The Colvin Center Is An Outlet For Students

November 29, 2007

The pressure of finals is building up.  All the hard work over the semester depends on these last tests.  Students’ hearts are beating fast, their minds are racing and they keep asking themselves if they’re ever going to be able to handle this all.  Feelings of hopelessness are common and make it hard for many to concentrate.  Heads are pounding, as students try to stay focused and cram in the last bit of information possible.  All they need is a moment to clear their mind and relax.  What better place to do that than the Colvin Center.

Students who are stressed can alleviate it many different enjoyable ways. The Colvin offers a variety of exercise equipment and classes, as well as massage therapy.


“When I get stressed I have to do something active,” said Amanda Grigg, a chemistry junior. “If I sit around for too long I get antsy and agitated.”The Colvin is perfect for students like Grigg, because it has such a wide variety of activities.


The Colvin Center offers OSU students, faculty and staff 240,000 square feet of stress relief.  It has 10 basketball courts, 12 racquetball courts and one multipurpose activity course.  It has a three lane indoor track, 8,000 square feet of free weights and 1,500 square feet of machine weights.  It has a cardio style theater with 11 plasma screen TVs, a 25-yard indoor swimming pool, as well as an outdoor leisure pool.  The Colvin also offers virtual golf and a rock climbing wall.


Several classes are offered through the F.I.T program at the Colvin.  Yoga, Pilates, kickboxing and different styles of dance classes are just a few of the ways to relax.


“I can’t do the same thing every time I get stressed because one activity won’t cure every different kind of stress. For instance, I like to run when I’m mad because of all the adrenaline. But when I have problems with family or friends, I’d rather do something like Pilates or yoga,” said Brittany Bartz, a junior design major.


Rachel Potts, a public relations junior, teaches several classes at the Colvin, including cardio kickboxing and Pilates. Working out can be a serious stress reliever, she said.


“It is really rewarding to get to encourage and motivate people to be healthy,” Potts said. “If this is the one hour in their day that they can relax and let out their stress, then I am glad that I can provide that outlet for them.” 


To stay stress-free, Potts recommends eating healthfully, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly. Besides exercise, the Colvin also offers massage therapy. 


“Massage doesn’t just feel good.  Research shows it reduces the heart rate, lowers blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, relaxes muscles, improves range of motion and increases endorphins,” according to their brochure.


The Colvin employs three licensed massage therapists.  For a 30 minute massage it only costs $35, for a 60 minute massage it costs $55 and for a 90 minute massage it costs $80.  All massages can be charged to the Bursar.


The Colvin offers more than therapeutic massages.  It also offers Swedish massages, deep tissue massages, sport massages, shiatsu massages, trigger point massages and hot stone massages. 


To make an appointment, call the Colvin Center at 405-744-5510. For more information, visit

Students Have Options For Finals Week Stress

November 29, 2007

With finals week fast approaching, students are rapidly trying to raise their grades and prepare for their last tests of the semester. This often leads to added stresses and students can feel helpless because they don’t know how to handle the extra pressure. 


There are services available to students through Student Counseling Services that can help students in distress. Talking with someone can help students learn to set goals, learn how to relax and more. Students can meet individually with a counselor at the center for free up to the first four visits. After that visits only cost $10 each. 


Dr. Tamara Young, the senior clinical counselor at the center, said she sees the most students during mid-terms and pre-finals week. Unrealistic academic expectations in general are another reason while finals week can be especially overwhelming, Young said. 


“Many people believe that because high school was easy, college should be too,” Young said. “With this attitude, students grossly underestimate the demands of college life and do not make the sacrifices needed in order to be successful.”


Besides talking to someone, another great way to relieve stress can be exercise. The Colvin Center’s 240,000 sq. ft. facility offers a wide array of exercise equipment to help manage many different kinds of stress. They also offer specific classes and intramurals to make exercise more fun, according to their Web site. 


“I can’t do the same thing every time I get stressed because one activity won’t cure every different kind of stress,” Brittany Bartz, a design junior, said. “I like to run when I’m mad because of all the adrenaline. But when I have problems with family or friends, I’d rather do something like Pilates or yoga.”


For more information on the counseling center, please visit To find an extended list of services the Colvin Center offers, please visit


November 29, 2007

Key Message Points:


1. Teaching students how to catch stress before it consumes them

2. Learning how to stay organized during stressful times, like finals week

3. Showing students fun ways to relieve their stress




Media outlets to pitch the story to:


1. The Daily O’Collegian

2. OSU Student Headlines (weekly e-mail)

3. KOSU (public radio)

4. KXYZ (college radio)

5. Stillwater News Press

6. OSU TV stations

7. Local TV stations




Spokespeople available for interview:

1. Dr. Tamara Young, counselor at Student Counseling Services, 405-744-5472

2. Jeanne Croka, Club Fit coordinator (massage therapy), 405-744-5510

3. Kent E. Bunker, Colvin Center coordinator, 405-744-5510


Don’t Stress…De-Stress

November 29, 2007

Often time students take on many different activities. What they tend not to notice is that by taking on these different activities, they end up taking on too much. On top of extra curricular activities, students also try to balance school and sometimes even a job. As finals time rolls around, teachers are trying to cram in more and more last minute information, projects, quizzes and tests, causing the students at Oklahoma State University to become even more overwhelmed and stressed out.


It isn’t just OSU student who suffer from stress this time of year, everyone seems to get stressed out during the holiday season. Stress is defined as anything that takes a psychological of physical toll on your body. There are two types of stress one can experience. The first type is known as eustress and is a type of positive stress because it keeps us alert and motivated. Eustress can motivate a person to face challenges and drive them to solve problems. The second type of stress is distress, and is the one people notice themselves experiencing the most. Distress results when our bodies overreact to events that may lead to health problems later on if it is not taken care of properly.


College students suffering from stress often feel fatigued, and can experience acid reflux, hair loss, and many other health related problems. The most common side effect students experience when stressed out  is getting physically ill due to the negative impact the stress has on their immune systems. There are five major causes of college related stress students can suffer from. The first is peer pressure, followed by competition, separation from ones family and friends at home, having large amounts of freedom and not knowing how to handle it, and also choosing a major or a career. Not only do college students have to deal with these five major causes, but also have to deal with the regular curves life throws at them, such as arguments with family back home or friends and roommates at their university. Anger and hostility are among one of the most common emotional reactions to negative life events, and in college, freshman are said to have the highest stress reaction to these negative events.


When stress is not taken care of, not only does it attack the immune system, but it can also contribute to life-threatening problems if it is not dealt with. Problems such as heart attack, stroke, depression and major infection are just a few of the health problems that can arise from stress. Stress is also linked to 6 leading causes of death – heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver and even suicide.

Students tend to try and handle their stress on their own by saying, “I can solve my own problems.” One student was reported the have not even known there was counseling services provided at OSU, yet upon receiving the knowledge said he “wouldn’t want to pay for it.” Students on campus are unaware of the services provided and that they are free as well. Marketing Senior, Ryan Cunningham, was interviewed about counseling at OSU said, “I already know what’s wrong with me, why would I ask a stranger?” During our research, we found there are many counselors available on campus and can be reached at 744-5472.


Student’s who were uncomfortable talking to “strangers” about their stress were asked what other means they used in order to relieve their stress. Brittany Bartz, a junior design major said her favorite way to relieve stress was to mix up different activities she did in order to get her mind off of the stress she was having to deal with. “I like to run when I’m mad because of all the adrenaline. But when I have problems with family or friends, I’d rather do something like pilates or yoga.” After doing a little research, it was found there were many different classes offered at the Colvin center. The more strenuous and tension releasing classes found were cardio kickboxing, Zumba, spin class, body pump, abs classes, tae kwon do and many more. While the Colvin offers those intense classes, it also offers more relaxing classes such as yoga, deep water aerobics, dance classes, tai chi and Pilates. 


The Colvin offers something not many students know about that can be easily bursared. There are 3 licensed massage therapists available, and offer Swedish, deep tissue, sports, shiatsu, trigger point and hot stone massages. For a half hour massage it’s $35, $55 for an hour and $80 for an hour and a half. 


Rachel Potts, a student and instructor at the Colvin said her Pilates “focuses on breathing and stretching which is a great way to let out stress and clear your mind. If you’re looking for something a little more up temp, kickboxing is a great way to punch and kick out the stress of the day.” Potts often finds herself telling her students to “go for it” on the punching bag and to “get out all the frustration and tension from the day.” Eating healthy, receiving an adequate amount of sleep and exercise are just a few things Potts recommends students to do every day in order to stay a little less stress. Mostly she encourages her students to just take a little time out of each of their days and have to dedicate to themselves.


There are other ways students try to forget about their stress for a while. Some said they enjoy watching movies, taking themselves out of their own lives for a short while and involving themselves in a make believe character’s life; while others find relaxation in comfort foods such as a favorite family recipe. Most students suggested the best way to relax and get away from their stress was to just hang out with friends and laugh a little.


Within the media kit, the group decided to include a few resources students can use in order to relieve some of the stress they are soon to experience, if they aren’t already experiencing loads of stress with finals week approaching. Enclosed in the OSU themed De-stress kit is a stress ball to relive tension while studying for exams, a list of classes that are to be offered at the Colvin along with a schedule, a few recipes, a brochure on different ways students should try to deal with their stress, some information on the counseling services provided at OSU, and many more de-stressing tools.


Although distracting one’s self from all the stress is the best thing a person can do, one should also remember that a distraction is one thing, not a permanent fix. Eventually dealing with and learning to cope with stress in a suitable way in order to survive everything. Hopefully with these tips student will be more aware that being stressed out this time of year is not uncommon and that there is a plethora of ways to dealing with this from at home remedies to getting treated to a massage or even going and talking to someone about a more in depth way to handle those larger problems that tend to stress us out at the University Counseling Center.


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Stress Facts

November 25, 2007

Stress contributes to such life-threatening problems as heart attack, stroke, depression and infection, as well as to chronic aches and pains.


Highly stressed teenagers are twice as likely to smoke, drink, get drunk and use illegal drugs.


54 percent of Americans are concerned about the level of stress in their everyday lives.


Increasing numbers of children, teenagers and college students report feeling under stress.


Stress is linked to the six leading causes of death—heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide.


Stress often makes college students sick because it has a negative impact on immune systems. 


College stress can cause fatigue, acid reflux, hair loss, and a slew of other problems.


The five biggest causes of college stress are: peer pressure, competition, separation from family, freedom, and choosing a major/career.


Freshmen have the highest stress reaction to negative life events.


Anger and hostility are the most common emotional reactions to negative life events.


75 to 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related complaints or disorders.


Two types of stress


Eustress keeps us alert; it motivates us to face challenges and drives us to solve problems.


Distress results when our bodies overreact to events; this can cause health problems.


Stress is anything that takes a psychological or physical toll on you.


90% of hospital consultant episodes for reaction to severe stress and adjustment disorders occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002


One in four people report that they have been alienated from a friend or family member because of stress.

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