FSDP: Healthy U

The Faculty and Staff Development Program offers a series of workshops to enhance our understanding of the expected, and unexpected, practices that can contribute to a healthy mind, body, and community.

INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS

Presenter: Erin Commendatore
   Life Solutions

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Time: 12–1:00 p.m.
Location: 341 Craig Hall

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

Mindfulness is a practice that has been found to benefit both psychological and physical health. In this class, participants will be introduced to the concept and practice of mindfulness, how it can help participants cope with stress and other difficult emotions, and how it can contribute to one’s wellbeing. Participants will have the opportunity to experience at least one formal mindfulness practice first hand.

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(NEW) CAN I KEEP MY SOCIAL MEDIA AND MY SANITY?

Presenter: Brian Primack, Dean
   University Honors College

Date: Friday, November 30, 2018
Time: 12–1:30 p.m.
Location: 341 Craig Hall

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

Social media have taken over. Even though the term “social media” wasn’t used until 2004, in less than 15 years the number of social media users on Earth has increased from zero to 3 billion. In this workshop, we’ll talk about the research that has described some of the positive—but also some of the negative—effects of social media on our lives. We’ll also brainstorm ways of taking control of social media instead of letting it control us.

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(NEW) RESILIENCE: HOW TO WEATHER LIFE'S STORMS WITHOUT GETTING SOAKED

Presenter: Brigid Crawford, LifeSolutions
Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Time: 12–1:30 p.m.
Location: 342 Craig Hall

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

In this workshop, participants will develop a well-rounded definition of resilience. The workshop facilitator will help participants assess their current capacity for dealing with challenging circumstances and recognize that resilience is something that can be learned and developed. Participants will also Identify the major foundational components necessary for building greater resilience. Discussion will include how our thoughts and perspectives influence our resilience, and practice exercises to increase resilience.

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(NEW) WRITE NOW! AT THE CENTER FOR CREATIVITY

Presenter: Erik Schuckers, Manager
                   Center for Creativity

Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018
Time: 12–1:30 p.m.
Location: Center for Creativity, University Stores on Fifth

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

How is art and creativity related to health and wellness? The level of focus required to create a painting or write a poem can be so consuming that you can’t think of anything else – including what stresses you! This workshop will help participants who want to write but are not sure where to start. We'll try out freewriting prompts designed to generate material for fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction, along with collaborative and solo exercises. The focus for this workshop is on producing raw material and learning ways to un-stick your creativity, in an informal and judgment-free zone.

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