December 9, 2020
Flourishing at the Finish Line

What a year it’s been, Profs. We’ve seen a lot- a lot of fear about COVID, a lot of anger about racial injustice, and a lot ot anxiety about what’s to come. But you’ve made it, and the finish line to 2020 is just ahead.

Finals and the end of the semester can feel like a whirlwind. Projects, exams, and papers can seem to pile up. Here are some tips to help you finish the semester strong - whether you’re a student or staff!
  • Take a breath. First and foremost. It slows us down and gives that second to reset. Try square or 4x4 breathing: breathe in, hold your breath for 4 beats, breathe out for 4 beats, and repeat 4 times.
  • Unplug. With virtual classes, this is easier said than done. Turn off social media and walk away from your computer for a bit.
  • Move. Exercise can help clear and destress your mind. Grab a coat and go for a walk around the block, or check out the virtual classes from Campus Rec!
  • Manage your time. Figure out how much time you need to study, and incorporate small breaks into that. Schedule time to do something you like to do as well! ProfLink has a bunch of virtual activities to help you take a break.

We may not know what 2021 holds for us, but we can be grateful for the lessons we learned about how strong we are as a Rowan community. Practice gratitude, and we’ll see you in the spring!

Be Well,

Allie Pearce, Assistant Director of Healthy Campus Initiatives, Rowan Thrive Committee Member

12/9 - 12/10 from 9 p.m. - 3 a.m.

Just in time for finals, the Student Center will remain open until 3am.
Come relax with FREE massages on massage chairs, FREE candy and more. 
2020 vs. 2021! via Zoom
Friday, 12/11 @ 7:30pm

Join RA Yulitsa via Zoom to talk about how you expected 2020 to go vs how it actually went. Come out and plan for 2021! 
Thursday, 12/10 @ Noon

You graduated from Rowan, and you’re building a life of your own. You’re facing new challenges, new experiences and new opportunities - and then a global pandemic hits.....Now what? Your mental health still matters, and it will always matter to us! Let’s talk about self care and healthcare with Assistant Director for Healthy Campus Initiatives at Rowan University, Allie Pearce. Tune in as we delve into ways you can prioritize your mental health, find best practices that are unique to you, seek professional help and more. Current students & employees are welcome too!
Chill n Chat via Google Meet
Friday, 12/11 @ 11 a.m.

The semester has concluded and finals have begun. Need a place to chill or take your mind off of the current stressors? Want individuals to chat with regarding the end of the semester? Having a community to talk about the holidays and anticipation of 2021 can boost your mood to finish the year on a positive note.

This student-run group hosted by Health Campus Initiatives Interns is for anyone wanting a break in the day to hang out, chat, and play games!

Join us in the last Chill n Chat of 2020.

The Shreiber Family Pet Therapy Program at Rowan University is holding a "Yappy Hour" and you're invited. You can meet some of the therapy dogs and handlers at Rowan University and enjoy some virtual pet therapy regardless of whether they are on campus or living/staying elsewhere. It can be a nice way to meet other animal lovers, and to meet other Rowan community members. Since it is virtual, if people are at home with their own pets, they are welcome to have them join in the fun as well (all species welcome; but, no need to have a pet to join)!
RSVP at ProfLink now or until 12pm on the day of to have the WebEx link sent
Wednesday, 12/9 @ 6:30 p.m.

Take time to move and breathe with an in person Yoga class provided by Campus Rec. Yoga gives us an opportunity to take care of our physical and mental well-being through all of life's moments. Your instructor will guide you through movements and breathing techniques to build strength, flexibility, and perhaps a sense of calm. 

All students are welcome to join.
Class will take place on the Rec Center Basketball Courts (Enter through Esby Gym). Students must pre-register for classes through
Students are required to check in with their Rowan ID and adhere to campus mask and social distancing
Thursday, 12/18 @ 5 p.m.

It is a great time to pick up a new skill! Cook along with Gourmet Dining’s Executive Chef John Birmingham, Registered Dietitian Melissa Eaton, and Chantee Leggett, Director of Dining.

You will learn some delicious new recipe ideas to share with your friends & family this holiday season! 

What's on the menu: Golden Winter Soup served with Fontina Crostini, Crab Stuffed Beef Tenderloin and Miss Chantees’ Sweet Potato Pie.

Please register for the event here:

Presented by Gourmet Dining

Please join us on webex as Critical Junctures, an International Studies lecture series, presents: "Antisemitism and the Return of Fascism," an invited talk by Dr. Richard Steigmann-Gall of Kent State University.

As far-right populist movements sweep across the West in opposition to liberal democracy and globalization, both the US and European societies have witnessed an uptick in antisemitism, xenophobic policies, and the growth of paramilitary organizations like the Proud Boys.  With charismatic leaders
consolidating political power and armed supporters openly marching in the streets, observers are asking if we are witnessing the rise of a new type of fascism in the twenty-first century. 
U Good F.A.M.? Dialogues via Webex
Wednesday, 12/9 @ 7:30pm

F.A.M. is a network of Rowan University faculty and staff that fosters and advances the mental health and emotional well – being among self – identified students of color at Rowan University. Through this network, students will have the opportunity to engage in monthly U GOOD F.A.M. dialogues, while also having access to mental health liaisons for ongoing guidance, support and referrals to the Wellness Center if needed.

We will be discussing and reflecting on the course of the semester, challenges throughout the term on & off campus; how to transition home during the break etc., while also providing them with emotional regulation and adaptive cognitive strategies. 
12/16 @ 11 a.m.

The Queer Collective is a space for students who are members of the LGBTQIA+ community, offered by the LGBTQIA+ Resource Center and Counseling and Psychological Services at the Wellness Center. This resource offers LGBTQIA+ students and allies the opportunity to build community, lend support, and create connections with one another. 
Wednesday, 12/9 @ 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Think you have what it takes to be a trivia champion? Every Wednesday, virtual teams of up to 4 students can compete for free for the weekly prizes.

Join the Student Center and Campus Activities for the last Trivia of 2020.
Tuesday, 12/15 @ 5 p.m.

Join us for a one-of-a-kind, guided DIY session that will have your tables blossoming just in time for the holidays! 
Hosted by local floral and event design company, A Garden Party, this event will give you special insight into mastering your own home decor while creating a handmade, floral centerpiece with a professional flair. Enjoy a fancy and fun crafting experience with fellow alumni and let your inner-artist bloom!

What you’ll need: 
  • 4 stems assorted evergreens
  • 4 roses
  • 3 ornaments
  • 4 pine cones
  • 2 stems winterberry
  • 4 stems ranunculus
  • ribbon and scissors 
  • wire or pipe cleaners
  • clippers and wire cutters 
  • water tight container about 6 inches deep and 6 inches wide filled with fresh water
  • chicken wire 

Pick this week's NFL games against the spread (Saturday-Monday) and the person (or people) with the best record will receive an IM Champion T-Shirt! Register now at by following this link and click on "NFL Week 15 Pick Em" and then "Register" to join the fun!

Campus Recreation does not promote irresponsible gambling that may cause financial distress.
Available on 12/11, 12/14, 12/18, 12/21 from 12 - 4 p.m. (Closed on 12/25 and 1/1)

The SHOP is Rowan University's first ever on-campus food pantry and resource center available to all students. With a particular focus on addressing issues of food insecurity,

The SHOP does not adhere to specific financial restrictions, however items available at the food pantry are intended for students without the financial means or resources necessary to purchase adequate food and/or personal care supplies. Pantry items available to students include non-perishable food, school supplies, toiletries, and hygiene products. Only one student will be allowed admission to the pantry at any one time, and students awaiting admission will be mandated to adhere to 6-ft distancing while waiting outside. All visitors to The SHOP are required to wear masks or face coverings.

The SHOP is located in room 141 of Building 5 in the Rowan Blvd Apartments.
Fresh For All available on Fridays, 12/11 & 12/18 from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Rowan University’s campus is a site for Fresh For All, an initiative spearheaded by Philabundance to bring fruits and vegetables to communities. 

Students and community members can pick up fresh produce at no cost every Friday from 10-11 a.m. Masks and distancing required

Rowan students and local residents wishing to utilize the market do not need to show identification, but will need to bring their own bags or boxes.

Located at the corner of Heston St. & Carpenter St. located in Lot D.

In case of inclement weather call 856-244-1166 to see if the market is still open.

The market is a partnership that includes The SHOP, Rowan SGA and the Office of Volunteerism, Community Engagement and Commuter Services. Interested in volunteering? Click here.

Join us for an uplifting virtual gathering in recognition of a true American visionary, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Our 2021 celebration will offer new and unique opportunities to make a remarkable impact serving in the spirit of Dr. King. Guests will enjoy remarks from Master of Ceremonies, Rick Williams, and Keynote Speaker, Sunny Hostin. Service opportunities will be available for Rowan students, faculty and staff in the Chamberlain Student Center on January 18. Virtual service opportunities may be available for all other guests.

Students: Free
Virtual guests (open to all): $25

Celebration: 9:00 a.m.
Pfleeger Concert Hall

Day of Service: 10:30 a.m.
Chamberlain Student Center

All proceeds support the William H. Myers Scholarship. Sponsored by the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Rowan University Foundation.
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