Panel Reminds Students to ‘Fail Forward’

On Wednesday, Nov. 6, the University held its inaugural Fail Forward Panel for faculty, staff and students. The panel featured Christine Black, J.D., Bobby Davis, Ph.D., Michael Fennie, Ph.D. and Billie Tadros, Ph.D. They were vulnerable in sharing their stories of adversity, failure and resilience to the 300-person audience.

Often times people only share the good in their lives. This panel acknowledged the bad to help others understand that they are not alone in their struggles. In addition, the panel’s shared stories were great examples of how failure can lead to success.

“If we are willing to be authentic with one another, sharing our struggles and not just our joys, we are able to develop more meaningful connections which can sustain us through challenging times in our lives,” Dean Lauren Rivera, a moderator on the panel, said.

Sometimes failures can feel like the end of the world, especially for students. The Center for Health Education and Wellness (CHEW) set up “Fail it Forward” boards around campus for people to share their failures with the school community. This public display helped students come to the realization that they are not alone, and that everybody fails at some point in their life. The responses on the boards ranged from sleeping through classes and failing exams to car accidents and tripping in public.

Continue reading

CHEW Fitness Challenge

Every spring, the University’s Center for Health Education and Wellness (CHEW) runs the Fitness Challenge. This year, more than 1,000 Royals registered for the 12thAnnual challenge.  Weekly Fitness logs are sent out once a week, along with optional daily wellness challenges and a fitness calendar that includes various fitness programs on campus.

Cory Freivald ’20, a Peer Health Educator leader, said, “The Fitness Challenge is run by CHEW every year, and it’s a fun opportunity for students, faculty and staff to keep their new year’s resolutions going strong and get fit!  Scranton offers tons of fitness classes, club and intramural sports, and an amazing fitness center.  The goal of the Fitness Challenge is to help people find their favorite way to work out and stay healthy, and keep them motivated over the course of the four weeks.”

The fitness challenge is a great way to get motivated and live a healthier lifestyle. Free prizes help to encourage students to get moving and hit the gym or fitness classes on campus.  At the end of the fitness challenge, those who completed it are rewarded with a free shirt.

Gabby Basile ’20 loves going to the gym and especially enjoys it throughout the fitness challenge.

“What I like about the fitness challenge through CHEW is that you get a tighter sense of community,” Basile said.  “Knowing that many other students are participating motivates me even more to crush my workouts- and who doesn’t love to be rewarded with a nice new gym shirt?!  I participate every year and I think everyone should.”

Information about fitness classes can be found here.





Stress Less This Week

The arrival of Dead Week brings with it late nights of studying, writing papers and, inevitably, stressing out.  Taking a break and letting your mind and body rest is just as important as studying is.  CHEW is hosting Stress Less Week on campus to help students de-stress before finals. They have a full week of activities planned.

The week started out with “Stress Less Fest” on Monday,  This event was in collaboration with USPB, with a trail mix bar, cookies, stress reduction tips, free giveaways and more!

See the rest of the schedule below:

Dec. 5:

Free Chair Massages, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 2nd floor TDC outside of CHEW

Energizing Yoga, 6 p.m – 7 p.m, Royals Room in the Byron Center

Dec. 6:

Energizing Yoga, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m, Royals Room in the Byron Center

Late Night Study Smoothly, 9 p.m – 11 p.m, 1stfloor TDC

Dec. 7:

Positivity Patrol, Look for PHEs around campus

Gentle Yoga, 12:10 p.m – 12:40 p.m, Royals Room in the Byron Center

For more information, follow @uofschew on Instagram!

Stay Healthy with Health Services and CHEW

Staying healthy during cold and flu season can be tough, and although washing your hands helps to prevent the spread of disease, sometimes it’s not enough. Luckily, the University has resources available to help students through these times!

The Roche Wellness Center is the place to go when you are feeling under the weather. Located on the corner of Mulberry Street and North Webster Ave, the wellness center is a convenient place for students to seek health advice on campus.

Appointments can be made online using the Student Health Portal, found here.

Continue reading

World Mental Health Day 2018

October 10 is recognized as World Mental Health Day. However, every day is an opportunity to practice self-care for your mental well-being.

College can be both an exciting and difficult time with major life changes, newfound independence and challenging situations in the classroom and out. Between classes, exams, extracurriculars and social events, a focus on our mental health can be pushed aside.

Reaching our fullest potential can seem impossible when your mental state doesn’t match how we think we should be feeling, but the good news is that there are always outlets for help. Here are a few easy ways to practice self-care on campus.

Make time for exercise. Exercise is a great way to release endorphins and it’s a proven mood-booster. The University of Scranton offers fitness and yoga classes regularly (for free!) and heading to the Fitness Center, Byron Center and pool are great ways to let get your body moving when feeling anxious or in a slump. You don’t need to run a marathon on the treadmill either, even just going for a light walk is enough to stimulate your body.

Take time out for your passions. With the heavy workloads that come along with being a student, it’s easy to get tied up in the mentality that you need to work 24/7. However, you can’t give up your favorite hobbies or pastimes to focus solely on schoolwork; that’s how you get burned out. Overall, college should be enjoyable. Do your best working toward your degree, but keep doing what you love on the side.

Implement a healthy sleep schedule. Catching those zzz’s is more important than you think. There is no glory in pulling all-nighters or staying up so late that your eyes and brain hurt. Getting eight hours is quite the luxury in college, and can only be attained every-so-often, but striving for six or seven should be a baseline. You can’t be your best with no energy!

Implement a schoolwork routine. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed when you have three exams, two presentations, three papers and an advising meeting all in one week. It tends to get stressful when it all piles up, but that stress can be reduced if the pile-up never happens. Blocking out designated times to study or complete homework is an easy way to settle into the comfort of a routine during hectic times. Of course, there will always be a wildcard, but having a routine that allows you to allow the time you need to get all of your work done is a way to curb feelings of being overwhelmed and overworked. Continue reading

Mindfulness Training: Stress Reduction Workshop

On Nov. 10, The University of Scranton held numerous events in support of our veterans. To conclude the day’s events, Phil Sallavanti held a stress reduction workshop that teaches people how to approach their stresses and the negative aspects of life.

When we are faced with obstacles, we need to learn to approach them from a positive angle, he said.

In other advice:

It’s important to think about how we can solve our issues with kindness rather than with hatred.

If we take too much time dwelling on the negative things in life, it is going to cause us stress and anxiety, but if we start to take time out of our day to notice the positive things in life and spend more time appreciating the good then we will live better lives.

Appreciating the scenery around you or spending more time thinking about the kind things others do for you, you will live a better life and stressful things won’t play as big of a role.

Continue reading