by Isaac Johnson
On Feb. 22, the main floor of the Billy Graham Community Life Commons was packed with students. They were all present for the Student Wellness Fair, an event tailored for helping students emotionally, physically, and even spiritually.
“It’s about finding and addressing the rhythms, practices, and disciplines in our life that takes us to a deeper place in our walk with the Lord and our relationship with him.”
On-campus offices were present. Title IX had a table where they offered quizzes on consent. Those who took the quiz could put their name in a drawing for Caribou Coffee gift cards. The leader of the table, Kelly Franck, said, “Our goal is to educate and bring awareness about sexual harassment and assault. We also conduct investigations if needed, and make sure that there is no sexual harassment on campus.”
Health Services was also present, and they gave an interesting activity: they let students weigh their backpacks. After being open for an hour and a half, their record was 29 pounds from a single backpack, and many were around the 20 pound range. Counseling Services also offered depression and anxiety screenings for anyone who wanted one.
Several of the off-campus health services made an appearance at the fair too. A few of them were Park Dental, offering toothbrushes, floss, and the like; Title Boxing, a local gym offering fitness boxing and kickboxing lessons; and Olson Bros. Chiropractic, who set up massage chairs for two minute back massages. Olson Bros. had the longest line throughout the day.
Aside from the newcomers to the fair, students saw the return of some favorites from previous fairs. Jimmy Johns offered a selection of meat and veggie sandwiches to the fairgoers, as they have in previous years. A trio of therapy dogs were present and made available for petting and hugging. In a short interview, Libby, a German Shepherd, said nothing, but wagged her tail approvingly. She and her two friends were very well-behaved.
The therapy dogs were joined by another therapy animal: a therapy chicken. The chicken, Hazel, a fluffy-feathered black chicken, was available for students to see, pet, and even hold if they so desired. Her owner, Anna Light, said, “We own chickens, and Hazel is the most relaxed.”
While many tables were geared towards physical wellness, one table was set for spiritual wellness. This table was run by Dawnette Scott, who set it up to mirror her personal prayer room, with many of her preferred devotional texts on display. When asked about what spiritual wellness means, Scott said, “It’s about finding and addressing the rhythms, practices, and disciplines in our life that takes us to a deeper place in our walk with the Lord and our relationship with him.”
The main incentive for visiting the tables was a wide selection of prizes through drawings. Students who visited the fair were given cards, and those who got enough stamps on their card could submit it to a drawing to win a grand prize.