TheWeek@ND Fac/Staff Edition (March 30)


For the Week of March 30

Educational and Research Opportunities

Virtual Data Carpentry: Introduction to Cloud Computing for Genomics
Attendees will learn about renting cloud services and how to interact with it via the command line.  
Wednesday, April 1; 5 to 7 p.m. via Zoom Meeting.

Virtual Library Carpentry: OpenRefine Session 1   
This session introduces working with data in OpenRefine.
Thursday, April 2; 4 to 5 p.m. via Zoom Meeting.

OIT Training
Office of Information Technologies (OIT) technical training classes are free of charge and will be held online until further notice.
• buyND, Tuesday, March 31; 2:30 to 5 p.m.
• Creating Infographics with Piktochart, Wednesday, April 1; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
• Photoshop CC, Level I: Introduction, Thursday, April 2; 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. 
• Google Drive, Level II: Shared Drives, Thursday, April 2; 9 to 11 a.m.
To register for courses, go to Questions or problems registering? Call 631-7227 or email OIT at

Faith and Service 

Resources for Community-engaged Learning, Teaching and Research During COVID-19   
The move to online instruction has ongoing, direct consequences for both the operations and needs of many community organizations. The Center for Social Concerns has created a number of resources on the center’s website that instructors can use to enhance their efforts to provide equitable community-engaged experiences at a distance. 

Chaplains Available to Connect with Faculty and Staff
The faculty and staff chaplains at the University are available for those who would like to talk to someone about pastoral or spiritual matters, or who feel isolated during these social distancing times and just want to talk to someone.
Staff Chaplain, Rev. Jim Bracke, C.S.C., is available by phone 631-4131 or email; and Faculty Chaplain, Rev. Frank Murphy, C.S.C., is available by phone 631-5242 or email

Health and Recreation

The Wellness Center offers telehealth services for faculty, staff and dependents at 574-634-9355.

Webinar: Emotional Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Watch any time. The free 25-minute pre-recorded webinar addresses: 

• Reasons that outbreaks affect our emotional health
• Practical skills to cope with the anxiety
• Talking to your children
• Tips for you and your family
Facilitator: Ralf Schirg, practicing clinician and professor, University of Minnesota.

Virtual Artful Yoga 
We know it has been a rough couple of weeks so we are bringing artful yoga to your home! Download Zoom, find a comfortable space and join yoga instructor Steve Krojniewski for a yoga class that emphasizes the meditative frame of mind relevant both to experiencing a work of art and practicing yoga.
Thursday, April 2; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom

Gain Access to Wellbeats On-demand Fitness Classes for Free Through April 30
RecSports has partnered with Wellbeats to gain access to the same on-demand fitness classes offered in the Private Fitness Studios in the Smith Center for Recreational Sports. Unlimited streaming access to Wellbeats on-demand fitness will be available now through April 30!

Lectures and Presentations

Online Lecture: “Measuring the Heavens: How to build an instrument to study the cosmos”
Join the Department of Physics as we continue the move to online with Our Universe Revealed, the free public lecture series, hosted by Jonathan Crass, research assistant professor of physics.
Tuesday, March 31; 7 to 8 p.m. online (details for accessing streaming are found at

Also this week ...

Prevent Disruptions by Outsiders in Zoom Classes or Meetings
Don’t let your online class or meeting get interrupted by outsiders. There have been reports of unknown third parties maliciously interrupting Zoom sessions. Learn how you can keep your Zoom sessions secure.

Sakai Tip: Add Honor Pledge to Student Work in Sakai
The Academic Code of Honor is as valuable now as it ever was. Remind students of the expectations for their work online by adding the Honor Pledge to assignments and tests in Sakai.

Need to Automate a Paper Process Fast?
Working remotely can pose unanticipated problems. For instance, do you have a paper process that you need to automate/digitize? Have you thought about how to get papers signed, paperwork filled out, etc.? Product Manager Marty Klubeck with the Office of Information Technologies is happy to help you set up forms and surveys, if needed. Contact him, at or 631-5447.

Keep up to date on new hires and 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.