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Members of Notre Dame's Class of 2017 Ravens flew back home to campus last week to share their wisdom with current students. Coming from colleges and universities on the west coast, across the country and even across the Atlantic including Fordham, Johns Hopkins, Berkeley and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, they shared tips for successfully transitioning from high school to college.

Dipashreya Sur '18 fulfilled her dream of building a library for a small rural school in India using funds from the Mary Beth Riley International Service & Study Scholarship, donations and money collected through Girl Scout sales. Recently she was able to attend the official ribbon-cutting ceremony of the library, named in honor of her grandmother, with her grandfather. Her story was featured in Notre Dame's annual report, Ora et Labora, and this week in the Mercury News.

Maalvika Bhat '18 has been producing her own comic strip for years beginning on her first day of 8th grade. Now a senior at Notre Dame, Maalvika's book has been published. Her characters are reflective of adults, teachers and students that can be found in most schools around the country. Through them, Maalvika has tackled major issues around family, school and the development of typical teenagers. Her story was recently featured in the San Jose Mercury News.

More than 200 members of the Notre Dame family came together recently to celebrate Las Posadas. This tradition of Catholic faith and Mexican culture acknowledges the waiting, hoping and traveling of the Advent season as we recount Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem.

Freshmen joined campus ministry staff in a volunteer opportunity at Sacred Heart Community Service recently, helping to make the holidays a little bit brighter for our local community. By sorting and boxing food, volunteers helped Sacred Heart continue their 50-year tradition of caring for our neighbors who need a little extra help this season.

At the invitation of Shruthisri Ravinsankar '21, a member of the Santa Clara County Student Advisory Board, Supervisor Cindy Chavez visited campus recently. Supervisor Chavez shared with students the importance of addressing key issues at a local level and encouraged them to do something greater than themselves and find their 'magnificent obsession.'

Notre Dame Celebrates Advent

December 14, 2017

On a recent crisp fall morning the entire learning community of students, faculty and staff made the annual pilgrimage to our downtown place of worship, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph to celebrate the season of Advent. The mass, presided over by Father Kim, incorporated the Notre Dame spirit of diversity as students performed the Filipino candle dance. The liturgy also included the “Put a Dollar in Your Pocket” campaign in support of Gardner Health Network's efforts to provide Christmas gifts for local foster care children.

Notre Dame's varsity basketball team had a busy week. In the first regular season game of the year they beat Leland in overtime for a final score of 61-57. They continued the winning streak through three games at the Pioneer Tournament, beating Pioneer, Mountain View and Soquel to claim the title of tournament champions! A great way to start off the season!

More than 200 guests gathered in Julie Billiart Hall in support of Justice Immersion recently. Attendees shared a simple soup supper and listened as students shared their immersion trip experiences. "It was heartwarming to hear how these Notre Dame students, along with many others, took what they had learned about justice and compassion in the classroom and applied it to the real world," shared Nicole Yu '18.

Senior Nicole Yu, along with a few of her Notre Dame sisters and chaperones, spent several days in Washington DC attending workshops, participating in discussions, and taking some time to visit landmarks and museums. This Ignatian Family Teach In is one of eight immersion trips offered at ND. Read Nicole's reflection on the experience here.

The Class of 2020 Griffins have been developing their leadership skills all year. Last Friday they had the opportunity to use those skills as they hosted hundreds of prospective members of the Class of 2022 and parents for Eighth Grade Day.

Eight Notre Dame students spent three days learning about careers in the tech industry last week and putting their STEM skills to use in hands-on workshops taught by industry volunteers. Participants processed their own wafers in the lab at SJSU and also spent some time working on soft skills through activities such as mock interviews.

Students in biology and environmental science classes recently visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium where they were able to examine the effects of climate change and learn ways to live more sustainably in our changing environment. Through hands-on exhibits and experiments, they gained a better understanding of the way different biomes function and how they influence our lives as humans.

The more than 120 student athletes participating in volleyball, cross country, tennis and golf wrapped up their 2017-18 fall season last night with an awards ceremony. Eleven students were recognized by the West Bay Athletic League for their outstanding performance.

French IV AP students recently visited Stanford University's Auguste Rodin sculpture collection to experience, in person, the art they had been studying in class.

For the 9th consecutive year, the Notre Dame community has come together on a crisp fall day to play some football and dodge ball, enjoy some food and celebrate sisterhood in support of our sister community in Yancolo, El Salvador. Funds raised through this year's event are helping to provide an education for nine students in the small community of about 200 families.

The Notre Dame campus and Pardini Park were transformed into a playground for historical figures, evil witches and all manner of creative characters on Tuesday 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 Model United Nations Club provides students with an opportunity to learn about foreign affairs and practice diplomacy and public speaking in a setting that replicates a traditional United Nations sessions. The recent Berkeley workshop focused on the topic of capital punishment.

Notre Dame's tech theater students began working on the set design for this year's fall play, Kind Lady, in August. Construction begin in September. At Notre Dame, it isn't parents or volunteers that are using power tools to build the intricate sets that always seem to include stairs, platforms, windows and doors. In fact, the tech crew for Kind Lady used 30 pounds of screws, more than 30 screw gun bits, 9 gallons of paint, 2,000 stables, 190 feet of molding, 850 square feet of plywood and a gallon of wood glue to construct a set that, end-to-end, would run 60 feet in length!

Notre Dame's Robotics Team 1967, the Janksters, kicked off their robotics season with the CalGames 2017 Steamworks competition. Rookies and veterans alike were able to learn many valuable lessons including time management, the importance of being calm in stressful situations and effective communications.

Representative Ro Khanna spent some time on campus recently with the Class of 2018 Government classes. He shared with students the path he has taken to becoming a member of the United States Congress and his insight into how important it is for our young people to learn about the issues facing our country and the world and get involved.

More than 250 freshman students and family members gathered recently to celebrate Notre Dame's fourth annual Freshman Family Liturgy, presided over by Father Joe Kim.

Alumna Shirley Minardi '50 Lewis passed away on October 8 in her San Jose home surrounded by the family she loved. In 2013 Shirley was recognized and honored as a Woman of Impact at Notre Dame's 5th annual event. Her story of commitment, tenacity and compassion inspired students, faculty and staff. Friends and family are invited to celebrate her life from 2PM-5PM on October 29th at History Park. Please RSVP by emailing

Dr. Terrence Roberts, a member of the Little Rock Nine and author of this year's ND Reads selection, Lessons From Little Rock, shared his personal account of the desegregation efforts of 1957 with students and the Notre Dame community as part of the 11th annual ND Reads author talk.

Notre Dame's 9th annual Women of Impact luncheon honored Lisa Sobrato Sonsini and Kelly Powell '88 Bruno, who shared inspiring stories of women's leadership with the more than 750 guests in attendance at the San Jose Convention Center last week.