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2015-16 Theatre Season Highlighted by Musical, Student-Directed Play, and ‘Pride and Prejudice’

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Arts, General News, and Undergraduate News

Wildflower, a play by Lila Rose Kaplan

A new beginning in Crested Butte, Colorado. A carnivorous plant on Skid Row. A chance meeting in a Moscow cafe. And, a fresh look at Jane Austen’s beloved Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. The 2015-16 theatre season of the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre offers four distinctly different productions—Wildflower, Little Shop of Horrors, The Bear and Afterplay, and Pride and Prejudice—which together make this season one not to be missed.

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Spanish Students Connect with South Bend Through Community-Based Learning

Author: Josh Weinhold

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

Community-based learning with Spanish majors at Notre Dame

Through a series of new community-based learning Spanish courses at Notre Dame, undergraduates are improving their language skills both inside and outside the classroom. The learning model is based on the idea that a faculty member and local organization leader are co-educators—the experience is designed to be mutually beneficial to both the class and the community group. Spanish students in intermediate-level and community-based learning classes now average about 3,000 hours of service per year in South Bend.

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Alumni Filmmakers Mentor Students During Production of ‘First Time Fans’

Author: Tom Lange

Categories: Alumni, General News, and Undergraduate News

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Justin Mitchell ’95, Greg Kohs ’88, and Mike Canzoniero ’93—three Notre Dame alumni who became professional filmmakers—were invited back to campus last year to create short films about fans’ first time attending games at Notre Dame Stadium. Producing “First Time Fans” with Fighting Irish Digital Media, Ted Mandell of the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre wanted to give the alumni full access to a Notre Dame football game. But he also wanted to make existing students part of the project, so they could see what it actually means to be “on set.”

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Video: Meet French Major Paulina Luna

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

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“I’ve always been fascinated by France, and I just love the sounds of the language,” said Pauli Luna ’15, a French and Francophone studies major in the College of Arts and Letters. The major instructs students in a truly global language, spoken by nearly 275 million people worldwide. Courses on French literature and culture immerse students in the diverse aspects of French life while also helping them develop problem-solving and analytical skills.

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Video: Meet Italian Major Sara Spittler

Author: Todd Boruff

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

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“I love the language itself,” said Sara Spittler ’15, an Italian major in the College of Arts and Letters. “It’s so beautiful, and I’ve never really studied another language that I could speak and feel comfortable in, so that just gives me a whole new sense of confidence and that I feel is really important in a college education.” The Italian major incorporates language acquisition with immersion into the culture and literature of Italy. Students become proficient in the cultural vocabulary of Western civilization while developing critical thinking and analysis skills.

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Video: Meet Chinese Major Jack McKenna

Author: Todd Boruff

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

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“If you want to set yourself apart in anything you do—whether it’s a job, whether it’s applying to graduate school, whether it’s meeting a new person—I say learn a language,” said Jack McKenna ’15, a Chinese major in the College of Arts and Letters. As a major in Chinese at Notre Dame, students learn the language of the world’s most populous country. In addition to language study, students engage with the culture and literature of China, with topics ranging from religious traditions to international relations.

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Video: Meet Art History Major Seán Cotter

Author: Todd Boruff

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

Seán Cotter

Majors in art history gain a broad understanding of Western art along with opportunities for in-depth examination of particular periods, such as ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, and modern art. “There’s something I really love about the challenge that comes with the unexplored,” said Cotter. “I love the tradition that can emerge from that, and I love that I’m part of that tradition.”

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Video: Meet Studio Art Major Lauren Miller

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: Arts, General News, and Undergraduate News

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The studio art major prepares students to create and analyze works of art by developing visual literacy, research skills, and technical ability. Students concentrate their studies in ceramics, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. “I knew that I wanted to do art and that I loved it, but at the same time I didn’t want to sacrifice having a really broad and rich education," said Lauren Miller ’15. “So I chose Notre Dame, and it was a really good decision for me.”

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Video: Meet Latino Studies Major Juan Rangel

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News and Undergraduate News

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Latino studies is an interdisciplinary field engaged in understanding the fastest-growing population in the United States. Students explore the latest Latino-focused research in fields such as anthropology, history, literature, and theology. “Latino studies is for anyone and for everything,” said Juan Rangel ’15.

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New Course Makes Special Effects Real for FTT Students

Author: Tom Lange

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

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In a new course, Special Effects for Studio and Stage, associate professional faculty member Ken Cole taught Department of Film, Television, and Theatre students how to brainstorm and design a wide range of practical illusions for use in creative productions. The group of about 10 students simulated explosions, used makeup to create realistic-looking wounds, built props out of scraps and spare parts, and conjured up a realistic rainstorm.

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Record Fulbright Award Year Led by 15 Arts and Letters Students

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Fifteen Notre Dame students who studied in the College of Arts and Letters have received grants from the Fulbright program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. A total of 18 students were named Fulbright finalists—the most grantees the University has ever had in the program.

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ACE to Send Forth 272 Catholic School Teachers and Leaders in Missioning Ceremonies

Author: William G. Schmitt

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

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The University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education will send forth 272 Catholic school teachers and leaders to nearly 200 Catholic schools across the country in the annual Missioning Mass, capping two months of professional formation and spiritual renewal. The ceremony, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. July 24 in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, will celebrate and bless the next steps on the educators’ journeys back to their respective schools and classrooms.

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Two Romance Languages and Literatures Graduates Receive Fulbright Awards to Study Global Nutrition

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Two recent Notre Dame graduates are tackling global health issues with support from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. French and Francophone studies major Claire Donovan will work with UNICEF in Togo to examine women’s adherence to micronutrient supplement programs. Christina Gutierrez, who majored in Romance languages and literatures and political science, will pursue a master’s degree at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy and conduct research on and pilot a food co-op concept there.

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Video: Meet Classics Major Brian Credo

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News and Undergraduate News

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“Everything comes from classics. It offers a lot of different paths and a lot of interesting things to pursue,” said Brian Credo ’15, a classics major in the College of Arts and Letters. The interdisciplinary study of the ancient Mediterranean world, classics first intrigued Credo, a scholar in the Glynn Family Honors program, while studying Greek and Latin in high school.

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Video: French and History Major Researches Diderot in Paris

Author: Todd Boruff

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

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Anne Seul ’15, a history and French major, spent the summer of 2014 conducting research at the Bibliotheque Historique de la Ville de Paris, the French capital’s historical library. Her research focused on perceptions of Denis Diderot, the 18th-century French philosopher best known as the chief editor of Encyclopédie and a key figure influencing the French Revolution. “It’s a new challenge. I’ve never done anything remotely like this by myself—living on my own and being in charge of this big project,” she said.

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New Sleep-enhancing App, Tools Based on Notre Dame Psychologist’s Research

Author: Gene Stowe

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

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A team of Notre Dame entrepreneurs has developed a sleep-enhancing kit and app designed to boost college students’ healthy rest, memory, learning, and mental health. The approach is based on the research of Associate Professor Jessica Payne, the Nancy O’Neill Collegiate Chair in Psychology and director of the Sleep, Stress, and Memory Lab.

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Notre Dame Graduate Wins Prestigious Native American Internship in Washington, D.C.

Author: Josh Weinhold

Categories: General News and Undergraduate News

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Before he heads to law school, Notre Dame graduate Tyler Barron ’15 will have a front-row seat for the lawmaking process. Barron, a sociology and American studies major, has been selected for the Udall Foundation’s Native American Congressional Internship Program in Washington, D.C. He will work for 10 weeks this summer with U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona.

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Sociology Majors Set Sights on Business Careers

Author: Arts and Letters

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

Sarah Hart

With her Notre Dame sociology degree in hand, Sarah Hart ’15 is headed for the business world. When she starts work as a project manager at Epic, a software development company in the health care industry, her major has her set to succeed in a corporate environment. “It’s definitely given me a wide range of skills that can be applied to almost anything,” Hart said.

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Arts and Letters Faculty Honored for Exemplary Work in Undergraduate Teaching and Advising

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Undergraduate News

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Twenty University of Notre Dame faculty members—including eight from the College of Arts and Letters—have received Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. An Arts and Letters faculty member was also among the three Notre Dame professors to have been honored with Dockweiler Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. The awards are presented by the Office of the Provost, but recipients are selected through a process that includes peer and student nominations.

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Video: Arts and Letters Students Intern at Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin

Author: Todd Boruff

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

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During the summer of 2014, Patrick Butler and Patrick Valencia interned at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Dublin, Ireland. Both internships were sponsored by the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Without that support, Valencia said, he wouldn’t have been able to “have this wonderful experience living abroad.”

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Anthropology Major Alexis Palá Awarded Fulbright for Research in Chile

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Anthropology major Alexis Palá has spent the past three years studying opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities in Chile and Spain. Next year, she will continue her research in Chile with support from a Fulbright U.S. Student Award.

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Sociology Course Helps Students Prepare for International Field Research

Author: Josh Weinhold

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

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Undergraduate research projects are transformed from broad ideas to focused realities in International Research Design, a new course in the Department of Sociology developed by Erin Metz McDonnell. Offered for the first time this spring, the class covered the fundamental elements of an international research project, from conception to execution.

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Video: English and Irish Major Interns at National Folklore Collection in Dublin

Author: Todd Boruff

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

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“I knew I wanted to major in Irish; I did not expect to end up in Ireland my first summer,” said Caelin Miltko, a sophomore in the College of Arts and Letters. During the summer of 2014, Miltko interned at the National Folklore Collection of Ireland based at University College Dublin. Her work centered on digitizing the Schools Collection, a group of manuscripts gathered by Irish schoolchildren in the 1930s featuring stories and traditions from their families.

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Notre Dame International launches four new short-term study abroad programs

Author: Amanda Skofstad

Categories: General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

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Notre Dame International at the University of Notre Dame will launch four new short-term study abroad programs for summer 2015: South Africa for Student-Athletes, Summer Greece, China Summer Language Program, and Global Gateway seminars for rising freshmen. This expansion of program offerings marks progress toward the University’s goal to provide every eligible undergraduate with an opportunity to study abroad.

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English Major Austin Hagwood Follows Research Interests Around the World

Author: Carrie Gates

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

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English major Austin Hagwood ’15 doesn’t dream small. He took a train past the Arctic Circle to meet the only living Finnish rune singer. He interned in Paris at the Shakespeare and Company bookstore. He taught English courses at Al-Azhar University in Egypt. He ventured to New Zealand to research Maori folklore and literature. And that’s not all.

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Kellogg Announces International Development Fellowships to Graduating Seniors

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The Kellogg Institute for International Studies has named five graduating seniors—all of whom have majors or minors in the College of Arts and Letters—as recipients of its International Development Fellowships (IDF) for the coming year. Members of the Notre Dame Class of 2015 Megan Fuerst, Matthew Hing, Emily Mediate, Chris Newton, and Laura Zillmer will work with four partner organizations across the developing world in the second year of the recently expanded program.

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Arts and Letters Students Receive Undergraduate Library Research Awards

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Four University of Notre Dame students—including three from the College of Arts and Letters—received an Undergraduate Library Research Award (ULRA) for their exemplary research skills during a special event at the eighth annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference on May 1. More than 80 undergraduate research and scholarship projects were showcased at the conference.

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Glynn Scholar Anna Kottkamp Named 2015 Valedictorian

Author: Sue Lister

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

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Glynn Scholar Anna Kottkamp, an environmental science major from Wenatchee, Washington, has been named valedictorian of the 2015 University of Notre Dame graduating class and will present the valedictory address during the University Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 17, at Notre Dame Stadium. The Commencement invocation will be offered by Brendan Bell, a political science major from Havertown, Pennsylvania.

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