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Keep your “eyes high”

Fr. Tom Doyle, C.S.C. | Saturday, August 20, 2011

For 169 consecutive years, the University of Notre Dame has opened its doors to welcome new students. For those serving here, we approach this year with as much zeal and optimism as you, our first-year, transfer, professional and new graduate students bring to campus.

The University’s legacy is long and its traditions are deep, but your presence renews and enlivens this storied Catholic institution. On behalf of all of us who serve in Student Affairs, we welcome our newest members to campus, but most importantly, to our community.

The Division of Student Affairs, in concert with our colleagues throughout campus, strives to facilitate your intellectual, spiritual and personal growth. The integration of these essential human dimensions is one hallmark of a Notre Dame education.

The University offers a variety of valuable resources to assist you. Our 29 undergraduate residence halls and two graduate and family residence facilities help to create the sense of community that is one of our most distinctive features.

Student service departments in the Division of Student Affairs are experienced in supporting both specialized needs and integrative approaches to your development. You will find ready partners among the dedicated staff of Campus Ministry, the Career Center, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, the Counseling Center, the Gender Relations Center, the Office of Alcohol and Drug Education, University Health Services, the Office of Residence Life, Student Activities and the Office of Housing.

As you enter into this community I encourage you to keep your “eyes high” as you walk about campus — so that we might greet one another personally and as a way to consider the long horizon of your life when contemplating the individual decisions and countless opportunities awaiting you.

Please know you have the very best efforts and wishes of the Student Affairs Division and that you are lifted in prayer daily by me, and my brothers and sisters of the Congregation of Holy Cross.

Fr. Tom Doyle, C.S.C.

Vice President of Student Affairs

University of Notre Dame

Aug. 20, 2011