Erin Rice After an Aug. 28 email announced Commencement would be held in the Purcell Pavilion of the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center (JACC) due to Campus Crossroads construction, students were dismayed to learn each graduate would be limited to three tickets each. However, University President Fr. Jenkins announced in a town hall meeting Feb. 17 that a mild winter and faster-than-expected work by the construction crew made it possible to temporarily halt construction for Commencement weekend.“We know the decision to relocate commencement to the Joyce Center troubled the senior class in particular,” Jenkins said. “Due to the outstanding hard work of our architectural and facilities team here at Notre Dame and our construction partners and the blessings of a relatively good streak of winter weather, construction is ahead of schedule, giving us a window to make the stadium available for commencement and making it possible for all family and friends of the graduates to attend.”Over 3,000 students are graduating this weekend in 19 different ceremonies, University Registrar Chuck Hurley said. Nearly 23,000 guests are expected to attend the University Commencement ceremony in the Stadium, he said.“Post-baccalaureate students have their degrees conferred and receive diplomas on Saturday,” Hurley said.“Undergraduate students have their degree conferred by Fr. Jenkins at the University Ceremony on Sunday morning, then receive their diploma at various College or departmental ceremonies on Sunday afternoon.”Commencement will begin at 9 a.m. in the Stadium on Sunday, while the College and departmental ceremonies will begin at 1 p.m. that same day, according to the Commencement website.Planning for Commencement is year-round, Hurley said.“[There are] over 100 commencement-related events this week,” Hurley said. “The Office of the Registrar coordinates the commencement ceremonies. Various colleges and departments plan the academic components of individual ceremonies.”“The Office of Campus Safety oversees the security and safety protocols at events.”In the case of severe weather — defined as lightning, high winds and heavy and persistent rain – the Commencement ceremony will be moved into the JACC, the Commencement website said. Each graduate received three “Severe Weather” tickets; all other guests without a “Severe Weather” ticket will be able to watch the ceremony live, which will be broadcasted in auditoriums in nearby large buildings, the website said.Tags: 2015 Commencement, Notre Dame Stadium, Office of the Registrar
I need a little help in determining when Senior Nights became a “thing” in all sports and activities. We did not have Senior Nights when I played high school sports in the 50’s, nor did we have them when I was coaching in the 70’s and early 80’s. My wife says, however, that we did have senior night for our daughter when she graduated in 1993. This means they have popped up in the last 25-30 years. I certainly am not opposed to them. It is a nice honor for the participants.I know that if you are an opposing coach and a school honors more than one group in an evening, it is a bit distracting. It also means additional before you get home. I have no suggestion on how to speed this up. What started out to be something you did in basketball and football has now grown in some cases to every school activity outside the classroom. This might seem a little much to some people.
The national teams’ activities of the Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina will begin at the end of this week with the gathering of the U-18 team first, then this work will continue with the U-19, and then the U-21 national team.Before starting the training process in the FF BH TC in Zenica, general secretary Adnan Džemidžić held discussions with executive directors Elmir Pilav and Nihad Hodžić, who have already done all the preparatory activities to create adequate conditions for organizing camps.“The Federation, as a social and socially responsible organization, takes special care that the next gatherings are organized in strictly controlled conditions”, explains Džemidžić.Then he continues: “The executive directors of both sectors instructed their associates in the procedures and adopted standards according to which they would work in the Training Centre in Zenica. That is why our Centre is an ideal place for gathering, checking the physical fitness of young players, and working on other segments, necessary for the upcoming official competitions. I must emphasize that we decided to start with camps only after the permission of the competent authorities in the Federation of B&H was issued on the possibility of organized outdoor training again.”Why is it important to gather young national teams in this period?“The FF BH has been organizing various camps for all national teams for years, but due to the coronavirus, these gatherings will be less this year compared to the previous period. This long break has certainly affected the work of young footballers in their clubs, so the primary goal is for our technical staff to perform certain analyses, as well as testing the physical fitness of national team members. The tests that will be done during these training processes will be comparable to the previous ones for which special computer programs, developed by the FF BH with a team of experts, will be used. We also have a modern database program about each player who went through the FF BH camp, so we can monitor the development of each of them.”Džemidžić points out that there were thoughts of prolonging the camps for a later date, but the opinion of the profession and their assessment was taken into account so that any further delay would complicate the development cycle of young players and their selection.“We had several discussions with the head coaches of the youth national teams, and in addition to their expert assessment, we were also guided by the opinion of our medical teams, which had excellent cooperation with the Committee for Sports Medicine. We are also aware of the risks that these gatherings have, but we have done everything to ensure that the health of the players is not endangered. In any case, nothing even started before all previous permits and consents were issued by the competent authorities in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.”
About 60 individuals from several West African countries, along with experts from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Vienna, United States and ECOWAS are discussing the creation of legislations to protect whistleblowers and witnesses in the fight against corruption.Also at the three-day (Sept. 19-21) seminar being held in Monrovia are experts from the Network of Anti-Corruption Agencies in West Africa (NACIWA), commissioners of police, heads of national anti-corruption institutions, civil-society, among others.Speaking on the theme, “The Protection of Whistleblowers and Witnesses in the Fight against Corruption in West Africa” yesterday,” Justice Minister Frederick Cherue told the gathering on the opening day that corruption poses a serious danger to the legitimacy of any government; therefore, there is a need to establish checkpoints for the creation of mechanisms to arrest its spread.“I believe this workshop is one of those efforts of our leaders in our regional community, ECOWAS, to tackle corruption and minimize, if not eradicate, it,” Cllr. Cherue said, adding that “there are triggers, including the establishment of integrity institutions and placing people with impeccable characters to man them.”Cllr. Cherue told the gathering that the global community is concerned with providing protection for whistleblowers and witnesses in the fight against corruption because corruption information is important, but people are reluctant to provide it for fear of reprisal.“This is why it is necessary to put in place protection mechanism for those who may provide information against corruption,” he stated.Cllr. Cherue said the theme of the workshop indicates that West African leaders are working to find a way to put an end to the madness of corruption and establish policies, regulations and mechanisms to protect those who would inform on perpetrators of corruption.In his welcome address, the executive chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, Cllr. James Nyepan Verdier, said “Our sub-region is plagued with multiple but similar experiences relating to weak or non-existent legislation to programs devoted to protecting citizens who expose acts of corruption and those willing to provide credible testimonies for successful convictions.”The current state of affairs in Liberia, Cllr. Verdier said, “does not promote the fight to minimize corruption but provides a continuous avenue for the pillaging of public funds and perpetuating impunity.”He made references to two situations when the LACC acted swiftly to protect a key witness and a whistleblower whose lives were threatened.Cllr. Verdier said the deliberations aim to raise awareness about policies and systems to protect people who become whistleblowers and witnesses, as well as arriving at practical actions for ECOWAS member states to protect them.Earlier, the head of Good Governance and Democracy at ECOWAS, Mr. Eyesan Okorodudu, said the workshop is twofold: creating awareness and the need to protect whistleblowers and witnesses.Okorodudu said being aware of the challenges facing whistleblowers and witnesses, the ECOWAS Commission has set up two key platforms, NACIWA and ECOWAS Civil-Society Organization Platform on Transparency and Accountability in Governance (ECSOPTAG), to act as vehicles for promoting and upholding the trinity of values of accountability, transparency and integrity in the management of socioeconomic and political affairs of the states.The workshop ends tomorrow, Wednesday with action plans that are tailored to Liberia’s situation to encourage legislation in the fight against corruption and those who take pleasure in it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)