Welcome to the Wellness Program! This schedule (seminar details below) will be updated throughout the year. For more information, or if you have suggestions for a workshop or event that might be credit-worthy, please contact Katie.Sawyer@colby.edu.
  • See Wellness Requirement Policy for full requirement details and deadlines.
  • Sexual Violence Prevention training must be completed by November 14 to select Spring 2017 classes.
  • Four Wellness Seminars (below) must be completed by first-years to select Fall 2017 classes in April. (Most other students must complete the requirement before selecting Spring 2017 classes in November.)
  • To receive credit, your ID card must be scanned at the end of the seminar; for smaller workshops only, you must sign the attendance sheet.
  • If a seminar you attend is not applied to your Distribution Checklist, please contact Valerie Sirois, Associate Registrar within one week of the event.

*Updated April 10, 2017*


Past Seminars 2016-17

Wednesday, September 14, 4-5pm, meet in Pulver;
“Explore Your Local Woods” with Colby’s Director of Outdoor Education, Ryan Linehan

We will explore the local trails right outside your residence halls. Students will gain knowledge of the local trail systems and receive a packet of information unlocking a wide variety of local day hikes you can enjoy all year long. Class size is limited. Please register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/QgbZlBOkxXFR9H7r1

POSTPONED – Sunday, September 18, 2-4pm, Colby Museum of Art;
“Landscapes and Outdoor Sketching”

The new field of environmental psychology has shown that spending time in nature enhances one’s physical, psychological, and social well-being. Creativity is also a practice that increases positive emotions, reduces stress, and even boosts the immune system. In this workshop, we will teach students how to combine making art with time outdoors by sketching nature in Colby’s Perkins Arboretum. Class size is limited. Please register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/sPvKqVGbkDvEY9Cu1

Monday, September 19, 7:30-8:30pm, Page Commons;
“Mental Health and Sports: A Personal Story of Depression and Resilience”

Will Heininger, former University of Michigan football player, tells about his personal journey with depression –– stigma, hiding it, thinking he was weak, and suffering in silence –– before realizing help was available and overcoming it. Will guides his audience in recognizing their own path toward mental well-being and identifying resources to continue their progress.

Wednesday, September 28, 4-5pm, meet in Pulver;
“Introduction to Climbing at Colby” with Ryan Linehan

We will introduce you to the Indoor Climbing Facilities at the Colby Alfond Athletic Center. Join Ryan Linehan and student wall monitors as we unlock this valuable resource! No experience necessary. Attendance limited to 10. Register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/yhzImZm8uFToq0Ip2

Tuesday, October 11, 7:30-8:30pm, Page Commons;
“Yes, No, Maybe: Navigating Sex on Campus” – Rachel Hills

Sexual health isn’t just about preventing pregnancy and STIs: it’s about carving out a sex and relationships life that works for you. But with so many conflicting ideas about what’s sexually “healthy” –– from saving yourself for marriage, to making sure you keep things “interesting,” to the idea that college is a cornucopia of endless sexual opportunity –– figuring out what you want and how to advocate for it is more easily said than done. In this interactive talk, The Sex Myth author Rachel Hills leads a discussion interrogating what we’re told we should be doing when it comes to sex, and the sex lives we actually want to have.

Wednesday, October 19, 7:30-9:00pm, Page Commons;
“Confronting Ourselves: Promoting Diversity, Cultural Competence, and Inclusive Excellence through Community Building”

Dr. Derek Greenfield is a visionary speaker, consultant, and thought leader dedicated to inclusive excellence and positive change. With his dynamic and interactive approach, creative ideas, track record of success, and sense of humor, Dr. Greenfield has become a highly requested presenter across the globe. His powerful keynotes and workshops on issues such as diversity and inclusion, motivation, team building, student development, innovative pedagogy, and hip-hop culture have been featured at a wide range of conferences, companies, and colleges, including McDonald’s Corporation, NCAA, International Conference on Cultural Diversity, Hilton Hotels, MIT, Progress Energy, and the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks.

Sunday, October 23, 2-4pm, Colby Museum
“Processing Emotion through Making Art”

Art therapy comes in many forms, but all are effective in calming your emotions and thoughts, as well as being the starting point for self-expression and communication. In this workshop we will be working with watercolors to outline our bodily state and talk about the areas that are most dense and opaque. It will be like creating a relaxing self-portrait. To better process your emotions and thoughts, you are encouraged to bring your own music to listen to while you draw. Class size is limited. Please register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/6uvk3eomKH2QDADv2

Tuesday, November 1, 7-8pm, Rose Chapel;
“Introduction to Meditation” with Jing Ye

Meditation has been proven to enhance relaxation and overall well being. This experiential workshop will introduce basic technique and provide the opportunity to begin a practice of mindfulness. Class size is limited. Please register your interest at: https://goo.gl/forms/0ald0QiGt0Bi3XTD2

Monday, November 7, 7:30-9:00pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
Kicking My Blue Genes in the Butt” with Josh Rivedal

Join us for an evening with Josh Rivedal, a college mental health/suicide prevention specialist and Broadway actor. Kicking My Blue Genes in the Butt features a 75-minute, three part program – one-man Broadway style play, education session and panel discussion on suicide, mental health and diversity.

Wednesday, November 9, 7:30pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
“Mental Health Narratives”

Sponsored by SHOC, Mental Health Narratives features the reading of anonymous stories written by Colby students about their experiences with mental illness. Each year, Colby students are asked to submit their stories related to mental health. Although students can read their own stories, they also have the option to remain anonymous.

Monday, November 28, 7-8pm, Pugh Center;
“Trans Experiences and Mental Health”: A short film and discussion

As part of SHOC’s Mental Health Awareness Month, SHOC and The Bridge have collaborated, along with student Eileen Hopf, to view a student made, short film on interviews with 6 trans people talking about experiences with mental health, being trans, and the intersections between the two. Specific mental health topics covered are self harm and suicide. Discussion to follow.

Tuesday, November 29, 7-8pm, Rose Chapel;
“Stress Relief Workshop” with SHOC

Join us at the Stress Workshop to relax, unwind, and reflect on the causes of stress and tools to manage stress in our daily lives. This interactive workshop will consist of a series of exercises to help relieve stress, such as journaling, massage, group games, guided breathing/meditation, group discussions and self-reflection. Class size is limited. Please register your interest at: https://goo.gl/forms/HBhTBPUIxikRPCJ72

Monday, January 9, 2017, 2:00-3:30pm, meet in Pulver;
“Pulver Teaching Kitchen Cooking Class”

Join SHOC and Bon Appetit to learn how to cook healthy and simple meals on a low budget! This instructional class is great for both novice and experienced chefs. You will work together with other students in a hands-on environment, led by a Bon Appetit chef and nutritionist. Class size is limited. Please contact cmmurtha@colby.edu to reserve a spot.

Monday, January 9, 2017, 7:30-8:30pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
“Am I Enough? A Survival Guide for the Incoming Freshman” with Scott Fried

This workshop connects with the hidden world of many young people, illustrating feelings of isolation and separateness, and teaching how to embrace the difficult issues that arise while growing toward full adulthood. Using case studies and real emails from teens in crisis, Scott takes us through such topics as sexual responsibility, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, self-immolation, and suicidal ideation, and ties together a central theme of loneliness and seclusion. This talk helps answer the haunting question: “Am I Enough?

Monday, January 16, 2017, 2:00-3:30pm, meet in Pulver;
“Pulver Teaching Kitchen Cooking Class”

Join SHOC and Bon Appetit to learn how to cook healthy and simple meals on a low budget! This class is great for both novice and experienced chefs. You will work together with other students in a hands-on environment, led by a Bon Appetit chef and nutritionist. Class size is limited. Please contact cmmurtha@colby.edu to reserve a spot.

Monday, January 23, 2017, 2:00-3:30pm, meet in Pulver;
“Pulver Teaching Kitchen Cooking Class”

Join SHOC and Bon Appetit to learn how to cook healthy and simple meals on a low budget! This class is great for both novice and experienced chefs. You will work together with other students in a hands-on environment, led by a Bon Appetit chef and nutritionist. Class size is limited. Please contact cmmurtha@colby.edu to reserve a spot.

Thursday, February 2, 2017, 7:30-9:30pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
“Documentary Film and Discussion” with Chamique Holdsclaw

A basketball sensation, Chamique Holdsclaw led the Lady Volunteers of the University of Tennessee to three straight NCAA Championships and was the #1 Pick in the 1999 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics. She was Rookie of the Year, had six WNBA All-Star appearances, and holds an Olympic Gold Medal. Through personal struggles with depression, Chamique has dedicated her life to mental health and wellness activism. Join Chamique as she shares her documentary, Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw. A panel discussion including Chamique, local mental health advocates, and campus resources will follow.

Monday, February 6, 2017, 7:30-9:00pm, Page Commons;
“Man Up” and Open Up: Athletics and Masculinity as Cultural Change Agents

How can we use the transformative power of sport as a way to look at, and possibly change, our communities? How can we amplify the healthy voices within all genders, but especially men, to end sexual violence? Drawing from his experience as an athlete at Colby, co-founder of Mules Against Violence, and now as a coach and educator, Eric Barthold ‘12 sets out to answer these questions through dialogue. In this workshop, he sparks peer-to-peer conversations about masculinity and sexual violence and about rethinking how we can create social change at Colby and across the country.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 3:30-5:00pm, meet in Pulver;
“Pulver Teaching Kitchen Cooking Class”

Join SHOC and Bon Appetit to learn how to cook healthy and simple meals on a low budget! This class is great for both novice and experienced chefs. You will work together with other students in a hands-on environment, led by a Bon Appetit chef and nutritionist. Class size is limited. Please contact cmmurtha@colby.edu to reserve a spot.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 3:30-5:00pm, meet in Pulver;
“Pulver Teaching Kitchen Cooking Class”

Join SHOC and Bon Appetit to learn how to cook healthy and simple meals on a low budget! This class is great for both novice and experienced chefs. You will work together with other students in a hands-on environment, led by a Bon Appetit chef and nutritionist. Class size is limited. Please contact cmmurtha@colby.edu to reserve a spot.

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 7:30-8:30pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
“Wellness and the Outdoors” with the COOT Committee

This seminar will be a discussion with the COOT Committee exploring the mental health benefits of adventures and natural environments. Learn about connections to landscapes and what we have to gain from being outdoors as well as creative ways to engage in healthy habits on and around Colby campus.

Saturday, February 18, 2017, 2:00-4:00pm, Page Commons;
“Stop Kiss”

Stop Kiss, by Diana Son, is a play that follows the relationship of two women living in New York City. As they discover there might be something more between them than just a strong friendship, the two are suddenly assaulted in a life-altering attack. The play explores assault, victim-blaming, and homosexuality, and asks what the best response to demeaning and hateful behavior is, particularly in regards to women and cat-calling. This Powder & Wig production will be available to first years only as a Wellness Seminar on Saturday February 18th in Page at 2pm. Note: the other two performances of this show on Friday and Saturday night will NOT be counted as a Wellness Seminar.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 3:30-5:00pm, meet in Pulver;
“Pulver Teaching Kitchen Cooking Class”

Join SHOC and Bon Appetit to learn how to cook healthy and simple meals on a low budget! This class is great for both novice and experienced chefs. You will work together with other students in a hands-on environment, led by a Bon Appetit chef and nutritionist. Class size is limited. Please contact cmmurtha@colby.edu to reserve a spot.

Friday, February 24, 2017, 7:30-9:00pm, Strider Theater;
“Sounds of Blackness: Revolutions and Movements in Black History”

The students who wrote this performance hope to educate the public on the rich history of Black activism and revolutions that have shaped and been shaped by our experiences up to the present day. We would like to leave the Colby community invigorated to mobilize in their own ways, in their own communities, and overcome current realities that have left many discouraged and feeling disempowered.

Saturday, February 25, 2017, 7:30-9:00pm, Page Commons;
“The Vagina Monologues”

The Vagina Monologues, created by Eve Ensler in 1996, is a collection of monologues taken from actual interviews of women. The monologues all deal with subjects relating to femininity, including sex, love, rape, birth, and of course, vaginas. All of these monologues will be performed by Colby College female students. Sponsored by Powder and Wig.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 3:30-5:00pm, meet in Pulver;
“Pulver Teaching Kitchen Cooking Class”

Join SHOC and Bon Appetit to learn how to cook healthy and simple meals on a low budget! This class is great for both novice and experienced chefs. You will work together with other students in a hands-on environment, led by a Bon Appetit chef and nutritionist. Class size is limited. Please contact cmmurtha@colby.edu to reserve a spot.

Thursday, March 2, 2017, 7:30-8:30pm, Lovejoy 208;
“Sex Ed 101”

Did you get good sex education in high school? Do you know nothing about how sex works but want to? Do you just love sex and want to know more about it? People arrive at college with varying levels of experience with sex and sex education, so this workshop will cover the basics while remaining interesting to those who already have a solid foundation. The goal of this Sex Ed 101 workshop is to bring small groups together in a comfortable setting to talk about sex and share the resources that can facilitate safe and fun experiences. We will talk about anatomy, contraceptives, STIs, and several other important topics. After going through this peer-led workshop, students will have the tools to make informed decisions about sex and the resources to engage further around the topic. Space in this session is limited to 20 people, please contact Eileen Hopf emhopf@colby.edu or Emily Schusterbauer eeschust@colby.edu to reserve a spot.

Monday, March 6, 2017, 7:30-8:30pm, Lovejoy 208;
“Sex Ed 101”

Did you get good sex education in high school? Do you know nothing about how sex works but want to? Do you just love sex and want to know more about it? People arrive at college with varying levels of experience with sex and sex education, so this workshop will cover the basics while remaining interesting to those who already have a solid foundation. The goal of this Sex Ed 101 workshop is to bring small groups together in a comfortable setting to talk about sex and share the resources that can facilitate safe and fun experiences. We will talk about anatomy, contraceptives, STIs, and several other important topics. After going through this peer-led workshop, students will have the tools to make informed decisions about sex and the resources to engage further around the topic. Space in this session is limited to 20 people, please contact Eileen Hopf emhopf@colby.edu or Emily Schusterbauer eeschust@colby.edu to reserve a spot.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 7:30-8:30pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
“Behind Happy Faces: Talking About Mental Illness” with Ross Szabo

Ross is an award winning speaker, writer, trainer, and former Peace Corps Volunteer. Since 2002, he has spoken to more than 1 million students about the importance of mental health and provided a positive example to empower them to seek help.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 7:30-8:30pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
“SHOC Narratives: Mental Health and the Body”

Mental Health Narratives is an event held every semester by SHOC in order to raise awareness and support for issues of mental health on Colby’s campus. This semester’s theme will be Mental Health and the Body. Submissions by members of the Colby community will be read in a supportive, empowering environment.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 7:30-8:30pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
“Loud in the House of Myself” with Stacy Pershall

Hosted by Colby’s Active Minds chapter, Stacy Pershall relates her personal journey from her early childhood, punctuated by severe bullying from her classmates to her struggles with depression and eating disorders in college and ultimate attempted suicide. Stacy found dialectical behavior therapy after moving to New York City and proved to herself and others that it is possible to recover.

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7:30-8:30pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
“Sleep 101” with Dr. Turk

Sleeping like a baby shouldn’t be rocket science, especially since even babies can do it, right? Wrong! It isn’t always that easy or intuitive. During this seminar, we’ll discuss how much sleep you truly need, the optimal conditions to ensure restful nights and how to resolve some of the common sleep concerns, so you can be your most alert, energetic, smart and reasonable self during the day.

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 8:00-9:00pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
“Positivity and Resilience” with Kevin Pearce, founder of the Love Your Brain Foundation

Kevin Pearce, public speaker and founder of the Love Your Brain Foundation, was a professional snowboarder who had a traumatic brain injury in 2009 while training for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Kevin’s program and talk are designed to build community, foster resilience, and help people understand the importance of loving your brain.