Lori Butchko

230 Debartolo Performing Arts Center

  1. If you were an ice cream flavor, what would you be?
    I would say Rainbow because it is so colorful. I love bright colors because they make me happy. To get a second opinion I asked one of my friends who said it would have to be a flavor that has some spice in it and came up with Glampfire Trail Mix that is inspired by outdoorsy getaways filled with indoorsy perks which sounds accurate to me
  2. If you were a YouTube star, what would you be famous for?
    Painting furniture using all types of methods, but especially pour painting. I love transformation!
  3. What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?
    Probably Octopus. I am a very picky eater and not a big fan of seafood so trying Octopus was quite the adventure for me.
  4. What is something you would like to learn or do in your life?
    There has been a part of me that always wanted to learn how to sew because one can do so many amazing things with the talent. I also want to continue to travel within the US (go out West) and to other countries. I have travelled to Greece, Canada, Mexico, Turkey, Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, Spain, Poland, & Netherlands. My next trip will be to Italy, Denmark, and maybe Portugal. Other destinations on my bucket list are South Africa, New Zealand, and Croatia.
  5. Choosing anyone in the world, who would you like to have as a dinner guest and why?
    Jane Fonda comes to mind because she has had so many experiences and has always been a strong advocate for empowering women and girls.

I am a “townie” and started working at Notre Dame as a co-op student. I have worked for the Registrar’s Office, Sociology, Anthropology, and The Journal for Decision Sciences in Mendoza. While working I attended Indiana University South Bend and graduated with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration. To continue my education I moved to Massachusetts where I earned a Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. After obtaining my Masters’ degree, I was employed at Purdue University and have now come full circle by returning to Notre Dame to work in the Department of Film, Television, & Theatre.

In my free time, I enjoy watching bad reality shows like the Bachelor/Bachelorette and Married at First Sight, spending time with my two Golden Retrievers and two cats, gardening, painting things, scrapbooking, shopping, going to Water in Motion classes, walking, and traveling with my husband or friends. Hosting foreign high school exchange students is also something I enjoy. For the past 16 years’ my husband and I have hosted 18 high school international exchange students through AFS-USA Intercultural Exchange Programs and I also serve as a Volunteer. We feel blessed to have host daughters and sons from 12 countries. Hosting has provided the opportunity for us to learn about ourselves and other countries and cultures. It is a wonderful adventure!