April 18, 2008

Former Notre Dame catcher Joe Kernan (baseball, 1968) challenged the current pitching staff of his alma mater during a charity baseball game between the Irish and the South Bend Silver Hawks April 3 at Covelski Stadium.

But Kernan, who previously served as mayor of South Bend and governor of Indiana, went down swinging in the third inning before over 2,300 fans. He also played two innings at second base.

The game, won 5-3 by the Silver Hawks, raised money for Niemann-Pick Type C disease and cancer research. Kernan, currently the team’s president, and Notre Dame baseball coach Dave Schrage hope to make the game an annual event in the South Bend community.

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The Notre Dame hockey team made Irish associate athletic director Tom Nevala (manager, 1990) an honorary alumnus at its recent awards ceremony April 6.

Nevala serves as the day-to-day administrative contact for the Irish hockey program and represents Notre Dame hockey on the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Council. Nevala has been a member of the Irish athletic department since receiving his degree in aerospace engineering. He also earned his MBA in interdisciplinary studies from the University in 1992.

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Current Monogram Club board member Kevin J. O’Connor (lacrosse, 1989) was sworn in as associate attorney general of the United States April 4 in Washington, D.C.

O’Connor now holds the third ranking position at the Department of Justice and is charged with advising and assisting the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General in formulating and implementing departmental policies and programs pertaining to a broad range of civil justice, federal and local law enforcement and public safety matters.

Prior to his new position, O’Connor had served in the Attorney General’s office as chief of staff and as associate deputy attorney general.

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Matt Nussbaum (baseball, 2000) joined the National Hockey League Players Association in January as associate counsel.

One of three attorneys in the NHLPA’s Labor Department, Nussbaum will be responsible for litigating grievances on behalf of NHLPA members, advising player-agents on the workings of the collective bargaining agreement and developing and evaluating policy initiatives toward growing the game of hockey in North America and around the world. Nussbaum, who has a bachelor’s degree in government, graduated from the Notre Dame Law School in 2004.