Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends,

As vaccines continue to roll out, I’m hopeful about the future. Yet, as I reflect, it is hard to imagine it has now been almost a full year since normal travel has been possible. For most of you, it’s been more than a year since you’ve had a chance to visit campus, to come for a football game, to light a candle at the Grotto, to walk around the quads, or even to gather with your club and your ND friends in your local community. 

Here in the Alumni Association, a huge part of our mission is to strengthen your bonds to Notre Dame and to each other. In this COVID world, that has primarily been digital — through regular Rosaries, ThinkND courses, Football Fridays videos, networking online, and numerous other virtual offerings. These programs have been extraordinarily helpful in keeping many of us connected, but we nevertheless miss the joy of shared experiences and being together with our loved ones and friends. 

Over the next few months, we’ll be inviting all of you to take part in the Notre Dame Family Census. When life happens — you switch jobs, get married, or move to a new town — your information may become outdated quickly and before you know it, you’ve lost touch with classmates, your dorm mates, your local club, or the University at large. Through the ND Family Census we are asking you to review your information at and update as necessary. Please keep an eye on your inbox for when it is your turn to participate in this important initiative. It will only take a minute of your time — and when the time comes we can all safely gather together again, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running again with your ND family.

Yours in Notre Dame,

Dolly Duffy ’84
Executive Director
Notre Dame Alumni Association


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