Notre Dame News | December 19, 2014
The calendar year 2014 was filled with many notable moments of accomplishment, celebration and reflection at the University of Notre Dame. Here are some of them.
In the wake of the 50th anniversary of the Hesburgh Library, the University began an interior renovation of the iconic building in December. This marks the first major renovation since the 14-story building was constructed in 1963. The renovation will add access to interdisciplinary and collaborative spaces, state-of-the-art technologies and advanced research expertise.
A $75 million gift from alumnus and Trustee John W. “Jay” Jordan, announced in May, is the largest in the University’s history and makes him its most generous benefactor, with a giving total of $150 million. The gift will be directed toward the creation of a world-class research program in an area of science and technology that is new to Notre Dame and that has the potential to create innovative intellectual property that has important commercial potential.
Encompassing academics, athletics and student life, the Campus Crossroads Project, announced in January and begun in November, is the largest building project in the University’s history. The project will add significant academic space in three buildings surrounding the historic Notre Dame Stadium and will house several departments including Music, Anthropology and Psychology, as well as new student life and recreational sports centers.
The Irish completed what was arguably the best overall year in the University’s long and legendary athletics history, with 22 of 26 varsity programs qualifying for postseason competition. Notre Dame won the men’s Capital One Cup all-sports competition and the program as a whole finished third in the National Association of College Directors of Athletics all-sports competition, its best finish ever.
Faith and Service:
In January, a group of University leaders including President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C, exchanged messages of support with Pope Francis during a private audience in the Apostolic Palace. The week began with an academic convocation in the Notre Dame Rome Center at Via Ostilia 15, a recently renovated 32,000-square-foot building located a block from the Colosseum.