May 06, 2016
Due to the participation of Laetare Medal co-recipient Vice President Joe Biden, additional security measures will be in place at the University of Notre Dame’s 171st University Commencement Ceremony May 15 (Sunday) at Notre Dame Stadium.
The academic processional will begin at approximately 9 a.m., but guests are encouraged to arrive early due to expected delays as everyone will be required to pass through airport-style security checkpoints operated by U.S. Secret Service personnel. All attendees must have a ticket for admission. Guests can enter beginning at 7 a.m. through Gate A on the stadium’s northeast corner and Gate C on the south end.
Many common items will be prohibited at Commencement, including umbrellas; purses or bags larger than 12 by 12 by 12 inches; personal seatbacks; backpacks; signs or banners; unopened packages or gifts of any kind; containers of any type including bottles, cans or thermoses; coolers; grocery bags, tote bags, duffel bags and more. Strollers are permitted and will be subject to screening by U.S. Secret Service personnel, which may cause a delay in stadium entry. For a complete list of prohibited items, visit commencement.nd.edu/commencement-weekend/ceremony-tickets/prohibited-items/.
Attendees are encouraged to check carefully their belongings before entering the security checkpoint lines. Storage will not be provided for items prohibited for admission, meaning prohibited items must be discarded or returned to a personal vehicle. Water and other beverages will be available for purchase at stadium concession stands.
If severe weather is a concern, the decision to move the ceremony indoors will be announced by 10:30 p.m. May 14 (Saturday) to allow the Secret Service sufficient time to move security checkpoints to the Joyce Center. This decision will be broadly communicated via the NDAlert system, through local news outlets, email messages, online at commencement.nd.edu and on University social media accounts.
In the case of severe weather, graduating students will need their “graduate ticket” to enter the Joyce Center. Participating faculty will need their “faculty ticket,” and guests will be required to have a “severe weather” ticket. General admission tickets will not be honored if the ceremony is moved to the Joyce Center.
Courtesy of University of Notre Dame Media Relations
By Sue Lister
May 06, 2016
Selected in the first, second, third and fourth rounds of the 2016 NFL draft at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, IL, the last week of April 2016 will be memorable for seven former members of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team. With seven picks in the first four rounds, the 2016 Irish draft class matches the 1955, 1967, 1993 and 1994 draft classes for the most in school history at this elite stage.
Joining first round selections offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley (Baltimore Ravens) and Will Fuller (Houston Texans), linebacker Jaylon Smith, selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the 34th overall pick and center Nick Martin, selected by the Houston Texans with the 50th overall pick in the second round. Cornerback KeiVarae Russell, selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 74th overall pick and running back C.J. Prosise, selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the 90th overall pick in the third round and defensive tackle Sheldon Day selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round 103rd overall.
April 29, 2016
Mike Seamon, associate vice president for campus safety at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed the University’s first vice president for campus safety and event management, Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves announced Friday (April 29).
In the newly created position, Seamon will continue to lead Notre Dame Security Police, the Notre Dame Fire Department, the Risk Management and Safety Department and football Game Day Operations and emergency management, and he will take on oversight of the multiple components associated with event space on campus.
“From his days as a student at Notre Dame to roles with ever-increasing responsibility over the past 19 years, Mike has demonstrated superb organizational skills, an aptitude for anticipating challenges and the ability to work effectively with all members of the campus community,” Affleck-Graves said. “He is ideally suited to address what is a growing and critical need on campus, and I am pleased that he has accepted this new assignment.”
Said Seamon: “I am extremely grateful to Father John (Jenkins) and John Affleck-Graves for this opportunity to continue to serve the University in this new capacity. I’m excited and look forward to collaborating with the campus community, our alumni, guests and the broader region, particularly as the Campus Crossroads Project comes to life in 2017.”
Approximately 75 venues in 30 buildings are currently used for various events on campus, yet there is no centralized mechanism for booking, assigning space, coordinating setup, providing technology or other resources. The opening next year of several more such facilities in the Campus Crossroad Project surrounding Notre Dame Stadium will compound the problem.
Seamon has been charged with unifying the process associated with management of major events for all faculty, staff, students and outside groups that are planning and hosting conferences and other gatherings on campus. In addition, he will play an active role in the coordination of major institutional events, such as commencement, alumni reunion weekend, football game day operations, Junior Parents Weekend and University milestone celebrations.
A graduate of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in management and a master of business administration degree, Seamon has served at his alma mater since 1997 after previously working as director of sales and marketing for the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball.
Prior to his current position, Seamon was assistant vice president for university events, executive assistant to the executive vice president — for both Affleck-Graves and Rev. Timothy Scully, C.S.C. — and executive assistant to the vice president of finance and the vice president of business operations.
Seamon is a graduate of the South Bend/Mishawaka Leadership Program and has served as chair of the Logan Center’s Foundation Board of Trustees and on the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Club of St. Joseph County.
Courtesy of University of Notre Dame
By Dennis Brown