Top 10 RecSports Things To Do

In this guest post, Kendra Bayne – Assistant Director at RecSports, shares with us that RecSports is about much more than getting a workout in. Keep reading to see all that they have to offer.

Are you an incoming graduate student at the University of Notre Dame looking for some awesome things to do this coming year? If you are, then you’ve come to the right place! Here at Notre Dame RecSports, we have a variety of offerings for our graduate students to get involved in so you can stay active, meet some new friends, and enhance your graduate experience while at the university. We have compiled a top ten list to give our incoming graduate students a starting point as they begin their search into Notre Dame RecSports.

 

  1. Add a certification to your resume

    One of our most beneficial offerings here at RecSports are our Certification Classes. RecSports offers American Red Cross certification courses for Adult CPR/AED and First Aid. These blended courses combine award-winning, engaging and interactive online simulation learning plus an in-person classroom session to learn and practice critical lifesaving skills for certification. Click here to learn more about our certification classes and how to sign up!Experience Intramural Sports – One of the largest traditions on the campus of Notre Dame, Intramural Sports offers the opportunity for students to participate in various leagues and tournaments throughout the year. Notre Dame is considered to have one of the most unique Intramural Sports programs in the country and graduate students have the ability to participate in a few of these unique sports such as broomball and curling. Click here to learn more about for more information on our Intramural Sports!

  2. Join a Club Sport 

    From rowing to volleyball, rugby to boxing, our club sports are a great way to engage in physical activity on and off campus. Club sports can challenge you to learn a new skill or improve your abilities in a sport you have played all your life. Additionally, the social aspect of joining any of our club sports allows you to meet new people on campus, forge strong friendships, and become an active member in the Notre Dame community. Click here for more information on our club sports!

  3. Conquer the Climbing & Bouldering Wall

    Built in 2017 by Eldorado, the Climbing & Bouldering Wall are made up of both high-performance paneling and real rock textures for the maximum variety of terrain. With over 2,000 sq. ft. of climbable surface, the walls feature a diverse mix of routes accommodating all climbers from beginner to advanced. Click here to learn more about the Climbing & Bouldering Wall!

  4. Try out Group Fitness Classes

    Tired of working out alone? Group Fitness Classes are the cure to that! Meet some new friends as you enjoy a wide variety of group fitness classes that accommodate a range of skills, interests, and age groups. Click here to check out all of our group fitness classes!

  5. Learn through Instructional Series

    For those looking to learn a new skill, such as Tai Chi or Partner Latin Dance, RecSports programs a large menu of instructional classes. These classes meet for a series of weeks rather than semester long, and lessons build upon each other. Click here for more information on our instructional series by visiting our website!

  6. Sign up for Personal Training

    If you’re looking to get serious about your exercise and physical activity, then hiring a personal trainer can be a great way to make a real change in your life. A personal trainer can help you improve your confidence by designing a fitness program unique to your needs and goals. Learn to improve your body’s functional movement through the use of safe and effective exercises that will keep you energized and ready to take your life in a whole new direction. Click here for more information on personal training, check out our website!

  7. Participate in the Domer Run

    Whether you would like to participate in the event or be a volunteer, everyone should be a part of the annual Domer Run! The Domer Run is a fun run with proceeds that are donated to the Gyna Girls of the RiverBend Cancer Services, whose mission is to support women with gynecological cancers, to educate others in recognizing gynecological cancer symptoms, and to be proactive in their own health. Click here for more information on this amazing event!

  8. Work at RecSports

    Each year, RecSports hires enthusiastic customer service oriented individuals to assist us in providing exceptional programs, facilities, and experiences for the Notre Dame community. Working for RecSports allows you to gain experience and transferable skills outside of the classroom. If you would like to work for RecSports, click here to view the process to working with us!

  9. Visit our Facilities

    RecSports has several amazing facilities that graduate students may access with your Irish1Card from sunrise to sunset, including the Smith Center for Recreational Sports in the Duncan Student Center, the Climbing & Bouldering Wall, Rockne Memorial, North Dome, and St. Joseph Beach. Whether you want to exercise or go for a swim at the beach, RecSports’ facilities are the places to visit! Click here to learn more about all of our facilities!

 

We hope that this list has provided all of our graduate students an informative start to their search into RecSports and that they will utilize their status as a graduate student of the University of Notre Dame to its full potential and stay active with us! If you have any questions or just want to continue your search, visit our website here. We can’t wait for you to join us!

 

Smith Center for Recreational Sports is located on the 3rd floor of Duncan Student Center

Meet this year’s Graduate Orientation Ambassadors!

In this post, we reveal the identity of three of our graduate orientation ambassadors (GOAs). These lovely people have volunteered to support the New Student Orientation taking place in August 2018. While all ND grad students are awesomesauce, the GOAs are a special flavor of awesomeness. If you see them during orientation, or just around, be sure to say hello!

 

Hi! My name is Aliyah Abu-Hazeem and I am a current second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at ND. I am so excited to be serving as a Graduate Orientation Ambassador to help usher you into your new and exciting graduate career! Congratulations! I’m originally from the Southside of Chicago, so community runs deep for me. I was pleasantly surprised to find a tight-knit community both at and around ND, so I’m here to assure you that the same will be true for you. South Bend has so much to offer you in addition to all of the wonderful resources that ND affords its graduate students. If you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me by email: aabuhaze@nd.edu. You can ask me about anything from recommendations on fun things to do on the weekend, local activism and organizing, and homeownership (which is totally possible given SB’s affordability).

 

 

Pamela Bilo Thomas is a third-year PhD student studying under Dr. Nitesh Chawla. Her main areas of focus are machine learning and data mining in relation to health care and disease. Pam is especially interested in chronic illnesses and the socioeconomic roots that contribute to the progression of disease. Pam is a native Hoosier and excited to bring her talents to Notre Dame from Indianapolis, where she has three years of industry experience working in the pharmaceutical industry. Before Notre Dame, she received her undergrad and master’s degree from IU Bloomington. When she is not working in lab, Pam is usually exploring the outdoors, doing yoga, traveling, or hanging out with her husband and 7-year-old Shih Tzu, Hugo.

 

 

Hello! My name is Michelle Corley and I am a second-year Ph.D. student in the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program. I am working with Dr. Mary Ann McDowell in the Biological Sciences Department. I am very excited to be working as a Graduate Orientation Ambassador and to welcome here at ND! I’m originally from South Carolina received my bachelors of science degree in Chemistry and Biology from Winthrop University. When I’m not in lab you can find me participating in group fitness classes, spoiling my kittens with treats, or spending time with my significant other. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to any of us GOAs and we’d be happy to help you.

Sneak Peek: Find library workshops to build your skills and marketability

In this guest post, Mandy Havert, Digital Research and Outreach Librarian in charge of Graduate Outreach Services, shares some of the excellent training opportunities for Grad Students! 

As you prepare for the new academic year, be sure to keep informed of library events, including professional development workshops.  Details of upcoming events always can be found on the Hesburgh Libraries Events Calendar: https://library.nd.edu/events

Watch for dates and times to be announced for this sample of sessions planned for the coming academic year, register and put them in your calendar.

 

 

Up and Running with HTML and CSS (Beginner)

A basic familiarity with HTML and CSS can improve the clarity, efficiency, and effectiveness of your communication and design. No previous experience with HTML or CSS is necessary. These skills help you work effectively and save time when formatting content.

 

Up and Running with Bootstrap (Intermediate)

Bootstrap is one of the most popular frameworks for rapidly building professional-looking,  seamless, mobile-friendly websites with HTML, CSS, and Javascript. A basic working understanding of HTML and CSS is required. You will create a great-looking and effective bootstrap website from the ground up.

 

Create Your Professional Website with WordPress.com (Beginner)

A well-designed website enhances one’s professional ethos offering a collective, public, discoverable space to share thoughts (blog) or publications, as well as other information—such as where, when and how to contact you. No coding experience is required. Bring your cv. You’ll find that your potential grant funders and employers can learn more about you and put you ahead of others in the same job or funding pool.

 

Introduction to Archival Research

Does your advisor assume you know how to do archival research? Have you never set foot in an archive or special collections library? Here’s your chance. This workshop will give you a hands-on crash course working with rare materials and finding aids in our rare books and special collections.

 

Careers: What’s Involved in Working in Special Collections, Archives, and Museums?

Whether earning a Master’s or PhD, there are great careers to explore outside of the tenure-track. Hear about careers in Special Collections, Archives, and Museums. This panel discussion with give you a chance to ask questions and hear different perspectives from people in the field. Learn about different ways to use your graduate degree and still remain in the academy.

 

Read more thoroughly through text mining and natural language processing 

This session provides a very high level overview of the various levels of text mining techniques and how the technology can be used to process or read many texts at one time.

 

Datafile and File Organization and Management 

Do you struggle with locating your files? Is it nearly impossible for you to find and retrieve articles and content that you’ve saved on a moment’s notice? Some organizational approaches will be shared in this session and you’ll have the opportunity to try out some techniques for more effectively managing your data files.

 

 

We’re here for you! This is a sample of our offerings. Don’t see the workshop you need on our events or calendar pages? Contact Mandy Havert at asklib@nd.edu with your request and contact information.

Campus Ministry: Feed Your Body, Feed Your Soul

In this guest post Kayla August, a member of the Campus Ministry team, reveals to incoming and current graduate students that there’s more to life than school. Keep reading to see how spirituality can be incorporated into your graduate career.

Find more info about campus ministry here.

 

When Summer arrives, the undergraduate community returns home or goes off to internships across the country. The graduate community, however,  stays anchored on-campus continuing their day in and day out grind on projects, exams, and dissertations still in progress.

 

Many of our hard-working graduate community members don’t get the benefit of a season-long break.  As they continue toward their goals of their graduate-level degree, they often forget that the important lessons are not always confined to the classroom, laboratory, or in a library cubicle. Instead, these are born in the interactions with friends, the navigation of where they will wind up next, and the consideration of what they believe and how they choose to live that out in the world. This requires a different type of education. This education is where Moreau would say “mind and heart” meet. It’s the education of the soul.

 

Mimi Beck, the Director of Graduate Student Life, spoke to this in a talk given as part of the graduate interfaith Summer series called Taste of Faith in late June. Mimi spends her days working and walking beside this community and has a keen insight into the struggles and joys of the graduate student experience. Mimi’s talk My Life’s Thesis: Finding Purpose in the Midst of Graduate Studies spoke directly to what she has witnessed in her work and her life.

 

“Have you ever seen ants going in a straight line?” she began. “They always seem to know exactly where they are going, but have you ever interrupted that trail? It takes them quite a while to find their way again.” Mimi used this analogy to examine the winding path of finding our purpose in life. Like the ants who lost their trail, our paths are not always a direct shot.

 

Mimi shared her own story while also shedding some of the wisdom she has gained over the years. Our future is often “like a horizon.” We see it in the distance, but as soon as we move toward it, it continues to elude us. As she shared her 9 winding years in undergrad, she revealed that she too struggled to find her purpose and took alternative means to getting where she is now. The attending students resonated and laughed as she hit particular pieces that spoke to their present struggles and concerns. She concluded her talk by handing out a sheet that listed numerous values. “Take a minute to circle your top five values. This is by no means an exhaustive list. Feel free to add any you don’t see represented here.” Silence fell as students took a moment to reflect. What are the values that guided them day to day? Family? Curiosity? Hope? Joy? Equality? And how do these core values motivate their day to day life?

 

As this time of reflection ended, Mimi preached that “studies show that being reminded daily  of our values keeps us happier.” It reminds us why we do what we do. Family, being one of her core values, is her guide on long days in the office and a reminder of the “why” amidst the daily grind.

 

Mimi was able to touch on one deep truth: that in life, our learning never ceases and each day is another page in that discovery.  After a delicious dinner of Portillos and a compelling talk from Mimi, the graduate students left with more than one thing to chew on. Finding our purpose is rarely a straight line; each of us has to find our own path in our own time.

 

If you, like the ants, are trying to relocate your trail, the next interfaith opportunity will be Thursday, July 19th at 6:30pm in the Coleman Morse Lounge. This month’s interfaith conversation will host Rabbi Karen Companez of Temple Beth- El as she guides our community in a reflection of the challenges of living a life of integrity prior to and after graduation. A complete kosher meal will be provided. Please RSVP here.

 

Come one and all. This is, once again, for anyone looking for lessons not found in the classroom. All students of life are welcome.

Campus Ministry also hosts First Friday dinners.

Five Must-See Performances at DPAC This Year

In this guest post, Staci Stickovich – Marketing Program Manager of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, introduces us to some of the most sought after events this coming year. And for the first time ever, a special Graduate Student DPAC membership is officially announced! 

 

The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Presenting Series curates a diverse selection of world-class artists in music, theatre, and dance. Notre Dame students are invited to come to any Presenting Series performance for a fraction of the cost of regular ticket prices. Below we’ve highlighted five performances on the upcoming season that you won’t want to miss.
  • Todd Rundgren’s Play Like a Champion Concert: Students Play The ‘80s
    Friday, September 7 at 8 p.m.
    Hailed by many as the “Ultimate Rock Cult Hero,” Rundgren returns to DPAC to kickoff the season. As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist, and interactive artist (re-designated TR-i), Rundgren has made a lasting impact on both the form and content of popular music.
  • Aquila Theatre in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
    Thursday & Friday, October 4-5 at 7:30 p.m.
    Part of Operation Frankenstein, Notre Dame’s fall semester celebration of the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s timeless novel, Aquila Theatre’s production is equal parts boldly thrilling and reverent homage. Stay after the final curtain to discover more about the first true work of science fiction with a member of the cast.
  • Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox
    Saturday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m.
    Who doesn’t want to see a YouTube sensation perform live in-concert? And, if that isn’t reason enough to see them, then perhaps their diverse cast of vocalists, dancers, and musicians remixing Billboard’s top-charting songs in a stunning variety of vintage styles will do the trick. Bradlee’s playful revue dips into a trademark brand of nostalgia that’s hooked legions of fans by “putting pop music in a time machine.”
  • Czech National Symphony Orchestra with John Mauceri, conductor and Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano
    Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m.
    American conductor and former Bernstein protégé John Mauceri teams with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard to present a celebratory program titled 100 Years of Leonard Bernstein, which culminates in the brilliant Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. See more of the mezzo-soprano during The Met: Live in HD season. She leads the new opera Marnie and Poulenc’s French Revolution tale of refuge and purpose in the face of death Dialogues des Carmélites.
  • An Evening of Chamber Music: Philip Glass, Tim Fain, and Third Coast Percussion
    Saturday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.
    Regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the late 20th century, American composer Philip Glass joins up-and-coming violinist Tim Fain, and Grammy Award-winning ensemble (former Ensemble-in-Residence at the Center) Third Coast Percussion in an evening of works for solo piano, solo violin, and duets for both musicians. There will also be a series of transformational and inspiring events, including film screenings, happening in conjunction with this performance.

This is just a sample of the season––the highlight reel. We haven’t even mentioned the Tony Award-winning Broadway stars, jazz artists, vocal ensemble, or ballet studio company also performing. To see the complete list of Presenting Series artists and other events happening at the Center, check out our website. Whether you’re an arts aficionado, expanding your cultural horizons, looking to be inspired, or want nothing more than to be entertained––there’s truly something for everyone to enjoy at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Special Offer from DPAC for Graduate Students

Last spring, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC) surveyed students to learn more about arts engagement on campus. Findings showed that 71% of graduate student respondents were interested in a DPAC membership program. As a result, we’re offering a pilot program for graduate students and their spouses that allows members to pay an initial price for tickets to any ticketed performance or film screening during the season (exclusions may apply).

Because this is a new program, the introductory membership price is only $50 per person per season. Anyone interested in learning more about the program can contact the DPAC Ticket Office at 574-631-2800 or via email at performingarts@nd.edu.

Getting Started with Hesburgh Libraries

In this guest post, Mandy Havert, Digital Research and Outreach Librarian in charge of Graduate Outreach Services, shares how to make the most of your Hesburgh Library experience. 

As a new graduate student or returning student at Notre Dame, you will find the Hesburgh Libraries has a lot to offer. Begin by checking out this guide for getting started with Hesburgh Libraries before you come to campus: https://resources.library.nd.edu/documents/faculty-checklist.pdf  Once you have a campus network login – your NetID – you will be able to sign in and customize your library account. This includes being able to monitor the status of materials you have borrowed from our local collections or materials you have requested from other libraries.

In addition to our materials and collections, take a look at people and events in the Hesburgh Libraries. We have over 30 subject librarians located throughout campus to help you become familiar with what’s available to you, and to keep you up-to-date on how the libraries can support your research. You are able to request purchases for our collections, and if you develop a working relationship with your librarian, he or she will be able to anticipate what’s important for your research. Contact information for our subject librarians is available to you from our directory page: https://directory.library.nd.edu/directory, Visit this page to learn about campus locations for the Hesburgh Libraries: https://library.nd.edu/hesburgh-floor-maps#

The “Events” section of the library home page is regularly updated and includes information about special events, exhibitions, and workshops. Be sure to check our events listings regularly. The Graduate Student Newsletter also includes information on these and other events and is  delivered right to your mailbox!

Workshops held by the libraries range from learning ways to add to your citation and research management skills to conducting archival research. Digital scholarship workshops are offered by our Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship. Regular workshops include beginner and intermediate sessions for building your professional web presence, how to use geographical information systems, working with data and statistics, and text mining. You can register for workshops using the Hesburgh Libraries Workshop Calendar: http://nd.libcal.com/calendar/allworkshops/?cid=447&t=m&d=0000-00-00&cal=447

If you’re not sure where to start, you can reach out to the Graduate Student Services librarian, Mandy Havert – mhavert@nd.edu, to ask questions and receive some tips on how to get the most out of  the Hesburgh Libraries. Mandy will fill you in on regular events, such as our weeklong Dissertation Camps, and regularly scheduled Dissertation Day Camps.