Committee to review game-day safety, security, hospitality

Author: Dennis Brown


University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., has appointed an ad hoc committee to review the on-campus safety, security and hospitality protocols and practices for football weekends.

Many dedicated staff work extremely hard to welcome more than 85,000 people to campus each football weekend, ensure their safety, and make the Notre Dame football game-day experience one of the most enjoyable and celebrated in college athletics,Father Jenkins said.While proud of their work, they recognize that they can improve, and they look for every opportunity to do so.

Father Jenkins has convened the 10-member committee to review protocols and practices, consider any concerns or suggestions that people wish to raise, and offer recommendations on how to make football weekends even better for students, faculty and staff, and alumni and other visitors to campus.

The University also has created a Web site ( ) where people are invited to log in and offer observations and suggestions or express concerns about specific incidents.

The committee was designed to include many different perspectives and areas of expertise.Committee members are:

  • Stephanie Gallo (committee chair) – Chair of the Student Affairs Committee of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees, Gallo is a 1994 alumna of the University, a graduate of Northwestern Universitys Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and the senior director of marketing for the E.&J. Gallo Winery of Modesto, Calif.
  • Bob Agnew – The senior consultant on stadium security for the NFL since 1991, Agnew earned his bachelors degree from San Diego State University and masters degree from George Washington University.
  • Jill Bodensteiner – A member of the Universitys general counsels office since 1997, Bodensteiner is now associate vice president and senior counsel. She earned her bachelors and master of business administration degrees from Notre Dame and her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Missy Conboy – Currently deputy athletics director, Conboy has been a member of the athletic department staff for 20 years. A 1982 graduate of Notre Dame and member and captain of the Irish womens basketball team, she is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law.
  • Ann Firth – A member of the student affairs senior staff since 1992, Firth is now associate vice president for student affairs with responsibilities for strategic planning for the division, residential life master planning, and various initiatives designed to better integrate academic and student life at the University. She earned her bachelors and law degrees from Notre Dame.
  • Rev. Peter Jarret, C.S.C. – Father Jarret has served as religious superior of the Holy Cross priests and brothers at Notre Dame since 2006 after serving for the previous five years as rector of Keough Hall. An alumnus of the University with bachelors and master of divinity degrees, he chairs the board of the Life Treatment Center.
  • Tim McOsker – A Notre Dame parent and 1984 alumnus, McOsker is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law and a partner in the Los Angeles law firm Mayer Brown, specializing in legal issues related to public safety and governmental, regulatory and administrative law. He previously served as chief of staff to the mayor of Los Angeles and chief deputy city attorney for the city of Los Angeles.
  • Richard Nussbaum – A partner in the South Bend law firm Sopko, Nussbaum, Inabnit&Kaczmarek, Nussbaum is an alumnus with bachelors and law degrees. He is a former student-athlete and past president of the Notre Dame Alumni Association. His past work includes service as special counsel to the governor of Indiana, deputy prosecuting attorney for St. Joseph County and city attorney for the city of South Bend.
  • Bob Reish – A senior from Exton, Pa., Reish is the 2008-09 student body president. He served for three years as a Class of 2009 officer, including president during his junior year.
  • Frank Supovitz – The senior vice president for event management for the NFL, Supovitz previously served as the NHLs vice president for events and entertainment, vice president for marketing and a coordinating producer for Eventures, and manager and director for marketing, events and operations for Radio City Music Hall.

Frances Shavers, chief of staff to Father Jenkins, will serve as the staff liaison for the committee and assist in its work.

_ Contact: Dennis Brown, University spokesman and assistant vice president for news and information, 574-631-8696

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