RAs selected for 2010-11

first_imgRAs have a variety of roles, Donnelly said. Emily Wurtenberger, one of five Pangborn RAs for next year, hopes to promote respect among residents. “As a senior, you really know about the ups and downs and the challenges that you are going to encounter,” Daly said. “I think it’s really important to have someone who has been through those experiences, to be a foundation and source of counsel for students.” While most rising seniors are finalizing plans to live off campus or preparing for room picks, a select few will be fulfilling the role of resident assistant (RA) in the dorms. “In between ballots, there are a lot of conversations,” Doyle said. “We took about four or five hours to get to the nine.” Fr. Paul Doyle, rector of Dillon Hall, received 20 applications for nine RA spots. According to Doyle, the dorm typically receives 15 to 16 applications. “It’s the little things like talking too loudly out in the halls when its study days,” Wurtenberger said. “No. 2, we’ve never had a dorm trip to the zoo and I really would like to do that.”  “I tend to think people who apply get the picture that Christian community is worth building and fostering,” Doyle said. “I applied because such a significant part of Notre Dame is living in the dorm. So specifically in Dillon, there’s a big emphasis on camaraderie in the dorm and its starts with the RA staff, and it trickles down to all students,” Harvan said. “I wanted to be able to provide that camaraderie and let incoming freshmen have a positive experience in the dorm.”  Doyle identified a desire to develop community behind the high numbers. Christopher Harvan, who was selected to be a Dillon RA, said he was drawn to the position because of the close relationship between RAs and residents.center_img Fr. Peter McCormick, rector of Keough Hall, strived to bring together a diverse range of students for his RA team. “When you build an RA staff, you look to build a team,” McCormick said. “If I were to use a basketball analogy, you wouldn’t just have all point guards or just all centers, but you have a variety of different personalities that will work together well.” McCormick said he looks forward to working with students he met during his first year as Keough’s rector. During the decision-making process, Doyle said he and his current hall staff cast nine rounds of ballots. “We look at RAs and all of hall staff as a ministry of presence,” she said. “The RAs in particular are role models, they’re disciplinarians, they’re leaders in their section, and they have the responsibility of helping to shepherd and helping the freshmen find their way.” Michael Daly is one of several juniors who learned last week that he had been selected as an RA for 2010-11. Daly acknowledged the value of being an RA his senior year. Sr. Mary Donnelly, rector of Pangborn Hall, notified her RA candidates of her decisions via email last Wednesday. “The biggest way that they’ve changed is certainly in maturity like all people [that] grow and develop but also in their love and appreciation for Notre Dame and Keough Hall,” McCormick said. “I think if you were to ask all of them, they would say that their greatest desire to be an RA is to give back to a community that has given so much to them.” The Office of Residence Life & Housing (ORLH) will inform all RA applicants of their status on March 15.last_img read more

NDSP investigates purse theft

first_imgNotre Dame Security Police (NDSP) is investigating a purse snatching that occurred Thursday night in the D6 parking lot. NDSP emailed students Friday to alert them of the incident. The suspect approached the victim from behind and grabbed her purse, ran to a waiting vehicle and fled the area. The incident occurred around 10:15 p.m., according to the email. NDSP asked anyone with information about the incident to call NDSP at 574-631-5555. To report a crime in progress, suspicious activity, fire or medical emergency, call that number from a cellular phone or dial 9-1-1 from any campus phone. NDSP encouraged students to call SafeWalk when walking on campus after dark. A SafeWalk employee will meet the student and walk with him or her from any point on campus. The service is free and confidential. Information on crime prevention is available at http://ndsp.nd.edu/crime-prevention-and-safety/last_img read more

Hockey players, fans praise new venue

first_imgThe Irish hockey team has new ice to chill on this season, and players and fans are praising the new atmosphere. The Compton Family Ice Arena opened its doors Oct. 21 with a 5-1 win over Rensselaer. Friday, the team will play their second home game on the new ice against Alaska. “The players love the whole setup of the new rink, which includes an auditorium for team meetings, a weight room, and an equipment room,” said Tim Connor, Notre Dame athletics associate director of media relations. “The ice rink [also] contains message boards and video boards that allow for easy communication within the hockey program.” Despite player satisfaction with the $50 million venue, Connor said players are still adapting to one aspect of the arena. “[The players] weren’t prepared for the atmosphere at the Rensselaer game,” he said. “They claimed it felt like an away game, because they had never had 6,000 fans cheering for them at the Joyce Center due to limited seating.” Freshman Daniel Wiegandt said the fans he sat amongst were what made his first Notre Dame hockey experience feel more professional. “The Compton Family Ice Arena had a professional feel that I’ve experienced in the past at NHL [National Hockey League] games,” Wiegandt said. “The crowd against Rensselaer [resembled] the student section at football games, where students alternate between cheering together and shouting individually.” In addition to its professional feel, freshman Carson Running said the new setup allows for a more engaging hockey experience from the stands. “While watching the game, I felt as though I was part of the action and had an easy time keeping up with the pace of play,” Running said.  “The loud cheering of the students testified to the ease with which one could follow every movement on the ice.” Fan accommodation and player satisfaction is a goal of the arena staff, Connor said. “The staff is working on finding the ideal temperature and level of lighting that will benefit the players on the ice and make the fans as comfortable as possible,” Connor said.   However, Running said more aspects of the stadium need attention. “The stadium was smaller than I expected,” Running said. “I had a difficult time hearing the announcer’s voice, which prevented me from gaining information after goals were scored and penalties were called.” Despite the complaints, the new arena left fans wanting more Irish hockey. “[The Rensselaer game was] the most fun I’ve ever had at a hockey game, and I plan on going to another one really soon,” Wiegandt said.last_img read more

Irish finish regular season with third straight loss to Stanford

first_imgSaint Mary’s sophomore Natalie Schultz said while the Irish did not reign victorious on Saturday, they did win the battle of the uniforms. “After they scored the last touchdown I gave up,” Schultz said. “Our helmets looked fantastic though compared to Stanford’s black ones, we just need to match up the pants to the helmets.” Schultz watched the game in her friend’s dorm room at Saint Mary’s. “My friends and I were so sad after the game, we actually began to watch ‘Twilight,’” Schultz said. The Irish football team closed out their regular season on a sour note, losing 28-14 at Stanford on Saturday. Freshman Sean Hamilton, a northern California native, cheered on the Irish at Stanford Stadium and noticed a prominent showing of Notre Dame fans. “About a quarter of the stadium were Notre Dame fans,” Hamilton said. “Pretty impressive considering Stanford set the record for amount of fans at their stadium.” Hamilton said the field conditions seemed horrible from his perspective in the stands. “The field was awful and looked to be really slippery,” Hamilton said. Hamilton said the outcome of the bowl game would largely rely on the opponent selected. “We play pretty consistently, we just need to see how it stacks up against the other team,” Hamilton said. “We always seem to make the same mistakes.” Saint Mary’s sophomore Jessica Carter said she thought the play of the Irish was terrible. “I thought we could have played a lot harder than we did,” Carter said. “I was really happy when Coach Kelly put in [Andrew] Hendrix because I felt like [Tommy] Rees was having a bad day. He just was not there.” Carter said she watched the game at home in South Bend with her family. She said she thinks the Irish have a good chance of winning their bowl game. “I hope we can play better,” Carter said. “The defense is doing better but I think we need to shape up our offense by giving the ball to [Michael] Floyd more.” Senior Julie Hyppolite chose not to watch the final regular season game of the year. “I was at a surprise birthday party for a family friend who turned 50, but was not pleased with the outcome,” Hyppolite said. Hyppolite said she hopes the team can play better for the bowl game. “I feel like we play really sloppy sometimes, but I think we can do well at the bowl game,” Hyppolite said. “We have a lot of talent on our team and I think they can put it together.”last_img read more

Humanitarian to address Saint Mary’s graduates

first_imgEditor’s Note: A version of this article appeared in the March 17 edition of The Observer.Judith Mayotte, a humanitarian, professor, author and Emmy Award-winning television producer, will deliver the 167th Commencement address at Saint Mary’s College on May 17, according to a press release.  Mayotte and Helen Murray Free, a pionnering chemist, will receive honorary doctor of humanities degrees from the College at the ceremony. “I am delighted to recognize two exceptional women this year with honorary degrees from Saint Mary’s College,” Saint Mary’s College President Carol Ann Mooney said. “Their backgrounds and achievements fit perfectly with our dreams for our graduates.” “Judith Mayotte is an internationally recognized humanitarian who has spent her life working to affect positive change for refugees and others. Helen Murray Free’s discoveries in the field of chemistry improved health monitoring for people with diabetes and other conditions. I look forward to meeting them both and learning more about their extraordinary lives.” Jerome McElroy, Saint Mary’s economics professor and close friend of Mayotte, praised Mayotte for exemplifying a life of dedicated service.“From her Midwest roots in Wichita, Kan., through her remarkable career from convent, to TV journalism, academia and Cape Town, South Africa, Judith Ann Mayotte has demonstrated a life of unstinting excellence in service to the marginalized of the world,” McElroy said.In the 1960s, Mayotte taught in the inner cities of Los Angeles, Kansas City and Milwaukee as a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, McElroy said.  In the next two decades, Mayotte worked as a television producer in Chicago and won an Emmy award for writing and producing the “Washington” segment of Turner Broadcasting’s Emmy and Peabody Award winning documentary series, “Portrait of America,” McElroy said.In 1989, through a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Mayotte began a three-year research journey that took her to the refugee camps in Cambodia, Thailand, Eritrea, Sudan and Pakistan, McElroy said.  This work documented the lives and constrained socio-economic conditions of countless people displaced by ethnic conflict and war and culminated in the book “Displaced People? The Plight of Refugees,” now considered the classic in its field.Through the years, Mayotte has lectured and written extensively on refugee and development issues. She served as Special Advisor on refugee issues and policy at the Department of State in the first Clinton Administration and as Senior Fellow of the Refugee Policy Group in Washington, McElroy said.  Prior to working under the first Clinton Administration in 1994, Mayotte was Chairwoman of the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children, and served on the board of Refugees International, McElroy said.  “Both are well-known advocacy organizations that took Mayotte to the field to assess refugee crisis and repatriation issues,” McElroy said.  She has also held a number of academic posts including Women’s Chair in Humanistic Studies at Marquette University, adjunct professor at John Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and co-director of Seattle University’s International Development Internship Program, McElroy said.  In 2010, she was named the first Desmond Tutu Distinguished Chair in Global Understanding for the University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea, McElroy said.“[She] is, indeed, a woman of the world whose faith, purpose and determination have made a great difference in the world,” McElroy said.Tags: 2014 Commencement, Commencement Speaker, Judith Mayotte, saint mary’slast_img read more

Committee co-chairs explain proposed changes to Core Curriculum

first_imgThe theology and philosophy requirementsAlongside the committee’s various recommendations, one element of the core that would experience little modification is the requirement for students to take two courses in theology and two in philosophy. Following the committee’s proposed curriculum, students would still have to take two courses in each, although they could substitute a “Catholicism and the Disciplines” course for their second philosophy course.According to the report, the reason for the continuity is that “as central threads in the Catholic intellectual tradition, theology and philosophy have played and should continue to play a central role in Notre Dame’s core curriculum.”However, Hildreth said, in the new curriculum, students with previous coursework in theology may have the opportunity to take a more advanced first theology course than the standard “Foundations of Theology.”“Frankly, if someone comes to Notre Dame after spending 12 years in Catholic school, maybe they know some theology, and it’s possible that they should be allowed to branch out early into other areas of theology that they may not have had an opportunity to experience yet,” Hildreth said. “ … We’re certainly not advocating that they be able to place out of a theology course — we still feel that two theology courses are an important part of the curriculum — but maybe they should be given a little additional flexibility.” Ongoing discussionMarie Blakey, executive director of academic communications and a staff member of the review committee, said moving forward, the committee hopes to engage with the University’s different colleges and departments, as well as individual faculty and students, in a campus-wide discussion concerning the proposed changes.“Every single regular faculty member got an email on [Nov. 30] inviting them to look at the site, download the report and respond individually,” Blakey said. “ … There’s meetings not only with college groups but some departments who are particularly affected by the curriculum, like the math department or the social science department chairs. And then, I think, we’re also just deciding, based on where the questions go, what kind of additional responsive activities we might [have].”Hildreth said the report will undergo certain revisions before the committee presents it formally to the Faculty Senate and Academic Council, and ultimately Jenkins. He said already the committee is planning to make several modifications for the sake of clarity and hopes to receive constructive feedback. “ … We’re hoping we can move forward with this and get it approved. But it’s time for constructive dialogue. We’re not going to ram this through anything. We’re expecting to take the rest of the academic year for discussion.”According to the report, the committee plans to present its final report to faculty and administration in the fall of 2016. For more information on the committee’s recommendations, visit http://curriculumreview.nd.edu or download the report at http://curriculumreview.nd.edu/assets/183212/university_of_notre_dame_core_curriculum_review_committee_november_2105_draft_report.pdfTags: Core Curriculum, Core Curriculum Review, Decennial Core Curriculum Review Committee Future students of Notre Dame may be facing a different set of requirements for graduation than those currently taken by undergraduates under the University’s core curriculum.The Core Curriculum Review Committee — charged by University President Fr. John Jenkins and Provost Thomas Burish in an Aug. 2014 letter to the faculty “to lead the process of reviewing [University] requirements and deliberating on possible changes to the curriculum” — released a draft report on Nov. 30 containing a series of recommendations for changes to the core curriculum.Susan Zhu | The Observer Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and co-chair of the review committee John McGreevy said the recommendations of the committee are “the most significant recommendations for change since 1970.”“I think it would be really hard to look at this document and think of it as revolutionary, but we’re not used to any change, and so even a little bit of change takes getting used to,” he said.Some of the more notable recommendations of the report include a reduction in the total number of course requirements from 12 to 11 — not including the Moreau First-Year Experience course — and a new option for students to choose between several categories when fulfilling certain requirements. For example, whereas current undergraduates must all take one course each in history, social science and fine arts or literature, if the University decides to adopt the recommendations of the committee, in the future, students will select three courses from among the five categories of “aesthetic analysis,” “social sciences inquiry,” “historical analysis,” “advanced language and culture” and “integration.”Aesthetic analysis, social sciences inquiry and historical analysis roughly correspond to the current requirements in fine art or literature, social sciences and history, while advanced language and culture and integration are new additions.Michael Hildreth, professor of physics and the other co-chair of the committee, said the committee’s proposed curriculum would offer greater flexibility to students while still remaining true to the ideals of a liberal arts education.“Part of the core is really based on the traditional, classical, medieval core of the liberal arts. And so that still forms the base of our thinking for how you would organize a curriculum,” he said. Reasoning behind the recommendationsAddressing the rationale for the recommended changes, McGreevy said besides providing students with increased flexibility, the committee wanted “to give students some new experiences” — particularly with the addition of the integration course, a team-taught course spanning two or more disciplines.Moreover, he said, the proposed changes reflect the committee’s desire to respond to concerns raised by students within designated focus groups.“We heard in the student focus groups a lot of interest in team-taught, multidisciplinary courses on a big picture question or enduring question in the past. … In a way, those courses won’t happen unless there’s some incentive for students to take them as part of their core requirements,” McGreevy said.Hildreth also explained the committee’s proposal to eliminate AP scores as a way to test out of University requirements, saying, “If you take it to its logical conclusion, if you allow some AP, then there’s no reason not to allow all AP. And then we would have students who could AP out of everything. And then there is no core curriculum anymore.” The “ways of knowing” approachHildreth said one regard in which the proposed changes would increase flexibility is through the new “ways of knowing” approach endorsed by the committee in the report. According to the report, the committee envisions nine distinct ways of knowing — quantitative analysis, scientific and technical analysis, aesthetic analysis, historical analysis, social science inquiry, advanced language and culture, integration, theology and philosophy. Students must take classes that fall under at least seven of the nine “ways of knowing.”“Each of these [ways of knowing] represents an important modality for approaching, analyzing and understanding different aspects of our lives and our world,” the report states. “ … These different ways of knowing are often aligned with traditional academic disciplines. It is implicit, however, in a ‘ways of knowing’ approach that a given discipline may not be the sole vehicle for understanding a particular mode of thought.”The new approach would increase flexibility, Hildreth said because students would be able to select from a more diverse set of offerings, potentially from several disciplines, when signing up for a course to fulfill a certain requirement.last_img read more

Wellness Expo promotes comprehensive health

first_imgAnnie Smierciak Students decorate pumpkins and participate in crafting activities at the Wellness Expo.“[McWell] is a center in which students can enhance their well-being, so not just focus on just doing okay, but actually thriving and really flourishing during their time here,” Kelly Hogan, director of the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being, said.Hogan said the purpose the expo itself is to allow students a more accessible way to learn about the resources available at their fingertips. “We have [the expo] every year,” Hogan said. “The purpose of it is to connect students to resources across all of campus for those partners that want to participate, so it’s the departments that actually assist in supporting their well-being.”The annual Wellness Expo may allow students to explore an aspect of campus that is both free of charge and offers healthy ways to deal with stress, Hogan said.Sophomore undergraduate assistant at McWell MacKenzie Isaac said McWell promotes self care. “Saint Liam’s is typically known for two things: the University health services on the first floor and the counseling center on the third floor, but what a lot of people don’t realize is that McWell is kind of the medium that helps you prevent having to go to either of those places,” Isaac said. “It kind of breaks down the stigma that a lot of Notre Dame students have of just relaxing for a bit, practicing self care and talking through certain campus issues with people who are there and willing to listen.”The McDonald Center for Student Well-Being also offers the help of care consultants on the third floor of Saint Liam’s. Annie Eaton, a care consultant available for help on campus, said she can direct students to helpful resources.“We are another layer of support if students have issues that come up, and they are not sure how to navigate them,” she said. “They can come talk with us, and we can help point them in the right direction with who we feel can assist them besides us.”McWell offers students a variety of ways to destress and unwind. Students can book one of their rooms that are prepared specifically for relaxation that can be tailored to their needs, she said. “The great thing about McWell is that it’s an entire experience,” Isaac said. “It’s personalized and catered to your needs, depending on what you need at a given time. There are spaces individualized to you, and collaboration spaces depending on what you need. So I think that students should go to McWell if the hustle and bustle of a high paced school like Notre Dame gets overwhelming sometimes.” “The space is actually driven by the students, for the students,” Hogan said. “When we developed it, and we actually focus grouped them, they told us what they wanted the space to be for their well-being.”Although bringing dogs to campus is certainly a draw for many, there are other reasons students should visit McWell and get involved in their services, sophomore in  Thrive Leadership Program at McWell Hannah Dutler said.“I think this center is really important because a lot of the time we forget about the mental health of the students, and we expect so much of them, especially the freshmen having such a huge transition, to have some people there who are willing to talk to them, to support them really helps with their mental health,” she said.Especially at the start of the year, students believe that having the Wellness Expo can help ease the tension of moving into a new environment, sophomore Morgan Peck said.“Being a college student is hard enough, and I think at Notre Dame the expectations are even higher, so learning how to take care of yourself and excel in that area as well as academically is really important, especially since they have such diverse programs to help support one’s well-being,” Peck said. Tags: health, McWell, wellness, wellness expo The McDonald Center for Student Well-Being at Notre Dame hosted its annual Wellness Expo on Friday afternoon, offering a glimpse of the many services the organization — housed in Saint Liam’s Hall — has to offer. In addition to booths of groups already in the Center for Student Well Being, also referred to as McWell, groups such as the Multicultural Student Programs and Services and LimeBike that support aspects of student well-being on campus also showcased what they have to offer. The expo had activities, including decorating pumpkins and playing with puppies, as well as information about resources students may not be aware of.last_img read more

Judicial Council sanctions Ingal-Galbenski ticket

first_imgThe Election Committee of Judicial Council announced in a press release Friday that it is issuing a sanction to the Ingal-Galbenski ticket in response to a violation of Judicial Council’s Election Regulations.The committee determined juniors Rachel Ingal and Sarah Galbenski, candidates for student body president and vice president, violated Section 17.1(g)(6) of the student body constitution, which reads: “Candidates may not communicate an endorsement such that it can be construed to represent that of a Residence Hall, Student Union Organization, University department, office or official.”The Ingal-Galbenski ticket is required to “cease all electronic activity” for the next 24 hours, including publicly interacting on their personal or official social media platforms.Tags: Judicial Council, sanction, Student Body Electionlast_img read more

Siena Poll: Majority Of Voters Trust Cuomo Over Trump On NY Reopening

first_imgShare: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) Image by Andrea Hanks, White House / Gabriel López Albarrán, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.NEW YORK STATE – Governor Andrew Cuomo got a record high job performance and favorability rating in the latest Siena Poll.His favorability is now at 77 percent, up by six percent from last month’s ratings and his job performance is at 71 percent, up 8 percent since last month, according to the poll. Both ratings are a record high for the governor.“Cuomo is feeling the love from New Yorkers of all stripes in year three of his third term, and his first global pandemic. He is viewed favorably by 90 percent of Democrats, 73 percent of independents and 53 percent of Republicans, his first time favorable with Republicans in more than six years,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.Also in the poll, 78 percent of voters said they trust Cuomo over President Donald Trump when it comes to plans on reopening the state of New York. “When it comes to whom New Yorkers trust more to make decisions about reopening the state and its economy – the President or the Governor – it’s not even close. Only 16 percent of voters – and only 36 percent of Republicans – trust Trump, compared to 78 percent of all voters – and 56 percent of Republicans – who trust Cuomo. Even self-identified conservatives trust Cuomo more, 57-34 percent,” Greenberg said.Other notable figures from the poll:Half of New Yorkers know someone with coronavirus and one-third know someone who has died from it.At least 86 percent of voters from every party, region, gender race or religion are in favor of wearing face coverings in public and agree with Governor Cuomo’s decision on extending NY PAUSE.One-third of households in New York have a laid off worker and someone working from home.About 70 percent of New Yorkers who answered the poll say the state cannot reopen without having widespread coronavirus testing.About two-thirds of voters think that large gatherings will not be possible this summer.To read the full poll, click here.last_img read more

Cornell Coooperative Extension Likes Playing Chicken

first_imgShare: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) Aimee Rivers/CC By-SA 2.0CORNELL – Chickens, long a staple of grillers, families and picnics, have come a long way in how they grow and are readied for marker, according to Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program.The program is committed to helping farmers produce safe, high quality products by providing research-based support to poultry producers across the region. Nearly 20 percent of farms in the region raise meat chickens (broilers), and these producers have harnessed modern science to preserve their farming tradition.In an effort to educate consumers on where their chicken dinners come from, the program issued a press release regarding the ways chickens are raised from incubation to broiler or grill.Baby chicks arrive at farms when they are between 24 and 72 hours old. They are placed in warm barns or under heat lamps, where they are provided with fresh water and a balanced feed to meet their nutritional needs. These birds are raised to between 5 and 8 weeks of age, at which point they will weigh between 3.5 and 6 pounds,” a program spokesperson said. “While the growth rate of these birds is remarkable, it is not done with any hormones or steroids, which have been illegal to use in chicken production since the 1950s. The history behind these chickens’ ability to grow so well is tied to their genetics and a contest called “The Chicken of Tomorrow.” Cornell Cooperative Extension Livestock and Beginning Farm Specialist, Amy Barkley, shares some of the history of modern chicken farming. The chickens pictured here are prior to and following strong genetic selection that resulted from the “Chicken of Tomorrow” contest. Photo from “Growth, efficiency, and yield of commercial broilers from 1957, 1978, and 2005”, by M.J. Zuidhof et al.Prior to this contest announcement in 1944, farms producing meat chickens were raising dual-purpose breeds, chickens that are those whose females (hens) are good egg layers and males (roosters) are suitable, but not ideal, meat birds. The meat on these birds was sometimes tough and stringy since the birds foraged on the homestead or farm and were older in age when they made it to the soup pot.Furthermore, there wasn’t a lot of meat on one bird. After World War II ended, the United States Department of Agriculture and A&P supermarkets saw the potential to develop a better meat bird and set forth the contest. Contest rules were simple: every farm would raise their own genetic line of meat-producing bird, send the eggs to a centralized location to hatch and rear the offspring, and then the birds would be processed, measured, and taste-tested. State, regional, and national contests ran from 1946 – 1948.The national contest culminated with 2,000 birds from various farms across the country that were evaluated on criteria including skin color, meat texture, overall meatiness, feathering, and the amount of feed needed to produce a pound of chicken. The winning birds of this contest went on to continue improving the genetic lines of meat chickens at a rapid pace, and still serve as the building blocks for the majority of meat bird genetic lines raised around the world to this day.Demand in recent years has shifted slightly from the traditional white-feathered fast-growing bird to a slower-growing, more traditional bird for reasons related to texture and flavor. Today, consumers can choose from a traditional or slower-growing meat bird, the latter of which takes about 25 to 50 percent longer to mature, but has a richer flavor and greater proportion of dark meat. While it’s difficult to find these slower-growing birds in the supermarket, farms across southwestern New York have them for sale, in addition to many local farms which also raise the traditional broiler.There are many small and mid-sized farms in the region which produce two main categories of broilers: barn-raised and pasture-raised. Barn-raised birds are reared in a barn with plenty of light, soft litter, good ventilation, ample feed, and clean water. These farms typically have a larger number of birds for sale.Pasture raised birds are reared in a barn for the first 1-2 weeks from hatch to ensure that they get a good start before continuing their life outdoors. After this time, they are let onto pasture where they are able to forage for bugs and grass. These birds are fed a grain diet as well to make sure that they receive proper nutrition, which they are not able to get from foraging alone. Pastured broilers take longer to mature compared to barn-raised broilers, but may have a slightly richer flavor profile since their diet is more varied. Typically, these flocks are smaller in size than barn-raised flocks. Many producers of slow-growth broilers choose to rear their flocks on pasture.While there are some differences in how chickens are raised and the breed of chicken raised for the table, behind every bird is a farmer who cares for their craft and is excited to share their chicken and farming story.Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program specialists are here to help provide research-based resources and support during this challenging time. Their team of four specialists include Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Farm Business Management (716-640-0522 or [email protected]); Joshua Putman, Field Crops (716-490-5572 or [email protected]); Alycia Drwencke, Dairy Management (517-416-0386 or [email protected]); and Amy Barkley, Livestock Management (716-640-0844 or [email protected]). While specialists are working remotely at this time, they are still offering consultations via phone, text, email, videoconferencing, and mail. They are also providing weekly updates with timely resources and connections via email and hardcopy and virtual programming.The Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program is the newest Cornell Cooperative Extension regional program and covers Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Steuben Counties. The Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops regional specialists work with Cornell faculty and Extension educators to address the issues that influence the agricultural industry in New York by offering educational programming and research based information to agricultural producers, growers, and agribusinesses in the Southwestern New York Region. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities. For more information about this program, or to be added to their contact list, contact Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Team Leader, at 716-640-0522, [email protected], or visit their website swnydlfc.cornell.edu.last_img read more