There are many ways for students to get involved on the UW-River Falls campus without spending a penny that often go unnoticed.
New Year’s resolutions could have brought the topic of health to students’ minds and although gym memberships may be expensive, there are free options on campus. Knowles provides times for open recreation where you can use the track, exercise equipment and basketball courts for free with student ID. Student Health and Counseling Services sponsors weekly wellness activities such as yoga and tai chi and other events for free such as Pet Therapy.
Student Health and Counseling Services is also sponsoring the Wellness Challenge that started Feb. 10, and goes through March 9, which is free for all students, faculty and staff. It’s a four-week program that encourages a commitment to healthy lifestyle choices such as nutrition, relationships, mental, physical activity and overall wellness. The challenge provides an opportunity to work in a team of fi ve to eight people or individually. A full list of events, activities and other information from Student Health and Counseling can be found on their website.
UWRF strives to educate students about diversity and inclusivity. February is also Black History Month and there are inexpensive events on campus that promotes diversity and inclusivity. At 3 p.m. on Feb. 20, in the Kinnickinnic Theater in the University Center, National Public Radio TV Critic Eric Deggans will speak on “Media, Race and Stereotypes.” The event is free and open to the public.
On Feb. 21, it is the 12th anniversary for the Soul Food Dinner at Rodli Hall in room 201 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The variety-fi lled menu at presale will cost $4 to students with their ID and $6 at the door. Tickets are available in the University Center. Starting Feb. 26, the Kingian Nonviolence and Creating Peace workshops discuss the strategy and philosophy that impacted King during the Civil Rights Movement and how to use the strategies in current issues. These events are not only an encouraging way to be involved on campus but also an educational experience.
It is encouraging to see the University creating events and activities for students looking to get involved on campus that tie in both educational and fun experiences. We encourage students to get involved on campus by taking advantage of these free or low cost events and activities. It is a great way to make friends, and connections that will infl uence your experience at UWRF.