“Rock Your Finals” is back!

A little over a year ago, UMatter launched the first finals postcards so students could write words of encouragement to their peers to help ease their distress during finals week.


This semester, students can come to our tables all around campus from December 1st through the 4th to pick-up and write postcards.

The postcards are completely free to all students.


UMatter representatives will be in Blackhawk Commons from 5 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. on December 1st and 4th. Representatives will also be present in Polk Library from 4:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. on December 2nd and 3rd.

One Pledge CardStudents can also listen and link up with each other with our “Listen Up!” pledges and business cards to keep their spirits high during this stressful time.

Individuals living in the residence halls will receive their postcards during finals week.



FAQs and Tips About The Rock Your Finals Postcards

We have received several questions over the past two semesters regarding the Rock Your Finals postcards that we want you to know and remember. Please take some time to read this blog post before sending out your postcard. Thanks again for your participation! postcard

1. Are these postcards free?

The postcards that are provided at our listening matters tables at the “Student Leadership and Involvement Center” (SLIC) are free of charge to all UW Oshkosh students. The only charge is sending them off of campus.

2. Can we send these off-campus?

Just make sure you get a stamp and envelope from Titan Central so they can send it via campus mail. However, there is a small fee to do this. If you don’t want to buy a stamp, you can just give the postcard by hand!

3. Do I need to know the person’s room number and address prior to sending a postcard?

If you’re sending a postcard, research or ask about your friend’s room number or address, prior to sending the postcard. You can still take a postcard if you don’t know this information. Just make sure to know it before sending it.

4. Can campus mail and the residence halls send these postcards for me?1506637_739432622746826_2169777020656719391_n

Campus mail and the residence halls will take care of sending these postcards. There is no charge in the residence halls. That’s because campus mail and residence mail are different. Residence halls’ inter-campus mail can be found at the front desk of each hall.



Helpful tips:

1. Language matters: do not write negative, derogatory, or hurtful messages on your “Rock Your Finals” postcards and Listening Matters pledges

The goal of these postcards and pledges are to encourage people to do well on their finals week. We will NOT send out postcards that contain any inappropriate language directed towards others.  Please be respectful since these are sent to those that want your support and kind words.

2. Do not appropriate or vandalize these postcards

Defacing the Listening Matters postcards will not be tolerated. All of these tips and information are designed to help you send your postcards more successfully.

We hope by bringing to light these concerns, we will encourage future participation, discourage negative behavior while making this postcard campaign more inclusive.

How to Rock Those Finals This Semester

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xfst6p8gOQU We are pleased to announce the return of last semester’s successful “Rock Your Finals” postcard campaign for the Spring. marissa If this is the first time hearing about this campaign, here is more information about it. The “Rock Your Finals” campaign is part of the Listening Matters message about recognizing emotional distress such as depression, anxiety and stress and how to address it through our slogan be REALL.  When we say be REALL, we’re talking about Reaching out, Expressing concern, Asking questions, Listening and Linking to helpful resources such as the Counseling Center which is FREE and confidential. We’re committed to improving the well-being of students and minimizing distress. Student Health 101b To get more students active with this message, we came up with the idea to write postcards with positive messages to each other that will be sent and received during finals week. We know finals week is a stressful time and hope this helps decrease the stress. Our goal is for students to build a support system where they feel more connected to campus and to each other. One Pledge Card All of this is taking place, starting Monday, May 5th through Friday, May 9th.  The postcard campaign event is located in the residence halls (check the halls for time), Reeve (Tuesday, May 6th from 11:30 am- 1:00 pm only) and Polk library (Monday, May 5th through Thursday, May 8th from 6 pm-7 pm).   For those in the residence halls, postcards will be delivered during finals week starting Monday, May 12th.  We  hope to see you at our tables! For more information on Listening Matters, visit the UMatter website and like us on Facebook. For more information about the Counseling Center, go to the Counseling Center page. What are some other ways that you can Rock Those Finals this semester? Here are 5 simple solutions. There’s more, but here’s what you can do to start. 1. Exercise regularly Research shows that just 15 minutes of exercise can improve memory and cognitive function. So, drop those books, and lift those weights! You may think you don’t have time to because all of those exams, papers, and projects, but your brain will thank you later! The Student Recreation and Wellness Center is open until midnight. You have plenty of time to fit in that workout. 2. Get adequate sleep When it comes to finals week, you may think it’s a good time to pull an all-nighter for that exam. However, adequate sleep is crucial for brain function, good judgment, reaction, and of course, consistent grammar.  It’s likely you will be confused, draw blanks, and feel too much like a zombie the day of the exam if you procrastinate until the night before the exam. So, study a little bit each day and take breaks, or even a nap! 3.  Drink lots of water Your brain can process so much better when you adequately hydrate. So grab that BPA-free UMatter water bottle and start chugging! 4. Set an agenda Set a realistic study schedule. Also keep in mind, your body needs to recover after bouts of intense work. You need to set aside for your brain to relax. This is what we can “the spacing effect.” So, in between sets of studying at Polk Library during finals week, come by our tables and chat with us as a break. 5. Compress information into acronyms We have the be REALL acronym  for a reason. It’s easy to remember. Using mnemonic devices, acronyms, or rhymes helps you remember information that much quickly. Converting that knowledge into graphical or visual form is a way that can help you as well. Lastly, make sure you stay confident. We hope that by these postcards you will be more confident to take your exams with the knowledge that there’s a strong support system cheering you on. So Rock Those Finals!

Safety Matters: What I Wish I Knew Freshman Year As A CSO

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Nicholas Fleischhacker

As a Freshman, I would have never known about the security stations or bringing your ID if I wasn’t a CSO.  I’m hardly ever out past security station set up.

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Austin Riska

I believe most freshman think safewalks would be awkward and uncomfortable, but since becoming a CSO I realized how cool the program is and know that you are just walking with other students.

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Kyle Beck

As a CSO, I’ve learned how the check in process at the dorms work.  I’m a junior now, and as a commuter my first two years I did not have a lot of knowledge about that. I’ve learned how this process makes our campus much safer.

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Randi Murray

As a CSO, I’ve come to know campus so much more, and being a freshman this has really helped!  I’ve come to know many of the RHDs and ARHDs on campus.  Being a part of the CSO family that helps keep everyone safe is the greatest college experience I could ask for.

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Nakeeta Giebel

Being a CSO, transfer student, and commuter, I have noticed that there is a lot of behind the scenes effort put in to safety and security on campus.  As a freshman, I think it would be nice to know that there is always someone keeping you safe.  Security stations provide a nice buffer for the students to know who is allowed inside their building.

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Lauren Bucheger

I feel like a lot of people think security stations are a waste of time and a hassle.  They should know that we have these for safety that restricted people are not let into the dorms, and so that everyone who goes in after 9pm is safe.  Security stations are not there to bust people for underage drinking.  As CSOs, we know that we keep restricted people out of the building and have prevented sexual assaults from happening.

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Elizabeth Owen

As a freshman, I wish I would have known about safewalks and that they go from lot 39.  It was a long, lonely walk in the winter.

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Whitney Hoffman

I think the biggest thing I have learned is that as a student, you do not need to fear campus police or the CSOs.  I think more students should be exposed to us and that our goal is to keep them safe.

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Deidre Hardy

Though this may not be too much of a safety related topic, many Freshmen do not know that they can park free on campus during the weekends.

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Jeb Newton

I have been learning many things by being a CSO, and I still learn something new every shift I work.  I learned more about security stations and what purpose they serve.  Also, I learned how to sound professional.  I think that people are under the impression that CSOs are out to bust people, but that is not the case.  I wish people could understand more that we are here to help them.

Meet the UMatter Team

josh_gullicksonSafety Matters Student Coordinator

My name is Josh Gullickson, a current Junior here at UWO.  I currently hold the position of Safety Matters Student Coordinator as part of the core UMatter team.  My responsibilities in this position involve coordinating Safety Matters programs, attending weekly UMatter meetings, and spreading knowledge through student and staff involvement regarding safety information here on campus and in the surrounding community.  I work closely with the University Police department to keep our community safe and up to date on all safety related information.

Learn more about me by going to http://www.about.me/josh_gullickson

kylePublicity Manager and Videographer

My name is Kyle Halter. I am a senior here at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. I’m currently majoring in Radio-TV-Film, Interactive Web Management, Journalism with an emphasis in public relations, and minoring in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. As the Publicity Manger,  I attend events on campus that are hosted/sponsored by UMatter and encourage people to participate and get involved with UMatter’s messaging. I also manage UMatter’s social media strategy and blog. As the videographer for UMatter, I develop videos to promote UMatter’s six facets that are distributed on social media, campus emails, and campus vision. I also take photography at events. I hope to one day work in corporate communications and become a writer and producer for film and TV.

Learn more about me by going to http://www.about.me/kylehalter

7182_10151494766726950_826188725_n Action Matters Student Coordinator

My name is James Hooper. I am a junior here at UWO, going for a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Psychology. On campus, I am an active member with Sigma Pi Fraternity, U Matter and intramural sports. I am also a big sports fan specifically the Green Bay Packers and Chelsea soccer team. I like to spend time getting outdoors, and love to go camping, fishing, hiking, and hunting when I can. My goal when I graduate is to be able to go and travel around the world before I start my career. One of my favorite quotes is by William Faulkner “Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”

JanelleHealth Advocate Student Coordinator

Hi, my name is Janelle Lang-Piette. I am currently a Health Advocate in Horizon and am serving as a health advocate representative for the Umatter committee. This means that I get to connect these two groups on campus in a more productive way than we have been able to in the past years by giving both groups information relating to each other, therefore improving their coherence and representation on campus. I am currently a senior here at UWO studying Biology in hopes to become a doctor one day.

cassieListening Matters Student Coordinator

My name is Cassandra Limberg and people call me Cassie for short. I am a sophomore nursing student at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. I chose nursing as my major because due to past family related health issues I have seen the impact that a positive and relentless caregiver can have on a patient. I want to a supporter in others’ lives who need it the most, and I plan on doing that with my nursing degree!  My ultimate goal is to partner with Doctors without Borders and work around the world.  Outside of my academics I love lifting weights, running, and just about any outdoor activity.

marissaListening Matters Student Coordinator

My name is Marissa Lueck. I’m a senior with a major in psychology and a minor in social justice. I am one of the coordinators for Listening Matters. Being a Listening Matters coordinator means encouraging students to listen to those who are feeling down and need someone to talk to. In an uncertain or more serious situation, Listening Matters provides further information for resources such as the campus Counseling Center.  It is important that we raise awareness to improve students well being through feeling connected and decreasing isolation in ways that are supportive, compassionate and successful in making a difference.

988274_10151584470362104_1309401753_nBAC Matters Student Coordinator

My name is Fay Osman. I am a senior majoring in Biology with a healthcare emphasis. I am the BAC Matters coordinator within the UMatter team. I especially love the Mocktails we offer to students. Mocktails are an alternative way to have a fun event without alcohol. I enjoy the other UMatter facets as well because they put on great events that are beneficial to all students and everyone can have fun while being safe.

Graphic Designer

Hi guys! My name is Claudia Rivera; I’m a fourth year here at UWO and will be graduating at the end of May with a Communication Studies major. I’m the Graphic Designer for Umatter which is part of the core team in Umatter, along with Kyle Halter who is the Videographer and the Publicity Manager. As the graphic designer for Umatter, I’m in charge of creating the visual part of the other team member’s ideas which can be making posters, campus visions slides and creating new pamphlets that the organization needs around us. I’m eager to learn more about Umatter and get the campus to start talking more about Umatter! See you around!

MEC Student Coordinator

My name is Nora Robles. I am an energetic and cheerful bilingual teacher seeking certification in the beautiful state of Wisconsin. I enjoy listening to music of all genres and also have a high appreciation for Art. I am passionate about education, learning and teaching. I dislike inequality just for being a different race or color and would jump into any cause for social justice especially if it involves children. I am currently part of Umatter as the Multicultural Education Coalition representative in UW Oshkosh. I love diversity and all of its cultural components “Viva la raza.” I enjoy seeing how multifaceted and cultural rich the North East of Wisconsin has become, something that I felt; it would not happened anytime soon.

Learn more about me by going to http://www.about.me/roblen11

Tunnel of Oppression 2013 Information

I hope your semester is going well! I wanted to send out an email to inform you that the annual Tunnel of Oppression program is just around the corner. Here is some general information regarding the program.


When and Where?

Monday, November 18th . . . 3:00-5:00 p.m. & 6:00-8:00pm

Tuesday, November 19th . . . 3:00-5:00 p.m. & 6:00-8:00pm


The program begins at the check-in table located in the Reeve Concourse (near the Corner Convenience Store). A tour (12 persons or less) begins approximately every 15 minutes and lasts for 1 full hour.


What is Tunnel of Oppression?

Tunnel of Oppression is a 60 minute diversity experience; a guided tour designed to raise awareness of local and global oppressive actions and conditions. Participants will explore topics such as queerphobia, street harassment, sex trafficking, child labor, genocide, hunger and homelessness, and global sanitation.


Why encourage residents to come?

Tunnel of Oppression is . . .

– A UW Oshkosh student initiative

– A co-curricular experience designed to educate and inform

– A setting for meaningful dialogue

– (For some) An opportunity to complete diversity hours or extra credit


Three easy ways to reserve space:

1) Sign up for a tour at housing.uwosh.edu/tunnel-signup

2) Make arrangements over email with myself (Aimee Pitney) at pitnea17@uwosh.edu

3) Visit the check-in table during program hours (see above)


Learning about Listening Matters

Have you noticed a change in a friend’s behavior lately and not sure how to address it?

Listening Matters wants you to be REALL about these worries.  When we say be REALL, we’re talking about reaching out, expressing concern, asking questions, listening and linking to helpful resources such as the Counseling Center which is FREE and confidential. We’re committed to improving the well being of students and minimizing distress.

One of our goals is to help students feel more connected with others on campus. With finals week soon approaching, we understand that students are under a lot of stress, and thought of the idea to have them write and send positive messages on postcards to each other. In doing this, we hope students realize they are not alone and that we are helping them build a support system. On the week of Nov. 18-22, Listening Matters will have tables set up in the residence halls and in Reeve for those who are interested. Students can also sign a pledge. This pledge is a promise for the individual to show their support if they know or suspect someone who may be feeling down. For those in the residence halls the postcards will be delivered during finals week starting December 9th. We  hope to see you at our tables.

For more information visit the U Matter link on the UW Oshkosh website and like us on Facebook!

For more information about the Counseling Center, check out the UW Oshkosh website!