July 2021 NDWC News and Notes
ND Women Connect Event Recap: Cheering Her Name 2021
In early May, ND Women Connect virtually hosted its annual event to officially welcome the women of the graduating class to the alumnae family. Graduating seniors were treated to demonstrations by a professional bartender who prepared blue and gold cocktails, as well as a professional chef who created an ND-themed charcuterie board. They also had the chance to share advice and conversation with Dolly Duffy about their transition from student life to alumni life. Special thanks to NDWC board members Maura Boston and Trudi Cassidy for finding creative ways to sustain this tradition in the virtual world.
ND Chattanooga Club’s Women Connect Group Partner with Bridge Refugee Services
by Sylvia Chardos and Mary Anne Poinsatte
Since 2016, the Chattanooga Club’s Notre Dame Women Connect Group (NDWCG) has been volunteering with Bridge Refugee Services (BRS). BRS is a nonprofit agency in Chattanooga that assists refugee families with moving to East Tennessee. It has helped refugees from Africa, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Central and South America, and the Middle East. The primary volunteer activity with BRS involves setting up apartments for refugee families who have moved to the local area. This set-up includes cleaning the apartments, washing dishes and putting them away, hanging shower curtains, putting away toiletries and linens, and making the beds (with a stuffed animal on top of the children’s beds). The NDWCG creates a welcoming place for these refugee families – their first home in the USA.
Two years ago, the NDWCG reached out to BRS to explore providing something over the Christmas holidays. BRS recommended that the NDWCG provide books to the thirty refugee children who had moved into the area in 2019. The NDWCG raised funds from club members and collected $440.00. With these funds, they were able to buy three books for each child, for a total of ninety books. The NDWCG held a book wrapping social event at one of the NDWCG’s member’s homes and individually wrapped each of the ninety books. The books were a big hit with the refugee families, and made their first Christmas in America more special and welcoming.
In 2020, the NDWCG once again reached out to BRS about a Christmas Project. They asked for items for forty-two children in their program. The NDWCG raised funds from club members and collected $1,100.00, which was more than a 100% increase from 2019. The funds were used to purchase books, small Christmas toys, and clothing. BRS provided the first name, sex, and age of each child so the gifts could be personalized for them. The BRS staff delivered the gifts to the children and shared smiling photos with the club. We hope to continue our relationship with BRS in 2021 and beyond!
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Nina King '00 named Duke University Director of Athletics
Nina King '00 has been named Vice President and Director of Athletics for Duke University. Ms. King received her bachelor's degree in accountancy from Notre Dame where she served as student manager of Women's Swimming and Diving, before going on to earn a JD from Tulane University. She has held various positions in sports administration at Notre Dame and Duke, and sits on national committees including the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee. Ms. King is the first woman and the first person of color to head the athletics department at Duke.
Professor Victora Tin-bor Hui participates in Congressional-Executive Commission on China
On June 29, the first anniversary of the passage of the National Security Law (NSL) in Hong Kong, Victoria Tin-bor Hui, associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, participated in the Congressional-Executive Commission on China’s discussion that assessed the first year of the law in practice. Participants focused on how the law has changed life in the city and affected the longstanding one country, two systems constitutional principle that allowed Hong Kong significant autonomy until recently.
14 Irish Athletes Competing in the Tokyo Olympics
14 current and former Irish women athletes will be competing in the Tokyo Olympics. Representing Team USA in Basketball are Skylar Diggins-Smith ('13), Jewell Loyd, Natalie Achonwa ('14); in Fencing, Amita Berthier ('23), Courtney Hurley ('13), Kelley Hurley ('10), Kaylin Hsieh ('24), Lee Kiefer ('17), Sabrina Massialas ('19), Francesca Russo ('18), Ewa Trzebinska ('18), Mariel Zagunis; in Track, Molly Seidel ('16); and Rowing, Molly Bruggeman ('14).