TheWeek@ND Fac/Staff edition (Dec. 9)



For the Week of December 9

Arts and Performances


“Magnolia” (1999)    
Aimee Mann’s music stitches together the stories of a quiz show host, an empathetic caretaker, a hotel conference room messiah, a whiz kid, a former whiz kid, a dopey cop, an estranged daughter, a pill-popping young wife and a man on his deathbed in one of the most ambitious films of its time. Students: free. Faculty/Staff: $6.
Tuesday, Dec. 10; 7:30 p.m. in the Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

“Taste of Cherry” (1997)     
Kiarostami’s film is an emotionally complex meditation on life and death. Middle-aged Mr. Badii drives through the hilly outskirts of Tehran, searching for someone to rescue or bury him. Along the way, he picks up three passengers, all from different walks of life, eliciting different views on mortality and individual choice. Students: free. Faculty/Staff: $6.
Wednesday, Dec. 11; 7:30 p.m. in the Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

“The Irishman” (2019)
Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran (Robert De Niro) is a truck driver who starts working for the Bufalino (Joe Pesci) crime family. As bodies drop, Sheeran quickly ascends the organized crime ladder where he begins working for Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino), the powerful Teamster leader. Students: $4. Faculty/Staff: $6.
Thursday, Dec. 12; 7 p.m. in the Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
Saturday, Dec. 14; 3 and 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 15; 3 p.m.

“A Christmas Carol” (2009)    
After berating his faithful clerk Bob Cratchit for trying to bring Christmas cheer, Scrooge encounters the ghost of his late business partner Jacob Marley, who warns that three spirits will visit him this night. The ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future take Scrooge on a journey aiming to transform his bitter and avaricious ways. $1 tickets.
Sunday, Dec. 15; noon in the Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center


Winter Concert: “Blackout” performed by Halftime A Cappella    
Notre Dame’s premier co-ed a cappella group hosts its semester concert. The group will perform songs from artists such as Ariana Grande, Adele, The Rolling Stones, Radiohead and more! Tickets can be purchased for $5 at the LaFortune box office or from any member of Halftime. Cost: $5.
Thursday, Dec. 12; 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the Mainstage, Washington Hall

Papuri at Pasasalamat: An Advent Concert   
Want a free concert this Advent? Sacred Music at Notre Dame presents a doctor of musical arts recital featuring Emmanuel de Leon Jr., from the Philippines.
Thursday, Dec. 12; 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the LaBar Recital Hall, O’Neill Hall of Music

Collegium Musicum    
The intimate vocal ensemble, directed by Dan Stowe, presents Renaissance and Baroque works from Northern Europe. Free but ticketed.
Thursday, Dec. 12; 7:30 p.m. in the Reyes Organ and Choral Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Notre Dame Children’s Choir Concerts   
Both concerts are free.
     ∙ NDCC Lessons and Carols: Friday, Dec. 13; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto, Saint Mary’s College
     ∙ The NDCC Chamber and Seraphim Choirs perform Benjamin Britten’s beloved “A Ceremony of Carols” with harp: Saturday, Dec. 14; 8 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart

ND Glee Club Christmas Concert
The program includes classical Christmas polyphony by Victoria and his Spanish Renaissance contemporaries, traditional carols, new classics for the season composed for men’s chorus and popular arrangements from the Great American Songbook. Students: $3. Faculty/Staff: $5.
Saturday, Dec. 14; 2:30 and 8 p.m. in the Leighton Concert Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Athletics and Sporting Events

All Athletics’ schedules

Awards and Competitions

ECHOES Football Awards
Join the Notre Dame Football Program in celebrating the highlights of our 2019 season with a red carpet awards show. This event will feature host Ryan Harris, former Notre Dame and NFL offensive tackle. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. The awards program begins at 8 p.m. Cost: $20.
Friday, Dec. 13; 8 p.m. in the Leighton Concert Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Deadlines or Registrations

Men’s Basketball Christmas Clinic
For boys: first through sixth grade, and girls: first through eighth grade. Cost is $40 per child. Parents, please bring your insurance card. An autograph session with the members of the basketball team will follow the clinic. For questions, call 574-631-6225. See the attached memo for more details.
Friday, Dec. 27; registration starts at 8 a.m.; clinic runs from 9 to 11:45 a.m. in the Fieldhouse, Joyce Center (enter through Gate 1 or 2)

March for Life 2020 Registration
Join members of the tri-campus community as we travel to Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life on Friday, Jan. 24. Help us stand for the human dignity of all people born and unborn in this country. Registration is $35 and covers transportation and housing. There are multiple departure and return options, and absences will be excused by the University. Email with questions. Registration closes Friday, Dec. 20.  

Deals and Discounts

Hammes Bookstore In-Store and Online Sale
Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 10 and 11

Faculty/Staff Apple Sale  
Stop by the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore on Friday, Dec. 13, to take advantage of the end-of-year Apple hardware sale. Take an additional 8 percent off educational pricing. Click on the link to see all sale prices and to reserve your machine.

Warren Golf Course Holiday Sale
Warren Golf Course apparel is now marked down up to 50 percent off. Present your Notre Dame ID Card for additional discounts.
Golf Shop December hours: Mondays through Fridays; 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

St. Michael’s Laundry monthly coupon.

Educational and Research Opportunities

Benefits Drop-In Assistance Hours
Notre Dame benefits specialists will be available bi-weekly to help you with benefits-related questions. Drop by for specialized assistance, no appointment needed.
Monday, Dec. 9; 3 to 4 p.m. in Room 200, Grace Hall

Leveraging LinkedIn to Build Your Brand and Network  
A workshop with Stacie Jeffirs, director of the Career Crossings Office at Saint Mary’s College. Have you created your LinkedIn profile, but are unsure how to take it to the next level and make it work for you? Cost: $35 ($15 for students with code BRITE20).
Wednesday, Dec. 11; 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Room 158, Mendoza College of Business

Hesburgh Libraries and Center for Digital Scholarship Workshops:

Hands-On QGIS   
QGIS is an open-source and cross-platform geographic information system (GIS) software that supports displaying, storing, editing and analyzing geospatial data. In this workshop, attendees will get hands-on experience with the QGIS software interface.
Wednesday, Dec. 11; 1 to 2 p.m. in Room 264 (Tech Commons), Hesburgh Library

OIT Training Class:

Office of Information Technologies (OIT) technical training classes are free of charge. Seats are available for the following class:

  • travelND Training, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2 to 4:30 p.m.

The entire listing of classes can be found in Discover IT. To register for courses, go to Questions or problems registering? Call 631-7227 or email OIT at

Faith and Service

Final Week: Underwear and Sock Drive for the Center for the Homeless 
Men’s, women’s and children’s sizes needed. New items only, please. Call 631-5436 for more information. Thank you for your generosity!
Ends Wednesday, Dec. 11; donation boxes are placed in the main concourse, Hesburgh Library and the first- and third-floor lobbies, Geddes Hall.

Community Choir Midnight Mass Rehearsal   
All are welcome to sing with the Notre Dame Community Choir for Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve in the Basilica. No audition is necessary. On Tuesday, Dec. 24, the choir will sing for Lessons and Carols at 11 p.m. followed by Midnight Mass. 
Rehearsals: Mondays: Dec. 9, 16 and 23; 7 to 8:45 p.m. in Room 329, Coleman-Morse Center

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Join Coro Primavera, Notre Dame Folk Choir, Mariachi ND and Ballet Folklorico Azul y Oro for a special Mass celebrating the Blessed Virgin Mary, patroness of the Americas.
Thursday, Dec. 12; 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Confirmation Mass
Eleven students who have been formed through the fall semester Short Course Sacramental Preparation Process at Notre Dame will complete their initiation into the Catholic Church with Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. Please join us in welcoming them!
Sunday, Dec. 15; 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Health and Recreation

12 Days of Fitness     
Join RecSports for our annual 12 Days of Fitness by participating in any physical activity at RecSports facilities. Random participants will be chosen daily to win prizes!
Through Friday, Dec. 13, in RecSports facilities

Mammograms on Campus     
This preventive offering is available annually at no cost to female Notre Dame faculty and staff enrolled in a University medical plan (Anthem), beginning at age 40 (women 35-39 may receive one baseline exam at no cost). To schedule an appointment, call 574-335-4500 or toll-free 1-888-455-4450. 
Thursday, Dec. 12; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the mobile medical unit, parked by Mason Center

Artful Yoga
Take a moment out of your week to relax and recharge. Join yoga instructor Steve Krojniewski for this series of yoga classes that introduces you to a work of art that will accompany you through your practice. Capacity is limited. All levels are welcome. Bring your own mat or borrow one of ours. Co-sponsored by RecSports.
Thursday, Dec. 12; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Snite Museum of Art

Donation Drop-In Fitness Classes
Take a break with RecSports with a variety of free fitness classes. No registration required. Donations will be collected for local animal shelters. Spots are limited and are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Friday, Dec. 13, through Friday, Dec. 20, in various campus locations

Lectures and Presentations

Lecture: “Bearing All Kinds of Witness to War: Finding Violence in Revolutionary Ireland”
Anne Dolan, of Trinity College Dublin, focuses her research on the nature and legacy of the Irish civil war, with a particular interest in the consequences of violence at both political and personal levels. In this talk, she will consider aspects of witness testimony and ask: To whom do we choose to listen when we write the history of violence in revolutionary Ireland?
Tuesday, Dec. 10; noon to 1 p.m. in Room 1050, Jenkins Nanovic Halls

Lecture: “Recent Reforms to School Choice in Chile: Tackling Low Quality and High Inequality”
The co-director of the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution, Emiliana Vegas, will discuss some of the key drivers behind the education reforms in Chile. After providing advice and support, she discusses how data and evidence from Chile and other choice-based school systems helped inform the design, and some of the initial effects.
Tuesday, Dec. 10; 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Room C103, Hesburgh Center for International Studies

Our Universe Revealed: Physics for Everyone, “Extremes of the Planets”
Demonstrations and discussion presented by Jonathan Crass, assistant research professor, Department of Physics. Join us for the return of our “explosive” all-ages Christmas spectacular! See just what it’s like on the surface of Mars or just how cold it is on Neptune. And let’s not forget about the inner planets where the sun bakes them to hotter than an oven! Free but ticketed event for all ages, available online via Eventbrite.
Tuesday, Dec. 10; 6 to 7 p.m. in Room 101, Jordan Hall of Science

Lecture: “Personalized Models of Natural Language”
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering presents Julian McAuley, associate professor at University of California San Diego.
Thursday, Dec. 12; 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in Room 131, DeBartolo Hall

Kellogg Work-in-Progress Seminar: “Violence Against Women and Political Participation in Contexts of Criminal Violence”
Visiting Fellow Abby Córdova, an associate professor of political science at the University of Kentucky. Work-in-Progress Seminars are designed to generate in-depth discussion of new scholarly work. For the pre-circulated paper and to attend, register with Open to the public who pre-register.
Thursday, Dec. 12; 4 to 5:30 p.m. Register for location information.

Social Gatherings

Research Uncorked: “Let It Snow: Human Performance in Extreme Conditions”  
Research Uncorked is a monthly speaker series at Ironhand Wine Bar featuring informal talks by leading scholars and scientists from the University. The December speaker is Cara Ocobock, assistant professor of anthropology and director of the Human Energetics Laboratory, who will discuss her research integrating human biology and anthropology. Free admission with happy hour pricing during the event.
Tuesday, Dec. 10; 6 to 7 p.m. at Ironhand Wine Bar, 1025 Northside Blvd., South Bend

President’s Christmas Reception
Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., cordially invites you to gather and celebrate this joyous season.
Friday, Dec. 13; 2 to 4:30 p.m. on the second, third and fourth floors, Main Building 

VenueND Christmas Pop-up at Foley’s    
Celebrate the holiday season with a fun, festive evening on campus. This dinner event includes a four-course buffet, complimentary prosecco toast, two signature holiday cocktails, beer and wine, as well as a live DJ. Register at Cost: $85/person.
Saturday, Dec. 14; 6 to 10 p.m. in Foley’s, O’Neill Hall of Music

Also This Week ...

Hesburgh Libraries Building Hours Update 
The Hesburgh Library will be open 24 hours from Sunday, Dec. 8, through Thursday, Dec. 19, closing at 11 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20. All upcoming hours, including winter break hours, can be found at

Pottery Sale
Sponsored by the Department of Art, Art History and Design. Cash or checks only.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 10, 11 and 12; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 122 (ceramics studio), Riley Hall of Art

Sakai Tip: Recording Missed Grades in the Gradebook 
It is important to check through the Gradebook to make sure a student’s calculated course grade accurately accounts for any missed assignments. If any individual grade cells are blank, those missing scores are being excused. When you’re done entering all semester grades, apply a zero to any blank cells.

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