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How the Rome Global Gateway responded to the COVID-19 crisis

Three weeks before Italy went on lockdown to combat the spread of COVID-19, the Rome Global Gateway (RGG) was preemptively taking drastic measures to protect its study abroad students, faculty, staff, and surrounding community. The RGG was the first study abroad program at the University of Notre Dame to witness...
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Working from home? Stay focused with these tips

Working from home is the new normal for many of us. As skilled professionals, we are all called to do our part, but now we are doing it in a familiar environment used in a different way. I spoke with Megan Costigan, the human resources consultant for Notre Dame International...
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Quick action gets 545 students, 13 faculty/staff home from abroad

Early in the evening on Friday, Feb. 28, Mary Kowalski, vice president of travel services at Anthony Travel, was on her way to an Instant Pot cooking class when she received a call that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had issued a level 3 travel advisory for Italy. ...
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Meet Jaime Signoracci: NDI's travel security and risk management expert

In June 2014, a plane landed hard at the Kabul International Airport. It was after dark and the flight crew needed medical attention. The plane suffered damage, so the crew needed to stay overnight in Kabul until another aircraft could be flown in. Jaime Signoracci, who was only in her...
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How a CBL placement expanded Emily Brigham’s perspective in Ireland

Brigham and Habiba at their last tutoring session Emily Brigham, a junior from Rhode Island, majors in psychology and minors in education, schooling and society, and data science. She spent the 2019 fall semester studying at UCD in Dublin, where she volunteered with Youth and Educational Services for Refugees and...
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The spirit of encounter

Notre Dame students visited St. Ursula's Special School in Jinja, Uganda The idea of encounter is something that Pope Francis talks about a lot in Catholic theology. The emerging theme seems to touch the deepest part of the Christian vocation, encouraging the faithful to be fearless and look beyond their...
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How Notre Dame International staff abroad celebrate the Chinese New Year

Michael Pippenger, Vice President & Associate Provost for Internationalization, is pictured with Catherine Leung. Notre Dame International staff at the Beijing Global Gateway and Hong Kong Global Center are preparing for the Chinese New Year, which falls on Saturday, January 25. The Chinese festival, initiating the year of the rat, is a...
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Hill in the Holy Land

Originally published by the Office of Public Affairs and Communications.  In the 1980s, Notre Dame undergrads began arriving at Tantur for study abroad programs, and the Ecumenical Institute began receiving more continuing education visitors — clergy from different Christian traditions from around the world who come to Tantur for a...
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Reclaiming the Faith: ND center in Ireland honors new saint

The entrance to the Newman University Church and the Notre Dame-Newman Centre for Faith and Reason in Dublin. Steve Warner, a renowned expert in liturgical music, and Rev. William Dailey, C.S.C., are attempting to revive an urban Irish parish that faces the same challenges as modern Catholicism across the world....
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London Alumni Series: Usi Abugo realizes adventure is the best way to learn

Usiwoma Abugo ‘08 is probably the only oculoplastic surgeon who is instafamous. With nearly 17,000 followers, Abugo has had major success achieving her own career goals and helping others achieve theirs. Her time at the London Global Gateway allowed her to shift her focus, and instead of learning about medicine, she spent...
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How Notre Dame taught a scholar from India to smile

It was a picturesque morning in September following mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart when Pooja Ranade first realized that she was smiling. “It wasn’t a natural thing for me,” reflects Ranade. “But I remember feeling so calm and happy – I wanted to hold on to that...
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Living out a dream: Artistic immersion in London

In her application for the London Global Gateway, Rachel Mills’ described a daydream that she often had in South Bend. The fantasy scenario involved her exiting the tube station into Trafalgar Square, and walking the through crowds of buskers, commuters and tourists to reach her place of work: the National...
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Holi festival 2019: Blending culture with color

More than 200 students showed up in white shirts to participate in the Holi festival More than 500 pounds of vibrant color was thrown into the air as part of an ancient Indian spring festival. While students had a lot of fun splashing brilliantly colored dyes on each other, there’s...
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A community of layers: Discovering Notre Dame, in Rome

The Rome Global Gateway, one of five operated by Notre Dame International, focuses on providing students and scholars research opportunities, taking advantage of the unique combination of cultural, political, historical and religious layers that make Rome what it is today.…