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2013: The year in review

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The 2013 men’s soccer team won the national NCAA championship

The calendar year 2013 was filled with many notable moments of accomplishment, celebration and reflection at the University of Notre Dame. Some of the significant events include the 50th anniversary of the Hesburgh Library, the reopening of the Morris Inn after extensive renovations, and the men’s soccer team winning the national title for the first time in its history.

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Video: French Scholar Julia Douthwaite Wins 2013 Sheedy Award

Author: Todd Boruff

Julia Douthwaite, professor of French and Francophone studies in the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, was awarded the 2013 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award. The highest teaching honor in the College, the Sheedy award was founded in 1970 in honor of Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., who served as dean of the College of Arts and Letters from 1951–69.

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Student Enhances Pre-Med Studies with Portuguese and Research Abroad

Author: By Chelsea Merriman and Carrie Gates

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.

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Italian Studies Research Seminar Builds Scholarly Connections

Author: Carrie Gates

The Italian Research Seminar, a series directed by Notre Dame Professor of Dante and Italian Studies Zygmunt Barański, continues to grow in its third academic year, bringing scholars from around the world to the University. Jointly sponsored by the Devers Program in Dante Studies and Italian Studies at Notre Dame, with support from the Office of Research, the series aims to provide a regular forum for faculty, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and colleagues from other universities to present and discuss their current research.

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Notre Dame Students Win Scholarships to Study Abroad

Author: Ben Horvath

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.

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Notre Dame Students Retrace Medieval Pilgrimage in Spain

Author: Jonathan Warren

Fifteen 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.

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Basilica of the Sacred Heart to close for a three-week renovation project

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Basilica of the Sacred Heart

The University of Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart will be closed from Dec. 26 (Thursday) through Jan. 17 (Friday) for renovations.

According to Basilica rector Rev. Peter Rocca, C.S.C., the project will include the removal of carpeting and the installation of slate tile.

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"Why I Love to Teach" Presentation by Sheedy Award Winner

Author: Julie Logue

On Thursday, December 12, 2013 Professor was honored with the highest teaching honor of the College of Art and Letters. Watch the presentation in full.

 

September 23, 2013 the following article was published:

Julia Douthwaite, professor of French and Francophone studies in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, has been selected to receive the 2013 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award.…

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From the Golden Dome to the White House

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It’s no secret that Notre Dame alumni go extraordinary places with their degrees. A select few have even made it to the highest echelons of the United States government—working within the White House to support the president himself. Graduates of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters work in the Situation Room, with the Department of Justice, on national security, and as the deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama.

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Arts and Letters Students Thrive in Summer Internships

Author: Ben Horvath

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.

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Video: Dante Now!

Author: Arts and Letters

A unique event launched in November 2012--and repeated in November 2013--brought together ND students, faculty, and other members of the campus community who love the Italian language, the poet Dante, and his immortal poem, the Divine Comedy.

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Online Courses Foster Dynamic Teaching Process

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This fall the University of Notre Dame joined seven premier universities in Semester Online, an education consortium offering for-credit courses to students attending participating schools. College of Arts and Letters professors Candida Moss and Peter Holland are the first Notre Dame faculty to offer courses in the new format.

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Arts and Letters Student Helps Develop Winning App

Author: Ben Horvath

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.

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Notre Dame Ranks Fifth in Percentage of Undergraduates Studying Abroad

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The University of Notre Dame ranks fifth nationwide in percentage of undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs among U.S. doctoral/research institutions, according to the Open Doors report released Monday, November 11 by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

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Alumnus Charles Leavitt Accepts Position at University of Reading

Author: Carrie Gates

Charles Leavitt, who received his Ph.D. in literature from Notre Dame in 2010, has accepted a position at the University of Reading as a lecturer in Italian studies—equivalent to assistant professor in the American university system. Located in Reading, England, the school is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world.

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National Poetry Series 'Latino/a Poetry Now' to Conclude at Notre Dame

Author: Notre Dame News

Letras Latinas, the literary program of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, in partnership with the Poetry Society of America, will be hosting the conclusion of “Latino/a Poetry Now,” a multiyear, multi-author initiative that has traveled to various college campuses around the United States. The series launched at Harvard University in November 2011 and winds down at the University of Notre Dame on October 29–30.

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Saturday Scholars Series: Dante and the Birth of Modern Literature

Author: Julie Logue

Zyg Baranski, Notre Dame Professor of Dante and Italian Studies and Emeritus Serena Professor of Italian, University of Cambridge.  Dr. Baranski speaks to a crowd during a Saturday Scholars Series event held on September 28, 2013 before the Oklahoma vs. ND. football game.  "Dante and the Birth of Modern Literature"

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Matthew and Joyce Walsh make $27 million gift to Notre Dame

Author: Dennis Brown

Blue and gold academic seal

University of Notre Dame alumnus Matthew Walsh and his wife, Joyce, have made a $27 million gift to his alma mater. In recognition of the gift, the University will name in their honor a new building for the School of Architecture.

“Matt and Joyce have been tremendous leaders and generous supporters of architecture at Notre Dame, including a gift for the renovation of our new facility in Rome and chairing our advisory council,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University’s president. “This gift is simply transformative in nature. It will allow the University to take what already is a remarkable architecture school and make it among the very best in the world. We are grateful beyond words.”

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Julia Douthwaite to Receive 2013 Sheedy Award

Author: Carrie Gates

Julia Douthwaite, professor of French and Francophone studies in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, has been selected to receive the 2013 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award. The highest teaching honor in the 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. The award ceremony will take place on December 12, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. in the Notre Dame Conference Center in McKenna Hall and is open to all faculty and students.

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Nanovics Make Leadership Gift for Social Sciences Building at Notre Dame

Author: Dennis Brown

Robert S. and Elizabeth Nanovic of North Yarmouth, Maine, have made a leadership gift to the University of Notre Dame for the construction of a new social sciences building in the College of Arts and Letters. Nanovic Hall will be built on Notre Dame Avenue, south of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies, and will house the Departments of Economics, Political Science, and Sociology. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2015 and be completed by August 2017, prior to the start of the academic year.

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Fall 2013 Letter from the Chair

Author: Thomas Anderson

This year’s annual welcome meeting and reception of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures—my first in my new capacity as chairperson—took place on August 28, the day on which the nation and world celebrated the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s delivery of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

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Hesburgh Library to celebrate 50th anniversary

Author: Michael O. Garvey

"Word of Life" mural (aka "Touchdown Jesus")

The University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Library will mark its 50th anniversary with a slate of events during the 2013-14 academic year in celebration of the library’s enduring mission of connecting people to knowledge and the vital contributions the Hesburgh Libraries have made to the advancement of Notre Dame, its faculty, students and alumni.

A ceremony inaugurating the 50th anniversary celebration will be held Friday (Sept. 20) from 4 to 6 p.m. in the library’s Richard and Margaret Carey Courtyard.

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Video: Spanish Community-Based Learning at Notre Dame

Author: Center for Social Concerns

Since the fall of 2010, Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, through a joint faculty appointment, are extending student learning into the Latino community on South Bend’s west side. “Community-based learning brings the curriculum to life,” says Notre Dame senior Michael Thomas, a Spanish and finance major. “It’s an opportunity to put a face to the knowledge and the content that you gain in the classroom.”

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