Dorm builds community between hall and home

first_imgLe Mans Hall has found a home in the South Bend-Mishawaka community-specifically, Hannah’s House.  The College’s largest dorm has paired up with this local organization, which provides shelter to pregnant women and new mothers. Junior Emma Derheimer, president of Le Mans Hall, said it was her goal for the year to find a service project for the women of Le Mans. “Every dorm on Saint Mary’s campus is paired up with a service agency in the community,” Derheimer said. “My board’s primary goal this year was to get more involved in the service aspect of Le Mans.” Senior Morgan Talamantes said she serves as the College’s first ministry assistant, a job that includes working as an official liaison between Hannah’s House and the Hall. She said the maternity home, originally intended for unwed teenagers, advises residents about how to raise their children and manage money. Though the women do not pay to live in the home, Hannah’s House expects them to work and contribute to the community. Talamantes said she worked with the dorm’s student board members to arrange a variety of opportunities for students to get involved with Hannah’s House. Students have participated in Mothers Support Group meetings each month, the Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser hosted by members of Hannah’s House and planning the organization’s annual Fall Festival.  Talamantes said the Hall also hosts events for the residents of Hannah’s House. During one such event, the residents painted clothes for their children. “The mothers came to [Saint Mary’s] to paint onesies and then took them home for their children,” Talamantes said.  Derheimer said last month, the dorm held a baby shower for a mother in Hannah’s House. Donations included basic necessities for the newborn and the mother. “As a social work major, I believe that we’re here to make a difference and we have the will to impact the South Bend-Mishawaka community,” Derheimer said. “We’ve shown the community beyond our campus that we do care and are interested in making an active difference.” Talamantes said both the Hall and the House benefit from working together to help these women.  “It’s been great meeting different mothers – and, of course, their babies,” Talamantes said. “We definitely learn from each other. Getting to know them builds students’ enthusiasm. We can build a community within the Hall and the home.” Students may sometimes act as role models for the members of Hannah’s House, Talamantes said.  “In a way, we show mothers that they can still fulfill their dreams,” she said. Derheimer said Saint Mary’s students can help the young mothers find ways to succeed. “We also bring support and show that that we care to give mom the feeling she is not alone. We know they want to succeed because they live there. All they need are the resources,” Derheimer said. “We can be a part of facilitating that.” Talamantes said her work with Hannah’s House has showed her the value of the partnership between the College and the organization. “Working with Hannah’s House has showed me the importance of continuing this partnership. We work well together,” Talamantes said. “I hope that once I graduate it grows into something bigger and blossoms.” Hannah’s House will celebrate its 20th anniversary by opening a new house May 10, Talamantes said. Bishop Kevin Rhoades will bless the home. Students are encouraged to attend.last_img read more

Monty running out of Open chances

first_img The 52-year-old Scot, back in Britain just two days after finishing runner-up at the US Senior Open in California, fell four strokes short in a field that also included Retief Goosen. Montgomerie’s chances of returning to the ‘Home of Golf’, where he finished second to Tiger Woods in 2005, are now dependent on a strong showing at next week’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Gullane. Press Association At Royal Cinque Ports in Kent, England’s Alister Balcombe and Ben Taylor shared top spot with professional Gary Boyd, while 20-year-old Liverpudlian Paul Kinnear came through at Gailes in Scotland and American Jordan Niebrugge at Hillside in Southport. Kinnear was in tears after joining professionals Mark Young and New Zealander Ryan Fox, whose father Grant played for the All Blacks, while Niebrugge tied for first place with Australian Scott Arnold and Swede Pelle Edberg. Balcombe, a 19-year-old from Bristol with a plus-three handicap, followed up his opening 67 with a 70 to finish on five under and said: “I was in the clubhouse at Clevedon just before the regional qualifier and saw a picture of the 18th at St Andrews. “I thought how great it would be to be a part of that. I’ve never played the Old Course, so I’m looking forward to the experience.” Taylor, 23 and a plus-five handicapper from Walton Heath, has just finished his studies at Louisiana State University and birdied three of his last seven holes for a 67, while Boyd matched Balcombe’s two rounds. It will be his third trip to the Open. He missed the cut on his debut in 2008 and finished tied 38th in 2011 at Royal St George’s. Boyd is attached to Woburn, but with that venue oversubscribed he was drawn to play at Deal. Among those who missed out there were former Ryder Cup player Paul Broadhurst – who in the 1990 Open at St Andrews shot a major record-equalling 63 – and Scot Raymond Russell, joint fourth with amateur Justin Rose at Royal Birkdale in 1998. Double US Open winner Goosen did survive a play-off to secure a place at the season’s next major, but the stand-out performance on the Marquess course came from Irish amateur Paul Dunne. Repeating his success of last season, the 22-year-old from Greystone shot rounds of 70 and 65 to win the event by three strokes with a nine-under-par total of 135. Dunne said: “I guess I love this place. Last year was a bit more of a shock because I had no expectations. This time I knew I could shoot the scores and that put more pressure on me. “I’m delighted. It’s not really sunk it yet, but going to St Andrews will be ultra-special – probably the biggest week of my life.” The other player to qualify at Woburn was England’s Robert Dinwiddie, who finished second on his own at six under and will finally make his Open debut after 16 attempts. Goosen, who finished fourth at the BMW International Open in Germany at the weekend, took the third spot at the first extra hole after finishing level on five under with English pair Adam Gee and Jamie Moul. Reflecting on his disappointment, Montgomerie said: “When there are only three spots and 72 players you have to putt well and I putted like an idiot.” Dunne was not the only amateur to enjoy success as final qualifying was held at four courses around Britain. Colin Montgomerie has just one remaining chance to reach this year’s Open Championship at St Andrews after missing out in final qualifying at Woburn.last_img read more

Charles Eugene “Gene” Rountree: Oct. 24, 1936 – January 21, 2013

first_imgCharles Eugene “Gene” Rountree, age 76, of Wellington, died  Monday afternoon, January 21, 2013.  He was a retired Tech Publication Writer for Cessna Aircraft.Charles Eugene “Gene” Rountree was born on October 24, 1936 in Wichita, KS to Frederick Doris Rountree and Alice Merle (Chance) Rountree. He married Janit Gifford Thatcher on August 14, 1980 in Anthony, KS. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Carolyn Thompson. Survivors include his wife, Janit Rountree of Wellington; children, Don Rountree and his wife Sarah of  Jacksonville, Fla., Josh Rountree and his wife Andrea of Wellington; John Thatcher and his wife Julie of Derby, KS, Kim Rountree of Grapevine, Texas, and Jamie Kuchar and her husband David of Wellington; two brothers, John Rountree of Wichita and Tom Rountree of Urbana, MO; eight grandchildren, Andy Rountree, Creighton, Drake, and Mercer Thatcher, Tatum and Ryleigh Rountree, MaKaylin and Grayson Kuchar.Memorial Services will be held at the First Christian Church on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place.A memorial has been established with the Wellington Humane Society in lieu of flowers.  Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more