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Summer Experiences and COVID-19: Scholars Pursue Virtual Opportunities to Advance Post-grad Plans

Author: Grace McDermott (HY '21) & Joe Andrews (Devine '21)

For many Notre Dame students, the idea of summer “vacation” is a relic of the past, even during a pandemic. June, July, and August provide a valuable chance for students to pursue research opportunities, volunteer at nonprofits, or work relationship-building internships. COVID-19 challenged many scholars to take these opportunities online or coordinate new arrangements altogether; however, they still found unique ways to put their talents to use and continue molding their future careers through summer experiences.

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ND Scholars share passion for Notre Dame as members of Cheerleading Team

Author: Grace McDermott (HY '21) & Joe Andrews (Devine '21)

Senior leprechaun and Hesburgh-Yusko scholar Conal Fagan treats every game as though it is his last and someone else’s first. Conal has been wearing the famed Notre Dame leprechaun mascot’s green suit since his sophomore year and has defined many fans’ experiences along the way. After meeting one family from New Mexico visiting for their first game, he kept in close touch with them and has watched their children grow up. At another game, he fulfilled one lifelong fan’s wish of meeting the Notre Dame leprechaun before he passed away. 

The leprechauns are always at the center of football game days, as well as other athletic events. This year more than ever, though, all eyes have been on them as public examples of mask-wearing, social-distancing, and keeping a positive attitude in the ever-changing campus environment. What hasn’t changed is their commitment to the position and their passion for representing Notre Dame. 

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Devine Scholar MacKenzie Isaac '20 Studies Culture of Skin Bleaching in the Caribbean

Author: Ashley Rowland

Through the Kellogg International Scholars Program (ISP), MacKenzie Isaac (Devine Scholar, '20) has focused her undergraduate research on the issues of culture, identity, and race that first caught her attention as a teenager. Working for two years with Faculty Fellow Karen Richman, a cultural anthropologist at the Institute for Latino Studies and her ISP advisor, Isaac studied migration patterns of Afro Latinos from Haiti and other parts of the Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean.

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Sofia Carozza, HY '19, gives valedictory address

Author: Notre Dame News

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Ms. Noonan, Father Jenkins, Dr. Francis, distinguished faculty and guests, dear friends and loved ones: Welcome and thank you for celebrating with us today, especially those of you who traveled a long way to be here.

 

Now, to my fellow members of the class of 2019: We are invited today to step forth from this institution. We are invited to exit this arena, and greet what lies ahead. It’s an invitation to respond to what we’ve been given by putting our learning in the service of justice. Will you say “yes”?…

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Evans Scholar Wukie first female leprechaun; Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar Fagan continues as mascot

Author: McKenna Pencak

Sophomore Evans Scholar Lynnette Wukie was selected as Notre Dame's first female Notre Dame leprechaun. Sophomore Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar Conal Fagan, the first leprechaun from Ireland, will also continue his role as leprechaun for the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Call for Submissions: New Arcadian Dialogues Journal

Author: Notre Dame Scholars' Program

Arcadian Dialogues is the new student-led journal for members of the Notre Dame Scholars’ Program and Glynn Family Honors Program. It is now accepting our first round of submissions. Arcadian Dialogues particularly seeks contributions from intellectually stimulating and interesting individuals. The journal's staff invites any students in the Notre Dame Scholars' Program or enrolled in the Glynn Family Honors Program interested to learn more about the journal and its submission guidelines to attend to an introductory lounge talk to discuss the details of the journal and what makes an effective submission. The lounge talk will be fifteen minutes long with time after for questions. Pizza will be provided. Tuesday, April 9, 5:00 p.m., 120 Main Building, RSVP to Mithara at 

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