Month: September 2018


Passive Program of the Month
The Ups and Downs of Self-Care

School: Truman State University Region: MACURH
Person in charge: Bruce Mena-Sierra Nominator: Emily Priesendorf

Target Population: 35 Time Needed to Organize: 1 week
Number of People in Attendance: Date(s) of Program: September 26, 2018
Number of People Needed to Organize: 1 Cost of Program: $0
On-Campus Population: 2600 Chapter Size: 26

Origin of Program:

With it being the month of September, college students are starting to get into the thick of the semester. Residents are finding extracurriculars to get involved in and midterms are just around the corner. During a hectic time of the semester, it can be very easy for students to get bogged down in their academics, extracurriculars, and jobs that they may forget to take care of themselves.

Centennial Hall Student Advisor Bruce Mena-Sierra from Truman State University used this as the perfect opportunity to create a bulletin board to help his residents to learn some practical self-care tips while creating a unique way to challenge residents to take better care of themselves.

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Please give a short description of the program:

Bruce’s bulletin board is titled “The Ups and Downs of Self-Care” and he chose an amusement park theme to coincide. The board features a roller coaster and each roller coaster cart contains information about self-care.

There are three peaks of the roller coaster that feature positive self-care tips which include: staying hydrated, having some fun, and sleeping sufficiently. Branching off of the people sitting in the roller coaster carts are speech bubbles. These speech bubbles discuss the importance of staying hydrated and getting sufficient sleep. Another speech bubble also provides residents will some practical ways to have fun in college and take a break from studying.

There are also three valleys of the roller coaster that include some unhealthy habits that are not examples of self-care. These include: dehydration, overworking yourself, and sleep deprivation. The speech bubbles coming off the carts discuss signs of dehydration, why overworking yourself is unhealthy, and signs of sleep deprivation.

Perhaps one of the most creative parts of Bruce’s bulletin board is the interactive component. To encourage residents to be more intentional about practicing self-care, Bruce created a reward system called “Bruce Bucks”. The idea is that whenever a resident practices a self-care activity, they will take a paper balloon from the board, write their name and what activity they did and slide the balloon under Bruce’s door. For each self-care activity, residents will earn one Bruce Buck. The maximum amount of Bruce Bucks a resident can earn each day is two. Then, once residents collect a certain amount of Bruce Bucks, they can earn prizes. For example, one Bruce Buck equates to a high five from Bruce. When a resident earns five Bruce Bucks, they will receive an encouraging note from Bruce. Once a resident completes 25 self-care activities, Bruce will sing a song of the resident’s choice.

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Goals of the program:

The goal of this program is to help residents distinguish between activities that are self-care and activities that are not examples of self-care. It was also designed to help residents recognize the dangers of not taking care of yourself by using the examples of dehydration, sleep deprivation, and overworking yourself. The bulletin board also seeks to challenge residents to change their unhealthy habits to healthier, more productive habits. Finally, this bulletin board was implemented to help residents realize that they are important. When students see their value and importance, they will better understand the importance of taking care of themselves and encouraging others to do so.

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Positive and lasting effects of the program:

This bulletin board has proven to be a major success for the residents of Centennial Hall. Bruce started out creating around 100 balloons where residents can write down their self-care activities. Within just two days of the bulletin board being up, Bruce ran out of balloons and had to make more. After two weeks, Bruce has received hundreds of balloons from his residents. This means that many residents have been participating in hundreds of self-care activities.

Bruce’s bulletin board was originally created for 3 south residents of Centennial Hall. But this board has become so popular that student advisors and residents throughout the building have been participating. This shows how Bruce’s bulletin board has impacted nearly all of the residents of Centennial hall and has taught people the importance of self-care and practical ways to live a healthier lifestyle.

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Short evaluation of the program:

This bulletin board for the month of September has shown tremendous dedication from Student Advisor Bruce Mena-Sierra. Bruce has spent a great deal of his time delivering Bruce Bucks to residents, writing encouraging notes, giving high-fives, baking cookies, and singing songs to residents. This shows how much Bruce cares about the residents of Centennial hall and his dedication to helping college students find practical ways of taking care of themselves.

This program was a great success. Residents learned all about practical ways to partake in self-care as well as being aware of some signs of living an unhealthy lifestyle. This program was also a success because it sparked dialogue among residents about self- care. Residents have frequently been discussing how they have been practicing self-care in their own lives and what they plan to do in the future to improve in these areas.

As you can hopefully see, this bulletin board went above and beyond all expectations. “The Ups and Downs of Self-Care” created by Bruce from Truman State University during the month of September was educational, interactive, and entertaining for residents. This bulletin board is more than deserving to be recognized for passive program of the month.

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How could this program be adapted to other campuses?

This passive program could certainly be implemented in other residence halls. This bulletin board did not cost any money and required materials that are simple and easy to make. Resident Assistants would have the freedom to choose any self-care tips that they felt were important for their residents. The reward system could also be adjusted depending on the audience to which the bulletin board is to be created for. If college campuses wanted to place a bigger emphasis on self-care and healthy living, implementing a bulletin board like this one is great way to do so because of its educational and interactive components.

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Date of entry into database: 2018-10-03 17:58:14

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