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Gender studies program offers new graduate minor

Author: Julie Hail Flory

The University of Notre Dame has established a non-degree, credit-bearing graduate minor program in gender studies for masters degree and doctoral students. p. An interdisciplinary academic program in the College of Arts and Letters, gender studies analyzes the significance of gender – and the cognate subjects of sex, sexuality,…

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Student government to host health and body image conference

Author: Maureen Mullen

The University of Notre Dame will host its second annual health and body image conference, titledLive As You Are,March 11 to 13 (Tuesday to Thursday) in McKenna Hall. p. Sponsored by student government, this years event, formerly named the Eating Disorders Conference, seeks to expand the scope of its…

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BusinessWeek ranks Notre Dame undergraduate business program third

Author: Carol Elliott

The Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame was rated No. 3 by BusinessWeek magazine in its third annual ranking of undergraduate business programs, announced February 28.The article is available in the magazines March 10 edition on newsstands March 3. p. Notre Dame jumped four spots…

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Tax Assistance Program to discontinue during spring break

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The free tax assistance program administered by the University of Notre Dame, in which tax preparers assist low-income taxpayers with preparation of their state and local returns, will not operate from March 1-9 due to the studentsspring break, nor from March 20-24 due to the Easter holiday. p. Further…

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ND human rights scholar says Musharraf should resign

Author: Michael O. Garvey

With Pakistan’s recent parliamentary elections swept by opposition candidates,President Pervez Musharrafshould resign, according to Douglass Cassel, director of the Notre Dame Law Schools Center for Civil and Human Rights. p. Sen. Joseph Biden, who recently traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan, said that he thoughtMusharraf would quit his job peacefully…

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Notre Dame professor says mortgage crisis to affect housing segregation

Author: Carol C. Bradley

In the old days, mortgage lending was just like Jimmy Stewart inIts a Wonderful Life,says Notre Dame sociologist Richard A. Williams. You got a mortgage from the savings and loan, and the loan was offered at a fixed rate for 15 or 30 years. p. But those were also…

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Father Groody publishes book on theology of migration

Author: Shannon Chapla and Kathryn Pitts

Rev. Daniel Groody, C.S.C., assistant professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, is co-editor ofA Promised Land, A Perilous Journey: Theological Perspectives on Migration,released this month by Notre Dame Press. p. A collection of essays by scholars, pastors and lay people involved in immigration aid work, the…

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Duffy named to Alumni Association post

Author: Natasha DiPrima and Shannon Chapla

ElizabethDollyDuffy, president of Atchison Products and a 1984 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed assistant vice president for university relations and associate executive director of the Notre Dame Alumni Association. p. I am excited to have a person of Dollys experience and integrity joining our…

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Foreign language enrollments jump; new center promotes internationalism

Author: Shannon Chapla

Beginning in the fall, Notre Dame students will be able to get their daily dose of news in Arabic, watch a German film, prepare sushi, study or socialize in their language of choice in a new space designed to serve as a hub of foreign language learning and internationalism…

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Professor publishes book on introductory religion courses

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Teaching and Learning in College Introductory Religion Courses: A Study of 533 Classrooms,by Barbara E. Walvoord, fellow in the Institute for Educational Initiatives and professor emerita of English at the University of Notre Dame, has been published by Blackwell Publishing. p. The result of her study of 533 introductory…

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Former senator to lecture on campus Feb. 26

Author: Rachel Tomas Morgan

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) will deliver a speech titledGathering Storm of the 21st Centuryat 7 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 26) in the McKenna Hall auditorium at the University of Notre Dame. p. While the sounds of opposition to the war are heard frequently on our college campuses, I…

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Notre Dame Press publishes Sullivan Prize winner’s book

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Dinner With Osama,a collection of short stories by Marilyn Krysl, has been published by the University of Notre Dame Press. p. Krysls eight-story collection was awarded the Notre Dame Creative Writing Programs 2008 Richard Sullivan Prize for short fiction, a biennial award which includes a $1,000 cash prize and…

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Reydams-Schils to lead international colloquium on ancient philosophy

Author: Shannon Chapla

Gretchen Reydams-Schils, professor of liberal studies with a concurrent appointment in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, will serve as co-presider of an international colloquium titledDeciding Culture: StobaeusCollection of Excerpts of Ancient Greek Authors,March 5 to 8 at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy….

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Vickers named managing director of performing arts center

Author: Julie Hail Flory and Kyle Fitzenreiter

Jon Vickers, previously director of the Browning Cinema in the University of Notre Dames DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts, has been promoted to the new position of managing director of the center. p. Jon has excellent operational experience to bring to the position, is dedicated to making connections…

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Oxfam America president to speak Feb. 23

Author: Rachel Tomas Morgan

Raymond C. Offenheiser, president of the international relief and development agency Oxfam America, will give the luncheon keynote address Saturday (Feb. 23) at a symposium at the University of Notre Dame titledSolidarity in the Pursuit of Authentic Human Development. p. A 1971 Notre Dame graduate, Offenheiser has led the…

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Notre Dame named to President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The University of Notre Dame has been named as anHonor Roll with Distinctionmember for the 2007 Presidents Higher Education Honor Roll. p. The honor roll, announced at the American Council on Educations annual meeting in San Diego on Feb. 11, recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and…

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Aragón awarded national grant to support Latino poetry tour

Author: Shannon Chapla

Francisco Aragón, director of Letras Latinas, the literary program of the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded a grant from the San Antonio-based National Association of Latino Art and Culture (NALAC) to organizeThe Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry ON TOUR. p….

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Fighting Irish research heritage of real Irish

Author: Shannon Chapla

A ghost town of stone houses frozen in time for decades, the island Inis Airc, located just off the western coast of Ireland, is an uninhabited graveyard where roofless buildings remain untouched after the islanders were forcibly relocated to the mainland by the government in 1960. p. Its eerie,said…

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Robinson Center receives $282,000 for business initiative

Author: Dennis Brown

A $282,000 appropriations request for the University of Notre Dames Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC) by Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., has been funded in a bill that recently became law. p. Donnelly will present a ceremonial check at a celebration to mark the seventh…

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Tuition increases 4.8 percent for 2008-09

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Undergraduate tuition at the University of Notre Dame will increase 4.8 percent for the 2008-09 academic year to $36,340, the lowest percentage increase at the University since 1960, and the average room and board rates will be $9,828, for a total cost of $46,168. p. In a letter to…

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Institute for Church Life joins national Catholic youth ministry group

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The University of Notre Dames Institute for Church Life (ICL) has been elected tocollaborating membershipin the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM). p. Established in 1982, the NFCYM advocates for and supports Catholic youth ministry on the national, diocesan and local levels.Its affiliated members include most of the…

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Notre Dame releases names of students who died over the weekend

Author: Dennis Brown

The University of Notre Dame today (Feb. 18) released the names of two students who died in unrelated incidents over the weekend. p. Timothy R. Aher, a second year Notre Dame Law School student from Brookfield, Conn., died tragically and unexpectedly Sunday (Feb. 17) in Ilford, England, a suburb…

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Father Jenkins mourns deaths of two students

Author: Dennis Brown

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, extended his sympathies to the families of two Notre Dame students who died over the weekend in separate and unrelated incidents. On behalf of the entire University, my deepest condolences go out to the families and friends of…

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Notre Dame mourns tragedy at Northern Illinois

Author: Dennis Brown

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, expressed his condolences to Northern Illinois University after the murders of six students Thursday (Feb. 14). p. The prayers of the Notre Dame community are with our colleagues at Northern Illinois University, and all who have been…

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Notre Dame and Catholic Relief Services formalize "strategic relationship"

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The University of Notre Dame and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) have signed a mutualmemorandum of understandingto formalize what it callsour strategic relationship as preeminent U.S. Catholic institutions striving to put in practice the principles of Catholic social teaching in order to contribute significantly to a more just and peaceful…

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Hollywood writer, producer to give lecture

Author: Maureen Mullen

Jeffrey Stepakoff, a former Hollywood television writer and producer, will deliver a lecture titledThe Rise of the Writer in Hollywoodat 7 p.m. Feb. 19 (Tuesday) in the Browning Cinema of the DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Notre Dame. p. Admission is free, but tickets…

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Astronomers discover Jupiter-Saturn-like planets in distant solar system

Author: William G. Gilroy and
Wayne Falda

The simultaneous discovery of two exoplanets slightly smaller than Jupiter and Saturn by an international team of astronomers that includes David Bennett from the University of Notre Dame gives astrophysicists an important clue that solar systems like ours might be quite common. p. The report, to be published in…

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50th annual Collegiate Jazz Festival to begin Feb. 22

Author: Julie Hail Flory

The University of Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival will return for its 50th year Feb. 22 and 23 (Friday and Saturday), featuring 11 collegiate bands competing before a panel of distinguished judges. p. Jazz bands performing in this year’s festival represent Notre Dame, Alma College, Louisiana State University, Michigan…

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Law, political science professor Kommers wins major fellowship

Author: Melanie McDonald

Donald Kommers, Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science and professor of law in the Notre Dame Law School, has received a Berlin Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin. An expert in comparative constitutional law, Kommers will spend a semester in Berlin next year to complete…

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DeBartolo Center hosts environmental film series

Author: Maureen Mullen

The University of Notre Dame will present five environmental films as part of itsGreen Screen 2008series, which will take place Feb. 15 to 17 (Friday to Sunday) in the Browning Cinema of the DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free, but tickets are required and may be…

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