Hall first to receive LEED certification

first_imgGeddes Hall recently became the first building at Notre Dame to achieve LEED Gold Certification and will pave the way for future environmentally conscious efforts that build upon the University’s emphasis on ethics and sustainability.“What this means is that the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), a non-profit company that established the LEED certification system, has confirmed that the building has met a certain standard of sustainable design and construction practices,” University architect Doug Marsh said. According to the USGBC Web site, LEED certification is based on building strategies that emphasize energy savings, water efficiency, carbon dioxide emissions reduction and sensitivity to environmental impact.Geddes Hall houses both the Center for Social Concerns (CSC) and the Institute for Church Life (ICL).CSC director Fr. Bill Lies said Geddes Hall is a place that offers “a much more gracious welcome” to the community.“‘The environment is God’s gift to everyone, and in our use of it we have a responsibility towards the poor, towards future generations and towards humanity as a whole,’” Lies said, referencing a quote from Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical “Caritas in Veritate.”The Pope’s words and Geddes Hall are reminders that every choice we make has an impact on others, Lies said.ICL Business Manager Brian Shappell said Geddes Hall is “a visible sign” of the connection between the resources at Notre Dame and the ICL’s mission to research, education and outreach. “This is a teaching moment for understanding that sustainability is important in everyone’s lives and in the life of the church as well,” Shappell said.In achieving Gold certification, the facility has drawn visitors who are interested in seeing the University’s environmentally friendly efforts, CSC Director of Communication Paul Horn said.Geddes Hall boasts a variety of sustainable design and construction features, including low-flow plumbing and recycled construction materials. A significant portion of the building materials were manufactured within the regional economy to reduce the impact of transportation and support the local community, a University press release said.“One of the core principles that inspires our work is the understanding of solidarity, that we are all called to be responsible for all people in the world,” Horn said. “By making more sustainable choices here at Notre Dame we are enabling other people to have better and more equitable use of resources.”The architects behind the project did not achieve this certification without overcoming certain challenges.“Because this was our first building planned, designed and constructed seeking LEED, we had to learn how to interact with the USGBC reviewers,” Marsh said. “It has been helpful that most of the professional staff within the Office of the University Architect have learned the LEED New Construction criteria and passed an examination to become LEED Accredited Professionals.”Other buildings awaiting certification reviews include Ryan Hall, Stinson-Remick Hall, the Purcell Pavilion and Innovation Park at Notre Dame, according to a University press release.last_img read more

Senate votes to merge with COR

first_imgStudent Senate has focused its term on improving the structure of student government by approving several constitutional amendments to increase clarity and efficiency within the organization. Senate passed 14 resolutions throughout a semester that culminated in the merger resolution that combined Senate with the Council of Representatives (COR). Student body vice president Brett Rocheleau, who chairs the Student Senate, said the senators engaged in a lively debate prior to the resolution being passed. “It was a major lift on the constitution, and there was a great debate about it,” Rocheleau said. “The senators felt free to speak out. It was nice to hear a lot of discussion and not just one side. It was good that everyone was able to hear the different views.” The resolution dissolved COR and added six new voting members to Senate. Rocheleau said it was the result of months of effort by Director of Internal Affairs Ben Noe, his committee and the subcommittee on constitutional reform. “I was glad it ended up passing,” Rocheleau said. “I think it will really help future Senate meetings with more discussion based topics. I hope next semester will be more fruitful and effective because student government is more streamlined.” The senators cooperated well throughout debate about the resolution and the changes to student government. “We had an initial document and it changed several times from senators and people on committees talking it out and giving their insight,” he said. With the merger approved, Rocheleau and McCormick hold high hopes for next semester. “Senate will be more discussion based, without the department directors giving reports,” Rocheleau said. “I hope this will make senators feel more involved and take on more of the projects we’re working on.” This resolution was just one of several focused on constitutional amendments for greater clarity between what the constitution says and how student government actually operates, Rocheleau said. In one resolution, Noe and the Department of Internal Affairs planned several reforms to the election process. The department drafted the resolution after Mike Thomas, former vice president for elections, suggested changes to the process. “That resolution was meant to ease the process of elections after we ran into some problems during last year’s election,” Rocheleau said. Student Senate also passed a major resolution on the University’s comprehensive sustainability agreement. “The agreement is part of a major initiative we’ve been working on over the past decade,” Rocheleau said. “Now we have a firm carbon commitment and a plan of action. Having students involved in that was great.” In addition, Senate approved resolutions for tangible changes to Notre Dame, such as a safety resolution to add a Blue Light Phone at the intersection of Twyckenham Drive and Courtney Lane, and a resolution for the improvement of Riehle and McGlinn Fields. The resolution for the improvement of Riehle and McGlinn Fields proposed adding field lights and installing turf in some places, Rocheleau said. Senate passed a similar resolution a few years ago, he said, but the University has not taken action on the matter yet. “It was passed two or three years ago and has just been sitting on a desk since,” Rocheleau said. “Hopefully now there will be actions to improve the fields with more lighting and better grass.” For many senators, participating in the group is a first taste of student government. While these younger students lack experience, Rocheleau said their eagerness to participate is why the group is able to be so effective. “Because most of them are young, you’re afraid they won’t speak up or add to the discussion,” he said. “But no one is shy to give their opinion which is necessary in student government.” The senators assist Rocheleau and student body president Pat McCormick by providing feedback on the pair’s goals for their term. “They’ve done an amazing job of giving us a soundboard, a place to bounce our ideas off of and improve our ideas,” he said. “[Pat and I] are just two people who have a vision but we need other people to help us in our vision.” Next semester, Rocheleau said the group will have one major discussion topic each meeting that will hopefully lead to a resolution that can be voted on at the beginning of the next meeting. One topic on Senate’s agenda for next semester is the possibility of students using Domer Dollars at off-campus locations. “I know previous administrations have tried but now we’re taking a slightly different angle and hoping it works out,” Rocheleau said. “We don’t know if it’s feasible but we’re optimistic about it.” Rocheleau said he also hopes to discuss other constituent matters such as Food Services and more lighting around campus. “[Next semester] we’ll be able to hear better advice and ideas,” he said. “That’s what I’m really hoping for, better discussion to make resolutions and hopefully be more effective than we were this semester.”last_img read more

Saint Mary’s reveals alarming data on Indiana girls

first_imgSaint Mary’s College became the fifth all-women’s college in the nation to release a report drawing together publicly available data on the status of girls ages 10 to 19 in its home state of Indiana, College president Carol Ann Mooney said in a press conference on September 19, 2013.A team of six Saint Mary’s faculty and 60 students spent well over a year compiling data for the 60 page report titled The Status of Girls in Indiana 2013 report (SGI), Mooney said.KARLA MORENO | The Observer “I am proud to unveil The Status of Girls in Indiana 2013 report,” Mooney said. “We believe that it is the first comprehensive study of the health and well-being of Indiana girls. The report highlights various aspects of a young woman’s life, including income, race, standardized test scores, graduation rates, obesity, depression, abuse, substance abuse and physical activity.”Over two years ago, Mooney said she attended a conference and learned about the state of Wisconsin’s SGI report. After learning about the report, she said she felt Saint Mary’s had the both the resources and obligation to compose a similar study for the state of Indiana.“It just seemed to me that we’re a women-serving institution … so we ought to be concerned about and understand what’s going on with girls who could be our future students,” Mooney said. “I also thought there was no other place in Indiana likely to undertake this comprehensive sort of compilation of data and that we could offer that service to the state, especially to the girls of the state.”According to a College press release, Mooney first proposed the report to Elaine Meyer Lee, Director of the College’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership.“When President Mooney came to us for help facilitating the administrators project, we thought it was a great fit for Saint Mary’s,” Meyer-Lee said. “The College has a long history of educating women in a variety of ways and this, of course, is about girls. So, we were delighted to mobilize faculty and students and we applaud their work, which takes seriously the intersection of gender, race and socioeconomic class affecting girls in Indiana.”Both Mooney and Meyer-Lee said Kristin Kuter, assistant professor of mathematics, was the faculty member who took initiative to make this project a reality.“I became involved in the SGI project when President Mooney challenged the College to take on the task,” Kuter said. “Four women’s colleges have done similar reports for Wisconsin, California, North Carolina and the District of Columbia. I saw it as an exercise in exploratory data analysis, something I teach my statistics students.”Although other states have published similar reports, Meyer-Lee said Saint Mary’s is the first institution to have its students contribute so profoundly in the report.“One of the beauties of a small college in general, but certainly at Saint Mary’s, is that we involve students in everything we do at every level, in many committees, in administrative projects and in research,” Meyer- Lee said. “For this project, whole classes contributed to aspects of the report. We found that students were not only engaged in different ways, but really found subjects there were passionate about and were serious about their contributions to the report.”Meyer-Lee said one student, Gina Deom, class of 2013, even chose to focus her senior comprehensive project on the Indiana girls’ education section of the report.“Every student at Saint Mary’s is required to complete a research project, body of work or exam in their major before graduation,” Deom said. “My senior composition dealt with applying a statistical technique to analyze the relationship between common characteristics of Indiana public school corporations. I was able to identify how characteristics such as enrollment, percentage of students on free/reduced lunch, percentage of special education students, ISTEP scores, end-of-course test scores, teacher’s salary, etcetera, were correlated.”For Deom, a native of Evansville, IN, working on the report was not only about acquiring experience compiling, summarizing and drawing conclusions from data, but also about allowing her to work with data affecting her fellow Hoosier girls.“I gained insight into some of the challenges facing girls in my home state,” Deom said.She said she was particularly struck by data showing that girls’ performance in math and science wanes somewhere between grade school and high school.“Why are girls performing similarly on math and science on the ISTEP compared to boys, but significantly lower falling behind on AP, SAT and ACT testing regarding math and science?” Deom said.Kuter said the most shocking statistics for her were centered around mental health and body image statistics.“I didn’t realize that the figures of girls affected by depression and suicide were as high as they are, and that girls in the eighth grade seem to struggle the most with these issues,” Kuter said.Mooney said the compiled data makes it clear there are a lot of stressors on girls in Indiana.“Depression, inactivity and obesity were significantly higher [for girls] in Indiana than the rest of the nation,” she said. “Suicide rates were also statistically higher.”As part of Saint Mary’s larger connection with organizations in the South Bend community, Meyer-Lee said the College asked several expert reviewers to examine the report prior to its release. Two of those reviewers include Kathy Schneider, executive director of Saint Margaret’s House, a community day house for women and children, and Linda Baechle, president and chief executive office of YWCA North Central Indiana, both of whom spoke at yesterday’s press conference.“I have worked in this community with women and children struggling with poverty for 22 years,” Schneider said. “This report confirms much that we know about girls; that many are receiving great educations and moving toward productive lives that include higher education and work. Yet it also exposes that too many girls suffer from low self-esteem, are victims are sexual and physical abuse and struggle with poverty.”Schneider said three statistics in the report, strongly call for further action to be taken: according to the report, one-third of Indiana’s female students in grades eighh through teh reported feeling sad or hopeless almost every day, almost half of all black or African American girls ages six to seventeen are living in poverty and 14.5 percent of Indiana’s female high school students reported being raped.“I think that statistics call us to do more with our programming,” Schneider said. “These numbers are a call to action and these numbers tell us that there are too many girls suffering from low self-esteem and we should be working at a younger age to help these girls build their self-esteem.”Meyer-Lee said the report is significant because contributors sorted through buried data in different studies and pulled together overwhelming demographic studies that educators, policymakers and others will be able to evaluate.“Never before has this data been pulled together to form a true picture of what is happening with girls in our state,” Meyer-Lee said. “Not that a picture is formed, lawmakers, nonprofit leaders and activists can see the issues in a readily accessible format and address them. Data is very powerful and I believe this report will be an example of how decisions are driven by data.”President Mooney said she hopes policy and decision makers will see the report as an additional tool to make informed decisions regarding girls in the Hoosier state.“This report shows that gathering information into one usable document can have a strong impact when presented in a clear and understandable format,” Mooney said. “It is my hope that our faculty and students may have sown seeds for improvement in the lives of girls in Indiana.”To read the report online, visit saintmarys.edu/StatusOfGirlsTags: indiana, mooney, president carol ann mooney, report, saint mary’s, status of girlslast_img read more

Police continue search for robbery suspects

first_imgThe suspects involved in a weekend robbery on Notre Dame’s campus this weekend are still at large, and police are asking anyone with information to contact them immediately.The University released three photos Monday evening. The robbery took place at about 2 a.m. Saturday between the Morris Inn and Holy Cross Dr. NDSP emailed students Saturday afternoon to alert them of the crime. According to the email, three men in a silver sedan approached a male Notre Dame student on campus, demanded the student get in the car, took the student to an off-campus location to withdraw cash and robbed the student.“One of the men got out of the vehicle and instructed the student to come with them,” the email stated. “They demanded money and took the student to a gas station and a grocery store so he could get cash for them. They then brought the student back to campus.”According to the email, the student did not see any of the men carrying a gun, but it was implied they were armed.“The suspects were described as three black males wearing dark clothing,” the email stated. “They had no facial hair or visible marks or tattoos. One of the men had dreadlocks. One of the men was about six feet tall, medium build. All three appeared to be between 20-23 years old.”NDSP can be reached at 574-631-5555.Tags: Crime, NDSP, police, robbery, suspectslast_img read more

Professors examine Latin American democratization in new book

first_imgThe book “Democracies and Dictatorships in Latin America: Emergence, Survival and Fall,” co-authored by Scott Mainwaring, professor of comparative politics, and Aníbal Pérez-Liñán, associate professor of political science at the University of Pittsburg and Notre Dame graduate, recently won two major book awards in the area of comparative politics: the American Political Science Association’s Comparative Democratization Section’s 2014 Best Book Award and the Donna Lee Van Cott Book award for the year’s best book in the Latin American Studies Association’s Political Institutions Section.“You spend years and years working on these things,” Mainwaring said. “I’m still sure that some people will read the book and just hate it because it takes on a lot of established literature. It’s a book that invites controversy. So the awards tell me that even if six million people turn out to hate it, at least a few people liked it.”Mainwaring and Pérez-Liñán began with the purpose of explaining the major waves of regime change that have swept Latin America, Mainwaring said, but he and Pérez-Liñán soon came to realize they had an opportunity to make an important theoretical contribution to discussions of democracy and dictatorships.“We want to question the way that we currently study political regimes,” Mainwaring said. “We make a strong argument that you have to look at political actors or the people that really have the power in a country.“You can’t deduce what actors prefer just from their structural location. You can’t assume that the wealthy always support dictatorship and the poor always support democracy. These are misleading simplifications.”Mainwaring said what makes the book unique is its application of a hybrid model that uses quantitative scales to analyze political actors.“Most works on democracies and dictatorships use statistical analysis, looking at structural analysis variables such as how wealthy a country or income inequality,” Mainwaring said. “These are things that you can just pull off of a shelf and run regressions on. But where are the actors? They’ve disappeared.”“Every qualitative analysis of political regimes looks at actors, so there was a weird disjuncture in the literature between qualitative and quantitative approaches,” he said. “We tried to bridge that gap in the literature.”Mainwaring said they coded the actors on two different aspects, which both relate to the actor’s beliefs.“The first is whether or not they value democracy or a dictatorship on intrinsic grounds,” Mainwaring said. “Our argument is that some organized actors favor certain regimes that are contrary to what would necessarily benefit them the most. We call this measurement normative preference.”“The second variable is a measurement of how radical these actors are, on a scale to from moderate to radical,” he said. “The argument for democracies is that radicalism makes it harder for a democracy to survive, but it doesn’t have an effect on a dictatorship.”“Radical oppositions can help undermine dictatorships and bring about a democracy, but they can also have a countervailing effect,” Mainwaring said. “If there is a radical guerrilla group in my country and I’m a dictator, I may dig in more in order to maintain control.”Mainwaring said their model is not that different in concept from established literature; rather, it is in the way they have conducted their analysis that makes the model unique.“The thing that no one articulates is that when anyone writes a history or a political analysis, you always make decisions about who the key actors are, we just systematized these decisions in a dichotomous way,” he said.Tags: Democracy, dictatorship, latin america, political science, Politicslast_img read more

Students travel to Tanzania, participate in medical service

first_imgTags: MEDLIFE, Tanzania While other students relaxed at home over winter break, two Saint Mary’s students, junior Melissa Montes and junior Lauren Burnett, traveled to Tanzania with MEDLIFE, an organization that provides medicine, education and development to low income families in Ecuador, Peru and Tanzania.Montes, a biology major, said they shadowed local doctors, taught children how to brush their teeth and gave medicine to those ailing in the community. The group also built sanitary bathrooms, Burnett said.“[We] built the whole thing from scratch,” Burnett said.After finishing painting the walls, the girls painted the College’s French cross to commemorate their service, she said.Montes said the work the group did left a lasting effect on the community. The group of 50 students treated 626 adults and 177 children during their time there.“The impact you can have in one week is incredible,” Montes said. “If you make a difference for one person, you make a difference in their world. You’ve changed the world.”Part of MEDLIFE’s involvement in communities is creating a pharmacy. According to Burnett, the community in Tanzania ran out of pain medication every day.“[The community is] used to suffering every day,” Burnett said. “You’re out [of medication] until the next group comes in.”Burnett, a business major, said she started the MEDLIFE club at Saint Mary’s with Montes serving as the trip advisor. She said anyone can join MEDLIFE because the company trains its volunteers“You don’t need a medical background,” Burnett said.Montes said she joined MEDLIFE because she wanted to participate in service.“Saint Mary’s as a school [and] as a community empowers you to do what you love,” Montes said. “The foundations [and] the cornerstones of Saint Mary’s push you to[ward service].”Burnett said she was ready to help others and, through Saint Mary’s, she was given the opportunity.“Saint Mary’s promotes you to be independent,” Burnett said.Burnett said she hopes the chapter will have their first trip over summer break.last_img read more

Zoom panel shares tips for navigating networking, job searching for LGBTQ+ individuals

first_imgMonday, the Gender Relations Center (GRC) hosted an informative Zoom session for LGBTQ+ individuals seeking more information and advice on entering and navigating the workforce.A panel began by sharing their experiences and various suggestions for job research and the application process. The session concluded with audience-generated questions answered by the panel.The panel featured GRC program coordinator and 2019 Notre Dame graduate Deborah Bineza, former PrismND president and 2018 graduate Baylea Williams, 2020 graduate and former GRC employee Henry Ridder, Meruelo Family Center for Career Development career inclusion specialist Deirdre Dolan and Notre Dame Alumni Association associate director of professional and academic programs Sharon Keane. Senior and  program assistant for sexual identity at the GRC Lan Anh Dinh moderated the panel.Keane started the session by sharing her screen and showing participants how to navigate the IrishCompass tool which connects alumni and current students. Keane said there are currently 23,000 members, including 16,000 alumni on the site. She provided directions for students to easily connect their LinkedIn profiles and begin connecting with professionals in their intended fields.Keane instructed attendees to “use the filters to identify people who could be in the strongest position to help you.”She also responded to a question concerning how to draft an introductory email to an alumni on IrishCompass by suggesting students utilize the automatic template generated by the website and then personalizing the message.“Be confident reaching out to alumni,” Keane said. “Be as personal and specific as you can.”Keane also told students that they should recognize the alumni on IrishCompass signed up specifically to help students. Even so, she told attendees not to be discouraged if they don’t receive an immediate response, as alumni often have hectic schedules.To further discuss the topic of job research, Dolan shared tips for learning more about employers’ diversity and inclusion.“Make sure your own employer shares your values,” Dolan said. “If you have that alignment, it leads to career satisfaction.”In order to discover this career alignment, Dolan recommends viewing the career center’s interactive Diversity and Inclusion Showcase Book. Maggie Eastland | The Observer The panel also shared helpful conferences and groups that LGBTQ+ students can tap into for networking. Henry Ridder mentioned the Out for Undergrad conferences, which offer events and programming for four different career paths: business, engineering, marketing and tech. He also referenced Out Professionals, an LGBTQ+ networking organization, as a helpful resource for those who aren’t undergraduate students. The ROMBA Conference is yet another resource for LGBTQ+ business students.The panel discussed how to professionally incorporate students’ LGBTQ+ identities in a job application and how to find companies committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce.Williams shared her career journey as she switched jobs, originally working for Proctor & Gamble, a company Williams said emphasized inclusivity, to a machine tooling company in Kentucky that didn’t promote that value as prominently. Williams said she included her leadership role at PrismND both on her resumes in her job interviews. However, she noted that she was more insecure about the decision when she switched to her new job.Williams said that if your LGBTQ+ identity connects to a leadership role, it should be an important part of your resume, and it is a great talking point during interviews.“The important part is knowing what you’re getting into and knowing your audience,” Williams said. “It’s all about your personal comfort zone.”Ridder who currently works for Anheuser-Busch, echoed Williams’s conclusion.“Definitely look at the company’s culture,” Ridder said. “Do a little research about them so you have the confidence in putting [your LGBTQ+ identity] on your resume.”Ridder also said students should learn about company policies and actions regarding inclusivity and diversity.“Look for actual steps the company has taken, not just a statement that they are inclusive,” Ridder said.Ridder suggested looking at parental leave, adoption and surrogacy benefits in addition to employee resource groups.One question Ridder suggested individuals should ask what a company is doing to foster a welcoming environment for diverse individuals.Ridder said this question forces employers to consider tangible steps they’ve taken to encourage diversity and give interviewees a description of the positives and negatives of diversity at their company.“You should view this aspect of your identify as a strong suit,” Ridder said. “Understand that it’s something that makes you stand out in a good way.”This fall, the career center coordinated a virtual diversity and inclusion networking event before the fall virtual career fair. Dolan said she hopes a similar event featuring company representatives who can speak to diversity and inclusion will occur before the upcoming winter career fair.Tags: Career Center, GRC, LGBTQ, PrismNDlast_img read more

Pete Buttigieg expected to be nominated as transportation secretary

first_imgMary Bernard | The Observer Pete Buttigieg speaks at the Century Center on March 1 where he officially announced an end to his 2020 presidential candidacy.Following Buttigieg’s endorsement, Biden compared him to his late son Beau and declared Buttigieg would be a mainstay in America’s political culture. Beau Biden, who died from brain cancer in 2015, served in Iraq, and Buttigieg completed a tour in Afghanistan while he was mayor of South Bend.“I promise you, you’re going to end up, over your lifetime, seeing a hell of a lot more of Pete than you are of me,” Biden said.Buttigieg joined Notre Dame’s faculty as a fellow in the fall of 2020, teaching an undergraduate course and working on research projects.Tags: Election 2020, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, South Bend Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is expected to be nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to be his transportation secretary, according to sources close to the President-elect.The secretary of transportation oversees federal transportation programs and an agency with about 58,000 employees.After dropping out of the presidential race, Buttigieg endorsed Biden for president. Buttigieg announced his candidacy for president in South Bend in April 2019. Buttigieg, 38, previously served two terms as South Bend’s mayor from 2012 to 2020.last_img read more

New Drive-thru COVID-19 Testing Site Set Up In Mayville

first_imgPhoto: U.S. Army National Guard / Michael Schwenk / CC BY 2.0MAYVILLE – Three drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinics will be held next week for essential healthcare workers, first responders and child care center staff in Chautauqua County.County officials say the COVID-19 infection testing will determine if residents have Coronavirus in their system at the time of testing and is not antibody testing.Test samples will be analyzed at a New York State licensed laboratory and results should be available within 24-48 hours.Drive-through testing will take place at The Chautauqua Lake Central School Bus Garage as follows: Tuesday, May 5, 3 PM – 7 PMThursday, May 7, 11 AM – 3 PMSaturday, May 9, 8 AM – 12 PMThose interested in booking an appointment are asked to call call 716-753-4491 or 866-604-6789 to pre-register.“You will remain in your car during the testing process,” said officials. “You will be asked to bring your driver’s license/picture ID, employer ID, and insurance card to your appointment. Further instructions will be given when preregistering.”These clinics are being conducted through the Chautauqua County Health Department in conjunction with Chautauqua County Emergency Services.Related Reporting: Three New Cases Of COVID-19 Reported In Chautauqua County On Thursday Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kansas City Chiefs Scout, JHS Grad, To Deliver This Year’s Commencement Address

first_imgJAMESTOWN – A Jamestown native and now scout for the Kansas City Chiefs will deliver this year’s commencement address at the Jamestown High School Graduation.School officials announced David Hinson, a 1995 JHS grad, will deliver a taped commencement address which will be featured on the school’s website starting Wednesday.“As an alumnus of Jamestown High School, it is truly an honor and privilege to be this year’s commencement speaker,” said Hinson in a statement released by the school district. “I cherish many great moments from JHS…walking down the halls with friends, the laughter shared on bus rides to track meets, celebrating with teammates after scoring a touchdown on the football field and many more. High school, with its highs and lows, leaves you with memories and friends you could not have made anywhere else.”Hinson is in his fourth year as the Southeast Area Scout for the Kansas City Chiefs. Before joining the Chiefs, Hinson was the Midwest Area Scout for the Philadelphia Eagles. Prior to that Hinson served as a college area scout with the New York Jets, the Cleveland Browns and the New Orleans Saints.Hinson joined the Saints after three years with the Buffalo Bills, where he had been the team’s scout for the BLESTO scouting services. He was previously in the team’s player personnel department before being promoted.Hinson played tailback for the University at Buffalo while earning a degree in business management. He was a running back at Jamestown High School, where he was an all-state athlete and was selected as the New York Player of the Year.While at JHS, Hinson rushed for over 2,200 yards, winning the Connelly Cup and the Buffalo News Player of the Year. Hinson helped lead the school to their first state title. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more