November 2019 Newsletter

November 27, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving Break!

Thanksgiving break is a friendly reminder that the fall 2019 semester is coming to an end!  Many USU students will be making the trip home for the break.  Many USU students will be making the trip home for the break.  Your student has most likely missed being home with family and childhood friends, but the holidays can present challenges after your student has had relative independence for several months.  Deborah J. Cohan (2017), a professor of sociology at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort, wrote a fantastic article from the perspective of faculty confidant called College Students and Thanksgiving Break: Tips for enjoying the holidays with your adult children .  She reminds us that students may be “anxious about interactions with parents, siblings, and friends because of issues of criticism and acceptance, because of the way things used to be and the ways they have changed since coming to college.”


As the semester concludes and finals week nears, here are some important resources to support your student's mental, physical, and relationship wellness.

USU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a holistic approach to student development by eliminating psychological, emotional, and behavioral barriers to learning and success. The CAPS office is there to help your student become a learner and healthily engage with the USU community. All USU enrolled students have access to the CAPS services. The CAPS services are confidential, usually free, and not a part of your student’s academic record.  For more information, please visit  The CAPS website also has self-help resources, workshops, and group therapy information. 

The Student Health Center offers medical care, as well as basic counseling services, dietary and nutritional advice, and prevention services.  The Campus Recreation department provides free amenities for your student to maintain a healthy lifestyle through fitness and recreation.  For more information, please visit

USU also provides resources related to relationship wellness.   The SAAVI office offers information about understanding consent, safe online dating, and healthy relationships. Please visit the SAAVI website for more information at USU also provides low cost marital and family therapy services for families and students



Year at a glance

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