Executive Committee Members:
Dan is a senior from Dayton, Ohio, and is currently the President of The Shirt Project. Formerly a resident of Keenan Hall, Dan now resides off-campus and is about to graduate with a degree in Aerospace Engineering, with a concentration in Design and Manufacturing. Aside from his studies and duties with The Shirt Project, he has participated in a number of intramural sports such as football, baseball, basketball, softball, and volleyball.
This is Dan’s second year with The Shirt Project; last year he was an Executive Committee Member in charge of Media and Public Relations. Following graduation, he will hand over The Shirt duties to his Vice President and plans to spend 6 weeks backpacking through Europe. Upon his return, he will start work as a Propulsion Engineer for the Compressor Research Facility located at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH.
John Wetzel is a Sophomore who hails from Dallas, Texas. He is the current Vice President of The Shirt 2013. He worked as a designer for The Shirt 2012. He is in the Riley Program and pursuing degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design. On campus, he resides in St. Edward’s Hall where he has represented them on the Football field as well as a Interhall Dodgeball Champion. John grew up a devout Notre Dame Football fan, and always dreamed of working on The Shirt. In addition to his schoolwork, John loves traveling, photography, videography and amateur construction.
Abbey Dankoff is a freshman from Akron, Ohio and is an Executive Committee member responsible for Graphic Design for The Shirt Project 2013. Abbey is a proud resident of Lewis Hall and competes on the dorm’s interhall flag football team. She is currently pursuing a degree from the College of Arts and Letters with a Graphic Design focus.
Though new to Notre Dame football and to The Shirt Project, Abbey has greatly enjoyed being a part of the committee for the 2013 season and hopes to continue to be a part of the project in years to come. She hopes that the Notre Dame community enjoys the 2013 shirt, and she can’t wait to see fans from across the world wearing her design during next year’s season.
Molly Howell is a freshman from Carmel, Indiana, and a proud Babe of Breen-Phillips Hall. Molly is currently planning on majoring in both Economics and History and minoring in Gender Studies. Outside of her work with The Shirt she writes for The Observer and volunteers off-campus tutoring elementary school students in the South Bend area. Her others passions are writing, reading, music, and all things sports.
Molly is a designer for The Shirt 2013 and incredibly excited to be a part of the committee and The Shirt Project. A second-generation Domer, she was raised to bleed blue and gold and has been a proud Notre Dame football fan since 1993. Among the many special histories and traditions surrounding the University and Notre Dame football Molly finds The Shirt exceptionally special because it a project that focuses entirely on the student body. Seeing a uniform sea of students in The Shirt at football games is one of her favorite Notre Dame memories, and she cannot wait for the next season.
Daniel McCarthy is a junior from Glen Ellyn, Illinois and an Executive Committee Member of The Shirt 2013 Project. This is his second year working with the project. On campus, Dan resides in Duncan Hall and is a member of the dorm’s interhall ice hockey and golf teams. A finance and computer applications major, Dan is an active member of the Notre Dame Club Golf team as well as a teaching assistant for the Mendoza College of Business.
Dan grew up an avid Notre Dame fan with his grandfather and several uncles attending the university. His most vivid memory of his first Notre Dame game was the student section and countless supporters all wearing The Shirt in unison. It was this lasting impression that not only made him want to attend the university, but also become a member of The Shirt Committee and make a lasting memory for others. Dan is honored to have been a part of such an iconic Notre Dame tradition, especially with the 2012 Shirt, and cannot wait to see fans wearing The Shirt 2013 next fall.
Vishal Dave is a junior from Howell, New Jersey and is an Executive Committee Member for the Shirt Project 2013. Vishal resides in Alumni Hall and is currently pursuing a dual degree in Economics and Environmental Science. Vishal transferred from the University of Miami and has been at Notre Dame since Fall of 2011. He is excited to work on the Shirt Project particularly because of how the project provides opportunities and resources for other clubs and organizations.
Everything from tapping a “Play Like A Champion” sign while running out to Pop Warner football games wearing blue and gold uniforms to meeting a family whose weekly Saturday Notre Dame watch reunions are as much of a certainty as nightly dinner, Vishal comes from a community that has openly embraced Notre Dame as the golden standard for both Excellence and Tradition. It amazes him the amount of pageantry and passion that the University of Notre Dame instills all around the country. He’d also like to further express his appreciation for the families, friends, teachers, and coaches, such as Dennis Cotter, who have taught him the importance of accountability and dedication that is necessary to be successful both on and off the field.
Catherine Simonson is from Ridgefield, Connecticut. She is currently a Junior living in Badin Hall, home of the Bullfrogs. She is also a Marketing major and is hoping to eventually work in fashion marketing after graduation. What a better way to enter the fashion world than through The Shirt project? Catherine is serving as an Executive Committee Member of The Shirt Project 2013, and is specifically working on Media and Communications networking.
Catherine decided to join The Shirt committee this year in order to have a hand in helping to design and promote the shirt that will represent her senior season. Catherine can’t believe that this will be the final shirt she wears as a Notre Dame student, but is thrilled to be a part of the tradition.
Allyson Grillot is from Rogersville, Missouri. A junior, she is majoring in Information Technology Management and picking up a minor in Mandarin Chinese. She recently returned from a semester abroad in Fremantle Australia during which she traveled to Singapore, Indonesia, and New Zealand. Although she dearly misses the Australian sunshine, she is glad to be back home under the dome and excited to resume her position as Director of Media and Alumni Relations for The Shirt Project 2013.
Allyson learned about The Shirt Project only last year. However, she quickly realized The Shirt was not just a shirt… it was a Shirt that could simultaneously ignite the blazing passion of 80,795 fans and raise thousands of dollars for on-campus clubs and charities. She believes The Shirt truly encapsulates the spirit of Notre Dame, and she has thoroughly enjoyed her time on both the 2012 and 2013 committees.
Catherine Kesman is a sophomore from Lake Forest, Illinois. She is pursuing a double major in marketing and graphic design, in preparation for a career in advertising. She has a passion for art and visual communication. In addition to serving as an Executive Committee Member on The Shirt Committee, Catherine is a photographer and graphic designer for the Student Union Board, a chair of Ryan Hall’s signature dorm service event, and a Eucharistic minister. She also enjoys playing intramural volleyball and whiffle ball.
Though she is the first in her family to attend the University of Notre Dame, Catherine’s grandfather was a “subway alum” who attended ND football games at every opportunity and her father has always held an equal affection for the school. She appreciates how every game day weekend is a homecoming in itself, with The Shirt uniting all those who support Notre Dame, whether they have attended the University or just love to cheer on the Irish.
Caitlin Doyle is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the Secretary for The Shirt 2013 Project. A sophomore in Ryan Hall, she is currently majoring in Finance and pursuing a minor in Art History. In addition to her work with The Shirt Committee, she is also a contributing writer for College Fashionista and a Calculus tutor on campus.
The daughter of an avid Notre Dame fan, Caitlin was never as interested in football as her father until she came here as a freshman. Now, she is as big a Notre Dame Football fan as anyone on campus. She loves how The Shirt is a vital part of bringing the Notre dame community together and unites fans, students, and alumni. This is her first year on the Committee, and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of a project that has grown to mean so much to her.