Best of Alma Mater Nominees to Resume Monday!

On Monday, I will continue to share the nominees for poems that are being considered for the Best of Alma Mater collection due out next year. Now is the perfect time to begin following the series and help determine which pieces will make the final cut! The nominees are being revealed in the order they appeared in the series, so start reading Vol. 1 now and predict which piece will be next following Wednesday’s nominee, The University of Purdue!

The final volume of the series: Alma Mater Volume 4: The South was just released this past spring, and now I am assembling a Best of Alma Mater collection due out next year. There were a total of 400 poems in the Alma Mater series, 100 from each volume: The Midwest, Northeast, West, and South. As it is currently, the list sits at roughly 120 poems that will appear in the “Best of.” Ideally, I would like to cut it down to 100. That’s where you come in. I will be sharing each of the nominees slowly through the next several months, and each nominee is going in chronological order of how they appear in the series.

I have already begun sharing the nominees from the Midwest, and the first four nominees that are currently published on my site are: The University of Chicago, Illinois Tech, Notre Dame, and Purdue University….with these pieces appearing in that order in the first volume of the series. Now is the perfect time to purchase the Alma Mater series and predict which piece will be next. And in doing so, this also would empower you to lobby for a piece that I may not have even nominated. By revealing nominees in the chronological order that they originally appeared in the series makes this series, as well as this “Best of” project, even more interactive, as you have a voice in what will be the final publication of the Alma Mater series: The Best of Alma Mater.

So what are you waiting for? You can purchase the entire series below for only $3.96, or read them all for free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription. And to view the first four nominees and provide some insight, please feel free to visit this full website. Below, you can find the link to the entire four-volume collection. And stay tuned for the fifth nominee which will be released this week! And while you wait, go ahead and keep up with the poems in Alma Mater Vol. 1 The Midwest, and predict which poem you think will be nominated next after today’s nominee: The University of Purdue!

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Begin to Help Determine The Best of Alma Mater Today

There is no better time than now to get on-board the ride through four different regions of the United States by way of the Alma Mater series than at this very moment.

The final volume of the series: Alma Mater Volume 4: The South was just released this past spring, and now I am assembling a Best of Alma Mater collection due out next year. There were a total of 400 poems in the Alma Mater series, 100 from each volume: The Midwest, Northeast, West, and South. As it is currently, the list sits at roughly 120 poems that will appear in the “Best of.” Ideally, I would like to cut it down to 100. That’s where you come in. I will be sharing each of the nominees slowly through the next several months, and each nominee is going in chronological order of how they appear in the series.

I have already begun sharing the nominees from the Midwest, and the first four nominees that are currently published on my site are: The University of Chicago, Illinois Tech, Notre Dame, and Purdue University….with these pieces appearing in that order in the first volume of the series. Now is the perfect time to purchase the Alma Mater series and predict which piece will be next. And in doing so, this also would empower you to lobby for a piece that I may not have even nominated. By revealing nominees in the chronological order that they originally appeared in the series makes this series, as well as this “Best of” project, even more interactive, as you have a voice in what will be the final publication of the Alma Mater series: The Best of Alma Mater.

So what are you waiting for? You can purchase the entire series below for only $3.96, or read them all for free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription. And to view the first four nominees and provide some insight, please feel free to visit this full website. Below, you can find the link to the entire four-volume collection. And stay tuned for the fifth nominee which will be released this week! And while you wait, go ahead and keep up with the poems in Alma Mater Vol. 1 The Midwest, and predict which poem you think will be nominated next after today’s nominee: The University of Purdue!

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The Best of Alma Mater: A Truly Interactive Poetry Experience

There is no better time than now to get on-board the ride through four different regions of the United States by way of the Alma Mater series than at this very moment.

The final volume of the series: Alma Mater Volume 4: The South was just released this past spring, and now I am assembling a Best of Alma Mater collection due out next year. There were a total of 400 poems in the Alma Mater series, 100 from each volume: The Midwest, Northeast, West, and South. As it is currently, the list sits at roughly 120 poems that will appear in the “Best of.” Ideally, I would like to cut it down to 100. That’s where you come in. I will be sharing each of the nominees slowly through the next several months, and each nominee is going in chronological order of how they appear in the series.

I have already begun sharing the nominees from the Midwest, and the first four nominees that are currently published on my site are: The University of Chicago, Illinois Tech, Notre Dame, and Purdue University….with these pieces appearing in that order in the first volume of the series. Now is the perfect time to purchase the Alma Mater series and predict which piece will be next. And in doing so, this also would empower you to lobby for a piece that I may not have even nominated. By revealing nominees in the chronological order that they originally appeared in the series makes this series, as well as this “Best of” project, even more interactive, as you have a voice in what will be the final publication of the Alma Mater series: The Best of Alma Mater.

So what are you waiting for? You can purchase the entire series below for only $3.96, or read them all for free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription. And to view the first four nominees and provide some insight, please feel free to visit this full website. Below, you can find the link to the entire four-volume collection. And stay tuned for the fifth nominee which will be released this week! And while you wait, go ahead and keep up with the poems in Alma Mater Vol. 1 The Midwest, and predict which poem you think will be nominated next after today’s nominee: The University of Purdue!

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BOAM Nominee #4: Purdue University

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BOAM Nominee #4: Purdue University

On March 3, 2018, I will release The Best of Alma Mater, and I will need some help in selecting the crème de la crème. The best way you can assist in doing so would be to purchase each of the four Alma Mater volumes – Midwest, Northeast, West, and South, each docked at $0.99 and free for Kindle Unlimited Subscribers. Because the more pieces from the series you read, the more qualified you are to state whether or not a piece belongs in the “Best of.”

There were a total of 400 poems in the Alma Mater series, 100 from each volume: The Midwest, Northeast, West, and South. As it is now, the list sits at roughly 120 poems that will appear in the “Best of.” Ideally, I would like to cut it down to 100. So feel free to troll, either in the comments or, preferably, through my contact link, to let me know why a piece should be left out….or if you think a piece is a must-add, those comments are especially welcome. For the sake of selecting the best piece possible for this collection, if there is any piece that you feel could be omitted, please do not be afraid to add your feedback and it will be considered constructive criticism for the betterment of the piece. I am trying to put together the best representation of the series possible, so I do not mind being told that I could do without a piece either here in the comments through in the “Contact Author” page. On the flip side, when I say a piece is currently not planned to be included, also feel free to tell me that I’m crazy and that it’s a must include.

Today’s piece is one that currently is not scheduled to be included, although it was close call. There is no particular aspect about the piece that made me decide not to include it, just that as it is, there are already an overabundance of pieces slated to be in the collection, and I did not consider this a must-add. But I present it to you today to gage the potential advice as well as feedback through any comments or even just likes, etc. Also, what you are about to read is the first piece that I will be sharing with you from the series that has with an alternate ending. This version of my Purdue University tribute has a different ending from the version published in Alma Mater Vol. 1: The Midwest and is thus the first time it has ever been shared publicly. Yesterday, we attended Notre Dame; and today, we remain in Indiana as we go on to make our way as temporary Boilermakers through long-distance honorary alumni to this Alma Mater.

*Purdue University*

We make our own way in a mass transfer of vim,
While we forge footsteps, other schools fall behind,
because
One small step by them,
Is another giant leap for our kind.

Titanium does not orbit on its shelf,
The time to produce is never too soon,
If Boilers awaited change to make itself,
We wouldn’t have put a man on the moon.

Makers are unburned by slow logistics,
This cradle of creators shape an active nucleus,
We take off in the study of ballistics,
Where what man never knew soon becomes old news to us.

Flying to Mackey Arena and Ross-Ade
Are Boilermakers ready to sweat like Purdue Pete,
Through Stadium Mall is the Gold and Black Parade,
Racing through the streets like the annual Grand Prix.

The Breakfast Club is a locomotive through Chauncey Hill,
Phi Kappa Tau and the Greeks of Lafayette
Drink enough for the future—when memories refill,
As the mothers of moments—we could never forget.

Like the traffic in the lines of Earhart,
This world has givers and it has takers,
There are Hoosiers sitting and afraid to start,
Then, thank God, there are Boilermakers.

New Boilers in the Gold Rush will find Old Gold,
Awaiting their creations in these malls of reverence…
Fly on through outer space—and at home—break the mold:
And Boilermake your way past the walls of severance.

Preview and then purchase the newly released Alma Mater Vol. 4 below for only $0.99 or for free with Kindle Unlimited along with the other three volumes. And feel free to comment or email me using the “Contact Author” page on this site to assist in selecting the pieces for the Best of Alma Mater series released March 3, 2018.

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BOAM Nominee #3: Notre Dame

Nominee #1: University of Chicago: https://clydeaidoo.com/2017/06/11/boam-nominee-1-uchicago-2/

Nominee #2: Illinois Tech: https://clydeaidoo.com/2017/06/12/boam-nominee-2-illinois-tech-2/

On March 3, 2018, I will release The Best of Alma Mater, and I will need some help in selecting the crème de la crème. The best way you can assist in doing so would be to purchase each of the four Alma Mater volumes – Midwest, Northeast, West, and South, each docked at $0.99 and free for Kindle Unlimited Subscribers. Because the more pieces from the series you read, the more qualified you are to state whether or not a piece belongs in the “Best of.”

There were a total of 400 poems in the Alma Mater series, 100 from each volume: The Midwest, Northeast, West, and South. As it is now, the list sits at roughly 120 poems that will appear in the “Best of.” Ideally, I would like to cut it down to 100. So feel free to troll, either in the comments or, preferably, through my contact link, to let me know why a piece should be left out….or if you think a piece is a must-add, those comments are especially welcome. For the sake of selecting the best piece possible for this collection, if there is any piece that you feel could be omitted, please do not be afraid to add your feedback and it will be considered constructive criticism for the betterment of the piece. I am trying to put together the best representation of the series possible, so I do not mind being told that I could do without a piece either here in the comments through in the “Contact Author” page. On the flip side, when I say a piece is currently not planned to be included, also feel free to tell me that I’m crazy and that it’s a must include.

Today’s piece is what I consider the first 100% must-include in the series. I feel the piece captures what Notre Dame is most known for while still reminding the reader what the university is truly all about far beyond the hash marks on the field. The title of the piece, “Our Lady” is of course the translation to “Notre Dame.” It has one of my favorite introductions of the series which expresses, in cadence, the loyalty sworn by those who attend this revered Midwestern institution. The piece then goes on to transmit the honor, valiance and spirit within the hallowed name of Our Lady….and Their Alma Mater.

*Our Lady*

As long as I live—I will fight for her name,
With my hand—Strong and True;
When I die, as my innards blacken,
My heart will stay Golden & Blue.

***

When you ask a kid growing up in Northern Indiana what he wants to be when he grows up, he’ll tell you, “A Fighting Irish.” And when you repeat this question
in any of our great 50 states…
a great many will tell you the same.

Honor & Tradition

The cornerstones of this sacred society that is upheld by the valiant who are blessed to wear these colors. Touched to wear the armor of fighters who do not rely on the luck of the Irish, but the fortune of the brave. In Notre Dame Stadium, you can hear the congregation rah “loyalty” with voices that echo for the football royalty; and before visitors may leave this holy house,
They Will Bow.

Notre Dame is Montana to Haines to come from behind and take the ’79 Cotton Bowl.

It is Tom Clements going 36 yards down the field to Robin Weber to take the 1973 Sugar Bowl.

It is The Four Horsemen.

It is remembering The Gipper.

It is the house that Rockne built.

It is 11 National Championships.

It is carrying Lou Holtz off the field in his final home game after a 62-0 send-off.

It is dreams coming true like Rudy Ruettiger’s.

It is the stars on the field who rule our world today,
&
The Irish in the stands who will
Rule the world tomorrow.

Bodies of influential entrepreneurs and business people.
It is an audience of divine minds and spirits that will touch this world…
And today
Reach down and move our soldiers with this righteous spirit.

And for 60 minutes we exalt these humble soldiers.

Glory be to the sons of she,
Who sing to her fame with bended knee.
These skies will never forget her name
&
Our foes will remember
Notre Dame.

Ever on the heels of legends, we march onward to victory…
&
When the road rises to meet our champions,
One voice rises with our decree:

Cheer, Cheer for old Notre Dame.

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BOAM Nominee #3: Notre Dame

Nominee #1: University of Chicago: https://clydeaidoo.com/2017/06/11/boam-nominee-1-uchicago-2/

Nominee #2: Illinois Tech: https://clydeaidoo.com/2017/06/12/boam-nominee-2-illinois-tech-2/

On March 3, 2018, I will release The Best of Alma Mater, and I will need some help in selecting the crème de la crème. The best way you can assist in doing so would be to purchase each of the four Alma Mater volumes – Midwest, Northeast, West, and South, each docked at $0.99 and free for Kindle Unlimited Subscribers. Because the more pieces from the series you read, the more qualified you are to state whether or not a piece belongs in the “Best of.”

There were a total of 400 poems in the Alma Mater series, 100 from each volume: The Midwest, Northeast, West, and South. As it is now, the list sits at roughly 120 poems that will appear in the “Best of.” Ideally, I would like to cut it down to 100. So feel free to troll, either in the comments or, preferably, through my contact link, to let me know why a piece should be left out….or if you think a piece is a must-add, those comments are especially welcome. For the sake of selecting the best piece possible for this collection, if there is any piece that you feel could be omitted, please do not be afraid to add your feedback and it will be considered constructive criticism for the betterment of the piece. I am trying to put together the best representation of the series possible, so I do not mind being told that I could do without a piece either here in the comments through in the “Contact Author” page. On the flip side, when I say a piece is currently not planned to be included, also feel free to tell me that I’m crazy and that it’s a must include.

Today’s piece is what I consider the first 100% must-include in the series. I feel the piece captures what Notre Dame is most known for while still reminding the reader what the university is truly all about far beyond the hash marks on the field. The title of the piece, “Our Lady” is of course the translation to “Notre Dame.” It has one of my favorite introductions of the series which expresses, in cadence, the loyalty sworn by those who attend this revered Midwestern institution. The piece then goes on to transmit the honor, valiance and spirit within the hallowed name of Our Lady….and Their Alma Mater.

*Our Lady*

As long as I live—I will fight for her name,
With my hand—Strong and True;
When I die, as my innards blacken,
My heart will stay Golden & Blue.

***

When you ask a kid growing up in Northern Indiana what he wants to be when he grows up, he’ll tell you, “A Fighting Irish.” And when you repeat this question
in any of our great 50 states…
a great many will tell you the same.

Honor & Tradition

The cornerstones of this sacred society that is upheld by the valiant who are blessed to wear these colors. Touched to wear the armor of fighters who do not rely on the luck of the Irish, but the fortune of the brave. In Notre Dame Stadium, you can hear the congregation rah “loyalty” with voices that echo for the football royalty; and before visitors may leave this holy house,
They Will Bow.

Notre Dame is Montana to Haines to come from behind and take the ’79 Cotton Bowl.

It is Tom Clements going 36 yards down the field to Robin Weber to take the 1973 Sugar Bowl.

It is The Four Horsemen.

It is remembering The Gipper.

It is the house that Rockne built.

It is 11 National Championships.

It is carrying Lou Holtz off the field in his final home game after a 62-0 send-off.

It is dreams coming true like Rudy Ruettiger’s.

It is the stars on the field who rule our world today,
&
The Irish in the stands who will
Rule the world tomorrow.

Bodies of influential entrepreneurs and business people.
It is an audience of divine minds and spirits that will touch this world…
And today
Reach down and move our soldiers with this righteous spirit.

And for 60 minutes we exalt these humble soldiers.

Glory be to the sons of she,
Who sing to her fame with bended knee.
These skies will never forget her name
&
Our foes will remember
Notre Dame.

Ever on the heels of legends, we march onward to victory…
&
When the road rises to meet our champions,
One voice rises with our decree:

Cheer, Cheer for old Notre Dame.

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