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Athletics & Activities Blog – January 15


We are nothing if not resilient in this new world order.  We are learning, daily and even multiple times each day, how to handle adversity and unexpected situations.  It’s a matter of basic survival at work, school, and at home to be able to take the scheduling changes, shifts in job duties, and online vs in-person expectations, without completely losing our sense of mental and physical balance.

An article on the American Psychological Association’s website called Building Your Resilience says that resilience is not an extraordinary trait of a small group of enlightened individuals.  It’s actually quite common. “While certain factors might make some individuals more resilient than others, resilience isn’t necessarily a personality trait that only some people possess. On the contrary, resilience involves behaviors, thoughts, and actions that anyone can learn and develop. The ability to learn resilience is one reason research has shown that resilience is ordinary, not extraordinary.“ (Palmiter et al., 2012)

The article goes on to describe how building connections, fostering wellness, finding purpose in life, and embracing healthy thoughts are all strategies that can enable us to build resilience.

“Like building a muscle, increasing your resilience takes time and intentionality. Focusing on four core components—connection, wellness, healthy thinking, and meaning—can empower you to withstand and learn from difficult and traumatic experiences.” (Palmiter et al., 2012)

It seems that all of the things we have been preaching for the past 10 months about building a healthy mind and body are also the exact same things that will help make us more resilient. Our mental and physical flexibility depends entirely on our mental and physical fitness.

Palmiter, David, et al. “Building Your Resilience.” American Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, 2012, 

ISY Facilities Update for January

Due to our new rolling transition day schedules and swim team practices, the facilities schedules have been updated for the month of January.  Facilities will be closed completely from 8am-1pm weekdays while students are on campus.  Please remember to wash hands frequently and wear a mask at all times while on campus. ISY community members must use the online reservation system to access the facilities.  

Facility Reservation Form

Fitness Area/Weight Room

  • Closed 8am-1pm Monday through Friday
  • Open 24 hours on Saturday/Sunday 

Outdoor Facilities

  • Open Weekdays from 1pm-6pm
  • Open Weekends from 8am-6pm

Swimming Pool

  • Open Monday/Wednesday 6am-8am & 1pm-6pm
  • Open Tuesday/Thursday 6am-8am & 1-2pm
  • Open Friday 6-7am & 1-6pm
  • Open Saturday 6am-12pm & 4pm-6pm

Session 3 ASA Schedule

Session 2 ASAs ended on Friday, December 18 and Session 3 will begin Monday, February 1.  ISY is planning to have some small group, in-person ASAs on campus this session, along with virtual ASAs.  The new ASA catalog will be sent home at the end of next week.

Service Learning ASAs and a few other year-round programs such as choir, MUN and Student Council will continue every week.  Please reach out to the ASA advisor directly if you have questions about the schedule. 

HIIT Classes for the ISY Community

High Intensity Interval Training Classes (HIIT) for the ISY Community will start up again on Friday, January 22 at 7am. If you are interested in joining this free, 30-minute, all-abilities group for a great workout, please send me an email at and I will share the link with you.

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