College renovates Le Mans Hall

first_imgAfter several pipes broke in Le Mans Hall over winter break, Saint Mary’s College has decided to accelerate renovation plans  originally intended to begin after the spring semester.  During winter break, a small leak in the Le Mans attic caused a flood in a resident’s room and the Financial Aid Office. Pipe replacements in Le Mans began at the end of January and will continue throughout the spring semester.  Bill Hambling, director of Facilities at Saint Mary’s, said the new pipes will not only have a longer life history but will save the College time and money.  “The pipes are from the early 1900s and are getting pretty old,” Hambling said. “What we are trying to do with these repairs is replace the pipes with new … plastic pipes that will ease both the repair and overall maintenance of pipes throughout the building.” The project was originally planned to commence this summer, but Hambling said one of the reasons they began the repairs earlier was to complete renovations before students returned for the fall semester. “With all the other renovations taking place this summer and with the different summer activities happening around campus, we needed to get a jumpstart on the Le Mans renovations,” Hambling said. “This is a very aggressive project of high magnitude and needed to be pushed up.” Hambling said students have been notified that construction will take place in the public bathrooms daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. “Emails have been sent out to all students regarding the renovations and when certain bathrooms will be unavailable,” Hambling said. “There are also floor plans and schedules of when certain bathrooms will be unavailable posted throughout all halls of Le Mans.” Hambling said students have been cooperative with the project so far, and that it is important to remember that these renovations will improve accommodations for all residents. “Student cooperation is never a problem,” he said. “These renovations are to take care of old issues to make it more habitable for all students.”last_img read more

NDSP reports sexual assault on campus

first_imgNotre Dame Security Police (NDSP) is investigating a sexual assault reported over the weekend, according to an email sent to students Saturday evening. The reported sexual assault occurred in a men’s residence hall on North Quad during the early morning hours Saturday, police said. The assault was committed by a male. In the email, police warned students of the risk of sexual assault. “Sexual assault can happen to anyone at any time,” the email stated. “College students are more likely to be assaulted by an acquaintance than a stranger. This means that the person perpetrating the assault could be part of the campus community. “Being aware of your own safety and watching out for your friends are important steps you can take to reduce the risk of sexual assault.” Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault is available online from both NDSP and the Committee for Sexual Assault Prevention, the email stated.last_img read more

Panel discusses disability programs

first_imgHannah and Friends held a panel discussion on Wednesday night at Saint Mary’s to encourage other students to join their campaign to help take the “dis” out of disabilities. Hannah and Friends promotes awareness through the “Be a Friend” presentation that is put on at different elementary schools, program director Maureen Parsons said. “We target our program to elementary school kids and our main message behind it is that everyone wants a friend. And sometimes the problem is that people aren’t exposed to people with different abilities so they have these preconceived notions as to how its going to be and they don’t know what to say or how to act so our thing is to act the way you would to any other individual,” Parsons said. According to the website, Hannah and Friends built a residential neighborhood that includes three houses in the South Bend area and strives to create a safe and affordable environment for individuals with developmental disabilities. Matt Coleman, a three-year resident of Hannah and Friends, considers himself fortunate to be a resident. He said moving there changed his perspective in a lot of ways and believes it has been a good experience. “Lets just say, [being] accepted there is a really big help and before Hannah and Friends … my mom kept [me] on the waiting list and being on the waiting list takes a big toll so I was very lucky to be on the top of the lists in 2010,” Coleman said. Chris Tidmarsh, founder of Green Bridge Growers and a resident of Hannah and Friends, said he recently built a greenhouse at the residence. He and his mother began the company to employ people on the autism spectrum who have had trouble keeping jobs in the past, he said. “We built a green house at Hannah and Friends as a prototype and we hope to expand to other sites eventually and have an actual business going.” Tidmarsh said. “Twice a month there are fun events [at Hannah and Friends] for not only the residents, but also the volunteers and local people.” “I go to game times and they have a karaoke time [and dance party] once a month so I like to go to those. They have lots of different activities for Hannah and Friends participants.” Tidmarsh said many people use the “r-word” haphazardly and it is considered disrespectful and hurtful to those who have special needs. “I get offended when I hear it. It refers to a different kind of ability than our own but I still find it offensive. What to do about it is to spread awareness about it through programs and schools. At a personal level it would be a good idea to tell someone that you do not like them using that word,” Tidmarsh said. Coleman said he harnessed his inner strength to succeed during high school. “I just fight mentally hard to be who I am. I basically fought hard for myself because when I was in high school I had to do it myself, I didn’t have any friends and just focused on getting that diploma and I actually ended up on the honor roll,” Coleman said. Currently, Hannah and Friends is at maximum capacity with currently twelve residents, Parsons said. “The neighborhood is on well water, we are not on city water and so there are limits to how many buildings we can have,” Parsons said. “Right now we are at capacity, we have three homes and we are building an activities center now. So it’s kind of like we could build our activities center or build a fourth home and we would be able to reach more individuals with the activities center than building a home for four individuals.” Parsons said Hannah and Friends works to raise awareness in the community by having fundraisers, but it is mostly about letting the community know that the group is stronger than ever. “A lot of the events we have here in South Bend are more for awareness than trying to raise a lot of money. We have a golf outing every summer, but here in South Bend…we just kind of work on raising awareness and letting people know that Hannah and Friends is still around,” Parsons said. Contact Alex Winegar at [email protected]last_img read more

Author lectures on origin of blues

first_imgAcclaimed nonfiction author and literary journalist John Jeremiah Sullivan spoke on Tuesday about his current research into the origins of the blues musical tradition in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium.Sullivan said he was recently captivated by a story that is “a very strange wormhole in Indiana history.”“A couple years ago, I was doing some research on early African American newspapers, post-Civil War African American newspapers,” he said. “I came across a very strange sentence — an immediately intriguing sentence in an article from 1914. It was especially intriguing for me because I have had a life-long obsession with the blues.”The sentence that interested Sullivan was written by an African American music critic and stated “‘Mr. William Abel … will sing the first blues song entitled ‘Curses,’ by Mr. Paul Dresser,’” he said.“Already, before we know anything about this sentence, something very special is happening here because you have someone who is speculating about the origins of the blues, even in a somewhat lighthearted or offhanded way, before those questions are really being asked,” he said. “There may be one or two other people who had even taken enough interest in the music at that point to speculate where it may have come from.”The origin of the blues style of music has always been debated, Sullivan said, with many scholars disagreeing about any given answer. The song “Curses” was unfamiliar to Sullivan, though he was aware of the composer, Paul Dresser.“Dresser had a younger brother, whose name was Theodore Dreiser — Dresser changed the name to make it sound more American,” he said. “He ran away from home to join a medicine show, and he became a singer, a songwriter and a comedian. … Starting in the late 1880s and 1890s, he became the most popular songwriter in America.”The song, also known as “The Curse,” was inspired by a tragic time in Dresser’s life. A time when his child had died, his wife left him shortly afterward, he was addicted to opium and he was suffering from syphilis, Sullivan said.“It’s an upsetting piece of music, even though it’s almost comical at places because it’s so over the top,” he said. “It creates its own problems, in trying to interpret that original sentence that calls this song the first blues song. A black writer and critic in Chicago in 1914 is saying that that is the first blues song, ‘The Curse.’“From a musicological standpoint, it’s totally baffling because you can’t really hear any of the moves being made in that song that we associate with the blues and the early blues: the flatted notes and the A-A-B lyrical pattern and all those things you expect to hear when you turn on a blues station. This is obviously totally different, and yet you have someone who is there at the moment, calling it the first blues song. So I wanted to understand that better.”In attempting to better comprehend this claim, Sullivan said he went further back in history to research.“It’s ended up being the most fascinating journey for me because it turns out once you go back far enough into the 20th century and even back into the late 19th, everything you think you know about what the blues is, and what’s happening in it, musically and even culturally, to a certain extent, just gets fractured,” he said.Sullivan said that etymological dictionaries show that the term “the blues” is extrapolated from the expression “the blue devils.”“The ‘blue devils’ was to be melancholy, especially morbidly melancholy, Sullivan said. “It was a special kind of melancholy.”In the post-Civil War era, Sullivan said, music emerged from both black and white artists that was overtly melancholy.“There is a period of time of about 20 years before you hear people calling a song ‘the blues.’ And when you hear people talk about ‘blue music,’ they’re very rarely referring to songs that we would think of as being in the blues tradition,” he said. “For instance, a Tchaikovsky melody would be referred to as blue music.”Thus any song, with depressing subject matter could be considered ‘blues music,’ said Sullivan. Therefore, “The Curse,” with its tragic overtones, could be considered a blues song.“I felt like that sentence had given me a new lens, so some of that confusion is cleared up, as to how the blues might have come into being as a distinct genre,” he said.After about 20 years, people in the medicine show world began applying the descriptor blue music more specifically to a certain kind of songs, and what we’ve traditionally known as the blues came into being, Sullivan said.The lecture was sponsored by the department of American Studies, John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy and the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts’ Henkels Lecture Series.Tags: American Music, Blues Music, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Paul Dresserlast_img read more

Student Senate swears in 2017-2018 senators, student government officers

first_imgTags: ND student senate, Student Body President In the first official meeting of the 2017-2018 Notre Dame Student Senate, newly elected senators were inducted and undertook the task of approving the nominations of various other student government officers.New student body president, junior Becca Blais, and vice president, junior Sibonay Shewit, initiated the meeting by taking Oaths of Office. The incoming senators from all 31 dormitories stood and took a similar oath officially swearing them into office.The majority of the meeting was spent making approvals of officers nominated by the Executive Board. Among the initial nominations were sophomore Prathm Juneja for student body chief-of-staff, freshman Molly McGraw for student body secretary and sophomore Alex Kruszewski as executive controller.“I fully endorse Prathm, Molly and Alex for these positions,” Blais said.The next group to be approved included sophomore Trever Carter and freshman Molly Walsh as co-directors of FUEL, a freshman student leadership program. Freshman John Henry Hobgood, who was approved as the director of academic affairs, hopes to “make the Moreau program better where it is lacking.” Additionally, sophomore Sean McMahon was initiated as director of campus technology as was junior Jonah Shainberg as the director of athletics.Later, junior Kelly Beatty was approved as director of University policy.“[Beatty] has an incredible vision,” Blais said. “He’s really caring for his friends, family and everyone in this community.”Beatty’s plan is to improve the university’s compliance with Title IX policies regarding sexual assault and “re-evaluate the school’s policies towards drugs and alcohol.”Sophomore Keenan White was approved as the director of faith and service and junior Adam Moeller was recognized by Blais for his “incredible devotion to others” as he was inducted as the director of community outreach.The final two officers approved were junior Joey Murphy and sophomore Andie Tong as co-directors of communications.Kaleem Minor, a freshman, was approved by Senate as the diversity and inclusion director. Sophomores Caitlin Murphy and Timothy O’Connell were approved as co-directors of student life.O’Connell outlined his goals for dining hall improvements.“[We should be] implementing pre-made salads in North, wipes on Wing Night, coffee roast improvement,” O’Connell said.Murphy discussed her vision for improvements regarding campus life.“We have a lot more long-term goals as well, such as how the meal plan can be revamped,” Murphy said.“We have plans for improved dorm life as well as outreach to various clubs and groups on campus.”Freshman Isabel Rooper was approved as director of gender relations, hoping to explore Title IX policies and sexual assault concerns. Sophomore Jade Martinez was named the incoming director of health and wellness. Junior Austin Matheny was approved as the director for social concerns. Lastly, sophomore Jim Kim and sophomore David Nunes were nominated and approved as assistant student treasurers.In their first resolution of the year, SS171801, Senate voted to make a constitutional change limiting a Senator to serve in one student government department, rather than two. This amendment arose out of concern for senators having too many commitments.“We want you to be fully invested in the department you are in,” Shewit said.The Senate meeting closed with announcements from senators of events around campus, but not without celebratory remarks from Shewit to the new senators: “Congratulations on your first resolution.”last_img read more

New year marks 175th anniversary of Notre Dame

first_imgIn November of 1842, after a cold 11-day hike through Indiana, Fr. Edward Sorin and other members of the Congregation of the Holy Cross arrived at the land given to him by Fr. Stephen Badin — the land on which Sorin built Notre Dame.Instead of simply waiting there until the weather got better, as the common Notre Dame saying goes, Sorin’s intention was to found a college on this land. This weekend the opening of the 2017-2018 academic year marks the 175th anniversary of the University, as Notre Dame welcomes 2,052 new members of the student body — a far cry from the 25 students in the University’s first class. Kathryne Robinson | The Observer The beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year signifies the 175th anniversary of the University, which Fr. Edward Sorin founded in 1842.The University’s 175th anniversary is a milestone celebrated by students, faculty, alumni and the extended Notre Dame community alike. In a press release from April 19, the University announced the Indiana General Assembly had passed a resolution recognizing Notre Dame’s 175th anniversary. Indiana state Sen. Joe Zakas, who co-authored the resolution, said the University has made a powerful and lasting impact beyond Indiana.“Notre Dame’s positive impact on our community, the nation and the world cannot be overstated,” Zakas said in the press release. “The General Assembly’s awareness of these contributions generated solid support for the 175th anniversary resolution.”In addition to this honor from the General Assembly, the University is marking the anniversary with a pilgrimage retracing the steps of Sorin and his Holy Cross brothers across more than 300 miles from Vincennes, Indiana to Notre Dame. The Notre Dame Trail began Aug. 13 with a Mass celebrated at the same place Sorin and his companions celebrated Mass, and will conclude on campus Aug. 26.Member of the class of 1987 Nylce Myers — who will participate in the five-day pilgrimage that will cover 67 miles beginning in Rochester, Indiana on Aug. 21 — said she was drawn to the event because it offers the chance to connect with members of the Notre Dame family spanning several generations.“One of the things that appeals … to me is that this is going to be a chance to meet other people,” she said. “The folks who are doing the pilgrimage are coming from all over, and for those of us who are doing the overnight versions — we’re doing the five-day — we figure we’re going to meet [others]. As hokey as it sounds, the Notre Dame family is real, and so we’re going to meet Notre Dame folks that we might not ever have had a chance to connect with.”The Trail will close with a 175th anniversary Mass, followed by a picnic with ten food villages on South Quad for the pilgrims and current Notre Dame community members to enjoy together. A celebration combining years of Notre Dame alumni and current students puts the 175-year history of the University into perspective, Myers said, particularly given the number of new projects nearing completion this year.“Actually going back and getting kind of a historical appreciation of what came before, I think, gives you an appreciation for the way Notre Dame changes,” she said. “Yes, it’s special to everybody in your period of time when you are there, but to understand that Notre Dame — like everything else — is kind of a living, growing, breathing thing and that it needs to change and it needs to adapt to whatever the changing needs are of our society, I think that’s important.”The 175th anniversary provides a particularly important opportunity to returning and new students this year, Myers said, as reflecting on the history of the University provides a greater perspective on the Notre Dame students know today.“I think this is a good opportunity for all of us to reflect on the history,” Myers said. “ … Notre Dame, I think for every generation that goes through, is here and now. It’s what you and your cohort are doing, and so to actually kind of get a chance to step back and think about how it got to be what it is today and what came before us is kind of a gift. It kind of just puts it all into perspective.”Tags: 175th anniversary, Fr. Edward Sorin, Notre Dame Trail, Welcome Weekend 2017last_img read more

Emergency panel discusses Burma crisis

first_imgAn emergency panel discussed the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Myanmar (Burma) on Tuesday night. The panel focused on the persecution of the Rohingya minority group by the Myanmar government and the resulting refugee crisis. Soldiers are reported to have committed massacres, rape and mass burnings of villages and homes. More than 620,000 Rohingya have left Myanmar for refugee camps in Bangladesh, according to a pamphlet distributed at the panel. Of these refugees, 60 percent are children under the age of 17, the pamphlet said. “[Myanmar is] an extremely diverse country, which has 135 different ethnicities,” graduate student Dorottya Pedryc said. Chris Collins | The Observer An emergency panel discusses the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Myanmar. Due to persecution by the Myanmar government, many Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee the country.The majority of the Rohingya, of which there are around 1 million people, live in the Rakhine state on the western edge of the country, assistant professor of global affairs Susan Ostermann said. The Rohingya living in Myanmar are not classified as citizens by the Myanmar government, but as illegal immigrants. Although they are recognized as illegal immigrants, “the fact is they actually arrived to the country 2000 or 3000 years ago, according to scholars,” Pedryc said.The most recent crisis has been ongoing since August, “when an insurgent group associated with the Rohingya carried out some limited attacks against state security forces,” associate professor of political science, Ernesto Verdeja said. “The response has been an overwhelming use of violence,” he said of the actions taken by the Myanmar government and military. Pedryc said around 240 Rohingya villages have been destroyed in recent months as a result of this violence. “In September of this year, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, referred to what’s going on in this area as a textbook definition of ethnic cleansing,” Verdeja said.While Bangladesh has “actually done quite a lot” for refugees, Ostermann said, the country still faces certain issues.“Bangladesh is still incredibly poor, despite the fact that development has lifted income dramatically over the last 10 to 15 years,” she said.Bangladesh is a small country with a large population, and the addition of refugees is putting an intense strain on the nation, Ostermann said. While much of the panel focused on the history that has led to this point, as well the status of the current situation, the panelists also discussed how students can get involved and make their voices heard with regards to this crisis and other humanitarian issues. The first suggestion was that students become more informed on the issues they care about. In addition, panelist and assistant professor of political science Jaimie Bleck gave suggestions for ways in which students could become more actively involved in a solution.“There is a range of things that you can do: contacting government representatives, raising awareness amongst your peers, amongst your family, continuing to educate yourself … and, finally, raising money,” she said. Tags: Burma, Myanmar, refugee crisis, Rohingyalast_img read more

Former College President Jan Cervelli files civil suit against Saint Mary’s

first_imgObserver File Photo Jan Cervelli, pictured, resigned as Saint Mary’s President on Oct. 5. Tuesday, Cervelli filed a lawsuit against the College claiming she was pressured to resign and the Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees did not honor its settlement agreement with her.The lawsuit claims that Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees chair Mary Burke pressured Cervelli to resign and that the College has not honored its settlement agreement, which stated Cervelli would receive status as a tenured professor and adequate pay and benefits in lieu of her resignation, with the possibility of a buy-out of her position.The Board of Trustees said in a statement Thursday that the Board has fulfilled its end of the settlement agreement with Cervelli.“The Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees is aware of, but not surprised by, the complaint that has been filed by former president Janice Cervelli,” Burke said in the statement. “We obviously disagree with the allegations raised by Ms. Cervelli’s lawyers, their descriptions of the agreements and their account of the facts. The Trustees have honored all of its agreements with Ms. Cervelli and has fulfilled all of its obligations to Ms. Cervelli as a tenured member of Saint Mary’s College faculty.”In the statement, Burke said the Board will “file a written response to the allegations with the appropriate court in due course,” and looks forward to resolving the dispute.According to the filed complaint, Cervelli claims Burke came to her around Sept. 30 with an “undated and unsigned” separation agreement calling for Cervelli’s immediate resignation. Burke required Cervelli to accept the resignation agreement by Oct. 5, or, according to the complaint, the Board would have terminated Cervelli without cause. In the complaint, Cervelli also claimed she had no indication of a desire for her resignation before being asked by Burke.During the Sept. 30 meeting, the suit alleges, Burke told Cervelli to not report to work and to tell everyone that she was on sick leave, which, according to the suit, was not true. The complaint also asserts Burke suggested Cervelli lie and attribute her resignation to caring for her mother.Burke said the College will not comment regarding specifics of Cervelli’s resignation.“As a matter of employee confidentiality and in accordance with Ms. Cervelli’s contract with the College, we will continue to refrain from commenting on the specifics involving her departure from the College,” Burke said.In her count alleging breach of contract, Cervelli argues Saint Mary’s has neglected their obligations set in the settlement agreement regarding her position as a tenured faculty member, her right to compensation and employment benefits, her right to reinstatement to faculty and her right to severance payments.Cervelli and the College entered into a settlement agreement where both parties agreed that Cervelli would “continue her position as tenured member of the faculty” and would be paid “in an amount equal to the highest paid professor at Saint Mary’s.” The agreement also stated the College would “pay Cervelli certain severance pay and benefits for twelve months, beginning Jan. 1, 2019.”On Jan. 31, according to the lawsuit, Cervelli’s counsel sent a letter to the College demanding payment for the unpaid wages. The lawsuit claims that to date, Saint Mary’s has not paid Cervelli the unpaid wages.Cervelli is petitioning for tenure, all compensation and employment benefits, and is requesting that the court either orders her reinstatement to the Saint Mary’s faculty where she can continue her employment until her resignation or retirement, or continued severance payments under the settlement agreement.Cervelli is also suing the College for breaching its duty of good faith and fair dealing for three reasons: the College‘s failure to pay her salary, refusal to recognize her position as tenured faculty and attempts to prevent Cervelli from disclosing her position as tenured faculty, according to the complaint. The lawsuit is currently pending.Tags: breach of contract, Jan Cervelli, lawsuit, resignation, Saint Mary’s College Former College President Jan Cervelli filed a civil lawsuit against Saint Mary’s on Tuesday, alleging members of the Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees pressured her to resign and did not honor their settlement agreement with her.According to the complaint filed in the St. Joseph County Superior Court, Cervelli is suing the College on counts of breach of contract, declaration of rights and injunction, violation of Indiana’s Wage Payment Statute and breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing. Cervelli is requesting compensation for damages resulting from the College’s breach of contract and a declaration of her rights pursuant to her contracts, the complaint said.The complaint details the events leading to Cervelli’s resignation and asserts Saint Mary’s has not honored the terms of her employment agreement. The suit also revealed Cervelli and Saint Mary’s entered into a settlement agreement at the time of her resignation.last_img read more

Reed: School Districts Should Make Final Reopening Decision

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) WNYNewsNow File Image.CORNING — Congressman Tom Reed is taking a different stance when discussing who should make the final decision on reopening school districts in New York State. Governor Andrew Cuomo said during a news conference Wednesday morning that the state should make the call, while President Donald Trump says the Federal Government is responsible for the call.Reed, however, tells WNYNewsNow that the local school districts should be the ultimate decision maker.“Since the Governor believes, and I agree, that the call in ultimately opening the schools is not the national government, the President’s prerogative, I would hope the Governor would look himself in the mirror say, well that’s true for him, in regards to the schools are run by the school districts and superintendents,” Reed said. “The school districts should be the ones making the determination whether or not to keep the schools open for their respective districts in the state.” Reed, however, says that he believes Cuomo will say that the school districts won’t have “the authority to make the decision. Only the Governor, King Cuomo, can make this determination.”The Congressman also says that the Federal Government could have some influence on the reopening of schools because they have the “power of the purse,” which he says “is not a bad thing” in terms of encouraging reopening of the schools.Cuomo stated during his briefing that guidance from his office would be finalized Monday for school stakeholders, with plans from the stakeholders to be submitted by July 31 for a final decision for reopening slated for the first week of August.With that, WNYNewsNow asked Reed about what he’d like to see in the Governor’s guidance. He says he wants the Governor to acknoweledge that each school will have an individualized plan, and he additionally wants the Governor to say what metrics and risks the Governor would be observing.“How are you going to make sure you have access to the personal protective equipment necessary to do this? What is your standardization plan for the school district? What are you expecting in regards to the sharing of information for teachers, employees and administrators, vis-à-vis, also students? And how are you going to expect the interaction of the information being exchanged between the school officials, the private entities such as parents, loved ones, and also the public health officials?”Reed says that’s just “a sampling” of the guidance that he would like the Governor to issue.WNYNewsNow will continue to follow the story of the schools potentially reopening as it develops.last_img read more

County Probation Director Retiring

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) Pictured above from left, Thomas Narraway, Chautauqua County Probation Director; and PJ Wendel, Chautauqua County Executive.MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel says the county’s Probation Director will be retiring later this month.Director Thomas Narraway was appointed as probation director in October 2015, but his career with the department began in April of 2001 when he was first employed as a probation officer trainee.Over the years, he earned his way up in the department serving as senior probation officer, probation supervisor, and interim probation director.Prior to working in the Probation Department, he worked for 11 years as a correction officer with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office. As director, Narraway has upheld the department’s commitment of holding court referred offenders accountable for their actions, working with probationers to facilitate positive change in their behavior, creating a safer community, and advocating for victims’ rights.“Throughout the course of his career, Tom has worked closely with schools, police departments, courts, community agencies, and other county departments to monitor the compliance of probationers and connect them with the services and programs they need to become and stay law-abiding citizens,” said Wendel. “I thank Tom for his strong leadership and exemplary service to Chautauqua County and I wish him all the best in retirement.”Narraway has also been instrumental in implementing New York State’s Raise the Age law in the County in 2018 and 2019. This law raised the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 years old so individuals ages 16 and 17 who commit non-violent crimes can receive the intervention and treatment they need.“I have been blessed to work with some outstanding people at the County Jail and in Probation as well as three great County Executives that trusted in my vision for the department,” said Narraway.  “Not many people outside of probation truly understand the work that the probation officers do and the resulting benefit to community safety.”Wendel said he has begun the process of finding a new probation director and hopes to name a new director in the coming weeks.last_img read more