CENTER HIGHLIGHT: Philbin in the Philbin!…and the Browning.




Last Friday afternoon DPAC guests had a nice surprise when the one and only Regis Philbin walked through the front doors! He gave a special talk in the Browning for FTT Students and a few unsuspecting Football Tour guests. He spoke of how he got his start in show business (He was a singer!) and told many stories from throughout his 50+ year career.

The students got to interact with him though a very entertaining Q & A session.






Following his talk, Regis went to his namesake venue (yes, The Phibin Studio Theatre!). Here he did an exclusive interview with ABC57 that aired later that evening.

Here is a link to the ABC57 piece:

Look quick and you’ll see Ashley (working hard, obviously!)


As you can tell Regis was in great spirits and was, well, very Regis-like! We hope he returns more often.


TIP OF THE WEEK: Scanners!


Many have noticed that the scanners have been problematic recently. Sometimes they’re working and sometimes they are doing the opposite!  Our IT guru Tony has been working on the system issues so hopefully things will clear up soon. One of the things we’ve encountered is trouble scanning the ticket due to the bar code itself. For this season we have incorporated a new ticket style and have noticed that the STUB bar code has been hard to scan. I know the ticket office has recently made it bigger, so that should help fix this problem. But if you are still having trouble scanning it, please try the middle bar code. If that works quickly then I’d say scan those for the rest of the shift. Please let a House Manager know that you were having the problem so we can have ticket office go back to the drawing board on the STUB bar code. And as always, please let us know if you are having any scanning problems and we’ll do our best to fix the situation. We will note the scanner number and the message errors that come up on the screen and relay them to Tony. Thank you for your patience as we continue to work out the kinks.

TIP OF THE WEEK: Popcorn Boxes



If you’ve worked a screening shift or have gone to a film you may have noticed something a little different about the popcorn boxes. Yes, they are smaller! Our distributor discontinued the regular box size that we have been getting. The only boxes they have in stock are the smaller ones. To accommodate our patrons, we have lowered the price to $1 per popcorn box. We are currently searching for another vendor that supplies the regular size box and when we get those in, as well as, go through our current stock of the smaller boxes, we will resume the $2 price.

As for the usher perk of one complimentary box per screening, we will also adjust to accommodate you. While we have these smaller boxes in stock, if you feel that the smaller size wouldn’t be enough, you can take two. Or you can take one box and get a refill if you’d like.

Please just keep in mind that cinema ushers partaking in complimentary popcorn and soda, when working a cinema shift, should wait until after the 10-minute late seating period.

Note* We probably got the smallest one in this picture! 

NEWSLETTER ARTICLE: RECAP: Ice Cream Social/ Evacuation Training/ Perks Cards and Vouchers


It was great seeing so many of you at the Ice Cream Social on Tuesday. Sorry you had to endure the wait to get ice cream, but doesn’t that just make the ice cream taste that much better? Look forward to not having ice cream again until next year! (Sure…)

IMG_7188To recap, it was nice to see all of you, as well as Anna and Ted. Big event! We got the Top 2! A few of our new student ushers made it. We look forward to getting to know them over the year. New employee Ryan Retartha stopped by. For those of you who weren’t there, he is the new Production Manager, replacing our old friend Doug.


Evacuation Training: We know Evacuation Training wasn’t the in depth seminar that the subject may require, but getting to see all the exits was the priority and hopefully that answered many questions you’d had about evacuating the building. All ushers who attended and the ushers who didn’t, please feel free to ask us any questions you may have regarding evacuation. A great time would be at any briefings before your shifts. As it is the subject of September training, the house managers will spend extra time in this month’s briefings to cover evacuation procedures.

Usher Recipe Books: A special thanks to Molly G. and Dan S. for getting the usher recipe books together. If you didn’t receive one please pick one up at your next shift. They will be in the Usher Locker Room. I will have tried all the dessert recipes by the end of the day.

DPAC Perks Cards / Vouchers: At the social we also handed out our DPAC Perks Cards for 2015-16 and Student Price Ticket Vouchers for Fall 2015. If you weren’t at the social, you can pick up the cards from a house manager during any of your shifts. If you’d like one sooner, please let us know and we’ll make arrangements.

TIP OF THE WEEK: ND vs Georgia Tech Game Day Mass


For anyone working this Mass next Saturday (9/19) please note that since this a post-game mass, ushers should arrive on campus during halftime of the football game, and for this reason require NO PASSES whatsoever for entry.  At this time, parking attendants will not be stopping vehicles entering campus.  From there, find any open space in the Stayer lot northeast of the center or the Bookstore lots (BK1). If a parking attendant would happen to stop you simply inform them of your role as a volunteer usher for the mass at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Please enter campus normally as you would to get to a regular shift. Eddy Street and Notre Dame Blvd entrances will be open.

Also note that because the building is locked to prevent crowds of people using our facility unattended, the north and south vestibules of the building will be checked at 5:00, 5:15, 5:30 and later, if needed, to let any ushers in.  If it’s raining (or snowing!) outside please know you CAN always access the vestibule of the center; it’s the INNER doors which remain locked.

CENTER HIGHLIGHT: A Conversation with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

sotomayor_thompson_300This week’s Conversation with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was a great success…almost too successful. If you weren’t there working, watching, or waiting you may have heard about the well-over a thousand people who showed up to get into the event.



It was a true blockbuster as the line snaked through both levels of the building, out the door, down to Eddy Street and around the block towards Angela Blvd.




















And I thought the Chipotle lines were long!

We unfortunately had to turn away hundreds, but those who attended had a great time. Justice Sotomayor even went into the Decio to talk to those watching the live stream and also those in the lobby watching on the monitors.






If you’re interested, here is the Notre Dame website article on the event: