TheWeek@ND Fac/Staff Edition (Sept. 28)



For the Week of September 28

Arts and Performances


Photography Exhibition: “Perpetual Absence”
The AAHD Gallery at Riley Hall is proud to announce “Perpetual Absence” — an exhibition of photographs by Brittany Williams, MFA 20. The show is currently running through Thursday, Oct. 1.
Monday, Sept. 28, through Thursday, Oct. 1; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 214, Riley Hall of Art


SUB Movie: “King of Staten Island”
Free to the ND community!
Thursday, Oct. 1; 8:30 p.m. in Room 101, DeBartolo Hall
Friday, Oct. 2; 5:15 and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 3; 5:15 and 7:30 p.m.


Picnic and Pops Concert
Come have a picnic with the Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra and Glee Club. Food and pre-concert performances will kick off the event at 2:15 p.m. Bring your picnic blanket and friends for an outdoor concert of Notre Dame’s best.
Saturday, Oct. 3; 3 to 5 p.m. on Irish Green (south of DeBartolo Performing Arts Center)

Awards and Competitions

Fighting Four — Foursquare Tournament
Go all in for the first-ever Fighting Four, a four-square tournament open to Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students, faculty and staff, hosted by the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost Marie Lynn Miranda and the Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Women’s Basketball Coach Niele Ivey. Registration is now open through Wednesday, Sept. 30.
Sunday, October 4; games begin in the Bookstore Lot Basketball Courts

Sustainability Procurement Award
Last fall, the University presented Kimberly-Clark with the Procurement Partner Supplier Award. We are pleased to announce that we are continuing this annual award in 2020. Criteria for the award include environmental impact, reach of influence, innovation and commitment to efficiency. For additional information or to nominate a supplier, visit the Office of Sustainability.

Deadlines or Registrations

THRIVE! Lunch Pairings
The Thrive! Ambassadors will offer another round of Thrive! Lunch Pairings in October. Simply sign up by Friday, Oct. 2, and Thrive! will randomly pair you with a lunch partner from another division. Given the current circumstances, you and your lunch partner may choose to schedule your meeting via web conference. Please contact Jessica Schiller at or 631-7923 for more information.

Time-Out for Tech: Microsoft Excel vs. Google Sheets
Some people like to use Microsoft Excel while others like Google Sheets. This short session will teach you about the similarities and differences between these two applications, and how to decide when to use one or the other.
Tuesday, Oct. 6; 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The Big Draw: Snite Sketchbook Session
Join us for an evening of sketching, community and inspiration. Come prepared with a sketch of your own in response to this prompt: Make a sketch of a person and his/her surroundings. We are excited to have South Bend-based artist and social scientist Angelica Frausto join us as guest artist. Registration required.
Thursday, Oct. 8; 7 to 8 p.m. via Zoom

The Big Draw: Exquisite Corpse
The Exquisite Corpse is a collaborative drawing game developed by surrealist artists in 1925. Each player adds one body part and then folds the paper so that the next players do not see what has been drawn. The result is a fun and hilarious drawing. Using Zoom, participants will make and share drawings during the program. Registration required.
Tuesday, Oct. 13; 7 to 8 p.m. via Zoom

Educational and Research Opportunities

Introduction to Backward Course Design
(Open to graduate students, postdocs and faculty.) Interested in creating a course from scratch? In this interactive workshop, you will learn and apply strategies for effective course design. Topics include goal-setting and assignment creation. You will leave with a preliminary course outline.
Tuesday, Sept. 29; 2:20 to 3:35 p.m. via Zoom

Human Resources Workshops: “Multicultural Competencies” and “Hiring Game Changers”
Supervisors or hiring managers who have not yet participated in this training should register for an upcoming virtual workshop. Register via Watch for the Zoom link and pre-work materials in the registration confirmation.
Wednesday, Sept. 30; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. virtually
This workshop takes places in two separate sessions
“Multicultural Competencies”: 8 to 10:30 a.m.
“Hiring Game Changers”: 1 to 3 p.m.

Webinar: “Introduction to Department of Energy Research Opportunities”
This webinar, hosted by the Office of Federal and Washington Relations, will include an overview of the Department of Energy (DOE) with focus on the offices that fund research. Specific attention will be given to those DOE offices that could fund research at Notre Dame. Brief introductions to these offices will be given including general research interests and typical areas of funding.
Thursday, Oct. 1; 2 to 2:30 p.m. online

Virtual Law School Fair
Meet with law school admissions reps from top schools across the country. Gather more information about attending law school, gain insight about navigating the application process and ask questions to help you take the next step in the process.
Friday, Oct. 2; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. virtually

OIT Training Classes
Office of Information Technologies technical training classes are free of charge and will be online until further notice.
∙ Tableau: Introduction, Monday, Oct. 5; 1 to 4:30 p.m.
∙ GLez Training, Monday, Oct. 5; 1:30 to 3 p.m.
∙ Google Forms, Tuesday, Oct. 6; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
∙ Google Drive, Level II: More Drive Features, Thursday, Oct. 8; 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

Messages of Hope for Children
During these difficult times, everyone could use a little more joy and hope to brighten their day, especially those in hospitals. Please help the Fighting Together Club of Notre Dame brighten the lives of pediatric cancer patients at Beacon Children’s Hospital by writing digital cards to them. If interested, please fill out this form and be sure to stop by our table across from Modern Market to pay the $5.50 donation. To sign up and learn more, please visit
Wednesday, Sept. 30; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. across from Modern Market in Duncan Student Center
Thursday, Oct. 1; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 2; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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 the Caregivers Support for staff. This group can offer the opportunity to connect with others, share information and struggles and listen to how others deal with their situations. This group meets once per month on Zoom.
Thursday, Oct. 1; noon to 1 p.m. (If you would like the Zoom link, please contact Rev. Jim Bracke, C.S.C., at

Health and Recreation

Free Flu Vaccine
Visit the flu blitz website for up-to-date information. Special accommodations for retirees and immunocompromised individuals.

Register for Sport Workshops
Interested in learning more about pickleball, squash, or tennis? RecSports’ introductory workshops can give you the basics in these socially distanced sports so you can get out and play! $4.

Fitness Freebie Class: HIGH Fitness
oin RecSports and instructor Ashle for a free virtual HIGH Fitness class. This class is old school aerobics meets contemporary HIIT training! Click here for more info.
Friday, Oct. 2; 8:15 to 9 p.m. virtually

Lectures and Presentations

Webinar: “The El Paso Massacre: One Year Later”
The Institute for Latino Studies welcomes Marisa Y. Limón Garza, ND ’99, deputy director of Hope Border Institute, to reflect on the Aug. 3, 2019, mass shooting and its significance in the Latino community. The El Paso massacre, where 23 people were killed and 23 others injured, is considered to be the deadliest anti-Latino attack in U.S. history.
Monday, Sept. 28; 4 to 5 p.m. via Zoom. Registration is required to obtain a Zoom link.

Dialogue: “Advice to the Next President on Addressing Racial Justice: Notre Dame Students Speak Out”
Tune in for a dialogue on racial justice between Notre Dame students and political actors. Student speakers will include representatives from Notre Dame Student Government, the Graduate Student Union, Black Lives Matter–South Bend, the Black Student Association, the Native American Student Association and PrismND. Free and open to the public.
Monday, Sept. 28; 5 to 6 p.m. virtually

Engaged Learning Forum: “Building Civic Learning: Lessons from the 19th Amendment in the Context of the November Election”
Christina Wolbrecht will discuss historical and current electoral trends in the context of the anniversary of the 19th Amendment and the upcoming national election. What can history tell us about the struggle for voting rights today and the 2020 election? How can we help students make sense of this political moment? Register online by Sept. 28.
Tuesday, Sept. 29; 10 to 11:15 a.m. virtually

Webinar: “AWS Virtual Computer Labs”
Offering remote access to computer labs is a top priority for campus IT departments. Learn how Amazon Web Services (AWS) has helped set up virtual computer labs for ND students using their AppStream 2.0 application and desktop streaming service. See how AWS can help you access your software applications from anywhere, at any time from any computer! Registration required. A link to the webinar will be sent once you submit the registration form.
Tuesday, Sept. 29; 10 to 11 a.m. 

Lecture: “Social Media, Democracy and Dangerous Speech”
Social media offers new ways for citizens to discuss and debate politics and engage in the democratic process. In this talk, Michael Best will overview his lab’s experience tracking and responding to social media content during national elections, especially in African nations. Registration required.
Tuesday, Sept. 29; 12:30 to 2 p.m. via Zoom

Lecture: “The Fire is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr. and the Debate over Race in America”
Lecture by Nicholas Buccola of Linfield University on the historic debate held at Cambridge University in 1965 over the question “Has the American Dream been achieved at the expense of the American Negro?” Registration link.
Tuesday, Sept. 29; 12:45 to 2 p.m. online

Lecture: “Consuming Patterns: Exploring the Role Insects Play in People’s Diets in Oaxaca, Mexico”
In Oaxaca, roasted grasshoppers, or chapulines, are a protein-rich food and cultural symbol. Kayla Hurd, doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology, investigates how the seasonal consumption of grasshoppers has nutritional implications for residents of Oaxaca, using a multi-disciplinary approach that combines ethnography, nutritional assessment and chemical analyses of these grasshoppers.
Wednesday, Sept. 30; noon to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom

Lecture: “Style and Substance: Designing a New Urbanist Town in the 21st Century”
Hosted by the School of Architecture. Presented by Marieanne Khoury Vogt, founding principal of Khoury & Vogt Architects, formed in 2001 in Miami as a practice in architecture, urban design and town planning. Registration required.
Wednesday, Sept. 30; 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. via live Zoom webinar

Global Viewpoint Panel: “Where We’re Going”
Where We’re Going — ThinkND’s new virtual series featuring faculty and alumni perspectives on key issues — is hosting a global viewpoint panel with graduates from around the world. Brian Brisson ’85 and Kagwiria Mbogori ’97 will join moderator Ray Offenheiser ’71 for a discussion of “The Global Citizen.”
Thursday, Oct. 1; 9 to 10 a.m. via Zoom

2020 Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference
This annual event is part of Catholic Migration Studies of New York’s Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative which seeks to understand, expand and strengthen the work of Catholic institutions with immigrant communities. Registration required.
Thursday, Oct. 1; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. virtually

Friday, Oct. 2; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Virtual Conference: “Art, Desire and God: Phenomenological Perspectives”
The conference, hosted by the Snite Museum of Art, will gather theologians, philosophers, artists and others online to engage in collaborative and interdisciplinary reflection using phenomenology’s method of examining human experience to explore the role of the desire of and for God in art and aesthetic experience. Registration is free, but required, and is open to students, faculty/staff and the general public. Please visit to register.
Friday, Oct. 2; 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. virtually
Presentations available on for asynchronous viewing.
Saturday, Oct. 3; 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. livestream colloquium roundtable

Lecture and Reading: “Literatures of Annihilation, Exile & Resistance”
This lecture 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. Presenter Ibtisam Azem is a Palestinian short story writer, novelist and journalist based in New York.
Friday, Oct. 2; noon to 1:30 p.m. virtually

Research Seminar: “What Does It Mean to Talk about ‘Dante’?: The Dante-characters of the Vita nova and Commedia”
The Center for Italian studies presents a lecture on Dante’s persona in the “Vita nova” and “Commedia” by Katie Sparrow, a doctoral candidate in Italian in the Department of Romance Languages. Register here or via email.
Friday, Oct. 2; 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom

Labor Café: “Farm and Food Workers during the Pandemic”
The Labor Café convenes the Notre Dame community into casual conversation on contemporary questions about work, workers and workplaces. Our October event will consider the experiences of food and farm workers during the coronavirus. What should their rights and protections be? What is the role of the government? Join us for these questions and more.
Friday, Oct. 2; 5 to 6 p.m. virtually

Higgins Labor Film Club: “The Devil and Miss Jones” (1941)
The Higgins Labor Program has selected four films showcasing the work and activism of female protagonists fighting for social justice. October’s film is the story of a wealthy department store owner who goes undercover to catch union activists amidst the store workers. Watch the film in advance and join us for conversation.
Sunday, Oct. 4; 4 p.m. virtually

Safety, Parking and Traffic

Sorin Court Circle Closure
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., Tuesday through Friday Oct. 6–9. If you are expecting deliveries, please let vendors know. See traffic map. More information here.

Social Gatherings

Notre Dame Family Wines Virtual Tasting: E & J Gallo
Notre Dame Family Wines is excited to partner with Rohr’s Notre Dame to announce an opportunity to learn from Notre Dame vintners as we host a series of tasting events. Join us virtually via Zoom for a delightful evening all about wine.
Wednesday, Sept. 30; 7 p.m. via Zoom

Snite @ Nite: Around the World in One Snite
Planned to be abroad this semester? Have the travel bug? Pandemic grounded all your flights? We can help! Head over to the Snite Museum of Art to travel around the world in one “sNite!” Visit Ireland, Mexico, South Africa, China and Italy by exploring works of art through fun activities. No luggage needed for this adventure, but masks are required.
Thursday, Oct. 1; 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Snite Museum of Art

Young Singles Community for Faculty and Professional Staff:  Apple Picking Social
Join us for an apple picking social at Lehman’s Orchard. We will meet in the parking lot near the small store, start picking apples around 1:15 p.m. and then gather for conversation in the picnic area. Face masks required. For more information and to sign up, please use this form.
Sunday, Oct. 4; 1 to 4 p.m. at Lehman’s Orchard (2280 Portage Rd, Niles, Michigan 49120)

Tech Upgrades and Service Interruptions

Zoom Postpones Security Enhancement
Zoom has postponed the required security enhancement originally scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 27, until sometime in November. The OIT recommends you review and locate your scheduled meetings without passcodes before November. You can easily update these meetings by adding either a passcode or a waiting room. 

Google Update in My Drive
A new retention policy for My Drive Trash begins Tuesday, Oct. 13. Any file that is put into trash in My Drive will be automatically deleted after 30 days. Beginning Oct. 13, any files already in My Drive Trash will remain there for 30 days. Then, all files in the trash that are 30 days and older will be deleted.

Update in Google Groups
A new Google Groups interface is being rolled out. The new design is similar to other G Suite apps and offers additional features. You’ll have the choice to keep the new interface or go back to the previous one.

Google Chat Update
Chat features are now available in Gmail with Chat Room Workspaces. Additional features also include quick access to Google Drive files to send in Chat messages, and the ability to create Google Tasks and assign them to Chat Room members.

Also this Week ...

Expanded Building Hours for Hesburgh Library
Beginning Sunday, Sept. 27, Hesburgh Library is now open:
∙ Sundays, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
∙ Mondays through Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.
∙ Fridays, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
∙ Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Get up-to-date information on Hesburgh Libraries access and services at

Changes to NDVending’s Office Refreshment Service 
NDVending’s Office Refreshment Service will be moving to a new ordering site, Parlevel, in October. Please email us at by Wednesday, Sept. 30, with your name, email, office address and department name to ensure you’re included in communication about how to order from the new site.

Sakai Tip: Student Tests Showing as “In Progress” After Due Date
Sakai’s Tests & Quizzes tool has a safety setting that saves students’ unsaved attempt on a test for them. This setting, called Auto-Submit, will keep their test “In progress” and submit on their behalf at midnight on the due date. Until that time, the test is not visible to the student or instructor.

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.