The Weekly Weigh-In: Finding Your Motivation by Ryan Nolen


Ryan Nolen is a current graduate student at Kent State University in Ohio. Ryan graduated from Marietta College in southeastern Ohio in 2012, and will receive his Masters in Higher Education Administration from Kent State in May 2014. His areas of experience lies in Orientation, Student Conduct, and Residence Life, and is currently on the job search for residence life positions in the New England area. When Ryan’s not working, he enjoys trying to master the art of cooking, exploring local coffee shops, and spending time with his friends with which he will soon part.


Meet the old me, in July of 2011. I came in at a pretty solid 260 pounds. Eating college food every day, I never paid much attention to my weight...

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To Seek After Beauty…by Sharon Stead


Sharon Stead is the Director of Middle Earth Housing at UC Irvine. Yes, that’s Middle Earth as in Tolkien. The students were asked to name the buildings when the community first opened in the 1970′s and the theme has been maintained ever since. Her office even owns it own Gandalf costume (itchy beard and all)! She earned her master’s degree from Colorado State’s SAHE program and her Ph.D. is from Oklahoma State University in Educational Psychology. 


“To seek after beauty as an end is a wild goose chase—because it is to misunderstand the very nature of beauty, which is the normal condition of a thing being as it should be.” ~Ada Bethune

So, #SAFit/#SAHealth/#SAWellness friends, I write my first blog post in th...

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THRIVE Living by Anne Stark

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Anne Stark works as an Assistant Director of Residential Life for Purdue University. Anne is a current PhD student in Purdue University’s Technology, Leadership and Innovation program. Additionally, Anne is an avid runner who regularly completes ultra marathons, a dedicated partner, an energetic mother to a lively (nearly) 3 year old boy, and committed to overall wellness and living an intentional life. Anne takes pride in identifying and unlocking the talent in those around her.


There have been many calls to action as of late regarding the health and wellness of those working in higher education. As workers in a helping profession, it is easy for use to give, give, give and forget to take care of us...

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Hi, My Name is Amy and I’m an Extrovert by Amy Collinsworth

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Amy Collinsworth is the Student Outreach Manager for the Center for Career Development and the Educational Resource Center at Boston University. In her role, Amy manages the Student Ambassador program as well as fosters relationships within BU to encourage student participation in academic support and career development services.  Amy holds a bachelor of arts in marketing from Rockford University and a master of science in college student personnel from the University of Tennessee.  Her professional background includes working in MBA career management and undergraduate student leadership development. Outside of work, Amy enjoys spending time with close friends, playing board games, Zumba and hip-hop classes, live music, and traveling. Amy can be reached on twitter: @amycollinsworth


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Why not work it out at work? By Mariana Sanabria

Mariana Sanabria is a Graduate Enrollment Advisor at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Education. She completed her Bachelor of Arts at The University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and her Master of Education in Counseling at DePaul University. She lives in Chicago with her partner and daughter, enjoys reading fiction, watching Frozen with her kid and blogging about her adventures in health and wellness at
Why Not Work It Out at Work?
Every student affairs professional I have ever met has more than one job...
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Respecting Rest by Mandi Gilbert

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Mandi Gilbert works as a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Activities at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois where she advises the programming board.  Additionally, Mandi is finishing up her masters in College Student Personnel in May 2014.  She loves mornings, running, yoga, and making lists. Follow on twitter! @mandijgilbert


Respecting Rest by Mandi Gilbert

I have trained for 2 full marathons and 5 half marathons since the spring of 2011.  I am in the process right now of training for my 6th half.  That is a lot of miles run, a lot of toenails lost, a lot of nights out missed, a lot of blisters, and a lot of sweat.  Training requires a lot of time, determination, and energy...

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Yoga for the novice…Doc Student by Domonic Rollins


Domonic Rollins is a doctoral student at the University of Maryland in the Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy program. His research focuses on issues of professional socialization, social justice training in student affairs, and pathways to senior leadership for student affairs professionals of color. Before starting his doctoral degree he served as an Assistant Dean of Students in the Dean of Students Office at DePaul University. Domonic has also served as a Resident Director in the Department of Residence Life at Loyola University Chicago. Passion areas for Domonic include diversity, social justice, organizational dynamics, and supervision. Domonic earned his M.Ed. in Higher Education Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont...

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Colleagues Who Can Make You Well by Aaron Voyles

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Aaron W. Voyles works as the Area Manager for Jester at the University of Texas at Austin, where he oversees a residential area of approximately 3,200 students. Additionally, he is co-chair-elect for NASPA’s Men and Masculinity Knowledge Community and is an Insanity graduate. He is currently completing his doctoral dissertation on power relations betweenStudent Affairs and Academic Affairs.


Back in 2012, I read an article that changed my perspective on how we should approach wellness.  The article, entitled “Colleagues Who Can Make You Fat,” by Sue Shellenbarger of The Wall Street Journal made visible a phenomenon I suspected in Student Affairs...

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Small Steps, Fitness Apps, & Social Media Motivation by Evan Thrailkill


Evan Thrailkill is a second-year masters student in the College Student Affairs Administration (CSAA) program at the University of Georgia. He serves as the Graduate Resident for Student Leadership in University Housing at UGA where he advises the Residence Hall Association and Residence Hall Studios. After graduation Evan will be starting as the Marketing Manager for UAB Campus Restaurants at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His interests in higher education include marketing, social media, graphic & web design, and communications. In his free time Evan enjoys running, drinking coffee, and working on freelance graphic design projects. Connect with Evan via his website at or on twitter @evanbt.


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5 Reasons Every Lady Should Lift Heavy by Emily Newhook


Emily Newhook is the outreach coordinator for the executive MHA program ( program from The George Washington University, MHA@GW. Outside of work and the gym, she likes baking (for better or for worse), drawing and film. Follow Emily on Twitter @EmilyNewhook


5 Reasons Every Lady Should Lift Heavy

We all know by now – or at least we should – that there’s no such thing as spot training. The new refrain is more along the lines of, “I just want to get more toned.” I’ll let you in on a secret: tone is muscle, and you won’t get it by logging more miles on the treadmill. The answer is in the weight room – and if you’re a woman, external changes are really only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to knocking out a few deadlifts...

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