David M. Schwarz named 2015 Richard H. Driehaus Prize laureate

Author: Mary Beth Zachariades

David M. Schwarz Architects - Firewheel Town Center

David M. Schwarz, an architect known for excellence in traditional design and his commitment to the creation of vibrant public environments, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame. He will be awarded the $200,000 prize during a ceremony on March 21 (Saturday) in Chicago.

In conjunction with the Driehaus Prize, renowned environmental health expert Dr. Richard J. Jackson will receive the $50,000 Henry Hope Reed Award, given annually to an individual working outside the practice of architecture who has supported the cultivation of the traditional city, its architecture and art. Together these prizes represent the largest recognition of classicism in the contemporary built environment.

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2013: The year in review


The 2013 men’s soccer team won the national NCAA championship

The calendar year 2013 was filled with many notable moments of accomplishment, celebration and reflection at the University of Notre Dame. Some of the significant events include the 50th anniversary of the Hesburgh Library, the reopening of the Morris Inn after extensive renovations, and the men’s soccer team winning the national title for the first time in its history.

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Notre Dame to renovate Hesburgh Library

Author: Tara O'Leary

Library renovation - Level 1 north view

In the wake of the 50th anniversary of the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Library, the University will begin an interior renovation of the iconic building later this month.

Named in honor of President Emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., the Hesburgh Library is the flagship for Notre Dame’s library system, collectively called the Hesburgh Libraries. Grand in both vision and scale, the building is more than 440,000 square feet, stands 14 stories tall and is believed to have been the largest collegiate library of its day.

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Alex Coccia named Rhodes Scholar

Author: Sue Lister

Student Body President Alex Coccia

Alex Coccia, a 2014 University of Notre Dame graduate, has been selected to the American Rhodes Scholar Class of 2015.

A Columbus, Ohio native, Coccia was selected from a pool of 877 candidates who had been nominated by their colleges and universities. He is Notre Dame’s 15th Rhodes Scholar and first since 2002. This year’s 32 Rhodes Scholars will commence their studies at Oxford in October 2015.

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Richard Brodhead, president of Duke University, to speak at Notre Dame Forum


Richard Brodhead

Richard Brodhead, president of Duke University, will explore “The Once and Future Liberal Arts” in a talk as part of the 2014-15 Notre Dame Forum from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4 (Tuesday) in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium on the University of Notre Dame’s campus.

The 2014-15 Notre Dame Forum focuses on the question “What do Notre Dame graduates need to know?” Brodhead will speak on the importance of the humanities in higher education, followed by a discussion between Brodhead and John McGreevy, I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame to establish Keough School of Global Affairs; Scott Appleby appointed founding dean

Author: Dennis Brown

Rendering of Jenkins Hall

The University of Notre Dame announced Wednesday (Oct.1) the creation of the first new college or school at the University in nearly a century — the Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs. R. Scott Appleby, a scholar of global religion and a member of Notre Dame’s faculty since 1994, will serve as the Marilyn Keough Dean of the school.

The establishment of the school as well as the construction of Jenkins Hall to house it has been made possible by gifts totaling $50 million from Donald and Marilyn Keough, among the most generous benefactors in the University’s history. Construction of the hall will begin in the spring, and it will open in August 2017.

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Groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate $35 million gift from McCourtneys for research facility

Author: Dennis Brown

McCourtney Hall, west elevation

The University of Notre Dame will celebrate the generosity of alumnus Ted H. McCourtney and his wife, Tracy, in a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday (Oct. 4) for a world-class research facility to be named in their honor.

McCourtney Hall, to be located on the east side of the Notre Dame campus near Hesburgh Library, will be a 220,000-square-foot building underwritten by a $35 million gift from the McCourtneys.

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Father Jenkins welcomes Bishop Cupich

Author: Dennis Brown

Presidential Seal

Statement by Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President, University of Notre Dame, on the Appointment of Bishop Blase Joseph Cupich as Archbishop of Chicago.

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Notre Dame reports highest level of research funding in a non-stimulus year

Author: Joanne Fahey

Lab research

The University of Notre Dame received $113 million in research awards for fiscal year 2014, the highest ever recorded at the University in a non-stimulus year and a $17 million increase over the previous year.

Notre Dame received $119 million in 2010, but approximately $30 million was from government stimulus grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Father Jenkins to give keynote address at King’s College conference on Catholic education

Author: Michael O. Garvey


Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will give the keynote address at a conference on the mission of Catholic colleges and universities in higher education Sept. 19 (Friday) at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

The two-day conference, entitled “The Idea of a Catholic College: Charism, Curricula, and Community,” will include speakers from Boston University, St. Mary’s College of California, the University of Portland, Gonzaga University, St. Edwards University and the University of Scranton. In addition members of the King’s College King’s faculty, administration, and board of directors, the event will bring together more than 100 faculty members and administrators from Catholic institutions of higher education nationwide. Its proceedings will be published in the Journal of Catholic Higher Education.

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Commencement 2014: Passing it on

Author: Michael O. Garvey

2014 Commencement

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Reminding the University of Notre Dame’s graduating seniors that “there is no more dangerous or delusional myth than that of the self-made woman or man,” the principal speaker at the University’s 2014 Commencement, Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond, founder of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, appealed to them to remember “the grace of collective support from the people gathered around you today and pass it on.”

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Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education receives additional transformative gift from the Remicks

Author: Dennis Brown

Mary Ann and Jack Remick

Adding to what had already amounted to the largest and most significant set of gifts to support the University of Notre Dame’s efforts to strengthen and transform Catholic K-12 education, Mary Ann and Jack Remick, of Rochester, Minnesota, have made an additional $10 million leadership gift to the University’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE).

This most recent gift will more than double the endowment of the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program, the nation’s preeminent formation program to shape a generation of faith-filled and talented principals for America’s Catholic schools.

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Jordan’s giving to Notre Dame is unprecedented: $75 million is largest single gift; bringing total to $150 million

Author: Dennis Brown

Trustee John W. “Jay” Jordan at the Jordan Hall dedication

A $75 million gift from University of Notre Dame alumnus and Trustee John W. “Jay” Jordan is the largest in the University’s history and makes him its most generous benefactor, with a giving total of $150 million.

Jordan’s latest gift, announced Friday (May 2) during the University’s spring Board of Trustees meeting, will be directed toward the creation of a world-class research program in an area of science and technology that is new to Notre Dame and that has the potential to create innovative intellectual property that has important commercial potential.

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