Monday Morning Update
July 16, 2012
Stretch Breaks: Grappling with shoulder and neck pain from working on a computer for extended periods, Professor of Computer Science Bob Dugan thought about his students. If he started having health problems in his early forties, what would the future hold for this generation of students who have been virtually weaned on technology? And, in class, Dugan witnessed students using computers in ways that would lead to repetitive stress injuries. So, he teamed up with Doug Bodkin '13 whose goal is to work for Apple and the result is an App called Stretch Break for Kids, a free download available in the iTunes App Store. To learn more about this professor-student collaboration, visit here.
Art Crime: They are elite detectives who specialize in investigating and solving art crimes. Virginia Curry is ex-FBI while Dick Ellis is ex-Scotland Yard and when they visited campus in September more than 200 people showed up in the Martin Institute to hear their global stories of theft, forgery, smuggled art and looting. Given that success, they are returning to teach a week-long seminar titled The World of Art and the Fine Art of Crime from July 30-August 3. There are just two reserved spaces left for students or alumni. For more, visit here.
Backpack Alert: One of the most successful alumni events is the annual Back-to-School Backpack Project, which has provided more than 1,000 local children with school supplies since 2004. This year, alumni volunteers will meet on Thursday, August 2 at 6:30 p.m. in Merkert-Tracy (old Science Center) to fill backpacks with school supplies for local children in need. For information, call 508-565-1343 or email email@example.com. Supplies can be dropped off at the Alumni Office in Merkert-Tracy daily between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. To read a recent media story on the Backpack Project, visit here.
Book Note: Retirement does not mean inactivity as Professor Emerita of Writing Toni-Lee Capossela has demonstrated with her biography of John U. Monro (1912-202) an educator who left Harvard in 1967 to become a teacher and administrator at Miles College, an impoverished, unaccredited all-black institution in Alabama. A pioneer of modern financial aid while at Harvard, Monro championed the underdog and embodied the virtues of the Greatest Generation and of the Civil Rights era. Published by LSU Press, John U. Monro: Uncommon Educator will be released in December when we will devote more coverage to it.
Where in the World is Fr. Mark?: He is just back from Agartala in Northeast India where he visited with five young alumni who are participating in our post graduate service program Extension India. There, the young alumni are teaching and tutoring at schools run by the Congregation of Holy Cross. During Spring Break, Fr. Cregan visited three young alumni doing post graduate service as part of our Extension Honduras program. In August, he will travel with three young alumni who will be volunteering in our Extension Dominican Republic program. Then, he heads to Haiti to see Katherine Sullivan '12 who is conducting field research in that ravaged country with the Notre Dame Haiti Program, which combats neglected tropical diseases.
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