Monthly Archives December 2013

So Close…Are we there yet? by Kimberly Hodges


Kim Hodges serves as Program Director for Social Justice and Leadership Education in Residential Life at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. This role allows her to advise identity specific student groups, conduct inclusiveness training and development sessions, as well as facilitate diversity programming.

She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Kim was greatly influenced by her ‘Bigmama’, Ann Dunmore an activist for HIV/AIDS in Chicago. When alive, her grandmother’s zeal for marginalized populations having access to much needed resources impressed a tenacious nature upon Kim...

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The Power of Our Network by Laurie Berry

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Laurie Berry is the Director of Housing and Residence Life at the University of Southern Indiana.  Laurie has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and her Master’s degree in Student Personnel Services from Western Kentucky University.  She is a doctoral candidate at Indiana State University and plans to complete her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership 2014.  Laurie is exploring the positive power of networks.  Her doctoral work centers on a study of a twitter hashtag community.  The picture above is one of many she has taken over the years with two of her most active supporters, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier and Ann Marie Klotz.  Laurie encourages others to embrace the power of their networks.  You can follow Laurie on twitter @LaurieABerry.


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It’s the inside that counts by Mallory Martin


Mallory currently works as the interim Assistant Director for Housing Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution at the University of Michigan.  Prior to her work at Michigan she worked at the University of Washington as an Admissions Counselor.  Originally from Colorado, Mallory enjoys anything that involves a bit of risk, laughter and sunshine.  Running, swimming and biking are some of her favorite activities.  She is grateful to live closer to her mom in the Michigan countryside with her soul mate where she can go for those long contemplative runs and still be home in time for a movie on the couch.


Often we assume that wellness means taking care of your waistline and getting to the gy...

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Keys to Fitness Success | by Ed Cabellon

Over the last 18 months, I’ve successfully added a focus on fitness to my daily routine. For the purposes of this post, I define fitness as a conscious focus on “nutrition, exercise, sleep, and face to face human contact.”  In my interactions with friends, family, and colleagues, the question I get most often is, “How have you kept up with it all?”  Today, I wanted to share what has worked for me, in hopes that it gives you a framework for future wellness success.

1.  Start With Why

Simon Sinek (2009) says that without really understanding the “why”, leaders and organizations will never be able to reach their full potential.  This is the core reason why many who begin to focus on fitness related efforts often stop and need to restart… they don’t really acknowledge why they are choo...

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Toward a Broader Definition of Fitness by Beth McCuskey


Beth McCuskey lives in West Lafayette, Indiana and works as the Associate Vice President for Housing and Food Services at Purdue University.  She has a B.S. in Economics; M.A. in Education; M.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations; and Ed.D. in Education Leadership Studies,  all from West Virginia University.  She has also reared two children in the wondrous state of Wyoming and they vow they will never leave the Rockies, so ski trips will always be in her future.  In the interest of full disclosure, Beth recently became engaged and is moving (across town) in a week, and (spoiler alert) is currently not doing a very good job of any of the things in this blog.


Fitness has meant different things to me throughout the years and I think I am finally figuring it out...

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