Student Affairs E-newsletter: October 31, 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

Campus Ministry

Thursday, November 2, 7 p.m., Cedar Grove Cemetery
Join Latino Student Ministry in a celebration of life! Día de los Muertos is rooted in indigenous traditions that celebrate the life and memory of the deceased. On this day, family and friends unite in prayer and celebration to commemorate the lives of their loved ones. Join us for a prayer service at Cedar Grove Cemetery followed by a procession to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and a celebratory reception in the Coleman-Morse First-Floor Lounge. Email Diana Salgado Huicochea with any questions.

Friday, November 3, 7:30 - 9 p.m., St. Kateri Chapel, Welsh Family Hall
Join us for our next EXALT this Friday! Nicole Labadie, Director of Campus Ministry at Saint Mary's College, will offer a brief reflection followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and praise and worship led by Totus Tuus. Confessions and prayer teams will also be available, and a social will follow. For future updates from EXALT, please submit this form. Email Brett Perkins with any questions.

Saturday, November 4, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Bendix Park
Looking for something fun and meaningful to do on a weekend between football games? Join Campus Ministry this weekend for a mini-retreat! Juniors and seniors of all faiths are invited to spend part of the day off-campus to relax in nature and enjoy an outdoor activity. You will have time to reflect on where you are spiritually and personally as an upperclassman at Notre Dame, encountering big decisions, changes, and new opportunities. Rides to and from the retreat will be provided. Sign up using this link, and email Cat LaPorte with any questions.

Gender Relations Center (GRC)

Wednesday, November 1, 6 - 7 p.m., Duncan Student Center, Room 246
Join the GRC to watch and discuss the short documentary film Winn while enjoying free Aladdin’s catering. Winn tells the story of Pamela Winn, an activist who fought for better treatment for incarcerated pregnant people. All are welcome!

McDonald Center for Student Well-Being (McWell)

Wednesday, November 1 - Sunday, November 12
Beginning this week, a Fall Health and Wellness Survey will be emailed to you. Your responses will help Notre Dame continue to learn how to best support students. Please follow the link in your inbox to complete the survey. Once completed, you will be entered into a drawing to win $50, $150, or $300 in Domer Dollars! The survey opens tomorrow, November 1, and runs through Sunday, November 12. Email McWell with any questions.

Looking for a fun way to reduce your screen time, improve your wellness, and win prizes this year? Join McWell’s WellnessTXT Challenge, a part of the “Hang Up and Hang Out” campaign, for tips and challenges to improve your relationship with technology via text. The challenge will run Monday, November 6 until Friday, November 10. Text ‘@hangup’ to 81010 to join.

Thursday, November 2, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Duncan Student Center
Are you curious how sensory experience influences your mood, energy, and productivity? Join the McWell GROW Peer Educators for an opportunity to learn about the benefits of essential oil, and create your own scent-sational blend.

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 the McWell office located on the second floor of Saint Liam Hall, or email McWell to check if there’s a waitlist. To learn more, click here.

University Counseling Center (UCC)

Beginning Wednesday, November 1, 4 - 5:30 p.m., Duncan Student Center, Room W229

This three-session body acceptance workshop supports students in directly challenging the cultural messages that appearance should fit within a narrow set of “ideals” that exclude diverse bodies based on race, gender, sexuality, and ability. All students are welcome to attend. You do not need to use any other UCC service or attend a drop-in appointment to come to any workshop or support space. Please plan to attend all three sessions.

Thursday, November 2 and November 9, 3:30 - 4:45 p.m., Saint Liam Hall Third Floor

Want a new approach to coping? Following participation in this two-part workshop, you will have a concrete tool and conceptual framework to support your physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Join us for two consecutive Thursdays to create a map of your nervous system, better understand your biological state, and learn how to use it as a guide. Registration is not required but appreciated. Click here to register.

Fridays, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m., Saint Liam Hall Third Floor

This eight-session support space helps students to form friendships with their fellow group members through writing, sharing, listening, and asking questions of each other using the guide below:

- Write: Prompts are offered for you to reflect on your strengths, preferences, and experiences of well-being.
- Share: Read your writing aloud or talk about your experience of writing.
- Build Community: Listen and ask questions. Connect with what others share.
Registration is not required but appreciated. Click here to register.

Student Health and Wellness Resources

Notre Dame provides students with a Hallow subscription free of charge to help you stay prayed up this year. Created by three Notre Dame graduates, the University's partnership with Hallow gives you access to all of the app's content, including more than 10,000 sessions such as:
- 30 Days of Inspiration with Fr. Pete to start your day.
- Guest Sessions from Mark Wahlberg, Fr. Mike Schmitz, Jonathan Roumie, and many more.
- Inspirational Athletic Content from world-class athletes, including Notre Dame greats Lou Holtz, Brady Quinn, and Brandon Wimbush.
- Music ranging from contemporary to sacred chant to Catholic LoFi for work or focus time.
- Sleep Content, including meditations, examens, and music to wind down at night.
- Mental Health Sessions on a range of topics, and much more.
It’s super easy to get started. Simply click here to enter your name and Notre Dame email address, then create a password.


While students are encouraged to visit University Health Services (UHS) and the University Counseling Center (UCC) during business hours, TimelyCare is an additional service that provides after-hours access to medical care and 24/7 access to mental telehealth care across the United States, with no cost at the time of your visit. The following services are available to all students:

- Medical
- TalkNow
- Scheduled Counseling
- Health Coaching

TimelyCare’s goal is to help students begin health and well-being conversations earlier, get treated faster, and ensure student healthcare is positively impacting student engagement and retention.

Click here to get started. Use your Notre Dame email address to register, then enter your personal profile information and medical history.

The Calm app provides tools to help you relax, focus, and rest, and is the #1 app for sleep, meditation, and relaxation. Notre Dame offers students, faculty, and staff a free, premium subscription to the Calm app, which offers the following services:

- Meditate: Learn the life-changing skill of meditation.
- Sleep: Get more restful sleep and wake up feeling refreshed.
- Music: Access exclusive music to help you focus, relax, and sleep.
- Body: Access video lessons on mindful movement and gentle stretching.
- Masterclass: Learn from audio programs taught by world-renowned mindfulness experts.
- Scenes: Enjoy nature scenes and sounds while relaxing, sleeping, working, or studying.

To take advantage of this offer, sign up here.

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.