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Sodexo provides food for local charities

first_imgThough most Saint Mary’s students turn to dining service Sodexo for their daily physical nourishment, the company also takes time to work with students to nourish the bodies of those less fortunate in the local South Bend community. Sodexo makes a point of helping and encouraging students to reach out and support local and school-run charities, General Manager Barry Bowles said. Yet the community of Saint Mary’s students, not the company, powers much of this goodwill. “Most of the time, it’s not Sodexo that gives to charities ⎯ it’s the students,” Bowles said. “For example, the students will give away a meal swipe to help raise money for starving children in Africa.” Sodexo often has food left over that the staff would rather give to charities than throw away, he said. When students leave on holiday or when the food does not get eaten, Sodexo will transport it to local charities such as the homeless shelter in South Bend. “Students come to me all the time, asking if I can help contribute food to their charity,” Bowles said. “Dance Marathon and Belles for Africa are two charities Sodexo supports.” Sodexo contributes food to Dance Marathon, and oftentimes a large share of that food is leftover at the end of the night, Bowles said. In this case, Sodexo will pick-up the food and transport it to the homeless shelter as a donation in Dance Marathon’s name. “The students do all the work. All we are doing is dropping the food off,” Bowles said. “Does Sodexo do a lot of work? Yes, but overall the students do the majority of work.” Sodexo consistently contributes large donations to Red Cross, Hands Across America and other charities. However, Sodexo likes to support student efforts and student charities above anything else. “How can we help students?” Bowles said. “What can we do to help their charitable givings? That is what Sodexo aims to do.” Two times throughout the year, Sodexo donates a significant amount of food to the South Bend Center for the Homeless. These donations are given during fall break and winter break. “When the students leave for break, the food just sits in the coolers and the perishable items go to waste,” he said. “To prevent this from happening over long breaks, we take the food and give it to people who are actually going to use it.” The dining company may be a separate entity from the College, but Bowles said the group is considered part of the school. “We have been here for 56 years,” Bowles said. “When we do things like this, we want it to be known that Saint Mary’s is the overall contributor to the community. In essence, it’s not really Sodexo. It’s Saint Mary’s and it’s the students.”last_img read more

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Tipp warned home game no advantage over Armagh

first_imgBut Tipp FM Football analyst Tom McGrath says Armagh must be underestimated It’s hoped that the Tipp senior footballers won’t become complacent after securing a home draw against Armagh.Liam Kearns men will take on The Orchard County at Semple Stadium this weekend in their Round 3B qualifier clash. Throw-in looks set to be at 5 o’clock on Saturday evening.The sides last met in the League when a last-gasp Michael Quinlivan goal secured Division 3 league promotion for Tipperary.last_img

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District’s search over?

first_imgCASTAIC – Castaic schools could gain a new superintendent today to take the reins of the small school district this summer. Jim Gibson, assistant superintendent of business and administrative services, is the only candidate under consideration by the Castaic Union School District’s school board seeking to replace Superintendent Beverly Silsbee who plans to retire in June. The board will convene this morning for a special meeting to approve his contract. If it gets a majority of votes from the board, Gibson’s new position will be sealed. Gibson was the only applicant for the job in a search that did not extend past district offices. Not everyone is persuaded though that the search for a new superintendent has gone far enough, and some wonder about others out there who could be more qualified to run the school system. The board interviewed Gibson on Saturday for the job. “Most districts, because of the dearth of qualified candidates throughout the nation and California, are trying to grow their own (superintendents),” Loveall said. “It just makes sense because you don’t miss a beat systematically if you have someone already in the system.” Still, some residents have criticized the Castaic board for moving quickly with Gibson’s hire and claim the community was left in the dark when it came to choosing the next leader of the school system. Resident Robert Allen said he was one of three people who attended a community meeting Feb. 4 and that the discussion there revolved around problems with the district, not the potential new hire. The consultant gathered information from that meeting and a previous one with teachers and other staff members and presented it in a report to the board on the day Gibson was interviewed. Allen said he was surprised that within two weeks of the meeting a new superintendent could be hired. He wants more public meetings and conversations about who the community wants to head the school district. “I feel deceived,” he said. “What’s the hurry? Why are they rushing this through?” Superintendent Beverly Silsbee said she took the low turnout at the meeting as a sign that “not a lot of people were concerned.” She said communication with the community about the superintendent search was the board’s responsibility and that it can make the determination if there’s been sufficient input. She said the district has reached out to its staff and community about the search. Teachers filled out surveys and were sent memos about the Feb. 4 meeting. Meanwhile board members spread the word through town-hall meetings, the PTA and other school functions. “It think it’s been fair and upfront all the way. I can understand why someone might not understand that because they’re not in a position of a board member. They’re hearing bits and pieces,” Silsbee said. Some other school districts that went through the same hiring process with the California School Boards Association had longer hiring time frames and more community meetings. In addition to a town-hall meeting, the Santa Barbara School District’s school board mailed home information about the hiring process to parents. Also, a survey was posted online for several weeks that sought information from residents about what they were looking for in a superintendent, said Lynn Rodriguez, then board president. Rodriguez said reports compiled by the consultant – from interviews to questionnaires – were made public. She said the board was criticized for spending money on a search if members knew they were going to hire from within. But she said the payoff came from information gathered by the consultant from residents and teachers that helped shape the superintendent’s contract and the district’s future. “We are in a community where the community very much wants to be involved and help control things,” Rodriguez said. “We never do anything without lots of public discussion.” The search at Sierra Sands Unified School District in Ridgecrest also went smoothly when Superintendent Joanna Rummer was hired from within. The district had a widely publicized community forum that was advertised in newspapers, said Jane Brooks, assistant to the superintendent. However, residents were quite familiar already with Rummer before her hire. She grew up in the area and worked in the district for 20 years before becoming superintendent, Brooks said. Gibson has worked for Castaic since 2004. He previously worked in the Glendale School District. Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 sue.doyle@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “While I think Mr. Gibson is qualified, I’m not 100 percent sure he’s the most qualified person in the entire world,” said John Kunak, board member. A consultant was hired by the board in December to conduct the superintendent search through the California School Boards Association. The hiring process can be conducted on different levels – from limiting the search to inside the district or going countrywide. The larger the search, the bigger the cost. The board approved the smallest search, which was contained to the school district and cost $6,000. Castaic isn’t the only district that hasn’t looked past its administration for a new superintendent. In fact there have been eight other superintendent searches done this way in the state since this process began last year, said Richard Loveall, director of Executive Search Services, a division of the California School Boards Association. In the end, not one of those eight superintendent searches ever advanced further than their school districts. Loveall said boards who choose this level of searching already have someone in mind for the position who is employed in house. He said it wasn’t an unusual approach, because most boards want someone already familiar with the workings of the district and the community it serves. last_img read more

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Frankie Montas adds new pitch in critical spring with A’s

CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceMESA, Ariz. — There’s no better time for Frankie Montas to battle to make the Athletics’ starting rotation.The right-hander was a huge part of the A’s playoff run last year. He compiled a 3.88 ERA in 11 starts and displayed the best command of his career. But perhaps more important than a solid 2018 performance is baseball’s contractual restrictions.Put simply, Montas is out of minor league options. The A’s would …

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Sharks need to consider giving Erik Karlsson an extended rest

first_imgBOSTON — Gus Nyquist’s Sharks debut got overshadowed by the continuing drama related to Erik Karlsson’s groin injury. It got spoiled by the team’s lackluster performance against the Boston BruinsKarlsson left Tuesday’s game in Boston after he appeared to re-tweak a groin injury that sidelined him for 10 games over the last two months (more coming). In addition, Evander Kane insists that he took a cheap shot from Zdeno Chara and the Sharks lost their fourth straight game against a potential …last_img

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Who is Mark Stevens, the guy who shoved Raptors guard Kyle Lowry?

first_imgOAKLAND — Before Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors, if Mark Stevens was known for anything, it was probably for his role funding tech and other companies as a venture capitalist in Menlo Park.After Thursday, though, you’ll probably recognize him as the dude who shoved Raptors’ guard Kyle Lowry and got himself barred from all Warriors events for a year — despite being a minority owner of the team.Stevens was banned Thursday from attending any …last_img

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Village B&Bs for 2010 visitors

first_img3 January 2008Construction of bed-and-breakfast facilities has begun in the rural hinterland of South Africa’s Limpopo province in preparation for expected visitors during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, as well as to provide rural communities with access to sustainable income through tourism activites.The project, funded through a €1.7-million donation (about R15-million) from Irish Aid, is under way in the Muhlava, Sekgopo and Thabina villages outside Tzaneen in the Mopani district municipality.The site where these accommodation establishments are being constructed is about 30 minutes’ drive from Polokwane, a town which will host some World Cup matches.The project is expected to be completed by December this year.Project Manager Elvis Ntlwane said the project was one of the municipality’s local economic development projects, which seek to improve the livelihood of poor communities through tourism.The project has already created short-term jobs for more than 300 builders and labourers, including women and disabled people.“Cultural exhibition centres will also be built where crafters, dancers and story-tellers can showcase their skills and products,” Ntlwane said, adding that the project aimed to cater for the 2010 World Cup and beyond.Tour guide centres have already been established in the local municipalities of Greater Tzaneen, Greater Letaba, Greater Giyani, Ba-Phalaborwa and Maruleng to promote the district as a tourist destination.The rural district boasts some famous natural and cultural tourist attractions, including the home of South Africa’s most famous “mystic”, Rain Queen Modjadji, outside Modjadjiskloof.The area also has the largest concentration of a single cycad species in the world, while the district’s eastern-most town, Phalaborwa, is one of the busiest entrances to the world-famous Kruger National Park.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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