Melanie Lux | March 18, 2020
Growing up in Lake Tahoe, California, Bradley Tener never let a little snow faze him. Those months when it snowed more than 20 feet, he simply grabbed his snowboard and tackled the slopes. The only time it did bother him was when the power went out for a few days and his family had to put their perishable food outside in the snow. “It was a fact of life,” he recalls.
When he moved to South Bend, Indiana, where the average annual snowfall is a mere 63 inches, Tener thought he’d left challenging weather behind him. Little did he know his time at the University of Notre Dame earning a B.S. in civil engineering would lead to a “snow job.”
Tener has a unique connection with Notre Dame. His mother was among the first class of women accepted to the university when it went coed in 1972. Although she was unable to attend, Tener chose Notre Dame over Ivy League schools due, in large part, to its Catholic faith-based community. It proved to be a profound decision.
While he was a freshman, Tener’s father passed away from an emergency health issue. Two thousand miles from home, Tener felt helpless and distraught. “The Notre Dame community stepped up—friends, rectors, professors and university staff reached out to help. Everyone gave me all the time I needed. My grades suffered a little, but it could have been worse. I will always be thankful to Notre Dame for that.”
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