Aftermath, investigations of fatal accident recounted

first_img Junior Declan Sullivan died Oct. 27, 2010, after the scissor-lift from which he was filming football practice fell. He was a student videographer for the football team. In July, the University reached a settlement with IOSHA. The “knowing” violation was reduced to a “serious” violation and Notre Dame agreed to pay $42,000 in fines.  The Declan Drumm Sullivan Memorial Scholarship will assist students who are not only in financial need, but who also have demonstrated the Sullivan’s characteristics, such as an interest in filmmaking, service to under-privileged youth and creative writing. Vice President of Student Affairs Fr. Tom Doyle delivered the homily at the Mass. As he addressed the standing room only congregation, Doyle said the stories in scripture connected to Sullivan’s passion for storytelling through the lens of a camera. Hours after Sullivan’s death, the members of Fisher Hall gathered in the dorm chapel to begin to cope with the loss of a fellow member of their dorm and a friend of many. The report also identified eight recommendations for future action, including a new wind speed standard to operate lifts on campus. Jenkins said all of these recommendations would be put in place as soon as possible. “We have systems in place to make certain and that deal with issues of safety. Clearly in this instance, they failed,” Kelly said at the time. In a post-game press conference, Irish coach Brian Kelly took responsibility for the decision to host outdoor practice on the day of Sullivan’s death despite windy conditions. The University then entered into negotiations with IOSHA. One month later, Jenkins released the University’s own report on Sullivan’s death. Based on the information in the report, he said Notre Dame was “collectively responsible” for the accident. On Nov. 5, 2010, Jenkins sent an email to the student body in which he took full responsibility for Sullivan’s death. The atmosphere at that Saturday’s game was somber. When the crowd stood for a moment of silence in Sullivan’s honor, the only sound in the Stadium was the wind whipping against the American flag. During the game, the team played with shamrock decals bearing a small “DS” on their helmets, and many students wore buttons with the same symbol. Despite the controversy surrounding the accident, the Sullivans continue to heal one year later. IOSHA also issued five “serious” violations with fines totaling $22,500. These violations included failure to properly train student employees in how to operate a scissor lift. The Sullivan family gathered Saturday before the football game against USC for a dedication of a memorial to Sullivan. A plaque, two benches and several trees sit between the Guglielmino Athletics Complex and the LaBar Practice Field. “We found that Notre Dame did not establish and maintain conditions of work that were reasonably safe for its employees, that were free from recognized hazards that caused or were likely to cause serious injury,” Indiana Department of Labor commissioner Lori Torres said in a March 15 press conference. “In addition, by directing an untrained, student videographer to use the scissor lift during a period of time when the National Weather Service had issued an active wind advisory … the University knowingly exposed its employees to unsafe conditions.” The day after the tower fell, Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick announced at a press conference the weekend’s home football game against Tulsa would be dedicated to the junior’s memory. One year ago today, the day began as an ordinary Wednesday. “We are conducting an investigation and we must be careful not to pre-judge its results, but I will say this: Declan Sullivan was entrusted to our care, and we failed to keep him safe,” Jenkins said in the e-mail. “We at Notre Dame — and ultimately I, as President — are responsible. Words cannot express our sorrow to the Sullivan family and to all involved.”center_img IOSHA found Notre Dame guilty of six violations, and the citations resulted in fines totaling $77,500. The violations included a “knowing” violation, meaning IOSHA found the University knowingly exposed its employees to unsafe conditions. The Indiana Department of Labor reported the University was fined $55,000 for this violation. While both the University and the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Association (IOSHA) investigated the accident, Notre Dame installed a remote video operating system at the football practice fields. The system was operational when the team began spring practice in March. Tonight, the residents of Fisher will gather again for a dorm mass at 10 p.m. in the chapel to remember Sullivan. Residents of Lewis Hall, home to Sullivan’s sister Wyn, will also attend the Mass. “I wanted to thank [Jenkins] for giving us a lot of leeway with this and really letting us do what we thought would best memorialize our son and brother,” Alison said. “And [Doyle] for really helping us every inch of the way with everything from the moment of the accident through the past year.” That night, the Notre Dame community gathered at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart for a Mass of Remembrance. More than 1,000 students filled the church, and a crowd of 1,000 more stood outside in the night. In addition to educational projects elsewhere, Notre Dame continues to remember Sullivan on campus. The University announced Wednesday in a press release it would fund an endowed scholarship in Sullivan’s name. Sullivan’s funeral was held Nov. 1, 2010, in his hometown of Buffalo Grove, Ill. The Financial Management Board, part of the Student Union, is also working to establish another scholarship in Sullivan’s name. Jenkins also announced a campaign in conjunction with the Indiana Department of Labor to provide better safety information for those who work with aerial lifts at other universities, colleges and high schools around the country. At the dedication, Declan’s mother, Alison Sullivan, said the University has stood by her family throughout the past year. Jenkins also announced the appointment of Peter Likins, former University of Arizona president, to lead an external review of Notre Dame’s investigation into Sullivan’s death. It ended with an unprecedented tragedy. Sullivan’s accident occurred at 4:50 p.m. at LaBar Practice Fields. He was transported to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, where he later died. University President Fr. John Jenkins notified students in an email that night. The memorial lies within sight of Sullivan’s accident one year ago. “Declan Sullivan has told great stories. His life has been a truly great story,” Doyle said in his homily. “Declan Sullivan and Jesus Christ invite us into the greatest story, the story of Jesus Christ’s love … that we are loved and that we are never truly alone.” The months following Sullivan’s death included the processes of both dealing with grief and investigating the causes of the accident. On March 15, 2011, the four-and-a-half month IOSHA investigation into Sullivan’s death came to a close. “We didn’t envision anything could be more perfect,” Alison said. “I think if [Declan] could see this, he would be in awe. He would say, ‘Gee, this is amazing. I love this. It’s epic.’”last_img read more

Alumnus bikes to raise funds

first_imgNotre Dame alumnus Dr. Michael Heisler biked 630 miles in six days last week to raise more than $63,000 for Hesburgh Hospital, a teaching and research hospital planned in Santo Domingo, Ecuador. Dr. Heisler’s journey began last weekend in his hometown, Sioux Falls, S.D. From there, he biked for six and a half days to Notre Dame to attend the Andean Health and Development (ADH) board meeting, which will be held this Friday in the Hesburgh Center. AHD, founded in 1995 by Notre Dame alumnus Dr. David Gaus and chaired by University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, was created to provide self-sustainable, comprehensive health care in poor, rural areas of Latin America. Access to health care in these rural communities is limited. Residents must drive as long as three and half hours on dangerous roads to the Ecuadorian capital of Quito without any guarantee of care. “When AHD built its first hospital [in Pedro Vicente Maldonado], they were given the advice, ‘When you build a hospital, don’t build something as inexpensively as you can. Don’t waste money, but build a building that has some stature to it, a good building that will last for years,’” Heisler said. “So they did. The first week the hospital opened, people didn’t come. Nobody could figure it out. So they went out into the community and asked, ‘How come you’re not coming to the hospital? This is our community’s hospital.’ And the people said, ‘We didn’t think it was for us, we thought it was for other people.’ Because they never had a hospital like that before, they never had health care accessible.” “I got this hair-brained idea one day: Why don’t I just ride my bike over to the board meeting?” Heisler said. “I know it’s kind of crazy, but maybe we can raise some money. I honestly was hoping to raise $40,000 in my wildest imagination.” In fact, proceeds from “630 in 6 for 63” raised over $70,000, well past the original goal. This money will go towards AHD’s Vision campaign, whose goal is to raise $6 million to build Hesburgh Hospital. The hospital will include a 50-bed hospital, a physician residency facility, a nurse training facility and a global health research center. So far, AHD has raised $3.6 million. “I think as we got closer and people saw how cold the temperatures were, they started to feel sorry for me,” Heisler said. AHD is dedicated to building quality hospitals that address that need and can be sustained and staffed by local Ecuadorians. He also credited the organization’s mission for people’s donations. “I think what Andean Health is doing is important,” Heisler said. “You can do these kinds of fundraisers, but if you’re not raising funds for something that makes sense to people, nobody’s going to contribute.” “People say to me, ‘Why did you ride 600 miles?’ and ‘Why did you get on your bike and get involved?’” he said. “Well, partially because I’m crazy. But the real reason is, because we try to do work that has some purpose.”last_img read more

South Bend mayor shares vision for city

first_imgBefore South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg leaves for his deployment to Afghanistan in Feb. 2014, he took the time to meet with the Notre Dame’s College Democrats to share his vision for South Bend. Buttigieg spoke specifically about its progress as a community, and the importance of the connection between Notre Dame and the greater South Bend area. “Notre Dame’s always been pretty special and pretty important,” Buttigieg said. “Some people are raised by wolves, I was raised by Notre Dame faculty.  I grew up here and when I was a kid I ran around Lafun.” Buttigieg spoke about his upbringing and his journey to the position as Mayor.  Before becoming the youngest mayor of a city of over 100,000 people, Buttigieg studied at Harvard and then Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He said he “wasn’t sure [he] was going to come back” to the South Bend community.  However, he said, “Gradually, I realized I could make myself useful here at home.” Buttigieg recounted the moment when he won the open seat election for Mayor. “On New Year’s Day [in 2012], I took office.,” Buttigieg said. “It’s like the dog chasing the car, finally catches it.” Buttigieg, joking with the group, said he wondered what he was supposed to do when he got to the office. “I mean, I knew what I wanted to do for South Bend, but what do I literally do right now?” he said. “Do I check my email or make a phone call first?” Buttigieg said because South Bend was built by the auto industry, the rotting structures left behind after the industry’s heyday set a tone for the city he grew up in.  He said he advocates for the development of downtown and “wants South Bend to believe in its home.”  With the 150th anniversary of the City in 2015, Buttigieg said the time is right for change. “It’s a great moment for that psychological feel,” Buttigieg said. “So we have great timing for [change], but it’s fragile.” Buttigieg laid out his three-point plan for city development during the meeting.  The first, he said, is making “the basics of life easy for people who live here.” Next, he said, is what he likes to call “the good government goal.”  Buttgieg said he wants to improve different things like efficiency and transparency. He said his third goal centers around economic development. “If we’re not an auto making town anymore, then what are we?,” Buttigieg said. “Obviously, a huge part of the answer is here at Notre Dame.” Buttigieg said his vision for South Bend involves a deep commitment to the connection between Notre Dame and the South Bend community. “When I say engage with South Bend, I don’t mean only volunteer,” he said. “I want you to benefit from [the relationship between South Bend and Notre Dame],” he said. “Come eat downtown.  It can even be something as simple as going to a ballgame downtown.” Buttigieg said he sees the future of South Bend as one that utilizes the talent that is present on campus in a way that works for the students.  He said he “would love for this city to be more of a resource for you and what you want to do.” “You should be able to find something compelling from the business world to a service organization,” he said. Co-President of College Democrats, Junior Sean Long said his engagement with South Bend began because he volunteered on Buttigieg’s campaign. “Mayor Buttigieg really exemplifies the reason we should get involved in South Bend.” Long said.  “Whether or not it’s interning in [Mayor Buttigieg’s] office or starting your own business, in South Bend, Pete shows that South Bend is not just a place where we go to school,” Long said.  “It’s a place we can live after we graduate.” Buttigieg ended his discussion with the College Democrats by saying, “Hunt down ways that South Bend can help you.  That is how we make [the relationship between Notre Dame and the South Bend community] work.”last_img read more

Astrophysicist examines world’s largest telescopes

first_imgNotre Dame professor of astrophysics Peter Garnavich addressed a full room of students, faculty and members from the South Bend community Tuesday night on the topic of the universe’s largest telescopes.Garnavich said the current era is what he calls the “golden age of astrophysical exploration,” a period that will garner some impressive discoveries over the next several decades.“We see a time, after the Big Bang, which was sort of the dark ages, where no stars existed,” he said. “We understand very little about cosmology at this time, because we’re always stuck when light isn’t being created … but eventually, stars are starting to be formed and we can start to see what’s going on there.”Garnavich said dark matter, despite its name, makes up much of what we know about the universe.“A lot of what we think we know about the universe is actually dark; we think that dark matter makes up about one quarter of the universe,” he said. “… Dark matter may be some weird particle, some weird thing that we don’t know, but it’s a larger part of the universe.“Then dark energy makes up about three-quarters of the universe, the mysterious energy that makes the universe actually accelerate instead of decelerate.”Though dark energy and matter make up much of the universe, there are stars and other elements that make up a significantly smaller but important portion, Garnavich said.“This really doesn’t leave a lot of room for the ‘ordinary’ stuff, so round-off error in astronomy means that atoms make up a very small fraction, less than 3 percent of the universe is made of hydrogen and helium and that little smattering of elements,” he said.Garnavich tied this idea of understanding the universe to telescopes with the famed Hubble telescope.“In about the 1920s, a guy named Hubble began to understand much more about the universe by studying distances in the universe,” he said. “This is a big problem when you don’t know the scale of the universe or the distance of the stars or the distance of the galaxies, in fact, back then they didn’t know there were other galaxies, they thought they were just fuzzy blobs within our galaxy.”The telescope came about as a result of trying to find those distances, and Hubble was a trail blazer into the present golden age of discovery, Garnavich said.“He actually found the distances of objects then comparing that to the velocity those objects were moving away and came up with a really nice relation … which obviously became so famous it got his name on a really big and really important telescope,” he said.Tags: astrophysics, Big Bang, Hubble Space Telescope, Peter Garnavich, Telescopeslast_img read more

Lecture identifies young women as agents of change in civil rights movement

first_imgAssociate professor of Educational Policy Studies and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago Dr. David Stovall addressed students, faculty and South Bend community members in a lecture titled “Re-envisioning Justice: Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer and the Current Struggle for Human Dignity” on Friday afternoon in Stapleton Lounge.The lecture was co-sponsored by the Saint Mary’s Office of Civic and Social Engagement, the Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, Africana Studies, Center for Social Concerns, Gender Studies, Department of History, the Kroc Institute and the Rooney Center for American Democracy as a part of Women in Civil Rights Lecture series.Stovall said Ella Baker and Fannie Lou Hamer’s work during the civil rights movement often goes unrecognized and is overshadowed by the work of men. Historical oversight of this kind is not unique to these two young activists, Stovall said. Civil rights analysis has overlooked the work of women and young people in the last 700 years.“In history there are often moments where we do not recognize the centrality of two particular groups — women and young people,” Stovall said.Stovall said the notion that slavery is an oppression of the past must be challenged as civil rights are examined today.Stovall said although Hamer is mostly known for saying “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired,” her legacy eclipses that single quote. He said Hamer received a sixth grade education because she had to work on a plantation, and she challenged the idea of justice.“Hamer asked the difficult questions and was often met with the consequences,” Stovall said.Stovall said the term social justice is often misconstrued as a synonym for “helping.” Picking up garbage is not an example of social justice, he said.“Justice has to be determined by the people who are experiencing the injustice,” he said. “When we have those people identify the injustice, we have to ask a different set of questions, and those questions are mean and unrelenting.”Stovall referred to the 13th Amendment which declares, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”“What does this sound like? It sounds like prison to me,” he saidStovall said he understands incarceration as an extension of slavery, as more people of African descent are in prison today than were in slavery in 1850.Seventy percent of all people incarcerated are convicted for non-violent drug offenses, Stovall said. He said the 13th Amendment was far from a cure-all, and other regulations must lead the nation’s populous towards equality.Stovall said distractions, like a black president, may hinder the progress of civil rights.“There’s a difference between individual accomplishment and collective progress,” he said.Stovall said young people’s commitment to the cause requires asking the difficult questions of perpetuity like Hamer.Stovall said Baker focused on the responsibility and ability young people have to act and react to contemporary and pressing issues.“Baker said we are the ones we have been waiting for,” Stovall said. “She said getting people in the street for the March on Washington is only part of the solution. What’s more important is what you do the next day.“In the arc of history we are always looking for the next person to stand in front. We want somebody to be the representative, but work starts on the ground.”Stovall said Hamer and Baker were prophetic.“They said the struggle is ongoing, and the only way to engage it is to identify the injustice to work with others to improve the condition,” he said. “We talk about struggle not to depress us, but because the more we know, the less we can be manipulated. The project of justice is to end perpetual manipulation.”Stovall said the social justice needs experts and young people constitute the experts of the “right now.”“I don’t see you all as the future,” Stovall said. “You’re the ‘right now.’”“You are experts of right now. How are you using your expertise?”Tags: 13th amendment, Africana Studies, Dr. David Stovall, Ella Baker, experts of the right now, Fannie Lou Hamerlast_img read more

Spring town hall meeting addresses new facilities, faculty policies

first_imgRosie LoVoi Fr. Jenkins addresses the Notre Dame community Monday night at the spring town hall meeting. Jenkins discussed new faculty changes and benefits, including an education benefit for professors.Affleck-Graves also said plans were underway to improve other facilities, particularly the Decio Faculty Commons. Beyond facility improvements on campus, Affleck-Graves said the current campus construction is progressing as scheduled, for the most part.“I think most of you have noticed a little bit of building going on on campus,” he said. “Courtney Hall is nearing completion; it will open this August. The Hesburgh Library renovations are just spectacular. I’d suggest you go and have a look, if you haven’t already.”The move-in dates of Campus Crossroads are projected to start in August 2017 and end in May 2018, according to recent estimates, Affleck-Graves said.“The Duncan Family Student Center is slightly behind schedule, but we plan on having that open and moved in by December 2017,” he said. At the Town Hall, University President Fr. John Jenkins announced several additional employee benefits to be implemented in the next year. “Notre Dame is great for so many reasons — for our great students, for the education we offer, for its research capacity and for so many things to be proud of. But I’m particularly proud of the people who work here,” Jenkins said. “We want to continue to make this place a truly great place to work at, a place where you feel supported.”The first of these upcoming changes is an “enhanced education benefit.”“It’s important for you, and the people that work here, to get the education you need to do the work you do. And it’s good for us if you do that as well, so we want to help you do that,” Jenkins said. “We’ve had an education benefit, but this is enhanced, so we’re providing an opportunity for people to enhance their skills and improve their education in particular areas.”According to Robert McQuade, vice president of Human Resources, the University currently provides up to $1,500 per year to cover additional education costs. “That was last changed in 2008. We are going to increase that to $3,000 starting in July. For job certifications, we’re going to increase from $750 to $1,000, and for the first time, we’re going to include doctoral programs and courses,” he said. “We believe that this will continue to enhance development opportunities for all of our employees, and we’re very pleased with this.”Beyond this, McQuade introduced a partnership with Bright Horizons Care Advantage to help provide assistance to faculty whose family members require care. “I know a number of you have children or others that you need to take care of, and often that creates challenges for you on some occasions.” Jenkins said. “This is a program that will provide help for you to care for those people in your care, when those occasions arise.”Additionally, the University will help provide short-term income for faculty in need. “Short-term income replacement is another important thing, in times of injury or sickness or a new child in the family, and if you need some kind of income replacement, this program will provide that,” Jenkins said. McQuade also announced a four-week paid leave for new parents, whether due to birth or adoption. “Families are important,” Jenkins said. “We want to provide support for parents as they welcome a new child into their family and care for that child and work with that transition into parenthood.”Due to the University’s ongoing commitment to mitigating climate change, Affleck-Graves said they plan to begin utilizing and improving the dam at St. Joseph River for hydraulic power. “We’re also working with South Bend and the federal authorities to use the dam on the river downtown for hydraulic energy,” Affleck-Graves said. “We’re working with the federal authorities to help us do that, and it will save us eight percent of our costs to do that, which makes a lot of financial sense. What this does is makes a significant impact on our carbon output.”Overall, Affleck-Graves said he was impressed with the changes and looks forward to making more improvements. “We do want to confirm our areas of strength. I know we can get complacent, but I want us to keep doing these things well. I have also highlighted areas of improvement, so we can see how we can do better, and we will do better,” Affleck-Graves said. Tags: Burger King, Campus Crossroads, spring town hall, town hall meeting After receiving consistently low ratings from both students and faculty, University Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves announced the Burger King in the LaFortune Student Center will be replaced next fall. “The scores on our services were incredibly varied, and Burger King has scored very low for the second time in a row,” Affleck-Graves said during Monday’s spring faculty town hall meeting in Washington Hall. “So we’re going to be making a change there this summer. We will certainly have something new coming in and replacing Burger King.” last_img read more

Sticker from right-wing organization placed outside of Main Building

first_imgA sticker featuring the words “Stand Your Ground” and the image of an individual wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat was found placed on a lamp post in front of the Main Building this week. Mary Steurer | The Observer A sticker from the political group Hundred-Handers, now torn, was placed on a pole outside the Main Building.The sticker appears to be from the organization Hundred-Handers, a right-wing political group that operates through social media. The group derives its name from Greek mythology.On its Twitter page, the organization describes itself as “entirely anonymous international network of activists.” It operates through a top-down approach where a leader, referred to as the “Head,” distributes stickers featuring political slogans to its group members, known as “Hands.”It remains unknown who placed the sticker on the post.In an email, University spokesman Dennis Brown said The Observer alerted the administration to the presence of the sticker. The origin of the sticker is not currently under investigation, he added.Tags: Campus Activism, Hundred-Handers, Main Buildinglast_img read more

Partial closure on Holy Cross Drive to take place over spring break

first_imgHoly Cross Drive will be closed to eastbound traffic between St. Joseph Drive and Wilson Drive from March 9 to March 17, the University announced in a press release and in an email to Notre Dame students Monday. According to the release, the road will be closed for utility work for the new residence hall under construction north of Dunne Hall. For commuters, a detour north on St. Joseph will allow traffic to turn east on Stepan Drive or exit campus. Those headed to Flanner or Grace Halls may be dropped off at the Stepan Center entrance. The eastbound campus shuttle will make stops at the Stepan Center and westbound shuttle pick-up locations will remain unaffected. According to the release, there will also be a pathway north of the site open.The release said the University decided to do work on the road over Spring Break in order to minimize its impact on the community.Tags: holy cross drive, new residence hall, Spring Break, trafficlast_img read more

College graduates awarded Bob Orr Entrepreneurial Fellowship

first_imgSaint Mary’s seniors Ashlyn Maes and Maura Newell have been awarded the Governor Bob Orr Indiana Entrepreneurial Fellowship, a post graduate program for top graduating seniors.According to the fellowship’s website, the program promises a full-time salaried position with a host company, professional development and career coaching, an extensive peer and alumni network, leadership and entrepreneurship opportunities and immersion in the city of Indianapolis. The Orr Fellowship especially focuses on civic engagement with communities within Indianapolis, working with local nonprofits, social enterprises and public schools.Newell, a political science and communication studies double major, said she was excited to learn she received the fellowship, which she applied for after hearing a presentation from current Orr fellows.“I was unsure of what I wanted to do after graduation, and the multiple opportunities for continued learning, leadership, mentor support, service, etc. the fellowship offered seemed like the perfect opportunity to explore more options over the next two years while I continued to try and decide where my interests would take me,” Newell said in an email.Newell and Maes were selected from a pool of applicants to attend a “fORRum” event at Notre Dame where they met with current and potential fellows and were later invited to further networking and interviewing events. Newell said she prepared for the interview process by researching the Orr Fellowship and reaching out to College alumnae currently in the fellowship.“It was super helpful to be able to speak with them and gain insight on their experiences and the transition from Saint Mary’s to their companies in Indianapolis,” she said. “I think the interview process alone taught me so much about myself and professional settings. It was quite a whirlwind process, but I gained a lot from the experience.”Newell said the opportunities for leadership and growth offered at Saint Mary’s as well as advice from supportive teachers played a role in helping her earn the fellowship.After receiving the Orr Fellowship, Newell selected a position at Indiana University Health. She will be working three eight-month-long rotations in different departments within the company over the next two years, in areas of marketing, healthcare policy and public policy, she said. Her first rotation will start with the Indiana University Virtual Healthcare team.Newell said she is unsure about her plans for the future, but she’s looking forward to taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the fellowship, such as retreats, service days, leadership talks and exploring potential career paths.“I am excited to see where the next two years take me and go from there,” she said.Tags: civic engagement, Class of 2019, Commencement 2019, Governor Bob Orr Indiana Entrepreneurial Scholarship, Internships, Politicslast_img read more

Career Crossings Office hosts ‘Trail Your Way to the CCO’

first_imgThe Career Crossings Office (CCO) at Saint Mary’s offers an avenue between college life and working life. The CCO staff reminded students of this when it hosted an event Tuesday called Trail Your way to the CCO. Students stopped by to familiarize themselves with the office and make their own trail mix. This event was the first of a series of events and the opening of the office to the students for the 2019-2020 academic year.The event was more than pretzels, M&M’s and nuts, as the office also introduced students to its services. Among the CCO’s services are help with discerning majors and career paths, job shadowing, internship searching, resume and cover letter writing, networking, interview preparation and searching for jobs, graduate and professional schools.“Events like this are a nice kickoff for the semester,” said Stacie Jeffirs, director of CCO and Student Academic Services. “It is a way for the students to find out more about our office and what we do and how we support you during the semester, as well as the services and programming for different events we have coming up in the semester. It’s a kickoff to get students started off on the right foot.”The students who attended said they were not only enticed by the free food, but also by the services the Career Crossings staff provides.“I am looking forward to [visiting the Career Crossings Office] to help me prepare for my future and to find out what I best enjoy doing,” first year Cecilia McKinney said.The CCO offers separate and unique services to students of each year and creates plans that fit with where they are in their careers and lives.“I am a freshman this year, and I keep getting all the reminders from Career Crossings about all the opportunities they have coming up,” Kalli Jungles said. “It’s just nice to know that they are truly concerned about all the Saint Mary’s students and making sure that we are on the right track and truly considering what we are passionate about and making the rights choices as we go into the future.”Jungles’ sister offered a differing view of the office. Instead of just being introduced to the office and its services, senior Kassidy Jungles is beginning the end of her Saint Mary’s experience. The CCO will help her transition into her future, she said.“As a senior student, it is important to plan ahead for your career and to explore all the options that Saint Mary’s provides,” she said.During Trail Your Way to the CCO, Jeffirs highlighted the office’s upcoming and biggest event of the year the Saint Mary’s Career & Internship Fair. The event will take place on Sept. 16. The event will feature over 40 organizations including the Peace Corps, South Bend Schools and 1st Source Bank. The career fair will be open to students of all majors.According to Jeffirs, the CCO also offers programming around the fair, including a career fair prep workshops, along with its coffee and career chats and open houses.Tags: Career Crossings Office, Career Prepartion, stacie jeffirslast_img read more