February 10, 2021
Happiness Through Self-Love

Every morning an opportunity presents itself to conquer a task, hone a skill, or acquire new knowledge. Before challenging the day however, take a moment to look in the mirror. Smile and congratulate yourself for how far you have made it, and how far you plan to go.

In a highly-emphasized digital era, we are constantly viewing other’s accomplishments and wondering why someone else has already made it or when our time is coming. Those who taste success early are fortunate their labors are producing results, yet for others an opportunity to have a prospective vision of the conclusion of their journey appears as a beautiful image. Stop selling yourself short for not sprinting to the finish line, enjoy your race at your pace and all of the memories and moments along the way. Looking back at all the bumps in the road you’ll soon realize that it’s been designed to specifically cater to you.

Illustrious artist J. Cole states in his song “ Love Yourz”, “you’ll never be happy until you love yours.” You can compare yourself to others over and over again, but until you love your own life and existence, happiness will always be one step ahead of you.

-Kevin Stokes
Graduate Coordinator
Office of Social Justice, Inclusion, and Conflict Resolution
M.A. in Strategic Communications
Pronouns: he/him/his
Thursday, February 18 @ 7 p.m. via Webex

Join us in welcoming Layshia Clarendon, a non-binary activist and point guard for the WNBA New York Liberty as we discuss some of the most pressing issues in sports, including the fight for racial justice, equity, and LGBTQ+ representation. Recently re-elected to a second term as WNBPA Vice President, Layshia helped negotiate a groundbreaking CBA Agreement that will serve as a bedrock for women’s professional sports leagues moving forward.

Monday, February 22 @ 7:30 p.m.
Live streamed from Pfleeger Concert Hall.
For assistance, please email
Thursday, February 18 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Employers and graduate school representatives are invited to our largest virtual event of the year. This spring, Rowan University's Office of Career Advancement anticipates over 150 employers and over 1200 students to attend our Fall Career and Graduate School Fair. Students from all majors will be in attendance to learn about full time, part time, internship, and graduate school options. 

This event is free for students and alumni searching for career opportunities, but registration is required through ProfJobs.
Sunday, 2/21 @ 6 p.m.

Join in a panel discussion hosted by the Rowan University Black Alumni Network (RUBAN)—the fourth in a series of virtual events surrounding topics that greatly impact the Black Rowan community. 

Alumni panelists will take a look back at Glassboro during Y2K and the evolutionary decade that followed. Panelists will also reflect on their unique student experiences, share invaluable advice and conclude with a question and answer session.

The turn of a new millennium brought extraordinary opportunities for the Black Rowan community, including the ever-growing responsibility to continue shedding light on the past as we carry its lessons into the future. 

In the spirit of Black Lives Matter—and following the recent, highly-anticipated Presidential Inauguration—we will not only learn about how far we’ve come, but we will also speak candidly about where we can go from here.
Join the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Campbell Library, and our partners from around campus for a free virtual mini-conference on 2/12 or 2/13 especially for Rowan graduate students! Connect with your fellow students, learn more about campus resources, and attend programming on self-care and wellness, students’ research, preparing theses and dissertations, and more.

Let's Talk has gone virtual just for you. This program provides easy access to informal, confidential, one-on-one consultations online with counselors from the Wellness Center. Services are available FIVE days a week, Monday-Friday, at FIVE different times during the semester, all via Webex. Typical sessions are 30 minutes in length. 
Wednesday, 2/10 @ 8 p.m.

Restore your mind, body and soul during our first-ever nighttime Poses with Profs virtually: Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra practice. 

Welcome back Gina Lemanowicz Pusloski ’03 as she leads you through this relaxing and transformative 75-minute session to get you ready for a good night’s sleep.
Thursday, 2/11 @ 1 p.m.

This all-levels indoor cycling class is open to ALL employees and graduate students! If you miss playing sports when you were young, this is your opportunity to get back into the habit of being active. If you've never played sports or worked out before, this class is also for you! Register for classes through the Proflink page.
Thursday, 2/11 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Courtyard Glassboro Rowan University
Room: University Room

Please help us meet our blood drive goal. 1 donation = up to 3 lives saved! Amazon is thanking all donors Feb 1 - Feb 28 with a $5 Amazon.com gift card, via email.
Wednesday, 2/24 @ 8 p.m.

What does it take to thrive in careers at the intersection of healthcare and business? How has modern data analysis impacted medical practice? This event will feature expert panelists from five major hospital systems in South Jersey. Rowan’s own Carmen McDonald, a Nurse Leader, and Rich Miller, retired CEO and President of Virtua Health, will be joined by four Nurse Executives that have earned MBAs and lead system-wide operations, surgical services units, and corporate initiatives. They will discuss the benefits of applying business practices to healthcare to improve quality of care, safety for patients, and hospital sustainability.

“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.