We fought the virus of uncertainty: Through our in-person networking event in January under the leadership of Pat Holston, we teamed our students, friends and alums with those from Villanova and Georgetown in a career seminar. For our graduating seniors, we held a seminar with PwC’s global leader for people and organization on the workforce of the future, providing them the tools they needed to cope with the new virtual workplace conditions. Under Betsy Marino, we welcomed 49 new students and transferees into the University family, and held meetings with them to celebrate, offer encouragement and answer all their questions and concerns. We donated $4500 to local area ND student scholarships - $2500 due to your participation in ND Day!
We fought the virus of feeling alone: We launched a Dial-a-Domer effort to call on our senior-most club members to ensure how they were getting through this pandemic. We delivered monogrammed baseball caps to each of our new students and transferees, and supported them during finals week. At Thanksgiving and Christmas, we sponsored a pair of families, insuring their holidays were brighter. And under Maureen Matthias’ leadership of ND Women Connect, we teamed with the Center for Great Expectations to decorate two of their group homes for Christmas and to raise $2,000 for among other things, the purchase of a carriage to transport toddlers.
Through our promotion of Black History Month, we sought to fight the virus of intolerance.
In our Club Mass, celebrated by Monsignor Robert Medley ’86, we fought the virus of disillusionment as we reminded everyone of God’s love for us and constant presence in our lives.
No, this wasn’t the year we expected. But the year we got told us so much about who we are and what we stand for. It was a reminder that we are, indeed, the Fighting Irish.
Wishing you the best for 2021,
Ed Caldwell ‘79