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2010–2011 Members


Claire Brosnihan
Class of 2011
Hometown: Omaha, NE

A proud native Nebraskan, Claire became involved in the CSC after transferring to Notre Dame at the beginning of her sophomore year. She went from going on an Appalachia seminar to working at the CSC coordinating student service and leadership projects. She majors in political science and has a minor in peace studies. Claire now serves as an RA in Pasquerilla East and works with GreeND. She's interested in sustainability, reading, politics, Catholicism, service, cooking, all things Notre Dame, yoga, and the pursuit of happiness. Claire has absolutely no clue what she wants to do with her life, but hopes that tea-drinking, Disney movies, and not talking about herself in the third person will always be a part of it.

Shannon Coyne
Class of 2011
Major: Political Science

Shannon loves travel and service, and is studying political science, Arabic studies, and peace studies. In her spare time, Shannon loves reading, running, baking, watching movies, and spending time with her family and friends. She's been involved with the CSC since freshman year, through service trips to New Orleans and Appalachia, and as a Service Commissioner for Lewis Hall. In the summer of 2009, Shannon discovered a passion for international development in sub-Saharan Africa after spending 9 weeks volunteering in rural Ghana. After spending the last 7 months living, studying, and interning in Cairo, Egypt, Shannon is excited to be back at Notre Dame for a busy and fun-filled senior year. She isn't set on her post-grad plans yet, but hopes to continue her education in graduate school, and take some time off for international service and travel.

Bianca Fernandez
Class of 2011
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Major: Anthropology
Minor: Italian

Always surrounded by more books than she is capable of reading at one time, Bianca dreams of past summers when she befriended children while participating in the Center's Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP) in Rapid City after her freshman year and an International Summer Service Leaning Program (ISSLP) in San Pedro Sula after her sophomore year. One day she would like to return to Rapid City and bask in the beauty of the the Black Hills. She doesn't really know what she wants to do with her life at this point, but agrees with Ghandi that is it important to be the change you want to see in the world. Bianca enjoys cooking and baking, walking around campus taking pictures of the different seasons, meditating at the Grotto, playing her guitar on Bond Quad, or journaling in her hammock.

Ann Marie Ferry
Class of 2010

Ann Marie is a junior studying abroad in Santiago, Chile right now, however she will be excited to get back to Notre Dame in the fall for her senior year. The Center for Social Concerns has definitely defined many of her experiences at Notre Dame. Many of her friends are from seminars she has participated in including Appalachia, Immokalee, Urban Plunge, Gospel of Life or Border Issues. Furthermore, through her SSLP experience of working at the Boys and Girls Club in Newark, New Jersey she found a love for teaching and hopes to pursue a career in it after graduation. Ann Marie's interests consist of looking at different education systems and discrimination within our prison systems. She gives credit to her Catholic Social Teaching minor as one of the reasons you can find her in the CSC building everyday because she finds great truth in this teaching and thinks it’s one of the church’s best-kept secrets. However in between school and club meetings you will find her hanging out with her girlfriends or at Chipotle. She believes the most important thing in life is your relationships with others and to find time to laugh and smile everyday “Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” - Mother Teresa

Noelle Hilmer
Class of 2011
Hometown: Elm Grove, WI

Noelle enjoys dabbling in the studies of premedicine, sociology, and peace studies. She also loves nature, hiking, reading, music, dancing crazy, playing in the rain, and meeting/ loving new people. An aficionada (huge fan!) of Latin America, she has traveled to Peru to work with a school in Lima and explore the foothills of Machu Picchu and spent a semester studying abroad in Santiago, Chile. She recently left Honduras after spending her summer loving and teaching many beautiful children at the Farm of the Child. Noelle is looking forward to another year at the CSC, which has come to feel like a second home to her. If you ever find yourself wanting to dance in the rain, have a passionate discussion about the SB1070 law in Arizona, or perhaps you just need someone to listen, just let Noelle know – she will probably

be game.

Allan Jones
Class of 2012
Hometown: San Antonio, TX

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Allan Jones came to Notre Dame filled with excitement and awe at the possibilities Notre Dame had to offer him. His career of service at Notre Dame started with his participation in a Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP) in Belmont, NC and he has been hooked ever since. Having participated in an Urban Plunge and being involved with Habitat for Humanity Allan, now a junior, is very excited in continuing his involvement with service at Notre Dame, not only in a hands-on role but also as a part of VOICE.

Patrick McCormick
Class of 2012
Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia
Majors: Political Science and Peace Studies

Patrick is a junior concentrating in philosophy, politics, and economics. He is a graduate of Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC, and is particularly interested in issues at the intersection of public policy and poverty. On campus, he is especially committed to GreeND, the Office of Sustainability, and Student Government, where he chairs the Social Concerns Committee. He likes to go scuba diving, river running, and rock climbing, to see shows and movies at DPAC and in South Bend, and to be with friends who challenge him to become more fully alive. Patrick usually can be found in either O’Shag or the CSC, and hopes that if you’re reading this you will get in touch with him. If you’re up for it, please send him an email at the address above to grab some coffee, or whatever else you like to drink. All are welcome—especially those who are still looking to find their “place” at Notre Dame.

Meghan McKinney
Class of 2012
Hometown: Mobile, AL
Majors: English and Spanish

Meghan came to Notre Dame from Mobile, Alabama and is completely enchanted by the phenomenon of changing seasons. She will never pass up the chance to share a conversation over hot tea or coffee. She especially enjoys swapping stories about CSC experiences, and she’ll be happy to tell you about her Urban Plunge in Mobile, the Appalachia seminar, and her SSLP at a summer day camp in Austin, TX. During the Fall 2010 semester she’ll be cheering on the Irish from Dublin and learning about youth education in Ireland through the Community-Based Learning Program. She loves VOICE, playing the piano, baking, learning new languages, exploring, and sleeping in hammocks. Her lifetime ambitions include writing a song and pursuing her passions for education, language, and the preservation of human dignity through service.

Katie Snyder
Class of 2011
Hometown: Maple Grove, Minnesota
Majors: Mathematics and Peace Studies

Katie has been active with the CSC since her freshman year and is excited to serve as member of VOICE. A native Minnesotan, she finds South Bend winters mild, and fully enjoys the season with snowball fights and sledding. Having been blessed with a semester in Uganda and summers in Ecuador and Guatemala, Katie hopes to live abroad in the near future. She enjoys good conversations, making music, swimming in lakes, hiking, and falling asleep in the grass. Her interests include primary and secondary education in the US and the developing world, international aid effectiveness, and environmental sustainability. A former camp counselor and summer school teacher, Katie looks forward to teaching after graduation.


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