SMC Campus Ministry and OCSE collaborate in new service intiative

first_imgSaint Mary’s Office of Campus Ministry officials said they anticipate many Belles will volunteer in the South Bend community during the 2013-14 academic year.  The faith-oriented office is launching a new volunteering initiative after a successful one-year pilot program, junior Kaitie Maierhofer said.  Campus Ministry collaborated with the Office for Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) to provide dorm residents opportunities to volunteer in specific nonprofits and to engage in service-learning experiences, Maierhofer said. She said Le Mans will serve Hannah’s House, Regina will partner with the Center for the Homeless, and Holy Cross Hall will work with Hannah and Friends. The freshman dorm, McCandless, is set to take on Hope Ministries. Each of the four dorms has one or two ministry assistants (MAs) who will mediate and encourage relationships between their residents and the communities they serve, Maierhofer said.  Haleigh Ehmsen, a sophomore and MA for Holy Cross Hall, said Saint Mary’s campus ministry appointed MAs to help students find opportunities for service and expression of faith. “[MAs] work in collaboration with Campus Ministry and the Residence Life Staff to offer programs that engage the residents in their faith and spiritual journeys within their daily lives,” she said. “The MAs are also responsible for coordinating social outreach opportunities with their community partner. They provide a positive influence and pastoral presence as they celebrate the joys and challenges of the residents’ lives.” Maierhofer said she is the MA for McCandless, though she originally wanted a position as a resident assistant.  “I kind of wanted to be an RA to help others – especially the freshman getting acclimated to the Saint Mary’s lifestyle,” Maierhofer said. “One of my roommates thought I would be better as a ministry assistant in order to get the residents spiritually settled. An RA is more like a parent, I feel more like a guide.” Maierhofer said she wants to connect her dorm’s residents with their designated non-profit to help develop relationships with the communities they serve. “We actually just set a date for the volunteer director, Emily Jensen, and one or two of the residents [of Hope Ministries] to give talks to the residents [of McCandless] about ‘Hope’ and how it’s helped them,” Maierhofer said. “Because SMC is so small, we can get a lot more intimate with this community-oriented organization.” Ehmsen agreed that personal relationships are key to sustained volunteering. “This year, our focus is on getting students involved in these communities by establishing personal relationships,” Ehmsen said. “Interaction is the answer. Our presence there benefits the Hannah and Friends community as well as our own. It’s really a learning experience for all.” Maierhofer said interest in Campus Ministry’s volunteering efforts has increased, especially among first year students. “Multiple freshman approached me the first day of classes already asking about what sort of volunteering organizations, community service they could do in the area,” Maierhofer said. “Our ice cream social had around 200 students in attendance, much more than any year we’ve hosted the event before. Plus, we are – or are very close to – running out of spots on the freshman retreat.”last_img read more

Oscar just keeps on winning

first_img The 11-2 favourite, reverting to the smaller obstacles after winning over fences last time, took up a challenging position on the turn for home under Colman Sweeney and skipped over the final two flights to score by nine and a half lengths. The winning trainer said: “He is like wine, he is improving with age, and he won snugly there. He has turned inside out and I’m not sure where he will go next. He might have one or two more runs before we give him a break for the summer.” Press Association Jessica Harrington’s classy mare Burn And Turn (11-10 favourite), third in a Grade Three contest at Fairyhouse last time, won the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase in some style, jumping ahead two out under Robbie Power and beating Six Stone Ned by eight lengths. The trainer said: “I’m delighted with her, it was coming. She has now won a bumper, a maiden hurdle, a conditions hurdle and a novice chase. She will be kept going during the summer on summer soft ground.” Philip Fenton’s 2-1 favourite Band Of Blood, winner of a point-to-point and a bumper, added the Maiden Hurdle to his tally under Brian O’Connell, asserting going to the last and pulling four and a half lengths clear of Pumbaa. The trainer said: “That was a lovely run. I think he will be quite a nice horse. The drop of rain did him no harm. The ground was much better than when he ran in a winners bumper here. We will go again with him as long as the ground isn’t fast, and he might make a nice novice for the summer.” Cork bumper winner Elegant Statesman carried the colours of his new owner JP McManus for the first time in the June 15th & 21st Twilight Racing Maiden Hurdle and showed himself to be a smart prospect. Mark Walsh rode a confident race on the 13-8 favourite, who is now with Henry de Bromhead, and never looked like being passed even though the challengers were queuing up at the top of the straight. He beat Giant’s Quest by two and a half lengths. Andrew Lynch was first past the post in the Kellogs Cul Camps Handicap Hurdle on 7-2 favourite Easy Vic, but Eugene O’Sullivan’s length-and-a-half runner-up The Blarney Rose (12-1), ridden by Brendan Crowley, was badly squeezed up and got the race in the stewards’ room. Lynch was banned for six days for careless riding. center_img Fiery Oscar has been a real star for the Rodger Sweeney yard this year and put up a superb show to make it four wins in a row in the GAA Supporters Day 19th May Handicap Hurdle at Limerick.last_img read more

BoscaBet to transform pool betting displays

first_imgShare StumbleUpon A new agreement between British racecourses and platform providers BoscaBet, is to ensure that both new and current customers benefit from enhanced digital pool betting displays.The new pool betting service is to become available across 55 British racecourses, with Irish based BoscaBet hoping customer experiences will be heightened when the displays are delivered in July of next year.Nigel Roddis, Managing Director of the new pool betting entity, said: “The information provided to racegoers has been a key element of the project so far and we are delighted to have teamed up with BoscaBet to deliver what promises to be a significant enhancement for racegoers.”BoscaBet are aiming to bring a live digital source of content to racecourse pool betting, through information such as live pricing, racecard data, premium form content and sponsors’ ads.Fergal Downey, CEO of BoscaBet, said: “We’re delighted to be working with so many leading British racecourses in delivering such an exciting change in the industry.“Our goal is to deliver a product that enhances the experience for seasoned racegoers and first-time visitors alike, through great content and dynamic digital display.“The combination of remote management and automation will offer the perfect mix of control for the pool betting service and the associated racecourses. We are confident that our solution will bring new levels of excitement and engagement for punters.”BoscaBet was recently endorsed by the Bookmakers Technology Consortium (BTC) as an authorised digital betting shop display solution for its members, which now stretches to some 500 independent betting shops across the UK and Ireland.The content delivery on the new displays is to be automated by BoscaBet, however, racecourses can also be enabled to manage the network centrally and at a local level.Earlier this year BoscaBet unveiled its ‘Live Race Centre,’ designed to aid independent shops rival large chains by placing an emphasis enhancing customer engagement and experience. Share The Tote, Jockey Club Racecourses and Britbet launch ‘Tote Guarantee’ March 4, 2020 Related Articles Leader of the Year kicks off Sport in Focus at Betting on Sports July 4, 2019 The Tote and Britbet to sponsor Racehorse Owners’ Sponsorship Scheme November 29, 2019 Submitlast_img read more

Lumberjacks’ Murphy, Steward Claim Men’s Outdoor Athletes of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin’s Drake Murphy and Kevin Steward are the Southland Conference Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Murphy jetted to a new school record in the 800-meter race in posting the Southland Conference’s top time this year and helped the ‘Jacks win the 4 x 400-meter relay.Steward won the shot put competition. Both athletes’ performances came this weekend at the Leon Johnson Invitational in Natchitoches, La., where SFA registered 11 event wins in the single-day affair.Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week: Drake Murphy, Stephen F. Austin – Sr. – Galveston, TexasMurphy set himself apart from the field while claiming the 800 meter race in 1:48.65. His mark is the fastest in the Southland this year and the sixth-best time of the season in the NCAA.The senior’s time broke the SFA school record, giving him both the all-time program 800-meter marks indoors (:1:52.21) and outdoors.Murphy, from Galveston, also ran a leg for the meet-winning 4 x 100-meter relay team that won with a time of 3:11.62 – the fourth-fastest in the league this year.Honorable Mention: Clint Cole, UIW; Micah Larkins, NSUMen’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Kevin Steward, Stephen F. Austin – Jr. – Ovilla, TexasSteward’s shot put toss of 16.63 meters (54 feet, 6.75 inches) gave him the meet win. The effort is the fifth-best mark in the league this year.Honorable Mention: Nemanja Koviljac, McNeeseSouthland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more