2014: Year in Evaluation

The calendar yr 2014 was filled with numerous notable moments of accomplishment, celebration and reflection at the University of Notre Dame. Here are some of them.


Library renovation - Level 10 tower enclave Library renovation – Level 10 tower enclave

  • In the wake of the 50th anniversary of the Hesburgh Library, the University started an interior renovation of the iconic constructing in December. This marks the first significant renovation since the 14-story developing was constructed in 1963. The renovation will add accessibility to interdisciplinary and collaborative spaces, state-of-the-art technologies and superior study expertise.
  • In October, the University announced the creation of its very first new school or college in practically a century — the Donald R. Keough College of Worldwide Affairs. R. Scott Appleby, a scholar of worldwide religion and a member of Notre Dame’s faculty given that 1994, will serve as the Marilyn Keough Dean of the school. The establishment of the school as well as the development of Jenkins Hall to property it has been created feasible by gifts totaling $ 50 million from Donald and Marilyn Keough, between the most generous benefactors in the University’s historical past.
  • Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond, founder of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, delivered the commencement address at the 169th University Commencement Ceremony in May. Kenneth Miller, professor of biology at Brown University, was awarded the Laetare Medal. Mark Santrach, an architecture major from St. Paul, Minnesota, delivered the valedictory tackle.
  • The Mendoza University of Company took the No. one spot for the fifth year in a row in Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2014 Ranking of Best Undergraduate Company Colleges.
  • The School of Science started a 150-12 months anniversary celebration that will carry on by means of September 2015. The university hosted many occasions throughout the 12 months in collaboration with the nearby local community and nationwide sponsors, which includes the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the Center for Historical past and the nationwide radio present “Science Friday.”
  • Recent alumnus Alex Coccia was named a 2015 Rhodes Scholar. Coccia majored in Africana Research and Peace Scientific studies at Notre Dame and was involved in several routines, including serving as student physique president and competing on the fencing group. He is Notre Dame’s 15th Rhodes Scholar and 1st because 2002.
  • In October, the University of Arts and Letters and College of Science announced a new collaborative main in neuroscience and conduct, which will contain the two bachelor of arts and bachelor of science tracks.
  • In December, the University of Arts and Letters and the University of Engineering announced a new interdisciplinary minor in computing and digital technologies beginning in fall 2015.
  • Michelle Whaley, a teaching professor in the Division of Biological Sciences, was named the 2014 Indiana Professor of the Yr by the Carnegie Basis for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Schooling.
  • Gregory P. Crawford, William K. Warren Basis Dean of the School of Science and professor of physics, was appointed associate provost and vice president of the University, effective July one, 2015. In his new function, Crawford will be charged with establishing Notre Dame’s presence in California, initially in the Bay Location.


Trustee John W. &quotJay&quot Jordan Trustee John W. “Jay” Jordan

  • A $ 75 million gift from alumnus and Trustee John W. “Jay” Jordan, announced in May possibly, is the greatest in the University’s historical past and tends to make him its most generous benefactor, with a offering complete of $ 150 million. The gift will be directed towards the creation of a world-class analysis plan in an location of science and engineering that is new to Notre Dame and that has the prospective to create innovative intellectual house that has crucial business potential.
  • Notre Dame and 5 public and personal partners announced in June the Notre Dame Turbomachinery Facility, a $ 36 million undertaking that will be the nation’s foremost analysis and check facility for advancing the technology employed in the massive gas turbine engines utilised by industrial and military aircraft, electrical power plants and the oil and gas industry. The facility will supply 60 jobs in the South Bend location and will check engine parts at pressures and temperatures higher than any that exist at recent U.S. university services.
  • A mobile concussion app below development by researchers from Notre Dame’s Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics Initiative was chosen for funding in a competition sponsored by the Nationwide Football League and General Electrical. The research is carried out in collaboration with mobile computer software firm Contect Inc.
  • Biologists Nicole Achee and Neil Lobo are leaders of an global $ 23 million analysis grant from the Bill &amp Melinda Gates Basis, the second largest award to a single grant proposal in Notre Dame’s historical past. Their 5-yr venture will create the data necessary to present the effectiveness of a new paradigm in mosquito control — spatial repellency — for the prevention of two critical mosquito-borne illnesses: malaria and dengue fever.
  • The William K. Warren Foundation of Tulsa, Oklahoma, created a $ three.5 million gift that, mixed with a earlier gift valued at $ six.five million, will endow the creation of The Warren Family Analysis Center for Drug Discovery and Advancement in the College of Science. The center will be a state-of-the-artwork resource for a highly productive and renowned group of drug discovery faculty with experience and curiosity in regions this kind of as neurological and central nervous system ailments, infectious condition, cancer and rare conditions.
  • In October, the University celebrated the groundbreaking for the new McCourtney Hall, a state-of-the-artwork study facility underwritten by a $ 35 million present from alumnus Ted H. McCourtney and his wife, Tracy. McCourtney Hall is the first committed research constructing to be constructed in a planned larger East Campus Investigation Complex.
  • Astrophysicist Justin R. Crepp and researchers from NASA doing work with the Kepler space mission have detected an Earth-like planet orbiting the habitable zone of a great star, announced in April. While there have been other discoveries of Earth-sized and smaller planets, this is the first identified that could have an Earth-like ambiance and liquid water at its surface.
  • In October, the Boler and Parseghian households, both with longtime ties to Notre Dame, created gifts totaling $ 10 million to endow the newly named Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Illnesses.
  • The College of Architecture announced in September the acquisition of the Seaside Archives, which details the history, organizing, design and creating of the initial New Urbanist improvement of Seaside, Florida. In conjunction with the acquisition, the Hesburgh Libraries, School of Architecture and town of Seaside launched the newest phase of the Seaside Investigation Portal, the initial virtual archive of a living local community.

Campus information

Campus Crossroads Task

  • Encompassing academics, athletics and student lifestyle, the Campus Crossroads Project, announced in January and begun in November, is the greatest building project in the University’s background. The venture will add substantial academic area in 3 buildings surrounding the historic Notre Dame Stadium and will property several departments such as Music, Anthropology and Psychology, as effectively as new student existence and recreational sports centers.
  • The 2014-15 Notre Dame Forum, announced in September, explored the question “What do Notre Dame graduates need to have to know?” The inaugural event featured Carl Wieman, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics and professor of physics at Stanford University, who spoke on “Taking a Scientific Technique to Science Schooling.” Subsequent speakers have included Catherine Cornille, chairwoman of Boston College’s theology department Cyril O’Regan, Huisking Professor of Theology at Notre Dame and Richard Brodhead, president of Duke University.
  • The Notre Dame endowment returned 19.7 percent for the 12 months ending June thirty, according to Scott Malpass, vice president and chief investment officer. The endowment pool worth grew from $ 8.3 billion on June 30, 2013, to $ 9.8 billion on June 30.
  • The Notre Dame Fire Division celebrated its 135th anniversary on Nov. 21. It is the oldest university-based fire department in the nation.
  • The University released its initial mobile app for iOS and Android methods in April. The free app is a tool for anybody to uncover helpful campus and nearby details, including an interactive campus map, information, weather, menus and a lot more, very easily on their gadgets.
  • In March, the University launched a new strategic strategy that supplies target, transparency and accountability for its routines in the subsequent ten many years. Named “A Legacy Expanded,” the strategy builds on the five goals President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., outlined in 2005, his inaugural 12 months as president.
  • In June, 25 young African leaders from 17 countries came to Notre Dame as portion of the Obama administration’s six-week Younger African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Notre Dame is between an elite group of colleges and universities chosen by the U.S. Department of State as a host institution for the Washington Fellowship for Younger African Leaders program. The new flagship system will deliver 500 college students to the U.S. every single year for leadership coaching, academic coursework and mentoring, and will produce special options in Africa to put people new capabilities to useful use.


Beneath Armour gear

  • Notre Dame when once again claimed the 2014 nationwide championship for graduating pupil-athletes in all sports, posting the prime NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) figure (99) for its student-athletes for the eighth straight 12 months.
  • In January, Notre Dame athletics and Underneath Armour announced their new partnership in which Underneath Armour will be the unique designer and supplier of the footwear, apparel and gear of the University’s varsity athletic teams.
  • Elizabeth Tucker, a 2014 graduate and women’s soccer staff alumna, was named the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year. She is the very first Notre Dame student-athlete to be selected for the honor in its 24-yr historical past.
  • The Notre Dame football staff went to Indianapolis for its yearly Shamrock Series, taking part in Purdue at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Fighting Irish won 30-14. The University also hosted a selection of academic and service pursuits in the region, such as lectures, support projects and the Shamrock Series 5k Run.

Faith and support

President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., shakes hands with Pope Francis. Photo courtesy Vatican Photograph Workplace President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., shakes hands with Pope Francis. Photo courtesy Vatican Photograph Workplace

  • In January, a group of University leaders such as President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C, exchanged messages of help with Pope Francis in the course of a private audience in the Apostolic Palace. The week started with an academic convocation in the Notre Dame Rome Center at Through Ostilia 15, a not too long ago renovated 32,000-square-foot creating found a block from the Colosseum.
  • The University celebrated the 200th birthday of its founder, Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., with a Mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Feb. 6.
  • In June, the Alliance for Catholic Schooling celebrated the homecoming of the ACE Bus, which traveled thirty,000 miles to pay a visit to a lot more than 16,000 Catholic school college students across the nation in the Fighting For Our Children’s Future Nationwide Bus Tour. The tour set out to increase awareness of the successes of Catholic schools and the profound effect the colleges have on their college students.


Brian Shannon works on a venture in Harper Cancer Center

  • A special partnership initiated by the Harper Cancer Investigation Institute and consisting of clinical partners from The Health-related Foundation, Saint Joseph Regional Health care Center and Beacon Health Method will give an individualized “molecular portrait” to local cancer individuals. Mutational profiling can offer beneficial information relating to possible drug remedies that might benefit an individual patient, enabling a clinical group to personalize cancer therapy.

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