TheWeek@ND Fac/Staff Edition (April 19)


For the Week of April 19

University Initiatives

Notre Dame Day
The eighth annual Notre Dame Day is here! Please tune in to the live broadcast featuring amazing stories of students, professors, alumni and friends of Notre Dame who are making an impact all over the world and make a gift to further the work of the areas of campus that mean the most to you! Speaking of which ... did you know ERGs are included in Notre Dame Day?
The Notre Dame Day broadcast will be live from campus on:
Monday, April 19; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6:42 p.m. to 12:11 a.m.

Prayer Service for Racial Justice
The Notre Dame community is invited to gather for a prayer service for racial justice. University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will offer words of welcome, and Vice President and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs Rev. Hugh Page will offer a brief reflection. 
If you plan to attend in person, COVID health and safety measures will be in place, and those in attendance will be required to wear a mask and maintain physical distance. The prayer service will also be live streamed on the Campus Ministry website.
Monday, April 19; 5 p.m. at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes ​​​​​​​

Arts and Performances


2021 MFA Candidates Thesis Exhibition
This annual exhibition is composed of the culminating thesis projects created by the six students graduating in May from the three-year Master of Fine Arts degree program in the Department of Art, Art History and Design.
Tuesday, April 20, through Saturday, May 22, in the O’Shaughnessy Galleries (West), Snite Museum of Art

Gallery Tour: Three on a Theme
Take some time out from your busy week to go on a virtual tour of three works from the museum’s vast collections. For this 30-minute tour, participants will celebrate Earth Day by exploring works of art that connect us with our planet. Register via the link.
Thursday, April 22; 12:30 to 1 p.m. via Zoom

BFA/BA Honors Thesis Exhibition
This annual exhibition consists of the culminating thesis projects created by the students graduating with a BFA or BA Honors​ degree from the Department of Art, Art History and Design.
Friday, April 23, through Friday, May 21; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the AAHD Gallery (Room 214), Riley Hall


Senior Thesis Play Reading: “To Be Well”
A modern play inspired by the writings of the medieval female Christian mystic Julian of Norwich. The play centers around Liz, a high school student whose spiritual life is greatly impacted by both the mystical writings of Julian and her own intense mental health struggles. This senior thesis project is by Julia Goldschmidt in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre.
Tuesday, April 20; 7:30 p.m. online

Notre Dame Dance Company Spring Showcase
Catch the 70+ dancers performing tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop and contemporary routines.
Thursday and Friday, April 22 and 23; 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the main stage, Washington Hall (Invite only. $5)
Saturday, April 24; 9 to 11 p.m. on South Lawn (Free and open to the campus community)

Play: “The Taming of the Shrew”
The Not-So-Royal Shakespeare Company will perform its spring show, directed by Isobel Grogan and assistant directed by Cate Cappelmann. Seating is limited. Tickets are $5.
Saturday, April 24; 7 to 9 p.m. on the Mainstage, Washington Hall

Deadlines or Registrations

Time-Out for Tech: “Filters in Photoshop”
Do you want to look younger, thinner and happier? This session will teach you how to do just that —digitally, at least! Learn about Photoshop’s newest filters and discover how to change someone’s expression, pose and age in mere seconds. The Zoom link will be added to the calendar event the day before the session.
Tuesday, April 27; 2 to 2:30 p.m. via Zoom

Diversity and Inclusion

Thrive! Presents: Let’s Zoom Lunch
Spring has sprung, and with the new season comes new hope. Are you feeling it? Or are you feeling like this season is an extension of the last crazy year? Come talk with friends and colleagues in an upbeat lunch. As always, drop in when you can and stay as long as you like. RSVP to receive the Zoom link.
Thursday, April 22; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom

Educational and Research Opportunities

Landscape Painting with Adobe Fresco
Learn how to create a landscape painting using Adobe Fresco — a powerful drawing app with the world’s largest digital brush collection.
Tuesday, April 20; 1 to 2 p.m. via Zoom

Webinar: “Identify and Prioritize Your Savings Goals”
If you want help saving for multiple goals, join Fidelity for an educational webinar where you’ll learn strategies and tips on prioritizing and funding your specific savings goals, like buying a new home or car, saving for a child’s college costs and more. Register now by logging in to NetBenefits.
Tuesday, April 20; 4 p.m. via webinar
Thursday, April 22; noon

Notre Dame Toastmasters
Want to speak better in groups, in speeches, online or in person? Try Toastmasters. We’re open to all with an ND affiliation, and to Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students. Visit Fill out the Contact Us form and you’ll be sent a link to the Zoom meeting.
Every Tuesday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. via Zoom

Lightning Talks and Discussion: “Predatory Publishing and Questionable Conferences”
What is predatory publishing and what can you do to protect your academic reputation? (Note: If you are unable to attend on this date, please complete the registration form to indicate that you are interested in attending on another date.)
Wednesday, April 21; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Intro to Github and Markdown
Learn the basic functions of contributing to a repository and writing documents in its preferred plain-text format, markdown.
Thursday, April 22; 11 a.m. to noon in the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship (Room 246), Hesburgh Library

Ed Talk: “Creating an Inclusive Online Learning Community: Alternative Assessment Examples and Strategies”
As classrooms become more diverse, the inclusivity of assessments and evaluations becomes increasingly important. In this presentation, Lisa Dolasinski will illustrate the best ways to design accessible assessments, as well as give examples of and strategies for inclusive assessment.
Friday, April 23; 2 to 3 p.m. via Zoom

OIT Training Classes
Office of Information Technologies technical training classes are free of charge and will be online until further notice.
∙ Google Drive, Level II: More Drive Features, Tuesday, April 27; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
∙ buyND, Tuesday, April 27; 2 to 4:30 p.m.
∙ Data Governance Boot Camp, Wednesday, April 28; 10 a.m. to noon
∙ Qualtrics Forms, Level III: Workflow, Wednesday, April 28; 1 to 3:30 p.m.
∙ Adobe Spark: Tell Your Story in Posts, Pages and Videos, Wednesday, April 28; 1 to 4:30 p.m.
∙ Google Sheets, Level II: Pivot Tables, Wednesday, April 28; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
∙ Photoshop CC, Level II: Creating Animated GIFs, Thursday, April 29; 9 to 11 a.m. 
∙ Google Sheets, Level IV: Query Function, Thursday, April 29; 9 to 11:30 a.m.
To register for courses, go to Questions or problems registering? Call 631-7227 or email OIT at 

Research Opportunity

Recruiting College-level Instructors for Online Research Study about Testing Practices During COVID-19

The Learning Analytics and Measurement in Behavioral Sciences (LAMBS) Lab at Notre Dame invites faculty and other college-level instructors to take part in research examining the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on college instructors’ assessment practices. The URL here will take you to the survey which will determine eligibility. You will earn $10 as compensation for participating.
Ongoing beginning Monday, April 19; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. online

Faith and Service

Staff Grief Support Group
If you are a staff member who has experienced the death of a loved one — a child, a spouse, a parent, a close friend or colleague — you are invited to join a support group of other staff who have experienced the loss. RSVP here. Offered every third Tuesday of the month.
Tuesday, April 20; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Health and Recreation

WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) April Updates
With warmer days and longer daylight hours, we’re all itching to get outside. Going on a picnic or dining outdoors? Enjoy these 10 foods that taste better in spring. The WW Guide to Spring is filled with expert tips, seasonal recipes, outdoor workouts and free gifts when you invite your colleague to join WW.

April 2021 Calm Calendar
The Calm Calendar is an invitation to meet your life with presence and curiosity. As April is Stress Awareness Month, we encourage you to use the calendar to help you check in with yourself and honor the wisdom of your body and mind. You can download the calendar here.

Lectures and Presentations

Lecture — “Education’s End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life”
Join the Constitutional Studies Program and the Program of Liberal Studies for a virtual discussion with Anthony Kronman, Yale Law School.
Monday, April 19; 9:35 to 10:50 a.m. virtually

Engaged Learning Forum: “Democratic Engagement on Campus”
ND Votes is a strong advocate for democratic and civic engagement. In this engaged learning forum, the ND Votes leadership team will share its experience during the 2020 presidential election cycle, its vision for campus democratic engagement and how to integrate engagement efforts during a time of polarization.
Monday, April 19; 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. virtually

Justice and Asia Distinguished Lecture: “A Murder in Manchuria”
The Liu Institute launches its Justice and Asia Distinguished Lecture with a virtual lecture by Haiyan Lee of Stanford University. Lee will use the 1956 film “The Murder Case of Xu Qiuying” to illustrate the distinctions between spy thriller and detective fiction, and between “high justice” and “low justice” in the Chinese literary and political-legal traditions. Register here.
Monday, April 19; 4 to 5 p.m. via Zoom

Panel Discussion: “Filming Controversy: Ireland, Germany, Brazil”
What challenges do filmmakers face when handling difficult events and historical legacies? What role should films play in the treatment of such legacies? How do historians, filmmakers and critics interact in the creation of documentary and dramatized productions? Panelists: Kátia Lund, Thomas Weber and Bríona Nic Dhiarmada. Colin Barr, moderator. Sponsored by the Clingen Family Center for the Study of Modern Ireland as part of its series of moderated events titled “Conversations in the Humanities, Culture and Policy.”
Tuesday, April 20; 11 a.m. to noon via webinar

Lecture — “Public Service Motivation: Origins, Development and Future Research”
This Kellogg Institute presentation will focus on the origins of research about public service motivation, what has been learned from the research and questions for future research. James Perry will explicitly refer to research conducted in international settings, with special emphasis on attraction-selection processes, performance and incentives. Registration required.
Tuesday, April 20; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom

Discussion: “The Future of the Catholic Church in Africa”
Join Rev. Paul Kollman, C.S.C., for the final discussion of the Catholic Church in Africa. This week, Father Kollman will focus on the future of the Church as powerful, Pentecostal and prominent. Sister Edelquine Shivachi, a third-year doctoral student in ND’s World Religions World Church program, will join the conversation.
Tuesday, April 20; 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. via Zoom

Lecture: “The Strategic Role of the Chaplain Corps in Promoting Racial Harmony Within the Army”
Presented by Alwyn Michael S. Albano Jr., U.S. Army chaplain and Catholic priest.
Tuesday, April 20; 4:30 to 6 p.m. virtually

Presentation: “Bridewealth System in Kenyan Communities”
Notre Dame may offer “ring by spring” and marriage pacts, but in Kenya, the bridewealth system is the main structure surrounding marriage. Come learn from the CSLC’s Swahili Fulbright Teaching Assistant, Jossy Mutisya, about all things “dowry” in Kenya and other parts of Africa.
Tuesday, April 20; 5 to 6 p.m. via Zoom

Panel Discussion: “Promoting Human Flourishing in Central America”
Central Americans confront violence, corruption and lack of adequate employment on a daily basis — factors that force some to migrate to the U.S. in search of a better life. Explore how researchers, practitioners and policymakers can continue to work together to support a vision of human flourishing.
Wednesday, April 21; 1 to 2:30 p.m. online

Talk: “Heart’s Desire and Social Change”
Join Vice President and Associate Provost Rev. Dan Groody, C.S.C., as he interviews Lou Nanni, vice president for University relations.
Wednesday, April 21; 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. online

Lecture — “Mexico Immigration: The South Bend Case”
Mexican immigrants are the largest immigrant group in South Bend and one that is growing. In this lecture and discussion, we learn about the demographic profiles of these new immigrants, why they have come to the Midwest — and South Bend, in particular — and how they are adapting and contributing to South Bend economic and social life.
Thursday, April 22; noon to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom

Webinar — “Care for Our Common Planet: A Catholic-Muslim Earth Day Conversation”
How can we create a truly “green” recovery that prompts dialogue and action among faiths and communities? How might our response to ecological challenges draw on compassion and justice, recognizing the valuable contributions of religion? Join the Ansari Institute and the World Muslim Communities Council for this special Earth Day conversation.
Thursday, April 22; noon to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom (registration required)

Lecture — “Island Endurance: Ritual, Heritage and Sustainability on Inishark and Inishbofin”
Ryan Lash, ND ’10, now the Naughton Fellow at the Keough-Naughton Institute, will offer a compelling account of endurance on the islands of Inishark, evacuated in 1960, and Inishbofin, still home to some 200 residents. His focus: creativity of heritage and the power of commemoration for community sustainability.
Thursday, April 22; 2 to 3 p.m. via webinar

Presentations by “Talk Science!”
Scientia, the College of Science’s undergraduate research journal, is hosting another Talk Science! Hear from Professor Tim Beers about “Archaeology of the Stars: Evidence for the Origin and Evolution of the Elements” and undergraduate Shannon Steines about “Characterizing the Retinal Pigment Epithelium During Retinal Regeneration in Zebrafish.”
Thursday, April 22; 7 to 8 p.m. via Zoom (Meeting ID: 920 3392 3879 and Passcode: 328730)

Lecture: “The Mausoleum of Hadrian (Castel Sant’Angelo). A New Architectural Reconstruction.”
The lecture by Professor Paolo Vitti presents a new architectural analysis on the Mausoleum of Hadrian in Rome, whose internal distribution and exterior appearance has remained an enigma for Roman architecture scholars. Please email to request the Zoom link to attend.
Friday, April 23; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Panel Discussion — “The Historic Vietnam Veterans Protest in Washington: Lessons for Today”
In 1971, a group of more than 1,000 veterans launched the Dewey Canyon III operation, a “limited incursion into the land of Congress.” Friday, April 23, marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most influential anti-war actions of the era. Join the Keough Institute for a panel discussion highlighting the voices of veterans from generations past and present.
Friday, April 23; 3 to 4:30 p.m. online

Pre-Accelerator Showcase
The IDEA Center’s Spring Pre-Accelerator Showcase will feature pitches from 12 of Notre Dame’s top student startups looking for mentors and pre-seed funding to help accelerate their business. RSVP here.
Friday, April 23; 4 to 5 p.m. virtually (a link to be sent out 24 hours in advance)

Social Gatherings

Pausa Caffè: Espresso e Cappuccino
Coffee may be the lifeblood of college students, but how many actually know the origins of their favorite brews? Cappuccino is an Italian espresso-based coffee prepared with steamed milk foam. Join the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures to learn to make cappuccino all’italiana!
Wednesday, April 21; 9:15 to 10 a.m. via Zoom

The Shirt 2021 Unveiling Ceremony
What color will The Shirt be? Join in to see The Shirt 2021 design! Food trucks (student ID required) will be serving treats at both locations. At 5:30 p.m., student performances, behind-the-scenes footage and ND celebrity cameos will be streamed as we wait in anticipation for the newest design of The Shirt to be revealed at 6 p.m.
Friday, April 23; 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. on South Lawn and Library Lawn

Also This Week ...

Avoid Disruptions When Sharing Zoom Links
To prevent any uninvited participants disrupting your meeting, do not share your meeting IDs, including your Personal Meeting ID (PMI) publicly — especially not on social media. For additional security, consider locking the meeting once everyone has joined.

Sakai Tip: View Student Activity in Your Sakai Course Site
How often do your students access a course site in Sakai? How would an instructor know if students are actively reading files they post or checking content linked on a Lessons page? Student activity in your course site can be reviewed in the site’s Analytics tool.

Keep up to date on colleagues celebrating service anniversaries. Obituaries and memorial information may be found at In Memory. Please contact askHR at 631-5900 to submit obituary and memorial updates.