Cal U Together Apart: Virtual resources and calendar of events, courtesy of Student Affairs. (May 14, 2020 edition)


Jeff Helsel

The Elmo Natali Student Center, California University of Pennsylvania, March 18, 2020.

Student Affairs

All aboard the entertainment and resource train! Just because the semester has ended, it doesn’t mean we’re stopping! Explore the resources below to find out how we can continue to help you!

In case you missed it, check out the Virtual Hockey Awards

Cal U Hockey Club and CUTV

Student Affairs offers resources to students affected by COVID-19 outbreak

If you are in need of resources related to food, basic utilities, mental health concerns, etc., please contact us at [email protected] or call 724-938-4439. You can also visit one of these ever-growing, ever-changing online resources:

Pittsburgh area

Philadelphia area

Fayette/Washington/Greene area


Virtual Music Festival


Houla Entertainment is hosting another virtual music festival on on Thursday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. ET called FINALS MUSIC FESTIVAL. This event is FREE to celebrate year-end FINALS and will have amazing music by three R&B/Soul/Funk/Pop/Top 40 acts. The artists will perform approximately 20-25 minutes each.


Prizes will be given away after each performance but you will need to register by emailing [email protected] to be in the prize drawings and you will need to be present to win. There’s still a good time to be had even if you aren’t interested in the prizes!


To watch the performances, tune into Houla Entertainment’s Facebook page at  Please note, you may have to refresh your screen after an act ends so you catch the new act starting.

Virtual resources available to students

Cal U Counseling Center Services:

The Cal U Counseling Center therapists are offering distance counseling for ongoing clients who are currently living in Pennsylvania (or whose state allows out-of-state practitioners).  For other students, the therapists are offering brief consultations to help locate other resources.  Students can call 724-938-4056 to leave a message, or email the therapists:  [email protected]; [email protected]; or [email protected].  In case of emergency, call 9-1-1 or your county’s emergency number.   For more information, visit

The Student Association, Inc. (SAI)

SAI staff are working remotely from home.  We are available to answer questions via email.  Please email Nicole Arthur at [email protected] and she can direct your question to the appropriate staff member.



Virtual Bingo:

Virtual Hogwarts Escape Room:

Lindsey (Neon/Paint Social) –online activity: Facebook:

Paint Social: IGTV:

Paint Social:

15 Broadway Plays and Musicals you can watch from home:

Netflix Party – a new way to watch Netflix together for free:


Cal U podcast, “The Vulcan Nation,” available on Spotify.


Cal U Alumni Podcast on Spotify:

Cal Times FB:




Planet Fitness “Home Work-Ins”

Health & Wellness

Planet Fitness Work-Ins| Daily live streams at 7 p.m. |

Free Library of Planet Fitness Work-Ins –








Greater Washington County Food Bank

Food Banks:

The Greater Washington County Food Bank ( is open and has increased operations. If you are out of work without pay, you are eligible to receive food sourced from the state and federal government from a food bank or food pantry in Pennsylvania. This includes service workers who are unable to get shifts or hourly wage employees of non-essential businesses that have voluntarily closed due to COVID-19 mitigation.

You will need to complete an application for supplemental food assistance, and signatures have been temporarily waived due to COVID-19. You will be asked to provide your household size and weekly income level as of the day you apply. Complete income guidelines can be found at Please call (724) 632 – 2190 x 107 to verbally complete your Application for Supplemental Food Assistance, or complete online on our sign-up page.

Fayette County Community Action Food Bank:

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank:

If you are needing food assistance outside of the areas listed above, please contact
Diane Hasbrouck at [email protected].

Fraternity/Sorority Life:

PhiredUp is providing free online resources:

Health and Wellness:

Allegheny Health Network: COVID-19 drive through virus testing information:

Internet Archive – Nonprofit library consisting of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.


Meetings and Podcasts:
Virtual meeting tips:

TEAMS also has some features that are helpful for video chatting or even instant messaging. The chat feature has been helpful for quick dialogue throughout the day with colleagues.
Here are two tutorials conference services has found helpful:


YouTube TEAMS instruction video:

Zoom Meeting Application and how to use the conferencing software.

Zoom meetings:

Email (web client) –

Office 365 Online


Online Library Resources:

Zoom background features using Canva: to jazz up your zoom meeting backgrounds.


Virtual workout classes includes a variety of fitness approaches so you can find the right option to stay healthy while staying home.

Recreation and Activities:

YMCA – Boot Camp Yoga – 60 FREE online classes. The classes are available at
No membership is needed to access the classes.

“Madden 20/FIFA 20 eSports Ladder Tournament on IMLeagues: “


Virtual Fitness

Popsugar Fitness:

Beginner Bodyweight Workout:

Fitness Bender:

Down Dog Fitness App: (completely free until 4/1 or free until 7/1 for students/teachers if you sign up with your school account)

Beginner Flexibility Routine:

Yoga for Anxiety and Stress:

Yoga for Beginners:

Peloton App: (free for 90 days)

MyFitnessPal Apps:

Virtual YMCA:

blogilates: (Full length pilates inspired workouts you can follow along at home)

Sarah’s Day: (Quick workouts designed to work up a sweat and burn fat)

Additional List of Free or Reduce Services:

Outdoor Recreation

Find the best place to hike near you:

Various Parks and Trails in Washington County: (Some parks may be closed as a precaution)

Various Parks and Trails in Fayette County: (Some parks may be closed as a precaution)

Venture Outdoors Walks:

David Hoffman
Route 40 Classic Diner in Grindstone, Pa. is offering take-out service due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Restaurants/Cooking at home:

Restaurant Phone Delivery Address
Campy’s Pizza 724.938.2700 y 153 Wood Street, California
Chuck Wagon 724.632.6679 n 680 National Pike W. Brownsville
Dairy Queen 724.938.7655 Doordash 250 Third Street, California
Fiddles Diner 724.785.2020 n 101 Bridge Street, Brownsville
Foster House II 724.929.7679 n One Cook Road, Belle Vernon
Georgios Subs 724.785.3500 y 751 High Street, Brownsville
Jake’s Pizza 724.929.9897 n 428 Broad Ave, Belle Vernon
Lagerheads 724.938.3470 n 100 Spring Street, Coal Center
Lil’ Joey’s Pizza 724.785.7700 y 420 Old National Pike, Brownsville
Little Bamboo Chinese 724.929.6899 n 311 Tri County Lane, Belle Vernon
Paci’s 724.785.7113 n 384 Old National Pike, Brownsville
Pepper Ronnie’s 724.785.7200 y 634 National Pike E., Brownsville
Pickers Pub 724.364.7001 n 101 High St. Street, Brownsville
Route 40 Classic 724.785.4000 n 6229 National Pike E., Grindstone
Rye’s Bar & Restaurant 724.785.8410 n 248 Old National Pike, Brownsville
Subway 724.938.8338 n 352 Third Street, California

From the Cal U Times:…ovid-19-outbreak/


Cooking at home:
Cheap, easy to make, easy to follow recipes with STEP by STEP instructions,

Eat well on $4/day free PDF cook book,