About This Blog

Welcome to the official blog of the Michigan State University RISE Program!

RISE stands for Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment; as members of this organization, form a ever-growing living-learning community in Bailey Hall on the beautiful campus of Michigan State University. As environmental stewards, RISE students are committed to sustainability, social change, environmental health and stewardship, and community.

This blog was created by a group of RISE students in order to foster a space for peers to share their stories and let their voices be heard. This is a collaborative effort between staff, faculty, and students, and we are dedicated to publishing anything and everything related to RISE. If you are interested in adding your voice to the mix, we encourage you to contact us.

Meet the Staff



Kara Headley, Editor
Hello, my name is Kara and I’m a freshman at MSU.  I am majoring in Professional Writing with a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. I love to write, read, dance, and travel. I love being a part of RISE and I cannot wait to see where all this takes me.  A fun fact about me is I’m an award-winning costume designer and I can solve five different kinds of Rubik’s cubes. Feel free to contact me whenever and for whatever, I’m always down to chat!



Haylie May, Editor
Hi, my name is Haylie! I’m a first-year student majoring in English with a minor in Environmental Studies and Sustainability. Being an English major, I love reading and writing, so if you have any book recommendations feel free to give me some suggestions to add to my list. I also love making playlists on Spotify, drinking tea, watching Netflix, traveling, and taking artsy pictures of my cats. If you have any questions or just want to chat, feel free to contact me!


23379971_1471058496344068_7415613922260502787_nRacheal Chris Nassimbwa, Editor
I am a first-year student majoring in Biomedical Laboratory science. I hope to have a minor in Environmental Sustainability. I enjoy writing hence the passion for joining the RISE blog team. Am interested in making friends and meeting new people. I like singing, swimming, dancing and watching Netflix. Am open minded and ready to learn more from everyone.


IMG_7144Annie Dubois, Content Manager

Hi everyone, I’m Annie! I’m from Marshall, Michigan and I’m a Freshman in RISE. I’m majoring in Journalism as of now, but I’m still exploring the many career options I can take with writing. In my free time I’m usually reading, hammocking, kayaking and writing. I’m really excited to be apart of the Blog Team because I’ve always been passionate about writing and I can’t wait to work with others who share this interest!





Claire Gault, Content Manager
Hey guys, my name is Claire! I’m a first-year student double majoring in Chinese and Environmental & Sustainability Studies. Promoting a low impact, green approach to collegiate life is one of my primary interests here on the RISE blog. I also love poetry, native wildflowers, traveling, matcha green tea, and public radio. Email me if you’d like to collaborate, submit your own work, or want to respond to any of my posts. Go green or go home.


Kieran Maloney, Content Managerkieran-picture

Hello world! My name is Kieran and I’m a first-year student studying Food Science. Food is involved in a majority of my posts, (most often baked goods) and derives from my online cupcake business established in my hometown of Matawan, New Jersey. When I’m not baking, you can find me in the dance studio, the plant bio lab, or on my couch watching Gilmore Girls. I’m so happy to be a part of the RISE community and thankful for the creative ways it allows me to not only think outside of the box, but put changes into effect. I hope you enjoy the inventive points of view these lovely ladies and I have to share with you!


Cameron Jenkins, Content Managerimg_5670
Hi, everyone! My name is Cameron, and I am a sophomore studying Nutritional Sciences with minors in Environmental Studies & Sustainability and Integrative Learning & Leadership. I’m not sure exactly where I will end up, but every day I gain more and more insight. I hope to find my path through my passions of healthy living, organic eating, running, writing, and music. You can usually find me at a hot yoga studio, running trails, writing blogs, or at the library hitting the books. If you’d like to chat or have any comments, my email is checked daily. Thanks for tuning in to this blog by these wonderful, talented people!


carson blogCarson Yenchar, Content Manager
Hello, my name is Carson, and I am a freshman. I am currently studying English with a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. I love to write, read, watch movies, listen to music, hike, bike, and hang out with friends. I have a passion for theater and a very philosophical view on life. Words are very important to me because they help me create worlds that are only found in the imagination. RISE is an amazing program, and I am proud to be a part of it. Read to your heart’s delight, and stay weird!



Meaghan Demski, Content Manager
Hi I’m Meaghan and I’m a first year student majoring in Graphic Design! I love traveling, hiking, photography, art, and vegan food! I’m specifically interested in sustainable living through lifestyle changes and I hope my posts help promote RISE and the importance of sustainability. Feel free to email me about anything!


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