Student Affairs E-newsletter: Nov. 23, 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

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 UHS and conversations with members of Student Government.

Students who are fully vaccinated are not subject to surveillance testing. This includes exit testing prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday and entry testing following Thanksgiving. 

Students who received an exemption from the vaccination requirement may voluntarily report for surveillance testing on either Monday, Nov. 22 or Tuesday, Nov. 23 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., but are not required. Following the Thanksgiving Holiday, these students are required to report for their scheduled weekly surveillance test the week of Nov. 29.  

Symptomatic testing is available by appointment only at the University Testing Center on Monday, Nov. 22 and Tuesday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students experiencing a high fever, difficulty breathing, or a loss of taste or smell should complete the Student Symptomatic Test Request Form to schedule a test at the Testing Center. Students who feel ill more generally (e.g., persistent headache, body aches, sore throat, or fatigue) should call UHS at 574-631-7497.

The University Testing Center will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 28, and UHS will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 28. 

Students who remain on campus or in the area and experience COVID-19 symptoms after the University Testing Center and UHS have closed should seek testing immediately. Testing is available throughout the community. Students may also utilize the TimelyCare 24/7 telehealth app to access a medical provider. Students who experience a high fever, difficulty breathing, or a loss of taste or smell are encouraged to shelter in place before and after taking a COVID-19 test and wear a mask until they receive a negative test result. Students should also wash their hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.

University Counseling Center (UCC)

In light of current events and the upcoming holiday season, the University Counseling Center (UCC) would like to remind students about the many resources that exist on the UCC website to support, affirm, and assist all students regardless of their physical location to campus. Click here to access a variety of self-help resources or here for diversity and inclusion resources.

Students can also access the TimelyCare app, which provides 24/7 access to mental telehealth care across the United States. Licensed providers are available to prescribe medications or offer mental health support and wellness coaching via phone or secure video visits. Learn more about how to access TimelyCare here

Gender Relations Center (GRC)

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m., Carey Auditorium
Panelists include: Dr. Ashlee Bird, Moreau Postdoctoral Fellow in American Studies; Tara Kenjockety, Manager Reserves and Interlibrary Loan Lending; and Mikaela Murphy, ND '21. This event is co-sponsored by the GRC, the American Indian Catholic Schools Network, the Department of American Studies, FeministND, the Gender Studies Program, the Kroc Institute, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, and NASAND.

Campus Ministry

This upcoming Sunday, Nov. 28, marks the beginning of the new Liturgical year as we enter into the holy season of Advent. This is a time to prepare ourselves for Jesus' birth and the Christmas season. To help you celebrate this holy season, Campus Ministry has compiled prayer opportunities and resources which can be found on our website at

Campus Ministry is here for you to talk about anxieties, challenges, opportunities for hope, your spiritual journey, thoughts about vocation, and anything else that might be on your mind and heart. Through our Need to Talk ministry, a campus minister is available to listen, offer guidance, and share the wisdom and hope our faith provides. 

Drop by our open office hours:

  • (New!) Monday, 12 - 2 p.m., W106 Duncan Student Center
  • Monday - Thursday, 5 - 7 p.m., 113 Coleman-Morse - located in the middle of the first floor next to the fountain

You can also request another time through the online form.

The Muslim Student Association (MSA) is back! MSA is a student-run organization with the goal of bringing together a community of Muslim students and taking part in the greater community. Whether you are a long-time Muslim, have just started your faith journey, or are simply curious to learn about Islam, we highly encourage you to reach out and join us for our upcoming events. 

Congregational prayers are hosted each Friday from 1:30 to 2 p.m. in the Jenkins Nanovic Prayer Room. There is a full Khutbah (sermon) and prayer mats are provided but you are welcome to bring your own. An interfaith prayer room is also available in 102 Coleman-Morse Center. Click here to be added to the MSA email list or contact   

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 12:15 p.m., Coleman-Morse Lounge
Holidays can be a difficult time for those who have lost loved ones. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to gather for a 30-minute Prayer of Remembrance with staff chaplain Fr. Jim Bracke, C.S.C., who will lead a brief prayer honoring all deceased loved ones. This prayer will express our love for those who have passed and offer an opportunity as a community to support one another. All faiths welcome.  

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., 301 Coleman-Morse
The holiday season can provide particular challenges and graces to our journey of grief. If you have lost a loved one and would like to talk about some of those particular challenges and how to navigate them, please come to Campus Ministry's Holiday Grief Drop-In. For more information, please contact Mike Urbaniak at   

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 7:15 p.m., Coleman-Morse Lounge
Campus Ministry invites all to attend a Black Ecumenical Prayer Service. This prayer service will include scripture, music, and a brief student reflection. Eno Nto, a first year student and member of the Men’s Soccer team, will speak about his relationship with God and where God fits into his life. A reception will follow.  

McDonald Center for Student Well-Being (McWell)

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., Third Floor, Saint Liam Hall
On the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m., the greeNDot action events committee will show the movie, “Perks of Being a Wallflower” and host a subsequent discussion about being an active bystander and building a community of care and concern. The following night, Wednesday, Dec. 1, starting at 7:30 p.m., there will be the opportunity to complete both of the new modules: Diversity and Harassment and Mental Health. Dinner will be served on both nights. These events will include a combination of activities and information to continue to raise awareness about greeNDot on campus and expand our proactive greeNDots. No prior greeNDot training is required. Please sign up here to assist with food counts, and keep an eye on social media for updates via @ndgreendot.

As you take a break from classes later this week, whether you are traveling or staying close to campus, we encourage you not just to rest, but reflect on what you need to stay well for the remainder of the semester. These online resources are designed to support you in that endeavor. The Calm app also remains a valuable tool with a variety of meditations and reflections, and students may download a free premium subscription here. Continue to follow us on Instagram for tips and resources @McWellND.