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.
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.
Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond, founder of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, will deliver the principal address at the University of Notre Dame’s 169th University Commencement Ceremony on May 18 (Sunday), replacing the previously announced speaker, Christopher Patten, chancellor of Oxford and chair of the BBC Trust.
Patten informed the University this week that he is withdrawing from several engagements for health reasons.
“On Sunday (April 27), we at the University of Notre Dame will join with millions the world over in celebrating the lives of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. Their canonizations could not come at a more propitious time. The rich teachings of the Vatican Council, convened by the former, stirred the evangelization of the latter.”
The University of Notre Dame family will gather April 27 (Sunday) to celebrate the first-ever Notre Dame Day and have the opportunity to watch, connect, give and vote in a way that’s never been done at Our Lady’s University.
On the recommendation of the Academic Council, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, has approved two one-credit courses for first-year students that include components that focus on physical and mental wellness, spirituality, cultural competency, academic success and discernment.
The Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame took the No. 1 spot for the fifth year in a row in the just-released Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2014 Ranking of Best Undergraduate Business Schools.
Six distinguished figures in business, the Church, community leadership, education, engineering and the performing arts will join principal speaker Christopher Patten as honorary degree recipients at the University of Notre Dame’s 169th University Commencement Ceremony on May 18 (Sunday).
The ceremony will be held in the morning at Notre Dame Stadium in order to accommodate as many guests as possible. Undergraduate diploma ceremonies for each college and school will be held the afternoon of May 18, and the Law School, graduate business and Graduate School ceremonies will take place May 17.
Kenneth R. Miller, professor of biology at Brown University, will receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2014 Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics, at Notre Dame’s 169th University Commencement ceremony May 18 (Sunday).
“Kenneth Miller has given eloquent and incisive witness both to scientific acumen and religious belief,” said Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “As an accomplished biologist and an articulate believer, he pursues two distinct but harmonious vocations and illustrates how science and faith can mutually flourish.”
Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, appeared on a segment of “Charlie Rose” on PBS on Wednesday (March 12). Father Jenkins discussed Pope Francis’ first year in office with Rose; Rev. James Martin, editor-at-large at America magazine; and Miguel Diaz, professor of faith and culture at the University of Dayton.
The University of Notre Dame on Monday (March 3) released a new strategic plan that provides focus, transparency and accountability for its activities for the next 10 years.
Bishop Alvaro Ramazzini of Guatemala and University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will be among the scholars, pastoral workers, church leaders, public policymakers and advocates for migrants and refugees who will gather at the University from March 2 to 5 for a conference on the role of the Catholic Church in the lives of migrants and refugees.
Titled “The Church and Immigration” and hosted by Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, the conference will begin with a keynote address by Bishop Ramazzini at 7 p.m. March 2 (Sunday) in the McKenna Hall auditorium.
In a letter to parents and guardians of students returning for the next academic year, Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., thanked them for their investment in Notre Dame and the sacrifices they make to pay for “an educational experience that is second to none.” Father Jenkins said the University is honored that parents and guardians have sent their sons and daughters to Notre Dame to learn, discover and grow in their academic, social, emotional and spiritual lives.
For the 14th year in a row, the University of Notre Dame has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing midsized colleges and universities across the country. With 18 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, the University ranks No. 16, up two spots from last year. Since the agency was created in 1961, 874 Notre Dame graduates have served as Peace Corps volunteers.
The University of Notre Dame will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of its founder, Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., on Feb. 6 (Thursday) with a Mass at 5:15 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.