Football weekend events: Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

By William G. Gilroy

Notre Dame Football helmet

Visitors coming to campus for this weekend’s football game against Michigan State University will find a variety of events to take part in, from lectures to concerts to tours.

Friday (Sept. 16)

  • The Snite Museum of Art is hosting an exhibition titled “Three from the Thirties: Classic Cars from the Heartland,” in the Mestrovic Gallery through Nov. 13
  • The Notre Dame Alumni Association Football Fridays kicks off with its On the Sidelines lecture from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Eck Visitors Center Auditorium. The lecture, “The Game of the Century: A Clash of Perspectives on and off the Gridiron,” features Clark Power, professor in the Program of Liberal Studies and director of Play Like a Champion Today, and John Heisler, senior associate athletics director.
  • The Alumni Association will host Mike McCoy, class of 1970, former All-American Notre Dame defensive lineman, on the ND Live Stage from 3 to 3:30 p.m., and Nick Eddy and Jim Lynch, both class of ’67 and former All-Americans, from 3:30 to 4 p.m., also on the ND Live Stage, as part of its “Catching Up With…” series.
  • Kenneth Woodward book signing, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. The former religion editor at Newsweek will be signing copies of his latest book, “Getting Religion: Faith, Culture, and Politics from the Age of Eisenhower to the Era of Obama.”
  • The Notre Dame Marching Band steps off from the Main Building at 4:30 p.m.
  • The Notre Dame Glee Club will have an open rehearsal from 5 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 329, Coleman-Morse Hall.
  • A pep rally takes place at 5:45 p.m. at Purcell Pavilion.

Saturday (Sept. 17)

  • Open house from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture, 1045 W. Washington St., South Bend. The NDCAC will be open with tours available. Light breakfast will be served.
  • “St. Faustina: The Divine Mercy of Vilnius and Priestly Self-Offering,” 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Andrews Auditorium in the lower level of Geddes Hall, with Sister Anne Astell, professor of theology, as part of the Institute for Church Life’s Saturdays with the Saints series.
  • “God’s Energy: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” 1 p.m., room 101 of the Jordan Hall of Science, as part of the College of Science’s Science Exploration Series.
  • “Social Determinants of Health: Focus on Children and Food,” 3 p.m., room 105 of the Jordan Hall of Science, with Patrick Casey, as part of the Dooley Society Lecture Series.
  • “How Stress Gets under the Skin: Implications for Health and Well-Being,” 4 p.m. in the Annenberg Auditorium of the Snite Museum of Art, with Cindy Bergeman, professor in the Department of Psychology, as part of the College of Arts and Letters’ Saturday Scholars Series.
  • Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and at 4:30 in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. No post-game Mass will be celebrated.
  • Glee Club Pre-Game Concert, 4:30 to 5 p.m., Hesburgh Library Quad Reflecting Pool.
  • Bagpipe Band Performance, 5:15 to 5:30 p.m., Hesburgh Library Quad.
  • Player Walk, 5:15 to 5:30 p.m., Hesburgh Library Quad.
  • From 6 to 6:30 p.m., the Band of the Fighting Irish will perform its Concert on the Steps at Bond Hall.
  • Trumpets Under the Dome will take place at 6:30 the Rotunda of the Main Building.
  • Marching Band March Out will take place at 6:30 p.m. from the Main Building Front Steps.

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Originally published by William G. Gilroy at on September 14, 2016.