Aaron Steiner, who knew of the Haiti Program when he was earning a bachelor of management degree at Notre Dame in 2010, decided to volunteer for three weeks this summer between his consulting job at Deloitte and the start of his MBA program at the University of Michigan. The experience left the Haiti Program with a strategic business plan for increasing fortified-salt market share in three communities. It also left Steiner with a deepened appreciation for the social benefits of business.
Annie Sescleifer, a 2105 Biological Sciences graduate with a minor in International Development Studies, is volunteering with the Haiti Program for a year before she goes on to medical school and a career in medicine and global health. Sescleifer met program founder Rev. Thomas Streit when she was a freshman, and he advised her capstone project that studied the effectiveness of fortified salt to fight lymphatic filariasis (LF) in a region of the Dominican Republic with a high population of Haitian immigrants.
Dr. Patricia Curtin White, who earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences at Notre Dame in 1980 and went on to become a medical doctor, has volunteered with the Notre Dame Haiti Program for many years and recruited her family to join the trips in support of a mobile medical service to help Haitians in remote villages. Her daughter, Mary White, a junior science preprofessional and psychology major with a minor in poverty studies, went on her first trip when she was in high school and returned in the summer of 2014
Emil T. Hofman, emeritus professor of chemistry and biochemistry, who passed away on July 11 at age 94, was a legendary chemistry professor who taught more than 60 percent of each freshman class for four decades. His more than 32,000 former students include both of Notre Dame’s Nobel Prize winners, Notre Dame President Emeritus Monk Malloy, and more than 8,000 doctors. In retirement, Professor Hofman was still a fixture on campus, welcoming passersby to join him on a bench outside the Main Building.
Preliminary testing of more than 850 schoolchildren in the Haitian town of Saut-d’Eau has shown only one child to be infected with the parasite that causes lymphatic filariasis (LF), a milestone in efforts to eradicate the debilitating disease from the island. The results, involving children from 38 schools in the community of 35,000 people 50 miles north of Port-au-Prince, mean that the University of Notre Dame Haiti Program likely will achieve its goal of eliminating LF, also known as elephantiasis, from Haiti by 2020.