Kent State of Wellness 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 Wellness 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!

KSOW 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 Melissa Celko, Kent State of Wellness Director, at mcelko1@kent.edu.

Meet the Ambassadors

What Does Health & Wellness Mean to the Ambassadors?

Fehintolu Adebanjo

Fehintolu Adebanjo

Graduate Student (Master's)
Public Health

Health and wellness involves developing a wholesome lifestyle. Taking conscious efforts to live deliberately amidst the countless distractions we face daily. Committing daily to make choices that only benefit the health of the body and the state of the mind. Taking down every form of negativity and choosing to permit only edifying thoughts that translate to right actions and habits. Health and wellness means having a healthy body, esteem and a sound mind.

Random fact: I am a travel-junkie!

Muhammad Hassan Bin Afzal

Muhammad Hassan Bin Afzal

Graduate Student (Ph.D.)
Political Science

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

Random fact: I am really passionate about developing and reforming public policies that facilitate access to health care and education for rural and disadvantaged communities across the world.

Samantha Aguridakis

Samantha Aguridakis

Senior
Psychology and Applied Communications

Health and wellness means creating a healthy lifestyle that promotes growth in both physical and mental health areas. It means becoming aware of the different changes that need to be made in order to work towards a healthier lifestyle. It involves focusing on a healthy mind as well as a healthy body. Making the right choices to increase your health and wellness will lead to a more fulfilling life with less stress and anxiety.

Random Fact: I enjoy writing poetry and fiction stories in my free time!

Michaila Byers

Michaila Byers

Sophomore
Nutrition

Health and wellness means developing a lifestyle that allows you to feel your best both physically and mentally. It’s about becoming in tune with what your body needs nutritionally, physically, emotionally, etc., and then responding in a way that feels supportive and helpful.

Random fact: I studied abroad in Florence, Italy!

Sydney Gilmer

Senior
Public Health

Random fact: I spent two weeks in Africa!

Brooke Golden

Sophomore
International Studies and French Literature, Culture & Translation

Random Fact:I like Korean pop music.

Katelyn Gorius

Katelyn Gorius

Graduate Student
Health Education and Promotion Master's Program

Health means a multidimensional state of well-being that is constantly changing and unique to each individual. Wellness means making choices and actively behaving in ways that promote your health. These two concepts influence, affect, and build on each other.

Random fact: I have never traveled outside the continental U.S.

Mary Griffin

Mary Griffin

Sophomore
Nutrition

What Does Health and Wellness Mean to you? 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.

Kayla Marker

Kayla Marker

Junior
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.

Maria Nicassio

Maria Nicassio

Senior
Integrated Health Studies: Healthcare Administration

Making choices that benefit the body physically, mentally, and emotionally is the key to health and wellness. In order to live your best life, you must take care of yourself; extracting negativity will put you in a happy state of mind, and monitoring what your body takes in will bring you good health. Your lifestyle choice is both a personal decision and an ongoing process to keep up positive health and wellness.

Random Fact: I have traveled to seven different countries and 16 states.

Ashley Ray

Ashley Ray

Sophomore
Nutrition

Health is a balance of choices. It’s choosing the “right” things without feeling guilty about indulging once in awhile. It’s being happy and knowing that you’re making progress in all aspects of your health and understanding that that progress will not always be linear. Overall, health is just doing what’s best for yourself and those around you. .

Random fact: I painted a snow plow and participated in pageants.

Jessica Reighard

Jessica Reighard

Freshman
Human Services

It means being the best you, body and mind.

Random Fact: I love to hunt for beach glass.

Taylor Susi

Taylor Susi

Junior
Public Health

Health and wellness means making choices that help better your mental and physical health. The choices that are made in everyday life, will reflect on our health. It is important to make choices that promote our own well being.

Random Fact: I love hiking.

Qualifications
  • 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
Responsibilities
  • 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 Wellness 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