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Holy Cross College is a Catholic, residential, coed, four-year institution of higher learning, offering an applied liberal arts curriculum. It was founded in 1966 and continues to be conducted by the Brothers of Holy Cross a society of lay religious men within the Congregation of Holy Cross (CSC) who take vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience as a way to more creatively and intimately serve the mission of our Savior Jesus Christ, His Body – the Church, and the needs of the world. Brothers of Holy Cross serve through ministries which educate and sensitize persons to the need of the world for justice and peace.

At a Glance

Holy Cross College is a Catholic, co-ed, residential college offering Bachelor of Arts degrees
Location: 150 acre wooded campus in Notre Dame, Indiana
Founded: 1966
Mascot: “Saints”
Undergraduate Enrollment: 500
Student Body: Holy Cross students are a diverse group representing more than 30 states and a dozen countries. Enrollment is approximately 60% male and 40% female. Racial mix varies in any given year but roughly mirrors the US population.
Affiliation: Congregation of Holy Cross (C.S.C.)
Tuition & Fees (2019-2020): $30,900 annual
Room & Board (2019-2020): $11,650 annual
Degree Programs: Holy Cross offers majors and minors in Biology, Business, Education, English, English – Communication, History, Liberal Studies, Liberal studies – Pre-Law, Psychology, Theology, and Visual Arts. Also offer minors in Communication, Global Perspectives, Marketing, Philosophy, Political Studies, Spanish, and Sports Management
Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA): Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Golf, Tennis, and Soccer.
Club Athletics: Men’s Lacrosse

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How to stay healthy and strong in challenging times

How to stay healthy and strong in challenging times

By Beth Hlabse and Tom DeHorn

College students around America are forced for the next few months to finish the academic year differently than ever before. I sure didn’t see this coming, and I bet you didn’t either. So how can we best care for our physical and mental health during this pandemic? I’ll list some tips below for us to try and stay on track for the end of the academic year.

Physical health tips:

  1. Keep a routine and a schedule. Wake up and go to bed on time. Attend your online classes; don’t skip out. You are not on Christmas break. Stay engaged with your professors and classmates and stay focused on the work you need to complete. Keep a strict calendar and follow it. Add all your classes onto your calendar and plan for study time.
  2. Don’t procrastinate. Keep your deadlines and turn in your work on time. Professors still expect you to get your work and readings completed.
  3. Turn off the T.V. Set goals for limiting social media, You Tube, and other apps, and stick to them so that you can focus on your classes. It’s easy to get obsessed and sucked into the media and latest happenings about the virus. Focus on what you can control and what you have responsibility over: schoolwork, time with family, and other meaningful activities.
  4. Exercise! Try to find ways to get your workouts in. Usually, 3-4 x per week of aerobic exercise is good for your wellness if approved by your doctor. YouTube has some excellent online workout videos.
  5. Rest. Get 7-8 hours of sleep. Good rest is important to keep your immune system strong and capable of fighting off disease.
  6. Eat well. I can’t stress enough how important it is to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  7. Vitamins are important in keeping your immune system strong. Be sure to take enough Vitamin B-6, C, D, and E.

Mental Health tips:

  1. Tune into how you are feeling. Take time throughout the day to breathe deeply. Notice if you’re feeling anxious, worried, overwhelmed, or sad. What thoughts underlie your feelings? What positive steps can you take to address your feelings?
  2. Stay connected to your support systems. Call or video-chat your friends and family members to stay in touch with them. Talk about your feelings and what you are experiencing.
  3. Of course, taking care of your health adds to your mental health. So, be sure to eat well and get enough exercise.
  4. Stay optimistic. Keep hope in your future. Write down a list of things you are thankful for.
  5. Set goals and stick to your plan. This includes setting goals for the day, week, and months and years ahead. Consider beginning the day by identifying goals for schoolwork, exercise, social engagement, and other meaningful activities (prayer, hobbies, extracurriculars). Now might be a good time to revisit setting your academic and career goals. Talk with experts in the field and be sure you want to dedicate yourself to that field of study and work.
  6. Take time for yourself. Read a good book or watch a good movie.
  7. Have positive family time. Play a game together and enjoy meals together.
  8. Tap into the Source: if you’re a person of faith, take time for prayer. HCC Campus Ministry has a list of recommended resources during this time.
COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Dear Holy Cross Community,

In my recent communication with the College, I informed you that we would be in touch with members of the Community as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) problem evolved.

The Officers of the College have been meeting regularly to review the situation. We have also had consultations with medical experts, hospitals, and government agencies such as the CDC. We have also been in communication with the higher education community at the federal, state, and local levels as the situation has unfolded.

It is clear that the spread of the COVID-19 virus has increased and presently shows no abatement. In an attempt to maintain a safe environment, Holy Cross College will cease campus operations effective immediately through April 13th. This includes the suspension of all face to face instruction. ALL CLASSES WILL RESUME BY DISTANCE LEARNING ON MONDAY, MARCH 16th.

Students will receive a detailed set of instructions and protocols from Dean Polaniecki. The members of the faculty will receive similar instructions and protocols from Provost Watson, and staff, likewise, will receive instructions and protocols from Vice President Monica Markovich. Please read these instructions carefully.

While I find it sad that our Community will not be together during these weeks, these actions are clearly necessary for our health and the common good. As news and events transpire, I will do my best to keep the Community informed.

In Holy Cross,

(Rev.) David T. Tyson, C.S.C.

During the 1849 cholera epidemic in LeMans, France, Holy Cross founder, Father Moreau wrote to the family of Holy Cross:

“Prayer is like a health zone which we must set up around our homes and schools. Moreover, it can heal souls. It is this spirit of prayer which gives me confidence that the plague will spare Holy Cross, which is so visibly under the protection of Divine Providence. Put your confidence in prayer, therefore, but at the same time, do not neglect the precautions recommended by doctors and other officials.”

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) updates

Given the present scenarios and projections of the CDC and other agencies monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, we have determined that the present distance learning classes will continue until the end of the spring semester.

The wellbeing of all members of our community is our highest priority at Holy Cross College. The College’s administration continues to monitor closely the developments around the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and any necessary health alerts will be shared on the school website, through social media channels and through email as appropriate. COVID-19 is a serious virus affecting many around the country and it is important that we all take steps to keep ourselves and those around us healthy and safe.

The tabs below provide college updates and useful information about COVID-19.

AnnouncementCOVID-19 InformationSymptomsStop the SpreadStudentsParents/GuardiansCounselingCommencement

March 19, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

It is with a certain sadness that I must write you concerning an update on the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. As you know, mitigation of the spread of the disease has not taken place at this point in time. Deaths in the United States have increased as well as new cases of the virus. I have followed all of these events very closely since my most recent communication to our community. After consultation with the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s College, I met with the officers of the College to discuss the course we must take. Given the present scenarios and projections of the CDC and other agencies monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, we have determined that the present distance learning classes will continue until the end of the spring semester. Like you, I was hoping and praying that the College Community would be able to reassemble for the last part of the semester. Unfortunately, we simply cannot do so if we are to exercise proper vigilance and prudent judgment at this time. As was the case in my March 11th message, students will soon be receiving further important information regarding the course of the semester from Dean Polaniecki. The Provost will be in communication with the faculty of the College, and Vice President Markovich will do likewise with the staff. Classes are scheduled to end on May 1st. Final Examinations are schedule from May 4th through May 8th. I again ask your continued good will and patience during these days and in this somewhat unprecedented situation for Holy Cross College, our country, and, indeed, the world.

I would like to say a word to the graduating seniors! I know that many of you are worried about the prospect of graduation being cancelled. I, too, share that worry. For what it is worth, I want you to know that I intend to do everything in my power to see that graduation takes place. However, circumstances regarding contagion, mitigation of disease, spread, and progress of “smoothing the incident curve” will undoubtably prevail. This senior class has had a special place for me in that you were freshmen late in your first year when I arrived as interim president. It was a dark moment for the College, and the specter of closure was in the air. Your grit, your courage, and the confidence of your parents gave me and a new administration a sense of determination that created a new vision that returned us to our roots. God’s Providence has blessed this place these past few years, a place steeped in its Holy Cross Foundation. Today, on the Feast of St. Joseph, we celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Brothers of St. Joseph who later joined auxiliary priests in Le Mans to form the Congregation of Holy Cross, a community of brothers and priests. Join with me in praying for the Brothers of Holy Cross, especially the College’s founder, Brother John Driscoll, CSC, as well as all those who followed him in service to the mission of the College for the past fifty-four years. Meanwhile, trust we will celebrate your graduation!!!!

God Bless each of you. I will be in touch.

Father David



March 11, 2020

Dear Holy Cross Community,

In my recent communication with the College, I informed you that we would be in touch with members of the Community as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) problem evolved.

The Officers of the College have been meeting regulary to review the situation. We have also had consultations with medical experts, hospitals, and government agencies such as the CDC. We have also been in communication with the higher education community at the federal, state, and local levels as the situation has unfolded.

It is clear that the spread of the COVID-19 virus has increased and presently shows no abatement. In an attempt to maintain a safe environment, Holy Cross College will cease campus operations effective immediately through April 13th. This includes the suspension of all face to face instruction. ALL CLASSES WILL RESUME BY DISTANCE LEARNING ON MONDAY, MARCH 16th.

Students will receive a detailed set of instructions and protocols from Dean Polaniecki. The members of the faculty will receive similar instructions and protocols from Provost Watson, and staff, likewise, will receive instructions and protocols from Vice President Monica Markovich. Please read these instructions carefully.

While I find it sad that our Community will not be together during these weeks, these actions are clearly necessary for our health and the common good. As news and events transpire, I will do my best to keep the Community informed.

In Holy Cross,

(Rev.) David T. Tyson, C.S.C.

During the 1849 cholera epidemic in LeMans, France, Holy Cross founder, Father Moreau wrote to the family of Holy Cross:

“Prayer is like a health zone which we must set up around our homes and schools. Moreover, it can heal souls. It is this spirit of prayer which gives me confidence that the plague will spare Holy Cross, which is so visibly under the protection of Divine Providence. Put your confidence in prayer, therefore, but at the same time, do not neglect the precautions recommended by doctors and other officials.”

COVID-19 is a serious virus affecting many around the country and it is important that we all take steps to keep ourselves and those around us healthy and safe.

How COVID-19 spreads
According to the CDC, the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. This can happen between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

The CDC notes that people are thought to be most contagious when they are the sickest. Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

CDC data indicates how easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily) like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping. The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community spread. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

Watch for symptoms
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses: Fever, cough, and shortness of breath. It is recommended to call a doctor if you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.

Health advice
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. It cannot be emphasized enough that good self-care habits are vitally important, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 70 percent alcohol
  • Cover your cough
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Don’t share food or drinks
  • If you get sick, stay home and rest

To keep informed on the latest developments regarding COVID-19, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html



Dear Holy Cross Students,

Earlier this week Father Tyson announced that although it would not be possible to host a graduation on campus in May, there would however be a grand “Welcome Home” celebration on Labor Day weekend in early September. I am sure all the seniors are pleased to know that they will have their moment to walk across the stage. For the rest us, this will be a moment for celebration and great joy to celebrate our college community.

As you continue to settle into new routines and work through this transition, I know there are many questions and concerns that you all have regarding campus and residential housing. I know many of you are particularly anxious of knowing when you will be able to return to campus. I would like to share with you these updates.

  1. Currently, the campus, including all residential buildings, remains closed. The process of coming to campus to retrieve items from dorm rooms will involve the completion of a retrieval of belongings form. Please know that given the stay at home orders currently in place (please observe them!) and other restrictions already in place through April, it will likely be well into May before anyone can return. But as soon as we are confident in knowing a time frame for when it is safe to travel and return to campus, the retrieval of belongings form will be made available. This form will facilitate the creation of appointments to come to campus and will ensure efficiency and proper protocols. For example, it will allow us to follow health guidelines in terms of controlling how many people are in a residential building at any given time.
  2. For the limited number of students who will not able to return to campus to retrieve belongings, which may possibly include international students, residence life and housing will work with you to create a plan. The retrieval of belongings form will provide you the opportunity to request an alternate plan. These special circumstances will be reviewed case-by-case by residence life and housing.
  3. Even as we pass through this difficult time, we know that we will get through this and be together as a campus community again. To that end, I am happy to share that room picks will take place on-line in the first week of May. An email sharing many of the details of room picks will be sent to all students by the end of this week.
  4. I also am happy to share that the leadership of the College met today and approved the room & board refund policy. Communication regarding the details of this process will come from the Office of Student Accounts in the coming weeks.

I know I have expressed it before, but once again I want to offer a word of gratitude and thanks to all of you for your patience and understanding. Additionally, I would like to offer a word of encouragement to double-down on your efforts to rigorously engage the distance learning that you have all undertaken. You are missed while you are away from campus, but knowing the education of your minds and hearts is still taking place gives me great hope for the future of our college community. I encourage you to remain faithful and committed in your educational effort. Please do not hesitate to reach out for support and know of my continued prayers for each of you. Hang in there.

Spes Unica
Polaniecki


Dear Students,

I am sure you have all seen today’s update from Father Tyson notifying the college community that the remainder of the semester will be distance learning. Like Father, I too am saddened by this reality as this was not the outcome that I or any of you desired. However, I too would also like to invoke St. Joseph at this time. He is my own Saintly Patron and most certainly watches over our college and over all of you. I am confident that he will intercede for each of us as we move forward with the learning to take place. There is still much to be determined and many questions to answer, but in this letter I will share what I know and what has been determined at this time.

  1. The college campus, including all residential buildings, are and will remain closed until further notice. South Bend and all of St. Joseph County, and other places throughout the region and country, have put in place travel bans. It is good that many of you are with family and so we ask that you remain there.
  2. At the appropriate time, in accordance with public health guidance, information will be shared as to when and how a move-out process will take place. In the coming weeks, information will also be shared regarding housing and room-picks for the 20-21 academic year.
  3. I am grateful for the excellent cooperation in making sure that all protocols were followed in closing the residence halls. Please make me aware of any assistance needed as some still transition to a permanent residence.
  4. I know that among the many challenges being faced is concern over what will happen with this semester’s room and board expenses. The college administration is working on details, but I am able to share that the college will prorate room and board to adjust to the changes in your living situations.

I once again thank you for your patience and flexibility. Heeding the invitation by Pope Francis for a worldwide praying of the Rosary this afternoon, my family gathered with our rosaries and prayed with hopeful hearts that we all do the best we can to meet the current challenges and realities. I prayed that all of you would use this time to open your hearts and minds to the distance learning that will take place during this semester. We will get through this together as Saints of Holy Cross.

Spes Unica
Dean Polaniecki


Dear Students,

As you have already learned in a message shared by Father Tyson, Holy Cross College has made the decision to transition to distance learning immediately following Spring Break. Distance learning will begin this coming Monday, March 16th. Please read carefully the following protocols that have been put in place.

  1. All students in campus housing, including University Edge, are expected to return home as soon as possible. Off-campus students are strongly encouraged to return home as well. Students who are already at home should remain at home, and those with travel plans to return to South Bend should change them. Residence halls will close at noon ET on Tuesday, March 17. The Office of Residence Life is available to work with students who may have extreme difficulty in meeting these college expectations. If you are in this situation, email me (apolaniecki@hcc-nd.edu).
  2. All student extracurricular activities — including but not limited to — travel, events, programs, performances, intramurals, meetings, etc., both on and off campus, are cancelled through Monday, April 13th. Decisions related to varsity athletics will be communicated by Athletics to impacted student-athletes. While support services will not be available to students on campus, our commitment to student success, health, and well-being continues, as all college staff and officials can be reached at any time by email and phone.

    Students who have traveled to any country rated as a CDC Level 3 travel advisory (currently China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy) are required to self-quarantine and self-monitor their temperature for 14 days. In addition, those who have been in contact with someone with the virus or are exhibiting any signs or indications of illness are required to self-quarantine and will not be allowed on campus.

  3. Faculty will provide guidance to you about all of your individual courses. The college stands ready to help you continue in your classes. Faculty will be making accommodations for those unable to retrieve course materials from campus. Any students who are still local or on campus should only take what they need from their rooms at this point, including passports, identification, keys, course materials, and laptops.
  4. Because there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus by minimizing crowds, practicing social distancing (keep distance of six feet), and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

If you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please contact your health care provider. If this is not possible, you may contact our partners at St. Joseph Health System by calling 574.335.1110. In order to keep all of our communities safe we appreciate that students with personal, relevant health information, concerns, or health status updates contact Mr. Tom DeHorn (tdehorn@hcc-nd.edu).

Thank you students for your patience, understanding, and flexibility during this time. Please feel free to share this letter with your family and loved ones.

Please know of my prayers and the prayers of all of us here at the college during this time. I hope that we are all back together as a college community soon.

Spes Unica
Dean Polaniecki


March 19, 2020

Dear Holy Cross parents and guardians,

I communicated the following information earlier this evening to the entire college community, including our students.

It is with a certain sadness that I must write you concerning an update on the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. As you know, mitigation of the spread of the disease has not taken place at this point in time. Deaths in the United States have increased as well as new cases of the virus. I have followed all of these events very closely since my most recent communication to our community. After consultation with the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College, I met with the officers of the College to discuss the course we must take. Given the present scenarios and projections of the CDC and other agencies monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, we have determined that the present distance learning classes will continue until the end of the spring semester.

Like you, I was hoping and praying that the College Community would be able to reassemble for the last part of the semester. Unfortunately, we simply cannot do so if we are to exercise proper vigilance and prudent judgment at this time. As was the case in my March 11th message, students will soon be receiving further important information regarding the course of the semester from Dean Polaniecki. The Provost will be in communication with the faculty of the College, and Vice President Markovich will do likewise with the staff. Classes are scheduled to end on May 1st. Final Examinations are schedule from May 4th through May 8th. I again ask your continued good will and patience during these days and in this somewhat unprecedented situation for Holy Cross College, our country, and, indeed, the world.

I would like to say a word to the graduating seniors and their parents! I know that many of you are worried about the prospect of graduation being cancelled. I, too, share that worry. For what it is worth, I want you to know that I intend to do everything in my power to see that graduation takes place. However, circumstances regarding contagion, mitigation of disease, spread, and progress of “smoothing the incident curve” will undoubtably prevail. This senior class has had a special place for me in that you were freshmen late in your first year when I arrived as interim president. It was a dark moment for the College, and the specter of closure was in the air. Your grit, your courage, and the confidence of your parents gave me and a new administration a sense of determination that created a new vision that returned us to our roots.

God’s Providence has blessed this place these past few years, a place steeped in its Holy Cross Foundation. Today, on the Feast of St. Joseph, we celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Brothers of St. Joseph who later joined auxiliary priests in Le Mans to form the Congregation of Holy Cross, a community of brothers and priests. Join with me in praying for the Brothers of Holy Cross, especially the College’s founder, Brother John Driscoll, CSC, as well as all those who followed him in service to the mission of the College for the past fifty-four years. Meanwhile, trust we will celebrate your graduation!!!!

God Bless each of you. I will be in touch.

(Rev.) David T. Tyson, C.S.C



March 11, 2020

Dear Holy Cross parents and guardians,

As you may already be aware, this afternoon I informed the college community of an important message regarding the evolving situation of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Officers of the College have been meeting regularly to review the situation. We have also had consultations with medical experts, hospitals, and government agencies such as the CDC. We have also been in communication with the higher education community at the federal, state, and local levels as the situation has unfolded. While we have no known cases at Holy Cross, Saint Mary’s or Notre Dame, we wish to do our part in this public health crisis.

it is clear that the spread of the COVID-19 virus has increased and presently shows no abatement. In an attempt to maintain a safe environment, Holy Cross College will cease campus operations effective immediately through April 13th. This includes the suspension of all face to face instruction. ALL CLASSES WILL RESUME BY DISTANCE LEARNING ON MONDAY, MARCH 16th. Students have already received a detailed set of instructions and protocols from Andrew Polaniecki, Dean of Students. You can read his letter, as well as all materials related to the College response, on the other tabs of this page.

I want to assure you that the College will remain vigilant and stay in communication as this situation unfolds. I have asked the Senior Vice President, Dr. Michael Griffin, to assist me in responding directly to your concerns and questions.

Please be assured of my continued prayers.

In Holy Cross,

(Rev.) David T. Tyson, C.S.C.

During the 1849 cholera epidemic in LeMans, France, Holy Cross founder, Father Moreau wrote to the family of Holy Cross:

“Prayer is like a health zone which we must set up around our homes and schools. Moreover, it can heal souls. It is this spirit of prayer which gives me confidence that the plague will spare Holy Cross, which is so visibly under the protection of Divine Providence. Put your confidence in prayer, therefore, but at the same time, do not neglect the precautions recommended by doctors and other officials.”

College students around America are forced for the next few months to finish the academic year differently than ever before. I sure didn’t see this coming, and I bet you didn’t either. So how can we best care for our physical and mental health during this pandemic? I’ll list some tips below for us to try and stay on track for the end of the academic year.

Physical health tips:

  1. Keep a routine and a schedule. Wake up and go to bed on time. Attend your online classes; don’t skip out. You are not on Christmas break. Stay engaged with your professors and classmates and stay focused on the work you need to complete. Keep a strict calendar and follow it. Add all your classes onto your calendar and plan for study time.
  2. Don’t procrastinate. Keep your deadlines and turn in your work on time. Professors still expect you to get your work and readings completed.
  3. Turn off the T.V. Set goals for limiting social media, You Tube, and other apps, and stick to them so that you can focus on your classes. It’s easy to get obsessed and sucked into the media and latest happenings about the virus. Focus on what you can control and what you have responsibility over: schoolwork, time with family, and other meaningful activities.
  4. Exercise! Try to find ways to get your workouts in. Usually, 3-4 x per week of aerobic exercise is good for your wellness if approved by your doctor. YouTube has some excellent online workout videos.
  5. Rest. Get 7-8 hours of sleep. Good rest is important to keep your immune system strong and capable of fighting off disease.
  6. Eat well. I can’t stress enough how important it is to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  7. Vitamins are important in keeping your immune system strong. Be sure to take enough Vitamin B-6, C, D, and E.

Mental Health tips:

  1. Tune into how you are feeling. Take time throughout the day to breathe deeply. Notice if you’re feeling anxious, worried, overwhelmed, or sad. What thoughts underlie your feelings? What positive steps can you take to address your feelings?
  2. Stay connected to your support systems. Call or video-chat your friends and family members to stay in touch with them. Talk about your feelings and what you are experiencing.
  3. Of course, taking care of your health adds to your mental health. So, be sure to eat well and get enough exercise.
  4. Stay optimistic. Keep hope in your future. Write down a list of things you are thankful for.
  5. Set goals and stick to your plan. This includes setting goals for the day, week, and months and years ahead. Consider beginning the day by identifying goals for schoolwork, exercise, social engagement, and other meaningful activities (prayer, hobbies, extracurriculars). Now might be a good time to revisit setting your academic and career goals. Talk with experts in the field and be sure you want to dedicate yourself to that field of study and work.
  6. Take time for yourself. Read a good book or watch a good movie.
  7. Have positive family time. Play a game together and enjoy meals together.
  8. Tap into the Source: if you’re a person of faith, take time for prayer. HCC Campus Ministry has a list of recommended resources during this time.

Students,

Monday March 16th, the counseling sessions at Holy Cross College will no longer be in person. However, we want to assure you that should you have interest or the need to speak with either Beth Hlabse or myself, we will be available during our usual hours. To set up a phone or video conference meeting during our time away from campus, please email appointment requests directly to the counselor. If you are new to making a counseling appointment, please email counseling@hcc-nd.edu, and we will arrange a time to talk with you.

Here is a reference link with tips for social distancing, quarantine, and isolation during an infectious disease outbreak: https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4894.pdf

Please stay healthy during this strange and challenging time. We look forward to serving you in the midst of this transition. Thank you and please let me know if you have questions.

Tom

Thomas DeHorn, L.M.H.C., L.C.A.C.
Director of Counseling and Health

Dear Holy Cross College Seniors, Faculty, Staff and Student Body,

These days are anxious ones as we do our best to negotiate the uncertainty we encounter in most aspects of our lives. Our national health care crisis with the spread of COVID-19 is still of great concern as there is a surge in new cases and fatalities that will continue for at least a couple of weeks. In addition, all constituents of the College have had to adjust to a virtual learning environment. To do so is a difficult task not only for the learner but in a particular way for the teachers. I am grateful to the faculty for “jumping in” to change pedagogical styles as well as modalities with such very short notice. Your usual commitment and dedication to the primacy of the teaching function is evident as always. Perhaps most of all, all of us, especially students, left for break never expecting that our Community would be separated for a such long period of time.

Along with the officers of the College, I have monitored the spread of COVID-19 and the aggressive efforts to establish mitigation protocols that would stem the rapid spread of the virus. As well, we have monitored the analyses of data by outstanding basic and clinical researchers in contagious disease, public health, and public policy with respect to the pandemic. It is apparent, however, that the present situation still contains many factors that prevent any conclusions that are definitive about mitigation and “lowering” the curve. I have consulted frequently in these last days with the leadership team and have kept the chair of the Board of Trustees apprised of our conversation. Today, I again consulted with the officers of the College and we, necessarily, had to conclude that the May Commencement will need to be postponed. Late this afternoon, I conducted a meeting with about 6-7 seniors regarding the cancellation of Commencement and an alternative plan. The plan was welcomed enthusiastically by the group and later gained the consensus of the officers of the College.

It would be my great desire that our College community gather early in the fall semester for a an official “Welcome Home Celebration” that would involve a festival of sorts. As the center of this College celebration will be the Commencement of the Class of 2020. It would be a first in that all of the student body will be present along with the faculty, staff and administration. It would be a great symbol for our newest students to see the culmination of hard work and growth in the academic ritual of commencement. Therefore, the Commencement Activities for the Class of 2020 will be held on September 4-6 which is Labor Day Weekend, a non-football weekend. There will be a Baccalaureate Mass on September 4th where we will gather to pray in thanksgiving with and for the graduates. The Commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 5th at 2PM.

Know of my prayers. Please don’t slack off on health precautions. #HoCroStrong!

In Holy Cross,

Father David

Holy Cross College Recognized for Excellence in Student Opportunity and Success

Holy Cross College Recognized for Excellence in Student Opportunity and Success

Students who are the first in their family to pursue higher education or
come from a low-income household continue to be severely underrepresented
on college campuses, despite high educational aspirations. While over 80
percent of such students have expectations of going to college in the tenth
grade, only 20 percent will earn a bachelor’s degree by the age of 25.

Holy Cross College is working to change this trend and has been recognized
by nonprofit Strive for College for excellence in Inclusion and Outcomes
for low-income and first-generation college students.

“With so much talk out there about job readiness versus liberal arts, Holy
Cross College shows that you can do both. The deep education and formation
our students receive directly help their career outcomes too. We are glad
to be recognized for that,” said Senior Vice President of Holy Cross
College Michael Griffin, Ph.D.

Strive for College’s “Strive Five” distinctions are a set of data-based
measures of actual performance in five key areas that demonstrate a
tangible commitment to students from traditionally underrepresented
backgrounds.

The “Strive Five” categories are:

1. Inclusion – greater than 25% of undergraduates receive
Pell Grants, meaning at least 1 in 4 students come from a low-income
family. Nationally, 32% of undergraduates receive Pell Grants across all
postsecondary institutions.

2. Diversity – greater than 40% of undergraduates are
Black, Latino, or Native American. 40% approximates the national average of
undergraduates from underrepresented minority groups across all
postsecondary institutions.

3. Affordability – Colleges with a net price of less than
$13,500 for low-income students, approximately the national average net
price for students from households with incomes between $0 and $30,000 who
received Title IV federal financial aid across all four-year institutions.

4. Completion – Colleges that meet or exceed the national
averages for Retention (greater than 81% first-year to second-year
retention rate) AND Graduation (greater than 51% six-year graduation rate
for Pell Grant recipients.)

5. Outcomes – greater than 25% of graduates who were from
the bottom fifth of incomes as students and moved to the top fifth as
adults, meaning they have among the highest percentage of students who both
came from a lower-income family and ended up a higher-income adult.

Colleges that partner with Strive for College and meet the criteria for at
least one “Strive Five” distinction are awarded a customized badge to
highlight their exceptional achievements.

About Strive for College

Strive for College was founded in 2007 by Michael J. Carter, then a student
at Washington University in St. Louis, to help acutely underserved area
high school students apply to college and navigate financial aid. College
students volunteered as in-person mentors for high school students, and
mentored students achieved substantially better college go-on rates than
their non-mentored peers. Strive for College grew to become a respected
college access organization doing in-person mentoring across the country.
Delivering its mentoring service at sufficient scale to make a meaningful
impact on the national college access problem soon became Strive’s biggest
challenge, which led to the development and launch of UStrive in 2014 to
connect aspiring college students with free one-on-one online mentoring
through the entire college admissions and financial aid application
process.

After merging with the Center for Student Opportunity in 2016, Strive for
College now runs ImFirst.org and
publishes the I’m First! Guide to College in support of first-generation
college students, and partners with colleges and universities to promote
and strengthen their efforts on behalf of these students.

Strive for College counts Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, J.A. and
Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, American Express, Deloitte, Deutsche
Bank, UPS, and The Common Application among its major funders and partners.
Strive and their founder Michael J. Carter have been featured by CNN Heroes
and Forbes 30 Under 30 and received major national media attention from
outlets including Time, National Journal, and Fast Company. Learn more at www.striveforcollege.org.

Lent activities at Holy Cross College

Lent activities at Holy Cross College

Holy Cross College has many activities happening throughout the Lent season. Please join us for:

Fasting
We are inviting the Holy Cross College community to offer up their individual fasting plan for our students who are preparing to enter full communion with the Catholic Church on Easter.

Almsgiving
Holy Cross College will be doing a campus-wide act of almsgiving in partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) through participation in the CRS Rice Bowl Program.

Men’s Basketball Starts Post-Season Tournament

Men’s Basketball Starts Post-Season Tournament

The Holy Cross men’s basketball team has earned a trip to the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament as made official by league office Sunday evening. The Saints were the CCAC Regular Season Co-Champions with a 20-2 conference record.

Men’s basketball enters the post-season tournament as the No. 2 seed and will host No. 7 St. Ambrose University on Wednesday, February 26. Tipoff starts at 7:00 p.m. in McKenna Arena.

CCAC Quarterfinals (Wednesday, February 26)

Game #1: No. 8 seed Governors State (17-12) at No. 1 seed Olivet Nazarene (28-2)

Game #2: No. 5 seed Robert Morris Illinois (19-10) at No. 4 seed Saint Xavier (19-10)

Game #3: No. 7 seed St. Ambrose (16-14) at No. 2 seed Holy Cross (25-5)

Game #4: No. 6 seed Indiana Northwest (17-13) at No. 3 seed Indiana South Bend (22-8)

CCAC Semifinals (Friday, February 28)

Game #5: Winner-Game #1 vs. Winner-Game #2

Game #6: Winner-Game #3 vs. Winner-Game #4

CCAC Championship (Monday, March 2)

Game #7: Winner-Game #5 vs. Winner-Game #6

For the CCAC Post-Season Tournament bracket, please click HERE.

Stay connected to Holy Cross athletics @HOCROSAINTS on Twitter!

Singing With Soul on Sunday, February 16 in the Saint Joseph Chapel

Singing With Soul on Sunday, February 16 in the Saint Joseph Chapel

Holy Cross College is hosting a Micro Retreat: Singing With Soul on Sunday, February 16 in the Saint Joseph Chapel.

Join the college community for a night of reflection in honor of Black History Month, featuring recording artist Amanda Vernon. Come hear how African American spirituals shape Amanda’s prayer experiences and inform her songwriting. This is an opportunity to pray/mediate through song at the intersection of gospel music and Holy Cross spirituality.

According to her website, Amanda Vernon is a Catholic evangelist who has shared her faith across the U.S. and in six foreign countries. An accomplished recording artist, Amanda co-authored the memoir “When God Wrecks Your Romance: Orthodox Faith, Unorthodox Story.” She uses music, writing, and speaking to share her experience of God and the Church. With over a decade of experience in studio production, live performance, and liturgical music, Amanda refers to her musical style as “soulful pop with gospel and jazz roots.” Her eighth album, “Secretos Navideños,” debuted in 2018 as Amanda’s first full-length Spanish project. She releases scripture reflections and songs weekly.

The event will begin with Holy Mass at 7:30 p.m. followed by a social and book signing. The evening will end with time for contemplation from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Holy Cross Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

Holy Cross Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” These words, uttered by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. over 50 years ago, could not ring more true than they do in the world today.

As a means of demonstrating its commitment to the values that Dr. King stood for, the Holy Cross College community will come together in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s life, legacy, and spirit. Students, faculty, staff, and administration welcome the public to commemorate the timeless values he taught through his example — the values of courage, truth, justice, and forgiveness; compassion, dignity, humility, and service that defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership.

The celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement will be held on the campus of Holy Cross College on Monday, January 20 at 3:30 p.m. in Driscoll Auditorium. The College hopes to inspire others and affect positive change, not only for this celebration, but throughout the year.

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. showed us how one person can make a difference. He preached tolerance and respect. He introduced new ideas and inspired countless individuals to take up the cause for diversity and equality. He demonstrated that together, with courage and compassion, despite challenge and controversy, we can positively transform the lives of others in our communities.

Joining us for the Holy Cross College celebration will be guest speaker, and civil rights activist, Mr. Richard Morrisroe, a man who not only heard MLK’s message, but actively worked toward living a life focused on diversity and equality.

Richard Morrisroe, now married with two adult children, has earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Mary of the Lake University, a master’s degree in urban studies from Loyola University, a law degree from Northwestern University, and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Catholic Theological Union. As an adjunct faculty member at Calumet College of St. Joseph since 1981, Morrisroe has taught courses in Business Ethics, Social Justice, and scripture studies, just to name a few.

Before becoming a professor, Morrisroe spent a portion of his life following in King’s call, participating in non-violent demonstrations. In his time serving Chicago’s African American community, Morrisroe found himself increasingly involved in the Civil Rights Movement. This involvement led him to travel to the South where he had a life altering experience. Facing trials and overcoming challenges, losing a friend and almost losing his own life in the summer of 1965, Morrisroe never let these obstacles deter him from continuing to fight for what he believed in.

Join us in hearing Mr. Morrisroe’s inspirational story as we reflect on the impact and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

This event is free and open to the public.

Advent Lessons and Carols at Holy Cross College

Advent Lessons and Carols at Holy Cross College

Christmas joy! Holy Cross College’s service of Advent Lessons and Carols will bring voices uplifted in song, together with the spirit uplifted by tradition and reverence. The Lessons and Carols form of worship is a reflective way to ring in the spirit of the season, by presenting the Christmas story in word and music.

Holy Cross College invites the community to participate in this Christmas tradition, celebrated around the world. Lessons & Carols will be offered on Tuesday, December 10 at 7:00 pm in the St. Joseph Chapel. The tradition of celebrating Advent with a service of Scripture readings and hymns dates back to 19th century England and is a wonderful
celebration to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ at Christmas.

Looking forward to hosting the service on an annual basis at the college, organizer Andrew Ouellette, Director of Holy Cross Campus Ministry states, “This ancient tradition of Lessons and Carols will inspire the Holy Cross community to await the coming of Christ at Christmas, and his coming at the end of time, with joyful expectation.”

Choral music and hymnody will be sung by Schola Cantorum Sanctae Crucis, a sacred music ensemble comprised of Holy Cross College students.

St. Joseph Chapel is located on the campus of Holy Cross College, 54515 SR 933 North, Notre Dame, IN. The event is free and open to the public.