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Monogram Club Musings – Temple Weekend

Sep 4, 2017, 12:00 PM EDT

The Notre Dame Stadium video board welcomed Monogram Club members and guests to Friday's events.

A new season always brings excitement, but this year’s Fighting Irish football opener versus Temple was met with even more enthusiasm and anticipation because of the renovations to Notre Dame Stadium.

The Monogram Club was able to show off some of the new spaces to its members, but that was just part of the memorable weekend for the Monogram Club. The Club hosted several events, including a reception honoring College Football Hall of Famer Bob Crable ’82, and a special ceremony welcoming the Club’s newest member, Dr. Condoleezza Rice ’75.

Here’s a look back at the fun-filled weekend through the eyes of the Monogram Club…

The first wave of Monogram winners to make their way into town were hockey alums taking part in the program’s annual pro camp.



On Friday morning, Monogram Club board member Byron Spruell (’87, ’89, football) was a featured speaker at the Mendoza College of Business.


Later on Friday, the Monogram Club and the Career Center teamed up to host a networking lunch inside O’Brien’s at the Compton Family Ice Arena. The event brought together Monogram winners and current student-athletes/support staff and covered a wide range of professional topics.


The legendary career of the late Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., the University of Notre Dame’s president from 1952 to 1987, was celebrated on Friday when the U.S. Postal Service unveils a 49-cent Forever stamp in his honor at a ceremony on campus. The event was held inside Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center and was open to the public. The ceremony featured remarks from Notre Dame alumna and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer of the U. S. Postal Service Megan Brennan and Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.



Following the Fr. Hesburgh stamp unveiling, the Monogram Club presented Dr. Condoleezza Rice ’75 with an honorary Monogram. The surprise presentation took place inside the women’s basketball team lounge.



The Monogram Club and Notre Dame athletics department hosted a reception Friday evening celebrating Bob Crable’s ’82 induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.


In conjunction with honoring Crable, the new displays at Gate C of Notre Dame Stadium that honor Fighting Irish Football All-Americans, Heisman Trophy winners, National Champions and College Football Hall of Famers were unveiled. READ MORE



The Monogram Club was excited to host its first football Friday reception inside the renovated Schivarelli Football Players’ Lounge at Notre Dame Stadium. Football/senior football manager Monogram Club members and their guests were able to explore and enjoy the new spaces.


(Left to right) Monogram Club president Kevin O’Connor (’89, lacrosse), Monogram Club executive director Brant Ust (’00, baseball) along with Irish great and Super Bowl champion Ryan Harris (’07, football) at the Schivarelli Players’ Lounge reception.


If you didn’t get your hands on a game day program, CLICK HERE to read the Monogram Club’s feature article.


The always-popular Monogram Club pre-game reception featured a visit from the cheerleading squad, a pump-up speech from the Leprechaun and a nice talk from Bob Crable.




Notre Dame head cheerleading coach Delayna Herndon (left) with Monogram Club board member Jessica Roman (’92, cheerleading) at the pre-game reception.




A young member of the Crable family seems primed for his own gridiron career.


After the pre-game reception, Monogram Club members formed the pre-game tunnel the Fighting Irish ran through prior to the victory over the Owls.


Go Irish, Beat Owls! ☘️🏈

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Following his duties as chaplain of the football team, Monogram Club chaplain Fr. Mark Thesing ’81, ’85, ’92 presided over the Club’s post-game Mass inside the Monogram Room. It was nice to see a full (and very happy) house for the first Mass of the season!

The football squad wasn’t the only team celebrating this past weekend. Fighting Irish volleyball, cross country, men’s soccer and women’s soccer also enjoyed success.


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