coaches will choose to ride one goaltender for the duration of the team’s run, and both the Avalanche and Flames will have some big decisions to make in that regard.Colorado’s Philipp Grubauer was red-hot during the team’s push for the playoffs and backstopped the game that sealed the Avs’ postseason berth; however, the German was poor for the Capitals in the first round last year and lost his starting spot as Washington went on to claim the Stanley Cup. Semyon Varlamov played more in the regular season, but Grubauer’s late-season play probably gets him the nod.SAVE. BY. GRUBAUER. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/tavLVNpQBc— NHL Deutsch (@NHLde) April 5, 2019As for the Flames, coach Bill Peters used Mike Smith and David Rittich nearly equally this season. Traditional thinking would give the edge to 37-year-old Smith simply based on the fact that he has postseason experience, but Rittich had better numbers in the regular season, so only Peters knows for sure.Truth is, neither team has a proven playoff goalie. This series could go a long way to change that.Edge: EvenSpecial teamsThe Avalanche were seventh in the NHL with a 22 percent success rate on the power play (Flames were 18th at 19.3 percent), and only a single percentage point separates the teams on the penalty kill (Calgary’s 79.7 percent bests Colorado’s 78.7 percent).If Colorado can hold firm against a Flames’ power play that should be better than its numbers showed, this could be an area the Avs could find success.Edge: Avalanche (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/dd/64/mark-giordano-calgary-flames-gabriel-landeskog-colorado-avalanche-040719-getty-ftrjpeg_18690qki069n619e29g7lco12p.jpg?t=-84849807&w=500&quality=80 It’ll be a matchup of David vs. Goliath proportions, but that’s why they play the games. The Avalanche will be out to show that they’re not simply happy making it to the dance, while the Flames will have to deal with all the pressure of being a No. 1 seed.SN STAFF PREDICTIONS:Eastern Conference | Western Conference | Stanley Cup Calgary Flames (-180) vs. Colorado Avalanche (+160): Schedule, breakdown, predictionDateMatchupTime (TV channel)April 11Game 1 at Calgary10 p.m. ET (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA)April 13Game 2 at Calgary10:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA)April 15Game 3 at Colorado10 p.m. ET (CNBC, CBC, TVA)April 17Game 4 at Colorado10 p.m. ET (NBCSN, CBC, TVA)*April 19Game 5 at CalgaryTBD*April 21Game 6 at ColoradoTBD*April 23Game 7 at CalgaryTBD(*if necessary)Season seriesThe Flames took all three games from the Avs in the season series, although the first two meetings were as close as they could get. Calgary got scoring from several different players in the three victories, with defenseman and captain Mark Giordano (one goal, five assists) leading the way for the Flames. For Colorado, Gabriel Landeskog (one goal, three assists) was the biggest threat against Calgary.DATEROADHOMERESULTOct. 13FlamesAvalancheCGY, 3-2 (OT)Nov. 11AvalancheFlamesCGY, 6-5Jan. 9AvalancheFlamesCGY, 5-3OffenseLed by a career year from 25-year-old Johnny Gaudreau, the Flames were tied atop the Western Conference scoring charts (with San Jose) after playing an exciting, uptempo style of hockey.Gaudreau finished the season with 99 points (36 goals, 63 assists) to pace an impressive Calgary attack that included three 30-goal scorers and another pair with 20-plus on the season.The Flames have no lack of firepower, and they’ll be eager to show it against an Avalanche team that gave up 14 goals in their three-game season series.9⃣9⃣ points for Johnny with an assist on Janko’s goal!#EDMvsCGY | #Flames pic.twitter.com/QdJSpx4VpU— z – Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) April 7, 2019As for Colorado, the three-headed monster of Nathan MacKinnon (41 goals, 58 assists), Mikko Rantanen (31 goals, 56 assists) and Landeskog (34 goals, 41 assists) will be expected to provide the bulk of the scoring. The Avalanche captain, Landeskog returned from injury at the end of March and immediately picked up where he left off, recording six points over the final five games of the regular season to lead the Avalanche to a 3-1-1 record.Edge: Flames. The top three from each team pretty much cancel each other out, but Calgary’s depth of scoring options is a big advantage. The Calgary Flames proved themselves the cream of the Western Conference crop during the regular season, amassing 107 points en route to the top seed — and they did it in style, finishing second in league scoring with 289 goals.Given how the Flames cruised through the campaign, expectations on the Red Mile are understandably high heading into the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs. However, standing in Calgary’s way in the opening round is the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs left it late to punch their ticket to the postseason, becoming the final team in the West to clinch a playoff spot. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c9/90/mackinnon-landeskog-rantanen-colorado-avalanche-040719-getty-ftrjpeg_oq4azrygmgn217b96xxsl8qyc.jpg?t=-84313431&w=500&quality=80 Key players to watchMark Giordano (CGY): As mentioned above, Giordano’s regular season numbers in 2018-19 were far and away the best of his career. The 35-year-old defenseman has been a force to be reckoned with offensively, and if he’s able to bring that over into the playoffs he could prove to be the difference between a pair of teams that each boast top-level scoring talent.MORE: Flames defenceman Mark Giordano ignoring Father TimeGabriel Landeskog (COL): The Avalanche captain averaged 1.02 points per game over the course of the season, and his return from injury was exactly the boost his team needed to clinch a berth in the playoffs. The 26-year-old set new career highs for points (75), goals (34) and assists (41) despite only playing 73 regular-season games, and if he maintains that form in the postseason he could be a catalyst for an overmatched Avalanche team. Flames vs. Avalanche playoff historyThis is the first postseason meeting between the two teams.Last five playoff appearancesCalgary FlamesYEARFINISH2017Lost in first round to ANA in four games2015Lost in second round to ANA in five games 2009Lost in conference quarterfinal to CHI in six games2008Lost in conference quarterfinal to SJ in seven games2007Lost in conference quarterfinal to DET in six gamesColorado Avalanche YEARFINISH2018Lost in first round to NSH in six games2014Lost in first round to MIN in seven games2010Lost in conference quarterfinal to SJ in six games2008Lost in conference semifinal to DET in four games2006Lost in conference semifinal to ANA in four gamesFlames vs. Avalanche predictionIf Calgary could’ve chosen their own opponent for the opening round, it probably would’ve been Colorado. The Flames grabbed wins in all three regular-season meetings, and boast a much deeper squad than the Avalanche.However, the burden of being the favorite could weigh heavy on a Flames team that hasn’t advanced past the first round since 2015. Regardless, the talent disparity should be enough to see Calgary through.Prediction: Flames win in five.last_img read more

Teen dies in accident on Clear Lake

first_imgThe Iowa D-N-R says a teen died in an accident on Clear Lake.The D-N-R says the 14-year-old was killed when two personal watercraft ran into each other on Clear Lake Tuesday. The D-N-R says the accident happened around noon and the 12-year-old operator of the second craft had minor face injuries. A passenger on the second craft was not hurt. No names have been released.last_img

Jahmale Medical Solutions Diagnostic Center Dedicated

first_imgThe Jahmale Medical Solutions Diagnostic Center in Paynesville.It is a common practice in Liberia that top government officials and those who can afford to seek medical attention outside of the country because the government has not done enough to improve the country’s health delivery system.To assuage this state of affairs, the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) has fulfilled its vision conceived a little over a year ago when last Friday it dedicated the multi-million dollar Jahmale Medical Solutions Diagnostic Center, located behind NASSCORP House which hosts the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) at ELWA Junction.The state-of-art facility will provide much needed high-level laboratory and imaging diagnosis to thousands of citizens. The facility comprises a three-story imaging/laboratory building and adjacent four-story clinic/residence building.NASSCORP’s Director General, Dewitt von Ballmoos, at the official dedication said the facility will save the country huge amount of money spent on foreign travels for medical purposes.The facility will further enable technology and specialized skills transfer to local Liberian medical technicians thereby contributing to capacity building as well as attracting Liberian medical professionals to return home from the Diaspora.“This center will contribute to the achievement of one of the key development goals the administration of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ardently worked towards,” Von Ballmoos added.Since he assumed the leadership of NASSCORP, the Executive Director said several important initiatives have claimed the corporation’s attention, captivated their imagination and challenged their determination to make NASSCORP one of the most progressive, efficient, viable and responsive in the nation.“I dream of a day when all working Liberians would be part of the social security system, including those who have served in the public sector and are entitled to a reasonable standard of living at retirement,” he said.The imaging equipment for the Jahmale facility includes Toshiba Lighting Aquiline Detector; Row Ultra Helical CT scan; Hitachi Aperto Lucent Prime Open MRI; Canon/DelftDI Triathlon Dr. X-Ray machine and planned clarity 2D Digital Mammography (Mammogram).Others include; Hitachi Arrieta V60ultra Sound Machine; Mortara ELA 280 Electrocardiography Machine and ROGAA Delft online XS PACS Data Storage facility.The facility also has a wide range of laboratory equipment that includes Clinical Chemistry, Hematology and Immunoassay analyzers, Microbiology and hematology binocular microscopes and Heratherm advance incubator.The facility will also have its own ‘Waste Disposer’ known as ‘Medical Waste Incinerator’ as well as other molecular biology and pharmaceutical equipment and supplies.Other equipment available include laboratory freezers and chillers; pure urine microbiology chemistry analyzer; water purification system; Heraeus megafund 8 centrifuges; clinical routers, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WATCH: This 12-year-old’s take on the national anthem will leave you speechless

first_imgA Donegal girl delivered a powerful performance of Amhrán na bhFiann on St. Patrick’s Day that earned a rapturous applause from the people of Letterkenny.Cloghan schoolgirl Katie McCarthy, aged 12, was asked to sing on the main stage to open the Letterkenny parade on Saturday. The young singer and Blue Ribbon group member accepted the honour and wowed the crowds with her flawless vocals. Katie was approached through her school, SN Taobhoige, to take on the prestigious role. Her proud dad Jimmy McCarthy said: “Katie jumped at the chance, knowing this was such an honour to be asked, but knew she only had 24 hours to practice. As the parade starting time approached, so did the excitement.”It’s hard to believe that this was a last-minute performance for Katie, and as Jimmy is heard saying in the video, she really ‘nailed it’.WATCH: This 12-year-old’s take on the national anthem will leave you speechless was last modified: March 19th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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) Tags:Amhrán na bhFiannkatie mcCarthyletterkennynational anthemparadeSingingSt Patrick’s Daylast_img read more