TheWeek@ND Fac/Staff Edition (Oct. 19)



For the Week of October 19

Arts and Performances


Gallery Tour: Three and a Theme
Take a slow look at N. Jay Jaffee’s “Learning to Skate, Livonia Avenue, East New York, Brooklyn” on view in “Touchstones of the Twentieth Century: A History of Photography at the University of Notre Dame.” We'll virtually place you in the exhibition via a live stream. Then we’ll then use tools of mindfulness meditation as a way to approach the photograph.
Tuesday, Oct. 20; 12:30 to 1 p.m. in the Snite Museum of Art (via Zoom)

Snite Spotlights: Conversations About Art with Student Gallery Teachers
Join the Snite Museum’s student gallery teachers for an evening of conversations about works of art. The gallery teachers will host three rounds of short “spotlight” discussions. During each round, you can pick one of three works of art to discuss. These conversations will be informal and offer an opportunity to look closely.
Thursday, Oct. 22; 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m. in the Snite Museum of Art

The Big Draw: Snite Sketchbook Session
Join us for an evening of sketching, community and inspiration. Come prepared with a sketch of your own that responds to this prompt: sketch the view from a window in your house. During this program, we’ll share our sketches and talk about the techniques we used to create them. We’re excited to have local artist Kay Westhues join us for the event.
Thursday, Oct. 22; 7 to 8 p.m. in the Snite Museum of Art at home (via Zoom) 

The Big Draw: The Snite Sketches
This month in celebration of The Big Draw, the world’s largest celebration of drawing that takes place across the globe, spend some time sketching works of art from the Snite Museum’s collections. This week during our open hours, grab a few sheets of blank paper and a pencil and head over to the museum to find and sketch your favorite work of art.
Saturday, Oct. 24; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Snite Museum of Art


Film Premiere: “And There is Nothing New Under the Sun”
(Postponed due to poor weather conditions. New date is Friday, Oct. 30)
The School of Architecture is proud to announce the premiere of a film highlighting the work of Ong-ard Satrabhandhu, the winner of the 2020 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame. Seating will be on the field and students can sit in groups of up to 10 people. The gate opens at 7:30 p.m. and the premiere begins at 8 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 19; 8 to 9 p.m. in Notre Dame Stadium

SUB Movie: “Woman Walks Ahead”
Free to the ND community!
Thursday, Oct. 22; 8:30 p.m. in Room 101, DeBartolo Hall
Friday, Oct. 23; 5:15 and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 24; 5:15 and 7:30 p.m.


Auditions: ND Anti-Racist Theatre NOW — Scenes from Plays by BIPOC Playwrights
Audition for a Zoom reading of scenes from plays by BIPOC playwrights, directed by FTT BIPOC alumni, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29.
All students, faculty and staff are welcome to submit a video that is one to two minutes long no later than Monday, Oct.  19 at 11 p.m. Please visit for audition guidelines and more information. 

“Gettin’ Outta Town”: A PEMCo Revue
The coronavirus has kept us at home, but it can’t stop us from traveling in the world of musical theater! Join the student performing arts club, Pasquerilla East Musical Company, for a night, or three, of adventure through songs about traveling around the world. Tickets cost $5 and are available at Student Shop ND.
Thursday, Oct. 22; 7 to 9 p.m. in the south tent, DeBartolo Quad
Friday, Oct. 23; 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 24; 7 p.m.

Deadlines or Registrations

Application Deadline: Community Impact Grants 2020-21
The Center for Social Concerns awards Community Impact Grants to Notre Dame faculty, staff and community partners for community-engaged research, teaching and learning that enact the values of Catholic social tradition. Successful grant proposals show collaboration among campus and community partners and advance academic community engagement with an aim toward social justice impact. The deadline is Monday, Oct. 26.

Notre Dame Day 2020
Notre Dame Day 2020, the live broadcast featuring stories from around campus, is almost here! You can make a gift to your favorite campus cause now at As an added bonus, for a limited time when you make your Notre Dame Day gift, we will send you an exclusive limited-edition Notre Dame face mask!
Broadcast will be live from 6:42 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26 through 12:11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27

Supporting DACA and Undocumented Students
This workshop aims to deepen understanding of the DACA, undocumented and other students from non-traditional backgrounds. The presenters will provide recommendations for how to best support these students and make appropriate referrals. Promising practices in creating a welcoming and inclusive campus environment will be introduced through examples and interactive, group conversations.
Wednesday, Oct. 28; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Virtual Lunch and Learn: “Pursuing the Good Life: How Philosophy Can Help Us Set Goals, Avoid Burnout and Care for Our Souls”
Thrive!’s engagement committee presents a virtual Lunch and Learn with Meghan Sullivan, the Rev. John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy.
Thursday, Oct. 29; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom (link will be sent after registration)

Diversity and Inclusion

Presentation: “Setting Your Compass for a Meaningful Life”
Join the Thrive! Professional Development and Networking Committee for this exciting, inaugural Fall event with Megan Brown, director of the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being. Participants will learn how awareness of personal values increases life satisfaction, reduces stress and enhances decision making. RSVP for the event.   
Wednesday, Oct. 21; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Behind the Scenes
Young Leaders of Notre Dame (YLND), are you intrigued about the “HERE” campaign and the work it took to make it all come together? Simply titled “HERE,” the messaging campaign seeks to evoke the strong sense of place tied to Notre Dame’s campus. From videos, emails, social media and more, get a behind-the-scenes look at the campaign from Nick Johnson, executive director of ND Innovates.
Thursday, Oct. 22; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom  

Thrive! Presents Let’s Zoom Lunch
Come share your favorite fall traditions, tips and tricks with your Notre Dame family. Join Thrive! for a virtual meeting of our Let’s Do Lunch program to connect and chat about our experiences this fall with colleagues from across campus. As always, drop in when you can and stay as long as you like. RSVP to receive a Zoom meeting invitation.
Friday, Oct. 23; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Anti-Racist Theater — Alumni Webinar with Joe Wilson 93 and Rachel Lynett 11
Joe Wilson ’93, actor and activist, and Rachel Lynett ’11, playwright, director and teaching artist, discuss their work as BIPOC theater professionals with FTT faculty member Siiri Scott.
Friday, Oct. 23; 3 to 4 p.m. via Zoom

Educational and Research Opportunities

Intro to Github and Markdown
Learn the basic functions of contributing to a repository and writing documents in its preferred plain-text format, Markdown.
Tuesday, Oct. 20; 1 to 2 p.m. in the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship (Room 246), Hesburgh Library

Panel Discussion/Q&A: “Is Grad School Right for Me?”
Join the Notre Dame Society of Schmitt Fellows for an informational Q&A panel to learn what graduate school is all about! Questions? Contact Abagael Pruitt at
Tuesday, Oct. 20; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom

Workshop: “Difficult Conversations in the Classroom”
This workshop will provide strategies for converting difficult conversations into productive exchanges within the classroom. As students face the upcoming election, racial justice protests and language surrounding the coronavirus, we will also introduce resources to help students respond to potentially charged topics.  
Wednesday, Oct. 21; 1 to 2:15 p.m. via Zoom

Time-Out for Tech: How to Host Safe Public Zoom Meetings
It’s easy to add security to private Zoom meetings but public meetings present a greater challenge. This short session will focus on ways to manage the security of Zoom meetings that are open to the public.
Thursday, Oct. 22; 2:30 to 3 p.m. via Zoom

Talk: “Temporary Departures from the Target Language”
Should written assignments in English have a place in an advanced world language course? In this talk, Allison Connolly, Centre College in Kentucky, will lay out a class blog project completed by students in a French course. She will share blog content, technical challenges and examples, and will also synthesize the pros and cons of stepping away from the target language.
Friday, Oct. 23; 2 to 3 p.m. via Zoom


Human Resources Sessions:

General Benefits Information Session

Overview of the 2021 benefit programs and changes.
Tuesday, Oct. 20; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Virtual Irish Health (Link goes live Tuesday, Oct. 20)
Wednesday, Oct. 21; 2 to 3 p.m. in Virtual Irish Health (Event link goes live Tuesday, Oct. 20)

Fidelity Exploring the Benefits of an HSA
Learn about HSA-eligible health plans, how they work with an HSA, as well as HSA features, eligibility, contribution limits and account access.
Tuesday, Oct. 20; noon to 1 p.m. in Virtual Irish Health (Register now.)

Bright Horizons: Back-up Care and Enhanced Family Supports
Learn about Bright Horizons and their offerings for our employees.
Tuesday, Oct. 20; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Virtual Irish Health (Register now.)

Exploring the Benefits of an HSA with Fidelity
Learn about HSA-eligible health plans, how they work with an HSA, as well as HSA features, eligibility, contribution limits and account access.
Wednesday, Oct. 21; 10 to 11 a.m. in Virtual Irish Health (Register now.)

Fidelity Fundamentals of Retirement Income Planning
Learn about the options that are available when paid workdays have ended. This includes creating and protecting income throughout a lifetime, while securing a legacy.
Wednesday, Oct. 21; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Virtual Irish Health (Register now.)

We are All ND
This workshop for staff is being offered to those not currently in a supervisory role. Please register via Endeavor and attend We Are All ND in an effort to allow each and every member of our community to unite behind a common goal as we work to cultivate a spirit of inclusion at Notre Dame.
Thursday, Oct. 29; 2 to 4:30 p.m. virtually
Additional dates: Thursday, Nov. 5; 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 12; 2 to 4:30 p.m.


OIT Training Classes
Office of Information Technologies technical training classes are free of charge and will be online until further notice.
∙ Excel 2019, Level II: PivotTables, Monday, Oct. 26; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
∙ Qualtrics Forms, Level II: Data & Analysis, Tuesday, Oct. 27; 1 to 2:30 p.m.
∙ Qualtrics Forms, Level II: Reports, Tuesday, Oct. 27; 2:45 to 4:15 p.m.
∙ Photoshop CC, Level II: Basic Layers and Text, Wednesday, Oct. 28; 1:30 to 4 p.m.
∙ InDesign CC, Level II: Intermediate Document Creation, Thursday, Oct. 29; 8:30 a.m. to noon
To register for courses, go to Questions or problems registering? Call 631-7227 or email OIT at  

Faith and Service

Everyday Holiness Podcast: Haley Scott Demaria 95
Join Haley Scott Demaria as she shares her perspective on overcoming tragedy and suffering, especially her own experience of a swimming team bus accident that claimed the lives of two of her friends, nearly left her paralyzed and continues to impact her life in many ways.

Staff Grief Support Group
If you are a staff member who has experienced the death of a loved one — a child, a spouse, a parent, a close friend or colleague — you are invited to join a support group of other faculty who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Grief affects us in many ways and we all grieve differently. Many people find understanding and healing through sharing their journey with others.
Tuesday, Oct. 20; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Health and Recreation

Squash Workshop
This introductory class offered by RecSports can teach you the basics of squash so you can get out and play! Click here for more information and to register. Cost $4.
Wednesday, Oct. 21; 7 to 7:45 p.m. in the Rockne Memorial Racquetball Courts

Fitness Freebie: WERQ
Join instructor Natalie for a free WERQ class! For more information and registration, click here
Saturday, Oct. 24; 10 to 10:50 a.m. virtually

Lectures and Presentations

Learning from Leaders
The Learning from Leaders program is designed to help connect the University’s young professionals with senior leadership. These sessions have a loose agenda intended to allow leaders to share their career journey and advice, as well as to hear from participating YLND members. This session is with Silvio Mendez, facilities administrator, Campus Crossroads.
Monday, Oct. 19; noon to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom

Webinar: “Masks, Distancing and the Public”
In the third installment of “Consider This! Simplifying the COVID-19 Conversation” the co-hosts will be joined by professors David Leighton and Mark McCready along with Dr. Mark Fox, the St. Joseph County Department of Health deputy health officer.
Monday, Oct. 19; 6 to 7 p.m. via webinar

AASHE Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education
This year, Notre Dame is a host institution! For additional information, registration link and registration discount code, visit the Office of Sustainability site by Tuesday, Oct. 20. Free to current students, faculty, staff and ND alumni using the provided discount code.
Tuesday, Oct. 20; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. virtually
Wednesday, Oct. 21
Thursday, Oct. 22

3rd Annual Byzantine Postdoctoral Fellowship Workshop: “Memory and Cognition in Byzantium”
This year’s workshop features Byzantine Postdoctoral Fellow Nicole Paxton Sullo together with speakers Roland Betancourt, UC Irvine; Rossitza Schroeder, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary; and Wiebke-Marie Stock, Notre Dame.
Tuesday, Oct. 20; 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. via Zoom

Virtual Roundtable: “Five Years of Europe’s Refugee Crisis”
The Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the Keough School of Global Affairs hosts a roundtable to discuss the situation of refugees and migrants five years after fall 2015, which is associated with a so-called “refugee crisis.”
Tuesday, Oct. 20; 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. virtually

Inspiring Conversations Series: “Leading with Purpose and Humanity by Aligning Head and Heart”
A Zoom discussion with Hubert Joly, former chairman/CEO of Best Buy and senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, and author of the forthcoming book “The Heart of Business: Leadership Principles for the Next Era of Capitalism” and Hortense le Gentil, author of “Aligned: Connecting Your True Self with the Leader You’re Meant to Be,” as they discuss how aligning one’s head and heart leads to purposeful leadership.
Tuesday, Oct. 20; 1 to 2 p.m. via Zoom

Presentation: “Christ: The True Origin of Humanity”
In this presentation, Christopher Baglow will connect the beginning and the end of humanity, relying on Scripture, tradition and the insights of modern science and modern theologians. Registration is required.
Tuesday, Oct. 20; 1 to 2 p.m. via Zoom

Research Uncorked – “Research at the Nano Scale: A Guided Tour”
Research Uncorked is a monthly speaker series featuring informal interviews with leading scholars and scientists from the University. In October, we’re excited to be joined by four faculty members from the Notre Dame Nanoscience and Technology program, or NDnano, for a Research Uncorked first: a peek inside campus lab spaces.
Tuesday, Oct. 20; 6 to 7 p.m. online

Talk: “Gidget: Origins of a Teen Girl Transmedia Franchise”
In celebration of her new book, join FTT Professor Pamela Robertson Wojcik for a discussion of the decades-long teen girl franchise. She will be joined by Mary Celeste Kearney, gender studies and FTT, and Kathy Kohner Zuckerman, the real-life inspiration for the famed character.
Tuesday, Oct. 20; 8 to 9 p.m. via Zoom

Notre Dame Alumni Association Virtual UND Celebration: One night. One family.
The Notre Dame family will come together as one community — even though we hail from locations across the globe — and celebrate our Notre Dame family and hear from University leadership, ND clubs from around the world and other special guests.
Tuesday, Oct. 20; 8 to 9:30 p.m. virtually

The Value in a University – “Thinking with Newman” Series
Register for “Thinking with Newman: Educating with Intention Today.” Week Three focuses on the values of and value in a university education, through the lens of John Henry Newman’s educational philosophy as established in his work, “The Idea of a University.” Read the press release here.
Wednesday, Oct. 21; 1 to 2 p.m. via Zoom

Panel Discussion: “The US Presidential Election and Asia Policy”
Elections influence foreign policy, either by reinforcing the current trajectory or prompting course corrections by a new administration. To discuss pressing questions related to U.S./Asia policy in the wake of the U.S. presidential election, the Kellogg Institute and the New York University Center for Global Affairs will host a panel of scholars. Registration required.
Wednesday, Oct. 21; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom

Lecture: “The ‘Kung Flu’: How Media Images Frame Asians in Diasporic Chinese and US Newspapers During the Pandemic”
Jennifer Huynh, assistant professor of American studies, analyzes the representation of Asians and Asian Americans in the U.S. media during the coronavirus pandemic. The lecture title references President Trump’s anti-Chinese rhetoric, calling the coronavirus the “Kung flu” and “Chinese virus,” assigning an identity to the virus that has spurred violence and harassment against Asian populations. Register here.
Thursday, Oct. 22; 11 a.m. to noon via Zoom webinar

AWS Webinar: “DevOps — Modernizing Your Application – Containers”
Amazon Web Services (AWS) will present a session on microservices — what they are and key benefits. You’ll also learn about challenges and trade-offs when adopting microservice architectures. AWS has been a major driver for the shift from monolithic architectures on traditional on-prem compute to microservices on containers and serverless. A link to the webinar will be sent once you submit the registration form.
Thursday, Oct. 22; 11 a.m. to noon  

Open Access Week: “Cultural Heritage, Technology and Open Access”
Join the Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame Law School and the Snite Museum of Art for a virtual panel discussion on the international legal issues that shape decisions about open access cultural materials. Moderated by Felicia Caponigri of the Notre Dame Law School, panelists include Victoria Perdomo, Snite Museum of Art; Michael Weinberg, NYU School of Law; Merete Sanderhoff, SMK; and Christian Greco, Museo Egizio. Register here.
Thursday, Oct. 22; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Snite Museum of Art (via Zoom)

Discussion (Where We’re Going series): “Sports — National Viewpoint”
“Where We’re Going,” a new series from ThinkND, continues its study of sports with a national viewpoint discussion. Join guests Allison Barber, president and COO of the Indiana Fever; Raul Fernandez, CEO of Monumental Sports; and Stan Wilcox 81, NCAA vice president of regulatory affairs, for this talk about what’s ahead for the sports industry.
Thursday, Oct. 22; 1 to 2 p.m. online
Fellows Spotlight: Meet the Kellogg Visiting and Dissertation Year Fellows
With more limited in-person contact this semester, the Kellogg Institute invites you to connect with our new Visiting Fellows and Dissertation Year Fellows, getting to know them and learning more about their research in a casual setting. Registration required.
Thursday, Oct. 22; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom

Research Seminar: “What’s New in the New Encyclical ‘Fratelli Tutti’?”
This informal virtual seminar will explore Pope Francis’ new encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti,” which discusses solidarity and how we should live together on our planet. Dan Graff, Grace Munene, Margie Pfeil and Clemens Sedmak will offer reflections and connections to the Catholic social tradition before opening the floor for questions and thoughts.
Friday, Oct. 23; 9 to 10 a.m. virtually

Discussion: “Numbers Can Lie: When Algorithms Work Perfectly but Fail Miserably”
Numbers don’t always tell the whole story. Join us in Part 2 of the three-part series as Marie Lynn Miranda, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost and ACMS professor describes her work as a statistician, and Kevin Bowyer, the Schubmehl-Prein Professor of Computer Science and Engineering discusses the pitfalls of facial recognition software.
Friday, Oct. 23; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Tech Upgrades and Service Interruptions

IT Maintenance
Beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, through 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, Office of Information Technologies systems engineers will perform a variety of planned maintenance activities and upgrades. Several major IT services will be unavailable for some or all of the maintenance period.

Also this Week ...

Notre Dame Press Presents Its Spring 2021 Catalog
Notre Dame Press is proud to present its Spring 2021 Catalog of publications. Each season, Notre Dame Press plays a vital role in elevating authors, subjects and whole disciplines that bring new perspectives, ideas and voices to readers around the globe. Browse our latest offerings in African American studies, civil rights history and more.

Learning Management System Pilot Presentation
In anticipation of the Spring 2021 learning management system pilot, representatives from Instructure Canvas will host a live Zoom session for interested faculty.
Friday, Oct. 23; 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. via Zoom

Irish Gardens Fall Pop-Up Shop
Stop by our outdoor fall pop-up shop to purchase succulents, mini pumpkins, fall flowers and more!
Friday, Oct. 23; noon to 4 p.m. on Fieldhouse Mall

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.