The class of 1965 is headed back to campus for their 50 year reunion today. How can it possibly be 50 years since Jack Snow caught nine passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns in ’64 opener vs. Wisconsin? Since Jack Snow finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting. Since his teammate John Huarte won the esteemed Heisman Trophy. Since Ara Parseghian coached his inaugural season which provided the springboard for future success during the fabled coach’s 11-year tenure. I’m pretty fond of this class of 1965. Yes, I’m biased, because my dad is a member of this class. And the classmates of his that I’ve been blessed to meet and get to know are pretty amazing people. And Coach Parseghian, words just cannot express what a fantastic man he is, and how very talented he was as a coach.
Are you headed back to campus for your reunion this weekend? Here are some things that you should check out while you’re there. And if you see Mr. Huarte while you’re there, please tell him I say ‘Hi’!
Stories of Father Ted
Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., remains an inspiration for the Notre Dame family. In this session, we will explore his remarkable life and honor his enduring legacy. Our moderator, USA Today reporter Arienne Thompson ’04, will draw out stories and perspectives from our panel and the audience. Hear how Father Ted personally inspired and professionally impacted our esteemed panelists: Rev. Thomas Blantz, C.S.C, who served as Vice President of Student Affairs under Father Ted as the University implemented co-education; Dr. David Gaus ’84, Clinical Professor at University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine; and Mary Bliley ’72. Please join us as we celebrate Father Ted through storytelling, videos, and memories and questions from the audience.
Moderator: Arienne Thompson’04, Fashion and Celebrity Reporter, USA Today
Panelists: Rev. Thomas E. Blantz , C.S.C., Ph.D., ’57,’63 M.A. Professor Emeritus, History; Mary Davey Bliley ’72; Dr. David Gaus ’84, Executive Director of Andean Health and Development; and Marty Ogren, Associate Director, Warehouse, Delivery and Transportation.
Friday, June 5
Washington Hall, Auditorium
The Future of Our Campus
What exactly is this “Crossroads” project? Gain an insider’s look at the development of the campus that includes updates on current construction projects and a glimpse of possible future developments.
Presenter: Craig Tiller ’91, Senior Director of Project Management, Facilities Design & Operations
Friday, June 5
3:00 – 4:00 pm
DeBartolo Hall, Room 140
Compton Family Ice Arena Open House
If you haven’t checked out the Compton Family Ice Arena, this is a must-see tour.
The building will be open to the public to look around the rinks.
Friday, June 5, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, June 6, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Saturday, June 6, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Compton Family Ice Arena, Compton Family Ice Arena
Hosted By: Molly Mahoney, Programming & Instruction Intern
General Campus Tour
If you haven’t been back to campus in a while, I’d recommend a campus tour to check out all of the new additions!
Visitor Center tour is an all walking tour covering 1.5 miles that includes visiting the Grotto, Basilica of the Sacred
Heart, the Golden Dome, and “Touchdown Jesus.”
Thursday, June 4, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, June 4, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Friday, June 5, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Friday, June 5, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 6, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, June 6, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Eck Visitors Center
Hosted By: Janine Trozzolo, Eck Visitors Center Assistant Director, Alumni Association
Innovation Park at Notre Dame Tours
The Innovation Park is truly remarkable and is definitely worth seeing!
Friday, June 5, 8:30 – 10:30 am
Innovation Park at Notre Dame, 1400 E. Angela Blvd.
Hosted By: Natalie Gunn-Stahl, Facility Manager, Innovation Park at Notre Dame; Charles Powell, Client Services Associate, Innovation Park at Notre Dame We are available to give tours of the facility on the half-hour.
I’m a big fan of the library and archives, with as much time as I’ve spent there doing research. If you’ve never been in the archives, it’s definitely worth seeing!
Treasures of the Hesburgh Libraries
Visit the Hesburgh Libraries’ Rare Books and Special Collections to view exhibits and treasures of the rare book and manuscript collection, including the Badin Bible.
Friday, June 5, 10:00 am – Noon
Hesburgh Libraries Rare Books & Special Collection, Room 102 Hesburgh Library
Hosted By: Natasha Lyandres, Head, Rare Books & Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries; Kelly McNally ’97, Executive Administrator, Hesburgh Libraries; Tara O’Leary ’88, Program Director, Communications and Marketing, Hesburgh Libraries
University Archives Open House
During the Alumni Reunion Open House, select items from the Notre Dame Archives’ extensive collections will be on display and archivists will be available for questions. For more information about the University Archives, please visit http://archives.nd.edu. Tours of the Archives will begin at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.
Friday, June 5, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Hesburgh Library, Room 607
Hosted By: Elizabeth Hogan ’99, Photograph Archivist
Laughing Irish Comedy Show
Saturday June, 6, 9:30-11pm
You won’t want to miss the Laughing Irish Comedy Show, a live performance from professional comedians and Notre Dame alums Jimmy Brogan ’70, Eric Hunter ’88, Michael Somerville ’94 and John Garrett ’98. Their list of credits include: Letterman, CBS, Tonight Show, NBC, Comedy Central, Sirius|XM, and Bob & Tom Show
*This is a free, but ticketed event. Tickets will be distributed 1 hour before showtime at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center box office window*
Be sure and check out John Garrett! He’s well worth getting a ticket!
John Garrett ‘98
Audiences across the country find that John Garrett ’98 is the “adorably obnoxious” guy they wish they had in their boring office, unless of course you were his manager. This former CPA has been heard on The Bob & Tom Radio Show, opened for Louie Anderson at resort casinos, was featured in The New York Times, and has performed at several comedy festivals. You may have also heard his comedy CD playing on Sirius|XM Satellite Radio.
Have a blast at your reunion! Have a beer at the beer tent for me and try not to get caught sneaking into the steam tunnels!!
Cheers & GO IRISH!
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Lisa Kelly is a multidimensional marketing professional. She has over two decades of marketing experience and earned a bachelor of business administration and marketing from the University of Notre Dame (Class of 1993 ... Siegfried Hall!). She is a Digital Publishing Manager by day and by night is writing her third book, a continuation of "Echoes From the End Zone: The Men We Became" and its sequel "The Men We Became: MORE Echoes From the End Zone." In 2012, Lisa was crowned the "Biggest Fan of the Big East" in a blogging and social media contest, representing Notre Dame.
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