Month: January 2019


Educational Program of the Month
New Year, Slightly Changed Me

School: Southern Oregon University Region: PACURH
Person in charge: McLoughlin Area Council Nominator: Anna Rad

Target Population: 30 Time Needed to Organize: 2 weeks
Number of People in Attendance: 50 Date(s) of Program: January 19th, 2019
Number of People Needed to Organize: 3 Cost of Program: $100
On-Campus Population: 1100 Chapter Size: 20

Origin of Program:

New Year, Slightly Changed Me was created by the McLoughlin Area Council in winter term of 2019. The McLoughlin Area Council is a group of now three elected students who create an engaging community through social and educational programs in the McLoughlin residence hall. The McLoughlin Area Council is made up of Hayley Sharpe, Emery Rafka, and Anna Rad. They are lead by their Advisor Xavier Hudson. The council meets once a week to discuss, plan, and/or host their events.

At the end of the fall term, the McLoughlin Area council wanted to jump right into the new year with an educational event. After lots of discussing they decided to put on an event about healthy habit forming and how to stick with New Year's resolutions. During the event, they encouraged the residents to talk about the resolutions they had made on January 1st and then council members lead a discussion on how to make those resolutions turn into healthy habits.

They created New Year, Slightly Changed Me to educate the residents on what makes goals and resolutions into habits that the residents can follow through on all year long instead on giving up on at the beginning of February.

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Please give a short description of the program:

To start off their event, the McLoughlin Area Council first had everyone go around the room and say what their New Year's Resolution was. During this part of the event there were maybe thirty plus people in the room. It took awhile to get around the room, but most of the resolutions were the same; eat healthier, go to the gym more, and cut down on television time and increase homework/study time. After listening to everyone's resolutions the council pulled up an article on the computer which was connected to the television to allow all residents to see it. The article had tips and tricks for turning goals and resolutions into healthy habits.

We talked about how it takes twenty-eight days to make a habit and twenty-eight days to break a habit. That being said, if you do the same thing, at a similar time for twenty-eight days straight, it will turn into a habit. On the other hand, it you stop doing the same thing for twenty-eight days straight you can break a habit, whether it's good or bad. We discussed with the residents about what they can do to help turn their resolutions into habits. Most people wanted to have a "resolution buddy." A resolution buddy is a person who can help keep you accountable and who will help you form your habit. Whether its a gym buddy, a diet buddy, or a homework buddy, this person will be your rock for twenty-eight days to help your goals become habits. We also talked about not putting too much on yourself all at once. You'll be more likely to complete a smaller goal at first instead of a larger one.

After discussing our new goals and making sure everyone's goal was attainable by the end of the twenty-eight days, we decided to show a movie. We chose to show Shark Boy and Lava Girl. Now I know what you're thinking, what does this have to do with goals and resolutions? Well Shark Boy and Lava Girl is about finding yourself and discovering who you truly are on the inside. (It's also a movie.) We thought it would be fun to show a movie in which the characters make goals and resolutions and through that process discover who they truly are on the inside and how that makes them special, and how anyone can do so, even Shark Boy.

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Goals of the program:

The goals of this program were to educate the residents on healthy habit forming and long term lasting resolutions. We also wanted to get residents involved in our building, building community, and turning the residence hall into more of a home. We wanted everyone to feel like they had a place in our hall and that they could feel like part of the community. As McLoughlin is an upperclassmen complex, most of the residents stay behind their closed doors. McLoughlin ends up feeling more like a hotel or apartments, rather than a community of students. The council drafted a mission statement to improve resident relations. It reads:

“We represent McLoughlin, our campus, and community in a positive light. We stand for a beacon of change. We aspire to keep growing, raise the bar for ourselves and others. We will listen to each other, have mutual respect and trust. We as the McLoughlin Area Council will do our best to be there for our community and to provide resources to all who need it. We will strive to host events for everyone and be advocates for change and success.”

We will continue to put on great programs for all of McLoughlin.

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Positive and lasting effects of the program:

The positive and lasting effects of this program would be that we as the McLoughlin Area Council were able to help the residents form healthy habits instead of resolutions that they will most likely never end up seeing to completion. Along with this, more residents will attend our events and talk about them. This positive talk will help us to put on better events and build a better community. The more events that we can bring to the residents, the happier they will be and the more they will feel involved and feel at home. We are really trying to increase student involvement and school spirit and I think Area Council is just the beginning of this improvement.

As an unpaid, volunteer position that focuses on planning events for residents, we often get confused for Resident Assistants, Residence Hall Association (RHA), and National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH). Making a name for ourselves and building up our community will help to better establish ourselves as an organisation and will help to improve the residence hall experience for all residences. Just based on our active event so far, we’ve already been approached by numerous residents about what our next event will be

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Short evaluation of the program:

I believe that this program was a major success. We had large attendance that I believe was because of our very successful last active event, Toasty Time. The residents had fun and walked away feeling better about the start of the new year and about their new goals for the term and even for the year. After the event a couple residents even told me how much they appreciated the event and how excited they were to actually keep their resolutions this year. Since the event happened, some of the same residents have come up to me around campus to tell me about how their goals are going. It's really great to see how one program can affect and chance so many people's points of view. After having residents tell us about how their goals are going, we might send out a survey to all of the people in attendance of our event to see how they are doing as well.

The success of this event will help to have better success rates for other events that we will put on as a council. We have a Puppy Bowl and Superbowl watch party happening this Sunday that'll be really fun.

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How could this program be adapted to other campuses?

Other campuses can adapt this program fairly easily. All you need is a common space to hold your event. You can hold it in the lobby of a residence hall, a classroom, a conference space, a meeting room in your dining hall, really any space that’s big enough to hold at least forty students or more. Other campuses can change up the food and drinks offered at the event, and of course change the movie. They can even chose to play games, have some kind of trivia, or do other activities that aren’t just watching a movie.

Since we had our event in January and in the cold first floor lobby we checked out some space heaters from the Housing front desk to keep the residents nice and toasty. Other campuses can adapt this event to fit other times of the year as well. Healthy habit forming shouldn't just be done in January. We as people should strive to always be bettering ourselves, and an event like this is perfect for it. Not only does it teach how to form healthy habits instead of resolutions, but it encourages the residents to follow through and see their goals to completion.

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Date of entry into database: 2019-02-02 01:58:13

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