TheWeek@ND Fac/Staff Edition (October 18)



For the Week of October 18

Arts and Performances


Sarah Kaufman: “Devil’s Pool”
The photographs in this exhibition by Sarah Kaufman explore a swimming hole in Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Park and emphasizes the value of access to green spaces within an urban setting.
Mondays through Fridays, Oct. 18-Nov. 4; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Photography Gallery (second floor), Riley Hall

Virtual Slow Look
Join online for a 20-minute mindful look at a work of art. Walk away feeling relaxed and recharged as tools of mindfulness are used for a guided look at Sébastien Bourdon’s “Pastoral Landscape with a Flock of Sheep and an Ox-Cart.”
Tuesday, Oct. 19; 12:30 to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Athletics and Sporting Events

Visit the Athletics composite schedule for events this week.

Closures, Limited Hours and Cancellations

Hesburgh Library Fall Break Building Hours
Find hours for services and branches at During fall break, the Hesburgh Library will be open:
Monday to Friday, Oct. 18-22; 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 23; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Modified Fall Break Hours for RecSports Facilities
RecSports Facilities will have modified hours for the duration of fall break through Sunday, Oct. 24. Check out the modified schedules here.   

Deadlines or Registrations

Open Enrollment
Most of your benefit selections will roll forward. If you want to change any benefit selections for 2022, you must complete online enrollment by Friday, Nov. 5.
Tuesday, Oct. 19, through Friday, Nov. 5

Conversation — “Prioritizing Afghan Voices: How the International Community Can Assist Afghanistan”
What do the Afghan people want? What are their most pressing needs? Join the timely conversation and hear insights on how the international community can help meet the needs of the Afghan people and address the dilemmas related to engaging with the Taliban government. Presented by the Keough School of Global Affairs. RSVP to attend via Zoom. RSVP to attend in person at the Keough School Washington Office.
Tuesday, Oct. 26; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Washington Office and via Zoom webinar

Bake Puerto Rican Treats with Chef Sinai
Gather your friends and family for a fun and tasty baking class from the comfort of your home. AdelanteND member and Executive Pastry Chef Sinai Vespie will teach step-by-step how to make three Puerto Rican classic treats: flan, quesitos and pastelillos de guayaba. Free, and voluntary monetary donations to support local Latinx organization La Casa de Amistad are welcome. Register for the Zoom link.
Saturday, Oct. 30; 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. virtually

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Discussion on the Power of Inclusion
Mendoza’s staff DE&I Committee welcomes Marty Rodgers, ND ’88, back to campus for a discussion titled “Liberty and Justice for All.” Rodgers will dissect the concepts of liberty, justice and inclusion. Open to University staff, faculty and students. Register here.
Thursday, Oct. 21; 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Jordan Auditorium, Mendoza College of Business

Educational and Research Opportunities

Mental Health First Aid
(For managers/supervisors.) Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance abuse issues. Just as CPR helps assist an individual having a heart attack, MHFA helps assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis.
Tuesday, Oct. 19; 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the private dining rooms, Morris Inn

Enrollment Assistance Sessions
If you require assistance with enrolling in your benefits, visit one of the enrollment assistance sessions.
For help with online enrollment, please bring your NetID and password, election decisions and personal information for dependents. For more information, visit the Enrollment page.
Tuesday, Oct. 19; 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the table next to the market, North Dining Hall
Tuesday, Oct. 19; 3 to 5 p.m. in the McNeill Room, LaFortune Student Center
Wednesday, Oct. 20; 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Carmichael Room, St. Michael’s Laundry
Wednesday, Oct. 20; 1 to 3 p.m. in the Oak Room, South Dining Hall
Thursday, Oct. 21; 10 a.m. to noon in the break room of the CCE
Thursday, Oct. 21; 2 to 4 p.m. in the lower-level executive conference room, Morris Inn
Friday, Oct. 22; 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Room South W106, Duncan Student Center

Human Resources General Benefits Information Session
Access the on-demand session here for the overview of the 2022 benefits programs and changes.
Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 19; virtually

Irish Health
Available beginning Oct. 19, Irish Health is a 24/7 virtual benefits fair experience, providing you with information, accessibility, engagement and opportunities for family participation. Learn more by visiting HR’s Irish Health page.

Irish Health Live Chat
Starting Oct. 19, visit the virtual Irish Health fair to chat with benefit vendors, campus partners and HR representatives.
Tuesday, Oct. 19; noon to 5 p.m. virtually 
Wednesday, Oct. 20; 7 a.m. to noon

Exploring the Benefits of an HSA (Fidelity)
Learn about HSA-eligible health plans and how they work with an HSA, as well as HSA features, eligibility, contribution limits and account access. More info on HR’s website.
Tuesday, Oct. 19; 2 to 3 p.m. (registration link)
Wednesday, Oct. 20; 10 to 11 a.m. (registration link


Hesburgh Libraries Workshops:

Introduction to Text Mining

Learn the benefits of using computers to analyze textual corpora. Register online.
Monday, Oct. 18; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship (Room 247), Hesburgh Library
Wednesday, Oct. 20; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Preparing Files for Text and Data Mining
Learn how to use software to convert your file into plain text.
Friday, Oct. 22; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship (Room 247), Hesburgh Library

Teaching Social Justice with The Social Justice Game
The Social Justice Game is designed to help gamify the economic dimensions of social justice for teaching and learning.
Friday, Oct. 22; 1 to 3 p.m. in the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship (Room 246), Hesburgh Library


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.
dataND: Introduction, Tuesday, Oct. 26; 10 a.m. to noon
∙ Tableau: Introduction, Wednesday, Oct. 27; 8:30 a.m. to noon
∙ Google Sheets, Level II: Pivot Tables, Wednesday, Oct. 27; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
∙ GLez Training, Thursday, Oct. 28; 1:30 to 3 p.m.
To register for courses, go to Questions or problems registering? Call 631-7227 or email OIT at

Health and Recreation

Learn to Skate Classes
Available for ages 3 through adult. Registration is open until Thursday, Oct. 21.
Class time will be assigned prior to the first class. Classes are 30 minutes occurring between 3 to 5 p.m. Six-week class session: $72 + $12 for skate rental (if needed). Review the flyer for detailed information.
Sundays, Oct. 24, Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28, and Dec. 5; 3 to 5 p.m. in the Compton Family Ice Arena

Lectures and Presentations

Conference: “China’s ‘Soft’ Cooperation with Africa”
The Notre Dame Beijing Global Gateway and Notre Dame International invites the public to a special virtual half-day conference that will bring together scholars from China, Africa, Europe and the U.S.
Tuesday, Oct. 19; 8 a.m. to noon via Zoom  

Our Universe Revealed: “Dream Materials — Going from Fictional Compounds to Modern Devices”
Developing any new technology comes with a wish list of new materials. We need one type of material to make a folding smartphone, and another to construct the body of a spacecraft. Learn about a new paradigm in materials discovery that allows us to find new materials using only our minds (and some help from computers).
Tuesday, Oct. 19; 7 to 8 p.m. in Room 105, Jordan Hall of Science

China Town Hall 2021: Fareed Zakaria Livestream
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria is the featured speaker for China Town Hall 2021, a two-part event on U.S.-China relations. He will explore how the future of both countries is determined by their relations with one another and the global community. His lecture will be followed by a virtual discussion by ND professors Kyle Jaros, Iris Ma and Jonathan Noble.
Tuesday, Oct. 19; 7 to 9 p.m. in two parts: livestream and Zoom webinar

Time-Out for Tech: What’s New in Google?
Google apps are used every day on campus, and Google is constantly adding new features to make them even better. Join this session to learn about the latest updates that may make your work life easier. The Zoom link will be added to the calendar event the day before the session.
Wednesday, Oct. 20; 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. via Zoom

Discussion: “The United States and Europe after the Demise of the Old International Order”
The democratic international order that took shape following World War II faces serious challenges —  populism, climate change, inequality and increasing friction with China — all of which have been exacerbated by the pandemic. How can Europe and the United States cooperate to take them on?
Presented by the Keough School of Global Affairs. Register to attend virtually or register to attend in person at the Keough School Washington Office.
Thursday, Oct. 21; 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Keough School Washington D.C. Office and via Zoom

Book Talk and Signing: “Rebuild My Church”
Join Friar Edward J. Ondrako, O.F.M., in a talk about his book “Rebuild My Church: Peter Damian Fehlner’s Appropriation and Development of the Ecclesiology and Mariology of Vatican II.”
Thursday, Oct. 21; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the second-floor reading room, Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore 

Ahead of the Game with Arts and Letters: “Blackgirl Fairy Tales on the Musical Stage”
During the 1970s, feminists launched critical debates about the influence of fairy tales, but they rarely considered stories created by Black women or their socio-political meaning. La Donna Forsgren’s analysis of popular late-20th century musicals, however, stakes a claim to Blackgirl musical fairy tales as a site of transgressive possibility.
Friday, Oct. 22; 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in LaBar Recital Hall, O’Neill Hall of Music

Lecture — “Saturdays with the Saints: Getting to Know the African American Saints in Waiting”
Professor Ernest Morrell discusses the six African American saints in waiting. Saturdays with the Saints is a Notre Dame football gameday lecture series that combines the University’s rich traditions of Catholic faith and spirited game days.
Saturday, Oct. 23; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Andrews Auditorium, Geddes Hall

Lecture — “Notre Dame Drug Discovery: Fighting Cancer, Alzheimer’s and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases”
Certain types of proteins in the cell can be offensive or defensive. While on offense, they play a protective role and are useful for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other neuropathies. Learn from Brian Blagg about how they can also stimulate cancer growth and require the defensive approach of inhibiting function to treat cancer. Part of the Science Exploration Series.
Saturday, Oct. 23; 1 to 2 p.m. in Room 105, Jordan Hall of Science

Social Gatherings

Football Fridays at the Eck
Get ready for game day with music, food from Portillo’s and student performances. Special guests this week include Mike Brey, ND parent and astronaut Mike Hopkins, the ND cheerleaders and leprechaun, the ND Pom Squad and more.
Friday, Oct. 22; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Eck Visitors Center

Medieval Institute Tailgate with Swordsmith
Join the Medieval Institute and David DellaGardelle of Cedarlore Forge for a demonstration of early medieval swordsmithing, accompanied by a festive tailgate before the football game. Catered by the Crooked Ewe.
Saturday, Oct. 23; 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the west lawn of McCourtney Hall

Holiday Photos on the Field
Celebrate the season with your department by welcoming your colleagues and their families onto the field at Notre Dame Stadium for a private photo session. Request a customized message on the videoboard for a personal touch that’s truly unique. Call today to book with Experience Notre Dame, 631-1400. Weekdays: $750; weekends: $1,000.

Tech Upgrades and Service Interruptions

Mandatory 10-Digit Dialing for Local Calls Begins
Beginning Monday, Oct. 25, you must use 10-digit dialing (area code plus phone number) when making local calls in the 219 or 574 area code. Calls will no longer go through without dialing the area code first.
When making outside local calls from an ND phone, dial 8, 1 and the area code — just like making a long-distance call. Any speed dial numbers programmed on your VoIP phone must be changed too.

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Consumer Confidence Report Availability
The University owns and operates its own public water supply that serves campus and C.S.C. buildings.  The Utilities Department manages the operation of the system and, as part of its regulatory obligations, produces an annual Consumer Confidence Report to provide water quality information to its consumers.  The University’s 2020 report can be found on the Utilities Department website.

Keep up to date on new hires and 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.