Student Affairs E-newsletter: Aug. 30, 2022

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

Speak Up

The University of Notre Dame is deeply committed to ensuring students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds can succeed. Here, we strive to foster an inclusive campus environment that embraces the talents and achievements of all individuals regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, age, or genetic information.

The University encourages students, faculty, and staff to report all incidents of bias, discrimination, and/or harassment so that the University can take appropriate action to assist the students, faculty, and/or staff involved and improve the campus climate. The course of action taken by the University will depend on the facts and circumstances of each report. 

Use the Speak Up online form to report an issue or incident to the University administration.

Connecting with Fr. Gerry

This semester, Fr. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C., Vice President for Student Affairs, will provide the following informal opportunities for students to meet with him at their convenience. 

Students are invited to meet with Fr. Gerry during student office hours from 9 to 10 a.m. in 316 Main Building every Wednesday starting Sept. 7. Please either stop by to chat individually on a first-come, first-served basis or complete this form if you’d like to request another date and time.

Students, either individually or as a group, are invited to meet, connect, and share ideas with Fr. Gerry every other week near the fireplace on the first floor of Duncan Student Center. These fireside chats will be held during lunch from 12 to 1 p.m. Simply stop by as your schedule allows on any of the following days:

  • Monday, Sept. 12
  • Wednesday, Sept. 28
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25
  • Monday, Nov. 7
  • Monday, Nov. 21
  • Monday, Dec. 5

Student Activities Office (SAO)

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 7 - 10 p.m., Notre Dame Stadium Concourse
Due to inclement weather, Activities Night, which was previously scheduled for last night, will take place tonight in the Notre Dame Stadium Concourse. Network, make new friends, and enjoy special surprises and giveaways at this premiere student group recruitment event. For questions or additional information, please contact SAO at or 574-631-7308. 

Thursday, Sept. 1, 9 - 11 p.m., LaFortune Student Center
Students are invited to visit the LaFortune Student Center this Thursday to tour the offices, become better acquainted with the resources in the building, enjoy free food, and participate in fun activities like the ND Egg Hunt to win prizes. Plus, don't miss out on great giveaways!

Friday, Sept. 2, 9 - 11 p.m., Library Lawn
Show off your Stranger Things knowledge at trivia night this Friday on Library Lawn. There will be prizes for the top three winners and several giveaways for those who attend. Not a trivia fan? Stop by to enjoy something from the food trucks.

Student Health and Wellness

The Student Health and Wellness Interactive Wellness Tool is a new online platform designed to help Notre Dame students identify campus resources that best address their individual needs. Through the tool, students can search for resources based on a variety of topics such as physical illness, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and time management. Simply visit to access the Interactive Wellness Tool and receive additional guidance on where to go for help. All entries are completely anonymous.

The Division of Student Affairs has partnered with Hallow, a Catholic prayer and meditation app, to provide students in the Notre Dame community a personal resource to deepen their relationship with God and strengthen their mental health. Through this new partnership, current Notre Dame students receive free access to Hallow Plus, Hallow’s premium subscription service, and its expansive library of faith-based prayer, meditation, sleep, and music content. To learn more and sign up for your free account, please click here.

If you already have a Hallow subscription, simply add the following promo code to your current account: unotredamestudents22-23. Or, for help adding a promo code, please reference this thread. Still need help? Email


All Group Fitness and F.A.S.T. classes are FREE through today, Tuesday, Aug. 30. Visit for more information and the most up-to-date class schedule.

McDonald for Student Well-Being (McWell)

Friday, Sept. 2, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., North Quad; rain location, LaFortune Ballroom
Learn about the many health and wellness resources available at Notre Dame at the 2022 Health & Wellness Expo. Kick off the academic year with an afternoon of food, games, and prizes sponsored by McWell, Active Minds, and Student Government.

University Counseling Center (UCC)

Virtual, Sign up by Monday, Sept. 5
This Fall, the UCC will continue to offer the Innsightful, 10-week Emotional Wellness Program to interested students FREE of charge. The Innsightful program helps students learn skills to better manage their emotions and improve their well-being, and includes a weekly virtual psychoeducational group, mental health coaching, and access to psychoeducational materials. The program has been demonstrated to increase emotional connection with others, engagement, and feelings of belonging, as well as initiative and motivation.

Interested students can sign-up to participate directly on the Innsightful website using their Notre Dame email address and the coupon code “FreeNotreDame”. Innsightful will form small psychoeducational support groups based on the availability students provide at registration. Graduate and undergraduate students are placed in separate groups. All groups will begin the week of September 12 and run for 10 weeks, concluding by the end of the semester.

Do you feel disconnected from others or lonely? Have you ever wondered how you could create more fulfilling relationships? Are you interested in learning more about yourself and others? Group counseling can help. The support and feedback provided by fellow group members can be an invaluable way to create deeper, more meaningful relationships. The connections cultivated and the content discussed in group counseling can also help lessen anxiety, depression, and loneliness. For more information, please click here.

Every Friday in September: Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, Duncan W134 (the workshop on Sept. 30 will be held in W106)
Mindfulness and acceptance skills help us to relate to our stressful thoughts and feelings and avoid unnecessary suffering to be able to focus more on what matters. Students are invited to attend the September workshop series to learn more. 

Recognized student clubs, organizations, and residence halls are invited to request members of UCC staff attend a meeting to discuss one of the following topics:

  • Let's Talk about Mental Health: A facilitated 1 to 1.5 hour discussion about student pressures and resources.
  • Mindfulness Skills for Navigating Stress: A 1 hour introduction to mindfulness skills.
  • Challenging Toxic Norms: A facilitated 1 to 1.5 hour discussion about campus norms and what we can do. 

To submit a request form, please click here.

Gender Relations Center (GRC)

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 5 - 7 p.m., Library Lawn
The GRC and PrismND invite students to kick off the year with food trucks, lawn games, and good company. Co-sponsored by Notre Dame Student Government and Graduate Student Government. All are welcome to attend. 

Thursday, Sept. 1, 1 p.m., Fieldhouse Mall
Join the GRC for free fro-yo and fellowship. The event will continue while supplies last!

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 7 - 8 p.m. (first showing); 8:45 - 9:45 p.m. (second showing), Washington Hall
Moreau First Year Experience Extra Credit Opportunity! Join the GRC for “Can I Kiss you?” by Mike Domitrz, an emotionally honest, challenging, humorous presentation on healthy dating, consent, bystander intervention, sexual assault awareness, and support for sexual assault survivors. Free tickets are available for pickup at the LaFortune Student Center Information Desk & Box Office. Visit for more information.

Campus Ministry

Are you looking for ways to grow in your spiritual life or deepen your relationship with Jesus? Would you like to talk about what's going on in your life or how you're navigating some of the challenging circumstances of our world? A campus minister will be available every Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. in 113 Coleman-Morse (across from the marble ball) to listen, offer guidance, and share the wisdom and hope our faith provides. No appointment necessary, just drop in! Learn more about Need To Talk?

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Coleman-Morse First Floor Lounge
First-year students of all faith traditions and walks of life are invited to gather in small groups to reflect, pray, and discern where God is moving in their lives. In addition to weekly small group meetings, Compass hosts monthly events that focus on spirituality, service, and community building. To receive additional information, please complete this form.

Sign up by Tuesday, Sept. 6
Are you interested in serving the marginalized in our South Bend community? Do you want to grow in your faith and/or develop your understanding of social justice? Consider signing up for Mercy Works, a program that includes weekly service in South Bend, thoughtful reflection, community, and free food. The minimum commitment is only six weeks. Learn more and sign up here. For questions, please email Becky Czarnecki.  

Sept. 30 - Oct. 1
The Connect Retreat is a 24-hour retreat for all first-year students to make friends and find a home in the Notre Dame community. Connect exists to welcome incoming students, foster meaningful friendships, and offer a clear invitation to connect with both God and your peers. It is a space where all spiritual journeys, faith traditions, and questions are welcome. This exciting retreat is where your Notre Dame experience doesn’t just start, it deepens! Click here to learn more and register. 

Friday, Sept. 2, 7:30 - 9 p.m., Siegfried Hall Chapel
All are invited to the first EXALT Adoration and Reconciliation of the semester. This Friday, Fr. Pete McCormick, C.S.C., director of Campus Ministry, will offer a brief reflection on the Eucharistic Revival, followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, music from Totus Tuus, and Reconciliation during our night of prayer and worship. For future updates from EXALT, please submit this form.  

Daily Adoration will take place in the Coleman-Morse Center Chapel every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please consider signing up for a regular time this semester (click here), though you are always welcome to stop by the chapel and pray before the Blessed Sacrament. For more information, email Brett Perkins.