TheWeek@ND Fac/Staff Edition (Sept. 7)



For the Week of September 7

Arts and Performances


Gallery Tour: Three and a Theme
Take some time out from your busy week to go on a virtual Zoom tour of three works from the “Touchstones of the Twentieth Century: A History of Photography at the University of Notre Dame” exhibition. We’ll spend 30 minutes reflecting on three photographs that contain interesting reflections. Register via the attached link.
Wednesday, Sept. 9; 12:30 to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Slow Look
Take a break at home or from your office for a slow look at Mary Swanzy’s “Young Claudius” on view in the 20th and 21st century galleries. We’ll virtually place you in the exhibition via a live Zoom stream, then focus on the painting using tools of mindfulness meditation to help you get to know a work of art. Register via the link.
Thursday, Sept. 10; 2 to 2:30 p.m. via Zoom

The Snite Museum of Art has partnered with the St. Joseph County Public Library to bring this exciting national project to the Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park through Sept. 30. StoryWalk combines experiencing nature with reading together as a family. Our StoryWalk will explore the book “Finding Wild,” by Megan Wagner Lloyd and Abigail Halpin.
Saturday, Sept. 12; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park

Deadlines or Registrations

Preschool Enrollment Openings
The Early Childhood Development Center at Saint Mary’s College (ECDC-SMC) and Notre Dame (ECDC-ND) have both part-time and full-day preschool enrollment openings for 3–5-year-olds for the 2020-2021 school year. ECDC-SMC is open to the community. ECDC-ND enrolls ND and SMC employees, students and alumni.
Program Hours: Mondays through Fridays; 7:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Please contact Kari Alford at 631-3344 or for additional information. Registration materials as well as program information, can be found at and ECDC on Facebook: Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC).

Flash Panel: “Xinjiang and the Uyghurs: Religion, Oppression and Geopolitics”
The mass internment of members of the Muslim Uyghur ethnicity in China’s Xinjiang province continues to attract global attention and concern. Adding to the complexity is the opinion that world leaders, such as President Trump, are focusing on the atrocities for political gain instead of humanitarian interests. Panelists will introduce and examine relevant historical and cultural perspectives.
Monday, Sept. 14; 4 to 5 p.m. via Zoom webinar

OIT Lunch & Learn: “Adobe Creative Cloud — What Can I Do with It?”
ND faculty and staff can download any or all the Adobe Creative Cloud apps. But it can be challenging to know what each does and if it is something that you could use. This lunchtime session will cover each of the Creative Cloud apps and talk about what you can do with each of them. Register online.
Tuesday, Sept. 15; noon to 1 p.m.

Lecture: “Coming to Terms with ‘Engaged Buddhism’ in Asia”
Engaged Buddhism describes a global form of socially and politically active Buddhism that emerged in the 1960s and transformed Buddhism and the world. The late 1990s and early 2000s saw a spike in scholarship on Engaged Buddhism in Asia that has not been seen since. What does Engaged Buddhism look like today? Alexander Hsu, adjunct assistant professor for the Keough School of Global Affairs, explores this concept and the controversies that continue to surround it.  
Tuesday, Sept. 29; 11 to 11:45 a.m. via Zoom webinar

Host a Radio Show on WSND!
Do you enjoy music? Looking for a way to share the music you love with others? Try hosting a radio show with WSND! We are Notre Dame’s student-run FM radio station broadcasting live from Duncan Student Center! If you’re interested in joining the station, email for an application. Applications will be open throughout September.

Educational and Research Opportunities

Workshop: “Getting Started with RefWorks”
This virtual workshop will teach you the basics of using a citation manager.
Wednesday, Sept. 9; 10 to 11 a.m. via Zoom

EAP Workshop: “Avoiding Plagiarism in Academic Writing”
Worried about how to properly cite sources? This workshop focuses on ways to present academic sources in an ethical and transparent manner. Topics include a definition of plagiarism and strategies to use sources appropriately. The workshop concludes with a discussion of citation forms and how to learn more about them. Pre-register please.
Wednesday, Sept. 9; noon to 1:15 p.m. via Zoom

Workshop: “Using Rubrics to Assess Student Work”
Rubrics make grading criteria clearer to faculty and students. Students turn in better work and feedback is more objective and consistent. This workshop explains how to develop and use rubrics. It also introduces iRubric, a tool available within Sakai.
Wednesday, Sept. 9; 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. via Zoom (passcode: 202020)

AWS 2020 Webinar Series
View this series of webinars by Amazon Web Services for researchers at Notre Dame, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Michigan, covering a wide range of topics related to compute, storage and application services.
Biweekly Thursdays starting Sept. 10; 11 a.m. via online webinars

Talk: “Best Practices for Online Teaching”
Hear from education expert Virginia Hojas Carbonell from Indiana University about how to make the most of teaching virtually. Hojas Carbonell’s teaching interests lie in backward course design and flipped learning, which she applies to her own Spanish classes.
Friday, Sept. 11; 2 to 3 p.m. via Zoom

OIT Training Classes
Office of Information Technologies technical training classes are free of charge and will be online until further notice.
Qualtrics Forms, Level I: Basic, Monday, Sept. 14; 1 to 4:30 p.m.
buyND, Tuesday, Sept. 15; 2 to 4 p.m.
Google Drive, Level I: Introduction to Drive, Tuesday, Sept. 15; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Spreadsheets, Level I: Introduction, Tuesday, Sept. 15; 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Acrobat: Faculty Packet Preparation, Wednesday, Sept. 16; 2 to 4 p.m.
AiM Work Request Training, Wednesday, Sept. 16; 10 to 11 a.m.
Data Governance Boot Camp, Wednesday, Sept. 16; 10 a.m. to noon
GLez Training, Wednesday, Sept. 16; 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Photoshop CC, Level I: Introduction, Thursday, Sept. 17; 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
To register for courses, go to Questions or problems registering? Call 631-7227 or email OIT at 

Human Resources Workshops: “Multicultural Competencies” and “Hiring Game Changers at ND”
These workshops are an integral part of our diversity and inclusion initiative that engages all staff in a learning environment to help foster a campus culture of inclusivity. Supervisors or hiring managers who have not yet participated in this training should register for an upcoming virtual workshop. Register via Watch for Zoom link and pre-work materials in the registration confirmation.
Tuesday, Sept. 15; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in virtual
This workshop takes place in separate sessions.
Multicultural Competencies, 8 to 10:30 a.m.
Hiring Game Changers, 1 to 3 p.m.

Faith and Service

Meals With Muffet
Help Hall of Fame Coach Muffet McGraw and the Alumni Association box out hunger with Meals With Muffet. This month-long, nationwide food drive is during National Hunger Awareness Month and allows individuals, families or groups to help give back to their neighbors in need. Participants will be entered into a drawing for prizes.
Sept. 1 through 30

Information Session: Notre Dame Vision Mentor
Learn more about becoming a Mentor-in-Faith at the information session. Open to all Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross College students.
Tuesday, Sept. 8; 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom

ND 110 Memorial Stair Climb
ND 110 is Duncan Hall’s newest signature fundraiser and the first major student event to be hosted in Notre Dame Stadium. Participants climb 110 flights of stairs to mirror the climb faced by emergency responders to the World Trade Centers on 9/11. Funds are donated to Heart 9/11. Tickets and donations can be purchased at
$15 registration (event restricted to Notre Dame students); ND and the South Bend community are encouraged to donate.
Wednesday, Sept. 9; 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Gate E, Notre Dame Stadium

Staff Prayer Line
Submit your prayer requests here. Staff Chaplain Rev. Jim Bracke, C.S.C., has initiated a prayer line to support staff working on- and off-campus. With the coronavirus and a society looking at racial justice, many are uncertain, fearful and anxious. Prayer can be a path to finding peace, courage and strength. All prayer requests are confidential and only accessible to Father Jim. 

Lectures and Presentations

Inspiring Conversations: “Leading People in an Ever-changing World”
Register for the second session of “Inspiring Conversations” with Dave MacLennan, the chairman and CEO of Cargill, who will talk about “Sustainably Nourishing a Challenged, Changing and Hungry World.” This is a topic he knows well as Cargill has a 155-year history nourishing the world in a safe and sustainable way.
Tuesday, Sept. 8; 1 to 2 p.m. via Zoom

2020 Architecture Research Forum: “Equity in the Built Environment”
The fourth annual Architecture Research Forum will feature talks by Dean of Architecture Stefanos Polyzoides; Karen Parolek from Opticos Design; Sameh Wahba from World Bank; Catalina Toro-Perez from Universidad Nacional de Colombia; Rona Reodica from New York City Department of Housing; and Karamia Müller from the University of Auckland in conversation with Notre Dame architecture students.
Tuesday, Sept. 8; 5 to 8 p.m. via YouTube

Lecture: “What, If Anything, Is Europe? And Who Is European?”
Europe is impossible to define without objections. Europeans are hard to profile without offending somebody or everybody. In European studies, do we not know what we’re talking about? Nanovic Faculty Fellow Felipe Fernández-Armesto looks at what Europe meant to people in the past, what it means to those who contest the term now and what it might mean in the future.
Wednesday, Sept. 9; 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. virtually

Hitchcock in London (London Book Club)
Join the first live session with Professor Susan Ohmer, who will introduce Marie Belloc Lowndes’ “The Lodger,” inspired by the crimes of Jack the Ripper and the inspiration for Hitchcock’s film of the same name. Be sure to watch Ohmer’s 5-minute explainer videos on ThinkND and register to participate in the Zoom sessions.
Wednesday, Sept. 9; 1 to 2 p.m. virtually

Webinar: “Virtual Computer Labs — AWS AppStream 2.0”
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.
A link to the webinar will be sent once you submit the registration form.
Wednesday, Sept. 9; 1 to 2 p.m. 

Time-Out for Tech: “New Features in Google Calendar”
Learn the new features in Google Calendar’s quick-add option. You’ll see how using this option can make you more efficient when creating events.
Thursday, Sept. 10; 10:30 to 11 a.m. via Zoom

Webinar: “Database — Using Purpose-Built Data Bases for Modern Applications”
Learn about the wide range of Amazon Web Services (AWS) database options. These include fully managed database services, self-managed databases running on EC2 and the Amazon Relational Database Service that supports six commonly used database engines. Other topics include a discussion of the AWS Database Migration Service & Schema Conversion Tool.
A link to the webinar will be sent once you submit the registration form.
Thursday, Sept. 10; 11 a.m. to noon

Presentation: “Challenges and Solutions for Parents in the Academy”
The presentation is open for all and will focus on common issues faced by women and men as working parents and expectant parents. We’ll share resources available on the ND campus and through Human Resources and describe best practices in the family-tailored programming in the academic world. Join the Zoom meeting (; Meeting ID: 939 0583 0961)
Thursday, Sept. 10; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Lecture: “Islamophobia”
“Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary” is a weekly lecture series to guide our community through topics necessary to a deeper understanding of racial justice. This week, Dalia Mogahed, director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, explores Islamophobia. Open to the Notre Dame community.
Friday, Sept. 11; 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. via Zoom

Also this Week ...

Webinar: “Bright Horizons Back-Up Care and Enhanced Family Supports”
Wondering what you’ll do when your regular caregiver is unavailable or an adult relative needs help around the house? Are you looking for a nanny, sitter, housekeeper, full-time child care, tutoring and academic support or even pet care? Bright Horizons Back-Up Care and Bright Horizons Enhanced Family Supports can help every step of the way. Register online.
Wednesday, Sept. 9; 3 to 4 p.m.

Special Building Hours for Hesburgh Library
We have expanded the Hesburgh Library hours on both Friday and Saturday to close at 11 p.m. The current hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.–11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.–11 p.m. Get up-to-date info on library hours, access and services at

Sakai Tip: Questions about Sakai’s Gradebook
Sakai’s Gradebook has an easy-to-read spreadsheet format that allows direct grade entry or more complicated weighted grading based on your syllabus. Most importantly, it is a secure way to calculate course grades and display scores to students. 

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.