Student Affairs E-newsletter: October 24, 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 Activities Office (SAO)

Friday, October 27, 9 p.m. - 12 a.m., South Quad
All are invited to join SAO for the annual Halloween Fest this Friday. Students can enjoy a haunted hayride, bounce house, food trucks, pumpkin painting, hot chocolate and cider, candy wreaths, an escape room, a photobooth, glow tattoos, prizes, and more. Feel free to come in costume for more spooky fun! Note: Small animals will be present at the event. Rain location: Stepan Center. Follow sao_nd on Instagram for more updates and details.

Campus Ministry

Thursday, October 26, 6 p.m., Coleman-Morse Center First-Floor Lounge and Friday, October 27, 9:30 - 11 a.m., Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Help Latino Student Ministry design and set up the Día de Los Muertos Ofrendas (altars) in the Coleman-Morse Center and the Basilica. The CoMo Ofrenda will be set up on Thursday, October 26, and the Basilica Ofrenda will be set up on Friday, October 27. Email Sylvia Garcia or Diana Salgado Huicochea with any questions. All are welcome!

Deadline to Register: Tuesday, October 31

Did you know Campus Ministry offers opportunities for immersion both locally and internationally? Two opportunities are available this year: Blessed Are The Streets: A South Bend Homelessness Immersion at the end of Winter Break, and the Immersion Trip to Farm of the Child in Honduras over Spring Break. Applications for both immersions are due by Halloween. All students are welcome to apply and financial aid is available. Please email Becky Czarnecki for additional information.

McDonald Center for Student Well-Being (McWell)

McWell is seeking a graduate assistant to conduct benchmarking of peer institutions’ well-being related activities and a literature review of alcohol use risk reduction best practices on college campuses. If you are interested or have any questions, please email Sally Klimek. Click here to apply.

Thursday, October 26, Strikes and Spares, 8 - 10 p.m.

Kick off Halloween weekend with McWell and ZeroProof at Strikes and Spares. There is no cost for bowling and transportation will be provided if needed. Choose less boo-ze this October. Click here to sign up.

Thursday, October 26, 6 - 8 p.m., Duncan Innovation Lounge

Join McWell’s GROW Peer Educators for an evening of mini pumpkin painting, pretzels, and picture printing. Polaroids and Pumpkins is designed to promote a break from technology, foster student well-being, and encourage authentic connections.

Saturday, October 28, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., DeBartolo Quad

Join ZeroProof and McWell for another Sober Tailgate this Saturday. Enjoy all the best tailgate classics such as spikeball and cornhole tournaments, Chick-Fil-A (with vegetarian options), and a community without the presence of alcohol. There will be fun drinks, treats, and more. All sober students, students in recovery, and sober-curious students are welcome to attend.

Monday, October 30, 5 - 6:30 p.m., North Dining Hall

Stop by the lobby tables at North Dining Hall next Monday to learn about McWell’s latest campaign, “Hang Up and Hang Out,” which aims to develop knowledge and skills around reducing screen time in order to support well-being and authentic connection.

Monday, October 30, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., West Entrance of Saint Liam Hall

Join McWell for a Spooky Nature Walk! As a part of the “Hang Up and Hang Out” campaign, connect with other students and take a break from technology by hearing Notre Dame ghost stories and taking a walk around Notre Dame’s beautiful campus during the fall. Please meet at the West entrance of Saint Liam Hall. 

University Counseling Center (UCC)

Beginning Friday, October 27, 1:30 - 4 p.m.
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.

Notre Dame Forum

Friday, October 27, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., Duncan Student Center
All students are invited to register to vote and learn more about how to become involved in civic activism.

Friday, October 27, 2 p.m., Leighton Concert Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
As part of the 2023-24 Notre Dame Forum on the “Future of Democracy,” join University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., for a fireside chat with Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and Senator Todd Young (R-IN), as they discuss cultivating civility and bipartisanship in a time of polarization and gridlock. The event is free but ticketed. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning one hour before the event. 

PEV Policy Review and Feedback

A University working group was recently convened to review on-campus Personal Electric Vehicles (PEV) policies and protocols, including the use of e-scooters and e-bikes. The working group, which includes student, faculty, and staff representation, will make recommendations regarding future PEV policies to University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., later this semester.

Notre Dame community feedback is encouraged and will be gathered in-person and online. Please consider attending one of the following listening sessions or submitting your written feedback via this online form. For questions or more information, please email

PEV Listening Sessions, 134 Duncan Student Center:
  • Monday, October 30, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 1, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

University Health Services (UHS)

The flu is a contagious disease caused by a virus that attacks the respiratory tract (nose, throat, and lungs). You can identify the flu if you experience the following symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, headache, chills, muscle aches, fatigue, runny nose, and occasionally vomiting and diarrhea. It can be spread from person to person through droplets from the nose and throat or by touching a surface or object with the virus on it. The flu is contagious one day before symptoms start until about seven days after the illness begins.

Treatment is aimed at relieving the symptoms through rest, over-the-counter pain and fever reducers, cough suppressants, and hydration. You should wear a mask and avoid contact with others until you’re fever-free for at least 24 hours. Antiviral medication may decrease the length and severity of illness if medicine is started within two days of getting sick and at the discretion of a healthcare provider. Make sure you get the flu vaccine yearly to prevent the illness or lessen the severity. Additionally, seek further care if you experience persistent vomiting, decrease in urination, a significant change in fever, or if symptoms improve and then return. Call 911 if you experience difficulty breathing, pain or pressure in your chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, or confusion.

A sore throat is a symptom that is characterized by a painful or scratchy feeling that results in discomfort when trying to swallow or speak. This can be caused by a “cold” virus, a bacteria called Group A Strep, or environmental stimuli like cold weather, pollen, or other allergens.

Soreness, pain, or discomfort in the throat may be accompanied by:
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Fever
  • Red and swollen tonsils
  • White patches in the throat
  • Tiny red spots on the roof of the mouth
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the front of the neck
A sore throat caused by a virus is often accompanied by:
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Hoarseness or “lost voice”
  • Conjunctivitis, also known as “pink eye”
A healthcare provider will determine the type of illness by asking about your symptoms and doing a physical exam. Sometimes, they swab your throat. If strep throat is the cause of throat soreness an antibiotic is needed. Most sore throats are caused by a virus and will resolve on their own within one week. Warm beverages, throat lozenges, salt water gargles, a cool mist vaporizer, popsicles, and various over-the-counter medications can help you feel better.

Call UHS at 574-631-7497 if you experience difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, blood in saliva or phlegm, dehydration, joint swelling and pain, rash, or any other severe symptom that is concerning.