Student Affairs E-newsletter: November 14, 2023

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

Student Health and Wellness

Sleep hygiene is the term used to describe good sleep habits, and evidence suggests the following strategies can provide long-term solutions for those who may experience sleep difficulties:

- Stick to a regular sleep schedule. Going to bed and waking up around the same time each day, even on weekends, can help train your body to know when it is time to rest.
- Drink non-caffeinated beverages. Caffeine and other stimulants, such as nicotine, can interfere with your ability to fall asleep.
- While drinking alcohol can sometimes cause sensations of sleepiness, alcohol actually interferes with the quality of sleep by interrupting your body’s ability to sleep deeply and restfully.
- Consider an electronics curfew and put devices away before starting your bedtime routine. Artificial light can trick your body into being more awake.
- Practice sleep rituals or a bedtime routine. These rituals can help your body to know when it is time to sleep. Consider relaxing stretches, a cup of tea, or deep breathing exercises.
- Work with your body’s circadian rhythms by being thoughtful about your daytime activities. If you need it, take a 20-minute “power nap” during daytime hours so you can still fall asleep at night.

Create and maintain these habits to join the 62 percent of Notre Dame students who report getting 7-9 hours of sleep on weeknights, and follow the Student Health and Wellness Unit on Instagram to receive more tips and resources!


Wednesday, November 15, 7 - 8 p.m., Duncan Student Center, Room W134
Join greeNDot’s Student Advisory Committee (SAC) to help create and maintain a positive and safe campus environment. Are you interested in event planning, marketing, or volunteering, while gaining student leadership experience? You will have the opportunity to work under greeNDot Senior Fellows for less than four hours per week. SAC meets bi-weekly to discuss the different ways to get involved with greeNDot. For more information, please email

Gender Relations Center (GRC)

Monday, November 20, 8:30 p.m. Prayer Service in the Coleman-Morse Center Chapel; 9 p.m. Procession to the Grotto; 9:15 p.m. Community Social and Refreshments in LaFortune, Room 229
All are invited to join the GRC and PrismND to honor those individuals who lost their lives in the past year due to violence. After a prayer service in the CoMo Chapel, we will proceed to the Grotto to light candles and finish with refreshments in LaFortune.


Monday, November 20 - Sunday, November 26

RecSports Fitness Classes will run on a free, modified schedule Monday, November 20 and Tuesday, November 21. No fitness classes will be held on Wednesday, November 22 through Sunday, November 26. Additionally, RecSports facilities will operate with modified hours throughout the Thanksgiving break starting Wednesday, November 22. Please visit our website for more information and a full list of modified operations.

Campus Ministry

Thursday, November 16, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Coleman-Morse First Floor Lounge

Students are invited to enjoy local Mexican food and lively conversation about recent labor strikes and what it means to advocate for a living wage. Agree or disagree, all are welcome! RSVPs are appreciated but not required. Email Becky Czarnecki with any questions.

Are you interested in diving deeper into the themes of Holy Week and accompanying other students participating in a retreat this Easter? Consider joining our Paschal Watch retreat team! As a team member, you will help to plan the retreat's content before the Triduum and lead small groups during the retreat. No retreat leadership experience is needed as formation will be provided. Leaders must be on campus and available Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday. For more information about the retreat please visit our website. To ask questions or volunteer, please email Megan Urbaniak by Thanksgiving Break.

McDonald Center for Student Well-Being (McWell)

Sleep is essential for success. While 62 percent of Notre Dame students report getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep, 38 percent do not. If you are a student who manages to get adequate sleep, how do you do it? Email your tips to the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being in a 15-20 second video clip by Tuesday, November 21 for a chance to be featured in our video reel!

Every Tuesday, 5 - 7 p.m., Saint Liam Hall Second Floor
Join the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being every Tuesday through December 5 to crochet, knit, or embroider in our Restorative Spaces. Although we have limited supplies available, we encourage you to BYO yarn and supplies. All experience levels are welcome. Drop by for tea, conversation, and the opportunity to learn and practice fiber arts!

Friday, November 17, 1 - 3 p.m., Duncan Student Center, Room 134
Take a mindful break from technology! Join McWell, in collaboration with the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art, to create art, connect with others, and support your well-being. Art and Wellness will feature canvas painting, photo printing, and Insomnia Cookies. Learn how to explore wellness through art!

As a part of the Hang Up and Hang Out screen time reduction campaign, the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being is providing “cell phone jails” on the tables in the dining halls to encourage you and your friends to take a break from technology during meals. If you choose to use the “cell phone jails,” scan the QR code on the box and be entered to win a prize!

Walk the Walk Week Service Project

As part of Walk the Walk Week 2024, the Walk the Walk Week Service Project calls on the entire campus community to give our time and resources to address the immediate needs of the most vulnerable members of our community. Each residential community and graduate and professional students are invited to donate funds to purchase supplies for basic hygiene and winter care kits to be distributed to local organizations. All members of the campus community will be invited to help assemble care kits on Saturday, January 20.

Every $20 donation funds one full care kit, although donations of all sizes have an impact and are appreciated. This project is co-sponsored by the Office of the President, Notre Dame Student Government, Campus Ministry, Procurement, and the Office of Public Affairs and Communications.

Walk the Walk Week, taking place January 15-22, 2024, is a week-long series of events designed to help us consider how we—both individually and collectively—can take an active role in making Notre Dame ever more welcoming and inclusive.