What a year we've had at ND, shared with family and friends


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Mark Telloyan Garth Brooks Concert Mpt Tat 18 10 20 Ei5Terri and Mark Telloyan bundled up for the Garth Brooks concert. Mark is an adjunct instructor in bankruptcy in the Notre Dame Law School.

When your workplace is also where you play, you might work at the University of Notre Dame. 

Mandy Crowley S Son Tj WebMandy Crowley's son TJ, 7, enjoyed his front row seat at the Garth Brooks concert.

Building services supervisor Rigoberto Flores took the day off this Friday to spend the evening at Notre Dame with his family. He’s going to the Liverpool F.C. vs. Borussia Dortmund preseason match in the stadium. It’s the fourth “never-before” event in a year to be held here.

“To share this experience with my kids, wife and cousins will be very special,” Flores says. 

Mandy Crowley enjoyed special family time at the Garth Brooks concert last fall. 

“We sat in the front row with our two kids and have such amazing memories. To see the excitement in their eyes when we do these kinds of things is awesome,” says Crowley, a compensation analyst in human resources. “Notre Dame puts an emphasis on hosting family-friendly events. It’s just another reason I am so proud to work here.” 

Meanwhile, it wasn’t a typical place to meet on campus for Jonathan Retartha, a director in residential life, and his twin brother Ryan, assistant director of non-degree operations at Stayer Center for Executive Education. The above photo shows them at The Warren Golf Course during last month’s U.S. Senior Open. Jonathan, on the left, attended as a spectator and Ryan served as a co-chair of the Disability Services Committee. 

“It was a great week,” says Ryan.

Unique opportunities arise when Notre Dame brings professional teams and entertainment to campus, points out Department of English coordinator Lynn McCormack

“We got the chance to see Garth Brooks, be part of a recorded television special (on NBC), and then we ran into Garth and Trisha Yearwood leaving the stadium!” she says, still clearly excited about the experience. She attended the concert with her husband and plans to bring their kids when Garth returns in three years.   

Katie Eckrich Blackhawks WebPictured is the Eckrich family. From left to right are BJ, Stephen, Maddie, Brian and Katie Eckrich, director of regional development.

Katie Eckrich, director of regional development, had the thrill of seeing her stepson BJ on the ice at the start of the Winter Classic, when the Chicago Blackhawks faced the Boston Bruins on New Year’s Day.

“BJ plays hockey at St. Joseph High School and his team was invited to carry the U.S. flag onto the ice,” Eckrich says, adding that her stepchildren and her husband (their dad) were there to see it.

Whether it’s a concert or an athletic event like Liverpool F.C., the occasion becomes even more special when it is held at Notre Dame, says McCormack, who has worked here for 25 years. 

“I still love the excited atmosphere leading up to the events and seeing visitors enjoy the experience that is Notre Dame. I look around campus and think about its beauty, history and traditions — and then think how amazing it is that I work here.”