SINSINAWA, WI – Dan Schutte is presenting a retreat for Sinsinawa Mound Center virtually. Walking the Sacred Path with Dan Schutte is Monday, Oct. 19-Thursday, Oct. 22. This is a recorded two-day online retreat presented by Schutte followed by a live Zoom question and answer session (Q & A session) with him Oct. 22 from 7 to 8 p.m. The retreat recordings can be viewed online anytime between Oct. 19 and the start of the Q & A session on Oct. 22. Each recorded presentation is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and includes reflections and music. The theme for the first retreat day is Paying Attention to God. Taking time out of our routine, even if it is just a few minutes, is a practice to be nurtured in our lives of faith. The second retreat day is Sent as Disciples of Hope. The power of God’s grace can penetrate even the darkest moments in our lives. In the infinite wisdom of God, even our darkest moments are holy. The fee is $50 per person and the registration deadline is Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. A digital workbook/prayer journal is included. To register contact Guest Services at 608-748-4411 or visit our website at www.sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.
SINSINAWA, WI – Sinsinawa Mound Center is sponsoring An Ecological Reading of the Book of Revelation, a Zoom webinar that will explore the intimate connection between Revelation and the beauty and right use of creation, from 7 to 8 p.m. CST Wednesday, September 30. Amid this coronavirus crisis, many are turning to the Book of Revelation as a prediction of the future. It was used in the doomsday prophecy of 2012 and Tim LaHaye’s Left Behind series. It’s been used in a similar way today. However, Revelation is not a prediction of a future event. It is primarily an ecological book. Carol Soderholm, an ELCA Lutheran pastor who lives on over 100 acres of restored prairie, will facilitate our discussion. The fee is $10 per person, and the registration deadline is Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. Please register by contacting Guest Services at 608-748-4411 or visiting our website at www.sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.
With a bible in one hand and newspaper in the other, Dominicans are called to respond to the needs of the time – and now, more than ever, we are being called to act with rigor, intentionality, and with an anti-racist lens.
In light of the global pandemic that has hit our society, and has brought to light so many more injustices, DVUSA is committed to engaging fully in our Pillar of Study in order to broaden our liberation work and strengthen our allyship to the communities we serve with. This year, we have decided to extend our Study Series that would usually take place during lent, throughout the year so we can come together each month to engage in reflection, conversation and calls to action.
Every month, beginning in October, we will share materials on eight topics: Systemic Violence, Access to Healthcare, Immigration, Economic Justice, Education, Climate Change, Peace & Security and Human Trafficking. The Staff and the DVs will then come together over Zoom to discuss what we have learned and how we are called to respond internally and externally, in order to achieve a more liberated world.
Anti-racist and liberation work requires effort and actions from an entire community and we’d love to extend an invitation to our wider Dominican Family to be part of our Call Allyship Series. If you would like to gather with us every last Monday of the month, beginning October 26, 2020 please fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FkdbagUa3wOIRlnqedEu5mDSLxlQSLVmZVpmfv92Vp0/edit
Once we have your information, we will be sure to send out all necessary materials to your email at the beginning of the month. We look forward to gathering with you. Thank you for your support!
National Merit® Scholarship Corporation has recognized St. Mary’s Dominican High School senior Sydney Raymond of New Orleans as a National Merit Semifinalist. She is the daughter of Drs. Katherine and Sidney Raymond.
As a Semifinalist, she is among approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit® Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a national Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar™® title.
NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten buy NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 400 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NSMC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.
Since 1860, St. Mary’s Dominican High School has been a leader of Catholic education in the New Orleans region. The school’s 160-year legacy is rooted in the tradition of prayer, study, community, and service. These are the pillars of Dominican life and form the foundation for the Dominican student’s experience.
St. Mary’s Dominican High School is the first Catholic high school in the New Orleans area to have dual enrollment for Introduction to Engineering in the Louisiana University System via University of New Orleans (UNO). The course work addresses civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering, plus naval architecture. Students completing the course will receive three credit hours that are fully transferable to any accredited university.
Introduction to Engineering addresses several college level topics: electrical circuit analysis using multi-mesh theory, alternating current impedances and circuit analysis, shear and bending moment diagrams, internal combustion engine efficiency, and basics of naval architecture, to name a few. Dominican is in its third year of offering an engineering course that averages 31 students each year.
Kenneth Lannes, M.S., Dominican math teacher and Adjunct Professor at UNO, calls the dual enrollment with UNO “a big step for Dominican and shows the commitment and vision of the administration. When I considered a career change to teach full-time, I talked to three other schools in New Orleans about starting an engineering program. Dominican was the only school that did not have an opening, but said, ‘Don’t go anywhere else, we’re going to save a place for you.’ We both had the same vision and it has come to pass.”
UNO’s Assistant Dean of Engineering Kim Jovanovich, MS, PE (Professional Engineer) who holds the Chevron USA Endowed Professorship in Electrical Engineering, co-developed with Lannes the course, Introduction to Engineering. In addition to earning transferrable credit hours, he said dual enrollment orients students to college level coursework, preparing them for their college years.
The gradual increase of high school students taking engineering classes mirrors a national trend, noted Jovanovich. In 2009, only 18 percent of females comprised the total population of bachelor engineering degrees graduates. In 2017, it increased to 21.3 percent and the following years was 21.9 percent.
UNO’s College of Engineering offers a broad selection of degrees through the Ph.D. level. The College of Engineering has four departments: Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. At UNO and across the nation, mechanical engineering is the largest program in engineering schools. Last year, 136,233 bachelor’s degrees in engineering were awarded. Of that total, 31,936 were in mechanical engineering.