Dear Notre Dame Family,

As so many areas of our lives were dramatically impacted by the pandemic, perhaps the most stark differences are seen in the ways that we work. Now more than a year since many of us packed up our laptops and left our offices, industries and organizations are still figuring out the long-term effects on the workplace. On a personal level, perhaps the past year has provided time for some much-needed reflection about your own professional future.

Many studies have shown that up to 80% of jobs exist in a “hidden job market.” As alumni, we’ve all heard of or known fellow graduates who have found their next professional opportunities through the Notre Dame network. Maybe you have even experienced this in your own life. Through IrishCompass, the University’s official online community for professional connections, these relationships can come to life virtually. Whether you’d like to hire great talent in the ND family, seek out other alumni in your industry to share best practices, or serve as a mentor for students or alumni, there is something for you, and I invite you to join IrishCompass if you are not already part of the growing and vibrant community.

We also invite you to take advantage of our career coaching and career support services, as well as online resources including checklists and webinars for your personal branding, social media profiles, resumes, cover letters, and more. No matter what stage of your career you find yourself, I hope you’ll look to the Alumni Association and IrishCompass as valuable resources for your professional growth.

Yours in Notre Dame,


University photographers Matt Cashore ’94 and Barbara Johnston document a historic year on campus in this photo essay illustrating how the administration, faculty, staff, and students worked to make in-person instruction possible.


IrishCompass is the official online community driving professional connections within the ND Network, ready to support alumni and students in good times and bad.


Otakuye Conroy-Ben ’98, the first Lakota woman to earn a doctorate in environmental engineering, is uplifting tribal communities during the pandemic through her work in wastewater epidemiology.


Based on the popular theology course of the same name, this series from Rev. Dan Groody, C.S.C., ’86, explores finding meaning and mission in a restless world and navigating the big questions of our lives.


The University of Notre Dame will require all students — undergraduate, graduate, and professional — returning to campus for the fall 2021 semester to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.



Fighting Irish Fighting COVID: Ongoing
Volunteers from the Notre Dame family have logged more than 5,100 hours helping fight against COVID in their communities. » JOIN THE FIGHT

Songs of Notre Dame: A Lenten Offering | Through Easter Octave
Through the Octave of Easter, FaithND will provide meditations through musical offerings from the many Notre Dame choirs and sacred music ensembles. » LISTEN

Virtual Rosary: Fri., April 9 | 12:30 p.m. ET
Join Rev. John DeRiso, C.S.C., '93, '01 M.Div., for a virtual Rosary service. » STREAM

Inspiring Conversations: Tues., April 13 | 1 p.m. ET
This installment of the Inspired Leadership Initiative’s successful series explores “The Myths and Terrible Truths of Human Trafficking.” » REGISTER

The Global Church: The Church in Africa: Tues., April 13 | 2:30 p.m. ET
“The Church in Africa” will introduce participants to the contemporary vitality of Christianity, and especially the Catholic Church, while considering the Christian past in Africa and the likely Christian future. » REGISTER

Ten Years Hence: Fri., April 16 | 10:40 a.m. ET
This speaker series continues its exploration of disinformation with a focus on China and Beijing’s broader global media influence. » REGISTER

TEC Talks: Misinformation & Disinformation: Wed., April 21 | Noon ET
This series focuses on the role of technology in promoting mis- and disinformation, the ethical problems that creates, and the technical, legal, and institutional responses best suited to our modern challenges. » REGISTER




COVID-19 Precautions Impossible Without Clean Water

When COVID-19 became a global pandemic, frequent handwashing, lockdowns, and social distancing were quickly prescribed to control the spread. These seemingly simple preventive measures are nearly impossible for billions of people without easy access to clean water, writes professor Ellis Adjei Adams.


Will the Stimulus Slash Poverty?

The American Rescue Plan — the latest pandemic stimulus — was signed into law last month and it was billed as a means to slash poverty. This edition of the Notre Dame Stories podcast considers that proposition with Jim Sullivan ’93, economist and co-founder of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities.


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