Graduate Student Appreciation Week

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Graduate Student Appreciation Week: October 5-11

Our graduate students are valued members of the Notre Dame community every day of the year, but we can't help but celebrate you in a special way this week! Come enjoy freebies, food, fun, and fellowship with other grad students as the whole Notre Dame family honors YOU!

The week will feature plenty of unique events just for Appreciation Week and will highlight campus events and resources available to grad students all year through.

This year we are also featuring ND stories told by ND grads. Read about their Notre Dame experiences here.

 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, SaturdaySunday.

 

All Week

Hashtag Contest: Send us your #thanksbetograds tweets & posts for the chance to win a $50 gift card to Grub Hub every day of the week!

Wall of GRADitude!: Register to receive daily emails expressing gratitude for YOU and the work you do from the Writing Center, along with the opportunity for you to contribute your own expression of gratitude to an online "Wall of GRADitude!" Participation includes the chance to win the book Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. Register here.  

St. Michael's Laundry Dry-Cleaning Discount: 50% off cleaning & dry-cleaning on up to 4 pieces of professional attire.

AMEC Food Drive: Join grad club AMEC Hunger Fighters in their annual Fall Food Drive. One box will be located in the Grad Life Lounge with several others in departments across campus. If you are interested in adopting a box, please email amec@nd.edu.

Grad Careers Goodies: All week, while supplies last, Grad Careers will have a table in their Duncan offices with water bottles filled with candy!

World Post Day: Celebrate World Post Day (Friday 10/9) by writing and sending Notre Dame postcards to friends & family. Stamped postcards can be picked up all week in the Grad Lounge in Duncan.

Dome-Cooked Meals, International: Throughout the week we'll post recipes and cooking videos from international graduate students preparing their favorite foods from their home countries.

 

Monday, October 5

Grab & Go Giveaways | 9-11a | Library Lawn | Swing by and pick up a free GSU t-shirt, free Rise'n Roll donuts, and other free goodies to kick-off GSAW. Did we mention everything is FREE!

Trauma-Informed Teaching | 11:00a | Virtual | This workshop is designed to inform participants about the potential effects of trauma on their students and introduce them to basic strategies to mitigate the impact of trauma in teaching and learning. Learn more and register at kaneb.nd.edu/programs.

Grad Life Yoga | 4:30-5:15p | Virtual | Join Steve Krojo for a relaxing & restorative free yoga session online just for grads. 

Virtual Dinner Drop-In | 6:30p | Virtual | Every night this week a different graduate club will host dinnertime online so you can enjoy mealtime with friends old and new! Monday Host: Expanding Your Horizons

GSU Typography Day & Movie Night | 10a-4p, 7:00p | Grad Student Lounge & Virtual | Do you have strong opinions about fonts? We sure do! On Monday night at 7p, GSU will be screening the 2007 documentary Helvetica over Zoom and chatting about our favorite typefaces. You can also stop by the Graduate Student Lounge during the day to pick up some free novelty rubber stamps (type case not included). 

 

Tuesday, October 6

Virtual T4: Tuesday, Tools, Tips, and Time | 8:30a-12:00p | Virtual | Do you need some face-to-face accountability to keep committed to your research and writing? This workshop time is available for graduate students working on their theses or dissertations. The library will also be giving away some Library swag for GSAW throughout their programs during the week!

Anxiety & Stress Management | 1:00p | Virtual | Feeling anxious? Feeling stressed? We all manage our stress and anxiety in different ways and with different levels of effectiveness. Join this workshop to learn more about the impact that imagery and relaxation can have on anxiety and stress as well as experience some practical applications of what you learn. Register now at gradconnect.nd.edu

Not Zoom, ZUMBA! | 6:00p | Notre Dame Stadium | Join RecSports for a free grad-only Zumba class on the field, followed by Ben's Pretzels in the concourse. Registration will open 72 hours before the event on RecRegister.

Virtual Dinner Drop-In | 6:30p | Virtual | Every night this week a different graduate club will host dinnertime online so you can enjoy mealtime with friends old and new! Tuesday Host: Black Graduate Student Association. MSPS will also be joining in the dinner to facilitate community and conversation.

GSU Jackbox Game Night | 7-9:30p | Virtual | Come play the Jackbox Party Games with your fellow graduate students! If you haven’t tried them before, you should know that 1) these games are hilarious, and 2) they are all accessed for free over the Internet. We’ll explain how to participate in Zoom, just drop in whenever you can and hang out for as long as you want!

 

Wednesday, October 7

A Moment of GRADitude | 10:00a-12:00p | Fieldhouse Mall | McWell will be posted out on the Fieldhouse Mall outside of Lafortune Student Center, giving away gratitude journals for your to take home! There are huge positive mental and emotional health outcomes of "adding gratitude to your attitude", so come stop by to learn more about this practice and be entered to win door prizes! You can also find out more about the benefits of gratitude on McWell's website.

Graduate Life Leadership-Leading with... | 1:30p | Virtual | SAO's Parker Hess will run this workshop to help Graduate Students cultivate a more robust understanding of leadership skills and practices through the lens of authenticity with boundaries, courage, and empathy. Students will identify their values and leadership and explore what it means to lean into them in times of growth. 

Work Appreciation Languages | 4:00p | Virtual | During this session, Graduate Career Services will provide time to slow down and help you reflect on what makes you feel appreciated. The “5 Appreciation Languages in the Workplace” will provide the backdrop for the discussion, which is based on the popular book series “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman. You will walk away with the “Why” behind what makes you feel valued at work and in life. Learn more and register at gradconnect.nd.edu

Virtual Dinner Drop-In | 6:30p | Virtual | Every night this week a different graduate club will host dinnertime online so you can enjoy mealtime with friends old and new! Wednesday Host: Graduate Consulting Club

 

Thursday, October 8

GSU Succulent Giveaway | 10a-4p | Grad Student Lounge | Add a splash of green to your workspace! Drop by the Graduate Student Lounge to pick up a succulent plant, free of charge. We will also have resources available to promote self-compassion and emotional well-being, courtesy of McWell, and the University Counseling Center. Remember, even the sharpest cacti are soft on the inside!

Catholic Graduate Community Rosary  | 10:45a | Grotto | All are welcome to join CGC and Campus Ministry for a morning of prayer at the Grotto (rain location: Lady Chapel).

Catholic Graduate Community Weekday Mass | 11:30a | Basilica | All are welcome to join CGC and Campus Ministry for weekday mass at the Basilica.

Tips and Tricks for Accessing Library Resources after Graduation | 3:00p | Virtual | It's never too soon to start thinking about what kinds of resources will be available to you after graduation! The library will also be giving away some Library swag for GSAW throughout their programs during the week!

FRC Ice Cream Social | 3:00p | Library Lawn | Married, pregnant, and parenting graduate students and their families are invited to join the Family Resource Center for ice cream and camaraderie!

Virtual Dinner Drop-In | 6:30p | Virtual | Every night this week a different graduate club will host dinnertime online so you can enjoy mealtime with friends old and new! Thursday Host: Book Club

Grad Acoustic Cafe | 7:30p | Library Lawn | Come enjoy the acoustic sounds of accomplished graduate student musicians, including traditional Irish folk music and Russian steel drums!

Grad Life Virtual Trivia Night | 7:00p | Virtual | Show off your command of arcane knowledge and compete for gift certificates to local restaurants! Sign up now.

 

Friday, October 9

World Post Day | All Day | Graduate Student Lounge | Celebrate World Post Day by writing and sending Notre Dame postcards to friends & family. Stamped postcards can be picked up all week in the Grad Lounge in Duncan.

Grad Grocery Giveaway | 10:00a | 2nd Floor of Lafortune | The GRC, OSE, and MSPS are at it again! Giving away free bags of groceries to graduate students! The giveaway will run while supplies last.

Mindfulness for Grad Students | 10:00a | Virtual | The UCC's Peter Barnes will lead a session on mindfulness with graduate students in mind! Register here.

Grad-Only Free Headshots | 3-5:00p | Bond Hall | Graduate Career Services will host a free photo session for graduate students to get a professional headshot. Register here.

Virtual Dinner Drop-In | 6:30p | Virtual | Every night this week a different graduate club will host dinnertime online so you can enjoy mealtime with friends old and new! Friday Host: Africa Graduate Club

Casino Night | 7:30p | Virtual | Play to win a $50 Amazon gift card! Poker, Blackjack, and Craps. Register now!

 

Saturday, October 10

Lakefront Dog Walk | 10:00a | St. Mary's Lake | Come walk around the lakes with us and our canine companions. All are welcome, with or without a dog of their own. Treats & toys will be provided. Please only bring dogs with up-to-date vaccinations and who get along well with other dogs and humans. We'll meet on the northeast shore of St. Mary's Lake in the area with the picnic tables (across from the Grotto). Best place to park will be the D Lot off of Dorr Road.

Virtual Dinner Drop-In | 6:30p | Virtual | Every night this week a different graduate club will host dinnertime online so you can enjoy mealtime with friends old and new! Saturday Host: LatinX Graduate Association at Notre Dame

 

Sunday, October 11

Mass Intentions | All Day | All Campus Chapels | Every Mass on campus this Sunday will include a special prayer of appreciation and blessing for graduate students!

Virtual Dinner Drop-In | 6:30p | Virtual | Every night this week a different graduate club will host dinnertime online so you can enjoy mealtime with friends old and new! Sunday Host: Science Policy Initiative

GSU's GlassND Movie Night | 7:00p | Virtual | Celebrate National Coming Out Day with GlassND by joining our virtual watch party of Wild Nights with Emily, a quirky 2018 comedy centering around Emily Dickinson.

 

CAMPUS EVENTS WITH A GRAD LIFE VIBE

All Week

Need to Talk | All Day | Campus Ministry is here for you to talk about anxieties, challenges, opportunities for hope, your spiritual journey, thoughts about vocation, and anything else that might be on your mind and heart.

Monday

Pickleball & Badminton Tournament Registration | 6-11:00a | Register Online | Recsports will be hosting a Pickleball and Badminton Tournament Friday and Sunday. The tournament is open to all ability levels and, for GSAW, the registration fee is waived for Graduate Students! More info here!

Build your Plan alongside your Peers | 4:00p | Virtual | During this session, you will learn how to build your professional network and a strategic plan within career paths of interest alongside fellow graduate students, postdocs, and recent alumni through advanced degree "Career Communities."

Body Image Workshop Series | 6:00p | Online | Join the University Counseling Center (UCC) for a virtual skill-building workshop series aimed at improving your body image. This workshop series is appropriate for students struggling with negative body image who want to improve the way they perceive their physical selves.Register here.

Tuesday

Art 180 | All Day | Virtual and Snite Museum of Art | Spend 180 minutes over the course of the semester looking at a single photograph exhibition Touchstones of the Twentieth Century: A History of Photography at the University of Notre Dame.

What Were You Wearing? | 10:00a-6:00p | 134 Duncan Student Center | Stop by the nationally touring survivor art installation this Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The exhibit is based on the poem, “What I Was Wearing” by Mary Simmerling. Sponsored by the GRC.

Confession | 12:00-1:30p | Duncan Student Center | A priest will be available for the Sacrament of Confession in room W208 of the Duncan Student Center.

FRC Expectant/Newborn Parent Discussion Group | 1:00p | Virtual | Are you an ND student or spouse that is an expectant parent or parent of a newborn? Come participate in a weekly discussion group designed to build community and support each other.

Getting Started with RefWorks | 2:00p | Virtual | This virtual workshop will cover the basics of using a citation manager called RefWorks.

Active Learning in the (Socially Distant) Classroom | 3:00p | What does "active learning" actually mean? And how do you create and implement effective active learning experiences in your classroom? In this workshop, we'll define the term, look at some reasons for making your classroom more active, and present concrete suggestions about how to do this well. Learn more and register at kaneb.nd.edu/programs.

Tournament Tuesdays: Cornhole | 7:00-10:00p | Library Lawn | Sponsored by SAO.

Wednesday

What Were You Wearing? | 10:00a-6:00p | 134 Duncan Student Center | Stop by the nationally touring survivor art installation this Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The exhibit is based on the poem, “What I Was Wearing” by Mary Simmerling. Sponsored by the GRC.

AWIS Grab & Go Welcome Lunch | 11:30a-2:00p | McCourtney Lawn | Come join AWIS for their kick-off event for this academic year, a grab & go luncheon! Come learn about AWIS and think about joining, all are welcome!

Wellness Wednesday: Zumba Fitness | 7:00p | Library Lawn | In their weekly series, join RecSports for an evening of Zumba Fitness on Library Lawn! Registration opens 72 hours before the event, sign up on RecRegister.

Thursday

What Were You Wearing? | 10:00a-6:00p | 134 Duncan Student Center | Stop by the nationally touring survivor art installation this Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The exhibit is based on the poem, “What I Was Wearing” by Mary Simmerling. Sponsored by the GRC.

FRC Dad's Club | 1:00p | Virtual | Are you an expectant or parenting Dad? Want to meet other fathers? Come participate in a weekly discussion group designed to build community and support each other.

The Election: Immigration Politics | 6:00p | Midfield Commons | Hosted by the Coalition for Immigration Advocacy of Notre Dame.

The Big Draw: Snite Sketchbook Session | 7:00p | Virtual | Join the Snite for an evening of sketching, community, and inspiration. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Come prepared with a sketch of your own in response to this prompt: Make a sketch of a person and their surroundings.

International Student Support Space | 7:00-8:30p[ | Online | This support group for international students provides a safe space for students to process any issues that are unique to them in the acculturation process. The group will also focus on the impact COVID, immigration, racism, xenophobia, and other issues may have had on international students in recent months. The support group is held on Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and is facilitated by Weiyang Xie, Ph.D. Please sign up HERE on Thursdays before 12 p.m. to gain access to your Zoom meeting link, which will be emailed to you 10 minutes before the start of the workshop.

Jackbox & Jack-o-Lanterns | 8:00-10:00p | The Office of Student Enrichment will host a pumpkin painting contest and Jackbox Party Games Tournament (teams of 5 students/staff) to prepare for fall on campus! Prizes will be awarded to those with the best pumpkin designs and to the last team standing in Jackbox! Please RSVP here to ensure there are enough pumpkins on hand. 

Throwback Thursday Movie Night: McFarland, USA | 8:30p | Harris Family Track & Field Arena | SUB hosts this week's Throwback Thursday Movie Night. Free for Notre Dame students & spouses (with NDID), who are encouraged to bring blankets for the first-come, first-serve infield seating (bags are prohibited).

SUB AcoustiCafe | 9:00p | Library Lawn | Live acoustic music by Notre Dame students.

Friday

Confession | 12:00-1:30p | Duncan Student Center | A priest will be available for the Sacrament of Confession in room W208 of the Duncan Student Center.

FRC Parents of Tots Time | 1:00p | Virtual | Are you a parent of a toddler (aged 1-4)? If so, please come participate in a weekly discussion group designed to build community and support each other.

Food Truck Fridays | 9:00-11:00p | Library Lawn | The Tamale Spaceship and Cute as a Cupcake will be parked at Library Lawn to give away free, you guessed it, tamales and cupcakes.

Disney Trivia Night | 9:00-11:00p | South Lawn | SAO & TEA@ND join together to host Disney Trivia Night in The Tent on South Lawn.

Giant Board Games | 9:00-11:00p | Library Lawn | Bring your friends out to Library Lawn to compete in GIANT board games.

Saturday

The Big Draw | All Day | This month in celebration of The Big Draw, the world’s largest celebration of drawing that takes place across the globe, spend some time sketching works of art from the Snite Museum’s collections.  Learn more at snitemuseum.nd.edu.

Fitness Freebie: Sculpt'd | 10:00a | Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park | Fitness freebies are open to any Notre Dame student, faculty, staff, retiree, or spouse. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Registration will open on RecRegister 72 hours prior to the event start time. Limited spots available. Click here to register..

Football Saturday Pre-Game Festivities | 12:00-7:00p | Library Lawn | Get ready for the Irish to take on Florida State by spending Saturday afternoon on Library Lawn with food, lawn games, a live broadcast from WVFI and a big screen with other football action.

ND v Florida State Football Game | 7:30p | Watch the Fighting Irish take on the Seminoles live at Notre Dame Stadium, or broadcast on NBC.

Many thanks to our partners &  sponsors:

Africa Graduate Club, AMEC Hunger Fighters, Association of Women in Science, Black Graduate Student Association, Book Club, Campus Ministry, Catholic Graduate Community, Consulting Club, Expanding Your Horizons, Family Resource Center, Gender Relations Center, Graduate Career Services, Graduate Professional Development, Graduate Student Union, Hesburgh Libraries, International Student & Scholar Affairs, LatinX Graduate Association at Notre Dame, McDonald Center for Student Well-Being, Multicultural Student Programs & Services, Notre Dame Learning | Kaneb Center, Office of Student Enrichment, RecSports, Science Policy Initiative, Snite Museum of Art, St. Michael's Laundry, Student Activities Office, Student Affairs, The Graduate School, The Writing Center, University Counseling Center