Two University of Notre Dame faculty members, Gilberto Cardenas and Jimmy Gurule, have received presidential appointments to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.p. Established in 1964, the White House Fellowships are the nation’s most prestigious program for leadership and public service. Each fellow serves for a year as a full-time special assistant to a Cabinet member or senior White House staff and participate in an education program designed to nurture his or her development as a leader.p. The commissioners interviewed 29 fellowship finalists in Annapolis, Md., earlier this month and 11-19 fellows are expected to be selected and announced this week. Among the 29 finalists is Mary E. Sarotte, a visiting assistant professor of history at Notre Dame.p. Cardenas is an assistant provost, director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies and the Julian Samora Professor of Latino Studies. A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1999, he is a sociologist who teaches and conducts research in immigration, race and ethic relations, historical and comparative sociology, and visual sociology. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from Notre Dame.p. A professor of law at Notre Dame since 1989, Gurule has been nominated by Bush to serve as undersecretary of enforcement in the Department of the Treasury. If he is confirmed, it will mark his second appointment to a federal government position. While on leave from Notre Dame from 1990-92, he served as an assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice. He specializes in criminal law, criminal procedure and criminal trial advocacy.