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Father Jenkins to lead 'Rosary for Life' Oct. 9

Author: Notre Dame News

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A “Rosary for Life” will be led by University of Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 9) in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

The rosary, which is open to the public, will include scripture passages and meditations read aloud by Notre Dame students, faculty and staff in an event hosted by the Office of University Life Initiatives in observance of Respect Life Month and in appeal for a greater respect for the dignity of all human life from conception to natural death.

“This is the third year that the Office for University Life Initiatives has held Notre Dame’s Rosary for Life,” said Mary Daly, program coordinator for the office. “The Rosary is a beautiful prayer to Our Lady, who is the patroness of our University, and we are asking that she continue to guide us as we work to promote the sanctity of all human life.”

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Notre Dame student grants wishes of hospice patients

Author: Claire Stephens

Caitlin Crommett

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When Caitlin Crommett was 15 years old, she founded DreamCatchers, a club she created to grant the last wishes of terminally ill hospice patients. Now a University of Notre Dame sophomore majoring in business entrepreneurship and film, television and theatre, Crommett recently expanded DreamCatchers, which began as a high school club and is now a national organization with chapters in California and Indiana.

“I had been volunteering with a hospice near me for a few years, helping out around the office and singing at memorial services,” Crommett recalls. “I then saw the movie ‘Patch Adams,’ which inspired me to do something more to make these patients happy at the end of their lives. I wanted them to be able to have their last dreams fulfilled and help people believe in happy endings once again.”

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Notre Dame Vision mentors: Leaven in the world

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Notre Dame Vision

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Since it was established by the Institute for Church Life (ICL) in 2002, the Notre Dame Vision program has brought more than 10,000 high school students to the University’s campus for week-long summer sessions of prayer, theological reflection, and celebration of their vocations as members of the Catholic Church.

One of the most conspicuous instances of the University’s service to the Church, Notre Dame Vision owes much of its success to the work of its “mentors in faith,” the 65 Notre Dame undergraduate students who lead the high schoolers in the program’s reflections, discussions and liturgies. The undergraduate mentors, who prepare for their work in special theology courses, pastoral formation workshops and small retreats, are themselves a feature of Notre Dame Vision’s success.

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Presidential candidates invited to speak on campus

Author: Dennis Brown

President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney

The University of Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and student body president Brett Rocheleau have joined in inviting both President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney to speak at the University during the fall election campaign.

Continuing a long-standing tradition, Father Jenkins and Rocheleau addressed letters to each of the presidential aspirants, offering Notre Dame as a “forum for serious political discussion” on important issues facing the nation. The intent of the invitations, which include the candidates’ running mates, is to provide the campus community a firsthand impression of the contenders and their messages.

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Chicago Shamrock Series events to include four academic programs

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Shamrock Series

As Fighting Irish fans descend upon Chicago for the Shamrock Series off-site home football game between the Notre Dame and Miami on Oct. 6 (Saturday), the University will present four academic events highlighting various topics of interest, including the national media, the economy, U.S. foreign policy and the role of religion in politics today.

All events are free and open to the public and will be held at the JW Marriott, 151 W. Adams St., Chicago.

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Historic building being renovated for Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture

Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy

An artist's rendering of an aerial view of the Hansel Center An artist’s rendering of an aerial view of the Hansel Center.

The University of Notre Dame will open a new center for the arts and culture in January in a renovated historic building, bolstering a growing museum district just west of downtown South Bend.

Located in the former Hansel Center, the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture will house the University’s Community Relations Department, its Crossroads Art Gallery and the Segura Fine Art Print Studio — a renowned print studio formerly based in Arizona. The new facility will continue the activities and programming of the department and gallery, as well as provide new opportunities for youth and adult programming.

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Notre Dame to join Atlantic Coast Conference; football stays independent but brings 5 games annually to ACC

Author: Dennis Brown

Atlantic Coast Conference

The University of Notre Dame accepted an invitation today (Sept. 12) to become a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in all sports except football.

Most Notre Dame athletics programs have been members of the Big East Conference since 1995 after previously competing in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, North Star Conference and as independents. Jack Swarbrick, vice president and director of athletics at Notre Dame, said the University will work with the Big East and ACC on a timetable to transfer athletic membership.

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Thousands celebrate Ireland and Notre Dame in Dublin

Author: Julie Hail Flory

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When some 35,000 Americans descended on Dublin, Ireland, for the Emerald Isle Classic football game between Notre Dame and Navy (played Sept. 1 at Aviva Stadium), it was for many a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the country, learn about their Irish heritage, and celebrate Notre Dame’s rich academic, faith and athletic tradition.

Events included academic programs, Masses, service projects and fan celebrations, highlighted by a Notre Dame pep rally that merged the best of American and Irish traditions, and a Mass at historic Dublin Castle.

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Notre Dame Forum events to explore future of American democracy

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A More Perfect Union: The Future of America’s Democracy, The Notre Dame Forum

The 2012-13 Notre Dame Forum, “A More Perfect Union: The Future of America’s Democracy,” will present a series of events throughout the academic year that will explore profound questions about the state of the U.S. political system and its capacity to deal with the rapidly changing domestic and international challenges it faces.

“In this election year, issues such as the economy, foreign policy, education and health care are key to the choices American voters will make,” said University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “We do not aim to sponsor another presidential debate with its political give and take, but strive to offer a constructive perspective on our political decisions.”

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Notre Dame to celebrate academics, faith and tradition during Dublin game

Author: Julie Hail Flory

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When the Fighting Irish of the University of Notre Dame meet the Midshipmen of Navy on Sept. 1 (Saturday) at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, it will be the latest installment in a long American football tradition for the two institutions.

The visit also will celebrate Notre Dame’s enduring Irish heritage and its modern-day engagement in Ireland, highlighted by an array of events that will bring a taste of the University’s educational, intellectual, faith and cultural mission to its host country, and offer thousands of visiting fans opportunities to learn about, explore and enjoy Ireland.

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Notre Dame Executive Education announces new director

Author: Carol Elliott

Paul Velasco

Paul C. Velasco, who has been serving as interim director of Executive Education at the University of Notre Dame, will take over the position permanently, announced Mendoza College of Business Interim Dean Roger Huang on Thursday (Aug. 9).

Velasco joined the Mendoza College in August 2009 as Executive Education’s director of degree programs. He has served as interim director of Notre Dame Executive Education since October 2011.

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Notre Dame earns fourth consecutive ‘Great College to Work For’ honor

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2012 Great Colleges to Work For

The Chronicle of Higher Education has selected the University of Notre Dame as one of its Honor Roll schools in its 2012 Great Colleges to Work For survey. This is the fourth consecutive year that the University has received the honor.

The Chronicle identified 12 categories for recognition that each institution competes in. Notre Dame rated highly in six categories: compensation and benefits; facilities, workspace and security; job satisfaction; work/life balance; confidence in senior leadership; and supervisor/department chair relationship.

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Thomas E. Bear appointed executive director of student financial strategies

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Thomas E. Bear, formerly vice president for enrollment services at the University of Evansville, has been appointed executive director of student financial strategies at the University of Notre Dame, effective July 30.

In his new role, Bear will oversee financial aid and student accounts in the Office of Student Financial Services.

“We are pleased to have found a talented leader to advance the research and development of strategies and practices aligning Notre Dame’s considerable financial aid and merit scholarship resources to improve our ability to attract the most robust profile of gifted students,” said Don Bishop, associate vice president for undergraduate enrollment.

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Notre Dame to host national student affairs conference

Author: Karen Kennedy

Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities

The University of Notre Dame will host the 2012 Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASACCU) Conference July 24 to 27 (Tuesday to Friday).

Founded in 1999 and affiliated with the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, ASACCU membership includes student affairs professionals from 149 Catholic colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. ASACCU promotes an understanding of the Catholic intellectual tradition and its relevance for student affairs professionals working at Catholic colleges and universities. This annual conference provides opportunities for professional growth, networking and increased collaboration and communication among staff from member institutions.

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Wellness Center opens on campus

Author: Jane Morrow

Notre Dame Wellness Center

The first medical facility of its kind on a university campus, the Notre Dame Wellness Center opened today with blessings and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The full suite of health services will be available to faculty, staff and their eligible dependents.

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Notre Dame researchers are participants in hunt for the Higgs boson

Author: William G. Gilroy

A candidate event for the Higgs boson decaying to two photons (thick red lines) detected by the CMS detector A candidate event for the Higgs boson decaying to two photons (thick red lines) detected by the CMS detector.

Scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest atom smasher, are expected to announce Wednesday (July 4) that they have evidence that the elusive Higgs boson particle exists.

Notre Dame researchers have long been involved in the search for the Higgs boson, the final piece of a model proposed four decades ago laying out the basic building blocks of matter in the universe.

The July 4 announcement by researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, which operates the LHC, isn’t expected to say that the Higgs boson has actually been “discovered.” Rather, CERN is expected to announce that the massive amount of data it has obtained represents the footprint of the Higgs.

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$5 million gift establishes Gallagher family professorships in adult stem cell research

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Stem cell research

Alumnus Michael Gallagher and his wife, Elizabeth, have made a $5 million gift to establish the Elizabeth and Michael Gallagher Family Professorships in Adult Stem Cell Research at the University of Notre Dame.

Their gift, which will fund three new endowed professorships in adult and all forms of non-embryonic stem cell research, will strengthen Notre Dame’s leadership in the field of stem cell research and enhance the University’s effective dialogue between the biomedical research community and the Catholic Church on matters related to the use and application of stem cells and regenerative medicine.

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Notre Dame announces an innovative partnership with Indiana Department of Education

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Indiana Department of Education

The University of Notre Dame has entered into a historic partnership with the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) that aims to improve learning for Indiana children. Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C., of the University of Notre Dame, and Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett announced the partnership at a press conference in South Bend this afternoon.

This new research partnership will allow scholars at Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives and others from around the country to conduct independent research to inform policymakers as they seek strategies to improve educational quality in the state of Indiana.

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Congregation of Holy Cross elects new Provincial Superior

Author: Stephanie Sibal

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Rev. Thomas J. O’Hara, C.S.C., was elected as the new Provincial Superior of the Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers by the Provincial Chapter in Portland, Ore., on Friday, June 15 (Feast Day of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus). The congregation is the international Catholic religious order whose members founded the University of Notre Dame.

Fr. O’Hara is the first elected Provincial of the newly merged United States Province. The Eastern Province merged into the Indiana Province forming the United States Province of Priests and Brothers, which became effective on July 1, 2011.

“I am both honored and humbled to be chosen to serve my fellow Holy Cross religious as Provincial of the United States Province of Priests and Brothers as we strive to serve the people of God,” said Fr. O’Hara after Friday’s election.

As Provincial Superior, Fr. O’Hara will oversee the work and welfare of more than 500 priests, brothers and seminarians in the U.S. Province. He succeeds Rev. David T. Tyson, C.S.C., who served as Provincial Superior for nine years.

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