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Campus update for May 15, 2020

May 15, 2020

Dear students,


Take a virtual tour at the construction site of our newest building: the Peter J. Lindberg, M.D., Center for Health and Human Performance.





Today's inspiration: Faces of Resilience

The Augustana Observer's Faces of Resilience spotlights members of the campus community who have found ways to stay connected, gone above and beyond in distance learning, or bounced back from adversity.  

Today's updates:

• Students returning to campus for a scheduled move-out can buy their parking permits for 2020-2021 while on campus. The Facilities Office will be open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Thursday through the summer.

• Here is how to return your library books.

• Today is the deadline for you to change a course to pass/no-credit or withdraw from a course. Check out this FAQ. If questions, contact the Office of Advising.

• The Swenson Center is offering beginning and intermediate Swedish to the community over the summer. Register online by June 2.

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Today's recipe: Sophie Reid's Biscotti

Today's podcast: Moving forward as students

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Georgia Votta ’21 has been awarded a $10,000 Rossing Physics Scholarship (not $5,000) for next year.

Four ways to feel more positive

From Farrah Roberts, Director of Student Well-Being and Resiliency

Focusing on the positive can go a long way in helping all of us deal with the abundance of negativity associated with the coronavirus. And, staying positive when life is extra stressful also helps build your mental resilience.

Here are four ways to spark more positivity in your life:

→ Identify four skills you have learned, are in the process of learning, or could learn by living through this pandemic. Maybe it’s a new hobby, creative ways to stay connected with friends and family, or how to manage your time better. Perhaps it’s something that you absolutely had to learn, like setting up a telehealth appointment with your doctor or therapist.

→ Do something nice for someone. Helping others is an active form of kindness, which increases feelings of positivity.

→ Create a positivity music playlist that instantly makes you smile. Play it whenever you're feeling down and maybe even dance a little. Moving your body makes happy hormones and boosts your mood.

→ Find an inspiring and uplifting story and share it with friends and family. Be sure to include why you want to share it and how it brought you joy. Invite others to send you a meaningful story or quote in return.

As you complete each one of these experiences, take a moment to stay with that positive feeling it creates in your mind. Hold on to the joy it brings before you move on to the next thing in your day.

This will help train your brain to foster a more positive outlook and begin building mental resilience that will help you through stressful times, now and in the future.