Student Affairs E-newsletter: Sept. 27, 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 Results

Last spring, Student Affairs, in collaboration with the Office of Strategic Planning & Institutional Research (OSPIR), administered the third iteration of the Inclusive Campus Student Survey to assess the overall climate on campus related to diversity and inclusion. All enrolled students at all levels, both undergraduate and graduate (12,897), were asked to participate, and the survey returned a 42% (5,388) response rate overall.

The full report can be accessed by members of the Notre Dame community using their NetID and password at

In the months ahead, Student Affairs will host student-led focus groups to determine how to put ideas offered through the survey’s open-ended comments into action. To apply to serve as a volunteer focus group facilitator, please click here.

Additionally, students who would like to engage in one-on-one conversations with Fr. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C., Vice President for Student Affairs, may do so during his weekly office hours held every Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m. in 316 Main Building; or during bimonthly Fireside Chats near the first-floor fireplace in Duncan Student Center. Students who are not able to make these opportunities are welcome to schedule an appointment to meet with Fr. Gerry at their convenience.  

Student Activities Office

Friday, Sept. 30, 9 - 11 p.m., Library Lawn
Join the African Student Association for Africa on the Quad! The event will include free food from Fuze, games, and a chance to win prizes. The group Uzima's performance will start at 9 p.m. and student groups will perform shortly thereafter. Don't miss out! 

Saturday, Oct. 1, 9 - 11 p.m., Library Lawn
Come to Library Lawn and paint your very own Notre Dame inspired portrait while indulging in some delicious Insomnia Cookies! There are limited spots available so don't forget to register for this event here.


Wednesday, Sept. 28, 7 - 9 p.m., Duncan Student Center W246
Love soccer and want to get involved on campus? Attend the indoor soccer officials clinic to begin your training, learn more about the sport, and become an official with RecSports! All experience levels are welcome. 

Thursday, Sept. 29, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Climbing and Bouldering Wall
Learn the basics of how to climb safely at the Climbing & Bouldering Wall. Clinic content includes using equipment, tying knots, top rope climbing, belaying, communication, lowering, basic movement techniques, and facility policies. Save your spot at

Registration opens Monday, Oct. 3 via IMLeagues
Registration for intramural basketball and broomball opens next Monday. Learn how to register your team today at

University Counseling Center (UCC)

Wednesday, Sept. 28, Oct. 5, and Oct. 12, 5 - 6:30 p.m., Saint Liam Hall Conference Room, Room 307 
Do you feel pressure from society, family, or peers to change the way you look? This 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. This is a three-part series, so please plan to attend all three sessions. Registration is requested, but not required. Register here.

McDonald for Student Well-Being (McWell)

Text ‘@getwellND’ to 81010 to join through Tuesday, Sept. 27
Looking for a fun way to improve your wellness & win prizes this year? Join McWell’s monthly WellnessTXT Challenge to participate in themed challenges that support your well-being via text. From Wednesday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 2, McWell will focus on social connectedness and how to embrace the awkward when meeting new people. 

Wednesday, Oct, 5, 5 - 6 p.m.
Meet someone new! Register for Shared Walks to make a new connection and restore together outdoors. Walkers will be randomly paired with another student and invited to meet up to take a walk together. Sign up here and McWell will follow up - all students are welcome. Registration closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30.

Apply for a McWell Mini Grant today! Calling all clubs and organizations: apply to receive a budget up to $150 to fund a social, engaging, late-night activity of your choosing during a high risk time. Each club and organization may receive one grant per year. Check out criteria and complete an application here.

Friday, Sept. 30, 12 - 1:30 p.m., Fieldhouse Mall
Stop by the McWell recess pop-up this Friday to pick up a midterm and finals planner before exams start. This planner will walk you through how to prepare for midterms, stay organized with multiple commitments, and prioritize well-being.

Family Resource Center (FRC)

For a student facing a planned or unplanned pregnancy, the physical, emotional, and spiritual issues can seem overwhelming. In keeping with its mission as a Catholic University, Notre Dame is committed to life and to offering students resources that support life. Therefore, the University will make every effort to provide pregnant students with caring, non-judgmental, professional assistance and support. Assistance is also available for those affected by the pregnancy of someone close to them. For more information, please email Peggy Hnatusko, FRC Pregnancy Support Specialist.

Campus Ministry

Join together with others in the tri-campus community to participate in Wholemakers, a four-session program connecting ecology and spirituality. The program was developed by college students and young adults, and weaves together the latest climate science with insights from the Catholic tradition to equip students to be what Pope Francis calls a “protagonist of transformation for the world." For more information and/or to sign up, email Becky Czarnecki or Kate Barrett.

Are you interested in serving as a retreat leader? The Discover Retreat is now accepting applications for the leadership team. Discover, which creates space for sophomores through seniors to reflect on their journey with God, will take place from Friday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 13. More details about the time commitment can be found in the application link. Applications are due Friday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. Please email Kate Broadbent with any questions.

Sunday, Oct. 2 and Monday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m., Coleman-Morse Center
The Notre Dame Folk Choir will hold auditions for lead acting roles in The Passion, an original musical and theatrical representation of the biblical story of Christ’s Passion, directed by Prof. Matt Hawkins. The Passion will tour along the East Coast during Spring Break and be performed on campus on Good Friday. This production will be fully staged with the Folk Choir singing, an acting ensemble, a full band, and professional projection and video design. Please email Hannah Tonsor for more information and audition details.

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 5:15 p.m., Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Join us for a special Mass next Tuesday for the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of the environment, to pray for and celebrate those individuals who work in pursuit of a just, sustainable future. University President, Fr. John Jenkins, C.S.C., will preside and Fr. Terrence Ehrman, C.S.C., will serve as the homilist. Fr. Jenkins has led the University’s efforts to be a role model for sustainable citizenship rooted in the Catholic mission. Fr. Ehrman investigates the relationship between theology and science, particularly the life sciences of ecology and evolution, and contributes to the University’s strategic sustainability progress as a member of the Water Strategy Working Group. 

Did you know there is a prayer space open to students of all faiths in 102 Coleman-Morse? This prayer room offers time of quiet reflection, prayer, and includes a water font for purification at the entrance. All are welcome to stop by anytime the building is open.

Explore your faith in an intentional and individual way through Spiritual Direction. A sustained relationship with a spiritual director helps you deepen your encounter with God, explore prayer, discern God's call in your life and integrate faith throughout your journey. Spiritual Direction sessions normally last an hour and meet every three to four weeks. Spiritual Direction is open to all students, faculty, and staff regardless of church affiliation or faith tradition. For assistance in finding a spiritual director or for any questions, please email Mike Urbaniak.

Notre Dame Forum

Monday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m., Notre Dame Stadium
The Notre Dame community is invited to attend a powerful theatrical experience that invites guests into a global discussion about war in Ukraine and in many other parts of our world. Next Monday, nationally acclaimed Theater of War Productions, with Emmy Award-winning actors Anthony Edwards (Top Gun, E.R., Inventing Anna), Keith David (Nope, Armageddon, The Thing), as well as actor/director Tate Donovan (Friends, The O.C., Hercules), will perform dramatic readings of Aeschylus’ play The Suppliants, a Greek tragedy about the costs of war. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni whose lives have been touched by war will participate in the performance and discussion, both in person and virtually from locations all over the world. Stadium gates open at 6 p.m., and food trucks will be available to those with a Notre Dame ID from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Additionally, the first 500 students will receive a free ND blanket and premier on-field seating.