Country music due, Montgomery Gentry will be in town on the eve of the Wake Forest game as they headline the Ice Country Music Fest at the Compton Family Ice Arena on Friday, November 16. Edens Edge and Florida Georgia Line will also take the stage. Get your Ice Country Music Fest tickets at und.com/tickets or by calling (574) 631-7356. Tickets start at $39.50. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Times for several signature football weekend events have changed. Please take note. Pep Rally – Friday night’s pep rally has moved from 6 p.m. to 5 p.m., with gates opening at 4:45 p.m., at Purcell Pavilion. As always the pep rally is free and open to the public. Tunnel Tour – Due to the earlier pep rally, the tunnel tour on Friday will close at 4:30 p.m. It will open at it’s normally time of 10 a.m. Band Step Off – The marching band will step off 10 minutes earlier on Friday at 4:20 p.m. Men’s Basketball Exhibition Game – The men’s basketball game vs. Cardinal Stritch slated for 9 p.m. has been moved up to 8 p.m. Player Walk – Saturday’s player walk will start at 1:15 p.m., from the Gug rather than 1:30 p.m. Glee Club Pregame Concert – Due to the player walk starting earlier, the glee club concert will be from 12:30-1 p.m. on Library Quad.
Following a successful trip to the 2012 London Olympics, twelve Olympians that represented their country and Notre Dame will be honored during this weekend’s festivities. The Olympians brought back five medals from the Games, including Shannon Boxx with a gold in women’s soccer. On Friday, the Olympians will be honored during the pep rally that will be held in Purcell Pavilion at 5 p.m. Saturday morning, the Olympians will be available to meet and sign autographs at the the Notre Dame Fan Experience presented by Ford in the north dome of the Joyce Center from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Commemorative Notre Dame Olympians posters will be handed out during the autograph session. During Saturday’s game, the group will participate in the flag ceremony with Boxx as the official flag bearer. Returning Olympians: Natalie Achonwa – Canada, Basketball Shannon Boxx (gold medal) – USA, Soccer Candace Chapman (bronze medal) – Canada, Soccer Courtney Hurley (bronze medal, team epee) – USA, Fencing (Individual & Team Epee) Kelley Hurley (bronze medal) – USA, Fencing (Team Epee) Lee Kiefer – USA, Fencing (Individual & Team Foil) Gerek Meinhardt – USA, Fencing (Team Foil) Selim Nurudeen – Nigeria, 110-Meter High Hurdles Amanda Polk – USA, Rowing – Alternate Mary Saxer - USA, Pole Vault – Alternate Melissa Tancredi (bronze medal) – Canada , Soccer Mariel Zagunis – USA, Fencing (Individual Sabre) Not able to return: Molly Huddle – USA, 5,000 Meters
For fans heading to Norman to see the Fighting Irish take on the Sooners this weekend there are several events to take part in. The Notre Dame Club of Oklahoma City is hosting a pep rally, gameday Mass and tailgate. The pep rally will be on Friday at the great lawn of the Myriad Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City at 8 p.m. (CT) and is free and open to the public. On Saturday, Mass will be held at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Norman at 12 p.m. (CT) and is free and open to the public. Following mass, the tailgate will kickoff four hours prior to the game at 3 p.m. (CT). Tickets are $40 per person. Click here for complete information including how to register for the tailgate.
If you are in town this Friday seeing the undefeated and fifth-ranked Fighting Irish at the pep rally is a must. This week’s pep rally will be held in the Purcell Pavilion on Friday at 6 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Gates open at 5 p.m. The Notre Dame Marching Band, Leprechaun and cheerleaders will also be there to help cheer on the Irish.
In honor of breast cancer awareness month, the Notre Dame football team will be wearing pink adidas apparel during Saturday’s game against Stanford. Coach Kelly is also getting involved, his wife, Paqui, is a two-time cancer survivor and the couple founded the organization Kelly Cares, to fight back. The organization will be selling 15,000 Brian Kelly face masks for the game to raise money for the foundation. The masks will be available to purchase for $5. They’ll be sold at the football Friday luncheon on campus, the Eddy Street concert Friday night, O’Rourke’s Public House. Students will also sell the masks on campus before Saturday’s game. The undefeated and seventh ranked Irish host #17 Stanford at 3:30 p.m. at Notre Dame Stadium.
This weekend, forty members of the Brazilian youth band Meninos do Morumbi will be on campus. They will perform with the Notre Dame Marching Band during the Drummer’s Circle on Friday at Midnight, at the Marching Band Concert at Bond Mall on Saturday at 2 p.m., and culminate with a dual performance during halftime of the Notre Dame vs. Stanford game. All fans are encouraged to attend these events. The group, created by Flávio Pimenta in 1996, consists of adolescents from the city of São Paulo, Brazil, and provides an educational alternative to the drugs and juvenile delinquency prevalent in their city. The Meninos do Morumbi band has performed over 500 concerts in Brazil and in Europe, including a performance for the President of the United States. The Morumbi students have become increasingly popular by playing, dancing, and singing in diverse styles such as samba, maracatu, funk, and aguere among others. This is the second collaboration between Meninos Do Morumbi and the University of Notre Dame Band. In May 2011, 66 members of the Notre Dame Concert Band performed with the group in São Paulo as part of their 5-city concert tour of Brazil.
This week’s pep rally will be held in Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center at 6 p.m. on Friday, and will feature head coach Brian Kelly and the undefeated Fighting Irish along with the Notre Dame Marching Band, the Leprechaun and cheerleaders. Gates will open at 5 p.m., with seating available on a first come, first serve basis. As always, the pep rally is free and open to the public. For fans not able to make the pep rally, it will be streamed live on und.com.
Shortly after Notre Dame’s, 41-3, victory over Miami at Soldier Field in Chicago, College GameDay announced that the next stop on their road trip would be South Bend to cover the #7 Notre Dame vs. #17 Stanford game. Stanford also won on Saturday – 54-48 in overtime over Arizona. This is the first time GameDay has been to campus since 2005 for the Notre Dame vs. USC on October 15, 2005 and eighth time overall. College GameDay will air live at 9 a.m. ET on ESPNU and 10 a.m. on ESPN with host Chris Fowler, analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, and host/reporter Samantha Steele and Tom Rinaldi.
Make sure to head to Pritzker Pavilion early as local cover band, Maggie Speaks, will perform prior to the Miami pep rally starting at 5 p.m. Having shared the stage with names like Earth Wind and Fire, The Doobie Brothers and Jay Leno, among many others, Maggie Speaks is considered one of the hottest live bands in Chicago - and has been for 13 straight years and counting.
A tradition that is part of the Shamrock Series game is the academic conferences that are held in the host city. Four different academic conferences will be held in the Chicago, all of which are free and open to the public. Notre Dame Faculty in the Media Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and University Communications Thursday, October 4, 2-4 p.m., JW Marriott, Grand Ballroom B & C Get to know members of the Notre Dame faculty who have worked extensively with news media to share their expertise on a wide variety of important national and international topics. Panelists: Kevin Bowyer, Schubmehl-Prein Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Jessica Hellmann, Associate Director of Biological Sciences George Lopez, Hesburgh Professor of Peace Studies Mary Ellen O’Connell, Short Professor of Law Ann Tenbrunsel, Martin Professor of Business Ethics Moderator: Kate Sullivan ‘98, News Anchor, CBS Chicago Registration is requested. Register by clicking here. — International Development and U.S. Foreign Policy Co-sponsored by the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and the Initiative for Global Development Thursday, October 4, 5-7:30 p.m., JW Marriott, Grand Ballroom B & C Panelists: Professor Paul Collier, Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies at University of Oxford, UK. Sean Callahan, Executive Vice President, Overseas Operations at Catholic Relief Services Cocktail reception to follow. — The Economy Now: A Roundtable of Notre Dame Economics Hosted by the College of Arts and Letters. Friday, October 5, 10-11:30 a.m., JW Marriott, Lincoln Room Schedule 10:00 – 10:15 a.m. – Introduction by John McGreevy 10:15 – 11:00 a.m. – Faculty roundtable 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. – Audience questions Speakers: Timothy Fuerst, William & Dorothy O’Neill Professor of Economics Nelson Mark, Alfred C. DeCrane Jr. Professor of International Economics Eric Simms, Michael P. Grace II Assistant Professor of Economics Michael Pries, Associate Professor of Economics & Director of Graduate Studies Moderator: Christopher Waller, Professor, Senior VP & Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Continental Breakfast for attendees. Registration is requested. Register by clicking here. — Religion in the Public Square Hosted by the Office of Public Affairs and Communications Co-Sponsored by PNC Bank and the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy at the University of Notre Dame Friday, October 5, 2-4 p.m., JW Marriott, Lincoln Room_ Panelists include: David Campbell, Professor at Notre Dame Julie Cooper, Professor of Political Science at University of Chicago Michael D. McCurry, Former White House Press Secretary Gerald Seib, Washington Bureau Chief of The Wall Street Journal Moderator: David Shribman, Executive editor of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Click here for more information. Registration is requested. Register by clicking here.
Fans can purchase their tickets for the football luncheon that will be held at Navy Pier on Friday, October 5 in conjunction with this year’s Shamrock Series game. This year’s game will pit the Fighting Irish against the Miami Hurricanes at Solider Field in Chicago on Saturday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. CST. Tickets are $100 per person and are available to purchase online by clicking here or over the phone at (312) 922-4663. All proceeds benefit the Notre Dame Club of Chicago Scholarship Foundation. Featured guests include Head Coach Brian Kelly, University President Fr. John Jenkins C.S.C., Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick and former players Tony Rice and Pat Terrell. Doors open at 11 a.m. with a silent auction followed by the program at 12 p.m.