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wellness week | President’s Messages


April 14, 2022

Dear Wolf Pack Family,

Over the past two years, among the many outstanding things you have all done are the many good works and acts of kindness you have done to contribute to the well-being of those around you. We have seen many examples of how students, faculty and staff have come together to support each other during this difficult time. By showing this concern, understanding and providing this needed support to those around you, you have made a huge difference. I want to thank you for demonstrating the values ​​and heart that make our University so special.

In an effort to recognize and grow this culture of support that we see daily at our university, I am pleased to announce that Wolf Pack Wellness Week will be held April 18-22. The keynote speaker will be Paula Davis, JD, MAPP, Founder and CEO of the Stress & Resilience Institute. Paula is the author of Beating Burnout at Work: Why Teams Hold the Secret to Well-Being & Resilience. The book was the #1 best-selling title of 2021 for Wharton School Press. In addition, there will be 25 presentations on mental, physical and financial well-being. Below is the calendar of events so you can block off your calendar for the sessions you wish to attend. More detailed descriptions and registration information will be available soon.

I also wanted to encourage our faculty and staff to participate in the Health Mind Survey. The survey is conducted by the University of Michigan and will help us better understand the use of mental health services and mental health needs on campus. To complete the survey, please refer to the email you received last week from Tim McFarling. For questions regarding the survey, please contact Filiz Sapin of the University Advisory Service at [email protected]

A program of events for Wolf Pack Wellness Week includes:

monday april 18

  • 10am-10.30am | Expand | Helen Bansen: Building Community Through Reading
  • 12pm-1pm | Morrill Hall 200 | Robin Freestone, Transformative Yoga
  • 1-2 p.m. | Expand | Kat Geiger, Health at All Sizes (HAES)
  • 2pm-3pm | Expand | Dennis Dachtler, Getting and Staying Financially Fit

tuesday april 19

  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. | JCSU 422 and Zoom | Jordan Baez, Recovery Ally Training
  • 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. | Expand | Rick Kohler, Survival Guide to Managing Debt and Unexpected Financial Emergencies
  • 1 to 2 p.m. | Expand | Steven Hayes, Why Psychological Flexibility Matters

Wednesday April 20

  • 10am-11am | Expand | Kristi Roberson and Brock Young, Let’s Reduce MSDs – Workplace Ergonomics Techniques
  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Expand | Ashley Anderson, The Five Appreciation Languages
  • 12pm-1pm | JCSU 423 | Jamie Harney, Relationship Wellness
  • 1-2 p.m. | Expand | Keynote: Paula Davis, Teaming Up Against Burnout
  • 2pm-3pm | Expand | Mena Spodobalski, Pathways to Fitness for People with Pain, Illness and/or Disability
  • 3-3:30 p.m. | Expand | Bailey Cannon, Unleash Your Potential Through Plant Energy
  • 4-4:30 p.m. | Expand | Cossette Canovas, Mindfulness: How to Live in the Moment and Reduce Stress

Thursday April 21

  • 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. | Expand | Scott Hall, How will you measure your life?
  • 10am-11am | Expand | Carla Franich, Adult Mental Health First Aid
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Expand | Yvonne Stedham, Mindfulness – What, Why, How
  • 1 to 2 p.m. | JCSU 422 | Kari Barber and Emilio Parga, Death & Magic Castles: A short documentary screening with the filmmaker and discussion on bereavement
  • 2-3:30 p.m. | JCSU 422 | Emilio Parga, The Solace Tree – for grieving children, teens and families
  • 4 to 4:30 p.m. | Zoom and JCSU 422 | Hila Talgan and Sheryl Verdugo, How to Improve Your Well-Being Through Financial Planning

friday april 22

  • 10 a.m. | Expand | Jill Karlin, EL Wiegand Fitness Center Overview
  • 12 p.m.-1 p.m. | Morrill Hall 200 | Robin Freestone, Yoga
  • 2-3:30 p.m. | Expand | Carolyn Brayko, The Culture Paradox: Embracing Conflict to Reduce Stress
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Wells Fargo Auditorium | Steven Nightingale and Richard Nevle, The Notebooks of Paradise

View information about speakers, events and registrations on the Wolf Pack Wellness Week Webpage.

Additionally, you can sign up for a guided tour of the EL Wiegand Fitness Center. Fitness & Recreational Sports offers low-cost memberships to University employees, students, affiliates, and spouses/domestic partners. Memberships include access not only to the EL Wiegand Fitness Center and countless walk-in classes, but also to our Olympic swimming and diving pools at Lombardi Leisure Center.

Available tour times include:

  • Monday, April 18: 7:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 19: 1:15 p.m. and 5:10 p.m.
  • Wednesday April 20: 11:15 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Thursday April 21: 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, April 22: without appointment between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

It is a busy time, and indeed the past few months have been a time of uninterrupted activity in support of the people of our University as well as our institutional mission. Please continue to find time not only for your colleagues, friends and co-workers, but for yourself.

Your well-being matters. Thank you for all you do on behalf of our University.

Go pack!

Best regards,

Brian Sandoval