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Robinson Center celebrates ninth anniversary

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first_imgFor the past nine years, Notre Dame faculty, staff and students as well as members of the South Bend community have volunteered their time to better their lives of local children at the Robinson Community Learning Center. The Center, an off-campus educational initiative sponsored by the University, celebrated its ninth anniversary Friday afternoon and gave thanks to the support of its volunteers.Speakers at the event included University President Fr. John Jenkins and South Bend Mayor Steve Luecke.Jay Caponigro, the founding director of the RCLC, was officially appointed to the position of the Director of Community Engagement for the University, a promotion effective March 1. No announcements about his replacement at the RCLC have been made yet.Friday’s festivities also included the recognition of various community volunteers and Notre Dame faculty and students who work to further the Center’s ventures.In addition, the James Kapsa Take Ten Award was presented to a local school leader and awards were given to the top 12 schools in the Take Ten poster design contest.The Take Ten Program is an outreach project of the Robinson Community Learning Center encouraging students to “Talk it out, Walk it out and Wait it Out” before taking action. The Center lists the mission statement of its Take Ten Program as one working “to promote choices and strategies that cultivate nonviolent communities.”Two Notre Dame seniors, Jarred Carter and Austin Dwyer, were recognized for their service within the center at the celebration.“We pretty much have an occupation where we are able to help kids, play with them, tutor them and also give them advice about the world and guide them in their future endeavors,” Carter said about his two and a half years of volunteer service at the Center.Members of the John Adams High School Jazz Band provided musical entertainment to guests, mainly consisting of parents of the students and elderly members of the community, Carter said.Each semester over 250 Notre Dame students volunteer at the Center.In a recent press release about his new promotion, Caponigro said he would continue to work to improve Notre Dame’s presence in South Bend and build relationships with both community leaders and ordinary citizens.  He also expressed hope that these partnerships would last, sustain, and grow because they are the “foundation of the Robinson Center.”last_img read more

In email to Syracuse players, Marrone thanks team, says he will always support SU

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first_img Published on January 8, 2013 at 4:01 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13 Facebook Twitter Google+ Within minutes of Doug Marrone’s introduction as the next head coach of the Buffalo Bills, Syracuse football players received a mass email from Marrone explaining his reasoning for accepting the new position and expressing his love and support for the players he is leaving behind at his alma mater.The message, which was obtained by The Daily Orange on Tuesday from a player on the current roster, was written by Marrone and sent on his behalf by SU Director of Football Operations Kevin Van Derzee at 12:05 p.m. Monday. Marrone’s press conference in Buffalo began around noon.It was sent to all current members of the football team as well as graduating seniors.“To My Players,” the email begins, “I am very sorry that I haven’t had an opportunity to speak to you in person regarding my move to the Buffalo Bills. It happened very quickly when I was not in Syracuse, and when most of you were not in Syracuse. I will explain everything in depth when I meet with you in-person this weekend.”Marrone continues his four-paragraph message by reiterating that getting an opportunity to be the head coach at Syracuse four years ago was truly his dream job. He harkens back to his days as a student at SU, saying his life had changed by the time he left the campus in 1985.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I dreamed about returning one day as the head football coach,” Marrone wrote. “I was finally given the opportunity, and it has been the most DIFFICULT and the most REWARDING professional experience of my life. I have learned so much from each of you. I do not have the words to express the satisfaction and the joy that coaching you has given me.”He goes on to explain that leaving Syracuse for another coaching position at the collegiate level is something he never considered, saying instead that he accepted an offer from the Buffalo Bills because the challenge of that opportunity excited him.He then reflects at his time coaching at Syracuse, a four-year stretch in which he posted a 25-25 overall record that included a pair of Pinstripe Bowl victories.Sophomore defensive tackle Eric Crume said he is proud of Marrone for landing an NFL job and taking on the large opportunity. He called his time at Syracuse a “fun two years” playing under Marrone. Safety Shamarko Thomas, guard Rob Trudo and linebacker Cameron Lynch all voiced support for Marrone as well when contacted by The D.O.“I know it’s such a busy time with him doing all the interviews and things like that,” Crume said. “To have some type of communication, I really appreciate it. I know he cares about us.”Marrone writes in his email that he “felt good” about the progress the program has made in his time at the helm and that he feels he is “leaving the program in much better condition than I found it.”“I will do everything in my power to ensure that your next head coach will continue on the path toward making Syracuse University a national football powerhouse,” Marrone wrote. “I will always support Syracuse University Football. I will always support each of you. If there is any way that I can help you with football and with your lives after football, reach out to me. Reach out to me even when you need nothing, I want to hear how my guys are doing.”Wide receiver Marcus Sales, who will be traveling to Naples, Fla., Friday to begin workouts in preparation for the NFL Draft, said he appreciated the message and felt it was genuine.“I thought he respected the players by sending out the email,” Sales said. “Most coaches leave their program without saying anything, so I thought it was from the heart, like he really cares about his players.”Freshman linebacker James Washington said he understood Marrone’s decision to support his family in the best way possible and has no ill feelings toward the former head coach.He wished Marrone the best of luck in Buffalo and added he hoped defensive coordinator Scott Shafer would be promoted to head coach in order to keep things in the family.Shafer will be the next head coach, according to multiple reports.Marrone closes with one final reflection, saying a dream he had as a 22-year-old kid has been fulfilled. He says that coaching the players at Syracuse has been a “privilege,” and he implores them to never quit working hard.In his final press conference as Syracuse’s head coach, inside Yankee Stadium following the 38-14 win over West Virginia on Dec. 29, Marrone spoke about how close this team was — the closest he’s had in four years, he said. And true to form he expressed that closeness in the closing line of his closing message as the face of Syracuse football.“My thoughts and my heart will be with you on every down of every game. Work hard every day. Never take a short-cut. Never quit.Love,Coach Marrone” Commentscenter_img Related Stories ‘To My Players’: Full text of Marrone’s email to SU playerslast_img read more