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Cultural Passport gets students off campus

first_img Each passport features a description of the location, hours of operation and some destinations even offer special discounts for Notre Dame students. The goal of the passport format, according to Crawford, is to get students to visit as many of the destinations as possible. At every location a student shows the passport, they will receive a stamp on the passport for that organization.  “I would have never thought to explore South Bend until I got my passport,” freshman Gina Rogari said. “I didn’t know we had some of those things around here.” “Our students should be able to leave this community that they’ve lived in for four years and tell people all about it,” he said.  “Besides, I think that when they visit some of these places, they will be blown away by what they see.” First created last spring, the Cultural Passport program was developed through a partnership with the College of Science and Mayor Stephen Luecke of South Bend. The program gives every student a cultural passport featuring 14 destinations in the South Bend area where students are encouraged to visit.  Each College has the passports and students are encouraged to go to their dean’s office and pick one up.  The Class of 2014 received their passports during Freshmen Orientation. Many of the freshmen said the passports have made them see there is a lot more to South Bend than just Notre Dame.  While many Notre Dame students may decide to study abroad and travel to far-off places, a new program on campus is encouraging students to seek out the marvels in the local community. Crawford and Mayor Luecke worked with each of the fourteen destinations to be included in the program. The Mayor’s Office agreed to print up a special certificate for any student who receives a stamp from every location in the passport.  But Crawford hopes that students participate in the program for different reasons.  “This is a nice and easy way to engage the community, and a very important one,” he said.  “I would hate to think that they would participate in this simply to receive a certificate.” “Before starting this program, I visited most of the places that are in the passports and I was fascinated by all these various organizations,” he said. “I started working with the Mayor’s office and together we compiled this list of fourteen locations that we encourage students to visit during their time here at Notre Dame.” When the program was conceived last year, it was initially only offered to a select group of students from the College of Science and was more of a “prototype” according to Crawford. However, the program has been expanded to include every undergraduate and graduate student at Notre Dame.  Crawford said the program will be reviewed at the end of the year and feedback will be solicited from the students who participated in the program to see if any changes should be made. Crawford said he has little doubt that the program will help bring new outlook to the students who take advantage of the program and the city of South Bend.  “I believe that all of our students need to graduate with not only a great education but actually knowing something about the community that they’ve lived in for four years,” Dean Gregory Crawford of the College of Science said.  Freshman Molly Shank said while she found the passport “helpful,” initially she wasn’t sure of its purpose. “There wasn’t a whole lot of explanation about the program,” she said. “They need to explain it better because I would definitely use it now.” Crawford said he came up with the idea when he realized how few Notre Dame students ever venture into the South Bend community.last_img read more

Pre-registration underway for Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour

first_imgJAMESTOWN, N.D. – Nine states and Canada are already represented in on-line registrations for the July 8-13 Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour.All six IMCA Modified main events will pay $2,300, a minimum of $300 to start, and are qualifying events for 2017 upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars race for $800 to win and a minimum of $125 to start each night of the 28th annual tour.Drivers in both divisions can go to the www.dakotamodtour.com website to register. A Modified past champion’s provisional will be given on opening night July 8 at Jamestown Speedway while pre-registered Modified drivers only will be eligible for single high points provisionals each of the next five nights, at Nodak Speedway in Minot, on July 9, Estevan, Sask., Motor Speedway on July 10, Williston Basin Speedway on July 11, Southwest Speedway in Dickinson on July 12 and Da­cotah Speedway at Mandan on July 13.Modified drivers already pre-registered include Hank Berry, Sidney, Mont.; Bland Bohannon, Williston; Tracy Domagala, Bismarck; Jesse Hoeft, Forest City, Iowa; Jordan Huettl, Minot; Billy Kendall, Baxter, Minn.; Tommy Lee, Grenora; Mike McCarthy, Hutto, Texas; Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas; Clay Money, Penokee, Kan; Dale Neitzel, Shepherd, Mont.; Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa; Steven Pfeifer, Minot; Crist Pittenger, Bismarck; Dallas Rice, Minot; Josh Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn.; Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa; Jonathan Schumann, Mercer; Marlyn Seidler, Underwood; Robert Sigman, Dickinson; Shawn Strand, Mandan; Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; Travis Ulmer, Mandan; and Tyler Wagner, Weyburn, Sask.Stock Car registrations are in hand from Jayden Bears, Smithville, Mo.; Chris Ellis, Stanley; Scott Gartner, Aurora, Colo.; Keith Mattox, Ray; Perry Misner, Albert, Kan.; Angel Munoz, Lamar, Colo.; Shane Nehring, Williston; Jake Nelson, Williston; Randy Schultz, Swift Current, Sask.; Scott Sim, Williston; Chad Sterling, Stockton, Kan.; and Jeremy Swanson, Estevan, Sask.Title sponsor Kupper Chevrolet provides tour point funds of $2,000 for the Modifieds and $1,000 for the Stock Cars. Drivers in both divisions also earn contingency awards from numerous IMCA and local sponsors.More information about the tour is available from Tour Director John Gartner at 701 202-6075.Modified drivers are also required to compete at a minimum of three tour events to become eligi­ble to qualify for the $10,002 to win Corral Sales Legendary 50 on Friday, July 14 at Dacotah Speed­way.All six Dakota Tour events as well as The Legendary will be broadcast by IMCATV with a daily or yearly subscription (to subscribe visit www.imca.tv). Highlights will be featured on the IMCA Racing Rewind and the Dirt Knights documentary series via cable channel MAVTV at a later date to be announced.last_img read more