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Notre Dame voted #1 in social media by USA Today

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Dome and Clouds

The University of Notre Dame tops the list of colleges that have become “influencers and brainstormers” online through the strategic use of Facebook, Twitter and You Tube, USA Today announced yesterday in its list of top 20 colleges making the best use of social media.

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Carolyn Woo named CEO/president of Catholic Relief Services

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Carolyn Woo

Carolyn Y. Woo, Martin J. Gillen Dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, will leave the University to serve as president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), effective Jan. 1, 2012.

Woo assumed the deanship in 1997 of the Mendoza College, which currently is ranked No. 1 for its undergraduate business program by Bloomberg Businessweek for the second consecutive year. During her tenure, the college also has received top rankings for its MBA, EMBA and Master of Science in Accountancy programs, as well as business ethics and accountancy.

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Jan Botz to step down as vice president; OPAC and University Relations to consolidate

Author: Dennis Brown

Janet M. Botz

Janet M. Botz has announced she will be leaving her position as vice president for the Office of Public Affairs and Communications (OPAC) at the University of Notre Dame at the end of July as the office is consolidated with University Relations.

Botz joined Notre Dame in November 2008 and has led a number of important initiatives. Under her leadership, the University refocused its efforts on government and community relations with increased emphasis on local, state and federal government relations as well as paying more attention to improving community relationships. She is actively involved herself as a member of the executive committee and board of the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce and also as a board member of WNIT Public Television, as well as a supporter of many other local organizations.

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Science dean to embark on second ride for rare disease research

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Greg and Renate Crawford

Gregory P. Crawford, dean of the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame, and his wife, Renate, will for the second consecutive year set out on a remarkable bicycle ride this summer to support research seeking treatments and a cure for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC), a rare and deadly neurodegenerative disease that primarily strikes children before or during adolescence.

The Crawfords will depart June 13 on “Road to Discovery,” a 2,200-mile ride from Boston to Dallas, with stops to visit NPC researchers and families, as well as Notre Dame alumni clubs, along the way.

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Two Congregation of Holy Cross provinces meet at Notre Dame

Author: Dennis Brown

Cross and Anchors

An assembly of two Congregation of Holy Cross provinces, the Indiana Province of Priests and Brothers and the Eastern Province of Priests and Brothers, will begin on June 13 at the University of Notre Dame.

The event marks the first time the two provinces have come together for an assembly as they prepare to merge the Eastern Province into the Indiana Province on July 1. The resulting province will be known as the United States Province of Priests and Brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross.

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Class of 2011 called to remain committed to public service

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Class of 2011

Watch Secretary Gates’ Address Video

Urging the class of 2011 to continue the University of Notre Dame’s rich tradition and strong commitment to public service, United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates reminded graduating seniors that the nation’s problems require the active involvement of our best and most honest citizens.

Gates was the principal speaker and recipient of an honorary doctor of laws degree at Notre Dame’s 166th University Commencement Ceremony held Sunday (May 22) in Notre Dame Stadium.

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Notre Dame named finalist on 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Author: Notre Dame News

Dome and Clouds

The University of Notre Dame has been selected as a finalist by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll as one of six institutions in higher education with an outstanding commitment to general community service. The Honor Roll is released annually by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Hundreds of institutions are listed, but Notre Dame is among only 17 to receive special recognition.

“Community service is an integral part of our mission at Notre Dame,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “Whether it is engaging with the local community or across international boundaries, I’m proud of our students and employees for their dedication to serving others as a way to live out their faith.”

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Father Jenkins receives honorary degree

Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy

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

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, received an honorary doctoral degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich., during the school’s commencement exercises on May 7.

Father Jenkins also addressed about 500 graduates and their friends and family as the principal speaker at the commencement, which served as the opening event of the Aquinas 125th anniversary celebration.

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More than 3,100 students to receive degrees May 22

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Commencement

More than 3,100 students will receive degrees May 22 (Sunday) at Notre Dame’s 166th University Commencement Ceremony, which will be held at 9 a.m. in Notre Dame Stadium.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates will be the principal speaker and recipient of an honorary degree. 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 2011 Laetare Medal, Notre Dame’s highest honor and the most prestigious award given to American Catholics.

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In Memoriam: Mary K. Hamann, director of communications, Mendoza College of Business

Author: Carol Elliott

Mary Hamann

Mary K. Hamann, director of communications for the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, died of natural causes on April 22 while on a visit to Paraguay for her daughter Kate’s wedding. She was 50 years old.

Hamann began working at Notre Dame in June 2000 as Mendoza’s manager of administration and operations. She subsequently served as the director of Web content and publications beginning in 2003 before taking the position of director of communications in 2004. She also was the editor of Notre Dame Business, the Mendoza College alumni magazine, and produced a range of print and online articles and publications.

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Edward Larkin named 2011 valedictorian

Author: William G. Gilroy

Edward Larkin

Edward Larkin, a biological sciences major from East Lansing, Mich., has been named valedictorian of the 2011 University of Notre Dame graduating class and will present the valedictory address during Commencement ceremonies May 22 (Sunday) at Notre Dame Stadium.

Larkin, who also carries a supplementary major in classical civilization, earned a 4.0 grade point average. He is an active member of the Haiti Working Group at Notre Dame and writes a bi-weekly column for the Observer student newspaper in which he expounds on the intersection of science, technology and society with a special focus on the cultural and social implications of modern scientific advances.

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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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