Student Affairs E-newsletter: Oct. 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

Health and Wellness Resources

As a way to help students, faculty, and staff care for their emotional well-being, the University has partnered with Calm. The Calm app provides tools to help you relax, focus, and rest through guided sessions on sleep, meditation, and relaxation. Sign up for a free, premium subscription using your netID by following these instructions.

In addition to the University Counseling Center (UCC), University Health Services (UHS), the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being (McWell), and the Center for Student Support and Care, the Health and Wellness Unit within the Division of Student Affairs also offers a telehealth program to students called TimelyCare (formerly Fighting Irish Care). While students are encouraged to visit UHS and UCC while on campus during business hours, this additional service provides 24/7 access to medical and mental telehealth care across the United States, with no cost at the time of your visit.

Whether you're feeling sick or overwhelmed, students can talk to a licensed provider from their smartphone or any web-enabled device. Licensed providers are available to diagnose non-emergent medical conditions, prescribe medications, and offer mental health support and wellness coaching via phone or secure video visits. Learn more about how to access TimelyCare here

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 University Health Services (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 Fall Break or entry testing following Fall Break. 

Students who are unvaccinated and received an exemption from the vaccination requirement do not need to report for surveillance testing during Fall Break, but are required to report for their scheduled weekly surveillance test before and after Fall Break.  

Symptomatic testing is available at the University Testing Center during Fall Break by appointment only. 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.

Our uniformly, highly-vaccinated campus community is considered an area of very low risk. Students who travel to areas of greater risk during Fall Break and experience a high fever, difficulty breathing, or a loss of taste or smell should seek testing immediately. Students who experience these symptoms should also wear a mask and refrain from traveling until they receive a negative test result. COVID-19 tests are available at no cost nationwide at health centers and select pharmacies. Students may also utilize UHS as a resource or download the TimelyCare 24/7 telehealth app to access a medical provider while away from campus. 

While traveling, all students are required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Students should also follow all state and local recommendations and requirements, including mask wearing and physical distancing. In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated. Students should also wash their hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.

Flu Vaccine Blitz

The University will offer free flu vaccines to students, faculty, and staff during the second Flu Vaccine Blitz Monday, Oct. 25 through Wednesday, Oct. 27. Registration is required and is now open.

Like last year, all students – undergraduate, graduate, and professional – are required to receive the seasonal flu vaccine this fall. Click here to register.

McDonald Center for Student Well-Being (McWell)

Friday, Oct. 15, 12:30 - 2 p.m., North Quad
Recess is in session! Take a break with the McWell Senior Fellows at Recess - a weekly event to discover opportunities for active breaks in your busy life. This week, McWell will be on North Quad with an activity to encourage connection and play. Follow @McWellND for more details. 

The Enneagram is a system of personality typing that describes patterns in how people interpret the world and manage their emotions. Book the McWell Break Room this month to explore more about the Enneagram, your type, and how to support your self-care based on your type. Reserve at and follow @McWellND for more information.

Koru is an nationally-known, evidence-based mindfulness program developed specifically for college students by experts at Duke University. By joining Koru, you will commit to four 75-minute sessions that take place once per week for four consecutive weeks. Sign up here for sections beginning after Fall Break. 

Student Activities Office (SAO)

Thursday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m., Notre Dame Stadium
Join SAO for a night of music performed by some of your favorite student performing arts clubs. Admission is free with NDID and students can enter through Gate E starting at 6:30 p.m. Food trucks will also be on site. 

Thursday, Oct. 14, 9:30 p.m., Legends
Are you looking to experience the perfect cinematic mix of camp, sci-fi, and rock 'n' roll, complete with live actors? Attend a live 'shadowcast' performance of the classic horror parody, Rocky Horror Picture Show, this Thursday at Legends. Enjoy food, fun, and fancy dance moves!

Center for Career Development

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Duncan Student Center, 512
This discussion will address all aspects of the various roles in Financial Services, including investment banking, asset management, sales and trading, private wealth, corporate banking, private equity, and venture capital. We will also discuss qualifications and skills needed, workplace environment, the competitive nature of roles, a recruiting timeline, and tips for success. Register here.

Are you looking to take a more active role in your own career development process? The next sessions in the Career Development Series will take place this week. Upon completion, students will earn a certificate and can promote their accomplishments to employers on their Handshake profile. Register for all events on Handshake.

  • Digital Presence and Engagement (First Years/Sophomores)
    Tuesday, Oct. 12, 5 - 6 p.m., Duncan Student Center, 512
    What do you include on Handshake and LinkedIn? Are they different from or the same as your resume? How do you utilize these professional networking tools for your internship and job search and promote yourself as a budding professional? Come find out at this session. Register here.
  • Summer Plans for Juniors (Juniors Only)
    Wednesday, Oct. 13, 5 - 6 p.m., Duncan Student Center, 512
    Seeking out a summer experience in either your hometown or elsewhere? This session will teach you strategies and suggest resources to help you land your ideal experience next summer. Register here.

Campus Ministry

Are you interested in getting involved in the local South Bend community? Do you have a passion for community service and contributing to social change? Are you looking for a space to hang out with your peers and talk about the social issues that are important to you? If you answered 'yes,' Mercy Works could be for you!

Mercy Works is a joint initiative between Campus Ministry and the Center for Social Concerns that allows students to live out the works of mercy in our local community. We are still accepting student volunteers for service opportunities that range from working in education and youth work, homelessness, public health, and much more. Click here for more information and to learn how to become involved.

Founder's Day

Join the Notre Dame community as we mark Founders’ Day on Tuesday, Oct. 12 and Wednesday, Oct.13. Early in the University’s history, Founders’ Day was a campus-wide celebration on the feast day (Oct. 13) of Edward the Confessor, patron saint of Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., the Holy Cross priest who founded Notre Dame. Notre Dame is reviving the celebration as an opportunity to consider our history, understand our present, and imagine our future. To learn more about Founders’ Day events, please visit

Academic Convocation and Honorary Degree Conferral

The University of Notre Dame is honored to welcome His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians worldwide and courageous champion of environmental stewardship, migrants, and religious liberty. Join University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., as the University bestows an honorary degree upon Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 5:15 p.m. The convocation is free and open to members of the University community but ticketed, and seating in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart is limited. The convocation will be live-streamed. More information can be found here.

10-Digit Dialing Requirement

Beginning Sunday, Oct. 24, all local calls placed to Indiana’s 574 and 219 area codes will require callers to use all 10 digits of the number. Any calls that do not use 10 digits will not be completed, although you can still dial 911 for emergency services. Students are asked to keep this in mind as they place calls to University offices. Learn more here