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working on wellness bannerOctober Focuses on Intellectual Wellness

Working at CSUSM and in higher education we are surrounded by students pursuing their educational goals. This month we encourage you to explore new ideas, new cultures, new knowledge, new skills and new environments. You can develop your intellectual wellness through academic pursuits, but also through cultural, artistic or skill-based learning. We've put together some tips to get your started, along with resources and events available to you during the month of October.

  • Skip the TV and opt for a book or podcast. Although some libraries may still be physically closed, many offer digital books or contact-less check out. Podcasts are another great way to learn about new topics you may be interested in.
  • Learn a new skill. That skill or craft you've always wanted to learn, try it! Whether it's cooking, gardening, woodworking, learning a new skill is a fun and interactive way to increase your intellectual intelligence.
  • Play a daily mind game. Do a crossword puzzle, word search, or sodoku to engage your intellectual wellness. These are easy activities that help keep the mind engaged while also being entertained.
  • Improve time management skills. Poor time management can lead to increased stress, which hinders every aspect of your overall wellness. Staying organized and on track allows your mind to work more effectively and efficiently.

Events & Resources

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Employee Fee Waiver Program

CSUSM offers eligible employees the opportunity to attend California State University courses at reduced rates. The program is designed to assist employees in improving current job skills or prepare for a new career. Courses are taken for credit, and the program does not apply to Open University, Professional Development Center, or Special Session courses through Extended Learning. The program includes:

  • Work Related: Take courses  that directly improve skills and/or enhance knowledge for performing job duties in your current position. Courses may also be taken to acquire new skills needed to perform new duties and responsibilities.
  • Career Development: Ensures progress towards career objectives by completing a degree program. A Career Development Plan provides the framework for systematic growth and professional development.
  • Dependent Fee Waiver: Transfer your fee waiver benefit to an eligible dependent. The dependent must be a matriculated student working towards a degree, or the attainment of a teaching credential in the CSU. 

For more information, visit the Fee Waiver Program website through the Office of Human Resources.  

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Fall 2020 Arts & Lectures Series

The College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences is offering Arts & Lectures Series virtually! The series has become an integral part of campus life and offers eye-opening perspectives on multiple topics, issues and disciplines by bringing in exceptional guests who are experts in various fields creatively and intellectually.  Don't miss out on upcoming sessions:

  • October 12th : Disinformation & Democracy: Social Media and Elections Around the Globe
  • October 21st: 'Letters from Our Elders' - Documentary film screening focusing on immigration
  • October 28th: 'Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court'

View the full calendar and ticket information at


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LIVE Webcast: How to be Happy at Work

Annie McKee, Ph.D. and Sr. Fellow, presents "How to be Happy at Work: The Power of Purpose, Hope and Friendships."

All CSU staff and faculty are invited to attend this free web training. No registration necessary, but limited to the first 200 logins (multiple viewers can sit in the same room and use one link).

WHEN: Tuesday, October 20 from 10:00 - 11:00 am


Please join as a “guest” and then type in your CAMPUS/Your Full Name (i.e CSULB/Steven Spielberg). See attached flier with details about the presentation and presenter. Listen to the audio via your computer speakers. Also available: join from your mobile device by downloading the Adobe Connect app!

Technical questions: Contact Jennifer Wicks, Executive Producer, at or 562-951-4525 prior to webcast day.


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Perks at Work: Harnessing Your Brain Power

In this pre-recorded session, learn strategies for how to begin taking control of your brain power to improve memory and time management. 

View more personal development resources through Perks at Work.

*Create an account through Perks at Work using your CSUSM email address.


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Brain Teasers, Puzzles and Games

Flex your mental muscles and challenge your cognitive abilities with these popular brain games. Researchers at have demonstrated that there are evidence-based ways to improve and prolong brain functionality, as well as reducing the probability of manifesting dementia.