Ave Maria Serves the Local Community

Ave Maria University’s recent initiative, The Ave Homes, is bringing light to the local community. The Ave Homes is a project that developed from a partnership with Habitat for Humanity, The Mother Teresa Project and  by funds raised by Steve Auth, a Wall Street Executive and friend of the University.  The goal of this project was to rebuild homes that had been effected by natural disasters in recent years. Ave Maria students were deeply connected to this project because it was serving those in their community who needed them most.

As of now, The Ave Homes has already completed four homes and seeks to keep going. The project’s operating echoes the words of Mother Teresa: “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”

To read more about The Ave Homes, visit Ave Maria news.

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Manor College Provides Care for Injured Ukrainians

Students at Manor College were recently inspired to serve injured Ukrainians after listening to a Ukrainian Dialogue Session at the university. At this session, Marcy Kaptur, Ohio Congresswoman, challenged every person in the audience to take action on the events that are occurring in Ukraine. Norma Hall, former Rotaract Club advisor at the university, took matters into her own hands and sought to address this need directly through the work of the club. Rotaract clubs and members “work side by side to take action through service,” so helping injured Ukrainians was a great aim of the club. She was able to get contact information for a Rotaract Club in Ukraine and they were able to partner in order to effectively work on this issue.

The clubs solicited donations from local hospitals and raised money through numerous bake sales. The Manor club also received an Allstate Grant for their project and received $100,000 worth of donated surgical instruments. The supplies were shipped to the Hospital in Ukraine and is being used by those that would not have had these resources otherwise.

To read more about Manor’s Rotaract Club, visit Manor news.

Briar Cliff University Supports Students Affected by Sexual Assault

During the month of April, Briar Cliff University showed their support for those affected by sexual assault by hosting a variety of events throughout the month. Since the reportings of high instances of sexual assault in the media, the University decided to take stand during Sexual Assault Awareness month. Studies have found that over 50% of female college students have experienced sexual harassment or assault at some point in their lives. Given this statistic it is important that universities show their support for their students.

Events throughout the month were sponsored by the Health and Counseling Center, C.H.O.I.C.E.S., and Catholic Daughters of America. A series of events were hosted including a free self-defense class. During the class, a jiu jitsu instructor, focused on situational awareness and safety techniques as well as moves on how to escape situations and feel confident in their abilities.

To read more about how Briar Cliff honored sexual assault month, visit Briar Cliff news.

Wheeling Jesuit University Receives Grant to Aid Hands on Learning

A recent collaboration between Wheeling Jesuit University and the University’s Bishop Hodges Library has resulted in funding from the Appalachian College Association (ACA) that will purchase LEGOS that will benefit grade school students that the university serves. This funding was thanks to two English majors at the university that wanted to expand the school’s curriculum resource center. The two began the work of writing the grant which they note as being difficult but also providing a valuable learning opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom.

The funding will “allow the library staff to purchase LEGOs and other materials that allow Wheeling Jesuit students, particularly those studying to be teachers, to develop hands-on learning programs that can be used in the classroom.” The LEGOs will serve as a learning tool by which children can “be more self-sufficient in their intellectual growth” and will help educators “develop fresh, innovative ways to incorporate hands-on learning into teaching.” This collaboration which resulted in the funding shows how WJU is committed to expanding their resources across academic disciplines.

To read more about this collaboration, visit WJU news.

Boston College Hosts Singing Competition to Raise Money for Local Children

Boston College is finding unique and exciting ways to raise money to benefit the music program at under-resourced school in area. The 14th annual event, Sing it to the Heights Competition, which is Boston College’s “American Idol”-inspired contest, attracted a larger number of students, faculty, and staff. The event raised about $4,200 to benefit the music program at St. Columbkille Partnership School, a Catholic school in Brighton operated by St. Columbkille Parish, the Archdiocese of Boston and Boston College.

The judges of the contest were two Jesuit brothers at the university. William Gartside, St. Columbkille Head of School, said that “in addition to the funds raised, the event gives our students an opportunity to not only showcase their own musical talents, but also to see the passionate and talented BC students who bring joy to the community through their performances.”

To read more about this event, visit Boston College news.

Ursuline College Hosts Former CRS President and CEO Carolyn Woo

Ursuline College recently hosted Carolyn Woo, former CEO of Catholic Relief Services. This lecture given by Dr. Woo was the concluding lecture of the college’s Global Perspectives series. Ursuline’s Global Perspectives: Inspiring Tomorrow’s Women Leaders series “brings current female thought leaders to campus to inspire the next generation of women leaders. The series is an outgrowth of the College’s 2017-2020 strategic plan, which calls for a renewed emphasis on women’s leadership development.” Dr. Woo is the perfect person to end this series thanks to her expertise and experiences working in academia and international human rights. Dr. Woo was CRS president and CEO from 2011 until 2016, and she now serves as Distinguished President’s Fellow for Global Development at Purdue University.

Dr. Woo’s presentation is titled, “God is speaking. Are you listening?” and aims to cultivate activism. Sister Christine De Vinne, president of the College, expressed her gratitude and joy in welcoming Dr. Woo by stating, “In her leadership role at Catholic Relief services, Dr. Woo used her strong intellect and compassionate heart to bring hope to countless people.”

To read more about this event, visit Ursuline news.

Caldwell University Empowers Men and Women with Vision Loss

Caldwell University graduate students are using creative ways to combine academics and service. Graduate art therapy students “helped empower men and women with vision loss in the art-making process at a day of service.” The University partnered with the Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey and led clients by making mandalas using a variety of materials and objects.

Students noted that “it was an incredible experience to see the art therapy process done almost solely by feel, by how the clients felt when they grabbed materials, or how the materials were described and communicated.” The experience spoke to the multi-sensory quality of art materials and art making. Students also noted that since “many of the clients had not participated in artwork for years and doubted their abilities, it was particularly empowering for them to realize what they could do.”

To read more about this program, visit Caldwell news.