Decision day has arrived for the 3,600 potential students admitted into the Notre Dame class of 2021. This year’s pool of 19,565 applicants — a new record for the University — allowed the admissions office to continue its trend of focusing on the whole applicant rather than one aspect of an application, such as test scores or grades, associate vice president of student enrollment Don Bishop said.“We understand in admissions that no matter how much you read the files and whether you use the numbers too much or not enough to inform you, there is a lot of serendipity,” Bishop said. “There are a lot of dynamics at college that you either respond to Notre Dame or you don’t in the way that we expected, and those attributes — there’s no SAT score for these sort of attributes. It’s not in the curriculum. It’s not your grades — there are just these intangibles.”Lauren Hebig | The Observer Director of admissions Bob Mundy said the department narrowed down the strong applicant pool — which included 7,500 applicants in the top one percent of the nation based on test scores and grades, of which only about one in three applicants was admitted — by searching for the right “match” with the University.“Some would call that reading for fit,” Mundy said. “Where, again, you’ve got these 7,500 really talented students, but sort of project forward — what’s [this student] going to look like when she’s a student here? … What kind of Notre Dame citizen is she going to be?”Several factors the department took into account in admitting students, Bishop said, were not quantifiable traits, such as leadership ability and desire to do good in the world.“Our attitude has been, ‘No, don’t overuse the numbers,’” he said. “So once you have a high enough number, we stop using the numbers [and] we look at the other attributes. So what other attributes? Well, there’s service to others, there’s leadership, there’s creativity [and] there’s kind of their motivation for their success.”This year’s pool of admitted students is also one of the most geographically diverse, Bishop said.“Our largest state of admits this year was California this time,” he said. “ … Apparently, we’re doing very well with international students and U.S. students studying abroad. So we are probably going to be at 7 to 8 percent international students this year, and probably closer to 10 percent of students that are outside of the U.S. … That’s going to be a historical high, and that’s something [that] is a goal of Notre Dame, is to keep becoming more global.”In addition to increased geographic diversity, Bishop said this year’s group of admitted students includes more women intending to major in fields of study that are typically male-dominated.“We also are seeing an increase in the number of women in engineering and the number of women in business,” he said. “That was a goal this year. It’s still under 40 percent in both, but compared to the national averages, we’re actually really moving up.”After informing potential students of their acceptance to the University online at 18:42 military time, Mundy said the admissions department took a more “personal” approach in connecting with admitted students through the acceptance packet this year.“We took a great line from one of their writings — like why they wanted to be at Notre Dame or something that happened to them in their life — and we captured it and put it on a refrigerator magnet with the Dome on the left side,” Mundy said. “And it’s just one of these real soft [things that we] put in an envelope, wrote them a note — we handwrite notes to probably 2,000 students — and we wrote saying, ‘Here’s something that really impressed us.’”In addition to this touch, Mundy said a revamped revisit format has attracted more families than ever before.“We also pretty dramatically changed our yield weekend events, or our yield events,” he said. “ … This year, we really have centered them around four events — four weekends … and then on Monday, we had a really well-defined academic day for the students, where each of the colleges sort of bought in.”Bishop said the increase in the number of families taking a second look at campus led to an increase in the number of early enrollments.“That’s been interesting to us, because right now we are a little ahead in our deposits from last year,” he said. “We still think in our model that we’re going to be right where we want to be, and we hope to take some students off wait list, but this increased number of visitors, I think, will be an ongoing trend.”Rather than hoping to fill the entire class of 2021 with initially accepted students, Bishop said the department aims to take 50 to 100 students off the wait list each year.“Wait list allows us to look at what part of the class didn’t fill in the way we expected,” he said. “ … So it allows us to kind of fill in an area, or — and this is also, I think, more true for the majority of the decisions — we look at how people respond to the adversity of being wait-listed, and we kind of reward the emotionally-skilled families [and] students where they showed character and they showed desire to be at Notre Dame.”Bishop said he hopes the finalized class of 2021 lives up to his expectations of being “forces for good” at the University and beyond.“We want you to be a force for good — not only being a high force, but a force for good,” Bishop said. “A lot of schools, their focus is on just getting you to be a high force for success, whether that’s as a scientist, a business person, a doctor, a politician, whatever. At Notre Dame, it’s for good.”Tags: Class of 2021, Notre Dame admissions, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Prospective Students
By Andréa Barretto/Diálogo April 03, 2019 The Conference of American Armies (CAA) is a military organization created in 1960, connecting 26 countries from North to South America. Military leaders from 18 CAA member countries gathered in San Antonio, Texas, February 4-8, 2019, to take part in a specialized conference to discuss Leadership and Military Support to Civil Authorities in Joint and Interagency Environments in Response to Emerging Threats in the Americas. “In this increasingly globalized and connected world, discussing the effects of threat networks and how to mitigate their results is absolutely fundamental,” said Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) Lieutenant Colonel Ramos Marques, a Brazilian officer who participated in the conference. The officer, who belongs to the 5th Subdivision of the Brazilian Army’s General Staff, addressed current communications tools. The technology brings many benefits to society, yet criminal networks also use it, multiplying problems such as drug and arms trafficking, including terrorism. Unity is essential to fight such threats. “Exchanging experiences, developing new capabilities, and fostering interoperability among armies in support of civil authorities is key to combat networks that transcend physical borders among countries,” Lt. Col. Marques said. Day to day Specialists kicked off the CAA event with lectures on the conference’s theme. Participants learned from leaders such as General Carlos Alberto Ospina, former commander of the Colombian Army; Dr. Craig A. Deare, professor at the U.S. National Defense University; and Nathan Menkevich, from U.S. Southern Command’s Joint Cyber Center. Service members attending the conference formed three working groups. Each group discussed topics from a certain perspective. The first group evaluated threats, the second discussed interoperability, and the third focused on the interagency approach, including coordination among various agencies. On the last day of the conference, participants shared discussion results with members of CAA in a document that will serve as a draft for the Guide to Countering Threat Networks. “There will still be meetings via video conference with member countries, at dates CAA administration will determine, to improve the content updated at the conference,” said EB Colonel Fábio Serpa de Carvalho Lima, of the 3rd Subdivision of the Brazilian Army’s General Staff, who also attended the meeting in San Antonio. The objective is to complete the version of the guide that will be presented at the Commanders’ Conference of American Armies (CCAA), scheduled for November 2019, in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Army runs activities for CAA’s 2018-2019 biennium. Once the document is approved, CAA member countries will be able to use it in different ways, as reference material. “The guide is not binding. Its relevance has to do with concept standardization that, once deemed viable, may be leveraged, entirely or partially, for manuals and regulations of those countries who see value in it,” said Lt. Col. Marques. For EB officers, the importance of the conference goes beyond reaching the meeting’s objectives. The creation of a professional environment that promotes debate and idea exchanges brings even more value to this kind of event. “The spirit of cooperation and sharing valuable experiences serve as a powerful tool to strengthen ties of mutual friendship and trust among participating nations,” Lt. Col. Marques said. Other steps CAA plans three presidential meetings in 2019 before CCAA. In April, Chile will host another specialized conference about Military Leadership of the American Armies in the 21st Century: Challenges and Proposals. The exercise on Interagency Operations on Protection of the Environment and Natural Resources, in Argentina, will happen in June. CCAA’s preparatory conference will be in August, in the Dominican Republic.
Primarily, joint actions will focus on market intelligence and innovation and data exchange, in order to ultimately obtain more accurate and precise models of tourism global trends. This will help in decision-making, the creation of data-driven policies aimed at sustainable recovery and the future development of tourism. Due to the partnership between the UNWTO and the Expedia Group, both sides will share data on tourism trends and developments, both globally and locally. – From the very beginning of this crisis, the UNWTO has been a strong advocate of close cooperation between the public and private sectors. This enhanced partnership will help improve our knowledge of global tourism trends, enabling us to respond to new challenges and lead the recovery of tourism. It will also help us put innovation and sustainability at the heart of this recovery, ensuring that tourism is stronger than before, said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. So the two sides signed Memorandum of Understanding which will work together on a range of topics, with the common goal of fostering recovery and making the sector more resilient and sustainable. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will work with the Expedia Group to strengthen public-private relations and encourage tourism to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
HONG KONG – The last band ofanti-government protesters trapped inside a besieged Hong Kong university wereweighing a narrowing range of options early on Wednesday as police outsideappeared ready to simply wait them out. Reuters witnesses said fewer than 100protesters remained inside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University after more than1,000 were arrested since late on Monday. A protester walks inside the besieged Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in Hong Kong, China, Nov. 20, 2019. REUTERS Some surrendered, while others werenabbed in escape attempts that included trying to clamber down ropes ontowaiting motorbikes. Some protesters resurfaced inside the campus afterunsuccessfully probing the sewers for a way out during the night. It wasunclear if any had managed to escape that way. (Reuters)