Live Events: June 21 - June 25

20 Jun 2021


Monday, June 21: 

        ISU WorkLife: Cyclone Family Network | 11:00 - 12:00 pm

The Cyclone Family Network (CFN) is a group of individuals who come together for an hour of conversation about the current issues and topics most affecting family life. CFN provides an opportunity for hearing about the experiences of others, sharing what’s on your mind (if you want), and connecting with colleagues across the university. CFN is hosted by ISU WorkLife and Family Services - but driven by ISU community members who choose to participate. CFN is intended for all university staff, faculty, and post-docs at any and every stage of life. Don't let the word "family" mislead you - CFN is not limited to parents, caregivers, or any traditional definition of family – anyone looking to connect and find support is welcome to attend! Fore more information including the link to register, click here

ISU WellBeing: Meditation 301: Beyond Mindfulness- Cultivating Positive Emotions | 2:30 - 3:00 pm  

Many people begin a meditation practice to become calmer and happier. Too many times, however, it is used as an analgesic- removing the pain without addressing the cause. There are meditation techniques designed to cultivate easier access to positive emotions, such as loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. We will focus on these practices during the summer, given that it may be stressful for everyone returning to work post-COVID. Join us Mondays through August 9 for the return of this popular program! To register, click here

Tuesday, June 22:

         ISU WellBeing: Mid-Morning Mindfulness  | 10:00 - 10:15 am  

There is no better way to stay focused and productive when all around you is a little chaotic than to practice mindfulness. Join your colleagues and the ISU WellBeing team, and special guests, every Tuesday and Thursday mornings for a simple 15-minute mindfulness experience. For more information, click here   

         Mindspring Mental Health Alliance Webinar: Understanding Body Dysmorphic Disorder | 12:00 - 1:00 pm 

Body Dysmorphic Disorder is defined by negative self-evaluation and misperceptions about one’s appearance. Preoccupation and hyper focus on perceived flaws can result in depression, anxiety, and social isolation -- and many people with BDD do not talk to others about it, which leads to further isolation, stigmatization and suffering. Explore the diagnostic criteria, symptoms, common misconceptions in this one-hour session. Discuss treatment options and learn practical tips for managing symptoms and helping others with a licensed therapist. For more information and to register, click here

Wednesday, June 23:

         Welcome Back, Kind Of: The Age of Starting Over | 10:00 - 11:00 am

Moving forward after a disaster has its ups and downs. Are you prepared for the seas of emotion you and your co-workers may experience as a result of the new and different practices and expectations in many workplaces post-pandemic? Join Jason Haglund, a local mental health counselor and leader in the behavioral health field, and learn how to shift from a mindset of transition to starting over and explore the different ways you can adapt to thrive. To register, click here

         Mindspring Mental Health Alliance Webinar: Understanding Eating Disorders | 12:00 - 1:00 pm 

Although our culture is decidedly preoccupied with food and weight, and disordered patterns of eating are very common, clinical diagnosis of eating disorders is less common. Even for professionals who have been treating them for years, eating disorders can be baffling and confusing illnesses. Explore the types of eating disorders, their signs, symptoms, risk factors, and treatment in this one-hour session. The webinar includes practical steps for supporting loved ones and tips for discussing this often-misunderstood topic. For more information and to register, click here

         ISU WorkLife Connections: |  2:30 - 3:00 pm

We want to connect with you! Every Wednesday join your WorkLife at ISU team, or special guest, in a conversation on work-life balance. Each week we will share information on  staying well and connecting with other ISU employees both at work and at home. For more information about and to join the conversation, click here. 

Today's session: The Science of Parenting: Parenting Your Preschooler “Why? But Why?” “Are we there yet?”, “That person *pointing finger* looks”… Preschoolers say the darnedest things. The Science of Parenting team will explore how their developmental tasks impact their behaviors and what we can do to support them along the way!

Thursday, June 24: 

         ISU WellBeing: Mid-Morning Mindfulness | 10:00 - 10:15 am  

There is no better way to stay focused and productive when all around you is a little chaotic than to practice mindfulness. Join your colleagues and the ISU WellBeing team, and special guests, every Tuesday and Thursday mornings for a simple 15-minute mindfulness experience. For more information, click here.

ISU WellBeing: Everyday Inspirations | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Join the ISU WellBeing team every Thursday through August 12 for open-ended listening/sharing sessions for employees to socialize, connect and informally discuss challenges and successes impacting both professional and personal lives. To register, click here

         Mindspring Mental Health Alliance Webinar: Communication Do's & Don'ts | 12:00 - 1:00 pm 

Knowing how to communicate effectively is perhaps the most important life skill. Understanding how mental illness impacts thinking and behavior helps to reduce frustration & stress, and improves outcomes for everyone. Learn simple tools to manage conflict and express feelings, verbal and non-verbal messaging, cognitive reframing, and active listening techniques. For more information and to register, click here

Friday, June 25: 

         ISU WellBeing - Walk and Talk | Virtual at 12:10 pm

ISU WellBeing is committed to creating a walking community (even virtually) for ISU employees. Summer in Iowa is here and it’s time to get outside, move and re-connect! Whether you are on campus or at a non-campus location we welcome you to join us for our summer season of Friday Walk and Talks now until August 13. Walk with us, the ISU WorkLife and WellBeing Team, and your colleagues via Webex every Friday at 12:10 pm for 20-minutes from your own location. Or, if you have transitioned back to campus, we have a small group on campus too. You can meet us in front of Beardshear at 12:10 pm and walk with others on our beautiful ISU campus. Masks on or off, all are welcome- Join us via Webex! For more information and resources for walking on campus, click here


        Thursday July 15th: The Art of Active Listening and Communication | 1:00-3:00 pm

Effective communication provides the foundation for success and learning in every organization. Without it, employees and teams become ineffective due to confusion and misinterpretation. In some cases, conflict can bring productivity to a screeching halt. Participants will learn to identify barriers to effective communication, explore their personal communication style, and learn to apply give key principles of more effective interaction. The session utilizes a wide variety of facilitation approaches, including lecture, group exercises and discussion, case scenarios, and skill-building tools for success that can be put to work long after the course ends. To register, visit LEARN@ISU


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