Sept. 4, 2015
While we’ve all been eagerly awaiting another Fighting Irish football season, here’s just some of what the Monogram Club has been up to since Notre Dame’s win over LSU in the Music City Bowl…
Ruth Riley Accepts Moose Krause Distinguished Service Award
The Monogram Club in February presented the 2015 Edward “Moose” Krause Distinguished Service Award to former women’s basketball star Ruth Riley (’01). The presentation occurred on the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center court during halftime of the Notre Dame-Louisville women’s basketball game.
A 13-year veteran of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), Riley retired from the sport in June 2014 and currently serves as an NBA/WNBA Cares Ambassador. She is a spokesperson for the Nothing But Nets campaign to fight malaria, co-founder of Inspire Transformation and part of the national council for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry, among numerous other service endeavors.
“I want to thank the Monogram Club for this incredible honor. To receive the Moose Krause Award means a lot to me. I am extremely grateful to my family as well for being with me as I receive the award. Last, but not least, I want to thank the University, our fans and, of course, the women’s basketball program. I’ve been able to live out my service through the platform of sports and I learned that all here at Notre Dame.” — Ruth Riley (’01, basketball)
Sixty First-time Monogram Winners Receive Their Letter Jackets
In April, the Monogram Club hosted the 2015 spring letter jacket ceremony inside Club Naimoli. Sixty student-athletes, cheerleaders, managers, athletic trainers and video technicians received their jackets and celebrated their entrance into the exclusive company. The letter jacket ceremony, which is held twice a year and covers all sports and support groups, recognizes first-time Monogram winners.
“I hope everyone understands what an incredible place we have been blessed enough to attend and the opportunities we have all been given. I am honored to receive my Monogram jacket this evening, as I’m sure you all are too, as we represent Notre Dame and embark on a journey throughout the rest of our collegiate careers that will challenge us, shape us and make us.” — Mike McGlinchey (’17, football) speaking at the 2015 spring letter jacket ceremony
Ashley Armstrong And Peter Schneider Awarded Monogram Postgraduate Scholarships
Notre Dame student-athletes Ashley Armstrong (women’s golf) and Peter Schneider (hockey) were the 2015 recipients of the Monogram Club postgraduate scholarships, presented in May during the athletic department’s 14th annual O.S.C.A.R.S. (Outstanding Student-Athletes Celebrating Achievement & Recognition Showcase) gala.
This marked the seventh year the Monogram Club awarded a postgraduate scholarship to one male and one female student-athlete. In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, service, leadership, and potential for success in postgraduate study, each individual receives a one-time, nonrenewable grant of $5,000 to attend graduate school.
“This is humbling and a huge honor to receive this award amongst such an incredible group of student-athletes. I am very grateful that I have been able to pursue my interests in academics and athletics at one of the most incredible institutions in the world.” — Ashley Armstrong (’15, golf)
“I would like to thank the Monogram Club not only for this generous scholarship but also for all the support they provide student-athletes in their development into great citizens during college and the pursuit of a meaningful career after college.” — Peter Schneider (’15, hockey)
Monogram Club Hosts Fourth Annual Fourth Quarter Farewell
On the Saturday before commencement, the Monogram Club welcomed graduating seniors and their families to the Guglielmino Athletics Complex for the fourth annual Fourth Quarter Farewell. The event provided the opportunity for graduates to meet and greet one last time with their fellow student-athletes, coaches and administrators, before embarking on their new endeavors. Featured speakers included University Vice President and Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick (’76, honorary) and multiple national champion Emma Reaney (’15, swimming).
“Watching other athletes, not just from my team, put their heart and soul in community service work has been incredibly inspiring to me. Whether it’s Habitat for Humanity, Fight for Life or any of the other amazing things Notre Dame athletics has been involved in, I’ve never seen so many people be so involved. Let’s go out there and for one more day forget about the fact that we’re all going our separate ways and truly cherish each and every minute we have together.” — Emma Reaney (’15, swimming) speaking at the Fourth Quarter Farewell