Student Affairs E-newsletter: Jan. 11, 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

COVID-19 Updates

Throughout the academic year, the Division of Student Affairs will provide regular guidance and answers to student questions and concerns related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These updates are based on feedback received from student inquiries to University Health Services (UHS) and conversations with members of Student Government.

Symptomatic testing involves testing those who are showing symptoms of COVID-19. Students experiencing a high fever, difficulty breathing, or loss of taste or smell should complete the Student Symptomatic Test Request Form

Students experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms (e.g., persistent headache, body aches, sore throat, or fatigue) are encouraged to stay at home and call UHS at 574-631-7497. Nurses are available by phone to discuss symptoms and self-care, as well as make arrangements for viral testing if necessary. Appointments with a healthcare provider are also available for a medical examination and a possible excused absence. Additionally, following normal practice, any student with an absence - medical or otherwise - should contact their instructors as soon as possible and apprise them of the situation. Any encounter with UHS will be documented and a summary can be shared by the student with the professor as needed.

While students are encouraged to visit UHS and the University Counseling Center (UCC) while on campus during business hours, the TimelyCare telehealth service provides 24/7 access to medical and mental telehealth care across the United States, with no cost to you. Whether you're feeling sick or overwhelmed, students can talk to a licensed provider from their smartphone or any web-enabled device. Licensed providers are available to diagnose non-emergent medical conditions, prescribe medications, and offer mental health support and wellness coaching via phone or secure video visits. Learn more about how to access TimelyCare here.

To remain protected against the rapidly spreading Omicron variant, a COVID booster is required of all students - undergraduate, graduate, and professional, including students studying or performing research remotely and/or virtually - and documentation must be recorded no later than Friday, Jan. 21.

Students may receive the booster vaccine at any off-campus location or at the University’s on-campus booster vaccination clinic today, Tuesday, Jan. 11 through Friday, Jan. 14. Students must register for an appointment at the clinic in advance and can do so here.

Documentation for those who receive the booster vaccine at the on-campus clinic will be automatically uploaded to the student’s UHS patient portal. Those who have received the booster vaccine at an off-campus location, including the Notre Dame Wellness Center, must upload a picture of their vaccine card to their UHS patient portal. Instructions for uploading booster documentation can be found here

Until 90 percent of the campus community has achieved the full protection of an approved booster vaccine, students, faculty, and staff will be expected to wear masks indoors on campus, except in residence halls or when alone in private offices. To learn more about masking policies, the booster requirement, modified quarantine and isolation protocols, information pertaining to gatherings and events, and travel guidance for the spring semester, please click here

TimelyCare Opportunities

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 3 p.m., Online
Students are invited to join the TimelyCare monthly webinar to learn how to build healthy habits, set positive intentions, and achieve their goals as they begin the new year. As a result of this discussion, students will be able to utilize evidence-based strategies to turn daily choices into long-term healthy habits. Students can register at under "Sessions."

Center for Student Support and Care

The Center for Student Support and Care has moved! The offices of the Care and Wellness Consultants and Sara Bea Accessibility Services are now located on the second floor of the Coleman-Morse Center. Please stop by and see us any time and stay tuned for information about our upcoming Open House.

University Counseling Center (UCC)

To access the University Counseling Center (UCC) for the first time, please visit the UCC office on the third floor of St. Liam Hall during Drop-In Hours. You will complete initial forms and then meet with a counselor. The goal of the drop-in appointment is for you and your counselor to develop a plan to address your concerns. If additional services at the UCC are recommended for you, your counselor will help schedule another appointment.

If you are already connected with the UCC, you are welcome to utilize drop-in services. If you would like to meet with the counselor that you have worked with in the past, please call the UCC to schedule an appointment with that counselor. If you prefer to work with a different counselor or if you have an immediate need, please come in during Drop-In Hours.

To speed up the process of completing the UCC’s initial forms, you can read the consent to treatment form prior to visiting the office. 

Spring Drop-In Hours are Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m.

The UCC's Spring semester groups and workshops will all be kicking off soon. Please check our offerings and consider joining a group or attending a workshop to get support and learn new coping skills. 

McDonald Center for Student Well-Being (McWell)

On Wednesday, Jan. 12, half of the student body will be randomly selected to participate in the Winter Health and Wellness Survey. If you receive an invitation link to participate, please spend five minutes to complete the form. Your responses help McWell monitor trends and continue to learn how to best support you. Follow the link in your inbox to take the survey for a chance to be one of several winners of $25, $100, or $300 Domer Dollars. The survey is open through Friday, Jan. 21. Email McWell with questions. 

Friday, Jan. 14, 7 - 9 p.m., LaFortune Ballroom
Grab your friends and join the McWell GROW peer educators this Friday for activities to help make your campus space feel like home. There will be succulents with pots to decorate, photo printers with DIY frames, resources, giveaways, and more! We look forward to seeing what you create as you settle into a new semester in your Home Under the Dome.  

If you are someone who drinks, go "dry" this January to kick off the new year on a healthier foot. Some benefits of a month without alcohol include improved mental clarity, better sleep, better mental health, more productive time (especially on the weekends), increased immunity, more energy, and more authentic social interactions. Sign up now for one of our upcoming events to try something new. The first event is Snowtubing at St. Patrick's Park on Friday, Jan. 28 from 8 to 10 p.m. Follow our instagram @McWellND for tips, events, and more. 

Student Activities Office (SAO)

Thursday, Jan. 13, 8 - 11 p.m., LaFortune Ballroom
Are you a fan of BINGO? Join SAO this Thursday for a chance to win some awesome prizes, including gift cards, Notre Dame gear, an electric scooter, and more! Be one of the first 50 students through the door to claim a free giveaway.

Friday, Jan. 14, 8 p.m. - 12 a.m., Legends
Put on your dancing shoes and join SAO for Salsa Night! Stop by Legends this Friday to learn and dance with our resident Salsa DJ, Ramzi. Salsa instruction begins at 8 p.m. and the party starts at 9. Don't miss out!

Saturday, Jan. 15, 8 - 11 p.m., Dahnke Ballroom, Duncan Student Center
Show off all of your laser tag battlefield skills and protect your home base! Join SAO this Saturday for a night of running, crawling, hiding, and playing Ultimate Laser Tag.

Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS)

Thursday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m., 2nd Floor, LaFortune Student Center
MSPS offers students access to a wide range of programming that celebrates difference, explores multicultural education, and supports the needs of underrepresented populations. All students are invited to learn more about the resources and programming available through MSPS, including research and grant opportunities, at the upcoming spring open house.

Campus Ministry

With a new semester comes new opportunities to make God known, loved, and served. Maybe you're returning to campus after a semester abroad or you're looking for new ways to get involved. Tell us what interests you by completing this form and we'll share the many great opportunities Campus Ministry offers to help you grow in your faith!

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 7:15 - 8:30 p.m., Coleman-Morse Center First-floor Lounge
Join us this Wednesday for an evening of reflection on discerning God’s voice in decisions both big and small. Bring a journal and enjoy some time for quiet reflection and prayer. 

Thursday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m. OR Sunday, Jan. 16, 2:30 p.m., Coleman-Morse First-floor Lounge
Are you thinking about becoming Catholic or getting Confirmed in the Catholic Church? Join us for an info session to learn more about our two tracks of Sacramental preparation here at Notre Dame. We'll provide more information about the process, the time commitment, what you'll get out of the experience, and how we'll hope to accompany you as you grow in faith and explore becoming a Catholic Christian or taking the next step in your faith toward getting Confirmed. These info sessions will provide all the necessary details for any faith-filled Catholic interested in serving as a sponsor, too. For more information, email Brett Perkins.  

Friday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m., Room 301, Coleman-Morse Center
Join Campus Ministry each Friday morning for an exciting new series about discernment. A variety of topics will be covered from dating and marriage to career paths, finding your place in the Church, and trusting God along the way. Each week will feature a guest speaker. Coffee, tea, and cocoa will be provided as soon as the current COVID-19 guidelines are lifted. Email Becky Czarnecki with questions. This exciting new discernment series will begin this Friday with Campus Ministry’s Associate Director of Pastoral Care, Tami Schmitz, who will speak about discovering God’s plan for our lives. All are welcome!  

If you have experienced the death of a loved one, Campus Ministry invites you to gather in a supportive community with other students who are navigating grief. Guided by a campus minister and a counselor from the UCC, this group will meet for five weeks and offer the opportunity to join others who are in a similar position so that you might not feel alone. Please email Mike Urbaniak for more information about joining this group which begins next Thursday, Jan. 20.

The Magnificat Choir is comprised of graduate and undergraduate students from various academic and faith backgrounds who serve as music ministers for the Saturday Vigil Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. The choir strives to build upon the rich musical traditions of the Church, uplift women’s voices, and serve the community as the hands and feet of Christ. Learn more about the choir at To set up an audition, email Dr. Patrick Kronner.  

Are you curious about getting out into the local South Bend community? Do you have a passion for living your faith through service? Are you looking for a space to hang out with your peers and talk about Catholic social teaching? If you said 'yes,' then Mercy Works could be for you! January 2022 marks our new Mercy Works cycle where we are still accepting student volunteers for service opportunities that range from working in education and youth work, homelessness, public health, and much more. Click here for more information and to complete the interest form.

Center for Career Development

For 2022 spring recruiting, the Center for Career Development will offer something for everyone with a hybrid approach for both virtual and in-person events to provide employers multiple options for meeting with our talented students. To provide a comfortable experience and eliminate barriers to engagement on behalf of our students, attire for all events is business casual for both students and employers. Learn more about the spring semester Career Fair Weeks here

The Success at the Career Fair Prep Sessions will help you to develop your professional introduction and then test it out in a safe practice environment! Staff will also cover tips for succeeding in the upcoming virtual and in-person career fair events. Sign up on Handshake or search for “Career Fair Prep” under Events.

Prepare, update, and professionalize your resume now so you’re ready for the spring semester Career Fairs. Sign up for a 15-minute Virtual Resume Review on Handshake or search for “Resume Reviews” under Events.

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 3 - 7 p.m.
Undergraduate and graduate students from all class years and academic colleges are invited to participate in our virtual fair hosted on Handshake. Registration for the Virtual Fair will open today, Tuesday, Jan. 11 for graduate students, seniors, and juniors, and Wednesday, Jan. 12 for sophomores and first-years students. Learn more here

Monday, Jan. 24 and Tuesday, Jan. 25, 7th and 8th Floors, Duncan Student Center
This year’s In-Person Spring Semester Career Fair & Events creates flexibility for students and employers to meet in both large traditional fair settings and at smaller events. Our fair provides students from all class years and all academic majors a chance to meet with employers of all sizes across all industries promoting full-time employment, internship, and other career opportunities. Additionally, we have collaborated with campus partners to conduct networking events for specific areas throughout the week.

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.