In order to maintain the quality of the academic and co-curricular programs at Saint Mary’s College, the Board of Trustees have authorized an increase in tuition for the 2010-11 academic year, Richard Speller, vice president for Finance and Administration said.The percent of increase for the 2010-11 academic year will be 4.76 percent, raising tuition costs from $28,980 to 30,360. Additionally, Speller said fees will increase 3.77 percent, from $636 to $660. Students can also expect a 2.96 percent increase in room and board, making an average double room price rise from $9,206 to $9,480.Speller said the projected increase is smaller than in previous years.“Tuition increases for the four previous years were five percent each year,” Speller said.Speller said the increases would be beneficial to enhance programs that directly affect students.In the previous year, the College increased tuition and fees by five percent, and room and board by three percent.“The increases are taken into account in determining financial aid awards and may impact need based financial aid, in particular,” he said.Overall, the rate of increase for tuition, fees, room and board is 4.32 percent. The total increase for the 2009-10 academic year was 4.5 percent.“The administration reviewed the need for pricing increases in the context of the projected 2010-11 budget,” Speller said. “The administration recommends the pricing structure to the Board of Trustees who have the final authority for the pricing decision. The Board of Trustees approved the 2010-11 student charges at its meeting in February.”The College has continuously increased the cost of attendance since 2006. According to Speller, the total annual cost for the 2005-06 academic year was $32,538. The total cost of attendance for the 2010-11 academic year will be $40,500.According to a College press release, 80 percent of Saint Mary’s operating revenue comes from tuition, room and board.The College is also supported by gifts from alumnae and friends. Additionally the College gains financial resources through they earnings of the endowment.Speller said a letter discussing price increases was sent to parents in March.
The City of South Bend is preparing for the winter storm expected Tuesday and Wednesday and anticipates issuing a Snow Emergency in the next two days, according to a Monday media advisory. One to two inches of snow could accumulate during the day Tuesday in St. Joseph County, with an additional 11 to 12 inches Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service. “In anticipation of the next round of heavy snow and ice, the city’s Snow-Control Team met this morning with Police, Fire and South Bend Community School Corporation to finalize, in advance, strategies to deal with the winter storm expected over the next few days,” the City’s media advisory stated. University spokesman Dennis Brown said Notre Dame makes daily weatherrelated closure decisions around 5 a.m. South Bend Mayor Stephen Luecke asked all South Bend residents to plan ahead, exercise caution while driving, clear sidewalks as quickly as possible and avoid driving on all main thoroughfares once snow begins so plows can remove snow as quickly as possible. The city will likely declare a snow clearance condition Tuesday, according to a press release. Parking is prohibited on designated snow routes during snow clearance conditions on snow routes marked with signs. “Hopefully not, but if it materializes as bad as predicted, Wednesday may be the full declaration of snow emergency where we not only don’t want people to park on snow routes — we don’t want them to drive either,” said Mikki Dobski, director of communications and special projects for the City of South Bend.
Over the summer, some students from Saint Mary’s furthered their interest in helping the community and interned at Hannah and Friends, a non-profit organization for children and adults with special needs. Senior Maureen Parsons served as an AmeriCorps member at the organization. “I helped out with summer camp and the community service summer club,” Parsons said. “We had summer camp Monday through Thursday, where our participants were able to do crafts, sing, dance and play outside.” The community service club planned projects throughout the summer for organizations in the community, Parsons said. “Hannah and Friends is an opportunity for people with special needs to come and hang out with friends without being judged,” she said. Parsons has now spent the last two summers working at the non-profit and will continue her work during the academic year. “I really enjoy volunteering there throughout the year. During the school year, I help out at the dances and karaoke nights once a month,” she said. “This year, I am also helping plan their girls’ night program. The girls’ night program is a chance for our female participants to come and just have fun together.” Throughout the semester, participants in the girls’ night program will discuss health and fitness, attend an etiquette dinner and a fashion show and create a scrapbook, Parsons said. Senior Kari McClowry also interned with Hannah and Friends this summer. “I had such a wonderful experience with the organization,” McClowry said. “I helped plan the activities for summer camp and made sure it ran smoothly. A big priority was to make sure the kids were having fun. I also co-organized a fundraiser called Family Fest.”
Heavy winter weather has made transportation off campus difficult for Saint Mary’s students. With snow and ice making biking nearly impossible, Belles are seeking other options to get to Notre Dame for classes and meetings. Sophomore Rebecca Walker does not have a car on campus to take her to Notre Dame for Science Fiction and Fantasy Club gatherings. “The trolley [Transpo bus] is really nice because it gets me to Notre Dame, but it’s really inconvenient … because the trolley likes to be late,” she said. “And on the rare occasion that you need it to be late, it’s early.” Some students with classes at Notre Dame said the listed bus schedules do not always match up with class hours. These problems are exacerbated by the seasonal weather. “If the weather’s bad, that means the [bus] will even more likely be late,” Walker said. “Monday night … I was waiting at least 10 minutes out in the snow.” David Gariepy, director of security, said the wait might seem longer for students who are dressed inappropriately. “Increased ridership on our buses also … slow our buses down,” he said. “They do a pretty good job for the most part. During the winter, roads are ice-covered … Traffic moves at a much slower pace during this time of year. I would encourage students to dress warmly.” “We have the Blinkie escort van, which runs a regular route from the residence hall parking lots from dark until 2 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and from dark until 4 a.m. Fridays through Sundays,” Gariepy said. “It extends its route to the Grotto after The Sweep [Transpo route] stops running.” While the Security Department offers these options for later hours, Gariepy said he encourages students to use buses when they are operating. Students frequently complain the buses do not run Sundays. “On Sundays, it’s difficult to get [to Notre Dame] when the weather is bad and Blinky doesn’t start until 7:30 [p.m.],” Steron said. Transportation is easier for students with cars on campus, though this also has its disadvantages. “Parking here is not that great,” Kramer said. “Angela [Athletic Facility] parking is really far away, and parking for students at Regina [Hall] is limited.” Kramer said she tries to avoid driving when the weather is bad and roads are icy. Even when the weather was warmer, students found transportation to and from Notre Dame difficult. “Class times are so close together that traveling by foot or by bike takes so long that you may be late,” Costello said. Safety risks are also a concern. “I have a bike on campus, but I don’t really use it because I don’t feel safe using it,” Walker said. “The only place I’d have to use it is to get to Notre Dame, but I don’t feel comfortable stopping at [North Michigan Street.] … The pedestrian light is so quick. … Even if you’re there when it turns green you have to run, because it’s red by the time you get to the other side.” Gariepy said this has been brought to his attention before. “We’ve talked to the highway department about [the pedestrian light], and they’ve checked the light and they feel that for the flow of traffic, it’s appropriate,” he said, “but I understand how that can be a frustration. … If you follow the rules of the road, it should be safe.” Walker said she would appreciate the ability to rent or borrow cars from the College and more transportation options for Sundays. Gariepy said he encourages students to be patient, particularly during the winter months. “We can’t always please everyone,” he said. “There can’t be instant gratification. Just understand that there are going to be delays when there is an excess amount of ridership.” He said regular stranded student policies are in effect, although the response may be delayed by weather circumstances. “Anytime a student is off campus … we will do everything we can to get them back safely,” he said. “Anywhere within a 5-mile radius of campus isn’t too much of a burden … But we only have two security cars on duty at a time. [If we have to,] we’ll send a taxi to pickup the student.” “Try to be a little understanding, especially during this weather. That’s where I think dressing warmly really helps.”
Notre Dame’s Society of Women Engineers (SWE) will hold their annual Trick-or-SWEet 5K on Thursday evening to raise money for the Best Buddies organization.Sophomore Michelle Galarneau said she and sophomore Yomara Acevedo started to plan the Halloween-themed race during the past summer. Galarneau is SWE’s outreach director and Acevedo is the chair of the Trick-or-SWEet Run.“SWE hosts this race around Halloween because it’s always such a fun time of the year,” Galarneau said. “People wear costumes and we hand out Halloween candy and apples. It’s a great fall event here at Notre Dame.”Acevedo, a participant in the race last year, said the event was both enjoyable and rewarding.“It was one of my first 5Ks,” Acevedo said. “I had a lot of fun and saw some pretty crazy costumes.“Trick-or-SWEet is a great way for us to simultaneously promote health, engineering and the Best Buddies, which is a great cause.”The race, which consists of a course running across campus, will kick off at 6 p.m. outside of Cushing Hall. Participants are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes. At the finish line, runners can receive a t-shirt, an apple and a Halloween treat. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest male and female runners and the runner with the best costume. A $10 entry fee will support the Best Buddies organization and the annual event SWE hosts for the charity.“We host an event for the Best Buddies later on in the year,” Galarneau said. “We bring some of the kids to campus and do some engineering activities with them. Some of the proceeds from Trick-or-SWEet fund this, and some are donated directly to the organization.”According to the Notre Dame chapter’s website, Best Buddies is a non-profit organization that pairs people with intellectual disabilities with Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students to provide opportunities for individual friendships and integrated employment.“We get to integrate engineering with helping the community,” Galarneau said. “It fits right in with the Notre Dame mentality to use the things we learn for a good purpose.”Runners can register for the race on the link posted to Trick-or-SWEet Run Facebook event.Tags: best buddies, society of women engeineers, SWE, trick of SWEet 5k, trick or sweet 5k
Hesburgh’s Heroes, a new campus club working in conjunction with nonprofit Andean Health and Development (AHD), has raised nearly $15,000 to benefit Hesburgh Hospital in Santo Domingo, Ecuador, according to club president and senior Jack McKeon.“We’ve been raising a lot of money by selling t-shirts and koozies at family football tailgates,” McKeon said.“Last year, we got the rights to Fr. Hesburgh’s name and face, which we were able to display prominently on the merchandise,” sophomore Nate McKeon, Jack McKeon’s brother and club vice president, added. “It’s definitely helped with sales. Everybody loves Fr. Hesburgh.”Jack McKeon said the club also raised a significant amount of money by contacting and obtaining donations from Notre Dame alumni.“We are currently in the process of consolidating the funds,” he said. “We plan to write a check, as a club, to donate to AHD.”AHD was founded in 1996 by Dr. David Gaus, ’84, and Fr. Hesburgh with the goal of “providing sustainable, quality medical care today and training the rural health care leaders of tomorrow,” according to the AHD website. The organization opened its first hospital in 2000 in Pedro Vicente Maldonado, Ecuador and recently opened Hesburgh Hospital in Santo Domingo. The organization also trains local doctors in order to create self-sustainable health care systems.The McKeon brothers travelled to Ecuador with the organization in the summer of 2013.“After touring the hospitals and seeing all the good AHD was doing there, we were really moved to start Hesburgh’s Heroes and bring AHD to Notre Dame,” Nate McKeon said.“Because the organization was founded by an ND alum with the guidance of Father Hesburgh, we felt it really needed a presence on campus,” Jack McKeon added.The club hosted its first educational event last week, at which Dr. Gaus presented a lecture discussing the history of AHD and its goals.“We have about 35 active club members right now, but we also just want to get the word out and spread the club’s mission across campus,” Nate McKeon said.Next semester, Jack said the club plans to start a webinar series with AHD employees and host a bubble soccer fundraising tournament.“AHD is currently raising money to build a replica Grotto on Hesburgh Hospital’s campus, which the locals are very excited about,” Jack McKeon said. “We want to direct our next donations to help with that project.”“Hopefully, in the long term, we will be able to send club members to Ecuador,” Nate McKeon said.Hesburgh’s Heroes club meetings are held once per month with the next metting schedule for Nov. 18 at 5:15 p.m. in B034 Geddes Hall.Tags: ahd, andean health and development, dr. david gaus, ecuador, father hesburg, Hesburgh, hesburgh heroes, hesburgh’s heroes
The Hawaii Club will host its biggest event of the year, its annual Luau, this Saturday evening in the Dahnke Ballroom of the Duncan Student Center.The club will present a showcase of hula and Tahitian dances, along with popular authentic Hawaiian food, a photo booth and lei and tea leaf bracelet making stations.Sophomore Stephanie Araki, co-president of the Hawaii Club, said the club works with Hawaiian alumni in order to organize the event, and many alumni and relatives fly to Notre Dame to help with and attend the luau. “The alumni who fly in bring with them all of the foliage and flowers that we use in our stage decorations and centerpieces, so what everyone sees here is imported directly from Hawaii, which furthers the connection between our event and Hawaii,” Araki said.An important aspect of the luau is the entertainment portion, which features a number of dances choreographed by sophomore Tia Williams, vice president of the Hawaii Club, and sophomore Veronica Perez.“We have a women’s slow dance, a women’s fast dance, a men’s dance, a couples dance and a kahiko dance which is choreographed to a chant instead of a melody. For our finale, we like to do a well-known song, so it is usually a ‘Lilo and Stitch’ song,” Williams said.Williams said learning hula is a great way to learn more about Hawaiian culture and the language, specifically because every move is related to the lyrics which the performers are taught when they learn the dance.In between the dances, the emcee will explain some characteristics of Hawaiian culture and play some traditionally Hawaiian games to foster an understanding for Hawaiian society, Perez said.Hawaii’s separation from the rest of the United States produces a unique environment from other states, sophomore Kiana Caranto said.While functioning as a celebration of Hawaiian culture, Caranto said the luau is also meant to foster positive, familial sentiments indicative of Hawaiian attitudes.“Everyone in Hawaii takes family very seriously. I’m sure you have heard of ohana, which is the Hawaiian term for family,” Caranto said. “We also talk a lot about the concept of aloha and the aloha spirit, which encourages Hawaiians to be very welcoming and to act very much like a large family.”Araki said the organizers hope the luau will give students insights on general cultural differences and similarities, while also providing for an opportunity to appreciate Hawaiian culture.“Luaus in Hawaii are to welcome special guests into the community and that’s what we’re trying to do here,” Araki said. “We’re trying to show everybody that we are family and we want everyone to be a part of our family as well.”Tags: Hawaii club, hula, luau, ohana
Saint Mary’s College’s Students Supporting Autism club hosted its fourth-annual Light It Up Blue Walk last Saturday in honor of Autism Awareness Month. The event raised $2,700 for the Dan Ryan Children’s Fund at the LOGAN Center, a group that assists families with the costs of services for those with autism or other disabilities, Gabrielle Moody, president of Saint Mary’s Students Supporting Autism club, said in an email.“The walk first started my freshman year and has grown every year,” she said. “The amount we raised has doubled every year and so did participants. It was extremely successful this year and everyone raves about how enjoyable it is for their families.”Nancy Turner, chair of the education department and the faculty advisor for Students Supporting Autism, said she believes the growth of the walk as well as the club’s presence on campus is helping increase autism awareness at the College and the surrounding community. All those from the community were welcome to attend the event.“There were people from the community, as well as students,” Turner said. “I would say overall it’s both. Some of the people associated with LOGAN Center came. In addition, the radio station 97.7 Rock was instrumental in promoting the walk, so some people representative of the radio station came as well.”First year student Alex Guevara Stevens said in an email that the range and number of people who attended the walk was one of her favorite aspects of the event. She also said the walk was special to her because her brothers are both on the autism spectrum.“I loved seeing my friends, classmates and different people from all over the community come together to support the walk,” she said. “It was a great outcome. It is a cause that is very dear to my heart because in the past my family has been dependent from resources that are similar to those the Logan House provides.”Guevara Stevens also said she hopes more people take the time to learn about autism and finding happiness in what can be seen as a difficult situation.“Autism has affected my life because growing up with my brothers has taught me about finding joy in different places, about compassion, but most importantly I have learned that our differences are what make us beautiful,” she said. “Being different is not a bad thing, rather it’s something that makes each and every human being special and unique, and something that we should be proud of.”Furthermore, Moody said the walk allows her to celebrate the people she has met with autism throughout her life.“I hope the tradition of the walk continues after I graduate,” Moody said. “My favorite part about it is celebrating all the individuals with autism that have touched my life in some way. Autism has played a huge role in forming me into the woman/teacher/person I am today, and I am extremely thankful to SMC for giving me the opportunity to spread awareness on our campus.”Turner also hopes that the walk continues to grow and that Students Supporting Autism can continue to bring awareness through the activities they sponsor throughout the year.“I would just say I hope that the walk continues to occur. It’s only one of many activities that Students Supporting Autism plans over the year,” she said. “I’ve had many wonderful students over these years who have really dedicated so much time to not only the walk, but as I said, many events including working directly with children with autism. That’s one of the things this particular group has done. Raising awareness, as I said, just raising money. I’m confident that as these students graduate, which they are and I’m sad to see them go, but I’m sure that we’ll have other students that will step in and take their place. Hopefully the walk and the group will continue to do good things.”Tags: Autism, logan center, saint mary’s, Students Supporting Autism
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) Submitted image.MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services recently received 60 backpacks from Fostering Hearts Bag Drive to utilize for children coming into foster care.The backpacks are for children ages newborn to teen and consist of an outfit, socks, underclothes, book, blanket, stuffed animal and bathroom necessities. Additionally, infant backpacks come with bottles, diapers and wipes.Mackenzie Skarzenski, with the help of her mother Susan, is the founder of the organization.“In Chautauqua County there are over 100 kids in foster care,” said Skarzenski, the 14 year old high school freshman who founded the group. “Most of them don’t get to take anything with them and leave everything behind. Please help us to help them by donating items or bags.” Skarzenski’s got the backpack idea from friends of theirs who reside in Erie, who have been doing a similar fundraiser for years.The family found that there is not a program like this in Chautauqua County and so they decided to create one.Skarzenski, who donated some of the items using money she made working odds and ends jobs over the summer, said, “This is what I want to do for the holidays to give.”Skarzenski and her mother contacted many businesses and organizations to get the word out, posted flyers, created a Facebook page and set up collection boxes at drop off points throughout the county to include Flowers by Anthony in Dunkirk, Silver Creek Optical, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Silver Creek, Cindy’s Flowers and Gifts in Clymer, and The Fabric Barn in Findley Lake.The Findley Lake United Methodist Church has donated a room at their church to house the items.Submitted image.“The bags donated contain winter clothing,” said Susan Skarzenski. “Mackenzie is already planning a second collection this spring to collect backpacks that will contain spring and summer clothes.”“What an amazing act of selflessness and generosity from both Mackenzie and our community,” said Leanna Luka-Conley, Deputy Commissioner of Adult, Child and Family Services for the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services.Foster Care services in Chautauqua County provide out-of-home care for children in the custody of the Commissioner of Social Services. Foster care plays an important role in providing temporary, safe and nurturing homes to children when their parents are unable to care for them.Children are placed in foster homes in situations where they have been removed from their own families because they have been abused and/or neglected or because other family problems exist that endanger their safety. The children may range from infancy through 18 years of age and may have special medical, physical or emotional needs; the children may belong to any ethnicity or race and be part of a group of brothers and sisters who need to remain together.If you are interested in more information regarding Fostering Hearts Bag Drive, please visit their Facebook page at Fostering Hearts Bag Drive. For more information on Foster Care services in Chautauqua County visit www.chqhhs.com or our Facebook page, CCFosterParent.
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 by Justin Gould / WNYNewsNow.MAYVILLE – No people have tested positive for the novel Coronavirus as of 4 p.m. Thursday, according to an announcement from Chautauqua County officials during a press conference. “I am assuming the novel Coronavirus is circulating here (in Chautauqua County),” Chautauqua County Commissioner of Health Christine Schuyler said. “We know the virus is in our communities. That’s called community spread.”“If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others.”There are 35 people in precautionary quarantine, according to Schuyler. Schuyler acknowledged there’s no vaccine. Schuyler said the county has “very limited” supplies for testing. She adds that she recommended to health care providers to be selective for who should be tested.Schuyler says officials have worked to reach out to the local Amish community throughout the situation. She says their schools are currently closed.Schuyler, however, said it’s important for the panic to be “dampened.”Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel said that there isn’t a definitive time for businesses to return to normal. Wendel said state officials will re-assess the situation in two week cycles.Wendel said, as soon as his office receives more information, he’ll release it to the public.The County Executive is asking people to take preventative measures, like washing hands, and be safe.“We have to be in our best fighting condition,” Schuyler adds.When asked if the County should cancel the Chautauqua Institution season, he said it would be “a little premature.” Wendel adds that President Michael Hill has coordinated with the County throughout the process.State Senator George Borrello, during the conference, called for New York State to utilize Lakeshore Hospital during the pandemic.Dr. Robert Burke said that cooperation between officials has been “marvelous.” Burke, along with Schuyler, Sheriff Jim Quatttrone and Wendel, are a part of a Coronavirus task force.