Community welcomed to campus for 3rd annual CommUniversity Day

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Notre Dame CommUniversity Day 2011

University of Notre Dame student organizers of CommUniversity Day are putting a new emphasis on this annual day of service, calling on community members to enjoy a visit to campus. The third annual CommUniversity Day takes place April 2 (Saturday).

Community members can participate in two on-campus activities:

• Campus tours from 1 to 3:30 p.m. will begin at the Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC), 921 N. Eddy St., and bring participants to campus by shuttle for a walking tour showcasing Notre Dame’s buildings and traditions. Participants then can join a community picnic at the Robinson Center, from 4 to 6 p.m.

• A Kids Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. on the Irish Green will feature children’s games, snacks and an Easter Egg Hunt. All families are welcome.

Notre Dame’s student government initiated CommUniversity Day three years ago as a means bringing students and community members together. The emphasis on service remains a key focus.

Hundreds of Notre Dame students will fan into the community and work side-by-side with community members to clean parks, paint fire hydrants, identify and mark storm sewers, prepare community gardens for planting and install rain barrels at local homes. All members of the campus and South Bend communities are invited to participate, and may do so by visiting to sign up.

Community members who can’t take time out to volunteer still can be a part of the event by dropping off a food donation at the RCLC. The Center for Social Concerns, along with the Notre Dame Alumni Club of St. Joseph Valley, is spearheading the food drive, whose donations will go to the Northern Indiana Food Bank.

Contact: James Kenney,