A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola, Lake Nona, and Poinciana Campuses
Osceola Campus’s three faculty counselors – Chris Klinger, Natali Shulterbrondt and Alina Siddiqui – have had a busy fall semester. They hosted eight Green Bag Express events, engaging over 269 students. The focus of these events was the MyIntent Project, What’s Your Word campaign. As part of the activity, students had the opportunity to come up with an intention for the year and engrave it onto a piece of jewelry.
Counselors also led 12 skillshops during the semester, engaging more than 322 students. These skillshops targeted topics such as mindfulness, core personal values, the five signs of emotional distress, LGBTQ+ issues, interviewing skills and more. For example, Tuesday, October 23, 2018, Osceola Campus hosted a skillshop for students on sexual health and LGBTQ+ issues titled, Let’s Be Honest. Presenters Alex Torres, coordinator, program advisor, and Alina invited representatives from Aspire Health Partners to add to the conversation and educate students on HIV prevention and testing resources in the community. Based on students’ response, representatives from Aspire were invited to be a part of the Destination Wellness event on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, to share additional information with students on Osceola Campus.
Finally, counselors presented in various classrooms during the semester, engaging more than 537 students. The topics of classroom presentations were the five signs of emotional distress, anxiety and intentions.
As a reminder, the counselors have created an online referral form, so faculty and staff can send along information about students who appear to be struggling with personal or academic issues. During the fall semester, faculty and staff referred approximately 100 students using this form, and counselors provided interventions as needed.
Looking ahead, in spring 2019, the Osceola Campus counselors will host a four-day event from Monday, February 25 – Thursday, February 28, 2019, called Courageous Conversations: Taking It to the Next Level with Minority Males in Higher Education.
This event will align with the collegewide focus on improving student outcomes, and the goal is to increase a sense of belonging for minority males at the College by creating specific programming focused on their engagement. Counselors will reach out to different departments, faculty and staff for collaboration to make this initiative a success.
Please let the counselors know if you are interested in helping with this event.