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O’Dowd Delivers Mission Drive Funds to Typhoon Haiyan Victims

Campus Chaplain Fr. Gerald Pedrera hand-delivered a check for more than $9,000 to Fr. Francisco and Ms. Maricel in the Philippines recently. These funds were raised during the 2014 Mission Drive for Typhoon Haiyan victims, and will allow for the purchase of fishing boats and nets. Fr. Gerald also brought them a T-shirt that the Filipino Club sold to raise funds during the Mission Drive.

“Speak Up!” Summer Debate Program Wraps Up with Awards Ceremony

Caitlin Walsh ’14, Sean Walsh ’16, and Nathan Woods ’15 hosted “Speak Up!”, a free summer debate program for middle school students in Oakland Diocese schools including St. Liz, St. Jarlath and St. Anthony. At the end of the camp, students received an encouraging critique and awards for their work.

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Sophie Vaughn ’13 uses ‘vegetable flash mobs’ to serve communities

This summer I have the opportunity to work with New Roots Inc., a nonprofit that ignites communities to come together, share knowledge and build relationships with farmers to secure access to fresh food. Fresh Stops are the fruit of New Roots’ labor. Sometimes referred to as “vegetable and fruit flash mobs,” Fresh Stops pop up biweekly, in churches and/or schools, where communities pool their resources and purchase produce from local farmers upfront, thus obtaining wholesale prices for the group.

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AP Psych Students at Major Conference

A group of AP Psychology students recently attended the American Psychological Science Convention in San Francisco. There, they listened to lectures on cutting-edge research and engaged in conversation with graduate students presenting their work at poster sessions. Several students also had the opportunity to participate in round-table discussions with world-renowned psychologists. Lisette Manriquez, a graduating senior planning to study psychology at UC Merced, talked to Stanford Professor Carol Dweck about her experiences with high school teachers with various types of mindsets. Meanwhile, junior Latrel Powell joined graduate students in a discussion with UC Berkeley’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Claude Steele and junior Natalie Stroud learned about emotion expert Paul Ekman’s recent research on compassion.

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New Varsity Head Volleyball Coach Named

Jorge Peñate has been named the varsity head volleyball coach at Bishop O’Dowd High School. He replaces Chad Salcido, who led the program for the past three years.

Peñate most recently coached at Berkeley High School, taking over a program that had no coaching staff a week before the start of the season in 2013 and leading the team to a 2nd place finish in league and a quarterfinal appearance in the NCS-CIF championships with an overall record of 20-12 (14-2 in conference).

“My goal is for the O’Dowd volleyball program is to continue its success as well as to take it to newer heights. We will do so by intentionally creating a team culture that is built on the premise of serving each other. Our players will have time to create their individual and team goals, and we will work hard every day to accomplish those. All the joys and success stories will flow from our commitment to our cohesiveness as a family,” Peñate said.

One Book, One Community – The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger. But William had read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would bring to his small village a set of luxuries that only 2 percent of Malawians could enjoy: electricity and running water.

In 2002, his country was stricken with a famine that left his family’s farm devastated and his parents destitute. Unable to pay the $80-a-year tuition for his education, William was forced to drop out and help his family forage for food as thousands across the country starved and died.

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Ray Kurzweil: Get ready for hybrid thinking

This man is a MAJOR thinker out of MIT.

Two hundred million years ago, our mammal ancestors developed a new brain feature: the neocortex. This stamp-sized piece of tissue (wrapped around a brain the size of a walnut) is the key to what humanity has become. Now, futurist Ray Kurzweil suggests, we should get ready for the next big leap in brain power, as we tap into the computing power in the cloud.

Commencement 2014

Bishop O’Dowd High School’s 60th Commencement was held on Sunday, June 1, at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre of the Arts.

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Ray Kurzweil: Get ready for hybrid thinking

Two hundred million years ago, our mammal ancestors developed a new brain feature: the neocortex. This stamp-sized piece of tissue (wrapped around a brain the size of a walnut) is the key to what humanity has become. Now, futurist Ray Kurzweil suggests, we should get ready for the next big leap in brain power, as we tap into the computing power in the cloud.

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