Hi, my name is Heather and I work for the University of Notre Dame. Go Irish!
When I tell people I work for Notre Dame, the immediate reaction is typically about Rudy. Everyone loves that movie and everyone knows about Notre Dame football. I grew up in Michigan and I’m not Catholic, so I really didn’t know the powerful draw of the University of Notre Dame until I began working her almost 4 years ago.
Notre Dame has such an amazing history and a beautiful campus. I have been lucky to do and see things that tourists travel here to experience. The football program gives us our notoriety (love us or hate us)and everyone is Irish on game day!
|This is in the stairwell leading from the locker room.|
My vegan-friendly favorite tailgate food is Texas Caviar. You can’t stop eating it. This recipe can be modified to suit your tastes; I like to only put 1 cup of onion because I’m not a huge fan, but you may like the bite of these onions.
1 cup cooked black-eyed peas, 1 cup Northern Beans, 1 cup black beans, 1 cup corn – drained and cooled
1 cup diced yellow onion
1 cup diced red onion
1 green or red bell pepper, diced (or half of each for color!)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon black pepper
Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl. Chill in the refrigerator for 24 hours, stirring occasionally. Stir again before serving. And I highly recommend the “Scoops” chips for this!
My husband, Sam, and I recently went to the ND v. University of Michigan game. My parents drove down (5 hours) to babysit and my brother tagged along. The weather was iffy (raining on and off all day) but cleared for the game. Our seats are in the South endzone and we’re fairly close to the opponent’s band. Sam and I found ourselves dancing to the Michigan songs, but that’s what happens when you grow up a Michigander!
Here are some pictures from the game!
If you’re interested in seeing the ‘official’ gameday photos, click here.
And if you have 12 minutes to spare, you have to watch this video. It gets me everytime, and seriously, the University of Notre Dame is really more than football.