ARW 2015 Videos
Watch as Dr. Christine Maziar, vice president and senior associate provost for budget and planning, tells her Notre Dame story and introduces the Morning Program and its speakers, touching on the impact that benefactors have had on Notre Dame students and their accomplishments. The first student speaker, Nicole Sganga ‘15, is introduced by Dr. Joseph Buttigieg, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English. Sganga, a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar and double-major in political science and film, television, and theatre with a minor in the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics & Democracy, describes how support from benefactors helped her travel the world as a journalist to tell true, human stories with a focus on social justice.
Matthew Mleczko ‘15, introduced by Father Paul Doyle, C.S.C., rector of Dillon Hall, is a senior double-major in economics and political science. Here, he speaks about his journey to Haiti, where he conducted research on the effects of solar lamps on the academic success of schoolchildren--a journey that took the help of many friends and mentors at Notre Dame to realize. He is a Resident Assistant in Dillon Hall and is involved in Student Government, has tutored at the Robinson Community Learning Center, and plans to join Mathematica Policy Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan as a research assistant and programmer upon his graduation.
Arnold Kwesiga, introduced by Dr. Daniel Philpott, director of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR), speaks about the role Notre Dame plays in his work for fundamental human rights. Kwesiga is pursuing an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law from the CCHR and is interested in human dignity, diversity, and the fight for equality for the disenfranchised. He hopes to do legal work that helps the next generation gain a deeper respect for social justice work.
Jonathan Jou ’15 tells his Notre Dame story as a senior majoring in biological sciences. Jou is introduced by his mentor Dr. Rebecca Wingert, the Elizabeth and Michael Gallagher Family Assistant Professor in Adult Stem Cell Research. A member of the Glynn Family Honors Program, Jou works in Dr. Wingert’s lab and has conducted important research on the science of kidney regeneration. Jou will attend medical school at the University of Illinois upon graduation, and hopes to practice as a plastic and regenerative surgeon with an emphasis on stem cell-based regenerative therapies.
Maria Gibbs, a third-year doctoral student in civil and environment engineering, is an award-winning member of the Board of Directors for the nonprofit organization Bridges for Prosperity. Introduced by Dr. Ahsan Kareem, the Robert M. Moran Professor of Engineering, Gibbs tells the story of how Notre Dame helped to strengthen her research on building better footbridges in under-served corners of the world where the ability to safely move on foot is crucial to commerce and societal life. Her future goals include changing the face of humanitarian engineering and inspiring young girls to do the same.