October '13 Winners: CSS Student, Ana Maria Camelo Vega & Service Learning Program Director, Jay Newcomb
Ana Maria is the image of what a healthy life style is all about. She truly exemplifies what a balanced life consists off. Besides being an excellent student who is always willing to help others, she encourages everyone around her to live a healthy lifestyle by eating right, exercising, and being fit. She runs at least 30 minutes a day, and was in fact a participant at The Swanny this year. Ana Maria not only excels in living a healthy life, but she also excels in her academic work. She was just accepted into the Honors program and also has a job on campus; which enables her to be a role model to others as to how one should manage their money wisely. Apart from all of this, Ana Maria is always aware of her surroundings, loving nature a little bit more every day. She practices recycling all the time. As if this were not enough Ana is a great friend who will always be there to hear you out and share her advice.
As the director of the service learning program at CSS, Jay Newcomb encourages all those around him to live healthy lives. He does this through his role by working tirelessly to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen our community. As an individual, Jay finds balance through his devotion to social justice. He also keeps himself moving by walking daily and accessing the Burns Wellness Commons regularly. Finally, Jay has a garden through which he practices sustainability. Through these examples, it's obvious that Jay carries out a life of holistic health and wellness. He is a true mentor and friend to all of those around him, and is an important asset to this Benedictine community.
May '13 Senior Award Winner: CSS Student, Kenzie Meagher
Graduating senior, Kenzie Meagher, sure knows what it means to live out a WELLU lifestyle! Although she first began attending St. Scholastica three years ago because the college offered fields she was interested in such as theology and religious studies, the small community and values integrated into student life are what have kept her here. Throughout her time at CSS, Kenzie has created a well-balanced life for herself by creating a routine, seeking out an accountability buddy, and making sure to take time for herself.
In addition to staying organized with school and work, Kenzie has established a regular workout routine. Activities such as running, playing volleyball, and participating in intramurals help her to maintain physical fitness. In terms of eating well, Kenzie seeks out healthy foods to eat a well-balanced diet. While her accountability buddy keeps her on track with her workouts, she also steers her clear of too many desserts! Her buddy even prays and attends mass with her to actively seek spirituality. Lastly, on top of her jam-packed schedule, Kenzie even manages to relieve stress by taking time for herself to silence her phone, sit peacefully, and just take a mental break.
In combination with all of her efforts, Kenzie found the time to attend many WELLU sponsored programs. These include Cenergy Events about food portions as well as sugar in beverages, a discussion on mental health, and the tailgating party. Each of these activities helped Kenzie to recognize how she can be a steward of her health and to identify tips to help her carry a WELLU lifestyle into the future. As her journey with CSS comes to a close this spring, Kenzie encourages all students to take advantage of the programs and resources available on campus to learn more about living a balanced lifestyle. How will Kenzie spend her prize money of $500? She plans to put it toward St. John's School of Theology in pursuing a Masters of Divinity as well as treat her roommates and herself to a nice dinner on the town. Congratulations once again, Kenzie!
April '13 Winners: CSS Student, Gabriel Peltier & Jennifer Maki, Associate Professor of CHM
Jennifer Maki claims that the variety of her physical fitness activities is what drives her to stay in shape. What does she mean by variety? Jennifer enjoys hiking with her dogs, playing volleyball, cross country skiing, canoeing, and even kayaking! In terms of handling stress, Jennifer aims to get plenty of sleep and make healthy eating choices. She has even attended a beginning yoga class to help center and relax herself. Even though Jennifer refers to herself as a work in progress, I think we can all agree that she is quite the inspiration!
Over the past few months, Gabriel Peltier, an experienced learner here at CSS, has been changing many aspects of his life to obtain a healthier lifestyle. For starters, he has done what many deem as impossible and completely quit smoking. In addition, he is determined to start exercising and eating better to increase his overall health and wellness. Gabriel understands that a healthy lifestyle is more than just physical fitness, and it involves every aspect of one's life. With this mentality, he is definitely on the road to success. Keep up the great work, Gabriel!
March '13 Winners: CSS Student, Bre Adams & Tony Barrett, Professor of Economics
If you regularly utilize the Burns Wellness Center, chances are high that you've seen Dr. Tony Barrett going hard at his workout. In an attempt to stay physically fit, Tony aims to workout 5 days a week for at least an hour each time. His hobbies include fitness, watching sports, and reading which many of his students can attest to. To ensure healthy living, Tony also monitors his blood pressure and heart rate. How does he handle stress? Tony claims that he blows off steam by hitting golf balls on the range in the summer and lifting weights in the winter!
According to her peers, Breanna is an exceptional individual, student, and athlete here on campus. She constantly strives to put forward nothing but her best, and she encourages those around her to do the same. Breanna maintains physical fitness by running almost each day as she is a member of cross country and track. She takes time out of every day to clear her mind and relieve stress from her busy lifestyle. In addition, she somehow manages to maintain healthy eating habits and set aside time to reflect on her faith. Breanna is an awesome role model, leader, and friend to many, and peers claim that her smile is contagious!
February '13 Winners: CSS Student, Jenna Stauffer & Jackie MacMillan, Women's Hockey Coach
As head coach of the CSS Women's Hockey team, Jackie MacMillan motivates and encourages her team to live out a healthy, well-balanced life. Setting aside the fact that she has completed two Iron Man triathlons, she also eats healthy and regularly attends church. To maintain emotional balance, Jackie sets personal goals for herself and tries to find a positive in every situation that she encounters. There is no denying that Jackie deserves this award.CSS student, Jenna Stauffer, does not struggle to stay active.
As a cross country runner, a track athlete, and a cross country skier, it seems that Jenna just can't get enough sports in her life! Friends claim that Jenna loves the outdoors, and that she also participates in a number of athletic activities with OP. Looking past physical fitness, Jenna promotes a healthy lifestyle by eating nutritious foods on a daily basis.
December '12 Winners: CSS Graduate Student, Marshall Kraker & LeeAnn Nelsen, Registered Nurse from SHS
All of her coworkers claim that LeeAnn is an absolute pleasure to work with. In order to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle, LeeAnn takes time out of her busy schedule to run regularly. Similarly, LeeAnn starts each day off the same with a tall glass of water to help fuel her body and provide energy for the day. She encourages healthy habits to her peers and to each of the students she graciously takes care of in her role at Student Health Services.
Before coming to Duluth to begin his graduate program here at CSS, Marshall lost over 30 pounds! To achieve this goal, he rode his bike routinely and lifted religiously. In addition to this, Marshall moved to a safer neighborhood and was welcomed by wonderful neighbors. To relieve stress, he purchased a piano and began doing something he loved. physically healthy aids his mental, emotional, and spiritual health which has proved increasingly important since recently going through a heart breaking relationship. Instead of hitting the bottle, Marshall chose to hit the gym more and play the piano twice as much. Pretty motivating if you ask us!
November '12 Winners: CSS Student, Amy Strafelda & Chad Oppelt, from Graduate Enrollment Advancement
Over the last year, Chad Oppelt has demonstrated resilient dedication to his goal to get fit by losing weight. Rather than simply offering a short term change in his activity level, Chad committed himself to this goal completely. Since then, he has attained a significant weight loss, and he is currently 4 lbs. under his goal weight! Besides his recent strides to get fit, Chad is an upbeat and pleasant individual who will always share a friendly "Hello" in the halls.
Somewhere in between her busy schedule of working at Beakers, being a TA, and keeping up with classes, Amy Strafelda still finds time to work out! Amy partakes in some physical activity almost every day, and she encourages her roommates to join her. Since last school year, she has been dedicated to eating healthy and working out regularly. Throughout the summer, Amy maintained fitness by starting insanity, and she is still going at it! Friends call Amy their "Gym Idol," and they are constantly impressed by her motivation.
October '12 Winners: CSS Student, Hannah Frey-Hawkins & Christine Sandal, from Student Health Services
All of those around her see Christine shine as she leads out a healthy, active life. When she's not on two wheels biking to school, Christine goes out of her way to walk. Recently, she completed the Moose Mountain Marathon, a 26.2 mile race through the northern woods of Minnesota. Coworkers brag that Christine is a wonderful person to work with, and she sets a great example for all of the students she works with in Student Health Services.
According to her peers, Hannah is everything that the WELLU Award encompasses and more. Hannah spends her time eating healthy, experimenting with exciting recipes, running, biking, playing intramurals, and encouraging her friends to live a healthy lifestyle as well. For the past five months, Hannah tried out being a vegan just to challenge herself! Perhaps most importantly, on top of all of this, Hannah exhibits a positive attitude in all that she does. Hannah is a positive role model and inspiration to all those who surround her.