Monthly Archives September 2013

My Five-Step Plan to Mastering the Dining Hall and Eating Well on Campus by Mike McCarthy

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Mike McCarthy is the Assistant Director of Residence Life at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Fitchburg State College (now Fitchburg State University) in 2006 and 2009 respectively. While earning his undergraduate degree he completed internships at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL and Summit Entertainment in Santa Monica, CA. In 2010, he also completed a certificate program in Leadership through Cornell University.

In addition to his work within Student Affairs, Mike and his partner Doro started a health and fitness coaching project called Team Ted Fitness in 2012. The project has led 30-day health and wellness groups, personal development workshops, and recently began leading Insanity workout classes.

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One Thousand Miles by Heather Shea Gasser

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Heather Shea Gasser crunning13.1 heatherurrently works as the Assistant Director of a living learning community at Michigan State University called RISE (Residential Initiative for the Study of the Environment). She and her husband, Dr...

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Trusting Yourself: Social Identity in Fitness by Monica Rochon


Monica is from Bloomfield, Connecticut and received her BS in Sports & Leisure Management from Eastern Connecticut State University. Post graduation she was an AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer for the Center for Community Engagement at Eastern CT State University. Monica received her M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida where she served as an Assistant Residence Life Coordinator for two years. Currently she is entering her second year as a Residence Director at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her overall interests include race and sport, health and fitness, and creating sustainable living socially, physically, and environmentally. You can connect with Monica on Twitter and Instragram @iammrochon.


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Don’t Be Married To The Miles by Kelly Carder Mascorro


Kelly Carder Mascorro is currently the Assistant Director of the Freshman Resource Center at the University of Portland.  She attended DePaul University (Go Blue Demons!) for undergrad and received her M.A. in Communication from the University of Delaware (Go Blue Hens!).  This picture encompasses why Kelly runs, to consume entire boxes of Voodoo doughnuts.  You can follow her on Twitter @kellycarder.


Don’t Be Married to the Miles: Allowing your goals to be shaped, and not to shape you.

The best laid plans of mice and men oft go astray.” – Robert Burns

Regardless of this being your first or thirty first start to the academic year in student affairs, without a doubt you can relate to the sentiment by Robert...

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Sleep is for the weak and other myths by Trina Tan

Trina is from Pomona, California and received her BA in English Literature from California State University, Fullerton. She worked for President Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012 and is currently a first-year M.Ed student at the University of Vermont in the Higher Education Student Affairs program. Her interests include multiculturalism, social justice, leadership, politics, and social media/technology. Visit her Student Affairs Wellness blog at


I walked into graduate school at the University of Vermont with the preconceived notion that in order for me to be successful I need to be “okay” with not having much sleep—the myth that people who sleep for 6-8 hours every night are not the ones making waves.

I wasn’t buying it.

I love/need sleep, and I knew tha...

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