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Video: Literature Professor John Sitter Wins 2014 Sheedy Award

Author: Todd Boruff

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

John Sitter

John Sitter, the Mary Lee Duda Professor of Literature in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of English, was awarded the 2014 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award. The highest teaching honor in the University’s College of Arts and Letters, the Sheedy award was founded in 1970 in honor of Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., who served as dean of the College from 1951–69. 2013 Sheedy Award winner Julia Douthwaite, professor of French and Francophone studies, introduced Sitter at the December 2 awards ceremony.

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Notre Dame to Renovate Hesburgh Library

Author: Tara O'Leary

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

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In the wake of the 50th anniversary of the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Library, the University will begin an interior renovation of the iconic building later this month. Named in honor of President Emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., the Hesburgh Library is the flagship for Notre Dame’s library system, collectively called the Hesburgh Libraries. Grand in both vision and scale, the building is more than 440,000 square feet, stands 14 stories tall, and is believed to have been the largest collegiate library of its day.

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Psychology Major Publishes Senior Thesis in Academic Journal

Author: Emily McConville

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

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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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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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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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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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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Richard Brodhead, President of Duke University, to Speak at Notre Dame Forum

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Undergraduate News

Richard Brodhead, President of Duke University

Richard Brodhead, president of Duke University, will explore “The Once and Future Liberal Arts” in a talk as part of the 2014-15 Notre Dame Forum from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 4 in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium on the University of Notre Dame’s campus. The 2014-15 Forum focuses on the question “What do Notre Dame graduates need to know?”

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Video: Arts and Letters Major Researches Perceptions of Race at National Library of France

Author: Todd Boruff

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

Curran Cross

During the summer of 2014, Notre Dame French and history major Curran Cross traveled to Paris to conduct research at the Bibliothèque nationale de France. His project examined the differing views of Arab and African immigrants in modern France. “My hypothesis is that the French have had centuries of experience racially mixing with people of African ancestry and this is why they view black and white race as a continuum,” said Cross, “whereas they haven’t had this kind of contact with Arabs, and so it’s viewed more starkly.”

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A Professor, His Students, and the Power of Design

Author: Kevin Brennan

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

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: Alumni, Arts, Faculty News, General News, and Undergraduate 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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Video: Meet Africana Studies Major Olivia Furman

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News and Undergraduate News

Olivia Furman

“I am more than glad that I chose Africana studies. It’s a major that helps you form a way of going about life,” said Olivia Furman, a senior in the College of Arts and Letters. Africana studies at the University of Notre Dame centers on Africans and the African Diaspora—the global dispersion of peoples of African descent—and examines their historical, sociological, political, and economic contexts around the world.

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Political Science Alum Adam Newman Interns at White House

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Alumni, General News, and Undergraduate News

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: Alumni, General News, and Undergraduate News

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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ND Theatre NOW Features Original Student Plays

Author: Emily McConville

Categories: Arts, General News, and Undergraduate News

ND Theatre NOW

Two senior film, television, and theatre (FTT) majors in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters will see their original plays come to life October 2–12 in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. ND Theatre NOW is the only entirely student-driven production in this year’s FTT theatre season, with student writers, directors, and performers. It features two one-act plays: Beneath My Skin, by Zachary Wendeln, and Out of Orbit, by Lucas Garcia.

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Campus Crossroads Project. Anthropology: An Audacious Plan

Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy

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

Agustín Fuentes

The east building of the Campus Crossroads project will provide classrooms, offices, laboratories, and a student lounge for the Departments of Anthropology and Psychology. Construction is expected to start in November and be finished in 33 months. “This new facility is going to allow us to have this social nexus that is also an intellectual nexus,” said Agustin Fuentes, the department chair. “We’re going to get together and think together and use what anthropology has in the context of the Notre Dame environment to go out and change the world.”

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Students’ Short Documentary Honored at Sunset Film Festival

Author: Mike Danahey

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

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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Psychology: Finding Solutions to Real-Life Problems

Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy

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

Daniel Lapsley

A famous psychological test asks children to sit in a room with a marshmallow or cookie for 15 minutes. Those who can delay gratification and endure the torture of temptation get a second sweet treat as reward. Their self-discipline is also likely to lead to success later in life. The Notre Dame Department of Psychology turns 50 next year, and its patience and growth will soon generate a significant reward —a new building attached to Notre Dame Stadium to call its home. The East building of the Campus Crossroads project will provide classrooms, offices, laboratories, and a student lounge for the Departments of Psychology and Anthropology. Construction is expected to start in November and be finished in 33 months.

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VIDEO: History Major Studies “Great Telescope” in Ireland

Author: Todd Boruff

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

Anastasia Wright

During the summer of 2014, University of Notre Dame senior Anastasia Wright spent three weeks in Ireland studying the 19th-century astronomer William Parsons, the third Earl of Rosse. Lord Rosse is best known for building a 72-inch telescope, the largest in the world until the early 20th century. “He trained his own workers. He built his own forge. I found that really fascinating and that got me wondering why someone like him would be building such a thing at the time,” said Wright, a history major in the College of Arts and Letters.

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Campus Crossroads Construction to Begin in November

Author: Dennis Brown

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Undergraduate News

Campus Crossroads Project

Construction on Campus Crossroads, a $400 million project that will use the University of Notre Dame’s iconic football stadium as a hub for new facilities supporting academic and student life initiatives, will begin in November, after the final home game of the season. “We announced this project in January with the hope—though not necessarily the expectation—that we could begin in November,” Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., said. “Thanks to the tireless work of many, plans have been finalized and funds have been raised so that we can, indeed, commence construction on facilities that will unite and inspire every member of our campus community for decades to come.”

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Video: Meet Russian Major Kellie Travis

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

Kellie Travis

“To be able to read some of the very famous poems by Alexander Pushkin and other Russian poets and writers—and speak about it in Russian—is very challenging but also very rewarding,” said Kellie Travis ’14, a Russian major in the College of Arts and Letters. Russian majors at Notre Dame take a full complement of courses covering language, literature, and culture. As a student in the Russian Honors track, Travis completed a senior thesis on the Soviet Gulag forced labor camps, specifically methods of resistance in the camps.

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