“Swasey Coffee Hour hinges on the idea of kind energy being passed out,” says Myhrum. What Myhrum happens to be passing out, in this case coffee and sometimes donuts, is not what makes Coffee Hour worthwhile. Rather, it is the connections that Myhrum herself has made with students and staff of the college that has made a direct impact.
While Denison Religious and Spiritual Life is responsible for Swasey Coffee Hour, Myhrum wanted students to know, “As Chaplain, I am here to support every student and affirm their ways of making meaning on campus.” Myhrum explains that one of the reasons why she enjoys her job so much is due to the fact that she gets to discover new ways that students are making meaning on this campus, every day.
Myhrum says that while there is a misconception regarding Religious and Spiritual Life and The Open House that it is only a place for religious people, Myhrum would like to make it known that Religious and Spiritual Life values community and healthy ways of interacting with one another. The Open House offers many programs that are readily available to students such as meditation sessions, yoga, Jewish and Passover services, and Catholic services. Overall, Denison Religious and Spiritual Life is looking to build a community and is looking to make The Open House a place that feels like home.
Myhrum hopes to expand Swasey Coffee Hour to other parts of the campus in the near future, but, for now, is passing out kindness, one cup of coffee at a time.