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  The Evolving Landscape of Notre Dame

—by John Rivera

If you haven’t set foot on the campus of Notre Dame recently, your next visit could be a revelation. The past several months have seen a slew of openings and dedications.

The University Academic Building
The newest addition to the campus landscape is also one of the most dramatic. The University Academic Building, located on the hillside overlooking Alumnae Field, features three floors of brick and glass with classrooms meeting rooms and offices that house the School of Nursing and feature the latest in communications and instructional technology.

The Evolving Landscape of Notre DameClockwise from upper left: The University Academic Building; the view from the UAB’s Counselman Atrium; the President’s Residence; the Otenasek House of the Morrissy Honors Program.


Construction was funded in part with a grant from the State of Maryland. Grants from the Hearst Foundations, the Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation and the Middendorf Foundation funded simulation laboratories in the School of Nursing’s Center for Caring with Technology. This included the purchase of SimMan™ computer-operated human patient simulators for use in the classroom.

Two additional gifts have helped to beautify the building. The Civera Family Gallery, made possible through the generosity of Ed and Judy Civera, is on the second floor of the atrium and features work by NDMU students. And the Counselman Atrium, an open space rising from the first floor, was dedicated in honor of longtime NDMU friend and benefactor Catherine Roloson Counselman ’41.

The Otenasek House of the Morrissy Honors Program
The Otenasek House of the Morrissy Honors Program was dedicated during Family Weekend in October. The ceremony included a tribute to the house’s namesake, Mildred B. Otenasek ’36, Ph.D., who passed away in 2012. The Otenasek House provides welcoming study areas, a seminar room for classes as well as individual and group activities and a comfortable lounge where Morrissy Honors Program students can interact with other Honors students and faculty. The house has been furnished with many generous gifts of furniture appropriate to the Craftsman-style home.

The President’s Residence
Notre Dame of Maryland University has acquired our first-ever President’s Residence at 100 St. Albans Way, a block away from campus. Board of Trustees Chair Patricia J. Mitchell ’69 directed the renovation and furnishing of the house. During seven months of renovations, the house has been complemented by generous donations of elegant furnishing from close friends, alumnae and alumni of Notre Dame—notably through those who are members of the 100 St.Albans Society—which ensures that Notre Dame’s President’s Residence will be elegantly appointed, serve as a point of pride and become the premier gathering space for our campus community and guests.

The Civera Fitness Center
A gift from Ed and Judy Civera has enabled the expansion of the University’s Fitness Center into what is now Gator Lair on the second floor of the MBK Sports and Activities Complex and the acquisition of new exercise equipment, including treadmills, bicycles and elliptical machines. The current Fitness Center, on the first floor of the complex adjacent to the gymnasium floor, will be converted to a weight room.

The Grotto of the Sacred Heart
The Grotto of the Sacred Heart has been a place of refuge for many generations of students. A gift from Sheila Kirchenbauer Zimmer ’63 will fund a renovation of the Grotto, including the repair of the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, repointing and refacing the stone wall and replacing the slate stone walkway. The Grotto will be beautified with enhanced lighting and landscaping as well as new seating that will encourage individuals and groups to sit and meditate awhile.

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Continuing a Literary Tradition

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