TheWeek@ND Fac/Staff Edition (Nov. 2)



For the Week of November 2

University Initiatives

Open Enrollment Ends Friday, Nov. 6
Open enrollment is an annual opportunity for faculty and staff to reevaluate their benefits and decide which options meet their needs in the year ahead. While most benefit selections will roll forward this year, employees who would like to make changes must complete online enrollment by Friday, Nov. 6.
Faculty and staff may enroll by visiting

Benefits Enrollment Assistance Sessions
Faculty and staff requiring assistance with enrolling in benefits may contact askHR at 631-5900 to schedule an individual appointment during one of the available enrollment assistance sessions.
Monday, Nov. 2; 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. in the second-floor conference room, Duncan Student Center
Wednesday, Nov. 4; 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 6; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Arts and Performances


Slow Look: Art180
Spend 180 minutes throughout the semester looking at a single photograph in the exhibition “Touchstones of the Twentieth Century: A History of Photography at the University of Notre Dame.” You choose the photograph and decide how frequently you visit your work. Settle into the galleries to journal, sketch or simply look. Sign up via the link.
Tuesday, Nov. 3; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Snite Museum of Art or from home

Exhibition: “New Faces”
The Department of Art, Art History and Design is proud to announce “New Faces” — an exhibition of work from first-year MFA students in Studio Art and Design. The exhibition is open from Nov. 5, to January 15, 2021.
Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays while the University is open, Thursday, Nov. 5, to Friday, Jan. 15; in the AAHD Gallery (Room 214), Riley Hall


SUB Movie: “Milk” (2008)
Free to the ND community!
Thursday, Nov. 5; 8:30 p.m. in Room 101, DeBartolo Hall
Friday, Nov. 6; 5:15 and 7:30 p.m.

Deadlines or Registrations

Third Annual ND Energy Research Symposium
The virtual symposium will feature invited talks, a panel discussion with Notre Dame faculty and a poster session with postdoctoral associates and graduate students. The theme this year is “Waste to Energy: Reimagining the Possibilities.” Registration is required and must be completed Nov. 12, by noon to receive the Zoom link to join.
Thursday, Nov. 12; 3 to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom
Friday, November 13; 1 to 5:30 p.m.

ND Energy Research Symposium Poster Session Call for Abstracts
An important component of the annual ND Energy research symposium is the poster session for postdoctoral scholars and graduate students. This event allows for all energy-related research projects to be recognized. All graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at Notre Dame are invited to submit an abstract (500 words or less). The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6.
Friday, Nov. 13; 4 to 5:15 p.m. via Zoom

Deals and Discounts

25% Off All Women’s and Kid’s Apparel and Accessories
Shop online or in store, Nov 3–6, and get 25 percent off all women’s and kid’s clothing. In addition, get 25 percent off all women’s and kid’s accessories which include hats, bags, shoes, socks, winter gear and more!

Educational and Research Opportunities

A Window to Ecuador, Kenya and India
If you are an explorer of different worlds and aim to be a global citizen, then come and join Fulbright FLTAs as they open a window for you to their motherlands of Ecuador, Kenya and India. Experience their multi-ethnic and pluricultural countries as they talk about the significance of their clothing, traditions and language.
Monday, Nov. 2; 5 to 6 p.m. via Zoom

Time-Out for Tech: Google Sheets Progress Bar
This short session combines a bit of fun with a useful tool for your dashboards and reports. Come to learn about the Sparkline function in Sheets to create progress bars.
Tuesday, Nov. 3; 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Advanced Research Management with Zotero
Learn how to manage notes, organize projects and use extensions for advanced functionality.
Wednesday, Nov. 4; 1 to 2 p.m. in the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship (Room 246), Hesburgh Library

Storing and Sharing Your Research Data
This workshop focuses on enhancing your data sharing practices.
Wednesday, Nov. 4; 1 to 2 p.m. via Zoom

Information Session: Children’s Educational Benefits
The University provides tuition assistance to the children of eligible faculty and staff who are attending Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s or other four-year accredited colleges and universities. Learn more about this benefit!
Wednesday, Nov. 4; 7 p.m. via Zoom (those who register will receive a google calendar invitation with a Zoom link)

Communicating Expertise
Acknowledge your unique organizational perspective and expertise to convey confidence and propose a purposeful change. Discuss the unique perspective of administrative assistants and how it can benefit the workflow of the organization. Identify the value in building confidence and taking charge. Recognize the steps to communicate ideas for change. Please register via
Thursday, Nov. 5; noon to 1 p.m. virtually

Talk: “Intercultural Competence”
Hear from Vanessa Rukholm, associate professor of languages and linguistics at the University of Tampa, as she discusses how to foster intercultural competence in the Italian language classroom. This talk explores the meaning of intercultural competence and offers strategies to facilitate both its development and assessment in learners of Italian.
Friday, Nov. 6; 2 to 3 p.m. via Zoom

Workshop: “Assessing Preparation, Participation and Attendance”
(Open to graduate students, postdocs and faculty.) In this workshop, you will consider designing formative informal and low-stakes assessment experiences that support the mastery of course learning goals. What do preparation and attendance mean in a dual-mode course? How can we grade participation and hold students accountable for asynchronous content? How do I see if my students are logging into Sakai, attending Zoom sessions or watching my Panopto videos?
Monday, Nov. 9; 12:30 to 2 p.m. via Zoom

OIT Training Classes
Office of Information Technologies technical training classes are free of charge and will be online until further notice.
∙ Google Sheets, Level II: Pivot Tables, Monday, Nov. 9; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
∙ buyND, Tuesday, Nov. 10; 2 to 4 p.m.
∙ Qualtrics Forms, Level I: Basic, Wednesday, Nov. 11; 8:30 a.m. to noon
∙ AiM Work Request Training, Wednesday, Nov. 11; 10 to 11 a.m.
∙ Google Sheets, Level II: Macros Introduction, Wednesday, Nov. 11; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
∙ Spreadsheets, Level I: Introduction, Thursday, Nov. 12; 8:30 a.m. to noon 
∙ InDesign CC, Level II: Tables, Calendars and Grids, Thursday, Nov. 12; 1:30 to 3 p.m.
To register for courses, go to Questions or problems registering? Call 631-7227 or email OIT at  

Faith and Service

All Souls’ Day Prayer Service
Please join the Notre Dame Alumni Association, students, faculty and staff in offering prayers for deceased loved ones. We will pray the Rosary and offer submitted intentions from the Notre Dame family around the world.
Monday, Nov. 2; 12:30 to 1 p.m. at the Grotto (Sacred Heart Crypt if inclement weather)

Staff Caregivers Support Group
Staff members caring for an aging parent, a spouse or a child with special needs, are welcome to join the caregivers support group. Dr. Adam Dell, a psychologist from the Wellness Center, will speak on stress management and self-care. RSVP here.
Thursday, Nov. 5; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Staff Prayer Line
Rev. Jim Bracke, C.S.C., staff chaplain, has initiated a prayer line to support staff working on and off-campus. With the coronavirus and a society looking at racial justice, many are uncertain, fearful and anxious. Prayer can be a path to finding peace, courage and strength. All prayer requests are confidential and only accessible by Father Jim.  

Everyday Holiness Podcast: Joe Delaney
Meet Joe Delaney, a longtime leader of the Notre Dame Club of Staten Island and retired partner at Deloitte, as he describes his family, career and service contributions, his personal experience of September 11 and his outlook on living a holy life.

Health and Recreation

Domers R Donors — COVID Antibody Plasma Blood Drive
Did you test positive for the coronavirus in the last three months? If so, donate your antibody-containing plasma! Requirements: a positive lab test in the last three months, symptom-free for 14 days and meeting standard donation requirements. Call the South Bend Medical Foundation at 574-204-4466 to schedule and donate.
Wednesday, Nov. 4; 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the ballroom (second floor), LaFortune Student Center
Thursday, Nov. 5; 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Yoga in Italian!
Taught by Tiziana Serafini, professor of Italian and registered yoga teacher. This free session will be devoted to meditation and breathing exercises to help us find peace in the midst of these challenging times. No previous experience in yoga or knowledge of Italian necessary.
Friday, Nov. 6; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. via Zoom

Lectures and Presentations

Webinar: “Consider This! Epidemiology of COVID-19”
In the fifth installment of the “Consider This! Simplifying the COVID-19 Conversation” series, professors Alex Perkins and Jenna Coalson from the Department of Biological Sciences will discuss the epidemiology of the coronavirus.
Monday, Nov. 2; 6 to 7 p.m. via webinar

Lecture: “Beyond Reality and Fiction: Congo Vivo and African American Transnational Expatriatism”
The Center for Italian Studies and the Department of Africana Studies present a lecture by Professor Shelleen Greene of UCLA on the Italian film “Congo Vivo” (1962) and African diasporic identity formation within post-World War II geopolitics. Registration required.
Wednesday, Nov. 4; 3:30 to 5 p.m. via Zoom

AWS Webinar: “DevOps — Modernizing Your Application — Serverless”
Amazon Web Services (AWS) will present real-world tactics for transforming your organization to get the most out of the cloud. Topics such as serverless best practices, organizational lessons and the latest in the industry will also be discussed. A link to the webinar will be sent once you submit the registration form.
Thursday, Nov. 5; 11 a.m. to noon

Engaged Learning Forum: “Spanish CBL @ 10”
Spanish Community-Based Learning is in its 11th year of partnership between the Center for Social Concerns and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. Hear how faculty have worked with three key community partners to develop deep learning opportunities for students and help create positive impact in the community. Register by Wednesday, Nov. 4.
Thursday, Nov. 5; 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. virtually

Where We’re Going — “Privacy: Campus Viewpoint”
Where We’re Going, ThinkND’s series that invites University, national and international experts to discuss key topics, begins its look at privacy. Join us for our campus viewpoint session where we’ll discuss privacy law, applications and ethical implications.
Thursday, Nov. 5; 1 to 2 p.m. digitally

The Medieval Institute presents its 2020 annual Robert M. and Ricki Conway Lectures on the topic of “Race in the Middle Ages.”
Lecture: “‘Jews Will Not Replace Us’: Identity and Difference in Medieval Polemic and Modern Politics”
Presented by Sara Lipton, professor of history at Stony Brook University.
Thursday, Nov. 5; 2 to 3:30 p.m. via Zoom
Lecture: “‘From Medieval America to Modern’: Medieval Black Metaphors, the Harlem Renaissance and Antiracist Chivalry Today”
Cord J. Whitaker is associate professor of English at Wellesley College.
Thursday, Nov. 5; 5 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
Lecture: “Racializing Religion: The Case of the Ethiopian Magus and the Jews of Cologne”
Presented by Suzanne Conklin Akbari, professor of medieval studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ.
Friday, Nov. 6; 2 to 3:30 p.m. via Zoom
Roundtable and Audience Q&A: “Race in the Middle Ages”
Friday, Nov. 6; 4 to 5 p.m. via Zoom

Research Seminar: “Drinking Tea with the Neighbors: Informal Clubs, Social Trust and Trustworthiness in Mali”
This talk presents a paper that uses a mixed-methods research design, including focus groups and experimental games, based on 18 months of fieldwork in Mali to explore the role of local social clubs called “grins.” Drawing on social capital literature, we explore this under-researched type of civil society actors in urban Africa. Registration required.
Friday, Nov. 6; 9 to 10 a.m. via Zoom

Bringing Books to Life: Meet the Author
Amara Lakhous will talk with students about his book “Scontro di civiltà per un ascensore a Piazza Vittorio” (“Clash of Civilizations over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio”). A culturally mixed community living in an apartment building in the center of Rome is thrown into disarray when one of the neighbors is murdered. A story of immigration and equivocations.
Friday, Nov. 6; 9:10 to 10 a.m. and 11:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. virtually

Reading: “Literatures of Annihilation, Exile & Resistance”
Featuring Sinan Antoon, associate professor of Arabic literature at New York University, poet, novelist, scholar and translator. This lecture series focuses on the study of literatures that have been shaped by histories of territorial and linguistic politics, colonialism, military domination and gross human rights violations.
Friday, Nov. 6; noon virtually

Keynote Lecture and Panel Discussions: “Algorithmic Bias: Sources and Responses”
Cathy O’Neil, big data scientist and New York Times bestselling author of “Weapons of Math Destruction,” will present the keynote address “Algorithms: for whom do they fail?” followed by panels exploring the context, sources, manifestations and associated harms of bias in algorithms, along with technological, institutional and policy responses to best address these biases. Register online.
Friday, Nov. 6; noon to 3 p.m. via Zoom

Lecture: “COVID Racial Data Tracking”
“Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary” guides our community through topics necessary to a deeper understanding of racial justice. This week Rachel Lee, project manager of Boston University’s Racial Data Tracker, explores the impact of race and ethnicity on coronavirus prevalence and outcomes. Open to the Notre Dame community. Register online.
Friday, Nov. 6; 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. via Zoom

Tom Mendoza Presents: A Conversation with Jayshree Ullal, President and CEO, Arista
Join Tom Mendoza ’73, for a conversation with Jayshree Ullal who is responsible for Arista’s business and strategic leadership in cloud networking. Hear about her three decades of networking and executive experience as she and Tom talk about career success and insights about forging great companies.
Friday, Nov. 6; 1 to 2 p.m. online

Labor Café Discussion: “What’s Next for Labor Policy in the Wake of the US Presidential Election?”
Labor Café convenes the Notre Dame community for casual conversation on contemporary questions about work. As we near the upcoming election and the pandemic continues, will there be changes to policies impacting workers? The discussion will be facilitated by Diana Hess, St. Joseph County councilwoman and Robert Caruso, Higgins student assistant.
Friday, Nov. 6; 5 to 6 p.m. virtually

Saturday Scholar Series: “Sleep On It! There’s More to It Than Just the Old Adage”
Every fall, some of Notre Dame’s most engaging faculty discuss their research on the most pressing and fascinating issues of our times. Due to the coronavirus, there will be no live Saturday Scholar lectures in 2020. Instead, we invite you to join us in watching highlights from past seasons — on Game Day or any other time you want.
Saturday, Nov. 7; virtually

Higgins Labor Film Club: “Bread and Roses” (2000)
In “Bread and Roses,” a young Mexican woman, Maya, works cleaning a downtown building where she meets Sam, an organizer for the janitor’s union. Maya joins him in the fight for better wages while risking her job and earnings. Watch the film in advance and join us for a conversation on the film with faculty expert Jaime Pensado.
Sunday, Nov. 8; 4 p.m. virtually

Conference: “Four Years of Peace Accord Implementation: International Comparative Experiences and the Colombian Case”
This conference will present research perspectives on the first four years of implementation of the Final Peace Accord in Colombia, signed in 2016 by the Colombian government and the former FARC-EP guerrillas.
Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 9–11; 9 a.m. to noon virtually

Safety, Parking and Traffic

Sorin Court Traffic Circle to be closed Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 4–6
Due to large truck and crane activity, Sorin Court, north of the Main Building, will be closed to traffic between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Wednesday through Friday Nov. 4–6. While the Main Building parking lot will be open to those with permits, the traffic circle will be blocked. During this time, delivery trucks intending to deliver packages to the Main Building must park in the St. Liam Lot and walk packages to the building. Anyone expecting large deliveries during this time frame is encouraged to let vendors know of the Sorin Court closure ahead of time. See traffic map.
The large truck activity will also periodically affect traffic on Holy Cross Drive at Sorin Court. Flaggers will stop and direct traffic along Holy Cross Drive when needed.

Social Gatherings

Silent Night Silent Auction (SNSA)
SNSA is Pasquerilla East Hall’s signature event that features a silent auction and Christmas activities for the entire Notre Dame community. This year, the auction will be online and we will have special programming on Zoom to keep the festive spirit alive! Make sure to register to bid on our auction site,, before the event.
Thursday, Nov. 5; 7 to 9 p.m. via Zoom (bidding from noon to 9 p.m.)

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Request a Free Lead Screening Kit
Did you know many homes built before 1978 contain lead paint on both interior and exterior walls? Old lead paint can peel and become a hazard. Lead is toxic, particularly for young children, and can lead to harmful, irreversible effects on a child’s brain. Request a free lead screening kit from ND’s Lead Innovation Team to test your home today! You can request a kit at any time.

Hesburgh Library Open Until 4 a.m. for Finals (Nov. 8 to 19)
Beginning Sunday, Nov. 8, Hesburgh Library will be open:
Sundays, 9 a.m. to 4 a.m.
∙ Mondays through Fridays, 7 a.m. to 4 a.m.
∙ Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 a.m.

On Nov. 20, Hesburgh Library will close at 8 p.m. Get up-to-date information on Hesburgh Libraries access and services at

Sakai Tip: Share Essential Testing Tips with Students Before High Stakes Exams
A number of issues can detract from a student’s best effort on an electronic assessment, including bad Wi-Fi connection, multiple tabs open to Sakai and a low battery on their laptop. Share these student-focused tips to ensure they have the best chance to succeed.

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.