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Track and Field assistant coach Adam Beltran to be remembered for humor, mentorship

Assistant coach for Notre Dame’s track and field team Adam Beltran passed away at 46 years old Wednesday after a battle with cancer, a University press release said.

“While Beltran’s coaching accolades and fingerprints are all over the pages of the Notre Dame record books, it was his personality and striking humor that will be remembered most,” the press release said. “He was a beloved figure among student-athletes, coaches and anyone who spent time around the Irish program.”

According to the press release, Beltran coached 11 NCAA qualifiers during his time at Notre Dame and mentored three ACC champion throwers throughout his career. 

“[Beltran] also had a knack for developing walk-on athletes into elite coach contributors. A majority of his school record holders and NCAA qualifiers were walk-ons,” Notre Dame track and field and cross country director Matt Sparks said in the press release.

But Beltran was even more well known for his humor and “gentle giant” personality, the press release said.

Mass at the Basilica will be held Friday, Sept. 23 at 3:30 p.m. in honor of Adam.

“The Beltran family welcomes any staff, students, friends, alumni and family to be with them during this time,” the press release said.

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University leader and Holy Cross priest Richard Warner dies

Fr. Richard “Dick” Warner died Wednesday at the age of 83 at Holy Cross House, according to a University press release.

Warner was a part of the Congregation of Holy Cross since 1962, the same year he graduated from Notre Dame, the release said. Warner became a part of the University’s Board of Fellows and Board of Trustees in 1979 as a part of his role as the provincial superior of the Indiana Province. In 1988, Warner was appointed a counselor at the University by then-president Fr. Edward “Monk” Malloy.

Warner also served as the director of campus ministry from 1989 until 2010 before he was elected the 12th superior general of the Congregation of Holy Cross, the release said.

“Father Dick Warner was a consummate priest, a servant-leader in Holy Cross, fiercely loyal to Notre Dame, and he had an abiding love for our students — a love that was richly reciprocated,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the release. “He was to me and many a model, mentor and friend who generously gave his life to the mission of Notre Dame and the Congregation of Holy Cross.”

The University will hold a wake and funeral mass Tuesday for Warner at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., respectively, at the Basilica.

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Klau Center granted institute status

The Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights has been elevated to an institute following a large donation from Rick and Molly Klau, according to a University press release Wednesday. The Klau Institute falls within the Keough School of Global Affairs and offers a curriculum in which students explore critical issues through the lens of Catholic social tradition, according to its website.

As a result of its elevation to the institute level, the institute will increase its capacity to educate students and assume “greater responsibility for national and international engagement,” according to the release.

The release emphasized that the center’s recent initiatives, such as the Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary lecture series, will be supplemented and supported by the new donations.

Scott Appleby, the Marilyn Keough dean of the Keough School, expressed his gratitude to the Klaus for their gift.

“Protecting, advancing and enforcing human rights and civil rights are central to the pursuit of justice for all people, to Catholic social teaching and to the mission of Notre Dame,” Appleby said in the release. “The Klau Institute for Civil and Human Rights, which will educate countless generations of Notre Dame students and help train civil rights and human rights lawyers and advocates, is a gift to the University and to the world.”

The Klau family endowed the institute in 2018 with a $10 million gift. Former University President Fr. Theodore Hesburgh founded the institute in 1973 with the mission of advancing the “God-given dignity of all human persons,” according to the website.

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Notre Dame inches up national college rankings

Notre Dame was ranked No. 18 in the U.S. News & World Report best national university rankings released Monday.

The list, which ranks 443 U.S. colleges and universities, ranks Notre Dame as tied for No. 18 with Columbia University. Notre Dame was ranked a spot below at No. 19 in last year’s rankings.

Columbia University fell in the rankings from No. 2 to No. 18 following a data falsification scandal. According to The New York Times, the scandal and the forthcoming ranking drop called into question the basis of U.S. News ranking

The U.S. News rankings are often advertised by elite schools in order to attract prospective students.

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Alumni association announces retirement of Google services

The University of Notre Dame alumni association began notifying alumni of the termination of their Google services on Friday.

John Prette, the alumni association’s director of information technology, explained that Google announced in 2021 that their free storage service would no longer include unlimited storage. 

“While Google initially announced their intentions in 2021, they did not provide context or mechanisms by which we could comply until this year,” Prette wrote in an email. 

Prette further explained that this change in services means the alumni association would no longer be able to offer Google services for users of accounts ending in “@alumni.nd.edu.”

“Our analysis showed the revised Google service did not allow us to meet the needs of our alumni. Our Google storage was more than 20x Google’s allowable limit and growing daily,” he said in the email. 

To help the affected users understand the situation and what they needed to do, Prette said his team published information on the alumni association website, which he said he hoped would make the transition timeline more clear. 

“We created the page on myNotreDame late last week in anticipation of the communications campaign that begins with an email which all impacted account holders are set to receive,” Prette wrote in an email. “The purpose of the page is to provide a single, definitive source of information for the transition as well as instructions and help for our alumni as we transition to personal accounts.”

The timeline for the shutdown of google services begins with the retirement of Google Drive and Photos Nov. 15, 2022. The shutdown of Gmail services will occur sometime mid 2023, the website says. 

The website lists resources for updating contact information, transferring data and creating a new free email account. 

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University to require flu vaccines for students

Director of University Health Services (UHS) Edward Junkins announced in an email Wednesday that all Notre Dame undergraduate, graduate and professional students will be required to receive a seasonal flu vaccine again this fall.

This is the third year the University has required students to get the flu vaccine. The requirement began in the fall 2020 semester during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“[B]ecause symptoms of the flu can often mimic COVID-19, minimizing the cases of flu on campus can preserve UHS testing resources for COVID-19 testing and help conserve local health care resources,” Junkins wrote in Wednesday’s email.

As in previous years, the University will offer free flu vaccines to students at its annual flu blitz. This year, the first Flu Blitz will take place Sept. 20 to 21. The first round of vaccines will be for students only.

The second flu blitz will be open to students, faculty, staff and dependents from Oct. 11 to 12.

Registration is required for both flu blitzes and will open Monday, Sept. 12.

Junkins wrote that students are also permitted to receive their flu vaccine at a local primary care provider, pharmacy or walk-in clinic but must upload documentation proving they received the vaccine to their UHS patient portal. 

Students who fail to get vaccinated by Monday, Oct. 31 will have a hold placed on their student account — preventing them from registering for classes next semester.

According to the email, students, faculty and staff who have any other questions or would like to submit a request for a medical or religious exemption to the vaccine should email immunizations@nd.edu.

Students who previously received an exemption from the flu vaccination requirement do not need to provide updated documentation this year, Junkins wrote.

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Special Print Edition for Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022 — 50th Anniversary of Coeducation

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Notre Dame undergraduate admissions to remain test-optional through 2024

The University’s division of undergraduate enrollment announced in a press release Tuesday that it will remain test-optional through the 2024 application cycle. The practice, which allows applicants to choose whether to submit standardized test scores, was first adopted by Notre Dame in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One-third of the students admitted to the class of 2026 did not submit a test score with their application, the release said.

“By remaining test-optional through the 2024 admissions cycle, we will have the opportunity to continue to study the impact of this practice while giving students the ability to choose whether or not they wish to include test information in putting forward their best and strongest application,” vice president for undergraduate enrollment Micki Kidder said in the release.

The policy applies to both the restrictive early action and regular decision application cycles.

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University announces death of graduate student

Gabriella “Bella” Tyler, a third-year biology doctoral student in the College of Science, has died, the University announced in an email Tuesday.

Tyler began her time at Notre Dame in 2020, and studied astrocytes and microglia’s effects on the regeneration of dopaminergic neurons in zebrafish in the Hyde lab, according to the Biology Graduate Student Organization webpage

“Our deepest condolences and prayers are with Gabriella’s family, friends, and all those impacted by her death,” the University’s statement said.

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Alumni Association announces 2022 Domer Dozen cohort

The Notre Dame Alumni Association and its YoungND board announced the recipients of the 2022 Domer Dozen award Thursday.

According to the Alumni Association, the Domer Dozen honors 12 Notre Dame graduates each year, age 32 or younger, ”for excellence in their contributions in faith, service, learning or work — the core pillars of the association’s mission.”

This year’s Domer Dozen honorees were chosen by a selection committee that included University officials, Alumni Association staff and the YoungND board, which represents the Alumni Association’s young alumni affinity group.

The selection committee considered 134 nominees in the selection process this summer and evaluated them “based on a weighted ranking system and their contributions in their respective fields.”

According to the Alumni Association, the alumni honored in this year’s Domer Dozen are:

DeJorie Monroe, class of 2016, for “Promoting intercultural understanding and global human development;”

Kiley Adams, class of 2017, for “Ensuring equitable access to outdoor spaces and medical care for people with disabilities;”

Ana Kent, class of 2013, for “Implementing psychological expertise to solve economic inequality;”

Connor Toohill, class of 2014, for “Providing mental health and well-being resources through social entrepreneurship;”

Meehan Lenzen, class of 2011, for “Empowering young women in STEM through community-based service;”

Ashley Murphy, class of 2016, for “Pursuing social justice through public health research;”

Adam René P. Rosenbaum, class of 2016, for “Putting faith into action on behalf of the poor and marginalized;”

John Brahier, class of 2014, for “Innovating to educate both the minds and hearts of students;”

Capt. John Dean, class of 2017, for “Saving lives and protecting the nation in hostile environments;”

Daara Jalili, class of 2017 and M.Ed. class of 2019, for “Committing to servant-leadership in the community and classroom;”

Rev. David Smith, C.S.C., class of 2014 and M.Div. class of 2020, for “Serving the community through religious vocation;”

And Kristin Andrejko, class of 2019, for “Collaborating to eradicate disease through scholarship and community service.”

The 2022 Domer Dozen cohort will return to campus Sept. 9 and 10 for a special recognition weekend and an awards dinner with the YoungND board and Alumni Association staff members.

They will also be recognized that weekend at the football game against Marshall University and will give short talks about their life and experiences since graduation in the LaFortune Ballroom on Friday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. The talks, titled “Beyond the Dome: Inspiration from the 2022 Domer Dozen,” are free and open to the public.