St. Stephen Presbyterian Church cancels Sunday services after vandals break windows, trash rooms

first_imgFacebook Twitter Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature + posts Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee printSunday was not the usual day of worship at  St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, after vandals broke windows, trashed rooms and attempted to start a fire over night.St. Stephen Vandalism Package from TCU Student Media on Vimeo.“This is the first time this has ever happened to us, and I have no idea what their motive could be,” said the Rev. Dr. Frederick Ritsch III, the church’s senior pastor.Most of the damage occurred in the education building.Plants and wreaths were knocked over at the entrance of St. Stephen Presbyterian Church. (Garrett Podell/TCU360)“Windows are broken in every room, and stuff was thrown all throughout the parking lot, soda, equipment, and they trashed up the entire inside,” said Beth Fultz, director of Christian Education. “A fire was started or was attempted to begin in the kitchen area.”Fort Worth police are investigating.“Apparently, they tried to start a fire, so this is being investigated as an arson,” Ritsch said. “Beyond that, we are awaiting the police report, and we’re very grateful for the tremendous support we’ve received.”The vandalism was discovered by one of the church’s senior members, he said.“There was something weird with the alarm system and a dedicated church member got up and saw it on his computer,” Ritsch said. “When he went to see what was going on, he apparently surprised one of the vandals in the act, but the vandal got away. At least he was stopped.”Ritsch said there is reason to believe there were possibly multiple vandals. The church hopes to recover video footage of the incident, he added.The church canceled morning services because of the police investigation, a vigil was held at 4 p.m. instead.“We’ve had to pray expressing sadness over what happened and gratitude for all the good things we have and how grateful we are for the community support,” Ritsch said. Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Linkedin Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas ReddItcenter_img ReddIt Facebook Linkedin Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Previous articleVirtual Tour: Fort Worth murals and where to find themNext articleBeloved Fort Worth businessman dies at age 64 Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Garrett Podell Twitter Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food.last_img read more

Al-Jazeera producer sentenced in absentia to six months in prison

first_img News RSF_en News Help by sharing this information News An Egyptian producer employed by the Qatar-based satellite TV station Al-Jazeera, Howayda Taha, was sentenced in absentia yesterday, the eve of World Press Freedom Day, to six months in prison for preparing a report on torture in Egyptian prisons. She was found guilty of “harming national interest.”“We are outraged by this conviction, which confirms the fears we have repeatedly voiced since the start of the year,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Egypt has taken a dangerous road. The media and the Internet are now both under surveillance and are being censored with increasing openness. The authorities targeted Taha because she wanted to tackle a difficult but important issue, human rights violations in Egyptian prisons.”Taha was convicted by a state security court, which also fined her 20,000 Egyptian pounds (3,500 euros and set bail at 10,000 Egyptian pounds (1,750 euros). She now lives in Qatar and would have to return to Egypt to file an appeal.“This is an unfair and vindictive decision by the judicial institutions, because these institutions are not free in my country,” Taha said.Taha was stopped at Cairo airport on 8 January as she was about to fly to Qatar. The police seized videotapes found in her baggage that contained re-enacted scenes of torture based on the accounts of victims. She was formally charged on 13 January but was allowed to leave the country. to go further Organisation February 6, 2021 Find out more May 3, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al-Jazeera producer sentenced in absentia to six months in prison January 22, 2021 Find out morecenter_img EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Follow the news on Egypt Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison February 1, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Brave heroine Caitriona dies during search for missing man

first_imgCaitriona Lucas died during a search for a missing manTHE death of a search and rescue volunteer in Kilkee, Co Clare this Monday has shaken a community and indeed the country as the heroics of Caitriona Lucas and her fellow volunteers members comes to light as her family mourns her loss.A mother of two, Ms Lucas (41) from Ballyvaughan was one of three members onboard a Doolin Coast Guard boat involved in a search for a man missing in the area for a number of days.A tragic reversal of roles unfolded for Caitriona and her co-volunteers Jenny Carway (51) and James Lucey (49) when their Delta RIB flipped over during a search at Kilkee Bay.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The trio were thrown from their boat into the pounding seas before Caitriona lost her life and Jenny and James became the focus of a dramatic rescue bid.Both Jenny and James are now recovering in hospital but efforts to revive Caitriona failed after she was plucked from the sea by rescuers onboard the Shannon based Rescue 115 helicopter.RNLI crews from Ballybunion, Aran and Kilrush were also at the scene as their attention turned to their colleagues in peril.Upwards of 400 people had been involved in an initial shoreline search on Sunday for the missing man before it was stood down due to weather conditions.Volunteers, including the water based search units from the RNLI and the Kilkee and Doolin Coast Guard units returned on Monday to continue their search before tragedy struck for one of their members.As many onlookers, villagers and friends were left shaken by the tragedy, a statement from The Irish Coast Guard read that it extended “sincere condolences to the Lucas family and all the volunteer members of the Doolin and Kilkee units. The Coast Guard also wishes to thank all the other organisations that participated in today’s search.”In many tributes paid to the mother of two whose husband Bernard is also a member of the Doolin volunteer unit, Caitriona was described “as a brave and valiant woman”.Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, together with Limerick Fire and Rescue Service and the many other volunteer search and organisations have changed their online social media pictures to display a Irish Coast Guard logo with a black stripe through it, in memory and honour of Caitriona.Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam uasal. Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Facebook TAGSCaitriona LucasIrish Coast Guardlimerick WhatsApp Linkedin NewsBrave heroine Caitriona dies during search for missing manBy Staff Reporter – September 13, 2016 747 Printcenter_img Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Previous articleLimerick emergency department facing big demandsNext article110 new jobs for Limerick as Ortec Inc set up EU base Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

RMBS in 2019

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / RMBS in 2019 The issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) is likely to end 2018 with an increase of 63 percent over 2017, according to an outlook on RMBS released by Kroll Bond Ratings Agency (KBRA).The outlook reviewed and presented updates to issuance volume trends and forecasts, spreads, and collateral performance trends. It also recapped some of the highlights of the 2018 RMBS market and the themes that would shape it over the next year.The report pegged the Q4 RMBS volume in excess of $10 billion, down from a post-crisis high of over $15 billion in the second quarter of the year, “but still well above recent years’ volume.”The report indicated that if the U.S. GDP was to grow at the steady pace it has this year, until July 2019, the year could see “another robust issuance year in 2019.” However, factors such as higher interest rates, home price moderation, and widening spreads that have been experienced by the market in the last few weeks are likely headwinds that might pull down the performance of RMBS next year, the report revealed.”Given the potential downside risks, we aren’t forecasting issuance growth in 2019, but believe issuance will be comparable to 2018 levels,” KBRA said in the outlook.Breaking up RMBS issuances, KBRA said that while each issuance segment grew year over year, the gains were primarily driven by prime transaction issuance, which grew by $10.7 billion, nearly doubling from 2017. Non-prime issuance also added to the gains and was expected to end the year at just under $10 billion. Credit Risk Transfer (CRT) issuance remained mostly flat at around $15 billion, KBRA reported, showing a 5 percent increase over last year.Though Prime issuance doubled in size, nearly 75 percent of the increase was attributable to Prime sub-types which had contributed only 20 percent of 2017’s Prime issuance volume. These sub-types include agency-eligible loans (both investor occupancy and noninvestor occupancy) and expanded prime loans.KBRA projected expanded prime sub-types to have the most upside for issuance volume in 2019. However, the rating agency said that it also expected them to be affected by similar dynamics that have been impacting non-prime issuance.The outlook also expected non-prime issuance to expand modestly in 2019 due to a number of factors that would increase the origination volume and related issuance volume. “In particular, increased attention to the space as compared with the past few years of relatively high coupon lending and tighter spreads have caused originators tofocus on alternative loan product offerings, process, and technology to increase profitability,” KBRA projected. “Positive early performance of Non-Prime loans and a favorable economic environment have also encouraged originators to continue expanding products, increasing loan supply.Click here to read the detailed outlook on RMBS. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Tagged with: Agency Issuance Kroll Bond Rating loans mortgage Non-agency Non-Prime Prime Residential RMBS Securities Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: The Default Rates for GSE Loans Next: The Housing Market in the Year Ahead The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Agency Issuance Kroll Bond Rating loans mortgage Non-agency Non-Prime Prime Residential RMBS Securities 2018-12-03 Radhika Ojha December 3, 2018 3,163 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Radhika Ojhacenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post RMBS in 2019 Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

Physiological acclimation and persistence of ecothermic species under extreme heat events

first_imgAim To test if physiological acclimation can buffer species against increasing extreme heat due to climate change. Location Global. Time period 1960 to 2015. Major taxa studied Amphibians, arthropods, brachiopods, cnidarians, echinoderms, fishes, molluscs, reptiles. Methods We draw together new and existing data quantifying the warm acclimation response in 319 species as the acclimation response ratio (ARR): the increase in upper thermal limit per degree increase in experimental temperature. We develop worst-case scenario climate projections to calculate the number of years and generations gained by ARR until loss of thermal safety. We further compute a vulnerability score that integrates across variables estimating exposure to climate change and species-specific tolerance through traits, including physiological plasticity, generation time and latitudinal range extent. Results ARR is highly variable, but with marked differences across taxa, habitats and latitude. Polar terrestrial arthropods show high ARRs [95% upper confidence limit (UCL95%) = 0.68], as do some polar aquatic invertebrates that were acclimated for extended durations (ARR > 0.4). While this physiological plasticity buys 100s of years until thermal safety is lost, combination with long generation times leads to decreased potential for evolutionary adaptation. Additionally, 27% of marine polar invertebrates have no capacity for acclimation and reptiles and amphibians have minimal ARR (UCL95% = 0.16). Low physiological plasticity, long generations times and restricted latitudinal ranges combine to distinguish reptiles, amphibians and polar invertebrates as being highly vulnerable amongst ectotherms. Main conclusions In some taxa the combined effects of acclimation capacity and generation time can provide 100s of years and generations before thermal safety is lost. The accuracy of assessments of vulnerability to climate change will be improved by considering multiple aspects of species’ biology that, in combination may increase persistence under extreme heat events, and increase the probability for evolutionary rescue.last_img read more

UK: HMS Diamond Starts Service

first_img View post tag: News by topic Following commissioning in May this year, HMS Diamond, one of the Royal Navy’s new Type 45 advanced air defence destroyers, has entered service following extensive sea trials, the MOD announced today.The vessel’s capability is based around the sophisticated Sea Viper missile defence system, which is capable of tracking and defending against multiple supersonic targets simultaneously, backed by long and short range radar and missile systems that can operate over distances in excess of 400km.She can embark 60 troops and their equipment, supported by a modern medical facility that can deliver a surgical capability. She could also carry up to 700 people to support a civilian evacuation.Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Peter Luff, said:“I’m delighted to welcome the latest in this superb class of warship into the fleet, in what is another significant milestone in this hugely important project.“These highly capable Type 45 destroyers will form an integral part of Future Force 2020 and will allow the Royal Navy to meet the demands placed on them.”The 7,000-tonne warship, launched on the Clyde in 2007, is one of six new Type 45 destroyers being built, the largest and most powerful ships of their kind ever ordered for the Royal Navy.Commander Ian Clarke, HMS Diamond’s Commanding Officer, said:“This marks HMS Diamond’s formal transition to operations just nine months since leaving the builder’s yard.“The ship’s company is rightly pleased to have reached this milestone and is now focused firmly on the forthcoming period of intense combat training in preparation for our first deployment.“Itching to get onto a more operational footing, HMS Diamond will soon be at immediate notice to respond to world events and bring influence wherever it is needed.”With HMS Daring and HMS Dauntless already in service, and the other ships at various stages of completion, the handover of HMS Diamond represents the halfway point in this key naval equipment programme.The ship will now undertake training in preparation for her first operational deployment in a few months’ time.All the Type 45s will be based in Portsmouth. The first, HMS Daring, was commissioned in July 2009, followed by HMS Dauntless in June last year.The fourth, Dragon, is due to arrive in Portsmouth for the first time in September 2011. All six are scheduled to be in service by the middle of the decade.[mappress]Source: MoD, July 13, 2011 View post tag: UK UK: HMS Diamond Starts Service Share this article View post tag: Diamond Equipment & technology View post tag: Servicecenter_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: HMS July 13, 2011 View post tag: starts View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Diamond Starts Service last_img read more

Dredging to Begin in Intracoastal Waterway

first_imgThe Dredge Fullerton is making its way to Ocean City to clear out sediment in the waterways. (Photo courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) By MADDY VITALEA project to dredge a portion of the Intracoastal Waterway near Ocean City is expected to begin this week, creating yet another major achievement through a partnership between the city and state and federal agencies to rid the channels of sediment.Mayor Jay Gillian said in an interview Thursday that the dredging projects throughout the city’s waterways, including the latest project involving the Intracoastal Waterway, “has to be done.”The goal is to maintain a resort where homeowners’ property values stay up and boaters and visitors can enjoy the jewel of the community – the back bays and the waterways, the mayor and other city officials have emphasized.“It has to be done,” Gillian said pointedly. “I’m not a mayor who will sit back. We have to do things.”Gillian said the multi-agency effort working with state officials and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is helping to make such a vital project possible to improve the back bays and waterways in the city.Specifically, the project to dredge the Intracoastal Waterway is focused on shallow channels between the 34th Street and Ninth Street bridges.“We are all working together for one thing,” Gillian said of the joint effort. “It is important to me that the state, city and federal government have come together to do this.”City Council Vice President Tony Wilson, a major advocate for dredging, said, “I am 100 percent behind making sure our back bays are available to everyone. We need to make sure everyone has complete access to one of the gems that Ocean City has to offer.”Steve Rochette, public affairs officer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District office, said that in the fall of 2019, the Corps awarded a maintenance dredging contract to Barnegat Bay Dredging Company of Harvey Cedars, New Jersey.Rochette outlined the timeframe of the Intracoastal Waterway dredging project.“The time period for the contract is more than a year and involves dredging critical shoals from different sections along the 117-mile New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway and adjacent waterways,” Rochette said in an email.He added, “We’ve been coordinating with the U.S. Coast Guard to focus on the most critical areas with shoals that hinder the navigation of their channel marking equipment.”He said work began in December in the Cape May Ferry area.“The Dredge Fullerton will be mobilizing to dredge a shoaled portion of the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway near Ocean City between markers 276 and 282 on or about Jan. 25. Work will take approximately two months,” Rochette explained.Dredging the waterways is a major focus of Mayor Jay Gillian and other city officials. (Photo courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)The project is the latest step for Ocean City in its monumental plan to both dredge the sediment-choked waterways along the back bays and pump in fresh sand to replenish beaches left eroded by recent coastal storms.In a statement Friday, Gillian outlined progress with beach replenishment and dredging throughout the coastal community.“Beaches between 59th Street and 45th Street gained 515,000 cubic yards of sand, and a vulnerable stretch of dune near 59th Street was rebuilt. Contractors will return later this winter to restore dune crossovers, place sand fence and plant dune grass. The Corps will be back in the spring to rebuild beaches at the north end,” he said.He added that a contractor is expected to complete the city’s 2019-2020 back bay dredging project by the end of February.“The Army Corps is finishing repairs to the disposal facility on the marshes near Roosevelt Boulevard and will begin dredging the Intracoastal Waterway within the next few weeks,” Gillian said.He also noted that the city “learned this week that the Army Corps approved a permit application to experiment with a ‘sediment trap’ to prevent the frequent filling in of Snug Harbor.”He continued, “This application is the first of its kind in New Jersey, and N.J. Department of Environmental Protection approval is anticipated within the next two weeks.”Carol Beske, founder of ACT Engineers, the city’s dredging and flooding consultant, said Thursday that the dredging work done throughout Ocean City has been successful.She praised the “great cooperation between the city and the Army Corps of Engineers.”“We are really excited it is moving forward,” Beske said.Recently, she called Ocean City the “poster city of the state” for what are considered innovative dredging and flood-control projects.Following is a link to the city’s presentations on flood and dredging projects: www.ocnj.us/capital-projects-bay/.The replenishment project to pump more sand onto the beaches in the south end of Ocean City just finished up.last_img read more

Ivy Tech culinary students volunteer amid virus pandemic

first_img Twitter Pinterest Twitter Google+ By Associated Press – April 13, 2020 0 295 Google+ Ivy Tech culinary students volunteer amid virus pandemic WhatsApp (Photo supplied/Ivy Tech Community College) SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Ivy Tech culinary students who lost training opportunities as schools and restaurants closed amid the coronavirus pandemic have turned to volunteering at a food rescue organization.The South Bend Tribune reports that restaurants, caterers and educational institutions are donating their meat, fruits and vegetables to Cultivate Culinary rather than letting their food inventory go to waste.Cultivate Culinary is a nonprofit devoted to ending the cycle of poverty and hunger. The organization operates following guidelines like social distancing.Volunteers are cooking and preparing meals.They work with only eight people at a time and have their temperatures taken daily. Facebook WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Facebook Previous articleTelemedicine surges as doctors close officesNext articleTrustees give IU their OK to borrow up to $1B amid pandemic Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications.last_img read more

Dark Star Orchestra Announces Spring 2017 Tour Including Jazz Fest Late Nights

first_imgBeloved Grateful Dead tribute Dark Star Orchestra continues to amaze with their dedication to the Deadhead spirit, in both their musical output and rigorous touring schedule. Never ones to be off the road for long, DSO is already looking ahead and planning tour dates well into 2017.The band has just announced a run of 20 spring tour dates, mostly falling in the Midwest and Southeast of the country. The tour will start in Louisville, KY and head up to Indianapolis and St. Louis, before heading through Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and more. They’ll play Wanee Festival and SweetWater 420 Festival in the same weekend, before heading over to New Orleans for two nights at the Joy Theater. Those Jazz Fest late night shows are sure to be something special!Check out the band’s full tour announcement below, and head to their website for details. Dark Star Orchestra also recently revealed the initial lineup for their Dark Star Jubilee festival, which you can read more about here.Dark Star Orchestra Spring 2017 Tour3/30 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom3/31 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room @ Old National Centre4/1 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant4/3 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works4/5 – Greensboro, NC – The Carolina Theatre4/6 – Rocky Mount, VA – Harvester Performance Center4/7 – Knoxville, TN – The International – Knoxville4/8 – Birmingham, AL – Avondale Brewing Company4/10 – Oxford, MS – The Lyric Oxford4/12 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel4/13 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel4/14 – Raleigh, NC – Ritz Raleigh4/15 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte4/18 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall4/20 – Live Oak, FL – Wanee Festival4/21 – Columbia, SC – Music Farm Columbia4/22 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater4/23 – Atlanta, GA – SweetWater 420 Festival4/27 – New Orleans, LA – Joy Theater4/28 – New Orleans, LA – Joy Theater2017 marks DSO’s 20th year on the road and the band is inviting fans for a VIP experience, including soundcheck viewing and poster signing at most shows, starting with Louisville, KY on March 30 – running through the 20th anniversary on November 11, 2017.This offer is limited to the first 25 fans in each market. For shows where DSO plays multiple nights, this offer is for the first night only.VIP Soundcheck/Poster Signing pass includes:-Exclusive pre-show access to the venue-Exclusive behind-the-scenes Dark Star Orchestra® Soundcheck Experience-20th year commemorative poster and poster signing with the band-20th year souvenir laminate-20th year sticker-and more.These VIP Soundcheck/Poster Signing passes are sold exclusively through our fan club ticketing on the Dark Star Orchestra website and are sold separately from the tickets providing entry to the show. These VIP passes do not offer entry into the show. These VIP passes are available now.last_img read more

SSLP promotes community development

first_imgWhen it comes to making summer plans, many Notre Dame students look for opportunities beyond the pool deck or the basement couch. Each year, about 225 students participate in the spiritually-oriented Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP) sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns (CSC). The program invites students to interview between November and February, and if accepted, participants choose a site to volunteer at during the summer. A partnership between the CSC and Notre Dame alumni clubs across the country connects students with opportunities in a variety of fields and organizes the logistics of room and board for their summer experiences. Program director Andrea Smith Shappell said the program began in 1980 to give students opportunities to act upon their social concerns and experience service learning. “Our sites range from non-profit health clinics to Catholic Worker houses to schools and day camps,” Shappell said. “Students earn three theology credits in a course that centers on the immersion experience while also incorporating theological reflection and cultural competence.” The academic requirements for the program include weekly readings and writings throughout the summer, as well as a six- to eight-page paper at the end to synthesize the different aspects and lessons of the experience. Shappell said students return to campus in the fall and participate in three discussion meetings to close out the program. “Our goal is to engage students in a service learning project that integrates a community engagement piece with theological readings, particularly social issues as represented in Catholic thought,” Shappell said. “We also want students to have the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussion with alumni club members and site officials.” Shappell said the program looks for applicants with previous service experience, either in high school or college. “We require stuadents to have some understanding of what it means to be in service as a mutual relationship,” Shappell said. “It’s not that we want students with all the answers to go help the needy, but we want people who will be open to working together to solve the social problems we face. “We’re looking for students with good interpersonal skills and maturity. It’s not a highly competitive program, so if students meet the basic qualifications, they move on to the placement process.” Junior Ben Cooper and senior Linda Scheiber spent a summer on Lopez Island, Wash.n, just northwest of Seattle, at the Lopez Island Family Resource Center’s (LIFRC) Kids’ Summer Workshop program. Cooper said the Resource Center’s goal was to help underprivileged children in the Lopez community by providing them with a place to spend the day during the summer. “The program offered day camps and classes on a range of subjects all taught by talented locals, and I helped run some of these classes, including kayaking, swimmin, and painting,” Cooper said. “Additionally, I helped run the fundraising event for the LIFRC and helped stock their locally grown food bank called ‘Lopez Fresh.’” Scheibeh said the experience was “eye-opening,” and it changed the way she viewed life back at Notre Dame. “I would count my SSLP as one of the most significant experiences I have had at Notre Dame,” Scheiber said. “I grew personally by doing service for eight weeks on the other side of the country, and I was challenged by the contrast between my expectations and what I actually found at my site, particularly the fact that the poverty and marginalization of the people I was working with often wasn’t apparent.” Cooper said his summer on Lopez Island left him with a sense of gratitude, and he would recommend the experience to any student. “I came away from the summer with an understanding of how fortunate I am to be able to go to a school like Notre Dame and to be afforded all the opportunities I’ve had throughout my life,” Cooper said. “Lopez has a unique and laid-back culture of simplicity and humility that greatly impacted my life.” Shappell said SSLP exemplifies the Holy Cross approach to educating both the heart and the mind, connecting with the University’s mission. “The opportunity to develop relationships with people who are often on the margins of society can affect students on the emotional, ‘heart’ level, and then raise questions for them to take back to campus and address in the academic courses they take,” Shappell said. “Service learning is an opportunity for students to learn things they couldn’t learn in the classroom, and hopefully the questions raised through the experience can be explored in the required readings of the course and through the people that students work with.” Scheiber said her experience on Lopez Island helped open her eyes to the reality of life on society’s margins, changing the way she views social justice. “The readings taught me a lot about poverty and helped me think about the ways I can integrate Catholic social justice into my life,” Scheiber said. “One of the biggest impacts the experience had on me was helping me discern how I am called to live in solidarity with the poor.”last_img read more