Erin Blasko | October 29, 2017
Scott Lanier had seen the movie “Rudy.” He even lived in Chicago for a few years, just 90 minutes west of South Bend along the Indiana Toll Road.
But before moving here for a job at the University of Notre Dame, he had never set foot in the city.
“So far, so good,” he said.
A native of central Georgia, southeast of Atlanta, Lanier joined Notre Dame as director of dining and nutrition for religious houses in April.
On Tuesday, Oct. 17, he joined new faculty members and administrators from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, Holy Cross College, Indiana University South Bend and Ivy Tech Community College for a tour of downtown South Bend and the near west side.
Notre Dame’s Office of Community Relations and Visit South Bend Mishawaka hosted the event, which included visits to the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture, Civil Rights Heritage Center, History Museum, Studebaker National Museum and South Bend Civic Theatre, plus a short bus tour of downtown South Bend.
The event did not include Mishawaka this year because of time, but Dave Wood, the city’s mayor, addressed the group afterward during a catered reception at the Center for Arts and Culture.
Lanier, who moved to South Bend from Athens, was pleased to observe elements of the same college town atmosphere here, from the close relationship between the University and community to the focus on arts and culture as contributors to quality of life.