Category Fitness

New Starts and New Habits by Amanda Davis

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Amanda is a Baltimore, Maryland native but moved to Tampa, Florida to complete her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She received her undergraduate degree from St. Leo University and her graduate degree from University of South Florida. She worked in Residence Life at Florida Southern College and Old Dominion University and has recently moved to Dubai, UAE to teach and advise Emiratis. She enjoys running races, traveling, working out at her local Crossfit Box, singing in the car, reading and cheering on her favorite football and baseball teams from a far.  


As we fully embrace summer, at time when many Student Affairs Professionals (SAP) are transitioning into new positions, I thought it would be nice to writ...

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Influencing behaviors: it’s organic! by Lauren Piontkoski

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Lauren Piontkoski works as an Area Director for Residential Life Programs at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she serves as a liaison for faculty and in-hall academic support, develops programmatic initiatives to support women in the STEM field and co-supervises graduate/post-doctoral resident tutors. Additionally, she finds herself utilizing her recently acquired group fitness certification through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) as a bootcamp instructor in the Greater Boston Area. Lauren can be reached via Twitter: wickedrunnah


Influencing behaviors: it’s organic!

Two years ago I began a fitness journey, and I never thought it would have snowballed into the lifestyle ...

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Finding Healthy Living at Job One by Anne-Marie Hantman


Anne-Marie Hantman serves as the Residence Life Coordinator for the Honors Residence Hall at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Hailing from Kent Island, Maryland, Anne-Marie attended Hood College for her undergrad where she majored in Student Life, the Field Hockey team, and oh yeah- Law and Society. After completing her Master’s at the University of Bloomsburg in Pennsylvania, Anne-Marie found herself working in Gamecock Nation where she currently is completing year one with University Housing. When not hanging out with her amazing students, Anne-Marie loves being by the water, experimenting in the kitchen, getting her ‘Namaste’ on at local studios, convincing herself she likes to run, and curling up with her lovable rescue, Natty.


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WHY DO I RUN? by Beth Moriarty

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Beth Moriarty is the Director of Residence Life and Housing at Bridgewater State University (BSU).  Beth is also an adjunct faculty member in the Student Affairs Counseling Graduate Program at BSU.  She has worked in the field of Residence Life for over 30 years.  Her top 5 strengths are Learner, Relator, Input, Individualization and Achiever.  Beth is an avid reader, and she enjoys spending time with her family camping, hiking, going to the ocean, and watching the World Championship Boston Red Sox   Beth started running just 1 year ago, she hopes to have a long running career ahead of her.


I’ve always been active but I would not describe myself as athletic...

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When strong is the last thing you’re feeling – by Becca Obergefell


Becca Obergefell works at Ohio Dominican University as the Assistant Director for the Center for Student Involvement. She started running after the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 and hasn’t stopped – running 365 miles in 365 days. She has participated twice in the OneRunForBoston cross-country relay from LA to Boston to raise money for the victims of the bombing. Her #RunForBoston project created a community for runners to log miles after the bombing – eventually totaling 4,449 runners and 35,545 miles. Becca also enjoys yoga, scuba, reading, and writing. Connect with her on Twitter @OberBecca


When I selected a deadline for my #SAFit blog post, I didn’t realize that it coincided with the Boston Marathon, but it seems fitting t...

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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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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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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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