Events Round-up

The Notre Dame Club of Omaha is ramping up its slate of activities this summer.  We are currently hosting two summer service project students (more about them in an upcoming post) and the annual dinner for Universal Notre Dame night will be held next week.  See below for more details on recent and upcoming events.

Hesburgh Month of Service

On May 19, around 20 volunteers went to the Jesuit Academy camp to help clean and prepare the site for students arriving in June for their summer session.  Over the course of 4 hours, club volunteers moved 15 tons of gravel,  cleaned two rooms with 20 bunks apiece, weeded and raked an outdoor amphitheater, and expertly trimmed one long row hedges.  Volunteers included graduates of all ages and even some current students back for the summer.   All the workers took a lunch break around noon and caught up on the latest news and trends at ND.  Fr. Tom, president of Jesuit Academy, thanked all the volunteers and mentioned Fr. Hesburgh’s book (“God Country, Notre Dame”) as a source of inspiration for him becoming a priest.  If you are interested in volunteering more with Jesuit Academy, please contact Fr. Tom through the Jesuit Academy website (

Ara Parseghian Foundation Ride

This weekend, College of Science Dean, Greg Crawford will be arriving in Omaha as part of a cross country bike ride to benefit the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation.  The ride is focused on raising awareness for Niemann-Pick Type C disease, which primarily afflicts the nervous systems of children and adolescents.  Crawford will be arriving in Omaha on June 4 and be hosted by a small group of club officers.  If you’d like to learn more or donate to this cause go to Crawfords blog at

UND Night

Omaha’s Universal Notre Dame Night will be held next Thursday, June 7 at Field Club Omaha.  This year’s speaker is Chief of Staff to the President, Ann Firth.  Alumni Dennis Murphy will also be honored as the club’s Person of the Year.  Cocktail hour starts at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner at 7:00.  If you are still interested in attending, please contact club president Ed Murphy at the link in the right sidebar.

Hesburgh Month of Service at Jesuit Academy

Every May, the university sponsors the Hesburgh Month of Service encouraging students and alumni to find ways to serve their communities. The Notre Dame Club of Omaha is hosting a service event on Saturday, May 19 at the Jesuit Academy Summer Camp at 245th and Q. This is a family friendly event (many trails, playground equipment, and courts for the kids) and lunch will be provided in between the AM and PM volunteer sessions.

Jesuit Academy is an all boys, Catholic School located at 2311 N. 22nd Street in North Omaha. The school serves young men, from the community and beyond, in grades 4-8 and runs a summer program at the camp on 245th St. All students receive a scholarship sponsored by private donors to attend the school and their families pay a small monthly tuition. The summer program begins in June and takes place at the camp. We will need volunteers to do the following:

– Clean the main buildings to prepare for summer classes
– Complete small repairs around the camp
– Help clearing and marking outdoor trails around the camp
– Moving gravel and filling in potholes on the main road into the campgrounds

If you would like to help in the morning or the afternoon, please complete the form at the link below. We would like to get an idea of how many to expect at each session. Lunch will be provided around noon.

Click here if you’d like to participate.