A Heathen Heads to Notre Dame

 

I like to hear myself talk. Photo courtesy of Thom Atkinson.

I like to hear myself talk. Photo courtesy of Thom Atkinson.

Some foolish person (or persons) thought I should give a talk about social media analytics at the recent Big Ten Plus Conference at the University of Notre Dame. I always feel inadequate at these events, especially when others are talking during the same session as I am, primarily because I think everyone else knows more than I do about social media.

Still, if anything, it was a great opportunity to meet people, from a bunch of Big Ten and non-Big Ten schools and, best of all, explore Notre Dame and South Bend, the latter of which I’ve only experienced via its Panera Bread on the far south side of town.

Basilica of the Sacred Heart - Notre Dame.

Basilica of the Sacred Heart – Notre Dame.

Of course, Notre Dame is renowned for its beauty, including the Basilica of the Sacred Heart (which was closed due to construction) and its Administration Building, complete with gold leaf dome and 19-foot-tall statue of Mary, the Mother of God. The campus even has a grotto for praying or, as was the case when I was there, a 10-year-old boy inappropriately playing football by all the lit candles (#parentingFAIL).

Admin Building with "Momma Said You Knock You Out" Mary on top.

Admin Building with “Momma Said You Knock You Out” Mary on top.

We didn’t see a ton of South Bend, beyond what Notre Dame wanted to show us or what we could drive through on our own, but we also did get a chance to swing by the Studebaker National Museum, home to everything from old Studebaker farm wagons and classic cars to a vehicle used in one of the Muppets movies. And what trip isn’t complete with some Muppets?

Wokka, wokka, wokka ...

Wokka, wokka, wokka …

Naturally, the best part was this heathen not getting struck down while on campus. The complimentary caramel corn crunch from South Bend Chocolate Company that was placed in our welcome bags? Also good.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: