Alumni Impact

ND Impact Partners: Five Years In and Growing

Lynn Freehill-Maye

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It started in 2014 with a modest question: How could Mendoza alumni continue to use their business skills and acumen to benefit local nonprofits? 

Five years later, there’s a strong answer in the form of the Notre Dame Impact Partners initiative. The program pairs Mendoza alumni with a nonprofit in their own community for four months of work on a strategic project. Annual closing dinners were recently held for the Mendoza volunteers to present their recommendations to the organizations they collaborated with and to celebrate the teamwork. Most teams are comprised of 6 alumni, who collaborate and also spend time working on individual portions of the project that leverage their specific skill-sets and expertise.…

Graduate Alumni Board Revs Up

Tim Ponisciak

Energized and ready to execute—that’s how members of the Mendoza Graduate Alumni Board came away from their biannual meeting in mid-September.

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The board acts as “focus group, sounding board, advisers, critics, and strategists” for the Mendoza College of Business, as member Chris Remington, MNA ’95, puts it. “We hope our recommendations and input contribute to Mendoza's reputation as one of America's best business schools,” he adds. 

Inspiring Words From The 2018 Graduate Alumni Award Winners

Tim Ponisciak

The Mendoza College of Business recognizes alumni each year for their business success, their passion to serve their communities and their involvement with Notre Dame. These alumni show an exemplary commitment to the mission of the College. This year, the College is proud to announce five winners for this year’s awards. The award winners will be honored at the fourth annual Mendoza Graduate Alumni Awards Luncheon, on Friday, October 12, the day before the ND-Pittsburgh football game. The Luncheon will take place in the new Downes Club on the seventh floor of Corbett Family Hall, overlooking the field of Notre Dame Stadium. This year’s award winners come from the MNA, EMBA and MBA programs.…

Mendoza alumnus opens restaurant in Duncan Student Center

Mendoza alumnus opens restaurant in Duncan Student Center

The South Bend Tribune

Rob McColgan, a 2002 Mendoza College of Business graduate, and his business partner Anthony Pigliacampo won the McCloskey Business Plan Competition in 2009 and opened their restaurant, Modern Market.

Last month, the chain debuted inside Notre Dame’s new Duncan Student Center. This is Modern Market’s first campus location.

Speaker examines connection between service, passion in business

The Observer

Mendoza College of Business alumnus Bob Burke spoke at an Ethics Week event on Feb. 12 (Monday) in the Stayer Center. Shortly after graduating in 1994 and taking a job as a business analyst for Arthur Andersen, he founded a nonprofit that provides free tax preparation assistance to low-income families. He pitched the idea as a way to help young employees at the firm develop professionally as they learned to work with a different demographic. The program, now called Ladder Up, also includes other financial programs to help people climb out of poverty and has expanded to other cities in the U.S. In Chicago alone it has provided more than $529 million in economic benefits to more than 297,000 residents. He encouraged students to take a chance and do something different and to consider taking a year and working at a nonprofit after graduation.…

Involved Alumni - Patricia Bravo MBA '00

Tim Ponisciak

In this new feature, each month Mendoza will highlight an alumnus/a who is not just doing great things in their career, but is also staying involved with the College of Business. In this first piece, we spoke with Patricia Bravo, member of the MBA class of '00, and learned about her consulting company and her work with Mendoza's Admissions department.…

Like, Share & Talk With Us! - Mendoza's Social Media Sites

Like, Share & Talk With Us! - Mendoza's Social Media Sites

Tim Ponisciak

Social Media Feature

Do you want to hear more about Mendoza news than just from the newsletter? Make sure to follow Mendoza's various social media accounts. This is a great way to not just get your news, but to also see more about student life!

Here are some of the key sites to follow: …

Conversation Starters - My most valuable class

Tim Ponisciak

Almost every alum can look back on his or her time at Notre Dame and think, "that Finance (or perhaps Marketing, Accounting or Consulting) class is still valuable to me today." There were certain classes each student took which had a profound impact on one's career or personal growth.

We want to hear from you, what one class did you love during your time at Notre Dame?…

Notre Dame MBA at 50: A look at the program's evolution

Notre Dame MBA at 50: A look at the program's evolution

Angela Sienko

MBA Turns 50

It’s been 50 years since Notre Dame launched its MBA program, and in that time, the class size has almost tripled, increasing from 50 in 1967 to 131 in 2017. And when the inaugural MBA class arrived on campus, it was comprised entirely of men, whereas today, nearly 30 percent of the classes are comprised of women.* …

Announcing this year's Mendoza Graduate Alumni Award Winners!

Announcing this year's Mendoza Graduate Alumni Award Winners!

Tim Ponisciak

Each year, the Mendoza College of Business recognizes individuals who live out the mission of the College and have been great examples for future Mendoza students. The College is proud to announce five winners for this year's awards. The award winners will be honored at the third annual Mendoza Graduate Alumni Awards Luncheon, on Friday, October 27, the day before the ND-NC State football game. This year's alumni award winners come from the MBA, EMBA and MNA programs.…

Announcing the focus of The Ask More Ideas Challenge

Tim Ponisciak


Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business constantly challenges its students to “Ask More of Business, Ask More of Yourself.” Once our students become alumni, the Office of Graduate Alumni Relations believes in continuing to provide opportunities for alumni to be a force for good, through their relationship with their alma mater. In 2014, Mendoza launched ND Impact Partners as a way for alumni in selected cities to partner with local nonprofits and help them tackle a strategic challenge. In 2017, Graduate Alumni Relations is launching its first Mendoza - Ask More Ideas Challenge, to provide opportunities for our alumni and friends of the College, regardless of where they live, to serve their communities and to serve a nonprofit by submitting their own ideas related to an impact initiative that affects society.…

Hockey players aren't tough

Anders Lee (MGTC '14)

Hockey player Anders Lee (MGTC '14), who currently plays for the New York Islanders, tells the story of his friendship with Fenoy Pierre-Louis and how he became involved with Kancer Jam, a charity that supports children being treated for cancer.