Student Affairs E-newsletter: August 22, 2023

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

Opening of the Academic Year Mass

All students are warmly invited to gather tonight at 5:15 p.m. for the Opening of the Academic Year Mass in the Purcell Pavilion. Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., University President, will serve as presider and homilist. This annual gathering is a Notre Dame tradition, and offers an opportunity for our campus community to ask God’s blessing on the year ahead. All are welcome!

Following Mass:
  • All undergraduate students, regardless of meal plan, are invited to gather for a picnic-themed dinner in North or South Dining Hall. Student IDs will be required.
  • Graduate and professional students and their families are invited to gather at Bond Quad. Complimentary food will be provided from campus and local eateries until 8:30 p.m. Wristbands will be distributed immediately following Mass in Purcell Pavilion's Heritage Hall or available upon check-in at Bond Quad for those unable to attend Mass. Student ID's will be required.
More details are available at

Campus Ministry

Wednesday, August 23, 7 - 9 p.m., South Quad
Students are encouraged to join Campus Ministry and a variety of faith-based student groups for the annual Feed Your Faith event tomorrow. This is a chance for students to learn more about the many opportunities to grow in their faith while on campus. Free food tickets and T-shirts will be distributed at check-in.

Thursday, August 24, 5 - 6 p.m., 316 Coleman-Morse Center
Join a team of undergraduate student leaders to create opportunities for campus community members to engage with the intersection between the Catholic faith and a call to social justice. This group will meet regularly to learn, plan, and dream together. RSVP to Becky Czarnecki to join the first meeting this Thursday, or to learn more about getting involved.

Thursday, August 24, 7 p.m. OR Sunday, August 27, 2 p.m., 330 Coleman-Morse Center
If you are interested in learning more about becoming Catholic or getting confirmed at Notre Dame, join Campus Ministry for one of two information sessions. For more information, please email Brett Perkins.

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? Beginning Monday, August 28, 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? here.

McDonald Center for Student Well-Being (McWell)

Thursday, August 31, 1 - 3 p.m., Fieldhouse Mall
Take steps towards wellness at the 2023 Health and Wellness Expo, the perfect way to meet and learn about the many health and wellness resources available at Notre Dame. Kick off the school year with an afternoon of fresh fruit, games, and prizes sponsored by McWell, Active Minds, Student Government, and much more!

University Counseling Center

Sign up by Tuesday, September 5

This Fall, the University Counseling Center (UCC) will offer the semester-long Innsightful Emotional Wellness Program to interested graduate students FREE of charge. In the past, this program was offered to all students, but this academic year, Innsightful is exclusive to graduate students.

This virtual, 12-week program helps students learn skills to better manage their emotions and improve their well-being, and utilizes support groups, just-in-time content, and wellness coaches to provide the support and guidance students need to cope with ongoing personal and school-related stress and anxiety. Notre Dame graduate students who have participated in the program over the last year report feeling supported, understood, and note reduced feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression.

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 support groups based on the availability students provide at registration.

For more information, please contact the UCC at 574-631-7336.

OIT Update

Notre Dame students have lost money to online scammers who commonly “phish” for information via text and/or email. The messages often look authentic so scammers can impersonate reputable organizations, companies, Notre Dame faculty members, and parents of students.

The Office of Information Technologies’ Information Security Team has received reports about scams such as:
  • Job opportunities offering high pay for remote work
  • Renewal notices for paid subscriptions or receipts for items that were never purchased
  • Notifications of account authentication requests that you didn’t initiate
  • Texts and/or emails from “IT” referring to an account problem that you need to address right away
The scammer’s goal is to get you to take action and click their link, call their number, or respond to their message. Never reply, click links, or call phone numbers listed in suspicious emails. More information on how to recognize and avoid falling for scams is available in this knowledge article.