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University of Notre Dame alumnus Charles Sheedy and his wife, Ellen, have donated leadership to his alma mater to endow an innovative new program that will provide specialized courses, programs, and resources for students in undergraduates interested in finding deeper meaning in business practice. by the liberal arts.

“The name Sheedy is legendary at Notre Dame and, in particular, at the College of Arts and Letters, which makes this generous gift from Charles and Ellen particularly fitting,” said university president Reverend John I Jenkins, CSC. “We are grateful beyond measure to the Sheedy family for endorsing this distinctive new program.”

the Sheedy Family Program in Economics, Business, and Society will be open to College of Arts and Humanities students with a minor in Business Economics or a minor in Mendoza College of Business, or Mendoza majors who have a major, additional major, or minor in the College of Arts and Humanities letters.

“A hallmark of Notre Dame liberal arts education has always been to help students understand not only what they want to do, but also who they want to be,” said Sarah A. Mustillo, IA Dean O ‘Shaughnessy of the College of Arts and Letters. , mentioned. “The Sheedy Family Program will further engage business-minded students as they reflect on the big questions facing the economy, develop their sense of vocation, and think deeply about how they can use their knowledge and skills to make a difference in the world.”

The curriculum includes a sequence of courses, including Business in Context, a bridging seminar that introduces big questions and important debates in the humanities to modern business history and practice. Students will then choose from courses that address work ethics, all of which will focus on real-world, practical ethical issues that anyone entering the workforce faces. A graduate course in business and liberal arts will focus on a specialized discipline, issue, or area of ​​study. It will be taught by a rotating group of professors affiliated with the program and will provide further research and scholarship opportunities for those interested.

Beyond classroom opportunities, the program will also offer boot camps and research and writing retreats; community dinners and dialogue events; lectures by Notre Dame faculty, visiting professors and industry professionals; research funding and mentoring; guaranteed internship funding; and career planning and recruitment events.

The program also includes an honors track, which students can apply for as a second or junior. These Sheedy Fellows will have additional access to resources that develop their scholarly abilities and provide meaningful research experience. With research-intensive mentorship from affiliate faculty and additional financial support, Sheedy Scholars will write a high-level dissertation involving business and the liberal arts, and many of the additional resources available to them in the part of the program will support their efforts in such a project.

Between 30 and 40 students will be admitted to the program each year, with the inaugural class already selected for the 2022-23 academic year.

Charles Sheedy graduated from Notre Dame in 1969 and is a member of the advisory board of the College of Arts and Letters.

“Ellen and I are thrilled to be part of the Sheedy Program for Economics, Enterprise and Society training at the College of Arts and Humanities,” he said. “We are deeply grateful to Dean Mustillo, his predecessors, and the countless others who helped bring our vision to life at Notre Dame. The University’s launch of this program corresponds to my long-standing desire for an initiative that would help arts and humanities students be even better prepared to meet the challenges of an ever-changing social and industrial complex.

Sheedy is senior vice president at Fayez Sarofim & Co., a Houston-based investment management firm. He joined Fayez Sarofim as a partner in 1971 and during his tenure of more than 50 years held various levels of responsibility in equity research, portfolio management and investment strategy.

A cum laude graduate of Notre Dame, Sheedy earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1971.

The Sheedy family made a lasting impact at Notre Dame, initially through the work of Charles’ uncle, Reverend Charles “Chick” E. Sheedy, CSC, priest of the Holy Cross, professor of theology and dean of the College of Arts. and Letters from 1951 to 1969.

Father Sheedy was a renowned scholar of moral theology and Christian ethics, a widely published author, and a close friend and colleague of the Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, president of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987. In honor of his contributions and dedication to the college and Notre Dame as a whole, the Sheedy Award for Excellence in Teaching was established in 1970 to honor an outstanding faculty member of the College of Arts and Letters who has demonstrated excellence in research and innovation in education.

Charles and Ellen Sheedy reside in Houston and have been generous supporters of the Sorin Society of Notre Dame, the John T. McGreevy Endowment for Excellence, the Center for Social Concerns, and other university initiatives. They are parents of five children, three of whom are graduates of Notre Dame.

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