Saint Mary’s president takes office, participates in orientation

first_imgCAITLYN JORDAN | The Observer Saint Mary’s president Jan Cervelli (left) welcomes first-year Olivia Propheter and her mom as they move into McCandless Hall.Saint Mary’s welcomed Jan Cervelli as the College’s 12th president. Cervelli, a South Bend native, took office June 1.“The level of excitement here is amazing,” she said. “My mission is to walk through every hall, every classroom, to spend time in the dorms, stay overnight — really get to know the place and to get to know all of you.”As a new president, Cervelli said she feels like a freshman and hopes to become a part of the incoming class of 2020.“I have many of the same feelings as a freshman,” she said. “I’m coming from a previous experience kind of like a senior in high school. I’m very confident in my former position, and I knew what I was doing, but now I’m in new territory. I have many of the same emotions and anxiousness about learning a new place. Am I going to fit in? Am I not going to flunk out? How do I learn the territory and the expectations?”To gain fully the Saint Mary’s experience, Cervelli plans on going through orientation with the incoming class.“I want the first years to know that they’re not alone,” she said. “The best way I can learn … is to actually walk the walk. I am putting into place some opportunities where I can interact with the freshman class informally, to talk about what they’re experiencing, what it’s like, what are their concerns, and what is working.”Cervelli said her goal is to give students the opportunity to speak with her informally so she can better understand what students are thinking about their experiences.“You don’t know until you walk the walk,” she said. “I could hear reports, and I could try to guess, and, sitting in this office, I could have a picture, but it may not be what the real deal is. So then I can say — because I didn’t go to Saint Mary’s — that I know what it’s like. I’ve walked that walk as much as I can.”Cervelli’s goals for her presidency are twofold. She said she wants to preserve the “special nature” of Saint Mary’s, and to blend liberal arts and career-focused education.“I believe strongly that in today’s world, the world needs Saint Mary’s College more and more,” she said.“I say that around all women’s education and Catholic education. I think there’s a value added to being here at Saint Mary’s beyond other institutions. The spiritual dimension that one gains here brings a depth of an education that you don’t get elsewhere.”Cervelli said she wants to combine the liberal arts education with the need for a career-based education to accommodate the changing world and the demand for higher education.“Someone can come to Saint Mary’s College and have the strength of the critical thinking skills and the creativity one gets out of the liberal arts and sciences, but then can complement that with a really strong career base,” she said. “Having both of those is really going to propel someone for a lifetime.”Additionally, Cervelli plans to increase the effort for sustainability. She said she hopes to increase recycling, reduce pesticides, source more locally grown foods and create more bike paths on campus.“I ultimately see where a student can come study environmental sustainability and the potential for environmental sciences to connect to the business degrees,” she said. “How can you make environmental sustainability profitable? We’re seeing that in different parts of the country, but Saint Mary’s students can be leaders in that respect.”Cervelli said because sustainability efforts can positively impact the health of community members, and considering the College’s long tradition with health sciences and particularly nursing, incorporating sustainability into the Saint Mary’s curriculum is the natural course.The school plans to expand its graduate program opportunities in the coming years, according to Cervelli. She said the world has demonstrated a need for more people in the health sciences fields and the environmental studies fields, and she plans to include more opportunities in those fields for Saint Mary’s women.“We’ll be launching a new strategic planning process where we look at what are those areas we are already really strong at that could launch additional opportunities,” she said.Cervelli also plans to focus on international education. Studying abroad and being exposed to international experiences will better equip students for life after college, Cervelli said.“With the Sisters [of the Holy Cross] missions across the world, there’s opportunity to increase and deepen the experience,” she said. “We’re very fortunate in that over half of our students have an international experience prior to graduation. We want to increase those numbers, and also increase the time students are spending abroad, and increase the depth of the experience.”College President Emeritus Carol Ann Mooney created a task force during the 2015-2016 school year to evaluate the College’s processes and responses to issues regarding sexual assault. The task force published a report at the end of the year outlining a number of recommendations, all of which will be implemented in the coming years, Cervelli said.“What you’re going to see is an increased effort to provide information on the campus about what happens if an incident occurs, how do you report, how do you gain help from that,” she said. “There will also be a lot of activities around how to prevent.“That’s really where we need to be, the prevention dimension of this. BAVO [Belles Against Violence Office] has done great work, and we will be looking for their leadership continuously. We’re also looking to have our Title IX coordinator in a very objective position, to serve as the best advocate for students that have complaints. So that has been moved to the director of [Human Resources].”Cervelli said University President Fr. John Jenkins is planning on working closely with her to address the issue of sexual assault on both campuses.“We could create some kind of a coalition where we share our best practices,” she said. “My goal is to be a leader in the country, as is Fr. Jenkins’. We should be leaders.“My commitment is 100 percent. I have no tolerance. Saint Mary’s will not have tolerance of this kind of behavior and we’re going to do whatever we possible can to address the issues.”To help her talk to the Saint Mary’s community and have a sense of what she needs to do as president, Cervelli said she is launching a “listening tour,” a series of formal and informal events and interactions with the Saint Mary’s community in which she will seek insight into the state of the College from different perspectives.“It is my objective to meet as many people as possible, go to as many different venues, to listen to what people have to say about Saint Mary’s, what they think of it today, what does it mean to them, how has it changed their lives, what works really well, what could we be doing better,” she said. “I’ve learned a great deal by asking more questions than I’ve been talking, so I want to continue that through the year. I want to share what I’m hearing.”Cervelli said the people at Saint Mary’s have already made her experience as president great.“I’ve been part of many campuses,” she said. “Great places, great scholars and teachers, but I have never been in a place where there has been more deep commitment to the missions of the institution, without comparison. People here believe in the mission of Saint Mary’s. They believe in the charism of the Sisters. … They believe in women’s education. They don’t just say they do. They live it. And it’s infectious.“The reason I’m here, the reason I just couldn’t resist coming here is the people.” Tags: Freshman Orientation 2016, President Jan Cervelli, saint mary’slast_img read more

Two face drug charges following Laurel traffic stop

first_imgJerry AbramsTony PursifullLaurel, In.— Two Laurel residents are facing drug charges after a routine traffic stop by Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies.A report from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department says the stop was initiated for an equipment violation while on patrol Saturday at 6 p.m. in Laurel. During the stop police found about one ounce of methamphetamine.Jerry Abrams, 62, and Tony Pursifull, 44, both of Laurel, were arrested for dealing in methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.last_img

Dodgers trying to find days off for regulars after challenging trip

first_imgRoberts said Muncy’s break on Friday was unrelated to his right wrist, which he appeared to injure on a check swing on Wednesday, though he stayed in that contest.“Actually, his wrist feels good,” Roberts said. “I think it’s more we pushed him through each game and the lack of off-days and travel.”The travel also took its toll on relief pitcher Dylan Floro. The righty complained of stiffness in his neck on Sunday as the team flew home from Philadelphia and was sent to the 10-day injured list on Monday with neck inflammation.The Dodgers recalled Casey Sadler to replace Floro on the active roster.“Hopefully he’ll be a short-term thing,” Roberts said of Floro. “Obviously, a pitcher having a tough time with his neck is going to compromise him.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cooper could hardly contain his glee pregame before his Dodger Stadium debut, which he anticipated would be attended by 50-100 family members and friends.“It’s a dream come true. Once I step in that box,” Cooper began, hesitating with a brief laugh, “it’ll be a feeling I probably haven’t felt since my big-league debut. Playing in your home city is something you always dream of.”Cooper batted third for the Marlins on Friday.ALSOThe Dodgers will hold a ceremony on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium to unveil the official logo for the 2020 All-Star Game. Vin Scully, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti will be in attendance at the ceremony, which will also include the revealing of plans for stadium renovations in the coming year. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season LOS ANGELES — Smothering humidity, a series of rain delays and a frustrating delay on the flight home due to a mechanical error made the Dodgers grateful to be back home in California ahead of the weekend’s three-game series with the Miami Marlins, even after taking four of seven from the Phillies and Red Sox.“We’ll take that,” pitcher Ross Stripling said, “but obviously it’s nice to be back here in 70 degrees and sunny L.A.”But the rigors of the trip did have an impact on the Dodgers’ plans for the weekend series.Manager Dave Roberts found himself budgeting for off-days for several of his regular players. First baseman Max Muncy got Friday’s series opener off, while Roberts said he was eyeing getting right fielder Cody Bellinger off his feet on Sunday.center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start HOMECOMINGThree years into his major-league career and Marlins outfielder Garrett Cooper had never had the opportunity to play in his hometown. Until Friday night.The Manhattan Beach native had a winding road back to L.A. County. After a standout career at Loyola High, he spent two years at El Camino College before transferring to Auburn. He was selected by the Brewers in the sixth round of the 2013 draft and spent four years in their farm system before being traded to the Yankees in 2017.There he made his MLB debut before he was traded to Miami that November. After an injury-plagued 2018, Cooper has made an impact for the Marlins this season. Entering Friday, Cooper was hitting .313 with 11 home runs and 37 RBIs while playing in the outfield and infield.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Man fleeing manslaughter charges arrested in Broward

first_imgInvestigators in Connecticut are reporting that a suspect facing manslaughter charges in the death of his ex-girlfriend has been apprehended in Broward County.49-year-old John Shepard was arrested over the weekend after the story of his disappearance aired on Eye Witness News  and prompted multiple people to call in with tips.Authorities say in 2013 Shepard had been drinking and caused a rollover crash while off-roading.His girlfriend Leah Coleman, was injured in the crash and later died from her injuries.Shepard then left the state before the police could issue a warrant.last_img

Boys selected for U16 international against Wales

first_img20 Aug 2015 Boys selected for U16 international against Wales England’s U16 boys begin their 2015 international series next week against Wales and will aim to repeat last year’s clean sweep against the other home countries. The match against Wales takes place at Radyr on 26 and 27 August. The team is Harvey Byers and Angus Flanagan of Surrey, Harry Goddard of Hertfordshire, Luke Kelly of Lancashire, Thomas Plumb of Dorset, George Saunders of Hampshire, Taylor Stote of Somerset (image copyright Leaderboard Photography), and James Wilson of Durham. The match against Scotland will be played at Dalmahoy on 26-27 September and the match against Ireland follows a fortnight later on the weekend of 10-11 October at Templepatrick. The teams for these will be announced later. The players: Harvey Byers, 16, (Walton Heath) was in last year’s winning team against the Wales U16 side. This season his results include a top 20 finish in the English U16 boys’ championship for the McGregor Trophy Angus Flanagan, 16, (St George’s Hill) was runner-up in the South Eastern junior championship, tied seventh in the Scottish U16s and tied 19th in the McGregor Trophy. Harry Goddard, 15, (Hanbury Manor) tied third in the RB German Junior Masters,  was sixth in the South Eastern junior championship and tied 13th at the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters.   Luke Kelly, 16, (Ashton-under-Lyne) tied 17th in the McGregor Trophy and 21st in the Scottish U16s. He also had a top 20 finish in last year’s North of England U16 championship. Thomas Plumb, 16, (Sherborne) was fifth in the South West Counties U16/U14 championship and tied 20th in the Fairhaven Trophies. He tied 10th in last year’s South of England boys’ open George Saunders, 15, (Meon Valley) tied third in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and has had a string of consistent results this season. Taylor Stote, 16, (Burnham & Berrow) tied 26th in this year’s English U18 boys’ championship for the Carris Trophy and shared 12th place at the recent Scottish U16 boys’ stroke play. James Wilson, 16, (Tyneside) tied 10th in the Scottish U16 boys’ championship and shared 37th place in the McGregor Trophy.last_img read more