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Athletic Field Dedications, Oktoberfest to Highlight Notre Dame College Homecoming, Alumni Reunion 2013

Notre Dame College ceremonially will dedicate its two athletic fields─and honor the friends of the College whose donations helped make the on-campus facilities possible─as part of its Homecoming and Alumni Reunion Weekend 2013.

In addition to football and soccer(or German football) games on the new campus fields, the “There’s No Place Like Home” College-wide celebration Oct. 4-6 will feature an Old World Oktoberfest paying homage to the German ancestry of the College’s founders, the Sisters of Notre Dame. Other festivities include tours of the College Administration Building tower, a bonfire and two volleyball games, among other alumni and student activities.

Field Dedications, Fan Fest and Sporting Events

Homecoming games─which are at home on campus for the first time this year─Saturday, Oct. 5, will start with women’s soccer versus Concord University at 10 a.m. and men’s soccer versus Concord at noon. Both games will be played on Notre Dame’s new College Road athletic field. The Falcons then take on the University of Virginia’s College at Wise in an American football game. Kickoff is 2 p.m. at the new South Green Road facility.

At 11:45 a.m., prior to the men’s soccer game, the College Road playing surface will be christened formally as Normandy Field. Later that day, at 1:45 p.m., the facility on South Green Road will be designated officially as Mueller Field. Both ceremonies will include blessings of the new fields by College Chaplain the Rev. Edward E. Mehok, as well as recognition of the donors.

The fields’ names honor Normand Catering and its Executive Vice President and Director of Culinary Operations Sandy Carmigiano and his wife, Linda, and Cincinnati natives Herb and Ann Mueller. Normandy Catering recently gifted the College $2.1 million dollars, part of which helped fund the field on College Road. The Muellers, who have a grandson who plays football for Notre Dame, gave $1 million to build the athletic facility along South Green.

Also before the football game─during halftime of which Notre Dame will crown a student Homecoming queen and king─the College will host a Falcon Fan Fest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on its Quinlivan Circle. Attractions include: inflatable games, face painting, a photo booth and candy apple bar.

Notre Dame’s Homecoming this year will highlight volleyball, too. The College hosts Fairmount State at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, and Shepherd University at 7 p.m. Oct. 5. Both are in Murphy Gymnasium of the Keller Center.

Oktoberfest, Bonfire and Tower Tours

Homecoming and Alumni Reunion activities actually begin Oct. 4 with a celebration of the cultural and physical home of the College: an Oktoberfest at 5 p.m. on Notre Dame’s Quinlivan Circle and tours of the campus Administration Building tower at 7, 8 and 9 p.m.

The Oktoberfest will feature a bonfire, music, children’s games and special contests, along with beverages and traditional German fare recognizing the Coesfeld, Germany, genesis of the Sisters of Notre Dame.

Reservations are required for the dinner. Adult meals are $25 and include a choice of chicken paprikash, pierogis, bratwurst or stuffed cabbage. The Grosses Abendessen─which translates as big dinner─menu option, at $35 per adult, is available for those who want two of the four entrée offerings. Frankfurter dinners also will be available for children.

Books That Changed the World Preview

The festivities also will acknowledge an academic tradition at Notre Dame with a sneak peek of the College’s sixth annual “Books that Changed the World” seminar.

Notre Dame President Andrew P. Roth, Ph.D., and Sr. Eileen Quinlan, SND, Ph.D., professor of English and communication, will host a group discussion of Sarah Orne Jewett’s short story “The White Heron.” The scholars will reflect on how the story applies to the theme of Notre Dame’s “Books that Changed the World” interactive literature series this year, America: Tales of Time and Place.

Alumni Mass, Brunch, Reunions and More

The weekend continues with a tribute to the spiritual origins of Notre Dame through an alumni celebration Mass at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, in Christ the King Chapel. An alumni brunch follows at 11 a.m. in the Administration Building. And special reunions will be conducted at 2 p.m. for graduates of the Academic Support Center, in Regina Hall; adult and Weekend College (WECO) students, in the Administration Building foyer; education majors in the Performing Arts Center; and nursing majors in Regina Hall.

Other events honoring home throughout the weekend include a special “Memory Lane” display of College history on the first floor of the Administration Building and an opportunity for alumni to connect with the current occupants of their former residence hall rooms.

To request additional information about Notre Dame’s Homecoming and Alumni Reunion Weekend 2013, leave a message at 1.877.NDC.OHIO x6385.