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Next Chapter Green Ribbon campaign addresses mental health
Members of Next Chapter and UFS Student counselling are working together to address mental health issues.

Next Chapter, a student support group at the UFS presented the Green Ribbon campaign, pledging their support to students and providing them with assistance in coping with life events that stimulate stress and contribute negatively to their mental health. The team aims to break the stigma surrounding mental health care, and continually assist students with mental health-related issues that they struggle with daily.

The Green Ribbon represents mental health awareness, which is a pressing matter for students and is the type of support students need in a stressful university environment. The campaign focuses on teaching students how to cope with life events that stimulate stress, and contribute negatively to their mental health.
 
A discussion by Dr Ancel George: practising clinical psychologist and lecturer from the UFS Department of Psychology, and Dr Mellissa Barnaschone: Director of UFS Student Counselling, took place, where talks were prominent about creating an inclusive environment for UFS students.

The panel shared a few tips on how students should work towards managing stress, and motivated them for the main mid-year examinations.
 
The follow-up Exam Cram Workshop, presented by Nadia Cloete and Lize Wolmarans, that combined time and stress management, took place on 2 June 2018, and saw students receiving advice on how to approach various issues during the examination period.
 
Mental health awareness does not end with the campaign and Next Chapter’s slogan “Your story continues” encourages students to regularly wear and commemorate the green ribbon in support of continual mental healthcare.
 
Should you have any enquiries or input for the ongoing campaign, contact the Next Chapter team on ufsnextchapter@gmail.com, or further email Tshepang Mahlatsi, founder of Next Chapter on tshepangmahlatsi767@gmail.com

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UFS staff attend conference in Poland
2006-07-21

Staff members of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences' Department of Public Management at the University of the Free State (UFS) attended the conference of the International Association of Schools and Institutions of Administration (IASIA) in Warsaw, Poland. During the visit the delegates also met the South African ambassador in Poland, Ms Febe Potgieter-Gqubele.

From the left:  Prof Hendri Kroukamp (Programme Director: Public Sector Management); Prof Moses Sindane (Departmental Chairperson: Public Management); Ms Potgieter-Gqubele, Dr Liezel Lues (lecturer); Mr Lyndon du Plessis (lecturer) and Prof Koos Bekker (lecturer).

Prof Moses Sindane, Departmental Chairperson of the Department of Public Management at the University of the Free State (UFS), received  the Pierre de Celles award for the best paper delivered at the IASIA's conference that was held in Miami in the USA in September 2003.  The title of the paper was  'Public administration versus public management: Parallels, divergences, convergences and who benefits?'.

During the award ceremony were from the left:  Prof Sindane, Prof Turgay Ergun (President of IASIA) and Prof Hendri Kroukamp ( Programme Director:  Public Sector Management at the UFS and member of the management of IASIA).

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