In an administrative position that requires communicating with trustees, University officers, faculty, alumni and students, Vice President for Student Affairs Fr. Mark Poorman said the core of his job is looking out for the individual student’s experience.“Sometimes you never know when you get up in the morning how your day is going to unfold because with 11,400 students, there are a lot of stories, a lot of concerns and a lot of crises,” he said.Poorman, who has headed the Office of Student Affairs for 11 years, announced in the fall that he will step down as vice president — a job which he said is one of the “most gratifying things” he has done as a Holy Cross priest.Fr. Thomas Doyle, executive vice president at the University of Portland, will replace Poorman June 30.“It’s time. There are some other things I want to do. I always loved teaching, and I want to return to theology and teaching,” Poorman said as the end of the year and the end of his tenure approaches. “I think it’s time for other people to assume leadership and bring ideas to student life.”Looking back on the past 11 years, Poorman said a constant challenge as an administrator at Notre Dame was balancing academics and Catholicism at the University.“We have said from the beginning that we want to have both true academic excellence and deepen Catholic character,” he said. “We live in a culture that sometimes wonders whether we can do both.”But Poorman cited a strong campus ministry program and students active in religious life as evidence that it is possible to merge academics and religion.“I think the Catholic character pervades everything we do,” he said.Leading an office with a central focus on student life, Poorman said his tenure as vice president has had several focuses, namely integrating academics into campus life, overseeing construction of two new residence halls, as well as several other building projects and diversity initiatives.Poorman led Student Affairs through the construction of Duncan and Ryan Halls, the renovation of the counseling and health care offerings in Saint Liam’s Hall and the use of Coleman-Morse Center to house Campus Ministry.Ryan and Duncan Halls, as well as putting into place plans for the construction of two new dorms, were important initiatives for maintaining the quality of life in the dorms and solving the problem of overcrowding in the residence halls, Poorman said.“There have been lots of initiatives to improve residential life over past 10 years,” he said.“We want to un-crowd current residence halls to meet a national standard for personal space, study space and social space.”Poorman said the renovation of Saint Liam’s Hall was part of a push to address student health concerns like alcohol abuse and mental health issues.“I think we have a lot more students with serious issues like depression and anxiety. We’ve done some soul searching about the appropriate level of service for students with stronger needs,” he said. “That’s been with us, and we are constantly are strategizing about how to address it.”During Poorman’s time in Student Affairs, the Office also created the Gender Relations Center and restructured the Core Council for Gay and Lesbian students.“In the course of past decade, we have worked really hard to create and sustain a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students, including gay and lesbian students,” he said. “I think we have some terrific support for gay and lesbian students, like Coffee in CoMo and StaND Against Hate Week. I’m very proud of what been able to do in last decade.”But he said the accomplishments of the Office in the past 11 years are a credit to a large staff.“My colleagues in Student Affairs are shining examples of the superb educational and pastoral leadership that characterizes Notre Dame’s student life, and I owe them and others an enormous debt of gratitude for all that we have achieved together,” he said.Recently, Poorman helped student government established a new Transpo route that runs Friday and Saturday nights, taking students off campus for the evening. Student government did the legwork to create the route and partially funded it, along with Student Affairs.“I think at the beginning, we wondered whether the ridership would be strong, but after first couple weekends realized students would actually use service,” Poorman said of helping push through the Transpo initiative. “Our primary concern was the safety and welfare of students, and I think the service has been a great step forward.”Former student body president Grant Schmidt, who worked with Poorman on the Transpo initiative, said the priest makes students his first priority.“What’s so incredible is that despite his challenging responsibilities, he fulfills them with such a great approach — an approach that constantly keeps students as the focus,” Schmidt said. “And because of that, students flock to him.”Poorman said forming relationships with students is central to his vocation as a Holy Cross priest.“I live with students, I teach students, I pray with students, I oversee the quality of their lives as an administrator,” he said. “I’m very blessed in that all that contact gives me great access to students and vice versa.”In the fall, Poorman will take an academic leave to serve as a visiting scholar at Santa Clara University in California before returning to Notre Dame to rejoin the theology faculty full time. He said he will possibly teach a class in the spring.“I feel so blessed and grateful,” he said of the past 11 years. “My basic sense is just tremendous gratitude.”
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Italy’s second-pillar pension scheme for journalists has appointed six new asset managers for as many active and passive mandates, as it reshaped the structure of its DC funds, offering two new investment options.From January next year, members of the €500m Fondo Pensione Complementare dei Giornalisti Italiani (FPCGI) will be able to choose between a ‘Prudente’ and a ‘Mix’ fund option, as well as the default ‘Garantito’ fund.BlackRock Investment Management UK and Credit Suisse Italy have been appointed to passively manage a sovereign bond and a corporate portfolio, respectively, both part of the Prudente fund.Intesa Sanpaolo was also awarded a passive equity portfolio within the Prudente fund. Within the fund, AXA Investment Management was selected as the active manager for a ‘risk budget’ mandate.The Mix fund will be managed by Amundi, which was awarded a passive bond mandate, and by Pictet & CIE, which obtained an active ‘risk-budget’ equity mandate.The ‘Prudente’ fund invests up to 25% in equities, whereas the ‘Mix’ one can allocate up to 50% to the stock market.The ‘Garantito’ default fund, managed by Italian insurer Cattolica Assicurazioni, guarantees a return equal to the annual appreciation of TFR (Trattamento di Fine Rapporto), the inflation-linked termination indemnity contribution set aside by employers.FPGI said in a statement that, through the new appointments, it is pursuing “the optimisation of investments and costs” and “greater diversification of the portfolio”, and moving from an approach that was based on balanced mandates to one based on “active/passive strategies that are capable of adapting flexibly to market trends”.The choice of appointing one manager for each mandate was made “to avoid concentration of risk levels”, added the statement.Elsewhere in Italy, minibond fund Fondo Progetto MiniBond Italia, set up by investment manager Zenit, completed its first closing, receiving commitments from institutional investors to the tune of €30m.The fund’s objective is to reach a size of €100m, and the deadline for subscription to the fund is July 2015.But the company said it plans to begin investing around €15m over the next few months.The fund added that 20 institutional investors including casse di previdenza, banks, insurance companies, foundations, family offices and asset managers were participating in the first phase of fundraising.Last summer, asset manager Pioneer Investment launched a €200m minibond fund, and BNP Paribas Investment Partners Sgr raised €56m for a similar fund.The market for minibonds funds, launched by Mario Monti’s government at the end of 2011 in a bid to stimulate lending to SEMs, now sees 30 such funds listed on the Extramot Pro segment of Borsa Italiana, the Milan Stock Exchange.
11. Houston Baptist 32 Pl. School Points Women’s Shot Put Southeastern Louisiana Ashley Davis Jr. 54-7.5/16.65m Men’s 400m Lamar Webster Slaughter So. 47.76 4. McNeese 72 2. Southeastern Louisiana 83 9. Central Arkansas 39 6. Stephen F. Austin 56.5 Men’s 3,000m Lamar Jordan Rowe So. 8:17.37 Day Two Champions Men’s 60m Northwestern State Micah Larkins Sr. 6.68 Men’s Heptathlon Houston Baptist Denim Rogers Jr. 5,528 12. New Orleans 6 10. McNeese 34 Women’s High Jump Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sashane Hanson Sr. 5-9.75/1.77m 3. Incarnate Word 81 Women’s Final Team Standings 4. Lamar 73 Men’s Final Team Standings Women’s 200m Northwestern State Natashia Jackson Jr. 24.02 Women’s 60m Lamar Thai Williams Sr. 7.51 13. Nicholls 0 Women’s 800m Stephen F. Austin Madison Compass Sr. 2:10.79 Men’s 60m Hurdles Sam Houston State Fabian McCall Jr. 7.75 Women’s 3,000m Stephen F. Austin Brittany Innis Sr. 9:52.79 Women’s 60m Hurdles Incarnate Word Jerica Love Sr. 8.41 1. Sam Houston State 112 Women’s 4x400m Northwestern State — — 3:43.60 Women’s Mile Stephen F. Austin Kelsey Ramirez So. 4:56.14 FINAL RESULTS | Photo Gallery | Championships HomepageBIRMINGHAM, Ala. – For the fourth straight year, the Sam Houston State men clawed their way to a first-place team finish at the 2019 Southland Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships. The Stephen F. Austin women’s program dominated their way to a Southland Conference indoor championship of their own snapping a four-year drought.The Bearkats were the lone program to put up triple digits in the men’s championship topping out with 112 points on for their fourth conference championship in program history. The SHSU comeback was mounted following a third-place conclusion at the end of day one, where Sam Houston State found themselves trailing Southeastern Louisiana by 17 points. All told, SHSU claimed a trio of first-place finishes over the two-day stretch.Southeastern Louisiana’s men finished second in final standings with 83 points. The Lions were pulsed by D.J. Ruffin who was named the Men’s Most Valuable Performer after accounting for 29.5 of SLU’s points and a pair of conference championships in the long jump and high jump events. Ruffin’s performance stands as the second-most points accrued by a single individual in Southland Conference men’s history.Abilene Christian men compiled 77 points on the way to a third-place finish, while Lamar concluded with 73 points to take hold of fourth place. Northwestern State (62) finished the event in fifth overall. The Demons were followed by Stephen F. Austin (56.5), Incarnate Word (45), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (41.5), Central Arkansas (39), McNeese (34), Houston Baptist (32), New Orleans (6) and Nicholls (0).The Ladyjacks were a force to be reckoned with racking up six first-place finishes and 141 points on the way to their program’s ninth Southland team title. Freshman pole vaulter Nastassja Campbell edged out a Southland Championship record after vaulting her way to 14-0.9 mark. Stephen F. Austin beat out their next closest opponent by 56 points.Northwestern State claimed the runner-up position on the women’s side with 85 points and two gold medals, both of which came on day two.Incarnate Word concluded their best finish in program history taking third place with a program-best 81 points. McNeese came in next with 72 points, while Abilene Christian rounded out the top five with 65 points. Coming in sixth was Lamar (48), followed by Central Arkansas (43), Sam Houston State (43), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (38), Southeastern Louisiana (24), Houston Baptist (16), New Orleans (7) and Nicholls (0).In addition to Campbell’s record-breaking pole vault, there were three more conference championship marks that were broken over the two-day period.Southeastern Louisiana’s Ashley Davis bested her 2018 performance with a 54-7.5 heave in the women’s shot put event. Davis’ performance earned her a second consecutive gold medal in the indoor shot put.Up next was Fabian McCall of Sam Houston State who topped out in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.75. McCall’s outing bested the previous mark (7.81) set by Carl Johnson of UTSA in 2003.SHSU had one more Southland Championship record set by Jo’vaughn Martin in the 200m dash. Martin recorded a 20.94 clip to overcome fellow Bearkat Chris Jefferson’s mark of 21.07 in 2018.The top three finishers in each event final are recognized as First, Second and Third Team All-Conference, respectively. Individual men’s and women’s awards for Coach of the Year, Outstanding Running Events Performer, Outstanding Field Events Performer, Freshman of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Athlete of the Year will be nominated and voted upon by head coaches next week.For athletes that achieved qualifying marks this season, the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships will be hosted at the Birmingham CrossPlex March 8-9.The 2019 Southland Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships are set for May 3-5 in Natchitoches, La. with Northwestern State serving as the host institution. 5. Abilene Christian 65 8. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 41.5 9. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 38 2. Northwestern State 85 7. Incarnate Word 45 3. Abilene Christian 77 Women’s Triple Jump Incarnate Word Sarea Alexander Sr. 42-7.0/12.98m Pl. School Points Event School Name Cl. Distance/Time/Points 13. Nicholls 0 10. Southeastern Louisiana 24 T7. Sam Houston State 43 Men’s 800m Stephen F. Austin Drake Murphy Sr. 1:49.97 11. Houston Baptist 16 1. Stephen F. Austin 141 Women’s 400m Stephen F. Austin Imani Nave Jr. 54.37 Men’s 200m Sam Houston State Jo’vaughn Martin Fr. 20.94 6. Lamar 48 Men’s Triple Jump Lamar Tylen Guidry Jr. 50-11.0/15.52m 5. Northwestern State 62 Men’s Shot Put Abilene Christian Kai Schmidt Sr. 58-11.5/17.97m 12. New Orleans 7 Men’s Mile Lamar Jordan Rowe So. 4:08.17 T7. Central Arkansas 43 Men’s 4x400m Abilene Christian — — 3:13.23