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Mat-Su College is sponsoring a series of Dragon-approved activities for students, staff, and faculty this Spring semester to help you stay healthy and well-balanced as you make your way through this exciting, often hectic time in life.

Be sure to check the Journey website weekly for updates, full activity descriptions, and to sign up for events requiring advance registration (All events are free unless noted).

Pick up your Field Guide around campus when you see them.
Collect Dragon stamps on the Field Guide by attending events.
Submit Dragon stamps for prizes and entry in prize-drawings! For prizes and directions on winning, see the Field Guide.

Remember, when you attend a Dragon-approved event, make sure you get your Field Guide stamped. Field Guides will not be stamped retroactively: You must collect your stamp at the event.

Mat-Su College Journey activities and behavioral care services for students are supported by a Healthy Impact Grant from the Mat-Su Health Foundation.


Dragon Approved Activities

Click each month to see upcoming events.

March

March 2, 2017 – Introduction to Yoga

  • 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Glenn Massay Theater (Balance Trail)

Are you interested in yoga as an approach to health and wellness, but unsure of how to start, or even what a yoga mat is?  This introductory session will help you become familiar with a few basic yoga poses, plus breathing, relaxation and concentration techniques.

Please wear comfortable clothes, bring a water bottle, an open mind and a smile on your face. Try something new: Your body and mind will THANK YOU! Yoga mats will be provided but you may also bring your own.

March 3, 2017 – Mental Health First Aid

  • 8:30 am – 5 pm, FSM 204/206 (Awareness Trail)

Co-sponsored with THRIVE Mat-Su. The adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered include first aid around anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.

Advance registration required at the website: https://www.aktclms.org/Training/Class/101688. Lunch will be provided. Limited enrollment.

March 6, 2017 – Introduction to Yoga

  • 4:30 – 6 pm, Glenn Massay Theater (Balance Trail)

Are you interested in yoga as an approach to health and wellness, but unsure of how to start, or even what a yoga mat is?  This introductory session will help you become familiar with a few basic yoga poses, plus breathing, relaxation and concentration techniques.

Please wear comfortable clothes, bring a water bottle, an open mind and a smile on your face. Try something new: your body and mind will THANK YOU! Yoga mats will be provided but you may also bring your own.

March 7, 2017 – Alaska Gatekeeper Training using QPR (CEUs available)

  • Noon – 1 pm, FSM 202 (basic) (Awareness Trail)
  • 2:30 – 4:30 pm, FSM 202 (basic, plus Alaska context)
  • 5 – 7 pm, FSM 206 (basic, plus Alaska context)

A gatekeeper is anyone (student, staff, faculty) within a community who is in a position to recognize the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer, an emergency mental health intervention for suicidal persons.

March 9, 2017 – Tundra Talks: Alaska the Great Land – Alaska Grown

  •  6:00 – 8:00 pm (Location to be advised) (Connection Trail)

Explore and celebrate what makes our state unique. View and discuss films on gardening, poultry keeping, and greenhouses in Alaska.

March 10, 2017 – Equinox Film Festival

  • 6 – 10:00 pm, Glenn Massay Theater (Off the Beaten Path Trail)

A celebration of films by and about women. NOTE: There is an admission fee for this event.

March 11, 2017 – Equinox Film Festival

  • 10:00 am – 10:00 pm, Glenn Massay Theater (Off the Beaten Path Trail)

A celebration of films by and about women. NOTE: There is an admission fee for this event.

March 17, 2017 – Submission Deadline for Story Board Presentations

  • Mat-Su College, in coordination with the Palmer Museum of History and Art, will present “Story Board” on April 7, at 7:00 PM, in the Glenn Massay Theater on the Mat-Su College Campus. Students, staff, and faculty will present their stories about “Choices” as a part of MSC’s Journey Program, promoting health and well-being in the community. Live music and refreshments will also be available.Potential storytellers are invited to submit their story for consideration, and seven stories will be featured during the performance. Stories must be seven minutes in length and focus on the theme of “Choices.” Submissions are due by March 17th. Successful applicants will be contacted to provide further detail and answer a few questions, and a rehearsal will be held about one week prior to the performance. Stories must be submitted using the form at the bottom of this page. Tips for submitting stories: 
  • Theme: Your submission should reflect the theme for the evening which is “Choices”. We make choices every day. Sometimes the choices are easy. Sometimes they are hard. We may have regrets or be very happy with how a choice turned out.
    • Scope: A great story has a clear beginning, middle and end. Make sure yours does too!
    • Stakes: Be sure what happens in the story really matters to you, and it’s not just something that happened – make sure you had something to lose or to gain.
    • Timing: Seven minutes is short. Stories about well-defined events in which you know every detail translate well. Stories that span multiple years where you could talk for hours can be very difficult to pare down.
    • End strong: Be prepared and hit it. Walk off to applause. Be very careful using the “moral of the story” ending. The audience is smart, and no one likes to be preached at.

    Successful applicants will be invited to a rehearsal about one week prior to the performance in April. Come prepared to the rehearsal but be open to suggestion and feedback. Rehearsal is a great opportunity to get feedback and hash out ideas and details with an experienced storyteller. The rehearsal phase can be an awesome creative process as you may make small changes to your story or transform your story completely!

    Submissions are limited to students, alumni, staff or faculty of Mat-Su College, but the performance is free and open to the public. All submissions are due by March 17th at 5:00 PM.

  • Submit your Story Board here.

March 22, 2017 – Introduction to Yoga

  • 10 – 11:30 am, Glenn Massay Theater (Balance Trail)

Are you interested in yoga as an approach to health and wellness, but unsure of how to start, or even what a yoga mat is?  This introductory session will help you become familiar with a few basic yoga poses, plus breathing, relaxation and concentration techniques.

Please wear comfortable clothes, bring a water bottle, an open mind and a smile on your face. Try something new, your body and mind will THANK YOU! Yoga mats will be provided but you may also bring your own.

March 25, 2017 – Mat-Su Get Connected Expo!

  • 10 am – 2 pm, Various location on campus (Connection Trail)

THRIVE Mat-Su and Mat-Su College partner together in this community-wide event. Community members of all ages are welcome to attend workshops and visit booths hosted by local organizations. Come learn what is happening in the Mat-Su!

March 28, 2017 – Introduction to Tai Chi

  • Noon – 1:30 pm, Glenn Massay Theater (Balance Trail)

March 30, 2017 – Thoughtful Thursday – Conflict Management

  • 6 – 7 pm, FSM 200

Bring your lunch or dinner and join these informative discussion led by Deborah Bannan, Assistant Professor of Human Services.

March 30, 2017 – Tundra Talks: Alaska: The Great Land – Alaska Grown

  • 6 – 8 pm, Location to be announced (Connection Trail)

Explore and celebrate what makes our state unique. Join the discussion with local experts on gardening, poultry keeping, and greenhouses in Alaska.

March 31, 2017 – Introduction to Yoga

  • 2 – 3:30 pm, Glenn Massay Theater

Are you interested in yoga as an approach to health and wellness, but unsure of how to start, or even what a yoga mat is?  This introductory session will help you become familiar with a few basic yoga poses, plus breathing, relaxation and concentration techniques.

Please wear comfortable clothes, bring a water bottle, an open mind and a smile on your face. Try something new, your body and mind will THANK YOU! Yoga mats will be provided but you may also bring your own.

April

April 3, 2017 – Student Showcase Deadline 

Go to the Student Showcase page to find more information.

Turn in your application in at the Mat-Su Copy Center (Connection Trail)

“A” work pays off!  Enter a paper, project, research report, or any MSC class assignment on which you earned an “A” in the MSC Student Showcase. You can win prizes, but more importantly, a notation on your resume that you participated can make you stand out above your competition for a job or acceptance into a competitive degree program.

April 4, 2017 – Introduction to Tai Chi

  • Noon – 1:30 pm, Glenn Massay Theater (Balance Trail)

April 5, 2017 – Mental Health Panel Discussion – Overcoming Addiction

  • 6 – 7:30 pm, FSM 202 (Awareness Trail)

Area providers discuss local services and share their expertise in the area of substance abuse and mental health. Audience members are encouraged to participate in the open conversation as we break down stigma surrounding substance abuse, addictions, and mental health diagnoses and increase knowledge and compassion.

April 6, 2017 – Happiness Workshop – Mindfulness

  • 4 – 5 pm, FSM 206 (Off the Beaten Path Trail)

Join Shelly Jacobs, Adjunct Professor of Psychology, to explore the basics of happiness.

April 7, 2017 – Story Board Presentations

  • 7 pm, Glenn Massey Theater (Off-the-Beaten Path Trail)

Students, staff, or faculty present their stories about “Choices.” Live music and refreshments will also be available.  Watch for story telling workshops in the spring!  Deadline to enter a story: March 17 , 2017

April 10, 2017 – Project Drive

  • Noon – 5 pm, Glenn Massay Theater Parking Lot (Off-the-Beaten Trail)

You’ll be in the driver’s seat to learn first-hand the dangerous effects of drinking and driving. Participants will have an opportunity to drive while wearing fatal vision goggles which simulate what it’s like to operate with a .08 – .10 blood alcohol level, the level at which someone is considered legally impaired.

April 11, 2017 – Bystander Training

  • 9:30 – 11 am,  or 11:15 am – 12:45 pm, JKB 108 (Awareness Trail)

This 90-minute program will provide you with the skills to act when you see behavior that puts others at risk for violence, victimization, or perpetration. These skills include speaking out against rape myths and sexist language, supporting victims, and intervening in potentially violent situations.

April 11, 2017 – Depression Screening, HUMS Club

  • 12:30 – 2:30 pm and 4:30 – 6 pm, Atrium (Balance Trail)

Take the BDI, a 5-minute test for depression.  This event is sponsored by the Human Services Club.

April 12, 2017 – Happiness Workshop – Self Compassion

  • 4 – 5  pm, FSM 206 (Off-the-Beaten Path Trail)

Join Shelly Jacobs, Adjunct Professor of Psychology, to explore the basics of happiness.

April 12, 2017 – Intro to Tai Chi

  • 10:30 am – Noon, Glenn Massay Theater, (Balance Trail)

April 17, 2017 – Happiness Workshop – Gratitude and Joy

  • 54 – 5 pm, FSM 206 (Off-the-Beaten Path Trail)

Joyous living increases health, and gratitude has been shown to increase an individual’s chances of surviving cancer and other illnesses.  Join Shelly Jacobs, Adjunct Professor of Psychology, to explore the basics of happiness.

April 21, 2017 – Student Showcase Conference  

Visit the Student Showcase page for more details.

  • Time and location to be announced (Connection Trail)

“A” work pays off!  Presentations of the paper, project, research report, or any MSC class assignment on which you earned an “A”  you entered in the MSC Student Showcase. You can win prizes, but more importantly, a notation on your resume that you participated can make you stand out above your competition for a job or acceptance into a competitive degree program.

April 22, 2017 – Tundra Talks: Alaska: The Great Land – Alaskscape

  • 10 am – 2 pm,  location to be announced (Connection Trail)

Explore and celebrate what makes our state and local area unique. Alaskscape is chance to escape the stress and pressure! Join us for demonstrations and mini-discussions on harvesting honey, growing apples, and flying model planes.

April 27, 2017 – Thoughtful Thursday – Stress and Relaxation

  • Noon – 1 pm, FSM 200 (Off-the-Beaten Path Trail)

Bring your lunch or dinner and join these informative discussions led by Deborah Bannan, Assistant Professor of Human Services.


Collect Your Prizes

Bring your Field Guide to Academic Affairs, JKB Room 133, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm to collect your prize(s).

  • 5 stamps:  Get a Frisbee (while supplies last)
  • 6 stamps:  Take a Pedometer (while supplies last)
  • 7 stamps:  Enter the drawing to win a t-shirt (one entry)
  • 8-9 stamps: Enter the drawing to win a choice of yoga punch card, REI gift certificate, or MSC Bookstore gift certificate (up to 3 entries, while supplies last)

Pick up prizes as you reach each level. Deadline to enter drawings is April 28, 2017.


Past Activities

January

      January 26, 2017 – Tundra Talks: Alaska the Great Land – Winter Fun

  • 6 – 8 pm, Location to be advised (Connection Trail)

Explore and celebrate what makes our state and local area unique. Winter fun will focus on activities at Government Peak, skiing and snow machining in Alaska.

      January 27, 2017 – Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Training

  • 9 – 10:30 am, FSM 204/206 (Awareness Trail)

According to the CDC, childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on lifelong health and opportunity.  Deb Haynes and Michele Boyer will discuss the research and implications for individuals, parents, health care providers, and educators.

February

February 1, 2017  –  Introduction to Meditation

  • 9:30 – 10:30, FSM 202 (Balance Trail)

A simple 10-15 minute meditation exercise can leave you feeling calmer, more focused, less stressed and refreshed. This series of introductory meditation sessions designed to give you the encouragement, tools and confidence to overcome the common obstacles people face when starting and maintaining a meditation practice.

February 2, 2017 – Digital Detox, FOMO, and the Art of Mindfulness

  • 6:30 – 8:30 pm, FSM 204/206 (Awareness Trail)

Discover the benefits of a digital detox! Our dependence on technology and increasing fear of missing out (FOMO) can compromise our cognitive skills.  Learn how to practice mindfulness meditation to quiet the mind as a counterbalance against digital toxicity and digital dementia.

February 3, 2017 – Stand Like a Mountain, Flow Like Water

  • 9 – Noon, FSM 204/206 (Awareness Trail)

Times of change bring with it stress and balance is necessary to stay grounded, centered, and connected.  In this inspirational workshop, Brian Luke Seward will weave together theory and story, personal experience and humor, wit and love to help you explore coping with change.

February 8, 2017 -CPR Training

  • 3- 5:00 pm – SND 145 (Connection Trail)

February 9, 2017 – Introduction to Meditation

  • Noon – 1:30 pm, FSM 202 (Balance Trail)

A simple 10-15 minute meditation exercise can leave you feeling calmer, more focused, less stressed and refreshed. This series of introductory meditation sessions designed to give you the encouragement, tools and confidence to overcome the common obstacles people face when starting and maintaining a meditation practice.

February 16, 2017 – Elizabeth Peratrovich Day Event

  • 10 am – 2 pm, Atrium (Connection Trail)

February 17, 2017 – Trauma-Informed Practice

  • 9 – 10:30 am, FSM 202 (Awareness Trail)

Many adults have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience (ACES). In this workshop, you will learn basic techniques how working from a trauma sensitive framework can improve your effectiveness and improve client or student outcomes.

February 18, 2017 – Urban Yeti Improv Troupe

  • 7 pm, Glenn Massay Theater (Off the Beaten Path Trail)

Laughter is good for our mental health! Urban Yeti Improv (UYI) is a masterful improvisational comedy experience.  Performances are inspired by an array of sources, and rely heavily on audience participation.  For this performance, themes will include choices and resilience.

February 23, 2017 – Thoughtful Thursday – Communication Skills

  • Noon – 1 pm, FSM 200 (Off-the-Beaten Path)

Bring your lunch or dinner and join these informative discussions led by Deborah Bannan, Assistant Professor of Human Services

February 24, 2017 – Mental Health First Aid

  • 8:30 am – 5 pm, FSM 204/206 (Awareness Trail)

Co-sponsored with THRIVE Mat-Su. The adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered include first aid around anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.

Advance registration required at the website: https://www.aktclms.org/Training/Class/101687. Lunch will be provided. Limited enrollment.

February 27, 2017 – Telling Your Heroic Journey

6:00 – 7:30 pm, FSM 202 (Off the Beaten Path Trail)

The heroic journey is a metaphor for the personal difficulties each of us faces in life, and our efforts to survive and/or overcome these difficulties. By reframing one’s challenges in this symbolic and creative way, a person can move from the identity of a “victim” or a “failure” to that of a “hero(ine)” who now has gifts to give back to the community and is empowered to continue to engage with what life offers in a healthy way. During the workshop, each participant will draw a picture or write a fictionalized, symbolic story or poem about her or his own heroic journey.

Workshop participants may share their stories in the workshop or enter them in Journey’s upcoming Story Board event which will be held in the Glenn Massay Theater on Friday, April 7. Watch for entry details!

February 28, 2017 – Telling Your Heroic Journey

11:45 am – 1:45 pm, FSM 202 (Off the Beaten Path Trail)

The heroic journey is a metaphor for the personal difficulties each of us faces in life, and our efforts to survive and/or overcome these difficulties. By reframing one’s challenges in this symbolic and creative way, a person can move from the identity of a “victim” or a “failure” to that of a “hero(ine)” who now has gifts to give back to the community and is empowered to continue to engage with what life offers in a healthy way. During the workshop, each participant will draw a picture or write a fictionalized, symbolic story or poem about her or his own heroic journey.

Workshop participants may share their stories in the workshop or enter them in Journey’s upcoming Story Board event which will be held in the Glenn Massay Theater on Friday, April 7. Watch for entry details!

February 28, 2017 – Introduction to Meditation

  • 6 – 7:30 pm, FSM 206 (Awareness Trail)

A simple 10-15 minute meditation exercise can leave you feeling calmer, more focused, less stressed and refreshed. This series of introductory meditation sessions designed to give you the encouragement, tools and confidence to overcome the common obstacles people face when starting and maintaining a meditation practice.