Student Affairs E-newsletter: August 29, 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

Connecting with Fr. Gerry

This fall, 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 August 30. 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 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, September 18
  • Monday, October 9
  • Monday, November 13
  • Tuesday, December 5

Student Activities Office (SAO)

Tuesday, August 29, 7 - 10 p.m., Gate E, Notre Dame Stadium Concourse
There’s no better time to get involved on campus than at the 2023 Activities Night, SAO’s premiere recruitment event. Activities Night allows students to join a club or organization, learn more about networking opportunities, create connections, and enjoy a few special surprises and treats, too!

Friday, September 1, 9 - 11 p.m., Library Lawn
Looking for a chance to enjoy delicious food and kick-start the first home football weekend of the season? Join us for the first Food Truck Friday on Library Lawn to enjoy free treats from some of our favorite food trucks! Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, and Holy Cross College student IDs required.

Saturday, September 2, 12 - 3 p.m., North Quad
Find SAO on campus for free giveaways and a special food truck this Game Day! Can you guess which food truck is coming this week?

Gender Relations Center (GRC)

Wednesday, August 30, 5 - 7 pm, Library Lawn
All are invited to join the GRC and PrismND for the annual welcome back picnic. Students can expect food trucks, music, raffle prizes, and more!

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!

Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS)

Thursday, August 31, 5 - 7 p.m., North Quad
All are invited to the annual Multicultural Kick-off! Games and food trucks will be available, and students have the chance to win a Nintendo Switch, Airpods, and more!

Center for Career Development

Thursday, August 31, 4 - 5:30 p.m., 246 Duncan Student Center
This panel discussion event provides students essential skills for crafting a story to help shape their personal brands. Participants will learn basic storytelling tips from industry professionals, leverage their experience with new concepts, and share their personal stories. Attendees will receive the same session that both the Notre Dame and Tennessee State football programs received this summer! Learn more here.

Thursday, August 31, 9 - 10 p.m., Midfield Commons, Duncan Student Center
Join us for an inspiring event with Notre Dame alumni Son Nguyen ’03, and Annie Williams ’14, as they share their expertise on how to run a successful job and internship search, provide tips on becoming a marketable candidate, and discuss different ways to make the most out of recruiting opportunities. Register here to secure your spot at this exclusive event!

Campus Ministry

Wednesday, August 30, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Coleman-Morse First Floor Lounge

Join us as we kick off Compass for the new year! First-year Notre Dame, Saint Mary's, and Holy Cross College 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 and community building.

Monday, September 4, 9 - 10 p.m., Coleman-Morse First Floor Lounge

Abide is an opportunity for Catholic students - or any student exploring, questioning, or interested in Catholicism - to forge friendships in faith and grow together through praise and worship, a witness talk, small group discussions, prayer, and fellowship. Whether you're looking for deeper community or having doubts about your faith, we hope you will join us. No sign up is necessary. Simply drop in any or every Monday night from 9 to 10 p.m. in the CoMo Lounge beginning Monday, September 4. For more regular updates, sign up to join the Abide list-serve here.

Friday, September 8 - Saturday, September 9, Registration deadline: Thursday, August 31

The Connect Retreat is a 24-hour retreat for all Notre Dame, Saint Mary's, and Holy Cross College first-year students to make friends and find a home in the Notre Dame community. This retreat 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 will begin to truly deepen! Register by this Thursday, August 31, at 11:59 p.m. Please email Kate Broadbent with questions.

Two Faith + Justice small groups will begin in September. CST Small Groups offer a chance to deepen and integrate your understanding of Catholic Social Teaching into your life. Wholemakers Small Groups offer a chance to more specifically reflect on the intersection of ecology and Catholicism through prayer, education, and discernment. Please email Tyler Popa for more information.

University Counseling Center (UCC)

Sign up by Tuesday, September 5
This Fall, the 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.

Registration is limited to 20 participants per section

The Penn Resilience Program (PRP) is a 6-session training that equips individuals with a set of empirically supported skills that can be applied in everyday life to strengthen the ability to navigate adversity and challenges, manage stress, and thrive in their personal and professional lives. PRP is not a treatment program; rather, it is a skills program that is designed to prevent anxiety and depression and to increase well-being. The PRP skill set draws from two fields in psychology: cognitive behavioral psychology and positive psychology.

The 6-week sessions will be split into two different sections, occurring only on Fridays. The first section will be held from Friday, September 8 through Friday, October 13 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The location for the first section will be determined at a later date. The second section will begin on Friday, September 22 and will run through Friday, November 3 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Section two will take place on the third floor of St. Liam Hall in the conference room. For more information, please email Peter Barnes.

Group counseling is an opportunity to gain a better understanding of how you relate to yourself and others. The support and feedback given by fellow group members can be an invaluable way to cultivate deeper, more meaningful relationships. The connections made and the content discussed in group therapy can help lessen anxiety, depression, and loneliness. For more information about group therapy, visit the UCC website.