Category Mindfulness

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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Finding my reflection…again by Ron Thompson

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Ron Thompson is the Director of Housing and Residence Life at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. He enjoys spending time with his wife and enjoying beautiful South Carolina.


It just made sense to me. I had just begun working at Marquette University, and as I was immersing myself in the campus culture when I learned about the Jesuits’ practice of reflection. My hall minister, Father Grant Garinger, SJ taught me that these highly educated and notably balanced spiritual leaders of the Catholic Church take a few minutes several times daily to ask themselves some basic questions...

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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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Creating New Habits by Pamela Mirabelli


Pamela Mirabelli serves as the Residence Life Coordinator for the Historic Horseshoe and International House at Maxcy College 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, traveling, visiting friends, and spending time with her adopted Italian Greyhound Mix Stormy.


The light at the end of the tunnel is...

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This Just In: NOs are vital for our lives by Katie Lewis

katie lewisKatie Lewis is a graduate student in the Higher Education Administration program at NC State University. She holds her assistantship in University Housing as a Residence Director. Katie received her Bachelors degree in Psychology and Family & Child Sciences from Florida State University. She enjoys running and exercising, crafting/pinteresting, and baking. Katie can be reached on twitter: @kmlewis6      


Throughout a majority of my life, I always thought being told “no” was a sign of weakness, of failure, of exclusion. I had no problem having it part of my vocabulary toward others, but when it came to being on the receiving end…I couldn’t bare it.

I thought I was i...

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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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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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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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