March 10, 2021
Acknowledging an Anniversary

The Rowan Thrive Committee recognizes the one year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic. One year ago, we could not have imagined what was in store for us individually and collectively. We acknowledge that we have all suffered, grieved, and lost during this time. Some may have lost loved ones due to COVID-19, while others may be grieving the loss of a year of opportunities or their way of life.
 
We recognize that these losses have had a significant impact to our well-being and at the same time we can recognize our resilience, our humanity, and perhaps maintain hope for the future. Let us remember that we all grieve differently and we all deserve the care and tenderness that we need to continue on. Through intentional and meaningful experiences, we can positively support our own and each other’s emotional well-being. We can take the time to reflect, to express our gratitude, and to connect through community. The journey through grief is continuous and takes time. Please give yourself the time and space you need and remember that there are people and resources at Rowan to support your emotional well-being.

Senior student Tatyana Bell shares her story of hope, healing, and resilience when she lost her father to the pandemic over winter break - "Living with Loss, But Not Staying Lost".

If you are seeking grief and counseling resources, please visit the Wellness Center webpage.
Thursday, 3/18 from 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Please join The Quell Foundation, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the Rowan University Wellness Center, the Office of Healthy Campus Initiatives, Rowan Thrive and Rowan Campus Rec for an event surrounding the complexities of mental health and its effects on diverse populations. 
 
The event will begin with a short documentary, “Lift the Mask: Portraits of Life with Mental Illness,” which tells the harrowing, yet hopeful stories of those living with behavioral and mental health diagnoses. From the onset of symptoms and the quest for answers to managing well-being and subsequent treatment plans, the film highlights six unique journeys and the challenges that come with them. 
 
Following the documentary, we invite you to join a panel discussion about mental health in college—the disparities, cultural beliefs, resources available, etc.—and how Rowan is diligently working to meet the needs of its students.

This event is open to all friends of the University including alumni, students, faculty and staff.

There is a deep connection – or “vicious cycle” – between stress, sleep, and health. We continue to cope with the COVID pandemic, which is highly stressful, and therefore likely to be disrupting our sleep, and, in turn, impacting our mental and physical health. The combination of chronic stress due to an ongoing COVID crisis, and all the “ripple effects” on education, jobs, finances, mental health, relationships, etc., plus sleep disruption, can be a double-whammy on our immune system. That can mean lower resistance to COVID and other infections, as well, like the common cold and the flu. READ MORE. Contribution by Dr. Jeff Greeson - Assistant Professor, Psychology.
Friday, 3/12 @ 3 p.m.

Join in this FREE student event, where participants will alternate turns taking shots at the hoop that they believe their opponent will miss. For each shot made and the other misses, a player will receive a letter in the word "HORSE" until one player has all 5 letters and is eliminated from competition.  This event will be held either on the outdoor basketball courts behind Mimosa Hall or on the Indoor courts of the Student Recreation Center, depending on weather. 
Monday, 3/15 @ 8 p.m.

This fun and unique student event will take place on the Intramural Field and will replicate the tabletop soccer game. Participants must remain in their assigned section at all times and must wear a mask to participate. 

We hope that our soccer faithful will return to participate in this first event on the path back to organized team activities! To register, go to our IMLeagues Page to create a team or sign up as a free agent. Participation in this event is FREE!
Tuesday, 3/23 from 5 - 7 p.m.

Can the Van is a philanthropic event that raises funds and donations to be contributed to Rowan University's on-campus food pantry and resource center, The SHOP. Please click on the link to donate in person or through the foundation account to support from home. This spring's Can the Van event marks a significant day as March 23rd is the anniversary of when The SHOP was established as an SGA initiative, making this year The SHOP's 4th birthday!
Friday, 3/12 @ 1 p.m.

Join the Rowan Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship to Perfect Your Pitch.
Have a pitch deck but not sure how to actually deliver? Let's talk about it. Do you panic when faced with public speaking?

Let's practice! At Perfect Your Pitch, you will receive 1:1 pitch coaching, feedback, and will learn the ropes to nailing your pitch. This monthly session is dedicated to helping you find your voice, be confident, and tell stories that move people to join you on your quest to realize a company or personal vision.
Thursday, 3/18 @ 6 p.m.

Do you know that you are a brand that requires an investment of time and attention? Your personal brand reflects your values, gifts, and talents. Your digital footprint is significant to your personal and professional brand. In fact, 92% of companies are using social media for recruitment, hiring, and promotion purposes. Leveraging your personal and professional brand during COVID-19 requires effective thought leadership that starts today. Open to students, employees, alumni, & parents.

Click on the SGA Spring 2021 Scholarships under Forms. Rowan SGA will be awarding $35,000 total this semester in the amounts of $1000 (20), $2500 (4), and $5000 (1). Please review criteria for eligiblity. The application closes on March 14th.

Rowan University is committed to keeping the education experience affordable for every one of our students. We value and prioritize affordability and consider it a key element in achieving our goals. To help our students navigate some of the financial decisions they may encounter throughout their time here at Rowan, numerous resources have been compiled to help keep life in college more affordable. On the Profcents site, you will find links to a variety of resources ranging from academic services and financial assistance to computer lab locations, free tax help, and cost-saving transportation alternatives.
Thursday, 3/11 from 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: Student Center Back Patio

Come join the Student University Programmers for dessert! From 6:00-9:00PM we're giving out FREE ice cream sandwiches to Rowan students on the Student Center Back Patio. Rowan student ID required.
Learn about upcoming SUP events, how to get involved, and so much more. Masks required and students should adhere to all university COVID-19 & social distancing policies. For more information follow @RowanSCCA on social media.
Tuesday, 3/16 from 3 - 6 p.m.
Location: Bunce Green

Missing out on that spring break travel this year? Us too! But don't worry, SUP is bringing the travel to you! Grab your friends and join SUP on a quick trip around the world right here on campus. Travel to each of our food trucks and get a chance to taste a variety of foods from different cultures. Rowan students will receive a FREE $8 food voucher to use at any food truck with their Rowan Student ID. The event will require all COVID-19 university guidelines.
RAH Luau: Saturday, 3/20 from 9 - 11 p.m. @ Student Center Pit

Wishing you could travel somewhere tropical? Join RAH as we transform our space and bring a hint of Hawaii to the Student Center Pit!
SAVE THE DATE
Tuesday, 4/6 from 6 - 8 p.m.

Take Back the Night is a worldwide movement to stand up against sexual violence and allows for the Rowan Community to speak, stand, and empower against sexual violence. If your club or organization is interested in being a part of this event and helping to support survivors of sexual violence, email Allison Niemiec. This event is hosted by Healthy Campus Initiatives. Join us on Instagram - @RowanHCI Please Register for the event at go.rowan.edu/takebackthenight
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