TheWeek@ND Fac/Staff Edition (October 17)



For the Week of October 17

University Campaigns and Initiatives

Open Enrollment Begins Today!
This year’s Open Enrollment is active. That means you must make elections by Friday, Nov. 4, to be enrolled in benefits during 2023.  

Irish Health Begins
The return of in-person Irish Health begins Monday, Oct. 17. Faculty, staff, retirees and their dependents will once again have opportunities to meet the University’s benefit program vendors and campus partners face-to-face. In addition, a virtual option will also be provided allowing accessibility to log on when your schedule permits any time of the day.
Monday, Oct. 17; noon to 7 p.m. in the Downes Ballroom (seventh floor), Corbett Family Hall
Tuesday, Oct. 18; 7 a.m. to noon

Arts and Performances


The Piano/Piano Tour with NPR Theme Composer BJ Leiderman and Kenny White
Meet two guys whose music and stories are personal, unapologetic and extremely fun. Kenny and BJ perform solo and as a duo, with some guitar thrown in, making music you’ll recognize as the hum of the American musical engine. Fac/Staff: $27. Students: $10.
Thursday, Oct. 20; 7:30 p.m. in Leighton Concert Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Athletics and Sporting Events

Visit the Athletics composite schedule for events this week.

Closures, Limited Hours and Cancellations

Hesburgh Library Fall Break Building Hours
Hesburgh Library will have limited hours during fall break (Oct. 16-22).
Open: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Find all branch and service desk hours at Regular hours will resume Sunday, Oct. 23.

Division Closure
The Enrollment Division will be closed for an all-hands event. Division offices that will be closed include:
∙ Vice President for Undergraduate Enrollment
∙ Financial Aid
∙ Marketing and Communications
∙ Pre-College Programs
∙ Shared Services
∙ Student Accounts
∙ Student Employment
∙ Undergraduate Admissions
Wednesday, Oct. 19; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Deadlines or Registrations

Blood Drive
Sponsored by Graduate Student Government. October donors will receive a South Bend Medical Foundation shirt.
Please eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water. Bring a photo ID. Eating extra iron-rich foods the week before can help prevent deferral. Sign up online at
Monday, Oct. 24; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Stepan Center

Notre Dame-Purdue Soft Matter and Polymers Symposium
All interested researchers are encouraged to register for this symposium with keynote speaker Cecilia Leal from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and presentations by Notre Dame and Purdue faculty and students focused on the synthesis and characterization of synthetic soft materials and their broad applications. Students and postdocs are also welcome to register to present a research poster. The registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 17.
Saturday, Oct. 29; 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Room 105, Jordan Hall of Science

Time-Out for Tech: “Using Google Sheets with Qualtrics”
Did you know that you can have data collected in your Qualtrics form automatically exported to a Google Sheet? This session will show how to set it up so you can view your data quickly and easily.
Free. The Zoom link will be added to the calendar event the day before the session.
Tuesday, Nov. 1; 10 to 10:30 a.m. via Zoom

Educational and Research Opportunities

Hesburgh Libraries and Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship Workshops:
Click on each workshop to see more details and to register.
Extracting Parts of Speech and Named Entities
This hands-on workshop will demonstrate the use of a locally developed tool to extract parts of speech and named entities from any plain text file. Participants will then learn how to use a free program called OpenRefine to sort and search through the results. Take this workshop, and your “reading” abilities will begin to take on new dimensions.
Tuesday, Oct. 18; 11 a.m. to noon in the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship (Room 247), Hesburgh Library
Personal Digital Preservation Basics
This workshop will provide some resources and high-level tips on how to plan for backing up and organizing your own personal digital materials, such as photos, documents and recordings, in order to preserve your “born digital” information and make it last for future generations. There will be two identical sessions of this workshop.
Wednesday, Oct. 19; 1 to 2 p.m. in the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship (Room 247), Hesburgh Library
Wednesday, Oct. 19,
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Using a Concordance
Concordances are centuries-old tools used to understand large volumes of text. Modern-day concordances also help the reader identify statistically significant key words, word collocations and navigate a text in question. This workshop will demonstrate a free, cross-platform concordance program called AntConc to do all of these things and more.
Thursday, Oct. 20; 11 a.m. to noon in the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship (Room 247), Hesburgh Library  
Topic Modeling a Corpus
This hands-on workshop will demonstrate and facilitate the use of a free Java-based program called Topic Modeling Tool to process a collection of texts in order to better understand the collection as a whole. This process is sometimes useful for identifying genres, authors and/or subjects in a body of literature.
Thursday, Oct. 20; 2 to 3 p.m. noon in the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship (Room 247), Hesburgh Library

Canvas Plug-Ins Lunch and Learn
Faculty often use plug-in applications, also known as LTIs, to enhance student learning and assessment beyond what Canvas can provide. Join the Teaching and Learning Technologies team to learn about frequently used LTI tools available at Notre Dame. RSVP by Tuesday, Oct. 18. Free to attend, but lunch is provided, so a response is necessary.
Thursday, Oct. 20; noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Martin Media Center, Corbett Family Hall

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.
∙ Google Sheets, Level II: Pivot Tables, Thursday, Oct. 20; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
∙ Adobe Express: Tell Your Story in Posts, Pages and Videos, Tuesday, Oct. 25; 1 to 4:30 p.m.
∙ buyND, Tuesday, Oct. 25; 2 to 4:30 p.m.
∙ Tableau: Introduction, Wednesday, Oct. 26; 8:30 a.m. to noon
To register for courses, go to Questions or problems registering? Call 631-7227 or email OIT at

Lectures and Presentations

Panel Discussion — “Social Media’s Impacts on Conflict and Democracy: The Techtonic Shift”
Social media platforms are having wide impacts on conflict dynamics around the world. Although media coverage of these impacts typically focuses on Western democracies, researchers in the southern hemisphere are also documenting local impacts in their countries. The panel discussion features new and overlooked insights from the Global South. Presented by the Keough School.
Monday, Oct. 17; 4 to 5 p.m. in the Keough School Washington Office and via Zoom

Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education
The University is a host institution sponsor for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s global conference. This virtual event streams live across three days. Registration is free for the first 100 Notre Dame faculty members, students and/or staff with a valid email.
Tuesday, Oct. 18; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. online
Wednesday, Oct. 26; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 3; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Panel Discussion — “Afghanistan: Promoting a People-Centered Approach to Aid and Development”
Negotiating food security and development in Afghanistan requires innovative approaches to avoid legitimating the sanctioned Taliban regime while fostering sustainable, community-led development rather than simply providing international handouts. How can the international community facilitate such an approach? Presented by the Keough School.
Tuesday, Oct. 18; 9 to 11 a.m. in the Keough School Washington Office and via Zoom

Time-Out for Tech/Cleanup Crew
The Zoom link(s) will be added to the calendar event the day before the session.
∙ Gmail
Is your inbox out of control? Do you just have thousands of emails piling up in your All Mail label? This session will show you easy ways to clean out your Gmail account.
Tuesday, Oct. 18; 2 to 2:30 p.m. via Zoom
∙ Photos
Cleaning out your Google photos could be as simple as deleting them all, but if that’s not what you want to do, come to this session and learn how to save your precious (or not so precious) memories by moving them into another storage space.
Wednesday, Oct. 19; 10:30 to 11 a.m. via Zoom
∙ Your Computer
Cleaning up your computer means sorting through folders and files and discarding or moving some. This session will show you some techniques for cleaning things up and keeping them that way.
Thursday, Oct. 20; 2 to 2:30 p.m. via Zoom

Ahead of the Game with Arts and Letters — “Whose Paradise?: Undocumented Migration in Hispanophone Caribbean Literature and Art”
On home game Fridays, the Ahead of the Game series offers an opportunity for intellectual engagement, sharing the experience in an audience of faculty, students and alumni. This week will feature Marisel Moreno, the Rev. John A. O’Brien Associate Professor of Spanish.
Friday, Oct. 21; 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the LaBar Recital Hall within O’Neill Hall (south side of Notre Dame stadium)

MVP Fridays Lecture: “What Happens to People When Work Disappears?”
Join the Center for Social Concerns on home football weekends for lectures by national leaders, journalists and writers on questions of meaning, values and purpose. This event will feature Farah Stockman, New York Times writer and author of “American Made,” addressing the topic of work and opportunity. Reception to follow.
Friday, Oct. 21; 4 to 6 p.m. in the atrium, Stinson-Remick Hall of Engineering

Saturdays with the Saints Lecture: “Our Lady of Notre Dame”
The lecture is presented by Rev. Kevin Grove, C.S.C., Department of Theology. This year’s series focuses on saints of the Blessed Mother. “Saturdays with the Saints” is a Notre Dame Game Day lecture series that combines the University’s rich traditions of Catholic faith and spirited game days.
Saturday, Oct. 22; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Andrews Auditorium, Geddes Hall

Science Exploration Series — “A Fine Glass of Science: The Chemistry of Winemaking”
Take a “tour” of the basic chemistry of wine with biochemist Holly Goodson. Learn how wine is made, why it tastes the way it does, why it sometimes goes bad and how to tell when that happens. Goodson will answer any questions that take the mystery out of winemaking. The Museum of Biodiversity in Room 102 of Jordan Hall will be open from 9 to 11 a.m. beforehand.
Saturday, Oct. 22; 11 a.m. to noon in Room 101, Jordan Hall of Science

Social Gatherings

Football Fridays at the Eck
Kick off your game weekend at Football Fridays at the Eck! Join your fellow Fighting Irish fans for live music from Don Savoie, tailgate food from Portillo’s (including $1 hot dogs), interviews with Notre Dame celebrities, appearances by the leprechaun and cheer team and more.
Friday, Oct. 21; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Eck Visitors Center

Illuminated Manuscripts and the Saint John’s Bible
Join the Medieval Institute and the McGrath Institute at a festive tailgate on gameday! Practice your calligraphy with a quill and make a manuscript booklet of your own as you experience the art of medieval bookmaking. View illuminations from a 21st-century manuscript, the Saint John’s Bible, and learn the story of its creation.
Saturday, Oct. 22; 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the west lawn of McCourtney Hall

Japan Day
Are you interested in learning about Japanese cooking, culture, the JET Program and travel? Would you like a chance to meet Japan’s official representative for the Midwest? Join the ND Japanese Program, Liu Institute and Hiroshi Tajima, the Midwest consul general of Japan, for a lecture, food demonstration, information booths and refreshments.
Sunday, Oct. 30; 1 to 3 p.m. in Room 1030, Jenkins Nanovic Halls

Tech Tips, Tools and IT Maintenance

Canvas Tip: What Do You Need Out of Sakai?
If Sakai went away tomorrow, what would you regret not having access to anymore? Sakai will be completely gone by the end of January. Request content you want transferred to Canvas today, while there’s still time.

Also This Week ...

Procurement Services Supplier Expo 2022
Come and introduce yourself to Notre Dame’s top suppliers and new representatives. ND Procurement Services has invited a wide variety of suppliers this year, including safety, athletics, science, electronics, hotels, travel and more. Attendees must check in with their Irish1Card at entry to win prizes.
Wednesday, Oct. 19; noon to 2:30 p.m. in the Downes Club (seventh floor), Corbett Family Hall

Book Signing with Father Thomas Blantz
Rev. Thomas Blantz, C.S.C., professor emeritus in the Department of History, will sign copies of his book “The University of Notre Dame: A History.” This popular book is written for a broad readership, and will be of special interest to alumni, faculty, students and friends of the University.
Saturday, Oct. 22; 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore

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