New Director of St. Michael's Laundry Named

Author: Colleen O'Connor

Larose Saint Jean has been hired as the new director of St. Michael’s Laundry, effective February 1st.  

Larose is coming from the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Denver, Colorado, where he has been serving as Director of Laundry for Crothall Services.  He has also served in managerial positions in other Ritz Carlton properties, including Ritz Carlton Hotel New Orleans and Ritz Carlton Resort of Naples, Florida.  …

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Author: Tess Gunty '15

Notre Dame’s consummate bartender does more than serve up drinks. He’s counselor, companion, philosopher, poet, ambassador, storyteller, sweetheart, teacher, diplomat, legend and friend to all who enter there.

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2015 FBS College Football Stadium Experience

Author: Amy Marquez

Notre Dame Stadium Ranked #1


For the second year in a row, Notre Dame Stadium, home of the Fighting Irish has ranked #1 in the 2015 FBS college football stadium experience. Stadium Journey Magazine, publishes reviews of sports stadiums from around the world. Their stadium rankings rate which stadiums provide the best overall game day experience for fans. Stadium Journey Magazine ranks each stadium on food & beverage inside the stadium, the overall atmosphere, the neighborhood where the stadium resides, the fans, access to and inside the stadium, and overall return on investment.

For the full article on Notre Dame Stadium and a full list of the stadiums ranked visit Stadium Journey Magazine

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IN MEMORIAM: Michael J. Klosinski - Director, St. Michael's Laundry

Author: Colleen O'Connor


Michael J. Klosinski, director of St. Michael’s Laundry, died unexpectedly on Sunday, August 9.

Klosinski joined the University as director in 2004.  Since that time, he received the Association of Laundry Managers (ALM) Laundry Manager of the Year Award for the Ohio River Valley Chapter four times. He was a three time finalist for National Laundry Manager of the Year and was awarded ALM’s prestigious Heywood Wiley Manager of the Year Award in 2006.…

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Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture co-hosts West Washington neighborhood block party

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture

The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Arts and Culture, in conjunction with the Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center, will celebrate South Bend’s past, present and future during a block party at 1045 W. Washington St. in the West Washington neighborhood. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (July 18).

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Celebrity Chef Jet Tila Visits Notre Dame

Author: Molly Fremeau

Chef Jet Tila

Notre Dame Food Services hosted its first ever celebrity chef on Monday, April 20, through Wednesday, April 22. Chef Jet Tila, who’s battled legends on “Iron Chef America,” and appeared as a judge on “Cutthroat Kitchen” and “Guy’s Grocery Games” in addition to many appearances on “The Today Show,” “No Reservations” and National Public Radio—was on campus to inform and entertain. As part of the rebranding of University Catering and a renewed emphasis on diverse cuisines, Chef Jet trained the culinary team on menus and cooking techniques. He performed demonstration cooking on stage in the dining halls for students, while a special event Thai menu was served. He also created a special signature dish for University Catering that was revealed April 23 and available on catering menus the next day.…

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Morris Inn - 19 months later

Author: Colleen O'Connor

Recent construction completed to address unanticipated foot traffic

“Things we found since re-opening” is the way Joe Kurth, director and general manager of Morris Inn, put it as he explained new construction just completed at the Inn. The original design for the Inn’s 2012-2013 renovation was based on normal hotel traffic. It did not allow for the enhanced foot traffic experienced at Notre Dame on special event weekends such as home football games, Commencement, Alumni Reunion Weekend, etc.  

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Einstein Bros Bagels opens at Hammes Bookstore

Author: Colleen O'Connor

Einstein Bros Bagels capped off a week-long celebration of specials and giveaways with its Grand Opening on Friday, January 23rd.  Officially opening November 10, 2014, Einstein’s is occupying the Bookstore space formerly used by Irish Ink. According to David Harr, associate vice president for Auxiliary Operations, “We embraced the opportunity to expand our retail portfolio of offerings on campus with the addition of another nationally recognized brand. Einstein Bros Bagels brings its own distinct flavor and all day menu concept to the campus community.”

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Reckers: Wood-fired pizza and fresh fruit smoothies

Author: Auxiliary Operations

Reckers Wood-fired Oven

It may be located in the South Dining Hall and surrounded by an undergraduate neighborhood, but Reckers has something to offer everyone.

Besides being the University’s only 24-hour restaurant, it also has the only wood-fired oven on campus and prepares over 50,000 pizzas a year. Everything is made to order and all items on the menu are available 24/7.…

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Morris Inn Named Official Hotel of Notre Dame Athletics

Author: Colleen O'Connor


In October, the University named Morris Inn the official hotel of Notre Dame Athletics. With this designation, the Morris Inn will sponsor several athletic events and offer promotions for Notre Dame fans. In addition to the fact that Morris Inn is within close proximity to athletic venues, it offers fans a unique opportunity to embrace the on-campus Notre Dame experience. "Our mission at Morris Inn is trying to be tied in as tightly as we can in multiple areas of campus, so that when you're here, you're comfortable," said Joe Kurth, managing director.…

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Center for Culinary Excellence Opens

Author: Colleen O'Connor


On November 11, 2014, the new Center for Culinary Excellence was introduced to the campus community. Located in the former Food Services Support Facility, the Center houses a new catering kitchen, cook and chill operation, bakery, and Grab-n-Go program and will prepare food for the dining halls, campus cafes, and catered events. From here, food supplies can now be delivered directly to campus units instead of being delivered to a central storage area first.…

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New dry cleaning machine eliminates perchloroethylene

Author: Dar Cutrona


Earlier this year, St. Michael’s Laundry switched to a new, green technology for dry cleaning with the purchase of a 40-pound capacity, U.S.-made Union dry cleaning machine (, says Michael J. Klosinski, laundry director.

The machine uses an alternative solvent, replacing the solvent perchloroethylene (perc), which gave dry-cleaned clothing the familiar pungent smell. Perc has declined dramatically in use as a result of solvent recycling and reduced demand for chlorofluorocarbons.…

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Notre Dame Au Bon Pain Named Franchisee of the Year

Author: Robert Casarez

Notre Dame Au Bon Pon wins award

Au Bon Pain recently recognized Notre Dame Food Services’ Hesburgh Library location as Franchisee of the Year. Chris Abayasinghe, Director of Notre Dame Food Services, received the award on behalf of NDFS at the International Company and Franchise Conference on September 29, 2014 in Boston. It’s a great honor for NDFS and the collective work of many members of the staff and management team.

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Council of Chefs Wins 2014 Presidential Team Irish Award

Author: Colleen O'Connor


Notre Dame’s Council of Chefs, a 13-member culinary team led by Executive Chef, Don Miller, has been awarded a 2014 Presidential Team Irish Award.

The purpose of the Council is to gather the culinary leadership on campus to address culinary concerns such as recipe quality, recipe procedures, productivity, inventory controls and professionalism. The members come from all campus Food Service operations, with each one holding a culinary supervisory position. Recently, the group has made significant progress tying together the areas of menu and recipe management with food and labor costs, resulting in better expense controls and improved budget performance.

In naming the Council of Chefs as Team Irish Award winners, it was noted that the member culinarians have taken initiatives that nurture values consistent with the University of Notre Dame’s mission. Their work significantly impacts thousands of students, faculty, staff and visitors on a daily basis.

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