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Don’t settle for safety

| Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, I am a horrid procrastinator, and I have a receding hairline. In conclusion, I am one of the least qualified people to give advice, so take what follows with a grain of salt. You have been warned. My read more

Burst the bubble

| Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The beginning of a new school year is exciting, exhausting and existential. Exciting and exhausting are plainly apparent and have been since the days of lording Crayola colored pencils over my unfortunate neighbor’s RoseArt ones on the first day of school. However, I have only recently discovered the existential read more

The places we will go

| Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Dr. Seuss once said, “You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted, but mostly they’re darked.”  Seuss, surprisingly enough, wasn’t referring to the netherworld of South Bend. Rather, he was speaking to the paths we will find and “The Places You read more

How can we measure what matters most?

| Wednesday, August 27, 2014

We have begun another school year at this University named in honor of Our Lady. But the beginning of school is not the only pressing event in August. In August we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Queenship of Mary. Although devotion to Mary has read more

Welcome back, welcome home

| Tuesday, August 26, 2014

To the classes of 2015, 2016 and 2017: Welcome back! To the class of 2018: Welcome Home. Here are a few words of reflection I offer to each of you as we welcome this new year with friends, peers and family. To our freshmen: You begin this year with read more

Beyond expectation

| Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Welcome to Notre Dame, class of 2018. If the numbers are correct, you’re the highest-achieving class to ever enter Our Lady’s University. Of course, numbers don’t take into account dreams, goals and ambitions, but I’m sure you have plenty of those. You probably want to double major, learn multiple read more

Faith in deep water

| Tuesday, August 26, 2014

As Faith began to wade out into the water, I attached her skis and taught her the basics of what to do when the boat began to pull. Confident that she had a good enough sense of the mechanics, I told her to sit down in the water and read more

Stay open, don’t miss right now

| Tuesday, August 26, 2014

This last weekend I had the privilege of saying hello to and welcoming the parents of the entering class of 2018. It was an honor to reflect back not only on what it was like to be a parent during my son’s college orientation, but on what it was read more

Leading Notre Dame in new directions

| Friday, August 22, 2014

For 171 consecutive years, the University of Notre Dame has opened its doors to new students.  Like generations who came before, you are embarking on a journey where you will have an opportunity to advance your knowledge, develop your leadership skills, deepen your faith, learn from others, and form read more

Experience the real Saint Mary’s

| Friday, August 22, 2014

On behalf of the faculty and staff at Saint Mary’s College, I extend a warm welcome to the Class of 2018 and to our transfer students. As an alumna of Saint Mary’s and its 11th president, I understand how powerful this experience will be for you. Your time here read more