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NAE elects engineering professor

first_imgThe National Academy of Engineers (NAE) elected Joan Brennecke, the Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, to their prestigious organization earlier this month. Membership in the governmental-based non-profit group is considered among the top titles an American engineer can hold, Brennecke said. Of the 1,100 members in the NAE, 156 are chemical engineers. “It’s a recognition by your peers that you’ve made significant contribution to chemical engineering,” she said. “It’s sort of like a lifetime achievement award. Kind of a stamp of approval that you’ve really made a difference, and that feels great.” Brennecke said election to the NAE is based on a scholar’s entire contribution to the industry. Brennecke said fellow engineering professor Dr. Ahsan Kareem is the only other NAE member inducted while at Notre Dame. “When people look at schools and ranking universities, they’ll look at the National Academy to determine if it’s a top place,” Brennecke said. “So, for the university, it’s really important.” Brennecke said her research specializes in the use of ionic liquids and supercritical fluids for environmentally benign chemical processing. Brennecke has three postdoctoral, 11 graduate and seven undergraduate students working in her Ionic Liquids Lab. “In my 23 years here, we have seen huge growth in external research funding the number of Ph.D. students,” Brennecke said. “That has been important to me because I’ve been able to do research that I’m interested in.” The focus on undergraduate teaching is also a very important facet of Notre Dame, she said. “Notre Dame has provided me with the opportunity to teach really great students in a setting where teaching is valued and appreciated,” Brennecke said. “Notre Dame is very committed to enhancing and growing our graduate programs.” Brennecke said Notre Dame is a wonderful environment to work in since the research conducted on campus makes a difference. “Notre Dame has created an environment that’s very conducive to doing great research,” she said. Brennecke said her election is advantageous for both her work and the university. “Everybody tells me it’s great for me, the department and Notre Dame,” Brennecke said. “It’s great that we’re being recognized here.”last_img read more

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SMC Straight and Gay Alliance holds panel

first_imgSaint Mary’s Straight and Gay Alliance (SAGA) held an ally panel Wednesday night to give students an opportunity to hear the stories of allies from the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s communities. Saint Mary’s senior Francesca Gifford said being an ally means being open to different people and varying viewpoints. “An ally is someone who recognizes the differences of people in the world and is open and accepting of those differences,” she said. “I realized I was an ally when I came to Saint Mary’s, because that was the first time I really experienced the hatred and stress [the] LGBTQ community undergoes just because of who they are.” Catherine Pittman, a professor of psychology at the College, said her role as an ally started when her sister faced discrimination and ultimately lost her job as a teacher because of her sexual orientation. “I got very upset because I was unable to do more and I decided to get involved the next time I heard something was going on at Saint Mary’s,” she said. Pittman was involved with the movement when Saint Mary’s added sexual orientation to its non-discrimination clause in the mid 1990s. “We started PINS, People In Support, and got the non-discrimination clause added,” Pittman said. “And we said why stop there, and decided to get sexual orientation and gender involved in the South Bend human rights [ordinance].” After eight years of fighting, Pittman said she and others involved in South Bend Equality successfully added sexual orientation to the South Bend human rights ordinance. Saint Mary’s senior Cristina Bueno, the president of SAGA, grew up in a very open family, but became a more active ally after watching friends get bullied, she said. “When I went to high school and had more friends come out to me and watching them deal with being bullied, I wanted to stick up for them and other people too,” she said. SAGA vice president Katie Carlisle said she never realized she was an ally because it just seemed second-nature to her. “I remember a conversation with my dad when gay marriage became big in the political arena,” she said. “My dad asked why do these people need to get married and I always wondered, ‘Well, why not?’” Two Notre Dame students, Progressive Student Alliance (PSA) co-presidents Alex Coccia and Lauren Morisseau, also participated in the panel. Both are actively involved in the 4 to 5 movement, a student organization with the goals of getting allies involved, holding events to promote an open discussion on campus, getting a gay-straight alliance officially recognized and having the administration add sexual orientation added to the non-discrimination clause, Coccia said. After deciding to go to Notre Dame, Coccia said he saw a gay rights protest mentioned in Scholastic Magazine. “I started to look at Notre Dame policy … that the particular vision I had of Notre Dame and my Notre Dame family contrasted with the realities of students,” he said. “I guess I became an ally as a matter of principle, how [the University] would not protect their students.” Morisseau said she became an ally when she unknowingly wandered into the founding meeting of her high school’s Straight Gay Alliance. Before coming to Notre Dame, Morisseau said she was shocked to find out Notre Dame did not have a recognized club. “I didn’t understand how much being an ally was apart of my identity until I got to Notre Dame,” she said. “I didn’t fully adjust until I was part of PSA. I see [being an ally] as acknowledging that we all have a debt to each other as human beings.” Along with discussing why they are allies, the members of the panel talked about how to become an ally or a better ally. Pittman said it is important for allies to understand the inherent privileges straight people have. “I think the kind of things straight people are interested in, seeing those relationships in books, movies, TV, they are out there,” she said. “It’s a big privilege.” Allies are important for the LGBTQ community, especially when they come out to their families, Pittman said. “Allies are so important because people’s families may reject them and it is especially hard to come out if they already know their families opinion [on homosexuality],” she said. Carlisle said being a good ally is watching the language you use or the language your friends or family use. “I think it’s all about making sure the environment you place yourself in is open and safe,” she said.last_img read more

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Football hits 1993’s record

first_img9-0. To those Notre Dame alumni who were here during the 1993 football season, this record feels familiar. On Nov. 13, 1993, a 9-0 Fighting Irish team ranked No. 2 in the country defeated No. 1 ranked Florida State at home, 31-24, in the “Game of the Century,” and the No. 1 sign atop Grace Hall lit up the next day. “I’ll never forget after we won the game when that No. 1 lit up,” 1994 alum Steve Camilleri said. “It wasn’t there for very long, but to have that No. 1 light up when you’re a student at Notre Dame, especially during your senior year – It’s really special.” One week later, Boston College dashed the 10-0 Irish’s hopes for an undefeated season on a game-winning field goal in the final seconds of the game, and the No. 1 light went out. “[At the Boston College game] there was a sense of exhaustion I think all around in the student body, in the fans and in the team, because the Florida State game had been such an effort and such an undertaking for everyone,” 1994 alum and University photographer Matt Cashore said. “I think everyone was just a little flat.” As this year’s 9-0 team travels to Chestnut Hill, Mass., to reprise the “Holy War” on Saturday, Camilleri said he expects a different result. “This Notre Dame team that we’re putting on the field Saturday night in Boston is not going to lose to this Boston College team,” Camilleri said. “It’s just not going to happen.” Despite hopes for a win over Boston College this year, Camilleri said he sees a lot of parallels between his senior football season and this one. “I’ve been in the stands at all the home games this year. I was at the game in Chicago when we played Miami, and I just felt a lot like I did back in 1993,” he said. “There’s just a real excitement and an energy that’s as heightened as it’s ever been since 1993.” While previous Notre Dame teams in the late 1980s and early 1990s had been consistently ranked in the top 10, Cashore said students expected the 1993 season to be a “wait and see year.” Quarterback Rick Mirer had just graduated, and promising freshman quarterback Ron Powlus had broken his collarbone before the season began. But senior quarterback Kevin McDougal shone in the second game of the season with a 27-23 win against Michigan, a game Notre Dame was expected to lose, and Cashore said that changed the momentum of the season. “They didn’t expect much out of Kevin McDougal, and the Michigan game was his chance to show what he could do and the team’s chance to show that they were going to exceed expectations,” Cashore said. Many fans also began this season skeptical of the team’s ability and uncertain over who would be taking the snaps. This time sophomore quarterback Everett Golson stepped up to show he could lead the offense, Camilleri said. “The way the team bounced back last weekend against Pittsburgh, they found a way to win,” he said. “Everett Golson found a way to win.” Confident in Golson’s leadership, many fans started looking forward to a national championship as this year’s undefeated record continues, just as in 1993. “Everyone was going ahead booking plane reservations for whatever the bowl game would be for the national championship … and suddenly snapped awake in the fourth quarter [of the Boston College game],” Cashore said. While the loss to Boston College didn’t completely squash the 1993 team’s chances for a national championship, Florida State ended up winning, despite a loss to the Irish earlier in the season. “We felt like we deserved to be the national champion because we beat the team that became the national champion,” Camilleri said. “We were disappointed, but we weren’t disappointed in our team. We were disappointed in how our team got voted. I think some of us still think we were the national champion that year.” Cashore said most students’ reaction to the national championship snub was to say, “We’ll be back.” “There was a sense that … this is a place that will always be in contention for a national championship,” Cashore said. “We certainly didn’t have the sense of, ‘Well, that was the last chance for 20 years to do that.’ … No one foresaw the bad string of almost 20 years that happened.” While the pressure is on for the 2012 team to reclaim the national championship title that was just out of reach for their 1993 counterparts, Camilleri, executive director of the South Bend Center for the Homeless, said win or lose, the two Notre Dame football teams are united by their players’ unique concern for the community. “I’ve been fortunate to get to know some of the players because they volunteer at the Center for the Homeless. … They are just an incredible group,” Camilleri said. “Much like the team I knew in ’93 who were friends of mine, this team is very deeply involved in helping out their surrounding community, and that is one of the best comparisons we can make.” Contact Tori Roeck at vroeck@nd.edulast_img read more

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SMC alumnae in healthcare panel

first_imgFive Saint Mary’s biology alumnae discussed their careers in healthcare in a panel Thursday evening to answer current biology students’ questions and share the alumnae’s experiences in medical school.Dr. Anne Dudley, class of 2004, is now a pediatrician after attending Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa. Dudley said she is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, or a doctor who uses her hands to treat patients.“The main philosophy is that the body has an innate ability to heal itself and that structure and function work together for healing,” Dudley said. “We learn how to use our hands to treat patients instead of only doing testing.”Krystal Holtcamp, class of 2012, will be graduating as a Physician’s Assistant (PA) from the University of Toledo in December. Holtcamp, who was Saint Mary’s co-valedictorian in 2012, said she was familiar with the profession because of her dad’s experience.“I came into Saint Mary’s thinking I wanted to go to medical school but wasn’t sure,” Holtcamp said. “My dad is a PA, [and had] been for 40 years … so I knew what the profession was. A PA is a midlevel provider. We can diagnose, treat, give therapies but will always be under the supervision of a primary care doctor.”Holtcamp said she knew she wanted to be a PA after completing many job shadows.“I shadowed a lot, that’s how I decided,” Holtcamp said. “I shadowed a lot of female physicians and asked them their opinion if they could do it all over again what would they do, would they stay in the type of practice they were in, and how their family life was because that was really important to me.”Michelle Smith, class of 2011, is now a physical therapist at a clinic after graduating from Central Michigan University in May.“I work in [an] outpatient clinic,” Smith said. “My clinic is more of lower functioning patients, like traumatic brain injury, stroke and elderly patients. We have pediatrics, but I don’t work with them.”Val Gillis, class of 2003, is now a Physician’s Assistant after graduating from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois. She later got a job at Northwestern University in Chicago, where she is a PA for urology and works with infertility patients.“Urology, much to my mother’s dismay, is what I love and I’ve been doing it for nine years now,” Gillis said. “I ended up getting involved with the guy who does all infertility, and you’re thinking, well, urology and fertility, well, 50 percent of infertility is male infertility, so that’s sort of what we do. A subset of that that I do, that I am very passionate about, is I do fertility preservation for cancer patients, which is my favorite thing about my job. The youngest we’ve seen is a 13-year-old boy who was about to get chemotherapy and then up to 70-year-old men.”Class of 2008 alumna Beth Belock is now a veterinarian after graduating from Michigan State University’s veterinary school. Belock said Saint Mary’s prepared her for graduate school better than Michigan State’s pre-veterinary undergraduate program did.“Saint Mary’s prepared me very, very well for vet school,” Belock said. “Getting into that first year, you have a lot of basic science classes to get started with and even the people who had gone to Michigan State as the pre-vet program, in some instances, I felt that I was more prepared than some of my classmates. They were asking me questions about stuff, so I was like, ‘Yes, this isn’t even technically a pre-vet program, but I am definitely doing very well with these courses.’”Holtcamp said attending a liberal arts school puts an applicant ahead with regards to medical school applications and acceptances. It is much more interesting that the applicant didn’t just take biology classes, she said.“Saint Mary’s has so many opportunities, like study abroad,” Holtcamp said. “Do something that you think you will really enjoy and talk about. And school-wise, you will be so prepared. Most [medical schools] have had some Saint Mary’s students, so it’s known that science-wise, you will be so well prepared that they’ll know academic-wise you’ll be prepared. So just show how great, personality-wise, Saint Mary’s girls are.”Belock said it is important to have experience with people skills when applying to veterinarian school.“As much as you think you’re going in to deal with animals, there’s always a person at the end of that leash that you have to deal with,” Belock said.Gillis said being well-rounded is a big factor when applying to medical school.“You’re going to be having awkward conversations if you want to do medicine, and it’s going to be awkward and you can’t blush,” Gillis said. “You have to be able to relate and communicate.”Tags: alumnae panel, Beth Belock, biology, Dr. Anne Dudley, Healthcare, Krystal Holtcamp, Michelle Smithlast_img read more

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Notre Dame community remembers Edward Lim

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of Thomas Clarke Edward Lim’s name is written out in candles at the grotto Wednesday. Lim, a former Notre Dame student, died Friday.Edward Lim “loved three things above all else,” according to junior Brian Celeste, Lim’s roommate during his sophomore year.“He loved his friends and he loved music and he loved philosophy,” Celeste said. “The people he did get close to, he got very, very close to, and he cared very deeply about those people.”Lim died Friday at his home in Cincinnati. Although Lim was not enrolled at the University during the 2016-2017 academic year, Celeste said Lim had still significantly impacted him during his time at Notre Dame.“He became, really, my first friend that I had since coming to Notre Dame,” he said. “ … Once we became roommates, that’s when I started really discovering all these things about him and how he would constantly bounce his ideas off people — and since I was with him most of the time, I was the one who would hear most of his ideas.”Junior Joe Raabe, who met Lim in high school as a member of the rowing team, said Lim “was respected and well liked by everyone who knew him.”“One day after practice, one of the coaches’ boats became untied and was floating away,” Raabe said in an email. “We had been out in the heavy rain and 35-degree weather for at least two hours. Edward jumped in the river and dragged the boat back to shore. That was Edward. He lived his life with the utmost integrity. He was a true friend.”Junior Mary Mecca, Lim’s girlfriend of over a year, said Lim was a great listener as a friend.“He highly valued authenticity, and he was always searching — in everything he did,” she said. “ … He would ask you a question and then just listen because he was searching for information on who you were and what sort of a person you could be, and he was very inspirational in that regard.”Lim found a family at Notre Dame through the University’s Chorale, which Celeste said became Lim’s passion.“Chorale was a huge part of his life,” he said. “I don’t think he missed a single rehearsal for, probably, three straight semesters. He just absolutely loved being there, he loved trying to help out everyone in Chorale, he loved talking about Chorale when we weren’t at Chorale [and] he just loved everything about it.”Senior Julia Oksasoglu, the president of Notre Dame Chorale, said Lim gave as much to Chorale as he gained from the group.“At the end of Edward’s freshman year in Chorale, he won the ‘Spirit of Chorale’ award, which is an award that’s given by the seniors,” she said. “I think that just goes to show how much of an impact Edward had on every single person in Chorale, from freshmen all the way up to seniors, and how much his devotion was felt and noticed by everyone.”Lim’s enthusiasm for Chorale, Mecca said, stemmed from his passion for music — particularly guitar.“He was an extreme introvert, and he expressed himself primarily through music — especially in playing guitar,” she said. “While he was in high school, one of his friends loaned him a guitar for a couple of years, and he taught himself to start playing.”This natural talent for guitar, Oksasoglu said, was on full display when the Chorale encountered a blues band during a group trip to Nashville.“Edward just gets onstage and starts playing with them,” she said. “[He] starts playing blues guitar, and they’d all just mention a song and he knows it and starts playing, and all of us were just in awe sitting there watching Edward thrive onstage. … It was just such a great moment.”During a memorial Mass for Lim in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Wednesday, Fr. Sean McGraw recounted a story of Lim building a guitar out of a lunchbox he came across through a conversation he struck up with a homeless man in his hometown.“He made a guitar out of this lunchbox,” he said. “Which is a beautiful image of something that is old — maybe even something that had been thrown away — something that was maybe empty, but he actually saw beauty. He saw possibility, and he brought it to life in music. Today, we thank God for the gift of Edward.”Lim’s friends will honor him with another memorial service from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday by playing music, sharing stories and eating rice — Lim’s favorite food — next to the lake outside of Carroll Hall.“Even if Edward wasn’t here during this school year, that doesn’t mean that he was any tiny, infinitesimal percent less a part of the Notre Dame community and Notre Dame family,” Oksasoglu said. “ … This is all really hard to process, and it’s hard to not have him here with us, but I’m unendingly grateful for the time that I did get to spend with him.”Tags: Edward Lim, Loss, Student death, The Notre Dame Choralelast_img read more

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Belles Against Violence Office promotes safe environment at College

first_imgOne in four female college students experience sexual assault on a college campus. This statistic is what has inspired some members of the Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) to take action against sexual assault, dating abuse and stalking.The group strives to create a culture of acceptance by showing the impact an active bystander can have on a situation, sophomore Courtney Driscoll, Student Advisory Committee member and Green Dot Committee co-chair, said. “BAVO is the voice that stands for students who are maybe unable to speak, and it creates a safer space for students to feel more welcome and included,” Driscoll said. “It cultivates a culture just free of violence, which is really important — especially being an all-women’s campus.”BAVO is constantly evolving it’s resources and programs so that it can continue to reach out to the diverse needs of the ever-growing campus, BAVO director Connie Adams said in an email. At its core, Adams said, BAVO’s mission is about constant support.“Last year, the BAVO Student Advisory Committee began to focus on reinforcing that we are also Belles for … things like healing, support, strength, courage,” Adams said. “Unfortunately, power-based personal violence (PBPV) impacts individuals regardless of their identities, but we know some individuals/groups are at a higher risk or have unique challenges. We are having conversations about additional barriers to reporting for individuals who are of color or are a part of the LGBTQIA community.”This year BAVO is hosting new events to help spread awareness to the Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and Holy Cross communities in an engaging way, senior Abbie Spica said, one specific event being an information session on the importance of Title IX. Title IX is a federal law that prohibits gender-based discrimination in any federally-funded education program or activity.“[The] Title IX event is open to all ND, HC and SMC students,” she said. “It’s important for all to attend. This is the first time we are going to be talking about Title IX beyond the scope of sexual assault. This year we are also working on some new collaborations with Feminists United and [the] Student Diversity Board, to name a few.”BAVO not only has a large impact on campus communities, but also on the world at large, Spica said.“It’s our responsibility to make sure we are taking care of our human community, and if we can do it on this campus in a fun and engaging way to raise awareness, then that’s a good way for us to accomplish our ultimate goal of ending violence,” Spica said.Adams also believes that in order to end to violence, there needs to be a change in the mentality of society. “What we need is a culture change,” she said. “A culture where we aren’t afraid to talk about these issues, where we commit to demonstrate how violence is not one of our community values, where we recognize that we do play a role, even if we choose to do nothing. There is no such thing as neutrality. Either we act, or we don’t. If we don’t take collective and individual responsibility for our community, who will?” The desire to stand up for others in order to end violence is what has led many students, like Driscoll, to joining BAVO and getting involved with the various programs it promotes. Driscoll said this club was the best way for her to stand up for what she believes in.“I always knew that I wanted to stand up for things and be a leader, and I knew that I could do it through this,” she said. “I saw a chance to be a voice for people who were maybe too timid or afraid. I knew I had a voice, and that I needed to use my voice to help other people and my campus. I think the more people that get involved with BAVO will find that it draws you in and makes you want to be a voice, too.”Tags: BAVO, Belles Against Violence Office, sexual assault awareness, Title IXlast_img read more

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Lunch and learn explores legal issues affecting transgender community

first_imgWith transformative legal topics becoming more and more prevalent in our country and world, the Notre Dame LGBT Law Forum and Transgender Resource, Education and Enrichment Services (TREES) brought in experts to address these issues. On Tuesday, the two University student groups, along with the Hispanic, Black and Asian Law Students Associations, hosted a “lunch and learn” on legal issues affecting the transgender community.The panel was moderated by Caitlin Canahai, vice president of LGBT Law Forum. The panelists included Carolyn Wald of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, Kara Ingelhart of Lambda Legal and Noah Lewis of Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund. All three lawyers work in LGBT law and have worked on cases from educational rights to restroom usage to cases pertaining to HIV or surgeries being covered by Medicare. In addition, Lewis was the first openly transgender student to graduate from Harvard Law School and to speak at Notre Dame Law School.Canahai began with a question about what the panelists think the most prevalent issues are in the country and world’s current legal and political environment. Both Ingelhart and Wald touched on the federal pushback that is arising and emphasized the importance of state and local laws to counter that pushback.Lewis highlighted the ability of our society to spur change in our legal system.“We are kind of seeing [the law] start to go backwards,” Lewis said. “However, I do feel more optimistic because the difference between now and the ’70s is that so many more trans people have come out and have been able to connect with one another and once you change society, it’s hard to go back, even if the law does.”Housing discrimination is one important issue to the transgender community, and is not just noticeable in apartment or home purchasing, but is also widespread in homeless shelters, mental health facilities, assisted living residences and prisons. All of the lawyers mentioned recent or current cases that involve mistreatment or misplacement of transgender prisoners.Wald discussed the impact societal changes have on the legal world. She brought attention to the work the American Civil Liberties Union does for the LGBTQ community through lobbying in Congress and collaborating with other groups on the ground.“You’re never going to get away from the importance of public opinion and public understanding,” Wald said.All of the attorneys present made it clear that the influence society has on changes in the legal system does not just stop at lawyers themselves. They stressed the fact that this event was open to the public and it is the greater community that needs to fight for the rights of the LGBTQ community in order to bring about change.Tags: LGBT Law Forum, Trangender Resource Education and Enrichment Services, Transgender rightslast_img read more

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Belles Against Violence seeks to educate College community

first_imgSaint Mary’s College students are working to spread the word about the Belles Against Violence Office, or BAVO. Sophomores Audrina Massey and Kate Hill are both members of the organization, and said they are seeking to create a safer environment at Saint Mary’s. Hill is an ally under the “sub-category” of BAVO known as Green Dot.“As an ally we make sure … that we are made available to those people to let them know that we are confidential sources they can come and talk to,” Hill said.Massey is on the Student Advisory Committee, or SAC, and also works on the Green Dot committee. Massey explained all of the committees come together to work on their common mission.“Each committee has their own events but work together to really put on events and spread awareness and education about sexual assault, sexual violence and relationship stalking and how to maybe help those who have been a victim, or a survivor,” she said.Hill explained that Green Dot “focuses on trying to prevent red dot situations.” Red dot situations include any form of sexual assault, sexual violence or relationship stalking.“We stand by survivors and offer our support to those that we can. By spreading awareness, we hope to make the warning signs more apparent and inform as many people as possible,” Hill said.In doing so, red dots can become green dots as more people become prepared and knowledgeable for when a red dot situation occurs, Hill said.With several resources on campus, BAVO offers confidential resources where students can discuss their story with a peer without any obligation to report their experiences. Massey added other confidential resources at Saint Mary’s include Campus Ministry, as well as Health and Counseling. She said BAVO is a point of contact for anyone who has experienced sexual assault, sexual violence or relationship stalking.BAVO puts on several events throughout the academic year. Last week was Green Dot Activism Week, which included events to spread knowledge to the students and faculty about BAVO and Green Dot. Another event BAVO put on was called “Guac and Talk.”“We just had an open space for people to discuss any issues on campus regarding sexual assault, sexual violence and relationship stalking, and things maybe BAVO can do better,” Massey said of ‘Guac and Talk.’Coming up in the spring semester is a public event called “Take Back the Night.” The event is designed to support survivors, Massey explained.“It’s a candlelight vigil that starts here at Saint Mary’s and ends at the Grotto at Notre Dame, and it’s a place where people can either share their experience or just show support for all the survivors,” she said. “It’s not just students that take part in it, it’s faculty and staff … It’s a nationwide event that happens every year.”Hill and Massey also encouraged students to participate in Green Dot training sessions that will be held in January, in order to teach participants different skills about how to handle difficult situations.Massey said there are numerous ways to get involved with BAVO.“You can become a BAVO ally, and you can either of course be a part of Green Dot awareness and outreach or events and campaigns,” she said. “You can show your support by coming to events just throughout the year … BAVO is really about helping our students. So that’s what we are trying to do, so if you really just want to watch out for your Belles and just make sure everybody is safe, then I would highly encourage Belles Against Violence.”Tags: Belles Against Violence Office, Green Dot, sexual assaultlast_img read more

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Notre Dame Security Police Department to be renamed to Notre Dame Police Department

first_imgEffective March 1, the Notre Dame Security Police Department will be renamed the Notre Dame Police Department, the University announced in a press release Thursday.With the name change, the department aims “to bring clarity for both the campus community and partners in law enforcement, more accurately portray the enforcement duties of the department and reinforce the department as a sworn police force,” according to the release. The department reached the decision after extensive research, which included meetings with groups on campus and at other institutions, the press release said.According to the release, the department will also be undergoing several operational changes to better distinguish police officers from other campus security workers. Only police officers will be responding to phone calls, and only officers will patrol the campus and drive police cars with sirens and light bars. Police officers will still wear navy blue shirts and pants, but outreach, engagement and safety inspection staff will now wear green shirts and khaki pants.“When someone calls the Notre Dame Police Department, they will be speaking with a police officer,” Notre Dame police chief Keri Kei Shibata said in the release. “And only our officers will respond to emergencies and patrol campus, so our students, visitors, faculty and staff will know what they can expect from the officer.” Outreach and community staff will spearhead crime prevention and community outreach programs, including training sessions for personal defense and sexual assault prevention. Safety and inspection staff will continue to perform routine inspections across campus. Tags: Campus Safety, NDSP, Notre Dame Security Policelast_img read more

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Notre Dame cancels spring 2021 study abroad

first_imgNotre Dame announced it would cancel all spring 2021 study abroad programs due to the continued number of coronavirus cases in a Tuesday morning email.According to the email, the University had been in contact with partner institutions and global gateways prior to the decision. Ultimately, programs were canceled due to several factors, including the continued state of the pandemic, travel restrictions and quarantine protocols for entering and exiting the United States.“We understand how disheartening and disappointing this is, especially for those who may not have another opportunity to study abroad,” the email said. ”…Regrettably, the ongoing pandemic makes this impossible at the moment; your health and safety must come first.”The Study Abroad office will work closely with students to offer options to study aboard in summer or fall 2021.“We remain committed in finding alternative opportunities for your international education,” the email said.Tags: coronavirus, Notre Dame International, spring study abroad 2021last_img read more

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