Saint Mary’s director of media relations Gwen O’Brien encouraged students to join the community in launching Faith Always, Action Now, the capital campaign that seeks to raise $80 million for scholarships, professorships, selected facility improvements and other projects, for the College. The reception will be held at 6 p.m. Friday in the O’Laughlin Auditorium lobby, hosting members of the community before the campaign launch event, which begins at 7 p.m. “This event is not something to miss,” O’Brien said. “The reception and launch event will definitely excite students about Saint Mary’s and its future with this campaign.” Alumna Lindsey Anderson, a professional opera singer, is currently on campus to act as the storyteller for the evening, student body president Maureen Parsons said. “Current students will be sharing their Saint Mary›s story and there will be video throughout as well,” she said. “The program is emotional and touching, and I think will be something students who attend will never forget.” Students are also encouraged to attend the Heritage Week dinner, which begins tonight at 5:15 p.m. Special guest speakers include board chair Mary L. Burke, a 1985 alumna, and Sister Veronique Wiedower, a 1970 graduate of the College.”The Heritage Week dinner is an annual event we have during this week each year. This year it is a little different because of the capital campaign launch,” Parsons said. “Mary Burke is going to speak to the students about what the capital campaign is, what we are raising money for and why it is important for current students.” As a senior, Parsons knows she and her peers may never see the changes while students but said students must remember that “the renovations and new buildings we have currently are because of past alumnae investing in the College as well.” Also part of the campaign she and her peers may never see the changes while students, but said students must remember that “the renovations and new buildings we have currently are because of past alumnae investing in the College as well.” Also part of the campaign launch festivities was a faculty luncheon hosted by College President Carol Ann Mooney on Wednesday afternoon that awarded two faculty members for their excellence at the College. “These awards, made possible by the generosity of two alumnae and their spouses, recognize faculty members who are deeply dedicated to their students, their scholarship, and their communities,” a College press releasee said. Mary Ann Merryman, professor of business and accounting, was presented The Donald R. and Nora Barry Fischer Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. This award, named for the 1973 graduates of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s, respectively, recognizes excellence in discipline-specific teaching by a faculty member in upper-division courses in a major, the press release said. “In addition to her typical teaching responsibilities, over the past nine years, Merryman has organized and coached a team of four to compete in the INCPAS Case Competition, competing against teams from colleges and universities across Indiana,” the press release said. “Merryman has led Saint Mary’s teams to the final six for seven of the last eight years with the teams finishing first in 2010 and 2011.” Merryman is a certified public accountant account who received her Bachelor of Science from Manchester College and her Master of Science in Accountancy from Notre Dame. Jayne Kendle, associate professor of nursing, was presented with The Kevin J. and Marijo Rogers Kelly Service Award, named for the 1977 graduates of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s, respectively. This award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates exceptional commitment to local, regional, nationa, or international service to his or her academic field, according to the press release. “Kendle has expanded her service role to include serving as a Board member of the O’Hana Heritage Foundation helping to establish A Rosie Place, a specialty care hospital for medically fragile children,” the press release said. “She continues to work to educate Indiana legislators and work with the State Department of Public Health to secure funds to support these families.” Kendle received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Evansville and has a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Missouri.
Cooper Cronk’s Calamvale home in Brisbane. Picture: Realestate.com.au Cooper Cronk played his last home game for Melbourne Storm last weekend. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty ImagesQUEENSLAND State of Origin star Cooper Cronk is ready for a Brisbane farewell after landing a buyer for his four bedroom home.The Maroons halfback, who played his final home game for the Melbourne Storm last weekend, is mid preparation for a shift to Sydney to join partner Tara Rushton. The home has a decidedly minimalist feel. Picture: Realestate.com.au Melbourne fans react to the loss of Cooper Cronk from the Storm after this season. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty ImagesCronk has owned the Calamvale property for over two-thirds of his professional rugby league career, having bought it for $477,000 in 2007.That was the same year he was first selected for the national team and it wasn’t until three years later that he was first picked to play SOO for Queensland.Cronk’s real estate agent Hong Chua of Harcourts had marketed the Calamvale home at offers over $639,000. Cooper Cronk and his partner Tara Rushton. Source: Supplied.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour ago Cronk favoured integrated living zones. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe contemporary four bedroom, two bathroom, double garage home was on a 511sq m block. Cronk favoured minimalist style, with the interiors designed to be understated, with focus on integrated living areas that create “an ideal gathering point for family and friends”.Cronk went to school at St Laurence’s College in South Brisbane and played for Norths Devils before he was absorbed into the Melbourne Storm training squad in 2003. Up until this shift to Sydney, Cronk has been a one-club man — playing all his professional games with the Melbourne Storm.
Louisiana Tech is reeling after a tornado hit Ruston, Louisiana, and destroyed parts of campus, including the school’s baseball, softball and soccer fields, along with it’s tennis courts and track.The twister, which swept through the town late Wednesday night, destroyed fences, scoreboards and spectator stands. No students were killed by the storm, but authorities said two in the area were confirmed dead. Here’s what used to be #LATech’s tennis courts. pic.twitter.com/BZR0tvWWrV— Cory Diaz (@CoryDiaz_TNS) April 25, 2019Whew man… Damage to #LATech softball and soccer field is worse than I imagined… This is rough, guys. pic.twitter.com/x5sn0k1oyB— Cory Diaz (@CoryDiaz_TNS) April 25, 2019#LATech’s softball stadium got hit hard. Awful stuff… @LATechSB @LATechSports pic.twitter.com/yU0E9SGVVR— Cory Diaz (@CoryDiaz_TNS) April 25, 2019#LATech’s track facilities. @latechsports pic.twitter.com/3xMjprRQDA— Cory Diaz (@CoryDiaz_TNS) April 25, 2019Scene here at the Love Shack. Tough to see. @LATechBSB @LATechSports #LATech pic.twitter.com/yAbbKAd6c5— Cory Diaz (@CoryDiaz_TNS) April 25, 2019The school canceled classes Thursday and campus will be closed Friday. Shockingly, the Bulldogs’ football facilities, including Joe Aillet Stadium, which are across the street from the soccer complex, didn’t sustain any damage.It’s estimated that the damage to the facilities is in the millions of dollars. LaTech football coach Skip Holtz and women’s basketball coach Brook Stoehr called the situation “devastating,” but said they were proud of their athletes coming out to help clean up afterward..@LATechFB WR Praise Okorie helping clean up debris at the #LATech soccer stadium. @latech @LATechSports @CoachSHoltz @tmcclelland pic.twitter.com/tn7znYphjq— Cory Diaz (@CoryDiaz_TNS) April 25, 2019.@LATechFB Redshirt freshman running back @KinggDee_34 helping clean up the debris at the soccer stadium. @LATechSports @latech @tmcclelland @CoachSHoltz @LaTechReport #LATech pic.twitter.com/h5TGSUs8Vs— Cory Diaz (@CoryDiaz_TNS) April 25, 2019It’s unclear where the teams will practice and play games, with some speculating that softball, soccer and baseball will be play elsewhere in 2019 and perhaps even 2020 as the teams’ respective facilities are rebuilt.Our student-athletes and student body are safe, which is our main concern.We are still in shock over the devastation to our city and our campus.Thank you to everyone for the thoughts and prayers. We are still assessing the damage our facilities, but we CAN and WILL rebuild. pic.twitter.com/PMzwXqe7dk— LA Tech Sports (@LATechSports) April 25, 2019