Dining Diversity is Back Jan 31st!

Dear SFND Family,

Dining Diversity has returned, and we’re back to our original concept. We’ll be doing regular events throughout the Bay Area, with special guests from different cultures, while we break bread together. For our first event of the series reboot, we’ll be dining at Gerry’s Grill, a Filipino restaurant in Union City (right off 880 at Union Landing). Our guest will be Nika Calderon Carlson, who moved to the US with her mother from the Philippines when she was little. We invite you to come join us in the East Bay at the end of the month.
Here are a few logistical details for dinner:
7 pm on Tuesday, January 31
Gerry’s Grill
31005 Courthouse Dr.
Union City, CA 94587
If you would like to join us, please email Scott Ellingson at scott.ellingson@impaxlabs.com by the end of the day on Sunday, January 29. We need the email RSVP to make sure we have enough space. Dress code is casual, and Yelp rates Gerry’s as $$ for expense level. Parking is plentiful and free. If you are planning on taking BART, the closest stop is Union City. From there you can either Uber/Lyft to the restaurant, or you can contact Scott to see about coordinating a pick up/drop off at the station.

We hope to see you there!

Go Irish!

Julian Bigi, ’07

SFND 2017 Call for Volunteers

It’s a new year. Just as 2017 is a time for many individuals resolve to eat healthier or listen to more podcasts, the Notre Dame Club of San Francisco has a lot of exciting changes coming down the pike. We’ve overhauled our board structure, transitioning to a committee structure. SFND has a lot of goals for 2017, but we cannot accomplish them without dedicated individuals who are willing to volunteer their time.

Check out our Get Involved page for more information on open positions!

Happy New Years everyone!

Universal Notre Dame Night 2015

Come join us for drinks, appetizers and a “State of the University” address by Dolly Duffy, ’84, executive director of the Notre Dame Alumni Association and associate vice president for University Relations.


Wednesday, September 16 @ 6:30pm – 9:30pm PDT

The Terrace Room at Lake Merritt Hotel
1800 Madison Street, Oakland, CA 94612

Event tickets cost $50 per person and include 1 drink, heavy appetizers, and an opportunity to connect with the University and her people via our valued local alumnae guests (you!) and event speaker, Dolly Duffy.


Join us for the 4th Annual Not So Muddy Saturday Volleyball Tournament!

In 2006, a group of volleyball players from Keenan Hall set up a mud volleyball tournament to raise money for the Notre Dame chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Every year in the spring, Keenan Hall transforms the Holy Cross field behind the Grotto into a dozen or so mud pits. It is highly unlikely that we will get the city of San Francisco to let us dig up Golden Gate Park for our one-day escapade so we will be hosting this tournament without the mud.


Support the SFND Club – Adopt-a-Family

The Notre Dame Club of San Francisco has adopted a family for the holiday season! We’ve partnered with San Francisco’s Compass Family Services to bring some extra holiday cheer to a family in need. 

This year, SFND has been paired with a family of four: Lisette and Jose, and their children Elaida, age 4, and Saul, age 6. They say they are a “family pursuing happiness” and with your help, we can bring them a little closer this holiday season! 

If you would like to make a donation, please visit our Paypal donation site, or contact emily.salvaterra@gmail.com. Donations are due by December 6

Science dean Crawford appointed associate provost and VP

Gregory P. Crawford, William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science and professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed associate provost and vice president of the University, effective July 1, 2015.

Crawford will begin laying the groundwork for his new position but continue as dean this academic year, during which time the University will conduct an international search for a successor.

As associate provost and vice president, Crawford will be charged with developing Notre Dame’s presence in California, initially in the Bay Area. He will begin by expanding career services, internships and employment opportunities for Notre Dame undergraduates; recruiting the best students from leading California high schools to Notre Dame; expanding development efforts in the state; and offering courses and programs through this new presence in California as well as through online learning.

Over time, Crawford will match faculty interests with sabbatical opportunities, connect faculty with companies and funding and assist with finding investors for entrepreneurial companies that begin at Notre Dame and Innovation Park.

“Greg’s passion, creativity, intellect, energy and enthusiasm have taken the College of Science to new heights,” Provost Thomas G. Burishsaid. “These same attributes will serve the University well as he establishes a physical presence for Notre Dame in the West. We are grateful for his six years of service as dean and look forward to his contributions in his new role.”

Crawford added: “Extending our virtues and values to northern California is only the next step in Notre Dame’s goal of expanding across the state and elevating our impact on the world as a force for good – building on our long tradition of service to humanity and our accelerating achievements in that cause.

“I am profoundly grateful and inspired by the students, faculty and staff of the College of Science, who devote themselves, day in and day out, to fulfilling Notre Dame’s mission.”

Crawford was appointed dean in 2008 and has directed more than 500 faculty, staff and postdoctoral researchers in the College of Science, which has some 1,500 undergraduate students and more than 550 graduate students.

As dean, he has directed numerous new and expanded initiatives, including:

Crawford also has been actively involved in raising money and awareness locally for cancer and rare disease research and has biked more than 11,000 miles across the country in support of research into Niemann-Pick Type C, the disease that has taken the lives of three of legendary Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian’s grandchildren.

Crawford came to Notre Dame from Brown University, where he was the dean of engineering from 2006 to 2008 and professor of physics and engineering from 1996 to 2008. He uses his background in optics, photonics and materials applied to biomedical devices for aging bruise for abuse cases and assessing hemoglobin in developing countries. He has to his credit more than 400 research and education publications, review articles and book chapters, and more than 20 U.S. patents and patent applications.

Crawford attended Kent State University, where he earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

Celebrate the Mothers of Notre Dame

The Notre Dame Parents Program and the Notre Dame Club of San Francisco invite you to celebrate the Mothers of Notre Dame.


Event Details:

Sunday, May 18th  @ 5:00 PM

Saint Ignatius Church

650 Parker Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94118


May is the month when we celebrate Our Lady, and on Sunday, May 18, 2014, several Masses dedicated to our Notre Dame mothers will be celebrated across the country. This beautiful tribute to Our Lady, Notre Dame our Mother, and to all our mothers and women of Notre Dame, allows us to gather as a community to share our faith.  Whether you are an Alumni and a Mother, Mother of an Alumni, Mother of a currently enrolled student or incoming student please bring the entire family and join us for a special blessing.

This is also an opportunity for parents, alumni, and friends to meet each other and to welcome the new Notre Dame students in the area.

The Parents Program has information on the parents website about the locations of the Mothers of Notre Dame Masses across the country.

Thank you for your support!