TheWeek@ND Fac/Staff Edition (Aug. 24)


For the Week of August 24

Arts and Performances

[Postponed] AAHD Gallery Exhibition: Imagining Haunting: ‘Elsewheres and Elsewhens’
The AAHD Gallery at Riley Hall is proud to announce an exhibition of paintings by Katie Neece, MFA ’20. [Postponed until further notice.]
The exhibition runs from Monday, Aug. 24, through Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the AAHD Gallery (Room 214, Riley Hall) Mondays–Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Virtual Slow Look
Take a break at home or from your office for a slow look at Ansel Adams’ Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada, from Lone Pine, California on view in “Touchstones of the Twentieth Century: A History of Photography at the University of Notre Dame.” We’ll virtually place you in the exhibition via a Zoom livestream. Register through the attached link.
Friday, Aug. 28; noon to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom
Saturday, Aug. 29; 2 to 2:30 p.m. via Zoom

The Snite Museum of Art has partnered with the St. Joseph County Public Library to bring this exciting national project to the Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park through Wednesday, Sept. 30. StoryWalk combines experiencing nature with reading together as a family. Our StoryWalk will explore the book “Finding Wild” by Megan Wagner Lloyd and Abigail Halpin.
Saturday, Aug. 29; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park

Awards and Competitions

Environmental Justice Digital Messaging Contest Voting
As part of Energy Week, dorms and off-campus groups are competing in a digital messaging contest on the theme of environmental justice. Members of the Notre Dame community are invited to view submissions and cast their votes from Monday, Aug. 24, at 9 a.m. through Thursday, Aug. 27, at noon.

Deadlines or Registrations

Global Health Case Competition
The Eck Institute for Global Health is excited to announce the annual Notre Dame Global Health Case Competition. The first virtual dinner seminar is Monday, Aug. 31, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Please sign up for the seminar(s) using the link provided.  
Monday, Aug. 31; 5:30 to 7 p.m. via Zoom (link will be sent to those who register)

LGBTQ 101 Training for Faculty/Staff
We will discuss a variety of issues and concerns faced by students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ) within today’s culture, including an overview of the Catholic teachings on sexual orientation, definitions related to sexual orientation and gender identity, common myths, misunderstandings and more. Register for the training at
Wednesday, Sept. 2; 9:30 to 11 a.m. via Zoom

Staff Virtual Prayer of Remembrance
Staff Chaplain Rev. Jim Bracke, C.S.C., will lead the prayer honoring all deceased staff as well as deceased loved ones of staff. The prayer will express our love for those deceased and offer an opportunity as a community to support one another. Register here.
Friday, Sept. 4; 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. virtually

London Book Club: Hitchcock in London
Register for a new, free, multimedia, educational enrichment series examining Hitchcock in London. Led by Professor Susan Ohmer, this four-part series celebrates both the work of a brilliant director and the sights and sounds of a city he loved. The program includes book excerpts, films, explainer videos, mini essays and weekly interactive Zoom sessions. Learn more and register here by Sunday, Aug. 30.
Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 9; 1 to 2 p.m. virtually 

Active Ally Training for Faculty/Staff
This training will focus on how heterosexual allies can help make the Notre Dame community a safer, more welcoming and inclusive environment for LGBTQ individuals. This training is designed for those who already have a basic understanding of issues and concerns that LGBTQ individuals face, with information to become an active ally for undergraduate students at Notre Dame. Register by Oct. 1.
Thursday, Oct. 8; 1 to 2:30 p.m. via Zoom

Deals and Discounts

Under Armour Sideline Sale
We’re offering 20 percent off all Under Armour apparel and accessories. The sale is valid in store and online at
Monday through Friday, Aug. 24–28

Flex Points at Rohr’s
New this year, students are able to use flex points at Rohr’s restaurant, located within the Morris Inn. Students, faculty and staff can order breakfast, lunch or dinner. Order take-out by calling 631-2018 or on GrubHub’s ND to GO platform. Physically distanced seating is also available on the Wind Family Fireside Terrace behind Morris Inn.

Educational and Research Opportunities

Hesburgh Libraries and Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship:

Getting Started with RefWorks
This virtual workshop will teach you the basics of using a citation manager.
Tuesday, Aug. 25; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Zotero for the Efficient Researcher
Learn how to manage your research using Zotero — a free bibliographic management system.
Wednesday, Aug. 26; 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. via Zoom OR in the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship (Room 246), Hesburgh Library


OIT Training Class
Office of Information Technologies technical training classes are free of charge and will be online until further notice.
∙ GLez Training, Thursday, Sept. 3, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
To register for courses, go to Questions or problems registering? Call 631-7227 or email OIT at 

Faith and Service

Engaged Learning Forum: “Learning Together during COVID-19”
This summer, the Engaged Learning Forum (ELF) series provided space for community partners to discuss challenges faced during the coronavirus and share resources. Join us for the first ELF of fall 2020 to meet campus and community leaders, hear what we’ve learned about effective community and university partnerships and contribute to the conversation. Register by Wednesday, Aug. 26.
Friday, Aug. 28; 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. virtually

Staff Prayer Line
Staff Chaplain Rev. Jim Bracke, C.S.C., has initiated a prayer line to support staff working on and off-campus. With the coronavirus and a society looking at racial justice, many are uncertain, fearful and anxious. Prayer can be a path to finding peace, courage and strength. All prayer requests are confidential and only accessible to Father Jim. Submit your prayer requests here.

Health and Recreation

Virtual Fitness Classes Begin This Week
Take your favorite fitness classes with RecSports virtually this semester! Click here for more information.
Classes meet Monday, Aug. 24, through Friday, Nov. 13 

Lectures and Presentations

14th Annual Notre Dame Energy Week
During this weeklong event, there will be several activities, including a dorm/off-campus residence competition focused on creating an environmental justice advertisement, plus presentations about ensuring the health, prosperity and resiliency of our planet for generations to come. Register online for the presentations found below.
Sunday, Aug. 23 through Friday, Aug. 28; via Zoom

“ND Energy Bouts ... Fighting for Renewable Energy”
If you had $100 million to donate to innovative research in nuclear, solar or wind energy, how would you distribute it? Join us for a rematch between three prominent Notre Dame researchers who will attempt to persuade you to give them your virtual vote. The contenders are Peter Burns, Prashant Kamat and Scott Morris. Registration required.
Monday, Aug. 24; 7 to 8:15 p.m. via Zoom

“Notre Dame’s Energy Future … Growing Greener”
Paul Kempf, assistant vice president for utilities and maintenance, will discuss the University’s strategic plan to improve its carbon footprint, including collaborations with the city of South Bend to complete a hydropower facility and a partnership with Indiana Michigan Power to build its largest solar generating facility. Registration required.
Tuesday, Aug. 25; 7 to 8 p.m. via Zoom

“It Can’t Be Done … Or Can It?”
Former Notre Dame professor Patrick Regan, founder/CEO of Crossroads Solar, and four undergraduate students will share their experiences in establishing a startup aimed at providing jobs and life training opportunities for former felons, a testament of social and environmental justice, taking chances and getting the job done. Registration required.
Wednesday, Aug. 26; 7 to 8 p.m. via Zoom

“The Future of Mobility ... Tough Choices Ahead”
Transportation experts will provide an overview of current initiatives related to energy efficient transportation management and the impact these initiatives have on economic growth and the future of mobility. Panelists are Michael Noland ’82, Matt Peak and Chris Tindal. Co-sponsored by Net Impact. Registration required.
Thursday, Aug. 27; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

“The Gift of Solar in Puerto Rico ... Philanthropy and Climate Change”
Panelists Dory Trimble, executive director of the Honnold Foundation, and Arturo Massol Deyá, executive director of Casa Pueblo, will share their vision to create the first cooperatively managed, community-owned solar microgrid in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico. Co-sponsored by Notre Dame’s Puerto Rican Student Association. Registration required.
Thursday, Aug. 27; 7 to 8 p.m. via Zoom


Inspiring Conversations: “Leading People in an Ever-Changing World”

A new series from the Inspired Leadership Initiative features leaders from across many disciplines and industries. Led by Tom Schreier and Chris Stevens, the concepts of human-centered leadership —mission, empathy, courage and adaptability — will be explored through short videos, readings and interactive Zoom sessions. Our first speaker is Penny Wheeler, president and CEO of Allina Health. Learn more and register here.   
Tuesday, Aug. 25; 1 to 2 p.m. online

Lecture/Performance: “Understanding the Body with W.B. Yeats and James Joyce”
As part of the Kylemore Book Club, join us for the final live session with Professor Declan Kiberd. He will be joined by an Irish performance artist who will share the body as a creative expression. Be sure to watch Kiberd’s 5-minute explainer videos on ThinkND and register to participate in the Zoom session and LinkedIn discussion board.
Wednesday, Aug. 26; 1 to 2 p.m. online

The Workers’ Forum: “Confronting the Crisis on Unemployment, Housing and Workplace Safety”
The Workers’ Forum is a series of discussions on worker' rights, resources and roles during the pandemic and beyond. August’s event will focus on legal protections related to unemployment, housing and workplace safety. Judy Fox, clinical professor of law, will host the event alongside Dan Graff, director of the Higgins Labor Program. All are welcome.
Thursday, Aug. 27; 6 to 7:30 p.m. online

Webinar Discussion: “Learning Liberally: School Choice and Classical Education”
Students for Child Oriented Policy is hosting John Schoenig, senior director of education policy at ACE, and Walter Nicgorski of PLS for this discussion. Registration is free at the provided link.
Thursday, Aug. 27; 8 to 9 p.m. via Zoom

Lecture: “The 1619 Project and Reparations”
“Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary” is a weekly lecture series to guide our community through topics necessary to a deeper understanding of racial justice. This week, alumna Nikole Hannah-Jones ’98 explores her groundbreaking 1619 Project and the important subject of reparations. Open to the Notre Dame community.
Friday, Aug. 28; 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. via Zoom

Safety, Parking and Traffic

Sorin Court Traffic Circle to be Temporarily Closed
Due to large truck and crane activity, Sorin Court, north of the Main Building, will be closed to traffic between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Aug. 24–27. While the Main Building parking lot will be open to those with permits, the traffic circle will be blocked.
Delivery trucks often park in the circle to deliver packages to the Main Building. During this time, delivery trucks will need to park in the St. Liam Lot and walk packages to the building. Anyone expecting large deliveries during this time is encouraged to let vendors know of the closure of Sorin Court ahead of time.

The large truck activity will also periodically affect traffic on Holy Cross Drive at Sorin Court. Flaggers will stop and direct traffic along Holy Cross Drive when needed. See attached map.

Social Gatherings

Young Single Community Social for Faculty and Professional Staff
Join us for a casual, in person, but physically distanced outdoor social at the Hurwich Shelter near the river at St. Patrick’s Park. Face masks and safety precautions will be followed. Bring your own food and drink. For more information and to sign up, please use this form. Park entry: $4–5.
Friday, Aug. 28; 5 to 7:45 p.m. in St. Patrick’s Park Hurwich Shelter (50651 Laurel Rd, South Bend)

Tech Upgrades and Service Interruptions

OIT Help Desk Appointment Reminder
The OIT Help Desk staff can resolve most support questions or issues without face-to-face contact. If you need to visit the OIT Help Desk walk-in center at 115 DeBartolo Hall for assistance, you must access the registration tool to add your name to the current queue or sign up for an appointment. 

Also this Week ...

Hesburgh Library Launches Low-Contact Circulation Services
Get walk-up virtual help at the Zoom Ask Us Desk. Pick up your requests at the self-service hold shelf near the North Entrance. Use self-check machines on the first and 10th floors. Get up-to-date information on low-contact services, in-person access and how to safely use the library at the Hesburgh Libraries Service Continuity website.

Library Resource Survey 2020
Due to recent financial constraints, Hesburgh Libraries is exploring unsustainable costs related to citation index databases. We are evaluating two similar tools: Web of Science (WoS) and Scopus. Please complete this two-minute, anonymous survey by Sunday, Sept. 13, to help us understand campus needs. Questions? Please contact librarian Parker Ladwig (

Sakai Tip: What Do Your Students See in Sakai?
The best way to view your course site from a student’s perspective is by creating a Student Demo account in Sakai. This new account will give you the best chance to test the site to confirm that everything is visible and working as expected.

Notre Dame Vending’s Office Refreshment Service
Did you know? Notre Dame Vending's Office Refreshment Service can keep your office stocked with snacks and drinks including Keurig single cup brewing systems.

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.