Alumni News

Notre Dame Engineering Students Visit Holo-Krome

This month, Mr. Conelias’ engineering students took a field trip up to Wallingford to explore real-world engineering, production, and sales process. Holo-Krome, a division of Fastenal, manufactures hex-socket threaded fasteners. Holo-Krome’s products are in extremely high demand, so students experienced first-hand the fast-paced design and production of both stock and custom fasteners.

The day began with a presentation on Holo-Krome’s company history and growth. Students met seven members of the Holo-Krome team, learning about the various job titles and roles needed to run a successful and growing company, and the strategy behind the manufacturing process. From there, the students divided into small groups and toured the manufacturing plant and production checkpoints. They ended the production tour with a stop at the quality control laboratory, where they experienced the comprehensive quality testing process Holo-Krome products undergo before leaving the plant. In addition to the manufacturing and quality assurance tour, students also got to sit down with members of the sales and engineering teams, learning the different ways they can apply their knowledge of engineering in the professional world.

A huge thank you to the Holo-Krome team for hosting us for the day!

Notre Dame Welcomes Mr. James Forman Jr. for John J. Schread '62 Author Series 2019

Mr. James Forman Jr., J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale Law School and author of Locking Up Our Own, spoke to students about mass incarceration and his experiences as a public defender in Washington D.C. Mr. Forman challenged students to examine the way the criminal justice system works and to explore the war on crime's impact on people of color.

Locking Up Our Own was named New York Times' 10 Best Books of 2017 and was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.

Tim Boyce '72 Returns to ND on Yom HaShoah 

On May 2, Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Boyce returned to Notre Dame to speak to students and the ND community. He stood at the front of the auditorium, looking out into the student body that he once belonged to. Boyce was “thrilled by the energy and passion of the students. [He was] honored to be here.”

He began his presentation explaining how he stumbled upon the diary of Odd Nansen, a Norwegian imprisoned at Sachsenhausen during the Holocaust. In 2010, Boyce walked into his local book store, when a book entitled, A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy, caught his eye. Written by Thomas Buergenthal, this memoir dove into the horrific details of a devastating childhood, as he told his story of being an incarcerated Jewish boy during the Holocaust.

In Buergenthal’s book, he mentions frequent encounters with a man by the name of Odd Nansen. In the winter of 1942, Nansen was arrested and lived most of his life in Nazi camps in Norway and Germany. Nansen and Buergenthal crossed paths for the first time in the infirmary at Sachsenhausen, as Buergenthal was in the midst of being treated for frostbitten toes. When Nansen learned the young boy received two amputations, he bribed the doctors and nurses with food so they would agree to look after Buergenthal and keep him alive.

Boyce found Buergenthal's story fascinating and decided to do some more research on Odd Nansen. While Buergenthal’s memoir was written long after his childhood, Nansen kept a secret diary (now known as From Day to Day) that was translated to English and published in 1949.

To Boyce’s surprise, the book had been out of print for 60 years. He obtained two copies of the book and learned they were extremely hard to find. Little did Boyce know, these two purchases began a “six-year odyssey that resulted in the re-publication of a deluxe, fully-annotated edition of Nansen’s diary in April 2016 from Vanderbilt University Press. Thomas Buergenthal, now 82, has written a Preface for the new edition, which also contains sketches by Nansen and diary entries never before available in English.”

Boyce led students, alumni, faculty, parents, and friends alike, in an engaging and reflective discussion about humanity, resilience, and compassion. Greatly due to Nansen's compassion, Buergenthal survived his time at Sachsenhausen, and went on to have one of the most successful careers in law, having served as a judge of the International Court of Justice. 

To learn more about purchasing a copy of From Day to Day, or to learn more about Tim Boyce, please visit

During his time at Notre Dame, Tim Boyce ‘72 was a member of the National Honor Society and the Debate Team and served as the president of the Christian Student Mission Club and editor for the Herald.

Gregory Antollino, Esq. ’82 Will Attend Supreme Court Hearing as Counsel of Record

When sky diving instructor Donald Zarda sued his employer Altitude Express, Inc. claiming he was fired after revealing his sexual orientation to a client, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York did not agree and passed summary judgment to the defendants. 

Zarda, an extreme sports enthusiast, died in a BASE-jumping accident while in Switzerland on October 3, 2015. His case was continued by his estate which appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. In both instances, ND alumnus Gregory Antollino, Esq, ’82, was the attorney for Zarda and his estate.  On February 26, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, delivered a 10-3 landmark decision in Zarda v. Altitude Express.  The ruling found that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and that Zarda was unlawfully fired from his job for being gay.

Altitude Express has appealed the appellate court’s decision, and on April 22, 2019 the Supreme Court granted a petition for a writ of certiorari.    While Antollino will not be the attorney arguing before the Supreme Court, he will be present at the one-hour hearing as the counsel of record.  He is very pleased that Pam Karlan, Co-Director of the Stanford Law School Supreme Court Clinic and a former clerk for Justice Blackman will be presenting the argument.  Antollino was interviewed and is quoted in an extensive article about the case published by NBC News in March 2018 after the Appeals Court decision.