Join your fellow alumnae and nourish your mind, body, and spirit!
This virtual event will provide opportunities for you to reconnect, learn from each other, and engage in new activities! Check out the course descriptions below and register by Wednesday, September 30.
Sessions included for all attendees
9 a.m.: Opening Session Join your fellow alumnae as we start off the day together with a welcome address, more information on the day's events, and an opening prayer.
5 p.m.: Closing Session Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about Notre Dame Academy Connect, our new tool to facilitate networking among different alumnae groups.
Choose one session each hour:
10 a.m.: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion presentation with Lawrence Alexander As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we have engaged the services of Lawrence Alexander, lead search consultant with Carney Sandoe & Associates, to help guide our immediate and strategic work in equity and inclusion at NDA. Join Lawrence for a general workshop to learn about diversity, equity, and inclusion.
11 a.m. (MIND): Travel Sicily (Virtually) with Connie Costa ‘98 Get an exclusive tour of Sicily, Italy, from local resident Connie Costa ‘98, without leaving your couch! Walk the streets of Sicily, visit Sicilian landmarks, and restaurants, and learn about different cultures despite social-distancing and travel restrictions. Connie has been an Italy Travel Host since 2006. Her specialty is Exclusive Sicily Food Tours, since she was raised in Sicily and is very passionate about that gorgeous island. She also has a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Transformational Coach, International Speaker & Published Writer who assists people all over the world in living their life's purpose!
11 a.m. (BODY): Stretching with Carina ‘14 and Giulia Marsella ‘15 Sisters Carina '14 and Giulia Marsella '15 will get your body ready for the day with intuitive and gentle stretching followed by some high energy grooves. This session is open to alumnae of all flexibility and ability levels. You'll leave this session feeling refreshed, energized, and ready to start the day!
11 a.m. (SPIRIT): Prayer Service with Marie Paul Grech, SND Join Sister Marie Paul Grech, SND, and start your day in prayer. Sister Marie Paul has been a part of the NDA community for over 25 years! You might remember her as your English teacher, your Principal, or as the school’s first President. Today she is the coordinator of Kindred Hearts Ministries (KHM). KHM offers prayer programs, spiritual events, retreats and many other services for local parishioners provided by the Sisters of Notre Dame.
12 p.m. (MIND): Lunch Breakout Room with current NDA Student Council leaders 12 p.m. (BODY): Lunch Breakout Room with current NDA student athletes and dancers 12 p.m. (SPIRIT): Lunch Breakout Room with current NDA Campus Ministry leaders
1 p.m. (MIND): History of Voting and Tips to Be Civically Engaged in Election Season with Katherine Irajpanah ‘15 As you prepare for this year’s election, learn about the history of voting rights in the United States and how to remain civically engaged. Katherine Irajpanah ‘15, will lead a non-partisan workshop on this important and relevant topic. After graduating from NDA, Katherine went on to study international relations at Stanford University. Katherine is now a PhD student in political science at Harvard University, where she conducts research on democracy, presidents, and foreign policy.
1 p.m. (BODY):Sports Specific Catch Ups: Volleyball, Swim, Soccer, Softball Did you play volleyball, swim, soccer, or softball during your time at NDA? Catch up with your fellow alumnae athletes and reminisce on all your favorite games and memories. Who knows, maybe you'll schedule an alumnae game for the future!
1 p.m. (SPIRIT): Socially Conscious Alumnae Owned Businesses with Claudia Rojas ‘92 and Claire Ellis ‘14 Owning a small business can be tough, but alumnae Claudia Rojas ‘92 and Claire Ellis ‘14 have not only been successful despite a pandemic but also remain committed to their communities. Learn how to start and run a socially conscious business. Claudia Rojas ‘92, is the owner of Atticus Creamery & Pies, where ice cream and pies are handcrafted fresh daily using carefully selected natural ingredients, and organic when possible. Claire Ellis ‘14, is the founder of Malibu Apothecary, a Southern California mission-based candle company that crafts cleaner candles for a cleaner Earth.
2 p.m. (MIND): COVID-19 Explained with Joelle Rosser, MD ‘03 Covid-19? Coronavirus? SARS-CoV-2? Joelle Rosser, MD ‘03, infectious disease fellow at Stanford University, will answer your burning questions about the virus that shook the world. After completing her undergraduate degree at UCSD, Joelle moved to Tanzania where she started a non-profit organization Elimu Africa supporting secondary school education for young women. While there she also worked with a local women's group leading health initiatives in a rural community in the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro. She earned her medical degree from Emory University in 2014, spent an additional year researching barriers to cervical cancer screening in rural Kenya, and then completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Washington. Her current research focuses on emerging infectious diseases and climate change. Most recently she has been working intently on COVID-19 research in the U.S. and with global health partners abroad.
2 p.m. (BODY): Sports Specific Catch Ups: Cross Country, Track & Field, Basketball, Tennis Did you participate in cross country, track & field, basketball, or tennis during your time at NDA? Catch up with your fellow alumnae athletes and reminisce on all your favorite games and memories. You may be inspired to schedule an alumnae game!
2 p.m. (SPIRIT): Innergize! With Michelle Porchia ‘70 Michelle Porchia ‘70, understands the importance of taking time for yourself, especially during this challenging time. Michelle is the founder of innerdimensions, llc, and draws on her experience as the manager, Organizational Development and Training at HBO where she facilitated human resource seminars. She is the author of Innergize Day: Taking Time for You and Getting Things Done: Successful Women Speak. Use this session to take some time for yourself, harness your potential, and innergize!
3 p.m. (MIND): Career Specific Networking Mixers: Media, Law, Education Connect with fellow alumnae in media, law, or education! Talk shop and share your experience and knowledge as you build your NDA alumnae network.
3 p.m. (BODY): Dance it Out with Raynelle Duronslet ‘98 When times get tough, sometimes you need to dance it out! There is something incredibly healing about dancing. Dancing is a release – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. It can make us whole, strong, and steadies us for the difficulties with which we are confronted in the real world. Raynelle Duronslet, Director of Dance at NDA, will lead you through dance movement to help get your heart pumping and release the tensions of your day. Raynelle has danced since the age of three and performed professionally since the age of seven. An alumna of Westchester Lutheran elementary school, NDA, and UC Berkeley, Raynelle loves sharing her passion for dance.
3 p.m. (SPIRIT): Living the 4th Kairos Catch Up with Barbara King ‘13 and Kristen Rodriguez ‘13 The Kairos Retreat is a wonderful experience that remains an important part of the faith formation of students at NDA. Stemming from one of the Greek terms for time, Kairos denotes a time that is not bound by the clock or chronology of seconds, minutes, or hours (chronos), but is rather a time that is sacred and special – God’s time. Class of 2013 Kairos Leaders Barbara King and Kristen Rodriguez will lead a discussion for former Kairos attendees. Don’t worry, they won’t be sharing any Kairos secrets!
4 p.m. (MIND): Career Specific Networking Mixers: Business, Finance, STEM Connect with fellow alumnae in business, finance, or STEM! Build your NDA alumnae network as you share your industry experience.
4 p.m. (BODY): Mindfulness with Rachael Garcia ‘93 As we are forced to slow down and watch as things unfold around the world, we are nodoubt inundated by many feelings. In this session, alumna Rachael Garcia ‘93 will lead us in a mindfulness practice to improve well-being, reduce stress, and help you unwind as the day ends.
4 p.m. (SPIRIT): Community Service Activity with Brittany Sorrentino, MA ‘03 Do you remember your freshman year at NDA? Did you meet some of your lifelong friends or discover a passion? Our current freshmen at NDA are trying to do that, but from home! Join Brittany "Britt" Sorrentino ‘03, in a fun and creative way to bring joy and encouragement to each freshman at home. Brittany has a strong passion for education and philanthropy, and is forging a new position in the Development department at Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA. Brittany has served on several nonprofit boards and recently joined NDA’s Advancement Committee, and serves as the Chair of Good Shepherd of Beverly Hills’ Capital Campaign Committee as well. Brittany is passionate about people, mission-driven causes, and faith formation. She looks forward to meeting her fellow NDA alumnae through this fun and engaging event! *RSVP for this session before September 25 to be sent an envelope to mail your letters to NDA.