Students can investigate the 65 possible undergraduate majors and other academic programs at Majors Night tonight for guidance on what direction their studies will go at Notre Dame. Faculty and students enrolled in these different majors will be available to advice students in South Dining Hall from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight. Academic Affairs Committee member Toni Schreier said all students should feel welcome to attend this event. “We’ve organized this majors night as an opportunity for students of all levels – not just freshmen – to learn more about the opportunities, both academic and extracurricular, that Notre Dame has to offer,” she said. Schreier said upperclassmen who have already declared a major can still benefit from the information available. “[For upperclassmen,] it would just be an opportunity to confirm that’s what they want to do,” Schreier said. “If there’s an area they’ve always been interested in, they can find out the requirements for a minor and if it’s plausible.” Professor Thomas Stapleford in the Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) also encouraged students of all levels to attend. “It’s really valuable for a wide range of students,” Stapleford said. “This is a great opportunity to learn about other programs, even if you’re in a major right now, if you’re still not quite sure this is the one for you, this is a great chance to go and explore some other programs.” Schreier said students can really learn about what each department is like because both professors and students will be available. “You can find out about all the different classes you’d have to take, what the requirements are and if it’s possible to double major or minor,” Schreier said. Majors Night is a good time for students to learn about majors that are not as common or that might be unique to Notre Dame, Stapleford said. “[PLS] is unlike English or History, where students may have a rough idea of what they’re doing,” he said. “There are English departments in other universities. [PLS] is unique to Notre Dame. We get a chance to explain this to the students and answer any questions they might have.” Stapleford said the professors in attendance want to highlight the distinctive features of their disciplines for students so that it is easier for students to choose between majors. “In [PLS], there’s an emphasis on students who really love to read, students who like to think about ideas and write about ideas – students who have a broad range of interests.”
Nkengasong said it was inevitable that as cases rise, hospitals will become overwhelmed.”That is something that is happening already. We will continue to see it as the pandemic expands,” he added.Although many have also started gradually easing lockdowns to reopen hard-hit economies, governments are conscious that opening up too quickly could lead to a spike in new cases.The African Union Commission said on Thursday it had launched a consortium for vaccine clinical trials to be headed by the Africa CDC, which aimed to secure more than 10 late stage vaccine clinical trials as early as possible.South Africa and Egypt are already running human trials for a potential vaccine. African countries must carry out more coronavirus testing and make people use masks, a regional disease control body said on Thursday as cases topped half a million in the continent.New cases in Africa were up 24% over the past week, with data from governments and the World Health Organization showing it had 512,499 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 11,930 deaths.”The pandemic is gaining full momentum,” John Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told a virtual news briefing from Addis Ababa. Nkengasong said African countries, many of which do not have reliable data, must adopt an aggressive approach to encourage the wearing of face masks and ramp up testing and tracing.”This will save lives and save (the) economy.”Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, and Algeria account for 71% of infections on the continent, Nkengasong said.Some governments have been reluctant to acknowledge epidemics or to expose crumbling health systems to outside scrutiny, while others are either too poor or conflict-ridden to carry out significant testing. Topics :
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Experience Olympia & BeyondA new Ice Chips flavor as unique to Thurston County as the rolling mounds it represents has just been announced. After putting the flavor to public vote, the new winning flavor of Ice Chips is Mima Mounds Macchiato.Sofie’s Scoops served Mima Mounds Macchiato gelato in honor of the new Ice Chips flavor to attendees at the 2018 Annual State of Tourism Meeting. Photo courtesy: Experience Olympia & BeyondMade with Olympic Crest Coffee’s Beyond Blend, the new flavor is in celebration of the new South Sound Coffee Trail, launched in December. The self-guided coffee trail features three local roasters (Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters, Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. and Olympic Crest Coffee Roasters) where you can learn about the origin of the bean at a cupping or try their handcrafted roasts.The new flavor was announced at the Annual State of Tourism Meeting, hosted by Experience Olympia & Beyond. The visitor & convention bureau teamed up with the famous grannies at Ice Chips and sent three flavors to public vote. Attendees got to take a tin home and the flavor is available for tasting in the Ice Chips tasting room in Tumwater. The flavor tastes like a salted caramel macchiato.“We love doing projects where we get to promote our great destination to visitors and highlight a local business that creates a handcrafted product. Mima Mounds Macchiato is delicious, and we hope you all like it as much as we enjoyed creating the new South Sound Coffee Trail flavor with the grannies at Ice Chips,” said Shauna Stewart, chief experience officer at Experience Olympia & Beyond.Sofie’s Scoops helped unveil the new flavor with specially made gelato in the flavor of the new Ice Chips. Attendees got to sample the flavor at the meeting and it’s available for a limited time at Sofie’s Scoops. Get there quick before it’s all gone!