Monday, April 14, 2014

{What can I do with an interest in: Sports, Fitness, & Recreation}

Personal Characteristics: Enjoy helping people, have passion for movement, enjoy planning and motivating

  • Health Promotion: Students will aspire to educate communities in the skills needed to maintain personal health. Students who take on health education as a career become familiar with the intricacies of physical health and the challenges of motivating a community or society toward awareness of health issues
  • Leisure, Youth, Human Services: LYHS allows students to move from theory to
    application. The focus areas are: Nonprofit Administration, Outdoor Recreation, Community Recreation Services, Therapeutic Recreation, and Tourism
  • Movement & Exercise Science: Students will learn how to teach others to improve their overall health and well-being through physical exercise. An exercise science degree program can include the study of kinesiology, exercise physiology, and biomechanics
  • Athletic Training: Students will learn how to recognize, prevent, and assist with physical rehabilitation when there is physical injury caused by physical activity
  • PE Teaching: Students will work with multiple students, teaching them the principles of health, fitness, and well-being, which may entail nutrition, exercise, and relaxation techniques. Students will also be responsible for planning activities and for instructing students in physical activity.

Minors: Coaching, Health Promotion, and Leisure, Youth & Human Services
Certificates: Aquatics Specialization and Outdoor Recreation
Career Possibilities: Personal Trainer, Nutritionist, Health Educator, Therapeutic Recreation, Prevention Coordinator, PE Teacher, Physical Therapist, Exercise Coordinator, Biomechanics

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

{Bedtime Basics: How to Establish Your Nightly Routine}

As college students, you are busy with a variety of things from homework to student organizations, so it might feel like sleep is optional. It's not! Getting enough sleep is key for a healthy body, optimal cognitive function, and a stable mood. In other words, it's a key to academic success.

WHY you need sleep:
  • Energy: If you find yourself falling asleep in class or unable to concentrate, you're not getting enough sleep. Napping may seem like the answer but they are not a replacement for consistent nighttime sleep.
  • Cognitive Functioning: As you sleep, you learn. Studies have shown that sleep-deprived students do not learn as well and typically perform lower on their school work than those who are getting enough sleep
  • Healthy Body: Studies have shown that well-rested people maintain higher levels of leptin, the hormone that signals fullness, and lower levels of a hormone that indicates hunger. Being sleep-deprived actually switches these!

Here are some ideas to add to your bedtime routine to help you catch some more
  • Wind Down: Create a relaxing routine for before bed. Some things you could include are
    • Washing up
    • Listening to relaxing music
    • Stretching
    • Dimming the lights
    • Reading for pleasure - not a textbook!
  • Power Down: Turn off your technology at least an hour before bedtime. The light from electronics suppresses the hormone that tells your body it's time to go to bed
  • Get Comfortable: Your sleepy body needs quiet and darkness but many shared living spaces are the opposite.
    • A small fan or recorded nature sounds can neutralize noise
    • Earplugs
    • Dark curtains or those with light-blocking layers can block light
    • An eye mask can block out distractions
  • Communicate with Roommates: Roommates may not share your schedule but here are some things you can talk about to help
    • Ask that they avoid making noise or turning on lights when you're trying to snooze
    • Establish quiet hours
    • Set boundaries on social activities and visitors
    • Communicate and compromise. If you aren't getting anywhere, consider getting help from your RA
Use these tips to start getting proper sleep. There is a lot going on at the end of the year and getting the right amount of sleep can help you power through!

Adapted from  Bedtime Basics: How to Establish Your Nightly Routine from Student Health: 101 at

Monday, April 7, 2014

{What can I do with an interest in: Science and Environment}

Possible Personal Characteristics: Using critical thinking and being analytical and inquisitive

  • Geography: Students will focus on place and space on the earth. Topics that are covered can include: globalization, pollution and disease outbreaks. Using cutting edge technology geographers are also able to analyze maps and representations of land and people.
  • Health Promotion: Promotes the health of the general public using a wide variety of methods in a wide variety of settings. This major can cover women’s health, global health, environmental health or health promotion and education.
  • Physics: Students will focus on the mechanics of our world looking at theories and then applying them in real time. Students will become involved in critical thinking about how things function in our world.
  • Earth Science: Students will focus on the natural occurrences that happen on this earth. This can include a wide variety from volcanism to flooding to solar eclipses.
  • Biology: Students will focus on the study of living organisms. Biology can focus into a wide variety of careers from being in the health field to field biologists.
  • Chemistry: Students will focus on the fundamental building blocks of life and how they work. Students will also focus on how these materials function in the natural world.
  • Science-Teaching: A career in science teaching will allow you to combine your enjoyment of science with the rewards of helping others learn new ideas and skills in the many areas of the natural sciences.

Minors: Geography; Nanoscience; Earth Science; Biology; Chemistry; Leisure, Youth, and Human Services
Certificates: Cartography; Outdoor Recreation; Environmental Health
Career Possibilities: Biologist, Geologist, Science Teacher, Chemist, Pharmacist, Doctor, Veterinary Technician, Cartographer, City Planner, Agronomist, Endocrinologist

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

{How to: Manage Anxiety for Any Assignment}

Exams, presentations, papers, and projects. The list of assignments goes on and on and can feel endless at time. How do you manage it all?! Here are some tips to keep you calm and help you get that homework done, and done well.

Taking an Exam
          - Outline what you need to study and break it into manageable pieces
          - Start studying way in advance. Reserve the night before for quick review and good sleep
          - Use the Academic Learning Center and other resources if you need support
          - Eat, hydrate, and relax a bit before the test
          - Stop and breathe when you get the exam. Yes, you will have enough time
          - Focus. This isn't the time to judge your study habits or worry about your grade
          - Pace yourself. Skip tough questions and go back to them later
          - If you don't know an answer, let it go and move on to those you do
Finishing a Paper
          - Use an outline and gather all the information you need
          - Devote more time to the start of the writing process, and less as you go along
          - Work without distractions for 30-60 minutes. Then, take a 5-10 minute break
          - Take a break if you get frustrated
          - Change locations. New stimulation at a cafe or the library can help shift your thinking
          - Avoid self-medicating. Excessive sugar and other substances will cloud your brain and prevent it from feeding you great ideas to write about
Giving a Presentation
          - Rehearse, to familiarize yourself with the flow of information and timing
          - Be humorous. Include a few (appropriate) jokes. This will set both you and your audience at ease
          - Make it a conversation. Create some questions for the audience, a quick poll, a volunteer demonstration, or an activity
          - Wear your confidence, literally. Put on something special but that feels comfortable
          - Remember. Your nerves won't be noticed unless you point them out
          - Remind yourself that you've practiced and your ready.
          - Most people get nervous speaking in public, and that's okay. You'll get through it

Now you have the tools to ace that next test, paper, or presentation! Good luck!

Post adapted from "How to Manage Anxiety for Any Assignment" from Student Health:101 at

Monday, March 31, 2014

{What can I do with an interest in: Performing Arts & Design}

Possible Personal Characteristics: Think critically and abstractly, like to create and think outside the box

  • Art: Students will work to understand and appreciate all art types. Students will also pick an emphasis in one of the following areas: ceramics, drawing, graphic design, jewelry/metals, painting, photography, print making, or sculpture.
  • Textile and Apparel: Students will be educated in the widely diverse areas of trend analysis, apparel product development and design, mass production methods costume history, promotion planning, advertising design, computer-aided design, textile apparel quality control, marketing, textile science and structures, consumer research, and merchandise buying and planning.
  • Interior Design: A major in interior design prepares students to be creative problem-solvers. The course work provides systematic and coordinated approaches to the design process, resulting in appropriate interior environments in the private and public sectors.
  • Graphic Technologies: Students gain knowledge and experience with technology necessary to produce the millions of imaged products from start to finish. They also learn about successful management and supervision to operate business enterprises.
  • Music: A music major will focus on liberal arts training as well as an emphasis on the discipline of music training. Music majors on all degree programs must choose an area of applied music for specialization and must meet the proficiency standards of the School of Music.
  • Theatre: Whether on stage or backstage, students will learn the fundamentals of acting, production, and stagecraft. Students will also receive hands on training, as they will plan and implement several productions each semester.

Minors: Graphic Technologies, Textile and Apparel, Music, Theatre, Art, Jazz Studies
Career Possibilities: Dancer, Educator, Musician, Composer, Interior Designer, Arts Organization Consultant, Clothing Designer, Illustrator, Publishing

Thursday, March 27, 2014

"Make College Matter" Manifesto

Here are just a few words to live by:
  • Let go of the past - use it as a life lesson
  • Seek to find what motivates, drives, and inspires you
  • Discover your purpose in life - find your "why"
  • Identify your most heartfelt dreams and pursue them with passion
  • Create a vision for what YOU want the future to look like
  • Take at least 5 minutes each do nothing
  • Associate with people who will support you, encourage you, and kick you in the butt every once in a while
  • Define what success means to YOU
  • Lose the fear...and embrace failure
  • Ask for help when needed; you don't have to do this alone
  • Get out of your comfort zone - it's the only way you'll grow
  • Love
  • Find a way to be better - a little bit every day
  • Radiate kindness - Smile and be nice to people
  • Find ways to serve others and make this world a better place
  • Be authentic in everything you say and do
It's your future...Make College Matter!
 From The Dream Dean from

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

{What Can I Do With An Interest In: Communication or English}

Possible Personal Characteristics: Strong verbal and written communication skills, critical thinking, creative thinking, team player and cooperative


  • Communication: Students study how we use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels and media, and how to promote effective ethical practice of human communication
  • TESOL: Students will learn the techniques, theory, and practice of helping non-native English speakers improve their English abilities.
  • Electronic Media: Students will study how to use electronically mediated communication and the implications of doing so. It is a broad-based program that provides students with a strong foundation in media production and management, and an understanding of the uses, processes, and effects of mediated co
  • Public Relations: Students will combine a convincing argument with an appropriate medium to effectively deliver their message. Students interested in public relations will study the management of communication between an organization and its public.
  • Theatre: Whether they are on-stage or backstage, students will learn the fundamentals of acting, stagecraft, and production. Students also receive hands on training developing and implementing productions each semester
  • English: Students will study the English language, including written and spoken. This includes history, theory, and application.
  • Marketing: Students will develop tools needed to create an environment where the ultimate delivery goals are supported through research, design and maintenance in every aspect of the organization to satisfy a target audience’s needs.

Minors: Public Relations, Business Communication, Journalism, English, Professional Writing, Creative Writing, Communication Studies
Certificates: Post-Colonial and Multicultural Lit Studies, Conflict Resolution
Career Possibilities: Public Relations Specialist, Novelist, English Teacher, Editor, Advertising, Technical Writer, Acting, Corporate Training, Publicist