Iwanski’s call from Notre Dame came just a bit late.
In the mid-1980s,
he applied to the Notre Dame ROTC program in the interests of bringing together
his love for Notre Dame with his love for the military. But he heard nothing
back, so he proceeded to enroll at the United States Military Academy at West
Two years went
by, and his mother happened to mention that Notre Dame called midway through
his first year at West Point. They wanted to talk to Iwanski about joining its
obviously something went wrong there,” he laughs.
eventually, Iwanski got his chance to be a member of the Fighting Irish.
his BS in Economics from West Point, and then served nine years as a
commissioned officer in the United States Army. Iwanski subsequently took a job
with Ernst & Young as an auditor. At the time, the Master of Science in Accountancy had just began offering its E&Y program—an accelerated course
of study that allowed students to earn their masters in two summers. Iwanski
spent Memorial Day 1999 sitting in his first Notre Dame classroom as a student.
Since then, Iwanski,
who currently is an executive director with the Ernst & Young Financial
Services Office in Atlanta, has made it a point to stay connected with his
classmates and the school. He has served as a guest lecturer in MSA classes,
delivered the last commencement address for the Ernst & Young YMP program,
and joined the Mendoza Graduate Alumni Board.
“As a summer
program person, you don’t have as much interaction with people,” he says. “So
being part of the board allows me to be better in tune with the happenings on
campus and to extend my network of fellow alums, faculty and others at the
larger picture to his involvement as well.
is more than just a school; it’s a culture, a standard, a way of life. I feel fortunate that I was able to get an
advanced degree from here,” he says.
“Any little bit that I can do to pass that opportunity on to others is
important to me.”
“Plus, I don’t need much of an excuse to come to campus a
couple of times per year. Notre Dame is a great place to recharge and
reflect on the important things in life.”
Iwanski is a
Colonel in the United States Army Reserves and serves as the Chair of the
Finance Committee at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Atlanta (not
the Basilica at Notre Dame).