Friday Week: Peace be with you

Author: Andy Fuller

Note: Dated communications are archived here for reference, but may not reflect the most up-to-date information available.

ND Avenue Snow
SNOW DAY: A wintry still blanketed an already quiet campus today, Friday, April 17, for the second day in a row.


Dear Members of the Notre Dame community:

Fr. Jenkins: Lives in disarray, then “peace be with you.”

Fr. Jenkins delivered an Easter message of hope from inside the Basilica that was seen by over 25,000 viewers this week. Here is the link.

Yesterday, Thursday, he turned his attention to matters concerning a fast-approaching May 17. That’s when commencement for the Class of 2020 was originally scheduled. Commencement at Notre Dame, like hundreds of universities around the country, was a casualty of COVID-19. After working with student leaders and an advisory committee headed by Provost Tom Burish, Father Jenkins reported to students on plans for a simple conferral ceremony on May 17 to be followed a year later on Memorial Day weekend with a four-day celebration, complete with Mass in Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center, commencement in Notre Dame Stadium, and gatherings at the Grotto and other campus landmarks. Here is a link to his letter.

Notre Dame Magazine

It is said that calamities have inspired great works of American literature. If that’s so, Notre Dame Magazine appears to be the beneficiary of the pandemic. Among recent stories at its online version, the magazine has published an essay about the coronavirus, the author’s parents, and the polio epidemic of the 1950s. The writer is Heather Treseler ’10, Ph.D., an author, poet, and associate professor of English at Worcester State University.

The University had expected to receive new, replacement furniture this spring. Furniture manufacturing, like so much else, has been disrupted by the pandemic.  Kaitlin Wowak, assistant professor at the Mendoza College of Business and expert in industrial supply chains, answers questions about companies that have had to pivot in the wake of outbreak.

Sheldon Dutes ’07 hosts a morning news show in Milwaukee. He has written a first-person account on how he manages to do his job away from the studio.

ND Works: The Pandemic Chronicles

ND Works, campus news for faculty and staff, devotes much of this week’s content to accounts of Notre Dame people who have responded in creative ways to the coronavirus. A rector alone in Lyons Hall, a seamstress making face masks, and a wellness coach who coaches remotely.

ND Works also describes how teams from Maintenance and Building Services and Student Affairs joined forces to keep student rooms safe, secure, and pest-free until residential life returns to normal.

Washington Post: Is the Check Worth the Risk?

Mike Chapple, an assistant teaching professor at Mendoza, writes how the lowest-income Americans have been put at risk by the IRS for identity theft. OPAC’s Shannon Roddel contacted Post editors to find a home for Chapple’s insightful essay. Link to essay

“Old Shirts Never Die, They Just Fade…”

Some traditions never die, nor would The Shirt Committee ever permit a mere pandemic to stand in its way.  “The Shirt is more than just a shirt, it was an idea that originated in 1990 to raise money for a student-led spring festival,” the committee says. Since then, The Shirt organizers expanded their horizons, and now use proceeds to benefit Notre Dame clubs and organizations, including The Shirt Charity Fund and the Student Experience Fund. Link to news release

This year’s virtual unveiling took place today at 6 p.m. on The Shirt ND Facebook page, Twitter (@theshirtND), Instagram (@theshirtnd), and YouTube accounts. To purchase the 2020 collector’s item visit the Hammes online bookstore following the unveiling.  

Student Affairs

In its weekly newsletter issued yesterday, the Division of Student Affairs hosts a compendium of health and wellness resources for this unprecedented time, including grief support and general counseling.  The University Counseling Center also provides a new tele-mental health service made possible by emergency changes to the law that once prohibited out-of-state mental health providers from providing services across state lines.

Dispatches: Our Far-flung Correspondents Report In

We contacted seven Notre Dame students from across the nation and around the world to report on what happened to them after the pandemic hit. Here are their stories.


Hanratty Beats COVID in a Scary Closer

Former Notre Dame quarterback Terry Hanratty, who led the Irish to the 1966 national championship, recently shared his harrowing experience of contracting COVID-19. This is Hanratty’s story.

Preview:  Why They Call Us the Fighting Irish

Athletics has compiled stunning, videotaped moments of Notre Dame athletes as they work through adversity. We received permission to show you the rough cut.  It’s a great tonic for millions house-bound by the coronavirus.  Fr. Jenkins explains why at the very end of this video.


Our Vice President and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics, Jack Swarbrick, had a chance to talk with Vice President Pence about collegiate athletics during these uncertain times.  Here is the link to a brief recap: video.


Paul J. Browne, Vice President, Public Affairs & Communications