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The city of South Bend and the University of Notre Dame broke ground Monday on a joint project in Seitz Park.

For the city, the groundbreaking is about the next phase in the My South Bend Parks and Trails project. For the University, it’s about what’s underground.


A 2.5 megawatt hydroelectric plant, powered by the St. Joe River, will be installed under Seitz Park. Once finished, the plant will provide 7 percent of Notre Dame’s power.  

DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Notre Dame Professors Lead Archaeological Dig

Aug 12, 2019
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WILMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A group conducting an archaeological dig in northern Illinois has found pieces of broken pottery, projectile points and other artifacts dating to the 1600s.

Two University of Notre Dame professors have been leading summer volunteers on an exploration at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. The project at the Middle Grant Creek Site is revealing how people of the Oneota culture lived in the area four centuries ago.

Annacaroline Caruso

Kids attended a workshop at Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts center to learn how to make movie sounds, something also known as Foley. 

The kids who attended the Foley workshop recreated the sounds from the opening scene of Back to the Future.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have hired former Notre Dame women's associate head coach Niele Ivey among the new assistants on Taylor Jenkins' staff. There are now nine women coaches in the NBA. The Grizzlies also announced the hiring of Brad Jones, David McClure, James "Scoonie" Penn, Vitaly Potapenko and Neven Spahija. Ivey spent the past 12 seasons at her alma mater with the last four as Notre Dame's associate head coach and recruiting coordinator.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame Stadium is getting a layer of natural turf in preparation for a professional soccer match.

Crews began unrolling large rolls of turf at the stadium Monday ahead of Friday's scheduled friendly matchup between Liverpool F.C. and Borussia Dortmund.

Fenway Sports Group is the owner of the Liverpool team and the Boston Red Sox. It's leasing the stadium as part of a three-city tour that will include preseason friendly matches at the stadium, Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium.

NASA/Ames Research Center/Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project


Saturday is the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Throughout the Apollo missions, NASA astronauts brought back more than two thousand rock and soil samples from six landing sites. 

Some of those samples have ended up at the University of Notre Dame where a team of geologists study the Moon.


A large study of genetics and autism coming to the University of Notre Dame this Saturday is looking for participants.

Notre Dame's Shakespeare Festival Is July 19-26

Jul 9, 2019

WVPE is proud to be a media sponsor of the 2019 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival. 

This year's festival features three different event experiences. 

Shakespeare After Hours is Friday, July 19 at LangLab in South Bend at 7 and 9:30pm.

ShakeScenes is at Washinton Hall on the Notre Dame campus  Saturday, July 20 at 2pm. 

Shakespeare in Fremont Park is Thursday, July 25 and Friday, July 26 at 7pm in South Bend's Fremont Park. 

More information is available at: 

Stricker Makes Record Debut And Wins U.S. Senior Open

Jun 30, 2019
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Steve Stricker made his U.S. Senior Open debut one for the record book by closing with a 1-under 69 to set the 72-hole record and win by six shots.

Summer Construction Set At Notre Dame's Landmark Grotto

Jun 9, 2019

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Construction work at the University of Notre Dame's famed prayer grotto is expected to last throughout the summer months.

The university says the work will include closing the main staircase to the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes so it can be completely replaced with wider, more accessible steps.

Crews will also replace the pavement in the gathering area facing the grotto with natural stone pavers. Other work involves installing new memorial benches at the grotto near Sacred Heart Basilica on the South Bend campus.

University of Notre Dame

Commencement at Notre Dame was held earlier on Sunday and moved indoors due to weather.  Here is the university's recap of the event:

UPDATE: Notre Dame Moves Commencement Indoors

May 18, 2019
University of Notre Dame


From Notre Dame:

Due to the high probability of heavy rain and lightning, the University of Notre Dame has moved its 174th University Commencement Ceremony on Sunday (May 19) to Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center, beginning two hours earlier than scheduled, at 8 a.m. Individual diploma ceremonies also will start earlier than scheduled, at noon Sunday.

Commencement Is This Weekend At Notre Dame

May 13, 2019
University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame issued the following release of information about this weekend's graduation ceremonies:  

The University of Notre Dame will confer 3,147 degrees during Commencement Weekend Saturday and Sunday (May 18 and 19) on campus.