Dear Students,

Greetings on a gray but warm Saturday evening. As Chaplain Gray recently reminded us, spring comes slowly, but it is coming!

We know that this semester has been challenging. The ongoing global pandemic, coupled with the public health policies necessary to keep our campus safe, has led to increased stress, emotional exhaustion, and has also challenged adaptive coping. We hear you and we see you, and we know that many of you are struggling. We also know that you are incredibly resilient, and with continued support, you are all capable of being active participants in the cultivation of your own well-being. To that end, we write to remind you of the many opportunities on campus for healthy social engagement, well-being development, and mental health treatment resources.

We would also like to thank the students who have interacted with the administration via email, one-on-one conversations, and small group discussions. These communications have been thoughtful, constructive, and very helpful. We continue to be impressed by Sewanee students actively practicing EQB.

Current Gathering Size Information

Recognizing the importance of gathering together with your friends, we are pleased to let you know about the current gathering size for students and student organizations on campus. All events with more than 10 people are required to register via the Engage registration process. Please remember that the COVID-19 Interim Health Policy for Students and the Undergraduate Social Host Policy are expected to be followed and respected at all times, including masking and social distancing. Unless express permission is given through the registration process for an event to be held inside, all events must be held outside. Organizations that are in violation of COVID-19 policies will be held accountable and may not be permitted to host or hold future events.

How many students can attend registered events?

  • The current limit for registered events with alcohol present is 50 people.
  • There is no limit on the number of attendees at registered events that are substance/alcohol-free, so long as COVID-19 policies are followed and these events are held outdoors.
  • UPDATE March 18: No fans will be allowed at Sewanee athletic competitions for the remainder of the semester. [Original, March 13: All students can and are encouraged to attend Sewanee’s outdoor athletic competitions. Check the Sewanee Tigers instagram page for more details.]
Spring 2021 Programming

The University is planning a number of events and programs for this spring. Some dates are already set, while others are still being confirmed. Have a look at our list of planned healthy social gatherings and wellness events below. To keep up with the calendar of events, be sure to follow Campus Activities on Instagram. You can also always find out what’s going on by looking at the calendar of events on Engage. If you have ideas about additional programs for students, or if you would like to help plan for these events, please email Campus Activities.

Social Gatherings
  • Late night at McClurg (Every Wednesday through Saturday, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., music and a variety of themed snacks)
  • Check your email daily for Sewanee Outing Program trips
  • Outdoor movies
  • 5K Mountain Goat Trail Run, April 24
  • Crawfish boil (live music, food, and beer trucks)
  • Midnight kickball
  • Sewanaroo (live music, food, and beer trucks), May 1
  • Color run
  • Dance marathon
  • Outdoor athletic events (students have spectator access)
  • We want your ideas, too!
Wellness Events
  • Wellness Colloquium
  • Goat yoga 
  • Drum circle
  • Mindfulness Meditation workshops
  • Farm to Table with PHE
  • Let's Talk event series
  • Brain booster
  • DBT skills classes
  • Sewanee FitWell group fitness
  • Sewanee Outing Program trips
  • Late night cycling
  • Yoga on the football field
Mental Health Listening Sessions

We want to better understand your current mental health needs and concerns. Please drop in to Ask a Therapist Anything on the porch of the Wellness Commons beginning March 18 from noon to 1 p.m. Director of CAPS Ashley Liston-Avnaim wants to hear your feedback and answer your questions. Grab to-go lunch at McClurg and come chat. 

Mental Health and Wellness Services at the University Wellness Center

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers free individual and group therapy and medication management services. A team of well-trained and talented clinicians offer treatment for a variety of presenting concerns and can also assist with community referrals as needed. CAPS is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, Monday through Friday, with same-day appointments available. To schedule an appointment with CAPS, please call 931.598.1325. After-hours crisis support is available 24 hours a day, and you can connect with a crisis counselor by calling 931.598.1700.

Follow the University Wellness Center on Instagram (@uwcsewanee) and Twitter (@wellnesscommons).

Traveling Away from Campus

If you decide that you need to leave campus to care for your well-being, please review the leave policy. Remember, you need to register your travel away from campus and also follow the protocol for returning to campus—including quarantining and testing.


In closing, we encourage you to take advantage of the resources, services, programs, and events outlined above to further cultivate your resilience and well-being. We care about you and our entire community, and together, we are confident that we can create a meaningful and healthy spring. 

In community,

Dr. Lisa Stephenson
Vice Provost for Student Success

Dr. Nicole Noffsinger-Frazier
Associate Provost for Student Life, Dean of Students