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

Professor gives personal finance advice to graduating class

first_imgSarah Olson | The Observer Finance professor Carl Ackermann outlines steps students should take to achieve financial success following graduation while addressing the class of 2017 in DeBartolo Hall on Tuesday night.Notre Dame finance professor Carl Ackermann presented a lecture on personal finance and money management to the class of 2017 last night. Sponsored by Senior Class Council and the Mendoza Student Leadership Association on Tuesday, “The Path Ahead: A Roadmap for Your Financial Future” is the first of two seminars Ackermann will present on financial management. The second seminar will be held next Tuesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. in DeBartolo Hall 101 and will address topics like budgeting, credit and debit cards and college loans. You can talk to experts if you need free debt help advice.This lecture focused mainly on the financial steps students should make following graduation — beginning to think about bonds, stocks and investing in your employer’s provided retirement plan are key to making smart investments. In debriefing these concepts, Ackermann made the main goal of his lecture clear. Ackermann said accumulating money to help others should be the central goal of growing your wealth.“Though we are going to be talking about finance today, I truly think amassing wealth is meaningless,” he said. “This is not financial advice, but it is tips and tricks you can use to help others.”Ackermann first acknowledged some students in the room likely had no background in financial concepts, so he distinguished bonds and stocks, noting that students should know their purposes and differences in making investments. Bonds, he recognized, were safer because of company payment obligations, and stocks though the value may fluctuate, often rise.“Usually, unless I’m picking them, stocks tend to go up in value,” he said. “Stocks, on average have earned higher returns. Stocks, on average, have an 11 percent investment return while bonds only return on 6 percent.One tip Ackermann gave graduating seniors is that they are going to be dealing with lots of financial processes they have never seen before.“You are going to see a lot of taxes taken out of the money you earned,” he said.“One of these new concepts is retirement plans: 401(k) is the standard for profit company plan; 403(b) is used by non-profit organizations.”Ackermann referred to these not as retirement plans but as “freedom plans,” because over time, these accounts will enable people to have the freedom to do what they want with their post-career lives.Because mutual funds are often one of the only types of investments in retirement plans, Ackermann advised students on tips and tricks to choose an ideal mutual fund from the ones made available by employer’s retirement plans. The two important factors that determine a mutual fund’s performance is the expense ratio and turnover rate; the higher these two number are, the worse a mutual fund will perform. Ackermann recommends students seek mutual funds with a low expense ratio, low turnover and with no entry of exit fees.Ackermann stressed the importance of investing early on, at age 22, upon graduation. He said if you begin investing even just a decade later, by retirement age, you will have made less than half the money you could have made if you’d started investing ten years earlier.“If you get on a serious investment plan from your employer, you can retire a lot earlier and get to do things you love and help people in real need,” he said. “What can you do with your gains to improve your life and mostly brighten the lives of others?”He listed the possibilities of life after work — taking a job that pays less because you know you are well covered, spending more time with family and friends and doing substantial volunteer work.“You certainly can make the world a better place. I hope that you will go on to do that,” Ackermann said.Tags: Carl Ackermann, Mendoza Student Leadership Association, personal financelast_img read more

Former Paddington art gallery could be the perfect home for art lovers

first_imgART ATTACK: This Paddington home doubled as an art gallery.A PADDINGTON home that is going to auction this weekend has been modified to be the perfect pad for art lovers.The four bedroom home at 16 Collingwood St, Paddington once doubled as a prominent art gallery. Inside 17 Valetta Street, Manly“It is a really solid construction,” Mr Sorrentino said.The home has a three-car garage, three balconies and two loungerooms.It will go to auction on Saturday, May 12 at 10am. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:17Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMichelle Hele’s May market wrap03:17 Perfect views of the harbour.Place agent Marc Sorrentino said the home was designed with a lot of outdoor and indoor living area. Prime Paddington property.Owner Emilia Seibold used to run the Higher Art gallery on the ground floor of the home from nine years. Classic style.The home will go to auction on Saturday, May 18 at 11am. Over in Manly a triple storey home going to auction offers some of the best views of the Harbour.center_img 17 Valetta Street ManlyThe nine year old home at 17 Valetta St, Manly is just a street behind the water. The home has city views from the deck.Despite renovations that expanded the home, it retains the character of the time of its construction with its french doors and VJ walls. The ground floor was modified for extra hanging and art storage space.She closed the gallery in 2011 after the GFC shrunk art sales, but much of the home is still set up to display and store a lot of art. The ground floor has removable display walls, which can give 30 metres of space for displaying art.“It is such a lovely space, it really lends itself to that,” Ms Seibold said. The home is close to Paddington’s cafes and shops and it will go to auction on Satrurday, May 12 at 3pm. Over in Auchenflower a historic Queenslander will hit the market for the first time in 35 years. The home at 20 Rathdonnell St, Auchenflower is set on an elevated 1022 sqm block that has views of the CBD.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago20 Rathdonnell Street, Auchenflower.Agent Alan Woo from Harcourts Solutions said the home, which was built in the 1930s, sat on two titles. “Having such a sizeable land holding in that street is rare, there are only one or two homes larger,” Mr Woo said.“Most are 600 sqm blocks.”last_img read more

State Street buys GE Asset Management for $485m

first_imgState Street is to acquire GE Asset Management (GEAM) in a $485m (€645m) cash deal set to boost State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) assets under management by $100bn.Announcing the deal, State Street said the move would boost SSgA’s alternatives capabilities, noting GEAM’s experience in direct private equity and property.Jay Hooley, chief executive at State Street, said GEAM was a “very high-quality organisation” closely aligned with his company’s goals.“It is also reflective of our desire to allocate capital to higher growth and return businesses,” Hooley added. Ron O’Hanley, Hooley’s counterpart at the $2.4trn SSgA, highlighted several areas where GEAM’s experience would aid his company in new areas.“GEAM will bring new alternatives capabilities in direct private equity and real estate to SSGA while enhancing our existing active fundamental equity, active fixed income and hedge fund teams,” he said.O’Hanley added that GEAM’s outsourced CIO activities would “significantly strengthen” SSgA’s hand in what it regarded a rapidly growing area.SSgA said it expected to retain 90% of GEAM’s client assets, which it said were largely managed on behalf of US defined benefit funds.It added that the transaction was expected to complete by the third quarter of the year.last_img read more

Cooney hopes to put end to shooting slump as Syracuse takes on Pittsburgh

first_img Published on February 19, 2015 at 11:51 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+ Trevor Cooney insists there are no mind games when shots don’t fall.“I’m not saying, ‘If I make the first one, I’m going to shoot an X amount of shots,’” Cooney said. “… I’m not saying, ‘Oh, great, now I’m 1-for-5. If I miss the next one, I’m 1-for-6.’“I mean, you just keep telling yourself to take good ones and if I’m open, I’m going to shoot it.”So he does. But lately, Cooney’s mantra hasn’t yielded results — at least not at an efficient rate. The Syracuse junior has now shot less than 37 percent from the field in each of his last four games, but hopes his luck turns around Saturday when Syracuse (17-9, 8-5 Atlantic Coast) takes on Pittsburgh (17-10, 6-7) at noon in the Carrier Dome.Cooney lumbered through Wednesday night’s game, hitting just 1-of-10 from the field and totaling just three points. The Orange still prevailed over No. 12 Louisville, 69-59, despite what Jim Boeheim called the worst game of Cooney’s career because of how good his looks were.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Maybe he’s got to take tough ones, I don’t know,” Boeheim said. “But he got really good looks tonight. This was the first time this year, that I can remember, where he got a lot of good looks and he just couldn’t get the ball to go in the basket.”Cooney’s turned in a pair of 28-point outings in ACC play, the latest being SU’s loss at North Carolina on Jan. 26, but his drop-off from 3-point range dates back even further.In SU’s loss to Clemson on Jan. 17, five foul shots accounted for all of his scoring as he missed seven shots from the floor. He hasn’t made more than four 3s in a game since SU’s win over Wake Forest on Jan. 13 — 10 games ago.And in the four games since then that he’s made three or more 3-pointers, he’s had to fire at least eight attempts to reach that total. It’s translated to less attempts from inside the arc — tries that usually help Cooney balance out his game.“He takes the shots he takes in practice and he knocks them down,” SU forward Rakeem Christmas said. “He’s going to go into practice, work on the same shots he takes and he’ll be fine.”On Wednesday, Cooney elevated from the right wing to drain a triple 32 seconds into the game for the Orange’s first points. But that was all he’d get to go down against the Cardinals.He missed in all sorts of ways and from a range of distances — including a fast-break layup that rolled off the rim for his only miss within the perimeter, and a deep, NBA-range 3-point attempt that clanked off the iron just as his other shots did.When it was all said and done, Cooney’s 10-percent clip was his second lowest in a single game this year.He’s possibly the only SU player currently averaging 10 points per game that will come back next year. Christmas only has five more games in an Orange uniform and forward Michael Gbinije’s hot streak could mean a departure to the NBA.So how Cooney finishes up the last five contests of the season could go a long way to dictating the momentum — or lack thereof — that Syracuse carries into next year.“It’s frustrating when you get good looks, you finally get good looks, and they just don’t go in,” Cooney said. “I felt like I was right on. You can compare it to baseball — just hitting line drives up the middle and they’re just getting caught in the outfield.“I mean, hopefully I’m just due. That’s all I can say.” Commentslast_img read more

Tipp victorious over Armagh

first_imgTipperary’s Senior Footballers have secured promotion to Division 2.Liam Kearns side overcame Armagh in a thrilling encounter this afternoon which saw the Premier trail for most of the match despite clocking up 2 goals early in the second halfWith 5 minutes to go and Armagh pulling away with a four point lead, Tipp secured 3 successive points followed by a goal by Michael Quinlivan in the dying seconds to secure victory for the county’s Senior Footballers. Tipperary now go on to play Louth in the League Final at Croke Park next Saturday evening at 5 pmMeanwhile – Tipperary CCC has confirmed that the planned first round of the county senior football championship will not take place next weekend due to the Division Final.Instead Round 3 of the County Hurling League will proceed and the County U 21 football semi-finals will take place on Saturday the 15th of April.Also in Division 3 action today.Laois have been relegated after a 3-15 to 4-11 loss to Offaly.Antrim are also relegated after they could only draw at home to Longford – the full-time score Antrim 1-13 Longford 0-16 and the already promoted Louth lost to Sligo by 1-11 to 0-17.ElsewhereIn Division 1Kerry have secured an unlikely final place in Division 1 of the Allianz Football League while Cavan have been relegated after they failed to beat Roscommon, losing by 1-13 to 1-10.In Division 2Galway have secured promotion to the top tier for the first time since 2011 after defeating already promoted Kildare by the narrowest of marginsThat meant Meath have finished in third despite a comprehensive 3-19 to 1-13 win over Clare.A late draw for Down has kept them safe in Division 2 for another year, at the expense of Fermanagh and Derry.It ended Cork 1-10 Down 0-13.Derry are down to Division 3 despite beating Fermanagh by 2-8 to 0-13.And in Division 4 Limerick defeated Wicklow 2-13 to 2-9, Westmeath had a dominant 3-26 to 1-9 win over London, while Carlow overcame Wexford by 2-14 to 1-7. Photo: © Tipperary GAA Twitterlast_img read more

Related Skint trips 5 flights under £50Get away f

first_img RelatedSkint trips: 5 flights under £50Get away for a break on a budget this autumn with our pick of five flights to France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Croatia, all less than £50.Bargains of the week: Ibiza | Gothenburg | PisaBargains of the week: Ibiza | Gothenburg | PisaSkint spring trips: 6 flights for under £35From Sweden to Croatia, we pick six of the cheapest flights going on Skyscanner for a spring trip, all for less than £35 return. No Valentine required. With these fantastic five flights for under £50, everyone has an excuse to take a budget city break this month.1. Pisa, Italy from £33The Tuscan city of Pisa is famous the world over for its Leaning Tower. There’s so much more to Pisa, but do climb the 300 spiral steps to the top for cracking views over the city. Piazza del Duomo, where the Leaning Tower leans, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Don’t miss a stroll in the square at night when it seems a different place, peaceful and uncrowded with the buildings beautifully illuminated. When hunger for Italian food calls, as a general rule it is best not to eat in the touristy places near the Tower. Instead, try the Via San Martino area, or the Piazza dei Cavalieri, both packed with reasonably priced restaurants. Find cheap flights to Pisa2. Alicante, Spain from £39The Costa Blanca is one of the most popular Spanish destinations among UK holidaymakers thanks to its well-developed, family-friendly resorts in the Alicante province. But there is more to the region than sun, sea and sand. Alicante, the regional capital, is a stylish city with a multitude of historical sights and attractions, pleasantly warm and quiet in the off-season. For an alternative view of the region, you should explore the region around Alicante, with its supremely scenic countryside and historically rich towns. Rugged Calblanque nature reserve and the quaint hilltop village of Guadalest are especially worth a visit. Find cheap flights to Alicante3. Belfast, Northern Ireland from £34Although Belfast has a reputation for being a party town, the Northern Irish capital boasts many interesting cultural sites, including Belfast Castle, Ulster Museum, St Anne’s Cathedral, City Hall and, especially of interest this year, Titanic’s Dock. But if it’s shopping rather than culture that excites you, head for St George’s Market, a Victorian covered market opened in 1896 and the last in the region. Round off a day of sightseeing with a visit to the Crown Liquor Saloon, Belfast’s most famous and popular public house. Owned by the National Trust, it is as notable for its history as it is for its drinking and dining. Find cheap flights to Belfast4. Dinard, France from £26Dinard on the French coast of Brittany has been a favourite with bucket-and-spade-toting Brits since Victorian times, but outside the holiday season is a great time to visit this traditional French seaside resort, as hotel prices are much lower. Blessed with a mild climate, you’ll need little more than a jumper slung around the shoulders for a brisk walk along the Promenade en Bord Sur Mer with its gorgeous bay views. But if the weather isn’t on your side, that’s the only excuse you need to spend your time in cosy backstreet bistros, sampling sumptuous local seafood washed down with crisp whites. What better way to spend a winter weekend? Find cheap flights to Dinard 5. Prague, from £48Prague is truly one of Europe’s must-visit cities. Yes, it’s touristy, but with good reason. It is has been described as an outdoor museum owing to its Old Town, which contains sights such as fairytale Prague Castle and Obecni Dum or Municipal House, an Art Nouveau masterpiece. Pose for a photo on Charles Bridge, wander the cobbled streets around Old Town Square, Prague’s idyllic heart, or really go tourist-tastic and take a tour in a horse-drawn carriage. Given that Prague is famous for its beer, it comes as little surprise that gastro-pubs are all the rage here, ideal for a slap-up session of traditional pork and dumplings after a hard day’s sightseeing. Find cheap flights to PragueReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more