Graduate Students on the Clock in Research Competition

Author: Sue Ryan

Three Minute Thesis competition

Nine University of Notre Dame graduate students will compete for prize money and a bid to the regional championships during the Three Minute Thesis competition on March 16. Known as 3MT, the competition features graduate students across all disciplines explaining their research in clear and succinct language appropriate for an audience of specialists and non-specialists alike, all within three minutes. 

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Green Dot: Fostering a sense of safety and support

Author: Gene Stowe

christine_gebhardt Christine Gebhardt

Green Dot, a national program that promotes bystander intervention in the fight against sexual assault and violence on campus, unites the array of other initiatives to address the problem in a way that builds a safe culture by enlisting everyone – staff, faculty and students – to do their part for the cause.

“Everybody has some part in it,” says Christine Caron Gebhardt, co-chair of the Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention (CSAP) and director of the Gender Relations Center. “Nobody has to do everything, but everybody has to do something. It helps people to realize that you have to send a cultural message as a campus that violence is not OK – and that students, faculty and staff are supporting that."

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MLK Day — A time for reflection

Author: Cidni Sanders

It will begin, fittingly, at the Hesburgh Library Reflecting Pool, a serene spot on campus designed to encourage serious thought and meditation. A midnight march will kick off the University’s celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“I hope you will use this occasion to reflect on the values that are so central both to King’s legacy and to Notre Dame’s mission,” the University’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., said.

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Basilica of the Sacred Heart to open mercy doors in accordance with Jubilee

Author: Kate Morgan

Basilica of the Sacred Heart

In accordance with the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame will open a symbolic Door of Mercy on Dec. 13, the Third Sunday of Advent. The opening of the door will mark the beginning of the extraordinary Holy Year. Rev. Peter Rocca, C.S.C., Basilica rector, will preside over the rite, which will occur during the 10 a.m. Mass.

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$20 million gift to fund initiative to support students from low socioeconomic families

Author: Dennis Brown

2015 graduates on the steps of the Main Building

University of Notre Dame graduate Sean Cullinan and his wife, Sue, from Glenn Ridge, New Jersey, have made a $20 million gift to his alma mater to fund a groundbreaking program that will make a Notre Dame education a reality for students from households with incomes of less than $50,000.

The Fighting Irish Initiative will fully fund the cost for low-income students to attend Notre Dame — including tuition and fees, room and board, books, transportation and personal expenses. At the same time, the initiative will create a comprehensive enrichment program that will help these students get the most from their Notre Dame experience.

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Gifts So Ordinary: A student pilgrimage to the worksite of a saint reveals the grace in the details of daily living

Author: Tara Hunt ’12

Published in Notre Dame Magazine, Summer 2015

We, a group of 19 Notre Dame students and three chaperones, have been chosen by Campus Ministry to visit a site that formed these modern saints and literally follow in their footsteps. We’re asked to do more than sightsee and work on volunteer projects while on the island; we’re also asked to be open to conversion and grace as we each discern our vocation and aspire to sainthood. It is a tall and ambiguous order.

And so, the Friday before the March spring break, we find ourselves on a bus, barreling toward O’Hare airport at 5 in the morning, groggy, nervous and uncertain of what’s to come. It seems most of us signed up for the same reason: to see a part of Hawaii we may never otherwise experience. But as for what we hope to take away, that part is less clear.

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Notre Dame mourns death of senior

Author: Paul Browne

Notre Dame blue seal

UPDATE: William Meckling, a 21-year-old senior due to graduate Sunday from the University of Notre Dame, died early Saturday morning (May 16) after a fall from the roof of the Joyce Center.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Billy’s family and friends after this terrible tragedy,” Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University president, said. “It is a profound sadness for all of us, on this graduation weekend, to lose someone so young and brimming with promise.”

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Duncan family makes gift for student center at Notre Dame

Author: Sue Ryan

Duncan Student Center

University of Notre Dame alumnus Raymond T. Duncan, his wife, Sally, and their family have made a gift to his alma mater for construction of the new west building of the Campus Crossroads Project. In recognition of the gift, the University will name the building the Duncan Student Center.

“We are immensely grateful to Ray and Sally and the Duncan family for this latest example of their extraordinary support of Notre Dame students, and for their leadership in helping secure Notre Dame’s future," said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University’s president. “The Duncan Student Center will enhance a wide array of much-needed services for our students and have a lasting impact for many generations to come.”

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Iris Outlaw receives AABHE Exemplary Award for Public Service

Author: Notre Dame News

Iris Outlaw

The American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) presented the AABHE Exemplary Award for Public Service to Iris Outlaw, director of Multicultural Student Programs and Services at the University of Notre Dame, at the 2015 AABHE National Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, on April 10. The AABHE Exemplary Public Service Award goes to those individuals whose public lives and careers have been superlative with regard to addressing broad policy issues relating to the welfare of black Americans.

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Students launch 'It’s On Us' video

Author: Notre Dame News

"It's on Us Notre Dame" campaign

A new video, produced by University of Notre Dame students, aims to shift the way people think about sexual assault. Created similarly to a recent White House initiative, the video is part of the “It’s On Us Notre Dame” awareness campaign launched by the Gender Issues Committee within Student Government. The campaign’s goal is to empower individuals to be active participants in stopping sexual assault.

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