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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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


Dome and Clouds

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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