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Wellbeing Wednesdays

Wellbeing Wednesdays

By Well WVU
Wellbeing Wednesdays is a weekly podcast exploring what wellbeing means at West Virginia University. Listen to get to know more about the folks doing work on the ground at the university in addition to some light-hearted fun as we take a look at wellbeing in popular culture.
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Academic Misconduct
Description: Courtney sits down with Dr. Azalea Hulbert, the Director for Academic Integrity here at WVU, to discuss academic misconduct. They chat about the different forms of misconduct, why students might choose to engage in the behavior, and what students can do to learn more about completing their academic work with integrity. For more information, visit:
April 14, 2021
A Conversation About Cannabis
Courtney is joined by Wes Thomas, also of WELLWVU, to talk about Cannabis! They talk Senate recommendations, trends in use for the past two decades, and the essential information that folks should know if they choose to use. For more information on WELLWVU’s annual 4/20 Information panel, send an email to:
April 7, 2021
All About HPV
Courtney is all by her herself this week, so she takes the opportunity to discuss another STI in depth – HPV! She provides information on transmission, symptomology, and prevention! For all WVU students, remember that you can order safer sex supplies FOR FREE right here:
March 31, 2021
DIY Outdoors WV Website
Description: Courtney sits down with Brett Haggerty, Assistant Director with Adventure WV at the Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC) to talk about the Do It Yourself Outdoors website. The site is a partnership between Adventure WV and WVU Extension Services and has been live since 2005. The site can help locals and visitors alike plan some outdoor adventures here in the Mountain State. Check out the main site here: And check out the Morgantown community page here:
March 24, 2021
Intramural Sports
Courtney sits down with Emily Murphy, the Competitive Sports Graduate Assistant with Campus Recreation, to talk all things intramural sports. They chat about the benefits of playing, what sports you can play, and how you can even get paid to work with them! For more information on intramurals, visit: and
March 17, 2021
Music and Mental Health
Courtney is joined by Taylor Allen, an advanced practicum student at the Carruth Center, to chat about music’s impact on our mental health. They’ll talk about how listening to music is beneficial, the different effects produced by different genres, and even discuss why playing a musical instrument can be good for your wellbeing.
March 10, 2021
All About Birth Control
Courtney is all by her lonesome this week giving a quick rundown of the different methods of hormonal birth control. She talks about how they work, what the benefits are, and each option’s efficacy. A few of the resources mentioned include Student Health Services (304-285-7200), Women’s Resource Center (, Planned Parenthood (, and WV Free ( And learn more about the WRC menstrual cup project and register for the Period Panel on March 8th, 2021:
March 3, 2021
What’s Up With Wellness at WVU?
Courtney sits down with Tara Hulsey, Vice President of Health Promotion and Wellness and Dean of the College of Nursing here at WVU. They talk about the recent employee wellbeing survey they conducted and where everyone can find out more about the health and wellbeing resources available to them on campus! For the WVU Wellbeing Model, visit: To access to the Health and Wellness Inventory, visit: And to learn more about the current call for proposals, visit:
February 24, 2021
PTSE (Pandemic Trauma Stress Experience)
Courtney sits down with Heidi Muller, RHC extraordinaire, to talk about the pandemic trauma stress experience, and what we can do about it! They also chat about all the different ways that students can stay involved this winter. For weekly activities, check out the Refresh series:
February 17, 2021
Being Financially Fit
This week Courtney is joined by Katelyn Kim (Student Service Manager at the Mountaineer Hub) and Ozioma Udah (Peer Educator with the Mountaineer Hub) to discuss how students can appropriately manage their finances while they are here at WVU. Below, find the resources that we mention in the episode! FAFSA: Scholarships: Student Accounts: Loans:; Budgeting: To make an appointment with a Peer Educator at the Hub:
February 10, 2021
Surviving the Pandemic
Courtney is joined by Angela Delfine, a Residence Hall Coordinator at WVU, to talk about her personal journey navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear more about she learned to cope and how both she and Courtney have taken care of themselves during these trying times!
February 3, 2021
Staying Active in the Winter
Courtney is joined by Nathan Harlan, Executive Director of the Office of Student Wellness, to talk about staying physically active during the winter months. He provides tips and tricks on layering and exercise and also busts a few common misconceptions. For more information on staying active in winter, visit Adventure WV’s website:
January 27, 2021
Self-Care Amidst Social Upheaval
Join Courtney as she chats with Jessica Johnston-York of the Carruth Center to talk about how to take care of yourself during times of societal unrest. They’ll talk mindfulness, meditation, and provide some tips for critical media consumption. If you’re interested in making an appointment with the Carruth Center, please call them at 304-293-4431. For more information on their services, visit: For more information on the media bias chart discussed in the podcast, visit:
January 20, 2021
Nothing to fear…
Courtney is joined by Casey Wright, a doctoral candidate in psychology, to talk about… fear (dun dun dun!). Casey explains why fear does not always have to be negative and discusses how we can work to reconceptualize it in our own lives.
December 9, 2020
Healthy Breakups
Did you know that the holiday season is a prime time for relationships to end? Join Courtney as she provides some tips and tricks on surviving the end of a relationship. For more resources, visit:
December 2, 2020
Feedback Loop
Courtney is joined by Patricia Chan from Adventure WV to discuss the importance of feedback and why we’re all so darn scared of it. Come along for the ride as they discuss their personal experiences (both good and bad) with receiving feedback and hear some recommendations on how to deliver and receive it in a more useful way.
November 18, 2020
Body Image, the sequel
Courtney sits down with Taylor Allen, an advanced practicum student at the Carruth Center, to talk, once again, about body image. Taylor and Courtney chat about the different influences on body image, particularly for college students, but also discuss some strategies that students can use to help boost their own. Check out the “Embracing Your Body” workshop, led by Taylor, here:
November 11, 2020
All Things FAFSA
Courtney sits down with Jasmine Gonlin from the Mountaineer Hub ( to talk about financial wellbeing, and most importantly – the FAFSA! They chat about why all students should fill it out, where they can complete it, and who they can ask for help if they aren’t sure of what to do. To fill out your FAFSA, visit:
November 4, 2020
Social Wellbeing
Courtney sits down with Dr. Sarah Milam and Ife Sinclair from the Carruth Center to talk about social wellbeing, it’s importance for overall wellness, and how students can build it here on campus. Courtney also shares a brief message from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance ( If you are interested in attending the WVU community meetings, please email Sade Miller at
October 28, 2020
Working on Your Fitness
Courtney sits down with Katie Eyler, a current WVU student who also works at Campus Recreation, to chat about staying active on campus. Katie tells us about the WVU Go app, which allows students to easily search for activities through Campus Recreation and Adventure WV, and talks a little bit about her own fitness journey. Check out the WVU Go app here:
October 21, 2020
All Things Club Sports
Courtney sits down with Stephanie Calhoun, Coordinator for Competitive Sports at Campus Recreation, to talk about Club Sports and their role in helping students connect to the university. They cover a wide range of sports, how you can start playing with a team, and how those clubs are operating during the pandemic. For more information on club sports, visit:
October 14, 2020
Building Community Wellbeing Wherever You May Be
Courtney is joined by Dr. Tara Hulsey, Vice President of Health Promotion and Wellness and Dean of the College of Nursing to talk about wellbeing initiatives at the University Level. Dr. Hulsey also discusses a new project from the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness – Building Community Wellbeing Wherever You May Be – that students are encouraged to participate in! For more information, visit:
October 7, 2020
A Minute with the Mountaineer
Courtney is joined by the one and only Colson Glover, also known as the WVU Mountaineer! They chat about the process of becoming the Mountaineer, what it means to serve in the role, and Colson provides some great advice for his fellow students. To stay up-to-date on all the Mountaineer is up to, follow them on Twitter @WVUMascot.
September 30, 2020
The Neuroscience of Mindfulness
Courtney is joined by Dr. Julie Brefczynski-Lewis from the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute to chat about mindfulness – how you do it, the benefits, and how your brain operates when you practice it. To learn more, visit:
September 23, 2020
Importance of Getting Involved on Campus
Courtney sits down with Dr. Thanh Le, the Director of Student Engagement and Leadership to talk all things student involvement! We chat about why it’s important to get involved on campus, the many different leadership opportunities that are available to students, and describe what’s available at the student food pantry, otherwise known as the Rack! To learn more about the services from Student Engagement, visit their website:
September 16, 2020
ADHD 101
Courtney is joined by Dr. Narayan Gold from WVU’s Carruth Center to give a quick overview of ADHD and the unique treatment that’s available for students through the Mindfit program. They also chat a bit about study strategies that are useful for every student! For more information on Mindfit, visit
September 9, 2020
Love in the time of COVID-19
Courtney is joined this week by Dr. Claire Barbetti of the Carruth Center to talk about relationships during a pandemic. They chat about some common issues that couples may face during this time, and also provide some quick tips to help your relation-“ship” sail smoothly. Don’t forget to check out Carruth’s healthy relationship programs at:
September 2, 2020
Not today, Homesickness
Courtney is all by herself this week to talk a little bit about homesickness and what you can do to combat it when you’re at school. This academic year will look different, but there are plenty of ways that you can still connect to campus!
August 26, 2020
How Nature Can Enhance Wellbeing
Courtney is joined by new Adventure psychologist Sarah Milam and Outdoor Education Center facilitator Jake Burgess to talk about how nature can help enhance every dimension of wellbeing – physical, purpose, community, financial, social, and emotional. For more information on outdoor programs at WVU, visit https://adventurewv.wvu.eduand for more information on Collegiate Recovery, visit
August 5, 2020
COVID + Fraternities + Sororities
Courtney is joined this week by Matthew Richardson, director for the Center for Fraternal Values and Leadership to talk a little bit about Greek Life here at WVU and the importance of peer accountability and community responsibility in the age of COVID-19.
July 29, 2020
All Things Body Image
Courtney is joined by Olivia Pape from Collegiate Recovery for a second time to talk about something close to their hearts – body image! We break down the difference between the body positivity and the body neutrality movements and how body image is closely related to eating disorders. For recovery resources, please check out:
July 22, 2020
Wellbeing in the Residence Halls
Courtney is joined by Angela Delfine and Patrick O’Donnell from Housing and Residence Life to talk about the experience of living in the residence halls on campus. While things may change with the pandemic, living in the halls, close to the action, is still an advantage and can build community and help you make life-long friends!
July 15, 2020
The Joy of Reading
Courtney is joined once again by Jessica Johnston-York from the Carruth Center to discuss one of their favorite activities – reading! Join us for a rambling adventure as we discuss different genres, the benefits of reading, and what we’ve currently got queued up in our own personal libraries!
July 8, 2020
What are the Social Determinants of Health?
This week, Courtney is joined by... no one! But no worries - she's taking the opportunity to explain what the social determinants of health are, and why are they are important when thinking about health as a holistic concept.
July 1, 2020
The Basics of Food Insecurity
Courtney is joined by Cami Haught (again!), WVU’s Registered Dietitian, to talk about the issue of food insecurity. Defined as a household’s inability to provide enough food for every person to live an active, healthy life, Courtney and Cami talk about the issue here in West Virginia and where folks can go to learn more about the problem. And for more information on The Rack here at WVU, visit:
June 24, 2020
Let’s talk anti-racist resources!
Courtney is joined by Aisury Vasquez, Diversity Outreach Coordinator for the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, where they share some resources for folks who are looking to examine their own thoughts and beliefs around racism. As mentioned in the podcast, here are the book titles and authors for reference: “How to be an AntiRacist” by Ibram X. Kendi; “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America” by Ibram X. Kendi; “White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism” by Robin Diangelo; “Me and White Supremacy” by Layla F. Saad; “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander; “Eloquent Rage” by Brittney Cooper; “Bad Feminist” by Roxane Gay; “Sister Outsider” by Audre Lorde, and “Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism” by bell hooks. (For reference, bell hooks doesn’t capitalize the letters in their name, so that is not a typo.)
June 17, 2020
All About Alcohol
Courtney is joined by Wes Thomas and Marissa Bailey from WELLWVU to chat about alcohol. They review some safer drinking strategies that WVU students can use if they choose to drink alcohol. For more information, you can visit:
June 10, 2020
Campus Recreation and Retention
Courtney sits down with Andrew Darling, director of Campus Recreation, and Sera Zegre, the Coordinator for Research for Campus Recreation, to discuss a new study just published that highlights the link between campus recreation facility use and student retention! It’s exciting stuff. To check out the study, you can visit WVU’s institutional repository: For the publishers’ version, see Sera and Andy want to thank their coauthors, Rodney Hughes and Craig Decker.
June 3, 2020
Dismantling Diet Culture
Courtney is joined by Olivia Pape, the Director for the Collegiate Recovery Program. They talk about a passion for both of them – our society’s toxic diet culture! What is diet culture? How does it affect us? And what can we do to fight it? And a shameless plug – check out virtual Serenity Place:
May 27, 2020
What is resilience?
Courtney is joined by Nathan Harlan, the Executive Director for the Office of Student Wellness, to chat about resilience – what it is, what it isn’t, and what folks can do to help build it!
May 20, 2020
What would YOU do?
Courtney is joined by Akeya Carter-Bozman, WVU’s Prevention Specialist for Title IX & Equity Assurance, to discuss Bystander Intervention. They chat about WVU’s bystander model and the bystander effect, and also talk about some of the barriers that folks may face when it comes to helping out their fellow Mountaineer.
May 13, 2020
Women’s Concerns & Art!
Courtney is joined by Heidi Muller, a Residence Hall Coordinator, artist, and a member of the Council for Women’s Concerns. Heidi tells us about the work done by the council and shares her experience as an artist!
May 6, 2020
Courtney is joined by CJ Belknap from Adventure WV’s Outdoor Education Center. He explains the wellbeing benefits of challenge and facilitation and walks us through some of the activities that folks can expect from a visit to the OEC.
April 29, 2020
The Basics of Vaping
Courtney is joined by Frankie Tack, Clinical Assistant Professor, and Coordinator of the Addiction Studies Minor in the Department of Counseling. Frankie shares some basics of vaping and talks about the health risks specifically for young people.
April 22, 2020
Let’s Go (if you want to)!
Courtney is joined by Sam from Title IX and Maggie from RDVIC to talk about the most important of subjects: CONSENT.
April 15, 2020
Sleepy Time
Courtney is joined by Brian Quigley from the Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services to talk about everyone’s favorite thing – SLEEP!
April 8, 2020
What is Recovery?
Courtney sits down with Andrew Caryl from Collegiate Recovery where he details the programs and services available at Serenity Place. They also discuss the definition of recovery and talk a little bit about how everyone can support folks who are in recovery.
April 1, 2020
Self-Care in the time of Self-Quarantine
Courtney is joined by Jessica Johnston-York from the Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services to talk about what self-care might look like in the time of coronavirus and social isolation. For the most updated information about the Carruth Center’s current offerings, please visit:
March 25, 2020
Nutrition, Nutrition, Nutrition
Courtney sits down with Cami Haught, the Registered Dietitian (RD) here on WVU’s campus. Cami provides some quick information about balanced eating on campus – where the best spots in the dining halls are, how to tell the difference between an RD and a nutritionist, and her favorite snack to make in the microwave.
March 11, 2020
A Crash Course in Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
Join Courtney as she flies solo and talks STIs – specifically chlamydia and gonorrhea. It’s a more technical dive as she reviews transmission, symptoms, testing, treatment, and prevention. Episode Transcription
March 4, 2020
Belongingness – the ultimate need?
Join Courtney as she chats with Marion Holmes, director of Adventure WV, about the nuts and bolts of the Adventure program, but how it fits into student wellbeing as a whole. We’ll also dive into the Netflix documentary series “Cheer” to discuss how the desire to belong can sometimes overwhelm all others, to the detriment of our overall wellbeing. Episode Transcription
February 26, 2020
A Sneak Peek to the Wellbeing Wednesdays Podcast
Improve your wellbeing with fun and insightful talk with WellWVU's Courtney Weaver! In this sneak peek to her new weekly podcast, you'll find out about WellWVU's mission of student wellness education at West Virginia University, and get to know more about the folks doing work on the ground at the university. Each week, Courtney will talk to guests and have some light-hearted fun looking at wellbeing in popular culture and health issues in and around campus. Episode Transcription
February 17, 2020