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“Understanding how COVID-19 is affecting the health and well-being — physical, mental and
economic — of Indiana residents is critical to our battle against this formidable foe.”
~ Marie Lynn Miranda, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost at Notre Dame 


Notre Dame-based research coalition launches registry

Research leaders at Notre Dame are leading the launch of the Indiana COVID-19 Registry, which is designed to track the spread and impact of the coronavirus in order to inform decision-making at the state and local levels. The University's new provost, Marie Lynn Miranda, is the the lead scientist on the registry. The Indiana registry is modeled on the COVID-19 Registry at Rice University, where Miranda served as professor of statistics from 2015 to 2020. (More....)
Bev Harbor, a COVID-19 food coordinator at the Morris Inn, delivers food to students in isolation and quarantine.

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Delivering comfort to students in isolation and quarantine

When you're under the weather, nothing makes you feel better than the comforts of home — like a meal prepared just for you. Bev Harbor is among the staff who prepares and delivers meals to students in isolation or quarantine. The meals meet the dietary restrictions and requests of each student. As a banquet coordinator at the Morris Inn for 30 years, it is second nature for Harbor to serve as a COVID-19 food coordinator. (More...)
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Notre Dame monogram flg flies at the top of Notre Dame Stadium


Gameday health and safety, parking information

Saturday, the Fighting Irish face Duke in the first football game of Notre Dame's 2020 season. Seating capacity in the stadium is reduced to no more than 20 percent and students have first priority for tickets. Athletics will email faculty and staff about tickets for the remaining seats. 

Parking is on campus and complimentary with your game ticket. There will be no food for sale in the stadium for this game, but beverages will be available at concession stands. There is no tailgating on campus. If you are not attending the game or working, we ask you to not come to campus on Saturday. Visit for gameday information, health & safety guidelines, parking maps and more.
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Pandemic leads to greater need for charitable food

Since the pandemic hit Michiana in March, some local food pantries have seen five times the amount of clients as normal. One food pantry manager notes in this video, "With moratoriums on rent and utilities expiring, the perfect storm is forming ... for some, food may take a backseat to housing." In that case, Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger 2020 comes at just the right time. (More...
Mary Galvin, dean of Notre Dame’s College of Science


Dean of the College of Science to step down at year's end 

Mary Galvin, the William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame, will step down Dec. 31. Among the highlights of her tenure as dean has been the hiring of 80 faculty members, including the directors of the Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development and the Eck Institute for Global Health. (More...)


Pastry chef to compete in

Food Network baking championship

Executive Pastry Chef Sinai Vespie is among 10 competitors in this year's Food Network Halloween Baking Championship. The first episode, called Haunted Housewarming, airs at 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14. According to the network's website, the contestants will bake haunted house cakes. Good luck, Sinai!
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Young single professionals find community, friendships 

Rev. Frank Murphy, C.S.C., faculty chaplain, wondered how single faculty and professional staff navigated the very-family oriented South Bend community. That query led to the creation of  the Young Singles Community for faculty and professional staff. The group has been meeting for a year, even thriving when it had to pivot to remote and physically distanced events. (More...)
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Staff chaplain describes new grief ministry, other support

With a mild and warm manner and the remarkable ability to remember names, Rev. James Bracke, C.S.C., is well-suited for his position as staff chaplain. But even with the best of memories, it's challenging to tend to the needs of 4,500 staff members. The secret is, he has help. Learn about the Pastoral Outreach Team the new grief support group. (More...)
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Bright Horizons provides back-up family care and more 

Bright Horizons provides faculty, staff and graduate students back-up care services for unexpected, short-term child or elder care needs as well as an online provider directory for ongoing family care solutions. Attend a webinar Wednesday, Sept. 9, about Bright Horizon's enhanced offerings. (More...)
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