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Access Center

April 06, 2020

Using Mindfulness to Manage Frustrations of Academic Life

After a brief explanation of the effects of mindfulness on the body, we will engage in several short mindfulness exercises believed to assist in overcoming distractions and procrastination, as well as handling the stress and anxiety students face in their daily lives.

Tomie Gowdy-Burke (Pronouns: she/her/hers) came to WSU in 2010 to teach composition, rhetoric, and professional writing for the English Department, but her background in mental health led her to work with the Access Center to develop the Access Writing program that offers students one-on-one faculty mentoring throughout their time at WSU.

Tomie began practicing mindfulness more than five years ago; since that time, she has found the exercises can assist with focusing her attention, calming her stress, managing her anxiety, and perhaps most surprising, helping her overcome the demands of battling breast cancer. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits mindfulness, feel free to contact Tomie by email at or leave a message on her office phone at 509-335-2609.

CUB 204

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Open to all WSU students, faculty, staff, alumni, Moscow and Pullman Community members and advocates

Partner: English Department 

Using Mindfulness Registration
head shot of Tomie Gowdy-Burke

Behind Happy Faces

Behind Happy Faces is a mental well-being training that includes interactive exercises to engage individuals in their emotional development. Participants will learn a definition of mental health, expand their vocabulary for this topic, and the steps they can take to approach a friend who is struggling with a mental health issue.

Facilitators: Rachel Stout and Peyton Prothero.  Rachel is a Peer Lead with the Peer Health Education program and Peyton is a graduate from Oregon State University with a Bachelor’s in Public Health. She serves as the Peer Education Coordinator for Cougar Health Services and has been at WSU for just over two years.

2:00-3:00 pm

Washington Building Health Promotion Classroom (G41) 

Open to all WSU students, faculty, staff, alumni, Moscow and Pullman Community members and advocates

Behind Happy Faces Registration
behind happy faces logo with faces in shadow in the letters

Adaptive Zumba

Let’s lose ourselves in the music and find ourselves having fun while staying fit! We feature various Latin rhythms and other dance styles set to high-energy international beats. Our energy levels will soar while we increase cardiovascular endurance!

Zumba can be adapted for people of all abilities! Adaptive Zumba can be done using upper body movements from a seated position. People with various mobility issues can easily adapt Zumba’s movements to fit their ability and range of motion. 

5:10-6:00 pm

Chinook 20
What to bring: Dress comfortably and bring water.

There are 40 spots available

Open to all WSU students, faculty, staff, alumni, Moscow and Pullman Community members and advocates

Event partner: UREC

Adaptive Zumba Registration
people in action during a Zumba class