​Pointer Unity Program Mentors


First, I want to say health promotion/wellness (HP/W) is not merely a degree or a career, but it is a way of life. We don’t solely learn about healthy living in this major; we develop and nurture a thriving community where insecurities are conquered and individuals are born. Personally, I did not choose the HP/W major I discovered it. I originally came to Stevens Point to study interior architecture but I never felt truly invigorated. Once I stumbled upon this major, I became more in tune with myself and have made more friends than I ever could have imagined. Today I love every aspect of this major and nothing makes me more excited than sharing it with those interested in living their life to the fullest.



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I fell in love with the health promotion/wellness major. I am passionate about and dedicated to helping people, and found wellness to be a broad platform from which I can make a difference in others' lives in many dimensions. There is a lot of flexibility in the field, which allows me to pursue avenues that excite and energize me. My experiences as a health promotion/wellness major have challenged me to step outside of my comfort zone and allowed me to grow as a person.
I have met the most wonderful people in my major, but it took three years to become close to many of them. I think the PUP program is a great way to build strong connections with people in your field of study right off the bat. A lot of what we talk about and do in health promotion is based on experiences that challenge and catalyze growth. I think PUP is an experience that will be both beneficial in making the transition to university living, but also (more importantly?) will be super fun!



Life is always changing and new obstacles enter our path. The PUP program is a great opportunity to add another resource to your toolbox of life. PUP mentors and participants will be there for each other when problems arise because each person truly wants to be in this program.

I couldn't ask for more from my health promotion/wellness major. I have the opportunity to grow and change myself into the person I want to be. I also get to learn how to help people create the life they want for themselves, which is a real passion for me. The greatest thing is that we as students are allowed to push the boundaries of ourselves and what has been done before us. Pushing those boundaries allows us to open new paths we never thought possible. There are also so many paths that I could take upon graduation, allowing me to find the one that fits me the best. All in all, a health related field will allow you to push the limits and do great things in the world.



I am so grateful that I chose to be a health promotion/wellness major. The relationships built with everyone affiliated in health promotion have been amazing! I've learned to break out of my comfort zone, be vulnerable and focus on aspects of wellness other than just the physical aspect. I look forward to being a mentor because I know how thankful I am for the mentors I've been blessed with in my life. I love being able to help and encourage people with their passions in life, it's a rewarding and positive experience. 






Max Fuller

As a health promotion/wellness major I strive to be positive, open minded and thrive in daily and future endeavors. Competitive powerlifting, strongman and weightlifting, and yoga started my journey for health and wellness, but realizing the importance of community, emotional health, mental health, environmental health, and spiritual health has helped to broaden my sense of wellbeing and outlook on life. I am involved on campus as the president of the Yoga and Meditation Club of UWSP and teach yoga at the Allen Center twice a week as well as personal training and water exercise at the YMCA. 




Betsie Ferguson

I am a senior here at UWSP studying health promotion/wellness and am part of the PUP program here in Point. Getting out and being active has always been a part of my life whether it be playing sports, hiking, kayaking or even running. This field is something that I love and I hope I can spread that passion to others.





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Hi! I am currently a senior at UW-Stevens Point taking part in the Pointer Unity Program. I care a lot about the people within my school and my community. When I have some free time I enjoy traveling, exercising, socializing and reading. When I graduate from school I would love to have a job teaching young people about how to build and sustain healthy behaviors!






Keith Lester 

I’m a senior in the HP/W program at UWSP. I’m a non-traditional student that needed some life experience before making a commitment to reentering college. I’m a big advocate of fun, laughter and health. I’ve personally dealt with being unhealthy for the greater majority of life and have realized how much better my quality of life can be, by making changes for the better.


Claire Kinderman

I was born and raised a city girl who loves her country music. I have a strong passion for the outdoors and find true peace when I am running or biking. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and seek to find the positives in every situation.