De-stressing Dissertation Week

Fall 2018 Event Schedule

Details subject to change.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Coffee and Donuts Available 

 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for coffee and 8 a.m. until they run out for donuts, in the Graduate Student Lounge (Gearhart Hall 206).

Did you know? Shepherds discovered coffee in Ethiopia circa 800 A.D.Legend has it that 9th century goat herders noticed the effect caffeine had on their goats, who appeared to “dance” after eating coffee berries. A local monk then made a drink with coffee berries and found that it kept him awake at night, thus the original cup of coffee was born. See more from this Good Housekeeping Article on History of Coffee.

Board Games, Puzzles, Cards and Coloring Available

8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Graduate Student Lounge (Gearhart Hall 206).

Whether you’re celebrating submitting your dissertation, need a quick mental break before finals, or enjoying a night off, playing games and coloring are similar to meditation in allowing us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate free-floating anxiety. Read more from CNN.

Dog Therapy with the K-9 officers from the University of Arkansas Police Department

9 a.m.-11 a.m. in the Graduate Student Lounge (Gearhart Hall 206)

Students and staff are welcome to visit with the UAPD dogs. Petting a canine companion can help lower blood pressure and help ease depression. People with heart disease who own dogs tend to live longer than those with the same ailments who don’t own a dog. And pets help decrease stress by lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and increasing levels of the neurochemical oxytocin, the love hormone.

Let’s Talk with CAPS

2 p.m.-4 p.m. in the Graduate Student Lounge (Gearhart Hall 206)

This great program, offered by CAPS, offers brief, informal consultations with a licensed mental health clinician. Consultations are free, no appointment is necessary, and students are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis. At the U of A, the most common reasons students seek CAPS services are for anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues and family issues. For more information, please visit https://health.uark.edu/mental-health/letstalk.php.

Career Advising Appointments 

12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Graduate Student Lounge (Gearhart Hall 206)

We are bringing the career development center resources to you. Graduate students can get a career advising appointment at the Graduate Student Lounge. You can get help with your resume, CV, cover letter, or interview tips. Appointments can be made online at Handshake for priority, but walk-ins are also welcome.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Coffee and Donuts Available 

 8 a.m. -5 p.m. for coffee and 8 a.m. until they run out for donuts, in the Graduate Student Lounge (Gearhart Hall 206).

Did you know? There are over 3,000 types of tea in the world – making it the 2nd most consumed beverage internationally behind water. See more at royalcupcoffee.

Board Games, Puzzles, Cards and Coloring Available

8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Graduate Student Lounge (Gearhart Hall 206).

We're helping to bring back the fun! We have coloring pages, decks of cards, Slinkies, Dominoes, puzzles, Jenga, Connect Four, Scrabble, Chess, Checkers...there's even a Rubiks cube. And it is all for you!

Intro to Yoga with Megan

12p.m.-1 p.m. in the Graduate Student Lounge (Gearhart Hall 206)

Melt away the stress of finals at an intro to yoga class. Bring comfortable clothes, water, and if available, a mat or a towel to lay on. Questions? Contact Megan Domingues at megan.culpepper1@gmail.com

Intro to Yoga with Megan

6p.m.-7 p.m. in the Graduate Student Lounge (Gearhart Hall 206)

Can't make the noon class or just want more yoga? We've got you've covered! Melt away the stress of finals at an intro to yoga class. Bring comfortable clothes, water, and if available, a mat or a towel to lay on. Questions? Contact Megan Domingues at megan.culpepper1@gmail.com

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Coffee and Donuts Available 

8 a.m. -5 p.m. for coffee and 8 a.m. until they run out for donuts, in the Graduate Student Lounge (Gearhart Hall 206).

It turns out that there's some truth to that "cops love donuts" stereotype. Back in the 1950s, police officers on the graveyard shift would stop by doughnut shops—which were among the few establishments open late—to do paperwork and have a snack. Eventually a reciprocal relationship developed: Doughnut shop owners welcomed the protection of police officers, and police officers liked having a place to chow down late at night, so the association stuck around.

Board Games, Puzzles, Cards and Coloring Available

8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Graduate Student Lounge (Gearhart Hall 206).

There is an urban legend that David Bowie invented Connect Four. English radio DJ Stuart Maconie made that particular piece of trivia up. Read more board game trivia from BuzzFeed.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Coffee and Donuts Available

8 a.m. -5 p.m. for coffee and 8 a.m. until they run out for donuts, in the Graduate Student Lounge (Gearhart Hall 206).

Did you know? Coffee is actually a fruit. Coffee beans as we know them are actually the pits of a cherry-like berry that are grown on bushes. Even though coffee is actually a seed, it’s called a bean because of its resemblance to actual beans. See more from Good Housekeeping Article on History of Coffee.

Board Games, Puzzles, Cards and Coloring Available

8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Graduate Student Lounge (Gearhart Hall 206).

The name Jenga is based on the Swahili word meaning "to build." According to Hasbro, the tallest Jenga tower ever was 40 levels tall plus two additional blocks on top. Read more board game trivia from BuzzFeed.

Photo Booth, Writing on the (dissertation/thesis) Wall

9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Graduate Student Lounge (Gearhart Hall 206)

Celebrate with a picture in our photo booth, write your advice on the wall, and record a thank you video to say thanks to the many family, friends, and university faculty who supported you on your journey.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Coffee and Donuts Available.

8 a.m. a.m. -5 p.m. for coffee and 8 a.m. until they run out for donuts, in the Graduate Student Lounge (Gearhart Hall 206).

Did you know? Groundbreaking research in 2005 proved anxiety levels dropped when subjects colored mandalas, which are round frames with geometric patterns inside. Read more from CNN.

Board Games, Puzzles, Cards and Coloring Available

8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Graduate Student Lounge (Gearhart Hall 206).

There are 13 words in the official Scrabble dictionary that are impossible to play even using both blank tiles, including KNICKKNACK, PIZZAZZ, and SENSELESSNESSES. Assuming you get the right triple word and double letter tiles, the highest possible scoring words are NETZAHUALCOYOTL and CZECHOSLOVAKIAN. Read more board game trivia from BuzzFeed.

Dissertation Submission Deadline

4:30 p.m.

Dissertations must be submitted to Amy Smith in Gearhart Hall 208C.