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YOUNG ALUMNI RECOGNITION INITIATIVE

The young alumni honored here have shown extraordinary dedication to making a difference and have made significant contributions in one of the four core tenets of the Alumni Association’s mission statement—faith, service, learning, or work. We are proud to highlight their accomplishments to inspire our students, alumni, and all members of the Notre Dame family.

THE HONOR

The inaugural cohort of Domer Dozen honorees was chosen by the Young ND Board, the Notre Dame Alumni Association’s newest affinity group, and a selection committee made up of University officials, which together reviewed more than 160 nominations and utilized a weighted ranking system to select our honorees. Those chosen represent a truly impressive group of young Notre Dame graduates who continue to make a difference in their faith, service, learning, and work, serving as inspiring role models to a rising generation of soon-to-be Notre Dame graduates. The honorees are invited back to campus for the New Mexico game weekend Sept. 13-14 to strategize about young alumni engagement with the Young ND Board, meet University leaders, tell their stories, and be honored.

The Domer Dozen is a signature initiative of Young ND, a Notre Dame Alumni Association affinity group. Established in July 2018, the 16-person board represents the interests of and steers programming for young Notre Dame graduates (ages 32 and younger). 

The 16-person board meets on campus twice a year and holds regular digital meetings. It works closely with the Alumni Association’s network of Notre Dame clubs, developing and disseminating best practices for young alumni engagement for the 270 Notre Dame clubs spread out across the country and around the globe. Twelve board members serve as regional directors and collaborate directly with the young alumni coordinators of the clubs within their regions.

Outside of the club network, the Young ND Board crafts both on-campus and digital initiatives to help young alumni celebrate Notre Dame. The board strives to support and reach out to all members of the young alumni community with a focus on diversity and inclusion. It also assists students as they transition to young alumni by serving and inspiring them throughout their time on campus. To learn more about the board and future roles that will become available, email ndya@alumni.nd.edu.

OUR INITIATIVES

The Domer Dozen is one of the many initiatives the Alumni Association has launched to engage meaningfully with young alumni and students. The association realizes the importance of fostering an understanding of the role it will play in our graduates’ continued relationships with Notre Dame. For more information on our initiatives for students and young alumni, please contact us at ndya@alumni.nd.edu.

WELCOME: 

Student Send-Offs: Notre Dame clubs gather each summer to expand the Notre Dame family by welcoming new parents and wishing first years well as they embark on their Notre Dame education.

Traditions Book: Incoming students receive a 48-page book before Welcome Weekend that highlights all of the University’s cherished traditions. 

Welcome Tent: During Welcome Weekend, association staff members offer a welcome station outside the Eck Visitors Center, handing out free class drawstring bags and ND Traditions posters for residence hall rooms.

Legacy Reception: We host a welcome back breakfast for all incoming alumni legacy families.

TRANSITION: 

Life Beyond the ND Bubble: Seniors hear from guest speakers on relevant and practical topics—everything from budgeting and cooking to planning for retirement and dressing for success—to prepare them for their launch as young alumni.

Home After Dome: At this special event each spring, we match seniors with the larger clubs so they can learn about their new cities and the activities of the clubs. We also provide new city guides.

Data, Data, Data: As seniors transition each spring, we direct a number of initiatives to ensure we gather physical addresses and emails to keep our newest alumni connected to the University.

INVOLVEMENT:

Young ND Board: The Young ND board is an association affinity group established in July 2018. The 16-person board represents the interests of and steers programming for young Notre Dame graduates (ages 32 and younger). Each member serves a three-year term. The regional directors on the board actively support the young alumni club coordinators through shared best practices.

Domer Dozen: Each fall we honor 12 young alumni who have shown extraordinary dedication to making a difference and have made significant contributions in one of the four core tenets of the Alumni Association’s mission statement—faith, service, learning, or work.

IrishCompass: Young alumni have access to a robust online professional community called IrishCompass (irishcompass.nd.edu). Through the platform, young alumni can mentor or be a mentor for other alumni, search for jobs, and participate in industry discussion groups.

CELEBRATION:

Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar: For one special home game each year, young alumni come together on the Eck Visitors Center patio for a game-day brunch featuring exquisite breakfast choices and bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas.

Study Breaks: Each spring and fall, the association partners with Notre Dame clubs to help students relax with a variety of food, beverages, games, and music before they begin final exams. 

Senior Medallion: As students pick up their Senior Week tickets, the association also bestows on them a commemorative medallion with their class year and an engraving of the dome—blessed by University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

Mother’s Day Postcards: Each May, we mail 5,000-6,000 postcards on behalf of our students to honor their mothers and mother figures during Mother’s Day.

Communications: The association always looks for opportunities to communicate and celebrate with students and their families during transitional times. Initiatives include letters to students and families welcoming them to ND, letters congratulating students and families around Commencement, and many warm greetings in between.

STORYTELLING: 

We Are ND: Through the We Are ND (weare.nd.edu) storytelling platform, we tell stories of alumni—young and old—who are forces for good in the world.