Staff

Rector: Fr. Matt Kuczora, C.S.C.

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Fr. Matthew Kuczora, C.S.C., is a Holy Cross priest originally from Marion, Indiana. He graduated from Notre Dame in 2005 with a degree in Accounting and again in 2011 with a Master of Divinity. During his time as an undergraduate and during a year of post-graduate service, Fr. Matt discerned a call to religious life and priesthood. He is passionate about poverty ministry and educational work among young adults. He has a particular interest in the Church and history of Latin America. Upon the profession of his perpetual vows in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 2011, Fr. Matt began an assignment as Director of Postulant Seminarians and as Vocation Director for his religious community in Monterrey, Mexico. In his "free time," Fr. Matt served at Nuestra Madre Santísima de La Luz parish in an urban working class neighborhood. Additionally, Fr. Matt has worked abroad in a number of contexts including in India, Honduras and Spain.

Fr. Matt lived in St. Edward's Hall for four years as an undergraduate where he served as hall president and as an RA. Fr. Matt returned to St. Ed's as a priest in-residence before serving as the rector of Carroll Hall.  In addition to his current role as the rector of Dunne Hall, Fr. Matt teaches a Business Ethics course for sophomores and a theology course on Latino Catholicism in the United States.  He also works in the Office of Vocations for the Congregation of Holy Cross, directing discernment and recruiting efforts on campus at Notre Dame.  

While he enjoys fishing, hiking, and playing sports, Fr. Matt is a terrible singer and ends every day begging God to send him residents with musical talent for the Dunne chapel choir.

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Assistant Rector: Luke Franz

Welcome to Dunne Hall! I am a 2nd year Law Student, and I look forward to being a member of Dunne as an Assistant Rector for the next two years. I am a proud Texan (although, who isn't?) who grew up in the Dallas area, graduated from Texas A&M with an economics degrees, and worked in Houston before making the move up to South Bend. I've worked with microfinance organizations in South America, as an investment banking analyst and as a middle school teacher for two years. I also had the privilege of helping start and run Young Catholic Professionals of Houston (now in 17 cities across the country and a good community to get involved with after your time at ND). Looking forward to getting to know the men of Dunne by playing a round on the golf course, while watching Cowboy games, through lively political and morality discussions, over a meal at the dining hall, or on a walk to the grotto. Please reach out anytime by stopping by my room or email (lfranz1@nd.edu). Cheers to a great year ahead!

 

 

 

Assistant Rector: Oliver Coughlin

Hey guys! I greatly look forward to being an Assistant Rector in Dunne next year. I am currently a second year law student ('18). I am from California--I spent most of my life growing up in Anaheim; I am the second of seven kids, four girls and three boys. I did my undergraduate studies at UCLA, where I majored in Philosophy, and perhaps should have minored in something else. This summer I will be working as an associate at a law firm in Chicago, where I also hope to work after graduation. I am excited to be part of the Dunne family, and look forward to getting to know you all!

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1N RA: Alex Preudhomme

Hello, my name is Alex Preudhomme and I am an architecture student in my fifth year of study. I am from Burlington, North Carolina and attended Bishop McGuinness High School before college. I was previously a member and RA of the O'Neill Hall community before moving to Dunne this year. I enjoy all kinds of sports and have a particular interest in board games as well. I have been in San Francisco the last three summers and studied abroad in Rome for a year as well. Can't wait to meet you!

 

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2N RA: Reynaldo Lopez

Hey everyone! I'm originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin but graduated high school in Wauseon, Ohio. Both of my parents are Mexican and I've lived in Mexico for a considerable chunk of time as well. I study international economics and will be returning from study abroad in Chile to serve as RA in Dunne. I love soccer and a fun fact about me is that I've been investing in the stock market since summer of 2016. I'm looking forward to a great year with all of you!

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2S RA: Ryan Green

Hi my name is Ryan Green and I will be anchoring the 2S section! Though I do come from Salt Lake City, Utah, I now call Notre Dame home. I am a Finance and Philosophy double major and plan on using my education to land a career in corporate finance. I love being active outdoors and you can find me on a bike whenever the weather permits. I am an avid snowboarder and hiker as well, though the South Bend terrain is not as fruitful as that of Salt Lake City. I am very excited to live in Dunne Hall again, and look forward to meeting the new members of the Sentinel community.Year Experience course, A Letter to My Freshman Self, so feel free to come talk about that as well. I can’t wait to welcome you into our new home, the best dorm on campus!

 

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3N RA: Michael Griffin

Hey guys, my name is Michael Griffin. I hail from the great city of South Bend (go Cubs). I am a fifth year majoring in Chemical Engineering and Political Science. Despite these majors, I interned at an investment bank in New York this past summer and want to go into finance after graduation. Being from South Bend going to Notre Dame was a no brainer for me; it was the only school I applied to. A few fun facts about me are: I love playing FIFA but I am atrocious at the game, the Notre Dame basketball team is my favorite sports team but college football is definitely my favorite sport, my favorite cereal is fruity pebbles, and my claim to fame is getting yelled at by Dicky V at a tailgate. I can’t wait to be an RA next year, get to meet all you guys, and make this year one of the best. Go Irish!

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3S RA: Chris Boldt

Hey guys, my name is Chris Boldt and I'm pretty hyped to get to meet you all! I'm from Southern California, and while I won't claim I fit the stereotype (i.e organic foods, Priuses, and hipsters) I love hitting up my favorite taco trucks while driving my Subaru to the beach for a surf... so you decide. My time at Notre Dame has been incredible, largely in part to my passionate professors and friends who have made Notre Dame such a special place. I'm a Science Pre-Professional major and hope to attend medical school after graduation. You'll probably see me around campus fishing on St. Mary's Lake as the President of the Fishing Club, swimming at Rolfs, or skating to Chipotle (even if guac is extra). I love The Killers, play the banjo, and surf/freeze on the Great Lakes. Cruise by 324 to play NCAA 2014 (RIP), watch Pac-12 sports at 2 am. or just hang out. Really looking forward to meeting you all!

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4N RA: Steve Burke

My name is Steve Burke, and on behalf of the 221 other Sentinels, welcome to your new home under the Dome! I hail from Southampton, PA, just Northeast of Philadelphia, and will be finishing up majors in Economics, Peace Studies and Theology this year. I’ve switched majors more times than I can count, so I’m always happy to help with the major discernment process and connect you with people that will help you to find your calling here at Notre Dame. I have also had the pleasure of participating in a couple summer service programs and making a number of study trips to the Middle East. As an RA, I hope to help you seek opportunities that will enrich your academic, social, and spiritual life. Outside of academics, I’ve also volunteered teaching in South Bend, and competed with Triathlon Club. I’m also a massive basketball fan (#TrustTheProcess), and hopefully you’ll also get the chance to sample some of my cooking in our beautiful first-floor kitchen as well--one of my favorite hobbies. I’m looking forward to meeting you all when you arrive in the Bend in August!

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Priest in Residence: Fr. Kevin Grove, C.S.C. 

Fr. Kevin loves the outdoors, mountain sports, farming, literature, and the occasional opportunity to do some woodworking. On account of these loves and his upbringing, he confesses he is probably the worst video game player in the world. As a new resident of Dunne Hall, Fr. Kevin is enjoys participating directly in the Holy Cross residential model. Fr. Kevin was born and raised on a family farm and ranch outside of Hobson, Montana and was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 2010. As an undergraduate, Fr. Kevin studied at Seattle University, where he earned degrees in History, Philosophy, and English Literature. Upon graduation in 2004, he joined Holy Cross and entered formation at Moreau Seminary, completing his M.Div. at Notre Dame in 2009. Fr. Kevin spent his deacon year at St. Joseph Parish, South Bend and his first year as a priest at Christ the King Parish in South Bend. He then took up doctoral studies in 2011 in philosophical theology at the University of Cambridge, England on memory in St. Augustine. His secondary research is on the theology of Basil Moreau and Holy Cross spirituality. While in Cambridge, Fr. Kevin was a member of Trinity College, a Gates Cambridge Scholar, and the assistant Roman Catholic chaplain to the university community—undergrad, grad, and faculty. After a post-doc at L’Institut Catholique of Paris, France, Fr. Kevin returned to Notre Dame in 2015 as a faculty research fellow in the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS). In fall 2016, he joined the Notre Dame Theology department as an assistant professor. Fr. Kevin is the coeditor of the first edition of The Cross, Our Only Hope and Basil Moreau: Essential Writings, as well as You Have Redeemed the World: Praying the Stations in the Holy Cross Tradition.

Faculty in Residence: Drs. John and Karen Deak

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John Deak, PhD, is the Karl E. Koch Associate Professor of History. He received his PhD in History in 2009 from the University of Chicago, and a BA in History in 1998 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He teaches Modern European History at Notre Dame and his research focuses on the History of the Habsburg Empire (Austria-Hungary) before the First World War. He is currently writing a book (his second) on the collapse of the Habsburg Empire in the First World War. He speaks German and he maintains an interest in learning other continental European languages. Currently, he is struggling with Polish. When he stops working, John likes to play soccer (whether on the field or on his XBOX One).

Karen Deak, PhD, is a Commercialization Specialist in Notre Dame’s Office of Research; and a Concurrent Professor in the Law School, where she is the Director of the online Certificate in Patent Prosecution. She received her PhD in Genetics from the University of Chicago in 2008, and a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2000. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Karen worked in the St. Louis office of an AmLaw100 law firm, helping clients patent their inventions. Karen enjoys anything outdoors, especially paddle boarding; and more broadly, standing on wobbly things.

The Deak household includes two additional, and important, members: Hektor and Tawny (both elderly hounds of indeterminate parentage). Hektor and Tawny are both graduates of PAWS Chicago’s Pet Dog 101 and 201 courses, and distinguished themselves as dogs-in-residence at the University of Chicago during three years of service. Hektor and Tawny enjoy naps, and chasing squirrels and bunnies, which we hope they will never catch.

The Deaks look forward to helping pioneer the Faculty-in-Residence program at Notre Dame – they both enjoy spending time with students in and out of the classroom. John’s great hope is that the men of Dunne Hall can join him to play FIFA or the Division. His gamertag is jdeak2. Karen is looking forward to finding a few lacrosse throwing partners to get her skills back in shape.