October 2019 News and Notes
Save the date for the 2020 NDWC Called to be Daughters of God Retreat, scheduled for Sunday, June 7th on campus in Geddes Hall.
This is a great opportunity for alumnae to grow in their faith and enjoy fellowship together. No matter your season in life or where you are in your faith journey, all are welcome!
Watch this newsletter and NDWC’s Facebook page for more info about this year’s theme, schedule, cost, lodging options and more. And, if you’d like to be notified as more details become available, just share your name and email address using this form and we will be in touch.
We hope to see many of you on campus for the retreat!
New Record! 24 NDWC Groups/ND Clubs Host Shared Read Discussions
The Fall 2019 On the Same Page: NDWC Shared Reading Experience officially concluded last week, though local book meet-ups will continue for the rest of the month and into November. Online discussion of Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover has been complemented by an all-time high of 24 local meetings. We had many lively and productive conversations; many thanks to all who contributed to the event! To learn more about the Shared Read, join the NDWC Shared Read group on Facebook to vote for our Spring 2020 book and participate in the next virtual discussion.
Local Alumnae Activities. Here's a small sample of the many events that took place throughout the spring fall and early summer. Want to see your event highlighted in the next newsletter? Please send us your pictures!
Over the weekend, Notre Dame Women Connect in Los Angeles participated in the Homeboy Industries 5K, benefiting their job training and anti-recitivism programs.
The Women of St. Louis gathered for a book club discussion.
NDWC West Palm Beach enjoyed lunch together in August.
Do you want to see your group's events and pictures in the next issue? Please let us know!
Congratulations to Our Outstanding Alumnae, Faculty, and Female Students. We're proud of your many accomplishments! Cheers to:
- Therese Cory, the John and Jean Oesterle Associate Professor of Thomistic Studies in the Department of Philosophy, has been named a member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas by Pope Francis. Cory is one of 50 total members and one of two women — the third in the academy’s history — to be so honored.
- Danielle Wood, associate director for research in the Center for Civic Innovation, has been named project director of the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN), a key program of the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative.
- Christi Shibata and Michelle Woolverton are the first full-time female firefighters in the 140-year-old ND Fire Department! Shibata, 37, joined the department in July and previously worked as a physical therapist assistant and personal trainer in Michigan. Her sister is Notre Dame Police Chief Keri Kei Shibata. Woolverton, 42, joined the team in August and is a native of South Bend.
- Maria McKenna and Richard Pierce have been appointed co-directors of the AnBryce Scholars Initiative at the University of Notre Dame, a scholar leaders program supporting first-generation college students who demonstrate great promise in the face of challenging life circumstances.
- Jennifer L. Schaefer, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been selected as one of the five Toyota Young Investigator Fellows for 2019-2020 by The Electrochemical Society (ECS) and Toyota Research Institute of North America. The program seeks to recognize and encourage young scholars in pursuit of research in green energy technology, specifically those areas that promote the development of next-generation vehicles capable of using alternative fuels. In
- Pinar Zorlutuna, Associate Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, has been named one of the recipients of the 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Established in 1996, the PECASE program identifies and honors outstanding young researchers who show exceptional promise in science and technology. It is the highest honor that a scientist or engineer at the beginning of an independent research career can receive from the United States government.
- Susan (Prendergast) Schoelwer ’75 was recently chosen as the Mount Vernon’s Executive Director of Historic Preservation and Collections and Robert H. Smith Senior Curator.
- Kate Markgraf '98, who won a NCAA women’s soccer championship at Notre Dame, a World Cup title in 1999, and two Olympic gold medals, has been named as the first General Manager of the Women’s National Team.
- Niele Ivey ND '01 will join the NBA as the 9th active female assistant coach. Since her time at Notre Dame (where she played in two NCAA Final Fours, including winning the National Championship in 2001), she has played in the WNBA and been a highly regarded assistant coach, most recently with Notre Dame women's basketball.
- Congratulations to Molly Huddle '06 on her fifth straight U.S. title in the 10,000 meter at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
- Professor of Psychology and Peace Studies Laura Miller-Graff ’08 has been awarded $2.5 million from the National Institutes of Health to launch and evaluate an intervention program for pregnant women to reduce intimate partner violence.
- Monica Arul Jayachandran, a PhD candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, won first place and the People’s Choice award, along with $2,500 in prize money, at the inaugural ACC Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition,which challenges graduate students to explain their research in a language appropriate to both specialists and non-specialists with just one static slide in three minutes or less. Monica’s presentation — “Occupant Comfort in High-Rise Buildings” — employed humor and personal anecdotes to show the need for established movement guidelines for occupant comfort in tall buildings, which can sway unpleasantly in high winds.
Do you know an ND woman who should be on this list? Do you want to see your group's events and pictures in the next issue? Please let us know!