Alumnus of the Year
The distinguished Alumnus of the Year award began in 1966. The honoree is acknowledged at the annual Alumni Senior luncheon - a tradition that began in 1987. Due to the current pandemic, the 2021 Alumni Senior "Luncheon" was held via Zoom.
This award is presented to an alumnus who sets and achieves exemplary standards for himself personally as well as his chosen fields. To be nominated for the award, an alumnus must meet the following criteria: His outstanding loyalty and support of U of D Jesuit serves as an example to all members of the U of D Jesuit Community. He has distinguished himself through outstanding achievement in his chosen field or profession. He uses his talents and skills for those in need, consistent with the theme "Men for Others." He serves as a positive role model for U of D Jesuit students through consistent application of high moral and ethical standards. Nominations for the award should be sent to the Alumni Office for consideration at firstname.lastname@example.org
2021 Alumnus of the Year - Mark Doman '70
Mark Doman '70 was honored as Alumnus of the Year at the Virtual Alumni Senior "Luncheon" on April 28, 2021.
Mark Doman '70 – Alumnus of the Year
Remarks at the Virtual Alumni Senior "Luncheon" on April 28, 2021
Hello and Good Afternoon.
This is certainly a very big honor for me and I want to thank Fr. Munz and Dave Gumbel and all the rest of the U of D Jesuit faculty and staff for their confidence in me. Being named Alumnus of the Year at U of D Jesuit High School is indeed a rare honor and privilege.
Today, I want to take this opportunity to do three things.
One, I want to thank some people to whom I am deeply grateful…and without whose help and belief in me, I would not be here now.
Two, I want to reminisce about my time at U of D Jesuit. It’s been 51 years since we graduated and I have some quick memories I would like to share with you.
And finally, I would like to talk with the class of 2021 about some “lessons I have learned”.
First of all, I would like to thank my parents for making the sacrifices to send me to U of D Jesuit. My Mom and Dad raised 10 children and I know they sacrificed a lot to send me to U of D. They never said a word about that, but I know money was tight and it was tough to do what they did.
I next want to thank Fr. Rice. He is probably shaking his head right now in heaven. He and I got off to a very rough start. The first day of my freshman year in my first class, Fr. Rice was my Latin teacher. He threw me out of class for breaking all 3 of his rules and sent me down to the Principal’s Office.
I didn’t know what hit me. Fr. Lab, the Principal, called my Mom and she had to come down to bail me out. I almost got tossed on my first day at U of D High!
You would think that would wake me up. But NOOO, not me. The next day in class Fr. Rice gave a homework assignment to memorize the Hail Mary or Ave Maria in Latin for the following day.
What! I thought he was kidding. Memorize the whole thing! I had football practice that night and all my other subjects had homework too. No way!
Well he wasn’t kidding. When he called on me and I could only recite the first 2 lines, he had enough and sent me down to the Principal’s Office again! Fr. Lab gave me a Final Warning—if he sees me again, I was out.
Not a very good start! But I learned the hard way that they didn’t mess around.
I also learned that Fr. Rice cared about me. He wanted me to succeed. I learned about “tough love” before I knew the term. He pushed me all year and made me want to do the best I could!
I am proud to be a Cub and last year I became a Golden Cub! 50 Years. That is a long time ago, but I have some memories like it was yesterday.
I remember hitchhiking to school my freshman year. And after practice hitching a ride home.
I remember going to Mass every morning and homeroom afterwards.
I remember how smart my classmates were and how hard they worked on their studies. It didn’t take me long to realize that I better UP my game or these guys were going to blow me out of the water.
I remember the sock hops and dancing with the Immaculata and Mercy girls.
I remember the school spirit at the different games and the Student Senate elections.
I remember every time I got that 5th demerit and knowing it was another JUG on Saturday and writing word for word the yellow grammar book for 3 hours.
Most of all, I remember the guys, my classmates, my teammates, my friends. We have a bond that was way more than just shared experiences. When we see each other—even after 50 years—that bond, that friendship is there.
Enough with my reminiscing. I want to talk to the seniors a little bit.
I am very proud of all of you and I am proud to be fellow alumni with you. Wherever you go, when you meet another Cub, you will have an instant bond with him. If you need help, he will help you. When your time comes, you will do the same.
I like to share a few things with you before you start your new journey in life. Most of you are going to college in the fall. I was a college professor and so I have few lessons learned that may be helpful to you:
1. Go see your professor early in the semester. Get to know him or her. Let them associate a face with a name. Professors like to help and they may, in the future, need a student like you to assist them with their research and writing.
2. Don’t blow off the first part of the semester. Most courses use the early material as building blocks for the more complex stuff later on. If you don’t get what they are teaching in the first few weeks, go see your professor during his or her office hours.
3. Take a Negotiation course and Public Speaking course. These are the most leverageable skills you will need in your professional career. And then practice those skills. Never take the first offer and look for every opportunity to speak in public.
4. Try different courses that are outside of your major and comfort zone. You never know where your career will lead you.
Thanks again for allowing me to reminisce a little and talk to the seniors.
The past year has been crazy with COVID! Your Junior and Senior years have been disrupted to say the least. Some of you have seen the harmful effects of the virus firsthand and my heart goes out to you and your family. You all have lived through a bizarre time, but you have survived and succeeded. You know now that that you can handle tough times.
50 years from now, U of D Jesuit will still be here and you might be up here talking to the seniors like I am today.
Remember what it takes to continue this legacy. 30 years ago, my wife, Paula, and I were in a position to give back. We decided to sponsor a student at U of D Jesuit and pay his tuition. We have been sponsoring a student ever since. This was the forerunner of the Circle of Care and we are proud to be one of the very first sponsors. We are also proud that we were able last year to endow a full scholarship to U of D Jesuit.
Do your share. Pay it forward. We are Men for Others! Go Cubs!
Listed alphabetically below are the individuals who have been recognized with the honor of
Alumnus of the Year.
|Mike Alioto '66||Edward Hickey 1911||Michael Parks '61|
|Eric Ayers '80||Butch Hollowell '77||Ed Parks '57|
|Tim Babcock '60||Mario Iacobelli '56||Tom Payne '47|
|Arthur Barkey '41||David Jansen '73||Douglas Pearl 1922|
|Charlie Batcheller '54||Frank Jerneycic '66||Jerome Petz '33|
|David Bayne '35||Jeff Jorissen '63||Val Pieronek '35|
|Bill Blackwell '73||Larry Joseph '66||Dick Pieronek '44|
|Ray BonAnno '58||Tom Kavanagh '34||Cass Pieronek '40|
|Walter Booker '80||Howard Keating '38||Mitch Pieronek '42|
|Otis Brawley '77||Terry Keating '56||Michael Porter '71|
|Michael Brennan '38||Dan Kelly '53||Bernie Powell '30|
|Lawrence Britt '29||Bill Kovacic '70||George Reno '40|
|Dave Buchanan '57||Dick Krajenke '40||John Rhea '83|
|Frank Canfield '54||Ed Kronk '64||Ron Rice '90|
|Tom Capo '69||John Kruse '44||Don Sarin '53|
|Malcolm Carron '35||John Langan '57||Paul Schafer '28|
|Mike Cavanagh '58||Elmore Leonard '43||Carl Schmidt '37|
|Con Chapman '51||Mike Leonatti '54||Richard Schroeter '33|
|Thomas Conlan '30||Raymond LeVeque '18||John Schwarz '39|
|Jim Conlan '33||Marshall Lochbiler 1914||John Shepanek '54|
|Guy Consolmagno '70||Pat Longe '51||Ed Shumaker '31|
|William Cooney '31||Paul Louisell '67||Gene Simon '43|
|Tom Coyne '62||Art Loveley '31||Toby Small '59|
|Jack Curley '63||Hubert Maino '23||Clarke Smith '60|
|Jim Curran '62||Sal Malek '67||Steve Snider '65|
|Walter Czarnecki '61||Dan Malone '71||Joseph Starrs 1926|
|Bob Delonis '70||John Malone '44||Celestin Steiner 1916|
|John Desmond '63||Dave Marantette '26||Rudy Stonisch '48|
|Terry Desmond '59||Larry Marantette '67||Bob Storen '58|
|Moe DesRosiers '55||Bill McBrearty 1919||Bill Swain '40|
|Dan Devine '52||Jack McCabe '38||Father Sweeney '30|
|Tim Dinan '83||Brian McCabe '44||Jerry Tannian '53|
|Jim Dingeman '34||Jim McDonald '57||Rick Tarnas '68|
|Dave Doherty '54||Pat McKeever '57||Mike Tenbusch '87|
|Mark Doman '70||Dick Measelle '56||Paul Teranes '54|
|Larry DuMouchelle'52||Edward Miotke '16||Jim Thompson '55|
|Tom Eckert '66||Jim Montie '64||Mike Timmis '57|
|Charles Fellrath 1925||Frank Moran '36||Ron Torina '65|
|Robert Finley 1922||George Morris '34||Andrew Valenti '44|
|Alfred Fisher, Jr ‘38||Chuck Muer '55||Dan Varner '87|
|Norman Fredericks '31||Jerry Mularoni '47||Larry Wisne '66|
|Edmund Gallagher '33||Joseph Mulligan '61||Vern Witkowski '37|
|John Gregg '74||James O'Hara '43||Robert Witt '43|
|Francis Hally '31||Tom O'Keefe '64||Mel Woodbeck '29|
|Edward Harrigan 1922||Bill Oldani '30||Michael Workings '77|
|Arthur Hayes 1922|