Tradition Never Graduates
You are important to us as you hold a vital part of the NDA story within your experience here. The Alumnae Relations Office is here to support you in renewing and growing your lifelong bonds with others in the NDA community. All graduates are welcome and encouraged to return to NDA for a visit, a tour of the building, or just to cheer for the Eagles. If you have a daughter who wants to become an Eagle and continue your legacy at Notre Dame Academy, she is eligible for the $500 renewable Alumnae Legacy Discount awarded to daughters of NDA Alumnae.
June 18-19, 2020—NDA Gathering – Cleveland
Reunion Weekend 2020
Unfortunately, due to the current events surrounding the COVID-19 crisis, this year we have decided to postpone our Reunion that was to take place June 12-13, 2020. We apologize for the inconvenience however, want to ensure the safety and well-being of our NDA Alumnae family.
QUESTIONS ABOUT REUNION WEEKEND
Why did you change the format of Reunion to an all alumnae event?
After reviewing our alumnae survey results, we re-structured the reunion to match requests from our alumnae. Alumnae voiced their opinion that since they had spent four or more years at NDA they wanted to re–connect not only with their graduating class but also those in other classes with whom they walked the halls.
Who is welcome to attend the Reunion Weekend activities?
All friends and families of NDA Alumnae are invited to the Friday evening picnic! Significant others are welcome to enjoy the Saturday evening reception, though you may choose to make it a girls night instead!
Am I able to coordinate my own class Reunion?
Absolutely! We encourage classes to form a committee, of more than one person, to generate interest in the NDA Reunion Weekend and to plan individual class celebrations. Once you have formed a committee and are ready to proceed please click here. We are happy to advertise your individual class celebration in The Plaid Pages, our website, and social media.
What have other classes done to organize their own reunion?
Members of the class of 1958 worked together to organize a beautiful 60th celebration at Brandywine Country Club. Last year‘s 50th class met prior to the Saturday evening reception for a pre–party event. Many classes reserve space at a restaurant. Local alumnae have hosted an individual class celebration in their homes.
I would like to see my classmates; however, feel I may be lost in the crowd if all alumnae are invited?
We encourage classes to form a committee of more than one person to generate interest in attending our NDA Reunion Weekend events. Also, several classes have a Facebook page which they utilize when planning get–togethers amongst their class.
Why is there a cost involved to attend alumnae events?
We strive to provide our alumnae with a variety of events throughout the year and at an affordable price. The ticket price associated with any of our alumnae events typically only covers the cost to host.
To start planning your individual class celebration, please click here.
Notre Dame Academy Inducts Two Alumnae into Hall of Fame
Service Leadership and Professional Achievements Recognized
In recognition of their community and professional leadership, two Notre Dame Academy (NDA) alumnae, Belinda Costin ‘80 and Gail (Vascik) Hogan ‘74, will be inducted into the NDA Hall of Fame: Women of Vision at the Mad for Plaid Gala, February 29, 2020. The event will take place at Parkway Place, Maumee, Ohio at 6:00 p.m..
Since 1989, Notre Dame Academy has welcomed more than 70 inductees into its Hall of Fame. This honor is bestowed upon deserving graduates who have made outstanding contributions professionally and/or through service.
Belinda Costin ‘80 will be honored with the Service Leadership Award. Ms. Costin has spent much of her life on the Sisters of Notre Dame (SND) campus, first attending Ladyfield School, then Notre Dame Academy, followed by joining the Sisters of Notre Dame after graduation in 1980. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Education from Bowling Green State University, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from the University of Dayton and currently holds an adjunct faculty position at Owens Community College.
After 16 years of service as a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame, she continued her involvement with the Sisters as a lay person through volunteer work. She assists with SND-sponsored events and endeavors, and served as the first Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Sisters’ sponsored ministry, Maria Early Learning Center.
Her passion has been the education of children, as well as the formation of excellent teachers of children. She has served in several dioceses as an educator in Catholic schools and also served as principal in Catholic grade schools in Ohio and Michigan. Ms. Costin lead and obtained the first of its kind accreditation for a newly formed private Catholic school, Immaculata Academy, in Fennville, Michigan.
She has championed and improved Early Childhood Education by taking roles in assisting early childhood educators through consulting and serving as president of the Ohio Association of the Education of Young Children where she continues to serve as the Power to the Profession Advocate. She advocates within the organization and at the statehouse. She is also proud of her volunteer work as a board member, working director of the childcare, and early childhood educational components of the program in a south Toledo non-profit, Christian-based organization called, Baby University which is part of Mosaic Ministries. Baby University is dedicated to helping alleviate generational poverty in a specific geographic area in Toledo through improving parenting skills and creating bonds among families.
Gail (Vascik) Hogan ‘74, is the recipient of this year’s Professional Achievement Award. Mrs. Hogan is an Emmy award winning broadcast journalist who has worked in TV and radio in Ohio for over 30 years. Gail has worked as a TV news reporter, news anchor, news magazine co-host, radio morning show personality, media trainer and most recently the founder of her own business, GMH Media, Ltd.
Mrs. Hogan founded, produced and hosted her own weekly TV talk show, Showcase Columbus. That weekly show was the foundation for the daily live program, Daytime Columbus, where she acted as host and executive producer. She also has a career as a freelance talent as on camera and voice over talent work. She spent most of her TV and radio years in Columbus, Ohio, working at WSYX-TV, WCMH-TV, 610/TVN Radio and WLVQ-FM.
Currently, she is partnering with the Ohio State University Ross Heart Hospital on wellness and community heart health issues. As a heart disease survivor she has spent more than 30 years working for the Central Ohio Chapter of the American Heart Association. She was a part of the Columbus Women’s Heart Health initiative, to bring attention to women’s heart issues. That local project, in part, led to the national American Heart Association Go Red for Women campaign.
Mrs. Hogan has also been involved as a volunteer for the local heart walk, the Go Red luncheon, Ohio American Heart Association communication outreach, CPR advocate, a community speaker on heart health issues and past board member with the Central Ohio Chapter of the American Heart Association.
In 2016, she worked to pass Ohio House Bill 311 to require CPR training for all Ohio high school students. She recently was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award and a Leadership Legacy Award from the American Heart Association’s 5 state Great Rivers Affiliate for her advocacy work and years of service. Currently she is the Committee Chair for the Ohio Advocacy Committee.
Mrs. Hogan is a past board member of Alvis House, school boards and is active in her church, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbus.