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

Meghan Markle makes first public appearance since giving birth

first_imgThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex were absent at the end of the ceremony with local reporters speculating that “perhaps Archie needed them.”Meghan and Harry are absent from the balcony as members of the royal family watch the Queen return after Trooping the Colour. Perhaps Archie needed them.We should see everyone, including the Queen, on the balcony for the RAF flypass— Patricia Treble (@PatriciaTreble) June 8, 2019 Meghan Markle also known as the Duchess of Sussex, made her first public appearance since giving birth to her son Archie on Saturday.Markle attended The Mall to Horse Guards Parade for the Trooping the Colour ceremony held in honor of the Queen’s birthday.She sat alongside Prince Harry, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge and Camila Parker-Bowles the Duchess of Cornwall.Wedding nods to Duchess Meghan and Duchess Kate today. The DOC is wearing @McQueen and DOS is in @givenchy.— Omid Scobie (@scobie) June 8, 2019last_img read more

NY Post: Epstein Failed to Check in With NYPD as a Registered Sex Offender

first_imgThe New York Post is reporting that convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein never checked in with the NYPD as a registered sex offender in compliance with the order from a Manhattan judge nine years ago. Espstein is a Level 3 sex offender (the worst-of-the-worst) and was ordered to report in every 90 days. But he didn’t, not once, according to the Post. Epstein’s defense attorneys argue that his New York home, a $77 million Upper East Side townhouse, is not his primary address and that mitigates the check-in requirement to the “Sex Offender Monitoring Unit” (SOMU) despite the judge’s orders.Since he plead guilty to prostitution charges and was labeled a sex offender, Epstein should have reported in person to verify his address with the NYPD 34 times before he was arrested Saturday on federal child sex-trafficking charges.Violating requirements of the state’s 1996 Sex Offender Registration Act — including checking in with law enforcement — is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison for a first offense.Subsequent violations carry a sentence of up to seven years each.Epstein registered as a sex offender in New York after the controversial 2008 plea bargain he struck in Florida amid allegations he sexually abused scores of underage girls in his Palm Beach mansion. However, he plead guilty to a single prostitution charge.Several current and former high-ranking NYPD officials were shocked to learn from The Post that the department had given Epstein a pass on his periodic check-ins, with one saying, “It makes no sense.”The NYPD maintains that Epstein, 66, wasn’t required to check in with New York cops because he claims his primary residence is a private island, Little St. John, in the US Virgin Islands.But state Supreme Court Justice Ruth Pickholz considered and rejected that very argument by defense lawyer Sandra Musumeci during the Jan. 18, 2011, hearing.An NYPD spokesman added that this took place years ago, before much of the current leadership at the NYPD was in place.Meanwhile, Epstein has a bail hearing connected to sex trafficking charges today in Lower Manhattan.He is currently being held without bail after his arrest last weekend on accusations he abused dozens of girls in his New York and Florida homes. His defense is expected to propose a bail package and prosecutors will then have a few days to respond before another hearing on Monday.last_img read more

Huesca raises his voice after the Vallecas scandal

first_imgLaBiga SmartBank* Data updated as of February 24, 2020 The Sociedad Deportiva Huesca felt seriously affected by the arbitration of Ais Reig at the Estadio de Vallecas. The Valencian referee was the protagonist of the encounter between the Lightning and the Oscenses after deciding on two actions that marked the game, first with a goal annulled Okazaki, by a hand of the Japanese forward at the start of the play, and then by some alleged hands of Joshua Sa, which ended in the penalty and in the VAR It was shown that he was on his back. The CEO of the high-Aragonese entity, Manolo Torres, raised his voice after the controversial arbitration: “It is unusual for Huesca to appear to discuss arbitration in a match. But I speak from the indignation that we have felt in the Vallecas stadium to manifest with forcefulness that we have experienced a series of Kafkian situations, which we consider to have greatly conditioned the party. It is very easy to whistle to Huesca, since he has seen how seven goals were annulled to our center forward, but we have never questioned the operation of the Var, much less the performance of the arbitration. From minute 1 we have seen that the events of the game were conditioned. I believe that the efforts of professionals, the province and the club demand that we raise our voice. We have been very respectful, we are and these types of situations cannot happen again. We had a great team ahead, but the result has been tremendously conditioned by two occasions. “ The leader explained.Míchel Sánchez He also complained bitterly of the actions that had marked the defeat of his team: “We have been told that we were not going to ask for any missing favor and the truth is that we do not understand the double standards that the whole party has had. In Okazaki’s goal, I don’t know the protocol in this regard. If the Var considers that there is a previous hand, it seems to me that there may be some debate. But the penalty is not a penalty and in the two years of Var, I think there had been no such goal. My way of being is not to complain and support the referees, because at the end of the season they give you and take you away … but I think that today there is no controversy in the penalty play. I feel hurt today. “ The coach said.last_img read more

Minibus driver arrested at home after accident

first_imgFollowing an accident on Tuesday morning in the vicinity of Demico House, Brickdam, the driver of the minibus implicated was arrested at his home and was expected to make his appearance in court on Monday.Twenty-five-year-old Francine Ramdass, a student of the ER Burrowes School of Art was reportedly struck down by the driver, whose name was given as Eugene while she was on the pedestrian crossing.The injured student was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital by the driver, who subsequently fled the scene. Ramdass sustained several lacerations on her knee, arm and lips, and was currently suffering excruciating pain.She told Guyana Times that she was on her way to class when the accident occurred. The student recalled that while she was partially conscious, the driver came out of his minibus and checked for damage before rendering any assistance to her.Meanwhile, the injured young woman complained of the sloppy treatment she received at the country’s leading health institution.Ramdass posited that she stood and waited for several minutes before being attended to, although she was in pain.She added that when she finally got to see the doctor, the woman just looked at her and said she was “okay”.The student further explained that she had to inform the doctor that her knee was hurting before she was examined.Upon examining the young woman, the doctor reportedly took several pieces of gravel out of her knee.Ramdass complained that her wounds were partially cleaned and were not dressed by the doctor, since there was no medical gauze or plasters. The student said she subsequently visited the Diamond hospital where the wounds were treated.last_img read more

Costa Rica advances to Gold Cup quarterfinals despite another uninspired performance

first_imgAs Canada’s home crowd exploded into cheers at BMO Field in Toronto on Tuesday evening, a nightmarish silence clouded over Costa Rica. For a split second, it looked as if the men’s soccer team would lose to the Canadians and possibly fail to advance from the Gold Cup’s group stage.Then the yellow-and-red checkered flag waved on the sidelines and the rain-drenched fans returned to a monotonous hum in front of the eventual 0-0 draw between Canada and Costa Rica.Canada’s Marcus Haber, who scored the would-be game winner off a free kick, was ruled offsides. He was barely an inch beyond a line of defenders when he punched in the discounted score past keeper Esteban Alvarado.After Costa Rica’s third straight draw, the perennial favorites to win Group B coming into the regional tournament finish in second place behind Jamaica. On Sunday, they will face the runner-up of Group C: either Trinidad & Tobago or Mexico, depending on the result of their game tomorrow.“We achieved the main goal, which was to get to the quarterfinals,” Alvarado said after the game. “We have a lot of details to iron out but, thank God, we’re moving on.”The Ticos haven’t just flirted with disaster in the Gold Cup, they’ve been on the verge of making a long-term commitment to it. Canada nearly scored again in the waning minutes when a slippery ball went through Alvarado’s gloves. A seemingly sure chance for Canada to score again was denied when captain Bryan Ruíz’s leg miraculously deflected the ball right at the goal line to keep the match scoreless.“We’re not satisfied with the tie because we know we have to get better,” Ruíz said. “But today we get to continue into the next round and have the opportunity to improve.”Players and coaches keep harping on the theme of improvement as the men’s team has been unable to establish dominance over a trio of teams ranked 76th, 88th and 111th in FIFA’s world rankings. And the latest draw keeps Paulo Wanchope still winless as Costa Rica’s head coach, moving La Sele to 0-3-5 under his watch.“I don’t have doubts about what we’re doing,” Wanchope said leading up to the game with Canada. “I don’t doubt the form or the identity of play that we want, but we have to make some individual adjustments,” he said. “In terms of style and form, we’re doing alright. But we still recognize that things have to improve.”A starting lineup that left strikers like Joel Campbell and Álvaro Saborío on the sidelines was a risk on Wanchope’s end to find some cohesion for a precarious defense that remains a work in progress. Though Cristian Gamboa was able to return from a leg injury that kept him from Saturday’s 1-1 tie with El Salvador, veteran defender Michael Umaña left the team before its game Tuesday, reportedly to work out a new deal with his club team in Iran.Short bursts of heavy rain before kickoff and at the end of the first period created a slick canvas for Tuesday’s sloppy game. Costa Rica’s offense did little in the first half until Deyver Vega cut inside for a left-footed shot that required a diving save from Canadian goalie Kenny Stamatopoulos.Costa Rica’s quarterfinal matchup will kick off at 7:30 p.m. EST on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Facebook Comments Related posts:CONCACAF Gold Cup preview: Ticos look to re-establish themselves as region’s top team FEDEFUTBOL official: FIFA scandal won’t affect Costa Rica’s upcoming matches Analysis: Why Costa Rica’s football team will get back to the World Cup 2017 Gold Cup: Costa Rica’s La Sele draws Canada 1-1last_img read more