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Photo Of The Week - Nightly Walk On Campus

21 hours ago
Becky Baxter

WVPE's latest Photo of the Week features one of the lakes on the campus at Notre Dame. The sun reflects on the water as people in silhouette walk along the shore. Thanks to Becky Baxter for capturing this image during one of her nightly walks. We'd like to see your photos too. Email them to us at 

Make sure to include your name, where you live, names of people in the photo, date the photo was taken and the location where the photo was taken. 

The Friday Pitch-In

Jun 26, 2020

Indiana recently launched a grant program to help schools improve remote learning. The added money is meant to increase the amount of devices available for students, help close gaps in connectivity, and train teachers in remote instruction. Today we get updates on this story and more.

Peter Ringenberg

Notre Dame has announced that Pete Buttigieg will join the faculty as a fellow with ND's Institute for Advanced Study.

(Below is more information from ND's announcement.)

Notre Dame Sees $100M-Plus Revenue Shortfall For Next Year

Jun 21, 2020

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The University of Notre Dame is projecting a more than $100 million revenue shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year in part because of the coronavirus outbreak. In a letter sent to Notre Dame staff, faculty and students last week, university President the Rev. John Jenkins and other top administrators cited “financial aid expenditures, flat endowment payout, lower auxiliary revenue and projected lower levels of philanthropy” during the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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The University of Notre Dame has announced that Monday night an event was held in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

(Below is information from the university's press release.) 

ND v. Navy Will Not Be Played In Ireland After All

Jun 2, 2020
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Today Notre Dame announced that a game originally scheduled to be played in Ireland will now be played in Maryland.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Researchers at the University of Notre Dame violated the federal animal welfare policy last year, according to documents the school filed with a federal agency saying that mice were found in a campus laboratory with missing limbs and another rodent was intentionally hit against a table. The South Bend Tribune reports that those documents, including letters and reports from university research administrators to the federal Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, were obtained and released to media outlets by the animal advocacy group Stop Animal Exploitation Now.

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Notre Dame has announced that in-person mass will resume at the Basilica on campus as of Sunday.   

(You can read the university's announcement below.)

Another Big Concert Rescheduled At ND

May 14, 2020
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Notre Dame announced that the George Strait concert on campus originally planned for August is now postponed until August of 2021. 

Sunday ND Holds First Ever Virtual Commencement

May 14, 2020
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Sunday the University of Notre Dame will take its commencement ceremony online for the first time ever.

Billy Joel Concert At Notre Dame Rescheduled To 2021

May 7, 2020
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Notre Dame has announced that the Billy Joel concert originally scheduled for next month at Notre Dame Stadium has been rescheduled. The new date is June 26, 2021. Ticket refunds will be available.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 62 additional confirmed deaths on Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 1,213. The state announced more than 21,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 115,000 Hoosiers tested.

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College sports are likely to look completely different when and if schools and seasons resume in the fall.

With each state making different decisions about reopening, teams are concerned about keeping collegiate athletics fair if teams have to start their seasons at different times.


Jack Swarbrick is the Athletic Director at the University of Notre Dame. 

Niele Ivey To Muffet McGraw: "I'm Here Because Of You"

Apr 22, 2020
Screenshot from virtual news conference

NEW (Posted Apr. 23 at 1:05pm): 

The University of Notre Dame officially introduced Niele Ivey as the new head women’s basketball coach today.


Ivey played for Notre Dame. She was a part of the team that earned the Irish their first NCAA tournament win in 2001. Following the win, she spent five seasons playing for the WNBA on the Indiana Fever.  

Ivey returned to Notre Dame as an assistant coach under Muffet McGraw in 2007. She left ND to spend the last season as an assistant coach for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies.

Sounds From A Social Distancing Easter

Apr 12, 2020
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Christians across the world and around Michiana celebrated Easter Sunday, at a distance. The holiday usually brings families together for meals and the faithful to churches. But this year, Christians needed to get creative in order to find safe ways to celebrate.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 30 additional deaths Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 203. The state announced nearly 6,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 30,000 Hoosiers tested.

State Health Commissioner Kris Box also ordered new reporting requirements for COVID-19 to improve data collection. 

Notre Dame Donating 3D Printed Face Shields

Apr 8, 2020
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The University of Notre Dame has repurposed 3D printers from labs across campus to make clear plastic face shield kits for health care workers.

More than 40 3D printers are working hard at Notre Dame to turn out about 250 face shield kits a day. 

Matthew Leevy is the director of the Innovation Lab at Notre Dame’s Idea Center.

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NEW: Notre Dame's LEEF program has announced on Twitter that "bald eaglet #3 hatched this morning!"

At 2pm today there will be a virtual bald eagle chat. Check it out here. 


Notre Dame has announced bald eagles are hatching.

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College campuses across Michiana have shut down, leaving students to take online classes from home. Some Universities are creating plans to reimburse students for the time they weren’t on campus.

NEW: Notre Dame's 2020 Commencement Moves Online

Mar 30, 2020
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Notre Dame just announced that, like many other universities, the Spring 2020 graduation will not be held in person due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Robinson Shakespeare Company Washes Their Hands to the Bard

Mar 26, 2020
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The Robinson Shakespeare Company at the University of Notre Dame is usually an after school drama program for kids. Because of the coronavirus those kids are out of school, and performances are cancelled. The company has turned to using Shakespeare to promote proper handwashing.

Twenty second songs, like ‘My Country Tis of Thee,’ or ‘Happy Birthday,’ (twice) are the usual recommended methods for timing your handwashing. But students at the Robinson Company are using Shakespeare. 

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Jennifer Weingart

  The University of Notre Dame has extended its suspension of in person classes through the end of the spring semester. 

In a letter to the campus community university President Father John Jenkins says the move stems from recommendations by the CDC. 

The university has not yet decided if graduation ceremonies will continue as planned. Jenkins says they may elect to postpone graduation to sometime in the summer.


Notre Dame Student Tests Positive for COVID-19

Mar 18, 2020
Notre Dame's golden dome
Jennifer Weingart / WVPE

A University of Notre Dame student has tested positive for COVID-19. 

The student was in self-quarantine after returning from a London study abroad. They did not return to the University’s South Bend campus. 

The student is at home and receiving medical care. They are not from Indiana.

 A release from the University says the students local health department has been authorized to trace the students recent contact and will be notifying those individuals.

Today Notre Dame announced the cancellation of IDEA Week 2020.

University of Notre Dame President Father John Jenkins released a video statement to the campus community overnight on Sunday. 


The University is closed this week. The extension of spring break was made to allow professors time to move classes online. Those courses will begin Monday, March 23rd.

Today the President of the University of Notre Dame announced the school's latest response to the coronavirus. 

Notre Dame Announces 2020 Commencement Speaker

Feb 24, 2020
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Today Notre Dame announced that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will deliver the address to graduates during the university's 175th commencement ceremony. 

Here is the university's statement that was released: 

Patriarch Bartholomew, Orthodox Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch, will deliver the principal address and receive an honorary degree at the University of Notre Dame’s 175th commencement ceremony May 17.

Notre Dame Announces Revocation Of Award

Feb 24, 2020

Notre Dame has released a statement from the University President, Rev. John I. Jenkins, regarding the revocation of the Notre Dame Award given in 1994 to a man who Jenkins says has now been credibly accused of the sexual exploitation of women. 

You can read the statement below: 

The University of Notre Dame today revoked the Notre Dame Award that was conferred upon Jean Vanier in 1994 after the L'Arche organization he established found credible allegations that Vanier sexually exploited six women.

Notre Dame Announces Another Stadium Concert

Feb 21, 2020
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Notre Dame has announced another country music concert for Notre Dame Stadium, this time with George Strait in August.