Fall 2020 / Issue 9
Achieving Wellness
The Dimensions of Wellness
Wellness is an active, continuous process of self-enhancement that contributes to one's ability to thrive as a USI student. Wellness extends beyond just the physical, and is a multi-dimensional state of being. It's all about balance!
Financial wellness is an intricate balance of the mental, spiritual and physical aspects of money.
 
Environmental wellness is the process of recognizing one's responsibility to one's environment, which ranges from immediate surroundings to the world. 

Occupational wellness is the ability to get personal fulfillment from one's jobs while maintaining balance in life. 
Emotional Wellness and Mental Health
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

  • Emotional wellness is an awareness and acceptance of a wide range of feelings in one's self and others. An emotionally well person understands their limitations.

  • Intellectual wellness is involves ongoing learning and the ability to open one's mind to new ideas and experiences. Sharing ideas with people from different backgrounds helps us advance in all aspects of life.

  • Social/cultural wellness is the ability to connect with other people in our world. This dimension is expressed through developing and maintaining friendships, family relationships, and more.
How to Self-Care
  • Getting professional help if needed (there's nothing wrong with seeing a therapist/counselor)
  • Spending time with loved ones and friends
  • Staying positive
  • Be willing to leave one's comfort zone
  • Getting physically active
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Enjoying a hobby
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Journaling
  • Helping others
  • Developing coping skills
Mental Health Stigma
Mental health stigma is a prejudicial attitude and/or discriminating behavior directed toward individuals with mental health issues as a result of the psychiatric label they have been given. How can we eliminate stigma? By imparting knowledge about mental health issues and challenging existing negative stereotypes.

Ways we can reduce mental health stigma:
  • Educate one's self on the facts.
  • Choose words carefully (e.g. avoid using terms like 'OCD', 'crazy' and 'depressing').
  • Talk openly about mental health.
  • Encourage equality between physical and mental illness.
  • Show compassion for those with mental illness -- choose empowerment over shame.
Physical wellness includes appropriate exercise and proper nutrition in addition to making responsible decisions about sex, alcohol, tobacco, and drug use.

The Student Wellness Office is located in Room 219 in the Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness Center. Student Wellness develops, implements and coordinates health and wellness programs for the University community. Throughout the year, they partner with campus departments/organizations and local community agencies to provide wellness outreach events.

The Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Center (RFWC) offers almost 100,000 square feet of recreational space.
Spiritual Wellness and Religious Life
Spiritual wellness is the process of looking within one's self and exploring values and beliefs to establish peace and harmony in our life. It is not necessary to find this through organized religion.

Religious Life provides religious guidance and worship opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. The Religious Life office is located on the corner of O'Daniel and Clark Lanes. Their goal is to get the word out about ways to stay active in your faith life while at USI. 

Services offered:
  • Retreats, fellowship, Bible studies, worship Mass, service opportunities and educational programming
Campus Resources
Counseling Center offers individual and group therapy to assist students. Need to relieve stress, deal with your emotions, set appropriate goals, or make healthy decisions? Make an appointment today | 812-464-1867 | Website

Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness Center offers many opportunities to exercise! Students can take a class or go work out. | 812-461-5268 | Website

Student Wellness Office develops, implements, and coordinates health and wellness programs for the University community. Website

University Health Center provides medical services and health-related information to students, faculty, and staff. They are located in the lower level of the Health Professions Center. | 812-465-1250 | Website

Religious Life provides religious guidance and worship opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. Religious Life office is located on the corner of O'Daniel and Clark Lanes. There are many faith-based student organizations at USI. | 812-464-1871 | Website
Campus Information
Emerging Leaders Applications are Available
Emerging Leaders offers USI freshman students the opportunity to develop new leadership skills, make new friends, and contribute to the University community. This program focuses on preparing individuals to succeed and contribute to USI as student leaders in subsequent years. Applications for the 2020-21 academic year are now available! Weekly sessions are held on Mondays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. during the Spring Semester.
Emerging Leaders Instagram Takeover
Hear from three Emerging Leaders Mentors as they go throughout their day as student leaders on campus, learn more about Emerging Leaders, and ask your questions about this freshman leadership program. Follow along on Instagram at @USIClassof2024

Emerging Leaders Virtual Info Night
Join the Emerging Leaders Mentors for a Virtual Info Night on Wednesday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m. Ask questions and see what the program is all about! Access the Zoom link here.
Virtual Wellness Challenge
Walking is an easy form of exercise that’s good for physical and mental health! Students, are you ready to move more? Join the Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Center for their first virtual wellness challenge September 14 until October 2 Students track steps, receive weekly tips, and are entered in a drawing for a prize!
Sexual Assault Prevention and Alcohol Edu Trainings
Completing Sexual Assault Prevention and Alcohol Edu trainings are required for all first-year students. Students should have received an email invitation in their USI Eagles email account last week.

Students can access the trainings by clicking on the link in the email invitation or by logging into myUSI account and clicking on the Everfi app, a giant white E in a field of orange (please see picture).

Students should complete the trainings prior to October 3, 2020. Completion of the trainings will ensure that a hold is not placed on to a student's account. Holds will prevent students from registering for Spring and Summer 2021 classes.
Campus Office Information
Check out the following offices for new student and campus information:
Screagle in the Spotlight - Perci Hale
Year: Junior
Major: Theatre with a minor in French and Africana studies
Hometown: Montgomery, Alabama

If you could be one fictional character, who would you be?
I would be Olivia Pope from the hit political fiction series, Scandal, because I love the confidence she exudes and the way she is able to take charge even in the midst of the craziest circumstances.

What is your favorite memory from USI?
My favorite memory of USI is from last year during our first basketball season in the new arena. As a student ambassador, I was able to help host a tailgate for incoming students and join them in watching the first game to take place there. I loved the excitement and the camaraderie that came with celebrating our new home as Screagles and cheering our team on to victory.

How did you make USI your home?
Since I am roughly seven hours away from home, I had to put in a bit of work to make USI my home. Although it was not a big challenge because so many of the faculty members and current students already made me feel like I had a home at USI before I started my first semester, I still decided to join several clubs and organizations such as Student Ambassadors, Diamond Eagles Majorette dance team and NAACP to name a few. Through these organizations, I was introduced to both like-minded people and people who thought different than I did, and it all helped me to build my community on campus that made me feel as loved as if I were truly at home.
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