April 2020 News and Notes
Called to be Daughters of God Retreat 2020 Postponed
NDWC regrets that it is necessary to postpone the Called to be Daughters of God Retreat. NDWC will follow the Alumni Association’s decisions regarding rescheduling the Reunion, and as these details unfold, will consider options for rescheduling the 2020 Retreat.
Those who already registered for the 2020 Retreat have been notified and refunds are in process. Look forward to next June, though, as NDWC does plan to offer the Called to be Daughters of God Retreat during Reunion weekend 2021. If you have further questions, please contact Karen Dehais ‘85 at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
NDAA Activity Pack
In the spirit of togetherness, the Notre Dame Alumni Association created this Irish Family Fun Pack including coloring pages, crossword puzzles, word searches, jumbles, and trivia — something for everybody in the Notre Dame Family regardless of age.
We hope you enjoy working through the booklet and that you feel a sense of connection to each other and Notre Dame, even as we are apart.
Have you signed up for the weekly ThinkND emails? Now is the perfect time to inspire your mind and spark conversations! Check out some of the content featured on ThinkND for Women's History Month, which was celebrated in March.
On Work, Money, and the Rise of Female Entrepreneurship
Kerry Hannon is a leading authority and strategist on career transitions, entrepreneurship, personal finance, and retirement. In this podcast, she discusses how people should think about the different stages of their careers and the rising success of female entrepreneurs.
Women’s Suffrage and Political Barbies
Christina Wolbrecht, professor of political science at Notre Dame, joins the podcast to talk about women's suffrage in the United States. She recently co-authored a book titled, “A Century of Votes for Women,” which looks at how women have used their right to vote in the hundred years since the 19th Amendment was passed.
Women Artists on View at the Snite
The Snite Museum of Art on campus at Notre Dame has curated an online gallery of selected works by women artists in the museum. Enjoy pieces ranging from 1786 to 2013.
Mary Bernard ‘20 Reflects on an Unexpected Ending
When seniors left for Spring Break, they didn't realize that their "lasts" had already happened - their last time in the dining hall, at the Grotto, or in the library. Read Mary’s reflection in Notre Dame Magazine on finishing her undergraduate career from home in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Women Lead 2020 Female Faculty Profiles
In celebration of International Women's Day in March, the University profiled seven outstanding female faculty members whose work is contributing to better understanding and quality of life in our world. As leading scholars in fields ranging from philosophy of causation to polymer separation, Notre Dame women are forming minds and hearts as thinkers and teachers.
Welcome Marie Lynn Miranda, fifth provost of the University of Notre Dame!
Marie Lynn Miranda, the former provost of Rice University and a distinguished scholar in the field of children’s environmental health, has been elected the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost of the University of Notre Dame by its Board of Trustees, acting on the recommendation of the University’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. She will succeed Thomas G. Burish, who is stepping down July 1 after 15 years as Notre Dame’s provost.
“After an extensive national and international search...Father Jenkins and our search committee have recommended a woman with extraordinary scholarly, administrative and service credentials,” said John J. Brennan, chair of the University’s Board. “We are so pleased to welcome Marie Lynn and her family to Notre Dame and look forward to working with her as we build upon Tom’s wonderful work.”
The success of first-generation students and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds was a priority of Miranda’s during her time as Rice’s provost. She also focused on increasing the gender and racial diversity of the faculty and academic leaders.
Congratulations to Our Outstanding Alumnae, Faculty, and Female Students. We're proud of your many accomplishments! Cheers to:
- Ashley Zhou ‘19 will study medical science at the University of Cambridge this fall as a member of the Gates Cambridge Scholar class of 2020. A neuroscience and behavior major with a minor in innovation and entrepreneurship, Zhou hopes to investigate “the neural circuits behind how we arrive at insightful solutions to problems.” Established with a $210 million gift from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000, the Gates Cambridge Scholarship recognizes students from outside the United Kingdom who demonstrate outstanding intellectual ability, leadership potential and a commitment to improving the lives of others.
- Maryam Rokhideh, doctoral candidate in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, was selected for the highly selective Woodrow Wilson Dissertation fellowship, awarded annually to ten humanities and social science doctoral candidates whose work addresses women’s and gender issues in interdisciplinary and original ways. Her dissertation, titled “Everything is on My Back: Women, Work, and Welfare on the Congo-Rwanda Border,” examines the ways in which women who live in border communities leverage their networks to achieve socio-economic mobility and improve their quality of life in an insecure context where access to public services is limited.
- Department of Film, Television and Theatre Professor Pamela Wojcik has been awarded a 2020 fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in support of her book project, Unhomed: Mobility and Placelessness in American Cinema. Wojcik is among 175 scholars, artists, and scientists to be awarded fellowships this year from a pool of nearly 3,000 applicants.
- Molly Seidel ‘16 secured her first Olympics appearance after finishing second in the marathon trials on February 29 in Atlanta with a time of 2:27.31. Not only did she qualify, but with this race Seidel also became the first woman in US history to make the Olympic marathon team in a marathon debut. Seidel will participate in the Tokyo 2020 competition, now postponed until 2021.
- Sr. Katherine Seibert, M.D., ’67 M.S., ’73 PhD continues to practice medicine at 85 years young. An oncologist and internal medicine practitioner, Dr. Seibert — until recently — spent two days a week at Hudson River HealthCare in New York’s Hudson River Valley, an area now regarded as the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
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!