Weekly Vitals

Hey, UWS community! Here’s a look at your Weekly Vitals. Your source for everything UWS. This email is sent weekly with information about upcoming events, student clubs, university news, guest speakers and more. #UWSLife

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January 30 – February 5

UWS Faculty Member of the Year

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Join us in congratulating the recipients of the inaugural UWS Faculty Member of the Year award, Carrie Ebling, DC, LMT from the UWS college of chiropractic and Amy O’Hana, PhD, LPC from the UWS college of graduate studies!

The Faculty Member of the Year award was developed to recognize faculty contributions and successes based on peer nominations. Faculty nominated Dr. Ebling and Dr. O’Hana for their demonstration of the student-focus core value of the university.

“We are proud to congratulate the recipients of the inaugural Faculty Member of the Year award representing the college of chiropractic and college of graduate studies,” said Dr. Dana Sims, provost. “Both Dr. Ebling and Dr. O’Hana were nominated by their peers for their clear commitment to our student-focused core value and are so deserving of this recognition. We celebrate these members of our faculty and the tremendous work they do in preparing our students!”


Sports Medicine Q&A and Application Deadline

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Are you considering the MS in sports medicine program? The application deadline for spring term is February 10, 2023.

Still have questions about the sports medicine program? Register for the MS Sports Medicine Q&A on January 31, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., with Dr. Brent Marshall, director of the sports medicine program. Stephen Glass from admissions and a financial aid representative will also be available to answer questions about the application process and financial aid.

We look forward to seeing you there!




International Student Taxes – Sprintax Webinars

University of Western States partners with Sprintax to provide non-resident tax prep software. Sprintax will guide you through the tax preparation process and arrange the necessary documents. As an UWS international student, you will receive an email with the your UWS Sprintax access code. If you have not received this email by the end of January 2023 please contact the office of student success at [email protected].

Get started at the UWS Sprintax page. You will be prompted to enter your code to cover the cost federal tax preparation costs after you login and complete the questionnaire.

Sprintax Resources:


Upcoming Change to Email Access for UWS Alumni


Beginning February 13, UWS issued email accounts will be discontinued 30 days after the student graduates, as stated in the Student and Employee Access to Electronic Resources policy.

If you are using this email address for your business or profession and require more time to transition, please contact the help desk at [email protected] to request an extension. Extensions will be granted on a case-by-case basis and only for individuals with a legitimate need.

Those who are currently enrolled and attending courses, you will NOT be affected. This only applies to past and future graduates.



Student Worker Needed


Do you enjoy planning events? Are you looking for a flexible work schedule? The office of advancement is currently looking for a student worker

The office of advancement manages the fundraising programs and philanthropic support of the university while on the alumni relations side, focuses on programming and free resources for alumni, as well as alumni engagement and professional development.

To apply, contact the financial aid office in person or via email [email protected]. The position is open until filled.





UWS Club Events

Event: Entrepreneurship Club Presents – Building Your Marketing Skills

Date: Wednesday, February 1

Time: 12:40 – 1:30 p.m.

Location: LEC – 1032 Sun Valley

Event Description:

Join us for an interactive session to work on your marketing ideas and delivery. The entrepreneur club will present successful ideas to increase your ability to bring in new clinic patients. You will have the opportunity to practice your “elevator speech” and receive feedback from faculty and staff to help polish it up. Lastly, ASB will provide pizza to fuel the creativity and collaboration.


Event: Entrepreneur Club Presents: Dr. Sandy Arthur

Date: Wednesday, February 8 

Time: 12:40 – 1:30 p.m.

Location: LEC – 1032 Sun Valley and Virtual Zoom meeting, passcode uwsclub 

Event Description:

Dr. Sandy Arthur will be sharing her tips on how to run a business on top of being a chiropractor and things to do creatively to help your business flourish.



First Quarter DC Student Lunch

Join the first quarter DC student lunch with Dr. Brimhall and Dr. Messina!

Please RSVP for only one lunch option below. Once you have RSVP’d, you will receive meeting location details and lunch options complimentary of UWS.

The lunch options are:
February 7 – 12 p.m.
February 9 – 11:30 a.m.

We look forward to seeing you there!

UWS to Observe Two Additional Holidays in 2023

Beginning in 2023, UWS will observe two additional federal holidays, Juneteenth and Veterans Day.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when enslaved African Americans in Texas were told they were free, a full two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth became a federal holiday in 2022. UWS looks forward to, once again, participating in local Juneteenth community events this year. 
Veterans Day honors military veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Originally celebrated as Armistice Day, the holiday was first proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, a year after World War I. As we prepare to observe Veterans Day this year, we would like to thank all members of our campus community who have served.
The 2023 holiday calendar has been updated and is available on Udocs.

UWS Library Looking for Student Worker

Are you a DC student that’s currently in Q1 – Q4? Do you love the library? Do you qualify for the US federal work-study program? If you answered “yes” to all these questions, then the UWS Library is looking for you!

The ideal candidate would be someone with customer service experience, has interest in learning how the library works and is willing to fill in when needed. This position offers approximately 4 – 8 hours of work per week.

For more information, please see the job posting on the UWS student job webpage listed as library student worker I.

NWCCU Notice

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) will be conducting a Year Seven Evaluation of Institutional Effectiveness at University of Western States, April 24-26.

UWS is currently accredited by NWCCU, having received no recommendations at its 2019 mid-cycle accreditation review. Comments regarding the upcoming Year Seven Evaluation of Institutional Effectiveness can be directed to:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 200
Redmond, WA 98052

Comments may also be submitted via electronic submission link. NWCCU accepts third party comments up to ten days prior to the start date of the evaluation visit.


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Good Sleep and a Happier Life

“Almost everything will work better if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” Anne Lamott

If  sleep were a credit card company, many of us would be in terrible debt! 

Research has  long shown that for most adults,  physical health declines if they get less than the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep nightly. Newer studies are showing that sleep deprivation also affects how we view our world.

It turns out, the better you sleep, the more resilient you are to negative emotions. Sleep-deprived people fail to recall pleasant memories, yet seem to easily recall gloomy memories.

One experiment found that when sleep-deprived college students were asked to memorize a list of words, they recalled 81% of words with a negative connotation (like “cancer”) and only 31% of the words with a positive connotation (like “sunshine”). Get better sleep and the more happiness you’ll notice in your life!

This week, treat yourself to making the effort for good sleep:

  • Turn off the screens a bit earlier.
  • Get a moderate amount of exercise at least 4 days this week.
  • Drink a little more water daily.
  • Finish eating at least 2 hours before turning in.
  • Write or think about what you are grateful for or something/someone you love before falling asleep.

With a little daily mindful effort, we make our world a better place.

Shine On,

Ami Brimhall

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