Final papers, exams, and presentations abound this week and next! I too am in my “final weeks” as your university president. I certainly can empathize with all the stress you may be feeling and cannot help but remind you all -- one last time -- of the great resources that are available to help you succeed. To share a few:
-- Check out “Your Guide to a Stress-Free Finals Week” with over 30 events to help you de-stress and tackle finals!
-- STEP success Center and Tutoring -- Finals-Stravaganza, May 8 from 4 p.m. to midnight in Coe Library! It is FREE. Use it! And, you are likely to make some new friends.
-- University Counseling Center -- Located in 341 Knight Hall, open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. to support students. If you have an urgent issue after hours, you can call (307) 766-8989 and ask to speak with the on-call counselor or contact Peak Wellness Center at (307) 745-8915 during the weekend and after business hours. Don’t be shy! The counselors are there for YOU!
-- Student Centers: Nontraditional & Women’s Center (NT&WC), Rainbow Resource Center (RRC), Veterans Services Center (VSC), International Students & Scholars (ISS), and Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) -- All these centers provide academic referrals, peer support and resources for studying. For example, the MRC is the place for personal and intellectual exploration on academic excellence, student leadership and advocacy, inter-cultural awareness and diversity. Located in Room 103 of the Wyoming Union, the MRC is a space provided by Multicultural Affairs that serves as a home-away-from-home for students. The MRC offers support services for students from all backgrounds in an environment that values diversity.
-- Student Health Service -- Provides services that enable students to improve their physical, mental and emotional well-being. Available in the Student Health Building, M-F, 8-5 p.m. After-hours nurse line (307) 766-2130.
-- Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center -- Relieve your stress with a variety of physical and wellness activities in the newly renovated Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center. Visit the new Wellness Center (another good place to meet new friends), in the southwest part of Half Acre, for a broad range of wellness resources and information. Time spent exercising is as important as time spent eating, and is the best antidote I know for any case of nerves.
-- Center for Advising and Career Services -- Provides academic and career counseling around choice and change of major; assistance with time management, study habits and academic and personal success. The center also assists students looking for internships and full-time employment after graduation. Students may schedule appointments by calling 766-2398 or may drop in during walk-in hours Monday through Friday, located in Room 222, Knight Hall, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
A moderate amount of stress can enhance your performance; too much stress can degrade it. With complex tasks (which certainly would include academic assignments), there is an optimal range of stress where we perform at our best.
Excessive stress can impair our sleep, concentration and memory. If you find yourself having difficulty with balance (for example, feeling isolated, failing your coursework, using substances to feel OK, getting sick a lot, feeling like you are often “behind the eight ball”), remember that there are a number of UW services that can help.
As the end of semester approaches, continue to look out for one another. Say or do something if you see a fellow cowboy or cowgirl who may be stressed out. Take advantage of these wonderful services as you need them and remember I -- and all faculty and staff -- want you to be the best you can be at this time of year.
RICHARD C. MCGINITY, DBA
Bill Daniels Chair of Business Ethics
Bill Daniels Chair of Business Ethics