Student Affairs E-newsletter: October 10, 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

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Yesterday was Indigenous Peoples' Day, which recognizes and celebrates Indigenous communities that have lived in the Americas for thousands of years. The day highlights their history and customs, while also commemorating their tenacity, legacy, and influence. The Department of Diversity & Inclusion: Race & Ethnicity in Student Government recognizes Indigenous Peoples’ Day with the aim of better understanding, appreciating, and valuing the diversity and traditions of all nations and peoples, including the indigenous, and not just our own.

Student Affairs and Student Government would like to acknowledge our presence on the traditional homelands of Native peoples, including the Haudenosauneega, Miami, Peoria, and particularly the Pokégnek Bodéwadmik/Pokagon Potawatomi, who have been using this land for education for many years and will continue to do so for years to come.

Campus Ministry

Tuesday, October 10, 7 - 7:30 p.m., Our Lady of the Lake World Peace Plaza
In light of recent events in Israel and Palestine, please join Campus Ministry as we pray for peace in our world. Fr. Pete McCormick, C.S.C., will preside at the interfaith service that will include communal prayer for peace and readings from the Holy Books of major world religions. All are invited to join in this moment of unity and healing on our campus. Following the service, participants are invited to commune with others and light a candle at the Grotto.

Residential Life

Wednesday, October 11, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Duncan Student Center, Room 134
Join Residential Life and local landlords for the fall Off-Campus Housing Fair. Students will learn about off-campus housing and resources while connecting with representatives from area apartments and property managers. For more information, please email Residential Life.


Wednesday, October 11, 9 - 11 p.m., North Dome Basketball Courts

Do you love basketball? Are you looking for a way to get more involved on campus? Join RecSports for this hands-on officials clinic. All experience levels are welcome, and clinic participants are eligible for hire after attending. RecSports is also still hiring flag football officials. For more information, please email Kayla Oloffson.

Friday, October 13 - Saturday, October 21

RecSports facilities will operate with modified hours for Fall Break. Please visit our website for more information and a complete list of operating hours.

Monday, October 23 - Sunday, October 29
Group Fitness and FAST Fitness classes are FREE starting Monday, October 23! Try out new classes at no cost for an entire week. Pre-registration through RecRegister is required, and spots fill up fast. Reserve your place in class today.

McDonald Center for Student Well-Being (McWell)

Tuesday October 10, 4 - 5 p.m., Duncan Student Center Lobby
Join McWell’s GROW Peer Educators to celebrate World Mental Health Day. Learn about the importance of taking care of your mental health, and receive free goodies such as essential oils, stickers, and clementines.

Wednesday, October 11, Beginning at 7 p.m., Saint Liam Hall Second Floor
Choose less BOO-ze this October! McWell encourages students to reflect upon your relationship with alcohol in a harm-reduction context this October, Alcohol Awareness month. We will frost fall cookies, decorate photo frames, dine on Chipotle, and enjoy community.

St. Joseph County Park and nearby botanical gardens
Want to improve your overall well-being? Research shows time spent in nature helps. McWell has park passes that may be borrowed for either St. Joseph County Parks or nearby botanical gardens. Stop by McWell on the second floor of Saint Liam Hall, or email McWell to check if there is a waitlist. To learn more, please click here.

McWell houses four spaces that students are invited to use as places to study, meditate, pray, play, socialize, or use for telehealth appointments. Rooms are located on the second floor of Saint Liam Hall. Visit McWell’s website to learn more and make reservations.  

University Counseling Center (UCC)

Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Saint Liam Hall Third Floor
This group focuses on members’ unique experiences to explore themes of pain, joy, healing, self-worth and acceptance (love), self-discovery, shame, stigma, anger, and discrimination in the lives of Black women. We seek to create a safe and trusting environment for open and honest conversations about the experiences of Black women, while facilitating empowerment and encouragement.

Begins Friday, October 27, 1:30 - 4 p.m. (part of a series)
The Penn Resilience Program (PRP) is a five-session training that 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. PRP is not a treatment program; rather, it is a skills program that is designed to prevent anxiety and depression and to increase well-being. The PRP skill set draws from two fields in psychology: cognitive behavioral psychology and positive psychology. All students are welcome to attend. Attendance at all sessions, especially the first session, is advised as subsequent sessions build upon previous materials. Register here.