TheWeek@ND Student Edition (December 13)



For the Week of December 13

Christmas Wishes and Preparations for the New Year

This is the last student digest for 2021. We wish you safe travels as you gather with loved ones, joy, blessings and a relaxing Christmas break.
The first student digest in the new year will be sent Sunday, Jan. 9. The first faculty/staff/postdoc digest in the new year will be sent Monday, Jan. 10. Please send all entries for those 2022 versions by the extended deadline of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5. Thank you.

Athletics and Sporting Events

Visit the Athletics composite schedule for events this week.

Closures, Limited Hours and Cancellations

Discontinuation of Daily Health Check
The Return to Campus Advisor, better known as the daily health check, will be discontinued and no longer available after Friday, Dec. 17.

Office of General Counsel
The physical offices of Office of General Counsel will be closed beginning Monday, Dec. 13, through late January as the office suite undergoes an expansion. OGC staff will be working remotely during this time.

Museum Closed for the Campus-wide Christmas Break
The Snite Museum of Art exhibitions and staff offices will be closed from Thursday, Dec. 23, through Monday, Jan. 3, in participation with the campus-wide Christmas break for all faculty, staff and students.

Hesburgh Library Christmas Break Hours Dec. 17-Jan. 9
During Christmas break, Hesburgh Library will be open Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The library will be closed on Dec. 23, 24, 25, 26 and 31, and Jan. 1, 2 and 3. Find all branch and service desk hours at

Deadlines or Registrations

Opt In to Receive W-2 Electronically
Faculty, staff and student workers now have the opportunity to receive W-2s electronically rather than as a printed statement through the mail. The benefits of opting in are to protect the privacy of your financial information and to eliminate the chance of your paper statement being lost in the mail. Opt in by Friday, Dec. 31. 

On-Campus Booster Vaccination Clinic
As an extension of the University’s existing coronavirus vaccination requirement, the COVID-19 booster is also required of all students who have been fully vaccinated for more than six months. Students may receive the booster vaccination at any off-campus location or at the University’s on-campus booster vaccination clinic Tuesday, Jan. 11, through Friday, Jan. 14. Registration is required by Monday, Jan. 10.
Tuesday, Jan. 11; noon to 6 p.m. Enter Gate 2, Joyce Center.
Wednesday, Jan. 12, and Thursday, Jan. 13; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 14; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

March for Life Travel Reimbursement, Discounted Housing
The de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture is offering travel reimbursement to faculty, staff and graduate students who plan to join students at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Jan. 21. Apply for travel reimbursement by Monday, Jan. 10. The center also has a discounted block of rooms at the JW Marriott Washington, D.C., within walking distance of the march. Reservations must be made by Thursday, Dec. 23, to get the reduced rates. Reserve a room online or call 1-800-393-2503 and reference the code “NDM4L.” Click for the de Nicola Center’s full itinerary of March for Life events. Email questions to

Registration Opens for 2022 Holy Half Marathon
The April 9 event will include a 13.1-mile and a 10K race that is open to all members of the Notre Dame community near and far. All proceeds benefit Our Lady of the Road Catholic Worker, Misericordia Home in Chicago and Girls on the Run of Michiana. $45 for students; $65 for non-students. Ongoing registration until participant limit is reached.

Educational and Research Opportunities

Hesburgh Library Workshops

Using the Distant Reader
Learn how to quickly read and analyze arbitrarily large corpora of textual materials with Distant Reader.
Tuesday, Dec. 14; 11 a.m. to noon in the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship (Room 247), Hesburgh Library

How to Make a Book
This hands-on workshop will teach attendees how to bind books using different techniques.
Wednesday, Dec. 15; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship (Room 247), Hesburgh Library

Faith and Service

McGrath Institute for Church Life Underwear and Sock Drive
The McGrath Institute for Church Life concludes its Underwear and Sock Drive for the Center for the Homeless. Donation boxes are located in the first-and third-floor lobbies of Geddes Hall and the Hesburgh Library main concourse through Friday, Dec. 17.

Vibrant Light: Stained Glass of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart

You know Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., founded the University of Notre Dame in 1842, but you may not know the campus community outgrew the Log Chapel within five years. Father Sorin had a larger church built, but by 1870, an even larger church was needed. Construction began on the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Father Sorin’s attention to detail included ordering 450 square meters of stained glass from Le Mans, France, where the Congregation of Holy Cross was founded. WNIT (PBS) in South Bend traveled to Le Mans to shoot and produce the documentary "Vibrant Light: Stained Glass of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart," which premieres at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18.

House of Brigid Application
The House of Brigid program invites recent graduates to engage in a year of service by volunteering in parishes in either Dublin or Wexford, Ireland. During this year, fellows live and work in intentional community, live out their faith, engage with Irish culture and grow spiritually, personally and professionally. Applications are now available. 

Health and Recreation

Free Donation Drop-In Fitness Classes
RecSports’ fitness classes (excluding F.A.S.T.) are free Dec. 8-15. Classes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size is limited. In exchange for the free class, please bring an item to donate to our local animal shelters. Click here for more info and a list of items needed for donations.
Through Wednesday, Dec. 15

Lectures and Presentations

Forum: “Pluralism and the Purpose of Higher Education”
Virtues and Vocations is a national forum to consider how best to cultivate character in pre-professional and professional education. John Inazu, the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion at Washington University in St. Louis, presents this month. Register online.
Monday, Dec. 13; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Panel Discussion: “2020 in Hindsight: The View from December 2021”
Join the Ansari Institute for this panel discussion and hear insights from academics, journalists and faith leaders. Together, they will explore the role of faith in the national conversation, analyzing significant themes from 2020: COVID-19, a nation-wide uprising against racial injustice and a close but decisive presidential election in the U.S. Register to attend via Zoom. Register to attend in person
Wednesday, Dec. 15; 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 1050, Jenkins Nanovic Halls, and via Zoom

Social Gatherings

Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore Annual Christmas Open House
11 a.m.: Storytime with Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
Noon: Visit with St. Nicholas (snap a photo if you wish)
Noon: Christmas crafts and activities
Saturday, Dec. 18; 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore

Tech Tips, Tools and IT Maintenance

Participate in the Canvas Student Survey
If you used Canvas this semester, take part in this student survey to share your thoughts about ND’s new learning management system. How do you like it? Did you use your mobile device to access Canvas? Was it easy to use? Deadline to complete the survey is Monday, Dec. 13.

Taking an Online Test in Sakai or Canvas
As with any online testing system, there are a few steps students should take in Sakai or Canvas before opening the test and getting started. Clearing your browser history, checking your laptop battery and confirming a solid link to the internet will help guarantee that technology will support your best efforts.

Google Tip: Use Your Voice to Edit in Docs and Slides
Did you know you can type and edit with your voice in Docs and Slides? This convenient voice typing/command feature converts your voice into text by using the microphone on your computer. It is available in Google Docs and Slides speaker notes, and only in a Chrome browser.

Also This Week ...

Hesburgh Library Building Hours Nov. 29-Dec. 16
For final exams, Hesburgh Library will be open 24 hours a day starting Monday, Nov. 29, and will close at 11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16. Find all branch and service desk hours at

Study at the Snite
Use the museum galleries as inspiring and quiet study spaces during this semester’s finals period. The museum will provide tables, chairs, snacks and art for you to enjoy.
This opportunity is sponsored by the Snite Museum Student Programming Committee.
Tuesday, Dec. 14; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Snite Museum of Art
Wednesday, Dec. 15; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 16; 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.