Constructed as a male, freshman residence hall in 1936 and dedicated in honor of Rev. John W. Cavanaugh, Notre Dame's fifth president; When constructed, the hall was the first North Quad residence hall; Originally housed 196 men; Renovated in 1989; Converted to a women's residence hall in 1994 as a result of increasing enrollment of women; Chapel was renovated in 2000 and now offers air conditioning; Conveniently located next door to the LaFortune Student Center and Washington Hall; Notable residents include Tim Brown '88 (Heisman Trophy winner); Active hall government coordinates events such as dances, educational presentations, and a very successful Father-Daughter and Mother-Daughter Weekends held every other year in the spring.
Cavanaugh Hall offers a variety of room configurations, most of which are singles and doubles. There are also rooms that are 3-person suites and 4-person suites.
RECTOR: MS. JEANNINE DICARLANTONIO
Jeannine recently moved to Notre Dame from Austin, Texas, and is thrilled to be joining the Cavanaugh Hall community as Rector. Jeannine is a Double-Domer, having received her undergraduate degree in Spanish Language and Literature and her Master’s degree in Education from the University of Notre Dame. Before joining the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program in 2010, Jeannine worked at a charter school in her hometown of Denver, Colorado, where she served as an early literacy teacher and literacy coach for ELL/ESL students. As an ACE teacher, Jeannine served as a Spanish and Language Arts teacher at St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic School – which is a Holy Cross school – in Austin, Texas. After completion of the program, Jeannine remained at the school as a Second Grade teacher. During that time, Jeannine also served as faculty advisor and coach for student programs, and worked as mentor and advisor for high school and college students seeking careers in education. As an undergraduate at Notre Dame, Jeannine lived Howard Hall, where she was actively involved in hall government, including a year as Vice President, and served as RA her senior year.
When asked why she feels called to serve as Rector, Jeannine explained: "As a student at Notre Dame, my Howard Hall community was a source of great comfort, strength, love, and happiness during four years of incredible growth and transition. I remember so well struggling to balance academics, faith, physical health, emotional well-being, and social experiences. The years spent as an undergraduate at Notre Dame are beautifully challenging, and I am now blessed to have the privilege of serving as a witness to my faith and living in community with women who are in the middle of their own unique journeys. Serving in pastoral ministry brings me great joy, and I can think of no better way to serve in that capacity than to serve in the midst of Cavanaugh Chaos!"