In 2017, the Alumnae and Alumni Community established the Alumnae and Alumni Engagement Award. The award is presented to a graduate celebrating a milestone Reunion year who has achieved long-standing and consistent support for Notre Dame of Maryland University. Support is measured through the sharing of time, talent, and/or resources.

2020 Award Winner

Donna C. Ringger Easton '70 Donna C. Ringger Easton '70

Donna C. Ringger Easton, class of 1970, is a familiar face in the Notre Dame community. For decades she has gifted NDMU with her insightful leadership, marketing expertise, thoughtful input, and gentle kindness.

In 1998, Donna received the Elizabeth P. Hoisington’40 Distinguished Alumna Award. It was a well-deserved award for her prestigious career, years of service on Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees and Trustee Associates as well as her community board involvements. 

Today, we honor Donna for the service she has rendered to her alma mater in the 22 years since her distinguished alumna award.

Donna is always responsive to Notre Dame. She is a resource on committees, endlessly extending her willingness to help staff, faculty and students. Donna has given of her time and talents to the Legacy Committee, Campaign Feasibility Committees, Alumnae Executive Board, Renaissance Institute and more. We are especially thankful for her leadership of the Women in the New Millennium Committee—a program that brought national women leaders from many fields to campus to meet with students and bring visibility to Notre Dame in the Baltimore region. She also co-chaired the Blue and White Ball in 2012, a major fundraiser for Notre Dame.

Donna, along with her husband John, continue to be tireless supporters of Notre Dame.  They are a welcoming presence at events and both have their eye on NDMU’s future.

Donna, this week celebrates your 50th Reunion. Congratulations to you and all of your classmates on this milestone. Over the last 50 years, you have showed up for over 100 NDMU events, been a financial supporter for 36 years, and are a Montrose and Meletia Society member.  You have journeyed with us into this new virtual world, supporting the efforts to engage online, and helping us move forward. You have answered the call and encouraged others to follow your good example. We are grateful for your participation and honored to be in this community with you. Congratulations!