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


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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Notre Dame Magazine receives five medals in CASE awards


Notre Dame Magazine

Notre Dame Magazine, the University’s quarterly alumni publication, received five medals in the annual Circle of Excellence awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Notre Dame Magazine was awarded the silver medal in general excellence. This award is given in three circulation categories, and the Magazine competes in the largest category. The University of Chicago received the gold award in this class.

Kerry Prugh, the Magazine’s art director, received a bronze medal in editorial design for her layout of Gary Gaffney’s poem “Mil Preguntas” in the Summer 2011 issue. Staff members were awarded three of 13 medals given in CASE’s Best Articles of the Year: Higher Education category.

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Matthew Storin named chief communications executive at Notre Dame

Author: Dennis Brown

Matthew V. Storin

Matthew V. Storin, former editor of The Boston Globe and former associate vice president for news and information at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed chief communications executive for the University, according to Louis M. Nanni, vice president for University Relations.

A Notre Dame graduate, Storin will begin serving in the newly created position July 8. He will oversee all central communications, including public relations, marketing, public information, issues management, executive communications, Notre Dame Magazine, internal communications, multimedia services, Web and print design and development, copywriting, social media, and strategic communications planning.

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Notre Dame forum to 're-imagine' Haitian development

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Haitian children dancing

Church leaders, educators, corporate executives and development policymakers will gather at the University of Notre Dame June 19 and 20 (Tuesday and Wednesday) for a conference to consider strategies by which Haiti’s Catholic school system could advance and strengthen that nation’s social and economic development.

The conference, “Hope in Action: Transforming Haiti Through Catholic Education,” is sponsored by Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Kroc Institute for Peace Studies in partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the Congregation of Holy Cross and the Haitian Episcopal Commission for Catholic Education. Its participants will draw on a recently completed comprehensive survey of Haiti’s Catholic education system conducted by Haitian data collectors trained by ACE and CRS. Equipped with iPads, the data collectors for the unprecedented survey visited nearly all the Catholic schools in the country — 2,300 in all — and achieved a 97 percent valid response rate, surpassing response rates typical in similar surveys in developed countries.

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Three elected to Notre Dame Board of Trustees

Author: Dennis Brown

The Academic Seal

Scott S. Cowen, Celeste Volz Ford and Timothy F. Sutherland were elected to the University of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees at the Board’s spring meeting May 4.

In other board action, three Trustees were elected to emeritus status: Douglas Tong Hsu, chair and chief executive officer of the Far Eastern Group; John F. “Jack” Sandner, retired chairman of the board of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange; and Rev. David T. Tyson, C.S.C., provincial superior of the U.S. Province of Priests and Brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross.

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Notre Dame files religious liberty lawsuit related to HHS mandate

Author: Dennis Brown

Notre Dame Blue Seal

The University of Notre Dame filed a lawsuit Monday (May 21) challenging the constitutionality of a federal regulation that requires religious organizations to provide, pay for, and/or facilitate insurance coverage for services that violate the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, the lawsuit names as defendants Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, and their respective departments.

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Haley Scott DeMaria Commencement address

Author: Haley Scott DeMaria

Haley Scott DeMaria delivers Commencement address

Delivered by Haley Scott DeMaria at Notre Dame’s 167th University Commencement Ceremony, held May 20, 2012, in Notre Dame Stadium

Thank you, Father John.

Members of the Board of Trustees, fellow honorees, Father Jenkins, honored guests, parents, families, friends, and most importantly the class of 2012, welcome and thank you. It is a true privilege to share this day with you, to be honored with a degree, as you are honored with your degrees, and to join the class of 2012.

When Father John called to invite me to be your speaker, he first mentioned that the University wanted to give me an honorary degree. That news alone was so unexpected and overwhelming, that I actually missed the part where he asked me to give the commencement address.

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More than 2,900 students to receive degrees May 19-20



More than 2,900 students will receive degrees at Notre Dame’s 167th University Commencement Ceremonies, which will be held on campus May 19 and 20 (Saturday and Sunday).

Degrees will be conferred on 1,973 undergraduates at the Sunday ceremony. Alumna Haley Scott DeMaria, who made an inspiring recovery from critical injuries suffered in a tragic 1992 bus accident involving the Fighting Irish swimming team, will be the principal speaker and will receive an honorary degree. Ken Hackett, former president of Catholic Relief Services, will receive the 2012 Laetare Medal, Notre Dame’s highest honor and the most prestigious award given to American Catholics.

Michael J. O’Brien, a political science major from St. Charles, Ill., will deliver the valedictory address.

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Father Jenkins urges graduates to express beliefs respectfully

Author: Dennis Brown

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

In a commencement address Monday (May 7) at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, urged graduates to hold fast to their convictions but express them in “more skillful, more respectful ways.”

Father Jenkins spoke to Wesley’s 130th graduating class in a ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral.

“We in this country are in the midst of a social crisis, a harsh and deepening split between groups that are all too ready to see evil in each other,” Father Jenkins said. “Each side has never been more eager yet more unable to dominate the other. Both sides call for change, but each believes it’s the other side that must change.”

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Erin Hoffmann Harding to succeed Father Doyle as VP for Student Affairs

Author: Dennis Brown

Erin Hoffmann Harding

Erin Hoffmann Harding, associate vice president for strategic planning at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed vice president for student affairs at the University, succeeding Rev. Thomas P. Doyle, C.S.C., who will join Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives as a faculty fellow focusing on initiatives in Catholic educational leadership development. He also will continue pastoral ministry among students and assist the Office of Human Resources with an initiative related to integrating Catholic mission.

“Erin brings with her to this new position a wide range of extraordinary skills that will serve the University well,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “I appreciate her accepting this appointment and look forward to working closely with her and the division to enhance our student life initiatives, which have always been and will remain a distinctive part of Notre Dame’s educational experience.

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Teaching awards honor exemplary work with undergraduates

Author: Shannon Chapla

Joyce and Dockweiler awards

The 20 winners of Joyce teaching excellence awards represent faculty who have had a profound influence on undergraduate students through sustained exemplary teaching. Faculty committees in each of seven disciplinary areas review the peer and student nominations.

The awards are presented by the Office of the Provost, but recipients are selected through a process that includes peer and student nominations.

Dockweiler Award winners are: Ramzi K. Bualuan, associate professional specialist, computer science and engineering; Joshua B. Kaplan, associate professional specialist, political science; and Holly E. Martin, assistant dean, First Year of Studies.

The 20 winners of Joyce teaching excellence awards represent faculty who have had a profound influence on undergraduate students through sustained exemplary teaching. Faculty committees in each of seven disciplinary areas review the peer and student nominations.

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Michael O’Brien named 2012 valedictorian


Michael O'Brien

Michael J. O’Brien, a political science major from St. Charles, Ill., has been named valedictorian of the 2012 University of Notre Dame graduating class and will present the valedictory address during Commencement ceremonies May 20 (Sunday) at Notre Dame Stadium. O’Brien, who also will be awarded an International Business Certificate from Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, earned a 4.0 grade point average.

O’Brien is editor-in-chief of “Beyond Politics: Undergraduate Journal of Politics,” and serves as president of the Notre Dame College Democrats, leading one of the most active College Democrats chapters in the nation.

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Notre Dame enhances support for gay and lesbian students

Author: Dennis Brown

Dome and Clouds

In response to student suggestions, the University of Notre Dame has taken several new steps to better support gay, lesbian, bisexual and questioning members of its community.

The result of meetings between student leaders and members of the University’s administration, the initiatives include improving awareness of existing non-discrimination practices and protections as articulated in Notre Dame’s discriminatory harassment policies and “Spirit of Inclusion” statement, and enhancing the structure and functions of the Core Council for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Students.

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Notre Dame to award 11 honorary degrees at Commencement

Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy


Ten distinguished figures in business, education, engineering, law, mathematics, media, medicine and the Catholic Church will join principal speaker Haley Scott DeMaria as honorary degree recipients at the University of Notre Dame’s 167th Commencement Ceremony May 20 (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 20, and the Graduate School ceremony will take place May 19 (Saturday).

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Parents rank Notre Dame No. 4 ‘Dream College’


Main Building

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. Notre Dame moved up from the No. 9 slot last year.

Released Tuesday (March 27), the rankings are, in order, Stanford University, Princeton University, Harvard College, Notre Dame, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, Duke University, Yale University and University of Southern California.

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Alumna Haley Scott DeMaria to deliver 2012 Notre Dame commencement address

Author: Dennis Brown

Haley Scott DeMaria

Haley Scott DeMaria, the University of Notre Dame alumna who made an inspiring recovery from critical injuries suffered in a tragic 1992 bus accident involving the Fighting Irish swimming team, will be the principal speaker and the recipient of an honorary degree at Notre Dame’s 167th Commencement Ceremony on May 20.

“The courage, perseverance and faith Haley has demonstrated over the past 20 years have been remarkable and are a shining example for us all,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “She has spoken to scores of groups across the country of the many challenges she faced in recovering from injuries suffered in the accident, always with a focus on God’s grace and the love and support she received from her family, friends and Notre Dame. I’m sure that her words will be as inspirational to our graduates as they have been to so many others.”

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Notre Dame named with distinction on 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Author: John Guimond

2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

The University of Notre Dame has been named with distinction to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in recognition of the role it plays in solving community problems; achieving meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities it serves; and placing students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.

Notre Dame is one of four Indiana colleges and universities to be selected with distinction. The Corporation for National and Community Service releases the Community Service Honor Roll annually.

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Taoiseach awards Hesburgh Irish citizenship at St. Patrick's Day dinner

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Father Hesburgh holds Irish passport

Despite the fact that four Irishmen were among the seven brothers who arrived in northern Indiana with him in 1842, Notre Dame’s founder, Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., had misgivings about the Irish, and struggled, with notable lack of success, to repress celebrations of St. Patrick’s feast day during Notre Dame’s early years.

That irony in Notre Dame’s history became all the more agreeably pronounced when offset by the glowing bonhomie of a dinner reception for Enda Kenny, Taoiseach (or prime minister) of Ireland, on the 14th floor of the University’s Hesburgh Library Saturday evening.

Shortly before the dinner, Kenny, meeting privately with Sorin’s successor, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., had given Notre Dame’s 94-year-old president emeritus an Irish passport, officially recognizing him as a citizen of Poblacht na hÉireann, the Republic of Ireland.

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Notre Dame’s Mendoza College ranks No. 1 for third consecutive year

Author: Carol Elliott

Businessweek Best B-Schools

The University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business ranked No. 1 in the country for the third consecutive year in Bloomberg Businessweek’s seventh annual survey of “The Best Undergraduate Business Schools.” The ranking was announced today (March 20).

“We consider this a tremendous achievement,” said Roger Huang, Kenneth R. Meyer Professor of Global Investment Management and interim dean of the Mendoza College. “To us, it speaks to the collective effort and spirit of our faculty, staff and students. We also are deeply appreciative of our alumni, the Notre Dame Career Center, the University, and friends of the College for their constant, enthusiastic support.”

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