A bridge to parish engagement

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

We’ve all seen it — a group of friends at a party or a family at a restaurant, communing with their smartphones, ignoring the people around them.

“Software can divide or atomize,” says Ryan Kreager ’11M.A., “or it can be a jumping off point for community.”

Supporting parish communities was the goal of Kreager, Shane O’Flaherty ’89 and Tim Connors ’89, who founded the business venture Growing the Faith. So the Notre Dame threesome spent a lot of time listening to church leaders and congregants, and discussing how they could build an app that would unite rather than divide. Additionally, says Kreager, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese “served as a kind and helpful adviser.”…

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Out of the Office: New Technologies, New Knowledge

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

If I were to tell you that the rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain, you might fairly ask, “How do you know?” And if I said, “Well, every time I was in the plain in Spain, it rained, but every time I was in the mountains, it did not,” you might decide I was right. If you were an academic, however, you probably would rain on my anecdotal parade.

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Young Alumni Essay Contest 2015 rules

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Notre Dame Magazine is sponsoring its third annual Young Alumni Essay Contest. The magazine’s editors, who will judge the 2015 contest, are looking for original, previously unpublished, creative nonfiction essays. The editors are seeking evocative first-person works that would appeal to a college-educated audience.

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Adventures in history

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Forget taking it easy. When Brian DeToy ’85, a lieutenant colonel, retired in March of 2013 after 28 years of Army service, he and his wife, Sheryl, decided it was time to open a business.

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Domers in the news

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Fashion designer probably was not on the list of career goals for Dava Newman ’86 when she studied aerospace engineering at Notre Dame. The aeronautics and astronautics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has certainly stepped to the head of the class these days, as she was nominated in October for the post of NASA’s deputy administrator, the agency’s #2 leadership role. But Newman is also part of an MIT

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Out of the office: The goose family

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

One of my favorite things about working at Notre Dame is how much I learn in informal discussions. Someone lunching at Café de Grasta may bring up the issue of Ebola and how protecting Americans from the disease could endanger our beloved civil liberties. And sometimes, like in my chat with the Korean student, I may hear a tidbit that opens my eyes to an intriguing cultural trend. And without setting foot in a classroom, I learn something.

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What I’m reading: The Truth About Style, Stacy London

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

The hit TLC show What Not to Wear could make me laugh, make me cry, and sometimes would send me scurrying to the closet to throw a shirt into the Goodwill bag. Then, last year, it ended. No more Clinton Kelly casting an evil eye on a pair of elastic-waist jeans? No more Stacy London telling a zaftig guest to keep “the girls” under control? No!

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Warren Cartier’s home field

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Warren A. Cartier, an 1887 Notre Dame civil engineering graduate, donated land and lumber to establish an enclosed athletic field that for decades was home to ND’s football, baseball, and track and field teams. But it is in the neoclassical Ludington, Michigan, mansion he designed that Warren’s aesthetic and inventive character can be seen.

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Echoes: Cartier Athletic Field

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Once there was a time, another century, when admission to Notre Dame home football games was free. Of course, fans had to stand on the sidelines, as stadium seating did not exist. But then, neither did a stadium.

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Unbalanced: Stadium food

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

If you ask Notre Dame football fans what smell they most associate with a game day walk around campus, brats would probably take the cake, so to speak. I don’t eat brats. Or hot dogs. Or sausages. Or those steak sandwiches sold by the Knights of Columbus that people wait in an endless line for on South Quad.

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