SPECIAL EVENT: Wednesday 8/31 Ice Cream Social!

Ice-Cream-Cone-Wallpaper-ice-cream-6333735-1024-768I know, training isn’t enough time to see everyone’s smiling faces! Two all-usher events in one month?! Yes, we are sneaking in our Ice Cream Social on the last day of August. This will give us a chance to gather in a more informal setting before the rush of the new season begins. Also it is a way to meet the new student ushers as we’ve scheduled their arduous orientation training to be right after!

We’ve made a shift and signed everybody up. Please confirm if you can make it and remove yourself from the shift if you can’t.

Wednesday 8/31 6:00 PM Guest Services Ice Cream Social

Ice Cream is always fun, so we look forward to seeing you there!

AUGUST EVENT: Mandatory Summer Training

 

services_trainingYou’ll notice on the Listing of Events that we have a TENTATIVE date for the mandatory training and it is Tuesday August 9th from 5:45 PM- 9:00 PM. Right now it is tentative as we’re awaiting a definite confirmation from our NDSP representative, but we have a good idea that this will be the date. This should be confirmed by time we open shifts next Sunday.

In the meantime please check your schedules and save the date.

Again our training is going to focus on safety and emergency procedures and we stress that this is mandatory, as we want everyone to be as prepared as possible for an emergency situation during a shift. Please let us know if you have any conflict that would keep you from being able to make the training. Thanks!

SCREENING TITLE ADDED: June 29th Pre-College Summer Scholars Program Screening

MV5BOTc3NDE2NzYyOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTMwOTMxMjE@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,706,1000_AL_The movie playing this Wednesday in the Leighton for the Pre-College Summer Scholars Program is Poverty, Inc. The thought-provoking documentary will be followed by a panel discussion. Here’s a little synopsis (that I didn’t write):

The West has made itself the protagonist of development, giving rise to a multibillion-dollar poverty industry. From TOMS Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. food aid, this film challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could I be part of the problem?

 There you go! Find out if you’re part of the problem on Wednesday night!

The film is open to the public so if you’re not ushering feel free to come down and watch.

AUGUST EVENT: Mandatory Summer Training!

ClassroomYes it’s that time. As some of you remember every few years we do a mandatory refresher training for ushers. The last time was 2013 with “Camp DPAC”. I wasn’t here but it sounds like everyone went camping at the Center. I might be mistaken. Anyways, the periodic training helps you brush up on your ushering skills, gets us all on the same page and gives you time to ask us questions. So everyone benefits!

This time around we’re going to concentrate on Emergency and Evacuation Procedures. We can all agree that it is important to be prepared for a variety of different emergency situations and that this training is beneficial for both staff and ushers. We’ll be learning along with you!

Members of the Notre Dame Fire Department and Notre Dame Security Police will be on hand as well as the Center performance staff to run through various scenarios that can go wrong on a shift and how to deal with the emergencies as quickly and safely as we can. We plan to have ushers and staff stationed in multiple venues to best simulate an emergency scenario that could occur during a shift where performances in many venues are going at once.

We stress that this is mandatory, as we want everyone to be as prepared as possible if any incident were to happen during a shift. We are looking at an evening in early August to do this so we can get the training in before the 2016-2017 season kicks off. We’ll let you know soon what day we have booked as we are awaiting confirmation from the NDFD and NDSP representatives that will be joining us. Thanks!

TIP OF THE WEEK: ND Day!

300_nd_day_bottlecap_logoThis Sunday April 24th at 6:42 PM through Monday April 25th at 11:59 PM is Notre Dame Day! This is a large fundraising event for the University that they’ve been having for the last several years. During this time there will be a live broadcast from all over campus (including DPAC!) to celebrate and raise money. ND Day is exciting for us because some of the money is raised to support artistic and academic programming at the Center!

When people put in their donations, they get votes and can allocate their votes to whatever area of interest they choose. One of the most important “Areas of Interest” is, of course, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center! The more votes an Area of Interest gets, the more percentage of money from the $1,000,000 ND Day collection goes to that area.

The donation site is open currently (you don’t have to wait until Sunday!) and if you are interested in giving to the University please check out the website at:

https://notredameday.nd.edu/pages/notre-dame-day

More importantly, if you’re interested in helping the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center raise money, we’ll cut out the middle man and you can go to:

https://notredameday.nd.edu/campaigns/debartolo-performing-arts-center

You’ll see many names of our staff listed, as we’ve given $10.00 to each get 5 votes (and of course used all 5 votes for DeBartolo!). $10.00 is the minimum donation and it gets you 5 votes to use. (Tip- If you donate more money, you won’t get many more votes, so $10 is the ideal amount.)

I’ll give you some pointers on how to donate, as this site isn’t the most user-friendly.

When you go to the DeBartolo page (or the page of whatever Area of Interest you choose) and want to donate, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and click: “Donate Now”

Now that page brings you to a page where you can enter your payment information. After doing so you again click at the bottom: “Donate Now”

It gets a little confusing from here on because the way to donate has been changed since the DPAC staff made our donations earlier this week. I think the site probably got some complaints and made helpful changes. So please don’t quote me on any of these steps but it should help you get through the process.

It may ask you to choose your “Areas of Interest”. The Areas of Interest are all in alphabetical order, but there are hundreds of Areas of Interest! So, for example, to pick DeBartolo (of course if you choose that as your Area of Interest, don’t mean to twist your arm!):

  • Type “DEBARTOLO” in the “Search” window that is next to “Areas of Interest”.
  • Click the magnifying glass icon and “DeBartolo Performing Arts Center” will come up.
  • In that box click “Give & Vote” or whatever it says to get you to the voting page.

Now should be the time to enter your 5 votes

  • You use the “+” button to add your 5 votes to DeBartolo (if you’re going to vote for us, of course).
  • If you want to spread votes around it will give you the option to choose other Areas of Interest as well.
  • When done putting in your votes you can click the button at the bottom of the window and that puts your votes through. (Note- DON’T click the button that asks if you want your votes sent to random Areas of Interest, unless of course that’s what you want to do).

Simple! Ha!

Now please don’t feel obligated to do this because we all know that you give so much of your time and energy to us and the University already, but any help will always be appreciated! There you go! Thanks!

SPECIAL EVENTS: The winner of the Guest Services Usher Screening is….

….almost too close to call, but The Martian has at the last minute pulled ahead of the pack! Matt Damon has triumphed over all and will try to find his way back to Earth on Tuesday March 8th at 6:00 PM in the Browning Cinema!

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This year was the closest race in recent memory as 4 of our 5 nominees got substantial votes. As for the 5th, it looks like most of you chose not to walk in the woods with Nick Nolte.

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Probably a wise decision, though I hear the movie’s pretty good.

So now that you know we are showing The Martian, please confirm that you will be attending. If you can’t make it, or are upset that A Walk in the Woods wasn’t chosen, please remove yourself from the shift so we can get an accurate count of who’s coming. (This way we’ll know how much popcorn to make!) And as always our Guest Services Usher Screening is open to your significant others, so please feel free to bring them.