Dec 27, 2014, 8:55 AM EDT
As we prepare to turn the calendar to 2015, it is once again time to look back on another great year for Notre Dame and the Monogram Club. Over the next several days, we’ll continue to recap the significant Monogram initiatives, events and accomplishments from 2014. August brought the return of football season, a great time for Monogram fellowship…
At Notre Dame, perhaps no time of year is as exciting as the last couple weeks of August—students returning to campus or moving into their dorm for the first time, a new academic year bringing about new challenges and opportunities, and of course, the return of football season.
As always, each home football game brings thousands of Monogram winners, alumni and fans to South Bend, not just to cheer on the Fighting Irish, but for the numerous celebrations and events that take place throughout the weekend.
For the Monogram Club, football season is always a terrific opportunity for teammates to reunite under the Golden Dome. In addition to the usual Friday night Schivarelli Lounge gathering, pre-game reception and post-game Mass, the Club introduced a couple of new components to each home football weekend in 2014.
On Friday afternoons, Monogram members were invited to stop by the Club’s office on the second floor of the Joyce Center to say hello, pick up a Monogram lapel pin and check out the latest Monogram Under Armour gear. The “Monogram Kickoff” also featured a “photo booth” and opportunity to take photos with the Irish football helmet.
Saturday receptions in the Monogram Room included a brief speaking program featuring Irish coaches and other special guests. During the Rice weekend, head baseball coach Mik Aoki discussed the numerous ways that the Club has impacted his program and student-athletes.
Also taking place during the Rice weekend, the new FieldTurf was dedicated at Notre Dame Stadium. The turf was a gift of former Irish halfback Jim Morse (‘57) and his wife, Leah Rae.
Swimming & diving alumni gathered to celebrate longtime head coach Tim Welsh, who retired this summer after 29 years of service to Notre Dame (Note: Welsh is serving as interim head coach for the women’s program during 2014-15). Welsh was honored on the field during pre-game festivities, where he was joined by Monogram Club president Haley Scott DeMaria (’95, swimming) and John (’86) and Steve Coffey (’87), captains of his first two teams.
To read more about the season opening weekend, check out the Rice edition of the Monogram Musings!