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Archive for the ‘Reflections’ Category

February 21st, 2014
Posted by: Jessica Eldridge in Opportunities, Reflections, Uncategorized / Comments (0)

Institutions of higher education are environments of silos, with most units functioning in isolation. ASU is no exception. Faculty and staff remain in their unit, department and college with narrow lenses and even slimmer variety of perspectives. When people do the same things, work in the same groups and tackle problems the same way, repetition [...]

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February 21st, 2014
Posted by: Jessica Eldridge in Reflections, Snacks and Skills, Uncategorized / Comments (0)

This Valentine’s Day, UI celebrated with a very special Snacks and Skills. Our own resident expert, Trevor J. Eagle, led the group through an introduction of Happiness and Positive Psychology. This discussion provided mindful reflection on how to reach authentic happiness and live a full life. Components of a Full Life 1. Pleasant life: Acting [...]

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February 21st, 2014

2014 has gotten off to a tremendously busy start—so busy, in fact, that I have fallen behind on my blog posts! In mid-January, we kicked off the Spring Snacks and Skills with the topic Ergonomics in the Workplace. Rick Bauer, Program Manager in the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, walked our office through the [...]

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December 17th, 2013
Posted by: Jessica Eldridge in Opportunities, Reflections / Comments (0)

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of presenting at the 2013 Arizona Summit for Volunteerism and Service Learning. This annual event, held at ASU West, sparks conversation and collaboration between people of a multitude of backgrounds, including national service programs and members, youth development organizations, nonprofits, K-12 schools, higher education, government agencies, and service [...]

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December 17th, 2013
Posted by: Jessica Eldridge in Reflections, Snacks and Skills, Uncategorized / Comments (0)

This month’s Snacks and Skills centered on Stress Management and Resiliency- perfectly timed for the hectic holiday season! I’d like to thank our special guest, ASU Employee Assistance Counselor Amber Wonder, for presenting on the topic. The conversation centered on a series of questions. What is stress? When do you feel stressed? How do you [...]

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November 22nd, 2013
Posted by: Jessica Eldridge in Reflections, Snacks and Skills / Comments (0)

UI has had a busy fall with Snacks and Skills! Here’s a recap from the past two sessions: October: A basic lesson to watercolors In October, our conference room transformed into an art studio as participants learned the relaxing skill of watercolor. Beyond being a fairly simple stress-relieving activity, our craft celebrated October as National [...]

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October 16th, 2013
Posted by: Jessica Eldridge in Cool People, Reflections, Thinking, Uncategorized / Comments (0)

This afternoon, I was fortunate to attend the Characters Unite Awards luncheon to honor one of the 2013 award recipients, ASU alumnus Carrie Severson. The Characters Unite Campaign, sponsored by USA Network and programming provider Cox Communications, honors extraordinary individuals who have championed significant efforts against hate, intolerance, bullying, racism, and overall discrimination. Carrie’s effort, [...]

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October 2nd, 2013
Posted by: Jessica Eldridge in Reflections, Thinking, Uncategorized / Comments (0)

Imagine getting into a passionate disagreement with your boss at work. After volleying back and forth pointlessly, you both decide you are not going to come back to work until one side budges (and it won’t be you.) Imagine further that no one in your office will go back to work until a compromise is [...]

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September 25th, 2013
Posted by: Jessica Eldridge in Opportunities, Reflections, Thinking / Comments (0)

Like many volunteers, I like to think I am making a difference. I dedicate my time to organizations I believe are dedicated a cause and directly impact the community they serve. I feel helpful collecting food for families who struggle with food insecurity and reading to children in after-school settings. I see impact as I [...]

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August 22nd, 2013
Posted by: Trevor J. Eagle in Reflections / Comments (0)

A few days ago, I attended the 2013 Fall Sun Devil Welcome, which featured speakers, such as President Dr. Michael Crow, head Men’s Football coach Todd Graham, head Men’s Basketball coach Herb Sendek and special performances by student organizations. Highlights of the performances included dances of diverse cultural origins and the ASU Marching Band teaching [...]

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