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Notre Dame Perspectives

An Initiative of the Notre Dame Alumni Association Continuing the Notre Dame tradition of lifelong learning. Notre Dame Perspectives is a Reunion series featuring faculty and alumni experts discussing relevant issues of our time. Engage in stimulating discussion with panelists. Partnering with the College of Arts and Letters and Notre Dame Office of Gift Planning, Notre Dame Perspectives 2013 will feature the following sessions:

Friday, May 31, 2013
Living Through the Media:  The World Today
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Washington Hall, Main Stage

Saturday, June 1, 2013
Navigating Your Financial Future
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Leighton Concert Hall

Town Hall Meeting

The Town Hall meeting gives Reunion attendees the opportunity to hear directly from top University administrators about the “state of the University” and plans for the future. 

Friday, May 31, 2013
1:30-2:30 p.m.
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center



A Journey with God in Time

Presenter: Rev. John S. Dunne, C.S.C., ’51, The John A. O’Brien Chair in Theology; Professor, Theology

Father Dunne has always been haunted by “the road not taken,” as Robert Frost called it. In these last few years, he has come to believe that the road not taken can, in fact, rejoin the road actually taken in life. Come, let us rework Frost’s legendary poem! Fr. John has taught thousands of students during his more than four decades in the Department of Theology.

Friday, May 31, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
DeBartolo Hall, Room 155

Notre Dame Athletics: Winning On and Off the Field

Panelists to include: Patricia L. Bellia, Professor, Law, Notre Dame Presidential Fellow, Faculty Athletics Representative, Jill R. Bodensteiner ’91, ’08 M.B.A, Associate Athletics Director; Daniel E. Skendzel ’91, ’98 M.B.A., Digital Media Program Director; Jack Swarbrick, Jr. ’76, Vice President and Director of Athletics

An inside look at many of the aspects of Notre Dame Athletics and what makes us distinct among our peers. Particular 
topics to be addressed include the financial model, approach to academics, media and digital media, and sport 
administration. We will reserve plenty of time for Q&A.

Friday, May 31, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Washington Hall, Room Main Stage


Being Atticus Finch

Hosted by: Notre Dame Law School

Presenter: Rev. David T. Link, LL.D., D.Lit., D.Sc. ’58, ’61 J.D. Joseph A. Matson Dean Emeritus and Professor, Law School

Atticus Finch, one of the main characters in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, is a man of principles and consistent in his views and deeds throughout the novel, despite the town’s criticism and intolerance.  Throughout the novel, he attempts to pass these values onto his children, Scout and Jem. In this lecture, we will explore the following sketches of this remarkable character: 

  • As a lawyer fighting social inequality and tolerance, Atticus teaches us, “[y]ou never really understand a person

           until you consider things from his point of view.” 

  • As a parent providing moral guidance to his children, Atticus reminds us to “[s]hoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” 
  • As a man of his word, choosing to focus on the positive rather than the negative, Atticus “is the same in his house as he is on the public streets.”

Saturday, June 1, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Eck Hall of Law, Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom

Branding Yourself: A 360° View of Personal Resume Strategies in a Changing World

Seminar designed and co-presented by CroweHorwath

Presenter: Lisa Roen, Firmwide Leader, Learning and Talent Development, Crowe Horwath LLP

Join us for this engaging session as we explore a variety of factors influencing how to brand yourself and use that to your
advantage to get the job you want! After attending our program you will have valuable insights into what you need to
do to manage your career now and in the future.We’ll look at sourcing the right job or career from a variety of
perspectives – you, the company, and the hiring manager.

  • Explore the inner workings of a recruiting function to better understand who is controlling your job possibilities.
  • Create a better resume strategy to get the results you want. 
  • Learn key strategies to build personal and career success.
  • Explore your social media reputation and online presence.

Attendees will also learn more about ONWARD, a program that helps alumni find job opportunities, network, and gain
access to valuable career resources.

Saturday, June 1, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
DeBartolo Hall, Room 216

From ND’s Labs on Campus to Life in the Real World: How Notre Dame Scientists are Making a Difference

Hear how ND alumni have put their science degrees to work since their days at Notre Dame. Join in with the panel
discussion featuring your fellow classmates. ND Biology faculty members will also be available and moderate the panel.

Moderator: Mary Ann McDowell, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Panelists to include: Michael C. Dugan, M.D., ’83, Chief Medical Officer, bioTheransotics, Inc.; Mary C. O’Connor, M.D., ’83, Internist/Pediatrician, Seattle Children’s Hospital; Kevin Olehnik, M.D., ’78, Chief of Surgery, Penobscot Bay Medical Center; Andrew Serazin ’03, Senior Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Saturday, June 1, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
DeBartolo Hall, Room 138

Little Known Facts about Notre Dame History

Presenter: Rev. Thomas E. Blantz, C.S.C., ’57, ’63 M.A., Professor Emeritus, History

You already know about Knute Rockne and “Win One for the Gipper,” Ted Hesburgh and “We’re Glad You’re Here.”
But there is plenty more to learn about Notre Dame history. Join retired professor Father Tom Blantz as he shares his
expert knowledge of Notre Dame and many historical facts that are not as well-known as our championship years in
football. Rev. Blantz has taught History at Notre Dame since 1968, and is beloved by his students. He is a priest in
residence in McGlinn Hall and is still teaching history courses part-time. Rev. Blantz’s recent research has been focusing on the history of the University of Notre Dame.

Saturday, June 1, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
DeBartolo Hall, Room 155

Our Campus, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Presenter: Douglas K. Marsh, A.I.A., ’82, University Architect, Office of Vice President, Business Operations

A look at the development of the campus, a look at current construction projects, and a glimpse of possible future

Saturday, June 1, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
DeBartolo Hall, Room 141

Personal Transition Success in a Changing World: Taking the First Step

Seminar designed and co-presented by CroweHorwath

Presenter: Lisa Roen, Firmwide Leader, Learning and Talent Development, Crowe Horwath LLP

This workshop will explore a variety of factors that personally impact your success in life and provide helpful activities
and information to make sure you are on the right course for you. We’ll explore strategies to move successfully through
personal transitions as well as discuss concepts for you to consider your goals and where you are headed now. After
attending our program, you will have valuable insights and tools to manage through changes in your life and career.

  • Discuss strategies and tools to manage successfully through changes in your life.
  • Discuss how your mindset drives behavior and consider the real results you want.
  • Examine tools to manage difficult situations.

Attendees will also learn more about ONWARD, a program that helps alumni find job opportunities, network, and gain
access to valuable career resources.

Saturday, June 1, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
DeBartolo Hall, Room 216

Spirituality in the Workplace

Presenter: Rev. Stephen A. Lacroix, C.S.C., ’07 M.Div.

Rev. LaCroix will discuss how to better live by your faith and spiritual values within your professional life. 

Saturday, June 1, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
DeBartolo Hall, Room 138

Stories of Notre Dame with James Langford

Presenter: James R. Langford ’59, Director Emeritus, University Press; Assistant Professor Emeritus, Arts and Letters Core Faculty

Author of 11 books, including Spirit of Notre Dame and most recently, Quotable Notre Dame, Jim Langford will talk about his books and his experiences as a member of the Notre Dame faculty to help enhance our understanding of the lure and lore of Notre Dame, the place and its people.

Saturday, June 1, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
DeBartolo Hall, Room 155 

Sustainability in the Wine Industry & Wine Tasting

Presenter: John E. Bargetto ’88 M.B.A., Vice President and Owner of the Bargetto Winery

The Bargetto Winery subscribes to the concept and practice of Sustainable Winegrowing. As winemakers, they not only strive to produce outstanding wines, but also seek a way to operate as good stewards of the environment. This commitment starts in the vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains and continues through production and the selling of their wine. (Wine tasting reception follows in the Atrium  in the Mendoza College of Business outside of the Jordan Auditorium.)

Saturday, June 1, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Mendoza College of Business, Jordan Auditorium /Atrium

The Fighting Irish: Nineteenth-Century Immigrant Experiences in South Bend, Ind.

Presenter: Deborah L. Rotman, Associate Professional Specialist; Director, Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE)

When Father Edward Sorin established the University of Notre Dame in the 1840s, he sought Catholic laborers to assist
him in the enterprise. He purchased land south of campus and created a residential neighborhood for Catholic immigrants, many of whom were Irish displaced by An Gorta Mór, or the Great Hunger. In 2007, an archaeological field school investigated the lots that comprised this residential enclave. Analyses of the refined earthenwares from the Fogarty family were coupled with other historical and material evidence to elucidate the ways in which Irish-Catholic families negotiated the complex cultural landscapes of their new city.

Saturday, June 1, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
DeBartolo Hall, Room 141

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