Student Affairs E-newsletter: Oct. 25, 2022

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

Inclusive Campus Student Survey Focus Groups


As part of the University's continued efforts to engage students in improving the campus climate at Notre Dame, all students are invited to participate in action-oriented focus groups on Monday, Nov. 7 or Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. Focus groups will be student-led, and will provide an opportunity for students to discuss ideas for improving the campus climate around a variety of topics related to the Inclusive Campus Student Survey. Food will be provided, and students who register and attend a focus group will receive $10 in Domer Dollars.

Students may sign up for Inclusive Campus Student Survey focus groups here

Student Affairs is still in need of student facilitators to lead these focus groups. Students who are interested in serving as a facilitator can complete this interest form no later than Wednesday, Oct. 26. Training will be offered to facilitators on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

McDonald Center for Student Well-Being (McWell)

Were you randomly selected to take the Fall ND Health and Wellness Survey? If so, please take it! Your responses will help McWell to 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 now through Sunday, Nov. 6. Email McWell with questions.

Campus Ministry

The Notre Dame pilgrimage to World Youth Day will take place from Saturday, July 29 to Monday, Aug. 7. The week includes time to explore Lisbon, a day trip to Fatima, and six days of conferences, prayer, liturgy, and fellowship with new friends from Notre Dame and around the world. You will encounter Christ, His Mother, the Pope, and the universal Church like never before. Please consider applying to join the Notre Dame delegation. Learn more and apply here. The deadline to apply is this Friday, Oct. 28, at 11:59 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7 - 9 p.m., Coleman-Morse Chapel
Join Campus Ministry's Black Student Ministry for a Black Ecumenical Prayer Service this Wednesday. This prayer service will include Scripture, music, and a student reflection.

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Duncan Hall Chapel
Mass can simultaneously feel powerfully prophetic and warmly chaotic: like one foot is on earth and one foot is in heaven. Come join us this Wednesday to dive deep into a conversation about the Mass from a Latino perspective. Fr. Matt Kuczora, C.S.C., will preside. The night will begin with a special Mass in Spanish that includes teaching moments. Afterward, join in a panel discussion with food and drinks. For more information, email Aaron Morris, C.S.C.

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m., Coleman-Morse Lounge
Jim Towey was a friend and trusted advisor to Mother Teresa of Calcutta for 12 years, and later, to U.S. President George W. Bush as a member of his senior staff and counselor on programs for the poor. At his talk this Wednesday, Towey will tell his story, share lessons on how to live your Catholic faith as a leader in a secular culture, and challenge you to change the world around you just as Mother Teresa did. A copy of Towey’s new book, To Love and Be Loved: A Personal Portrait of Mother Teresa (Simon and Schuster) will be given to 10 lucky students. His talk is guaranteed to make you laugh, think, and grow. Towey is a proud parent of two Notre Dame alumni. This talk is co-sponsored by the McGrath Institute for Church Life.

Thursday, Oct. 27, 6 - 8 p.m., Coleman-Morse Lounge
All are welcome to join Campus Ministry's Latino Student Ministry to decorate sugar skulls this Thursday. These sugar skulls will be placed on the ofrendas that will be made in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Coleman-Morse lounge. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

Friday, Oct. 28, 5:30 p.m.
Campus Ministry will host its monthly Grief Dinner Party this Friday. This opportunity invites you, wherever you are on your journey with grief, to simply share what brings you to the table and where you’re at with your loss right now. RSVP required. For more information, email Mike Urbaniak.

Friday, Oct. 28, 7 - 9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Stanford-Keenan Chapel
Campus Ministry is excited to partner with Damascus Catholic Missions, a lay Catholic missionary movement, to host an Awaken Night. The mission of an Awaken Night is to awaken people’s hearts to the message of the Gospel through praise and worship, dynamic preaching, and a powerful encounter with Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. Join us this Friday with fellowship afterward. Everyone in the tri-campus community is invited to attend.

Sundays, 3:30 p.m., Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Se les invita a todos a la Misa en Español en Notre Dame. Everyone is invited to celebrate Misa en Espanol every Sunday in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. After Mass this Sunday, Oct. 30, and on the last Sunday of every month, we will have Familia dinners in the Coleman-Morse first-floor lounge which will include social time and Latin American food.

SEEK23 (Jan. 2-6, 2023 in St. Louis, MO) is a 5-day Catholic conference hosted by FOCUS, where thousands of college students gather to hear from gifted speakers, spend time in prayer and fellowship, and ask big questions about God, life, love, and happiness, and Campus Ministry will coordinate a group to attend. Participation is open to undergraduate and graduate students from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, and Holy Cross. Click here for more information about the conference, costs, fundraising opportunities, and registration. Email Brett Perkins for more information.

University Counseling Center (UCC)

Let’s Talk is a free and confidential program designed to serve the needs of students through brief, 15 to 20-minute consultations that occur outside the UCC in easily accessible locations on campus. At these consultations, The Let's Talk consultant is available to offer support, solutions, and resources for any student with concerns related to stress, sadness, anxiety, difficulty adjusting to college life, academic concerns, family problems, and relationship concerns. Let’s Talk is best suited for students who are:

  • Unsure about counseling and are trying to figure out what it is like to talk with a counselor
  • Not interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor on a specific issue
  • Interested in talking to someone about a specific problem
  • Concerned about a friend and would like a counselor’s perspective on what to do

Let’s Talk is held as follows throughout the academic year except during University breaks and holidays. Simply stop by as your schedule allows.

  • Mondays: 3 – 4 p.m.; Fitzpatrick Hall, Room 181
  • Wednesdays: 3 – 4 p.m.; Hesburgh Library, Room 123
  • Thursdays: 3 – 4 p.m.; LaFortune Student Center, Room 215  
  • Fridays: 2 – 3 p.m.; Duncan Student Center, Room 208