Nektan raises £2.1m from share placement

first_img Gaming platform and services provider Nektan has raised £2.1m (€2.4m/$2.7m) before expenses through a share placement.Nektan offered 13,978,020 new ordinary shares at a price of 15 pence each, with Gary Shaw, founder and executive officer, subscribing for 4,566,667 new shares at the placing price for an aggregate value of approximately £685,000.The provider will now apply to begin trading these shares on the London Stock Exchange, with Nektan expecting to be granted clearance by April 29.Nektan completed the placement yesterday (April 17) and its shares closed the day at 12.05 pence. This morning, Nektan’s shares opened at 12.10 pence each and at the time of writing are trading at 12.75.“We are delighted to have successfully completed our placing with the ongoing support of existing investors and we wish to welcome our new shareholders at this exciting time in the company’s development,” Nektan CEO, Lucy Buckley, said.“As demonstrated in our recent results and trading updates, the company is continuing to grow rapidly and expand its global footprint, increasing our gaming content and the partners we distribute this premium content to, which is leading to greater revenues and improving cash generation, putting us on track to report a positive EBITDA for FY2019.”Earlier this week, Nektan also completed the sale of a 57.7% majority stake in its Respin US subsidiary to Alternative Investment Partners Limited (AIP) for an initial cash consideration of £300,000. This represented a significant drop on a previously agreed deal with another, unnamed buyer. The original purchaser was unable to complete the transaction in the required time period, allowing AIP to step in and renegotiate terms. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 18th April 2019 | By contenteditor Nektan raises £2.1m from share placement Gaming platform and services provider Nektan has raised £2.1m (€2.4m/$2.7m) before expenses through a share placement. Nektan offered 13,978,020 new ordinary shares at a price of 15 pence each. Topics: Finance Strategycenter_img Email Address Finance Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

Scout hails post-Covid-19 recovery as H1 revenue grows 96%

first_img Tags: Fantasy Sports B2B fantasy sports supplier Scout Gaming Group has revealed that it was able to reduce its net loss during the first half of the year, after revenue almost doubled during the period.Overall revenue for the six months through to 30 June amounted to SEK14.9m (£1.3m/€1.4m/$1.7m), up 97.7% from SEK7.6m in the first half of 2019.Scout said the period’s revenue growth came despite its operations being impacted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.The crisis led to almost all major sporting events being postponed or cancelled, which in turn meant fantasy competitions were paused. However, Scout noted that the return of some leagues towards the end of the half, primarily in Europe, shored up its first half performance.Scout’s esports betting service, launched across its network in April, helped fill the void left by the lack of traditional sports events, it added.“We quickly managed to complete our esports offering and launch parts of it in mid-April,” Scout’s chief executive Andreas Ternstrom said. “In mid-May, the German Bundesliga games resumed and from that moment on we experienced a rapid recovery which in June resulted in record activity.”In terms of spending for the period, operating expenses edged up 1.4% from SEK39.0m to SEK39.6m. This was primarily due to higher outgoings related to other external expenses, with costs here climbing 45.8% to SEK19.1m.In contrast, personnel expenses were down 17.0% year-on-year to SEK17.6m, while depreciation, amortisation and impairment of PPE was also reduced by 39.3% to SEK2.9m for the half.This corresponded to an operating loss of SEK24.6m, an improvement on a loss of SEK31.5m last year. However, Scout noted an SEK2.7m negative impact from financial items, which pushed its loss before tax to SEK27.3m, but this was still less than SEK29.3m in 2019.After paying SEK33,000 in taxes, Scout ended H1 with a net loss of SEK27.3m, compared to SEK29.4m at the same point last year.Focusing in on Scout’s performance in the second quarter, when the impact of the pandemic was most felt as sports events began to be cancelled in mid-March, revenue was up 57.5% year-on-year to SEK6.3m.Scout said that revenue in the three months to 30 June mainly related to gaming related services its provides to its clients, with the increase in revenue mainly due to a rise in current partners.Operating costs were 3.8% lower at SEK17.8m, while operating loss was reduced from SEK14.5m to SEK11.5m for the quarter. However, Scout was impacted by an SEK6.0m loss related to financial items, which pushed loss before tax to SEK17.5m, wider than SEK13.4m last year.Scout paid SEK16,000 in tax, which left it with a net loss of SEK17.5m, compared to SEK13.3m in Q2 of 2019.“We have had an accelerating underlying growth throughout the second half of the quarter and are pleased that we were able to demonstrate this so quickly after the restart of European sports,” Ternstrom said.Ternstrom also noted a number of key events that took place after the end of the period, including the launch of a new fantasy game for England’s Premier League, offering a guaranteed prize pool of €1m for the 2020-21 season.In addition, Scout was able to raise SEK75m through a heavily oversubscribed directed share issue, which Ternstrom said drew interest from existing major owners and new institutional investors.“Activity in July and the first half of August continues to be high and we see very good opportunities for strong future growth,” he said. “I am happy for the shown confidence and sure that we can deliver on our growth ambitions in the coming years.“The second half of the year has the potential to be as intense as we hoped.” DFS B2B fantasy sports supplier Scout Gaming Group has revealed that it was able to reduce its net loss during the first half of the year, after revenue almost doubled during the period. Topics: Finance Sports betting DFS 21st August 2020 | By contenteditorcenter_img Scout hails post-Covid-19 recovery as H1 revenue grows 96% AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

UK Fundraising gets rated at Hotrate.com

UK Fundraising gets rated at Hotrate.com Advertisement We try to ensure UK Fundraising features prominently in the search engines, but sometimes we are helped by other people. For example, UK Fundraising is now listed at Hotrate.com following positive reviews by visitors to the site.Find out what visitors said about UK Fundraising at Hotrate.com. Howard Lake | 17 July 2000 | News  11 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. read more

Bane-Welker Celebrates 50 Years of Serving Farmers

first_img Minor Changes in June WASDE Report Bane-Welker Celebrates 50 Years of Serving Farmers By Gary Truitt – Sep 6, 2017 Bane-Welker Celebrates 50 Years of Serving FarmersPhil BaneFifty years is a long time to be doing anything, but to be successful in the farm equipment business for half a century is quite an accomplishment. Bane Equipment started with one location in Crawfordsville in 1967. In 2013, they merged with North Central Agri-Power to become Bane-Welker with 10 locations across Indiana and 3 in Ohio. Phil Bane says a lot has changed in the past 50 years, especially the equipment, “Technology is the biggest change, from the 8 speed transmissions of the older models to the complex computer controlled transmissions of today.” He said you have to have a computer before you can even begin to work on the equipment today.The tractor is the horsepower that keeping farming operations running, and, as farms have gotten larger and more sophisticated the horsepower has gone up. According to Joe Miller, with Case IH, “In 1967, the biggest tractor Case was making was the 1200 Traction King, it was a 140 HP. Today, our smallest 4wd  tractor is  420HP and goes up to 620HP.”Bane told HAT one thing that has not changed is the dealer’s relationship with the farmer. But how dealers and farmers interact has changed, “It used to be that the farmer would send his wife to town to get a part, and the dealer knew just what he needed.” Today, a dealer can log into the equipment with a computer and diagnose the problem while the equipment is still on the farm.Bayne says that, in the future, innovation will continue to drive the industry and that much of that innovation will come in the form of more advanced implements, “Planters, for example, have become very complex and expensive, costing as much as $400,000.” When Bane Equipment started, a farmer could buy a 6 row planter for about $10,000.  Miller said Case is continuing to advance technology most recently with the self-driving tractor. He said farmers today need to think of their equipment as a package, so you have a tractor and combine that will work with the technology a farmer is using.Bane said, while current farm income is not good, he has seen ups and down in agriculture before. Miller added that dealers like Bane-Welker are committed to working with their customers to help improve their productivity and make the most of every acre.Bane-Welker is looking forward to another 50 years by investing in the future of agriculture. As part of their 50 year celebration, they matched donations to the Indiana 4-H Foundation, generating more than $10,000. All quotes are delayed snapshots Wheat ZWN21 (JUL 21) 680.75 -3.00 Previous articleFarmers Looking for Relief in Tax ReformNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for September 7, 2017 Gary Truitt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter How Indiana Crops are Faring Versus Other States STAY CONNECTED5,545FansLike3,961FollowersFollow187SubscribersSubscribe Soybean ZSN21 (JUL 21) 1508.50 -35.50 Feeder Cattle GFQ21 (AUG 21) 151.18 2.78 Lean Hogs HEM21 (JUN 21) 122.68 0.22 Home Indiana Agriculture News Bane-Welker Celebrates 50 Years of Serving Farmers Live Cattle LEM21 (JUN 21) 118.70 1.13 Name Sym Last Change SHARE Corn ZCN21 (JUL 21) 684.50 -14.50 SHARE Battle Resistance With the Soy Checkoff ‘Take Action’ Program last_img read more

Baseball enter ‘Do or Die’ Big 12 Championship with eyes on NCAA Tournament berth

first_imgFacebook ReddIt Linkedin I am the executive editor of TCU 360 from Raleigh, North Carolina. If you walk by my desk in the newsroom you’ll immediately know I’m Post Malone’s biggest fan. I’m always looking for a good story to tell! If you have any story ideas, feel free to reach out! Go Panthers! Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto Two students joined harassment and discrimination lawsuit against TCU Linkedin Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Twitter printAn unfamiliar sight to the Horned Frog faithful, TCU Baseball is not guaranteed a spot in the upcoming NCAA Tournament for the first season since 2013 when the team went 29-28 overall and 12-12 in Big 12 play.The College World Series regulars enter this week’s Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship with a 30-22 overall record and a 10-13 record in league play.“Our season certainly hasn’t gone the way the last four seasons have gone,” Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “There are no excuses for that. This is definitely a ‘do or die’ tournament for us.”Following a three-game series against Baylor University in Waco, the Horned Frogs were sitting at 19-17 with postseason chances looking slim to none.The Frogs went on to win 11 of their next 13 ballgames, including series victories against Texas Tech, West Virginia and a sweep over Lamar University. Schlossnalgle said their “simple approach” generated their success.Senior designated hitter Michael Landestoy’s experience tells him the team needs to go far in this week’s tournament for an NCAA Tournament berth. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto“We got back home and we got some timely hits to get us going,” Schlossnagle said May 4 when the frogs played Lamar University. “Some experience from Wanhanen and Watson started to show. These guys know where we are in the season and what has to happen for us to have any type of season in late May. It’s all about pitching, defense and timely hitting.”Limping into this week’s Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship, the Horned Frogs dropped their final series of the regular season to Texas. In the series, the squad was unable to muster more than three runs in each of their three defeats.“We had been playing pretty well until our trip to Austin this past weekend,” Schlossnagle said. “We’re hoping to pick up on that play over this next week.”The team understands their precarious fate and will continue their same approach, hoping it leads to more success.“I’m not a guy who looks into statistics or rankings, but from experience, I’m pretty sure we need to go really deep, if not win the Big 12 Tournament, to have a chance to be in the postseason,” senior designated hitter Michael Landestoy said. “We just need to come out and take it pitch by pitch, game by game. Nothing really changes for us, no matter the stakes. We’re just going to play our brand of baseball that we know and we will be ready to play.”The No. 6 seed Horned Frogs will open the 2018 Big 12 Championship against the No. 3 seed Texas Tech, the league’s top hitting team. As a team, the Red Raiders hit .311 and boast an on-base percentage of .425.Five Red Raiders were named to the All-Big 12 first team: infielder Josh Jung, outfielder Grant Little, infielder Gabe Holt, designated hitter Zach Rheams and starting pitcher Caleb Kilian.Jung and Little hold the honors of being the conference’s top-two hitters. Jung, first in the league, holds a .389 average with 11 home runs and 71 RBIs and Little is hitting at a clip of .374 with 12 home runs and 66 RBIs.“They’re a huge challenge and an ‘Omaha’ club,” Schlossnagle said. “They’re very athletic and have power and you have to make pitches to them. We finished second in the league in ERA, so I feel good about our pitching. They’re playing some of their best baseball of the season. It should be fun.”Schlossnagle’s squad was able to earn the series victory over Texas Tech over the season as part of their hot streak late in the season and he hopes his team uses it as a confidence boost.“I’d say they’re pretty confident knowing they can have success against great teams,” Schlossnagle said. “It’s a new season and everybody resets to zero. I think more lower seeds than higher seeds have won the title. We’re hoping we’re one of those teams.”TCU’s pitching is faced with a tough task against Texas Tech’s firepower tomorrow evening. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSotoLandestoy said their past victories over the Red Raiders give the first-year players a confidence boost headed into tomorrow’s contest.“We’ve played them before and that was a big series for us confidence-wise,” Landestoy said. “They’re going to come ready to play. They’re a good baseball team in all areas. This tournament gives us another chance to prove ourselves. ”First pitch against the Red Raiders is scheduled for Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Okla. Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Robbie Vaglio Previous articleBaseball swept by Texas in final regular season seriesNext articleBaseball scores early, often in run-rule victory over Texas Tech, 12-2 Robbie Vaglio RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Snow temporarily stepping down as honors dean What to watch during quarantine TCU wants ex-professor’s discrimination suit dismissed + posts ReddIt Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Twitter Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Facebook TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

Tata Sons v Cyrus Mistry – Live Updates From Supreme Court [Day-6]

first_imgTop StoriesTata Sons v Cyrus Mistry – Live Updates From Supreme Court [Day-6] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK16 Dec 2020 1:43 AMShare This – xSupreme Court bench headed by CJI is hearing the matter of Tata Sons v. Cyrus…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginSupreme Court bench headed by CJI is hearing the matter of Tata Sons v. Cyrus Mistry Live Updates 16 Dec 2020 3:34 AMBench has risen. The matter is listed for tomorrow.16 Dec 2020 3:34 AMCJI: Sacrifice some time Mr. Divan tomorrow. Salve: On our side Only one lawyer argued. Two eminent seniors have argued from their side. From one side atleast we should get 40 minutes to advance our arguments.16 Dec 2020 3:32 AMDivan summarizes his arguments.16 Dec 2020 3:30 AMCJI: there is not doubt about stability of their relationship. Divan: this is exactly the point your lords. Thank you. Even the NCLAT records that this falls so point short of Tata Group with the kind of stature. Salve interrupts: These are new arguments and new documents that have come on record. 16 Dec 2020 3:22 AMCJI: can you tell us tomorrow that is there any article about irregularity in meetings or non compliance in Board? Divan agrees.16 Dec 2020 3:18 AM”The events are reflective of utmost good faith and a strong bond between two partners” he continues. 16 Dec 2020 3:18 AMDivan: We have served for 24 years as director due to full faith and trust between parties. The only thing we asked was a place on board and the Companies Aft, 2013 recognizes it. 16 Dec 2020 3:16 AMDivan now reads out the timeline of events showing excellent relationship between SPG and Tata Group.16 Dec 2020 3:13 AMDivan refers to Bombay Public Trust Act under which these trusts are registered and classifies the course of action. He argues on the misuse of AoA.”Misuse of Article 121 and 121A to demand pre-consultation and breach of fiduciary duties by directors on board, failure to act in their independent judgment and breach of standards of equity.” 16 Dec 2020 3:07 AMDivan: A trust has no independent relevance as per law. If you are a public trustee, you are directly hit by these provisions. And that was the circumstance in which SPG came in. >Load MoreSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

‘Plan B’ for Mary from Dungloe

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews ‘Plan B’ for Mary from Dungloe By News Highland – April 22, 2020 Previous articleO’Neill parts ways with Northern IrelandNext articleMotorist caught drink driving in Ballybofey News Highland WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applications RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+center_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA The Managing Director of the Mary from Dungloe Festival has confirmed that a ‘Plan B’ for the festival is currently being considered. The International event usually runs at the end of July and attracts thousands of visitors to Donegal each year.It’s just one of hundreds of festivals and gigs right across the country which have been impacted due to new restrictions announced by Government yesterday.However the festivals MD, Athia Akinson, says they are exploring other options in order for the festival and other cancelled events locally to still happen this year:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/maryfrofgdfgdfgdfgmdungloe.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Twitter Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

Tunnocks Uddingston

first_imgInstalled: a new Schubert automated packaging line featuring a TLM-F44 Picker Station, which is used to pick up the teacakes and place them on to the grouping belt conveyor; they are then transported to the machine’s central loading operation. A Schubert TLM-F2 loading system then picks up the collated teacakes and loads them into the cartons.Techie spec: It has a Schubert vision system incorporated, for quality control purposes. Any misshapen or broken products are automatically rejected before the final packaging process.Packing heat: The rectangular cardboard carton is erected from a flat carton blank and glued by means of hot melt, using a carton closing machine. The highly flexible system is also able to pack the products into an acetate tray. Simply by changing the format parts, the versatile machine is capable of de-nesting the tray, loading the new format with ’completion inspection’ and discharging from the system.Benefits: Increased efficiency is one of the main benefits. The line has been installed to pack the famous Tunnocks teacakes, and is designed to pack either six or 10 teacakes to a box or 12 to a tray. The high-speed machine packs up to 67 cartons per minute for the six-count carton and 40 cartons per minute for the 10-count carton. The line can pack up to 400 products a minute.Supplied by: Schubertwww.schubert-uk.co.uklast_img read more

The gifts of immigration

first_imgNearly one of every four Americans — 70 million — is an immigrant or is the child of parents from elsewhere. In Los Angeles, one of every three residents is foreign-born.The vast majority of U.S. immigration has been nonwhite since 1965, a trend that won’t change anytime soon. So two Harvard researchers asked themselves: What can the past teach us about absorbing today’s immigrants — especially children — in a way that benefits them, and society?“If they succeed, that is a social good of the first order,” said sociologist Gerhard Sonnert of the young immigrants in the 21st century. “If they do not succeed, it would be bad for America.”As in the past, immigrants often come to the United States propelled by tragedy. Helping them to prosper is both a practical and a moral imperative, said physicist Gerald Holton.Holton is the Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Professor of the History of Science Emeritus. Sonnert, a sociologist of science, is a research associate at the Harvard College Observatory and an associate in the Physics Department.The two are champions of practicing science that aims at the social good, a realm they call “Jeffersonian research.” It occupies a scholarly middle ground between the basic research of Isaac Newton and the applied research of Francis Bacon. One approach offers grand ideas, and the other favors applied technology. Holton and Sonnert propose there is a better way to use basic research for the social good.They wrote two previous books on gender inequality in science. Their two recent volumes focus on the social need to grapple with the facts of immigration.Holton called modernity’s global flood of immigrants and refugees “an unnatural disaster” for humanity, and the two refer to it as “one of the darkest facts of our time.”Their first volume on immigration, “What Happened to the Children Who Fled Nazi Persecution” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), studied a similar unnatural disaster: the flight to the United States of 30,000 mostly Jewish children from Nazi-dominated Central Europe in the 1930s and 1940s.It was what Holton and Sonnert call the “second wave” of immigration related to the war. The “first wave” brought in the accomplished adults forced out of Europe, an act of cultural “self-decapitation” by the Germans, the Harvard researchers wrote. Among the escapees were hundreds of luminaries, including Hannah Arendt, Hans Bethe, Albert Einstein, and Walter Gropius.The second wave, all children, generally turned into American adults who brought extraordinary benefits to their adopted land. After five years of research, including more than 1,500 detailed questionnaires and 100 in-depth interviews, Holton and Sonnert found, for instance, that second-wave youngsters had a 15 times greater chance of appearing in “Who’s Who” compared with their American-born peers. In adulthood, the same children made on average twice as much money, graduated from college at a three-times-higher rate, and were far more likely to enter high-end professions. Among the second-wave were five Nobel Prize winners.With opportunities found and used in their new country, these immigrant children — despised flotsam to the Nazis — went on to write “an astonishing and a glorious chapter for America,” said Holton.With this “glorious chapter” in mind, Holton and Sonnert wondered: Could the same advantages to the United States occur with immigrants today?With help from the Russell Sage Foundation and an anonymous donor, they held a preparatory conference in 2006, from which emerged 20 essays by scholars and practitioners of immigration aid. The essays were collected in “Helping Young Refugees and Immigrants Succeed” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), co-edited by Holton and Sonnert.Many aid organizations help immigrants, and scholars of the field continue a century’s work of studying that. But despite common interests, the practitioners of aid and the academics remain “separate cultures,” said Holton. He called the book an attempt “to bring [them] together fruitfully.”The essays (including one of their own) touch on lessons from the past, on the primacy of education, on the work of aid organizations, and on research regarding present-day young immigrants.The stakes are high. Having a rising fraction of young immigrants in the U.S. population makes it a social imperative to provide them with the help they need. Most young immigrants arrive without the cultural capital of their counterparts from Central Europe decades ago. (That kind of capital, said Sonnert, was readily transferable to the Kultur-admiring segments in America.) But the immigrants bring some of the same qualities of spirit to their new country, including pluck, psychological toughness, and the creativity that comes with having to grow up fast under adverse circumstances.Many young immigrants have faced extreme poverty, danger, and chaotic internment camps, said Holton. They often emerge from these hardships as “instant adults,” he said, just as the children of the second wave did. Young immigrants today also bring something else. It’s what Holton and Sonnert called in their second-wave study “distinctiveness advantage,” the ability of new citizens to retain helpful strengths from their homeland cultures.It’s a form of creative resistance to the traditional expectation of linear assimilation — the “melting pot” ideal — and is investigated in the book by essayist and immigration scholar Mary C. Waters, Harvard’s M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology. These “second-generation advantages,” she wrote, also include exceptional parents and a supportive U.S. civil rights climate.In sum, these young immigrants bring their own cultural capital, facility in another language, perhaps, or a musical heritage, or a deep-seated admiration for education. Said an admiring Holton, “They don’t come just with a suitcase.”last_img read more

Bringing parents home

first_imgMore than 1,300 juniors and seniors spent this past weekend providing their parents with an intimate look into their lives and experiences at Notre Dame at Junior Parents Weekend (JPW). Junior Parents Weekend allows students to both celebrate with their friends and give their parents inside access to their academic, social and professional activities. “[My parents] live down the road from Notre Dame, so I see them enough and they know campus very well,” junior Grace Hatfield said. “But showing them the lab I am a research assistant at, introducing them to my favorite professors and just hanging out where I love and study were things I’ve never been able to do before.” Hatfield and the other JPW participants began the weekend’s events with an Opening Gala held Friday night in the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center and Joyce Center Fieldhouse. Saturday’s events included collegiate workshops for the individual colleges and luncheons in each residence hall. University president Fr. John Jenkins celebrated JPW Mass on Saturday night and the evening was capped off by the President’s Dinner. The Mass and Dinner represented the highlight of the weekend for junior Pat Laskowski. “It made my parents and I feel … important,” he said. “We got all dressed up, experienced a grand celebration of the Mass, enjoyed delicious food and heard Fr. Jenkins speak about the significance of the weekend.” The weekend concluded Sunday morning with the Closing Brunch in the Joyce Center Fieldhouse. JPW junior co-chair Elizabeth Owers said the weekend’s events went smoothly. “There were no major mishaps, everything went off without a hitch and, most importantly, the students and their parents all seemed to have a great time,” she said. “Given that so many students are abroad, we are very pleased with the turnout.” The weekend was challenging to plan, Owers said, but well worth the time and effort to provide parents with an idea of what their sons’ and daughters’ everyday lives are like. “It is structured so that our parents can see our dorms and classrooms, meet our professors and most importantly meet the people we’re sharing our experience with,” she said. “At this point in our college careers, we’ve established ourselves pretty well academically and socially, so we can give our parents a good idea of what we love about Notre Dame and why we call this place home.” Junior co-chair Melissa Hallihan said the JPW Executive Committee and advisors were instrumental in the planning process. “It’s been such an amazing opportunity as I got to meet many of my fellow juniors, communicated with parents and University staff and got an inside look into all the work that goes into planning events here at Notre Dame,” she said. For some students, JPW was not an opportunity to meet their fellow juniors, but a chance to take advantage of an opportunity they previously had missed out on. The University invites seniors who missed JPW while they were abroad to participate in the events during the following year. Senior Colleen Heberlein was abroad in London last spring, but said her parents still wanted to visit her on a weekend that was not occupied entirely by football. “It seemed like the perfect opportunity for my parents to visit before the craziness of graduation,” she said. “Also, my parents heard great things about JPW from parents of my older friends and did not want to miss out on the experience.” Heberlein signed up for JPW with one other senior and met up with others at the events. Despite being in the minority, she said she felt very included at the three major events. “I did feel a little out of place and old at first, but I sat with senior friends at the events which helped,” she said. “It was obviously geared toward the Class of 2014, as it should be, but we never felt left out.” Although she enjoyed her experience at JPW, Heberlein said she and fellow seniors wondered why the University doesn’t hold a parent’s weekend sophomore year when far fewer students are studying abroad. “I wish my friends and I had been able to experience it together last year, but my parents were still able to meet a few of my friends and we had a great time,” she said.last_img read more