Past SMC president dies at 89

first_imgFormer president of Saint Mary’s College Dr. Edward L. Henry died Sept. 30. He was 89. Henry was the first male lay president to lead at Saint Mary’s, serving from 1972-74. He took the position after an attempted merger between Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame fell through, and the future of the Saint Mary’s looked uncertain, according to a 1972 South Bend Tribune article. When Henry took over at Saint Mary’s, the College was set to lose over $600,000 because of the failed merger, the article said. “Dr. Edward L. Henry, Saint Mary’s new president, is counting on unprecedented student recruitment, fund drives, plus a nudge from Women’s Lib to pump life back into the faltering campus,” the article said. During that time, Notre Dame also began admitting women, which hurt Saint Mary’s enrollment. An edition of Michiana — a weekly magazine that was distributed in South Bend at the time — said when Henry stepped down in 1974, Saint Mary’s enrollment was up by 150 percent since he entered office. “The scholastic average at Saint Mary’s is above the level prevailing before the merger attempt even though the school has lost some of the very top girl students to Notre Dame,” the Michiana article said. Henry resigned from his position as president in January of 1974. “My timetable for those areas over which I could exercise influence is running ahead of itself. My commitments to the College, I feel, have been more than fulfilled,” Henry said in a 1974 press release from the College. Before coming to Saint Mary’s, Henry served as mayor of St. Cloud, Minn. from 1964 to 1971, professor and vice president at St. John’s University and president of St. Michael’s College, Marian College and Wisconsin and Belmont Abbey. Henry was born in 1921 in St. Cloud, Minn. He graduated from Saint John’s University and went to graduate school at Harvard University and the University of Chicago. Henry also served as a naval officer during World War II. Saint Mary’s current president, Carol Ann Mooney, expressed her regret over Henry’s passing in a press release. “Ed Henry became president of Saint Mary’s at a pivotal time in our history,” Mooney said. “We are grateful for his strong leadership and send our condolences to his family.”last_img read more

Doctoral student launches reader at bookstore

first_imgThe strong intellectual connection between Medieval theologian Duns Scotus and 19th century thinker Cardinal John Henry Newman has major ramifications for Catholic thought, according to Fr. Edward Ondrako.A doctoral student of theology, Ondrako presented on his recently-released book “The Newman-Scotus Reader: Contexts and Commonalities” in the Hammes Bookstore on Friday afternoon. Along with Ondrako, theology professor Cyril O’Regan and doctoral student Jay Martin spoke about the importance of the work.O’Regan said it is important to think of Scotus as part of the Franciscan tradition that produced many other deeply influential theologians and philosophers including St. Bonaventure.“The Franciscan school continues to be, philosophically and theologically, relevant today as seen in how it played a role in Vatican II,” O’Regan said.Scotus’s thought, much like Newman’s, challenges Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment philosophy, O’Regan said, because of its focus on grounding in metaphysics.“In modern philosophy from Descartes to Kant and all the way on, they dispense with metaphysical realism and present their thought in solipsistic self-reflection,” O’Regan said.O’Regan said part of this contrast can be attributed to the secularization, or the lack of Christian doctrine in modern philosophies,“The Franciscan tradition sees revelation as a gift and this makes it the antithesis of the Kant-Hegel axis of modern philosophy,” he said.Speaking about Ondrako’s background, O’Regan said his previous work prepared him well to create “The Newman-Scotus Reader.”“Father Ondrako is a well-known Newman scholar, and he is aware of the way Cardinal John Henry Newman saw liberalism as a challenge,” O’Regan said.Following O’Regan, Martin spoke about his role indexing the book.“As the indexer, I may have the dubious distinction of having read this book more than anyone else,” Martin said,Much like O’Regan, Martin said the personal and spiritual qualities of Ondrako are present in his work.“This book is a decanting of the sort of spiritual life that Father Ed exemplifies to his fellow classmates and to the faithful he serves,” Martin said.Martin said this means the book can be read for both the intellectual arguments and comprehensive scholarship it embodies as well as the more practical and spiritual message it contains.“I would encourage you as you read this text to allow Father Ed’s vision of the holistic religious life that isn’t always terribly neatly compartmentalized, to be challenged by the theology of it, but also the insistence that the theological arguments in their own detail and specificity have certain spiritual importance,” Martin said.Ondrako spoke after Martin, explaining his motivations for creating the book and the significance of its content.“This book argues in detail that Newman was overall sympathetic to many of the major themes characteristic of Duns Scotus’s metaphysics,” Ondrako said.This has large implications for Catholicism’s philosophical and theological stances in the the modern era, Ondrako said, particularly as it relates to the connection between reason and faith or spirituality.“This is what Pope John Paul II was so upset when he wrote ‘Fides et Ratio’’, that there is a decline in understanding the importance of metaphysics and clear-headed thinking,” Ondrako said.The Newman-Scotus Readers sheds light on these kinds of issues by offering complementary perspectives that work together towards the same goal, Ondrako said.“The metaphysical approach of Duns Scotus uncovers the foundations of Newman’s thought, while the phenomenological style of New helps the reader grasp the realism and profound spirituality lying behind the more abstract presentation of Scotus,” Ondrako said.While the content can be quite rich and complex, Ondrako said he always kept his audience in mind.“‘My friends have asked me, ‘Can I read this book?’, ‘Will it confuse me?’, ‘Will I get bogged down in the terminology and language that you theologians throw around?’,” Ondrako said. Ondrako said he was careful to write and edit the book for undergraduates and people interested in major concepts in theology and philosophy, hoping that the larger non-academic audience will appreciate the work.Tags: Cardinal John Henry Newman, Duns Scotus, The Newman-Scotus Reader: Contexts and Commonalitieslast_img read more

Former Notre Dame lineman Kona Schwenke dies

first_imgKona Schwenke, who played on Notre Dame’s defensive line from 2010-2013, died Sunday, the University announced in a press release Monday.“A four-year Monogram winner and defensive lineman for the University of Notre Dame football team, [Schwenke] died Sunday (April 22) at his home in Laie, Hawai’i. He was 25,” the press release said.Schwenke played in 31 games over the course of his career and made nine starts. He won the football program’s Next Man Award in 2013 and made 30 tackles over the course of his career. Schwenke graduated from the University in 2014, earning a degree in anthropology.Tags: football, Kona Schwenkelast_img

University announces next executive vice president, new administrative roles

first_imgVice president for finance Shannon Cullinan will succeed John Affleck-Graves as executive vice president starting July 1, the University announced in a press release Wednesday. Additionally, Notre Dame announced that administrators Micki Kidder and Mike Seamon will take on newly created roles and chief of staff of the president’s office Ann Firth was promoted to vice president.“[Cullinan] combines expertise in financial management with wide administrative experience and broad engagement with the academy,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the release. “Above all, he brings a deep commitment to the mission of Notre Dame. I am excited to have him in this new role.”John J. Brennan, chair of the Board of Trustees, praised Cullinan for his previous work at the University.“There is no one better qualified than Shannon Cullinan to succeed John Affleck-Graves,” Brennan said in the release. “He is already one of the reasons that Notre Dame enjoys a well-deserved reputation nationally for being a superbly managed University.”Cullinan said he was excited to take on the new role and expressed his appreciation for John Affleck-Graves’ service to the University.“I am deeply humbled by this opportunity and grateful to my predecessors who wisely shaped the Executive Vice President’s Division, dating back to the original visionary, Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C.,” Cullinan said in the release. “I also want to thank John Affleck-Graves for his extraordinary legacy of stewardship and selfless dedication to our employees, especially our staff.”The University announced Affleck-Graves’ retirement in a press release Aug. 22, after 15 years in his role as executive vice president. According to the announcement, since 2004, when Affleck-Graves began his tenure, the University’s endowment has grown from $3.5 billion to $11.8 billion and its operating budget has increased from $650 million to $1.5 billion. Additionally, Notre Dame has added 3.3 million square feet in new structures, through the 36 buildings constructed under Affleck-Graves’s tenure, including the Campus Crossroads project.In succeeding Affleck-Graves, Cullinan will be the chief financial officer of the University, supervising its investment and finance offices, which include Notre Dame’s “$13 billion endowment and $1.6 billion operating budget,” the release said. As executive vice president, he will also supervise the offices of facilities, design and operations; information technology; and human resources, according to the release.A 1993 alumnus, Cullinan holds a bachelor’s degree in accountancy and a master of business administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, the release said. He has worked at Notre Dame since 2000, serving as assistant vice president for public affairs and communications and later as assistant vice president for development and associate vice president for campus services.Cullinan took on the role of associate vice president for university relations in 2011 and worked alongside the Board of Trustees, administration and the University relations team. He became vice president for finance in 2016, according to the release, and was responsible for the offices of budget, procurement services, treasury services, financial planning, Northeast neighborhood development and the controller’s group.Cullinan has served as associate executive director of the Center for the Homeless and is the recipient of a Notre Dame Presidential Leadership Award.Also in Wednesday’s press release, the University announced additional changes to its administration.Associate vice president and executive director of development Micki Kidder will take on the new role of vice president for University enterprises and events, according to the release. Kidder’s position includes overseeing campus food services operations, heading University events — like commencement and concerts — and overseeing “university enterprises” such as the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore, licensing, McKenna Hall, the Morris Inn and St. Michael’s Laundry.Mike Seamon, who currently serves as vice president for campus safety and event management, will be appointed to the new role of vice president for campus safety and University operations. He will continue to head the Emergency Management Program, Notre Dame Security Police, the Notre Dame Fire Department and risk management and safety. Additionally, the release said, he will now oversee Land O’Lakes, the office of sustainability, building services, warehouse delivery and transportation and “other operations vital to the life of Notre Dame.”Both Kidder and Seamon will take on their new positions starting March 1, the release said.Jenkins has also promoted chief of staff Ann Firth to vice president, according to the release. In addition to advising the president and overseeing the president’s staff, Firth will help implement “key initiatives of the President’s Office” and serve as a liaison between the office and the Board of Trustees. Her new position is effective immediately, the release said.Tags: Ann Firth, Chief of Staff, Executive Vice President, John Affleck-Graves, Micki Kidder, Mike Seamon, Shannon Cullinan, vice president for Campus Safety and University Operations, vice president for University Enterprises and Eventslast_img read more

Check Out Les Miz Star Ramin Karimloo’s Sizzling New Music Video

first_img View Comments Star Files Related Shows It’s prisoner 24601 like never before. Ramin Karimloo recently released a stunning music video of the song “Losing,” a track from his upcoming EP The Road to Find Out – East. The “Broadgrass” (Broadway meets Bluegrass) track has the Les Miserables hunk front and center, singing his heart out, playing the piano, and cooking up a sensible breakfast with some girl (OK, maybe we’re a bit jealous.) The song is co-written by Karimloo and actor Hadley Fraser and features additional vocals by Katie Birtill. As recently reported, The Road To Find Out – East, available on April 7, will be the first of four EPs in a series from Karimloo, with North, South and West to follow. Additional tracks include folk renditions of “Oh What A Beautiful Morning” and “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables.” Have a look at the “Losing” music video (or two or three looks; we don’t blame you) below! Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 Les Miserables Ramin Karimloolast_img read more

Weekend Poll: Who Is Your Favorite B’way Man in Uniform?

first_img View Comments It’s Fleet Week in New York City, which can only mean one thing: the streets are swarming with sexy sailors! We can’t wait to celebrate Memorial Day with our new best friends—and any hunky colonels, generals, sergeants and lieutenants are more than welcome to come, too. And while we’re remembering the Americans who died in military service this Memorial Day, we can’t forget about a few of our favorite Broadway men in uniform. Hey, who cares if they’re fictional? Does Flick from Violet make you swoon? Wanna get to know South Pacific’s Lieutenant Joseph Cable in Bali-ha’i? Ready for a night On the Town with Gabey? Cast your vote below!last_img

Vanessa Hudgens Will Star in Broadway-Bound Gigi at the Kennedy Center

first_img Hudgens is best known for playing Gabriella, love interest of Zac Efron’s Troy, in Disney’s High School Musical movies. Recent screen credits include Bandslam and Spring Breakers. She played Mimi in Rent at the Hollywood Bowl in 2010. View Comments Set during the turn of the 20th century, Gigi tells the story of a free-spirited teenage girl living in Paris who is groomed (in the custom of her family) to serve as a companion to a bored, wealthy playboy until the pair realize they have fallen in love. Based on the 1944 novel by Colette, Gigi was first adapted for the Broadway stage in 1951 by Anita Loos, with an unknown Audrey Hepburn in the title role. Subsequently Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music) adapted the material for the 1958 movie musical, winner of nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. In 1973, the tuner played 103 performances on Broadway with Karin Wolfe as Gigi and Daniel Massey as Gaston, earning a Tony Award for Best Original Score. Gigi features the memorable tunes “Thank Heaven For Little Girls,” “I Remember It Well,” “The Night They Invented Champagne,” “It’s a Bore,” “Say a Prayer for Me Tonight” and more. Gigi High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens, who as you will remember it well, performed in a summer industry reading of Gigi, will headline the Broadway-bound musical when it plays at the Kennedy Center. The tuner will run at the Eisenhower Theater January 16, 2015 through February 12, with opening night set for January 29. Directed by Eric Schaeffer, the re-imagined new production has been adapted by playwright and Emmy-nominated screenwriter Heidi Thomas. Choreography will be by Joshua Bergasse. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015 New York dates and further casting and creative team will be announced later. The workshop’s cast also included Broadway favorites Corey Cott, Kate Burton and Victoria Clark.last_img read more

Off-Broadway Gets a Slice of Pizza & Divorce as Money Grubbin’ Whores Opens

first_img Related Shows Directed by Brian Cichocki, Money Grubbin’ Whores follows a back-room divorce negotiation between Matt, a New York plumber and Aviva, his Israeli wife. To cut costs, the two, mediated by Matt’s friend and Aviva’s cousin, battle it out in the party room of a New Jersey pizza restaurant. New comedy Money Grubbin’ Whores officially opens off-Broadway on September 30. Written by Sean J. Quinn, the show will run through October 19 at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row. Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 19, 2014 The cast includes Adam Mucci, James Andrew O’Connor, Penny Bittone and Carmit Levité. View Comments Money Grubbin’ Whoreslast_img

The River, Starring Hugh Jackman, Extends on Broadway

first_img Related Shows View Comments In addition to Jackman, The River stars Laura Donnelly and Cush Jumbo in their Broadway debuts. The River Wolverine is remaining on the Great White Way just that little bit longer! The Hugh Jackman-led The River has extended its limited engagement through February 8, 2015; the show had been set to shutter on January 25. The play opened on November 16 at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre.center_img Fun Home is due to move into Circle in the Square once Jackman completes his run; the new musical begins previews on April 4. Directed by Ian Rickson, The River is Jez Butterworth’s follow-up to the Tony-nominated Jerusalem. The play, which had an acclaimed run helmed by Rickson in 2012 at London’s Royal Court Theatre, tells the story of a man and a woman in a remote cabin on the cliffs on a moonless night. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 8, 2015last_img read more

Fans Pick the Top 10 Shows They Can’t Wait to See this Fall

first_imgSCHOOL OF ROCK Though the weather in New York is in no way any indication yet, fall is fast approaching on the Great White Way. The next few months are packed with new productions ready to light up Broadway. Broadway.com asked readers to tell us which incoming fall shows they’re most excited for on the top 10 ranking site Culturalist. From plays to musicals and new works to old faves, here’s what came out on top! MISERY ON YOUR FEET! A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE ALLEGIANCE DAMES AT SEAcenter_img FIDDLER ON THE ROOF THE COLOR PURPLE SYLVIA SPRING AWAKENING View Commentslast_img