26 Jan

Junior Parents Weekend chairs reflect on event planning

first_imgObserver File Photo Students and parents enjoy brunch on the Sunday morning of last year’s Junior Parents Weekend (JPW). JPW offers parents an insight into their children’s lives at Notre Dame over a weekend in February. The 2020 iteration will take place this weekend.Events begin Friday night and continue almost nonstop until Sunday morning. Although no event is required, they all bring something unique to the weekend. Notably, there is an Opening Gala on Friday night, academic open houses, Mass and a President’s Dinner on Saturday and a Sunday Brunch. Each event is planned by one of the JPW chair members.“Going through the whole process is challenging, but very rewarding,” junior Devon Ngo, College of Engineering chair, said. “Seeing it all come together is humbling in a way, because you begin to see how much work it takes to run an event smoothly that, as an attendee, you don’t really get to see.”While the weekend does not change much year-to-year, Ngo tried to bring something new to the College of Engineering Open House.“One of the things that I’m doing this year is making it feel a little more personal,” he said. “I’m having a slideshow with engineering pictures. The one thing that our junior chemical engineering class has kind of developed over the past two and a half years is this really close connection with one another. It’s so rewarding to see and be able to display that to the parents.”Junior Shantae Harris, Gala Chair, said she was also excited to be a part of the process, especially because she was responsible for picking out every detail of the gala.“I get to be a part of the process, but also all the fun things that are associated with it, like planning the events, picking the menus, figuring out who’s going to be the homilist,” Harris said. “I feel like the gala was the best for me. I love finger foods, and I love cooking, so I had all these ideas for it.”While most of the events involve mingling, like the academic open houses and the gala, the President’s Dinner is unique in that it facilitates conversation, junior and dinner chair Beverley Watson said. The dinner is also the only time that University President Fr. John Jenkins directly addresses students and their parents.“Dinner is the time to sit down and really get to know people. You have this sit-down environment where you can have a nice conversation with people, and the Glee Club will perform right beforehand,” she said. “I feel like a meal is always a great way to experience the people you’re surrounding yourself with, and I’m so excited to help make that happen.”Although there are many details involved in JPW, they all come together to give parents the big picture of what their child’s Notre Dame experience has been like so far. But, Reddy said, JPW is not just a time for parents; the students should also take the opportunity to look back on all that they have accomplished in their two and a half years at the University.“I hope students enjoy looking back on their growth since freshman year, cherishing all of the relationships they’ve cultivated, and celebrating with their parents all of the work they’ve done,” she said. “I also hope they get the unique chance to introduce their family to the larger Notre Dame family they’ve created for themselves since freshman year.”Tags: Junior Parents Weekend, parents, University President Fr. John Jenkins This weekend, hundreds of parents will stream onto campus — not to see a football game, but to immerse themselves in the community and to discover the reality of their children’s daily lives at Notre Dame.Ever since its beginnings in 1953, Junior Parents Weekend (JPW) has been an opportunity for juniors to show their parents the lives they have built for themselves, the friendships they have forged and all of their achievements, junior Sara Rani Reddy, JPW co-chair, said in an email.last_img read more

18 Nov

How to develop a tourist destination through events?

first_imgThe Tourist Board of the City of Pula, in cooperation with the Tourist Board of Fažana, the Tourist Board of Ližnjan and the Tourist Board of Medulin, has been organizing three excellent quality and, most importantly, authentic tourist facilities for the 13th year in a row. The first is the summer fair of Istrian souvenirs, gastronomic and gourmet products – Istra Mix, the second is Istra Gourmet – a fair of typical Istrian gourmet products and the Fair of Istrian souvenirs where items are made directly in front of tourists.I know I believe you expected these to be examples of mega big events, but precisely because we all look megalomaniacal, many have lost the “compass” and the essence of the whole story.The motive for coming, especially outside the peak season, is the destination, ie the diverse, high-quality and authentic content of the tourist destination. Not every event should or should be large, those “medium and small” events are extremely important and crucial. They give rhythm and soul to the destination.One big event lasts a couple of days, and such facilities last all year round. The right mix of diverse, quality and authentic content, whether large or small, makes a winning formula for the successful development of tourism.But let’s go in order…ISTRIAN SOUVENIR FAIR For the 13th year in a row, the Pula Tourist Board has been organizing the Istrian hand made summer fair of Istrian souvenirs. At the Summer Fair of Craftsmen every week from 15.6.-15.9. artisans will exhibit, sell and produce souvenirs and handicrafts; Mondays and Tuesdays in Pula. The working hours of the fair are from 15.6-31.8. from 20-23, and from 1.9.-15.9. from 19-22 hours.The interesting thing about this event is that some items are made directly in front of tourists. All exhibitors have T-shirts and bags with the Istrian hand made logo to make the event recognizable. The goals of the event are: to enrich the tourist offer of the city and provide tourists with the opportunity to buy handicrafts and indigenous souvenirs.2018 craftsmen will participate in the Istrian hand made fair in 11:Craft ANDARTE-GLASS, Mrs. Morena Andačić, Pula – decorative and useful glass objectsGlass blowing trade LANCIN, Mr. Marko Celija, Pula – making glass objectsHome craft Kolić Gordana, Pula – objects made of modeled wireHome craft Boris Glišić, Pula – Istrian motifs in stoneHome craft Nadija Radola, Pula – Istrian motifs in stonePTO Vetro Miani, Alen Miani, Umag – unique Murano jewelryOPG Pekica Aleksandra, Svetvincenat – lavender productsDomestic handicrafts Milan Vitasović, Marčana – traditional Istrian instruments, sprts, basketsOPG Predan Branko, Vodnjan – production of soaps, creams and lip balms from medicinal herbsHomemade handicraft Happy horses, Pula – leather products and souvenirsHome craft Eda Mirković, Vodnjan – decoupage box and box with Istrian motifsISTRIA GOURMETIstra Gourmet is the event that is being held for the 10th time this year. , organized by TZO Medulin. It is a fair of typical Istrian gourmet products, products for which Istria has become famous and recognizable – such as prosciutto, olive oil, truffles, wines, brandies, cheeses, honey, homemade cakes (candies, amaretti, ..), homemade jams .The fair is held from 15.06.-15.09., On Mondays in Premantura (placa), on Tuesdays in Medulin (waterfront) in the evening, from 15.06—31.08. from 20-23 h, and from 01.09.-15.09. from 19-22 h. This year it starts on Monday 18.06. with Premantura, and ends on 11.09. in Medulin. The special feature of the fair is that the products can be tasted and presented and sold by the producers themselves (small family farms) from the area of ​​southern Istria. We want to bring domestic products and producers closer to our guests so that they take something typical Istrian to their homes instead of classic souvenirs, especially since one general trend in the world is turning to indigenous versus globalization. In addition, visitors in conversation with manufacturers can get additional information about how which product is produced, etc., which gives it extra charm.A total of 11 exhibitors are participating in the Istra Gourmet event, and the exhibitors are:Craft Kod Milana – prosciutto, ombolo and other meat specialtiesKalavojna doo – wines and brandiesOPG Fiore, OPG Tanger, OPG Crnobori – olive oilOPG Štoković, OPG Bulić – medcraft Vesna Loborika, OPG Jukopila – cheeses and other dairy productscraft Franco – marmaladeVR CHOCO ART – Istrian chocolate collectionISTRIA MIX Istra mix, ie the Fair of Istrian gourmet products and souvenirs – Istrian hand made and Istra gourmet, will also be held from 15.06. to 15.09. for the 8th year in a row in Fažana and the 4th year from 12.7. to 30.8. in Ližnjan.In Fažana, where the event will take place on Wednesday, in addition to the producers of souvenirs (listed on the list of Istrian hand made), the following producers of gourmet products are participating:TRGOVAČKI OBRT KOD MILANA, prosciutto, ombolo, sausagesOBRT VESNA LOBORIKA, cheeseOBRT FRANKO HRELJA, fig, marmaladecraft VR CHOCO ART, chocolate productsKALAVOJNA, doo, wines and sparkling winesAGROUDRUGA FAŽANA, olive oilOPG BULIĆ, medThe atmosphere will be complemented by folklore performed by KUD Kanfanar.20 exhibitors will take part in the Istra mix in Ližnjan, which will be held every Thursday from 23 pm to 8 pm on a green area in front of the Municipality.OPG Komparić, Marko Komparić – fig productsOPG Ivetac – olive oilMosca Bonsai – decorative items, souvenirs and jewelryPlacenta trade – frituleSvjetlana – decorative items and jewelryOlujić – independent artistHomemade Zgrablić Suzana – scented candles, lavender soapsHomemade Happy Horses – leather products and souvenirs Could this tourist story be better?Kudos to the Tourist Boards of Pula, Medulin and Fažana, that is what our tourism lacks. This is the foundation of a tourist destination development – respect yourself and you will respect others.Tourists want to get to know, feel, taste indigenous local products, even if you tell them a story that’s it – the essence of tourism. This must be the foundation of tourism of all tourist destinations, and the rest is an upgrade. The Germans don’t want to try German sausages, but our homemade ones. And if they like it, they will buy it and take it home where, in the company of their friends, they will spread the story of a great vacation and taste our home-made and indigenous sausage. Sausage is just a metaphor, we have to sell ourselves, our culture, gastronomy, history and identity. This is what tourists want to experience. This tourist story is so simple, and yet so ingenious. It should be the standard story of each of our tourist destinations.Also, not all events have to be megalomaniacal that attract tens or hundreds of thousands of visitors. In fact, it is the medium and small events that give the rhythm and soul of the city, have special charms, and participate in the final quality and impression of the destination. We must finally understand that tourism is not the sun and the sea, and that our greatest advantage is precisely this diversity through history, gastronomy, music, culture, customs and everything else. We have thousands of different indigenous stories, we just have to be who we are and tell those stories.Also, one should put oneself in the role of a guest. What can I do in the destination, what can I experience, what can we impress them with? What story might be interesting to them? These are questions we need to ask ourselves. The sun and the sea are great, but that’s not enough. The focus is on content, content and only quality and authentic content.Let us be what we are because tourists want to see, experience and taste just that. We do not need a new big idea of ​​our tourism, but finally we have to be and sell what we are – Istrians, Dalmatians, Slavonians, Međimurje, Zagorje, Ličani…. Croats. Let’s be what we are – indigenous, authentic and credible! That is the story we have to tellTourism consists of emotions, experiences and stories. Tell stories, our storieslast_img read more

16 Sep

O’Shea praises Tipp team and supporters.

first_imgRichie Power scored two goals for the Cats while Bubbles notched up 7 points for the Premier, 5 of them from play.Tipp manager Eamon O’Shea described it as a magnificent match with great hurling and equally mistakes from both sides.He praised the support of the Tipperary fans and says the team will use the three week break to prepare for the replay.The replay is set for 5 o’clock on Saturday September 27th – a game which will be broadcast live here on Tipp FM. Just millimetres separated Tipperary from All Ireland glory at Croke Park yesterday.The last puck of the game – an injury time free from John “Bubbles” O’Dwyer – was ruled wide by Hawkeye.Tipperary 1-28 Kilkenny 3-22 the final score.last_img read more

24 Dec


first_imgRory with SamRORY KAVANAGH’S decision to leave the Donegal County Senior Football set-up as been the talk of the national and local media in the past 48 hours.But for the Kavanagh family it is much more than that.It is the end of an era for the St Eunan’s man – and a very proud one at that. Rory’s sister Alma posted these pictures from some of the special moments for her, Rory and their family over the past few years.What a journey….. SISTER’S PROUD PICTURE TRIBUTE TO RORY KAVANAGH was last modified: January 16th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:alma kavanaghdonegalRory KavanaghSt Eunanslast_img read more