2020 Student Wellness Summit
The Student Wellness Summit is FREE and open to all students. Join us via Zoom for this virtual event on September 25th and 26th.
The first 50 students to register will be eligible to receive a free Hydro Flask. Register now!
Who should attend? Accordion Closed
All current NAU students are welcome to attend, including our online and statewide students. You should strongly consider attending if you are pursuing a health profession, consider yourself an advocate for student wellness or if you’re just looking for ways to improve your own health and wellbeing.
When is it? Accordion Closed
This year, the summit is completely virtual and will take place from 2 – 5 PM on Friday, September 25th and from 10 AM – 12 PM on Saturday, September 26th, 2020.
How do I attend? Accordion Closed
Click the Zoom link below to attend.
Do I have to register? Accordion Closed
We would really appreciate it if you register ahead of time! This way, our presenters will be able to better prepare for their sessions, making the experience better for you. Plus, the first 50 students to register are eligible to receive a FREE Hyrdo Flask! You can register in this Google Form. But don’t worry, if you haven’t registered and decide to attend last minute, we won’t turn you away.
Day 1 Schedule
|2:00 – 2:10 PM||Welcome|
|2:10 – 3:00 PM||Keynote Session: COVID Panel|
|3:00 – 3:10 PM||Brain Break: Deep Breathing|
|3:10 – 3:55 PM||Breakout Session #1||Breakout Session #2|
|Social Media and Mental Health||College Student Mental Health|
|3:55 – 4:05 PM||Brain Break: Total Body Relaxation|
|4:05– 4:50 PM||Breakout Session #3||Breakout Session #4|
|Nutrition 101||Sex and the Media|
|4:50 – 5:00 PM||Closing Session + Breakout rooms – Goal setting/action planning|
Day 2 Schedule
|10:00 – 10:50 AM||Keynote Session: Racism: Begin the Brave Conversation|
|10:50 – 11:00 AM||Brain Break: Yoga & Meditation|
|11:00 – 11:45 PM||Breakout Session #5||Breakout Session #6|
|Happiness Happens Here||Party Safe!|
|11:45 – 12:00 PM||Closing session|
Keynote Session Descriptions Accordion Closed
Dr. Christine Crowder, Dr. Matt Wise, Melissa Griffin, Kristen Natonie, Nikki Meline
Hear from on-campus public health and medical experts in this panel-style keynote session. Come prepared with COVID-specific questions (you will be able to ask these anonymously) you have for the panel.
Racism: Begin the Brave Conversation
Presenters: Jessica Daniels, NAU Office of Inclusion & Kristen Natonie, NAU Health Promotion
This session will provide students an overview of racism as a public health issue. We will then discuss and explore ways to be a part of the change and to be an active ally. This session welcomes your active participation and voice on this crucial issue.
Breakout Sessions Accordion Closed
Social Media and Mental Health
Presenters: McKenzie McLoughlin & Maria DeCabooter, NAU Digital Communications
Being on social media can help enhance your life, but it can easily become an additional stressor. In this session we explore how social media can impact our mental health, learn strategies to practice mindful scrolling and share what life can look life if your social media habits go unchecked.
Meeting ID: 996 5532 7587
College Student Mental Health: Trends, Tips, and Resources
Presenter: Megan Gavin, NAU Counseling Services
This interactive session will consist of a review of data and trends related to student mental health, group discussion aimed at possible reasons for current trends, self-care tips and group shares, and a review of resources.
Attend this session: https://zoom.us/j/91951555624?pwd=R0txVXJadzB2S0FlaCtMRnVRb0YrQT09
Meeting ID: 919 5155 5624
Presenter: Tory Cameron, NAU Health Promotion
Are you interested in nutrition? Join Tory in a discussion surrounding basic nutrition principles and tips on implementing healthy foods into everyday life! The session will focus on macronutrients, micronutrients, hydration, and how to eat healthy on a college budget!
Attend this session: https://nau.zoom.us/j/9039195851
Meeting ID: 903 919 5851
Sex and the Media
Presenter: Melissa Griffin, NAU Health Promotion
Building on concepts from the Take a Stand! Bystander intervention training, this interactive workshop will explore ways in which society perpetuates rape culture and creates a call to action for participants to become change makers in helping eliminate rape culture.
Attend this session: https://nau.zoom.us/j/99240678433
Meeting ID: 992 4067 8433
Happiness Happens Here
Presenter: Dr. Charles Hammersley, NAU Parks & Recreation Management Program
This session will focus on identifying happiness skills and applying happiness and mindfulness concepts to individual outcomes.
Attend this session: https://nau.zoom.us/j/93911345167
Meeting ID: 939 1134 5167
Presenter: Nikki Meline, NAU Health Promotion
Not all NAU students choose to party and use substances, but we want those who do, to know how to maximize their fun and minimize their risk! In this session we will learn about how substances affect our brain and body and explore risk reduction strategies you can use (or share with a friend) so that you can party safe!
Attend this session: https://zoom.us/j/98819120981?pwd=V0ovUFpXTVZJS0dYcVlTK1FnL0h6QT09
Meeting ID: 988 1912 0981
Join NAU Campus Recreation group fitness instructors Taylor and Meg for a variety of brain break opportunities:
Deep Breathing with Taylor
Meeting ID: 997 1519 1082
Total Body Relaxation with Taylor
Meeting ID: 946 1603 2768
Yoga & Meditation with Meg
Meeting ID: 946 6408 9020
Presenter Bios Accordion Closed
McKenzie McLoughlin, digital communications coordinator at NAU, is an advocate for higher education, a communications professional and a pun aficionado who is bitten by the travel bug. Passions and hobbies include making connections between people and ideas, playing soccer, hitting the slopes and jamming out to the latest reggaetón hits.
Maria DeCabooter has led NAU’s social media and digital communications efforts since 2013. She loves creating communities that build relationships and is honored to tell the Lumberjack story every day. Maria earned the Best Higher Ed Administrator Using Social Media award from the EDU Hall of Fame in 2017. Most recently, the NAU Social Media team won the Best Use of Instagram Stories category in the 2019 PR Daily Digital Marketing and Social Media Awards. Maria received a B.A. from Rice University and a J.D. from the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law. When not on social, she can be found teaching yoga, teaching her dogs new tricks and hanging out with her family.
Melissa currently serves as the Health Promotion Director at Campus Health Services. She holds a master’s degree in Health Psychology and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Counseling. She has extensive experience with substance misuse and violence prevention programs and is part of the Campus Health Services leadership team. She currently co-chairs the Alcohol and Other Drug Council, Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Task Force and the Healthy Campus Coalition. She is passionate about prevention and social justice issues.
Dr. Charles Hammersley
Dr. Hammersley is a professor in the Parks & Recreation Management Program at Northern Arizona University. In the past 21 years at NAU he has developed and taught courses across the PRM curriculum. In 2015 he developed the “Happiness” course and has taught the course to over 850 students and conducted happiness workshops for community and professional groups. Dr. Hammersley has traveled to Nepal and Northern India to study yoga and Buddhism. Dr. Hammersley has presented numerous educational and research sessions at national, state and local park and recreation associations.
Nikki Meline has been part of Northern Arizona University’s Health Promotion team since 2016. Nikki holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Health Education. Nikki is passionate about mental health promotion and advocacy, substance misuse prevention, and supporting students in recovery. She enjoys spending her free time hiking, backpacking or playing volleyball.
Megan Gavin is a licensed psychologist who received her master’s and doctoral degrees from NAU. She has worked at Counseling Services in many roles since 2003, becoming Director in 2017. Megan’s professional interests include adjustment, relationships, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and transgender support. Personally, Megan enjoys spending time with her family, running, mountain biking, traveling, and reading.
Tory is the Wellness Graduate Assistant for the Health Promotion office at NAU. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Health and on track to become a Registered Dietitian. She just moved to Flagstaff from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and enjoys spending time outdoors and in the kitchen!
Kristen Natonie is a Health Educator for NAU Health Promotion. She is a Master of Public Health candidate at the University of Arizona. She is passionate about improving Indigenous health and wellness. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to podcasts, working out, and traveling when it is safe again.
Jessica Daniels a native of Ohio. Jessica went to Wright State University where she received her BA in International Studies and minored in religion. After that Jessica went to study abroad in Spain before returning and starting her Masters Degree in College Student Personnel at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale. Jessica spent the majority of her career in residence life, and now works at NAU as the Assistant Director of Multicultural Black/African American Student Success.