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

Elizabeth Clarke

Elizabeth Clarke

Originally from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Elizabeth graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton. At UD, she studied abroad in Perth, Australia and worked for both the President’s Office and Campus Ministry. These experiences sparked Elizabeth’s interest in Catholic Higher Education, specifically in Student Affairs. After graduating, Elizabeth completed a master’s degree in Theology at Notre Dame through the Echo Graduate Service Program. During her time in Echo, she lived in intentional community and worked with a variety of ministries at Mary Queen Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Following her time in Texas, Elizabeth returned to Notre Dame to pursue a Master of Divinity degree. Elizabeth served in several ministerial roles during her time in graduate school, some of which include teaching a Moreau Class, serving as an Assistant Rector, and supporting Notre Dame’s People with Hope to Bring Lilly Endowment Grant. During both Echo and the MDiv, Elizabeth’s own experiences in formation developed her love for the beautiful work of formation with undergraduate students. Elizabeth can be found walking around campus with friends and cheering on the Fighting Irish. She loves traveling, playing sports and spending time with family. 

Elizabeth shared her thoughts on becoming a Rector: “I am so excited to serve as a Rector at the University of Notre Dame. I feel honored to stand on the shoulders of Rectors before me who have witnessed how to preserve and advance the rich traditions found in Notre Dame’s distinctive residential experience and inspired my call to this role. Together, with members of the dorm, I feel privileged to lead and build a community grounded in the pillars of Holy Cross’s tradition of Catholic education and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue this mission of educating both the minds and hearts of students entrusted to our care. I’m looking forward to sharing life with the women of Lyons Hall and our adventure under 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