Saint Mary’s to Recognize Outstanding Senior

Saint Mary’s announces Outstanding Senior Award Recipient

Gwen O’Brien
Director of Media Relations
Saint Mary's College
Notre Dame, Ind.
(574) 284-4579

May 5, 2010 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—Every year the Saint Mary's College Alumnae Association Board of Directors presents the Outstanding Senior Award to a member of the senior class who exemplifies the spirit and values of the College. The Board chooses the recipient from nominees submitted by students, faculty and staff. The recipient is known as someone who carries out the beliefs of her faith in daily living and is distinguished by scholarship, leadership, and outstanding dedication to Saint Mary’s—as demonstrated through participation in both curricular and extracurricular activities. As the valedictorian represents the mind, and the Lumen Christi Award recipient reflects the soul, the Outstanding Senior embodies the heart of Saint Mary’s.

Saint Mary’s College is proud to announce the recipient of the Outstanding Senior Award of 2010 is Rachel Eisterhold '10, a communication studies major from Owasso, Oklahoma. She will receive her award at the Alumnae Senior Luncheon on Monday, May 10.

Rachel has demonstrated exceptional dedication to and deep love for Saint Mary’s College through her many student leadership roles, including student ambassador, resident advisor, and peer minister.

From day one, Rachel, a Communications Studies major, dove into varying opportunities for learning, community and spiritual growth offered at Saint Mary’s. She spent the fall of her sophomore year in Rome where she attended Christmas Eve Mass at the Vatican among German-, Italian-, French- and Russian-speaking Christians. That experience gave her a glimpse of Catholicism’s universality as a worldwide religion that is practiced in nearly every culture. On her return to campus, Rachel become a peer minister and has led a small faith group, joined the hand bell choir, and assisted with and led bible study groups. She also has held the campus job of Mass coordinator and helped with liturgical ministry at Mass.

Rachel re-discovered her passion for music at Saint Mary’s. For the past two years she has played the oboe in the University Concert Band of Notre Dame. She also is an avid member of Saint Mary’s Italian Club, where she tutors younger students and holds Italian dinners with Nancy D’Antuono, her Italian professor.

As a student ambassador, Rachel shares her love of Saint Mary’s College by leading campus tours for prospective students and their families. She has been a resident advisor (“RA”) for the past two years helping first-year students in Le Mans and Regina adjust to their new life away from home by being a ready resource and relationship builder through planned events and activities. Between her classes and her RA responsibilities, Rachel worked this semester as public relations intern in the College’s Marketing Communications department, gathering information and writing press releases. Rachel is graduating cum laude.

Right after graduation, Rachel will work as a mentor for Notre Dame Vision, a series of 5-day conferences committed to helping high school students recognize God's call in their lives. By the end of the summer, Rachel hopes to work for a mid-sized to large public relations firm and eventually attend graduate school.

About Saint Mary’s College: Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, women’s institution offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study. Saint Mary’s College has six nationally accredited academic programs: social work, art, music, teacher education, chemistry and nursing. Saint Mary's College ranks among the nation's top 100 liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report's 2010 annual survey. Founded in 1844, Saint Mary’s is a pioneer in the education of women, and is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.