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Students and holiday stress: How to cope, how to help

Dallas Hall Rotunda with studentsAs SMU enters both the holiday and exam seasons, the Office of the Provost is asking that all University community members look out for signs of stress in themselves and in co-workers and students.

The stretch from Thanksgiving to the end of finals is “a time of significant stress for many members of our community,” wrote Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Steven Currall in an e-mail message dated Nov. 21, 2016. “We ask each of you to be aware of signs of stress in yourself and those around you. In particular, I ask that you be aware of signs of stress among students, especially first-year students as they are experiencing their first round of final exams.”

In addition, Currall urged students “who feel the stress of the season and finals” to visit the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center and make use of several resources available to them. Learn more under the jump.

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Helping students with stress during the holiday and exam season

SMU students in Fondren Science BuildingAs SMU enters both the holiday and exam seasons, Interim Provost Harold Stanley is asking that all University community members watch for signs of stress in themselves and in students.

Dr. Stanley asked that each faculty and staff member “be aware of signs of stress in yourself and those around you” in an e-mail message dated Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015.

“In particular, I ask that you be aware of signs of stress among students, especially first-year students as they are experiencing their first set of final exams,” he added.

He also reminded the University community that “[s]tudents who feel overwhelmed by the stress of the season and finals can visit the offices at the Memorial Health Center, currently located at Perkins Hall, just to the north of Perkins Chapel.”

In addition, Dr. Stanley urged faculty and staff members to visit SMU’s Caring Community Connections homepage for information on identifying and helping students who may be in crisis. The confidential system “will allow us to identify students about whom we are concerned so that we are able to provide them with appropriate information, support, and advice,” he wrote.

He encouraged all to become familiar with SMU’s Guide for Faculty and Staff for Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress, available online.

Dr. Stanley also issued the University’s traditional call for faculty and staff members to “reach out to an individual who is separated from family and friends at this time and invite them to share some of your traditions and goodwill.”

Many SMU resources are available to help University community members stay healthy and safe during the holiday and exam season, including these:

How to help students with stress during 2014 holidays, exams

SMU students in Fondren Science BuildingAs SMU enters both the holiday and exam seasons, SMU Provost Paul Ludden is asking that all University community members watch for signs of stress in themselves and in students.

Ludden asked that each faculty and staff member “be aware of signs of stress in yourself and those around you” in an e-mail message dated Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.

“In particular, I ask that you be aware of signs of stress among students, especially first-year students as they are experiencing their first set of final exams,” he added.

In addition, Ludden urged faculty and staff members to visit SMU’s Caring Community Connections homepage for information on identifying and helping students who may be in crisis. The confidential system “will allow us to identify students about whom we are concerned so that we are able to provide them with appropriate information, support, and advice,” he wrote.

He encouraged all to become familiar with SMU’s Guide for Faculty and Staff for Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress, which is available online at this link.

Ludden also asked faculty and staff members to “reach out to an individual who is separated from family and friends at this time and invite them to share some of your traditions and goodwill.”

Many SMU resources are available to help University community members stay healthy and safe during the holiday and exam season, including these:

Check in at SMU’s 2014 HR Fair Wednesday, Oct. 15

Stock image of 'Good Health, This Way' freeway signVendors from SMU’s medical, legal, life insurance and retirement plans will be on hand to discuss your options at the University’s 2014 Human Resources Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 15.

You can learn more about health and savings plans, as well as the new LegalGUARD and PrivacyARMOR option, from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballrooms.

Flu shots will be available at the SMU Health Center station, and therapists from Dedman Center Recreational Sports will be on hand to provide chair massages. In addition, fitness instructors from the Center will give demonstrations of GroupX classes in Small Group Training, Zumba, Boot Camp and yoga.

Visitors can also check out Centennial Hall, the interactive exhibit in the Hughes-Trigg lower level featuring high points in SMU history and spotlighting faculty, staff, student and alumni excellence.

Visit SMU Human Resources online

Students and stress: How to help during 2013 holidays, exams

SMU students in Fondren Science BuildingAs SMU enters both the holiday and exam seasons, SMU Provost Paul Ludden is asking that all University community members watch for signs of stress in themselves and in students.

“We ask each of you to be aware of signs of stress in yourself and those around you. In particular, I ask that you be aware of signs of stress among students, especially first-year students as they are experiencing their first set of final exams,” wrote Provost Ludden in an e-mail message dated Friday, Dec. 6, 2012.

He also asked faculty and staff members to “reach out to an individual who is separated from family and friends at this time and invite them to share some of your traditions and goodwill.”

The message included helpful tips and University resources for staying healthy and safe. In addition, Ludden urged faculty and staff members to visit SMU’s Caring Community Connections homepage for information on identifying and helping students who may be in crisis.

Advice and resources for a safer and more stress-free season follow under the cut.

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Sports: The start of the 2013-14 season

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Photo c/o SMU Volleyball

Volleyball hosts SMU Classic: SMU volleyball has had a steady start to their season, sitting 2-2 after a loss to Baylor Tuesday night. On Sept. 6-7, 2013, the Mustangs will host the SMU Classic with matches against Grambling State and Davidson on Friday at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sam Houston State on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. All matches are free at the Dedman Center while Moody Coliseum is under construction.

Fall Soccer 

  • Men’s: The Mustangs will travel to Oklahoma this weekend for the Tulsa Tournament. They will face SIUE on Friday, Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. and Ohio State on Sunday, Sept. 8 at noon. The men are 0-2 for the season but Head Coach Tim McClements was happy overall with the team’s performance at the IU Credit Union Classic. “I think we responded well and learned a lot about ourselves as a young team.” (SMU Athletics)
  • Women’s: The Mustangs are off to the Carolinas this weekend for games against Davidson  Friday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. and South Carolina Sunday, Sept. 8 at noon. Since beginning the season in August, Head Coach Chris Petrucelli has become the 16th coach in NCAA history to reach 350 career wins.
Beau Barnes (94) deflects a pass during the Texas Tech game. Photo c/o SMU Athletics. Photo Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Beau Barnes (94) deflects a pass during the Texas Tech game. Photo c/o SMU Athletics. Photo Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sport

GameDay Central: The football season opener was held Aug. 30, 2013 and had the 3rd largest crowd in Ford Stadium history at 34,790 attendants. The first quarter ended in a tie but Tech continued to pull ahead and defeated the Mustangs 41-23. The Mustangs will play at home again on Saturday, Sept. 7 against Montana State at 7 p.m.

 

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Students and holiday stress: Coping and helping

Students in Dallas Hall RotundaAs SMU enters both the holiday and exam seasons, the Office of Student Affairs is asking that all University community members be aware of signs of stress in themselves and those around them.

“The holiday season brings with it a combination of special events and sources of stress – exams, final papers and other projects. At this time in particular, I want to remind you of SMU resources to help you with everything from tutoring and test preparation to coping with anxiety and caring for your health and safety,” wrote Vice President for Student Affairs Lori White in an e-mail message to students dated Nov. 28, 2012.

The message included helpful tips and University resources for staying healthy and safe. In addition, White urged students to visit SMU’s Live Responsibly homepage for additional information.

Advice and resources for a safer and more stress-free season follow under the jump.

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Dedman Center parking lot closes permanently Jan. 9, 2012

To prepare for construction of SMU’s new student housing, the parking lot at the University’s Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports has closed permanently as of Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. Dedman Center patrons have been requested to park in the Moody, Meadows or Binkley garages.

The Department of Recreational Sports has responded to the parking changes with a new Giddy Up golf cart service program to begin the first day of Spring 2012 classes, Tuesday, Jan. 17. The planned route will run Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. to and from Dedman Center to Mustang Plaza, and from Binkley Avenue to Dedman Center and Loyd All-Sports Center, returning to Dedman Center. The 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Giddy Up route will make the same stops as the morning route and will also include Bishop Boulevard.

For more information as it develops, visit the Recreational Sports homepage at smu.edu/recsports.

How the SMU community can cope and help with holiday stress

Students in Fondren Science BuildingThe holiday season traditionally brings warm memories, shared friendship and a significant amount of stress for members of a university community. The pressures of exams, travel plans and preparations for family gatherings can overwhelm faculty, staff and students alike – especially new undergraduates facing their first college finals.

The Office of the Provost asks that all SMU community members be aware of signs of stress in themselves and those around them.

“In particular, I ask that you be aware of signs of stress among students, especially first-year students as they enter into their first set of final examinations,” wrote Provost Paul Ludden in an annual e-mail to SMU faculty and staff dated Nov. 15, 2011.

Any faculty or staff member who has concerns about a student and is not sure what to do is urged to refer to the University publication A Guide For Faculty and Staff for Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress (PDF format) or to contact Dean of Student Life Lisa Webb, 214-768-4564. Students who feel overwhelmed by the stress of the season and finals can get help at the Memorial Health Center.

Faculty and staff members can share information securely and confidentially through the Dean of Students’ Caring Community Connections website (SMU ID and password required for access).

In addition, regular physical exercise at the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports can help individuals stay fit for the season while relieving the stress it can bring.

Ludden also encouraged all SMU community members to “reach out to an individual who is separated from family and friends at this time and invite them to share some of your traditions and goodwill.”

Check in with these campus resources for referral information:

In addition, SMU Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) offers a variety of online resources for faculty, staff, students and parents in dealing with stresses ranging from anxiety and trauma to insomnia and homesickness.

Scary good times for SMU this Halloween season

Black cat and Halloween jack-o-lanternAnd now, a quick round-up of various Halloween 2010 events around SMU:

• It’s time to show your knife skills again as the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports is hosting a Pumpkin Carving Competition this Thursday, Oct. 28. The competition begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Falls, where judges will hand out prizes to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd best carvings.

• The SMU Preschool and Child Care Center‘s “Mini Mustangs” will host their annual Halloween Parade at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 29. This year’s march of costume-clad toddlers will go from Hawk Hall to the Flagpole and back. Faculty and staff are invited to join in handing out candy to the kids along the way. The SMU Police Department will also be participating.

SMU-In-Plano will host a Halloween potluck lunch at noon Friday, Oct. 29. The party is in Room 118, Building 4. RSVP to Sharla Agnew before 5 p.m. Thursday if you’re interested.

• Can you wear a costume and climb in it as well? If so, you should consider the Midnight Cosmic Costume Climbing challenge at the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. Attendants will compete for best costume (that they can climb in) and food, drinks, and a live DJ will be provided. The event begins at 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 and will continue until 1 a.m. Bringing your own harness – shoes are optional, as Dedman also has rentals. For any questions, call the Climbing Wall at 214-768-9917.