Say farewell and thanks to pioneering administrators, wish congratulations to award winners and WNBA champions, and maybe get inspired to create - below are just some of the many varied accomplishments of Notre Dame women.

Former WBB Standout Jewell Loyd


Jewell Loyd and the Seattle Storm win WNBA Championship

Dean Trish Culligan

With 19 points and nine rebounds, former Notre Dame Women’s basketball standout Loyd helped her team defeat the Las Vegas Aces and secure the Storm’s fourth championship trophy.

College of Engineering welcomes Dean Patricia “Trish” Culligan 

Internationally recognized for her expertise in water resources and environmental engineering, Culligan joins Notre Dame as the Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of the College of Engineering, where she seeks to guide future engineers in integrating their knowledge - mind and heart - to tackle humanity's most pressing issues.


Professor Emeritus Patricia O'Hara


MGA candidate Niloofar Adnani

Law School Professor and former Dean Patricia O’Hara transitions to emerita status

The first woman to graduate first in her class from ND Law School (‘74), the first woman appointed to serve as an officer of the University as vice president for student affairs, and the first woman to serve as dean of the Law School, O’Hara has decided after nearly 40 years of service to Notre Dame to pursue some well-deserved rest. 

Masters in Global Affairs student Niloofar Adnani awarded grant to study Iran sanctions

A second-year masters student in the Keough School for Global Affairs, Adnani was one of two selected for the competitive Bourse & Bazaar Summer Research Grant. Her proposal positions holistic approaches to development as a necessary component of sanctions relief.  

Erin Clarke of Well Plated


Erin Clarke ‘08, author of The Well Plated Cookbook, creates community around the table 

Hon. Piper Griffin

A well-known food blogger specializing in healthy, accessible recipes, Clarke published her first cookbook in August, featuring over 130 recipes, some of which may have been incubated in the mid-aughts Lyons Hall kitchen...


Judge Piper Griffin ‘84 qualifies to run for Louisiana State Supreme Court

Judge Griffin seeks to fill an Associate Justice seat representing the 7th district, which encompasses Orleans and Jefferson parishes, just outside Griffin’s hometown of New Orleans. A seasoned litigator and current district court judge, Griffin was the first female African-American Louisiana Bar Examiner.

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