All students and staff members associated with Notre Dame programs in Chile are accounted for and safe after an 8.8-magnitude earthquake hit the country Saturday, a University press release said. “For the second time this semester, we are immensely grateful that Notre Dame students, faculty and staff are safe in the wake of a devastating natural disaster,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said. “As was the case last month for Haitians after an earthquake hit that nation, the prayers of the Notre Dame family now are with the people of Chile.” Members of the Congregation of Holy Cross working in Chile were also reported to be safe. The University will monitor the situation in the coming days to determine whether to continue with its programs in Chile this semester. The Notre Dame study abroad program in Chile was established in 1993 and is based in Santiago. Students take most of their courses at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica. The Alliance for Catholic Education program in Chile is an 18-month program that involves teaching for one year at St. George’s College in Santiago, certification in teaching English as a new language and Spanish language immersion. The University has 19 undergraduate students and two staff members studying and working in Santiago, the site of the University’s study abroad program. Five graduate students are also in Santiago for Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education program, along with one staff member from the MBA program.
The Mendoza College of Business has launched the Notre Dame MBA Mini Deep-Dive Challenge — a virtual case competition — where individual participants analyze a contemporary business challenge offered by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and submit a proposal for judging. Registration for the challenge opened on Jan. 17 with the deadline for entries of Feb. 4. The case is presented by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, the manufacturer of Keurig coffee makers and several coffees, teas and other products. The challenge invites individual participants to explore a real world business challenge, analyze the business problems and propose a solution that has a real impact on a sustainability issue while simultaneously strengthening the company’s brand. The top submissions will be selected by teams of Mendoza faculty and staff and then submitted for review to social responsibility and relations and customer development executives of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. The competition is open to anyone, but provides an ideal opportunity for prospective students considering the Mendoza MBA program to glimpse the type of real world case studies offered as part of the program’s interterm intensives. These interterm intensives are a signature feature of the Mendoza MBA program and involve concentrated four-day case studies of contemporary issues faced by Fortune 500 companies. Competition prizes range from a first place grand prize of a $10,000 fellowship to various second and third place prizes, including Keurig coffee brewers, McDonald’s and Adidas gift cards and Notre Dame apparel. In addition, the first 200 contestants who register for the challenge will receive prizes valued at $30. With such prizes on the line, interest and participation are expected to be high. “We have seen a huge response thus far,” said Brian Lohr, director of Notre Dame MBA admissions. “There is a lot of energy surrounding the competition and it seems to be resonating with a lot of people.” The competition illustrates the mutual benefits derived from partnering with a major global corporation. “The value of the program is that it gives students a glimpse into case analysis,” Lohr said. “It really is a win-win in that students get to see what an MBA program is like and the corporate partners get to evaluate potential real-world solutions to problems.” The case briefing will be available to registrants online at the Notre Dame Mini Deep-Dive Challenge website today. The website will also feature videos that follow a team that competed in a similar competition in the fall.
Even as the country annually celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s namesake with a holiday, Americans are betraying the vision of King envisioned, Kroc Institute scholar and peace activist Rashied Omar said in a lecture at Saint Mary’s on Tuesday. King took a firm stand against racism, materialism and militarism, Omar said. “[He was] an American prophet. He was a patriot even if others could not see it,” Omar said. “He thought that if the U.S. changed itself, it had a tremendous potential to spread good.” Omar said many of King’s hopes for the world have not been realized in the decades following his death. “If Martin Luther King was alive today, he would want us to be on the right side of the world wide revolution of values,” he said. “It is time to stop thinking about who killed Martin, but who is killing Martin’s dream.” Omar said society often places value in largely inconsequential matters, which is the opposite of what King preached. “We are a ‘thing-oriented’ society, but we need to become a ‘person-oriented’ society,” Omar said. Rashied also said King’s dream of peace is ignored by the American government. “[King wanted] war money to put food in the wrinkled stomachs of God’s children,” he said. “[America] spends more on military than the next 12 countries combined. This is spiritual death.” Each year, the sitting president commemorates King, lays a wreath on his grave, and goes right back to war the next day, Omar said. “There is a street in every town named after him, but people’s actions today betray Martin’s vision, kill the dream,” he said. King recognized America needed a revival of spirit, Omar said. “He wanted to redeem the soul of America and have the country act as a responsible member of the world community,” he said. Omar said King would recognize many societal norms worthy of challenging. “Today we see legalized prejudices against many minorities, the Hispanic community and gays and lesbians,” he said. Omar noted modern prophets exist today, such as Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who help recognize points in society worthy of change. “[They are] the moral conscious of society, not only electing leaders but holding them accountable,” he said. “They challenged the injustice of the status quo.” When Barrack Obama ran for president, he campaigned on a platform containing aspects of a modern prophet, Omar said. “[He highlighted] the move towards change, we needed hope,” he said. “When he came to power however, the movement retired.”
The University announced Friday the creation of the Fighting Irish Initiative, made possible by a $20 million donation to Notre Dame by 1988 graduate Sean Cullinan and his wife Sue, according to a University press release.The Fighting Irish Initiative will be a “groundbreaking” program to fund fully the education of students coming from low-income households making less than $50,000 annually, the press release stated. The program will also create a “comprehensive enrichment program” to help students glean the most from their time at the University.University President Fr. John Jenkins stressed in the press release the importance of making the Notre Dame education available to all students regardless of socioeconomic status.“We want to ensure that the talented students who are admitted to Notre Dame are able to attend and find a supportive home here,” Jenkins said in the release. “We are tremendously grateful to Sean and Sue for their willingness to fund an initiative that will make a Notre Dame education a reality for those who are in need of financial assistance, and then to make the years they spend here on campus as successful and rewarding as possible.”The initiative will cover all official costs of Notre Dame, including tuition and fees, room and board, books and transportation but will also cover less obvious expenses such as winter clothing, study abroad expenses and tickets to athletic and dorm events, according to the release. The Cullinans’ donation will also fund the hiring of a full-time staff to lead the program. Don Bishop, associate vice president for undergraduate enrollment, said a diversity of students provides an asset to the University.“Notre Dame has established itself among the top 15 national research universities for the quality of its student body,” Bishop said in the statement. “In the past five years we have added more students from the lowest-income households and have strategies in place to continue to find and cultivate even more of these top scholars. “Adding more support and enhancements in programs to elevate their educational, professional and personal development is an exciting prospect for us as well as our students.”Tags: fighting irish initiative, Sean cullinan
An incident of sexual misconduct was reported to Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) on Friday, according to an email sent to the Notre Dame community early Saturday morning. The alleged incident occurred on the sidewalk between Leahy Drive and the D Bulla Parking Lot around 11:30 p.m. Friday, the email said.According to the email, the victim said the perpetrator — described as a white man in his 20s or 30s around 5-foot-8 with a ”somewhat stocky build” — turned around and followed her after initially passing her while walking in the opposite direction. The man then “engaged in non-consensual sexual contact” with the victim and ran away, the email said.NDSP included a photo of the suspect — who had not been located by the police yet at the time the community received the email — in the email, which shows him wearing a baseball cap and a dark brown or black jacket with light brown on the shoulders and top of the arms. The email asked anyone with information about the incident to contact NDSP at 574-631-5555.Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault are available online from NDSP and from the Title IX office.Tags: NDSP, sexual misconduct
Michael “Mic” Detlefsen, the McMahon-Hank professor of philosophy at Notre Dame, died Monday at 71, the University announced in a press release Wednesday.Detlefsen taught at Notre Dame for 35 years. His scholarship focused on the intersection between philosophy and mathematics, with a particular focus on the history of mathematics, logic and epistemology. He was editor for the Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic, a scientific journal on mathematical logic.Detlefsen’s work brought him international attention. In addition to several visiting appointments at universities in Europe, he served as Senior Chaire d’Excellence in the French government’s Agence National de la Recherche from 2007 to 2012.According to the release, he also received honors at Notre Dame, including the University Research Achievement Award in 2016 and the Rev. James A. Burns, C.S.C., Award for Exemplary Contributions to Graduate Education in 2015.Philosophy professor Patricia Blanchette remembered Detlefsen as an influential international scholar of philosophy.“Mic’s work to bring together the philosophy of mathematics communities in Europe and North America has been enormously important to the development of the field,” Blanchette said in the release. “His annual philosophy of math seminar in Paris has provided an opportunity for scholars in western Europe to get together with scholars from the U.S., and for the philosophy of mathematics community in Paris to be enriched immeasurably.”Professor of philosophy and philosophy department chair Jeff Speaks noted Detlefsen’s role in building Notre Dame’s philosophy program.“Notre Dame has been one of the best places in the world to study the philosophy of mathematics for decades, and that is very largely due to Mic’s importance and influence in the field,” Speaks said in the release. “He has been a leader in our department, and a mentor to students and faculty alike. It is difficult to imagine the place without him.”A Nebraska native, Detlefsen graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in Illinois and a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. He is survived by his wife and three children.A visitation will be held Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. at McGann Hay Granger Chapel.A memorial service will take place Sunday at 3 p.m. at Church of the Savior in South Bend. Friends of the Detlefsens are invited to visit with the family an hour before the service.Tags: department of philosophy, Michael Detlefsen, philosophy
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Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Lorie Shaull / CC BY-SA 2.0 JAMESTOWN – Nearly 15,000 people have cast their ballots during the first hours of the Election Day in Chautauqua County.The local Board of Election reports 15,471 people have turned out to vote before noon, with 14,990 regular ballots accepted. Of the votes, 275 ballots are considered “spoiled” and 211 were via affidavit.So far today, most of the votes have been cast by people 65 and older, with 6,168 ballots logged.Of those ages 50 to 64, 4,618 voters have turned out, with 2,799 people ages 35 to 49 and 1,888 ages 18 to 34 visiting the polls before noon. As for party break down, so far today 46 percent of the votes cast are by registered Republicans, with registered Democrats casting 25 percent of the vote before noon today.The remaining 29 percent of votes recorded were by those registered to minor parties or as an independent.In early voting, 32 percent of people who participated were registered Republicans while 39 percent were registered Democrats.The remaining 29 percent of votes cast during early voting last week were by those registered to minor parties or as an independent.More than 14,000 ballots were tallied during early voting last week in Chautauqua County.Polls opened at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 9 p.m. tonight. To learn more about where your voting place is, visit VoteChautauqua.com.WNY News Now will provide live election coverage all day on WNYNewsNow.com and our 24/7 streaming network. A primetime election special will kickoff at 9 p.m. reporting results as they come in. Viewers can watch LIVE at WNYNewsNow.com/LIVE or our Facebook page.
Chenoweth will reprise the role of eccentric performer April Rhodes on the 100th episode of Glee. She won a Tony for her performance in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and an Emmy for Pushing Daisies. Her additional Broadway credits include Wicked, Promises, Promises, The Apple Tree, Epic Proportions and Steel Pier—we’re keeping our fingers crossed that we’ll see her in a rumored production of Hello, Dolly! within the next two years. Star Files View Comments Well, we obviously know what Kristin Chenoweth has been up to for the last few years (starring on GCB, saying Yes to the Dress and performing sold out concerts, of course), but we’re not complaining that she is set to appear on the newest episode of OWN’s Oprah: Where Are They Now. The Tony-winning dynamo will feature alongside Gary Busey and the fab five from Queer Eye For the Straight Guy on January 3. On the new episode, Chenoweth will chat with Oprah about her bad girl childhood and almost making the trip to the altar. Twice. The series, which debuted in October 2012, reunites viewers with The Oprah Winfrey Show’s most popular guests to get updates and stories about their current lives. Judging by the teaser video below, it looks like we’ll be getting a cameo by adorable pup Maddie, too! Kristin Chenoweth
Public Theater’s Love’s Labour’s Lost to Release Original Cast Album Featuring Patti Murin & Colin DonnellBy admin on
View Comments The Public Theater’s world premiere musical Love’s Labour’s Lost, penned by Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson collaborators Michael Friedman and Alex Timbers, will be preserved with an original cast album. Featuring a score by Friedman and a book by two-time Tony nominee Timbers, the album for the 2013 Shakespeare in the Park production will be produced and released by Sh-K-Boom Records. No official release date has been announced. Bryce Pinkham View All (6) Rebecca Naomi Jones Patti Murin Daniel Breaker Colin Donnell Andrew Durand Donnell took to Twitter on January 27 to announce the exciting news. He tweeted: “Guess what’s getting a cast album!!! #loveslabourslost. In the studio now with the gang! @ShKBoom.” Inspired by the Bard’s famous play, Timbers and Friedman’s Love’s Labour’s Lost takes place at a college campus. The King and his best friends decide at their five-year college reunion to swear off women, but when four cute, clever girls from their past show up, they’re forced to reconsider. The show’s starry cast featured Patti Murin (Princess), Colin Donnell (Berowne), Daniel Breaker (King of Navarre), Kevin Del Aguila (Dull), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Jaquenetta), Bryce Pinkham (Longaville), Rachel Dratch (Holofernes), Andrew Durand (Boyet), Kimiko Glenn (Maria), Jeff Hiller (Nathaniel), Justin Levine (Moth), Lucas Near-Verbrugghe (Dumaine), Charlie Pollock (Costard), Caesar Samayoa (Don Armado), Maria Thayer (Rosaline) and Audrey Lynn Weston (Katherine). Star Files Check out scenes from The Public’s Love’s Labour’s Lost below!