Construction concludes on Campus Crossroads, Jenkins and Nanovic Halls

first_imgNewly-constructed Jenkins Hall opens up a world of possibilities for R. Scott Appleby, the Marilyn Keough Dean of the new Keough School of Global Affairs.Jenkins Hall, which will be the home of the newly-opened school, provides opportunities for students to get further engaged in their study of international politics, thanks to a new “mediation room,” which will allow students and faculty to observe diplomacy in action, Appleby said. “It’s a terrific educational facility that can double as a traditional classroom,” he said. “We intend to make the mediation room available to diplomats and mediators who are engaged in negotiating a peace agreement or settlement to end a conflict.”The completion of Jenkins Hall and its attached sister hall, Nanovic Hall, along with the completion Campus Crossroads Project — both of which will open before or during the 2017-18 school year — represent two of the culmination of two of the biggest construction projects in the University’s history.Jenkins Hall and Nanovic HallPerhaps the most iconic view of Notre Dame — more so than even those of Touchdown Jesus, the Grotto or Notre Dame Stadium — is the one visitors, students and faculty alike get of the Golden Dome when driving down Notre Dame Avenue.This year, when those taking in the view look to their right, they will get a glimpse of the University’s two newest academic halls: Nanovic and Jenkins Halls.Construction on this 185,000 square-foot building began June 1, 2015 and cost $72 million.Jenkins and Nanovic Hall will serve as a new focal point for the humanities at Notre Dame, with Jenkins Hall hosting the Keough School for Global Affairs, the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development, while Nanovic Hall will be home to the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the departments of Economics, Political Science and Sociology.Monica Caro, the director of operations at the Nanovic Institute, said the building will help bring together many of the disconnected segments of the humanities at Notre Dame.“It will bring in greater proximity to the arts corridor, which is developing with the Debartolo Center for the Performing Arts [and] the new architecture building,” she said. “Because much of our programming is incorporating the arts and humanities, so having those buildings in proximity and being closer to all of this activity is a wonderful activity for the institute and to be closer to the students at the core of the mission.”One of the central congregation points in the new building will be a forum, Appleby said.“[It’s] capable of seating 175 to 200 guests,” he said.  “The forum is an elegant and welcoming space in which to host distinguished speakers and special events.”Appleby said one of the key aspects of the new building was the integration labs which will help students engage in “design thinking, creating solutions to real-world problems” for organizations like Catholic Relief Services and Partners in Health.“Students work with that client for a year, researching the topic, testing interdisciplinary solutions in the I-Lab and eventually going into the field to engage the people on the ground,” Appleby said. “It’s an exciting venture into research-based problem solving at a professional level.”Campus CrossroadsWhen students walk into the first football game this year, they will notice quite a few changes to Notre Dame Stadium. In addition to a new video board, the stadium has a redesigned concourse with a new art-deco-inspired design and newly-installed benches. Emma Farnan | The Observer The new premium seats on the east side of Notre Dame Stadium includes a view of the Golden Dome and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.These additions to the stadium are part of the University’s larger Campus Crossroads project, meant to establish the stadium as the heart of campus by making it a space to congregate for students and faculty alike.The project — which broke ground on Nov. 19, 2014 and cost $505 million — is the largest building project in the University’s history and will contain 800,000 square feet of teaching, performance and social spaces.At the center of student life in “Crossroads” is the Duncan Student Center, which will open in the spring of 2018. Vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said the project is the culmination of a “20-year dream for the University.”The five-floor building will include an innovation lounge, a graduate student lounge, a new fitness center and student eateries.Many student media outlets will be housed in the building, something of which Hoffmann Harding said she is especially proud.“For the first time … we will have our print publications, our radio stations and our student TV station all interacting with each other,” she said.Hoffmann Harding also said she is excited for a newly-integrated space for career services, which will be housed in the building.“When you come to recruit at the University of Notre Dame, you are recruiting all our students,” she said.  “We want to offer a common experience.”Above the student center will be Dahnke Ballroom, which will provide a space for student dances and other activities.In addition to the Duncan Student Center, the Campus Crossroads project included Corbett Family Hall, which will house the Anthropology and Psychology Departments and open in spring 2018.John McGreevy, the I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, said the building will help bring together the departments which were previously stretched across seven buildings.“For the first time ever, those faculty and students will be together,” he said. “They can move from the research lab … to the classroom to the faculty office. An integrated environment for the psychologists and the anthropologists that we’ve never had before.”Corbett Family Hall will also house a newly-integrated media studio, Dan Skendzel, the executive director of ND Studios, said.“This facility in an enterprise, campus-wide facility supporting academics, supporting faith production, supporting student productions, supporting athletics,” he said. “ … No other school in the country is thinking like that — it’s very much more segregated in higher education.”McGreevy said the new O’Neill Hall for Sacred Music, the final major student building constructed as part of Campus Crossroads, will also help students in the College of Arts and Letters — especially those studying music — with its recital and practice spaces.“We didn’t build a music building in the 20th century … and now we have one for the 21st century,” he said. “Music and our program in sacred music will have the opportunity to flourish in a way they’ve never had before.”Editor’s Note: Editor-in-Chief Ben Padanilam contributed to this report.Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the cost and square footage of the Campus Crossroads project. The Observer regrets this error. Tags: Campus Crossroads, Corbett Family Hall, duncan student center, Jenkins Hall, Keough School of Global Affairs, Nanovic Hall, O’Neill Hall, Welcome Weekend 2017last_img read more

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Almost Spring Gear Guide

first_imgSpring weather can be tricky in Southern Appalachia. Sunny skies can quickly turn into a snowy whiteout. Hikers need to be prepared for anything that Ma Nature might throw at them. Here are some ideal gear for adventures on the cusp of spring. SCARPA Neutron, $129 LS Shirt_Matagorda_CrustaceanHowler Brothers, Matagorda Tech ShirtTechnical shirts are a dime a dozen these days, but Howler Brothers has outdone themselves with the Matagorda Tech Shirt, the newest in an apparel lineup that is being heralded by industry pros and weekend warriors alike. The key to the Matagorda’s functionality is its streamlined simplicity. The design is clean and focused and the breathable nylon fabric is engineered for extreme flexibility. SonicNemo Sonic Sleeping bag, $499At, $500, this bag ain’t cheap, but if you’re looking for a toasty warm, durable sleeping bag that will last a lifetime, it’s worth the investment. The 850-fill duck down ensures balmy comfort down to it s zero-degree temperature rating. In warmer temperatures, two long gills on top of the bag unzip to vent heat. And for restless sleepers—or folks wanting to snuggle—the stretch stitching allows ample mobility inside the bag. $500. nemoequipment.com Heavyweight FleeceRefrigiWear Heavyweight Fleece, $85Looking for an affordable, durable fleece that looks snazzy on the trails or in the taproom? The RefrigiWear Fleece is soft, stretchy, and super-warm, but it’s also tough enough to handle the worst and most unexpected wintry weather. refrigiwear.com neutron-slide-1This is our pick for the best dual-purpose training and racing shoe of early 2016. The featherweight 9.7-ounce Neutron allows you to rack up the miles in comfort. A lugged sole and just enough toe protection give you the freedom to push the pace on rocky, uneven terrain and make it home with happy feet. Breathable mesh and synthetic uppers keep your feet cool in summer, while resisting wear in high-abrasion areas. This is a race-inspired but training-worthy trail shoe. Avex FreeFlow AUTOSEAL Water Bottle, $16The one-liter FreeFlow is the perfect water bottle for outdoor adventurers. It’s easy to drink out of the high-flow-rate drinkng lid, and it fits easily into the side pocket of any backpack. Our tester dropped the BPA-free plastic bottle several times on rocks and roots, and the bottle barely registered a scratch. And the cross-bolt lock prevents accidental spillage or leaking. This is our tester’s new go-to water bottle for trail adventures. FREEFLOW_1000ML_PURPLE_72614_5 TCU 2Trail Crampon Ultras, $67Most Southern Appalachian summits are still icy and slick in spring. These 18 stainless-steel spikes offer aggressive traction on any icy surface, with welded double-sided chains built to endure repeated torque and wear. The heel plate and velcro strap over the top helped ensure a snug secure fit. unnamedLeki Instructor Lite Hiking Poles, $110Leki is the industry standard for hiking poles, and the Instructor Lites don’t disappoint. With rubber fitness tips, adjustable trigger straps, an innovative patented Shark Grip releasable strap system, and 100% carbon shafts, the poles are lightweight yet durable.  The poles are easily adjustable, too, allowing multiple users to size the poles to their needs. SoftScience Terrain Cracked PU_1SoftScience Terrain UltraLyte Boot, $80Don’t want a big, clunky boot but still want ankle support and watwerproof protection? The SoftScience Terrain UltraLyte is your new favorite boot. It has all of the benefits of boots—like more high-cut protection and durability—but without the heavy, cumbersome drawbacks of traditional boots. This is the lightest, most agile, and most comfortable boot we’ve tested.Wave Catalyst PhotoMizuno Wave Catalyst, $110Aiming for a spring marathon? Hoping to notch a PR? The lightweight Catalyst is an ideal shoe for training and racing. Runner’s World named it best spring debut of 2016, and for good reason: the 9.4-ounce shoe is versatile and agile, able to handle long training runs as well as 5K races. For spring training, this shoe will deliver miles of glide. AllTerrain openmyCharge All-Terrain, $25It’s the first waterproof, temperature proof, drop proof and dust proof portable battery pack. Charge your phone or devices on big backcountry adventures without worrying about the elements.The All-Terrain is waterproof up to two meters for one hour and can withstand extreme heat and cold without losing charging capabilities. Avex Freeflow Tritan Water Bottle, $17This 34-ounce bottle is perfect for day hikes or multi-day trips in the backwoods. It’s shatterproof and BPA free, and best of all, it doesn’t leak. Toss it in your pack and never worry about leaks. 105922 Sport Headphones RedAltec Lansing Sport EarBuds, $60These waterproof buds stay securely in your ear even when you’re dripping with sweat or covered in mud. They can even go under water for lake swims or laps in the pool. With 20 hours of battery life, these Bluetooth buds are comfy and snug, and they deliver top-notch sound to power you through your next workout.last_img read more

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Promotional video “Ambassadors of Croatian Tourism” nominated for the Travel Video Awards

first_imgPromotional video of the Croatian National Tourist Board “Ambassadors of Croatian tourism”, Which premiered in November last year as part of a performance at the WTM Tourism Fair in London, was nominated by”Travel Video Awards”For an award in the subcategory”Best Video by a Tourism Organization”.In addition to the CNTB promotional video, “Rhythms of Peru” (Kuoda Travel), “Sabrosura” (Visit Columbia) and “North America” ​​(Jordan Tourism Board) were also nominated.”We are proud that our latest promotional video, in which globally recognizable Croatian stars participate, is the ambassadors of Croatian tourism nominated for the prestigious world award. This nomination for us represents professional satisfaction, but also proof of our creativity and innovation, ie confirmation by the profession that in the Croatian National Tourist Board, together with partners, we create top internationally recognizable promotional content.”, Said the director of the CNTB Main Office Kristjan Staničić and called on everyone to support with their votes a video in which Croatia, as an attractive tourist destination, is represented in the best light by Luka Modrić, Mario Mandžukić, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovačić, Dean Lovren, Marin Čilić, Dario Šarić, Maksim Mrvica, Zrinka Cvitešić and 2Cellos.”Travel Video Awards“Is an organization founded by independent filmmakers and brands from around the world that rewards innovative and inspiring videos. The awards are presented in two main categories, namely in the category dedicated to the works of independent authors (“Independent Track”), which is divided into four subcategories and in the category intended for works by companies (“Industry Track”), which is divided into five subcategory.Online voting is open until Saturday, March 31, 2018 via this one links, and the awards ceremony will be held on April 9, 2018 in Las Vegas.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”last_img read more

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Sumner County Conservation District announces poster winners at annual meeting

first_imgGrades 7 – 91st Place: Maddie Koester, 8th Grade, Conway Springs Middle School – Mr. Pat Carl, teacher.2nd Place: Karlee Osner, 7th Grade, Conway Springs Middle School – Mr. Pat Carl, teacher.3rd Place: Donnie Edberg, 7th Grade, Caldwell Secondary School – Randy Sawyer, teacher.Honorable Mention: Joseph Sherman, 8th Grade, Conway Springs Middle School – Mr. Pat Carl, teacher. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Grades 10 – 121st Place: Kade Kerschen, Senior, Wellington High School – Linda Chase, teacher.2nd Place: Aiyana Mitchell, Senior, Wellington High School – Linda Chase, teacher.3rd Place: Addyson DeJarnett, Junior, Wellington High School – Linda Chase, teacher.Honorable Mention: Jacob Cook, Junior, Wellington High School – Linda Chase, teacher.•••••The 2015 Teacher Participation Award (Basket filled with $100 in classroom/student supplies) goes to Guy Hauck, 5th Grade teacher at Kennedy Elementary.First, second and third place winners in Grades 2 – 3 and Grades 4- 6 will receive a trophy and a certificate. First, second and third place winners in Grades 7 – 9 and Grades 10 – 12 will receive a Walmart Gift Card and a certificate. Honorable Mention winners in each category will receive a certificate.All prizes will be awarded during the 2015 Annual Meeting to be held Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Raymond Frye Complex in Wellington. All winners, their families and teachers are encouraged to attend to celebrate these accomplishments.First place winners in each category will be entered in the state competition to be held later in the year with a chance to be entered in the national competition.Schools participating in this year’s contest were: Caldwell Elementary School, Caldwell Secondary School, Kyle Trueblood Elementary in Conway Springs, Conway Springs Middle School, St. Joseph Elementary School in Conway Springs, Kennedy Elementary School in Wellington, Wellington Middle School, and Wellington High School.Steven Schmidt, SCCD Board of Supervisors Chairman, stated, “On behalf of the entire board, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the schools, teachers and students for their participation in the 2015 contest. Please plan to attend the Annual Meeting and help us recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our next generation of farmers and conservationists.”The 2015 Poster Contest is sponsored by the Sumner County Conservation District, Kansas Association of Conservation Districts and the National Association of Conservation Districts.Follow us on Twitter. Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The Board of Supervisors of the Sumner County Conservation District is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Poster Contest.With 149 posters entered, the panel of seven judges had a difficult time determining the first, second, third and honorable mention winners. Students from eight school campuses throughout the county submitted entries. The theme for the 2015 contest was “Local Heroes: Your Hardworking Pollinators” and students were asked to draw their individual interpretations of the theme.“We are extremely pleased with the number of entries and the number of schools and teachers who chose to participate again this year,” said Laura Young, SCCD District Secretary and coordinator of the county contest. “We had some new schools and some new teachers this year. And we still have room to grow. The teachers and students are to be commended for their attention to bringing the importance of conservation to the forefront. I was amazed at the level of talent our Sumner County students possess.”And the winners are:See enlarged photo of poster here.Grades 2 – 31st Place: Gabby Dalbom, 3rd Grade, Kyle Trueblood Elementary, Conway Springs – Jenny Osner, teacher.2nd Place: Haylee Osner, 3rd Grade, Kyle Trueblood Elementary– Jenny Osner, teacher.3rd Place: Taylor Heinz, 3rd Grade, Kyle Trueblood Elementary – Stacy Koch, teacher.Honorable Mention: Lexie Reilly, 3rd Grade, Caldwell Elementary – Gail Feely, teacher. Grades 4 – 61st Place: Stellar Young, 5th Grade, Kennedy Elementary, Wellington – Beverly Sellers, teacher.2nd Place: Jessy Furrh, 5th Grade, Caldwell Elementary – Gail Feely, teacher.3rd Place: Trinity Prouse, 6th Grade, Caldwell Secondary – Randy Sawyer, teacher.Three-way tie for Honorable Mention: Hannah Zoglmann, 4th Grade, Kyle Trueblood Elementary – Wanda Wheeler, teacher; Titus Lee, 6th Grade, Caldwell Secondary – Randy Sawyer, teacher;  Lola Stow, 4th Grade, Caldwell Elementary – Gail Feely, teacher.last_img read more

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