Johnson Family Hall
In December 2018, the University began construction on Johnson Family Hall, a four-story women’s residence hall located east of Dunne Hall in the East Quadrangle. The 68,000-square-foot facility will accommodate 225 undergraduate women and will be ready for occupancy in August 2020.
Johnson Family Hall will offer residents a community chapel, formal reading room, study spaces, lounges, kitchens on every floor and a variety of room configurations: singles, doubles and quads, as well as apartments for the rector, priest-in-residence and/or faculty-in-residence and other hall staff. Fifty percent of the first floor will be devoted to community space while the other half will be devoted to residences. In the lower level, residents will have access to vending, fitness, laundry and storage spaces.
Named in honor of St. Teresa of Calcutta, the chapel will be a warm, inviting, sacred space. For times when students need space to study, work together on a project or host an event, the Reading Room, lounges and study spaces throughout the building will also provide options.
Sara Ghyselinck is a South Bend native with a passion for play and a Holy Cross education. She attended the University of Portland where she earned her Bachelor’s in Political Science and Spanish. It was here where she discovered the impact of an education that focused holistically on student formation and the power of being known by name. Inspired by her time at UP, Sara did a year of service with Mercy Volunteer Corps in Savannah, Georgia, where she worked with the Sisters of Mercy at the Community Center assisting with public benefits, tax preparation, food pantry services, and workforce development. Feeling called to deepen her knowledge, Sara pursued a Master’s of Ministry and Theology from Villanova University with a focus towards Catholic Higher Education. At Villanova, she served as a Graduate Resident Director and a Graduate Assistant in Campus Ministry. Sara spent the past two years as a Hall Director at Saint Mary’s College where she expanded her love and understanding of the impact of a Holy Cross education.
“I am eager to join the University of Notre Dame and serve as the Rector of Johnson Family Hall. I am grateful to continue in the mission of educating the minds and hearts of students in our care. Sharing life together in community is a gift and I cannot wait to be on the journey together.
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