Today's Update: Thursday, March 26

March 26, 2020

Dear Student Life Team: 

How are you doing? That’s not a rhetorical question. In these strange times where our primary contact with most people is through email, phone calls or Zoom and FaceTime, our own personal wellness becomes increasingly important.  

For me, I find I must look for ways to rise above the isolation and not wallow in the difficulties of this situation. Remember, we are in this together, and can draw strength from each other.  

Our Student Life Wellness Innovators are helping that effort. Marketing Specialist Stephanie Lingofelter sends her teammates a daily “Virtual Wellness Moment” with suggestions such as taking a walk outside or keeping a journal to push away negative thoughts. In return, her colleagues are sharing photos of their wellness efforts. In the Center for the Study of Student Life, Tori Rehr and Michelle Colombini have transformed their biweekly Wellness Time into Socially Distant Wellness Wednesday to share ideas.  

Kudos to these Innovators for stressing wellness in these times of uncertainty, and for helping keep their teams connected. There are also departments helping their constituents. Recreational Sports offers virtual programming with a variety of resources including fitness classes you can do online and how to recreate outdoors while practicing social distance. They will also put fitness classes online so you can participate whenever you like.  

If you are looking for a little extra support, there is now there's a one-stop support center for employees or family members who are experiencing feelings of stress, anxiety or fear. The Office of Human Resources' Keep Well website has ways to receive individual, personalized support – either via text, telephone or online counselling. All Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services are confidential, complimentary and provided by experienced, licensed mental health professionals. EAP is available to benefits-eligible faculty and staff and their family members. 

Take care of yourself. Your wellbeing is important to everyone, including me.  

I do have one quick update: I presented with President Drake, Provost McPheron and Chancellor Paz at University Senate today. It went well, and there was a lot of general support for our work and of course for the support of students. I want you to know I sang the praises of the Student Life team for ALL you have done over these past weeks. I wanted the entire university to know just how Scarlet and Great you are.  

Melissa