Monday, May 4th, 2020
Jackrabbits, there are lots of people and resources here to help you as we all work together through these unprecedented times. Please visit the resources below for more information about commonly asked questions from students:
- SDSU’s resource hub regarding the university’s response to COVID-19
- Student information hub
- Resources for international students and scholars
- Campus communications regarding COVID-19
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the university’s COVID-19 response team at SDSU.COVID-19.Response@sdstate.edu with any questions.
Read on for this week’s student organization events, campus resources, and involvement opportunities.
This week’s edition of the Rabbit Report includes:
- Message from the Students' Association Executive Team
- Student Access to Wifi on Campus
- COVID-19 Campus Survey
- 2020 Virtual Graduation Ceremonies
- Counseling Center & Telehealth Services
- Reporting Information
1. Message from the Students' Association Executive Team
There will not be a Students' Association Senate meeting this week. The Executive Team would like to wish all students the best of luck during finals week and we are excited to be back in Brookings this fall. Over the summer semester, senators and the Executive Team will be preparing legislation for the 2020-21 academic year and your input is valuable. Please check out the SA.SDState.edu Senators page to find contact information for your Senators.
2. Student Access to Wifi on Campus
SDSU students that are in the Brookings area and are having a need for a reliable wifi connection now can pull up to the east side of the football stadium and get connected using their student login credentials. Stay safe in your car and get connected.
3. COVID-19 Campus Survey
With the COVID-19 outbreak, SDSU had quickly moved all courses on to the D2L learning environment. Now that we are coming to the end of the spring term, we would ask you to share your online learning technology experience. Please fill out this quick IT survey to help us better understand your current learning experience and help us plan for a new normal going forward.
Your input is very important to us, so thank you and stay safe and healthy.
4. 2020 Virtual Graduation Ceremonies
Virtual commencement ceremonies will be broadcast on Saturday, May 9th on the SDState.edu Graduation website. Undergraduate ceremonies are at 10 am CST and 2 pm CST and Graduate ceremonies at 5 pm CST. More information for graduates, staff, faculty, and the public can be found using this link https://www.sdstate.edu/graduation.
5. Counseling Center & Telehealth Services
Counseling Services will continue through telehealth. All telehealth services will be offered remotely through Zoom Health. We want you to know that we are here to support all of our students through this unexpected transition. If you would like to continue services, schedule a new appointment or receive help finding resources in your community, please call 605-688-4157 or email SDSU.SHC@sdstate.edu. You can also stay up to date by following our website.
Managing Your Mental Health during COVID-19
Recent COVID-19 precautions have greatly impacted our SDSU campus community. Between moving back home, transitioning to online learning, social distancing, and facing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, some students are likely experiencing heightened stress. For students with mental health conditions, these changes may trigger increased frequency and/or intensity of symptoms.
Adjusting to change and increased stress can affect people in different ways. You may want to contact a mental health professional if you find it difficult to manage the following:
- Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
Self-care is crucial during this time of transition and uncertainty. Here are some ideas the CDC offers for managing your own physical and mental health during this challenging time:
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
For students who are struggling with COVID-19 stressors and concerns, SDSU counseling services will be available. Please see the information above about telehealth counseling sessions. To learn more about Counseling Services, contact us at 605-688-6146.
For more information about managing stress and anxiety during this time, please visit the CDC website.
6. Need to report a concern?
You have great resources available right at your fingertips to help you through your experience at SDSU, one of which is the online Student Handbook. Here you can find policies, processes, information on how to get involved and details about student services and supports to make you successful. You also have many ways to report a concern, both related to academics and non-academics. Finally, if you need assistance, know that we are here to help and our Student Ombudsperson and the University Ombuds Office are both resources to assist you in many different ways.
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Have a great week! Stay safe and healthy!