Saint Mary’s College conducts post-graduation survey

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Office of Institutional Research conducted the annual Graduation Destination Survey to gain a general statistical overlook on what graduates of the class of 2016 intend to do after graduation.According to the survey, of the 331 women in the graduating class, 283 students responded for a response rate of 85.5 percent.The survey showed that 67.7 percent of students will enter the workforce, 31.2 percent will attend graduate or professional school and 12.8 percent will participate in an internship or externship.The data also showed that 7.1 percent of students will participate in voluntary service.Stacie Jeffirs, director of the Career Crossings Office, said Saint Mary’s encourages students to participate in voluntary service.“The one great thing about Saint Mary’s is it’s encouraged to participate in service — it’s part of the curriculum,” Jeffirs said. “Students have an opportunity to explore those options a little bit more readily at the College, and they are encouraged to pursue those opportunities post-graduation. There’s a strong value here at Saint Mary’s in service to others, so I think it’s definitely one of those areas that students are very interested in pursuing.“It’s a great opportunity after you graduate, especially for students who are in their own discernment process and trying to learn a little more about who they are and where they see themselves in the world. Being able to go out and participate in service for three months, a year, two years — it’s a great opportunity for graduates to learn a lot about themselves.The survey showed that 2.5 percent of students will enroll in military service, which is an increase from the previous graduating class, which had fewer than .5 percent.5.7 percent of students reported having “other” post-graduation plans. According to Jeffirs, “other” includes fellowships, traveling and taking a gap year. Jeffirs said there is overlap in the data because some students will volunteer or work, while also attending graduate school.Jeffirs said this data demonstrates the College’s mission.“You have to look at not just the statistics and the data and the percentages of where students are going, but you also have to look at where they are going and what they are doing and how that fits in with how they believe Saint Mary’s has prepared them for the world,” Jeffirs said. “Regardless, if the student is going to employment or graduate school, going into service [or the] military, the graduates think Saint Mary’s has prepared them very well for what they pursue.”According to Jeffirs, a survey is sent to graduates one year and five years after graduation to gauge how well their time at the College has helped them in their career paths.“When you look at the mission — to prepare women to make a difference and make a positive impact on the world — the survey and the results of the survey demonstrate that and show that Saint Mary’s is accomplishing that part of the mission,” Jeffirs said.Sofia Piecuch, a senior global studies major with concentrations in international development and anthropology, will move to Geneva, Switzerland to intern at the Istituto Internazionale Maria Ausiliatrice (IIMA) and Volunteers in Development, Education and Solidarity (VIDES) Human Rights Office, she said.“Its mission is to promote a network between the Salesian family — the biggest Catholic religious order in the world — and the United Nations, in order to protect and promote human rights,” Piecuch said. “The office seeks to be specifically involved in the drafting of international policies that promote the right to education for all.”Beginning in January, Piecuch will spend two years as a missionary with Heart’s Home, a Catholic non-profit organization that aims to foster and spread a culture of compassion, she said.“This is an international mission that focuses on accompanying the poorest and most vulnerable members of society,” she said. “I have not yet been given an assignment, but my top three choices were Senegal, Brazil and the Philippines.”Piecuch said the variety of courses offered at Saint Mary’s have helped her gain a broader perspective of the world.“Taking courses on Islam and the politics of the Middle East helped me be a better host each summer to the women from the MENA (Middle East/North Africa) region who come to Saint Mary’s for a State Department-funded Global Women’s Leadership Initiative through the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership,” she said. “Studying abroad in Austria helped me grow in independence, maturity and fluency in German. Taking anthropology courses engaged my desire to understand other cultures and view it as an effective lens for constructing appropriate international development initiatives. Philosophy helped me think critically as well as write methodically, with proper argumentation.”After graduating, senior Danielle Gibaut plans to move to Chicago and work as an account executive at Chicago-23, a marketing agency. Gibaut, who majored in business administration with concentrations in marketing and international business, said Saint Mary’s has prepared her in different ways for her future.“All of the group projects helped me gain better communication skills,” Gibaut said. “The [senior comprehensive project] from my fall semester definitely prepared me for the world I’ll be doing in the real business world. I found my voice here at Saint Mary’s, and I know that’ll be something I carry through my career path.”Senior Melissa Fitzpatrick majored in communication studies with minors in public relations, advertising and film studies. She said she will be doing a year of service in Brockton, Massachusetts.“I’ll be volunteering for an organization called the Holy Cross Family Ministries,” Fitzpatrick said. “Their mission is to bring families together through prayer. The year of service also includes living in community with about seven other volunteers. We’ll share dinners, weekend activities and really learn to live in solidary with one another.”According to Fitzpatrick, she is excited for this journey and said she could not have done it without Saint Mary’s.“Saint Mary’s has taught me how to be a better friend, listener, student and servant,” she said. “I wouldn’t be where I am standing today without my Saint Mary’s friends, professors and mentors. Graduating from Saint Mary’s, I know I am prepared to face whatever is in store for me.”Senior Isabella Gagnon, who majored in psychology, will be commissioned as a second Lieutenant in the Army Signal Corps. She said in an email she will report to Fort Gordon, Georgia for signal and communication training in September.“Saint Mary’s really helped me step out of my comfort zone and really empowered me as an independent woman,” she said. “I feel so confident going to a work force that is only about 15 percent women. I was able to write my senior thesis on challenges women face in the military, so I feel very excited for the opportunities that I will have to give women in the military more of a voice.”Gagnon said she and her fiancée will both be part of the Active Duty Army, and she is excited for the future.“I hope there will be many opportunities for me to share my faith when we move to new places and make new friends,” she said. “I’m so thankful to always have Saint Mary’s and be part of such a wonderful alumni network.”Tags: Commencement 2016, job overlook, service, SMC employmentlast_img read more

Cuba Launches Widespread Rationing Amid Economic Crisis

first_imgThe Cuban government announced on Friday that in the wake of an economic crisis, it’s launching widespread rationing on food and other products including eggs, chicken, rice, beans and soap.Commerce Minister Betsy Díaz Velázquez blamed the hardening of the U.S. trade embargo by the Trump administration.Economists give the same amount of blame or more to a decline in aid from Venezuela, where the collapse of the state-run oil company has led to a nearly two-thirds cut in shipments of subsidized fuel. This is what Cuba used for power and to earn hard currency on the open market.Rationing of the products has led to long lines, hoarding and even panic amongst consumers. The country has a shortage of nearly a million eggs.Cheap chicken will be limited to 11 pounds per customer and more expensive cuts will be rationed to just two packs, according to The New York Times.  Cuba imports almost two-thirds of its food and many staple products are simply not available.Diaz told the Cuban News Agency, “Selling limited quantities will lead to equal distribution so that the greatest number of people can buy the product, and we can avoid hoarding.”The crisis in Venezuela which has stopped exports of subsidized fuel to Cuba has also contributed to Cuba’s crisis.last_img read more

Syracuse will look to push the tempo, get out on in transition against Colgate

first_imgWhile the Princeton Tigers hurried into strictly spaced, whistle-directed calisthenics, Brandon Triche sat by the scorer’s table, laughing and chatting.The rest of his Syracuse teammates were scattered around the Carrier Dome floor in the hour leading up to tipoff. Some took turns stretching at midcourt. Michael Carter-Williams attempted a between-the-legs windmill dunk.The Orange carried that relaxed approach into the game and eventually put away the Tigers for a 20-point win. The contest broke away from two half-court offenses taking turns running set plays and accelerated into broken fast-break transition play, and SU opened an insurmountable lead.Syracuse’s matchup with Colgate at the Dome on Sunday at 1 p.m. will likely hold to the same pattern. The Orange will have another chance to work through different sets and player combinations before dominating in the open court.“When it got to six I felt like we made a couple really good plays on the offensive end and Baye (Moussa Keita) made a big block and we got a little run, got it back in control,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said after SU’s 73-53 win on Wednesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat control can mean an exercise in chaos. Free-flowing transition and fast-break play is a staple for this SU team.Boeheim does not have to do much juggling to find a lineup fit to run the floor. His first seven on the court – Carter-Williams, Moussa Keita, Rakeem Christmas, DaJuan Coleman, C.J. Fair and James Southerland – features a mix of size and speed. Boeheim’s go-to players cover vast slices of the court, standing and running.So at any time SU’s 2-3 zone is a mass of long, outstretched arms and equally long, quick legs, waiting to break into attack. Carter-Williams exemplifies this aspect of the Orange.“It’s hard for other teams because he’s got very long arms as well and he’s a very anticipative guard so it’s hard to make passes at the top of the key,” Fair said.SU made it hard for Princeton to do anything offensively on Wednesday. At times, the Tigers guards stood locked into a fruitless, static, three-dribbles-and-pass offense as there were no clear lanes through the Syracuse defense.As Princeton stagnated, turnovers became more plentiful and the Orange’s playbook wrote itself – steal, outlet, dunk.But the first half and parts of the second revealed SU’s inability to create in the halfcourt. A play would be called, hesitance followed and it sometimes ended with the team breaking out of it and creating individually.Boeheim was not satisfied with SU’s attempts to break down Princeton’s zone.“We haven’t seen a lot of zone and when you see zone, sometimes for the first time – I don’t think we attacked it,” Boeheim said. “A couple times we did attack it well and got the ball in the right places and in the end when we needed it, Michael attacked it and we got him in the lane and he made a couple real good plays.”And while some of those plays were the product of play calls from the bench and Carter-Williams, the best were completed on instinct.When Carter-Williams tore the ball away from Denton Koon and sprinted 85 feet for a game-killing dunk, no instruction was required. That play and others like it are what the Orange will look to finish opponents with all season.When Princeton threatened, it was a return to SU’s roots that broke the game open and sealed the win.“We got the guys together and said, ‘Hey let’s go back to playing our style of game and get out and run,’” Carter-Williams said. “That’s exactly what we did and we just got some easy buckets and we opened the game.” Comments Published on November 25, 2012 at 12:49 am Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more