The Kutztown University Well-being Committee is comprised of students, faculty, and staff who are committed to the concept of holistic well-being and who strive to create programming that address the social, emotional, physical, and mental well-being of all. Achieving this is a continuous journey. Thank you for coming along on the ride!
We aspire to:
Create an academic and social environment that cares for the mind, body, and spirit to broaden personal potential.
Cultivate a culture of honor respect, belonging and resilience wherein we promote well-being through diversity, self-reflection, and boundaries.
Empower authenticity and inclusivity of personal wellness goals that prioritize balance and well-being.
Prioritize the betterment of the individual, the community, and the University as a whole.
Questions? Contact us at email@example.com.
Spring 2023 Well-being Event
Faculty & Staff Feedback about University Well-being!
“I loved being a part of the well-being days on campus and knowing that I was actively helping students in a time when mental health struggles are present more than ever.”
- Megan Rutter, Asst. Director Disability Services
“Maintaining social wellbeing in the workplace is often challenging for university faculty, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. For me, the well-being days were a needed opportunity to socially gather with colleagues, many of whom I have not seen face to face in almost two years. It was great to see engage over breakfast, lunch, and social activities without the pressure and time constraints of a committee meeting.”
- Steve Lem, Department Chair, Philosophy and Government
“It was one of the most joyous experiences I’ve had in my 20 years being at KU. I got to share a personal part of me, my Southern culture. There needs to be more activities like this to bring faculty, staff, and students together at KU in a relaxed, fun, and culturally-inclusive atmosphere.”
- Thomas Robinson, Assistant Professor of Psychology
“It was so nice to see other faculty in such a positive environment. I connected with old faculty friends and met new faculty, which there is rarely an opportunity to do these days.”
- Dina Hayduk, Associate Professor Sport Management & Leadership Studies
“Well-being days are a missing piece in the puzzle of wellness. Our day-to-day lives are so full of tasks and deadlines that we often forget that giving ourselves a break is, in fact, one of the ways we can stay healthy and thrive. Well-being days provide the ‘permission’ to many people who believe taking breaks is a sign of weakness, when in fact, it is a sign of strength. The strength to say, I need some time to decompress, create, rest, eat, and have a little fun, and in doing so, have a better outcome when they step back into their busy schedule.”
- Amanda Volkert, Executive Director of Health and Wellness
“Well-being days are a great opportunity to have fun, to make connections, and build relationships. I get to interact with students, staff, faculty, and administration on a more relaxed level. After a well-being day I feel more relaxed and energized about my job”
- Erica Stratton, Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students
“I have been at KU for almost 24 years and the concept of Well-being Days is one of the best initiatives I have seen come out of the institution. They are a data driven approach that have allowed the University to meet students, faculty and staff where they are and fulfill their fundamental needs in ways that are engaging and meaningful. They are an excellent representation of what we can do when we come together to rally around our campus community.”
– Desiree Reasoner, Executive Director of Housing and Dining
University Well-being Event: Well-being Is Fire! Held on 4/20/22.
Check out this video, created by a student, highlighting the University Well-being event on 4/20/22.
Tips to help obtain optimal well-being:
- Establish healthy habits: whether that be a daily schedule that includes physical activity or meal planning, setting healthy habits during the first weeks of the semester is helpful to well-being.
- Sleep: lack of sleep can reduce the ability to focus. Make sure you are practicing a healthy sleep routine. Take a nap!
- Finances: look into applying for a campus job via Handshake or look into the campus credit union, PSECU.
- Get involved on campus: meet new people, volunteer, and join clubs. Check out Engage.
- Stress is real: make sure you are well acquainted with campus resources, such as our Health and Wellness Center or Student Success Center to name a couple, to help manage stress.
Persons with a disability, and who require accommodation, should notify the Disability Services Office two weeks prior to the event at 610-683-4108 or email DSO@kutztown.edu, TDD number: 610-683-4499, in order to discuss accommodations. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations. Please note: Kutztown University does not provide wheelchairs or other mobility devices.