Welcome to Fall 2014 Semester Cougars!

cougarpawWelcome back to school Cougars! For those new students, you are about to be in for a big journey. As many of you will soon see, I’m sure, college isn’t just about studying and school work. It is also about having fun, making friends, cutting loose, and creating memories that will last a lifetime. It is important therefore to ensure that your college experience does not end in  disaster.

Alcohol is a very common thing to see at college parties and in college life in general,. Used in moderation and in smart ways, can really be fun and safe. However, used irresponsibly, it is also responsible for around 1,825 deaths of college students from ages 18-24 per year. As well as around 600,000 reported cases of Assault and Injury. Close to 100,000 students ages 18-24 report being victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or rape. All these as well as increased chances of academic problems and health problems/suicide attempts are simply due to alcohol abuse.
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Adam LoDolce, Dating Confidence Coach is coming Monday, March 17th @ 7 pm

adamlodolceThe Sexy Confidence Dating Coach, Adam LoDolce,  featured on MTV made is coming to CSUSM on Monday, March 17th @ 7 pm in University Student Union Ballroom to talk about dating, to talk about social life, but primarily to talk about alcohol and how it affects our ability to connect with other people through his program “Be the Life of the Party”.

Come join us in kicking off our #saferspringbreak week of events as we learn how to Be Safe and Enjoy Spring Break!

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What do you know about eating disorders???

Many people think having an eating disorder is a lifestyle choice, when in fact it is a mental illness.  By talking about it we can reach out to others and de-stigmatize this mental illness. Eating disorders are more common than you think.

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“4 out of 10 Americans have either suffered or have known someone who has suffered from an eating disorder. Eating disorders do not discriminate between age, gender, race, or class – no one is immune.”
-Alliance for Eating Disorders

To help yourself, and to help someone you care about, know the signs of an eating disorder:

  • Constant thoughts about food, weight, calories, body shape, or exercise
  • Obsessed with weight and weights self frequently
  • Severely restricting the consumption of food
  • Avoiding eating with friends and family
  • Eating as a response to emotions (e.g. stress, anxiety)

If the warning signs describe you, or someone you know, you may be at-risk for the most common types of eating disorders, and should take a screening for:

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Binge Eating

Take an in-person screening Thursday, March 6, at Kellogg Plaza, 11am-1pm or on-line at: www.MyBodyScreening.org
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CSUSM Influenza (Flu) Update

To:  CSUSM Campus Community

Re:  2013/14 Influenza (Flu) activity

ImageAccording to the County of San Diego Public Health Services, Influenza activity is widespread in San Diego County and within California.  There has been an increase in the number of locally reported cases over the first three (3) weeks of the year.

There are many instances of influenza-like illness (ILI) in the county.  Student Health and Counseling Services has also seen several students with ILI.  ILI is defined as an illness with a fever ≥100⁰F or 37.8⁰C plus cough and/or sore throat.  To stay healthy through this season, we encourage the campus community to follow the recommendations below: Continue reading

Reaching STARdom

“When darkness is at its darkest, a star shines the brightest.” -Louise Philippe

Starsnewlogo2Students Talking About Relationships & Sex (S.T.A.R.S.) is a peer education prevention program that utilizes interactive theater and dialogue to transform individual behaviors and create positive social change. STARS educates students on sexual assault, relationship abuse and bystander intervention, and empowers peer educators to become advocates for a safe, healthy, and inclusive CSUSM community. Through S.T.A.R.S the idea that sexual assault and intimate partner violence (aka Domestic Violence, relationship abuse) are private matters is challenged and students are bringing the issues to the forefront as societal problems that need to be addressed. Continue reading