The NDMU community welcomed about 150 alumni, alumnae, and friends to the campus last weekend for Reunion 2021. Our annual tradition looked a bit different this year with several events held under a tent on Doyle lawn. From Friday's Crab Feast & Happy Hour to Sunday's Memories & Mimosas Brunch, the weekend offered an opportunity for alumnae, alumni, and friends to reconnect on campus, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
On Saturday, the class of 1970 alumnae celebrated their milestone reunion and each received special pins at the Jubilarian Brunch. Also, on Saturday, Sr. Mary Oates, author of Pursuing Truth: How Gender Shaped Catholic Education at the College of Notre Dame, shared her research from writing the book, which chronicles NDMU's rich history over 100 years. Sunday's Reunion Mass brought together our alumnae, alumni, and friends for a special opportunity to pray for the success of NDMU's mission, as well as to recognize members of the Montrose Society, who are committed to sustain the university through their legacy giving.
At Saturday's Reunion Celebration Dinner, four outstanding alumnae were recognized for excellence in their careers, community service, and commitment to NDMU and its mission. This year's award winners are:
- Elizabeth P. Hoisington ’40 Distinguished Alumna Award: Grace Solimando Zaczek ’70
- Service to Society Award: Natalie Ramirez ’94
- Regina Russo Hammel ’41 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award: Kirby Gaddy ’13
- Alumnae and Alumni Engagement Award: Claire Funkhouser ’71