Wellbeing Week In an effort to acknowledge and to build upon the culture of support at our University, I am happy to announce the Wolf Pack Wellbeing Week will be held April 18-22.

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Wellbeing Week

In an effort to acknowledge and to build upon the culture of support at our University, I am happy to announce the Wolf Pack Wellbeing Week will be held April 18-22.

April 14, 2022

Dear Wolf Pack Family,

Over the past two years, among the many exceptional duties that all of you have performed, have been the numerous good works and acts of kindness that you’ve done to help with the wellbeing of the people around you. We have seen numerous examples of how students, faculty and staff have come together to help one another through this challenging time. By showing this concern, understanding and providing this needed support to those around you, you’ve made a tremendous difference. I wish to thank you for demonstrating the values and heart that make our University so special.

In an effort to acknowledge and to build upon this culture of support that we see on a daily basis at our University, I am happy to announce the Wolf Pack Wellbeing Week will be held April 18-22. The keynote speaker will be Paula Davis, J.D., MAPP who is the Founder and CEO of the Stress & Resilience Institute. Paula is the author of Beating Burnout at Work: Why Teams Hold the Secret to Well-Being & Resilience. The book was the No. 1 best-selling title in 2021 for the Wharton School Press. In addition, there will be 25 presentations on mental, physical and financial wellbeing. Below is the schedule of events so you can block your schedule for sessions you wish to attend. More detailed descriptions and registration information will be available soon.

I also wanted to encourage our faculty and staff to participate in the Health Mind Survey. The survey is conducted by the University of Michigan and will help us better understand the use of mental health services and campus mental health needs. To take the survey, please refer to the email you received last week from Tim McFarling. For questions about the survey, please contact Filiz Sapin in University Counseling Service at filiz@unr.edu.

A schedule of events for Wolf Pack Wellbeing Week includes:

Monday, April 18

  • 10-10:30 a.m. | Zoom | Helen Bansen: Building community through reading
  • 12-1 p.m. | Morrill Hall 200 | Robin Freestone, Transformative yoga
  • 1-2 p.m. | Zoom | Kat Geiger, Health at Every Size (HAES)
  • 2-3 p.m. | Zoom | Dennis Dachtler, Getting and staying financially fit

Tuesday, April 19

  • 10 to 11:30 a.m. | JCSU 422 and Zoom | Jordan Baez, Recovery ally training
  • 12 to 1 p.m. | Zoom | Rick Kohler, Survival guide for debt management and unexpected financial emergencies
  • 1 to 2 p.m. | Zoom | Steven Hayes, Why psychological flexibility matters

Wednesday, April 20

  • 10-11 a.m. | Zoom | Kristi Roberson and Brock Young, Let's reduce MSDs - Workplace ergonomic techniques
  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Zoom | Ashley Anderson, The five languages of appreciation
  • 12-1 p.m. | JCSU 423 | Jamie Harney, Relational wellness
  • 1-2 p.m. | Zoom | Keynote: Paula Davis, Teaming up against burnout
  • 2-3 p.m. | Zoom | Mena Spodobalski, Paths to fitness for those with pain, sickness, and/or disability
  • 3-3:30 p.m. | Zoom | Bailey Cannon, Unlocking your potential through plant power
  • 4-4:30 p.m. | Zoom | Cossette Canovas, Mindfulness: How to live in the moment and reduce stress

Thursday, April 21

  • 9 to 9:30 a.m. | Zoom | Scott Hall, How will you measure your life?
  • 10-11 a.m. | Zoom | Carla Franich, Adult mental health first aid
  • 11:30 to 1 p.m. | Zoom | Yvonne Stedham, Mindfulness – What, why, how
  • 1 to 2 p.m. | JCSU 422 | Kari Barber and Emilio Parga, Death & Magic Castles: A short documentary screening with the filmmaker and discussion about grief
  • 2-3:30 p.m. | JCSU 422 | Emilio Parga, The Solace Tree - for grieving children, teens, and families
  • 4 to 4:30 p.m. | Zoom and JCSU 422 | Hila Talgan and Sheryl Verdugo, How to improve your wellbeing through financial planning

Friday, April 22

  • 10 a.m. | Zoom | Jill Karlin, Introduction to E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center
  • 12-1 pm. | Morrill Hall 200 | Robin Freestone, Yoga
  • 2-3:30 p.m. | Zoom | Carolyn Brayko, The Culture Paradox: Embracing Conflict for Stress Reduction
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Wells Fargo Auditorium | Steven Nightingale and Richard Nevle, The Paradise Notebooks

View speaker, event and registration information on the Wolf Pack Wellbeing Week webpage.

In addition, you can sign up for a guided tour of the E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center. Fitness & Recreational Sports offers low-cost memberships to University employees, students, affiliates and spouses/domestic partners. Memberships include access to not only the E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center and countless drop-in classes, but also to our Olympic lap and diving pools in the Lombardi Recreation Center.

Available tour times include:

  • Monday, April 18: 7:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 19: 1:15 p.m. and 5:10 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 20: 11:15 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 21: 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, April 22: Drop-in between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

This is a busy time, and indeed, the past several months have been a time of non-stop activity in support of the people of our University as well as our institutional mission. Please continue to find time not only for your colleagues, friends and co-workers, but for yourself.

Your well-being matters. Thank you for all that you are doing on behalf of our University.

Go Pack!

Sincere regards,

Brian Sandoval