Harvard’s Tom Lucey receives award for work with children, families

first_imgIt’s not always a glamorous job, being the behind-the-scenes wrangler, the deal broker, the messenger. It’s often thankless and can sometimes feel like a constant uphill battle — yet day after day, year after year, Tom Lucey shows up to work with a smile and sets out doing what he does best — doing right by our kids and our community.Lucey, the director of government and community relations at Harvard for the past 13 years, has made it his mission to collaborate with local leaders, schools, and civic organizations to find ways in which Harvard can positively engage in a growing number of community issues — particularly local education efforts.On May 7, he was honored with the Avon Children’s Friend Award at the Cambridge Family and Children’s Services’ 21st Annual Circle of Friends Gala.Cambridge Mayor David Maher acknowledged Lucey’s strong desire to stay out of the limelight, but to never shy away from delivering for the community. “Anytime you need something done — just call Tom Lucey and the job will get done,” Maher said. “Harvard University, and with it, Tom Lucey, has always been a true partner with our community and that’s what makes this city and this community so special.”“Harvard’s mission of teaching, research and learning extends well beyond the campus,” Lucey said. “I am so proud of that commitment and am honored to be working with so many of our partners to make our community a better place to live and work.”last_img read more

SGA promotes College mission statement

first_imgLove one another. Celebrate diversity. Extend hospitality. Strive for unity. These are the four guiding principles of the Saint Mary’s College Mission Statement, values that students and faculty will have the opportunity to thoroughly reflect on this week. Junior Silvia Cuevas, mission commissioner for Saint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA), said the Mission Council has set up displays in the Student Center atrium and the Cushwa-Leighton library to remind the Saint Mary’s community of the College’s mission in education, faith and service.  Students can sign their names on a sheet next to the displays, affirming their support of the mission statement. “The Mission Council and myself thought it was important to promote the mission statement, especially toward students, to know what we stand for and what we believe,” Cuevas said. “We are given the mission statement freshman year, but we tend to forget about it.”  Students may be unaware that the core values of the mission statement are all around them as they hurry to class each day, Cuevas said. “All of the banners [on the light poles] promote this year’s core values,” Cuevas said. “Each banner has one of the four different values of either ‘love one another,’ ‘celebrate diversity,’ ‘extend hospitality’ or ‘strive for unity.’” Cuevas said she hopes this week’s new displays around campus will help get students and faculty interested in continuing the College’s mission. “The two displays each have a poster of the French cross with the mission statement and our core values, along with sheets for students to sign their names,” Cuevas said. “There are also booklets and bookmarks for students to take.” The displays are not the only way students can reflect on the College’s mission statement, Cuevas said.  “When I look around, our girls are always doing something, they are always on their feet,” Cuevas said. “Whether it’s with their clubs or in the community, they are always promoting the core values even if they don’t know it.” Cuevas said she hopes the initiative will extend to other aspects of Saint Mary’s life. “I hope this project will be expanded in the future and in a way where we can promote the mission at our events around campus,” she said. “I also hope that for those who work in the community and are a part of clubs will keep the mission in mind as they do these activities.”last_img read more

Australians jump at Kiwi marriage

first_imgStuff.co.nz 24 January 2014Almost a third of the same-sex couples married in New Zealand since the law was changed last year are Australian, official figures show.There were 361 same-sex marriages from August 19, 2013, when the law change was enacted, to December 19, figures from the Department of Internal Affairs show.That included 202 New Zealand couples, registrar-general of births, deaths and marriages Jeff Montgomery said.“We are seeing continued national and international interest by same-sex couples in getting married in New Zealand,” Montgomery said.“We expect the number of same-sex weddings to increase during the summer wedding season.”The Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act enabled couples to marry regardless of their gender or sexual orientation.Marriage is now defined as “the union of two people, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity”.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9647401/Australians-jump-at-Kiwi-marriagelast_img read more

Pittsburgh’s Jeter returns to court after not playing last season

first_img Published on February 5, 2015 at 12:15 am Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ Sheldon Jeter had no school to play for.After confiding in a friend that he had decided to leave Vanderbilt after his freshman year, it somehow ended up on a blog that Jeter wanted to attend the University of Pittsburgh.Angry that Jeter wouldn’t first tell his coach of his plan, Kevin Stallings, the Vanderbilt headcoach, denied Jeter’s request for transfer papers to Pitt, forcing Jeter to look for other options, Carliss Jeter, Jeter’s father said.“I think he came back to Pitt because was homesick,” his mother, Laurie Odum said. After being denied his transfer from Vanderbilt, he sat out a season while attending Polk State, a junior college in Florida. He transferred to Pittsburgh this fall, where he is now a redshirt sophomore. With the Panthers, Jeter now averages 2.9 points per game while shooting 42.3 percent from the field. The 6-foot-8, 225-pound small forward is adjusting to playing Division I basketball again after taking a difficult year away from the game. He’ll play a bench role as the Panthers (15-8, 4-5 Atlantic Coast) host Syracuse (15-7, 6-3) on Saturday at 4 p.m.Jeter didn’t always want to play for Pitt. Coming out of Beaver Falls High School in Pennsylvania, he was hardly recruited by the school.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I was like, ‘I’m right here in your backyard,’” he said. “When I didn’t get the scholarship offer, I took it offensively. There was a lot of resentment toward them.”The day after Jeter signed with Vanderbilt, Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon called Carliss.“If Sheldon ever needs a home,” Dixon said. “He can come back home.”Those words stuck in Carliss’ mind. When Sheldon left Vanderbilt, Carliss knew his son could play at Pitt, but the NCAA mandated he’d have to sit out a season.That’s when he called Matt Furjanic, his old friend and the head coach at Polk State, a junior college. He accepted Jeter and gave him a scholarship, a fortunate gesture because the family couldn’t afford school. Carliss had lost his job as a supervisor at a Youth Detention Center after the governor closed the facility. Even though Jeter was a scholarship athlete, he decided not to expend a year of his eligibility at a JUCO. He only practiced with the team. To transfer into Pitt as an academic junior, Jeter took six or seven classes per semester. The workload, combined with the girls’ volleyball team using the gym for four hours per night, left little on-court time for Jeter.Schoolwork and practice consumed his daily schedule, but he’d try to sneak in a 45-minute lift as often as possible.He attended Polk’s home games to see the team play.“It was hard to watch. It wasn’t fun at all,” he said. “But it was a light at the end of the tunnel type thing. It never killed me to sit on the bench.” At Vanderbilt, his parents were only able to see him play two or three times because of the 9-hour drive. His grandmother, with whom he’s very close, caught one game. It disappointed Jeter; he had grown accustomed to seeing his whole family at his high school games. His mother Laurie would text him before each game, “Good luck, love you” as she had before every game during high school. But there was something special about seeing her there, too.“It’s heaven for me … to be able to go up there and watch him play,” she said. “Every time his foot touches the floor of the Pete Center we’re there watching. That’s why Vanderbilt was really hard.”Jeter’s focused on reacclimating to the pace of Division I basketball. He texts his dad daily about his playing time frustrations — Jeter averages 10.3 minutes per game this season.When he was at Vanderbilt there was a distance between him and his family. Now, if he wants to, he vents to his dad at home. He can visit his baby niece. He can watch his younger brother play football.“At Vanderbilt, it was basketball, basketball, basketball, basketball, basketball. At Polk, it was all basketball and school. (At Pitt), if I get overloaded, I can go home for an hour or two just to clear my head and come back to school ready,” Jeter said. “It’s better now that I’m balanced.” Commentslast_img read more