Department of Athletics

Women Living Well Seminar

Mind and Body Connection 2005

Center for Science in Society

Students live, work and study in an all-inclusive world. As undergraduate scholars their lives are not separated by activities, events or issues and they move effortlessly, balancing their intellectual life with the demands of community living and a large variety of clubs and organizations which enhance their lives and learning. The mind-body connection is a powerful one. The ability to create a physical, emotional and intellectual environment that supports ones well-being, is paramount to good health.

As a College devoted to realizing the full intellectual potential of women, one's well-being is central to the learning process. Knowledge and the opportunity to develop habits that encourage a lifestyle that supports physical, intellectual and emotional well-being is the primary goal the Women Living Well seminar. WLW is a speaker/discussion series aimed at providing a forum to educate, discuss, engage and encourage women in the Bryn Mawr College community to be knowledgeable stewards of their health care and well being. The series is open to all members of the College community.

Speakers talk about various issues ranging from nutritional needs at various ages, fitness, stress management, time management, and nutrition practices for 2005. The lecture lasts for approximately 40 minutes followed by a question and answer period that actively engages the participants in a discussion with the speaker and each other.

During the week following the class, students will respond to questions on the website. Two responses will be required: the first, responding to the posted question, and the second, a response to or additional thoughts, based upon the group's e-responses. At the conclusion of the seminars, students will submit a 2 page paper online, responding to one of three questions posted. [Note: all responses posted on the web are in the public domain]

For further information, contact Amy Campbell, Director of Athletics and Physical Education.

Other Local Web Resources

Mental Health Website

Brain and Behavior on Serendip

For Physical Education Credit

1. Attend each lecture

2. Respond to the forum question posted on the WLW website - sponsored by The Center for Science and Society and the Serendip website, Ann Dixon webmaster

3. Write a 2-3 page paper at the conclusion of the course on a topic listed here

Final Paper Topics

Please answer one of the three questions. Webpapers must be posted by 5:00pm April 30 and a hard copy placed in Amy Campbell's box in Schwartz.

1. Balance is an important part of 'living well'. Discuss how the four speakers topics and content related to defining and creating a balanced life.

2. How does mindfulness and an awareness of all we do help to foster an attitude and lifestyle that support well-being?

3. Choose three speakers and topics and describe how they were connected and supported the premise of the other. What was the common theme?


March 16 Women Living Well - can we really achieve balance Amy Campbell, Director of Athletics and Physical Education, Bryn Mawr College
March 23 Mindfulness, Reflecting, and Brooding: Links to Well-Being and Distress Marc Schultz Associate Professor, Psychology Department
March 30 Don't let good get the better of best--making time for what's most important" Glenn Smith Director of Facilities, Bryn Mawr College
April 6 Eat Well Bryn Mawr Mimi Murray Bryn Mawr/Haverford Nutritionist
April 13 Get F. I.T. Bryn Mawr! Matt Brzycki Coordinator, Stephens Fitness Center
Princeton University
Author of numerous books on weight training:
The Female Athlete: Train for Success; A Practical Approach To Strength Training; Be Fit, Stay Fit: Why Your Workout Doesn't... Work; and How to Fix It: Cross Training for Fitness
April 20 Women Living Well Amy Campbell, Director of Athletics and Physical Education, Bryn Mawr College

(Meetings are Wednesdays from 12-1 in Thomas 110)

On-line Forum Area

Reading and Posting to Forums:
Because of the number of people involved, we have set up three separate forums for the course. Students have been randomly assigned to the forums. You're welcome to read any or all of the forums, but please do your own posting in your assigned forum. To do so, click below on the name of the forum. Information about how to post will be provided there. You can similarly click on a name below to read other forums.

Weekly Forum Questions:
The weekly forum question will be posted by the moderator each Thursday morning. Enter your assigned forum group, link to the "last posted question," and then scroll up to the comment "Week xx Question." Respond to the question by linking to "Post a Comment." Each student will be asked to write an initial comment, and then return to the site before the next class meeting, read the comments from the others and respond.

Archive of Final Papers

Final Paper Instructions

  1. Type paper in any word processsing program; print hard copy to turn in.

  2. Create a new file by saving the original paper as "text only". This version will lose some formatting characteristics. Add an empty line to separate paragraphs. Give the text file a distinctive name and close it.

  3. Go to the Web Paper Posting Area. Enter your email address (will remain private), and your full name and paper title as you want them to appear.

  4. Re-open your text only file. Copy the body of your paper (leaving out your name and the paper title) and paste it in place of the capitalized material in the large text entry window in the web paper posting area. Do NOT erase or change the text before the capitalized material.

  5. Click on the "Preview" button at the end of the web paper posting area to see how your paper will look. You can make modifications in the text entry window and click again on "Preview" until you are satisfied that the paper is as you want it.

  6. Click on "Submit Your Paper" at the end of the web paper posting area.