Career outlook promising for 2011

first_imgLast year when senior Caitlin Sullivan contacted an Egyptian marine conservation called Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association, she didn’t expect to have a job lined up after graduation. Sullivan — who found a posting online — is now in position to become the organization’s communications officer. According to Sullivan, the company said it would send the offer and contract this February. “I’d say I’m more surprised than anything. I didn’t actually expect to hear back from this organization, since they’re based in Egypt,” Sullivan said. “I’m excited about the job.” Seniors are now gearing up for graduation, surveying their options, and choosing which path they will take when May arrives. Lee Svete, director of the Career Center, said despite economic turbulence in the job market the past few years, Notre Dame students have ridden the current and come out on top. “There is no sugarcoating it — it’s been a tough market out there, one of the most competitive job markets in the history of the modern economy,” he said. “Yet, our students did well.” This accomplishment may be attributed to a greater frequency of students using resources from the Career Center. “We’ve had almost 4,000 individual appointments in the fall. That’s a new record,” Svete said. “We’re also seeing more sophomores and juniors.” Svete said 90 percent of the class of 2009 had a career opportunity in position after graduation. Once the 2010 statistics are in, he said he expects the percentage to be even higher. Considering positions for this year, seniors demonstrate a very diverse set of interests Svete said, which will allow them to do anything with their career if they plan it out. Senior Katie Valko said planning has created many options for her to choose from. “I’m taking the LSAT next month as a kind of last minute whim decision just to see how I do,” Valko said. “I feel like I’ve set myself up well to succeed in whatever I pursue and have a lot of doors open. I think Notre Dame has really helped me to do that.” Svete said many students, like Valko, have several options they are looking into. “We’re seeing a real interest right now with working with non-profits, government, healthcare, financial services and corporate headquarters in retail,” he said. Most noticeably, however, is a shift in student interest toward service organizations, Svete said. Over 200 students followed this path after graduation last year. “Students are very focused on finding the right kind of employer and organizations who are socially responsible,” he said. “They forgo a higher paying job because they want to make a difference in the world.” For seniors still searching, Svete said more recruiters will be on campus. “Recruiting is up about 20 percent compared to last year,” he said. “We think that it looks, in terms of economic reports, that more employers will be posting jobs.” Svete said while Notre Dame attracts many employers, if students apply to companies online, they can also work with the Career Center to prepare. “Let’s say you want to work for ESPN. You can apply on the ESPN website, but why not also work with an alumni who is right there in Connecticut?” Svete said. “That gives you the leg up.” Professional contacts makes an individual more successful in a job search said Svete. He cites practice for interviews as a key distinguisher between candidates. “If you have an interview with the L.A. Times, come in and do it with us first,” he said. “Know your strengths and your weaknesses and your personal goals.” Any Notre Dame student, Svete said, can begin to prepare. This preparation can help soothe any worries in the process. Senior Kim Duffy said she remembers feeling nervous while completing applications and interviews. The tension before receiving work as a railroad designer in Anchorage, AK for Hanson Professional Services is difficult to describe, she said. “A horrible ‘what if’ bubbles up from your self conscious when you are least prepared,” she said. “What if no one calls me back? What if I hate my first job?” To counteract these worries, Svete said students should begin early. “Network and have a LinkedIn group — which is like the Facebook of professionals and is 18,000 strong — develop your contact network, write your résumé, talk to professors and use Career Center resources,” he said. The Career Center has counselors for every major and will work with students who don’t have jobs upon graduation. “At graduation we will know the names of individuals seeking jobs,” he said. “If you graduate from ND without a job, we have staff in place for that.” Students often avoid visiting the Career Center in Flanner Hall, Svete said, because they don’t have a specific career in mind. “You don’t have to know what you want to do. Come over and use us anyway,” he said. “By going to fairs, networking with alumni and realizing you’re going to get some rejections along the way, those experiences will help you down the road.”last_img read more

Notre Dame leads March for Life in capital

first_imgMore than half a million people are expected to converge on our nation’s capital today to rally in support of pro-life policies. At the very front of the March for Life, Notre Dame students, faculty and alumni will lead under a large white banner. While Notre Dame has been represented at the March for years, senior and ND Right to Life Communications Director Stephen Wandor said this year is unique. “It’s really a great honor for us and speaks to all the great pro-life work that’s going on on campus, both through our club and through the Center for Ethics and Culture Fund to Protect Human Life, as well as the Institute for Church Life,” Wandor said. Club President Jen Gallic, a junior, said ND Right to Life received the honor of leading the March because the March’s director spent time at the University last summer. “The new director for the March, Jeanne Monahan, actually attended the Vita Institute run through the Center for Ethics and Culture,” she said. “So I contacted her asking what we could do for the March and she asked us about leading the March. [The invitation is] kind of from her being familiar with Notre Dame.” Approximately 600 students are registered to go on the March, and Gallic estimates approximately 100 faculty and administration members will attend. “Last year we had 350 [students], so obviously it’s a huge jump this year,” she said. “We’ve never had alumni meet up with us, so that’ll be a big difference.” Wandor attributed the uptick in participation to a number of factors. “I think leading the March definitely assisted [with increasing participation], but most of the people signed up before we were aware we were leading the March,” he said. “We did a lot of advertising this year. We really made a big emphasis on going to the March this year since it’s the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.” The March will begin at 11 a.m. with a rally at the National Mall, where various addresses will be given, and will conclude in front of the Supreme Court, Wandor said. Wandor said he believes the large-scale show of support makes a powerful statement to leaders. “Protest is a very important way to show our leaders that we really care about this,” he said. “You can write a letter or editorial, but to make the trip, that speaks volumes to officials.” Beyond the impact the group can have on the March as its leaders, Wandor said the 13-hour bus trip and overnight stay at St. Agnes Parish in Arlington, Va. will increase participants’ awareness of the club’s other activities. “[It’s an opportunity] just to get the students involved and to get the students to see what we’re really about, not just going to the March but also on the buses there and being able to talk to them a little about some of the other events we do, perhaps to get them more involved on some of our other activities on campus,” Wandor said. ND Right to Life works with Hannah and Friends, a nonprofit organization that aids people with special needs, and the Women’s Care Center, which provides pregnancy services. The club also hosts weekly adorations and rosaries outside a local abortion clinic and performs outreach at a local home for the elderly. “We also have a Joys of Life commission, and their mission is really the idea that the best way to protect life is to celebrate life,” Gallic said. “That’s really a mission that our club has revolved around this year,”. Additionally, the club hosts various lectures and seminars. Not all focus on abortion and related issues. “One thing we want to emphasize is that it’s not just about us being against abortion,” Wandor said. “The club’s purpose and its mission revolve around human dignity and upholding the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception up until natural death.”last_img read more

Expert advises students on personal finance

first_imgTuesday evening in DeBartolo Hall, Carl Ackermann, professional specialist in the Mendoza College of Business, gave the second lecture in a three-part series on personal finance. Ackermann’s lectures focus on how students can best secure their financial future right out of college. Grace Tourville | The Observer Carl Ackermann, professional specialist in the Mendoza College of Business, advised students Tuesday evening on how to manage personal finances and prepare for their financial futures.Ackermann began his talk with a brief summary of the previous talk, which discussed the benefits of investing in mutual funds.  “Investing in mutual funds is such an outstanding way to invest because a stock mutual fund, for example, has many stocks, so if you buy into a stock mutual fund, you now own a piece of every stock that that mutual fund owns,” Ackermann said. “[This] gives you instantly a widely diversified portfolio.”Diversification of stocks is crucial in a portfolio, Ackermann said. “If you buy a stock mutual fund, you should achieve about the same expected return as if you buy just a few stocks — but since when you buy a stock mutual fund, you hold a widely diversified portfolio of stocks. You achieve same expected return at dramatically lower risk,” Ackermann said. Though students are young, Ackemann said it is important for them to understand 401(b) and 401(k) plans. “You contribute an amount [of money] to one of these plans,” he said. “It’s taken right out of your paychec,k so you don’t even see it, and your employer often matches this contribution.”Ackermann said these funds provide benefits to people who maintain them, as the government gives large tax breaks to those holding these funds. However, these funds have been largely ignored by many Americans, despite the funds’ ability to appreciate in value, providing a safety net for retirement.“Financial advisors often suggest that 110 minus your age should be the percentage you put in stock index funds, with the rest in a U.S. Bond index,” he said, “Within the stock index portion, they recommend that you should have 60% in U.S. stock index funds and 40% in international index funds.”There are two other types of investments that one could make in order to ensure their financial security, the first of these being an emergency fund, Acvkermann said. “Take six months of your family’s living expenses and put it in a bank savings account that has a competitive interest rate, so if you lose your job or get sick, you have funds to live off of,” Ackermann said. The other investment that Ackermann suggested as a way to ensure financial security is a Roth IRA, if it was within the investor’s means. “If you still have money left over, you’re going to want to look into something called a Roth IRA — a Roth IRA is an individual retirement plan that works a lot like a company retirement plan, except there is no company match,” Ackermann said. These Roth IRAs have numerous benefits, he said.“There is no taxation along the way, accumulation continues to accelerate — also, you can take your money out later, completely tax-free,” Ackermann said. Being in control of one’s finances is not only important for one’s financial stability, but allows one to be able to devote their time to worthwhile causes, Ackermann said. “Freely volunteering your time, contributing to charities, helping people, traveling — imagine doing all of this good for society in what many would consider the prime ages of their life,” he said.The three-part lecture series was sponsored by the Mendoza Student Leadership Association and aims to help students prepare to manage their money after college.Tags: Carl Ackermann, investment, Mendoza, mendoza college of buslast_img read more

Saint Mary’s engineers transfer to Notre Dame for fifth year

first_imgNine students from Saint Mary’s are transferring from the College to Notre Dame to complete their fifth year of the Dual Degree in Engineering program. According to the college’s website, students in the program earn a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s in four years and a second bachelor’s degree, in engineering, from Notre Dame after a fifth year. Saint Mary’s alumna Taylor Heppeler earned a math degree from the College and will be taking courses at Notre Dame this upcoming academic year. Heppler finds that the math degree complements her civil engineering major nicely, she said. Heppeler said going back forth between campuses for the program was a bit difficult and being a Saint Mary’s student made some group projects challenging, especially this past spring.“I had my hardest semester of Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame classes and a huge couple of projects, as well as my senior comp, and the anticipation of waiting for that Notre Dame acceptance letter,” she said. “Now that it’s over, I’m so proud of what came out of that semester, and I think it prepared me well for this next year.”Samantha Fairchild, who is working toward a degree in mechanical engineering, agrees taking courses at both Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame isn’t easy. “Balancing life at both colleges is a challenge and requires a lot of time management, but it can be done and all of the hard work is worth it,” Fairchild said. Despite the challenges, Fairchild said the community she experienced for four years at Saint Mary’s helped her through the program.Studying under Dr. Toni Barstis, program director for the dual degree program, was a specific highlight for Heppeler.“She was always pushing us to try our hardest with the crazy schedules and get into Notre Dame for this fifth year,” Heppeler said. “She was always the one to calm us down or help us out or be that outlet for us.”Fairchild said the transition from Saint Mary’s to Notre Dame will be smooth as a result of all the courses she has taken at the University since her sophomore year. Such courses gave her a taste of what a large-school experience is like, she said. Despite attending classes at the University for three years, Fairchild and some of her classmates are considered transfer students and, thus, participate in three mandatory orientation events, including an official University welcome, individual academic advising sessions, and “Building Community the Notre Dame Way,” Fairchild said. Orientation will mainly consist of receiving ID cards and going to information sessions, Heppeler said. “I’m really looking forward to just having my civil classes this year so I can focus on those and really buckle down for my senior projects,” she said. After finishing the program, Fairchild hopes to have a job in the engineering industry that allows her to use both her math and mechanical engineering degrees, she said. Heppeler plans to get a civil engineering job back home in Chicago.Tags: Dual Degree in Engineering, Freshman Orientation 2016, Notre Dame, saint mary’slast_img read more

Guest lecturer speaks on ethics, activism in the age of Trump

first_imgSonalini Sapra, associate professor of political science and director of gender and women’s studies at Saint Martin’s University in Washington, spoke Thursday at Saint Mary’s about ethics, pedagogy and activism in the age of Donald Trump.“This talk is essentially my attempt to make sense of some of the ethical and pedagogical challenges that I’ve had since the Trump election,” she said. “I thought this would be a good space to converse about these challenges with students and faculty and maybe elicit some of [their] advice and support in how to confront some of these ethical and pedagogical challenges.”Sapra, who previously taught at the College, said she wanted to provide some context for the changes she has witnessed in higher education because of Trump’s presidency.“I see intensification of attacks on media news and the rise of fake news stories,” Sapra said. “There seems to be this developing narrative on the right that cast some doubt on the worth of colleges in general, particularly liberal arts colleges and universities — the value of engaging in liberal arts study.”This falls under the narrative of calling any news one dislikes “fake news,” Sapra said.“Our president has done this several times,” she said. “Any news story that he doesn’t like, he refers to as fake news. Or any news source he doesn’t like [he] calls fake news sources.”In order to combat the issue of “fake news,” Sapra said she has incorporated media literacy into all of her courses, with the hope of teaching students how to navigate available information and find what is true.Sapra said she has also seen an intensification of attacks on professors.“This was always something that groups did, but I also feel like it has become more intense under Donald Trump, so there are various organizations … where they look at faculty syllabi, they look at speeches that faculty are making in the classroom,” she said. “The mission is to be a watch dog to the nation’s higher education system to expose liberal bias.”Sara said there is a number of websites like this that post about professors.“I bring this up because a lot of their stories get picked up by Fox News,” she said. “When it gets picked up by Fox News, it goes on to get picked up by white nationalist groups or alt-right groups. There seems to be this amplification that occurs because of student activism.”Sapra said she wanted to students to be aware of a resource called the Southern Poverty Law Center, which offers support for students in the event that alt-right groups come to college campuses.Professors have a responsibility to combat injustices in the classroom, Sapra said.“One might say we’re taking too much of a partisan stance if we do, but I think of it more as laying out the groundwork or ground rules for knowledge and discovery and then faithfully applying those principles,” she said. “It is not only our responsibility in the classroom, but it is also the duty of the administration and the college as a whole to not waver on certain fundamental values.”Tags: Donald Trump, ethics, fake newslast_img read more

Professors, students reflect on the work of Audre Lorde

first_imgOn Wednesday night, Saint Mary’s professors and students presented and reflected on the life and work of Audre Lorde, a writer, feminist and civil rights activist. The presentation commemorated the 25th anniversary of Lorde’s death. Ann Marie Short, professor of English and gender and women’s studies, emphasized the key aspects of Lorde’s writings. Katelyn Valley | The Observer A Saint Mary’s community member speaks at an event Wednesday honoring author Audre Lorde. At the event, Saint Mary’s students and faculty discussed the significance of Lorde’s work in their own lives.“Lorde’s work demands intersectionality, challenging us to confront how patriarchy, heterosexism, racism, classism, ageism and ableism insidiously reinforce one another,” Short said. “Her work legitimizes the value of unabated fury. Those who have been historically oppressed, particularly women, especially women of color and more notably black women, are often called out when they express anger in the face of injustice. In these circumstances, the accusation of anger is meant to delegitimize, to distract. It is meant to make the anger more objectionable than the offense that elicits it. For Lorde, anger is not simply an emotional response, but it’s also an aesthetic, and emotional exercise, a productive way of being in the face of gross injustice.”Lorde’s poetry broke silences, said Jamie Wagman, professor of history and gender and women’s studies.“She wrote about police brutality targeting women of color in the 1980s,” Wagman said. “She remembered Malcolm X. She recalled her first love and lost. She came out as a lesbian. She discussed mothering, marriage, her mastectomy, and her tone was consistently honest, unapologetic and critical. She was an icon in fighting against racism, homophobia, anti-semitism and in celebrating difference, and building alliances and networks.”Lorde’s gift was her progressive self-identification and tireless activism, explained Stacey Davis, professor of religious studies and gender and women’s studies.“The ability to encourage others through tireless praxis was and remains Audre Lorde’s gift,” Davis said. “An activist to her bones, Lorde worked to bring about the recognition of others’ humanity, whether LGBT, African-American or African, she was intersectional before intersectionality was cool. She was a transnational feminist before we knew what it meant and she was a pragmatic optimist, who recognized that you will not win every battle you fight — but you will not lose every battle either.” Wagman said Lorde’s writing aims to inspire her audience to act. “So many who write and speak about Lorde today, comment that they felt that she spoke to them personally, when they first read her work,” Wagman said. “She called readers to action. ‘Perhaps for some of you here today,’ she wrote, ‘I am the face of one of your fears, because I am woman, because I am black, because I am lesbian, because I am myself — a black woman warrior poet doing my work, come to ask you, are you doing yours?’”Eli Williams, the former executive-director for the LGBT Center in South Bend, read Lorde’s poem ‘Litany for Survival.’ Williams said Lorde’s words give her the strength to speak out. “I use this poem often to summon the strength to speak when I’m afraid,” Williams said. “ … whenever I am in conflict now as an adult and don’t want to jump, or to speak, I count to three and hear Audre Lorde in my mind. I remember I was not meant to survive, and I take the plunge.”Williams said Lorde‘s writing encourages her to be an activist in the community and taught her to speak up about injustice.“I think about [Audre Lorde] often when doing activism here in South Bend,” she said. “Since we’re a smaller community, people of diverse backgrounds must come together and inhabit the house of difference in order to get things done. We find communal identity in the midst of diversity.” Lorde demonstrated the importance of documenting injustice, Wagman said.“She taught me poets are born in childhood, that children recognize injustice early and that writing it down won’t save us, but it might help,” she said. “Above all, Lorde encourages us to unmask silence.”Davis said Lorde’s writings encourage us to do our best.“Lorde would argue that the fight for civil and human rights means that we must not wear our bodies and souls out through neglect or in lesser fights,” Davis said. “Instead, we do our best, whatever that is and wherever we are. Lorde writes … ‘We must do battle where we are standing.’”Dionne Bremyer, professor of creative writing, said Lorde inspired her to create a collage of both her and Lorde’s words.  “I cannot eat, cannot sleep, cannot write, cannot think,” she said. “Looking to Lorde for inspiration, for the invisible labor of pain, mental anguish. Who will testify for my black body? I sustain being black. I celebrate being black. I sorrow over being black … Women of color in America have grown up within a symphony of anger — at being silenced, at being unchosen, at knowing that when we survive, it is in spite of a world that takes for granted our lack of humanness and which hates our very existence outside of its surface. And I say symphony rather than cacophony because we have had to learn how to orchestrate those furies so that they do not tear us apart.”Senior Alex Shambery lauded Lorde‘s ability to articulate the experience of women of color.“She understood what it’s like to be a woman of color — always concerned about doing the right thing and living behind the storm inside of us,” she said. Senior Taylor Thomas said Lorde reminds her not to hide her inherent self when faced with diversity. “Lorde reminds that I have been concealing issues every time I change the way I talk to appear smarter and more approachable, or when I remain silent when my friends make racially charged jokes, so I don’t appear crazy and hysterical,” she said. “Audre Lorde reminds me that I cannot run from the problems facing my community. I must always remember to call out injustice for myself and for others.” Senior Nina Steele said Lorde’s work encourages her, as a white person, to support minorities and marginalized groups. “As white people, we need to support women, LGBT people and people of color,” she said. “Their access to complete liberation can lead us all to possess of true autonomy and personhood, where our lives are determined by the love we give and not by the amount of violence we administer onto others.”Wagman said she has come to depend on the writings of Lorde, because Lorde helps us to understand the world by encouraging us to speak up. “‘Speak’, [Lorde] tells us, ‘Your silence will not protect you,’” Wagman said.Tags: activism, Audre Lorde, Civil Rights, Feminism, LGBT, Poetrylast_img read more

New York To Allow Private Golf Courses To Admit Golfers

first_imgPhoto: PixabayJAMESTOWN – Although golf courses are still considered non-essential businesses under NY PAUSE orders, Gov. Andrew Cuomo clarified over the weekend that private golf courses may allow golfers.The language was amended to read that private operators can permit golfers access to the property “so long as there are no gatherings of any kind and appropriate social distancing of six feet between individuals is strictly abided.”The use of boat launches and marinas for recreational boats is still not considered essential. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man Arrested After Police Allegedly Find Meth, Fentanyl, Cash

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) JAMESTOWN – A Jamestown man is facing several charges after police allegedly found him with drugs and cash late Friday morning.Officers say Walter Duprey, 36, was arrested after allegedly driving a Honda Civic on West Cowden Street without permission.Uniformed officers patrolling in the area first responded to the incident after spotting a man running down the street chasing Duprey in the vehicle yelling “stop.” Through investigation officers allegedly found a large quantity of methamphetamine, fentanyl, scales, packaging materials and over $1,700.00 in cash in Duprey’s possession.Dupery was arrested and charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, and unlawful possession of marijuana.Furthermore, police said Dupery was driving on a suspended license.He was taken to Jamestown City Jail pending arraignment.last_img read more

True Blood’s Jim Parrack Joins Broadway’s Of Mice and Men

first_img Of Mice and Men, directed by Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro, will play a limited Broadway engagement through July 27. Parrack, who plays Hoyt Fortenberry on HBO’s True Blood, will take on the role of Slim, a dignified and respected mule driver, in the play. The actor’s other credits include appearing in Battle Los Angeles, Fury and Annapolis among others. Of Mice and Men will reunite Parrack with Franco, who directed him in As I Lay Dying. Related Shows View Comments Adapted from Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men tells the story of two migrant workers: the sharp but uneducated and short-tempered George (Franco) and Lennie (O’Dowd), a large but simple-minded man. Together they hope to one day acquire their own piece of land. But when Lennie stirs up trouble on the job, George must choose between protecting his friend and continuing to strive for the American dream.center_img True Blood’s Jim Parrack will join James Franco, Chris O’Dowd, Leighton Meester and Jim Norton in Of Mice and Men on Broadway, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The new mounting of the John Steinbeck classic begins performances March 19 at the Longacre Theatre; opening night is set for April 16. Of Mice and Men Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014last_img read more

Weekend Poll! Which Warm-Weather Musical Do You Want To Escape To?

first_imgIt’s almost March, and after five months of non-stop snow, sleet and sludge, we’ve never been more ready for some sunny skies. So here at, we’ve begun to daydream of musicals set in steamier climates while playing Porgy and Bess’ “Summertime” on a permanent loop (sorry, “Let it Go,” but this cold weather is getting ridiculous). We want to fly away on Aladdin’s magic carpet, swap our rubber boots for Priscilla Queen of the Desert’s high-heels, and to be so hot we need a cool-off paddle in South Pacific’s waves or Bombay Dreams’ fountain. We’d almost prefer to shiver in fear battling Scar from The Lion King if it means we can defrost in the balmy African climate. So, dear readers, we want to know: Which warm-weather musical do you want to escape to? Cast your vote below! View Commentslast_img read more