TheWeek@ND Fac/Staff Edition (December 13)



For the Week of December 13

University Campaigns and Initiatives

United Way Campaign Underway through Friday
The University’s annual campaign for the United Way of St. Joseph County is underway through this Friday, Dec. 17. Your gift matters to the lives of local children and families. UWSJC distributes funds to vetted agencies poised to help where help is needed. Donate here.

Athletics and Sporting Events

Visit the Athletics composite schedule for events this week.

Closures, Limited Hours and Cancellations

Discontinuation of Daily Health Check
The Return to Campus Advisor, better known as the daily health check, will be discontinued and no longer available after Friday, Dec. 17.

Office of General Counsel
The physical offices of Office of General Counsel will be closed beginning Monday, Dec. 13, through late January as the office suite undergoes an expansion. OGC staff will be working remotely during this time.

Museum Closed for the Campus-wide Holiday Break
The Snite Museum of Art exhibitions and staff offices will be closed from Thursday, Dec. 23, through Monday, Jan. 3, in participation with the campus-wide holiday break for all faculty, staff and students.

Hesburgh Library Winter Break Hours Dec. 17-Jan. 9
During Winter Break, Hesburgh Library will be open Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The library will be closed on Dec. 23, 24, 25, 26 and 31, and Jan. 1, 2 and 3. Find all branch and service desk hours at

Deadlines or Registrations

Canvas Training Available in January
There will be several chances for free Canvas training via Zoom during the week before spring semester classes begin. Different sessions will focus on basic Canvas orientation, setting up a course gradebook, creating assessments and organizing course content. Choose from four different online Canvas training sessions held between Tuesday and Thursday, Jan. 4-6. Details are available on the registration form.

Opt In to Receive W-2 Electronically
Faculty, staff and student workers now have the opportunity to receive W-2s electronically rather than as a printed statement through the mail. The benefits of opting in are to protect the privacy of your financial information and to eliminate the chance of your paper statement being lost in the mail. Opt in by Friday, Dec. 31. 

March for Life Travel Reimbursement, Discounted Housing
The de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture is offering travel reimbursement to faculty, staff and graduate students who plan to join students at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Jan. 21. Apply for travel reimbursement by Monday, Jan. 10. The center also has a discounted block of rooms at the JW Marriott Washington, D.C., within walking distance of the march. Reservations must be made by Thursday, Dec. 23, to get the reduced rates. Reserve a room online or call 1-800-393-2503 and reference the code “NDM4L.” Click for the de Nicola Center’s full itinerary of March for Life events. Email questions to

Registration Opens for 2022 Holy Half Marathon
The April 9 event will include a 13.1-mile and a 10K race that is open to all members of the Notre Dame community near and far. All proceeds benefit Our Lady of the Road Catholic Worker, Misericordia Home in Chicago and Girls on the Run of Michiana. $45 for students; $65 for non-students. Ongoing registration until participant limit is reached.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Networking Basics and Beyond
Fundamentals of networking: Whether you are comfortable or not with the concept of networking, you’ll learn the basics of and best practices for networking.
Thursday, Dec. 16; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Educational and Research Opportunities

Hesburgh Library Workshops

Using the Distant Reader
Learn how to quickly read and analyze arbitrarily large corpora of textual materials with Distant Reader.
Tuesday, Dec. 14; 11 a.m. to noon in the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship (Room 247), Hesburgh Library

How to Make a Book
This hands-on workshop will teach attendees how to bind books using different techniques.
Wednesday, Dec. 15; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship (Room 247), Hesburgh Library


Panel Discussion: “Understanding an EFRC”
ND Energy and Notre Dame Research invite all interested faculty to attend an open forum and panel discussion on Understanding an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) in preparation of the next DOE call, anticipated in early 2022. Learn more and RSVP for the reception to follow by Tuesday, Dec. 14.
Thursday, Dec. 16; 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Reading Room, Jordan Hall of Science

Faith and Service

McGrath Institute for Church Life Underwear and Sock Drive
The McGrath Institute for Church Life concludes its Underwear and Sock Drive for the Center for the Homeless. Donation boxes are located in the first-and third-floor lobbies of Geddes Hall and the Hesburgh Library main concourse through Friday, Dec. 17.

Vibrant Light: Stained Glass of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart

You know Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., founded the University of Notre Dame in 1842, but you may not know the campus community outgrew the Log Chapel within five years. Father Sorin had a larger church built, but by 1870, an even larger church was needed. Construction began on the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Father Sorin’s attention to detail included ordering 450 square meters of stained glass from Le Mans, France, where the Congregation of Holy Cross was founded. WNIT (PBS) in South Bend traveled to Le Mans to shoot and produce the documentary "Vibrant Light: Stained Glass of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart," which premieres at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18.

Health and Recreation

Free Donation Drop-In Fitness Classes
RecSports’ fitness classes (excluding F.A.S.T.) are free Dec. 8-15. Classes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size is limited. In exchange for the free class, please bring an item to donate to our local animal shelters. Click here for more info and a list of items needed for donations.
Through Wednesday, Dec. 15

Lectures and Presentations

Forum: “Pluralism and the Purpose of Higher Education”
Virtues and Vocations is a national forum to consider how best to cultivate character in pre-professional and professional education. John Inazu, the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion at Washington University in St. Louis, presents this month. Register online.
Monday, Dec. 13; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Panel Discussion: “2020 in Hindsight: The View from December 2021”
Join the Ansari Institute for this panel discussion and hear insights from academics, journalists and faith leaders. Together, they will explore the role of faith in the national conversation, analyzing significant themes from 2020: COVID-19, a nation-wide uprising against racial injustice and a close but decisive presidential election in the U.S. Register to attend via Zoom. Register to attend in person
Wednesday, Dec. 15; 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 1050, Jenkins Nanovic Halls, and via Zoom

Social Gatherings

Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore Annual Holiday Open House
11 a.m.: Storytime with Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
Noon: Visit with St. Nicholas (snap a photo if you wish)
Noon: Christmas crafts and activities
Saturday, Dec. 18; 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore

Tech Tips, Tools and IT Maintenance

Google Tip: Use Your Voice to Edit in Docs and Slides
Did you know you can type and edit with your voice in Docs and Slides? This convenient voice typing/command feature converts your voice into text by using the microphone on your computer. It is available in Google Docs and Slides speaker notes, and only in a Chrome browser.

Canvas Tip: Submitting Final Semester Scores from Canvas
Canvas cannot send final student grades directly to the registrar’s system. To submit your grades to the registrar’s site, you can enter final letter grades manually or import student grades from a downloaded copy of your gradebook.

Sakai Tip: Submitting Final Semester Scores from Sakai
Sakai cannot send final student grades directly to the registrar’s system. To submit your grades to the registrar’s site, you can enter final letter grades manually or import student grades from a downloaded copy of your gradebook.

Also This Week ...

Hesburgh Library Building Hours Nov. 29-Dec. 16
For final exams, Hesburgh Library will be open 24 hours a day starting Monday, Nov. 29, and will close at 11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16. Find all branch and service desk hours at

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