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Welcome to the South Bend Alumni Association
Sunday, February 1, 2015.
2014 Community Hall of Fame Banquet
Thanks to our sponsors and volunteers who made this year’s event a tremendous success!
Five individuals and two couples were inducted into the South Bend Community Hall of Fame on November 18th at Century Center. The 2014 inductees are:
Gregorio Chavez Jr., former president of the local chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).
Jeffrey V. Gibney, former executive director of the South Bend heritage Foundation and of the South Bend Department of Community and Economic Development. (Gibney died in April.)
Robert Benjamin Johnson, a Central High School graduate who pursued a career in politics that eventually led him to jobs in the White House under Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.
Margaret and Karl King, a husband and wife team who have amassed impressive resumes of community service. Karl’s service includes several years on the South Bend Common Council and the Redevelopment Commission. Margaret’s includes serving on various local boards, including the YWCA and Junior League of South Bend.
Mike and Karen Leep, local business owners who have been involved extensively in community volunteerism. Mike has served on several boards and committees, including the St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center and Saint Mary’s College. Karen has been active in the Women’s Care Center and Hannah’s House.
Alexander Toradze, world-renowned pianist and professor of music at IUSB. A classical musician, he created the Toradze Piano Studio at IUSB to encourage the development of virtuoso talents in young musicians.
Rev. Julius A. Nieuwland, C.S.C., the 2014 historical inductee. Father Nieuwland, who died in 1936, was a chemist and botanist who is credited with the creation of the first synthetic rubber.
In addition to the inductions, the Hall of Fame presents awards to honor the achievement and contributions of local individuals and organization. This year’s awards will be presented to:
JNK, Inc., the Contributions to Education Corporate Award. JNK, a company owned by David and Susan Nufer, includes Parkwood Auto Spas, the Maids, FastSigns and Burton’s Laundry. The Nufers and their companies have been hands-on supporters of the Potawatomi Zoo, the Humane Society, Chiara House, and South Bend Alumni Association and other organziations.
South Bend Cubs, the Distinguished Achievement Award. Andrew Berlin, who bought the team in 2011, has invested millions of dollars in renovating Four Winds Field, and team members have been involved in various charitable activities in the South Bend area.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), the Distinguished Community Service Award. CASA volunteers serve as advocates for children who end up in the juvenile justice system because of abuse or neglect.
Robert Kovach, the Ideal Baldoni Distinguished Public Service Award. Kovach has served in a number of roles in the public sector, from the mayor of Mishawaka to a state legislator, to director of the Indiana Department of Commerce to county commissioner. He is now retired.
Come learn about all the Hall of Fame members on the new Wall of Fame display at Century Center.
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who participated April 26 in the ACE FOR SCIENCE tennis tournament at the University of Notre Dame. Jessica Rink and Jill Weber won the Green Flight; Jim and Teeter Sexton won the Blue Flight; and Nicholas Simeri and Mary Prorok won the Gold Flight. The South Bend Alumni Association partnered with the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame to host the event, which raised several thousand dollars to fund science programs in the South Bend Community School Corporation. The mixed doubles tourney took place at the Eck Tennis Pavilion on campus. Spectators were invited to try to ACE the Dean of the College of Science, Dr. Greg Crawford. Known more as a cross-country bicyclist than as a tennis player, Dean Crawford was a good sport about the contest. We thank our sponsors for their support. All-American sponsors, who gave $1,000 each, were the Bike Michiana Coalition and GTA Innovations LLC. All-Conference sponsors, who contributed $500 each, were the Ansari Family Charitable Foundation, Greg Crawford, Dr. Steve Gerber, the Inn at St. Mary’s and McDonald Physical Therapy. Other cash donations, along with entry fees and silent auction proceeds, are expected to bring the total to around $8,000.
Proceeds from the tournament were awarded June 3 as grants to several South Bend teachers. Check out the latest version of Alumnews for a complete list of recipients, along with photos.
American Structurepoint takes First Place in Superintendent’s Golf Outing
The American Structurepoint foursome of Joe Fragomeni, Brandon Knutson, Nate Hoff and Toy Villa won first prize
on May 21 at the 21st annual TCU-Superintendent’s Golf Tournament, held at Elbel Golf Course. They came in with a low score of 57. Coming in second was the team of OJS Building Services. OJS, with a score of 59, had won the tournament for the past two years. This year the team was playing with the threesome of Pete Carrig, Vic Bull and Steve Krieg, since their fourth golfer was suffering a bad back. The Troyer Group, consisting of Mike Reese, CJ Cunningham, Seth Troyer and Jonathan Geels, won third prize with a score of 61. Winning teams received certificates for play at area golf courses. Two additional teams were picked at random to win foursomes at area courses. Those winners were Burkhart Advertising and RICOH. Various contests were held during the course of play, and those winners received gift certificates for the Elbel pro shop. They were: Jerry Christy, closest to the pin on Hole 8; Eric Crittendon, closest to the pin on Hole 4; Michael Guzik, closest to the pin on Hole 13 and on Hole 17; longest drive (men’s), Brandon Knutson; longest drive (women’s), Kelli Kausik; longest putt, Bob Knapp; straightest drive, Bill Gadeski; and closest second shot, Ryan Harding. Twenty-two teams entered the skins game, and the winners were Curtis Products and Precision Wall Systems. Each received $220.
The Alumni Association maintains a collection of old yearbooks that are used for reference in our office. If we have extra copies, we offer them for sale to those who want to replace a lost or discarded book from the past. However, we are missing some books, and we would like to complete our inventory. We will accept any yearbooks you want to donate to us, but we particularly are seeking the following:
- Adams High School — 1966, 1993, and all books after 1995.
- Clay (and Washington Clay) — 1938, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943 and 2013
- LaSalle — 1982, 1996, 1997
- Riley — 1955, 1960, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2009, and all books after 2010
- Washington — 1951, 1952, 1955, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and all books after 2007
- Other Schools — We have a very limited collection of books from Greene, North Liberty, Wilson and other former area high schools. Any books you have from schools that no longer exist would be greatly appreciated. We also accept books from elementary and middle schools, and we even have a few from outside the SBCSC, such as St. Joseph’s High School and the former St. Mary’s Academy.
Association keeps you in touch with your former high school classmates, and also helps to support students currently enrolled in South Bend’s public schools. Among our services and programs …..
- We offer assistance with reunion planning
- We provide college scholarships
- We sponsor an annual golf tournament to raise scholarship funds
- We sponsor the South Bend Community Hall of Fame
- We provide funds for school programs that do not receive tax dollars, and often require community service in return
- We have a collection of old high school yearbooks and might be able to replace yours if lost
- We have a monthly Lunch Club that allows former classmates and Association members to gather and keep in touch
Memberships dues are $25 for two years, or $75 for a life membership. Contact the Alumni Office at (574) 283-8153 for more information, or look at the links on the left side of this page for details about our specific programs and offerings.
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