Sept. 24, 2012 - Cal U Journal
A new edition of the Journal is available online. Headlines from the latest Journal include: ‘Cal Clean and Sober’ meets; Cal U still ‘Military Friendly;’ Senior in Harrisburg for semester; Students flock to 25th annual health fair.
California University VOLUME 14, NUMBER 23 SEPT. 24, 2012 READ THE JOURNAL ONLINE: www.calu.edu/news/the-journal `Cal Clean and Sober' Meets C Cal U Still `Military Friendly' or the fourth consecutive year, Victory Media and G.I. Jobs magazine has named California University one of the nation's top Military Friendly Schools�. "Cal U continues to set the bar for campus military support," said Capt. Robert Prah, director of the University's Office of Veterans Affairs. "Cal U has a long tradition of helping our military members and their families. It's part of our campus culture." The magazine's 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans and spouses as students. The list was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 schools nationwide, according to G.I. Jobs. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard as methodology improves. Criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators from schools across the country. Founded in 2001, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business focused on military personnel who are transitioning into civilian life. "Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows California University's commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students," said Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs and vice president at Victory Media. "As interest in education grows, we're thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools." The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year's list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. The magazine recognizes them for offering scholarships, veterans' clubs, full-time staff and other services for military veterans. G.I. Jobs also includes peer reviews provided by veterans on campuses across the country. At Cal U, the Veterans Affairs Office -- Continued on page 3 F al U's Counseling Center is using the Thursday common hour to help students resolve problems or reduce anxiety that might affect their educational performance. Led by Dr. John Massella, assistant professor and clinician, a group called Cal Clean and Sober meets each Thursday at 11 a.m. "Any student looking to maintain abstinence from alcohol and drugs or problematic usage is welcome," Massella said. Each week the group meets for a general discussion about abstinence or to discuss a specific topic such as gambling, which Massella identified as a growing problem on college campuses. Nationwide, only 22 percent of colleges have programs to address problem gambling, he said. "When you look at problems with pathological gambling, the population that is very susceptible is young, competitive males. Maybe only 5 percent have a problem, but that average quadruples if you are close to casino, such as we are here." Massella believes these informal meetings will help students see the benefits of the Counseling Center, open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays on the first floor of Carter Hall. The Wellness Center and other University alcohol and other drug awareness and education programs are housed in the same area. The Counseling Center is staffed by Massella and two other clinicians, Dr. Mary Ann Salotti and Dr. Dawn Moeller, plus two graduate-level interns. The center serves an average of 300 to 350 students a semester. Students Dr. John Massella leads the Cal Clean and Sober group, which meets each Thursday at 11 a.m. for a general discussion about abstinence from alcohol and drugs or problematic usage. Stop In The Cal U Counseling Center is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students may walk in or make an appointment. Cal Clean and Sober meets at 11 a.m. Thursdays. For the location, please call 4808. All students are welcome to attend. may walk in or receive referrals from faculty members, nurses or staff in other campus areas, such as the Office of Student Conduct. "We can help with something as simple as giving students some guidance on where to go to learn certain skills or even find information on housing," Massella said. "We also address more in-depth psychological symptoms and even crisis interventions." The center also offers a Light Box Therapy program for students with symptoms of the wintertime depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. Used for just minutes each day for two to four weeks, light therapy has been shown to relieve SAD symptoms in many patients. This program, which began last spring, will resume next month under Salotti's direction. -- Continued on page 2 Senior in Harrisburg for Semester blends seamlessly into real-world applications. oss Nietert, a senior sociology major, is "I also have the ability to see what goes on working for the state Department of Aging behind the scenes of public policy and all of the as part of a 15-week internship sponsored work that it entails. This experience is one that I'll by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher cherish for the rest of my life." Education (PASSHE). More than 500 students from PASSHE Nietert, of Washington, Pa., and a graduate of universities have gained valuable insight into the Trinity High School, is one of 15 students workings of state government since the THIS participating in The Harrisburg Internship Semester program began in 1989. Interns have worked with (THIS) program, which gives students the dozens of state agencies, as well as in the offices of opportunity to work in all areas of state the governor, the speaker of the House of government while earning a full semester's worth Ross Neitert Representatives and the attorney general. of credits. "The Harrisburg Semester is a unique opportunity for Cal THIS invites students from each of the 14 PASSHE U students to learn about policymaking in the Pennsylvania universities to participate. government," said Tracie Beck, Cal U's Internship Center Nietert and the other students participating in the director. program will attend several academic seminars during their "Students are given incredible networking opportunities fall semester internship. Each of the students also will with legislators and administrators in both the executive and complete an individualized research project as part of the legislative branches and other related agencies. THIS is truly a program's requirements. life changing and career-building experience for our students." Nietert already has met many state officials, and he Students interested in participating in THIS may obtain appreciates the hands-on learning experience. information from the Cal U Internship Office or by calling the Dixon "As a sociology major, much of what we are taught is University Center at 717-720-4089. More information on the theory," he said. "After coming to Harrisburg and working program also is available at www.passhe.edu/this . with the Department of Aging, I have seen how theory R