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

Travel bans cannot be indefinite, countries must fight virus at home: WHO

Bans on international travel cannot stay in place indefinitely, and countries are going to have to do more to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus within their borders, the World Health Organization said on Monday.A surge of infections has prompted countries to reimpose some travel restrictions in recent days, with Britain throwing the reopening of Europe’s tourism industry into disarray by ordering a quarantine on travellers returning from Spain.Only with strict adherence to health measures, from wearing masks to avoiding crowds, would the world manage to beat the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said at a virtual news briefing. “Where these measures are followed, cases go down. Where they are not, cases go up,” he said, praising Canada, China, Germany and South Korea for controlling outbreaks.WHO emergencies program head Mike Ryan said it was impossible for countries to keep borders shut for the foreseeable future.”…It is going to be almost impossible for individual countries to keep their borders shut for the foreseeable future. Economies have to open up, people have to work, trade has to resume,” he said.”What is clear is pressure on the virus pushes the numbers down. Release that pressure and cases creep back up.” Ryan praised Japan and Australia for having had “good success in containing the disease” but said that it was to be expected that the virus would resurge in areas with active transmission if restrictions are lifted and mobility increased.”And that is what has essentially occurred in many countries is that in nightclubs, other situations, dormitories, other environments in which people are close together can act as amplification points for the disease and then it can spread back into the community. We need to be hyper-alert on those.”Measures must be consistent and kept in place long enough to ensure their effectiveness and public acceptance, Ryan said, adding that governments investigating clusters should be praised not criticized.”What we need to worry about is situations where the problems aren’t being surfaced, where the problems are being glossed over, where everything looks good.”Ryan said Spain’s current situation was nowhere near as bad as it had been at the pandemic’s peak there, and he expected clusters to be brought under control, though it would take days or weeks to discern the disease’s future pattern.”The more we understand the disease, the more we have a microscope on the virus, the more precise we can be in surgically removing it from our communities,” he added.Topics : read more