Save the date for the 2020 Called to be Daughters of God Retreat, scheduled for Sunday, June 7th on campus in Geddes Hall. This year’s theme will be the Psalms.
The retreat is a great opportunity for alumnae to grow in their faith and enjoy the unique fellowship of ND women. No matter your season in life or where you are in your faith journey, all are welcome!
Find more details and FAQs here. Be sure to watch this newsletter and NDWC’s Facebook page for more info about registration. And, if you’d like to be notified when registration opens, 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!


NDWC Board Openings

The national ND Women Connect Board has several open positions and is looking for new members.The NDWC Board is an all-volunteer group that provides guidance, advice, and support to the Notre Dame Alumni Association's alumnae outreach efforts. This is a hands-on team that creates and manages on-campus events, maintains a variety of alumnae communications vehicles, leads professional development initiatives, and supports and nurtures our local NDWC groups.

Want to join us? The following board positions open up for  a 3-year term beginning on July 1, 2020:

Regional Directors:

  • Central Region (Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota)
  • Illinois Region (entire state)
  • Mid-Atlantic Region (Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland)

A Regional Director will live in the region she leads and carry out the goals and objectives of NDWC in their respective Region.


  • Communications Secretary/Social Media Chair
  • Communications Secretary/Newsletter Chair

Board members are expected to travel for 2 annual trips to campus in the spring and fall to participate in Board meetings, student programming/events, and meetings with other alumni club/affinity group leaders. Travel costs are covered but note each trip can involve 2-3 weekdays on campus.The NDWC Board also holds a monthly conference call via Zoom every month.

Serving on the NDWC Board is a great way to connect with other ND alumnae from a variety of class years and areas of the country, as well as with other alumni, family, and friends, and of course the University. If you are not ready to self-nominate for a Board position and/or live in a Region other than those listed above, we also need committee members to assist the Board with tasks such as event planning, writing, and outreach.

If you are interested, please complete the self-nomination form and provide your resume to our current governance chair, Kimberly Thigpen,’05 MBA, at no later than Friday, February 14. If you have any questions, you please contact Kimberly. We are looking for women of all years, majors, backgrounds, and personal circumstances.


Local Alumnae Activities. Here's a small sample of the many events that took place throughout the fall and early winter. Want to see your event highlighted in the next newsletter? Send us your pictures!

NDWC St. Louis women posing

NDWC St. Louis met for Conversation and Cocktails in September. Kim Kirn, ND Law '85, hosted 10 women - 4 were new to the group! - from classes 2015-1973.

NDWC women pose at their cookie event

NDWC Detroit gathered for their annual cookie exchange.


NDWC Minnesota women at a tailgate

In Minnesota, alumnae tailgated like champions!

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:

  • Congrats to Mikaela Ramsey ’21, Rhetta Eubanks ’21, Mariah Smith ’22, and Marie Doyle ’21, who will study abroad this semester as Gilman Scholars, all through Notre Dame International. The four women worked closely with the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE), which promotes the intellectual development of Notre Dame undergraduates through scholarly engagement, research, creative endeavors, and the pursuit of fellowships.
  • Nicole Butler '20 has been selected as the nation’s Army ROTC student of the year and to the ROTC All-American Team, an awards program now in its second year that honors the best and brightest ROTC seniors across the country. Butler is from Spring, Texas, and will graduate in May with dual degrees in Arabic and biochemistry.
  • Nicole Woods, Assistant Professor of Art History, has been named a 2019 recipient of an Arts Writers Grant. She's one of just 19 recipients of this prestigious award!
  • Congrats to the Flaherty Bears, the 2019 flag football champions!

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? Let us know!


Finally, we honor and remember Sister John Miriam Jones, who died on November 3rd at the age of 95. She spent 17 years at Notre Dame and was instrumental in making the university co-ed in 1972. She will be remembered with much love and gratitude for her role in making Notre Dame a place for all of us.

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