Registration for the Diverse Students’ Leadership Conference (DSLC) began this week as the Saint Mary’s Student Diversity Board (SDB) prepares to host its annual spring conference for students, faculty and community members. This year’s DSLC Conference will be held on March 20 and 21. Senior Guadalupe Quintana, SDB vice president and chair of the DSLC Committee, said the Saint Mary’s DSLC is one of the largest student-run conferences in the Midwest. She said the DSLC will offer participants a range of assorted workshops, speakers and discussions aimed at exploring the theme of this year’s conference, “To change the world, you must start with yourself.” “We have a rich list of presenters this year,” she said. “Our opening keynote speaker, Arn Chorn Pond, is a survivor of the Cambodian genocide. … closing keynote speaker is Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International, an organization that helps women survivors of war and civil strife get back on their feet.” Quintana said the DSLC carefully selects speakers and events to provide the most enriching experience possible for participants. “We choose speakers who have a story that is unique to them, inspiring and motivational,” she said. “Students then are able to see the world through a different lens, learn how to build up their own courage and be appreciative of their lives and the lives of others because everyone has challenges to overcome.” Junior Rachel Chaddah, a member of the SDB, said the conference is crucial in helping the SDB reach its goal of expanding the appreciation of other cultures. “[The SDB] is always seeking to create a forum to examine the positive impact diversity provides for all types of settings,” she said. “We want to provide the students, community, and faculty with an outlet to voice their thoughts and opinions on diversity as well as to supply them with new knowledge about it by bringing in workshop presenters and keynote speakers.” She said the conference will address a number of other issues such as overpopulation, domestic violence and the expression of diversity through tango. Chaddah said she is most looking forward to a performance by a step group from Ivy Tech. “The step group performed earlier this week at the Saint Mary’s first Apollo Night for Black History Appreciation week and they were absolutely great,” Chaddah said. Quintana said she expects the conference to be a huge success. “I hope everyone takes this great opportunity and joins us in our biggest celebration of diversity,” Quintana said. Registration for the DSLC ends March 5. The conference is free and open to students of Saint Mary’s, the University of Notre Dame and Holy Cross College. Members of the South Bend community are also invited to participate. To register for the event and find a complete schedule of the DSLC events, visit http://www3.saintmarys.edu/DSLC.
Published on March 19, 2014 at 11:39 pm Contact Matt: email@example.com | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ Sydney O’Hara cemented her spot in the Syracuse record books Tuesday.The freshman became the first player in program history to be named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I National Player of the Week after her performances on the mound and at the plate during the week of March 10.O’Hara helped the Orange to a 5-1 record on a six-game road trip, posting a 4-0 mark on the mound in six appearances. She also logged a 1.22 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 23 innings. At the plate, O’Hara batted 10-for-20 with team-highs of three home runs, 10 runs scored and 11 RBIs.She’ll look to stay hot when the Orange (10-14, 3-3 Atlantic Coast) continues conference play with three games against Georgia Tech (18-6, 7-4) this weekend. Due to the snow on Skytop Field preventing the games from being played in Syracuse as scheduled, the two teams will play in Atlanta.The Orange has won three straight in conference and with an award in hand, O’Hara will look to push that streak.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“If you had asked me if I would’ve won this, I would’ve said no,” O’Hara said. “I’m very surprised.”But SU head coach Leigh Ross wasn’t surprised.She said the conversation she and O’Hara have prior to every time O’Hara takes the mound is indicative of her mentality as a player.“Hey Syd, get in the circle and go,” Ross says.“Ok, Coach. Give me the ball,” O’Hara responds.Ross lauded how O’Hara plays far beyond her years and handles high stakes extremely well, especially for an 18-year-old.The team has asked a lot of the freshman from the start, and O’Hara continues to impress despite only having six weeks of collegiate games under her belt.“The kid has a lot on her shoulders,” Ross said. “We have a freshman as our No. 1 right now. I think she does a great job with it, and her team has a lot of confidence in her.”Within the team, O’Hara and the other younger players each have a “big sister” to mentor them as they transition into collegiate softball.O’Hara’s mentor, senior Shirley Daniels, set her own program record this past week but gave all the praise to her “little sister.”“I was especially proud that she got that accomplishment,” Daniels said. “She works so hard on and off the field, and she’s a great person.”Daniels added that everything about O’Hara’s game is explosive and that it’s great to see from a first-year player.That explosiveness was certainly put on display this past week, as O’Hara registered a hit in each of the Orange’s six games. The last three days of the road trip were the most impressive, though, as O’Hara hit one home run on each day and went 8-for-14 with 11 RBIs in that short span.She currently rides a six-game hitting streak, which is good for second longest on the team so far this season.First, she made a name for herself at Syracuse after throwing a no-hitter in her first career start — and now her name’s on a national stage.Said O’Hara: “Hopefully it wasn’t just one of those weekends, and it keeps on continuing throughout the season.” Comments
Chinese President Xi Jinping has stated emphatically that his country, the People’s Republic of China, “stands with Liberia in exerting every effort to defeat the deadly Ebola Virus.”President Xi Jinping made this statement when he received the newly accredited Liberian Ambassador to China, His Excellency Mr. Dudley McKinley Thomas. Ambassador Thomas, a senior Liberian Ambassador, presented his Letters of Credence to the Chinese President at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 15, 2014.The Chinese President welcomed the Liberian Ambassador to China and went on to say: “Mr. Ambassador, I am certain that by the mere fact President Sirleaf chose you to be her Ambassador to China shows that she has great confidence in you.”President Xi Jinping assured Ambassador Thomas that he will receive the full cooperation of all of the various agencies and other authorities of the Chinese government in helping to ensure the success of his mission.The President then concluded by asking the Liberian Ambassador to convey his personal best wishes to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and to inform her that China stands with Liberia and will do whatever it takes to help Liberia defeat the deadly Ebola virus.Earlier, Ambassador Thomas, presenting his Letters of Credence to the Chinese Leader, conveyed heartfelt thanks and appreciation of on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Government and the People of Liberia to China for the solidarity demonstrated by the Chinese Government, under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, in providing urgently needed assistance, in various forms, including direct financial assistance to the Government of Liberia, to combat the deadly Ebola virus which has claimed and is still claiming so many precious lives. “Mr. President, China is a proven-true friend of Liberia and of Africa. Indeed your nation continues to demonstrate that its multi-faceted bilateral cooperation with Liberia is undergirded by mutual respect for each other’s sovereignty, and is strongly embedded in a genuine sense of truepartnership”, Ambassador Thomas remarked. He asserted it is the true partnership from which the good relations between both countries draw strength.A dispatch from the Liberian Mission in China said Ambassador Thomas informed Chinese President Xi about his desire to devote all of his energies and talents to build upon and further strengthen and expand cooperation at every level between Liberia and China.Ambassador Thomas was accompanied to the ‘Great Hall of the People’ for the presentation ceremony by Mr. Jimmy Barchue, First Secretary and Consul and Mrs. Judy Nyangbe, Second Secretary and Vice Consul of the Liberian Embassy in China. Prior to his assignment to this very important post, Ambassador Thomas served as Liberia’s Ambassador to France, with concurrent accreditation to Spain, the Hellenic Republic of Greece, the Swiss Confederation and the Republic of Portugal, for almost 10 years.In addition, he was Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Liberia to the United Nations, Geneva and Ambassador/Permanent Delegate of Liberia to UNSECO, Paris, France. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)