Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Summer Spotlight: Molly Haigh ('11)

This summer started early for me as I finished up my semester in Rome right before Easter on March 31. I then traveled for a few weeks throughout Italy and Germany (ending by getting stuck in London for a few days because of the Icelandic Volcano) with my family before returning to South Bend to attend summer school at Saint Mary's. I wasn't able to line up an internship for the summer after trying since November and the whole time I was in Rome to get one. I ended up staying the remainder of the summer after summer school (June-August) in South Bend  trying to find a job. I worked on a large design project for Saint Mary's including both summer and fall orientation programs for both parents and students and t-shirts for each day Welcome Week move-in weekend as well as the four dorms. I also helped my triplet brother (who is a student at Notre Dame) start up his website business,, that is essentially a platform for local business owners in the South Bend community to advertise their business (specials, coupons, locations, etc) to students and their families, bringing both the campus and community life together, benefiting both parties. At the end of the summer, I also started working at the new Irish pub at Eddy St. Commons, Kildare's Irish pub. 

Now, I am trying to catch my breath and figure out how I am going to manage the semester. It's good to be back though!

Christian Culture Lecture 2010

You are
cordially invited to
the Saint Mary’s College
Christian Culture Lecture, 2010

Thomas Cahill
"The End of Christian Divisions: Achieving Reunion Through Truth-telling"
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 7:30 p.m.
O'Laughlin Auditorium
Saint Mary's College
(book signing to follow)

The major divisions of Christianity -- Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant -- could find reunion tomorrow afternoon, if only each division would admit that it is continuing to guard a favorite assumption that just doesn't hold up to rational scrutiny. This unnecessary manning of antiquated theological barricades is the work of clergy, many of whom might suffer significant loss if such a reunion were ever to come about. Lay Christians, however, would gain tremendously.

Thomas Cahill is the author of the best-selling books, How the Irish Saved Civilization, The Gifts of the Jews, Desire of the Everlasting Hills, Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, and the Mysteries of the Middle Ages, the first five books The Hinges of History®, a prospective seven-volume series in which he recounts formative moments in Western civilization and the evolution of Western sensibility. He holds a B.A. in classical literature and philosophy from Fordham University and an M.F.A. from Columbia University. He has taught at Queens College, Fordham University, and Seton Hall University, served as the North American education correspondent for the Times of London, and was for many years a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times Book Review. His most recent book is A Saint on Death Row: How a Forgotten Child Became a Man and Changed a World.

Tickets are required for this free event and are available at the Moreau Center Box Office, online, or over the phone. Box Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information call (574) 284-4626 or visit

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Summer Spotlight: Molly Schall ('11)

This summer I was Assistant Director at Camp Ella J. Logan, a resident girl scout camp in Northern Indiana. In addition to working in the office and acting as supervisor to the counselors, I was a lifeguard, and a boating and archery instructor.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Summer Spotlight: Hannahbeth Fischer ('11)

I had the privilege of working with several up-and-coming companies in St. Louis this summer. aTrek Dance Collective ( gave me the opportunity to write dance education grants, edit/design websites and develop the marketing campaign for the major Midwest Dance Intensive in St. Louis. aTrek is a not-for-profit collective dance group that supports developing artists and collaboration with the community. I loved working to build the Dance Co-op, because I think collaborative arts are the best for artists and the community. I was able to train with a summer-long dance intensive, and perform twice with IMPULSE Dance Intensive.

The Greitens Group ( is a rapidly growing company aiming to transform the country's view on public service and leadership. Working with Eric Greitens gave me exposure to social entrenpreneurship, publishing, research and writing. Supporting both The Mission Continues, a not-for-profit serving wounded and disabled war veterans (, and The Greitens Group Foundation, I worked with people who are dedicated to promoting awareness about international humanitarian issues by way of connecting and encouraging people to pathways of active public service.

Near the end of the summer I also jumped on board with Common Thread Dance, a brand new dance company in St. Louis. I am developing the video promos and campaigns under the direction of Jennifer Medina. (

Summer Spotlight: Martha Walter ('11)

I went on the European Summer Study Program which traveled to Paris, London, Edinburgh and Dublin. It was my first time traveling abroad and I had an amazing time! It was awesome to see things that I have been seeing in pictures my whole life such as the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, and even Abbey Road. I went to several art galleries (my favorite was the National Gallery in London) and saw many paintings that we have studied and discussed in our HUST classes. Thank you to the HUST department for giving me a grant to help pay for the trip!

Summer Spotlight: Megan Loney ('12)

I spent the summer interning at the U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (located on Carlisle Barracks, PA). This was my second summer interning here. I spent my time updating the United Nations Peace Operations Case Studies that the organization keeps. I learned a lot this summer, but not necessarily from the specific work that I did. I learned the most from the people that work at PKSOI who are a mix of army personel, civilian contractors, representatives from the Department of State and USAID, and international fellows. Each one has extraordinary stories from their first-hand experiences. I was able to tour the Pentagon and the USAID offices in Washington, D.C. This summer has only strengthened my interest in working with an NGO or USAID in the foreign service after graduate school.

The photo is of all of the interns at the beginning of the summer on the steps of Upton Hall, the location of PKSOI, on Carlisle Barracks.