TheWeek@ND Student Edition (May 4)


For the Week of May 4

Note: The last student digest of the semester will be sent Sunday, May 10.

Arts and Performances

The 47th Annual Fischoff Competition
The Fischoff National Chamber Music Association sponsors the nation’s largest chamber music competition, and is America’s premier educational chamber music competition. It is usually held on campus, but this year will be held virtually. See the schedule, watch and listen at!
Thursday through Saturday, May 7-9

MFA Thesis Online Exhibition
This annual exhibition consists of the culminating thesis projects created by the students graduating with a​n MFA​ degree from the University’s Department of Art, Art History & Design. 
Begins Friday, May 8; 8 a.m.

Deadlines or Registrations

OIT Lunch & Learn (online session): 10 Tips and Tricks in Docs, Sheets and Slides
Learn to use Google Docs, Sheets and Slides more effectively. All these apps have features that can help streamline your work and make you more productive. Free but you must register at or contact You will receive connection instructions once you enroll.
Wednesday, May 13; noon to 1 p.m.

Reminder: Deadline extended to May 15 for the University of Notre Dame Library Research Award
This annual competition awards more than $4,000 in prizes to students from all disciplines who demonstrate, in a brief essay, how they used library resources for a class project or assignment. Learn more about the award at

Educational and Research Opportunities

2020 Taste of Technology Presents Virtual Sessions in May
OIT’s popular mini-conference — Taste of Technology — presents virtual sessions via Zoom throughout the month of May. Explore new ways to use a variety of IT tools and applications in your daily life. There is something for all skill levels. Here are the sessions for this week:
 ∙ Virtual Campfire: Zoom Features: Wednesday, May 6; 10 to 11 a.m.
Dive into Zoom features like how to use virtual backgrounds, view and adjust meeting settings, Zoom on different devices, and more!
 ∙ Best Tack in the Biz: 5 Chrome Add-ons: Thursday, May 7; 2 to 3 p.m.
Deck out your Google Chrome Browser! Discover the perks of using Yet Another Mail Merge, Workona, Grammarly, Save to Google Keep and Bitly.

Check out the entire schedule of sessions
If you are interested in attending any Taste of Technology session(s), you must register. Once registered, instructions to connect to the sessions will be shared.
-Notre Dame faculty, staff, students and retirees: join the Taste of Technology Google Group here.
-Spouses, affiliates and friends of the University can register here.

Introduction to SQL, Part 3
This Library Carpentry lesson introduces relational database management using SQLite. (Part 3 of 3)
Friday, May 8; 10:30 a.m. to noon via Zoom

Faith and Service

Black Ecumenical Prayer Service
Rev. Canon Hugh R. Page, Jr., professor of theology and Africana studies, will preside. Kayla August, rector of Lyons Hall, will preach. This service, in the African American religious tradition, will use the form of a simple and short prayer.
On Monday, May 4, this video will be posted on Campus Ministry’s website, Instagram (@NDministry), and Facebook.

McNeill Leadership Fellows Program 2020-21
The McNeill Fellowship is a year-long leadership development program that integrates elements of skill building, discernment and community commitment through the lens of Catholica Social Teaching and active citizenship in order to equip students to become leaders working for the common good in their communities at Notre Dame and beyond. Learn more and apply online.
Application deadline is Friday, May 8

Virtual Postgraduate Service Send-Off Ceremony
While the 2020 Postgraduate Service Send-Off has been canceled, a virtual ceremony is in the works! If you are committed to an organization for full-time service after graduation, please fill out this postgraduate service participation form. Students who complete this form will be sent information about the ceremony.

Need to Talk Offered Through the Summer
As we approach final exams and projects, and for some the final leg of your Notre Dame career, there may be things weighing on your mind and heart. A campus minister is available to listen to you. Whatever needs attention now and throughout the summer, we are available to chat. 
You can set up a time to video/phone chat here or reach out to Mike Urbaniak (

Health and Recreation

Access to Wellbeats On-demand Fitness Classes Extended Through May 31
RecSports has partnered with Wellbeats to gain access to the same on-demand fitness classes offered in the private fitness studios in the Smith Center for Recreational Sports. Unlimited streaming access to Wellbeats on-demand fitness has been extended through May 31!

Lectures and Presentations

Presentation: “Flat-Earthers Need Not Apply: The Predictive Power of Physics”
Professor Alejandro Clocchiatti dissects the nonsensical scenario proposed by flat-earthers from the joyful perspective of a Newtonian physicist observing the solar system. He will explain the relevance of a consistent quantitative model to make sense of and predict the behavior of everything from climate science to the spread of COVID-19. Please use the following URL for information on how to connect online via our Youtube Channel and Zoom:
Tuesday, May 5; 7 to 8 p.m. via online streaming

Also This Week ...

Notre Dame Press Presents Its Fall 2020 Catalog
The University of Notre Dame Press is excited to release our Fall 2020 Catalog. We believe in the power of research to advance knowledge and impact lives, and of our books to connect scholars, experts, students and readers in order to encourage intellectual exploration and enrich conversations on campus, across the country and around the world.

Graduates: Don’t Lose Access to Your ND Files After You Graduate
Your Notre Dame NetID will be deactivated 60 days after you graduate. Be sure to transfer the files and other resources you want to keep from your Notre Dame account to a personal account. This includes your data in Google Drive, Gmail, Adobe and others and must be completed before your account is disabled.