WMU News

Helping doctoral students limit dissertation stress

Nov. 8, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Tips for surviving the emotional strain of writing a dissertation will be offered in a televised panel discussion from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Room 1062 of Kohrman Hall on the main Western Michigan University campus in Kalamazoo.

The free program, "Emotional Health During the Dissertation Writing Process," is being sponsored by WMU's Graduate College and will be broadcast via compressed video interactive television to the University's branch campuses in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Lansing, Mich.

Aimed primarily at WMU doctoral students, it will address such topics as the typical issues students encounter during the dissertation process, emotional tools that can help students get through the process, and how to identify the warning symptoms of emotional distress as well as deal with prolonged stress.

Panel members will include doctoral students who are or have recently been involved with the dissertation writing process. They will be joined by Dr. John H. Coons, interim director of the University Counseling and Testing Center at WMU, and Teresa DiStefano, a doctoral intern in the center.

All panel discussion audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions following the program. Space at all three locations is limited, so those planning to attend should reserve a place as soon as possible.

To make a reservation to attend the presentation in Kalamazoo, call the Graduate College at (616) 387-8212. To view the presentation at the WMU-Grand Rapids branch campus at 2333 E. Beltline Ave. S.E., call (616) 771-9470. To view the presentation at the WMU-Lansing branch campus at 6105 W. St. Joseph Hwy., Suite 205, call (517) 372-8114.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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