A Hybrid Approach to Holistic Well-being Education to Enhance Student Success

A Hybrid Approach to Holistic Well-being Education to Enhance Student Success

Recorded On: 02/23/2021

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This session will offer attendees a high-level overview of the results of a NIRSA Foundation Grant funded research study conducted at Rider University during the 2019-2020 academic year. The study explored the relationship between online and face to face wellness programming, student knowledge, academic success, and retention. The research team will present the study’s methodology, findings, and considerations for future studies.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Create a similar program on your own campus.
  2. Describe the findings of the study
  3. Apply the findings and limitations to the methodology of future studies.

Core Competencies:

Research & Evaluation


Brett Ashley Davis

Fitness Manager

Rider University

Brett Ashley Davis is currently employed with University Athletic Management, Rider University’s dedicated service provider when it comes to facility management for the Student Recreation Center. Brett Ashley has served as the Fitness Manager for the past 12 years harnessing a long standing partnership with Rider University. She is committed to the health and well-being of the Rider community through her work on various health and well-being incentive programs as well as her involvement conducting research within Recreation Programs and the Health Studies Institute. Brett Ashley is looking forward to the opportunity to present at her first NIRSA conference.

Helping others obtain their fitness and nutrition goals is her passion. She currently holds her ACE Health Coach certification as well as her Mental Performance Mastery certification through Brian Cain Peak Performance. 

Education background:
Sport Administration, M.S., Arkansas State University

Dianna Clauss

Director of Recreation Programs

Rider University

Dianna is currently the Director of Recreation Programs at Rider University where her job functions include holistic student health and well-being education. She has been in this role for two years and prior to serving as the director, she was the assistant director for 12 years. She was the recipient of a NIRSA Foundation Research Grant (summer 2018) and this presentation is a result of the year long project she and three other colleagues contributed towards. The program is designed to share findings with colleagues and others who are interested in student health and well-being education. 

Educational Background:
Organizational Leadership (Higher Education concentration), M.A., Rider University
Sport Science, M.A., University of the Pacific 
I will be reachable via email (dclauss@rider.edu) during conference days, please feel free to message me if you want to connect or have any questions about my session. 

Linda Clauss

Assistant Manager, Campus Recreation

California State University-East Bay

Linda is currently the Assistant Manager of Campus Recreation at Cal State University East Bay where she is a strong partner in collaborative efforts with her peers in Recreation and Wellness Services. She has been an active member of NIRSA for approximately 15 years and has presented at state, regional, and annual conferences on a variety of topics. Linda holds her M.Ed. in Educational Counseling (Student Affairs), from Clemson University and she received her Ed.D in Leadership in Higher Education, at University of the Pacific. Her hobbies include cooking, farmers marketing, traveling, reading non-fiction history and science, running, and spending time working out online with Shaun T. 


A Hybrid Approach to Holistic Well-being Education to Enhance Student Success
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Open to view video. session recorded at 2021 NIRSA Annual Conference