Wellness Day Volunteers

Wellness Day for Staff and Faculty

Wellness Day for Staff and Faculty

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Wellness Day Schedule
workshop descriptions are below the schedule
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8:30 Registration and Coffee -McIlhenny Ballroom, The DeNaples Center
9:00 Keynote - A Life Worth Living: Balance, Recovery & Positivity

12:00 lunch - Fresh Food Company
12:05 Mass - Sacred Heart Chapel

4:00 Closing- Passports, Evaluations, Free Gift & Raffle - Atrium, Loyola Science Center

Workshop Descriptions

Keynote Address
A Life Worth Living: Balance, Recovery & Positivity
9am
The need for balance in one’s life is the focus for the keynote address. Mr. McLaughlin will touch on: What makes us feel good as individuals and why that is important; healthy vs. unhealthy choices; the need for having positive daily routines in our lives; work, play, exercise, relaxation and sleep. . From his insights gained from over 35 year’s professional experience in the Chemical Dependency Treatment field, he will also touch briefly on addiction, treatment options and recovery.

Kevin J. McLaughlin, LSW
Chief Executive Officer
Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services, Inc.

Catching Some Zzzzzzzs
10am
We all know sleep is important, but most of us rarely get enough of it. Learn how to maximize the quality of your sleep and some things you can do to promote healthy sleep. Register and rest up!
Dr. Teresa M. Conte, PhD, CPNP, Associate Professor, Department of Nursing

Navigating the Caretaker Role: Children, Parents and Healthcare
10am
Many of us find ourselves juggling caretaker roles; raising children, grandchildren and/or parents. This workshop will provide tips and resources on navigating health care options and how to accommodate some of the challenges associated with being a caretaker.
William Miller, PhD, Faculty Specialist, Health Administration

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The Refugee in Our Midst: A Call to Help
10am
Come learn about the Refugee Friendship Network, an opportunity for faculty and staff to pair with refugee families to “walk their faith” by accompanying and advocating for refugees with the goal of empowering them to transition to a new life in our region.
Helen Wolf, Executive Director, Campus Ministries and Ushu Fred Mukelo ’21, from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Safe Zone Training: LGBTQ Awareness (2 hour training)
10-12pm
The purpose of Safe Zone training is to increase a comfort level in and respect for addressing concepts and language related to those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and allies (LGBTIQA+). Faculty and staff who attend will earn 30 Wellness Points as well!
Maria Marinucci and Cathy Seymour, Safe Zone Team Members

Walking Your Way to a Healthier U
10 am
Walking promotes heart health, improves brain function, eases depression and bone health, burns calories, increases lung capacity and mindfulness. A lack of time is the most common reason cited for why people don’t exercise.  Here is the truth…all you need is 10 minutes and a specific goal! This session will give you some information about walking and how you can incorporate it into your daily routine. Join us for a brief discussion and a group walk on campus.
Bobby Hermes, Assistant Director, Recreational Sports

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How to Talk to Your Doctor- Advocating for Yourself and Others
11am
Interactions with healthcare professionals can be overwhelming. Advocating for yourself or a loved one can be very stressful. In this session, we will talk about ways to approach conversations with health care providers, how to communicate our needs and how to advocate to ensure we are getting the best care possible. This session features a healthcare professional and a healthcare consumer that will consider views from both sides of the conversation.
Dr. Teresa M. Conte, PhD, CPNP, Associate Professor, Department of Nursing
Prof. Tara Fay, Faculty Specialist, Department of Biology

Integrative Medicine: A Roadmap to Wellness
11am
This workshop will introduce participants to Integrative Medicine, a healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. The importance of good food, exercise, stress management and adequate sleep will be discussed. Dr. Demers, has practiced integrative medicine for 22 years. After earning her medical degree and becoming board-certified in internal medicine, Dr. Demers went on to study yoga, meditation, nutrition, herbal medicine, and ayurveda.
Carrie Demers MD, Board Certified in Integrative medicine, medical director of PureRejuv Wellness Center, Honedale, PA

Make a Joyful Noise: Praying with Song
11am
The Transformational Power of Music as Prayer: Come together to enjoy, listen to and participate in liturgical music making. This workshop will explore song as prayer through many musical genres from ancient Gregorian chant to modern pop songs! (Singing is optional).
Fr. Pat Rogers SJ, Executive Director, The University of Scranton Jesuit Center
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Residential Solar Energy 101
11am
The basics of solar energy for homes in northeast Pennsylvania: different solar technologies, how they work, how to save money, evaluating a site’s potential, and more. Presented by SEEDS, a regional non-profit focused efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living in NEPA.
Jack Barnett, SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) of Northeastern PA

Stop Doing and Start Being: An Introductory to Mindfulness Meditation
11am
Come sit and take some time to simply be. This workshop will provide a brief definition of mindfulness and focus on directly experiencing key Mindfulness practices and assessing the effects on mind and body. Through increased awareness of body sensations, thoughts, emotions and a reduction in stress sensations these introductory practices are intended to enhance the participant’s ability to more fully recognize and respond to the stressors of everyday life. In addition, participants will learn about the Craving to Quit program a unique smoking cessation program made possible by a gift from CVS Health.
Phillip Sallavanti, MBSR Teacher and Craving to Quit Facilitator, CALM of NEPA

Addictions 101 Workshop
1pm
The disease of addiction does not discriminate- male, female, white, black, young or old- it can affect anyone. Attend this workshop learn about addiction as a disease, the impact of addictions, how to recognize Substance Use Disorders and the routes to recovery.   
Lou Guzzi BS CADC, Clinical Supervisor, Drug and Alcohol Treatment Service

Connecting Faith & Service
1pm
Accompanying our students on a service trip can be a transformative journey of service, faith, and community for everyone, including chaperones! In this workshop, we’ll discuss the opportunity to chaperone a domestic or international service trip as a way to deepen our relationship with God. University of Scranton students and staff travel to: Los Angeles, CA; Baton Rouge, LA; Phoenix AZ; Anchorage, AK; Appalachia, KY; Houston, TX. International travel includes: US/Mexico Border, Belize, Jamaica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic.
Amy Fotta, Service Coordinator, Campus Ministries' Center for Service & Social Justice
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Mindful Eating: Taking the Time to Taste
1pm
Mindful eating involves paying full attention to the experience of eating and drinking, both inside and outside the body. We pay attention to the colors, smells, textures, flavors, temperatures, and even the sounds (crunch!) of our food. We pay attention to the experience of the body. The intention of mindful eating is to relearn and rediscover a healthy and joyful relationship with food. Food will be used to taste for this experiential workshop.

Lisa Rigau MS, RN, Sports and Wellness Nutritionist, Healthy Lifestyle Management


Money Matters: Financial Planning and Budgeting Basics
1pm
A recent Gallop poll found only about 1/3 of Americans (32%) maintain a household budget and only 30% of Americans have a long-term financial plan that includes savings and investment goals. Taking small steps to increase your financial knowledge can have a big payoff! At this workshop, we will discuss how to develop a personal spending plan, identify ways to decrease spending and increase income. Learn how to track daily spending habits, prepare a budget and create a plan to achieve financial goals.
Alyssa Skrzysowski, Work Place Banking Financial Consultant, PNC Bank

Safe Zone Training Part II
1pm
Intended for faculty and staff who have participated in a Safe Zone Workshop (either during Wellness Day or previously), this session will focus on putting Safe Zone learning into action.  The round-table discussion will allow for response to questions, concerns, or confusion regarding LGBQTIA+ identities and inclusion.  We will also have prepared scenarios to practice responding in an affirming way based on topics learned during Safe Zone.
Maria Marinucci, Interim Director, the Cross Cultural Center

Self-Defense Training (2 hour training)
1pm – 3pm
This 2-hour crime prevention program provides individuals with information that may reduce their risk of exposure to violence and introduces them to the physical aspects of self-defense. Participation in this program encourages you to develop your awareness and assertiveness skills and provides practice for physical self-defense techniques.
Investigator Kevin Rude and Officer Thomas Eibach, The University of Scranton Police Department
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Clearing a Space: An Introduction to Contemplative Prayer
2pm
All the great religious traditions of the world have discovered a form of prayer that has to do with listening and simply being present.  It is called Contemplative Prayer.  This workshop will introduce the basics of contemplative prayer while giving participants an opportunity to practice a “clearing a space” technique that helps bring one into a contemplative place. 
Fred T. Mercadante, Campus Minister for Retreats & Sacramental Preparation

The Local Food Movement
2pm
Learn about ways to eat fresh and build a healthier community through supporting local food systems. At this workshop you’ll learn about the year round United Neighborhood Center’s Farmers’ Market and community supported agriculture (CSAs).
Chrissy Manuel, Revitalization Manager, UNC of NEPA

Relationship Checkup
2pm
Lasting and positive couple relationships can bring a lot of joy to our lives, but they also take work. Join a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor to discover what they have learned through their experiences and training. They will cover good versus bad communication, winning strategies, warning signs and how not to be a statistic in the area of relationships.
Jill Ballman, LMFT, LPC
Holly Doenges, MS, LPC

Thought for Your Thoughts: Managing Experiences of Anxiety and Depression
2pm
Many of us struggle with thoughts and feelings related to anxiety, depression, or both. There are several tools to manage these experiences in everyday life, but teaching ourselves how to use them can be difficult and overwhelming. At this workshop, Dr. Arigo will introduce basic skills for clarifying our internal experiences and managing them using psychological and behavioral tools. Participants will have the opportunity to practice these skills and identify the ones that may work best for them.
Danielle Arigo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Associate Faculty in Women’s Studies
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Volleyball
2pm
Bump, spike, set, block, serve! Join us for an hour of volleyball games. All participants are welcome no matter the skill level. Form a team or come as a free agent (on your own) and we will place you on a team! Prizes will be given out!
Bobby Hermes, Assistant Director, Recreational Sports

Batch Cooking: Meal Preparation Demonstration
3pm
Do you ever find yourself staring at an empty fridge after a long day’s work scrambling to come up with a dinner plan? Is your favorite takeout restaurant on speed dial? You are not alone!
Batch cooking will not only help to take the stress out of your weeknight meal planning, but it can also help you to eat healthier, save money, and reduce cleanup time after dinner!

Join Katie Gallagher, ShopRite of Daleville’s in-store Registered Dietitian, as she presents a live cooking demonstration all about batch cooking. During this workshop, Katie will cover all the steps of the meal planning and prep process, from choosing recipes to proper food storage techniques. You will walk away with great tips and ideas for tasty, nutritious and affordable meal ideas. Plus you’ll have the chance to sample recipes prepared right in front of your eyes.
Katie Gallagher, MS, RDN, LDN, Retail Dietitian for the ShopRite of Daleville, PA

Cutting through the Noise: Evaluating Health Information in the Media
3pm
Confused by health news in the media? Not sure which advice to follow? You are not alone! This is a frequent and frustrating experience, but there are ways to cut through the confusion. This workshop will focus on analyzing health information shared by common media outlets (newspapers, radio, websites, and social media). We will discuss why there is so much confusion, help you investigate where the information comes from, who is responsible for it and whether you should consider following advice.
Kelly Banyas, Assistant Professor, Research & Instruction Librarian
Danielle Arigo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Associate Faculty in Women’s Studies

Hatha Yoga
3pm
This class is designed as an introduction to the practice of yoga.
Class is slow paced and focused on developing an understanding of foundational yoga poses and breathing techniques. No prior yoga experience is required. Wear comfortable clothes. Bring a mat if you have one.
Amy Driscoll McNulty, RYT 200, Student Formation & Campus Life
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Money Matters: Financial Planning and Budgeting Basics
3pm
A recent Gallop poll found only about 1/3 of Americans (32%) maintain a household budget and only 30% of Americans have a long-term financial plan that includes savings and investment goals. Taking small steps to increase your financial knowledge can have a big payoff! At this workshop, we will discuss how to develop a personal spending plan, identify ways to decrease spending and increase income. Learn how to track daily spending habits, prepare a budget and create a plan to achieve financial goals.
Alyssa Skrzysowski, Work Place Banking Financial Consultant, PNC Bank


Wellness Fair & Health Screenings
2pm – 4pm
Stroll from table to table at the wellness fair to learn about community and campus health & wellness resources from over 20+ organizations. Health screens, such as blood pressure and glucose numbers, offered from Student Health Services nurses and eye screens from the Lackawanna Blind Association. Discover the free resources available to employees from SwiftMD and ENI, the employee assistance program. Talk with the folks from the Alzheimer’s Association, Sacred Heart Hospice and Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services for updates on their services. Find out the latest project of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley and United Neighborhood Services. Learn how to save money by saving energy and having a more sustainable home. Learn how to earn your wellness incentives (up to $150 a year) by visiting the CHEW incentive table.

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