Saint Mary’s to host Meet Me at the Avenue Sunday

first_imgSaint Mary’s will be hosting its annual Meet Me at the Avenue event for students admitted to the Class of 2022 students Sunday.Campus visit coordinator Bekah Stanton said in an email that the event aims to experience Saint Mary’s as a potential student.“It’s intended to give accepted students an opportunity to meet other members of their class, learn more about the College and discover if Saint Mary’s is the place they’re going to call home,” she said.Stanton said they are expecting about 250 students, and 650 guests including family members.The event opens with several talks, for both students and parents together and separate, Stanton said.“The day will begin with remarks by various individuals, including Saint Mary’s College President, Jan Cervelli,” Stanton said. “Following that, the students will branch off to a segment in the residence halls while the parents will remain in the auditorium and hear from current students and their parents on a panel. The entire group will also have the opportunity to hear from a recent alumna about her experience at Saint Mary’s.”Attendees will then have the opportunity to explore campus, she said.“Prospective students and their families will then experience lunch in the dining hall, participate in campus tours and take part in an open house,” Stanton said. “Faculty from each department and club leaders are some of the individuals who will be present during this time. Following this, we offer students and their families the option to go to Mass in the Church of Loretto.”There will also be new events added to the schedule, including showcasing the renovated Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex, she said.“The open house location has changed to the new Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex this year,” Stanton said. “This will allow us to showcase our amazing new space. Because Angela [Athletic & Wellness Complex] is also being dedicated this weekend, we’ve invited students to participate in various activities within the dedication celebration, including workout classes and panel discussions.”She also said admissions is introducing a session for Spanish-speaking families, aimed to help ease their transition into college.“New this year, we will also be hosting a College 101 for ‘Spanish Speaking Families,’” Stanton said. “This will involve a question and answer session with representatives from the office of admission, financial aid and multicultural services, all of whom speak Spanish fluently. It will also include a current parent and current students who will provide examples of what helped them through their first-year transition.”Stanton said Meet Me at the Avenue allows prospective students to get any last-minute questions they may have answered.“Whether their questions pertain to a specific major, about college requirements, or about life on campus, there will be individuals present to answer all,” she said.Stanton said she believes this event is an important opportunity for prospective students to visit the campus.“This is a great way for students to get on campus, meet their potential classmates and discover if they picture themselves at Saint Mary’s,” she said. “We also have a beautiful campus, and I think it’s important for students to visit and see this beauty firsthand. Prospective students are also able to interact with many of our current students during the event, giving them a good indication of the types of great women we have here.”Tags: angela athletic and wellness complex, Class of 2022, Meet Me at the Avenue, Saint Mary’s Admissionslast_img read more

Somalia marks 55 Years of Independence

first_imgIt is a nation that has witnessed the harshest consequences of internal conflict. Somalia has endured a torrid existence, with no formal government for more than two decades, as well as a continuing drawn out war against militant group Al Shabaab. But such major challenges are not stopping Somalis from celebrating fifty five years of independence Related Kenya celebrates 50 years of independence Somalia marks a year without Polio Somalia reopens US embassy after 25 yearslast_img

2nd victim identified

first_img63 Beach Resort double murderThe second victim in the Number 63 Beach Resort double murder has been identified as 59-year-old Harry Persaud Prashad of Number 65 Village, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).Dead: Harry Persaud PrashadOn Friday, the badly-decomposed bodies of Prashad and 68-year old Vivekanand Narpatty were discovered on the balcony of Sun Splash Beach Resort located on the Number 63 Beach.Narpatty, the owner of the resort, was found lying on the back, two toes were severed – one was next to his body and the other missing.Prashad was found about fifteen feet away with both hands tied to a post on the balcony, one foot was also tied to the post but was severed at the ankle. Both bodies were in an advanced state of decomposition with maggots feasting.Information reaching Guyana Times revealed that Narpatty returned to Guyana on December 9 and was residing at his holiday resort. Prashad had been the caretaker/security living at the premises. He had been working there for more than one year.Vivekanand NarpattyOn Saturday, his body was identified by his only surviving sibling, Hemchand Persaud.“I know him by his foot. His foot was broken and there is steel in it. In 1979, he got shot on his belly and it had a cut, and that is how I get to know that it is he,” the man told Guyana Times.He related that his brother was not recognisable by his face. “He had no face on him,” Persaud recalled, explaining that worms had already eaten parts of his brother’s body.The Sun Splash Beach Resort located on the Number 63 Beach where the two men were found deadThe discovery of the two bodies was made by Police after Narpatty’s daughter had been trying to contact him from overseas since December 23 but was unsuccessful. On Friday, she telephoned a young man living nearby to check on her father. As the man got to the building, there was a strong stench emanating and he turned away and reported it to the Police.The ranks then went into the building and made the discovery.Meanwhile, Narpatty’s sister,  Chrisna “Christeena” Budram told this newspaper that her brother had always expressed fear of sleeping at the resort, which was not in operation at the time.“He came back to Guyana to do some work on the building and when he came here last week Friday, he told me that he had two friends staying with him and he was safe,” the woman related.While in Guyana, Narpatty had publicly announced his fear and had constructed a building at Number 65 Village on land owned by his two brothers. He had been using the building to sleep at nights.The beach resort is in an isolated area.In 2018, the High Court ordered that Narpatty demolish the building after his two brothers took him to court for constructing on their land.This publication understands that when investigators went to the resort, they found several pieces of documents scattered on the balcony. Parts of the building were also ransacked.Narpatty has two brothers and five sisters. He also leaves to mourn two daughters.Meanwhile, Prashad leaves to mourn one brother and two children.Police are continuing with the investigation, and up to Saturday, no arrest has been made.last_img read more