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The most valuable college football teams

Author: Jack Gage & Peter J. Schwartz

Ohio State and Florida may be playing for the national championship of college football on Jan. 8 in the Tostitos BCS championship game, but the real winner by our calculations is Notre Dame. p. The Fighting Irish football program is worth $97 million based on what the team contributes…

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2006 highlights include Board meetings in Rome and D.C.

Author: Dennis Brown

Each year at Notre Dame is filled with highlights, achievements and accomplishments. Here are some of the significant moments from 2006: * In the first full calendar year of the presidency of Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., he, his administration and the Board of Trustees ventured off campus for…

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Internet broadcast of Chinese theater performance is a first

Author: William G. Gilroy

Theater in China has a long history, beginning, according to some estimates, somewhere between 722 and 484 B.C. A new chapter was added to that rich history on Dec. 14 when the University of Notre Dame and Qinghua University in Beijing completed the first live theater performance from China…

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New book by Robert Schmuhl praised in Chicago Tribune review

Author: Shannon Chapla

In a recent review in the Chicago Tribune, three books were singled out for their astute cultural criticism, includingIn So Many Words: Arguments and Adventuresby Robert Schmuhl, Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Professor of American Studies and Journalism at the University of Notre Dame. p. According to writer David…

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ACE meets bishops’ challenge to bolster Catholic schools

Author: Gail Hinchion Mancini

In the 12 years since it was founded, the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) has moved many steps beyond its original mission to prepare Catholic schoolteachers. And it will be taking many more in the interest of fortifying Americas unique Catholic school system, according to a document prepared by…

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New study demonstrates economic value of invasive species screening programs

Author: William G. Gilroy

A new study by a team that includes David Lodge, a professor of biology and director of the Center for Aquatic Conservation at the University of Notre Dame, contends that screening programs for invasive species can not only be effective in stopping the spread of such species, but also…

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Basilica Mass to be telecast weekly on DIRECTV

Author: Dennis Brown

Mass from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame will be televised weekly on DIRECTV Channel 103 at 10 a.m. Sundays (ET/CT/PT). The first telecast was Sunday (Dec 17). p. This new initiative is yet another opportunity for Notre Dame to bring quality Catholic…

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Historians to appear in History Channel documentary on the Holy Lance

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Two Notre Dame scholars, Thomas F.X. Noble, director of the Universitys Medieval Institute, and Paul Cobb, associate professor of history, will be featured in a documentary film on the Holy Lance Thursday (Dec. 21) at 9 p.m. EST on the History Channel. p. The film,The Spear of Christ,is one…

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Cultural critics who help clarify where we stand

Author: David E. Thigpen

In So Many Words: Arguments and Adventures p. By Robert Schmuhl p. University of Notre Dame Press, 209 pages, $25 p. p. La Dolce Musto: Writings by the World’s Most Outrageous Columnist p. By Michael Musto p. Carroll&Graf, 344 pages, $15.95 paper p. p. The Shape of Things to…

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Father Basil Moreau to be beatified Sept. 15 in France

Author: Dennis Brown and Michael O. Garvey

The Vatican Secretariat of State announced earlier this month that the Venerable Basil Moreau, C.S.C., founder of the Holy Cross Priests, Brothers and Sisters, will be beatified Sept. 15 in Le Mans, France, the place of his ministry and death. p. The University of Notre Dame was founded as…

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Senior Marshall Scholar receives additional, highest honor

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Megan Towle, the University of Notre Dame senior recently selected as a 2007 Marshall Scholarship winner, also has been chosen for the scholarships highest honor and was awarded the British Schools and Universities Foundation (BSUF) Marshall Scholarship. p. The BSUF Scholarship is awarded to the Marshall Scholar whose academic…

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Student-led task force raises $9,000 to fight malaria

Author: Paul Horn

The Millennium Development Goals Task Force at the University of Notre Damehas raised more than $9,000 from students, faculty and staff members to purchase bed nets that will protect 900 people inAfricafrom malaria and other mosquito-borne illnesses. p. Led by four sophomores, the task force includes more than 100…

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Spring Gets Out of Sync

Author: Jane Kay

(12-14) 04:00 PST Ashland, Ore. — In the natural world, animals take cues about when to migrate and when to mate from the hours of daylight, the temperature and the amount of rain and snow. Here in the Applegate Valley, for example, every spring the yellow-and-black anise swallowtail emerges…

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Faculty-athlete mentor matches can be life-changing

Author: Gail Hinchion Mancini

Notre Dame offensive lineman Dan Santucci would like to play professional football after this season with the Fighting Irish. p. But if the football thing doesnt work out, Santucci has prepared himself to make use of his bachelors degree in marketing and the additional skills hes picked up in…

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Film festival honors Father Groody’s “Dying to Live” documentary

Author: Dennis Brown

Dying to Live: A Migrants Journey,a 33-minute film written and directed by University of Notre Dame theologian Rev. Daniel Groody, C.S.C., received the best documentary award Nov. 30 at the New Way Media Film Festival inBerkeley,Calif. p. The recognition is the latest of many honors accorded the film, including…

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(Editorial) ND's progress on diversity

Author: South Bend Tribune Editorial Board

A progress report by The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education gives high marks to this year’s University of Notre Dame freshman class. p. For more than a decade, the JBHE has published a yearly survey of the black first-year students at the country’s highest-ranked university and liberal arts…

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Consumers still have negative view of marketing

Author: Shannon Chapla

The current barrage of advertising targeting frenzied Christmas shoppers may not reap the desired result, according to two University of Notre Dame marketing professors. p. For more than 50 years, business observers have argued that satisfying customers is the key to success.However, marketing is apparently falling short in the…

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Notre Dame task force issues report on future of Catholic schools

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The Notre Dame Task Force on Catholic Educationa national group of Catholic educators, administrators, diocesan representatives, philanthropists, and investment specialistshas released a report on the challenges and opportunities confronting primary and secondary Catholic schools in theUnited States. p. The report, entitledMaking God Known, Loved, and Served: The Future of…

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Engineering team receives $3 million grant for CO2 sequestration

Author: William G. Gilroy and Nina Welding

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel W. Bodman has announced that a University of Notre Dame project led by College of Engineering faculty members Edward J. Maginn, Joan F. Brennecke, and William Schneider, has been awarded a grant in excess of $3 million to explore the use of…

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Pinderhughes insists on the best of both worlds

Author: Gail Hinchion Mancini

Hybrids and blends had defined Dianne Pinderhughesdestiny long before an academic career that bridges two departmentslong before she was born, in fact. p. In 1902, her great-grandmother petitioned aProvidence,R.I., court to change the family name from Hughes to Pinderhughes. Great-grandmothers maiden name was Pinder, and she wanted it preserved….

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President’s chief assistants receive new titles, redefined roles

Author: Dennis Brown

Rev. James E. McDonald, C.S.C., and Frances Shavers, executive assistants to the president at the University of Notre Dame, will receive new titles and redefined responsibilities, effective Jan. 1, according to Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University. p. Father McDonald will become associate vice president and…

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Senior wins 2007 Marshall Scholarship

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Megan Towle, a University of Notre Dame senior from Leawood, Kan., has been selected as one of 43 Marshall Scholarship winners for 2007. She was chosen from a pool of some 800 candidates nationwide to receive one of the most competitive and prestigious merit scholarships available to undergraduates. p….

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Notre Dame professor takes a closer look at Saint Nicholas

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Saint Nicholas inAmerica:Christmas Holy Day andHoliday, * by Rev. Nicholas Ayo, C.S.C., professor emeritus in the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame, was recently published by Corby Books. * p. The book makes use of ancient and medieval sources as well as more modern and…

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Italian professor wins national book award

Author: Shannon Chapla

Christian Moevs, associate professor of Romance languages and literatures at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded the Howard R. Marraro Prize by the Modern Language Association (MLA) for his recent bookThe Metaphysics of Dantes ‘Comedy,in which he sheds new light on the interpretation of DantesDivine Comedy. p….

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New biography memorializes Father Louie Putz

Author: Michael O. Garvey

His English was fluent and eloquent, spoken in a thickly German accent and a formidable bass voice, perfect for quick salutations and abrupt orders, but always suffused with a paradoxical warmth.He was a Bavarian peasant, short and stoutly built, and from behind the coke-bottle bottom lenses of his spectacles…

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New committee to develop campus environmental policies

Author: Gail Hinchion Mancini

John Affleck-Graves, executive vice president of the University of Notre Dame, has reconstituted a group of faculty, staff and students called the Energy&Environmental Committee, whose members are to be directly involved in developing and promoting the Universitys environmental policies, including air quality and energy conservation. p. James Lyphout, vice…

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Notre Dame’s philosophy department ranks high in biennial survey

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The University of Notre Dames philosophy department has been placed 13 th in the rankings of the Philosophical Gourmet, a biennial on-line peer review of graduate departments in philosophy. p. We have long enjoyed a high ranking in the Philosophical Gourmet,said Paul J. Weithman, chair and professor of philosophy.This…

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Student volunteers help raise $11,300 in Fair Trade Sale

Author: Shannon Chapla

University of Notre Dame student volunteers who organized the Fair Trade Sale during International Education Week earlier this month, helped raise $11,300, which will directly benefit artisans from developing countries whose hand-crafted gift items (from Ten Thousand Villages) were sold on campus. p. Students representing numerous campus groups and…

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