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Alumni News

Sept. 15, 2006

Travel with Notre Dame

The alumni travel programs are open to all alumni, family and friends of the University of Notre Dame. If you would like a 2007 Travel Catalog of programs being offered, please call 800-634-2631 or visit


The Alumni Travel Catalog



The Hub of Notre Dame

Every year, thousands of campus guests stop by the Eck Visitors Center on Notre Dame Avenue. The Visitors Center offers campus tours and a meeting and resting place for visitors, and provides an intriguing look at the University’s history with information and artifacts throughout. A lighted aerial map gives a visual overview of campus, and interactive kiosks allow visitors to take a virtual tour of the campus. A number of sculptures are on display, including the work of the late world-renowned artist and Notre Dame professor Ivan Mestrovic. In the auditorium, the 20-minute DVD “The Spirit of du lac” chronicles Notre Dame’s tradition and excellence in academics and athletics, and its commitment to spirituality.

A new 50-inch plasma monitor in the Visitors Center features a map of campus with hot spots that animate to still highlights of each area; a slide show of the current Alumni Board its past presidents; a summary of the day’s events; Notre Dame news; and campus scenes and sports photographs.

Visitors’ Center hours: Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a virtual visit, go to


The Eck Visitors Center



Notre Dame Club of Ann Arbor

Notre Dame alumni contribute their time and talents to the Ann Arbor area through the community service activities of the ND Club of Ann Arbor.

Members of the Notre Dame Senior Alumni (NDSA) have monthly visits with patients at the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Medical Center as part of the NDSA-sponsored Hospital Ministry Program and its God, Country, Notre Dame Initiative. On a recent Sunday afternoon Ruth and Dick Griffin ’60, Frank Visovatti ’60, Anita Saurer ’78 visited with several veterans along with project chairs Al Bailey ’51 and his wife, Mary, a former Army and Navy nurse who volunteers at the VA Medical Center on a weekly basis. Most of the veterans were cancer patients receiving chemotherapy treatments. All were grateful to have Sunday visitors, who expressed thanks for the services the veterans have given to our country. The project was organized with the assistance of Beverly Leneski, the Voluntary Service Manager of the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System.

Ann Arbor is among hundreds of VA Healthcare Systems facilities throughout the United States. Almost all have Voluntary Services Managers who are actively seeking volunteers. Additional information may be obtained from the VA Voluntary Service Website


Caption: Anita Saurer ’78, Frank Visovatti ’60, Frank Visovatti ’60, Dick Griffin ’60, Ruth Griffin, Mary Bailey and Al Bailey ’51



For more information on the NDSA, visit

On four consecutive Saturdays during tax season, members of the ND Club of Ann Arbor provided tax assistance at the Hope Clinic for families earning under $37,000 — its sixth year of offering the service to the local community.

Ann Arbor young ND alumni have a regular community service project at Food Gatherers, an organization that strives to alleviate hunger in Ann Arbor by reducing food waste through the rescue and distribution of perishable and non-perishable food.

To contact the Notre Dame Club of Ann Arbor officers, go to

There are 12 Notre Dame alumni clubs in Michigan. For more information, contact the Alumni Board regional director for Michigan, Patrick G. McKeever ’61 at or 313-885-7829. Visit for the contact information for ND club officers in Michigan and all 274 alumni clubs worldwide.

Mini-reunions Abound

Surrounding the football games this fall are special alumni gatherings. See the list of all this year’s mini-reunions at


Piñata fun at the Hispanic Alumni mini-reunion last time the Wolverines were on campus included whacking the Michigan football helmet!



New Time for Basilica TV Mass

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart announces a time change for the weekly Mass televised on the Hallmark Channel. The Mass is now broadcast every Sunday morning at 8 a.m. Eastern time and Pacific time, and 7 a.m. Central time. Check your local listings for the Hallmark Channel and join us for an hour of prayer from Notre Dame.

Basilica Mass is also streamed live from

Outstanding Educators Sought

Nominations are due September 15 for the 2006 Outstanding Educator Award, to be presented at the annual Excellence in Teaching conference, Oct. 27-29, 2006.

For more information, visit