Notre Dame initiates task forces to address Catholic Church sexual abuse crisis

first_imgNotre Dame is spearheading a Campus Engagement Task Force and a Research and Scholarship Task Force to help address the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis, the University announced Thursday in an email to students, faculty and staff.“The charge of the Campus Engagement Task Force is to facilitate dialogue, to listen to the observations, thoughts, and recommendations of the Notre Dame community and to summarize feedback so that it can be directed constructively,” the email said.Rev. Gerry Olinger and Jennifer Mason McAward are serving as co-chairs of the Campus Engagement Task Force. The force will include seven other members: sophomore Aaron Benavides; Christine Caron Gebhardt, director of the Gender Relations Center; Fr. Pete McCormick, director of Campus Ministry; Karrah Miller, director of Public Affairs; Colleen Moore, director of formation at the McGrath Institute for Church Life; Ernest Morell, professor of English; and Stacey Noem of the Masters of Divinity Program.The Engagement Task Force will host a series of listening sessions for members of the community to reflect on the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church and how Notre Dame should respond, the email said. The task force will also be collecting feedback through an online form. All feedback is anonymous and the form will expire on Nov. 16 at 2 p.m.Listening sessions for students will take place Monday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the first floor lounge of Coleman-Morse Center and Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Downes Club of Corbett Hall.Faculty listening sessions will take place Nov. 9 from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the first floor lounge of Coleman-Morse and Nov. 14 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the Coleman-Morse lounge.Staff listening sessions will take place Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in the Coleman-Morse lounge, Nov. 15 from 10 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. in the Hospitality Room of South Dining Hall and Nov. 16 from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Coleman-Morse lounge.Tags: Campus Engagement Task Force, Research and Scholarship Task Force, Sexual abuse scandallast_img read more

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We discover what the new tourist pearl of Karlovac County will look like – the Cave House near Plitvice

first_imgThe Cave House should be ready by 2021, a unique and extremely attractive project of the Public Institution Barać’s Cave, which on Monday signed a contract awarding them almost from the European Cohesion Fund HRK 20 million for the “Cave House” visitor center. This is one of the largest investments in tourism in the Karlovac County and certainly great news for the entire Plitvice region.The main attraction and reception point of the project is the visitor center which contains presentation / museum units, speleological-educational center with depot and library, multipurpose multimedia hall, catering space, office space, children’s playroom, souvenir shop, cloakroom and exterior area with presentation points and parking. , total area of ​​2000 m2. The goal is to achieve a unique, innovative and attractive presentation of cultural and natural values ​​of the site, to provide visits to visitors with special needs and to create a modern infrastructure for various educational and recreational activities.Everything will be accompanied by modern technology for creating experiences and interpreting natural and cultural heritage, which is a big step in conjuring up experiences in the modern age. In addition, this project of building the Cave House will stimulate interest in culture and nature among the local population, and develop awareness of nature conservation and the importance of sustainable interaction between man and nature. “It is projects like this that leave a big mark and finally put into operation some of our most beautiful and valuable resources, and that is natural heritage. It is a great responsibility for us who manage protected areas to put resources in the function of sustainable development and to be a generator of new jobs and economic activities. The realization of the project will directly contribute to the increase of the number of visitors to the site, education of the local population and visitors about the natural heritage and the increase of the tourist recognizability of the municipality of Rakovica as a natural heritage destination.. “, Said the director of the Public Institution Barać Cave Tihana Oštrina.Buried underground as an authentic representation of natureThe building is designed in such a way that its propositions correspond to the locality it represents, and for that reason it is buried underground. Thematically and interpretatively, two larger units are distinguished in the building – general biological-geomorphological themes about the locality that were processed on the ground floor of the building, and a kind of “showroom”. In this way, the visitor first perceives the themes, educates himself about the concepts and basic characteristics, and then, descending into the underground of the center, has the opportunity to experience it through a series of multimedia displays, sensory chambers and similar effective exhibits.The partner in the project is the Public Institution Plitvice Lakes National Park, and the common goals are to develop joint programs and facilities for better management and dispersion of visitors and directly create conditions for extending the stay of visitors to the destination. The company Muze doo from Zagreb is responsible for the initial conceptual design of the interpretation, the attractive architecture is from Stopostopriodno from Zagreb, the conceptual design of the center’s layout and equipment was made by Kultura doo from Bjelovar and the project application was prepared by Kocka doo from Šibenik.See more about Barać’s caves herelast_img read more

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