Here's master man, figuratively on top of the world "down under" at the Three Sisters (on left) vantage point within the Blue Mountains.
At right is Dr. Mike Weigold. Mike is my mentor, was a member of my PhD dissertation committee, and is also a visionary for study abroad over more than a decade.
I'm trying to piece this together in a master competitor post, with some connection to endurance sport. What I can profess is that all master's level athletes need a holistic approach to life, incorporating balance that promotes wellness in all aspects of the day.
That is what Mike brings to my game plan. He's a friend who seems to appreciate my presence on his world tours, first as a PhD student and now as a graduate and alumni. Mike allows me to cut running loops and also participate in his "big show" overseas.
Much of what happens can be comical but on other occasions, it's liberating. Mike is associate dean for undergraduate affairs and also a pioneer in online graduate education. He's thinking forward and in the best interests of education. I like to listen to his rationale for development and implementation of courses and programs. Mike is a glass-is-half-full type of guy, which means he's reaching for what's next, what's better, and what will bring the most value to his institution.
We all need a "Mike" in our lives, someone who will allow us into their portal. It may be in regard to academics, athletics, relational space or on some occasions, needed support. True friends who can serve in these roles are rare. It's great to be on Dr. Weigold's crew and for that, I am grateful.