April 1, 2020
Profs Persevere during the Pandemic

Spring break was supposed to be just that – a break. A chance to spend time with loved ones or friends, recharge, and plan for the remaining spring semester. Unfortunately that break didn’t happen. Instead, we redirected and focused on adapting our classes, programs, learning styles, and our connections. That’s a challenge, and however you feel about that is ok and normal.

With challenges come opportunities. This is a chance for us to show how resilient we are. It’s an opportunity for us to find new avenues to show and accept gratitude, to seek support, and try new activities. This is an opportunity for us to learn and grow both personally and professionally. We can be creative in how we connect (Zoom lunches anyone?) and show ourselves that even when we feel alone, we’re not. There is a whole Rowan family behind you.

We are grateful to those in our community who are at the forefront of providing critical medical, mental health, public safety, and essential functions during this time. Take a second to thank them for their service and support of our well-being. How are you persevering? Tell us how you’re adapting by sharing here . And if you need help, reach out. The Rowan community thrives together.

Be well,

The Chamberlain Student Center will remain open to provide essential services for the university community, including but not limited to dining, mail/package services, laundry, and facility maintenance. The student center team is committed to providing a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for all members of the Rowan University community. While the facility will have open hours , we are asking that unnecessary visits are limited.

The SHOP Pantry & Resource Center will remain open through standard operational hours (Mondays 3-6 p.m.; Tuesdays 9-12 p.m.; Fridays 12-3 p.m.) at the Rowan Boulevard Apartments Building 5, Rm 141. Check online for availability for the Friday Fresh for All program from 10 - 11 a.m. in Lot D on the corner of Heston & Carpenter Streets. Extra measures of precaution are being take for social distancing and heightened health/safety measures.

Rowan University is committed to helping students reach their highest potential. We are here to support you during your transition to remote instruction. Check out the tips online to help you be successful, and take advantage of the support programs and services being offered during this period. Do not hesitate to contact your faculty, professional staff, and support networks to assist acclimating to the new environment.

Appointments can still be made by calling 856-256-4333. Hours of operation are 9-3 p.m. You may be scheduled for a virtual appointment through WebEx  first to determine if an in person appointment is needed. All PPD & STI testing are suspended, and Let's Talk Services are canceled.   After Hours Emergency Phone (if you or someone you know is in crisis):  856-256-4333  then press 3. Stay updated on the COVID-19 virus here .
Therapy Assistance Online (TAO)   is a digital platform of tools and materials to help you conquer day-to-day struggles around general stressors. It's free and private for the Rowan community: just use your Rowan email to sign up!

TAO can be used anytime, anywhere since it’s an online and mobile resource. It's free for the Rowan community. TAO can be helpful for those who are coping with: anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, pain management, addiction, stress, or for those who want to learn resiliency! Click here for steps to sign up.
Weekly programs
Instagram   @eim_ru @rowan.nwi @rowannutrition

For six weeks, students from the Rowan chapters of Exercise is Medicine (EIM) , the Nutrition Care Club (NCC) , and the National Wellness Institute (NWI) will share live workouts, tips on healthy eating and well-being, and more. Follow the Instagram pages to stay healthy and well!
Wednesdays starting April 1
12:30 p.m.

The Interfaith and Spiritual Exploration Center is proud to announce that Jenn will still be offering yoga at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays! Please join in through Zoom and be able to practice in the comfort of your own home.
Wednesdays starting April 1
Registration ongoing

This free online fitness & wellness program is open to all Campus Rec members & Rowan University students. Our personal trainers will regularly post home workouts, well-being tips & weekly video check-ins. Trainers will also be online to answer your questions. Contact Kristin for more info.
Tuesday, April 7
12 - 8:30 p.m.

Take Back the Night will be entirely online this year on April 7th via social media - @RowanHCI . Be sure to view our stories, and the stories of participating organizations, as we work to stand against sexual violence.
April 10 - May 8

Register by April 8th for the movement challenge that will consist of four levels which are distances from Glassboro to the following landmarks: Philly (Beginner), Atlantic City (Advanced), Rutgers (Elite), New York City (Pro). You can walk, jog, run - whatever gets you moving and completing the mileage! You can also bike as an option for the last two levels (Rutgers and NYC).
Friday, April 10
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Join us in the last Dean of Students series that focuses on "Mindset": Discuss strategies for a healthy mind including practicing gratitude, empathy, and coping with failure. During the COVID-19 pandemic we can learn and grow from our experiences to reflect on making the most of our opportunities for well-being.
Upcoming SJICR Programs - Check Proflinks for more information
4/3 @ 11 a.m. - Farm Life: Live Stream with Dr. Jo
4/3 - Multicultural Center Trivia Night
4/10 - Social Justice Forum w/ Dr Joy
4/10 - Instagram PRIDE Trivia
4/15 - Faith Zone Training
Compete nationally and win prizes every Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST with the Quarantine Quiz Show via twitch channel: Recwithoutborder s. Open to any college students, faculty, or staff. In order to participate you just need to create a Twitch account and go to the Twitch Channel above. The game is mobile friendly so you are able to play from your phone. Approximately 80-100 colleges may participate and take this opportunity to win swag from other campuses!
Upcoming Esports Opportunities
Deadline to register is 4/8

Ready for a Challenge?
Deadline to register is 4/15

What Does Mental Health Mean To You?
Virtual Panel
Wednesday, April 22

*All events are free unless indicated.
Recognizing Champions for Well-Being
Shifting a culture takes buy-in from early adopters willing to transform their practices with the hopes of positive change. The Rowan Thrive committee appreciates these individuals for integrating the well-being initiative and dimensions in their practices.
Catie Baxter
Catie created a comprehensive RLUH Staff Wellness Workbook for the spring semester that used the elements of Rowan Thrive and well-being as the foundation of the content, worksheets, and activities. She annually supports "Purpose" Well-Being by providing career readiness activities for graduate students seeking employment in higher education.

Dr. Sean Hendricks
Sean has incorporated well-being in Rowan 101 courses and provided educational opportunities about the Rowan Thrive initiative to faculty instructing Rowan Seminar. He has also transformed the Rowan Passport Program to Rowan Thrive Classroom, which provides meaningful and reflective activities to support student well-being.

Kristine Lafferty & Dr. Amy Woodworth
Kristine and Amy coordinated a Rowan Thrive presentation and discussion with the First Year Writing Program Winter 2020 Workshop. The workshop not only reviewed balancing faculty well-being, but what they can do to create a thriving environment for students and to be knowledgeable about resources outside the classroom. They were also planning to schedule a weekly mindfulness/ meditation event for the departments' faculty.
Being Resilient During COVID-19

COVID-19 is here, it’s real, and it’s stressful. With the overwhelming amount of news and information being spread everyday, it is inevitable to feel stressed and anxious- especially when we are not sure what the future holds for us in terms of school and general life activities. It is important to understand that these reactions are completely rational, but we do need to be mindful in terms of processing these emotions so that we do not throw ourselves into the whirlwind of “flu stress. Read more.
Rowan At Home: How I Maintain Structure in My "School Day"

With the constant news alerts, cancellations, and changes in my college schedule due to COVID-19, it can be difficult to focus on what really matters. Each day, a new aspect of daily life changes for people around the world due to this virus, and it can especially be a rough time for college students to adjust. Now more than ever, it is extremely important to maintain a routine during the week, so we can stay on top of our work and ensure success. Read more.
Need to heighten your health & well-being?
 Follow these social media accounts:

Campus Recreation: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Facebook, Twitter
Healthy Campus Initiatives: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
Office of Career Advancement: Instagram, Twitter
Shreiber Family Pet Therapy: Facebook, Instagram
Social Justice, Inclusion, & Conflict Resolution: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
Student Center & Campus Activities: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
Strive to Thrive is a newsletter for the Rowan University community. Visit rowan.edu/thrive or contact rowanthrive@rowan.edu for more information.