Student Affairs E-newsletter: March 26, 2020

Author: Kate Morgan

Virtual Support, Resources, and Programming

Health and Wellness Resources

The University Counseling Center (UCC)
The UCC is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST) for phone consultations. Students who would like to consult with a UCC counselor can call the UCC (574-631-7336) during business hours and a receptionist will schedule a time for the student to speak with a staff member over the phone. There is also a new 24/7 phone helpline, 574-631-TALK, where students can speak with a counselor day or night. 

Psychiatric services continue to be available for students who are currently in treatment with a UCC psychiatric provider. These staff members are available to renew prescriptions and provide consultations to students. 

In addition, the UCC continues to maintain a limited presence on campus and is available to see students who remain in the South Bend community for Crisis Drop-In Appointments. Please call the UCC first before coming to campus.

For additional information, including tele-mental health servicesemotional wellness support, referral services, and the most up-to-date hours and information, please visit

FREE Stress and Anxiety Apps


  • Sanvello is now offering free premium access to help relieve symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression as they relate to the current global crisis. The app offers mood and health habit tracking, guided meditations, journaling, and cognitive restructuring tools. 
  • Headspace, an app for meditation and sleep, is also offering a free collection of tools specifically designed for users to cope with the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The McDonald Center for Student Well-Being (McWell)
Mindfulness practice is a great strategy for feeling rested and less stressed. To learn more, check out Koru's free resources and keep an eye out for information on upcoming Koru classes. Find additional well-being resources on the McWell website, and follow McWell on social @McWellND.

RecSports has partnered with Wellbeats to gain access to the same on-demand fitness classes offered in the private fitness studios in the Smith Center for Recreational Sports. Unlimited streaming access to Wellbeats on-demand fitness will be available now through April 30! Click HERE for more information and for instructions on how to access Wellbeats on-demand fitness classes on your mobile device or TV.

Faith Resources

Virtual Milkshake Mass
Milkshake Mass is a longstanding tradition of the Dillon Hall Community. Join FaithND and Campus Ministry TONIGHT, March 26, at 7 p.m. (EST) on Facebook for a special celebration of Milkshake Mass with Fr. Joe Corpora, C.S.C. 

Sunday Night Mass with Fr. Pete McCormick
Join Campus Ministry and Fr. Pete McCormick, C.S.C., on Instagram Live (@NDMinistry) this Sunday, March 29, at 8:30 p.m. (EST) to discover how we all might encounter God's accompaniment during this extraordinary time. Viewer questions will be taken at the end. 

Campus Ministry's Need to Talk - NEW Hours
A Campus Minister is available for Need to Talk, Monday through Friday, to engage in conversations with students. Beginning Monday, March 30, Need to Talk hours will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. (EST). To speak with a Campus Minister during this time, please call 574-631-8508, or schedule a virtual appointment here. This connection can take place by phone or Zoom. For any questions or further information on support, please contact Mike Urbaniak at

Career Development

Among several continuing efforts, The Meruelo Family Center for Career Development has implemented two new forms of services to further ensure students are able to connect with staff and resources. New services include:

Online Request Form: Conveniently inquire about virtual counseling appointments, resume reviews, virtual mock interviews, and more.

Live Chat Service: A live chat service is now available Monday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. This service provides a fast and easy way to ask questions of staff who are actively managing the chat. 

For more information, please visit the Career Development website.

Student Activities

While extracurricular activities remain on hold, the Student Activities Office (SAO) continues to answer questions and provide virtual guidance to student leaders and advisors. Students are encouraged to reach out to a specific staff member, or the SAO main office ( or 574-631-7308) for more information. Next week, following the conclusion of the first week of online coursework, SAO will share information with student leaders, student groups, and advisors regarding opportunities for student group activities for the remainder of the academic year.

Additional Resources

Student Employment
In response to the University's shift to online learning for the remainder of the spring semester, student employment policies have been updated and can be found HERE. Students may not continue to work on campus, but can work remotely if a department has a need for the work and the student chooses to work. Undergraduate and graduate students who were employed by the University prior to Spring Break and those who were performing research should review the updated policies and may contact the Office of Student Employment at with questions. Graduate students with questions about stipend payments should contact the Graduate School at

There may be situations when a student wants to work and needs the resources to support themselves, but the work they were doing prior to Spring Break cannot be completed remotely. In these situations, the student can reach out to the Office of Student Employment at for a list of vacant, remote student jobs the student may be eligible to temporarily fill, or to see if they might qualify for wage replacement. Consideration for wage replacement will be given to students who have a demonstrated pattern of work and financial need, as determined by the Office of Student Employment and the Office of Financial Aid.

Learning Continuity
Recognizing that many students have questions about a number of issues — ranging from transcripts and eForms to academic assistance and wellness resources — the Office of the Provost has created a new website to provide students with a variety of information specific to technology resources, university advising, and academic support services. Please visit to learn more.