Month: January 2021

first_imgThe Notre Dame extended Research Community (NDeRC) will host its fifth annual Collaborating for Education and Research Forum tomorrow in the Jordan Hall of Science. Thomas Loughran, a professional specialist in the Department of Physics and member of NDeRC, said the event is designed to enhance interaction between local K-12 teachers and University administrators. The forum fosters a vibrant science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) community between the educators, he said. “The forum presents a broad spectrum of engagement opportunities for STEM professionals for both researchers and educators at the university and K-12 levels,” Loughran said. “We’re trying to foster an integrated STEM community.” Loughran said a functioning STEM community is essential for both teachers and students. “Teachers and administrators know one another and have a sense of belonging to the same social entity, and because they belong, they give invitations to students to belong too,” Loughran said. “That issuing of effective invitations into the STEM community is the model of STEM education we are working with.” To reach teachers, Loughran said the NDeRC emails registration invitations to approximately 350 Michiana STEM educators. The event promotes conversation among professionals from local schools and universities. Loughran said the forum averages around 150 teachers every year. “In years past we had 25 spots for our BioEYES initiative, a study of the development of zebrafish, and received 100 applications,” Loughran said. “At another forum, we launched a blog and got 100 subscribers over the weekend.” Loughran said the forum’s commitment to building STEM education and research locally is gaining momentum. “It’s an enduring atmosphere,” Loughran said. “You know the community is alive because we keep meeting and collaborating.” The Collaborating for Education and Research Forum will be held tomorrow from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Jordan Hall of Science.last_img read more

first_imgSaint Mary’s very own music man, Professor Jeffrey Jacob, spent three weeks of his summer on tour performing at Beifang and Guiyang University in China, where he showed off his chops in classical Western piano music and his own contemporary compositions.Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Jacob A Chinese friend of Jacob’s invited him to perform overseas after hearing him perform compositions from several fellow pianists, Jacob said. Impressed by Jacob’s talent and fascinated by his mix of Western and contemporary music style, Jacob’s friend offered him the opportunity to perform with and teach music students, he said.“My friend, he’s a composer, and I met him at a conference here in the U.S.,” Jacob said. “There was a work of his performed, and I asked him if he had any piano music. I recorded myself playing it, and I made a CD of it. He was really grateful, and he said, ‘I can arrange a trip to China if you want me to.’ He said it would be a really good experience,” Jacob said.This summer was Jacob’s second visit with students and faculty at Chinese universities, he said.  Because both universities are very large, he stayed at hotels specifically for university guests, he said.The experience was a wonderful and memorable one for Jacob, but the best part for him was the social interaction with the Chinese people, he said.“They were friendly. They were curious. It was just amazing,” Jacob said. “At both universities, a group of faculty members would take me out to a fancy restaurant. All restaurants have private rooms, and the food was just wonderful. I really love Chinese food. That was nearly every night. They wanted to talk with me, know about my career, about Saint Mary’s College, which I was very happy to put a plug in for the school. I got the opportunity to see what life was like in China.”At both universities, Jacob played two solo piano recitals, one of a repertoire of famous Western composers and the other of his own contemporary compositions, he said.“It was a very intense experience,” he said. “They are very interested in western music. They have a long history of traditional Chinese music, but right now, they’re more interested in Western music. Students can major in traditional Chinese music or Western music. The main instrument they’re interested in is the piano. [The school is] having trouble getting them interested in strings. Everybody wants to play the piano, so they were very happy to get a pianist.”For his experimental, more modern recital, Jacob was uncertain as to how it would be received by students.“My specialty is contemporary music, very wild. They asked for that recital. I didn’t know how they would take it, but they were just very interested,” he said. “I invited students to come up after the recital, come up to the piano, look at the scores. There was just a tremendous amount of interest in Western music.”Jacob also gave lessons every day to both faculty members and students, which were formatted as a master class for music majors, he said.“I would give a lesson to a particular student, but there would be as many piano students who wanted to observe … watching and observing and taking notes,” he said. “I was astonished, [because] usually at a large master class, there will be 25 to 30 students. They required all of the music majors to come to it, so they were listening to my master class. There were over 400 people listening to my master class.”The most challenging aspect of his interactions with students was not the music but the language barrier, Jacob said.“It was tricky, because they don’t speak English. That’s the hot topic now — everybody wants to learn English,” he said.Jacob’s Chinese friend who had invited him served as his personal translator, as he is completely bilingual in both Chinese and English, Jacob said.“He was born and raised in China. He was a violinist. He was the head of music at a university in China. Then he decided he wanted to further his education, so he brought his family to the U.S. to get his doctorate. He’s been in the U.S. for 11 years.  He had no trouble translating, but it was hard for him because I said a lot of stuff, so he had to translate a lot of stuff,” Jacob said.Jacob even helped students with their English-speaking skills after his shows, he said.“There were some students who came to my recitals, and I noticed these two students hanging around afterwards,” he said. “They wanted to practice their English, and I said, ‘Absolutely.’ I went out for tea with them and spent a couple hours with them. Mandarin Chinese is a completely different way of communicating. It’s very difficult to become even moderately fluent in both [English and Chinese]. That’s a goal of mine.”Jacob said he was active every day, not only teaching and performing but also taking in the Chinese culture.“It was the social component of the trip that was the most satisfying,” he said. “It was just really overwhelming, the generosity of the Chinese. It was just wonderful.”Faculty and students were also more than willing to answer any questions Jacob had about the Chinese lifestyle and how it has evolved through enormous changes over the past 30 years, he said.“Right now, China is a booming economy, the second-biggest economy in the world after [the United States]. 40 years ago, there were at least 100 million people in China who were at the point of starvation. That’s how far they’ve come. Now, everyone has more than enough to eat, things are just booming. It’s really amazing,” he said.If there is any element Jacob wants to share with his students about his experience touring in China, it is the Chinese work ethic, he said.“[Music students] are expected to practice a lot. It’s not uncommon for a student to practice eight hours a day,” Jacob said. “What was really stunning to me was how social the Chinese were. For example, in the evenings in the cities, everybody goes outside. They’ll wave to their friends. It’s an extremely social culture. It was difficult to walk because there were so many people, and everybody was very relaxed. They were just having a great time. They were all out with their friends and their relatives. In China, the family unit is sacrosanct. Sometimes while out, you’d see two, three generations with other families with their friends.”Jacob has an extensive career in music performance and composition, having traveled around the world performing and recording with a variety of people, but he said he would love to perform again for the Chinese people because of their wonderful hospitality and keen interest in his craft.“Someday, I would definitely like to return,” Jacob said.Tags: China, Music, saint mary’s, SMC, travellast_img read more

first_imgMichael Yu | The Observer Carroll Hall residents compete in the 2017 Fisher Regatta. The 2018 Fisher Regatta will take place on St. Mary’s Lake, and will feature competitors from each residence hall as well as other campus groups and organizations. This is Fisher Hall’s fourth year partnering with St. Adalbert Catholic School in South Bend, with residents tutoring there four days a week and developing relationships with the students and faculty, sophomore Owen Harte said in an email. So far, this year’s event has raised approximately $7,000 of its $8,000 goal, O’Callaghan said.“We’ve definitely formed a connection with the students, and the Regatta funds go toward helping the school in some way each year,” he said. “Two years ago was renovating the gym floor, we’ve rebuilt a new office or greeting area with more security, last year was a new science lab and now this year the Regatta is for a new computer lab.”The Regatta, which takes place on St. Mary’s Lake at 1 p.m. Saturday, includes at least one boat from every residence hall in addition to entries from various student groups, from the Knights of Columbus to the engineering department. Boats are made out of everything from cement to air mattresses, with races often ending when boats capsize.“My favorite part of the Regatta is always the beginning of the day before all of the boats race — or sink — because when they are all lined up on the grass next to the lake, we can tangibly see how many groups from across campus love to get involved with the Regatta,” Harte said.Fisher rector Rick Mazzei convinced O’Callaghan to take on the sizable task of heading the Regatta committee when he arrived on campus for Welcome Weekend this year.“When I got there he just pulled me into the office and he asked me if I would do it, and when I kind of hesitated he said, ‘I’ll give you five seconds,’ and then he just said, ‘Alright, that’s a yes,’” O’Callaghan said.Planning such a large and popular event requiring sound systems, catering and safety personnel was difficult but rewarding, O’Callaghan said.“Learning, in a leadership role with so many components … to be able to delegate things to staff members and actually trusting that they’ll follow through with it and that they’ll do a good job — which of course they all will,” O’Callaghan said of the most challenging part of planning the Regatta.Both Harte and O’Callaghan emphasized the team effort Fisher residents put into the Regatta each year, with dozens of residents selling the tank tops that make up the bulk of Fisher’s fundraising efforts and ensuring the race itself runs smoothly.“Everyone on staff has been such a huge help this year, especially the freshmen,” O’Callaghan said. “They’ve really stepped up. We have a great first-year class in Fisher this year, and they’ve just helped tremendously.”The Regatta not only marks the end of the school year, but also the culmination of Fisher Hall’s dorm spirit. The excitement throughout the dorm on the morning of the Regatta is tangible, O’Callaghan said.“The morning of, staff gets up around 6:45 and we go through the dorm with all our Fisher oars and we wake up everyone in the dorm,” he said. “Last year I was on the golf cart with the megaphone to go around to each dorm to wake them up, which elicits a lot of bad responses but it’s a great tradition … it was very exciting to actually see it play out.”Tags: 25th annual Fisher Regatta, fisher hall, fisher regatta, ya gotta regatta As the academic year draws to a close, the men of Fisher Hall are gearing up for their best-known and most anticipated event of the year: the 25th annual Fisher Regatta. While the dorm’s signature event is actually in its 31st year, tradition dictates that the homemade boat race continues to celebrate its 25th anniversary indefinitely. Building up for the event is a year-long process, sophomore Ryan O’Callaghan said.“On Welcome Weekend already, the emails that are sent out are always signed YGR for ‘You Gotta Regatta,’” O’Callaghan, head of the Regatta planning committee, said. “A lot of the RAs on their whiteboards have a countdown to the Regatta so even when it’s 160, 170 days away there’s still a countdown on the board. It is something you’re constantly hearing about.”last_img read more

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now File Image.JAMESTOWN – One of the largest summertime economic drivers for the City of Jamestown has been postponed due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions.Leadership with the National Comedy Center announced Thursday that the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival is rescheduled to August 2021.In a email to subscribers, organizers said the decision is a precautionary measure following consideration of federal, state and regional guidelines for the presentation of large group events.“It is with tremendous sadness that we make the difficult decision to reschedule our Lucille Ball Comedy Festival – for the first time in our nearly 30 year history,” said National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson. “We are grateful for the patience, understanding and continued support of our festival attendees, sponsors, volunteers and staff, and our Jamestown and Chautauqua County community during this challenging time.” “We do not make this decision lightly, understanding that our annual festival draws attendees from over 40 U.S. states and not only has a direct effect on the revenue of our non-profit cultural institution but also affects the business of local hotels, restaurants, attractions and event venues, and retailers throughout our community. We look forward to presenting an outstanding comedy festival experience here in Jamestown in August 2021, as we officially celebrate the festival’s 30th anniversary.”Current ticket holders will have their tickets transferred automatically to the same shows and events for the 2021 festival, unless they choose a different option.Ticket holders can:Transfer tickets to the same shows and events for the 2021 festival. New ticket will automatically be issued to ticket holders within the next several weeks.Donate the value of their tickets to the non-profit National Comedy Center as a tax-deductible contribution during this critical time.Exchange the value of their tickets for a National Comedy Center gift card to be used for admission, membership, future event tickets or merchandise.Receive a full refund for their ticket purchase by selecting this option by July 15, 2020.Ticket holders can select their preferred option via the Comedy Center’s Ticketing form at ComedyCenter.org/TicketForm.The full statement from the National Comedy Center team is posted below:Dear Friends and Festival Ticket Holders,It is with tremendous sadness and disappointment that we announce the rescheduling of the National Comedy Center’s Lucille Ball Comedy Festival from this August to August 2021 in order to ensure the health and safety of festival attendees, staff and volunteers during the ongoing COVID-19 situation. This precautionary measure has been taken in consideration of CDC, federal, state and regional guidelines for the presentation of large group events.The new festival dates will fall on the same weekend in 2021: August 4-8, 2021. Festival performances by comedian Jeff Foxworthy have been rescheduled for Friday, August 6, 2021 and the Legends of SNL: David Spade, Kevin Nealon and Rob Schneider performance has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 7, 2021. All other comedy performances and Lucy legacy events have also been rescheduled for the corresponding day and time in 2021 as well. A schedule of events is available at ComedyCenter.org/Festival. More festival events will be added in the coming months.If you have purchased festival tickets, your tickets will be transferred automatically to the same shows, events, and reserved seats for the 2021 festival, unless you choose a different option by Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Ticket holders will have several options to consider.Those wishing to purchase new tickets for 2021 festival events including Jeff Foxworthy and Legends of SNL, without holding existing tickets for 2020, can do so by visiting ComedyCenter.org/Festival beginning Monday, June 15, 2020.Although the festival will not be taking place this summer as originally planned, the National Comedy Center will be bringing comedy fans together virtually by presenting a series of online programs and streaming comedy events throughout the summer, including programming to be streamed during the original comedy festival weekend. These events will debut on the Comedy Center’s new online content platform, National Comedy Center Anywhere. Look for more details on our website and social media platforms in the coming weeks.The National Comedy Center does plan to re-open its state-of-the-art comedy museum and Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum this summer with enhanced health, cleaning, disinfecting and social distancing protocols — reimagining museum health and safety with the same spirit, commitment and leading-edge technology with which it reinvented the museum visitor experience — once Western New York is given the green light to re-open cultural institutions. We will provide updates on our re-opening date via our website, social media platforms and email newsletter.We are grateful for your patience, understanding and continued support of the National Comedy Center and the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival during this challenging time.We look forward to presenting an outstanding comedy festival experience here in Jamestown in August 2021, as we officially celebrate the festival’s 30th anniversary.Sincerely,The National Comedy Center Teamlast_img read more

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Why in the world are Police NOT ACTIVELY SEARCHING for him if he is a FELON ON THE RUN?? Waiting for tips from community? THATS ABSOLUTELY INSANE! Isn’t that their job, even if it takes round the clock searches, that IS THEIR JOB! Not some innocent farmer, Amish or otherwise to have to handle.,That is because there are bears in the part of the area.,Lol what do they mean the police aren’t actively looking for him but waiting for the assistance of the community . In the mean time he could further commit crimes and the community is not being paid to do officers jobs. Yet the police make time to perform in necessary and racial profiling traffic stops. This justice system is trash . So we do the work while they sit and eat donuts or continue practicing their misconduct Image via Daniel Heidler / Facebook.NIOBE – The search for a wanted man is continuing Thursday in parts of Chautauqua and Warren Counties.Trooper Cindy Schick with the Pennsylvania State Police tells WNYNewsNow Daniel W. Heidler, 35, of Columbus, Pa is wanted on a felony weapons warrant.Schick says police are not specifically searching for Heidler in person, but rather, waiting for the community to submit tips on his whereabouts. Troopers will then follow up on those tips and search as warranted.“If they see this individual, we would like them to not engage him we want them to call their local police department, whether that be in Pennsylvania or in New York,” said Trooper Schick. “He has had interactions with firearms, do we know if he has a firearm on him, we do not, but again he’s got a felony warrant so I would consider him to be some type of dangerous.” Heidler first interacted with the Pennsylvania State Police during an alleged attempted homicide at the Cobblestone Inn in Columbus Township, Warren County in June.Schick says Heidler alleged he was shot at by a 36-year-old man from Corry, Pennsylvania, although through investigation, troopers determined that the incident was false.“Through that investigation they discovered that Heidler was in possession of a firearm during that incident back in June, he is a person that is not allowed to possess a firearm due to charges that he had filed on him and he was convicted of prior to these events,” explained Trooper Schick.Almost two weeks later, on Tuesday, July 7, police were attempting to arrest Heidler on a felony warrant stemming from the June report, when he allegedly fled in a vehicle.Police say Heidler led them on a pursuit in to New York State before crashing his vehicle into a ditch at the corner of Kortwright Road and Niobe Road in the Town of Harmony.Image via Daniel Heidler / Facebook.Heidler then, according to police, fled into a wooded area on foot. The area was searched by multiple law enforcement agencies and K-9 units, but Heidler was not located.Investigators returned to his camper in Freehold Township where they originally confronted him hours before.Inside the camper police allegedly found the gun related to the June incident and items used to make methamphetamine.Anyone with information on Heidler’s location is asked to call State Police in Warren at 814-728-3600.last_img read more

first_imgFrom Lady Day to Queen of Soul? If anyone can, Audra McDonald can! In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, 18-time Grammy-winning music legend Aretha Franklin revealed she’s still in negotiations to have her life portrayed on film, and she wants the Tony winner to play her. “It would be her job to bring it home,” she said. “The question is whether she has that ability.” View Comments In addition to Lady Day, McDonald has won Tony awards for Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun and Porgy and Bess. On screen, she has appeared in The Sound of Music Live!, Annie, Private Practice and Wit. She is rumored to be attached to the projects Corrina, Corrina and Night, Mother opposite Oprah Winfrey. This isn’t the first time Franklin has expressed this sentiment. Franklin reportedly put McDonald on her shortlist in 2012 after attending a performance of Porgy & Bess on Broadway. But fear not, Franklin. McDonald has proven herself a performer who can expertly channel beloved musical icons. In June, she took home her record-breaking sixth Tony Award for her performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. In an interview with Broadway.com last year, McDonald praised Franklin, saying, “She’s a deep, amazing person with a great history and legacy.” Of potentially playing her on screen, she said, “It would be an honor to play her. If it happens, great. If not, I’m sure someone else will do her justice.”last_img read more

first_img Sierra Boggess It Shoulda Been You Related Shows View Comments Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 9, 2015 Here comes the bride…and she’s got a camera! Sierra Boggess, star of the upcoming Broadway musical It Shoulda Been You, is Broadway.com’s latest video blogger. That’s right: You loved her jellicle dance parties, inspirational mantras and Club Christine meetings on Daae Days, and now the Broadway fave is back for more hijinks. Look out for her new series, Going Bridal: Backstage at It Shoulda Been You with Sierra Boggess.For her second time as a Broadway.com vlogger, the Olivier nominee and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner will lead us through the rehearsal process and performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Expect appearances from her starry onstage wedding party, including David Burtka, Tyne Daly, Harriet Harris and Lisa Howard.Boggess most recently appeared on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera. She also headlined the show in Las Vegas and in London for the show’s 25th anniversary. She reprised her performance as Christine in the Phantom sequel Love Never Dies in the West End. Her additional credits include The Little Mermaid and Master Class on Broadway and Les Miserables in London.Featuring music by Barbra Anselmi and a book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove, It Shoulda Been You follows a Jewish bride as she readies to marry her Catholic boyfriend. When the bride’s ex-boyfriend shows up, the perfect wedding starts to unravel, leaving the sister of the bride to turn a tangled mess into happily ever after. Tony winner David Hyde Pierce directs.Going Bridal will premiere on March 5 and run every Thursday for eight weeks.last_img read more

first_img Star Files View Comments It’s been a crazy week for the 2015 Tony nominees! After waking up at the crack of dawn to hear their names announced on TV by Bruce Willis and Mary Louise Parker, the stars received a flurry of congratulatory calls, texts and emails…but there was no time to celebrate, because they had to find something fancy to wear to the Tony nominee reception the next morning. Needless to say, by the time they got to the star-studded ceremony at the Paramount Hotel, the Tony nominees were feeling a lot of feelings. Broadway.com armed the stars with paper and markers so they could draw ’em out!With the help of a team of art experts and psychologists, we’ve analyzed 44 drawings to find out more about the Tony nominees. While stars like Elisabeth Moss stuck to a traditional smiley face, Brian d’Arcy James, Kristin Chenoweth and Alessandro Nivola took more creative liberties with their self-portraits. Four drawings, including an appealing but puzzling work of art by Bill Nighy, went the abstract route (what is that?!), while a few drawings went beyond the abstract and landed squarely in the WTF category. Robert Askins, Bradley Cooper and Christopher Wheeldon, we’re looking at you.Among our favorites are the simple, bold colors and shapes of Ben Miles’ work of art and the whimsy of Steven Boyer’s self-portrait. But Michael Cerveris’ masterpiece, which we like to call “Reverse Airplane,” is the clear standout. And the rest of the nominees? Um, keep your day jobs.Click here to see the stars’ drawings!center_img Kristin Chenowethlast_img read more

first_img View Comments Hedwig and the Angry Inch alum Neil Patrick Harris is trading his glittery eyeshadow for a shiny silk suit! The new NBC variety show Best Time Ever will feature NPH hosting mini game shows, musical numbers, comedy sketches, hidden camera pranks and appearances from special guests (we hope this includes his adorable kids Harper and Gideon and his husband, It Shoulda Been You star David Burtka). Check out this new promo photo of the Tony winner hanging out with (or should we say above) his fans, then catch him in Best Time Ever—hopefully singing a lot—this fall!last_img read more

first_imgThe sweet sound of Amazing Grace will be heard on Broadway from June 25, when previews begin of the new musical. Starring Josh Young, Erin Mackey, Tony winner Chuck Cooper and more, the show will officially open at the Nederlander Theatre on July 16.Directed by Gabriel Barre and featuring music and lyrics by Christopher Smith and a book by Smith and Arthur Giron, Amazing Grace is based on the true story behind the beloved song. A tale of romance, rebellion and redemption, the show follows one man whose incredible journey ignited a historic wave of change that gave birth to the abolitionist movement. John Newton (Young), a willful and musically talented young Englishman, faces a future as uncertain as the turning tide. Coming of age as Britain sits atop an international empire of slavery, he finds himself torn between following in the footsteps of his father—a slave trader—and embracing the more compassionate views of his childhood sweetheart (Mackey).The cast will also include Tom Hewitt, Chris Hoch, Harriett D. Foy, Laiona Michelle, Rachael Ferrera and Elizabeth Ward Land.Amazing Grace played a pre-Broadway engagement in Chicago in fall 2014. View Comments Related Shows Amazing Grace Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 25, 2015last_img read more