Hello everybody! Please take time to get acquainted with our 9 (!) new ushers. You may have seen these friendly faces on a shift already and you’ll be seeing more of them because they’re all doing such a great job! Here are some fun facts about each:
Hometown: South Bend
Occupation: Information Strategy Consultant, University Relations Department, University of Notre Dame
Hobbies: Pilates, yoga, bicycling, reading, cooking
Favorite Food: Fruit, especially local blueberries, cherries, and strawberries
Favorite Live Performance: Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Johnny and June Carter Cash, or Straight No Chaser
Favorite Artist: Yo-Yo Ma
Hometown: South Bend
Occupation: Lead Administrative Assistant, Enrollment Division, University of Notre Dame
Hobbies: Knitting, sewing, and reading
Favorite Food: Roast, mashed potatoes/gravy, carrots
Favorite Live Performance: Fiddler on the Roof
Favorite Artist: Harry Chapin
I’m married to Kevin (33 years), have two grown children (daughter and son), and expecting first grandchild (a girl) this month!
Hobbies: Research reading; distance walking; cooking
Favorite Food: Artichoke hearts and Strawberry Twizzlers (not together!)
Favorite Live Performance: Any Met performance
Favorite Artist: Placido Domingo
I’m excited to be part of the Notre Dame community!
Hometown: I grew up in Niles, Michigan and that’s where I live now. I have a B.S. degree in Secondary Education from IUSB.
Occupation: I retired from the Postal Service after 37 years of service. I was the first female union steward and also the first female mail handler at the South Bend office.
Favorite Food: Pizza, spaghetti, steak, Chinese. I can go a whole year without ever having any fruit so I made a New Year’s Resolution to eat 1 piece of fruit a day.
Favorite Live Performance: Cats is my favorite live performance because one of the main cats reminds me of a person I knew and also it changed the way I felt about not liking cats, thinking of them as evil bird killers, to loving them as pets.
Favorite Artist: My favorite artist is Charley Harper. I have 5 signed serigraphs.
Hometown: Born and grew up in Washington, D.C., but have lived in South Bend for 45 years
Occupation: South Bend Community School Corporation – Special Education Department – Budgets and Grants
Hobbies: Reading, Gardening, Grandchildren, outdoor exercise – walking and cross country skiing, – annual Grandma Camp
Favorite Food: I really like most everything and love to eat and cook so . . . impossible to pick up a favorite
Favorite Live Performance: Standouts have been: Kingston Trio as a teenager at an outdoor amphitheater, once traveled to several cities to see Mikhail Baryshnikov, Barbara Streisand’s “final concert” in the mid-60s at Soldier Field, Pavarotti at the United Center – not a great venue, but worth it, Cats at several venues, many local productions at every level, high school, Notre Dame, community theater.
I love making snow angels!
Hometown: South Bend, IN
Occupation: Retired teacher. I taught 38 years in the classroom in South Bend Schools and spent 5 years as a trainer and supervisor of tutors for the Fundations K-2 skills program in South Bend.
Hobbies: Reading, knitting, crocheting
Favorite Food: Pasta
Favorite Live Performance: Mamma Mia
Favorite Artist: Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes
I love to cook and bake!
Hometown: I was born in Robstown TX, grew up between Bowling Green and Toledo OH, but have lived in South Bend since 1967.
Occupation: I have worked a variety of jobs from white collar to blue collar to no collar, and currently work part-time as a limo driver.
Hobbies: I enjoy listening to and sometimes making music (sing, play a little guitar, compose a few songs). I like to stay abreast of all things politically progressive and be active in some of them. I also like to stay physically active.
Favorite Food: Mexican and I enjoy trying other international cuisine.
Favorite Performance: Hard to name a favorite performance, but the experience getting to hear Joan Baez way back in the 70’s was nothing short of awesome. An old folkie at heart, I especially treasure the musical contributions of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.
I may be old, but I try hard not to act my age!
Hometown: South Bend
Occupation: Administrative Assistant at the Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame
Hobbies: Hiking, gardening, reading
Favorite Food: Anything I don’t have to cook…and chocolate
Favorite Live Performance: In the Heights on Broadway
Favorite Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Hometown: 42 years in New Jersey, but now split between Jersey Shore (summers) and South Bend (Oct through April)
Occupation: Retired CPA with a couple of the big firms
Hobbies: None really in the traditional sense, but I guess I could say Notre Dame Athletics. I have season tickets to women’s basketball, and frequently at men’s basketball, and both teams lacrosse and soccer.
Favorite Food: My wife’s lasagna (in case she reads this). No, seriously, that’s really it.
Favorite Live Performance: Having lived in New Jersey all those years and working in Manhattan, we’ve been to maybe 50 -100 Broadway shows and at least as many local productions. But the best was seeing Sutton Foster and Joel Grey in Anything Goes a few years ago, two nights before she left the show to do TV.
Favorite Artist: The Dave Clark Five, Rod Stewart (but the later, Great American Songbook Rod Stewart; not the earlier, cheesy pseudo-rock Rod Stewart)