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NDI’S Roy Bronkema directs international students both in the office and on stage

Author: Colleen Wilcox

While ISSA's Roy Bronkema enjoys working with the international community by day, he’s also found himself in a similar role at night. The piano performance major recently served as the music director for South Bend Civic Theater’s performance of “In the Heights,” with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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Notre Dame International increases study abroad opportunities in Ireland this fall

Author: Colleen Wilcox

Nine students will travel to Ireland’s west coast this fall to participate in a new immersive Notre Dame International program in Galway City, Ireland. Students will take classes on the campus of The National University of Ireland – Galway (NUIG), which ranks among the top 2% of universities in the world.

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Why sociology, research, and travel have expanded an Arts and Letters pre-health major’s approach to medicine

Author: Teagan Dillon

When King Fok was 6 years old, he suffered from an orthopedic condition that caused him to spend two years on crutches. Uncovered by his health insurance, the condition was Fok’s first glimpse into how socioeconomic status impacts health care. That childhood experience informed his decision to major in Arts and Letters pre-health at the University of Notre Dame. As a future physician, he hopes to make medical care more efficient, inclusive, and accessible to all. A sociology class his freshman year helped him discover a perfect major to pair with pre-health.

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Student Spotlight: Carleigh Burns

Author: Costanza Montanari

Carleigh Burns, a Neuroscience and Behavior major and Italian minor, is in Rome this Spring semester as part of the General Education Program. During her time in Rome she is living the the ND Villa, conducting an internship at UNESCO and shadowing Dr. Bilotta at Salvator Mundi International Hospital.

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Global Forum: Applications open for student essay contest on global citizenship

Author: Joya Helmuth

In conjunction with the Notre Dame Forum: Going Global, Notre Dame International is pleased to announce the first essay contest on global citizenship. We invite all Notre Dame students to write a brief essay addressing what it means to be a global citizen, what the challenges and rewards are, and how you have used or will use your Notre Dame education to become a global citizen. The contest is open to all Notre Dame students.

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How a passion for a French painter and a knowledge of violins prepared an art history major to work at Sotheby’s

Author: Teagan Dillon

Growing up in South Bend, Carly Murphy ’01 always admired Marc Chagall’s Le Grand Cirque when she saw it in the Snite Museum of Art at Notre Dame. This piece of art sparked a love of French culture in Murphy, who went on to major in French and art history in the College of Arts and Letters. Now vice president of global client development at Sotheby’s international art auction house, Murphy returned to campus last semester to speak to a gathering of students, reflecting on her Notre Dame education and offering advice on entering the art world. 

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Jerusalem Global Gateway director steps down

Author: Warren von Eschenbach

Rev. Robert O. Smith will be stepping down from his role with the University of Notre Dame when his contract ends this summer. Smith, who holds concurrent faculty appointments in the Keough School of Global Affairs and the Department of Theology, has been the academic director of the Jerusalem Global Gateway since 2014.

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How a philosophy major developed a passion for researching women’s rights in Latin America 

Author: Teagan Dillon

One week into her senior year, Natasha Reifenberg headed to an academic health conference in El Salvador, presenting a policy brief based in research she had been involved in for the last two years. An opportunity usually reserved for distinguished academics, the trip was just one of many highlights in an outstanding undergraduate career that includes internships at the Global Fund for Women and United Nations Development Program and independent research opportunities centered around women’s issues and rights. Reifenberg attributes her accomplishments to her education in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters — particularly her philosophy major.

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How an international economics and peace studies major found his mission — conducting research that helps refugees and Italian locals

Author: Katie Boruff

When Francesco Tassi arrived at Notre Dame, he was sure he would major in finance. But a lecture on refugees set him on a different path — one that led him to travel through Italy for three months to study refugee integration firsthand. Tassi, who was born in Italy and moved to the United States in third grade, traveled widely in high school and spent time living with host families in several countries. Those experiences sparked a passion for learning about and understanding cultures.

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