first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreMayor Michael Nutter joined Jon Bon Jovi and formerly homeless youth in a special ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday for the new Covenant House Rights of Passage apartments in Philadelphia.“The program not only will provide a safe place for homeless youth, but also provides skills and experiences needed to become independent and responsible adults,” said Mayor Michael Nutter. “The city is proud to be part of such an important and unique program.” Believing all youth have the right to pass into adulthood without facing abuse or homeless, the group’s new housing development includes outdoor recreational space, computer lab, and laundry facilities. Located in the Kensington section of the city, it provides temporary housing for 20 homeless youths under the age of 21 in ten two-bedroom units.“Today is a celebration and a victory over the issues that forced them into homelessness and economic despair,” said Jon Bon Jovi. “Through the funding and creation of programs and partnerships like this, we can all support innovative community efforts to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness.” Since 1999 Covenant House has been providing crisis shelter services to kids suffering on the street — more than 500 every year — but with limited resources for transitioning them to independence. This expanded Rights of Passage program provides the transitional housing, the final piece of Covenant House’s continuum of care that provides youth with both the joy of independence and the stability of a safety net.“This is a dream come true for our kids, a chance to have a place to live and work and grow and build new futures for themselves after a tough start in life,” said Covenant House President Kevin Ryan. “We are here today because of the amazing support we have received from Jon Bon Jovi and his Soul Foundation, from Mayor Nutter and his staff, and many others. In the midst of such difficult economic times, today is a great example of what we can accomplish together.”The Rights of Passage Program requires all residents to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week, participate in life skills classes, tend to daily chores, complete three or more hours of community service each month, and pay rent. Aftercare is also provided to graduates of the program.For more info visit www.covenanthousepa.org.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

first_imgBorlaug received his Ph.D. in plant pathology and genetics from the University of Minnesota in 1942. His research led to the development of a high-yield, disease-resistant wheat variety.During the mid-20th century, Borlaug led the charge to introduce the high-yield grain along with modern agricultural techniques to Mexico, Pakistan, and India. As a result, Mexico became a net exporter of wheat by 1963 and wheat yields nearly doubled in Pakistan and India, providing those nations with unprecedented food security. These collective increases in yield have been labeled the Green Revolution, and Borlaug is often credited with saving over a billion people worldwide from starvation. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 in recognition of his contributions to world peace through increasing food supplies.Later in his life, he helped apply these methods of increasing food production to Asia and Africa.Work will continue in his memory through the creation of the Iowa Youth Institute, which will award scholarships to students who will research food-related issues around the world and develop proposed solutions.(READ the story from the Gazette)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreToday marks the 98th anniversary of the birth of Iowa’s greatest hero, Norman E. Borlaug, the farm boy who received the Nobel Peace Prize for starting the “Green Revolution” and known as “the man who saved more lives than any other person who has ever lived.”There are several birthday tributes planned for Borlaug, who died in 2009, including a new museum and Youth Institute to promote efforts to alleviate starvation.last_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreNorthwestern guard James Montgomery’s reward for making a good impression on his new head coach was more than he ever expected.Coach Chris Collins announced to the team before practice on Thursday that he was awarding the 6-foot-4 player with a scholarship.(WATCH the spontaneous video or READ the story from Yahoo Sports)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhen a woman couldn’t decide which dogs to rescue from a rundown shelter, she bought the whole place — and intends to save all 250 of them.Danielle Eden and her husband regularly visit animal shelters, choosing dogs that are living in the worst conditions to bring home to their 50-acre Dog Tales sanctuary in King, Ontario. There, they get long walks, training, and medical care before being placed in new homes.OUR APP FETCHES GOOD NEWS FOR YOU—>  Download FREE for Android and iOSShe usually selects 10 to 20 dogs in greatest need, but when Danielle saw the pups packed into an Israeli shelter, she realized they were all in deep trouble. Some had been there for years, fighting over scraps of bread and living with rats.The couple bought the entire shelter on the spot — and Danielle went to work rescuing the dogs.Since the first of the year, she was able to place 90 of them in homes or other shelters in Israel. She brought 25 of the healthiest dogs back to Dog Tales in Canada.RELATED: Man Leaves $3 Million Fortune to Create New Animal Rescue FarmWATCH: Give a Prisoner an Abused Dog and Watch What Happens–Karmic ConnectionWithin a week of arriving at the sanctuary, the dogs had gone through an amazing transformation. They began coming out of their shells, learning to trust people again.Fed healthy diets, they were no longer fighting each other for scraps, but people were practically fighting each other to adopt them. More than half found new homes within three weeks.Dog Tales plans to bring the remaining 150 dogs to Canada when they are healthy enough.(WATCH the video below) – Photos: Dog Tales, FacebookShare The Love…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThere is more to technology than just millenials checking their Facebooks.Tech company Intel and Brazilian news company Razões para Acreditar embarked on a campaign to enrich the lives of the elderly through virtual reality goggles.Their “Technology Through Life” initiative took them to a nursing home in São Paulo where they gave residents the chance to fulfill their lifelong dreams. “When we visited an elder care community … we asked the residents if they knew what virtual reality was, and one of them answered: “I don’t know, is it about these ‘nowadays things’?” Vicente Carvalho, Editor-in-Chief of Razões para Acreditar told Good News Network.WATCH: Spunky Grandma Uses Virtual Goggles to Ride Roller Coaster (Hilarious Profanity)One of the seniors who they visited said that she had always wanted to go to Spain – another woman said that she had always wanted to see a live ballet performance.They were astounded to find that once they were wearing the headsets, they were transported to the one place left on their bucket list – and their reactions were magical.“There was no need to explain anything else, we put her on the VR goggles and instantly, after seeing the first images of the dancers, she said: ‘My God, my dream’. And so it was during the whole presentation that she watched: a lot of emotion.”“Virtual reality experiences requires high-performance computing, and Intel is in a leading position to offer these solutions,” said Carlos Buarque, Intel’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Particularly in this initiative, the feeling is even better because we can see our participation in a technology that may also be a supplement in some cases of health treatment.”(WATCH the video below)Click To Share This Sweet Story With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

first_imgBut not beloved by all.A man in the crowd draped in an American flag was yelling at anyone who would listen that immigrants were preventing him from getting a job. When it was Terou’s turn to speak at the rally, he invited the man up on stage so they could hold the flag high together. When the man refused, Terou went into the crowd to find him so he could introduce himself and offer to buy him dinner so they could talk.RELATED: 78-Year-old Bodybuilder Opens His Home Gym to Youngsters for Free So They Won’t Get Into TroubleHe also offered the man a job.That’s because Terou is the owner and operator of Yassin’s Falafel House, which employs 30 people and has been open for the past four years.“I always do that,” Terou told Reader’s Digest, “I always invite anyone who hates us to the store. I want them to know us more. When you break bread, you break hate.”READ the full story at Reader’s Digest or WATCH the Good Morning America video below…Pass On This Positive Tidbit To Your Friends On Social Media – Photo by Amanda Friedman for Reader’s DigestAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreEditor’s Note: Reader’s Digest held a nationwide contest to identify the Nicest Places in America—for which Good News Network was a judge. Meet the rest of the finalists here.Just a few days before Christmas 2017, dozens gathered at the Nativity scene at the First Baptist Church in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, to march to nearby Market Square to hold a rally and a vigil to “welcome the stranger,” a Christian call to treat friends, neighbors, strangers and even enemies with love and compassion.One of the people there was Yassin Terou, a refugee who came to Knoxville in 2011 and has since become a beloved local celebrity.last_img read more

first_imgYoung alumni beginning their professional careers “under the dome” agree Notre Dame has a great work environment — and not just because they’re working at their alma mater. Stephanie Mola, a 2009 Notre Dame graduate as a marketing major, now works as the young alumni programs manager for the Alumni Association. She said her job “really couldn’t have been a better fit.” “Coming to your job every day, you’re coming to be with family,” she said. “You’re having a hard day, [and] you can go to the Grotto. You have a mentor, or five, around campus you can turn to.” Mola is not the only Notre Dame employee that feels this way. The Chronicle of Higher Education honored Notre Dame on its list of “Great Colleges to Work For” for the third consecutive year. The Chronicle compiled its 2011 list of “Great Colleges to Work For” from survey responses submitted by nearly 44,000 people at 310 institutions. Survey respondents responded to 60 statements using a five-point scale, ranging from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree.” According to the Chronicle website, they also rated their satisfaction with benefits and responded to two open-ended questions. Tammy Freeman, director of Talent and Human Resources Strategy for Notre Dame, said the colleges on the list receive high rankings in leadership, careers, compensation and workplace satisfaction. “One thing that has been consistent is recognition of our great facilities and … benefits program for employees,” Freeman said. “Those two [aspects] in my mind stand out as outstanding for the university.” Freeman said University employees are typically in sync with the larger goals and values of Notre Dame. “I do think that employees overall connect to the mission, and that brings in a different dynamic from any other work environment,” she said. Freeman said many Notre Dame graduates apply for positions with the University. “[Alumni] is one of the candidate pools that we tap into because they know what the university is about, they know the area,” she said. “[That] certainly makes it easy to talk to them about a job here on campus.” As one of these employees, Mola began her position with the Alumni Association in May 2010. Her duties now include working with various groups around campus to try and raise undergraduate awareness of the Alumni Association, working on national young alumni programming and helping to put out a quarterly newsletter. “I just wanted to be back here,” she said. “I feel like I’m really making a difference … it’s almost like making a new mark at Notre Dame.” Right after Mola graduated, she began working for Johnson & Johnson in a sales leadership position. But she said she had an “intense longing” to come back to Notre Dame, and when she saw a position with the Alumni Association open up, she actively pursued it. “Working with alumni, that’s the most ideal position,” she said. “You get to interact with amazing people on a daily basis.” Linsey Laufenberg, a 2010 Notre Dame graduate, is an administrative assistant with the Office of Gift Planning here on campus. She said her dream was to come back to Notre Dame and “contribute to the mission.” She began her position just two weeks ago. “So far it’s been really interesting to see the university from the administrative side and seeing what goes into making the university function, where it gets money from, how it’s distributed,” Laufenberg said. “It’s been really interesting for me to learn how it functions from a different standpoint.” Campus Ministry intern Rebecca Sharbaugh, who graduated in May with a degree in psychology and theology, also began working at Notre Dame about two weeks ago. “I knew I wanted to do some sort of ministry and this opportunity with Campus Ministry came along,” she said. She said Campus Ministry hires four interns every year from the graduating class who help to facilitate or lead the various programs while gaining background in ministry. She said she would love to eventually have a full time job at Notre Dame. “I think there’s such an atmosphere of kindness and acceptance and hospitality,” Sharbaugh said. “I just felt very welcomed here.”last_img read more

first_imgEnglish professor Barry McCrea discussed the relationship between language and modernity at the inaugural Keough Family Professorship of Irish Studies lecture Thursday in McKenna Hall.  McCrea specializes in modern European and Irish literature. He released a book called “Minor Languages and the Modernist Imagination” this year. The abandonment of language and dialects in rural communities is one of modernity’s immediate effects, McCrea said at the lecture. “The mass adoption by rural population of standard languages as mediums for communication was a highly intimate form of globalization, one which produced a tangible change for how language itself was produced,” he said. McCrea said two main factors instigated the switch from dialects to regional language – people began to move to cities where a need for unity in communication existed, and a mass marginalization took place in the countryside as new languages began to replace the old. “Merely feeling or imagining that somewhere out there, there existed another language that might be more authentically their own freed writers up to experiment with the languages they knew, like English,” McCrea said. “They felt that English was borrowed and there was another language for them out there to be located.” This sense of disconnectedness to their native language inspired writers to use language in new ways, McCrea said. Although people long for language to feel truly theirs, he said it is a natural predicament that language will always frustrate this longing. Above all, adopting non-native languages offered the writers a new way to express their vision, McCrea said. “Choosing to write as a non-native in a particular language whose vernacular life has quickly disappeared was a way for both [Irish writer Seán Ó] Ríordáin and [Italian writer Pier Paolo] Pasolini to express … a possible utopian vision of a language in which one might feel truly native to the world,” McCrea said. “A modernist ideal, really, of the new, perfect language for art.”last_img read more

first_imgThis weekend, Notre Dame students and graduates will interact and network at the Alumni Association Leadership Conference, held Thursday through Saturday. Featured speakers include Carolyn Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services and former dean of the Mendoza College of Business, and Gerry Faust, former Notre Dame football coach (1981-1985). Stephanie Mola, special event program director for the Alumni Association, said the conference gives Notre Dame graduates who acted as leaders in their classes, clubs or groups the opportunity to come back to campus for three days to and networking. “We were very fortunate this year in acquiring extremely dynamic speakers to address the group,” Mola said. University President Fr. John Jenkins,  Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves, Vice President Lou Nanni, Irish coach Brian Kelly and Senior Associate Athletic Director John Heisler will address the conference participants, she said. Elle Metz, Young Alumni Programs Manager for the Alumni Association, said students will have the opportunity to interact directly with alumni during the conference. “The student-alumni social on Thursday night is an excellent opportunity for students to meet alumni from around the country,” Metz said. “In particular, they can interact and network with alumni from their current hometown or their future city of residence.” She said the atmosphere will be casual and conducive to mingling among members from all different sides of the Notre Dame community. In addition, Metz said the conference will host a student panel to help attendees get an inside look at the experiences of four different students at Notre Dame. “At the student-alumni social, students and alumni can connect over many different subjects, ranging from a suggestion for a parish in a new city to a job contact,” Metz said. The conference, open to all students and alumni, can also help students get advice from those who have travelled the same path before them, she said. “This is an excellent opportunity for students to learn what Notre Dame graduates are doing out in the world and to gather advice on their own life paths,” Metz said. Metz encouraged students interested in getting involved with their local Notre Dame club to visit myNotreDame.nd.edu/clublocator to find one near their city. “Once they join the club, there are multiple opportunities to get involved,” Metz said. “For example, they can attend club events like game watches and service projects.” Joining a Notre Dame club could also provide a job opportunity in the future, Metz said, as graduates are able to serve as Young Alumni Coordinators who help plan club programs. Metz said the University encourages all members of the Notre Dame family, even parents and friends, to get involved with their local Notre Dame club. Contact Meg Handelman at [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgWhile some seniors spent fall break at home, on a road trip or in Las Vegas, 29 members of the Class of 2014 got a jump start on their theses in Thesis Camp, sponsored by the Hesburgh Library and the University Writing Center. Matthew Capdevielle, director of the University Writing Center, said the program, which began in fall 2010, is intended to help students get to know themselves as writers. “The goal of the camp is to help writers develop a clearer sense of their own best practices and to build a healthy momentum that will see them successfully through the project,” Capdevielle said. The Writing Center and the Library achieved this goal by offering daily breakfast and lunch to students, making specialist librarians available to them, sponsoring speakers to address them and dedicating a special space for seniors within the library, Capdevielle said. “We want to create an immersion experience for them … but it’s also an opportunity to develop some really healthy and productive writing habits that will stick with them throughout the duration of this project,” he said. Laura Bayard, graduate outreach services librarian and a coordinator of Thesis Camp, said the program offers a perfect balance for students through non-mandatory programming and dedicated work time. “We know it works because the students inevitably say, ‘I had no idea I’d get this much done on my paper,’” Bayard said. Bayard said departmental librarians met with students to discuss specific resources available to them, and other programming targeted science majors who have more quantitative projects. Seniors also interacted with graduate students who were conducting dissertation research, she said. For those feeling pressure to complete their theses, a staff member from the University Counseling Center even spoke to the students about stress relief, and a tai chi session was held, Bayard said. Every day, representatives from the University Writing Center opened and closed the day with guidance, Capdevielle said, and they were also available for one-on-one consultations. “We do group goal setting sessions in the morning and kind of a writing warm-up and a check-in at the end of the day where we wrap up, we share our accomplishments, we put our list of accomplishments up on the board,” Capdevielle said. In these sessions, tutors from the University Writing Center presented useful writing strategies, Capdevielle said. “One of the tools that we invite writers to use during this camp is something we call the thesis log or the project log, and that’s just a process log for writers to capture information about their own process,” he said. Matt Hayes, a senior Italian and Program of Liberal Studies major, said these writing strategies helped him to be productive during Thesis Camp. “They were very helpful in teaching us various strategies on how to get things done,” Hayes said. “One is called ‘the pomodoro.’ … It’s Italian for ‘tomato.’ It was working in 25-minute increments and then you give yourself a five-minute break.” Zach Leonard, a senior classics major, said he most appreciated the special library space. “The most helpful resource [was] probably dedicated space,” Leonard said. “They put all the seniors in the bottom floor and that was helpful because I could pretty much have the same desk every day and it was quiet down there. The working environment was good.” Hayes said he is glad he attended Thesis Camp because he knew he would not have written the 10 pages he completed if he had been at home. “I’m a very easily distracted person, and I know if I went home I would have probably laid in my bed all day and watched Netflix. … Just forcing myself to wake up every morning at 8 a.m. to get there at 8:30 for breakfast, and just that uninterrupted time in the library, was probably the most productive I could’ve been over this break within reason,” he said. Leonard said his goal was to write 15 pages for his thesis, and he came close to meeting it. “My thesis is due by Thanksgiving, so I really needed to get a head start on it and finish up a lot of work. … I did not plan to stay in South Bend for my final fall break. It was annoying to see my friends go out and have so much fun, but in the end, it really was worth it to have done this,” Leonard said. For seniors continuing to write their theses, Capdevielle said the University Writing Center offers programming throughout the year, including “Write First” mini camps that take place from 8 to 10 a.m. from Monday to Friday in the Writing Center, one-on-one consultations with tutors and read-ahead service for thesis writers. Bayard said all seniors submitting theses should apply for the Undergraduate Library Research Award due Apri. 10 with a $1000 first prize award. “For senior thesis entries … it’s not given on the strength of the senior thesis,” she said. “It’s given on the essay written about library resources and how the libraries and our resources informed the paper.” Contact Tori Roeck at [email protected]last_img read more