|Roundup of new programs, honors, appointments in Catholic academia|
Catholic News ServiceCHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Legal scholar and moral theologian Cathleen Kaveny is the new Darald and Juliet Libby professor at Boston College. She is also the first person to hold a faculty appointment in two divisions at the university, the Law School and the Department of Theology.
"I am delighted and honored to be joining Boston College's distinguished faculty," Kaveny said in a statement. "I am also very excited about the possibilities for interdisciplinary collaboration in this academically rich and diverse community."
Kaveny is teaching a graduate theology course on faith, morality and law this semester. She will teach contracts at the Law School and a seminar cross-listed with the Department of Theology.
"Professor Kaveny's appointment places Boston College at the forefront of scholarship in both law and theology, with her most recent work offering critical insights on how American law engages highly contested moral debates in an increasingly diverse society," Law School Dean Vincent Rougeau said.
An alumna of Princeton University, Kaveny has a law degree and a doctorate from Yale University. She also is assuming the presidency of the Society of Christian Ethics, an organization that meets annually with Jewish and Muslim ethics groups.
Kaveny, award-winning author of "Law's Virtues: Fostering Autonomy and Solidarity in American Society," is now working on a second book tentatively called "Prophesy Without Contempt: An Ethics of Religious Discourse in the Public Square."
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University of Notre Dame's building project biggest in school's history
NOTRE DAME, Ind. (CNS) -- At a cost of $400 million, the University of Notre Dame plans to upgrade its football stadium with three additional buildings. The buildings will house student services and academic departments.
Named the Campus Crossroads Project, this building project will be the largest in Notre Dame's history, covering more than 750,000 square feet and taking up to five years to complete.
In addition to the project, Notre Dame will create 80 new faculty positions.
"At a time when some are questioning the future of the residential college campus," said Holy Cross Father John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame's president, "we believe that investment in these new facilities ... will greatly enhance the campus experience for all those who study, live, work here and visit Notre Dame."
The new buildings will house Notre Dame's anthropology, psychology and music departments as well as student organizations, a recreation and career center, and 3,000 to 4,000 "premium seats" for game days.
"Since its founding, one of Notre Dame's greatest assets has been the boldness of its vision -- the ability to see possibilities and connections where others saw only obstacles and fragmentation," Father Jenkins said in a statement. "This project continues that boldness."
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Laurie Hamen to be Mount Mercy University's ninth president
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CNS) -- After a nationwide search for Mount Mercy University's ninth president, Laurie Hamen fit the bill.
"Her passion for private liberal arts education and the Mercy Mission was clear and evident to the entire Mount Mercy community," said Brandt Worley, chairman of the board of trustees of the university, which was founded by the Sisters of Mercy. "We are delighted she has accepted the position."
Hamen was one of three finalists following Mount Mercy's extensive search, which involved university students, faculty, staff and alumni.
"We took very seriously the input from our Mount Mercy family," Worley said, adding that their participation and feedback helped in determining the next president.
Hamen has served the last 18 years at North Central College in Naperville, Ill., and is now vice president for enrollment management, athletics and student affairs. She started teaching as an adjunct faculty member in 2012.
She completed her law degree at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago and pursued a doctorate in educational administration at the University of Minnesota. Hamen, a native of Minnesota, and her husband, Bill, have three children and two grandchildren.
"I am extremely excited to become Mount Mercy's next president," she said in a statement. "Mount Mercy University has a long-standing reputation of providing high-quality education in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy, and I am honored to play a part in molding the future of this great institution."
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Archdiocese of Santa Fe to take over Aquinas Newman Center
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (CNS) -- The Archdiocese of Santa Fe plans to take leadership of the University of New Mexico's Aquinas Newman Center beginning July 1.
"My decision did not come easily and was made only after much prayer and deliberation with my advisers," Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan of Santa Fe said in a statement announcing the change.
In 1950, the parish became the first Newman Center started by Dominicans at the invitation of Archbishop Edwin Byrne. The Dominican Friars have run the parish since then. Today, 750 families attend the parish, as well as many Catholic university students.
Albuquerque native Father Michael DePalma, a former student at the University of New Mexico, will be appointed pastor. He currently serves as the archdiocesan vocation director and pastor of San Ysidro Parish in Corrales. Father Simon Carian, who is continuing medical ethics studies in Rome, will be parochial vicar.
"Having archdiocesan priests at the Newman Center will enhance relations with pastors and parishes of the archdiocese whose young adults attend UNM, as well as promote diocesan vocations," Archbishop Sheehan said. "I hope and pray for a smooth transition."
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U.N. lists Fordham University business schools as leaders in education
NEW YORK (CNS) -- From among 514 candidates, the United Nations has chosen Jesuit-run Fordham University's business schools to its "Champions Group" of responsible business education models.
The group is made up of 24 schools worldwide that embrace the U.N. Principles of Responsible Management Education initiative, a Fordham press release said.
The initiative encourages a balance between people, planet and profit, hoping to teach students "to conduct business in ways that benefit both humankind and the environment."
"It will ultimately lead ... to sustainable businesses that help serve society's needs while not depleting natural resources for future generations," the press release said. Fordham has an undergraduate and a graduate business school.
Fordham's main function in the Champions Group is to co-lead a "curriculum developmental effort" with the Escuela Superior de Administracion y Direccion de Empresas (College of Administration and Business Management) in Barcelona, Spain, and the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
"It's an honor to work with renowned, forward-thinking schools from all over the world to change the nature of business education," said Donna Rapaccioli, Fordham professor, dean of the business faculty and dean of the Gabelli School of Business. "We have a lot to talk about with them and to learn from them."
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Gonzaga University tops charts twice in a row
SPOKANE, Wash. (CNS) -- For the second year in a row, the Peace Corps has named Gonzaga University as the No. 1 school among "Small Colleges and Universities" nationwide to produce the most Peace Corps volunteers.
According to the Peace Corps Top Colleges 2014 list, 22 undergraduate alumni from Jesuit-run Gonzaga served overseas as Peace Corps volunteers in 18 different counties in 2013. This makes for a total of 320 Gonzaga alumni with Peace Corps service.
"My initial goal for joining the Peace Corps was to help people, plain and simple," 2013 alumna Kate Hewitt said in a statement. "I have a passion for social justice and for human rights, which is part of what makes my placement of service and work so great."
Hewitt, who majored in political science and philosophy, served as a community and organizational development adviser volunteer in Moldova in Eastern Europe. She said Gonzaga "inspired and cultivated" her passion every day during her undergraduate years.
Gonzaga's president, Thayne McCulloh, cited Hewitt as one of many graduates who strive to make an impact on the world.
"(The Peace Corps) announcement underscores the commitment of Gonzaga's graduates to work toward a world of peace, justice and greater understanding among people around the world," McCulloh said.
Gonzaga is one of about 80 schools nationwide that offer a master's in international programs in collaboration with the Peace Corps. For example, the master of arts degree program in teaching English as a second language program was partnered with the Peace Corps Master's International program in 2008.
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St. Patrick's Seminary and University appoints new president-rector
SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) -- Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco has appointed Sulpician Father Gladstone H. Steven as the permanent president-rector of St. Patrick's Seminary and University.
Originally from Nashville, Tenn., Father Stevens graduated from Quincy College in Quincy, Ill., in 1989. He pursued Biblical Studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and received his doctorate in theology from Marquette University in Milwaukee.
"Father Stevens is highly esteemed by many groups in California," Archbishop Cordileone said. "He's faithful, clear, eloquent, humorous and friendly. What more could a seminarian ask for in the rector of the seminary?"
He had been associate professor of theology and vice rector at St. Patrick's. He is known "as someone who combines theological knowledge with religious counsel and encouragement," a statement about his appointment said.
Though skilled in theology, Father Stevens acknowledged his lack of administrative background. He plans to take a management seminar this summer at the University of Notre Dame. The seminar specializes in training administrators of Catholic institutions of higher education.
"I definitely want St. Patrick's to be perceived as a premier seminary in the West, a place where seminarians receive theological, practical and spiritual training to be effective priests," the priest said in a statement.
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President of Jesuit-run Creighton University says he'll retire in 2015
OMAHA, Neb. (CNS) -- Creighton University's 24th president, Jesuit Father Timothy R. Lannon, has announced he will retire in June 2015, four years after his inauguration.
"I believe there is another role for me -- one that will be even more pastoral and less administrative," Father Lannon said in a statement. "But do not doubt, I have much on my list to accomplish in the next 15 months."
His announcement gives the board of trustees more than a year to find a successor.
Father Lannon became president of Creighton University in July 2011. Prior to that, he served eight years as president of St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, which is also a Jesuit institution.
"When I came to Creighton in 2011 as president, I was coming home," Father Lannon, a 1973 Creighton graduate, said. "I wanted to give back to (the institution) what the institution gave to me."
Creighton's board of trustees chair, Bruce Rohde, noted several "remarkable achievements" under Father Lannon's term, including some of the largest renovations of academic areas in the university's history. The board is "extremely thankful" for his leadership, Rohde said.
"We look forward to more momentum and achievement with President Lannon at the helm through the 2014-2015 academic year," Rohde said.
Father Lannon turned the credit right back on to the community.
"I am deeply grateful for the Creighton community for all that they've done on behalf of our students," he said. "Creighton would not be the university it is today without them."
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Holy Cross names new vice president for academic affairs and dean
WORCESTER, Mass. (CNS) -- Margaret N. Freije has been named vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.
The announcement was made March 7 by Jesuit Father Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president.
Freije will assume her new role immediately. She has been serving as interim vice president and dean since July of 2013 when her predecessor, Timothy R. Austin, left the post to become provost of Duquesne University.
A mathematician and leader in Jesuit higher education, she is the first woman to hold the top academic post at the Jesuit-run college. As vice president and dean, Freije provides leadership and day-to-day management for all facets of the academic life of the college.
She also serves as a member of the president's executive team, helping set strategic priorities for the school.
"I am delighted that Margaret has assumed this critically important post at Holy Cross," said Father Boroughs. "I am confident -- and the search committee concurred -- that she has the skills, background and experience needed to move the college forward.
"Her administrative experience, teaching excellence, academic accomplishments, and scholarship add up to the right fit for Holy Cross today and in the future," he said in a statement. "Her deep understanding of and commitment to our Jesuit mission and Catholic identity will provide the leadership to propel us forward."
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