April 15, 2020
Some Good News, Rowan

A month into physical distancing and a changed way of life, it may be challenging to recognize positive moments. The pandemic has impacted relationships, basic everyday habits, and means of communication. As we learn more about ourselves and how we can persevere, we want to recognize some good news. If you haven't seen from the sitcom “The Office” John Krasinski’s SGN episodes , we want you to know that positive psychology and finding things that can lift our mood can heighten our mental health and emotional well-being. Individuals from the Rowan Community have been making a difference in small and big ways:

Rowan Reflection and Resilience during Covid-19
Alyanna Cruz - I often take my job for granted, when I get frustrated at work. During this pandemic, a lot of people lost their jobs. Four to five days a week, I am still able to get up and work each day! I have learned to be more grateful.

Brittany Auleta - In the difficult days we have suddenly found ourselves in, one thing I started was a 'Quarantine Bucket List'. I absolutely love making lists; on sticky notes, pieces of various colored paper, etc. and realized there were a lot of things I would like to do right in my house. The first one? Go through my old items and clothes and begin my donation pile to donate to an organization when I can. De-cluttering my tiny home also makes me feel less anxious and stressed. The list goes on, but I encourage you all to do the same!
FEATURED EVENT
Wednesday, 4/22 from 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Livestream via Zoom
Recording will be available to view later.
Building Kinder Communities, Supporting the Well-Being of Diverse Students & Improving Mental Health Resources.

Through prepared and live questions, it is the goal of this session to engage the audience in discussions on mental health stories of resilience and resources, building brave spaces and kinder communities, and navigating well-being during COVID-19. 

Panel facilitated by Born This Way's Shadille Estepan.

*Limited spots available for first 1000 pre-registered viewers.
Event is open to other institutions. 

Sponsored by Rowan Thrive/DEI/Active Minds, Born This Way Foundation, Give Something Back Foundation, and NIRSA - Leaders of Collegiate Recreation
DON'T MISS OUT
Weekly event 4/16, 4/23, 4/30
at 8 p.m.
* Only Rowan Students with a valid Banner ID can win prizes!
Register here .

Think you have what it takes to be a trivia champion? Every Thursday, virtual teams of up to 5 students can compete for free for the weekly prize of a $50 gift card to Amazon.
Thursday, April 16
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Join RCB , OCA , and RCIE to learn about the virtual job market. Understand what it takes to make yourself stand out! This workshop will be led by Industry Professional Bruce Scull, Director of Enterprise Sales from Phenom People. 
Tuesdays 5 p.m. or Fridays 12:30 p.m.
*For students & Campus Rec members
Register for each session is @ campusrec.rowan.edu

Join Katie for an All-Levels Virtual Yoga class. Take time to move, breathe, and take care of your well-being. You will build strength, flexibility, and a sense of calm. If you have a yoga mat, great. If not, no worries- you can use what you have (blanket, towel, etc). Feel free to also bring a blanket, pillow, and thick books to use as props.
Weekly event 4/16, 4/23, 4/30 & 5/7 at 11:30 a.m.
* For students & Campus Rec members
Register for each session @ campusrec.rowan.edu

Join Kristin for a 30 minute virtual group fitness class to keep you Prof Strong! Increase your strength through muscle building movements combined with cardio endurance. Every movement is body-weight based, so no equipment is needed!
Friday, April 17
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Need help finding an internship? Or a full-time job after you graduate? Come to this workshop presented by the RCPD Team and learn how to navigate Profs-Jobs and other crucial resources to obtain the job of your dreams! Sponsored by RCB and OCA.
Thursday, April 23
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Join us on Instagram Live as we discuss ways in which we can thrive towards the end of the semester together. Navigating finals online takes preparation and communication to set yourself up to succeed. Tips will be shared on how to stay motivated and be well.
Weekly Events to support well-being

Virtual Pilates Mondays 11:30 a.m. (Registration for each session required)


Join us on Saturday, April 25th at 10:00 a.m. for a virtual walk via Zoom to raise awareness & funds while asking others to join you. Tune in to hear and see our speakers share their stories via video conferencing or phone.

Immediately following the opening ceremony, we ask that you do your own walk and post pictures and video of your walk on our  Rowan University Walk Facebook Page . You may also post photos of your loved ones and messages of hope to the event Facebook page.
*All Events Are Free Unless Otherwise Indicated
DISCOVER
WELL - BEING
My name is Marko Minic and I am an international student from Belgrade, Serbia. During these unpredicted times, I was unable to travel back home and I am actually one of the few students staying on campus during this pandemic crisis. The whole Rowan campus is currently a ghost town. 
EMOTIONAL
That Discomfort You Are Feeling is Grief by Harvard Business Review

Some of the HBR edit staff met virtually the other day — a screen full of faces in a scene becoming more common everywhere. We talked about the content we’re commissioning in this harrowing time of a  pandemic  and how we can help people. But we also talked about how we were feeling. One colleague mentioned that what she felt was grief. Heads nodded in all the panes. Read more.
EMOTIONAL

Are you unsure how to cope with loneliness during the  coronavirus  pandemic? You could be self-isolating because you've caught the infection, but there are many other reasons why you've elected to stay indoors. Whether you are  quarantined  due to suspected exposure, staying home because you are in a high-risk category, or at home to help prevent the spread of infection, you may find yourself unprepared for the feelings of loneliness that will likely follow. Read more.
RESOURCES
Strive to Thrive is a newsletter for the Rowan University community. Visit rowan.edu/thrive or contact rowanthrive@rowan.edu for more information.