Thrive @ Cornell Newsletter

Supporting Your Health & Well-Being

March 1, 2022

Dear community,

Welcome back from February Break!

Have you noticed? Spring is starting to appear. Tiny flowers are beginning to peek out of the ground (and even the snow) - a reminder that warmer temps and sunnier skies are on their way. Here's to getting back into the swing of things this week.

In community,
The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives at Cornell Health
part of Student and Campus Life at Cornell University

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Establish a Routine and Stick With It

Set aside some time to create a plan for each day and week. Blocking out chunks of time for specific tasks. Try treating your day like a 9am-5pm work day and make the most of your time between classes to meet with TAs, go to office hours, work on your problem set or group project. The Learning Strategy Center is an excellent resource if you need help creating a time management strategy.

Current Events in Ukraine

Feelings, concerns, and reactions related to international conflict and war can affect each of us in different ways. Members of the Cornell community who are directly impacted by the unfolding crisis in Ukraine may be understandably worried or fearful and in need of support. As a community of caring individuals, we can be there for one another during difficult times. Please explore the university resources available to support all members of the Cornell community. If exposure to the ongoing news coverage feels stressful, consider adding these coping strategies to your daily self-care practices.

Events This Week

Big Red Rec Bingo

Tuesday, March 1- Thursday, March 31
No registration required

Are you wanting to try out some free Wellness activities and have a chance to win a prize while doing it? Participate in Big Red Rec's Bingo! Just like regular bingo, complete five consecutive physical activity squares to earn a bingo.

Rules for this contest:

  • Each “BINGO” earned must contain 5 unique activities.
  • BINGOs earned must be either all horizontal or all vertical. No diagonal BINGOs will be allowed.
  • BINGO boards, rules, and how to enter for prizes is available on the Big Red Rec Bingo page.

For more information on participating in this event, please email the Associate Director of Fitness Programs, Emily Ellison.

LGBT Resource Center Growthshops Discussion Series

Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30pm February 23 – March 30
LGBT Resource Center (3rd Floor of 626 Thurston Ave.)
Click here for more information and to register.

Join us for a weekly discussion series that explores and promotes personal growth within LGBTQ+ identities. Over six weeks, we hope to build community and have meaningful discussions around topics like microaggressions, internalized oppression, and self-care. Free dinner will be provided!!

Sponsored by the LGBT Resource Center

Midday Music: Extrovert Music by Introvert People: A Birthday Recital

Thursday March 3 at 12:30pm
Lincoln B20

In celebration of his birthday, introvert pianist Thomas Feng plays outward-facing works by two fellow American introverts, Louise Talma and Donald Martino.

Sponsored by the Department of Music.

Cafe Con Leche: Resilience Through Fiction

Friday March 4 at 6:30pm
Latino Living Center Lounge

Click here for more information and to register

Join the conversion with Ana Florencia on her new novel "El jueguito ése del elástico".

Sponsored by the Latino Living Center, and Latina/o Studies Program.

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Winter Animal Tracking Hike with Cornell Outing Club

Either Saturday March 5 or Sunday March 6.

Expert tracker (and author) Linda Spielman will teach us how to identify and interpret animal tracks in snow. We will search for tracks at a local natural area. We will be hiking, possibly with snowshoes. The trip will run from early in the morning to early afternoon; details TBD.

No experience is needed! The trip is suitable for beginners.

The trip is weather dependent. Our choice of date and destination will be based on forecasted tracking conditions. We will make that decision on Wednesday or Thursday.

If you are interested in going on this trip, please sign up here: Space is limited!

Body Positive Cornell: Spring Groups

Join a Body Positive Cornell group for weekly peer-led discussions on body acceptance and positive body image. Group options include those especially for BIPOC students, LGBTQ+ students, and student athletes.

Spring groups begin the week of March 14; register at

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Graduate Student Weekly Walks Start Soon - Register Now!

March 8, 12:00 - 12:45 p.m. -- Register

Join Graduate Student Life Advisor Angela Yantorno or Senior Assistant Dean Janna Lamey for a 45-minute walk followed by an optional lunch. Weekly walks will meet at the Big Red Barn entrance at noon and end at Caldwell Hall.

Come together to walk in community, explore the beauty and restorative spaces throughout Cornell's campus, drink in the fresh air, and meet other graduate and professional students. Take time for yourself to recharge and connect with nature and one another. Spaces we will explore include Purcell Courtyard between Myron Taylor Hall and Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell Botanical Gardens, and Libe Slope. Wear walking shoes and dress for the weather!

If you have any questions, please email Angela Yantorno (

More for Graduate & Professional Students @ The Big Red Barn This Week

Trivia Night

· Tuesday, March 1, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.

· No registration required! Just show up, with or without a team!

·Knitting Group

· Wednesday, March 2, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

· All skill and interest levels are welcome!


· Friday, March 4, 4:30 - 7:00 p.m.

· Enjoy snacks, music, and drinks!

Otter-ly Cute

Need a "smile break"? View this robot spy otter quietly capturing adorable real otters in their natural element. (Click here to view)

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CAPS Group Offerings Spring 2022

Group counseling is one of the most effective tools for addressing issues common among college students. Group offerings include those especially for undergraduate students, graduate/professional students, students of color, and LGBTQ+ students

Below are a few of the groups being offered this semester. To see the full list of group therapy options, including info on how to join a group visit:

Anxiety & You: Managing Anxiety in Times of Uncertainty

  • Mondays, 4:30 – 6:00 pm for graduate/professional students only
  • Meeting on 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, and 4/18
  • 5 weekly sessions – no group orientation required
  • Counselors: Travis Winter, LCSW-R and Joy Mushabac, LCSW-R

Moving Forward: A Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Violence

  • Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, beginning March 1st
  • Open to undergraduate, graduate / professional students of any gender
  • Weekly semester drop-in group (come to one or all meetings); group orientation required
  • Facilitators: Victim Advocate Laura Weiss, LMSW and Aurora Tivey, MSW

International Student Process Group

  • Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 pm for undergraduate and graduate / professional students, beginning February 22nd and Open
  • Weekly semester group – no drop-ins; group orientation required
  • Counselor: Anastasia Zyuban, PhD

Men of Color Support Group

  • Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Open
  • Open to undergraduate and graduate / professional students
  • Weekly semester group – no drop ins; group orientation required
  • Counselors: Maurice Haltom, LCSW-R and Wai-Kwong Wong, PhD

"Coming Full Circle"

  • Wednesdays, beginning March 9th, time to be determined
  • Open to undergraduate and graduate self-identified Indigenous/Native American students
  • Weekly semester group – no drop-ins; group orientation required
  • Counselors: Wiljar Ojuro, MEd and Wahienhawi "Hawi" Hall, LCSW

"BEING": A Processing & Motivational Group for Undergraduate Students of Color

  • Fridays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm for undergraduate students, beginning March 25th and ending May 13th
  • Weekly semester group – no drop-ins; group orientation required
  • Counselor: Dr. Jacque Washington, LCSW-R, DSW

Know Your Resources for Student & Campus Well-Being

While there’s much you can do to take care of yourself, there are many resources available to help support your mental and physical health and well-being.

Please reach out to any of the resources below for information and support, and encourage your friends to do the same.

Mental Health at Cornell website:

Cornell Health:

24/7 Help: