Alumni briefs

Author: Notre Dame Alumni Association

New Alumni Board Members

On July 1, the following alumni began three-year terms on the Alumni Board of Directors: Young Alumni—Rob Holcomb ’99, Sunnyvale, California; Region 3—Holly Colman ’86, Ventura, California; Region 4—Patrick Reis ’85, Minneapolis; Region 7—Patrick McKeever ’61, Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan; Region 10—Patrick Perrella ’90, New York, New York; Region 14—Paul Christmann Jr. ’89, New Orleans; Region 18—Steve Hogan ’86J.D., Saratoga Springs, New York; International (Europe)—Pai Gee-Janssens ’97; Black Alumni of ND—James W. Riley Jr. ’94.

Nussbaum elected

Richard Nussbaum ’74, ’79J.D., was voted president-elect of the Alumni Association by the Alumni Board at its spring meeting.

Alumni Association Awards

The Rev. William Corby, CSC, Award will be presented to Captain Jack J. Samar Jr. ’71 during halftime of the ND-Army football game on November 18. As a naval flight officer assigned to the USS Midway, he participated in the evacuation of Saigon. His second deployment, aboard the USS Ranger, was in response to the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. In 1982, he served as flag aide/executive assistant to the vice director of the Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Samar commanded the Navy A-6 Intruder squadron “Silver Foxes” and was assigned to the USS Enterprise in 1989 and the USS Ranger in 1990. During Operation Desert Storm he flew 41 nighttime strike missions in a period of 43 days. He later commanded the USS LaSalle and was the first naval flight officer to command the aircraft carrier the USS Kitty Hawk. Samar’s honors include two Legion of Merit awards, two Distinguished Flying Cross awards, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals and Joint Service Commendation Medal.

The Harvey G. Foster Award will be awarded to Jerry Groom’51 and posthumously to Jack Connor ’50 at halftime of the ND-Purdue football game on September 30. Irish football teammates under Frank Leahy, Groom and Connor founded the Leahy Scholarship program, which includes the Frank Leahy Memorial Fund and the Frank Leahy/Creighton Miller Fund, through which 26 students have received scholarships since 1997. Connor authored two books recounting the Leahy years at Notre Dame: Leahy’s Lads and Connor: The Life Story of George Connor. After serving two years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Connor became a special agent for the FBI in Miami and New York. In 1960, he joined the investment banking firm of A.G. Becker and at his retirement was a self-employed financial consultant. Groom was team captain of the Fighting Irish in 1950 and a consensus All American. He continued his football career with the Chicago Cardinals, with a Pro Bowl appearance in 1954, and was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Groom was a broadcaster for Denver Broncos football before becoming a vice president with Levi Strauss & Co. He helped spearhead the drive for the sculpture of Frank Leahy, which was placed outside of Notre Dame stadium.

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Excellence in Teaching

Keynote speaker at the Excellence in Teaching conference, October 27–29 will be Rev. Ronald J. Nuzzi, director of the Alliance for Catholic Education Leadership Program, presenting “Can Teachers Go to Heaven? Spirituality for Teachers.” In “The Brain Rewired: Teaching at Its Best” workshop, teacher/consultant Ann Anzalone will focus discussion on changes in student learning styles as affected by cultural changes, and the importance of stress management, sleep, nutrition, physical activity and active learning in the development of memory and focusing skills. The conference is open to all teachers, principals or counselors from kindergarten through high school. A participant does not need to be a Notre Dame graduate to attend. For more information, call 800-849-3041 or visit

Ethics and Culture Conference

The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture will hold its seventh annual fall conference “Modernity: Yearning for the Infinite,” November 30–December 2. Scholars from Catholic, non-Catholic and secular institutions from varied academic fields will discuss the intellectual epoch referred to as “modernity,” the relationship between the main theses of modernity and the Magisterium of the Church in the last century, and the impact of modernity upon work in philosophy, theology, law, literature, the arts, and other fields of intellectual inquiry.

Consult for further details and online registration.

T*ravel with the Sextons*

Hosts for the Treasures of Italy cruise, May 10–22, 2007, will be Ann and Bill Sexton, former vice president for University Relations and current professor of management. Aboard the Oceania M.S. Insignia, travelers will embark from Venice and call on the ports of Dubrovnik, Sicily, Capri, Portofino, Livorno, Sorrento and Corsica before concluding the voyage in Rome. For more information, call 800-634-2631 or visit