October 2016: Catherine Lee

Notre Dame Recsports Most Outstanding Student Employee October Catherine Lee

"Catherine is the perfect example of what a true leader is all about. Not only is she a climbing wall employee, but she is also the Vice President of the Climbing Club, and member of the Notre Dame Fencing Team! Oh and in her spare time she builds houses for Habitat for Humanity. One thing that makes Catherine such a great leader is the constant mindset that others come first. She is the first to notice when things are not quite right, and incredibly prompt to correct them. Catherine has demonstrated that her first goal is safety, which is followed closely by fun and relationship building. Catherine consistently takes "ownership" of the Climbing Wall - doing whatever it takes to make sure that it operates to the best of its abilities and in the safest environment possible. She is always striving to improve her skill sets and leadership abilities and in doing so is a great role model for all of our staff. And if all of that isn't enough to earn the title 'Most OUTSTANDING Student Employee for October," Catherine certainly sealed the deal when she volunteered to teach 'Belaying as a Metaphor' for the Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine. This unique collaborative effort allowed Catherine and Dom Vachon, Director of CCCM, to demonstrate how the role of a belay in climbing is similar to that of a doctor. This unique opportunity took hours of planning and numerous meetings, and Catherine was at the center of it. Needless to say, this rock climbing modern day Zorro is THE MOST OUTSTANDING STUDENT EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH!"

- Sarah Ryckman, Program Coordinator


Elizabethtown, Kentucky


Fencing, rock climbing, cooking, baking, drinking tea, and gardening.

Year at Notre Dame




What do you want to be when you grow up?

I don't know, I just hope to become more human in the Jean Vanier sense of the word.

What are the top 3 reasons you enjoy working at RecSports?

  • The cool shirts.
  • Getting paid to hang out at the climbing wall where I would already want to be.
  • Seeing people's excitement when they finally climb things they didn't think they could.

What’s one thing you would like everyone at RecSports to know about you?

One time I ate 11 Denny's pancakes in a sitting, and it is as inadvisable as it sounds.