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Statement by Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., on the status of protesters arrested at Notre Dame in 2009

Author: Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

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The following statement is from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, in regard to the status of protesters who were arrested on campus last spring:

“In the weeks leading up to Notre Dame’s Commencement on May 17, 2009, a number of people violated University policies on campus demonstrations. They were given repeated warnings by law enforcement officials, and then, when they persisted, they were arrested and charged with Criminal Trespass.

“The prosecution of the resulting cases is in the hands of St. Joseph County Prosecutor, Mike Dvorak. The University has been in conversation with Mr. Dvorak’s office about these cases, and he has informed us by letter about how he will proceed. We believe Mr. Dvorak’s decisions are balanced and lenient.

“For all those who are eligible, Mr. Dvorak is offering the Pre-Trial Diversion Program, which gives individuals the chance to avoid a trial and have their cases dismissed with no record of a criminal conviction…"

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New research focuses on forgotten victims of European wars

Author: Joan Fallon


After more than five years of study on the impact of political violence on children and mothers in Northern Ireland, University of Notre Dame faculty member Mark Cummings is expanding his research to include children and families in Croatia, where tens of thousands of people died in ethnic violence between 1991 and 1995.

This summer, Cummings, professor and Notre Dame Chair in Psychology, and Laura Taylor, a Ph.D. candidate in psychology and peace studies, along with colleagues from the University of Zagreb, will collect data on the post-war adjustment of children and parents in Vukovar, a Croatian city deeply divided along ethnic (Croat/Serb) lines.

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UCLA scholar appointed first VP for internationalization at Notre Dame

Author: Dennis Brown

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J. Nicholas Entrikin, vice provost of international studies at UCLA, has been appointed to the newly established position of vice president and associate provost for internationalization at the University of Notre Dame by Provost Thomas G. Burish.

“Enhancing and expanding the international components of Notre Dame – in all their many dimensions – is a top priority, and the creation of this position and the appointment of Nick Entrikin reflect the importance of this goal. Nick is a scholar of the first rank, a creative problem solver, a builder, an experienced leader in the international arena, and a person who receives high marks from his colleagues for being able to bring together faculty from across many disciplines to work together for common goals. We are very happy to have him join us and direct our efforts to extend Notre Dame’s global impact.”

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Take Ten Festival to be held April 29

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 29) 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.

Hundreds of area school children will attend the Take Ten Festival, which will include visits by Chief Darryl Boykins of the South Bend Police Department, Superintendent James Kapsa of the South Bend Community School Corporation, and Lynn Coleman from the mayor’s office. The event will include games and activities, refreshments, distribution of T-shirts and performances by Notre Dame’s First Class Steppers and Project Fresh.

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Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition to begin May 7

Author: Notre Dame News


The 37th annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition will be held May 7 to 9 (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 7 and 8 and are free and open to the public. The final round competition, to be held May 9, also is free, but tickets are required for the grand prize concert. Tickets are available online at, or by visiting or calling the center’s ticket office at 574-631-2800.

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2010 Notre Dame Forum to examine global marketplace and its impact on the “common good”

Author: Todd Woodward

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“The Global Marketplace and the Common Good” is the topic for the 2010 Notre Dame Forum, the University’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., announced today.

Scheduled for Nov. 3 (Wednesday), the forum will examine the inherent demand for an essential moral framework in the quest for human development, a topic that has taken on increased scrutiny in the wake of the global economic crisis of 2008-09. Thomas Friedman, the influential Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist from the New York Times, has been confirmed as one of the guest speakers.

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Leadership award honors late business professor Vecchio

Author: Carol Elliott

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As a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame for more than 34 years, Management Professor Robert Vecchio was known internationally as a prolific and respected researcher who studied topics that fell into the nexus between psychology and business. Vecchio frequently provided an expert voice for articles on leadership, workplace emotion and motivation. Students relied on him for advice on management and career matters.

Bob Vecchio tragically passed away in February 2009 as a result of injuries incurred in a fall. In his memory, the Management Department of the Mendoza College of Business announced a new commemorative award, with graduating senior Kristen Koch receiving the first Robert Vecchio Leadership Award.

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Gender Relations Center to host Festival on the Quad

Author: Elizabeth Moriarty


As part of its Violence Prevention Initiative(VPI), the Gender Relations Center at the University of Notre Dame will host “Now is the Time: Festival on the Quad” Wednesday (April 28) from 5 to 8 p.m. on Notre Dame’s South Quad in celebration of the center’s commitment to overcome sexual and gender violence. The event is free and open to the public.

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Notre Dame alumni honored with annual awards

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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The University of Notre Dame Alumni Association will honor the achievements of eight Notre Dame graduates with annual awards this month.

Robert M. Greene, a 1969 Notre Dame Law School graduate, will receive The Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Award for outstanding public service. A specialist in health and not-for-profit corporate law, Greene has traveled to Haiti frequently on medical missions and to evaluate clinic sites for Global Health Volunteers, a ministry of Catholic Health East and Medicines for Humanity. He also has raised funds for the Catholic Charities Appeal and, most recently, to rebuild Notre Dame de Lourdes, an orphanage for Haitian girls which was destroyed in the January 12 earthquake.

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CI Days to explore solutions for advancing education and research through cyberinfrastructure

Author: William G. Gilroy

CI Days

National and international leaders in computational technology advancements will participate in CI Days at the University of Notre Dame April 29 and 30 (Thursday and Friday).

The conference, organized by Notre Dame’s Center for Research Computing and its peers, will address how cyberinfrastructure continues to transform research in all disciplines, including science and engineering, as well as the humanities, arts and social sciences.

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Jennifer Knapp Beudert named manager of Robinson Community Learning Center

Author: Michael O. Garvey


Jennifer Knapp Beudert has been appointed manager of the University of Notre Dame’s Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC).

Beudert has directed the Campus Center for Young Children at Arbor Ridge, an affiliate of Goshen College, for the last two years. She previously was a faculty member at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Ore., where she taught classes on early childhood development, curriculum and parent education. She also served as director of the Periwinkle Child Development Center there.

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Notre Dame announces second round funding for $80-million Strategic Research Investments process

Author: William G. Gilroy

Strategic Research Investments

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In the midst of one of the most challenging economic climates colleges and universities have ever faced, the University of Notre Dame has announced significant additional internal funding to support nine research initiatives during the second phase of the University’s $80- million Strategic Research Investments (SRI) process.

Projects selected for second-round SRI funding represent significant research undertakings in such areas as sustainable energy, environmental change, HIV treatment, nanotechnology, hurricane impact mitigation and religious scholarship.

“Each of these projects seeks to grow our existing strengths into new areas, by bringing together groups of faculty and striving for both significant disciplinary and interdisciplinary breakthroughs,” said Robert Bernhard, vice president for research. “These investments are designed to bring new initiatives, talent and facilities to our campus to grow important programs of scholarship and engagement."

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Midwest Undergraduate Film and Television Conference to be held this week

Author: Christine Sopczynski

Midwest Undergraduate Film and Televison Conference

The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) will present the fourth annual Midwest Undergraduate Film and Television Conference on Friday and Saturday (April 23 and 24) in the Browning Cinema of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Undergraduate students from 18 institutions across the United States and Canada will give 20-minute papers on film and media history, criticism or theory. This year’s panel topics include re-makes and adaptation, gender, ethnic American cinema, auteur, sound, global audiences, cults and celebrities, and Narrative and Genres.

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Robotic Blue-Gold Game scheduled for Friday

Author: William G. Gilroy

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Instead of three yards and a cloud of dust, it will be more like five feet and the soft whir of sophisticated robotic machinery when the University of Notre Dame’s second annual Robotic Football Blue-Gold game takes place Friday (April 23) at 7 p.m. in Stepan Center.

The “game” serves as the final requirement for “Mechanical Engineering Senior Design,” a capstone course that is the culmination of the mechanical engineering curriculum in a design, build and test experience. The course was led this year by Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering professors Jim Schmiedeler and Stephen Batill. Mike Stanisic, another department faculty member, developed the robotic football concept and was on sabbatical this year.

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Conference to assess international security/social science connection



The University of Notre Dame’s International Security Program will host a two-day conference April 22 and 23 (Thursday and Friday) examining the influence of social science theory on international security policy.

Featuring former policymakers and prominent scholars from a variety of social science disciplines, the conference sessions will be held in Room 210 of McKenna Hall on the Notre Dame campus. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Stephen Krasner, the Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Relations at Stanford University, will deliver the keynote address, “Garbage Cans and Intellectual Streams: How Academic Research Might Affect Foreign Policy,” on Thursday at 4 p.m.

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Opera Notre Dame to present “Les Contes d’Hoffmann”

Author: Shannon Chapla

ND Opera spring 2010

Opera Notre Dame will present Jacques Offenbach’s “Les Contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)” April 22 to 25 (Thursday to Sunday) in the Decio Mainstage Theatre of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame.

Admission is $15 for the general public, $12 for senior citizens and $5 for students. Performances are at 7 p.m. Tickets and additional information are available at the DeBartolo Center box office or by calling 574-631-2800 or visiting

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Bishop Rhoades responds to statement and principles on life

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Bishop Kevin Rhoades

Saying he is “encouraged by the steps being taken by the University of Notre Dame,” Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend offered his support for the University’s recently adopted institutional statement on life and principles for charitable giving.

Bishop Rhoades’ statement is published in the April 18 issue of Today’s Catholic, the weekly newspaper serving the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

“In his great encyclical, ‘The Gospel of Life,’ Pope John Paul II wrote about the dramatic struggle between the ‘culture of life’ and the ‘culture of death’ in our present social context,” Bishop Rhoades wrote. “He called for ‘the renewal of a culture of life within Christian communities themselves’ and wrote of the specific contribution that Catholic Universities should make in building a new ‘culture of life.’ I believe that the efforts that the University of Notre Dame is making in this regard are important for the Church and for society.”

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Psychologist explores effective treatment options for children with autism disorders


Joshua Diehl

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When one out of every 100 children born in this country is diagnosed with autism, treatment for those children requires as much attention as the diagnoses.

“Ten or 20 years ago we were lucky to diagnose a child by age four or five,” says Joshua Diehl, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame, who specializes in developmental disorders, with an emphasis on autism spectrum disorders and dyslexia.

“Now we’re able to reliably diagnose as early as 18 months, with some studies trying to pinpoint it within six months. Our ability to diagnose earlier – regardless of the treatment – means earlier intervention and better outcomes,” says Diehl.

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Notre Dame to sponsor exhibition on women religious

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Women and Spirit

The University of Notre Dame will be the principal sponsor of “Women and Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America,” a traveling museum exhibit on the history of Catholic women religious in the United States, when it visits northern Indiana in fall 2011.

The exhibit, a project of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), began a three-year nationwide tour last May in Cincinnati and is now at the Smithsonian Institution. It will be at the Northern Indiana Center for History from Sept. 2 to Dec. 31, 2011.

“Women and Spirit” includes photographs and items contributed by more than 400 communities of women religious, many of which have never before been placed on public display. Articles for the exhibit include handwritten letter from Thomas Jefferson, a 19th century cradle from Sisters of Charity New York Foundling orphanage, a replica of the first incubator, traveling trunks, journals and diaries describing the sisters’ immigration experiences, pioneering healthcare devices, samplers, musical instruments, student work, and miscellaneous artifacts associated with a number of saints.

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Coach Kelly to speak at unveiling ceremony for The Shirt 2010

Author: Shannon Chapla

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University of Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly will be the featured speaker at the annual kick-off celebration and unveiling ceremony for The Shirt 2010, to be held April 23 (Friday) from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. Shirts will be available for purchase immediately after the 5:45 p.m. unveiling.

Hired last year as Notre Dame’s 29th head football coach, Kelly said in his introductory news conference, “We hear about academic standards. That is what the mission is of this University. That is the mission of Notre Dame, excellence in academics and athletics, and I wanted that challenge, and I’m excited about that challenge, that you can do it both in the classroom and be prominent in the athletic arena, as well.”

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Investment in computational science moves Notre Dame’s research capabilities forward

Author: William G. Gilroy

Notre Dame Research

The University of Notre Dame has purchased another high performance cluster – a 6,000-core computer that allows researchers to quickly process large amounts of data for scientific research. Purchased by the Center for Research Computing (CRC) at Notre Dame and the University’s faculty, the new computer – or “CRC cluster” – adds to the University’s state-of-the-art computing capabilities that can be shared across academic disciplines for advanced research.

“Innovative research is one of the pillars of research at Notre Dame,” said Robert J. Bernhard, vice president for research at the University. “This new cluster is a significant step forward in expanding our computational capabilities. We’re anticipating using the cluster to explore challenging and important questions across many disciplines at Notre Dame.”

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Holocaust project raises consciousness about hunger

Author: William Schmitt

Food for Thought

This spring, the University of Notre Dame continues a 14-year-long tradition of raising awareness about the Holocaust. This year’s approach will be a little different, and it will literally offer “food for thought.”

The annual Holocaust Project, begun by Rabbi Michael Signer, the Abrams Professor of Jewish Thought and Culture, has always held events highlighting the need for individuals and societies to pursue justice and tolerance and to be on guard against the genocidal inclinations that still imperil the world. Rabbi Signer, who died last year, sought to help students make the connection between the Holocaust and the human family’s cry for solidarity.

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Notre Dame theater season presents Noel Coward’s "Blithe Spirit"

Author: Christine Sopczynski

Blithe Spirit

The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) will present Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” April 13 to 18 (Tuesday to Sunday) in the Decio Mainstage Theatre of the University’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for faculty, staff and seniors, and $10 for all students. Tickets are available by calling the Ticket Office at 574-631-2800, or by purchasing them online at

A 2009-10 FTT theater season production, the play is directed by Jay Paul Skelton, an FTT faculty member.

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“StaND Against Hate” activities planned for April 12 to 16

Author: Notre Dame News

Core Council

The University of Notre Dame’s Core Council for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Questioning Students will lead a number of campus activities April 12 to 16 (Monday to Friday) as part of “StaND Against Hate Week.”

Co-sponsored by Notre Dame’s Office of Student Affairs, Gender Relations Center, student government, University Counseling Center, Office of the President, Campus Ministry, Men Against Violence, Feminist Voice and MeChA, the week is dedicated to ending all forms of hate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and serves to create an inclusive spirit at Notre Dame for all people, irrespective of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Students selected to present peacebuilding proposal at U.N.

Author: Joan Fallon

Peace studies students

Five University of Notre Dame peace studies master’s students who developed an innovative proposal to advance peace in Colombia will present their recommendations to a panel of experts at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Friday (April 9).

The proposal, developed by classmates Maria Helena Ariza, Colombia; Jimena Holguin, Colombia; Rachel Miller, USA; Patrick Otim, Uganda; and Laura Snider, USA; was selected for this honor by Students Participating in Resolving International Tensions (SPIRIT), a partnership of the U.N. and Columbia University.

“When you work on an academic project, you always have this dream of creating something that becomes real outside of the university,” Holguin said. “We feel very privileged to present our ideas and meet so many people in policymaking and peacebuilding. It’s an opportunity to show the world what we can really do.”

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Stuart Greene honored with 2010 Ganey Award

Author: Lisa Walenceus

Stuart Greene

Stuart Greene, associate dean for undergraduate studies in the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters and associate professor in the Department of English, was honored with the 2010 Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Faculty Community-Based Research Award at a ceremony this week.

The award, presented by Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns, recognizes Greene’s latest project, No Parent Left Behind (NPLB), a parent-centered research initiative that springs both from Greene’s theoretical work in literacy learning and his many years of community-based research in South Bend schools.

“Stuart’s commitment to research and service in education is truly admirable,” said John McGreevy, I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters. “I am particularly pleased to see his work recognized for the positive impact it has had on both our community and our students.

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Notre Dame adopts new statement and principles in support of life

Author: Dennis Brown and Michael O. Garvey

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The University of Notre Dame has issued an institutional statement affirming its commitment to the defense of human life in all its stages. It also has adopted new principles for the institution’s charitable activity.

The formulation and adoption of the statement and principles were among recommendations made in January by the University’s Task Force on Supporting the Choice for Life to Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

“I am grateful to the task force for recommending the creation of these documents and helping us compose them,” Father Jenkins said. “The statement articulates what always has been the case: that Notre Dame fully embraces Catholic teaching on the sanctity of life. The new principles provide standards for the University and its representatives in making determinations on giving in a way consonant with our beliefs.”

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Katie Washington named 2010 valedictorian

Author: William G. Gilroy

Katie Washington

Katie Washington, a biological sciences major from Gary, Ind., has been named valedictorian of the 2010 University of Notre Dame graduating class and will present the valedictory address during Commencement exercises May 16 (Sunday) in Notre Dame stadium.

Washington, who earned a 4.0 grade point average, has a minor in Catholic Social Teaching. She has conducted research on lung cancer at the Cold Spring Harbor labs and performed genetic studies in the University’s Eck Institute for Global Health on the mosquito that carries dengue and yellow fever. She is the co-author of a research paper with David Severson, professor of biological sciences.

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Levi Strauss honored with Notre Dame ethics award


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Armin Broger will accept the 2010 Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Exemplary Ethical, Environmental, Social and Governance Practices from the University of Notre Dame April 12 (Monday) on behalf of his company, Levi Strauss & Co.

Broger, a 1986 alumnus of the Notre Dame MBA program, serves as president of Levi Strauss, Europe.

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C, Notre Dame president emeritus, will present the award at 4 p.m. in the Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business. The award is presented annually by Notre Dame’s Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide and Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business.

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Susan Ohmer to serve as interim director of libraries

Author: Dennis Brown

Susan Ohmer

Susan Ohmer, assistant provost and William T. and Helen Kuhn Carey Associate Professor of Modern Communication at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed interim director of Hesburgh Libraries by University Provost Thomas G. Burish, effective May 19.

The University is conducting a national search for a successor to Jennifer Younger, who is stepping down at the end of the academic year after 13 years as the Edward H. Arnold Director of Hesburgh Libraries.

As assistant provost, Ohmer is responsible for coordinating efforts to recruit and retain women faculty and for oversight of the libraries and Notre Dame Press, and she serves as the provost’s liaison to the Early Childhood Development Center. Since 2007, she has led the Committee on Women Faculty and Students, which considers policies, practices and the general environment of the University as they relate to women faculty and students.

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