ND listed as a top Peace Corps university

first_imgPlacing on the Peace Corps’ list of top universities nationwide for the 12th straight year, Notre Dame has established a tradition of expanding learning beyond the classroom. Notre Dame ranked 10th on the Peace Corps’ list of Medium Colleges and Universities to produce the most Peace Corps volunteers in 2011. According to a recent Notre Dame press release, 35 alumni currently serve in the Peace Corps around the world. Among that list is 2010 Notre Dame alumna Meghan Costello, who has spent the past 16 months in Rwanda.  Costello said her primary role in Rwanda is teaching English, yet her mission goes far beyond teaching itself. “Peace Corps is different from other organizations because it is so much more than the primary assignment,” she said. “It’s about integration into a community, learning about another culture and spreading American culture. Through these steps, you can find other ways to be useful in the community.” The prospect of joining the Peace Corps was something that Costello said she had always considered, and after joining, it became the perfect fit for her. “I think Peace Corps was always in my head, a little thing inside that I always wanted, but didn’t think I would ever actually experience,” she said. “When it became a part of my reality, I had the support of all my family and friends. It felt so right.” The atmosphere and the people of Notre Dame are what motivated Costello to join the Peace Corps, she said. In addition, a study abroad trip to Rome helped her realize a passion for applying her education outside of the classroom. “Studying abroad in Rome certainly helped in my desire to experience other cultures,” she said. “I wanted to understand what I was reading in class and to experience the reality of these situations, whatever the reality was.” Although Costello said life in Rwanda can be difficult and lonely at times, she finds comfort in her tasks and responsibilities. “The highlights always come with good work,” she said. “I have recently been plunging into projects in my community, and they bring me joy the kind of joy that comes after finishing a tough paper or a long run.” However, Costello said it is difficult for her to express in words how her time in Rwanda has been because she has yet to fully understand it herself. “My experience in Rwanda is impossible to describe,” she said. “It’s everything that you’d picture it would be ¾enlightening, challenging, life-changing, difficult, rewarding … it’s all those things, but different than you could ever imagine.” Looking toward the future, Costello said she is unsure of what her plans are, but her experience in the Peace Corps has broadened her perception of what careers are available in the business world.            “I am meeting fascinating people all the time here, and so many are doing great work,” she said. “There are so many cool jobs out there, and I want them all. We will have to see what life has in store for me.”last_img read more

Georgia Greenspace

first_imgThe GGP is a voluntary, noncompetitive, county-based program. It provides for awards of formula grants to eligible counties if they develop and implement plans to permanently protect at least 20 percent of the county’s geographic area as undeveloped green space that furthers one or more of the GGP goals.Any Georgia county can submit a greenspace program for approval if its population is at least 60,000 or its growth at least 800 people per year. A list of participating counties is on the GGP Web page (www.state.ga.us/dnr/greenspace).If your county has already qualified and applied for GGP funding, you can still get involved. There has to be a Greenspace committee. And while the membership varies, it usually includes interested citizens. All meetings should be open to the public, too.As the state’s population increases, so do the demands on our natural resources. We can’t assume there will always be good water quality. We must take steps to ensure it.Water quality and conservation are critical issues for everyone in Georgia. Active involvement of volunteers will be necessary to ensure sustainable growth and a high quality of life. Get involved, and enjoy improving your community. Protect water quality for rivers, streams and lakes.Protect against floods.Protect wetlands.Reduce erosion by protecting steep slopes, areas with erodible soils and stream banks.Protect riparian buffers and other areas such as marsh hammocks that serve as natural habitats and corridors for native plants and animals.Protect scenic views.Protect archaeological and historic resources.Provide for recreation in the form of boating, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, running, jogging, biking, walking, skating, birding, riding horses, observing or photographing nature, picnicking or just playing.Connect existing or planned areas contributing to the goals. The Georgia Greenspace Program was created by the legislature in 2000. The state Department of Natural Resources adopted the Georgia Greenspace Administrative Rules on July 26, 2000.The final rules for the GGP help guide the DNR, Georgia Greenspace Commission and the counties, cities and towns eligible to take part in the program.This is a great program. It can help us make sure we retain enough green space to protect out natural resources. Of the nine goals of the program, five affect water quality.Greenspace as a single word is a new term. Mostly, it refers to permanently protected land and water, including farm and forested land, whose development rights have been severed from the property.The land must be in its undeveloped, natural state or developed only to the extent consistent, or restored to the extent needed, to meet one or more of the GGP goals to:last_img read more

Democratic Party declares support for Jokowi’s son in Surakarta mayoral race

first_imgRead also: PDI-P may pair Gibran and Achmad for Surakarta mayoral raceMeanwhile, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), National Awakening Party’s (PKB) and United Development Party (PPP) have also openly showed their support for Gibran’s election bid.Gibran is not the only presidential relative gearing up to run the upcoming regional elections – Jokowi’s son-in-law Bobby Nasution is also seeking support for his own mayoral bid in Medan, North Sumatra.Gibran and Bobby’s planned runs have triggered concerns that the former Surakarta mayor is building up a political dynasty, an accusation that Jokowi has denied. (hol) Read also: Jokowi vows he ‘won’t be campaigning’ for son, son-in-law in upcoming mayoral races Topics : The Surakarta chapter of the Democratic Party has declared its support for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, in the upcoming Surakarta mayoral election in Central Java. Supriyanto, the head of the Democratic Party’s Surakarta chapter, said the party decided to back Gibran because he was a young figure who they believed could carry out programs quickly and on target.“We support him unconditionally, because we want a fresh government,” Supriyanto said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.center_img He said that former president and Democratic Party chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had also expressed his support for Gibran through the party’s Central Java provincial chapter.“We have given assurances to the people of Surakarta that Gibran is capable of leading the Surakarta administration,” Supriyanto added.Interviewed separately, Gibran said he would take all the help that he could get. “I welcome all the support, from the parties, volunteers, citizens and everyone,” Gibran said.Besides the Democrats, Gibran has also courted the support of his father’s Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), which is considering pairing Gibran and Surakarta Deputy Mayor Achmad Purnomo, who had been tabbed as the party’s nominee before Gibran threw his hat into the ring.last_img read more

GSA Eagle runners win Seacoast Invitational

first_img Latest Posts In the boys’ race, Hassett led the way with a time of 15 minutes and 2 seconds as the Eagles placed five runners among the top 10 finishers.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textJunior Devlin Valle was second in 16:13, junior Oliver Broughton was sixth in 16:34, senior Tate Yoder was eighth in 16:56 and sophomore Tyler Ray was ninth in 17:25, senior Michael Salois was 12th and junior Frank Schweizer was 13th, both in 17:44, as the Eagle boys finished with 20 points.Following in the team competition were Lee Academy with a score of 65, Washington Academy 79, Machias 87 and Searsport 114.In individual boys’ competition:For the Bucksport Golden Bucks, Skyler Fraga was fourth in 16:17, Ramon Perez was 15th in 17:55, Amaziah Jones was 22nd in 18:17 and Taylor Soteres was 25th in 18:55.For the Sumner Tigers, Dylan Bernaquer was 33rd in 20:01, Nicholas Kimball was 34th in 20:03 and Christian Kimball was 45th in 21:10.In the girls’ race, GSA’s Broughton was first in 18:28 and junior teammate Hanna Gutow was second in 18:46 as six Eagle runners placed among the top 10.Behind them, freshman Zeya Lorio was fifth in 19:20, freshman Mary Richardson was sixth in 19:22, sophomore Bella Cimeno was seventh in 19:30, senior Cedar Slagle was 10th in 19:48 and sophomore Emma Larson-Whittaker was 11th in 19:52.The Eagle girls finished with 18 points, followed by Lee Academy 61, Machias 73, Washington Academy 111 and Narraguagus 114.In the individual girls’ competition:For Bucksport, Natalie Coleman was fourth in 19:14, Natasha Clement was ninth in 19:45, Ansley Bernier was 46th in 27:17 and Mavis Tuanatu’a was 49th in 28:13.For Sumner, Brittany Pomeroy was 30th in 24:10 and Cassidy Lee was 39th in 26:03.——At Saturday’s Old Town Sectional Invitational, the Mount Desert Island Trojans put four runners among the top seven in winning the boys’ varsity competition with 52 points.Peter Philbrook placed fourth for MDI in 17:35.20, Ralph Magnani was fifth in 17:38.6, Jordan Harris was sixth in 17:39.09 and Ethan Craigo was seventh in 17:51.62.Rounding things out for MDI were David Anderson, 31st in 19:09.36; Josh Bloom, 46th in 19:44.97; and Matt Hanna, 58th in 20:33.27.Behind the Trojans in the team competition were Orono 61, Caribou 64, Old Town 116, Central 140, John Bapst 154, Foxcroft Academy 155, Presque Isle 188, Hermon 230 and Ellsworth 273.For the Eagles, Derek Look was 52nd in 20:05.61, Noah Robidoux was 60th in 20:44.81, Austin Baron was 64th in 21:31.63, Matt Frost was 65th in 21:31.80, Conrad Svec was 69th in 22:24.09, Tim Curts was 76th in 25:42.58 and Collin Lima was 78th in 25:48.79.In the girls’ competition, Orono took top honors with 35 points, followed by MDI 62, Caribou 100, John Bapst 112, Mattanawcook Academy 145, Ellsworth 165, Presque Isle 167, Washburn 180, Old Town 191 and Hermon 254.For the Trojans, Waylon Henggeler was runner-up in 19:27.70, Caroline Driscoll was seventh in 20:07.54, Lydia Dacorte was eighth in 20:18.59, India Janes was 16th in 21:40.66, Xingtyao Chen was 30th in 23:10.75, Erin White was 34th in 23:16.96 and Anita Wray was 44th in 24:28.71.For Ellsworth, Hayley Lawrence was fourth in 19:31.33, Olivia Lounder was 24th in 22:47.96, Katelynn Bagley was 33rd in 23:16.01, Julia Zavaleta was 51st in 24:34.41, Emine Mutlu was 63rd in 28:35.64 and Bailey Neale was 68th in 31:07.14. Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 SULLIVAN — Sophomore John Hassett and freshman Eliza Broughton led the George Stevens Academy Eagles to victory in boys’ and girls’ varsity competition at Friday’s annual Seacoast Invitational at Sumner Memorial High School. Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Bio Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.comlast_img read more