Sep 24, 2013, 6:52 PM EST
Twice per year, the Monogram Club hosts a letter jacket ceremony, recognizing student-athletes who have earned their first Monogram while competing for the Fighting Irish. Family members and coaches gather in Club Naimoli. A Monogram winner—someone who not only starred under the Golden Dome, but who has also achieved great success in life after Notre Dame—returns to deliver a keynote address. And, as is the case with most great celebrations, good food is enjoyed by all.
Occasionally, the Club also presents honorary Monograms to other individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to Notre Dame and made a significant impact on the athletic department. While these honorary presentations might lack the spectacle and ceremonial formality of the letter jacket ceremony, they are nevertheless impactful.
This past weekend, the Monogram Club had the distinct pleasure of welcoming two individuals into the organization as honorary Monogram recipients.
As Vice President and General Counsel, Corr oversees all University legal matters, and has been involved with a number of athletic department affairs, from coaches’ contracts to the NBC deal and conference realignment.
“[Marianne] has been incredibly responsive and creative in solving our problems, and making sure we get to the right result,” Swarbrick said. “And secondly, she has an unerring focus on the North Star of the student-athlete, in making sure whatever we do has the intended result of benefitting the people we’re all in this business for—our students, and in our case, our student-athletes.”
Along with Swarbrick, Monogram Club Executive Director Beth Hunter, Senior Deputy Director of Athletics Missy Conboy (’82, basketball) and Senior Associate Athletic Director Jill Bodensteiner (’91) represented the athletic department. Additionally, University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. (’76 & ’78, honorary), a number of members of the President’s Leadership Council, several of Corr’s colleagues, as well as her parents, stopped by for the surprise presentation that left her nearly speechless.
At the Monogram Club’s post-game Mass following the Irish’s 17-13 win against Michigan State, past president Dick Nussbaum (’74 & ’77, baseball) welcomed Maureen Maloney (’77), one of the true pioneers in women’s athletics at Notre Dame, as the newest honorary Monogram member.
While at Notre Dame, Maloney was vice president of the Women’s Athletic Association, and a founding member of the basketball and field hockey programs. She also served as co-captain on the basketball squad. Today, Maloney is Vice President at WASC Senior College and University Commission in Alameda, Calif.
On the same evening that Rev. Paul Doyle, C.S.C. (’65, honorary) blessed a new Sports Heritage Hall display commemorating more than four decades of women’s athletics at the University, it was a fitting honor for an alumna who helped set the stage for the exceptional young women who wear the blue & gold today.
Click below to watch the special presentation.