Things to Look Forward To

Next week most of our students will be departing for Thanksgiving, either at home or with a friend. For students staying on campus, the Division of Campus Life has a Thanksgiving Break Resources page that shows available options in town for them.  For those seniors living off campus, Residence Life has provided some reminders about safety and security tips during Thanksgiving Break:

Many of you will be going home for the upcoming Thanksgiving break. This is typically a time of year where many off-campus houses see a rise in theft. To discourage that behavior, and to protect your home, please follow these simple steps:

Make sure all doors and windows are closed and locked because they can provide easy access for an intruder. If you have an alarm system, make sure it is set before leaving.

Close shades, drapes and blinds to avoid onlookers.

Consider taking valuables with you. If you leave valuables in your space, compile an inventory of your items including make, model, serial numbers, other detailed descriptions and photographs of the items for insurance purposes.

Make sure exterior lighting works properly.

Set lights, radios or televisions on timers to give the impression that your space is occupied.

Do not post your travel plans on social media.

Make sure trash receptacles are placed in their proper place up by the house. Do not leave them by the street.

Make arrangements for a trusted friend or neighbor to check your property and take care of pets, mail, packages or emergencies.

Before Thanksgiving Break begins, there are a number of great offerings on campus they should consider partaking in:

This weekend at various times will be the Fall Faculty and Guest Artist Concert. The concert will feature contemporary, jazz, tap, and classical ballet choreography by our dance faculty and renowned guest choreographers. Always great to see the fabulous dance talent on this campus!

Monday, November 20th at 6 pm is a viewing of Unrest, a documentary about a woman who is stricken with a mysterious illness:  “Jennifer Brea is about to marry the love of her life when she’s struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden. When doctors tell her “it’s all in her head,” she turns her camera on herself and her community as she looks for answers and fights for a cure.” The disease in question is ME/CFS, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I know a Deac who suffers from this very illness and am so glad light is being shed on this condition. The film has also won a bunch of awards, another great reason to go: “Unrest world-premiered January in the documentary competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where it won a Special Jury Prize for editing. It has since screened at SxSW, CPH:DOX, HotDocs, River Run (Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature), the Nashville Film Festival (Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature), among Sheffield Doc/Fest (Illuminate Award).” (from https://www.unrest.film/)

Also on Monday the 20th, if you’re more of a concert buff than a moviegoer, there will be the Student Chamber Concert. Through my years of advising, I have been fortunate to have several musicians as advisees, and every time I’ve gone to one of their concerts, I have been blown away by the music they make.

Those are just a few of the options for your Deacs; they can check out the Events calendar, as there are many more things to see and do on campus.

It’s Friday, and with a big football game tomorrow – and our efforts to encourage students not to engage in high risk drinking behaviors at that game – it is an extra good time for you to call your Deacs today.

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