Alumni Feature: Notre Dame MNA grad empowers the South Bend community

Author: Michelle McDaniel

By supporting a University that educates students in mind, body, and spirit, O’Hara Society members instill a value of service that continues long after students’ time at Mendoza.

Stephen Ziegler ’20 MNA is just one example of how, with the help of the O’Hara Society, Mendoza graduates continue to Grow the Good in BusinessTM.

The imposing, castle-like Kizer House sat empty for years on West Washington. Stephen Ziegler ’20 MNA is working to change that.

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Stephen purchased the house in 2022 and moved to South Bend to oversee its renovation. He plans to convert parts of the house into an office, café, and residential space. He is especially excited about making the house a community project.

He’s had a number of people walk up to the house to ask if they can help and has since opened the project up for educational experiences.

Last summer, he welcomed Notre Dame graduate architecture students into the home to study how it was built. In June, he welcomed South Bend Tradeworks to host a free summer camp program on-site where high schoolers learned about historic preservation trades work.

“I am humbled to make these things happen and give back. I think as you stay with a community like Notre Dame, it’s easy to be inspired and pick up on the techniques that have helped others.”

O’Hara Society members invest in a mission-driven business education that inspires and teaches students like Stephen how to advance the mission long after graduation. Read more about how Stephen is making use of his Notre Dame business education for the community ›