Sep 11, 2014, 5:29 PM EDT
Of all the Notre Dame athletics facilities around campus, perhaps no venue is as invaluable as the Joyce Center Fieldhouse. The JACC is home to the Notre Dame fencing program, and the volleyball team’s practice facility. It hosts Bengal Bouts, football luncheons, women’s basketball banquets and College GameDay campouts. It served as a place of refuge when Notre Dame Stadium was evacuated for lightning in 2011, and it welcomes visitors to the Notre Dame Experience fan fest on each home football weekend. These, just a few of the many uses for the north dome. You might even say the building is a JACC of all trades… (Get it?).
Earlier this week, the JACC was transformed once again, as employers from across the country set up shop for the Notre Dame Career Center’s Fall Career Expo. The career fair was held over two days, with Tuesday focused on internships, and Wednesday reserved for those students seeking full-time opportunities.
As always, dozens of Notre Dame alumni returned to campus to represent their employers, with the goal of finding a few talented students to join their team. There were several Monogram winners among the group of alumni recruiters, and membership coordinator Mike Sullivan (’09, manager) and I had the opportunity to catch up with many of them at the fair, including:
- Dan Byrne (’14, manager), a district manager trainee at Aldi
- Joe Tsai (’09, cheerleading) and Blas Moros (’13, tennis), part of Ernst & Young’s team in Chicago
- Kim Lisiak (’13, swimming & diving) with Cancer Treatment Centers of America
- Frenchy Silva (’12, volleyball), a senior business analyst at Target in Minneapolis
- Matt Miller (’13, lacrosse), a research analyst with Royal Bank of Scotland in Stamford, Conn.
- Jared Zenk (’09, manager), a front end developer at GE in Chicago
- Anne Robles (’13, cheerleading), in the corporate and institutional banking program at PNC in Chicago
- Kevin Conroy (’08, cheerleading), an associate with Lincoln International in Chicago
- Jeff Wolanin (’09, manager), working with Epic in Madison, Wisc.
- Danny Spond (’14, football), who recently began with CareCore National near Hilton Head, S.C.
- Madison Boyle (’14, manager), in GE’s Financial Management Program and based in Milwaukee
- Kyle Willis (’10, golf), an analyst at Huron Consulting Group
- Jenny Chiang (’13, swimming & diving), a business valuation associate at Deloitte
- Beth Northway (’09, softball) at PWC
- Morgan Kelley (’12, rowing), an IT advisory associate with KPMG in San Francisco
- Nick Saracco (’02, track & field), a senior manager of business advisory services at Grant Thornton in Chicago
Monogram Club board member Will McCarthy (’95 & ’99, swimming), Vice President of Originations at General Electric Capital’s Bank Loan Group, also returned to ND for the event. If you picked up a football program last Saturday (or if you’re a regular subscriber to this blog), you may have seen the feature on the Monogram Career Network, an initiative that McCarthy, and fellow board member Byron Spruell (’87 & ’89, football) were instrumental in launching.
Since you’re reading this blog, chances are you’re familiar with the phrase “Notre Dame family,” and the unbreakable connection that exists between generations of Domers. Built through years and years of dorm traditions and shared undergraduate experiences, alumni share an enormous sense of pride for this University. Of course, the strength of that bond may only be topped by that which exists among members of the “Monogram family.”
Just as “What dorm did you live in?” can be the perfect icebreaker when alumni first meet, “What sport did you earn a Monogram in?” is an easy conversation starter for those who represented Our Lady’s University in the gold & blue.
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