Notre Dame Forum events to explore “reimagining” K-12 education

Author: Julie Hail Flory

2011-12 Notre Dame Forum

The 2011-12 Notre Dame Forum, “Reimagining School: To Nurture the Soul of a Nation,” will present a number of events this fall, beginning this month with an address by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and a panel discussion featuring four leading figures in American education.

Gov. Bush, founder of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, will deliver the keynote address and lead an interactive discussion titled “The Architect: Radical Education Reform for the 21st Century,” on Sept. 26 (Monday) at 7 p.m. in the Leighton Concert Hall of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. In his talk, Gov. Bush will explore the dramatically changing landscape of K-12 education, as well as how the Notre Dame community can play a vital role in providing vision and leadership in crafting a vibrant education sector for all children.

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Mass to be celebrated at Notre Dame in remembrance of 9/11 attack victims

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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The tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks will be observed with a Mass of remembrance for the victims Sunday (Sept. 11) at 7:30 p.m. on the Hesburgh Library Mall at the University of Notre Dame.

Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will be the presiding celebrant at the Mass, and Notre Dame president emeritus, Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., will preach.

The public is invited, and the customary Sunday evening Masses in all of the University’s 29 undergraduate residence halls, as well as in the Fisher Grace and University Village graduate student residences, will be cancelled in order to allow all Notre Dame students to participate in the Mass of remembrance.

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Lou and Beth Holtz become “research ambassadors” for Notre Dame

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Beth and Lou Holtz

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Former Notre Dame head football coach Lou Holtz is once again taking a leadership role at the University – this time in an arena outside of athletics. He and his wife, Beth, have graciously agreed to serve as Notre Dame’s first “ambassadors for research” by taking a prominent role in increasing awareness of the University’s mission to pursue research that aims to heal, unify and enlighten a world deeply in need.

“Beth and I have always believed that Notre Dame is different,” Lou Holtz said. “Not only by educating young people who go out and do remarkable things in the world, but also through its commitment to research with potential to alleviate pain and suffering, the University is taking on global challenges and bringing about real change.”

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Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., to speak at Notre Dame Sept. 12

Author: John Guimond

Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J.

Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., author and world-renowned advocate against the death penalty, will deliver the annual Rev. Bernie Clark, C.S.C., Lecture and participate in a book signing beginning at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12 (Monday) in the Andrews Auditorium of Geddes Hall at the University of Notre Dame.

Sister Prejean will present “Building Justice in the World: Confronting Evil,” speaking about her experiences of confronting evil with justice based in gospel values. Sponsored by the Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns, the event is free and open to the public.

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Notre Dame receives STARS Silver Rating for sustainability achievements

Author: Rachel Novick

STARS Silver Rating

The University of Notre Dame has received a STARS Silver Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, is a new program that measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

“STARS is a transparent assessment tool which enables meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements,” said Erin Hafner, programs manager in the Office of Sustainability. “We are using STARS to benchmark ourselves and to promote continuous improvement in all aspects of sustainability.”

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Father Malloy’s “Monk’s Tale” continues

Author: Michael O. Garvey


On Nov. 14, 1986, at a news conference in the Morris Inn not much more than an hour after the University of Notre Dame’s board of trustees had elected him its 16th president, Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., said that he hoped to be a “peripatetic president.”

It was an arresting and evocative phrase. It could mean that the University’s president-elect was an adherent of a strain of Aristotelian philosophy, or that he liked to travel, or that he revered a sort of intellectual cosmopolitanism, or it could mean all of those things at once.

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Campus prepared as fall semester nears

Author: Paul Murphy

Crews work to prepare campus as the start of the fall semester draws near

Crews work to prepare campus as the start of the fall semester draws near.

First year students move into their dormitories on August 19 with the rest of campus returning August 21. Classes begin August 23.

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Notre Dame honored as "Great College to Work For"

Author: Carol C. Bradley

Great Colleges to Work For

For the third consecutive year, the University of Notre Dame has received honor roll distinctions as one of the top 10 higher education workplaces in the country in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual “Great Colleges to Work For” survey.

The Great Colleges program, now in its fourth year, is the premier recognition program in higher education. The program is designed to recognize institutions that are great places to work and to compile benchmarking data about industry trends, as well as to recognize institutions for best practices and policies. The University has participated in the program for three years, and has taken top honors each year.

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Notre Dame campaign raises $2.014 billion

Author: Dennis Brown

Spirit of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame has become the first university without the powerful gift-giving attraction of a medical school to surpass $2 billion in a traditional seven-year capital campaign.

Titled the “Spirit of Notre Dame,” the campaign raised $2.014 billion in the seven-year span that ended June 30 – 134 percent of the $1.5 billion goal. The fund-raising effort also was the largest in the history of Catholic higher education, surpassing the $1.061 billion raised in the University’s “Generations” campaign that ended in December 2000.

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Notre Dame voted #1 in social media by USA Today


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The University of Notre Dame tops the list of colleges that have become “influencers and brainstormers” online through the strategic use of Facebook, Twitter and You Tube, USA Today announced yesterday in its list of top 20 colleges making the best use of social media.

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Carolyn Woo named CEO/president of Catholic Relief Services

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Carolyn Woo

Carolyn Y. Woo, Martin J. Gillen Dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, will leave the University to serve as president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), effective Jan. 1, 2012.

Woo assumed the deanship in 1997 of the Mendoza College, which currently is ranked No. 1 for its undergraduate business program by Bloomberg Businessweek for the second consecutive year. During her tenure, the college also has received top rankings for its MBA, EMBA and Master of Science in Accountancy programs, as well as business ethics and accountancy.

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Jan Botz to step down as vice president; OPAC and University Relations to consolidate

Author: Dennis Brown

Janet M. Botz

Janet M. Botz has announced she will be leaving her position as vice president for the Office of Public Affairs and Communications (OPAC) at the University of Notre Dame at the end of July as the office is consolidated with University Relations.

Botz joined Notre Dame in November 2008 and has led a number of important initiatives. Under her leadership, the University refocused its efforts on government and community relations with increased emphasis on local, state and federal government relations as well as paying more attention to improving community relationships. She is actively involved herself as a member of the executive committee and board of the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce and also as a board member of WNIT Public Television, as well as a supporter of many other local organizations.

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Science dean to embark on second ride for rare disease research

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Greg and Renate Crawford

Gregory P. Crawford, dean of the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame, and his wife, Renate, will for the second consecutive year set out on a remarkable bicycle ride this summer to support research seeking treatments and a cure for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC), a rare and deadly neurodegenerative disease that primarily strikes children before or during adolescence.

The Crawfords will depart June 13 on “Road to Discovery,” a 2,200-mile ride from Boston to Dallas, with stops to visit NPC researchers and families, as well as Notre Dame alumni clubs, along the way.

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Two Congregation of Holy Cross provinces meet at Notre Dame

Author: Dennis Brown

Cross and Anchors

An assembly of two Congregation of Holy Cross provinces, the Indiana Province of Priests and Brothers and the Eastern Province of Priests and Brothers, will begin on June 13 at the University of Notre Dame.

The event marks the first time the two provinces have come together for an assembly as they prepare to merge the Eastern Province into the Indiana Province on July 1. The resulting province will be known as the United States Province of Priests and Brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross.

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Class of 2011 called to remain committed to public service


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Urging the class of 2011 to continue the University of Notre Dame’s rich tradition and strong commitment to public service, United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates reminded graduating seniors that the nation’s problems require the active involvement of our best and most honest citizens.

Gates was the principal speaker and recipient of an honorary doctor of laws degree at Notre Dame’s 166th University Commencement Ceremony held Sunday (May 22) in Notre Dame Stadium.

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Notre Dame named finalist on 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Author: Notre Dame News

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The University of Notre Dame has been selected as a finalist by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll as one of six institutions in higher education with an outstanding commitment to general community service. The Honor Roll is released annually by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Hundreds of institutions are listed, but Notre Dame is among only 17 to receive special recognition.

“Community service is an integral part of our mission at Notre Dame,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “Whether it is engaging with the local community or across international boundaries, I’m proud of our students and employees for their dedication to serving others as a way to live out their faith.”

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Father Jenkins receives honorary degree

Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy

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

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, received an honorary doctoral degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich., during the school’s commencement exercises on May 7.

Father Jenkins also addressed about 500 graduates and their friends and family as the principal speaker at the commencement, which served as the opening event of the Aquinas 125th anniversary celebration.

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More than 3,100 students to receive degrees May 22

Author: Julie Hail Flory


More than 3,100 students will receive degrees May 22 (Sunday) at Notre Dame’s 166th University Commencement Ceremony, which will be held at 9 a.m. in Notre Dame Stadium.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates will be the principal speaker and recipient of an honorary degree. Sister Mary Scullion, R.S.M., and Joan McConnon, co-founders of Project H.O.M.E., an organization devoted to ending homelessness in Philadelphia, will jointly receive the 2011 Laetare Medal, Notre Dame’s highest honor and the most prestigious award given to American Catholics.

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