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Sister Mary Scullion and Joan McConnon to receive 2011 Laetare Medal

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Sister Mary Scullion, R.S.M., and Joan McConnon

Sister Mary Scullion, R.S.M., and Joan McConnon, co-founders of Project H.O.M.E., an organization devoted to ending homelessness in Philadelphia, will jointly receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2011 Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics, at Notre Dame’s 166th University Commencement ceremony May 22 (Sunday).

“In their work for the homeless of Philadelphia, Sister Scullion and Joan McConnon have splendidly answered the Gospel summons to brotherly love,” said Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “Serving the unsheltered Lord on the streets of their hometown, they have provided an example for others to serve likewise in cities worldwide.”

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Father Hesburgh awarded Catholic Charities USA Centennial Medal

Author: Carol Elliott

Father Hesburgh receives Centennial Medal

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, received a specially commissioned Centennial Medal on Sunday (March 27) from Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the 100-year-old social services organization working to reduce poverty in America.

“We honor a man not only deeply admired and respected in this country, but around the world," said Rev. Larry Snyder, president and CEO of CCUSA. "Father Hesburgh’s life has been one of devotion to education and service to his church – exemplified by his unparalleled 35 years as president of Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame suspends remainder of its Japanese program

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Japan

The University of Notre Dame has suspended its international undergraduate program in Nagoya, Japan.

In a letter to the two Notre Dame students participating in the Japanese study abroad program, the University’s Office of International Studies described the decision as “very difficult,” but that suspension was the most prudent course of action “due to the deteriorating environmental conditions in the areas around Tokyo and ongoing uncertainty about the stability of the nuclear power plant.”

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12 distinguished figures to join Gates as honorary degree recipients

Author: Dennis Brown

Commencement

Twelve distinguished figures in education, philanthropy, science, human rights, aerospace, the Catholic Church, business and athletics will join principal speaker Robert M. Gates as honorary degree recipients at the University of Notre Dame’s 166th University Commencement Ceremony on May 22 (Sunday).

The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. at Notre Dame Stadium with the Academic Procession. Undergraduate diploma ceremonies for each college and school will be held that afternoon. Graduate and professional ceremonies will take place on May 21 (Saturday).

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2011-12 Notre Dame Forum to explore K-12 education

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Dome and Clouds

More than 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States each year, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Education. Other studies show 68 percent of American eighth-graders cannot read at grade level and that our top math students rank 25th out of 30 countries when compared to their peers around the world.

With troubling facts like these as clear indications that educating our children is one of the most pressing issues facing our nation today, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, has announced that the 2011-12 Notre Dame Forum will examine topics related to K-12 education.

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Notre Dame Business School ranks No. 1 for second year in a row

Author: Carol Elliott

BusinessWeek ranking

The University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business ranked No. 1 for the second year in a row in Bloomberg Businessweek’s sixth annual survey of “The Best Undergraduate Business Schools.” The ranking was announced today (March 3).

“Our students, faculty and staff pour their hearts into everything they do here at Notre Dame,” said Carolyn Y. Woo, the Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College. “We appreciate the ranking as a reflection of not just academic excellence, but also our particular mission of educating students to think about the big picture and how they might use business to impact the greater good.”

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Father Jenkins appointed to national commission on the humanities and social sciences

Author: Dennis Brown

Father John Jenkins

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed to a national commission that will examine how to bolster teaching and research in the humanities and social sciences.

Created by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences includes prominent Americans from those two fields, as well as the physical and life sciences, business, law, philanthropy, the arts, and the media. It is co-chaired by Richard Brodhead, president of Duke University, and John Rowe, chair and chief executive officer of Exelon Corp.

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Notre Dame approves on-campus filming for Haley Scott movie

Author: Dennis Brown

Haley Scott DeMaria

For just the third time in its history, the University of Notre Dame has given approval for the filming of a motion picture on campus.

Tentatively titled “Two Miles From Home,” the film is the story of Haley Scott DeMaria, the Notre Dame swimmer who was paralyzed for a week after a tragic bus accident in 1992 that took the lives of two of her teammates. The movie is based on DeMaria’s book, “What Though the Odds: Haley Scott’s Journey of Faith and Triumph.”

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Notre Dame ranks No. 8 in degrees earned by Fortune 500 CEOs

Author: Carol Elliott

U.S. News & World Report

Eleven leaders of the nation’s largest corporations earned their degrees from the University of Notre Dame, which ranks the University at No. 8 in the U.S. News & World Report study of the educational backgrounds of 2010’s Fortune 500 CEOs. The listing is part of Fortune magazine’s annual ranking of American corporations based on revenue.

Of the 11 Notre Dame degrees, nine were at the undergraduate level and two were graduate degrees, according to the survey.

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Father Jenkins receives Champion of Diversity Award

Author: Dennis Brown

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

Indiana Minority Business Magazine (IMBM) has honored Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, with a 2011 Champion of Diversity Award. Father Jenkins was one of 14 individuals, institutions and companies recognized by the magazine at a ceremony Jan. 14 in Indianapolis.

Father Jenkins and the other award recipients were cited as “leaders in their respective fields, not only because they excel at what they do, but also because they are inclusive,” according to Shannon Williams, president and general manager of IMBM.

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Notre Dame creates position to coordinate life initiatives

Author: Dennis Brown

Mary Daly

A final recommendation from the Task Force on Supporting the Choice for Life at the University of Notre Dame recently was accepted by the University’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

As it completed its term of service in May, the task force recommended to Father Jenkins that structures be created to implement previous recommendations and continue the group’s work. In response, Father Jenkins has established the position of coordinator for university life initiatives and appointed Mary K. Daly to the post.

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ND president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., to give commencement address at University of San Francisco

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev

University of Notre Dame President John I. Jenkins, will receive an honorary degree and give the commencement address to arts and sciences graduates May 21 (Friday) at the University of San Francisco.

Father Jenkins, who was elected Notre Dame’s 17th president in 2005, has been a member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1990. He holds two degrees in philosophy from Oxford University, where he earned his B.Phil. in 1987 and his D.Phil. in 1989. He earned his master of divinity degree and licentiate in sacred theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley in 1988. Prior to joining the Congregation of Holy Cross, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy from Notre Dame in 1976 and 1978, respectively.

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2010 Notre Dame Forum to examine global marketplace and its impact on the “common good”

Author: Todd Woodward

Friedman_Thomas_forum 2010

“The Global Marketplace and the Common Good” is the topic for the 2010 Notre Dame Forum, the University’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., announced today.

Scheduled for Nov. 3 (Wednesday), the forum will examine the inherent demand for an essential moral framework in the quest for human development, a topic that has taken on increased scrutiny in the wake of the global economic crisis of 2008-09. Thomas Friedman, the influential Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist from the New York Times, has been confirmed as one of the guest speakers.

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American Irish Historical Society to honor Father Jenkins

Author: Dennis Brown and Michael O. Garvey

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

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, will receive the 2009 Gold Medal award from the American Irish Historical Society (AIHS) at its 112th annual banquet Nov. 5 at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City.

Previous recipients of the AIHS Gold Medal, which recognizes a special or unique contribution to American Irish life, include President Ronald Reagan, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the actor Liam Neeson, Cardinal John O’Connor of New York and Donald Keough, chairman of the board of Allen & Company, former president and chief operating officer of the Coca-Cola Co. and chairman emeritus of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees.

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Board of Trustees elects Father Jenkins to second term

Author: Dennis Brown

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

The University of Notre Dame Board of Trustees elected Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., on Friday (Oct. 16) to a second five-year term as president of the University, effective at the conclusion of his first term June 30, 2010, Chairman Richard C. Notebaert announced on behalf of the Board of Trustees.

“The vision and leadership that Father Jenkins has demonstrated in his first four years in office have been inspiring and innovative,” Notebaert said. “Building upon the foundation set by his Holy Cross predecessors, he is making the aspirations of this University a reality. The Fellows and Trustees look forward to continuing our work with him in service to Our Lady’s University.”

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2009 graduates honor Father Jenkins with Senior Class Fellow award

Author: Dennis Brown

Father John Jenkins

The University of Notre Dame’s Class of 2009 has selected Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University’s president, as the Senior Class Fellow.

Voted on by seniors, the award is an “accolade traditionally given to a member of the Notre Dame community who has had a significant impact on the graduating class,” according to W. Joseph Brown, senior class president.

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Notre Dame announces initiatives in support of a diverse faculty

Author: Dennis Brown

Golden Dome

In response to recommendations from two committees, the University of Notre Dame will pursue a series of initiatives designed to enhance support for a diverse faculty.

The initiatives were detailed in a letter sent this week to faculty by the University’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and provost, Thomas G. Burish. They are based upon reports prepared last year by the University Committee on Diversity and the University Committee on Women Faculty and Students.

“The intellectual interchange that is essential to a university requires, and is enriched by, the presence and voices of diverse scholars and students,” Father Jenkins said. “Beyond the benefits diversity brings to all universities, we hold this commitment also because Notre Dame is a Catholic university.”

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Janet Botz elected VP for public affairs and communication

Author: Dennis Brown

Janet M. Botz, executive director and chief communications officer for Dow Corning Corp., has been elected vice president for public affairs and communication at the University of Notre Dame by its Board of Trustees, on the recommendation of Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., University president. The appointment is effective…

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