TIP OF THE WEEK 1: Admitted Student Days!

Admitted Student Days are back! We had these here for the first time last year and since they were so successful, they’re here again. On these four weekends, the University has invited students that have been accepted to the incoming Freshman class, but who have not yet committed. Part of their time on campus is the presentation we have in the Leighton. We’ll have these events on Sundays starting March 25th and continuing April 8th, April 15th and April 22nd. We hope that after the undecided student’s stay here, they will realize that Notre Dame is the place for them. So please, ushers working these days, know that the majority of these guests will have never been in our building before and that we, as always, represent the University in the best possible way!

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TIP OF THE WEEK 2: Universal Advance Screenings!

This Saturday we’re having a Universal Advance Screening of the new film Blockers. Just a reminder for those ushers working this film, that your start time reflects being ready one hour prior to show start. We have ushers come in a little early for these shifts in case we need to tend to a long line of patrons ready to get tickets. Tickets are distributed one hour prior to show time. We never know just how popular these movies will be, but apparently, Blockers is very funny and might relate to the student population. We’ll see!

In addition, I need to mention that the student representative for this film was handing out flyers that give the date as Friday, March 24th, 2018. As this is not a real date and Friday IS March 23rd, this is incorrect info. Any ushers working Friday night please let any student looking to see Blockers know that it is indeed SATURDAY night: March 24th.

TIP OF THE WEEK 3: Sensory Friendly Screenings!

This Sunday’s screening of Queen of Katwe is being presented as a “sensory friendly” screening. This is to accommodate Logan Center patrons in attendance that may have sensory issues. In order for the screening to be sensory friendly, the theater will not be as dark as normal. The house lights will be dimmed, but not turned off. The sound will be turned down slightly. In addition, no concessions will be sold, as to minimize smells in the theater.

We have done this last year for the Logan Center with a screening of The Red Turtle. The screening may be different for us, but it is nice that we can offer patrons this experience.

TIP OF THE WEEK: Paid Visitor Parking On Weekdays

Many of you may have noticed that there is a Visitor Lot next to the construction for the new Walsh Architecture building. This lot has a pre-pay station, so the University is no longer offering free visitor parking on our side of campus during the weekdays. This doesn’t affect many of you, because there are very few weekday shifts, but we wanted to let you know about it so you’re prepared if you have a weekday shift.

All of the un-gated lots south of campus (Compton, Joyce Lot, Walsh Architecture Lot) have become paid visitor parking lots. The times required for paid visitor parking are: MondayFriday from 7:00 am – 4:00 pm. Outside of these times, parking is free.

The pay station is next to the construction for the new Walsh Architecture Building. It is in the lot marked: Visitor Lot. (Note that no ND hang tags are accepted here, so if you have the pleasure of having one, don’t park here!)

When you arrive to campus, if there is a spot available in the lot, you can park there. Then please go to the ticket machine and get your pre-paid ticket. The machine will ask you how much time you are staying. Here you would put in whatever your anticipated shift time is.

When it asks you to pre-pay, we have a special one-time code to use that will act as the payment. We will give this code to you prior to the shift. That way you won’t have to pay anything!

It is very important please to not give this code out to anyone. Also please let us know when you have used it and how much time you put in. The department is keeping track and need to know when a code is used. Note that the first hour is free, so if you’re stopping in quickly, you can get a one hour ticket (no code needed).

The machine will give you a ticket and please put this ticket face up on your driver’s side dashboard (so it can be seen by ND Parking). If there is room in this visitor lot, you may park here. If it is filled, take your ticket and car to any of these open lots: Walsh Architecture Lot (which is next to the Visitor Lot), Compton Lot or the Joyce Lot.

There you have it! For more info on this from ND Parking, please go here:

https://ndsp.nd.edu/parking-and-traffic/visitor-guest-parking/

TIP OF THE WEEK: Volunteers for O’Neill Hall

This week we were asked by the Department of Music if we had anyone who’d be interested in volunteering at the brand new O’Neill Hall. So thought we’d put this out there, as there may be several of you who are interested. (*Please note that DPAC is not involved with this volunteer program as O’Neill Hall and the Department of Music separate entities. Additionally, any hours worked there won’t count towards your DPAC hours.)

Because this is completely separate from our operations, the contact is Noelle Elliott. She is the Publicity and Concert Coordinator for O’Neill Hall. She can answer any questions you have, and she did provide us with a little information to pass along. The venues in O’Neill Hall have recitals on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at either 4 PM or 7 PM. Some weeks they will also have 12:00 PM concerts on Fridays. There will be training before your first shift. Most shifts would have a start time of 45 minutes before the performance. There is no set uniform, but they expect the volunteers to dress nicely and they will give you a name tag. Not sure how many ushers they’re looking for or how many performances they expect the ushers to work. Since they’re just getting started, they’ll work all of this out.

If you are interested, please send Noelle an email at nelliot2@nd.edu by the end of the month…or sooner as we’re not sure if she’s hiring first come-first serve. You’ve all already passed the Notre Dame background check, so you have a good chance!

 

TIP OF THE WEEK: ALDs in the Browning

It’s not often, but occasionally a patron will ask if they can use an Assistive Listening Device (ALD) in the Browning. ALDs help ADA patrons with hearing disabilities to better hear the performance. Since a patron, who is coming to The Shape of Water this weekend, has requested one, we thought it’d be a good time to go over it.

If a patron requests one, please let the student working the shift know and they will get it. If for some reason a student isn’t available, we keep the ALDs and headphones in the cabinet in the Coat Check window. As these devices are quite costly, we’ll have the patron sign out the ALD and we’ll take a form of ID from them and take down their seat number. At the end of the show the student will get the ALD back from the patron and return their ID.

In addition, for Browning screenings it’s very important to let the projectionist on duty know that a patron is using an ALD, because they have to turn on the transmitter. The controls for this are in the booth. The other venues that utilize ALDs are the Leighton, the Decio and the Philbin. In these venues the transmitter is usually already turned on.

To use these devices, first you press the Power button. While inside the venue you then press the channel button. This has to be done inside the venue so the device can connect to the sensor. It is important to avoid all obstructions and have a clear path to the sensor so the device has to be kept out and not in a jacket, a purse, or pocket. The patron can then use the dial to choose the desired volume. Many patrons who request these have used one before but it’s good to be familiar with the process in case any problems come up during the shift.

There you go!