NDNU Hires Emmy Award-Winning Journalist as Alumni Director

Belmont, Calif., September 10, 2013 — Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) has hired Emmy award-winning journalist Elizabeth Valente as its new director of alumni relations and annual projects. The position will combine alumni relations with university advancement.

“NDNU alumni are huge supporters in assisting the university in a variety of ways by sending students to our university, providing internships and jobs, and providing financial support,” said Hernan Bucheli, vice president for external affairs. “Elizabeth will bring some good ideas about how to move the alumni program forward in the future and will be a great member of our team.”

Valente has extensive experience in communications management and most recently served as the director of communications and publications at Samuel Merritt University, a health sciences institution located in Oakland. Previous to entering the academic world, Valente worked as a reporter for several local news outlets including CNN, CBS, and FOX in the Bay Area and the Greater Sacramento Area.

She has garnered several broadcast journalism awards including an Emmy recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Northern California and an Associated Press Television-Radio Association of California and Nevada Award. She has a degree in broadcast journalism from San Francisco State and a degree in international relations from the University of London.

Valente started at NDNU on Tuesday, September 3 and can be reached at evalentepigato@ndnu.edu and at 650-508-3515. For more information regarding the NDNU Alumni Association, please visit www.ndnu.edu/alumni.

Notre Dame de Namur University is a Catholic, not-for-profit, coeducational institution serving 2,000 traditional aged and adult students from diverse backgrounds. Established in 1851, by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU maintains a strong commitment to academic excellence, social justice and community engagement. The university is fully accredited and offers 37 undergraduate, graduate and credential programs. The historic, 50-acre campus is located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit www.ndnu.edu.