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

Atletico Madrid eye 2015 repeat to stage “impossible” turnaround against Real Madrid

first_imgAtletico Madrid have built a reputation for gargantuan achievements under coach Diego Simeone and have not given up hope of a remarkable turnaround against Real Madrid in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg.Last week’s chastening 3-0 defeat at the Bernabeu left Atletico needing a repeat of their sensational 4-0 win over their fierce local rivals in La Liga in 2015 to prevent a fourth straight European defeat by Real side who have not lost by more than one goal this campaign.Real have also scored in each of their last 60 games in all competitions, increasing the likelihood of an away goal which would oblige Atletico to win by four goals to reach the final.Real thrashed Granada 4-0 on Saturday despite Zinedine Zidane making nine changes from the team that beat Atletico so convincingly, while Simeone only rested one player in his side’s 1-0 victory over Eibar.With Real feeling fresher and their confidence soaring as they remain on track to win the domestic title, all signs point to the 11-times European champions piling more misery on their neighbors who they beat in the 2014 and 2016 finals.Simeone, however, offered a typically defiant message ahead of the second leg, alluding to his side’s remarkable title win in 2014 and their Champions League successes over the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea and Bayern Munich.”On Wednesday we have an extremely difficult game which for some would be impossible, but not for us,” Simeone told reporters.”After the last game I told the players it was very tough, that we’re facing the best team in the world that scores in every game but we can do it. I’m convinced we can, if I wasn’t I wouldn’t say so.”advertisementCaptain Gabi, meanwhile, is taking inspiration from Barcelona’s record-breaking comeback from a four-goal deficit against Paris St Germain this season.”Of course we can do it, look at Barcelona, and they had an even more difficult result,” he said.”We’re convinced we can do it, we’re going to fight for it and if not we can at least go out with our heads held high.”Atletico were boosted on Sunday by the return of defender Jose Gimenez to training although they are still without right backs Juanfran and Sime Vrsaljko, who they missed badly in the first leg as they struggled to cause Real’s defence any problems.Real have won only one of their last eight league games against Atletico but have found the magic formula against their rivals in the Champions League, which winger Lucas Vazquez said was due to their history in the competition.”Real Madrid have a special connection with Europe and the fans feel the same way. Playing in a Champions League game for Madrid gives you goosebumps,” he said.”Every game against Atletico is difficult because they are a great team but we know how to beat them.”last_img read more

Upazila chairperson in Jhenidah arrested with 12 bombs

first_imgJhenaidahAn upazila chairperson was reportedly arrested with 12 bombs while devising subversive acts from a house in Kutchadpur upazila of Jhenidah on Tuesday, reports UNB.The arrestee is Nazma Khatun, acting upazila chairman of the upazila.Acting on secret information, police conducted a raid at the house around 7:00pm while the chairman along with her men was planning subversion and recovered 12 bombs from the house, said officer-in-charge of Kutchadpur police station Biplob kumar Saha.Nazma became senseless seeing the law enforcers at her house and later she was sent to the Kutchadpur Upazila Health Complex for her treatment, said the OC, adding that Nazma is serving as secretary of Kutchadpur Upazila Jamaat Female unit, the OC added.last_img

Arrest of BNP men to intensify now Rizvi

first_imgBNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Prothom Alo File PhotoBNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged that the law enforcers would carry out fresh crackdown on the opposition leaders and activists from Saturday night.“We’ve learnt that the local Awami League leaders have handed over the lists of BNP and its alliance activists to the law enforcers. They will carry out massive arrest throughout the country based on the lists,” Rizvi told a briefing at the party’s Naya Paltan central office.Rizvi also alleged that the law enforcers and civil administration have tied up with the AL to hold a lopsided election by driving out the opposition leaders from the race.The ruling AL has created groups of five men for each polling station to ensure ‘ballot stuffing’, the BNP leader further alleged.These groups, with the help of the police, would stuff 30 per cent ballots the night before the voting on 30 December, Rizvi added.Detailing what he termed the AL’s blueprint for the election day, Rizvi said, “Mobile teams of the law enforcers would hinder the opposition voters to come to the polling stations”.Referring to the recent remarks by prime minister’s son Sajeeb Wajed Joy that the AL will form the next government winning 220 seats, Rizvi said, barring the BNP candidates from the polls and arresting them are the tactics the AL worked out in its master plan.He alleged that the government is planning to vacate 22-23 more seats where once leaders of Jamaat are vying with the BNP’s election symbol ‘Sheaf of paddy’.Rizvi also accused the election commission of orchestrating an AL victory in some constituencies by barring the BNP candidates from the polls process. Despite being a loan defaulter, film actor Faruk is contesting the polls as AL candidate, alleged Rizvi adding, there are a lot of AL candidates who are convicted and loan defaulters.The EC and the court turned deaf ear in all those cases, Rizvi said.BNP leaders Taimur Alam Khandakar, Ahmed Azam Khan and Munir Hossain among others were present at the briefing.last_img read more


first_imgA group show titled Watch Out is being organised in the Capital that features the works of 28 young artistes from across the country. The showwill feature several mediums like canvases, sculptures and photography.Watch Out is the second series of exhibition that displays the artpieces collected by Art Alive Gallery through their website The website was formed to nurture and promote young and emerging talent from all across the country and give them an opportunity to showcase their works to a worldwide audience that appreciates art. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The participants are – Aditi Saigal, Asish Das, Augustus Mithal, Bhaskara Rao B, Dipti Biswal, Jayanta Bhattacharya, Jignasha Ojha, Mainaz Bano, Meghansh Thapa, Parameswar Samal, Pradipta Chakraborty, Pratap Morey, Radha Dhaka, Sanjay Biswal, Sanjib Singha, Shashi Paul, Shuvankar Maitra, Sidharth Pansari, Somnath Bothe, Subash Pujahari, Sudhir Talmale, Sumanto Chowdhury, Suraj Kumar Kashi, Surekha H Matt, Tapas Biswas, Tapas Maite, Tarab Khan and Vinita Karim.When: 9 August -10 SeptemberWhere: Art Alive Gallery, Plot 120 Sector 44, GurgaonTimimg:11 am to 7 pmlast_img read more