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

Ireland declared Senior Men’s Home International winners

first_img Scotland 3 2 0 1 4 14.5 Ireland have been declared the winners of the 2015 Senior Men’s Home Internationals following an appeal against the original result. The championship was held at Crowborough Beacon Golf Club, Sussex, in September. Three countries tied on match points at the conclusion of the event and, after consideration, the trophy was awarded to Scotland. However the Golfing Union of Ireland appealed against the decision and the England Golf Championship Committee concluded that the tie-breaker had been incorrectly applied, that the team from the Golfing Union of Ireland were the rightful winners of the championship and the records should be amended accordingly. Final results England 3 2 0 1 4 17 Wales 3 0 0 3 0 10.5 26 Oct 2015 Ireland declared Senior Men’s Home International winners center_img Ireland 3 2 0 1 4 18 Played Won Tied Lost Match Points Game Points Caption: The Ireland team at the Senior Men’s Home Internationals (image © Leaderboard Photography).last_img read more

England Golf announce three-year partnership with Sky Sports

first_img England Golf has announced a three-year partnership with Sky Sports to promote the Get Into Golf initiative across the UK, with the aim of bringing 500,000 new or lapsed golfers into the sport by the end of 2018. Get Into Golf is a national campaign supported by the Home Unions of England, Scotland and Wales, The European Tour, The Ladies European Tour, The PGA, The Golf Foundation and The R&A. The announcement comes as golf is set to get a huge boost from Danny Willett’s dramatic win in the Masters. He’s only the second Englishman to win the title and the first for 20 years – and his victory is predicted to inspire new generations of golfers. England Golf is committed to increasing the number of people that play golf; www.getintogolf.org inspires people to take up and play more golf by providing a local activity finder for taster sessions, beginner and improver courses, plus a wealth of information about the game. Nick Pink, CEO of England Golf, commented on the announcement: “Working alongside Sky Sports as part of our marketing strategy for Get Into Golf is a great opportunity for the sport, their support will be invaluable in inspiring new golfers and spreading the message that golf is a game for all.” He added: “We are aware, like many other sports, golf faces challenges around declining participation. Get Into Golf is a call to action and working with Sky across their channels and digital outlets, as well as the wider golfing community puts us in a strong position to change perceptions, ensuring a bright future for golf” Jason Wessely, Head of Golf at Sky Sports, said: “Our partnership with Get Into Golf illustrates our desire to help get more people to the range and out on the course. This partnership comes at a great time after the amazing and inspiring success of home grown talent at The Masters. We hope to inspire players and fans further around the BMW PGA Championship, The Open, The Ryder Cup and The British Masters.” Get Into Golf is supported by Sport England National Lottery funding and activity is delivered by over 760 local clubs and PGA professionals. In 2015 www.getintogolf.org had over 800,000 visits and has already seen an increase in regular participation and has impacted club membership numbers. 12 Apr 2016 England Golf announce three-year partnership with Sky Sports last_img read more

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first_img10: Well, I’m back! Whether you like it or not and I’m here to stay … Or until Mr. Broadus says hit the road!!9: Don’t believe what your eyes and ears are telling you, listen to me. The Celtics will win the East, not the Heat! Take it to the bank. BILL NEAL 8: I ain’t … that’s right … ain’t, never heard of any quarterback being pulled for the back up to run the 2 minute drill. There’s a reason he’s the back-up.7: Randy Moss, Kevin Garnett and Sean Hannity … Please SHUT-UP! (For you city league grads, Hannity is on Fox News) 6: Tell me Barry Bonds doesn’t have a back door deal. During the World Series … Hardly a word about him or the “Roids.”5: Where is the heavyweight division in pro boxing???4: But LeBron is a Bad Boy!3: Why is the Steelers’ #1 ranked defense never able to stop anybody with less than 5 minutes to go?2: Where are the “Big Ben” haters? Can’t find them anywhere. I told you after the first touchdown nobody would care.1: Maurice Lucas … “Luke” … “Big Mo,” “The Enforcer,” Schenley’s’ finest high school champion, NCAA star, NBA superstar, world champion, and more important than all of that, a really great guy, just a great guy.The passing of one of our own is never easy, but when we lose the truly great ones, it’s a little harder and sad when they are gone so young.Here’s to you “Luke,” the best of the best. Gone, but never forgotten. Your record will always speak for itself.Like Kenny Durrett, Jeep Kelly, Willie Clay, Warnie Macklin, Larry Richardson and the other great ones … “You start in the next game.”GAME OVERlast_img read more

SI SAGE STALKS PACE & SPRINGS 42-1 SURPRISE IN GRADE III, $100,000 LAST TYCOON STAKES; VIENNA, TRUJILLO TEAM FOR 3 ¼ LENGTH WIN AT 1 ¼ MILES ON TURF

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 25, 2015)–Longshot Si Sage stalked pacesetter Joes Blazing Aaron to the top of the stretch and went on to a convincing 3 ¼ length win under Elvis Trujillo in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Last Tycoon Stakes as he covered 1 ¼ miles on turf in 2:02.08. Trained by Darrell Vienna, who fitted French-bred Si Sage with blinkers for the first time, Si Sage had shown promise on occasion but entered the Last Tycoon winless in 10 stateside starts.“I rode him the time before his last race and I told Darrell that I thought he needed blinkers,” said Trujillo. “He breezed with blinkers and he breezed very well, so they wanted to keep them on. He’s from France so I think he’s used to the softer turf (which was the case today at Santa Anita as a result of light rain over an approximate two hour period leading into the Last Tycoon). We sat behind and he was ready to go in the stretch.”The longest shot in a field of eight horses 3 and up, Si Sage was dispatched at 42-1 and paid $87.60, $26.00 and $10.80. Owned by Red Baron’s Barn, LLC, Rancho Temescal and Vayaconsuerte, LLC, the 5-year-old horse by the Johannesburg stallion Sageburg improved his overall mark to 23-4-6-2 and with the winner’s share of $60,000 increased his earnings to $255,450.“I wasn’t actually looking at the fractions (23.93, 48.30, 1:13.12 and 1:37.84), I was watching him, and frankly, I was never worried,” said Vienna. “I thought he was always running pretty easily. I should say I was a little worried early when he was tugging, but after he settled on the turn, I felt pretty good and then I could see he wasn’t’ asking him at all, and then he did.”Ridden by Flavien Prat and trained by Richard Mandella, runner-up Ganesh was fourth turning for home and out-gamed Abbey Vale and Power Foot in a tight three-way photo to finish second by a nose. Off at 5-1, Brazilian-bred Ganesh paid $6.20 and $4.40.“A mile and a half is probably what he wants, but he ran a nice race,” said Mandella of Ganesh, who ran fifth in his U.S. debut, the one mile turf Thunder Road Stakes on April 4. “He had a bit of traffic trouble…but I’m very happy to be coming along where we are.”Irish-bred Abbey Vale, who attended the pace throughout along with Ganesh, bested Power Foot by a head for the show and paid $4.40 with Tiago Pereira up.Ridden by Mike Smith, 8-5 favorite Big John B trailed throughout and was beaten by approximately 20 lengths.“The grass was way too soft for him today,” said Smith. “He wasn’t even about to pick his feet up.”In large measure due to Si Sage’s 42-1 upset in the Last Tycoon, there is a Pick Six carryover into Sunday at Santa Anita of $80,129. It is expected Sunday’s total Pick Six pool will approach $500,000.First post time for an eight-race card Sunday, with the Pick Six to begin in race three, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $80,129 INTO SUNDAY, TOTAL ‘SIX’ POOL EXPECTED TO APPROACH $500,000last_img read more