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It takes La Familia to raise a child

Author: Carol Elliott

La Familia Extendida

Even as overall enrollment has declined steeply in recent years, Catholic schools are finding the percentage of Hispanic students enrolled steadily increasing. Recent reports estimate that Hispanics comprise about 13 percent of Catholic elementary schools.

But for new immigrant students to be successful academically, they often face a few more obstacles than their English-speaking counterparts; namely language fluency and familiarity with American school culture. And often, their families are far less versed in these areas than the students.

A pilot program, La Familia Extendida, seeks to encourage greater academic success among Hispanic students by reaching out to entire families with training in the English language and help in navigating the transition to American life. La Familia is a joint effort of the University of Notre Dame’s MBA program and the Holy Cross College Teacher Education Program. It partners with a local Catholic school in the South Bend area and provides volunteers, activities and educational materials to build trust with school families and improve student performance in the process.

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Theater season to feature work of student playwrights

Author: Carol C. Bradley

FTT Students

Beginning this fall, plays created in the “New Playwrights Workshop” of the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) will be part of the regular theater season.

Students will perform the plays “Cargo” and “Scattered Voices” in six performances Oct. 6 to 11 (Tuesday to Sunday) in the Philbin Studio Theatre of the University’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Times and ticket information are available on the Web at

The plays were created in a course called “Theatre and Social Concerns,” taught by Anton Juan, professor of theater and an internationally acclaimed director/playwright.

In the theater course, Juan “imparts to them the value of listening with their mind’s eye, with all their senses,” he said. “I teach them the value of other people’s realities, and why it’s important to mark the differences in the world.”

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Department of Education grant to fund Asian studies at Notre Dame

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Kellogg Institute

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies an Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages Program (UISFL) grant of approximately $180,000 to advance Asian language and area studies at the University.

“We are committed to creating a vibrant and distinctive interdisciplinary program in Asian studies that carries the Notre Dame stamp of excellence and supports the University’s mission to internationalize the curriculum, the intellectual life, and the spirit of the campus,” said Jonathan Noble, the provost’s advisor for Asia initiatives, who will serve as chair of the project’s faculty steering committee.

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Notre Dame to mark 20th anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall

Author: Shannon Chapla

Berlin Wall

The University of Notre Dame will host a panel discussion and lecture Oct. 12 (Monday) to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall (Nov. 9), celebrate two decades of freedom for the people of East Germany and of united Germany, and discuss what the East German Revolution meant to Germany, Europe and the world.

Sponsored by Notre Dame’s Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the Henkels Lecture Series, the events are free and open to the public and will be held in the McKenna Hall auditorium.

A panel discussion titled “Comparative Perspectives on the East German Revolution of 1989” will be held at 4 p.m., led by J.D. Bindenagel, vice president for community, government and international affairs at DePaul University and formerly a U.S. ambassador who was serving as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, East Germany, when the wall came down. Notre Dame history professors Thomas Kselman, Semion Lyandres, Alexander Martin and Mikolaj Kunicki will serve as respondents.

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Pope Benedict appoints Notre Dame theologian advisor to African bishops in Vatican meeting

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Paulinus Ikechukwu Odozor

Rev. Paulinus Ikechukwu Odozor, associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, will be skipping class for a couple of weeks next month. If the undergraduate students in his “Theology of Marriage” and “African Christian Theologies” courses, his department colleagues, and his chairman all seem tolerant, even pleased, by Father Odozor’s departure, it is likely because of its impressive excuse: Pope Benedict XVI is calling.

Father Odozor has been summoned to Rome for the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, a papally convened gathering of some 200 bishops from across the African continent. The bishops and their advisors will meet from Oct. 4 to 25 to discuss the topic agreed upon at the first African synod 15 years ago, “The Church in Africa in Service to Reconciliation, Justice and Peace.”

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Notre Dame joins Indiana energy consortium

Author: William G. Gilroy and Nina Welding

Ethanol Plant

The University of Notre Dame Energy Center has joined the Indiana Consortium for Research in Energy Systems and Policy (CRESP). The center joins founding partners Indiana University, Purdue University and Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis in this multidisciplinary organization designed to promote energy focused collaborative investigations and educational opportunities among faculty and researchers at the partner universities.

“We are pleased to commit to membership in CRESP and serve as the coordinator for the efforts of faculty and researchers from across the University and with partner institutions as we tackle the technical, economic and ethical issues related to energy production and its use in the 21st century,” said Joan F. Brennecke, Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and director of the Notre Dame Energy Center.

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Notre Dame sociologist receives funding to continue youth and religion research

Author: Marie Blakey and Katie Spencer

Christian Smith

Sociologist Christian Smith of the University of Notre Dame Center for the Study of Religion and Society has received $1,228,000 to continue the National Study of Youth and Religion (NSYR) into a fourth wave of data collection. The research is supported by funding from the Lilly Endowment Inc., and the University.

NSYR is a longitudinal project administered at Notre Dame in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. NSYR researchers have been studying the religious and spiritual lives of a nationally representative sample of youth since they were 13 to 17 years old. Wave four will build upon the three previous waves of data, seeking to re-survey and interview the original 3,370 respondents as they head into late emerging adulthood as 23 to 29 year-olds.

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Director of White House faith-based initiatives to speak at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Joshua Dubois

Joshua DuBois, executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will speak on “Hope in Action Through Faith-Based Initiatives” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 (Monday) in the Andrews Auditorium of the University of Notre Dame’s Geddes Hall.

DuBois’ lecture will concern the power of hope potentially emerging from the initiatives of communities of faith.

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Michael Sain, Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering, dies

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Michael Sain

Michael K. Sain, Frank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, died Tuesday (Sept. 22) morning of a heart attack at his home in South Bend. He was 72.

A native of St. Louis, Sain earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from St. Louis University in 1959 and 1962, respectively, before earning his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois in 1965 and joining the Notre Dame faculty that same year.

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iNDustry Alliance Festival to bring alumni filmmakers back to campus

Author: Michael Lucien

"The Man Who Would Be Polka King"

Four University of Notre Dame alumni working in the film industry will return to campus to screen and discuss their work at the annual iNDustry Alliance Alumni Documentary Film Festival, to be held Oct. 1 to 3 (Thursday to Saturday) in the Browning Cinema of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Featured presenters are John Mikulak, a 1990 graduate and the director of “The Man Who Would Be Polka King;” Greg Kohs, a 1988 graduate and the director of “Song Sung Blue;” Jake Rademacher, a 1997 graduate and the director of “Brothers at War;” and Scott Mitsui, a 1992 graduate and the producer and cinematographer of “Jam.” The filmmakers will participate in question and answer sessions after each screening and Mitsui will present a talk on Oct. 2 titled “Making the Perfect Trailer: A Behind the Scenes Look at Movie Marketing.”

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Crowe to receive Doggett Prize from American Astronomical Society

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Crowe Doggett

Michael J. Crowe, Reverend John J. Cavanaugh Professor Emeritus in the Humanities in the Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) at the University of Notre Dame, will receive the 2010 LeRoy E. Doggett Prize for Historical Astronomy from the American Astronomical Society (AAS).

The Doggett Prize is awarded biennially to an individual “whose long-term efforts and lifetime achievements have had significant impact on the field of the history of astronomy.”

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Information session scheduled for Notre Dame Integrated Imaging Facility

Author: William G. Gilroy


The University of Notre Dame Integrated Imaging Facility will present a program titled “Image Like a Champion: NDIIF, A New Research Facility at Notre Dame,” at 4 p.m. Monday (Sept. 21) in the Jordan Hall of Science Digital Visualization Theatre. The program is free and open to the public.

The Notre Dame Integrated Imaging Facility (NDIIF) was created recently with major funding from the University’s Strategic Academic Planning Committee (SAPC). The NDIIF serves the science and engineering research communities by integrating three areas of Notre Dame imaging expertise: electron microscopy, optical microscopy and in vivo imaging.

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Notre Dame to host Catholic Culture Literature Series

Author: Michael Lucien

Catholic Culture series

The University of Notre Dame will host its eighth annual Catholic Culture Literature Series beginning Tuesday (Sept. 22). The opening lecture, which will focus on poet and playwright T.S. Eliot, will be presented by Dominic Manganiello, professor of English at the University of Ottawa.

Presented by the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, lectures will take place every Tuesday through Oct. 13. Presentations are free and open to the public and will begin at 8 p.m. in Room 155 of DeBartolo Hall on the Notre Dame campus.

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ACE leads in service to Catholic education

Author: Sarah Greene

Alliance for Catholic Education

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In 1994, Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C., and Rev. Sean D. McGraw, C.S.C., founded Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education program (ACE) in response to the urgent need for talented teachers and administrators in under-resourced Catholic schools, which continue to offer high quality educational opportunities to low-income families across the nation.

Since its inception, ACE has grown from a service initiative composed of a handful of Catholic school educators to a movement that has commissioned 1,200 teachers and more than 125 administrators to serve Catholic education in the United States. ACE actively supports Catholic schools to ensure that they remain vibrant signs of hope.

Today, ACE encompasses several initiatives aimed at strengthening Catholic schools, which function as hopeful solutions for more than 2 million children.

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Bringing George Rickey home

Author: Michael O. Garvey

George Rickey

George Rickey died at his home in Saint Paul, Minn., on July 17, 2002, at the age of 95. As seems appropriate for a “kinetic” sculptor, an artist whose work needs motion no less than forged steel, his previous addresses were numerous and far flung, including Santa Barbara, Calif.; East Chatham, N.Y.; Galesburg, Ill.; New York; Chicago; Paris; Oxford; and Helensburgh and Glenalmond in Scotland.

But the very first of them was 1005 W. Washington St. in South Bend, Ind., not three crow-flight miles from the University of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art’s Dillon Courtyard, where two of his sculptures, “Gyratory II” and “Two Lines Oblique,” belie their ungainly titles, elegantly and continually dancing with every breeze, gust or gale that comes across campus.

There are other Rickey works to be seen at the Snite, such as the six that sail the thermal air currents of the museum’s atrium, and there are soon to be many more, gifts from his estate to the University, along with the voluminous correspondence accumulated over the course of his unique artistic career.

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Senior business students receive Fanning Scholarships

Author: Michael Lucien

Eugene Fanning

Adam C. Hansmann, a senior finance and economics major from Cincinnati, and Amber R. Lattner, a senior management consulting major from Montrose, Pa., have been named recipients of the 2009 Eugene D. Fanning Scholarship at the University of Notre Dame.

Hansmann and Lattner were selected by the faculty of the Eugene D. Fanning Center for Business Communication in Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business for excellence in communication skills and exemplary personal characteristics. Six finalists were selected and the two winners were determined based on faculty interviews.

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Target CEO to lecture at Notre Dame

Author: Carol Elliott

Gregg Steinhafel

Gregg Steinhafel, president, chairman and chief executive officer of Target Corp., will speak Friday (Sept. 18) at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 10:40 a.m. in the Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College.

His talk is part of the Mendoza College’s Boardroom Insight Series. The purpose of the series is to invite executives to reflect on critical issues and experiences in the business world, sharing their insights in a mix of lecture and discussion sessions. Topics vary from speaker to speaker, ranging across the spectrum of business concerns in order to expose students to the opportunities and challenges inherent in today’s global business environment. Speakers select ideas they feel are relevant and valuable to students’ development as they prepare for a professional career.

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Sustainable architecture: The “Original Green”

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Michael Lykoudis

Nowadays, it seems like everyone is “going green.” Working toward environmentally-friendly and energy-saving solutions has never been more in style. From an architect’s perspective, however, the idea of sustainability is nothing new. In fact, it’s one of the oldest concepts in the book.

“Originally, before the Industrial Revolution, architects had no choice but to build ‘green,’ ” said Michael Lykoudis, Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture. “They had to go with the energy resources naturally available to heat and cool buildings.”

What was old has become new again, and the School of Architecture – positioning itself as the “Original Green” – is leading the charge back to the future of sustainable building.

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Notre Dame dean brings back visions of hope from South Asia trip

Author: Carol Elliott

Dean Carolyn Woo

Names such as the Swat Valley and the Kashmir Mountains are becoming increasingly familiar to Americans as Afghanistan and Pakistan regularly command the news, mostly due to the violence and conflict that continue to convulse the countries.

But for Carolyn Y. Woo, recently returned from a trip through both countries, the names are more than headlines. They carry strong images of the people she met, often living in harsh poverty, but with a spirit of hospitality, enterprise and hope.

Woo, Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, traveled through Afghanistan and Pakistan with representatives from Catholic Relief Services (CRS) from July 27 to Aug. 5. A member of the CRS Board of Directors, she journeyed from major cities to remote villages, seeing first-hand the organization’s relief work aimed at improving education, agriculture, water resources and other significant needs. CRS is the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops dedicated to providing assistance to people in need in more than 100 countries.

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Inter-American Development Bank official to speak on financial crisis

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Eduardo Lora

Eduardo Lora, the chief economist and head of research for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), will present a lecture titled “The Impact of the Financial Crisis in Latin America” at 6 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 17) in the Hesburgh Center auditorium at the University of Notre Dame.

Sponsored by Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the lecture is free and open to the public and will be preceded by a public reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center’s Great Hall.

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Ann Tenbrunsel honored as Faculty Pioneer Award finalist

Author: Carol Elliott

Ann Tensbrunsel

Ann Tensbrunsel, professor of management at the University of Notre Dame, has been named a finalist in the 2009 Faculty Pioneer Awards by the Center for Business Education (CBE) at the Aspen Institute.

This annual recognition program, dubbed the “Oscars of the business school world” by The Financial Times, celebrates business school instructors who have demonstrated leadership and risk-taking in integrating ethical, environmental and social issues into the MBA curriculum.

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Bellia brings practical experience to new role

Author: Dennis Brown

Patricia Bellia

Patricia Bellia, the new chair of the University of Notre Dame’s Faculty Board on Athletics, has excelled at the highest levels of collegiate athletics and academics, giving her firsthand – and, for that matter, forehand – experience in her new position.

A Division I tennis player at Harvard University, Bellia is now a professor of law at Notre Dame Law School. She was elected to the University’s Faculty Board on Athletics in 2005 and became chair Aug. 1.

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ND theologian Father Gutierrez, founder of liberation theology, to receive Niebuhr Medal from Elmhurst College

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez

Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P., John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, will receive the Niebuhr Medal from Elmhurst College in a Sept. 20 ceremony.

The highest honor given by Elmhurst College, the Niebuhr Medal is presented in recognition of “extraordinary service to humanity” and the advancement of “the tradition of Reinhold and H. Richard Niebuhr, both Elmhurst College alumni and widely regarded as two of the most influential and compassionate theologians of the last century.” Previous recipients include the Nobel laureates Elie Wiesel and Lech Walesa, historian Arthur Schlesinger, and Cardinal Joseph Bernardin.

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Institute for Latino Studies to celebrate 10th anniversary

Author: Shannon Chapla

Institute for Latino Studies logo

The University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies will celebrate its 10th anniversary with several events, including an academic symposium titled “Latino Studies: Past, Present and Future” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday (Sept. 16) in the McKenna Hall auditorium.

Rev. Virgilio Elizondo, professor of pastoral and Hispanic theology at Notre Dame, will deliver the keynote address at 11:45 a.m. and Rev. Daniel Groody, C.S.C., assistant professor of theology, will serve as moderator for the day. Also speaking at the event will be Gilberto Cárdenas, ILS director, assistant provost and Julian Samora Professor of Latino Studies; and Allert Brown-Gort, ILS associate director.

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Maginn receives inaugural CoMSEF Early Career Award

Author: William G. Gilroy

Edward McGinn

Edward J. Maginn, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Notre Dame, is the recipient of the inaugural American Institute of Chemical Engineers CoMSEF (Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum) award for outstanding research.

Maginn was cited for his “development of algorithms to use molecular simulation to study fundamental thermodynamics and transport behavior and his specific contributions to the understanding of nanoporous materials and ionic liquids.”

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Newly opened Geddes Hall integrates theology, sustainability

Author: William Schmitt

Geddes Hall

The University of Notre Dame’s Geddes Hall is coming to life.

The staff of the University’s Center for Social Concerns (CSC) moved into the newly constructed building this summer, and will be joined by other units of the Institute for Church Life (ICL)—the Center for Catechetical Initiatives, the Church Music Initiative, Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, Notre Dame Vision and the Satellite Theological Education Program—and others dedicated to educating the mind and the heart.

University leaders believe the 64,000-square-foot structure sends powerful messages to the Notre Dame family, connecting the organizations inside more broadly with the University and its mission.

After four decades of existence, it’s the first time the activities of the ICL will be under one roof. These entities are also coming together in the first Notre Dame building that can be called “green”—designed to meet national certification standards combining environmental sustainability and energy efficiency.

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Architecture colloquium to explore historic preservation

Author: Kara Kelly

School of Architecture

The University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture will host a colloquium titled “The Role of Traditional Architecture and Historic Preservation in Today’s Cities” from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept.16 (Wednesday) in 104 Bond Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The colloquium will explore multiple approaches to historic preservation and case studies from around the world. Subjects to be addressed include the role of traditional architecture to revitalize city cores, comparisons of European and American approaches to preservation, and the role of the local and new integrated approaches to preservation.

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Notre Dame Best Buddies group recognized as outstanding chapter

Author: Michael Lucien

Best Buddies

Best Buddies International, a non-profit organization focused on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has designated the University of Notre Dame’s chapter as an Outstanding Chapter of the Year for the 2008-09 school year.

The Notre Dame chapter was honored in July at the awards ceremony of the 20th annual Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Bloomington, Ind.
The Best Buddies program seeks to eliminate social isolation for those with disabilities by creating strong one-on-one friendships with non-disabled peers.

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Notre Dame to host third annual Energy Week

Author: Michael Lucien

2009 Energy Week

The University of Notre Dame will observe its third annual Energy Week from Sept. 13 to 19 (Sunday to Saturday) with the theme “Green is the new Black.”

Organized by members of the Student Advisory Board of the Notre Dame Energy Center, each day of Energy Week will feature energy education and awareness activities, including participation from major energy companies, lectures on renewable energy sources, tours of both the Notre Dame power plant and the New Energy Ethanol Plant, and screenings of documentaries and energy-focused movies, such as “Fuel” and “Earth.”

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Special feasts for the Congregation of Holy Cross to be celebrated throughout the 2009-10 academic year

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Holy Cross Feasts

Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, patroness of Holy Cross priests, brothers and sisters, will be celebrated at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 15) in the University of Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Rev. David Tyson, C.S.C., provincial superior of the Indiana Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross, will be the presiding celebrant and homilist for the Mass, at which Holy Cross seminarians will be the altar servers. Sacred music will be provided by the Notre Dame Liturgical Choir.

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