Ask a Dean Category: Health and Wellness

Do we still have free yoga sessions?

Dear Deans, Do we still have free yoga sessions this semester as we did before, as below? We had a lot of students attending these events before, and hope you and related organizations can still provide this. Thanks. __________ Free YOGA!!! Every Monday and Thursday, 5-6:15 PM Willard Straight Hall, Garden Room (go down the…

Why has the Student Health Plan payment system changed?

Dear Dean, I’m a seventh-year graduate student with a TA appointment in my home department for the Fall semester. As of yet, I haven’t found a position for the Spring semester and intend to apply for Spring positions when they are listed (generally at the end of the Fall semester), as I have done in…

How can we get involved with fitness classes despite limitations?

Dear Deans, Inspired by some of the Grad School encouragements to bring balance into personal life in times of dissertation craziness, I started to look at potential fitness classes to take this fall. However, I found some limitations that I thought I would share with you for feedback: Most of the classes’ schedules are designed…

What can we do to be prepared for an active shooter?

Hi, Deans, I would like to remain anonymous because I don’t want to appear paranoid before my colleagues. I am a first year graduate student and as such I spend most of my time in the lab or in my adjacent office. Since the recent shooting at the high school in Florida, I have become…

Can we label major allergens in foods campus-wide?

Hi there! I don’t really know who to ask so I figured I’d email you. I have an allergy and am expected to go to several networking events on campus as part of my degree. Luckily food is usually served as these events often are back to back and during dinner time. However, the food…

Can I extend my health insurance through October?

Hello, I’m wondering if you can provide some advice for next semester. I will be defending my Ph.D. at the end of August, so I will be conferred in December. However, my postdoc doesn’t start until the end of October so I’m trying to figure out what to do about health insurance for September and…

Can I extend my health insurance until October 1?

Hello, I’ve been receiving the Graduate School Announcements and it has come to my attention that I can email you questions. Last week, someone asked about extending the student health insurance plan, and the answer stated that it was possible to extend for one month. Is it possible for me to extend until October 1?…

Will the Exercise Facility Reimbursement be reinstated?

Hi there, I noticed that the Exercise Facility Reimbursement webpage states that the fitness center reimbursement will not be extended through the 2017-2018 plan year. Lots of people in my program use this benefit and I thought it was a great way to motivate people to exercise more, so I’m confused as to why it’s…

Is there any data to suggest there would be large numbers of students who would participate in the smoking cessation program?

Hello, I recently read your response to the Fitness-Conscious Ph.D. Student and had some comments and questions. Is there any data that would suggest that there would be potential for a larger number students to participate in the smoking cessation program? Personally I only know of one person who smokes in my department. On the…