We are delighted that the following priests, faculty, and administrators have agreed to serve as hosts for the Notre Dame Travel Program in 2014. We make every effort to send a Notre Dame host on each departure as our travelers tell us this greatly enhances their experience and makes the trip unique. If this is important to you in making your decision to travel on the program, please call (800) 634-2631 to confirm that one will accompany the group before making your final payment. We will be updating this site as hosts are confirmed for travel throughout the year.
Karen Anthony is the director emerita of alumni travel at the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association. She retired from the Alumni Association after 27 years of dedicated service and led the Travel Program from 1985 until 2010. She has traveled extensively across the globe. When she started the travel program in 1982, Notre Dame was offering just two trips per year; she built the program to its current state. Her notable accomplishments include the creation of a Travel Advisory Committee composed of professors, priests, and administrators at the University, cultivation of travel programs hosted by Notre Dame faculty and priests, and serving for four years as a member of the Educational Travel Conference advisory council to foster best practices in the education travel industry. Karen was presented the prestigious honorary alumna award by the Alumni Board of Directors in 1998 and received the Notre Dame President’s Award for outstanding service in May 2000. Karen and her husband, Tony, have three children and nine grandchildren.
Professor Barger holds a Ph.D. in history of education, an M.A. in American history, a M.A.T. in teaching, M.Div. in theology, and B.A. in philosophy. He has taught at the University of Illinois, Eastern Illinois University, the University of Notre Dame, and the National University of Ireland for a total of more than four decades. Barger has won numerous awards for teaching and research. His most recent book, published by Cambridge University Press, dealt with computer ethics. His additional work in editing history and philosophy books for university presses continues his professional contributions to those fields. Bob’s wife, Jo, holds an M.A. from Notre Dame and accompanies him on his trips. The Bargers have traveled extensively on all seven continents and have served as hosts on numerous Notre Dame trips.
Father Jim Bracke, C.S.C., is a native of Moline, Ill. on the banks of the Mississippi River. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1974 with a BA in Sociology and his MTh is also from Notre Dame in 1978. Father Bracke was ordained a priest in 1980. He has served as a priest in parish ministries for 20 years: 2 years as campus minister at Notre Dame College Prep in Niles Illinois, 9 years as chaplain at St. Mary’s Convent Notre Dame Indiana, and a year as prison chaplain to Westville Correctional in Indiana. His current assignment to Campus Ministry and as chaplain to the Notre Dame support staff began in June 2013. He has travelled to the Holy Land, Italy, England and Scotland.
Marc D. Burdell is the director of alumni programs at the Notre Dame Alumni Association. He earned a bachelor’s degree in the Arts and Letters Program for Administrators at Notre Dame, and joined the Alumni Association team in 2006. Before returning to Notre Dame, Burdell was the acting CEO and vice president of sales and marketing of Humana Inc. of Arizona. Prior to that, he was a national vice president of PhDx e-systems, a spine and orthopedic outcomes measurement company. Over a 15-year period, he held various positions with major health care insurers before joining Humana in 2003. He has served as vice chairman of the board for the AK Foundation in Phoenix, Ariz., a group dedicated to serving uninsured single mothers and their children; he also served on the board of the Suns Nite Hoops Organization, an affiliate of the Phoenix Suns that focuses on getting troubled teens back on the right track. Burdell and his wife, Jeanette, a 1987 Saint Mary’s College graduate, have three children: Michael ‘10, Courtney ‘13, and Geoffrey ’15.
Austin I. Collins, C.S.C., is a professor of sculpture in the Department of Art, Art History & Design at the University of Notre Dame. He Studied art at the University of California at Berkeley and received a M.F.A. in sculpture from Claremont Graduate University. His area of practice includes public art, large outdoor sculpture, installation art, and liturgical art. The theme of his creative work often deals with political and social issues. Collins has had over 130 exhibitions, including exhibitions at Northwestern University, University of Tennessee, University of Alabama, University of California and the University of Virginia. His work is in 40 private and public collections. He currently has work on view at: Lincolnwood, Ill.; Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis, Ind.; Western Michigan University, Kalammazoo, Mich.; University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Ind.; Oakton College, Des Plaines, Ill.; University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio; Milwaukee Riverwalk District, Milwaukee, Wis.; Port Huron, Mich.; and East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.
Missy Conboy, a 26-year veteran of the Notre Dame athletic department staff, is the senior deputy director of athletics. Previously she was senior associate athletics director after 11 years as associate athletic director and five years as assistant athletic director. Missy oversees the internal aspects of the athletic department, those that impact both the University constituent groups and the student athletes. A 1982 graduate of the University, she is the liaison both to the Athletic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees and the Faculty Board on Athletics. She was a six-year member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Committee and currently serves on the NCAA Committee and Infractions and the NACDA Executive Committee . She was a four-year member of the Notre Dame women’s basketball team (1978-82), serving as team captain her senior year. Missy graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in English and received her juris doctorate from the University of Kansas School Of Law in 1985. She and her husband, Bill Mountford, a graduate of Notre Dame’s MBA program and the U.S. Naval Academy, have three daughters, Darby (a Notre Dame freshman), Delaney and Killian.
JoAnn DellaNeva is a professor of Romance Languages and Literatures. She earned her doctorate from Princeton University and joined Notre Dame in 1982. She served as founding chair of the Romance Languages and Literatures Department from 1989 until 1996. Since fall of 2010, she has served as associate dean of Undergraduate Studies and the College of Arts and Letters. Professor DellaNeva has written extensively on French and Italian Renaissance literature, exploring in particular questions of imitation and Franco–Italian literary relations. Her most recent book, Unlikely Exemplars: Reading and Imitating Beyond the Italian Canon in French Renaissance Literature, was published in 2009. A two-time recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers as well as an award-winning teacher, she has taught a variety of courses on French, Italian, and comparative literatures. She has lived and taught in France and England and has traveled through much of Italy.
Emeritus Professor of History Jay P. Dolan was on the faculty at the University of Notre Dame from 1971 until 2004. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, he taught at the University of San Francisco. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, University College Cork, Ireland, and Boston College. While at Notre Dame, he founded the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism in 1975 and was the director of the center until 1993. He has published a number of books in this field, including In Search of an American Catholicism: A History of Religion and Culture in Tension, published by Oxford University Press. It is an interpretive study of the relationship between Catholicism and American culture over the course of the past two hundred years. He has also written a general history entitled The American Catholic Experience: A History from Colonial Times to the Present. Published in 1985, it is still regarded as the standard history of American Catholicism. At Notre Dame, Dolan taught a course on the Irish American experience for more than fifteen years. Using this as a basis, he wrote a history of Irish America, The Irish Americans: A History. In 2012 it was no. 1 on the New York Times e-book bestseller list.
As the executive director of the Notre Dame Alumni Association and associate vice president for University Relations, Dolly Duffy oversees the daily operations of the Alumni Association, including its communications, marketing, finances, technology, affinity groups, and professional, academic, spiritual, and service programs. Prior to assuming her role in July 2011, Dolly served as the Alumni Association’s associate director and led major initiatives such as the launch of the online platform myNotreDame and the creation of ND Women Connect, with local chapters that assist in the professional and personal development of alumnae. Dolly and her husband, Dan Fangman, who earned his MBA from Notre Dame in 1984, purchased Atchison Products in 1990, and grew it substantially over 17 years. The company was acquired in 2007, by BIC Graphic USA. Before purchasing Atchison Products, Dolly spent five years working in public relations in St. Louis and Kansas City. She began her career as the press secretary for a U.S. congressman. She and Dan live in South Bend with their five children.
Father Gaffney is an associate professor in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology. His scholarly interests include religious leadership and politics, symbolic systems, humanitarian crises, language and culture, social structure, and conflict in Central Africa, Egypt, Russia and the Middle East. Lately, he has turned his attention to the study of funeral traditions and memorial practices, namely, how the living remember the dead in various cultures. Combining archaeology and anthropology to explore monumental sites brings into focus a new understanding of the inhabitants of the world both past and present. This past year, he spent teaching in Bangladesh where he was a guest professor at Dhaka University. Father Gaffney earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1969 and master’s degrees in 1970 and 1973. He also earned a master’s degree from the University of Chicago in 1977 and his Ph.D. in 1982.
Patrick Griffin was named the Madden-Hennebry Professor of History in 2008, and chair of the department in 2011. His work explores the intersection of colonial American and early modern Irish and British history. He has published work on the movement of peoples and cultures across the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the process of adaptation. He also examines the ways in which Ireland, Britain, and America were linked - and differed - during the 17th and 18th centuries. Griffin is working now on two projects: a study of George and Charles Townshend, British brothers who initiated imperial reforms on the eve of the American Revolution and in the years before Irish parliamentary independence; and a new study of the Age of Atlantic Revolutions. Noted Publications include The People with No Name: Ireland's Ulster Scots, America's Scots Irish, and the Creation of a British Atlantic World (Princeton, 2001), American Leviathan: Empire, Nation, and Revolutionary Frontier (New York, 2007) and America's Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2012). Patrick earned his bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame, master’s degree from Columbia University, and his doctorate from Northwestern University.
Alexander Hahn has been a professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Mathematics and was chair of the department from 1996 until 2000. He has served as the director of the Honors Program of the College of Science since 2000, and was the director of Notre Dame’s Center for Teaching and Learning from 2002 to 2009. His research has ranged from abstract algebra to the history of science and he has published many articles and several books in these disciplines. His long-standing interests in architecture and art and in connecting elementary mathematics to relevant cultural and intellectual aspects of the human experience is realized in his most recent book, Mathematical Excursions to the World’s Great Buildings (Princeton University Press, 2012). Hahn is a native of Austria (German is his native language). He is married to Marianne ‘87, ‘92 M.A., a native of Greece, who teaches German and French at Saint Mary’s College.
Anthony Hyder received his B.S. in physics from the University of Notre Dame in 1962 before starting a career in the Air Force. While on active duty, he earned his master’s degree in space physics and his Ph.D. in nuclear physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology. His Air Force duties carried him to Ohio, Colorado, Florida, Alabama, and Washington, D.C. After leaving the Air Force, he joined the faculty at Auburn University, Alabama. In 1991, he returned to Notre Dame as the associate vice president for graduate studies and research. He is currently a professor of physics at Notre Dame, where he serves as an associate chair in the department in addition to being a member of the nuclear astrophysics research group. He has been awarded several honors, including the Rev. Edmond P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Teaching, an appointment as a Kaneb Center Fellow at Notre Dame, election to Phi Beta Kappa, the AFIT Distinguished Alumnus Award, and appointments to both the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the Army Science Board. Tony has hosted several alumni trips, including ones to Ireland, Russia, Austria, the Panama Canal, Italy, France, and the Mediterranean coast.
Professor Jerez-Farrán's research and teaching interests include modern Spanish literature, especially contemporary theatre and poetry, the relationship between the visual arts and literature, the avant-garde literary movements in Spain, Spanish cinema, and gender studies. His first book deals with the relationship between Valle-Inclán's later works and Expressionism. His two new books on Lorca: Un Lorca desconocido: Analisis de un teatro irrepresentable' (Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva, 2004) and La pasión de San Lorca y el placer de morir (Visor 2006) combine feminist studies, queer theory, psychoanalysis, and literary criticism. It proposes alternative ways of reading García Lorca's literary works. A recipient of an National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship, Professor Jerez-Farrán has published several articles in refereed journals such as The Modern Language Review, Modern Drama, and Bulletin of Hispanic Studies. He is the main editor and co-author of the introduction of Unearthing Franco's Legacy: Mass Graves and the Recuperation of Historical Memory in Spain (Notre Dame University Press, 2010). A native of Barcelona, Spain, Professor Jerez-Farran has been a member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1986.
Father Kollman became the third director of the Center for Social Concerns in July 2012. He is an associate professor in the Department of Theology and is a Fellow of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame. In the spring of 2011, he was mission scholar-in-residence for the Church Mission Society in Oxford, UK, and in spring 2012, he served as a visiting lecturer at Tangaza College, Nairobi. Previously he has taught at Queen of Apostles Philosophy Centre in Jinja, Uganda, and at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He has worked with the Center for Social Concerns since 2004, assisting with the academic and theological content of the International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP) and has served as a member of the center’s theology working group. In 2009, Father Kollman and Rachel Tomas Morgan co-authored an article published in New Theology Review on the challenges and opportunities of service-learning at Catholic universities. His research focuses on African Christianity, mission history, and world Christianity, and he has carried out research in eastern Africa, Nigeria, and South Africa, as well as in archives in Europe and the United States. He has published articles and reviews in a variety of journals in theology, religious studies, and African studies, and his current project is a book on the Catholic missionary evangelization of eastern Africa. He is also engaged in a long-term study of the Catholic Charismatic Movement in Africa. Father Kollman received his B.A. and M.Div. degrees from the University of Notre Dame and his doctorate from the University of Chicago Divinity School.
Tom Kselman is a professor in the Department of History and a fellow in the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. Tom has taught courses on European and French history at Notre Dame since 1979. His book, Miracles and Prophecies in Nineteenth-Century France, was awarded the Shea prize in 1983 as the best work on the history of Catholicism that year. Prof. He has served as chair of the History Department and directed the international study program in Angers in 1985–86. In 2006, he served as president of the American Catholic Historical Association. He enjoyed leading a Notre Dame group up the Danube in 2008, and a tour of Normandy and Paris in 2012.
Gary Lamberti is professor and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. He received his doctorate from University of California, Berkeley, and has been at Notre Dame since 1989. Professor Lamberti is an ecologist and environmental scientist whose research interests center on aquatic ecology, including salmon biology, the ecology of invasive species, and river restoration. He has done fieldwork throughout North America, from Florida to Alaska. At Notre Dame, he teaches biostatistics, stream ecology, and restoration ecology. He has authored over 150 scientific publications and has edited a book, Methods in Stream Ecology. He is also the past president of an international society of aquatic ecologists.
Christa LeeVan became the Travel Program director in March 2013, after spending three years coordinating special events for the Notre Dame Alumni Association. She has more than 15 years of experience in event marketing and management, and has been fortunate to have visited Asia, Europe, and most of the United States (35 states, at last count). She finds great pleasure in learning about and experiencing different cultures and lifestyles, and employs the “when in Rome…” philosophy of travel. Christa is married to Steve LeeVan, an engineering manager at AM General in Mishawaka, Ind. They have two teenaged children who also love to travel and enjoy sports, music, and science. Christa looks forward to being the link between ND Alumni and the world.
Chuck Lennon retired in July 2011 after 30 years as the executive director of the Notre Dame Alumni Association. Under his leadership, the Alumni Association earned a national reputation for innovation in programming. Lennon was promoted to assistant vice president of University Relations in 1991 and associate vice president in 1999. He taught management at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the Mendoza College of Business. He received the Armstrong Award in 1989, and the Notre Dame Presidential Award in 1993. In 1992, he was presented with the Irish Clover Award by the Notre Dame student body. In 2002, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education presented him with their top award for Enhancing Professional Development and Career Opportunities for multicultural professionals in higher education. Lennon and his wife, Joan ‘08 Hon., have five children, three of whom are Notre Dame graduates, and 16 grandchildren.
Father Bob Loughery was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 1989. Presently, he is Rector of Sorin Hall at the University. He is also assisting at the Center for Social Concerns and the Notre Dame Haiti Program at the University. Before moving to Notre Dame two years ago, he served as pastor of the Downtown Chapel Roman Catholic Parish in Portland, Ore.g involved in urban ministry to the poor. In addition to parish work, his other pastoral experiences include campus ministry; serving as director of the former Andre House homeless shelter in Oakland, Calif.; and co-facilitator for the Holy Cross Associates program. Father Bob is a 1979 graduate of Notre Dame with a degree in architecture. He also received his master of divinity degree from the University. He swims, walks, and bikes regularly. He can also cook. Every Wednesday he cooks a pot of chili to serve after the 10 p.m. hall Mass. The students seem to enjoy it; he usually runs out. Fr. Bob was born and raised in Indianapolis, Ind.
Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., completed his 18th and final year as president of the University of Notre Dame on July 1, 2005. He now serves as president emeritus. In 1986, Father Malloy was elected as the University’s 16th president, having served five years as vice president and associate provost. Father Malloy is a full professor in the Department of Theology and has been a member of the faculty since 1974. As president emeritus, he continues to teach, conducting a seminar for first-year undergraduates each semester, and he makes his home in a student residence hall on campus. He is the author of more than 50 articles and book chapters, the editor or co-editor of two books, and has published eight books as well as a 4-part audio CD on Terrorism, Counterterrorism and the Ethics of Warfare. Father Malloy earned his doctorate in Christian ethics from Vanderbilt University in 1975, and Vanderbilt honored him in 1998 with the establishment of a chair in Catholic studies in his name. He has also been awarded 25 honorary degrees.
Barbara Mangione received her M.A. in Modern and Foreign Languages from the University of Notre Dame in 1989 and taught Italian and Spanish in the Department of Romance Languages for 18 years. Recognized by the University of Notre Dame for excellence in undergraduate teaching, she was awarded the prestigious CILS (Certificate of Italian as a Second Language) by the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs. She and her husband lived in the historical center of Rome for two years before coming to the United States with their newborn daughter. Over the years, she has made several return trips for study and travel in nearly every region of the peninsula. These extended periods residing in Italy have given her an eye for body language and an appreciation for cultural-and culinary-differences. She hopes that all those who experience the beauty and rich cultural history of Italy will feel at home and want to return again and again.
Thomas Noble earned his B.A. at Ohio University and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Michigan State. Over the past 35 years, he has taught classical and medieval history at Texas Tech, the University of Virginia, and at Notre Dame, where he is currently professor of history and formerly chair of the Department of History and director of the Medieval Institute. Noble has published and lectured widely on both Europe and the Mediterranean world. He has held numerous fellowships and awards, been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and is a fellow of the Medieval Academy of America. He won the University of Virginia’s Alumni Distinguished Professor Award in 1999, Notre Dame’s Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2008, and the Charles Sheedy, C.S.C., Award for excellence in teaching in the College of Arts and Letters in 2011. Noble is currently the president of the American Catholic Historical Association. Tom and his wife, Linda, have two children and four grandchildren.
Kathleen Peterson has been a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry here at Notre Dame for over 20 years. Previous to that she was a research associate here studying β-lactam antibiotics or synthetic penicillins. In her role as coordinator of the organic laboratories she has taught several thousand pre-professional students the importance of experimentation. She also has been responsible for teaching several hundred graduate teaching assistants many of whom come from all over the world and who have piqued her interest in learning as much as she can about so many different cultures. Her current interests are developing more "green" or environmentally friendly experiments for the organic laboratories. Kathleen loves to travel and has spent some time in Kenya with the Indiana University medical school program. For Kathy travel is much like experimentation opening new avenues of thought and ideas.
Since joining the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame in 2002, Luc has taught international law, international human rights law, international organizations, the law of international organizations, armed conflict and the law, nuclear proliferation, transnational social movements, and the network society. His publications include Universal Jurisdiction: International and Municipal and Legal Perspectives (2003); Global Activism Reader (2011); eight referred articles in journals such as International Review of the Red Cross, American Journal of International Law, and Journal of International Criminal Justice; and book chapters, book reviews, and encyclopedia contributions. He is currently editing 16 commissioned contributions, as well as writing the introduction and conclusion to International Prosecutors, under contract with Oxford University Press. He is married to Gretchen Reydams-Schils, chair of the Program of Liberal Studies at Notre Dame. They have three children.
Gretchen Reydams-Schils is a professor of philosophy and theology in the Program of Liberal Studies. She earned her B.A. at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, M.A. at the University of Cincinnati, and Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. Prof. Reydams-Schils specializes in the traditions of Platonism and Stoicism. She is the author of Demiurge and Providence, Stoic and Platonist Readings of Plato’s Timaeus (1999); An Anthology of Snakebites: On Women, Love and Philosophy (2001); and The Roman Stoics: Self, Responsibility, and Affection (2005). She is the editor of Plato’s Timaeus as Cultural Icon (2003), and of Thinking Through Excerpts: Studies on Stobaeus (forthcoming). She is currently chair of the Program of Liberal Studies, and she also directs the Notre Dame workshop on ancient philosophy. She is married to Luc Reydams, also a professor at Notre Dame, and together they have three children.
Father David Scheidler, C.S.C., was raised in Indianapolis and received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame in 1987 with majors in history, communications and theatre. After working a year in New York City, he entered Moreau Seminary, receiving his Master of Divinity in 1993 and Ordination in 1994. He first served at a parish in Goodyear, Arizona before coming to work at Notre Dame in 1995. While serving as rector of St. Edward's Hall, he was also the associate rector of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and assisted in Campus Ministry with various programs, including the Freshman Retreat and Spanish Mass. He also served as chaplain of the Notre Dame Folk Choir and worked on many other Campus Ministry retreats. In 2002-2003 Father Scheidler was a chaplain for the Alliance for Catholic Education. From 2003 to 2007 he was assigned to Notre Dame College Preparatory in Niles, Ill. where he was the Director of Campus Ministry and a religion teacher. He then went to work for three years as associate pastor on the parish team of St. Adalbert and St. Casimir in South Bend. Father Scheidler now returns to Campus Ministry as departmental chaplain after serving from 2010 to 2013 in Monterrey, Mexico in various capacities. He is thrilled to be back assisting with the ministry to the Notre Dame community.
Bob Schmuhl is the Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Chair in American Studies and Journalism and director of the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy at Notre Dame. Author or editor of 11 books about American political life, the presidency, and contemporary journalism, he is a frequent contributor to popular publications and a regular commentator on television and radio programs in America and abroad. A 1970 Notre Dame graduate and member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1980, he’s lectured widely throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Australia, Africa, and South America. In 2004, he received a Kaneb Teaching Award from the University, and in 2010 he was selected as the recipient of the Frank O’Malley Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching.
Tom (TR) Swartz, his wife, Jeanne Jourdan ‘75 J.D., and their family arrived in South Bend during the summer of 1965. He stayed at the University for his entire academic career. Along the way, he taught more than 10 percent of ND’s living alumni, earned a number of teaching awards for which he is very proud, wrote a variety of books and articles - a few that even non-family members read - and chaired way too many committees. As a member of Notre Dame’s international studies group, he taught one semester in Australia and many years in London, where he introduced international study to nearly 1,000 ND undergraduates. Over the past three decades, he and his wife have visited Europe often. Those trips began when their oldest daughter studied in Angers and accelerated when their youngest daughter studied in Innsbruck as ND undergraduates. Since he left the classroom, Tom and Jeanne have hosted nine Notre Dame alumni trips, most recently Greek/Turkish Islands. Jeanne and Tom have five daughters (three ND graduates), 10 grandchildren, including one ND Grad and another attending the University, and one great grandson. Like those folks living on Lake Wobegon, all of their children, grandchildren and great grandchild are above average - beautiful, intellectually/athletically gifted, and delightful.
Anna Thompson is executive director of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the endowed Judd & Mary Lou Leighton Director of the Performing Arts. She received her bachelor’s degree from Albion College and master’s from Western Michigan University. Thompson came to Notre Dame in 2007 after 10 years at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. In addition to overseeing all administration and finances for the center, she serves as the curator of the performing arts, programming, and developing interdisciplinary artist residency and commissioning projects with the academy. Anna is a board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Saint Joseph County, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the South Bend Symphony. She is a frequent lecturer and presenter at regional and national and international arts conferences, as well as a frequent guest lecturer on the arts in Poland. She and her husband, Doug, have led Alumni Trips to Italy, the Adriatic, the Middle East, and down the Rhine.
John Welle is professor of romance languages and literatures, and concurrent professor of film, television and Tteatre at Notre Dame, where he has taught for some 30 years. His interests include 20th-century poetry and translation, film history, film and literary interactions, and popular culture and media. He is the author of The Poetry of Andrea Zanzotto and the editor of Film and Literature, Annali d’Italianistica (1988). His translation and edition of Peasants Wake for Fellini’s 'Casanova' and Other Poems by Andrea Zanzotto (1997, with Ruth Feldman) was awarded the Raiziss-de Palchi Book Prize from the Academy of American Poets. He has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright Commission. He holds a B.A. in English from St. John's University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Indiana University. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, Northwestern and the University of Bologna. He and his wife, Mary Kay, have two children. They lived in Italy for three years in the 1970s, spent a year in Rome together with their children in 1989, and have travelled extensively throughout Italy and Europe.
Oliver Williams is a member of the faculty of the Mendoza School of Business at the University of Notre Dame and is the director of the Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business. He is the editor or author of 14 books as well as numerous articles on business ethics in journals such as the Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, Business Ethics Quarterly, the Journal of Business Ethics, Business Horizons, and Theology Today. Recent books include Economic Imperatives and Ethical Values in Global Business: The South African Experience and Global Codes Today (co-authored with S. Prakash Sethi) and Peace Through Commerce: Responsible Corporate Citizenship and the UN Global Compact. He served as associate provost of the University of Notre Dame from 1987 until 1994, and is a past chair of the Social Issues Division of the Academy of Management. In 2006, he was appointed a member of the three-person Board of Directors at the United Nations Global Compact Foundation, the world’s largest voluntary corporate citizenship initiative with over 7,000 businesses around the world as members. Each year from May to June, Williams serves as a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Cape Town. He has served as the Donald Gordon Visiting Fellow at the University of Cape Town and the Christopher Chair in Business Ethics at the Brennan School of Business of Dominican University in Chicago. He has also taught in the Global Collaborative Summer Program of Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Korea, in July 2010, 2011 and 2012; for the 2012-13 academic year, he is a visiting professor and international Scholar at Kyung Hee University. He is an ordained priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross.
David Woods joined the University of a Notre Dame faculty in 1985, and served as their chair and professor of aerospace studies. He is a 1959 graduate of DePauw University and received his master’s degree in counseling and guidance from Boston University in 1980. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1988, after more than 28 years of service to our country with two combat tours in southeast Asia during the Vietnam war. He is the recipient of multiple Department of Defense medals, including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Vietnamese Medal of Honor. He continued his service to Notre Dame in 1988, serving as director of the Support Services Department concentrating on improvements to campus service, landscape appearance and maintenance support. In 1998 he transitioned to the Department of Athletics where he served as the general manager of the Joyce Athletic Center until his retirement in 2001. Dave has been a member of the Notre Dame Alumni Association Travel Advisory Committee since 2002, and he and his wife have hosted multiple Alumni Association cruises, including the Mosel, Rhine & Neckar River cruise in 2000; the D-day Remembered - 60th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion cruise in 2004; the Panama Canal cruise in 2009; and, the Cradle of History cruise to the eastern Mediterranean in 2011.
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