Holy Cross served as the breeding ground for my future. I recall great memories with Fr. Sullivan discussing philosophical perspectives, listening to Dr. Louis Albarran serenade our class with Johnny Cash lyrics, and watching classmates and friends alike take to the basketball court inside the Pfeil Center night after night.
“HC is the place to be” was the tag line of a music video created by Br. Nich Perez, CSC, and many of my classmates in the spring of 2012. Its message resonated with me because of its ability to highlight the vast amount of opportunities hosted by HCC, combined with a compilation of clips/photos of our student body living them out.
As I reflect, it’s very clear the impact Holy Cross College had on my life. I engaged with new people, developed friendships and acquired knowledge needed to be successful. After two memorable years at Holy Cross College, I transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I graduated with a degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communications. I now work for a Fortune 100 company and live in Raleigh, NC.
The decision of giving back isn’t something you have to do, it’s something you want to do. I want to give back to Holy Cross College because I want others to have the opportunity to experience what I did – because “The Experience Matters”. I want to read a note much like this in a few years and know that I played a small part in shaping that individual’s experience.
I urge you to give back to Holy Cross College at www.hcc-nd.edu/give, and enable the minds of the future so that they may go and make their mark on the world of tomorrow.
Kirk Barbieri, '78
A few years ago, Fr. Brian, our parish priest at St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish in Charlottesville, VA, delivered his annual homily on financial stewardship. I suspect it is a homily that he dreads to deliver more so than we, as parishioners, anticipate receiving it. But this particular year, he began his homily by asking: “Remember that famous country-western song I Ain’t Never Seen No Hearse Pullin’ No U-Haul?” Of course, everyone laughed. For a brief moment, I thought, “Is that really a song?” (It is – music and lyrics by Kenny Wayne – available on iTunes!) Rest assured, we all got the message.
Every month, when I make a contribution to my named scholarship fund at Holy Cross College, I think about that message. I think about helping others – particularly our students – who may be less fortunate than me. Although my contribution may be small, it doesn’t matter. I know that it helps someone in need and I know that I am blessed to be a part of the Holy Cross College family.
I hope that you may feel the same way and consider giving back to Holy Cross College. It’s so easy to make your gift online at www.hcc-nd.edu/give. I have enjoyed a successful career in higher education, but each day I remind myself that it all began at Holy Cross College. That is something I will always be grateful for.
by John Suddarth, '74
When I returned to the United States after tours of duty in Vietnam and Europe with the US Marine Corps, I decided I wanted to attend college. In my search for a place I felt I would fit as an older student, I met a fellow by the name of Brother John Driscoll. After many discussions with Br. John, he convinced me that Holy Cross was the right place for me.
Holy Cross was a welcoming environment for returning veterans and I have always appreciated the treatment and respect accorded all students by the faculty and staff. Because of that community, I easily integrated into college life and was able to make the adjustment from military life to civilian and student life successfully. My time at Holy Cross was well spent and prepared me to complete my education at the University of Notre Dame.
I have no doubt that being part of the academic community of Holy Cross laid the foundation for my career and my dedication to being a lifelong learner. For all these reasons, Holy Cross – specifically, the Brother John Driscoll Society – is a major part of my annual charitable giving.
The 2016-2017 academic year is bringing many new and promising changes and developments for Holy Cross College, particularly within the Admissions Office.
In September of 2016, the Admissions Office welcomed two new counselors. Tara Eleftheria Spirou began her college experience at Holy Cross College in 2011; however, when her family moved to Georgia, she transferred with them and earned her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Georgia College and State University in 2015. She has a background working in radio, with extensive experience in social media and marketing. She is originally from St. Charles, IL, making her very excited to have the suburbs of Chicago as one of her regional territories. In addition to her admissions counselor duties, Tara has taken on responsibilities regarding Holy Cross social media as well as coaching the Holy Cross Dance Team.
Jen Kau joined the Admissions team after completing her Master of Education degree at the University of Virginia. During that time, she interned as an academic advisor at Piedmont Virginia Community College. Prior to graduate school, she attended the University of Notre Dame, graduating in 2015. While at Notre Dame, Jen was involved with the Notre Dame Band Program, which allowed her to get to know students of Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s. Although originally from Virginia, Jen is excited to have returned to Notre Dame, IN, to contribute to the growing institution that is Holy Cross College. Since coming to Holy Cross College, Jen has also taken the position of director of the Holy Cross Pep Band.
With the welcoming of two new counselors, the office has also had to say farewell to a few esteemed colleagues. After four years of work, Joe Gettinger left last summer to take a position across the street at the University of Notre Dame. In the fall, Rick Gonsiorek parted with the office after working for six years at Holy Cross. He is now a manager at a local Catholic radio station in the South Bend area. Most recently, the office has said goodbye to Terron Phillips after having him as an admissions counselor for nearly three years. He began a job in February as an enrollment coordinator for the University of Notre Dame’s EMBA program.
Looking to the future, the prospects for the 2017-2018 academic year look very bright. The Admissions team is experiencing a record-breaking applicant pool, having received nearly 2,000 applications. The office is on track with its enrollment goals and looks forward to continuing these trends.
In addition to receiving its largest number of applicants, the Admissions Office has been busy with many recruiting events. Throughout the year, the office has hosted many campus preview days as well as visit days that are specific to high school students accepted to Holy Cross.
In January, the office invited admitted high school students, specifically from the Michiana area, to visit campus in the evening to mix and mingle with faculty, staff, alumni, and current students. The prospective students were also able to attend the Holy Cross men’s basketball game that evening. The event was very successful and gave prospective students a great look at the both the academic and social experiences that Holy Cross College offers.
Admissions also hosted an academic programming day for admitted students on February 20, during which students gathered by intended area of study in order to learn more about the major and department they are interested in. Around 40 students and their families attended this event.
The Admissions team is also collaborating with other academic services offices to coordinate Saints Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR). This is a one-day orientation session for new students that will take place in June. During SOAR, students will learn about campus resources, meet other new students, faculty, and staff, and register for fall classes.
The Admissions Office is very excited about both the recent and approaching events. With the continued support of Holy Cross faculty, staff, alumni, and students, the team expects a remarkable incoming freshman class, Holy Cross College Class of 2021!
IRA charitable rollovers are a tax saving way you can help Holy Cross College.
In December 2015, President Obama signed into law the IRA Charitable Rollover, which allows you to make a tax-free gift to us from your IRA. Under the recently re-instated law, you may move up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to Holy Cross College without having to pay income taxes on the money.
The IRA rollover offers Americans 70 ½ years or older the opportunity to give back to nonprofit causes they support, like Holy Cross College.
Some taxpayers who meet the criteria for making direct charitable distributions from the IRAs may realize a tax benefit by making a contribution before the end of the year.
Transfers must be made by December 31, 2016 to be counted for 2016. Please contact your IRA administrator to make a qualifying transfer. As always, we recommend you discuss any gift with your tax or financial advisor.
If you have not taken your required minimum distribution for the year, your IRA charitable rollover gift can satisfy all or part of that requirement.
The transfer made be made in addition to any other charitable giving you have planned.
Your total IRA gifts to charity can be up to $100,000 per individual taxpayer.
You must make the donation directly from your IRA custodian to a qualified charity, like Holy Cross College.
Your gift is transferred directly to Holy Cross College; since you do not receive the funds, they are not included in your gross income. No income-tax deduction is allowed for the transfer.
The provision applies only to IRAs and Roth IRAs.
Since the IRA funds are not being taxed, it is the equivalent of a full income tax deduction, which is especially valuable for non-itemizers.
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The Holy Cross men’s soccer team received the prestigious TOPSoccer Program of the Year. TOPSoccer is a community-based training and team placement program for athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any players, age 8 and older, who have a mental or physical disability.
TOPSoccer was formed to perpetuate the Indiana Soccer & US Youth Soccer mission statement which is, in part, “to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of America’s youth through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition.” There are thousands of children with disabilities who need, and can be provided with, the opportunity to play soccer through the TOPSoccer program.
The Saints men’s soccer team was awarded the Program of the Year award after another successful year of helping out the training program. This program has allowed our Saints to help participants achieve confidence both on and off the field. Senior captain Brian Aldrich has been involved in the program throughout his years in a Saints uniform and was also nominated as Buddy of the Year. Not only have the lives of the participants of the TOPSoccer program been changed, but so have those of the Holy Cross soccer team. “This has been one of the best experience of my life, and something I will cherish forever,” Aldrich said. “I looked forward to seeing the kids every week and teaching them new skills and watching them grow more confident in their abilities on the soccer field. I’d like to thank the soccer program for allowing us the opportunity to work with TOPSoccer and hope they continue this partnership for years to come.”
Not only were the Saints honored for their service, but head coach Omar Gallo was named Indiana Soccer Director of the Year for his work with Michiana Echo Soccer Club. In Gallo’s 4+ years with Echo, the club has nearly doubled its size. Gallo has implemented mental training, nutritional training, and consistent goalkeeping training to help the program reach new heights. Michiana Echo and Indiana Soccer have praised Gallo for his ability to connect with each and every member as well as their family to make the club one of the best in the state. Along with his work with TOPSoccer, coach Gallo has developed a program called, “First Skills” which helps young players build a commitment to their individual development, make soccer fun to practice and play, but most importantly to teach good sportsmanship and respect for all.
Saints Show Their Smarts
By Drew Schauss, Sports Information Director
Over the 2015-2016 season, six Holy Cross student athletes were named to All-Conference teams, and 16 were honored for their academic achievements. This represents nearly 25 percent of all Holy Cross student athletes, an astounding feat for the college.
The all-conference team selections are voted on by the CCAC coaches. To be nominated for one of the all-academic teams, a student-athlete must have been enrolled at Holy Cross College for a minimum of one academic year, have completed at least 30 semester hours and boast no less than a 3.25 cumulative grade point average. To be a scholar-athlete, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale and must have achieved junior academic status.
Kaleb Gorbahn, ’19
Men’s Basketball (Honorable Mention)
Madison McCaffrey, ’17
Women’s Basketball (Honorable Mention)
Tagin Schultheis, ’18
Men’s Soccer (First Team)
Lukman Ahmed-Shaibu, ’16
Jonghyun Son, ’16
Men’s Soccer (Second Team)
Brian Aldrich, ’17
Michael Ognar-Pettersson, ‘16
Coley Schultheis, ’16
Michael Ognar-Pettersson, ’16
Coley Schultheis, ’16
Adam Vizar, ’16
BJ Kolcz, ’16
Kylie Day, ’17
Sarah Hartle, ’16
Kendra Luckey, ’16
Saints Serve the Community
By Drew Schauss, Sports Information Director
For Holy Cross College student athletes, serving the community off the court is a vital part of being a Saint. Last year, the men’s soccer team and the men’s basketball team partnered with charities that enhance the lives of children locally and around the world and they will continue these partnerships through the 2016-2017 school year.
Soccer shoots “Goals for Tysen”
For the second straight year the men’s soccer team is partnering with Tysen’s Mission to a Million. For every goal the Saints score this year in the regular season and playoffs, the team will donate $5 to the charity, which goes toward providing special opportunities for children with disabilities or life-threatening medical conditions.
The organization began when Tysen Lefebvre was granted a wish to meet Adam Sandler from Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario in 2012. He is now on a mission to pay it forward and raise $1 million to grant 100 wishes for other children.
Coach Omar Gallo has known Tysen for a few years and last year, after seeing how Tysen is changing lives, wanted to get the team involved. “When I noticed that Tysen had already helped grant over 26 wishes for other children, I immediately knew we had to get involved. I informed the team about it and we came up with the idea of ‘Goals for Tysen.’ For every goal our men’s college team scores this year in the regular season and playoffs, we will donate $5.”
Tysen was thrilled when he found out that the Saints men’s soccer team would be joining his cause last year. “I’m so happy Omar started this challenge with his team,” says Lefebvre. “It’s fantastic that they are helping me on my mission, and encouraging others to do the same. I am honored to be associated with them and I am looking forward to cheering them on this season. GO Saints!”
The Saints scored 42 goals last season, but this year are hoping to greatly surpass that. “As a team, our goal is to make one child’s wish on Tysen’s list come true,” explains Gallo. “This experience will continue to teach our players about life and understand the importance of giving back.” With a strong returning core and senior leadership, the Saints anticipate a productive and successful season.
Basketball team grows by two
This spring was a special time for two young men and the Holy Cross men’s basketball program. The Saints, with the help of the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, made two boys’ shared dream come true.
On April 13, 2016, eleven-year-old Khalon Manson Howard from Mishawaka and his brother Jaycob Michael Beal signed their letters of intent to become part of the Holy Cross basketball team. As part of their signing day, Khalon’s favorite local basketball player, Demetrius Jackson, surprised him via FaceTime to congratulate him on becoming a Saint. Khalon is battling leukemia and regularly receiving treatments in Indianapolis. He is a sports fanatic who loves basketball and is a member of the local Midwest Basketball Academy program. Jaycob is Khalon’s 9-year-old brother. He also loves sports, and has been by his brother’s side throughout his brother’s illness, giving up basketball travel in order to do so.
Both the boys and their family will be immersed in the men’s basketball program and now attending as many workouts, practices, and games as possible. The boys spent time after their signing getting to know their new teammates and getting some shots up. Khalon and Jaycob impressed the crowd with their ball handling and shooting skills. Both boys will be invited to join the Saints on the bench during the 2016-2017 men’s basketball season.
The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation began in 2005 when Jaclyn Murphy was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma, a malignant brain tumor. Her wish was to help every sick child find a team to show them love, support and friendship. The mission of Friends of Jaclyn is to improve the quality of life for children and their families battling pediatric brain tumors and other childhood cancers while spreading awareness.
Holy Cross College alumni and parents have been busy the last few months celebrating our 50th Anniversary in style. In the next few months, Alumni and Parent Programs has a host of exciting events for local and regional alumni, parents, students, and friends of Holy Cross College. Check your mail, email, and Facebook for invitations and announcements from Alumni and Parent Programs.
Chicago-Michiana Alumni/Parents Bulls Game
Join local Holy Cross alumni for a Chicago Bulls game at the United Center and pre-game mixer at the Ogden! Tickets are $40. Please RSVP to JudeAnne Hastings, director of Alumni and Parents Programs, at 574-239-8372 or by email.
Holy Cross College Homecoming
Lots of fun events are being planned for Homecoming in the spring. Keep checking the Homecoming website for more details.
Chicago-Michiana Regional Dinners
Chicago area alumni are invited to dinner in the city and in the suburbs! Details forthcoming.
Minneapolis Alumni/Parents Dinner
Minneapolis area alumni are invited to dinner! Details forthcoming.
Commencement Weekend Alumni/Parents/Student Champagne Brunch
Join us Friday morning for the traditional brunch with students, parents, and alumni.
Through The Eyes of Faith Gala
Our biannual gala supporting Global Perspectives trips to missions around the world.
The House that Built Me
By Kate Palmer, ’07
My return visit to Holy Cross College was long overdue. After graduating with a BA in 2007, I stayed on to work for the college for two years as the community relations specialist. But I moved back to the east coast in 2009 and have not returned to campus since then. I never intended to stay away for so long and, after visiting the college this fall, I cannot believe I did.
As I drove onto campus, my stomach filled with butterflies. So much had changed! There were new buildings and dorms; I was amazed to see how much Holy Cross has grown. The comforting familiarity of my former college washed over me as I walked in and headed towards the admissions office. The first person I ran into was Sherry Raven, also the first person I met at Holy Cross 13 years ago. It seemed a fitting reception for my return.
I had lunch in the dining hall with Jodie Badman, President Br. John Paige’s assistant, and Sherry, both of whom I grew close to while working for the college. Our time together shaped me into the adult I am today. Outside the classroom education I received, they were the ones who molded my work ethic, taught me to work hard, pay attention to detail, and to do it with a smile. I attribute the success I have achieved in my career to the foundation Jodie and Sherry helped to build.
After lunch I caught up with Adam DeBeck, associate director of admissions. Adam and I started working for the college at the same time and became fast friends. He gave me a VIP tour and we talked about personnel changes and campus additions. The quad alone was by far the biggest change. It is amazing how some grass makes the campus feel so much bigger!
As we stood on the quad and talked, I looked around at the current students basking in the sun, walking to and from class, and playing Frisbee. It was interesting to see the majority of the students in HCC-branded T-shirts, sweatshirts, and sports uniforms. When I was an undergrad, the college had just implemented four-year degree programs. Most students identified with the colleges they intended to transfer to, and very few students ever sported an HCC t-shirt or hoodie. As a member of one of the first baccalaureate classes, I was overjoyed to see a student body that takes pride in Holy Cross.
I was also fortunate enough to get in touch with Br. Richard Gilman, former Holy Cross president. Br. Richard and I became close during my global perspectives trip to Ghana in 2006. He provided me support during my time as an employee and I was over the moon to see him. We talked in great length about the major strides the college has taken in the past 10 years, and some of the programs that were put into place during his time as president, which are now flourishing.
The people I knew at Holy Cross significantly impacted my life and helped make me the person I am today. For all of the changes the college has undergone in the past 10 years, the people who run it remain some of the most supportive, honest and wonderful people I have ever met. Despite its changing landscape, Holy Cross College still feels like home.
Tomorrow's Tuition at Today's Prices
Holy Cross College has joined The University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College as a member of the Private College 529 Plan, a pre-paid tuition plan that allows participating families to lock in current tuition rates for future use.
Holy Cross is one of 12 colleges and universities in Indiana, and 282 institutions nationwide, to participate in the Private College 529 Plan. As a member, Holy Cross will honor tuition certificates purchased at today’s tuition rates for up to 30 years, giving purchasers the opportunity to save thousands of dollars in future tuition bills.
“We are happy to join with our tri-campus neighbors at Notre Dame, Indiana, in this consortium of institutions to offer such a valuable opportunity for families,” said Brother John Paige CSC, president of Holy Cross College. “Holy Cross is already celebrated as a great value in Catholic higher education, and we’re pleased to have the chance to do even more to make our college as affordable as possible for students and their families.”
The diverse range of member schools that comprise Private College 529 Plan includes research universities, liberal arts colleges, religious schools, science and technology institutions and more. Funds in the Plan can be used only for tuition and mandatory fees at member institutions, so it can work alongside any traditional 529 savings accounts that can be used to pay room and board, books and other higher-education expenses. If the student does not attend a member school, funds in the plan can be rolled over to another 529 plan or the beneficiary can be changed.
“Holy Cross College is a most welcome new member of Private College 529,” Nancy Farmer, president of the Plan, said. “Holy Cross adds to the range of options for Private College 529 families to find a school that makes quality, private higher education more affordable.”
About Private College 529 Plan
Owned and operated by more than 280 leading private colleges and universities, Private College 529 Plan was created by authorization of the U.S. Congress for colleges and their consortia to help families plan for college and increase the affordability and accessibility of higher education. Private College 529 Plan enables families to save on the future cost by prepaying tuition at member institutions protecting their saving from tuition inflation and market volatility.
The educational mix of private institutions participating in Private College 529 Plan provides families with a wide range of college choices. As opposed to other state-specific congressionally authorized plans, Private College 529 Plan has a national scope, with participating private colleges across the United States. It also differs in that its member institutions bear all of the financial risk and pay all of the fees.
Private College 529 Plan is working for over 6,000 families with more than $310 million under management. For more information, visit https://www.privatecollege529.com .
Purchasers should carefully consider the risks associated with purchases and refunds of Tuition Certificates. The Disclosure Statement contains this and other information about the Plan, and may be obtained by visiting privatecollege529.com or calling 1.888.718.7878. Purchasers should read these documents carefully before purchasing a Tuition Certificate.
Private College 529 Plan is established and maintained by Tuition Plan Consortium, LLC. OFI Private Investments Inc., a subsidiary of OppenheimerFunds, Inc., is the program manager. Participation in the Plan does not guarantee admission to any college or university, nor does it affect the admissions process. Tuition Certificates are not insured or guaranteed by the FDIC, TPC, any governmental agency or OFI Private Investments Inc. or its affiliates.
Holy Cross welcomes new Alumni Director
Holy Cross College is pleased to announce that it has appointed JudeAnne Hastings as its new director for alumni and parent programs. Hastings brings 15 years of experience in higher education advancement to the college. Most recently, she was the director of development for St. Thomas Aquinas—The Catholic Center at Purdue in West Lafayette.
Holy Cross plans to expand its alumni and parent programs, and Hastings will be a key leader in that effort. “We are blessed to have found someone with so much experience and dedication to the Holy Cross mission who will help the parents and alumni we value so highly develop even deeper and more meaningful connections with the college,” said Br. John Paige, C.S.C., president of Holy Cross College. Hastings’ duties will include developing partnerships with local and regional alumni organizations, establishing a parents council, and planning many of the college’s upcoming 50th anniversary celebration events. In addition, Hastings will oversee the Alumni Advisory Board, chaired by Timothy DeGeeter, ’89, mayor of Parma, OH.
Hastings is familiar with South Bend and the Holy Cross family. She is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College, and was director for the Saint Mary’s College annual fund for many years. She also received a Master’s of Public Affairs in non-profit management from Indiana University South Bend. Hastings is excited to be coming back to South Bend to join the Holy Cross College advancement team. “It is a privilege to be at Holy Cross College and to be part of an institution that provides a liberal arts education within a Catholic context,” says Hastings. “I am excited to reengage both our alumni and parents with the college and work with our current students to create an even stronger alumni network.”
Outside of work, Hastings has been an active volunteer, serving on the alumnae board for Saint Mary’s, working with United Way of Elkhart County as a grant reader and serving on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Lafayette/West Lafayette.
Ann Baldinger started her career in the communications department at Holy Cross in 1993 as a replacement for a professor who had passed away. She initially taught public speaking and interpersonal communications classes, but since then, Baldinger has been an integral part of the Holy Cross College community. She has served as chair of the communications department and head of her academic division. More importantly, she has become a valued professor, co-worker, and friend.
Over the last 23 years, Baldinger has weathered many changes at Holy Cross College and in the field of communications. In 1993, faculty, staff, and students were only just beginning to use computers. Most of them still did their work on a typewriter. The bookstore wasn’t a store at all. In fact, it was merely a room in Driscoll Hall with a small window to the hallway. Long before Holy Cross had the Pfeil Center, the O’Connor Commons, or even residential housing, the faculty used two trailers on the southwest side of Vincent Hall as offices and classrooms. One of Baldinger’s early forays into change at Holy Cross College was helping to update Vincent Hall by serving on the committee that decided to add faculty offices and a student center (commonly known as “The Max”) to the building.
Another change has been to the field of communications itself. There is a growing range of communications jobs graduates can find, thanks to changes in technology. For her part, Baldinger has tried to adapt with the times by making her classes more practical for students, giving them versatility for their careers. It’s been a rewarding process. “I like being seeing students grow and gain confidence in their ability,” she says. “Having a front-row seat to the progress students make is just a gift in itself.”
But in other ways, Baldinger has resisted change. When she first came to Holy Cross College, there was an open door policy, meaning faculty could not be in their offices without their doors open so that students can have access to them, a policy Baldinger still tries to follow. “I’ve stayed as long as I have because Holy Cross has always been a place where the students come first.” Thanks to her commitment to an open door policy, Baldinger is still one of the most accessible professors at Holy Cross.
Another thing that hasn’t changed is that she still loves her job. She jokes that she’s just “an old lady who loves teaching,” but more seriously, she adds, “I don’t see waking up and coming to Holy Cross as a job. I sees it more as a fun, family environment, where I can do what I love.”
That love is evident to her friends, coworkers, and students, who know Baldinger as an outgoing, lively, and uplifting person. She has cared for her students and community for more than two decades and God-willing, will continue to do so even longer.
The Great Intersectionality of Julie Kipp’s Life
By Eryn Ray, ’18 Julie Kipp, Ph.D., is a new addition to the English program at Holy Cross College this year. A published author, she teaches British Literature II and Composition I at the college. She also directs the writing program for the Westville Education Initiative (WEI), an academic collaboration between Holy Cross and the University of Notre Dame which offers college-level courses at the state-operated prison for adult males in Westville, Indiana. And in between all of that, Dr. Kipp is also working on her second book. I count myself lucky that she was able to carve out time for me to interview her about the future of the English programs at Holy Cross and WEI.
Full of energy, Dr. Kipp arrives at the writing center early for our interview. She pops her head around the partition which divides the writing center from the faculty hall and encourages me to take my time, and she will be waiting for me in The Max, immersed in stimulating conversation with one of her students. I have no doubt of this, as every time I’ve encountered Dr. Kipp, the conversation has been anything but dull!
Even before this interview, I already knew that Dr. Kipp was a passionate woman with many causes: social justice, language, feminism, motherhood… just to name a few. She was a determined advocate for feminism when she began her undergraduate program at the University of Notre Dame 1979. With a ratio of six men to every woman on campus at the time, she had to be! Dr. Kipp gushes that she “got to be part of a cohort of women that went on to do amazing things.” As I see it, she is no exception to this claim.
When it’s time to talk, I find a quiet corner of the room, and Dr. Kipp jumps up to stride toward me, never going anywhere slowly. She quickly navigates the tables before sinking into the couch across from me. We both breathe a sigh of relief and make easy conversation. I can’t help but be compelled by her unfailingly curious eyes framed behind bright-green glasses.
Dr. Kipp passes me a copy of her first book, Romanticism, Maternity, and the Body Politic, which examines Romantic writers’ treatments of motherhood. I notice an inscription inside the front cover of Dr. Kipp’s copy and read it aloud:
For Mom and Dad,
With love and gratitude.
“Don’t move the marker,” Dr. Kipp requests, referring to the checking deposit slip between pages 16 and 17. “It’s as far as my dad got before he passed away – it just cracks me up to remember!” Then, Dr. Kipp directs me to the dedication page, where the names of her five children are listed. In this moment, guided by her expressive blend of a daughter’s love and a mother’s pride, I am moved by the close relationships that clearly permeate generations of Dr. Kipp’s family.
We also discuss her upcoming book, Ireland and the Romantic Atlantic Archipelago: Cosmopolitan Romanticism in the British Peripheries. In it, Dr. Kipp is exploring what happens when scholars view British Romanticism from a foreign nation’s perspective, decentralizing England as the sole driving force. This is a new and developing field of Irish and Scottish studies, and Dr. Kipp is only too eager to jump in a little ahead of the curve. It’s a very personal topic for her, and she finds herself closely relating to the literary explorations found within her book’s pages. “There are these intersecting conversations, and ‘intersectionality’ is the way I think as a feminist scholar,” Dr. Kipp explains. “I’m a woman, I’m also aging, I’m also white, I’m also educated, I’m middle class, I’m an English speaker… all of [these] things are happening at once and [my] positioning, in terms of privilege and power, can happen on just as many planes.” This method of non-linear, intersectional thinking has been taking shape in feminine literature for almost a century. It’s a complicated topic, but Dr. Kipp chooses to acknowledge the complexity and embrace it, something she encourages her students to do as well.
On that note, our conversation shifts toward her work with the WEI students. The Holy Cross and Notre Dame faculty work to recreate college classroom experiences for the incarcerated students. Dr. Kipp’s eyes light up as she talks about WEI. “The students have incredible stories,” she exclaims. “They’re just waiting to tell them.” She leans forward intently. “There’s almost nothing different—except for our access to research—about my teaching in terms of what I’m bringing to the experience.” Though, she acknowledges, going to Westville has been a particularly interesting challenge because “a lot of the things that have been strengths in my teaching are things that I have to negotiate more carefully [when I’m there].”
One of the primary differences is the matter of her students’ safety. Dr. Kipp believes in empowering her students. She sees the classroom as a safe space, but also a space where students need to be raising challenges, taking risks, and getting out of their comfort zone. “We don’t learn as much when we keep it safe,” she says, and I agree. However, her students at Westville often remind her that they are in constant danger, so she often has to pull back, reminding herself that she is not in a safe classroom in the same way. “There may be different kinds of consequences for some of the challenges I pose for them.”
WEI is a project and experience Dr. Kipp has described as inspirational and challenging. It makes her better at negotiating on her feet. It also renews her passion for social justice as she encounters structural and personal cruelty upon every visit to Westville, whether in the arguably excessive sentencing for non-violent crimes or the conditioning language used to convince “offenders” that they are without value “I’m staggered every day by some detail about the reality of my students and the life that they’re enduring,” Dr. Kipp reflects. “It has nothing to do with justice – nothing. Justice is not present anywhere in that system… except maybe what justice we’re trying to bring in.” In the end, she says, “[WEI is] not about us going out and saving anybody. I feel like I’m the one being saved.”
Not Just an Advisor, But a Friend
By Alexis Petersen, ’18
Brian Howard, dean of Academic Support Services, is a soft-spoken man, but when he greets me in his office, his face lights up with quiet exaltation – one of those smiles that doesn’t quite make it past the lips but completely fills his eyes. I’ve known him for almost five years, and during that time, I’ve come to his office for a variety of things: advising, advice, conversation. He’s never averse to an unplanned visit, nor is he, in my experience, averse to a surprise batch of chocolate chip cookies. Beyond that, however, I know my camaraderie with Mr. Howard belies his dedication to something more than our weekday afternoon chats.
He found Holy Cross on a fishing trip. Or rather, it found him.
It was 2005, and he and his wife, Melissa, had thought about moving to South Bend. His family was from Illinois, hers from Michigan, and they decided the city was a good midpoint between the two families. For the previous seven years, he had worked at Southern Illinois University as an advisor, which bolstered his experience in making time for students on an individual basis. His struggles growing up and being the first person in his family to attend college emphasized the importance of compassion to him, and so being able to help students who went through various struggles while pursuing an education allowed him to draw from his own experience and be the person he’d needed in his college years.
Holy Cross College was the first private school he applied for in South Bend. The phone call came while he was still on the boat – still reeling in his catch, as he tells it, his eyes smiling with the memory. Two weeks later, he was on the job and hit the ground running. The advising department at Holy Cross, before his influence, was not the same, fruitful environment which it is now reputed to be. Hoping to align the department’s reputation with the Catholic ethics he’d practiced all his life, and utilizing his years’ worth of education on student development theories, he spearheaded the introduction of a new advising model that emphasizes attention to the individual student. He supports every advisor on campus, and he created the method of online registration that streamlined the process for students and advisors. He also taught the first interdisciplinary studies (IDST) course, a historical and philosophical survey of liberal arts and Holy Cross College designed to improve freshman retention. Combined with his approach to advising, freshman retention increased from 32% to 72% – making it higher than the national average.
His future endeavors for the school involve further admission and advising first-generation college students. His hope is that all disadvantaged students will have the opportunity to experience a transformative education at Holy Cross, and to promote the mission of the college to serve God by serving others.
Some people paint in broad brushstrokes; Mr. Howard fills in the details. He was the first person I encountered at Holy Cross. Without him, the bigger picture would have had no definition. I don’t doubt this is the experience had by many, if not most of his advisees. You go to Mr. Howard and he helps you plot out your future. In the years that pass, you grasp for a starting point, a logical Chapter One to your story – and you still see him in your mind’s eye sitting at his desk, offering an open chair and an open heart (and a list of the most recent requirements for your major). So indelible is his presence, students he has not seen nor advised for years still contact him. He is humble enough to count those among his blessings, but to me, they provide irrefutable proof of the kind of man he is, and the impact he’s left so far – on them, and on me.
Going into his office, I know I can confide in him because he isn’t just my advisor. He’s my friend.
January 19, MLK Day of Celebration
Afternoon classes were canceled so that students could attend the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration. A series of four rotating sessions went from 3:30-5:30 p.m., and a keynote address began at 7 p.m. Nearly 180 faculty, staff, and students attended the events, which started with an introduction and blessing from Br. John Paige, president of Holy Cross College.
In the rotating sessions, Dr. G. David Moss, director of the African American Student and Parent Services department for the South Bend Community School Corporation, spoke about the American prison system and the harm it inflicts on poor people and minorities. He spent a little while talking, including sharing shocking statistics about the prison industry, but then spent most of his time engaging his listeners by asking what solutions they could think of.
George Garner, curator at the South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Museum, gave students an inside look at the history of the South Bend Natatorium. Mr. Garner opened helped students realize that segregation did not just affect distant communities across the United States, but also affected individuals in the local South Bend community
Kelly Jordan, Ph.D., vice president for student affairs and dean of students, shared the background and detail behind King’s most famous speech: I Have a Dream. Many students were surprised to learn that the words “I have a dream” had been used in other speeches before, and weren’t in the written text of King’s speech.
Juan Constantino, ’16, who works at La Casa de Amistad in South Bend, shared his emotional story of his life as an undocumented immigrant in this country. Several of the listeners were brought to tears at his impassioned description of the difficulty and uncertainty of education, work, and safety as an undocumented immigrant. Constantino also shared what the South Bend organizations and government are doing to make undocumented immigrants feel welcome in the community.
Dr. G. David Moss also gave the keynote speech. He spoke about how deeply education matters to combat racism in our community. Dr. Moss talked about the importance of mentoring youth and ensuring that they are given the necessary tools to succeed academically and throughout their lives. He ended his talk with a challenge to Holy Cross students to not just discuss problems, but to go out and make a difference in their community.
January 24, Library Provides Flipster Magazines
Flipster is a free digital magazine service provided courtesy of the McKenna Library. Click on the Flipster link on the McKenna Library Resources page to access a site where you can browse among the magazines offered to you by the library. You can then click to view Newsweek (en Español, tambien), Oprah, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, or Time within your browser. This means you can access Flipster from any computer, laptop, or mobile device, as long as you are connected to the Internet. It’s like having your own, personal subscription!
January 25, Jazzman’s Sandwiches Get Faster
Jazzman’s installed a new turbo oven to make mealtimes faster and easier for students on the go and between classes.
February 2, Race, Class, and Justice Discussion
Holy Cross College hosted the local breakfast series “Food for Thought” with a discussion on Race, Class, and Justice. Local academics and organizations came together to discuss a range of topics such as School to Prison Pipeline, Access to Health Care, Sanctuary Cities/Campuses, Police Accountability, Wages and Income, Mass Incarceration and more.
February 3, Play for Jake Donates AED
Dan Bigg and the Play for Jake Foundation donated an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the Holy Cross College faculty area. Play for Jake is an organization dedicated to educating parents and students about the dangers of undetected heart conditions and preventing sudden cardiac arrest in young people.
February 8, Lynn Coleman: Leading Through Service
Community organizer Lynn Coleman spoke to students at the monthly Practical Lessons in Success speaker series. Coleman is a former South Bend Police Officer, assistant to former South Bend Mayor, Steve Luecke, as well as a current Violent Injury Community Liaison with Beacon Health Services. He spoke about leadership through service and how that idea can transform people and communities.
February 15, Basketball Seniors Honored
The men’s basketball team honored three seniors: O’Brien Hobbs, Madison McCaffrey, and Brian Aldrich. The women’s team honored Shana Anderson for her four years of work on and off the basketball court. Since the night ended in wins for the both of the Saints basketball teams, it was a great sendoff for these four exceptional student athletes.
February 16, Students Thank Donors
Students, faculty, and staff wrote notes to thank donors for their help in making a Holy Cross education possible. Over 150 thank you notes were written, and pictures taken, in appreciation of the generous donors who make up the tuition gap every year.
February 16, Br. John Talks to COMPASS Group
Br. John Paige, president of Holy Cross College, was the guest speaker for a COMPASS workshop. He shared his experience in his journey in life of teaching, why he became a brother rather than a priest, and where it took him along the way. He lastly shared how he finally was able to pursue his passion of working in Africa after he had served his calling as a Brother in DC, Rome and all around the globe. Students were particularly interested in his insight on learning new skills all along your journey of discovery, being willing to learn from others and “being still” to hear what your internal gut feeling is saying.
February 17-18, Parents Enjoy Visiting HCC
XX families attended the first Holy Cross Parents’ Weekend open to all parents. The weekend was full of fun events including an international food dinner, bounce houses for all ages, carriage rides, and a talk from Br. John Paige, president of the college.
February 20-23, Lit Fest Success
Holy Cross hosted its first Literary Festival in February. The week started with a faculty poetry and essay reading on Monday by Professors Melanie Page, Joshua Hamilton, Ph.D., and Br. George Klawitter, CSC. On Tuesday, Steve Carlsen, an Army combat veteran, read from his recent book written from the perspective of an Iraqi soldier. The Hammes Bookstore on the University of Notre Dame campus hosted author Michael Collins, Ph.D. Dr. Collins, who also teaches in the English department at Holy Cross College, read selections from his most recent novel and work produced under his direction by students from the Westville Education Initiative (WEI). An Irish immigrant, Dr. Collins is the author of ten works of fiction translated into 22 languages. His novel The Keepers of Truth was a finalist for The Man Booker Prize. The final event on Thursday was a student open mic night, where students read their own original work, as well as presented writing from WEI students. The week was a great success, with each event full of students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
Compiled by Victoria Netkovick, ’19 Dig for the Cure
At this year’s Dig for the Cure event on October 5, volleyball didn’t just bring fun to campus – it also allowed students to donate to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Each 6-member team that registered to participate paid 10 dollars as an entrance fee, which was then donated to the National Breast Cancer foundation. Spectators enjoyed the music, bonfire, and food. Many teams competed, but only one was left standing at the end. After a hard-fought battle, the team standing at the end was comprised of Megan Santos, Kacey Hudson, Daniel Laskowski, Santiago Migliaro, Jacob Riley. DES Induction
At the annual Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society Induction on October 5, eligible students were inducted into the DES national honor society for students, faculty, and alumni of colleges and universities with a Catholic tradition. Inductees of Holy Cross College’s Epsilon Delta Chapter are required to have completed at least one half of the credit requirements for their bachelor’s degree and rank in the top twenty percent of their class in scholarship. Each year a faculty member speaks at the event, and is then also inducted into the society. This year it was Cosette Fox, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, who spoke about how psychology can help students succeed.
The 2016 student inductees were: Kaylee Ables, Herbert Borek, Colin Crawford, Kylie Day, Mary Freeby, Brandon Harris, Leon Kyles, Marco Medina, Veronica Ramirez, Jacob Schudt, Tagin Schultheis, Jacqueline Tarzian and George Sutherland. Fall Fest
Once fall break ended, the countdown began: seven days until Halloween. From October 24-28, the Holy Cross Student Government Association welcomed back students from fall break with a week full of Halloween-themed fun. These events allowed students to bond over their excitement for everyone’s favorite creepy holiday. The highlights of this fun-filled week were the trick-or-treating event Ghosts and Goblins and the HoCro Hoedown.
This year’s Ghosts and Goblins event took place on October 25. Children of all ages dressed up in their Halloween costumes and flocked to the delightfully decorated Holy Cross College campus for some safe trick-or-treating fun. After crafts, games, candy and a costume contest in Jazzman’s Café, the children traveled to North Hall to knock on students’ dorm room doors in hope of obtaining candy. This event was not only fun for the children, but also for Holy Cross students: students decorated their dorms for this event and were encouraged to dress up in their own Halloween costumes. This event never fails to put smiles on the faces of all who attend.
There was also some new events this year. One was Flannels and Fire. Students gathered on the O’Connor Commons to sit around a blazing fire to sing, roast marshmallows and have fun. Later in the week, pumpkin carving stations were set up outside, and local pet rescues brought dogs to campus to visit with students.
HoCro Hoedown was the big finale to top off Fall Fest on October 27. Attendees received a free t-shirt, and indulged in caramel apples, a fall favorite. Many students participated in attempting to eat the powdered donuts hung from the tent without using their hands, to varying levels of success. After the fun and the food, students could cut a rug on the dance floor with their peers. To make this memory last forever, students had the opportunity to have their picture taken with many of the fall themed props provided. The HoCro Hoedown was a fun and memorable way to conclude Fall Fest. ND vs. Miami (FL) Alumni Tailgate
Alumni and Parents Programs brought a return to tradition on October 29 with a Notre Dame Football tailgate. The entire Holy Cross community was invited to the Holy Cross tent to visit friends, catch up on Holy Cross news, and share chicken wings, cookies, and chips. The day was a rousing success, and more than one person was disappointed when the tent finally closed for the game, in which Notre Dame just edged out the Miami Hurricanes, 27-30.
Sophomore Anchor Day
College sophomores find themselves in an awkward stage: they have one year of college under their belt, but are still far from graduation. Each year, the school places aside one day just for Sophomores called Sophomore Anchor Day. According to the mission statement of Anchor Day: “In thinking about the Christian vocation to holiness as an ongoing journey, the Sophomore Anchor Day Experience invites students to engage both the mind and the heart in all matters of discernment.” On November 2-3, around 30 students and 10 team members traveled to Camp Ray Bird for this amazing anchor day. The team was comprised of both junior and senior students, ensuring sophomores benefited from their Anchor Day experience. “The highlight of Anchor Day is that students are really able to engage the mind and the heart, says Andrew Polaniecki, director of Campus Ministry. “Throughout the day, students participated in letter writing, mindful stretching, quiet contemplation, and scripture reflection.” Spes Unica XXXIX Spes Unica is a retreat which occurs once each semester. Director of Campus Ministry Andrew Polaniecki noted, “The purpose of the retreat is to have the opportunity to grow in your relationship with God and to have a chance to get to know other members of the Holy Cross community in a relaxed setting.” The 39th Spes Unica retreat took place over November 11-13. Forty-eight students participated in this weekend long retreat. Polaniecki says “The fellowship aspect of this retreat truly allows students to connect with each other, but also have a lot of fun.”
This next Spes Unica retreat in the spring will mark the 20th anniversary of the event. Thanksgiving Food Baskets
November is often known as the month of giving. Each year, the Holy Cross Social Concerns Committee, along with other student volunteers, use donated food items to create food baskets for families in need. On November 20, five days before Thanksgiving, students from all over campus came together to pack around 75 food baskets, breaking their previous record of 60. After those food baskets were packed they were then delivered to 75 different families throughout the South Bend community. Winter Formal
Held at the Riverside Terrace on December 3, the Winter Formal allowed students to come together with friends before the busy week of finals began. Students enjoyed food and a cash bar, and danced to the great music provided. With snowflakes hung from the ceiling, the dance had a wonderful wintry theme. Though the night is over, students can look forward to another dance in the spring. Las Posadas
On December 5, students and faculty gathered to observe the tradition of Las Posadas, which reenacts the journey of Mary and Joseph to find a place to stay to give birth to Jesus, and is often used to teach children the Christmas story. The group walked around campus singing and asking the dorms to shelter them. After being turned away, they are finally accepted in for refreshments and fellowship. After the posadas procession was completed, a piñata was hung in the atrium to be smashed, raining candy down on all who participated. December Graduation
This year, Holy Cross was pleased to confer degrees on 17 BA graduates and 6 AA graduates at a reception on December 8.
Incoming Saints S.O.A.R. Onto Campus
During the hot days of summer, Saints Orientation, Advising and Registration for incoming freshman (S.O.A.R.) was taking place at Holy Cross College. Five S.O.A.R. sessions took place over the summer, with a total attendance of 210 students. S.O.A.R. gives the new students the opportunity to ask those important questions in preparation for move in day. Students and parents were given information from the financial aid office, residence life, alumni and parent programs, and many other departments. Throughout the day, students were able to meet with their academic advisors and get an idea of their schedule for the fall semester. According to Bill McKenney, Director of Residence Life and Housing and coordinator of S.O.A.R., “These S.O.A.R. days gave the students an opportunity to meet fellow students and get acclimated to the campus. The S.O.A.R. program is the first step in helping the students feel at home Holy Cross.”
High School Students Experience Saints & Scholars
Around 130 high school student from across the country migrated to Holy Cross College to participate in the first annual Saints & Scholars summer theology institute (SSI). Each morning these students attended classes that combined theological ideas with global concerns such as public health, media, human rights, and sustainability. In the afternoons, the students left campus for community-based learning, which allowed them to apply their classroom knowledge and learn by experience. This program truly incorporates Holy Cross College’s educational mission established by Blessed Father Basil Moreau, C.S.C. Blessed Father Moreau believed a great education incorporated praying, learning, and healing. Dr. Michael Griffin, director of the program, said one of his highlights from the summer was being able to see these bright high school students gain an interest in Holy Cross, and many were even able to picture themselves perhaps as a student here one day.
Welcome Weekend Finishes With a Bang
Between August 20-22, 184 new students moved in to the residential halls at Holy Cross College. Thanks to the 32 returning students who were part of the fall 2016 Welcome Weekend Crew, the weekend sailed along smoothly. Nearly 600 students, family members, and staff attended the St. André Dinner Saturday evening, August 20, in the Pfeil center, but according to a student survey, the St. Soiree was the highest rated event of the weekend. All students, new and returning, were invited to attend the St. Soiree which capped off the end of Welcome Weekend Monday, August 22. This year, the highlight of the St. Soiree was a special 50th anniversary fireworks show, a dramatic way to mark the beginning of the academic year.
Service Project Cleans Up New Building
On Sunday, August 21, over 75 alumni and students joined together to complete the first ever Alumni/Student Service Project. The service project, cleaning up the outside of the new St. Joseph Arts and Science Building, was a joint effort between the Alumni and Parent Programs Office and the Student Programming Office. Alumni and students gathered trash and pulled weeds in order to beautify outside of the building. “Holy Cross College has a long history of having its students provide service to others,” Director of Alumni and Parent Programs, JudeAnne Wilson Hastings, explains. “We thought during this 50th anniversary year it made sense to bring together alumni and students to give of their time and talent to Holy Cross, and we hope this project will become an annual event.”
Soccer Season Kicks Off
Soccer season at Holy Cross College officially began on August 24. The Holy Cross men’s soccer team took on the Golden Eagles of Cornerstone University. The first minutes of the game looked gloomy for the Saints. The Golden Eagles defense was playing on the top of their game. Until the 35’ mark the score was 0-0. That all changed when Cayetano Donoso, ’20, and Jonathan Boye, ’19, came into the game. Donoso passed the ball to Boye, who scored the Saints first goal of the season giving the Saints a 1-0 lead, a lead they would never give up. With the help of newcomers and teamwork, the Saints men had a great start to the 2016 season.
The Holy Cross women’s soccer team hosted Grace Bible College on August 29. The first half didn’t go as the Saints planned, and they went down 3-0 going into halftime. In the second half, the Saints looked to get back in the game. Brianna Gonzalez, ’19, and Lizzie Medina, ’19, each shot 3 shots on the goal, but unfortunately, the Saints couldn’t come back, and lost this game to Grace Bible College with a score of 3-0. This loss only makes them more determined for their next home game, September 24, against Saint Ambrose University.
Res Life Block Party a Hit
Residence Life welcomed students back to their neighborhood on August 30 with a campus-wide block party. The music playing from the O’Connor Commons drew out around 75 students from their dorms. Ice cream was handed out to all the students that attended, and students could play various lawn games, as well as play with a variety of inflatable toys and castles. Despite the overcast weather, it turned out to be a great way for students to drop their school work for a little while and meet their fellow Saints and hall mates.
Ping Pong Supremacy Fiercely Fought
On September 1, students participated in the first Table Tennis Tournament of fall 2016. Twenty-three students playing varying styles of ping pong registered to battle for the first and second place Chipotle gift card prizes. After two hours of brutal competition, two students emerged victorious and headed to the final championship game. Reigning champion from last year, Parker Zimmerman, sophomore of Basil Hall, went head-to-head against freshman newcomer Grant Murphy of Anselm. The audience was divided: many students found themselves cheering for both Murphy and Zimmerman. The game was tight for a while until Murphy found himself down 18- 13. Despite the odds, Murphy managed to tie the game, but at the end of the day his miraculous comeback wasn’t enough to beat the reigning champion, Zimmerman, who claimed his second championship (and Chipotle gift card) with pride.
Hall Olympics Start New Tradition
Around 70 students participated in the Hall Olympics event on September 3. Each hall was represented by a team of 8 students. These students participated in many events which included 3 on 3 Basketball, sand volleyball, dodgeball, relay races, an inflatable obstacle course, and various water games. After the events were complete, the first place winners were South Hall, followed closely by Basil Hall. The ladies from North Hall rounded off the top three. Megan Gettinger, women’s hall director, shared that the Hall Olympics were more than just a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon. “Participating in these Hall Olympics allowed students to work together in a competitive setting while building campus spirit,” she said. “We can’t wait to see who wins next year!”