Student Stories

Notre Dame endeavors to be a place where each student can grow individually in both mind and heart, and become a part of something larger than themselves. By celebrating the unique gifts each student brings to our shared community, student life is enriched immeasurably.

The stories below share just some of the ways Notre Dame students are celebrating and taking advantage of the wonderful diversity on our campus – through both scholarship and development and formation outside the classroom.

An Orthodox Jew at a Catholic university

Carol C. Bradley, NDWorks

Journey deepens his religion When looking for graduate schools in aerospace engineering, Jonathan Silver hadn’t even considered Notre Dame as an option until a friend suggested it. “It didn’t matter that I wasn’t religious,” Silver says. “Why would a Jewish person go to a school with such a strong Catholic religious identity?”…

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Rev. Ray Hammond to replace Patten as Notre Dame’s commencement speaker

Dennis Brown

Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond, founder of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, will deliver the principal address at the University of Notre Dame’s 169th University Commencement Ceremony on May 18 (Sunday), replacing the previously announced speaker, Christopher Patten, chancellor of Oxford and chair of the BBC Trust. Patten informed the University this week that he is withdrawing from several...

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Ruan Yisan to receive 2014 Henry Hope Reed Award in Chicago

Notre Dame News

Ruan Yisan, historic preservationist and professor of architecture at Tongji University, will receive the 2014 Henry Hope Reed Award on March 29 (Saturday) at the John B. Murphy Memorial Auditorium in Chicago. Ruan will receive the award in conjunction with the Richard H. Driehaus Prize ceremony, at which the Driehaus Prize will be presented to Italian architect Pier Carlo Bontempi....

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South Africa’s ambassador to the U.S. to deliver 20th annual Hesburgh Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy

Joan Fallon

Ebrahim Rasool, South Africa’s ambassador to the United States, will deliver the 20th annual Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy at 4 p.m. April 8 (Tuesday) in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies Auditorium at the University of Notre Dame. Rasool’s lecture, “Relic of the Past or Template for the Future: Nelson Mandela’s Impact on...

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Video: Meet Sociology major Sam Lee

Arts and Letters

“I took a University Seminar in sociology and I really liked it—it fit my personality,” says Sam Lee, a Notre Dame senior from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. “Sociology shapes your lens and perspective and how you see people in a larger context and the social forces that shape people. It’s applicable to a lot of things.”

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Notre Dame theologians explore life, death and resurrection in Rwanda

Michael O. Garvey

Watch video The genocide in Rwanda, whose 20th anniversary is being observed worldwide this month, began only a few days after Easter. That the hatred that cost the lives of a million people in this overwhelmingly Christian country could be unleashed so near to Holy Week seems paradoxical, ironic or even blasphemous.

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Notre Dame to award 7 honorary degrees at Commencement

Brendan O’Shaughnessy

Six distinguished figures in business, the Church, community leadership, education, engineering and the performing arts will join principal speaker Christopher Patten as honorary degree recipients at the University of Notre Dame’s 169th University Commencement Ceremony on May 18 (Sunday). The ceremony will be held in the morning at Notre Dame Stadium in order to accommodate as many guests as possible....

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Italian architect Pier Carlo Bontempi to receive 2014 Driehaus Prize in Chicago

Notre Dame News

Italian architect Pier Carlo Bontempi will receive the 2014 Richard H. Driehaus Prize from the University of Notre Dame at a ceremony to be held on March 29 (Saturday) at the John B. Murphy Memorial Auditorium in Chicago. Bontempi’s award-winning international work includes a block recovery plan in Parma’s historical center, as well as the Place de Toscane and the...

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Panel discussion on role of Catholic Church in marriage debate to be held at Notre Dame

Michael O. Garvey

A panel discussion on the role of the Catholic Church in the cultural and political debate about marriage will take place at 7 p.m. Monday (March 17) in DeBartolo Hall, Room 101, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. The discussion, “Marriage, the Church and the Common Good,” is sponsored by Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture...

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Notre Dame awarded U.S. Department of State grant to train young African leaders

Notre Dame News

As part of the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD), a group of collaborators at the University of Notre Dame has received a grant from the U.S. Department of State to train young African leaders in entrepreneurship. The collaborators include the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business Nonprofit Executive Program, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies’ Ford...

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Panel discussion to feature three leading scholars on Latino voting patterns

Arnel Bulaoro

Three of the nation’s leading scholars on Latino voting patterns will participate in a panel discussion titled “American Politics in the 21st Century: The Latino Vote and the 2014 Elections” at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 5) at the University of Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall Auditorium. The event is sponsored by Multicultural Student Programs and Services’ Building Bridges Lecture Series, the...

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DaVinci grants bridge traditional boundaries

Karla Cruise, ISLA

Faculty mentors a key to success   In recognition of the fact that complex real-world problems — climate change, poverty, war, disease and injustice — rarely occur in convenient, discipline-specific categories, universities are increasingly supporting multidisciplinary research. The Da Vinci Program, launched jointly by the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Science and administered by the Institute...

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Notre Dame theater performance explores disability

Chris Milazzo

Electronic music roars and pulsates throughout the theatre. On stage, a blind man paces, struggling to escape the ring of steel bars that confine him. Meanwhile, a stern figure in a sleek suit and sunglasses stands guard. When the lights dim and dialogue begins to flash above the stage from an overhead projector, one thing is clear: This production of...

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Kerry Ann Rockquemore to speak at Notre Dame Graduate School Commencement

William G. Gilroy

Kerry Ann Rockquemore, who received her doctorate in sociology from the University of Notre Dame in 1999, will deliver the address at the University’s Graduate School Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. May 17 (Saturday) in the Compton Family Ice Arena. While a graduate student, Rockquemore won both the John J. Kane Memorial Award for the most outstanding graduate student in...

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Peter Woo named recipient of Indiana Campus Compact student community commitment award

John Guimond

Senior Peter Woo, Class of 2014, a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar and a finance and philosophy 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...

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Two prominent South African anti-apartheid participants to speak at Notre Dame

Elizabeth Rankin

Two prominent South African participants in the anti-apartheid struggle will speak at the University of Notre Dame on Wednesday (March 19) and April 3 (Thursday) as part of the Africa Working Group’s “Celebrating Nelson Mandela” series. One a liberation theologian and political activist, the other the “Jackie Robinson of South Africa,” they each played a crucial role in moving their...

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San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to address Latino civic engagement

Arnel Bulaoro

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro will visit the University of Notre Dame campus at 7 p.m. April 7 (Monday) in DeBartolo Hall, Room 101, for an event titled “American Politics in the 21st Century: Latino Civic Engagement.” Joining the mayor on stage will be his former Stanford faculty mentor Luis Fraga. The two will discuss the mayor’s journey into the...

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Notre Dame to honor Martin Luther King Jr. with prayer service, community events

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Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, will preside at a prayer service to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday (Jan. 20) in the Rotunda of the Main Building. The public is invited to participate in the prayer service and the reception that will immediately follow....

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Video: Meet FTT major Zuri Eshun

Arts and Letters

“Being a film major, I knew I wasn’t going to be constricted to one way of learning or one way or thinking or one way of performing,” says Zuri Eshun, a junior film, television, and theatre (FTT) major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. “You really get the opportunity to be your own person and to create your...

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