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KSoW Student Ambassador Program

Looking to get more involved on your campus? Looking for a way to have a positive impact on the overall health and wellness of students, faculty, and staff? We may have just what you’re looking for!

Kent State of Well-being is a University-Level Initiative to promote health and wellness across the entire university system with a focus on eight key areas: Alcohol & Other Drug Use, Mental Health, Nutrition, Physical Activity, Preventive Care, Safety, Sexual Health, and Smoking & Tobacco Use.

We strive to create a healthy environment and to prioritize the health and wellness of our community. This University-Level Initiative will foster a culture of health and wellness for students and employees at all Kent State campuses. This is where YOU come in!

Kent State of Well-being Student Ambassadors will spread information about the programs and resources for health and well-being across the entire Kent system. If you have questions about the program, please contact Kim Rufra, Associate Dean of Students, Recreation and Wellness Services at krufra@kent.edu.

Meet the Ambassadors (2020-2021)

What Does Health & Wellness Mean to the Ambassadors?


Muhammad Hassan Bin Afzal

Muhammad Hassan Bin Afzal

Graduate Student (Political Science)
Transitional Comparative Politics and Conflict Analysis Management

Health and wellness are not finite points that we can achieve instantaneously, they are rather a collection of ongoing informed choices that result in a gratifying mental, physical, and social wellbeing.

Random fact: This summer I went to London, Dover, and Nottingham to participate in a global conference and a graduate training course at Imperial College London. I had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer at a local church preparing hot meals for the local community. #Togetherness #Blessed 

Check out this tweet: https://twitter.com/KSUWellness/status/1160925195592437760


Georgia Grant-Manning2

Georgia Grant- Manning

Political Science

I think it's important that people realize that being healthy isn't just external, it's also internal. You have to take care of your mental health just as much as your physical health.


Mary Griffin

Mary Griffin


Health and wellness means not only focusing on your mental, physical or emotional health individually, but it’s about being able to live your life to the fullest, while having the best mental, physical and emotional health that you can. It’s about personal goals and being the best you can be, and not comparing yourself to anyone else and their progress.

Random fact: I’m really good at Harry Potter trivia.



Sekhar Mamidi

Sekhar Mamidi

Graduate Student (Master's)
Health Education and Promotion

Health and wellness are two important concepts that go together; it is a balance between mental and physical health. Most often, physical health can be the main focus of health maintenance, but it is also very important to also have strong mental health.

Random Fact: I enjoy traveling and watching movies.


Kayla Marker

Kayla Marker

Psychology and Criminal Justice

Health and Wellness means being at one with your mental and physical health. While we work so hard to maintain our physical health, and we forget that our mental health is just as important.

Random Fact: I have traveled to Cuba.


Bethanie Mauerman

Doctoral Student
Health Education and Promotion

Health to me is maintaining a balanced sense of wellness that is best for the individual person. This does not always mean eliminating sickness, but encouraging individual to make sure they are doing what they can to remain well in all areas of mind, body, and spirit.

Random Fact: I am a huge Pittsburgh Penguins hockey fan!


Samantha Nousak

Samantha Nousak

Graduate Student

There is no singular lifestyle that maximizes mental and physical health/well-being; different goals, values, and beliefs shape what any given person’s “healthiest” state is. Promoting health and wellness means promoting the tools and skills that help people reach that state.

Random Fact: I own over 300 markers and pens!


  • Two-semester commitment to volunteer a minimum of 3 hours each week
  • GPA of 2.25 or greater
  • Strong communication skills and a passion for educating & helping others
  • Must be student in Kent State University System
  • Any major is welcome
  • Assist with the planning, publicizing and staffing of wellness events across campus
  • Collaborate and build partnerships with student organizations (Undergraduate Student Government, Project HEAL, etc.), groups and departments across the university system
  • Have a voice in the Kent State of Well-being Steering Committee and sub-committees
  • Attend and participate in trainings (First Aid/CPR/AED, MHFA, Green Dot, Diversity Training, ALICE Training, ASD Training, etc.) [Trainings will occur on Friday afternoons and Saturdays throughout the school year]
  • Be a conduit concerning resources for members of the Kent State community
How to Apply