If you see a girl with long, light-blonde and fair skin sitting in the pews at Sunday night Mass here at Dominican, it’s most likely Anne Glaza.
Known to close friends as a sweet-natured individual with a good head on her shoulders, Glaza is actively involved in University Ministry at Dominican. She takes part in the Student Leadership and Ministry program (SLAM), choir and the Better Together Campaign.
Anne Glaza was born Sept. 11, 1991 in Toledo, Ohio to Dave and Paulina Glaza. She is the oldest of three, with two younger brothers, in a religious-centered family.
“I am very blessed to be raised in a religious family,” Glaza said. “Religion is a part of our everyday life. We talk about the readings read in Mass and we have done lots of service at our parish.”
Growing up, Glaza took tap dancing for 10 years, beginning at age 4, as well as participating in basketball and softball. In middle school, Glaza began participating in musical theater, both in school and a community theater group started by her best friend’s mother and aunt. One favorite role was playing Cinderella in the production of “Into The Woods” during the summer after her junior year of high school.
She attended Notre Dame Academy, an all-girl Roman Catholic high school where she continued to participate in musical theatre and later joined the speech team in her senior year. Also, Glaza is involved in ministry at her academy. “I enjoyed planning prayer services and service projects,” Glaza said.
In 2010, Glaza enrolled at Dominican, with a major in nutrition – an interest sparked in high school while developing a healthier lifestyle and learning about how the human body works. Immediately, Glaza became an active member in University Ministry by joining choir, becoming a student minister and leader, and later a member of the Better Together Campaign.
For anyone who might not know Anne Glaza, according to Chellie Britt, junior, and close friend, “She is very genuine. She loves so much. If you ever need anything, Anne would be there. She is a calming presence.” Glaza is currently a resident advisor for Coughlin Three, all while being involved with ministry, working as a resource desk assistant and focusing on her studies.
Although she is very active in the Dominican community, Glaza admits she is unsure about her future, she knows it will involve service.
“She is one of the sweetest, kindest people I know,” junior Krzysztof Bielak said. “She is willing to talk to people no matter how busy she is.”
In her spare time, Glaza enjoys reading, spending time in nature, scrapbooking and being in the kitchen.
So far, Glaza has learned that at Dominican that “there are incredible opportunities to do meaningful work.”
– Jenna Ramiro, Staff Writer