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Vol. 50 No. 8
Notre Dame Our Mother Scholarship Announced
lumni, parents, and friends are being encouraged to support a new scholarship announced by the University this spring. The Notre Dame Our Mother Scholarship, inspired by President Emeritus Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., and his devotion to the Blessed Mother, is part of the Spirit of Notre Dame campaign, recognizing that increasing
financial aid is a primary goal for the University. The success of previous campaigns has enabled Notre Dame to offer one of the most competitive financial aid programs in the nation today. The Spirit campaign seeks to raise a total of $250 million for undergraduate aid. That is the single largest priority of the campaign.
The Notre Dame Our Mother Scholarship is receiving a major boost through the Annual Fund Community Challenge. Gifts made from March 1 through June 30, 2008, to the Notre Dame Our Mother Scholarship or to the unrestricted fund (including gifts to the Sorin Society) will be matched up to $100.
Leading Role in Nanotechnology Research
new research consortium, the Midwest Academy for Nanoelectronics and Architectures (MANA), will be led by Notre Dame. The research centerâ€™s goal is to discover and develop the next nanoscale logic device, with potential to be the basic building block of tomorrowâ€™s computers. The consortium includes Purdue University, the University of Illinois, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Michigan, and major
federal organizations engaged in nano-scale electronic research. Direct support for MANA from the private and public sectors, as well as from the participating universities, totals more than $25 million over three years. Future funding support may come through the National Nanotechnology Initiative, which is slated to receive about $1.5 billion annually from the federal government.
Nanotechnology is seen as a promising replacement for conventional microelectronics in computers and other devices whose size is being reduced. The consortiumâ€™s establishment was announced by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels in late March, with University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and other officials from government and university leadership on hand.
New Dean for College of Science
regory P. Crawford, who has been dean of engineering and professor of physics and engineering at Brown University, will be Notre Dame’s new dean of the College of Science, effective July 1. The appointment was announced by President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. Crawford succeeds Joseph P. Marino, who has served as dean since 2002 and who remains at Notre Dame as professor of chemistry. Crawford has also been appointed professor of physics. Father Jenkins says Crawford “brings unbounded energy, fresh ideas, and an entrepreneurial spirit to the College of Science.” “He is drawn to the distinctive mission of Notre Dame—the pursuit
of truth in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the promotion of science in the service of humanity,” Father Jenkins continues. Notre Dame Provost Thomas G. Burish says, “Greg Crawford is a world-renowned scientist whose cutting-edge research on liquid crystals and polymers, nanoscience, and photonic materials spans the fields of condensed matter physics, physical chemistry, applied mathematics, and biomedical engineering.” Burish says Crawford’s creativity and ingenuity in the laboratory “are matched by his deep commitment and innovative approaches to education at the undergraduate, graduate, and K–12 levels.”
Alumni Association Welcomes Duffy
lizabeth “Dolly” Duffy, president of Atchison Products and a 1984 Notre Dame graduate, has been appointed assistant vice president for university relations and associate executive director of the Alumni Association. “I am excited to have a person of Dolly’s experience and integrity joining our team,” says Charles F.
Lennon, associate vice president for university relations and executive director of the Alumni Association. Duffy will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Alumni Association. She has been active over time in Notre Dame’s alumni community, serving on the board of directors for three alumni clubs. She also has been a member of Notre Dame’s Advisory Council for University Libraries.
Presidential Honor for Community Service
otre Dame has been named as a member of the “Honor Roll with Distinction” as part of the 2007 President’s Higher Education Honor Roll. The honor roll recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community service and servicelearning programs. Notre Dame was among 127 named “with distinction,” and, all told, 528 schools were placed on the honor roll. The honors are a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, sponsored by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, the USA Freedom
Corps, and two federal agencies—the Department of Education and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Honorees are identified based on such factors as scope and innovation of service projects, the percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers service-learning courses. About 80 percent of Notre Dame students are active in social service and service-learning initiatives. At least 10 percent of each year’s graduating class spends a year or more in service programs.
Peacemaking Award For Kroc Institute
he Catholic Theological Union (CTU) has bestowed its 2008 “Blessed are the Peacemakers” Award to the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. The CTU, which is the largest Catholic graduate school of theology in North America, said its annual award goes to an institution or individual “whose accomplishments and commitments reflect the values of our own mission, particularly in the areas of reconciliation, justice, and peacemaking.” Kroc Institute director R. Scott Appleby will accept the award on April 29 at a dinner in Chicago attended by more than 800 of that city’s religious, civic, and business leaders. Appleby said the Kroc Institute is “deeply honored” to be in the company of past recipients. They include Notre Dame President Emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.; Queen Noor of Jordan; Nobel Laureate John Hume of Northern Ireland; Cardinal Walter Kasper, head of the Vatican Office for Ecumenism; and Jean Vanier, the founder of the L’Arche community for mentally disabled adults. CTU President Rev. Donald Senior, C.P., said the board of trustees decided to honor the Kroc Institute “for the extraordinary contribution it has made in preparing graduate students and in promoting research and study on issues of peacemaking.”
Law School Professor To Lead Rights Group
aolo Carozza, associate professor of law in the Notre Dame Law School, has been elected chairman of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for 2008. The commission promotes the observance and defense of human rights in the 35 nations that are members of the Organization of American States (OAS).
Business Program Gains High Ranking
he Mendoza College of Business was rated number 3 in BusinessWeek’s third annual ranking of undergraduate business programs. Notre Dame jumped four spots from the number 7 ranking assigned in 2007. The article about the 2008 ranking is in the magazine’s March 10 edition. This year’s ranking continues to place the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce in the two top positions. BusinessWeek said Notre Dame rose in the rankings primarily because
of students’ successes in the job market. Mendoza was also ranked number 2 in the student survey ranking, with students crediting Notre Dame’s supportive alumni network and its emphasis on ethics among the school’s distinctions. “Educating young people to become effective and compassionate leaders is a tremendous privilege and responsibility,” said Carolyn Woo, Martin J. Gillen Dean of Business. “I want us to give our best to be worthy of our students and for them to be worthy of their blessings. If we do this, we will give life to the mission of Notre Dame.”
“Top Colleges for Latinos” Cites ND
ispanic magazine has ranked Notre Dame number 13 on its 2008 list of “Top 25 Colleges for Latinos.” This is the sixth year that Notre Dame has been included in the list. The magazine praised the Latino Community Leadership Seminar sponsored by Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS). Every year, the seminar brings 40 top Latino high school students to campus in an effort to foster commitment to the community and Catholic tradition while introducing them to Notre Dame. Participants in the program earn one college credit.
Notre Dame’s ranking was based on a number of factors, including academic excellence, Hispanic enrollment and achievement, graduation rates, financial aid, and support for Hispanic students. Diversifying Notre Dame’s population has been a top priority for the University. Since 1987, minority enrollment has increased from 7.5 percent to more than 21 percent. Hispanics currently constitute 9 percent of undergraduate enrollment. Find out more about the ILS at latinostudies.nd.edu.
Institute for Church Life in Youth Partnership
he Institute for Church Life—Notre Dame’s principal unit for teaching, research, and resources serving the Catholic Church—has been elected to “collaborating membership” in the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. The federation, established in 1982, advocates for and supports Catholic youth ministry on the national, diocesan, and local levels. Most of the Catholic dioceses in the nation are affiliated with the federation. Collaborating members are organizations that share in the
federation’s mission, activities, and interests. “We’re delighted with this new development,” says Leonard DeLorenzo, director of the Institute’s Notre Dame Vision, a service organization for Catholic youth ministries. The new partnership will enable the Institute and its constituents to work even more closely with dioceses and with various national organizations “in supporting excellence in the faith formation of young people.” Find out more about the Institute for Church Life and its constituent activities at icl.nd.edu.
Symposium Focuses on Black America
he fifth annual Erskine A. Peters Fellowship Symposium, titled “Redefining (Black) America: Socio-Economic Variance in the Black Community,” was held in mid-March in the Eck Visitors’ Center. Panelists discussed political, class, and social differences, as well as other diversity issues within the black community, and what they mean for the broader American culture. The symposium, sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies, was moderated by Shayla C. Nunnally, an assistant professor with a joint appointment in political science and African American studies at the University of Connecticut. Erskine A. Peters was a distinguished and beloved English professor at Notre Dame. After Peters’ death in 1998, in honor of his passion for empowering black Americans, Notre Dame established the Peters Dissertation Year Fellowship for outstanding African American doctoral candidates in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
New Resource for Internationalism
new Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures will serve as the centerpiece for the College of Arts and Letters’ plan for advancing foreign language learning and the understanding of world cultures. The Center will open on the third floor of DeBartolo Hall next fall. This new hub for internationalism and the learning of foreign languages will offer a variety of resources, including media in various languages and chances for students to socialize in their languages of choice. Notre Dame will also add Korean to its list of language classes, making a total of 14 languages available for study. Notre Dame consistently has one of the highest percentages of student participating in study abroad programs. Advanced language enrollments are steadily on the rise, climbing to more than 5,000 in the past decade.
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In this issue: • Notre Dame Our Mother Scholarship Announced • Leading Role in Nanotechnology Research • New Dean for College of Science • Alumni Association Welcomes Duffy • Presidential Honor for Community Service • Peacemaking Award for Kroc Institute • Law School Professor to Lead Rights Group
Sheen to Receive Laetare Medal
ctor and human rights activist Martin Sheen has been awarded Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal for 2008. He will receive the medal during Commencement exercises Sunday, May 18. The Laetare Medal is the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics. Father Jenkins says Sheen has used his celebrity standing “to draw the attention of his fellow citizens to issues that cry out for redress, such as the plight of immigrant workers and homeless people, the waging of unjust war, the killing of the unborn, and capital punishment.” Sheen has said his activism is attributable to the inspiration of people including St. Francis of Assisi, Mother Theresa of Calcutta, Dorothy Day, Rev. Daniel Berrigan, S.J., and the late labor leader César Chávez.
• Business Program Gains High Ranking • "Top Colleges for Latinos” Cites ND • Institute for Church Life in Youth Partnership • Symposium Focuses on Black America • New Resource for Internationalism • Sheen to Receive Laetare Medal • Energy Center Has Local Impact
Energy Center Has Local Impact
he Notre Dame Energy Center and the National Park Service will undertake a joint project this summer to provide energy related consulting services to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Three undergraduate students from Notre Dame will work with park officials, conducting onsite research to help formulate recommendations for capital improvements at Indiana Dunes facilities. Energy conservation will be a high priority for the research, according to Joan F. Brennecke, Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and director of the Notre Dame Energy Center. The center works on new technologies to meet the global energy challenge. Funding is being provided by the University-National Park Energy Partnership Program.