Monthly Archives: February 2012

Wholly Health! …Altru’s Wellness Expo is almost here.


Dance, Dance….and Dance

Dimension: physical

Activity: Zumba

Thursday, February 16th at 7:15pm

The activity was to attend the Zumba class. I have been wanting to try one of the many group fitness activities offered at the wellness center but something always came up. This was the time! I had heard great things about the class and Zumba seems to be “the thing” these days. My friends back home are also into zumba and they talk about it a lot. Dancing as a way to get cardio work out, sounded like it would be fun and not too hard. It was tough! The class started at 715 and I found myself constantly looking the clock and counting down the time. The instructor was really good and only in my head, I was mirroring her well. Some moves were easier than the others. Most attendees seemed like they visited frequently, they were on beat most of the times. I suppose I should go more often that way I will look like I know what I am doing as well. The instructor said she will switch up things occasionally but, mostly she will try not to switch up too much too drastically. I am so glad I went to the class. It really was a great workout, so much better than running on a treadmill. I was breathless, sweated, wanted to puke at times, but I survived! How much you get out from the class depends on how hard you push yourself. You can stand there and moves your hips and arms and legs. You certainly don’t have to jump very high or stump hard if you are looking for something mild. But if you want an intense work out, jump high and stump hard. Hard work pays off, eventually! Go and try it out. I suggest starting with ½ hr long class rather than a hr long.

Living Through Violence!!

Dimension: Emotional
Event:”Living Through Violence: The Oncebay Textile Family” Photography and Textile Exhibition at the North Dakota Museum of Art
Date: February 18, 2012

Visited ND Museum of Art and the gallery showing living through violence.  It showed a violent period in Peru in the period of 1980 to 2000.  There was so many political violence with involving a group called The Shining Path where they killed nearly 60,000 people and over 600,000 were forced to abandon their homes.  The pictures were horrible…(in a good way).  They were graphic, but it really allowed me to try to figure out why people could kill so mercilessly all because they thought they were right.  There were pictures of dead dogs hanging from posts in the town with signs saying ‘Sons of b-word’…excuse my language…People who were bombed in a truck and they were only bystanders.  I don’t get it! What actually makes people think they have the right to take another life because they can !!!  Who are they??? What is man ??? We are but dust of the earth, that’s what we were created from and to act AS IF THEY HAVE ANY KIND OF RIGHT TO DO THAT … WHO gives such authority?  In my opinion that’s wrong. Only God has that kind of POWER! But I only wish, that people will begin to examine themselves and realize we are here only for a time and that respecting others’ lives is a means of valuing our own.  See that changing yourself first, CAN eventually change the world…one day at a time!

CAB Crawler

Dimension: Environmental

Activity: Obtain/Update your CAB or CAT Crawler

Sunday, Feb 12

The most shocking thing when I first came to UND was the price of a cab
ride. During the orientation I was told about the CAB and CAT Crawler but since I had a car I didn’t think I would need them. I would generally take the campus shuttle to go to classes and when I needed to go off campus I had a car for that. In the past  few years since I have been to UND, I have made use of CAB crawler couple of times. At first I thought I wouldn’t even need to use them, but it came in handy when my car was in the shop. Taking cabs around town with couple of friends is economic and environmental. Not to mention one doesn’t have to worry about driving home after having couple of drinks. I encourage everyone to obtain and use CAB crawler. You would not only be helping the environment but yourself as well. What can be great than knowing that you will get to your destination safe anytime of the day in any condition for few bucks. Last Sunday in order to obtain an environmental Band, I renewed CAB crawler and a city bus pass. Now, I know in emergencies I can get a cab for few bucks. One horrible thing associated with getting cabs is the wait time. I have had to wait for at least 1/2 hr to an hr for a cab. And, generally I end up sharing the cab with bunch of other strangers. I suppose for $3 bucks what more can I expect?

Pursuit of Wellness – Recycling Aluminum Cans

Dimension: Environmental
Activity: Recycle Aluminum Cans
Date: Monday, February 20th

Yesterday I brought my cans into Minnkota Recycling to earn my Environmental WOW.  I am a firm believer in environmental wellness and recycling (Earth Day is one of my favorite holidays!) so this was an enjoyable task to complete.  I usually put my cans into our normal recycling, so it was fun to get paid for bringing cans into the Minnkota Recyling Center!  It was quite a simple experience, you hand the employee your bag(s) of aluminum, he puts them into a big long conveyor belt-like contraption where the cans are weighed, then he puts your information into the computer and prints your off a check!  Although I didn’t make much money for my cans, any money is good money, it was still a new and fun experience, and it took less than 10 minutes for the whole procedure.  I would strongly suggest that all try this, or at least begin recycling at your home.  Here are some fun facts about aluminum:

  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to watch a TV for three hours – it’s equivalent to half a gallon of gasoline
  • At one time, aluminum was more valuable than gold.

Crazy huh!  Even if it is only for a few bucks, why not bring them in if its that simple? I know I enjoyed it!

Liberia night

Dimension: Social

Activity: Attend cultural night – Liberia

Thursday, January 9th at 6:30pm

The activity was to attend a cultural night –Liberia.  Almost every Thursday students and members from GF community can attend cultural night series and learn a little bit about that culture.  For a dollar we can even “sample” cuisine from that country. That “sample” usually ends up being my dinner for the night. That’s great! For a dollar I get to have dinner. However, I couldn’t sample foods from Liberia because I had to be somewhere at 715 so I could only stay for the presentation. I learned some new things about Liberia. Now if anyone was to ask me what the capital city or for whom the city was named, then I will be able to answer those questions. Since I have attended other cultural nights, I knew what I was expecting before going to Liberia night. Generally, the show starts with a brief presentation about the country, followed by dances/songs and finally food. Since the Liberian community on campus is small, they didn’t have any dances/songs. Little history about Liberia was informative and entertaining. I wish I could have stayed to sample the cuisine; but I am sure they will do this again next year. Education isn’t just about knowing things in your field; it is also about having broad knowledge regarding the rest of the world. I once knew a guy who thought all he needed to know regarding “general knowledge” was the capital of ND. I will be attending more of these cultural series in the future.

Culture Night, Social

Dimension: Social
Date: Feb 9
Activity: Attend Culture Night Series

I attended the Liberia Culture Night to obtain my Social Band last night. I didn’t eat the meal (had just eaten 😦  ) but I stayed for the presentation where they informed the audience about the environment, culture, food, and history of Liberia. The speakers were a bit hard to understand, but I ended up leaving being better informed of the African country and their culture. The food smelled SOOOO good it was a huge bummer that I wasn’t able to eat. Even though Liberia isn’t really known that much in our community, there were quite a few people there! I went with one of my friends, but since it was so packed, we ended up sitting with a few kids from the dorms that neither of us had met before. It was a relaxed atmosphere to meet new people, and even though I didn’t eat, I sat at a table with people who were in the presentation. I met a ton of new people! While Liberia was obviously a lot about the culture of Liberia, it was just as much as I giant friend mixer! Great way to meet new people!



Dimension: Environmental
Date: Sunday Feb 12
Activity: Obtain you CAB or CAT Crawler

Sunday was the day to earn your environmental band, and I went to the Student Gov office to try and obtain mine but, as I suspected, they are not open on Sundays. So I went back on Monday and finished out earning my 6th Green Environmental band. Yay!

I’ve heard about the Cab Crawler passes, but for some reason I thought you had to pay for them. Being as this year is when I turn 21, I thought it would be a good idea to get one in case I couldn’t find a ride home. It’s really cool that UND does these passes, because it shows their devotion to going green-and it’s very convenient to get. I’m glad I finally have my Cab Crawler pass because now when I carpool with friends in a cab, I know I’m helping reduce my Carbon Footprint! I’m very big on recycling, but I don’t do a lot with trying to carpool and stuff-not nearly enough as I should. Now with my cab crawler pass, I can get to one place with all my friends at the same time for a really cheap price. It was a smart and easy way to earn my green band!


Altru’s Pursuit of Wellness Announcements


If you are planning on earning your purple wristband by attending tonight’s Spiritual Event  “The Importance of Spiritual Wellness in Supporting Whole-Body Wellness” by Taylor Miesel – please note the location has been moved to the Quiet Lounge in the Wellness Center. This event starts at 7pm.


  • March 5th an Exit survey will be emailed following the end of Pursuit of Wellness.  If you complete that survey, you can be registered into a drawing for a $100 Visa giftcard. Please complete your survey by NOON on March 7th to be officially entered.
  • March 7th is Altru’s Wellness Expo. Winners of the Visa gift cards (7- $20 gift cards and 1 – $100 gift card) will be announced, along with the winner of the Ultimate Pursuit of Wellness – for the Apple iPad*. All students are welcome to attend Altru’s Wellness Expo, as there will be an additional $2,000 worth of prizes handed out from area businesses and FREE food from Pita Pit.

*Remember Ultimate Pursuit of Wellness iPad drawing is limited to those that have opted into blogging and have written about their experience of all 7 Dimensions.

Check out this week’s events to earn more wristbands at

For questions please contact Erin Dickson at

Want a job??

Dimension: Occupational
Activity: Career Fair at the Wellness Center
Tuesday, February 14th at 1:30 pm

I must admit attending the Career Fair I was not prepared.  First, I left work late but still tried to get there as I thought it was ending at 2 pm…NOT!  When I entered the gymnasium where all the employers were, I firstly went to those employers who are seeking Computer Science majors for their companies.  Speaking with these employers really enlightened me on what exactly they are looking for.  But what I thought was the main concern was that I had to end up asking as the first questions, ‘Do you sponsor international students?’  which may seem awkward at first, but I realized it was necessary as at least half of them do not cater to international students which would make it pointless for me to inquire about job positions which are available; none would be pertinent to me. Upon exiting this event, my concern was made knowledgeable to the Career Services employees who were present and also filled out a comment form.  But, from this I realized I had some work to do in getting my degree done with and it is a motivation for me.  I suggest students go even if they are not looking yet.  It gives students the opportunity to actually keep current with what is happening in their particular area of study and what that particular industry is looking for.

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