April 18, 2019  

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Dr. Susan Bone serves as the assistant director wellness in the Department of Recreational Sports at The University of Southern Mississippi. Recently, Bone took a few moments to reflect on his current responsibilities and outside interests in a question-and-answer format.

Q:What is your hometown and educational background?

A:I was raised in Ridgewood, N.J. a long time ago. I have a bachelor’s in elementary education and a master’s in counseling from Lynchburg College in Virginia. I received my PhD from Southern Miss in adult education.

Q:How did you wind up working at Southern Miss?

A:After moving to Mississippi in 1990, I began my career at Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources working with children and adolescents in the area of prevention and intervention. In 1994 I started work at Forrest General Hospital helping with programs related to stress management, weight management and smoke cessation initially with patients and then with the Forrest General employee wellness program. In 2003 I came on board at Recreational Sports.

Q:As assistant wellness director, what are your primary job duties?

A:At Recreational Sports I manage the Fitness Assessment Center which houses our personal trainers and dietitian. I also oversee the Group Exercise Program at the Payne Center. I’m also responsible for networking with other offices on campus to provide wellness programs to the campus community such as the Heart Walk, Breast Cancer Awareness activities, My First 5K, health fairs and assist people in taking their health quotient through Web MD.

Q:What is the most challenging aspect of your job?

A: Changing the culture in which we live. If we don’t change the culture to make lifestyle changes we can’t become healthier. An example of this might be our having healthy choices in the vending machines around campus or only bringing healthy foods to office pot luck lunches or walking with someone while having a meeting instead of sitting. I wish healthy rated up there with watching football games. We would have lots of “well” people in this community!

Q:What do you enjoy most about being part of the Southern Miss campus?

A:The opportunity to meet and work with so many different people to include colleagues and students. Particularly at the Payne Center watching people having fun while taking care of themselves.

Q:Do you think people overlook what a real gem we have here in the Payne Center?

A:It’s the best deal in town.

Q:What is the best advice you’ve ever received and from whom?

A:Be yourself from my mother. And I like the quote: “All that glitters is not gold.”

Q:What animal best describes your personality?

A:I don’t know, depends on the day.

Q:Working in wellness with a name like Bone, do you get wisecracks very often?

A:Funny, you would think I would but I don’t. Wish I could tell a funny story.”