Gwen O'Brien | December 17, 2018
What inspired 18 grown men and women to jump into the frigid water of St. Joseph’s Lake before sunrise on a mid-December morning? Community building and a good cause.
The third annual ARCtic Plunge Challenge, held Wednesday, Dec. 12, raised more than $1,400 for the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. Several boxes of food were also collected.
Rev. Jim Bracke, C.S.C., staff chaplain, was among the brave souls to run into the lake. Toweling off in the boathouse afterward, he called the plunge “exhilarating! It was a wake-up.”
Also on the beach at 7:30 a.m. was a cheering section of at least 10 staff members and administrators such as Mike Seamon, vice president for campus safety and events management, and Dolly Duffy, associate vice president for University relations.
Jason Williams, director of information security and compliance, is one of the event organizers.
“The idea for the plunge came from a leadership cohort retreat we did in the fall of 2016 called Authentic Relationship Community, or ARC,” says Williams, explaining the origin of the ARCtic Plunge.
“As part of the retreat, our group of 15 did a polar plunge into Lake Wawasee (Kosciusko County). It was a great community building experience that some of us wanted to repeat on campus in December,” he recalls.
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