TIP OF THE WEEK: Summer Usher Outdoor Wear!

If you are working any of our outdoor events this summer, like this Thursday’s Jazz Ambassadors show, please feel free to dress a little more casually. The vest tends to get hot outside! Please feel free to wear a polo shirt or nice blouse with comfortable slacks (though not sweat pants!).

For those of you on the Rain Call for these shifts, if there is indeed weather that causes us to move into the Leighton, please plan on wearing the regular usher attire as the event would be indoors. This also goes for ushers who are on the regular shift. Since you are no longer working outdoors, the vest is back!

TIP OF THE WEEK 2: Summer Classics, now with Spanish Subtitles!

Just wanted to give you a heads-up that the Summer Classics screenings will all have Spanish subtitles at the bottom of the screen. The series is being co-sponsored by the local organization La Casa de Amistad. They have been reaching out to the Hispanic community and promoting the series. This series presents the opportunity for both English speaking patrons and Spanish speaking patrons to enjoy the films together at the Browning.

CENTER HIGHLIGHT: Mandatory Summer Training!

Just wanted to give you all a heads up that our Emergency Action Plan Training for the year is coming up soon. As it is very important to keep all of us, both staff and ushers, up to date on procedures and prepared for a variety of different emergency situations, we are going to be having this training every summer. (New ushers who received this training in the spring, we request that you attend as well.)

Like last year, we plan for members of the Notre Dame Fire Department and Notre Dame Security Police to be on hand 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 will station ushers in all the available venues and run evacuation drills.

We stress that this again 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 2017-2018 season kicks off. We will let you know soon what day we have booked, as we are determining which day works best in the Center’s schedule.

You all did a terrific job at our previous training and we look forward to your participation again. Thanks!

CENTER HIGHLIGHT: Presenting Series!

The Presenting Series official landing page: performingarts.nd.edu/newseason is now up on the DPAC website. Please take a look to see what great programming we’re offering in the coming season and how we are getting our patrons excited for it. For a little insight into DPAC’s marketing strategy for the 2017-18 season, here is what our Marketing Department has to say about it:

We’re entering this next phase of the season launch timeline by providing insight into our new curatorial direction as well as describing the season’s artists, offering season ticket options, and inviting individuals to connect with us and our vision. The launch will culminate with our special event on July 22 where our guests will have the opportunity to connect with these ideas and embrace our purpose in a rich, rewarding way. Guests will receive their season book at the event while those not in attendance will receive their book via mail.

Marketing is developing the Presenting Series new campaign platform around “Come and See What’s Next.”

“Come and see” is the phrase used by the C.S.C. and other orders for those discerning a call to the priesthood, which is not only appropriate for Notre Dame’s 175th anniversary year but also is central to the University’s Catholic mission (also indicated subtly by the + in our brand) and the center’s alignment with that mission. It is also a colloquial phrase, one of invitation and a warm reception. 

Finally, “What’s Next” builds on the previous platform, “The Start of Something Big,” which supported current programming as offering significant artists to our audiences/community while presaging the new directions and ideas coming in the center’s next decade. 

We are truly moving on to what’s next in Presenting Series programming and the center’s future under new executive and programming leadership.

There you go! We’re super-excited about this season and hope you will be too!

CENTER HIGHLIGHT 2: Summer Classics 2017!


You may have noticed that the film titles in July are all really good, some would say “classic” films. That’s because they are the Summer Classics! Wednesdays in the Browning will be home to some of the greatest films of all time, the way they were meant to be seen: on the big screen!


Here is our current schedule for the summer:

July 5thThe Wizard of Oz

July 12thRear Window

July 19th2001: A Space Odyssey

July 26thChinatown

August 2ndE.T.: The Extra Terrestrial

August 9thBig

CENTER HIGHLIGHT: The 2017 Usher Recognition Ceremony and Dinner

It was great to see so many of you this past Tuesday night. Thanks to all who could make it out. We had some fun! Let’s recap for those who couldn’t make it:

First up we had dinner with our chicken and potluck combo. Thanks to everyone for the delicious side dishes!

After dinner we shared our favorite events of the past year. As always, the usher favorites are vast and it’s a great testament to the Center that we can provide such a multitude of great performances!

The most popular were Shakespeare Fest’s pinnacle The Tempest and National Theatre Live’s War Horse. In addition to these, many of you were most impressed with a pair of performances the students gave: FTT’s – I and You and Opera ND’s The Magic Flute. It’s great to see that our students here at Notre Dame can put on productions that compare with the pros.

Music performances mentioned were Todd Rundgren, the Art of Time Ensemble’s performance of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Eileen Ivers, Venice Baroque Orchestra with Nicola Benedetti, Nathan and Julie Gunn and the Kronos Quartet with Wu Man. Drama was represented by L.A. Theatre Works- Judgement at Nuremberg. Dance was represented by Momix and Ballet Hispanico. Plus, kudos to more student performances: Glee Club Christmas, the ND Jazz Band, and even a student organ recital got a mention!

Our Browning programming was represented by the MET Operas, National Theatre Live, The Jewish Film Festival with films Fanny’s Journey and In Search of Israeli Cuisine getting special mention, and individual films such as Moonlight, Get Out, Kubo and the Two Strings, Last Men in Aleppo, Julieta and Silence.

Also mentioned were yearly events Fischoff, Alumni Reunion- Laughing Irish, and (of course) Game Day Masses. Alumni Association Leadership Conference Keynote Speaker: Digger O’Brien received notice as well. Finally, a tour one of our docents gave to high school singers was also a highlight, as she witnessed the joy and awe the students had when they heard their voices fill our Leighton Concert Hall!

There was such a diverse array of performances that even special mention was given to “any shift Don was working!”

Then we commenced the awards part of the evening. This year we bested last year and we gave out the most pins yet! Congratulations again go out to our ushers who were recognized for their hours of service:






500 Hours:

 Anita B.

JoLynn B.

Kathy D.

Katherine J.

Leo L.

Phyllis L.

Elaine T.







750 Hours:

 Rosalina A.

Maureen K.

Phyllis W.







1000 Hours:

 Pat H.

Diane H.

John L.

Mary Beth M.

Mary M.

Germana N.

John P.

Barb S.







1250 Hours:

 Art C.

Diane H.

Pete S.

Stephen W.


And for the first time, we have ushers that have passed 2000 Hours!


Marilyn wearing the “Molly 2000 Pin”









Special thanks to these ushers for their many years, hours and their continued support and dedication to DPAC:

Molly G.

Mark K.

Jule P.

Marilyn W.

If you weren’t at the ceremony and are one of this year’s pin earners, congrats to you! Please ask a house manager on your next shift and we’ll gladly give you your pin.

 Thanks again to all of you for a great year and for your time and commitment to the Center! We look forward to many, many more with you all!

TIP OF THE WEEK: Rain Calls!

This Summer we will be having a few events outdoors. Each of these events will have a “Rain Call”, in case it rains! Ushers who sign up for these Rain Call shifts will be “on call” for that day. We will contact you by 3:30 PM the day of the event to let you know if we will need you for the evening. If we are expecting rain, we’ll have you come on down as the event will take place in one of our venues instead. The ushers who are signed up for the regular shift for the event will still remain on the event (just they will have to work indoors, as opposed to outdoors!) For any usher who is on a Rain Call shift, you will get ONE hour added to your total yearly hours if the weather is nice and we don’t need your service. There you go! Feel free to test it out in July as there is a Rain Call for July 6th!