Saint Mary’s announces 12th president

first_imgSouth Bend native Jan Cervelli was introduced to the Saint Mary’s community Wednesday afternoon as the 12th president of the College.Cervelli said she grew up across the St. Joseph River and it has been a “wonderful homecoming” to be back in the community.Caitlyn Jordan | The Observer “God has taken me on so many great journeys, and he brought me back here for the greatest purpose of all,” she said.Cervelli said she is not the only one thrilled to be back home; her mother, a resident of Granger, said she is happy to have Jan back in the area. Cervelli said she has been running into classmates and neighbors since she has been back and has received a tremendous amount of support from the community.Cervelli attended Holy Cross grade school and Saint Joseph High School in South Bend. Her sister, Patricia, is a Saint Mary’s alumna and member of the class of 1972. Cervelli chose Purdue because of her interest in architecture, though she would have liked to attend Saint Mary’s, she said.“I’ve always appreciated the seamlessness about spirituality and subjects taught [in Holy Cross education],” she said. “The spiritual dimension gives much more meaning and depth to the education.”Coming from a background of larger universities, Cervelli is leaving a position as dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture and professor of landscape architecture at the University of Arizona.She said the smaller school atmosphere is exciting because of the sense of intimacy, the strong connection to students and she cited the 10:1 student-to-professor ratio at the College as a testament to how Saint Mary’s fully engages students in the classroom.She also said her experience in landscape architecture, which is taught in a small studio settings, lends itself well to her understanding of how learning happens in a more intimate setting.Prior to her work at the University of Arizona, Cervelli served as the first female dean at Clemson University when she was selected as its dean of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, according to a College press release.  She has also served as associate dean for Undergraduate Studies and director of the Teaching and Learning Center at the University of Kentucky.Cervelli said she recognizes the importance of interdisciplinary connections that can be made to make the educational environment even richer at the College.She said her first priorities as president of the College are getting to know the staff, faculty and students.“I want to be able to have strong conversations and spend time understanding from the student perspective,” she said. “I like to call it a listening tour.”Additionally, Cervelli said she wantd to immerse herself into student life at the College.“I want to become a part of the class of 2020,” she said. “ … I want to be able to walk the walk with students and see what it’s like to take classes, to live in the dorm, to eat the food.”Her next priority is to get to know the alumnae around the country, Cervelli said.“Saint Mary’s has fabulous alumnae, who are super accomplished and well connected, so I’m looking forward to getting to know people and allowing people to get to know me,” she said.Cervelli plans to build on the partnerships with Holy Cross institutions including Notre Dame and Holy Cross and to invite the community at large to campus in a highly visible way, she said.“Saint Mary’s is so modest,” she said. “It’s a real strength and a wonderful quality; on the same token, [we] need to brag a little bit more, so I’d like to work with the staff here to look at how we can make our mark on the world and share our accomplishments.”Cervelli hopes to help create a more sustainable campus using her professional background and expertise.“I’m very interested in looking at the campus itself, as a landscape architect and how can we begin to design, redesign and look to the future of development that makes the campus sustainable,” she said.She said many students are interested in issues of sustainability today and she believes the leadership of the students could help to guide that discussion.Cervelli said she will bring a few pets to South Bend from Arizona and looks forward to reconnecting with her childhood friends. Emphasizing the importance of balance in her life, Cervelli cited some of her interests outside of her academic career.“I have been in rock bands since I was in high school,” Cervelli said. “I had the chance to join a band and tour in college, but I knew that my parents wouldn’t be very happy.”Although she most often performed as a singer, Cervelli said she can also play guitar and the keyboard.She said she gave up music between graduate school and her career as a professor and dean but later picked up the hobby again.“When I got to Arizona, one of the faculty in Architecture heard that I used to do music … so we got together with some graduate students, played guitar and jammed. We put together a band that would play at events for the University and other events in downtown Tucson.”Cervelli while she derives a sense of balance from music, she places value on all activities that provide it to students.“The wellness of students is important to me,” she said, and the renovation of Angela Athletic Facility will be crucial to that wellness and helping students to live a balanced lifestyle.Cervelli said her passion for students, music and wellness will dovetail nicely into her role as the president.“It’s in college where you begin to learn that balance,” she said. “All leaders should demonstrate how to live that balance.”She will also institute an open door policy when she takes office, June 1.“I want students to know that I have an open door,” Cervelli said. “I will drop what I have to because I know that if a student is coming, then it’s important.”Tags: Jan Cervelli, Janice Cervelli, new president, saint mary’slast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Bright Star Eyes the Road & More

first_img View Comments Carmen Cusack & Paul Alexander Nolan in ‘Bright Star'(Photo: Nick Stokes) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.The Sun Is Gonna Shine Again for Bright StarCould Bright Star keep shining across America? At the musical’s one-night-only concert reunion on December 12, music director Peter Asher announced that a national tour is in the works, as assured to him by producer Joey Parnes. Asher went on to say the Steve Martin and Edie Brickell musical is rumored to kick off in Salt Lake City, Utah in early 2018. has reached out to representatives of the show for comment.Denzel Washington Receives Filmmaking HonorDenzel Washington, star, director and producer of the film adaptation of Fences, will be honored by the American Society of Cinematographers next year. Washington, who won a Tony for his performance in the 2010 revival of the August Wilson classic, is set to receive the group’s Board of Governors Award at the ASC Awards on February 4, reports Deadline. In a statement, ASC president Keen van Oostrum said, “A true artist is empowered by the era they live in, and [Washington] expresses an awareness of the world around us through his work. It is that strength of character that we honor.” Fences arrives in movie theaters on Christmas Day.Heidi Blickenstaff & Emma Hunton Are Still FreakyBroadway alums Heidi Blickenstaff (Something Rotten!) and Emma Hunton (Spring Awakening) will reprise their performances in Freaky Friday at La Jolla Playhouse. The duo previously played the roles of Katharine and her daughter Ellie, respectively, in the recent world premiere presentation at Signature Theatre in D.C and on the upcoming cast album. Performances of the Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey musical begin on January 31, 2017 at the California venue, where it is scheduled to run through March 12.Lin-Manuel Miranda Fantasy Becomes More RealLin-Manuel Miranda has found his new right hand man. John Rogers, creator of the 2015 NBC series The Player, has been tapped as the showrunner for Miranda’s previously announced The Kingkiller Chronicle series, according to The Wrap. The Hamilton mastermind will serve as creative producer for both a film and TV series based on Patrick Rothfuss’ fantasy trilogy; he is also tasked with composing the score and original songs and fleshing out new storylines for the small screen.last_img read more

Ampelmann Upgrades A-Type People and Cargo Transfer System

first_imgAmpelmann has launched an improved version of its A-type system for transferring people and cargo in the offshore wind industry.Available to view at the Offshore Wind Energy Conference in London, the A400 has been redesigned in conjunction with operators to include greater capacity for equipment transportation between vessels and wind turbines. Widened gangways support the use of trolleys that can carry up to 400kg of cargo on Euro-sized industry standard pallets, the company said.In addition, the system can transfer multiple personnel at a time and includes an elevator to support ‘no-step’ policies.The capacity for transferring pallets via the gangway system alleviates the need for operators to install platform cranes.”Providing a full system that includes a gangway capable of transporting a pallet, a trolley and elevator is something we believe will be of great benefit to the offshore wind sector,” Friso Talsma, Ampelmann’s Sales and Business Development Manager for Offshore Wind, said.“We have received a great deal of interest in the system and we would like to invite visitors at Offshore Wind Energy to drop by and see the system. Our staff will be on hand to discuss potential applications and ways it could work for their projects.”At 120cm in width, the new A400 gangway is double the width of earlier versions, has full motion compensation and the no movement gangway operates in a sea state of up to 3 metres, Ampelmann said.A single operator is required to use the system and all cargo and personnel can be transferred using the elevator.The accompanying Cargo400 electric trolley transports equipment weighing up to 400kg between the vessel and offshore structure. The system can be maneuvered by one person, is speed adjustable and includes an auto-brake.last_img read more

Over 1,000 Without Power

first_imgMap of Duke outage areaUPDATE:  Power had been restored as-of 1:44 p.m.Duke Energy reports 1065 customers in the Batesville/Morris area were being affected by a power outage, starting at around noon today.  They’re estimating to be able to restore power by about 2:15 p.m.last_img

Man Charged with Inciting Riot, Threatening to Fight Local Deputy Police Chief

first_imgAccording to a West Palm Beach police report, just before 8 p.m. Tuesday, at Lakeview Avenue and Quadrille Boulevard, he rode his bicycle through the crowd, confronted Deputy Police Chief Rick Morris and demanded the chief remove his uniform and fight.He also waved his arms, apparently to encourage other protesters to join him, shouting ”(expletive) the police,” according to the arrest report.A few demonstrators tried to block Couse’s arrest as several officers had to restrain him while he struggled with police.According to The Palm Beach Post, Couse may originally be from West Palm Beach, and it is unclear why or when he moved to Jacksonville. A Jacksonville man became the third person this week to be charged by West Palm Beach police with “inciting a riot,” after officers say he challenged the deputy chief to a fight and also mocked demonstrators Tuesday night.The “incitement” charge against 51-year-old Anthony Richard Couse III is a first-degree felony, which is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. He is also charged with assault on an officer and resisting arrest without violence.Officers arrested four other people, including a juvenile, on Sunday evening. The charges range from resisting arrest to aggravated assault.Couse remained at the Palm Beach County Jail on Wednesday with his bail set at $151,000.last_img read more

The Olympia Wooden Boat Association announces 36th Annual Olympia Wooden Boat…

first_imgSubmitted by The Olympia Wooden Boat AssociationThe Olympia Wooden Boat Association is proud to announce the 36th Annual Olympia Wooden Boat Fair May 9 and 10, 2015.The fair, a traditional community and family event, is held at Percival Landing Park in downtown Olympia on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On display will be all types of wooden boats including power, sail, row boats, dinghies, kayaks, and canoes.Handmade items from local artisans will feature artwork, pottery, wooden décor, jewelry, clothing, homemade food products, and many more nautical-related items.When the family gets hungry, walk through the International Food Alley booths offering traditional burgers, seafood, international choices, along with tempting desserts.There will be a children’s boat building booth on Saturday. The fair is also known for showcasing local musical entertainment starting at noon.Saturday, May 9Noon   The Aspirations (Aspire School Jazz Band)2:00     Blue Pickup (Bluegrass band)4:00     Tumwater High School Jazz EnsembleSunday, May 10­Noon   Olympia Highlanders Bagpipe Marching Band1:00     Slieveloughane Irish Dancers2:30     The Burren Boys (Celtic Music)The fair officially closes on Sunday at 5:00 pm.For more information, directions, or boat and vendor applications, visit our web site at or send us an email at Always held on Mother’s Day weekend, bring Mom and the family to our FREE, fun-filled Boat Fair! Facebook1.3kTweet0Pin0last_img read more