Please wish our May babies a Happy B-day!

5/01 Megan S.

5/05 Barb S.

5/15 John Po.

5/17 Phyllis W.

5/20 Patrick S.

5/22 Joe H.

5/23 Lizzie K.

5/30 Dolores V.

5/30 Maureen K.


CENTER HIGHLIGHT: Arturo Sandoval in the House!

Legendary musician and Notre Dame Honorary Doctorate recipient Arturo Sandoval will be at the Center all week! Here’s a little bit about Mr. Sandoval:

An internationally acclaimed jazz and classical musician and composer, Sandoval has received ten Grammy Awards, six Billboard Awards and an Emmy Award and is a 2013 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, this nation’s highest civilian honor. Born in Cuba, Sandoval began playing the trumpet at age 12 and soon began to follow the music of jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie. His bands in Cuba received critical praise worldwide, and he was the nation’s outstanding instrumentalist from 1982 to 1990. He defected to the United States with his family in 1990 and was granted U.S. citizenship nine years later. He also is a renowned classical musician, and he has recorded and performed with everyone from Gillespie to Frank Sinatra, the Boston Pops to Justin Timberlake.

…and now he can add to the list of musicians he’s performed with: The Notre Dame Children’s Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band as well as many of our Sacred Music students. He is recording a Christmas album with all of these groups!

He will be in the Leighton on and off all week recording and will be on stage as a special guest of the Jazz Band on Tuesday night. We look forward to hosting Mr. Sandoval and look forward to that Christmas album later this year!

TIP OF THE WEEK: Radio Etiquette!




As we’re in our busiest time of the year, and there will be multiple shows going on simultaneously, thought it would be a good time to revisit radio protocol and etiquette!


  1. Select a headset and insert the end into the radio receiver.
  2. Turn the radio “on” by rotating the dial to an appropriate volume.
  3. Make sure the radio is on Channel 1.
  1. Announce yourself at the beginning of the shift: “This is [Your name] signing on radio”.
  1. Be clear and concise and only use the radio for information pertinent to the current performances.
  2. Start communication by pressing the headset button, hold it down for a second, and begin speaking by first stating “[Your name] to [the name of the person you are speaking to]” and then your message.
  3. Acknowledge you have been addressed by responding promptly. If you are unable to respond verbally, signify that you heard the message by clicking one time.
  4. Do not press the headset button while someone is talking on the radio, as it will cut off their communication.
  5. Only interrupt a conversation in progress if there is an emergency.
  6. Use appropriate language.
  7. Keep volume level low enough so that only you can hear radio conversations, especially when inside venues.  (Typically, volunteers should turn radios completely off once the performance has begun inside the Philbin, the Penote and the Reyes.)
  8. Relay appropriate information to volunteers that are not on radio.
  9. Make sure that when you sit down that you aren’t sitting on the headset button. It could be triggered on and everyone on radio will be hearing you…when you don’t want to be heard!
  10. Upon completing a shift, the usher should sign off by stating, “This is (usher’s name) signing off radio.”
  11. Turn radio power off and stow the radio on its same numbered charger. The charger’s light will be red if the radio has been properly docked.
  12. Remove the headset from the radio receiver, wrap the cord in a clockwise movement, and hang the headset in any open hook on the wall.

CENTER HIGHLIGHT: ND Day is back on April 23rd!

Last year you may remember DPAC taking part in Notre Dame Day, a fundraising event that helps raise money for the University and, more importantly, for DPAC!

The way it works is starting April 23rd at 6:42 PM you can donate $10 and you get 5 votes. You can use these votes to vote for any of the scores of campus groups participating, but ideally you place all 5 votes for DPAC, as the more votes we get, the bigger percentage we get of the $1,000,000 pool!

The Center’s theme this year is “DPAC Impact,” which several Notre Dame students speak about in a video series our Marketing Department has developed. They talk about how the Center has become their home, is a source of delight, and a place to think creatively. These videos will be up on our ND Day page when the campaign opens.

The Center has set a 500 vote goal to reach and your involvement and support are encouraged. Feel free to share our campaign page with any friends or family and they too can support us on April 23rd. We’re looking forward to ND Day helping many more people learn how much the Center does to support Notre Dame students and enrich campus life.

Here is the link to our ND Day page that will be active starting April 23rd at 6:42 PM:

CENTER HIGHLIGHT: What is NDSF- A Song in the Wilderness?

You may notice on the listing of events that the end of May has a Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival event. It will be the first NDSF event of the Summer! Here is a little bit about A Song in the Wilderness:


A Song in the Wilderness, written by Larry Gard, is a 45 minute long one-woman show that offers a dramatic exploration of the life and experiences of Gene Stratton-Porter. Born in 1863, Mrs. Stratton-Porter was an accomplished writer of fiction and non-fiction. She was also a celebrated nature photographer, and an early naturalist. At the height of her writing career, she sold 5,000 books per day and was the first American author to be translated into a foreign language. It is estimated that, during her lifetime, she had over 50 million readers. She was also one of the first women to form a movie production studio. A Song in the Wilderness was first produced in 1993 as part of the annual Performances in the Humanities program of the Indiana Humanities Council, and starred Marcia Quick Gard as Gene Stratton-Porter. The show toured Indiana under the same banner during the spring of each year, through 1997. It was also produced for a festival about women in science at the Science Museum of Virginia in 2002, featuring the same actress, for whom this production is dedicated. Marcia Quick Gard performed the role on tour in Indiana each year from 1993 to 1997.

You may ask what does this have to do with Shakespeare? It turns out that NDSF Artistic Director Grant Mudge is very familiar with the writer and the piece and felt it would be a great fit for our audiences to enjoy. So there you go!