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College can be stressful, but you’re not alone. POWER is here to help. Whether it’s stress management, substance misuse, sexual health, or sleep support, we have resources and programs ready to meet your needs.

Prevention, Outreach, and Wellness Education Resources is a new Student Success unit positioned as an easily accessible one-stop location providing educational opportunities focused on promoting healthy behaviors among students.


  • Kim Rufra, Director
  • Fadyia Lowe, Associate Director
  • Elizabeth Finley, Student Wellness Coordinator 
  • Ashley Gann, Student Wellness Coordinator 
  • Meghan Wolf, Student Wellness Coordinator 
  • Thomas Ard, Student Wellness Coordinator 
  • Hayleigh Tharp, Collegiate Recovery Community 


If you require immediate assistance, please visit the Get Help page for resources. 

Locations & Hours

3rd Floor Gatton Student Center East Wing

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Hillary J. Boone Center

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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POWER Programs & Services

Alcohol & Other Drugs

POWER offers a variety of initiatives aimed at prevention and education regarding the misuse of alcohol and other drugs. 

For information regarding Alcohol and Other Drugs, contact Ashley Gann at

Collegiate Recovery Community

The CRC provides a no-cost support system to students who are working to improve their addictive behavior, are curious about making changes, and are impacted by their friend or family member's addictive behavior. Weekly recovery meetings are entirely student-led and are all-recovery welcoming.

For information regarding the Collegiate Recovery Community, contact Hayleigh Tharp at to set up a meeting.  

General Nutrition & Body Image

POWER assists students in building a positive relationship with food and their bodies by utilizing an evidence-based weight-inclusive philosophy.  

For information regarding General Nutrition & Body Image services, contact Meghan Wolf at

Health & Wellness Coaching

POWER provides certified health and wellness coaches who serve as an ally and aid you in becoming an active participant in achieving your self-identified health goals.

For information regarding Health & Wellness Coaching services, please contact Thomas Ard at or Meghan Wolf at

Koru Mindfulness

Koru Mindfulness is an evidence-based program specifically designed with college students in mind to help in the reduction of stress and anxiety while also increasing one's sleep and self-compassion.  Participants will learn specific skills that help calm and focus their mind, including breathing exercises, guided imagery, body scan, and more! 

For information regarding KORU Mindfulness services, contact Thomas Ard at

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a six-hour hybrid training designed to give participants the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to recognize and respond to the warning signs and symptoms of a mental illness or emotional crisis. 

For information regarding Mental Health First Aid courses, contact Thomas Ard at

Nicotine Cessation

POWER provides Nicotine/Tobacco treatment and resources by engaging students with cessation counseling.

For information regarding Nicotine Cessation services, contact Fadyia Lowe at

Sexual Health

POWER provides sexual health information and resources by engaging students with outreach opportunities through events, presentations, and clinics.  

For information regarding Sexual Health services, contact Elizabeth Finley at

The Learning Bar

The Learning Bar is a hands-on, interactive, alcohol education experience for students. Attendees will gain knowledge, skills, and resources. Sessions are available for classes, organizations, and small groups.  The Learning Bar will hold open bar time and special events throughout the semester.

For information regarding The Learning Bar, contact Ashley Gann at