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Monogram Club Musings – Duke Weekend

Sep 26, 2016, 1:08 PM EDT

Notre Dame men's basketball head coach Mike Brey, an honorary Monogram Club member, addressed the crowd at the Club's pre-game reception.

The Fighting Irish football team’s September slate featured three consecutive home games, which provided the Monogram Club with great opportunities to welcome back its members, their families and guests to a variety of Club events.

This past weekend, the Club connected with several generations of Monogram winners in addition to welcoming a new member to the Monogram Club family!

Here’s a look back at the weekend…

On Thursday, Monogram Club board member Kate Markgraf (’98, soccer) spoke at the Extra Yard for Teachers event at St. Adalbert Catholic School in South Bend. The Monogram Club supports the Extra Yard for Teachers initiative and Markgraf has been heavily involved as a member of the Club’s service committee. Click to learn more about Extra Yard for Teachers



The Club’s first event of the weekend was Friday’s “Life After Notre Dame Lunch” that the Monogram Career Network co-hosted with the Student Welfare & Development office. It provided an opportunity for Monogram alumni from select professional fields to meet with current student-athletes who are pursuing opportunities in those fields.



The Monogram Club was extremely happy to present Joe Mendelson with an honorary Monogram during a surprise presentation Friday evening inside the Schivarelli Players’ Lounge at Notre Dame Stadium. In 2006, Mendelson established the The Joseph T. Mendelson Endowment for Athletics Excellence, which provides funding so teams can enhance high-performance technology capabilities. The fund allows each program to apply for funding in order to take advantage of unforeseen opportunities that cannot be addressed through the regular annual budgeting process.


Left to right: Monogram Club first vice president Terri Vitale (’94, ’95, tennis), deputy athletics director Jim Fraleigh (’88, manager), Joe Mendelson and senior deputy athletics director Missy Conboy (’82, basketball).


The Monogram Club’s strong historical ties to the Notre Dame football team were the focus of the Club’s gameday program feature story. CLICK TO READ STORY


Friday’s pep rally allowed some Irish coaches and student-athletes to showcase their musical talents!




The third-ranked Fighting Irish men’s soccer squad produced a dramatic 2-1 win over #2 Syracuse on Friday night at Alumni Stadium. The victory was the 200th win at Notre Dame for head coach, and honorary Monogram Club member, Bobby Clark. Congrats, Boss!!



After he showcased his skills on the drums at Friday’s pep rally, the Monogram Club was happy to have men’s basketball head coach Mike Brey, an honorary Monogram Club member, be the featured speaker at its pre-game reception.




Monogram Club executive director Brant Ust (’00, baseball) with Mike Brey (honorary).


It was another festive crowd at the Monogram Club pre-game reception and the Club can’t wait to see everyone back for Stanford weekend!





During a break in Saturday’s game a special recognition was held for the 70th anniversary of Notre Dame’s 1946 national championship team. Terry Brennan ’49, a halfback on that squad, was on hand for the ceremony.


Monogram Club executive director Brant Ust (’00, baseball) and Terry Brennan (’49, football).


It was a successful Sunday for the women’s soccer and volleyball teams who kept their hot streaks going!


Speaking of hot streaks, we’ll leave you with this…

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