Maggie Speaks to Kick Off Miami Pep Rally

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.

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Shamrock Series Academic Conferences

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.

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Football Luncheon Tickets on Sale for Chicago Game

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.

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Michigan Pep Rally

Despite the rain showers this afternoon, the Michigan pep rally will remain outside at the Library Quad as planned. The pep rally is set for 6 p.m. Go Irish, Beat Michigan!

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Michigan Pep Rally

This week's pep rally will be held on the Library Quad in between Hesburgh Library and Notre Dame Stadium with Touchdown Jesus as the backdrop. Dick Vitale will emcee the pep rally with the 1977 National Championship team being honored. There will also be a special musical performance by Notre Dame grads, Santiago x the Natural. As always, head coach Brian Kelly and the rest of the Fighting Irish will be at Friday's pep rally along with the Notre Dame marching band, the Leprechaun and cheerleaders. The pep rally is free and open to the public.

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The 125 Year Celebration Interactive Photo

As part of the university’s season-long celebration of 125 Years of Notre Dame Football, a high-resolution 360-degree photo will be taken during the first quarter of the Sept. 22 Notre Dame-Michigan game at Notre Dame Stadium (7:30 pm EDT on NBC). The 125 Year Celebration Interactive Photo – Presented by South Bend Airport will allow fans to find and tag themselves, share with friends, win prizes and celebrate this historic milestone for Notre Dame Football. Early the week of Sept. 24, the interactive photo will be available at Fans can visit the website now to input their contact information to be emailed when the photo is posted. Since late August, has been dedicated to celebrating 125 Years of Notre Dame Football and 125 “Strong and True” moments (one per day) will continue to be posted on the site via digital media throughout the season.

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Purdue Pep Rally

Despite the threat of rain all day it looks like it will hold out a couple more hours. The Purdue pep rally is still scheduled for 6 p.m. on South Quad at Rockne Memorial. See everyone there! GO IRISH!

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Notre Dame Experience presented by Ford

An all-new, fanfest-style event, Notre Dame Experience presented by Ford, will be available Saturday to fans on campus attending the University of Notre Dame home football opener against Purdue and at all other Irish home football games in 2012. The Notre Dame Experience Presented by Ford will be held from 10 a.m. until 30 minutes prior to kickoff (3:40 p.m. EDT kickoff Saturday against Purdue) in the Joyce Center Fieldhouse. Admission is free and the event is designed for fans of all ages. The Notre Dame Experience presented by Ford is a newly-redesigned area created by National Pastime Sports for 2012. Through the use of engaging displays and décor, interactive experiences and theatrical production, the event site will be transformed into a theme park of Fighting Irish football. This unique environment will provide an epicenter of fun for all fans to enjoy. Activities for 2012 include: Sponsor displays and giveaways Autograph sessions presented each weekend by Sprint Former Irish stars Tony Rice and Reggie Brooks will be signing autographs on Sept. 8 Four different fully-interactive football challenges (all new this year) Obstacle Course Hail Mary Challenge Field Goal Challenge Quarterback Challenge Appearances by the Notre Dame cheerleaders and the Notre Dame Glee Club Food and drinks for purchase will be available.

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Best Parking on Game Day - Burke Golf Course

Are you headed to campus to watch the Fighting Irish during their 125th season? If so, Burke Golf Course is the best general parking on campus on game day. Burke offers fans a park-like setting for their tailgate. The abundant grass is the perfect place to play catch, while the trees provide the necessary shade during a sunny Notre Dame tailgate. New for the 2012 season, Burke will have full service bathrooms in the south lot. Parking is $40 per vehicle, cash only. Football game tickets must be shown for entrance to the parking areas on the course. The Burke Golf Course is limited to passenger cars. Recreational vehicles, large trucks, buses, motorcycles, and limos are not permitted. Parking opens at 8:00 a.m. and closes three hours after the end of the game. Please note that there is no shuttle service from the golf course. Directions Exit the Indiana Toll Road at Exit 77. Turn right (south) at the light at the end of the exit ramp (SR 933). Turn left (east) at Angela Blvd. Follow the directions of the parking attendants. Golf Course parking is also accessible from Dorr Rd. Campus Parking Map

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What's New for the 2012 Season

The game day team constantly strives to make Notre Dame football weekends the bench mark in fan experience. Every year we look to make the fan experience better than the last, and this year is no different. Below are the new additions for the 2012 season. Cell Phone Stations – On Football Fridays and Game Day Saturdays you will find cell phone stations located throughout campus to charge your phone. On Saturday, the cell phone stations will be moved into the stadium concourse for use during the game. Burke Parking Lot – The best general parking on campus, just got a little better! Full service bathrooms will be located in the Burke South lot. Guest Service Team – Two additional guest service team stations have been added to ensure that fans can easily find a friendly face to help answer questions. These members are wearing the trademark green blazers! Additionally, the guest service booths that are located outside the north tunnel on Friday and throughout the concourse on Saturday received a facelift. Make sure to stop by and say hello. Courtesy Cart Service – Additional golf carts have been added to the fleet for the popular courtesy cart service that is offered on Friday and Saturday. Given the closed-campus nature of the University, the courtesy cart service is the most efficient way to assist any guest looking to travel through the interior of campus. Mobile – A more fan-friendly mobile site has been created for fans accessing the site via cell phone. This allows all visitors to access the site en route to Notre Dame or while they are already on campus.

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Notre Dame: A Welcome Home to be Broadcast Live on YouTube

Notre Dame football's pep rally in Dublin, "Notre Dame: A Welcome Home":, will be broadcast live on YouTube for fans across the world to enjoy. It can be viewed through "RTE's YouTube": on Friday, August 31 at 9:30 p.m. local time in Ireland and 4:30 p.m. EST. This once-in-a-lifetime event will mix in elements of a typical Notre Dame pep rally with popular Irish performances and singers to create an amazing collaboration.

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Watch Notre Dame Men's Tennis in Dublin

The men’s tennis team will also be in Dublin this week as they play Ireland’s Davis Cup team on Friday at the Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club. This match will feature world ranked and former grand slam players. Singles action begins at 2pm followed by doubles. Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club is just a ten minute walk from Dublin’s city center and Aviva Stadium. General admission is $15 or $50 for a VIP ticket including VIP seating, food and drink. Click here to purchase tickets in advance

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Ireland in Transition: Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities

For all fans heading to Dublin for the Emerald Isle Classic, the Ireland in Transition: Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities academic conference would be a great addition to your itinerary. This roundtable discussion will focus on how a rapidly-changing contemporary Ireland fits into the wider world today and will discuss issues such as culture, the economy, politics, the Catholic church, and the European Union. Panelists include Declan Kiberd (Notre Dame), Elaine Byrne (Trinity College Dublin) and Fr. Michael Drumm (Irish Catholic Schools Partnership Trust) The moderators are Fr. Sean McGraw CSC (Notre Dame) and Kevin Whelan (Notre Dame) Held on Friday, August 31 in the examination hall of Trinity College Dublin, this event is at 3 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

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