The room has been refreshed and expanded to provide additional reflection space for the College’s students and staff.
The sound of waves gently lapping, comfortable seating, muted colors, dimmed lighting, positive signage, journals waiting to be filled with individual’s thoughts, stress-reducing coloring books with colored pencils, textured pillows, yoga mats and books representing a variety of beliefs invite those entering the freshly designed, expanded and relocated Meditation Room to unplug, relax and recharge.
At the opening today on September 24 which was sponsored by the Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) Office of Student Affairs, Office of Diversity and Community Partnerships, and the Wholistic Wellness Committee, the rethought-out space was warmly received by students, faculty and staff.
Zsa Zsa Whyce (DO ’21), who helped to spearhead the redesigned space, said, “School is stressful enough. The Meditation Room has been a blessing and now it’s even more comfortable, homey and peaceful.“
For those who missed today’s open house, the Meditation Room will be open tomorrow and similar activities are planned to ensure that all on campus are familiar with the refreshed space. Visitors were invited to make their own essential oil bracelets, were offered healthy snacks and water and were provided with “rest masks.”
Upon entering the device-free Meditation Room, visitors are greeted with uplifting messages of affirmation and may use a partitioned-off area for private reflection or peruse books like “The Power of Kindness,” The Meditation Sourcebook,” “Fruits of the Spirit” and “The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook.”
Aisha DeBerry, director of diversity and community partnerships, said, “I truly think the open house today was well received. I feel that the room will be greatly utilized by everyone on campus.
According to Personal Support Counselor Leanne Henry-Miller, the open house provided a time to hear of additional needs. “As best as we can, we will make sure we are mindful of everyone’s needs for the space.”
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Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine which has a storied history as a premier osteopathic medical school. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service to the wider community. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center, an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 678-225-7500.
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