Saint Mary’s freshman Clarisa Medina stands at 4-foot-11 but her short stature does not hinder her plans for a big future. “There’s not a doubt in my mind that I’m going to be successful,” she said. In May 2012, Medina found out she was accepted to become a Gates Millennium Scholar. Of the 26,000 high school seniors who applied for the distinguished scholarship, she was one of the lucky 1,000. “Students apply annually from all U.S. territories and states.” Medina said. “The program is more prestigious than any university’s admission process, including Harvard.” Medina applied online in December 2011 and wrote nine essays discussing community service, activities she engaged in during her weekends and summers and the type of courses she had taken to prepare herself for college. “We also had to write about things that have happened in our lives that we had to overcome to get to the point where we want to be, she said. “There are three rounds and in the final round they determine if you can become a Gates Scholar based off of socio-economic need. If you are chosen you get up to 10 years of education at any university of our choice.” Medina is the first Gates Millennium Scholar to enroll at Saint Mary’s College. The financial aid office had never heard of the scholarship before Medina. Medina was first introduced to Saint Mary’s through her sister and current sophomore, Cecily Medina. “She loved it so much here and she strongly encouraged me to come,” Medina said. “When I came to visit I liked the classroom size, it was very appealing to me. I feel as if I have so many opportunities here. I get to double major and go abroad. It’s the ideal place to master the basics and go on to a higher level of education, perhaps a PhD.” Medina, a double major in global studies and political science intends to minor in justice education and Spanish as well as earn her MBA from Notre Dame during her last year of college. Medina finds another advantage of Saint Mary’s is her ability to participate in two different sports. “I run cross country and play softball here,” she said. “It’s a great stress reliever for me and my team provides me with an additional support system.” The second of eight children, Medina relies on her sports family to help her transition from her home environment. “It is really difficult coming from a Hispanic family because we are very close knit and dependent on each other,” she said. “It’s so loud at home and here everything has been pretty quiet. I know I just have to remind myself to sacrificed that for a reason and that reason was to get an education and to have an opportunity that my parents never had.” “I am very proud of [Clarisa],” Cecily Medina said. “When she won the scholarship it wasn’t just her winning, it was our entire family winning.” Despite engaging in an enriched athletic and academic life, Medina has not forgotten her background in service. “I plan to open a camp here that I created back home,” Medina said. “It’s called Run the World and I believe that it is the reason why I got the Gates Scholarship.” Contact Rebecca O’Neil at email@example.com
For the first football season with the new Jumbotron, students will see themselves wearing navy, the color of this year’s The Shirt.The design for the front of The Shirt features football players holding hands, and the back carries an excerpt from the lyrics of the song “Here Come the Irish,” which was written by former football player and special guest of the unveiling ceremony John Scully. According to a University press release, this is the first time The Shirt has been navy since 2012. Michael Yu | The Observer Members of the Notre Dame cheerleading team don the 2017 edition of the shirt as they cheer at the unveiling ceremony at the Hammes Bookstore on Friday.Justin McCurdy, president of The Shirt committee, said this year’s design encompasses various aspects of Notre Dame football games.“It’s crisp, it’s clean, it’s Notre Dame, the navy, and it captures all aspects of the start of a football game: the players walking out, the fans getting the chills when the song comes on, the cheerleaders running out of the tunnel,” McCurdy said. “It just incorporates that beginning that we all know to the Notre Dame football games.”Kristin Andrejko, vice president of The Shirt committee, said the Notre Dame football experience is a unique one, and this year’s Shirt seeks to replicate that.“I think it’s special because I’ve never seen a Shirt that captures a moment in the stadium, and I think this Shirt really does just that,” Andrejko said. “It’s the players walking out at the beginning of the game, holding hands, a sign of unity … and it’s the chills you get when you hear ‘There’s a magic in the sound of their name.’”To create excitement about The Shirt unveiling, the committee hosted several events last week, allowing students to design a Shirt on a cookie in the dining halls and to participate in an Amazing Race scavenger hunt, which had a prize of two on-field tickets for the Notre Dame-Miami (Ohio) game next year.“The Amazing Race, all headed by Alex Richard, was over in 11 minutes,” McCurdy said. “People were running into the final location sweating, out of breath. It was great.”Andrejko, who will serve as the president of The Shirt Committee next year, said the group looks forward to doing the event again.The unveiling ceremony itself featured free food from Barnaby’s Pizza, Let’s Spoon and ND Catering as well as performances by musical groups on campus and an appearance by Scully.The proceeds from The Shirt will be split between the Student Union and Student Enrichment Endowment, which seeks to allow all students to enjoy the Notre Dame experience regardless of their financial situation.Tags: Student Enrichment Endowment, Student Union, The Shirt, The Shirt committee
The world is not soon going to be taken over by robots — and neither are credit unions. But for the latter, bots can be a crucial component of member engagement and employee productivity.So argued Matt Kinney, founder and CEO of Attando Technologies, a provider of artificial intelligence solutions to credit unions, speaking Sept. 12 at the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Technology Council in Chicago.“You can’t go to a conference in 2019, without hearing the hype associated with AI,” said Kinney. “But I want to make sure we don’t overpromise and underdeliver, because there’s a lot of that going on.”Instead, he suggested that credit unions focus their AI development on four distinct use cases: continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The Past 12 months have seen a steady increase in demand for office and industrial space throughout Devon.Offices In Exeter the oversupply of out-of-town offices diminished in the first part of 1998 following strong demand in 1997.This year will see the construction of a major pre-let office building at Exeter Business Park, along with other similar facilities. These developments follow the construction of a new Bass public house and Holiday Inn Express on this prominent site, adjacent to the M5’s new junction 29.The city centre office market has seen good demand in the prime area of Southernhay, with a steady increase in rents during the middle and latter part of last year. Prime ground floor space with a frontage to Southernhay is again achieving £129/sq m (£12/sq ft). Larger, less prominent areas in modern buildings are available at rentals of £86-£97/sq m (£8-£9/sq ft).In Plymouth there has been patchy demand: the major deals have been for strategically located accommodation. There is a shortage of quality properties in the market. However, the city is proving attractive as a location for call centres and several organisations are considering buildings of 3,700-14,000 sq m (40,000-150,000 sq ft).Outside Exeter and Plymouth, the office market is confined to small suites in semi-rural locations. These have proved popular with those who wish to avoid the congestion of cities and enjoy the quality of life that the Countryside offers, while taking advantage of modern communication. Mamhead House near Exeter is a typical example of quality space of this type.Meanwhile, the takeover of London & Manchester by Friends Provident and Weslyan’s proposal for the former Medical & Sickness space at Pynes Hill in Exeter could bring two major areas of office accommodation on the outskirts of the city into the market.In addition, both Exeter and Plymouth are competing hard to attract the Regional Development Agency to locate in their cities.Industrial Industrial supply has reduced dramatically throughout the county with a steady take-up of secondhand space, following record take-up in 1997.The result of this is strong demand for design-and-build facilities, where the county is well placed with a good supply of development land.At Matford Park in Exeter, Double Glazing Supplies has had a unit completed, Tile Flair is on site and a planning application is awaiting approval for a 7,897 sq m (85,000 sq ft) Car Land dealership.Sowton 30 Exeter is a new development by John Laing Property of 7ha (17 acres) for B1, B2 and B8 use, adjacent to the M5’s junction 30. It will be developed in two plateaus, to accommodate up to 26,500 sq m (285,000 sq ft). Main road positions are in strong demand, with rents of £65/sq m (£6/sq ft) being achieved on existing space. New space may command even higher figures.Throughout Devon there has been a steady improvement in the market for industrial space.At Barnstaple, Priority Sites has constructed two 930 sq m (10,000 sq ft) speculative units at Roundswell, providing much needed quality space for local companies. In Plymouth, Cattedown Regeneration is undertaking a scheme to produce two separate 2.4ha (6 acre) sites with a total of 15,027 sq m (161,750 sq ft) of commercial space. These include a cash and carry, a builders’ merchant and 1,347 sq m (14,500 sq ft) of non-food retail.The outlook for 1999 is good for new build industrial and out-of-town pre-let office schemes. Demand for high street retail space has continued to be exceptional, with the number of registered requirements in both Exeter and Plymouth probably at an all-time high.Major developments are planned for both cities’ centres. In Exeter, Land Securities’ £80m scheme in Princesshay will provide much needed new shopping in the city centre.Major local businesses have backed the proposal, viewing it as a good opportunity to enhance the city’s regional position.In Plymouth, P&O Properties applied for an undercover shopping mall last year. It is due to unveil updated plans after consultation with the city council.There have been some major transactions in the county over the past 12 months, with Dawnay Day purchasing a 12,080 sq m (130,000 sq ft) office investment at Southernhay Gardens in Exeter, from National Mutual. Smaller investment lots have moved quickly. Investors have cash available for both fully-let and partly-let space, ready to take advantage of an improving market.