Alumni Hall (University of Notre Dame)

Alumni Hall (University of Notre Dame)

name = Alumni Hall

established = 1931
type = Residence Hall
rector = Fr. George Rozum, CSC
campus = South Quad
city = Notre Dame
state = Indiana
free_label = Undergraduate residents
free = 234
country = USA
colors = Green/White
mascot = Dawg
website = Alumni Web Hall Site []

Alumni Hall is one of the 27 residence halls and one of the 14 male dorms on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Alumni Hall is located on south quad adjacent to "main circle" as you enter the Notre Dame campus, across from the law school building. Alumni houses 234 undergraduate residents.

Hall History

Alumni Hall was constructed in 1931 at the same time as rival Dillon Hall. At the time, it provided a border for the southern edge of campus. The hall was so named in honor of the University's loyal alumni and was intended to be a home for alumni returning to campus. Alumni was originally configured to hold 212 students

Alumni was the first residence hall on campus to have an electric elevator. Its unique architecture includes gargoyles and stone carvings of everything from Madonna and Child (chapel entrance on north side), saints (Sts. Thomas Aquinas and Boneventure in the courtyard), dogs (Clashmore Mike, one of the original mascots of the football team), to Knute Rockne (east side). On the south side of the building, facing South Bend, is a carving of a college graduate known as Joe College who is looking towards leaving college for the real world. The hall's chapel is dedicated to St. Charles Borromeo, the patron saint of then-president Fr. Charles O'Donnell, CSC. Alumni Hall was renovated in the summer of 2004.

Alumni Hall is the only dorm on campus allowed to have Greek letters. They are Delta-Omega-Gamma which spells out the name of the Alumni mascot. They are allowed to display their letters at least three times a year. First, during orientation, secondly, during Alumni/Dillon Rivalry Week, and during Alumni's secretive Wake Week. Fact|date=May 2007


Fr. George Rozum, CSC, a Holy Cross priest ordained in 1968, became rector of Alumni Hall in 1978. Father George received his bachelor's degree in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. in Theology from Holy Cross College of Washington, D.C., and an M.S.A. from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to coming to Alumni Hall, he served as an associate pastor of St. Ignatius, Martyr, Parish in Austin, Texas, where he also served as chaplain to the Texas State School for the Deaf. Father George holds a National Certificate for Teaching the Deaf from The University of Texas at Austin.

Former Residents

Among the distinguished former residents of Alumni Hall are President Reagan's secretary of agriculture, Richard Lyng '40, the president of John Cabot University, James Creagan '62, the president of Emerson Electric, James Berge '69, Jerome Bettis of the Pittsburgh Steelers 2006 NFL Championship team, former Notre Dame football players Tom Zbikowski, and Chicago Cubs' pitcher Jeff Samardzija. Father William Beauchamp, C.S.C., president of the University of Portland and former Executive Vice President of Notre Dame, lived in Alumni from 1981 until 2002.

External links

* [ Alumni Hall Website]
* [ Alumni Hall Profile]
* [ Notre Dame Magazine - Alumni Hall Portrait]
* [ Notre Dame Magazine - "Rozum the rector reaches record for residency"]

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