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Two Notre Dame alumni among ambassadorial nominees

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Miguel Diaz & Timothy Roemer

When the White House announced a dozen ambassadorial nominees Wednesday, the country was presented with a variegated and accomplished group. These were men and women distinguished in their careers and backgrounds, and with little else conspicuous in common, but the Notre Dame family noticed at least one likeness between two of them.

Miguel H. Diaz, the nominee for ambassador to the Holy See, and former Indiana Rep. Timothy J. Roemer, are both alumni of the University of Notre Dame’s Graduate School.

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Flag ceremony to honor alumni for military service

Author: Angela Sienko

Alumni Association Logo

In conjunction with the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association’s Reunion 2009, alumni will be honored for current and past military service during a flag retreat ceremony at 3 p.m.
June 5 (Friday) at the Pasquerilla Center (ROTC building). In case of rain, the ceremony will move inside the Loftus Sports Center.

Brig. Gen. Philip Volpe, a 1977 Notre Dame graduate and deputy commander of the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region Medical at Bethesda Naval Base, will serve as guest speaker.

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1st Source Bank establishes commercialization award at Notre Dame

Author: Julie Hail Flory

1st Source logo

Faculty members of the University of Notre Dame have a new incentive to make their work product available in the marketplace – an annual award for successfully commercializing their newest technologies.

Established with a $1 million gift from 1st Source Bank, the award will be presented each year to a Notre Dame faculty member, including those affiliated with the Indiana University School of Medicine in South Bend. Recipients will be selected by a committee chaired by Robert Bernhard, vice president for research at Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame adds two Fellows and four Trustees

Author: Dennis Brown

Blue Seal

The University of Notre Dame has added two new Fellows of the University, elected four new members to the Board of Trustees, and elevated eight Board members to emeritus status.

Trustees Enrique Hernandez Jr. and Judge Diana Lewis were elected Fellows of the University at the spring Board meeting April 30 to May 1. They replace Shirley Ryan and Arthur Velazquez, who had attained retirement age and were elected Emeritus Trustees.

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Faculty honored with awards at President’s Dinner

Author: Carol C. Bradley

Eleven members of the University of Notre Dame faculty were honored with awards at the University’s annual President’s Dinner held May 19.

Valerie Sayers

Professor of English Valerie L. Sayers, who helped develop the University’s successful Creative Writing Program, was honored with the 2009 Faculty Award. Nominations for the award are received from the faculty at-large, with a committee of former award winners making the final selection.

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American Studies professor earns honors for research

Author: Josh Stowe

Jason Ruiz

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) will honor Jason Ruiz, assistant professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, for his doctoral research at its upcoming annual conference.

Ruiz, who earned his doctorate from the University of Minnesota before joining the Notre Dame faculty last year, will receive the award for best dissertation in Latino studies from LASA’s Latino Studies Section. The University’s Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts will sponsor his trip to the conference, which is scheduled to take place June 11 to 14 in Rio de Janeiro.

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Andrew Paluf, assistant vice president for finance, to receive accounting award

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Andrew M. Paluf, assistant vice president for finance and controller at the University of Notre Dame, will receive the Daniel D. Robinson Award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) at its annual meeting in Boston next month.

The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a continuous commitment to the advancement of college and university accounting and reporting. Paluf’s selection was based on his service to the higher education community through his membership on several NACUBO committees and particularly for bringing together members of the Association of Athletic Directors, the National Collegiate Athletic Association and NACUBO.

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Notre Dame Executive Education presents teaching, innovation awards

Author: Carol Elliott

Executive Education Program

The Executive Education Program at the University of Notre Dame presented seven awards to faculty members, business partners and a Notre Dame alumnus in recognition of their strong commitment to developing their workforce, as well as for their contributions to the Executive Education program and providing leadership in terms of ethics, creativity and innovation.

Presented anually since 1992, the awards were given recently at the Executive Education awards banquet.

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Eagleton returns to Notre Dame as distinguished visitor

Author: Marie Blakey

Terry Eagleton

Literary scholar and cultural theorist Terry Eagleton has been appointed Excellence in English Distinguished Visitor in the Department of English at the University of Notre Dame.

A former visiting professor at Notre Dame, Eagleton most recently presented the lecture “The Death of Criticism?” last year at the University’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies.

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Notre Dame researchers describe new tool for evaluating “managed relocations”

Author: William G. Gilroy

Checkerspot butterfly

Three University of Notre Dame researchers are among the authors of a new paper that describes a ground-breaking tool designed to help policy makers determine when and how to use an environmental strategy known as “managed relocation.”

Jessica Hellmann and Jason McLachlan, assistant professors of biology, and Alejandro Camacho, associate professor of law, are part of a multi-disciplinary working group that produced the paper, which appears in this week’s edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. David Richardson of Stellenbosch University in South Africa led the writing of the paper. Hellmann and McLachlan co-led the working group, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and the private Cedar Tree Foundation, and they will host the final group meeting at Notre Dame in August.

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Economist’s new book examines Mexican development from historical perspective

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Jaime Ros book cover

Jaime Ros, professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame, is the co-author of “Development and Growth in the Mexican Economy: A Historical Perspective,” recently published by Oxford University Press. The book is the first comprehensive examination of Mexico’s economic history in English in nearly 40 years.

Ros and his co-author analyze the successive periods of stagnation and growth that characterize Mexico’s economic history, with particular attention to state-led industrialization, recent market reforms, and the persistence of poverty and inequality.

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ND receives Uptime Institute’s Green Enterprise IT Award

Author: Lenette Votava

Kenneth Brill and Paul Brenner

The University of Notre Dame is a recipient of a 2009 Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Award, presented by the Uptime Institute and co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Award winners were announced at a ceremony at Uptime Institute’s fourth annual Institute Research Symposium held in New York City last month.

The GEIT Awards honor companies and organizations that have made significant strides in creating reliable, sustainable and energy-efficient data centers. The University’s Center for Research Computing was selected as a winner in the category titled “Beyond the Data Center” for its innovation and leadership in introducing sustainability initiatives to computing and data centers.

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Phillip Johnson elected president of IACLEA

Author: Shannon Chapla

Phillip Johnson

Phillip Johnson, director of Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP), has been elected president-elect of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). He will become president in June 2010.

The leading voice for the campus public safety community, IACLEA advances public safety for educational institutions by providing educational resources, advocacy, and professional development services. IACLEA membership represents more than 1,200 colleges and universities in 20 countries, as well as 2,200 campus law enforcement staff, criminal justice faculty members and municipal chiefs of police.

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Wabash College presents honorary degree to Father Malloy

Author: Dennis Brown

Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C.

Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, received an honorary doctor of divinity degree Sunday (May 17) from Wabash College. It was the 25th time Father Malloy has been so honored.

The honorary degree citation presented to Notre Dame’s 16th president read in part: “Father Malloy, Wabash College salutes your life as a teacher and leader; we honor your life of moral leadership, your commitment to teaching that shapes lives as well as careers, and your service to the students of the University of Notre Dame and all of higher education.”

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“From Old 2 Gold” sale May 23 to benefit local charities

Author: Shannon Chapla

From Old 2 Gold

The University of Notre Dame’s fifth “From Old 2 Gold” year-end campus yard sale will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday (May 23) in Notre Dame Stadium.

The event, which benefits participating local charities, will feature items left behind and donated by students, including electronics, clothing, computers, carpeting, furniture, appliances and sports equipment.

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Reconciliation focus of workshops in Burundi

Author: Joan Fallon

Daniel Philpott

At a spiritual retreat center overlooking Bujumburu on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, Daniel Philpott, associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, recently led workshops on political reconciliation for leaders of Burundi’s Catholic Church. Now at peace, Burundi is recovering from nearly five decades of ethnic violence and war.

“The Church is the strongest and most respected civil society actor in Burundi,” said Philpott, who traveled to east Africa at the invitation of Archbishop Evariste Ngoyagoye. “In a country that is 62 percent Catholic, the Church has the potential to bring its message of reconciliation into the political order.”

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What distinguishes Germany's Basic Law from the United States Constitution?

Author: Patrick Bahners, F.A.Z.

Published in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, FAZ.NET (May 18, 2009)
Click here for original article in German

English translation:

Have we taken the concept of constitutional patriotism too far? Some constitutional scholars are adding to the festivities surrounding the anniversary of the German Republic the thesis that the success of the Basic Law during the past 60 years has in itself imperiled German democracy. In fact, the constitution has been stylized as a sacred text, resulting in inordinate restrictions on the legislative discretion of the parliament not due to the will of the framers of the constitution, but due to the bigoted previous understanding of the interpreters of the Basic Law. The foremost US authority of the Basic Law does not share this concern voiced by German liberal positivists.…

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Presidents Obama and Jenkins stress importance of dialogue at 164th Commencement


Barack Obama and Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

Two presidents, one of the University of Notre Dame, one of the United States, addressed the importance of dialogue on difficult issues before the appreciative and enthusiastic participants of the 164th Commencement Sunday (May 17) in the Joyce Center Arena.

More than 12,000 graduating seniors, master’s, doctoral and law graduates and their guests provided a demonstrably enthusiastic welcome to Commencement speaker President Barack Obama, demonstrating particular appreciation of Obama’s status as the first African-American President.

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Mellon Foundation president calls on graduates to be guardians of nation’s intellectual infrastructure

Author: William G. Gilroy

2009 Graduate school commencement

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation President Don Michael Randel told 2009 University of Notre Dame master’s and doctoral degree recipients during his commencement address today (May 16) that they are part of the deep intellectual infrastructure of the nation and that they must also be its guardians.

Randel, a prolific and internationally prominent historian of music, will receive an honorary degree Sunday (May 17) during the University’s 164th Commencement exercises.

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Sixteen seniors receive national scholarships and fellowships

Author: William G. Gilroy

Scholarship logo

The Fulbright Exchange Program, Winston Churchill Foundation, National Science Foundation and other national organizations have awarded postgraduate scholarships and fellowships to 16 University of Notre Dame seniors.

Andrew Manion, Coon Rapids, Minn., has received a Winston Churchill Scholarship for graduate work at the University of Cambridge in England. He is the first Churchill scholar from Notre Dame since the program began in 1963.

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Notre Dame Law School to award 214 degrees

Author: Melanie McDonald

Eck Law School

The Notre Dame Law School will award 199 J.D. degrees and 15 LL.M. degrees during its diploma ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Sunday (May 17) in the Joyce Center fieldhouse.

One J.D. degree will be awarded posthumously to Timothy Aher, who died in February 2008 while a second-year law student in Notre Dame’s London program.

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2009 graduates honor Father Jenkins with Senior Class Fellow award

Author: Dennis Brown

Father John Jenkins

The University of Notre Dame’s Class of 2009 has selected Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University’s president, as the Senior Class Fellow.

Voted on by seniors, the award is an “accolade traditionally given to a member of the Notre Dame community who has had a significant impact on the graduating class,” according to W. Joseph Brown, senior class president.

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Colleges announce teaching award winners

Author: William G. Gilroy

The undergraduate colleges of the University of Notre Dame have selected their outstanding teachers for the 2008-09 academic year.

Carl Ackermann

In the Mendoza College of Business, Carl Ackermann, an associate professional specialist, has been selected to receive the college’s undergraduate teaching award, which is sponsored by the British oil company BP. The recipient is chosen each year by the graduating class.

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Chen to receive Burns Graduate School Award

Author: William G. Gilroy

Danny Chen

Danny Z. Chen, professor of computer science and engineering, at the University of Notre Dame, will be recognized as the 2009 James A. Burns, C.S.C., Graduate School Award winner during the school’s Commencement ceremony Saturday (May 16) at 10 a.m. in the Joyce Center.

The award is given annually to a faculty member for distinction in graduate teaching or other exemplary contributions to graduate education.

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Class Acts: Senior stories of distinction

Author: Shannon Chapla and William Gilroy

Senior cap and gown hug

The University of Notre Dame’s Class of 2009 can be defined collectively, through a variety of numerical and statistical observations, as well as individually, through the stories of seniors with compelling tales to tell.

Some of the numbers are:

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Commencement events to be shown on Web

Author: Julie Hail Flory


The University of Notre Dame’s 164th Commencement exercises, which will be held on campus May 17 (Sunday), will be streamed live on the Internet, along with four other Commencement weekend events, including the Graduate School commencement ceremony on Saturday (May 16).

The Webcasts will be available at, according to the following schedule:

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Notre Dame Commencement speakers: Past and present

Author: Dennis Brown

Blue Seal

University of Notre Dame graduates have heard from a diverse group of Commencement speakers through the years: presidents, prime ministers and other government officials; ambassadors, actors and attorneys; writers, editors and educators; judges, generals and even a G-man.

President Barack Obama, this year’s principal speaker, will be the ninth U.S. president to be awarded an honorary degree by Notre Dame and the sixth to address the graduates at the University Commencement Ceremony.

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Graduating seniors to be honored for commitment to postgraduate service

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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Some 196 Notre Dame graduating seniors embarking on a year or more of service in this country and abroad will be honored during the University’s annual Senior Service Send-Off ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday (May 16) in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Leighton Concert Hall.

Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will address the seniors and their families on the University’s commitment to service in education at Notre Dame and beyond.

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Mendoza ceremonies planned for graduates


Mendoza logo

The Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame will present diplomas to 403 master’s degree candidates at 8:30 a.m. Sunday (May 17) at the Angela Athletic Facility on the Saint Mary’s College campus.

Richard C. Notebaert, chair of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees and former chairman and chief executive officer of Qwest Communications International, will address the assembly.

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University of Washington dean to receive Graduate School’s Distinguished Alumnus Award

Author: William G. Gilroy

Matthew O'Donnell

The University of Notre Dame’s Graduate School will present its Distinguished Alumnus Award to Matthew O’Donnell, Frank and Julie Jungers Dean of Engineering at the University of Washington, during the Graduate School Awards Dinner on Friday (May 15). O’Donnell also will be recognized during the Graduate School Commencement ceremony Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Joyce Center.

O’Donnell is a biomedical engineer who is renowned for his interdisciplinary focus. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physics in 1972 from Notre Dame and his doctoral degree in the same field from the University in 1976.

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