Graduate Student Appreciation Week

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2022 Grad Student Appreciation Week: October 3-9 

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!

In honor of the 10th Anniversary of Grad Life, the week will feature even more unique events just for Appreciation Week and will highlight campus events and resources available to grad students all year through.


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


All Week

Hashtag Contest 
Share your #thanksbetograds posts on social media for a chance to win fabulous prizes!

St. Michael's Laundry Grad Discounts
50% off cleaning & dry-cleaning on up to 4 pieces of professional attire.

World Post Day
Celebrate World Post Day (Sunday 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.

Dining Discounts are BACK
GSAW Dining Discounts are back! Check out the awesome steals and deals that will be happen throughout campus for graduate students this week at some of the hot dining spots on campus!

Help us Name the Salmon!
Have you ever wondered, who is this salmon I keep seeing around grad student events? What should I call it? We at Grad Life asked the same thing... That's were you come in! The Salmon of Knowledge - the wisdom figure of Irish mythology - was chosen to be the mascot for ND grad students, and is the signal to you that an event is FOR you. After 10 years of using this symbol, we finally think it's time to name it! Please help us select a name by filling out this form. Then, at the end of Grad Student Appreciation Week, we will pick the top names for you all to vote on!


Monday, October 3

Grab & Go Giveaways
9:00-10:30a | Library Courtyard | Swing by and pick up a free Grad Life t-shirt, free Rise'n Roll donuts, and other free goodies to kick-off GSAW. Did we mention everything is FREE! All graduate & professional students, postdocs, and their families are welcome!  

Tot Story Time
11:00-11:30a | Beichner Hall Lawn | Family Resource Center | All parenting, married and pregnant ND students and their families are invited to join the Family Resource Center for our weekly story time series. For more information, please email us at  

The "Suppliants" Project: Ukraine
7:00-10:00p | Notre Dame Stadium | The iconic Notre Dame Stadium will provide the backdrop for The Suppliants Project: Ukraine, in partnership with Theater of War Productions and featuring Emmy-winning actors Anthony Edwards (Top Gun, E.R., Inventing Anna); Keith David (Nope, Armageddon, The Thing); and actor/director Tate Donovan (Friends, The O.C., Hercules). All are welcome for this free event. Free food trucks will be available with ND ID from 6:00 - 6:45 pm prior to the event. The first 500 students will receive a free ND blanket and premier, on-field seating. For more information, visit

Fall Trader Joe's Gift Basket Drawing
6:00-6:45p | Notre Dame Stadium | All grad students who attend The Suppliants Project:Ukraine Monday night can enter to win a gift basket filled with fall-themed Trader Joe's treats plus a $25 Trader Joe's Gift Card. Find Mimi in her funny flower hat outside the stadium to enter the drawing.


Tuesday, October 4

Incorporating Multimodal Assessment into your Course 
10:00-10:45a | Zoom | Kaneb Center | Traditional models of assessment – exams, essays, etc. – often fail to engage students and may not accurately reflect student learning. By offering assessment alternatives, instructors not only meet the needs of their students (UDL), but also challenge students creatively by introducing interdisciplinary thinking and transferable skills. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the key tenets of multimodal assessment design, implementation, and evaluation. Throughout the workshop there will be opportunities for you to apply these strategies to your own course and develop at least one asset to use in your teaching.

MiND Workshop 
11:30a-1:30p | Duncan Student Center | Multicultural Student Programming and Services | MiND (Microaggression Intervention @ Notre Dame), is a training created to educate Notre Dame students about the racial climate at the University and provide them with proper language to identify implicit bias and develop effective skills to assist with navigating racial microaggressions as they occur. Attendees will learn together about the context of this training that is being delivered to many students, and participate in the training themselves. Although a single program, policy, or workshop will not solve the issues faced by students of color, the hope is that if enough of the ND Community becomes aware of the impact that words and actions have on peers of color, we can begin to collectively make changes that over time help us evolve into a more inclusive and welcoming space for everyone at Notre Dame. Lunch will be provided.

GSG Succulents and Socializing
1:00-2:00p | Grad Student Lounge | Graduate Student Government | Come join us at the Grad Lounge to grab a cute succulent and decorate a pot for it, and be the first to learn about upcoming GSG events. Come for the succulents and stay for a round of board games with the GSG chairs & executive committee!

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Teachers as Connectors and Cultural Translators
2:00-3:00p | Zoom | English for Academic Purposes |  How can culturally diverse people in higher education learn well together in ways that are relevant and stimulating? To enhance student motivation and learning, this workshop discusses various aspects of inclusive curriculum designing for teachers in a diverse academic environment.

Grad Club Fair
5:00-7:00p | 210 Duncan Student Center | Come and enjoy some free pizza and refreshments as you get to know leaders and members from the dozens of graduate student clubs you can join at Notre Dame. Make new friends and find shared interests. All graduate & professional students, postdocs, and their adult guests are welcome!  

Campus Botany Tour with Fr. Terry
6:30-7:30p | 2nd Floor of St. Liam Hall | On the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, all graduate students are invited to join Fr. Terry in a tour of the nature on campus to practice your mindfulness, indulge in the refreshing beauty around you, and learn about the elements of Creation that St. Francis of Assisi so enjoyed! Fall drinks and snacks will be served before we set off!


Wednesday, October 5

Half-Price Dining Hall Lunch 
11:00a-2:00p | North & South Dining Halls | Present this coupon and pay only $8.00 for lunch at North or South Dining Hall. Valid Wednesday, October 5, 2022. Must present valid ND Graduate/Professional Student ID. Sponsored by ND Campus Dining.

Diversity Statements: What they are and how to write them 
12:00-1:00p | Zoom | Grants & Fellowships |  This interactive virtual workshop will equip participants to address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in their fellowship applications. You will build skills to effectively discuss your background, experiences, and commitment to DEI work via common fellowship components: diversity statements, personal statements, and short essays. Whether you are applying to a diversity-focused fellowship (ex. Ford, AAUW) or simply want to better understand how to put your commitment to these values into words, this workshop is for you.

Grad Careers Open House 
4:30-6:00p | 5th Floor of Duncan Student Center | Grad Career Services | Join us on the 5th floor of Duncan Student Center (north end) for our annual Open House! We will be providing Professional Headshots, Giveaways, and an opportunity to hear about how Graduate Careers can help you in your career development.

Grad Student Trivia Night
7:00-9:00p | Fischer Community Center | Join Grad Life with MC Julaine for a classic pub-style trivia night! You can come with your own team or we'll help form one for you. Snacks and beverages will be served and the top two teams will win fabulous prizes! Register at the link above to join.


Thursday, October 6

Tours of Fr. Ted's Office 
2:00-4:00p | 13th Floor of Hesburgh Library | Tour the office in the library of the man it is named after - Fr. Ted Hesburgh! Come see the world through Fr. Ted’s eyes, and catch a glimpse of the best view of the Dome anywhere on campus! Where else can you see an Olympic Torch and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the same room? All graduate & professional students, postdocs, and their families are welcome!  

Grads Only Climbing & Bouldering Clinic 
6:00p & 6:30p | Smith Center Climbing Wall | RecSports | Have you ever wanted to climb a mountain in the comfort of your own campus? Well, nows your chance! Join RecSports as they put on two separate, exclusive climbing clinics just for graduate students at 6 and 6:30 PM. Space is limited and will be on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Macbeth with actors from The London Stage 
7:30-10:30p | Washington Hall | Ruthless ambition gives way to murder in Macbeth, Shakespeare’s always-relevant examination of the lacerating effect of the reckless desire for power. This poisonous cocktail of ambition, guilt, and paranoia, with subtle seasonings of the supernatural, explores fascinatingly conflicted characters with the velocity of a riveting thriller. Intense, disturbing, and, ultimately, profoundly moving, Macbeth is one of the playwright’s greatest dramatic achievements.

Grad Night @ Women's Soccer 
7:00-9:00p | Alumni Stadium |  Come watch Notre Dame's women's soccer play NC State at Alumni Stadium. Entrance is free and open to the public. Stop by the Grad Life table at the gate for giveaways.


Friday, October 7

Teach @ ND Day 
10:30a-2:45p | Downes Ballroom | Kaneb Center |  If you Teach @ ND, this event is for you! We are setting aside October 7 to celebrate and support the excellent teaching that happens on Notre Dame’s campus, with a focus on relationship-rich education. We will have events, giveaways, and more, meant to recognize the immense value of your work and your connections with students. 

First Friday Mass 
5:15-6:00p | Basilica of the Sacred Heart | Join GSG and the Catholic Graduate Community for Friday Mass before the Birthday Bash at Bond. All are welcome to join in celebrating graduate students at this first Friday Mass.

Belated Birthday Bash @ Bond
6:00-8:00p | Bond Hall | The Graduate School | In honor of the ten year anniversary of Grad Student Life and in appreciation of its graduate students, the Graduate School is hosting a belated birthday bash at Bond Hall, the home of the Grad School. Join us for music, games, food trucks, and a hot chocolate bar by registering at the link above. All graduate students, their families, and friends are welcome!

GSG CrAfter Party
9:00-11:00p | Library Lawn | Graduate Student Government | After having a blast at the Grad School's Birthday Bash, we invite you to unwind by getting crafty with GSG by creating a Zen Garden, Paint by Number, or your very own embroidery design while enjoying a delicious cupcake from Sweet J’s Cakery and hot chocolate. Fall nights don't get any better!


Saturday, October 8

Half-Price Starbucks Beverages at LaFun 
9:00a-8:00p | Starbucks in LaFortune Student Center | Present this coupon for 50% off any handcrafted beverage. Valid Saturday, October 8, 2022 ONLY. Must present valid ND Graduate/Professional Student ID.

Domer Run
9:00a | Irish Green | RecSports | The annual RecSports Domer Run is back! 3 course choices - 5K & 10K runs and a 2-mile walk - wind through campus, starting and ending at Irish Green. Registration required. Open to all students, faculty, staff, and families.

GSG Community Garden Clean-Up
11:00a-2:00 | ND Community Garden | Looking for an opportunity to get outside and enjoy autumn? Curious about the Notre Dame Community Garden? Seeking a way to release some midterm angst through physical activity? If yes, then please join us for our Notre Dame Garden Clean-Up Notre Dame Community Garden (54067 Ivy Road--about a 15-minute walk from Hesburgh Library). Come when you can, stay as long as you like! Activities will include weeding, sign-painting, and possible cornhole tournaments and chalk-drawings. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Sponsored by the GSG Sustainability Committee as part of the Office of Sustainability's St. Francis of Assisi Week.

Grad Game @ Women's Rugby
4:00-6:00p | Stinson Rugby Field | Did you know that there are six grad students on the women's rugby team?! Come cheer them with Grad Life!  Entrance is free and open to the public. Stop by the Grad Life table at the gate for free snacks and other giveaways.

Shamrock Series Game Watch
7:00-10:00p | Library Lawn | Student Activities Office | Stop by this game watch to watch ND vs. BYU while indulging in free wings, giveaways, and lawn games. Want to enter a Halftime Wing Eating Contest? Sign up to claim your spot by filling out the form. Grad Life will have a small tent and gathering area set up to hand out some grad-only giveaways and provide kid-friendly activities. Some come find us and GO Irish!

Ailey II Performance 
7:30-9:30p | Debartolo Performing Arts Center |  Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country's finest early-career dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today's most outstanding emerging choreographers.


Sunday, October 9

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!

Mass at Fischer Grad Chapel
11:00a-12:00p | Fischer Community Center | Join us for prayer at the weekly Sunday Mass at Fischer Grad. The chapel, located inside the Fischer Community Center, is named in honor of the patron saint of scholars, Catherine of Alexandria. All scholars, families, and guests welcome!

Sunday Brunch
12:00-2:00p | Fischer Community Center | Gender Relations Center | We love you a brunch! And to show it, GRC and Grad Life are hosting a brunch for our graduate students to end our awesome week of appreciation. All graduate & professional students, postdocs, and families welcome, but space is limited and registration is required.

Sunday Family Dinner
5:00-7:00p | Beichner Hall | Family Resource Center | Sunday dinner is a staple for many families. As part of the Notre Dame Family, the Family Resource Center is hosting a Sunday Family Dinner at Beichner Hall. All married, pregnant, and parenting graduate & professional students, postdocs, and families are welcome. Childcare will be there for students with little ones, but space is limited and registration is required.



Mass on the Feast of St. Francis

RecSports Intramural Broomball & Basketball Registration

The Big Draw: Snite Sketches

ND Cybersecurity Carnival

Artful Yoga

DTSB First Friday: Fall Frolic

Many thanks to our partners &  sponsors:

Campus Dining, Campus Ministry, Center for Student Support and Care, Family Resource Center, Gender Relations Center, Graduate Career Services, Graduate Professional Development, Graduate Student Government, Hesburgh Libraries, International Student & Scholar Affairs, McDonald Center for Student Well-Being, Multicultural Student Programs & Services, Notre Dame Athletics, Office of the President, RecSports, Snite Museum of Art, St. Michael's Laundry, Student Activities Office, Student Affairs, The Graduate School, University Counseling Center, University Health Services.