Alumni Briefs

Author: Mary Pat Dowling

Florida Fling

Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves will be the guest speaker at the Florida Fling, February 17-18, 2006. The new location for the annual winter reunion will be the Registry Resort & Club in Naples, Florida. The registration brochure will be mailed in early December to all alumni residing in Florida or who have a seasonal address in Florida. Visit for more information or call Alumni Reunions at 574-631-6199 to request a registration brochure. All alumni are invited to attend.

Christmas Under the Dome

The 2005 University ornament, “Christmas Under the Dome,” features a golden Main Building, and each ornament contains gold taken from the dome during its most recent gilding. The Main Building ornaments can be ordered through the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore Christmas catalog or by visiting, where the 2005 ornament, as well as ornaments from past years, can be viewed. Proceeds benefit the Alumni Association’s community service and continuing education programs.

Travel with Notre Dame Priests

Two upcoming Alumni Travel programs will feature the expertise of Notre Dame priests who have firsthand knowledge of their destination.

Alumni and friends of the University can accompany Father Jim Ferguson, CSC, ’61, on a safari to Kenya and Tanzania, February 25–March 10. Ferguson has spent nearly 20 years in ministries in East Africa. The tour includes visits to the Serengeti National Park and the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater. An optional extension is offered to the Spice Island of Zanzibar.

Father Robert S. Pelton, CSC, ‘43 will host a trip to Colonial Mexico January 22-29. Pelton, a noted scholar on the Church in Latin America, directs the University’s Latin American Church Concerns for the Kellogg Institute. Participants will visit the spa of Cuernavaca, Cortés Palace, the pyramids of Xochicalco and Mexico City.

Visit for more information or request a copy of the 2006 Travel Program catalog at 800-634-2631 or

Bellairs Joins Alumni Association

Christopher J. Bellairs ’83 recently became the assistant vice president for university relations and associate executive director of the Alumni Association. In the newly created position, Bellairs will oversee the daily operations of the Alumni Association while Chuck Lennon ’61, ’62M.A., associate vice president for university relations and executive director of the Alumni Association, continues to direct alumni outreach and the institution of a departmental strategic plan. Bellairs formerly served as chief financial officer of the Expedia Travel Group.

Monk’s Notre Dame

Stories and anecdotes from Father Edward Malloy’s 18 years as president of Notre Dame are collected in Monk’s Notre Dame. Throughout Malloy’s book, fresh insights on traditional campus events are interspersed with lesser-known student antics.

Proceeds from Monk’s Notre Dame support alumni continuing education and community service programs. To purchase the book, call the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore catalog center at 800-647-4641 or go to

Image of Father Hesburgh

A portrait of Father Theodore Hesburgh, CSC, president emeritus of the University, has been painted by artist Doug West and is available in two versions—the artist’s proofs and lithographs —through the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. Both selections include images of the Grotto, Word of Life mural and Golden Dome surrounding the likeness of Hesburgh. A limited number of the paintings will be signed by him.

Proceeds from sale of the painting support alumni continuing education and community service programs. For more information, call the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore catalog center at 800-647-4641 or visit

Online Services

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

Irish Online, exclusively for alumni, offers a free electronic directory of all living and deceased Notre Dame graduates since 1900 as well as career networking and email 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

Call to Protect

Cellular phones no longer in use can be donated to the Call to Protect program, which provides reprogrammed phones to victims of domestic violence. Phones and accessories are collected at the Alumni Association hospitality area in the Joyce Center prior to each home football game or at the Alumni office in the Eck Center. Phones can also be mailed to the Notre Dame Club of Ann Arbor, sponsor of the program, at 505 East Huron, Suite 403, Ann Arbor MI 48104.

For more information, visit

Advent Calendar

The 2005 Notre Dame Advent Calendar features a cover photo of the nighttime Grotto in snow, donated by Matt Cashore ’94. Windows for each day of Advent open to a campus image complemented with lessons of the holy season. The calendar was produced for the third year by Kevin Sandberg, CSC, ’88, ’04M.Th., with his sister, Eileen Trimble ’89. Proceeds benefit the Congregation of Holy Cross. The calendar is available at the Notre Dame Hammes Bookstore or by calling 800-647-4641.