Josh Stowe | May 26, 2018
The first meeting of the Notre Dame Alumni Association took place on June 23, 1868, in the office of Rev. William Corby, C.S.C., the then-president of the still very young University of Notre Dame. A group of Notre Dame graduates attending Commencement had gathered to form a new organization: “the Associated Alumni of the University of Notre Dame.”
Those assembled chose officers — including “orator” and “poet” — and drafted a constitution. The second paragraph of that founding document proclaimed: “The object of the association is defined to be: To preserve and strengthen the common tie that binds us to each other and alma mater, by means of yearly reunions and by literary correspondence.”
As the NDAA celebrates 150 years of bringing the Notre Dame family together, it is taking a fresh look at itself while staying true to its early mission. Through its strategic planning process, appropriately titled “Re-Envisioning,” the association is creating new programming to connect alumni and friends and meet their evolving needs and interests. (Note that being an alumnus is not a requirement.)
In 2017, the association partnered with Huron Consulting to take an objective look at its work and organization, guided by feedback from the Notre Dame family. Re-Envisioning was the association’s first strategic review in more than a decade, and included interviews, focus groups and surveys with its more than 25,000 members.
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