Notre Dame to join ACC beginning in 2013-14 seasons

Author: Dennis Brown

Atlantic Coast Conference

The University of Notre Dame will join the Atlantic Coast Conference for athletic competition in all sports except football and hockey beginning with the upcoming 2013-14 seasons.

Notre Dame has been a member of the Big East Conference in most sports since 1995. The University announced Sept. 13 it would leave the Big East to join the ACC.

With the departure of the seven current non-football institutions — DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Villanova — effective July 1, Notre Dame and the Big East jointly agreed that it would be best for Notre Dame to depart at the same time.

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Founders of SPRED, religious education network for people with developmental disabilities, to receive 2013 Laetare Medal

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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Sister Susanne Gallagher, S.P.; Sister Mary Therese Harrington, S.H.; and Rev. James H. McCarthy, founders of the Special Religious Education Development Network (SPRED), will receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2013 Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics, at Notre Dame’s 168th University Commencement ceremony May 19 (Sunday).

“Sisters Gallagher and Harrington and Father McCarthy have summoned the Church to a crucial and too often overlooked ministry,” said Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “Insisting that a developmental disability neither tempers Christ’s invitation nor restricts one’s right to respond, they have ushered countless people to their rightful place at the Eucharistic table.”

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Cardinal Dolan to deliver 2013 Notre Dame commencement address

Author: Dennis Brown

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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 at the University of Notre Dame’s 168th Commencement Ceremony on May 19.

“Over the past several years, I have had the honor and pleasure of getting to know Cardinal Dolan,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “He is a man of great intelligence and personal warmth, and a dedicated shepherd of the Church. We were pleased to have him here in 2011 to give the inaugural lecture for the Notre Dame Project on Human Dignity, and we are grateful that he has accepted our invitation to join us in celebrating the achievements of our students and to provide them with words of wisdom as they set out into the world.”

Cardinal Dolan was named archbishop of New York by Pope Benedict XVI on Feb. 23, 2009, after serving for the previous seven years as archbishop of Milwaukee. He was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Nov. 16, 2010. Pope Benedict elevated him to cardinal on Jan. 6, 2012.

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Roger Huang elevated to Gillen Dean of Mendoza

Author: Dennis Brown

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Roger Huang, interim dean of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, has had the interim label removed from his title and is now the Martin J. Gillen Dean of the college, according to Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University.

The Kenneth R. Meyer Professor of Global Investment Management at Notre Dame, Huang was appointed interim dean last year when Carolyn Woo became president and chief executive officer of Catholic Relief Services.

“Roger is an internationally respected scholar who during his time at Notre Dame has proved to be an equally accomplished leader,” Father Jenkins said. “His reputation in his field, administrative experience, strategic perspective and commitment to Notre Dame’s mission as a Catholic research university are extraordinary. I look forward to working closely with him as we continue to build a superb business school that serves the greater good.”

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VP and associate provost Don Pope-Davis to become provost of DePaul

Author: Dennis Brown

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Don Pope-Davis, professor of psychology and for the past six years vice president and associate provost at the University of Notre Dame, will leave Notre Dame in July to become the provost at DePaul University.

“From his research accomplishments to faculty support, diversity initiatives, leadership in graduate education and athletics, and resolute commitment to Notre Dame’s Catholic mission, Don has made significant contributions to the life of our University over the past 13 years,” said Thomas G. Burish, Notre Dame’s provost. “I am immensely grateful to him and know that he will serve DePaul well as its chief academic officer.”

Elected to his current position in 2007, Pope-Davis is responsible for expanding opportunities and participation in undergraduate scholarship and research, implementing the Undergraduate Academic Code of Honor, and leading the University’s enrollment management efforts by overseeing the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Services. He also provides oversight to the University’s ROTC programs, Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program, Office of Disability Services, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Snite Museum of Art, First Year of Studies, Institute for Church Life, and Center for Social Concerns.

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Notre Dame repeats as MacArthur Award winner

Author: Notre Dame News


The University of Notre Dame’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) department has once again won one of eight MacArthur Awards, signifying the top Army ROTC programs in the nation, for the 2011-12 academic year.

The awards, presented by the U.S. Army Cadet Command and the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation, recognize the ideals of “duty, honor and country” as advocated by MacArthur.

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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

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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

Notre Dame Mass Mass at the Intercontinental Hotel, Miami

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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