Holistic Hawks

Who's Who
Who's Who 2022

Isis Barker

Orientation and Activities Coordinator for the Center for Student Engagement

barkeri1@newpaltz.edu

Why are you involved with Holistic Hawks/Wellness?  As an avid programmer, I look for different ways to engage students and love to hear what other departments and committee members are doing in their areas. I want to find more ways to collaborate to put on larger programs on campus.

What are 1-2 tips you have for well-being?  Find a hobby that you enjoy and make sure that you set aside some time to do it. Drink more water!

What is your favorite way to maintain your own well-being?  I love crafting and have been having an amazing time learning how to make new things. It really gives me that chance to unplug and change focus.

 

 

Who's Who 2022

Kate Bellody

Research and Education Librarian

bellodyk@newpaltz.edu

Why are you involved with Holistic Hawks/Wellness?  To be part of efforts to help our campus community thrive personally, and in turn, academically.

What are 1-2 tips you have for well-being?  Schedule "me" time! If you are having trouble carving out time for your hobbies, quiet time, etc. add it to your calendar and prioritize it just like you would a job or class.

What is your favorite way to maintain your own well-being?  Movement! Anything from a quick walk, dancing, to a desk stretch...daily movement is essential for my well-being.

 

Who's Who 2022

Jesslyn Burgos

Program Coordinator for AMP/CSTEP Community

burgosj6@newpaltz.edu

Why are you involved with Holistic Hawks/Wellness?  Holistic Hawks/Wellness provides students with the tools and resources to take care of themselves and find balance. I love that I am able to contribute my ideas for the overall well-being of everyone on our campus!

What are 1-2 tips you have for well-being?  Finding something that you LOVE to do and alone time every now and then to reset!

What is your favorite way to maintain your own well-being?  I like to journal and be able to see my ideas/goals on paper. 

 

Who's Who 2022

Corinna Caracci

Director of Residence Life

caraccic@newpaltz.edu

Why are you involved with Holistic Hawks/Wellness?  It is an amazing way to help spread wellness throughout campus.

What are 1-2 tips you have for well-being?  Take some deep breaths throughout the day. Stop and breathe from your diaphragm.  Take a walk in the fresh air.

What is your favorite way to maintain your own well-being?  Take a walk or a bike ride.

 

 

Who's Who 2022

Jackie Cirello

Prevention Coordinator, Student Affairs

cirelloj@newpaltz.edu

Why are you involved with Holistic Hawks/Wellness?  I love being involved with Holistic Hawks/Wellness to bring awareness to and promote programs that encourage overall wellness.

What are 1-2 tips you have for well-being?  Practice self-care on a daily basis and get outside and connect with nature.

What is your favorite way to maintain your own well-being?  Disconnect from technology and connect with nature and community as much as possible.

 

Who's Who 2022

Robin Cohen-La Valle, '77, '82g

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

cohenr@newpaltz.edu

Why are you involved with Holistic Hawks/Wellness?  I like to be part of something where the college creates opportunities to be more balanced.

What are 1-2 tips you have for well-being?  Remember to stop and breathe as often as possible. Schedule time for yourself; you are as important as everything else in your schedule.

What is your favorite way to maintain your own well-being?  Walking with other people and listening to soothing new age music.

 

Who's Who 2022

Emi DiSciullo

Disability Resource Center Learning Specialist

disciule@newpaltz.edu

Why are you involved with Holistic Hawks/Wellness?  A focus on wellness benefits our entire campus community. It is much more difficult to achieve our goals without holistic wellness. I love supporting students in developing simple yet effective ways to integrate self-care into their routine.

What are 1-2 tips you have for well-being?  Wellness looks different to each of us. Find what makes you feel good and make it a practice.

What is your favorite way to maintain your own well-being?  Spending time in nature and finding ways to be creative.

 

 

 

Who's Who 2022

Elizabeth Diuguid

Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

diuguide@newpaltz.edu

Why are you involved with Holistic Hawks/Wellness?  Rest is necessary and being mindful is key.

What are 1-2 tips you have for well-being?  Find your ideal form of rest (not scrolling and aside from sleep). Learn how your emotions affect your body and how acknowleging them can help you feel better. Learn the power of saying no and "missing out" on some events. You deserve rest.

What is your favorite way to maintain your own well-being?  It's been a process, but essentially learning not to take on others' emotions has been integral to my well-being. Deciding that taking care of myself comes first is something I have to work on daily.

 

Who's Who 2022

Glenn Geher

Professor of Psychology

geherg@newpaltz.edu

Why are you involved with Holistic Hawks/Wellness?  Because I strongly believe in the cause - it connects the welfare of students with my interests in health and fitness quite well.

What are 1-2 tips you have for well-being?  Make time for fitness each and every week, and listen to your emotions and the emotions of others around you.

What is your favorite way to maintain your own well-being?  Long-distance running.

 

Who's Who 2022

Kevin Makarewicz

Assistant Wellness & Recreation Director/Aquatics Director

makarewk@newpaltz.edu

Why are you involved with Holistic Hawks/Wellness?  To help inspire people to be lifelong movers in their own way!

What are 1-2 tips you have for well-being?  Two quotes that I enjoy to help get people moving are "Day one or one day" and "Weights feel heavy some days so they can feel lighter on others. The only bad workout is the one you didn't do."

What is your favorite way to maintain your own well-being?  My favorite way to maintain my own well-being is through weight lifting and strength training.

 

Who's Who 2022

Dawn McCaw

Senior Career Specialist, Career Resource Center

mccawd@newpaltz.edu

Why are you involved with Holistic Hawks/Wellness?  To promote wellness and how the CRC can help students.

What are 1-2 tips you have for well-being?  Start small and get involved.

What is your favorite way to maintain your own well-being?  Walking in nature.

 

Who's Who 2022

Lisa Phillips

Associate Professor and Chair, Digital Media and Journalism

phillipl@newpaltz.edu

Why are you involved with Holistic Hawks/Wellness?  I write about relationships and mental health and am doing workshops on healthy romantic relationships, stemming from an Honors seminar.

What are 1-2 tips you have for well-being?  Value intimacy. Know that intimacy entails risk.

What is your favorite way to maintain your own well-being?  I can't pick a favorite. Daily exercise, making time to connect with loved ones, and giving myself the gift of FOCUS are my top strategies.

 

Who's Who 2022

Moshe Plotkin

Director of Jewish Studies, Rabbi at the Jewish Student Center, Adjunct in Computer Science

rabbi@newpaltz.edu

Why are you involved with Holistic Hawks/Wellness?  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I want to help every student make that wellness part of their lives. Spiritual health is a central component of holistic human health.

What are 1-2 tips you have for well-being?  Student clubs are a great way to form and maintain a strong support group. Feeling stressed is not a reason to hold back from wholesome social activities....Those activities and the suppport that you get from those friends will actually help reduce your stress.

What is your favorite way to maintain your own well-being?  Praying every day; disconnecting from social media and electronic stimulus for an entire day every week.

 

 

 

 

Who's Who 2022

Jessica Purcell

EOP Advisor and Psychology Department Adjunct Faculty

purcellj@newpaltz.edu

Why are you involved with Holistic Hawks/Wellness?  I am passionate about the health and well-being of our campus community members.

What are 1-2 tips you have for well-being?  Well-being tips that work for me are breathing and moving. The mind and body restore themselves in rest. Getting oxygen through deep breathing, mindful meditation breaths, or laughing (as well as any kind of movement) helps release tension and regain balance.

What is your favorite way to maintain your own well-being?  Once I've worked on breath and movement I spend time with family, listen to music, garden, cook, or just read.

 

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Valerie Turco, '05, '10g

Director, Center for Student Media

tremblay@newpaltz.edu

Why are you involved with Holistic Hawks/Wellness?  Wellness can take many shapes/forms, and especially these days, it is important to take care of yourself and your mind. Holistic Hawks is an opportunity to provide resources and share wellness ideas.

What are 1-2 tips you have for well-being?  1. Take a few minutes each day to decompress. No electronics, no music, no TV, just a few quiet minutes to collect your thoughts.  2. Do something that makes you happy and do it regularly, whether it's a get-together with friends or a gym class.

What is your favorite way to maintain your own well-being?  Listen to music and spend some time organizing my thoughts and my to-do lists. If things are organized I fell like my well-being is in order.

 

Who's Who 2022

Angela Van Pelt

Residence Hall Director of Scudder Hall

vanpelta2@newpaltz.edu

Why are you involved with Holistic Hawks/Wellness?  I strongly believe that students are more successful when they are able to take care of their bodies and minds. As a former student athlete, I have first-hand experience of the important role that wellness plays in creating a positive college experience.

What are 1-2 tips you have for well-being?  My two tips are to take a mid-day nap (it can help with stressful days) and to spend intentional time outside prioritizing fresh air.

What is your favorite way to maintain your own well-being?  I love to use the AWC facilities to stay strong and active.

 

Who's Who 2022

Karla Vermeulen

Associate Professor of Psychology and Deputy Director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health

vermeulk@newpaltz.edu

Why are you involved with Holistic Hawks/Wellness?  As a mental health professional, I have tremendous appreciation for the stressors our students face and the importance of taking care of ourselves.

What are 1-2 tips you have for well-being?  Treat self-care as a part of your routine of essential activities, not as a luxury or afterthought. It doesn't really matter what you do to take care of yourself, as long as you actually do it!

What is your favorite way to maintain your own well-being?  I am an introvert in a job that requires a lot of extraversion, so I like solitary activities that let me recharge my batteries, like reading, baking, and gardening.