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The Woman Behind the Smile by Kelley McCarthy

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Kelley McCarthy  is currently a Hall Director at Saint Mary’s College in NotreDame, IN. She started running  April, and since than has ran a few 5ks and two 10ks.  Some of her goals are to continue running a race a month, complete her first half in the spring, and to run on average 40-50 miles a month. During her free time she enjoys watching her favorite show, All My Children, blogging,  shopping at New York and Company, and spending time with her cat Freefall! You can follow her on Twitter @KMcCarthy8185



” I want to be remembered as the girl who always smiles even when she’s in pain, and the one that could always brighten up your day even if she couldn’t brighten up her own”

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Being Johnny Bravo was never the goal by Chris Hein


Chris Hein is in his third year as a Resident Director at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He is originally from Nebraska. He got his B.S. in Psychology and Sociology and a M.S. Ed. all from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He love the outdoors and enjoys spending free time fishing, hunting, disc golfing, hiking, and camping during the summers.


I want to talk about a topic of health and well-being that is often overlooked. I think it is fair to say that many health blogs consist almost entirely of articles regarding how to lose weight and get skinnier. While these blogs and articles are useful for a large number of people, some of us have the opposite problem...

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A Runner on the Injured List by Josie Ahlquist


Josie Ahlquist is a second year doctoral student at California Lutheran University in the Higher Education Leadership program.  Currently she is attending school fulltime, in addition to serving as the doctoral assistant on the Institutional Review Board for CLU.

Her research resolves around social media in higher education.  Josie brings with her ten years in the field of Higher Education in areas such as student activities, campus recreation, student unions, marketing, residence life, judicial affairs, student leadership and new student programs.

She is an alumnus of Northern Arizona University MEd in Counseling program and Undergraduate at South Dakota State University.  In addition to running, Josie was a group exercise instructor for five years teaching Spinning and Pilates.

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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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Getting Your Heart and Head in the Game by Craig Allen

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Craig Allen is the Director of Housing & Residence Life at Texas Christian University.  He received his MA in Higher Education/Student Personnel at the University of Arizona and his BS in Marketing at the State University of New York at Oswego.  Craig began as director at TCU in August 2005, and he loves being a Horned Frog!  Craig worked at Seton Hall University from 1995 – 2005, serving as Director of Housing and Residence Life there from June 1998 to August 2005.  He has written articles for NASPA Netresults, the MACUHO Newsletter and ResLife.Net on crisis management/fire safety and he contributed to a chapter in Campus Crisis Management: A Comprehensive Guide to Planning, Prevention and Recovery by Zdziarski, Dunkel, Rollo and Associates, 2007.

Craig is a graduate of the Lea...

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Laughter is the Best Medicine: Having a Sense of Humor About Work and Fitness

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Beth Kinney is currently a Hall Director at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She attended the University of Michigan as both an undergraduate and a graduate, getting her Masters in Social Work. Beth spends her free time running, snowshoeing, reading, playing random trivia games, and dreaming of places to travel to next.


This time of year can be one of the most stressful times for those working in student affairs. Getting ready for students to come back to campus can make one question why they are doing this work. This is why, during this time of year, I find it especially important to invest time in myself and the things I enjoy...

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Putting Your Skills to Work: A Student Affairs-Minded Approach to Fitness by Chris Diggs

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Chris Diggs is currently the Assistant Director for Student Affairs at Baruch College in New York City.  She is also on the executive board of CSPA-NYS, the New York State affiliated chapter of ACPA.  She received a B.A. in Political Science and Religion Studies and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, both from Lehigh University.  Her work in student affairs has included career development, residence life, and social justice advocacy.  Chris is currently training for her first full marathon with Team in Training.  Visit her professional website at and connect with her on twitter @cdiggs.


Many of us whose professional lives follow the academic calendar find that the summer provides a lighter schedule, fewe...

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Wait, I Can’t Just Go For a Run?: Staying Fit with a Newborn by Steve Lerer


Steve Lerer is the Assistant Director for Student Life at the University of California, Merced. He serves as the advisor to the Associated Students and coordinator for Leadership Programs. Steve is currently training for his first Olympic distance triathlon which will be held this September. He lives in Merced with his wife, Virginia, their three-month-old daughter Samantha Beth, and their dog Bella. Steve can be reached on Twitter at @stevelerer or check out his blog,


As a child I grew up a little heavy, or ‘husky,’ according to my caring parents...

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Challenge: My Choice by Joe Colangelo


Originally raised in Western New York, Joe attended undergrad at the University at Buffalo.  He then earned his masters in College Student Personnel at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Joe is entering his fourth year as a Hall Director at the University of Michigan.  An avid golfer and sports lover, he has a penchant for Starbucks and pork products.


As Student Affairs professionals, we live in a world of challenge.  We challenge students to grow, develop, and push themselves to greater things.  We spur them on with our support.  We often employ a challenge by choice model.  But when it comes to personal well-being and fitness, I have learned that my only choice is challenge.

I would feel disingenuous if I made t...

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