The Department of State and Institute of International Education
FLTA Summer Orientation
University of Notre Dame
August 6-10, 2016
Dear Fulbright FLTAs:
Welcome to the United States of America, welcome to the State of Indiana, and welcome to the University of Notre Dame from your homes in Austria, Brazil, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. Congratulations on your appointment as Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants; we are delighted and honored to host this orientation workshop for you. It is my sincere hope that the seminars, lectures, and workshops provided by our faculty and staff will benefit you greatly and prepare you for the rewarding challenges that await you as language teachers at your respective host institutions across the length and breadth of the United States.
It is only fitting that Notre Dame host the Fulbright orientation for foreign language teachers. Founded by a French-speaking priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1842, the University now offers regular graduate and undergraduate courses in Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. As the world’s preeminent Catholic university, we care deeply about teaching and strive to cultivate a sense of wonder in our students, inviting them to discover not only how they should make a difference in the world, but also why they should. Languages are the key to cultural and mutual understanding. As we encourage our students to excel in a globalized culture, embracing linguistic diversity and mastering language proficiency is essential.
Welcome again to Notre Dame, a distinctive university committed to advancing knowledge through advanced research and dynamic teaching and producing the leaders of tomorrow. I hope you enjoy your time here with us and in future will look back with fond memories on lasting friendships made and invaluable lessons learned.
In Notre Dame,
Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
June 1, 2016
The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842 by a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, is an independent, national Catholic university located at Notre Dame, Indiana, adjacent to the city of South Bend and approximately 90 miles east of Chicago. Admission to the University is highly competitive, with five applicants for each freshman class position. Sixty-nine percent of incoming freshmen were in the top 5 percent of their high school graduating classes. The University's minority student population has nearly tripled in the past 17 years, and women, first admitted to undergraduate studies at Notre Dame in 1972, now account for 47 percent of undergraduate and overall enrollment. The University is organized into four undergraduate colleges — Arts and Letters, Science, Engineering, and the Mendoza College of Business — the School of Architecture, the Law School, the Graduate School, 10 major research institutes, more than 40 centers and special programs, and the University Library system. Fall 2005 enrollment was 11,417 students. One indicator of the quality of Notre Dame's undergraduate programs is the success of its students in postbaccalaureate studies. The medical school acceptance rate of the University's preprofessional studies graduates is 75 percent, almost twice the national average, and Notre Dame ranks first among Catholic universities in the number of doctorates earned by its undergraduate alumni - a record compiled over some 80 years. The Graduate School, established in 1918, encompasses 43 master's and 22 doctoral degree programs in and among 28 University departments and institutes.
The source of the University's academic strength is its faculty, which since 1988 has seen the addition of some 500 members and the establishment of more than 150 new endowed professorships. Notre Dame faculty members have won 24 fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities in the past five years, more than for any other university in the nation. At Notre Dame, education always has been linked to values, among them living in community and volunteering in community service. Residence hall life, shared by four of five undergraduates, is both the hallmark of the Notre Dame experience and the wellspring of the University's rich tradition. A younger tradition, the University's Center for Social Concerns, serves as a catalyst for student voluntarism. About 80% of Notre Dame students engage in some form of voluntary community service during their years at the University, and at least 10% devote a year or more after graduation to serving the less fortunate in the U.S. and around the world.
With 1,250 acres containing two lakes and 137 buildings with a total property replacement value of $2.2 billion, Notre Dame is well known for the quality of its physical plant and the beauty of its campus. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the 14-story Hesburgh Library with its 132-feet-high mural depicting Christ the Teacher, and the University's newly renovated 125-year-old Main Building with its famed Golden Dome are among the most widely known university landmarks in the world.
Dear 2016-2017 FLTAs,
We would like to personally welcome you to the University of Notre Dame's FLTA Orientation and express how much we and our organizing team are looking forward to greeting you at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. This year represents our 11th year welcoming 60+ Fulbrights to the United States, and this Orientation remains one of our favorite annual events. You, as Fulbrights, bring so much to American campuses and language programs, and we are so glad that we get to be your first stop, your first introduction to the United States. We hope you have a wonderful stay at Notre Dame, learn a lot, and make lifelong friends.
All the best,
Brian Ó Conchubhair and Denise A. Ayo
The Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures
Each FLTA will be provided with an individual dormitory room at Ryan Hall Resident Hall at the University of Notre Dame for the Orientation’s duration.
Meals/refreshments will also be provided throughout the orientation.
In case you miss the bus
State Department, Fulbright, and IIE