Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Western Steds.

Left to Right: Michael, Stedsmen James Yurkovich, Tim Bossidy and 
Andrew O'Connor and Dr. O'Connor

Given the recent noise of the Main Building's renovation work, it was necessary to move out west to enjoy the silence, sun, and surf of California. Still yet, it was great opportunity to catch up with former Stedsmen. On Santa Monica beach, there was a gathering remembering past days at Steds as well as future plans to visit during the upcoming football season. Of the evening, Andrew said, "Does anyone have a ticket for the Texas game?" Great question. Let me get back to you.

Monday, July 27, 2015

The renovation...

Late night work on the Dome

...of the Main Building continues. Yes, workers work well into the night as well as into the early morning to complete brick and mortar restoration of the Main Building.  Work is on schedule, and everything will be done before the August move in. That's great news, but it also makes for a noisy night! When asked about the Main Building's renovation work, Fr. Ralph said, "Oh, they're working on the Dome? So, that's why it's so noisy."

Somebody hit the wrong switch

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Your Sunday picture...

A sunny, summer Sunday at Notre Dame

...from Notre Dame. Once again, here's a beautiful summer picture of Mary and the Dome. After the recent exterior renovation and touch up, the building is looking better than ever! Enjoy your Sunday wherever you may be!

Friday, July 24, 2015

It's in the...

The most reliable campus mailbox.

...mail. Really. The welcome letters for the newest residents, the fifty incoming freshmen, are in the mail. From the east coast to west coast and all points in between, those lucky enough to be placed at Steds are receiving their official welcome to their new campus home as well as directions as how to prepare for their arrival. On mailing the welcome letters, Fr. Ralph said, "The letters are off, and I hope that those envelopes did not use cheap glue. There were a lot of letters to lick!"

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Where are...

Lattimer in Lithuania

they now? Yes, once again, where have all the Gentlemen gone? For Chris Lattimer, Sted's 2nd year senior architecture student and world traveler, the summer has been spent in the Baltic as a part of either the biggest boondoggle known to a Notre Dame student or as an attempt (in Chris’ own words) to study how the simpler, vernacular architecture of the area promotes a sustainable, traditional lifestyle. For Chris, this is an interesting and unique way to interpret architecture as a reflection of the values, cultures, and traditions of a society, rather than seeing it simply as a "style" or "decoration" of a building. Okay, I guess it was the latter…

The photo that Chris sent is of him at the Hill of Crosses near Siauliai, Lithuania (pronounced Show-lay) It's a place that speaks to the Catholic traditions of the country. The thousands of crosses on this little hill in the middle of the countryside are placed by people to remember their lost loved ones. Despite the crosses being destroyed multiple times during Soviet times, people continued to place them there. 

Of his time in the Baltic, Lattimer said, ”My journey through the Baltic countries brought me many exciting adventures and left me with many great memories. I slept in the attic in the home of local Lithuanian family, chasing sheep into the barn on a remote farm in Estonia, and I celebrated the Fourth of July with a Russian!"

Oh, to be a student again, and I have a feeling that Chris has a bit more traveling to do before the start of the school in August. Just saying…

Monday, July 20, 2015

An unexpected visitor...

May you always have that the hair!

...stopped by St Ed's this past weekend. Who was it? It was none other than John DeMott with his parents Joe and Katie DeMott, both '10. John David DeMott, born seven weeks ago, is making his way to Stanford where his dad will start law school in the fall. Of his son's wardrobe selection, Joe said, "John wanted to be classy--hence the tie--but didn't want to appear unapproachable--hence the elephant pants." Good choice...good choice indeed.

Congratulations to Katie and Joe, and good luck!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Your Sunday...

The reason for your Sunday... from Notre Dame. Here's a great summer picture of Jesus on God Quad. It's been another picture perfect day during this most enjoyable summer. Enjoy your Sunday wherever you may be!