April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month

shannon-blog-tagJenna Novak, an associate counselor and outreach and prevention coordinator at the UW-Stout Counseling Center, is just one of many counselors here to help students struggling with mental health and other personal issues. She helps students of all backgrounds, including those who have concerns, or experiences with sexual assault.

Jenna shared some tips on how to be more aware of unsafe situations. “Know what consent is – per Wisconsin Statute, someone who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs cannot legally give consent for sex – familiarize yourself with the “I Step Up” campaign on campus, always use the buddy system, watch your drink and know what’s in your cup.”

If you ever feel the need to talk with a counselor, contact the Counseling Center by phone at 715-232-2468, or visit them in 410 Bowman Hall. The center is available for students Monday- Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Of additional resources, contact the Bridge to Hope at 715-235-9074. Bridge to Hope offers free and confidential services including 24 hour crisis phone and text line, private consultations with supportive advocates, emergency shelter, accompaniment to sexual assault nurse examinations, weekly support groups, and more.

If you are in an emergency, or don’t feel comfortable or safe in certain situations, contact the Campus Police at 715-232-2222 or, in the case of an emergency, dial 911.

“It is never the victim’s fault,” Jenna added. “Don’t underestimate the power of support and validation. Recovery and healing is a process, an up and down journey of pain, hope and healing. Remember there are resources and support available, you are not alone.”

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Take2 – March 31 – April 6

Shannon and Eric are back to bring you this week’s events, as well as a preview of next week’s Family Weekend schedule.

University Theatre Presents:
Seussical the Musical

See the beloved characters of Dr. Seuss come to life in this magical and energetic musical.
7:30 p.m. March 30, 31, April 1, 7, 8
1.30 pm April 8
Tickets $12.00 for Adults, $6.00 Children under Twelve
Harvey Hall Theatre
Get Tickets Here

Family Weekend Schedule:
www.uwstout.edu/familyweekend

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Fantastic Stout Strangers and How to Meet Them

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There are over 9,000 students on campus, but how many do you actually know? Probably not all of them. You see familiar faces around university grounds and in the halls, but imagine what it would be like to know them, to understand them, and heck, to even hangout with them!

On Tuesday, March 28, the University Library and SPEAK UP hosted a “Speed Friending” event, where students could actively engage with strangers. So, that’s what I did! Five minutes on the clock, a stranger in front of me and a jar of questions were all the components needed to connect.

Gretchen is fascinated with computers and Kristin loves the color periwinkle. Taasia’s passion for “The Lion King” is something beautiful, and Brandon enjoys the band “We the Kings,” although I have never heard of them until now.

There is so much to learn from our fellow students, and so many opportunities to find common ground with hobbies, favorite books, aspirations and even fears. However, there is also a chance to expose ourselves to new ideas, cultures and other interests.

Celine has a French name, but isn’t French, and Emma is very empathetic. Jun comes from a Chinese culture, and was teaching me some of her native language. Finally, Zarah must love pizza as much as I do, since we grabbed some as the clock was counting down.

I met more students then the eight pictured above, each one sharing something unique about them that I couldn’t help but admire.

Try opening your mind. Meet a stranger. Ask some questions. Five minutes is all you’ll need to connect.

Don’t know what to ask? Here are a few options (taken from the event):

  • What’s the best thing about living in Menomonie? The worst?
  • If you were going to write a novel under a pen name, what would you choose as your name?
  • Would you rather visit the world 100 years in the past? Or 100 years in the future?
  • Of all the books you’ve read, which one made the biggest impact on you and why?
  • What’s the longest you have gone without looking at social media in the past year and how did you do it?
  • What is one of the most difficult things to have happened to you so far in 2017?
  • If there is one thing you could change about how people relate to you, what would it be?

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