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Art display aims to bring positivity to campus

By on January 26, 2021

first_imgAs the days get shorter and colder, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures is trying to spread positivity around campus with a new creative art display between DeBartolo and O’Shaughnessy Halls. The exhibit is called “Romance Rocks” and consists of rocks decorated with words written in foreign languages of positivity and encouragement to students, faculty and other passersby. Emma Farnan | The Observer The “Romance Rocks” display, located between DeBartolo and O’Shaughnessy Halls. The display was organized by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and is meant to send a message of positivity to passing pedestrians.Sara Nunley, the undergraduate studies coordinator in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the person who organized the display, said “Romance Rocks” is meant to combat negativity in the community.“We basically are spreading kindness and encouragement across campus to all students,” Nunley said. “I feel like sometimes things can be so negative that we want positivity and stuff to be spread.”The rocks were created by about 500 students currently enrolled in beginning and intermediate level romance language courses. The rocks include words and phrases written in Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese. In addition to the positive message, the display is also intended to be a creative way for passing pedestrians to engage with foreign languages.Shauna Williams, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures’ director of undergraduate studies, helped orchestrate the display. Williams noted the religious aspect of the art. “It lines up really well, as a Catholic University, with our Catholic mission of inclusion and diversity and celebrating differences,” she said.The display is also designed to bring an artistic change of pace to students in language courses, Nunley explained.“I’ve heard a lot from faculty that most students really enjoyed it,” she said. “Just taking a break from their normal routine in class, to just have like a breather you know and just do something fun and creative.”“Romance Rocks” is now beginning its second week on display and is scheduled to be cleared by Friday. Community members and language students will help clean up the display. The display’s first week, Williams explained, was designed to draw attention to the art.“We wanted it on display for two weeks,” she said. “One week so people could just walk by and notice it, especially since this weekend we had a home football game, we had a home hockey game, a home women’s basketball game and a home women’s volleyball game.”During the display’s second week, Nunley said community members are encouraged to pick up the rocks and share them.“This is the week that you’re to take one for yourself or share one with a friend,” she said.  Though Nunley organized and brought the project to Notre Dame, “Romance Rocks” is inspired by the Kindness Rocks Project, founded by Megan Murphy. Murphy is a “Women’s Empowerment Coach, Business Mentor, Kindness Activist, Meditation Instructor and Lecturer,” according to the Project’s website.Williams said the rocks themselves also communicate an important message about the longevity of positive thinking.“What do rocks even symbolize? Its something thats a little, you know, enduring and lasting through centuries,” she said. “They kind of have this other meaning of durability and long-lasting perseverance.”Tags: Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, positivity, Romance Rockslast_img read more

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China mandates coronavirus tests for key workers leaving Wuhan

By on October 19, 2020

first_imgChina ordered on Saturday that anyone in Wuhan working in certain service-related jobs must take a coronavirus test if they want to leave the city.The order comes after the central city, where the coronavirus emerged late last year, lifted a 70-day lockdown that all but ended the epidemic there.People in Wuhan work in nursing, education, security and other sectors with high exposure to the public must take a nucleic acid test before leaving, the National Health Commission said in an order. Everyone else will have to spend 14 days in quarantine before returning to work.Authorities have worked with the China’s tech giants to devise a colour-based health code system, retrieved via mobile app, that uses geolocation data and self-reported information to indicate one’s health status.Wuhan will speed up its efforts to investigate asymptomatic coronavirus cases and confirm the presence of antibodies in people, which might suggest immunity, the commission said.Wuhan, which accounts for 60 percent of infections in China and 84 percent of the death toll as of Saturday, has been testing inhabitants aggressively throughout the virus’ breakout and many companies had already been asking workers from the city to undergo tests before resuming work.Wuhan revised up its death toll from the coronavirus by 1,290 on Friday, taking the city’s toll to 3,869, because of incorrect reporting, delays and omissions, especially in the chaotic early stages of the outbreak, authorities said.China national death toll is 4,632 from 82,719 cases.Topics : The government of Hubei province, of which Wuhan is capital, will pay for the tests, the commission said.Since the city relaxed its lockdown restrictions people who arrived in there before Chinese New Year, when the virus was peaking in China, are allowed to go back to their homes.People working in other sectors aiming to leave Wuhan are encouraged to take voluntary tests before going.Within seven days of arrival at their destinations, people who can present test results showing they do not carry the virus, as well as a clean bill of health on a health app, can go back to work.last_img read more

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2017 Housing & Homeless Hero Award Winners: Katherine Trahan & Teal…

By on August 5, 2020

first_imgFacebook110Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Homeless Housing HubThe Thurston County Homeless Housing Hub is proud to announce that the 2017 “Housing & Homeless Hero Award” for outstanding direct service goes to Katherine Trahan & Teal Russell of the Olympia Downtown Ambassadors.  This award will be presented on noon on Monday, January 22nd at the Salvation Army Worship Center’s Fellowship Room located at 1505 4th Avenue East, Olympia.About Katherine Trahan & Teal Russell, Award RecipientsKatherine Trahan and Teal Russell were nominated for their work as the Downtown Ambassadors in recognition of their efforts to strengthen the network of services and resources for street dependent people in downtown Olympia.  As the Downtown Ambassadors, they often function as the communication bridge between service providers, downtown residents, business owners, property owners, law enforcement, and others.Both Teal Russell and Katherine Trahan have been serving as Downtown Ambassadors for 3 years while the program was hosted by Capital Recovery Center.  Both are Certified Peer Support Specialists, trained to work with people with mental health issues.  This valuable training strongly informs their street outreach work to build rapport and trust with members of the street community.  Both are passionate about their work and love Downtown Olympia. In their words,“We are happy to be a familiar and friendly face for those having a bad day, ready to help de-escalate tough situations as well as to listen to someone who just needs to be heard”.In these times when many parts of our society are polarized from each other, bridge-builders like the Downtown Ambassadors help us all to work better together.About the Downtown Ambassador ProgramThe Downtown Ambassador Program was launched in 2012 by the Capital Recovery Center with funding by the City of Olympia.  This program is modeled after similar efforts across the U.S. to provide a combination of street outreach to homeless, mentally ill and other street dependent people, as well as to provide visitor information for tourists, shoppers and others in the downtown core.  In 2018, the City of Olympia brought this program in-house to be part of the City’s package of services to make downtown safe and welcoming for all.About the “Housing & Homeless Hero Award”The “Housing & Homeless Hero Award” is a peer-chosen recognition of a direct service provider for exemplary service in the Housing & Homeless network of Thurston County.  Nominations and votes come from direct service providers, public officials and others involved in the Thurston County Housing Action Team.   This award is presented each year at the annual “Thurston County Homeless Hero Luncheon”, which is intended to recognize individuals whose exemplary service stands out in a field of many dedicated service providers.  Recipients reflect the following qualities:Direct housing &  homeless service providersPeople whose work strengthens the network of providersPeople who inspire other individuals engaged in human servicesPeople who by their nature maximize collaboration and minimize competition between agencies in order to better serve those in needAbout the Thurston County Homeless Housing HubThe Thurston County Homeless Housing Hub (HHH) is a sub-committee of the Thurston Thrives Housing Action Team.  This committee is composed of direct service providers working with homeless people and others at risk of homelessness.  Activities include networking, development of best practices & policy work as directed by the Housing Action Team leadership.  Members include Behavioral Health Resources; Bread & Roses Shelter; Capital Recovery Center; Catholic Community Services; Community Action Council;  Community Youth Services; EGYHOP; Family Support Center; Homes First!; Housing Authority; Interfaith Works; Fleetwood Apartments; Low Income Housing Institute; PANZA / Camp Quixote; St. Michael’s Shelter Program;  Safeplace; Salvation Army; SideWalk; Out of the Woods Shelter; Partners in Prevention; Thurston County Corrections Jail Transition Services; Union Gospel Mission; Veterans Administration Homeless Programs; and, the YWCA.The HHH meets monthly on the third Monday at noon at the Fellowship Room at the Salvation Army Worship Center, located at 1505 4th Avenue East in Olympia.last_img read more

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