Nontraditional Student Newsletter: February 2017

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Heads up Nontrad Ducks!

Events to look out for!

Nontraditional Winter Luncheon, February 23rd 11:30 am – 1 pm

146 Crater Lake North, EMU

Join us for sandwiches, drinks, and an informational presentation from UO SALT, our online financial literacy program! This event gives nontrads a chance to meet, build community, and learn about beneficial financial information. Co-sponsored by Nontraditional Student Union, Nontraditional Student Engagement and Success, and the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Please RSVP here:

Nontraditional Winter Luncheon Financial Literacy


Come socialize!

Feb. 15th & Mar 15th – Nontrad Coffee in the Nontraditional Student Office from 2pm-4pm

Join us in the NSU Office, EMU RM 212, for some coffee and tea! This is a great chance to check-out the study space and meet other non-trad Ducks!


Thursday’s – Student Parent Coffee in the Nontraditional Student Office from 11am-1pm

For students who are parents! An opportunity for UO graduate and undergraduate students who are parents to connect and share experiences.  Co-sponsored by the Women’s Center, Nontraditional Student Union and Nontraditional Student Engagement and Success


How do I get to the Nontraditional Student Center?!

Intertwined: A UO Listening Event

You may possess a story that would be a great contribution to an event taking place this upcoming Spring Term.

Intertwined: A UO Listening Event is a story-telling event that will pair story tellers from the University of Oregon community with musicians to create a staged event that pairs truth and artistry to increase awareness and empathy here at the UO. Student, Faculty, and Staff story tellers are all welcome! We ask that story tellers share stories that are their own personal truth.

This year’s theme for the event is: Stories of Home
Here are some prompts that could help you find a personal story that fits in this theme:

  • What does “home” mean to you?
  • The moment you lost home or your connection to home
  • Your first time away from home
  • How you created your own “chosen home”
  • The first time you understood what home meant to you
  • Escaping home
  • The struggle of never relating to “home”
  • Returning home
  • The people who are your “home”
  • An interpretation of the theme that is all your own

Anyone interested in participating as a storyteller at this event or learning more should attend the Intertwined: Storyteller Workshop on March 4th 10am-1pm in Straub 251. Lunch will be provided! You can sign up for the workshop by following this link:

You do not have to have a story completely written or finalized prior to the workshop! Your unique experience would make you a great asset to the overall event if your story were selected.

Again, to sign up for Intertwined: Storyteller Workshop, simply complete this short Qualtrics form:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Eric Braman at

We hope to hear your story soon!

Student Advisory Board Recruitment

The University Counseling and Testing Center (UCTC) is excited to announce that it is currently recruiting for its Student Advisory Board (SAB)! Members of SAB help the UCTC optimize its services through student feedback and innovation. In addition to direct feedback, SAB also supports collaboration between other mental health and wellness organizations at the UO, such as student groups, and diverse student populations. SAB helps to distribute accurate and relevant information about available personal support resources and services in the UO community. Being a member of SAB cultivates leadership skills in UO students who are interested in mental wellness and encourages student advocacy for campus mental health and wellness. SAB Members receive a $250 stipend per term
To apply for a position complete the application form at this link. We will be accepting applications until Monday, February 20th at 4:00pm.  After reviewing applications we will select qualified candidates for interviews. Please feel free to reach out to our current SAB Chair, Marisa Polonsky, at or to the UCTC Outreach Coordinator, Suzie Stadelman, at with any questions!

2017 All Sizes Fit Art Show

The University Counseling and Testing Center (UCTC) is currently recruiting art work for the 2017 All Sizes Fit Art Show. Please submit an entry form if you would like to enter a piece that represents the All Sizes Fit philosophy. If you plan to enter more than one piece, please fill out this form for each piece. Please click here to find the entry form.
1st Place Prize: $100 Duck Store Gift Certificate
2nd Place Prize: $75 Duck Store Gift Certificate
3rd Place Prize: $50 Duck Store Gift Certificate
Honorable Mentions (10): $10 Duck Store Gift Certificates

All entries will be screened to make sure they don’t contain triggering or inappropriate imagery.

All Sizes Fit Philosophy

All Sizes Fit is a positive body image campaign at the University of Oregon that aims to increase body positivity and decrease the social pressures associated with obtaining an “ideal body.”All Sizes Fit focuses on three principles:

  • Attention: Be in touch with your body and its signals. Your body is excellent at regulating and letting you know what it needs in order to perform optimally.
  • Appreciation: Appreciate everything your body allows you to do and the pleasure it provides. It is because of your body that you can engage in the activities you love and enjoy what life has to offer. Smile to yourself as you remember all your positive assets.
  • Acceptance: Accept all the assets you have rather than longing for what you do not. Much of your body composition is predetermined by your genetics.

The Duck Nest Wellness Center

Welcome to college. Welcome to new friends, new memories, and some of the best years of your life. But wait—that’s not all. Welcome to midterms, late nights, dead weeks, and stress. Fear not fellow Duck—there’s a place you can go to get away, to take a break, and maybe learn something too. A place where you are always invited. Welcome to the Duck Nest.

Nestled on the lower level of Erb Memorial Union, the Duck Nest wellness center can help you develop self-care and life-balance strategies related to stress, nutrition, physical activity, and general wellness.

Programs include:

  • Meditation and relaxation
  • Yoga
  • Acupuncture
  • Tobacco cessation
  • Healthy eating on a budget

Follow this link for more info!

Women’s Center

Check out the WC website:

Keep an eye out for our amazing events coming up, and feel free to stop in and take advantage of our resources!

Sierra Jamison
Nontraditional Student Advocate
ASUO Women’s Center

Be Well Wednesdays


Join us every Wednesday in the Duck Nest, from 2:00-2:50pm!

Are you feeling stressed? Do you like free tea?  Be Well Wednesdays is an interactive workshop offered weekly where you can learn to identify and manage your own stress through relaxation and stress management techniques. You will be provided with a better understanding of the nature of stress by exploring signs and symptoms, sources and triggers, and underlying functions. We will discuss a variety of stress reduction and management strategies and by the end of the workshop you will be able to identify the strategies that are right for you. The goal is to provide you with the tools and techniques to respond to your daily life stressors in a positive way and to ultimately feel less stressed. Complimentary tea will be provided!

Let’s Talk About Race


Join us every Thursday (except Thanksgiving) in the Multicultural Center from 5:00-5:50pm!

This is a drop-in weekly discussion group aimed at providing students of color a space to share and speak out about their experience navigating college life at the UO.

Nontraditional Student Union

Welcome to Winter Term, Non-trad Ducks!

 Meetings held biweekly on Tuesdays at 11:30 am beginning January 10th in the EMU room 212!

Find us on Facebook on & OrgSync

OR sign-up for key access with the NSU co-directors, Elizabeth & Simoan at

Winter Intramural Sports at the Rec Center


Spousal Equivalency Cards (C-Cards)

The C-Card is a program offered by ASUO in collaboration with other campus departments that allows I-Fee paying students with dependents, spouses and/or domestic partners to extend a few of their student benefits to those dependents. Please follow this link for more details.

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TLC’s Math and Writing Drop-in Tutoring

Stop by the new TLC Sky Studio, 4th Floor Knight Library to get feedback on your writing or help understanding your math homework. Free help is available Monday–Thursday, 9:00AM – 7:00PM and Friday 9:00AM – 5:00PM.

Check out TLC’s list of spring courses!

These options, ranging from 1-3 credits, are designed to infuse

fresh ideas and energy into your academic routine:


TLC 101: Introduction to University Study (partly online)

Explore a wide range of study skills—including reading, time management, and test preparation—while examining issues within higher education. This course has a significant online component. 3 credits.


TLC 199: Money Matters (online)

Gain money-management tools as you complete weekly online modules. Learn how to construct an income and spending log, develop a personal budget, use credit cards wisely, understand your credit report, and set financial goals. 1 credit.


TLC 199: Study with Focus

Amid constant distractions, many students have difficulty concentrating. This course helps students develop the focus needed for academic success. Delve into strategies for working efficiently, managing time, motivating self, staying organized, and completing assignments. Meets weeks 1-5. 1 credit.


TLC 199: Critical Thinking

Critical thinking isn’t just a buzzword: it’s a chance to reopen and reexamine everything we usually take for granted. In this course, we’ll read essays, write responses, discuss alternatives and break down ideas into something we can use and build upon. Meets weeks 1-7. 1 credit.


TLC 199: Communication Confidence

Increase communication comfort and skills by exploring language, nonverbal cues, and cultural contexts. Topics include class participation, faculty office hours, group work, and other interpersonal communications. Meets weeks 1-5. 1 credit.


TLC 199: Sophomore Segue

This course focuses on the transition from an interest to a major and from major to a career. We’ll talk about academic majors, work on crucial academic skills, and look at the future to make whatever transitions you’re facing as smooth as possible. Meets weeks 2-8. 1 credit.


TLC 399: Speed Reading

Learn techniques that help boost reading speed, concentration, and comprehension. Meets weeks 1-5. 1 credit.


TLC 399: Grammar & Style

Designed to help students polish their writing, this course covers a wide range of techniques for spotting grammar errors and making sentences more clear and engaging. 1 credit.

TRiO Programs: Student Support Services (SSS)

Openings in TRIO/Student Support Services

Are you a first generation student, a low income student or a student with a documented disability through AEC?  If you are any of these things and are interested in learning more about our TRIO program here on campus please go to for more information.  Mid-term time is a time for stress and overwhelm for many students and balancing school with outside obligations can be very difficult.  Our program support students at the UO to successfully work towards earning their degree.  We serve a large number of non-traditional students in our program and work hard to make sure all our students, many who are transferring from a community college or starting back to school after a long break, feel comfortable and connected here on campus.  We can become your one stop shop for financial support and answering complex questions about funding and billing, determining what classes to take each term to stay on track and earn your degree efficiently, support relating to academic and study skills, FREE tutoring for a wide variety of classes and so much more.  If you have questions about whether or not you qualify you should complete the application and we will determine eligibility for you.  If you are not eligible, we still have a lot of information about resources and services you can access on campus that do not require TRIO admission.  Check out, come to 68 PLC or call the Teaching and Learning Center at 541-346-3226 for more information.  We are here to help!


University Health Center

What’s new at the Health Center?

  • Our new STI Screening Clinic is a convenient way for UO students to get screened for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) at University Health Center. Open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Open enrollment for the student health plan will be the first 3 weeks of fall term (2017)
  • Call 541-346-4401 for Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine and Massage Therapy appointments. Energy Healing is also available within the Physical Therapy/Sports Medicine Department.
  • The Duck Nest is now open in the remodeled Erb Memorial Union (EMU). Nestled on the lower level of the EMU, the Duck Nest wellness center can help you develop self-care and life-balance strategies related to stress, nutrition, physical activity, and general wellness.
    • Programs include:
      • Meditation and relaxation
      • Yoga
      • Acupuncture
      • Tobacco cessation

Food Assistance

Student Food Pantry

SNAP/Oregon Trail Card


FOOD for Lane County or call 541-343-2822


*What is 211?   211 is a free multi-lingual phone or online service in most areas of the United States for the purpose of providing quick and easy access to information about health, human services and employment assistance. They constantly update local information. Professional Information and Referral Specialists work with callers to assess their needs, determine their options and provide appropriate programs/services, give support, intervene in crisis situations and advocate for the caller as needed.

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