May 27, 2020
We are still here for you!

"You can’t stand in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” -Winnie the Pooh

As we begin to settle into the summer, and the warmer months ahead, there is one thing you should remember: even though many of us may be remote, we’re still here for you. We are still providing educational opportunities, still advising, offering technical and financial assistance, offering physical and emotional well-being support. The list doesn’t end there. Great challenges have been endured by our Rowan community and when challenges arise, it is important to remember you have support. Do not be afraid to speak up and reach out to someone if you are stressed or anxious, or have a question about something. Being vulnerable is hard, asking for help is hard, but both can be incredibly rewarding.

Being well and staying well takes effort, but the time spent being intentional will create opportunities to thrive in many aspects of your life. Taking that first step could lead to a better, more meaningful, or joyful life. Contact us , reach out to a family member, communicate with a friend, ask a mentor, or call on a peer to be better tomorrow. Research has shown that individuals who are asked to help those in need also reap the rewards in serving others through a sense of being worthy to make someone's life better. We are in it together and will flourish by creating and maintaining a supportive community.

Enjoy these summer months! 

We look forward to hearing from you.

Be well,
As we finish Mental Health Awareness Month in May, keeping emotional well-being at the forefront of our daily habits will assist us in our days ahead. As administrators, faculty, and students, we are all navigating the pandemic differently. As an institution of higher learning there will be many systems and processes changed to continue the mission of educating students to be thriving global citizens post Covid-19. Through reflection and action, we can strive to be a stronger university community.

It’s not about seeking happiness, it’s about seeking meaning.
DON'T MISS OUT
Registration ongoing

Participate in virtual group fitness classes ( Pilates , Yoga , and Prof Strong! ) from May 18 - June 26. Take time to care for your physical well-being from your home.

Class registrations close 30 minutes before class start time. Once you register, you will receive an email with Zoom login instructions 15-20 minutes prior to class start time.
Thursday, May 28 @ 8:00 p.m.
Participate live via @: Twitch

Test your knowledge with Comedian Jay Black as he hosts the "Quarantined Funtime Show," a mix between a live comedy performance & a gameshow! Compete for a chance to win RAH swag! Must be a Rowan student to participate. Registration is required. You must have a Twitch Account to participate! To create your Twitch Account, go to https://www.twitch.tv/signup
Friday, June 5 from 2 - 5 p.m.

Celebrate! Remember! Fight Back! Support the American Cancer Society and Rowan's Colleges Against Cancer chapter by joining the l ive streaming Virtual Relay For Life . There will be a Luminaria ceremony to honor those affected by cancer, FAQ about the club and the American Cancer Society answered, free yoga class, viewing submissions for the "Why I Relay" video, and more! Prizes and giveaways will be available, log-on to win something!
Thursday, May 28 @ 3 p.m.

Join pet therapy for a fun way to connect with friends, get to meet new people, and to meet each others' pets (even if they are not certified therapy dogs). There will be some of the Shreiber Family Pet Therapy Program certified therapy dogs and handlers on as well. Think of it as a "Virtual Paws for a Break." Follow the program on social media @RowanPetTherapy. Registration is required.
Wednesday, June 3 @ 7:30 p.m.

The College of Performing Arts free live stream series welcomes faculty member Denis DiBlasio in a program of jazz tunes on baritone saxophone. He is the Executive Director of the Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz at Rowan University and is a saxophonist, composer, arranger and musical director for the Institute.
Fridays @ 11 a.m.
E mail HCI@rowan.edu for the link

Looking for some social connection? Come chill...and chat....with other students about life, college, and everything else!
Friday, June 5 @ 7 p.m.

RAH Bingo is back for the Summer! Win prizes! Must be a Rowan student to participate.
REFLECT
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are at the forefront of well-being to many communities at Rowan and beyond. The DEI Prof-spectives provides powerful information on systematic inequities and how underrepresented populations are navigating the pandemic.



Join SJICR for the Summer Book Club meeting at 3pm every 3rd Thursday in June, July and August.
DISCOVER
EMOTIONAL

The COVID-19 crisis is unprecedented and tumultuous, and our emotions are following suit. Many people are understandably struggling with mental health. We’re feeling sad, stressed, and helpless to fix the situation. How can we feel better? Read more.
PURPOSE

Going to Rowan has been one of the best experiences of my life. Through the university newspaper  The Whit Rowan Blog  and other avenues, I have been lucky enough to gain some valuable professional skills. Here are some of the lessons that I have learned so far. 1. Time Management 2. Listening and Communication Skills 3. Never Be Afraid to Ask Questions 4. Care for Others (Kindness Counts) Read more.
CHAMPIONS FOR WELL-BEING
ROWAN THRIVE

Shifting a culture takes efforts from early adopters willing to transform their practices with the hopes of positive change. The Rowan Thrive committee appreciates these individuals for integrating the well-being initiative and dimensions into their practices.
Aly Baker & Erin Hannah
As members of the Flying First - First Generation Task Force , Aly and Erin incorporated the Rowan Thrive framework at the 3rd Annual First Generation Symposium in their session "Supporting multidimensional well-being among first gen students". As facilitators, they created opportunities for attendees to have rich dialogue and discussions of identities and the dimensions of well-being. As first generation students transition and navigate a college community, their identities impact their sense of belonging. Additionally, conversations were discussed regarding systematic institutional barriers that can significantly influence their ability to thrive.
Erin continues to use Rowan Thrive in creating a Thriving Throughout the Summer Outreach program that will provide well-being check-ins to students. This program not only will give students an opportunity to be supported, but also impact retention initiatives during this time of uncertainty.
Carlton Chin
As a Math Department Adjunct Faculty, Carlton introduced Strive to Thrive: Flourishing and Enjoying Life as a discussion topic for his classroom.  He facilitated student input and dialogue to discuss reasons why well-being is relevant, reviewed approaches and solutions, and took research from his colleagues from MIT and Stanford as an opportunity to share with the class. Carlton incorporated goals of increasing moments of joy, feelings of purpose, and impact on being a global citizen. Carlton shared that this half-lecture Strive to Thrive topic gained the MOST interest from his class all semester!
RESOURCES
Caring for Your Emotional Health in the Time of COVID-19: For Employees by Horizon BCBS

Register for May 28 @ 10 a.m. Event #: 711 488 116
Register for May 28 @ 2 p.m. Event #: 716 707 156

The daily demands of work, family and other responsibilities create stress and anxiety. And now, many of us are also worrying about our health and our jobs, while trying to help children with schoolwork, staying connected to friends and loved ones, and practicing social distancing. Life can be overwhelming. While all these challenges can be difficult, getting help doesn’t have to be. In this webinar, Horizon Behavioral Health staff will explain the features of our expanded network, specialized programs, group and individual counseling and other services – whether short term, long term or whenever you need it. You’ll also learn about the new teletherapy options and digital tools that address anxiety, depression and stress.
During this time of unprecedented uncertainty, we are all seeking new tools and approaches to find balance, satisfaction, and forward momentum. Empathy is increasingly in need – and is playing a critical role in business innovations. Consumers’ needs are changing, new economic policies are being introduced, and labor market reactions can cause stress, reducing our productivity and effectiveness in multiple aspects of our lives. Understanding how we might empower teams to meet customers in a purely virtual environment, build financial knowledge to provide clarity when approaching economic uncertainty, and job search strategies in a changing market are immediate areas of concern for many of us where expert insights are valuable. Join free Expert Webinars offered by Rowan’s Rohrer College of Business to expand your understanding of business-minded approaches to dealing with uncertainty. 
During this free 100% online course, you’ll gain the fundamentals to better understand: 1. Budgeting 2. Investing 3. Risk & Insurance 4. Taxes 5. Life & Legacy
Tutoring appointments can be scheduled through  RSN  as usual, however tutoring sessions will be remote using  Zoom . Tutor availability and course availability are limited. Check out the  FAQs  regarding remote tutoring, or visit the  Tutoring Services website  for more information. Please email tutoring@rowan.edu with any questions.
SERV provides crisis intervention, counseling, and support to survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence, and human trafficking. SERV's team of highly trained and compassionate staff help provide personalized care to help those down a path of healing. Contact Ashley (609-206-0576 or ASHLEY.WALSH@CENTERFFS.ORG) , Tuesday/Friday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. to set up a confidential, personalized care plan.
CALL TO ACTION
Date: June 10 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m
Registration: Must register for an appointment at www.redcrossblood.org (type "Rowan" in search bar) or by emailing volunteer@rowan.edu

Rowan's Office of Volunteerism along with the American Red Cross and Rowan Campus Recreation are working together to create a safe and social-distancing environment for Rowan faculty, staff, students, and local residents to donate blood. As we move forward from the pandemic, we encourage our Rowan community who are able to schedule an appointment to donate blood to the American Red Cross. Every donation counts more now than ever before. We need your help and support. Remember: for every pint given, you save 3 lives!

Be aware : Everyone MUST have an appointment prior to entering the blood drive. NO WALK-INS WILL BE ALLOWED.
Strive to Thrive is a newsletter for the Rowan University community. Visit rowan.edu/thrive or contact rowanthrive@rowan.edu for more information.