TheWeek@ND Fac/Staff Edition (May 16)


For the Week of May 16

University Campaigns and Initiatives

Spring 2022 Virtual Staff Town Hall this Wednesday, May 18
The Spring 2022 Staff Town Hall will be held this Wednesday, May 18, at 1:30 p.m. (Add to your calendar.) The town hall will occur virtually. Executive Vice President Shannon Cullinan will be joined by University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. The town hall will provide University updates and valuable insights from feedback provided in ND Voice, as well as address some of the pre-submitted questions. Please use this link to access the livestream of the town hall.

Arts and Performances


Michiana Jewish Film Festival
Virtual screenings are available for on-demand viewing from May 15 to 19. View the film schedule at


Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Volunteers Needed
The 49th Annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition is seeking volunteers to help during the weekend of Friday through Sunday, May 20-22, at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and O’Neill Hall of Music. Musical experience is not necessary, but volunteers must be fully vaccinated and boosted. For more info, please contact Miki Strabley at  

Fischoff (National Chamber Music Association) Competition
The 49th Annual Fischoff Competition is back in person! Fischoff welcomes 55 ensembles from across the country and around the world to campus to compete in the nation’s largest chamber music competition. The competition is free and open to the public. Watch the livestream at
Friday, May 20; 8:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
Saturday, May 21; 8:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Sunday, May 22; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Fischoff Award Ceremony and Gold Medal Concert
Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded along with $44,300 worth of prizes and tours. This year, the Gold Medal Concert includes a performance by the winner of the new Lift Every Voice Prize in addition to the Grand Prize Playoff by the Senior Gold Medalists. The Grand Prize winner will perform at the 2023 Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy. Students: $5. Faculty/Staff: $8. General: $10. Tickets link.
Sunday, May 22; 3:30 to 5:45 p.m. in the Leighton Concert Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Athletics and Sporting Events

Visit the Athletics composite schedule for events this week.

Deadlines or Registrations

ND Learning | Kaneb Center Summer Reading Groups
The Kaneb Center purchases books on teaching and learning in higher education for small, informal reading groups. This program is available to Notre Dame instructors including faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Sign up by the Friday, May 20, deadline as an individual or as a group and the Kaneb Center will purchase and distribute the books. Review the flyer.

Thrive! Coffee and Donuts
Join Thrive! for a morning of coffee and donuts and chat with colleagues from across campus. As always, drop in when you can, and stay as long as you like.
Thursday, May 26; 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Coffee House (Room 101), Geddes Hall

Deals and Discounts

Weight Watchers discount, plus, free activity kit if you sign up by June 30
Full-time, benefit-eligible Notre Dame faculty and staff and their spouses can join Weight Watchers at a discounted rate. Plus, sign up by Thursday, June 30, and receive a free activity kit worth $100.

Educational and Research Opportunities

Community of Practice: Teaching Well with Canvas
Hone your skills in this one-day workshop, appropriate for any skill level in Canvas. Facilitators will guide instructors through course site development based on solid instructional design from beginning to end, so they have an online environment ready to use. Free. A meeting invitation will be added to your calendar once registration is complete.
Tuesday, May 17; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 331, DeBartolo Hall

Do you want to learn how to become a better speaker this summer? Join Notre Dame Toastmasters!
Notre Dame Toastmasters provides a safe, supportive and positive environment to develop communication skills for leadership, public speaking and more. Join the next club meeting either in-person or virtually to learn about the Toastmasters experience. It’s open to all with an ND affiliation and meets year-round. There’s no cost to check it out. If you join, there are annual membership dues less than $100 and can count as professional development. If attending via Zoom, open, fill out the “contact us” form and you will be sent a link.
Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 213, DeBartolo Hall, or via Zoom

Technology Training Classes
Office of Information Technologies technical training classes are free of charge. Check the class description in Endeavor for the method of delivery of each class.
∙ buyND, Tuesday, May 24; 2 to 4:30 p.m.
∙ travelND Training, Thursday, May 26; 2 to 4:30 p.m. 
To register for courses, go to Questions or problems registering? Call 631-7227 or email OIT at

Research Opportunity:

Oral History Interviews on the COVID-19 Pandemic
Students in the Department of History are conducting oral history interviews related to COVID-19 at Notre Dame. The effort is part of a University-sponsored project to document the campus community’s experience of the pandemic, where interviews will be preserved in an official collection in University Archives. All perspectives are welcome. Remote and in-person interview opportunities are available. Review the info flyer and QR code.
Wednesday, June 1, through Wednesday, Aug. 31; remote (via Zoom) or in-person

Faith and Service

Sing with the Notre Dame Community Choir this Summer
Comprised of men and women of all ages from the greater South Bend community as well as students, faculty and staff, the Community Choir sings for the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass in the Basilica throughout the summer. All are welcome; no audition required. For more information, visit or email Patrick Kronner at

Lectures and Presentations

Virtues and Vocations Forum: “Educating for Flourishing”
Virtues & Vocations is a national forum across disciplines considering how best to cultivate character in preprofessional and professional education. The presenter is Zena Hitz, author of “Lost in Thought,” and tutor at St. John’s College. Register online for this virtual event.
Monday, May 16; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom webinar

Virtual Slow Look
Join the Snite Museum of Art for a slow look at Alexander Wyant’s “Landscape with Mountains and Stream.” Tools of mindfulness meditation will be used as a way to approach and understand the painting through a guided look. Register via the Snite Museum website.
Tuesday, May 17; 12:30 to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Garden Like a Champion Today! “The Role of Native Plants for the Home Gardener”
Learn about the beauty and role of native plants in home gardening. Guest speakers include Benjamin Futa, founder and CEO of Botany LLC, and Nathanael Pilla of Orbis Environmental Consulting. Drop-in or stay the whole hour. Light refreshments will be served. Registration encouraged but not required to attend.
Thursday, May 19; noon to 1 p.m. in the McNeill Room, LaFortune Student Center and Zoom (register for link)

Safety, Parking and Traffic

Library Lot Permanently Closing
Library Lot will permanently close as of Monday, May 16, so the site can be prepared for a construction project. Please find alternate parking in any of the faculty/staff lots. If you have any questions, please contact Parking Services at 574-631-5053, send an email to or visit the Parking Services office at 119 Hammes Mowbray Hall. 

Also This Week ...

Staff Advisory Council May Meeting
Staff Advisory Council (SAC) holds a monthly meeting every third Wednesday of the month. This group of elected representatives for non-exempt staff work in consultation with various departments across campus (e.g., EVP, HR, Parking, UEE, etc.) as liaisons to assist staff and offer advice to departments. If you have a concern or idea, please contact a SAC representative. We’d love to hear from you!

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.