Category Archives: Occupational
Occupational wellness is a journey that involves preparing and making use of your gifts, skills, and talents in order to gain purpose, happiness, and enrichment in your life. As you travel towards occupational wellness, choose a career that is consistent with your personal values, interests, and beliefs. On your journey, you will begin to value the importance of not only your own personal gratification, but also your contribution to the well-being of your co-workers. The choice of profession, job satisfaction, career ambitions, and job performance are all-important components to your path. By following your chosen course and developing the skills that will make you valuable, you are working towards total occupational wellness.
You are a Leader.
What… you don’t like to stand in front of a crowd while dancing and singing?
Big whoop. You’re still a Leader.
You have a circle of influence; likewise, you are in someone else’s circle of influence.
During my years as a ND 4-H Ambassador, I learned an important lesson: some of our group’s best leaders were those who preferred to stand behind the machine that was casting the spotlight.
Too often I think we associate Leadership with the act of being up in front of a group, but that is not necessarily the case. And in order to be successful, we need variety.
In today’s workforce, it has become more important than ever to increase your portfolio, knowledge, and experience. The more that you are able to bring to the table, the easier it may be to find a job after graduation.
One of our main focuses within the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals is Professional Development. We want to help our members become the best versions of themselves, and one of the ways we do this is by offering a one day Leadership Development Seminar called Chick-Fil-A Leadercast.
This is an internationally-known simulcast that takes place in Atlanta, and allows people like you or me to listen to outstanding leaders without having to leave the city.
We recently found out we have access to FREE student tickets… this is an $85.00 value!
If you’re interested, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
You can learn more about Leadercast by visiting our website:
This year the theme is “Simply Lead,” and I can’t WAIT to see you there!
Did you get a chance to attend the Wellness Expo and see all of the wonderful dishes being prepared by Chef Greg?
Greg Gefroh is the Executive Chef for UND. He was a guest presenter during the 2nd Annual Wellness Expo that took place on February 27th. He prepared Apple Salsa with Cinnamon Banana Chips, Fresh Salsa, and Asian Edamame Hummus.
Here are the recipes for each of these delicious dishes:
Apple Salsa with Cinnamon Banana Chips
(Serves 8 – 2 oz. servings)
LB & OZ scale, Measuring Cups & Spoons, Chef’s Knife, Paring Knife, Cutting Board (Green), Peeler, Corer, (2) Mixing Bowls, Bake Pan, Slotted spoon for service
1 ea. – Apple, Granny Smith, peeled, cored, diced
1 ea. – Kiwi, fresh, peeled, diced
4 oz. – Strawberries, fresh, diced
1 tsp. – Pepper, Jalapeno, diced
1 ea. – Orange, fresh, zested & juiced
1 tsp. – Herb, Mint, fresh, chopped
1 TBSP – Sugar, Brown
4 oz. – Banana Chip, dried
¼ tsp. – Cinnamon
1 TBSP – Sugar
Method of Preparation:
- Clean & cut all veggies, fruit & herbs. Leave skin on apple. Peel kiwi. Remove stems & half strawberries. Zest & juice orange.
- In a clean mixing bowl, measure & combine apple, kiwi, jalapeno, orange, mint & brown sugar. Strawberries need to be added just before service as they will bleed into other fruits. Place in cooler until service. This step can be done day ahead.
- In a clean mixing bowl, measure & combine banana chips, cinnamon & sugar. Place on sprayed 2″ full size pan. Bake in oven at 325F. for 10-15 minutes. Stir once during process.
- Mix Step #2 & Step #3 together & add strawberries. Mix to incorporate
- Garnish – Herb, Mint, fresh, sprig
(Serves 50 – 2 oz. servings)
LB & OZ scale, Measuring Cups & Spoons, Chef’s Knife, Paring Knife, Cutting Board (Green), Mixing Bowl, Tong for service
3 Lbs. – Tomato, fresh, diced
4 oz. – Onion, Green, sliced
8 oz. – Onion, Red, diced
8 oz. – Onion, Yellow, diced
4 oz. – Pepper, Jalapeno, diced
1 TBSP – Cilantro, fresh, chopped
1 TBSP – Garlic, fresh, minced
2 oz. – Seasoning salt, Lawry’s
5 C. – Juice, Tomato
¼ C. – Juice, Lemon
Method of Preparation:
- Clean & cut all vegetables & herbs. Place in a mixing bowl.
- Measure & add garlic, seasoning salt, tomato juice, & lemon juice. Mix to incorporate.
- Garnish – Cilantro, sprig
- Best if left to sit overnight for flavors to blend
Asian Edamame Hummus
LB & OZ scale, Measuring Cups & Spoons, Chef’s Knife, Paring Knife, Cutting Board (Green), 2-Qt Sauce Pan, Mixing Bowl, Food Processor, Sheet Pan
10 oz. – Edamame, soybean, shelled, cooked
½ TBSP – Garlic Cloves, minced
½ TBSP – Ginger, minced
½ each – Orange, fresh, juiced
¼ C. – Oil, Canola
1 TBSP – Oil, Sesame
½ oz. – Nut, Sesame Seeds, toasted
1 TBSP – Sugar, Brown
½ TBSP – Soy Sauce
(To thin) Water
Method of Preparation:
- Place edamame in 2-Qt sauce pan. Steam 8 minutes or until soft. Place in cooler to cool.
- Toast sesame seeds in oven set to 350F.
- Juice orange.
- In a food processor, measure & combine cooled edamame, garlic, ginger, orange juice, canola oil, sesame oil, toasted sesame seeds, brown sugar, soy sauce & water.
- Finished product should have consistency of peanut butter. Smooth & creamy.
- Garnish – Nut, Sesame Seed toasted
What did you think of Chef Greg? Will you try these recipes at home?
Activity: Wellness Expo (Labyrinth in the Group Exercise Room)
Date: 2/27 12-5pm
This event was one of the last events that we could attend and therefore it was a free event where we could pick any wristband we wanted. I chose occupational because I could not attend any of the occupational events available. I was a little disappointed to see that there were not more options for the occupational wristband. I would have really liked to see some events with career services, such as their resume and cover letter writing presentations.
When I saw that this event was a labyrinth I had no idea what to expect. I knew what a labyrinth was, but I didn’t know if we would be doing one on paper or if they would have an obstacle course set up for one. When we got there I was very intrigued. The labyrinth was a large mat where you just followed the lines. The lady explained that the labyrinth is an ancient symbol of spiritual journey. I had no idea that they had a spiritual purpose, that was a complete shock to me. She said that the walking the labyrinth could help to focus our minds on God or prayers. It can be as simple as to just help untangle a problem that may seem difficult by making it more clear as you walk. She said others find new insights during the walk. When I walked I just cleared my mind and tried to relax and shed all the stress from school. I do have to say that it was very relaxing and I definitely want to check out the small labyrinth in the quiet space at the Wellness Center.
Activity: Career Fair, Wellness Center
Tuesday, February 12th at 12:00pm
As a 1st year graduate student it was a good experience to go out at look at some possible employment options near UND. I felt kind of bad since I didn’t have much time to stick around and bring a draft of a resume, but I’m sure I’ll be getting that kind of help later on though. It was pretty cool that some hospitals I talked to had loan forgiveness programs as long as you worked for them for so many years as tuition can stack up. Although I am WICHE student, which they said they would find me work in the state I came from, it is nice to know I have options out here if I end up liking the North Dakota area more than Wyoming. This fair would probably be a good idea to attend during my 3rd year as I’ll be close to entering the work field.
How many of you feel that there are never enough hours in a day to get everything done? How many of you have so much on your plate that it’s nearly impossible to do everything?
Being a college student can be extremely exhausting. It takes a lot of time, energy, motivation, and dedication to do all what we do! You might not only attend classes, but also have a job, be on a sports team, engage in other recreational activities, or just want some form of social life. Stress in a common result of all these demands.
But there is hope for us all! Want to know the secret to preventing the stress from happening and to feel like there is more time in the day?? Time management is the key!
Being good at time management means that you are able to plan and control how you spend the hours in your day so you can effectively accomplish your goals. We all have the same amount of hours in a week but not all of us know how to manage them. By learning the trick of time management, you will be able to:
1) Accomplish even more than you do now and feel really good about yourself! 2) Have more free time because you will get things done quicker; 3) Have less stress by doing everything you need to do and not feel overwhelmed; 4) Lead a more balanced life because you’re not so stressed; and 5) Meet your deadlines more efficiently.
Doesn’t this sound appealing? If your answer is “yes”, there are some tips on how you can do it:
- Identify time wasters (e.g. watching T.V., texting, other technology) and choose those that you can eliminate. The ones you can’t get rid of, reward yourself with.
- Anticipate when you can take action to avoid impossible situations when you feel cramped and unproductive (e.g. do not wait until the last minute to study for a test or write a paper).
- Plan your day. Keeping a schedule of what needs to be done will help you stay on track. It will also create a sense of accomplishment when you check off what you’ve done.
- Break it down. With planning, write down smaller goals or steps that it will take to accomplish what you have set up for the day. Starting with bigger tasks can be overwhelming.
- Pay attention to your attention! Being able to recognize when you lose focus or procrastinate can help you to be in control more and develop steps on how to get back on track.
Source: “Time Management” workbook created by Mayland Community College, 1996.
Looking to score some Altru’s Pursuit of Wellness points? Check out the Cash Mob taking place TONIGHT (Tuesday) beginning at 6pm. We’ll be at Ferguson Books and Media (a few doors down from Pizza Ranch). This is a great way to learn about a locally-owned business from owner and Greater Grand Forks Young Professional, Dane Ferguson! If you haven’t made it in the store yet, now is your chance. And if you HAVE made it into the store, you probably want to go back anyway. The event is open to the public, so we’ll see YOU there!
UND Ensemble Concert
Friday January 18
I did not know what exactly to expect when I decided to go to the Ensemble Concert. I had a vague idea that the band and choirs would be playing some of their music that they had already preformed in previous shows. As soon as I walked into the Chester Fritz lobby area I was immersed in music from the Steel Pan Band and the 12:00 Jazz Ensemble- I could immediately tell that this concert of all of the music areas was going to be a fantastic concert. they had everything from operatic music to songs of the students own creation. My favorite song was the final song, sung by the Varsity Bards. their energy and enthusiasm was infectious. I could clearly see that all of theses people preforming had a deep passion for what they were doing. After the concert I could not help but to think about how great the concert was but also how the performers attitudes towards the music made the concert even more special. In addition I began to reflect on my own education and what makes me light up like the performers. Not all of the musicians are music majors but all of them are doing what they love. In my own education I want to be studying things that interest me. Ultimately I would like to get a job where I feel fulfilled in what I am doing like the musicians on stage. I think in the future I will take more classes that interest me and are not necessarily in my major or field of study and by doing so I will be happier because I am doing something that I like that will lead me to a career I like.
Activity: Spring Involvement Fair and Volunteer Recruitment Day
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 10:00AM
The activity was to attend the Spring Involvement Fair and Volunteer Recruitment Event at the Union. I went just as the event started, and there were already several students walking from table to table. really enjoy attending events like this, because I like to learn about the different organizations and groups on campus. A table with educational materials about atheists was not far from a table with information about a faith walk. Some organizations were specific to UND; others want to shed light on global issues. was impressed with the many volunteer opportunities here in Grand Forks. Individual organizations like Special Olympics and The Food Pantry were recuiting volunteers. However, I was most interested in RSVP + ND. This group is like a one-stop shop for volunteers, because they send volunteers to many organizations that need help. Like most students, I have a heavy course load, and I never know when I will have to study most of the day and night and when I may have time to spare. I was glad that some organizations are very flexible and that they will put you to work whenever you are available. am glad that I was able to learn more about different groups on campus, and I look forward to volunteering in the community.