University to build wellness center

first_imgA 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.last_img read more

Rare Disease Day to raise awareness

first_imgThe third annual Rare Disease Day Celebration, organized by the Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases, will take place this upcoming weekend.Outreach coordinator Barb Calhoun and director of external programs Shahir Rizk, who both helped organize the celebration, said the event consists of a research symposium to be held in DeBartolo Hall on Friday and a community discussion to be held in McKenna Hall on Saturday.“[Rare diseases] are everywhere, and I think this is something that we wanted to emphasize and bring the community in on and be able to have everyone tell their side of the story, patients and their families living with the disease,” Rizk said.Organizers focused on recruiting a wide spectrum of attendees, which Rizk said included physicians, healthcare providers, patient services organizations and foundations and insurance company representatives.“Each one has a very unique perspective on rare diseases and what the challenges are that they see,” he said. “Doctors need more information, patients want faster diagnoses, better access to drugs and more research, and researchers want more patients and more information and more collaborations.”The events aims to bring the community together, Rizk said, to allow patients, families and everyone involved to come together and share their unique perspectives.“A lot of researchers at Notre Dame work on rare diseases,” he said. “This is a big focus, and it really comes from the Catholic mission of the University of helping those that are in need or that maybe have been marginalized by the medical industry or the pharmaceutical industry.”Although there are roughly 7,000 rare diseases, Rizk said they affect approximately 30 million Americans, which translates statistically to about one in ten people.“Each rare diseases poses its own different challenge and it takes on a different toll, but the main challenge is the diagnosis because a lot of doctors have not seen these diseases before,” he said.It is critical for all of those involved to learn from one another and celebrate everyone’s point of view, Rizk said. This is achieved through the use of open forums and panel discussions dedicated to different themes, such as sibling relations.“We actually will have a presentation from a rare disease patient that is a student here at Notre Dame,” Calhoun said. “Along with that, we will then engage siblings who have brothers or sisters that have a rare disease, and share their experiences and engage in conversations about some of their ideas of caregiving.”This undergraduate participation is just one example of all the work Notre Dame students have dedicated to making Rare Disease Day a success, Rizk said.“They’re also involved in developing a database for rare disease patients because there’s a huge need for medical information on rare disease patients,” he said. “There are usually just a handful, and we just want to see what’s common, what’s uncommon.”The data collection for the data is currently taking place regionally with plans to eventually expand nationally, Rizk said, adding that student involvement reaches a more personal level as well.“They’re also involved in telling their own stories and their experiences with rare diseases, whether it would be their own or a sibling or a family member,” he said.Kasturi Haldar, director of the Center for Rare & Neglected Diseases, created the celebration, which originally began in 2010 as a meal for students in a biology course. Although the event was originally closed to the public, faculty involvement and activity expansion grew until it was decided to make the event open to students and the community at large.“Over the years, it’s really attracted patient families across the Midwest,” Haldar said.With approximately 80 to 100 attendees at each event, Calhoun said people are travelling from as far as Pennsylvania and Seattle to attend the meeting this year.“It’s a great platform for our students to interact with the broader rare disease community,” Haldar said. “You really don’t learn about the diseases as well as if you directly interact with patients, and rare disease patients are usually very willing to bring awareness to the rare diseases that they suffer from because they effect a small number of people … and they’re not really well known or understood.”Online registration for the Rare Disease Day Celebration ends Thursday, but Calhoun said walk-ins are also welcome to attend the event.Tags: Barb Calhoun, Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare & Neglected Diseases, Rare Disease Day Celebration, rare diseases, Shahir Rizklast_img read more

How to become or remain your members’ primary financial institution in 2020

first_imgAs a credit union, you probably always feel like you’re in a David v. Goliath situation when it comes to battling the big banks. If you want to take business away from those guys, you’ve got to find a way to stand out. During these crazy times, credit unions have a real opportunity to get a leg up on the competition. Here are three tips to help you become or remain your members’ primary financial institution…Go for it: There are probably a ton of ideas you’ve had that either seemed a little risky or a little too pricy. 2020 hasn’t exactly been the year of things going right for your members, so give them something to get excited about. Whether it’s a new mobile app with all the bells and whistles, or a redesigned website that’s ten times easier to navigate, show your members that you’re here for them and are doing whatever you can to make their lives a little easier.Keep in touch: You already know the value of things like PPP loans and skip-a-payment programs, but what are the little things your members really need right now. I guarantee that your employees are WAY more in tune with the lives of your members than those dummies at Bank of America. But take it a step further. As you interact with your members, make it blatantly obvious that you’re looking to find out more ways your credit union can help right now. Members won’t soon forget the people who supported them during these difficult days, and you’ll want to be one of the organizations that comes to mind when they think back on 2020.Put your heads together: Members aren’t the only people who have boarded the Struggle Bus lately. Your employees have probably had their own fair share of struggles lately. And you’re not the only credit union around. Talk to your staff and other managers at other credit unions and see what needs they come up with and listen to the solutions they have for dealing with those problems. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Injured Ross ruled out of 2nd half of Game 3 vs Ginebra

first_imgSea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChris Ross will sit out the second half of Game 3 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals between defending champion San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra on Tuesday night.Ross, the Beermen star, was dealing with a strained right thigh, as reported by ESPN5’s Selina Dagdag.The 33-year-old Ross, who was the Finals MVP in the last two editions of the all-Filipino conference, had six points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal in 16 minutes of action in the first half.As of posting time, the Gin Kings were able to capitalize on Ross’ absence after extending their six-point halftime lead to 14, 79-65, at the end of the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img MOST READ FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES PSL: Generika-Ayala nabs first win, keeps Smart winless It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more


first_imgJust one seminarian from Donegal will commence priesthood studies at Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth this year.Just one seminarian has joined to study the priesthood from Donegal this year.Yesterday Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth welcomed a total of seventeen new seminarians who have commenced their formation for the priesthood at the National Seminary.The new candidates, their families and friends were welcomed to Maynooth by the President of Saint College Maynooth, Monsignor Hugh Connolly. He said “Our thoughts and prayers accompany these seventeen men who have taken the first step along the road to ordained ministry and to placing their lives at the service of Christ and of His people. This formation year will coincide with a Year of Mercy which will be celebrated throughout the world by the universal Church.“When our Holy Father announced this he said, ‘I am convinced that the whole church – has much need to receive mercy because we are all sinners and will find in this jubilee the joy to rediscover and render fruitful the mercy of God, with which we are all called to give consolation to every man and woman of our time. The call of Jesus pushes each of us to never stop at the surface of things, especially when we are dealing with a person, because we are called to look beyond, to focus on the heart to see of how much generosity everyone is capable. No one can be excluded from the mercy of God.’”Monsignor Connolly concluded, “It is my wish that the year ahead will be a year of mercy and of grace for each one of us here in our seminary community. May we never stop at the ‘surface of things’ but rather push on to discover the presence of Christ in our community and in every person with whom we are called to minister and to share our lives. Let us pray that others will hear the voice of the Holy Spirit and that they may also consider a vocation to the priesthood.”At the end of September the total number of resident seminarians in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, will be approximately sixty. A further twenty or so non-resident seminarians are also pursuing their academic studies in the College, together with some postgraduate priests and several hundred lay students. A breakdown for 2015, by diocese, of the seventeen first year seminarians is as follows:– Armagh 1– Cork & Ross 1– Derry 1*– Down & Connor 3* – Dublin 3– Galway 1– Kerry 1– Killaloe 2 – Ossory 1– Raphoe 1– Tuam 1– Waterford & Lismore 1* These students will continue their academic studies in Belfast after one month of formation work in Maynooth.Over the past three years the number of new seminarians beginning their studies in Maynooth has been: fourteen in 2014; twenty in 2013; and, twelve in 2012.JUST ONE APPLICANT FROM DONEGAL TO STUDY FOR PRIESTHOOD was last modified: August 24th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalprieshoodseminarianlast_img read more