Student Affairs E-newsletter: February 20, 2024

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

Connect with Fr. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C.

Wednesdays, 9 - 10 a.m., Main Building, Suite 316
Students are invited to meet with Fr. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C., Vice President for Student Affairs, during student office hours each week throughout the academic year. 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.

Monday, February 26, 12 - 1 p.m., Duncan Student Center, First-floor Fireplace
Students, either individually or as a group, are invited to meet, connect, and share ideas with Fr. Gerry throughout the spring semester 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.

Apply to be a Senior Fellow

The Senior Fellows program is an opportunity for seniors who live on campus to serve in leadership roles that focus on specific University priorities. Students who serve as Fellows will receive an annual minimum $4,500 stipend for 8 hours of work each week and have the opportunity to be mentored and developed as leaders across a variety of specific content areas. The program is open to all rising seniors living on campus for the duration of the 2024-2025 academic year.

Senior Fellow roles are available through the Family Resource Center, the Gender Relations Center, greeNDot, the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, Notre Dame International, the Office of Student Enrichment, Residential Life, and the Transformational Leaders Program. Applications are now open and are due on Friday, March 8. Learn more about each Senior Fellow role here.

Notre Dame Forum

Wednesday, February 21, 7 p.m., Mendoza College of Business, Jordan Auditorium
“Join or Die,” a film exploring legendary Harvard University sociologist Robert Putnam’s groundbreaking research on why you should join a club and why the fate of America depends on it, will be screened on Wednesday as part of the 2023-24 University of Notre Dame Forum on “The Future of Democracy.” With commentary from influential leaders and scholars, the film explores three urgent questions: What makes democracy work? Why is American democracy in crisis? And, most importantly, what can we do about it? Following the screening, Putnam will join faculty member and leader of Notre Dame’s new democracy initiative, David Campbell, for a discussion moderated by associate professor Jaimie Bleck. A book signing and reception will follow the event. Learn more here.

Campus Ministry

Thursday, March 28 - Monday, April 1
Celebrate the Paschal Triduum through an on-campus retreat during Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. Students will attend the liturgies at the Basilica and participate in two to three hours of retreat activities together. For more information and to register for the retreat, visit our website. For more information, please email Megan Urbaniak.

Monday, February 26, 8:15 p.m., DeBartolo Hall, Room 101
How can we confidently discern a call to the Sacrament of Marriage and prepare for this lifelong commitment when we are surrounded by hurting and broken marriages? It can be daunting to consider "until death do us part" especially if we come from a place where divorce or numerous divorces are part of our family story. Whether divorce is part of your story, or you simply want to learn more, all are invited to join Catholic marriage and family counselor, Adam Smith, and Notre Dame Marriage Prep Coordinator, Suzy Younger, for an engaging event filled with practical tips to help you discern and prepare for marriage. RSVPs encouraged but not required. For more information, please email Suzy Younger.

Friday, February 23, 7:30 - 9 p.m., Lyons Hall Chapel
Join us for our next EXALT this Friday! Meg Hunter-Kilmer, interim Coordinator of Spirituality in Campus Ministry, will offer a brief reflection followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and praise and worship led by Totus Tuus. Confessions and prayer teams will also be available, and a social will follow. For future updates from EXALT, please submit this form. Please email Brett Perkins with any questions.

Sunday, February 25, 10 a.m., Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Please join us this Sunday at the 10 a.m. Mass in the Basilica as our unbaptized RCIA catechumens and baptized candidates celebrate the Rite of Sending. This Rite marks the second of three public steps in each participant's journey with Jesus and His Church as they progress toward the Sacraments of Initiation at Easter. Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters as they enter this final period of preparation and discernment! If you are interested in learning more about becoming Catholic or getting confirmed, please email Brett Perkins.

University Counseling Center (UCC)

Thursdays, 4 - 5:30 p.m., Saint Liam Hall, Third Floor
The Yoga for Healing Group is a safe space for survivors of sexual assault that offers a form of expression that moves beyond trying to find the words to articulate how they feel. Students learn to establish safety and stability in the body, build skills and strategies for managing painful experiences, and regain power and control through mindful movement. Complete a Drop-in appointment at the UCC to attend this group.

Thursday, February 22, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Saint Liam Hall Conference Room, Room 307
Anxiety Toolbox is a three-part structured psychoeducational workshop designed to inform students about the cognitive, behavioral, and physiological impacts of anxiety. The sessions include modules dedicated to understanding anxiety, learning how to slow down and disentangle the experience of anxiety, and developing alternative responses to anxiety. By the end of the workshop, students will have their own individualized plan for managing anxiety. You do not need to complete a Drop-in appointment to attend this space.

Wednesday, February 28, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Coleman-Morse Center, First-floor Lounge
Hosted by the UCC and Campus Ministry, this grief dinner provides an opportunity for casual support and sharing among students who have experienced the death of someone important to them. Participants will introduce themselves, share their experiences, and provide an update about where they are on their healing journey. Please email Mike Urbaniak or Jordan Jonson for more information or to RSVP.

Tuesday, February 27, 5 - 6:30 p.m., Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Community Kitchen
The UCC hosts weekly support spaces for international students throughout the semester. Students are invited to gather for food and connection on Tuesday, February 27. Dinner is provided at 5 p.m., followed by two support spaces: one for graduate students and one for undergraduate students. Support spaces will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. To ensure there is enough food for all attendees, please RSVP no later than Wednesday, February 21. 

McDonald Center for Student Well-Being (McWell)

Are dreary days getting you down? McWell offers “Happy Lights” light boxes that may help you chase those seasonal blue away. Stop by McWell located on the second floor of St. Liam Hall to check out a Happy Light or email McWell to see if one is available.

Tuesday, February 20, 6 - 8 p.m., Duncan Student Center, Midfield Commons

Wondering how your living spaces can support your well-being this winter? As a part of the Create the Light: Cultivating Winter Well-Being campaign, join McWell’s GROW Peer Educators for Home Under the Dome: Winter Edition. We will have succulent potting and painting, a DIY hot cocoa bar, a DIY lotion bar, and a cozy atmosphere.

University Health Services (UHS)

The providers at UHS are available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students can schedule an appointment through the student patient portal or by calling 574-631-7497. UHS does not take walk-in appointments, but if you have an emergency outside of operating hours, please call 911 or visit TimelyCare. If you are looking for health information regarding self-care for illnesses, injuries, first aid, or general health and wellness, please visit the UHS website.

It’s that time of the year, and many programs are beginning to plan for students who are traveling abroad. UHS is here to accommodate and provide your travel physical along with any vaccines that may be required by the country you are visiting. As we offer a limited number of appointments for physicals, we highly recommend that you schedule your appointment at least two months prior to traveling. There is a fee for this service. Please contact UHS at (574) 631-7497 for assistance.

Student Health and Wellness

The Calm app provides tools to help you relax, focus, and rest, and is the #1 app for sleep, meditation, and relaxation. Notre Dame offers students, faculty, and staff a free premium subscription to the Calm app.

Calm now offers specific resources for pregnancy and postpartum support. The pregnancy module addresses how to nurture pregnancy, carry emotions through trimesters, and navigate anxiety and discomfort, bedtime comfort, and due date preparation. The postpartum healing module provides support for heavy feelings and helps to cultivate tenderness and peace.

Calm also recently introduced Calm Kids, which includes the following modules for children:

- The Breathe Bubble offers breathing exercises designed to settle nerves and help you reconnect with your body. The Breathe Bubble provides a visual for children as young as two years old to follow.
- Sleep Stories stimulate your child’s imagination and help kids to develop their listening and language skills by exposing them to new vocabulary.
- Meditation reduces stress, diffuses strong emotions, and is an opportunity to connect and spend quality time together. Calm Kids includes beginner meditations for various age groups up to 17 years old.

To take advantage of this offer, sign up here