Student hosts book drive to benefit Center for Homeless

Senior Bridget Meade looks to harness the power of the written word, fighting poverty with the power of fairytales and nursery rhymes. Meade is hosting a book drive at Saint Mary’s to create a preschool library at the South Bend Center for the Homeless. “Reading can be both enjoyable and powerful. Education is such a great way to fight poverty, and reading is one of the best ways to educate children,” she said. Meade is the founder of Mommy and Me, a literacy class at the Center. The program encourages and teaches parents to read to their children. The library will be made available to both the students in her class and other guests at the Center, she said. Meade said she was inspired to create this class because of her own love of reading. “Reading was such a huge part of my childhood that I thought it was a tragedy that some kids aren’t being read to,” she said. Reading is a beneficial activity for both children and parents living in poverty, Meade said. The Mommy and Me class will help parents learn to enjoy reading to their children. “Many parents in poverty were not read to as children, which makes it uncomfortable for them to read to their own children,” she said. The Mommy and Me class teaches parents reading to infants and toddlers is a powerful activity, benefitting a child’s cognitive development and overall life trajectory, Meade said. Some parents living at the Center are illiterate and too uncomfortable to read to their children, she said. The preschool library will provide illiterate parents picture books. Those parents can still read and interact with their children by creating stories based off the illustrations, she said, something crucial to their maturation. “Reading to preschoolers is about helping them interact and hear words that will help with their cognitive development,” Meade said. Meade said preschoolers enjoy classic fairy tales and nursery rhymes the most. “The best books to donate are the old school classics,” she said. Books will be accepted at a drop box in LeMans Hall through the end of the year, or contact Bridget Meade with questions about the book drive at Contact Cailin Crowe at read more

University initiative offers ePortfolio service

first_imgThe Notre Dame ePortfolio Engagement Program (nDEEP), launched its official online site April 9, offering new resources and assistance to students interested in forming virtual portfolios. Offering new ePortfolio resources and assistance, the Notre Dame ePortfolio Engagement Program (nDEEP) held a Career ePortfolio Student Workshop Wednesday. A new initiative by the Office of Provost, nDEEP serves students, faculty, advisors, programs and college departments. According to nDEEP’s webpage, the program’s mission provides resources that would help “build a deep and broad portfolio culture and community across the campus.” nDEEP’s Interim Commissioner Alex Ambrose said the program formed to meet the University’s need for a committee that would provide technical ePortfolio assistance for students and faculty of all programs and majors. “Because different faculty and departments have their own responsibilities, they are unable to invest enough time to expand on their use of ePortfolios,” Ambrose said. “Successful ePortfolio subscriptions have a support system that will help them with the skills and backing they need to implement ePortfolios into their programs or courses. That’s where nDEEP comes in. “We’re here to help them. Not only are we creating all these accounts for students and faculty, we’re having a program to help support it,” he said.   A Career ePortfolio Student Workshop held Wednesday addressed the relevance of ePortfolios for students in all undergraduate programs and colleges. They offered personal assistance for students interested in building or further developing their ePortfolios, Ambrose said. “The workshop [was] broken into three parts, “Ambrose said. “We [started] off explaining ePortfolio basics – what it is and why students should create it. We [also gave] students information on how their ePortfolio can work hand-in-hand with career services that will allow them to showcase their achievements and skills to prospective employers as students are looking for internships and jobs.” “Lastly, we [held] a hands-on workshop to show how students can create and customize their ePortfolios to make it stand out,” he said. As a more recent initiative by the University, ePortfolios were officially offered this year to all first year students, Ambrose said. With a majority of these students creating and modifying their ePortfolios, Ambrose said nDEEP hopes to see widespread use of ePortfolios among all undergraduates. “The Dean of First Years challenged the incoming freshman for this year to build their ePortfolios,” Ambrose said. “About 80 percent of the students took it on, and to us, that counts as a success because this is a tool that they can use later on in their careers. “As a researcher in the field of ePortfolios, ePortfolios should be for student engagement. It should engage and benefit the student first. If it helps improve the program or department, that is secondary.” Along with the First Year Studies, the College of Engineering use ePortfolios to help students further specify their engineering interests as well as showcase coursework and projects, freshman Rachel Wallace said. “In engineering, we have a specific ePortfolio that we use to put in our assignments and describe our experiences as we go out and explore the various fields within the engineering school at college events and major nights,” Wallace said. “These assignments force me to go out and get informed about what I want to study. Also, putting up engineering projects on this ePortfolio helps me show others what I’ve done so far in terms of engineering experience.”   Outside of academia, ePortfolios have become a medium for students to document their accomplishments during their undergraduate studies, freshman Ajani Crosley said. “It’s good because you can have everything out there at once so if people want to see what you’re like for a job interview, your ePortfolio does the talking for you,” Crosley said. “It tells employers and people who are interested in taking you into a position the things that you may not be able to fully say on the spot and gives them a fuller idea and details about who you are.” Contact Maria Do at mdo1@nd.edulast_img read more

PICKED OFF: Overtime interception spoils Marrone’s debut

first_img Comments Published on September 7, 2009 at 12:00 pm Greg Paulus didn’t necessarily have a plan when he eluded the Minnesota rush and started scrambling to his left like a madman. He had never needed one before. In high school, these broken plays seemed to have a way of working in his favor. All Paulus knew was a touchdown pass could have led Syracuse to an overtime win in Doug Marrone’s first game as head coach, and it was his duty to make it happen.But football wasn’t necessarily as simple as he remembered from nearly five years ago when he was a superstar at nearby Christian Brothers Academy. Four seasons as Duke’s point guard made Paulus momentarily forget how quick defenses can be and rendered him blind to linebackers quietly lurking in the background.So instead of a storybook ending on a day created for overwhelming optimism, Paulus learned a vital lesson in the ways of a collegiate quarterback. The throw was to no one.Nate Triplett intercepted a directionless ball fluttering through air like a wounded duck. Visions of Paulus carried off the Carrier Dome field as a hero suddenly vanished.Paulus’ crushing interception was the key play in Syracuse’s heartbreaking 23-20 loss to Minnesota at Saturday afternoon before 48,617 fans – the largest Dome crowd since 2000. Eric Ellestad booted a game-winning 35-yard field goal four plays later, erasing a 20-14 halftime deficit and spoiling what seemed destined to be an all-too perfect start to Marrone’s tenure.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I shouldn’t make that throw. I shouldn’t make that mistake,’ Paulus said. ‘I’m going to be kicking myself for a little bit thinking about that one.’In his first organized football game since high school, Paulus went 19-of-31 for 167 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown strike to Mike Williams. For more than four quarters, he played mostly mistake-free and managed the offense like a seasoned veteran. Unfortunately for him and the Orange (0-1), one glaring error at the worst possible time was all it took.‘I’ll still rely on Greg Paulus to make the right decision,’ Marrone said. ‘He’s our quarterback. If I had to have him run out there and make a play again, I’d still have Greg Paulus out there running it.’The play was called as a fade to Williams in the right corner, but Minnesota immediately sent double-coverage. So Paulus looked elsewhere and began running wildly to the left.When Paulus scanned the end zone, he saw a few blue uniforms vying for position in the end zone. None of them were particularly free, but ‘two or three were drifting in the vicinity,’ he said. That meant there was a chance if he could squeeze the perfect throw through the jungle of Golden Gopher (1-0) defenders.If Paulus had taken a sack or thrown the ball out-of-bounds, Syracuse would have set up for a field goal, putting the pressure on Minnesota. Instead, he tried to force an errant pass with disastrous results.‘First read, I think I came off too quick,’ Paulus said. ‘Then I tried to make a play. Sometimes it worked today, sometimes it didn’t. On that one, I should have just thrown the ball in the back of the end zone and kicked the field goal.’That gunslinging mentality worked well for more than four quarters. Afterward Williams praised Paulus and said there was no evidence he hadn’t played football in so long. Paulus methodically managed the game with a barrage of short passes and screens, helping the Orange overcome an early 14-3 deficit and go into halftime with a 20-14 lead.SU spotted Minnesota seven points in the game’s first 40 seconds, when center Jim McKenzie snapped the ball well over Paulus’ head on the first play from scrimmage, resulting in a turnover deep in SU’s own territory. Paulus blamed himself for failing to communicate with the offense, while Marrone said the miscommunication was his fault and declined to elaborate further.Though the Orange regained its composure, things fell apart in the second half. Syracuse’s offense lost steam and was unable to maintain the momentum. SU managed just 67 total yards and zero points after halftime, allowing Minnesota to slowly fight back. Between dropped passes, penalties and broken plays, SU was unable to deliver the knockout blow. All told, Syracuse went 1-of-12 on third down conversions and 0-of-6 in the second half and overtime.‘When you get tight games that are going back and forth, you’re just sitting there waiting for someone to make a play,’ Marrone said. ‘I kept begging, ‘Guys, we need someone to step up and make a play.”Nobody ever did. At the end of regulation, Minnesota quarterback Adam Weber crafted an impressive 14-play, 79-yard drive ending with a game-tying field goal by Ellestad. It was the first time all game Minnesota made significant process against a much-maligned Syracuse defense that exceeded expectations in game No. 1.After four dismal seasons under former coach Greg Robinson, the Marrone-led Orange showed flashes of improvement and played with a strong Big Ten opponent for more than 60 minutes.But the result was the same. In his postgame press conference, Marrone blamed himself for not winning in his coaching debut. Whatever the reason, it was a second-half meltdown that became a staple of Robinson’s years at the helm, ruining what was supposed to be an opportunity to celebrate a new chapter in the program’s history.Amid the fanfare and the hype, Saturday turned out to be the same old story.‘We were one play away from winning,’ Williams said. ‘Minnesota went out and they played a good game. They beat us, and that’s all I can say. We just have to go out there and win a game. From the beginning, we said that was the key to the season, and that’s what we have to do.’jediamon@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more