Hub Initiatives

Quick Links: Four Week Wellness Courses | In-Sync: Academic-Life Balance | The Kindness Initiative and Spiritual Wellness |


Four-Week Wellness Courses

The Four-Week Wellness Courses provide intensive opportunities to learn skills in stress reduction and improve well-being. This series is offered in collaboration between the Wellness Hub and the Center for Integrative Medicine.

Stress Reduction & Self-Care (90 minute session; 4 weeks)
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014  |  3-4 p.m. (4 part series)
SMC CC, Room 351
In this 4-week group, you will learn about the connection between our minds, bodies, and spirits, and how to use this connection to facilitate healing and well-being. Each week will consist of a didactic on stress, health, and mind-body medicine, as well as ample time to practice a number of mind-body skills to reduce stress, relax deeply, better focus your attention, and sleep restfully. A 4-week commitment is required. Limited space available.
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Writing for Wellness
Mondays, Oct 27 - Nov 17, 2014 |noon - 1 p.m.
SMC CC, Room 203
CoSponser: Center for Integrative Medicine
Writing is an effective way to release stress and improve health and well-being. In this workshop, you will be guided through a series of therapeutic writing exercises and read select pieces of literature as a source of inspiration and transformation. No writing experience necessary.
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Calming Your Anxious Mind (60 minute session; 4 weeks)
Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 | 2-3 p.m. (Session 1 of 4 session series)
SMC CC, Room 311
In this 4-week group, you will learn how to cultivate a mindful approach to life. Through mindfulness, you can cope more effectively with anxiety- provoking and stressful situations and enhance physical, emotional, and social wellbeing. A 4-week commitment is required. Limited space available
Writing for Wellness
Thursdays, April 2-23, 2015 | noon - 1 p.m.
SMC CC, Room 311
CoSponser: Center for Integrative Medicine
Writing is an effective way to release stress and improve health and well-being. In this workshop, you will be guided through a series of therapeutic writing exercises and read select pieces of literature as a source of inspiration and transformation. No writing experience necessary.

 

In Sync: Academic-Life Balance

The In Sync: Academic-Life Balance initiative fosters healthy habits around time management, goal development, and other life skills to help graduate and professional students advance their interests and balance the demands of academics with their personal lives.

 

Drop-In Mindfulness Meditation Session
First Friday of every month | 12:30-1 p.m.
SMC CC, Room 311
Join us on the first Friday of each month from 12:30 - 1 p.m. for a drop-in meditation session. Setting aside regular time to quiet your mind helps reduce stress and improve well-being. No meditation experience necessary.



Sleep Soundly
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014  |  noon - 1.pm.
SMC CC, Room 351
One third of adults have chronic sleep problems. Are you one of them? Without consistent, quality sleep your ability to function in life is severely hindered. In this workshop you will learn practical, research-based tips for sleeping better. A Question and Answer time will also be provided to address your individual sleeping concerns.
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Relationship Series: Meaningful Friendships in Graduate School
Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 | noon - 1 p.m.
SMC CC, Room 311
Graduate school can be a challenging time for friendships, but friends can be key to helping you through difficult times. Come learn how to make new friends while in graduate school.
Co-sponsored with the Counseling Center
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Introduction to Coaching Services
Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 | 5-6 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 |noon - 1 p.m.
SMC CC, Room 311
Campus Life Services offers individual coaching services to all UMB students.  Find out what coaching is and how it may serve you during your time at UMB.
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Moms Back to Work:  Breast Feeding Orientation
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014| 12:30- 2 p.m.
SMC CC, Room 311
Make breastfeeding easy and successful at UMB.  Join expectant and new mothers to learn about the lactation center and gain support from each other. Nursing babies are also welcome!
Co-sponsored with the UMB Lactation Committee
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Spirituality, Healing and Healthcare Today
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 | noon - 1 p.m.
SMC CC, Room 311
Cosponsers: Center for Integrative Medicine & URec Fit
From the beginning of medicine, concerns for the body and spirit were interrelated.  This presentation will focus on the role of spirituality and healing given the changing structures of health care, especially as it relates to population health and care beyond the acute setting.
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Integrative Healing Sessions
Monday, Sept 29, 2014 to Friday, October 3, 2014 2014 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SMC CC, Green Room
Cosponser: URec Fit
The Healing Therapies program is offering complimentary 20 minute integrative healing sessions that combine healing touch, aromatherapy, simple massage and breath awareness techniques for stress reduction. Sessions are offered on a massage table in a private room or simply seated in a comfortable chair.  Healing Therapy treatments involve light touch or hands placed just above the body.  Students remain fully clothed and are encouraged to remove their shoes.
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Ayurveda 101: Feeding Your Dosha
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014  |2 -3 p.m.
SMC CC, Rm 351
Considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science, Ayurveda is a holistic approach to health that is designed to help people live long, healthy, and well balanced lives. Just as everyone has a unique fingerprint, according to Ayurvedic beliefs, each person has a distinct pattern of energy -- a specific combination of physical, mental, and emotional characteristics. Come to this session lead by Susan Weis-Bohlen and learn what dosha may be yours and how tame your inner stress dragon.
Co-sponsored by URecFit
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Introduction to Basic Qigong for Stress Management
Thursday, October 2, 2014 | 6 - 7 p.m.
SMC CC, Room 349
Cosponsers: Center for Integrative Medicine & URec Fit
Learn an ancient mind-body exercise to relax your body, refresh your mind, and recharge your soul for a more peaceful and harmonious life.
The Science Behind Mindfulness: Does it Really Work?
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014  |  noon - 1 p.m.
SMC CC, Room 351
Mindfulness practices and stress reduction classes have become increasingly popular for boosting wellness and quality of life. Find out what the research has to say about how these practices work. You’ll also get tips on how to incorporate mindfulness practices into your everyday life and resources for developing your own mindfulness practice.
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Healthy Selfie Day
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 | 10 a.m.- 2 p.m
SMC CC, Lobby
Come join the celebration of health and well being!  Refreshments, picture booth, and wellness screenings will be available to all.  Participants will be able to meet with a wellness counselor to interpret their results and offer recommendations. Remember, good mental health is key to wellness and academic-life balance.
Co-sponsored with the Counseling Center
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Managing Stress & Anxiety
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014  |  noon - 1 p.m.
SMC CC, Room 351
Why worry? Academic, interpersonal, and job pressures can take their toll if you let them. Your ability to succeed in life and as a leader is dependent on your own personal state of health and well-being. Learn effective techniques to manage the stress and anxiety of daily life.
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Mindful Eating & Nutrition
Thursday Nov 13, 2014 | noon - 1 p.m. 
SMC CC, Room 351
We all know how to eat, but do you know how to eat well? Join Dr. Michelle Pearce, a health psychologist, to learn how to have a healthy relationship with food and banish dieting forever. A healthy lunch will be served and eaten mindfully!
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You Passed! Decreasing Test Anxiety
Dec. 1, 2014 | Noon - 1 p.m.
SMC CC, Room 351
Stop fretting over finals! Get rid of the butterflies in your stomach. Do you ever feel so nervous during a test you can even concentrate? Test anxiety is quite common among students of all levels of study and can negatively impact even the best student. Found out more information about test anxiety and tips for better ways to manage it.
Co-sponsored by the Wellness Hub and Student Counseling Center
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From Survive to Thrive:  Achieving Personal Wellness Goals
Monday, Dec. 8, 2014  |  noon - 1 p.m.
SMC CC, Room 351
Do you feel like you’re struggling just to keep up?  Join us to create wellness goals for academic-life balance and develop a strategy to achieve them!  You will leave the workshop with a personalized road map to achieve health and wellness goals when faced with competing demands.
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What’s a Chakra?  Your Body’s Bioelectric!
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 | noon - 1 pm
SMC CC, Green Room
Learn about chakra opening and how to use chakras to reduce stress and increase your overall health.
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Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life
Friday, Jan. 30, 2015  |  noon - 1 p.m.
SMC CC, Room 351
What and how you think today plays a large role in where you will be tomorrow.  Learn how to recognize, evaluate, and change negative thinking patterns to live a more positive and productive life.
Building Resilience through Mindful Self-Compassion
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 |  noon - 1 p.m.
SMC CC, Room 351
In this session, you’ll learn about this emerging mindfulness intervention focusing on self-compassion practices. Learn what the research says about how self-compassion builds resilience and emotional well-being, ways to move forward when confronted with obstacles, how self-compassion can help you achieve your academic and personal goals.
Puppy Love
Thursday Dec. 3, 2014 | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Thursday April 16, 2015 | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
SMC CC, Room 349
Finals are right around the corner. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to interact with animals and reduce your stress. Maryland's Pets on Wheels will bring its furry friends to the SMC Campus Center for all to enjoy.
Relationship Series:  Healthy Romantic Relationships
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 | noon - 1 p.m.
SMC CC, Room 311
Most romantic relationships have their ups and downs so it can be hard to recognize what makes a healthy relationship. This workshop will address general characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships, common “red flags” in relationships, and ways for you to be a good partner.
Co-sponsored with the Counseling Center
Mindful Eating & Nutrition
Thursday, Mar. 5, 2015  |  noon - 1 p.m.
SMC CC, Room 351
We all know how to eat, but do you know how to eat well? Join Dr. Michelle Pearce, a health psychologist, to learn how to have a healthy relationship with food and banish dieting forever. A healthy lunch will be served and eaten mindfully!
Instant Calm: Relaxation Techniques
Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015
SMC CC 351
Is stress getting the best of you? In this interactive workshop, you will learn how to quickly recognize your personal signs of stress and practice 7 effective techniques to better manage stress in the moment.
Shake Away Your Stress!
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 | noon - 1 p.m.
SMC CC, Fireplace Lounge
Stomp, shake and shimmy your way to better health!  Come enjoy dancing to lively music during this stressbusters event.

Spiritual Wellness Series and The Kindness Initiative

The Spiritual Wellness and Kindness Initiative Series is designed to cultivate personal growth and explore all the elements of your life that gives it meaning and purpose. Join the new Kindness Initiative and help cultivate a culture of compassion on our campus and in our community!

Spirituality, Healing and Healthcare Today
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 | noon - 1 p.m.
SMC CC, Room 311
Cosponsers: Center for Integrative Medicine & URec Fit
From the beginning of medicine, concerns for the body and spirit were interrelated.  This presentation will focus on the role of spirituality and healing given the changing structures of health care, especially as it relates to population health and care beyond the acute setting.
>>Register Here

Film Screening and Discussion: Silent Killer
Monday Nov 17, 2014 | 5:30 - 7 p.m.
SMC CC, Elm Room B
Cosponser: Housing Our Neighbors, PSLI
There are a billion hungry people in the world, and 15,000 children die each day of hunger. Yet it doesn't have to be this way. Silent Killer, an award-winning documentary, shows how we can end hunger--if we make a commitment to doing so. An interactive discussion will follow the film screening. Please bring a can of food for donation.  Popcorn and drinks will be served.
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Interfaith Conversation: Common Ground
Tuesday Nov 18, 2014 | noon - 1 p.m.
SMC CC, Room 351
Be part of the conversation as we explore what different religious and non-religious backgrounds have in common. In this safe space, we will discuss shared values using text, storytelling, and reflection on social action. All perspectives and beliefs systems are welcome: We are better together.
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Kindness Initiative Event: Stuff them with Love
Friday, Dec 5, 2014 | 11:30 - 1:30 p.m.
SMC CC, Fireside Lounge
Cosponsors: UMB and Judaic Heritage present the Kindness Initiative; Stress Busters; USGA
Drop in, stuff a teddy bear, sign a get well card, and brighten the lives of children recovering in UMMC and other local children's hospitals in Baltimore. No sewing skills needed.
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Kindness Initiative Event: Serving those who Serve
Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 | 11:30 - 1:30 p.m.
SMC CC, Fireside Lounge
Cosponsors: UMB and Judaic Heritage present the Kindness Initiative; USGA
Drop in, decorate a cookie, and sign a thank you card  for Baltimore's fire fighters and police officers, including our very own UMB security officers.