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Feb 04, 2013

Keeping The Gang Together: "It's One Big Happy Family" Says Jim Armstrong...

It seems that the busiest and most active people in this world are often the most quiet and unnoticed. Herein our own school we have a good example of this sort of thing in a group of lively workers with whom the student body as a whole is very poorly acquainted. Down next to the bookstore in the Main building is a cozy little room known, by the large black letters across the upper window, as the Alumni Office. The doors there are nearly always closed, simply because the occupants usually have an abundance of work on their hands, and not because visitors are not wanted. On the contrary, as an outsider we received as cordial a welcome as would any student who is interested in what is going on in the office.The alumni office was founded in1922, with Alfred C. Eyans '20, as the first lay alumni secretary. However, he remained in the capacity only four years. In 1926, Mr. Ryan resigned from a successful term of office, his place being taken by James E. Armstrong, '25, the present secretary. Jim, as he is known to most alumni, is a busy man, but never too busy to help out one who is in need of a little information. He is a pleasant, smiling personality, an honest-to-goodness" man about the campus." Why the Alumnus is more interesting than ever, why alumni banquets are run off so smoothly and why the association is accomplishing bigger and better things every day are questions which Jim could answer if he were not so modest.The Alumni office is the sponsor of club organizations, fifty-seven of which are now active throughout the United States. They are similar to our own campus clubs. In connection with the clubs comes the general supervision of Universal Notre DameNight, a task which falls to Mr. Armstrong and his assistants. This night, as you know, is usually the second Monday in April and is the occasion for much "whoopee" among all NotreDame clubs throughout the world.The celebration is growing larger every year, and is probably the most popular of all graduate social functions. A celebration as nationwide as this naturally has to have some headquarters; the little room near the bookstore is the spot. When alumni clubs give banquets in the various cities, they are often at a loss to present ample entertainment for the members. The office here has provided one thousand feet of motion picture film of campus scenes and events which can be obtained by request.The pictures are interesting ones, taken at football games, parades, dining-hall scenes, etc. Scenes at Colfax and Michigan at 5:00 on Wednesday, or of milling throngs outside the movie houses after football victories are, unfortunately, not on tap. We could go on indefinitely naming things that the Alumni office is doing every day, but we think enough have been given to you to prove that it is a very busy place. It is doing new things every day and has several ambitious plans for the future. Mr.Armstrong is to be highly commended for the progress he has made since taking charge of the office in 1926. He works in the midst of a very pleasant environment, having as his assistants two very attractive young ladies in the persons of Miss Elenore Engeldrum and Miss Mary Cass, who appear quite devoted to their work. An interesting place, this Alumni office.


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