YSU welcomes students back for spring semester


By Amanda Tonoli

atonoli@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Youngstown State University warmly welcomed students back to school for their spring semester on a snowy Monday.

Several student groups set up tables around Kilcawley Center on campus to welcome back students with information galore about their respective organizations.

Joy Polkabla Byers, campus recreation director, excitedly greeted students and helped explain to them their opportunity for a New Year’s and new semester’s fitness regimen.

“It’s important to inform students and tell them about the opportunities they can have at [the Andrews Student Recreation and Wellness Center],” she said.

Some of those opportunities include meeting with a registered dietician and personal trainers, learning how to properly use equipment and work out, and more.

Byers said at the very least it’s important to get the REC Center’s hours of operation – from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

“Students can use our programs to reduce stress in their life,” she said. “It’s important that we work on stress management and teaching people the right and healthy ways to exercise.”

Shalon Salters, housing and residence life graduate assistant, said information about various events help allow students to “get out of academics” for a while and get to make connections with not only one another but the professionals on campus outside of their professional settings.

“We get to help create those bonds outside of the classroom,” she said.

Ahjah Johnson, housing and residence life program coordinator, agreed.

“We are informing students and engaging them with new programs at the start of what may be a cold semester,” she added.

And in doing so, graduate student Lincoln Williams said he feels the love.

“It’s important to both provide and have that warm feeling,” he said. “The more warm feel you get from the university, the better outcome you have with the students.”

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