Nicole Krou has talked about being an artist since preschool.“We had preschool graduation,” Krou said. “We had this stupid ceremony and we walked across the stage and this lady — I don’t know who she was — asked us what we wanted to be when we grow up. At the rehearsal I told her artist, then at the actual graduation I said I wanted to be a paleontologist.”Today, Krou has the opportunity to show off her work in the South Bend Museum of Art. “I thought it was pretty cool, and it was actually rather terrifying,” she said.The junior art major had an internship during the summer of 2009. After sending in her portfolio, she was granted the internship, and was awarded the chance to have some studio space for her own art exhibit at the museum.“I gravitated towards print making this year,” Krou said. “I just took foundations courses my freshman year and then I was abroad all of my sophomore year so I didn’t do any art. Then I took silkscreen last semester and really enjoyed it.”Though she enjoys creating silkscreens, Krou said she likes dabbling in other art forms as well.Krou said her work is inspired by a variety of popular cultures from the 1980s including the band Poison, the popular television show “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and vinyl records and cassettes.Krou said she’s willing to work anywhere. She often works within the print studio at the College, on her kitchen floor or out on her deck at her off-campus housing.“The kitchen floor is a nice place,” Krou said. “Good light. Pretty much wherever it’s suitable. I don’t want to limit myself. When it happens, it happens.”Krou said she hopes those who look at her work will feel some sense of nostalgia.“I just want you to kind of look at it and be like, ‘hey, I remember that, that was cool. That makes me feel happy inside,’” Krou said. “I just want you to feel an emotion.”After Saint Mary’s, Krou said she plans to attend grad school, but hopes to go abroad.
After Sunday’s Masses, students stood outside the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, handing out white cards with a small rainbow ribbon attached. Printed on the back of these cards is Notre Dame’s Spirit of Inclusion, a statement of equal opportunity and affirmative action adopted by the University in 1997, and reading in part: “We prize the uniqueness of all persons as God’s creatures. We welcome all people, regardless of color, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social or economic class and nationality, for example, precisely because of Christ’s calling to treat others as we desire to be treated.” These cards were distributed as part of Solidarity Sunday, an annual event held by the Core Council each fall semester recognizing the Note Dame community’s Spirit of Inclusion. The Core Council works to identify the needs of gay, lesbian and bisexual students, and helps to implement educational programming on gay and lesbian issues. The group consists of eight undergraduate students and four administrators from the Division of Student Affairs. Sr. Sue Dunn, O.P., co-chair of Core Council and assistant vice president for Student Affairs, said Solidarity Sunday has been celebrated since 1997 when the Spirit of Inclusion was first written. “We thought this is a wonderful way to [acknowledge] the spirit of dignity and the worth of all people, recognizing each person as a child of God,” she said. Core Council member Brandon Buchanan, a senior, said Solidarity Sunday emphasizes the importance of always having a spirit of inclusion and making efforts to bridge the gaps between different communities. A new addition to the Solidarity Sunday events was a coffee house, which took place Thursday night in Geddes Hall. Students gathered for refreshments, speakers and a night of poetry and prayer. Buchanan started off the night by leading a moment of silence for Declan Sullivan, followed by a prayer for anyone who has considered or who has committed suicide, or felt that he or she had nowhere to go. “The first was a prayer for becoming involved in speaking up for the sense of dignity and worth of others, and [Brandon] ended it with a prayer thanking people for their support and recognition; he appealed for people to walk with allies,” Dunn said. Poems recited during the coffee house included “Imagine” by John Lennon, “As I Walked Out One Evening,” by W.H. Auden, “Year’s End,” by Marilyn Hacker and “Hallucinations,” an original poem written by Core Council Co-chair Rachel Washington. A common theme of the poems, Dunn said, was being true to yourself. Selections from the Spirit of Inclusion were also read out loud periodically throughout the program. “I wanted [the coffee house] to be something everyone can go to, both heterosexuals and members of the GLBTQ community,” Washington, a senior, said. “I wanted the poems to express solidarity of every kind.” The Solidarity Sunday events continued Friday when students around campus wore orange “Gay? Fine by me” T-shirts to show their support for the GLBTQ community. Dunn said 29 chapels on campus distributed the cards Sunday, and during each Mass, participants said prayers to recognize the Spirit of Inclusion. “After the communion in the resident hall masses, there’s a time for announcements. During the announcements each hall has a volunteer that reads a statement about recognizing Solidarity Sunday, that we honor the Spirit of Inclusion, and that we encourage everyone to pick up cards on the way out,” she said. In an effort to expand Core Council’s reach, Dunn said, the coalition was formed two years ago. The coalition works in cooperation with the Core Council, consisting of a representative from student government and various representatives from other student groups. “We have various clubs as well as student government that are part of the coalition,” Dunn said. “Coalition members can also include clubs that have some of the same goals that [we do.]” Senior Mariah McGrogan is co-chair of the Gender Issues Committee of student government. Her committee works in conjunction with Core Council to promote events like Solidarity Sunday and StaND Against Hate Week, which is a weeklong series of events sponsored by Core Council in the spring. “We’ve been publicizing these events to hall councils and Hall Presidents Council, and Senate has been involved in getting the word out there,” McGrogan said. She said a large part of her role as co-chair of the Gender Issues Committee is to help to advertise solidarity. Her committee produced posters this year in support of Solidarity Sunday. Dunn said with the help of student government and the cooperation of campus clubs, there has been significant growth in the Coalition over the last two years. She said she hopes events like Solidarity Sunday will continue to promote respect for others on campus. “My hope would be that we could have a consistent ethic or consistent commitment to respectful dialogue, and not just a sense of toleration — of just accepting people and celebrating the differences, whatever they are,” she said.
Junior Parent’s Weekend (JPW) gave Notre Dame mothers and fathers a small glimpse into the college lives of their undergraduates. “After being here this weekend, we saw firsthand that Notre Dame is really like a big family,” Alberto Elizondo, the father of Alberto Elizondo, said. Family, both new and old, joined together for a weekend of events featuring an opening gala, collegiate workshops, hall luncheons and a president’s dinner that left parents reminiscing. Cris Bowman, father of Alex Bowman, said he experienced a special warmth at Notre Dame. “Having a son that is here gives you a different perspective,” Bowman said. “This weekend has given us that different perspective, and it really helps you see how warm, welcoming and wonderful the institution is,” Alumnus Martin Prellwitz, father of Sophie Prellwitz, said it was interesting to note the changes around campus. “It was kind of ironic visiting [Riley Hall] because I’m a chemical engineer, so that was my building when I was here, and now it’s the art building,” he said. “It’s an interesting blend of the old and of the new.” Carol Prellwitz, Sophie Prellwitz’s mother, said she enjoyed JPW because it allowed her to meet her daughter’s family away from home. “We got to [know] her ‘Domer’ friends a little better and her friends’ parents — her Notre Dame family,” Carol Prellwitz said. Sophie Prellwitz said she was excited to show her parents how independent she had become over the past three years. “I’m proud to show them the life that I have here that they don’t know about,” she said. Other parents said they enjoyed JPW because it taught them more about the amazing opportunities the University has provided their children. Senior Rebekah Wierson, an architecture major, participated in this year’s JPW. She said the collegiate workshops helped her parents understand how life-changing her time in the Rome Program was. “The Dean gave a really good speech while quoting one of my professors saying that Notre Dame students have the amazing opportunity ‘to live ordinary lives in extraordinary places.’ And that’s what [study abroad] is,” she said. “We live there, we just really understood and learned and educated ourselves just as the Romans did.” Mark Buczek, the father of Kate Buczek, said his experience at the Environmental Science workshop made him excited for his daughter’s future. “Knowing now about all the opportunities that are and will be available to [Kate is hopeful],” he said. “We also saw a physics presentation and we realized how difficult physics is.” Mauro Gregorio, father of Flavio Gregorio, said the event left him nostalgic. “I think that [JPW] forces you to think that it’s probably the last time you come to an event [here] before graduation,” he said. Gregorio said the weekend inspired him to reflect on where his son has been and where he is going. “Graduation is about how everything is behind you, and even more about what’s ahead of you outside of Notre Dame,” he said. “[This weekend] gives us an opportunity to be thankful for everything that’s happened. It has been a great opportunity for our son, and also to start looking forward to how his life will be like after Notre Dame.”
Margaret Mullett, director of Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library in Washington D.C., spoke about her research on absentee Byzantine emperors in McKenna Hall on Tuesday night, in honor of the late Prof. Sabine MacCormack. Mullett’s lecture, titled, “Writing a Mobile Empire” focused on Byzantine emperors’ war-time lodging of choice: tents. It was the second in a year-long series of talks, “Writing Empire: Rome and Byzantium,” hosted by several academic departments, including the Department of Classics and the Department of Theology. “The emperors were on campaign for half the year,” Mullett said. “[I study] how much of the [governmental] functions travelled with them and how much they left behind, how much evidence went with them.” MacCormack, a Hesburgh Professor of Arts and Letters who died last June, published “Art and Ceremony in late Antiquity” in 1981. Mullett said she wants to update MacCormack’s ideas about the cultural impact of tents on the Byzantine empire. “I think that ceremony and performance were very much at the heart of what she thought about [the Byzantine] empire,” Mullett said. “I think its time to reassess. She’s right, but I think there are other things to be taken into account.” Mullett’s analysis focused on three areas affected by Byzantine’s mobile emperors: the government, court culture and ceremonial tradition. Despite the realm’s strengths, Mullett said Byzantium is largely ignored in comparative literature about empires. “The Byzantium Empire reigned for nearly two millennia,” Mullett said. “They had impressive road systems and communications, a cultural unity project, superb tax machinery and military logistics. … It was a primary empire.” Mullett specifically addressed the “tent poetry” that arose from emperors “governing from the furthest corners” of the domain. She said her interest in the cultural and ceremonial aspects of this kind of literature was “unexpected.” “I got hooked on structures and soft architecture and what it might mean for the empire. [It’s] less about marble and more about fabric, the silk of tents,” she said. Mullett said she was happy to be a part of the colloquium, especially since she knew MacCormack from her time at Oxford, where they both studied. “I spent a lot of time in her floor and was totally inspired by her performance in seminar and just the collegiality of [her] conversation and the power of her intellect,” she said. “MacCormack was a wonderful and unique scholar whom I knew in the early 70s,” she said. “She is a wonderful inspiration.”
Saint Mary’s College students struggling with future career choices, resumes or an internship search can find resources in the SMC Career Crossings Office (CCO), director of the CCO Stacie Jeffirs said.The center can help students find jobs after graduation, but it also offers many more resources, Jeffirs said.“It is an office students can come to for help with exploring career options, job and internship searching, post-grad service and graduate school preparation,” Jeffirs said.“We do mock interviews with students, [both] one-on-one and group, and workshops.”More recently, the CCO has branched out with CCO On The Go, another resource for students.“CCO On The Go differs from the regular CCO in that students can come over and see us for open hours in the Student Center,” Jeffirs said. “You can come over and get a quick resume or cover letter reviewed or get questions about applications, processes or websites.”Jeffirs said the idea for CCO On the Go developed when the CCO realized many students’ schedules make it difficult for them to visit the main office.“The CCO On The Go was a group effort between the assistant director and myself,” Jeffirs said. “We’ve been doing it for three or four years now, and we came up with it as a way to reach out to the Saint Mary’s student community.”Sophomore Veronica McDowell said more students should take advantage of the resources offered by the CCO .“Last year, I had never written a resume before, and wanted to apply for an RA job,” McDowell said. “I went to the CCO for examples of resumes and help on what to write for my resume.”McDowell said she highly recommends the CCO to fellow students.“If you’re struggling with what to do for your major, they can help you there as well,” McDowell said. “It’s super personable. I’ve had a good experience with the CCO in general. I would definitely go back there again for help with internship materials.”To get in touch with the CCO Office or CCO On The Go, contact Stacie Jeffirs at [email protected] or stop by the CCO table in the Student Center on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.Tags: Career Crossings Office, careers, guidance
The Office of the Executive Vice President hosted the “Worker Participation Panel Discussion” in the McKenna Hall Auditorium on Tuesday to discuss Notre Dame’s moral responsibility to support international workers’ rights and freedom of association.The panel consisted of five members, including assistant professor of theology Margie Pfeil, professor of Business Ethics Georges Enderle, law professor Doug Cassel, Notre Dame Law School graduate Xin He, and senior Matt Caponigro. Notre Dame alumnus and student body president emeritus Alex Coccia moderated the panel.“I am encouraged that this conversation is being brought to the wider community of Notre Dame because I think that there’s a lot that Notre Dame has to offer,” Caponigro said.The panel’s debate centered around whether Notre Dame should implement a pilot program aimed at increasing worker participation in several Chinese factories. The pilot program, proposed by the Worker Participation Committee created by Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves, would allow for the production of Notre Dame-licensed items in China – a departure from the University’s policy regarding licensing since 1999.In its current form, the University’s Licensing Code of Conduct states that “products bearing the name or other trademarks of the University of Notre Dame shall only be manufactured in countries where all workers enjoy the legal rights to associate freely, form independent labor unions and collectively bargain with their employers.”Pfeil said she believes the pilot program’s deviation from current University policy to be preemptive.“We have an existing licensing code of conduct,” Pfeil said. “Communal engagement around the appropriateness of our current code and whether it needs revision ought to come before pursuit of a pilot manufacturing program that involves violation of that code.”Enderle said he agreed with Pfeil that the issue under discussion is an ethical one, but supports the implementation of the pilot program in China because of its potential to establish better relations with China on a business as well as academic level.“We should be a source for the good, not only at Notre Dame on campus but also worldwide,” he said. “That is my deep conviction … We should not shun China, but we should engage China. I can tell you that this is not easy.”Agreeing with Enderle, Xin He said that with the transition to a new government in China, now is the opportune time for Notre Dame to exert its influence — monetary and otherwise — to bring about an improvement to Chinese workers’ rights.“It’s a good time to review this policy,” Xin He said. “It’s a good time to engage with the Chinese factories.”Cassel said he recognizes potential benefits of the program, but is “concerned that the focus on individual factories may not take adequate account of the broader country context.”Regardless of whether Notre Dame adopts the pilot program, Enderle said, “we have to be careful in making judgments.”“When we talk about human rights, we have to take a look at the full picture,” Cassel said.Coccia said students will have the opportunity to engage in a campus-wide discussion of the issue over the next few weeks. He said a second panel discussion will be held tonight at 7 p.m. in McKenna Hall Auditorium, followed by a Higgins Labor Café meeting in Geddes Hall on Friday at 4:30 p.m.Tags: Worker Participation
This year’s student government administration is focusing on highlighting a previously unexplored aspect of student life at Notre Dame: innovation and entrepreneurship.Student body president Corey Robinson said this issue first came up in discussing what the administration’s report to the University Board of Trustees should be because it applies to all areas of problem solving at Notre Dame.“Entrepreneurship is something that is very important to me,” Robinson said. “Not just because of wanting more students to get businesses started, but rather just because if you look at the problems in a new, innovative light — multidisciplinary — and current students say, ‘Look, we have the resources to do something now,’ … that’s kind of the idea.”Robinson said the history of the University also inspired the administration to examine how well the community is upholding Fr. Sorin’s original vision for Notre Dame.“We wanted to connect to our tradition of, you know, Fr. Sorin with seven Holy Cross brothers coming to the middle of Indiana in the middle of a wintery mix,” he said. “ … He said right at the beginning, ‘I believe this University has the power to be one of the greatest forces for good in our country.’ Two hundred years later, here we are. We’re doing it, and we’re trying our best to fulfill that vision.“I think that the vision is innovation.”Using innovation in the administration’s approach to running student government gives them a new perspective on student issues, Robinson said.“What we’re trying to say is, ‘Okay, well how can we look at these same tried and true issues in a new light?’” he said. “Looking at it through something no one ever thought about pursuing it before. Maybe that’s a better way if it’s different and correct; it can’t just be different for the sake of being different.”In an interview last month, Robinson said this administration has been working toward integrating this initiative into the culture of Notre Dame since the beginning of their campaign.“What we’ve been trying to do in student government … was how do we continue to push innovation and entrepreneurship to the forefront in everything that we do?” he said. “And that’s just how do we structure student government to do that? [Student body vice president Becca Blais] has been restructuring senate so we’ve been trying to change these little pieces throughout the past eight months now to get more students to be thinking about it.”Blais said the changes within student government go well beyond her restructuring of the student senate.“I would say most of the departments have really incorporated innovation as part of their drive and what they’re doing,” Blais said. “A lot have come up with these new ideas. I mean, look at community relations, for example. They’ve been next-level with the things they’ve been involved in, and they’ve reached out to the community in ways that I don’t think student government has done before.”One of the biggest examples of this administration making innovation and entrepreneurship on campus more visible, Robinson said, is the addition of an entrepreneurial space to the Duncan Student Center.“We’ve done different things like … bringing in the student perspective to the Duncan Student Center,” he said. “We said we wanted a space, and there is going to be an entrepreneurial space in the new Duncan Student Center.”Having input in the Duncan Student Center was one of the administration’s “first big successes,” Blais said.“When we looked at our platform pretty much everything — we had a very low-cost platform,” she said. “ … There were only a few big-cost items. We perceived this to be one of them — this innovation lounge — and then, I think before we even officially got into office, we started having meetings on it and they were like, ‘Done. We’ll put it in [Campus] Crossroads.’ So that was awesome.”Blais also pointed to additional forums for discussion about diverse issues on campus as more examples of the initiative’s impact on campus.“The Sexual Assault Survivor Support group — that was the first time that had ever been done,” she said. “And then ND for Syria — that was the first time. … These conversations that people have been having about race and diversity and relations on campus, [we’re] encountering them in a new way.”In last month’s interview, Blais said the administration has always and will continue to keep entrepreneurship and innovation in mind with every decision it makes.“Entrepreneurship and innovation can be integrated into everything you do,” she said. “So far in our administration we have really tried to live by that principle. Every project that we’ve done has integrated some principle of innovation, so integrating it into your life and accepting the challenges and the risk that it entails [is part of it].”Robinson said the initiative will continue to be relevant in every aspect of student government for years to come.“It’s a permeating thing,” he said. “ … It permeates every part of student government, the whole innovation endgame.”Tags: 2016 Student Government Insider, duncan student center, entrepreneurship, innovation, Start ups
Latinos now comprise 35 percent of all Catholics living in the United States; for practicing Catholics under 30, Latinos comprise 52 percent. Yet, only 15–17 percent of all students enrolled in Catholic schools are Latino. Luis Ricardo Fraga, director of the Institute for Latino Studies, addressed this low enrollment of Latino students in Catholic schools and explained the importance of the Latino and Catholic communities for predicting American demographic trends in his Wednesday night lecture, part of the 2017 Hesburgh Lecture series. Chris Collins | The Observer Luis Ricardo Fraga, director of the Latino Studies, delivered the 2017 Hesburgh Lecture Wednesday at the Eck Center. Fraga discussed the under enrollment of Latino students in American Catholic schools.“Those of us in positions of responsibility and in positions of influence — voters, all of us who are Catholic, who are citizens of the country, who are residents of this country — we have a chance to decide what kind of legacy we want to leave subsequent generations,” Fraga said. Fraga said the Latino community in America is not just growing, but also dispersing throughout the country into less-concentrated areas. “What we see is a dispersion across the entire country [of Latinos],” he said. “Fifty-two percent of students in [Goshen, Indiana] are Latino. … This changing demographic is not just a growth in population, but a geographical dispersion.”Nationwide, Fraga said the percentage of the population that identifies itself as “white” is decreasing, with the rapidly growing Latino population contributing largely to the demographic change.“The future of the country in terms of race and ethnicity is already there for the next generation,” he said. “The future reality is the reality of my children and, hopefully, my grandchildren. … Ninety-four percent of Latinos under the age of 18 [are American citizens]. The future of this community is here and is as American — under current law — as one can be.” Fraga noted that while the Latino population has a high percentage of members who find it important to maintain their ethnic identity — measured through the maintenance of Spanish-language skills — across generations, there is also a huge emphasis on integrating into American society.“Ninety-four percent of the first generation said it’s extremely important to learn English,” he said. “This community wants to both integrate and remain distinct.”While the Latino community is changing, Fraga said the “enrollment gap” in Catholic schools remains.“Only 5 percent of all Latino youth in the country are enrolled in Catholic schools,” he said. “There are a lot of challenges. A lot of Latino families — even if they’re Catholic — don’t know about Catholic schools, and don’t know about the possibilities afforded by Catholic schools.” Part of this unfamiliarity owes to the fact that Latinos come from countries where it is not assumed that many parishes have a school associated with them, Fraga said. In addition to financial difficulties and a lack of Latino teachers, board members and administrators, there is a problem with increasing Latino enrollment because schools are not being “welcoming.” “We had a number of Latino parents who told us that when they called their local parish schools, the first question they were asked was ‘Do you have papers? We only enroll students who are here legally,’” he said. “Is that consistent with Catholic doctrine? Is that consistent with the messages we’re getting from Pope Francis? Is that consistent with the message we’re getting from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops? Is that consistent … with the message of welcoming all to our churches? … The welcoming that Latino families often receive, oftentimes, is fundamentally problematic and more concerted efforts need to be made to show respect.” Fraga said that even though the Church may not be known for being on the “forefront of social change,” the changing demographics offer it a unique challenge. “What does it mean to be Catholic in a changing Church and a changing country? … We’re coming together,” he said. “Maybe not us, specifically, but our children and our grandchildren — they’re coming together,” he said. “ … Divine providence has put us in this position, not by chance, but to see if we’re up to the challenge of building an intercultural community based on the most soulful practices of the Gospel.”Tags: Catholic Education, Demographics, Hesburgh Lecture, latinos
The Center for Spirituality at Saint Mary’s commenced a two-part lecture series Thursday evening titled “Theologies of Lived Faith.” This series consists of two lectures held on Saint Mary’s campus in Carroll Auditorium in Madeleva Hall.To begin the series, Claire Wolfteich, professor of practical theology and spirituality at Boston University, discussed the importance of motherhood in a lecture titled “Mothering and Public Leadership: Glimpses of Spirituality through Women’s Life Writing.” Wolfteich highlighted the lives of three twentieth century public leaders, Dorothy Day, Dolores Huerta and Lena Frances Edwards, in order to exemplify women’s spirituality and motherhood.Wolfteich opened her lecture with a question that guided her research.“How does the study of Christian spirituality capture the varied experiences of mothers?” she said.This question, Wolfteich said, led her to review case studies of women in the history of Christian spirituality. In addition, the autobiographies of these women acted as a window into her studies on women’s spirituality.“Women’s narratives offer contextual, embodied struggles,” Wolfteich said. “It is very important to hear that word ‘embodied’. So where is the body in your life of Christian spirituality? If you look to women’s own autobiographies often you see a lot about the role that the body plays. You see struggles, you see voices that are coming into being but are not fully realized yet.”By glimpsing into the lives of Day, Huerta and Edwards, Wolfteich found that these women had to balance their social justice efforts with their responsibilities as mothers.“All three of these women are known for what they accomplished in the public sphere, but what is less well known is how they juggled that calling with their calling as a mother,” she said.Wolfteich pointed to Day as an example and said Day connected her motherhood to her work in the Catholic Worker movement.“[Day] describes her public leadership in terms of maternal love,” she said. “She extends her identity as a mother to talk about what it means to lead the Catholic Worker movement.”A common reverence toward Marian devotion exists between in the spirituality of Day and Huerta, Wolfteich said.“Dolores Huerta was very supported by Marian devotion as was Dorothy Day,” she said. “Huerta would often turn to Mary at very practical moments like when her car broke down on the way to an important meeting. She immediately took out her rosary and credited Mary with getting her car back on the rode.”Regarding the life of Lena Frances Edwards, Wolfteich said her work was directly connected with motherhood.“She is an example of a twentieth century, lay, black, Catholic woman whose life was devoted to maternal health,” Wolfteich said. “She delivered babies. She melded mothering, public leadership and spirituality in deeply integrated ways.”Another similarity arises, this time between Edwards and Day, regarding the spiritual experience that pregnancy can foster, Wolfteich said.“Her [Edward’s] own spiritual journey was very much shaped by her own experience of pregnancy and labor,” Wolfteich said. “And that’s true for Dorothy Day as well. Day found the experience of being pregnant to be an experience of co-creating. She felt this incredible closeness to God.”In her concluding comments, Dr. Wolfteich said she chose to study the three women because of their unique experiences.“Part of the reason why I like to look at these three women together is because I think it leads us to wonder about the intersectionality between race, class, spirituality and mothering,” she said. “Day, Huerta and Edwards all stepped out into unconventional, public and private vocations.”The second lecture in the “Theologies of Lived Faith” series will take place on Oct. 8th in Carroll Auditorium on Saint Mary’s campus.Tags: Dolores Huerta, Dorothy Day, Lena Frances Edwards, motherhood, The Center for Spirituality, Theologies of Lived Faith
Each year, faculty members at Notre Dame are called to do three things: teach, research and serve. Timothy Gilbride distinguished himself in each of these tasks.“He’s one of the most well-rounded people that I’ve ever met,” John Sherry, the Raymond W. & Kenneth G. Herrick Professor of Marketing, said. “In our field, we look at teaching, research and service as your principal contributions to the field and to the College, and he was just outstanding on all these dimensions.”Professor Gilbride, the Steve and Anne Odland Associate Professor of Marketing, died Jan. 12 after a seven-year battle with cancer. He was 52.Shankar Ganesan, the John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C., Professor of Business and chair of the marketing department, said Professor Gilbride was “a talented researcher, incredibly smart person, both hard-working and humble and willing to give to Notre Dame [and] be an awesome mentor to students and faculty.” In the midst of chemotherapy treatments and shortly after surgeries, Ganesan said, Professor Gilbride remained committed to his work, even working on developing a new marketing course throughout the fall 2018 semester.“He was basically good at almost everything,” Ganesan said. “He was a great departmental citizen, and as a chair, I would go to him with requests and he would be willing to do whatever it took to help the department.”Before coming to Notre Dame in 2004, Professor Gilbride worked in marketing research and consulting at Goodyear, Booz Allen Hamilton and Aetna. He earned his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Dayton and his MBA from Ohio State University, where he later returned to complete his Ph.D. in business administration.Professor Gilbride’s tenacity after his 2011 diagnosis of stage IV cancer was inspiring to his colleagues, Sherry said.“I think he was put here on Earth for a purpose, and he was just going to see it through,” he said. “We were awestruck, I think — the faculty — and I know I was personally, to see him bounce back, because the treatment took a real toll on him, a real physical toll.”In 2014, Professor Gilbride wrote an essay for Mendoza Business magazine titled “The Mathematics of Hope,” in which he described the impact his cancer diagnosis had on his Catholic faith.“I have been overwhelmed by the love and support from my family, friends and colleagues,” Professor Gilbride wrote in the essay. “I have come to appreciate the Mass and celebrating the Eucharist, the communion of believers, in a way that I could not understand before my cancer.”He also continued to value his time in the classroom. Senior Rachel Becker, who took Professor Gilbride’s marketing analytics class in the fall of 2017, said Professor Gilbride went above and beyond to be there for his students.“The last day of class, I remember he had just had surgery of some sort, and he came in and he was there a few days after that had happened, there answering questions for us for our final exam,” Becker said. “I just think that that speaks to the dedication that he had to his students and what he does.”Senior Hank Assaf, who took Professor Gilbride’s marketing research class in the fall of 2017, said Professor Gilbride went out of his way to ensure Assaf was not overwhelmed as the only junior in the class.“He asked me if I wanted to go to lunch to talk about what I wanted to do for my internship the next summer, or if he could help me with anything like that because I was the only one who didn’t have a job in the class,” Assaf said. “So he emailed me asking me to go to lunch, and then I went to his office hours a bunch. The class was very hard, so he was just really, really helpful in teaching.”Although Professor Gilbride “taught very difficult courses” for both undergraduates and MBA students, his commitment to ensuring all of his students could understand the material set him apart and made him a well-liked teacher, Ganesan said.“Marketing analytics was one of the most popular courses and was always over-subscribed,” he said. “And it’s not just the students who had strength in quantitative aspects that took the course, but people who did not have that. The fundamental difference between him and other professors was, he would spend enormous amounts of time with the people who didn’t understand, who were quantitatively challenged.”Becker said Professor Gilbride always seemed “very humble” and “spoke to [students] in ways that [they] could understand the problems, and you could just really tell that he cared,” both in class and during his office hours.The marketing analytics course “was one of the most intellectually demanding classes I’ve taken, but it’s had so much real-world application, and I think that really speaks to just his excellence as a professor,” Becker said. “And he was definitely one of those beyond-his-time-brilliant teachers and researchers who was really dedicated to the marketing analytics field.”Sherry said Professor Gilbride’s far-reaching impacts as both a scholar and a professor were particularly evident when he received condolence messages from former students and the editor of the Journal of Marketing in the past month.“He was a really accomplished scholar, just a smart guy. He was an excellent teacher, and not only just in the classroom,” Sherry said. “He’d come in on Sunday afternoon when students would be working on group projects and so forth, and they’d drop in on him and he’d advise them as they went along. … I think anybody he touched and anybody that he came in contact with recognized that he was, in that moment, he was just completely committed to them.”Professor Gilbride’s commitment even extended beyond the school year, Assaf said.“One time this summer, during my internship, I was trying to figure something [out] on Excel, and I emailed him and he called me, and we talked for an hour just trying to figure this thing out on Excel,” he said. “[Professor Gilbride was] just an incredibly helpful guy, just really had a passion for his students and teaching and things like that.”Ganesan said Professor Gilbride’s love for the subjects he taught were what drove him when students and faculty members approached him with questions.“He loved what he did. He’d develop these quantitative marketing models. He loved that; he loved the challenge,” Ganesan said. “And so when somebody would ask him a question, fine — if he had answers, he would spend some time explaining it, telling them how to solve the problem. But if he did not, he would just go to the literature and understand the problem and find some answers to the problem. And that’s why he was special, and he’s done it so many times with students.”That love particularly came across during Professor Gilbride’s one-on-one meetings with students, which always seemed like “a discovery process for him, too,” Becker said. “He was enjoying the learning process, too, so it was a very collaborative thing.”Another of Professor Gilbride’s passions, Sherry said, was one he rediscovered during a period of recovery: motorcycles.“He used to be a motorcycle enthusiast and kind of put that on the back burner while his career was developing, and he reconnected with that during this illness, and I think it gave him a renewed sense of purpose in a complete non-academic direction,” Sherry said. “It got to the point where he couldn’t ride the bike anymore, but he’d always had this dream of doing a cross-country trip, and he got in the car one summer and just did it, various family members accompanying him on different legs of the trip.”William Wilkie, the Aloysius and Eleanor Nathe Professor of Marketing Strategy, said Professor Gilbride’s family — he had a wife and three children — were his primary motivation in life.“I asked him why he chose to come to Notre Dame when he turned down Stanford, Fordham and Carnegie,” Wilkie said. “And he told me that he was seeking balance in his life, he wanted to have a fine life for his family and himself in addition to being able to do good research. So that was impressive to me.”Once he was at Notre Dame, Professor Gilbride was “a very important member of the department,” Wilkie said, thanks to his expertise in quantitative analysis in addition to his willingness to commit himself to a number of departmental committees.Ganesan said it is the balance Professor Gilbride showed between those three roles of a professor — teaching, researching and serving — that inspired the marketing department to create an award named in Professor Gilbride’s honor. An announcement about the first recipient of that award will be coming soon, Ganesan said.It is fitting, Sherry said, that Professor Gilbride should be recognized in such a way because “he was not only part of the discussion, but he had an influential voice in everything that [the department] did” and was “a grounding presence.”“We feel strongly about everything Tim did for the College and for the University that we want his name to continue, and so we’ll memorialize him that way,” Sherry said.What will be missed more than Professor Gilbride’s abilities as a professor, Wilkie said, will be his role as “a central member of the department.”“Clearly his presence is going to be missed, unquestionably,” Wilkie said. “He was one of the top people in the country, so it was a pleasure to work with him, and — though I doubt the students really perceive it — it was an honor to study under him.”Tags: In memorium, Marketing, Marketing professor, mendoza college of business, Timothy Gilbride