April 2019 News and Notes

Apr 01, 2019

NDWC is bursting with news this spring! Learn about open board positions, award winning groups (and a few new ones), how you can support NDWC on ND Day, and the many accomplishments of ND women.                                                             

Group winners

Congratulations to This Year's Award-Winning ND Women Connect groups! The following groups were recognized by the Notre Dame Alumni Association for their outstanding contributions to NDWC efforts (awards are given by Club size): F: Wilmington, NC; E: Flint, MI; D: South Carolina/Midlands; C: Greater Sarasota, FL; B: Rochester, NY; A: Eastern North Carolina; and AA: Washington, DC. Congrats to all the groups and their leaders! We appreciate your efforts to bring alumnae together with outstanding local initiatives.

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We want you! The ND Women Connect Board is a 16 member board consisting of 12 regional directors and 4 other programming/officer roles. This is an amazingly collaborative and supportive group of women. We currently have 4 positions that open up for a 3-year term beginning on July 1, 2019, including 3 Regional Director positions for Florida, the Pacific Northwest, and the West regions; and the Governance position.                                                

Regional Directors coordinate with the local NDWC groups in their own region, offering support and working to cultivate new groups where they don't exist. Apart from the requirements of individual Board positions (which might include other committee or programming work, depending on the interests of each Board member), we generally ask Board members to make 2 annual trips to campus in the spring and fall--in which we 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 at 1 pm EST the 3rd Friday of every month.

If you are interested, please fill the self-nomination form and provide your resume to our current governance chair, Christine Debevec '98, at ndwc.governance@alumni.nd.edu no later than Wednesday, May 15. If you have any questions, you may also write to Christine. We are looking for women of all years, majors, backgrounds, and personal circumstances!  

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Welcome to the family! We're excited to announce two new groups: Greater DuPage and Aurora Fox Valley, both in Illinois.

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Vote for ND Women Connect on ND Day. ND Day is around the corner - set a reminder for 6:42PM (ET) ON SUNDAY, APRIL 28! You’ll once again have an opportunity to make a gift to Notre Dame and vote for the clubs, organizations, departments, and dorms that are near and dear to your heart. We know we’re biased, but we think ND Women Connect should be on your list! And with so many worthy causes, why should you vote for NDWC? 


As you may already know, we give ND’s more than 44,000 undergrad and graduate alumnae a chance to:

  • Connect - by encouraging personal and professional relationships;
  • Nurture - by fostering personal, spiritual, and professional growth; and
  • Give back - by helping us make valuable contributions to Notre Dame, our communities, and to causes that inspire us.


How do we accomplish this? In addition to serving local groups across the country, our all-volunteer alumnae Board facilitates several national programs each year, including Cheering Her Name: A Cocktail Party to Celebrate Graduating Women; our Home Again Reunion Series; Campus to Career: An Alumnae Panel and Networking; and On the Same Page: A Biannual Shared Reading Experience.



By voting for NDWC on ND Day, you will: 

  • Encourage local alumnae initiatives. The majority of our local groups plan events that are low-cost or free. Many do not receive financial support from their home ND Clubs. ND Day funding would allow NDWC groups to apply for and receive grants for innovative alumnae programming.
  • Strengthen national programming. ND Day funding would enable the Board to improve the programs mentioned above by providing additional resources for ever-increasing event costs.
  • Help us plan an amazing celebration for the 50th anniversary of coeducation. In 2022 (which will be here sooner than we think!), Notre Dame will celebrate 50 years of coeducation. ND Day funding would allow us to bring alumnae together for a wonderful and memorable series of events. 

How does it work? Participants will contribute $10 and get 5 votes to allocate to their favorite ND group(s). The more votes a group receives, the higher percentage of total ND Day funds they'll get at the end. On ND Day, please consider supporting ND Women Connect with your votes and donations - we’re hoping to beat our 2015 record of $2,775.

Visit our group page to vote for ND Women Connect on ND Day! Thanks and Go Irish!

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Local Alumnae Activities. Here's a small sample of the many events  that took place throughout the late fall and early winter.

Sub zero temperatures and an abundance of snow didn't stop NDWC Detroit from celebrating their community! They gathered in Grosse Pointe Park on Galentine's Day for food, drinks, and plentiful conversation. In March, 17 NDWC ladies met for an Evening of Reflection at the Manresa Jesuit Retreat House. The evening started out by sharing a meal and included discussion on discernment and time for reflection. This was the first time in several years that NDWC Detroit hosted a retreat - they received a lot of positive feedback on the event and look forward to continuing to offer a retreat in future years!

NDWC Kansas CityKansas City, like many other groups, hosted a Shared Read discussion of Being Mortal.

Chicago alumnae gathered for a day of service for Cradles to Crayons.

NDWC Portland hosted Coffee & Conversation.

NDWC Orange County celebrated the Lunar New Year.

NDWC Flint's first happy hour was a success! Women  gathered at a wonderful downtown Flint location over glasses of wine and yummy apps!  We had recent grads from SMC, mothers of current and past students, and a 1980 PhD grad attend; we love the diversity of our Flint ladies!

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Congratulations to Our Outstanding Alumnae, Faculty, and Female Students. We're proud of your many accomplishments! Cheers to:

Jeanine Sterling '76, who has just been named Volunteer of the Year by the Notre Dame Alumni Association! In addition to being in the pioneering first class of undergraduate women at Notre Dame, and her impressive work with Notre Dame Senior Alumni and NDWC Detroit, she was also a founding member of NDWC and served on our board from 2007-2014. Jeanine, we owe so much to you. Thank you, and congrats on this much-deserved honor.

Congratulations to Ruth Riley '01 on being named to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame! She was a key player on the 2001 Notre Dame Women's Basketball team that won the NCAA National Championship. She was also named NCAA Finals Most Outstanding Player that year, and went on to have a successful WNBA career following her graduation from Notre Dame in 2001. The induction will be held in June 2019.

Notre Dame alumna Alexis Doyle '17, a 2017 Rhodes Scholar, has been invited to study at Stanford University next year as one of 75 Knight-Hennessy Scholars — and as the very first Knight-Hennessy Scholar from Notre Dame.


Congrats to the ND Fencing team! The two-time defending national champions swept all six individual awards on their way to claim both the women’s and men’s ACC titles for the first time in program history. NCAA silver medalist Amanda Sirico ’19 was tabbed as the Fencer of the Year for Women's Epee for the second straight year, while ACC champions Amita Berthier ‘23 and Kara Linder ‘23 snagged Fencer of the Year for Women's Foil and Fencer of the Year for Women's Sabre honors, respectively.

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!


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