Student Development Staff & Faculty Newsletter | October 26, 2016

Telling the stories of students, staff, faculty and services in Student Development.

Care to share? Contact FSD Storyteller, Alicia Ashcroft, via email: aashcroft@tru.ca

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News and Accomplishments

Fentanyl video

Fentanyl - Recreational Russian Roulette

With the increased presence of the drug fentanyl found in many street drugs, dabbling with cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, pharmaceuticals and even marijuana can turn a party into a tragedy.  The risks are higher than ever; overdose deaths are terrifyingly commonplace. Think it can’t happen to you? It can. This is a crisis—and the dangers are real.

Meaghan Hagerty from the Wellness Centre is working on a series of prevention, response and awareness initiatives so that everyone can better understand the dangers of fentanyl. Arm yourself and others with awareness.

Fentanyl—don’t be caught dead.

Spirit of volunteerism arises from disaster

Spirit of volunteerism arises from disaster

New Learning Strategist Brad Harasymchuk discusses his work with at-risk youth in Saskatoon and post-earthquake volunteerism in New Zealand.

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YMCA exchange fosters independence and maturity

YMCA exchange fosters independence and maturity

The YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange program, coordinated by TRU Co-op student Jaime Oetter, allows students to explore Eastern and Western Canada.

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Mapping the pathway to employment

Mapping the pathway to employment

Student Employment Coordinator Susan Forseille recalls her recent travels, her research and receiving an international award in Oslo, Norway

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A TRUly United co-op

A TRUly United co-op

Co-op student, Nick Saxby, is working as a marketing and communications associate with United Way, helping to change lives in the community.

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Tempering stress triggers

Tempering stress triggers

Skylar Sitka-Sage, the newest member of our TRU Counselling team, practices a holistic approach to wellness.

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Write here, right now

Write here, right now

The Writing Centre offers a letter-perfect place to perfect the written word.

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Wellness throughout the week

Wellness throughout the week

The Wellness Centre has weekly offerings and a slew of upcoming special events.

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Kamloops Timeraiser—networking goldmine

Kamloops Timeraiser—networking goldmine

Part silent art auction, part volunteer fair, part social outing—Kamloops Timeraiser makes volunteering a work of art.

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Feeling at home at Open House

The TRU Open House headquarters at the Campus Activity Centre was bustling on Saturday, October 22.

The resource fair ran throughout the morning with a variety of faculty and student service booths and displays introducing the wide variety of available options for support systems and educational programs.

Vince Watson, recruiter, said the day was a great success, offering a “hands on approach to the institution for inquiring minds.”

Campus and residence tours, in addition to detailed information sessions were offered, “providing many opportunities to get a feel for the learning environment,” Vince continued.  “Exploring the university, connecting with faculty gives potential applicants a clear visual of services.”

The afternoon offered a number of seminars such as University 101, Services for Aboriginal Students, Money Matters, Study Abroad and Career Education.

Vince concluded, “for students and their families, open houses are absolutely essential to the decision making process.” 

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Upcoming Events

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HIV testing | October 27, November 24

Old Main Health Services, OM 1461

Confidential, free and by drop-in or appointment.

Flow and Glow Yoga

Flow and Glow Yoga

October 30

12:30pm: Check-in and mat set up, TRU Gym

1:00pm: Yoga

2:00pm: Light snacks

Get in the spirit of Halloween with the dimming of the lights and use of glow sticks. All levels welcome. Cost and register $10 per TRU student and includes instruction, snacks and glow sticks. Register at TRU Gym before Oct. 27.

Career Mentoring: Computer Science and Technology

November 3

 5:00pm - 7:00pm, CAC Mountain Room

Make connections with industry professionals and learn more about careers in computing science, technology, math, physics and engineering.

Long Night Against Procrastination

Long Night Against Procrastination

November 3

8:00pm - 8:00am, TRU Main Library

Join a campus community of writers and academic support services for the Long Night Against Procrastination.

Remembrance Day ceremony

Remembrance Day ceremony

November 10

10:30am - 11:00am

Take some moments to remember those who have fought for Canada and are still involved in military and peacekeeping operations.

Ecuador field school info session

Ecuador field school info session

November 14

12:00 - 12:50pm, TRUSU Blue Room

 

Spend two weeks in the Amazon region of Ecuador, working on a community project with a non-governmental organization.

Aboriginal Transitions to Post-Secondary Day

November 15

9:00am - 2:30pm, CAC

Aboriginal high school students are getting a feel for university life through presentations, workshops, tours and other activities.

International students career cafe

International students career cafe

November 23

3:30pm - 4:30pm, HOL 204

Join in a group discussion on career issues related to international students.

Creative Mindfulness

Creative Mindfulness

October 27 | November 3, 10, 17, 24 | December 1

12:40pm - 1:40pm, Old Main 2494

 

Suffering from writer’s block? Too energetic for quiet mediation?

Quilter's Corner

Quilter's Corner 

October 29 | November 5, 12, 19, 26

10:00am - 3:00pm, OL 127

A space to work on your quilting or sewing projects. Please bring your own supplies/machine.

Therapy Dog Thursdays

Therapy Dog Thursdays

October 27 (outside on courts)

November 3, 10, 17, 24

December 1, 8

10:00am - 2:00pm, Old Main Student Street

 

Stop by, say hello and take a quiet moment with a furry friend.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation

November 8, 15,22, 29

11:30am - 12:20pm, OM 2494

Meditation reduces stress, improves concentration, slows aging and much more.

Take care of your health

TRU Experience

11:00am - 1:00pm, Old Main Student Street

 

Take care of your health

November 2

As students, it's important to remember your health while juggling academics, work and personal commitments.

 

Explore career prospects

November 9

Finding a career you love can be challenging and TRU has some answers. During this information session, talk to staff, faculty and peers from Career Education and the orientation team about available opportunities in areas you enjoy. There will be free treats and a draw prize.

 

Discover campus opportunities

November 16

Volunteering and being a peer mentor are two great ways to build your skills, your resume and to help others.

 

Succeed at your finals

November 23

Finals are just around the corner....are you prepared? Visit faculty, staff and peers from the Writing Centre, library and Supplemental Learning to learn tips and tricks to help you succeed at your finals. There will also be a prize draw and free treats.