Student Affairs E-newsletter: Aug. 4, 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.  

This e-newsletter is an opportunity for both Division departments and other campus partners to share news and information with students. You can expect these e-newsletters every Tuesday, though not every department will be represented each week. For questions or concerns, please email

HERE This Week

Each week, the University will release a series of experiential videos outlining what students can expect HERE on campus this fall. Be sure and check out the following videos that address everything from the residential and dining hall experience to on-campus testing and what’s included in your welcome back package. 

Additionally, 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. 

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

Opening of the Academic Year Mass

Students are invited to mark the opening of the 2020-21 academic year with a special Mass in Notre Dame Stadium this Sunday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. 

In collaboration with the St. Joseph County Health Department, attendance is by assigned seat only and a ticket must be reserved in advance. Click here to reserve your ticket by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7. Your digital ticket will arrive via email at 10 a.m. on Sunday and will include your assigned entrance time, gate, and seat to assure appropriate physical distancing. Seats will be assigned by household, and students will be able to provide their on-campus residence hall room number or off-campus street address in the registration form.

A limited number of physical tickets will be available upon arrival at the Guest Services Kiosks outside Gate A and Gate B prior to Mass. If you have any questions, please contact  

Health and Wellness Resources

A multidisciplinary team of providers, patient advocates, and professional caregivers, University Health Services (UHS) is committed to providing and promoting services to meet the health care needs of all Notre Dame students.

  • 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 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please call 574-631-7497.
  • All students may call 24 hours a day 7 days a week for a consultation.

The University Counseling Center (UCC) offers a broad range of services to all currently enrolled and degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students. Services include individual and group counseling, 24-hour crisis services, referrals to off-campus resources, and psycho-educational programming. All services are free of charge and confidential.

  • Drop-in Zoom and in-person sessions are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 574-631-7336 to schedule.
  • Call 574-631-7336 prior to in-person appointments in St. Liam Hall, and enter through the Well Door on the southeast entrance of the building.
  • The 24/7 Helpline, 574-631-TALK, is available for students to speak with a counselor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Center for Student Support and Care is dedicated to providing Notre Dame students with comprehensive, individualized care to ensure academic and social success both in and outside the classroom. Comprised of both the Care and Wellness Consultants and the Sara Bea Center for Student Accessibility Services, the primary goal of the Center is to serve as a resource and advocate for students with complex needs. In this capacity, the Center acts as a bridge between these students and the wider University, connecting them to campus resources and accommodations.

The McDonald Center for Student Well-Being (McWell) offers tools, resources, and activities that support multiple dimensions of well-being including emotional, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, environmental, and spiritual well-being. Through health promotion and a variety of programming opportunities, McWell embraces the University’s aspiration as a Holy Cross institution to educate the whole person and help students be the best version of themselves. 

This fall, McWell, in collaboration with its GROW peer educators, is preparing for a phenomenal semester to promote your holistic well-being. New this year, McWell will be open until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday with restorative spaces available by reservation only. Subscribe to the Well-Connected newsletter to get the latest on campus and community events each week. Additionally, begin your the semester with the Koru mindfulness course, or submit a mini-grant application for financial assistance to help plan your own event. Be sure to head to the McWell website for additional well-being resources and follow @McWellND.

Staying active outside the classroom is important to your college experience. RecSports seeks to enhance the overall Notre Dame experience by providing recreational and educational opportunities for transformative lifestyles.

RecSports facilities reopened to the Notre Dame community yesterday. Click here for more information on safety measures in place to help keep you safe while enjoying the facilities.

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry is to the University what a parish is to a community. We hope to encourage students’ commitment to their faith, regardless of denomination, faith tradition, or level of education at the University. 

There are many ways to get involved with Campus Ministry even if you've never been involved before. Tell us what your interests are by completing this form and we will be in touch to share the many great opportunities Campus Ministry offers to help you grow in your faith on campus and beyond!

Audition for the ChoraleFolk ChoirGlee ClubLiturgical Choir, and Magnificat Choir (formerly known as the Women’s Liturgical Choir) virtually by submitting a pre-recorded audition video. Visit to learn more and submit your audition video by Saturday, Aug. 8 at 1 p.m.

Compass Small Groups is a peer ministry that cultivates supportive and courageous faith-based, small-group communities that help students discern and navigate their life and faith at Notre Dame. Deepen your relationship with God and form lasting relationships with others as you journey together through life in college. Sign up here.

Multicultural Ministry is where students celebrate the intersection of their cultural identity with their spirituality. We meet students where they are, celebrate culture, and provide catechetical experiences rooted in heritage.

First Year students are invited to attend an upcoming retreat:

Career Development

Career development is more than just finding a job after earning your degree.

Located on the 5th floor of the Duncan Student Center in the largest centralized career center in higher education, the Meruelo Family Center for Career Development supports students in all stages of the career development process. This year, we've made some changes to best support your career needs. 



  • Learning Labs are virtual small group (10 participants total) appointments offered weekly. All Discerning Your Career Learning Labs will be held in person.

    • Participants will be required to wear masks and sit in assigned seats to maintain appropriate physical distancing.

  • All Workshops will be conducted virtually through Zoom, and students will be able to register for events using the Handshake Events module



To view employers participating in the Virtual Fall Career Fair, please visit Handshake.

Instructions on how to sign-up for meeting times will be sent the week of August 17.

Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center at Beichner Hall (FRC) serves as a 'home away from home' for Notre Dame students who are married, parenting, and/or pregnant. Through the Family Resource Center, you will find pregnancy support services, social programs, married student coffee hours, activities for children, and educational programming. We serve all students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional) regardless of your year of study or major. For more information, please contact us at

Additional Information

Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore offers three ways to shop for your books this academic year: 

  • Order early and ship to your home or residence hall.
  • Order online and pick up at the bookstore.
  • Shop in the store - physical distancing measures are in place and supplies are on the first floor for easy access.

Students can return items to the bookstore up to two weeks after classes begin.

Campus shuttle service will operate Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and will run every 10-15 minutes. Cardinal Buses will continue to provide shuttle service and, new this fall, Transportation Services will provide University-operated vans to complement Cardinal’s service. One of three routes has been discontinued. Read more here.