Senior Class Council hosted its second annual “100 Days Dance” in the Dahnke Ballroom in Duncan Student Center on Thursday night. The dance marks the final 100 days of school at Notre Dame for the class of 2018, and seniors were invited to join in reminiscing on their 3 1/2 years together. Chris Collins | The Observer The class of 2018 gathered in the Duncan Student Center on Thursday to celebrate the last 100 days of their time as Notre Dame students.Senior Class Council secretary Matthew Peters said he was excited for the class of 2018 to have access to the newly-completed Duncan Student Center for the second installment of this dance.“The space is unbelievably classy and the facilities are top-notch, so moving to Duncan seemed like the right move — it was a no brainer,” Peters said. “Furthermore, we believe that an on-campus venue would continue to bridge the gap between the senior off-campus community and those still on campus.”The dance, which overlooked Notre Dame Stadium, featured a DJ, professional photographer, photo booth and hors d’oeuvres such as chocolate-covered strawberries, mini tacos, pot stickers and cupcakes.In addition to the prime location, Peters said he hoped the free shuttle service offered for the dance would attract off-campus seniors to the event.“We decided to provide a free shuttle service to safely and effectively draw off-campus seniors to Duncan the night of,” Peters said. “Our bus service makes a loop between Duncan, Irish Row to the east of campus, Eddy Street Commons to the south of campus and Dublin Village to the west of campus.”The main purpose of this event, Peters said, was for classmates to reflect on the memories made throughout their time at Notre Dame as their senior year begins to wind down.“More than anything, our goal with this event was to celebrate our last 3 1/2 years together at the greatest university in the world, all while remembering that our days here are numbered,” Peters said. “It is our hope that through this event, our classmates truly recognize and cherish every last day, every last experience and every last encounter at Our Lady’s University.”Senior Olivia Mikkelsen said the dance was a welcome burst of camaraderie in a nerve-wracking time for many members of the class of 2018.“I think it’s a scary, but exciting, time,” she said. “I feel like that’s a common theme around most seniors, but having a 100 Days Dance is a great way to bring everyone together and really have a collective experience of being seniors and being together and having this.”Senior Shane Ryan said the dance was the perfect opportunity to bring together students from many different groups in the senior class.“It’s great to celebrate getting through Notre Dame for four years with all these people,” he said. “People have different groups along the ways and it’s beautiful to see everything converge when you’re seniors and people all kind of finally get to know each other and all of a sudden you just have all these friends coming out of the woodworks and having a really great time.”Peters said the event took a considerable deal of planning, a duty made easier by the help of his Class Council task force — made up of seniors Sarah Ritten, Kelly Smith, Thomas Walsh, Alexandra Snyder, Andrea Bae and John Ahn — whose dedication he said helped make this dance possible.More important than the details of the dance, however, were the members of the class of 2018 and their memories of Notre Dame, Peters said.“Our measure of success does not come through ticket sales or the number of chocolate covered strawberries eaten,” he said. “Our measure of success will be the memories made among classmates — memories that we hope will last a lifetime.”Tags: 100 Days Dance, class of 2018, senior class council
Jenna Nicole Henderson went to be with Jesus on Sunday, October 2, 2016. She was born on April 30, 1986 in Louisville, KY. On September 15, 2012 she married Scott Henderson in Lexington, KY and they reside in Batesville, Indiana.As a teenager, Jenna had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer twice, and went into complete remission both times. During her treatments at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Jenna began dreaming of caring for pediatric cancer patients. Almost simultaneously, Jenna became involved in the ministry of Young Life in high school, where she began following Jesus. After graduating Dixie High School in 2004, she attended and received her Nursing Degree from the University of Kentucky. Realizing her dream, Jenna worked for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital as a pediatric nurse in the CBDI Clinic, providing care for children battling cancer. Known also for loving beautiful things, Jenna began capturing images for her small business JennaNicolePhotography.com.Because her most momentous decision was to follow Jesus, Jenna committed her life to sharing the gospel in the same venue where she first heard it, by volunteering as a Young Life leader. For over 13 years, Jenna walked in the lives of high school students as she proclaimed the grace of Jesus, to which she dearly clung.Jenna was gifted at seeing the beauty in everyone she met. She viewed it a privilege to pray for and share her faith with family, high school students, co-leaders, oncology patients, coworkers and friends. Innumerable people consider themselves indebted to Jenna for faithfully demonstrating the gospel and know Jesus intimately by her words and example.Jenna is truly missed by her loving husband, Scott, her parents Roy (Sondra) Gilfedder of Nashville, TN and Karen Gilfedder of Erlanger, KY, her brother Scott (Kamilla) Gilfedder of Lexington, KY, her nieces and nephews Coen, Burke & Adalyn along with her father & mother-in-law Mike & Deb Henderson of Greenville, OH, brother & sister-in-law, Ryan & Leah Henderson of Brookville, OH and numerous friends.Visitation will be Friday, October 7, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00pm followed by a celebration of Jenna’s life, all at Crossroads Uptown, 42 Calhoun St., Cincinnati, OH 45219. There is limited parking on the street and additional parking at Corry Garage, 2529 Scioto Ln., Cincinnati, OH 45219.Graveside services will be 10:30am on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Greenville Union Cemetery, 200 West St., Greenville, OH 45331.In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Young Life or Ovarian Cancer Research. Donations to Young Life will go to setting up the Jenna Henderson Memorial Fund, an endowment fund that will help send kids to camp every year. Checks may be made payable to “Young Life” and may be brought to the services or mailed to Meyers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 202, Batesville, IN 47006.