Journey

Building Resiliency

Welcome to your Mat-Su College educational journey. There are many rewarding experiences along the path to your ultimate goal; however, there are tests along the way (and not just the ones you take in class).

Mat-Su College sponsors a series of activities and wellness services for students, staff, and faculty to help you cope with stress, rise to challenges, and stay healthy as you make your way through this exciting time in life.
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All Journey activities and behavioral care services are free.

Some events require pre-registration, so be sure to sign up on this page before attending.


Dragon-Approved Activities

Click a month below to see all of the upcoming Journey Events.

  • January
    Campus Kickoff

    Thursday, January 16th
    12:00 - 1:00
    MatSu College Cafeteria
    - Stay on campus our first Thursday of school for Kombucha provided by 203 Kombucha, soup provided by K3 Group, local music, your chance to win a $20 gift card from Campus Cache, and to meet with our club representatives all in one, easy stop!

     

    Alaska Avalanche 

    Wednesday, January 22nd

    Wednesday, January 29th

    12:00 - 12:50 pm

    FSM 204

    - Students are introduced to processes for evaluating where and how to travel in avalanche terrain. They are appropriate for anyone traveling in the winter backcountry whether their intent is to avoid or safely travel in avalanche terrain. By combining classroom and field time with seasoned avalanche professionals these courses aim to prepare students for independent travel in avalanche terrain.

     

    Adverse Childhood Experiences

    Wednesday, January 27th

    4:00 - 5:15 pm

    FSM 204


    - Learn how the experiences of your childhood can affect your health and wellbeing later in life. 

     

  • February

    Alaska Avalanche

    Wednesday, February 5th

    12:00 - 2:00 pm

    Outside

    - Students are introduced to processes for evaluating where and how to travel in avalanche terrain. They are appropriate for anyone traveling in the winter backcountry whether their intent is to avoid or safely travel in avalanche terrain. By combining classroom and field time with seasoned avalanche professionals these courses aim to prepare students for independent travel in avalanche terrain.

    Zumba

    Wednesday, February 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, March 4th

    12:00 - 12:50 pm 

    Location TBD

    - Get up and get moving! Join your fellow students for heart healthy fitness zumba sessions. Remember to bring a change of clothes, water, and mindset to move. 

    QPR training for suicide prevention

    Monday, February 10th

    12:00 - 2:00 pm 

    FSM 204 

    - Recognize the warning signs of suicide, learn how to offer hope, know how to get the right help when needed. 

     

    Chocolate Demo

    Thursday, February 13th

    11:30 - 1:00 pm 

    Atrium

    - Learn how to make healthy chocolate snacks in this free, on-campus demonstration!

    Good Nutrition v Dieting 

    Thursday, February 20th

    4:00 -5:15 pm

    FSM 204 

    - Learn about the differences between good nutrition and dieting, and how knowing those differences can help you build a more sustainable diet. 

     

  • March

    Climate Change is Here: What can you do? 

    Monday, March 2nd

    4:00 - 5:15

    FSM 204

    - Learn how climate change is affecting your community and what you can do to mitigate the effects.

    NCBI - Diversity Training

    Friday, March 20th

    1:00 - 5:00 pm

    FSM 204  

    Open to all students, faculty, and staff, this award-winning program consists of a series of incremental activities that help participants celebrate and differences, recognize misinformation, learn hands-on-tools for dealing effectively with offensive remarks and behaviors, and so much more! 

    Yoga

    Thursday, March 19th

    Time TBD

    Location TBD 

    - Bring comfortable clothes, water, and an open mind to the glenn massay theater and learn a few basic yoga poses, breathing, and relaxation techniques in this introductory series of yoga sessions. 

    Safe Zone Training

    Tuesday, March 31st

    12:00 - 2 pm 

    FSM 204

    Gratitude Week: Letters of Appreciation

    November 20 - November 26th, 10 am - 3 pm, FSM Lobby

    In our fast-paced world, there is nothing quite like receiving a handwritten letter of appreciation in the mail. Stop by and write an encouraging letter to someone! Come prepared with the address because we will stamp and mail it for you!

     

  • April

    Healthy Relationships 

    Tuesday, April 7th

    12:00 - 12:50 pm

    FSM 204  

    - Learn what techniques research says is the most effective in building romantic relationships. 

    Perspectives on Medication 

    Wednesday, April 8th

    12:00 - 1 pm

    FSM 202 

    - Approaching mental health medication can be complicated and intense at times. Listen to local psychiatric nurse practitioner Richard Crisistomo walk you through safe and healthy ways to explore mental health medication. 

    Directors Walk 

    Thursday, April 9th and 16th

    Time TBD
    - Take a walk in the nature trails behind our wonderful campus with our own Mat-Su College Director, Talis Colberg!

     

    Storytelling 

    Monday, April 23rd

    Wednesday, April 25th

    12:00 - 12:50 pm

    Location TBD

Traveler's Aid

Earn a Proactive Stamp:

  • Attending a FAFSA Friday or UAA Scholarship Workshop
  • Using the MSC Math or Writing Tutor services
  • Joining in on a Math Cram Jam session
  • Showing up to a library information session
  • Meeting with a career counselor in Student Services
  • Meeting with your your Mat-Su College advisor

Don’t Go It Alone!

You’re not alone on this journey! If you feel like you’re losing your way, there are places to go to help you get back on track:

Counseling Services

Mat-Su College students may receive up to five free counseling appointments with an experienced behavioral health clinician. To make an appointment, call Mat-Su Health Services at 907-376-2411 and identify yourself as a Mat-Su College student. You may meet with the clinician on campus or at Mat-Su Health Services.

Campus Resources

All faculty and staff are available to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Just ask for help!

Mat-Su Valley Resources

Visit the United Way website for a complete listing of local organizations and agencies.