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Scholar Abby Davis Named 2016 Valedictorian

Author: Sue Lister

Abby Davis, a political science major from Avon Lake, Ohio, has been named valedictorian of the 2016 University of Notre Dame graduating class and will present the valedictory address during the 171st University Commencement Ceremony on May 15 (Sunday) at Notre Dame Stadium.

A member of the Glynn Family Honors Program and Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Davis is also a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar and has a 3.99 cumulative grade point average. She will graduate with minors in philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) and Russian.

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Kathleen Brennan '15 Receives Invitation to the Ireland 2016 Diaspora Gala

Author: McKenna Pencak

Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program alumna Kathleen Brennan received an invitation from the Irish government to attend the Ireland 2016 Diaspora Gala Event in Dublin on March 16. She will join Professor Briona Nic Dhiarmada and other Notre Dame representatives as well as Irish President Higgins, dignitaries, Liam Neeson and many more at a red carpet event where the film version of 1916 The Irish Rebellion will premier. 

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Meg Gallagher Explores Challenges and Opportunities in South African School Systems

Author: Meghan Gallagher

2015 USAID Fellow and Hesburgh-Yusko scholar Meghan Gallagher spent two months in Stellenbosch, South Africa working with The Reach Trust, an organization that provides mobile technology as educational resources. Meghan worked closely with an after school program, The Pebbles Project, and experienced the challenges and inequalities within the South African school system. 

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HY Scholar, Timothy Machasio, writes article for The World Post: Africa Needs Your Faith, Not Your Pity

Author: Timothy Machasio

In a recent episode, a well-guarded member of the Kenyan Parliament was shot dead. That single piece of information would sound normal enough, considering the series of assassinations that have recently come to characterize African politics. What stands out in this instance is that he was executed at one of the busiest roundabouts in the Nairobi Central Business District. His family, who were being transported in a separate vehicle, watched helplessly.…

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HY Scholar, Meg Gallagher, receives USAID grant through ND’s Institute for Global Development

Author: Joanne Fahey

Undergraduate research

Twelve University of Notre Dame researchers, students from the Graduate School and the College of Arts and Letters, have been selected by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) brand-new Research and Innovation Fellowship Program. They will travel to Brazil, Colombia, India and South Africa to research global development challenges and create innovative solutions to address these issues.

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Nicole Sganga: Going Global in Search of Stories

Author: Amanda Skofstad

Nicole Sganga with Nicholas Kristof

Senior Nicole Sganga spent part of summer 2014 traveling in Myanmar and reporting with New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof after winning the “Win a Trip with Nick” contest. While in Myanmar, she wrote and filmed her way through encounters with Rohingya Muslims living under protracted persecution in internment camps. What you might not know is what Sganga learned—and where she hopes her adventures as a global citizen will take her next.

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