Alumni Briefs


Author: the Notre Dame Alumni Association

Alumni Association Awards
The James F. Armstrong Award will be presented to Father Paul F. Doyle, CSC, ’65, ’75M.Th., at Alumni Senate in April in recognition of his distinguished service to the University. Doyle was a trustee and fellow of the University from 1991 to ’97 during his tenure as religious superior of the Holy Cross priests for the Indiana Province. He is associate rector of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and has been rector of Dillon Hall since 1997.

The Family Exemplar Award will be presented to Cheryl and Ronald A. Homer ’68 at Alumni Senate. Ronald Homer is a founding member of the Catholic Schools Foundation, a board member for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, and vice chair of The Boston Foundation and the United Way of Mass Bay. He is CEO of Access Capital Strategies in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cheryl Homer serves as vice chair of The Wellness Community of Greater Boston, which assists individuals and families dealing with cancer, of which she is a survivor. In 1993 the Homers and their son, Ronald, were honored by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

The William D. Reynolds Award will be presented to Father Alfred F. D’Alonzo, CSC, ‘49, ’60M.A., during halftime of the Blue-Gold football game in April. D’Alonzo earned a doctorate in administration from the University of Ottawa. He served as prefect of discipline, director of athletics, teacher, vice principal, counselor and headmaster at high schools in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. He also was dean of students at King’s College. In 1981, D’Alonzo returned to Notre Dame and served on the Moreau Seminary staff, as director of Campus Bible Study, as counselor in the office of Academic Services for Student-Athletes and as assistant rector in Pangborn and Carroll halls.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award will be given to Father Joseph Hayden ‘44 at a date to be determined. Hayden served as a diocesan priest for the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, from 1948 to ’91. He introduced “Engaged Encounter” to his diocese in 1976 and was moderator for more than 150 marriage counseling workshops. He is a presenter for “Retrouvaille,” a program to help couples heal and renew their marriage, and is the author of Marriage: Our First Career. He was associate editor of _Chaplain’s Digest_, a newsletter sponsored by Notre Dame and sent to chaplains in the armed forces during World War II.

Thomas Sullivan ’96 of San Francisco will receive the Young Alumni Award at Alumni Senate in April. Sullivan has held several positions in the Notre Dame Club of San Francisco, including young alumni director, student-alumni relations director, vice president and president. He has been particularly successful in drawing young alumni to club activities and coordinating multiple events. As a Notre Dame student, Sullivan was a resident assistant and served in student government positions. He is vice president of Portfolio Management at Bank of America, where he has also co-chaired the United Way Campaign.

Elizabeth “Betsy” Finneran Kennedy ’59SMC and Dr. James R. Kennedy ’57 of Kankakee, Illinois, will be presented the Rev. Louis J. Putz, CSC, Award. The Kennedys have established a well-baby clinic, a Montessori school, day care centers and youth swim teams for under-served families. They spent 10 years as medical missionaries in Saint Lucia, British West Indies, and provide service to the United Way, Kankakee Valley Theatre, Amateur Athletic Union, the American Cancer Society, Red Cross and the Diocese of Joliet.

Alumni Travel
Among more than 40 travel opportunities in 2005 for alumni and friends is a 10-day Great Lakes Cruise with Tom Swartz, ND professor of economics and policy studies. Participants will cruise aboard the M.S. Columbus September 2-12 and dock at Chicago, Mackinac Island, Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario and Gooseberry Falls State Park.

A tour of Tuscany will be hosted by Barbara Mangione ‘89M.A., Notre Dame professor of Italian, from September 7 to 15. Based in Cortona, the comprehensive tour includes day trips to Florence, Montepulciano, Perugia, Assisi and Siena. For more information, call 800-634-2631 or visit

Service to the South Bend Community
The Alumni Association’s Family Volunteer Camp, July 10-15, is a multigenerational effort to assist in neighborhood beautification and renovation projects. It features campus lodging, local recreational events and children’s programs.

During the Hammerin’ Irish Blitz Build, June 12-17, alumni and friends will construct a house in a South Bend neighborhood in five days. For information on these programs, visit or call 574-631-6181.

Alumni Directory
Alumni who ordered the 2005 printed Notre Dame Alumni Directory and do not receive it by May 1 can check on their order by calling 800-634-2631.

Alumni Benefits
A prescription discount program is offered to Notre Dame alumni and friends. A list of participating pharmacies and further information is available at To request a prescription card, call 800-634-2631.

Auto, home, travel, health and life insurance is offered to alumni through Liberty Mutual. For information, visit

Reunion ’05
All Department of Physics alumni with graduate degrees are invited to take part in Reunion weekend, June 2-5, along with undergraduate and law alumni from classes ending in 0 and 5, and architecture alumni who graduated in years ending 1 or 6. Visit or call 574-631-8574 for more information or for online registration.

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