VOLUNTEER HIGHLIGHT: Usher Linda DeCicco Has a New Book!

Just in time for the holidays, Linda has written a children’s book: The Front Porch Pumpkin Saves Christmas. It would be a welcome addition to any family’s Halloween AND Christmas book library! You can currently buy it on Amazon.com. So if you get a copy, I‘ll see what I can do to get you an autograph! Below is an article on Linda that appeared in the South Bend Tribune this week. Congrats to Linda and her family!

Mishawaka woman’s family helps her with illustrations for children’s book

By Kathy Borlik  December 2nd, 2018

Now is the perfect time to find the missing link between Halloween and Christmas. The link is a much-loved pumpkin sitting on Grandma’s porch. So, by Christmastime, it is a bit squishy and in need of attention. But don’t sell it short. It can do a lot. Magic can happen.

 “The Front Porch Pumpkin Saves Christmas” is the recently published children’s book by Linda DeCicco, of Mishawaka. The book is available on Amazon and was published through Amazon’s Createspace site.

 The charming book features artwork from Linda’s seven grandchildren, Satchel, Benjamin, Lila, Beckett, Harper, Luke and Hunter. She calls them the Magnificent Seven. More artwork comes from Linda, her daughters and her father.

 Linda is a retired teacher and journalist. She taught 17 years at Riley and Adams high schools. Before that, she worked 17 years at the Tribune as a writer, editor and copy editor. She retired from Adams in 2015.

 Linda’s dad was Mike DeCicco, the esteemed fencing coach at Notre Dame. He had five national championships and many other titles in his nearly 40 years of coaching. Linda grew up here and graduated from Marian High School and IU Bloomington. She married and had kids.

She said she has always had the writing bug. She rises early every morning to write before she gets on with the rest of the day. She compared it to doing the dishes every day or cleaning house. It is part of the daily routine. “My sister says when I get depressed, she knows I didn’t write that day,” Linda said.

 But, she cautioned, she hasn’t sacrificed everything to write. “I had family and a job.”

Linda won a Lilly Endowment grant to research her first novel, “The Fig and the Flower.” That turned into a trilogy. Her poetry and fiction have been published in literary magazines. She also wrote a history of Notre Dame’s Sophomore Literary Festival.

 As for the pumpkin tale, “I wrote it a few years ago. I played with it and the grandchildren loved it,” she said.

 “I wanted the grandchildren to have a copy of the story. I also wanted my dad to do the illustrations, but his health started to decline. (He died in 2013),” she said. Linda took a little time and found a way to create the book without finding an agent or publisher.

She found the Amazon site, worked with the program and got each grandchild to do an illustration, even Hunter, age 2.

 The lessons in the story are about hope, magic and cooperation, she said. Maybe a lot of magic.

Here is the link to the article:




Just a quick reminder as we finish up 2018 and head into 2019. If you’re on the floor and any building issues arise that need attention, please speak with a Student House Manager or House Manager and if it’s a screening, grab the Screening Student. There may be other DPAC employees and executives on the floor, but they are usually tending to their duties to clients, students or guests, so it’s best that the Guest Services students and House Mangers get the feedback, so we can handle it directly. There you have it. Thanks for listening!

VOLUNTEER HIGHLIGHT: December 2018 Birthdays!











December is here, so let’s send some happiness to our December b-days!

12/10 Mark K.

12/14 Joanne K.

12/15 Gary O.

12/23 Reynaldo H.

12/25 JoLynn B.

12/28 John B.

12/28 Julia M.

12/29 Katherine J.

*Also note as we get to the end of the year, if you haven’t seen your birthday come up please let us know and we’ll make sure we get your birthday in our system for 2019. Thanks!

TIP OF THE WEEK: DPAC Staff Transitions


Just wanted you all to know about a few personnel changes at DPAC that have occurred over recent months.


First up, this summer our long-time Operations/IT Program Manager Tony moved to the warmth of Arizona. His replacement- Tom C. has been with us for a few months. You may never see Tom, but he gets all of our events scheduled in the building. That’s a big part of what we do here!

Secondly, our Production Manager Ryan has moved across the street to work for the Stayer Center. In his place is trusted DPAC employee Brian! He just started this month as our new Production Manager (aka Stage Manager). The search for a new Assistant Production Manager is on!

Thirdly, in the cinema, our long-time part-time Cinema Projectionist Chris has moved on to a full-time job with the Notre Dame Law School. We will have new projectionist- Mark here picking up several screening shifts, so if you see him in the booth say “hello”!

Lastly, Ticket Office Manager Amy is back from maternity leave. Emma, who has been filling in for Amy, will stay on board for a while as there’s always work to do in the Ticket Office!

That is all, so congrats to Amy on her new baby boy! We welcome our new hires and wish the best to all of our former employees on their new adventures!


TIP OF THE WEEK: Upper Lobby Recycling












As part of our initiative to make DPAC more sustainable, we’ve made a small but necessary adjustment to the Upper Lobby. One of our Upper Lobby trash bins has been quietly marked “Recycling” for years and we wanted to make that more prominent. It has been moved to the middle pillar and on top of it is a sign detailing the University’s recently released recycling guidelines. We are working with DPAC Marketing to get the bin better labeled as well and we will see that shortly in place. So if you are working in the Cinema, please direct patrons to the recycling bin if they have items to recycle. Please take a moment to review the new guidelines. Thank you very much for helping with this!

CENTER HIGHLIGHT: FTT Presents The Imaginary Invalid


Starting this Wednesday November 14th and running through to Sunday November 18th, Notre Dame Film, Television, and Theatre presents a new adaptation of Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid. Some spots are available to ushers, so please sign up! Here is some info on this comedy:



Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid, adapted by Constance Congdon from a new translation by Notre Dame alumnus Dan Smith (’98), in the Patricia George Decio Theatre at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, November 14-18.

 Molière’s classic 17th century comedy – in which a determined hypochondriac, awash in medical bills, desperately tries to marry off his daughter to a doctor in order to acquire free medical care – might be easy to dismiss as “a piece of comfortable, picturesque museum theatre,” says director Carys Kresny. “But in Constance Congdon’s sparkling contemporary adaptation, Molière celebrates humanity, punctures dogma, defies shame, and lets us laugh at ourselves for simply being human.”

 “In today’s world, surrounded by never-ending debates about health care,” says FTT Director of Theatre Kevin Dreyer, “The Imaginary Invalid provides an outlandish solution. Our director and our costume designer, Richard E. Donnelly, have conspired to bring the same wacky, modern-day humor into the eclectic costume design.”

 FTT is pleased to welcome translator Dan Smith (’98) back to campus for the production. Currently Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies at Michigan State University, Smith is a dramaturg and theatre historian with research interests in 17th and 18th century French theatre, history of sexuality, and translation studies. He will meet with the cast and visit several classes in FTT and the Department of Romance Languages to speak about the process of translation.


TIP OF THE WEEK: Usher Vest Care

Since we now all have black vests (yay!), we want to go over some care tips to keep these vests in rotation for a while. If you received a new vest within this past year, most likely your vest is made of acrylic. While acrylic is known to pill (see old grey vests!) we were hesitant to get acrylic again, but the price was right! These new vests come with Pilbloc that is supposed to keep them from pilling, so we went for it. That being said, we don’t know this Pilbloc, we’re not sure we can trust this so called Pilbloc! We’ve noticed on a few that they are in the early stages of pilling. If this is the case, we have to make sure we’re taking the best care of them. If you are in the habit of taking your vest home to wash (and this goes for both cotton and acrylic vests), please wash the vests inside-out on “Gentle Cycle” or “Delicate” and on “Cold”. Then please air dry. This should help. Thanks!