Student Affairs E-newsletter: April 23, 2024

Author: Kate Morgan

Support, Resources, and Programming

The Division of Student Affairs aspires to serve as a trusted resource, helping to connect students with information regarding health, development, faith, residential life, extracurricular interests, and future endeavors. For questions or concerns, please email

Office of the President

Thursday, April 25, Mass: 5:15 p.m., Basilica of the Sacred Heart; Picnic: 6:15 p.m., South Quad; Pizza and Fireworks: 8:30 p.m., South Quad
Students are invited to join University President, Fr. John Jenkins, C.S.C., for a festive evening of food, fellowship, and fireworks! As he prepares to step down as president, this gathering is Fr. Jenkins’ way of thanking students for the many ways you have supported and inspired him during his 19 years as Notre Dame’s leader. Both North and South Dining Halls will offer special celebratory picnic menus. Pick up your meal in either dining hall and enjoy on South Quad! Please note that a Notre Dame ID will be required to be served food.

Gender Relations Center (GRC)

Firestarters are peer educators within the GRC who create programs and events in four main areas: healthy relationships, gender equity and intersectionality, LGBTQ initiatives, and healthy masculinity. Firestarters are expected to commit two to five hours of their time per week and will receive $200 in compensation. Alternative options are available for those without work authorization. Click here to apply.

Wednesday, April 24, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Senior Fellows Lounge, Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Second Floor of LaFortune Student Center)
Join the GRC Firestarters Healthy Relationships group this Wednesday to learn about how to foster healthy competition in your relationships. We will play Nintendo Switch, offer an array of board and card games, and enjoy a dessert bar.

Tuesday, April 30, 5:45 - 7 p.m., Duncan Student Center, Room 246
Building off the success of our first "Men Talking" dialogue in February, grab some Franky's Tacos and listen to Fr. Pete McCormick, C.S.C. (Assistant Vice President for Campus Ministry and former rector of Keough Hall), Rev. Eric Schimmel, C.S.C. (current rector of Dunne Hall), and Dan Driscoll (current rector of Sorin Hall) discuss how to build healthy communities in men’s residence halls and across campus. 

Campus Ministry

Monday - Thursday, 5 - 7 p.m., Coleman-Morse Center, Room 113
The end of the semester brings much with it. From the joy of Easter to transitions to finals, there is a lot happening. Do you need to talk about anything stirring in your heart? Might it help to share some of the burden with a kind ear? Utilize the gifts of Campus Ministry staff members, their presence, and the presence of a God who loves you by stopping by drop-in hours. We are delighted to listen and accompany you along the way. Students may also request a different time to meet here.

Student Health and Wellness Unit

Exams can be stressful. Take time for yourself as you prepare by utilizing TimelyCare, a free online tool that provides 24/7 access to digital self-care tools and resources. The goal of TimelyCare is to help students begin health and well-being conversations earlier, get treated faster, and ensure student healthcare is positively impacting student engagement and retention. Click here to get started. Use your Notre Dame email address to register, then enter your personal profile information. 

McDonald Center for Student Well-Being (McWell)

Friday, April 26, 2 - 4:30 p.m., Raclin Murphy Museum of Art Patio Area
Join McWell and the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art to cultivate connection through art. This Friday, explore the sculpture gardens, paint with watercolors, hang out in the hammocks, and connect with others before reading days and final exams. Insomnia cookies, fruit, and tea will be provided.

Finals will be here before we know it. Looking for a way to get organized and prepared? Check out McWell’s Exam Planner here

University Health Services (UHS)

Developing good study habits is crucial for effective learning and academic success. A few tips to remember:

- Create a designated study space. Find a quiet, well-lit area where you can concentrate without distractions. Keep your space organized and equipped with what you need to effectively study.
- Establish a routine. Set a consistent study schedule and stick to it. This helps to train your brain to focus during specific times and ensures regular study sessions.
- Divide tasks into smaller chunks. Break down large tasks or subjects into smaller, manageable parts. This makes it easier to stay focused and motivated.
- Set a specific goal. Define clear, achievable goals for each study session. Having those goals keeps you motivated and on track.
- Use effective study techniques. Experiment with different study methods to find what works best for you.
- Take breaks often. Utilize short breaks during study sessions to rest and recharge.
- Stay organized. Keep track of assignments, deadlines, and study materials using planners, calendars, or digital apps. Organization reduces stress and helps you stay on top of your workload.
- Stay hydrated and eat healthy. Drink plenty of water and eat nutritious foods to fuel your brain and body. Avoid excessive caffeine and sugary snacks as they can lead to energy crashes and decreased focus.
- Get enough sleep. Aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to support cognitive function and memory. Prioritize sleep and avoid pulling all-nighters as lack of sleep can impair learning and academic performance.
- Stay physically active. Incorporate regular exercise into your routine to reduce stress, improve mood, and boost cognitive function. Even a short walk or quick workout can increase productivity.
- Seek support when you need it. Don’t hesitate to reach out to teachers, tutors, or classmates if you’re struggling with a concept or assignment. Asking for help when needed is a sign of strength, not weakness.
- Practice self-care. Take time to relax and engage in activities you enjoy outside of studying. Balancing academics with hobbies and socializing promotes overall well-being and prevents burnouts.