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 7 to select Spring 2019 classes.
  • Four Wellness Seminars (below) must be completed by first-years to select Fall 2019 classes in April. (Most other students must complete the requirement before selecting Spring 2019 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.

Cyber Hygiene: ThinkSecure (Ongoing online course), September 8, 2018 – March 31, 2019
This self-paced online course provides crucial tips for online security for your academic and personal lives, including use of strong passwords, recognizing scams and viruses, being watchful about links and emails, staying smart with your information storage, and taking proactive steps for protection. Identity theft is devastating — make this long-term investment in your future mental health! Course length is approximately 1 hour and must be fully completed before credit is awarded. Verifications of completion will be automatically uploaded to Distribution Checklists weekly. To gain access to this program, please fill out this Google form https://goo.gl/forms/RhtiTlaHNqYBegdc2. You will receive an email confirmation that includes the log-in for the program.

Various dates (see below);
“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. Available dates in 2018 are September 17, October 2, November 7, December 4. Available dates in 2019 are January 10, February 7, March 4, April 3, April 9. Space in these sessions is limited to 20 people, please reserve your spot at: Sex Ed 101 seminar registration.

Tuesday, December 4, 7:30pm-8:30pm, Parker Reed Room in SSW Alumni Center;
“Allow Notifications? The Subtle Art of Finding Smartphone/Life Balance with Donna Freitas”

Do you struggle with Social Media/Life balance? With Smartphone/Life balance for that matter? Don’t we all? Especially when we are trying to study for exams? Join us for a conversation about Donna Freitas’s research about college students’ struggles to find balance in how they use social media and their smartphones–especially when it comes to exam and paper-writing time. We’ll talk about her findings, and how other college students around the country might have exactly the kind of study tips you need for putting down that phone (even just for a bit) in order to prepare yourself for the exams you have that are around the corner. We’ll talk about the idea of smartphone-life balance, and why it seems harder for some people than others to achieve, and discuss efforts you might make to head in that direction.

Thursday, December 6, 7:30pm-8:30pm, Colby Museum
Painting your Emotions

What do colors say about you? Can colors say what you are feeling? Come to the Museum during this wellness program and explore our galleries for inspiration then return to our interactive space, Mirken Education Center to tap into your emotions through a relaxing watercolor painting exercise. Class size is limited. Please register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/LMrs6EDsZwbFRnrZ2. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

Wednesday, January 9, 7:30pm-8:30pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
“AIDS, Love & Staying Alive” with Scott Fried

Internationally celebrated HIV/AIDS educator, motivational speaker and annual guest lecturer at Colby College, Scott Fried, will change the way you think about your life. Come hear his story as he celebrates his 30th year of living with HIV and be inspired by some of the many lessons he has learned along the way. Some topics include living a life of contradiction, the power of authenticity and vulnerability, the value of unhappiness, the wisdom of gratitude and the qualities of mercy. In addition, you’ll learn about safer sex and consent on campus, as well as new HIV/AIDS information like TasP, PEP and PrEP. In the words of one Colby student, “I cannot even begin to tell you how you moved and touched my soul.” You’ll thank yourself for coming.

Sunday, February 24, TBA, Given Auditorium;
“RenMentality”

Renaissance Men will explore sacred and secular compositions by those who suffered with mental and behavioral disorders, including works by Schumann, Beethoven, Ives, Monteverdi, and Mussorgsky. American composer Jay Mobley will premiere a major work for tenor|bass voices based on written testimonials from those in moments of crisis. A one-act musical play, each scene will be introduced with a song from Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged in New York album featuring the songs of Kurt Cobain, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018. Renaissance Men partnered with National Alliance on Mental Illness Massachusetts to interview people affected by mental health issues in some way – those with lived experience as well as their family and friends. Their testimony will be the inspiration for Jay Mobley’s composition. All attendees must reserve a free ticket in advance. Ticketing will open in 2019.


Past Seminars 2018-19

Wednesday, September 12, 7:00-8:00pm, Page Teaching Kitchen
Making Pizza Dough

Think making pizza dough is hard? It is really very easy once you know the trick. It isn’t just pizza dough – you can make calzones, garlic knots and more once you master the dough. Classes are limited to 10 students. Please register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/pm65eVneHbaMVRQq2. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

Monday, September 17th, 7:30-9:00pm, Strider Theater;
“Methtacular!

Methtacular! is the brutally honest story of writer/performer Steven Strafford’s three years as a crystal meth addict in Chicago. Remarkably, the account of his exploits manages to be simultaneously hilarious and devastating. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience this heartfelt, fun, and searingly honest memoir directly from someone who’s been through the worst and came out the other side…with jazz hands. This performance includes an audience talkback with Steven after the performance. CONTENT ADVISORY: Methtacular! contains frank and explicit language regarding drug use, domestic violence, and gay sex. Space is limited. Please reserve your free ticket https://www.eventbrite.com/e/methtacular-tickets-49140122429.

Wednesday, September 19, 7:00-8:00pm, Page Teaching Kitchen
Cooking with Potatoes

Who knew a potato could ever taste so good? Potatoes are so much more than mashed, learn how they are found in so many different cuisines as we celebrate the amazing potato! Classes are limited to 10 attendees. Please register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/FbB4ThUe10pPHRDX2. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

Wednesday, September 26, 7:00-8:00pm, Page Teaching Kitchen
Cooking with Honey

We are about to let you in on a secret: honey is every cook’s best friend! Join this class to learn they many ways to use honey in the kitchen. Classes are limited to 10 attendees. Please register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/kjnr78xXnKlX1sYu1. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

REGISTRATION CLOSED – Thursday, September 27, 4:00-5:00pm, 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/XpUd5OovAgYWjUZb2. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

Wednesday, October 3, 7:00-8:00pm, Page Teaching Kitchen
Soups You Can Make in the Dorm

Learn how easy it is to make soup from scratch using simple ingredients. Classes are limited to 10 attendees. Please register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/ENX6yECqsXEbiVUu2. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

Thursday October 4, 7:30pm, Page Commons;
“Crazy Love: From the Ivy League to A Gun at My Head

A year after graduating from Harvard, Leslie Morgan Steiner met and married a man who beat her. Come learn the truth about relationship abuse myths and misconceptions from a woman who’s been there. **Program contains accounts of intimate partner violence. Audience discretion advised.

REGISTRATION CLOSED – Thursday, October 4, 4:00-5:00pm, 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/XpUd5OovAgYWjUZb2. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

REGISTRATION CLOSED – Wednesday, October 10, 7:00-8:00pm, Page Teaching Kitchen
Cheese Making

Learn how to make cheese – it’s easier than you think!. Classes are limited to 10 attendees. Please register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/P5vsbFn9S03AhdaR2. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

Monday, October 22, 8:00-9:30pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
“Failure and Resilience: Student Perspectives”

Everybody fails – sometimes spectacularly – but what you choose to do in response to adversity has powerful influence over what happens next. Our distinguished Colby Community student panelists will share true stories about their own personal failures and fiascos, along with thoughtful explanations of how they’ve developed and implemented successful strategies to move ahead with their lives. Viewing failure as feedback rather than fate is critical to learning from it. Sponsored by the Dean of Studies Office.

REGISTRATION CLOSED – Tuesday, October 23, 7:00-8:00pm, ;
“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/EZ3ctad1awfaKvLZ2. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

REGISTRATION CLOSED – Wednesday, October 24, 7:00-8:00pm, Page Teaching Kitchen
Salsas and Dips From Around the World

Impress your friends with sauces you create – pico de gallo, harissa, chimichurri, and sofrito. Classes are limited to 10 attendees. Please register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/GRtcPS5gUfuZUbG03. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

Thursday, October 25, 7:30-9:30pm, Given Auditorium;
“Film Screening of “Andy Irons: Kissed by God”

The Surf Club, in collaboration with Outdoor Education, Active Minds, and the Outing Club, is hosting a film screening of “Andy Irons: Kissed by God,” a Teton Gravity Research production. This documentary follows the life of one of the world’s best competitive surfers who struggled with substance abuse and bipolar disorder throughout his career. The movie tells a unique and important narrative about these issues that isn’t usually told through the lens of action sports films. Doors will open at 7:00pm and the film will begin at 7:30 in Given Auditorium. Gear will be raffled off before the film begins!

Friday, October 26, 6:30-8:00pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
“Carmen Mojica”

Carmen Mojica is an Afro-Dominicana born and raised in the Bronx. She is a midwife, writer, and reproductive health activist. The focus of her work is on the empowerment of women and people of the African Diaspora, specifically discussing the Afro-Latina identity. She utilizes her experience as a midwife to raise awareness on maternal and infant health for women, highlighting the disparities in the healthcare system in the United States for women of color. Program sponsored by SOBLU.

REGISTRATION CLOSED – Tuesday, October 30, 7:00-8:00pm, ;
“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/EZ3ctad1awfaKvLZ2. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

REGISTRATION CLOSED – Wednesday, October 31, 7:00-8:00pm, Page Teaching Kitchen
Make Your Own Halloween Treats

Make some fun Halloween treats that you can share. Classes are limited to 10 attendees. Please register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/iPf6FAOCd20uUcdD2. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

Saturday, November 3, 7:00-8:30pm, Strider Theater;
“Latinidad: Caught Between Two Worlds by Carlos Perez”

In honor of Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month Latinidad is a production put on by Students Organized for Black and Latinx Unity. This year, the production will be “Caught Between Two Worlds” by Carlos Perez. This play focuses on the struggles of Andrea, a mixed teen, who deals with the plight of colorism in society. Advance tickets required via the SOBLU table in the Spa the week of October 29th. Please indicate that you will be attending for Wellness Credit.

Tuesday, November 6, 7:30pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
“Beyond Consent: The Science of Yes and No with Emily Nagoski, PhD”

“Yes means yes,” “no means no,” “consent is like tea,” and “Nah to the ah to the, no, no, no!” – is consent really that simple? Sometimes it is… and sometimes there’s more to it. This talk is about the art and science of sexual pleasure and communication – connecting with your own sexuality and/or with a partner’s sexuality in a way that maximizes pleasure and agency.

Sunday, November 11, 12:00pm-2:00pm, Colby Museum
Find Yourself through Art

Join the Museum’s wellness program as we deeply explore our inspirational galleries, identifying how artists used art to express themselves, their feelings and how they responded to the world around them. Following the exploration there will be a self portrait exercise in our interactive space, the Mirken Education Center. Class size is limited. Please register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/zk9Lts2usUQlbyrB2. Confirmation will be distributed via email.