According to a University press release, University president Fr. John Jenkins was one of 14 individuals to receive a 2011 Champion of Diversity award from Indiana Minority Business Magazine (IMBM). Jenkins was recognized by the magazine at a Jan. 14 ceremony in Indianapolis. The magazine honored the award recipients as “leaders in their respective fields, not only because they excel at what they do, but also because they are inclusive,” according to Shannon Williams, president and general manager of IMBM. “This year’s esteemed group of awardees has promoted diversity with their hiring practices, outreach programs or have individually transcended racial or gender barriers,” she said. Jenkins, in his sixth year as University president, acted upon the recommendations of two University committees to enact initiatives designed to enhance support for a diverse faculty. These initiatives were based upon reports prepared by the University Committee on Cultural Diversity and the University Committee on Women Faculty and Students. Jenkins was recognized for the appointments of Don Pope-Davis, vice president, associate provost and professor of psychology, and Susan Ohmer, William T. and Helen Kuhn Carey Associate Professor of Modern Communication and assistant provost, to oversight roles for efforts related to faculty of color and women faculty, respectively. Their posts involve close coordination with deans, department chairs and others in faculty recruitment, hiring, retention, mentoring and development. The award also honored the creation of the Moreau Academic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, which is a two-year research, teaching and mentoring initiative for scholars studying or representing diverse groups. Another initiative recognized by the magazine was the Dual Career Assistance Program, which assists the spouses of recently hired full-time faculty and staff find potential employment opportunities in the area or at Notre Dame. “The intellectual interchange that is essential to a university requires, and is enriched by, the presence and voices of diverse scholars and students,” Jenkins said last year. “Beyond the benefits diversity brings to all universities, we hold this commitment also because Notre Dame is a Catholic university.” Jenkins was elected president-elect of the University by the Board of Trustees on April 30, 2004, and became the University’s 17th president on July 1, 2005.
ENDICOTT (WBNG) — The JTM Ruck Club held a Donut Rucking with the Cider Mill 5K & 10K this morning in Endicott. During their journey, the group made a stop at the Cider Mill to grab some donuts before finishing their ruck back at the Roundtop Picnic Area. Based out of Cortland, club founder Dustin Sherman says he wanted to do this event in a new place that he’s never been to. Participants carried backpacks weighing up to 20 pounds on their ruck, and some even chose to carry their children! Rucking is carrying around a weighted backpack or some other type of load from point A to point B, usually a significant distance. “I heard the Cider Mill was a nice place to go to,” Sherman said. “And why not? Change of environment and scenery.” Sherman also says he was grateful for everyone who showed up to participate today.
Liam Rosenior has committed his future to Hull by signing a new two-year contract with the Barclays Premier League club. The 28-year-old defender’s new deal ensures he will be at the KC Stadium until at least 2015, and comes hot on the heels of fellow defender James Chester’s decision to sign a new contract. Rosenior is looking forward to concentrating on a return to the Premier League, after his previous spells with Fulham and Reading, and he told the club’s official website: “I’ve been waiting for four or five years to get back to the Premier League and prove that I can play at that level.” He added: “If I can get the chance, I want to prove to everyone and also to myself that I’m good enough to play well in this league and help the club to get results.” Rosenior, who joined the Tigers in 2010, added: “Because we’ve come up from the Championship, we will be viewed as underdogs but I think we can use that to our advantage. “Having the opportunity to play in the Premier League again is one that I want to take and I’m very much looking forward to it.” It has been a busy week for the East Yorkshire club who, in addition to agreeing new deals for Rosenior and Chester, also completed the signing of Curtis Davies from Birmingham for an undisclosed fee. Manager Steve Bruce had already brought in George Boyd and Maynor Figueroa as he looks to strengthen his squad ahead of their return to the Premier League. Press Association
Published on September 23, 2013 at 11:29 pm Contact David: firstname.lastname@example.org | @DBWilson2 Ron Thompson thought it was just a groin strain.It was just a week before the start of his freshman season and the four-star tight end had a chance to be an immediate factor, but the injury relegated him to the sidelines.The next step was to get an MRI and figure out when he could get back on the field. The doctors took the scan and compared the two sides of his waist.“Whoa. We see something in your right hip,” Thompson remembered the doctors telling him. “Has it been bothering you at all?”Thompson had a blood flow problem in his hip. It would require surgery and end his season. Had it been caught later, it could have endangered his career.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It was kind of shocking because I had never had a problem with it hurting or anything,” Thompson said. “It was just something they caught really fast and actually saved me.”A year after the surgery, Thompson is no longer saddled with the cumbersome expectations of being an untainted four-star recruit. He isn’t even a tight end anymore. Now he’s a talented, yet still untested, defensive end for Syracuse. And with an injury to starter Robert Welsh, his role could be expanding.After the diagnosis, Thompson said he could have never imagined himself in that position. Thompson was coveted by both the Orange’s offensive and defensive staffs, but Doug Marrone, then SU’s head coach, was an offensive-minded leader, unwilling to give up a potential star on that side of the ball.But even more alarming for Thompson was the lingering prospect that he would perhaps never play football again.“I’m not going to bullcrap you, I was kind of depressed,” Thompson said, “because there was a chance for me not being able to play football and I haven’t even got a chance to play in a game or anything.”The surgery was successful and he missed just one season. His start to 2013 was never in jeopardy, but he had to sit out the spring.Instead, he spent that season in meeting rooms with tight ends until just three days before the end of camp.Scott Shafer is in charge now. A year earlier, the defensive coordinator-turned-head coach clamored for Thompson to play on his side of the ball, but Marrone had the last say.“I had it in my mind as soon as he kind of switched, I was just like, ‘Yeah, I really see it coming now,’” Thompson said. “I started visualizing myself playing defensive end. I pretty much knew it was going to happen.”For the final three days of spring camp, Thompson went to meetings with the defensive line.“Those are the types of recruits you want,” Shafer said. “You want the recruit that the offense wants him, the defense wants him and they want him on special teams, and that’s Ron Thompson.”Thompson said the surgery wasn’t the reason for the position change, but he admitted he couldn’t imagine how things would’ve been different had he never gotten injured. He was a star at both positions for Southfield High School in Michigan, but was the No. 13 tight end in the country.He never had a preference for the position, but he now brings a unique perspective and skill set to SU’s defensive line. His athleticism is what really stands out to defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough.The already athletic Thompson is even faster now than he was as a tight end, which is a testament to the work of Will Hicks, SU’s assistant athletics director for athletic performance, during Thompson’s rehab.Thompson’s still “trying to learn how to be a D-end,” Bullough said, but he’s racked up nine tackles, including two for a loss.“He has brain farts at times,” said linebacker Marquis Spruill. “I wouldn’t have expected Ron to do as well as he does on defense, him being a tight end and coming into a whole different setting.”Thompson’s improved in the weight room — he can bench 225 pounds 20-25 times now, up from just 11 when he arrived at Syracuse — and as an athlete while he learns his new position.From time to time, he still gets a chance to hearken back to his offensive days. In practice last week, he dropped back into coverage and made a remarkable interception.“Oh, that’s his old tight end days,” Bullough said.The highlight so far, though, came when Syracuse was routed by then-No. 19 Northwestern on Sept. 7 in Evanston, Ill.It was just Thompson’s second game as a defensive end and he was faced with one of the nation’s premier offensive juggernauts.The new defensive end charged into the backfield and dragged down Kain Colter for his first collegiate sack.“It was like I was on the field,” Thompson recalled, “but I was really in my mind thinking like, ‘Wow, I just got a sack. Who would’ve thought?’”His dream was almost denied. But a year later, he’s finally living it.“I’m doing my dream,” he said, “playing college football.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+