Built in 1924 and named after lay professor and future Indiana Supreme Court Justice, Timothy Edward Howard, Howard Hall was the first residence hall constructed in coordination with the location of two other halls to form the cornerstone of the South Quad. Originally built as a men’s residence hall, Howard was the first hall to incorporate Gothic architecture, featuring two arches as well as decorative stone carvings of students, animals, and a saint. The women who now reside in Howard annually host Totter for Water, which involves residents rocking on a giant teeter-totter to raise money for the Water Project to fund the construction of wells in Africa. They are also known for their annual Chapel Crawl, in which residents and friends celebrate Mass in every residence hall throughout the Lenten season. Howard Hall was last named Hall of the Year in 2011-2012.
A native of South Bend, Indiana, Amanda Springstead became the rector of Howard Hall in 2014. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Theology and supplementary Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and her Master's degree in Leadership Development from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. At Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Amanda worked in admissions and campus life. Following graduate school, Amanda served as Area Director for Housing and Residence Life at Saint Joseph's College where she focused on the development, support, and mentorship of RAs. In her free time, Amanda enjoys riding her horse and spending time with family and friends.
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