Programs & Services - Fall 2014

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Domestic Violence Prevention Month

October is Domestic Violence Prevention Month. Join us as we take a stand with UCO Project SPEAK to work together to end domestic violence.

Purple Ribbon Event/Tree Rededication: Oct. 6 -- 11 am - 2 pm

Previously known as the Violence Prevention Project, UCO students decided to change the name to be more empowering and positive. This event will rededicate the VPP tree to align with the new program, Project SPEAK. Giveaways and a hands on activity for students, as well as information on what the Project SPEAK office, will be featured.

SPEAK UP Healthy Relationships Campaign: Oct. 7 -- 11 am- 2 pm

Join us at this event for solidarity photos at our booth in the Nigh University Center, where you can give your opinion on healthy relationships and we will share it via social media.

Movie Night featuring 'Tough Guise': Oct. 8 -- 6:30 - 8:00 pm

All are invited to the CTL Recital Hall to watch the documentary Tough Guise 2 by Jackson Katz. This innovative video highlights the need to understand the ongoing crisis in masculinity as it pertains to violence in our society. It will enlighten and challenge students, both males and females, to question their own participation in the culture of contemporary masculinity.

Stomp Out the Violence: Oct. 9 -- 11 am - 2 pm

Come to Broncho Lake to hear music from artists that display the effects of domestic violence and how breaking away from that violence can be empowering. Keep your eyes peeled for some interesting guests that will appear to accompany the music.

Broncho Unity Day (The End of Bullying Begins with UCO): Oct. 22

Project SPEAK invites you to wear your school colors to unite against bullying. Today is a day that we come together in traditional Broncho spirit, and send a message of support and hope. Students are encouraged to utilize social media to unite against bullying using the #BronchoUnityDay.

For more information, contact Michelle Stansel at mstansel@uco.edu or 974-2224.

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National Depression Screening Day

New friends, experiences, and freedoms provide an exciting backdrop as you wind your way through mid-terms, social gatherings and all-nighters. Despite all the fun, adjusting to college life can be difficult, leaving you feeling stressed, anxious, disconnected, and alone.

The UCO Center for Counseling & Well-Being will be offering free, confidential screenings for depression on Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 10 am to 2 pm in Buddy's food court. Students, faculty, and staff will be able to complete a written screening test and discuss their results with a mental health professional. Educational materials on depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses will be available, along with a list of resources of where to go for additional help. Students can also complete a screening that evening from 6-8 pm in the Central Plaza Lobby.

Students can also take an anonymous, online mental health screening at any time to determine if professional consultation would be helpful to them.

For more information, contact Julia Reed at jreed31@uco.edu or 974-2640.

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National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week

Colleges and universities across the nation will unite together to raise awareness of alcohol abuse prevention through National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. 49% of UCO students report using alcohol within the past 30 days. NCAAW educates students on safe ways to engage in alcohol use, and raises awareness of unhealthy behaviors associated with alcohol and drug use.

Tuesday, October 21

Root Beer Floats & Dunk Tank

11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Clock Tower at Broncho Lake

Hosted by SPB and Inter-Fraternity Council

Wednesday, October 22

Alcohol Awareness Rally

10:00 am-1:00 pm, Blue Tent at Broncho Lake

Join us for alcohol education, drunk goggle challenges, and “mocktails”!

“What’s Your Fate?” By Reggie Whitten with FATE (Fighting Addiction Through Education)

7:30-9:30 pm, Murdaugh Hall Lobby

Free food and drinks!

Listen to a powerful story depicting the impact of substance abuse and how you can help address this issue

For more information, contact Brittney Criswell at bcriswell@uco.edu or 974-2320.

NCAAW partners include: UCO Wellness Center, UCO Center for Counseling & Well-Being, UCO Housing & Dining Services, UCO Department of Kinesiology & Health Studies, UCO Peer Health Leaders, Student Programming Board, Inter-Fraternity Council, and FATE (Fighting Addiction Through Education).

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Family Violence Prevention Month

Join UCO Project SPEAK and help play a role in ending family violence this November.

Family Violence Awareness Booth: Nov. 11 -- 11 am - 2 pm (NUC Food Court)

Come to the booth in the Nigh University Center and receive a list of clues that indicate where the “silent witnesses” are hidden. Go out and find the “silent witnesses” dispersed in buildings across campus. Take a picture of the silent witness shields and tweet us or tag us on Instagram with a reason why it is important information to know. Students will then be eligible for a chance to win prizes from the Project Speak office.

Violence Prevention Workshop: Nov. 12 -- 6:00-7:30 pm

For the first time, UCO has invited Sargent Robert M Moore, creator of “My Body, My Life” to facilitate a workshop to students. He has been empowering woman through awareness, education, violence prevention and self-defense techniques since 1998. Come to this free workshop in order to better understand how you can be safe.

For more information, contact Michelle Stansel at mstansel@uco.edu or 974-2224.

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Great American Smokeout

The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting-even for one day-smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life, and one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

Join us Thursday, Nov. 20 from 10 am to 2 pm in the NUC food court to encourage smoking cessation among our Central community. Students, faculty, and staff who bring their cigarettes or tobacco products will receive a FREE tobacco Quit Kit, complete with educational tools and support and a 12 week supply of nicotine gum.

Learn more at the American Cancer Society website.

For more information, contact Brittney Criswell at bcriswell@uco.edu or 974-2320.

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Mindfulness Week

Finals Week may be synonymous with stress, but we've got the remedy for stressed out students: food, massages, and those oh-so-cute puppies in the Library. Join the Wellness Center and the Center for Counseling and Well-Being as we engage in a new kind of finals week designed to encourage mindfulness in our students.

Stay tuned for the week's events!

For more information, contact Cassie Murphy at cmurphy22@uco.edu or 974-2213.

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For more information about UCO Health Promotion please contact:

Brittney Criswell - Coordinator of Health Promotion

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