Staff Stories

The Rome Gateway commemorates the International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Costanza Montanari

The Rome Gateway has had a special connection to the historical heritage of the Jewish presence in Rome since the acquisition of the ND Villa, the living-learning community where the students of the University of Notre Dame in Rome live, located in Via Celimontana. The ND Villa housed a Jewish school in the two-year period from 1938 to 1940

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United Way in need of support, now more than ever

Gwen O'Brien, NDWorks

The COVID-19 pandemic has made 2020 a rough year for everybody. For some of our Michiana neighbors, it’s been unbearable.  “Our food bank and pantries are getting slammed. People are lining up at 8:30 a.m. for a 4:30 p.m. food distribution, and we haven’t yet hit the peak of this crisis. How can you wrap your head around that?” said…

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Trick flavors make the judges say ‘fa-boo-lous!’ on ‘Halloween Baking Championship’

Sue Ryan, Media Relations

When deciding to indulge in a tasty dessert, ingredients like black garlic and beets aren’t usually a go-to flavor choice. But taking risks with uncommon flavors helped to lift University of Notre Dame executive pastry chef Sinai Vespie into the finale of the Food Network “Halloween Baking Championship” series.

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Notre Dame files formal comment with Department of Homeland Security

Notre Dame News

Three University of Notre Dame leaders have filed a formal comment on behalf of the University urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to withdraw a proposed rule that would make it harder for international students to enroll in U.S. universities. The comment amplifies concerns expressed this week in a letter from Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.…

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Asian cultural events drew enthusiastic audiences in 2019-20

Liu Institute

The three biggest cultural events sponsored and co-sponsored by the Liu Institute in 2019-2020 saw enthusiastic capacity audiences. Bijayini Satpathy, a globally acclaimed Odissi dancer known for her intense facial expressions, performed her solo show Kalpana on September 5, 2019, at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Patricia George Decio Theater. Coordinated by the Asian Indian Classical Music Society, Satpathy’s performance...

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Begin with empathy: Notre Dame Ethics Week explores finding common ground

Carol Elliott

Notre Dame Ethics Week, held Feb. 16-19, features four events exploring the theme “Beginning with Empathy: Listening and Learning From Others.” The sessions explore a wide range of topics related to empathy, including the underlying science, diversity and inclusion, teaching empathy as part of problem solving and how medical professionals employ empathy.

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Elizabeth M. Renieris appointed founding director of the Notre Dame-IBM Tech Ethics Lab

Notre Dame News

Elizabeth M. Renieris, currently a technology and human rights fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a practitioner fellow at Stanford University’s Digital Civil Society Lab, has been appointed founding director of the Notre Dame-IBM Technology Ethics Lab at the University of Notre Dame.

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Statement from Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., on the passing of baseball legend Hank Aaron

Notre Dame News

“When Notre Dame bestowed an honorary degree on Hank Aaron in 2005, our citation referenced his legendary baseball career and concluded that, most importantly, he had done it all ‘fair and square.’ His many records, particularly in the face of racial prejudice, make him one of the greats of the game.

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Notre Dame launches interdisciplinary Initiative on Race and Resilience

Josh Weinhold

The University of Notre Dame has launched the Initiative on Race and Resilience, a new interdisciplinary program focused on the redress of systemic racism and the support of communities of color both within and beyond the Notre Dame campus. Led by the College of Arts & Letters with additional support from the Office of the Provost, the initiative will bring...

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2020 United Way Campaign is underway


According to the United Way of St. Joseph County, four in 10 families struggle to meet basic needs. This year is even more challenging as many in the South Bend community face financial devastation and health challenges due to COVID-19. Each year, Notre Dame faculty and staff donate to the United Way…

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The Snite Museum of Art Announces Important Acquisitions to its Mesoamerican Collection

Gina Costa

The Snite Museum of Art announces  five gifts to the Museum’s distinguished Mesoamerican collection.   Mr. William. J. Gallagher Jr. ND’1950, was one of the original lenders of Pre-Columbian objects to the Snite Museum of Art when it opened its doors in the fall of 1980. These early loans from the Gallagher Family were foundational objects to the development of...

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Notre Dame Police Department issues equity in policing report

Dennis Brown

In collaboration with a group of Black University of Notre Dame students, and after receiving suggestions from them as well as from faculty, staff and alumni, the Notre Dame Police Department (NDPD) has developed a report that includes acknowledgement of past problems, a commitment to equitable policing and a comprehensive series of initiatives designed to create a more fair, impartial,...

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2020 Presidential Awards for staff announced

Emily Knouse, Human Resources

The Presidential Awards recognize staff members for their significant contributions to the betterment of the University and whose actions exemplify Notre Dame’s Core Values: Accountability, Teamwork, Integrity, Leadership in Excellence and Leadership in Mission. Congratulations to Darrell Rowell, Jennifer Wittenbrink Ortega, Calvin Metts, Tina Jankowski, Brandi Wampler and Scott Rinehart.

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Staff psychologist Weiyang Xie wins grant to improve mental health in the Asian community

Natalie Davis Miller, NDWorks

When University Counseling Center (UCC) Staff Psychologist Weiyang Xie, Ph.D., HSPP, alongside three outside collaborators with the national grassroots non-profit organization United Chinese Americans, submitted a grant to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), they never thought they would get it due to the high competitiveness of the applicant pool. In fact, they began to console and encourage each other...

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“Everyday Religion” class delves into religious diversity

Josh Stowe

When one encounters the rich diversity of the world’s religions, working to understand different faith traditions can promote tolerance, interreligious dialogue, and peace. This was the idea students explored during the second session of “Everyday Religion in a World of Many Faiths.” The class, offered by the Ansari Institute, meets online Thursday evenings and is free and open to the public.

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