Success and Well-being in Honors (SaW-H) Program

The SAW-H Program is an educational counseling program, not a therapeutic or treatment program. It is designed to focus on proactive interventions, to support a student’s management of their approaches to mental and physical well-being, and seeks to emphasize their cognitive strengths, preparation for success, and to provide preemptive skills and tools.

SAW-H is committed to your success and well-being in all facets of your educational and personal experience here at the University of Missouri. We understand that being in the Honors College creates a unique set of expectations and needs, both self-imposed and as a result of seeking an enhanced and exceptional educational experience.

Through SaW-H, we are here to be advocates and partners in helping you create the successful person you want to become; in other words, SAW-H is about putting your best self into action.


SaW-H Programming

You will have access to proactive interventions through the following opportunities and programs:

  • Meditation and relaxation workshops
  • Yoga (Low and High Impact); instructed by Bini Sebastian Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:00 PM in Mark Twain Lounge
  • “Wreck the Rec” Honors Nights at the Rec Center
  • Skills and Planning Discussions
  • From Academics to Career: Making the Link
  • Brown-Bag Seminars and Open Mic Events
  • One-on-One Conversations
  • Webinars and other Internet-based tools and options


SaW-H Advising

One-on-one conversations and goals setting discussions will be held in Mark Twain Hall at the following times:

  • Mondays & Wednesdays 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM with Kristen Johnson
  • Thursdays & Fridays 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM with Felice Chen

SaW-H will also be a resource for you for your additional success and well-being needs, including providing a list of campus and local providers for those needs that are beyond the scope of this program, links to online resources, and information about support networks.

Student Health & Well-being: Physical and Mental Health Resources

Ask Listen Refer: How to Help Your Friends

Contemplative Practice Center: Mindful Movement


SaW-H Team

Administrative Members:

Dr. J.D. Bowers

Dr. Patrick Rottinghaus

Kristina Bradley

Graduate Advisors:

Felice Chen |  Felice is a Masters student in Mizzou’s Counseling Psychology program.  She grew up in Calumet City, a south suburb of Chicago, IL but also spent some time living in Milwaukee, WI.  She has a background in the biological sciences, and received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an M.S. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  In search of the right career for her, she has worked in a variety of fields including the laboratory sciences and food policy.  After some years working in the human services arena, she realized that her consistent passion lies in providing emotional and mental support, and decided to pursue counseling psychology instead.  Felice’s self-care practices include watching comedy movies and sitcoms, painting, and hiking.  She has also been trying to learn to meditate, but so far can only sit still for five minutes.

Kristen Johnson |  Kristen is a doctoral student studying Counseling Psychology. She is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and holds a B.A. in Psychology from Oberlin College as well as an M.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Georgia. Her passion for holistic wellness promotion is evidenced by an academic career spent studying the relationship between physical and mental health and exploring various ways to enhance both. She has professional experience working in college student advising and in mental health treatment settings. Kristen’s self-care practices include snuggling with her dog, Millie, experimenting in the kitchen, binge-watching animated TV, and exercising.

Graduate Affiliates:

Bini Sebastian |  Bini is a PhD student in Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri.  Her research focuses on mindfulness, identity development, belongingness, and resilience. Bini is interested in exploring the role of mindfulness practices such as meditation and yoga in psychosocial well-being.  She hopes to provide students with additional tools to learn about the mind-body connection and integrate that knowledge with various aspects of themselves.  Bini has been practicing yoga for 6 years and teaching yoga for two years.  She taught at the MizzouRec, Contemplative Practice Center, and provides yoga workshops in the greater Columbia community.  As a yoga instructor, Bini encourages self-compassion, introspection, and non-judgment throughout her classes.


SaW-H Support

The SaW-H Program has been developed with the support of Peggy and Andrew Cherng and the Cherng Program in Honors. The Cherng Program supports the MU Honors College’s efforts for the promotion of education, health care, student success, leadership, and academic excellence.