During the initial weeks of the first summer session, the Learning Assistance Program will offer individual consults on time management, test taking, note taking, reading strategies, reduction of test anxiety, and memory skill development. Individual appointments may be made with Bro. Thomas Giumenta, C.S.C., at this link: http://tinyurl.com/kqm9ffn.
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease and a confirmed case has been reported here in Portland, according to Susan Chisum, health center. The Multnomah County Health Department suggests that if you or a family member are susceptible to measles and were at Portland International Airport between 7:45 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Monday, March 24, you should watch for symptoms through April 14. The symptoms of measles generally begin about 7-14 days after a person is infected, and include blotchy rash, fever, cough, runny nose, red watery eyes (conjunctivitis), feeling run down and achy (malaise), or tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth (Koplik’s spots).
Measles poses the highest risk to those who haven’t been vaccinated, especially pregnant women, infants younger than 1 year, and people with weakened immune systems. It is never too late to receive the vaccination to protect yourself and those around you. If you are unsure of your immunization status or that of someone in your family, the health department suggests contacting your health-care provider.
Have questions about measles infection or the measles vaccine? Call your primary care provider or local county health department:
- Clackamas County Public Health: 503-655-8411
- Clark County Public Health: 360-397-8182
- Mult. County Public Health: 503-988-3406
- Wash. County Public Health: 503-846-3594.
This year’s cold and flu season is already in full swing. Unfortunately we all know that when the weather turns colder, we find ourselves crowded indoors, which puts everyone at greater risk for communicable diseases. Remember that where two or more are gathered, so will be many viruses. If you are walking to class and you hear the dreaded cough and sneeze, you have just been exposed to the rhinovirus, otherwise known as the common cold. The flu virus is also spread by coughing and sneezing. Remember that drink you shared with a friend yesterday? You may have been exposed to Mono or other contagious viruses. How about that meal you had at the social gathering yesterday? You could find yourself experiencing the Norovirus (nausea, vomiting and diarrhea). The following tips may seem obvious, but in the long run they will help you have a better chance of a healthy winter and spring on The Bluff.
- Hand-washing is key. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water, especially after using the restroom, coughing, or sneezing. Alcohol hand sanitizers are effective when soap and water are not available.
- Limit physical contact. Limiting your physical contact is the optimal way to prevent getting sick. The simplest way to do that is to stay home if you are sick, Don’t risk spreading your illness to others. You should stay home for at least 24 hours after any fever is gone. This concept goes beyond just catching the common cold. If you feel the odds are against you, practicing prevention now will help reduce your risk of illness. If you have not had a flu shot, please check with local pharmacies and get vaccinated today.
You can find out more at the University Health Center Website at http://tinyurl.com/mruk2jk.
The H1N1 flu is circulating and hitting people hard this year in Oregon, striking many people, including healthy children and young adults. The season has started earlier than normal and is expected to continue for several months. By the end of December 2013 hospitals had admitted 81 patients with complications from the flu.
The illness typically lasts 5 to 7 days and it is recommended to limit contact with others to prevent spreading the infection. Symptoms start 1 to 4 days after the virus enters the body, which means you may be able to pass the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. This is a contagious respiratory virus and you will need to stay home from class, work, and activities while you recover. It is important to stay hydrated and rest long enough to allow your body to mount its own immune response, kill the virus, and prevent complications.
The good news is the H1N1 strain is included in the current flu vaccine. It is not too late to protect yourself and others by getting a flu shot. Please contact your health care provider or local pharmacy and receive your flu vaccine today to stay healthy. For more information go to http://tinyurl.com/pzxcokh.
Pick any adult out of a crowd and the odds are he or she had chicken pox as a child. Since 1995, with the availability of the chicken pox vaccine, the odds are changing. Now many children have received the vaccination preventing this itchy virus. If you never had chicken pox as a child and have not been vaccinated, you are putting yourself and members of the University community at risk. Chicken pox is a contagious disease spread by airborne or close contact with an infectious person. An outbreak in a university setting could last 4 to 5 months. While the illness itself typically lasts 2 weeks, the incubation period for those exposed is 10 to 21 days. For students, faculty, and staff, exclusion from activities at the University has academic and financial repercussions. Be proactive and prevent a potential outbreak by getting vaccinated as soon as possible. Contact your healthcare provider, local pharmacy, or the University health center for additional information (7134 or email@example.com).
The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSWD) would like to remind faculty that there is just over a week between Thanksgiving break and the start of final exam week. Due to this short window of time, the OSWD encourages faculty to request final exam proctoring needs from students before they leave for Thanksgiving break. The OSWD offers faculty the following tips to assist them in preparing for final exams:
- Make multiple announcements of the date and time of your final exam and include a request of students needing exam accommodations for the final exam to contact you directly by a specific date (i.e the Friday before Thanksgiving).
- Send individual e-mail reminders to students with exam accommodations requesting that the student contact you by a specific date to confirm the need for exam accommodations for the final exam.
- Ask the student to confirm which exam accommodations are needed for the final exam. Note: Students who utilize accommodations such as use of a scribe, use of a reader, or use of text-to-speech or speech-to-text software may be referred to the OSWD for proctoring.
- Find a location for the exam. To reserve individual exam seats in FR 123 or locate other possible exam space, faculty should contact their school or departmental administrative assistants.
For assistance with exam proctoring questions, contact Christa Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org. For general accommodation questions, contact Melanie Gangle at email@example.com. Thank you for your partnership in creating equal access for every member of our community.
Why should people get vaccinated against the flu? Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others.
The “seasonal flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. During this time, flu viruses are circulating in the population. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community. The health center has a limited supply of flu vaccine available for a $15 fee. If you missed last week’s flu vaccination clinic on campus, please contact the health center at 7134 and schedule a time to get vaccinated.
The health center has a limited amount of Influenza vaccine which it will make available to the UP community during flu shot clinics offered at the Pilot House on Monday, October 7, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, October 8, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
The flu vaccine is recommended for all members of the UP community. People with underlying medical conditions that put them more at risk are encouraged to come early or to make an appointment at the health center prior to the clinics (aged 50 years or above; chronic pulmonary or cardiovascular, renal, hepatic, neurological, hematologic, or metabolic disorders; immunosuppression; women who are or will be pregnant during the influenza season; American Indians and Alaska natives; persons who are morbidly obese).
Cost of the vaccine is $15. For more information or accommodation for disabilities contact the health center at 7134.
The health center is seeking faculty and staff who are interested in becoming SAFE (Stop Assault For Everyone) Advocates, according to Kristina Houck, health center. SAFE Advocates are committed, caring faculty and staff members trained to support students who are impacted by interpersonal violence, including stalking, dating violence, sexual assault, and rape. Advocates serve as important resources to students by participating in an on-call rotation as well as being listed on the SAFE Advocate website, allowing students to contact them directly.
Joining the advocate network requires full-time employment by the University of Portland, attendance at a one-time three hour training session, excellent listening skills, and a willingness to be available to students. A training session is scheduled for Thursday, September 26, from 1 to 4 p.m., in the career services conference room in Orrico Hall. If you are interested in becoming a SAFE Advocate or would like more information, please contact Houck at 8125 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSWD), in partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences and the professional schools, assists faculty and staff in meeting the accommodation needs of students with disabilities. As the number of students registered with the OSWD continues to grow, faculty are asked to plan ahead now to meet UP’s shared responsibilities to ensure equal access for all. Faculty are reminded that it is their responsibility to proctor exam accommodations for extended time and/or alternative (distraction-reduced) settings. Now is a great time to extend a general invitation to each of your classes for students to discuss their accommodation needs privately with you. Anticipating exam proctoring needs now, including final exams, allows the most effective use of University space and resources. Feel free to set up a faculty proctoring cooperative within your department or school. Be creative and work collaboratively to share proctoring resources. An unmonitored exam room, Franz 123, is set up to meet faculty space needs for proctoring exams.
Thank you for your partnership in creating equal access for every member of our community. For exam proctoring questions or to reserve individual exam seats in FR 123, faculty should contact their school or departmental administrative assistants. For general accommodation questions, contact Melanie Gangle at email@example.com.