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Supporting Your Well-being - Fall 2020


Dear community,

In our first message to you back in September, we compared the start of the Fall 2020 semester to that of a finish line - after many months of uncertainty campus officially reopened. We’ve now made it to December, approaching the actual finish line. Many of you have departed from campus and returned to your respective homes, readjusting to a new environment to finish up classes and finals. Others have remained in Ithaca and are readjusting to a less active campus. Wherever you are reading this from, we want you to know that our intention with this newsletter is still the same. We are here to support you and your well-being as you do your best to make the most of these last few weeks.

The finish lines for both the fall semester and 2020 are fast approaching and we’ve made it through a lot - together. Let’s not take for granted the fact that we’ve come this far, and find ways to encourage and support one another through these final weeks of the semester.

Wishing you wellness,

The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives at Cornell Health

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But First: A Self Check-in

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With the kind of year that we’ve had, our resilience has certainly been tested. And guess what? You've been continually bouncing back and making your way through the challenges. With that in mind, let’s work to persevere just a bit longer in order to finish on our best foot. It starts with checking our foundation - the "practice" section of the resilience pyramid.

  1. Breathe- What time have you set aside specifically to take a break? And we don’t mean a break to binge a netflix series or scroll through social media. We mean a break to practice meditation, focus on your breathing, check-in with your mind, and let yourself reset.

  2. Eat well- Have your eating habits changed at all this semester? You’re not alone. If you’ve been especially stressed and work-driven, it’s easy to lose touch with eating in ways that fuel your body and mind. In order to feel your best, focus on asking yourself what foods would feel good physically and emotionally, and dedicating time to fully enjoy your meals.

  3. Move your body- The health benefits of exercise are often common knowledge, but the motivation can be rare. The trick is to realize that exercise isn’t exclusive to a gym. It can be as simple as taking a 10 minute walk outside. Having an accountability partner also increases motivation and follow-through, so don’t take that walk alone, ask a family member or friend to tag along!

  4. Get good sleep- We can all benefit from a good, consistent sleep schedule. Our bodies need 7+ hours/night, and although we can survive with less, we definitely thrive with more. If you’re not at 7 hours yet, start small. How can you add 30 minutes of sleep tonight? Check out this video for inspiration: Sleep & Academic Performance.

These 4 practices make up a strong foundation of resilience so you are better able to handle surprises, challenges or hurdles you may encounter. To learn more about building resilience, visit

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Cornell University Program Board Presents Antoni Porowski Cooking Demo

Thursday December 3 at 7pm

Click here to register for event.
CUPB is excited to present “Cooking and Conversation with Antoni Porowsk ”, star of Netflix’s hit series Queer Eye for a conversation about his life, comedy, and food all while doing a cooking demonstration! Antoni Porowski is a New York Times Bestselling Author and star of Netflix’s hit series Queer Eye. As the show’s food and wine expert, the self-taught cook brings with him a lifelong passion for food first cultivated through television, where he was captivated by culinary giants like Julia Child, Jacques Pépin, and Anthony Bourdain, and later honed in restaurants from Montreal to New York and under mentor Ted Allen, original Fab Five food and wine expert. Antoni’s first cookbook, Antoni in the Kitchen, was released in Fall 2019, debuting at #2 on the New York Times’ Best Seller List. Born in Canada to Polish emigrants, Antoni is an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ+ rights everywhere, especially his family’s native Poland.

Origami Night

Friday December 4 from 7-8pm

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Join us for a fun filled Origami Night organized by the Student Union Board and Welcome Weekend in collaboration with the Origami Club. During this beginner friendly workshop, you will learn how to fold exquisite holiday trees, stellated octahedrons and other holiday themed designs along with others. Fill out the Registration Form to let us know that you will be there!
You will need:
~ 1 Large Square Paper
~ 5-7 Square Papers Varying in Size from Large to Small
If you do not have origami paper available, you can use any paper cut into a square.

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Musical Medication with Eki Shola

Saturday December 5 from 5pm-6pm

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Join the Multicultural Funding Advisory Board's upcoming concert with alumni, vocalist, pianist, and physician, Eki Shola whose music draws from jazz, electronica, and soul music to create a sonic landscape all her own. Her music has been described as “inimitable” and “…sound art to be used to trigger thought and encourage love and beauty through rhythm and unique composition.”
Born in London to Jamaican parents, Eki Shola was raised in a musical family. She emigrated to NY in ’87 and later as a pre-med student at Cornell, she performed in the jazz ensemble. Now based in Northern California, ASCAP Plus winner and three-time NorBay Music awardee, Eki Shola uses her music as a conduit for healing.

Disrupting White Supremacy: A Series in Feminist Pedagogy

Thursday December 3 at 4:30pm

This event is for graduate students.
Click here to register for event.

Designing Antiracist and Intersectional Syllabi with Noliwe Rooks (Professor, Africana Studies) and Kate McCullough (Associate Professor, English).

Sponsored by Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

It’s Complicated: Family and Friends and Differences

Register for Friday, December 4 | 2:00 pm (EDT)

This event is for graduate and professional students

We have witnessed a divide among perspectives, opinions, and judgments in the U.S. leading up to the recent national election. Our family and friends may not share the same ideas, leaving us feeling confused, concerned, and alone. The goal of this session is to talk candidly about relationships that we hold close and how to work out differences. We will address how to separate the issue from the person, when to lean in and when to back away, and skills for reflective listening.

Presenter: Reba McCutcheon ‘96, Associate Dean of Students, Care and Crisis Services

Cornell Botanic Gardens: Late Fall into Winter

Paths, Trails and Gardens Provide Beauty, Fresh Air and Physical Activity Year Round

The Mullestein Winter Garden (pictured center) is a circular garden with four interior entrance paths aligned with the cardinal points of a compass. The north entrance path leads to the adjacent Flower Garden and the Herb Garden. Each of the three gardens includes a local millstone. The west entrance path will eventually connect with the planned Peony and Perennial Gardens. The four paths outline four interior raised planting beds that create a circular central gathering space, all of which were built with Llenroc stone by local stonemasons.

When asked about the significance of the Mullestein Winter Garden, Sonja Skelly Director of Education at Cornell Botanic Gardens said, “We have six months of winter in Ithaca, so this garden helps us to be a year-round public garden. You can see how beautiful plants can be even in the winter.”

*** Bright Spot ***

ILR Junior Provides A Sense of Home in a Time of Physical Distancing

Read the following Cornell Daily Sun article about how Will Harvey 22' and the Cornell Eating Club were inspired to help out their Cornell Community in accessing food this semester.

Resources for Connecting

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Cornell Health: CAPS Workshops

Wednesday, 12/2



Karen Williams, PhD

Thursday, 12/3



Wai-Kwong Wong, PhD

Learning Strategies Center Offerings

Finish the Semester Strong with the Learning Strategies Center (LSC)

Great job with all of your hard work so far this semester! (Fall 2020, thank you for the stories students will get to tell their future grandkids?). We’re so close to the end of the semester, now it’s time to access the resources you need to finish strong. LSC’s tips and strategies can help! Use the last few weeks of online classes to catch up and keep up with your course work. Because you won’t have classes during finals, time management will be very important, including creating some structure for yourself and balancing time for sleep, rest, and good nutrition. Finals are stressful in a normal year, and this year nothing is normal. Be kind to yourself, and take care of yourself – it’s a major part of preparing for any exam. Find tips and strategies for managing stress here.

The LSC is here to help you think through the steps that will work for you. You will need to build a plan for carving out the time you need to study. Read on for resources, videos, and the top 10 tips from study skills experts and LSC tutors.

Access more of their resources at

Talk/Text Resources

If you find yourself struggling or in need of someone to talk to, know that you are not alone. The following resources are here to support you:

Cornell Resources

Ithaca Resources (24/7)

National Talk-Lines (24/7)

  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

  • Trevor Project hotline (LGBTQ+): 866-488-7386

  • LGBT+ National Hotline: 888-843-4564

  • TransLifeline: 877-565-8860

National Text/Chat Services

  • National Crisis Text Line: Text HELLO to 741741

  • Steve Fund crisis text line: Text STEVE to 741741 (connects you to a counselor of color)

  • Trevor Project text line (LGBTQ+): Text START to 678678

National Suicide Prevention "Lifeline CHAT" service:

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