The people (alumni, faculty, staff, students) of Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa. talk about one unique prompt and problem solve to create their "shared truth" together in 30 minutes. It’s an authentic and unfiltered conversation that gives insights into their lives, provides advice along the way, and grants the listener the opportunity to engage until the end.
Something Real: A Good Neighbor
Many of our students, faculty, staff and alumni thrive in an environment where we can be good neighbors. Fred Rogers once said, “All of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we're giving or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world. That's one of the things that connects us as neighbors—in our own way, each one of us is a giver and a receiver.”
In this podcast episode, you’ll hear from Mike Disotell and Kelly Lake, both members of the class of 2011. Both are civic and community service-minded to their core and find it important to share why and how they fulfill their duties in their local, regional, and national neighborhoods.
The irony of this story – is that we asked Mike and Kelly to participate in this podcast because they have so much wisdom and passion for this topic. When they agreed to do this podcast, they both shared with me the irony of their selection. Growing up, they were neighbors and, although they now live 2,000 miles away from each other, they still stay in touch to this day.
Something Real: Becoming Well-Rounded
Being well-rounded isn’t something we’re oftentimes born with, but something that is born into us when we become committed to exploring and answering questions of curiosity. Candice Okello, a member of the class of 2011 and the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, and Dr. Trisha Cowen, Assistant Professor of English, explore their lives and discuss what it actually means to be well-rounded. In their discussion, they find the link that ties them together about the importance of immersing yourselves into a life rich with research, culture, and empathy.
Something Real: Overcoming Inaction with Curiosity
Adventure. It’s a way of stepping out of our comfort and propelling ourselves beyond normalcy. How do you become someone who feels a sense of adventure in your everyday life? We tapped into two adventurers, Glenn Thompson '68 and Katie Moga Gesing '12, and asked them to share how to find inner adventure that propels you to overcome inaction and to take action.
Something Real: The Most Amazing Things Up
There are so many things – seen, unseen, tangible, intangible, literal, and metaphorical that are up. Here to talk about the most amazing things up – discussing the things they know about that place – are Sean Swarner '97, keynote speaker, author, and climber, and Dr. Will Armentrout '12, astronomer. They will share with you all that they can in 30 minutes about their experiences up – and then uncover their shared truth about what the most amazing aspect is of up.
Something Real: Teams
Rob Klamut, Andrew Youtz, and Victoria Pezzuolo '20 share their reflections about being members and leaders in a team setting. They talk about obstacles they've overcome, lessons they take with them every day, the importance of understanding your role, and the mindset it takes to be a positive team member.
Something Real Introduction
A short blurb about the Something Real Podcast - and an invitation to keep listening for deep thoughts through unfiltered stories.