Archbishop Louis Kébreau of Haiti to receive Notre Dame Prize for Public Service

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Archbishop Louis Kébreau

Archbishop of Cap-Haitien Louis Kébreau will be awarded the 2011 Notre Dame Prize for Distinguished Public Service in Latin America at a ceremony in Cap-Haitien on Dec. 8 (Thursday).

Presented annually since 2000 by the University of Notre Dame with support from The Coca-Cola Foundation, the Notre Dame Prize recognizes the efforts of visionary leaders to enhance the region’s welfare by strengthening democracy and improving life for its citizens.

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Notre Dame hosts conference for executives in Catholic higher education

Author: Michael O. Garvey and Jennifer A. Monahan


Presidents and trustees of 14 Catholic institutions of higher learning met last week (Nov. 6 to 8) at the University of Notre Dame for a three-day conference on the maintenance and strengthening of their Catholic identity.

The conference, “What We Hold in Trust,” was sponsored by Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life, and hosted by Notre Dame theologian John C. Cavadini, McGrath-Cavadini Director of the institute.

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Indiana Supreme Court comes to Notre Dame Law School

Author: Notre Dame News

Indiana Supreme Court

The University of Notre Dame Law School will host the Indiana Supreme Court oral arguments in the case of Jerrme Damar Cartwright v. State of Indiana on Nov. 14 (Monday).

The case involves a defendant who was convicted of attempted battery with a deadly weapon, attempted aggravated battery and possession of a handgun by a felon. The Court of Appeals reversed his conviction on grounds that the jury was selected unfairly.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to discuss educational innovation

Author: Shannon Chapla

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will deliver the keynote address during a day-long symposium titled “Educational Innovation and the Law” to be held Nov. 18 (Friday) at the Notre Dame Law School.

The event is part of the 2011-12 Notre Dame Forum, “Reimagining School: To Nurture the Soul of a Nation,” a year-long discussion of the profound and challenging questions that shape the national debate about K-12 education.

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Notre Dame to host Forum on Global Development in Washington

Author: Shannon Chapla


Investing in development, building infrastructure and enhancing human dignity in fragile communities worldwide are several challenges to be examined during the University of Notre Dame’s Forum on Global Development Thursday (Nov. 10) from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Willard InterContinental hotel in Washington D.C. (1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW).

The forum will precede Notre Dame’s off-site “home” football game against the University of Maryland and will feature lunch-time speaker USAID Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg. In addition, Sen. Dick Durbin, along with international experts and Notre Dame faculty, will discuss new U.S. policy that emphasizes partnerships and innovation, and Notre Dame’s global development programs.

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Notre Dame appoints Peter Likins to provide independent review of Declan Sullivan investigation

Author: Dennis Brown

Notre Dame Blue Seal

As part of the ongoing internal investigation into the death of Declan Sullivan, the University of Notre Dame will turn over its findings and recommendations to Peter Likins, the president emeritus of the University of Arizona who has been engaged by Notre Dame to provide an independent review of the process.

A junior from Long Grove, Ill., Sullivan died Oct. 27 when the hydraulic scissor lift from which he was videotaping football practice fell.

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Notre Dame among top producers of Fulbrights


Fulbright logo

University of Notre Dame students were awarded 12 Fulbright grants for 21.4 percent of its total number of applicants for the 2011-12 academic year, placing the University among the top universities in the nation.

The U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, Fulbright recently announced the complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2011-2012 U.S. Fulbright students. The success of the top-producing institutions is highlighted in the Oct. 24 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Notre Dame establishes Declan Drumm Sullivan scholarship

Author: Dennis Brown

Declan Sullivan

The University of Notre Dame has established an endowed scholarship in memory of Declan Sullivan, the Notre Dame junior who died a year ago Thursday (Oct. 27) when the aerial lift on which he was videotaping football practice fell in high winds.

In conjunction with the anniversary, Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., is writing to members of the Notre Dame family, inviting them to contribute to the scholarship fund and/or to the Declan Drumm Sullivan Memorial Fund that has been established by his family.

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$15 million gift to fund Morris Inn renovation

Author: William G. Gilroy

Rendering of Morris Inn renovation

A $15 million gift by longtime University of Notre Dame supporter Ernestine Raclin, The Carmichael Foundation, and her family to the “Spirit of Notre Dame” campaign will fund a major renovation and expansion of the Morris Inn, the full-service, on-campus hotel that was constructed nearly 60 years ago with a gift from her parents, the late Ernest M. and Ella L. Morris.

The Morris Inn was dedicated in May 1952. The renovation and expansion project is expected to begin in late summer 2012, with most of the construction intended to be completed by fall 2013.

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Father Jenkins elected to commission on presidential debates

Author: Julie Hail Flory

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

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, has been elected to the board of directors of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), the non-partisan, non-profit organization that has sponsored and produced all U.S. presidential and vice presidential debates since 1988.

“Father Jenkins is a respected voice in higher education, and we are very pleased he will join the CPD’s board as we launch plans for the 2012 debates,” said Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr. and Michael D. McCurry, co-chairmen of the commission. “He has demonstrated, through his words and actions, a serious and sustained commitment to civil discourse in society, which is consistent with the commission’s commitment to respectful and informed political dialogue.”

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Cardinal Mahony and a new imagination of human dignity

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Cardinal Roger Mahony

Cardinal Roger Mahony, archbishop emeritus of Los Angeles, is urgently concerned with the reform of the nation’s immigration policy, and he wants Catholic college and university students to be as concerned as he is.

Speaking with nearly 100 students and faculty members in the auditorium of Notre Dame’s Eck Hall of Law last week, Cardinal Mahony insisted that America’s 220 Catholic colleges and universities and the 800,000 students enrolled in them have a crucial role to play in immigration reform.

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Notre Dame to celebrate 50th anniversary of Peace Corps this weekend

Author: John Guimond

Peace Corps

University of Notre Dame alumni volunteers to the Peace Corps will be recognized for their service by Peace Corps Deputy Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet, who will participate in campus events commemorating the organization’s 50th Anniversary on campus this weekend.

Hessler-Radelet will pay special tribute to University President Emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh for his significant role in Peace Corps history. She will also recognize Notre Dame as one of the top universities nationwide for alumni serving in the Peace Corps year after year.

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An initiative for prayer for human life at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey


“A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world. Through special initiatives and in daily prayer, may an impassioned plea rise to God, the Creator and lover of life, from every Christian community, from every group and association, from every family and from the heart of every believer.”

That plea, issued by Blessed Pope John Paul II in his encyclical letter “Evangelium Vitae,” (The Gospel of Life), has been taken up by the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association, which is sponsoring a month-long campaign of prayer for the protection of all human life from conception to natural death.

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Weingarten and Bishop Kicanas speak at Notre Dame Forum

Author: Paul Murphy

Randi Weingarten (left) and Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas (right) at the Notre Dame Forum

Participants Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, and Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas during their discussion titled, “The Conversation: Developing the Schools Our Children Deserve” part of the 2011-12 Notre Dame Forum at the Leighton Concert Hall.

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Notre Dame Band wins Sudler Trophy

Author: Notre Dame News

The Sudler Trophy

The University of Notre Dame Band will be presented with the Sudler Trophy at halftime of the Notre Dame vs. Air Force game on Oct. 8 (Saturday) in Notre Dame Stadium.

The Sudler Trophy is considered the Heisman trophy of college bands. The John Philip Sousa Foundation presents the award to “collegiate marching bands of particular excellence that have made outstanding contributions to the American way of life.” The Notre Dame Band joins an elite group of college bands which have won this award, which recognizes both Notre Dame’s historical contributions to college bands and the excellence of the current Notre Dame Band.

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Notre Dame ACE Academy Schools in Tucson receive scholarship boost

Author: Bill Schmitt

Alliance for Catholic Education

More than 100 at-risk children will be able to attend Notre Dame ACE Academy (NDAA) schools in the south-side Tucson community thanks to a recent contribution of $100,000 from New York Life Insurance Company through Arizona’s corporate tax credit scholarship program.

The NDAA initiative is a comprehensive school support program of the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), a University of Notre Dame-based movement that strengthens, sustains and transforms Catholic K-12 schools around the country.

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Notre Dame to build new employee wellness center

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Notre Dame to build new employee wellness center

The University of Notre Dame will break ground this fall on a new wellness center that will offer employees convenient, quality health care through an on-site medical clinic and pharmacy. To be located at the corner of Wilson Drive and Bulla Road on the northeast corner of the Notre Dame campus, the center is scheduled to open Summer of 2012.

“The health and well-being of our employees are important priorities for the University,” said Robert McQuade, vice president for human resources. “By implementing this innovative solution, we are furthering our commitment to provide the resources and benefits necessary to ensure our faculty and staff have access to quality, affordable medical care.”

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President of Sierra Leone to speak at Notre Dame

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Ernest Bai Koroma, president of the Republic of Sierra Leone

The University of Notre Dame will welcome Ernest Bai Koroma, president of the Republic of Sierra Leone, to campus Sept. 27 (Tuesday) for a lecture titled “Faith, Tolerance and Progress.”

President Koroma will speak at 4 p.m. in the Decio Mainstage Theatre of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. A question-and-answer session and reception will follow the address. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required and will be available beginning today (Sept. 23) by visiting or calling the performing arts center ticket office at 574-631-2800.

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Notre Dame MBA ranks 4th worldwide for ethics, social impact

Author: Carol Elliott

Aspen Institute’s Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2010-2011 Global 100

The Notre Dame MBA program at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business ranked No. 4 worldwide in the Aspen Institute’s Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2010-2011 Global 100, up one slot from its No. 5 ranking earned in each of the three previous three surveys.

The biennial survey, released this week, is the only MBA ranking that measures how well business schools are preparing their students for the environmental, social and ethical complexities of modern-day business. It’s based on a rigorous, year-long review of the school’s teaching and research pertaining to business and society.

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Former president and first lady of the Federal Republic of Germany to speak at Notre Dame

Author: Notre Dame News

Dr. Horst Koehler, former president of the Federal Republic of Germany and his wife, Mrs. Eva Luise Koehler

The University of Notre Dame’s Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) will welcome Dr. Horst Koehler, former president of the Federal Republic of Germany, and his wife, Mrs. Eva Luise Koehler, to the University for a three-day visit that will include a major public lecture by Dr. Koehler.

Titled “The Whole is at Stake,” the lecture will be held Sept. 28 (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. in the Carey Auditorium of the Hesburgh Library.

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