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Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 12:15 am

Under the direction of faculty advisor Vinita Dhingra, the students of the Communication special events planning class are hosting OverCOMe Stress on Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Cal Poly Pomona students get free admission to help them deal with the daily stresses of college life right before finals.

Hanna Lee of Counseling and Psychological Services will discuss how to avoid stress through relaxation.

Fernando Diaz, Wellness Center representative, will discuss how to maintain a healthy lifestyle in college.

As part of Diaz’s discussion, a series of after-lunch workshops will include zumba, yoga and bootcamp.

Events will take place in the Bronco Student Center and the Bronco Fitness Center.

Fourth-year Communication student Hannah Storlie, publicity co-chair of the event, said the class wanted to do something different than past communications events.

“Usually for fall quarter, the event planned is some kind of panel or alumni event and this year we wanted to shake it up a little bit and do something different,” said Storlie. “It’s going to be all about stress management, especially since college students have such crazy lives and we all have so much on our plate. I think it’s important for us to take this opportunity to relax and find health[ier] alternatives than pulling our hair out and stressing.”

Normally, the event is geared toward the Communication Department and its students, but this year they are hoping students from other colleges will attend.

“Everyone is welcome,” said Storlie. “I think it [stress] is something that is important to everyone, so hopefully we can get as many attendants as possible. We’re hoping to have about 300 people attend.”

Fifth-year Communication student, and event chair of the event, Sierra Dallas, is helping to make sure the day of the event runs smoothly.

In order to plan the event, the class was split up into different committees: publicity, budget and fundraising, hospitality and operations.

“Each one plays a significant role,” said Dallas. “Publicity is really the main one that is the outreach, so they’re the ones who get people to come to our event. Everything that we learn in all of our [communication] classes, they’re just utilizing it.”

The committee of budget and fundraising is selling raffle tickets for $1 for the chance to win prizes.

“Each person in the class [is] selling tickets as well,” said Dallas. “Our two main prizes are an Xbox 360, it’s a bundle and it comes with the remote control, a head set and two games and then we have the Kindle Fire.”

The hospitality committee is in charge of food, decorations and the theme.

This year, they decided to keep the logo and colors simple, basing it off of CPP with green, gold and black.

As part of the operations committee, fourth-year Communication student Joseph Liu worked closely with his team.

“Basically, I’m in charge of making sure that we have people that are covering the event like photographers, videography,” said Liu. “I need to make sure that everybody has the proper equipment, such as the speakers and I’m also working closely with a lot of other departments, such as publicity and hospitality.”

Storlie said OverCOMe Stress speakers and workshops were chosen by a consensus of what students in the special events planning class found relaxing.

“It started out as us thinking how are we going to provide workshops and opportunities for people to de-stress while they’re here at this event,” said Storlie. “We thought, well what kind of things do we think are relaxing.”

Since all students are stressed at some point, the event aims at educating students about different options for relieving that stress.

“Typically, in their life, everybody is going to encounter it [stress] so we’re expecting that everybody knows that there’s different ways to overcome stress,” said Dallas. “It doesn’t have to be just one thing, it could be doing yoga, it could be talking. One of the workshops we have is zumba, so dancing as well. We just want them [students] to know their resources and that there’s different ways to overcome dealing with stress.”

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