A new employee wellness center will add benefits for faculty, staff and their families, but its construction in the D2 parking lot will significantly reduce the number of parking spaces on campus for students, according to University officials. University architect Doug Marsh said the University considered an array of sites for the $1.5 million facility. “A variety of locations were considered to meet the needs of the facility, which included the need to be convenient to employees and families coming from either work or from home,” Marsh said. Marsh’s office also considered building next to the Early Childhood Development Center on Bulla Road. Construction on the new facility will begin in December and should be completed by mid-summer. “This site was selected because it is near the B staff and faculty parking lot, at the edge of the pedestrian campus and convenient to vehicular routes,” Marsh said. Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) director Phil Johnson said construction will reduce the number of spaces in D2 South, one of the lots closest to Hesburgh Library. “Occupancy studies show we have capacity in other areas of D2 (the middle and north lots) for the cars displaced in D2 South,” Johnson said. “The changes will be implemented when construction begins — likely mid-December. So when students come back from semester break, some who would have parked in D2 South will be in the D2 middle or north lot. Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis.” Some parking spaces will also be open in the D6 parking lot, Johnson said. NDSP will communicate with students via email as the construction moves forward. Off-campus council president Tess Fitzpatrick said students are disappointed in the University’s decision to relocate student parking for the project. “My biggest concern is people who are coming from off-campus houses,” Fitzpatrick said. “It’s hard enough to park now without the renovations. As of now, we are going to have to use a shuttle … It’s going to be a huge hassle.” Fitzpatrick said the University did circulate a survey about how many students would be interested in using a shuttle service from the C-lot, which is located south of Notre Dame Stadium. The shuttle would run a 4-minute route between Main Circle, Library Circle and the C-lot. “We are looking into maybe if there should be further parking for on-campus students so off-campus students could park closer when they commute,” Fitzpatrick said. The Off-Campus Concerns Council will continue to discuss how to help students adjust to the new construction, she added. Denise Murphy, the Director of Compensation and Benefits for the Department of Human Resources, said the new center will provide better medical care for University employees. “The Wellness Center provides an opportunity to enhance the benefit program for faculty, staff and their families,” Murphy said. “We are researching whether there will be opportunities to offer services for the families of graduate students.” Murphy said the center will provide primary and urgent care needs, health coaching and care management, preventative health and wellness programs, referrals to community physicians and a full pharmacy. “The University has researched the possibility of offering an on-site wellness center for faculty and staff for several years,” she said. “Many organizations, such as Disney, Intel and Toyota, have offered the convenience of a wellness center to assist employees and their families to gain access to medical care.” Occupational health services, wellness programs, lab services and physical therapy will also be available.
Batesville, In. — Registration for Little Bulldog Academy at Batesville Primary School is now open. Parents that are interested in the Little Bulldog Academy can visit the website for more information.From the link parents can download and complete registration forms. Please include registration fees when submitting the application.Parents and guardians are welcome to attend an information session at the Batesville Primary School Cafeteria on Monday, February 26 at 6:30. Registration forms and fees are due by Friday, April 6, 2018.Parents or guardians with immediate questions can visit the frequently asked question page for help.
Head coach of the National U-23 football team, Malik Jabir has revealed plans to engage other African countries in a round-robin competition ahead of their qualifiers.The Meteors team has been silent after failing to qualify for London Olympics in 2012 and gold medalist in 2011 All Africa Games but the former Asante Kotoko player believes they will engage some north Africa teams soon in some international friendlies.Jabir who was speaking on Luv FM’s Sports Avenue disclosed he had been approached by an agent from Europe to play a number of international friendlies with some North African countries who are also about to begin building their Olympic national teams .“All things being possible later next week we might meet to outline our programme for the year . We also have an agent from Europe who has just contacted me and we are yet to settle down on a few teams that will involve Morocco, Egypt, Libya, and I think Algeria.”He saidShould the friendlies come to fruition, it would be a good starting point for the Meteors to assembly the best of materials to represent the country in future competion Under 23 competition.