Check out the fall issue of Notre Dame's Class Notes for alumnae. In addition to all the latest news, this issue features the 30 Under 30 Women to Watch!
Every Notre Dame graduate is part of a sisterhood of women whose history, legacy and traditions date back to 1851. Through participation in several activities and programs with our alumnae and our students, we aim to create a global network that supports the life-long growth of each Notre Dame woman. We encourage all Notre Dame alumnae to visit campus often, keep us up to date with your life events, and to stay connected with Notre Dame and the alumnae community.
Recent Class Notes:
Georgia Smoot ‘37 Lumley, mother to alumna Stacia Lumley '65, celebrated her 100th birthday in November.
Jo Pisturino ‘40 Bertaccini received the Grand President’s Award from the Italian Catholic Federation. The award is bestowed to a member for their commitment to promoting and fostering the ideals and aims of the Italian Catholic Federation which includes promoting and supporting the Catholic faith and its values, encouraging apostolic and charitable works, and celebrating Italian American heritage and all the heritages of our communities. She also received a $500 donation made to her I.C.F. charitable program of choice.
Laura Aceves ‘56 Liccardo celebrated her 80th birthday with her alumnae friends, Rooney Pfaff '56 Blach and Joan Baxter '56 Sullivan.
Vera Ferrara ‘57 Girolami is the first woman to serve as the national president of the Order, Sons & Daughters of Italy in America, the oldest ethnic organization in the country, representing more than 600,000 Italian Americans throughout the US. The organization supports Alzheimer’s, Autism, Wounded Warriors and Cooley’s Anemia and donates funds for national disasters, such as the floods in Florida and Texas, the fires throughout California and the earthquakes in Italy. The organization also gives scholarships annually to 12 outstanding students.
Megan Doyle ‘95 welcomed baby girl, Vera Kathryn, on January 14, 2019. Vera joins big brother, Mario.
Cristina Schwartz ‘96 welcomed baby girl, Edie Rose, born on August 19, 2018. Edie Rose joins 4-year old sister, Isla.
Jamie Horejs ‘96 Faber married Monte Faber in March 2018, and also welcomed baby girl, Charlie Kensley Faber, born on June 22, 2018.
Melissa Gabel ‘03 Romitti welcomed a baby boy, Noah Frederick Romitti, on January 26, 2019.
Tina Huynh ‘03 Colby welcomed a baby girl, Ella, on June 21, 2018.
Vivian Villegas ‘04 Dasalla welcomed a baby boy, Christian Dasalla, born on September 25, 2018.
Ashley Tomkins ‘05 married Colin Reed on July 1, 2018.
Ellen Harris ‘06 Pierpoint welcomed a baby boy, Harrison David Pierpoint, on August 2, 2018.
Rachel Wang ‘06 Martinez welcomed a baby girl, Elenor Martinez Wang, on July 8, 2018.
Kelsey Carney ‘09 Cohen married Drew Cohen June 30, 2018.
Quynh-Chi Ho ‘11 is working for the Denver Broncos as Web Production Coordinator.
Whitney Do ‘13 graduated from dentistry school. She is now referred to as “Dr. Do.”
Taylor Washington ‘14 and Samantha Zamora '07 completed their first summer quarter at the University of San Diego's Masters Entry Program in nursing.
Melissa Mai ‘15 received the 2018 Astronaut Scholarship, as one of only 50 students selected in the nation. The scholarship recognizes those who have shown initiative, creativity and excellence in their chosen STEM field to ensure that the United States would maintain its leadership in science and technology. She is a a senior studying biophysics and mathematics at Johns Hopkins University and was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa last year.
Madison Campione ‘15, a senior at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, was recently selected as producer for one of only four senior capstone short films. Additionally, she was chosen as one of only four directors, and the first undergraduate in the history of the program, to direct a dramatic TV series this semester.
Class of 1969
After their 35th ND reunion, a handful of 1969 alumnae decided to start a book club. Meeting every two months, these active women meet at each other’s homes to enjoy lunch, conversation and book discussion. It’s been going strong now for the past 14 years and their friendship and support continues to grow year-after-year. Class of 1969 Book Club Members are: Karen Martin ‘69 Jackson, Donna Ferreira ‘69 Smith, Deborah Ferreira de la Rosa ‘69, Margaret Piane ‘69, Erin Hoenes ‘69 Coolman, Victoria Ferrera ‘69, Annette Medina ‘69 Fagundes, Elizabeth McDonough ‘69 Barron, Judy Fox ‘69 Correia, Jenny Fox ‘69.
Class of 1973 celebrated 46 years of ND Sisterhood. Guests included: the Red and Orange Warriors: Clare Welsch, Antoinette Tranchina, Darlene Smith, Ferrara, Regina Pannutti Behnken, Teresa Rebeiro Saba, Maricela Jimenez Henderson.
Class of 1998 celebrated 20 years of friendship and sisterhood. Congratulations NDSJ Jesters for continuing the amazing bond.
Class of 2003 celebrated their 15-year reunion, alongside their families.
Class of 2008 celebrated 10 years of a sisterhood and a bond!
Georgia Smoot '37 Lumley
Jo Pisturino ‘40 Bertaccini
Laura Aceves ‘56 Liccardo
Vera Ferrara ‘57 Girolami
Cristina Schwartz ‘96
Vivian Villegas ‘04 Dasalla
Whitney Do ‘13
Class of '69
Class of '73
Class of '98
Class of '03
Alumnae Soccer Game
SoCal Regional Meet Up
Junior Networking Day