Healthy Relationships

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it is a good time to encourage your Tigers to reflect on the many relationships in their lives.  Students create relationships with classmates, friends, roommates, significant others, etc.  Here are some tips to help your student maintain healthy relationships all year long.

  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Show respect to others through actively listening to their wishes and feelings.  As your feelings deserve respect, so do the feelings of others in your life.  Mutual respect is essential for maintaining strong and healthy relationships.
  • Talk About It. If there is something bothering you, talk about it! Encourage others to talk about the things that bother them as well.  Remain cool, calm, and collected as you share your thoughts and listen to other’s thoughts.
  • Compromise. Disagreements are natural and should be expected in the course of a relationship.  It is important to solve disagreements rationally and mutually.  Compromise is rooted in a mutual agreement.
  • Support One Another. Encourage and support your partner, friend, or roommate when they need it.  And don’t be afraid to ask for support in return when you need it!  Focus on building each other up and being there for each other.

Take this Valentine’s Day to celebrate all of the great relationships in your life!  Continue to create healthy relationships and connections across campus and always be respectful.

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LSU Cares

lsu-caresLSU Cares is a university initiative dedicated to the well-being of students and promotion of a community that cares about each of its members. The purpose of LSU Cares is to provide an online process for students, faculty, staff, and parents/families to report concerns in an appropriate way.

How do I submit a report?
To submit a report, visit and look for the category that you think best represents your concern. The categories include academic intervention, academic misconduct, behavioral misconduct, bias or discrimination, hazing, sexual misconduct, student grievances, and students of concern. There is no wrong way to submit a report. The category you select is not as important as the information you share about our Tigers. We will review the information and make sure it gets to the right people.

What happens when I submit a report?
After you submit a report, an LSU Cares representative will contact you as soon as possible to verify that your report was received and gather more information. We then develop a plan and reach out to the student(s) in need.  Reports can be made at any time and can also be anonymous.  It is not unusual for students to make a report about themselves or their peers when they have concerns they do know how to handle.

What qualifies for a student of concern report?
A student of concern report normally deals with students in crisis or distress.  Some examples include loss of a loved one, feeling overwhelmed and not knowing where to turn, and showing a decline in their ability to function as they normally would. Students with concerns like this should all be given the opportunity for a helping hand. Please let us know so we can be proactive in their time of need.

Who sees these reports?
The Associate Dean and Director of Student Advocacy & Accountability receives all the reports and then assigns them to an appropriate advocate within the office.  Reports are reviewed daily. They are kept private and confidential and the information obtained in the report is used only to assist the student.

Emergency issues such as thoughts of harming self or others should be reported immediately to 911.  You can still make a report once the situation has stabilized and the student is safe. We will follow up with your Tiger as soon as possible.

Where can I get more information?
For more information, call the Student Advocacy & Accountability office at 225-578-4307 or send an email to

University Recreation programs and expansion

Tara Harrington is a Senior Kinesiology Major, with a minor in Psychology. This summer Tara served as a Parent Orientation Leader for the University College Center for Advising and Counseling, which is home to all our Allied Health and Nursing Majors. As a student, Tara serves as both a Residential Assistant and an LSU Ambassador. After graduation, Tara hopes to attend Physical Therapy School.

When coming to LSU from high school, one of my biggest worries was gaining the historical “Freshman 15”. I’m a Kinesiology Major, so I am very interested in fitness and I love to work out! For me, exercise is a great way to relieve the stress that comes from school and work. Thankfully, LSU’s University Recreational Center, or UREC, is located on campus. This place has it ALL! From machine weights to rock climbing, there is always something to do. For students that prefer working out in a group, the UREC offers several group fitness classes that are scheduled conveniently to fit in students’ schedules.

I decided to apply for a student job at the UREC during my second year. I worked in the weight room as a fitness assistant, and got experience helping patrons with any questions they had. I loved working there because I got to schedule my work hours around all of my classes!

LSU’s goal of being number one doesn’t stop on the football field. Currently the University Recreational Center is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation! This renovation includes updating the outdoor and indoor facilities, and adding an indoor inclined track, that when complete will be the largest university indoor track in the south! LSU is also adding a lazy river in the shape of the letters “L S U”! If that’s not school spirit, I’m not sure what is. Encourage your student to stay active and find out what the UREC can offer them!10410145_10204408465070949_8382853782003777935_n

We Will Now Take a Short Intermission: The Transition From High School To College

DrewDrew is a junior majoring in Film and Media Arts with minors in Business and Art Administration. As an LSU student, Drew is involved with LSU Ambassadors, and a part of the Freshman Leadership Council. This summer Drew served as a Parent Orientation Leader for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Drew is  currently working as a Small Group Leader for the STRIPES Program, which is an extended orientation program for first year students. 


I have always loved theatre since I was in the first grade. So naturally on move in day my mom turned to me and said, “Ok man, Act 2!” This was the realization that I was going to college and it was my time to be in the spotlight. For those of you who have had kids in theatre, you know that intermission to Act 2 can be stressful. Worrying whether the audience liked it or not, if they are staying for Act 2, can you save the show, and many more thoughts cross your mind. This should sound familiar to you, because I am sure a million worries are going through your head as the Director of this show.

The transition from high school to college is a very nerve-racking one, but the greatest thing about it is that no one has to do it alone. There are all kinds of people and programs that can help make the transition a smooth one. Students are just as nervous about coming to college as you are to let them leave. I was a very shy kid freshman year, and I swore that the scene in Legally Blonde where she gets kicked out on the first day would be my life. However, that was not the case. All the fears about not finding classes, mean professors, not making friends, and any other worry you or your student may have is not the case.

Scene 1: Academics

This may be the biggest worry, but maybe the most easily fixable. First of all, they have to find their classes! LSU Ambassadors will be at the clock tower the Sunday before classes start to help students walk their schedule so they know and are comfortable with where their classes are. During Welcome Week, ” Ask Me” stations are also set up around campus in case your tiger gets lost. Finally, there is the LSU app that has a map of the campus.  I used this app on my first day and pretended like I was texting the whole time!

Now on to the classwork. If your actor is having a hard time connecting to their character ( or having a hard time learning the material) there are several things that can help them out. First off, office hours are a wonderful resource for your student. All professors are required to have office hours and  I never regretted going to talk to my teachers about information that I may be struggling with. Also the Center for Academic Success ( located in the basement of Coates Hall) can help your student with tutoring, learning and studying strategies, and time management help. If your student is struggling this will be a great place to send them. 

Scene 2: Health

What about health and nutrition? The producers of our productions (LSU) have already thought of that. At LSU, we have the Student Recreational Complex that has several aspects to keep your tiger in shape. Besides weights and workout equipment, they also have a swimming pool and several other sports courts like tennis, racquetball, a rock wall, and much more. Your student can also register for classes at the complex. They have cycling classes, kickboxing, and even street beats for your dancer.

Another great resource to keep your tiger healthy is the Student Health Center located on the corner of Infirmary Road. The Student Health Center is always there if your student ever has any questions about their physical health and mental health . In the basement is health promotion, which has dietitians to help your student keep a balanced diet while in college. The first floor is for physical health that helps your tiger when they are sick. They even have a pharmacy and specialty doctors to help your tiger get back on his or her feet. Finally, the second floor is for mental health. This floor contains licensed therapists for one-on-one or group sessions. I suffer from anxiety so this was a great resource for me especially with the transition. I also know people who have gone because of homesickness, breakups, or other mental issues that they may face.

Scene 3: Social

How will they make friends? This is a simple solution as well. The Office of First Year Experience (FYE) puts on a series of events called Welcome Week. They have events throughout the week and some events even have free food. You can access the full Welcome Week Schedule by clicking here. Attending “What’s the Big Deal about Jambalaya?” was a great way to meet out of states students and get a free dinner in the process.

Another idea that will help out with this aspect is getting involved.  LSU has over 400 organizations that play active roles both on and off campus. Joining organizations is how I met most of my friends, and I will never regret joining them. However I have an older sister, who is 5 years older then me, and she got involved by working at a restaurant with a lot of other college students here in Baton Rouge. This is where she made all of her friends, and through those friends met the man that became her husband last September. Friends will come at the right time, and you just have to be patient and let it happen.

The Finale:

Even though the curtain is closing on Act 1, it does not mean Act 2 is written for you. New characters, adventures, plot twists, and the unexpected is what makes stories great! Your student has the resources to do great things, and they will once their story starts to unfold. The curtain is about to open on Act 2 of their schooling and you have been front and center for the performance all along. You have what you need to direct your student, so let them go on their own in the spotlight, and I promise you the show will end with a standing ovation.

Cold Weather Safety Tips

On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, LSU will be closed due to inclement weather conditions. This is the second time in the last week that campus has shut down because of icy weather, so here are some sneaux day tips!

Photo of last week's wintry mix in Baton Rouge from WBRZ website
Photo of last week’s wintry mix in Baton Rouge from WBRZ website

1.  Wear layers

If you must go outside, know the right way to wear layers: The layer closest to your skin should be a wool or synthetic material — not cotton. Cotton does a bad job of moisture management. The next layer should be a warm layer that’s not cotton, like a sweater or fleece. After that, put on a coat, ideally one that is waterproof and insulated.

2. Leave faucets slightly on

In extremely cold weather, water pipes can freeze and even break. To help prevent this, leave your tap water on a little bit so it’s dripping continuously. Also, open your kitchen cabinet doors under the sink to allow more heated air to get to the water pipes. Source:

3. Prepare your car

Be sure that your car has a full tank of gas and plenty of fluids (radiator, windshield wiper, etc.). Replace appropriate

fluids with a wintertime mixture to make sure they don’t freeze. Also, let your car heat up before driving by letting it run for about 10 minutes.


4. Pets, Plants, and Pipes

These are the three P’s of cold weather preparedness! Bring pets indoors; cover plants; and keep faucets dripping to protect pipes.


5. Monitor local weather and news agencies for updates

Be sure to check for campus updates. Other helpful sites include Louisiana State Police and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development for road closures and traffic updates as well as WBRZWAFB, and The Advocate for news and weather updates.

We hope you stay safe and warm out there over the next few days, Tigers! Enjoy your sneaux day!

LSU Student Health Center: We Keep You Roaring!

Today’s post comes to us from Salem Al-Ayyadhi, Communications Coordinator for the LSU Student Health Center. Read on to find out more about what services are available to your student!

The LSU Student Health Center provides quality, affordable, and accessible health care to LSU students in a large outpatient facility on campus. We offer medical, mental health, and wellness services.

Primary-care clinicians, gynecologists, specialty physicians, and nurses provide medical care to the students of LSU. Laboratory, diagnostic imaging, physical rehabilitation, and pharmacy services are also available in the medical clinics.

Student Health Center
Students participate in free cholesterol and glucose screenings at the annual 2013 Wellness Fair, hosted by the LSU Student Health Center.

Students who seek counseling services may visit Mental Health. Services are provided by licensed mental health professionals from the fields of clinical psychology, clinical social work, and psychiatry, as well as advanced graduate students in these disciplines. Mental Health Service offers individual and group therapy related to stress, anxiety, depression, family and relationship difficulties, and others.

Wellness and Health Promotion provides health education and nutrition services to students in the campus community of LSU. Educational assistance is available in alcohol, other drugs, sexual violence, and safer sex practices. Students who are interested in peer education can join Student Health Advocates, a student organization that presents innovative health-related programs to other students on campus.

The Student Health Center is open Monday–Friday from 8am-5pm, and on Saturdays from 8-11:30am (Medical Clinic and Pharmacy only) during the fall and spring semesters. Summer and holiday hours are Monday-Friday, 8am-4:15pm. Please visit for more information about our location, hours, and services.

Student Health Center Happenings

The LSU Student Health Center has a variety of upcoming programs. Encourage your student to check them out!

RAD Self-Defense Class for Women

RAD is a 12-hour self-defense program for women. Classes will be held Friday, September 27 from 6 –9pm, Saturday, September 28 from 9am–12 pm and 1–4pm, and Sunday, September 29 from 1–4pm. All sessions are in the Nelson Memorial Building, located on Ag Center Dr. The cost is $25 for LSU, Southern, BRCC students, faculty, and staff. The cost is $45 for the general public. The RAD lifetime return and practice policy allows you to come back and practice your skills to perfection (no cost). The LSU Office of Health Promotion and LSU Police Departments sponsor RAD. For more information, or to register, call the Office of Health Promotion at225-578-5718 or e-mail


                               Take Back the Night


Sunday, October 13, 2013, 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the LSU Memorial Tower

The 27th annual Take Back the Night is a candlelight vigil and walk to honor the women and children who have survived violent crime and to remember those women and children who are victims of rape, murder or domestic violence in the Baton Rouge area. This event will also remember the impact on families and children. For more information contact the Office of Health Promotion at or the Women’s Center.