Distinguished Alumnus Award Winner – Bill Rosemann ‘89
Bill Rosemann has been a proud member of the Marvel family for over two decades. Beginning as a reporter for Marvel Age magazine, Bill has enjoyed stints as a copywriter, “Your Man @ Marvel” secret blogger, marketing manager, comic book writer, comic book editor and Spider-Man balloon wrangler in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
In 2008, in addition to editing numerous monthly comic book series such as Black Panther, Avengers Academy, Ms. Marvel, War Machine and Black Widow, Bill led a team of writers and artists to reimagine The Guardians Of The Galaxy, which inspired a global franchise celebrated in film, animation, video games, consumer products and theme park attractions.
As a brand ambassador, Bill has spread Marvel’s history of positive social impact via inspirational talks at numerous universities and corporations, including Apple’s 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference. Now VP & Creative Director for Marvel Games, Bill uses his knowledge of and passion for the House of Ideas to not only collaborate with world-wide partners on a growing library of video games, including the blockbuster hit Marvel’s Spider-Man, but to also grow the next generation of True Believers.
Most importantly, Bill is a proud graduate of Notre Dame High School and the University of Notre Dame, and happily lives in sunny California with his wife, casting director Ali Farrell, and their 10 year-old son (and fellow video game enthusiast) Peter.
"Bill was one of several outstanding nominations for this award and we are proud to recognize his accomplishments. He is a fantastic representative of Notre Dame and her commitment to students and their success far beyond high school" – Anne Wehunt ’86, Alumni Council President
Jim Phifer Service Award Winner – John Mullin ‘79
John Mullin has been a staff member of Notre Dame High School for 36 years beginning in 1983 when he was hired by Jim Phifer to teach in the Science department. In 2000 then Principal Perry Storey ask John to move from the classroom and assume his current the role as the Dean of Students.
John has led the school’s wrestling program as an assistant and head coach for over 30 years, recently retiring in 2016. Among the many accomplishments of his coaching tenure, the highlights include three different State Duals Championship teams as well as being part of 22 individual State Championships. Individual Champions and place winners include his brothers David, Chris and his nephews Grayson, Packy and Luke. In 2016, Notre Dame named the Wrestling Center in the Varallo Athletics Center in his honor.
However, John extends his service to Notre Dame well beyond his official duties.
Since retiring as a coach, John continues to manage and lead the Spring Golf Tournament, a fundraiser for the ND football and wrestling programs. He serves and maintains all ND properties outside of the Vermont Avenue campus. He supports all Notre Dame Events including fundraisers, banquets and school functions with his valuable operations skills.
“Each year our faculty bestows an award known as 'The Heart of Notre Dame,' which John deservedly won in 2016, adding his name to a long list of some very inspiring and dedicated faculty members - past and present. But I'd hate to imagine - or do without - the wealth of Notre Dame knowledge he carries in his head; it's matched only by his dedication to the people of the Notre Dame family." NDHS President George Valadie ‘71
He has been a dedicated member in a variety of worthwhile events and organizations in the City of Lakesite where he resides. As a resident of his community, John has been an active board member of the Lakesite Recreation Club and the operation of the community pool for over 15 years. He has also assisted with numerous annual neighborhood events and programs.
He is the son of Bob and Jeannine Mullin who have been proud supporters of Notre Dame for over 40 years. John, his wife Margaret, are proud parents of a Notre Dame alum, Marlee ’16. He is part of his family’s legacy including Sister Kim ’78, Brothers David ’81, Chris ’85, Nephews Grayson ’11, Patrick ’15, Luke ’16 and Nieces Alexandra ’11, Sophia ’12 and Gaby ’15.
A few years back John was recognized for 30 years of service to NDHS. Mr. Valadie stated to the faculty and staff “What would we do without him”.