Kroc Institute alumna named to inaugural Domer Dozen

Author: Josh Flynt

The Notre Dame Alumni Association announced the inaugural Domer Dozen, a new program honoring graduates ages 32 and younger in recognition of their significant contributions and extraordinary dedication to making a difference.

Among the honorees is Mary Kate Battle, a 2010 Notre Dame graduate with a degree in peace studies, political science, and Spanish. Battle now serves as the Business Development Specialist witih Catholic Relief Services in Freetown, Sierra Leone. 

Domer Dozen honorees were chosen by the YoungND Board, the Alumni Association’s newest affinity group, and a selection committee made up of

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University officials, which together reviewed more than 160 nominations and used a weighted ranking system to select this year’s honorees. Those chosen represent an exemplary group of young Notre Dame graduates who continue to make a difference in one of the four core tenets of the Alumni Association’s mission statement — faith, service, learning or work.

“Our young alumni are extraordinarily accomplished, and I am so pleased for the association and the University to recognize them in this way,” said Dolly Duffy, executive director of the Alumni Association and associate vice president for University relations. “Their contributions in service to their countries; to underprivileged populations; to the Catholic Church; and in science, technology, medicine, journalism and law are remarkable and inspiring. They demonstrate that success truly is a mark of how one uses their God-given talents and gives back.”

All honorees are invited back to campus from September 13-14 to strategize about young alumni engagement with the YoungND Board, meet University leaders, tell their stories and be honored during an awards dinner. The Domer Dozen will also be recognized in Notre Dame Stadium during the football game against the University of New Mexico. 

For more information and to see the full list of honorees, visit

Contact: Erin Blasko, assistant director of media relations, 574-631-4127,

Originally published by Josh Flynt at on September 09, 2019.