March’s adjustments for first year students

Spring is just around the corner, but it also still feels far off for many students in chilly Spokane!  Students may experience some of the following during the month of March.

  • Anxiety about Midterm exams
  • Anxiety about finding a roommate for next year
  • Concern about student leadership position applications and interviews
  • Concern over winter weight gain
  • Excitement and/or disappointment regarding Spring Break plans (note: campus is closed)

Tip: encourage your student to  find an adventure for Spring Break, whether at home or with friends.

Adapted from Helping your First-Year College Student Succeed, Richard Mullendore and Cathie Hatch, National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. 

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Update us and enter to win

Parents: update your contact information and enter to win!

George updateWe always want to know how to best reach you and to hear of important changes in your life.

Updates received during the month of March will be entered to win Whitworth gear or a gift card from Barnes and Noble, which can be used at the campus book store.

Please click here to update your information. It’s quick and painless.

Thank you!

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Registrar’s Office Spotlight

As Spring Term has begun and plans for Spring Vacation begin to form, here are a few dates to remember…

  • Feb. 10th – Last day to add/drop a course without signatures
  • Feb. 28th – Faculty Development Day (no classes)
  • Mar. 3rd – Last day to request a Pass/NC
  • Mar. 22nd – Residence halls close for Spring Vacation
  • Mar 24th-28th  – Spring Vacation
  • Apr. 14th – Last day to drop a class without receiving a “WF”
  • Apr. 22nd  - Sr. Graduation Fair 11 a.m.-6 p.m. in the HUB
  • Apr. 7th – 17th – Pre-registration for Summer and Fall 2014

For more information about the registrar’s office, visit http://www.whitworth.edu/registrar.

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February’s adjustments for first year students

In the darker month of February in the Inland Northwest, students can experience many of the following:

  • “Fresh start” mentality sets in with new semester
  • Wanderlust after Jan Term trips
  • Challenges with romantic relationship back home may begin to develop
  • Loneliness for relationships back home
  • Feelings of cabin fever and depression with winter
  • Potential increase in alcohol or other substance abuse
  • Valentine’s Day may increase feelings of loneliness and isolation

Tip: ask your student about their experience of the darker winter at Whitworth and what they’re doing for self-care.

Adapted from Helping your First-Year College Student Succeed, Richard Mullendore and Cathie Hatch, National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. 

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The Health Center – Connecting with Students

kholmesby Kristiana Holmes, M.S.N., A.R.N.P.

Has your son or daughter ever been ill or injured since attending Whitworth?  Do you wonder what options they have for healthcare?  What if the health issue is more serious and your daughter or son is struggling academically, emotionally, socially?

The Health Center is an excellent resource for Whitworth students.  We provide ambulatory healthcare right on campus.  That means that we can see students for most general illnesses and injuries right here!  While this is the primary function of the Health Center, we are also here to support students who may be struggling with health and mental health issues that impact their ability to stay in class, to socially participate with other students, to get out of bed in the morning, to manage the stressors of college life.

SchumacherThe Health Center has nurse practitioner and registered nurse staff who work directly with students to form a plan of care—for small and large concerns.  It might be as simple as sharing with your son or daughter how to combat the symptoms of a cold.  Sometimes the plan includes return visits for additional monitoring and working collaboratively with other areas on campus to ensure adequate support for the moment and the long-term.  Working in collaboration with other areas, such as Counseling Services, Student Life, Academics, and the Student Success Team provides a more comprehensive approach.  The Health Center staff are able to help students navigate through the campus support network and community supports as well.

One of the biggest joys for staff at the Health Center is working with students and developing relationships with them to afford optimal health and support.  We maintain a “safe” environment where all concerns can be discussed, no matter how overwhelming or sensitive.  Connecting with students is a rewarding aspect of our work here.  Knowing that we can hold out a hand when your son or daughter is in need is our job and our calling.  Our connection with students defines our success and our unique relational approach defines us as a campus-run health center.

The Health Center is located in Schumacher Hall.

Kristiana Holmes is the Director of Health Services and began her work at Whitworth in 2010.

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