Cadets to participate in training session

first_imgMembers of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s Army R.O.T.C. program will travel to Culver Military Academy this weekend to participate in training exercises.Cadet Captain Elaine Teske, a Saint Mary’s senior, said the freshman and sophomore cadets in the program will take the reigns and lead the other cadets through tactical training exercises.Almost 60 freshmen and sophomores will be in attendance, as will 10 juniors and 14 seniors. Teske said the upperclassmen will take on different roles.“Juniors go along to act as ‘OP4,’ or oppositional force,” she said. “Basically, they take on the role of the enemies in the tactical situations.”Teske said seniors will assume more of a mentoring and guiding role.“Seniors did all the planning, and will take on more of a mentoring position,” she said. “This is the first time sophomores and freshmen are exposed to a bigger leadership role for the weekend. It’s just a big learning experience, it’s not supposed to be stressful or anything.”Teske said the cadets will start Friday afternoon with a night land navigation exercise. It will begin during the daylight hours, but it will be dark by the time they finish.On Saturday, the cadets will continue with their training, and each sophomore will lead a different group of cadets.“Saturday they’ll get up pretty early to do situational tactical exercises,” Teske said. “Each sophomore will get the opportunity to be in a leadership position and will be in a tactical leadership environment. This is an opportunity to show how they will react in a tactical environment and how they will lead under pressure.”After the completion of the exercises, the cadets will take part in a barbecue and then continue with another night land navigation.“Basically [the cadets] have a map and a compass and five points and they have to plot their points on the map and plot them on a piece of paper,” Teske said. “This is to reinforce land navigation skills they’ve been taught and use them in a practical exercise.”On Sunday the sophomore cadets will be given the responsibility of leading an even larger squad of people.“Sunday is patrolling, [which is] platoon-sized and there’s more people involved,” she said. “The cadets are doing the same thing they did Saturday, but now they just have more people to lead.”The weekend’s activities will end with a force-on-force paintball competition Sunday afternoon before the squad heads home.In addition to the members of the R.O.T.C. programs from Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s, members from Holy Cross College, Bethel College, Indiana University South Bend and Valparaiso University will also participate in the weekend.Teske said this training weekend has taken place every year since she’s been a part of the program.“This has been going on for a while,” she said. “I’m a senior and we’ve done it every year. It’s a culminating activity that we do in the spring.”last_img

Professor reflects on son’s mayoral victory

first_imgFor Notre Dame English professor Joseph Buttigieg, Tuesday’s mayoral election was personal — his son, Pete, was the winner. Even though he had shown an interest in politics in the past, Buttigieg said he never expected his son would run for office. “I know Peter has been interested in politics for a long time,” he said. “At home we always discussed government affairs, but never in that way.” Buttigieg said his son became involved with Harvard’s Institute of Politics as an undergraduate at the university and worked on political campaigns, including U.S. Sen. John Kerry’s bid for the presidency in 2004. “I’m sure he learned about the mechanisms of electorate politics through that,” Buttigieg said. After current mayor Stephen Luecke announced he would not seek reelection, several people suggested Pete consider running, Buttigieg said. “It’s been a slow process,” he said. “I’m very pleased because he’s doing something he genuinely likes.” Buttigieg said he was pleased with the number of young people involved in his son’s campaign and election. “That is always what impressed me the most,” he said. “People grumble about young people not getting involved in politics and I don’t think that’s true.” The level of political engagement among South Bend and college youth is encouraging in today’s political climate, Buttigieg said. “We’re living through a period where political discourse is very cheapened and vulgar,” he said. “Seeing young people engaged is very hopeful.” Buttigieg said he also hopes his son can address some of the “very serious problems South Bend has.” “I know he will handle [the problems] in an inclusive manner … through discussion and the engagement of more and more people who see this as a common cause,” Buttigieg said. He also expects the relationship between South Bend and the University to improve over his son’s time in office. “South Bend and Notre Dame are linked and I think he will be able to successfully carry a dialogue with Notre Dame,” he said. “They can form a good partnership, and looking back at his campaign, I have good reason to think it is possible.” Buttigieg said he is proud of his son’s accomplishments and willingness to take on the challenges and responsibilities of public office. “The ultimate thing is that he is fulfilling his civic duty,” he said. “My wife and I wish the best for him and South Bend.”last_img

Clubs reorient after election

first_imgDisappointed but not defeated. Notre Dame’s College Republicans may not be thrilled with the outcome of last week’s election, but the club plans to continue its efforts to educate voters and advocate for conservative politics on a campus, local and national level. Club president Mickey Gardella said the election outcome is only a headwind to the club’s work. “We watched the election results as a club and naturally we were not happy that Gov. Romney lost and that the party lost seats in the U.S. Senate,” Gardella said. “The election outcome will not change the types of activities we will have for the rest of the year … Once the new Congress gets to work, we’ll resume the task of educating our members about the issues.” While Gardella said the club’s events will be less frequent than during election season, the College Republicans have already kicked off post-election programming. “Last night we had a meeting where ND political science professors Michael Desch, Patrick Deneen and Andrew Bacevich lectured to and answered questions from members concerning the relationship between traditional conservatism and the Republican Party,” he said. Despite months of working on opposite ends of a heated election, some of the club’s future plans center on collaboration with its on-campus political opponents, he said. “Next semester we will hold our fourth annual troop drive fundraiser to benefit a veterans’ charity,” he said. “I’ve been in contact with the College Democrats to team up with them for this initiative.” The College Democrats are hoping to rally off of what was a largely favorable election, club president Camille Suarez said. “We are all very pleased with the outcome of the race,” she said. “Specifically, we are all excited for four more years of [President Barack] Obama and [Vice president Joe] Biden and very excited that one-fifth of the Senate is now comprised of women. However, we are very upset that [congressional hopeful] Brenden Mullen lost his race.” The club won’t be pushing all of its renewed energy back into politics, Suarez said. “Given the outcome of the races, the club plans to focus less on politics and take a more active role in the community,” she said. “We are planning on increasing the amount of service we do at the Catholic Worker House, and we are hoping to start a food drive for the families in need in South Bend during the holiday season.” As far as political dialogue, the club hopes to use its lightened workload to bring back some of its traditional programming. “Now that election season is over, we are bringing back professor dinners,” she said. “With these educational events, we set up a dinner with a political science professors and the club and have an informal group discussion about politics.” Suarez said she hopes to use the momentum of the election to continue to have a lively club presence on campus and in the community. “We’re hoping to, at the very least, maintain the level of club activity post-election,” she said. “But we are aspiring to become a more positive force in the South Bend community in the following months.”last_img

Group improves Hall of the Year selection process

first_imgStudent Senate debated resolutions to improve the transparency of Hall of the Year selection process at Wednesday’s meeting. Department of internal affairs director Ben Noe dominated Wednesday night’s Student Senate meeting by presenting a resolution to improve the Hall of the Year process. Both internal affairs and Hall Presidents’ Council (HPC) debated a resolution regarding the selection process and scoring system for the Hall of the Year, Noe said. “The process for Hall of the Year has been changed a few times in the past few years, but hopefully this time we have it just the way we want it,” Noe said. “Currently, Rockne [Awards] are given to one winning dorm per month and count as bonus points added onto the dorm president’s presentation score. Our new system scores the Rocknes on a non-competitive rubric, counting as 30 percent of final score while presentations will constitute the remaining 70 percent.” Morrissey Manor senator Billy McMahon said his constituents were unhappy with the results of last year’s Hall of the Year race as a result what they alleged were flaws in the scoring system. “We won almost all the Rocknes last year and then nothing happened for us afterwards,” McMahon said. “When you’re giving 70 percent of the weight for Hall of the Year on a one-time presentation, it gets to be which dorm can put together the best Prezi or which dorm has the most charismatic speakers, not the day-to-day work the entire dorm puts in.” Noe said this resolution intends to assuage concerns about the scoring system by giving more weight to the monthly Rockne awards, which previously constituted only about 10 percent of a hall’s final score. HPC co-president Matt Lynch said the changes to the scoring system will likely promote greater participation by all residence halls. “This year’s potential 30 percent more is more than last year,” Lynch said. “It’s not competitive because instead of there being only one Rockne winner per month, it’s more if you turn it in, you get credit, like attending class.” Sophomore class president Tim Scanlan suggested an amendment to the Hall of the Year resolution to add the publication of the rubric used to judge the hall president presentations, The Senate approved this resolution.Noe presented another resolution regarding special interest student organizations, including the gay-straight alliance (GSA), Bookstore Basketball, Junior Parents Weekend, Knights of Columbus, student campus orientation committee and the debate team. “It was brought to our attention in December that there are organizations that are not officially student organizations but are not clubs either, they are in a sort of gray area,” Noe said. The proposed resolution would allow these special interest groups to access to the large pool of money available to the Student Union, Noe said. “The Student Union constitution contains rules for the allocation of the $850,000 Student Union funds,” Noe said. “We are suggesting a total distribution of .25 percent of these funds, about $2,000, to the six special interest groups. It will be allocated based on a presentation as well as need.” The groups will receive these funds in addition to funding provided by various outside sources, Noe said. “These organizations need to have access to a sort of contingency money in case they need something not included in the outside funding budget,” Noe said. “The best example I can think of is Bookstore Basketball. It operates pretty much break-even because of the charity donations, so if they need new basketballs or other equipment they should be able to do so in a sort of emergency situation.” Noe said this plan is one of several formulated since the Senate began to discuss how to include interest groups in budgetary considerations began in November. “In conclusion, many plans have been considered, countless phone conversations have been had and ultimately this plan has the greatest benefit with the least amount of complication,” Noe said. The resolution passed with just two opposing votes. Current Student Union Board (SUB) manager Ashley Markowski presented her nominee for next year’s position, Kaitlyn Keelin, a junior Science-Business major from McGlinn Hall who has been involved with SUB since her freshman year. The group voted in favor of Keelin taking over this position. Contact Maddie Daly at [email protected]last_img

Saint Mary’s College Republicans attend Conservative Political Action Conference

first_imgWhen the members of Saint Mary’s College Republicans attended the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which took place from Feb. 25 to 28 in Washington D.C., they thought they would be listening to the news — not making it.College Republicans president and senior Nicole O’Toole said she and vice president Shannon Golden were leaving New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s speech when Fox News reporter Griff Jenkins approached them.“He asked if he could interview Shannon and me for Greta Van Susteren’s ‘On the Record’ show that evening,” O’Toole said. “I discussed Chris Christie’s speech and how I admire his passion and energy. The 2016 candidate should emulate a lot of his personal qualities.”Golden said her stance surprised Jenkins because she is from New Jersey but does not back Chris Christie. She said her time on Fox News, along with her overall experience at CPAC, increased her enthusiasm about the College Republicans organization.“This gave us the passion to get back to campus and spread the conservative view to other girls at Saint Mary’s,” Golden said. “One of the most valuable things that we took away from CPAC was that we are the future, and this next election is about us and our future.”O’Toole said this year’s CPAC served as a learning opportunity for the College Republicans organization.“I explored more deeply some issues I have been flip-flopping on and was inspired by some of our country’s smartest and brightest leaders,” O’Toole said. “We will definitely take back all of the incredible networking we were able to do, and we hope to send a conservative speaker to campus this spring.”According to O’Toole, one of the most interesting parts of CPAC was the differing viewpoints of the speakers.“It was a nice reminder of the many different views of the Republican party,” O’Toole said. “… I believe you can only truly be sure of your beliefs if you have really investigated the other side.”O’Toole said one speech in particular made a lasting impression on her: a luncheon with the Clare Luce Booth Policy Institute, which honored communications consultant KT McFarland as its “Woman of the Year.”“[McFarland’s] best advice for young conservative women was to always be prepared and confident,” O’Toole said. “Men ask for more and do not feel rude about doing so. Women need the confidence men have in order to be more successful in the world.”Golden said CPAC speakers such as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” covered a variety of topics, but Sarah Palin’s speech was especially focused on the military.“It was an extreme change of pace from all the other speakers who talked about what they would bring to the table if they run in 2016,” Golden said. “She talked about improving soldiers’ benefits and the support for when they return from war.”O’Toole said Palin’s speech distinguished itself from the others as she discussed her son Track Palin’s military service.“Sarah Palin’s speech really stuck out because she’s very colorful,” O’Toole said. “She emphasized the need to legitimize military degrees so that veterans are able to get better jobs that they are more than qualified enough to do.”Golden said Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who focused on liberty and economic freedom, was a crowd favorite.“People were chanting ‘President Paul’ and going crazy,” Golden said. “He seemed to get the best response from the crowd, especially from the millennials.”Golden said some of the most memorable parts of the conference were the opportunities to network and her time on Fox News.“It was great being with like-minded peers from all over the country and hearing who everyone wants in 2016,” Golden said. “There were so many politicians and huge people in the Republican Party. It was such a privilege that SMC College Republicans was able to take part in this year’s CPAC.” Tags: Chris Christie, conservative political action conference, CPAC, Griff Jenkins, Nicole O’Toole, Rand Paul, Saint Mary’s College Republicans, Sarah Palin, Shannon Golden, SMC college republicanslast_img

Musical groups tour over spring break

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Daniel Pedroza Sophomores Ricardo Castañeda, left, Quint Mediate, Ryan McMullen and Daniel Pedroza pose on the Glee Club’s concert tour.Members of the Glee Club and Women’s Liturgical Choir (WLC) spent their spring breaks on tour, sharing their repertoires with audiences across the country.The Women’s Liturgical Choir toured for five days, visiting Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, Texas, sophomore and choir secretary Alyssa McBride said.“With the exception of our last stop in San Antonio, the choristers stayed with various host families from the ND Dallas and Austin Alumni Clubs,” McBride said.“It was absolutely wonderful; each of the families that I interacted with were so generous.”The WLC sang at a variety of Masses but also held concerts at other locations, Saint Mary’s junior Libby Wright, vice president of the choir, said.“We sing a variety of pieces ranging from Renaissance polyphony and music from the 17th through the 21st century, including the highest quality of music called chant,” Wright said.“We sang at three different Masses and had two concerts. They included music from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to more traditional music composed by John Rutter.“All of our Masses and concerts concluded with the Alma Mater, Notre Dame Our Mother.”The Women’s Liturgical Choir goes on one national tour every year, McBride said.“It provides the ND WLC the opportunity to share our gifts with communities across the country,” McBride said.“We share the word of God through song each weekend at the Vigil Mass at the Basilica of Sacred Heart, but we wish to expand our influence beyond the immediate Notre Dame community as well.“The power of music is truly dynamic; It brings people together and provides them a unique way to nurture their faith,” she said. “Secondly, our tour is a bonding experience for the members of our choir.”The Glee Club began its tour in Crystal Lake, Illinois and then traveled throughout California, sophomore Daniel Pedroza, a member of the Glee Club, said. The Club sang a two-part concert at venues in Orange County, Los Angeles, Camarillo, Napa, Danville, San Francisco and Oakland, Pedroza said.‘The first part is a bit more classical,” he said. “We sing pieces from the Renaissance period and a few Gregorian chants in Latin.“Then we have a few international pieces, which we will sing over a grand tour of Europe we will be doing this summer.“The second half includes some spirituals, barbershop and a few brand new folk songs arranged for us and commissioned by the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.”The Glee Club was also able to participate in activities other than singing, Pedroza said.“Personally, my favorite part, apart from singing at some amazing sites like the Cathedral in Oakland, was exploring San Francisco via a 20-mile bike ride that myself and a few other of the guys did. I had never been before and I can say that I was extremely moved by getting to ride over the Golden Gate Bridge.”Pedroza said the Glee Club tours every spring and fall break and will sing 15 concerts in 8 countries in Europe this summer.The Glee Club will hold its annual Spring Concert on Friday, March 20 at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.Tags: Glee Club, spring break tour, Women’s Liturgical Choirlast_img

Speaker explores music in ancient Greek dramas

first_imgThe Nanovic Institute for European Studies hosted keynote speaker Mary-Kay Gamel as part of its graduate student conference “Classics and/in Performance” in McKenna Hall last Friday morning. Her lecture, titled “Greek Drama: A Musical Theatre,” explored the integrality of music to ancient Greek dramas and stressed the desirability, both for authenticity and for generating meaning, of incorporating music into contemporary theatrical adaptations of those plays. Gamel, professor emeritus of classics, comparative literature and theatre arts at the University of California, Santa Cruz, said her career as a literary classicist was transformed after a “call from Dionysus,” in the form of a petition from an undergraduate theatre major, persuaded her to focus on translating, adapting and staging plays. Performance studies of the texts generate a unique analytical lens for those works, Gamel said.“You can find out things about Greek drama by doing productions that you can’t find out any other way,” she said. “And also, it’s a lot of fun.”Gamel said music is an often overlooked component of classical dramas. References to music in works urge characters to express themselves in song. Gamel said she hopes that contemporary productions will treat textual allusions to music literally.“Song and dance are not optional frills added to ancient Greek drama. They are an essential part of the meaning and effect, intellectual and emotional,” Gamel said. “Song and dance allow the larger-than-life characters to express important ideas and feelings more powerfully, intricately, and effectively than in spoken dialogue. No one would think about doing a production of Verdi’s ‘Don Carlo’ or Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’ without singers and musicians. Why do we continue to accept music-less Greek drama?”Gamel’s address was structured around video clips from modern adaptations of plays such as ‘Prometheus Bound’ and ‘Orestes,’ which employed differing methods to pursue authenticity to the original texts. One based its dances on ancient artwork and costumed its cast in traditional Greek masks; others used chorus lines, hip-hop and tunes borrowed from Beyoncé. Gamel’s productions favored the latter approach.“Here’s the Catch-22 of historical authenticity: the closer a modern production approaches the formal (practices) of its original production, the stranger it will be to a modern audience, and the stranger the effect on a modern audience, the [broader the] margin of their reactions will be from those of the original audience,” Gamel said. To narrow the reaction gap between audiences, a production might pursue “inductive authenticity,” combining tradition and innovation to “lead the audiences to particular responses,” she said. The innovation that this approach allows is conducive to the development of another type of authenticity, one that clarifies the art of adaptation as a project of balancing tradition and development.“My justification for making adaptations is that every ancient Greek playwright did exactly the same. They changed the myths they inherited and sometimes even explicitly criticized their predecessors’ choices,” Gamel said. “This kind of authenticity … is called ‘expressive authenticity’ — the idea that every art work, especially great, complex ones, have emergent value, ideas and possibilities in them that under the right circumstances can and should be expressed. We’re not trying always to capture the original meanings, but to find new ones.”Gamel said the process of adaptation can also discover the pertinence of ancient texts to modern social problems, and utilizing modern music can help to obviate the texts’ contemporary relevancy. The idea of relating Greek dramas to specific communities is part of its history.“Another kind of authenticity I call ‘structural authenticity’ involves evaluating the connection between the performance, its music, the theater in which it’s being performed and the community for which it’s being performed,” Gamel said. “The Festival of Dionysus was a community theater, sponsored by the state, with average citizens performing the roles.“There is a very strong connection to democracy here — you don’t have to be an aristocrat to have artistic ability and training. Theatrical productions at modern community theaters, including those on university campuses, can raise issues important to their community.”Whichever musical styles a production engages to articulate meaning and to pursue these various strains of authenticity, Gamel said what matters principally is that contemporary adaptations use music at all. “Music is one element, I think, which we can believe connects the modern and the ancient world,” Gamel said. “The nature of the music may be different, but the aim is the same: to make clear and powerful the feelings and the issues in this emotional medium, which both ancient read more

Alumna explores loss, consolation in poetry

first_imgListeners witnessed the journey from brokenness to consolation at a poetry reading in Carroll Auditorium Tuesday night at Saint Mary’s College. Mary Pinard, a Saint Mary’s alumna and professor of English at Babson College, read from her book “Portal” as part of the spring season’s visiting writer series, sponsored by the English department.Pinard said her brother drowned during a freak tugboat accident in the Grays Harbor Estuary in Washington, and the event inspired the content of the collection.“‘Portal’ is a book which started with a personal story, a story of deep loss for me, that I think blinded me from being anything but sad for a long time,” Pinard said. “I worked my way through some very raw places, trying to find a voice, an elegiac voice that could somehow respond to the loss of a beloved brother.”The resulting book is her personal elegiac journey from brokenness to consolation, she said. The book begins with a poem full of broken descriptions, titled “Theory of Disappearance,” followed by a series of poems involving the speaker talking to the lost brother.Writing a sonnet about her brother’s love of the smell of diesel, a poem about film found in the pocket of his raincoat after his death and another titled “Blue Lath” — named after a woodworker’s tool used by her brother —among other poems, helped her move forward towards consolation, Pinard said.“Late in the series [of poems] is where I am trying to face the matter of my brother’s death, and to make sense of it,” Pinard said.Pinard said the image of peonies inspired a poem titled “Seeing Peonies,” written during a writing residency in Peoria, where she went to learn more about tugboats, so as to better understand the environment in which her brother died.The book ends with a poem of praise for an estuary, she said.“The complexity that is in an estuary, where saltwater and freshwater braid, suggests that there are species that can only survive there,” Pinard said. “Because it is so easy to discount it, it is also so easy to hurt it. For me, the coming together of consolation and the loss of my brother connects with my sense of consolation around trying to understand the nature of the estuary and potentially to save it.”In response to a student question, Pinard said she developed a love of the languages of sciences after switching her course of study from pre-med to theater and English her sophomore year at Saint Mary’s.“I do think that there is a lot of beauty in language that poets can have access to, if they have a better relationship with disciplines that seem different from theirs,” Pinard said. “I think that’s the beauty of poetry. If you take it seriously, then you have to become a scholar in a lot of different areas, if you are going to make all of those language work in those poems.”First-year student Emily Harrast said she enjoyed the reading because she finds herself similar to Pinard because she is a biology major who also likes English. “It was interesting how she talked about poetry in relation to other subjects,” Harrast said. “I also thought it was interesting how she made the whole book about [the loss of her brother]. You could really tell how she changed over time, how she started the book so upset and then grew from there, eventually viewing something completely different from the same situation.”Tags: Mary Pinard, Poetry, Saint Mary’s College, visiting writer serieslast_img

SGA hosts Women Honoring Women Dinner

first_imgThough March is International Women’s month, Saint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) continued the theme with their Women Honoring Women Dinner on Friday at 7 p.m. in Stapleton Lounge at LeMans Hall.The annual dinner hosted the nominees and students being honored by the SGA. Honoring and celebrating the women in and around the College was the central idea around which senior Kathy Ogden said she organized the event.“It is important to honor all hard work and accomplishments that take place at Saint Mary’s,” Ogden said in an email. “As an all-women’s college, we are surrounded by intelligent and successful women daily. These women inspire us as students and deserve to be recognized. This event was ultimately a way to say thank you for all that we receive.”In addition to the students who attended the event, College President Nancy Nekvasil, vice president for Student Affairs Karen Johnson, vice president for Mission Judy Fean and director of Student Involvement and Multicultural Services Gloria Jenkins also made appearances. The evening was meant to showcase the importance of the work that these particular members of the College’s community perform daily, Ogden said. All of those who were nominated to attend the event were nominated by the students of the College based on the work they had done.“This event celebrated the hard work and influence that staff members and professors at Saint Mary’s have had on students,” Ogden said. The dinner was full of noise with chatter about the women being honored and about the dinner in general, Ogden said.“The event began with appetizers and socializing,” she said. “Around 6 p.m. we began dinner with a salad, and students one-by-one read their nomination allowed to honor their faculty member. Approximately 45 people attended.”At the end of the evening, the Women Honoring Women award was given to Diane Fox, director of the Office for Student Success.The dinner was an accomplishment for the SGA, Ogden said, and all enjoyed their Friday evening celebrating the women of the College.“I think the event went really well,” she said. “Many of the attendees afterward said how pleased they were with the event. It was decorated with lost of spring colors. It was a really great event. I believe the attendees enjoyed an evening with their students and felt honored and blessed to be at the event.”Tags: saint mary’s, Saint Mary’s SGA, Women Honoring Women Dinnerlast_img

Notre Dame Fire Department welcomes first full-time women firefighters

first_imgThe University announced in a press release Wednesday that the Notre Dame Fire Department (NDFD) recently welcomed its first full-time women firefighters: Christi Shibata and Michelle Woolverton.Shibata, 37, began her time with the department in July, according to the release. She is a native of Petoskey, Michigan, where she worked as a physical therapist assistant and personal trainer prior to joining the department. Notre Dame Police Department (NDPD) chief Keri Kei Shibata is her sister.Woolverton, 42, started with the department in August, the release said. She is from South Bend and worked as a supervisor in Building Services at Notre Dame prior to joining NDFD.Shibata and Woolverton are both certified emergency medical technicians. Their duties will not be different from other firefighters on the force and will include “driving the [fire] engine and operating the engine pump,” the release said. Both women are graduates of Clay Fire Academy.Bruce Harrison, chief of NDFD, said in the release Shibata and Woolverton earned their opportunities and are both qualified for the job.“I’m very proud of Notre Dame Fire Department,” Harrison said. “I’m proud of its past, I’m very proud of the present, and I’m very optimistic about the future. It’s a good place. It’s a good service. And I think Christi and Michelle are going to be good representatives of this fire department as we move into the future.”Other women serve part-time on an on-call basis with NDFD, the release said, but Shibata and Woolverton are the first women to serve with the department full-time.“It’s been awesome,” Shibata said in the release. “I’m excited about the next steps. There’s so much more to learn and so much more you can do through the fire service other than the basic level training, so I’m excited about those opportunities.”Women now represent about 11% of the Department’s personnel, according to the release.“I’m 42 years old. I never thought my dream would come true, and it has,” Woolverton said.The NDFD is the oldest university fire department in the United States. The Department provides emergency fire and medical services, as well as public education and inspection and maintenance services. According to the NDFD website, they receive approximately 1,500 calls a year from the Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross communities.Tags: Blue Mass, NDFD, University of Notre Dame Fire Departmentlast_img