Every day was special’

first_imgIn the summer of 1980, Shirley Grauel turned down a job working in a basement.A mother with young children, she called the University regarding an ad for an administrative secretary position. When the University called back about a new, nine-month job working with the student-run campus newspaper, she knew it was perfect.“And here I am now, 30 years later, working in a basement of a building,” she said on her second-to-last day as The Observer office manager.Known for her hugs, her candy bowl and her daily line-up of daytime television, Shirley has been a constant presence at The Observer, and staffers over the years have come to know her as their second mother.“I love interacting with everybody every day. They stay the same age, but I keep getting older, but I never felt the gap,” she said. “I respected the students, and it just worked out so well.”Shirley’s time at The Observer has not only shaped her life, but her family’s. Her daughter, Jill O’Hara, said her earliest memories of her mom are of her working at The Observer.When she was very young, Shirley would bring her to work in the LaFortune offices when she was too sick for school and she would watch “The Price is Right” with the students working.“It took me a long time to understand what my mom meant when I’d hear her tell people that she could ‘sell her job because it’s so great,” Jill said.As a student at Notre Dame in the 1990s, Jill said she was touched by how much her mother was loved on campus.“When students who I didn’t even know would approach me and tell me how wonderful she is … I would smile and agree with them, and then wonder if it was odd that my mom was more popular on campus than I was,” she said.Jill said Shirley’s love for her job and for the students who work at The Observer “is genuine and deep.”“I don’t think she realizes the hearts she’s touched over the years … but I do. She is 100 percent the person she appears to be: loving, committed, loyal, nurturing,” she said. “I am incredibly proud that this mom to so many actually is my mom.”Though to many, 30 years in one position might seem like an eternity, it didn’t feel that way to Shirley.“Every day was special,” she said. “Where else would you get hugs everyday, and students walking up to say ‘I love you?’ I could have a bad day, but I don’t ever leave here in a bad mood.”During her time at The Observer, Shirley has collected many memories and stories to share about the students she worked with — her second family. She recalled one staffer even calling her from the recovery room after delivering her first baby.“The weddings I’ve been invited to, the e-mails I get that they’re having tailgates or the notes that are left on my desk every Saturday during the football season … I feel like I can go anywhere and I can find one of the former people,” she said.After about 10 years on the job, Shirley realized she had a lucky feeling.“I realized not once had I gotten up in the morning and said, ‘Oh man, I’ve got to go to work.’ It was always, ‘I get to go to work,’” she said. “I wish everyone could experience that.”Observer alumni will reunite the weekend of the Blue-Gold game for a retirement party for Shirley, an event she is very excited about.“I can’t wait to see everyone,” she said.Preparing to return to campus for the reunion party, Observer alumni shared memories of Shirley.Bruce Oakley, Class of 1980, returned to campus looking for a job after graduation and started working with Shirley at The Observer after serving as a copy editor his senior year.He’ll be coming back again for the party, and told stories of those early years: installing typesetting machines, listening to Blondie, babysitting for Shirley’s children.“Shirley proudly shared her life with us,” he said. “She has strength enough for a family that’s been growing for 30 years.“My message to Shirley: ‘Mom, the kids are all right. And we’re coming home.’”Though it hasn’t always been smooth sailing in The Observer office, the staff was always able to rely on Shirley, said John Lucas, a member of the Class of 1996 who served as Editor-in-Chief from 1995-96.“Shirley always was a tremendous, steadying force: calm, fun and kind. She was in the eye of the hurricane, with the chaos that is The Observer swirling all around her,” he said.The current staff, including Editor-in-Chief Matt Gamber, isn’t quite ready to Shirley go.“I’ve been incredibly blessed to have known Shirley for the past three years, and I can’t thank her enough for the countless smiles and hugs that have brightened long nights and early mornings in the office,” Gamber said. “It will be a challenge to move forward without her, both from a personal and a professional standpoint, but on behalf of the entire staff, Shirley, I wish you nothing but the best as you enjoy your retirement. We will miss you.”Now that her time at The Observer has come to a close, Shirley said she is “going to become a traveler and a full-time grandma.”Shirley has plans for an Alaskan cruise this June with her husband Craig, also retired, and the Grauels are renting a condo in Florida for four weeks next spring.“If Craig wasn’t at home, I probably wouldn’t be retired … but things happen for a reason, and it’s time,” she said. “Thirty years … that’s enough.”last_img read more

College festival aimed toward stress relief

first_imgIn honor of the original AnTostal, a College celebration of springtime in the 1960s, the Saint Mary’s Student Activities Board (SAB) will host SMC Tostal, an event featuring a free concert and a variety of other activities.“We have it to give the students the chance to relax a bit before finals,” SAB president Michele Peterson, a senior, said. Peterson said the Tostal activities begin at noon on Thursday. Activities include inflatables on the Library Green from noon to 4 p.m, including a bungee run, obstacle course, slide and human spheres, as well as a rock wall and mechanical bull.“These are all free, so students can stop by between classes and have a bit of fun,” Peterson said. “There will also be a food vendor with ‘fudge puppies,’ which are basically waffles on a stick covered with chocolate and toppings, and freshly squeezed orange, lemon and lime juice.”In the Spes Unica Hall Atrium and Student Center Atrium, henna tattoo artists will offer free tattoos. A photo booth will also be available to students in the dining hall during dinner.The day will end with a concert featuring Josh Kelley and opening act Jon McLaughlin.Tickets are free and available to Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students in the Student Center Atrium today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.“I love that SAB can provide the students with a day of fun,” Peterson said. “We all work so hard, and by the end of the spring semester, we are often stressed with oncoming exams. SMC Tostal gives students the chance to relax for a change.”Peterson said the Tostal is a chance to allow students to relax for free.“We are lucky that we can provide such a fun-filled day, all for free, just for the students.,” Peterson said. “They really deserve this, and SAB really hopes they enjoy all the events we planned.”last_img read more

Visitation planned to mourn Zhang

first_imgStudents, faculty and staff may pay their respects to Saint Mary’s sophomore Ziqi Zhang, who passed away Oct. 18, on Wednesday during a public visitation with her family, according to an email to all College students Monday afternoon. Zhang, 19, died from injuries sustained in a car-bicycle accident outside the entrance to Saint Mary’s at State Route 933. A resident of Regina Hall, Zhang was a dual-degree student majoring in mathematics at Saint Mary’s and taking engineering classes at Notre Dame. She was a resident of Jiangsu Province in China. Her parents, Ruicheng and Yongli Zhang, traveled to Saint Mary’s from Xuzhou, China, last week. They arranged for a public visitation Wednesday at Kaniewski Funeral Home from noon to 2 p.m. The funeral home is located at 3545 North Bendix Drive in South Bend. Shuttle bus service will be available to students and will depart from the front of Le Mans Hall at Saint Mary’s, the email stated. The bus is scheduled to leave every half hour between 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., and it will return to campus every half hour between 12 and 2 p.m. A memorial fund has been established for Zhang’s family, and contributions can be made by sending donations to Karen Johnson, vice president for Student Affairs, Saint Mary’s College, 175 Le Mans Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Checks should be made payable to Saint Mary’s College and indicate in the memo line the donation should be directed to the Ziqi Zhang family. College President Carol Ann Mooney expressed her sympathy last week during a memorial service for Zhang Oct. 23 at Regina Chapel. “Each of us has lost a sister,” Mooney said. “It is terribly difficult to lose a young person with so much talent and so much promise. Ziqi’s death leaves a hole in the Saint Mary’s community. Mooney told the crowd gathered at the memorial service that the College would welcome the Zhang family to the best of its ability. “For her family, this is an unspeakable grief,” she said. “When they arrive on campus, we will make every effort to let them know how valued Ziqi was, what a positive contribution to Saint Mary’s she was and that she had a home here.”last_img read more

Graduate students celebrate inaugural Appreciation Week

first_imgThis week’s first annual Graduate Student Appreciation Week offers graduate students the opportunity to develop their professional, academic and social lives in an effort to help them feel more included in the Notre Dame community. Mimi Beck, program director of Graduate Student Life, said the graduate population often feels invisible at Notre Dame, a place whose identity is defined by the undergraduate experience. “The hope is that our post-baccalaureates – who comprise nearly a third of the Notre Dame student body – will come to feel as welcome, as valued and as much a part of the university community as any other student on campus,” Beck said. The week opens today with free coffee and donuts in the C1 and D2 parking lots and ends Sunday with an Oscar Night Party at the Fischer O’Hara-Grace Graduate Residences. Social events include the Rock-n-Reckers dinner and concert Monday night, when rock band The Standard Deviants will perform while students enjoy free pizza. The Standard Deviants is composed of Brian Baker, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Ben Ridenhour and Shaun Lee, both assistant professors in the Department of Biological Sciences. On the professional side, Beck said Associate Dean of Students John Lubker will host Grad School Game Plan on Thursday, during which he will teach skills for time management, overcoming distractions and maximizing productivity. Tamara Shaya, a graduate student working toward her Master’s in International Peace Studies, said the Graduate Student Appreciation Week demonstrates Notre Dame’s commitment to its post-baccalaureate students and their contributions.  “I’m hoping the week will be a great opportunity for my friends and I to experience fun events, enjoy free giveaways, learn new skills and get to know other members of the graduate student community,” Shaya said. The Graduate School and the Division of Student Affairs partnered to create Graduate Student Life in the summer of 2012, Beck said. The division aims to enhance the educational experience and quality of life for Notre Dame’s post-baccalaureate population.  “Hosting an Appreciation Week was seen as a great way to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduate and professional students while providing greater campus-wide awareness at the same time,” Beck said. Graduate Student Life has been laying foundations for future growth during its first year of existence, Beck said. This includes the administration of a comprehensive survey of graduate student life, the first of its kind since 2006, to help guide decisions for programs and services in the future. Additional projects include the creation of a Grad Ambassadors program to bring greater awareness to the needs, challenges and contributions of graduate and professional students.last_img read more

Bless each one individually’

first_imgFr. Mark Thesing, the Notre Dame football chaplain, began his relationship with the team as an undergraduate seminarian in 1979. A 1981 Notre Dame alumnus, Thesing said he used to run the movie projector that would screen a film for the players in the Moreau Seminary auditorium when they used to sleep in the building Friday nights before home football games. “Actually the football players, I think, got a little freaked out by the seminary,” Thesing said. “It was too quiet over there, and it was an unfamiliar place and there were expectations over there. The rooms are extremely small, and there was nothing for them to do. They were shown a movie in the auditorium and then went up to their room to go to bed.” The players’ Friday night accommodations have since changed, and so has Thesing’s role with the team, he said. Thesing said he became a chaplain for away football games in 2008 and assumed the role for all games this season when Fr. Paul Doyle stepped aside as home game chaplain. Thesing said his responsibilities begin Mondays of game weeks when he attends the team’s weekly “Mental Monday” meeting. “I sit in the back and I take notes, and part of it is to kind of understand where Coach [Brian] Kelly sees the team and where he wants the team to be going, the way he speaks to them and what he focuses on, what he comments about, what he provides to the team in terms of images to focus on, of thoughts to consider – that sets the mood for the team,” he said. Thesing said he delivers Mass for the team every Friday before a game and at this Mass he gives each player a medal with a particular saint he has chosen for the week. Thesing said he has a list of all the saints commemorated in these Masses since 2007. “I’m a very systematic guy, so what I decided to do was that I didn’t think we should repeat any saint medal within a five-year period,” he said. “There are enough saints for us to go 50, 60 saints without having to repeat from year after year. “I decided that the four evangelists and St. Paul would be a good way to represent scripture and the foundational background of scripture. I also realized that we want to keep to the tradition of Notre Dame, so this year the tradition of Notre Dame was represented with St. Edward, the patron saint of Fr. Edward Sorin. I also want to keep within that the concept of the Congregation of Holy Cross …  so this year to represent the Congregation of Holy Cross is the Sacred Heart of Jesus.” Team Mass before home games moved from Saturday to Friday this year, and Thesing said the switch makes Mass feel less rushed. He said the first time he served as away chaplain at Michigan State University in 2008 he was shocked by the quick succession between Mass and travel to the stadium. “[After Mass] we’re handing out the saint medals as they’re heading to the bus, so everyone’s left the area,” he said. “I’m back there and they’re going, ‘Father, you need any help?’ ‘No, no. I can take care of this.’ I put everything away. Five minutes later I walk down and everyone is already on the bus, the police escorts are already there, and I’m going, ‘Oh, they’re all waiting for me.’ “As they move closer and closer to game time, everything gets tightly scheduled.” On gameday, Thesing said he stays with the team, blesses them and leads them in prayer. “I’m always one of the first back into the locker room,” he said. “Before the game during warm-ups and at the end of the first half and at the end of the game, I’m there and welcome them back into the locker room with a blessing. “I try to bless each one individually, often in pairs as they’re coming on my right and on my left, moving quickly into the locker room, and then immediately before they move out to the field at the beginning of the game, I lead the team in a prayer. At the end of the game, after Coach has spoken a few words, he says, ‘Let’s pray,’ and then I lead them again in prayer at the end of the game.” As football chaplain, Thesing said his job is to be supportive of the players at all times. “What it involves, first and foremost, is to be there with the team in a routine basis and also in crisis moments,” he said. “When I say crisis moments, it doesn’t all have to be disaster, but it’s those unprecedented and unexpected events. One of which that comes to mind is Declan Sullivan’s death.” Sullivan, a student videographer for the team died Oct. 27, 2010 at age 20 when he was thrown from a hydraulic scissor lift by strong winds during football practice, according to an Oct. 27, 2010 article in The Observer. Thesing said he received a call the evening of the accident while preparing to lead a reflection in Farley Hall. He went straight to the Guglielmino Athletic Complex to counsel the players and coaches, he said. “As it turned out, the real difficulty and challenge wasn’t as much the football players but Declan’s fellow workers with the video crew,” Thesing said. “There were times, since I was the away chaplain, during the home games … I went and just stood with them as they’re video taping from their isolated spots on the south scoreboard and up on the photo deck of the press box, just to be with them and let them know that they’re not walking this journey, this challenge by themselves.” After supporting the team through many challenges, Thesing said his favorite part of being chaplain is participating in the locker room celebration after a win. “It’s exciting; it’s fun,” he said. “It’s the realization that they’ve done a great job and especially our hard-fought wins, when we’re the underdog. Part of it is because you’re also there at the times of loss. You’re there in Pittsburgh when there wasn’t a word spoken in the locker room, other than the coach. You know how much time and effort and energy these players devote to what they’re doing. [You] marvel at their ability to balance student life with the expectation of being a football player at Notre Dame. “It’s important to them, it’s fun for the fans, the students and the alumni, and it’s a great experience.” Thesing said his full-time job as director of finance and administration for the Mendoza College of Business’ Office of the Dean prevents him from attending practice regularly, but he still has developed a rapport with the players. “I don’t interact with the players as much as everyone would think I do, but there are the opportunities in which we chat and talk,” he said, “and there are those people who engage me in conversations – theological, philosophical or just about sports.” Contact Tori Roeck at [email protected]last_img read more

ND, SMC students attend Model UN conference

first_imgTags: Harvard University, Model UN Seven Saint Mary’s College students traveled to Harvard University from Feb. 13-16 to compete at the Harvard National Model United Nations Conference. On Tuesday, as part of the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) lunchtime series, five participants shared their experience at Harvard.Model United Nations is a classroom club that attends conferences where the participants role-play as delegates of the United Nations. Each school is given a country and then appoints delegates who are then assigned to different committees, junior Maddie Madvad said.“The delegates for each committee are assigned topics,” Madvad said. “They have to research the topics and then form political opinions based on whatever country they are assigned so that they can represent them at the conference.”In each committee, participants debate topics they have researched and try to create resolutions that address various political issues, Madvad said.The Harvard conference is slightly different from the other United Nation conferences around the country, sophomore Grace Morrison said.“This conference is the largest, oldest and most prestigious conference of its kind,” Morrison said. “It is staffed entirely by Harvard undergrad students [and] has over 3,000 students and faculty that come together from all across the globe. Every single continent except Antarctica is represented. It is the most diverse conference around.”SMC and the Notre Dame teams combined because neither school had enough members to go on their own, senior head delegate Alex Penler said. The team was given two countries, Costa Rica and Madagascar.Morrison, who served on the social, humanitarian and cultural committee, said she learned the importance of international relationships and how important it is to participate in the conference.“The Harvard conference really helps to make a difference in the world because it brings attention to a lot of issues in relevance,” Morrison said. “The cultural experience was amazing. It gives you the opportunity to connect with people all over the world that you wouldn’t have the opportunity to meet.“Even though they are from however many miles away, they care about the same type of issues that we do.”Penler said in her four years, she spent most of her time traveling around the world through her history and political science classes, which gave her  real world experience to work with at the conference.”I actually want to work in international development and global health, so conferences could be something that influences the rest of my life,” Penler said.Nicole O’Toole, a junior political science major and business minor, said she learned about international law and can apply many of the things she learned at the conference to her studies.“[International law is] something I’m interested in going to in to. It relates to my education at Saint Mary’s because a lot of things that I have studied will help me make a difference in the world, O’Toole said. “We met so many people from so many different countries. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity.”Senior Ariane Umutoni said she learned how to put herself in others’ shoes.“I think this [conference] helped me see how people see their own self versus other people’s opinions and beliefs,” Umotoni said. “From now I think I will focus more on listening. Everything has another story.”last_img read more

Notre Dame Career Center reports increased hiring rate across all majors

first_imgGraduating seniors of all majors saw an increased hiring rate in multiple sectors, especially in entry-level positions, Hilary Flanagan, director of the Career Center, said.“If entering the job market was something you wanted to do, there were employers from a wide variety of industries and of all sizes looking for students across all majors,” Flanagan said. “On-campus recruiting numbers are still on the incline, and entry-level hiring across sectors was up from the previous five years.”The Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research collects most of the quantitative data about the class of 2014, and a full report will not be available until next spring, Flanagan said. Still, she said the Career Center could predict certain trends in the class of 2014’s future plans.“Typically, we have about 60 percent of students who enter the world of work after graduation, with just under a third of the class headed off to graduate school,” Flanagan said. “Notre Dame typically has nine to 10 percent of the student body commit to a year or more of service upon graduation.”Some of the most popular careers include financial analyst, account manager, marketing assistant, research assistant, teacher, field engineer, actuarial assistant, technical analyst and medical scribe, Flanagan said. Careers as consultants are increasing as a popular choice, she said.“We do see more students from all majors heading into the consulting field,” Flanagan said. “This trend appears to be gathering momentum, as our students are more highly sought after for consulting work across industry sectors.”The Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research also gathers data on geographical spread and publishes its findings next spring, but Flanagan said Notre Dame graduates tend to distribute themselves very widely across the country and the globe. Many in the class of 2014 will also move into careers with companies that include other Notre Dame alumni in their ranks, Flanagan said.“We are extremely blessed to have the kind of dedicated alumni community that we do here at Notre Dame,” she said. “The extended Notre Dame family goes out of its way to help students who are seeking information on various career paths, employers, graduate programs, geographic areas, et cetera.“Many of those participating in on-campus recruiting at career fairs or through interviews, posting positions in Go Irish or sharing their experiences at information sessions throughout the year are ND alumni. Fortunately, our current ND students continue to meet and exceed their expectations.”The fact that so many graduates find great jobs immediately out of college correlates directly to the quality of the students’ Notre Dame educations, Flanagan said.“Notre Dame students have an excellent track record of finding fantastic first destinations immediately after graduation,” she said. “Even better, our graduates go on to have lifelong career success, truly making a positive impact while sharing their unique talents with the world.“It is a pleasure for me to work with my team in the Career Center, as well as our campus partners and alumni, to foster the positive succession of each graduate’s lifetime career transitions.”Tags: 2014 Commencement, employment, Notre Dame Career Centerlast_img read more

Snite Museum to debut three new exhibits in spring semester

first_imgOne of the advantages of having a top university museum on Notre Dame’s campus is the exposure to a wide range of artwork. Each semester, the Snite Museum of Art features new exhibitions for community members and visitors to explore.Snite Museum public affairs representative Gina Costa said two of the three new exhibitions scheduled for the spring semester will focus on sculptures.“We’re going to have … one that’s a ceramics show,” Costa said. “It’ll feature work by the ceramics department here at Notre Dame that were fired in an anagama kiln. … That deals with sort of contemporary issues in the discourse on ceramics. And then we’re also doing a continuum show of sculpture.”The exhibition Costa is most excited for the Notre Dame community to see, though, is a photography exhibition from Jan. 15 to March 5.“For the spring semester we’ve got … a photography show on pictorialism,” she said. “It’s going to be a beautiful show of images drawn from the Snite’s permanent collection. … These are just beautiful photographs that I think everyone will really enjoy [and] be moved by. I can see the campus just adoring this.”Although the Snite Museum has a sizable collection of photographs, Costa said it is not able to display many for long periods of time, making this exhibition a fleeting opportunity for visitors to the museum.“The Snite has an amazing photography collection,” she said. “We have over 10,000 photographs. Unfortunately … we can’t put them out all the time. Photographs are ephemeral so we can only put them out for a maximum six weeks at a time. Then they have to rest for three years. So we have all these beautiful photographs, and if we had more space we could just get more of them out.”The Snite is able to open varying kinds of photograph exhibits regularly because of the sheer size of its photograph collection, Costa said.“It’s a very different kind of exhibition in terms of content,” she said. “We just closed the Paulette Tavormina show that featured contemporary photographs, but based on Dutch 17th century still lives that all had layered meanings. The pictorialism show talks about a different time and place, but the images are as reflective and as indicative of time and what a photographs communicates or what seeing — what looking — means.”In addition to this exhibition featuring pictorialism, Costa said, the subject will be the focus of one of the Third Thursday lecture events held at the Snite Museum.“We do a lot of events to draw people to the Museum,” she said. “Our January Third Thursday [at the Snite] will feature photography curator David Acton, who will give a talk about pictorialism and all that.”Costa said these events, as well as the artwork itself, contribute to the overall environment of one’s experience at the museum.“A museum experience is so integral to everybody’s growth and to their educational and just emotional growth,” she said. “A museum is a place where you can go to reflect, to have quiet time, to grow yourself. Looking at art helps you think about larger issues, about yourself, about your society, about the time you live in.”Depending on the subject, Costa said, an exhibition can also prompt discussion about and reflection on current events.“We just closed an exhibition that dealt with social injustice,” she said. “So the larger issues and themes of the world are really addressed in a museum. … A museum is just a really special kind of institution or place in a community. And communities that don’t have public museums that are free, like ours, really are at a loss. So South Bend is really lucky; Notre Dame is really lucky.”Costa said the Snite Museum tries to feature some of these types of exhibitions when possible.“We do try to address current themes,” she said. “ … Artists and cultural institutions don’t live in vacuums. They’re responding to the artistic, philosophical, social, political ambiance of the time and all the issues. So we do try to be sensitive to those in our exhibition schedule.”In the end, Costa said, the Museum’s main goal is responding to student needs on campus, prompting a study event for finals week.“We’re doing study days … this Friday,” she said. “We’re just setting up tables with lots of coffee and cookies and food and outlets so you can find a quiet place to study amidst works of art that inspire. We really want to let the students know we think about them and really try to do outreach to them.”Costa urged students to visit the Snite Museum for study days, in addition to coming to see the new exhibitions this spring.“It’s your museum, so take advantage of it,” she said. “Everything we do is with the students and the Notre Dame community in mind.”Tags: Art, photography, Snite, Snite Museum of Art, Third Thursdaylast_img read more

Panelists discuss new book on Fr. Hesburgh’s life, legacy

first_imgThe final phrase of University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh’s obituary lauds his contributions to Notre Dame.“That the Notre Dame of today … stands as one of the world’s great universities is the lasting legacy of Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.” the obituary said.For Fr. Wilson Miscamble, that recognition came with a cost.“Might it be said that Fr. Ted did too much kneeling before the world?” Miscamble asked in the conclusion of his new biography on the former Notre Dame president, “American Priest: The Ambitious Life and Conflicted Legacy of Notre Dame’s Father Ted Hesburgh.”Miscamble, a professor of history at Notre Dame, discussed his book with three other Notre Dame professors Tuesday night in a panel hosted by the Tocqueville Program for Inquiry Into Religion and Public Life. Professor Patrick Deneen, a panelist and member of the political science department, agreed with Miscamble’s portrait of Hesburgh: a man who sought to elevate his university to an elite institution during his 35 years as president.“Contained in [Notre Dame’s] success have been the seeds of a certain undoing of the distinctiveness of a Catholic university that might stand not merely in the world, but in some ways apart from the world,” Deneen said. Deneen called attention to the title of Miscamble’s book, suggesting at the heart of Hesburgh’s legacy is the question of which word holds greater significance to him: American or priest?Professor Jennifer McAward, a panelist who serves as an associate professor of law and director of the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights, said she felt the book neglected to portray the profundity of Hesburgh’s role in the civil rights movement. Miscamble responded to McAward by noting Hesburgh appeared only briefly in the American historian Taylor Branch’s multi-volume work on the civil rights movement, which Miscamble relied on for research on the topic. Professor Kathleen Sprows Cummings, a panelist from the American Studies and history departments who also directs the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, criticized Miscamble’s book for its sources and emphasis on Hesburgh as the sole catalyst of changes in American Catholic higher education. Sprows Cummings questioned Miscamble’s strategy to rely on his interviews with Hesburgh 10 years after his exit from the presidency at Notre Dame as a key component of the book.“I think instead it created the conditions under which one of Fr. Ted’s most obvious flaws — the tendency to self-aggrandizement — could be used against him,” she said.Sprows Cummings said more archival evidence, plenty of which can be found in the Notre Dame library system, would have been a better source for a look inside the priest’s mind. Miscamble acknowledged Sprows Cummings’ criticism and said he would leave archival research to younger scholars such as Sprows Cummings. Sprows Cummings also noted the shift away from the distinct, more European idea of a Catholic university to which Deneen alluded was a greater movement in American culture, and not one propagated by a single university’s president.  “American Catholics, particularly in the postwar period, were too enamored with making money to embrace the life of the mind,” she said. This focus on accumulating wealth bent higher education to prepare lawyers, doctors and accountants, but not thinkers, Cummings said.Both Sprows Cummings and Miscamble agreed more hesitation should be exercised in efforts — official or unofficial — to make a Saint out of Hesburgh. “I want to suggest to you that before we rush straight to the hagiography stage, we examine his life with some care, and that is what I have tried to do in the book,” Miscamble said. Deneen said reflection on the life of Hesburgh signifies further thought about the renewal of a Catholic identity at Notre Dame — a change away from the worldliness which Hesburgh courted, enabled ironically by the financial success that worldliness brought Notre Dame. While Deneen said Miscamble’s book title asks the question “American or priest?” Miscamble does not put the query to rest in his book. Instead, he points to a pivotal moment in Hesburgh’s life, which occurred after stopping by the east door of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the day of priestly ordination.According to his autobiography, Hesburgh stopped and made a vow to dedicate his life to the three words which Hesburgh called his “trinity.”“God, Country, Notre Dame,” Miscamble said. “He undoubtedly kept his pledge.”Tags: American Catholicism, biography, Fr. Hesburgh, panellast_img read more

Saint Mary’s suspends positions for most student workers

first_imgDue to the COVID-19 outbreak and the suspension of in-person classes for the rest of the semester, Saint Mary’s has suspended most on-campus student work positions. “A small number of students who can perform their jobs from home, jobs that have been deemed as critical or essential by each division VP, continue to work for the college remotely,”  Mona Bowe, vice president of enrollment management, said in an email. Bowe acknowledged the difficulties this may pose to College students who rely on their campus jobs as a source of income. “We understand and lament the financial impact this discontinuation has on some of our students,” Bowe said. The suspension of student work positions has caused a lot of concerns for students, particularly those who participate in federal work study positions. “The coronavirus has taken my only source of income,” junior Carina Garza said in email. “I relied heavily on my federal work study to pay for gas bills and food.” Garza is disappointed by the decision and said she hopes the administration can work something out to compensate work study students in some way. “The school should be giving hours to students who partake in the work study program,” Garza said. “Even if students are given 12 hours a week during the pay period, the money would definitely help especially for the students who need federal work study. I believe administration should get together and talk about what’s happening to the students who work on campus.” Senior Emily Beam said in an email that she was able to transition her on-campus jobs to comply with the new online format. “My supervisor contacted me last week saying she received approval that I could work remotely during this time,” she said. “She gave me the option to decide if I would want to work for her, but it was an obvious decision to keep working. I know I have to make a lot of adjustments to my life, and if I could help my supervisor through her adjustments and lighten her workload, I definitely wanted to do it.” Despite efforts, senior Alexa Zapata Fernandez said in an email that she has not received much contact from departments since the College suspended campus jobs. “I have been contacted by Career Crossings a few times and once by the [Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership] office,” Zapata Fernandez said. “Initially it was to let me know I could work during the extra week of spring break. But after everything changed, I was contacted that I was not able to work. I have not heard if I can do any work online.”Zapata Fernandez is in a different situation than many other students, she said, because she needs her income from her campus jobs to provide for her son.“I am very appreciative of everything both offices have done for me since I have worked for them,” Zapata Fernandez said. “However, I am a mom to a one, almost two-year-old son. I know my situation isn’t like most students, but my job(s) at Saint Mary’s and the income I got from that is what I used to pay bills and made sure I had money for supplies for my son.” Senior Kirstin Sherman said in an email that she wishes the College communicated better with students because these decisions have significant impacts on their lives.“These people are making huge decisions that impact our lives and we have heard nothing from them,” Sherman said. “Even if the communication says, ‘We don’t know yet,’ we should be kept in the loop.”While the College has not made any formal decisions, they are working on a plan to provide a room and board stipend to students. “The College is working hard to determine how room and board adjustments might be handled; clarification will be provided as soon as we know more,” Bowe said. In the meantime, Bowe encourages students to use the career resources the College offers.“I encourage students to check with the Career Crossings office for advice and tips for employment,” she said. “Stacie Jeffirs and her staff have some terrific resources for students, including daily virtual meetings.” While the changes in the Saint Mary’s community have had dramatic impacts on students, Beam said being able to work remotely has brought a sense of normalcy and meaning. “I am excited and grateful to be able to maintain some of my daily life, like working for the Office of Admission, during these trying times,” Beam said. “I was already extremely upset that my senior year was being cut short, but when my supervisor reached out to me about working remotely, it gave me another sense of purpose.” Tags: Career crossings, coronavirus, COVID-19, work-studylast_img read more