By Catherine Ake
Wednesday April 15, 2015, the Notre Dame Committee for Women is hosting South Bend on a Dime, a lunch event for female faculty and staff. The lunch will be held in the lower level dining room in McKenna Hall from 12-1 p.m. A five dollar registration fee includes a box lunch, conversation, Q & A, and the opportunity to hear from a panel of South Bend representatives. The panel includes: David Matthews of Matthews, LLC, Willow Wetherall of Ignite Michiana, Mark McDonnell representing Restaurant Week, Cathy Dietz from DTSB, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
The lunch is a part of the yearlong SB 150 celebration, celebrating the city of South Bend’s 150th anniversary. The Notre Dame Committee for women has been planning on hosting this event for the last few years, and saw SB 150 as the perfect opportunity to expose female faculty and staff to the many ways that they can inexpensively get involved in the community.
“South Bend has a lot to offer and people are not always aware of what is going on in their very own community, so the idea is to highlight some of the fun things to do and places to go even if you are on a budget,” said Diana Garrastegui, current President of the Notre Dame Committee for Women.
The Notre Dame Committee for Women has hosted events for female faculty and staff for over a decade, intending to “provide opportunities for recreational, motivational, and instructive idea sessions for the women employed by the University of Notre Dame” (committeeforwomen.nd.edu). These events allow women across the Notre Dame community to connect with one another and spark conversation and thought. Most recently, in October the group held “An Evening of Celebration and Remembrance” during which Jackie Welsh spoke about “DÍa de los Muertos.”
Registration is required, and the deadline to register is Friday April 10th at 6 p.m. Space is limited to the first 150 people. To sign-up, visit http://committeeforwomen.nd.edu/events/2015/04/15/32957-south-bend-on-a-dime/.