Rick Gonsiorek '01 Returns as Admissions Counselor
Holy Cross College announces the addition of a sixth member to its admissions staff with the hiring of Rick Gonsiorek (Holy Cross College '01, University of Notre Dame BA '04, and Providence College M.Ed. '08) as an admissions counselor. After several years teaching in Catholic elementary schools, Gonsiorek is excited to start his new career at the college. "I had such a wonderful experience at Holy Cross," he explained, "that I am confident I can convince young people that Holy Cross may be their best choice for college too."
When Gonsiorek recently returned for a job interview, many of his professors remembered him by his first name. "That was my favorite part about Holy Cross--the personal relationships you form," he said. "But I didn't really expect them to remember me after nearly a decade." While at Holy Cross he had many formative experiences. He worked as a Resident Assistant in the dorm, a peer tutor in the counseling center and was active in campus ministry. Although he transferred to Notre Dame to complete his major in theology (which was still necessary in 2001 because Holy Cross did not offer a baccalaureate program until 2003), he returned to work nights at Holy Cross as a librarian's assistant in the evenings.
Gonsiorek, a graduate of Notre Dame High School, in Niles, IL, started his college career at a public university in his home state. However he was dissatisfied with the huge class sizes and longed for the discussions of faith that had meant so much to him at a Catholic high school. One of his former teachers, Rev. Richard Conyers, CSC (also a former Holy Cross College professor), suggested he transfer to Holy Cross. "It was the best advice I ever got," Gonsiorek said.