A number of Notre Dame students spent their summers not sitting by the pool but serving around the country in the Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP) through the Center for Social Concerns (CSC). The SSLP program assigns students to “multiple agencies across the United States, reaching out in multiple ways to people in need,” according to the CSC website. Sophomore Will Raaf said he worked with the homeless during his SSLP experience at the Hesed House in Aurora, Ill. “During the day, [the other volunteers and I] moved the entire homeless shelter across the street to accommodate shelter renovations that were in progress,” Raaf said. “At night, we spoke with the guests, served them food and prepared them for bed.” As he volunteered close to his hometown, Raaf said the SSLP experience was transformative for him. “I grew restless as a result of my SSLP experience,” he said. “After experiencing poverty in an area only 20 minutes from my home, my eyes were opened to the immediacy of poverty.” Part of Raaf’s work was to assist with programs for resident development at the Hesed House, a resource center and shelter dedicated to ending homelessness, sponsored programs for resident development. “I participated in a morning running club three times a week [with the residents of the Hesed House],” Raaf said. “The opportunity to do so was a pleasant surprise that extended the SSLP experience in an impactful way.” Sophomore Holly O’Hara said she assisted women and children in a variety of ways throughout her two-month stint at the Shalom House in Harrisburg, Pa. “I worked as a summer intern, so I worked on whatever the daily manager needed done on a specific day,” O’Hara said. “On one occasion, I painted a fence around the house, and on another day I escorted the children who were living in the house to the park to play.” O’Hara said shared meals allowed her to cultivate relationships with the women she lived with at the Shalom House. “Every night [at the Shalom House,] a different woman takes a turn in making dinner for everyone living within the household,” she said. “Dinners were a great opportunity to get to know everyone.” O’Hara said her time with the women and children at the Shalom House shaped her future plans. “This school year I will apply for the spring mission trip to Appalachia and also try to volunteer at the Center for the Homeless once a week,” she said. “I am also planning on applying for an [International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP)] for next summer in Nepal.” Sophomore Peter Hall said interaction with volunteers and residents within the service location was a large part of his SSLP experience at De La Salle Middle School in St. Louis,iMo. “I lived in an on-site house called the Claver House, which housed a group of people who lived together and whose goal is to grow in their faith while they do work in the community,” he said. “After sharing a house with seven people, I developed close friendships with everyone in the household.” Hall said his volunteer experience broadened his worldview. “I have much more awareness of the social problems within the United States after my work with middle school students in St. Louis,” he said. “It forced me out of my bubble.” Hall said he would highly encourage any Notre Dame student to apply for an SSLP or ISSLP for next summer. “My SSLP was a fantastic experience, and I believe that anyone else at Notre Dame who is considering applying for the program definitely should,” he said. “It was one of the best experiences of my life.”
LocalNews Portsmouth man found dead in Goodwill by: – June 12, 2012 19 Views 2 comments Share Share A homeless man of Portsmouth who was found unconscious on the sidewalk in Goodwill on Monday evening has been identified.Police spokesman, inspector John Carbon, informed Dominica Vibes News in a report Cameus Timothy was found about 10 pm by pedestrians who contacted the police.“A homeless person who was identified to be Cameus Timothy originally from Portsmouth was found in an unconscious state at the corner of Federation Drive and Goodwill Road on the sidewalk”.According to Carbon, the man was examined and pronounced dead by a doctor who was passing in that area at that time.Timothy’s body was transported to the Princess Margaret Hospital Mortuary and a post mortem examination will be conducted to determine the cause of death. “Foul play is not suspected,” he noted.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Tweet Share
Robert A. Bradway, chairman and CEO of Amgen Inc., the world’s largest biotechnology company, has been named to the USC Board of Trustees. The company, headquartered in Thousand Oaks, Calif., works to develop advanced therapeutics for patients suffering from a broad range of illnesses.New faces · Robert A. Bradway, chairman and CEO of Amgen Inc., has worked for Morgan Stanley and was a managing director at a London firm. – Photo courtesy of Jamey Stillings“Bob Bradway stands among our nation’s leading executives in the field of biotechnology,” said USC President C. L. Max Nikias in a press release. “Under his visionary guidance, Amgen has significantly expanded its reach while continuing to provide tremendously innovative therapies that restore health and save lives. Mr. Bradway brings to our board his exceptional experience and expertise, as well as his commitment to applying research to better our society.”Bradway, who holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Amherst College and a master’s in business administration from Harvard University, worked as a healthcare investment banker for Morgan Stanley and was the managing director for the firm in London before joining Amgen in 2006 and rising to the position of chairman in 2013. He currently serves on the advisory board for the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics.“I think it’s great that we have a trustee who’s involved in the pharmaceutical industry,” said Ana Scuric, a freshman majoring in biochemistry. “When most people think of the pre-health field, they think of medicine, so it’s good to have other fields represented.”The board of trustees is comprised of approximately 55 voting members, with one-fifth of the members elected each year for five-year terms.
Multiple music awardsIn addition to his unprecedented gospel icon fame, he has received tremendous recognitions to include 12 GRAMMY Awards, 22 GRAMMY Nominations, 39 Stellar Awards, 16 Dove Awards (CCM), eight NAACP Image Awards, two BET Awards, an American Music Award, a Soul Train Award and numerous others. In addition to his award-winning songs, he is recognized for his high spirited and mesmerizing performances that capture and enthrall audiences to spontaneously sing along and dance during his performances.Franklin will be accompanied by his choir he affectionately named “Family”. Bishop William Murphy III, known for his mega hit “Praise is What I Do”, is slated as one of the main opening performers for the Music Fest. Multi Grammy and Platinum Gospel Artist, Kirk Franklin, will perform at the recently opened Miramar Regional Park Amphitheater on Saturday, October 7, 2017, starting at7:00 p.m. at the “Gospel In the Son Music Fest”.Known for his repertoire of hitting contemporary gospel songs with a fusion of R&B, hip hop and reggae, Franklin will be center stage. There will be supporting performances by gospel artists such as Bishop William Murphy III of Dream City Church of Atlanta, Apostle Papa San of Our Fathers KINGDOM Church (International Reggae Gospel Singer), Carl Scott and Pastor Trevor R. Wallace of Jesus Team Ministries of Lauderhill. Collaborative eventGospel in The Son Music Fest is a collaboration of Jesus Team Ministries and SFL Caribbean TV.“We are honored and humbled to present top notch gospel entertainment to the community at the beautiful new City of Miramar’s Amphitheater. It’s our mission to touch souls and transform lives and this is one way we can reach a broad spectrum of people through their love for the word and gospel music and Kirk Franklin’s compelling performance. He has proven to be one of the best gospel performers and loved by many”, said Trevor R. Wallace, Pastor of Jesus Team Ministries.There are plans to add more local choirs and performances to the lineup, according to Colin Forbes, show organizer and principal at Class Act Production & Production, Inc., SFL Caribbean TV and Director of Ministry for Gospel in the Son Music Fest.“We are pleased to work together with Jesus Team Ministries to create a heartfelt gospel music experiences such as Gospel in The Son Music Fest Event,” said Leonard Affalo, President of SFL Caribbean TV. Unite diverse audiencesKirk Franklin’s international fame is merited by his ability to unite diverse audiences across the world from traditional to non-traditional gospel enthusiasts. His devoted and loyal fans have graced him with the industry record for the most Gospel records sold and the longest gospel song on the Billboard Gospel and Christian Charts, crossing over to the Top 10 R&B and Hip Hop charts.