April, 2020 UPDATE

Dear Friends and Fellow Alums,

Here’s hoping you had a wonderful Easter. There’s no doubt this one was different from all the others, but one: That first Easter, when the Apostles were secluded amid fear and uncertainty over what was to come. Thankfully, if the medical experts are correct, we’re perhaps finally seeing the light at the end of our tunnel, though we know that even as we come through this, life will no doubt be different in a way we might not have foreseen when all of this began.

For now, out of abundance of caution, the University has asked that we postpone ALL group activities until at least July 6. This means we’ll be looking forward to a packed agenda come this fall when we reschedule our Hesburgh Lecture and our UND Celebration (and officer elections).

We’re planning to hold our annual Accepted Student Reception on Sunday, May 3rd at 4pm. This will be a virtual event; we’ll still gather only now it will be via Google Hangouts instead of in person. Our annual Freshman Sendoff will be held in August.

A number of you have put in requests for football tickets for Arkansas and Clemson. We’ll be following up with you in the coming weeks on details for obtaining them.

New leader for ND Women Connect!  Please join me in welcoming Maureen Matthias '93. Maureen and her husband Tom (MBA '92) and three children Katherine, Allie and Asher live in Basking Ridge. Maureen graduated with a BA in Economics and worked as a transfer pricing consultant in NY and Tokyo. In addition to living in Tokyo for six years, Maureen and her family lived in London for an additional four years. Since retiring from consulting, Maureen has been a fulltime mom and volunteer for her children's schools. Currently, she is serving her second year on the Pingry School Parents Association Executive Board where she is the Treasurer. Our deepest thanks to Angela De Sapio for all her tireless efforts heading up our ND Women Connect Group these past few years. During this interim period, Maureen will be reaching out to the NDWC board and leaders from around the country for ideas and suggestions for taking the group to a new level.

We’re also pleased that through this period of social distancing we’ve kept in touch with our members. I’ve had the chance to talk with a few of our senior folks – all of whom are doing well!  Plus, each of the accepted students from our area received a personal note of congratulations, and all of our students will be hearing from us during finals week.

We recognize the COVID-19 crisis has placed an enormous burden on the shoulders of our frontline healthcare workers, from EMT’s to nurses, doctors and other hospital employees. Would you like to help keep them fed? We would invite your donations! We are helping to support Meal Train at https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/nn551q

Now, we know it’s been tough to get out of the house, so here’s something fun and FREE to do with your family! How about a Netflix party family movie night? Thanks to the NYC Club for organizing. You need to REGISTER BY APRIL 22nd - use this MOVIE NIGHT LINK to register and vote for your choice of movie!

We  would welcome your ideas and suggestions for group activities. Perhaps a virtual happy hour, or ideas on career networking. We’re eager to hear from you.

Please keep our members in your thoughts and prayers. We recognize the sacrifices that each of you and your families have made over these past several weeks. We are confident with God’s blessings and your help we will all get through this. Once we receive the “all clear,” we would love to gather everyone for a Mass of Thanksgiving. Until then, remember… we’re the Fighting Irish. We’re fighting to keep everyone safe and well.

God bless each of you….and thank you.

Ed Caldwell, '79, President

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