Jenkins’ address invokes Catholic mission

first_imgDrawing upon Notre Dame’s Catholic mission, University President Fr. John Jenkins delivered his annual address to a theater full of faculty at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Tuesday afternoon. Jenkins celebrated the diligence of Notre Dame’s professors, deans, advisors and officials, while also calling attention to the University’s progressive aspirations. Jenkins said the contributions of faculty members are of substantial importance for the University’s mission. He commended faculty for creating real, tangible value through academics, while reflecting upon an excerpt from the late Seamus Heaney, an Irish poet and holder of an honorary degree from Notre Dame. “Like Heaney’s poetry-writing, your work as faculty is generally not strenuous physical labor, but the work of the mind and imagination,” Jenkins said. “Yet it is as demanding and productive as [the work of] those engaged in physical labor.” The University is seeking more funding to pursue its greatest aspirations, while being fiscally responsible and respecting the University’s Catholic mission, Jenkins said. Among these aspirations are newly proposed additions to Notre Dame Stadium, which Jenkins said are designed to enrich academics and student life.  Jenkins said the Central Campus Planning Project has made great strides in planning potential stadium renovations.  “The group has made great progress and considered the possibility of a student center adjacent to the stadium, buildings to house one or more academic departments and space for a digital media center,” he said. In response to a question about the potential addition of sexual orientation to the University’s anti-discrimination clause, Jenkins said law mandates everything that is already detailed in the clause and he saw no need to tamper with it. He also said all specific matters of discrimination, no matter the cause, should be brought to his attention. Jenkins’ address also touched upon key changes in the digital world. He said the University plans to create a modifiable website for tracking developments. He also discussed the reallocation of funds toward engineering and the sciences to prepare Notre Dame students for this changing world.  However, in an age of online courses and virtual degrees, Jenkins said Notre Dame must continue to offer something more. “I do not believe it will ever be possible to deliver the richness of a Notre Dame education wholly on-line,” he said. “An essential part of a Notre Dame education is the community that comes from physical proximity, the relationships that are developed among students and between students and professors, and the serendipity of critical insights through unplanned interactions.” Jenkins said an example of Notre Dame offering more than an online experience is the University’s student satisfaction statistics.  “The percentage of Notre Dame seniors who report being ‘very satisfied’ with the ‘overall quality of instruction’ at Notre Dame stands at 57 percent, more than 20 points above the national average among other highly selective private universities,” he said.  Similarly, 98 percent of Notre Dame undergraduates consistently report satisfaction. Even with this level of student approval, Notre Dame’s true standard of education is not easily quantified, Jenkins said.  “Although a Notre Dame education makes sense in financial terms, its value cannot and should not be reduced to an analysis of our graduates’ future earning potential,” he said.  Jenkins said the moral formation and social efficacy instilled in students by the Notre Dame experience is what ought to be emphasized. “As we undertake the curriculum review, we must do so with those educational ideals at the center of our concerns,” he said.last_img read more

Larry W. Givan

first_imgLarry Wayne Givan, 81, of Greendale, IN, passed away on Saturday, October 22, 2016.He was born on June 11, 1935 to the late Clyde and Arah Beatrice (Voshell) Givan at Sparta, IN. He graduated from Moores Hill High School and Ball State University. Larry was a teacher for South Dearborn Schools for 33 years. Larry loved the outdoors. He enjoyed vacationing, fishing, golfing, boating and bowling. His favorite pastime was time spent with his family.He was a member of First Baptist Church of Aurora. Larry’s faith was very important to him, as was his “Church Family”. He served as a Deacon and a Sunday School Teacher and touch many lives in those capacities. He was a member of the Aurora Masonic Lodge and was a past Master. He also served on Dearborn County Council. Larry was a member of the Indiana State Teachers Association and Dearborn County Retired Teachers Association. Larry was very active with young people. He coached basketball and Little League Baseball. His influence on youth, through his teaching and coaching days, will be remembered by many. Larry has left a legacy to his family and friends by the way he lived his life and he will be sadly missed.Larry is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Dois Pollard Givan of Greendale, Sons, Mark (Lee Anne Neary) Givan of Lexington, KY, Michael (Heidi) Givan of Carmel, IN; Grandchildren, Joel Givan, Alex Givan, Drew Givan, Jameson Givan, Grayson Givan, and Peyton Givan; Great Grandchildren, Finley Givan, Felix Givan, Ruby Givan and Noble Givan.He was preceded in death by parents Father, Clyde Givan, Mother, Arah Beatrice Givan, Siblings, Philip Givan, Charles Givan and Lois Givan Martin.Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the First Baptist Church, 6060 Blair Rd, Aurora, Indiana.Funeral services will be held on Thursday, at 11:00 am at the First Baptist Church, Aurora, Indiana, with Pastor Bill Secrest officiating.Burial will take place in the Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Aurora, IN.Memorials are suggested to the Aurora First Baptist Church, Dearborn County Retired Teachers Foundation or Aurora Masonic Lodge. If unable to attend, please call the office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

USC readies itself for two ranked foes

first_imgThe No. 13 USC women’s volleyball team (12-2, 1-1) is looking to continue its solid Pac-10 Conference play this weekend in home matches against No. 9 Cal (8-3, 1-0) on Friday and No. 11 Stanford (7-4, 0-1) on Saturday.After a weekend of career-highs for sophomore outside hitter Alex Jupiter (31 kills and 20 digs against Arizona State) and sophomore Kendall Bateman (60 assists), as well as season-highs for senior libero Alli Hillgren (24 digs) and senior All-American outside hitter Jessica Gysin (19 kills and 19 digs), USC is ready to regain its composure from a one-match loss last weekend and come out with wins this time around.Season mark · Sophomore setter Kendall Bateman (12), seen here blocking at the net, set a career high last weekend with 60 assists. – Kim Young | Daily TrojanThe Women of Troy begin the weekend tonight against Cal at 7 p.m., after their five-set win over Stanford on Saturday. The Golden Bears are hitting .258 this season thus far, with a 13.28 kills per set and a 2.64 blocks per set average.USC has lead the series against Cal by a 43-9 margin thus far, winning six of the last seven meetings, but Cal is coming to the match ready for a battle. Armed with senior outside hitter Hana Cutura, the leader in kills and points in the Pac-10 — with 209 kills (4.86 kps), hitting .298 with 87 digs (2.02 dps) and 231.5 points (5.38 pps) — and Carli Lloyd, the fourth among Pac-10 players with a 10.47 aps average, the Golden Bears are not looking to lose.After tonight’s match, the Women of Troy will take on Stanford on Saturday evening, also at 7 p.m. Stanford is coming back from a five-set loss to Cal last weekend and hitting .287 as a team; the third-highest team average in the conference.The Cardinal have some strong defensive teammates coming to play this weekend as well. Senior middle blocker Janet Okogbaa, the third in the Pac-10, with a 1.32 blocks per set average, and junior outside hitter and setter Cassidy Lichtman with her 136 kills (3.32 kps), .328 hitting average with 144 assists (3.51 aps), and 92 digs (2.24 dps), held their own against the Golden Bears, but Stanford could not follow through with a win.last_img read more

Crawley name former Cheltenham boss Yates as new manager

first_img1 Crawley have appointed former Cheltenham boss Mark Yates as their new manager.The 45-year-old replaces John Gregory, who stepped down to have heart surgery in December and then announced he would not be returning earlier this month.Dean Saunders took over as interim boss but was unable to save Crawley from relegation to Sky Bet League Two and has since moved to Chesterfield.Yates, who has agreed a two-year contract, parted company with the Robins in November after almost five years in charge. He was the third longest-serving manager in the league at the time of his departure.“I’m delighted to be here,” Yates told Town’s official website. “I have been out of the game for a few months and when this opportunity came up it really excited me.“There’s a big challenge ahead but one I am really looking forward too.”Chief executive Michael Dunford added: “We’re delighted that Mark has agreed to join us. We interviewed some very strong candidates but Mark stood out.“He has a very deep knowledge of the level we find ourselves at next season and is a first-rate coach.“The board spoke to several people in the game who have worked with Mark and they were all very positive about his credentials, his knowledge and his enthusiasm and we are looking forward to Mark taking the club forward.” Former Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates last_img read more