From the President

Welcome to The Ladies of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College and Holy Cross College, an organization which is celebrating its 90th year! Our mission is to assist and serve as a connection for women affiliated with Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College and Holy Cross College. Whether you have relocated to the South Bend area, are here temporarily for a graduate program, retiring or just looking to meet interesting people, we are here for you – nurturing community through friendship.

We have many opportunities for members to enjoy activities together and to strengthen bonds within our community through service. This group has always been a strong support network for its members, and the community through good and bad times. We are proud of this long history!

The Michiana area has much to offer. There are wonderful parks, theatre and art shows. Wellfield Gardens in Elkhart, Fernwood and Meijer Gardens in Michigan are worthy of visits throughout the year. There are many county parks with opportunities for playgrounds, hiking, and nature watching and events. The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the Morris Theater offer excellent shows. This fall will see the opening of the new Raclin Murphy Art Center on the Notre Dame campus.

Local farmers markets offer healthy local foods and the Potawatomi Zoo now has giraffe feeding. Lake Michigan is a vast resource to explore beaches, charming towns, dunes and really delicious ice cream! Indiana Dunes National Park and State Park showcase incredible natural resources. Walking around the tri-campuses and the lakes are popular as well as the many great sports teams.

My husband and I (and our cats) appreciate the friendly midwestern attitude in the area. Traffic is much nicer than our previous life in the Washington DC area. My husband, Bahram Moasser, is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Notre Dame. I have previously worked in high finance and animal rescue; understandably an unusual combination. Currently my interests lie in quilting, nature ecology and many other curiosities.

If you are interested in joining, please email
Marcie Benjamin
LND/SMC/HCC President 2023/24