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

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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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December 10, 2013|News|

SMU Health Center adopts electronic health records system

SMU Memorial Health CenterThe SMU Health Center is has adopted a new electronic health records system called “Point and Click.” The secure system will launch Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.

Now the standard for medical care, electronic health records have been shown to streamline and enhance care and communication between patients and clinicians.

HealthIT.gov: The benefits of health information technology

After the launch of the new system, students visiting the Health Center may experience longer wait times as the staff completes the transition. Later this spring, SMU students will be able to schedule appointments online, fill out patient forms online in advance of appointments, and check lab results and other communications from clinicians through the Health Center’s secure portal, Open Communicator.

In addition, students will be able to send their patient records quickly and securely to other doctors and institutions.

Students will be notified of system updates by email and during Health Center appointments. No other action is required by students or parents at this time. Students will continue to waive or elect mandatory health insurance coverage at the beginning of each term in Access.SMU.

For more information, contact Patrick Hite in the SMU Health Center or Deanie Kepler, director of Parent and Family Programs, 214-768-4797.

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February 20, 2013|News|

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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November 28, 2012|News|

SMU Health Center schedules Fall 2012 flu shot clinics

Stock photo of inoculation syringeThe SMU Health Center has scheduled 9 flu shot clinics for Fall 2012 on the University’s main campus and East Campus, and at SMU-in-Plano.

The University offers free flu shots for all SMU students and benefit-eligible faculty, staff, retirees and retiree spouses. Other faculty and staff members, as well as spouses, may purchase shots for $25.

Faculty, staff and students can update their inoculations during the following days and times at these locations:

Tuesday, Sept. 25 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dedman Center Students
Tuesday, Sept. 25 3-6 p.m. Dedman Center Students/Faculty/Staff
Thursday, Sept. 27 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Health Center Students/Faculty/Staff
Thursday, Sept. 27 2-4 p.m. Health Center Students
Friday, Oct. 5 1:30-4:30 p.m. Expressway Tower Faculty/Staff
Monday, Oct. 8 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Law School Quad Students/Faculty/Staff
Monday, Oct. 8 4-7 p.m. Law School Quad Students/Faculty/Staff
Tuesday, Oct. 23 10 a.m.-2 p.m. HR Fair/Hughes-Trigg Student Center Faculty/Staff
Mon. Oct. 29 3-6 p.m. Plano Campus, Building 2 Students/Faculty/Staff

SMU retirees and retiree spouses may get their shots at any SMU flu clinic.

To keep your clinic visit as short as possible, take these steps:

Keep up with the latest flu information, including upcoming clinic schedules, at smu.edu/flu.

Dallas County influenza resources and updates are available at dallascounty.org.

September 18, 2012|News, Save the Date|

Protect yourself against mosquitos and West Nile virus

Mosquito spraying update, Aug. 16, 2012: Dallas County has notified the City of University Park that aerial spraying for mosquitoes will occur between 8:30 p.m. today, August 16, and 2 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17. This will include SMU’s main campus. In addition, the City of University Park will begin ground-spraying the SMU main campus beginning about 8:30 p.m. today and again at 11 p.m. Friday, subject to weather conditions. Those on campus during the aerial and ground spraying should remain inside as a precaution. Read more from SMU News.

Because mosquitoes are common in North Texas this time of year, the City of University Park has been spraying for mosquitoes to diminish the threat of West Nile virus. SMU is working with area authorities in addressing the mosquito problem.

beware of mosquitoesThe SMU Health Center is prepared to test and provide immediate care for anyone in the SMU community who suspects he or she is infected with West Nile. The SMU Health Center also has the recommended DEET insect repellent available while supplies last.

To protect yourself against West Nile and other diseases carried by mosquitoes, the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services recommends that you:

  • Use insect repellents that contain DEET or any other EPA-approved insect repellent.
  • Wear long sleeves/pants, loose and light-colored clothing when outdoors.
  • Protect yourself especially if you go outside during dusk and dawn hours.
  • Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. SMU monitors the campus daily for standing water, removes it and treats the area. Avoid stagnant water. If you see stagnant water on campus, please report it to SMU Facility Services at 214-768-3494.

Those with questions about the West Nile virus should contact the SMU Health Center at 214-768-2141.

More health considerations during the dog days of summer:

Avoid becoming dehydrated. The Mayo Clinic urges people to avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids and eating foods high in water such as fruits and vegetables.

Check your sun exposure. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns:

  • Avoid overexposure to UV rays from both natural and artificial sources.
  • Wear protective clothing such as wide-brimmed hats, long pants and long-sleeved shirts made of tightly-woven fabric, and sunglasses that provide 100 percent UV ray protection.
  • Use a broad-spectrum (protecting from both UVA and UVB) sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater to protect uncovered skin.
August 16, 2012|News|
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