Ken Hackett, Notre Dame Laetare medalist, nominated U.S. ambassador to the Holy See

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Ken Hackett

The White House announced last week that President Barack Obama will nominate University of Notre Dame Laetare Medalist Ken Hackett as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican.

Hackett, former president of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), received the Laetare Medal, Notre Dame’s highest honor and regarded as the most prestigious honor awarded to American Catholics, in 2012. He had also received an honorary degree from Notre Dame in 2007. At present, he is a consultant for Notre Dame’s Initiative for Global Development.

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CEO retreat brings Ireland's 'top business minds' to Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

One hundred and ten Irish business entrepreneurs visited campus for three days as part of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year CEO retreat

It has been billed as “the ultimate trade mission for Ireland’s top business minds,” so it seems appropriate that three days of the weeklong Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year CEO Retreat were spent on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.

The 110 Irish business entrepreneurs had visited Chicago and would be on their way to New York City soon, but on Friday afternoon they were guests of the University, having lunch in the Notre Dame Stadium press box, a dramatically empty and sunlit arena to the east and the campus icons of the Basilica spire and shining Golden Dome to the northwest.

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Reunion weekend draws nearly 4,000

Author: Jane Morrow

President Rev

President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. delivers the homily at the 2013 Reunion Mass held Thursday, May 30 to Sunday, June 2.

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Father Hesburgh celebrated in U.S. Capitol: 'A very wonderful day that I’ll never forget'

Author: John Nagy ’00M.A.

University President Emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., speaks during a reception celebrating his 96th birthday in the U.S. Capitol University President Emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., speaks during a reception celebrating his 96th birthday in the U.S. Capitol

It was all for him, a celebration of 96 years of a life well-lived, 70 of them as a Catholic priest from Notre Dame, Indiana.

The personal invitation from U.S. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi. The applause as he entered the wood-paneled Rayburn Room on the House side of the U.S. Capitol. The intimate invocation from Theodore Cardinal McCarrick. The surprise appearance of Vice President Joe Biden. The personal anecdotes, heartfelt adulation and hugs shared by a lineup of senators and members of Congress.

Then there was the double-wide chocolate cake, big enough to feed a few hundred Notre Dame alumni and other Capitol Hill well-wishers and cheerfully inscribed, “Happy Birthday, Father Hesburgh.”

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Commencement 2013: A Look Back


Graduates at 2013 University Commencement Ceremony

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A chance Mother’s Day encounter with a Jewish alumnus of Notre Dame provided Cardinal Timothy Dolan, principal speaker at the 168th University Commencement Ceremony, with the inspiration for his address: The proud graduate revealed to Cardinal Dolan the “secret” that makes Notre Dame great. (Watch Video / Read Address)

“‘It’s not the library, as first-rate as it is. It’s not the professors and the courses, as stellar as they are. It’s not the campus, as enchanting as it is, or even the football team, as legendary as it is, or even the magnificent service projects,’” Cardinal Dolan told the graduates.

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Notre Dame to open three new international programs

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Seoul Plaza, South Korea

The University of Notre Dame’s International Studies office has announced that it will offer three new opportunities for study abroad in South Korea, Spain and Switzerland in spring 2014.

Notre Dame and Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, will begin a bilateral exchange program in the spring 2014 semester. Open to undergraduates in all majors, the program does not require knowledge of the Korean language, since its courses will be taught in English. Available courses will include Korean language, Korean studies, business and economics, politics, sociology, engineering, sciences and human ecology.

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Notre Dame adds two Fellows and three Trustees

Author: Dennis Brown

The Academic Seal

Two members of the University of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees were elected Fellows of the University, three individuals were elected to the Board, and three Board members were elected to emeritus status May 3.

Rev. José E. Ahumada F., C.S.C., and John J. Brennan were elected Fellows, filling the vacancies left by Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C., and Patrick F. McCartan, both of whom reached retirement age and were elected emeritus members of the Board.

Father Ahumada is the rector of Saint George’s College, a 2,600-student Congregation of Holy Cross primary and secondary school in Santiago, Chile, and the president of a consortium of more than 70 private schools on the east side of Santiago. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Notre Dame and graduate degrees from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif., and the Catholic University of Chile. He was ordained a priest in 1983.

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More than 3,000 students to receive degrees May 18-19

Author: Julie Hail Flory

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More than 3,000 students will receive degrees during the University of Notre Dame’s Commencement ceremonies, which will be held on campus May 18 and 19 (Saturday and Sunday).

Degrees will be conferred on 2,078 undergraduates at Notre Dame’s 168th University Commencement Ceremony on Sunday. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will be the principal speaker and the recipient of an honorary degree. Sister Susanne Gallagher, S.P.; Sister Mary Therese Harrington, S.H.; and Rev. James H. McCarthy, founders of the Special Religious Education Development Network, will receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2013 Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics.

Mallory Meter, a psychology major from Beverly Hills, Mich., will deliver the valedictory address.

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Mallory Meter named 2013 valedictorian


Mallory Meter

Mallory Meter, a psychology major from Beverly Hills, Mich., has been named valedictorian of the 2013 University of Notre Dame graduating class and will present the valedictory address during the University Commencement Ceremony on May 19 (Sunday) at Notre Dame Stadium.

Meter, who has achieved continuous Dean’s List honors each semester, currently has earned a 4.0 cumulative grade point average.

The Commencement invocation will be offered by Shawn Steurer, an electrical engineering major from Batavia, Ill., who currently has a 3.982 grade point average.

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Notre Dame to offer courses through online education consortium

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Studying online

The University of Notre Dame is among seven leading academic institutions that will participate beginning this fall in Semester Online, the first education consortium to offer online, for-credit courses from top colleges and universities.

Notre Dame joins Boston College, Brandeis University, Emory University, Northwestern University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Washington University in St. Louis in the consortium, in partnership with 2U, an industry leader in creating online academic experiences for top universities.

“Semester Online provides a new educational experience of the highest quality, as rigorous as traditional on-campus instruction,” said Thomas G. Burish, Notre Dame’s provost. “The consortium offers innovative undergraduate courses from world-class research universities along with small discussion groups, personal engagement with leading professors, and full credit towards one’s degree. Notre Dame is pleased to join 2U and the outstanding consortium schools in this exciting venture."

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Father Jenkins calls for reform of immigration policies

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, joined other national leaders of higher education calling for reforms in United States immigration policies on Friday (April 19), the National Immigration Forum Campus Day of Action for Immigration Reform.

“Notre Dame is proud of a long history of educating immigrant communities,” Father Jenkins said, “and our Catholic tradition urges us to provide welcome to the stranger among us. While recognizing the complex legal, economic, social and political questions surrounding immigration in our nation, we join others in calling for just and effective immigration reform. We urge particular attention to reform that will allow deserving, academically qualified young men and women who were brought to the United States as children to have access to higher education in the United States and opportunities following from educational achievement. By educating these young people, we will improve their lives, enrich our nation and live up to our values.”

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Notre Dame and NBC extend football contract to 2025

Author: Dennis Brown

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The University of Notre Dame and NBC Sports have reached agreement on a new 10-year contract giving NBC the rights to televise Irish home football games from 2016 to 2025 and extending the partnership between the University and network to 35 years.

A joint announcement of the extension was made April 18 by Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Sports Group, and Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

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Notre Dame to award six honorary degrees at Commencement

Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy

Cardinal Timothy Dolan

Five distinguished figures in business, civil rights, education, literature and physics will join principal speaker Cardinal Timothy Dolan as honorary degree recipients at the University of Notre Dame’s 168th University Commencement Ceremony May 19 (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 19, and the Law School, Graduate Business, and Graduate School ceremonies will take place May 18.

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Father Hesburgh to be named Honorary Navy Chaplain

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, will be recognized as an Honorary Navy Chaplain in a special ceremony at 5:45 p.m. April 17 (Wednesday) in the William J. Carey Auditorium of the Hesburgh Library.

Rear Adm. Mark L. Tidd, the 25th and current Chief of Navy Chaplains, will preside at the ceremony, which will honor Father Hesburgh both for his multifaceted career in higher education and public service and as “a distinguished leader who long wanted to serve his country in just that role — as a Navy chaplain.”

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Notre Dame and Ireland: Strengthening our connection

Author: Notre Dame News

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The close connection between the University of Notre Dame and Ireland was proudly represented when the Fighting Irish played Navy on the football field in Dublin in September 2012. Notre Dame’s president, John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and Enda Kenny, prime minister – or taoiseach – of Ireland, join together in encouraging Irish-Americans to carry on the spirit of collaboration to celebrate their Irish roots in a meaningful way.

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Fifth annual CommUniversity Day unites students, community


CommUniversity Day 2013

The fifth annual CommUniversity Day, a day of community service hosted by the University of Notre Dame Student Government, the Robinson Community Learning Center and the Center for Social Concerns, will take place throughout the day Saturday (April 6).

The goal of CommUniversity Day is for Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, Holy Cross and Ivy Tech students to get out into the community and help residents with various projects. This year, projects will include painting fire hydrants, spring cleaning at local parks, constructing chicken coops for the LaSalle Square Unity Garden and installing a rain garden at Potawatomi Zoo. A food drive to benefit local pantries will also be held at the Robinson Center, 921 N. Eddy St.

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Notre Dame ranked No. 4 'dream college' for parents for second year in a row

Author: Shannon Chapla

Main Building in the spring

For the second year in a row, the University of Notre Dame is the No. 4 “dream college” among parents of college applicants, the Princeton Review reported in its annual “College Hopes and Worries” survey.

Released Thursday (March 21), the rankings are, in order, Stanford University, Harvard College, Princeton University, Notre Dame, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University, New York University, Brown University, Columbia University and University of Michigan.

The Princeton Review surveyed 9,955 prospective students and 4,170 parents for the results. Respondents from all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and abroad filled out the 15-question survey.

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Notre Dame’s Mendoza College makes it a four-peat: No. 1 again in Businessweek survey

Author: Carol Elliott

Mendoza blue banner reads: University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business

The Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame took the No. 1 spot for the fourth year in a row in the just-released Bloomberg Businessweek 2013 “Best Undergraduate Business Schools” ranking.

“There is so much that goes into the educational experience of being part of the Mendoza College of Business, including the spirit of the students, faculty, alumni and University as a whole,” said Roger D. Huang, Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College. “The ranking is a wonderful opportunity to thank all of those who make this a special place.”

Mendoza’s undergraduate studies ranked first in student satisfaction and fifth in employer satisfaction — the two main ranking criteria. The College also earned scores of “A+” for teaching quality, facilities and services, and job placement.

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Notre Dame celebrates new pope; Father Jenkins offers prayers

Author: Dennis Brown

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The bells at the University of Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart rang in celebration this afternoon (March 13) as white smoke appeared from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, signaling that a new pope had been chosen.

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president, offered his prayers for newly elected Pope Francis. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected by the College of Cardinals today in Rome as the 266th pontiff of the Catholic Church.

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