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Financial Management for Women

February 28, 2019

Hilary Hendershott, financial advisor and wealth management guru, recently spoke with seniors about their financial future as they get ready to embark on the next chapter of their lives. Hilary’s mission is to motivate women to be financially empowered and support women in their financial journey.

Students Sahithi '19 and Samskruthi '21 recently won several medals at Science Olympiad competitions across the state. Founded in 1984, Science Olympiad is one of the premier science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to nearly 8,000 teams in all 50 states. The organization hosts 450 tournaments annually on college campuses.

Notre Dame's Robotics Team, the Janksters, revealed their 2019 robot to an enthusiastic crowd last weekend. The team has worked tirelessly since January 5 when FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) revealed this year's team challenge, Destination: Deep Space to brainstorm, prototype and build this year's robot.

Notre Dame was pleased to welcome Carl Wilkens, the author of I'm Not Leaving, to campus recently. His personal account of surviving the Rwandan genocide brought a new level of understanding to students who have studied the subject across the curriculum. In this article, Ava '21 shares her personal reflection on the experience.

Dancing in the Lights

February 14, 2019

Notre Dame students welcomed guests from more than 15 Bay Area high schools to their recent Black Light Mixer. The lights, face paint, glow-in-the-dark balloons, along with an amazing DJ helped create the perfect festive atmosphere.

Notre Dame's 16th Annual Crab Fest sold out in just a few minutes this year! The event, made possible by a dedicated committee and more than 200 parent and student volunteers, raised money for co-curricular programs including athletics, robotics, ASB leadership and the Peer Ministry Leadership Team.

Students and staff recently attended Supervisor Cindy Chavez's Women's Leadership Policy Summit where they joined 300 women in an event that showcased powerful women leaders from all age groups and backgrounds. Listening to keynote speakers and attending workshops on key topics including housing, transportation, wage equity and policy inspired students.

Networking at Heritage Bank

February 7, 2019

Students taking Economics this semester took a walking field trip to visit our downtown neighbor, Heritage Bank, to learn about the opportunities and challenges facing women in the banking industry.

Last week Notre Dame's Class of 2021 participated in two days of breakaway activities exploring themes of community, communion and relationship. One integral component of this breakaway esperience is the Community Action Poverty Simulation, a program of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County’s Step Up Silicon Valley. The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) immersed participants in the reality of a Silicon Valley that grows in disparity as much as prosperity.

Students recently traveled to East L.A. to immerse themselves in the culture of the community and learn about the social, political and economic challenges residents face every day. Through visits to Homeboy Industries and Dolores Mission, students were able to witness strength and resilience and, for a short time, stand in solidarity.

Notre Dame kicked off the second semester with a state of the school assembly for students and a parent event in the evening. Building on their theme for the year, CONFIDENCE, students were encouraged to write their own personal reminder of what they needed to be confident to do this semester.

Congratulations to Amy who created the winning artwork for our 16th annual Crab Fest! We look forward to welcoming a sell-out crowd to campus on February 2 as we raise funds for co-curricular programs. Thank you, in advance, to the hundreds of dedicated volunteers who make this event such a success every year.

Justice immersion opportunities are powerful learning tools that surround a student with an intense experience. Through local, national and international immersion experiences, students are empowered to work effectively with diverse populations in a variety of settings to build global perspective, cultural competency and cultural fluency. This week 20 Notre Dame freshmen participated in a local plunge experience at Sacred Heart Community Service, located in the heart of our downtown San Jose neighborhood.

Notre Dame's Regent Collective Dance Company presented its first dance extravaganza, Welcome to the Circus, last week. The show featured jazz, ballet and modern dance performances and was enjoyed by more than 250 attendees!

Notre Dame welcomed 49 women from a variety of industries to our annual junior networking event, providing the Class of 2020 with an opportunity to refine their networking and communication skills. Part of the career and life success program, the event featured 22 Notre Dame alumnae!

Alumnae Celebrate Sisterhood

January 16, 2019

The bonds and joy of Notre Dame sisterhood were evident in December as alumnae returned to their downtown San Jose stomping grounds to share updates, reminisce about their high school years and share lots and lots of love and laughter!

Our most recent alumnae returned to campus to share their experiences with current students this week, providing insight into college life.

Scarves for our Neighbors

December 13, 2018

In an annual tradition, students, staff and parents created 65 scarves to donate to local agencies this winter. Started by Notre Dame's kind and welcoming receptionist, Emilia Peña-Bobst, eighteen years ago, the project has grown steadily. This year, the 65 scarves, created by Emilia, her crew of students, and some parents and staff are being donated to the Bill Wilson Center and the National Alliance on Mental Illness shelter in our local neighborhood.

Notre Dame Celebrates Advent

December 13, 2018

Notre Dame's on-campus student group, Latinas Unidas, partnered with campus ministry to organize a celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. On that crisp fall morning the entire learning community of students, faculty and staff made their annual pilgrimage to our downtown place of worship, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph for a morning of prayer, song, music and dance.

Notre Dame's Robotics Team, The Janksters, competed at Capital City Classic, their second and final 2018 off-season competition, in Davis in late October. The Janksters traveled with only a third of the team, about 20 people, which meant many people stepped into new roles.

The more than 100 student athletes participating in volleyball, cross country, tennis and golf  wrapped up their 2018-19 fall season last night with an awards ceremony. Seventeen students were recognized by the West Bay Athletic League for their outstanding performance with Nadia Truong and Cailin Le earning MVP designations.

Students Hold Mock Elections

November 8, 2018

One of the values and traditions of Notre Dame is its engagement in the community. The school is committed to fostering active membership in society including participation in elections. For this important midterm election 21 Notre Dame students were trained and working the polls throughout the county on Tuesday.

Twenty-three vocalists and instrumentalists performed for a crowd of more than 1,900 at the YWCA Inspire Luncheon held at the convention center this week. The students, who wore t-shirts emblazoned with "I believe Anita & Christina and You," earned a standing ovation for their performance of You Will be Found from the musical Dear Evan Hansen.

The Notre Dame campus and Pardini Park were transformed into a playground for historical figures, evil witches and all manner of creative characters on Wednesday as students, faculty and staff celebrated Halloween with a costume contest, games, food and fun including the ever-popular donut on a string game!

Notre Dame's fall drama production was twice as much fun as usual this year as the cast and crew worked to bring two productions, Cinderella, Cinderella and Twinderella to audiences. The cast and crew, comprised of more than 120 students, brought delight to family and friends in the audience over two weekends. In addition, the production was performed for local children's groups.