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Scholar Spotlight: Brynn Howard '25

Author: Sarah Kubinski

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Brynn Howard 2025

Brynn Howard '25 just returned from a 3-game club softball series in Chicago when we spoke. She loves that she can keep up a sport that she has played since she was 8--especially impressive since she is a catcher. The team won all three games and she bat 1000. Knowing Brynn, this is not surprising. She excels in most things she sets her mind to doing.

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Catching up with Elicia Dennis ’18 ’23

Author: Sarah Kubinski

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Elicia Dennis ’18 ’23 has curated a wildly full life for herself. She is the web content strategist for the College of Arts and Letters, a graduate student, a board member of Thrive! (Notre Dame's employee resource group for female employees) and on the advisory council of the AnBryce Foundation. Her current bustling schedule is a far cry from her time immediately after graduation--a time she speaks honestly about to scholars worried about their future.

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Catching up with Teayanna Leytham '21, ESTEEM '22

Author: Sarah Kubinski

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Teayanna Leytham '21 has always made the most of her time at Notre Dame, in the classroom as she pursued her Chemical Engineering degree and outside of it, leading clubs and studying abroad in Ireland. In particular, she maximized her summers during college. After freshman year, she was a Fulbright Summer Institute Scholar in Scotland (and also traveled to Rome with the College of Engineering). The following summer she headed to Washington, DC to take part in consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton's Summer Games

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AnBryce Scholar Wins Bud Ahearn Leadership Award

Author: Sarah Kubinski

 
Marilyn Zizumbo
Marilyn Zizumbo 2022

AnBryce senior, Marilyn Zizumbo, a Environmental Engineering major from Corona, California, is the latest winner of the Bud Ahearn Leadership Award. This award is named in honor of the late Joseph "Bud" Ahearn, Notre Dame alumnus and supporter of the Center for Civic Innovation (CCI) Internship Program. Award winners exemplify Bud's principles of leadership, selflessness, service to others, and commitment to fostering meaningful relationships.

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Senior Spotlight: Odalis Gonzalez Reyes '21

Author: Sarah Kubinski

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Odalis Gonzalez Reyes, '21, is a ray of sunshine from American Falls, Idaho. Before arriving on campus, she really had not been much of anywhere outside of Idaho. That Freshman fall, when she drove cross country with her high school teacher, Mrs. Caroline Wight ('04), she began the adventure that would be 4 years of growth and challenge and change at Notre Dame. …

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AnBryce Partner Spotlight & Conversation: Elise Rudt, CUSE

Author: Sarah Kubinski

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Elise Rudt, National Fellows Coordinator, CUSE

The Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarship Engagement (CUSE) a campus resource gem. We shared our original digs in Brownson Hall for many years with them. But even as our programs changed homes, CUSE to Bond Hall and AnBryce to Haggar Hall, our relationship strengthened, thanks to a shared commitment of assisting scholars with acquiring valuable tools to enrich their time at the University and beyond. AnBryce constantly seeks out experts in their fields to provide support and networks for our scholars. CUSE is one such resource, with its commitment to scholarly discernment as it relates to experiential learning, research planning and funding, and application support for national and international fellowships. Recently, we sat down with Elise Rudt, National Fellows Coordinator at CUSE, to talk about our long-standing partnership.…

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AnBryce A Day in the Life: Amanda Hammond

Author: Sarah Kubinski

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Amanda Hammond, Program Manager

Ask anyone who knows about AnBryce at Notre Dame and they'll tell you the heart of the scholar's program is Program Manager Amanda Hammond. With the program from its inception, she holds the collective memory but also the collective soul of AnBryce. We wanted to check in with her to see what a day in the life looks like in COVID times. …

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Senior Spotlight: Isel Otero Torres '21

Author: Sarah Kubinski

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Isel Otero Torres' ‘21 trip to college three and a half years ago was a short one. A graduate of South Bend's Adams High School, she appreciated that Notre Dame would challenge her  but also allow her to stay close to her family. Isel is the first to admit that when she arrived at ND she did not have a specific plan for her business degree, but she hoped, by graduation, to be prepared for several jobs in that sector. Open attitudes like this are perfect for AnBryce's networks at Notre Dame and beyond.

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IDEA Center Student Intern Stories: Isel Otero Torres (ND '21) will join Accenture as a Consultant

Author: Emily Tyson

Isel Otero Torres is a senior at Notre Dame, majoring in management consulting and French. She grew up in South Bend and most of her family is still nearby. “When my mother learned I would be attending Notre Dame and not leaving for a school in California, she was very happy,” she says.

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