Notre Dame concludes comprehensive review of GLBTQ student services and support

Author: Dennis Brown


After a five-month review process, University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., has accepted recommendations from the Office of Student Affairs to expand and enhance the support of and services for students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (GLBTQ), including the creation of a University recognized student organization.

The recommendations are part of a comprehensive pastoral plan that includes an array of initiatives grounded in the Catholic mission of the University.

“I appreciate the careful and thoughtful work of this review that considered both the needs of our students and the teachings of the Catholic Church,” Father Jenkins said. “As articulated in the University’s ‘Spirit of Inclusion’ statement, Notre Dame’s goal remains to create and sustain a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students, and I am confident that this multi-faceted, pastoral approach represents the next step in advancing our efforts toward this aspiration for our GLBTQ students.”

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Ten Notre Dame faculty members named AAAS fellows

Author: William G. Gilroy


Ten University of Notre Dame faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in honor of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.

AAAS, founded in 1848 as a nonprofit association, is the world’s largest scientific society and publisher of the prestigious journal Science.

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businessNotre Dame MBA ranks in Bloomberg Businessweek top 20 best b-schools

Author: Carol Elliott

Mendoza blue banner reads: University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business

The University of Notre Dame MBA ranked No. 20 among U.S. business schools in the Bloomberg Businessweek magazine’s biennial survey, "The Best U.S. Business Schools 2012,” released Thursday (Nov. 12). The program, located in the Mendoza College of Business, jumped four spots from its 2010 ranking.

“We continually focus on providing the rigorous, values-based education that Notre Dame has always stood for,” said Mary Goss, senior director of the Notre Dame MBA. “But over the past two years, we’ve put a great deal of effort into enhancing our career development curriculum and engaging in an aggressive outreach to corporations across the country. We’re very proud of our students, who have competed well in an incredibly difficult hiring environment.”

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Notre Dame mourns the death of graduate student

Author: Dennis Brown

The crucifix in Moreau Seminary chapel

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, has asked that the Notre Dame community keep Michael Thigpen and his family in their thoughts and prayers.

Thigpen, a first-year master’s degree student in the Global Health Program from Monument, Colo., passed away unexpectedly at his off-campus residence, where he was found early Tuesday morning (Nov. 13).

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Notre Dame alumnus wins prestigious award for work with homeless

Author: Megan Zagger

Dr. James O'Connell Dr. James O’Connell

James O’Connell, M.D., a 1970 University of Notre Dame graduate and founder and president of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, was recently awarded the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism.

Presented by The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, this prestigious award recognizes O’Connell for his advocacy and direct service to people experiencing homelessness. The Schweitzer Prize is given to an individual whose life example has significantly improved the health of people in the United States or abroad, and whose commitment to service influences and inspires others.

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Notre Dame offers new study abroad program in Paris

Author: Kate Cohorst

Arc de Triomphe in Paris

Paris, the legendary City of Lights, is the newest destination for University of Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters students who want to study abroad.

“We are delighted to offer this new opportunity for students seeking to spend a full year or one semester in Paris beginning in 2013-14,” says Julia Douthwaite, a professor of French in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. “The new exchange program at the Université Paris Diderot will expand existing offerings by allowing advanced students in the humanities to enroll directly in courses with French students at one of the youngest and most dynamic universities in Paris.”

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Four Notre Dame graduates elected to House, one to Senate


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Three University of Notre Dame graduates were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in Tuesday’s election, and alumnus Joe Donnelly of Indiana is the second graduate to be elected to the Senate, but the fourth to serve.

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Father Jenkins offers prayers for those affected by Hurricane Sandy

Author: Dennis Brown

University seal

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, has offered prayers and support from the University to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

“As we continue to learn about the tragic consequences of this massive storm, it’s obvious this was a hurricane of historic proportions” Father Jenkins said. “On behalf of the entire Notre Dame community, I offer prayers for all who have been affected, including alumni, families and friends of the University.”

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Notre Dame to host open house for new nuclear accelerator

Author: William G. Gilroy

Tour the University's new nuclear accelerator

The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Physics will hold an open house for its new nuclear accelerator from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 3) in the Nieuwland Hall of Science. Tours of the accelerator will leave 124 Nieuwland Hall every 15 minutes.

The accelerator is housed inside a new 40-foot-tall tower located above the existing Nuclear Science Laboratory in the center of Nieuwland. The University’s astrophysics program, started in the 1980s, is one of the leading global centers, attracting visiting researchers from 20 to 30 countries each year.

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Father Jenkins mourns death of Saint Mary’s student

Author: Dennis Brown

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Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, has extended his sympathies to the family and friends of Saint Mary’s College student Ziqi Zhang, who died Thursday night (Oct. 18) in a bicycle-automobile accident near the entrance to the College.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Ziqi Zhang and to the entire Saint Mary’s community,” Father Jenkins said. “Ziqi also was well-known here at Notre Dame, where she was enrolled in the College of Engineering and involved in various clubs and activities. On behalf of the University, our prayers are with all who knew and loved her."

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Notre Dame magazine essays honored

Author: Claire Stephens

Into the Deep Into the Deep

Two essays published in Notre Dame Magazine last year have been honored in this year’s edition of “The Best American Essays,” edited by David Brooks and Robert Atwan.

Among the “Notable Essays of 2011” are “Into the Deep,” which appeared in the Spring 2011 issue. Written by 1960 Notre Dame graduate Patrick Dunne, the piece is about a letter to a friend dying of melanoma.

A Summer Night” by Kerry Temple, editor of Notre Dame Magazine and a 1974 alumnus, was also chosen as a Notable Essay. Temple’s essay reflects on a summer evening in southern Indiana and comments on the loss of childhood in America today.

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Father Jenkins to lead 'Rosary for Life' Oct. 9

Author: Notre Dame News


A “Rosary for Life” will be led by University of Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 9) in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

The rosary, which is open to the public, will include scripture passages and meditations read aloud by Notre Dame students, faculty and staff in an event hosted by the Office of University Life Initiatives in observance of Respect Life Month and in appeal for a greater respect for the dignity of all human life from conception to natural death.

“This is the third year that the Office for University Life Initiatives has held Notre Dame’s Rosary for Life,” said Mary Daly, program coordinator for the office. “The Rosary is a beautiful prayer to Our Lady, who is the patroness of our University, and we are asking that she continue to guide us as we work to promote the sanctity of all human life.”

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Notre Dame student grants wishes of hospice patients

Author: Claire Stephens

Caitlin Crommett

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When Caitlin Crommett was 15 years old, she founded DreamCatchers, a club she created to grant the last wishes of terminally ill hospice patients. Now a University of Notre Dame sophomore majoring in business entrepreneurship and film, television and theatre, Crommett recently expanded DreamCatchers, which began as a high school club and is now a national organization with chapters in California and Indiana.

“I had been volunteering with a hospice near me for a few years, helping out around the office and singing at memorial services,” Crommett recalls. “I then saw the movie ‘Patch Adams,’ which inspired me to do something more to make these patients happy at the end of their lives. I wanted them to be able to have their last dreams fulfilled and help people believe in happy endings once again.”

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Notre Dame Vision mentors: Leaven in the world

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Notre Dame Vision

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Since it was established by the Institute for Church Life (ICL) in 2002, the Notre Dame Vision program has brought more than 10,000 high school students to the University’s campus for week-long summer sessions of prayer, theological reflection, and celebration of their vocations as members of the Catholic Church.

One of the most conspicuous instances of the University’s service to the Church, Notre Dame Vision owes much of its success to the work of its “mentors in faith,” the 65 Notre Dame undergraduate students who lead the high schoolers in the program’s reflections, discussions and liturgies. The undergraduate mentors, who prepare for their work in special theology courses, pastoral formation workshops and small retreats, are themselves a feature of Notre Dame Vision’s success.

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Presidential candidates invited to speak on campus

Author: Dennis Brown

President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney

The University of Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and student body president Brett Rocheleau have joined in inviting both President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney to speak at the University during the fall election campaign.

Continuing a long-standing tradition, Father Jenkins and Rocheleau addressed letters to each of the presidential aspirants, offering Notre Dame as a “forum for serious political discussion” on important issues facing the nation. The intent of the invitations, which include the candidates’ running mates, is to provide the campus community a firsthand impression of the contenders and their messages.

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Chicago Shamrock Series events to include four academic programs

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Shamrock Series

As Fighting Irish fans descend upon Chicago for the Shamrock Series off-site home football game between the Notre Dame and Miami on Oct. 6 (Saturday), the University will present four academic events highlighting various topics of interest, including the national media, the economy, U.S. foreign policy and the role of religion in politics today.

All events are free and open to the public and will be held at the JW Marriott, 151 W. Adams St., Chicago.

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Historic building being renovated for Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture

Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy

An artist's rendering of an aerial view of the Hansel Center An artist’s rendering of an aerial view of the Hansel Center.

The University of Notre Dame will open a new center for the arts and culture in January in a renovated historic building, bolstering a growing museum district just west of downtown South Bend.

Located in the former Hansel Center, the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture will house the University’s Community Relations Department, its Crossroads Art Gallery and the Segura Fine Art Print Studio — a renowned print studio formerly based in Arizona. The new facility will continue the activities and programming of the department and gallery, as well as provide new opportunities for youth and adult programming.

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Notre Dame to join Atlantic Coast Conference; football stays independent but brings 5 games annually to ACC

Author: Dennis Brown

Atlantic Coast Conference

The University of Notre Dame accepted an invitation today (Sept. 12) to become a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in all sports except football.

Most Notre Dame athletics programs have been members of the Big East Conference since 1995 after previously competing in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, North Star Conference and as independents. Jack Swarbrick, vice president and director of athletics at Notre Dame, said the University will work with the Big East and ACC on a timetable to transfer athletic membership.

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Thousands celebrate Ireland and Notre Dame in Dublin

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Mass at Dublin Castle Mass at Dublin Castle

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When some 35,000 Americans descended on Dublin, Ireland, for the Emerald Isle Classic football game between Notre Dame and Navy (played Sept. 1 at Aviva Stadium), it was for many a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the country, learn about their Irish heritage, and celebrate Notre Dame’s rich academic, faith and athletic tradition.

Events included academic programs, Masses, service projects and fan celebrations, highlighted by a Notre Dame pep rally that merged the best of American and Irish traditions, and a Mass at historic Dublin Castle.

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