Lyons Hall

Lyons Hall

Opened in 1927 as a men’s residence hall, Lyons Hall is located in close proximity to St. Mary’s Lake and is known for its picturesque views from the archway. It is also the only residence hall featured in the movie, “Rudy.” Dedicated in honor of Joseph Lyons, a popular English professor and the first layman buried in the Holy Cross Community Cemetery, the hall was converted to a women’s residence in 1974. Each year, hall leadership coordinates the Mara Fox Run, which raises funds for a scholarship named in honor of former Lyons Hall resident Mara Fox who was killed by a drunk driver in 1993. Lyons Hall also annually hosts Rinking for Riley to benefit the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Professor Ed Hums and his wife Shirley are one of two faculty couples on campus who live in residence. Together, they love sharing life with the women of Lyons, hosting students in their apartment and attending hall events throughout the year.

Lyons

Rector

Kayla August

Kayla August

Kayla is from New Orleans, Louisiana, a Catholic city filled with priests, po-boys, and parades! A love of God brought this southern girl to the Midwest where she spent her last three years in South Bend as the Assistant Director of Evangelization in Notre Dame’s Campus Ministry department. It is through her work in Campus Ministry that she dove into the Holy Cross mission and found a passion for serving the students of Notre Dame. Kayla received her bachelors from Loyola University of New Orleans followed by two years of service work with Americorps, as a City Year corps member and an in-house academic success coordinator at Boys Hope Girls Hope. She then worked in Loyola’s Mission and Ministry department as their graduate student intern while working toward her master’s in pastoral counseling from Loyola’s Institute of Ministry. Serving others is core part of her life, and she spent a large part of the past 12 years of her life volunteering her summers at Camp Challenge, a camp for children with cancer and sickle cell, and Camp Pelican, a camp for children with asthma and cystic fibrosis as the director of activities. Her love of service continues as a mentor to youth at Transformation Ministries in South Bend, Indiana. Kayla is also a lover of hip hop dancing, musical theater, pizza and people and she can’t wait to serve, yet again, as a member of the residential life community.

When asked what it means to be the new rector of Lyons Hall, Kayla said, “I’m so excited! I know work in ministry is as diverse as the ways God moves in our lives, and I am looking forward to ministering in a new context. I look forward to the day to day life in hall and finding God’s presence in the different people, places, situations and conversations beneath the arch!

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Hall Stats

Approximate Capacity
182
Number of Sections
6
Year Established
1927
Quad
South
Sex
Female
Chapel
All Souls'
Number of Floors
4
Number of Rooms
97
Elevator
No
Air Conditioning
No
Nickname/Mascot
Lion