Lecture examines legacy of Fr. John Zahm

first_imgIn honor of the 175th anniversary of the University, the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism hosted a lecture titled, “Fr. John Zahm, C.S.C., in the Founding of the University of Notre Dame” in McKenna Hall on Friday. Eddie Griesedieck Fr. Thomas Blantz delivers a lecture about the historical implications of Fr. John Zahm’s legacy on the University. Blantz serves as a Holy Cross priest and is currently assembling a book documenting Notre Dame history.The speaker for the occasion was Fr. Thomas Blantz, Holy Cross priest and professor of history emeritus who is currently writing a book about the history of Notre Dame.“The title of this talk this afternoon will sound strange to many,” Blantz said. “Notre Dame was founded in 1842. Fr. Zahm was not born until 1851, nine years later. But Notre Dame was not truly the University — with full college course and graduate programs and scholarly research and money for all of these — until long after.”At the time of Notre Dame’s founding in 1842, it had a student enrollment of 25 and a faculty of eight, and it accepted nearly everyone who applied, Blantz said. By the early 1890s, enrollment had only reached about 550 students, about 20 percent of whom were college students.“The president at this time [Fr. Andrew Morrissey] seemed comfortable with this distribution,” Blantz said. “Fr. Morrissey’s chief antagonist on campus was Fr. John Zahm.”Throughout his time at Notre Dame, Zahm worked to push the University to its full potential. Born in New Lexington, Ohio in 1851, Zahm began his academic career at Notre Dame in 1867, Blantz said.“Weighing a possible vocation to the priesthood, he enrolled in the classical program [at Notre Dame]” Blantz said. “He played on an interhall baseball team and joined a scientific association, which studied fauna and flora on field trips.”Upon his graduation in 1871, he entered the seminary of the Holy Cross, studying theology and science for four years, Blantz said. Though he was never a University president, Zahm contributed to Notre Dame, serving as a professor, vice president and provincial superior, Blantz said. He was convinced Notre Dame could be on par with the top universities of the time, something he spoke and wrote frequently about. Additionally, he set an academic example through his own scholarship, research and publications, Blantz said.“As [Zahm] declared as provincial superior in 1906, ‘To keep our place in the forefront of Catholic institutions of America, we must give continual indications of progress, energy and initiative,’” Blantz said.To Zahm, progress meant building new buildings, spending money on top-notch scientific laboratory equipment and hiring renowned professors to attract the best students in the country, Blantz said.Zahm’s collection of the works of Dante — which included over 5,000 books in nearly 30 languages — was considered to be the third best in the United States at that time, Blantz said.Zahm published over 20 books and many articles which earned national and international acclaim, Blantz said, including “Sound and Music,” “The Bible of Science and Faith,” several books under the pseudonym H.J. Mozans and the controversial “Evolution and Dogma,” which was removed from circulation by the Vatican, Blantz said.“[“Evolution and Dogma”] explained that belief in the evolution of the human body and all of creation was fully compatible with Catholic dogma, as long as the direct and immediate creation of the soul by God was accepted,” Blantz said. “Expressing his conviction that there could be no conflict between science and revelation, since God was the author of both.”Zahm pushed for the creation of several essential buildings on campus including a science hall, now LaFortune Student Center; a technology building, now the Crowley Hall of Music; and a library, now Bond Hall. Additionally, Zahm was crucial in the building of the University’s first residence hall, Sorin Hall, in 1889, Blantz said.“Father Zahm’s most important contribution toward pushing Notre Dame towards true university status was a decision that most at Notre Dame strongly opposed,” Blantz said. “This is the establishment of a house of theology in Washington, close to the campus of the Catholic University of America, recently founded in 1889.”Blantz said Zahm believed that this would allow seminarians to focus on their studies rather than teach courses to Notre Dame students. They would also have the opportunity to pursue graduate degrees. The program was eventually established in 1895, Blantz said.Many of the priests who earned Ph.D.s returned to Notre Dame to teach. Some notable participants of the program include Fr. Julius Nieuwland, Fr. Matthew Schumaker, Fr. Matthew Walsh, Fr. James Burns and Fr. Thomas Irving, each of whom who went on to make contributions to the world of academia and to the University.“Fr. Sorin and the early brothers were the first founders of Notre Dame, and some have called Fr. Hesburgh the second founder,” Blantz said. “If so, might Fr. Zahm deserve some credit also? Maybe something in between — maybe a 1.5 founder of the University for seeing Notre Dame’s potential that early, for laying some important groundwork for it and for nudging it along to the full university status that it enjoys today.” Tags: 175th anniversary, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, Fr. John Zahmlast_img read more

Kecia Lewis & Rebecca Naomi Jones to Headline Marie and Rosetta

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 16, 2016 View Comments Kecia Lewis (Mother Courage, Once on This Island) and Rebecca Naomi Jones (American Idiot, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) will star in the world premiere of George Brant’s play with music, Marie and Rosetta. Directed by Neil Pepe, the production is scheduled to begin previews on August 24 and play a limited engagement through October 2. Opening night is set for September 12 at off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater.A huge influence on Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles and Jimi Hendrix, Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Lewis) was a legend in her time, bringing fierce guitar-playing and swing to gospel music. Tharpe was the queen of “race records” in the 30’s and 40’s, a woman who played guitar as passionately as Clapton, who performed mornings at churches and evenings at the Cotton Club, who was a big enough star to fill a baseball stadium for her third wedding, but ended up buried in an unmarked grave in Philadelphia. Marie and Rosetta chronicles Sister Rosetta’s first rehearsal with a young protégée, Marie Knight (Jones), as they prepare to embark on a tour that would establish them as one of the great duet teams in musical history.Marie and Rosetta will feature scenic design by Riccardo Hernández, costume design by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Christopher Akerlind, sound design by Steve Canyon Kennedy and music direction by Jason Michael Webb. Related Shows Marie and Rosettalast_img read more

Helping members adjust to the new contactless way of life

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anna Baskin Anna Baskin is content manager at Service Credit Union, the largest credit union in New Hampshire, with 50 branch locations in NH, Massachusetts, North Dakota and Germany. Before joining the … Web: www.servicecu.org Details We are now about a month into our new, isolated way of life, and while this will never feel like “normal,” I must admit, it still boggles my mind when anyone still wants to do something in-person, other than getting food or supplies that can’t be ordered online. For me, this includes banking, which is why I’m still surprised that so many people are still going out and trying to conduct their transactions at a physical financial institution. But, that’s me, and I know I need to stop being so focused on myself all the time (which is hard when I haven’t seen anyone except my immediate family in four very long weeks).Banks and credit unions are still considered “essential” for a reason, and members will, from time to time, have needs that they would like to address in person. That being said, there is still room to further promote the use of digital banking to later adopters, both during this time of crisis, and as a set of tools to help simplify their lives in general. I’ll put these methods of promotion into three categories that I have found helpful: over-communicate, educate and demonstrate.Over-communicateTo be sure, we have all been inundated with emails lately from every brand to whom we have ever given our email address, with essentially the same message on repeat. But, email is the first line of defense, and it doesn’t hurt to send a reminder or two about the digital services you offer, and how members can access their digital services at this time. It’s also important to think outside of email. Are you communicating your digital services with signage at your physical location, where you have a more captive audience? The homepage of your website? Your on-hold phone message? Your online banking portal? It may seem counterintuitive to promote digital services to someone who is already logged in to online banking, but they may not realize that a certain service they use the branch for is also available in online banking.EducateI am a big fan of using video to demonstrate how to do something. Think about the most common questions your credit union receives, and put out a few simple explainer videos that show members the steps for digital activities such as loan payment, remote check deposit or transferring funds. If you are unable to do these in-house, there are many vendors at every price point who specialize in explainer videos, as well as services such as Adobe Spark, which help users create DIY videos.If video isn’t an option due to time constraints, budget or both, an infographic, or even step-by-step guide, will do the trick. Think about implementing the latter as signage or a takeaway as well.Instructional blogs can also be a great resource for things that take a little more explaining.DemonstrateTake the “if you teach a man to fish” approach and encourage your branch or contact center employees to show members how to do things themselves whenever possible. If they have someone guide them through the process the first time around, they will become more comfortable doing things on their own.If your credit union offers a great mobile app, contactless payments or voice banking, now is the time to promote these services, as long as the tone is educational and helpful, and not overly salesy.Good luck out there!last_img read more

Wolf Administration’s Insurance Commissioner in Letter to Federal Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price: Consumer Costs Will Increase if Stability Not Achieved Immediately

first_imgWolf Administration’s Insurance Commissioner in Letter to Federal Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price: Consumer Costs Will Increase if Stability Not Achieved Immediately Healthcare,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, Pa. – Wolf Administration Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller today issued a letter to federal Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price detailing the urgent need for stability in the individual health insurance market as health insurers prepare to finalize rates for 2018 individual and small group insurance plans.“Commissioner Miller has been a stalwart steward of Pennsylvanians’ right to affordable health insurance, maintaining close contact with insurers and representing the commonwealth as an expert in testimony before the U.S. House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee,” Governor Wolf said. “Her outreach to Secretary Price further conveys her and the department’s commitment to respectful representation of each of our citizens in Washington D.C. I fully support the messages in this letter that warn of dire consequences of removing any cost-sharing reductions.”“I write you today out of serious concern for the future of Pennsylvania’s individual health insurance market and fear for the 506,000 Pennsylvanians who rely on it to purchase quality, affordable health insurance coverage,” wrote Commissioner Miller. “Without a commitment to make cost-sharing reductions to insurers for the entire 2018 policy year, I will be forced to permit our insurers to build the instability caused by this uncertainty into their rates.”Pennsylvania insurers provided additional information when filing 2018 health insurance rate requests about the estimated impact of potential changes to the Affordable Care Act on rates. Based on their estimates, failing to make payments to insurers for cost-sharing reductions would force insurers to request a statewide average 20.3 percent increase rather than 8.8 percent statewide average that was filed with the department in May.Commissioner Miller noted that if the Trump Administration does not commit now to making payments for the entire 2018 policy year, she will be forced to allow higher rates to prevent insurers ending participation in the market due to uncertainty.“Failing to allow insurers to appropriately rate for this uncertainty would almost assuredly result in insurers choosing not to sell policies in Pennsylvania for 2018, an outcome I believe is unacceptable for the hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians who rely on this market for coverage,” said Commissioner Miller.She stressed that by committing to funding cost-sharing reductions, the Trump Administration has power to help stabilize the individual market and help relieve costs on consumers around the country – something they say they would like to accomplish.“It is imperative that we do not squander this opportunity, and I truly hope the Trump Administration understands the power it holds in this situation. We all say we want to protect the consumers we serve from rising costs, and this is the administration’s opportunity to make good on that promise,” said Commissioner Miller. “If this does not happen, Pennsylvania consumers will know who failed to protect them. Do not let Pennsylvanians bear the cost of your indecision.”Read the full text of the letter here. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img July 31, 2017last_img read more

The charm is in the property, not in the location

first_imgThe home at 204 Stradbroke Ave, Wynnum.A RELOCATED 1930s Queenslander that once stood on Chestnut St has sold before auction in Wynnum.Sash & Gable marketing agent Gail Gobey said the four-bedroom property, now at 204 Stradbroke Ave, sold for an undisclosed amount just before it was due to go under the hammer. “The sellers and the buyers were ecstatic,” she said. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The home at when it was at 85 Chestnut St, Wynnum.Ms Gobey said the beautifully presented home attracted strong interest during the marketing campaign. “We had 41 groups through,” she said. “We did have a couple of offers prior to auction but it was towards the 11th hour that the final offer came in. The home at 85 Chestnut St, Wynnum in 1992.“The (vendors) were really happy with the price and it was timed perfectly as they are moving out of the area.”Ms Gobey said the two-storey home began its life on an 809sq m block at 85 Chestnut St before it was moved to 204 Stradbroke Ave after selling in the 1990s. The upstairs area of the property still has many original features, including tongue and groove walls, fretwork and timber floors. The front veranda was also reopened after the home was moved.last_img read more

Majority support referendum on gay marriage (UK)

first_imgBy contrast only 26 per cent of those questioned opposed a referendum including nine per cent strongly. Support for a referendum straddled party political boundaries, with 53 per cent of both likely Conservative and Liberal Democrats voters and 56 per cent of Labour supporters were in favour. Women were marginally more enthusiastic about a referendum than men (55 per cent against 53 per cent). Support was relatively constant across all age groups except those over 65 who were even more strongly in favour. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9699133/Majority-support-referendum-on-gay-marriage.html The Telegraph 24 November 2012 A majority of the population backs holding a referendum on same-sex marriage rather than leaving the decision to MPs, polling suggests. More than twice as many people are in favour of the idea of a national poll on the question as are against, it found. It comes amid claims that David Cameron is drawing up plans to fast-track a bill to change the marriage laws through Parliament in the New Year. Mr Cameron is said to be keen to get a bill through the Commons well before the next election to prevent it becoming a complication. But ComRes poll, commissioned by the Coalition For Marriage, which campaigns against legalising same-sex marriage, suggests widespread public scepticism about trusting politicians to make the final decision. In total 54 per cent agreed with the statement that “given the controversy over legalising same-sex marriage it should be decided by a national referendum and not just a House of Commons vote.” Of those 23 per cent agreed strongly.last_img read more

Kalibo council wants to hasten quarantine facility project

first_imgKALIBO, Aklan – The Sanguniang Bayan of thiscapital town is urging the Department of Health (DOH) to hasten theconstruction of the Provincial Quarantine Facility in the Kalibo InternationalAirport (KIA). Aklan Province’s Kalibo International Airport is considered a major gateway to Boracay Island where thousands of foreign and local tourists go to for holiday vacations. BUSINESSWORLD “Recently, residents of Kalibo have beenalarmed with the ongoing threat of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19),”she said.  “Some tourists from Asian countries who were reported to have contact with confirmed cases in some countries, hence, they were referred to Aklan’s public health facility and were advised to temporarily stay for observation. Their confinement brought worries among the residents,” the vice mayor added. Aside from the COVID-19, the BOQ is currently on heightened alert against the possible entry of the African swine fever in this town./PNcenter_img The KIA is considered a major gateway to the world-famous Boracay Island where thousands of foreign and local tourists go to for holiday vacations. Vice Mayor Cynthia Dela Cruz recently fileda resolution enjoining DOH regional director Marlyn Convocar and the Bureau ofQuarantine (BOQ) to expedite the project. “Relative to this concern, both the DOH and the BOQ are agencies mandated to protect the health of the people against the introduction of spread of diseases particularly infectious diseases, emerging and re-emerging diseases and public health emergencies of international concern from foreign countries into the Philippines hereby requested to hasten the completion of quarantine unit at KIA,” she concluded.last_img read more

I’ll see out United contract – LVG

first_img Predecessor David Moyes was given just 10 months by the board as he failed to lead United to the Champions League after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm. Van Gaal claimed just eight points from his first six Barclays Premier League games and oversaw a humiliating 4-0 defeat to MK Dons in the Capital One Cup. Louis van Gaal is adamant he will see out the entirety of his Manchester United contract despite an indifferent start to his Old Trafford reign. But the Dutchman, who penned a three-year deal in the summer, is certain he will be given time to get it right at United and is sure he will lead them back to the Champions League before 2017. “I didn’t have to come here to Manchester United. They asked me,” he told national newspapers. “And I will take United back into the Champions League yes, but not at once. “There is a trajectory and a process of three years. I have signed a three-year contract. Believe me, I shall finish that.” United’s defence has come in for much criticism since Van Gaal’s arrival, but the manager was candid in admitting that it is experience and leadership that is currently a major factor lacking from his dressing room. “At the time I was coming to the club, big leaders were leaving – (Patrice) Evra, (Nemanja) Vidic, (Rio) Ferdinand,” he said. “They were big leaders. “Also, leadership is a process – you don’t go from one day to the next and become a leader. “It’s a process and now a lot of players are in that process.” Fellow Dutchman Johan Cruyff believes Van Gaal will bring the necessary structure to United’s game but believes the key to his success will be how the new recruits such as Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao adapt. “They need to be organised because they were totally disorganised and normally Van Gaal is a very good organiser to put things his way and in the way that (they) should be,” he told BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek programme. “That’s creating the basis. From then on you have got to build. “It depends how quickly the other players adjust themselves.” The former Barcelona boss also believes the United hierarchy made a mistake in appointing Moyes last summer after 11 years spent in charge of Everton. “Moyes is a very good coach because I’ve seen many many years in Everton but he’s not a coach which should fit with Manchester United because the focus for both teams are totally different. “That’s why the biggest mistake is to ask Moyes to come to Manchester United because it’s a totally different team, a totally different mentality. “The basic mistake was to sign him on. I think he is a great manager but not for Manchester United. He’s just a great manager for another type of team.” Van Gaal, meanwhile, believes Ryan Giggs is destined to become an excellent manager. Giggs joined United’s coaching staff on a full-time basis in the summer after calling time on a glittering playing career that saw him win 34 trophies in 23 years. United’s record appearance-maker was named caretaker boss following the Moyes’ dismissal, and Van Gaal thinks the Welshman has all the qualities to become a successful manager in the long-term. Writing in his programme notes ahead of United’s game against Everton, Van Gaal said: “Ryan is a true sportsman and a great ambassador of the game. “During his playing career, he achieved everything possible at club level and holds many records that I am sure will never be surpassed by any other player. “It is a pleasure to have Ryan as my assistant manager. He has grown up at this club, he lives and breathes Manchester United, he is developing into an excellent coach and I am sure in the coming years he will make a very good manager.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Ireland working towards targets

first_img When the men in green resume their World Cup campaign against United Arab Emirates in Brisbane on Wednesday, it will be nine days since they signalled intent and demonstrated capability with an opening win over West Indies. That victory, a shock to many but not to the Irish as captain William Porterfield and several other senior players were at pains to point out afterwards, is a consolidation of similar success at previous World Cups. Press Association Ireland’s short-term ambition is to reach the knockout stages Down Under, and victory over fellow qualifiers UAE is a must to that end. But the bigger picture is to shake up world cricket sufficiently to earn a seat at the top table – both in the next World Cup in England and, Ireland hope, as a future Test-playing nation. Niall O’Brien, whose unbeaten 79 ensured a famous four-wicket win over the Windies in Nelson, has since been fighting the Irish cause off the pitch via Twitter. He has welcomed some high-profile help too, from two greats of the game – Sachin Tendulkar, and Mahela Jayawardene. India’s master batsman spoke out in support of increased opportunities for associate nations, and then Jayawardene – after his match-winning hundred against Afghanistan on Sunday – made it clear he does not agree with International Cricket Council plans to streamline future World Cups and therefore make qualification so much harder for teams like Ireland. O’Brien tweeted: “Great to see @sachin_rt getting behind Ireland etc to gain more exposure and more cricket. couldn’t have wished for a better supporter for us.” Jaywardene made the point that his country, World Cup winners in 1996 and runners-up in the last two editions, might never have had those opportunities without a leg-up from global administrators. Jayawardene’s remarks were retweeted by O’Brien. He had told a post-match press conference: “When I was asked that question a couple of years ago I said no to that, because I think Sri Lanka got that same opportunity in 1975 as an associate member. “If we hadn’t had that opportunity, we probably wouldn’t have been here – so I think it’s important that we nurture and we look after these associate members. “They are playing some good cricket – give them the opportunity they deserve.” Ireland must help themselves by staying on course for the knockout stages against a UAE team who lost their opening match to Zimbabwe last week. Ireland continue to press their claims on the world stage, off the field as well as on it.last_img read more

Police: Boca Daycare Worker Arrested for Breaking Child’s Leg

first_imgBoca Raton police say a former daycare teacher is under arrest for child abuse after allegedly breaking a 3-year-old child’s leg by kneeling on it because he was misbehaving in class. The boy told his mom he got hurt when his teacher, 24-year-old Estefany Acosta, sat on him because he was acting out.The child’s mother and father told police that the daycare originally informed them that their 3-year-old son sustained an injury from kicking a metal chair.last_img