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Month: January 2021

Group reviews ImproveND survey

first_img“We asked the question how much time an individual student spends on academic activities outside of class and there was a huge difference based on the College,” she said. Hoffman Harding asked COR members to take in what the survey revealed and think of ways how student leaders can address the issues of concern. “The University officers weren’t very happy with these results,” Hoffman Harding said. “They want to make sure they’re serving the students in their academic endeavors.”Soler said she was also surprised by the results. According to the results of the survey over 60 percent of Arts and Letters and Business students spend 15 hours a less on academic work outside of class. This is a huge contrast to the School of Architecture, where 80 percent of students said they spend 25 hours or more a week on academic work. The survey had 51 percent participation of the undergraduate students, which Hoffman Harding said “was really good considering the survey wasn’t mandatory.” The Council of Representatives (COR) was given a presentation about the results of the ImproveND survey and what the implications are for student government at its meeting last night.  “I’m pretty shocked especially being a Business major,” she said. “We do a lot of group projects and still over 60 percent say that they spend less than 15 hours a week studying.” “This survey was one big effort,” Hoffman Harding said. “We’ve never really done a comprehensive student services survey before this.”center_img The results of the survey were examined in the context of gender, class year and College and focused on three main categories of academic services, extra and co-curricular activities and campus environment and services.  “This survey was really extensive about everything at Notre Dame,” student body president Catherine Soler said. “This is about what students want.” Hoffman Harding said the survey showed many students are upset by the lack of diversity on campus, something Hoffman Harding said has become a “high priority for the University.” Associate Vice President for Strategic Planning Erin Hoffman Harding said the ImproveND survey, administered to the student body in January, was different than previous surveys given to the student body. Hoffman Harding said many of the resulting figures from the survey fit with the results of past services in regards to specific subjects and areas. But she said some of the results were “shocking.” “The one big question we have for you coming out of this is what do you student leaders think is important,” she said. “We did this for a reason. We want to better ourselves and make Notre Dame better for you.”last_img read more

Saint Mary’s to host blood drive

first_imgBy donating about an hour of time and a pint of blood, students, faculty and staff of Saint Mary’s College can help those in need, Olivia Barzydlo Critchlow, assistant director of the Office for Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) said. The College will hold an American Red Cross blood drive Wednesday from 12 to 6 p.m. in the Earley Conference Rooms in the Student Center basement. “Blood drives are a very important way for individuals to give back to their community,” Critchlow said. “There is always a need for blood, and what better way could you think of giving to someone during the holiday season than to donate blood to possibly save a life?” Critchlow said the College holds four blood drives each academic year. “As [blood] cannot be manufactured, the only place to get it for those in need is from healthy donors. I believe that if someone is able to donate blood they should definitely consider doing it as it truly does save lives,” she said. Critchlow said the entire donating process takes about an hour. Donors must answer screening questions before they donate. They will then have their blood pressure, temperature, pulse and iron levels tested. According to Critchlow, the actual donation time is around 10 minutes. Donors are asked to stay for around 10 to 15 minutes to rest and eat snacks after donation. Critchlow encouraged students to try giving blood even if they are afraid. “Give it a try, even if it’s just once,” she said. “It’s definitely not as bad as you may think, and the staff from the Red Cross is excellent at working with those who are donating for the first time.” If students do not wish to donate blood but still wish to volunteer, Critchlow said there are other ways to help with the blood drive. “Volunteers are needed to help staff the check-in table as well as the refreshments table,” she said. According to an e-mail sent to the Saint Mary’s community, students, faculty and staff can sign up for a donation appointment by visiting givelife.org with the sponsor code of smcnd. “Blood is always needed,” Critchlow said. “Please consider giving something incredibly special to those in need during this holiday season.”last_img read more

Mendoza earns No. 1 ranking once again

first_imgMove over, Notre Dame football. There’s a new Fighting Irish dynasty in town. For the third consecutive year, Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business was named the top undergraduate business school in the country by Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. University President Fr. John Jenkins commended the College for its focus on academic excellence and social responsibility. “To achieve the No. 1 ranking even once is outstanding, but three straight years is truly remarkable,” he said. “The high academic standards of our faculty and students in combination with our particular focus on using business to impact the greater good is what makes Mendoza stand out.” Roger Huang, interim dean of Mendoza, said he attributes the school’s continued excellence to the unique “Notre Dame spirit.” “I think [the Notre Dame spirit] is the ‘secret sauce’ we have here,” he said. “It’s the spirit that faculty has for helping students, the spirit of career services and student services at the University level and ways they go out of their way to help students, the spirit of Mendoza students to work hard and the spirit of alumni and friends of Notre Dame for the College.” These intangible qualities of the College’s undergraduate business program do not directly factor into Businessweek’s ranking system, which includes surveys of senior business majors and employers, median starting salaries for graduates, the number of alumni sent to top MBA programs from each school and a calculation of academic quality. Of the 142 undergraduate business programs included in Businessweek’s 2012 rankings, Mendoza ranked No. 1 based on student surveys and No. 2 according to recruiter surveys. Huang said he believes that “secret sauce,” combined with the mission statements of both Mendoza and Notre Dame, provides the real key to the success of the undergraduate business program. “Our mission statement is to educate students to be good academically, prepare them for professions and hold them accountable for what they do,” Huang said. “Since the school was founded, we have been teaching students not only what they need to know how to do but also how to go about doing that in the right way.” This consistency in the College’s teaching mission also applies to its emphasis on promoting ethical business practices among its students, Huang said. “The focus on how to do [business] in the right way comes through in courses in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, sustainability and social entrepreneurship,” he said. “We’ve been teaching that forever as part of our mission and our views of our position here.” Although the College appreciates being recognized for its excellence, Huang said maintaining the No. 1 ranking comes second to doing the “right thing.” “We’ll keep doing whatever it is that we believe is the right thing to do for our students, the College and the University, even if it has a negative impact on our ranking,” he said. With increased national attention on Mendoza’s undergraduate business program comes increased student interest and enrollment, but Huang said the College is equipped to handle short-term spikes in those areas. “In the short run, I think we’ll be able to accommodate the increased enrollment demands set by the ranking,” he said. “But if enrollment increases unabated, we might need to address more permanent long-term solutions by working together with the University as a whole.” At the same time, national recognition of Mendoza’s standard of excellence also places a sense of responsibility on the College, Huang said. “Being No. 1 is a responsibility because we are in the limelight,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to show the world who we are and what we stand for, which is that you can be good professionally and academically while being true to your values and traditions at the same time.” Contact Kristen Durbin at [email protected]last_img read more

Senior awarded scholarship

first_imgSenior Catherine Reidy will take the Notre Dame tradition across the pond next year to study for her master’s degree in African Studies on a Clarendon Scholarship at Oxford University. Reidy, a psychology major and member of the International Scholars Program at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, was offered a scholarship by the Social Sciences Division of Oxford to further develop her interest in international affairs and related fields. “I see myself heading along an academic, scholarly path, but one that informs policy and engagement in international affairs,” she said. “I have a lot of strong interdisciplinary interests I haven’t been able to engage in a classroom format at Notre Dame … and I think Oxford will help with that.” Oxford awards Clarendon Scholarships to 100 students each year, with 25 awardees coming from each of the University’s four academic divisions – humanities, medical sciences, mathematical, physical and life sciences and social sciences. The scholarship, which pulls candidates from the general pool of accepted students, covers full University tuition, additional college costs and a living expense stipend. Reidy’s interest in policy prompted her to apply to Oxford’s Masters program in comparative social policy as well.  She was accepted to both programs but offered a scholarship for African Studies. Reidy, who was also a Rhodes Scholar finalist, said she hopes to defer the comparative social policy program for one year and then pursue that Masters degree after she completes her first. “Ultimately, I’m seeking to apply what I learn in the classroom to some form of active engagement or policy concerns,” she said. “So I see these two departments as very complementary.” Reidy’s involvement with the Kellogg Institute sparked her interest in international affairs and policy, she said. As a research assistant for Catherine Bolten, assistant professor of anthropology, Reidy traveled to Sierra Leone to conduct independent research during the summers of 2011 and 2012. Reidy said in the west African nation, she worked with university students to explore their hopes and fears for the future as a potential peace-building mechanism. Their hope was their desire to engage in development might lead to a more stable society, Reidy said. Unfortunately, their dreams for a peaceful future are not always enough, she said. “While this is nice in theory, … how are they actually going to make that happen?” Reidy said. “They need policy. How can we develop the mechanisms or outlets by which students can actually realize their dreams?” In addition to her ground work in Sierra Leone, Reidy works as a student coordinator for Kellogg’s Africa Working Group, a forum for scholars to discuss research on Africa. Through this, she has worked with professors from all disciplines with ties to Africa – including sociology, political science and anthropology. “It is very interdisciplinary, I mean, I’m a psychology major,” Reidy said. “How do you apply all these things to debates about Africa? I’ve never been able to incorporate those into the classroom setting, and I’m hoping Oxford will allow me to do that.” Although Reidy said she always planned to pursue a Ph.D., she is now entertaining the idea of spending time in the field prior to that. “That could take the form of consulting for international organizations or doing more engaging in think tanks and doing research in that capacity,” she said. “As I continue to develop my particular interests, it could lead into a future doctoral discipline. It’s a little unclear right now, but that’s kind of exciting.” Contact Mel Flanagan at [email protected]last_img read more

Record number of guests visit campus on game day

first_imgThough players and fans may not have been satisfied with the results of last weekend’s football game against Oklahoma University, the people working behind the scenes to coordinate the weekend events said despite the influx of visitors, the weekend went well. Mike Seamon, director of game day operations, said more than 120,000 visitors made their way to campus last weekend, the highest total yet this year. “The near-perfect weather was a welcome change and added to the festivities of the weekend,” Seamon said. “As expected, we saw an increase in visitors to campus on both Friday and Saturday.” This increase was especially apparent in the parking lots on campus, which filled early in the day, Seamon said. “Given the spectacular weather, we found that people wanted to get to campus early and experience all of the various game day activities,” he said. Seamon said the tunnel tour of Notre Dame stadium had 4,752 visitors last Friday compared to 3,890 on Michigan State weekend and approximately 5,000 for Temple weekend. The pep rally had 7,500 people in attendance, compared to 7,000 before Michigan State and nearly 12,000 for the home opener. Additionally, the Friday football luncheon had more than 1,300 attendees, and students operating the campus pedal cab service provided more than 250 rides for guests on Friday and Saturday, Seamon said.  Phil Johnson, chief of police for Notre Dame Security Police, said his staff made no custodial arrests Saturday but issued two citations for underage drinking.  Seamon said no estimates were available on the number of Oklahoma fans who made it to the game, though they had a noticeable presence both on campus and in the stadium. “They obviously traveled well, but it’s impossible to guess how many bought tickets,” he said.  Seamon said he and his staff are currently preparing for this weekend’s “away-home game” against Arizona State University at Dallas Cowboys Stadium as part of the annual Shamrock Series. Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski at [email protected]last_img read more

Notre Dame launches year-long commemoration of Fr. Sorin’s bicentennial

first_imgFr. Edward Sorin’s legacy at Notre Dame is so profound that his 200th birthday celebration will last right up until the day he would have turned 201.On Feb. 6, the University launched a year-long celebration of its founder, with a Mass celebrated in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and 19th-century French cuisine served in South Dining Hall. Chuck Lamphier, lead advisor for the Office of Mission Engagement and Church Affairs, said the events planned for the bicentennial celebration are intended to help students understand Sorin’s lasting legacy.“We all stand in that legacy, and all of us who are part of the Notre Dame community are part of that,” he said. “Understanding Fr. Sorin and what he wanted to do is an important part of being at this university.”The majority of the celebration will center on the feast date of Sorin’s patron saint, Edward the Confessor, on Oct. 13. Lamphier said this decision was made to respect Sorin’s own wishes.“When Sorin himself was alive, he discouraged the students of the University from celebrating his birthday. He didn’t want to bring attention to himself,” Lamphier said. “He did allow the students to celebrate on the day of St. Edward the Confessor.“We were faced with a dilemma, because what we’re celebrating is his 200th birthday, but we wanted to do so in a way that really honored him. And, it would be a lost opportunity to celebrate his bicentennial on one day. This gives us the chance to do it over a couple months, and the two dates are nice bookends.” Photo Illustration by Steph Wulz and Emily McConville Members of the Notre Dame community would send handmade greeting cards to Fr. Edward Sorin for Founder’s Day, celebrateed annually on Oct. 13. This card, from Eleanor C. Donnelly, dates from 1890.Fr. Robert Loughery, rector of Sorin College, said Mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on his hall’s namesake’s birthday. This community celebration of Mass was the most obvious way to mark the occasion, Lamphier said.“In commemorating Fr. Sorin, we knew that we had to celebrate the Eucharist in Mass, which was so central to his spirituality,” he said. “We wanted to gather the campus community in the Basilica to celebrate his legacy in the way he would have. He’d have said Mass in that building, too.”Also on Feb. 6, the dining halls served authentic 19th-century French cuisine, including poulet sauté chasseur (chicken sauté, hunter style), matelote a la mariner (fish stew) and estouffade á la provencale (braised beef pot roast). Lamphier said the meal’s purpose was to engage undergraduate students in the celebration, and there’s no better way to do that than the dining hall.”“The staff at Food Services were just terrific and willing to design a meal much like what Fr. Sorin would have had himself,” Lamphier said.Lamphier said groups across campus already have events lined up for the fall to continue the celebration.“The University Archives is launching a major effort to digitize Fr. Sorin’s papers so they can be more available to scholars and researchers,” he said. “They’re launching a new website they hope to have completed by October. The library will also be displaying Fr. Sorin’s artifacts in the concourse.”The Institute for Church Life will sponsor a lecture in the fall by theology professor John Cavadini about Sorin’s spirituality and how that is shown in the way Sorin designed the Basilica, Lamphier said. The Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism will also host a lecture about missionaries in the United States in the 19th century, including, but not limited to, Sorin.Lamphier also said because Sorin was an educator at heart, the Alliance for Catholic Education at Notre Dame will host a lecture to explore how Sorin’s zeal for education can inspire today’s educators. Campus Ministry’s annual preached retreat will focus on Sorin’s spirituality, as well.Beyond the specific events to celebrate the bicentennial anniversary, Lamphier said students will be encouraged to visit Sorin’s burial site on campus in the Congregation of Holy Cross cemetery.“When I think of Fr. Sorin’s legacy at Notre Dame, I think of that letter he wrote to Fr. Basil Moreau just after he arrived here, when he said that Notre Dame would be a means for good in this country,” he said. “As Notre Dame has grown, it has become exactly that. You can see it in the students that we graduate, the research done here and the service that students undertake.”Although Sorin was French by birth, Lamphier said many of his goals for the University reflect his understanding that it should be a “distinctly American institution.”“He understood that the United States was going to be a great superpower and an important place for the growth of the Church,” he said. “And he wanted Notre Dame to be not just a great Catholic center, but an outstanding university, the best university of its time.“I’d encourage students to participate in the events, but also to spend a bit of time at the Basilica or at the Log Chapel to realize that a great American figure was here within this community. Sometimes, we should take a minute to stand in awe of that.”For more information about specific events and plans, see sorin200.nd.eduTags: Bicentennial, Fr. Sorinlast_img read more

Conference explores development, business, service

first_imgKeri O’Mara | The Observer The sixth annual Human Development Conference at Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies will take place this weekend from Feb. 28 to March 1.The theme of this year’s student-led conference is “Transforming Development: New Actors, Innovative Technologies & Emerging Trends,” according to conference co-chair and senior Eddie Linczer.“No matter if your interest is healthcare or gender issues, failed states, emerging technologies, there is a wide range of panels,” he said. “There’s really something for everybody.”A main goal of the conference is to encourage discussion on the theme of forming development, Linczer said. He said he hopes the conference engages all the participants, who will come from Notre Dame, around the country and around the world.“I think a lot of Notre Dame students are involved in development, very interested in social justice and [they] have also been involved in Kellogg student programs, in the Center for Social Concern’s programs or in study abroad programs in the developing world,” Linczer said.Delegations will travel from places as far as India and Uganda. Dennis Haraszko, associate program director of the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity, said Notre Dame maintains partnerships for research initiatives and programs with universities in these countries.“One of the ways we think we can support their work and support our interest in building a community of scholars interested in development is to partner with them and bring people from their university to participate in this conference,” Haraszko said.According to the Kellogg website, the theme of this year’s conference was inspired by the evolution of development and the constant introduction of new technologies. Linczer said he and his fellow co-chair, senior John Gibbons, were inspired by their time spent studying abroad in China.“In our time in the developed world, we really were fascinated by new inventions like SMS banking … and how these low-cost technologies are really transforming the way business can be conducted,” he said. “We’re really interested in new methodologies to measure the effectiveness of aid in development programs.”Linczer said the committee chose a broad theme in order to demonstrate inclusion to all forms of research, including science, engineering and policy.“Eddie and John basically wanted to think about how, what’s the best way to present new trends in development and what are some of the factors that are at play in international economic development,” Haraszko said.Haraszko said about six to seven subthemes revolve around the theme of transforming development, he said. These themes focus on collaboration, mobile technology, community interactions and projects with NGOs.“I just think it’s great to hear what the experience students have had, what research questions have sort of peaked their interest and then what they learned as they investigated those questions,” Haraszko said. “I think one of the main reasons to put on this conference is to encourage passion and interest in international development and in community development.“This conference provides a forum for students to become excited about the whole field. And I think to the extent that we can promote that, that’s what’s exciting.”The Human Development Conference allows students to gain interest in topics and issues of concern that then merit further investigation and further conversation, Haraszko said. If students gain interest and passion as a result, they can then pursue further training to answer their questions in greater depth, he said.“That’s the great piece of it in my mind,” Haraszko said. “I see this as the first step.”According to Therese Hanlon, events program manager of the Kellogg Institute, the conference averages around 200 to 300 students each year, and in the past, the administration has had to cut off registration due to capacity concerns.“We’re actually exceeding previous years right now in the pace of registrations and building at a fairly steady rate,” she said.The conference, which includes panel sessions, documentary screenings, posters and meals, begins at 2:30 p.m. Friday.To register for the conference, visit kellogg.nd.eduTags: business, development, Ford Program, Human Development Conference, Kellogg Institute, servicelast_img read more

Nurse connects spirituality, health

first_imgOn Monday, professor and director of nursing Linda Paskiewicz discussed the distinctions and connections between spiritual concerns and healthcare. The lecture was part of the weekly Spirituality Monday series at Saint Mary’s, director of the Center for Spirituality Elizabeth Groppe said.“[Spirituality Monday’s are] an opportunity for faculty, staff and students of Saint Mary’s to gather together to reflect on the relationship between spirituality and different academic disciplines and professional practices,” Groppe said.In a clinically-based and regimented area of study such as nursing, the lines can be blurred when it comes to the distinctions between spirituality and clinical healthcare, Paskiewicz said.  An understanding of both develops over time.“I use myself as an example,” Paskiewicz said. “When I was in high school, there were not a lot of career trajectories that were available for women. Women could go to a nursing program or ‘nurses training,’ as it was called then. Women could go to beauty school. Women could become teachers, or women could get married.“Well, I decided if those were going to be my choices, the one I would pick for myself would be nursing. I just thought, ‘I think this is where I need to be.’ I had no sense … at that point of the spirituality, the big concept of spirituality, although I went to church and Sunday school. That sense of this spiritual self was not part of myself at all.”Paskiewicz said she was first introduced to the nursing profession after she graduated high school at the age of seventeen.“I worked as a nursing assistant at an inner-city hospital [in Chicago],” Paskiewicz said. “I knew nothing about nursing except for Cherry Ames books.”One of her first patient connections was with a woman who resembled her grandmother. Paskiewicz said she used to stop by and chat with the patient even when not assigned to her room. Over time, Paskiewicz started to build relationships and to understand nursing on a more spiritual level.“I think, very early on, not fully understanding the experience, I got to be friends with people like the chaplain who was there and spent some time just trying to talk through my feelings about working with patients,” Paskiewicz said. “And, very slowly, I began to have a much better appreciation of the whole mind, body [and] spirit connection.“I like to think my beginning sense of understanding connectedness helped me to earn an award for the best clinical nurse in my class, but somehow, in hindsight … I thought maybe I am different, and maybe this is affirming to me that my way of thinking and being with people is different.”Paskiewicz said she then examined her own spiritual development through the lens of childbirth, a division of nursing in which she spent much of her career before she became involved in education.“I think that the spiritual connection can begin to develop between women and their babies long before the baby is born, and so to minimalize the time the baby is in the womb is a great mistake,” she said. “It’s an expansion of the mind and creation into a new life that is important.”In order to organize her thoughts, Paskiewicz laid out her five spiritual steps she uses when practicing nursing. Her steps include meaning, the idea of becoming and connectedness.“It’s very fun to see other nurses here as well, so they can contribute because I think that each of us come to develop … the importance of spiritual connection not only to ourselves but to others we serve,” Paskiewicz said.Tags: nursing, nursing and healthcare, paskiewiecz, Spirituality Mondayslast_img read more

Social Work Workshop on Caring for Self

first_imgSaint Mary’s Department of Social Work and Department of Special Events sponsored a workshop titled “The Ethics of Self-Care: Social Workers, Heal by Self” yesterday afternoon in Rice Commons of the Student Center.Director of Media Relations Gwen O’Brien said the event focused on social workers’ assessment of their own self-care and the development of their own self-care plan.“Students explored what self-care is, how to determine their own self-care needs and how to develop a self-care plan,” she said. “They also learned why self-care is important in social work practice and why self-care is important in regard to the ethics of social work.”The speaker for the event was Charlie Stoops, PhD, LCSW, dean and associate professor in the Graduate School of Social Work at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. As dean, Stoops collaborated to create various new programs including five-year BA/MSW tracks for undergraduate sociology and psychology majors, O’Brien said.Stoops is considered an innovator in the classroom, utilizing community partners such as the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Heartland Alliance, Sarah’s Inn and the Illinois State’s Attorneys Office to provide students with hands-on experience in real world program development and political advocacy, O’Brien said.O’Brien said Stoops explored the ethical responsibility of social workers to care for themselves while providing care for others. Participants learned how self-care is integral to maintaining an ethical social work practice and how taking care of self is interwoven throughout the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics, she said.O’Brien said the workshop’s participants examined three aspects of social workers’ selves that require care — physical, emotional and spiritual — and developed personal self-care plans to address each dimension.Frances Kominkiewicz, director of the College’s Department of Social Work and Gerontology, said students were encouraged to explore social workers’ ethical responsibilities to their clients, colleagues, practice, the social work profession and society.“Social workers are bound by the social workers’ code of ethics that requires that social workers act ethically within their practice with clients and communities,” Kominkiewicz said. “These ethics guide social workers in their all areas of social work practice, including clinical practice, community practice and policy development.”Kominkiewicz said social workers receive excellent training and practicum experience in field settings and many become clinical social workers.“They are educated to work as professionals in all areas, including all medical settings, such as hospitals, clinics, veterans’ hospitals and mental health centers, as well as schools and gerontological settings,” she said. “Social workers serve as forensic social workers, interviewing children who have been physically and sexually abused, and also serve in corporations and organizations as occupational social workers, assessing and counseling employees in various areas, including marriage and family counseling as well as substance abuse counseling.”Senior social work major Meredith Mersits said Stoops’ spotlight on self-care and its pertinence to social workers’ code of ethics made her realize the importance of taking time for herself.“This was extremely helpful because I am a social work student in a field placement this year,” Mersits said. “If I’m not performing well, my clients won’t either.”Senior social work major Krista Mathews said she appreciated that Stoops engaged his audience by asking questions about their own situations.“As a social worker I thought the workshop on self-care was so important and should be applied to all professions,” Mathews said. “It is true that the better a social worker takes care of him or herself, the better he or she can help their clients.”Tags: Charlie Stoops, ethical responsibility, NASW, self-care, social worklast_img read more

Environmental science major Anna Kottkamp named 2015 valedictorian

first_imgEnvironmental science major and Wenatchee, Washington, native Anna Kottkamp was named valedictorian of the Notre Dame class of 2015, the University announced Friday.Kottkamp is a member of the Glynn Family Honors Program, the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, the women’s varsity rowing team and the Voices of Faith Gospel Choir, according to a University press release. She has a 4.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and earned a spot on the Dean’s List each semester, the press release said.In the summer of 2013, with a fellowship from the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Kottkamp completed an internship in Peru, where, among other projects, she designed an environmental education curriculum, according to the press release. In 2014, with a grant from the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, she conducted research on an organization that works with farmers in Bolivia, the press release said.Kottkamp is also an undergraduate research assistant in the College of Science, and she was part of a research team that studied the impact of cover crops on agricultural streams, the press release said. In June, she will present original research at the conference of the Society for Freshwater Sciences.Kottkamp joined the rowing team without competitive experience, now has a full athletic scholarship and is an NCAA Elite 89 award winner, Atlantic Coast Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar-Athlete and ACC postgraduate scholarship recipient, the press release said. She is also a member of the athletics department’s Rosenthal Leadership Academy.According to the release, Kottkamp plans to help develop educational programming for fifth-graders at the Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute in Oregon, as part of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, before pursuing graduate education in environmental science.Kottkamp will deliver the valedictory address at the University commencement ceremony on May 17.The University also announced political science major Brendan Bell will offer the invocation at the ceremony. Bell has a cumulative GPA of 3.98, was on the Dean’s List each semester and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Pi Sigma Alpha honors society for political science, the press release said.Bell, also a Tocqueville Fellow, interned for the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy, the office of Irish Sen. Mark Daly in Dublin and the office of U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Jr., the press release said. The release said Bell studied abroad in Rome in the spring of 2014, completed a thesis on the relationship between education and social capital and will join the Alliance for Catholic Education program after graduation.Tags: Anna Kottkamp, Brendan Bell, Commencement, valedictorianlast_img read more