Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends,

As many know, our dedicated clubs network is one of the hallmarks of our Notre Dame family. With 266 clubs around the world, devoted local volunteer leaders offer their time and talents on behalf of the University. During the ongoing pandemic, many clubs continue to find new ways to safely connect and serve alumni, parents, friends, students, and their communities. If you’re not already, I invite you to seek out your local club and get involved.

At 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, October 20, the broader ND community and our clubs across the globe will unite for a one-night-only virtual celebration, as we take the UND Celebrations program back to its roots. UND Celebrations began as a “State of the University” radio broadcast in 1924, and have since evolved to feature an annual thematic presentation brought “on the road” by ND faculty and staff keynote speakers. As we cannot safely send speakers to our clubs this year, we’re excited to harken back to the old days. We’ll hear updates from campus leaders and we’ll celebrate the invaluable role our clubs play in the life of the University. Please save the date and stay tuned for further details.

Finally, I invite you to digitally explore our Year In Review, which was recently distributed to campus partners and volunteer leaders. It highlights the association’s programs and initiatives, both before and since the pandemic began. After browsing these digital pages, I hope you’ll be heartened by the creativity, resiliency, and indomitable spirit of our clubs, affinity groups, class leaders, and our ND family.

Yours in Notre Dame,
Dolly Duffy ’84
Executive Director
Notre Dame Alumni Association
Year in Review

Explore the prior year's programs and outreaches from the NDAA, both before the coronavirus pandemic and since it began, in this digital Year in Review.
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Podcast: Equity in Policing

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Enter the McCloskey New Venture Competition!

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Notre Dame Music Fest: Thursday, September 24 | 7 p.m. ET
Watch live as the campus community comes together as 12 student groups perform at the first Notre Dame Music Fest tonight from Notre Dame Stadium. » STREAM

Rosary at the Grotto: Friday, September 25 | 12:30 p.m. ET
Rev. Dennis Strach, C.S.C., ’15 M.Div. will lead this week’s Rosary service from the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, available live or on-demand. » STREAM

Bridging the Divide: Wednesday, September 30 | 7 p.m. ET
The first of this six-part speaker series on political and social division is titled “Beyond Good Manners: Promoting Civil Discussion on Issues that Divide Us.” » REGISTER

London Book Club: Wednesday, September 30 | 1 p.m. ET
Professor Susan Ohmer continues our look at famed director Alfred Hitchcock and the role London played in his films and life. » REGISTER

Communicating Across Cultures: Friday, Oct. 2 | Noon ET
Linda Rutherford, SVP and Chief Communications Officer of Southwest Airlines, will be featured in part three of this four-week series on improving workplace communications. » REGISTER

Black Domers Shared Read: Sunday, October 4
Join the Alumni Association’s Affinity Groups in unpacking Black Domers: African-American Students at Notre Dame in Their Own Words. » REGISTER

Consider This! COVID-19: Monday, October 5 | 6 p.m. ET
Professors Dr. Heidi Beidinger-Burnett and Dr. Mary Ann McDowell will host a weekly conversation unpacking the science and research related to COVID-19. » REGISTER

Inspiring Conversations: Tuesday, October 6 | 1 p.m. ET
Paul and Cindy Karos are the next guests to discuss mission, empathy, courage, and adaptability in leadership. » REGISTER

The Science Lab: Friday, October 9 | noon ET
In the three sessions of this program, learn the basics behind data science and discover how easily human bias can be encoded into computer models. » REGISTER

Football Fridays, Florida State Week: Friday, October 9 | noon ET
Join the NDAA for this virtual weekly pre-game show, featuring interviews with Irish legends, fan features, student performances and more! Then stick around to break down the X's and O's in Chalk Talk with Bill and Bill. » FACEBOOK LIVE


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