Category Health

1 Van, 2 Heel Drive, and 6 Women: Our Journey THROUGH Ragnar ( Part 2)

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Oh what a night (and two days).

In a previous #safit blog, we discussed our upcoming Ragnar race. We shared our motivation for competing in this 12-person overnight relay race and promised to share what we had learned.  We returned from Las Vegas with so much to say about the experience that we are excited to share with you!

Ann Marie was inspired by the symbolism of our relay bracelet

In the relay race, you hand off an orange bracelet from one teammate to another.  I was so inspired by the words I would hear (from my team and from others) at the handoff point.  “Love you!”, “Crush it!”, and “You Got This!” were some of the commonly heard phrases.  No matter how fast or how slow, the message was the same—positive, uplifting and supportive.

amk teri handoff

Now she would like to hand off...

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The 2015 Student Affairs Health Pledge by Ed Cabellon

At the 2014 NASPA Region 1 conference this past week, Hank Parkinson, Becky Lindley and I presented on “A Journey to a Healthier You in Student Affairs” and shared our individual transformation stories. As part of the presentation, I shared our (almost) three year journey as an #SAfit community. Julie Leos and I decided that, as part of the presentation, we would do something different and launch the 2015 Student Affairs Health Pledge now, rather than wait until January.

This is being done, in part, to help folks get a head start on 2015. Why wait until January when we can all renew our commitment to health and wellness now, ahead of the holidays? Certainly, if you can focus your energy and do well now, staying committed through 2015 may be a bit easier 🙂

Two years ago, I wrote a blog...

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1 Van, 2 Heel Drive, and 6 Women: Our Journey to Ragnar ( Part 1)


There’s running for fun, there’s participating in an organized race and then there’s Ragnar.

In case you are unfamiliar with this word, I will quote the tagline which says “Ragnar is the overnight running relay race that makes testing your limits a team sport.”

It is a 12 people tag team running 200(ish) miles, day and night, relay-style. Only one runner hits the road at a time. Each participant runs three times, with each leg ranging between 3-11 miles and varying in difficulty. There are Ragnar races all over the country, but we opted for signing up for the one in Las Vegas due to warmer temperatures in November.

The six of us decided to form a team and we have been paired with another team of six. Our team ranges in age from 27 to50...

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Why a cat person would ever choose to adopt a dog by Pamela Mirabelli

Stormy and I 2Pamela Mirabelli serves as the Residence Life Coordinator for the Historic Horseshoe at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Originally from New Jersey, Pam received a BA in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical/Counseling from The College of NJ and a Master of Education in Children’s Literature from Penn State. Prior to starting at Carolina, Pam has previously worked at The College of NJ, Penn State, The School of American Ballet, and Seton Hall University. In her spare time, Pam enjoys yoga, reading, the beach, travelling, visiting friends, and spending time with her adopted Italian Greyhound Mix Stormy.

Why a cat person would ever choose to adopt a dog

I have always been the “cat person” among any of my groups of friends...

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A 10 Year Fitness Journey by Andrew Campbell

andrew after arizona distance classic

Andrew Campbell is from West Palm Beach Florida. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.  Andrew has worked professionally at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida International University in Miami, and is currently working as an Assistant Director for Residential Education at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ.  In his free time, Andrew enjoys running, working out at the gym, singing with his chorus, watching college and pro football, and volunteering in the LGBT community.

A 10-YEAR FITNESS JOURNEY by Andrew Campbell

2014 marked the 10 year anniversary of when I decided to make a change to live a healthier lifestyle...

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Do What You Love by Suzanne Onorato


Suzanne Onorato is an associate dean of students at Agnes Scott College. She completed her doctoral work in higher education administration at Florida International University and a master’s at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In her free time she enjoys traveling to places where she can engage in activities that challenge her body and mind including white water rafting the Pacuare river in Costa Rica, hiking the Grand Canyon and the Cinque Terre trails in north eastern Italy.


Suzanne Onorato is an associate dean of students at Agnes Scott College...

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For the Love of the Trails by Korrin Anderson


Korrin Anderson serves as the Associate Director for Orientation and Parent Programs at Florida International University (FIU). Prior to this role, she worked for Residential Life at FIU both as a graduate student and as a professional. She earned her undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance at Millikin University, a graduate certificate in Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building, and her Masters degree in Educational Leadership at FIU. Korrin ran her first marathon this past February and is currently training for her fourth triathlon.


Sometimes you discover love in the most unlikely of places...

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A Thank You Note to My Office By Elizabeth Teurlay


Elizabeth Teurlay is currently a Program Advisor in Academic Services at Brandeis University. She earned her M. Ed. in Student Affairs at UCLA and previously served as a Resident Director at Boston College. Elizabeth enjoys staying involved in the NASPA Region 1 WISA & SAPAA KC’s and reading about all things Higher Ed. Outside of work, she is training for her second 5K and loves taking her dog Riley to the dog park. You can connect with her on Twitter at @eteurlay. 


As I quickly approach my one year work anniversary at Brandeis University, I realize I have a lot to be grateful for. I enjoy my new role, my new students, and my new dog that came with the live-off life...

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What works for you? by AJ Lauer

1540529_10101763812078369_1086932590_oAJ Lauer currently serves as Coordinator of Conference Services at the Colorado School of Mines in beautiful Golden, CO. She has also held positions as a Resident Director at the University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign and Manager of Student Life at Miami Dade College’s Hialeah Campus. She received her MS in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University in Miami, FL. In her spare time you can usually find her either somewhere in the Great Outdoors or hiding in a corner writing an article or her next book. Outside of the Conference Season, she blogs regularly at, or you can find her on Twitter: @ayjaylauer.


Having an “active lifestyle” is something we are all supposed to aspire to...

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Watch Me Go by Summer (King) Mattina


Summer (King) Mattina happily serves as an Academic Advisor for Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology at Saint Louis University. She is a member of NASPA, ACPA, and NACADA, and enjoys rock and roll, rocky beaches, and rocking chairs. She also likes stone soup. Get to know her by connecting on Twitter @SummerMattina.


Watch Me Go

In the past year, I have moved three times, started two jobs, acquired one always-ornery dog, and joined forces and households with one occasionally-ornery partner...

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