Dear UW Parents and Families,
As summer comes to an end, we are preparing for and looking forward to welcoming new and returning students to campus in the next few weeks. In July, I joined the University of Washington community as the vice president for Student Life. I am thrilled to be supporting a campus environment as diverse, active and innovative as the UW and, through partnerships throughout the Division of Student Life and the university, to ensuring that students have a rich and rewarding experience.
This is the first edition of a quarterly e-newsletter from Parent and Family Programs, a new university-wide initiative that Student Life is proud to host. Student Life at the UW serves as a hub for a variety of programs, services, facilities and operations that are all designed to enrich the Husky student experience. The 14 units that comprise the division are diverse, yet they all share one common goal: to support the success of our students, during their time at the UW and continuing after graduation, through the rest of their lives.
Among the critical elements for student success are the development and maintenance of healthy habits. As health promotion continues to be a priority for our campus, I’d like to share with you some of the ways we are addressing the issues of student health and wellness. I hope that you will share this important information with your new college students, so that they come to campus with an awareness of the health resources available to them.
Our student health center (Hall Health Center) is located near the Husky Union Building (HUB) on the central part of campus. One of the services Hall Health offers is the “Preventive Health Initiative for Students,” a program designed to help students receive preventive services recommended by federal guidelines. When your student submits his or her immunization records and provides consent to establish a medical record, Hall Health will send information on registering for “eCare,” its electronic health messaging system. Students can complete their registration in person, by completing the form on the Hall Health website, or start the eCare enrollment process via the “Log in to eCare” option, located on the Hall Health home page. Additionally, please refer to the Hall Health article in this newsletter for more information.
The Division of Student Life is particularly concerned about college students’ use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs. In response, we’ve developed a variety of campus-wide educational programs and resources, including two informational pamphlets: Finding Out What You Need to Know About Alcohol and Other Drugs, which provides facts about substance abuse and outlines campus and community resources, and Passed Out? Or Alcohol Poisoning?, a wallet-sized publication describing the causes and signs of alcohol poisoning, and what to do if someone is displaying symptoms. Students can pick up these pamphlets at various locations on campus.
Our goal is to work with you to educate your students and encourage them to make responsible choices about their health, including the use of alcohol and other drugs. I hope the materials I’ve referenced here will be helpful as you continue to talk with your students about their college experience – now and in the future.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the UW Student Life office at 206-543-4972. I am grateful for your partnership in this important effort and look forward to a safe, healthy year for our students.
Vice President for Student Life