Wellness Wednesdays

 

Spring 2020: Issue 7

Dear students, faculty, and staff:

As we come to the end of this very unusual and challenging semester, I am pleased to congratulate you on your achievements in this final issue of Wellness Wednesdays. As a college community, we have learned new ways of engaging, connecting, and supporting one another and our shared values this spring.  It's been undeniably stressful and difficult at times and yet you have adapted and persevered impressively.  

We normally Stress Less in the library this week, relaxing with snacks, games, pets, and camaraderie. This year, however, the event is being held virtually. It is important to take care of yourself, so when you need a break or a little bit of self-care, please visit the Stress Less site. Please take time for what helps you to manage and even thrive in stress and reach out to others including me if you need help.  I certainly stress less knowing we have so many talented and thoughtful students, faculty, and staff at Tompkins Cortland. Panther Nation is strong and your success is well-deserved and recognized.  
 
Best of luck to you as we wrap up the semester. To our graduates, congratulations, and to all our continuing students, we hope to see you in person this fall.
 

Greg McCalley
Vice President for Student Services
 

This Week:
Less Stress with Stress Less!

Animal Therapy

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Enjoy a beautiful collection of Octopus videos with a hilarious narration from (fake) Morgan Freeman.

*some mild language and suggestive humor*

Stress Less Animal Therapy Here!

 

Stress Relievers

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An hour long "satisfying" compilation!

Stress Less Stress Relievers Here!

 

Music and Sound

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Calm, instrumental-only music to relax and study with.

Stress Less Music and Sound Here!

 

Self-Care

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Dima combines neuroscience and self-care. She looks at how the science we have can impact our well being and improve the way we see ourselves.

Stress Less Self Care Here!

 

Stay IN(VOLVED)!

Perks of STAYING IN(volved)!? Safely connect with peers, be entertained, earn prizes, and expand upon your soft skills. The Student Activities Office is continuing programming virtually so you don’t miss out on ways to stay busy. Take advantage of these opportunities – there is always something in it for you!

 

Stay IN(VOLVED)!

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The Outdoor Adventure Club is offering a challenge to get outside and connect with the outdoors while maintaining all social distancing recommendations. With a challenge comes a prize and you can read more here!

Some details: The OAC has traditionally facilitated the attainment of benefits from the outdoors and now we are raffling off three (3) $50 Amazon gift cards to further encourage and reward you for caring for your mental and physical well-being. To join the raffle all you have to do is get outdoors and engage with nature four times in these coming weeks then fill out the provided form!

Raffle: May 16th at noon. Winners will be notified by email and there will be posts on the Outdoor Adventure Club Facebook Page.

 

Mental Health & Recovery Support

The Office of Mental Health Services is continuing to offer support and guidance as we all navigate this challenging and unusual time. Phone consultations are available by appointment to all students. They can be reached at 607.844.6577. The NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline is 1-844-863-9314.

 

The Tompkins Cortland Collegiate Recovery Program is holding weekly Zoom Recovery Support Meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1pm here, as well as Al-Anon Meetings on Tuesdays 11-12pm here. For one-on-one support and links to local meetings (not college affiliated), please email Ashley Dickson

Need other types of supports? Check out the Spring 2020 Student Resource Guide.

 

Information on COVID-19

For information on COVID-19 and the overall situation, it is important to use valuable, well sourced information. Here are some resources for you:

Tompkins Cortland Community College will continue to make updates as necessary on the College's website.

 

Stay Connected with us: Your Health Services Team!

 

Matt Kiechle, Interim Director of Health Services

Sara Watrous, AOD Prevention Coordinator  (Sara's son Felix)

Sayre ParadisoHealth Services Office Manager

Ashley Dickson, Recovery Program Coordinator

 

Who To Reach Out To

 

Wondering who can help you? This should help!

Questions for Health Services or about TC3 health related information? Email our Director, Matt Kiechle

Have an important TC3 student concern? Email our Vice President for Student Services.

Have a specific healthcare concern related to COVID-19 or other medical condition? Contact UCM, your medical provider or your local Health Department. Unsure on who to reach out to? You can always ask us for advice. 

Check out the Spring 2020 Student Resource Guide here

 

 

 

Spring 2020: Issue 6

Dear Tompkins Cortland Faculty, Staff, and Students: 

Spring is here, not that it made itself noticeable for a while, and for me it had started to really try my patience on top of it all.  Even so, it's now warmer, though soon a bit wetter, and a great time to be in a garden, park, back yard, or woods.  There are countless things pleasant and relaxing we find in nature, but it too isn't without risk. And yet oddly, thinking about tick and Lyme prevention, sun safety, and poisonous plants feels normal in a way I didn't realize I was missing.
 
Go outside. Take precautions for something new for a change. Getting back to where we were will require us to pursue what fulfills us despite some risk.  Nature may serve as our practice for later when we will reconnect, work, learn, and socialize together while continuing to manage our fear and minimize our risks. Stay safe out there.  

- Matthew W. Kiechle, Interim Director of Health Services  

 

This Week:
Life Outside

 

When Nature Attacks

 

Sometimes it feels like Nature has it out for us.

*no people or animals are harmed in this video, there are simply shenanigans.

 

Allergies

 

Allergies, to be blunt, really suck. And we're headed for the prime season. If you suffer from allergies, check out this info page from the Mayo Clinic!

 

Ticks

Allergy Season also means Tick Season. The CDC has plenty of suggestions for dealing with ticks, both around your home and on your person. Check it out!

 

Plants to Avoid

Cow Parsnip

 

Spring brings plenty of beautiful plants for us to enjoy, but there are also several that are best avoided. The NYS Department of Transportation has taken the time to illustrate the dangers of these plants, and ways to avoid them.

 

Fun in the Sun

 

As Spring arrives, so does the sun! Bright, warm days are headed our way, and being outside is an exciting part of the change in seasons. Taking care of our skin while we explore the outdoors is critical for a long, healthy, life.

 

 

Why to Wear Cloth Masks

If you feel confused about whether people should wear masks and why and what kind, you’re not alone. COVID-19 is a novel disease and we’re learning new things about it every day. However, much of the confusion around masks stems from the conflation of two very different functions of masks. Read more.

 

Four Tips for Studying at Home

Click the image to view the full infographic.

 

Tips from Student Success Advisor Alaina Vetere
Whether you are home by yourself, with your partner, or with kids, preparing for your final exams this semester will look much different than it has in the past. Before the pandemic, it was easy to escape to a coffee shop, the library, or at least somewhere silent, but now studying at home is the only option.
Here are some tips for studying when you are home, no matter your situation.

  • Wake up your study space
  • Communicate with others that you will be studying
  • Set realistic goals
  • Reward yourself

Read the full article

 

Upcoming Events at Tompkins Cortland

 

Outdoor Adventure Club Challenge

The Outdoor Adventure Club is offering a challenge to get outside and connect with the outdoors while maintaining all social distancing recommendations. With a challenge comes a prize and read more!

Some details: The OAC has traditionally facilitated the attainment of benefits from the outdoors and now we are raffling off three (3) $50 Amazon gift cards to further encourage and reward you for caring for your mental and physical well-being. To join the raffle all you have to do is get outdoors and engage with nature four times in these coming weeks then fill out the provided form!

Raffle: May 16th at noon. Winners will be notified by email and there will be posts on the Outdoor Adventure Club Facebook Page.

 

Recovery Ally & Narcan Training

On Monday, May 4 at 3 p.m., TC3 and the Alcohol and Drug Council are partnering on a Recovery Ally Training and Narcan Training. Join our Recovery Program Coordinator, Ashley Dickson, and Moira McJury by tuning in to our Zoom Training! Learn more about how you can support those in recovery or who are struggling with substance use and be an ally, also get trained in Narcan. 

 

Student Activities

Perks of STAYING IN(volved)!? Safely connect with peers, be entertained, earn prizes, and expand upon your soft skills. The Student Activities Office is continuing programming virtually so you don’t miss out on ways to stay busy. Take advantage of these opportunities – there is always something in it for you!

 

Stay IN(VOLVED)!

 

Mental Health & Recovery Support

 

The Office of Mental Health Services is continuing to offer support and guidance as we all navigate this challenging and unusual time. Phone consultations are available by appointment to all students. They can be reached at 607.844.6577. The NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline is 1-844-863-9314.

The Tompkins Cortland Collegiate Recovery Program is holding weekly Zoom Recovery Support Meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Noon to 1 p.m. here, as well as Al-Anon Meetings on Tuesdays 11 to noon here. For one-on-one support and links to local meetings (not college affiliated), please email Ashley Dickson

Need other types of supports? Check out the Spring 2020 Student Resource Guide.

 

Information on COVID-19

For information on COVID-19 and the overall situation, it is important to use valuable, well-sourced information. Here are some resources for you:

Tompkins Cortland Community College will continue to make updates as necessary on the College's COVID-19 webpage.

 

Stay Connected with us: Your Health Services Team!

 

Matt Kiechle, Interim Director of Health Services

Sara Watrous, AOD Prevention Coordinator  (Sara's son Felix)

 

Sayre ParadisoHealth Services Office Manager

Ashley Dickson, Recovery Program Coordinator

 

Wondering who can help you? This should help!

Questions for Health Services or about TC3 health related information? Email our Director, Matt Kiechle

Have an important TC3 student concern? Email our Vice President for Student Services.

Have a specific healthcare concern related to COVID-19 or other medical condition? Contact UCM, your medical provider or your local Health Department. Unsure on who to reach out to? You can always ask us for advice. 
 

 

 

 

Spring 2020: Issue 5

Dear Tompkins Cortland Faculty, Staff, and Students: 

Motivation - It comes and goes, can be task-specific or general, intrinsic or extrinsic, and is affected by values, self-efficacy, health, the people in our lives, and certainly what's going on around us. It's complicated and as we continue remote study and work, we thought it's a good time to take a look at motivation. We hope you are finding motivation for what's important to you. Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

Matthew W. Kiechle, Interim Director of Health Services  

 

This Week:
Staying Motivated

Most of us are feeling a little extra-challenged in engaging with our work lately. We are operating with less structure in our life than usual, the increased stress of the outbreak, and less contact with others than you normally have–and all of this can make it hard to stay motivated.

While it’s a challenge, there are things we can do to feel more motivated to engage in our work. 

A good first step is to look at what challenges you are facing, and reflect on what has helped you in the past:

 

Hinders
Feeling lethargic

Feeling overwhelmed by what I am supposed to do

Feeling down, anxious, or depressed

Feeling like I don’t have choice in what I’m doing

Helps

  • Exercise, pay attention to my sleep, recharge with something I love to do
  • Create a plan (daily and longer-term), make to-do lists and cross things off, write about my concerns, talk it through with a friend
  • Connect with OMHS or a health-care provider, exercise, meditate, talk with a friend
  • Look for places where I have autonomy, make choices about what I work on when, find an aspect of the topic that really interests me 

What am I doing to keep myself energized and take care of my well-being?

Think about
- Taking breaks
- Exercising
- Eating right
- Staying on a regular sleep schedule
- Staying connected with friends and other students
- Reaching out for help when I need it

 

Tim Urban talks about motivation, procrastination, and what to do to get that monkey out of your head.

Staying Motivated at Home

With the state of our world right now, it can be easy to get swept away in the news and concerns about the future. This Forbes article has some tips for staying sane and keeping focused on work.

The Pressure to Produce

There has been a lot of pressure from social media to make this the most productive time of our lives. But that isn't how everyone handles things! Remember we are all doing the best we can right now, and that's what matters. Read this article for more!

Stay Connected with Tompkins Cortland

SAVE THE DATE: Coming Next Monday, April 27! Recovery Ally Training with our Recovery Program Coordinator, Ashley Dickson! Tune in to our Zoom Training at 3 p.m. Learn more about how you can support those in recovery or who are struggling with substance use and be a better ally. 

Perks of STAYING IN(volved)!? Safely connect with peers, be entertained, earn prizes, and expand upon your soft skills. The Student Activities Office is continuing programming virtually so you don’t miss out on ways to stay busy. Take advantage of these opportunities – there is always something in it for you!

STAY IN(volved)!

Mental Health & Recovery Support

The Office of Mental Health Services is continuing to offer support and guidance as we all navigate this challenging and unusual time. Phone consultations are available by appointment to all students. They can be reached at 607.844.6577. The NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline is 1-844-863-9314.

The Tompkins Cortland Collegiate Recovery Program is holding weekly Zoom Recovery Support Meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m., as well as Al-Anon Meetings on Tuesdays 11 a.m. to noon. For one-on-one support and links to local meetings (not college affiliated), please email Ashley Dickson

Need other types of supports? Check out t.he Spring 2020 Student Resource Guide.

Information on COVID-19

For information on COVID-19 and the overall situation, it is important to use valuable, well-sourced information. Here are some resources for you:

Tompkins Cortland Community College will continue to make updates as necessary on the College's COVID-19 website.

Stay Connected with us: Your Health Services Team!

 

 

Matt Kiechle, Interim Director of Health Services

Sara Watrous, AOD Prevention Coordinator 

Sayre ParadisoHealth Services Office Manager

Ashley Dickson, Recovery Program Coordinator

 

Who To Reach Out To

Wondering who can help you? This should help!

Questions for Health Services or about TC3 health-related information? Email our Director, Matt Kiechle

Have an important TC3 student concern? Email our Vice President for Student Services.

Have a specific healthcare concern related to COVID-19 or other medical condition? Contact UCM, your medical provider or your local Health Department. Unsure on who to reach out to? You can always ask us for advice. 

Check out the Spring 2020 Student Resource Guide

 

 

 

Spring 2020: Issue 4

 

Dear Tompkins Cortland Faculty, Staff, and Students: 

Week four has us thinking about food - how we grow, access, prepare, and share it.  Our community has many amateur and a few professional farmers and chefs from whom we can all learn, so like the recipes I prefer, I’ll keep this short.  Bon appétit.

Matthew W. Kiechle, Interim Director of Health Services  

 

This Week:
Food for Thought

Panther Pantry Update & Local Pantry Resources

As you know, the main campus building is closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the NYS PAUSE expectation. Therefore, until further notice, the Panther Pantry is closed. However, there are opportunities for you to receive food in our community. The Food Bank of the Southern Tier, our partner, has information on their website about community pantries here.

Other Free Food Resources

In response to COVID-19, people and businesses are coming together to support those in need. Research to see if your local community has a local Mutual Aid group. Mutual Aid Tompkins is doing amazing work supporting local residents. CCE Tompkins has compiled a list of Food Access During COVID-19 Outbreak

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COVID-19 Ithaca Free Food Resources

For Cortland County specifically, Cortland 211 has launched a new website with resources

Community Food Distribution Event

Friday, April 24 from 10 a.m. -1 p.m., Main Campus, Dryden

The Food Bank of the Southern Tier will be hosting a drive-thru Community Food Distribution. Registration is required and will be open from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Wed., 4/22 and Thur., 4/23. People can register online or by calling 1-833-432-3663. This is a drive-thru to limit person-to-person contact so you must be in a vehicle. Limited deliveries will also be available. Learn more.

Cooking

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Chef Amanda before cooking for a zoom demo in her home kitchen.

Assistant Professor and Chair of Culinary Arts Amanda Bisson encourages her students to keep practicing their skills and stay connected through food. Here are some recipes shared by students in the Culinary Arts program. These where posted to a discussion thread share on Blackboard.

JungA's Chicken DinnerPan Cake Vegi Korean StyleSeaweed Soup, Adam Hill's Fettuccine Alfredo with Vegetables, Erica Brath's Plant Based Lasagna and Laural Tilton's pickles (below). 

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Remember TC3 Sliced in April 2019? It was a "Chopped" style cooking competition when Coltivare culinary arts students took on a team of celebrity chefs from the college administration. You can view the video.

COVID Cookery Zoom Party with Josh Dolan

Friday, April 17, 5:30-6:30 p.m. - Live on Zoom from his home kitchen

Join Josh Dolan and special co-host local comedian Kenneth McLauren for a Friday night "pasta party" cooking experience for individuals and families. Josh will share kitchen safety practices, recipes and cooking tips based on whatever can be found in his pantry or procured from local farms. Learn how to stretch your dollars with meals that can be prepared in an hour or less and can feed a family, or individual for a week. Learn more.

Supporting Our Farms

So how can you help the TC3 Farm?

  • We still have CSA shares available for the upcoming season. You can sign up online. The TC3 Farm is proud to be a participating farm in Healthy Food For All.
  • If you’re a home gardener (or not), we will have seedlings for sale starting at the end of April/beginning of May.

There is a great resource that has been recently put together by the local farming community that has a list of area farms and the products that they offer. Many farms, the TC3 Farm included, are changing the way that they are distributing their product due to the uncertainty of our current marketing channels to make sure that the community has access to local food.

Gardening

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Starting seeds can be a fun project to do especially with children. Watch a video. The materials are quite simple and can be found around your house and at your local garden store or Dollar Store.

Stay Connected with Tompkins Cortland

Perks of STAYING IN(volved)!? Safely connect with peers, be entertained, earn prizes, and expand upon your soft skills. The Student Activities Office is continuing programming virtually so you don’t miss out on ways to stay busy. Take advantage of these opportunities – there is always something in it for you!

Stay IN(VOLVED)!

Mental Health & Recovery Support

The Office of Mental Health Services is continuing to offer support and guidance as we all navigate this challenging and unusual time. Phone consultations are available by appointment to all students. They can be reached at 607.844.6577. 
NYS has also launched a COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline (1-844-863-9314).

 

The Tompkins Cortland Collegiate Recovery Program is holding weekly Zoom Recovery Support Meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1pm here, as well as Al-Anon Meetings on Tuesdays 11 a.m. - noon . For one-on-one support and links to local meetings (not college affiliated), please email Ashley Dickson

Need other types of supports? Check out the Spring 2020 Student Resource Guide.

Information on COVID-19

For information on COVID-19 and the overall situation, it is important to use valuable, well-sourced information. Here are some resources for you:

Tompkins Cortland Community College will continue to make updates as necessary on the COVID-19 Page of the main website.

Stay Connected with us: Your Health Services Team!

 

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Matt Kiechle, Interim Director of Health Services

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Sayre Paradiso, Health Services Office Manager

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Sara Watrous, AOD Prevention Coordinator 

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Ashley Dickson, Recovery Program Coordinator

Who To Reach Out To

Wondering who can help you? This should help!

Questions for Health Services or about TC3 health related information? Email our Director, Matt Kiechle

Have an important TC3 student concern? Email our Vice President for Student Services.

Have a specific healthcare concern related to COVID-19 or other medical condition? Contact UCM, your medical provider or your local Health Department. Unsure on who to reach out to? You can always ask us for advice. 

Check out the Spring 2020 Student Resource Guide.

 

 

Spring 2020: Issue 3

 

Dear Tompkins Cortland Faculty, Staff, and Students: 

For our third issue of Wellness Wednesdays we thought it was a good time to think about self-care, including the many strategies, interests, hobbies, people, pets, and places that bring us up when we’re down and help us settle down when needed. Thankfully it’s spring, and for lots of us there are opportunities to get outside, move a bit, breathe fresh air, and even get some sun. We hope you are taking care of yourself.

In addition, it’s normal to think and feel this isn’t normal, and if you are struggling with isolation, worry, or even an extreme case of boredom, we want you to know there are many resources in our community and we would be happy to connect you with support or something new.

We all know collective isolation and unifying efforts are bringing out compassion and caring for others (there are countless stories of people helping and loving one another in this strange time) but I also believe they are prompting us to better our individual selves, underscoring an appreciation of technology and human connection as well as independence, self-reliance, curiosity, new and old interests, and the natural world around us.

Yes, we are in this together, we aren’t going anywhere, and yes, we’ll be back in our offices, classes, and activities. Not soon, necessarily, but it will happen, and we can look forward to it.

Thank you greatly to those colleagues who continue working on campus daily to supervise, clean, cook, fix, repair, support students, and do countless other things that need to happen for a safe and functioning college campus with remote learning. You are truly essential and we appreciate you.

Please be well and let us know if you are in need of a hand. We’re here for you, as you are for us.

Gone fishing,
Matthew W. Kiechle, Interim Director of Health Services  

 

This Week:
Self-Care

 

Updates from our Community

 

 

Faculty and Staff are finding tons of ways to take care of themselves and others through this! Whether it's staying at home cuddling with pets, showing support (from a safe distance) for our health care professionals, focusing on exercise goals, or simply kicking back with Netflix, we are all doing our best and taking care of our selves.

 

Self-Care Tips:

  • Eat healthy foods
  • Stay physically active
  • Get regular sleep and rest
  • Create a sense of structure and routine in daily life
  • Connect socially with friends and family, while maintaining physical distance 

Read more at npr.org.

 

Staying Active

Especially in these times when we need to physically distance ourselves, staying active and getting outside can go a long way to helping us feel good. 

A few local places people might want to consider are trails at Lime Hollow Nature Center and the Schug Trail. You can check out local trails at ithacatrails.org.

Some of us enjoy walking alone, others might want to pick up or re-visit an outdoor hobby, such as fishing or gardening, for example. 

Sunlight, fresh air and the great outdoors can absolutely be a helpful tool for taking care of ourselves right now.

 

Being Social

 

Perks of STAYING IN(volved)!? Safely connect with peers, be entertained, earn prizes, and expand upon your soft skills. The Student Activities Office is continuing programming virtually so you don’t miss out on ways to stay busy. Take advantage of these opportunities – there is always something in it for you!
 

 

Stay IN(VOLVED)!

 

Two of our upcoming student events that should be fun are:

Virtual Caricature Happy Hour on April 14 from 1-3pm
Paint and Sip on April 22 from 4-6pm

 

 

Weekly Tik Tok Competition

 

Check out The Quarantine Workout from Associate Professor of Nursing Lisa Seyfried, part of the Student Life Tik Tok Competition!
Check out info on this week's theme.

 

Ask for Help, Offer Support

Self-care isn't all about going at it alone. Offering support and connection to those in our life can often make us feel good, but just as important is to have a support system of people you can go to when you need a little help.
 

Mental Health & Recovery Support

 

 

The Office of Mental Health Services is continuing to offer support and guidance as we all navigate this challenging and unusual time. Phone consultations are available by appointment to all students. We can be reached at 607.844.6577. 


NYS has also launched a COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline (1-844-863-9314).

 

The Tompkins Cortland Collegiate Recovery Program is holding weekly Zoom Recovery Support Meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1pm , as well as Al-Anon Meetings on Tuesdays 11-12pm . For one-on-one support and links to local meetings (not college affiliated), please email Ashley Dickson

Need other types of supports? Check out the Spring 2020 Student Resource Guide.

 

 

8 out of 10 Tompkins Cortland students either don't drink or only drink 1-3 drinks when they do. If you drink alcohol, it's important to be aware of how much you drink and for what reasons. Especially in challenging times like these, some may turn to substances like alcohol for comfort or release. Check out an interesting article on the topic of alcohol use and coronavirus 

Did you know? The NIAAA advises those who do drink to drink moderately: No more than 2 drinks per day for men and 1 drink for women.

 

Information on COVID-19

 

For information on COVID-19 and the overall situation, it is important to use valuable, well-sourced information. Here are some resources for you:

Tompkins Cortland Community College will continue to make updates as necessary on our website.

 

Stay Connected with us: Your Health Services Team!

 

Matt Kiechle, Interim Director of Health Services, has been enjoying the opening of fishing season, spending time with Nadia and Sully, and, of course, watching Netflix.

Sayre ParadisoHealth Services Office Manager, spends her time hiking, cooking healthy meals, and playing with LEGO. Doing things to keep her brain active and hands busy!

 

Sara Watrous, AOD Prevention Coordinator, is spending her time outside with her family, catching up on podcasts, and having nightly dance parties with her son, Felix.

Ashley Dickson, Recovery Program Coordinator, spends time with their cat, plays video games, and helps with Student Activities events!

 

Who To Reach Out To

Wondering who can help you? This should help!

Questions for Health Services or about TC3 health related information? Email our Director, Matt Kiechle

Have an important TC3 student concern? Email our Vice President for Student Services.

Have a specific healthcare concern related to COVID-19 or other medical condition? Contact UCM, your medical provider or your local Health Department. Unsure on who to reach out to? You can always ask us for advice. 

Check out the Spring 2020 Student Resource Guide

 

 

 

 

Spring 2020: Issue 2

Dear Tompkins Cortland Faculty, Staff, and Students: 

We're back in classes this week, teaching and learning remotely, furthering our educational and institutional goals while we stay safe and help protect our community. 
Many of us are also in our third week of staying home and away from friends, family, and even interests and hobbies.  For some, maybe even all of us, staying connected has become more challenging than ever, which is why our second issue of Wellness Wednesdays is focused on ways and reasons for us to engage with and support one another.  
Additionally, often and certainly now, shared perspective, admiration, and humor provide much of the foundation on which many of Health Services' connections are built and sustained.  You'll find that here and we hope you enjoy this Wellness Wednesdays with us.

- Matthew W. Kiechle, Interim Director of Health Services  

Staying Connected

 

Tompkins Cortland President Dr. Orinthia Montague shares a brief message about staying connected.

Stay Connected with Tompkins Cortland

Stay IN(VOLVED)!

 


The Student Life department's Tik Tok Challenge enters Week 2 with a new dance theme, announced by Dr. O! This week's challenge...the Macarena! 

Click here to participate! 


 

Online Resources for Exercise!

Athletics and Recreation is offering virtual Yoga with Tammi for students and staff.


 

 

April 1 is Yards for Yeardley!
You can still participate and help us reach our goal of 500,000 yards (284 miles)! Take a walk, get on a treadmill, or move around your home. Post a pic in your Instagram story or on Facebook and tag the TCStudentLife accounts or send an email and include how far you walked. 

 

This week is National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week! Did you know that the majority of TC students are smart when it comes to substance use!? 

  • 8 out of 10 students either DON'T drink OR only have 1-3 drinks when they do.
  • 8 out of 10 students DON'T smoke weed, and 9 out of 10 students DON'T use everyday. 

 

 

Stay Connected with Friends and Family

 

Check out suggestions on Love/Dating and Keeping Connected with Friends!

Video Chat Services! There are so many options, and for many of us the best way to stay connected is through one (or all) of these!


Skype - Commonly used for one-on-one video and text chatting, this is a free service with an option to pay for expanded features.
Zoom - Ideal for groups of 3 or more people, with the added bonus of streamlined screen and file sharing.
Google Hangouts - This one connects you with people you've been in touch with via gmail and anyone with a google account.
Microsoft Teams - The primary tool for TC3, this is a platform for video chatting, file sharing, and more.
Facetime (Apple Only) - Only accessible on Apple products, Facetime is a good way to contact friends if you have an iPhone or Macbook.
Facebook Messenger - Possibly the easiest way to stay in touch with your Facebook friends.
Snapchat - Snapchat recently added a call and video call feature that works well if you don't have another way to contact a friend.
Marco Polo - Designed to let you post short videos your friends can see and respond to, Marco Polo is a great way to leave inspiring (or goofy) messages for your friends to watch and rewatch.

 

Online Games for Groups! Once you've found the video chat app for you, connect and play some games!

 

Stay Connected with News

 

Trevor Noah interviews Dr. Fauci on The Daily Social Distancing Show

 

John Krasinski debuts his "Some Good News" show with some good news and an interview with costar Steve Carell on the 15th anniversary of hit show "The Office."

 

 

 

Stay Connected with Support

 

The Tompkins Cortland Collegiate Recovery Program will be holding Zoom Recovery Support Meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12pm to 1pm here, as well as Al-Anon Meetings on Tuesdays at 11am here. For information and links to local meetings (not college affiliated), please email Ashley Dickson

Need other types of supports? Check out the Spring 2020 Student Resource Guide.

 

United Concierge Medicine (UCM) is like a virtual Doctor's Office. If you are a student at Tompkins Cortland, you have free access. Simply download the UCMnow app for your iOS or Android device and one touch gets you 24/7 access to a caring health care provider. UCM is accessible via telephone 844.484.7362, video conference and secure messaging, day and night.

When you call or use the app, they will need a few things from you: Your first and last name, your date of birth, and your student ID number. After check-in is complete a Doctor or Nurse Practitioner will call you back (at most a 30-minute wait). If a prescription is required, it will be sent to a pharmacy of your choice.

 

 

The Office of Mental Health Services (OMHS) is continuing to offer support and guidance as we all navigate this challenging and unusual time. Phone consultations are available by appointment to all students, whether you have previously connected with an OMHS clinician or you are newly accessing our services. We can be reached at 607.844.6577. Please visit us online for more info. 


NYS has also launched a COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline (1-844-863-9314). The Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential support. Learn more here

 

 

Stay Connected with Humor

 

Health Services staff offer you these carefully curated memes for your enjoyment in this trying time:

 

 

 

 

Quarantine Arguments

 

 

 

We Want to Hear From You

 

Click below to take a (super short!) 4 question survey so we can send you information and resources you want to see! Your input is appreciated. 

 

Quick Survey

 

 

Information on COVID-19

 

For information on COVID-19 and the overall situation, it is important to use valuable, well sourced information. Here are some resources for you:

Tompkins Cortland Community College will continue to make updates as necessary here.

 

 

Stay Connected with us: Your Health Services Team!

 

Matt Kiechle, Interim Director of Health Services

Sayre Paradiso, Health Services Office Manager

 

 

Sara Watrous, AOD Prevention Coordinator 

Ashley Dickson, Recovery Program Coordinator

 

Who To Reach Out To

Wondering who can help you? This should help!

Questions for Health Services or about TC3 health related information? Email our Director, Matt Kiechle

Have an important TC3 student concern? Email our Vice President for Student Services.

Have a specific healthcare concern related to COVID-19 or other medical condition? Contact UCM, your medical provider or your local Health Department. Unsure on who to reach out to? You can always ask us for advice. 

Check out the Spring 2020 Student Resource Guide here

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 2020: Issue 1

Dear Tompkins Cortland Faculty, Staff, and Students:

In recent weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has created individual and collective challenges for all of us including concern for our health and that of our family and friends, transitioning to remote learning, practicing good hand washing and social distancing strategies, abiding by state and local recommendations and expectations, and many more.

Moving forward in this unprecedented environment, it is important we attend to and support our physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.  With that in mind, Health Services is launching Wellness Wednesdays, a weekly campaign to provide up-to-date information, resources, and tips to help us take care of ourselves and one another.

Additionally, while we study, learn, and work from home, it will be important for us to stay connected.

Each week you will receive coordinated Wellness Wednesdays messages across multiple platforms to inform, support, and engage.

As our College and community continue to prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we in Health Services hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.  Please look for more Wellness Wednesdays messages to come.

Matthew W. Kiechle, Interim Director of Health Services  

 

This Week:

COVID-19 Resources

For information on COVID-19 and the overall situation, it is important to use valuable, well sourced information. Here are some resources for you:

Together we can help stop the spread of coronavirus. Learn ways to protect yourself and others at www.cdc.gov/covid19.

 

Statement from Health Services

A brief message from Ashley on behalf of Health Services.  Transcript available.

 

 

Health Services Plan 

Every Wednesday we will be releasing a newsletter with content on specific topics relevant to our students. We continue to offer certain services remotely and we are working with our Residence Life colleagues to ensure that our students who remain on campus have access to health resources.

 

Students Can Access Healthcare via UCM

United Concierge Medicine (UCM) is available to all currently enrolled students for free. 24/7, you can get speak with a medical provider using your phone. Click here to access their site and connect with a medical professional now! 

 

Recovery Supports Continue

The Tompkins Cortland Collegiate Recovery Program will be holding Zoom Recovery Support meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12pm to 1pm here. These meetings are open to our entire campus community. 

Local recovery meetings are being held online via Zoom in both Tompkins and Cortland Counties, and in communities across the country. For information and links to local meetings (not college affiliated), please email Ashley Dickson. We are happy to help get you connected to supports! 

We Want to Hear From You

Click below to take a (super short!) 4 question survey so we can send you information and resources you want to see! Your input is appreciated. 

Quick Survey

 

Time On Your Hands?
Create Your Own Handwashing Song

 Build your own handwashing song!

 

Live Your Best Life Remotely!

We want to know how you are continuing to live your Best Life despite being away from campus. Send us a photo of how you are staying active and healthy and living your best life. We will share photos (with your permission) in upcoming newsletters! 

Send Us a Photo

 

Stay In Touch

Wondering who can help you? This should help!

Questions for Health Services or about TC3 health related information? Email our Director, Matt Kiechle

Have an important TC3 student concern? Email our Vice President for Student Services.

Have a specific healthcare concern related to COVID-19 or other medical condition? 
Contact UCM, your medical provider or your local Health Department. Unsure on who to reach out to? You can always ask us for advice. 

Check out the Spring 2020 Student Resource Guide here