Alison Fisher - University of Regina Recreation Coordinator
Becky Stolpa- University of Nebraska- Lincoln- Operations Manager (student)
Tami Reilly- Quinnipiac University, Director of Fitness and Wellbeing
University of West Florida
Dr. Gemma Skuraton - Director of student wellness & health promotion for Georgia Southern
Michael Migliaro- The University of Alabama- Competitive Sports Program Assistant
Tykeiah Briggs- student worker at Texas Southern University Campus Recreation Center
Ken Morton Stephen F Austin State University
Kevin Linker - IM Sports EIU
Michelle December - University of Florida Associate Director Aquatics/Risk Management
Laura Fitzgerald- Stony Brook University - NY
Samantha Estep- Georgia Southern University student worker for Campus Rec and Intramurals
Tanner Jerome, South Dakota State University - Graduate Assistant.
Bethany Meyers - Member services - University of Nebraska Lincoln
Jennifer CobarrubiasStanford University Assistant Director of Aquatics Programs
Anna Champion - NEW Assistant Director of AUM Wellness Center!!
Jamie Grenoble - Assistant Director -University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Liann Cox - The University of Akron - Aquatics Manager
Scarlett Vineyard - Coordinator of Fitness - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
HI, Thorsha Stephens interning at Georgia Southern University at the Department of Student Wellness and Health Promotion.
Ryan Comfort - Assistant Director, Operations, Univ. of North Texas
Tess Magers student worker at the University of Nebraska Lincoln Rec Center
Ana Lanier- Georgia Southern University- GA for Student Wellness and Health Promotion
Amanda Meyer Assistant Director Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin
Riley Warner - BioChemistry/Pre-Med Student - University of Nebraska
Lauren Arnoff, AD Rec & Wellness @ Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Kelsey Sextro - Member Services - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Larissa, Georgia State University, Coor Group Exercise
Good topic, and for work
Is there a higher ed or national platform on how we are attempting to thrive in a time of pandemic? How to see the silver lining and learn from this situation?
Resources to share with staff and students
Hearing from around the country how they are dealing with our new normal
Trying to find balance, both personally and professionally, during this time.
I want to learn more about wellness opportunities a home for me and the staff I work with. I want to share materials with our employees and all of our community
Help my students and family.
How to engage students to take care of themselves
Our pro-staff found unique ways to pay us and this is one of them!
I am chair of a work group for the NIRSA H&WB task force, so want to support and learn as we look to guide our work
@Kathryn Dunn's first chat message is a great topic related to celebrating our students
Best practices to be well in a pandemic with lack of social connectivity and office environments where we may thrive or be most productive
Ideas and resources both for myself and others
A way to engage with fellow people, see what others are doing
Resources for self & staff
Health and Wellbeing taskforce and my own wellness practices during this time
It is helpful hearing how other groups are dealing with these difficult times
I really think it’s important as health and wellness employees to stay up to date and keep brainstorming ways for the community to stay active and healthy in times like this
The title of it…I have recently lost 30lbs since January 4th and want to continue my well being as it took me a while to find work life balance and now I need to reevaluate again.
Introverts hate this as they are forced around others, extroverts hate it cause they can’t be around other people
Looking for ways to adjust to the new normal and be my best self for my students and coworkers
Resources and tips to support my team and my well-being during this difficult time in which we are being asked to pivot and remain relevant remotely.
this is a time of high uncertainty for staff and students and I'm hoping for some tips and tricks to help aid our team through this
Self care strategies for our student patrons, members, AND staff. I want to provide resources and access for everyone and emphasize mental and physical health.
ecause of COVID-19 our supervisors thought this would be a good way ti get involved with NIRSA since Arizona conference was canceled
00:34:29Leah Hall Dorothy
feeling some “battle fatigue” and looking to my NIRSA Family for inspiration and strength
What Campus Rec is doing for their communities is amazing! It is helping our organization learn about some tremendous tools for ourselves and our employees
Depressed and Anxious people are getting potentially worse as the crisis makes things seem hopeless
Great topic and love connecting! Love that we are all together! Learning how everyone is dealing with this currently. And…missing NIRSA!
Feel bad for people that have access issues or learning challenges in virtual environments
I'm wanting to see what other schools are doing during this time for both student employees, full time staff, and patrons
Self care and well being tips during self-quarantine
where did you get certified in resilience?
Taylor Morgan - University of Nebraska- Lincoln - East Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
loss of chit chat
Sure I can share
loss of human contact
interaction with others
loss of the gym to work out
Not seeing my co-workers as they have become like a second family and people I saw the most!
I feel other extroverts feel this.. just the loss of social interaction
loss of any personal time to myself
normal routine... working out in group fitness
I miss the daily routine, going to the gym, seeing the staff
Socializing and finding a new routine
i am grieving for the seniors who are losing all their “lasts”
I miss our #RecFam
Loss of being able to celebrate my seniors and engage with them face-to-face
I feel stress about having no control and not being able to do more for our students in this difficult time
Normal routine getting flipped upside down!
loss of chance to visit my best friend in Atlanta
Loss of wages for student staff who are struggling. Loss of comaraderie
My seniors and students as a whole. But not being able to be there for the birth of a niece next week will also be a hard experience to give up.
While I genuinely love my family, however as an introvert I just miss my few minutes commuting to and from work to decompress and have a little alone time that is now lost while we are all home at all times
*AMEN* to that
Wonderful, love that!
My study abroad trip to Finland this summer and orchestra concert were cancelled.
Not being able to work and make money
Another idea would be to get a list of people with their stories from rest/elderly care homes…where we can write letters, mail cards, and just show random strangers can care for them
missing NIRSA Nationals and not being able to make it a trip to visit with my mom too
Thank you, Kathryn, you beat me!
Haha! I didn't see you in this chat, Sarah!
@Kathryn Dunn - can you list your email for us
Do you have any well -being- yoga/meditation sites or apps that are free that we can tell our students and staff about
Yes..NIRSA Family Reunion makes me sad to have those hugs, handshakes, talking about memories, making new memories, making new connections, sharing the experience with new students
email@example.com - please let me know what topic you are interested in sharing
Rolling with the punches.
6-8 depending on the day!
I thought well, but had a meltdown last night so I am gonna say 5
3-5 (3 if it's not sunny)
5 some good days and some bad days
6 - tough transition stil
You can also send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know if you are interested in helping with resume review, mock interviews, talk with a pro, presentations, etc!
4-5…one day at a time
A solid 4
5 odd being a building supervisor with no building to supervise
I'd say 5. I agree with some good days and some harder ones.
I would say 8. I am getting ALOT of my to do list for home and work done but am missing the routine and social interactions and just people watching etc.
3-4 depending on the day
At least April 27
Danielle for the free fitness…Core Power Yoga on Demand, Les Mills, ACE has free content, Fitness Blender, Crossfit @ Home
Send me an email: email@example.com for links
Going on a daily walk
making my bed
Making yourself "clock out" at 5pm
Keeping a routine, little goals each day
getting outside at least once everyday
keeping a routine. Open all shades, get fresh air. still take that sower and put on work clothes.
Separating my spaces at home- space for work, space for meals, space to relax, space for sleep, etc.
Making sure you get up and get dressed. Open the blinds! Get a home workout in walk your dog.
trying to keep the work day from 9-5
Communicate with coworkers on when you can/prefer to be reached (whether its 9-5) or different hours now that you are at home and have different schedules
Here’s an article with wellbeing tips during COVID-19 that I co-authored today: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/steadfast-crisis-tips-thrive-during-covid-19-ken-wolters-mba/?trackingId=R5ueeGCgRxevj2OtMkxHVA%3D%3D
maintain weekly meetings, just via zoom. Keep routine and connection with team
Disney+, long walks, and going to bed early!!
Also trying to figure out what opportunities this closure allows us to do
yes @Jennifer Cobarrubias!!!
Going for a walk and make a healthy breakfast first thing in the moring
Being patient knowing that my interruptions from normal work of students/employees is now kids and wife and how to be kind and open to their interruptions or setting schedules/boundaries…still work in progress
Zoom calls with friends/family if you are far from home!
I have to get do alot of my work before my kids get up.
Agreed. Keeping your schedule as normal as possible. Taking your normal breaks, and walk away around 5pm. It will always be their the next day.
Played Quiplash online with old college friends
being in touch with my students! We're doing one on ones if they want- some to discuss resumes, some to just chat and catch up
getting outside even for a few minutes for some fresh aid
Sticking with a routine. So important to have this in place - movement, down time and regular sleep
Also need to explore your internet bandwidth when a whole house can be online and video chatting can be choppy…
Schedule for the kids (and parents)
We are so happy to take daily walks and get outside with family now and seeing moments we normally wouldn’t with the baby! It’s amazing seeing those chubby smiles more!
Thanks Erin :)
Setting up an office where I can close the door (for things like this).
writing out a schedule for myself before I start the day
Having a separate space to work in that is separate from the rest of the house.
I need some ideas about not having a dedicated office space (don't have space for a desk). I try to separate space, but also trying to have a comfortable posture
I answer the phone for the office, so it helps with some normalcy to talk to our members. We also have to have a work log submitted to our supervisors every day to it helps track.
I've been writing down bullet points of the work I've completed each day. Our director asked us to do this per my institution though!
How has everyone supported student well-being? Are you doing virtual check-ins? How are you letting them know you are still there for them? We’ve done open forums where they can log in on webex/zoom to ask questions even not about campus rec.
I was really missing having two computer screens so I used a spare TV in our house and hooked it up to my laptop. It's something small but made my work space feel much more official.
We are also sharing our list through google docs with our director so she can see and add notes
I place meeting notes in my outlook and share with colleagues I met with
I use Google Keep for my personal to-do's.
I use ASANA to manage employee tasks
I have been scheduling my day in Outlook and am sure to schedule walks with the dog to keep me moving and to make up for the steps I am not getting from walking around the Rec Center :-)
Keeping the TV off while "at work".
Sit and stand
foam roller every so often
Kevin George - we are doing a virtual social with our student employees and are having virtual fitness classes for students. We also updated our website with a covid 19 page with links to virtual Intramurals, fitness, and frequently asked questions
Trying not to snack too much!
I took a dish towel and rolled up like a wrist pad for typing at computer
My zoom office has been in the bathroom…ha! Since my kids don’t know you don’t have to yell in their zooms and having the closed door just have to let family know the bathroom is offline…
Created a make shift stand-up desk with shoe boxes supporting the table and lots of books to raise my monitors to almost eye level
Jamie can you provide a link to your website
I actually had surgery before this, so the ability to lounge out and having different positions has been great for my recovery
Wrike for marketing tasks
My school uses Microsoft teams and it is great!
MS Teams, has been great!
Asana is the BEST :) we just started using it.
we use trello to track student employee projects
I use the app "Tide" to set 50 minute focus blocks, with a reminder for a 10 minute break :)
I use my bar in my apartment as a standing desk. If you don't have that maybe use some boxes or books on your table.
I use Trello for my student marketing team tasks, Teams for communication with my professional staff team
Hope you will send notes/contacts/ ideas afterward - I have another meeting and need to leave. Thank you -
We have a list of resources online at http://www.sfasu.edu/campusrec follow the link to a 3 page doc including live classes
I also play music when using my makeshift standing desk so sometimes I find myself dancing
I just rolled a towel for my wrist to rest on. great tip!
I put rice in a sock and heat it in the microwave. Great for muscle relief.
I'd love to find ways to incorporate more mindfulness into my day (while sharing a space with my 2 year old, husband, and puppy).
I am an extravert, so I get my energy from other people. I am really missing social time!
Do check-ins each morning or nightly with my wife…so we know when we must be on zoom/webex and how we can keep our kids on track to their school work needs. We haven’t done well yet…seems that 15 min scheduling meeting could be invaluable to not feel guilty or the kids have no direction on what assignments they have due
We have set up zoom calls with our entire rec/well department once a week…We also are celebrating bdays and departures via zoom calls
I like to tell people you should have 3 hobbies to stay sane and healthy especially in times like this. One that makes you money, one that’s a creative outlet, and one that keeps you active
Daily check-ins just to see how they are doing overall
I have created some virtual teambuilding activities that we are starting next week
We have set up GROW conversations via zoom with each student (guided reflection on work)
From our staff meeting google slides: You may know of someone that is being financially or emotionally impacted by the pandemic
Essential hospital workers, grocery store staff, infected individuals
Individuals laid off due to the lack of work available
HS & College Students being robbed of their last semester
Proms, Graduations, Senior Weeks, Job interviews, etc.
If you have the capacity support them in any way possible
Domestic abuse situations, Introverts now surrounded, Extroverts hate the social distancing, major transactions, etc
Im not a supervisor I’m a staff work and our supervisors have live classes on zoom to make sure we’re active
I have to run. Thank you!
We have zoom calls or facetimes multiple times a week. We have a large group text that we use very frequently.
Michele- what kind of virtual teambuilding activities do you use?
I had "walking 1:1's" with my team before all of this. We still do that now, just over the phone.
everyone wears a hat day; virtual office bingo, play online yhatzee/scrabble,
Asking for positives they have experienced and send videos so everyone can see each others faces again
Mix the formal work meetings with some informal Virtual Happy Hours, Face time walks with groups on staff.
we’ve been working through this app calling “basecamp”.
Virtual "happy hours" with co-workers, friends, and colleagues
From staff meeting slide: If you are comfortable each of you share a couple things you miss at work or home impacted by the pandemic
How we can appreciate it even more and be grateful when we hopefully get back to any semblance of “normal”
Article to Read - Mental Health & Corona virus: The New Norm.
@Danielle Anderson - what is your email? I can chat offline with you!
Great article! https://www.charlotteobserver.com/charlottefive/c5-wellness/article241428596.html
Michele my e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org
I love that Caroline!
Good article - Thanks Kevin
Anyone feeling Zoom overloaded? I'm an extrovert and LOVE human interaction and miss it very much, but I am worried that the Zoom overload will make me want to be alone more (which doesn't work well for me)!
@Kari, there is a lot going on in here lol
YES to Zoom overload!
the first time I used Zoom, it gave me anxiety because I am an extrovert, and it was odd for me to see my peers but not be in the same room
I also don’t like being on my computer so much
YES!!! Zoom overload. Introvert over here, but it's amazing how so many people now want to be more social than they usually are on a regular basis
How are people handling end of year banquets? Virtual? Graduating seniors? Hiring freeze impact to new GA or Pro Staff hires?
I think looking at the humorous side of things is really important. This is a serious issue but if we never look at the fun side we will go insane. I love the quarantine tiktoks and tweets. I’m growing a quarantine mustache to mark the time.
Yes hiring freeze for our division, perhaps not GA freeze but may not have the budget now for them:(
Michele I would love to know what teambuilding you are doing with your staff as well!
We are allowed to interview still just can’t “officially” hire them.
Kari, yes. My coworkers and I intentionally find times to chat on the phone or via email instead of email. Not everything needs to be a Zoom call. If it isn't something I'd walk to their office to talk to them about, I'm not going to do a video chat for it.
Same here with virtual teambuilding
Kevin, I just got off a call with some of my colleagues and we are planning a virtual yearbook for our seniors and well hopefully do an zoom/webex end of year banquet.
We had to guilt trip my wife’s dad to stay home “sick” as he has 2 health issues that would make his ability to fight COVID-19 and being a public bus driver…finally we convinced him not to wait…until it got worse…..so that was stressful
Same for virtual teambuilding. Any resources to post or share?
Stanford uses SLACK for all full time employees
trello seems interesting. It’s free and I did a training on that. I might try to switch from slack to trello for things like the scavenger hunt team that I have
What social media platforms can departments use to share and stay connected with student employees…but would need to be vetted or monitored? We used to use Facebook, but now that’s for grandparents as our 18-25 yr olds think… Do departments have a staff only social media account to post memories, positive things, help, challenges, reminders?
We here at Out Fit are offering Daily Free Workouts on Instagram Live. go out outfitnrg on instagram.
Our Intramural department is doing a 5k challenge where you submit your miles ran/walked and get entered into a drawing! They will have a new challenge each week
Our Instagram is the most widely used by students (and student staff). Kevin, are you talking about full time staff or student staff?
We're in the process of determining an alternative way to honor our students since we won't be able to do our traditional end of the year banquet. Anyone have any creative ideas?
Courtney talking about student staff….
As a college kid, twitter could be a good social platform to use
we have been told not to go outside for even a 5k by Chicago;s mayor :(
Instagram is the pace to be - TikTok Videos are always fun for our students - To communicate with staff and check in we use GroupMe
As Stacey said I have a ton of free tests in our well-being research so email me!
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Fortunately we are still working and supplying clients with fitness equipment for their homes. Dumbbells, Kettlebells and the like. its keeping my mind sharp and happy to support my clients stay healthy and strong during this time. If you do need anything, email@example.com is my email. we are based in Southern California but ship country and worldwide.
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