Division of Student Affairs presents awards to graduating student leaders

first_imgAt the 31st annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet on April 10, the Division of Student Affairs presented awards to seven members of the Class of 2017, recognizing their feats in leadership, inclusion and faith.Jessica Pedroza received The Rev. A. Leonard Collins, C.S.C., Award. This award is given to someone who makes an effort to further student interests on campus. Pedroza is a political science major and AnBryce Scholar who is actively involved in the Student Coalition for Immigrant Advocacy; she also co-founded and is co-president of the group 1stGND, representing first-generation college students. Pedroza said she was surprised to have received the award.“Being from my specific background — the daughter of Mexican immigrants, born and raised in the south side of Phoenix — while also going to a prestigious high school and university and subsequently rising up to leadership positions, I receive a lot of praise, admiration and congratulations,” said Pedroza. “Most of the time, I feel like I don’t deserve it. To the best of my ability, I just try to be kind and loving, I try to help others, and I work hard at what I’m passionate about.”In addition to her successes at Notre Dame, Pedroza is a former volunteer coordinator of St. Vincent de Paul, a Senior Anchor intern in the Office of Campus Ministry and she has taught English as a second language at a high school in Santiago, Chile.Alexis Doyle received the John W. Gardner Student Leadership Award, recognizing her feats in community service in South Bend and abroad. Doyle is a biological sciences and international peace studies major who was recently named a Rhodes Scholar for her outstanding work in Guatemala helping women in the community fight parasitic infection through a self-sustaining soap cooperative. This year, in addition to serving as a resident assistant in Ryan Hall, Doyle’s community involvement included her work at the Youth Services Bureau of the Sister Maura Brannick Health Center, where she leads student reflections.“I have been so fortunate to be welcomed into the South Bend community, particularly at the Youth Services Bureau and the Sister Maura Brannick Health Center, where I have learned so much,” Doyle said.  “I look forward to carrying the lessons I have learned and the stories that have been shared with me at these special places as I leave South Bend in a few weeks.”Fifth-year student Bryan Ricketts, a political science and chemical engineering major, was the recipient of The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., Award. This award is bestowed to a graduating student whose actions have made the Notre Dame community a more welcoming and inclusive home.Ricketts’ involvement with PrismND, the student organization representing the LGBT and ally communities on campus, garnered him recognition from the Division of Student Affairs.“The formation of PrismND was a turning point for the treatment of LGBTQ students at Notre Dame, and I’m proud to have been a part of its story,” Ricketts said.During his time as president of PrismND and his year serving as student government president, Ricketts said he worked to make the Notre Dame community more welcoming and comfortable for LGBT students.“The word ‘catholic’ means universal,” he said. “Being at a Catholic university means that we offer an education based in truth and justice that is accessible to all people. However, people come to Notre Dame from different backgrounds, and we must create an environment where everyone can come to seek that justice through their own identity and experiences. This means that our University must continue to identify the ways in which students may find themselves marginalized and unable to have a seat at the table.”Bridgid Smith, a theology and Italian studies major, was awarded the Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., Leadership Award for her work embodying the mission of Moreau and her faith-enriching projects. Specifically, Smith co-founded the EXALT Evening Adoration to encourage student prayer, led Bible studies, played piano at Cavanaugh Hall mass and interned with Campus Ministry in Sacramental Preparation and Catechesis.“I remember freshman year hearing the quote by Blessed Basil Moreau that says, ‘the mind should not be cultivated at the expense of the heart,’ and since then it really has been my goal to strive for this in everything I have done,” Smith said. “The importance of the Catholic spirit at Notre Dame cannot be emphasized enough. It truly is what should shape every decision we make and be what sets us apart from other elite institutions.”The Mike Russo Award is annually given to a student who embodies the qualities of Mike Russo – someone dedicated to service, personal character and striving to bring the best out of themselves and others. This year’s recipient was Elaine Schmidt, a program of liberal studies major and Latino studies minor.During her career at Notre Dame, Schmidt emphasized inclusion and making students feel welcome and happy on campus. As a resident assistant in Lewis Hall, Welcome Weekend orientation captain and co-founder of the student positivity group KiND, Schmidt said she made it her mission to be kind to everyone in the campus community.“Recently, [senior] Peter Fink — another cofounder of KiND — shared with me an experience during a medical school interview when the proctor asked him if he would do KiND club over again given that it has almost nothing to do with his future career,” she said. “Peter responded, ‘When it comes down to it, all that really matters in life is that we’re kind and loving to one another, so yes.’ I really agree with Peter that for the same reason we are KiND in general, we must choose to be KiND, welcoming, inclusive and loving on campus — because in the end, all that really matters is how we make others feel.”Catherine Wagner, a biology major, received the Ray Siegfried Award for Leadership Excellence, honoring students committed to faith, athletics and leadership in the Notre Dame community. Wagner embodied this spirit of Ray Siegfried through her experiences on the Notre Dame Women’s Rowing team and her devotion to campus ministry, where she led spiritual discussions as a member of the First Anchor leadership program that aims to cultivate faith on campus.“My Notre Dame experience has been shaped by the communities of faith and friendship I’ve been a part of here,” Wagner said. “On the rowing team, I’ve pushed myself more physically and mentally than I ever thought possible, and my teammates have been there through it all. We do it for each other. Faith is all about community, as well — both the Anchor community in Campus Ministry or the wonderful women at [Pasquerilla East] mass on Sundays.”Cassidy McDonald was awarded The Denny Moore Award for Excellence in Journalism. McDonald, a marketing major with a minor in the John W. Gallivan program in journalism, ethics and edmocracy, represented the qualities of former Notre Dame vice president Dennis Moore, who was revered for his curiosity and journalistic integrity.In addition to her role as the editor-in-chief of Scholastic, McDonald was awarded the Luce Scholarship, which will take her to China to report on marginalized citizens interacting with policies and systems.“Journalism was a passport to so many diverse perspectives at Notre Dame, and my time at Scholastic magazine was extraordinary,” McDonald said. “I was able to talk to college deans about the enrollment decline in Arts and Letters, spend time with our neighbors at the South Bend Center for the Homeless, talk to local farmers about their issues with labor and immigration and investigate complaints about the sexual assault and Title IX disciplinary process. I learned so much about these diverse topics, but more importantly, I learned that my greatest passion in life is journalism, and I’m beyond grateful that my mentors and professors at Notre Dame have set me up to follow that passion.”Tags: Blessed Basil Moreau Leadership Award, Class of 2017, division of student affairs, john w. gardner student leadership award, Mike Russo Award, Ray Siegfried Award for Leadership Excellence, student leadership awards, The Denny Moore Award for Excellence in Journalism, The Rev. A. Leonard Collins Award, The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh Awardlast_img read more

Bad Dogs Motorcycle Group hosts food drive for Catholic Charities of Broome County

first_imgThe group also said they advertised the event largely on social media to promote a heavy turnout. At the food drive, organizers were asking for nonperishables that will be delivered to families in need. Earlier today, the Bad Dogs Motorcycle Group held a food drive for Catholic Charities of Broome County at Schneider’s market in Kirkwood. Organizers say they will be back next Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at Schneider’s and they encourage more people to come and donate.center_img Organizers of the group said they wanted to give back and help out the community, especially with the pandemic still affecting famalies. KIRKWOOD (WBNG) — While Thanksgiving is right around the corner, a local organization is reminding people that it’s important to remember those in need who may not have access to meals.last_img read more

Gutierrez: What Syracuse can do to boost offense in the NCAA Tournament

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse 42nd-year head coach Jim Boeheim has reiterated variations of the same phrase — “Our offense is terrible,” or “We’ve been struggling offensively” — throughout the season.Ever since the preseason, early in games against Division II opponents, the Orange has repeatedly struggled to initiate offense. SU averages 67.5 points per game, tied for 309th in Division I hoops. As personnel changed and players evolved, the imbalance played out nearly every game for Syracuse: Three primary scorers carry the bulk of the scoring load without much help.The offensive troubles that have undone Syracuse (20-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) in losses come down to three simple factors — having only three consistent scorers, a lack of dribble penetration and a whole lot of standing around. The first of which may be hard to fix at this stage in the season, though Marek Dolezaj’s emergence would go a long way. More on that later.The other two items are much more correctable on a game-by-game, even possession-by-possession, basis. Adjustments on the offense end moving forward could pay dividends for the Orange. Or they could send Syracuse straight toward its next loss and into the offseason.Below, find three ways in which Syracuse could boost its offensive production for the Big Dance. There’s no quick-fix to Syracuse’s inexperience, but don’t rule out a few tweaks that could promote scoring. Because there may be a real opportunity for Syracuse to make a push, given how strong its defense has been.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRide the hot wave, but be ready to course correctMuch of Syracuse’s offensive struggles have been rooted in a shortage of scorers. It boils down to a fact that Boeheim put bluntly after SU’s loss to Boston College on Feb. 28: the Orange has only three capable options. Dolezaj scored 20 points last week against Wake Forest, but he reverted back to his former self with a six-point outing against North Carolina the next night.The trio of Tyus Battle, Frank Howard and Oshae Brissett have accounted for 73 percent of Syracuse’s scoring this season. All three have shown an ability to carry the offense for spurts or, in some cases, entire games. If one gets hot, ride that. But only to an extent.Where the Orange has run into trouble, particularly in the second half, is when teams adjust defensively. That’s usually in the form of a zone, matchup defense or face-guard on Battle. This is where Syracuse could try something new. Who knows what Boeheim may pull out of his bag of tricks, but we’ve seen infrequent efforts to push the ball in transition. And we’ve seen few backdoor attempts and few skip-passes, both of which can lead to quick, open shots.“Whoever brings the ball up, we want to run the offense through them,” Brissett said last month. “That’s what you want to do: have everyone else space out. Either you have an open 3 or just space out and crash the glass when the shot goes up.”Further, the Orange could put Dolezaj or junior center Paschal Chukwu in dribble hand-off situations to force the opposing center to expose himself away from the basket. Unclogging the middle in such a manner would open up the floor.Get Marek Dolezaj engaged — earlyAs I wrote after the Boston College win in January, there was a job opening on this team: reliable scorer and distributor in the paint. Dolezaj has partially taken the role, but his performance over the past six to seven weeks is akin to more of a part-time job. He needs to turn himself into a full-time contributor for Syracuse to expand its offensive game.“We have problems,” Boeheim said in February, “when we don’t have a low-post presence.”There’s no question Dolezaj can fill the void by being more assertive. Boeheim has said as much. He has a nifty hook/floater and is starting to show signs of an ability to finish. His presence on the court, especially from 10 feet and farther out, eliminates a help defender and creates more space for others to create. It also gives space for Battle and Brissett to attack closing-out defenders.“I think being able to have a couple of more guys,” SU associate head coach Adrian Autry said last month when asked about how to initiate offense. “Since we’re not a great shooting team, a couple of more guys that can put the ball down and try and make some things happen (would help).”How about this: When Dolezaj scores seven or more points, Syracuse is 10-2. When he reaches double figures, Syracuse is 5-0. Engage him.Create off the dribbleThe new triple threat: attack, attack, attack. Nothing happens on offense without the threat of the score. For the Orange to win this March, it’ll need to create off the dribble. Part of that stems in how well Howard operates with high screens. The other is the combination of how effective Battle and Brissett prove to be on drives from the wings and along the baseline.“We’ve got to play off our guards and drive,” Boeheim said last month.Too much dribbling allows the offense time to reset while the shot clock trickles down. Too often, we see players watching a ball-dominant player in Battle, Howard or Brissett. The style of play SU runs may dictate this, but Syracuse can create a wrinkle by moving off-ball. This would set up one-on-one matchups prime for dribble drives.“We try to get into the paint,” Howard said. “Me and Tyus, we try to attack.”When players get into the lane, both Howard and Boeheim have said, the tenor of the SU offense upgrades significantly. Battle and Howard know they need to use their height, probably a bit more.Syracuse hasn’t been blown out many times this season. Save for a 16-point loss to then-No. 2 Kansas in December, the Orange hadn’t been completely out of a game until its loss to North Carolina last week. This year’s defense can allow SU to hang with and beat just about anyone — if its offense can pick up the slack. Comments Published on March 14, 2018 at 2:01 pmlast_img read more

VSoftCO in multi-year Twelve40 partnership

first_img SBC Digital Summit: A crash course in adaptability and resilience  April 27, 2020 SBC Webinars and Digitain present Finding Value in Untapped Markets July 14, 2020 Virtuals development firm VSoftCO has announced a multi-year software agreement with lottery and instant win platform provider Twelve40.The deal will see VSoftCO integrate its complete portfolio of games and virtual football content onto the Twelve40 platform.Included as part of the integration will be the developer’s league and single game formats, in addition to its new Spot the Ball game.Additionally the complete catalogue of Linked2Win instant games, which has recently been integrated onto VSoftCo’s remote gaming server, will also be deployed.Simon Westbury, Chief Commercial Officer of VSoftCo, said: “I am delighted to have secured this partnership with Twelve40.  We are partnering with a platform that provides a cutting edge and agile solution to lottery operators globally. “Additionally, this partnership continues a very strong growth period for VSoftCo in 2017, and we look forward to working with Twelve40, who have demonstrated the versatility of their platform when delivering a bespoke gaming solution to different partners in differing geographical regions.”This deal will see an extension of the content offered via the Twelve40 platform solution, with Pariplay signing a deal to integrate its content last month.Nigel Renouf, Business Development Director (B2B–B2C Lottery & Game Content) at Twelve40, said: “This strategic partnership supports our vision to empower our clients with a range of exciting content and gaming entertainment to complement our lottery offering. “It underlines that we are executing on our objectives and expanding our game portfolio with world-class content. “In the case of VSoftCO, I am particularly excited with the content and its applicability to provide complementary revenue streams to a number of our clients, and I believe this will be a hugely beneficial partnership for both Twelve40 and VSoftCo.”This agreement for VSoftCO follows a deal struck with Sport-Shotz last month, with the sport themed casino games provider integrating its content onto the VSoftCO platform. Share Related Articles Submit Aspire builds Q1 momentum through regulated market focus May 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

David Harry McMillen, 90, Wichita: August 27, 1922 – May 23, 2013

first_imgDavid Harry McMillen, 90, passed away at Avita Senior Living Center in Wichita, KS on Thursday, May 23, 2013.  He worked as a sheet metal fabricator all his working years.David was born on August 27, 1922 in Alva, OK to David Floyd McMillen and Emma (Koenig) McMillen.  He served in the United States Army Air Force during World War II from 1942 – 1945.He married Ester Grace Lamb on September 13, 1942 in Wellington, KS.  She preceded him in death in 1998.  He then married Reba Elaine Wallace Purcell in Wichita, KS on May 13, 2000.  She preceded him in death in 2008.He is preceded in death by his parents; his wives; brother, Marvin Joe McMillen; granddaughter, Tamara Dalene Young; and great great granddaughter, Mackenzie Nicole Young.Survivors include his daughters, Frances (Joe) Wilson of Wichita, KS, Davida (Jack) Walker of Bangs, TX, and Kathleen (Don) McClure of Brownwood, TX; eight grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and 12 great great grandchildren.Graveside Services will be held at Osborne Cemetery in Mayfield, KS on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 2:00 P.M.  Family members will officiate.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday, May 27, 2013 from 5 to 8 p.m.A memorial has been established with the American Red Cross in lieu of flowers. Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more