Commencement 2020: News

first_imgDiane Park Take a trip down memory lane with a look back at not only the 2019-2020 campus news but also the noteworthy moments from the last four years. Journey through the past, present and future of the tri-campus’ graduating class through our commencement news coverage.Year in Review: 2019-20202016-2020: Four years in review2020 valedictorian reflects on faith, community at Notre DameSaint Mary’s valedictorians reflect on college tenureHoly Cross valedictorian emphasizes community, resilienceUniversity salutatorian reflects on time at Notre Dame, hopes to inspire othersForty-three Notre Dame students awarded fellowships in graduating classCollege Alumnae Association awards 2020 Outstanding Senior AwardSenior ROTC students to receive commissions virtuallyCollege honors six seniors with service awardsStudent Affairs names 8 ND student award recipientsNotre Dame seniors look ahead to post-graduation plansSeniors entering religious life discuss discernment and ‘the call’Boyle, McGuire reflect on ‘unpredictable’ year in officeOutgoing SGA president, vice president reflect on termSeniors continue to serve post graduation despite pandemicSaint Mary’s seniors share highlights of collegiate experiencesTags: Class of 2020, commencement 2020, Four Years in Review, year in reviewlast_img read more

Rohr’s and Legends to accept Flex Points, Grubhub orders

first_imgLegends of Notre Dame and the newly renovated Rohr’s at the Morris Inn are now accepting flex points as valid payment for orders at both locations. Both restaurants made their respective decisions before the start of the school year with the hopes that it would usher in more student engagement. Jessica Reno, the director of food and beverage at the Morris Inn and Notre Dame Conference Center, met with student ambassadors shortly after joining the University to discuss the possibility of accepting flex points.“[The student ambassadors] pretty resoundingly said that it was the issue and would be a huge benefit to the students and to Rohr’s,” Reno said. “So I immediately started digging at that point and found out that it was feasible, and so we moved forward.”For Rohr’s, which opened on July 27 following renovations, the switch to accept flex points comes during an effort to reimagine itself. The Morris Inn previously contained two restaurants, Rohr’s and Sorin’s. However, Sorin’s closed last November and was annexed by Rohr’s. Ryan Peters Legends of Notre Dame has recently begun accepting Flex Points.Reno said that the restaurant’s goal was to “reopen ourselves in a way that was fun and engaging.” The restaurant implemented the Grubhub system ahead of the beginning of the semester, which has led to an increase in student orders. Combined with more outdoor seating, the switch to accept flex points has provided Rohr’s with more opportunities to serve their customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. “It was definitely a great time to capitalize on what we have here,” Reno said. “It’s such a draw in more metropolitan dining areas to have an outside dining spot, and so for all these students coming to South Bend from all over the country, these are the kinds of things they’re looking for.” Legends, the restaurant located just 100 yards south of Notre Dame Stadium, also decided to accept flex points ahead of the start of the semester. Kat Lyvers, the general manager at Legends, stated that the decision was an attempt to draw in more student business. “Traditionally, students have not been a huge part of our guest pool,” Lyvers said. “We don’t often see them in the restaurant, so we just wanted to try to reach out.”Decorated with Notre Dame sports memorabilia, Legends has operated as a full-service restaurant known for pub food since 2003. However, following the adoption of Grubhub and flex points, Lyvers has already noticed a boost in student engagement. “[Grubhub] has definitely enabled us to reach out to the students,” she said. “I think we’ve definitely gained some new fans and that’s what we were hoping to accomplish.”As restaurants have had to adapt to limited dine-in availability during the pandemic, Lyvers said that she is pleased with the timing at which Legends decided to accept flex points and implement the on-campus Grubhub program.“I think if there is even a remote silver lining to this, it’s that we made these decisions in the timing that we did, so that we are able to still serve the students and be open in some capacity,” she said. Both restaurants plan to continue these changes to their ordering and payment systems in the future.“My intention is [to accept flex points] from here on out, forevermore,” Lyvers said. “So that we can continue to build the student base and that it’s not a question anymore.”Tags: flex points, Legends, Rohr’s, University of Notre Damelast_img read more

Local Group Hosting Online Raffle

first_imgSubmitted image.FALCONER – A local organization dedicated to providing children with special needs the opportunity to participate in sporting events is holding an online raffle this week.Exceptional Stars Athletics founder Rich Bianco says all proceeds benefit the program’s works.A hand-crafted wooded American flag made by Jacob Youngberg, a round USA flag wall hanging made by Ginger Hitchcock, two 25 oz. tumblers made by Kylee Lindahl of Kylee’s Kreations, and a $40 gift certificate to Hippie Stitches run by Ashley Thierfeldt are available.Furthermore, Julie Freling, a Dunkirk School 7 teacher, donated a set of four long-stem wine glasses with the Buffalo Bills logo and a Bills tie-dye t-shirt. “We got all of these items from local people running super successful side gigs,” said Bianco. “They’re awesome, we’re supporting local small business in order to help raise funds for our group.”Bianco says the raffle will run through Wednesday with a randomized drawing to determine prize winners.Chances are available as follows:1 chance for $55 chances for $2015 chances for $4025 chances for $50Donations can be sent via PayPal to, or Venmo @Exceptional-Stars-1. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Adam Driver to Explore the Dark Side of the Force as Star Wars’ New Darth Vader

first_img Driver is best known as Adam from HBO’s ground-breaking series Girls. He also appeared in the films Lincoln, Gayby and J. Edgar. He appeared on the New York stage in Man and Boy, Angels in America, Look Back in Anger and Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Main Stem vet Adam Driver is in negotiations to appear as a Darth Vader type villain in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. According to The Hollywood Reporter the Girls star may have beaten out both Michael Fassbender and Joel Kinnaman for the gig. The movie is scheduled to begin shooting in London this spring, although there’s Jedi training to be done before then. It’s thought that original stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will return, but as Yoda would put it, it’s difficult to see. Always in motion is the future. Especially when the notoriously secretive Abrams is in charge.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

The Velocity of Autumn Will Close On Broadway

first_img The Velocity of Autumn The Velocity of Autumn premiered at Boise Contemporary Theatre in Idaho in 2011 before having a sold-out run at Washington D.C.’s Arena Stage this past September. View Comments A bittersweet day for the Broadway production of The Velocity of Autumn, starring Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella. After garnering a Tony nod for Parsons April 29, the show announced it will play its final performance on May 4 at the Booth Theatre. The play, directed by Molly Smith, will have run for 22 preview performances and 16 regular performances at the time of closing. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 4, 2014 Estelle Parsons Related Shows Written by Eric Colbe, The Velocity of Autumn tells the story of Alexandra (Parsons), a 79-year-old artist in a showdown with her family over where she’ll spend her remaining years. Alexandra has barricaded herself in her Brooklyn Brownstone with enough Molotov cocktails to take out the block, but when her estranged son Chris (Spinella) crawls through her second-floor window, he becomes the family’s unlikely mediator. Star Fileslast_img read more

Lady Day, Starring Audra McDonald, Extends on Broadway

first_img Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill features 18 musical numbers, including “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness” and “God Bless the Child.” Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 View Comments Directed by Lonny Price, the play by Lanie Robertson tells the life story of the legendary jazz singer through the songs that made her famous. Set in 1959, in an intimate bar in Philadelphia, Holiday (McDonald) puts on a show that, unbeknownst to the audience, will leave them witness to one of the last performances of her lifetime. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill You’ve now got even longer to see Audra McDonald’s Tony-winning performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. The new production has once again extended its limited Broadway run, and will now play through August 31 at Circle in the Square Theatre. The play with music, starring the six-time Tony winner, officially opened on April 13. The River, starring Hugh Jackman, begins performances in the venue on October 31. Audra McDonald Related Showslast_img read more

Found, Starring Nick Blaemire & Barrett Wilbert Weed, Opens Off-Broadway

first_img Found The world premiere of Found officially opens on October 14 at the Linda Gross Theater off-Broadway. Starring Nick Blaemire, Barrett Wilbert Weed, Daniel Everidge, Betsy Morgan and Danny Pudi, the new musical features a book by Hunter Bell and Lee Overtree and a score by Eli Bolin. The Atlantic Theater Company production will run through November 9. Additional cast members include Christina Anthony, Andrew Call, Orville Mendoza, Molly Pope and Sandy Rustin. Directed by Overtree, the tuner is based on the Found books and magazines by Davy Rothbart. It explores the surprising and eccentric discarded notes and letters that have been found in the real world by everyday people. The show follows Davy (Blaemire) and his two best friends who find themselves on a wild, comedic journey after he finds a revealing note on his windshield meant for someone else. View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 9, 2014last_img read more

Stomp Cancels Thursday Performance

first_img View Comments Following the explosion and fire in the East Village, the off-Broadway production of Stomp has canceled the March 26 performance. The long-running show performs at the Orpheum Theatre, which sits across the street from the site of the collapse on 2nd Avenue.Stomp is an energetic revue in which matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans and more are transformed into percussion instruments. The daily objects weave together a performance featuring dance, music and improvisation.The cast of Stomp currently features Jesse Armerding, Alan Asuncion, Marivaldo dos Santos, Dustin Elsea, Fritzlyn Hector, Brad Holland, Aaron Marcellus, Jason Mills, Manny Osoria, Krystal Renée, Indigo Smith and Carlos Thomas.last_img

Watch Josh Groban & Sierra Boggess Sing Phantom’s ‘All I Ask of You’

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 19, 2015 Star Files View Comments Related Shows Josh Grobancenter_img Sierra Boggess Josh Groban, all we ask of you is that you stop teasing us and come to the Great White Way already! The crooner, who will perform at this weekend’s Tony Awards, has been busy promoting his theater-centric album Stages. After duetting with Kelly Clarkson and Lena Hall on the The Phantom of the Opera’s “All I Ask of You,” now he’s only gone and sung the track with our favorite Christine, Sierra Boggess, at a recent event, below. That’s right! The three-time Audience Choice Award-winning, It Shoulda Been You-starring Boggess. Groban, get yourself to Broadway, stat! A Very Special Evening With Josh Grobanlast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Barbra Streisand Eyes John Travolta for Gypsy & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. John Travolta for Gypsy?John Travolta has revealed that fellow entertainment icon Barbra Streisand wants him in the remake of Gypsy…and that Lady Gaga’s name is still in the frame! “I think she always visualized Gaga as Louise and maybe me as Herbie,” Travolta told EXTRA. Last we heard about Streisand’s long-gestating film project was that Universal Pictures had hired Oscar-nominated screenwriter Richard LaGravenese to pen the musical adaptation. Here’s hoping it truly is Rose’s turn (again) sometime soon!Obama Will Return to HamiltonPresident Obama is going back to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton! The cast will perform an extra show for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser on November 2 attended by the President and the First Lady. Of course, the Obamas were in the original room where it happened back in 2009, when Miranda performed part of an early incarnation of the musical at the White House.Mary Poppins Team to Take on WillowsFollowing in the footsteps of the successful Royal Opera House production of The Wind in the Willows, School of Rock’s Julian Fellowes will turn his talents to a new musical theater adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic. Co-created by Fellowes’ Mary Poppins collaborators George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the production will open in the U.K.’s Plymouth in the fall of 2016 before heading to London’s West End. Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, with design by Peter McKintosh and lighting design by Howard Harrison, this incarnation of the wild tale about the thrill-seeking, lovable menace Mr. Toad, will feature a company of over fifty. We say, “poop-poop!”Laura Osnes & Corey Cott Head to BirdlandBroadway faves Laura Osnes and Corey Cott have been tapped to be the inaugural guests for the new theater-based live talk show, Show Biz After Hours With Frank DiLella, at Birdland. The talented pair will discuss their latest project, The Bandstand, with NY1 theater journalist DiLella at the Big Apple hotspot on October 26. The Bandstand is scheduled to run through November 8 at Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey.Miscast Will Pay Tribute to Marisa TomeiMarisa Tomei is set to be honored at MCC Theater’s annual Miscast gala on April 4, 2016 at The Hammerstein Ballroom. The actress won an Oscar for My Cousin Vinny and will next be seen on Empire; she most recently appeared on Broadway in The Realistic Joneses, and performed at MCC in their inaugural season production of Alan Bowne’s Beirut. The all-star lineup of performers for Miscast, where big Main Stem names perform songs from roles in which they would never be cast, will be announced later. However, just because it’s Friday and well, why not, we’ll leave you with Jeremy Jordan and Jonathan Groff screlting (can men screlt?!) “Let Me Star” at the event back in 2013. Have a great weekend!last_img read more