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Holy Cross College is a Catholic, residential, coed, four-year institution of higher learning, offering an applied liberal arts curriculum. It was founded in 1966 and continues to be conducted by the Brothers of Holy Cross a society of lay religious men within the Congregation of Holy Cross (CSC) who take vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience as a way to more creatively and intimately serve the mission of our Savior Jesus Christ, His Body – the Church, and the needs of the world. Brothers of Holy Cross serve through ministries which educate and sensitize persons to the need of the world for justice and peace.

At a Glance

Holy Cross College is a Catholic, co-ed, residential college offering Bachelor of Arts degrees
Location: 150 acre wooded campus in Notre Dame, Indiana
Founded: 1966
Mascot: “Saints”
Undergraduate Enrollment: 500
Student Body: Holy Cross students are a diverse group representing more than 30 states and a dozen countries. Enrollment is approximately 60% male and 40% female. Racial mix varies in any given year but roughly mirrors the US population.
Affiliation: Congregation of Holy Cross (C.S.C.)
Tuition & Fees (2019-2020): $30,900 annual
Room & Board (2019-2020): $11,650 annual
Degree Programs: Holy Cross offers majors and minors in Biology, Business, Communications, Education, English Literature, History, Liberal Studies, Psychology, Theology, and Visual Arts. Also offer minors in Global Perspectives, Leadership and Management, Marketing, Philosophy, Spanish, and Sports Management
Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA): Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Golf, Tennis, and Soccer.
Club Athletics: Cheerleading, Men’s Lacrosse

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Michael McBride appointed as interim director of athletics

Michael McBride appointed as interim director of athletics

Notre Dame, IN, (July 15, 2019)—Michael McBride has been named as the interim director of athletics for Holy Cross College. McBride has been the head men’s basketball coach and assistant athletics director at the College since 2013.

“Mike’s accomplishments as our men’s basketball coach are well known, and he is an equally capable administrator. I am grateful that he has agreed to step into this position,” said Monica Markovich, the College’s vice president for finance.

McBride’s team has made their way to the CCAC conference tournament four of the past five years. Last season, the team advanced to the conference tournament semifinal, their best record in the program’s history, finishing 21-11 overall and 13-6 in conference play.

McBride, of Jeffersonville, Indiana, joined Holy Cross after five seasons as associate head men’s basketball coach at Tusculum College in Greenville, Tennessee. At Tusculum, McBride’s team earned a national ranking, competed in the top of the South Atlantic Conference, and earned the college’s first at-large berth in the NCAA Division II National Tournament.

He served as the associate head coach at Indiana University Southeast. McBride is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, the Tennessee Basketball Coaches Association and the Ohio Basketball Association.


Tom Robbins appointed as head women’s basketball coach

Tom Robbins appointed as head women’s basketball coach

Notre Dame, IN, (July 9, 2019) — Holy Cross College has hired Tom Robbins as head women’s basketball coach and assistant director of athletics. Robbins comes to Holy Cross from Ancilla College, where he led the women’s basketball team from the bottom of the league to become national contenders within four years. Robbins, of Peru, Indiana, worked at Ancilla as the women’s head coach since 2014. Before taking over as women’s coach at Ancilla, Robbins was the assistant men’s basketball coach.

He brings to his new role at Holy Cross more than 17 years of coaching experience.

“Coach Robbins is committed to the student athlete and the mission of the College,” said interim director of athletics and head men’s basketball coach Michael McBride. “His skills and leadership extend well beyond college athletics. His commitment to Catholic higher education and academic excellence make him an ideal coach, one our students can look forward to learning a lot from in the coming seasons.”

Robbins was the 2017-2018 NJCAA Region 12 District G Coach of the Year after his team finished 26-7 overall and advanced to the NJCAA national tournament.

“When I took over the program, Ancilla had won six games in the previous three years. We won more games and went farther in the post season tournament than any other teams in the history of the program,” Robbins said. His record at Ancilla was 74-41.

Robbins has also coached varsity basketball at Wabash High School, where he was named Wabash County Boys Coach of the Year.

Robbins will complete his Master of Science in Sports Management from Indiana State University in August. He and his wife, Trisha, are the parents of two, son Braxten and daughter Addison.

Holy Cross College hires eight full-time faculty for coming academic year

Holy Cross College hires eight full-time faculty for coming academic year

Notre Dame, IN, (July 3, 2019)—Holy Cross College has hired eight full-time faculty members in five departments for the coming academic year.

“It is with genuine pleasure that we welcome these colleagues, some new and some familiar faces as full-time faculty members,” said David Lutz, Holy Cross College’s Dean of Faculty. “They bring to their new roles academic excellence and devotion to Catholic, liberal arts education. Each of them will be a tremendous asset to our students and the Holy Cross College community.”

Assistant Professor and Chair of the Creative Arts Department Angelo Ray Martínez will begin his role as a tenure-track faculty member after the College conducted a nationwide search. Martínez began teaching at Holy Cross College in the spring of 2017. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Martínez has also instructed art courses for Indiana University South Bend and Illinois State University. A portion of his ongoing series of paintings, “Quest of the Steelhead,” was featured at the Sandusky Cultural Center in an exhibition titled “You are Standing on a Prehistoric Ocean.” Professor Martínez curates the Saint Joseph Gallery on campus, rotating current works by the College’s students, faculty, and other guest artists.

The Department of English has brought on two full-time faculty members. New to the College is Anthony Monta, who has worked for the Nanovic Institute for European Studies in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, serving as assistant director from 2007 to 2011 and as the associate director thereafter. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees in English literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before moving to the Midwest, he taught English literature and composition at Louisiana State University. He also worked in the Division of Academic Affairs for the State of Louisiana Board of Regents.

Christopher R.J. Scheirer earned a master’s and doctoral degree from the University of Notre Dame, both in Medieval studies. Before moving to Indiana, he earned a master of arts in English from North Carolina State University.

Two new full-time faculty members have joined the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Deborah C. Arango received her master’s degree from Emory University and her doctoral degree from Utah State University. She has taught at Lenoir-Rhyne University; the University of Maryland University College, European Division; International College Beijing—University of Colorado Denver; the U.S. Air Force Academy; and Regis University. She received a fellowship and was a member of the Eric Roberts Initiative in Computer Science Education at Stanford University in 2016.

Dennis Vanderberg, who has taught mathematics at Holy Cross College for the past four years as an adjunct instructor, holds two master’s degrees—one in systems technology from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and another in applied mathematics from Indiana University. Vandenberg served previously as a cryptologic naval officer and has taught finite mathematics, statistics, calculus and algebra at Indiana University South Bend, Saint Mary’s College, Purdue Polytechnic South Bend, and Southwestern Michigan College.

Zhutian Zhang will join the Department of Natural Sciences. She received her Master of Science in chemistry from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where she is a Ph.D. candidate in computational and organic chemistry. She has been an adjunct instructor at Holy Cross since 2017.

Holy Cross is pleased to have Joshua A. Mason join the Natural Sciences Department. He recently concluded his service as a postdoctoral research assistant at Saint Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. He has also taught at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. Mason holds a doctorate degree in biology from the University of Notre Dame.

Annette Romans will serve as a full-time instructor of elementary education. Romans earned her Master of Education through the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame and completed her ENL certification at Holy Cross College. She has worked for the past seven years at St. Adalbert Catholic School as a resource and ENL teacher. She has served as an adjunct instructor at Holy Cross, teaching the Language Acquisition course, and is a two-time recipient of the Light of Learning Award from the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. She received the Maureen T. Hallinan Award for Excellence in Catholic Education from the University of Notre Dame.

Holy Cross College to Host College Theology Society Annual Convention

Holy Cross College to Host College Theology Society Annual Convention

Notre Dame, IN (May 13, 2019)—Holy Cross College will host more than 200 participants at the College Theology Society’s 65th annual convention from Thursday, May 30 to Sunday, June 2. The theme of the convention is “’All the Ends of the Earth’: Challenge and Celebration of Global Catholicism.”

The event is co-chaired by Jane Linahan of Madonna University, Michigan, and Cyril Orji of University of Dayton, Ohio. This year’s convention is in conjunction with The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, (NABPR). Theologians representing 27 states and six different countries will present more than 80 papers during the convention’s 50 sessions, discussing topics ranging from systematic theology and ethics to arts, media, and religion.

“Holy Cross is honored to be hosting this extraordinary group of scholars and theologians from all over the world,” said Michael Griffin, Ph.D, senior vice president of the College. “The dialogue and fellowship brought forth each year by this convention is essential to the mission of Catholic higher education. The CTS’s convention has always served as a powerful reminder of why we must continue to come together to ask questions in order to provide the best in theological education.”

Founded in 1954, the College Theology Society is a Roman Catholic organization of lay and religious teachers of undergraduate theology.  CTS has a membership of over 900 college and university professors throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Past hosts include Rockhurst University, Salve Regina University, and Saint Catherine University.

Lecture and Reception to Honor MCI Selected Works

Lecture and Reception to Honor MCI Selected Works

Notre Dame, IN (May 9, 2019)—Alesha D. Seroczynski, Ph.D., Director of Operations for the Moreau College Initiative will deliver a lecture to the community on Monday, May 13th at 6pm at the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture. Together with Notre Dame and MCI faculty member Ellen G. Kyes, J.D., Seroczynski will discuss the exhibit “Reframing Incarceration:  Selected Works from Westville Correctional Facility.” The lecture is a reprise of the highly attended public reception in late April.

Directing the students featured is the University of Notre Dame’s associate professor of painting and drawing, Rev. Martin Nguyen, C.S.C., Maria Tomasula, Michael P. Grace Professor of Painting, Thom Andrea, adjunct professor of design at Holy Cross College, and artist Zachary Norman of the University of Utah.

“The Moreau College Initiative is an epitome of how the Congregation of Holy Cross readies its educators to roll up their sleeves and work to make a difference in the world” said Provost Justin Watson, Ph.D. “And the artwork of these men is profoundly moving. I would urge anyone who has yet to experience these images to do so in person.”

“Reframing Incarceration” opened April 1 and will commence on May 17.

The artwork featured in the exhibit explores identity and incarceration. Artwork will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be provided.

The Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture is located at 1045 W Washington Street in South Bend.

The Moreau College Initiative is a rigorous liberal arts program co-sponsored by Holy Cross and Notre Dame in collaboration with the Indiana Department of Correction. Enrolled students are eligible to earn associate and bachelor of arts degrees through Holy Cross College. MCI seeks to embody the mission of the Congregation of Holy Cross by providing excellent academic programs in the correctional context.

Delta Epsilon Sigma Members Earn Fellowship, Scholarship

Delta Epsilon Sigma Members Earn Fellowship, Scholarship

Notre Dame, IN (May 9, 2019) — The Holy Cross College Delta Epsilon Sigma chapter has added two more recipients to its list of winners this year.  Maria Barrera ’20, a Biology and Psychology major and English minor is one of 13 students in the country to receive a $1,200 scholarship toward her final year at the College.

Graduating senior Carley Klott ‘19 was awarded a $1,200 fellowship for her graduate studies. Klott will pursue her M.Ed. in Art Therapy at Wayne State University in the fall.

In February, graduating senior Thomas Brophy, a history major and theology minor was awarded $500 from the Delta Epsilon Sigma society for his scholarly research paper, “Lessons Unlearned: The Impact of the American Civil War on the Franco-Prussian War.” The paper is to be included in the forthcoming bi-annual journal from the Society.

“We are proud of and pleased with the accomplishments of our DES chapter members this year,” said David Lutz, Dean of Faculty at the College. “These students are dedicated scholars and quite worthy of this recognition from the Society.”

Established in 1939, the Delta Epsilon Sigma scholastic honor society was established for students of Catholic universities and colleges in the United States. Students must be in the top twenty percent of their class to be members.

Holy Cross College is one of the 119 colleges and universities that belong to Delta Epsilon Sigma.

MCI Receives Grant from Our Sunday Visitor Institute

MCI Receives Grant from Our Sunday Visitor Institute

Notre Dame, Ind. (April 11, 2019),- Our Sunday Visitor Institute has awarded a $30,000 grant to Holy Cross College and the Moreau College Initiative (MCI) to help fund three courses in Latino theology and culture at the Westville Correctional Facility. “Hispanic Theology,” a 200 level Latino theology course will engage students in discussions about “the challenge to promote justice, build peace, and defend human life in society today.” The 300 level course, “Our Lady of Guadalupe and Catholic Devotionalism” will “examine Catholic devotionalism in general and the devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe in particular.”

The grant will also support a two-part sequential Global Perspectives and Encounter course in the spring semester of 2020. The courses will “focus on the Hispanic experience in the U.S. and will allow Hispanic students to learn about and reconnect to their culture, and enable other non-Latino students to encounter a different way of life for perhaps the first time,” according to the proposal written by Program Assistant Shelia McCarthy, Ph.D.

Holy Cross College Associate Professor of Theology and department chair Louis Albarran, Ph.D. will instruct the theology courses. First Generation Student Coordinator Carlos Centellas will assist in providing immersion experiences for the students. According to the proposal, “students will also hear from Justin McDevitt and Ellen Ogle about their struggles in immigration law at La Casa de Amistad.” Dr. McCarthy will teach the Global Perspectives courses next spring.

Our Sunday Visitor Institute serves a number of religious activities to support the re-engagement of unaffiliated young adults, Hispanics and Catholic parents across the country. Other grant recipients include Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry, The University of Notre Dame’s McGrath Insititute, Word on Fire, and the Catholic Medical Association.

As an academic collaboration between Holy Cross College and the University of Notre Dame, MCI is jointly guided and overseen by faculty and administration from both institutions. Enrolled students earn college credits towards a Holy Cross College Associate of Arts (AA) degree and transition into a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program. Classes are taught by Holy Cross and University of Notre Dame faculty, and carry Holy Cross College credit. Launched in 2012 with two courses, MCI will offer 36 credit-bearing courses this academic year.

Global Perspectives Professor to Deliver Talk at Conference in Rome

Global Perspectives Professor to Deliver Talk at Conference in Rome

Notre Dame, Ind. (April 9, 2019)—  Paola Bernardini, Ph.D., who teaches in the Global Perspectives Program at Holy Cross College will be presenting a “TED-style talk” at an upcoming international conference in Rome. The conference, “Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue and the Russell Berrie Fellowship in Interreligious Studies” will feature interfaith leaders from around the globe. To date, the program has graduated 95 fellows from 33 countries.

The conference’s theme is “Education for Action: the Urgency of Interreligious Leadership for the Common Good,” and is being held on May 7 at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas.    It will focus on the “power of interfaith leadership in bringing about positive change and highlight examples of inspiring initiatives taking place from grassroots activism to leading and influencing policymakers in both secular and religious institutions.” Dr. Bernardini, whose research involves interreligious dialogue and human rights, global justice, pluralism and interfaith coexistence, has taught the Christian-Muslim Encounter course at Holy Cross College for the past four years. “What I like most about teaching this course is witnessing how students’ eyes and hearts are expanded by the overall experience,” Bernardini said.

Dr. Bernardini holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, as well as a Master in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has been the recipient of the Russell Berrie Fellowship in Interreligious Studies and Associate Director for Research of Contending Modernities, a global research and education initiative at the University of Notre Dame. Bernardini has published articles in numerous international journals, including the Journal of Church and State, Lex Naturalis, the Ave Maria Law Review, and the Journal of Islamic State Practices in International Law. She is the author of a book on Martha Nussbaum’s political philosophy.

Coincidentally, Dr. Bernardini’s talk will take place only two days after Rev. David T. Tyson, C.S.C., President of the College will attend International Business Leaders Advisory Council at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross Foundation, one mile northwest of the conference headquarters.

The application for the Russell Berrie Fellowship in Interreligious Studies at the Angelicum is open to those students who have gained a BA at Holy Cross and want to continue pursuing a more in depth study of other religions.

Rev. David T. Tyson and Chairman David Bender to Attend IBLAC in Rome

Rev. David T. Tyson and Chairman David Bender to Attend IBLAC in Rome

Photo courtesy of the BBC 

Notre Dame, IN (March 27, 2019) —Reverend David T. Tyson, C.S.C., President of Holy Cross College, along with College board Chairman David P. Bender, will attend the annual International Business Leaders Advisory Council in Rome on May 5, 2019. Bender also serves as chair for the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame.

“I am pleased to have been invited to take part in this important council,” said Father Tyson. “Pope Francis’ mandate to provide high level education for stewardship by those preparing for financial management practices in the Church is vital to not only her future, but to her global credibility. It is a privilege to be among those attending the May meeting.”

Hosted by the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross Foundation, or Santa Croce, leaders of Catholic higher education will meet to discuss their goals in providing exceptional education and preparation for the ministry of the Church. Other college and university leaders in attendance will meet with Church leaders such as Cardinal James Michael Harvey, Archpriest of the Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.

The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross Foundation prides itself on its mission of “Training future leaders to serve the universal church.”

Chartered by John Paul II in 1984 as a pontifical athenaeum, Santa Croce was elevated to a pontifical university by a grant from Pope John Paul II in 1998. The University is open to priests, seminarians, religious and lay people, both men and women, from dioceses around the world.

Holy Cross professor presenting at international scientific conference

Holy Cross professor presenting at international scientific conference

Notre Dame, Ind. (March 20, 2019) —Holy Cross College Associate Professor of Psychology Cosette Fox, Ph.D., is on the scientific committee of the 7th International Scientific Conference at the University of Bielsko-Biala in Poland. The conference, focusing on psychology and education, is entitled “Teacher and Student in the Perspective of Social Transformations,” and is part of a conference cycle called “Teacher and Student in the Pedagogical Theory and Practice—Contexts of Changes.”

Fox will speak on “The Relationship between Growth Mindset, Grit and Academic Achievement in Elementary Children” on March 25, 2019. Her paper will discuss the relationship of how children fare academically and how this relates to their passion and perseverance and their perspective of their intelligence. She will also be the guest lecturer for an intensive four-hour class at the University of Bielsko-Biala called “How Much Brain do We Really Need?”

“These kinds of opportunities are so enriching for us as faculty and ultimately for our students,” said Fox. “One of the many things I like about Holy Cross is that the College encourages both local and international collaborations. In 2017, our Dean of Faculty, Dr. David Lutz, hosted on our campus a conference that was a collaboration with the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin in Poland. Drawing faculty from Ukraine, Poland, Kenya, and South Africa, that conference is what led to my collaboration with the University of Bielsko-Biala.”

Holy Cross College, along with the University of Silesia in Katowice, the University of Ostrava, Bond University, University of Hradec Králové, Lviv University, and University of South Bohemia are partners in the conference.