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Keeping our campus safe  

University photographer Matt Cashore happened to catch custodial crew leader William Vandygriff disinfecting essential areas in the Joyce Center before, between and after the women's and men's basketball games Sunday, Dec. 6. Thank you for all you do to keep us safe, Building Services!
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Campus Community

OIT is HERE to make COVID-19 processes run smoothly 

When the University brought students back to campus for the fall semester amid a pandemic, the Office of Information Technologies (OIT) mobilized to assist the COVID-19 Response Unit (CRU) with new processes. For example, as pictured above, the OIT developed the technical solutions and process flows that made surveillance testing possible, and that's just one example. Consider this story to be a thank you note to the OIT. (More...)

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Denis McDonough nominated for a position in President-elect Joe Biden's Cabinet 

Denis McDonough, professor of the practice of public policy in the Keough School of Global Affairs, was nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to serve as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. McDonough, a three-year faculty member at Keough, is directing a Notre Dame research program called the Presidential Transition IndexHe was chief of staff to President Barack Obama from Feb. 2013 to Jan. 2017. (More...)
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School of Architecture believes everyone can learn to draw

The Notre Dame School of Architecture has a simple philosophy: Anyone can be be taught to draw, with enough determination and practice. Giuseppe Mazzone, an assistant professor, teaches the hand-drawing course to first-year students. “I have 56 students, and I don’t want them to all be the same,” he said. “I want them to develop their own style." (More...)
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Student-athletes, staff provide gifts for families in need

Notre Dame Athletics, in partnership with South Bend Community Schools, hosted a "Brighter Christmas" gift-giving event. The pandemic turned the normally indoor event at Compton Family Ice Arena into a contactless drive-up event. (More..)
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The Teddy Bear Toss continues, with a twist

The Teddy Bear Toss, an event that would normally include fans throwing stuffed animals onto the court, or in the case of hockey, onto the rink, still took place, but with fans dropping off donated items this year to Compton Family Ice Arena and Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center. Without the general public at the ND women's game this past Sunday, the stuffed animals had the best seats in the house. (More...)
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Communications team comes together (apart) to spread Christmas cheer

The College of Arts and Letters communications team got together — via Zoom — to do their  holiday service project. The project this year was to make holiday cards to be distributed at Hubbard Hills, an assisted living facility in Elkhart. (More...)
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How to induldge and stay active during the holidays

The months of November, December and January include several holidays celebrated with family, festivities and (rich) foods. Jennie Phillips of RecSports helps us focus on adding fitness to the mix by allowing each holiday (not ‘days’) to be what it is intended to be … a time to be thankful, celebrate and prepare for good things to come. (More...)
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Taste that! (Recipes)

Winter weather calls for a hearty meal 

Childhood memories of his great grandmother's braised beef short ribs inspired Legends Executive Chef Josh Maron's recipe of this bovine classic. Served with brown buttered mashed potatoes, no one should leave the table hungry. (More...)

Taste that! (Bonus Recipe)

Holiday Shortbread Cookies 

Let's wrap up the year with a recipe from our own award-winning Executive Pastry Chef Sinai Vespie. You may remember Vespie recently competed in and won Food Network's Halloween Baking Competition, Haunted Housewarming. Here, she turns her attention to the holidays with these rich and inviting shortbread cookies. (More...)  
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