Christmas Party 2013

Great food, flowers, and our center family came together Monday night for the annual staff Christmas party in the Philbin Studio Theatre. To show our volunteers and students how much we love them, we dialed it up a notch, filling the Philbin with decorations to spread good cheer and show our thanks. Enjoy the photos of the lovely evening!

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You're the STARS!

You’re the STARS!

Mmm...that's MY dinner

Mmm…that’s MY dinner

Ticket Office Students

Ticket Office Students

Tech Students

Tech Students

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Student Ushers

Student Ushers

Student Ushers

Student Ushers

Anna T saying grace

Anna T saying grace

Josh and Aaron look delighted to be here.

Josh and Aaron look delighted to be here.

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Our wonderful staff

Our wonderful staff

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Student Ushers

Student Ushers

Tip of the Week: Choral Terrace Ushers

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While ushering in different locations has many similarities, the choral terrace poses a few different challenges.  Ushers should be watching for patron photography, programs, feet, and coats over the railing, and any other disruptive behavior.  Since this weekend has a Glee Club concert, alumni are invited to sing onstage.  Any alumni seated in the choral terrace may access the stage using the backstage stairs.  However, when patrons exit the venue, they should not use this as a public exit; direct patrons back to doors E & F to exit.  Finally, it’s Christmas, and pretty Christmas lights are causing a slight view obstruction which the ticket purchaser will be told.

Glee Club Christmas Concert 2013

Nothing says Christmas like the festive music presented by our Notre Dame Glee Club.  As you know, our Glee Club performs four major concerts each year which include their fall, Christmas, spring, and Commencement concerts.  This Saturday, December 14th, the Glee Club will perform its annual Christmastime concerts with three back-to-back, typically sold-out, performances.

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Devoting an entire day to singing instead of studying just days before finals week for Notre Dame students is a sacrifice in and of itself for the Glee Club members.  However, their gift of music to the community is not their only sacrifice.  The annual Christmas concert benefits the South Bend Center for the Homeless and the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, two very worthy charities.  In the past few years, the Glee Club has raised over $9000 to donate to these two charities by donations collected in their Santa hats after each concert.  The more patrons in attendance, the more donations collected to help make Christmas brighter for those without a place to call home or food for their holiday dinners.  Just one more reason why we love the Glee Club!

jingleThis year’s musical selections will include classical choral music for the season along with arrangements of holiday folk songs, spirituals, and popular music.  If you happen to be a program usher, you’ll get to distribute the tiny holiday bells used for the most exciting part of the concert, Jingle Bells!  The Concert Hall starts ringing in the season where young and young at heart jingle all the way through this popular holiday tune!

We hope you can come and support our Notre Dame Glee Club.  Be sure to watch for our student ushers Nick Goldsmith, Alex Leslie, and Ryan Wiegand!

Deck the Halls!

With Thanksgiving over and Danú and Messiah launching the holidays off, the center had to get ready for the festive season. Our team got to work and finished our center Christmas tree ahead of schedule!

Those who ushered in the last week got to see a firsthand look at the tree now decking our lobby and everyone else got to see the final picture last week. However, it’s always fun to show our ushers the “backstage pass” and “the making of” things that happens in the center, so enjoy “The making of the center Christmas tree, 2013 edition.”

The ornaments and Christmas tree are delivered in very large cardboard boxes. We have to empty out the boxes and place them on the ground, taking over the center's main mezzanine for a day.

The ornaments and Christmas tree are delivered in very large cardboard boxes. We have to empty out the boxes and place them on the ground, taking over the center’s main mezzanine for a day.

Unlike other trees, the center Christmas tree must be built from the top down since it requires a lift and a ladder to install.

Unlike other trees, the center Christmas tree must be built from the top down since it requires a lift and a ladder to install.

If the angel is crooked...now you know who's at fault!

If the angel is crooked…now you know who’s at fault!

Alex, our facility manager, performed many "strand"ectomies to fix sick strands of Christmas lights.

Alex, our facility manager, performed many “strand”ectomies to fix sick strands of Christmas lights.

From branches to ornaments and garlands to lights, everyone has a job to do!

From branches to ornaments and garlands to lights, everyone has a job to do!

Our in-house graphic designer, Tadashi, takes a good hard look at the flow of the design of the tree.

Our in-house graphic designer, Tadashi, takes a good hard look at the flow of the design of the tree.

Almost finished!

Almost finished!

And there you have it! Check out the finished product in our lobby today! Many people may ask you to take pictures for them, just make sure that if you are scanning, you also serve our patrons who need to be scanned in!

What is TEDx UND?

tedtalksEver since December 2, the number one question we have been receiving from volunteer ushers is “What is TEDx UND?” UND is the easiest to explain, which represents University of Notre Dame, indicating that the “TEDx” event is happening on campus. To explain what TEDx, I first need to explain what TED and TEDtalks are.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to “Ideas worth spreading,” the TED slogan. It started as a 1984 conference bringing together people from three worlds”: Technology, Entertainment, Design. TEDtalks began as a simple attempt to share the talks that are shared at the two annual TED conferences. The conference topics include science, business, the arts, technology, and global issues facing our world.

As a part of TED’s mission to spread ideas, TED is allowing people around the world to create TEDx events, the “x” indicates that the event is like a franchise, globally known and independently owned. It gives communities the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at a local level.

With over 25,000 TED Talks online, cumulatively viewed tens-of-millions of times, these short presentations are designed to be “Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.”

The center’s marketing manager, Paul Van Ness, received the required license from TED to organize a TEDx Event at ND. Currently, we do not know who the speakers are, as they are being narrowed down from 100 applicants that wanted to talk about the 2014 theme: Connecting People to Knowledge.

tedxlogoThe TEDxUND event vision is as follows: TEDxUND strives to re-create the unique experience found at TED, where the world´s leaders, thinkers and doers congregate to share what they are most passionate about. At its core, the fundamental goal of TED and The University of Notre Dame is to foster and spur great ideas. We aim to provide a platform where the smartest thinkers, greatest visionaries, and most fascinating teachers will be inspired and will have the opportunity to inspire others. We hope that at our conference the diverse group of students, faculty, and alumni present will be able to learn from one another, both as speakers and attendees, and will leave the conference driven to creatively improve our collective future.

For more information on TED and its various outlets, visit www.TED.com.

Tip of the Week: Cold and Flu Season

canstock4753819Dear Miss Managers,

Since cold and flu season is upon us, is there anything you can suggest to keep your usher staff healthy?

In poor health,

Indie Sposed

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Dear Indie,

First and foremost, if you are sick, it’s best to send a sub request and find a replacement for your shift.  This will prevent sharing your germs with your fellow ushers and patrons.  Second, use the Clorox wipes provided in the usher locker room to wipe down your headset before wearing, preventing the spread of germs from the previous wearer.  Finally, be sure to sanitize your hands after you’ve worked a shift; you never know what a “sweep” of the venue could leave on your hands!

Healthy as ever,

Miss Managers