Hub Initiatives

Quick Links: Four Week Wellness Courses | In-Sync: Academic-Life Balance | Spiritual Wellness | The Hungry Mind 


Four-Week Wellness Courses

This academic year, the Wellness Hub is launching Four-Week Wellness Courses that 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.

  • Writing for Wellness I Workshop
    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.
    Mondays, Sept. 16 - Oct. 7, 2013 | Noon - 1 p.m. | SMC CC, Room 311 (9/23 and 10/7 in Room 353)
    Tuesdays, Jan. 7 - 28, 2014 | 4 - 5 p.m. | SMC CC, Room 311 (THIS SERIES HAS BEEN CANCELED)
  • Stress Reduction & Self-Care
    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.
    Thursdays, Oct. 3 - 31, 2013 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | SMC CC, Room 351
    Tuesdays, Feb. 4 - 25, 2014 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | SMC CC, Room 351 >> Register here
     
  • Writing for Wellness II Workshop
    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.
    Tuesdays, Nov. 5 - 26, 2013 | Noon - 1 p.m. | SMC CC, Room 311
    Mondays, March 3 - 24, 2014 | Noon - 1 p.m. | SMC CC, Room 311 >> Register here
     
  • Calming Your Anxious Mind
    Thursdays, April 3 - 24, 2014 | 3 - 4 p.m. | SMC CC, Room 351 >> Register here
    In this four-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 four-week commitment is required. Limited space available.

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 Sessions
    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.
      
  • Making the Most While in Graduate School: Improving Family Relationships
    Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 | Noon - 1 p.m. | SMC CC, Room 311  >> Register here
    Family relationships can be complicated and continue to evolve even as children become adults. Hear about how you can change your approach to your family relationships.
       
  • Managing Stress & Anxiety Managing Stress & Anxiety
    Monday, Feb. 27, 2014 | Noon - 1 p.m. | SMC CC, Room 311  >> Register here
    Why worry? Academic, interpersonal, and job pressures can take their toll if you let them. Learn effective techniques to manage the stress and anxiety of daily life.
      
  • Building Resilience
    Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | 1 - 2 p.m. | SMC CC, Room 311 >> Register here
    Times get tough and we don’t always have the control to say when. This workshop will provide tools to stay focused, positive, and active when faced with adversity.
      
  • Making the Most While in Graduate School: Healthy Romantic Relationships
    Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Noon - 1 p.m. | SMC CC, Room 311 >> Register here
    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.
      
  • Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life
    Friday, March 14, 2014 | Noon - 1 p.m. | SMC CC, Room 203 >> Register here
    “You are what you think.” Join the Wellness Hub and Michelle Pearce, PhD, from the Center for Integrative Medicine to learn how true this famous statement is and how to use this knowledge to transform your life.
      
  • Mindful Eating & Nutrition
    Friday, March 28, 2014 | Noon - 1 p.m. | SMC CC, Room 311 >> Register here
    Join Michelle Pearce, a health psychologist, a certified nutrition consultant and personal trainer, to learn how to have a healthy relationship with food. These experts will also help you make sense of all the conflicting advice about nutrition. A healthy lunch will be served and eaten mindfully!
      
  • The Art of Assertiveness
    Thursday, April 3, 2014 | Noon - 1 p.m. | SMC CC, Room 311 >> Register here
    Do you have trouble saying “no?”. Do you tend to take care of others’ wants at the expense of your own needs? Are you a people-pleaser? Learn how to get the most out of your interpersonal relationships by recognizing and respecting your own needs.
      
  • Ayurveda 101: Feeding Your Dosha
    Monday, April 7, 2014 | 5 - 7 p.m. | SMC CC, Room 351 >> Register here
    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.
      
  • Instant Calm: Relaxation Techniques
    Friday, April 11, 2014 | Noon - 1 p.m. | SMC CC, Room 311 >> Register here
    The stress of school and developing interpersonal relationships can be overwhelming. Attend this session with Michelle Pearce, health psychologist, to learn techniques to relax your mind and body.
      
  • Puppy Love
    Tuesday, May 6, 2014 | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | SMC CC, Room 349 >> Register here
    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.

Spiritual Wellness Series

Inaugurated this year, the Spiritual Wellness Series is designed to cultivate personal growth and explore all the elements of your life that gives it meaning and purpose. 

  • Spiritual Wellness: Living Your Life On Purpose
    Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 | Noon - 1 p.m. | SMC CC, Room 203 >> Register here
    Kick off 2014 by thinking intentionally about ways in which you would like your life to be guided by your spiritual/religious faith and values. Explore what gives your life meaning and purpose and create an action plan to stay on track throughout the year.
      
  • Spiritual Wellness: Cultivating Compassion
    Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 | Noon - 1 p.m. | SMC CC, Room 311 >> Register here
    Celebrate Valentine’s Day by making your own homemade Valentine’s cards. Then practice compassion by giving your special cards to unexpecting people throughout the day. Valentine’s Day is a great day for random act of kindness. Feel free to stay for the whole time or just drop in! Light snacks and refreshments will be available. 

The Hungry Mind

In collaboration with the UMB Sustainability Committee, The Hungry Mind is a series of events focused on environmentally-friendly initiatives such as recycling, commuting, sustainable sourcing, gardening, and environmental concerns in the Baltimore area and abroad. Housed in the new Go Green Room on the 1st Floor of the SMC Campus Center, The Hungry Mind will be a resource to all faculty, staff, and students on living more “greenly.” 

  • DPW: What Public Works Can Do for the Public
    Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 | Noon - 1 p.m. | SMC CC, Green Room
    Learn about Baltimore City’s recycling program and other initiatives such as trash clean-up and tap water quality from the Department of Public Works.
      
  • Green Your Commute
    Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 | Noon - 1 p.m. | SMC CC, Green Room
    More than 10,000 faculty, staff, and students park at the University. Most of us drive alone. Luckily, the University has a number of programs that encourage sustainable transportation. Which program suits you?
      
  • The Urban Gardener
    Tuesday, March 4, 2014 | Noon - 1 p.m. | SMC CC, Green Room
    Interested in growing your own food, but not sure how to garden in an urban environment? Learn about soil toxicity and alternative techniques such as vertical gardening, salad tables, and window boxes.
      
  • A Healthy Household: DIY Cleaning Products
    Monday, March 31, 2014 | Noon - 1 p.m. | SMC CC, Green Room
    More than 1.2 billion pounds of chemicals are used every year in the U.S., and American companies are not required to list the chemicals included in their household products. What’s safe? Learn how to make your own household cleaning products.
      
  • Oysters & Ecosystems
    Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | Noon - 1 p.m. | SMC CC, Green Room
    Restoring the Chesapeake Bay’s native oyster population is critical to improving the Bay’s water quality and increasing its economic viability. How can you help preserve this ecosystem?
      
  • Go Local!
    Thursday, May 1, 2014 | Noon - 1 p.m. | SMC CC, Green Room
    Let’s eat locally! Sample a variety of local hormone- and antibiotic-free dairy products. Learn about the importance of supporting local farms.