Leadership, spring registration, warning signs of depression
Leadership, spring registration, warning signs of depression

Miami Family,

We hope that developing and practicing leadership is a part of all students' experience at Miami, both inside and outside of the classroom. This issue of Miami Family Focus contains an introduction to options at Miami for engaging in leadership development and practice. You'll also find articles about course registration and warning signs of depression.
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Love and Honor,
Mark W. Pontious, Ph.D. '19
Director, Parent & Family Programs

Learning and enacting leadership on campus

Miami University works to develop young adults who use "their knowledge and skills with integrity and compassion to improve the future of our global society." Our graduates take the experiences and skills they learn during college and apply them to all aspects of their lives.
The University has three offices dedicated to intentional leadership development. The Harry T. Wilks Institute for Leadership & Service supports students through workshops, conferences, retreats and a leadership certificate program, as well as community service opportunites in the community. The Lockheed Martin Leadership Institute is a three-year cohort program for students in the College of Engineering and Computing with selection occurring in the second year. The William Isaac and Michael Oxley Center for Business Leadership in the Farmer School of Business focuses on creating "values-based graduates who will lead the world's best companies."
Opportunities to practice leadership principles include:
  • Hundreds of student organizations, from the Astronomy Club to the Zoology Club. 
  • The Associated Student Government (ASG), which is modeled on the U.S. federal system, with executive, legislative, and judicial branches. ASG also has committees devoted to specific campus issues and projects. Involvement includes volunteering, representing groups of students as a senator, and all the way to serving on the University Board of Trustees. 
  • Miami Activities & Programming (MAP) is a student-elected and student-run programming organization. MAP plans or assists with large campus events and activities, including Late Night Miami and Family Weekend. 
  • The Office of Residence Life engages students living on campus through paid and volunteer leadership opportunities. Community Leadership Teams in each hall engage residents and help make living on campus an enjoyable experience. Resident Assistants are student staff members who live on each floor and serve as the front-line resource for residents. 
  • The Office of Research for Undergraduates connects students from all majors with faculty to conduct research. Students work with Miami faculty outside the classroom to investigate complex issues.
Miami students also receive intentional leadership development through other involvement opportunities, such as training for Resident Assistants (Residence Life), MADE@Miami Peer Mentors (Student Diversity & Inclusion), HAWKS Peer Educators (Student Wellness), SOULs (Orientation & Transition Programs), and sorority/fraternity leadership positions. We encourage students to interact with the campus and community and use these skills to accomplish their goals. 

Course registration for Winter Term and Spring 2021

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Registration for spring 2021 occurs in the next few weeks. It is an exciting time for students as they begin to plan their classes for next semester. It is crucial that your student think ahead and use campus resources in order to create the best schedule for their spring.
Topics to discuss with your student include:
  • Meeting with their academic advisor as soon as possible.
  • Knowing when they are most productive, morning or evening, and whether they prefer classes back-to-back or with breaks.
  • Are there specific sequential classes that need to be taken in coming semesters?
  • What are short and long term goals they have for their degree?
  • Are they interested in opportunities like study abroad or independent research? How should this be reflected in their long-term course plan?
Registering for Winter Term
Winter term is an excellent time for your Student to catch up on credits or get ahead in their degree plan. Courses are offered online, allowing your student to enjoy winter break without having to physically be on campus. Winter term starts on January 2nd and ends on January 25th, if your student is looking to get ahead encourage them to start planning now.

Depression: Warning signs and resources at Miami

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, major depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. The cause of depression is unknown, but theories point to a mix of genetics, environmental stressors, and life circumstances. Symptoms of depression vary from individual to individual, but common signs include feelings of sadness and/or irritability, isolating oneself, not enjoying things that used to be enjoyable, feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness, sleep disruptions, unintentional weight changes, and suicidal thoughts or feelings.
Some of these symptoms are also common in first-year college students transitioning to college (i.e. homesickness). Loneliness can be mistaken for depression, or it could be one symptom of depression. This article has observations how to interact with your student about loneliness. But when might loneliness or sadness be a sign of depression? Read on!
When someone does not feel better, or feels worse after one or two weeks, and the symptoms are significantly interfering with their daily life, that person may be depressed. A qualified mental health professional should make the determination whether someone is depressed. If there is any question whether depression is present, it is important to seek professional assistance. If you are concerned about your student, the best thing you can do is connect them to available resources.
Resources for Miami students include:
  • The Student Counseling Service (513-529-4634) offers a full staff of counselors and online self-assessment resources to help determine the need to to seek professonal treatment.
  • The HOPE Line is a 24/7 resource for students to call for immediate support, crisis intervention, and stabilization from a licensed mental health counselor.
  • Campus Care is an option for students who want to consult with a trained mental health professional in a less formal and more convenient setting than a counseling appointment.
  • The Psychology Clinic (513-529-2423), which is the training clinic for doctoral students in the Clinical Psychology program. Students conduct psychotherapy and psychological assessment under the supervision of licensed clinical psychologists.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 800-273-8255
  • The National Crisis Text Line with 24/7 confidential help. Text CONNECT to 741741.
list of community resources is also available on the Student Counseling Service website. Follow the Student Counseling Service on Twitter and Instagram (@MiamiOHSCS) and on Facebook for more information about depression, coping, and suicide prevention.
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