Notre Dame ReSources

Author: Dennis Brown

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November 30, 2000

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Election 2000: Regardless of whether George W. Bush or Al Gore ends up the winner, the ongoing controversies concerning the presidential election have eliminated the possibility of a smooth transition into the White House, says Robert Schmuhl , professor of American studies at Notre Dame and author of “Statecraft and Stagecraft: American Political Life in the Age of Personality.” “Whoever occupies the White House will have a very difficult time, particularly at the beginning,” Schmuhl told the Indianapolis Star. “Any talk of a honeymoon is foolish for this presidency. The irony is that there was very little passion during the campaign and now we have an excess of passion on both sides. It is becoming more contentious, and as that happens, it is harder to imagine the winner really being a victor.” Professor Schmuhl is available for further comment at (219) 631-5128 or p. Schools and service: Catholic schools are doing the best job of encouraging community involvement and volunteerism, according to the research findings of David Sikkink , assistant professor of sociology and a fellow in Notre Dame’s Program on the Social Organization of Schools. Sikkink used a U.S. Department of Education statistical database to pinpoint the relative commitments to community and involvement and volunteerism among religious, private and public schools. Establishing Catholic schools as the most involved, the study found that students from public “magnet” or theme schools also show a proportionately higher degree of community involvement than other schools. Private secular schools and mainstream public schools show less community and political involvement. Among non-Catholic Christian schools, life appears to revolve more around the church; these students and their schools are less involved in political and community life, according to Sikkink. “This doesn’t happen for Catholic families who are more active in their schools,” Sikkink said. “It seems that the connections between the Catholic school and the community, or at least outreach to the community, are greater.” Professor Sikkink can be reached at (219) 631-3166 or p. UN High Commission for Refugees: A Notre Dame political scientist believes the first order of business for Ruud Lubbers as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees should be to refocus the agency and its mission. In an op-ed for The Financial Times, Gilburt Loescher , professor of government and international studies, wrote that Lubbers is taking charge of a “vastly different agency from the one created nearly 50 years ago. It is one that has forgotten it original mission. The most worrying change is the growing importance of the agency’s operational activities at the expense of its traditional role of focusing on the protection of refugees. Unlike operational activities, which concentrate on short-term relief work, protection of refugees offers long-term solutions by helping them return safely to their countries, or settle in others. It also works to create greater respect for human rights in order to reduce the risk of future displacements. … The advantage of reaffirming and clarifying its original mission would be to provide (UN) personnel with a sense of overall purpose. A specific niche would also provide the public with a strong message about UNHCR’s focus. With a strengthened and well-focused UNHCR, Mr. Lubbers can then begin to reverse the dangerous erosion of refugee protection that has occurred in recent years.” Professor Loescher is available for further comment at (219) 631-7096 or p. Marketing and society: Notre Dame marketing professor Gregory Gundlach has coedited the first book to examine comprehensively the scholarly research on how marketing affects societal welfare. Published by Sage Publications, “The Handbook of Marketing and Society” brings together the varied and significant research that looks beyond marketing’s impact on the bottom line to study the affects it has on consumer sovereignty, public health and economic growth. Among the 35 scholars who contributed to the publication are several Notre Dame faculty members. Patrick E. Murphy, chair and professor of marketing, coauthored a chapter titled “Corporate Societal Marketing,” and Joseph P. Guiltinan, professor of marketing, coauthored the chapter “Pricing Strategy, Competition, and Consumer Welfare.” The forward was written by William L. Wilkie, Al and Eleanor Nathe Professor of Marketing, and in addition to his role as editor, Gundlach authored the chapter “Marketing and Modern Antitrust Thought.” Professor Gundlach is available for comment on issues related to marketing and society at (219) 631-5171 or p. Corporate communications: In two new books, James S. O’Rourke , IV, director of Notre Dame’s Eugene Fanning Center for Business Communication, examines current communication issues through case study analysis. “Business Communication: A Framework for Success” and “Management Communication: A Case Analysis Approach” present strategic and innovative approaches to effective business communication. Chapters on ethics; intercultural, international and nonverbal communication; and dealing with the news media examine often-ignored issues. In addition, O’Rourke’s analysis of actual case studies provides accurate and relevant examples of the many challenges encountered by today’s business communicators. “Business Communication: A Framework for Success,” coauthored by Dan O’Hair and Mary John O’Hair of the University of Oklahoma, is published by South-Western College Publishing. “Management Communication: A Case Analysis Approach” is published by Prentice-Hall Press. Professor O?Rourke can be reached for comment on issues related to corporate communications and image at (219) 631-8397 or p. Childhood development: Notre Dame psychologist E. (pagetitle1) %{FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; mso-fareast-font-family: ‘Times New Roman’; mso-bidi-font-family: ‘Times New Roman’; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA}Notre Dame ReSources % Mark Cummings examines the effect of parenting styles, marital functioning and parental depression on childhood development in a new book from Guilford Publications, Inc., titled “Developmental Psychopathology and Family Process: Theory, Research, and Clinical Implications.” Presenting core and cutting-edge principles of developmental psychopathology, Cummings and coauthors Patrick T. Davies and Susan B. Campbell explore the variables that may influence developmental processes and predict the emergence of clinical problems. The authors highlight the interplay of risk and protective factors and consider the ways in which developmental psychopathology points to new directions in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of child emotional and behavioral disorders. Professor Cummings can be reached at (219) 631-4947 or

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