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Video: Study everything. Do anything.

Author: Todd Boruff

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

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Through the liberal arts, you learn to read deeply. Think about issues critically. Discuss topics thoughtfully. Write arguments persuasively. Contribute to projects creatively. And these abilities aren’t just vital in the classroom—they’re exactly what employers, graduate schools, and service organizations are looking for. With 20 departments across the humanities, arts, and social sciences, the College of Arts and Letters is home to exceptional faculty and talented students who are studying what they love.

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Washington Program Kickstarts Political and Policy Careers for Notre Dame Students

Author: Brian Wallheimer

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

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Through the Washington Program, a semester-long immersion into national politics and policy, Notre Dame students head to the nation’s capital for coursework and organized visits with policymakers, journalists, and leaders in a variety of governmental and non-governmental offices. Participants also complete internships at the White House, congressional offices, major media outlets, non-governmental organizations, and nonprofits.

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Political Science Alumna Translates Service Experience to Career at Facebook

Author: Brian Wallheimer

Categories: General News, Alumni, and Centers and Institutes

Kaitlin Sullivan

Before the rigors of post-college life set in—before mortgages, family, a career, and all the other responsibilities that come with setting off into the world—Kaitlin Sullivan ’10 wanted to devote at least one year of her life to service. Sullivan remembers talking with professors and fellow students at Notre Dame about how the purpose of their education wasn’t just learning for the sake of learning, but to help them to go out and do good in the world. It’s a perspective she carried into her service experience—and in her professional career as a product policy manager for Facebook.

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Video: History Alumnus James Moynihan ’73 on the Professional Benefits of Learning a Language

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News, Alumni, and Internationalism

James Moynihan

“English is the spoken tongue throughout the world, but it pays great dividends for you if you make a sincere effort to study and use the language,” said James Moynihan ’73. “It was most beneficial (to me) and I highly recommended it, and obviously it’s had a very, very positive effect upon my career.” Moynihan is the director of Louis Vuitton Japan’s intellectual property department, based in the company’s Tokyo offices. He formerly served as a legal attache for the FBI at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

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Economics Alumna is the Catholic Church’s Consultant in Chicago

Author: Bianca Almada

Categories: General News, Alumni, and Catholicism

Betsy Bohlen

Though Betsy Bohlen ’90 once enjoyed success as a partner at Chicago’s McKinsey and Co., the business leader always knew she eventually wanted to direct her efforts toward nonprofit work, especially within the Catholic Church. “There was a part of me that always felt that, one of these days, I would serve in a more nonprofit capacity,” Bohlen said. “I think there was a calling for me to do that, to apply my leadership skills there.” Today, she is the chief operating officer of the Archdiocese of Chicago, making her the highest ranking woman in Chicago’s Catholic Church.

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Video: Who Hires Liberal Arts Majors?

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, and Alumni

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Graduates of the College of Arts and Letters are in demand in the business world. Through a broad liberal arts education, Arts and Letters students develop problem-solving, analysis, and communication skills—attributes that recruiters from major companies are seeking in college graduates. When companies like Vanguard, Epic Systems, Abercrombie & Fitch, and General Mills come to campus looking to recruit new employees, Arts and Letters students find great jobs.

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Arts and Letters Graduate Emmie Mediate Named Rhodes Scholar

Emily Mediate

Emmie Mediate, a 2015 graduate of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, has been selected to the American Rhodes Scholar Class of 2016. A native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Mediate was one of 32 Rhodes Scholars selected from a pool of 869 candidates who had been nominated by their colleges and universities. She is Notre Dame’s 17th Rhodes Scholar and the University’s second in two years.

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Marie Kissel ’83 on Study Abroad and the Liberal Arts as a Foundation for an International Career

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News and Alumni

Marie Kissel

Marie Kissel ’83 traces much of her success back to one key point in her Notre Dame experience: going overseas to Tokyo as an undergraduate. “I’ve got this great job, I’m in a region that’s very exciting—that would not have happened without my opportunities at Notre Dame, especially through the study abroad programs,” she said. Kissel is now vice president for government affairs for Asia at Abbott Laboratories, a global pharmaceuticals and health care products company.

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Video: Betsy Bohlen ’90 on the Importance of the Liberal Arts and Catholic Leadership

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News, Alumni, and Catholicism

Betsy Bohlen

“When I came to Notre Dame I had a sense that I wanted to have a business career, and I chose a liberal arts degree because I wanted a broader education,” said Betsy Bohlen ’90. She was named the first-ever chief operating officer of the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2015, after serving as chief financial officer and in other senior advisory roles. Previously, she was a partner at McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm, where she worked for 16 years.

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Video: Tim Brooks ’90 on the Importance of an International Education

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News, Alumni, and Internationalism

Tim Brooks

Col. Paul “Tim” Brooks ’90 graduated from Notre Dame’s Army ROTC program with a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the Department of Political Science. He was commissioned in 1990 as an armor officer and has served in the Army for nearly 25 years in a number of roles. He is currently an information operations officer stationed in Seoul, South Korea. Having spent much of his career overseas, Brooks believes strongly in the value of Notre Dame’s study abroad program.

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Alumna Builds Design Career Based on Creativity, Communication, Collaboration

Author: Steven Saftig

Categories: General News and Alumni

Mallory McMorrow

Mallory McMorrow’s personal connection to cars is what guided her to major in industrial design in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters and subsequently build a career around thoughtfully designed products and experiences. As director of creative strategy for HēLō, a Los Angeles-based experiential production company, she utilizes all facets of her degree to tell advertising stories through design, product, and style.

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Alumnus Wins Prize for Documentary on Cancer-Surviving Sled Dog Racer

Author: Tom Lange

Categories: General News and Alumni

Greg Kohs

Greg Kohs ’88 will wait as long as it takes to earn the trust of his film’s subjects. Kohs, who majored in American studies in the College of Arts and Letters, makes his living directing television commercials and independent documentaries. His newest film, The Great Alone, about four-time Iditarod champion and cancer survivor Lance Mackey, won the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival this summer.

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History Alumnus Patrick Burke Advocates for Safety and Inclusion in Sports

Author: Mary Kate Martin

Categories: General News and Alumni

Patrick Burke

Soon after graduating from Notre Dame, Patrick Burke ’06 found himself juggling three roles—scout for the Philadelphia Flyers, law student, and co-founder of a nonprofit organization. If ever there was a time when he needed to communicate well and quickly, this was it. Whether the topic was hockey or law or diversity, Burke has found himself calling upon skills honed during his time as a history major. Burke is now president of the nonprofit organization You Can Play and director of player safety for the NHL.

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

Author: Tom Lange

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, and Alumni

First Time Fans

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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FTT Alumnus to Launch Kids Web Series After Winning Mister Rogers Award

Author: Aaron Smith

Categories: General News, Alumni, and Arts

Eugene Staples

Eugene Staples has a vision: Entertainment can be more than a distraction—it can be an inspiration. It can teach kids how to be better people. It can make the world a better place. That sense of responsibility—the desire to make things that make an impact—was sparked at Notre Dame, and was recognized this spring by the Television Academy Foundation, which honored him with a Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship.

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Theatre Alumnus Jack Blakey Appointed to Federal Judgeship

Author: Josh Weinhold

Categories: General News and Alumni

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When Jack Blakey was studying theatre at Notre Dame in the 1980s, he never dreamed he would one day be hearing legal disputes on the federal bench. But his liberal arts courses were preparing him for it nonetheless. Blakey was formally installed this spring as a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, following his nomination by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the U.S. Senate last year.

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History Alumnus Richard Corbett Gives $35 Million for Academic Building, Football Coaching Endowment

Author: Dennis Brown

Categories: General News and Alumni

Richard Corbett

Two gifts totaling $35 million from Notre Dame alumnus Richard Corbett will underwrite the construction of a 280,000-square-foot building on the east side of Notre Dame Stadium and endow the head football coaching position at the University. A $25 million gift is in support of Corbett Family Hall, which will house the Departments of Anthropology and Psychology and a digital media center.

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Alumna Translates Liberal Arts Degree Into International Business Career

Author: Libby Feil

Categories: General News, Alumni, and Internationalism

Wendy Wang

When Wendy Wang ’06 came to Notre Dame, she was focused on pursuing a career in academia. But when her plans changed, her liberal arts training moved with her. The skills she developed in the College of Arts and Letters have served her well in the business world, including in her current role as vice president at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm.

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In Memoriam: Robert Pierce Sedlack, Jr., Professor of Visual Communication Design

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: General News, Alumni, and Faculty News

Robert Sedlack

Robert Sedlack, professor of visual communication design at the University of Notre Dame, died Saturday (May 30) in his sleep at his home in South Bend. He was 47. “Robert Sedlack was a visionary leader in the graphic design program at Notre Dame,” said Richard Gray, chair of the Department of Art, Art History, and Design. “Our university has lost an incredible colleague, teacher, mentor, and friend.”

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

Author: Gene Stowe

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

Jessica Payne

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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Sociology Majors Set Sights on Business Careers

Author: Arts and Letters

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

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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Notre Dame makes additions to Board of Trustees

Author: Dennis Brown

Categories: General News, Alumni, and Faculty News

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Rev. Austin Collins, C.S.C., will join the University of Notre Dame’s Board of Fellows as well as its Board of Trustees on July 1 when he becomes religious superior of Holy Cross Priests and Brothers at Notre Dame. He will be joined on the Board of Trustees by newly elected member Clare Stack Richer, who is a member of the College of Arts and Letters Advisory Council.

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Aspiring Doctor Draws on Anthropology Background in Global Health Fellowship

Author: Arts and Letters

Categories: General News, Research, Alumni, and Internationalism

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Patrick Salemme ’14 went to Mexico to make an impact on global health. Once he got there, his experience in the College of Arts and Letters helped him determine how he could do the most good. The anthropology and Arts and Letters pre-health major deferred his entry into medical school in order to spend a year in Chiapas, Mexico—a mountainous, coffee-farming region where more than half the residents live below the poverty line.

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Video: Krysta Dennis ’07, ’08 MA on Entrepreneurship and the Liberal Arts

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News, Alumni, and Internationalism

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Krysta Dennis majored in French and film, television, and theatre at Notre Dame and also has a master’s in Romance languages from the University. She is now associate lecturer at the University of Kent at Canterbury and is finishing a dual Ph.D. in theater and globalization. She also co-founded Through the Grapevine Performed Wine Tastings, a theatrical production company where each performance is devised based on the wine served during the show.

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Philosopher Charles Camosy Tackles Life’s Big Questions

Author: Mary Kate Martin

Categories: General News and Alumni

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Charles Camosy ’97 makes a living wrestling with some of society’s greatest moral dilemmas: What are the medical and clinical ethics of stem cell research? Should we have moral concern for animals? What are the basic issues at stake in abortion morality and law? He first confronted some of those challenging questions as a philosophy major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. He now teaches Christian ethics at Fordham University in New York and has published four books on morality and ethics.

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Human Dignity and Other Lessons from Notre Dame Alumna Kristen Kelly

Author: Chris Newton '15

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

Kristen Kelly ’13

“All people deserve to live a life in dignity. Currently, many of the poorest and most vulnerable individuals in our world are not realizing that right.” Anthropology major Kristen Kelly ’13 is driven by this simple and universal truth, one that she first discovered while pursuing an International Development Studies (IDS) minor through Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute.

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Professor Robert Sedlack Receives 2015 Sheedy Award

Author: Carrie Gates

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

Robert Sedlack

Robert Sedlack, associate professor of visual communication design in Notre Dame’s Department of Art, Art History, and Design, has been named the winner of the 2015 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award. The Sheedy award presentation will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, in the McKenna Hall auditorium. It is open to all faculty and students.

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