Eight Saint Mary’s seniors gathered in Carroll Auditorium on Monday night to discuss their experiences living in Uganda with the Sisters of the Holy Cross and working in the Moreau Nursery and Primary School and the Kyembogo Holy Cross Health Centre. Their travels were part of the College’s Uganda Summer Practicum, which brings nursing and education majors together for six weeks in the Toro kingdom and exposes them to the culture of the Kyarusozi community and the core values of the Sisters of the Holy Cross.Senior nursing majors Allison Campbell, Madison Carmichael, Therese Dudro and Jovita Lledo Munoz, along with senior elementary education majors Anna McClowry, Katie Price, Megan Shea and Katherine Soper shared their memories from the 2017 Practicum.McClowry said participating in the program helped her hone valuable skills, such as establishing a teaching schedule, collaborating with the other teachers and writing lesson plans the day before class.“You kind of have to get creative,” she said. “There are some days when you’re exhausted and overwhelmed, but when you walk into a classroom, and you have kids smiling at you, it honestly makes your heart smile. The students and teachers are really, really appreciative of all your work there, so just know that your presence is enough in those times that you feel exhausted or overwhelmed.”Dudro said students working at the Kyembogo Holy Cross Health Centre helped with outpatient care, inpatient care and lab tests. Most of the 20 inpatient beds, she said, were filled by patients who had contracted malaria.“Unfortunately for them, [malaria] is kind of like the common cold here,” she said. “Everyone gets malaria. It can be really serious. We saw some people that were in critical condition, some young children, and it was really scary to see them so sick.”Prices said she felt an overwhelming sense of community while working.“The first thing [the sisters] do when you arrive is make sure that you have that sense of home,” Price said. “I remember … we pulled up in the van after traveling for five hours that day … and Sister Lillian came out, helped us with our bags and the first thing that she said was, ‘Welcome home.’ You knew right then that you were going to be taken care of and well-loved.”Daily mass and regular prayer helped students embrace the four core values of compassion, faith, prayer and community, Soper said.“Their faith life is unbelievable,” she said. “It is quite an opportunity to be able to live with the Sisters of the Holy Cross and in their community. You are right there with them. You are living out their faith life with them, and you are on that journey to Heaven with them.”Tags: education, nursing, Sisters of the Holy Cross, Uganda Summer Practicum
Floys Short, 94, of Sunman passed away Monday, December 30, 2019 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. Floys was born Friday, March 13, 1925 in Mallie, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Isaac and Nancy Ann (Campbell) Reynolds. She married Has “Booker” Short October 4, 1945 and he preceded her in death January 1992. Floys was a homemaker and attended Little Memory Church, Sunman. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles, gardening, cooking, canning, singing, boardgames and visiting with family.Floys is survived by daughters: Brenda Martin of Sunman; Merlene (Danny) Baxter of Moores Hill; Paula (Ron) Clements of Milan; and Cathy Short (Lisa) of Berea, Kentucky; sister Betty Miller of Vandalia, Ohio; eight grandchildren; twenty-three great grandchildren; and eleven great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter Rhonda Cooke; three brothers; and five sisters.A service celebrating her life will be held 11 AM Friday, January 3, 2020 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home in Milan with Jerry Manns officiating. Burial will follow in Little Memory Cemetery. Family and friends may gather to share and remember her 6-8 PM Thursday, January 2 also at the funeral home. Memorials may be given in honor of Floys to the Donor’s Choice. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 S Main Street, Box 243, Milan, IN 47031, (812)654-2141. You may go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.