Sep 21, 2015, 5:06 PM EST
Football weekends at Notre Dame always feature an assortment of events around campus and this past weekend the Monogram Club did its best to fill up the dockets of those members who were in town.
In addition to its traditional football-related festivities, the Club hosted its fall board of directors meeting on Friday and its annual Mass, Meeting and Reception on Saturday evening following Notre Dame’s impressive 30-22 victory over Georgia Tech.
Those events alone were more than enough reason to come together as a Club, but the excitement was heightened thanks to the launch of the Monogram Club’s 100-year anniversary celebration.
On Thursday afternoon, the Club’s executive committee had the privilege to meet with University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins C.S.C. (’76, ’78, honorary).
The board meeting commenced early Friday morning and then a break was held so the members could attend a lunch event hosted by the Monogram Career Network and the Student Welfare and Development office in Club Naimoli. This gathering allowed Monogram Club members to interact and give academic/career/athletic advice to the current generation of Fighting Irish student-athletes.
As the board meeting wrapped up in the afternoon, outgoing Monogram Club president Haley Scott DeMaria (’95, swimming) was presented a collage thanking her for her service. That service included one more day in office so she was unable to partake in the annual ‘past presidents’ photo.
The Monogram Club hosted another well-attended Schivarelli Players’ Lounge reception Friday evening. If there seemed to be a lack of representation from football alums from the mid-80s to mid-90s that was because they could be found in the Monogram Room for the annual Lou’s Lads Foundation meeting and dinner, which is held the Friday before the second home football game each season.
DeMaria and Monogram Club executive director Brant Ust (’00, baseball) presented Coach Holtz, an honorary Monogram recipient, with a new Monogram Club blazer and letter jacket after the originals were destroyed in a house fire back in June.
Several Monogram Club board members awoke early Saturday to take part in the Gameday Chase 5K/10K which benefitted the Kelly Cares Foundation. Speaking of the Kelly Cares Foundation, on Friday the Monogram Club presented Brian Kelly with a $5,000 check for the organization.
Once again there was a full house in the Monogram Room for the Club’s pre-game reception. Ust and DeMaria both spoke and talked about the excitement for the 100-year anniversary celebration and thanked all of the Monogram winners in attendance for being an integral part of it.
New Monogram Club president Kevin O’Connor (’89) and fellow board member Rob Williamson (’93) were among several men’s lacrosse alums who attended Saturday’s scrimmage, which gave them an early look at the 2016 version of the Fighting Irish.
Prior to Saturday’s kickoff, O’Connor, along with Dr. Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA; John Swofford, commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference; Mark Lewis, executive vice president of the NCAA, presented the national colors.
The Club welcomed football/senior football manager Monogram winners onto the field for the pre-game tunnel.
Among the in-game honorees was the Fighting Irish fencing team for winning the ACC title last season. The program also hosted an alumni reunion to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its 2005 national championship.
The Notre Dame men’s lacrosse squad, which captured the 2015 ACC regular-season title before advancing to the national semifinals, also was recognized on the field.
There was another special visitor to the Notre Dame Stadium turf … the Stanley Cup. The 2015 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks held training camp last week at the Compton Family Ice Arena. This marked the third straight year the Blackhawks conducted its preseason camp at Notre Dame.
After the final whistle sounded on Saturday, over 400 people attended the Monogram Club’s post-game Mass, which was the kickoff to the Annual Mass, Meeting & Reception. At the meeting, the O’Connor presidency began as did the director terms for Christina Glorioso (’95, ’99, student manager), Maureen ‘Mo’ Whitaker (’02, lacrosse), Linda Kohan (’09, softball) and Jim Montagano (’81, baseball). After the meeting adjourned inside the Monogram Room, the reception was held in Heritage Hall.
Along with receiving her Monogram Club blazer as a new addition to the board of directors, Mo Whitaker finally picked up her Monogram Club blanket a mere 15 years after earning it (a friendly reminder to current Notre Dame student-athletes, please stop by the Monogram Club office to pick up your blanket if you’ve earned it … it’s a really nice gift, we promise!).
We’ll leave you with this …
Monogram Club board member Jen Sharron (’01, softball) had a valid reason for missing this weekend’s festivities.