Biking Around Notre Dame

In this special guest post, Jessica Schiltz a Graduate Orientation Ambassador, breaks down the bike options for getting to all the best places. 

The beauty of our campus is undeniable, with the sprawling quads, carefully lined flower beds and the grassy expanses, artfully lined with paved sidewalks. The winding paths and acres of lawns and landscaping are however, less than desirable when you need to get somewhere fast. The University of Notre Dame is approximately 2mi2 and navigating on- and off-campus can be time-consuming.

In order to optimize your daily routes consider acquiring a bicycle. Purchase options are always available at the wholesale retailers in Mishawaka, but if you’re looking for a deal that isn’t in a store, or on Craigslist, every year Fischer O’Hara Grace (Graduate Student Housing) hosts a bicycle raffle at the start of fall semester. Not sure if you need a bike right away? No problem, Notre Dame hosts an Old2Gold sale that includes donated campus bicycles. (Side note: graduate students who work year-round should remember to visit ND Security Police (NDSP) in Hammes Mowbray Hall in May to pick up a summer tag for their bike, so that your bike doesn’t get removed during this annual clearing!) You can also hunt for deals at the annual spring Bicycle Swap through the Bike Michiana Coalition, where you can haggle for mountain, road, and cruiser variants.

It is highly recommended that you register the ownership of your current or newly acquired bicycle through NDSP. This improves chances of recovery if lost or stolen, or possibly placed on a tree branch. To prevent damage to your property and nearby leafy perennials, consider purchasing a U-lock rather than a cable lock and, if on campus, secure your bike to a bike rack. Also two quick pro tips: once summer is over, and winter quickly approaches, NDSP is willing to store bicycles for free, keeping them safe from the ravages of freezing temperatures and salt. Oh, you have a popped inner tube? Need a new chain? Proform Bike Shop is the closest place where you can get help on maintenance and repairs.

Can’t afford the purchase of a new or used bicycle? Consider LimeBike. These bright key-lime green cruisers are dotted across ND and South Bend. Download their mobile app on Google Play or the App Store to set up an account and ride for 30 minutes for only a $1.00! Plus, if you sign-up with a valid ND (.edu) email, you can get a 50% discount. Plus, if you know you’ll use LimeBike frequently the LimePrime Students program is $14.95 a month that includes 100 ride credits. So, if you are sick of two-ten-ing (walking) everywhere, waste no time and go find a two-wheeled ride!

Meet More 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 Chuanqi Wang, a third-year PhD student in ACMS department. I’m working with Dr. Jun Li, and our research is mainly about machining learning methods for single cell RNA sequencing data. I’m originally from China and very excited to be a GOA to welcome new graduate students. When I’m not working, I like to go to fitness classes, do some oil painting and handcrafts. I also enjoy cooking and exploring local restaurants. If you have any questions or common interests with me, I’d be more than happy to communicate with you.

 

Hello everyone! My name is Claire Scott-Bacon and I am currently a second-year Ph.D. student in clinical psychology. I am originally from England and call Miami, Florida my home. Currently, while at ND, I call Mishawaka my home away from home.

I enjoy going to the movies, watching superhero movies, gardening, biking, walking, being out on the water (i.e., lake or ocean), fishing, boating, and traveling.

I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to you on your acceptance at Notre Dame, while extending a warm welcome to the South Bend, Mishawaka, Michigan, and Michiana community.  I can assure you there are plenty things to do, see, hear, and enjoy during your down time on and away from campus.

As a non-traditional graduate student, I am very excited to be serving as your Graduate Orientation Ambassador.  I look forward to helping you through your early days on campus at the graduate orientation. Please feel free to as me any question (face-to-face or via email at cscottba@nd.edu) about ND, South Bend, Mishawaka, local attractions, accommodations, transportation, and homeownership.

 

 

 

My name is Arman, I’m from Iran, and I am a second year computer science PhD student. I like playing sports as a hobby, especially volleyball. Come find me if you are interested once you get here! 

 

 

 

7 Books Every Grad Student Should Read

Are you looking for some beginning of the semester reading? I’m a fourth-year grad student and I have found these 7 books to be quite influential in my own ability to navigate the world of academia. You may find them helpful too:

The Professor is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your PhD into a Job by

Karen Kelsky

  • Shows you how to structure your time and priorities to meet the demands of the job market.
  • Best for those in the Social Sciences and Humanities.
  • Get it from the ND Library here

 

Advice for New Faculty Members by Robert Boice

  • Empirically informed explanation for how to overcome the bad habits you’ve formed as a student and how to start thinking like a true scholar
  • Get it from the ND Library here

 

The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It by Valeri Young

  • Good for all people- explains impostor syndrome and how to identify that this is the problem that you or your colleagues are suffering from and some key ways to overcome it

 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

  • Explains the importance of being in touch with your core values and how to approach structuring your work around those values.
  • Get it from the ND Library here

 

Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection by Jia Jiang

  • You will get rejected again and again as an academic. This book shows how you can understand these rejections as opportunities while transforming them from ego crushers to ego boosters.

 

The Power of Habit: Why We do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

  • Learn how to craft your approach to your work. By incorporating cues and automating a lot of your research process, you can get more done with less resistance.
  • Get it from the ND Library here

 

The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance by Josh Waitzkin

  • Understanding all of the intricacies of top performers can inform your work process. There are many subtle nuances to becoming an expert in a field, and this book explores how the good from the great are defined by very subtle differences in everyday decisions.

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.

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.

 

Best places for a Cup of Joe (or tea)

Need a little caffeine boost or a change of scenery? As you figure out your workflow this semester, consider integrating an occasional, or maybe even frequent, visit to some of these awesome local coffee shops. Most of these places have no problem with grad students coming in and setting up shop for a few hours (or more than a few…)

Here are some that took me a while to discover:

  • Zen Cafe – With a cool industrial vibe, this local roaster has a huge space perfect for spreading out and studying.
  • Top Heavy Cafe (Niles) – Just a quick drive north of campus, this extremely modern cafe features hipster quality drinks with minimalist design features. There is also a delicious pizza place just up the street from Top Heavy. They are also open on Sundays!
  • Electric Brew (Elkhart and Goshen locations) – This cafe has a great eclectic vibe complete with bikes hanging from the ceiling and burlap bags hanging on the walls. The coffee is great and they are also open on Sundays.
  • Union Coffee House (Buchanan, MI) – This bright little coffee house features both tables and couches to study in maximal comfort. They have both vegetarian and vegan eats as well!
  • Cafe Tosi (St. Joe, MI) – About 45 minutes from South Bend, this beautiful beach town has a charming French style cafe with delicious (seriously delicious) eats and endless cups of Joe. I love driving up to St. Joe on the weekend and working in some research time at this charming cafe after a dip in Lake Michigan.

And here is the classic list:

  • Chicory Cafe – A favorite among grad students, Chicory is the only New Orleans themed cafe in South Bend. They have a wide range of caffeinated options, as well as excellent Mac N Cheese and Po Boys.
  • Chocolate Cafe – A South Bend classic, this cafe seems to have it all – ice cream, cake, caffinee, a wide variety of sweets, and hearty food as well! You haven’t really been to South Bend if you haven’t visited the Chocolate Cafe
  • Starbucks – Several locations to check out. If you want to use the rewards program (i.e. free refills), you will want to go to a stand alone location. My favorites for studying are the one north of campus just past the toll road, the one on South Bend Ave right by school (although this one can be crazy during exam time), and the one south of school on Ireland road.

Need to Knows post-arrival at ND

We asked our incoming group of grad students what info they wanted about campus after they’ve arrived in South Bend. I’m a third year grad student, and I still had to think hard about some of these questions! We all need a bit of refresher sometimes!

What is ND Roll Call?

ND Roll Call (previously known as Web Enrollment) is a required process which informs the University that a student is attending a particular semester. It’s different than adding courses to your schedule. You will receive an email when it is necessary to complete ND Roll Call. http://registrar.nd.edu/students/ndrollcall.php

How do I get an ID Card?

To obtain your University of Notre Dame Campus ID Card you will need the following:

(1) Your valid government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport, or state issued ID card) and

(2) your ndID number (begins with ’90’) or netID (alpha-based prefix to your @nd.edu account).

Please bring both to the Campus Card Office located in 423 Grace Hall (Campus Map) during the hours of 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

How do I register my bike?

Register your bicycle with NDSP and display the tag visibly on the bike. Registration is free and can be completed in person with your bicycle at Hammes Mowbray Hall, by flagging down an officer or at one of several registration events held throughout the year.

How do I obtain a parking pass?

Start by asking your department secretary as some departments issue parking permits under some circumstances. If needed, head over to the Parking Office located on the first floor of Hammes Mowbray Hall.  The hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00am until 4:45pm. E-mail: parking@nd.edu Phone: (574) 631-5053

How is pay distributed?

Most students are paid on the first and fifteenth of the month. You can get the details here: http://controller.nd.edu/payroll-services/payroll-schedules/  The easiest way to receive your pay is to set it up through direct deposit. If you get direct deposit at least once a month, you can get a free account from a popular local bank called 1st source.

Where do people hang out around South Bend?

Popular places include- Chicory Cafe, The General (a coffee shop), South Bend Brew Werks, and Crooked Ewe. You often find people hanging out on the river walk located along the Saint Joseph River.

When do you register for classes and find out TA assignments?

For most grad students, registering for classes is not a competitive process. You can go on to Insidend to register for classes. In general, you will want to consult your department’s director of graduate studies (the DGS) for details on schedule formulation. The procedure for TAs is specific to the department, so contacting your DGS is a good way to get the latest updates on that as well.

How do International Students get a bank account?

This will depend largely on the particular bank. You will at least need to have a lump sum to open the account. Popular banks an international student may want to establish an account with include 1st Source, Notre Dame Federal Credit Union, and WellsFargo. 1st Source is located in the Lafortune student center on campus.

Transportation and Housing Questions ANSWERED!

Do you want to know how to get around South Bend? Curious about housing options? Check out these videos made by our very own Graduate Student Orientation Ambassadors!

 

 

Check out our other videos here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbYLYa78rLlXziPJsLUPJJQ

Get up to the date information by checking out our other social media channels:

  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/NDGradLife
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NDGradStudentLife/
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ndgradlife/