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February 2013—Volume 10, Issue 6


Are you prepared for the CA-RA Interview Day, February 9th? We need your help to make the individual interview day a success. So don’t forget to... 

Look presentable

Arrive on time (which means to be there early)

Remember to only ask the specified questions

Have a positive and friendly attitude

Do your best to put the candidates at ease during their interview process. Remember what it was like when you interviewed to be a CA-RA? Thank you for all your help!

Learn How to Fight the Winter Blues

Take a Glimpse at the February Calendar of Events

Check out February’s Fun Facts

February Facts Birthstone: Amethyst

Welcome New Staff Members! Maria Tibavinsky


Ayaka Matsumura


Melissa Young


Tiera Greene


Emily Feldman


Racquelle James


Flower: Primrose Astrological Signs: Aquarius (Jan. 2O-Feb. 18) Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

Fighting the Winter Blues What are the Winter Blues? Those suffering from the winter blues fall into a depressed mood each year in the fall and continue to feel depressed throughout the winter and into the early spring, when these feelings disappear. Women are affected nearly four times more than men. Nearly 25% of all college students across the United States suffer from the winter blues. What Causes the Winter Blues? Unstable melatonin levels, a hormone produced during sleep, and serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for mood, hunger and sleep, cause the Winter Blues. What Happens if I Have the Winter Blues? As the hours of sunlight decrease, sufferers of the winter blues experience changes in their mood, energy level and ability to concentrate. They can change the way a person thinks, reacts and deals with everyday challenges. Do You Have the Winter Blues? If you experience two or more of these symptoms each year in the fall and into the spring you may suffer from the winter blues:      

Increased feelings of lethargy Difficulty waking up in the mornings as the days get shorter Difficulty concentrating and thinking creatively in comparison to the summer months Incorrectly blaming oneself for things that go wrong Difficulty performing tasks that normally seem to be easy/enjoyable Increased craving for carbohydrate-rich food like chocolate and sodas

How to Help the Winter Blues Lighting




The more bright light you're exposed to each morning, the better. If you get up after sunrise, you could go outside or sit by a large window -- even on cloudy days.

Aerobic exercise improves mood and has been shown to reduce stress. Briskly walking to classes, taking a run, playing basketball, sledding and riding a bike have all be proven to help sufferers of the blues feel better.

Although you may have a craving, avoid junk food and soda. A better strategy is eating larger portions of complex carbohydrates, like wheat pasta and brown rice, and healthy simple carbohydrates like fruits and fruit juices. Also, try avoiding unhealthy snacks that cause momentary relief, but ultimately decrease energy.

Many college students tend to go to sleep late and wake up late, which means they are often asleep when the morning sun is up and shining. This sleep-wake schedule limits your exposure to sunlight. Do your best to sleep regularly.

Make an effort to expose yourself to sunlight in the early morning. Take a walk outside or lift the curtain in your room as soon as you rise. Also, try to limit sleep to 8-hour periods on a regular schedule. This will give you more energy during the day and reduce feelings of depression.

February 2013 Sun





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8 Movie: Wreck-it Ralph, Tate Student Center 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m.

9 CA-RA Interview Day



15 Softball’s 10th Annual Georgia Softball Classic (Feb. 15-17)

Gymnastics vs. Florida, Stegeman Col., 2 p.m.

22 Movie: Lincoln, Tate Student Center, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m.

23 Equestrian vs. Auburn, Equestrian Complex, 10 a.m.

Movie: Argo Tate Student Center 3

4 Faculty Recital Performing Arts Center, 8 p.m.


11 Body Composition Testing, Ramsey Center, 5 p.m.

12 Men’s Basketball vs. Alabama, Stegeman Col., 9 p.m.

17 Movie: Anna Karenina, Tate Student Center, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m.

18 Swimming Clinic, Ramsey Center, 4:30 p.m.

19 Performance: The English Concert, Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, 8 p.m.

20 Baseball vs. Kennesaw State, Foley Field, 5 p.m.

21 Women’s Basketball vs. Arkansas, Stegeman Col., 7 p.m.

24 Performance: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, 3 p.m.

25 Full Moon Hike Series, State Botanical Gardens, 7:30 p.m.

26 Peace Corps Information Session, Location TBA, 6 p.m.


28 Lecture: William U. Eiland, Georgia Museum of Art, 5:30 p.m.

Starting Your Own Business Workshop, Chicopee Complex, 6 p.m.



Backpack to Briefcase Workshop, Career Center, 4 p.m.


Bulldog Book Club: Bossypants, MLC, 12 p.m.


Healthy Eating Habits week is February 18th - 22nd. University Housing has partnered up with the University Health Center and Eating Disorders Recovery Center of Athens to put on several programs for you and your residents to attend. Programs will range from body image to healthy eating inside and outside the dining halls to healthy exercising (presented by Recreational Sports) to stress/midterms/ cramming (presented by CAPS) and more. The programs will be in different locations throughout University Housing facilities. Furthermore, we will be having a bulletin board competition! If you would like to participate in the competition, send an e-mail to indicating your interest in the competition and prepare to have your board up during Healthy Eating Habits week.

UGA Line February 2013  
UGA Line February 2013  

Undergraduate Assistance Line: a publication from the Office of Staff Development and Student Conduct