A visiting entreprenuer said his true passion is promoting business careers that have a social impact. Dr. Mark Albion, one of the co- founders of Net Impact, a non-profit business focused on global student leadership, delivered the keynote address for the Greater Good Lecture Series at the Mendoza College of Business Friday. After watching his mother battle cancer and overcome a fatal diagnosis, he said he decided to seek out what his real purpose in life was. Throughout her battle, he said his mother continued to run her socially responsible textile mill. “Her connection to her work and her impact was so phenomenal,” Albion said. “She knew why she was here — I didn’t yet know that.” Albion has written seven books, some of which made the New York Times bestseller list, was a professor at Harvard University and has founded multiple businesses. Throughout the lecture, Albion talked about what he considers a fundamental question of leadership. Business leaders should be asking themselves why are they here and what is their purpose as leaders, he said. Many people focus too much on what career they want rather than who they are and how they can use their passions to become a better business leader. In Albion’s book “True to Yourself,” he writes about how leaders are there to serve others. He said that to be a good leader, three characteristics are needed: competence, commitment and compassion. “A competent leader is an example of the values that you want to see your employees exhibit,” Albion said. “It does not mean knowing everything.” He said business leaders are still human beings and they need to have a commitment to the growth of their people, not just their business. A compassionate leader has to look beyond their company’s impact on the industry and look at the impact it has on the world. “You have to look beyond the borders of your own company and strive to do what is best for the world,” he said. Albion talked about MBAs struggling with monetary desires and how to involve their passions with a business plan. He said he wants people to develop a destiny plan. “Instead of being a conflicted achiever — that is, still trying to figure out who they are — you should be a passionate striver that has combined their passion with a business plan,” he said. Albion said figuring out who you are as a person and what you want to accomplish in life will create a better leader and businessperson. “The way you make your way in the world is just by being you,” he said.
Career-minded students should not shy away from a liberal arts education, professor Mark Roche says, because students educated in liberal arts will be just as well prepared for the real world as those who study business. Roche, former dean of the College of Arts and Letters, explored this theme in his book titled “Why Choose the Liberal Arts?” for which he received the 2011 Frederic W. Ness Book Award. He said he felt the need to express his support of such an education in a public forum. “Administrators often give abstract, brief and occasional speeches about the value of the liberal arts, but I give a fuller response,” Roche said. “My unease [was] with the sense that even though I was endorsing the practical argument, education was being reduced to the practical. We hadn’t set our sights lofty enough.” The Ness Award is bestowed annually by the American Association of Colleges and Universities to the book that best contributes to the understanding and further development of “liberal education,” according to the organization’s website. Roche said he was initially driven to explore the real-world applicability of an education in the arts and sciences because of the struggle to lure students from the perceived practicality of a business degree. “I wanted to make the case that students could pursue the liberal arts and succeed,” Roche said. Exploring which talents employers valued most, Roche said he found students of the arts and sciences are often considered ideal candidates. “The practical skills that you develop, especially communication skills both oral and written, are often the most important skills identified by employers,” Roche said. Roche said students also make the mistake of perceiving college as just a launch pad for future success, ignoring what they can accomplish during their time on campus. “There is a tremendous focus on college as a means to an end, but I wanted to stress another dimension: the value of learning for its own sake,” he said. Additionally, institutions should encourage students to be aware of the maturation process that takes place within the liberal arts classroom, Roche said. Roche said the liberal arts tradition at Notre Dame is unique because of the impact of Notre Dame’s Catholic mission. “Three things distinguish Notre Dame: the high number of requirements in a wide array of fields; the Catholic mission that manifests itself in a strong interest in integrating authors like Dante or Augustine in humanities courses, social justice questions and ethical applications and questions … and that we try to interweave teaching and research as an institution,” he said. Roche said the award is a testament to Notre Dame’s vision of a worldly education. “Part of what I’m saying is that Notre Dame has a certain vision of education that is to a certain degree transferable to other settings, but it has a very fertile home here,” he said.
The Irish identity of Notre Dame inspires campus-wide St. Patrick’s Day festivities each year, and preparations are already underway to pay tribute to the school’s cultural connections March 17. In commemoration of the holiday, the Department of Irish Language and the Institute of Irish of Studies are sponsoring a lecture about the history of St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland and North America today at 2 p.m. in Hayes-Healy Hall. Irish Language and Literature professor Brian O’Conchubhair said American St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are different from traditional Irish ones. The festivities in Ireland were expanded after the Celtic Tiger, a period of great economic growth in Ireland in the late 1990s, he said. “It used to be the case that the American celebrations were much larger events than the typical Mass, parade, dinner in Ireland, but that changed during the Celtic Tiger,” O’Conchubhair said. “After the Celtic Tiger, St. Patrick’s Day became a weeklong festival aimed at celebrating Irish culture and attracting visitors to Ireland. “It is also Irish-language week where everyone is encouraged to use as much Irish as possible in daily transactions.” Over the years, the American celebration of St. Patrick’s Day has become less about the Irish culture and more about celebrating all cultures, O’Conchubhair said. “Now it is as much a multicultural, multiracial celebration of Americanism,” he said. “Historically, it [was] celebrated as a triumph of Irish into American culture, and now that triumph narrative has been adopted by other different ethnic groups.” Together with the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, the Department of Irish Language and Literature helps tie the University to its Irish identity, O’Conchubhair said. “Just look at the interest in the ND-Navy game in Dublin last September and captured in [the] coffee-table book ‘Notre Dame’s Happy Returns: Dublin, the Experience, the Game,’” O’Conchubhair said. “[Notre Dame] is in many ways the pulse of Irish America.”
Notre Dames is asking students to help pad boxes with feminine hygiene products for the next two weeks in an initiative — the Code Red Collection — to donate the products to patients at the Sister Maura Brannick, C.S.C., Health Center who cannot afford these items.Senior Alison Leddy, founder and president of Notre Dames, said this is the group’s second service project of the year.“Something new this year is we’ve been trying to do a lot more service, so this Code Red Collection is our service event for this semester,” Leddy said. “Last semester, we did an event called Blankets for Breast Cancer, so we tied fleece blankets, and we donated them to women who were recently diagnosed at the Moreau Breast Cure Center.”While many people cannot fathom being unable to afford feminine hygiene products, it is a widespread societal issue that deserves attention, Leddy said.“I had been to a presentation by a Notre Dame alumna, and she started an organization called SHE, which is Sustainable Health Enterprises, which focuses on helping women and girls in Rwanda and Kenya being able to manufacture and use their own feminine products,” she said. “Sitting there, realizing that that’s such a form of privilege that I had never really known, or acknowledged in the past, I think that to me it was kind of jarring. … We kind of want Notre Dame to pause and to think about that.”Senior Brianna Prusakowski, vice president of Notre Dames, said the group has taken steps to allow people off campus or those who might feel uncomfortable donating feminine products to contribute to the cause.“We currently have a Facebook event up that includes a link to our student shop for people that would prefer to donate money, or [for] people that aren’t here,” Prusakowski said. “We’re reaching out to ND Women Connect so that they can reach out to their local chapters. … If those groups want to mail us products, or if they want to donate money, we’re open to that.”Prusakowski said Notre Dames hopes people who do not need to use feminine products understand the significance of the issue and choose to assist the group in its efforts in some way.“I think the vision with this, as well as with Dames in general, is that a lot of the things we talk about, this in particular, is not restricted to a women’s issue — it’s a health issue,” she said. “We want to be open and inclusive to all people who care about [this], which we would hope would be everyone. … It’s important, and we need a lot of help on this because we can donate all we want, but we need on a larger scale.”Leddy said she would like this event to open up greater discussion on the topic of menstruation. She also encouraged students to attend the group’s weekly meetings on Tuesday nights to learn more about why this problem exists.“That fact that there is such a stigma on even saying the word ‘period,’ then we lose a chance or an opportunity to really talk about the issues that come with that and thinking about policy-related things,” Leddy said. “People are welcome to come to our Talk it Out Tuesday discussion [in the Dooley Room at LaFortune] to learn a little bit more about this as sort of a broader, societal issue, and also, just talk about the stigma and about the realities of menstruation, which we don’t really talk enough about — but they exist.”Notre Dames will be taking donations Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. outside the Dooley Room and Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. in the elevator lobby of LaFortune.Tags: Code Red, feminine hygiene, Notre Dames
Michael Yu | The Observer Members of GreeND recruit students at Tuesday’s Activities night in the Joyce Center. Nearly 350 organizations had tables at the event, which was meant to help new students involved on campus.“Logistically it just takes a lot of organization and time, and really focused time to make sure you’re not disseminating any information that’s incorrect. Because if the one thing that they read is the wrong thing, then that’s a problem,” James said. “All of the information needs to be really focused and correct so that they can be successful when they get here.”Certain groups came up with tricks to combat the confusion having thousands of students in one building creates. Junior Will Markley, co-president of the Entrepreneurship Society, brought QR codes as an alternative for students waiting in line to type their information into a computer.“If you have a QR scanner on your phone, you can put it over that, and it will take you to the survey on your phone. That way if there’s a line for the computer, you can just do it on your phone,” Markley said. “Our main goal tonight is to try to get as many people to that first meeting as possible, so we can really introduce the club. Because it’s kind of hard to teach people what the club’s about in a 10-second interaction at a crowded Activities Fair.”James said SAO came up with new ways to attract students to the event and encourage them to explore the different floors of the JACC to talk to as many groups as possible.“One of the things that I changed is we ordered fro-yo this year,” she said. “With the construction going on around campus and some of the things that are going on, there wasn’t a total guarantee of some of the spaces we were going to have and how people were going to enter. And so [I was] just doing the best that I could to make sure that all of the floors and all the places people could go were fun and attractive for them to go to.”Group leaders also took steps to catch students’ eyes. Senior Mason Zurovchak, president of PrismND, said the organization’s table was decorated with rainbow attire in order to best take advantage of the opportunity to attract a large number of students in a short amount of time.“I think for any organization or club on campus, a night like Activities Night where you can get heavy foot traffic and just get the attention of people for even just a split second … is a really great way to connect with people because it opens the door to future dialogue,” Zurovchak said. “It’s kind of just a great way that’s already built in to the start of the year to grab people’s attention whether you’re a freshman or an upperclassman.”Some groups that are less immediately recognizable for first-year students took a more aggressive approach to attracting students. Senior Amanda Bartolini, executive producer for the Pasquerilla East Musical Company (PEMCo) said she tried to take advantage of any sign of interest from passing students.“We’re a musical theater group so we’re kind of a niche group, not everybody is going to be interested, but if their eye lingers for a second on the words ‘musical theater’ we’re going to try to talk to them and get them interested,” Bartolini said. “We’re telling them about our club and our future events … [and] just trying to be a friendly presence.”Freshman Elizabeth Smith appreciated students having the initiative and passion to recruit her to various groups.“It’s kind of overwhelming, but I like that everyone’s here and you see how passionate people are about the clubs they’re in,” Smith said. “Everyone’s like, ‘Come join this club, it’ll be fun just to join.’ … Some of them are like, ‘Hey, have you ever played Frisbee? That’s okay, you don’t have to, come join.’”Freshman Darrell Adams said he enjoyed being able to explore the JACC without the pressure of having to reach out to certain clubs on his own.“It takes the pressure off of me to have to reach out to people because they’re reaching out to me, so it makes things a lot easier on my part,” Adams said. “Really I’m just kind of walking around exploring.”Sophomore Sabrina Barthelmes said she was happy to have the opportunity to go to Activities Night as a returning student to explore even more opportunities she heard about after the event last year.“There were a couple of clubs that I wanted to re-sign up for and then one or two that I’ve heard about from friends so I thought they’d be cool to sign up for this year,” Barthelmes said. “I’m really glad it’s not just for [first-year students] because there were definitely some clubs that I’d heard good things about from friends last year that I wanted to get involved with this year.”James said Activities Night is not only one of SAO’s most successful events, but also shows off the Notre Dame students’ spirit of involvement.“ … it’s a true showing of how involved Notre Dame students are, both as upperclassmen who are staffing the tables and how interested our first year students are to be here,” she said. “We have hundreds and hundreds of tables and thousands of students who come to participate and I just think it’s a really valuable and true showing of what the Notre Dame student body is like.”Tags: Activities Night, clubs, Entrepreneurship Society, PEMCo, PrismND, SAO, Student Activities Office On Tuesday night, every academic, niche, athletic or service group students can get involved with at Notre Dame gathered in the Joyce Center Fieldhouse for Activities Night to attract new members for the 2016-2017 school year.Mia James, program coordinator in the Student Activities Office (SAO), said all but three or four of the 350 tables available for groups were filled, and SAO had put in plenty of effort over the summer and the beginning of the school year to prepare group leaders for the night.
As Hall Presidents Council (HPC) co-chairs this year, seniors Joe Trzaska and Brendan Watts said they have focused on making HPC a collaborative environment for hall presidents and vice presidents.“At HPC, our goal is to disseminate information, to encourage collaboration between the halls and we run the Hall of the Year competition, so it’s like a competitive, collaborative spirit hybrid that exists in HPC where each dorm is trying is maximize its potential but all the dorms are working toward the same goal,” Trzaska said.To help with this goal, HPC hosts weekly meetings that feature hall announcements, other announcements and recurring features such as StaNDout and HPChat.With StaNDout, Trzaska said the presidents and vice presidents from two dorms each week share about life in their hall. While this segment has existed in the past, Trzaska said this year he and Watts have shifted its focus to a more day-to-day look.“Everyone knows about [the] Keenan Revue and Cav used to be a men’s dorm,” he said. “That’s interesting, but it’s not really relevant to how you can build your community today. We’ve tried to shift the focus of the StaNDout segment to a contemporary look at goings-on in the hall and things that make you proud of living there.”With the second feature, HPChat, Trzaska and Watts said they have tried to bring in outside speakers to help guide discussions. Past speakers have included Karen Kennedy, director of student centers, activities and events, and Mia James, assistant director for educational initiatives at the Gender Relations Center. Trzaska and Watts also plan to host vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding, they said.Watts said the goal of bringing in the speakers is to make HPC engaging for hall presidents, to let them take valuable information back to their hall and to enable them to host better events. For instance, Watts said one HPChat focused on improving multicultural events in dorms.“We’ve had some really cool guests who have been able to get the presidents’ minds on different issues they might not have been focused on,” Trzaska said.To help encourage a more collaborative spirit between halls, Trzaska said he and Watts have tried to change the way dorms talk about their events during HPC.“Sometimes in the past there was really a spirit of competition, sometimes at the expense of other dorms in HPC,” Trzaska said. “If dorms had a really cool event — a recurring event, say — they would keep their cards close to their chest so that no one else could use it and get Hall of the Year points, too. To combat that, we tried to reframe the way dorms think about those events by doing cool event highlights each month.”Trzaska said he and Watts look at the Rocknes, forms dorms submit at the end of each month, and if they see a good event in the form, they will ask the president and vice president of the dorm to talk about it during HPC.As another way to help hall presidents and vice presidents, Watts said he and Trzaska have continued to host one-on-one meetings with the presidents and vice presidents at the start of the year but have also added in a mid-year meeting.At the beginning of the semester, Trzaska and Watts had the dorm presidents and vice presidents outline their goals for the year.“Each hall is trying to accomplish different things, trying to change different things,” he said. “ … We’re going to check in mid-year and see how they’re working on that rather than waiting until the end-of-the-year presentation and seeing if they accomplish [their goals]. By meeting with them mid-year, if they’re not on progress to meet those goals, we can hopefully help facilitate that.”Trzaska and Watts have also made a change to this year’s Hall of the Year competition, reallocating 5 percent of the score to GreeNDot participation.“If a hall reaches 15 percent participation in GreeNDot bystander training — they have 15 percent of the dorm bystanders trained — they automatically receive that 5 percent of the Hall of the Year score,” Watts said.Watts said there are also several incentives, such as cash prizes and water filtration systems, to help encourage dorms to go beyond the 15 percent. The change, Watts said, should help promote a safer campus environment as well as help give halls opportunities beyond the final presentation to earn Hall of the Year points. This year’s HPC co-chairs have made concrete steps to focus on specific changes in accordance with the goals for the year. They have an organized approach to creating change and have made actual changes in addition to thinking through future changes they want to make. Grade: ATags: 2018 Student Government Insider, Hall of the year, hall president’s council, HPC
Saint Mary’s College appointed Titilayo Ufomata as the College’s new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs effective June 1, as stated in Wednesday’s press release. Ufomata formerly held the positions of provost and dean of faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2012. Last academic year, Ufomata worked as the chief academic officer to the president and board of trustees at Hobart and William Smith Colleges where she “worked with faculty to strengthen the curriculum and to support students,” according to the press release.Prior to her appointment as Interim President, Nancy Nekvasil served as provost and assisted with the search for her replacement. Nekvasil announced Ufomata’s appointment at the College Forum on Jan. 9, according to the release.“I am thrilled to be welcoming Dr. Titilayo Ufomata as our new Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs,” Nekvasil said in the release. “Titi brings much experience and fresh ideas to this office for both undergraduate and graduate programs.”Ufomata holds English degrees from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and is a graduate of the University College London, earning a Ph.D. in phonetics. Ufomata also attended the Harvard Institute of Educational Management and the Higher Education Resources Services (HERS) Institute. Tags: Saint Mary’s provost, Titilayo Ufomata, vice president of academic affairs
IRVING – The New York Thruway Authority says work to completely rebuild I-90 in the Cattaraugus Territory is now underway.The first phase between exit 57A, Eden – Angola, and exit 58, Silver Creek, began last fall after the Authority reached a deal with the Seneca Nation.Phase two of the project includes full depth pavement repairs. Roadway shoulders will also be fully reconstructed.In addition to an improved driving surface, the project includes numerous safety upgrades such as guiderail replacement, ditch cleaning and new line striping for enhanced visibility. Lane closures and minimal delays are anticipated through the duration of the roadwork. Motorists can find scheduled lane closures before traveling on the Thruway’s website and by using its free mobile app.In total the project will cost $20 Million. The entire project is expected to be complete by the end of July. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image via Starbucks.WEST ELLICOTT – As Starbucks locations continue to reopen, and the season changes from spring to summer, the coffee giant is out with new summer-inspired menu items.New items include the Iced Guava Passion-Fruit drink, the Unicorn Cake Pop, and the grilled chicken and hummus protein box.Returning to the menu, the S’mores Frappuccino Blended Beverage.Starbucks is also promoting its cold brew concentrate and bottled Frappuccino chilled coffee drink, available at various retail locations. Additionally, the company says the Starbucks delivery service is now available in 48 states where both Starbucks and Uber Eats operate.Starbucks says it aims to exceed CDC standards for public health and safety.
DRESS TO KILL FOR TABOOFebruary 7 at 54 BelowDon’t be a guttersnipe! Come on in from the outside and attend the Church of the Poison Mind. Do you really want to hurt me? No. You don’t. So stop telling me pretty lies and book your tickets to the 10th anniversary concert of Boy George’s Taboo. Love is a question mark, but there’s no question that you’ll love seeing Jeremy Kushnier, Matthew Rowland, Samuel Buttery and more rock out. And always a plus, proceeds benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Click for tickets! YUK IT UP WITH BENJAMIN WALKERFebruary 4 at Joe’s PubBenjamin Walker wants you to help him find something. That’s right, just you (and a bunch of other people) and the super studly Ben Walker are on a search to find the funny. Walker, known for his sorta serious roles in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof really, really enjoys doing comedy. And he’s even more passionate about raising up the next generation of comedians. Also, it’s 10 bucks! Click for tickets! LET CHRISTIAN BORLE CHARM YOUFebruary 5 at New York City CenterIn his first New York City stage outing since he snagged a Tony Award for his awesome and unforgettable performance as Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher, Christian Borle is ready to woo you over and over and over and over (and over) again. In the Encores! revival of Little Me, Borle (in multiple roles with multiple accents!) plays all of Belle’s (Rachel York as young Belle, Tony winner Judy Kaye as older Belle) husbands and lovers. Click for tickets! JUDGE A WACKY PAGEANTFebruary 3 at Red Lacquer ClubWho will be chosen as Miss Glamouresse? Pageant: The Musical Comedy Beauty Contest is hosted by Tony nominee Brad Oscar and stars Nick Cearley, Frankie James Grande, Douglas Lyons, Alex Ringler, Marty Thomas and Seth Tucker as contestants singing, dancing and clawing their way to the fab tiara. It’s like Comedy Central meets Miss America. And judges for the pageant are selected from the audience, so the winner is in your hands! Click for tickets! Jeremy Kushnier Benjamin Walker View All (5) Judy Kaye CHASE FANTASIA’S LAST STORMFebruary 9 at Brooks Atkinson TheatreFantasia Barrino may have lost the Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album, but girl is just brushing that aside. Listen, it’s Tasia’s world and we’re just living in it. The R&B powerhouse has set the bar high as the first in a series of rotating guest stars in Broadway’s After Midnight, singing a killer rendition of “Stormy Weather” and more Duke Ellington hits. See her jazz it up one last time on February 9. Click for tickets! Christian Borle View Comments Yeah, we know it’s really freaking cold. And, yes, we know there’s some sort of big, important football game going on today and that Times Square looks like SportsCenter vomited all over it, but we’re not going to let these things get us down. Taboo is back in NYC, Christian Borle is leading an amazing new revival of Little Me and Fantasia is showing off her magical R&B pipes in After Midnight one last time. Check out this week’s must-see list! Fantasia Barrino Star Files