Dedicated to Chicago philanthropist Frank Lewis, Lewis Hall was made possible by Lewis’ wife, Julia, who provided funding for the hall’s construction in 1965. The hall served as a residence for Sisters pursuing graduate degrees before the University became co-ed in 1972. It is now one of the largest women’s residence hall on campus, housing nearly 270 residents each year. The women of Lewis annually host Chicks for Charity in which residents make Easter baskets and write cards to the children and mothers of St. Margaret’s House, a day center in South Bend that provides safety, life skills, and other aid to women and children in need. They also host L-HOP (Lewis House of Pancakes) each year, serving a late night breakfast to the campus community. Each floor of the hall features a different breakfast item and all proceeds are donated to a local food bank. Lewis was last named Hall of the Year in 2012-2013 and was home to NBC News Chief Environmental Affairs correspondent, Anne Thompson.
Daniela De Ciantis
Formed as a Catholic educator, Daniela finds meaning and fulfillment in facilitating the holistic growth of individuals. Originally from Toronto, Ontario, she moved across the border and found both a home at Notre Dame and a mission: to help serve young adults during some of the most formative years of their lives. Daniela completed her undergraduate studies at University of Toronto, St. Michael’s College, majoring in Theology and a double minor in English Literature and Italian Studies. Afterwards, she moved to the country’s capital, Ottawa, where she earned a Bachelor of Education degree, and taught high school Religion and English. In pursuit of greater personal formation as a Catholic leader, Daniela moved to South Bend, where she most recently completed her Master of Divinity degree at the University of Notre Dame. Daniela served in a number of different ministerial roles in the last three years, some of which include time at Logan Industries, the Catechist Academy at the McGrath Institute, and serving as an Assistant Rector in Flaherty Hall for two years.
Daniela enjoys running the lakes on campus, swimming in the ocean, and board games. She also enjoys all things hospitality, especially exploring the culinary arts, hosting dinner parties, and finding any opportunity to be in good company and share a laugh.
“I am thrilled to be serving as a rector at the University of Notre Dame. It is a privilege and gift to contribute to the mission of the university cultivating the hearts and minds of students through communal living in the halls. I look forward to journeying with residents and helping them to grow into their most authentic selves."
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