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Alex Coccia named Rhodes Scholar

Author: Sue Lister

Student Body President Alex Coccia Alex Coccia, a 2014 University of Notre Dame graduate, has been selected to the American Rhodes Scholar Class of 2015.
A Columbus, Ohio native, Coccia was selected from a pool of 877 candidates who had been nominated by their colleges and universities. He is Notre Dame’s 15th Rhodes Scholar and first since 2002. This year’s 32 Rhodes Scholars will commence their studies at Oxford in October 2015.

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NDFD, nation’s oldest university fire department, turns 135

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Notre Dame Fire Department poses in front of the Administration Building in 1899 (Credit: Notre Dame Archives - not for reuse)

On March 20, 1879, Notre Dame’s founder, Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., was feeling fretful, and he unburdened himself of a persistent worry in a memo to Rev. William Corby, C.S.C., then the University’s president.

“I am glad to find you, as I am myself, terribly afraid of fire,” Father Sorin wrote. Recalling such conflagrations as the fire which had come close to annihilating nearby Chicago a few years earlier, he added thankfully that at Notre Dame “Providence has given us all the securities that can be wished for, but there is no guarantee against carelessness as an Institution. A public habitual dread is our only safety.”

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Political scientist Victoria Hui to testify before Congressional Executive Commission on China

Author: William G. Gilroy

Victoria Hui

Victoria Hui, an associate professor of political science and faculty fellow of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies at the University of Notre Dame, will testify Thursday (Nov. 20) before a Congressional Executive Commission on China hearing titled “The Future of Democracy in Hong Kong.”

The hearing will examine China’s commitments to Hong Kong and the international community in light of recent pro-democracy protests. It will assess whether an increasingly polarized Hong Kong will be able to find a mutually acceptable plan for electoral reform and how the protests taking will place will continue to shape that debate. It also will focus on what the protests mean for the future of human rights and democracy in Hong Kong and China.

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Michelle Whaley is 2014 Indiana Professor of the Year

Author: William G. Gilroy

Michelle A. Whaley

Michelle A. Whaley, a teaching professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the 2014 Indiana Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). She will be announced as the award winner at a luncheon Thursday (Nov. 20) at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

“Michelle is extraordinarily dedicated, innovative, impactful and successful, and clearly among the very best teachers in the College of Science and the University of Notre Dame,” Gary A. Lamberti, professor and former chair of the Department of Biological Sciences who nominated Whaley for the award, said. “She is the undisputed leader of undergraduate initiatives in our department, especially those surrounding undergraduate research. Simply put, she is the heart and soul of undergraduate scholarship in biology.”

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Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., welcomes Archbishop Cupich

Author: Paul J. Browne

Blue and gold academic seal

University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. said Tuesday (Nov. 18), “On behalf of the University of Notre Dame, I extend congratulations and best wishes for success to the Most Rev. Blase J. Cupich as the ninth Archbishop of Chicago. He brings to one of the hemisphere’s most important dioceses a caring pastoral approach with rigorous theological thought and visionary leadership in line with Francis’ transformative papacy."

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Jimmy Gurulé testifies before U.S. House committee on sources of Islamic State funding

Author: William G. Gilroy

Jimmy Gurulé

University of Notre Dame law professor Jimmy Gurulé, a terrorist financing expert, testified before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee Thursday (Nov. 13) on the principal sources of Islamic State funding. Gurulé, who also is a former assistant U.S. attorney general and former undersecretary for enforcement for the U.S. Treasury Department, also offered recommendations for enhancing the response by the U.S. Treasury Department and the Department of Justice to the Islamic State threat.

Gurulé told the committee that Islamic State, commonly known as ISIS, has up to $1 billion in its reserve and is “the wealthiest terror organization that the world has ever known.”

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