Students dedicate summers to service nationally, globally

first_imgFor the past several months, Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns (CSC) provided students the opportunity to serve with partner agencies, examine social issues and reflect on their experiences through the Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP) and International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP) grounded in the roots of Catholic social thought.Two hundred and seventeen students completed SSLPs in 175 sites across the country, which were sponsored by 106 Notre Dame alumni clubs. Fifty three students completed ISSLPs in 17 countries, according to CSC  international service learning and justice education director Rachel Tomas Morgan. The ISSLP offers a chance to combine academic studies with hands-on volunteer activities in vastly different cultures across the globe, she said.The program includes a “year-long academic service-learning program that comprises two courses and the eight-10 week service-learning field placement so students receive an academic framing that surrounds their immersion experience,” Tomas Morgan said.Theological reflection and summer service learning director Andrea Smith Shappell said the SSLP also encourages students to learn academic and personal lessons through active service and integration in communities.The SSLP “recognizes that building relationships with people who live on the margins of society brings knowledge about people and social issues in ways that cannot be taught in a classroom setting,” Shappell said.Both programs require students to take workshops and classes on campus and then immerse themselves in the topic of study. Tomas Morgan said the ISSLP, which encompasses a three-credit pre-departure theology course and one credit for summer work, forces students to recognize and evaluate the existence of extreme poverty across the globe.“Through our classes, students are introduced to pressing global issues. Students who participate … already have a strong heart for the poor. It is our hope that our students also develop and cultivate a mind for the poor,” Tomas Morgan said.Shappell said the SSLP can also open students’ minds to future academic and career decisions and deepen their commitment to community service. SSLP students earn three theology credits for their summer work.“The SSLP has the potential for being a transformative experience for students,” she said. “This may be a new understanding of putting their faith in action, redirecting their career plans or deepening their commitment to community engagement.”Sophomore Amber Bryan spent her eight-week SSLP in New Orleans serving at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church for the Local Organizing Ministry.“I did a wide variety of things — help with the opening of a new school in the community, establish a good neighbor ordinance between community members and businesses with alcohol beverage permits, pack food in the food pantry and map blighted property,”  Bryan said.Bryan said the SSLP sparked a deeper interest in policymaking and reinforced her previous interest in education.“It was rewarding to help people get more than the immediate change that can be completed in 20 hours or so,” she said. “After the SSLP, I am going to be taking more research and policy courses. This experience reassured me that I want to work in education policy.”Senior Emily Horvath spent eight weeks in Chennai, India, working at Vidya Sagar school for children with developmental disabilities. She said her passion for occupational therapy led her to seek the opportunity of an ISSLP, which would push her outside her comfort zone.“I spent my time working in the occupational therapy department and teaching a creative movement (music and dance) class,” Horvath said. “The curiosity to travel to a random city in a random country, knowing no one, and see if I could come out of the experience with amazing new relationships plus a strong desire to pursue occupational therapy in a setting where I’d be working with children with developmental disabilities, made me choose to participate in an ISSLP.”“This experience also opened my eyes to the battle for the rights of people with disabilities that is currently being fought in India,” she said. “I formed friendships with people who face these issues every day. Forming these relationships has transformed my perspective on issues of global human development.”Tags: Center for Social Concerns, CSC, ISSLP, Notre Dame, service, SSLPlast_img read more

Ghana star Atsu out of Porto squad, edges closer to Liverpool switch

first_imgGhana winger Christian Atsu is edging closer to his dream move to Liverpool after the prodigy was left out of Porto’s pre-season tour of Holland, can exclusively report.The decision by the Portuguese giants to leave one of their key players out of their 26-man squad for the tour of Holland indicates that he is unlikely to play for the club next season.This comes after Porto indicated that they are now ready to cash in on Atsu after realizing that the youngster will not relent in his quest to leave the club to England.Porto’s action proves that they are now willing to allow the youngster to leave as he is refusing to sign an extension to his expiring contract with other English clubs like Everton and Tottenham also interested.The Ghana international was sent to train with the youth side of Porto on Monday afternoon as the entire first team squad left the Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport for Amsterdam.Atsu is a top target for Merseyside clubs Everton and Liverpool, but the Portuguese giants were proving difficult negotiators. The Ghana international forward is now inside the final year of his Porto deal and insisted that he wants to leave for England which was rebuffed by Porto thinking that Atsu would relent.But the Ghana international insisted he is happy to play out the final 12 months of his deal with Porto and leave on a free transfer if they do not sell now.Liverpool and Tottenham held tentative talks with Porto over Atsu this summer, with the winger declaring hopes of moving to the Premier League in recent weeks.His reluctance to extend his expiring contract with Porto led to the club’s decision to leave him out of the team’s starting places in the latter part of last season.Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes the 21-year-old Ghanaian would be a perfect addition to his squad as he looks to improve on last season’s seventh place Premier League finish. That led to the belief that Porto would agree on a quick sale and tabled a bid of £3million.last_img read more


first_imgNaomh Columba 09.07.2012Our seniors earned another two league points on Saturday evening, with a three point win over Buncrana. We are now placed second in the table, with a game in hand. The reserves were equally successful, running out ten point winners over the same opposition, and leaving them in joint first position with this weekend’s opponents, Aodh Ruadh. Both teams travel to Ballyshannon this Saturday evening, throw-in times: 6pm and 7.30pm. At the time of going to press our ladies were due to travel to Lifford for their first championship outing on Wednesday evening. In underage news, our under 14 lads enjoyed a 4 point victory over Naomh Ultan last Wednesday, in the second round of the championship. They now face Naomh Bríd on Wednesday 18th, at 7.30pm in Ballintra. Saturday’s under 12 Southwest semi-final was conceded by Na Rossa. We now face Cill Chartha in the final, details to follow. At the time of going to press our minors were due to play the divisional final on Thursday evening, against either Naomh Bríd or Bundoran. Throw-in was set for 7.30pm, with venue to be confirmed. The August Bank Holiday promises to be a bumper weekend in the Glen, with a busy line-up of events planned. On Sunday, August 5th, the Naomh Columba under 16 County Champions of 1992 will reunite to take on a ‘superstar select’ panel. This event is a fundraiser for the very worthy Temple Street Children’s Hospital, and promises to be a great follow-up to the previous days Agricultural Show. Throw-in at 6pm. Sunday night sees Castlederg’s finest, The Logues, take to the stage for Live in the Marquee, Glen style! A great weekend’s craic is guaranteed, and we look forward to welcoming you all to Páirc na nGael. Níor bhaineadh lotto na seachtaine seo caite. Ba hiad na huimhreacha a tháinig amach ná: 7 – 13 – 17 – 19. Beidh duaischiste de €4600 againn don tseachtain seo.Darren Mc Ginley Memorial Tournament 2012– AcknowledgementThe Naomh Columba Ladies Board would like to extend their sincere thanks to the following people who helped to make the 2012 Darren Mc Ginley Memorial such a success: to all the teams who travelled to participate in the event, thank you. A word of thanks to our nurse and physio for their help on the day, and to the referees and umpires for their work. Thank you to everyone who helped out in the kitchen, and to the many people who donated food for the event – we are very grateful. A special thank you to the Mc Ginley family, and to everyone who turned out to support the tournament. Congratulations to both Naomh Conaill and Na Cealla Beaga on their respective wins, and we look forward to welcoming you all back to Páirc na nGael in 2013. Go raibh míle maith agaibh.  GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: July 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more