Health, Wellness and Safety Week

August 29 - September 1, 2016

The primary purpose is to highlight campus resources available to the university’s students. The week of programming includes a series of workshops that focus on preventing interpersonal violence, high-risk drinking and suicide prevention, which will be conducted by staff in Wellness and Prevention Services.

Dr. Alex F. Howard, director of Wellness and Prevention Services, aims to make sure all students are well informed about their wellness options. He described several opportunities for new students to learn and returning students to refresh their knowledge of important services available to them.

In addition to the educational workshops, two signature events are key components to the week’s programming:

  • the university’s annual Walk for Awareness
  • the annual Health, Wellness and Safety Festival

The workshops and events that take place across campus throughout the week were designed by a team of staff members in Wellness and Prevention Services in recognition that the first six weeks of the semester represent a high-risk season for first-year students in particular. Three areas of particular emphasis are interpersonal violence and sexual violence, alcohol use and suicide prevention. Emphasis is placed on appropriate decision-making, as well as how students can be aware of their needs and responsive to the needs of others.

2016 Schedule of Events

Monday, August 29, 2016

  • Workshop: “How Do You Know if Someone Wants to Have Sex With You?”

    12:00 - 1:00pm

    169 Three Top Mountain, Plemmons Student Union

    Facilitator: Saray Smalls, coordinator for student services

    Participants will discuss characteristics of healthy relationships, the verbal and nonverbal communication patterns associated with intimacy, and consent.

  • Workshop: “Introductions to Ending Violence”

    3:00 - 5:00pm

    102 Watauga River Room, Plemmons Student Union

    Ellen Grulke, interpersonal violence support and prevention coordinator

    Participants will discuss interpersonal violence, sexual violence, methods to prevent interpersonal violence and more.

  • Workshop: “Introductions to Ending Violence”

    7:00 - 9:00pm

    227 Reich College of Education

    Facilitator: Ellen Grulke, interpersonal violence support and prevention coordinator

    Participants will discuss interpersonal violence, sexual violence, methods to prevent interpersonal violence and more.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

  • Workshop: “How Do You Know if Someone Wants to Have Sex With You?”

    12:00 - 1:00pm

    169 Three Top Mountain, Plemmons Student Union

    Facilitator: Saray Smalls, coordinator for student services

    Participants will discuss characteristics of healthy relationships, the verbal and nonverbal communication patterns associated with intimacy, and consent.

  • Workshop: “Alcohol and Your Body: What You Want to Know”

    1:00 - 2:00pm

    201B Table Rock Room, Plemmons Student Union

    Facilitator: Ben Asma, assistant director for Wellness and Prevention Services

    Participants will explore the intersection of high-risk drinking and personal well-being.

  • Workshop: “Alcohol and Your Body: What You Want to Know”

    2:00 - 3:00pm

    201B Table Rock Room, Plemmons Student Union

    Facilitator: Ben Asma, assistant director for Wellness and Prevention Services

    Participants will explore the intersection of high-risk drinking and personal well-being.

  • Workshop: “Repost: Rethink”

    4:30 - 5:30pm

    415 Rough Ridge, Plemmons Student Union

    Facilitator: Elisabeth Cavallaro, suicide prevention coordinator

    Participants will explore suicide, its relationship to social media and identify communication elements that are harmful and contribute to the risk of suicide.

  • Video: “Why Walk? A Survivor’s Story”

    8:00 - 9:00pm

    114 Belk Library

    Through interviews, this video recounts the genesis of the Walk for Awareness and explores the impact that it has had on our campus.

  • 9:00pm

    Sanford Mall (ending at Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts)

    A silent walk through the Appalachian State University campus to commemorate lives lost to violence, support victims and survivors of violence, and serve as a collective moment of empowerment and a call to action to prevent all forms of interpersonal violence.

    Learn more

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

  • Health, Wellness and Safety Festival

    10:00am – 2:00pm

    Sanford Mall

    Participants are encouraged to tour the area and meet representatives from various university departments, offices, as well as community partners. Also in attendance will be university clubs and organizations who have prepared messages promoting personal safety measures and ways students can promote wellness among their peers.

  • Workshop: “Suicide Prevention”

    1:30 - 3:30pm

    169 Three Top Mountain, Plemmons Student Union

    Facilitator: Elisabeth Cavallaro, suicide prevention coordinator

    Participants will identify signs that a person is in distress and needs support; participants will also explore risk factors associated with suicide and learn to recognize warning signs.

  • Workshop: “Active Bystander Intervention”

    5:30 - 7:30pm

    421 Belk Library

    Facilitator: Ellen Grulke, interpersonal violence support and prevention coordinator

    Participants will assess the type of situations where an active bystander might intervene in the case of interpersonal violence.

  • 5:30 - 8:00pm

    House calls is a fun, easy way to get involved, meet new colleagues, and interact with students in their home environment.

    As you may be aware, more than 11,000 Appalachian State University students live off-campus in various rental houses and apartment complexes in the Boone area. We are committed to helping each of these students connect with campus and community resources, particularly resources that promote student safety and well-being. As part of that commitment, we reach out to off-campus students each year at the beginning of fall semester to welcome them to Boone and provide critical information about interpersonal violence, high risk drinking and other drug use, and suicide prevention.

    Learn more

Thursday, September 1, 2016

  • Workshop: “Alcohol and Your Body: What You Want to Know”

    3:00 - 4:00pm

    201B Table Rock Room, Plemmons Student Union

    Facilitator: Ben Asma, assistant director for Wellness and Prevention Services

    Participants will explore the intersection of high-risk drinking and personal well-being.

  • Workshop: “Alcohol and Your Body: What You Want to Know”

    4:00 - 5:00pm

    201B Table Rock Room, Plemmons Student Union

    Facilitator: Ben Asma, assistant director for Wellness and Prevention Services

    Participants will explore the intersection of high-risk drinking and personal well-being.

  • Workshop: “Active Bystander Intervention”

    5:30 - 7:30pm

    421 Belk Library

    Facilitator: Ellen Grulke, interpersonal violence support and prevention coordinator

    Participants will assess the type of situations where an active bystander might intervene in the case of interpersonal violence.

Continued Trainings offered throughout the semester and month of September are as follows:

Specific trainings can be created for groups or departments by contacting the Wellness and Prevention Office at 828-262-3148.