A Message From The Monogram Club President
As the 2016-17 school year closes and summer begins, Notre Dame student-athletes are able to enjoy a well-deserved respite from their demanding school and sports schedule. The work of the Monogram Club, however, continues apace. 

The Club recently presented over 70 first-time Monogram winners with their letter jackets at a ceremony attended by their families, friends, coaches and administrators. Women’s soccer Monogram winner Shannon Boxx was the featured speaker, reflecting on her incredible career, including her experience as a Notre Dame student-athlete.

The Club also participated in the annual  O.S.C.A.R.S. ceremonybestowing our postgraduate scholarship awards upon two extremely worthy recipients, Eva Niklinska (women’s fencing) and Evan Panken (men’s soccer)These scholarships exemplify the Monogram Club’s mission  – helping to ensure a successful transition from current to former Notre Dame student-athlete.

Finally, this past weekend the Club hosted a very successful Fourth Quarter Farewell on campus to recognize 2017 graduates who are now, by virtue of their service to Notre Dame, official members of the Club. We were pleased to present all of them, with their friends and families present, graduation stoles that they wore proudly the following day as they received their diplomas. 

Wishing all of you an enjoyable and relaxing summer and thanks again for all that you do to support the Club.

Go Irish!
Kevin J. O’Connor (’89, lacrosse)

Pictured: Eva Niklinska ('17, fencing) accepting the Monogram Club Postgraduate Scholarship at the 16th annual O.S.C.A.R.S. gala. 


Football Ticket Application Selection Reminder

A reminder to Monogram Club members at the football ticket application level that you should have received an email and/or hard copy mail letter from the Notre Dame Athletics Ticket Office with the date, time and log-in information so you can begin to make your selections.

The email also contained a video tutorial, which you can watch HERE. All the information, including frequently asked questions, can be found at und.com/lottery.

You will have from your start time until July 6 to complete your selections. You can go in anytime after your start time, but it is important to go in as close to your start time as possible in order to ensure the best availability. 

Don't hesitate to contact the Notre Dame Athletics Ticket Office at 574-631-7356 or tickets@nd.edu if you have any questions or would like assistance with the new process.

Here are important Monogram Club dates and information to remember when filling out your 2017 football season ticket lottery application:

Football Schivarelli Players' Lounge Reception
Every home football Friday (6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)

Monogram Club Pre-Game Reception
Every home football Saturday inside the Monogram Room.

Post-Game Mass

Immediately following every home game inside the Monogram Room.

Temple (Sept. 2)

• Football Monogram Pre-Game Tunnel

NC State Weekend (Oct. 27-28)
• Monogram Club Annual Mass, Meeting & Reception
• All Monogram Pre-Game Tunnel

 

Sixth Annual Fourth Quarter Farewell Kicks Off Commencement Weekend
Just when the student-athletes in Notre Dame’s class of 2017 thought they were done with weather delays and re-scheduling of events, rain visited campus during graduation weekend. Luckily the University of Notre Dame’s 172nd Commencement Ceremony was pushed back just one hour and still took place Sunday morning inside Notre Dame Stadium.

Weather wasn’t a factor on Saturday when the Monogram Club welcomed athletics graduates, their families, friends, coaches and administrators to the sixth annual Fourth Quarter Farewell, which was held inside the Guglielmino Athletics Complex. This event has become a staple on commencement weekend as it provides members of the athletics family a chance to gather one final time before the hectic pace of the weekend takes over. READ MORE

 

Monogram Club Hosts Spring Monogram Jacket Ceremony
Shannon Boxx (’99, soccer) returned to her alma mater to be the featured alumni speaker at the Monogram Club’s spring Monogram Jacket Ceremony, which was held April 27. Boxx (pictured) addressed the group that included nearly 70 first-time Monogram winners, their families, coaches and administrators, assembled in Club Naimoli.

Boxx's speech touched on her journey from Torrance, California to Notre Dame, where she never missed a match during her Fighting Irish career and helped the program to its first national title in 1995 as a freshman. After being a key cog in two more College Cup teams, she graduated from Notre Dame in 1999 with bachelor’s degrees in psychology and African-American studies. Boxx would go on to win three Olympic gold medals and a World Cup title before retiring in 2015.

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Eva Niklinska And Evan Panken Receive Monogram Club Postgraduate Scholarship
During their outstanding Notre Dame careers Eva Niklinska (fencing) and Evan Panken (soccer) both won a national championship, were Dean’s List students and contributed mightily to the community, and they recently were named the 2017 recipients of the Monogram Club Postgraduate Scholarship.

The announcement was made May 4 during Notre Dame’s 16th annual O.S.C.A.R.S. (Outstanding Student-Athletes Celebrating Achievement & Recognition Showcase) gala, which was held inside Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center. This marked the ninth year the Monogram Club awarded a postgraduate scholarship to one male and one female Monogram winner. In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, service, leadership, and potential for success in postgraduate study, each individual receives a one-time, nonrenewable grant of $5,000 to attend graduate school. Since the scholarship’s inception, the Monogram Club has awarded $90,000 to the recipients. READ MORE

  

Irish Student-Athletes Celebrated At 16th Annual O.S.C.A.R.S.
Fighting Irish student-athletes, coaches and administrators gathered to celebrate their successes on the field, in the classroom and in the community May 4 at the 16th annual O.S.C.A.R.S. (Outstanding Student-Athletes Celebrating Achievement & Recognition Showcase) at Purcell Pavilion.

The O.S.C.A.R.S. showcase the many accomplishments of Notre Dame student-athletes. The red-carpet gala serves to unite all students, administrators, and faculty involved in Fighting Irish athletics. The O.S.C.A.R.S. were created by Notre Dame's Student-Athlete Advisory Council and Student Welfare & Development office and the Monogram Club assists with financial support for the event.

The ceremony is annually attended by more than 1,500 student-athletes, administrators, faculty and staff. Hundreds of student-athletes, representing all Fighting Irish varsity athletics programs, as well as the athletics department's cheerleaders, student managers and student athletic trainers, participate in the showcase by presenting awards and performing live on stage or in video clips.
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Monogram Club Q&A With Mark Mishu (17, Soccer)
This month’s Monogram Club Q&A is with Mark Mishu (’17, soccer). Last month, Mark, a Knoxville, Tennessee native, received his Monogram jacket and the spring Monogram Jacket Ceremony and this past weekend he graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in finance from the Mendoza College of Business.

What does it mean to be a Notre Dame graduate?
“It means a lot to be a Notre Dame graduate. For me specifically, it shows me what I am capable off. Balancing soccer and academics has been one of the hardest things I have done in my life. Notre Dame has pushed me mentally and physically, and it has given me the confidence that I can handle future challenges.”

What's next for you?
“I will be attending medical school at Georgetown University. I was a finance major, but I took science classes that were pre-requisites for medical school because I was not sure if I wanted to go into finance or medicine after graduation.” 

Describe your emotions when you received your Monogram jacket at the Monogram Jacket Ceremony?
“It felt great to get my jacket. Being one of the guys who didn’t earn it my freshman, sophomore or junior years I really looked forward to it. I feel that if I didn’t put in the work on the game field, I put the work in on the practice field and I finally reaped the rewards of that.

“The Monogram Jacket Ceremony was a great time. I’m good friends with one of the football guys, Ben Suttman, and we both looked at each other when we had our jackets on and started laughing because it’s such a good time and everyone is in high spirits. Everyone knows their hard work paid off.”

What does it mean to be part of the Monogram Club along with your brother Luke (’15, soccer)?

“It’s pretty cool. I feel like when we get older we’ll bring out the jackets and show our kids and it’ll be nice to be able to share that. It’s a cool bond to have with your brother, but I’m also going to have that with all the other guys on my team. It’s a special bond because they’re all my family. We have a really close-knit team.”

Describe what the Notre Dame family means to you?
“There’s an expectation of excelling that I don’t think exists at a lot of other schools. That’s what the Notre Dame family is about. When you come here, you expect to win and you are willing to put that work in to win. That unites everyone across all the sports and makes us a family.” 

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Alaina Roberts (’16, Tennis) Named Athletics Operations & Monogram Club Coordinator
The Notre Dame Monogram Club has named Alaina Roberts (’16, tennis) to the position of Athletics Operations and Monogram Club Coordinator. Roberts had served as Monogram Club intern since last fall.

In her new role, Roberts will develop, coordinate, supervise and host events on behalf of the athletics department and Monogram Club. She will assist Brant Ust, the executive director of the Monogram Club/assistant athletics director, and the entire Club staff with member requests, preparation and assistance with Monogram Club Board of Directors meetings. Roberts also will serve as the administrative assistant to associate athletics director Beth Hunter.

Roberts, a native of Goshen, Indiana, was a three-time Monogram winner with the Fighting Irish women’s tennis program. She graduated from Notre Dame in May of 2016 with a degree in marketing from the Mendoza College of Business. 

 

Softball Hosts Seventh Annual Strikeout Cancer Weekend
The seventh annual Strikeout Cancer series and weekend for the Notre Dame softball program upheld its tradition of fun, fellowship and funds raised for pediatric cancer patients. Irish softball accrued some $42,000 from the event's Friday trivia night and Saturday doubleheader against No. 24 Arkansas, with proceeds directly benefitting families of children battling cancer.

Since the inception of the Strikeout Cancer initiative in 2011, Notre Dame softball has raised more than $200,000 for patients fighting pediatric cancer. The Monogram Club is proud that Strikeout Cancer is one of the many charitable programs that it supports on an annual basis. This year that support included Monogram Club executive director Brant Ust ('00, baseball) reprising his role as emcee for the trivia night event. Joining him as co-emcee was fellow Monogram winner, and WSBT-TV sports director, Pete Byrne ('99, manager).

 

Elizabeth Tucker ('14, Soccer) Elected To Notre Dame Board Of Trustees

Former University of Notre Dame women’s soccer standout Elizabeth Tucker (’14) found yet another way to proudly represent her alma mater following the University’s spring Board of Trustees meetings May 4 and 5. 

The 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year, Tucker became one of five new Board members elected during the summit, filling one of two spots designated for recent graduates.

Tucker earned a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from Notre Dame in 2014 and is a consultant for McKinsey & Company. She is one of the most decorated student-athletes in the University’s history, capped by her selection in 2014 as NCAA Woman of the Year – the first from Notre Dame and the first women’s soccer player from any university. READ MORE

 

Notre Dame Among Leaders In NCAA APR Four-Year Numbers
Twelve University of Notre Dame athletic teams earned 1,000 scores—more perfect scores than any other NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision school except one--in the annual set of Academic Progress Rate statistics issued recently by the NCAA.

Every Irish athletics program again far exceeded the NCAA's APR minimum standard (930) for postseason eligibility.

Notre Dame's number of perfect scores of 1,000 has ranked either first or second among all FBS programs for 12 straight years. Leaders in the 2017 data released today are Stanford (14), Notre Dame (12) and Boston College (11). 

Notre Dame led the FBS schools in 1,000 scores in 2016 (with 16), 2015 (with an institutional record 17), 2013 and 2012 (both with 12), 2009 (with nine), 2008 (with eight, tied with Duke) and 2006 (with 14, tied with Boston College). Notre Dame finished second in number of 1,000 scores in 2017, 2014, 2011, 2010 and 2007.

The 2017 report released by the NCAA features a four-year compilation of APR data from the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years. The APR uses a series of formulas related to student-athlete retention and eligibility to measure the academic performances of all participants who receive grants-in-aid on every team at every NCAA Division I college and university.

Four Notre Dame's men's teams--cross country, fencing, soccer and tennis--registered perfect 1,000 scores. Eight Irish women's teams—basketball, cross country, lacrosse, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball--also earned perfect scores. This marked the second year indoor and outdoor track and field were combined into one score. READ MORE

 

Three NCAA Championship Events Headed To Notre Dame
The NCAA recently awarded three of its championship events to the University of Notre Dame:

-- The Warren Golf Course will be the location for an NCAA Women's Golf Regional Championship on May 11-13, 2020.
-- Notre Dame Stadium will serve as the venue for an NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship quarterfinal doubleheader on either May 22 or 23, 2021.
-- The Joyce Center will be the site of the NCAA Men's and Women's Fencing Championships on March 24-27, 2022. READ MORE

 

Men’s Soccer Celebrates 40th Anniversary During Alumni Weekend
The Notre Dame men’s soccer team recently held its alumni weekend which celebrated the 40th anniversary of the program gaining varsity status. The Monogram Club hosted a brunch (pictured) for the 50 former players who returned for the weekend events, which included the program’s annual awards banquet and an alumni game inside the Loftus Center. The weekend also featured the current squad posting a 5-0 victory over the Mexico under-18 national team in front of a capacity crowd at Alumni Stadium.

 

MONOGRAM CAREER NETWORK NEWS

Grant Van De Casteele ('13, Soccer) Joins Life After ND Lunch
During the men’s soccer program's alumni weekend Grant Van De Casteele (’13, soccer) participated in a “Life After ND” lunch, which are hosted by the Monogram Career Network and the Student Welfare & Development office. Van De Casteele, a four-time Monogram winner and member of Notre Dame’s 2013 national championship team, met with current student-athletes about his position at McKinsey & Company in Texas.

 

Executive Education In Ireland
Notre Dame is taking its renowned Executive Integral Leadership program to Ireland for the first time this fall. Through the Monogram Club’s unique partnership with the Stayer Center for Executive Education at the Mendoza College of Business, active Monogram Club members can receive a 20 percent discount for this program. 

The program will run from September 19-22, 2017 and participants will Immerse themselves in the local landscape while growing as a leader in the serene setting of Kylemore Abbey, surrounded by mountains and lakes in the heart of Connemara in County Galway.

The Executive Integral Leadership week is for accomplished, innovative executives and successful team-leading directors—individuals who sincerely want to grow as leaders. LEARN MORE

As a reminder, active Monogram Club members can receive a 20 percent discount for many other programs offered through the Stayer Center. The short programs cover all ranges of professional experience, from new supervisors to seasoned executives and topics from business acumen to innovation. Monogram Club membership covers a wide range of careers and experience levels and these comprehensive offerings can also benefit individuals transitioning to a new profession, whether after time in another industry or following a professional playing or Olympics career.

This is a tremendous opportunities for Club members seeking professional development opportunities via on-campus programs or online offerings. LEARN MORE

 

FIGHTING IRISH FEATURES



Commencement 2017

 


Ryan Harris Interviews Brant Ust During NDday

 


Into Focus: Jess Harris

 


The Athletic Tradition Of Academic Excellence

 

SPRING SPORT SNAPSHOTS 

Baseball (26-31, 10-20 ACC)
Last game: The Irish fell to Florida State, 5-3 in 12 innings, on Wednesday in ACC Tournament pool play.
Next game: Notre Dame will conclude ACC Tournament pool play on Thursday versus Louisville.
Note: Sophomore centerfielder Matt Vierling was named third team all-ACC.

Men’s Golf
Last event: Notre Dame concluded the season with a 10th-place showing at the ACC Championship.
Note: Senior Matthew Rushton paced the Irish as he tied for 30th at the ACC Championship with a three-round score of 223 (+7).

Women’s Golf
Last event: Sophomore Emma Albrecht tied for 13th place with an eight-over par 224 at the NCAA Central Regional.
Note: Emma Albrecht’s 13th-place showing was the second-best finish by a Notre Dame women’s golfer in an NCAA Regional.

Men’s Lacrosse (9-6, 2-2 ACC)
Last game: The Fighting Irish fell to Denver, 16-4, in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.
Note: Notre Dame is the only men’s lacrosse team in the country to advance to the quarterfinals of the last eight NCAA tournaments.

Women’s Lacrosse (11-8, 4-3 ACC)
Last game: Notre Dame fell to Cornell, 12-7, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Note: The Fighting Irish have qualified for each of the past six NCAA tournaments. 

Rowing

Last event: Notre Dame finished third at the ACC Championships.
Next event: The Fighting Irish will compete at the NCAA Championships this Friday-Sunday (May 26-28).
Note: Notre Dame qualified for the NCAA Championships for the ninth time in program history.

Softball (34-23, 13-11 ACC)
Last game: Notre Dame’s season ended with a 5-3 setback to Cal in NCAA Regional play.
Note: The Fighting Irish earned a berth in the NCAA tournament for the 19th consecutive season.

Men’s Tennis (13-13, 4-8 ACC)
Last event: Notre Dame fell to Louisville, 4-3, in the second round of the ACC Championships.
Next event: Senior Josh Hagar will compete at the NCAA Singles Championship this week (May 24-29) in Athens, Georgia.
Note: Josh Hagar’s selection marks the 12th straight season the Irish have sent a representative to the NCAA Singles Championship.

Women’s Tennis (18-10, 7-7)

Last event: Notre Dame fell to Ohio State, 4-0, in the second round of the NCAA Championships.
Note: The Fighting Irish made their 22nd consecutive NCAA Championships appearance and topped Kansas, 4-3, in the first round.


Track & Field

Last event: The Fighting Irish women placed 7th and the men were 12th at the ACC Outdoor Championships.
Next event: Notre Dame will compete this week (May 25-27) at the NCAA East Regional in Lexington, Kentucky.
Note: Sophomore Anna Rohrer won ACC outdoor titles in the 5,000m and the 10,000m, while senior Nathan Richartz won the ACC pole vault championship. 







 

 



CLUB CALENDAR

Reunion Weekend Golf Outing & Reception
Thursday, June 1
Warren Golf Course
12:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. (tee times available)
4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (reception)


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FOLLOW THE FIGHTING IRISH

Here is where and when the Fighting Irish will be competing over the upcoming days…

* - all times eastern

Thursday, May 25
Josh Hagar at Men’s Tennis NCAA Singles Championship
10:00 a.m.
Athens, Ga. 

Track & Field at NCAA East Regional
3:00 p.m.
Lexington, Ky. 

Baseball vs. Louisville  
ACC Tournament
7:00 p.m.
Louisville, Ky. 

Friday, May 26
Rowing at NCAA Championship
8:00 a.m.
Mercer, N.J. 

Track & Field at NCAA East Regional
3:00 p.m.
Lexington, Ky.

Saturday, May 27
Rowing at NCAA Championship
8:00 a.m.
Mercer, N.J. 

Track & Field at NCAA East Regional
3:00 p.m.
Lexington, Ky. 

Sunday, May 28
Rowing at NCAA Championship
8:00 a.m.
Mercer, N.J.

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