TheWeek@ND Fac/Staff Edition (May 4)


For the Week of May 4

Arts and Performances

The 47th Annual Fischoff Competition
The Fischoff National Chamber Music Association sponsors the nation’s largest chamber music competition, and is America’s premier educational chamber music competition. It is usually held on campus, but this year will be held virtually. See the schedule, watch and listen at!
Thursday through Saturday, May 7-9

MFA Thesis Online Exhibition
This annual exhibition consists of the culminating thesis projects created by the students graduating with a​n MFA​ degree from the University’s Department of Art, Art History & Design. 
Begins Friday, May 8; 8 a.m.

Deadlines or Registrations

OIT Lunch & Learn (online session): 10 Tips and Tricks in Docs, Sheets and Slides
Learn to use Google Docs, Sheets and Slides more effectively. All these apps have features that can help streamline your work and make you more productive. Free but you must register at or contact You will receive connection instructions once you enroll.
Wednesday, May 13; noon to 1 p.m.

Funding Opportunities Webinar: “Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences”
Jill Pentimonti hosts a webinar to overview funding opportunities from the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES). IES funds research that contributes to improved education outcomes for all learners, and particularly for those whose education prospects are hindered by inadequate education services and conditions associated with poverty, race/ethnicity, limited English proficiency, disability and family circumstance. RSVP by Monday, May 11.
Thursday, May 14; 2 to 3 p.m. via Zoom

Snite Museum of Art Course Development Grants
Apply now for financial support to develop new courses or to revisit existing courses to place the museum’s collection, exhibitions and practices at the center of teaching and research. Applications are due Monday, June 1.

Diversity and Inclusion

Notre Dame Staff of International Descent is on Instagram!
Come join and support Notre Dame Staff of International Descent’s (NDSID) new Instagram account! Stay connected with the Notre Dame family and enjoy some great moments with NDSID — share your favorite pictures, activities and inspirations while away from our home under the dome. Follow us at @ndsid.erg.
Tuesday, May 5; campus-wide

Educational and Research Opportunities

2020 Taste of Technology Presents Virtual Sessions in May
OIT’s popular mini-conference — Taste of Technology — presents virtual sessions via Zoom throughout the month of May. Explore new ways to use a variety of IT tools and applications in your daily life. There is something for all skill levels. Here are the sessions for this week:
∙ Virtual Campfire: Zoom Features: Wednesday, May 6; 10 to 11 a.m.
Dive into Zoom features like how to use virtual backgrounds, view and adjust meeting settings, Zoom on different devices, and more!
∙ Best Tack in the Biz: 5 Chrome Add-ons: Thursday, May 7; 2 to 3 p.m.Deck out your Google Chrome browser!
Discover the perks of using Yet Another Mail Merge, Workona, Grammarly, Save to Google Keep and Bitly.

Check out the entire schedule of sessions
If you are interested in attending any Taste of Technology session(s), you must register. Once registered, instructions to connect to the sessions will be shared.
-Notre Dame faculty, staff, students and retirees: join the Taste of Technology Google Group here.
-Spouses, affiliates and friends of the University can register here.

Presentation: “International Development Consulting Careers: What are They Like and How to Get There”
Come hear alumnus Gary Lazor ’89 share about his extensive career in international development and help you consider and prepare for this career field. He will touch on the following topics and more:  What it’s like to work in international development; and what are the steps one could take to get a foot in the door of a development company?
Monday, May 4; 3 to 5 p.m. via Zoom (665158854)

HR Webinar: “Become a Strategic Responder: Be the Best Version of You and Help Others Do the Same”
Join us for this two-part series to identify and explore tangible, effective ways to shape our responses for more productive outcomes. And, learn how to manage the emotional, mental, physical, spiritual and social energy by using intentional, powerful responses. Includes a “Six Minute Stretch” virtual session.
Enroll now through A registration link to the webinar will be sent in the endeavor confirmation.
Wednesday, May 6; 2 to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, May 27; 2 to 3 p.m.

Introduction to SQL, Part 3

This Library Carpentry lesson introduces relational database management using SQLite. (Part 3 of 3)
Friday, May 8; 10:30 a.m. to noon via Zoom

Faith and Service

Black Ecumenical Prayer Service
Rev. Canon Hugh R. Page, Jr., professor of theology and Africana studies, will preside. Kayla August, rector of Lyons Hall, will preach. This service, in the African American religious tradition, will use the form of a simple and short prayer.
On Monday, May 4, this video will be posted on Campus Ministry’s website, Instagram (@NDministry), and Facebook.

Health and Recreation

Access to Wellbeats On-demand Fitness Classes Extended Through May 31
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 has been extended through May 31!

Lectures and Presentations

Presentation: “Flat-Earthers Need Not Apply: The Predictive Power of Physics”
Professor Alejandro Clocchiatti dissects the nonsensical scenario proposed by flat-earthers from the joyful perspective of a Newtonian physicist observing the solar system. He will explain the relevance of a consistent quantitative model to make sense of and predict the behavior of everything from climate science to the spread of COVID-19. Please use the following URL for information on how to connect online via our Youtube Channel and Zoom:
Tuesday, May 5; 7 to 8 p.m. via online streaming

Also this Week ...

Notre Dame Press Presents Its Fall 2020 Catalog
The University of Notre Dame Press is excited to release our Fall 2020 Catalog. We believe in the power of research to advance knowledge and impact lives, and of our books to connect scholars, experts, students and readers in order to encourage intellectual exploration and enrich conversations on campus, across the country and around the world.

Sakai Tip: Confirm Course Grade Calculations in Gradebook
Sakai’s Gradebook has a default scale for letter grades. Before releasing final course grades, take a moment to confirm that your site’s Gradebook is calculating based on your department’s grade scale. 

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.