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Coffee Talk

 

Each month our Older Adult Fitness program hosts Coffee Talk, featuring free coffee, snacks, and presentations on various topics hosted by members of Bowling Green State University or the Bowling Green community.

CoffeeTalk-02This month’s Coffee Talk featured a presentation by Dr. Angie Goodman, DPM of Northwest Ohio Orthopedics and Sports Medicine located in Bowling Green. Participants learned about different types of orthopedic issues and the best treatment and preventive measures to take in order to assure their feet are healthy enough to support an active lifestyle.

Coffee Talk monthly sessions resume in February 2018. For upcoming topics and dates, or other program information please visit our website.

Older Adult Fitness programming is brought to you in partnership with the BGSU Optimal
Aging Institute
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For More Information
Karyn Smith
419.372.9309
karync@bgsu.edu

Halloween Traffic Safety Tips

Safe Communities of Wood County announced today that the annual safe driving Halloween National Mobilization is October 31, to November 1, 2017.

Halloween is a time for making memories, not causing nightmares. This Halloween, Safe Communities of Wood County would like to remind everyone to party responsibly and to stay safe – and help keep others safe – by refraining from drunk driving.

Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 45 percent of all people killed in motor vehicle crashes on Halloween were in crashes involving a drunk driver. Children out trick-or-treating are also at risk, as 36 percent of fatal pedestrian crashes on Halloween involve drunk drivers.

We ask that you follow these simple tips for a safe and happy Halloween:

  • Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home safely.
  • Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, or another taxi service app, like Uber or Lyft, so you can easily find a safe ride home.
  • If you suspect a drunk driver on the road, pull over to a safe location and contact your local law enforcement or call #677 and report it.
  • Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and arrange to get your friend home safely.

For More Information:

  • Angel Burgos, Ohio State Highway Patrol: 419-352-2481
  • Sandy Wiechman, Safe Communities Coordinator:

419-372-9353 or swiechm@bgsu.edu

Hannah Adams’ RecWell Spotlight

Hannah Adams WorkingCollege is a time for experience and exploration, figuring out what you want, or don’t want, to do for the rest of your life. These learning opportunities are invaluable, as 2017 alum Hannah Adams learned first-hand. She came to BGSU a marketing major, but after joining a business fraternity on campus and working in customer service, she was able to blaze a new path toward her professional goals. As a member of a business-centric organization, Hannah was surrounded by people who were passionate about business – which made her realize she was not. She was very interested in the administration side of business, however, and enjoys working with older adults, so she switched to a major in Gerontology, intending to be a healthcare administrator.

Around the time of transitioning into a new major, Hannah began working at the Student Recreation Center. She wanted a job on campus, and a friend recommended applying to the Rec. In her time with RecWell, Hannah has seen major changes; when she started as a Customer Service Attendant, the Rec was still under renovation, and her shifts took place on the basketball court! She has since received a promotion, becoming a Customer Service Associate.

Hannah has learned a lot about customer service in her position. “I didn’t realize what exactly I was getting into when I first started,” she said, regarding the different issues and questions patrons bring to her attention, but she soon became a professional problem-solver and mentor to new hires. She says she will use these skills in her future as a healthcare administrator, overseeing departments in a nursing home: “I plan on being extremely involved with families and residents, because I think that’s important.”

Hannah hopes to someday work as an administrator at a hospice facility. She cares greatly about properly administered hospice care, and her experience with RecWell policies has prepared her for just that. As a CSA, Hannah needed a firm understanding of policies: “We have to know everything about the facility to ensure that everyone’s doing what they’re supposed to be doing, and that everyone’s safe.”

Spotlight on RecWell Staff – SRC Familiar Face Sara Scacchi

Sara Scacchi Portrait
 Navigating college can be a daunting task, especially for first-generation students; finding employment, joining organizations, and figuring out post-grad plans require time, energy, and resources, but alum Sara Scacchi (’17) was up for the challenge. During her first year at BGSU, Sara joined Delta Sigma Pi, the professional business fraternity on campus, and was a finalist in The Hatch, an annual campus-wide competition where 12 students pitch business plans to a panel of investors in front of a live audience and thousands of online viewers. These involvements shaped Sara’s BGSU experience, helping plan her future and join the department of Recreation and Wellness.

Taking part in the ten-week business-heavy mentoring program opened Sara’s eyes for a love of business and marketing (READ MORE).When she got involved with the College of Business, something clicked: “I kind of fell in love with business. I’m a people person, and if I could get paid to talk to people all day, help solve their problems, and provide them with something that would better their life, then that’s what I want to do.”

Joining the professional business fraternity also had more to offer than Sara expected: friendships, leadership roles, and a job at the Student Recreation Center. “When I joined Delta Sigma Pi, I immediately became friends with [2017 alum and RecWell employee] Hannah Adams… she encouraged me to apply, and I was lucky enough to go through interviews, and I got a job, and I’ve been able to work with her ever since, so that’s been pretty cool.”

Working as a Customer Service Associate (CSA) has aligned handsomely with Sara’s skills and aspirations; she is going into sales, so her day-to-day duties are directly related to her post-grad work. She feels prepared for the future because being a CSA included frequent face-to-face customer interactions, product and service offering explanations, and problem-solving. She has come to understand the value of a learning curve. It reassures me. It has definitely prepared me for the next step in my life. It’s been nice having the right stepping stone to get there.

Sara is beginning her professional career as a sales representative at a Professional Employer Organization in Richfield, Ohio, called Group Management Services; there, Sara will help out small businesses, meet face-to-face with clients, and problem-solve just like she did at the Rec. She is toying with the idea of being a professor someday, and is very thankful for her experiences at BGSU. “This job has been really, really rewarding because you get to see yourself progress. I remember my first shift. I didn’t know nearly anything about the Student Rec Center…and now I’m the one that’s teaching and helping the new people.

Read more RecWell Spotlights

Step Up – Step In Kick Off

IMG_8328 copyHello, my name is Erin and I’m a new Marketing Attendant in the department of Recreation and Wellness. I’ve been lucky enough to be assigned to the new Step Up – Step In program, and I get to work with it throughout the year. I know a lot of folks have seen the spiffy t-shirts around campus, but most people I’ve talked to aren’t 100% sure what the whole program is about. Fortunately, I’m here to talk about it!

This program is an initiative funded by the Ohio Department of Education specifically for BGSU to combat sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. Step Up – Step In is different from some other programs around campus because it’s aimed specifically at bystanders, those not actively involved in these situations. The point is to tell people that it’s more than okay to step up and say something if they see something that doesn’t look right, or they think someone may be in danger. So far we’ve been promoting this program by handing out a LOT of t-shirts, putting up different installations around campus, and creating a social media campaign for the cause using #StepUpStepIn.

Before the school year started, the Department of Recreation and Wellness was already busy promoting this program. It can be seen in the many installations around campus, including the wall clings over the light switches in every single residence hall on campus, as well as in the Greek Houses. The clings are small, but omnipresent. The big project from over the summer was the Bowen Thompson Student Union central staircase. If you get a chance, definitely take a picture with the logo where all the steps line up to form the Step Up – Step In logo! The installations won’t stop with these either. There are several other installations, like sidewalk clings in the Greek Village, and soon there will be a really neat mural in the Student Recreation Center.

Late Night at the Perry Field House is a super fun tradition at BGSU, and a really great bonding experience for first year students. This yearRecreation and Wellness decided that the event would be a great place to showcase some brand new t-shirts! We handed out about 750 t-shirts to students at Late Night, and I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve definitely seen them around campus. This isn’t the first batch of t-shirts Recreation and Wellness has handed out though. Last year a total of around 2000 t-shirts were handed out! That definitely helped to get the word out around campus.

Our most recent event was Campus Fest this past Thursday. I had a great time handing out 200 more Step Up – Step In t-shirts and talking with my fellow students about preventing sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. I was pleasantly surprised when even after I ran out of t-shirts, people kept coming to the table and expressing interest in the program. It was a great time and I loved getting to talk about a topic I’m so passionate about! Even if you didn’t get a free t-shirt at some point, if you’re interested in the program, definitely follow @BGItsOnUs on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to receive information about upcoming events and keeping your fellow Falcons safe!

Recreation and Wellness has done a lot with this program so far and I can’t wait to see what else will happen! I know for sure everyone can look forward to seeing some Step Up – Step In representation at different BGSU athletic events. We’re also teaming up with BG’s chapter of It’s On Us and Not in Our Town to bring the message to as many students as possible. I’m very excited about this program and I absolutely cannot wait to see the effect Step Up – Step In has on our campus.

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