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

Converted churches make for heavenly retreats

first_imgThe ceilings are so high they accommodate a mezzanine level. Lot 124 Barron St, Hendon Qld 4362 28 Jones Street, Goomeri Qld 4601 Very spacious indeed. Loads of space to play with.“As well as beautiful cottage style gardens (with original lychgate) and off street parking for three cars, you get all the grandeur you would expect from a previous place of worship.”He said original features could be seen everywhere from the lead glass to heavy oak entry door, pointed stained glassed windows, original timber floors, and soaring 6.3m vaulted ceilings.Another church on the market was at lot 124 Barron Street, Hendon — nicknamed The Vatican — that’s priced at $250,000.The three bedroom, two bathroom, three car space acreage property was 116 years old, according to agent Mark Mauch of Southern Downs Realty — Warwick. Heavenly entrance. The original windows are celebrated.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago 2B Allan Street, North Toowoomba Qld 4350WANT to get away from it all? Renovated church homes could be your own slice of heaven with cathedral ceilings and light-filled stained glass windows — and the price is a Godsend too. Three on the market in Queensland right now were priced from $150,000 — for a fixer-upper church three hours from Brisbane, to $250,000 two hours away and about $660,000 an hour and a half away from the capital.Among the oldest renovated church homes on the market right now was a five bedroom, three bathroom property built in 1885 which is on the market for offers over $659,000. The former church is a substantial size for a house.“Built in Warwick in 1901, and named Williams Hall the building was moved to its current location from the Uniting Church grounds in Guy Street Warwick in 1998,” was how he described it in his listing.The former church was on a large 1.9 acres across three titles 15 minutes north of Warwick and 40 minutes south of Toowoomba.Among the original features that are outstanding were the original arch doors and stained glass windows.In Goomeri, three hours northwest of Brisbane, a renovated church that was built in 1950 has hit the market. Agents Margaret and Gary Long of Murgon Real Estate — Murgon were looking for a price of just $150,000 for the property at 28 Jones Street. That’s a long way up to dust for cobwebs. The lychgate is being used as a gazebo.The former “St Thomas” Church at 2B Allan Street, North Toowoomba, was being marketed as being “a sign from above” by agent Robbie Witt of Colliers International Residential — Toowoomba.“If you are sick and tired of spending your Saturdays looking around the same brick boxes, and feel like you’re a square peg being forced into a round hole, this property is the answer.”He said it was a “multi-year renovation that saw the home also end up with a separate office and four living spaces. The former St Thomas church towers over surrounding homes. The back veranda.The four bedroom, two bathroom, triple car space converted church home was on a large 1,012sq m block of land.“This church has been carefully converted and extended to a comfortable four bedroom home,” was how it was described. Some original features were retained and the home has polished timber floors, large open plan living, a rear deck and a two bay lockable garage with carport.last_img read more