Office manages game day logistics

first_imgAnnie Smierciak | The Observer Fans watch the Notre Dame football game against the University of Michigan in the stadium on Sept. 1. The University employs a number of strategies to enhance the game day experience for visitors.Though on a technical level the office is in charge of running the logistics of game weekends, Seamon explained that its larger role is to help present the many faces of the University to visitors.“We know people are coming for the football game. We understand that. But what Fr. John and the trustees and the leadership want to do is let Notre Dame be the best it can be and open up the University so people can experience everything from the athletic tradition, to the academic elements of it, to the faith elements and then also the social elements,” he said. “We know people come here to see a game, but we want them to experience everything good about the University.”Game Day Operations is designed to coordinate all of the necessary logistics to make sure fans walk away having had a positive experience during their visit, Seamon said.“Game Day is this office that tries to help organize that in a way to make it easier for everybody,” he said. “I would say it’s this organizing element that works with all these different divisions. Game day is such a massive operation for the University. No one office can do it by itself. It’s all these entities: it’s the athletic department, it’s student affairs, it’s the alumni association, it’s food services, it’s campus safety, it’s landscaping, it’s parking. All these elements come underneath it. We just ensure we’re all rowing in the same direction.”Planning for the season begins long before opening kickoff of the first game, Seamon said. Game Day Operations will start developing plans for year in the preceding winter.“The planning for game weeks and the home season … actually starts in January and February,” he said. “The cycle is basically that we use December and January to get all the feedback from the previous season. We all think about different initiatives and how we would change it. We do a little bit with the Blue-Gold Game in April, but by the time we get to summer, we’re really finalizing details of our offerings and how do things.”For home game weeks, staffers from various campus offices and departments gather early in the week before the game to start implementing the plans for the weekend, Seamon said.“On a home game week, on Tuesday morning, there’s probably 125 people, all leaders across the University, everything from football operations to food services to landscaping to safety to police, medical fire, we all meet to talk about the week and what we want to do and how we want to do it. Our teams work throughout the week to get it ready and to implement it,” he said.Though there is a “backbone” of plans used throughout the season, Seamon explained that plans vary from game to game. For instance, kickoff time can affect planning, as can the opponent and where that team is traveling from. Seamon cited weather as “a consistent challenge because it is so inconsistent.” About 4,000 personnel works each game day.Alison Thigpen, director of game day operations noted the importance of guest services teams in ensuring a positive experience for fans.“That’s roughly 70 individuals and they’re the ones you see across campus in the green polos or green blazers. They’re stationed strategically across campus at various posts and they’re helping guests with everything from handing out maps, to directions, to game day shades for the kids, to answering general questions about Notre Dame and welcoming,” she said. “They also drive the courtesy carts around campus, helping guests get from one spot to the other. That’s Friday and Saturday. During the game, they’re also stationed throughout both levels of the concourse and guest services booth.”Other schools have taken notice at the success of Notre Dame’s Game Day Operations. For example, the University of Georgia recently launched a game day ambassador program, SilverDawgs modelled after what Georgia fans and officials encountered at Notre Dame during the Bulldogs’ visit to South Bend a year ago.Seamon said Notre Dame is unique in the college football world, and that fact imbues a lot of meaning into the office’s work.“We hear over and over again that coming to Notre Dame for a football game is a bucket list experience. If you’re a baseball fan, you want to go to a game at Wrigley or Fenway. If you’re a race car fan you want to go to Daytona. If you’re a golf fan you want to go to Augusta or Pebble Beach,” he said. “There’s these things that if you have something in your mind that there’s something unique about there. What we’re finding out more and more is it’s a bucket list. People, regardless of if they’re cheering for Notre Dame, if it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience or they come here every game, every week, or anything in between, we want them to understand that it’s different. We’re no better or worse than any other university game day experience in the country, but we think we are distinctly unique. And that’s what we are trying to work with all our colleagues on, across campus.”Tags: Campus Safety and Event Management, Game Day Operations, gameday In a given semester, Notre Dame’s campus consists of about 8,600 undergraduate students. Nevertheless, on six Saturdays throughout the fall semester, many thousands more fans descend on campus for Notre Dame home football games. Mike Seamon, the University’s vice president or campus safety and event management, estimated that about 100,000-120,000 come to Notre Dame on a given weekend. For last weekend’s game against the University of Michigan, that number was probably closer to 150,000, he said.Coordinating the logistics for these large events is Game Day Operations, the office responsible for ensuring home game weekends proceed as smoothly as possible. University President Fr. John Jenkins established the office, which began work ahead of the 2009 football season, Seamon said.“In 2008, [Jenkins] commissioned a task force … to look at the game day experience on campus,” Seamon said. “[It was] a 17-person task force. Student body, alumni association, athletics, student affairs — they used the 2008 season to look at the Notre Dame game day experience. Then, they provided a report to Fr. Jenkins on how the University could better manage the game day experience. So that’s when Game Day Operations was born.”last_img read more

New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards Announced

first_imgSarah Steele, Arian Moayed & Jayne Houdyshell in ‘The Humans'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Hot on the heels of their Tony nominations, there was more good news for Broadway’s The Humans and Shuffle Along on May 5. The New York Drama Critics’ Circle named the former best play of the 2015-16 season, while the latter picked up best musical. The selections were made at the organization’s 81st annual voting meeting. The awards will be presented at a private cocktail reception on May 17.The honor for best play carries a cash prize of $2,500, made possible by a grant from the Lucille Lortel Foundation. The Humans, by Stephen Karam, directed by Joe Mantello, opened at the Roundabout Theatre Company on October 25, 2015, and closed January 3. The production transferred to Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theatre on February 18, where it is currently playing.Shuffle Along, book by George C. Wolfe, music by Eubie Blake, lyrics by Noble Sissle, original book by F.E. Miller and Aubrey Lyles, directed by George C. Wolfe, currently plays at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre where it had its world premiere on April 28.Special citations were voted to Oskar Eustis of the Public Theater; Lois Smith who appeared in the off-Broadway productions of John and Marjorie Prime; and Ivo van Hove and Jan Versweyveld, who were represented on Broadway this season by A View from the Bridge and The Crucible.The New York Drama Critics’ Circle comprises 22 drama critics from daily newspapers, magazines, wire services and websites based in the New York metropolitan area. The New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, which has been awarded every year since 1936 to the best new play of the season (with optional awards for foreign or American plays, musicals and performers), is the nation’s second oldest theater award, after the Pulitzer Prize for drama. View Commentslast_img read more

Andrea Martin Joins Hairspray Live!

first_img View Comments Andrea Martin(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) She isn’t done playing difficult yet. Andrea Martin is the latest name added to the starry roster for Hairspray Live!. The Tony and Emmy winner will take on the role of the appropriately prudish Prudy Pingleton, the mom of Penny (played by Ariana Grande in the NBC project). The live broadcast will air on December 7.The Broadway favorite joins a cast that will also include her longtime friend and collaborator Martin Short, who will play Wilbur, as well as Kristin Chenoweth as Velma Von Tussle and newcomer Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad.Martin earned a Tony nomination earlier this year for her performance in Noises Off. She won in 2013 and 1993 for Pippin and My Favorite Year, respectively. Her additional Broadway credits include Act One, Exit the King, Young Frankenstein, Oklahoma! and Candide. Martin received an Emmy for her work on the Canadian sketch show SCTV and can currently be seen on the Hulu series Difficult People.Rounding out the announced stars for the live telecast are Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, Derek Hough as Corny Collins, Dove Cameron as Amber Von Tussle, Garrett Clayton as Link Larkin, Rosie O’Donnell as the Gym Teacher and Sean Hayes as Mr. Pinky.last_img read more

Dutch Utility Changes the Game by Showing Customers How to Buy Less Power

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享New York Times: When Eneco, a major Dutch utility, tested a promising energy monitor in several dozen homes, things could not have gone much worse. The company making the devices failed to deliver enough of them, and some of those provided did not work.But when Eneco sent workers to recover the monitors, something strange happened — a tenth of customers refused to open their doors. “They wanted to keep it,” said Tako in ’t Veld, a former Eneco executive who now leads the “smart energy” unit at Quby, the company that makes the energy meter. “They were so happy with the energy insight.”The test in 2010 was part of Eneco’s efforts to adapt to upheaval in the energy market. In recent years, large volumes of wind and solar-generated electricity have undermined the economics of traditional power plants and provided the outlines of a future in which conventional power plants no longer supply the bulk of a home’s electricity.Through acquisitions (including of Quby), by nurturing a cluster of start-ups and with other initiatives, Eneco has sought to provide new services to customers — and, in doing so, to enter new sectors, like the charging of electric vehicles and the repair of solar panels. “We said ‘we have to create an increasing customer loyalty by doing something different,’” said Hans Valk, chief executive of Quby and formerly the leader of Eneco’s consumer business. “What we are trying to do is switch from selling a pure commodity to selling energy as a service.”For instance, Eneco owns Jedlix, an electric vehicle charging unit, which has partnerships with Tesla and BMW and allows car owners to recharge their vehicles inexpensively when there are large supplies of renewable energy on the grid. Jedlix sometimes even pays them to do so.Eneco is also starting a business called CrowdNett which, unusually, pays customers for some of their power. Eneco looks for people who already have solar panels at home and tries to sell them a large home battery, like a Tesla Powerwall. Surplus power generated by the solar panels is stored in the battery and Eneco taps into a portion of that storage to help balance the electricity grid. Customers will receive 450 euros, or $530, a year for allowing use of their batteries.Eneco’s leaders concede that they are proceeding more by trial and error than following a grand plan. Still, these efforts may, over time, aid the company’s survival and contribute to creating ways to help consumers shift to cleaner energy.“They are very forward-looking in terms of strategy and mind-set,” said Roberta Bigliani, a vice president at IDC, a market research firm. If Eneco’s experiments flop, though, “they definitely will not be in operation in the future,” she said.So far, the experiment with its wall-mounted energy monitor, known as Toon, has been among its more successful.When Eneco first considered the test, the utility was locked in a profit-zapping battle with competitors, cutting prices for electric power and natural gas while giving customers gifts for signing up. Seeing the danger signs, Eneco’s management decided that a radical change was necessary.The Toon offered Eneco an opportunity to shift course and, despite early teething problems, Eneco expanded the rollout. The meters allow customers to control their domestic heating settings through a smartphone app, and they have displays that show electricity and natural gas consumption in detail, along with other information like weather forecasts.Full Story:  Dutch Utility Bets Its Future on an Unusual Strategy: Selling Less Power Dutch Utility Changes the Game by Showing Customers How to Buy Less Powerlast_img read more

Jackson River: Closed to Fishing

first_imgLast week, a Virginia angler conceded defeat last week in a two-year legal battle to protect recreation and access on the Jackson River, a cold, clear trout stream in western Virginia.In 2010, Dargan Coggeshall and his brother-in-law waded in the river, whose waters are publicly owned, according to Virginia law. However, a property owner along the river had Coggeshall arrested for trespassing and later sued him for $10,000 in damages. The property owner claimed that crown grants issued by the King of England almost three centuries ago validated his claims to owning the river bottom.An Alleghany County court ruled last week that the property owner was justified in his trespassing claims, but the court did not rule on who actually owns the river bottom. Coggeshall claims that the crown grant cited by the property owner does not explicitly mention the river bottom. And a more recent Virginia statute grants ownership of all of Virginia’s riverbeds to the Commonwealth.Coggeshall plans to continue fighting for recreational access to the river through the Virginia Rivers Defense Fund, which he founded. Coggeshall plans to reach beyond the fishing community and partner with other outdoor and environmental organizations to secure access to this publicly owned waterway.Meanwhile, the property owner has asked Virginia to remove the Jackson River from its map of rivers open to the public.last_img read more

USF-I Advise, Assist Efforts Intensified

first_imgBy Dialogo December 16, 2010 U.S. troops are re-doubling their efforts to advise, assist and equip Iraqi Security Forces in advance of the December 2011 deadline for all American troops to leave the country, Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan said. Buchanan, the director of strategic effects in Baghdad, said the advise and assist mission in Iraq has gone well since the end of the American combat mission in August. But more needs to be done, he said. “We’ve got a lot to accomplish and we are very much geared to getting everything we can do before American forces depart,” Buchanan said. U.S. Forces – Iraq officials are looking at many different options for the next year, he said. “The big idea is we want to get as much done as we can,” Buchanan said. “We don’t want to start withdrawing forces and closing bases now because that’s going to limit what we do.” American forces will probably stay at the current strength through early summer, Buchanan said. The troops are working to transition the police training capability, for example, to the State Department in advance of the withdrawal. Buchanan said the just-under 50,000 American forces now in Iraq also have two other missions to fulfill: conducting partnered counterterrorism operations and working the transition of the mission in the country to a State Department lead. Terrorism is still a problem in Iraq, with al-Qaida trying to stage a comeback, he said. “They have no support among the people,” the general said. “Their attacks continue. Al-Qaida is determined and they have never changed. But they have been degraded through the combined efforts of the Iraqi and American security forces.” Al-Qaida cannot attract money, Iraqis or foreign fighters to their cause, Buchanan said. Iraqi security forces have the security lead in the country and daily attack levels are at their lowest since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003. “The ISF continues to do a good job and they continue to improve,” Buchanan said. Two agreements govern the relationship between the United States and Iraq, the general said. The first is the security agreement signed in 2008. Under that, all American troops will leave Iraq by the end of next year. “U.S. Forces Iraq’s mission will be completed and our troop presence will go to zero,” Buchanan said. “But this isn’t really an end, it’s a transition point based on the other agreement we signed: the Strategic Framework Agreement.” That agreement looks at the long-term relationship between the United States and Iraq in agriculture, economic development, governance, education, science and technology and security. The general called the effort a chance to build an “enduring partnership” that will outlast the presence of American forces in the nation. Morale of American forces in Iraq “is pretty high,” the general said. “They are making a difference, and you can see the effects of that difference day-to-day.” Service members who served in Iraq earlier -– especially in 2006 and 2007 -– see an amazing change in the country, he said. “I feel very optimistic about where the Iraqis are headed, because I know where they’re coming from,” Buchanan said. “I’ve seen their growth in quality and quantity over the years. They are getting better and better. We’ve still got a lot of work to do. We’re not done.”last_img read more

Prudential to press on with plans for Knightsbridge

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Interfaith network collaborates with entrepreneurs to aid informal workers during COVID-19

first_imgThe Interfaith Network for COVID-19 Response (JIC) has collaborated with entrepreneurs to aid informal workers with food packages throughout Ramadan.Through this initiative, the JIC and Entrepreneurs for Indonesia Group will distribute food packages from small enterprises under PT Harapan Bangsa Kita (Hebat) to 42,000 ride-hailing drivers, who have been affected by the pandemic. This aid will be disbursed starting from next week through the Yayasan Anak Bangsa Bisa foundation.  Catholic priest Romo Johannes Harianto, who represented the network, invited the public to join the cause.Read also:” target=”_blank”>US donates $3 million for COVID-19 relief to Indonesia“Our brothers and sisters out there are experiencing difficulty throughout this trying time. We, as people with faith, should help those who are in need, especially during this holy Ramadan month,” Johannes said in a written statement received by The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.Teddy Sugianto, a representative from Entrepreneurs for Indonesia, added that this initiative aimed to gain funds to continue helping people affected by COVID-19. “This initiative is our contribution to help our friends who are observing the Ramadan month,” Teddy added. Topics :last_img read more

COVID-19 education funds leave much to be desired

first_img“We have heard not only from Commission X but also from members of the public that many schools and universities, especially private ones, are hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Nadiem said during a hearing with House of Representatives Commission X, which oversees education.“So last week, we responded to these complaints by rolling out several policies as well as tangible and real aid,” he added.One new policies, for instance, allow students of state universities to either request delayed tuition payment, a reduction in fees or an instalment plan, depending on their financial situation. The ministry encourages private universities to do the same.It also stipulates that students who are on leave or not taking course credits no longer need to pay tuition fees, while those who are in their final semesters will only pay up to half of their tuition fees. Private universities, teachers and students are urging the government to step up its education policies, criticizing its latest financial assistance as inadequate to address the concerns of the education sector during the pandemic.This follows Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim’s announcement on Monday about a series of measures taken to help the education sector, including by relaxing university tuition fees and requirements for school operational assistance (BOS). The National Association of University Student Executive Bodies (BEM-SI) contends that the government should have cut tuition fees across the board without the need for students to request it, saying full tuition fees were unfairly charged from students who had their courses taught online during the pandemic.Read also: University BEMs urge Nadiem to cut tuition during COVID-19 ‘study at home’ policyThe tuition fee adjustments on offer now had already existed before the pandemic but would usually require students to go through long administrative processes and often have their requests rejected, he said.“The lack of a policy to cut tuition fees could push down the participation rate in higher education,” Lugas Presma of the BEM-SI said.“And there are two possibilities: It could push up the numbers of students dropping out or taking leave or it could discourage potential new students from enrolling because of high fees.”Private Universities Association (APTISI) chairman Budi Djatmiko said that failure to cushion the COVID-19 impact on university students could result in a spike in dropouts, which could cause “a lost generation” as a result of a jeopardized education.“And that would be the government’s biggest sin,” he said.He praised the ministry’s new policy to allocate Rp 1 trillion (US$70.6 million) to help 410,000 university students, mostly in private universities, pay their tuition fees.However, the government still only allocated a small portion of its total budget for private universities, he said. The state budget only earmarked 7 percent of the total university budget for private universities, with the remaining 93 percent going to state universities, according to his calculations. In addition, only half of the overall education budget is actually allocated for educational needs.“Private universities are also part of Indonesia. So, why are they being treated differently?” he said, adding that government support for private universities was crucial to improve overall access to higher education.About 88 percent of all universities are small-sized private universities with less than 10,000 students, according to Budi, while the remaining are state universities and large private universities.Read also: Indonesian schools not ready for ‘new normal’: SurveyMeanwhile, Indonesian Teachers Association (PGRI) head Unifah Rosyidi lauded the government’s decision to include private schools in its COVID-19 policies and modify requirements for grant recipients to alleviate the burden of pandemic-hit elementary and secondary schools.Before the pandemic, BOS Afirmasi funds were only given to state schools in the underdeveloped and remote regions, while BOS Kinerja funds were given to high-performing state schools. Under the new scheme, the government gives Rp 60 million per year to more than 56,000 state and private schools in regions that are hardest-hit by COVID-19.The grants can be used to pay honorarium-based teachers, fund home-learning needs like phone credit and internet plans, buy COVID-19 sanitary goods like soap and disinfectant or pay salaries of other school workers.But Unifah said she found goods procured using BOS funds through the ministry’s electronic system called SIPLah were more expensive than the actual price and schools could only buy them at designated shops.The funds also usually need to go through multiple regional institutions before they could be used by schools, depending on each region’s financial management regulations.She advised policymakers to review how the authority to distribute BOS funds was delegated between the central and regional governments, in order to cut bureaucratic procedures and yet maintain accountability.Topics :last_img read more

Mesut Ozil ‘a totally changed player’ during Mikel Arteta’s training sessions at Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Mesut Ozil has responded well to Mikel Arteta’s arrival at Arsenal (Getty Images)Mikel Arteta has already made a major impact on Mesut Ozil as the midfielder’s performances during Arsenal’s training sessions have significantly improved, according to reports.Ozil’s future at Arsenal appeared to be under threat during Unai Emery’s reign as the midfielder was used sparingly during the first half of the season.But the 31-year-old has started in all three games since Arteta took charge of the team and is set to play a key role in the second half of the Gunners’ campaign.According to ESPN, Ozil has been revitalised by the faith shown in him by Arteta and has displayed a marked improvement during training sessions.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe report claims that sources inside the club describe Ozil as ‘a totally changed player’ since Arteta’s appointment and have been impressed with the midfielder’s performances in training. Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 5 Jan 2020 12:14 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.7kShares Mesut Ozil ‘a totally changed player’ during Mikel Arteta’s training sessions at Arsenal Advertisement Mikel Arteta views Mesut Ozil as a key part of Arsenal’s attack (AFP via Getty Images)It’s also claimed that Arteta has been quick to give Ozil specific instructions, urging the midfielder to take up ‘half spaces’ on the right side of Arsenal’s attack when they are in possession.Speaking earlier this week, Arteta made it clear that he views Ozil as a vital figure in Arsenal’s attack.‘I haven’t been surprised by Mesut’s performances because I know him well and his ability,’ said the Arsenal boss.‘But the structure has to be there to help him bring out everything he has inside.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He can’t do it all on his own. Nowadays, there are only two or three players in the world who can do that.‘I try to prepare the team with the strengths and weaknesses we have in mind. In these kind of positions Mesut can be very effective.‘Now I am hoping that he can sustain this level every three or four days and he’s putting in everything he has to try to do that.‘His physical numbers have improved so much and he’s willing every day in training.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img read more