January 27, 2021
A New Semester...A New Perspective

2020 was a year full of obstacles that no one saw coming. It was a year that drained our emotions, took a toll on our mental health, and caused our expectations to fall short. We all longed for it to be over. Now that we’re in a new year, all we want are new beginnings and fresh starts. But we may be weary of these, since the past year began with so much promise and positive curiosity, but proceeded with so many hardships and struggles.

Wanting a new beginning can seem scary, or even silly, after such a hard year, but I’m here to tell you to push through those feelings. Fresh starts are healthy and bring exciting opportunities into our lives and routines. Getting out of a rut and into a new groove are just the things we need to succeed in all that we want. Not having hope in fear of false hope won’t get us any further than having it. So, we might as well hold on to hope and the faith that we are resilient and strong. What else are new years for? Set those goals, meet the deadlines, and chase those passions. 2021 won’t be the perfect year, but won’t it be great when it turns out to be the year that proved you wrong?

-Lisa Harrison
Class of 2021
Political Science
Rowan Institute for Public Policy & Citizenship member
Inviting guest contributors!

Would you be interested in providing the newsletter introduction with a perspective on well-being, thriving, or resilience? Is there a specific dimension you'd like to reflect on and write about? Whether you are a student or employee, we welcome the opportunity to share. Email us at rowanthrive@rowan.edu. You can review any of the past newsletters on the bottom of the Rowan Thrive website. Be well.

-Strive to Thrive Newsletter Editors

Any student who will be on campus in any capacity and engaging in in-person activity is required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result within 10 days before their first day on campus. Students will be offered a free, University-provided test through LabCorp. All residential students will be scheduled for COVID-19 testing on a bi-weekly basis.
Thur. 2/4 @ 12:30pm

Join via webex to see Ernest Coverson and Denise Bell discuss "Mass Violations by U.S. Police of Black Lives Matter Protesters’ Rights." This topic explores protests in the aftermath of George Floyd's death, particularly highlighting the shocking failure to limit the use of force by law enforcement to situations where it is necessary and proportionate to an actual threat.
Wed. 1/27, 2/24, 3/24, 4/27 @ 7:30 p.m.

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 of 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. Webex Link.
Wed. 2/3 @ 6 p.m.

Looking for a way to get more involved at Rowan and meet fellow peers who are passionate about education and helping others? Join Peer Education! This program meets weekly and focuses on the Rowan Thrive Well-being dimensions. Students may also be eligible for Professional Development Hours. It is strongly encouraged students join in the beginning of the academic year, but we welcome all students from ALL majors, and academic years at any point throughout the year. 
Fri. 2/5, 3/5, 4/2 @ 1 p.m.

This virtual workshop focuses on helping you understand depressive symptoms and build skills to manage these symptoms. The three sessions are divided into content that builds upon itself. The sessions include modules dedicated to: (1) understanding depression, (2) exploring how thoughts and behaviors impact depression, and (3) addressing how you can begin to make changes to thoughts and behaviors in order to better manage depression. By the end of the workshop, you will have your own individualized plan for getting unstuck! The start date provided is the first date of the 3 part workshop. Contact: Revae Burton, LCSW at burtonre@rowan.edu​ to register.
Thur. 1/28 @ 7:30 p.m.

Kick-off a healthy start to 2021 by prioritizing your health during the time of COVID-19.

Join SOM Alumni Cary Mantell, D.O. '83, Virginia Phipps, D.O. '00, and Richard Stewart, D.O. '91, as they discuss the importance of keeping up with your annual health screenings.
Tuesday, 2/2 @ 8 p.m.
Friday, 2/12 @ 10:30 a.m.
Friday, 2/19 @ 2 p.m.

Reiki is a form of Japanese energy healing that focuses on stress reduction and relaxation through energy work.

Sessions are offered in partnership with the Interfaith & Spirituality Exploration Center and the Office of Social Justice, Inclusion & Conflict Resolution.

Register here. For more information contact Group leader Catie Baxter
Wednesdays @ 5 p.m.

Students and employees can join Campus Rec for an energizing and motivating group fitness experience! Elevate your physical and social well-being with your fellow Profs as you increase strength through muscle building movements combined with cardio endurance. Students, Faculty, and Staff must register for classes through campusrec.rowan.edu.
Mon. 2/8 @ 6 p.m.

Aikido participants will learn effective protection techniques of traditional Aikido as taught at Agatsu Dojos under the instruction of Sensei Stephen Fleming. Students can expect to acquire skills in defense through redirection of force without aggression or competition. Along with developing better strategies for conflict resolution, regular participation will help to increase your ability to focus and stay calm under pressure. No previous experience needed! Students must pre-register through campusrec.rowan.edu.
Sat. 1/30 @ 9 p.m.

Students.... Is luck on your side? Do you want to win $1,000 worth of prizes? Come join RAH virtually and test your luck in trying to win tonight’s prize pool.

Register Here.
Tues. 2/2 @ 7 p.m.

This 2019 biographical legal drama film starred Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Foxx. It tells the true story of Walter McMillian, who, with the help of young defense attorney Bryan Stevenson, appeals his murder conviction.

Join the new mentoring and networking platform, Profs Connect. This will offer you the opportunity to expand your network, search for jobs, stay up-to-date with our calendar of events, mentor or seek to mentor current students and more!

  • Explore: Search for people, events, and groups that share your interest, industry, or education.
  • Connect: Establish relationships with fellow students, alumni, and the Rowan community.
  • Expand: Optimize your professional opportunities by growing your network.
  • Get Involved: Engage with fellow Profs through mentoring opportunities.
  • Give Back: Introduce, employ, and mentor members of the Rowan community.
Campus Job Opportunities

Students, are you interested in working with an on campus employer that supports your career readiness and employability, while being flexible to your academic requirements?

Several departments are seeking applicants to support their mission and values through providing student employment opportunities.

The SHOP & Fresh For All Available

A reminder that free food and pantry resources are available to those in need. Click here to see the SHOP dates/hours. Fresh for All by Philabundance is available Fridays from 10-11 a.m. by the Football Field Parking Lot D.

A reminder that both resources are available, but all participants must abide by Covid-19 protocols.

Volunteers are needed, for more info click here.
“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.