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Spring 2014 Workshops, Groups and Classes


Managing Your Mood Workshop
From time to time most of us have some difficulty managing our emotions or stress, especially when life gets hectic. If you are currently looking for ways to improve your mood and manage your stress, please consider attending our Managing Your Mood Workshop.  The Workshop is free and open to NDSU students. Meeting Thursdays 9:30-10:50, beginning February 6th. For more information, please contact Jaryn at 231-7671 or

LGBTQ Support Group

To be offered at the Diversity Center. Further information, dates and times TBA on our web site shortly! For further information, feel free to call the Counseling Center at 701-231-7671 and ask for GiGi or Allen.

Relaxation Techniques Workshops

Learn to Relax! Thursdays at 4:00 in the Counseling Center. Open to all NDSU students! Begins 1/23/13. Open to all NDSU students. Begins 1/23/13. Every week a new technique will be taught and practiced!

1/23/14   Deep Breathing
1/30/14   Progressive Muscle Relaxation
2/6/14     Guided Imagery
2/13/14   Trance/Hypnosis
2/20/14    Meditation

If questions, email

Meditation for Stress Management Group

Offered since 2001, this weekly group offers an opportunity to get together with other NDSU students, faculty, and staff to learn and practice mindfulness meditation for increased awareness, presence, and well-being--in an informal, friendly environment. All levels are welcome, from complete beginners to experienced practitioners. No advance registration, weekly commitment or special equipment necessary--feel free to show up any time during the semester if interested!  Meets weekly at the Counseling Center on Mondays from 3:00-4:00 (no meetings on university holidays).

Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Group (AODA)

Are you concerned that your use of a substance could be causing you difficulties? Have you had treatment in the past and think that additional support here at school would be helpful? If you said yes to either of these questions and want support in making a change, you may want to consider the AODA therapy group. The NDSU Counseling Center offers a therapy group focused on concerns related to substance abuse and dependence facilitated by a counselor trained in mental health and addiction. The group is open to all NDSU students at no charge, and meets fall 2013 semester on Fridays from 3:00-4:30 in the Counseling Center, Ceres 212 (group room). If you need further information, please contact Ann at 231-7671 or

Graduate Student Support Group

Open to any NDSU graduate student. Group focus is to provide a safe place for students to meet one another, discuss challenges and struggles they may be experiencing while working in their graduate program or within the personal life, and to be able to build friendships and offer support to fellow graduate students across academic disciplines. Fridays, 12:30-2:00. If interested, please contact Amber Bach-Gorman at 231-7671 or by email at

Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop
Mindfulness is a way of being that involves bringing awareness to the unfolding of present experience, moment-to-moment, with curiosity, openness, and acceptance.  Much more than a relaxation technique or concentration skill, mindfulness entails a way of being that can open the door to a whole new way of experiencing and responding to the inevitable “ups and downs” of life.  The goal of the workshop will be to plant seeds from which participants can grow their own mindfulness practice and start to apply mindfulness in their daily lives. This free 8-week workshop will meet weekly on Thursdays from 2:30-4:00 p.m. from February 20th through April 17th (no meeting on March 20th during spring break) at the Counseling Center (212 Ceres Hall) group room. Advance sign-up (by calling the Counseling Center, 701-231-7671) is necessary before 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 14th in order to plan appropriately for the number of participants.

Career Workshops

The workshops are free and open to any NDSU student. To start late February around registration time. Days and times to be announced; please check our web site, and/or feel free to call the Counseling Center for updates.

Academic Skills Workshop

Not earning the grades you had hoped?? Well, come brush up on your textbook reading, note-taking, test preparation, memory, organization, and time management skills! This Workshop is designed to help you identify your study skills weaknesses, learn strategies to strengthen them, and hopefully raise your grades! We’ll also cover test-taking strategies, managing stress, and managing test anxiety. The Workshop is free and open to any NDSU student. The Workshop will run on Thursdays from 12:00-1:00pm at the Counseling Center (Ceres Hall 212). Questions? Email or call 231-7671 and ask for Jaryn.

JAN. 16 and MARCH 27: Time Management & Organization
JAN. 23: Effective Note-Taking & Textbook Reading
JAN. 30 and FEB. 20 and APRIL 10 and MAY 1, 8, & 15: Test Prep & Taking
FEB. 6 and APRIL 3 & 24: Stress Management
FEB. 13 and APRIL 17: Learning Styles
FEB. 25: Effective Writing

Spring 2014 CLASSES

Edu 123 Study Skills Class

This is a one-credit graded course that helps students develop skills necessary for successful academic achievement. Course topics include motivation, procrastination, time management, note-taking, textbook reading, test-taking, and stress management. For schedule and registration information, please consult Bison Connection under the Education Department course listings.

Edu 124 Career Planning Class

This one-credit graded course helps students make satisfying decisions regarding college majors and careers. Students explore career options by learning how their attitudes, beliefs, interests, skills, values, and lifestyle preferences blend with elements of certain occupations. For schedule and registration information, please consult the Bison Connection under the Education Department course listings.

The Graduate Prism

The Graduate Prism, a social group for LBGTQ and Ally Graduate Students, has formed and is now meeting on the NDSU campus!   Please contact or for more information.

Student Blue, a new health insurance plan from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota

North Dakota State University is pleased to offer Student Blue as the student health insurance plan exclusively endorsed by the North Dakota University System.

You can find all the details at
Here are some highlights:
•         Affordable coverage starts at $62.50 a month for one student
•         Single, Single Plus Dependent, Two-Party Adult and Family coverage available
•         Coverage available for domestic partners under Two-Party or Family coverage, same or opposite gender+
•         Year-round coverage, including breaks, from a trusted health insurance provider
•         Contraceptive services and routine physicals covered at 100%*
•         Flu shots and most other immunizations covered at 100%*
•         Coverage for intercollegiate sports injuries
•         Only a $25 copay for office visits
•         Only a $10 copay for generic prescription drugs
•         Free access to Healthy Blue, an online wellness tool you can find at

Already on your parents' insurance?
Give your parents a heads-up about Student Blue. Tell them to visit to view exactly what's included – it's worth the comparison!

Enroll Online TODAY!
If you're ready now, enroll today at NDSU undergraduate students must be enrolled in 7 or more credits to be eligible for Student Blue coverage. Graduate students must be enrolled in 3 or more credits to be eligible. Student Blue is for students under the age of 65.

Call for Information
Call 877-585-7551 for more information.

*100% of the allowed charge with BCBS participating providers
+Domestic partners are defined as another adult you've lived with continuously for the past year and with whom you share living expenses. They can be the same or opposite gender but not related by blood.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota is a independent licensee of the Blue Cross & Blue Shield Association.
Noridian Mutual Insurance Company

Preferred Name in Campus Connection

Students, faculty and staff wishing to be recognized within the Campus Connection system under a first name that is preferred over their legal first names can do so. This may be especially helpful for individuals who identify as transgender and are in the process of transitioning. Individuals can do this as long as:

1.       The name has not already been claimed by another person (with the same last name)

2.       The name has been approved by the NDSU IT security officer.

Those interested in making this change can do so by accessing the following URL for further information and instructions:

LGBTQ Alumni Newsletter - Spring 2014

Link to the current newsletter sent to NDSU LGBTQ alums
Spring 2014 LGBTQ Newsletter

Local News

Same-Gender Marriage Ruling by the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System (NDPERS) (July 2015)

The Fargo Forum published an article "F-M campuses roll out rainbow welcome mats" on August 11, 2012.  Read the article at the Forum's online website:

NDSU Receives 4.5-Star Rating for Overall Campus Climate Score!

Campus Pride's LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index provides information to prospective students and employees about the climate at NDSU for LGBTQ students, faculty, staff and administrators.  To see more details on how NDSU rates as an LGBT-Friendly Campus, go to:


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