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Mind Games - Pepperdine Magazine

PEPPERDINE MAGAZINE

Mind Games

“If you vigorously shake a closed soda bottle, opening the lid will cause an explosion. This is similar to how the human body processes stress,” explains licensed clinical professional counselor Stephanie (Prince) Donaldson (’03). “Ideally, you cope with your stress before that much buildup is accumulated. But if you don’t deal with it and constantly push it down, eventually you will have to succumb to a release, which can feel like an internal explosion.”

Donaldson is Boise State University’s first-ever director of athletic performance focused on the mental health of student-athletes—a position that was created specifically for her after 10 years of part-time consulting with the school to help this particular population. Part of Boise State Athletics’ new Sports Performance, Health and Wellness department, she is a key member of a critical team of professionals and clinicians specializing in sports medicine, strength and conditioning, sports nutrition, and mental health created to treat the minds and bodies of student-athletes.

According to Donaldson, student-athletes face the same time management challenges as other college students, especially while attempting to keep up with hefty academic assignments and creating new friendships in an unfamiliar setting. Student-athletes in particular, however, must additionally adapt to the demands of a collegiate athletic career.

“Nowadays, with so much scrutiny and social media exposure, student-athletes are also trying to manage college life in the public eye, and that pressure can be immense,” she says. “Yet, the drive and passion that can make student-athletes be overly critical of themselves, if channeled in a positive way, can be instrumental traits that create opportunities and success for the rest of their lives.” Read the full article

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Magazines

Pepperdine Magazine - Fall 2018

The Fall 2018 issue of Pepperdine Magazine highlights the stories of those who have enthusiastically taken the initiative to travel down unknown paths, determined to make a difference in places yet unexplored. Meet 20 alumni living around the globe and spreading their passion for purpose, service, and leadership by breaking new ground in medicine, law, finance, education, and the arts. Learn more about the partnership between the School of Public Policy and a community college in Northern California that encourages residents of the City of Hayward to take an active role in civic engagement. Discover what motivates Division I swimmer and mental health counselor Stephanie (Prince) Donaldson (’03), who recently became the first-ever director of athletic performance at Boise State University. Follow along as adventurer Michael Bennett (MBA ’06, EdD ’13) shares how he helps travelers create journeys of self-discovery.

Law Magazine - Fall, 2014

Highlights include a look inside the Parris Institute for Professional Formation; a 30-year legacy left behind by retiring professor Janet Kerr; and celebrating a 10-year milestone for the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.

Colleague - Spring/Summer 2014

This issue features topics such as the significance of adult friendships; bringing clean water to villages in Zambia; and how a past life in the aerospace industry translated to a career in academics.