July 7, 2021
Finding Joy This July

Subjective well-being is expressed when people feel good and think their lives are good. They would rank themselves high on measures of happiness and life satisfaction and low on measures of negative mood. Joy is often used as a synonym for happiness, and is commonly treated as a generic positive feeling experienced with other positive emotions. Share with us what brings joy to your life and receive a Rowan Thrive shirt or water bottle.
Thank you to everyone who shared “how they planned to proactively take time to rest this summer!” We know how important it is to prioritize restful and replenishing moments, particularly after difficult or challenging times. Read here about our fellow community members for some restful inspiration, information on how individuals are setting boundaries, and what our community has learned from the pandemic.

Summer Plans for Rest
My plans are to consistently practice healthful sleep hygiene to not ‘fix,’ but rather improve my sleep schedule; and limit my screen time throughout the day and before bedtime. For me, it’s important to let go of the “shoulds” when it comes to resting because I must rest regardless. - Erika S.

I plan to rest during a few family trips this summer to the beach. I love to head to the beach during sunset and enjoy the sounds of the waves while I sit with my feet in the sand. It helps ground me while allowing me time to rest & relax. - Erica C.

Sadly, we aren’t traveling or eating out yet (everything is predictably overpriced and possibly understaffed) but we bought a new fire pit and pizza oven to use by the pool. So ... except for essential tasks, there will be reading on the patio in the morning and sitting at the pool in the afternoon every day. We’ll grill a lot and mix in some occasional takeout. - Gina A.

I plan to begin incorporating yoga in the mornings prior to starting my day. I've realized I need some time in the mornings for myself. - Erin H.

Taking the time to just BREATH with a celebration on a grassy field of my high school senior's Graduation, a getaway to celebrate an anniversary, special efforts to gather the grandparents together with family members. I want to see and hug my friends and family members who I've ZOOMED with for over a year; sit and chat leisurely with these dear ones. - Anonymous
Monday evenings; 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Cira Green: 129 South 30th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Accessible to all levels, this empowering and inspiring free yoga class is sure to set you up for success – getting you ready for anything the rest of the week may throw at you! Best part? Each participant will receive a voucher to redeem for a beverage at Sunset Social post-class. Advance registration required, but the class is FREE!
Wednesday, 7/28; 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Virtual Event via Zoom

Join panelists Natalie Hyppolite, D.O. '13, Traci Tamburello, D.O. '99, and Lanvin Taylor, D.O. '09, as they discuss common pain issues, treatments, and pain management.

You can submit your questions for our panelists in advance via email. Click here to view previous webinars.

Last week, in the middle of the “free Krispy Kremes for the vaxxed!” kerfuffle—as some people rushed so helpfully to remind us that doughnuts aren’t good for you, and others said, “Man, it’s a pandemic, give the diet culture stuff a break”—I happened to stumble across this tweet from a very earnest and kind-seeming person. She wrote: “I gained more weight than I feel comfortable with over the past COVID year. I’m using a food-tracking app and a step-counter to try to lose it. But given the discourse around fatphobia, I feel like it’s somewhere between impolite and oppressive to talk about it online. Your view?" READ MORE.

Keeping hydrated is crucial for health and well-being, but many people do not consume enough fluids each day.
Perhaps it is the ubiquitous nature of water that means drinking enough each day is not at the top of many people’s lists of priorities. To function properly, all the cells and organs of the body need water.

Starting and maintaining a daily habit to keep a water bottle with you constantly not only reminds you to hydrate, it gives your body an excuse to get up regularly to use the restroom and get your body moving! Here are some reasons our body needs water. READ MORE.
Saturday, 7/17; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Washington Lake Park
626 Hurffville-Crosskeys Rd. Sewell, NJ

Hold on to your Sombreros and get ready to shake your Maracas! A festival to celebrate this delicious creation & our HUGE love for all things TACO!

Food trucks, Beer, Sangria, Margaritas, & Live Music! Adults $5 per person . Under 5 Free. All attendees are encouraged to bring a non perishable canned or boxed item to help support the local food pantry. 

The curbing of the pandemic in the U.S. means the return of dinner parties, movie dates and brunch. But it also means the return of things you don't really want to do.

What's happening: Many of us spent over a year stuck in our homes by default — not having to decline social engagements we weren't keen on. Now it's time to re-learn the fine art of saying "no." READ MORE.
Tuesday, 7/20; 8 - 10 p.m.

Think you have what it takes to be a trivia winner? Come out for a chance to win prizes! Hosted by the LEGENDARY Charlie and Business Goose Trivia. This event is sponsored by the Chamberlain Student Center & Campus Activities.

Tuesday, 7/13: Credit Hacks
Items on a credit report and influencers of credit scores will be discussed in this webinar. In addition, learn how to check on your credit report for free, and how to set up alerts and credit freezes to prevent identity theft.

Tuesday, 7/20: Debt Reduction Hacks
Tips for reducing debt will be taught to help you become debt free. Learn how to stop using debt, how to "PowerPay" debt payments to save thousands of dollars, and tips to negotiate interest rates with your creditors.

Share with your family and friends the opportunity to work with Rowan's dining provider Gourmet Dining!

Gourmet Dining is seeking a positive attitude and a love for learning.

Check out The Shop Food Pantry & Resource Center this summer. We have free fresh produce, toiletries, snacks, t-shirts and more, in addition to food! Open to all students.

Hours of Operation
Mondays: Noon to 4pm
Fridays: Noon to 4pm
Wednesday, 7/21; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Healthy Campus Initiatives is offering limited virtual sessions of Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training.

These sessions are only available to staff and faculty at this time, and will be capped at 20 participants.

We will reschedule for fewer than 4 participants. In-person and student sessions will resume in the fall.
Please ensure you are able to attend prior to registering.
*Content warning - this episode discusses suicide/suicidality @ 16:13

Alexi Pappas is a Greek-American Olympic runner, filmmaker, actor, and writer. Her debut memoir-in-essays, Bravey was published in January 2021. Alexi joins the Armchair Expert to discuss her experience competing at the Rio Olympics, getting into running later in life, and the impact her father had in her life after her mom passed away. Alexi and Dax discuss post-Olympic situational depression, treating mental health the same as physical health, and striving to achieve as many goals in life as possible.
Multiple dates; 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Rowan University Art Gallery presents The Nature of Time, a new installation by stone mason Thea Alvin. This project complements the anticipated Time Sweeps, her permanent public art work coming soon to the East Garden Courtyard of Discovery Hall at Rowan University. Reserve your free ticket!

Join us for an informal artist led tour of Time Sweeps followed by an Gallery Reception for The Nature of Time on Friday, 7/9 from 4 - 7 p.m.

The Community Music School (CMS) added programming that takes the school to the next level and emphasizes the growth of ensembles, musical theatre offerings, services for educators, and much more…for young learners and adults. Interested in more, see the CMS brochure?

Fill out the Prospective Student Inquiry

This year’s theme is healing, and we will be reading the book Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May.

Read the book at your leisure and we will meet together as a group to share and discuss your thoughts in August. You only need to attend one of the six discussion group meeting dates. 
Free copies of the book may be available to those who sign up with this form and commit to attending one of the discussion group meetings. Supplies are limited, and this is first come, first served.
Wednesday, 7/14; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Did you know that Rowan University’s Office of Career Advancement’s Focus 2 tool allows career counselors to understand your work interests? The work interest assessment is a research-based tool that provides career counselors a snapshot of your preferred work tasks, environment, and personality. At this virtual workshop, learn more about your natural interests and how they will benefit the world of work.

Did you know the Rowan Thrive website provides many career exploration resources?
The Rowan Thrive team is planning to update the website this summer. We are excited to share well-being opportunities/resources for our prospective students, current students, and employees. For any individuals or departments integrating the Rowan Thrive initiative to their curriculum, trainings, or workshops, we encourage using the main website (www.rowan.edu/thrive) for any hyperlinks while we work to update our content.
“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.