Human Library (Cultural Credit Event)

The Multicultural Student Council invites you to attend the 2nd annual Human Library on Feb. 23 from 1-4 p.m.!

The Human Library is a platform for dialogue where it is okay to speak about experiences, identity and ideas. This is a time and place to bridge gaps of miscommunication and where it is okay to ask difficult questions because they are expected and appreciated.

The Library consists of Human “books” who volunteer to tell stories about themselves to a variety of “readers.” Like a regular library, the Human Library has a catalog of books waiting to be checked out. People who attend are considered “readers” who sit and listen to people tell their stories about their lives or experiences. Readers do not have to stay for the full duration of the event, but are welcome to “read” as many books as they can. To receive Cultural Credit, students must “read” at least 3 books.

This year’s Human Library consists of topics such as religion, foster care, dealing with mental illness, and immigration. The conversation is endless, so please stop by!

This event will be held on the main floor of the duPont-Ball Library.

Stetson University Internal Communication Survey

Please take a few minutes to participate in the Stetson University Internal Communication Survey, which is being conducted by the University Marketing Office.

Faculty and Staff members will find the survey link in their email. This is not spam.

 

When you click on the link, you will be taken to Stetson University’s Qualtrics survey account.

The survey has about 20 questions and will take 10-15 minutes to complete. We very much would like to hear from you, so we can identify ways to improve Internal Communication to the Stetson Community.

Once you complete the survey, you will be entered in a weekly drawing for a $15 Amazon gift card. We already have our First Winner – Peggy Fox. Congratulations, Peggy, and thank you for sharing your feedback with us.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Cory Lancaster at clancaster@stetson.edu.

 

Deadline ahead for juniors to apply for $1,000 summer passion-project grant

The deadline for the Mike Raymond Beyond the Classroom Grant — which will give one junior $1,000 to pursue a passion project this summer — is approaching.

Because of an error in an earlier Stetson Today announcement, the deadline is being extended to midnight on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Students with junior standing who are returning to Stetson next year can apply here.

The grant is awarded annually to one student to actively pursue their passions for learning outside of the domain of assignments, credits and compulsory education. It’s named for Michael W. Raymond, Ph.D., a professor of English at Stetson University until his death in 2007, who believed that higher education was an opportunity for students to discover their passions.

Grant money is to be used this summer to actively pursue a passion or a dream. Whatever you do is up to you; the project does not have to be connected to any particular field of study.

Ideally, the recipient will be working on an independent project: creative writing, journalism, film, acting, political activism, scientific research or a business plan.

Possible uses for the grant money may include travel for research; books; equipment; or just supplemental income to cover fundamental living expenses in order to take financial pressure off of the grant winner during the pursuit of independent learning and exploration.

New Student Counseling Services Groups

New Groups for Spring 2018:

This Semester we are offering more Building Resilience groups, a Bereavement Education group and a NEW Mindful Relaxation group for Anxiety. To join or for more information, please contact Student Counseling Services for a screening appointment.

Group Flyer

Please note these groups do not offer cultural credit.

Building Resilient Relationships – begins Tuesday, Feb. 27

This group will focus on skills to cope with and improve relationships, and how to take care of yourself within various types of relationships. This group is essential for people who are either too passive or aggressive in their exchanges with others. It also helps people learn how to go about getting what they want in their interactions with others, without giving up their self-respect or autonomy. This group will start Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 4 -5 p.m. and will run for the remainder of the semester. The group will close to new participants after the third group meeting on March 20. To join or for more information, please contact Student Counseling Services for a screening appointment.

Bereavement Support Group – begins Thursday, March 1

This six-week psycho-educational group is open to Stetson students who have experienced the loss of a loved one. This group provides information about reactions to loss and the process of healing grief. Members will learn coping strategies for the difficulties that often occur during the grieving process. Join others who have “been there” to share support and gain strength and hope. Students may bring a friend, loved one or support person to the group. This group will start Thursday, March 1, from 5-6:30 p.m. and will run for six weeks. The group will close to new participants after the second group meeting on March 15. To join or for more information, please contact Student Counseling Services for a screening appointment.

Mindful Relaxation – begins Thursday, March 22

If you missed out on signing up for this group in January, this is a repeat of the group, as promised!  Each person experiences anxiety differently. The Mindful Relaxation group will help students develop mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy skills in a supportive environment. This group will start Thursday, March 22, from 2 -3 p.m. and will run for six weeks. The group will close to new participants after the second group meeting on March 29. At the end of this 6-week group, members are expected to have cultivated mindfulness practices and a connection to each other. To join or for more information, please contact Student Counseling Services for a screening appointment.

For more information about group counseling

To suggest a group or workshop, contact us.

Study Abroad 101 info sessions

Interested in studying abroad? Come to Stetson World: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning located at 635 N. Bert Fish Dr., which is across from Rinker Field, for our Study Abroad 101 info session on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 4:15 p.m. to learn more about how to apply, course and country options, financial aid and more!

Can’t make it to this one? Look out for our next info session on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 4:15 p.m. at the same location.

Our Ambassadors have office hours for one-on-one help, if you can’t make the info sessions on the dates above:

Alexa: Mondays, 3-4 p.m.

Katie: Tuesdays, 12-1 p.m.

Bria: Tuesdays,  1-2 p.m.

Adri: Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Javier: Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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The John B. Well Workshop series continues on Feb. 21

Student Counseling Services is excited to present our John B. Well Workshop series. In the past, we have hosted “John B. Well Week,” which was dedicated to Mental Wellness. This semester we are expanding to a workshop series that will occur throughout the semester. All workshops are free and open to all active Stetson students, and Cultural Credit is available. Our second workshop is coming up.

Workshop Flyer

Feb. 21

2-3 p.m.
Hollis Center Classroom #123

My Spiritual Journey

What is spirituality to you? What role does it play in your wellness? Come explore this topic in greater detail with the SCS Graduate Counseling Interns during this informative workshop.

For more information about the other upcoming workshops topics, please check out our website.

SimplyEngaged through UHC

If you are enrolled in United Health Care through Stetson University, are you enrolled in SimpleEngaged?

With the SimplyEngaged program, you can log on to myuhc.com to take advantage of the interactive health and wellness actions. Each completed health and wellness action earns you a reward. Employees enrolled in United Health Care can earn up to $200 in a calendar year, redeemable in gift card form. Since 2016, employees have cashed in $47,300!

If you have rewards left over from 2017, be sure to redeem by March 2018. 

If you are not participating, enroll now in SimplyEngaged through myuhc.com and start earning rewards.

PaperCut and VLAB – Scheduled Service Maintenance

WHAT IS HAPPENING?

In our efforts to continue to improve service, PaperCut and VLAB will be undergoing maintenance on Thursday, Feb 15 at 10 p.m. until 11 p.m.

The downtime has the following goals:

  1. The PaperCut downtime will allow for system configuration improvements.
  2. The VLAB downtime will allow for changing the login portal links at vlab.stetson.edu

WHO IS AFFECTED BY THIS INTERRUPTION?

During this time, papercut print release stations and printing in labs will be momentarily unavailable. Also, VLAB access during this time will be briefly inaccessible.

WHEN IS IT HAPPENING?

Thursday, February 15 at 10 p.m. until 11 p.m. (this is during our monthly pre-approved downtime window)

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO WHEN THE SYSTEM IS AVAILABLE AGAIN?

No action is needed on your behalf after the services are back online.

WHAT IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS?

If there are any questions concerning this service interruption, please contact I.T. at support@stetson.edu or 386-822-7217.

Ash Wednesday service on Feb. 14

There will be an Ash Wednesday service held in Lee Chapel from 1-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14. All are welcome. Please note this is a new time: 1-1:30 p.m.

For questions, contact Lindsey Graves, assistant director of Interfaith Initiatives for the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, at lgraves@stetson.edu.

Executive Round Table

Join Leadership Education and Development Thursday, Feb. 15, at 5 p.m. in Flagler 238 for our monthly Executive Round Table leadership forum! Joy Yanes, owner of Mama Gaia’s Mystique Boutique, will be discussing leadership, how leadership got her to where she currently is in her career and how she continues to utilize leadership in her work.

This event is Cultural Credit approved and light refreshments from Boston Coffee will be provided!

Human Library Event – Feb. 23

The Multicultural Student Council invites you to attend the 2nd annual Human Library on Feb. 23 from 1-4 p.m.!

The Human Library is a platform for dialogue where it is okay to speak about experiences, identity and ideas. This is a time and place to bridge gaps of miscommunication and where it is okay to ask difficult questions, because they are expected and appreciated.

The Library consists of Human “books” who volunteer to tell stories about themselves to a variety of “readers.” Like a regular library, the Human Library has a catalog of books waiting to be checked out. People who attend are considered “readers” who sit and listen to people tell their stories about their lives or experiences. Readers do not have to stay for the full duration of the event, but are welcome to “read” as many books as they can. To receive Cultural Credit, students must “read” at least 3 books.

This year’s Human Library consists of topics such as religion, foster care, dealing with mental illness and immigration. The conversation is endless, so please stop by!

This event will be held on the main floor of the duPont-Ball Library.

We hope to see you there,

MSC

Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program in Serbia 2018!

The Department of Health Sciences is offering (once again) a faculty-led study abroad program this coming summer. This 3-week program, focusing on differences in cultural beliefs about health and illness and models for cross-cultural health and communication, will take place in Novi Sad, Serbia (June 20 – July 10) – a city just recently declared to become the European Capital of Culture for the year 2021! This is one of the most affordable programs offered by WORLD. Please be advised that there is a scholarship available for this program as well. The application deadline is approaching quickly.

Scholarship application (due Feb. 15): http://world.stetson.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10508

Program application (due March 18): http://world.stetson.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10522

Watch a short documentary created by Stetson students who participated in this program last summer. We would love to have you sign up for this amazing opportunity that will change your life!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Magoc (dmagoc@stetson.edu) directly or the WORLD office.

 

 

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Salsa Night

Join Unidos, the Latin American Student Association, on Wednesday, Feb. 14, for Salsa Night. Have some fun, dance and eat as you learn about some of the dances that originated in Latin America as well as the basic steps to them. Food and drinks will be provided.

Allen Hall. Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 5 – 7:30 p.m. Culture Credit Available.

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Ash Wednesday service on Feb. 14

There will be an Ash Wednesday service held in Lee Chapel from 12:30-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14. All are welcome.

For questions, contact Lindsey Graves, assistant director of Interfaith Initiatives for the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, at lgraves@stetson.edu.

SU FIRST Adulting 101

Through Friday, Feb. 16, SU FIRST Peer Mentorship Program will be hosting our first Adulting 101 Series. We will discuss and give helpful tips on how to navigate the highs and lows of adulthood and figure out just what it means to be a grown-up:

Tuesday, Feb. 13: Resume building. Create an impressive resume for your future! Flagler 205, 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 14: Time management. Balance student, professional and social life. Flagler 201, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 15: Financial planning. Prepare for the future and create your own budget! Flagler 205, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 16: Eating Healthy on a budget. Find an eating style that won’t break the bank. Flagler 201, 5:30 p.m.

Refreshments will be served each night!

 

 

SOAR Spring Break Trip

Looking for an adventure over Spring Break? Look no further than the SOAR Spring Break Trip. Join Stetson Outdoor Adventure Recreation on a trip to Blue Ridge in Georgia for an incredible experience hiking through the Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountains! Cost for the trip is $125 per person and includes transportation, lodging, activities and meals.

Contact wellnessandrec@stetson.edu for more information and to sign up today!

Study Abroad 101 Session

Interested in studying abroad? Come to Stetson World: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning located at 635 N. Bert Fish Dr., which is across from Rinker Field, for our Study Abroad 101 info session Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 4:15 p.m. to learn more about how to apply, course and country options, financial aid and more!

Can’t make it to this one? Look out for our next info session on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 4:15 p.m. at the same location.

 

Experiencing Cognitive Fatigue or Memory Loss? Creatine Supplementation may be able to help!

Do you or someone you know experience cognitive fatigue or fogginess?  Having poor memory recall or reduced mental acuity?  Are there times when it is difficult to mentally focus or achieve clarity of thought? Maybe creatine supplementation can help.  The Department of Health Sciences is conducting a study to examine if creatine can help reduce cognitive fatigue or fogginess and, perhaps, enhance overall cognitive function.

Advised and supervised by Health Sciences faculty, Dr. Michele Skelton, undergraduate senior Nathan Caruso is looking for students, faculty and staff interested in a 4-week study on cognitive functioning. If you qualify for the study, health and cognitive screenings will be provided at no cost. You may also qualify for a free 4-week supply of creatine supplements. Supplies are limited so act quickly. To learn more about the Creatine Cognitive function study, contact Nathan Caruso at ncaruso@stetson.edu or Michele Skelton at mskelton@stetson.edu.

Innovation Lab Workshops this week!

We hope you will join us for some great workshops in the Innovation Lab of the duPont-Ball Library this week:

3D Printing: Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 2 – 3 p.m. Location: 3D Printer Station (5 seats left)

Sewing: Learn how to use our sewing machine as well as which stitching patterns work best for different projects. Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 10 – 10:30 p.m. (4 seats left)

Woodworking: In this workshop, located in Room 115 within the Innovation Lab of duPont-Ball Library, we will go over the types of tools we offer for cutting and manipulating wood. Friday, Feb. 16, from 10- 10:30 a.m. (2 seats left)

Please sign up here, if you are interested in any of these events.

Religious and Spiritual Life Presents ‘Big Words: Feel’ with Cultural Credit, Refreshments Provided

On Monday, Feb. 12, Stetson University Religious and Spiritual Life will host the second event in the “Big Words: Perspectives on Religion and Spirituality” series. Vivek Desai, Ph.D., will speak at the event, which will be in the Rinker Welcome Center at 7 p.m.

Dr. Desai will speak on “Understanding Emotions as taught in the Spanda-kārikā,” a key scripture in Indian tantric metaphysics. 

Desai graduated from Princeton University in January 2014 with a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology before moving into the Shanti Mandir ashram to serve full-time as a yoga philosophy instructor. Shanti Mandir is a spiritual-charitable organization established by Swami Nityananda, successor of the world-renowned meditation master Baba Muktananda. Desai is a Sanskrit scholar and regularly writes articles on yoga philosophy with a focus on the relevance and practicality of ancient scripture in modern life.

Refreshments will be served; cultural credit is available.

Religious and Spiritual Life presents Big Words every month, with each event focusing on a theme relevant to the exploration and practice of spirituality. In March, Patricia Bockelman Morrow will talk about the religious experience of awe during “Big Words: Awe.” In April, “Big Words: Join” will be a part of Better Together Week, April 9-13.

For more information, contact the chaplains’ office at stetsonchaplain@stetson.edu or visit the Religious and Spiritual Life offices at Griffith Hall.

 

Cultural Credit Events Feb. 12-17

Students join Stetson University’s intellectual and creative life outside the classroom by participating in at least three approved Cultural Credit events for each semester of enrollment at the university. Here is a link that makes it easy for you to find the calendar of Cultural Credit events: http://stetson.edu/cc.

Monday, Feb. 12

10 a.m.- 4 p.m.: Toward “A Better Nectar”
11 a.m.- 4 p.m.: “a better nectar” and Faculty Focus: Matt Roberts
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.: (Un)canonical Bluemner
5:30 p.m.: Insight into the Financial Industry presented by Charles Schwab* event
5 p.m.: Beta Alpha Psi Present Charles Schwab
7 p.m.: Sex Talks and Blow Pops
7 p.m.: Big Words: Perspectives on Religions & Spirituality – “Feel”

Tuesday, Feb. 13
10 a.m.- 4 p.m.: Toward “A Better Nectar”
10 a.m.- 3 p.m.: HIV Testing
11 a.m.-4 p.m.: (Un)canonical Bluemner
11 a.m.- 4 p.m.: “a better nectar” and Faculty Focus: Matt Roberts
5 p.m.: Showing Yourself Love

Wednesday, Feb. 14
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Toward “A Better Nectar”
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.: (Un)canonical Bluemner
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.: “a better nectar” and Faculty Focus: Matt Roberts
12 p.m.: Weekly Political Wrap-Up* from 12 pm to 1 pm in the Commons
5 p.m.:  Salsa Night V

Thursday, Feb. 15
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Toward “A Better Nectar”
11 a.m.- 6 p.m.: (Un)canonical Bluemner
11 a.m.- 6 p.m.: “a better nectar” and Faculty Focus: Matt Roberts
5 p.m.: Executive Round Table
6 p.m.: Russian Club: Movie Night
9:30 p.m.: Uncouth Hour

Friday, Feb. 16
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Toward “A Better Nectar”
11 a.m.- 4 p.m.: ““a better nectar” and Faculty Focus: Matt Roberts
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.: (Un)canonical Bluemner
7:30 p.m.: Woodwinds Faculty Recital

Saturday, Feb. 17
12 p.m.- 4 p.m.: (Un)canonical Bluemner
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.: “a better nectar” and Faculty Focus: Matt Roberts

Lunar New Year Celebration

Join APAC (Asian Pacific American Coalition) on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 5:30 p.m. on the Stetson Green as we welcome and celebrate the Lunar New Year!

This will be a Cultural Credit event with lots of free Asian food, lion dances, photo booths and plenty of fun activities for everyone to enjoy!

RSVP on our Facebook event at bit.ly/apac-LNY for the latest updates and official schedule to be released later.

Let’s all celebrate the coming 2018 Year of the Dog surrounded by our Stetson family and friends. See you all there!

* For any questions or concerns, feel free to e-mail us at apac@stetson.edu.

 

Adulting 101 Series

Join SU First Feb. 12-16 for our Adulting 101 series! Moe’s chips and queso will be provided at all events!

Monday the 12th: Healthy relationships. Learn about what’s toxic and what’s not. Flagler 201

Tuesday the 13th: Resume building. Create an impressive resume for your future! Flagler 205

Wednesday the 14th: Time management. Balance student, professional and social life. Flagler 201

Thursday the 15th: Financial planning. Prepare for the future and create your own budget! Flagler 205

Friday the 16th: Eating Healthy on a budget. Find an eating style that won’t break the bank. Flagler 201

Sustainability Survey

Complete this survey for a chance to win a $10 gift card! Three drawings, three chances to win a $10 gift card! Five questions and 2 minutes is all it takes to enter!

 

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Only Love Campaign

The Only Love Campaign is a platform designed to dissolve hatred and promote acceptance in society, especially for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Through the use of photography, the ONLY LOVE campaign is raising awareness to silenced members in our community and showing them love. The ONLY LOVE campaign is taking part in the Cross Cultural Center on Feb. 9. Attendees are required to wear a white shirt! The event will be going on all DAY!

Salsa Night

Join Unidos, the Latin American Student Association, on Wednesday, Feb. 14, for Salsa Night. Have some fun, dance and eat as you learn about some of the dances that originated in Latin America as well as the basic steps to them. Food and drinks will be provided.

Allen Hall. Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 5 – 7:30 p.m. Culture Credit Available.

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Science Saturday at the Gillespie Museum: Pollination Workshop

The Gillespie Museum’s February Science Saturday takes advantage of “A Better Nectar,” a multi-sensory installation exploring how bumblebees learn and remember floral symbols, currently installed at the Gillespie and at the Hand Art Center.  The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

In addition to browsing the art and science of pollination in the museum, young scientists will have an opportunity to observe, to draw and to monitor native pollinators through hands-on activities on the grounds and in the Rinker Environmental Learning Center.  The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the museum at 386.822.7330 or e-mail gillespiemuseum@stetson.edu. The Gillespie Museum is located at 234 E. Michigan Ave., DeLand.

A Very Good Nectar in the Lobby of Sage Science Center

On Friday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. – noon, drop by the Lobby of Sage Science Center for Trilogy coffee and an opportunity to talk with the creators of  the installation entitled Pollination Guild, in the Sage Science Center Lobby. Inspired by “a better nectar,” which is currently at both the Gillespie Museum and Hand Art Center, this project relied on the time and talents of students, staff, faculty and community members.  Brown Visiting Teacher/Scholar Madison Creech facilitated two workshops which led to the development of the visual components.  Seven textile artists worked together to design and screen print fabric panels. Each motif is an abstracted and enlarged buzz pollination grain.  Eight Stetson students –representing Stetson Beekeeping, Hatter Harvest, Sustainable Stetson, the Stetson Environmental Club, and the Volusia Sandhill Teaching Landscape, assembled two oversized partridge pea flowers (Chaemacrista fasciculata) from recycled cloth, wire, paraffin, wax and bees wax foraged from Stetson’s beehives.  There is a sound component, “Winter Foraging,” composed by L.A.-based artist Robert Huehn.  A sweet way to end your week.  For more information, contact the  Gillespie Museum, 386.822.7330, gillespiemuseum@stetson.edu.

Planned Network Maintenance

In our efforts to improve the reliability and performance of the wireless network in academic buildings, Stetson I.T. will be performing changes to the wireless network on Feb. 8 starting at 9 p.m. until 10 p.m.

WiFi in all academic buildings will be intermittently unavailable during this time. WiFi in the dorms will continue to operate during this time.             

If you have any questions about this upgrade, please contact I.T. at support@stetson.edu or 386-822-7217.

Aetna Resources for Living

EAP (Employee Assistance Program) is a powerful tool available to employees. Reaching out for help with issues you’re facing can save time and stress.

EAP is there for you to assist with small issues, big problems and everything in between. Check out this list of reasons why people often contact them.

1. Managing stress
2. Parenting
3. Relationships
4. Improving your finances
5. Working through conflicts
6. Dealing with illness
7. Communicating with others
8. Growing your confidence
9. Managing Anger
10. Being assertive
11. Recognizing drug and alcohol issues
12. Coping with substance abuse
13. Balancing life and work
14. Feeling overwhelmed
15. Grieving a loss
16. Caring for elderly family members
17. Meeting your goals
18. Improving your happiness
19. Coping with depression
20. Getting the life you want

EAP is free, confidential and available 24/7/365.
1-800-272-7252 / www.resourcesforliving.com
Username: STET / Password: STET

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