TheWeek@ND Fac/Staff Edition (Nov. 30)



For the Week of November 30

Arts and Performances


Slow Look
Take a slow look at Nickolas Muray’s “Untitled (Still Life with Coffee)” on view in “Touchstones of the Twentieth Century: A History of Photography at the University of Notre Dame.” We’ll use tools of mindfulness meditation as a way to approach and understand the photograph. Registration required.
Thursday, Dec. 3; 12:30 to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Closures, Limited Hours and Cancellations

Snite Museum of Art
For the health and safety of all, the Snite Museum of Art will remain closed until further notice. We will advise all when the museum may reopen in the new year.

Deadlines or Registrations

Thrive presents Let’s Zoom Lunch — A Holiday Reading
There is no denying that 2020 has taken a toll on us all. As we near the holiday, join us this month for a small reading and listening to “A Burglar’s Christmas” by Willa Cather and “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry. Let’s gather together with Thrive! for another virtual edition of Let’s Do Lunch and connect with colleagues from across campus.
Thursday, Dec. 10; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Deals and Discounts

Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore More the Merrier Sale
Finish up your holiday shopping with our More the Merrier Sale through Monday, Nov. 30. Take 20 percent off one item, 25 percent off two items or 30 percent off three items. This sale is online only at

Notre Dame Press Holiday Book Sale
Wrap up your holiday shopping and save 40 percent on all Notre Dame Press books and e-books purchased directly from our site! We have books for every reader on your list, including stunning photo books of campus, innovative academic research, breathtaking poetry collections and so much more. Ends Monday, Dec. 7.

Educational and Research Opportunities

OIT Training Classes
Office of Information Technologies technical training classes are free of charge and will be online until further notice.
∙ InDesign CC, Level I: Basic Document Creation, Tuesday, Dec. 8; 8:30 a.m. to noon
∙ Mail Merge Using Google and Gmail, Tuesday, Dec. 8; 10 to 11 a.m.
∙ GLez Training, Tuesday, Dec. 8; 1:30 to 3 p.m.
∙ Google Sheets, Level II: Pivot Tables, Tuesday, Dec. 8; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
∙ buyND, Tuesday, Dec. 8; 2 to 4 p.m.
∙ Google Drive, Level II: More Drive Features, Wednesday, Dec. 9; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
∙ AiM Work Request Training, Wednesday, Dec. 9; 10 to 11 a.m.
∙ dataND: Introduction, Wednesday, Dec. 9; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
∙ Photoshop CC, Level III: Working with Color, Thursday, Dec. 10; 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
∙ Excel 2019, Level II: Macros Introduction, Thursday, Dec. 10; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
To register for courses, go to Questions or problems registering? Call 631-7227 or email OIT at 

Faith and Service

Sacred Places of Notre Dame, a Daily Advent Journey
Follow along as we prepare for the coming of Christ. Guests during the first week include Rev. Edward “Monk” Malloy, C.S.C., Kathleen Sprows Cummings and four ND students sharing stories of their sacred places, like the founder’s plaque and the “Woman at the Well” statue.
Through Friday, Dec. 25, online

Staff Caregivers Support Group
If you are a staff member currently caring for an aging parent, a spouse or a child with special needs, you are welcome to join. This group offers the opportunity to connect with others, share information and struggles and listen to how others deal with their situations. RSVP to receive the link.
Thursday, Dec. 3; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Lectures and Presentations

Webinar: “Consider This! Cultivate Food Rescue and Food Security”
Part nine of the “Consider This! Simplifying the COVID-19 Conversation” webinar series features Jim Conklin, president and co-founder of Cultivate Food Rescue, and Marijo Martinec, CEO of Food Bank of Northern Indiana.
Monday, Nov. 30; 6 to 7 p.m. via webinar

Webinar: A Conversation with Provost Marie Lynn Miranda
The Thrive! professional development and networking committee, along with the Thrive! board and steering committee, invite everyone to a special, interactive conversation with Provost Marie Lynn Miranda. Provost Miranda will share stories of impactful moments from her own professional and personal journey to the University, including insights on topics such as mentorship and encouraging the next generation of female leaders. Register online by Monday, Nov. 30
Tuesday, Dec. 1; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Webinar: “Peace in Absentia: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Voices on Arab-Israeli Normalization”
In 2020, the U.S. announced a Mideast peace plan and has brokered deals to normalize relations between Israel and multiple Arab states. What role does religion play in fanning the flames of conflict or calming the waters of peace? Join us for a panel discussion featuring voices that are typically absent or silenced in public and policy discourses.
Tuesday, Dec. 1; noon to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom

Inspiring Conversation: “The Path to Purposeful Leadership”
Notre Dame’s Inspired Leadership Initiative invites you to join the live discussion with Richard Leider, who will explore topics such as how to find your purpose and meaning, developing your legacy and self-leadership. Register online.
Tuesday, Dec. 1; 1 to 2 p.m. via Zoom

2020 Kroc Institute Distinguished Alumni Award Lecture: “No Place for Children: Untangling Refugee Bodies and Navigating through ‘Crisis’ in Humanitarian Protection”
The presenter is Bina D’Costa, M.A. ’97, professor of international relations and peace and conflict studies specialist at the Australian National University.
Tuesday, Dec. 1; 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. virtually

Time-Out for Tech: Holiday Text in InDesign
Adobe InDesign can help you perk up holiday material with some simple text tricks. This short session will show you how to make text that looks like candy canes and text that is wrapped in Christmas lights.
Wednesday, Dec. 2; 10 to 10:30 a.m. via Zoom

Webinar: “Ireland’s Generation X?”
The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies is partnering with the Museum of Literature Ireland to deliver an exciting new series of webinars: “Ireland’s Generation X?”, a series of conversations about Ireland’s “in-between” generation. First presenters: Professor Barry McCrea with award-winning writer Belinda McKeon (“Solace” and “Tender”). 
Wednesday, Dec. 2; 2 to 3 p.m. virtually

Labor Café: “Build Back Better? Assessing President-Elect Biden’s Economic Plans”
The Labor Café convenes the Notre Dame community for casual conversation on contemporary questions about work. Our final event for the fall 2020 semester will consider how the Biden’s economic plans will impact labor policy and a workforce heavily impacted by the coronavirus. All are welcome. Join virtual event through center’s website.
Friday, Dec. 4; 5 to 6 p.m. virtually

Saturday Scholar Series: “A Shoppers’ Paradise: How Women Shaped Chicago’s Loop”
Every fall, some of Notre Dame’s most engaging faculty members 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, Dec. 5; virtually

Tech Upgrades and Service Interruptions

Mac OS Big Sur Approved for ND Computers
The Office of Information Technologies has tested Apple’s Big Sur operating system (Version 11.0) for Mac and it is approved for use on University-owned computers. Review known issues to see if this upgrade is suitable for your computer and work requirements. Work with your departmental IT support staff or contact the OIT Help Desk for details about updating to the Big Sur operating system.

IT Maintenance
Beginning at 8 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, through 8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6, Office of Information Technologies systems engineers will upgrade the OnBase service. During this time, the OnBase service will be unavailable some or most of the maintenance period.

Also This Week ...

FedEx Office Print-on-Demand Portal Training
FedEx Office representatives will offer training on the newly updated FedEx Office Print-on-Demand portal during the next several weeks. Training will be provided via half-hour Zoom sessions. Contact DeeAnne Locsi to register: or 574-261-9026. See poster for details
Training Sessions: Thursday, Dec. 3; 1 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 10; 10 a.m.
Thursday, Dec. 17; 11 a.m.

Introducing the University’s Contract Management System, Powered by buyND+
Procurement Services and the Office of General Counsel have announced the addition of contractsND, a new, easy-to-use University contract system that debuts Monday, Dec. 14.  contractsND, which will be housed in the buyND+ system, digitizes and stores all contracts into a central repository, providing a way for stakeholders to search for and review various University contracts. Register via Endeavor.
Requestor Training Sessions (all from 2 to 3 p.m.):
Dec. 3 and 17, Jan. 27, and Feb. 4

Invoicing in buyND+
We are pleased to announce accounts payable invoicing capabilities will be available in buyND+ Monday, Dec. 7. When you place an order in buyND+, as usual, you will be able to track your requisition to purchase order status. Now you can also track the invoice status. Sign up for a virtual demo session through Endeavor.

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.