Campus Life

Campus Life Spotlight:


These have been challenging times!  Like our other Campus Life colleagues, the ODUS staff has been hard at work these past two months supporting our students both on and off the campus.  Responding to the COVID-19 crisis has required all of us to stretch our capacity, focus our problem-solving skills, and expand our creativity.  We have all learned new lessons in how to be nimble and how to pivot from the “tried and true” approaches to promoting and enhancing student life and learning outside the classroom to unfamiliar and unconventional ways of doing our work and supporting our students. 

Zoom has become our main vehicle for communication both with our students and with one another.  While imperfect, I think we are all pleased and surprised that it has been a more effective tool than we might have imagined several months ago. That said, these circumstances have reinforced for me how special our residential experience is and to what a great extent in-person interactions add texture, depth and joy to our relationships with one another.  May those days return soon!

Even with all the limitations of the virtual world, our staff have continued outreach to students.  Directors of student life have stayed connected with RCAs who, in turn, have made earnest efforts to stay connected with their first-year advisees. DSLs have also kept in regular touch with students of special concern and have responded to the special needs of on-campus residents and those in isolation and quarantine.

Our student engagement team has continued to support student government leaders, class officers and student organization leaders as they re-framed their own programming and experimented with different ways of staying connected to their various constituencies in a virtual world. This has been an especially difficult time for members of the senior class whose year-end rituals and traditions have been curtailed.  ODUS staff have worked closely with the 2020 class officers to reimagine ways to mark the end of their time at Princeton this spring and begin to plan for what we hope will be a festive, albeit it postponed, commencement next spring.  The work continues!

Finally, I want to give a loud and heart-felt thank you to everyone in ODUS for the extraordinary work each and every person has done during this most challenging time. This COVID-19 crisis has reminded me daily of the commitment and deep dedication of our staff, many of whom have gone far above and beyond the call of duty to support our students, our University partners, and one another. I am so grateful for your contributions and your colleagueship and cannot wait to see you all again in person.

Stay well!

Kathleen Deignan
Dean of Undergraduate Students

In this issue, we bring you:

A few newsworthy items, professional development opportunities, and Campus Life in action.

News & Announcements

The latest updates for the University community about COVID-19 are available on the University’s coronavirus website. The site contains recent communications with important information for students, faculty and staff, as well as FAQs.

COVID-19: Coronavirus Information

Campus Life Town Hall Webinar 

Professional Development Opportunities

D&I Student Learning Framework Implementation
Friday, May 8, 2020
12 pm EST
RSVP for Zoom link by Thursday, May 7

The Pace Center for Civic Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group invites you to a lunch and learn on Friday May 8 starting at noon, showcasing our process in implementing the D&I Student Learning Outcomes Framework. We used as our pilot, a one-time discrete student experience in the form of a six-day student immersion trip to Puerto Rico in January 2020 where undergraduates explored the arts as a tool to effective activism.  We will step you through our working group’s charge, review and incorporation of D&I framework resources, exercise in aligning Puerto Rico trip learning outcomes with D&I learning outcomes, pre and post-trip evaluation and assessment of student learning, and our facilitation with staff to simulate this process with their programs. We will conclude with showing how the framework helped to identify connections, strengths and gaps of the Center’s work around student learning. A Q&A will follow our presentation.
Job Talk with Hilary Herbold, PhD, LCSW
Friday, May 15th from 12pm – 1pm
Zoom link will be sent after RSVP
MUST RSVP HERE by Tuesday, May 12th

USG & CPS Mental Health Resources Guidebook

During these extraordinary times, USG and CPS have developed helpful mental health resources for students: The Mental Health Guidebook by USG.
Helpful tips for students to take care of their mental health by CPS Taking Care of Your Mental Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic for Graduate Students Taking Care of Your Mental Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic for Undergraduate Students.
University Health Services has initiated and implemented services within medical and counseling that embraced the change our students were thrusted into and provided them with the ability to continue to receive the support they needed for their health and wellbeing during this uncertain time. While our other areas like TigerWell and Health Promotion and Prevention Services continue to support our students and campus life partners. 

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting recommendations around social distancing have resulted in a shift of many of the services at UHS to telehealth, or the use of video conferencing, e-mail, and phone appointments in the place of in-person visits.   Counseling and Psychological Services as well as SHARE exclusively provides telehealth services and has begun offering virtual prevention programming. In the Medical Service, we are offering advice for general medical questions through email at, and we are  currently offering routine healthcare appointments via telehealth appointments for athletic medicine, nutrition, sexual health and wellness, and general medical care.   We continue to make triage assessments of acute medical injury and issues via phone conversations and then evaluate urgent cases in person at McCosh Health Center, UHS. Any student can call UHS at 609-258-3141 to get a telehealth appointment scheduled.
The transition has been relatively smooth, and we have been able to provide ongoing services to students through telehealth.  However, there are specific challenges around delivering care across state lines.  Since each state is different, this requires a considerable amount of effort.  At the same time, UHS is committed to never abandoning a student, so we continue to provide care coordination as necessary to assist students in getting connected to local providers in those states that do not allow inter-state practice.
At UHS the Health Promotion and Prevention Services and the TigerWell Initiative continue to coordinate several ongoing efforts to prioritize undergraduate and graduate student health and well-being. Through our Peer Health Adviser program, HPPS supports and trains a cohort of undergraduates to promote health and well-being among students, with a focus on individual and community agency, dignity, inclusion, and respect. Participation in the PHA program offers the opportunity for these students simultaneously to embrace personal growth and also address health and well-being challenges that are top of mind for their friends and classmates.
TigerWell continues consulting with campus partners on their grant-supported projects to promote student well-being. For example, TigerWell helped initiate a collaboration between Rev. Dr. Theresa Thames of the Office of Religious Life and partners from Campus Recreation in Athletics to increase students' access to diverse yoga offerings.
If you have an idea for student support during this time that requires funding, we encourage you to reach out to Anne Laurita at  with your inquiry.
Check out our updated fitness class schedule that will be broadcasted weekly via Zoom taught by our own Group Fitness Instructors featuring: Yoga, Zumba, Circuit Fitness, Pilates & more! (Classes will be offered until May 22nd)
Campus Recreation Satisfaction Survey
Tell us how you REALLY feel! Your voice matters. Please consider participating in our Campus Rec survey, whether you have been a participant or not, because we want to hear from YOU! Participants have the opportunity to win JBL Reflect Flow wireless Bluetooth earphones. Hurry! Survey closes on May 8th – click the pic or link below. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from our Princeton community.
Saturday Night Dance Party
Saturday, May 9th at 7:30pm!
Ashlee will lead us with a 305 Fitness class via Zoom.
Ask the Experts: Q&A
presented by Campus Recreation
Do you have any fitness questions for our certified personal trainers, Matt Bzycki & Colt Murphy?
Ask your questions or check out our Experts’ best advice and recommendations here.
Feel free to submit as many questions as you want. Responses are posted every Wednesday on our Instagram and this page!
Adapting Common Household Items for Exercise
with James Eatroff, University Health Services
Wednesday, May 13th 12pm – 1pm
Register here by 12pm on May 11th
The Office of Religious Life is launching a Healing and Grieving Wall to provide a space for our Princeton community to acknowledge loss and remember life as the COVID-19 crisis continues to impact our families, work and circles of friends. 

At this time of global pandemic, when losses are mounting but funerals are not possible, when hearts are breaking alone in physical isolation but we are unable to come together to console one another, we invite you to mourn, to bless, and to remember with us on our Healing and Grieving Wall.

You may use this google form to share information or send remembrances for a loved one who has passed away due to COVID-19.  You may also use this form to ask for prayer for any person or topic that is on your heart. These entries will be published on our page. 

This is a weekly virtual Sanga to help one another stay grounded, navigate our anxiety, and maintain perspective. We begin with a short guided meditation, and then examine a yoga teaching and how we might put it into practice right now. We conclude by holding space for questions, comments, or reflections.

All are welcome, and no experience with meditation or spirituality is required. 
Please arrive between 11:50am and 12pm and make sure that you are muted on arrival. Open to All. 
Meeting ID: 694 496 5214

One tap mobile: 
+16465588656,,6944965214# US (New York)

SHARE Community Report AY 18-19

Welcome to the first edition of the Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources & Education (SHARE) Office Highlight Report! Read more at:


●  Employee Learning Center​ ​(topic-specific courses – online)

●  Employee Resource Groups​ (comprised of faculty and staff who share common backgrounds and interests, and provide opportunities to engage across campus)

●  HR Tools and Materials​ (​templates, worksheets, planning tools)

●  HR-Career Development​ ​(individual coaching sessions for career direction)

●  LinkedIN Learning (previously

Campus Life in Action

Bella Alarie
Students posing for group shot
Screenshots of Insta stories
Irene Hsu posing at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Let's talk & COVID-19 Pace podcast
Prospect Garden video
SHARE Peer Malka Himelhoch '21
Lavendar Graduation Watch Party
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