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Welcome to the South Bend Alumni Association

Today is  Tuesday, August 4, 2015.

2015 Golf Tournament

Rick Schmidt, a member of the Precision Wall Systems team, accepts the first prize from golf Pro TJ Mannen. The four team members won a round of golf at an area golf course.

Rick Schmidt, a member of the Precision Wall Systems team, accepts the first prize from golf Pro TJ Mannen. The four team members won a round of golf at an area golf course.

Precision Wall Systems captured first place in the 2015 TCU Foundation-Superintendent’s

Greeting the golfers before the start of the tournament are, from left, Steve Luecke, executive director of the Alumni Association; Carole Schmidt, South Bend school superintendent; and Karole Griffin of the TCU Foundation.

Greeting the golfers before the start of the tournament are, from left, Carole Schmidt, South Bend school superintendent; Steve Luecke, SBAA executive director; and Karole Griffin of the TCU Foundation.

Scholarship Golf Tournament.  The foursome, consisting of Jim Mroz, Jason Christy, Rick Schmidt and  Brock Rhodes, finished with a score of 57.  Second place went to the Troyer Group, with a score of 60, and third went to Imagineering, with a score of 61. For complete information about the tournament, click the golf tournament link at the left side of this page.






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.

Gregorio Chavez Jr.

Jeffrey V. Gibney

Jeffrey V. Gibney

Ben Johnson

Robert Benjamin Johnson

Margaret and Karl King

Margaret and Karl King

Karen and Mike Leep

Karen and Mike Leep

Alexander Toradze

Alexander Toradze

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.






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.



SBAA logoCOME JOIN US. Membership in the South Bend Alumni

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.  

NEW!  Register on-line for Membership.  Click here!



 You can help to make this site informative and interesting.  Please  submit your photos and news items about yourself, your classmates, your activities and your memories. If we don’t have a ‘page’  location to post it we will create one.   Surf through the menu at the left and see what your Alumni Association is about.   We want you to be proud of your school and community and to become a part of its legacy.

 As our site grows, we plan to include more information about each  high school ( past and present) and we hope someday soon to add a directory of members.

We would like your opinions on how we can improve this  site. All you have to do is hit the e-mail button above on the menu bar and write your suggestions.