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Alex Coccia Named Rhodes Scholar

Alex Coccia

Alex Coccia, a 2014 University of Notre Dame graduate, has been selected to the American Rhodes Scholar Class of 2015. A Columbus, Ohio native, Coccia was selected from a pool of 877 candidates who had been nominated by their colleges and universities. He is Notre Dame’s 15th Rhodes Scholar and first since 2002. This year’s 32 Rhodes Scholars will commence their studies at Oxford in October 2015.

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Four College of Arts and Letters Graduate Students Receive NSF Fellowships

Author: Jonathan Warren

Categories: Centers and Institutes, General News, Graduate Students, and Research

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Eleven Notre Dame graduate students—including four from the University’s College of Arts and Letters—have been awarded graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the 2014-15 academic year. Katie Condit, Danielle Fulmer, and Nicole Perez from the Department of Sociology and Charlotte Cunningham from the Department of Psychology were among this year’s winners.

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Nicole Sganga: Going Global in Search of Stories

Author: Amanda Skofstad

Categories: General News, Internationalism, Research, and Undergraduate News

Nicole Sganga

Senior Nicole Sganga spent part of summer 2014 traveling in Myanmar and reporting with New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof after winning the “Win a Trip with Nick” contest. While in Myanmar, she wrote and video-d her way through encounters with Rohingya Muslims living under protracted persecution in internment camps. What you might not know is what Sganga learned—and where she hopes her adventures as a global citizen will take her next.

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Notre Dame's Graduate School and Reilly Center Win NSF Grant to Evaluate Ethical Leadership Programs

Author: Mary Hendriksen

Categories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, Graduate Students, and Research

Laura Carlson

The University of Notre Dame’s Graduate School and John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values have won a National Science Foundation grant in the amount of $410,340 for a project that will study what training content and methods most successfully help STEM students become ethical leaders. “The literature tells us that ethical leaders are role models to their peers, colleagues, mentees, and students,” says Principal Investigator Laura Carlson, professor of psychology and vice president, associate provost, and dean of the Graduate School.

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Medieval History Graduate Student Awarded Rome Prize

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, General News, Graduate Students, Internationalism, and Research

Rome skyline

David Morris, a Ph.D. candidate in Notre Dame’s Department of History, has been awarded a prestigious Samuel H. Kress Rome Prize fellowship in medieval studies by the American Academy in Rome for the 2014-15 academic year. Established in 1896, the Rome Prize is awarded annually to approximately 30 emerging artists and scholars who represent the “highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities.”

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Video: Meet Irish Major Rae Moors

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: Centers and Institutes, General News, Internationalism, Research, and Undergraduate News

Rae Moors, Irish language and literature major

“I tell everyone that I meet that they should take an Irish language course,” said Rae Moors, a senior Irish language and literature major. In the first program of its kind in North America, Notre Dame Irish majors learn the indigenous language of Ireland and engage with a wide range of literature, from medieval sagas to contemporary poetry and prose. “There are so many angles you can take while studying Ireland,” said Moors.

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Political Scientist Victoria Hui to Testify Before Congressional Executive Commission on China

Author: William G. Gilroy

Categories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

Victoria Hui

Victoria Hui, an associate professor of political science and faculty fellow of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies at the University of Notre Dame, will testify Thursday, November 20, before a Congressional Executive Commission on China hearing titled “The Future of Democracy in Hong Kong.” The hearing will examine China’s commitments to Hong Kong and the international community in light of recent pro-democracy protests. It will assess whether an increasingly polarized Hong Kong will be able to find a mutually acceptable plan for electoral reform and how the protests taking will place will continue to shape that debate. It also will focus on what the protests mean for the future of human rights and democracy in Hong Kong and China.

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Political Scientist Luis Fraga Joins Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies

Author: Aaron Smith

Categories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, and General News

Luis Fraga

Luis Ricardo Fraga, a heralded scholar and pioneer in the field of Latino politics, joined the faculty of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters this fall. Fraga has been named the Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership in the Institute of Latino Studies and a professor in the Department of Political Science.

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Video: The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: Centers and Institutes, General News, Internationalism, Research, and Undergraduate News

Arc de Triomf, Barcelona, Spain

From a 17th-century castle in Birr, Ireland to the Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona, Spain, Notre Dame students pursue projects around the world with the support of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. Sponsored by the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, UROP provides financial support to students who are carrying out research or creative projects, writing a senior thesis, or presenting research at a conference.

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International Experiences Inspire Student's Passion for Languages

Annie Rhodes

Annie Rhodes ’14 had her first study abroad experience at age eight—in a village elementary school in Ancient Corinth when her family moved to Greece. While she remembers being apprehensive in a classroom where she could not speak or understand the language, she said she quickly made friends, learned passing Greek, and discovered a passion for travel and language.

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Alumnus Finds Inspiration in Spanish Major

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

Thomas Mann

As a Notre Dame undergraduate, Thomas Mann ’14 was not always sure what career path he wanted to follow. That’s why his liberal arts education was so valuable, he said, because it gave him the freedom to explore different disciplines and find his niche. Mann, who was a scholar in the Glynn Family Honors Program, majored in Spanish, Arts and Letters Pre-Health, and sociology. It was in his Spanish coursework, he said, that he found his passion.

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Working with Latino Communities Leads to Fulfilling Career

Author: Mary Kate Martin

Categories: Alumni, Centers and Institutes, General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

Liz Young ’11

“Everyone has a story, and some people aren’t given the opportunity to share theirs—whether it’s because they don’t have the language ability or because social circumstances don’t give them a chance,” said Liz Young ’11. Young came to Notre Dame knowing she wanted to major in Spanish, but also wanting to explore and better understand human behavior. Through community-based learning coursework, she found her calling in a career in service.

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Department of Romance Languages and Literatures Offers Computer-Enhanced and Online Italian Courses

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

Alessia Blad

Notre Dame undergraduate students interested in studying Italian now have more flexibility than ever before. The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures successfully launched a series of computer-enhanced Italian courses over the last year, combining a traditional classroom environment with online instruction. The department also offered an online-only beginning Italian class during the summer of 2014.

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Creole, Quechua, Catalan Courses Provide Foundation for Research, Service

Author: Aaron Smith

Categories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

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The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures offers majors in French, Italian, and Spanish, and a minor in Portuguese, but students also have access to the less widely studied languages of Creole, Quechua, and Catalan. The ability to communicate in these languages is crucial to understanding the cultures, histories, and modern-day complexities of the societies in which they are spoken, said Thomas Anderson, department chair and professor of Spanish.

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Film Projects Take Notre Dame Professor Around the World

Author: Mike Danahey

Categories: Arts, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Internationalism

William Donaruma

Rome. Bangladesh. An abandoned island off the Irish coast. These are just a few of the locations where William Donaruma ’89 has traveled as a filmmaker and teaching professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT). “Nothing beats experience and pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone,” Donaruma said.

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Historian Catherine Cangany Explores Detroit, the Frontier Seaport

Author: Mike Danahey

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Catherine Cangany

Notre Dame Historian Catherine Cangany’s first book, Frontier Seaport: Detroit’s Transformation into an Atlantic Entrepôt, posits that 18th-century Detroit—600 miles inland—could be seen as a coastal town. “Detroit was the seaport of the West, located in the heart of the Great Lakes,” said Cangany, assistant professor in the Department of History. “During the 18th century, it functioned in all the ways that a larger Atlantic seaport like Boston or Philadelphia did.”

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Yasmin Solomonescu Wins National Humanities Center Fellowship

Author: Aaron Smith

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Yasmin Solomonescu

Yasmin Solomonescu, an assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Department of English, was recently awarded a residential fellowship at the National Humanities Center (NHC). The NHC is a leading independent institute for advanced study dedicated to the humanities. The North Carolina-based center selects 40 fellows annually from a pool of more than 500 applicants from around the world.

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Campus Crossroads: A State-of-the-Art Facility for Music

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Arts, Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Undergraduate News

Campus Crossroads Project

Among the most noticeable features of the Campus Crossroads Project’s design to enhance and harmonize the University of Notre Dame’s academic, athletic, and student life programs will be the South Building, a six-level structure connected to the south side of Notre Dame Stadium, on which work will begin in November 2015. The building will make possible the relocation of Department of Music from its present quarters in Crowley Hall, bringing it under the same roof as the Sacred Music at Notre Dame program.

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