Tag: Collegiate Recovery Community

3.71 GPA

Everyone here at Jaywalker would like to congratulate the Jaywalker U students for completing the 2014 spring semester with a house GPA of 3.71. During our addiction a lot of us were incapable of going to college, not to mention getting good grades. Here at Jaywalker U the students are showing us that recovery, college, and good grades are possible. The students at Jaywalker U are attending college in a new way:  they are drug free, they attend class, they personally meet their professors, they turn assignments in on time and they study for their tests.  These are the academic behaviors of students in recovery. Nice work guys and once again, congratulations! Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

Recovery Campus

I love getting new issues of my favorite magazines and it is no different with the newest issue of “Recovery Campus.”   With each new publication, the editor, Trent Boozer, reports on the flourishing features of Collegiate Recovery Programs and the people who are making a difference.  A ‘sober college student’ is no longer an oxymoron.  Recovering alcoholics and addicts are getting younger and younger and higher education is adapting to the need and benefit of having sober college students populate their campuses.  Not only is “Recovery Campus” printed and distributed across the nation, it is also available online at http://recoverycampus.com/. Janet DeMars Program Director Jaywalker U

The Bucket List Project: Climbing in Patagonia

Johann Aberger built the Bucket List Project after his father passed away from Parkinson’s Disease 3 years ago. It’s an invitation for people to live their highest calling. He says, “As part of this project, I’ve started a successful business, run the Leadville 100, and worked to inspire people from all over the world to live ‘on-purpose.’” In January of 2014, Johann traveled to the Fitz Roy region of Patagonia, in Southern Argentina. The trip was a creation of the Bucket-List Project with a simple commitment; to climb one of the major summits, come back safely, and to use the experience for the highest good. He says, “The landscape was stunning, the weather at times alarming, and the overall experience provided a level of insight that was rich and fulfilling.” “I look forward to sharing stories that speak to our impermanence, the value of risk, adventure and suffering, as well…

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Humanities Education

Carolyn Gregoire wrote an article in The Third Metric of the Huffington Post (1/30/14), espousing the values of a humanities education. She included some interesting quotes which alluded to: Not worrying about post college when you enter college That money is a bad way to measure the value of a college major, and Even more important, that college students should be encouraged to study something for which they have a natural talent. There exists a stereotype called the broke-unemployed-humanities-major, but proponents of the humanities claim that “career-specific skills can often be learned on the job, whereas critical thinking and problem-solving skills are invaluable benefits of a humanities education” (The Third Metric, Huffington Post, 1/30/14).  I thought I would challenge the stereotype by listing the names and area of study of some very successful humanities majors. Conan O’Brien, History and American Literature Ted Turner, Classics Mitt Romney, English J.K. Rowling, French and Classics Steven Spielberg, English…

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JWU College Majors

This week the Jaywalker U students were asked to write about their potential majors and some of the jobs that they could have when they graduate. Finance, Art, History, and Science were among the majors that our students are pursuing. In the past the Jaywalker U students have picked a degree because it sounded nice and they thought this was the path picked out for them. Now, the students are choosing degrees that they are most passionate about. The students are coming to realize that the more passionate they are about something, the more effort they are willing to put forth. Once again, the Jaywalker U students are proving to us that recovery and college are possible. Click here for recent Jaywalker U blogs; also, stayed tuned because the series, What Can You do with a Major in…?, will be running through next Thursday. Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that helps participants learn about mental illness in the hopes of de-stigmatizing mental illness, and learn what various mental disorders look like.  Some of the disorders that will be discussed include depression, anxiety and substance abuse disorders.  Participants who take this 8-hour class will learn the 5-step action plan that will give them the resources to help peers, colleagues, friends, and family connect with the appropriate professionals.  This program was developed for the general population by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Janet DeMars, MS, CHES, LADC, will be teaching this 1-credit class starting Thursday, September 12th at the Lappala Center campus of Colorado Mountain College (CMC) in Carbondale, Colorado.  Class times are 5:15pm – 7:20pm in room 205.  Register today at CMC in Carbondale….

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Collegiate Recovery Community Conference

Last week Jaywalker U (JWU) Program Director, Janet DeMars, and Program Coordinator, Donnie Hagenbart, headed to Lubbock TX for the Fourth National Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) Conference which was hosted by Texas Tech and the Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery (CSAR). This was a great opportunity for the Jaywalker staff to collaborate with other CRCs; this conference provided the JWU staff the time to network with the nearly 80 CRCs across the nation.  Knowing about the many CRCs that are in existence will provide the JWU students an opportunity to continue their college education at a school that understands and takes seriously the need for providing recovery services to those students who have faced addiction and are on the other side.  We are truly grateful for the stance that many colleges across the nation have taken in regards to the recovery movement.  Without this, many students would…

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