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Notable’ students honored

Kate Gales | Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Junior Teresa Hansen and fifth-year student Christopher Heim were named “Notable Irish” by the Notre Dame Student Government and Legends.

Hansen and Heim are the first honorees with this designation, which will be awarded each month.

“It’s an effort by the Office of the President and leaders of the student body to get recognition for students who do things outside of Notre Dame that aren’t really well recognized,” Hansen said.

Hansen, an economics and peace studies major, has done a great deal of community service, most notably her work with Jim McGinnis, director of the Institute of Peace and Justice in St. Louis.

“He developed a pledge of nonviolence – a seven component pledge that embodies what it means to be a non-violent person, what kind of character you need,” Hansen said. “When I was a junior, [I] took that and made a curriculum for a Peace Camp based on the pledge. It’s taking place all over the country.”

Hansen has personally been involved with programs in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Kentucky, as well as an Episcopal Church conference in Chicago.

“Now the curriculum is published; it’s an easy format so [the programs] don’t always need us to come out and train them,” said Hansen.

Hansen has also participated in CSC-sponsored Summer Service Programs, both domestically with the YWCA and internationally in Bangkok with refugees.

Christopher Heim, a fifth-year Architecture student, was recognized for his contribution to the Notre Dame community via graphic design. The watermark/shamrock logo used by Legends was his winning design.

Heim’s graphic skills have been used to enhance T-shirts and a window etching on his dorm, Morrissey. He also serves as President of Notre Dame’s chapter of the American Institute of Architectural Students (AIAS).