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From the Dean's Desk

100 Years and Counting

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Martijn Cremers

Tuesday, 30 March 2021
A blessed Holy Week.

April 20 marks the College’s “official” 100th anniversary when the University established the College of Foreign and Domestic Commerce with Father John O’Hara, C.S.C., as dean. At the start, the College had an enrollment of nearly 400 students and a 13-member faculty.

Pre-COVID, we had planned to celebrate the Centennial with receptions and other in-person events such as a conference. Even though pandemic-related restrictions are easing, we have decided to delay in-person celebrations that involve significant travels until 2022 out of an abundance of caution.

We will commemorate our anniversary this year in other ways, however. Here are a few projects underway: 

·       The Mendoza Business magazine’s cover story, “The Century Mark,” to be published in May, presents both the legacy of the College and the significance of our mission as we look to the future.
·       “Hidden History” is an ongoing Mendoza Morning Brew newsletter feature that highlights Mendoza history. 
·       The Century Mark website, scheduled for launch in April, will include stories about the founding of the College, a timeline of historical events and an essay series called “Make Your Mark.” The series features contributions by students, faculty, staff, alums and friends of the College as they reflect on the impact that Notre Dame and Mendoza have had on their lives. More information about how you can contribute will be sent soon.
·       Commemorative commencement gifts to all 2021 graduates of “The Great Wave” print will include the Centennial logo. 
·       A new edition of “O'Hara's Heirs: Business Education at Notre Dame,” with new chapters added to bring the history up to date, will be presented this fall. 
·       A special Centennial-themed Staff Appreciation Day is being planned for spring 2022 to thank our staff for their hard work, dedication and commitment to the College.

The Mendoza Centennial is a momentous occasion that provides us with the opportunity to reflect on our legacy as well as plan for the future. Above all, it is an occasion to recognize and remember the many people — faculty, staff, students, alums and others — whose lives and contributions formed the College as we know it today. As Kerry Temple wrote in “O’Hara’s Heirs,” “The story of the College is largely a story of its people …” I’m thankful to the many of you who contribute to the story of Mendoza every day.

“Dear brothers and sisters, every moment of our lives is a time for believing, hoping and loving. The call to experience Lent as a journey of conversion, prayer and sharing of our goods, helps us – as communities and as individuals – to revive the faith that comes from the living Christ, the hope inspired by the breath of the Holy Spirit and the love flowing from the merciful heart of the Father.
May Mary, Mother of the Saviour, ever faithful at the foot of the cross and in the heart of the Church, sustain us with her loving presence. May the blessing of the risen Lord accompany all of us on our journey towards the light of Easter.”
Happy Easter!


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MCOB Updates

The term “Objectives and Key Results” (OKRs) refers to a collaborative goal-setting framework for defining and tracking objectives and their outcomes in a measurable way. The aim is to provide clear direction within a department or unit about what goals to focus on and how progress will be measured, as well as to align and connect a department’s goals to the College’s and University’s. For those interested in learning more about OKRs, here are a few resources:
  •  John Doerr’s TED Talk: Why The Secret to Success is Setting the Right Goals. Doerr, an engineer and venture capitalist, provides an overview of the OKR framework and explains how setting the right goals can mean the difference between success and failure.
  • OKR Goal Setting 101: Achieve more goals than ever! Faster! This online learning program is available through learning website Udemy. To participate in this workshop, please:
  • Measure What Matters by John Doerr: The Dean’s Office has extra copies of the book, which is the foundation of the OKR practice. The book teaches readers how to use the OKR management system to identify priorities, set ambitious goals, clearly measure and track them, and motivate and align everyone on your team. If you are interested in borrowing a copy, please contact Beth Smith.

Suggested Reading
Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) is a U.N. initiative that engages business and management schools to ensure they provide future leaders with the skills needed to balance economic and sustainability goals. This "Blueprint" report aims to provide concepts and frameworks to support business schools — both PRME Signatories and non-signatories — as they integrate the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) into their curricula, research and partnerships. It also aims to provide a practical focus by offering examples of approaches already adopted by business schools.
September 28, 2020

Unconscious Bias Resource Materials

Thank you to all who attended the Unconscious Bias Workshop guided by M&O's Angela Logan. If you were unable to attend the session or you would like to review the discussion, you can find the recording here. Other resources include the PowerPoint presentation and responses.

September 28, 2020


Kudos, Published and Presented

Cindy Muir, associate professor of Management & Organization, was featured as part of ND Women Lead's International Women's Day recognition. In The People Side of Business, Cindy talks about how she came to be interested in studying supervisor-employee relationships in the areas of individual differences, diversity, and organizational justice and trust.
International Women's Day, observed on March 5, carried the theme of Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.

Morgan McCoy is the new director of operations for the Mendoza Graduate Programs (MGP) as of March 1, 2021. As the MGP director of operations, Morgan is responsible for organizing, influencing and executing planning efforts across all Mendoza Graduate Programs and non-degree academic sessions, including orientations, immersions and co-curricular activities. She oversees the MGP operations team that supports academic operations, student onboarding, and events and programming capacities. Some of her immediate objectives include clarifying and improving processes related to how the operations team functions and collaborates with other groups within Mendoza and across campus, as well as improving the processes related to course scheduling, student registration, new-student onboarding and orientation planning. The position reports to the dean.

Jim Otteson's new book, Seven Deadly Economic Sins: Obstacles to Prosperity and Happiness Every Citizen Should Know,  discusses common economic "sins" or fallacies that may seem intuitively compelling but often lead to waste, loss and forgone prosperity. The goal of the book is to not only explain the economic reasoning behind the fallacies but also to help us achieve the growing, widespread prosperity necessary for a flourishing and ultimately happier life. Jim is the John T. Ryan Jr. Professor of Business Ethics and the Rex and Alice A. Martin Faculty Director of the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership.

A paper by Marketing's Frank Germann entitled "Do Retailers Get Blamed When Manufacturer Brands Fail? Measurement of Multi-Loci Attributions and Spillover Effects" was accepted for publication in the Review of Marketing Research.

Sandra Vera Muñoz and co-authors presented their paper, "Climate Risk Materiality and Firm Risk," during the inaugural "SASB Alliance: Academic Series,” which took place virtually March 4-5. The global event was attended by academicians as well as practitioners from the Big 4 accounting firms, Moody's, Morningstar, Aon, Glass Lewis and others in the ESG investing and consulting industries.


Calm App

Notre Dame has partnered with Calm to provide free access to students, faculty, and staff through Jan. 31, 2022, to help them care for their emotional well-being. Calm provides tools to help users relax, focus, and rest, offering guided sessions on sleep, meditation and relaxation. Find information on how to access the app here.

Better Conversations Every Day (Coaching for Non-Supervisors)
Better culture and better performance starts with better conversations. While coaching skills are valuable at all levels on our organizational chart, this particular session gathers non-supervisors to build connections, share common challenges, and exchange best practices. Join colleagues from throughout campus for large-group discussions, breakout exercises, and relevant practice sessions.
Sessions include:
  • Mar. 23 & 24; 8:30 a.m. – noon both, days
  • May 5 & 6; 8:30 a.m. – noon, both days
  • June 16 & 17: 8:30 a.m. – noon, both days

Ivy Tech Learning at Work
The Ivy Tech Learning at Work program is a fully-funded benefit that offers an accelerated curriculum to enable regular full-and part-time staff to earn an Associate’s Degree in two years. Attend the upcoming virtual information session to find out how to earn an Associate Degree of Applied Science (AAS) in Business Administration or a Business Administration technical certificate from Ivy Tech for free while maintaining your work schedule. For more information, contact the askHR customer service center at or 631-5900.
Virtual Ivy Tech Information Session (classes begin Summer 2021): Thursday, March 25
2:00-3:00 p.m.; Online.
 Register here.

Reminder! New Masks

Just in time for the spring semester, the Faculty Support Center will be distributing three additional masks to all faculty and staff members.  Masks for faculty will be placed in their mailboxes. Staff members can pick theirs up directly from FSC when they are in the building.  The masks will be available after Wednesday (January 27). 

Staff Prayer Line
Rev. Jim Bracke, C.S.C., staff chaplain, has initiated a prayer line to support staff working on- and off-campus. All prayer requests are confidential and only accessible to Father Jim.

Around Campus

Lenten Food Drive
40 Boxes in 40 Days!
Faculty Support is hosting the Annual Lenten Food Drive. Even, though many of us are still working remotely, the need in our community is greater than ever. According to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph County, the need for food has increased by 45% since the pandemic began. Many people are out of work or have reduced hours and need assistance.
Bring nonperishable food items to the Faculty Support Center in Room 340 or place in the large donation box, which will be located in the atrium by the elevators after Thursday. You can also buy online from a retail outlet and have food delivered directly to the Faculty Support Center! 

Recently ND Works Weekly featured a Q&A with Mendoza alum Mike Brown '01, regional director of athletics advancement. Brown made his mark in the late 1990s as a Notre Dame leprechaun — the first Black leprechaun at the University. Recently Brown offered a FaithND Gospel Reflection in the context of Black History Month and as a member of the Notre Dame family. Read more at ND Works Weekly.

Fellowship Deadline Reminder & NDIAS Picnic
Reminder that the deadline to submit an application for a 2021-2022 Faculty Fellowship on resilience is Monday, October 5, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). For more information and to apply, please visit

Are you interested in an NDIAS Fellowship? Do you know someone who would be a good fit for next year's resilience program? Do you want to learn more about NDIAS or have programming ideas to share? Send us a message at! Or join director Meghan Sullivan, and Fellows on Tuesday, September 29 any time between 12-1 p.m. for an informal, socially distanced picnic on the library lawn. Bring your lunch, a chair or blanket, and look for the NDIAS.
September 28, 2020

Bridging the Divide Event Series
A new University of Notre Dame virtual event series will aim to promote understanding and civil dialogue ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.

Called Bridging the Divide, the series will take the form of weekly, one-hour interviews between a moderator and two to three panelists.

The first event in the series is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 30 (Wednesday) and is titled “Beyond Good Manners: Promoting Civil Discussion on Issues that Divide Us.” Experts from Notre Dame and Vanderbilt University in the areas of writing and rhetoric, cognition and cognitive neuroscience, and network science and machine learning will discuss the pervasiveness of false information in our current environment, how to protect oneself against it, and the importance of truthfulness and fact-based arguments in civil discourse.

The full schedule for the six-part series is as follows:

“Beyond Good Manners: Promoting Civil Discussion on Issues that Divide Us”
  • Live: Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. EDT
  • Rebroadcast: Thursday, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m. EDT
“Political Polarization in America”
  • Live: Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. EDT
  • Rebroadcast: Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 11 a.m. EDT
“Exploring Racial and Social Injustice and Inequality in America”
  • Live: Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. EDT
  • Rebroadcast: Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m. EDT
“The 19th Amendment and the Myth that All Women Vote the Same”
  • Live: Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. EDT
  • Rebroadcast: Thursday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m. EDT
“Civil Dialogue and Free Expression on College Campuses”
  • Live: Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. EDT
  • Rebroadcast: Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 11 a.m. EDT
“Reclaiming the Middle: Building Consensus in Government”
  • Live and Rebroadcast: TBD
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost in partnership with the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, Bridging the Divide is free and open to all members of the Notre Dame community as well as the public.

The series will be broadcast through the Notre Dame Alumni Association website ThinkND. Advance registration is required at
September 28, 2020

THRIVE! Lunch Pairings
The Thrive! Ambassadors will offer another round of Thrive! Lunch Pairings in October. Simply sign up by Friday, Oct. 2, and Thrive! will randomly pair you with a lunch partner from another division. Given the current circumstances, you and your lunch partner may choose to schedule your meeting via web conference. Please contact Jessica Schiller at or 631-7923 for more information.
September 28, 2020

Mendoza in the News

M&O's Ann Tenbrunsel weighed in on the ethics and motivation of people who sell scam COVID-19 products in a Los Angeles Times piece.

IT, Analytics and Operations professor Kaitlin Wowak was quoted by Market Watch in a piece about pharma company Merck aiding rival Johnson & Johnson with vaccine production.

Where traditional humanitarian efforts might call for aid, students in Wendy Angst's Innovation and Design Thinking class envision sustainable, human-centered solutions that could bring about lasting change. And, thanks to an anonymous donor, they have the opportunity to apply their classroom learning to the problem and implement and test their ideas.

The Observer covered the 24th annual Ethics Week presentations and discussions that focused on this year’s theme: Beginning with Empathy: Listening and Learning from Others.

BBC World quoted Finance's Jason Reed in a piece about the "dumbest theory" and the likelihood of market bubbles in the economy.


  • 16
    Apr. 2021
    10:40 AM - 12:10 PM

    Ten Years Hence 2021: Sarah Cook

    News, Fake News, and Deep Fakes. How Do We Know What’s True?

    Sarah Cook is Research Director for China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan at Freedom House. She directs the China Media Bulletin, a monthly digest in English and Chinese providing news and analysis on media freedom developments related to China. Cook is also the author of several Asian country reports for Freedom House’s annual publications, as well as four special reports about China: Beijing’s Global Megaphone (2020), The Battle for China’s Spirit (2017), The Politburo’s Predicament (2015), and The Long Shadow of Chinese Censorship (2013). 

    Her comments and writings have appeared on CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, and the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China.  

    Before joining Freedom House, Ms. Cook co-edited the English translation of A China More Just, a memoir by prominent rights attorney Gao Zhisheng, and was twice a delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Commission meeting in Geneva for an NGO working on religious freedom in China. 

    She received a B.A. in International Relations from Pomona College and as a Marshall Scholar, completed Master’s degrees in Politics and International Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

    Lectures are free and open to the public and Notre Dame community. ALL LECTURES WILL BE VIA ZOOM.  For registration information go here.

    The Ten Years Hence speaker series explores issues, ideas, and trends likely to affect business and society over the next decade. Students, faculty and the community use guest speaker comments as a springboard for structured speculation about emerging issues and the next ten years.

    Ten Years Hence is sponsored by the O’Brien-Smith Leadership Program made possible by a generous endowment from William H. O’Brien (ND ’40) and his wife, Dee.  The program is named after their respective parents. The O’Brien-Smith Program endowment provides an opportunity for students and faculty to interact with distinguished leaders from business, government, and non-profit sectors.

  • 30
    Apr. 2021
    10:40 AM - 12:10 PM

    Ten Years Hence 2021: The End of Privacy: How Intimacy Became Data, and How to Stop It

    News, Fake News, and Deep Fakes. How Do We Know What’s True?

    Danielle Citron is a legal scholar addressing the scourge of cyber harassment by raising awareness of the toll it takes on victims and proposing reforms to combat the most extreme forms of online abuse. While she has explored a range of privacy and digital rights issues over the course of her career, much of her work has centered on gender-based discrimination in online environments, where women are disproportionately targeted with threats of a violent and sexual nature.

    In her book, Hate Crimes in Cyberspace (2014), and a series of law review articles that informed it, Citron documents the significant harms caused by various types of cyber stalking, cyber mob attacks, and “revenge porn”—the nonconsensual publication and dissemination of intimate photos or videos, typically by a significant other seeking to humiliate a former partner. Because offensive content often appears at the top of internet search results for a victim’s name and includes email, home, or work addresses, the consequences for victims can include jeopardized employment, education, and housing opportunities; an inability to maintain an online presence; and compromised personal safety. Citron not only analyzes the social and legal structures that make it so difficult to curb cyber harassment but also reframes the issue as a violation of civil rights. She likens dismissive attitudes about the gravity of its harms to similar views from the 1970s about sexual harassment in the workplace. Citron has proposed a variety of pathways for reform both through her scholarly publications and in the broader public realm. She has advised state attorneys general and legislators in efforts to criminalize nonconsensual pornography under existing statutes against stalking and harassment and has worked with technology companies to update safety and privacy policies. Mindful of concerns that an overly broad reaction to cyber harassment would infringe on constitutional protections of free speech, her proposals are characterized by clear distinctions that fit criminal penalties and invasion of privacy claims within the contours of the First Amendment.

    More recently, she has expanded the scope of her work to explore the concept of sexual privacy as a distinct privacy interest that warrants recognition and protection and is foundational to human dignity. Citron’s respect for speech rights and persuasive articulation of the civil rights of harassment victims are spurring legal scholars, lawmakers, tech companies, and the public to view in a new light what many have simply accepted as the inevitable dark side of our digital age.

    Danielle Citron received a BA (1990) from Duke University and a JD (1994) from Fordham University School of Law. In 2019, she joined the faculty of Boston University School of Law as a professor of law. She taught previously at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law (2004–2019), where she was the Morton and Sophia Macht Professor of Law. She is an affiliate scholar at the Stanford Center on Internet and Society, an affiliate fellow at the Yale Information Society Project, a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard Law School and a senior fellow at the Future of Privacy Forum. She is also the vice president of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative and serves on Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council and Facebook’s Nonconsensual Intimate Imagery Task Force. Her publications have appeared in such journals as Yale Law Journal, Boston University Law Review, Michigan Law Review, and Notre Dame Law Review, among others.

    Lectures are free and open to the public and Notre Dame community. ALL LECTURES WILL BE VIA ZOOM.  For registration information go here.

    The Ten Years Hence speaker series explores issues, ideas, and trends likely to affect business and society over the next decade. Students, faculty and the community use guest speaker comments as a springboard for structured speculation about emerging issues and the next ten years.

    Ten Years Hence is sponsored by the O’Brien-Smith Leadership Program made possible by a generous endowment from William H. O’Brien (ND ’40) and his wife, Dee.  The program is named after their respective parents. The O’Brien-Smith Program endowment provides an opportunity for students and faculty to interact with distinguished leaders from business, government, and non-profit sectors.

Mendoza IT

Tech Tips

Google Scholar

Citation analysis is being monitored more in the academic profession as a measure of impact. By creating a Google Scholar Profile (leave it public, which is the default) you can increase the accessibility of your research and have immediate access to h-statistics and other impact metrics.

February 3, 2020

ND Google Shortcuts

Did you know there are shortcuts to log in to your ND Gmail and other Google services? If you visit you are taken directly to Google Drive, or to the login page if you are not already logged in. You can also skip logging in to insideND or visiting by going directly to for Gmail. You can also go directly to Google Calendar by visiting

February 3, 2020

Manage When Participants Join Zoom

If you enable Waiting Room in your Zoom settings, you can manage when new attendees are able to join a meeting from the list of Participants. When these tools are enabled, the option to allow attendees to join the meeting before the host arrives is automatically disabled.

February 3, 2020

Window Snapping

In Windows, you can drag a window to the left or right edge of your screen to make it fill one half of the screen, or drag to the top of the screen to maximize the window. View two windows side by side quickly and easily. You can also press the Windows key + left or right arrow to make the active window fill the left or right side of the screen.

Minimize All Windows

Sometimes you have a bunch of applications running, and you want it all to go away so you can get to the desktop. Simply pressing Windows key + D will minimize everything you have up, which will save you some time pressing the minimize button for each window. To bring everything back, press the Windows key + D again to restore your windows. 

Speak-Up Culture

As the College adapts and innovates in the face of change, your voice matters more than ever, and the ND Voice Engagement Committee wants to help you use it. Each week we will highlight a resource to inspire you, challenge you, and help you speak up and/or listen up more effectively.

This week: 

Diversity & Inclusion

"As a community and as individuals," Dean Cremers wrote in June 2020, "we must do better in addressing issues of racial justice, diversity and inclusion, based on the universal and inviolable human principle of the inherent dignity of every person." Mendoza will curate and share resources to help guide our work here.

This week:

A full list of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion resources is available here.