Student Affairs E-newsletter: Aug. 25, 2020

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

HERE This Week

Our success as a community depends on everyone adhering to health and safety practices. We must also hold one another accountable. This starts with grace and understanding, and recognizing that these are new habits for all of us. It also involves being an active bystander by kindly reminding your peers to comply. Emphasize that adopting these practices protects us all.

Any member of the campus community can share concerns about individuals engaged in unsafe practices by using this form. The relevant University office will follow up on these reports promptly.

Students who have questions or concerns related to testing, the daily health check, contact tracing, quarantine and isolation, or any other University resources or protocols can also call the 24/7 CRU hotline at 574-634-HERE or email

Students are encouraged to participate in a live Instagram Q&A every Tuesday and Friday. A question sticker will be posted to the Notre Dame Instagram story in the morning and staff will continue to respond to your questions all day. 

Air Conditioned Spaces

Anticipating significant warm weather this week, the University has identified a number of air conditioned spaces for students living on campus to study and participate in class virtually. 

  • South Dining Hall
    • West Wing
      • Quiet study: Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
      • Informal gathering: Monday - Friday: 2 p.m. - 12 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. - 12 a.m.
    • East Wing
      • Informal gathering: Monday - Sunday: 9 p.m. - 12 a.m.
  • North Dining Hall
    • Southern Area
      • Quiet study: Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
      • Informal gathering: Monday - Friday: 2 - 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 24 hours
    • Northern Area
      • Quiet Study: Monday - Friday:8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
      • Informal gathering: Monday - Friday: 2 -9 p.m.
  • Hesburgh Library (until Wednesday, Sept. 2)
    • Sunday, 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Monday - Thursday, 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Duncan Student Center, First and Second Floors
    • Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Duncan Student Center, Fifth Floor
    • Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Noon - 10 p.m.
  • LaFortune Student Center 
    • Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. 

While the spaces above have been available since the beginning of the semester, the following spaces are now open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Tuesday, Sept.1. We ask that first priority of the new spaces be given to students living in residence halls without air conditioning.

  • Joyce Center, Purcell Pavilion Arena and Monogram Room (Please enter Gate 1)
  • Dahnke Ballroom, 8th floor Duncan Student Center
  • Smith Ballroom in the Morris Inn

Ambassadors will be present in each of these areas to help assure compliance with mask-wearing and safe distancing. Students are asked to sit where indicated by the HERE decals and should use earphones while listening during online classes so as not to disrupt others.

Navigating the COVID-19 Experience

Students are invited to participate in a series of workshops co-sponsored by Residential Life and the University Counseling Center to address the many personal impacts of COVID-19. All virtual sessions are held in a safe space where students can process their reactions and support each other in this “new normal." 

Students are welcome to attend one session or several. All workshops are held on Zoom. Simply sign up here one hour before each workshop to gain access to the Zoom meeting link, which will be emailed to you.  

All sessions continue weekly:

  • Sundays, 4 - 5 p.m. Facilitated by Zack Imfeld, Rector of Morrissey Hall
  • Mondays, 9 - 10 a.m. Facilitated by Sara Thoms, Rector of Fischer Graduate Residences
  • Tuesdays, 4 - 5 p.m. Facilitated by Jay Verzosa, Rector of Alumni Hall
  • Tuesdays, 9 - 10 p.m. Facilitated by Dcn. Robert Lisowski, C.S.C., Rector of Baumer Hall
  • Wednesdays, 7 - 8 p.m. Facilitated by Amanda Springstead, Rector of Johnson Family Hall
  • Thursdays, 4 - 5 p.m. Facilitated by Sr. Susan Sisko, OSBM, Rector of Badin Hall

Health and Wellness Resources


  • Staff are available 7 days a week by appointments only: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please call 574-631-7497.
  • All students may call 24 hours a day 7 days a week for a consultation.
  • Learn more at


  • Drop-in Zoom sessions are available Monday through Friday. Call 574-631-7336 to schedule.
  • The 24/7 Helpline, 574-631-TALK, is available for students to speak with a counselor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Learn more at


  • Care and Wellness Consultants and Sara Bea Accessibility Services are available for Zoom appointments from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
  • Appointments for initial conversations with a Care and Wellness Consultant can be scheduled at
  • For questions regarding accommodations or registering with Sara Bea, please visit
  • For consultation regarding a student, please call 574-631-7833.


  • In an effort to learn more about how to best support our students' well-being, the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being (McWell) invites students of all backgrounds and experiences to share thoughts through a listening session moderated by the Health and Wellness Senior Fellows and GROW Peer Ambassadors Please express interest here, and someone will follow up in the near future. 
  • McWell has a variety of worksheets available in the Transition to Online Learning toolkit to help you adapt to changing circumstances, build resilience, and support your well-being. Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments. 
  • Daily Virtual Mindfulness Courses. Change can be hard and our current circumstances may be stressful. We invite you to drop into the following virtual sessions for mindful moments that can help you cope and thrive. Use this Zoom meeting link to join one of more of the following sessions:
    • Wednesday, Aug. 26, 12:30 p.m.: Megan Brown, McWell - Full Body Scan for relaxation and improving sleep
    • Thursday, Aug. 27, 11:30 a.m.: Yvette Rodriguez, Multicultural Student Programs and Services - Gatha Meditation for focus and grounding
    • Friday, Aug. 28, 3 p.m.: Mara Trionfero Lucas, McWell - Loving Kindness Meditation for increasing compassion and positive emotion
  • The Koru Mindfulness course launches this week with several virtual sessions designed to provide a deeper dive into mindfulness. Koru is a nationally-known, evidence-based mindfulness program developed specifically for college students by experts at Duke University. By joining Koru for free, you'll commit to four 75-minute sessions that take place once per week for four consecutive weeks and learn a variety of mindfulness skills. Visit the McWell website to learn more and to sign up.

Looking to stay active this week? Your favorite RecSports group fitness classes have gone virtual! Whether in your room or while physically distanced outside, take a class from wherever you may be. Click here for more information and to register.

A variety of freebie group fitness classes are also available to you this weekend. WERQ® it out or distress with Yoga Steve in Power Yoga Flow. Click here to learn more.

Career Development

This year’s virtual Fall Career Fair Week will be held Friday, Sept. 11 through Thursday, Sept. 17 to provide flexibility for students and employers to meet in both traditional large fair settings and at smaller events.

Students from all class years and all academic majors are able to meet with employers of all sizes across all industries promoting full-time employment, internship, and other career opportunities. Currently, 100 employers are signed-up to participate in the Virtual Fall Career Fair. To view an entire list of employers, please visit Handshake.

The Meruelo Family Center for Career Development has collaborated with campus partners to conduct networking events for specific areas throughout the week. Virtual Fall Career Fair Week events include:

Friday, September 11

  • Arts and Letters Career Fair Panel and Networking Event: Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Monday, September 14

  • Engineering Industry Networking Event: 4 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Careers in Corporate Finance/Accounting Alumni Panel: 6 - 7 p.m.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Networking Event: 7:45 - 9:45 p.m.

Tuesday, September 15

  • Graduate Student Networking Event: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Fall Career Fair: 4 - 8 p.m.

Wednesday, September 16

  • Student-Athlete Networking Event 8 - 9 p.m.
  • ITAO (Business Technology and Analytics) Career Connect: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 17

  • Marketing Meet the Firms: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Prepare for the Virtual Career Fair with the following sessions:

Notre Dame Band

The University of Notre Dame Band program is proud of its 175-year history as America's oldest collegiate band in continuous existence. Our Band welcomes students from all musical backgrounds and majors: of the more than 450 students in our entire program, fewer than 2% major in music. Additionally, students come to the Band having had experiences ranging from competitive musical performance to little or no band involvement in high school. With 3 concert bands, 3 jazz bands, 3 varsity pep bands, and 9 section ensembles (in addition to the "Band of the Fighting Irish" Marching Band), we are one of the nation's largest and most comprehensive band programs. We invite any and all students to join our family! Please email for more information and to get involved. 

Be sure and also check out the health and safety practices put into place by the Band of the Fighting Irish here!