Notre Dame Forum events to explore future of American democracy


A More Perfect Union: The Future of America’s Democracy, The Notre Dame Forum

The 2012-13 Notre Dame Forum, “A More Perfect Union: The Future of America’s Democracy,” will present a series of events throughout the academic year that will explore profound questions about the state of the U.S. political system and its capacity to deal with the rapidly changing domestic and international challenges it faces.

“In this election year, issues such as the economy, foreign policy, education and health care are key to the choices American voters will make,” said University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “We do not aim to sponsor another presidential debate with its political give and take, but strive to offer a constructive perspective on our political decisions.”

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Notre Dame to celebrate academics, faith and tradition during Dublin game

Author: Julie Hail Flory


When the Fighting Irish of the University of Notre Dame meet the Midshipmen of Navy on Sept. 1 (Saturday) at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, it will be the latest installment in a long American football tradition for the two institutions.

The visit also will celebrate Notre Dame’s enduring Irish heritage and its modern-day engagement in Ireland, highlighted by an array of events that will bring a taste of the University’s educational, intellectual, faith and cultural mission to its host country, and offer thousands of visiting fans opportunities to learn about, explore and enjoy Ireland.

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Notre Dame Executive Education announces new director

Author: Carol Elliott

Paul Velasco

Paul C. Velasco, who has been serving as interim director of Executive Education at the University of Notre Dame, will take over the position permanently, announced Mendoza College of Business Interim Dean Roger Huang on Thursday (Aug. 9).

Velasco joined the Mendoza College in August 2009 as Executive Education’s director of degree programs. He has served as interim director of Notre Dame Executive Education since October 2011.

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Notre Dame earns fourth consecutive ‘Great College to Work For’ honor


2012 Great Colleges to Work For

The Chronicle of Higher Education has selected the University of Notre Dame as one of its Honor Roll schools in its 2012 Great Colleges to Work For survey. This is the fourth consecutive year that the University has received the honor.

The Chronicle identified 12 categories for recognition that each institution competes in. Notre Dame rated highly in six categories: compensation and benefits; facilities, workspace and security; job satisfaction; work/life balance; confidence in senior leadership; and supervisor/department chair relationship.

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Thomas E. Bear appointed executive director of student financial strategies


Dome and Clouds

Thomas E. Bear, formerly vice president for enrollment services at the University of Evansville, has been appointed executive director of student financial strategies at the University of Notre Dame, effective July 30.

In his new role, Bear will oversee financial aid and student accounts in the Office of Student Financial Services.

“We are pleased to have found a talented leader to advance the research and development of strategies and practices aligning Notre Dame’s considerable financial aid and merit scholarship resources to improve our ability to attract the most robust profile of gifted students,” said Don Bishop, associate vice president for undergraduate enrollment.

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Notre Dame to host national student affairs conference

Author: Karen Kennedy

Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities

The University of Notre Dame will host the 2012 Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASACCU) Conference July 24 to 27 (Tuesday to Friday).

Founded in 1999 and affiliated with the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, ASACCU membership includes student affairs professionals from 149 Catholic colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. ASACCU promotes an understanding of the Catholic intellectual tradition and its relevance for student affairs professionals working at Catholic colleges and universities. This annual conference provides opportunities for professional growth, networking and increased collaboration and communication among staff from member institutions.

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Wellness Center opens on campus

Author: Jane Morrow

Notre Dame Wellness Center

The first medical facility of its kind on a university campus, the Notre Dame Wellness Center opened today with blessings and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The full suite of health services will be available to faculty, staff and their eligible dependents.

For more photos from the event, click here.

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Notre Dame researchers are participants in hunt for the Higgs boson

Author: William G. Gilroy

A candidate event for the Higgs boson decaying to two photons (thick red lines) detected by the CMS detector A candidate event for the Higgs boson decaying to two photons (thick red lines) detected by the CMS detector.

Scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest atom smasher, are expected to announce Wednesday (July 4) that they have evidence that the elusive Higgs boson particle exists.

Notre Dame researchers have long been involved in the search for the Higgs boson, the final piece of a model proposed four decades ago laying out the basic building blocks of matter in the universe.

The July 4 announcement by researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, which operates the LHC, isn’t expected to say that the Higgs boson has actually been “discovered.” Rather, CERN is expected to announce that the massive amount of data it has obtained represents the footprint of the Higgs.

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$5 million gift establishes Gallagher family professorships in adult stem cell research

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Stem cell research

Alumnus Michael Gallagher and his wife, Elizabeth, have made a $5 million gift to establish the Elizabeth and Michael Gallagher Family Professorships in Adult Stem Cell Research at the University of Notre Dame.

Their gift, which will fund three new endowed professorships in adult and all forms of non-embryonic stem cell research, will strengthen Notre Dame’s leadership in the field of stem cell research and enhance the University’s effective dialogue between the biomedical research community and the Catholic Church on matters related to the use and application of stem cells and regenerative medicine.

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Notre Dame announces an innovative partnership with Indiana Department of Education

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Indiana Department of Education

The University of Notre Dame has entered into a historic partnership with the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) that aims to improve learning for Indiana children. Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C., of the University of Notre Dame, and Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett announced the partnership at a press conference in South Bend this afternoon.

This new research partnership will allow scholars at Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives and others from around the country to conduct independent research to inform policymakers as they seek strategies to improve educational quality in the state of Indiana.

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Congregation of Holy Cross elects new Provincial Superior

Author: Stephanie Sibal


Rev. Thomas J. O’Hara, C.S.C., was elected as the new Provincial Superior of the Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers by the Provincial Chapter in Portland, Ore., on Friday, June 15 (Feast Day of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus). The congregation is the international Catholic religious order whose members founded the University of Notre Dame.

Fr. O’Hara is the first elected Provincial of the newly merged United States Province. The Eastern Province merged into the Indiana Province forming the United States Province of Priests and Brothers, which became effective on July 1, 2011.

“I am both honored and humbled to be chosen to serve my fellow Holy Cross religious as Provincial of the United States Province of Priests and Brothers as we strive to serve the people of God,” said Fr. O’Hara after Friday’s election.

As Provincial Superior, Fr. O’Hara will oversee the work and welfare of more than 500 priests, brothers and seminarians in the U.S. Province. He succeeds Rev. David T. Tyson, C.S.C., who served as Provincial Superior for nine years.

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Notre Dame Magazine receives five medals in CASE awards


Notre Dame Magazine

Notre Dame Magazine, the University’s quarterly alumni publication, received five medals in the annual Circle of Excellence awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Notre Dame Magazine was awarded the silver medal in general excellence. This award is given in three circulation categories, and the Magazine competes in the largest category. The University of Chicago received the gold award in this class.

Kerry Prugh, the Magazine’s art director, received a bronze medal in editorial design for her layout of Gary Gaffney’s poem “Mil Preguntas” in the Summer 2011 issue. Staff members were awarded three of 13 medals given in CASE’s Best Articles of the Year: Higher Education category.

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Matthew Storin named chief communications executive at Notre Dame

Author: Dennis Brown

Matthew V. Storin

Matthew V. Storin, former editor of The Boston Globe and former associate vice president for news and information at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed chief communications executive for the University, according to Louis M. Nanni, vice president for University Relations.

A Notre Dame graduate, Storin will begin serving in the newly created position July 8. He will oversee all central communications, including public relations, marketing, public information, issues management, executive communications, Notre Dame Magazine, internal communications, multimedia services, Web and print design and development, copywriting, social media, and strategic communications planning.

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Notre Dame forum to 're-imagine' Haitian development

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Haitian children dancing

Church leaders, educators, corporate executives and development policymakers will gather at the University of Notre Dame June 19 and 20 (Tuesday and Wednesday) for a conference to consider strategies by which Haiti’s Catholic school system could advance and strengthen that nation’s social and economic development.

The conference, “Hope in Action: Transforming Haiti Through Catholic Education,” is sponsored by Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Kroc Institute for Peace Studies in partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the Congregation of Holy Cross and the Haitian Episcopal Commission for Catholic Education. Its participants will draw on a recently completed comprehensive survey of Haiti’s Catholic education system conducted by Haitian data collectors trained by ACE and CRS. Equipped with iPads, the data collectors for the unprecedented survey visited nearly all the Catholic schools in the country — 2,300 in all — and achieved a 97 percent valid response rate, surpassing response rates typical in similar surveys in developed countries.

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Three elected to Notre Dame Board of Trustees

Author: Dennis Brown

The Academic Seal

Scott S. Cowen, Celeste Volz Ford and Timothy F. Sutherland were elected to the University of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees at the Board’s spring meeting May 4.

In other board action, three Trustees were elected to emeritus status: Douglas Tong Hsu, chair and chief executive officer of the Far Eastern Group; John F. “Jack” Sandner, retired chairman of the board of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange; and Rev. David T. Tyson, C.S.C., provincial superior of the U.S. Province of Priests and Brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross.

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Notre Dame files religious liberty lawsuit related to HHS mandate

Author: Dennis Brown

Notre Dame Blue Seal

The University of Notre Dame filed a lawsuit Monday (May 21) challenging the constitutionality of a federal regulation that requires religious organizations to provide, pay for, and/or facilitate insurance coverage for services that violate the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, the lawsuit names as defendants Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, and their respective departments.

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Haley Scott DeMaria Commencement address

Author: Haley Scott DeMaria

Haley Scott DeMaria delivers Commencement address

Delivered by Haley Scott DeMaria at Notre Dame’s 167th University Commencement Ceremony, held May 20, 2012, in Notre Dame Stadium

Thank you, Father John.

Members of the Board of Trustees, fellow honorees, Father Jenkins, honored guests, parents, families, friends, and most importantly the class of 2012, welcome and thank you. It is a true privilege to share this day with you, to be honored with a degree, as you are honored with your degrees, and to join the class of 2012.

When Father John called to invite me to be your speaker, he first mentioned that the University wanted to give me an honorary degree. That news alone was so unexpected and overwhelming, that I actually missed the part where he asked me to give the commencement address.

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More than 2,900 students to receive degrees May 19-20



More than 2,900 students will receive degrees at Notre Dame’s 167th University Commencement Ceremonies, which will be held on campus May 19 and 20 (Saturday and Sunday).

Degrees will be conferred on 1,973 undergraduates at the Sunday ceremony. Alumna Haley Scott DeMaria, who made an inspiring recovery from critical injuries suffered in a tragic 1992 bus accident involving the Fighting Irish swimming team, will be the principal speaker and will receive an honorary degree. Ken Hackett, former president of Catholic Relief Services, will receive the 2012 Laetare Medal, Notre Dame’s highest honor and the most prestigious award given to American Catholics.

Michael J. O’Brien, a political science major from St. Charles, Ill., will deliver the valedictory address.

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Father Jenkins urges graduates to express beliefs respectfully

Author: Dennis Brown

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

In a commencement address Monday (May 7) at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, urged graduates to hold fast to their convictions but express them in “more skillful, more respectful ways.”

Father Jenkins spoke to Wesley’s 130th graduating class in a ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral.

“We in this country are in the midst of a social crisis, a harsh and deepening split between groups that are all too ready to see evil in each other,” Father Jenkins said. “Each side has never been more eager yet more unable to dominate the other. Both sides call for change, but each believes it’s the other side that must change.”

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Erin Hoffmann Harding to succeed Father Doyle as VP for Student Affairs

Author: Dennis Brown

Erin Hoffmann Harding

Erin Hoffmann Harding, associate vice president for strategic planning at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed vice president for student affairs at the University, succeeding Rev. Thomas P. Doyle, C.S.C., who will join Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives as a faculty fellow focusing on initiatives in Catholic educational leadership development. He also will continue pastoral ministry among students and assist the Office of Human Resources with an initiative related to integrating Catholic mission.

“Erin brings with her to this new position a wide range of extraordinary skills that will serve the University well,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “I appreciate her accepting this appointment and look forward to working closely with her and the division to enhance our student life initiatives, which have always been and will remain a distinctive part of Notre Dame’s educational experience.

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