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From the famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign shining green, to alumni and friends in volunteer service, to a pre-game mass, to plenty of blue, gold and green attire on the Strip, members of the expanded University of Notre Dame family made their presence known last weekend in “the entertainment capital of the world.”
Ahead of Saturday’s Shamrock Series football match between Notre Dame and BYU – which the Irish won, 28-20 – the University hosted a wide range of events for Fighting Irish loyalists to attend between other sights and city sounds.
Hundreds of fans from across the country joined Notre Dame Alumni Association Executive Director and Associate Vice President Dolly Duffy and the Notre Dame Elf Thursday night on Las Vegas Boulevard South to light the iconic welcome sign which has welcomed visitors to the city since 1959.
Also Thursday, Santiago Schnell, the Dean of the College of Science’s William K. Warren Foundation, gave a TED-style talk at the university’s headquarters, the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, about how mathematicians developed algorithms. to reduce the advantage of bookmakers and make a 200% return on sports betting.
Notre Dame professors Katherine Walden and Christine Becker presented a Friday morning session on the iconography and visual dimensions of the football program’s Shamrock series.
Becker, an associate professor of film, television and drama, focused on the video production associated with the game, which she says has helped traditionalists among alumni appreciate some of the changes – such as special uniforms – who have been part of the series.
Walden, teaching assistant professor of American Studies, added, “A uniform is not just a uniform. It represents power, structure and identity.
The two professors spoke about the evolution of the show’s branding and the growing use of social media as a primary communication channel.
Walden and Becker are among a dozen professors in Notre Dame’s new minor in sports, media and culture.
Later Friday, Notre Dame faculty and staff from the IDEA Center joined their BYU counterparts to host the Innovation Rally/Startup Showcase, which included four startups from Notre Dame and three from BYU showcasing their plans. businesses and their innovations to a panel of judges. , potential investors, entrepreneurs and graduates. The top prize of $3,000 was split between Drone Response, a fledgling company developing drones to help save, protect and preserve the environment and human life, and ATCS, which developed a lightweight, collapsible ballistic protective barrier which can protect victims as well as law enforcement and other first responders from active shooters.
Drone Response will be featured in one of the University’s “What Would You Fight For” spots on NBC during the Notre Dame-Boston College football game on Nov. 19.
Throughout Friday afternoon, 75 alumni, fans, staff and friends joined the Notre Dame Alumni Association to support Catholic charities in Southern Nevada. Volunteers spent two hours packing 2,500 care kits for the elderly and 1,000 breakfast kits for families, as well as painting and planting light landscaping.
To put a fitting conclusion to the University’s pre-game activities, Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC, served as celebrant and homilist Saturday morning during a Mass at the Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer.
Launched in 2009, the Shamrock series has brought the home football experience to cities across the country. Each of the 11 iterations across eight cities has included many activities fans would normally find at a home football weekend, including academic, religious, cultural, musical and other events, as well as pageantry and l action associated with the game itself.