Notre Dame to establish Keough School of Global Affairs; Scott Appleby appointed founding dean

Author: Dennis Brown

Rendering of Jenkins Hall

The University of Notre Dame announced Wednesday (Oct.1) the creation of the first new college or school at the University in nearly a century — the Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs. R. Scott Appleby, a scholar of global religion and a member of Notre Dame’s faculty since 1994, will serve as the Marilyn Keough Dean of the school.

The establishment of the school as well as the construction of Jenkins Hall to house it has been made possible by gifts totaling $50 million from Donald and Marilyn Keough, among the most generous benefactors in the University’s history. Construction of the hall will begin in the spring, and it will open in August 2017.

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Groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate $35 million gift from McCourtneys for research facility

Author: Dennis Brown

McCourtney Hall, west elevation

The University of Notre Dame will celebrate the generosity of alumnus Ted H. McCourtney and his wife, Tracy, in a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday (Oct. 4) for a world-class research facility to be named in their honor.

McCourtney Hall, to be located on the east side of the Notre Dame campus near Hesburgh Library, will be a 220,000-square-foot building underwritten by a $35 million gift from the McCourtneys.

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Father Jenkins welcomes Bishop Cupich

Author: Dennis Brown

Presidential Seal

Statement by Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President, University of Notre Dame, on the Appointment of Bishop Blase Joseph Cupich as Archbishop of Chicago.

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Notre Dame reports highest level of research funding in a non-stimulus year

Author: Joanne Fahey

Lab research

The University of Notre Dame received $113 million in research awards for fiscal year 2014, the highest ever recorded at the University in a non-stimulus year and a $17 million increase over the previous year.

Notre Dame received $119 million in 2010, but approximately $30 million was from government stimulus grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Father Jenkins to give keynote address at King’s College conference on Catholic education

Author: Michael O. Garvey


Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will give the keynote address at a conference on the mission of Catholic colleges and universities in higher education Sept. 19 (Friday) at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

The two-day conference, entitled “The Idea of a Catholic College: Charism, Curricula, and Community,” will include speakers from Boston University, St. Mary’s College of California, the University of Portland, Gonzaga University, St. Edwards University and the University of Scranton. In addition members of the King’s College King’s faculty, administration, and board of directors, the event will bring together more than 100 faculty members and administrators from Catholic institutions of higher education nationwide. Its proceedings will be published in the Journal of Catholic Higher Education.

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Commencement 2014: Passing it on

Author: Michael O. Garvey

2014 Commencement

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Reminding the University of Notre Dame’s graduating seniors that “there is no more dangerous or delusional myth than that of the self-made woman or man,” the principal speaker at the University’s 2014 Commencement, Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond, founder of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, appealed to them to remember “the grace of collective support from the people gathered around you today and pass it on.”

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Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education receives additional transformative gift from the Remicks

Author: Dennis Brown

Mary Ann and Jack Remick

Adding to what had already amounted to the largest and most significant set of gifts to support the University of Notre Dame’s efforts to strengthen and transform Catholic K-12 education, Mary Ann and Jack Remick, of Rochester, Minnesota, have made an additional $10 million leadership gift to the University’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE).

This most recent gift will more than double the endowment of the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program, the nation’s preeminent formation program to shape a generation of faith-filled and talented principals for America’s Catholic schools.

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Jordan’s giving to Notre Dame is unprecedented: $75 million is largest single gift; bringing total to $150 million

Author: Dennis Brown

Trustee John W. “Jay” Jordan at the Jordan Hall dedication

A $75 million gift from University of Notre Dame alumnus and Trustee John W. “Jay” Jordan is the largest in the University’s history and makes him its most generous benefactor, with a giving total of $150 million.

Jordan’s latest gift, announced Friday (May 2) during the University’s spring Board of Trustees meeting, will be directed toward the creation of a world-class research program in an area of science and technology that is new to Notre Dame and that has the potential to create innovative intellectual property that has important commercial potential.

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Rev. Ray Hammond to replace Patten as Notre Dame’s commencement speaker

Author: Dennis Brown

Ray Hammond

Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond, founder of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, will deliver the principal address at the University of Notre Dame’s 169th University Commencement Ceremony on May 18 (Sunday), replacing the previously announced speaker, Christopher Patten, chancellor of Oxford and chair of the BBC Trust.

Patten informed the University this week that he is withdrawing from several engagements for health reasons.

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Statement by Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., on the Canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II

Author: Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.


“On Sunday (April 27), we at the University of Notre Dame will join with millions the world over in celebrating the lives of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. Their canonizations could not come at a more propitious time. The rich teachings of the Vatican Council, convened by the former, stirred the evangelization of the latter.”

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Notre Dame to award 7 honorary degrees at Commencement

Author: Brendan O’Shaughnessy

Judith Jamison

Six distinguished figures in business, the Church, community leadership, education, engineering and the performing arts will join principal speaker Christopher Patten as honorary degree recipients at the University of Notre Dame’s 169th University Commencement Ceremony on May 18 (Sunday).

The ceremony will be held in the morning at Notre Dame Stadium in order to accommodate as many guests as possible. Undergraduate diploma ceremonies for each college and school will be held the afternoon of May 18, and the Law School, graduate business and Graduate School ceremonies will take place May 17.

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Biologist Kenneth Miller to receive Notre Dame’s 2014 Laetare Medal

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Kenneth R. Miller

Kenneth R. Miller, professor of biology at Brown University, will receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2014 Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics, at Notre Dame’s 169th University Commencement ceremony May 18 (Sunday).

“Kenneth Miller has given eloquent and incisive witness both to scientific acumen and religious belief,” said Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “As an accomplished biologist and an articulate believer, he pursues two distinct but harmonious vocations and illustrates how science and faith can mutually flourish.”

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