A Message From The Monogram Club President
As another academic and athletic year approaches, I wanted to remind all active Monogram Club members that your 2017-18 membership cards are in the mail and should be arriving soon. Thank you again for your continued support and making it possible for the Monogram Club to provide the important programs and initiatives that benefit both current and former Notre Dame student-athletes. We look forward to seeing you at several events throughout the year.

One of the Monogram Club’s hallmark programs is the Monogram Career Network and there has been activity on that front this summer. The MCN recently held a reception in New York City that connected current student-athletes interning in the area with Monogram alumni. Thanks to everyone who attended and to Monogram Club board members Christina Glorioso (’95, ’99, manager) and Maureen Whitaker (’02, lacrosse) for organizing the event. I’d also like to thank all of the Monogram Club members who have been assisting current student-athletes with career advice and support over the summer. It’s always great to have Club members willing to take the time to help those who were once in their shoes.

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

 

Membership Cards Are In The Mail!
The 2017-18 Monogram Club membership cards have been mailed to active Club members. The cards will be valid through June of 2018. 

Please have your card with you when attending Monogram Club events both on and away from campus. Also, a reminder that the card will grant you free admission for you and your immediate family to the following home ticketed Olympic sports: men's/women's soccer, volleyball, baseball, softball and men's/women's lacrosse. Simply present your membership card at the respective box office. 

Additionally, football/senior football manager Monogram Club members will be receiving their Schivarelli Players’ Lounge VIP cards. Please note that those cards will come in a separate mailing from Monogram Club membership cards.

 

Monogram Club Fall Schedule Of Events


Football season is right around the corner and the Monogram Club is gearing up for a full slate of events this fall. Here are important Monogram Club dates and information to remember:

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

 

Monogram Club Football VIP Raffle

Take a chance to enjoy some of the most highly anticipated football games of the fall by getting your tickets for the Monogram Club’s 2017 VIP Raffle for the Notre Dame vs. Georgia game (
September 9) and/or the Notre Dame vs. USC game (October 21) at Notre Dame Stadium.

The raffle winner will enjoy a behind-the-scenes experience of these showdowns between historic programs and get to explore the latest upgrades to one of the most iconic football venues in America.

If you wish to register for the raffle, please click the links below. Tickets are $100 each and there are only 500 available. Each raffle ticket provides you with a chance to win the grand prize listed below. This raffle is open to the public.

Click For Georgia Raffle Form

Click For USC Raffle Form

Grand prize includes:
• 
Two tickets to the game
• Two pregame field passes
• Hotel accommodations for Friday and Saturday night at Varsity Clubs of America
• Tour of the Guglielmino Athletics Complex
• Two passes to the Friday night reception in the Schivarelli Football Players’ Lounge in Notre Dame Stadium
• One on-campus game day parking pass
• Two passes to the athletic department’s VIP pregame hospitality village
• Gift bag of Notre Dame gear and apparel

 

Haley Scott DeMaria ('95, Swimming): Notre Dame Trail Pilgrim

To commemorate the 175th anniversary of the founding of the University of Notre Dame, and in the tradition of Father Sorin’s inspirational journey and intrepid spirit, select individuals will retrace his journey from Vincennes to Notre Dame. The Notre Dame Trail, which will take place August 13-26, will follow a path along the Wabash Valley that includes locations of major historic significance to Native peoples, the states of Indiana and Michigan, the United States, and the Church.

Former Monogram Club president Haley Scott DeMaria (’95, swimming) is one of the Notre Dame Trail Pilgrims who will take part in the entire journey. READ HALEY'S PILGRIM PROFILE

LEARN MORE ABOUT NOTRE DAME TRAIL

 

Monogram Club Q&A With Margaret Bamgbose ('16, Track & Field)

Margaret Bamgbose (’16, track & field) was an 11-time All-American with the Fighting Irish, which marks the highest All-American total in program history. Bamgbose made her Olympic Games debut last summer in Rio as she ran for Nigeria. She placed seventh in her semifinal heat of the 400 meters.

Bamgbose was among the Irish Olympians who returned to campus last fall to be honored for their achievements. They also were part of an Olympians panel at a “Life After Notre Dame” lunch hosted by the Monogram Career Network and the Student Welfare & Development office. The Monogram Club had a chance to catch up with Bamgbose about her time at Notre Dame and in Rio.

What was your Olympic experience like?
“I had a really good experience. Going into Rio I was nervous because it had been about a month since I had raced and being a sprinter you want to get in as many races as you can. When I got there, the environment was great and the crowd was really excited; it was very live. That pretty much took away all of my nerves and I feel like I competed pretty well.”

What advice would you give to current Notre Dame student-athletes who have Olympic aspirations?
“It’s a lot of hard work. Some days you’re really going to feel that it’s not working out and you’re going to question why you’re even doing it. You have to push through those days and keep working hard. It’s a lot to balance with school work and being an athlete, but once you get into a routine you can really balance it all and it pays off in the end.”

What are your best memories from your time at Notre Dame?
“My best memories were with my teammates and the different races that we won, specifically our 4x400 relay. We came a long way with that. My senior year we were able to take sixth at nationals and that was the first time in Notre Dame history a 4x400 relay made it that far.”

What is a meaningful experience that you had during your Fighting Irish career?
“My sophomore year our 4x400 relay team made it to nationals and we were doing pretty well in the race and we had a chance of making it to finals. We then dropped the baton. After that experience we knew we had to come back from that because we also had individual races to compete in. We had to keep our heads up and come together as a team and get over that.”

How would you explain to someone what the Notre Dame family is?
“It’s a very inclusive environment and it feels like home. It’s kind of a typical saying, but it actually does. When you come here as a freshman you’re really nervous about being in a new environment, but you quickly get acclimated to everything and everyone here is very friendly.”

What did it mean to receive your Monogram jacket at the Monogram Jacket Ceremony?
“It was definitely very exciting. For me it was affirmation that all the hard work I put in paid off and I was able to see it at that event. It was also cool to see all the other athletes, who’ve also put in the same hard work, come together.”
 

John Handrigan Named Men’s Golf Head Coach

John Handrigan, the 2015 national assistant coach of the year, has been named Notre Dame's head men’s golf coach. Handrigan brings head coaching experience and time as an associate head coach at the highest level of collegiate men’s golf to the Fighting Irish program.  

Handrigan becomes just the seventh head coach in the 89 years of Irish men’s golf, dating back to the fall of 1929. Notre Dame’s proud golfing tradition includes 37 NCAA postseason appearances highlighted by the 1944 national championship. 

Handrigan comes to Notre Dame following a six-year tenure at  the University of Florida. He served as the Gators’ associate head coach in 2016-17 after spending the previous five years in Gainesville as an assistant coach. Last season, Florida won five tournaments and advanced to the NCAA Regionals, raising the Gators’ total to 11 tournament wins during Handrigan’s tenure. He also helped guide Florida to five NCAA Regionals and four NCAA Championship appearances. 

Handrigan was awarded the 2015 Jan Strickland Award, emblematic of the national assistant coach of the year as recognized by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Notably, the award honors a coach for his work with student-athletes both on and off of the golf course. Handrigan was a finalist for the award in 2013 as well. READ MORE

 

Bryan Fenton ('87, Manager) Promoted To Lieutenant General In U.S. Army
Bryan Fenton (‘87, manager), a former member of the Monogram Club Board of Directors, recently was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general in the United States Army. With this appointment, Fenton received a third star and became the first special operations officer to assume the job of deputy commander at U.S. Pacific Command on Oahu.

In June of 2016, Fenton, a former Special Forces detachment commander with experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, was promoted to the role of major general. READ MORE

 

Molly Sullivan-Sliney ('88, Fencing) Enters U.S. Fencing Hall Of Fame
Molly Sullivan-Sliney (’88) recently was inducted into the U.S. Fencing Hall of Fame. Sullivan-Sliney, one of the most decorated fencers in Notre Dame history, was part of the six-person class of 2017.

Sullivan-Sliney competed for the U.S. at both the 1988 Olympics in Seoul and the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona in women's foil. She became the first Notre Dame woman to compete in the Olympics with her spot in the '88 Games. She won the 1985 national women's foil championship and the '85 national U-19 championship and also claimed two team gold medals with the U.S. at the Pan American Games. Sullivan-Sliney became the first female fencer in Irish program history to win multiple NCAA gold medals (1986 and 1988).

 

Monica Gonzalez ('02, Soccer) Part Of World-Record Soccer Match
Monica Gonzalez (’02, soccer) was among a group of women that climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa's highest peak, and played the highest altitude game of soccer in history. The contest was part of the Equal Playing Field (EPF) initiative to raise awareness about gender equality.

On June 24, the group of women from more than 20 countries took part in the full 90-minute match in the crater of Mount Kilimanjaro, at an altitude of 5,729 meters. The game, which ended as a scoreless draw, was overseen by female FIFA accredited match officials.

Gonzalez, an All-American and Academic All-American, helped Notre Dame to three College Cup appearances during her outstanding career. She played with the Mexican national team from 1998-2011 and professionally in the Women’s United Soccer Association. READ MORE

 

Irish Haul In Conference Academic Honors
The Atlantic Coast Conference recently announced that 445 Notre Dame student-athletes have been named to the All-ACC Academic Honor Roll. The ACC Honor Roll is comprised of student-athletes who participated in a varsity-level sport and registered a grade point average of 3.0 or better for the full academic year. Notre Dame's 445 student-athletes on the honor roll marked the second most of any ACC school. Only Duke (489) had more selections. READ MORE

Also collecting conference academic accolades were nine Fighting Irish hockey players who were named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team. READ MORE

 

SERVICE SPOTLIGHT

Jordy Shoemaker (’12, Lacrosse) Running For Cancer Research And Her Father
In October, Jordy Shoemaker (’12, lacrosse) will be running the Boston Athletic Association's Half Marathon as a member of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) team to raise money for DFCI and The Jimmy Fund. This is Jordy’s second consecutive year participating in the event to help raise funds for DFCI and the Jimmy Fund in their efforts to combat cancer.

Competing in the race is very personal for Jordy since her father, Bryan, passed away in 2014 from cancer.

“This race has become quite therapeutic for me,” says Jordy. “It is my attempt at using grief as a force for good. On April 3, 2014, I told my dad I was proud of him. I was proud of the way he defied the statistics, proud of his unshakeable positivity during years of seemingly endless bad news, and proud of the way he chose to live and fight every single day for the remainder of his life. I told him it was okay for him to stop fighting, that I would take over his fight. The 2017 B.A.A. Half Marathon is round two of my fulfillment of that promise.” LEARN MORE

Jordy has also been a driving force behind the women’s lacrosse program’s “Daughters for Dads” fundraiser. In honor of Irish lacrosse alumni whose fathers lost their fight to cancer, the “Daughters for Dads” campaign raises money for Notre Dame’s Harper Cancer Research Institute. LEARN MORE

 

FIGHTING IRISH FEATURES


My Monogram Jacket Journey – Pat Terrell ('90, Football)




Bobby Clark (Honorary): Shaping Minds, Not Just Professionals, At Notre Dame

 


Dick Nussbaum ('74, '77, Baseball) Is Living The Baseball Dream But Off The Field






 

 



 

CLUB CONNECTION

Monogram Club-Stayer Center Partnership
Learn how Monogram Club members can receive discounted rates on non-degree professional development programs offered through the Stayer Center for Executive Education at the Mendoza College of Business.
Learn More

Monogram Awards
Order or re-order Monogram awards.
Learn More

Monogram Club M.A.S.S. Appeal

Explore the many ways you can stay connected with the Monogram Club.
Learn More

Ring Of Names Online
Monogram winners, Click Here to find your name!

Monogram Memories
We want to hear why you're proud to be a Monogram Club member! 
Click to View & Share Memories

Get Your Monogram Club Merchandise!
Don’t forget to purchase your Monogram Club Under Armour gear! 
Click to Order

 

FOLLOW THE FIGHTING IRISH

Notre Dame’s 2016-17 athletics year just wrapped up so it’s time to look ahead to the fall! Here are the Fighting Irish fall teams that have announced their schedules. Click on the sport name to view the schedule.

FOOTBALL

MEN'S SOCCER

WOMEN’S SOCCER

VOLLEYBALL

 

Notre Dame Alumni Association
100 Eck Center
Notre Dame, IN 46556
If you wish to be removed from this group's mailing list, click here