Notre Dame tuition increase same as previous year’s

Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy

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Undergraduate tuition at the University of Notre Dame will increase 3.8 percent for the 2013-14 academic year to $44,605. The rate of increase matches that of the previous three years, which was the lowest since 1960. With average room and board rates of $12,512, total student charges will be $57,117.

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. Father Jenkins promised that the University would strive to honor their confidence and commitment by fully developing the already formidable gifts and talents the students bring to Notre Dame.

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Father Jenkins expresses gratitude for Pope Benedict’s leadership

Author: Dennis Brown


Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, expressed his deep gratitude for the leadership of Pope Benedict XVI, who announced today (Feb. 11) his intention to step down from the papacy at the end of the month.

“As surprising as today’s announcement is, it is apparent that Pope Benedict has made a decision that is motivated by his deep love for the Church,” Father Jenkins said. “He has been a dedicated pastor to Catholics worldwide for the past eight years – and even before as a cardinal, bishop and priest. As a former university professor, he is a serious intellectual with an understanding of education and appreciation for the life of the mind, and that has been important to all of us in Catholic higher education. As the College of Cardinals considers a successor to Pope Benedict, I pray God will guide their deliberations.”

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Richard C. Notebaert re-elected chair of Notre Dame’s board of trustees

Author: Dennis Brown

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Richard C. Notebaert, chair of the University of Notre Dame board of trustees, was elected to a new three-year term at the trustees’ meeting Feb. 1 (Friday).

A member of the Notre Dame board of trustees since 1997, Notebaert became its sixth chairman in 2007. He is a Fellow of the University and previously served as chair of the board’s University Relations Committee.

“We are blessed with trustees of great talent and accomplishment who are deeply dedicated to Notre Dame,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University’s president. “For six years, Dick Notebaert has been a tremendous chair of the board who has shown unqualified dedication to serving Notre Dame. I look forward to continuing to work with him and benefit from his wise counsel.”

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Statement from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., on the passing of Bishop John D’Arcy

Author: Notre Dame News

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The following is a statement from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, on the Feb. 3, 2013, passing of Bishop John D’Arcy from the Diocese of Fort Wayne/South Bend.

“The University of Notre Dame joins many others in mourning Bishop D’Arcy,” Father Jenkins said. “His life was one of loving service to God’s people as a pastor and, since he became the bishop of this diocese in 1985, he has shown dedicated and affectionate care for the University of Notre Dame. We remember him with gratitude and, though saddened by his passing, we believe he will be an advocate for us in the heavenly Kingdom.”

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Alliance for Catholic Education to celebrate 20th year with campaign, bus tour

Author: William Schmitt

Alliance for Catholic Education 20-year anniversary

The University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) is planning a cross-country celebration of Catholic schools that will mark ACE’s 20 years of service to underserved children and to the Church’s mission of educating hearts and minds.

“Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Schools” is the message that will literally roll out from the Notre Dame campus this fall, when ACE leaders, faculty and staff will travel by bus to events in nearly 50 cities, advancing their mission to sustain, strengthen and transform Catholic schools.

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Notre Dame students to lead 2013 national March for Life

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Notre Dame Right to Life Club

The University of Notre Dame’s Right to Life Club will lead the 2013 March for Life on Jan. 25 (Friday) in Washington, D.C., which this year observes the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

A group of 50-70 Notre Dame students will carry the large, white “March for Life” banner at the head of the march, which annually draws hundreds of thousands of participants to the nation’s capital. This year Notre Dame’s will be among the march’s largest contingents, with more than 600 students, faculty and staff registered to attend.

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Notre Dame in Miami: Celebrating and serving

Author: Dennis Brown

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Notre Dame off-the-field news and notes on BCS National Championship Game weekend, culminating Monday night when the Irish take on Alabama at Sun Life Stadium:

• On the Feast of the Epiphany, Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., was the celebrant at a Mass on Sunday morning (Jan. 6) in the Grand Ballroom of the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Miami. An overflow crowd of approximately 3,500 people attended.

In his homily, Father Jenkins alluded to his days as a professor of philosophy and teaching on “Confessions,” in which St. Augustine wrote of his life’s journey and the earthly success but spiritual emptiness he experienced prior to converting to Christianity.

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2012: The year in review

Author: Julie Hail Flory

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The calendar year 2012 was filled with many notable moments of accomplishment, celebration and reflection at Notre Dame. Here are some of the significant happenings.

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Notre Dame and Alabama to join forces for Miami service project

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Roots in the City Garden planted by Roots in the City

Alumni and fans from the University of Notre Dame will join their counterparts from the University of Alabama for a service project in Miami in conjunction with the BCS National Championship football game between the two institutions, to be played Jan. 7 (Monday) at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

In partnership with Roots in the City, an organization based in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami that aims to promote community development and beautification in inner-city areas, volunteers will come together Jan. 6 (Sunday) to build an urban garden, transforming a city lot into rows of raised garden beds and beginning the planting process.

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Notre Dame MBA ranks No. 1 for ethics in Bloomberg Businessweek survey

Author: Carol Elliott

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

The University of Notre Dame MBA program ranked No. 1 for ethics in the Bloomberg Businessweek MBA Specialty Ranking, announced Monday (Dec. 17). The ethics ranking was released as part of the publication’s 2012 Best B-Schools ranking, where the Notre Dame MBA program landed at No. 20, improving four slots compared to its 2010 result.

The specialty ethics ranking is based on responses to an online survey of graduates from the MBA Class of 2012, who ranked their program’s ethics offerings from “poor” to “outstanding.” According to Bloomberg Businessweek, the average ethics score for all 82 U.S. and international schools in the ranking was 4.64. The Notre Dame MBA located at the Mendoza College of Business had the top rank of 5.87, followed by University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

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Statement from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., on the Newtown tragedy

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

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The following is a statement from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, on the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.:

“The senseless slaughter of innocent children, coming as it does in this Christmas season, is an unspeakable tragedy. Such acts of violence – whether in schools, malls, theaters or street corners – are becoming far too common, and our nation must take all reasonable steps to end these horrors. We at Notre Dame pray for the victims, their families and for all who were touched by this terrible killing. Our profound condolences go to all who are grieving.”

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Notre Dame concludes comprehensive review of GLBTQ student services and support

Author: Dennis Brown


After a five-month review process, University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., has accepted recommendations from the Office of Student Affairs to expand and enhance the support of and services for students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (GLBTQ), including the creation of a University recognized student organization.

The recommendations are part of a comprehensive pastoral plan that includes an array of initiatives grounded in the Catholic mission of the University.

“I appreciate the careful and thoughtful work of this review that considered both the needs of our students and the teachings of the Catholic Church,” Father Jenkins said. “As articulated in the University’s ‘Spirit of Inclusion’ statement, Notre Dame’s goal remains to create and sustain a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students, and I am confident that this multi-faceted, pastoral approach represents the next step in advancing our efforts toward this aspiration for our GLBTQ students.”

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Ten Notre Dame faculty members named AAAS fellows

Author: William G. Gilroy


Ten University of Notre Dame faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in honor of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.

AAAS, founded in 1848 as a nonprofit association, is the world’s largest scientific society and publisher of the prestigious journal Science.

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businessNotre Dame MBA ranks in Bloomberg Businessweek top 20 best b-schools

Author: Carol Elliott

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

The University of Notre Dame MBA ranked No. 20 among U.S. business schools in the Bloomberg Businessweek magazine’s biennial survey, "The Best U.S. Business Schools 2012,” released Thursday (Nov. 12). The program, located in the Mendoza College of Business, jumped four spots from its 2010 ranking.

“We continually focus on providing the rigorous, values-based education that Notre Dame has always stood for,” said Mary Goss, senior director of the Notre Dame MBA. “But over the past two years, we’ve put a great deal of effort into enhancing our career development curriculum and engaging in an aggressive outreach to corporations across the country. We’re very proud of our students, who have competed well in an incredibly difficult hiring environment.”

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Notre Dame mourns the death of graduate student

Author: Dennis Brown

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Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, has asked that the Notre Dame community keep Michael Thigpen and his family in their thoughts and prayers.

Thigpen, a first-year master’s degree student in the Global Health Program from Monument, Colo., passed away unexpectedly at his off-campus residence, where he was found early Tuesday morning (Nov. 13).

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Notre Dame alumnus wins prestigious award for work with homeless

Author: Megan Zagger

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James O’Connell, M.D., a 1970 University of Notre Dame graduate and founder and president of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, was recently awarded the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism.

Presented by The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, this prestigious award recognizes O’Connell for his advocacy and direct service to people experiencing homelessness. The Schweitzer Prize is given to an individual whose life example has significantly improved the health of people in the United States or abroad, and whose commitment to service influences and inspires others.

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Notre Dame offers new study abroad program in Paris

Author: Kate Cohorst

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Paris, the legendary City of Lights, is the newest destination for University of Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters students who want to study abroad.

“We are delighted to offer this new opportunity for students seeking to spend a full year or one semester in Paris beginning in 2013-14,” says Julia Douthwaite, a professor of French in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. “The new exchange program at the Université Paris Diderot will expand existing offerings by allowing advanced students in the humanities to enroll directly in courses with French students at one of the youngest and most dynamic universities in Paris.”

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Four Notre Dame graduates elected to House, one to Senate


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Three University of Notre Dame graduates were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in Tuesday’s election, and alumnus Joe Donnelly of Indiana is the second graduate to be elected to the Senate, but the fourth to serve.

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Father Jenkins offers prayers for those affected by Hurricane Sandy

Author: Dennis Brown

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Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, has offered prayers and support from the University to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

“As we continue to learn about the tragic consequences of this massive storm, it’s obvious this was a hurricane of historic proportions” Father Jenkins said. “On behalf of the entire Notre Dame community, I offer prayers for all who have been affected, including alumni, families and friends of the University.”

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Notre Dame to host open house for new nuclear accelerator

Author: William G. Gilroy

Tour the University's new nuclear accelerator

The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Physics will hold an open house for its new nuclear accelerator from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 3) in the Nieuwland Hall of Science. Tours of the accelerator will leave 124 Nieuwland Hall every 15 minutes.

The accelerator is housed inside a new 40-foot-tall tower located above the existing Nuclear Science Laboratory in the center of Nieuwland. The University’s astrophysics program, started in the 1980s, is one of the leading global centers, attracting visiting researchers from 20 to 30 countries each year.

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