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Connections Holy Cross College Alumni & Friends

Connections, Holy Cross College’s official magazine, is published twice per year. On August 21, 2017, students, faculty, staff, and families gathered on the O’Connor Commons to watch the solar eclipse. Martin Sulkanen, Ph.D., physics and mathematics professor, who was formerly a scientist at NASA, provided safe glasses and pinhole cameras so everyone could have a chance to see this rare event.

EDITOR Kristina Barroso Burrell STUDENT EDITOR Alexis Petersen, ’18 STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR Lizzet Aleman, ’19 GRAPHIC DESIGNER Kristina R. Craig, Kreative Koncepts OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS/ PHOTO COURTESIES Tyler Braidic Mark Burrell Adam DeBeck Mary Freeby, ’18 Betsy Fulnecky Br. Nich Perez, C.S.C. Peter Ringenberg COVER PHOTO Peter Ringenberg

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Connections Cover Father David Tyson, C.S.C., was inaugurated as president of Holy Cross College on October 6, 2017. Although Father Tyson became interim president in April 2017, the Board of Trustees formally appointed him president on July 31, 2017. You can learn more about the inauguration and Father Tyson on pages 4-5.

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Contents Connections

18 Common Ground

20 A Life Devoted to God

22 The Gateway Program

30 From the Archives

Mariano Gomez, ’18, and others, found deeper meaning in their lives through Holy Cross’s global engagement trip.

For several former students, Holy Cross provided an opportunity to discern a vocational call to a deeper union with God.

This partnership between Holy Cross and Notre Dame provides selected students with a unique pathway through their education.

Since the 1970s, the Saint Joseph Chapel has been a welcoming host to more than 70 weddings of both alumni and community members.

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Campus Updates Admissions | Advancement English Department | Student Internships Constitution Day | ND Trail Patriot Day | ROTC Commander Welcome Home Picnic | Move-In Fall Sports | Basketball Camp Academic Conference | Saints & Scholars DES Induction | LimeBikes Post-Doc Partnership | Practical Lessons Mary’s Match | Dining Services

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16 The Walk of Faith Brandon Lawler, ’18, believes God has a plan for his life, and Holy Cross College has played an important part in his story.

Alumni Announcements


Annual Stewardship Report


Honor Roll of Donors






Letter from the President ge family,

Dear Holy Cross Colle

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Father David Tyson, C. President

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Holy Cross Celebrates Inauguration of Fifth President


n Friday, October 6, 2017, Holy Cross College welcomed Rev. David Tyson, C.S.C., as the college’s fifth president. Father Tyson previously served on the Holy Cross College Board of Trustees for five years before being voted to serve the college as president. The inauguration of Father Tyson as president marks the beginning of a new chapter at Holy Cross College as he and the greater Holy Cross community look forward to the future of the college under his direction. President Janice A. Cervelli of Saint Mary’s College stressed the positive impact that Father Tyson would bring to Holy Cross, Saint Mary’s, and the University of Notre Dame. “His successes during a 13-year tenure at the University of Portland serve as a model of leadership to higher education and to the entire tri-campus community, which he has served so faithfully in numerous roles since coming to the University of Notre Dame as a student, [and including] his leadership as provincial superior of the Holy Cross Congregation in the United States.” said Cervelli. “We’re in this together in our tri-campus community, addressing

many of the same issues, striving to live up to the same ideals. I know that having Father Tyson as president of Holy Cross College will push us all to achieve more, to continue to work in harmony with each other, and to honor the Catholic character that defines who we are and informs every strategic goal of our collective future.” Humbled by the words of his colleagues, Father Tyson stated that he hopes to bring to fruition his plans for the future of Holy Cross College. Father Tyson describes the uniqueness of Holy Cross College as found in what he describes as a “pedagogy of presence.” Due to the dedication of faculty at a small liberal arts institution, the college has allowed students to take the next step in their vocation, even if it is not by completing a traditional four-year bachelor’s degree program. New two-year and threeyear programs will be created as a reflection of the aspirations of Holy Cross students. As Father Tyson has observed, Holy Cross will always have a special, distinct, and transformative role in the lives of students.



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Changes Come to Admissions

by Marie Oliva, ’19, and Marco Medina, ’18

This summer brought a multitude of transitions and new beginnings to Holy Cross College. One of the most visible changes has been to the Office of Admissions, and with new staff at the helm, they aim to be prepared for the future. The new director of admissions, Jordan Schank, brings seven-plus years of experience in undergraduate admissions from the University of Notre Dame, where he also earned degrees in theology Back row, L to R: Jen Kau, Maureen McDonald, and Lauren Luckey. and pre-professional studies. Front row, L to R: Jonathan Hake, Jordan Schank, and Chris Lushis. Not only does the Office of Admissions have a new director, but the majority of staff is new as well. The Admissions Welcome Center now houses Data Integrity Specialist Maureen McDonald, ‘15, and Visit Coordinator T.J. Mannen. By bringing McDonald into the office, students now have one stop to take

care of all their student account and admissions needs. This also helps separate the business department and student services. “The new layout will hopefully make families feel more comfortable in the visit area while maintaining the integrity of the office environment by including Maureen and I in one area,” says Mannen. In addition to adding McDonald and Mannen, Holy Cross hired new student workers in the welcome office and three new admissions counselors, Lauren Luckey, ’17, Johnathan Hake, ’17, and Chris Lushis, ‘08. Jen Kau, formerly an admissions counselor, was promoted to assistant director of admissions. In an effort to increase access and visibility, Holy Cross College joined the Common Application, an online platform that allows prospective students to submit one application to multiple schools. “Becoming a member of the Common Application was an easy decision,” says Schank. “The online tool is ubiquitous within high schools across the country and internationally. Last year, 4.5 million applications were submitted to over 750 different colleges and universities via the Common Application.” Applicants to Holy Cross must complete the Common Application in addition to a number of Holy Cross-specific questions and short-answer responses, which are all submitted through the Common Application website. Joining the Common Application allows the admissions staff to learn more about the applicants, their academic motivations, and the reasons why they want to attend Holy Cross.

New English Department Leadership

by Ashley Adamczyk, ’19

Jessica Hughes, Ph.D., became the new chair of the English department at Holy Cross at the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Hughes originally moved to the South Bend area to earn her doctorate from the University of Notre Dame. She became a visiting professor of English at Wheaton College in Chicago, IL, soon after. However, commuting meant Hughes was not able to spend much time at home with her husband and two young children. “Every night, my kids would pray to God, saying, ‘Dear God, please let mommy get a job close to our house,’” she says. Now, as an assistant professor of English in her hometown, Hughes feels blessed to be able to fulfill her passion for teaching as well as spend more time with her family. “For me, teaching is like breathing,” Hughes explains. “It’s what I was made for.” In fact, she first took up teaching at the age of 14 by giving piano lessons. From there, Hughes lived in numerous places around the world, touching the lives of many and growing as a teacher. Currently, Hughes teaches a little bit of everything in the Holy Cross English department, or as she puts it, “almost 2000 years of literature.” Although each course may have a different focus, Hughes hopes all students will learn the meaning of studying English: storytelling. “It’s not just about commas,” she says. “To be human is to tell stories.” With her new role at Holy Cross, the devoted educator aspires to see students grow into the scholars they are destined to be. For that reason, she is in the midst of reconstructing the English major program at Holy Cross. In doing so, students of all majors will be able to benefit from studying literature. According to Hughes, even aspiring psychologists, lawyers and entrepreneurs can benefit from an English major because these careers are “all about practicing listening and telling stories.” Jessica Hughes, Ph.D.

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Familiar Faces Take on New Jobs

by Kristina Barroso Burrell

Holy Cross has been fortunate to retain two valued administrators in key roles in the Office of Development this year. JudeAnne Wilson Hastings, formerly the director of Alumni and Parent Programs, has transitioned into a new position as director of development. As director, Wilson Hastings will oversee strategy for Advancement Services, Annual Giving, and Alumni, Parent, and Community Programs, as well as take on JudeAnne Wilson Hastings major gift development and planned giving. Formerly of Saint Mary’s College and St. Thomas Aquinas—The Catholic Center at Purdue, Wilson Hastings brings more than 16 years of experience in Catholic higher education with alumni and donors to her new position. Through her experience, Wilson Hastings truly understands the importance of the Holy Cross College community. “I am grateful to be in a more prominent leadership position at the college that allows my expertise and experience to be used to advance and expand the development programs,” she says. “There is truly renewed excitement about the future of Holy Cross and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”

Taking over Wilson Hastings’ position is Adam DeBeck, formerly the associate director of admissions at Holy Cross. After 10 years in admissions, DeBeck is well-known to Holy Cross students, parents, and alumni, making the transition to director of Alumni, Parent, and Community Programs a natural fit for his talents. “I look forward to bringing my passion and enthusiasm for all things Holy Cross and the South Bend region to my new position,” Adam DeBeck says DeBeck. In addition to overseeing alumni events and developing community partnerships, DeBeck will oversee the Alumni Advisory Board, chaired by Timothy DeGeeter, ’89, mayor of Parma, OH, and the Parents Council, chaired by Barbara O’Connor. Already, the new Office of Development is working well together, successfully organizing and overseeing the Welcome Back Picnic and Homecoming, Phonathon, and the Holy Cross Football Tailgate. Alumni, parents, and friends of the college should continue to look forward to more events and opportunities to support the college and show Saints pride.

Building the Future with Professional Internships

by Mayra Channon, ’18

Sydney Bright, ’20, interned with the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visit South Bend Mishawaka in the summer of 2017. Both companies have community engagement programs, which gave Bright new experiences with social media engagement and website development. Bright also worked with other interns to get them involved in the community. She would post weekly challenges throughout the week on the website and the interns would share their experiences. “My internship was all about people and helping them build and maintain a connection with South Bend,” she says. “I’m thinking about going into public relations, so this internship gave me a lot of experience for the future.

Margaret Mascharka, ’18, interned at Royall & Company during the summer of 2017. Royall & Company, based in Richmond, VA, offers direct marketing services, helping colleges and universities reach out to perspective students. Margaret worked in the client services department as a student outreach consultant for client colleges. One of Mascharka’s best experiences was preparing all the documents for and attending a client visit. “I got to experience firsthand what the company did and how they helped colleges and universities, including building relationships with clients,” she says. “Hopefully, I also made professional connections that will last into my future.”

During the summer of 2017, Gilberto Barba, ’18, interned with Healthwin Specialized Care, a short-stay physical therapy provider. During his internship, he shadowed different departments and had several duties on the job. He witnessed how the staff worked with the patients to help them return to the condition they were in before their injury. One of his most memorable experiences was the Virtual Dementia Tour, a simulation for people who do not have dementia to experience the difficult effects of the disease. “It was valuable for me to see a variety of jobs, since I am thinking about going into healthcare administration or nursing after graduation,” he says. “I feel like I left my internship with greater insight into the realities of my future career.”

Santiago Migliaro, ’20, began his internship in the fall of 2017 at the mayor’s office in downtown South Bend as the social media campaign manager for the South Bend Youth Task Force (SBYTF), which he was a member of in high school. As social media manager, he handles all social media accounts and posts for SBYTF. He is also an adult mentor for current SBYTF members and attends meetings and events. One goal of the SBYTF is to stop social media violence and bullying, a cause Migliaro cares deeply about. “I really enjoy reaching out to people and talking to them about how we can end social media violence,” he says. “I think this internship has helped me decide to pursue a job in communications or journalism.”





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Constitution Day Celebrated with Historical Context On September 20, 2017, Holy Cross students, faculty, and staff gathered in the Driscoll Auditorium to hear Patrick Griffin, Ph.D., of the University of Notre Dame Department of History, give a speech titled “The Constitution: What It Meant, What it Means.”This speech was presented in observation of Constitution Day, a holiday created by the federal government to celebrate the 1787 adoption of the United States Constitution. Griffin’s speech concerned the Founding Fathers and their reasons Patrick Griffin, Ph.D. for adopting the Constitution. His speech was intended to contextualize the history of the document. The crux of his speech was that the founders were ordinary people with ideas for the new nation in the midst of negotiation.

In 2008, Griffin was named the Madden-Hennebry Professor of IrishAmerican studies at Notre Dame and became the chair of the department in 2011. He has written and edited several books, all primarily focused on colonial-era America and early modern Irish and British history. He also studies the comparative history of revolution and rebellion in Ireland, Britain, and America in the 17th and 18th centuries. After the speech, Griffin engaged in a question and answer session with the audience. The event was followed by a social reception in the atrium. Holy Cross College first began observing Constitution Day in the early 2000s by distributing pocket editions of the Constitution to students and faculty. Holy Cross professor Ángel Cortés, Ph.D., delivered the first formal speech in 2012.

Traveling in Sorin’s Footsteps

Center: Brother Larry Stewart, C.S.C., and Brother Chester Freel, C.S.C.,were two of the many pilgrims who walked all or part of the ND trail.

by Macenzie Lane, ’20

by Kristina Barroso Burrell

To commemorate the 175th anniversary of the University of Notre Dame, a group of 32 pilgrims followed the 320-mile trail Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., and seven Holy Cross Brothers, took from Vincennes, IN, to South Bend, IN, in November 1842 to found the university. The trek began Sunday, August 13, and ended Saturday, August 26. For the last three miles of the journey, from Howard Park in South Bend, to the South Quad on the Notre Dame campus, the pilgrims were joined by thousands of people, led by the Band of the Fighting Irish, Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C., and Saint Mary’s College President Jan Cervelli. Holy Cross College professor Eileen Dial, Ed.D., chair of the education department, walked in the crowd that last day. “Walking the Notre Dame trail with the other pilgrims reminded me of the role the university and the other colleges have had in the development of the area,” she says. “Honoring those who were brave enough to make the journey to begin this wonderful community in Notre Dame, IN, made me proud to be a part of continuing the work of educating young people with the Brothers of Holy Cross.” One of the pilgrims who made the entire 14-day trip was Holy Cross Brother Larry Stewart, C.S.C. Although at 80, he was the oldest participant to walk the entire trail, he was undaunted by the distance. Br. Larry is an avid cyclist who has ridden across the country multiple times, most recently in 2007. On the last day of the Notre Dame Trail, he strode purposefully across the Holy Cross College campus at the front of the pack, a smile on his face every step.

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SGA Hosts Third Annual September 11 Memorial Ceremony


Holy Cross Student Leads ROTC by Caleb McDaniel, ’20

by Hank Gettinger, Director of Student Programming

In memoriam of the 16th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Holy Cross College Student Government Association (SGA) and Student Programming hosted their annual Patriot Day Memorial event. Students, faculty, staff, and administration gathered by the United States flag in the early morning of September 11, 2017. SGA Vice President Armando Tamez, ’18, led the school in a brief reflection and prayer to begin the memorial ceremony. Tamez related the international call to action felt in the aftermath of the attacks to the mission of Holy Cross College: to educate and form global citizens with the competence to see and the courage to act. After the ceremony, members of the Notre Dame ROTC raised the flag to half-staff while Jordan Felicia, ’21, played taps. The memorial set a tone of remembrance for the rest of the day.

George Sutherland, ’18

George Sutherland, ’18, was named the Fighting Irish Battalion Commander at the University of Notre Dame ROTC for the 2017-2018 school year. The Fighting Irish Battalion includes students from the tricampus area in addition to IUSB, Bethel College, and Valparaiso University. Sutherland was aware of the honor of being named Battalion Commander. “When I heard, I was excited! I felt very honored and overwhelmed that my cadre (ROTC instructors) saw that I had the potential to be the new Battalion Commander.” He adds, “It felt good to know that they appointed me to the position because of the confidence they had seen in me.” It is not hard to see why Sutherland was selected for the task. A Resident Assistant, Student Government Association senator, and former Student Government Association President, Sutherland is highly involved with the Holy Cross community, which he hopes has prepared him to lead his battalion. Not only is he an experienced leader, but Sutherland says his brothers and brother-in-law, all of whom serve in the military themselves, inspired him to pursue this goal. He feels that serving in the military will give him the best chance to help and serve others before starting his life in the corporate world.

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Welcome Home Picnic the Highlight of Homecoming

Above: Students enjoy the picnic provided by Notre Dame Catering. Below: Basil, the Holy Cross Saints’ mascot, and Michael Griffin, senior vice president, ride in a 2006 Studebaker Avanti.

The Holy Cross community came together this year for the annual Welcome Home Picnic, part of the 2017 Homecoming Weekend. Thanks to dedicated organizers and donors, Holy Cross students, faculty, alumni, and families had the opportunity to celebrate homecoming weekend and experience some of the changes made to the campus. Kerri Bowlby, a Saint Mary’s College alumna who started her education at Holy Cross, was excited to be back on campus for the first time in 10 years. “I cannot believe how much the courtyard has changed with the new sidewalks and dorm buildings, along with the new gazebo that would have made a great place to study,” she shared. In the past year, Holy Cross has strived to make changes to their campus, academic programs, and social outreach, ensuring each Welcome Home Picnic is even more celebratory than the last. “I like the fact that it makes Holy Cross feel like a much bigger campus with all of the people walking around. It is really enjoyable,” says Santiago Migliaro, ’20. This year’s picnic included many of the traditional events such as campus tours, face painting, and a food tent on the lawn near the Millennium Arch and Hardesty Plaza. There were plenty of family-friendly activities including a bounce house and a petting zoo. New to the picnic this year was the Welcome Home Parade, featuring the Studebaker Drivers Club Michiana Chapter, the Brothers of Holy Cross, the Holy Cross Dance Team, and other floats.

Move-In Weekend Already Setting Goals Move-in weekend for the 2017-2018 academic year on August 1820, 2017, reunited the Holy Cross College community at the beginning of the fall semester. Bill McKenney, director of Residence Life and Housing, stated that 315 students moved onto campus and nearby housing complex University Edge. This included 165 first-year members of the community. “Welcome weekend is meant to make students feel like members of the Holy Cross family,” says McKenney. “They will get to know their hall RA (residence assistant) and hall director, in addition to learning about jobs and other resources available to them on campus.” Upperclassmen moved onto campus early to help introduce first-year students to college life. Meg Conroy, ’19, along with other members of the Student Government Association’s Orientation Team, distributed hall keys, parking passes, orientation folders, and student IDs in the Vincent Atrium. Conroy notes that strangers become friends during move-in weekend. “These social interactions were fast-paced, in the best way,” she says with a smile. For Ruby Briones, ’18, and Veronica Ramirez, ’18, move-in weekend meant more than hauling futons or figuring out the logistics of a new academic year. This is the was the fourth and final time they would be settling into James Hall as students, and both felt nostalgic for their own first move-in.

By Alyssa Turpin, ’20

by Colin Crawford, ’18

“I noticed the smell of the first meal being prepared in the dining hall,” says Ramirez. Briones recalls “the commotion in the hallway” made by friends in various stages of quartering. Both seniors struggle to convey the mix of accomplishment and nostalgia embedded in that last first Saturday. For them and other graduating seniors, the weekend was a movement of both the body and the spirit.

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Fall Sports Update This year, six teams began the school year with promising starts: men’s and women’s tennis, golf, and soccer. Over the summer, the Holy Cross Athletic Program announced the addition of new men’s and women’s tennis teams under the direction of head coach Steve Bender. Coach Bender was a teacher and tennis coach for 23 years at Buchanan High School before coaching at Saint Joseph High School. Polina Guimaraes is Bender’s assistant coach. Consisting of six freshmen, the men’s tennis team secured its first win over Bethel College in September. The Saints went on to win their next two matches. On the women’s team, Valerie Dainelli, ’18, is the team’s only upper classman, along with five freshmen. The women are finding their rhythm and are readying themselves for the spring season. The women’s golf team participated in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletics Conference (CCAC) Cup at Ravisloe Country Club, bringing home a third place finish. Natalia Campbell, ’20, was a medalist in the CCAC Cup and led the team to big finishes in the Battle at Blackthorn and the Crosstown Clash. Led by Brendon Shibley, ’18, and junior Alex Meagher, ’19, the men’s golf team placed first out of seven teams in the CCAC Cup. The Saints also finished second place in the Crusader Classic led by

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by Riley Trott, ’20

Clockwise from top left: Kaylynn Gruber, ‘21, Macenzie Lane, ‘20, and David Villegas, ‘18

Blake Vise, ’20. Vise shot a 134 and took home first place. On the women’s soccer team, led by Sofia Lopez, ’18, and Marijka Lynch-Pastoor, ’21, scored four goals in a 9-0 win against Andrews University and five goals in a 10-1 win over Lincoln Christian University. The men’s team started the year with a mixed

group of talented players old and new. New goalkeeper Lewis Tomlinson, ’21, recorded big saves against the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Bethel College. The Saints’ chemistry on the field propelled them through many games, including an overtime thriller. Both teams boast recipients of the CCAC Soccer Defensive Player of the Week Award, with Lynch-Pastoor, and Tomlinson were honored in their respective divisions.

Elite Basketball Camp Welcomes Prospects

by Tyler Marsman, ’20

Head basketball coach Mike McBride and the Holy Cross College men’s basketball team hosted their fifth annual prospect camp on October 8, 2017. This one-day camp for male high school students immersed prospective players in the college basketball experience and gave them a small taste of what the college student-athlete experience might be like for them. The camp provided detailed, individualized instruction for players. The drills utilized were purposely similar to the workouts Holy Cross players go through. Staff then broke down participants’ skills and elucidated areas for improvement. The camp also had competitive 3/3 and 5/5 games with some of the best players throughout the Midwest. One of the many benefits of this camp is that participants were engaged in a recruiting seminar led by the coaching staff, showing high school students how to get recruited by colleges everywhere. The Holy Cross College men’s basketball camps draw more than 200 student-athletes from seven different states onto campus each year to learn more about the basketball program and the college. Along with the camp, most of the prospects were able to tour the campus and get a collegiate experience from the minute they stepped onto campus.





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Conference Collaboration Strengthens Academic Relationships by Kristina Barroso Burrell

of Catholic Relief Services. “I am Over July 10-11, 2017, Holy Cross thankful to everyone who participated College and John Paul II Catholic and contributed to the success of the University of Lublin, Stalowa Wola conference,” says David Lutz, Ph.D., Campus, Poland, collaborated on an dean of faculty, associate professor academic conference at Holy Cross. of philosophy, and organizer of the The fifth conference in a series called conference this year. The Style & Quality of Life of Modern Thanks to a memorandum of Humanity, the Holy Cross conference agreement signed between the two was entitled “Labor & Leisure,” and was educational institutions in 2016, the open to academic professionals from all conferences will continue alternating disciplines. between John Paul II Catholic University More than 30 professors and Leaders from Holy Cross College and John Paul II Catholic University plan two more and Holy Cross College. Next year, the doctoral students from around the interdisciplinary academic conferences. conference will return to Poland, and world presented their academic work Lutz is planning to attend with a group of students, who will also present research in paired, concurrent sessions over the two-day conference. A keynote address papers. Isaac Desta, Ph.D., associate professor of business, will plan the 2019 was given on July 10 by Carolyn Yauyan Woo, the former dean of Mendoza College conference, which will take place at Holy Cross College. of Business at the University of Notre Dame and until recently, president and CEO

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Honor Society Inducts 16 Students


by Maria Barrera, ’20

On October 5, 2017, 14 juniors and two seniors Debates at Notre Dame and the viewing of the film, were inducted into the Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Twelve Years a Slave. This year, the honor society Society (DES), an honor society geared toward plans to attend a Shakespeare play together. Catholic higher education. Professor Martin Sulkanen, Moreover, DES aims to go beyond the resume Ph.D., delivered the address and inductees received a and leave a lasting impact on the members, certificate and a pin for their recognition. ensuring that they benefit from their experiences DES members are invited into the honor society without having to stress over the requirements. based on their G.P.A. They must be in the top 20 Thus, DES focuses on providing outlets to engage percent of their class in their junior or senior year, and beyond the classroom setting without the selected members are typically heavily committed to overwhelming stress. Members are invited to their classes and other responsibilities. attend one or two significant events throughout the Although there are many clubs available to Holy semester. Cross students, DES is a national organization focused As a further benefit, DES provides many on providing an enriching academic experience scholarship opportunities for students. In previous outside the classroom. Although the national society years, two Holy Cross students have won national President of the Holy Cross College chapter of DES, Colin Crawford, ’18 was founded in the 1930s, Holy Cross began its own scholarships based on merit and service. They were chapter in 2011. Since then, DES has become a community for students seeking both recognized in the DES Journal, which is distributed among other Catholic additional opportunities to grow academically. For example, in previous years, universities and colleges in the U.S. The scholarships available focus not only on the DES honor society members have attended and sponsored many enriching academic achievements but also on service work—core values emphasized in lectures and events, such as attending the performance of the Lincoln-Douglas the Holy Cross community.

Ride to the Future

by Tyler Marsman, ’20, and Alexis Petersen, ’18

This year, LimeBikes rolled their way onto Holy Cross campus, giving students a helpful new transportation option. LimeBike, based in California, provides bike-sharing services to seven cities across the country. Residents across South Bend have been making use of the unmistakable lime green cruisers, but more recently, the bikes have gotten serious mileage across the tri-campus area. Thanks to their dual aim for ecological consciousness and affordability, LimeBike seems to have found a niche with college students. Originally, the city of South Bend received 175 bikes, and the University of Notre Dame received 500. With the start of school, LimeBike delivered another 175 bikes to the area in August 2017. Students account for more than half of LimeBikes ridership, roughly 8,000 trips per week. Ease of operation and no maintenance adds to the appeal. Riders can locate one of the GPS-enabled bikes using the affiliated smartphone app. A 30-minute ride costs $1, or 50 cents for college students. There are also monthly subscription plans. As soon as the ride is paid for, the smart lock on the back wheel unlocks and the bike can be ridden anywhere within the metropolitan area. Completing a ride consists of parking the bike in one of the recommended areas on the app and locking the back wheel. The tires are airless, eliminating the risk of a flat. LimeBike hopes that their bikes will lessen congestion on the streets, which could potentially prevent thousands of pounds of CO2 emissions and establish an affordable alternative to other ride-sharing options.





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Partnership with Notre Dame Brings Post-Docs to Holy Cross by Jackie Navarro, ’19

Within the past year, Holy Cross College has entered a partnership with the University of Notre Dame to create a postdoctoral fellowship program to bring Ph.D. candidates on as professors. The goal of this collaboration is to give Notre Dame’s Ph.D. candidates an opportunity to teach Mark Hoipkemeier, Ph.D. Holy Cross’s unique student body and give Holy Cross students the chance to learn from Ph.D. candidates. Mark Hoipkemier, Ph.D., is the first person to enter the program and has already made a difference to the academic environment of the college, particularly as he is the first political science professor at Holy Cross in seven years. His focus on political theory goes hand in hand with Holy Cross’ emphasis

on a liberal arts education. “I’m able to teach political science in a liberal arts oriented way, hopefully, to articulate the human concerns and the questions that are behind the big questions that are behind different aspects of American politics,” Hoipkemier says. Senior Vice President of Holy Cross College Michael Griffin, Ph.D., states that the postdoctoral program is also a creative solution to the rise of adjunct professors in institutions of higher learning. Griffin points out that adjunct professors have been on the increase for the past 25 years and are usually not active enough on campus to become the mentor that undergraduate students often need. The idea behind the post-doc partnership is that during their teaching placement, the role of Ph.D. candidates will be more impactful than that of an adjunct professor. “Their time commitment is more than that of an adjunct, they are part of the infrastructure and the fabric of [Holy Cross],” says Griffin. In the future, Griffin would like to see the program grow as it fulfills the needs of a small liberal arts college such as Holy Cross and deepens the college’s partnership with the University of Notre Dame. He explains the benefits of the partnership to both schools: “What does Notre Dame provide? It is producing world-class Ph.D. students. What does Holy Cross provide? A teaching experience teaching a broader range of students.”

Practical Lessons Expands Audience Experiences Since 2012, the Practical Lessons in Success series has brought speakers to Holy Cross College with a variety of experiences and life lessons to share with students, faculty, and the community. Series organizer Linda Thorpe-Gordon, assistant professor of business, seeks speakers who challenge students’ minds and worldviews. The series began on September 27, 2017, with community leader Gregorio Chavez Jr., whose talk focused on his decades-long commitment to civil rights.

Gregorio Chavez, Jr., spoke on September 27, 2017.

by Alexis Petersen, ’18

Chavez is a member of the League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 5001 and over the years has served LULAC in a multitude of executive roles. He is also active with the Hispanic Leadership Coalition, La Casa de Amistad, Center for the Homeless, South Bend Human Rights Commission, and helped create Michiana’s first Spanish-language radio station, WSBL, Sabor Latino. On October 25, Elicia Feasel, executive director of the Historic Preservation Commission of South Bend and St. Joseph County (HPCSBSJC), spoke about historical preservation and sustainable restoration. As well as being deeply involved with HPCSBSJC, Feasel provided research and consultation to the Building South Bend: Past, Present, and Future project in cooperation with Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame’s Architecture Library and the History Museum of South Bend. She also started a sustainable design-consulting firm, Sustainable Retrofitting, to help clients preserve and rehabilitate original architectural integrity. This season’s final speaker will be Lou Nanni, vice president of University Relations at the University of Notre Dame, on November 15. During his farranging career of service, he has worked with the Congregation of Holy Cross in Chile, directed the world mission of the Catholic Diocese of Orlando, FL, and was director of the South Bend Center for Homeless. Nanni was elected to his current position at the university in 2002.

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Mary’s Match Brings Holy Cross Community Together After returning from her global immersion trip to Peru in June 2017, Mary Freeby, ’18, attempted to donate blood and was told that her iron level was shockingly low. Within a few weeks, she was diagnosed with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), a life-threatening blood disease that impairs bone marrow function, and she would need a bone-marrow transplant. When Freeby’s closest friends, Regan Stout, ’18, Alyssa Davis, ’18, and Kasey Schaffer, ’18, heard the news, they decided to do everything they could to help their friend. They came up with the idea of Mary’s Match, an initiative to raise money to help Mary and other patients who need bone marrow transplants. They first sold white wristbands with the hashtags #MarysMatch on one side and #TeamFreeby on the other, which served a second purpose as well. “My goal was for Mary to be able to walk through the atrium and see people wearing those bracelets,” says Stout. “That way, if she was having a rough day she could simply look around and see all the love and support that the people in this community have for her.” On Tuesday, September 12, over 60 people attended a bone marrow registry and blood drive held in the Vincent Atrium at Holy Cross College. “There were a lot of first time blood donors and it was just so nice to see a constant flow of people throughout the day,” says Stout. “It really speaks to the power of our community here at Holy Cross.” A few weeks later, on October 2, Holy Cross Athletics held “Threes for Freebs,” a charity event that also served as the introduction to the men’s and women’s Saints basketball teams and honored Holy Cross basketball alumni and intramural basketball players. Three scrimmages, a free-throw competition and a


by Michael Ivey, ’18

L to R: Mary Freeby, ‘18, Regan Stout, ‘18, and Alyssa Davis, ‘18

three-point competition took place during the event. “It was great to get so much support from our school, and raise money for Mary’s expenses as she prepares for her bone marrow transplant,” says Davis. On Friday, September 15, the Mary’s Match Facebook page announced that a “perfect match” had been found for Mary and that the bone marrow transplant process would begin in late October. Freeby said the whole process has been a lot easier because of the support of her friends and the local community. “Words cannot accurately tell you just how grateful I am,” she says. “These events are helping so many other people besides me and countless lives are going to be saved because of them. Overall, my friends are just amazing.”

New Dining Services Satisfies Students

by Karen Eckrich, ‘19

On July 30, 2017, Siegfried Dining Hall welcomed Holy Cross Campus Dining, a subsidiary of Notre Dame Dining. The new service is overseen by Assistant Director Marc Poklinkowski and Campus Chef Matt Seitz. “What we’ve tried to do is bring a lot of the same techniques and quality of food from across the street to expand the culinary horizons of students here,” says Seitz. He and Poklinkowski have worked closely with Holy Cross kitchen staff to teach them new preparation methods and recipes. Chef Seitz recently received an award for culinary excellence at a chef conference from a pool of over 150 chefs. The award took into account culinary skill, passion for profession, leadership, mentorship, and willingness to learn. In 2016, Poklinkowski was part of a team that won Notre Dame’s Presidential Team Irish Award to acknowledge their efforts to reduce pre-consumer waste. Accordingly, the dining hall no longer offers to-go cups or boxes, and students are allowed to take up to 32 ounces of a beverage in their own water bottles. Students now have access to an on-campus nutritionist if they need dietary guideline assistance, and nutrition facts of all dishes are easily identifiable and clearly presented. Additionally, the café in the Max Student Union has become the Ave Brew Café, which now offers Starbucks coffee. The staff plans to continue improving on-campus dining. Seitz says, “We hope that by bringing these improvements, we can enhance students’ college experience.” Campus Chef Matt Seitz






The Walk of

Faith by Kewaun Graham, ’20

Below left: Brandon practices his defensive moves against teammate Travon Brackett, ‘18. Below right: Brandon, his fiancee, Kayla Jackson, and their sons, Brandon and Brayden.

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ore than anything, Brandon Lawler, ’18, believes that faith is not just a word, but a way of living. “God has blessed my life,” he says simply. “I know that whatever I achieve, I didn’t do it on my own, I did it because of Jesus in my life. He’s made me bold enough to share my story.” Brandon was born in Cleveland, OH, and raised by a single mother after his father left the family. “Growing up without a father leaves a void in your life,” Brandon explains. “It makes it hard to find the right path.” He knows he’s lucky that his mother, a powerful influence in his life, and his early love of basketball kept him out of trouble. However, Brandon’s childhood was cut short when he had his first child at just 15. He dropped out of school and began working at Walmart. His ambition was to be a great father, a better father than his had been, even though his life wasn’t easy. One night, when looking at his sleeping son, Brandon made the simple decision to go back to school. Refocused, and with new purpose, Brandon achieved his GED, but he didn’t stop there. He went on to attend Lorain County Community College (LCCC) where he received his associate’s degree in criminal justice and police science. He also played two years of basketball at LCCC, after the coach, Marty Eggleston, recruited him. Through his “don’t quit” attitude and the new path God was creating for him, Brandon landed a solid paying job at the Lorain County Juvenile Detention Center. It was there that God made it evident to Brandon his calling and purpose in life. At first, Brandon only did the required functions of his job as a conflict mediator, simply escorting kids in the center from one place to another. He quickly discovered that many of the kids came from similar backgrounds as him, and he saw the opportunity to be a positive role model for them. Often he went above and beyond his job to connect with his charges, giving them hope that, like him, their tomorrow would be a new day with new opportunities. “It was more


than just a job,” he explains, “It was service.” In 2016, Brandon was recruited and offered a scholarship to play basketball at Holy Cross College. Delighted by the offer, Brandon still had to think long and hard about whether to accept it. He had already beaten the odds early, graduated from college, and was now following his passion of helping young men. It would also be difficult to leave his fiancée, Kayla Jackson, in Cleveland with their (now two) young sons. However, Brandon strives for greatness, not only for himself, but for his sons. “They deserve better from me,” he remembers thinking. He made the decision to commit to Holy Cross College. Basketball wasn’t the only thing that grabbed his attention at Holy Cross. He recognized immediately that this was a place where he could deepen his faith with other people who honored God. “Being around faculty and students who are pursuing faith and knowledge pushes me to make myself better,” he says. Brandon will be the first person in his family to receive a bachelor’s degree, an honor he is proud of and sees responsibility in. He smiles as he says, “I am here because of Jesus. I didn’t even graduate high school, but I realized I could do more for myself and my children if I kept looking at Jesus.” After graduation, Brandon has plans to go back to Cleveland to help others, particularly African American boys and young fathers, and hopefully help them achieve their dreams, no matter what they’ve gone through. “My deepest satisfaction is seeing young men walking in purpose,” he says. “I want to do something to impact the lives of young men who are struggling like I was.” Even if he can only give them words of encouragement, Brandon knows how words can build people up. “I’ve only had a few people tell me, ‘I believe in you,’ but I remember them all.” Brandon’s trials and testimony have made him the man he is today. His example shows the world that when you have faith in God, the impossible is possible.






The handmade horse figurine given to Greg Fean from Oswaldo.


hroughout our education at Holy Cross College, we take a variety of mandatory service-based classes, which help students both understand the needs of others and how to offer aid. We may not be able to offer total relief or a permanent solution, but we can always help. In short, these classes teach us to be there for others no matter how small the gesture. The global engagement experience is the culmination of the service-based IDST classes at Holy Cross College, and the exemplification of the mission of Holy Cross College. As part of the global engagement class, students travel to another country and live in community with the Brothers of Holy Cross at one of their global missions. This allows the students to see the world from a different perspective, and lets us experience the world in a new way. By meeting people around the world and hearing their stories, so different from our own, we learn true gratitude for our countless blessings and opportunities and to give a little more of ourselves each day. It not only teaches us to be globally aware, but to be present in each moment because it is all we have, and to live a life inspired by the story of individuals, because we are all connected, even halfway across the world. This summer, along with 10 students, one professor, and one staff member from Holy Cross College, I traveled to Peru for a global immersion trip. Before

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THE WORLD going, we spent the semester researching and discussing issues affecting the people in Peru, but nothing prepared us for the reality we were about to witness. Each year, Holy Cross students are assigned a new service project during their time working with the Congregation of Holy Cross in Lima, Peru. This summer, joined by a group of students from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX, one of our days was dedicated to rebuilding la casa de Maria, or Maria’s house. Maria is a single mother of two little boys: Angel, 1, and Gabriel, 3, who has cerebral palsy. One of the Holy Cross students, Mary Freeby, ’18, found a close connection with Gabriel. “From the moment I walked into the house, I gravitated towards Gabriel,” she explains. “He was lying on the bed, hardly able to even roll and constantly pestered by flies, but he had the biggest smile on his face and just radiated joy.” She smiles at the memory. “You couldn’t help but smile back. By the time we had finished working on the house, my jaw was more sore than my legs.” Greg Fean, ’18, reflected on the kindness of Maria’s neighbors. “No matter the circumstances of the family, love is the same,” he says. “They all were incredibly welcoming to us and beyond happy that we were helping one of their friends.” Some of the neighbor girls, around the ages of 10 years old, invited Greg to their home to show him their father’s workshop.




by Mariano Gomez, ’18

“He displayed his creations for me, and his daughters expressed their gratitude for his hard work.” As they continued speaking, Greg learned that their father works long hard days so that they can go to a good school. “While they were saying this, I thought of the many times I have taken my own education for granted,” says Greg, humbled by the experience. “Thanks to Oswaldo and his daughters, I left Canto Grande with not only a beautiful handmade horse, but also a greater understanding of the meaning of life: happiness is determined by our faith and love for one another, not the things we have.” For me, I left Peru with the understanding that I do not need to go too far to find someone who needs my help. After I returned to my home city of Chicago, my grandmother and I began working together in similar programs offered to inner city youth in Chicago. She is in charge of character development with parents in a girls program and I do the same with high school students in a boys program. Before I started teaching these classes, she told me, “Once a child knows that you care for them, they will let you teach them.” To be able to help someone, and for them to help you, there needs to be a personal, human connection. Global immersion showed me how to find the common ground on which to build a lifetime of service.

Pictured above, L to R: Some of the students pose in Cusco, Peru, with women in traditional Andean clothing. Mary Freeby holds Gabriel, one of Maria’s children. Students from Holy Cross and St. Edward’s work on Maria’s house in Canto Grande a neighborhood in Lima, Peru. Mariano Gomez poses in front of the Pisac Ruins in the Sacred Valley.




Forming a Life Devoted to God


by Chris Lushis, Admissions Counselor

s an institution dedicated to shaping the entire person – forming both the mind and the heart – Holy Cross College takes seriously its commitment to implementing the educational vision of Blessed Basil Moreau, which he defined as the “art of helping young people to completeness.” While this can be accomplished in many ways, it takes on a particularly transformative dimension at Holy Cross through opportunities to grow in faith and deepen relationships on campus. Andrew Polaniecki, director of Campus Ministry, explains, “At Holy Cross, we do our best to create an environment where God’s grace can be present. It is our prayer and hope that students will cooperate with the promptings of that grace.” For several former students, this immersion into a deeper union with God has led to taking the courageous leap to discern more seriously a vocational call to religious life or priesthood.

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Logan Parrish

Brendan McAleer, C.S.C.

Sr. Marie Thérèse

Sr. Fiat

Jacob Eifrid


Sr. Monica Marie, O.P.

Logan Parrish, ’17 now studying as a seminarian Alexis Lolmaugh, ’15, who recently received the for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, believes, religious name Sr. Marie Thérèse, as a novice with “The thought of pursuing the Lord’s call was deeply the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration in influenced by the environment of holy men and women Mishawaka, also enjoyed the generous and supportive at Holy Cross who helped me to stay faithful to a life of Catholic family at Holy Cross. “What I learned from my prayer and virtue.” professors flowed into my own personal relationship Logan’s perspective is shared by others. Sr. Monica with God and enriched it in ways that I never would Marie (Regina) Slonkosky, O.P., ’12, who recently have expected – and I still continue to receive fruits professed temporary vows as a Dominican Sister of St. from it today.” Cecilia, expresses similar gratitude for the ways her Rachel Staley, ’16, now known as Sr. Fiat, a fellow faith was nourished at Holy Cross. “Mass, Adoration, Franciscan novice with Sr. Marie Thérèse, shares, “As I and Confession were integrated into my college weekly studied the life of virtue in the classroom, I was challenged schedule, and Campus Ministry sponsored pilgrimages,” to put it into action in my life and relationships.” The she observes. “The diverse witness of religious life familial community at Holy Cross helped to deepen her on campus fostered my openness to being a religious faith, thanks to professors who cared about her personal, sister.” intellectual, and spiritual growth. Brendan McAleer, C.S.C., ’11 who recently Indeed, the supportive intellectual environment professed final vows and was ordained to the diaconate and authentic friendships formed at Holy Cross helped as a member of the Congregation of Holy Cross, many hear the call toward their vocation. Recent likewise found his faith nourished as a Holy Cross graduate Jacob Eifrid, ’17, a current postulant in student. “Not only was the Catholic environment formation with the Congregation of Holy Cross at supportive of my faith, but also challenged it,” he says. Moreau Seminary, formed relationships that truly felt “For the first time, I was introduced like family, especially thanks to to the rich theological tradition of the example of the Holy Cross the church at a serious level.” Brothers on campus. He describes The faculty and staff at Holy how “their hospitality allowed me Cross are also a significant to grow and be nourished in many influence on the path toward ways, which was important for discernment. Sr. Monica Marie both my personal development recognizes that she received a love and vocational discernment.” for learning from her professors, In Sr. Fiat’s eyes, it is the overall – Sr. Monica Marie, O.P. a deepened appreciation for culture at Holy Cross that allows discerning one’s vocation, and a the idea of religious life to become desire to seek the truth in all things, especially in her a reality students can pursue and be fully satisfied in. studies. In her words, “I am so grateful that my discernment of Brendan relished the difficult and newsworthy issues this life was supported and encouraged by my peers and at the heart of conversations and debates in and out of mentors at Holy Cross. I really believe Blessed Basil Moreau the classroom. “Catholic theology and spirituality is pleased with this gift to the students of Holy Cross.” became the lens by which I analyzed the world,” he Certainly this expansive, vocational education in explains. “Numerous faculty and staff unabashedly virtue and love of the Lord is what he desired in the shared their faith, love, and joy of the gospel, and I institutions founded by his legacy. could see how it really informed their everyday life.”

“The diverse witness of religious life on campus fostered my openness to being a religious sister.”







A Unique Journey Through College by Eryn Ray, Fall ’17

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no secret that one of Holy However, Sara was skeptical Cross College’s greatest at first about whether or not the draws is its location next door to program would work for her the University of Notre Dame. For daughter. “I wanted to make sure she many years, students at Holy Cross wouldn’t be treated like a ‘secondwere able to easily transfer to Notre class citizen’ as a Gateway student,” Dame to focus on their major she admits. “[Katie] didn’t deserve after finishing their core classes any more hoops to jump through. or associate degree at Holy Cross. She had worked very hard to get to After becoming a four-year school where she was. I needed to know Katie Leyden listens intently at the 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Day talks. that Gateway would give her as much in 2003, Holy Cross saw fewer transfers to Notre Dame. opportunity to thrive in her freshman However, in 2013, Notre Dame and Holy Cross began a year of college as the other opportunities she had.” collaborative program called the Gateway Program. “Gateway,” The Leydens came to visit Holy Cross in 2016 and were as it’s commonly referred to, allows a group of students impressed. “It was Holy Cross College’s Gateway program selected by Notre Dame to complete their first year of study at orientation that sealed the deal,” says Sara. After the campus Holy Cross. If the student completes classes on both campuses tour (guided by former Gateway students who eagerly shared with a 3.5 cumulative GPA in the Holy Cross honors their positive experiences), Sara felt reassured that Holy Cross curriculum and no disciplinary issues, they are granted and the Gateway program would be a perfect fit for a student automatic transfer to the University of Notre Dame. The like Katie. “Students always want to know things like: What program has been a success on both sides of the street. Since are the classes like? How’s the social life? Am I going to be its inception, each Gateway class has been given a numerical happy?” she explains. “For parents, it’s: Is this the right fit for my child? Is everything going to work out? Will my child designation. The first class, Gateway 1.0, had 17 members. be happy?” This year, Gateway 5.0, has 67. Most importantly, though, the program provides the The primary advantage for Gateway students is the personal attention they receive to their academic development opportunity for Katie and other Gateway students to get where they ultimately want to be: Notre Dame. While it may at Holy Cross College. Katie Leyden, ’20, Gateway 4.0, is be true that a Gateway student’s primary purpose during their quick to acknowledge, “Holy Cross College was the transition time at Holy Cross College is to transfer, the program has a year I didn’t even realize I needed. Spending my freshman unique impact on students, stemming from their involvement year in a small environment, surrounded by students with both institutions. Being an integral part of both Holy focused on a shared goal, allowed me to ease into the college Cross and Notre Dame creates a well-rounded student experience.” In fact, many former Gateway students agree who sees the world in a different way. Sara believes that the that if given the chance to do it all over again, they wouldn’t Gateway students stand out on both campuses. “Oh, you’ll hesitate to take part in the Gateway program a second time. know a Gateway kid when you see one, because they’ve been In a short amount of time, Gateway has been able exposed such a wide variety of students, professors, to quickly build credibility as a sustainable program. and classes.” Communication between current and former Gateway It is every student’s resolve to make the most of the students (some of which have now successfully graduated opportunity to go to college in effort to achieve their dream. from the University of Notre Dame) in person and through Through hard work and effective collaborative efforts, social media, has been the driving force behind Gateway Holy Cross College and the University of Notre Dame have establishing its reputation. In fact, as Sara Leyden, Katie’s established the foundation of a program that is another way mother, points out, “The reputation of Gateway has grown! of helping students’ dreams become reality. More and more people have heard of it and already know what it is.”








Stephanie Heyl, 2002, and her husband welcomed their fifth child, Cecilia, on March 31, 2017. The family lives in in Austin, TX.

Patrick Erhardt, 1969, recently performed in a production of To Kill a Mockingbird at Florida Repertory Theatre in Fort Myers, Florida where he now lives.

David Gryp, 2007, and his wife, Meghann, welcomed twins to the world on September 5, 2017, at 9:52 a.m.: Charles “Charlie” Theodore and Quinn Elizabeth.

Marie Hebb Lukas, 1977 and David Lukas, 1977, celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on September 11, 2017. After working in the Chicago area for their entire careers, they retired and are now living in Mishawaka.

Sharon Kailin Gray, 2010, her husband, Michael Gray, and their two children, John Paul and Evelyn, welcomed a baby, Magnus Jude, on May 13, 2017. Monica (Zehr) Bodien, 2011, and her husband David Bodien, 2011, welcomed their second baby in June 2017, David Glenn III, who loves his big sister Marilee. Cassie (Farrell) Rolf, 2012, and Nate Rolf, 2012, were married in 2016 and are expecting a baby in October 2017 Emily Helms, 2013, and her husband Andrew, 2011, welcomed their first baby, Olivia, on August 8, 2016. Alexis Duffy, 2016, and her husband, Alex, 2016, had a baby girl, Monica Marie, on February 20, 2017. Michael Griffin, senior vice president of Holy Cross College, his wife Catherine, and their two sons, Benedict and Basil, welcomed Miriam Therese to the world with joy and gratitude on September 12, 2017. John Kelly, 2010, and his wife, Margaret, are the parents of a new baby girl, Kateri Ann Therese, born July 18 at 2:49 p.m., 8lb 1oz and 19 1/2” long.

MARRIAGES AND ENGAGEMENTS Mary (Miller) Henderson, 2008, married Neil Henderson on June 17, 2017, at the Morris Estate in Niles, MI. Mary is a teacher at St. Pius. Nathan Durkes, 2010, married Chantell Baker on May 20, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN. Danielle Wood, 2011, recently became engaged to Andrew Noone, and will be married next fall at Holy Name of Jesus in Beech Grove, IN. Margaret McCormick, 2013, and Andrew Pelc, 2013, were married on June 24, 2017. Christa (Tarala), 2017, and Ryan Romkema, 2016, were married July 22, 2017.

Thomas Chomyn, 1980, has been married to his wife Jeannine, a USC graduate, for 27 years, and has just begun a new career with Kyocera in the document solutions area. David Doyle, 1982, was asked by the Board of Directors for Value Schools to be the president and CEO of the organization. Previously, he was the founding principal of two Value Schools charter high schools in Los Angeles, CA. Sheila Fleming, 1982, is living in Granger, IN, with her husband Phillip, three children Katie (25), Ian (22), and Lizzy (19), and currently works in healthcare as a nurse practitioner, oncology and surgical, as well as an RN first assistant in major surgery. Joe Lafferty, 2006, and his wife Lauren recently moved to White Lake, MI, where their twin daughters, Evalynn and Eloise (6) are starting kindergarten. Christopher Creighton, 2008, finished law school in July 2017 and is working with Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s office as Deputy Legislative Director while he prepares to take the July 2018 bar exam. Claire Humphrey, 2008, recently became an academic advisor with Orbis Education. Chris Lushis, 2008, began working at Holy Cross College as an admissions counselor. Marie-Louise (Resweber) Bridgeman, 2012, was promoted to assistant director of Residence Life at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX. Steve Bridgeman, 2012, was promoted to branch manager at Enterprise Rent-a-Car in Austin, TX. Adam Dobrzykowski, 2012, became the assistant women’s basketball coach at Holy Cross College at the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

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Alumni Board


pictured from left to right: Tim DeGeeter, AA, ’89 Sarah Fugarino, BA, ’11 Adam DeBeck, director of Alumni, Parent, and Community Programs Madelyn Martinec, BA, ’16 Matthew Florian, BA, ’11 Not pictured: John Suddarth, AA, ’74 Frank Yensel, AA, ’74 Bill Casserly, AA, ’06 Katelyn Palmer, BA, ’07 Clire Humphrey, BA, ’07 Tim Holewczynski, BA, ’09 Nathan Durkes, BA, ’10 Katie Gallaway, BA, ’11 Andrew Weiss, BA, ’12 Juan Constantino, BA, ’16 Mike Franz, BA, ’16

Cassie (Farrell) Rolf, 2012, graduated from the MDiv program at Notre Dame in May 2017.

Robert Lulgjuraj, 2015, started law school at Detroit Mercy in 2017.

Scott Eric Smithburn, 2013, began working at Good Shepherd Montessori School in August 2017.

Madelyn Martinec, 2016, began working at Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana as the corporate fund development specialist in Granger, IN. She has also been accepted to Bethel College to begin her MBA in January 2018.

Victoria Anania, 2014, recently moved to Phoenix, AZ, and is teaching third grade at St. John XXIII in Scottsdale. Thomas Lyons, 2014, passed the Indiana State Bar and began working for Senator Todd Young. He is also attending Georgetown University for an LL.M. in Securities and Financial Regulation. Sally Algier, 2015, is happy to announce that she has accepted a regional promotion manager job with the 1608 promotion team under the Reviver Entertainment Group in the city of her dreams, Nashville, TN.

Danya Tychonievich, 2016, moved to Nashville, TN, after graduation and now works in marketing for a property management company called Matrix Residential. Jonathan Hake, 2017, began his career as an admissions counselor at Holy Cross College. Lauren Luckey, 2017, started working as an admissions counselor at Holy Cross College.

Karlee Dillon, 2015, left her dream job working at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios to live in Germany, and after a year, appreciates how her global perspectives class prepared her for diving into a new culture on a more permanent level.

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Annual Stewardship Report 2016 - 2017 Giving to


$1,235,385 New Pledges $309,000 Total Number of Donors 766 Annual Fund $273,325 Total Dollars Received

Making Higher Education


Total Cost of 2016-2017 Holy Cross Education Financial Aid Awarded to Students Average Financial Aid Package


$7,104,384 $14,208


Category Total Amount Salaries & Benefits $6,402,659.34 Depreciation $1,005,220.87 Interest $528,517.26 Other Operating Expenses $5,352,541.53

Total $13,288,939


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Total $13,442,214.27

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Total Amount # of Donors $137,137 24 $268,418 21 $20,055 3 $82,486 29 $320,494 20

$828,590 97

All Driscoll Society gifts were made between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

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For your impact on the college and our The Honor Roll of Donors includes the names of the alumni, parents, faculty, staff, friends, and organizations that financially supported Holy Cross College between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017.

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Anonymous Margaret Claeys Dan Fitzpatrick Barbara O’Connor James and Gretchen Pfeil Michael ‘82 and Janet Pfeil


$10,000 - $24,999

Matthew and Sharon Edmonds Robert and Kathleen Hammond Gregory and Sue Hoffman Tina and Pete Holland Nelson and Mae Madrilejo Lucille and Richard McKenna Mary Naquin Sheila A. O’Shaughnessy Brian Regan and Kathy Beeler Pete and Lois Rumely


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Kirk ‘78 and Renee Barbieri Marilyn and Gary Blanchette Raymond and Carol Brach Timothy and Katherine Fulnecky Maggie and Al Gutierrez Thomas and Carolyn Koepp Tom and Sally McGovern Br. John Paige, C.S.C. Michael and Kathleen Texido Thomas and Anita Veldman Sisters of the Holy Cross


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Richard and Arlene Burke Nathan Durkes ’10 Dennis and Merlyn Fruin Michael and Connie Joines Steven and Debra Kessler Montel Menting David Miller Mis’ Mrak Don and Janie Reese Anthony Serianni Tom and Joyce Sopko


$1,000 - $2,999

Rob Wolfle ’97 Matthew Adler ’12 David and Susan Bender Mark and Nancy Bolitho Elizabeth and Thomas Borger Michael and Patty Brach Tom and Mary Ann Campbell Kevin and Mary Beth Cannon Deanna Coleman William and Diane Corbett Michael and Catherine Coscia Robert and Karen Cullen Gerry Dickey

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Kevin ’95 and Molly Hanley Thomas and Nancy Hanlon Joseph and Julie Harmon Kevin and Sarah Harnisch Laura ‘90 and Matthew Hartz JudeAnne Hastings Thomas and Alberta Haunert Bonnie Hay ’76 Anna Heck ’17 John and Sue Heck Andy and Emily ’14 Helms Matthew and Erin Hendrick Kevin ‘02 and Gina Hennessy Lige and Annemarie Hensley John and Elizabeth Herbert Amanda Herman Paul and Joanne Hinkes Julia Hinojosa John G. Hogan Tim Holewczynski ’09 Skip and Jennifer Holtz John Horn ’13 Jenny Horoky Marisa Horvat ‘17 Craig ‘85 and Lisa Horvath Kenneth and Nancy Horvath Jim and Jane Hough Scott ’14 and Kassie ’14 Howland Kacey Hudson ’18 Claire Humphrey ‘08 Judith Hurst Michael Ivey ’18 Melissa Jackson Raymond and Denise Javers Amanda Rae Javers ‘20 Thomas and Barbara Jemielity Amber Jett ’00 Christopher and Theresa Jochum Ryan ‘98 and Elizabeth Jochum Margaret Johnson Brent Jones ’02 Terrell Jones ’18 Kelly and Bert Jordan William and Karen Kaliney Robert and Kelly Kamm Thomas and Jamie Karam Kimberly Karnes Robert and Lisa Kelley Brendan Kelly Amy ’87 and Timothy Kenesey Joseph and Virginia Kennedy Robert and Kathy Kent Wendy and Wendy Kercher William and Melissa Keye James and Joan Kick Rob and Jacky Kielian Karl and Margaret King Julie Kipp James and Katy Kistler Gerald and Elaine Klein Kathleen and Erik Klitzner Peter and Mary Kogge Sarah Kolda Colleen ’73 and Frank Kovarik Br. James Kozak, C.S.C. Lawrence and Mary Ann Kruse

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students, Thank Dominic V. Kucela ‘20 Br. James Kumba, C.S.C. John Kush ’78 Michael Laing Patrick Laing ’18 Patrick and Kathleen LaJeunesse Sarah Lamphier Craig Lanigan ’89 John Lantz ’01 Gabriel and Mary Lara Daniel and Elizabeth Laskowski Br. Robert Lavelle, C.S.C. Bill and Sharon Leahy MacKenzie ‘02 and Brian Ledley John and Mary Leicht James Lepp ’95 Robert Letherman Scott Liggett ’09 Mark ’85 and Tracy Lipak Cynthia Lipken Charles Lippert Barbara Lockwood Sofia A. Lopez ’20 Kevin ’91 and Daniela Lovell Anthony Luchetta ’05 Thomas and Lori Luchetta Ellen Ludwig ’08 David ‘77 and Marie ’77 Lukas David and Amelia Lutz Anne Lyons Tommy Lyons ’14 Edward Mack Timothy and Trish Madden Edward and Carol Madigan Peggy Mahoney Roger and Lisa Mahoney Gerald and Patricia Maloney Charlie and Mary Pat Manogue David and Nadine Marchi Rachel ‘84 and Charles Martin Maddy Martinec ’16 Marijo Martinec Mary A. Mason Edward and Cynthia Masterson Lisa Matejka Greg and Carleen Mathiesen Catherine ’97 and Nicholas Matuch Phil Maynard Helen McBride Mike McBride Patrick and Cheryl McCaffery Richard and Irma McCall Shirley McClinton Bruce and Patricia McCourt Alaina M. McCraner Caleb M. McDaniel ’20 Brenda ’08 and Alan McDonald Maureen McDonald ’15 Patrick and Mary McDonald Eugene and Clare McEnery Terence and Laurie McFadden Tom and Joyce McFadden Maureen McFadden ’77 and James Dorgan Douglas and Donna McKalip Patrick and Mary McKay

William and Maureen McKenney Marco Medina ’18 Joseph Medora ’18 Nancy Meers ’91 Mary and Gary Merrill Edward and Janice Mertz Peter Messina v87 Jonathan Michiels ’91 Santiago Migliaro ’19 Tim Millard Amanda Miller ’12 Carol and Patrick Miller Susan Miller Nancy Minadeo Christopher Minasian ’16 Rev. Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C. Eric and Alissa Mishler Tory Mitchell ’02 John Mohnke ’10 Max Molinaro ’17 William and Ruth Molnar Richard and Norma Monhaut Michael and Jennifer Monk Peter and Margaret Moody Haley Moore ’00 Omar and Liliana Morales Carey Moran ’17 Joseph and Angela Moran Mary ’87 and Joseph Moran Craig and Rebecca Mortell James and Maureen Motter Joseph and Mary Mulka Mark ‘80 and Nancy Murphy Esther Mwebia ’16 Lynn Nelson Justise Newland Pamela Jo and Donald Newman Tom and Lucile Nichol Aimee and Steven Niespodziany Brian Nordan ’97 Shane Norris ’15 Michael Novitzki ’13 John and Tina Nurkowski Richard and Mary Pat Nussbaum John Nyberg David Nye Mary O’Callaghan Daniel ‘90 and Karin O’Connor Kazimir and Dorothy Odrcic Nicholas Ogle Marie Oliva ’19 Kate O’Neill ’19 Teresa O’Neill Timothy and Jayne O’Neill Dennis and Diane Owens David Paige Sabrina Pajor ’18 Carol Palmer Logan Parrish David Parrish Eduardo and Rachel Parroquin Janak Patel ’96 John and Patricia Pearl Michael and Karla Pedue Matt Pepe Maria Perez ’19





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Connections | From the Archives

The Welcoming Bells of

Saint Joseph

Every morning at 9 a.m., music floats across campus. The road noise of S.R. 933 prevents it from seeping through to Holy Cross’ sister campuses, but across the river, on the banks of the St. Joseph River where Angela Boulevard meets Beale, the aluminum chimes sing strong and clear. They repeat their brief serenade on the hour and half-hour until, at 10 p.m., the night sky echoes with a final refrain of Ave Crux Spes Unica, and the chimes go silent until the next morning.

Construction on the cupola in 1966.

For many students, for better or worse, the passing of the hours would be incomplete without the hallmark music. The chimes are like a clock, tolling the passage of time (and the creeping arrival of class periods – or lunch periods). The edifice that churns out these spiritual sounds is hard to miss, too. St. Joseph Chapel stands 100 feet high, including the spire and cross that ascend from the iconic ruffled cupola, greeting residents and visitors alike as a symbol of the college’s faith-based tradition. Completed in 1967, the chapel was once part of the complex known as Holy Cross Brothers Center, which

exists today as Holy Cross College Student Housing. Initially, only Brothers observed their religious exercises within the chapel, but over the years, college faculty and South Bend residents joined the Brothers for mass. Services eventually expanded to include Saturday evening vigil mass, and in the 70s, alumni began to show interest in the chapel as a wedding venue. Brother Joseph Fox, C.S.C., has been a member of the Congregation for over 60 years. In 1991, he was assigned to Holy Cross Brothers Center to serve as the Religious Superior. His responsibilities included running the Center and tending to the needs of residents, including the exercises held at St. Joseph Chapel. As Rector of the Chapel, it’s Brother Joe’s duty to oversee operation of the Chapel as it functions today, including overseeing bookings for wedding ceremonies. Besides tending to the paperwork, he participates in the entire process, assisting the wedding party from phone call to altar – and at this writing, has done so 71 times. “It is a joy for me to see the happiness that comes to all sides of the wedding party,” he says. “As the years go by, couples return and talk about their day in the chapel.” Adam DeBeck, director of Alumni, Parent, and Community Relations,

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by Alexis Petersen, ’18

married Victoria (née Jewell) at the chapel on April 18, 2009. Having been employed at the college since 2007, Adam felt the Holy Cross faculty and staff were “like family,” a sentiment shared by then-fiancée Victoria. When looking for venues for their upcoming nuptials, the bride and groom’s families were torn between their respective choices. The duo ultimately chose the place where they were most comfortable and included their Holy Cross family in their special day. “At the end of the phone call, Brother Joe said he had us penciled in,” Adam remembers with a smile. “I told him he could use a pen — there wouldn’t be any need to erase it.” The day of the ceremony, the campus was bustling with preparations for incoming students and the upcoming Blue Gold Game across the street, but for the DeBeck-Jewell wedding party, the game just one more reason for celebration. While Adam nervously paced in the parking lot, well-wishing residents of James Hall threw open their windows to shout their congratulations. Seeing students he’d recruited and his friend, Brother Chris Dreyer, planting trees also helped alleviate his tension. A handful of graduating seniors even wound up crashing the wedding. In the years since, Adam reports, he has reciprocated the sentiment by attending their nuptials — as an invited guest, of course.

Although neither are alumni of the college, Victoria and Adam DeBeck chose the chapel for their wedding in 2009 because Holy Cross was a place they felt comfortable and included.

The chapel’s services have not been limited to the Holy Cross family, or even to Catholics. Amid a welcoming atmosphere, tight-knit community, and compact locale, the chapel has become part of a larger chapter in each couple’s story. Adam says it’s because these couples “feel Holy Cross was a permanent part of their story after college.” He fondly recalls discussing his wedding photos with visiting families, his way of relaying the long-lasting and familial ties created by Holy Cross. “In most cases, the bride or groom has some connection with the chapel,” Brother Joe says. “They want it to be in their lasting memory as they start another chapter in life.” In this way, the chapel has become a unique symbol of the college’s goal to maintain its Catholic identity while remaining a welcoming place for all.



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