In conjunction with the ND Department of American Studies, GALA will host a panel discussion called Solidarity & Identity during the 2019 LGBT Leadership Award Weekend.
In his book, Fr. Martin’s call for ‘Bridge Building’ between the LGBTQ community and the institutional Church echoes the Catholic Social Teaching principle of Solidarity. Readers are invited to examine the experience from each side’s perspective, and to find common ground to move forward.
Solidarity is not just a faith concept – it is also a method of political change. Past and current movements in the LGBTQ community and the church have built solidarity with other communities, such as immigrants or the labor movement, in their fight for civil rights.
Solidarity speaks to our ideas of dignity, faith, and the common good. Our panel will explore different examples of movements and reach toward an understanding of their goals, results, and philosophies.
Speakers Include: Fr. James Martin (via Skype), Professor Michael Hebbeler, and Shelly Fitzgerald.
- Location: Andrews Auditorium Geddes Hall
- Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
- Registration: No advance registration is required. The event is free and open to everyone
Award Dinner Registration Now Closed
GALA ND/SMC is pleased to announce the 2019 Thomas Dooley and LGBTQ Leadership Award recipients. This year’s award recipients are:
- Thomas A. Dooley Award – Father James Martin S.J.
- Distinguished Service Award – Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend
- Distinguished Alumni Award – John Sullivan ND Law ’83
The individuals will be recognized at a dinner and ceremony on the Notre Dame campus on Saturday March 30th starting at 6:30pm. Registration is now closed. Go to: 2019 LGBTQ Awards Dinner.
The award ceremony is just part of the overall LGBTQ Leadership Award Weekend Celebration taking place Friday March 29th through Sunday March 31st.
In addition to the Awards Dinner and Ceremony, other activities taking place over the weekend include:
- Alumni/Student Networking Event – Friday March 29 – 8:00pm
- Academic Panel – Saturday March 30 – 1:00pm
- Alumni Social – Saturday March 30 – 10:30pm
- Mass – Sunday March 31 – 10:00am
Every two years GALA ND/SMC recognizes individuals who have made contributions to the LGBTQ community. Planning is now underway to announce the 2019 Thomas Dooley Award and LGBT Leadership Award recipients during a weekend in South Bend in Spring ’19.
The weekend will include the awards ceremony and an academic panel related to the award recipient’s work. Stay tuned for the “Save-The-Date” announcement!
Every two years, GALA ND/SMC honors one of the university’s most deserving alums Tom Dooley through an award in his name. The Thomas A. Dooley Award honors individuals who, through their faith-based background, have demonstrated personal courage, compassion and commitment to advance the human and civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.
We are currently seeking nominations from our members for the 2019 Award, which will be announced at a dinner and award ceremony in April 2019. If you know of someone who you believe meets the criteria, complete this nomination form: 2019 Dooley Nomination. Please submit all nominations by Sunday November 11, 2018.
If you have questions, or to submit the nomination, reach out to Jack Bergen GALA ND/SMC Board Member at email@example.com.
GALA ND/SMC is happy to sponsor our Fourth Annual New York City Alumni Fall Weekend from November 16 to November 18, 2018. There are a number of planned events for GALA members and friends to enjoy over the weekend. Registration for all events is now open!
For complete weekend information and to register for the events, go to: 2018 NYC Alumni Weekend.
- Welcome Dinner – Friday November 16th, 7:00PM – Aria Wine Bar (369 West 51st Street Between 8th & 9th)
- Pre-Game Tailgater – Saturday November 17th, – Harlem – 11:00AM
- Game Watch – Saturday November 17th, – Boxers (Chelsea) – Kickoff 2:30pm
- Celebration of Mass – Sunday November 18th, – 11:30AM – St Francis Xavier (W 16th St)
- LGBT Student Scholarship Benefit – Sunday November 18th, 4:00PM
- After Party – Sunday November 18th, – 6:30pm to 9:00pm – Boxers Upper East Side
GALA ND/SMC, is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual NYC LGBT Student Scholarship Benefit to take place on Sunday November 18, 2018 at 4:00pm. The benefit will be hosted once again by Phil Donahue ’57 and his wife Marlo Thomas’ at their beautiful apartment overlooking Central Park.
Join fellow alumni and friends for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and camaraderie to raise money for the LGBT Student Scholarship Fund. Since the fund’s inception, members & friends have contributed over $115,000 of the $250,000 target. Our goal for this year’s event is $50,000. The featured guest will be 2018/2019 Scholarship Recipient Tim Jacklich ND ’20.
The weekend coincides with the Shamrock Series game being played at Yankee Stadium on Saturday November 17th. Come to NYC for the weekend and join us in raising money for the scholarship fund!
Registration will be open later in the summer, but make your plans now to attend. If you are unable to attend in person, you can still participate by making a donation to the scholarship fund here: GALA ND/SMC Giving
For more info go to 2018 Scholarship Benefit.
As a Notre Dame community, we have an obligation to ensure that the principles of diversity and inclusion for people of all colors, genders, faiths, sexual orientations, social or economic class, and nationality are welcome and supported. Join diverse members from a variety of ND alumni communities (Black, Hispanic, LGBT, Asian Pacific and Native American) as we discuss this critically important and relevant topic. Panel sponsored by GALA ND/SMC, the Gay and Lesbian Alumni/ae of the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College. MODERATOR: Bryan Ricketts ’16, ’17, GALA ND/SMC Vice-Chair Membership
The event will be held on Saturday June 2nd at 9:00am in DeBartolo, room # 126. All alumni & friends are welcome! To see the event info on the ND Alumni Reunion Seminar Website, go here.
GALA ND/SMC is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018/2019 LGBT Student Scholarships. This year’s recipients are Anne Jarrett ND ’20 and Tim Jacklich ND ’20. Congratulations to both winners!
For more information on each recipient, go to LGBT Student Scholarship and to the front-page article in the Observer Wednesday April 25, 2018.
The 2018 GALA ND/SMC Officer elections are now completed. Thanks to everyone who voted and congratulations to the new officer team! This is one of the most diverse group of officers our organization will have.
The 2018-2020 Officers are:
- Chair: Ram Ballesteros ND ’09
- Vice Chair – Membership: Bryan Ricketts ND ’16, ’17
- Secretary: Morgan Benson ND ’14
- Treasurer: Andrea Green ND ’11
- Vice Chair – Programs: Currently Vacant (and looking for a volunteer)
To see each of their bios, go to 2018-2012 Officers. The new officers will assume responsibility as of May 1, 2018 following a transition during the month of April.
In addition to new officers, we welcome Chris Becker, Associate Professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, as a new board member representing ND faculty. Chris replaces Ave Preacher who recently stepped down from this role. Also departing the board is Bryan Ricketts as he assumes his role as Vice-Chair Membership.
We want to thank these individuals in volunteering for these important roles, and are all looking forward to the leadership each of them brings to our LGBT Alumni community.
The Winter 2018 Newsletter was published on March 8, 2018. The newsletter includes a number of current-interest topics as well as upcoming events. To view the full publication, go to: Winter 2018 Newsletter.
- Officer Elections
- Alumni Feedback & Response
- Activities on Campus
- LGBTQ Resource Fair
- ND Transgender Awareness Panel
- ND Graduate Student Union Panel
- Upcoming Events
- Alumni Social in DC
- Alumni Reunion Weekend
- Past Events
- NYC Christmas Party
- NYC Midnight Run Community Service Event
- Membership Renews
- ND Day- PrismND
GALA will be holding an Alumni Social on Sunday March 11th to bring together DC Area Alums & Friends. This will be a casual get-together of light appetizers and drinks. The event is hosted by Bob Davidson ’76 at his beautiful home in Chevy Chase MD. Come and join other alums to catch up and talk about future events and activities in the area.
The event will start at 3:00pm and run until 6:00pm. Bob’s home is located at 4308 Stanford St, Chevy Chase MD, 20815. There is plenty of on-street parking and is a short walk from the local Metro stop (Bethesda Station) using the Red Line.
Our host will be providing the main food and beverages, and invites guests to bring an appetizer or light dessert “pot-luck” style if they desire. For more info and to register, go to GALA DC Alumni Social or email Bob directly at Robertdcc@Gmail.com.
Every two years GALA ND/SMC conducts elections for all officer positions. In 2018, elections will be taking place during March and we are looking for individuals to fill these roles. This is a great opportunity to take a leadership role in driving engagement for the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s LGBT alumni & friends community. In addition, you get to play a key role in helping to strengthen our relationships with many key partner organizations both on campus and around the country.
Election Timeframe (Tentative)
- Call for Nominations – January 25th – February 20th
- Ballot out for Voting – March 1st – March 20th
- Elections Results Announced – March 31st
WE CAN USE YOUR HELP!! The successfully elected individual is asked to make a two-year commitment, participate on monthly officer calls and attend major events for their position. The formal position descriptions can be found at: GALA Constitution. Regardless of the specific roles, all officers are encouraged to get involved in whatever way they feel they can make a difference. The positions available are as follows:
- Vice-Chair Program
- Vice-Chair Membership
In addition to these elected positions, our group also has several other volunteer opportunities:
- Fundraising Coordinator – Identify and execute on potential fundraising opportunities such as grants, corporate sponsorships and on-going donation activities.
- Scholarship Fund Financial Investment Advisor – Now that the scholarship fund is over $100,000, the group is looking to create an “investment committee” to establish an investment strategy to ensure long-term viability. We are looking for a volunteer certified investment advisor to lead this committee. (Note- All funds will be held in Fidelity)
- Regional Alumni Leaders – As we look to expand our regional chapters, we need alums “on the ground” who can put together a small group to start engaging local alums with social and other events.
For more information, and to nominate either yourself or another alum by February 20th, go to: 2018-2012 Officer Elections.
For the fourth year in a row, GALA ND/SMC is proud to make available two scholarships to qualified LGBT students at Notre Dame & Saint Mary’s for the 2018/2019 academic year. The application window is open between December 15, 2017 and will continue through March 1, 2018. Recipients will be announced in April ’18.
Thanks to everyone who has generously contributed allowing us, as an alumni group, to offer these scholarships to such deserving students.
Alums & Friends…..for more information on prior recipients or to contribute, go to: LGBT Scholarships.
Students….to find out about eligibility requirements and to apply, go to: LGBT Student Scholarship Application.
Irish American Writers and Artists Inc. (IAW&A) honored ND grad and GALA ND/SMC board member talk-show pioneer, writer, and film producer Phil Donahue ’57 with the 2017 annual Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award on Monday, October 16, 2017.
Many Irish celebrities were on hand to honor Phil including Brian Dennehy, Alan Alda and Rosie O’Donnell. A group of ND alums kicked off the award ceremony with a glorious rendition of the ND alma mater, a fitting tribute to Phil.
In the Autumn 2017 edition of the Notre Magazine, Liam Dacey ’04, GALA ND/SMC Board member, wrote a “letter to the editor” on the 2017 Tom Dooley Award Weekend. In the letter, Liam talks about the significance of the award in recognizing Kristen Matha and her contribution to the LGBT community. To read the full piece, go to: ND Magazine Letter To The Editor-Autumn 2017.
On September 24th, GALA ND/SMC held our Third Annual NYC LGBT Scholarship Fundraiser. The event was hosted once again by Phil Donahue ’57 and his wife Marlo Thomas’ in their beautiful apartment overlooking Central Park.
Due to the generosity of everyone attending, the Scholarship Campaign has now hit the $100,000 milestone of the targeted $250,000 endowment goal. Thanks to everyone who has donated throughout the program including members who have contributed through the “Enhanced Membership” levels.
To donate, go to: LGBT Scholarship Campaign or upgrade your membership level here.
Re: Response from the Notre Dame Alumni Association on the Inclusion of LGBT Alumni Affinity Group
In April 2014, GALA ND/SMC, on behalf of all Notre Dame LGBT alumni and friends, requested official recognition from the Notre Dame Alumni Association (NDAA) in a letter to Dolly Duffy, its Executive Director. As a part of official recognition, we requested the same rights, privileges and support provided all other ND Alumni Diversity Groups representing Black, Hispanic, Asian-Pacific and Native American alumni. This request was recently denied by the NDAA.
GALA Officers and Board send a letter to all Notre Dame LGBT Alumni, Friends and Allies informing them of this decision and next steps. To see the full letter, go to Letter from the GALA ND/SMC Officers and Board – July 4, 2017.
GALA ND/SMC is pleased to announce the Third Annual NYC LGBT Student Scholarship Benefit on Sunday September 24, 2017. The benefit will take place once again at Phil Donahue ’57 and his wife Marlo Thomas’ beautiful apartment overlooking Central Park. Join fellow alumni and friends for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and camaraderie to raise money for the student scholarship.
Registration is now open. Tickets are now available for both the main event and a special VIP Reception. For more info and to register, go to: 2017 NYC Scholarship Benefit.
The benefit will be part of a full weekend of activities starting Friday evening September 22th through Sunday September 24th. More info is available at 2017 NYC Alumni Fall Weekend. Plan your trip to NYC now!!
Kendrick Peterson, an out, proud student who is making a difference at ND. He is an officer in the LGBT student group PrismND and on the GALA ND/SMC board. He was recently featured in an amazing video about his journey coming to Notre Dame. This video was made by the ND Admissions office as part of a series highlighing current students, and will be made available during this fall’s recruiting season. Thanks Kendrick for helping to create change at ND!
Once again GALA ND/SMC’s will be holding our annual football tailgater on campus, this year for the ND/Miami of Ohio game on September 30th. Kick-off is at 5:00pm, so the fun will begin around noon. Stop by before the game to have some beverages and game-day munchies. Last year over 30 students, alums and South Bend friends stopped by. Questions? Contact Jack Bergen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE: THE TAILGATER WILL BE HELD IN THE “JOYCE” PARKING LOT JUST SOUTH OF THE STADIUM. LOOK FOR THE RAINBOW BALLONS!!