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Video: Arts and Letters Alumni on the Value of a Liberal Arts Education

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News, Alumni, and Internationalism

Bob Conway ’66

Arts and Letters graduates find success in a variety of professions, across the country and around the world. “I was involved in and ran our recruiting effort at Goldman Sachs for a number of years,” said Bob Conway ’66, senior director for The Goldman Sachs Group, London. “An art history major was as valuable to me as a finance major.”

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Notre Dame Among Top Producers of Fulbright Students

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Ten University of Notre Dame students have been awarded Fulbright grants in the 2014-15 program, placing the University among the top-producing research institutions in the nation. Eight of Notre Dame’s 10 Fulbright students come from the College of Arts and Letters. The U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, Fulbright recently announced the complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2014-15 U.S. Fulbright students in Thursday’s edition (February 12) of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Study Abroad Program Leads to Overseas Career for Arts and Letters Alumnus

Author: Libby Feil

Categories: General News, Alumni, and Internationalism

Chris Renner ’84

When first asked if he would work on the Olympics, Chris Renner ’84 jumped at the chance. The opportunity allowed Renner, who majored in French and economics in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, to combine his love of sports with his international business experience. Now based in Paris, Renner is CEO of Helios Partners, a worldwide sports marketing consulting agency.

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"First Time Fans" Film Series to Be Released at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: General News, Alumni, and Arts

Michael Canzoniero '93, "#AnnaLynneGoesToCollege"

A series of three documentary films, directed by award-winning film directors who are also University of Notre Dame alumni, will be released on the WatchND app and the UND.com website during the last three weeks of this year. The series, “First Time Fans,” presents the excitement and wonder of some very different people as they experience a Notre Dame football game for the first time.

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Psychology Major Publishes Senior Thesis in Academic Journal

Author: Emily McConville

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

Shane Kelly '14

Because Shane Kelly ’14 began his undergraduate education intending to go to graduate school in psychology, he knew he should get involved in research at Notre Dame as soon as possible. So when Associate Professor James Brockmole offered him a research assistant position in his Visual Cognition Lab, Kelly jumped at the opportunity. “It turned out to be a great decision and I enjoyed cognitive psychology and working in the Visual Cognition Lab immediately,” Kelly said.

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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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Working with Latino Communities Leads to Fulfilling Career

Author: Mary Kate Martin

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

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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A Professor, His Students, and the Power of Design

Author: Kevin Brennan

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

Robert Sedlack

On the second floor of West Lake Hall, a group of Notre Dame students is making big plans. They are focused on addressing the plight of those afflicted with HIV/AIDS in South Africa. They’re even planning a trip to Johannesburg next spring to offer hands-on assistance. But these are not biology or preprofessional studies majors. They are graphic design students exploring ways to use their talents to promote awareness and prevention of HIV/AIDS.

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Video: Arts and Letters Alumnus Bob Conway, Senior Director, Goldman Sachs

Author: Todd Boruff

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

Bob Conway ’66

“The breadth of studies that I had at Notre Dame, whether it was in philosophy, or theology, or economics, or history, all developed a context for me and will for any liberal arts student,” said Bob Conway ’66. Conway is senior director for The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., in London, England. He feels that the writing and communication skills he gained as a government major were critical to his success and are essential in any career.

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FTT Students Shine at National Auditions

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, Alumni, Arts, and Faculty News

Zuri Eshun '14

“Imagine a kind of live, national GRE exam where students audition in open competition against one another, evaluated by representatives from the best graduate theatre programs,” said Professor Jim Collins, chair of the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT). Notre Dame had record success in 2014 at the national auditions organized by the University/Resident Theatre organization (URTA), with six of the seven FTT students who auditioned receiving offers from graduate programs in attendance.

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Political Science Alum Adam Newman Interns at White House

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, and Alumni

Adam Newman

If you want to land a job in the political realm, it is very useful to have an internship first, said Adam Newman ’14. And he should know. Newman, a political science major and business economics minor, completed a total of six internships, from private sector roles with the American Medical Association and PricewaterhouseCoopers to federal government positions with the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and most recently—the White House.

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From Startups to Fortune 500 Companies, History Graduates Find Success In Varied Fields

Author: Mary Kate Martin

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, and Alumni

Jimmy Bettcher '07

University of Notre Dame graduates Jimmy Bettcher ’07 and Emily Dore Yuhas ’10 are just two examples of the many ways history majors can thrive in the business world. Yuhas works for a startup technology company developing e-learning courses, while Bettcher manages corporate social responsibility initiatives at Cummins, Inc. Notre Dame history majors pursue myriad career paths, from business and investment banking to law, journalism, medicine, and politics, said Dan Graff, director of undergraduate studies in the department.

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American Studies Alumnus Becomes Global Leader in Fight Against Malaria

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The 2014 Paul P. Weinstein Memorial Lecture presented by the Eck Institute for Global Health featured alumnus Dr. Bernard Nahlen ’75, deputy coordinator of the President’s Malaria Initiative for USAID’s Bureau for Global Health. After graduating from Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American studies, Nahlen went on to receive his medical degree from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.

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Students’ Short Documentary Honored at Sunset Film Festival

Author: Mike Danahey

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, Alumni, and Arts

Suicide Disease filmmakers at Sunset Film Festival

A heart-wrenching film from three 2014 University of Notre Dame graduates took top honors in the short documentary category at this year’s Sunset Film Festival in Los Angeles. In The Suicide Disease, Katie Mattie, Vincent Moore, and William Neal tell the story of Frances Shavers, who worked at Notre Dame as chief-of-staff and special assistant to University President Father John Jenkins, C.S.C., before she was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia.

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Video: Economics Alumnus Credits Success in International Finance to Liberal Arts Education

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News, Alumni, and Internationalism

Bill Kennedy

“Arts and Letters forces you to go and think beyond what is traditionally and conventionally accepted,” said Bill Kennedy ’90. Kennedy, who majored in economics at Notre Dame, is a portfolio manager for Fidelity Investments in London, where he runs Fidelity’s International Discovery Fund.

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Alumnus Jeff Spoonhower Brings Digital Media Expertise to FTT

Author: Aaron Smith

Categories: General News, Alumni, Arts, and Faculty News

Jeff Spoonhower ’99

Jeff Spoonhower ’99 has been appointed assistant professor of film and digital media production in Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television and Theatre (FTT). A 12-year veteran of the video game and animation industries, Spoonhower shares with students the very same production techniques and tools he uses in his award-winning professional work.

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Award-winning Book Offers New Theory on Democratization in Latin America

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

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

Scott Mainwaring

A new book coauthored by Scott Mainwaring, Eugene and Helen Conley Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, and Aníbal Pérez-Liñán, an alumnus of the University, presents a striking new theory of democratization that has earned it two major prizes in comparative politics. Mainwaring, a faculty fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and Pérez Liñán, a Notre Dame Ph.D. who is now an associate professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh, spent a decade thinking about theories of regime change and analyzing political regimes in Latin America.

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Video: Meet Gender Studies Major Natalie Perez

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, and Alumni

Natalie Perez

“Being in gender studies helps you really understand how to be an advocate for yourself and an advocate for other people as well,” said Natalie Perez ’14, a gender studies major in the College of Arts and Letters. Gender studies at Notre Dame is an interdisciplinary academic program which analyzes the significance of gender in all aspects of human life, especially in the social formation of human identities, practices, and institutions. “We live in a culture that’s very permissive about these [gender] stereotypes … and I don’t think it’s OK to sit back and accept things for the way they are,” said Perez.

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Alumna Runs Guatemalan Orphanage

Author: Gabriela Leskur

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

Anne Attea

“The love of charity is the form of faith.” Though Thomas Aquinas penned these words, Anne Attea ’86 has certainly lived them. For the past year, Attea has been the Director of el Hogar de Niños del Amor de Patricia, a home caring for abandoned, abused, and neglected children in Guatemala. Attea and her team provide these children with love and stability, as well as food, shelter, clothing, medical and dental care, music, fun, and education.

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Fourteen Seniors Receive National Fellowships and Scholarships

Author: Arts and Letters

Categories: National Fellowships, General News, Undergraduate News, Alumni, and Internationalism

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The Fulbright U.S. Student Program and other national and international organizations have awarded postgraduate scholarships and fellowships to 14 members of the University of Notre Dame’s Class of 2014, including 11 who majored in the College of Arts and Letters. In addition, three Arts and Letters graduates from earlier classes received prestigious awards this year, including a Gates Cambridge Scholarship and a George Mitchell Scholarship.

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Commencement Speaker Urges Master's and Ph.D. Graduates to Develop Their Own Vision of Success

Author: William G. Gilroy

Categories: Graduate Students, General News, and Alumni

Kerry Ann Rockquemore

The University of Notre Dame’s Graduate School recognized 344 master’s and 204 doctoral degree recipients and presented several awards during Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 17 in the Compton Family Ice Arena. Alumna Kerry Ann Rockquemore, president and CEO of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, delivered the Commencement Address. The top graduating doctoral students in the humanities, social sciences, science, and engineering were honored with the Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Graduate School Awards.

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Kerry Ann Rockquemore to Speak at Notre Dame Graduate School Commencement

Author: William G. Gilroy

Categories: Graduate Students, General News, and Alumni

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Kerry Ann Rockquemore, who received her doctorate in sociology from the University of Notre Dame in 1999, will deliver the address at the University’s Graduate School Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, in the Compton Family Ice Arena. Rockquemore will receive the Distinguished Alumna Award at the Graduate School Awards Dinner on May 16. Her address will be the centerpiece of the Graduate School Commencement ceremony the next day, when the University will honor its master’s and doctoral degree recipients.

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History Alumna Becomes First Female President of Dakota Wesleyan University

Author: Mary Kate Martin

Categories: General News, Alumni, and Catholicism

Amy Novak

After marrying her college sweetheart when she graduated from Notre Dame in 1993, Amy Novak and her husband moved nine times, landing everywhere from Dayton, Ohio to Ottawa, Canada. No matter what city they called home, Novak was able to find challenging and fulfilling work to support her growing family. Novak majored in history in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, and she knew how to convey to employers what skills she gained as a liberal arts graduate and how she could use those skills to enhance an organization—whether it was in higher education or the technology industry. In June 2013 she became the first female president of Dakota Wesleyan University.

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Finance Expert Traces Success to PLS Degree

Author: Mary Kate Martin

Categories: General News and Alumni

Despite knowing very little about finance at the time, Kevin Becker landed a choice position as an analyst at Morgan Stanley after he graduated from Notre Dame in 1988. Becker had majored in the Program of Liberal Studies and his academic background was centered on the Great Books, from Plato to Euclid to Dostoyevsky. That training in analytical thinking, he says, was exactly what Morgan Stanley wanted.

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Sociology Alumni Bring Liberal Arts Perspective to Medical School

Author: Carrie Gates

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

What would make a patient withhold information from his or her doctor? How do class, race, and ethnicity affect the quality of health care a patient receives? What social factors help determine the illnesses we contract and the best treatment plan for them? A growing number of Notre Dame students who pursue a career in medicine are finding the answers to these questions through a combination of sociology and Arts and Letters Pre-Health coursework.

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Alumnus Jimmy Small Hits It Big With NASCAR

Author: Cat Caracci

Categories: General News and Alumni

In 2012, SportsPro Magazine named Jimmy Small ’08 one of 10 top sports executives under the age of 30. And in December, Small was appointed president of Iowa Speedway, a racetrack purchased by NASCAR last year. At 28, he is believed to be the youngest president of a major racing facility in the nation. At Notre Dame, Small was an economics major in the College of Arts and Letters and a member of the Irish Guard.

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