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No ordinary parade

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Eucharistic Procession

The congregants of the 11:45 Mass poured out of Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart last Sunday, some 500 of them, into the gusts of a stiff westerly wind which flapped the banners above the entrance, the vestments of a half dozen Holy Cross priests, the choir robes of the Notre Dame Women’s Liturgical Choir and the gold tassels fringing the canopy under which a consecrated host was born by one of the priests in a golden monstrance. They were singing “Sing My Tongue the Savior’s Glory,” a hymn to the Eucharist composed in the 13th century by Saint Thomas Aquinas which most Catholics of a certain age remember as “Tantum Ergo.”

This was the beginning of a Eucharistic Procession, once a yearly event at the University, and a campus tradition revived over the last five years by students from Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross Colleges.

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Former Laetare Medalist Judge John T. Noonan to deliver address at Notre Dame’s Commencement

Author: Dennis Brown

Judge John T. Noonan Jr.

Judge John T. Noonan Jr., the 1984 recipient of the Laetare Medal, has accepted an invitation to deliver an address in the spirit of the award at Notre Dame’s 164th University Commencement Ceremony on May 17. His speech will be in lieu of awarding the medal this year.

“In thinking about who could bring a compelling voice, a passion for dialogue, great intellectual stature, and a deep commitment to Catholic values to the speaking role of the Laetare Medalist – especially in these unusual circumstances – it quickly became clear that an ideal choice is Judge Noonan,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of Notre Dame. “This commencement ceremony, more than anything else, is a celebration of our students and their families. Judge Noonan will join with President Obama and other speakers in that celebration, sending them from our campus and into the world with sound advice and affirmation.

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Director appointed for Center for Research Computing

Author: William G. Gilroy

Jaroslaw Nabrzyski

Jaroslaw (Jarek) Nabrzyski, executive director of the Louisiana State University Center for Computation and Technology, has been named director of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Research Computing (CRC). He will assume his new position May 1.

The center, a joint effort of Notre Dame’s Offices of Information Technologies (OIT) and Research and its colleges, supports the research agenda of the University through high availability of managed computing assets and staff with expertise in the application of these resources to multi-disciplinary research interests.

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Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition to begin May 8

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Fischoff Competition

The 36th annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition will be held May 8 to 10 (Friday to Sunday) in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame.

Featuring more than 100 performances by some 250 of the world’s finest young musicians, the quarter-final and semi-final rounds of the competition will be held May 8 and 9 and are free and open to the public. Tickets for the grand prize play-off on May 10 are available online at http://performingarts.nd.edu, or by visiting or calling the center’s ticket office at 574-631-2800.

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Study abroad students in Mexico to return early

Author: Shannon Chapla

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Eight University of Notre Dame students studying in Mexico at Universidad de las Américas in Puebla and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (the Tec) in Monterrey, will return to the U.S. by the end of this week.

Due to the swine flu epidemic, the Mexican government cancelled classes in all schools and universities until May 6, which was to be the last day of classes, so the cancellation effectively ended the semester.

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Take Ten festival to be held April 30

Author: Shannon Chapla

Take Ten

Students from local schools, Boys and Girls Clubs and community centers will visit the University of Notre Dame Thursday (April 30) from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Stepan Center for a celebration of the Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC) Take Ten violence prevention initiative.

Some 300 area school children will attend the Take Ten Festival, which will include visits by Chief Darryl Boykins of the South Bend Police Department and Superintendent James Kapsa of the South Bend Community School Corporation, games and activities, refreshments, distribution of T-shirts and a performance by Notre Dame’s First Class Steppers.

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Undergraduate scholars conference to take place Friday

Author: William G. Gilroy

Undergraduate Scholars Conference

More than 220 students in diverse majors from across the University of Notre Dame’s colleges will showcase their research, scholarship and creative endeavors Friday (May 1) at the second annual Undergraduate Scholars conference.

Special tracks this year will highlight interdisciplinary research in labor, nano science and technology, energy and sustainability, foreign languages and cultures and research advanced by high-performance computing. A special session by the Notre Dame Policy Debate Team also is scheduled.

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Swine flu confirmed at Notre Dame; student has recovered

Author: Dennis Brown

A case of North American Human Influenza A (H1N1) – swine flu – in a University of Notre Dame student was confirmed Tuesday (April 28) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The student has fully recovered and is in good health after suffering flu symptoms and becoming ill last week.

The student sought treatment April 22 at the University’s student health center in Saint Liam Hall. As a part of the center’s standard protocol, a culture sample was taken from the student and sent to the Indiana State Department of Health in Indianapolis for analysis. The University was informed on April 24 that the sample was atypical for Influenza A, which could indicate that it was swine flu. The culture was then sent to the CDC in Atlanta for confirmation. The University and the health department were in constant communication until confirmation was determined today.

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DOE to establish Energy Frontier Research Center at Notre Dame

Author: William G. Gilroy

Peter Burns

The University of Notre Dame will be home to one of 46 new multi-million-dollar Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) announced yesterday (April 27) by the White House in conjunction with a speech delivered by President Barack Obama at the annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences.

The EFRCs, which will pursue advanced scientific research on energy, are being established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science at universities, national laboratories, nonprofit organizations and private firms across the nation.

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Two graduates receive Alumni Association awards

Author: Angela Sienko

Two University of Notre Dame graduates received special awards from the Notre Dame Alumni Association during Alumni Senate 2009 on campus.

Missy Conboy, a 1982 graduate and longtime University employee, received the James E. Armstrong Award for distinguished service to Notre Dame.

The Rev. Louis J. Putz, C.S.C., Award was presented to Arthur C. Frericks, a 1950 Notre Dame graduate and former student of Father Putz, for his exemplary dedication to improving the lives of others.

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ND Expert: U.S. must help calm nuclear-armed Pakistan

Author: Shannon Chapla

Cynthia Mahmood

The danger of either an Islamic takeover of Pakistan or a complete collapse of the Pakistani state is the most serious danger the U.S. currently faces, and it must do what it can to facilitate a calming in the region, according to University of Notre Dame anthropologist Cynthia Mahmood, who has lived among and studied terrorist militant groups and is an expert on terrorism and religious motivations for war, especially in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.

“This instability in Pakistan, which has been going on for 50 years, has reached a head and overflowed into Afghanistan and we felt the repercussion of that in the 9/11 attacks,” Mahmood said. “It also has resulted in wars with India over Kashmir many times. Right now, we’re finally seeing that the heartland of the region’s instability, in fact, is in Pakistan, and that the problem President Obama is having to deal with is not just what to do about Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, but what to do about the very serious and urgent danger that a nuclear-armed nation is on the verge of either collapse or takeover by radical Islamists.”

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Statement by Father John Jenkins on the Laetare Medal

Author: Dennis Brown

The following statement from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, is in response to the decision by Mary Ann Glendon to decline acceptance of the University’s Laetare Medal:

“We are, of course, disappointed that Professor Glendon has made this decision. It is our intention to award the Laetare Medal to another deserving recipient, and we will make that announcement as soon as possible.”

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Business faculty receive grant for teen obesity project

Author: Carol Elliott

Mendoza College of Business

Two faculty members in Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business recently won a grant that will be used to help fight teen obesity in the local community. Elizabeth Moore, associate professor of marketing, and Corey Angst, assistant professor of management, received the Rodney F. Ganey Community-Based Research Grant in the amount of $7,000 to support their study of the role of personalized information technology interventions in teen obesity management.

Moore and Angst’s project brings together not only their respective research expertise in childhood obesity and health information technology, but it focuses on two other national trends – a looming crisis in national health and the increasing incorporation of technology into average lifestyles.

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Composer Meredith Monk to participate in London Program event

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Meredith Monk

Composer Meredith Monk will contribute to an event co-hosted by the University of Notre Dame’s London Program April 27 (Monday) at 2 p.m. in the gallery of the program’s London Centre, 1 Suffolk Street, Trafalgar Square. The event will feature Monk’s work and mark the publication of new issues of the journals PAJ: a journal of Performance and Art, and Performance Research (PR). The event is presented in collaboration with Creative Research into Sound Art Practice (CRiSAP).

Monk is a multidisciplinary composer and performing artist whose incorporates music, theater and dance. Her musical works have been used by such filmmakers as the Coen Brothers and Jean-Luc Godard. She has influenced artists such as Bruce Nauman, and collaborated with others including Björk, Terry Riley, DJ Spooky, and John Zorn.

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Teaching awards honor exemplary work with undergraduates

Author: Shannon Chapla

Dockweiler Award

Twenty University of Notre Dame faculty members have received Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and three faculty were honored with Dockweiler Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

The awards are presented by the Office of the Provost, but recipients are selected through a process that includes peer and student nominations.

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Director named for Institute for Advanced Study

Author: William G. Gilroy

Vittorio Hösle

Vittorio Hösle, Paul Kimball Professor of Arts and Letters in the Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures and concurrent professor in the Departments of Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, has been named director of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study.

Hösle will provide strategic and visionary direction for the institute, which will host scholars from around the world. The institute will support research that extends beyond the analysis of particular problems to the examination of larger (often ethical), ultimate questions.

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Student injured in small explosion in engineering building

Author: Julie Hail Flory

A University of Notre Dame graduate student was injured in an explosion and small fire in the Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering this afternoon.

The student suffered moderately serious burns as a result of the incident, which occurred just after 1 p.m. during a chemical experiment in a basement laboratory. The explosion caused a small, smoky fire that triggered the building’s fire alarm and led to its evacuation. The Notre Dame Fire Department responded and the student was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

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Fifth annual Eucharistic Procession to be held at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

eucharistic procession

A Eucharistic Procession will be held on the University of Notre Dame campus Sunday (April 26) following the 11:45 a.m. Mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

The procession, led by Rev. Kevin Russeau, C.S.C., director of Notre Dame’s Old College undergraduate seminary, will move through Notre Dame’s South Quadrangle, stopping at altars placed before the statues of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Our Lady of the University and Notre Dame’s founder, Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., and the steps of the Main Building.

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Mellon Foundation president to speak at Graduate School ceremony

Author: William G. Gilroy

Don Michael Randel

Don Michael Randel, president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will be the principal speaker May 16 (Saturday) at the Commencement ceremony for the University of Notre Dame Graduate School. He will receive an honorary degree the next day at Notre Dame’s 164th Commencement exercises.

The Graduate School ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. at the Joyce Center. An outdoor reception for graduates and their guests will immediately follow the ceremony in the area adjacent to the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

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When the Irish mechantronic backs go marching by…

Author: William G. Gilroy

Fighting IBots

Most diehard Notre Dame football fans are aware that the Blue (offense) defeated the Gold (defense) 68-33 during Saturday’s 80th Blue-Gold football game. A few probably even understand the arcane system that led to the final score.

However, even the most diehard fan is probably unaware that the Gold defeated the Blue 59-56 in another hotly contested football game that also took place on campus Saturday. A total of 70 senior mechanical engineering design students competed in Saturday’s first Fighting IBots Mechantronic Football Competition at Stepan Center.

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Gender Relations Center to host Festival on the Quad

Author: Elizabeth Moriarty

Donald McPherson

As part of its Violence Prevention Initiative, the University of Notre Dame‘s Gender Relations Center (GRC) will host “Now is the Time: Festival on the Quad” Friday (April 24) from 3 to 8 p.m. on Notre Dame’s South Quad in celebration of the center’s commitment to overcome sexual and gender violence.

The festival will be highlighted by a keynote address by College Football Hall of Famer Donald McPherson, who will present a talk titled “You Throw Like a Girl” at 6 p.m. (In the event of inclement weather, the talk will be held in the Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business.)

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Notre Dame students encourage youth service

Author: Mollie Zubek

Lead-ND

With hundreds of student organizations at the University of Notre Dame that offer service opportunities, it is no great challenge for students to find ways to become involved in the community. For local middle school students, however, service projects to better their own schools and neighborhoods are not as plentiful. Enter Lead-ND, a student organization that works with local youth to teach them the importance of service in their own backyards.

Lead-ND, a network of student volunteers at Notre Dame, recently participated in community service projects with middle school students throughout the city of South Bend.

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Winners announced in Notre Dame Business Plan Competition

Author: Carol Elliott

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A vision for the next evolution in fast-casual dining won its creators the grand prize and $15,000 in the McCloskey Business Plan Competition sponsored by the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Notre Dame. During the same event, a plan to manufacture and distribute feminine sanitary products in developing countries took the grand prize and $15,000 in the Social Venture Plan.

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Nobel Prize-winning physicist to lecture Thursday

Author: William G. Gilroy

John C. Mather

John C. Mather, the 2006 Nobel Laureate in Physics, will deliver a lecture titled “From the Big Bang to the Nobel Prize and on to the James Webb Space Telescope” at 7 p.m. Thursday (April 23) in room 101 of the University of Notre Dame’s Jordan Hall of Science. His talk is free and open to the public.

Mather shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with George F. Smoot for their discovery of the black body form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation. He is a senior astrophysicist in the Observational Cosmology Laboratory at NASA’s Goodard Flight Center and his research centers on infrared astronomy and cosmology.

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Former national security advisor Scowcroft to speak on current administration

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Lt. General Brent Scowcroft

Lt. General Brent Scowcroft, former U.S. national security advisor to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, will present “The Foreign Policy Challenges Facing the Obama Administration” at 4 p.m. April 27 (Monday) in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center at the University of Notre Dame. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Prior to the presentation, Gen. Scowcroft will sign copies of his latest book, “America and the World: Conversations on the Future of American Foreign Policy,” which he co-authored with Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security advisor to President Jimmy Carter.

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Australian ambassador to speak on campus

Author: Shannon Chapla

Dennis Richardson

Dennis Richardson, Australian ambassador to the United States, will discuss U.S.-Australia relations and highlight the country’s green initiatives during a lecture at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday (April 22) in Room 161 of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

Appointed to his current position in 2005, Richardson formerly served in Australia’s Foreign Service, was the principal adviser to the prime minister, led the review of the Australian Intelligence Community, and served as deputy secretary of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and director general of security for the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. In 2003, Richardson was made an Officer of the Order of Australia.

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Notre Dame to award eight honorary degrees at Commencement

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Seven distinguished figures in academia, business, athletics, engineering, law and philanthropy will join principal speaker President Barack Obama as honorary degree recipients at the University of Notre Dame’s 164th University Commencement Ceremony at 2 p.m. May 17 (Sunday) in the Joyce Center arena.

President Obama will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree. Other honorary degree recipients are:

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New director appointed for Minority Engineering Program

Author: William G. Gilroy and Nina Welding

Leo McWilliams

The University of Notre Dame’s College of Engineering has appointed Leo H. McWilliams director of the Minority Engineering Program (MEP).

McWilliams served most recently as co-course coordinator and an instructor for a first-year engineering course sequence. In addition to his work as an instructor for these courses, he also will now also be responsible for achieving the vision of MEP, which encompasses involving students in all aspects of academic life at Notre Dame, advocating for the needs of under-represented students and creating opportunities to bring together engineering faculty, alumni and students to work together to achieve success in their academic and professional endeavors.

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ND Expert: U.S. and Mexican governments closer than ever

Author: Shannon Chapla

Allert Brown-Gort

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As President Obama pledged during his visit to Mexico to help the country fight the flow of drugs and guns, Allert Brown-Gort, associate director of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, said the two governments are closer than ever.

“There is an idea of mutual responsibility,” Brown-Gort said on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS last night. “I think President Felipe Calderón began this with his first meeting with President Bush, but I think it really took the Obama administration to come in − particularly Secretary Clinton’s visit to Mexico City last month − when we really started to see that the dialogue was one of accepting that the responsibility lay on both sides of the border.”

Brown-Gort said there is a new sense of partnership, in general, between the two administrations.

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Father Jenkins appoints director of game-day operations

Author: Dennis Brown

Notre Dame football stadium

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, responded positively today to the final report of the university’s ad hoc Committee on Safety, Security and Hospitality and announced the immediate implementation of several of its recommendations, including the appointment of a director for game-day operations.

The committee was convened in October to review protocols and practices and consider concerns or suggestions that people have raised in regard to on-campus activities during home football game weekends. It met collectively four times, and on numerous occasions the members of three sub-committees also met to discuss specific issues related to safety and security, hospitality and communications. The group’s report was submitted to Father Jenkins in March.

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