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  •  Student Spotlight: Peter Summerville

    Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

    Professor SunWolf is teaching Communication 100A: The Science of Happiness. On the second day of class, she gives each student a purple no-complaint bracelet, which they are told to wear continuously for 21 days. This is part of the now viral Complaint-Free Movement, started by a minister, Will Bowan, who challenged his congregants to stop complaining.

    Studies show that to change a habit, it is necessary to string together 21 days of the behavior you want to start (or stop). While Professor SunWolf’s students would not have time to string 21 complaint-free days together — it took Reverend Bowan six months to do that himself — they are challenged to journal each day and string together as many complaint-free days as they can as they study the toxic effects of social complaining on happiness.

    Peter Summerville is taking the class and interning for Gabe Kapler, a former Major League Baseball player who is now a health and fitness guru. Kapler publishes a popular blog, and he gave Peter a chance to create a guest post that touched on the course. Peter wrote:

    "You may be asking yourself what the point is. The major by-product of not complaining is happiness. I don’t think I am re-inventing the wheel when I say that complaining is a serious factor affecting moods and happiness in all people.

    "One of the most rewarding parts for me has been writing in my journal every night about my complaints. Through my writing, I note and accept my mistakes, but also consider the reasons why other people are complaining, so that I can learn from others. I like the personal evaluation I have given myself, and I have learned a lot about when others tend to complain."

    Read the entire post here.

  •  Faculty Feats: Gordon Young

    Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

    An Op/Ed by Senior Lecturer Gordon Young will appear in Dispatches from the Rust Belt, an anthology that showcases stories from the first year of Belt Magazine. Young offers a cautionary tale for would-be urban homesteaders who are considering buying inexpensive housing in one of America’s “shrinking cities.” The message: Think before you buy.

  •  Life After SCU: Jeremy Herb

    Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

    Jeremy Herb is a defense reporter for Politico Pro in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Politico, he covered defense and national security for The Hill and covered the Minnesota congressional delegation and 2012 Republican presidential primary as a Washington correspondent for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

    Jeremy is a native of San Jose. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University and received a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

  •  Faculty Feats: Michael Whalen

    Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

    The College of Arts & Sciences honored Associate Professor Michael Whalen with the Bernard Hubbard, S.J., Creative Collaboration Award at the fall convocation. The award recognizes faculty with a well-deserved reputation for excellence in educating students by including them in professional research projects or creative activity, thereby transcending traditional teaching models to reach the heart of the research and creative process and, in this collaboration, for having inspired other scholars and artists.

  •  Student Spotlight: Happy to Study Happiness

    Thursday, Jun. 12, 2014
    Communication majors celebrate the completion of their Senior Thesis course entitled The Science of Happiness (COMM 197) with Professor Sunwolf. The class blew bubbles in the atrium of the Arts & Sciences Building, a symbolic culmination of all the research they synthesized about happiness (getting it, losing it, keeping it). Congratulations to Blair Boone, Sabrina Brutocao, Brittany Calvo, Jaclyn Cardosa, Sylvana Dalsgaard, Paula Gonzalez, Sarah Jackson, Laura Jalalian, Alexandra Johnston, Ashley Pinnell, Jeffrey Ramos, Sasha Sommer, Caroline Stouffer, Megan Swindells, and Veronica Yu.
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