October 28, 2020
THRIVING THROUGH THE ELECTION
Pre-Election Emotional Well-Being Advice
-Dr. Amy Hoch, Dr. Ann Villinski, Dr. Jim Haugh, & Dr. Tom Dinzeo

The process of electing a president in the United States has become a prolonged and conflict-ridden spectacle. This stress can be felt in many different ways by many different people. Some may feel stressed because they feel that so much is at stake, contributing to a sense of urgency and desperation. This urgency is easily understandable when considering the contrasting views held by the two main political parties. Others may feel stress because they are less interested or invested but feel they should know more or are receiving pressure from others to care more. Wherever your stress may come from, know that you are not alone. In fact, reports from a recent survey on “Stress in America” indicate that 68% of people are feeling stressed by the upcoming election. If you missed last night's "Election 2020: What to Expect and What Happens Next" Rowan panel, click here to see the recording.

In principle, we live in a society that values freedom of thought and the ability to engage in dialogues involving different ideas and perspectives. Yet, the last decade has borne witness to an avalanche of social media and alternative news platforms deepening the partisan divide in our country. It has never been easier to voice an opinion or view without the burden of evidence or without the intention of engaging in a productive dialogue. To help you thrive during these times, there are a number of things you might do….OR….If you are feeling heightened negative emotions, here are some strategies and resources for self-care.
EMOTIONAL
Join Us for Thrive Week: November 9 - 13

The pandemic has created a world that feels isolated. Often we think we are the only one feeling stressed, anxious, or lonely. But you are not alone.

Storytelling can be a great connector, through sharing experiences in these challenging times. 

Join us in person in CSC 221 (25 person max/masks required/distancing required) or virtually any time from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
 
Register for the conference here: 

Available 11/9 or 11/12 from 8:30am - 2:30 p.m.
Presented by Mental Health Association in New Jersey and sponsored by Rowan Military Services.

Open to the campus community, however you must be registered at least a week in advance as virtual spots are limited. Please note there is about 2 hours of pre-training course work to complete and all participants must keep a webcam on for the entire length of training. Email Beth Sosnoski at sosnoski@rowan.edu to reserve your spot.

Event sponsored by Nutrition Care Club, Exercise is Medicine & National Wellness Institute
COMMUNITY

This season, the Office of Volunteerism, Community Engagement, and Commuter Services and the Rowan community will be sponsoring 100 families throughout South Jersey. Donations and efforts will go towards families through four community partner agencies: The Boys & Girls Club of Gloucester County, New Jersey's Division of Child Protection & Permanency, Volunteers of America Family Shelters and The S.H.O.P.-Students Helping other Profs.

All members of the Rowan community are encouraged to participate - students, faculty, staff, offices, departments, teams, clubs and organizations, etc. We are adopting small, medium and large size families. The choice is yours. If you cannot adopt a whole family, we will happily accept all non-perishable food items and gift cards.

Let's remember that there are many not as fortunate as we are. Celebrating the holidays, or being grateful for all that we have, can be more meaningful when we do our best to pay it forward. For more information email VCECS.
SOCIAL
Please join us for Access & Inclusion Week 2020! Our theme: Resilience truly captures the Rowan community and spirit coming together amidst a pandemic that continues to impact the lives of our students and employees as well as their families.
 
Resilience is defined as "the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties, toughness."

A sincere thank you and salute to the Rowan community for going above and beyond in promoting the access and inclusion of all students and employees with disabilities.
PURPOSE

How have you gotten involved at Rowan?
I joined Greek Life and I was a Resident Assistant for three years. I have gone to ASPIRE Leadership retreats, and I have been to Multicultural Men’s Retreats for the Social Justice, Inclusion, and Conflict Resolution (SJICR) office. I have also spoken on a panel about leadership at Rowan. 

What does the Black Lives Matter Movement (BML) mean to you? 
BLM is an awareness of what’s been happening since the beginning. We want to be equal like everyone else. It’s always been one step forward, one step back. The protests get attention, and they get people to see what’s been happening since the beginning. READ MORE.
PHYSICAL
Join in a fall-inspired virtual cooking demonstration. Gourmet Dining aims to provide the Rowan community with easy and healthy snack recipes that can be attempted in the comfort of their own homes. During the event, Chef John will demonstrate 3 easy fall festive recipes (Pumpkin Spice Latte Smoothies, No Bake Chocolate Chia Energy Bars, and Pumpkin Energy Bites).

The chat feature on WebEx will be open for the audience to ask questions during and after the demos. Also, one lucky winner will walk away with a free raffle prize featuring some fall cooking essentials. This event is FREE to all Rowan students.
Co-Sponsored by Student University Programmers and Gourmet Dining.
FINANCIAL
Join the Affordability Task Force during Thrive Week for:
GET INVOLVED
“The Strive to Thrive newsletter intends to bring you well-being ideas, tips, events, information and ways to connect through all dimensions of well-being (physical, social, emotional, purpose, community, and financial). We hope that this layout reminds you of all of the many ways to nourish, attend to, and elevate your well-being and the well-being of those around you.”
Strive to Thrive is a newsletter for the Rowan University community. Visit rowan.edu/thrive or contact rowanthrive@rowan.edu for more information.