TheWeek@ND Fac/Staff Edition (September 6)



For the Week of September 6

University Campaigns and Initiatives

[LOCATION CHANGE] ND Forum Keynote Event — “Call to Action: Crossing the Political Divide to Address Climate Challenges”
Join us for the first keynote event for this year’s Forum on September 10, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. EDT in the Jordan Auditorium, Mendoza College of Business.  “Call to Action: Crossing the Political Divide to Address Climate Challenges” will feature NBC News’ chief environmental affairs correspondent Anne Thompson, ND ‘79, in a “fireside chat” with U.S. Senator Chris Coons, co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus. The discussion will explore how we can work together across political lines to build a sustainable future and the actions the U.S. government can take both domestically and internationally to make meaningful progress.
Additional events are planned for this week. Please visit the Notre Dame Forum website to learn more about all of the events planned thus far for the year.
Friday, Sept. 10; 3 p.m. in the Jordan Auditorium, Mendoza College of Business  now in Washington Hall

Arts and Performances


Browning Sneak Peek: “Dear Evan Hansen” (2021)
The generation-defining Broadway phenomenon hits the Browning Cinema’s screens before others in this sneak peek chance to see the Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Ben Platt reprise his role as an anxious, isolated high schooler aching for understanding and belonging amid the chaos and cruelty of the social-media age. Free but ticketed. Limit one per person. Available one hour prior to start.
Thursday, Sept. 9; 7 p.m. in the Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
Sunday, Sept. 12; 3 p.m.

Documentary: “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words”
The Center for Citizenship and Constitutional Government is pleased to present this screening with executive producers Gina and Michael Pack of Manifold Productions Inc. Unscripted and without narration, the documentary takes the viewer through this complex and often painful life, dealing with race, faith, power, jurisprudence and personal resilience. Free but ticketed. Available one hour prior to start.
Friday, Sept. 10; 7 to 9:15 p.m. in the Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center


FTT presents Philbin Fridays — “Curiosities: A Magical Exploration”
New this fall, Film, Television and Theatre’s Philbin Fridays showcase the work of a diverse array of student artists in an informal, cabaret-like setting. This week, junior Elliott Thomazin offers a collection of magic effects. (All students are invited to submit a proposal to participate — visit for details.) Free but ticketed.
Friday, Sept. 10; 1 to 2 p.m. in the Philbin Studio Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Athletics and Sporting Events

Visit the Athletics composite schedule for events this week.

Deadlines or Registrations

Final Week to Apply for Community Impact Grants
Community Impact Grants are awarded to Notre Dame faculty, students, staff and community partners for community-engaged research, teaching and learning that enact the values of Catholic social tradition. Individuals around the University have applied scholarship to communities near and far, investigating topics such as ethical journalism, the economics of immigration and HPV vaccination.
Deadline of Monday, Sept. 13; 4:30 p.m.

Conversation — “Healing Memories with Faith: September 11 Twenty Years Later”
In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, faith leaders helped their communities process the pain, fear and anger many experienced so deeply. Now, 20 years later, what can we learn from these experiences? Join the Ansari Institute for a conversation and hear from religious leaders from multiple traditions. Register to attend virtually or register to attend in person.
Tuesday, Sept. 14; 6 to 7 p.m. in Room 1050, Jenkins Nanovic Halls and via Zoom webinar

Time-Out for Tech: Successful Hybrid Meetings
These days, some people attend meetings in person, some via Zoom. Meetings are more of a challenge than ever before. This session will help you navigate the unfamiliar waters of hybrid meetings. The Zoom link will be added to the calendar event the day before the session.
Thursday, Sept. 16; 1:30 to 2 p.m. 

Gathering Early Semester Feedback
Early semester feedback offers an opportunity to collect detailed information from students about how well your course is working. During this workshop participants will discuss the value of early semester feedback and review sample feedback forms.
Thursday, Sept. 16; 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in Suite 138, Corbett Family Hall

Difficult Conversations in the Classroom
This workshop will provide strategies for converting difficult conversations into productive exchange within the classroom. As students face contentious elections, racial justice protests and language surrounding COVID-19, we will also introduce resources to help them respond to potentially charged topics.
Friday, Sept. 17; 9 to 10:15 a.m. in the ND Room, LaFortune Student Center

Friday Night Bash at Notre Dame Stadium
You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind party featuring live music and regional food trucks. Tickets are $10 for adults (ages 12+); children 11 and under are free. Food, beverage and alcohol are not included in the ticket price. Proceeds benefit ND Athletics.
Friday, Sept. 17; 6:30 to 10 p.m. in Notre Dame Stadium

Faculty Spouses and Partners — Faith-Sharing Group
Spouses and partners, you are warmly invited to this group just for you. Come together with other faculty spouses and partners to meet and to share together our lives of faith. Sessions will be oriented around light reading and refreshments. The group will meet every two weeks. Please register at this link by Monday, Sept. 13.
Thursday, Sept. 23; noon to 1 p.m. in Duncan 1 North (W134)
Thursday, Sept. 30; 7 to 8 p.m.

Book Launch — “Schism: Seventh-day Adventism in Post-Denominational China”
The Liu Institute Series in Chinese Christianities by Notre Dame Press launches with this book by Christie Chui-Shan Chow. Featuring Christie Chow; series editor Alexander Chow, University of Edinburgh; discussant Christopher White, Purdue University; and moderator Alexander Hsu, Keough School of Global Affairs. Register here.
Friday, Oct. 15; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Deals and Discounts

ND Mobile App Features New ND Employee Marketplace
The ND Mobile App recently launched the ND Employee Marketplace feature. Employees can buy, sell, share and swap items safely and securely. Items are put into easy-to-search categories where you can post items for sale or quickly find what you’re looking for.

Educational and Research Opportunities

Hesburgh Libraries

Scanning Better and Neater with ABBYY FineReader and More
Learn how to create user-friendly and professional-looking scans using Hesburgh Library resources.
Tuesday, Sept. 7; 10 to 11 a.m. in the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship (Room 246), Hesburgh Library
Wednesday, Sept. 8; 3 to 4 p.m.

Irish Studies Research Session 2: Northern Ireland
This research session discusses various sources at Hesburgh Libraries and online for research on Northern Ireland.
Friday, Sept. 10; 11 a.m. to noon in the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship (Room 246), Hesburgh Library

Bringing Order to Qualitative Madness with ATLAS.ti
Learn how to use ATLAS.ti to bring order to the chaos of your qualitative research project.
Friday, Sept. 10; 11 a.m. to noon in the Collaboration Hub (Room 220), Hesburgh Library

ND Learning | Kaneb Center

Using Canvas to Implement Instructional Strategies and Enrich Your Course 2: Canvas Discussions
At the intersection of best practices and technical demos, this workshop series focuses on instructional strategies and how to leverage Canvas accordingly. This workshop will focus on ways to use discussions in your course and how to create and manage them in Canvas. Workshops are scheduled for 45 minutes, but may end earlier on some occasions.
Wednesday, Sept. 8; 10 to 10:45 a.m. via Zoom

Equitable and Effective Team-Based Learning
In this workshop, explore inclusive strategies for facilitating student interaction and designing effective teams. Participants have the opportunity to consider assessment criteria for evaluating student groups; strategies for inviting students to co-create team contracts; and the benefits of assigning student roles within group projects.
Wednesday, Sept. 8; 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. in Room W246, Duncan Student Center


Financial Well-Being Workshop: Learn the Basics of When and How to Claim Social Security
Fidelity Investments works with Notre Dame to provide planning services and educational webinars that  can help you get answers to your most important financial questions. If you anticipate Social Security will be a primary source of income in retirement, join this virtual workshop to learn when and how to claim your benefit.
Thursday, Sept. 9; noon to 1 p.m. virtually

CSLC EAP Workshop: “Socializing with Americans”
Have you ever wondered why Americans do what they do, and wondered how you could connect with them better? This workshop will identify and address some of the particularities of interpersonal relations and patterns of socialization that may be the most challenging about American culture. RSVP to reserve your virtual seat.
Friday, Sept. 10; 3 to 4 p.m. via Zoom

OIT 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.
buyND, Tuesday, Sept. 14; 2 to 4:30 p.m.
AiM Work Request Training, Wednesday, Sept. 15; 10 to 11 a.m.
travelND Training, Wednesday, Sept. 15; 2 to 4:30 p.m.
To register for courses, go to Questions or problems registering? Call 631-7227 or email OIT at

Health and Recreation

Register for Sand Volleyball and Flag Football
Whether you’re up for bump, set, spike or flag pulling, you choose which sports (or both) you want to play. Sand volleyball and flag football registration is here!
Register Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 6-8

Lectures and Presentations

Climate Change Flash Panel — “Fires and Floods: Europe 2021”
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report has captured international attention in recent weeks by painting a bleak picture of the planet’s future. The panel will discuss the implications of the IPCC report for Europe, considering what steps might still be taken to prevent its most catastrophic possible future scenarios. Registration is required for online participation.
Wednesday, Sept. 8; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom plus YouTube livestream

Lecture — “Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary: Exploiting Diversity”
“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, Nancy Leong, professor of law, University of Denver, explores the exploitation of identity politics. Open to the Notre Dame community.
Friday, Sept. 10; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom

My Path: Stories of Inspiration from the 2021 Domer Dozen
2021 Domer Dozen honorees will share brief talks about their lives and experiences since graduating from Notre Dame. The Domer Dozen is an Alumni Association and YoungND Board recognition initiative celebrating outstanding young alumni who have displayed extraordinary dedication to the NDAA’s mission and excelled in faith, service, learning or work. Masks required. 2021 honorees will be announced on Thursday, Sept. 9.
Friday, Sept. 10; 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Andrews Auditorium, Geddes Hall

Ahead of the Game with Arts and Letters — “God, Notre Dame, Country: Glimpses of the University’s First Century”
Drawing from material explored in her “Notre Dame and America” course, Professor Kathleen Sprows Cummings, the Rev. John A. O’Brien College Professor of American Studies and the William W. and Anna Jean Cushwa Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, will discuss the University’s evolution from a remote missionary outpost of the Catholic Church in the 1840s into a full-fledged college by the 1930s, highlighting a few founding stories and forgotten heroes.
Friday, Sept. 10; 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in LaBar Recital Hall within O’Neill Hall of Music

Poetry Reading and Talk by Micheal O’Siadhail
Poet Micheal O’Siadhail, who has published 16 collections of poetry, will give a reading and talk. His latest book is the award-winning “The Five Quintents,” which received the Conference on Christianity and Literature’s 2019 book of the year award. His poem suites “The Naked Flame,” “Summerfest” and “Earlsfort Suite,” were commissioned and set to music.
Friday, Sept. 10; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 1050, Jenkins Nanovic Halls

Science Exploration Series — “Falling for a Star: Gravity Lessons from Footballs to Orbiting Stars”
During this immersive digital experience with Keith Davis, director of the Digital Visualization Theater, gain a new appreciation for a falling football. Join the “tour” of the universe through the eyes of gravity and learn how a ball thrown on the football field relates to everything from the orbit of human-made satellites to binary star systems.
Saturday, Sept. 11; 11 a.m. to noon in the DVT (Room 100), Jordan Hall of Science

Social Gatherings

Happy Hour for the Young Singles Community
The Young Singles Community of Notre Dame (YSC) is a social group for Notre Dame faculty and professional staff who are unmarried and under 50 years old. Join in for drinks and hors d’oeuvres to kick off the semester and to meet new friends at the group’s first event of the year.
Tuesday, Sept. 7; 5 to 7 p.m. on the Fireside Terrace at Rohr’s, Morris Inn

Football Fridays at the Eck
Stop by for an all-day fan experience to get ready for the home opener. Enjoy live music, interviews with Notre Dame alumni and celebrities, student group performances, a look ahead to the game against Toledo with Ryan Harris ’07, food from Portillo’s and more!
Friday, Sept. 10; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the patio of the Eck Visitors Center

Also This Week ...

Sakai Tip: Using Sakai Assignment’s New Grader
With the recent update to Sakai comes a new grading screen in the Assignments tool. Instructors can preview the student’s paper alongside a grading pane to enter comments, access the rubric or allow resubmissions.

Staff Advisory Council Monthly Meeting
The Staff Advisory Council hosts a monthly meeting every second Thursday. All input is appreciated. If any non-exempt employee has a concern, suggestion or idea, the council encourages contact with a district representative ahead of the meeting. A staff feedback form is available on the main web page, which also lists answers to questions pertaining to SAC, its representatives and other important information. For questions, please contact Shane Packer at
Thursday, Sept. 9; 1 p.m. via Zoom

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.