NDAA Update: Staying Connected

Feb 12, 2021
 
 

Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends,

As you may have heard, last week Fr. John shared an update on this spring’s Commencement. After consulting with public health officials, the University is currently planning to host an in-person ceremony for the Class of 2021, together with a limited number of family members and guests. 

Fr. John also announced that plans for the Class of 2020’s postponed Memorial Day Weekend celebration have been pushed to summer 2022, given the risks involved in bringing not only select family members, but also the graduates themselves back to campus. Additionally, our two weekends of in-person Reunion will instead be hosted virtually this summer. So much of the work that we do centers around building relationships and welcoming our alumni and friends back to campus, so it is, of course, disappointing to not be able to do that for the second consecutive year. Yet, as all of us have for the past 11 months, we will continue to adapt and to seek new ways to build and maintain those connections, and our team is hard at work planning the virtual celebration.

During the early weeks of the pandemic, Zoom happy hours and FaceTime calls with old friends seemed to be a near daily occurrence. While technology has been a gift, allowing us to see our loved ones while we can’t physically be together, I’m sure many of us have experienced screen fatigue at some point since last March. What are some of the unique ways you’ve found to continue to stay close to your ND friends? We would love to hear stories of how you’re staying connected as we continue to navigate this season of life.

Yours in Notre Dame,

Dolly Duffy ’84
Executive Director
Notre Dame Alumni Association
UNIVERSITY NEWS
In consultation with local public health officials and based on current projections, the University is planning for in-person commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2021 on the weekend of May 21-23, as previously scheduled.
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

For the safety of our alumni and campus, and in concert with the latest guidance from the University and public health officials, the NDAA will host Reunion virtually this summer.

WE ARE ND

As the first Black director of a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center at the VCU Massey Cancer Center, Dr. Robert Winn ’87 prioritizes patient care and building communities.

FAITHND

Beginning Ash Wednesday, join FaithND and Notre Dame choirs and ensembles for Songs of Notre Dame: A Lenten Offering. New performances and meditations will be released twice weekly on FaithND’s website and through the Daily Gospel Reflection.

HERE

The Quad Lodges offer a comfortable, relaxing place for students to safely gather during the cold winter months. The lodges are spacious, heated tents with a variety of cozy seating options, fireplaces, and other amenities designed to accommodate casual student gatherings.

UNIVERSITY NEWS

VIRTUAL EVENT LINEUP

Ten Years Hence: Fri., Feb. 12 | 10:40 a.m. ET

This speaker series continues its exploration of disinformation and the likely effects on business and society over the next decade. » REGISTER

Rosary Service: Fri., Feb. 12 | 12:30 p.m. ET

Deacon Geoffrey Mooney, C.S.C., '09, '11 M.Ed., '20 M.Div. will lead a live Rosary from the Alumni Hall Chapel, available live or on-demand. » STREAM

The Global Church: Tues., Feb. 16 | 2:30 p.m. ET

This series offers an opportunity to explore the Church’s relationship with the believers of other faiths around the world, including Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Church in Africa. » REGISTER

Conversations on Poverty & Inequality: Wed., Feb. 17 | 11:30 a.m. ET

This series will explore the transformative potential of social entrepreneurship and examine its relationship with poverty and the private sector. » REGISTER

Kylemore Book Club: Wed., Feb. 17 | 1 p.m. ET

The next series from the Kylemore Global Gateway explores Anticipatory Innovation: Capitalizing on Change in Turbulent Times. » REGISTER

Where We’re Going: Healthcare: Thurs., Feb. 18 | 1 p.m.

The latest installment of Where We’re Going will highlight ND faculty and global experts to focus on healthcare and timely issues like public health and healthcare technology. » REGISTER

Stations of the Cross: Fri., Feb. 19 | 7 p.m. ET

Join FaithND for a virtual Stations of the Cross from campus on Fridays throughout Lent. » STREAM

 

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