TheWeek@ND Fac/Staff Edition (Dec. 7)



For the Week of December 7

Arts and Performances


Gallery Tour: Three and a Theme

Join us for a virtual tour of three works from the exhibition Touchstones of the Twentieth Century: A History of Photography at the University of Notre Dame. For this final thirty-minute Zoom tour of the exhibition, we will spend time exploring what women wear and why they wear it in three portraits spanning seventy years. Register via the link!
Wednesday, Dec. 9; 12:30 to 1 p.m. from the Snite Museum of Art via Zoom

Snite in the Snow
 ’Tis the season for holiday cheer! Enjoy four different ornament-making demonstrations inspired by works throughout the collection and three musical performances. Invite friends and family from near and far to join in the fun. Make a holiday memory together! Visit the link to register for this Zoom event and to see the program schedule.
Thursday, Dec. 10; 6 to 8 p.m. from the Snite Museum of Art via Zoom

Athletics and Sporting Events

Hockey Team to Hold Teddy Bear Collection Drive for Local Charities
Members of the hockey team will be on hand to collect teddy bears to be placed in the seats at the Compton Family Ice Arena for the Dec. 12 and 13 games versus Ohio State. The teddy bears will then be donated to Saint Joseph Health System’s local charities. All University coronavirus protocols will be followed including masks and social distancing.
Tuesday, Dec. 8; 11 a.m. to noon and 5 to 6 p.m. at Compton Family Ice Arena (outside the main entrance)

Women’s Basketball Team to Hold Teddy Bear Collection Drive for Local Charities
In place of the annual Teddy Bear Toss, women’s basketball fans can donate teddy bears to be placed in the seats at Purcell Pavilion for the Dec. 13 game vs. Georgia Tech. The teddy bears will then be donated to Saint Joseph Health System’s local charities. All University coronavirus protocols will be followed including masks and social distancing.
Thursday, Dec. 10; 5 to 7 p.m. at Purcell Pavilion, Joyce Center (outside the main entrance)

Closures, Limited Hours and Cancellations

Snite Museum of Art
For the health and safety of all, the Snite Museum of Art will remain closed until further notice. We will advise all when the museum may reopen in the new year.

Deadlines or Registrations

Basilica Implements Reservation System for Christmas Masses
Given the current health and safety guidelines, the Basilica will have an adjusted Christmas Mass schedule and will implement a reservation request system to accommodate as many people as possible in a safe manner. A reservation request form will open at 9 a.m., Monday, Dec. 14, and close at noon, Wednesday, Dec. 16.

Deals and Discounts

Notre Dame Press Holiday Book Sale
Wrap up your holiday shopping and save 40 percent on all Notre Dame Press books and e-books purchased directly from our site! We have books for every reader on your list, including stunning photo books of campus, innovative academic research, breathtaking poetry collections and so much more. Ends Monday, Dec. 7.

Save 20% on Photo and Puzzle Orders
Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the Fighting Irish fan on your list? Visit and use promo code ND20% to get 20 percent off photo and puzzle orders through Monday, Jan. 11. Choose from an array of new campus photos added on a weekly basis as well as a number of newly released puzzle designs.

Diversity and Inclusion

Take a Break! International Networking Tea Time
Join the Notre Dame Staff of International Descent where you can learn about Russian tea culture from Nastia Guimaraes and connect with people around campus (and the world). This event will feature a five-minute cultural presentation followed by 25 minutes of networking time.
Tuesday, Dec. 8; 3:30 to 4 p.m. online

Thrive Presents Let’s Zoom Lunch — A Holiday Reading
There is no denying that 2020 has taken a toll on us all. As we near the holiday, join us this month for a small reading and listening to “A Burglar’s Christmas” by Willa Cather and “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry. Let’s gather together with Thrive! for another virtual edition of Let’s Do Lunch and connect with colleagues from across campus.
Thursday, Dec. 10; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Young Leaders of Notre Dame Holiday Trivia Night
YLND’s most anticipated event of the year is back in a virtual format! In addition to holiday trivia, the evening will also feature a holiday cocktail demonstration, holiday decor contests and giveaways. You do not need to be a member of YLND to participate. Click here for more info and to create or join a team. Register by 11 p.m., Monday, Dec. 7.
Thursday, Dec. 10; 7:30 p.m. via Zoom

Educational and Research Opportunities

OIT Training Classes
Office of Information Technologies technical training classes are free of charge and will be online until further notice.
∙ travelND Training, Tuesday, Dec. 15; 2 to 4 p.m.
∙ Tableau: Intermediate, Wednesday, Dec. 16; 1 to 4:30 p.m.
∙ GLez Training, Thursday, Dec. 17; 10 to 11:30 a.m.
To register for courses, go to Questions or problems registering? Call 631-7227 or email OIT at 

Research Opportunity:

Online Study for Computer Vision Research Lab Needs Participants
The CVRL needs 100 ND faculty, students and staff to complete an online annotation task. You will be deciding if two postmortem iris images match or not. It takes about 20–25 minutes and subjects are credited $10 Domer Dollars within a few days of completing the task. The participation window closes Friday, Dec. 11. For more information, contact Diane Wright at

Faith and Service

Sacred Places of Notre Dame, a Daily Advent Journey
Follow along as we prepare for the coming of Christ. Guests this week include Provost Marie Lynn Miranda, Michelle Woolverton of NDFD, Carroll Hall rector Eric Styles and four ND students sharing stories about their sacred places on campus, like Hurley Hall, the Our Lady of Guadalupe painting in the Basilica and the Clarke Memorial Fountain.
Daily through Friday, Dec. 25 online

Staff Grief Support Group
All staff are welcome to gather, as facing a holiday without a loved one is very difficult. Sign up for an invitation here.
Tuesday, Dec. 15; noon to 1 p.m. either in the first-floor lounge, Coleman-Morse Center or via Zoom

Lectures and Presentations

The Catholic Studies Christmas Lecture: “The Evolution of St. Nicholas”
Join Rev. Nicholas Ayo, C.S.C., professor emeritus, as he explores the origins of the snowy-bearded saint whose legendary generosity morphed into America’s secular Santa Claus figure. Using ancient and medieval sources along with more modern and widely known poems and stories, Father Ayo will describe St. Nicholas as a powerful leader whose acts of kindness far surpassed the modern practice of candy in a shoe! Please register.
Monday, Dec. 7; 1 to 2 p.m. virtually

Discussion: “Consider This! Public Health in the Face of the Pandemic”
Tune in to the next installment of “Consider This! Simplifying the COVID-19 Conversation” for a discussion with Dr. Robert Einterz, St. Joseph County Department of Health officer.
Monday, Dec. 7; 6 to 7 p.m. via webinar

Panel Discussion: “After Brexit: The Future of Ireland’s Relationship with the US and UK”
Join us for a timely panel conversation on the current status of the United Kingdom and European Union relationship. What does the future hold for the UK and the EU? What dangers might Brexit pose to the Good Friday Agreement? And how will the new Biden administration navigate a post-Brexit reality? Registration required.
Tuesday, Dec. 8; 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. virtually

Kylemore Book Club: An Irish Christmas at Kylemore
Join New York Times bestselling author Betsy Cornwell ’12 M.F.A. for a discussion about how to reimagine and reassess traditional fairy tale narratives and the ways in which we all weave our own destinies. We can use the holidays as a time of reflection and renewal as we move into the new year and next chapter of our lives.
Wednesday, Dec. 9; 1 to 2 p.m. online

OIT Lunch & Learn: Holiday Socializing Using Zoom
Spending time with families and friends is important during the holidays, but it’s vital to adhere to safe social guidelines as well. Learn about new ways to socialize using Zoom such as playing games online with family, doing crafts together to just plain mingling. There will be ideas for everyone to make this holiday a bit brighter. Those interested in attending must register at or contact A Zoom link will be sent once registration is complete.
Thursday, Dec. 10; noon to 1 p.m. 

Safety, Parking and Traffic

ND Alert Test (on campus only)
The Office of Campus Safety will conduct an ND Alert test of the public address system at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10. While there are few people on campus at this time, those who are will notice the activation of the Internet Protocol Public Address (IPPA) system, which runs through loudspeakers. The alert will also be heard through Cisco IP telephones and shared via digital messaging systems.
This ND Alert test will not include calls, emails or texts, however, if you are on campus during the test and cannot hear the public address, please let us know by using the following link or by contacting the Office of Campus Safety at 631-9007 or by Friday, Dec. 11. If you have any questions, please call the Notre Dame Police Department at 631-5555.

Tech Upgrades and Service Interruptions

Mac OS Big Sur Approved for ND Computers
The Office of Information Technologies has tested Apple’s Big Sur operating system (Version 11.0) for Mac and it is approved for use on University-owned computers. Review known issues to see if this upgrade is suitable for your computer and work requirements. Work with your departmental IT support staff or contact the OIT Help Desk for details about updating to the Big Sur operating system.

Also This Week ...

Sakai Tip: Spring 2021 Courses Available in Sakai
Your spring semester course sites are now listed in Sakai. Click into the Sites button to locate and add them to your site banner for easy access. Copy content from a previous semester to get started.

(CORRECTION) Invoicing in buyND+ 
We are pleased to announce accounts payable invoicing capabilities will be available in buyND+ Monday, Dec. 14 (originally listed as starting Dec. 7). When you place an order in buyND+, as usual, you will be able to track your requisition to purchase order status. Now you can also track the invoice status. Sign up for a virtual demo session through Endeavor.

Introducing the University’s Contract Management System, Powered by buyND+
Procurement Services and the Office of General Counsel have announced the addition of contractsND, a new, easy-to-use University contract system that debuts Monday, Dec. 14.  contractsND, which will be housed in the buyND+ system, digitizes and stores all contracts into a central repository, providing a way for stakeholders to search for and review various University contracts. Register via Endeavor.
Requestor Training Sessions (all from 2 to 3 p.m.):
Dec. 17, Jan. 27, and Feb. 4

FedEx Office Print-on-Demand Portal Training
FedEx Office representatives will offer training on the newly updated FedEx Office Print-on-Demand portal during the next several weeks. Training will be provided via half-hour Zoom sessions. Contact DeeAnne Locsi to register: or 574-261-9026. See poster for details
Training Sessions: 
Thursday, Dec. 10; 10 a.m.
Thursday, Dec. 17; 11 a.m.

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.