Student Affairs E-newsletter: Jan. 12, 2021

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

Pre-matriculation Testing Reminder

As previously communicated by the COVID-19 Response Unit (CRU), undergraduate and professional students must complete a pre-matriculation test on campus at the University Testing Center prior to the start of the spring semester. Because the majority of doctoral and masters students have remained on campus, have not left the area over Winter Break, and have regularly participated in weekly surveillance testing, pre-matriculation testing is not required, but is encouraged and available.

If you have not done so already, please schedule your pre-matriculation test here.

Appointments are available on the following dates:

  • Undergraduate Student Testing: Thursday, Jan. 28 through Tuesday, Feb. 2
  • Professional Student Testing (Law, Graduate Business, Master of Global Affairs, and Graduate Architecture): Monday, Jan. 18 through Sunday, Jan. 31 (excluding Saturday, Jan. 23 and Sunday, Jan. 24)
  • Doctoral and Masters Student Testing: Monday, Jan. 18 through Wednesday, Jan. 27 (excluding Saturday, Jan. 23 and Sunday, Jan. 24)

Campus Ministry

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 4 p.m., Zoom 
Are you a rising Senior or Junior who is curious about the Anchor Internship Program? Current interns will be present at this virtual session to answer questions and provide additional information about the program. If you are unable to attend or would like to learn more, please email Mike Urbaniak.

Saturday, Jan. 23, Online
There is nothing ordinary about the times we're living in, so what keeps you grounded? Join Campus Ministry for an afternoon virtual retreat on Saturday, Jan. 23 to discover the courageous practice and prayer that is gratitude. Register here by Wednesday, Jan. 20. For more information, please email Christian Santa Maria.

Campus Ministry's Podcast, Points of Connection, is back for a second season! Join Christian Santa Maria, Assistant Director of Spirituality, and JJ Wright, Director of the Notre Dame Folk Choir, along with special guests as they discover how the spiritual life calls us to hold what does not seem to belong in loving tension. New episodes launch each Friday at noon beginning Friday, Jan. 22.  

If the celebration of Christmas or your New Year's resolutions have you thinking about taking the next step on your journey of faith, consider the possibility of becoming Catholic or getting confirmed at Notre Dame!  Email Brett Perkins with questions or to begin a conversation. A new cohort of inquirers will begin in early February.

The Magnificat Choir (formerly known as the Women's Liturgical Choir) is comprised of undergraduate and graduate women from various academic and faith backgrounds. The choir strives to build upon the rich musical traditions of the Church, to uplift women’s voices, and to serve the community as the hands and feet of Christ. 

Throughout the spring semester, the group will focus on a combination of student-created “virtual choir” videos and safe outdoor performances. The ensemble is inclusive, welcoming, and open to all Notre Dame, St. Mary’s, and Holy Cross students who sing in the treble range. To schedule an audition, please email Dr. Patrick Kronner.

The Notre Dame Basilica Schola needs your help in creating its newest album! Plans for the album initially included congregational singing, (a version of Psalm 65, “Zion, O God, in You Rejoices”), but because of COVID-19, that portion of the project has had to go virtual. The choir needs your help assembling a virtual congregation of singers to include on the album.

Up to 100 people are needed to record themselves singing two stanzas of “Zion, O God, in You Rejoices.” The recording is meant to imitate a congregation, not a choir, so singers of all types, ages, and abilities are welcome. Only audio is needed for these recordings, which will be due on or before Friday, Feb. 12, and cell phone audio recordings are completely acceptable. If you're interested in participating, please email Jonathan Hehn

Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center at Beichner Hall (FRC) provides support services to married, parenting, and pregnant students to ensure all families thrive at Notre Dame. Through year-round educational and social programming, the FRC is dedicated to building community for Notre Dame’s married, parenting, and/or pregnant students and their families. The FRC serves as a centralized hub providing educational and social programs, support services, University resources and a place to call home for students and their families. The FRC is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during Winter Session.

Within Beichner Hall there is both a playroom and family space available for FRC member families to reserve. Additional information about reservations can be located here. The building also has plenty of open space in the lounge and gathering areas if students prefer to utilize for study space. If you have questions for the FRC and can’t stop by Beichner Hall, please visit our virtual welcome desk Monday through Friday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 3 to 4 p.m.   

During January, the FRC will host virtual weekly support groups for expectant parents and a second group for parenting students. In addition, our January Friday freebie events continue. Information about our programs can be found here.

HERE For You

Check out this list of virtual and in-person opportunities to engage socially, emotionally, spiritually, and physically on campus.

Any member of the campus community can share concerns about individuals engaged in unsafe practices by using this form. The relevant University office will follow up on these reports promptly.

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 call the 24/7 CRU hotline at 574-634-HERE or email