Chicago White Sox senior vice president Brooks Boyer ('94, basketball) served as the event's keynote speaker (photo by Mike & Susan Bennett).

Monogram Club Holds 2012 Fall Letter Jacket Ceremony

Oct. 31, 2012


The University of Notre Dame Monogram Club awarded letter jackets to 151 first-time Monogram winners at the organization’s annual fall letter jacket ceremony Tuesday evening in the Joyce Center.

More than 300 individuals, including student-athletes, coaches, parents and administrators, gathered in Club Naimoli to celebrate an important Notre Dame tradition, initiated by the Monogram Club four years ago.

Although the organization has awarded letter jackets to varsity student-athletes since the Club’s inception in 1898, a formal ceremony was implemented in 2008 to properly honor student-athletes for the competitive accomplishments to which only 8,000 individuals in the history of Notre Dame can stake claim.

“You are in very special and select company, as earning the right to wear the interlocking ND is extremely significant,” Monogram Club executive director Beth Hunter said. “Be proud of what you’ve accomplished tonight, because this is a very big deal.”

After her remarks, Hunter introduced University of Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick (’76). Swarbrick took a moment to reflect on what the monogram symbolizes, and how it’s interlocking letters convey the strong, symbiotic relationships with teammates, friends, and family that help Irish student-athletes better reach their academic and competitive goals. He also spoke candidly about the significance of the interlocking ND, and the perseverance needed to warrant such an elite honor.

“To earn a Monogram, you have to embody the University and athletics department characteristics of faith, community, tradition and competitive excellence – all the things that make Notre Dame athletics special,” Swarbrick said. “You’ve done that, and don’t take it for granted. Celebrate this remarkable achievement.”

While the letter jacket symbolizes athletic accomplishments and academic success while at Notre Dame, it also serves as a reminder of the tenacity and effort it takes for student-athletes to achieve in their lives and in the professional world once their time at the University has come to an end.

The importance of this memento was stressed by keynote speaker Brooks Boyer (’94), a four-time basketball monogram winner who serves as senior vice president for sales and marketing for the Chicago White Sox. During his nine-year tenure with the White Sox, the team has captured a World Series title (2005) and set a franchise record of seven straight seasons with more than 2 million in attendance (2005-11). In 2008, Boyer was named one of Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Under 40,” recognizing 40 of Chicago’s brightest and best business professionals under the age of 40.

“Receiving your jacket is just the starting point,” Boyer said. “Right here, right now, you’re starting over. It’s not the jacket that’s ultimately going to make a difference in you. It’s what you ultimately do in that jacket. It’s how you’re going to carry on the pride, passion and tradition that’s been set before you.”

At the conclusion of Boyer’s address to the student-athletes, Hunter welcomed faculty athletic representative Patricia Bellia to the podium, who invited the student-athletes up to the stage by sport. During the presentation of each group, coaches and administrators joined the athletes to celebrate the accomplishment, along with Swarbrick and Monogram Club president Dick Nussbaum (’74 & ’77, baseball).

After the announcement of each team, senior rowing student-athlete Danni Schneider addressed her fellow student-athletes and spoke about the power of the Notre Dame monogram and what it symbolizes for recipients of the prestigious honor.

“Our status as members of this family does not fade when we finish our season or graduate,” Schneider said. “This honor is just another way to remind us that we will always be connected to one another, those that came before us and those still to come.”

The fall letter jacket ceremony recognizes student-athletes from Notre Dame’s spring and winter sports, along with the student manager organization. Student-athletes representing Fighting Irish fall sports, as well as cheerleaders, student trainers and video technicians, will be honored at the spring ceremony in April 2013.



Baseball Hometown Softball
Conor Biggio Houston, Texas Katey Haus Oceanside, Calif.
Ryan Bull Eden Prairie, Minn. Emilee Koerner Tustin, Calif.
Pat Connaughton Arlington, Mass. Jenna Simon Granger, Ind.
Kevin DeFilippis Homer Glen, Ill. Cassidy Whidden Parish, Fla.
Donnie Hissa Iron River, Wis.
Mac Hudgins Richmond, Va. Men’s Swim & Dive
Blaise Lezynski Newtown, Pa. John Andrade Avon, Conn.
Jason McMurray West Des Moines, Iowa Matthew DeBlasio Dix Hills, N.Y.
Phil Mosey Fishers, Ind. John Donovan Mequon, Wis.
Matt Ternowchek Glenmoore, Pa. Kevin Hughes Rye, N.Y.
Cristian Torres Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Brennan Jacobsen Whittier, Calif.
Broderick Kelley Pittsburgh, Pa.
Men’s Basketball Michael Kreft Solon, Ohio
Pat Connaughton Arlington, Mass. James McEldrew Northwales, Pa.
Patrick Crowley Los Gatos, Calif. Cameron Miller Michigan City, Ind.
Patrick Murphy Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Women’s Basketball John Nappi Pittsburgh, Pa.
Whitney Holloway Plainfield, Ill. Nick Nemetz Ann Arbor, Mich.
Kayla McBride Erie, Pa. Patrick Olson Marlton, N.J.
Markisha Wright Des Moines, Iowa Zachary Stephens Bloomsburg, Pa.
Ted Wagner Naperville, Ill.
Men’s Fencing John Williamson Bloomington, Ill.
Albert He Chevy Chase, Md.
William Meckling Denver, Colo. Women’s Swim & Dive
Dale Purdy Ligonier, Pa. Suzzane Bessire Orlando, Fla.
Hannah Bowen Lake Elmo, Minn.
Women’s Fencing Allison Casareto La Habra Heights, Calif.
Nicole Ameli Las Vegas, Nev. Bridget Casey Lower Gwynedd, Pa.
Channing Foster Washington, D.C. Erin Foley Foxboro, Mass.
Stephanie Myers El Paso, Texas Emma Reaney Lawrence, Kan.
Ashley Severson Franklin Lakes, N.J. Jordan Russell Columbus, Ohio
Madison Zeiss Los Angeles, Calif. Melissa Scott Rochester Hills, Mich.
Courtney Whyte Lafayette, Calif.
Men’s Golf
Ryan Coughlin Rye, N.Y. Men’s Tennis
Wyatt McCoy Shoreview, Minn.
Women’s Golf
Katie Allare Phoenix, Ariz. Women’s Tennis
Ashley Armstrong Flossmoor, Ill. Britney Sanders Ontario, Calif.
Kelli Oride Lihue, Hawaii Katherine White Columbus, Ga.
Hockey Men’s Track & Field
Nick Condon Wausau, Wis. Jack Favorite South Bend, Ind.
Kevin Nugent New Canaan, Conn. Chris Giesting Batesville, Ind.
Joe Rogers Marysville, Mich. Jake Kildoo Grove City, Pa.
Robbie Russo Westmont, Ill. Patrick Lesiewicz Schaumburg, Ill.
Rich Ryan Toronto, Ontario Jeff MacMillan Mattawan, Mich.
Peter Schneider Vienna, Austria Keith Mesidor Brooklyn, N.Y.
Austin Wuthrich Anchorage, Alaska Dominick Padovano Dayton, N.J.
David Schipper Leo, Ind.
Men’s Lacrosse Jordan Stumph Westerville, Ohio
Ben Ashenburg Fayetteville, N.Y. Peter Sullivan Hillsdale, Mich.
Will Corrigan South Bend, Ind. Zach Suriano Clifton Park, N.Y.
Conor Doyle Towson, Md. Anthony Thomas Roosevelt, N.Y.
Alex Eaton Bridgewater, N.J.
Andrew Gleason Roswell, Ga. Women’s Track & Field
Jim Marlatt Clarksville, Md. Jade Barber Middleburg Heights, Ohio
Matt Miller Warrenton, Va. Kaila Barber Middleburg Heights, Ohio
Ryan Mix Newport Beach, Calif. Kathryn Barousse Lafayette, La.
Jack Near Bronxville, N.Y. Emily Frydrych Wilmington, Del.
Stephen O’Hara West Chester, Pa. Mary-Esther Gourdin Greer, S.C.
Nick Ossello Wheat Ridge, Colo. Carly Loeffel Cary, Ill.
Colt Power Dallas, Texas Emily Morris London, Ohio
Michael Rogers Annapolis, Md. Fiona Paladino Skillman, N.J.
Ann Polcari Ridgewood, N.J.
Women’s Lacrosse Angela Ryck Penfield, N.Y.
Adele Bruggeman Cincinnati, Ohio
Grace Dooley Chicago, Ill. Student Managers
Leah Gallagher Radnor, Pa. Andrew Alea Fort Myers, Fla.
Caitlin Gargan Rocky Point, N.Y. Amanda Brady Three Rivers, Mich.
Julia Giorgio Greenwich, Conn. Alex Clemente Warren, N.J.
Allie Murray Exton, Pa. Andru Creighton Indianapolis, Ind.
Linsday Powell Honeoye Falls, N.Y. Kaleen DeFilippis
Barbara Sullivan Garden City, N.Y. Gabe Delatte Lafayette, La.
Lauren Sullivan Winchester, Mass. Bianca Fox Shingle Springs, Calif.
Sean Hannon Pittsburgh, Pa.
Rowing Mary Kate Lamp Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Carlee Beckler Burbank, Calif. Jim Lampariello Nutley, N.J.
Erin Boxberger Overland Park, Kan. Brigitte Lawless Morristown, N.J.
Madelynn Conlin Arlington Heights, Ill. John Madison Saginaw, Mich.
Rose Doerfler Pittsburgh, Pa. Keith Marrero New Orleans, La.
Sarah Hart Westborough, Mass. Chris Mertens Safety Harbor, Fla.
Anna Kottkamp Wenatchee, Wash. Brian Metz Knoxville, Tenn.
Analisa LaMair-Orosco Silver City, N.M. Robbie Mountel Greenwood, Ind.
Becca MacDonald Topsfield, Mass. Ciara O’Halloran Atlanta, Ga.
Mikaela Prego Medfield, Mass. Chris Samuelson Pasadena, Calif.
Danni Schneider Mound, Minn. Katie Schwab Ironton, Ohio
Kelsey Sekanick Girard, Ohio Case Sketch Independence, Ky.
Ailish Sheehan Limerick, Ireland Brian Vega Ordell, N.J.
Anna Sliwinski Troy, Mich.
Lauren Tharp Dayton, Ohio
Stella Willoughby Olympia, Wash.
Stephanie Winsch Darien, Conn.
Ingrid Woelfel Eugene, Ore.

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