A New Year

To kick off the new academic year, The Rostrum asked students what their goals were for themselves in and out of school. We also had the opportunity to sit down with last Summer’s Orientation Team Leaders to revisit what it’s like to come to college for the first time. Finally, we interviewed Chris Mead, Assistant Professor in the Honors College, about what it’s like starting out in a career in higher education.

The Rostrum: Senior Insights

With the academic year winding down, The Rostrum wanted to ask some senior students what they will remember from their time at the U and what advice they have for current and future students. So we invited graduating English majors, Kylee Ehmann, Kevin Priest, and Tricia Foster, to come on The Rostrum on the eve of finals to reflect on their undergraduate degrees and their best and worst experiences earning it.

The Rostrum: The Other Side of Counseling

“Midway through fall semester of her junior year, MacKenzie Bray was tired—bone-shatteringly tired—of feeling like she was going to die. Her heart was racing, and she was sweating and shaking uncontrollably. It felt like a heart attack. And it wasn’t the first time. In fact, it was happening daily, and medical doctors couldn’t find a physical cause.” -http://continuum.utah.edu/features/when-bright-minds-turn-dark

In the second part of a look at mental health and counseling on campus, The Rostrum sat down with MacKenzie Bray, a senior Health Promotion and Education major, and discussed how the U’s Counseling Center helped her understand and combat her panic disorder. We also talk about the stigma that still exists for students with mental illnesses and how it affects their academic pursuits and success.

Counseling on Campus

“The purpose of the University Counseling Center (UCC) is to facilitate and support the educational mission of the University of Utah. We provide developmental, preventive, and therapeutic services and programs that promote the intellectual, emotional, cultural, and social development of students, staff, and faculty[…] We advocate a philosophy of acceptance, compassion, and support for those we serve, as well as for each other. We aspire to respect cultural, individual and role differences as we continually work toward creating a safe and affirming climate for individuals of all ages, cultures, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, languages, mental and physical abilities, national origins, races, religions, sexual orientations, sizes and socioeconomic statuses.” -http://counselingcenter.utah.edu/about/index.php

This is the part of the mission statement of the University of Utah’s Counseling Center and represents the goals of this campus resource. As part of “Mental Health Awareness Week” at the University of Utah, The Rostrum spoke to Lauren Weitzman, Director of the Counseling Center, and discussed how this organization embodies its mission statement and provides support to those who need it through its many preventative and therapeutic programs.

Professor Jack Newell

Born in Dayton, Ohio, Jack Newell received his undergraduate degree while attending Deep Springs College in California and Ohio State University. He went on to earn his Master of Arts at Duke University in American and European history, and his Ph.D. at Ohio State in the history and philosophy of European and American universities. He taught at Clemson University, Deep Springs College, and the University of New Hampshire before taking up a position at the University of Utah in 1974.

While Jack Newell is Professor Emeritus at the University of Utah and President Emeritus of Deep Springs College in California, he still teaches social ethics and educational leadership philosophy at the University of Utah’s Honor College. A favorite of many of his students due to his intelligence, warmth, and general enthusiasm for education, Jack is one of the University of Utah’s most distinguished professors. Newell’s accolades include the Joseph Katz Award for the Advancement of Liberal Learning (1994), the Deep Springs Medal for exemplary service to humanity (2009), and recipient of the Distinguished Honors Professor Award at the University of Utah, along with many others.

In this interview with Newell, he discusses his experiences in academia, the changes to how we view higher education today, and how that affects student’s experiences at the University of Utah and around the world.

Reacting to the Past

“Reacting to the Past (RTTP) consists of elaborate games, set in the past, in which students are assigned roles informed by classic texts in the history of ideas.” —(https://reacting.barnard.edu/about)

Professor Ann Engar, an award winning teacher in the Honors Intellectual Tradition Program, is the University of Utah’s authority on these games that are an intersection of history, debate, policy-making, and role-playing. She explained the nature of these games, their use in a collegiate setting, and how they can bring classes together as peers and colleagues.

Professor Engar is also creating her own game set in the Diet of Worms in 1521, that centers on the conviction and punishment of Martin Luther for his teachings against the Catholic Church. She is authoring this game alongside Daniel Shaw of Colorado College and Michael Mackey of the Community College of Denver.