On The Ball

On The Ball

kate wojanCan’t get enough football? Senior Kate Wojan got her share this summer, as an intern at the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown South Bend, Ind. The studio art major worked in the archives and collections, and was responsible for designing and putting together new displays. “There were many facets to my job, and I can definitely say that there was never a dull moment,” says Wojan who worked on the annual Enshrinement Festival. In charge of the silent auction, she collected donations, took pieces to be framed and signed, and set up the auction at the Morris Performing Arts Center. “It was a rewarding experience, and I made some wonderful friends, and really got a taste for the working world.”

Wojan’s decision to come to Saint Mary’s was influenced by the “intimate size” of the College, and the art department, which she found impressive. Art professor Julie Tourtillotte played a major role in her decision to major in art, and Krista Hoefle worked with her to combine her computer skills with her artistic ability. In addition to art, Wojan enjoys writing, and professors Patti Sayre and Terri Russ have encouraged her to pursue that interest. Sister Kathleen Dolphin, Wojan’s religious studies professor from her first year, rounds out her list of supporters. “She still keeps up with me and takes such an interest in how I am doing,” says Wojan.

After her internship ended, Wojan visited Santa Fe, N.Mex., and then drove cross-country back to Saint Mary’s. “It was a great experience, and I got to see parts of the country for the first time.”

Wojan has traveled outside the country as well; spending a semester in Rome, in what she says was “absolutely life changing” for her. Her favorite class was Italian art history. “Where else can you learn about such masterpieces, and then see them in person?”

On campus, Wojan stays busy as the secretary of the art club, and she works as a student consultant for the Huisking Media Center, assisting students and faculty with computer-based projects.

The Petoskey, Mich., native has a minor in advertising and hopes to work in advertising or graphic design, with her sights set on working in a large city like Chicago. “I have always wanted to use my artistic skills in an exciting environment. I love the idea of living and working in a city.”