A Depression and Bipolar Alliance (DBSA) support group has formed on campus. The group meets from 6 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the Manistique Room of the University Union (Room 101B). This is a peer-led support group for people who are diagnosed with a mood disorder like depression or bipolar disorder, and/or their friends and families. Please pass this information along to any students who might be interested. Employees are also welcome to attend. For more information contact Greg Smith, senior counselor in the Counseling and Health Center.
Here is clarification on Friday’s announcement that UW-Green Bay is the recipient of a sizeable grant — nearly $128,000 from the Aurora Health Care foundation — earmarked for educational initiatives related to sexual violence. The Log initially reported that Amy Henniges, director of the Counseling and Health Center, is the point person on the project. While it is true that Counseling and Health will hire and train the new campus health educator, we should have mentioned that it was Dean of Students Brenda Amenson-Hill who led UW-Green Bay’s grant application and planning process. The team included Amenson-Hill, Lidia Nonn, Mark Olkowski, Joanie Dovekas, Tom Kujawa and Henniges. The complete story, and a link to more, is archived.
There was good news Friday (July 31) regarding UW-Green Bay educational efforts on issues related to sexual violence. Aurora Health Care announced grants to two dozen community organizations in eastern Wisconsin (including UWGB) totaling $3.4 million from Aurora’s community-focused Better Together Fund. The $127,786 grant to the University will be used to develop the “Relationship and Sexual Violence Program.” Specifically, funding will allow the University to hire and train a campus health educator, create an increased online and social media presence around the topics of healthy relationships, sexual assault and bystander intervention, and expand educational programs to students, faculty and staff. Brenda Amenson-Hill, dean of students, is the point person on the project, having led UW-Green Bay’s grant application and planning process. The team included Amenson-Hill, Lidia Nonn, Mark Olkowski, Joanie Dovekas, Tom Kujawa and Amy Henniges. To read more about the Aurora grant program, and to see a full list of recipients.
“One of our (objectives) is to promote healthy relationships,” Amy Henniges told WBAY-TV 2 reporter Ellery McCardle about a $127,786 Aurora Health grant to UW-Green Bay. “One of the big things that our campus has never had before is a health educator, so we’re going to use a good part of that money to hire a health educator for the next couple of years to help us with our sexual assault awareness and prevention effort and increase our services to students who have been affected by sexual assault or sexual violence.” For the full story.
There is free gatekeeper training for suicide prevention for faculty, staff and students from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 in Alumni A/B of the University Union. Learn how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, offer hope and help the person find the help they need. Sponsored by Counseling and Health Center, 360° of Wellness Committee and Brown County Coalition for Suicide Prevention. Contact Greg Smith for more information. Pre-registration not required.
Whether it is through promoting exercise, healthy eating, or even ergonomics, UW-Green Bay’s Wellness Committee is devoted to keeping employees healthy.
The committee focuses on physical, occupational, emotional, social, fiscal, environmental, intellectual and nutritional wellness. The next program, “Heart Healthy Living,” is scheduled for Thursday, February 19 from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Alumni A and B of the University Union.
In order to promote these wellness topics, the committee holds several events throughout the year, such as monthly Lunch and Learns and quarterly wellness challenges. They also write a monthly newsletter focusing on the same topic as that month’s Lunch and Learn. Activities vary, and partners are plentiful.
“We had a step in to spring challenge, we’ve done that a couple years now, and that’s where (participants) are able to create teams and track all of their physical activities for the month,” says Kimberly Danielson, chair of the Wellness Committee. “We partner with the American Heart Association, the My Start tool, where it’s easy to put in activities whether it’s vacuuming or cleaning the house or out walking or riding a bike. They’re able to track that and we use that as a friendly competition.”
While the committee’s programming is targeted toward employees, students are welcome to attend as well. The committee will occasionally partner with the Healthy Choices Taskforce, which creates wellness programing aimed at students, or other campus organizations to plan events.
“The 9/11 walk, that was open to everybody,” Danielson said. “We partnered with Vets for Vets Club which is a student organization and so we’re trying to reach out and partner with everybody we can.”
The committee has also promoted wellness off campus, by encouraging employees to join community events.
“We have a corporate team for the Bellin Run. The last few years that’s been really successful and people have really liked that they can sign up through the committee. We’re just trying to find ways to promote what events are out there that people might not be aware of,” Danielson said.
“We’re looking for ways to promote, and to be healthy and active in whatever shape or form that is,” she said, “We just want to provide opportunities for employees to think about how they can make positive changes in their life.”
The committee had its founding in early 2012, when several employees gathered to begin a walking program on campus. They discussed a greater need for wellness promotion on campus. It is now comprised of employees from four areas of campus: Human Resources, the Counseling and Health Center, the Kress Events Center, and a liaison with the A’viands who is a wellness dietician. Committee members hope to add one employee from each of the employee classifications on a rotating basis.
Written by Katelyn Staaben, editorial intern, Marketing and University Communication
Already distributed campuswide but repeated here for the record, Counseling and Health Director Amy Henniges and Dean of Students Brenda Amenson-Hill are encouraging the UW-Green Bay community to take steps to fight influenza. Those who haven’t been vaccinated are urged to get the shot (Counseling and Health has a limited supply; call x2380), and we’re all reminded to wash our hands frequently and stay home if flu-like symptoms (fever with cough and/or sore throat) arise, to avoid spreading the disease. They also shared some helpful flu resources (check out http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm#whatis and http://www.cdc.gov/flu/takingcare.htm), and offered a link (http://www.flu.gov) and phone number (1-800-CDC-INFO) for the most up-to-date info.
Amy Henniges, director of the UW-Green Bay Counseling and Health Center, informed students Monday that, effective immediately, if they call or visit the office to make an appointment they can expect to be asked if they have traveled outside the United States in the last 21 days. Henniges noted that the University is adopting that precautionary practice to be consistent with CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommendations.
Already broadcast campuswide but repeated here for the record: The Counseling and Health Center, SS 1400, is offering seasonal influenza vaccine (trivalent) by appointment only, while supplies are left. The fee is $15 for students and $20 for faculty and staff members, with payment by cash, check or pass points (and SIS for students). To make an appointment, have your Faculty/Staff ID number available (the one on your card that starts with 6017200 – they’ll need the last nine digits) and call ext. 2380.
UW System President Ray Cross has announced the formation of a new UW System Task Force on Sexual Violence and Harassment. The aim is to strengthen the universities capacity to protect students from sexual violence and better coordinate System-wide efforts at prevention and outreach. Co-chairs are Vicki Washington, UW System associate vice president, and Anne Bilder, senior legal counsel. UW-Green Bay Director of Health Services Amy Henniges was named to the task force. Read more.