Student Affairs E-newsletter: November 7, 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


Monday, November 13 - Thursday, November 16
The Pickleball Doubles and Singles Tournament registration opens on Monday, November 13. Participation in the tournament is on a first-come, first-served basis, and spots fill up fast. Visit IMLeagues or for more information.

Thursday, November 16, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Smith Center, Studio 4
Are you interested in building on your yoga practice? Check out Moon Salutation Yoga! This class is a sequence of yoga postures that harness and honor the moon's energy. This class is ideal for those looking to strengthen the lower body or relieve both stress and exhaustion. Moon Salutations are considered cooling and soothing for the body, as opposed to the heating, invigorating nature of Sun Salutations. All levels of fitness are welcome. More information and registration can be found here.

Thursday, November 16, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Smith Center Bridge Unit (4th Floor)
Feeling stuck in your bench press technique or trying to increase your strength? In this workshop we will focus on teaching basic anatomy, proper warm-ups, exercise techniques, spotting, and programming to perfect your bench press lift. More information and registration can be found here.


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

Campus Ministry

Thursday, November 9, 2 - 4 p.m., Duncan Student Center
In anticipation of Thanksgiving, join Campus Ministry and McWell in the Duncan Student Center to express your gratitude to the special people in your life. Staff will provide the supplies to write and send thank you cards. All are welcome to stop by and write a card! Email Cat LaPorte with any questions.

Deadline Extended to Friday, November 17
Join Campus Ministry for the Faith + Justice immersion experience from Friday, January 12 to Sunday, January 14 right here in South Bend. Witness and experience a day in the life of a homeless person living on the streets of our city, interwoven with experiences of prayer, Scripture, Catholic social tradition, and quiet reflection. All students are welcome, spots are limited, and financial aid is available. Apply online now and email Becky Czarnecki with questions. Applications are due Friday, November 17.

University Counseling Center (UCC)

Beginning Friday, November 10, 2 - 5 p.m., Location TBD
The Penn Resilience Program (PRP) equips individuals with a set of empirically supported skills that can be applied in everyday life to strengthen the ability to navigate adversity and challenges, manage stress, and thrive in their personal and professional lives. The PRP is not a treatment program; rather, it is a skills program that is designed to prevent anxiety and depression and increase well-being. The PRP skill set draws from two fields in psychology: cognitive behavioral psychology and positive psychology.

The last of the Penn Resilience workshops being offered this semester is a weekend intensive training beginning Friday, November 10 from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12 will both be held from 12 to 3 p.m. All students are welcome to attend. Register here.

Workshops and support spaces are engaging, classroom-like group opportunities where students are introduced to useful information on a particular topic and given the opportunity to better understand the topic experientially. Workshops give students a venue to learn and practice new coping strategies or skills. Some workshops are only one session while others may involve multiple sessions. All students are welcome to attend and do not need to use any other UCC service or attend Drop-In Hours to participate. No pre-registration is required. Click here to view all Fall 2023 workshops and support spaces. 

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 McWell in a 15-20 second video clip by Tuesday, November 21 for a chance to be featured in our video reel!

Did you receive a Fall Health and Wellness Survey in your email? Please take it! Your responses help the University continue to learn how to best support you. Follow the link in your inbox to take the survey and be entered to win $50, $150, or $300 in Domer Dollars! The survey is open through Sunday, November 12. Email McWell with questions.

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. 

Strategic Framework Town Hall Sessions

The University has organized three Town Hall Sessions this fall for students to learn more about the recently launched Strategic Framework that will guide the University for the next decade. At each session, Provost John McGreevy will provide an overview of the Framework and invite student questions.

Undergraduate Student Sessions:
- Thursday, November 9, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m., Carey Auditorium in Hesburgh Library
- Monday, November 13, 4 - 5 p.m., Carey Auditorium in Hesburgh Library

Graduate and Professional Student Session:
- Monday, November 20, 4 - 5 p.m., Carey Auditorium in Hesburgh Library

Students who would like to submit a question may do so using this form. While there might not be time to address every question at the event, student questions and comments will provide valuable insight as University administrators, faculty, staff, and students work together to enact the Framework.

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.

Learn more and donate here.