Fort Hays State Panel to Discuss the Aftermath of COVID

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Two Fort Hays State University student organizations are sponsoring a panel discussion next week. The Living Through and Learning From COVID discussion is scheduled for Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. It is sponsored by the FHSU Chapter of Psi Chi, the International Psychology Honor Society, and the Psychology Club.

The free and public event will be available both on campus and via Zoom. The on-campus location is in the south study area of ​​the Forsyth Library. The online link via Zoom is

The panel will address the social, psychological and professional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts and students will reflect on diverse experiences with the pandemic and how we can grow and change from these experiences.

The panel will be moderated by Ken Windholz, a clinical psychologist and faculty member at FHSU’s Department of Psychology. Panel members are Kaley Conner of High Plains Mental Health Center; dr Rachel Dolechek, FHSU Professor of Applied Business Administration and COVID impact researcher; Will Stutterheim, associate director of health and wellness at FHSU’s Kelly Center; Courtney Riggle, co-owner of Anhelo Massage; Kylie Jank, a graduate student studying clinical psychology and a COVID effects researcher; Taissa Carvalho Mick, a graduate student studying clinical psychology; and Leo Harzman, a psychology major.

The following are the types of questions the panelists will discuss:

• How has the shift from face-to-face to online/hybrid learning affected the relationship/learning environment between teachers and students?

• How has it affected your overall performance as a professional or as a student? Motivation, procrastination, feelings of burnout etc.

• How has COVID affected your personal stress level and do you have/are you experiencing burnout? What about your family/students/clients?

• Has COVID affected your social life? How did this affect you or others around you, such as friends, students, teachers or family members? Have you experienced isolation from family and friends?

• How has COVID affected your compassion and empathy for others?

• Has COVID affected your working life? How did this affect you or others around you, such as colleagues, students, teachers, friends or family members?

• What does research say about the impact of COVID on students and faculty?

• How has COVID changed your personality? What about others you know?

• What options are there for psychologically dealing with the stressors related to COVID (personal, professional, interpersonal)?

• How can we minimize conflicts about people’s different perceptions of how to deal with COVID and our often strong emotions related to these disagreements (masks, social distancing, etc.)?

• How can we keep moving forward to improve work and home life?

• What strengths have you found in yourself through the pandemic?

• What areas of growth have you observed in others?

• What are we doing to move forward?

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