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Zahm House
EST 1937

Academics

Contents

  1. Overview
  2. STEM Program
  3. Events and Activites
  4. Related Commisioners
  5. Rector

Overview

Father John Augustine Zahm, C.S.C. was an influential administrator, author, explorer, and scientist who helped boost Notre Dame's academic caliber in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Arguably, no one was more significant in advancing Notre Dame's academic excellence between the presidencies of Fathers Sorin (1842-1865) and Hesburgh (1952-1987) than Zahm. In fact, Fr. John Cavanaugh, C.S.C., former President of the University, said this about Fr. Zahm: "I regard Father Zahm as the greatest mind produced by the University in its long career, and perhaps the greatest man in all respects developed within the Congregation of Holy Cross since its foundation. Maybe Father Zahm could not have laid the foundation of Notre Dame, but undoubtedly Father Sorin never could have built upon it as Father Zahm did."

It's fitting that the House that proudly bares Zahm's name is committed to academic accomplishment. Men of Zahm continually earn high grades; in fact, the average House GPA typically ranges between 3.3-3.4 (A-) and is often the highest hall GPA on campus. The House has even been home to valedictorians in recent years. A high percentage of Zahmbies partake in international studies (study abroad) and undergraduate research through Notre Dame's Center for Undergraduate Scholarship.

There are seven study rooms on the first through fourth floors that Zahmbies take full advantage of, along with some study carrels in the hallways on the second and third floors. Quite often, the large lounge in the basement--one of our social areas--is used as a studying space, as well. But Zahm House is more than simply conducive to studying--there is a strong, supportive communal environment: Men provide tutoring to their brothers; they study together; and upperclassmen offer review sessions to freshmen for several core classes. If you are struggling with your work, know that any older Zahmbie in your area of study will happily help you if you reach out to him.

Most importantly, Zahm House strives to support a holistic, Holy Cross educational experience at Notre Dame for all Zahmbies. As Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, said, in Holy Cross institutions "the mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart." Zahm Militant and the House's academic, diversity, gender relations, and sustainability commissioners plan occasional enrichment programs and activities that aim to engage the whole person. And in their daily interactions in the House, men naturally grow in mind and heart as they develop and negotiate relationships, especially with their roommates. More often than not, life in Zahm helps men to develop greater common sense and decision-making skills, as well.

The Stem Program

The STEM Ambassador program is a program funded through the College of Engineering designed to help promote retention of freshman STEM majors, and to promote a variety of STEM events that are occurring across campus. Each dorm generally has 2-3 ambassadors each, and the ambassadors have office hours a few days each week where students can come ask any questions that they may have about being a STEM major at Notre Dame such as questions about a homework problem set or questions about class registration. The ambassadors also put together a few events each semester, both within the House and co-hosted with other dorms. Events can range from ice cream socials to help STEM freshman meet other students completing the same field of study, study groups, or even study breaks during finals. During the spring semester, the ambassadors host STEM week which features a variety of STEM events all week long.

This year, Johnathan Beldin is returning as Zahm’s STEM ambassador. He is a Junior studying Math and Pre-Med while also pursing a minor in actuarial science. He started his first year as a prospective engineering student but chose to make the move to the College of Science heading into his sophomore year. Outside of class, he spends most of his time as a member of the Men’s Rowing Team or telling Brick that his “supplementary” major does not make him a full member of the College of Science. Johnathan will gladly answer any questions you may have or will point you in the right direction if he does not have one. His office hours are tentatively set for 8-10PM Monday - Thursday which are held in his room, 441. Feel free to email Johnathan at jbeldin@nd.edu.

Events and Activities

Zahmposium

Once a month or so, the Academic Commissioners, or a different member of the House, will bring one of Notre Dames's faculty or staff or a member of the local community to Zahm's basement lounge on a Friday afternoon to host a Zahmposium. The guest typically gives a brief lecture on a hot or controversial topic, then opens the conversation for debate and discussion. Recent Zahmposiums have included Drink Like a Champion Today, Pot, Hot or Not?, and Where Should We Stand on Campus Crossroads? Zahmposiums are always accompanied by food, snacks, and soda.

Dinner with a Mentor

Typically in the spring, the Academic Commissioners will sort interested Zahmbies into groups based on their areas of study. These groups then have the oppertunity to go out to dinner with $10 per person funded by Zahm to discuss how their studies are going and to share some advice.

Related Commissioners

Academic Commissioners

Dane Jeong, Levi Biasco (fall), JP Bruno (spring)

Diversity Commissioners

Tony Do, Michael Wang

Gender Relations Commissioners

Jonathan Kotec

Hesburgh Librarian Fellow

Kyle Willis

Sustainability Commissioners

Dane Jeong, Adam Uppendahl (fall)

Rector

An academic advisor is assigned to each student by their respective undergraduate colleges. In Zahm, the Rector also meets with students about their academic progress, especially when grade deficiencies are sent at mid-terms. Besides helping guide students in the right direction, the Rector often writes letters of recommendation for study abroad opportunities, internships, employment, scholarships, and other awards.