Saint Mary’s kept the spirit of Heritage Week moving Tuesday with the Capital Campaign presentation given by Shari Rodriguez, vice president of college relations.The College’s fundraising campaign, titled “Faith Always, Action Now,” was approved by the Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees in June 2008 to raise endowment for scholarships and financial aid, enhanced student and academic experiences, professorships, academic departments, the annual fund, Angela athletic facilities and athletic fields, the science hall and the Cushwa-Leighton Library. The campaign aims to raise $80,000,000 and so far has received $78,700,000.“We had our wonderful campaign launch on Feb. 22 last year. We launched the campaign with 70 percent of our goal achieved,” Rodriguez said. “At that same time, we hired an architect to develop drawings for Angela Athletic and Wellness Facility.”Rodriguez said so far, more than 14,500 donor families have donated and 714 alumnae have given their first gift to the College because of this campaign.“I’m really proud of our alumnae and our donors for what they have done to the College,” she said. “They’re very committed to this education.”The campaign ends in December 2014, and Rodriguez said the Board plans and hopes to far exceed the goal of $80,000,000. To do so, she said, the campaign will leverage its energy around the Angela Facility.The proposed plan for the new Angela consists of a new field house with an elevated track, a café, a television and lounge area with fireplaces on each end of the entryway, new offices for the athletic coaches, and locker rooms for sports teams, visiting teams, and faculty and staff. There will also be a large training area and a new women’s health office.“The competition area is going to stay in the same spot, but everything around it is changing.” Rodriguez said. “The softball fields will be renovated, we’re putting in a lacrosse field, we have the footprint available for track and field though we aren’t going to install that yet, and we will have a new soccer field.”Currently, visitors and opposing athletic teams enter the College from the back side of campus, which appears like a “back door” of sorts, Rodriguez said.“We want the back area to be as lovely as the front to welcome people because that’s also the only view that some people will have of the College from the Toll Road,” Rodriguez said. “We are going to have a formal entryway with a walkway into the [fenced] fields. It will be a welcoming environment for our guests.”There will be group exercise rooms so that yoga, pilates and other classes can take place in a separate area. There will also be a deck outside, Rodriguez said.Head tennis coach Dale Campbell said he was excited about the renovations and additions to Angela.“With the increased space, it should allow much more convenience in terms of time and greater availability for all of the students, athletes and staff to get a workout in or participate in their favorite sport,” Campbell said. “This facility can be a wonderful additional attraction for Saint Mary’s and also help us to recruit more students and student-athletes.”Rodriguez said the Board requires 100 percent of the necessary funds to have been pledged and 75 percent of the cash in hand before renovations begin.“To date, we’ve raised $10,400,000 for the Angela athletic facility,” she said. “The project goal is $14,800,000, but honestly, I want to raise $24,000,000 so we can finish and get [the new additions] up.”Tags: Action Now”, Angela Athletic and Wellness Facility, Faith Always, Heritage Week, Saint Mary’s College, Sheri Rodriguez
Tags: Near Northwest Neighborhood, Office for Civic and Social Engagement, volunteering On Sunday the Near Northwest neighborhood of South Bend will be hosting its annual Arts Cafe. Members from the Saint Mary’s student body will be participating in the event by helping out in the children’s area for the third year in a row.“The Arts Cafe is a neighborhood festival in the Near Northwest neighborhood. The festival itself has been going on for over 15 years. The Near Northwest neighborhood is just a little north and west of downtown South Bend,” said Rebekah Go, the director of the Office for Civic and Social Engagement at the College.Go said the College got involved with the Arts Cafe a few years back and have continued along with it.“Around this time two years ago, we were approached by one of the organizers of the Arts Cafe who always helped execute the kids’ area of the festival and asked if Saint Mary’s could help and send volunteers,” Go said. “So we sent volunteers that first year, and they’ve been asking us ever since to come back and help.”Go said she feels this event is good for the College and students.“It allows us to sponsor the kid’s area and also provide an opportunity for our students to get off campus and go to one of our neighborhoods in South Bend,” she said.The Office for Civic and Social Engagement will also be providing transportation to and from the event for the College’s volunteers.“We have these three little cars in our office, and we usually do little shuttles back and forth,” Go said. “That’s because the event itself is six hours, and we don’t ask people to stay the entire time. So we do three different shifts and we then bring the girls back and forth and that makes it a little easier for the girls.”The Near Northwest neighborhood has a convenient proximity to campus and unique features that make it worth visiting, Go said.“One of the neat things about that particular neighborhood is that it’s not that far from campus, and you can get there by biking even,” she said. “It also has the Local Cup, which is a pay it forward coffee shop that’s located in that neighborhood and it’s staffed in part by Saint Mary’s students.”Go said visiting the neighborhood is a nice way for students to interact with the areas around them and with the other students who work at the coffee shop.“For the students who work at the Local Cup, it’s nice for them to see their fellow students in the neighborhood and for students who have never been to the Local Cup or for whom this is their first time in the neighborhood, it’s nice for them to see something off campus that’s not the mall,” she said.Go said Sunday’s event has numerous great things to offer those who attend or volunteer.“It’s got a lot of really great energy. There are artists and musicians, and they have a stage and different acts will play,” she said. “Then there’s a whole area with the food trucks and food stations.”Go said the event shows off the unseen aspects of the neighborhood and is a great opportunity to bring in those from outside the community itself.“This festival was founded as a way to highlight what is good in the neighborhood and to bring together the community that is inside the neighborhood as well as outside of it, so others could see all the good things going on,” she said.
The statue of a slave trader toppled by anti-racism protesters was on Thursday fished out of the harbor in the English city of Bristol, as another historical monument was set to be taken down.Authorities in the seaside town of Bournemouth will later remove a statue of Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout movement who also supported the Nazis.Demonstrators in Bristol pulled down the statue to Edward Colston on Sunday and threw it into the water, as part of a protest sparked by the death in US police custody of African American George Floyd. Topics : The city council said it was retrieved early on Thursday morning and “is being taken to a secure location before later forming part of our museums collection”.Colston was a top official in the Royal African Company in the late 17th century, which sent into slavery hundreds of thousands of people from West Africa to the Caribbean and the Americas. Born into a wealthy Bristol family, he was also an MP and philanthropist, funding schools, churches and almshouses across the city.The destruction of his statue drew condemnation from the government but reignited calls across the country to remove other historical monuments. ‘Learning the truth’In Bournemouth, the council said it wanted to “create time” for debate on Baden-Powell’s legacy and “minimise the risk of any public disorder” that could be provoked by leaving his statue on the quay.The University of Liverpool meanwhile has said it would rename a building named after former prime minister William Gladstone because of his links to the slave trade.And on Tuesday, authorities in east London removed a statue of Robert Milligan, whose family owned sugar plantations in Jamaica, from the Docklands district.Colston’s name remains on many streets and buildings in Bristol, but his legacy has long been controversial.The city council had already decided to relabel his statue before it was torn down, but talks on what exactly to write had become deadlocked.Mayor Marvin Rees has announced a new commission to research Bristol’s past.”The only way we can work together on our future is by learning the truth of our beginnings, embracing the facts, and sharing those stories with others,” he said.He confirmed the statue would be put on display alongside placards from the Black Lives Matter protest, and said the public would be asked what should replace it.The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has also announced a review of landmarks and monuments, to look at whether they could better reflect the city’s diversity.
Super Star Academy President, Prince Victor Apugo who doubles as mentor for Chukwueze after discovering the player in Umuahia and helping in nurturing the prodigy during his time as General Manager of Diamond Academy reckons the best is yet to come from the teenage sensation.A couple of months ago Apugo organised a tournament in Uyo where he brought Chukwueze’s Canadian agent Graham Daniel Heydorn and a host of other foreign scouts including Nottingham Forrest Head of Scouting, Simon Hunt in his bid to unearth more talents.He said: “I’m not surprised by what Sammy (Chukwueze) is doing at Villarreal, he has the potential to be as good as Lionel Messi or Arjen Robben.“Everybody knows that Chukwueze is the brightest talent to come out of Nigeria since a very long time, probably since Mikel came to the limelight in 2005. We’re yet to even see his best because I know him very well and what he is capable of.”Chukwueze has now scored six goals including two in the UEFA Europa League and has helped Villarreal move to 17th in the league standings with a point above the relegation zone.As a reward for his impressive showings in the Spanish top-flight, the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup winner has also been invited for Nigeria’s Africa U-23 Cup of Nations qualifiers against Libya on March 20. He made his senior debut for the Super Eagles in a friendly against Uganda last year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former junior international, Samuel Chukwueze, has been described as the best football prospect to come out of Nigeria since John Mikel Obi burst into the scene in 2005.The former junior international who has been the subject of transfer interests from both Atletico Madrid and Leicester City grabbed his third LaLiga goal of the season for Villarreal to secure maximum points for the Yellow Submarine in their 2-1 win at Levante last Sunday.The 19-year-old was introduced as a 63rd-minute substitute and impressively curled a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Aitor Fernandez after receiving a pass from Santi Cazorla.