UND Night Highlights

The Notre Dame Club of Omaha held its annual UND Night on June 7 at Field Club Omaha.  Nearly 90 alumni and friends attended the event that included a social hour and dinner, followed by the featured speaker, Ann Firth.  Firth was recently promoted to the Office of the President, where she works closely with Omaha native Fr. John Jenkins, C.S.C.   The club also awarded its Person of the Year Award to Dennis Murphy, whose contributions to the University and Catholic Education have benefitted many in the community and beyond.

Murphy, a 1971 graduate, began his career as an engineer at Kiewit Construction and worked on a number of major projects throughout his career.  He was later named president of Kiewit Engineering and oversaw numerous major projects around the country.

Club president Ed Murphy (right) hands the Person of the Year plaque to Dennis Murphy.

Murphy accepts award from club president Ed Murphy (right)

Mr. Murphy was introduced by board member Ron Gordon who highlighted some of his local contributions including his help with raising money and advising in the renovation of a new wing of a building used by Essential Pregnancy Services.  Gordon also discussed the contributions to local Catholic education made by Murphy and his wife, Ellin.  In addition to their local contributions, the Murphy’s have also established the Dennis and Ellin C. Murphy Irish Studies Library Endowment at the University. See below for a short clip from Murphy’s acceptance of the Person of the Year award.

See the video here

Following the Person of the Year presentation, Ann Firth addressed the crowd and discussed her experiences past and present at Notre Dame. She began with some stories about her own children who had graduated from the university or were currently attending and how their experiences mirrored that of many others. In her remarks, she also discussed her time in the Office of Student Affairs and the challenges and successes associated with that position. Firth closed by highlighting some of the recent additions and new initiatives taking place on campus, including the continued push to improve and expand research in all areas and strengthen Catholic character.

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.

Register for UND night

Universal Notre Dame night will be held Thursday, June 7 at Field Club Omaha (3615 Woolworth). This year’s speaker is Ann Firth, Chief of Staff to Reverend John Jenkins C.S.C. The club will be honoring Dennis F. Murphy as the Person of the Year.  To register for this event, fill out the form below and pay via the PayPal button at the end of this post.

Number in party
1 (member) $55.00 USD
2 (member & guest/spouse) $110.00 USD
3 $165.00 USD
4 $220.00 USD
5 $275.00 USD
6 $330.00 USD
7 $385.00 USD
Table $400.00 USD
Non-member $65.00 USD
Non-member (2) $130.00 USD

Christmas Giving 2011

It’s time to kick off our 8th Annual Christmas Giving efforts. THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE GENEROUS DONORS and your continued support for this program year after year!  This past spring, the Notre Dame Alumni Association recognized our Club with a 2010 Special Citation for our ongoing charitable efforts in the Omaha area; service to our Community is a key tenet in the Alumni Association and Club membership activities.

Before I commit to the number of families we can support, I need feedback from you! We must relay our interest to the involved organizations as soon as possible. We plan to work with the same organizations as above, including Assumption Catholic School this year. Gift donations will be due in ahead of the Christmas holiday in order to allow time to deliver the packages to the families. Cash donations are welcome as well (we will do the shopping for you) or you can donate online through our PayPal Link. All donations will be anonymous. Gifts do not have to be large in scale to make a difference.

The Omaha Alumni Club Board of Directors has generously agreed to match the first $2000 in donations this year!  Please help us make this another record year for our growing program.

Please contact Amy Patterson if you are interested in adopting a family, part of a family, or would like to give a cash donation. If you use PayPal, please add this in the memo when you checkout. I know our efforts will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your support!

Amy Hall Patterson ‘98


Gamewatch: September 17

The Fighting Irish are taking on Michigan State on September 17 and the ND club of Omaha will host a game-watch at Security National Bank. Come join other Notre Dame fans of all ages, enjoy some food, and cheer on the Irish.

What: Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

When and Where: 2:30 pm @ Security National Bank (1120 S. 101st St.)

Young Alumni Event August 31

Please join us for the Notre Dame Club of Omaha

Young Alumni Happy Hour

Come join us for an evening of networking, food, and fun amongst other ND Young Alumni!
Friends, Family, and Colleagues all welcome!

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
Barrett’s Barleycorn Pub
4322 Leavenworth Street

The Club will provide appetizers, and a cash bar will be available.

No RSVP required, but please reply to this email (bdiss1@gmail.com) if you plan on attending
so that we can get an accurate head count for food.

Questions? Brian Diss (’07) at 402.319.4113 or bdiss1@gmail.com