New Leaders in College Administration
Along with changes in senior leadership at Holy Cross
, Holy Cross is proud to announce four key leadership positions have been filled.
Bill McKenney, who has served the college as director of Residence Life for the past three years, is now also the dean of students. Bill brings to this role not only his expertise in student life administration, but also a keen sense of the Holy Cross mission. McKenney has been a key collaborator with The University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College to bring Holy Cross students even greater campus experiences and has plans to continue raising standards for student life.
JudeAnne Wilson Hastings, formerly the director of Alumni and Parent Programs is the new director of development. Wilson Hastings will work with Father David Tyson, C.S.C., interim president, and Michael Griffin, Ph.D., senior vice president, on the strategic direction of the college’s fundraising efforts. She will also work on planned giving and major gifts.
Jordan Schank will begin on August 2, 2017 as the director of admissions. Formerly the assistant director of admissions at The University of Notre Dame, Schank brings seven years of experience in undergraduate admissions and a deep understanding of the C.S.C. collegiate environment. “I am thrilled to lead a team of energetic admissions counselors who exhibit a strong passion for all things Holy Cross,” says Schank. “Together, we will enroll the best students for Holy Cross.”
Adam DeBeck is moving from associate director of Admissions to director of Alumni, Parent, and Community Relations. “Adam’s long history at Holy Cross makes him a natural fit for this position,” says Griffin. “He’s so connected to current students, alumni, and the South Bend community, he will be a great leader at the college.” DeBeck will continue to advise Admissions as they transition to their new director.
SOAR Lends Incoming Freshmen a Helping Hand
In June, Holy Cross hosted five sessions of Saints Orientation, Advising, and Registration, known as SOAR. Led by Gwendolyn Higgins, academic advisor, current students at Holy Cross guided incoming freshmen through a day-long introduction to the Holy Cross experience. The student leaders were Caleb McDaniel, ’20, I.C. Young, ’20, Ayari Lopez, ’20, Bashar Saleh, ’20, Max Coduti, ’20, Steven Juzwiak, ’19, Abby Magyar, ’20, and Katie Luczak, ’19.
A truly whole-college event, students who attended SOAR learned more about individual programs at the college, Information Technology, Campus Ministry, Counseling, Student Programming, COMPASS, and so much more. They were also able to sign up for classes.
There will be one more SOAR session in August right before school starts for students who weren’t previously able to attend.
Gateway Program Enters Fifth Year
A Holy Cross College and University of Notre Dame collaboration, the Gateway program offers a group of incoming freshmen selected by Notre Dame the opportunity to enroll at Holy Cross for one year with a guaranteed transfer to Notre Dame upon successful completion of the program. Gateway students attend classes at both institutions and must maintain a 3.5 GPA and good standing at both schools to transfer. Being involved with both campuses gives students a unique and formative college experience.
The Gateway program finished a successful fourth year in 2016-2017. There were 56 students in the class, and all who applied received transfer acceptance to Notre Dame.
This year also saw the program’s first graduates from Notre Dame. All 17 students who transferred to Notre Dame after the inaugural Gateway year graduated last year, many with honors.
Since that first class, the Gateway program has seen growth every year. In 2017-2018, a record 66 Gateway students are planning to attend Holy Cross for their first year of college before transferring to Notre Dame to finish their academic career.
Holy Cross History Association Holds Conference
The Holy Cross History Association held its annual conference June 1-3, 2017, at Holy Cross College.
The conference included a range of subjects in its presentations, including a new app on Sisters of the Holy Cross who served in the American Civil War as nurses, the sculptures of Brother Bernard Klim, and apocalypse symbolism in the basilica at Notre Dame, among many others. Presenters included Tony Oleck, a graduate student from the University of Notre Dame, Hugh O’Donnell, Marsha Stevenson, Notre Dame librarian, Kevin Cawley, Notre Dame archivist, Joseph Tobin from Holy Cross Village, Brother Frank Ellis, and Lisa Loughran.
Participants in the conference also viewed local Holy Cross historical sites at Old College, the Basilica, the Hesburgh Library, the Midwest Archives, Schubert Villa, and Saint Mary’s College, where Sister Esther Black guided attendees around Loretta Chapel and the Sisters’ cemetery.
At the end of the conference, Holy Cross History Association approved the location of next year’s conference at Moreau Seminary and new officers, including a new president, Father James Connolly, C.S.C.
Labor & Leisure Conference Attracts International Attendance
From July 10-11, 2017, Holy Cross College hosted the fifth international, interdisciplinary conference in The Style & Quality of Life in Modern Humanity series. A collaboration between Stalowa Wola Campus, Poland, and Holy Cross College, this year’s conference theme was “Labor & Leisure.”
More than 50 academics from around the world presented their papers and research in disciplines ranging from theology to economics to poetry. Carolyn Yauyan Woo, former president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, gave an inspiring keynote address on Monday. The conference ended with the organizers making plans for Holy Cross faculty and students to attend next year’s conference in Poland and bringing the conference back to Holy Cross in 2019.
Saints & Scholars Completes its Second Year
More than 120 high school students from across the country visited the Holy Cross College campus from July 14-28 for the second annual Saints & Scholars Institute. Divided into two one-week programs, Saints & Scholars is a summer theology program that merges big ideas about the world with deep theological concepts and challenges students to pray with saints, learn with scholars, and heal the world. Many students attended Saints & Scholars after finishing with Notre Dame Vision, creating an even deeper faith experience.
This year, there were six “tracks” of study: medicine, human rights, media, science, sustainability, and business. Mornings were devoted to classroom learning, and afternoons were spent putting discussion into practice. Among many other real-world experiences, students worked on sustainable farms, created radio commercials, visited mission-focused businesses, presented story times for refugee children, and held science and health fairs for children in the local community.
Changes to Campus Dining
On July 31, 2017, Notre Dame Campus Dining began management of the Holy Cross College dining program, including the Siegfried Dining Hall and a re-branded café serving Starbucks coffee and food.
Campus Dining will deliver the high level of quality guests have come to expect at its Notre Dame locations, utilizing locally and sustainably produced foods wherever possible. Assistant Director Marc Poklinkowski and Campus Chef Matt Seitz will be serving updated menus based on current trends created by chefs certified by the American Culinary Federation.
Many of the employees students, faculty, and staff have gotten to know over the years will continue to be a part of Holy Cross Campus Dining, and Campus Dining will continue to hire students on campus.
Cortes Book Announcement
Holy Cross College is proud to announce that Ángel Cortés, Ph.D., chair of the history department, has written a new book on Orestes Brownson, one of the great figures of 19th century American Catholicism. The book, Sectarianism and Orestes Brownson in the American Religious Marketplace (Histories of the Sacred and Secular, 1700-2000), will be available August 8, 2017.
As a professor, Cortés inspires his students with his passion for history. He teaches freshmen in the first year College Seminar, honors U.S. History, and a variety of upper level history classes. Cortés works tirelessly side-by-side with his students in class and on research projects. He is also a frequent organizer of extracurricular academic experiences at the college, including coordinating the college’s annual Constitution Day lecture and leading past global perspectives excursions to Mexico and Peru.
For more information about the book, please visit http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783319518763.