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Whether you are looking for an energetic organization to join or for something exciting to participate in around campus, the Student Activities Programming Board (SAPB) is here to develop creative event opportunities.
SAPB is a student-led, faculty-advised organization that plans and executes free and affordable events during the school year. They are known for hosting movie nights, comedy shows, game nights, an annual trip to Kings Island and more. As of 2019, the group took control of planning Jagapalooza, IUPUI’s end-of-the-year carnival celebration.
The organization places board members into one of its six committees, which are called Spirit, Films, Late Nights, On the Go, Campus Traditions and Goes to Town. The Spirit committee fosters school spirit and inclusion by planning programs for IUPUI athletics and pride. If you have ever watched a movie in the Campus Center Theater or Taylor Courtyard, you may have seen one of the many showings presented by the Films committee.
Late Nights is known for its end-of-the-day activities like laser tag, escape rooms, craft nights and de-stress events. Busy students can pop into On the Go events, which offer quick and easy activities like their famous “Stuff-a-Plush” events. Campus Traditions keep classic IUPUI events alive, including Jagapalooza and Flip the Script, where faculty serve students breakfast for dinner. For free tickets or great deals to off-campus events, Goes to Town is a great source to check out the Indianapolis Zoo, Pacers games or musicals.
SAPB relies on students to propose ideas, figure out the logistics within their respective committees and make the events come to life by staffing them. Across campus, multiple organizations have seen a drop in membership and student engagement since the pandemic.
Unfortunately, SAPB is one of the organizations that have been affected. Compared to previous years, they have had less members overall and the programming board has been working to increase membership again.
“Before the pandemic, SAPB was a well-known organization,” SAPB President Cortney Holder said. “We are now rebuilding membership and brand awareness.”
It hasn’t all been bad, however. SAPB saw great success in attendance with their First Night event that was held back in August. The event featured an LED dance floor and a live DJ. It included various activities for attendees, such as bubble soccer, a matte tattoo artist, photo booths and fitness classes.
“First Night is important for students, especially for the freshman class,” Holder said. “The event is that move-in weekend for students coming to campus.”
The organization encourages any student interested in making a difference on campus to join. Students have opportunities for development within the organization. There is room for growth in leadership and executive roles. Those that prefer general board member positions still provide major input and play a key role in making the events happen.
“SAPB is a great way to be involved on campus, attend various events and meet new people,” said Ayesha Pandey, an executive board member. “I am passionate about marketing and boosting campus engagement, which is what I do as the VP of Marketing.”
Holder thinks people should join for general student engagement, to take pride in IUPUI and to find joy on their campus.
“I love seeing the events that we had been planning for weeks be executed,” Holder said. “We want students to socialize and to take a break from classes.”
IUPUI students can join as general board members to help organize and host campus events at any point during the school year, regardless of major. Students are invited to join SAPB’s weekly Wednesday meetings in Campus Center Room 409 from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. For more information on how to join and upcoming events, check their updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Caring for your health and wellness is important, which is why the Coleman Hall Clinic on campus offers free and low-cost services for the convenience of students.
The Coleman clinic offers a variety of services for medical concerns and injuries. Students can count on the clinic to provide medicine for general issues including but not limited to sinus infections, ear aches, cold, flu, pink eye and abdominal pain. The clinic can also aid with injuries relating to sprains, joint pain, sports injuries, abrasions and lacerations.
Campus health providers encourage students to seek women’s health services, which includes breast exams, cervical cancer screenings (PAP testing) and contraception advising and prescriptions. The clinic also offers judgement-free assistance for sexual health concerns. They serve all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. STD testing and treatment, pregnancy testing and rapid HIV testing are among some of the issues they can help students with.
For those looking to stay up-to-date on vaccinations, they can receive immunizations from the clinic. Measles, influenza, tetanus, human papillomavirus (HPV) are just some of the various immunizations available to patients.
Jodi Bird, a Licensed Practical Nurse with Campus Health, recommends that students who are unable to attend the times listed to schedule an appointment with the Coleman Clinic to receive their shot.
“We want to promote the best health possible for everyone,” Bird said. “The clinics give [students] a chance to come between classes or during their breaks.”
Along with preparations for cold and flu season, campus health services have provided resources for COVID-19. They are offering Pfizer vaccines at no cost every Wednesday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. by appointment only. The web page for Medical Services includes quarantine and isolation guides for on-campus and off-campus students.
Yasmine Mestaghanmi, a graduate student from the School of Informatics and Computing, expressed that she is glad to have the resources available to her as well as her peers.
“It’s important for students to have access to the clinic because some of them might not have a normal medical provider,” Mestaghanmi said. “It’s also beneficial to have those resources on campus for convenience’ sake.”
Students can make appointments for services by calling (317) 274-8214. Coleman Hall is located near Ball Hall at 1140 W. Michigan St., suite 100. The clinic is available to students and faculty on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thursdays 9 a.m - 5 p.m. and Fridays 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. The building is closed on the weekends and university holidays. The health clinic in the Campus Center is currently closed, but is expected to reopen for students in November. For additional information about the clinic, click here.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on student mental health, with anxiety and depression increasing significantly.Julie Lash, director of IUPUI’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) since 2007, said that while depression and anxiety have been the most common concerns in students ahead of the pandemic, additional stressors have escalated feelings of distress.Lash noted that students have not only been dealing with concerns that stem from the pandemic, but also factors regarding racial injustice, political instability, financial uncertainty and natural disasters.“College students were already reporting increasing levels of loneliness before the pandemic,” Lash said. “That has increased with the physical distancing and social isolation that many have experienced during this time.”Throughout 2020 and 2021, CAPS saw fewer students reaching out for sessions. Lash believes this is due to fewer students going to campus or living on campus. This semester, however, CAPS is back to seeing about the same levels of students as they did prior to the pandemic.Lash encourages instructors to direct resources to their students and conduct individual check-ins with those who seem to be struggling emotionally or falling behind in their courses. Faculty can help reduce the stress and anxiety students may be experiencing by creating opportunities for students to connect with each other during class.“We ask students how they heard of CAPS and the most common response is Faculty/Staff,” Lash said. “We meet regularly with faculty and staff groups to talk about how to support students that are distressed or having mental health concerns.”One of the common issues CAPS sees with students is practicing methods of self-care. Eating and sleeping habits have been a process of readjustment for students.“Most people like a bit of structure, and most of our typical structure was not present in the past 18 months,” Lash said.Natalie Samuels, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and founder of her private practice, Blue Willow Counseling, also saw a decline in students taking time to focus on self-care. Her patients had similar mental health concerns as those visiting CAPS. When the pandemic hit, she was surprised at how many students were reaching out to her practice, but it was a time of uncertainty for most.“At the beginning of the pandemic, people came to me looking for answers that I didn’t have,” Samuels said.Samuels, who is trained in post-traumatic stress disorder therapy, saw that the pandemic was a trigger for those she was treating.“The pandemic triggered present day concerns in times in their past when they felt they weren’t safe,” Samuels said. “It brought up concerns about the death of a caregiver or fear of death for themselves.”Samuels said that while it is easy for people to feel helpless surrounded by the pandemic and societal issues, she encourages students to invest in committed action. She suggests checking in on friends, family members, helping around the house, and volunteering. Other sources of self-help for stressed students can include using mental health apps, like MyLife Meditation, Simple Habit, Headspace, and Calm. Samuels said she uses them to relax and wind down. The apps, which are available for Apple and Android devices, aim to help users manage their daily habits through reflection, meditation and relaxation.“I viewed the pandemic as a stone that’s been dropped in water, causing a ripple effect, leaving effects of this lingering for a while,” Samuels said. Samuels anticipates that despite lingering effects, current students will be the most resilient generation as a result of the hardships and obstacles faced during the pandemic.Students interested in seeking mental health services can connect with CAPS by phone at (317) 274-2548 or email email@example.com. For off-campus services, check out the other providers lists on the CAPS web page.
The food scene is continuing to grow in Indiana with a new fast-casual, sit-down restaurant coming to Noblesville. Missouri-based restaurant Pickleman’s Gourmet Café is expected to open its first Indiana location early next year.
While the restaurant is well-known for its freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, Pickleman’s menu includes a variety of menu choices. Items on the menu include oven-toasted gourmet sandwiches, salads, thin-crust pizzas, and savory soups. Along with in-store service, guests can expect curbside pickup, carryout, delivery, and catering options.
The Noblesville spot will be run by couple Kyle and Sarah Eschmann. Kyle Eschmann is a Carmel, Indiana, native who began attending the University of Missouri in 2007. During his time as a student, he visited a Pickleman’s location for the first time, and it became a favorite restaurant for him. After college in 2011, he returned to Carmel to work for his family’s business, Insurance Career Training Inc.
This year, the Eschmanns picked up the idea to bring Pickleman’s to Indiana after a trip to Kansas City in April. It was after a baseball game that they decidednatalie to dine at the restaurant that Sarah Eschmann commented on her longing for one back home. Soon after, Kyle and his father, Todd Eschmann, looked into opening a new location. They signed a franchise agreement in June.
“I am a big Pickleman’s fan and I know how much everyone in Missouri loves their food - especially the college kids,” Kyle Eschmann said. “I am really looking forward to sharing the great food with everyone.”
For first-time visitors, Kyle Eschmann recommends starting with the Asiago Chicken Pizza and the #9 Italian Beef Sandwich. The menu also features a hearty Lentil Chili and The Truth - a one-of-a-kind, Buffalo Chicken Pizza with BBQ sauce. Vegetarians can enjoy a Grilled Cheese & Tomato Bisque, or a gluten-friendly Veggie Pizza.
“The quality of the food is what stands out,” Sarah Eschmann said. “All of their products are custom crafted and produced specifically to Pickleman’s recipes. Even the salad dressings are made in-house.”
The restaurant may have a fresh introduction to Indiana, but that’s not stopping the franchise from plans to open additional locations in the state over the next few years. Pickleman’s currently has 24 locations, with more on the way. As of now, they have restaurants in Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
“Pickleman’s has entered into a serious growth phase, with many new stores being planned in new and existing areas,” Kyle Eschmann said. “The leadership at Pickleman’s has visited our area, and they all feel this area is ripe for their concept.”
The store will be located just east of U.S. Highway 37 at 9510 E. 146th St., Suite E, with the hours expected to be 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. seven days a week. Find the menu, locations, and more about the franchise at www.picklemans.com.