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Arrangements for Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.

Author: Dennis Brown

Father Hesburgh in his office (Nov 2011)

A funeral Mass for Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987, will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Wednesday (March 4) in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on campus. Rev. Thomas O’Hara, C.S.C., provincial superior of the U.S. Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross, will preside, and Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president, will deliver the homily.

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In memoriam: Charles E. Rice, professor emeritus of law

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Charles E. Rice

Charles E. Rice, professor emeritus of law at the University of Notre Dame Law School, died Wednesday (Feb. 25). He was 83.

A member of the Notre Dame law faculty since 1969, Rice specialized in constitutional law and jurisprudence.

A 1953 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Rice earned his juris doctor degree from Boston College in 1956 and his master of laws and doctor of juridical science degrees from New York University in 1959 and 1962, respectively. After private practice in New York City, he taught at C.W. Post College, New York University and Fordham University before joining the Notre Dame law faculty.

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Father Theodore Hesburgh of Notre Dame dies at age 97

Author: Dennis Brown

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., saying Mass

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987, a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross and one of the nation’s most influential figures in higher education, the Catholic Church and national and international affairs, died at 11:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 26) at Holy Cross House adjacent to the University. He was 97.

“We mourn today a great man and faithful priest who transformed the University of Notre Dame and touched the lives of many,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “With his leadership, charisma and vision, he turned a relatively small Catholic college known for football into one of the nation’s great institutions for higher learning."

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Nanovic Institute awards $10,000 Laura Shannon Prize to ‘The Sleepwalkers’

Author: Monica Caro

"The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914" by Christopher Clark

he Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame has awarded the 2015 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies to Christopher Clark for his book “The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914,” published by Harper. A. James McAdams, director of the Nanovic Institute, praised the book for “the masterful treatment of one of the greatest turning points in modern history” and “its accessibility to all readers.”

The $10,000 Laura Shannon Prize is presented annually to the author of the best book in European studies that transcends a focus on any one country, state or people to stimulate new ways of thinking about contemporary Europe as a whole, and recognizes alternately books in the humanities and in history and social sciences. The 2015 award cycle considered books in history and social sciences published in 2012 and 2013. Clark, the Regius Professor of History at St. Catharine’s College at the University of Cambridge, will accept the award and present a lecture in the 2015 fall semester at the University of Notre Dame.

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In memoriam: Donald R. Keough, Chair Emeritus of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees

Author: Paul J. Browne

Donald R. Keough

Donald R. Keough, chair emeritus of the University of Notre Dame Board of Trustees, chair of Allen & Company and former president and chief operating officer of the Coca-Cola Company, died Tuesday (Feb. 24) in Atlanta with family members at his side. He was 88.

“Don Keough was a celebrated business leader, a transformative philanthropist, a devout Catholic, a devoted husband and father, and a friend to so many who today mourn his passing,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “Don’s visionary leadership and generosity has had a profound impact on the University. He believed that we were put on earth to do good in the world, and his life tangibly demonstrated that faith. He has been a dear friend and cherished mentor whom I will miss terribly.”

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University of Notre Dame awarded cleaning industry certification with honors

Author: Margot Jones

Building Services

The University of Notre Dame’s Building Services department has been awarded the Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) certification with honors, the pre-eminent accreditation in the custodial services industry. Attainment of the CIMS certification signifies the University’s commitment to improving service delivery, responsiveness to customer expectations and operational efficiency.

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Vice President and Associate Provost Daniel Myers appointed provost at Marquette University

Author: Sue Lister

Daniel J. Myers

Daniel J. Myers, vice president and associate provost for faculty affairs at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed the next provost at Marquette University. Myers will begin his new role on July 1.

In the Office of the Provost, Myers’ work focused in part on faculty orientation and mentoring and the faculty promotion and tenure process. He oversaw the Office of Digital Learning and the external reviews of academic departments, and chaired the University’s recent reaccreditation process. Myers was also responsible for academic space management, which included participation in the planning and approval of all academic building and renovation projects, including the academic components of Campus Crossroads.

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Karen and Kevin Keyes endow Notre Dame head women’s basketball coaching position

Author: Dennis Brown

Muffet McGraw

A student-athlete who helped build the foundation of the University of Notre Dame’s perennially powerful women’s basketball program and her husband, also a former student-athlete at the University, have made a $5 million gift to their alma mater to endow the Fighting Irish program’s head coaching position, the first endowed coaching position in Notre Dame’s history.

Karen Robinson Keyes was a standout player for Notre Dame from 1987 to 1991 under Coach Muffet McGraw, whose position will now carry the title Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Women’s Basketball Coach. Karen’s husband, Kevin, was a varsity tennis player for the Irish and is now the president and a member of the board of directors of Annaly Capital Management.

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Notre Dame receives USAID grant to undertake global development research on 3 continents

Author: Joanne Fahey

Undergraduate research

Twelve University of Notre Dame researchers, students from the Graduate School and the College of Arts and Letters, have been selected by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) brand-new Research and Innovation Fellowship Program. They will travel to Brazil, Colombia, India and South Africa to research global development challenges and create innovative solutions to address these issues.

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New antibiotic holds promise against antibiotic-resistant infections

Author: Gene Stowe

Mayland Chang, left, and Shahriar Mobashery

Estimates of deaths from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the United States range upwards of 19,000 annually. Around 1960, when Staphylococcus aureus developed resistance to first-generation penicillin, methicillin and other second-generation beta-lactam antibiotics were adopted to fight the illness. The modern variants of the bacterium have developed resistance to the four drugs now used to treat it.

A team of researchers led by Shahriar Mobashery and Mayland Chang at the University of Notre Dame has discovered a promising new antibiotic, a vital weapon against disease as pathogens evolve to develop resistance to long-used drugs.

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ND Expert: Little League scandal epitomizes a corrupt youth sports culture

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Clark Power

The disgrace of U.S. Little League team Jackie Robinson West is a national tragedy, said Clark Power, professor of psychology and education at the University of Notre Dame and director of Notre Dame’s Play Like a Champion Today program.

On Wednesday (Feb. 11), the Chicago-area Little League baseball team was stripped of its 2014 national title due to revelations that team officials had falsified boundaries to add ineligible players to its roster. The news is “just plain sad,” Power said.

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Economist Jeffrey Sachs to speak at Notre Dame on sustainable development

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Jeffrey Sachs

The Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame has announced a public lecture by world-renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs. Special adviser to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on U.N. development goals and twice named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders, Sachs is widely considered one of the world’s leading experts on the fight against global poverty.

His public address, “The Age of Sustainable Development,” will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 (Thursday) in Washington Hall. The lecture will discuss holistic approaches to address extreme poverty, environmental degradation and political-economic injustice, with compassion, moral judgment and respect for human dignity as critical as technical skills in that effort.

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Notre Dame among top producers of Fulbright students

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

Ten University of Notre Dame students have been awarded Fulbright grants in the 2014-15 program, placing the University among the top-producing universities in the nation.

The U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, Fulbright recently announced the complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2014-15 U.S. Fulbright students. The success of the top-producing institutions is highlighted in Thursday’s edition (Feb. 12) of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Tuition and fees to increase 3.7 percent for 2015-16

Author: Dennis Brown

Blue and gold academic seal

Undergraduate tuition and fees at the University of Notre Dame will increase 3.7 percent for the 2015-16 academic year to $47,929. Average room and board rates of $13,846 will bring total student charges to $61,775.

The 3.7 percentage increase in tuition and fees is the lowest at Notre Dame in 55 years.

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Notre Dame mourns the death of a student

Author: Dennis Brown

University of Notre Dame

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, has asked that the Notre Dame community keep Daniel Kim and his family in their thoughts and prayers.

Kim, 21, a sophomore business major from Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, passed away at his off-campus residence, where he was found early Friday afternoon (Feb. 6).

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Increasing 'multicultural competencies'

Author: Carol Bradley

Eric Love

Keeping interactions positive is a key theme for Eric Love, recently named the University’s director of staff diversity and inclusion. In developing the University’s strategy on staff diversity and inclusio, in concert with the work of the University’s Staff Diversity Subcommittee, Love hopes to foster a broad understanding of what diversity means.

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Diversity--the heart of our Catholic mission

Author: Carol Bradley


“We foster a diverse and inclusive community at Notre Dame for many reasons,” says President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “It provides a richer educational environment, enables us to attract and retain a wider variety of talented people and enhances the satisfaction of those who study and work here. Read more

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ND Expert: Don’t imitate Islamic State

Author: Shannon Chapla

Ebrahim Moosa

Jordan’s King Abdullah has promised revenge on the Islamic State (IS), following a video released Tuesday (Feb. 3) that shows a Jordanian air force pilot being burned alive in a locked cage by IS fighters.

Jordan, however, should not strive to imitate the Islamic State’s barbaric actions, no matter how justified its outrage, according to Ebrahim Moosa, professor of Islamic studies in the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

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University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries launch CurateND

Author: Tara O'Leary

Hesburgh Library

The University of Notre Dame and the Hesburgh Libraries announce the launch of CurateND, a multifaceted research repository and portal designed to manage and preserve Notre Dame research and associated data so that it can be globally discovered, accessed and shared. CurateND will help to illuminate the University’s research mission, elevate the work of faculty and students and further Notre Dame’s impact around the world.

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