"I was, frankly, shocked at the amount of support and resources that are available within the Division of Student Affairs and, in particular, to rectors here at Notre Dame."
--Chris Tarnacki, Rector, O'Neill Hall
Chris Tarnacki, a ND alumni, shares how he has grown professionally in the rector role:
Thoughts Before You Applied?
I'll admit that my perception of the role was one typically filled by professed religious who might not be as concerned about "what's next." As a 28-year old professional I was prepared to give everything to this job, but wanted to make sure that the rector role would allow me to grow professionally so that I would be ready when it was time to take the next step in my career.
How Often Do You Find Opportunities for Development?
In addition to two weeks of orientation and training before the academic year for incoming rectors, we meet for professional development seminars and opportunities throughout the year through both Residential Life and the professional development group within Student Affairs, STAR-ND. Also, rectors are allotted professional development funds that can be used to attend conferences or to purchase materials for your own growth. Last year I used that funding to attend a conference on Holy Cross in Uganda. This year I will be attending NASPA in New Orleans.
How Does This Impact Your Career?
I've been able to do some work on survey data for the Graduate School, worked on a retreat program, served on a student leadership council, and sat on a task force to help implement a new assessment tool for residential life. Our role gives us some flexibility during normal "business hours" which has allowed me to connect with a number of impressive people that work at Notre Dame. I don't exactly know what is next after my time as rector, but I feel confident that there will be opportunities available to either at here or elsewhere thanks in large part to the support I've received.