Alumni Briefs

Author: Notre Dame Magazine

Tuition Plan Consortium

Notre Dame is among more than 200 private colleges and universities taking part in the Tuition Plan Consortium. Recently approved as a federal college savings program, the Independent 529 Plan provides a guaranteed amount of future tuition and mandatory fees based upon the amount contributed by individuals and each institution’s tuition, which will be modestly discounted from today’s costs. Portable to all participating institutions, the program does not guarantee admission but will offer a wide range of application choices. The benefit may be purchased by any U.S. citizen on behalf of any individual and is transferable to siblings or first cousins. It is currently limited to undergraduate tuition and fees. Three years of participation and a minimum contribution of $500 are required prior to disbursement.

For more information, visit or call 888-718-7878.

Christmas Eve at the Grotto

The nativity scene at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes at Notre Dame is the 2003 Notre Dame Christmas ornament. The ornament can be ordered through the Notre Dame Hammes Bookstore catalog center at 800-647-4641 or by visiting Proceeds benefit the Alumni Community Service and Continuing Education programs.

Notre Dame Door Knockers

Three styles of the Notre Dame door knocker, which can be personalized with an engraving of a family name or a phrase, can be viewed and ordered at Information is also available at 800-634-2631. Proceeds benefit the Alumni Community Service and Continuing Education programs.

Online Services

Alumni and friends of the University can subscribe to
NDA Today, the Alumni Association’s electronic newsletter, by sending an e-mail to with “Subscribe” as the subject of the e-mail.

Irish Online, exclusively for alumni, offers a free electronic alumni directory on all living and deceased Notre Dame graduates since 1900 as well as career networking and e-mail forwarding. Register at with the eight-digit identification number printed on the Notre Dame Magazine mailing label. The ID number is also available by writing to

Career Networking

Alumni can post their company’s job openings in the career networking module of Irish Online at Positions are viewable only by Notre Dame graduates who have created an account with the system. Graduates also can host a “shadowing” program at their workplace through which Notre Dame students explore possible careers and gain perspective on the working world during semester break. Alumni interested in hosting a student or willing to answer career-related questions from Notre Dame students can volunteer through the Career Networking Profile at

Scholastic Magazine

Scholastic, Notre Dame’s student-produced magazine, informs readers of campus issues and events. An annual subscription provides 13 issues and the annual Football Review. For more information or to place an order, visit or send a check for $35, payable to Scholastic, to 315 LaFortune, Notre Dame, Indiana, 46556.

Medical Missions

Alumni and friends interested in volunteering with domestic and international medical teams can obtain information on the programs at Volunteers work with the Rosebud Indian Reservation, Rosebud, South Dakota; Hopital Sainte Croix, Lèogâne, Haiti; or Andean Health & Development, Inc. in rural Ecuador, South America.

‘Carmen’ in Seville

Paul Rathburn, professor emeritus and founder/producer of Summer Shakespeare at Notre Dame, will be the faculty representative for the Alumni Travel program, September 7 to 14, which will feature a production of Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” to be staged in its original open-air surroundings in Seville, Spain. For more information on the Seville trip and all Alumni Travel programs, visit or call 800-634-2631.

The Shirt

The 2003 version of “The Shirt” announces “Here Come the Irish” on its front; The back reads: “There’s a magic in the sound of their name . . . Here Come the Irish of Notre Dame.” This year’s purchase includes an insert relating the history of The Shirt project, which has raised more than $2 million in the past 13 years for student clubs and organizations as well as for students who incur costly medical bills. For purchase information, visit or the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore website, or call the bookstore catalog center at 800-647-4641.