From the Hilbert College Wellness Center
by Kirsten Falcone, RN
This week there is an extremely contagious stomach virus plaguing local K-12 schools. Let’s not let this spread to Hilbert College during finals! Read below for a review of washing your hands.
Did you know washing your hands is the best proven way to reduce the spread of illness? Wash your hands before and after touching food, after using the bathroom, after contact with another person (such as shaking hands), and after they are soiled. Hands can become “soiled” even if they do not appear that way. Some ways this can happen are by touching your face, touching common surfaces that may contain microorganisms, or from poor hygiene.
Not everyone knows the proper technique for washing hands. Here it is:
- Using tepid or warm (not hot) water, wet your hands and then lather up with soap. Antimicrobial soap is not necessary; any hand soap will do.
- Let the water run, while you lather and rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds (long enough to sing the Happy Birthday song twice).
- Make certain to wash under your nails, between your fingers, the backs of your hands, and even your wrists. Rinse these areas well.
- Keep the water running, while you dry your hands on a paper towel.
- Finally, turn the water faucet off with a dry paper towel.
If you are not able to wash your hands, using a gel hand sanitizer is an acceptable alternative. Use enough to wet the entire area, and rub it in until the gel is dry. (Two exceptions are when hands are visibly soiled, and when you have already used hand sanitizer several times.)
Hilbert students have been doing great work in their Journalism Practicum course taught by Dan Higgins. Some of them recently attended the presidential campaign rallies held in Buffalo. They’ve attended Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders rallies and will be looking to attend the Ted Cruz and Donald Trump rallies coming up. They were also able to provide their coverage of the Bernie Sanders rally to the news weekly The Public. A video of the talk by Sanders has now shown up twice on their website in two days of news. It’s embedded in an analysis piece about Sanders’s visit here: http://www.dailypublic.com/articles/04132016/rally-outtakes-feeling-more-bern.
Five student Journalist attended the Bernie rally, and all certainly will attest to being forever changed by these sort of events.
“This is the experiential learning opportunities that separates us from our competitors,” says Prof. Chris Gallant of the Digital Media and Communication department. “We look to make sure each student has access to opportunities such as these so that they know what the field is like and that they know how to conduct themselves in that environment. Covering a rally with 10,000 people can be a bit overwhelming, you know.” Gallant says that despite the packed arena of Bernie supporters, the students worked together as a cohesive team of journalists. Their work will become available on the student news website https://hilbertcollegenews.com/. Look for updates there.
More info – http://www.hilbert.edu/brendan-bannon
On April 8th, Hilbert College welcomed Linda Williams-Moore, the interim Dean of Students and Director of Student Life at the University of Pittsburgh to share her expertise about the steps Hilbert may take to further a culture of acceptance of diversity and inclusion within our college community.
Ms. Williams-Moore has worked in student affairs for more than 20 years in various positions and more recently served as the director of the Office of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development at the University of Pittsburgh. This full day workshop included morning and afternoon sessions for approximately 200 Hilbert student athletes and leaders as well as a working session with the members of the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and was overwhelming well received by those in attendance.
As a pilot training project and in response to student requests, the training was to designed to support Hilbert’s efforts to forward the acceptance of diversity in its many forms and encourage a climate of acceptance and mutual understanding of difference on campus.
Ms. Williams-Moore proved to be an exceptional trainer who excelled at engaging students and skillfully challenged participants to question their assumptions about others. In the words of Ms. Williams-Moore, this training represents one step that will help us to keep the “conversation” going.