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APSU helps students, community with life skills workshops

March 18, 2002

Academic and social pressures make college life demanding enough. But being a student and a military spouse creates unique challenges that can turn school into an overwhelming experience. That is, if you let it, says Danyette Toeller.

"Worrying about deployments and moves on top of studying can be challenging. But it doesn't have to leave you in total distress," says Toeller, a freshman at Austin Peay and the spouse of a Blackhawk helicopter pilot stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky.

"After seven years of marriage, I've gotten used to the lifestyle and know the steps to manage it. It's a comfort for my husband to know that I'm capable of taking care of things at home while he's away."

Coping with school and military life is the subject of a military family living workshop to be offered by Austin Peay's Counseling and Testing Center at noon Wednesday, March 20, in McCord 101.

It will feature advice on dealing with issues faced by military families, particularly students, and introduce services APSU offers to military families.

Information from Fort Campbell's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) division, Family Readiness Groups (FRG) and Blanchfield Army Community Hospital also will be available.

The workshop is one in a series of life skills seminars that provide support in "critical areas of concern," according to Dr. Lowell Roddy, APSU's assistant director of counseling services. "I call them 'life skills' because they address the fundamentals necessary for success in life, as well as at Austin Peay.

"Our workshops endeavor to enhance the quality of life for participants by enabling them not only to overcome difficulty but also to prevent hardships by making better decisions," he said.

Future workshop topics include suicide awareness on Wednesday, March 27, and conflict resolution on Wednesday, April 3.

For more information, telephone the Counseling and Testing Center at 6162 or visit their Web site at www.apsu/edu/counseling/