Looking back and moving forward: Strategies for end of the semester.
We tend to rush towards the upcoming breaks and holidays, trying to fit in everything we can before the semester is over. Consider this all-too-familiar metaphor:
Imagine an evening concert with a firm midnight curfew. The opening number grabs the crowd’s attention. The middle part of the show is filled with improvised riffs, extended solos, and deep cuts—maybe even a break between sets. But as the night progresses the band starts playing faster and faster in an effort to “get through” their planned set list ahead of the deadline. By the last few songs, the concert is a blur of incoherent noise as the band races to the finish line (Fournier, 2019).
Taking the time to deliberately reflect on and prepare for the end of a semester can help each of us bring closure for the community we have built.
This newsletter provides services and activities that will assist you and your students to move seamlessly through the end of semester.
Building Hours and Services During Thanksgiving Break:
Academic Success Center
Wednesday, November 20: Open 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday, November 21: Closed
Friday, November 22: Closed
Monday, November 20: Open 7:45 am – 11:00 pm
Tuesday, November 21: Open 7:45 am – 1:00 pm
Wednesday, November 22: Open 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday, November 23:
Chat Services: Unavailable
Friday, November 24:
Chat Services: Unavailable
Saturday, November 25:
Chat Services: Unavailable
Sunday, November 26: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hazen Health Center
Wednesday, November 20:
Health Center: Open 8:00 am – 11:00 am, doors close at 12:00 pm
Counseling Center: Open 8:00 am – 11:00 am, doors close at 12:00pm
Health Promotion & Prevention Education: Closed
The Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity: Closed
The Food Pantry: Closed
Thursday, November 21: All services closed
Friday, November 22: All services closed
Residential Life/Learning Communities
Residence halls will remain open. There will be a Resident Director and Resident Assistants on call 24/7 each day during the break. Campus will be split into 3 zones; contact phone numbers will be posted in each zone. The Residential Life office will be closed from Wednesday, November 22 – Sunday, November 26.
The Office of Residential Life/Learning Communities will send a final reminder of staffing coverage to all students on Monday, November 20. This reminder will refer to the websites for campus partners, such as BASC, Hazen Health Center, and University Police.
Monday, November 20:
Union: Open 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mail room: Open 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, November 21:
Union: Open 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mail room: Open 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, November 22:
Union: Open 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mail room: Open 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Thursday, November 23: Building closed
Friday, November 24: Building closed
Saturday, November 25: Building closed
Sunday, November 26:
Union hours TBD. If student staff are available, building will likely be open 2:00 pm - 11:00pm
Special Events Recreation Center (SERC)
The fitness center:
Monday, November 20: 6:00 am – 11:00 pm
Tuesday, November 21: 6:00 am – 11:00 pm
Wednesday, November 22: 6:00 am – 7:30 pm
Thursday, November 23: Closed
Friday, November 24: Closed
Saturday, November 25: closed
Sunday, November 26: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Jitterbugs Cafe has reopened in its former space in the Seymour College Union across from the Bookstore. As a “We Proudly Serve Starbucks” cafe, Jitterbugs offers the complete Starbucks beverage menu. In addition to Starbucks beverages, Jitterbugs continues to offer Frozen All Natural Smoothies (FANS) and grab ‘n go food items.
Hours of operation for all dining locations are available on the BASC website here: https://basc1.org/dining/locations-hours/ With the upcoming Thanksgiving Break and as the end of the semester nears, be sure to check this page for special hours.
Responding to Critical Incidents: Student Affairs Learning Series
Join us for the third in our Student Affairs Learning Series sessions, “Responding to Critical Incidents.”
The Division of Student Affairs provides a vibrant and engaged community for every student, every day. As part of our mission, we are debuting our new, monthly Student Affairs Learning Series.
The last workshop of fall 2023 will be held on Wednesday, November 29 at 10 AM in Seymour Union 220.
This workshop is designed to help members of our community navigate critical incidents and will explore Brockport’s TIG Strategy (Trauma, Illness, & Grief) when helping students cope with traumatic events.
Faculty and Staff are welcome to attend in person or remotely.
Hazen Counseling & Health Center
From the Health Center
Cold and flu season is coming! Here are some tips to stay healthy.
Avoid sharing drinking containers with others.
Wash your hands often.
Cover your coughs.
Walk-in appointments for the flu shot are available at Wegmans.
STI testing: Free symptom-free testing and symptomatic testing available. Sign-up on the MyHazen Portal or call Hazen to schedule.
As school breaks approach, consider scheduling any routine appointments with hometown providers, such as:
PCPs for medication refills
From the Counseling Center
The Counseling Center is offering monthly workshops open to all students!
November workshops will be held on/at the dates/times/locations below:
Create Expression Workshop – Wednesday, 11/08/23, 3:00 –4:30 pm, Dailey Hall, Rm 205
Thankfulness Workshop – Friday, 11/10/23, 3:30 –5 pm, Hazen Hall, Group Room
The 8 Dimensions of Wellness – Tuesday, 11/14/23, 3:30 –5 pm, Seymour Union, CGSD, Room B129
From Health Promotion and Prevention Education (HPPE)
College is expensive! Let Health Promotion and Prevention Education help cover some of the necessary wellbeing costs associated with safer sex supplies and/or menstrual products. Use our online ordering system to order free safer sex supplies or free menstrual products, and then we’ll text you to let you know when they’re ready to get picked up at Dailey Hall.
HPPE and BSG celebrated the Grand Opening of the Food Pantry at SUNY Brockport on Monday 10/2/23. In our first 2 weeks of operation, The Pantry served a total of 82 households comprised of 190 people (including 167 adults, 18 children, and 5 elderly people). We are excited to continue expanding the options available in the pantry and those we serve. Stop by Dailey Hall to check out our Pantry’s space and grab some essentials. The Pantry is open Monday-Friday from 8AM-5PM!
From the Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CGSD)
Hometown hero, Mrs. Kasha Davis, is currently an artist in residence on campus, and the CGSD is partnering with the Theatre Department on a variety of upcoming events!
The Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity continues to accept students who are looking to explore leadership through a queer, trans, and allied lens. In partnership with Student Union, Leadership, and Activities, the CGSD is currently seeking applicants for the Proud Eagles LGBT Concentration of the Leadership Development Program. If you’re interested in examining your leadership style through your queer, trans, and/or allied identities, feel free to register for LDP.
The week of November 13-19 is Trans Awareness Week. Transgender Awareness Week is a week when transgender people and their allies take action to bring attention to the community by educating the public about who transgender people are, sharing stories and experiences, and advancing advocacy around issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence that affect the transgender community. The Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity will be hosting a number of events to lift up the voices and experiences of our trans Golden Eagles. Check out our list of upcoming programs to and consider joining us for our Chest Binger Fitting Workshop with Trillium Health, our Craftivism for Gender Joy event, and more!
November 20th is also Trans Day of Remembrance. TDOR was founded to recognize the disproportionate amount of violence experienced by members of the trans community, particularly BIPOC trans people. Consider attending the second annual FREE TDOR brunch sponsored by WAVE Woman Inc., and the Next Generation Men of Transition held on Sunday November 19, 2023 from 11AM-1PM at Martin Luther King Park at Manhattan Square. Register HERE!
Updates From Brockport Student Government:
As the semester winds down, it is important to know that it is never too late to get involved! BSG holds Senate every Friday in Union Room 119 4pm-5pm where students can get the scoop on what’s going on around campus and also share exciting upcoming events. We have also held Town Halls regarding Homecoming, BSG Programming/Activities, and Transportation Services to better understand what the student body wants and needs to have a good college experience. In these spaces, we are practicing what it means to advocate for ourselves and others to help create the change we wish to see in the world.
BSG is also seeking Election Commissioners for the 2024-2025 BSG General Elections of the BSG President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Senators. The Election Commissioners ensure a fair election process among all candidates. If interested, check out the form linked in the @BSGbuzz Instagram bio.
As always, please do not hesitate to stop by the BSG offices in the Seymour College Union to get involved on campus or ask questions regarding our campus community. We are here to help!
SUNY Brockport recognized as a Bicycle Friendly University:
SUNY Brockport is now recognized as a bronze level Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists!
SUNY Brockport joins an elite group of 220 colleges and universities in 46 states and the District of Columbia that are taking action to address the health and environmental challenges facing America by creating campuses more welcoming to people who bike.
“It is inspiring to see so many universities committing to the vision of a Bicycle Friendly America,” said Bill Nesper, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists. “These institutions, including [Institution Name], are leading by example and helping to set the standard for better bicycling. Each Bicycle Friendly University acts as a trailblazer to develop and promote safer, more accessible transportation infrastructure and supportive programming for new bicyclists in their communities.”
Learn more about the League and its Bicycle Friendly University program at www.bikeleague.org/university.