Colleges discuss distribution of students

first_imgWith the March 4 deadline to declare a specific college approaching, students wandered up and down aisles of tables at Majors Night in South Dining Hall on Jan. 27. Along the way, they paused to inquire about specific majors in the five colleges that make up the University. Sam Gaglio, assistant dean of the Mendoza College of Business, said he was pleased by how students continued to explore academic opportunities. “Most didn’t have a predetermined track. That was what really demonstrated to me the opportunities of a Notre Dame education,” Gaglio said. Hugh Page, dean of the First Year of Studies, said enrollment numbers for each college are variables. “The first year at Notre Dame is a time of discernment and contemplative exploration,” Page said. “Enrollment numbers speak to the intellectual curiosity of our students and the unfolding of their journeys as they respond to the call of wisdom’s voice.” Page said he anticipates the College of Arts and Letters to enroll the most freshmen, followed closely by the Mendoza College of Business and the College of Science. Page said 28 percent of freshmen plan to enter the College of Arts and Letters, 26 percent the Mendoza College of Business, 18 percent the College of Engineering, 25 percent the College of Science and two percent the School of Architecture.Currently, Arts and Letters consists of 2,500 undergraduates. Mendoza has 1,780; Science 1,189; Engineering 950; and Architecture 250. Page said enrollment in engineering, science and business majors has increased, while the School of Architecture has seen consistent demand. Page said there is a deepening student interest in educational synergies involving coursework between other colleges and the College of Arts and Letters. “Contemporary issues such as sustainability, energy policy, global health, technology and values, ethics and business, peace studies and poverty studies require broad disciplinary exposure,” said Page. “That places students and faculty from all of these Colleges at what might be termed a ‘nexus of creativity,’ where the ideas and innovations that will shape the future are imagined.” Gaglio said students deciding which college to enter should consider their passions and what they wish to gain from their experiences. “To say one program will give you an advantage over another is an incorrect statement. What are you passionate about? Be excited, engaged and throw yourself into it,” he said. “Each is equally impressive and creates an advantage in your next endeavor.” John McGreevy, dean of the College of Arts and Letters, said a college should open significant intellectual and moral questions to students. “College is the perfect time to study and debate these great issues,” he said. “The ability to write, the ability to analyze data, and the ability to speak is of greatest use for any student after leaving Notre Dame.” For freshmen still deciding, Holly Martin, assistant dean of the First Year of Studies, said it is important to remember choosing a college or major is not the same as choosing a career. “The Career Center is happy to work with first-year students about possible career choices,” she said. “But it isn’t necessary to know what you would like to do as a future career when choosing your college or major.” Page said students change their minds often as coursework, conversations and intellectual exploration generate moments that lead to reevaluation. “A decision at or near the end of the first year at Notre Dame need not be seen as irreversible,” he said. It is crucial for students to follow their passions, Gaglio said. “You don’t ‘have’ to do anything except believe in what you study to be a success. The point is, the university education is your grounding, and then you specialize after that,” he said. “Continue your education. We learn our entire lives.”last_img read more

Di Canio – I will sort Sunderland

first_img Di Canio added: “It’s difficult. Some managers have the chance to bring in their own players in January – it didn’t happen to me. It was impossible for me. But I wasn’t worried because I was sure that with the good players I have got here, we had a chance to deliver the right job and reach the aim we had at the beginning from April 1. “But thinking about other managers, they would find it much more difficult in this environment, for sure.” Self-confidence is not something Di Canio has ever lacked, and although he remains a relatively inexperienced manager – his CV includes taking Swindon from League Two into League One promotion contention before heading for the North East – he has very definite ideas about how to improve a club which has failed to meet expectations this season. However, for all the bravado, there is a work ethic to back up his words with he and his coaching staff famously burning the midnight oil at the club’s Academy of Light training headquarters during the early days of his reign. Di Canio said with a smile: “It’s true that I burnt the last two million neurons that I have because 24 hours at the office was difficult, I tell you. Probably twice, we put a foot out of the office to go for a haircut, and sometimes we even frustrated ourselves.” Di Canio has left his players in little doubt that their professional lives will undergo something of an upheaval over the next few months. The manager indicated after Sunday’s 1-1 home draw with Southampton that he would change “everything”, and although he has since qualified that statement, there is little doubt that he intends to shake things up. He said: “‘Everything’ for me is the mentality. Obviously, we can’t change everything, but many things, yes. It doesn’t mean that we won’t keep many players, but obviously we need a sort of refreshment in some way. But that we will leave until after the game on Sunday because otherwise it’s difficult to be focused for the next match.” The 44-year-old Italian will send his team out at Tottenham on Sunday with their place in next season’s Barclays Premier League already assured. Di Canio has spent the weeks since his appointment attempting to initiate a gradual change of culture and mentality, and having exorcised the spectre of relegation, will re-double his efforts during summer. But asked if that job is a bigger one than he had anticipated on his arrival, he said: “For a medium manager, yes; for Paolo Di Canio, no. I have read about the difficulties for many managers, even experienced managers in the same situation in the past few years.” Paolo Di Canio is confident sorting out Sunderland’s problems is a challenge he can handle.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more