Samantha Lessen, a junior in the College of Arts and Letters, has been awarded the second annual Monteverdi Prize through Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies (PLS). The Monteverdi Prize, a scholarship created by the Cioffi family for PLS juniors, will provide Lessen with funding to conduct research this summer for her senior thesis. As part of the prize, she will live at Monteverdi Tuscany, a hotel and center for the liberal arts in Italy, founded by PLS alumnus Michael Cioffi ’75.
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“It’s really been a chance to learn and grow in my faith and to also be challenged by it,” says senior Jenna Ahn of her theology major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. “It’s been the best fit for me.”
Senior Peter Woo, a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar and a philosophy and finance major with a minor in Chinese at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the recipient of the Indiana Campus Compact (ICC) 2014 Richard J. Wood Student Community Commitment Award. The annual award recognizes the efforts of students from an Indiana college or university for the impact they have in their communities and on the citizens of Indiana.
When senior Michelle Werner wrote an essay analyzing playwright Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, she did not imagine that the class assignment would later win her a prestigious departmental award. “It felt a bit like winning the lottery without having bought a ticket,” she says. “I am incredibly grateful to the Department of English for selecting my essay.”
Notre Dame senior Margaret Pickard understands the challenges of integrating into a culture different from her own. The sociology and Japanese double major studied abroad last year in Nagoya, Japan, where she gained a fresh perspective on the difficulties of being a college student in a foreign setting.
Notre Dame seniors Ilse Zenteno and Alex Coccia have been selected to receive the Kroc Institute’s 2014 Yarrow Award. The Yarrow Award is given annually to peace studies students who demonstrate academic excellence and commitment to service in peace and justice.
“Walking into these professional environments as an intern, you see that being in the College of Arts and Letters, you’ve been given the foundation to succeed,” says Anna VanEgmond, a senior sociology and computer applications major at Notre Dame. During the summer of 2013, VanEgmond interned as an advisory technology consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
University of Notre Dame junior Nicole Sganga will be going on assignment with Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Nick Kristof this summer, The New York Times announced Sunday, March 16. Sganga is the winner of Kristof’s annual “Win A Trip with Nick” contest. Her prize is traveling with the _Times_’ columnist to a developing country to raise awareness about global poverty. During the trip, she will report for a blog and videos that will be published on The New York Times website.
In fall 2014, Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters will launch a new concentration in financial economics and econometrics. The concentration offers undergraduates fast-paced, rigorous training to prepare them for careers in investment management, banking, research, and policymaking.
“Working to protect some of the most striking, beautiful landscapes in the world is a dream come true,” says Notre Dame senior Malcolm Mossman, who spent the summer of 2013 interning with Sierra Club in Washington D.C.
“Coming to the Huntington this summer has really reoriented my path after graduation,” says Notre Dame senior Aubrey Butts from Lima, Ohio. During the summer of 2013, Butts interned in the manuscripts department of the Huntington Library, a collections-based research institution in San Marino, Calif.
“Internships are so valuable. Don’t be afraid to branch out; go somewhere new,” says senior Katie Ferrello from Sugarloaf, Pa.
Adam Cowden, a 2012 graduate of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, has been selected as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. With the award, he will pursue a master’s degree at the University of Cambridge this fall. Cowden is one of only 40 students in the U.S. to receive the prestigious scholarship, from an initial field of approximately 800 applicants.
“My long-term goal has been to go to med school, but I’ve also found a passion for music and piano performance here at Notre Dame, and the College of Arts and Letters pre-health supplementary major has really allowed me to explore both of those things,” says senior Will Sievern from Evansville, Indiana. Sievern is pursuing a major in piano performance while also majoring in Arts and Letters Pre-Health.
Brock Switzer ’13, a film, television, and theatre (FTT) major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, began taking dance classes at neighboring Saint Mary’s College during his sophomore year. It was there that he learned of the influence of dancer and choreographer Martha Graham. Using Graham’s techniques, Switzer planned to choreograph a dance for his senior thesis project. With the help of an American Dream grant from Notre Dame’s Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, he attended the Summer Intensive program at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in 2013.
The University of Notre Dame announced Wednesday, January 29, the largest building project in its 172-year history, integrating the academy, student life, and athletics with the construction of more than 750,000 square feet in three new buildings attached to the west, east and south sides of the University’s iconic football stadium, at a projected cost of $400 million. The Campus Crossroads Project will add significant academic space at the same time the University is hiring 80 new faculty to build on Notre Dame’s existing strengths.
Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology made a strong showing at the 2013 conference of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) in Chicago. Thirteen faculty members, along with seven undergraduate students, were invited to present at the annual event. This year’s theme was “Future Publics, Current Engagements.”
The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces the 25th Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival, in the Browning Cinema, January 23 through 25, 2014. As in 2013, audience members will be invited to vote for their favorite film via text message. The Audience Choice Award will be presented to the student director(s) of the winning film before the final screening.
The University of Notre Dame will present TEDxUND 2014, featuring a diverse lineup of speakers exploring the topic “Creating Knowledge Together,” on Tuesday, January 21 in the Patricia George Decio Theatre of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
Notre Dame junior Farrell Sheehan is a pre-medicine major with minors in theology and in Brazilian and Portuguese studies who doesn’t believe in the term “limits.” A Hesburgh-Yusko scholar from Rockville, Md., Sheehan is passionate about researching global health issues and exploring Latin American languages and cultures. In less than three years at the University, he has already gained experience learning, serving, and working in Chile, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, and Spain.
Fourteen Notre Dame students, along with two of their professors from the College of Arts and Letters, traveled to northern Spain over fall break to experience the Camino de Santiago—one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times. History Professor Olivia Remie Constable, the director of the University’s Medieval Institute, and Danielle Joyner, an assistant professor of medieval art history, say it was an academic adventure they won’t soon forget. And their students agree.
University of Notre Dame juniors Breanna Thomas and Brianna Leon have been named winners of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, a nationally competitive award that will provide funding for them to study abroad during the spring 2014 semester.
As a new year approaches, the University of Notre Dame’s John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values has released its annual list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology for 2014. The Reilly Center explores conceptual, ethical, and policy issues where science and technology intersect with society from different disciplinary perspectives. Its goal is to promote the advancement of science and technology for the common good.
Breaking into the political world of Washington, D.C. brings its own set of challenges. “How do you talk to someone who is not of the same political slant you are?” asks Anita Rees, a career exploration specialist in Notre Dame’s Career Center. “What do students need to know to find a job in D.C.? How is the protocol there different from other cities?” Thanks to the Notre Dame D.C. Mentoring Program, students can find answers to these questions and get valuable career advice from successful Notre Dame graduates who were once in their shoes.
Notre Dame senior Adam Llorens spent the summer interning for CBS News at the company’s broadcast headquarters in New York City. Thanks to a grant from the Arts and Letters Summer Internship Program, Llorens worked within the investigative unit of CBS News, working closely with producers, pitching stories, doing research, and checking facts. “The thing I like the most…is that every day is different,” says the film, television, and theatre major from Detroit, Mich.
During the summer of 2013, graphic design major Stephanie Wulz interned at Radio Flyer, a Chicago-based toy company founded in 1917, best known for its red wagons. Her duties ranged from editing international packaging to creating prototype boxes for products. Her internship was made possible by a grant from the Arts and Letters Summer Internship Program.
With support from the Arts and Letters Summer Internship Program (ALSIP), students from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters gain experience and explore career options in a variety of real-world environments, from the U.S. Consulate in Japan to the set of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The grant program, administered by the University’s Career Center, provides Arts and Letters students with funding to defray cost-of-living expenses for both paid and unpaid internships in any industry or geographic location. In the four years since it began, ALSIP has given more than $400,000 in funding to approximately 200 students in the College.
In his class, The Future of News, Notre Dame visiting assistant professor Josh Roiland not only talks about the direction journalism is now heading, but he also equips students with the practical tools to flourish within the changing profession. “It’s kind of two different classes in one,” says Roiland, who teaches in the College of Arts and Letters’ Department of American Studies. “We study the economic and technological changes that have hit the journalism industry in the last decade and how they have completely transformed the profession. But then we also do the practical aspect and do the future of news, which is going to be multimedia journalism.”
“One of the great things about philosophy is that we’re able to study a lot of big questions that we kind of take for granted and really look into why we do certain things and does it make sense,” says Ellen Carroll ’13, a philosophy major and philosophy, politics, and economics minor from Portsmouth, R.I.
Large crowds can make finding someone on a college campus, while tailgating, or at a concert nearly impossible. But a new app created by a team of Notre Dame students could soon change that. English and computer applications double major Nicole Brooks used knowledge from both of her fields of study to help turn a friend’s practical idea into a mobile app called Beacon.