Seniors receive student leadership awards

first_imgEditor’s note: A shortened version of this article ran in April 20 print edition of The Observer.Seven graduating seniors received awards from Notre Dame’s Division of Student Affairs at the annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet held March 31, according to a University press release.Keri O’Mara | The Observer The press release stated Student Affairs will also honor graduate student Aamir Ahmed Khan at the Graduate School Awards Ceremony on May 15.“Humbled” was the descriptor of choice for students who received awards.Senior Matthew Wong, who received the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., Award, said he was “very surprised and honored and very humble for sure.”This year’s recipient of the Ray Siegfried Award for Leadership Excellence, senior Megan Heeder, said she was “very humbled and grateful for the recognition that I’ve been somewhat successful in my desire to make a positive impact on the lives of other people here.”According to the press release, each of the eight awards acknowledges particular leadership qualities in students “who have made exceptional contributions to the Notre Dame community.”The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., Award celebrates a senior who has promoted a spirit of diversity and inclusion during his or her time on campus and was awarded to Wong for his service as chair of the Diversity Council of Notre Dame, according to the press release.“I think [this award] really shows that Notre Dame is putting diversity and inclusion at the forefront,” he said. “It’s acknowledging students who are taking steps to making Notre Dame more welcoming, regardless of socioeconomic background, race, gender, ethnicity — whatever it may be.”Wong said the accomplishments of the Diversity Council — which include last year’s submission of a 10-point resolution containing recommendations on diversity to the administration — are the result of the combined efforts of the entire board.“Without them, all of the stuff we’ve done as a council would have been impossible. There’s no way I could have carried all that weight by myself,” he said.The Ray Siegfried Award for Leadership Excellence, presented to Heeder for her involvement in the Robinson Community Learning Center’s Youth Development AmeriCorps and the Center for Social Concern’s Summer Service Learning Program, honors a student who has demonstrated leadership, athletic ability and a love for the Catholic faith, according to the press release.Heeder, who participated as a three-sport varsity athlete her freshman through junior years, said she was honored to receive the award because it acknowledged her “some degree of success in creating a positive change in the lives of other people.”“Because if I leave here without doing that, then what was the point of being here at all?” she said.The Mike Russo Spirit Award highlights a student’s service and personal character, and was given to former student body president Lauren Vidal for her efforts regarding campus safety, mental health awareness and community outreach, the press release stated.“Having an opportunity to really listen to those around me and speak on their behalf in larger conversations about campus climate or need fueled my efforts each day,” Vidal said. “I learned that it is only when you follow the needs of your peers and school, when you put their needs first, that you truly lead in the role.”The Rev. A. Leonard Collins, C.S.C., Award was presented to former student government chief of staff Juan Rangel for his dedication in serving the interests of the student body, according to the press release. Particularly, the award recognized Rangel’s commitment to increasing support for students of high financial need and undocumented students.“I think, especially with us all being college students, it’s really easy to become individualistic and think about the needs and necessities that we ourselves have — we need to go to office hours, and we need to get good grades, and we need to find a job,” Rangel said. “But there’s so many concerns that we have ourselves, that we sometimes forget the concerns of others around us.”Rangel, who served as the 2014-2015 Campus Ministry multicultural intern, also co-founded and became president of the Student Coalition for Immigration Advocacy in order to raise awareness about immigration issues and to stimulate outreach to undocumented students, he said.“I feel so lucky to have met so many people on campus who have supported me through my crazy endeavors,” he said.The Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., Leadership Award, given to senior Grace Carroll for her work coordinating this year’s Campus Ministry Freshman Retreat, honors a student “who embodies Blessed Fr. Moreau’s vision of educating heart and mind, as well as someone who has demonstrated significant effort to advancing the Catholic character of the University,” the press release stated.“I was really surprised to get the award, never expected to get it,” Carroll said. “I’m just doing what everyone around me is trying to do, and that’s just trying to be a better person every day.”Carroll, also the Campus Ministry representative in student government, said she believes the freshman retreat and Campus Ministry are important to the campus community because they encourage students to reflect upon their daily lives.“Our generation, often we find God in relationships, and we find God through service,” she said. “I think it’s really important that when we’re doing service, we’re remembering why we’re doing it, and I think in Campus Ministry, we’re trying to make that connection more intentional.”The John W. Gardner Student Leadership Award recognized senior Christina Gutierrez for her commitment to service in the greater South Bend community, according to the press release. Gutierrez said she specifically received the award for her work volunteering and fundraising for the Monroe Park Grocery Cooperative in South Bend and for her service as president of the Notre Dame chapter of the World Hunger Coalition.“I’ve been blessed to have free time and to have resources to provide to other people who need them more,” she said. “Getting to use that for a greater purpose and for an issue that’s really important to me — hunger and malnutrition and healthy eating — and getting to pair that up with meeting people from the South Bend community, I think is really cool.”Gutierrez said she has been involved with the Monroe Park Grocery Cooperative since the end of her freshman year and that during her sophomore year, she directed a project to design and sell a calendar cookbook which raised nearly $5,000 for the cooperative.“It’s a great sense of fulfillment knowing that you can engage in a community that you don’t necessarily live in, but that you’re still more broadly a part of,” she said.The Denny Moore Award for Excellence in Journalism acknowledges a graduating senior who, according to the press release, exhibits exemplary character and writing ability.The press release stated this year’s recipient, Jonathan Warren, was granted the award for his achievements as the former Editor-in-Chief of Scholastic and for his service as the public relations director for The Shirt Project.“I think Notre Dame’s values, those of educating the whole person and serving others, values I’m told Denny Moore exemplified, really lend themselves to a meaningful education in journalism,” Warren said. “I’ve been grateful to work with other students, professors and mentors who have helped me to explore journalism as a practice of empathy and service to others.“My role with Scholastic has allowed me to meet so many incredible people, and students in particular, whose stories have inspired me. … Ultimately, I owe so much to the writers, editors and our adviser, Bob Franken, for their help and for giving me the platform to try to deeply explore this campus.”The Sister Jean Lenz, O.S.F., Leadership Award, to be presented to Khan for his accomplishments as the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 president of the Muslim Student Association, distinguishes a graduate student who promotes a welcoming and diverse atmosphere on campus, according to the press release.“I was very overwhelmed,” Khan said, recalling the moment he learned he was to receive the award. “This is undoubtedly the biggest extracurricular recognition that I have ever received throughout my career.”Tags: Awards, Commencement, division of student affairs, Seniors, student leadership awardslast_img read more

Rio Ferdinand: Ighalo proved me wrong

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Breaking: Ighalo blocked Osimhen’s Man U move — Brother Rio Ferdinand has admitted Odion Ighalo has proved him wrong and urged Manchester United to make his loan stay permanent in the summer transfer window. After United failed to land Erling Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg in January, they moved for Ighalo on deadline day, securing his signature on a six-month loan deal from Shanghai Shenhua. Since the switch, Ighalo has impressed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with his performances and has become a cult hero among the Old Trafford faithful. Ferdinand has admitted he was sceptical of the deal at the time but with Ighalo netting four goals and registering one assist in just eight appearances for the Reds, the ex-United defender admitted the Nigerian international has proved him wrong. “Wow, eight games, three starts in that, four goals and one assist. Ighalo, do you sign him for Manchester United now?” he said during a live chat on his Instagram page. “All the people out there were saying: ‘What are we doing signing Ighalo? What’s going on? What’s Ole thinking?’ – I was one of them, I have to admit it. “Ighalo’s been in China, the league’s nowhere near what the Premier League is so how’s he gonna get up to speed? Is he gonna be ready straight away? We need somebody to come and make an impact immediately. Coming from China, impossible. “Well he’s proved us all wrong. This guy has proved us all wrong. It’s refreshing to see someone who is like a supporter, who is thankful. He looks like he’s absolutely delighted to be at Manchester United. He’s been a Manchester United supporter his whole life. He looks like he’s saying ‘thank you’ every day he walks up to Ole for giving him this opportunity. “He’s not someone who says ‘Manchester United are lucky to have me here’ – that’s the vibe I’ve got for a little while and that’s not just United, that’s other clubs as well. “This boy looks like he’s happy to be here: ‘Whatever you tell me to do I’m gonna go out there and do it to the best of my ability. I’m gonna give you 100 per cent every day in training and in matches because I love this club and I want to do right by this club’. I love it. “It’s shocked me to see what he’s done. Listen, we’re not talking like he’s turned Man United into world-beaters but United needed something and he’s brought it in and given it and that’s all you can ask for. “And I think he’s warranted the opportunity to come in as a full-time player and what he’s given Manchester United which they didn’t have is someone they can pass the ball into and can hold it up, he’s got a physical presence, he can hold off a defender or two and lay the ball in for someone else to score.” Ferdinand believes Ighalo can have an impact on Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Daniel James in training. The former defender thinks the 30-year-old can follow in the footsteps of Henrik Larsson. He added: “Rashford, when he’s fit, will appreciate playing with someone like this. “He can have the impact of the Rashfords, on the Martials, on Daniel James etc. that someone like Henrik Larsson can have on the likes of [Wayne] Rooney and [Louis] Saha when he was there. “That little bit of experience. He’s got something that’s different to all the other guys in the team and you need that sometimes.”Tags: Erling HalaandOdion IghaloOld TraffordOle Gunnar Solskjaerrio ferdinandlast_img read more

“Black Stars captaincy situation could have been handled better” –Maxwell Konadu

first_imgFormer Black Stars assistant head coach, Maxwell Konadu, has added his voice to the recent saga of the team’s leadership in the 2019 AFCON and believes that the situation was not properly dealt with.Gyan, Ghana’s all-time leading scorer, had briefly retired from the national team after he was informed that he would no longer be captain of the team. His role was changed to that of general captain by head coach Kwesi Appiah.However, after an intervention from the President, Nana Akufo Addo, the veteran forward rescinded his decision.Konadu believes that a better approach to the situation would have been wiser way of dealing with such a delicate matter.“I think we could have handled it much better than it went. Initially there is this thing around Black Stars – scandals here and there – before every tournament.So, we thought this one was going to be a smooth one and unfortunately that incident kicked in.”Konadu, a former Asante Kotoko forward, said that even though the issue was a distraction to the team’s preparations, he believed all was not lost and went on to warn the Black Stars not to lose their cool and to focus on the task at hand.“Before a big tournament you need heads to be cool and you need guys in the mood to perform. So now you have to go and start all over.”The Black Stars have been drawn in group F at the upcoming African Cup of Nations and will start their campaign against fellow West African side, Benin, on the 25th of June in Ismaily before facing Cameroon and Guinea-Bissau in their final Group F fixtures.last_img read more

Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones agrees to plea deal including jail time, alcohol probation

first_imgJones has spent the bulk of his 12-year NFL career in Cincinnati. He joined the Broncos for seven games in 2018 before being released in November. Related News Dez Bryant on free agency: ‘I will be a steal wherever I go’ Cam Newton swears off sex for a month to become ‘mentally stronger’center_img Adam “Pacman” Jones’ latest fiasco will force him to serve some time behind bars.The former Bengals cornerback was arrested for cheating at the Rising Star Casino in Indiana last month. He agreed to a plea deal that will require him to spend 10 days in jail and restrain from drinking alcohol for 18 months, according to a report from TMZ Sports. The 35-year-old has lost the right to carry firearms or other dangerous weapons without the permission of his probation officer during this period. He has also been banned from the Casino.Jones faced several charges after the incident, including felony intimidation, felony battery against an officer and multiple misdemeanors. He is no stranger to run-ins with the law and has dealt with various legal issues in the past.last_img read more

Wellington Fire/EMS weekly run: Jan 4 – Jan. 10, 2016

first_img8-Jan9:59 PMLift Assist300 block E. Lincoln 6-Jan5:56 AMMedical Trauma200 block W. 4th 5-Jan4:30 AMMedical Trauma700 block N. Elm 5-Jan5:55 PMFuel Spill1700 block E. 16th 4-Jan3:44 PMPower Lines Down400 block S. Washington 7-Jan3:32 PMMedical Emergency700 block W. Harvey 9-Jan4:34 PMFire Alarm1100 block E. 16th Wellington Fire and EMS Weekly Run Log 4-Jan12:49 PMMedical EmergencyOxford 5-Jan6:45 AMMedical Emergency600 block Delrose 5-Jan6:57 PMFire Alarm900 block N. Woodlawn 8-Jan4:36 PMFire alarm400 block N. Park 5-Jan7:12 PMMedical Emergency1600 block W. 8th 8-Jan9:40 AMTransfer to Wichita Sumner Newscow report — The following is the Wellington Fire and EMS weekly run log for Jan. 4 to Jan. 10, 2016:  6-Jan8:07 AMLift Assist700 block N. Elm 8-Jan9:41 AMMedical Trauma800 block North B 6-Jan10:56 AMMedical Emergency400 block N. Blainecenter_img 4-Jan10:09 PMTransfer to Wichita 8-Jan1:16 PMInjury AccidentUS 160 & Rock Road 8-Jan8:26 AMTransfer to Wichita 6-Jan10:20 AMMattress Fire1000 block Shady Lane 5-Jan1:50 AMInvestigate Odor100 block W. Botkin 4-Jan7:22 AMPower Lines Down90th & Maize 5-Jan7:00 PMMedical Emergency400 block E. 4th 10-Jan12:06 PMMedical TraumaKansas Turnpike 6-Jan6:33 AMFire Alarm900 block N.Woodlawn 10-Jan5:41 AMMedical Emergency200 block S. Greenwich 8-Jan8:31 AMMedical EmergencyOxford 9-Jan7:18 PMMedical Emergency200 block S. Cherry 9-Jan4:22 PMMedical Emergency400 block N. Woodlawn 7-Jan12:27 PMMedical Emergency600 block E. Hillside Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more