March 24, 2021
Sowing Seeds of Self-Care

Out of all of the seasons, spring is by far my favorite! There are many reasons, one being that this is the time when baseball season starts, but also when you get to enjoy the nice, cool weather. Now that it is spring time and the weather is changing… soon the flowers will be blooming. I am reminded that in order for flowers to grow, someone has to plant a seed and water it. As we go through life, we have all had those individuals who we looked up to who sowed a seed and watered it in order for us to become who we are today. Nurturing is a quality that many possess, and when that skill is used to help build up others beautiful things happen.

When I think of Community, I think of all of those people who helped me get to where I am today. Particularly, I think of my mentors who have guided me along the way. I have known some mentors since I was a kid and others I met just last year. Despite the time that I have known them, they have all given me proper tools to grow. Through their guidance, advice, and kindness I have become a great man and I hope to continue to do what they have done for me for others.

The power of community is truly fascinating! My challenge to you this spring is to sow a seed, water it, and allow that seed to grow into a phenomenal flower. 

-Kenold E. Gosier (he/him/his)
Higher Education Administration Graduate Student
Class of 2022
Resident Director - Residential Learning & University Housing 
Saturday, 2/17 - Saturday, 5/1
Gallery visits are by appointment

Rowan University Art Gallery presents Saya Woolfalk, a New York based artist who created a complex, futuristic utopian culture and society of an interspecies female race called The Empathics. Their mythology and story of origin began with the discovery of mineral laden chimeric bones that triggered them to metamorphose into a plant, animal and human hybrid creature. In advanced Empathic society anyone may elect to undergo the experience of interspecies hybridization utilizing ChimaTEK technology, thus choosing to become an Empathic and a socially evolved being.
Friday, 3/26 @ 5 p.m. via Webex

The violent siege on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th provided the clearest evidence yet that far-right extremism is deeply entrenched across the country. However, the American response to the continued threat of violent radicalism has been slow, scattered, and politicized.

Join us for an informal student-oriented discussion on the current political climate in the United States and ways to confront right-wing extremism and heal the country from political polarization. Co-sponsored RCHGHR Student Association and College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Thursday, 4/1 @ 4:30 p.m. on Zoom

​Join the SJICR Speaker Series with Kate Bornstein. Kate Bornstein, author of ​Gender Outlaw, is a trans-trailblazer whose humor and spunk has ushered us into a world of limitless possibilities through a daring re-envisionment of the gender system as we know it.

Kate’s work is taught in five languages, in over 300 high schools, colleges, and universities around the world.

Register for the Keynote and Q&A here.
Thursday, 4/8 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Student Center Eynon Ballroom

Office of Volunteerism, Community Engagement & Commuter Services encourages you to make an appointment with sponsor code: rowan or email Shelly Klink.

Due to Social Distancing we are taking appointments only. You must wear a mask or face cover.  There is an urgent need for blood donations and remember every pint of blood saves 3 lives!* All Students who donate blood will get 1 hour service credit.
Wednesday, 3/24 @ 7:30 p.m. via Zoom

This yoga experience will provide you with maximum comfort and is intended for anyone seeking peace and warmth. You will be guided through building a supported savasana (rest), progressive muscle relaxation, and breathing techniques that will help prepare your body for deep relaxation and rest. You will emerge refreshed. Wear comfortable, warm, layered, loose clothing because a cozy body is a relaxed body. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to join. Please register at
Wednesday, 3/24 @ 7:30 p.m. via Webex

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 at 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. Questions? Email
Tuesday, 4/6 from 6 - 8 p.m.

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, students, faculty and staff from Rowan University will meet online, speak up and walk about in a show of strength against sexual violence.
The University’s annual Take Back the Night program, which this year will be held virtually and in-person April 6 with a traditional walk through part of campus, will send a clear message: sexual violence of any form is never OK, and it’s never tolerated at Rowan.

Beginning at 6 p.m., the program will feature a virtual Zoom segment with groups and organizations across campus as well as dedicated online breakout rooms in which students who want to speak with a counselor may do so confidentially.
Wednesday, 3/31 from 9 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Faculty Research Day honors outstanding research, scholarship, and creative activity by faculty from all Rowan University campuses.
The virtual event will showcase their accomplishments for fellow faculty, external partners, industry representatives and the broader community. Individuals from all backgrounds and interests are welcome. The event highlights COVID-19 research at 9:30 a.m., DEI research at 11 a.m., and Camden research at 1 p.m.
Monday, 4/5 @ 6:30 p.m.

Motivation Mondays is a program designed for students to learn tips and strategies to increase their motivation during a less active time.

This month's program will consist of a presentation from the Office of Career Advancement on job search strategies. This event will help students become more confident in their job searching abilities and hopefully leave them with more motivation to keep trying during these uncertain times. We will hold this program over zoom, all students are welcome!

We need to add books to our collection of the Human Library! Sign up to be a book @
This event features Rowan faculty, staff, and students who are living books in our collection of the Human Library. Stop by and check out a book on topics that range from mental health to family status, gender, race, HIV status, addiction, and more. Join us and unjudge someone!
March 23 - 25

RowanGIVES Day is an annual event that celebrates the generous spirit of the Rowan University Community. This year, we’re celebrating March 23, 24, and 25 all around campus!

Follow the Student Alumni Association (@RowanSAA) on Instagram, as each morning we’ll be giving out clues to locations on campus where donors have made an impact. Head to these locations to learn more about #RowanGIVES Day- you may find something special when you visit! 

Rowan University is committed to providing financial aid to students in need, and all the more during the crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The most immediate source of aid is federal funding, which begins with the second round of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) aid. Starting March 15, 2021, students will be able to apply for assistance by completing the HEERF II - Student Emergency Assistance Form. All requests for assistance will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis until all the funds are disbursed.

Did you know that there are safe, distanced, and masked in-person recreational sports and fitness opportunities available to you?

Check out intramural sports and group fitness offerings. For those interested in virtual activities, check out the Esports and group fitness programs.
Fridays, 3/26, 4/2 & 4/9

Weekly dance class open to anyone with varying styles and teachers.
4/13 - 4/15 via Zoom

Students and employees are welcome to participate in these free events to support your health and well-being.
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