We celebrated in recent months the opening of several new facilities that will serve our mission.
I can’t say that name without a tinge of embarrassment. The home to the Keough School of Global Affairs, which will include the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the Liu Institute for Asia & Asian Studies, the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development and the McKenna Center for Human Development and Global Business.
The Center will include student meeting rooms, lounges, dining areas, organization space, a student ballroom, the Smith Center for Recreational Sports and the Career Center.
These new facilities have been built to last for centuries by skilled laborers from this region and neighboring states. According to our long-standing custom, we were proud to pay these workers union wages, and we were delighted with the aid this construction gave to the local economy.
I want to commend all those from many departments who worked on the projects and made them possible. I must mention in particular John Affleck-Graves, our executive vice president and Doug Marsh, our vice president for facilities, design and operations and our University architect. With many others, they have masterfully managed and executed the largest and most complex construction undertaking in the University’s history.
We as a University community must always remember in gratitude those benefactors whose generosity and dedication to Notre Dame made these beautiful facilities possible. Students, faculty, staff and visitors will benefit from the beautiful facilities for years to come.