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Karen Kennedy appointed associate vice president for residential life

Author: Kate Morgan

Karen Kennedy, senior advisor in the Office of the Executive Vice President at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed associate vice president for residential life in the Division of Student Affairs, effective spring 2024.

In this role, Kennedy will oversee all established and emerging areas of the Office of Residential Life

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Attending to Your Wellness

Author: Rev. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C.

Dear Students,

I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving break and found the time for rest and renewal. Whether you spent the break on campus or elsewhere, please know you and your loved ones were in my prayers.
As we near the end of the fall semester, I write to simply remind you about the importance of caring for yourselves and one another. I know very well that when life gets full it can be difficult to prioritize our physical and mental health, but it’s also at times like these when caring for our well-being is most essential.

If you are looking for support in this regard, I encourage you to start by assessing your current wellness needs using the Step Care Model

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Residential Life Master Plan Update

Author: Rev. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C.

Dear Undergraduate Students,

As you know, residential life continues to be one of the most distinctive components of a Notre Dame undergraduate education, with the hall communities creating the basis for many of your spiritual, social, service, and athletic experiences.

While the most important aspect of our residence hall communities continues to be the people who reside within them, the buildings themselves remain integral to supporting our students’ ability to experience personal growth and form valuable connections among one another. …

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New Investment in On-site Child Care

Author: Rev. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C.

Dear Graduate and Professional Students,

We hope this message finds you well as you settle into the fall semester.
As part of the University's commitment to provide work and life benefits to meet the needs of our parenting students, we write to share important news regarding enhancements to child care at Notre Dame.

Building on the recommendations by a faculty and staff committee convened to look at child care assistance opportunities, we are delighted to announce that we will break ground next year on a new on-site facility to provide child care for faculty, staff, and students with children who are between the ages of 6 weeks and 3 years old. We are partnering with KinderCare, the nation’s largest child care and early education provider, to operate the new facility, which will be located on the north edge of campus near White Field, adjacent to Beichner Hall, home to the Family Resource Center

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Engaging with One Another; Engaging with Difference

Author: Rev. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C.

Dear Students,

I hope this message finds you well as you prepare for your first day of classes following summer break! I have appreciated hearing from so many of you about your summer experiences these last few months, and I look forward to gathering with you tomorrow evening to celebrate the annual Opening of the Academic Year Mass

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The Discontinuance of Interhall Tackle Football

Author: Rev. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C.

Dear Students,

As you know, interhall sports are a storied tradition at Notre Dame and an important component for how the University seeks to foster positive social interactions, create healthy opportunities, and contribute to the overall experience of community, personal development, and well-being in the residence halls our undergraduate students call home.…

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Reflections on the Year

Author: Rev. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C.

Dear Students,

I hope this message finds you well as you enter into reading days and prepare for your last exams of the semester. Congratulations as we approach the end of a wonderful year! 

In my messages to you this year, I invited us all to focus our attention on reflection in community, a theme I hoped would help us to grow both in our self-understanding and in our relationships with one another and with God. From one-on-one conversations to large group discussions, student retreats and residence hall events, I’m encouraged by the many ways you sought to incorporate this idea into your campus activities. I’m also inspired not only by your willingness to engage this theme in your interactions with one another, but for taking the time to discuss your thoughts, ideas, and personal experiences with me whether in more formal meetings or during my office hours and Fireside Chats. 

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