Notre Dame alumni briefs

Author: Angela Sienko

Visit the New Prayer Website

Several new features have been added to the website website, which provides access to the University’s spiritual resources. The site offers a daily prayer and Gospel reading, information about retreats and seminars and words of inspiration. To set the tone for the spiritual experience, the site includes a video of serene campus settings. The “Sacred Spaces” videos were created by Adam Fairholm ’07 and set to music by Jack Sacco ’78.

For those unable to visit the Grotto, the website welcomes Grotto prayer requests. A green Alumni Association candle burns weekly in the Grotto for all intentions received via the site. Mass requests also can be made.

The website also includes a link to, which includes a psalm reflection, the Sunday Gospel reading and homily, intercessions and the Lord’s Prayer.

Subscribe to ND Today

Alumni and friends of the University can get the details about campus news and Alumni Association programs by subscribing to the Alumni Association’s monthly electronic newsletter ND Today. Send an email to with “Subscribe” in the subject line. You can view past issues of ND Today at

Excellence in Teaching Conference

The keynote speaker at the Excellence in Teaching Conference, October 26–28, will be F. Clark Power, professor of psychology and fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives. His topic will be “The Vocation of Teaching: Building a Community of Mind and Heart.” He has written five books on moral education with a focus on school discipline, moral atmosphere and democratic citizenship.

In the workshop “Meeting the Needs of Learners: Differentiating Instruction,” teacher/consultant Ann Anzalone will focus the discussion on meeting the diverse needs of students. She will consider ways to use a continuous improvement model and motivate students to initiate their own learning.

The conference is open to teachers from preschool through high school, as well as administrators and counselors. For more information, call 800-849-3041 or visit

Welcome New Alumni Board Members

The following alumni begin three-year terms on the Alumni Board of Directors this summer:

Region 1: Mary Murphy Moore ’81, Lafayette, California.
Region 6: Christopher Perrin ’83, Springfield, Illinois.
Region 8: Darrell Gordon ’88, ’89MSA, Richmond, Indiana.
Region 9: Paul Dillenburger ’71, Cincinnati.
Region 13: Catherine Connors ’86, ’95MSA, Houston.
Region 16: Thomas D. Lupo ’82, ’85J.D., Chicago.
Young Alumni: Katrina Myers ’02, Philadelphia.
Native American Alumni Board: Kateri Kerwin ’92, Colorado Springs.
Asian Pacific Alumni Board: Michael Wong ’96, Arlington, Virginia.
International Alumni Board: Ximena Maria Navarro ’85, La Paz, Bolivia.

Alumni Board President Elected

The Alumni Association’s Board of Directors elected Cecilia (Ceyl) Prinster ’76 as president. Her term as president-elect began July 1, when Dick Nussbaum ’74, ’77J.D. began his one-year term as president. Prinster, the executive director of the Colorado Enterprise Fund, resides in Denver.

Register for the New Irish Online
The Alumni Association launched its new website in June, featuring a completely revamped Irish Online. Irish Online, which houses the alumni directory, has an expanded career network, online class notes and personal web pages for alumni. Your webpage can include your photos and information about your family, career and hobbies. It’s like MySpace with an Irish spin.

ND alumni who register for the new Irish Online through September 30 will be entered for a chance to win one of these prizes:

(1) Week-long trip for two to the Italian Riviera and Tuscany provided by Go Next

(1) Premium IBM X60 ThinkPad tablet PC provided by Lenovo

(1) Set of two tickets to the 2007 ND vs. Michigan State football game with parking pass

(1) Set of two tickets to the 2007 ND vs. USC football game with parking pass

(1) Set of two tickets to the 2007 ND vs. Boston College football game with parking pass

(4) High-quality Notre Dame golf bags

(50) Classic Notre Dame Games DVD collection provided by A&E Home Video.

The registration process has been streamlined. The majority of alumni will need only their last name and last four digits of their social security number to register. If you are already registered for Irish Online, you will still need to complete a short process of selecting a new user name and password. Go to and register today.

Alumni Association Award

George Oser ’58, accepted the Rev. Louis J. Putz, CSC, Award on May 5. The award is presented annually to an alumni club or individual in recognition of the development and implementation of programs that have contributed to improving the lives of others. Oser was honored for helping to improve the educational system in his hometown of Houston. He is the founder of the Citizens for Good Schools, an interest group for support of public education. He also is the past president, vice president, secretary and treasurer for the Houston Independent School District. In addition, he co-founded Volunteers in Public Schools, which helps screen preschoolers for learning disabilities.