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October 2016

Brain Booth for Wellness

Taking time to focus on health and wellness can make a big difference for college students. At Humboldt State, there are a number of ways for students to explore well-being, including the innovative new Brain Booth in the University Library.

With the Brain Booth, the library is encouraging students to take mental breaks, as mounting evidence indicates that engaging in quiet, contemplative activities like meditation or even coloring books can have numerous benefits.

“Whether you call it contemplation, focus, or meditation, giving yourself an intentional space and time where you stop thinking makes you think better. And that’s better for physical wellness, better for emotional health, and it’s better for intellectual health,” says Librarian Marissa Mourer, who leads the effort.

The booth features a small fleet of FitDesks—exercise study bikes that allow you to pedal while using a laptop—biofeedback machines for tracking vital signs, sound machines, noise-cancelling headphones, and, yes, coloring books for grown-ups.

Students are encouraged to explore the Brain Booth and find mindfulness methods that appeal to them. “The Brain Booth is a drop-in, hands-on experiential lab, so we want students to explore the positive impacts that taking an intentional brain break can have on their academic success,” says Mourer.

The Library’s Brain Booth is open for two sessions per week on a drop-in basis:

  • Wednesday 10 a.m. to noon in Library 114
  • Thursdays 1 to 3 p.m. in Library 208

More at The Recreation & Wellness Center

Beyond the Library, HSU's Recreation and Wellness Center hosts activities ranging from volleyball to archery to guided hikes and surfing lessons.

Students who want to get more involved with the campus community can even become Student Peer Health Educators. These students develop workshops, events, classroom presentations, and educational outreach to teach about issues like mental health, healthy eating, body image empowerment, consent, alcohol and other drugs, stress relief, and much more. Each student is trained and certified through the Bacchus Certified Peer Health Education program.

Students can learn more about this program by contacting contact Health Education Supervisor Mira Friedman at 707.826.5234 or

Homecoming & Family Weekend

HSU Homecoming & Family Weekend

Homecoming & Family Weekend means football, tailgate parties, fun on the quad, and of course, reuniting with your alma mater. This year’s is October 5–8. Hope to see you there! Register now. Hope to see you there!

It’s Time to Apply to Humboldt State!

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Did you know that Oct. 1 is the start of the application period for students hoping to attend Humboldt State University in Fall 2017?

Now’s a great time to let someone you know that applications are being accepted from first-time freshmen, upper-division transfer students,returning students, veterans, international students, and graduate students.

Freshmen need to apply by Nov. 30, 2016. Deadlines for other students vary.

Students can learn more and start the application process at

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Care Packages

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In this issue

Brain Booth for Wellness Homecoming & Family Weekend It’s Time to Apply to Humboldt State Latest News from Campus Events & Deadlines

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Events & Deadlines


Weds. 5
HSU Downtown—Movie Night

Wed. 5 to Sat. 8
Homecoming and Family Weekend

Thurs. 20
HSU Downtown—DJ Dance Party

Fri. 21
Spring '17 Class Schedule Available


Sat. 5
Graduation Writing Proficiency Exam

Mon. 7 - Fri. 18
Spring Registration

Fri. 11
Veterans Day (campus closed)

Weds. 15
HSU Downtown—Movie Night

Mon. 21 – Fri. 25
Fall break


Fri. 9
Fall Graduation Reception

Mon. 12 – Fri. 16
Finals week

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