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University & Faith

2022 Laetare Medalist fights for her community

Meet Sharon Lavigne, founder and director of Rise St. James, a faith-based grassroots organization in St. James Parish, Louisiana. Lavigne takes on corporations building new facilities in areas where toxic emissions are already among the highest in the U.S.

"This is our land. This is our home, and I’m ready to fight. I’m ready to fight any industry that’s trying to come in here to take over our lives. Because it’s a death sentence for us if we don’t. We are fighting to live." — Sharon Lavigne, 2022 Laetare Medalist 
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University & Faith

Ukrainian archbishop to deliver commencement address

Metropolitan-Archbishop Borys Gudziak, the highest-ranking Ukrainian Catholic prelate in the U.S. and president of Ukrainian Catholic University, will be the principal speaker and receive an honorary degree at Notre Dame's 2022 commencement ceremony on May 15.

"The students, faculty and staff at Notre Dame have demonstrated continuing solidarity with Ukraine over this past month, and I know that they will benefit from and appreciate hearing the words of Archbishop Gudziak." — Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. 


Micki Kidder named VP for undergraduate enrollment

Micki Kidder, vice president for University Enterprises and Events, has been named vice president for undergraduate enrollment effective July 1, an appointment by President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., following a national search. Kidder will succeed Don Bishop, associate vice president for undergraduate enrollment, who will retire June 30.
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'Sent from heaven'

It was spring break as usual for a couple of Notre Dame sophomores earlier this month. Mike Oblich from Erie, Pennsylvania, and Jack Zagrocki of Pittsburgh enjoyed a few days of fun and sun in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After landing at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, they hopped into a car and headed to campus. What happened next made one man say they were "sent from heaven."


New global affairs major

Students can now earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in global affairs from the Keough School of Global Affairs. The new major enables students to learn how interdisciplinary, policy-oriented research and scholarship can drive constructive change.
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Saint Mary's Road closed at Holy Cross Drive today

Saint Mary's Road at Holy Cross Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic today so underground piping can be installed. This is where Saint Mary's Road dead-ends at the Grotto and where Our Lady of the Lake World Peace Plaza is under construction.
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Notre Dame Fencing National Champions 2022

Behind the Scenes

ND pulls off hosting NCAA fencing championship, and wins

Did you hear? Notre Dame Fencing captured the 2022 NCAA fencing national championship on Sunday at the Joyce Center. The University pulled off the hosting honors thanks to groups within Athletics and elsewhere at Notre Dame. 
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