How to register for 50th reunion

You will be able to register at this site: http://reunion.nd.edu

Notre Dame’s notifications to classmates have been helter skelter: sent to some, not to others.  (Jay Schwartz forwarded his notice to the overlooked Figels.)  (Thanks to Steve Sullivan, we know that, at the time of our 1968 graduation, the class of 1918 was preparing for its 50th reunion.)

Only 50 years to get ready for the 50th reunion.  Notre Dame has

trouble keeping up.

The registration process seems simple. Still, people ask about accommodations.  A group of us – Tom & Anne Condon, Mike & Muff Baroody, Jay Schwartz, John McCoy, Ed Kickham, Tom & Mary Ann McKenna – took advantage of advice from Joe Hale and reserved rooms at The Doubletree.  The hotel has – or had – a good discount for our class.  Whether rooms are available there seems to depend on the person who answers the phone at the hotel desk.  John Walsh said Feb. 20th that the hotel is full.  Father John Sheehan found rooms available a few days ago.

During the registration process, you will see an offer of dorm accommodation at $35/night.

People ask about price options for reunion attendance.  There are options.  The Figels have the full $350 option for Tom and the $99 one night option for Nancy (Carlin SMC ’69), who will attend the class dinner and, otherwise, cruise around with St. Mary’s friends.

And what will we do at the reunion?  A Notre Dame staffer sent this prospective calendar after one of the meetings with Fred Ferlic, Chris Murphy, and Gene Cavanaugh, who are interacting with the Notre Dame staff about our wishes:

Reunion 2018 – Class of 1968- 50th Reunion 2/5/17, 12:30 p.m. ET

NDAA Team: Erin Thornton, Kristen White, Mike Sullivan
ROTC Partners: Captain M. Cody Brockelmeyer, U.S. Marine Corps, Regan Jones Director, Military and Veterans Affairs
Class Committee: Fred Ferlic, Tom Weyer , Rick McPartlin, Gene Cavanaugh , Chris Murphy, Skip Strzelecki, Steve Anderson, Michael Browning, Tom Figel, Rocky Bleier, David Martin, Matt Walsh, Bryan Dunigan, Joe Kernan, Richard Pivnicka

Telephone:
Dial: +1 646-558-8656 (US Toll) Meeting ID: 539.484.226

TYPE

TIME

Agenda Topics

Discussion with ND ROTC

10 min

Taps Ceremony & Vietnam War Commemoration Class Rep: Gene Cavanaugh

  • ●  Date: Friday, June 1
  • ●  Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. with a small coffee and donutreception either immediately before or immediately after TBD
  • ●  Location: In front of Main Building

○ NDAA will inquire about Basilica as a rain location or

confirm Carey Auditorium in Hesburgh Library is Basilica

is not an option: deadline March 15

  • ●  Contact information:
    • ○  Captain M. Cody Brockelmeyer, U.S. Marine Corps Email: mbrockel@nd.edu Office: 574-631-6061
    • ○  Regan Jones Director, Military and Veterans Affairs Email: reganjones@nd.edu Office: 574-631-9074
  • ●  Ceremony will have a Navy flavor to it – Naval ROTC will lead
  • ●  Ceremony will consist of:
    • ○  Flag raising / Color Guard (5 minutes)
    • ○  Vietnam Era Veteran Pinning Ceremony (Gene, Joe,Rocky, Reagan and Cody)
    • ○  Honoring the Killed in Action in Vietnam (approx. 45members of the ND family)
    • ○  Taps – Honoring those who dies (5 minutes)
    • ○  Classes of (1955 – 1967) 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973 (thosewho served between 1955 – 1975)
  • ●  Regan would like to schedule a short rehearsal beforehandDate and time: TBD
  • ●  Action Item : ROTC partners to create a script proposal and willshare with Gene.

Discussion

10 min

Rocky Bleier One-Man Show Class Rep: Chris Murphy

  • ●  Friday: 3pm
  • ●  Saturday: 3pm
  • ●  NDAA wishes to maintain an “all-inclusive” atmosphere atReunion – therefore we will not charge Reunion attendees to see the performance, but Class of 1968 can ask for donations to go toward the Parseghian Medical Foundation.
  • ●  Class would rather see full-auditorium than limit who can attend each performance.
  • ●  Leighton Theater / DPAC waiting on technical riders from Rocky Bleier to determine which venue would be best

○ Note- a separate email chain with Chris, Gene and Fred has been initiated to discuss the use of Leighton Hall

Discussion

10 min

Class of 1968 Dinner and Hospitality Locations Class Rep: Tom Weyer, Gene Cavanaugh, Fred Ferlic

Friday Dinner

  • ●  Location: Dahnke Ballroom at Duncan Student Center
  • ●  Time: Reception 6:00pm, Dinner 7:00pm – 1:00am
  • ●  Band Performance – Neverly Brothers (9pm-11pm)Saturday Dinner
  • ●  Location: Dahnke Ballroom at Duncan Student Center
  • ●  Time: 6:00pm-1:00am
  • ●  Additional entertainment – going ahead with another band forthe second night: Fred Ferlic to secure.
  • ●  NDAA will send layout diagrams (including 2 extra large bars fit for 3-4 bartenders each) when available: deadline April 1
  • ●  Class of 1968 provide technical requirement for their entertainment (bands both nights): deadline March 1
  • ●  Class of 1968 class member Matt Walsh heading up the Saturday night speaker – Matt Walsh will seek input from classmates and finance the speaker.

Discussion

5 min

Class of 1968 Seminar featuring classmates Class Rep: Tom, Fred

  • ●  Saturday morning – 9:00am – 10:30am
  • ●  Location: DeBartolo Classroom Building (exact room TBD) ● Format:
    • ○  5 speakers from Class of 1968 – each has 10 minutes to speak and 5 minutes for Q&A
    • ○  Follow with 15 minute panel discussion (all 5 speakers) to speak on three predetermined questions
    • ○  End with informal / casual conversation with attendees and speakers (10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

● Class Requests a large lecture hall in DeBartolo Classroom

building for the entire 3 hours
● Fred Ferlic will fund coffee and donuts for the attendees to be

on-site at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Discussion

5 min

Class of 1968 Golf Outing Class Rep: Skip Strzelecki No updates at this time

Discussion

5 min

Class of 1968 Yearbook Class Rep: Rick McPartlin

  • ●  Updates?
  • ●  Class of 1968 is soliciting help from Tom Figel
  • ●  Decided NOT to use the formal yearbook company – instead willput together something less formal therefore less costly
  • ●  Class of 1968 will provide NDAA with questions for the Classsurvey: deadline March 1
  • ●  NDAA will help put together a Class Survey to collectinformation: deadline March 12
  • ●  NDAA will send the responses (spreadsheet form) to Tom Fiegelfor compilation into an “e-book”: deadline May 10

Questions/ Updates

5 min

Open Questions:

  • ●  Class of 1968 shirt color – review gold option
    • ○  Class requests that we use St. Andrew’s Products for this apparel item
    • ○  NDAA will work with Skip to confirm details: In progress
    • ○  Class of 1968 will advertise this shirt through a blastemail
    • ○  Class will sell via an ecommerce form supplied by NDAA
  • ●  Class of 1968 email blasts? Need dates and content for messages
    • ○  Tom Weyer and Tom Figel will put together plannedclass communications (including Class shirt sales, e-yearbook, and Rocky’s play) and will communicate the target dates to NDAA: deadline February 15
    • ○  NDAA will secure class communications dates: deadline February 22
    • ○  Class of 1968 will provide content for agreed upon communications : deadline two weeks prior to each email blast
  • ●  Monthly reports showing non-registered classmates – review plan
  • ●  NDAA Will provide the class committee with a monthly report showing which classmates have not registered for Reunion. Report will include names, addresses and phone numbers. No emails will be included per University policy.
  • ●  NDAA will supply Class of 1968 with planned communications from NDAA and Development (Reunion Giving): COMPLETED February 7

● Gene Cavanaugh working with Fr. John Sheehan, Fr. John Pierson and Fr. Tom Jones re: concelebrating the Class Mass in the Basilica on Friday 6/1/18 at 5:00 pm

Discussion

5 min

Class Fund Update
● Balance: $8,670.54 (after paying $2500 deposit to the Neverly

Brothers on 1/29/18)

Review

1968 Reunion Agenda Overview: All times may be subject to change

THURSDAY AGENDA

● 5:00pm – Grotto Mass for Class of 1968

FRIDAY AGENDA

  • ●  TBD – Class of 1968 Golf Scramble at Burke Golf Course
  • ●  6:30am – Breakfast at Dining Halls (until 10am)
  • ●  9:00am – 10:30am – Flag Raising/Taps/Vietnam Commemorationwith reception
  • ●  10:30am – ND Perspectives at Washington Hall
  • ●  11:00am – Lunch at Dining Hall (until 1pm)
  • ●  1:30pm – University Leaders Forum
  • ●  3:00pm – Rocky Bleier Play (location TBD)
  • ●  5:00pm – 1968 & 50 Year Club Mass at Basilica of Sacred Heart
  • ●  6:00pm – Cocktail Reception at Dahnke Ballroom
  • ●  7:00pm – Dinner at Dahnke Ballroom (until 1am)
  • ●  9:00pm – Neverly Brothers performance at Dahnke Ballroom(until 1am)SATURDAY AGENDA
  • ●  6:30am – Breakfast at Dining Halls (until 10am)
  • ●  9:00am – Seminar for Class of 1968 (until 10:30am)
  • ●  Noon – 1968 Induction Lunch for Class of 1968 at Joyce Center
  • ●  1:00pm – Class Photo immediately following and in the samelocation as the Induction Luncheon
  • ●  3:00pm – Rocky Bleier Play (Location TBD)
  • ●  4:00pm – All Class Mass at the Joyce Center Fieldhouse
  • ●  6:00pm – Dinner at Dahnke Ballroom (until 1am)SUNDAY AGENDA

● TBD – Class Brunch at Chris Murphy’s house

○ NDAA will work with Chris Murphy to create a Google Form to invite and RSVP as we start to get a better handle of who is coming to Reunion (will continue discussions with Chris on this)

5 min

Action Items:
● NDAA will provide lists:

  • ○  How many in the Class of 1968?
  • ○  How many in the Class of 1968 still alive?
  • ○  How many in the Class of 1968 have email address on filewith NDAA? Deadline: March 1

People coming to the 50th

From reunion 2003, when we were young

As of March 2, 2018:

The names are coming in an abundance that has let the list get away from me.  Jim Chapman and Paul Higgins from Oregon; Father John Sheehan, S.J. from Jordan; Father John Pearson, C.S.C., from Arizona, Jerry Murray, Paul Zalesky, Jake (Pat) Keenan, Jim Hoffman and wife Carla. . .  The no’s are scant: Joe Blake, Chris Manion. . .   Someone you want to see?  Get in touch.  Make plans.  Use www.my.nd.edu and look up contact information.

Tom Condon filled his article with humor, sentiment, photos of the likes of Tom Gibbs, Brien Murphy, and Sandy Carrigan, and stories when he wrote about the Rugby Club’s trip to Ireland for competition with Irish clubs in 1968: click on ND Rugby Club in Ireland 1968

As of February 9, 2018:

A Notre Dame staff member coordinating reunion preparation with Fred Ferlic and others on Fred’s committee sent a document yesterday, one showing a likely reunion schedule.  The last pages provide a good summary.

1968 Reunion Agenda Overview:

All times may be subject to change

THURSDAY AGENDA

● 5:00pm – Grotto Mass for Class of 1968

FRIDAY AGENDA

  • ●  TBD – Class of 1968 Golf Scramble at Burke Golf Course
  • ●  6:30am – Breakfast at Dining Halls (until 10am)
  • ●  9:00am – 10:30am – Flag Raising/Taps/Vietnam Commemorationwith reception
  • ●  10:30am – ND Perspectives at Washington Hall
  • ●  11:00am – Lunch at Dining Hall (until 1pm)
  • ●  1:30pm – University Leaders Forum
  • ●  3:00pm – Rocky Bleier Play (location TBD)
  • ●  5:00pm – 1968 & 50 Year Club Mass at Basilica of Sacred Heart
  • ●  6:00pm – Cocktail Reception at Dahnke Ballroom
  • ●  7:00pm – Dinner at Dahnke Ballroom (until 1am)
  • ●  9:00pm – Neverly Brothers performance at Dahnke Ballroom(until 1am)SATURDAY AGENDA
  • ●  6:30am – Breakfast at Dining Halls (until 10am)
  • ●  9:00am – Seminar for Class of 1968 (until 10:30am)
  • ●  Noon – 1968 Induction Lunch for Class of 1968 at Joyce Center
  • ●  1:00pm – Class Photo immediately following and in the samelocation as the Induction Luncheon
  • ●  3:00pm – Rocky Bleier Play (Location TBD)
  • ●  4:00pm – All Class Mass at the Joyce Center Fieldhouse
  • ●  6:00pm – Dinner at Dahnke Ballroom (until 1am)SUNDAY AGENDA

● TBD – Class Brunch at Chris Murphy’s house

○ NDAA will work with Chris Murphy to create a Google Form to invite and RSVP as we start to get a better handle of who is coming to Reunion (will continue discussions with Chris on this)

As of November 7, 2017:

Tom & Mary Weyer, Matt & Joyce Walsh, Tom & Anne Condon, Larry “Monk” Forness, Tom & Nancy (Carlin) Figel, Jim O’Rourke, Tom Scully, Tom Warner, Brian McTigue, Joe Hale, Tom & Judy Culcasi, Tom Phillips, Jake Patrick Keenan (now living in Cambridge, MA), Ed Kickham, Mike Tyrrell, Tom Dorsel, John & Dia Walsh, Bill Cleary (daughter ‘98 has her ND 20th with our 50th. We both agreed we will be there! Go Irish!!! – Bill),  Mike Burgener, Walt Moxham (Wouldn’t miss it and will make sure Tom Brislin joins us. I have already booked rooms. He wouldn’t agree to stay in the class dorm for that “real”Stanford or Farley Hall experience. But he is threatening to re write his valedictory speech. Hope all is well. Definitely a great year for the Irish faithful. Wally Moxham); Tom Gibbs, Bob and Donna Ptak, Bill Follette, Pat Demare with Bob Santaloci, Dave Graves, Neil and Richie Rogers and Mike Carroll. (We are all trying to get Pat Furey to join us.)

Michael Browning, Jerry and Mary Ellen Murray along with Bob and Sharon Kubiak, Jim & Eileen Hutchinson, Jim & Pam Stoffel, Mike & Beth Helmer, Tom Fitzharris, Rich Pivnicka, Jim Davis & Betty, Paul Zalesky, Bryan Dunigan, Jeff & Meg Keyes, Ned & Melinda Buchbinder, Roger & Jean Guerin, Ted Nebel, Bob Smith, John & Karen O’Brien, Ken Howard, Pete Farrell, Ted & Ann Bratthauar

Tom Cuggino, Tom McKenna (Chicago), Tom McKenna (Carmel, IN), Brian & Susan Schanning, John O’Connor, Ray & Carmela Munchmeyer, Wayne & Jackie Micek

Zingers that came with the notes Nov. 3:

From Mike Helmer: Beth and I are in! She has long told me that based on my stories, the classmate she really wants to meet is Bob Santaloci. Once I told her he’d be there we were a definite go.

From Bill Gormley regarding proof to Morris Inn of Class of 1968 membership: For purposes of national security it is under seal until 2050.

From Jim O’Rourke about same, proof of 1968 membership: I’m not showing anyone my transcript until Donald Trump releases his.

From Jerry Murray, who had an experience of Jim Hutchinson’s rental car choice during a post-season game trip: He just bought a used mini van. He is hosting a Woodstock party in the lot behind the hotel. He swears medical marijuana will be available.

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Says Pat Demare: I will be attending the reunion with Bob Santaloci, Dave Graves, Neil and Richie Rogers and Mike Carroll. We are all trying to get Pat Furey to join us.

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Bill Follette says: Just a note from a fellow ’68 grad that I am looking forward to attending my 50th with my wife of 50 years, Barbara (ND Homecoming Queen ’66).  I hope all my fellow Cavanaugh, Dillon, and AFROTC friends will join us.

Spent the last half century not being bored:
  • 20 years flying Air Force air-refueling tankers and Special Ops helicopters (active and Reserves)
  • 25 years Sperry/Honeywell
  • 6 years International Consulting
  • 8 years bureaucrat for City of Mesa, AZ
My son, Jim, ND ’93 and SMC wife tagging along for their 25th.
Morris Inn, here we all come!
Regards,


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Reunion 2018

This is Notre Dame’s Reunion 2018 site, useful for information such as accommodations in addition to events.

Go to www.my.nd.edu and look for “Reunion 2018”.

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According to the Notre Dame site, registration won’t begin until 2018.

Joe Hale sent this hotel advice Nov. 2, 2017: For the benefit of our classmates  who prefer to be lodged off-campus – rooms at the $130 per night rate (in our class’ group of rooms at the Doubletree by Hilton South Bend) should still be available.   Phone number there is (574) 234-2000.