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Dear friends and colleagues,
Happy Wednesday! We hope this email finds you well, that you are keeping yourself warm, and that your week is as productive as you want it to be.

Here are a few events of interest to us, based on all your answers in the Google Survey. I would like to emphasized our own study sessions, which I hope many of you will be able to attend and find helpful.

Study Sessions
Many of you showed interest in attending study/writing sessions. As such, ND Connect will be holding weekly study sessions where you will be able to grab drinks, healthy snacks, and get some work done. These will run from 1:00 to 6:00pm, so you can drop by whenever you are free. Please, in order to minimize our ecological footprint, bring your own mug for warm beverages!

Location: 106 Bond Hall
Time: from 1:00 to 6:00pm 
  • The next study sessions will take place in December
    • Due to some complications, we won't be able to meet today, Wednesday November 20th. However, we will resume our Study Sessions after Thanksgiving.

Note that these sessions are divided by program stages: a special session for those going through coursework, another for those taking exams or writing their prospectus, and one for those already working in their dissertation. We encourage you to attend the session that fits your current stage in your respective program, for this will allow you to meet, chat with, and get advice from others who are going through a similar process. Nonetheless, you are welcome to drop by other sessions if you want a space to do your work. 
Social Gatherings

ND Connect November Mixer: THIS FRIDAY!

Join us at the Graduate School for a reception where you will get to meet other diversity fellows. This is a great opportunity to network, make connections, discuss our experiences in the academia, and get to know your community here at Notre Dame. Refreshments will be served!

Location: 106 Bond Hall
Date: Friday, November 22nd, 2019 - 3:00 PM
To add this event to your Google Calendar, click HERE

Headphone Disco

The room is silent but everyone is dancing? Pop on some headphones and choose your station to enjoy the ultimate SAO dance party! 

Location: LaFortune Student Center
Date: Friday, November 22nd, 2019 - 9:00 PM


Open Science Brown Bag Lunch with Jeff Spies

Practical Open Science: Why Then How

We're at an important stage in the history of scholarship. The internet has dramatically accelerated the potential pace and scale of communication and collaboration, and we now have the computational capabilities to discover complex relationships across many diverse sources of knowledge. This will certainly usher in a new era of knowledge discovery, but at the same time, scholarship is at risk. Academic incentives are driven by centuries-old publishing practices where professional success is gauged by what is publishable rather than what is rigorous, reproducible, replicable, and reusable. Openness is an optimal strategy to address the challenges we face, but barriers to being open still exist. An approach along with practical steps towards more openness will be discussed.

During this session, we will hear from Notre Dame grad Jeffrey Spies, Ph.D., the principal consultant and founder of 221B Consulting. Jeff uses his background in computer science, statistics, and psychology to inform his work in areas of research technology, methodology, and policy. Jeff is the co-founder and former Chief Technology Officer of the Center for Open Science, where he led several projects, including the development of the Open Science Framework and the large-scale Reproducibility Project: Psychology. He regularly speaks on topics of openness, reproducibility, and research workflow and has testified on these topics at a United States House congressional hearing.

Date: Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 - 12:00pm
Location: 246 Hesburgh Library

For more information, click HERE
Remote participation through ZOOM

Academic Job Search Series: Negotiating an Academic Job Offer

Congratulations! You earned the job offer! Now, how do you negotiate effectively to ensure you, your benefits, your dependents, and your lab/other potential fees are accounted for? Come join us for an interactive experience to prepare as you plan to put your best foot forward while becoming a master negotiator.

Date: Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 - 3:30pm
Location: 512 Duncan Student Center

To register for this event, click HERE
Professionalization Events

3MT Informational Meetings

3MT is an opportunity for you to learn the skills necessary to explain your research in 3 minutes in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Attendance at one of the informational sessions is required for participation in the qualification round and all currently enrolled graduate students, both master's and Ph.D., are eligible to participate.

Did you miss the November 5th & 6th 3MT informational meetings, but still want to get a jump start on your 3MT presentation? A NEW informational session has been added for this week! The next informational session will be January 21st.

Date: Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 -10:00am
Location: 246 Duncan Student Center

For more information and to register for this event, click HERE

PhD Career Pathways #16

The PhD Career Pathways is an opportunity for Notre Dame postdocs and graduate students to engage with those who are pursuing diverse careers via direct/video-conferencing and provided lunches.

Date: Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 -12:00pm
Location: 117 Bond Hall

For more information and to register for this event, click HERE
Remote participation through ZOOM
Health and Well-Being

Counseling Services

Beginning October 28 , 2019, ALL students will be able to access services at the UCC between the hours of 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, weekdays without needing an appointment. NEW Drop-In Hours will enable students to access services when they need them without needing to call ahead and wait days for a scheduled appointment time. Simply drop by the UCC on the third floor of St. Liam Hall for a drop-in appointment with one of our counselors. 

The new Drop-In Hours mean that the UCC will no longer be scheduling initial appointments with students who are new to the service. To access services at the UCC for the first time, simply go during Drop-In Hours and be seen by a counselor.

For more information and to register for this event, click HERE

Game Day Yoga 

Join Smith Center for Recreational Sports and Game Day to energize your home game mornings with free yoga open to all ability levels!

Yoga will begin at 9:00 a.m. each Game Day Saturday in the Joyce Center (enter Gate 2). 

A limited number of yoga mats will be available for use. Participants are welcome to bring their own mats. A complimentary short-term parking permit is available to participants who register and request a permit. This permit allows participants to park in the Bulla Lot on the east side of campus at the corner of Twyckenham Drive and Bulla Road between 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. Registered participants will receive their parking permit via email.

Registration is encouraged for participants to receive a complimentary short-term parking pass and updates in case of inclement weather. Register HERE.

Stock Your Toolbox 

This weekly, drop-in skills workshop is designed to give you the tools to buffer stress, perform at higher levels, recover more quickly from setbacks and feel happier. Attend five workshops during the school year and win a prize! Workshops are from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays.

Koru Mindfulness

Whether you’re new to mindfulness or want to reinvigorate your practice, Koru Mindfulness is an opportunity to learn about and experience mindfulness techniques that can help you feel less stressed and sleep better. A new series of four-week classes begins November 11th. 

  • Mondays, November 11th through December 2nd - 12:30 to 1:45pm
  • Mondays, November 11th through December 2nd - 4:00 to 5:15pm
  • For more information and to register for this event, click HERE

What is ND Connect?  

ND Connect is a new initi-ative that looks to foment a sense of community and belonging among all under-represented fellows, promo-ting a noncompetitive and well-balanced space where we can give and receive peer support while also ex-ploring different techniques and methods with which to improve our graduate expe-rience here at Notre Dame.

What is our purpose?

Graduate students, specially those belonging to underre-presented communities, face countless challenges that affect their persistence efforts in their respective aca-demic programs. According to statistics published by The Chronicle of Higher Education, an alarming 50% of doctoral students across the country leave graduate school without finishing. While many institutions are actively working towards developing different methods and strategies to help their students successfully com-plete their programs, there still seems to be a dis-connection between the administration and the graduate student body. Through this project, we intend to address some of the challenges faced by fellow graduate stu-dents at Notre Dame in order to improve our quality of life and our persistence efforts.

These are all our announcements for now. See you on Friday, if you can make it. Have a wonderful week!
ND Connect

Laura M. Ortiz Mercado

Doctoral Candidate | Department of English
Teaching Apprentice | Program of Gender Studies
Recruitment Representative | The Graduate School
President | English Graduate Student Association 

University of Notre Dame
333 Decio Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5611
phone: (+1) 787-210-8385
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