The University of Notre Dame’s Creative Writing Program will present “The Open Light: A Celebration of Notre Dame Poets,” a conference that will be held Monday through Wednesday, March 29 to 31, 2010, highlighting the accomplishments of the diverse group of poets who have studied or taught at Notre Dame. An accompanying anthology, The Open Light: Poets from Notre Dame, 1991-2008, will be published, featuring a foreword by Orlando Ricardo Menes, professor of poetry in the Creative Writing Program.
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Raymond Offenheiser Jr. travels through disaster zones about as routinely as most of us drive to work. From Africa to Afghanistan, New Orleans to most recently Haiti, Offenheiser has walked through cities and villages devastated by wars, famine and natural disasters. He has seen human suffering on a grand scale, and the heartening – and heartbreaking – efforts as people struggle to put the pieces of a life back together again. Offenheiser is the president of Oxfam America, the international relief and development agency that helps communities rebuild after a disaster. He will be speaking at the University of Notre Dame on Tuesday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the Geddes Hall Andrews Auditorium.
William Donaruma, a faculty member in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television and Theatre, has been honored in the 2010 Accolade Competition with an Award of Excellence: Feature Documentary for his film “Strong Bodies Fight.” Donaruma also won an Accolade Award of Merit: Direction in 2009 for his short film “Gotta Get Out!”
Glen Water, a 2009 Notre Dame graduate, studied solar-powered irrigation in Egypt for a semester thanks to a grant he received from the College of Arts and Letters’ Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. The program challenges students to think critically and conduct serious academic research.
For John Burke, Notre Dame’s mock trial program was far more than a chance to don a crisp suit and play lawyer.
Superior Court Judge Joan Orie Melvin of Pittsburgh, a 1978 Notre Dame alumna who majored in economics, was elected Nov. 3 to a seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Notre Dame’s Alumni Association will present awards to six graduates this fall, including Arts and Letters alumni Maj. Gen. Frederick Roggero (political science ’76), Marc Maurer (Program of Liberal Studies ’74), Paul Geary Jr. (English ’65), and Theodore “Ted” Robinson (American studies ’78).
Several years ago, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., formed a Notre Dame committee to respond to a request made by Cardinal Josef Ratzinger before he became pope, one involving the search for a “common denominator” of universal moral principles. The committee’s work is now available as a book.
Lance Chapman is in elite company. He’s among fewer than 400 college graduates—including three others from Notre Dame—who have won the highly competitive Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship since the program began in 2002.
In 1988, Kevin Dunay left Notre Dame with a doctoral degree in psychology. This year, he returned to campus with a presidential motorcade.
University of Notre Dame graduates Mark W. and Stacey Miller Yusko of Chapel Hill, N.C., have made a $35 million gift to their alma mater to establish a new undergraduate scholarship program.
Arts and Letters alumnus Miguel H. Diaz will be sworn in Aug. 21 as the United States ambassador to the Holy See. Unable to attend the ceremony because of a previous commitment, Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., has asked two fellow Holy Cross priests to represent him there.