Sleep Rocks! …get more of it!

Illustration of boy frowning in bed while holding an alarm clock

College students, like Americans overall, are sleeping less, and if you are like most college students, chances are you are not getting enough sleep. On average, most college students get around 6 hours of sleep per night, and the college years are notoriously sleep-deprived due to an overload of activities. Recent research on college students and sleep indicates that insufficient sleep affects our health, our moods, our GPA and our safety. Sleep really matters.

National Sleep Foundation,

The Better Sleep Council,


Her Own Words

Words from a Machinist!

“I never would have imagined in a million years that I would be a Machinist, but, I am so glad that I just got the opportunity because I think you kind of take for granted all the trades that are there. And if you just get an opportunity and have an open mind about something, and you try it, I think you surprise yourself.” – Veronica Ramos, in Riley, Women in Machining

“I like the physical labor. I like taking apart machines and putting them back together. I like seeing the finished product and thinking, I made this. I helped make this.” – Tina Couillard, in Riley, Women in Machining


Words from a Welder! 

“Everything you run into in life is either welded or built by someone that’s welded. Even if you are at McDonald’s, the French Fries are cooked in a precision-welded stainless steel container. I have found such tremendous satisfaction out of building things, being able to go home and know that I built this thing and I can go see it. Stair railings or road-pavement equipment, things much bigger than you living room that you built yourself. And that gives a tremendous amount of personal satisfaction and there’s very few things as satisfying in life as having a job that pays you well, that you like.”  Valerie Weihman, in Riley, Women in Welding

“When I go out at night and they ask me what I do, I say a welder, and they look at me and say, ‘No way.’ So, yeah, I get real funny looks, especially from men. The stuff we do is heavy. We do exactly what the men do. It is physical work, but when you leave it, you are done. And you keep in shape. That’s the way I look at it. I mean, between two kids and this job, I don’t have to diet and I don’t have to exercise, so it’s great.” – Joan Collier, in Riley, Women in Welding

Disability Awareness Month: Match Game


October 2017

Match Game

This exercise lists famous people whose names and accomplishments are probably familiar to you. However, you might not know that they are or that they are/were a person with a disability.

Match the person in the first column with his/her disability in the second column.  Draw a line between the person and their disability.

Name Disability
Albert Einstein Stuttering
Magic Johnson Oral Cancer
David Beckham Learning Disability
Tiger Woods Traumatic Brain Injury, Sleep Disorder
Halle Barry Depression, Alcoholism
Billy Joel Bipolar Manic Depression
Kurt Cobain Alcohol Addiction
Sigmund Freud HIV Positive
Harriet Tubman Blind, Deaf
Edgar Allen Poe Diabetes, Amputee
Ron Santo Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Ben Stiller Blind
Helen Keller Diabetes
Danny Glover Epilepsy
Stevie Wonder Depression, Drug Addiction


Answers can be found at:

7 things you’ll never hear a successful person say

Success, Go Get It!

If you spend time around truly successful people, you may notice that there are some things they simply refuse to say. They do not waste their time dwelling on negative thoughts or making excuses. They know that self-limiting beliefs keep them from success and excuses are simply stories that do not solve problems in a meaningful way.

The decision to avoid false beliefs is deeply ingrained in those that continue moving forward and helps them succeed. Here is a list of seven things that you will never hear from a great entrepreneur.

  1. “I can’t do it.”
  2. “I don’t know how.”
  3. “I don’t have enough time.”
  4. “I don’t have time to learn.”
  5. “If I had more funding, I’d be successful too.”
  6. “Our competitors are stupid.”
  7. “Culture is overrated.”

Be sure the company you keep supports your mission and fosters an environment that helps lift you to excellence.

Read the original article on Inc.. Copyright 2017.

Commitment Demands a Choice

100% Commitment

Committed is the word used to describe some of the most successful people today, as well and others throughout history. Committed to their work and/or to their cause.  Their success has not come from any reported sense of genius or exceptional trait other than a willingness to stay ‘in the game’. They are individuals that have held steadfastly to a set of commitments and have seen these commitments through.

Sure, many times it is hard to commit – to agree to give it our all. It is not easy, I know. Because if it was, there will be no success stories in our world today; no successful marriages, friendships, work plans, etc.

Stay focused; fall down seven times, get up eight. Keep moving, keep growing, keep learning and stay committed. Real commitment is a lifetime venture, requiring time, hard work, and determination.

How passionate and committed are you to making a project work, making your career plan successful, raising your children, staying fit and healthy, etc.?

Commitment demands a Choice! Commitment demands Action!


No Kid Hungry

If you know of a family with school-aged children in need of breakfast and/or lunch this summer, simply text “FOOD” to 877877 to receive a message with the nearest location where you can get free summer meals. You can also call the Hunger Hotline at 1.866.348.6479 for immediate assistance.

No child should go hungry!