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.
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce had spoken optimistically about the prospect of tying up a deal for the 30-year-old Holland international, who has made only two appearances for the Toffees – both in the Capital One Cup – so far this season. But in a statement released by his agents Sport Promotion on Thursday Heitinga said he had not been convinced that transfer would be right for him and had therefore called it off. Press Association He added that he was confident, with the interest being shown in him, that he would be able to join another club before the end of the January transfer window. “At my age it is important to make the right choices,” Heitinga, whose current Everton contract runs out at the end of the season, said. “Then it is not just about money, because that was not a problem at West Ham United. “You must be convinced that you are making a right step and that (thought) was with me, so I cancelled (the move to) West Ham and we now await the interest of other clubs. “There is some, so I’m confident that I can find another club before January 31.” The statement by Sport Promotion made reference to the fact that West Ham are currently 19th in the Barclays Premier League table. It also said of Heitinga: “His future may lie in England, but he is also open to a departure to another top league in Europe.” And the player spoke about his desire to play for his country at this summer’s World Cup. “I want to play in every game again, because I still have a huge appetite for the ball,” Heitinga said. “I am fit and, as a footballer, in the prime of my life. “Moreover, I would like later to go to the World Cup in Brazil. “I know that coach Louis van Gaal more or less has the condition that the players he selects are playing every week. “This is not happening at Everton, so I’m looking at other options for a successful continuation of my career.” Heitinga, capped 87 times by Holland, joined Everton in 2009 from Atletico Madrid and had previously played for Ajax. He made 30 appearances for the Toffees last season, when they were still managed by David Moyes, who was succeeded by Roberto Martinez over the summer. Everton defender Johnny Heitinga has turned down a move to West Ham.