Alumni Association receives 360 degree photograph from NCAA

by Dennis K. Brown

Photo opportunity : The cyclorama is expected to be set up by late afternoon Tuesday (Sept. 1). For further information, contact Chuck Lennon at (219) 631-6000.
p. The Notre Dame Alumni Association has taken delivery of a unique gift from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)—an eight-feet high circular exhibit housing a photo that depicts the opening kickoff of the 1994 Notre Dame-Stanford football game in Notre Dame Stadium.p. The photograph, taken by the noted sports photographer Rich Clarkson, was shot from the 35-yard line as Notre Dame prepared to kick off and spans a full 360 degrees. The original 35 mm negative, just three inches high, was enlarged and separated into 14 photographic transparencies each eight feet high by four feet wide. The transparencies then were laminated on clear, flexible material to form panels called “Duratrans.” When assembled, the Duratrans form a circular photo mural twenty feet in diameter, not including an outer structure housing florescent tubes that backlight the Duratrans.p. Until this spring, the photo mural had been on display at the NCAA’s Visitors Center in Overland Park, Kan. Then, discussions among NCAA officials, Notre Dame Sports Information Director John Heisler, and Notre Dame Alumni Association Executive Director Charles Lennon, Jr., paved the way for the mural to be brought to Notre Dame.p. Lennon then hired Bruce Auerbach, associate chair and associate professional specialist in Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television and Theatre, to create a portable framework in which to display the mural. The result is a freestanding “stadium” structure faced in simulated brick and complete with Notre Dame pennants and crowd noise delivered through an integrated audio system.p. The mural will be on display in the Alumni Hospitality Center in the Joyce Center fieldhouse during all home football weekends. The center is open on gamedays from 9 a.m. until one hour after the games, and all are welcome.p. The hospitality center, provided as a free service of the Notre Dame Alumni Association, features food, Notre Dame videos, concerts by the Glee Club and the song and dance troupe, Shenanigans, and performances by the Notre Dame cheerleaders and pom pon squad

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