The Center for Spirituality and Campus Ministry will co-sponsor the Lenten Film Series, “Reconciliation with Creation,” which focuses on ecological creation and conversion and will be shown throughout March and April.Director of the Center for Spirituality Elizabeth Groppe said Lent is a time of self-scrutiny, penitential discipline and conversion in our relationship to God and others.“This film series concerns one dimension of that conversion ⎯ conversion in our relation to creation,” Groppe said.She said the series will provide education on different dimensions of ecological degradation.The first film shown on March 3, “Dirt!,” addressed soil erosion and degradation. As we prepare to receive Lenten ashes accompanied by the Biblical words, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return,” the film was particularly relevant for Ash Wednesday, Groppe said.On March 24, the film “Mountain Mourning” will be shown. The film documents the consequences of mountain-top removal coal mining for the Appalachian mountain region and the people who live there.Other films in the series include “Living Downstream” and “A Sea Change: Imagine a World without Fish.”In “Living Downstream,” ecologist Sandra Steingraber explores the connections between the toxins humans have introduced into the environment and human health as she wages her own battle with cancer. “A Sea Change: Imagine a World without Fish” is an award-winning documentary about carbon emissions and ocean acidification.Groppe said the film series will conclude on April 24 with “The Student, the Nun, and the Amazon,” which follows British students James Newton and Sam Clemens in their journey over sea and land to meet Sr. Dorothy Stang, who gave her life to protect the Amazon rainforest and the people who live there.The films will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in Vander Vennet Theatre on Monday evenings, followed by a discussion and Lenten prayer.Although most of the films are not explicitly theological, the realities they document indicate the drama of sin and death, and how grace and freedom involve all of creation. This idea promotes Saint Paul’s message to the Romans that all of creation is “in bondage to decay,” Groppe said.When she first saw the films, Grope said she felt grief at the scope of the degradation that we inflicted upon creation, which, Saint Bonaventure wrote, is like a mirror that reflects the power, wisdom and goodness of God.“Ecological degradation fractures this mirror and hinders our potential to know God through the created order,” she said. “It is also closely correlated with human suffering, for degraded ecosystems cannot support human life and flourishing.”Senior Hannah Olsen said she was glad that she took the time in the midst of a busy week to watch the film [“Dirt!”] and participate in the discussion afterwards.Olsen said she didn’t feel overwhelmed with the issues that stem from disregard for sustainability, most likely because the end of the film was about small-scale efforts that have changed whole communities, even if they only touch one community at a time.“I think the call to action, even if a person can only cause a small-scale change, is very important to hear and discuss,” Olsen said. “It didn’t make environmental issues seem like problems that could only be addressed if you have a lot of power or influence.“There was an African story about a hummingbird trying to put out a forest fire while the other animals just stood and watched. The bigger animals, which could carry a lot more water, told the hummingbird that its actions would never make a difference, but it told them, ‘I’m doing all I can.’ This film, and having a discussion afterward, encouraged me to do all I can. It is better than doing nothing.”Olsen said the prayer at the end drew a great connection between spirituality and the state of the world, ending with the line, “our indifference changes the world.”Tags: creation and lent, Film series, Lent, SMC, smc campus ministry
Award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will speak at Notre Dame on March 19, the University announced in a Wednesday press release. The event is part of the Sr. Kathleen Cannon, O.P. Distinguished Lecture Series.Adichie is the recipient of a 2008 MacArthur “Genius Grant,” the release said. She is known for her novels “Half of a Yellow Sun” and “Purple Hibiscus,” as well as the essay “We Should All Be Feminists,” which was adapted from her 2012 TED Talk of the same title. Her books have won awards including the Orange Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.“We are grateful to bring such a renowned, accomplished author to speak to the Notre Dame community,” associate professor of theology Fr. Paulinus Odozor said in the release. “Ms. Adichie uses her work and platform to advocate for the best in humanity, and we look forward to learning from her experience when she lectures on campus.”The lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Leighton Concert Hall in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Adichie’s talk is free but ticketed.Tags: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, debartolo performing arts center, Kathleen Cannon O.P. Distinguished Lecture, We Should All Be Feminists
“We got off to a fast start, and that was important tonight,” PNG coach Brandon Faircloth said. “After playing four close games to start the season, it was good to play with a lead.”The Indians got things started early, needing just two plays and 51 seconds to go 18 yards after PNG’s Christian Sullivan picked off Dayton quarterback Blayne Denton. Bost hit Brady Nail with a 17-yard pass for the score. Tate Sandell added the first of six PATs, as the Indians led 7-0 with 9:51 remaining in the opening quarter.Dayton held the ball for 7:41 on the ensuing possession, but the PNG defense rose to the occasion with a goal-line stand, throwing the Broncos for a 3-yard loss on fourth-and-goal from the 1. The Indians then drove 96 yards in 2:34, capping the drive on a 3-yard TD run by Bost. The big play of the drive was a 63-yard pass from Bost to Dejaunte Conner.“Our defense was tremendous,” Faircloth said. “Getting that early interception got us off to a great start, and stopping them on the 1-yard line was huge. That really changed the momentum.”The game changed when … The PNG defense came up with a goal-line stand on the 1-yard line late in the first quarter when the score was still 7-0. The Indians then drove 96 yards on the ensuing possession to take a 14-0 lead. Dayton, which had 238 yards of offense in the first two quarters, cut the PNG lead to 14-6 with 7:18 remaining in the first quarter when Denton connected with Ashton Garner for an 8-yard scoring pass. The Indians answered that TD with two more of their own as Bost hit Ryan Sosa with a 21-yard scoring pass before connecting with Lance Vaughn on a 9-yard scoring aerial.PNG increased its lead to 42-7 in the third quarter as Bost threw a 21-yard TD pass to Grant Pearson before scoring on a 6-yard run. Dayton made the score respectable with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, but the outcome was never in doubt.“We held them to six points for most of the game,” Faircloth said. “That is a well-coached team with some big offensive weapons. I was very proud of the way we played in all aspects of the game.”Blake Bost of PNG winds up for a pass as Dejaunte “Dede” Conner blocks for him. (I.C. Murrell/The News) 10-30-20The game ball goes to … Bost, who threw for 274 yards and ran for 35 more. He also had a press breakup in the end zone on defense.Other stats …Lance Vaughn had 141 yards on 15 carries for PNG. Vaughn was especially strong in the second half, rushing 10 times for 108 yards.Next up … The Indians are at Barbers Hill to take on the Eagles in a district game at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Nov. 6).— By Pat Murray, Special to The News PORT NECHES — Blake Bost threw for four touchdowns and ran for two more as the Port-Neches Groves Indians remained unbeaten in District 12-5A-Division II with an impressive 42-20 win over the Dayton Broncos to the delight of the partisan Homecoming Night crowd at The Reservation on Friday night.PNG never trailed as the Indians improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the division.The Indians scored on all four of their first-half possessions as the Broncos (0-5, 0-2) had no answer for Bost and Co. PNG had 243 yards over the first two quarters and scored quickly all four times, with the longest drive lasting just 3:02.Dejaunte “Dede” Conner of PNG breaks away from James Harris (88) and Zack Huntley (14) of Dayton for a long run near the end of the first quarter Friday in Port Neches. (I.C. Murrell/The News) 10-30-20
Gov. Laura Kelly, Rep. Sharice Davids push for emergency relief for KansansKansas Gov. Laura Kelly and Rep. Sharice Davids of the Third Congressional District are both pushing for emergency relief for Kansas.Kelly testified before the House Financial Services Committee on the need for federal relief for the Kansas state budget. Following the governor’s testimony, Davids released a statement thanking the governor for “advocating on behalf of the needs of all Kansans today.”“It’s clear that Kansas needs emergency relief to avoid severe cuts to our public schools, roads, fire departments, public health agencies, and other essential services Kansans depend on,” Davids said. “That would hurt our economy even more and make the damage last longer.”Davids noted that Kansans “have been down this road before,” after former Gov. Sam Brownback made significant state budget cuts during his time in office.“This is a national emergency and it requires a national solution – states and local governments can’t be expected to address these challenges on their own,” Davids said, noting that she will continue to push Congress and the Trump Administration to pass another coronavirus relief bill that provides aid to state and local governments. “That legislation also needs to include support for workers and small businesses, widespread and rapid testing, and personal protective equipment so we can control this virus to save lives and save our economy. Other nations around the globe have done a much better job of controlling this virus – and we should expect nothing less from ours.”Kansas State Finance Council to vote on statewide emergency disaster declaration Sept. 11The Kansas State Finance Council is meeting Sept. 11 to either accept or deny Gov. Laura Kelly’s request for an extension to the statewide emergency disaster declaration.The current declaration is set to expire on Sept. 15 if the council doesn’t accept Kelly’s request, Topeka TV station WIBW reports. Kelly recently sent a letter to the council urging an extension, “which provides community-based testing, enables businesses to stay open and prepares communities for future outbreaks,” WIBW reports.Additionally, Kelly testified to Congress Thursday regarding the importance of COVID-19 financial assistance, WIBW reports. Kelly said Kansans won’t be able to access COVID-19 resources if an extension is not granted, WIBW reports. [Gov. Kelly urges State Finance Council to extend state disaster declaration — WIBW]Overland Park Arboretum fall bulb sale lasts until Sept. 15The Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens fall bulb sale is currently underway.For early October pickup, those interested should place their bulb orders by Sept. 15. A link to the bulb sale can be found here.Roeland Park to host permit-free garage sale weekend Sept. 10 to Sept. 13The city of Roeland Park is hosting a permit-free garage sale from Sept. 10 to Sept. 13.Participants are encouraged to practice social distancing, wear masks and wash their hands frequently. Those who are sick, have been exposed to COVID-19 or are having COVID-19 symptoms should stay home or not host a sale.Garage sale hosts are encouraged to follow the following safety tips:Place tables or chairs six feet apart and create a payment line that allows social distancing.Space out merchandise so it can be seen without rummaging through it.Clean all merchandise with disinfectant before its placed for saleHave hand sanitizer readily available.Have touchless payment options through PayPal, Venmo, or consider a cash box for exact change.A full list of safety tips can be found online here.
October 15, 2007 Regular News Jackson petitions for reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Stephanie Staples Jackson has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Jackson was placed on the inactive list, effective January 15, 2005, pursuant to an order of the Supreme Court.Any person having knowledge bearing upon Jackson’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Frances R. Brown Lewis, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, 1200 Edgewood Dr., Orlando 32804-6314, phone (407) 425-5424. Jackson petitions for reinstatement
–Bringing Lawyers and Law Students Together– Minority Mentoring Picnic: Bringing Lawyers and Law Students Together December 1, 2009 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Regular News Senior EditorUnder a perfect azure sky, Florida Bar Board of Governors member Ramon Abadin shoveled hot coals under a pair of whole pigs near the Cuban American Bar Association tent where a dominos tournament was in play.Huge pots of paella laden with calamari and shrimp slowly simmered, mingling with the tantalizing smells of grilled lamb, sausage dogs, and soul food. Reggae music drifted on the soft breeze as kids hoisted themselves up a rock-climbing wall, and adults practiced their serves for the upcoming volleyball tournament.But most of the estimated 2,000 who showed up November 14 at Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah came for more than good grub and fun games.They came to teach and learn at the Sixth Annual Minority Mentoring Picnic, a huge event bringing law students from all over Florida to meet lawyers and judges willing to share what they know about the practice of law.“I come every year. I wouldn’t miss it for the world. I’m a foot off the ground when I come to this picnic. Look at the students’ beautiful faces, always enthusiastic!” exclaimed U.S. District Judge Paul Huck as he pulled up a chair to a table of University of Florida law students, where Thérèse Vento, a partner at Shutts & Bowen’s Miami Litigation Department, was answering a student’s question about the pressure of billable hours.“The concept of putting experienced lawyers with younger lawyers is terrific, because mentoring is such an important thing, and we don’t do enough of it. John Kozyak has taken it to another level,” Judge Huck said.Miami lawyer Kozyak was running around hammering up banners listing the dozens of sponsors that included The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, and attending to last-minute details of the picnic that is his brainchild.His longtime assistant Marta Cristobol described the climactic moment of the picnic for her boss: “I think the biggest thing for John is when everybody is here, and Ray Abadin cuts those two porks, and all the students are gathered around him. You have to see John in action. And he’s not even Cuban!”Barbara Silverman, Kozyak’s wife and an appellate lawyer, said the picnic is truly her husband’s passion.“It’s the highlight of his year. He loves to do this. It’s just amazing that it has grown from a small gathering at Books & Books years ago in the courtyard. The first little get-together was really more like a cocktail hour with the mentoring program at the University of Miami. Now it has spread the state, and now we’re 2,000 people!”Silverman explains the spark that fuels Kozyak’s picnic passion.“When John was growing up, he was exposed to segregated communities, and he really feels this is an important thing to do. We need to expand the practice of law to include everybody and to promote the minority students.”Students from law schools all over Florida came out in full force, wearing big red “I need mentor” stickers emblazoned on their chests like bulls-eyes.Florida A&M University law student Alicia McNeal held a plateful of paella and said she hoped she’d win the raffle drawing with the prize of shadowing BOG member Eugene Pettis, followed by a Miami Heat game. “I am focused on sports law, so my whole focus is to meet someone who can be my mentor so I can make a smooth transition,” McNeal said.Among 32 prizes raffled off included lunch at the snazzy Italian restaurant Il Gabbiano with former Justice Raoul Cantero, now a lawyer at White & Case, and shadowing 11th Circuit Judge Gill Freeman for a day, including lunch.Rob Collins, a University of Miami law student, class of 2011, had drawn peace signs in the Os of his name badge and smiled when he talked about the mentor he has had for a year. Collins said he and 11th Circuit Judge Maria Korvick e-mail all the time and get together in person every few months.“It’s been really helpful, just to give me perspective. I’m not from here. I am not well-versed in legal issues, and she’s a judge and knows it all,” Collins said.Attending the picnic for the first time was attorney Craig Lawson, who has a solo criminal law practice in Boynton Beach.“I think it’s a wonderful event. It gets a lot of people in touch with people who need some help looking for jobs and some advice from people who have been working for a while. I’m here to meet some people and see if I can do some good,” Lawson said.Good advice was flowing at the Leaders & Legends tent, where every 20 minutes a new trio or duo of legal luminaries held court, including U.S. District Court Judge Patricia Seitz and retired judge Edward Rogers, the first African-American judge appointed in Palm Beach County in 1973. Detra Shaw-Wilder, a shareholder at Kozyak, Tropin & Throckmorton and past president of the Gwen S. Cherry Bar Association, took the mike at the Leaders & Legends tent and told the students gathered: “The reason I spent countless unbillable hours putting this together is because I am passionate that minority law students have an opportunity to form relationships with the legal community early on in your career. Because what you are going to find is that these relationships are going to be invaluable to you in going forward.“What I am hearing from law students is you are looking around you at law school, and there are not a lot of people who look like you. Then when you come out to practice in law firms, you are going to see even less people that look like you in the associate ranks. Then when you become partner, you may look around and see one or no other person who looks like you,” Shaw-Wilder said.“We want to change that. And the way you change that is forging relationships.”Samuel Japhets, originally from West Africa, born in Kumasi Ghana by an Ashanti mother and an Ibo (Nigerian) father, is a first year student at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center in Ft. Lauderdale.Decked out in his Sunday best, he looked the part of the pastor he has been since age 19. From his vest pocket, he whipped out a business card identifying him as a juris doctor candidate, May 2012, and said: “The reason I came here is to get a mentor today. I would like to have more insight from a practitioner. Get to hear, get to know, and get to feel what the practice of law is like.”Three days after the picnic, between classes, Japhets e-mailed an update on his first Minority Mentoring Picnic experience:“Well, I did not attract a mentor as I had hoped, but I was not disappointed because I will be here for three years, and there will be lots of opportunities to meet possible mentors at other occasions. Interestingly, I had the rare opportunity of seeing the diverse blend of lawyers outside my law school environment and got to talk to a few strangers. It was very refreshing just being there.“I had always wanted to belong to the legal community to experience another side compared to the only side I ever knew: the religious community.. . . So you will understand my exhilaration at being among my dream community: lawyers.“My transition into the study of law from being a theologian is challenging, and I look forward to becoming a positive influence as I gradually navigate the difficult terrains of law school education.” Minority Mentoring Picnic
CNN:Tilia Wong worked in construction management before going to business school and got used to thinking of herself as a businesswoman who knew how to keep assertive behavior under wraps.“I’m a 24-year-old Asian girl telling a 55-year-old white guy what to do. I had to tone it down,” she said of her workplace experience.Fast forward to this year, when Wong began an MBA at Stanford University and had to reassess herself because classmates told her she was actually on the aggressive end of the spectrum.Read the whole story: CNN More of our Members in the Media >
Professor Wagner Marcenes, who led the study at Queen Mary University of London, explains: “Our research adopted a broad definition of ‘family’ and we included single parents, and those who are divorced, co-habiting, and same sex family types.”The report shows that children from more functional families were 67 per cent less likely to consume more than four intakes of sugary foods and drinks a day, compared with children from less functional families.“Effective family functioning is a safeguard against the well-known negative impact of lower levels of education in relation to sugar consumption” Professor Marcenes continued. “A significant number of children whose mothers had a lower level of qualification but whose family functioning was effective were more likely to consume less than four intakes of sugary foods compared with their counterparts whose family functioning was impaired. ”The research involved 1,174 children aged three and four years, and their parents, and aimed to investigate the importance of family functioning for health.The ELF study is a major two generation family study involving more than 50 researchers. It is believed to be the first study which demonstrates that high sugar consumption is related to poor family functioning.The report demonstrated that effective family functioning led to a healthy diet even among those with lower education, living in a deprived area and experiencing financial challenges.Professor Marcenes explains: “We live in a very materialistic world but material resources alone cannot fulfil us. We also need to meet our psychological needs. A functional family is a major source of pleasure in life, providing comfort and reward. In contrast, dysfunctional families are a major source of frustration and stress – and this can lead to high sugar consumption in the search for the ‘feel-good’ effect.”Dr Sucharita Nanjappa, University of Dundee, who co-authored this report and was involved in many different aspects of the ELF study says: “This study gathered information on the whole family’s day to day experiences. This has the potential to lead to interventions that are based on identifying, encouraging and developing the family’s own positive resources to help improve the health of its members – through the acquisition of healthy lifestyle.”These findings have major implications for population health. Eating too much sugar is linked to a long list of negative health effects, including diabetes, heart disease, obesity and tooth decay.Recently, a committee of scientists has advised the World Health Organization (WHO) and governments that no more than 5 per cent of daily calories should come from added sugar (about seven teaspoons). This is far less than the current average intake of sugar worldwide.Professor Wagner Marcenes concludes: “Public health needs to move beyond the naïve belief that health education based on risk awareness raising programmes alone will lead to behavioural change across the population. If this were the case, doctors and nurses would not smoke, drink above the limit and eat sweets.“It is crucial to understand why we crave for sugar and to identify factors that help people to deal with sugar craving. We need to focus on the wider determinants of health behaviour and lifestyle, such as socio-psychological factors.”The next step in this research programme is to develop a simple and cost-effective intervention to improve family functioning. LinkedIn Email The quality of general family functioning is a major determinant of healthy dietary habits – according to new research published in the Journal of Caries Research and led by Queen Mary University of London.The East London Family (ELF) Study found that a mother’s perception of effective general family functioning has a significant effect on limiting the intake of sugary foods and drinks by their three and four year old children. In contrast, less effective family functioning leads to high frequency intake of sugary foods and drinks by three and four year old children in the family.‘Effective family functioning’ was defined as a family which is able to manage daily life and resolve problems in the context of warm and affective family interactions, through clear communication, well-defined roles and flexible behaviour control. Share on Facebook Share Pinterest Share on Twitter
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