May 13, 2020
A Mindset of Hope and Optimism

The definition of optimism is "a disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome". Sure, looking through an optimist’s lens may not remove the storm clouds or solve the problems (or end this pandemic), but it does leave us with one thing – hope.
At times being part of a global society is hard. For months we’ve watched the world struggle with this pandemic – through sickness, loss, and a remaining feeling left of uncertainty. Even more recently, we’ve seen firsthand how the intersection of social justice and well-being can unfortunately be a competing topic. But what we’ve also seen is communities rising together to defend, protect, and serve and it’s truly when we can show empathy to all communities, that we can grow to be global ambassadors of well-being.
And through it all, we hold tightly to the idea that by retaining hope - the sun will shine again and that the future ahead is one to look forward to. Hope may not alter your present situation, but it will expand your capacity to respond constructively, creatively and courageously. In doing so, it will improve your odds of emerging on the other side of it in better shape than you otherwise might ( 1 ) . We continue to wish you days full of hope and recognition that our community continues to stand behind you in that journey.

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The Power of Optimism by Soul Pancake

Starting May 6, 2020, students will be able to apply for assistance by completing the  CARES Act Student Emergency Assistance Form . All requests for assistance will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis until all the funds are disbursed.The maximum emergency assistance grant will be $2,000 per student. A team of professionals from the Bursar’s and Financial Aid offices will review requests. Funds will be disbursed to students through direct deposit to personal accounts on record or through a check mailed to the address on record. It can take up to three weeks from the date of each student’s submission to receive payment. Please review restrictions for eligibility.

Career readiness/employability is crucial for any student regardless of your major. It is never too early to prepare for transferable skills to make you stand out. With the ever-changing job market, staying at the forefront of job seeking skills is a major component of acquiring internships, admission to graduate school, and obtaining an entry-level position. This 2 credit INTR 01488 - Career Planning And Development course will provide students with multifaceted experiences in career planning and development. Students will engage in self-assessment, career exploration, job search strategies, and decision making.

Rowan is here for you all summer long! Have you made plans for summer? The Thriving in the New Normal Student Success page has transitioned to Thriving Throughout the Summer ! This may be an ideal time to consider options for career planning, academic course work, certificates, and continued learning. The site has important information for summer options, a reminder of the upcoming deadline of June 15th for Pass/No Credit decisions , and university resources that will continue to be available. Some students may continue academic coursework and this page can provide information to be successful. Do not hesitate to reach out to the Dean of Students if you have any questions or issues.

During and after college, the ability to thrive can be impacted by your financial well-being. Talk to your advisor to see if taking  Financial Wellness: Planning for Personal Financial Success, INTR 01.108 can be taken for 2 credits towards your degree. This course will enable students to understand, manage, and plan for their financial lives during their college years and beyond. Students will learn about concepts related to personal finance including budgeting, setting financial goals, understanding debt, and implementing strategies to prepare for their future and gain tools to better navigate the complexities of personal finances.
If you missed out on the inaugural Rowan Virtual Commencement , see the celebration of our graduating students!
*If you are interested in hearing more about Rowan Summer Online courses and other ways to continue to work toward professional goals this summer, please fill out  the form  at this link to participate in an online workshop today Wednesday, May 13 at noon called  Summer 2020: Make the Most of It.

Summer 2020 courses at Rowan are fully remote, which means you can make progress on your major requirements no matter where you are. Enrolling in courses this summer is a great way to keep the momentum going! Questions email us.

Minors or Certificates of Undergraduate Study (CUGS) can focus your free electives and develop skills to help get you noticed by graduate schools and employers. Need to add one to your student record? The Registrar's Office can help. Contact us.

Thinking about applying to graduate school at Rowan? Enroll in a senior privilege course! Seniors with a 3.0 GPA or higher may take one graduate course per term at undergraduate rates -- saving you both time and money. Email us for more info.

Job-hunting in the current environment may be challenging, but the Office of Career Advancement is here to help! Recommended resources include ProfsJobs, CareerShift, and the State of New Jersey Covid-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal.

Looking to add a badge or credential, or to develop those "soft skills" employers are seeking in job candidates? Check out courses on LinkedIn Learning - they are free to all Rowan students!

Questions? Concerns? We can help!

The world may seem as though it’s upside down right now, and it’s not because you are hanging from your gym’s pull up rings by your feet (though you probably wish you could do that right now). While we are in the midst of navigating the changes brought on by COVID-19, we tend to look for things that connect us to how things were before the pandemic. Many people have turned to fitness, as it benefits not only the body, but the mind and soul too. Shifting your usual fitness routine to an at-home workout is more than just doing the same exercises you did at the gym and calling it a day. And for those of you using this as an opportunity to kick start your workout regimen, welcome! This is a great time to focus on fitness.  Read More.

Death is a sensitive topic and unexpected event that can cause an individual to experience a variety of different emotions and reactions. The emotions or reactions an individual has in response to loss is often referred to as grief (Thai and Moore, 2018). In college, students already deal with multiple stresses such as with academics, finances, friendships, adjusting to campus, and many more, which can be amplified when dealing with loss and grief.  Read more.

Student anxiety is high as internship opportunities are rescinded and hiring delayed by employers. College career advisers remain optimistic that there are still jobs out there. Many college students typically have secured summer internships or post graduation jobs by the time the academic year comes to a close. Those who haven't gotten internships or found permanent work are usually scanning opportunities posted on job boards or listed through their college career centers. Things look very different this spring. The coronavirus pandemic has forced many employers, whose offices are shuttered and whose revenues are trending downward, to rescind or shorten previously offered internships and jobs.  Read More.
Active Minds administered a nation-wide study in April on the Covid-19 Impact to Student Mental Health . We hope the survey results provide context to planning for the future so we can keep student well-being at the forefront of being a part of the university community.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month
May 19 from 5 - 6 p.m. Sponsored by ACE Women's Network

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge for our Rowan community, state, and country. We are all adjusting to a new way of life. Working from home, educating our children with remote learning, caring for our students, and missing our family and friends has taken a toll on our well-being. And with so much information circulating about the novel coronavirus, the ACE Women's Network at Rowan University wanted to provide an opportunity to talk about the physical and mental health effects of COVID-19 Rowan's own Dr. Amy Hoch will address concerns about the virus while sharing ways to address the emotional and mental health challenges that the pandemic presents. As a licensed psychologist and Associate Director of the Wellness Center, Dr. Hoch's experience is invaluable during this unprecedented time. Register here .
*Stay connected to Proflink and your Rowan Email as several departments will continue to provide virtual programming throughout the summer.
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