Eleven students in Notre Dame's Science Research Class traveled to New Orleans recently to present their science research projects at an international session sponsored by the American Geophysical Union (AGU). These students, who participate in the AGU BrightStars program conducted their own science research projects and documented their work for presentation at the conference.
Members of Notre Dame's Class of 2017 Ravens flew back home to campus last week to share their wisdom with current students. Coming from colleges and universities on the west coast, across the country and even across the Atlantic including Fordham, Johns Hopkins, Berkeley and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, they shared tips for successfully transitioning from high school to college.
Dipashreya Sur '18 fulfilled her dream of building a library for a small rural school in India using funds from the Mary Beth Riley International Service & Study Scholarship, donations and money collected through Girl Scout sales. Recently she was able to attend the official ribbon-cutting ceremony of the library, named in honor of her grandmother, with her grandfather. Her story was featured in Notre Dame's annual report, Ora et Labora, and this week in the Mercury News.
Maalvika Bhat '18 has been producing her own comic strip for years beginning on her first day of 8th grade. Now a senior at Notre Dame, Maalvika's book has been published. Her characters are reflective of adults, teachers and students that can be found in most schools around the country. Through them, Maalvika has tackled major issues around family, school and the development of typical teenagers. Her story was recently featured in the San Jose Mercury News.
More than 200 members of the Notre Dame family came together recently to celebrate Las Posadas. This tradition of Catholic faith and Mexican culture acknowledges the waiting, hoping and traveling of the Advent season as we recount Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem.
Freshmen joined campus ministry staff in a volunteer opportunity at Sacred Heart Community Service recently, helping to make the holidays a little bit brighter for our local community. By sorting and boxing food, volunteers helped Sacred Heart continue their 50-year tradition of caring for our neighbors who need a little extra help this season.
At the invitation of Shruthisri Ravinsankar '21, a member of the Santa Clara County Student Advisory Board, Supervisor Cindy Chavez visited campus recently. Supervisor Chavez shared with students the importance of addressing key issues at a local level and encouraged them to do something greater than themselves and find their 'magnificent obsession.'
On a recent crisp fall morning the entire learning community of students, faculty and staff made the annual pilgrimage to our downtown place of worship, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph to celebrate the season of Advent. The mass, presided over by Father Kim, incorporated the Notre Dame spirit of diversity as students performed the Filipino candle dance. The liturgy also included the “Put a Dollar in Your Pocket” campaign in support of Gardner Health Network's efforts to provide Christmas gifts for local foster care children.