- Author Bio Info: Michael has spent over 15 years in Higher Education working with college students. He knows first hand how alcohol can impact a student's academic and athletic career, whether they are in high school or college. He has developed New Student Orientation programs, developed/instructed the First Year Experience course and is currently the Academic Adviser Coordinator for the College of Technology at Kent State University. With a background in leadership development, he has trained Resident Assistants, Orientation Student Instructors and Student Government. Michael has presented at numerous Higher Education conferences for other administrators and students on topics that range from academic advising, peer education, and student leadership. Michael’s career in entertainment began shortly after his grandfather took him to the magic store around the age of 12. He spent his youth as a magician performing at birthday parties and summer campus. Growing up he was a fan of Abbott and Costello, Robin Williams, and Harry Anderson, which led to his he desire on becoming a stand-up comedian in high school; even practicing his routine in speech class. Michael’s first stand-up routine was at an open-mic night at Uncle Funny’s Comedy Club in Miami, FL when he was just 18 years old. While in graduate school at The University of Akron, he attended an open mic night at Hilarities Comedy Club (now called The Funny Stop) and within 6 months was working as the opening act there among other local clubs. Throughout his comedy career he has worked with George Wallace and one of his main influences, Harry Anderson. The Magic of Life began in 1994 while he was in graduate school when one of his students asked him to put on a fun alcohol awareness program for her sorority. While there have been different versions of the program, the two constants have always been the use of humor and his personal story. Michael does not subscribe to the "doom and gloom" method of getting his message across and from what audience members have told him, that is what makes his program so different and effective. The Magic of Life represents Michael's life in which he was able to live out his dreams. He lives by one simple rule, "be a son my mother could be proud of."
Posted We All Have A Story, Here Is Mine. to Michael Gershe
I owe you an apology. I have written two blogs and never introduced myself to you, which I will do now with this blog. I think if you know me, what I will write in the future may make more...
Posted Thank You For Your Sobriety to Michael Gershe
With today being Veterans Day, I am reading everyone's Facebook status paying their respect to our brave men and women in our military. Somehow my brain thought of those who are dealing with sobriety on a daily basis. I thought...
Posted It's Your Life, Take Responsibility for Your Choices. to Michael Gershe
As a college administrator for 17 years, with 15 of those being an academic adviser, we try to teach accountability with our students when it comes to their academic career. I cannot tell you how many juniors and seniors will...