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Alumni Association to honor ND military veterans

Author: Liam Farrell '04

Alumni Association Logo

The current and past military service of University of Notre Dame alumni will be honored Friday (June 3) at 3:45 p.m. as part of the Alumni Association Reunion 2011 events. The ceremony will take place at the Pasquerilla Center flagpole area; the rain location will be the Carey Auditorium in the Hesburgh Library.

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Fernando plays key role in NATO program on climate change and national security

Author: William G. Gilroy

NATO

Most of us have become aware of the potential for climate change to lead to such drastic conditions as sea level rise, drought, crop failures and heat waves, but it also has the potential to bring with it extremism, terrorism and authoritarianism.

That is the conclusion of a NATO workshop on climate change, human health and national security in which Harindra Joseph S. Fernando, Wayne and Diana Murdy Professor of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, served as a key organizer and presenter.

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ACE embarks on season of hope for Catholic schools

Author: Bill Schmitt

Alliance for Catholic Education

A tradition called the “ACE Summer” has just begun for the 18th time, again embodying the University of Notre Dame’s commitment to sustain, strengthen and transform Catholic K-12 education.

On Friday (May 27) Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) welcomed its new class of 90 young men and women eager to serve as teachers in under-resourced Catholic schools around the country. They will share in a distinctive, two-year experience that combines professional formation, community and spirituality, bringing participants to Notre Dame for two consecutive summers and sending them forth to teach in some 30 cities during two full school years.

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New paper describes how weather affects the scale of urban noise pollution

Author: William G. Gilroy

Harindra Joseph S. Fernando

Residents living more than a quarter mile from the East Loop 101 Freeway near Scottsdale, Ariz., often voiced complaints about traffic noise levels, especially during early morning and early evening rush hours. However, the Federal Highway Administration’s traffic noise models consistently found the noise to be at acceptable levels.

A new invited paper presented this week at the American Society for Acoustics annual meeting in Seattle by a team of researchers including Harindra Joseph S. Fernando, Wayne and Diana Murdy Professor of Civil Engineering and Geological Science at the University of Notre Dame, helps unravel the mystery.

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New research on Christian school graduates yields surprising results

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David Sikkink

In the first study of its kind on K-12 Christian education in North America, University of Notre Dame sociologist David Sikkink, in partnership with Cardus – a public policy think tank – found that while Protestant Christian school graduates show uncommon commitment to their families and churches, donate more money than graduates of other schools, and divorce less, they also have lower incomes, less education, and are less engaged in politics than their Catholic and non-religious private school peers.

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Sister Mary Scullion, R.S.M., and Joan McConnon Laetare Address

Author: Sister Mary Scullion, R.S.M., and Joan McConnon

laetare_medalists

Delivered by Sister Mary Scullion, R.S.M., at Notre Dame’s 166th University Commencement Ceremony, held May 22, 2011 in Notre Dame Stadium

It’s truly an exciting experience being in this setting at Notre Dame, a university with such a storied history. Including, of course, college sports, which reminds me that Joan and I need to talk to Father Jenkins about getting tickets. Joan and I look forward to attending the woman’s final for next spring, when Notre Dame coached by Muffet McGraw, also from Philadelphia and a graduate from Saint Josephs University, wins it all.

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In memoriam: Norlin G. Rueschhoff, accountancy professor emeritus

Author: Carol Elliott

Norlin Rueschhoff

Norlin G. Rueschhoff, accountancy professor emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, died May 19 of a stroke. He was 81 years old.

Rueschhoff joined the University in 1969 and retired in 2006. Recognized as an expert in international accounting, financial accounting, and accounting for not-for-profit organizations, Rueschhoff was the author of numerous research articles, as well as the accountancy text published in 1998, “Accounting Within a Decision-Making Framework.”

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Astronomer Bennett’s team discovers new class of planets

Author: William G. Gilroy

Lonely Planets

University of Notre Dame astronomer David Bennett is co-author of a new paper describing the discovery of a new class of planets — dark, isolated Jupiter-mass bodies floating alone in space, far from any host star. Bennett and the team of astronomers involved in the discovery believe that the planets were most likely ejected from developing planetary systems.

The study is described in a paper appearing in the May 19 issue of the journal Nature.

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Notre Dame Investment Office to host Catholic Endowment Management Conference

Author: Notre Dame News

Scott Malpass

The University of Notre Dame Investment Office will welcome financial leaders from Catholic institutions to a Catholic Endowment Management Conference June 7 to 9 (Tuesday to Thursday) on the Notre Dame campus.

Led by Scott C. Malpass, Notre Dame’s vice president and chief investment officer, and senior members of the University’s investment team, the conference will be a forum for Catholic institutions to discuss best practices in managing their long-term investment pools. Given the critical role of financial management in the future of many important Catholic initiatives, Malpass and his team designed the program to offer each institution several actionable ideas to enhance the management of their long-term financial assets.

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Notre Dame named finalist on 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Author: Notre Dame News

Dome and Clouds

The University of Notre Dame has been selected as a finalist by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll as one of six institutions in higher education with an outstanding commitment to general community service. The Honor Roll is released annually by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Hundreds of institutions are listed, but Notre Dame is among only 17 to receive special recognition.

“Community service is an integral part of our mission at Notre Dame,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “Whether it is engaging with the local community or across international boundaries, I’m proud of our students and employees for their dedication to serving others as a way to live out their faith.”

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Father Jenkins receives honorary degree

Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy

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

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, received an honorary doctoral degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich., during the school’s commencement exercises on May 7.

Father Jenkins also addressed about 500 graduates and their friends and family as the principal speaker at the commencement, which served as the opening event of the Aquinas 125th anniversary celebration.

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ACE offers summer opportunities to make a difference in K-12 education

Author: Bill Schmitt

Alliance for Catholic Education

Opportunities to make a difference in K-12 education will abound this summer as the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) sponsors conferences covering a range of interests and initiatives.

Upcoming ACE conferences on the Notre Dame campus aim to be important focal points for learning about—and responding to—the challenge of sustaining and strengthening K-12 Catholic schools nationwide. Registration is still open for these distinctive gatherings, which are conducted by units of ACE.

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Notre Dame EMBA retools curriculum to focus on strategic thinking

Author: Carol Elliott

Mendoza Executive Education

It used to be that only top executives made strategic decisions about the company’s operations. With the increasing impact and complexity of global business, that’s no longer the case. On a daily basis, leadership at all levels must be able to design and implement resilient, strategic plans that take into account the dynamics of today’s business climate.

In response to this changing requirement, the Notre Dame Executive MBA, offered by the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, has redesigned its curriculum to emphasize strategic-thinking skills and the ability to effect strategies through strong values-based leadership.

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Ambassador Roemer to speak at Graduate School ceremony

Author: William G. Gilroy

Timothy Roemer

Timothy Roemer, United States Ambassador to India, will be the principal speaker May 21 at the Commencement ceremony for the University of Notre Dame Graduate School.

The Graduate School ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. in the North Dome of the Joyce Center and be followed by a reception in Jordan Hall immediately following the ceremony.

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More than 3,100 students to receive degrees May 22

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Commencement

More than 3,100 students will receive degrees May 22 (Sunday) at Notre Dame’s 166th University Commencement Ceremony, which will be held at 9 a.m. in Notre Dame Stadium.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates will be the principal speaker and recipient of an honorary degree. Sister Mary Scullion, R.S.M., and Joan McConnon, co-founders of Project H.O.M.E., an organization devoted to ending homelessness in Philadelphia, will jointly receive the 2011 Laetare Medal, Notre Dame’s highest honor and the most prestigious award given to American Catholics.

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Alumna Roxanne Martino elected to Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees

Author: Dennis Brown

Golden Dome

Roxanne M. Martino, president and chief executive officer of Aurora Investment Management, was elected to the University of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees at the Board’s spring meeting, April 29.

Chaired by Richard C. Notebaert, the Notre Dame Board of Trustees now is composed of 48 active and 44 emeritus members.

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Immigration policy expert recommends dose of economic reality

Author: Shannon Chapla

Allert Brown-Gort

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As President Obama renews an effort to pass immigration reform, Allert Brown-Gort, associate director of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, says immigration has become a bad word.

“It doesn’t mean what it used to mean,” Brown-Gort says. It no longer conjures images of Ellis Island. Now, even when we are talking about immigration in general, the default is we start talking about undocumented immigration, a threat to the nation, security, people taking jobs that Americans want. The reality is pretty far from that. Only slightly over a quarter of immigrants in the United States are undocumented, and at the moment we have zero net migration with Mexico.”

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VP Dennis Jacobs appointed provost at Santa Clara University

Author: Dennis Brown

Dennis Jacobs

Dennis Jacobs, vice president and associate provost at the University of Notre Dame, has been selected to serve as the next provost and vice president for academic affairs at Santa Clara University.

A professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Notre Dame since 1988, Jacobs has served in the Provost’s Office since 2004. His contributions have included enhancing the practice and evaluation of teaching, expanding participation in undergraduate research, advancing study abroad opportunities, supporting assessment of student learning, implementing the Academic Code of Honor, and reorganizing the University’s enrollment management efforts.

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Notre Dame summer conference offers business training to Catholic leaders

Author: Carol Elliott

Dome and Clouds

For 10 days this summer, leaders of Catholic organizations nationwide will gather at the University of Notre Dame for a program aimed at adding hard business skills to support their missions of service and faith.

The leaders include those in Dr. David Suley’s service area, which includes 88 of some of the poorest, geographically dispersed dioceses in places such as Alaska, Montana, Puerto Rico and New Mexico. Suley, the director of Catholic Home Missions Appeal for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), says the priests are pressed to adequately cover the area, and the laity has limited training in either theology or leadership. Tight budgets and few development opportunities add further strain.

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Undergraduate scholars conference to take place Friday

Author: Notre Dame News

Undergraduate Scholars Conference

More than 300 students in diverse majors from across the University of Notre Dame’s colleges will showcase their research, scholarship and creative endeavors on Friday (May 6) from noon to 6 p.m. at the fourth annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference.

The conference opens at noon in the Carey Auditorium in the Hesburgh Library with an announcement of the winners of the Library Undergraduate Research Award.

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Notre Dame partners with Centerplate for concession services

Author: Dennis Brown

Notre Dame Concessions

Food and beverage concessions at Notre Dame athletics events will be substantially enhanced beginning next fall through the University’s new partnership with Centerplate, one of the world’s leading hospitality companies for sports, entertainment and convention venues.

Notre Dame has entered into a long-term contract with Centerplate to direct the concession services at Notre Dame Stadium, Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center, the soon-to-open Compton Family Center ice arena, Warren Golf Course, all Olympic sports stadia and Irish Green, the public hospitality area on the south side of campus.

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Notre Dame anthropologist tracks trade in conflict zones

Author: Aaron Smith

Rahul Oka

Even the most carefully planned humanitarian and development efforts are often stymied by the chaotic realities on the ground in war-torn zones such as Sudan and Northern Kenya.

University of Notre Dame economic anthropologist Rahul Oka aims to improve the success rate of these critical relief missions by studying how local trade networks are able to operate in the same areas with remarkable resilience and efficiency

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