Fr. Eric Schimmel, C.S.C., is a Holy Cross priest and the youngest of four children from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He first encountered the Congregation of Holy Cross while studying at the University of Notre Dame where he earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and theology. Immediately following graduation, he entered Moreau Seminary and eventually lived and worked in East Africa before finishing his master of divinity degree at Notre Dame. He professed perpetual vows in 2001 and was ordained a priest in 2002. Fr. Eric served in parishes in Colorado Springs, Colorado; South Bend, Indiana; Phoenix, Arizona; and Easton, Massachusetts. He spent several years as the Director of Andre House, a ministry serving the poor and homeless in downtown Phoenix, in addition to three years in ministry at King’s College in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, working both in the Hispanic Outreach office and Campus Ministry.
Throughout his varied ministry experiences, Fr. Eric has enjoyed helping young people discover their talents and develop them, especially to help others. He feels blessed to be the rector of Dunne, the best hall on campus. In his spare time, Fr. Eric has been known to hike, swim, and show his minimal skills on the basketball court.
John Deak, PhD, is an 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 Italian. He plays Xbox when Karen isn't watching. He will happily squad up with you on Battlefield
Karen Deak, PhD, is the Academic Advancement Director for the Office of Research and the Notre Dame Idea Center. 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. She has previous taught Patent Law at Notre Dame. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Karen worked in the St. Louis office of an AmLaw 100 law firm, helping clients patent their inventions. Karen enjoys anything outdoors, especially paddle boarding; and more broadly, standing on wobbly things. She also runs half marathons and leads Dunne Hall in training regularly for the Holy Half Marathon each April.
Ziggi is a black and silver mini Schnauzer. She’s hypoallergenic, and (as you can tell from her profile pic) loves to break social-distancing rules! Ziggi is full-grown at about 14 pounds. She loves to play fetch with tennis balls, disposable water bottles, and anything with a squeaker in it. She loves living in Dunne Hall and the 200 best friends she has here! She really does get to know her Sents, and if she sees (smells?) you out and about on campus she will definitely want to come say hello. Ziggi is a big sweetheart but also can be a little timid in the hallways of Dunne (you can be so big and scary sometimes!). We are trying to help her work through this fear. So if you see her cowering as you’re coming towards her, the best way to warm her up is to stop where you are, squat down like a baseball catcher, and talk sweetly to her. She’ll come to you, slowly -- just be patient. Ziggi was featured in a ND Magazine article during the COVID year; you can read more about her and some of the other campus pets here.
Zach is a native of North Carolina, where he has been spending his summer at home near the Outer Banks. With Season 2 of hit Netflix show OBX gearing up, he has not seen much of John B. and Sarah Cameron this summer. Zach is an incoming third-year law student at Notre Dame Law School and second-year MBA student at Mendoza College of Business. He graduated from UNC with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. During his time at UNC, he went to as many football, basketball, and lacrosse games as he could manage.
At Notre Dame, Zach is involved in several organizations. In his free time, he enjoys music, cycling, sports, and traveling. His two favorite professional teams are the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Capitals. Over quarantine, Zach spent time with his twin brother, Blake, and began learning guitar. He looks forward to meeting and getting to know all the Sentinels at Dunne over the next year. Feel free to stop by his room on 2S anytime.
Alex is an incoming third-year law student at Notre Dame Law School hailing from Buffalo, New York (Go Bills). He attended Notre Dame as an undergraduate as well, living in Carroll Hall, although his allegiance is now firmly with the Sentinels. He majored in Political Science and Economics, graduating in 2019. During his time as an undergrad, he wrote for the school paper, served as his hall's SUB commissioner, worked as an advising fellow for Matriculate, and served as an assistant flag football coach for both McGlinn and Breen-Phillips Hall. He also played goalie for the Stanford-Carroll interhall hockey team, suffering crushing losses in the semifinals each of his last three years.
At Notre Dame Law School, Alex is a member of a number of clubs and organizations such as the Transactional Law Team as well as the Journal on Emerging Technologies. In his free time, Alex enjoys listening to music and watching sports. He eagerly awaits the day either the Bills or Sabres bring a championship back to Buffalo. While he struggles to binge watch shows the way others can, he does watch his fair share of tv, his favorite show being It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He is extremely excited to be back for another year as an AR in Dunne and get to know everyone. Feel free to stop by his room in 3S anytime.
Hey guys-- my name is Rob and I'm the RA of 2 West! Like seemingly 90% of campus, I'm from Northern New Jersey I'm studying computer science & physics (fun on Friday nights, I know). Recently, I've spent the past 8 months in Silicon Valley working on an early stage tech startup. Outside of work, I love ping-pong and tennis. I'm super excited to be part of your first year in Dunne!! Always reach out with any questions!
Howdy y'all, my name is Ryan Moore, and I'll be the RA in 2 South! Everyone in Dunne knows me as Moose, so feel free to call me that whenever you see me around.
I'm from Dallas, TX (if you couldn't tell by the howdy or y'all), and I'm studying Political Science and Constitutional Studies. I’m planning on going to Law School after I graduate, so go to Rob if you have any math or science questions.
Outside of school, I’m a massive baseball fan, and I’m always happy to talk about my glory days in high school. You can normally find me playing ping pong in the lobby, so don’t be afraid to start up a random conversation with me! I’m extremely excited to be your RA this year, prepare to be a part of the best section!
Hello future Sentinels and/or Bengal Bouters! My name is Aidan Becklund, and I will be the 3S RA. I am very excited to help you all achieve your goals, and most importantly, urge you to become a part of the Bengal Bouts and win your boxing championship! I am from Tampa, Florida and am studying finance and philosophy. These may seem like two very different fields of study but through the many late night conversations we will have about the most interesting of topics, you will see that philosophy can be applied to literally everything you do. My passions include guitar, film, adrenaline junkie stuff, and boxing. I love classic rock in particular and would love to show any of you the basics of playing the guitar. Maybe our section will start a band. Who knows? My goal is to get everyone in our section to be more fit, healthy, and skilled at the art of boxing through joining the Bengal Bouts and with section core (a tradition from a previous RA I hope to carry on). I am also involved in other activities such as, Iron Sharpens Iron, the God and the Good Life Fellows, the IDEA Center, and creating and acting in student films. My hope is that Dunne becomes a home to you all and that I can always extend a helping hand!
What’s good Sents, and welcome to your new home! My name is Colin Capece and I’m super excited to be the Penthouse RA this year. I’m a Political Science major with minors in journalism and business economics from Smithtown, New York, which means you’re going to hear me complain often about a lack of good pizza or consistent weather in South Bend. I’m also a huge Mets and Jets fan, which really just means that I’ve got a great sense of self-deprecating humor (I chose Notre Dame solely because I was tired of rooting for a lousy football team). On-campus, I serve as an editor at The Observer, ND’s student run newspaper, and as an advisor for Matriculate, a non-profit that helps low-income, high-achieving high school students apply to great colleges. I’m also a proud member of the Dunne interhall soccer team and the Notre Dame Men’s Boxing club (fun fact: I got absolutely destroyed by RA Aidan in the first round of the 2019 Bengal Bouts tournament. Don’t break parietals around that guy, yikes!). In all seriousness, living in Dunne Hall has been one of the best experiences of my life because it’s allowed me to meet the best friends I’ve ever had and belong to an incredible community that always makes you feel at home. My goal is to do everything I can to help you enjoy your time in Dunne Hall as much as I have!
Fr. Kevin loves the outdoors, sports, farming, literature, and the occasional opportunity to do some woodworking. On account of these loves and his upbringing, he confesses—and Dunne Sentinels attest—he is probably the worst video game player in the world. 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. He completed his PhD in Philosophical Theology at the University of Cambridge, England. He specializes on memory, how we know God, and the difference that Christ and the sacraments make unto that end. He is an assistant professor in the theology department at Notre Dame, so you can enroll in one of his classes for foundations of theology starting in your first year. Upperclassmen occasionally find their way into his sacraments class. Fr. Kevin hosts Sentinels after every Tuesday evening Mass for food and conversation.