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Monogram Club Musings – Blue-Gold Weekend 2017

Apr 24, 2017, 3:07 PM EDT

Monogram Club board members at Club Naimoli.

Connections were made, sod was laid and games were played during an eventful Blue-Gold weekend for Notre Dame Athletics and the Monogram Club.

The Monogram Club welcomed its board of directors for the annual spring meeting and the Club hosted fellowship and networking opportunities along with taking part in community service. It was great to see so many Monogram winners back on campus and the Club was thrilled to add two new members (details below).

Here’s a look back at a busy and beautiful Blue-Gold weekend…

On Friday, the Monogram Club Board of Directors participated in a networking lunch with Notre Dame student-athletes/support staff in Club Naimoli. The event was hosted by the Monogram Career Network, Student Welfare & Development office and The Career Center. There were speed rounds of networking followed by lunch and the opportunity to further those relationships.


Following Friday’s Board of Directors meeting, the group toured the Campus Crossroads Project and they ran into a fellow Monogram Club member…


Fighting Irish men’s tennis got the weekend’s athletics action underway on Friday with a senior day win over Clemson.


On Friday evening the Monogram Club presented an honorary Monogram to Fighting Irish rowing head coach Martin Stone. Stone is the only head coach in the 19-year history of the program and he has led Notre Dame to eight NCAA appearances and 10 conference titles. Monogram Club president Kevin O’Connor (’89, lacrosse), first vice president Terri Vitale (’94, ’95, tennis) and board member Carol Ann Michel (’11, ’15, rowing) were on hand to bestow the special honor.


The Monogram Club and the football program co-hosted a dinner/reception on Friday evening in Club Naimoli. Football alumni gathered with members of the current team, their families and the coaching staff. It was a great way to bring together many eras of Fighting Irish football and other members of the Notre Dame family.


Monogram Club board members were up bright and early on Saturday to take part in the Habitat for Humanity build that is being sponsored by Notre Dame Athletics. The group laid sod at the house, which is nearing completion.


After a quick clean-up, it was back to Club Naimoli for the Monogram Club’s Blue-Gold pre-game reception. Club members were able to enjoy some brunch and catch up with fellow Monogram winners before going on to cheer the current generation of Fighting Irish student-athletes around campus!

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Saturday concluded with a special presentation at McKenna Hall. During a celebration recognizing Father John Conley’s 20 years as rector of Siegfried Hall, he was awarded an honorary Monogram. Conley (’73, ’77) also is the team chaplain of the Fighting Irish hockey program and has mentored countless student-athletes during his time at Notre Dame. The Monogram Club’s second vice president Don Casey (’82, ’83, swimming & diving) and Notre Dame hockey head coach Jeff Jackson, a fellow honorary Monogram Club member, presented Conley with the honor.

We’ll leave you with this…

We look forward to seeing everyone back in the fall!

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